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TxCityKat

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About TxCityKat

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    La Marque, TX... about 9 miles from Galveston Island
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    Cruising of course!
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    Celebrity
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    I consider any cruise ship as my destination.

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  1. Howdy vitalyg! Welcome back to Cruise Critic and thank you for your post! I see it has been a while since you posted on the boards. However, this is not the forum for the information you seek. Please note the following at the top of the first page of this forum: Note: This area is intended only for questions and answers relating to technical assistance in using these message boards. Please do not post general cruise-related questions or Roll Calls here. I suggest you research the Ports of Call - Asia forum and the Princess Cruises forum. I hope this information will be helpful and glad to have you back aboard Cruise Critic! 😊 Kat 🐱
  2. Not all countries have the same customs as we do in the USA regarding tipping/gratuities for service in the cruise industry as well as other industries. The culture or customs in their country play a big part in if international pax do or do not favor tipping/gratuities for service in all industries, not just cruising. See the Cruise Critic article Tipping on Ships: An Australian Culture Clash. Also see a breakdown of tipping customs other than cruising in X's A Guide to Tipping Customs Around the World at https://www.celebritycruises.com/blog/guide-to-tipping-customs-around-the-world. In some, tipping is not customary and can be considered rude or offensive.
  3. Howdy salsalvr2! Welcome to Cruise Critic and thank you for your first post! 👍 However, this is not the forum for the information you seek. Please note the following at the top of the first page of this forum: Note: This area is intended only for questions and answers relating to technical assistance in using these message boards. Please do not post general cruise-related questions or Roll Calls here. In addition to the above information from gnome12, you need to research the Carnival Cruise Lines forum too. Be sure to read What is a Roll Call? Everything you Need to Know and then find the Roll Call thread for your sail date. Please note the Roll Call finder tool is OUT OF ORDER at this time. See the Roll Call Tool - Under Construction Announcement. I hope this additional information will be helpful and glad to have you aboard Cruise Critic! 😊 Kat 🐱
  4. See the following from the thread titled How To: Create A New Roll Call at https://boards.cruisecritic.com/topic/2594925-how-to-create-a-new-roll-call/: If you see two or more threads for the same sail date please email help@cruisecritic.com to have them merged.
  5. @klsmrs Howdy from another Kathy! I sent an e-mail to help@cruisecritic.com asking for the four Roll Call threads for your cruise to be merged into one thread. That's why three of the four shown above in Essiesmom's post now say "Sorry, this content is no longer available". The merged thread is located at https://boards.cruisecritic.com/topic/2675767-celebrity-silhouette-may-9-2020/ titled CELEBRITY SILHOUETTE MAY 9, 2020. Click the link and open the new merged thread. You can Bookmark or put the link in your Favorites for easy access the next time you want to go directly to your Roll Call thread. As the thread grows, on the next new page just rebookmark or put it in your Favorites and so on and so on with each new page. Also, make sure you Follow or Subscribe to the merged thread so you will be made aware of new posts. See the pinned thread at the top of the first page of this forum titled How to: Follow Topics & Forums (Subscribed Threads/Forums Info) at https://boards.cruisecritic.com/topic/2630011-how-to-follow-topics-forums-subscribed-threadsforums-info/. I hope this will be helpful for you and the others on your Roll Call! 😊 Kat 🐱
  6. As broberts states, the Private Message feature is not in service for members and has not been for many, many years. Only the Staff & Hosts/Mods can use the feature. See some of the previous threads:
  7. Or the Disabled Cruise Travel forum at https://boards.cruisecritic.com/forum/114-disabled-cruise-travel/ . That's where cruisers with physical limitations share their advice & experiences. I'm sure someone there will have been there and will be able to give you the answer you seek.
  8. Here you go: Florida Departures https://boards.cruisecritic.com/forum/386-florida-departures/
  9. If in North America, I suggest you find then research the forum for your cruise port at https://boards.cruisecritic.com/forum/314-north-american-homeports/. That is where you can discuss hotel, transportation, dining & embarkation info with your fellow Cruise Critic members. Some are locals and will have good information for you.
