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mredandchis

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About mredandchis

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    NC
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    cruising of course , motocycles, wood work, gardening
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Carnival
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    St Maarten St Kitts St Lucia

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  1. OHHH my daughter will get one for the cruise also. in fact Poo be gone for every one
  2. You know i was reading cruise hacks on here recently and that was mentioned as a plus. Now to find one that fits lol. Like this one , wait not carnival colors lol
  3. LOL she doesnt wear hats but that is an avenue there and gives me some ideas. thanks
  4. You are genius . She loves gagging the family with a Special Gift. I am still chuckling
  5. not bad, a couple years ago a bought her a pandora bracelet thing and first charm was a boat. lol The kids added to it and it became special. She even got charms at ports. But that is a decent idea. what woman can have too much jewelry?
  6. Lol i am just a guy that needs help. go figure a man needing help huh? Shoes and sandles and flip flops my wife has . And even has some that are "For the cruise" but still a good idea.
  7. We have a thing in the family including the 20 something granddaughters that when some items, usually dresses or shoes, are bought or given the words "its for the cruise" and laughter rings out. So as a sort of gag gift I always like to get the wife something that isnt expensive but recently more specifically aimed at 'its for the cruise'. Last year i got her a lanyard that said cruise junkie on it and it has gone on every cruise since. I was wondering , and maybe this is more talking to the ladies, what inexpensive, off the wall thing I could get her this year. Looking for something for a stocking stuffer that yall take on a cruise that just neat to have. I have tried google searches and come up empty. Just thought maybe you have something that goes with you on cruises.
  8. I keep reading about removing grats from the bill on the cruise and yes I know it is an option but then you punish many for the actions of a few or even the one. I think the service is exceptional on most cruise ships. But there are Other ways of handling things. A few years ago I had a steward on one ship that everything started out normal with the typical first meeting. I asked him if he could bring some ice as my wife was having issues with her knee and he said no problem. There was no ice, and i spotted him the next day and he apologized and said for sure this evening. Well no ice again and the bed wasnt made which i had opted for later room cleaning. So i looked for him the next day and didnt see him. and I left a note in the room about the ice. BTW I was heading to the bar and got buckets of ice to take care of the wife, But at 6pm still no visitation. So i went and found the housekeeping superviser and she explained that the steward was laid up sick. I said oh so the problem is a management one? So 2 hours later the room was made up but again the ice note was moved but no ice. I mentioned this to a my bar waitress in the Casino. Her reaction was surprising, She said come with me I think you need to meet the hotel manager. And she found him easily and left me with him for me to tell him my little issue. Within the hour I found 2 buckets of ice in the room and everything looking ship shape. I found out that suddenly the housekeeper in the casino was now my temp steward. A day or so my orginal steward was back at work and apologized for getting sick and how his pardner was left alone with a multitude of rooms. I had great service the rest of the cruise. And both he and the casino housekeeper got thier pockets lined with a little extra. The point is the Carnival management are very proactive, customer service is a little overwelmed with issues. And sometimes these issues can be resolved. In looking at the whole situation and the reactions of the various people it seemed that the housekeeping supervisor made an error and was corrected. The assistant steward was overwhelmed and once she got help the service became great. It would have been wrong to punish the housekeeping staff for that. They can only do so much.
  9. Here here. I have been to Great Britain on a number of holidays and the service was always reasonable. And i would even say friendly as int some areas being a Yank is met with surprise. The first meal I had in a place I believe was called the Happy Eater I did feel strange not leaving a tip, but then it also felt strange to be paying in pound sterling and trying to sort that out. But I can imagine the feeling would be very unique coming the other way. I do think if they cut out the tipping on cruise ships the ticket price would raise a hair but nothing people would notice. I think the current tipping allows the line to increase profits by a smidge.
  10. Here here. I have been to Great Britain on a number of holidays and the service was always reasonable. And i would even say friendly as int some areas being a Yank is met with surprise. The first meal I had in a place I believe was called the Happy Eater I did feel strange not leaving a tip, but then it also felt strange to be paying in pound sterling and trying to sort that out. But I can imagine the feeling would be very unique coming the other way. I do think if they cut out the tipping on cruise ships the ticket price would raise a hair but nothing people would notice. I think the current tipping allows the line to increase profits by a smidge.
  11. It is true that over all cruising in more expensive. I like to track what my real costs are at the end of any vacation. They are always more than you think, and i include everything. This thing is and like you said you love camping and i have done that with my 19 foot travel trailer. I also have gone to the outer banks and stayed in a hotel. and of course I cruise like every chance i get. But then there is a value thing that i cant calculate when it comes to certain things. Like a hotel that moves to different places and I dont have to drive. Entertainment every evening that i wouldnt do on a land based vacation. I always feel more rested after a cruise. But even in a cruise 2 different parties can have significantly different costs on the same boat. So maybe it will be a once in a lifetime experience for you, but you wont regret it. And the camping will be there for you for the next time. Enjoy
  12. Been reading this thread and find the opinions interesting. In the days before this automatic tipping we would get envelopes and had to find or have cash and fill the envelopes and pass them out on the last day. Ok and we got to say thank you. But there were more envelopes than just the waiter in the MDR and the Steward. And i always for the most part felt compelled in my spirit to tip more than what the lines recommended. So then the cruise lines started this automatic thing. Now ok lets say tip for Dining staff, first off I got the hostesses and they are trying to get me a table i requested or a waiter i would like. They dont want me to wait and they are trying their best. And now there are 3 people serving my table. And usually the service is great. But sometimes one of those 3 people are running off to get your orders and getting them back to the head waiter so you may enjoy a hot entree. You dont see it but they are still serving you. Then what about those waite staff up on Lido. People clearing tables so you can sit down now. People removing dirty dishes so you can enjoy a sweet dessert. The person keeping the line filled with fresh made food or the person making omelets and quickly and perfectly. So many people serving you and doing it with a smile. And when there is a line we get to complain. But heck there is only 2500 people on the boat. I pay that gratuty because i am thankful for all they do. Now SOME kinda stand out. Some make the cruise better. These people work 12 hour days with a little time off during a week. Yet they are always smiling. They are always serving you. When certain ones stand out I always hunt them down like a wolf and slide some cash into thier hand. I have found THOSE personal tips are not required to go to the pool. And they do appreciate it. Now if i get bad service from anyone, I like to go find the boss and let them know. I feel i pay this automatic gratuity to get good service. Dont make me what to pull back a portion. I find for the most part and specially more recently that the service is impeccable. Well ok maybe the bar waiters on the lido seem to pull disappearing acts. And waiting on a drink sometimes seems a little long. But i just had a good one a 10er early on in the cruise and I am never needy for a drink afterwards. This is all my opinion, and it works for me.
  13. i lived in Germany for 4 years. there is no tipping in Germany. Everyone is paid a fair and decent salary for the job they do. Actually American tipping is to some part unique. Actually leaving a tip can be considered rude. I know that sounds so backwards. One thing i learnt early on was rounding the bill. This saved her a headache, This was before the Euro and lets say she would come to me with the bill and say it was 47.25 marks. I would then hand her 50 marks and simply say 50 marks. which loosely meant to keep the change. I am just saying, the way we think in america isnt always the same world wide. So you are right, there shouldnt be any trouble. As they say when in Rome do as the Romans do.
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