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  1. We have a cruise booked on the Sinfonia in November. Since I am an AF veteran, I received a 5% discount when we booked. I was told about the status match. We cruise several different cruise lines, but we are not more than say second tier on most of them. What would I gain if I did this status match with MSC> Can I get an additional 5% off, or does the military discount negate that? Cheers Len
  2. Agree. You can come and go as you please, anytime day or night. Cheers Len
  3. Congrats to you both. We are also celebrating our 45 next year with a Hawaiian cruise in Sept and a TA in November. Never need an excuse to cruise, but if one is there, why not. Cheers Len
  4. How would anyone feel, if they are coffee drinkers, and Carnival (or any cruise line), charged more for DeCaf, say $1.95 for every cup? If one is a tea only drinker, having to pay for something different is annoying. How would you feel about paying for Decaf? Cheers Len
  5. When my DW retired, three years ago in October, we immediately booked a 12 day journey cruise and just loved the 'extra' time at sea. Since then we haven't done a 7 day or less cruise. We have done a couple of other 12 day cruises a 13 day and a TA, 14 day. This year we are booked on another 14 day TA and an 12 day Mediterranean. Next year we have another 14 TA and a 11 day Hawaiian cruise (all on other cruise lines). My DW feels this is the way to go now. We look for more reposition cruises now, where the prices are pretty low and the cruises are much longer. AND we just love those sea days. There are NO CONS to longer cruises. If you love cruising, the longer the better. Cheers Len
  6. So, for those that are taking a cruise like this this year. Portland. We found the city pretty dull, but we have been there several times on our own. If you are into lighthouses, there are at least 5 within a 30 minute trip of Portland, by car. I think they have a light house tour, but if you could rent a car it would be so much easier. The Portland Head Light is a picture postcard from any angle. Ourselves, just can't understand why people would waste a port day going to LL Bean? Bar Harbor-If you have the time, get to Acadia National park. You can do the free bus, or do Ollies tours which are very popular. If you want to just hang around town, if you get to Bar Harbor at low tide, you can walk across the ocean floor to Bar Island, about a 1/4 mile walk. It is truly fascinating to walk where there can be 30 feet of water at high tide. They sound a horn when the tide starts to come in so you know it's time to get back. Halifax--again car rental to Peggy's Cove. Just a very nice drive and wonderful picturesque place. We also did a tour of the citadel and a stop at the gravesites of many of the dead from the Titanic. We found this fascinating. St Johns-we were so disappointed in this 'reversing rapids'. Just a big nothing. If you can get to the caves at low tide, that is a good tour, but otherwise, I found nothing especially interesting here. Hope this helps Cheers Len
  7. My DW drinks at least 5 cups of tea a day. If she weren't bringing her own tea bags and just wanted a cup of mint tea, that would cost her $1.95 for the tea bag. So if she drinks a cup or two at breakfast, another at lunch, maybe another one or two at tea time, after dinner another one or two and she loves a cup before she goes to bed, you do the math. At $1.95 each tea bag, over 7 days, it does add up. This is not about favorite specialty beverage, just a plain old cup of say mint tea, or chamomile tea, something EVERY other cruise line provides for free. Do you consider a mint tea bag, a specialty tea? Cheers Len
  8. On any of the cruise lines you mentioned, you can get as many mint tea bags as you like. along with about 10 other choices, from regular, to green, to orange to Chamomile etc. You get the point. This is NOT rocket science here. No one said anything about 'premium' tea, just a plain mint tea bag, or whatever other flavors might be available. Name ONE other cruise line that just limits their tea bag selection to regular and green? Sorry Carnival takes that award, hands down. Cheers Len
  9. Obviously you didn't take the time to ready my posts. I already said my DW beings her own tea bags. In fact she usually brings enough to supply most of our table every night. It was NOT about the money but about Carnival being the only cruise line who does something as cheap as this. Cheers Len
  10. We sailed the Baltics several years ago, and to date, this was our favorite cruise. Just being in some of those ports, that we have only read about or watched in movies, Copenhagen Stockholm Helsinki and more, and if you can get to St Petersburg Russia, well, it is truly a once in a lifetime experience. I would heartily recommend that. Cheers Len
  11. Since you made a thing of it, my DW drinks at least 5 cups of tea a day. Times that by say 7 days for a cruise and that equals about $70 to drink tea she likes. Do YOU think that is worth it? Cheers Len
  12. Can this site be viewed in other languages? Like is some one doesn't speak or read much English, can they change the language to what they are comfortable with? Cheers Len
  13. We are from NYC. WE hate the hot weather and will never do a cruise to the Caribbean in those months. Before we did our Baltic cruise we were set to do a Mediterranean cruise but when we checked temperatures, we saw, way too hot, so the Baltics it was. We used to vacation mid to late August and that is when we went and, for us, it was perfect. We had cool mornings and evenings and the days were warm but never hot. Now, if you read this forum, you will soon learn that no one is ever right about the weather there. Next year it could be in the 90's in September, but you just have to go with the averages. We wanted cooler weather and we got exactly what we were looking for. Seas were as calm as can be and we had little to no rain. (this was unusual, but we didn't complain.) Cheers Len