  10. Howdy @Caribbean99! Welcome to Cruise Critic and thank you for your first post! 👍 Another good place for you to check for info on a place to stay or transportation is the Roll Call thread for your cruise. You do not mention your sail date or ship. I cannot direct you to the specific Roll Call thread for your cruise if there is one already started on the Princess Roll Call forum at https://boards.cruisecritic.com/forum/63-princess-roll-calls/. But first, please note the following from the Roll Calls and Our Policy Regarding Facebook and Roll Calls sections in the Guidelines: Roll Calls Cruise Critic's ROLL CALLS are one of the most popular features within our community. In an effort to keep them fair and as safe as possible, the following is in effect: Roll Calls belong to everyone; there is no designated leader or owner. It doesn't matter who started the thread. On the other hand, if you are new to a Roll Call take the time to read the thread. Learn who is doing what, who made plans for an event, etc. before jumping in and making different plans If you plan an event, be sure to invite everyone! Please adhere to cruise line requests regarding setting up Meet & Greets on board. In other words, if they say contact us three (or two or whatever) weeks prior to sailing, don't contact them months in advance. ROLL CALLS are for people to get to know one another before their cruise; therefore, there will be all kinds of discussion! SHORE EXCURSIONS Sharing shore excursions is fun and can help you save money. Get to know the other members in a Roll Call before attempting to get them to tour with you. Shore excursions should be arranged so that payment is made directly to the tour operator, do not be the collector of funds for a shore excursion. Do not arrange any shore excursions/tours if you are not going to be taking them yourself. In other words NO THIRD-PARTY arrangement of shore excursions are allowed. This includes people who are not participating on the Cruise Critic ROLL CALL *for whatever reason*. Travel agents may not arrange shore excursions on ROLL CALLS. Anyone attempting to "fill a bus" or making money from the sharing of shore excursions on our forums runs the risk of losing their membership. Do not post your email address so that someone can email you information about a shore excursion. If they have important info, they should be willing and able to post this information on the forum. We will remove posts, at our discretion, that are nothing more than requests for emails OR posts providing email addresses. Do NOT arrange to collect funds for shore excursion shares at any Meet & Mingle or Meet & Greet so graciously provided by the cruise lines. In the case of Princess Cruises, they have stated you cannot solicit other passengers for any reason once you have booked your cruise. If they observe you arranging tours on board, you run the risk of being asked to debark your cruise at the next port (verified via Princess Cruises March 2013). Our Policy Regarding Facebook and Roll Calls Cruise Critic loves Facebook. in fact, we maintain FB pages for all of our sites (Cruise Critic, CruiseCritic.co.uk, our Australia site, etc.). We have many people who participate on both our FB page and our message boards. We have no issues with people linking their own, personal FB pages in their profiles, or on your signature on Cruise Critic forums. You understand that doing so allows our members to know your "real life" name. ROLL CALLS created on FB are not anonymous. Most of them are open to the public. Even if they are private groups, once you are accepted into the group everyone will know your real name. In doing so you have pretty much told all those people -- strangers -- when you will be away on vacation. The fact of the matter is most people do not understand how much personal information they are sharing. On Cruise Critic roll calls, everyone is anonymous. You have the ability to remain as anonymous as you'd like throughout the entire Roll Call timeframe and throughout your entire cruise if you so desire. You can be JoeCruise101 until the day you disembark. The choice is yours, you share as much or as little as YOU choose to; everyone starts out on a level playing field on Cruise Critic. Anonymous user names only. Also, FB Roll Calls have already proven to divide Roll Calls. People, for whatever reason, who cannot seem to get along may open a FB group and then want more people to participate, so they harvest members from the original ROLL CALL. There have been actual disruptions encouraged on FB directed towards our ROLL CALLs. We believe a ROLL CALL created on Cruise Critic should stay here. We've worked long and hard to create this community, and have provided a certain level of trust and privacy for our members. If they choose to participate in a FB Roll Call, they'll have to learn about it somewhere