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About Markmom18

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    Southern California
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    my hubby & family, golfing, traveling, reading
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    Eastern Caribbean

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  1. I'm going solo Spring 2020 on the Glory ( middle-aged woman)Do I need to be part of a Group to book (outside Carnival) for a Ruins Excursions? For instance with the highly recommended tour guide ( David?). If I go Carnival Excursion. A lazy day at the Baca Eco Park, would most likely be my choice. This is my 2nd time to Belize & MoBay. Thanks, 🌻🌻 Bobbi
  2. Wanna_Cruize, it is crazy!! But, probably makes Carnival Share holders smile thinking of folks like us "working" to get our Cruise Points to the next level. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜πŸ›³
  3. I'm with the group on this one. Wear your nice jeans. πŸ™‚πŸ™‚ Honestly, you will be the only person who is aware of this non-existent "problem". I mean that in the nicest way. When you get into the MDR , look around, really look and you will realize you had nothing to worry about! Keep having a wonderful time!! Bobbi
  4. Thanks for sharing your perspective.
  5. Well, I do understand that guests can leave plates on table. However, there were too many tables inside the LIDO Buffet and outside with plates of picked over or uneaten food. 🍝 πŸ₯— πŸ” 🍀 🍰 πŸ— The tables were filled with folks eating πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ» or they were in great need of being cleaned πŸ‘ŽπŸΎπŸ‘ŽπŸΎ. From the food plates, food on table, and a general wipe down. My group came to the not-so-surprising-conclusion that Staff cutbacks were the problem. I was just on the Inspiration with my husband in February. I have 2 upcoming cruises on her as well. So, this isn't stopping me from enjoying my cruises. Just a heads up. The bread? Well, yes we could have asked and I know we would have gotten a different bread basket. My point was: Stale bread each of the 4 nights. Does the entire MDR ask for "fresh bread"?? That was always a given on Carnival. Something akin to assuming your Fried Chicken is fried, mashed potatoes are not cubed potatoes. Bread is fresh/soft. πŸ›³πŸ›³ Bobbi
  6. Yesterday here on the Inspiration . We were a Deck above Guest Services. Seemingly out of nowhere a group of women, who were in a long line started yelling loudly. The group divided into I think 2 factions. Maybe 3 ?? Yellng, FINGER POINTING, FACE into FACE. One G.S. Male Staff came around the desk to "Referee". The ladies didn't respond or change their behavior. Two more men security guards . Nothing. Then a petite S.G. got to the scene and she led one group away. It seemed like it took forever for Security to get there. No progress was being made until the woman showed up. Would be interested on why the men kinda stood back and watched. Really weird and definitely the most inappropriate behaviors (the fighting women) I've witnessed on a Cruise. πŸ›³πŸ›³ Bobbi
  7. We will be back in Port of Long Beach tomorrow morning. First, excellent time cruising with my 83 year old Mom, and another Mom (86) & her daughter. Wonderful visit!!! ❀️❀️ However, A brief list of the Carnival cutbacks we noticed very easily. * Table after table that had plates with leftover & uneaten food inside and outside of LIDO. *Today was the worst. Tables were available I.e. Folks left, they were finished with their meal. But, their meals stayed behind.🀒 *Something odd going on with the bread in the basket. DRY, HARD & STALE. All 4 nights. This was a first for me. Was it always being reheated?? We were seated at about 5:50pm each night. Thats it. As always Staff, Fun Squad, Cabin Crew, just everybody was friendly. Great service all around. 😁😁 Just need some tweaking on a few things in the kitchen, IMO. πŸ›³πŸ›³ Bobbi
  8. Thanks Joe! I forget to check Yelp .... DOH! πŸ€—πŸ€—
  9. Well, I don't believe Amazon will deliver before we leave for the cruise early in the morning. My fault, last minute decision. I did look at Carnivals's stateroom decorations. $45+. Mmmmmm... Thank you both for those ideas. πŸ™‚ Anyone have a store they can recommend that I can go by today??
  10. Hi, Totally last minute decided to put something on the cabin door. Read Carnival's rules. Any ideas πŸ’‘ where to purchase ? Thanks!
  11. You know IDK what he was charged. πŸ€”πŸ€” He's out with his friends tonight. But now I'm curious. I'll post on his cost tomorrow. πŸ›³πŸ›³ Bobbi
  12. I also agree that it's just plain wrong to not provide internet access for FREE to the employees on the ship. Carnival could just include it as a benefit. BTW! Mark's internet service was no better than the ship's. He was a fortunate employee, he could afford the charges. He didn't think housekeeping gals could afford it on a daily basis. Those pitiful POOR wages (of the employees working physically the hardest) are true. πŸ˜”πŸ˜”. Less than $500 a month on the Dream cruise. I'm of the mind set that paying employees poor/low wages because "it's more than they could get at home" is wrong.
  13. Hi, I've posted here on the Board about our son who is a Carnival Fun Squad Member. Yes, he is tired. Who wouldn't be? But, he also takes naps, as do many of his fellow squad members do. His work duties: On his latest Contract on the Dream and prior to the Dream, the Freedom he was the Comedy Club Manager. He would leave the job around Midnight each night. On Port days with Tenders and Debarking he got up EARLY with the other Fun Squad members to assist cruise guests. Not much sleep the night before because he needed decompress time after working the Club. That's where the naps come in. He usually gulped a meal, and got a cat nap before his next assignment ... Trivia, Games, Hasbro, selling BINGO tickets , Deck Parties with all the dancing & fun. He & the other other Squad members worked on 6 month contracts, no days off. Those contracts have generally gone up to 7 months since he got off the ship July 27th. Every job on Sea or Land has it's plus & minuses. Overall Mark has enjoyed working for Carnival. Has made great friends & met awesome guests in general. He's only worked for this one cruise line. His "suggestion": In the Comedy Club Mgr position, could the powers that be, find a way for these Mgr's to skip doing Debarking & Tenders, due to the lateness of the job. Just these 2! πŸ™‚πŸ™‚ πŸ›³πŸ›³ Bobbi
  14. As an aside here ... I'm booked out of Long Beach for an end of Feb 2020 Inspiration, 4 Day cruise. I've diligently checked everyday since booking months ago, no luck yet. Regular Board Posters, I do understand about the whole process involved. Just hoping it'll open up for me. πŸ›³πŸ™‚ 🌻🌻 Bobbi
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