  14. Great Jen. Wasn't trying to make it look like a shout out. Glad you took it exactly the way I was trying to word it. A+++++ Cheers Len
  15. I have always brought small power strips without a problem, but, on reading, seems those days are over. Question though. We are always in an inside cabin. We always bring a clock radio with us and use a regular extension cord to be able to place it where we want for best viewing the time. So are regular extension cords allowed now? Can we bring a simple plug that goes into one outlet but lets you plug 3 things into it? Cheers Len
  16. We are also in the crowd that likes to look at it the night before, ask each other if we want to do this or that. Half the time we forget about it the next day unless it is something we really like to do. Funny though and many of the 'older' cruisers will remember this. years ago, they used to have a lot more things to do, like lectures about things other than shopping. They had sort of classes for educational things, they had more craft type things to do. On our last cruise on the Grandeur, I spoke to the Captain about having a sort of astronomy class up on deck, maybe after dark. he told me they used to do things like that, but alas, not any more. Those are the things we really looked forward to. Now it's trivia or towel folding. :rolleyes::rolleyes::rolleyes: Cheers Len
  17. I am also a veteran and always look for a military discount. I agree with all the others that have said they are either very, very few, or basically non existent. AND it is just not limited to RCCL. Almost all the cruise lines advertise that they give military discounts but few ever do. As was said, the only one that does is Princess and funny thing, they really don't make a big deal of it in advertising. I believe they give $250 OBC for any cruise 7 days or longer. Tip of the cap to them. They put their money where their mouths are and do honor us veterans. Funny though, Carnival, the parent company of Princess, does squat. They all talk the talk but few walk the walk. Cheers Len
  18. When we booked our cruise, it asked for my name as it appeared on our passport. I have a first name, a middle name and a last name. But, for some reason, it took my first name AND middle name and came up with that as just my first name. I tried to sign in for hours using my first name and it never worked. Took me that long to see they had my first name as 2 names. OK so I maneuvered around that, but for the life of me, I can't figure out how to change that to reflect just my first name. Nothing major, just a pain. Cheers Len
  19. I am troubled to hear that. We are booked on the Sinfonia in November and I don't need a wheel chair but I do walk with a cane. But rudeness is not limited to any one class of people. On many cruises from the USA, I find Orientals seem to feel it's their right to cut lines, jump in front of anyone not looking. Now I am not putting down any race or class of people, there sure are many Americans who could use a lesson in manners, but as I get older, I just see more and more inconsiderate people roaming this earth. Cheers Len
  20. We are sailing on the Sinfonia end of November, 2018. I booked this cruise in May, started the roll call, and, to date, it has gotten 7 replies and 5 of them are mine. And it is just not this cruise. I look over the entire MSC roll call page and rarely see anyone posting to any cruise. Is it the ship, the entire thought process, do not Europeans visit cruise critic or the roll call section? I've never seen anything like this. Cheers Len
  21. Hey Jenn Not to be a downer here, and I understand you seem to know what you are doing, but that type of thinking leads to Melanoma and early death. If you think by sitting in the shade you won't get sunburn or have the sun effect your skin, you are wrong. Take it from some one who has had 2 cases of melanoma, both caught early. I had grown up in the sun, and am paying for it now. It can, and will effect you, if not now, then later in life. I know it may be a bother, but PLEASE, use that sunscreen anytime you are out, even in the shade or on non sunny days. Not criticizing, just trying to warn you of something I've already been thru. Cheers Len
  22. My DW loves 'High tea' or whatever they call it now on sea days. It is a great break from other things. Myself, I am a veteran and the last couple of cruises on Carnival, they set up a couple of tables for us veterans (on the other side of the tea time). I understand how some just say, no big deal and pay for any tea that isn't regular, but, you know what, that really turned us off from Carnival a few years ago. Say what you will that it is only a minor thing, and yes it is, but it irks us to no end. My DW loves a cup of mint tea with dinner, even before bedtime, and yes she brings her own little collection of tea with her, and to share with others who also hate that they can't get a herbal or flavored tea bag. Believe me, it is NOT the money, but the nerve to charge for a tea bag. UGH Cheers Len
  23. You got that right. It is so easy to get the charms, put them on the bracelet and then wear it. After 2 -3 times, the bracelet looks already old. They do try and get you to buy another one, if you do your nuts. They aren't worth more than 50cents. We have so many, thought they would be nice for the grandchildren, until they wear one and it turns after a week. Embarrassing. never again. Cheers Len
  24. Looked at the web site and have a question, if you don't mind. I see that they list Princess and Costa. I own 100 and some odd shares of Carnival. If I do a 14 Costa cruise, am I eligible for 200Euro OBC? Cheers Len
  25. Thanks so much for all the helpful hints. I will keep checking for a possible early check in time. Cheers Len
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