other than Cruise Critic. We request that you not solicit people to your Facebook page on any of our ROLL CALLS. Next, please read the pinned thread at the top of the first page of this forum titled What is a Roll Call? Everything you Need to Know at https://boards.cruisecritic.com/topic/2594924-what-is-a-roll-call-everything-you-need-to-know/. Please note the Roll Call Finder tool mentioned is OUT OF ORDER at this time. Please see the Announcement titled Roll Call Tool - Under Construction at https://boards.cruisecritic.com/topic/2677726-roll-call-tool-under-construction/?tab=comments#comment-57854189. Now you can go to the Princess Roll Call forum at https://boards.cruisecritic.com/forum/63-princess-roll-calls/. Locate then click on your ship's Roll Call forum. Scroll down through the first few pages of thread titles looking for one with the sail date for your cruise in the title. If located, click the thread title to go into your Roll Call. First read through the whole thread to get to know the other members. Post an introductory post using the Reply to this Topic button. Type your message in and click Submit Reply button. You will be on your way to exchange tips and information about your cruise line, ship, Ports of Call, sharing shore excursions/tours, transportation, etc. If no one has started a Roll Call thread for your sail date, please feel free to start it per the directions in What is a Roll Call? Everything you Need to Know. I sincerely hope this additional information will be helpful and glad to have you aboard Cruise Critic! 😊 Kat 🐱
  11. windsor26, Actually, not ALL countdown clocks. ONLY the Cruise Critic Countdown Clocks from the old vBulletin software at https://www.cruisecritic.com/vbulletin/countdown.cfm. This is due to the new servers, NOT the new Invision Community software. See post #57 at https://boards.cruisecritic.com/topic/2665250-countdown-clocks/page/3/?tab=comments#comment-57704773. Please note the pinned thread on the first page of this forum titled How To: Edit Signature at https://boards.cruisecritic.com/topic/2595015-how-to-edit-signature/. Also the following from the Signatures section of the Guidelines: Signatures Cruise Critic has the following suggestions for keeping your online signatures manageable: Keep your images to around three (approx) -- which would include a picture, clipart, photo or your countdown. Try not to have any one image that is TOO large, which then takes additional time for your fellow members to download, If you have a LONG LIST of prior cruises, think about chopping off some, OR rearrange them horizontally rather than vertically; From time to time, browse through your signature and eliminate any extra blank lines, or old countdown codes, etc. Cruise Critic reserves the right to remove/delete portions of your online signature and will let you know that we've had to resize your online signature. I suggest you first remove all coding for the three Cruise Critic Countdown Clocks currently showing in your signature as I type this reply. Also any extra blank lines. Just leave your e-mail and history list. Then look for a compatible cruise countdown clock on Google. Or note the countdown clock types currently showing in the signatures of your fellow Cruise Critic members. Find one you like there or on Google, create it, and then paste the code into your signature as directed by your chosen countdown clock website. Hope this additional information will be helpful! 😊 Kat 🐱
  12. Send an e-mail from your Cruise Critic e-mail address of record to help@cruisecritic.com . Let them know the dropdown menu for the See posts about: feature is incomplete on the Princess Cruises forum. Also, be sure to mention your user name. Kat 🐱
  13. Howdy Viv and welcome to Cruise Critic! 👍 Congratulations on going on your first cruise! I feel you will fall in love ❤️ with cruising just like the rest of us here. As Essiesmom mentions above, go to the ROLL CALL thread for your cruise at https://boards.cruisecritic.com/topic/2505777-october-31st-2019-southampton-to-singapore-37-day-grand-adventure/ and get to know your fellow Cruise Critic members sailing with you. Your ROLL CALL thread is the ONLY place on the Cruise Critic message boards where you can discuss sharing shore excursions/tours, transportation, etc. with the others sailing with you. When you have a chance, be sure and read What is a Roll Call? Everything you Need to Know at https://boards.cruisecritic.com/topic/2594924-what-is-a-roll-call-everything-you-need-to-know/. I sincerely hope this information will be helpful and glad to have you aboard Cruise Critic!! 😊 Kat 🐱
  14. Here are some Cruise Critic articles that may be helpful: Best Luggage for Cruise Travel Best Cruise Carry-On Luggage for Those Who Travel Light TSA-Friendly Travel Gear for Your Next Cruise Kat 🐱
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