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About amandaepperson21

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    Cumming, Ga.
  • Interests
    Travel, adventure, boating
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Noncommital - no cheapies tho
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Western Caribbean

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  1. DO SEASIDE! I'm dying to go on Seaside. I went on Divina a couple of years ago an honestly it was the most beautiful ship I've been on (and I've been on a bunch). I liked MSC overall way better than Carnival too (been on 2 Carnival cruises, including one 7 day on a similar class ship as Divina).
  2. I'm 7 months post-op sleeve. Taking my first post-op cruise in 2 months. I dine out a lot. Like it's kind of ridiculous. I have learned to avoid appetizers. Too easy to fill up before the good stuff arrives. When we eat in the main dining room, I won't get one of every course. I'll also tell my waiter on our first night that I'm fine with having our food brought out at an accelerated pace if it's something they can do. The biggest thing I hate isn't the food I can't eat. It's the sitting there waiting while everyone else continues to eat long after I've had my fill LOL. I use the timer on my phone to pace myself between drinking and eating. I have found that if I have an empty stomach, I can drink as soon as 10-15 minutes before a meal and it be gone from my stomach. Most surgeons say no drinking 30-60 minutes prior to eating, but the purpose of that rule is so your stomach is empty and so that food doesn't easily wash out with the liquid. Through trial and error, I've found 15 minutes to be my sweet spot. Most importantly: lean steak IS healthy lol. Also lobster tail with a little butter. Seafood in general. I'm allergic to chicken so I eat a lot of steak and seafood. I don't usually do protein shakes. If you do, you can get a little baby formula powder travel case type thing (or two) and pre-portion out some scoops. Bring a yeti style cup for keeping your water cold all day.
  3. Sooooo to answer the original question lol.... Craziest thing I saw was two families - FAMILIES - go ALL OUT royal rumble on the Lido deck. It was on MSC Divina (about half European/non-English speaking), and none of them spoke English while they were screaming at each other, so I have no idea what it was about. I don't think they knew each other though. They had a verbal exchange earlier in the cruise. Four of them were carted off the ship in handcuffs at the next port.
  4. We’re sailing Freedom OTS on 9/15 from San Juan. I read that in the event of a hurricane, RC May reroute the cruise from an eastern Caribbean itinerary to western. If that were to happen, would they change the departure port? I’m about to book my airfare and hotel for the night before. Wondering how safe it is to book non-refundable lol. Especially on the airfare. September is the peak of hurricane season. One would hope PR will catch a break after its recent bettering, but I want to be prepared. We’ve only sailed from Florida thus far.
  5. One of the times we went to Cozumel, we had a long port day. We rented a car, went to the “back side” of the island, ate at this little (amazing) place called Mezcalitos where they had free beach hammocks, went to the back beach, drove to Carlos & Charley’s, did a couple of other things but I wasn’t the driver and the trips kind of blend together lol. Anyway, it was fun. The island isn’t huge so getting lost isn’t easy.
  6. Calico Jacks is the cruise ship passenger dumping ground. Depending on how many ships are in port, it will be crowded to very crowded.
  7. Depends on how you pack them. I’ll give you the 411. I’m not here to impress anyone with my sanctity 😒. 1- Don’t put them in the same luggage as your wine. 2- Put them vertically along the sides of your luggage. 3- Put each one in its own freezer bag for obvious reasons. 4- Pack less than you think you need because seriously you’re not going to be going back and forth to your cabin to make a drink every single time you want one.
  8. I have never cruised alone, but I love traveling alone. I imagine if I cruised alone it would be no different than my pursuits in solo land travels. I don’t solo travel to meet people, make friends, etc.. I solo travel for peace, relaxation, parasympathetic activities, meditation, etc.. I’ve been on 5 cruises and never really made friends with anyone. I go with my family. I’m not there to make friends. And if I went alone, I wouldnt be there to make friends. I’d want to be left alone. Otherwise it would defeat the entire purpose of going alone. But when I travel alone, I seek out cottages far off the beaten path so as to avoid human contact as much as possible, so a cruise definitely wouldn’t be my choice.
  9. We cruised the Caribbean last Spring on Divina. I've now been on 5 cruises... 2 Carnival (one older ship, one newer/larger/nicer), Costa Magica, just off Caribbean Princess and last year's Divina. Divina is hands down my favorite ship!! So beautiful. I also enjoyed the vibe onboard. The nightlife was very lively too. I like that Magnifica has a retractable pool cover like Divina. How does the Magnifica compare?? I'm looking to book a Greek Isles cruise next May and this is one of my top contenders. I'm not married to one particular line though. This is our 15th wedding anniversary trip, so I really want to get it perfect. The only other MSC ships sailing Greek Isles in May 19 don't look as exciting (Opera and Lirica).
  10. Both day and night every day last week on CB.
  11. I have been avoiding coming back to this post because I thought there would be a lot of critical feedback lol. But much to my surprise, there’s not! Thanks you guys! Glad I could constructively contribute.
  12. I only made it past 11:00 once and it was slow. I live on the east coast, so most of the time 11 felt like 12 or 1 am to me. While I liked that we kept local time, it was a struggle at night lol.
  13. Agreed on the AC. We were on Deck 10 with an extended balcony. I figured the deck 9 balconies were extended and partially covered like ours, just farther out. Bummer! The butter thing was crazy lol. There were 6 of us. 4 of which were kids ranging from 6-17. Every night was a race to the butter lol.
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