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About mgasaway

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    Rockford, IL
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  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Carnival, NCL
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
  1. Loved Hawaii!. Did POA years ago. Flew in 2 days before and stayed a day after. Rented a car for both the before and after trips and rented a car on all ports except Kona. Really liked the extended overnights on a few of the islands. We fell in love with Kuai and went back two more times for land vacations.
  2. When did they bring that back? Haven't seen that on a ship in many years. They do have Ultimate Texas Holdem (I'm playing in the Tournment in May), but I don't even see Carribean Stud at land casinos anymore either.
  3. Nice top, black slacks and sandals is as 'formal' as this old gal gets anymore. Actually, that's what I wear just about every night that I eat in the MDR. Did the formal thing the first few cruises and then stopped lugging all that extras stuff with us. We didn't enjoy it and sure didn't want to pay extra baggage fees for it. Never cared for the overpriced pictures.
  4. I can't wait to do a B2B but 2 weeks off in a row isn't an option. Hate it when work gets in the way of a cruise! As my retirement gift to me in a few years I'm thinking a B2B2B2B - West coast B2B then repositioning thru the Panama canal to East coast and doing the first east coast sailing. If I was to do it next year (don't I wish) it would be 42 days on the ship.
  5. Make sure you both have the WhatsApp app. WhatsApp works with the social plan.
  6. I sure wish I could figure out how these offers come out. I've cruised 3 times in the past year (14 total cruises lifetime) and always spend $$$$ in the casino. I'm a table player so no idea on the proverbial 'points' as table players don't get points. I do manage to get about 2300 slot points per cruise just by taking a break from the tables. Usually get DOU the first day. Even got the $1000 cookies last cruise. Just got off a cruise and didn't even get a Bounce Back (or whatever they are calling it now) much less any offers. My DIL who cruised once and put a grand total of $20 in a single slot gets offers! Love Carnival but about ready to jump ship to NCL or RCCL.
  7. oceanplayersclub.com usually works. They are slow to reply. Just waited 10 days for an answer from them
  8. I did Alaska with an inside cabin. I'm more of a panoramic-up-front person, I want the WHOLE view heading right into it. Didn't miss a balcony one bit. And those Alaska excursion can be pricy. Best use of my $$$ was not a balcony.
  9. Don't know the price of energy drinks - never drink them but club soda was $2.95 plus gratuity. Pre-order a 6 pack of club soda (or any soda) in advance to be delivered to the cabin and it's 6 for $10 ($1.66). I always pre order a 6 pk of Coke Zero and a 6 pk of club soda but ended up ordering a club soda from one of the pool servers because I was too lazy to go back to my cabin and get a can - lol.
  10. personally I'd take the lido interior. I almost always choose an interior, even on longer cruises. I sleep better in the darkness of an interior. And I always choose on or as close to Lido deck as possible - it's so close to the things I want to be near during the day.
  11. I'd book it too. Fortunately I do not get the migraines, just a sinus headache. But... I do like my casino time and like Carnival so until then I just take my allergy pills and gamble that the one sitting on either side of me is one of the 86% that do not smoke.
  12. Are you going out of Port Canaveral? It's about an hour from Orlando depending on traffic. Real easy drive. I always rent a car since I usually come in they day before. Last cruise the total for the car each way was $66 (I did a 'pot luck' car with Avis and ended up with a Volkswagen Jetta, return trip a GMC something - big SUV). Super easy to get to the rental return, free shuttle from Avis to the port and back. And as a preferred member with Avis they text me the car info, keys & paperwork were in it and I just showed it to the attendant on the way out.
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