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  1. I'm doing a B2B in November - 4 night sailing in a suite and then a 9 night saiing in an inside cabin. I'll be doing both cruises solo. I will become Diamond Plus on my 2nd day of the 2nd cruise but realize I won't enjoy those benefits until my sailing next year. Looking forward to it!
  2. With the adult comedy shows I've gone to, I personally found it wasn't adult enough. It was almost as if they were afraid to go too raunchy. Either way, I usually stay for the entire show as they are entertaining.
  3. I don't know why I came to look at these pictures again 😞 I got a great price for my 9 night sailing and flights are already booked so there's no option to change. But I'm in an inside cabin - if I was in a balcony, I'd just live there throughout the day. How is deck 5 please? That's usually my reading and relaxation area throughout the day. Also, how is the Solarium?
  4. This is worrisome - I'm booked on Explorer for November. This will be my 3rd time on there and this is not what I'm expecting!
  5. I haven't had much luck with price drops lately as I book early being a solo cruiser. However, I would call in for pretty much any amount. The least amount I've called in for was $12 but they realized they forgot to apply my balcony discount, so I actually ended up getting a further reduction.
  6. My Happy Hour routine is to go to the lounge for the first 2 hours and consume 2 - 3 drinks with appetizers. Then I'll leave and consume the 3 drinks on my card over the last 90 minutes, usually bringing my last 2 drinks to dinner with me. I've been fortuante enough to get frozen drinks when I go to the pool bar as part of my 3 drinks. Hoping I can keep that up during my future sailings.
  7. I have a 3 night dining package booked for my 4 night Navigator sailing. Based on the invididual pricing, this was the best option. I booked for night 1 and I'm looking forward to trying Hooked and Jamie's Italian.
  8. I did the Chef's Table for the first time on my last cruise, which was a TA, and really enjoyed it. True story ... I emailed them before the cruise after hearing that they sometimes offer group discounts. It was showing as $130CDN and I refused to pay that price. They emailed me back saying they wouldn't be offering group discounts. When I got on onboard, it was being offered for $79 USD if I'm not mistaken and some people from the roll call were offered the experience for 50% off, which was good. I'd say on the 7th day of the sailing, I was reading the daily compass and saw that they had priced the Chef's Table incorrectly - it said $25!!! I had discussed it with two couples I had been spending some time with during my sailing and after a conversation with Guest Services and another manager, they honored that price but were told we had to do it on the last day of the sailing. It was an amazing way to end the cruise and we made sure to tip generously based on how much we paid. In saying all that, as much as I enjoyed the experience, I don't know if I could pay the regular price for it after this experience. It pays to read the daily compass in detail!
  9. 219 until Navigator and 223 until Explorer - can't wait for my first B2B!
  10. During my last cruise, I specifically told them I wanted to apply my discount for my free photo. They were prepared to charge me for it. That's the one Diamond perk I find you have to be extremely vocal about or you will get charged.
  11. I went to Resort for a Day and booked Warwick Paradise Island for the first time. I'm looking forward to it!
  12. Random question about the app ... how far in advance can I start using it for an upcoming sailing? It still won't let me access it for my Navigator sailing in November. I'm assuming maybe after final payment?
  13. My first long cruise was a 10 night March Explorer sailing from NJ. I loved the fact that it was older people. I don't think a 7 night sailing will be enough for me again. I'm fortunate to have 4 weeks of vacation and will always spend 2 weeks at a time on cruising.
  14. Done his tour twice and enjoyed both times. One of the times I went on his tour, my parents were on the following sailing. I asked him if I could prepay their tour and he said no problem. I was a little worried there would be an issue, but it went off so smoothly, they had a great time.
  15. There are no deals on my two sailings in November. If they are deals, they are not lower than what I previously booked (3 night dining package for Navigator and beach tour for Explorer)
  16. I've used their roaming services during my last trip in November, which was in Italy. I was only charged the daily rate. nothing more.
  17. I work for a wireless company. If it connects to voicemail, it will be considered 1 minute of usage. Depending on your Crown & Anchor level, it may be cheaper to use the ship phone.
  18. I like the longer cruises as well. I will always try and do a long one, either 9 or 10 nights. My last cruise was a 12 night TA. This fall, I'm doing a B2B with a 4 night and a 9 night sailing and then next year, I'm doing the 14 night TA on Allure. So yea, I like long cruises πŸ™‚
  19. I'm plus size and I'm usually fine in the shower - what I tend to do though is keep the door open and just put a towel on the floor.
  20. I did this as well with Henessey Pure White. Glad I realized they price matched as it was about a $7 difference.
  21. I booked the 3 night dining package for my Navigator sailing. I paid for it up front and based on what they were charging for the individual restaurants, I'm saving at least $50. Looking forward to trying Hooked and Jamie's Italian. You pick the time for the first day and they pick the rest but they are easliy changed.
  22. Thank you for these amazing photos. I'm on the ship in November and absolutely cannot wait ... I'm even thinking about getting the drink package. I already got the 3 night Dining package.
  23. I've sailed out of SJ 3 times and my worse sailing, unfortuantely, was the one I took shortly after the hurricane in November 2017. This was on Adventure but it was the first time I felt crowded on a ship and I've been on Allure. However, that wouldn't stop me from sailing from SJ again. It's a beautiful departure port.
  24. I cruise solo. During my last sailing, I booked a future cruise just to get the reduced deposit. They don't have special solo pricing, but depending on how early you book ahead, you may get great pricing. I'm booked in a solo Junior Suite for my upcoming Navigator sailing and since I've booked, the price has gone up $1,000.
  25. I usually do $30 for good service, but have not given extra a couple times due to inattentive service that I mentioned early in the sailing.
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