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  1. Communicate! Communicate! Have a family meeting to discuss in detail what you are paying for and what their responsibilities are. Have it in writing and talk about it. Do not link your credit card to their accounts. If you would like to give them spending money I suggest putting OBC on their account or give them cash so they can decide how to spend it. Now if you're Daddy Warbucks let them have at it. Do you have room for 2 more? My hubs and I would love to join you. 😁😁
  2. Woke up to my DH SUV tire losing air pressure. Head to NTB where we just purchased tires about 3 months ago. Turns out he has a nail in his tire. Where the nail is located they recommend a new tire because patching it could lead to a blow out. We thought we purchased the "full coverage" warranty. But guess what? The warranty they sold us does not include tire replacement. AAARRGGHH!! Hot mad and I knew we should have gone to Discount Tires, where they don't use trickery in their tire warranties. We were trying to support local businesses in our suburban city. I could have swore what we purchased covered everything because they were running a big special. Oh well. $214 later we're sitting at home eating Chic Fil A because we're both irritated with this unexpected expense this morning and to mad to cook breakfast. LOL!
  3. Thank you Twangster for this much needed cruise review. This morning I just booked two "fake" cruises - one out of Galveston because it's my closest port and one that went to Perfect Day at Coco Cay because my new hubbie hasn't been there yet. It was on our 2020 summer/autumn cruise list. Sigh. Our last cruise was Alaska on the Celebrity Millie, June 2019. Man, had I known then what I know now I would have did a B2B, traveled to Denali and stayed an extra couple of weeks. We loved our Alaska cruise. I just received my photo book from our trip in the mail. I finally had the "time" to create one. Now I'm working on my Hawaii photo book. When it's all said and done, I might eventually get thru those 20 or so photo books I never had the time to create. LOL!! Thanks again for this review. It's bringing back great memories.
  4. Somewhere on the ship snoring! I love my late afternoon naps aboard the ship.
  5. There are elevators and escalators. I've used it a half a dozen times. They're past the food court before you get to Nordstrom's Rack.
  6. Or over pack like me and bring a bathing suit and a cover up for each day. LOL!!!😀
  7. It's your first cruise and you will probably over pack like all of us did. And it's OK. Skip the carry on and bring your medium luggage 25" and a backpack, tote or something to carry onto the ship with your meds, electronics, gotta have items, can't get lost items, bathing suit, important papers, docs, PASSPORT. No one cares about the type of luggage or brand of luggage you carry. 7 night cruise - be careful if you use one of those what do I pack for a cruise list. They will have you bringing everything and the kitchen sink. You basically need 2 outfits for each day and toiletries. Daytime bathing suit and cover up plus something comfy like shorts and tee or a comfy sun dress. Everyone dresses down during the day. In the evenings - 5 nights something casual and 2 nights something dressy. Casual - sundress, jeans and shirt, capris and shirt, nice shorts and blouse. Dressy - Nice maxi dress with cute sandal, LBD, jumper suit, formal dress. Happy planning!!! Welcome to your new addiction.
  8. Nah, if it's a mass market cruise line. If you're on CC we know you're like us and obsess over planning. A 4 nighter is pretty easy to plan. I think you will be fine booking directly with the cruise line. If you have questions ask us and then ask the cruise line.
  9. Thanks for posting this and thanks for the direct links to the questions. I'm going to print this out so I can read and prepare my answers to all the questions. This is good stuff. Come on CC'ers lets make sure our voices are heard. Good, bad or indifferent.
