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  1. While there may be some cheaper vodkas really marked up, this is a bit of an exaggeration. I can get a 1 liter of whiskey for $120. That is certainly not a $15 bottle.
  2. Thanks for the review. Two months ago, I took my first ever trip to Hawaii (non-cruise), seeing Oahu and Kauai. What a beautiful place. I definitely want to go back (cruise). I really liked the one that stops in Honolulu....
  3. Yes, you can get bottles. Yes, they are more than retail price. It is still far cheaper than buying said liquor at the bar.
  4. Am I 100% in love with the music you hear nowadays? No. However, it's pointless to continue discussing how things "aren't the way they used to be." Once the Muster ends and we are sailing, there is something wrong with you if you aren't in a good mood. Everyday life has been put on pause. The party has started. People are drinking. Vacation is here. It's a great feeling
  5. When the cruise leaves isn't important. The final boarding is 3 PM. Do the math in between, and you are playing a game of minutes. Don't do it.
  6. Maybe it's because of how rare it is. If Lobster is on the menu, I'm definitely getting it. I think it's really good though. I also like the filet mignon, beef wellington, and prime rib
  7. I take it if you are scared of urine and feces, you don't go in any public body of water then?
  8. It seems like a good question. Then it becomes what about my 18 month old? My 3 year old? My 7 year old? This child should be cheaper for X reason.
  9. I expected this to be similar to the airline discussion in that they sold a few more interior cabins here and someone huffed and puffed at how this can even be a thing. Only to explain that on average, so many people don't show up by default. Especially on a ship of thousands of people. It is more profitable to deal with those few scenarios with compensation than to leave the seats always open. But in this case, I find this peculiar. I wouldn't imagine there are that many grand suites to where people aren't showing up enough or other reasons. I guess not. If it were me, I would have gladly pocketed hundreds if not thousands to have a smaller suite. Would have still asked for more too.
  10. I love vacation and any opportunity I can get to go somewhere. This one would be rough for me. First and foremost, it's on the Rhapsody. The Rhapsody isn't known for its plethora of entertainment options. With the length and itinerary, it's more likely to be an older crowd as well. Not going to be the most exciting cruise. I much prefer port days. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy the 2-3 sea days on an average cruise. However, having too many loses its allure.
  11. lol @ a discussion of how you stay healthy while traveling turns into seat selection. Like you can select to be away from illness. People like to make themselves crazy over silly topics. For one, it depends on the time of the year. When the weather is cold, more people are going to be sick. When you are on a plane for 16 hours with people who are ill, you are worsening your chances. When you only get 4 hour of sleep the night before, you are worsening your chances. When you get all stressed out, you are worsening your chances.
  12. Welcome to the biggest downfall of mega ships, only so many ports can currently handle them. That is one of the biggest reasons why I haven't been on an Oasis class yet. I really want to. Every time we were looking at a trip, spending more money to go to the most frequented ports just wasn't our favorite option. I would pick the Eastern route though.
  13. I've never had a problem taking my tumbler with me. Often filled with whiskey. I've also brought cans of soda, equally without issue.
  14. I'd say with liquids in general. I can't even count how many people HAVE to have a specialty coffee, energy drink, soda, milkshake, etc every day or even multiple per day. To be completely honest, I think a cold can of Coca Cola is the tastiest drink there is. With that said, it doesn't mean I guzzle it by the gallons because I like it. Mostly because of health concerns. Partially also because I don't need to spend thousands per year on sugary liquids. Nothing about vacation makes me want to drink unlimited portions of it. I try to drink a lot of water while on vacation. All of the other stuff makes me feel like crap. I don't need to buy it in bottle form either. Apparently, this would ruin the vacation of many.
  15. I've really been wanting to try other lines, but Carnival has always won with me for price/itinerary/etc. I'm really interested in trying the mega ships from Norwegian and Royal. I think Royal has more of my interest. I have one more Carnival booked on the Horizon and I will try to do something else next. I will definitely want a Mardi Gras cruise as well.
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