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  1. Since your parents are older and experienced cruisers, I'd recommend Holland America. HAL is known for impressing older, experienced cruisers. One of the best benefits I can think of is that HAL offers hot food in-cabin, and in the past I've been able to order from the evening dining room menu to be delivered to my cabin without cost except for tip. And I could order hot breakfast for room service without charge. That can be a nice perk for experienced Carnival cruisers who've never had that option. HAL's atmosphere is more subdued and they tend to attract a different clientele that older cruisers might appreciate (think cooking demonstrations and wine tastings on HAL vs. hairy chest contests on Carnival). Considering HAL visits mostly the same Caribbean ports that Carnival visits, you might find HAL to be a good match for them, all at a reasonable price. And unlike Carnival, HAL allows you to stipulate when you book whether you are interested in upgrades after booking.
  2. I applaud the changes and hope Carnival Corporation will continue to seek out ways to be more environmentally friendly. I also hope this is the beginning of a Carnival Corporation culture change that emphasizes environmental practice proactivity vs. being reactive to financial penalties for environmental violations. The very fact the penalties occurred is an indication Carnival Corporation suffers from an unhealthy "Tone at the Top" when it comes to company culture toward environmental stewardship. That is a leadership failure first and foremost that should not occur when you consider how much leadership is paid. Every CCL shareholder should be concerned about that, as should Carnival Corporation customers.
  3. Thanks everyone for your responses. That is exactly what I needed to know. I greatly appreciate the information.
  4. Yes, I know there is a "single smoking thread;" however, I find conflicting information, so I would like to ask for up-to-date information please for those able to contribute only current information. Please--I'm only inquiring about the status of smoking in HAL's casinos. Thank you. The smoking thread references HAL FAQs which states, "Onboard Zuiderdam, Oosterdam, Westerdam, Eurodam and Nieuw Amsterdam the casinos are non-smoking." In HAL's current "Know Before You Go" document, it states, "Designated areas for active slot players in Casinos. Oosterdam, Eurodam and Zuiderdam casinos are completely non-smoking." So which is correct and current information? Does anyone have up-to-date information about which HAL casinos are completely smoke-free? Thank you! Reference page 16 in Know Before You Go: file:///C:/Users/Ro/AppData/Local/Microsoft/Windows/Temporary%20Internet%20Files/Content.IE5/FIYGQ1MB/KBYG.pdf HAL's FAQ: https://www.hollandamerica.com/en_US/faq.html
  5. I'm sure there are plenty of cruisers who couldn't care less about TV channels, but I'm not one of them. I have a very stressful job that requires I'm up by at least 4 AM. My body doesn't deviate much from that schedule on vacation. I enjoy down time on vacation. After 41 cruises, the same old evening cruise entertainment and cruising wow factors aren't reasons I cruise. I enjoy some quiet cabin TV time on vacation. And there's no way I'm going to miss big games during football season. There are plenty of land-based casinos that offer great game coverage.
  6. Hi BoDidly. Nope. Not yet. For the first time today in months I looked at my Carnival casino offers online. My best offer was some special Premier offer with $1000 casino cash, but I wasn't impressed with the cabin casino rate. I'm sure there are people out there who would enjoy any casino discount, but the offers I saw did not excite me. I guess I have a somewhat unique perspective. I do not enjoy cruising when school is out during the summer months, so I haven't cruised summer in a long time (too many kids for me). Then Carnival stopped televising main network television on their ships, and I am a football fan. So I've avoided Carnival since that change because many football games are not televised during football season. That leaves a pretty small window for me. The planets haven't aligned lately to entice me to book. I've cruised 41 times, mostly on Carnival, but I've been spending my vacation cash other places since the changes. I'll check in once in a while to see what's available, but until I see an offer that meets my needs, I'll be spending my vacation dollars elsewhere.
  7. The Blue Angels are like royalty in Middle Tennessee. From my house, I saw the smoke plume where Blue Angels' Captain Jeff Kuss crashed in 2016. A permanent memorial is now in place. It's much more somber than the Carnival "Choose Fun" Air Ship I saw today in the same area. I say to anyone who has never seen the Blue Angels perform, go see them perform if you have the opportunity. (But yes, you may want to bring earplugs.) Thanks for sharing, Thorncroft.
  8. It is fun to watch. Carnival's Air Ship ended up flying over and around my neighborhood for several hours this morning. I enjoy watching air traffic living close to a small airport and growing up in the Air Force. The Blue Angels are coming in June. My house is right in their flight path during their air show so I get a free front row seat in front of my house.
  9. I saw a post about that on one of Carnival's social media sites as I was researching what it was this morning. I had never heard about it before today. Watching it I found it interesting they roll it side to side so people below can better see the writing on the sides. I was thinking that would make me sea sick (pun intended) if I was onboard!
  10. I think it's stalking me since I haven't taken a Carnival cruise in 14 months. Lol. It just made it's sixth pass over my neighborhood.
  11. Carnival's "Choose Fun" Air Ship just flew over my house. What a surprise! I live in Middle Tennessee. Has anyone else seen this blimp as it makes it's way around the country on it's advertising campaign? It was pretty loud--loud enough that it made me get up to look out the window to see what it was. I'm accustomed to hearing air traffic because I live near a small airport, so normally I don't even pay attention. I didn't have my phone with me at the time to get a photo.
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