  10. I loved the horse races! Highlight of my 1st couple of RCCL cruises. I was so sad when I returned from a cruising hiatus to find out they no longer offered the horse races. I had talked it up big and we were going to get a horse, decorate it, etc. Boy was that a let down. Voyager OTS was my first cruise and I've been sailing every since and I have managed to get my BFF, hubbie and sister addicted. But I did warn them it was addicting before I took them on their 1st cruise. I love pizza - any kind of pizza and I'm not picky. I'll never forget finding the pizza place on Voyager. OMG! I was in hog heaven. I just sat there and would eat a couple of slices and then go back for more, REPEAT. My first midnight buffet - I thought it was the coolest thing ever. Remember when everyone was able to walk through and view the whole buffet display? Then the 2nd time around you were able to select the treats and eat them. Does anyone remember the first time you dressed up to go to your 1st formal night? I was sailing solo so I had all day to take my time and get ready. This was back when everyone dressed up for formal night. I had brought a bridesmaid dress to wear. I was so excited. At that time in my life, everyone was getting married so I had a plethora of bridesmaid dresses. 😀 I arrived in the MDR and I felt like a million bucks. Everyone looked spectacular. The service was kicked up a notch and we enjoyed an incredible lobster tail meal. I'll never forget it. I too have a cabinet full of Labodoozie and fountain drink cups. But I just can't seem to part with them. And I don't know why because they're just sitting under the cabinet. As we accumulate more, we just toss them in that bottom cabinet. SMH!! Now I'm glad I kept them so I can use them when I'm feeling down and blue because God only knows when we'll be able to cruise again. OP thanks for starting this thread.
  11. No! Don't do it. Ask yourself why do you want all 4 adults in one room? If it's money, wait and go when everyone can afford it. If it's not money just book 2 cabins. We booked a Jr. Suite for 3 people and it was tight. We managed because it was just a 4 nighter and we've been best friends for 15 years. If it's a short cruise and the roommates are VERY FAMILIAR with each other I would do it. If it's a 7 nighter NO WAY under any circumstance!!! If you have been friends at least 10 years, lived in close quarters or roommates, and are under 25 you should be ok as long as it's a short cruise 3 or 4 nights. Book 2 connecting inside cabins if money is an issue. If not book two regular balcony cabins. Or the two people who can afford the balcony, let them book the balcony and the other two can book across the hall in an inside cabin. You have a lot of options since cruises are fairly cheap right now.
  12. I'm still addicted! We were in the process of researching and booking a Christmas cruise when Covid shut the world down. So luckily for us we didn't have anything booked. I've never been able to book months and years ahead. I just can't do it. Every 6 months or so we booked something. Now we're just researching and wishing. We decided not to book anything until cruising actually starts back up again. I ain't got time to be booking and rebooking and L & S'ing. SMH! That would drive me insane. I'm hugging and giving shout out's to everyone caught up in that mess. We will cruise again but who knows when. But you know what I did do? I finally looked into those American Queen cruises. I don't think I would like them. I mainly cruise for the relaxation and staring at the deep blue ocean. I LOVE SEA DAYS!! The next thing I did was start looking at smaller luxury lines, specifically Paul Gauguin Cruises. So maybe smaller cruise ships are in our future. In the meantime, I'm hiking at our state parks on the weekends to keep me entertained. It's great because we start hiking around 7AM and we're finished by 9ishAM depending if it's a short 5 miler or 8 miler. No one is up and moving around at the parks at that hour. So we feel pretty safe in the woods hiking.
  13. This is my sitting on the cruise ship balcony reenactment. I could here the waves crashing on the beach. It was a wonderful feeling. Instead of the deep blues of the ocean as we cruise the Caribbean, I could see turquoise greens and blues and smell the fresh relaxing scent of the ocean. If you close your eyes you can be transported to your favorite ship and sitting on your balcony or out on deck. This is the closest I could get to the real thing (cruising) and I am so enjoying it.
  14. LOL! As Chaos mentioned they have nice bathrooms and I could spend an hour perusing inside the store. It is literally a Wally world sized QT, 7-11, Love's, etc. They sell everything and anything plus gas. And the crazy thing is we passed a 2nd Bucee's in FL as we made our way to Pensacola.
  15. That looks wonderful Tapi. Enjoy!
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