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  1. One cruise a year. After taking time off for a cruise, time off for a land-based vacation, and a week off at Christmas time to spend with family and friends, I don't have any more vacation time. Maybe after I retire we can cruise more than once a year.
  2. Hub app or kiosk. Doesn't make any difference. That won't change the design flaws of the ship.
  3. The Vista. I didn't like the way the theater is designed. We had Anytime Dining, which is held in the Horizon Restaurant, in the Aft of the ship on Deck 3. Because the entrance to the MDR is on Deck 3, right off of the elevator lobby, there is very little room for people to line up to wait to be seated. Instead, you have to go to a little kiosk on Deck 5 and get a ticket with your check in time to be seated, then make your way down two decks to the MDR when it's time to go eat dinner. A major design flaw in my opinion. Also not real fond of the Atrium design. These, along with a few other minor things that I didn't like, are the reasons we won't be cruising again on the Vista. And, since the sister ship the Horizon is built the same way, we won't be cruising on it either.
  4. Looks like Captain America and Batman need to lay off the WCMC.
  5. Although we've never cruised out New Orleans, I'm guessing the checked baggage there is handled pretty much the same way as it is at every cruise terminal. The porter out at curb side takes your bags and puts them on a cart. When the cart is full, it gets pushed inside the terminal where someone else takes the cart and transfers the bags to a cage-like container. When the container is full, a forklift driver loads it onto the ship. Once the curbside cart load of bags leaves the porter's hands, there is no way that the porter would be able to toss your bag into the water because he didn't get a tip. So don't believe the myth.
  6. Not sure about every U.S. port, but it's an easy bet that the porters at the New York cruise terminal are union workers.
  7. This topic has been discussed and debated many times before, both on here and other cruise forums. Since the porters at the cruise terminals are members of the Longshoremen's Union, and are getting paid union wages (which is more per hour than many cruisers earn), we feel that $1.00 - $2.00 per bag is sufficient. But, tip whatever you feel is right for you.
  8. Since you're on a cruise ship, the best answer would be "cruise casual". So, basically what you might wear if you're going to lunch at the buffet, or a deck party on the Lido deck.
  9. How well wifi works on the ship will depend on where you are on the ship. It can be spotty sometimes, and seems to work better when in an open area, such as the Lido Deck, but may not work so well when inside on a lower deck, such as Deck 3 (Lobby Deck) or Deck 5 (Promenade).
  10. $4.50 a 12 pack + delivery fee times how many 12 packs per cruise? Since we're not addicted to bottled water, we each take our own Tervis tumblers (for the one time cost of $15.00 each) and refill them over and over again with the free ice and water provided by the ship.
  11. Yes, it's true that people don't decorate their hotel room door. However, if someone is staying at a hotel, either pre-cruise or post cruise, it's usually only for one night, unlike being on a cruise ship for a week. Some people like to let their fellow passengers know if they're celebrating a special occasion, such as a birthday, anniversary, graduation, etc. And, while it's true that each cabin has it's number on the mail box, for some folks it's quicker and easier to find their cabin if there's some sort of decoration on the door, even if it's just a cutout of a starfish or a seashell. 😉
  12. I found this on Carnival's "F.A.Q." page: https://help.carnival.com/app/answers/list/search/1/kw/change of itinerary Cruise Cancellation and Itinerary Change PolicyCarnival reserves the right to cancel or substitute any scheduled port of call at any time and for any reason whatsoever without prior notice and shall not be liable for any loss to guests by reason...
  13. About two years ago, I read that the captain of one of Carnival's ships did not like seeing the cabin doors decorated and took it upon himself to have door decorations banned. This ban prompted a LOT of negative feedback from the passengers, and, as far as I know, the ban was lifted. Perhaps one (or more) of Norwegian's captains have similarly prompted this rule.
  14. If Carnival adopts these same restrictions, I'm sure they'll be strictly enforced fleet wide , just like all of their current restrictions, such as chair hogging, smoking, MDR dress code, etc.
  15. I'm a bit confused. Are you already booked on the Mardi Gras for 10/24/2020, and you're checking for price drops? If the cruise is sold out, then there won't be any price drops.
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