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Everything posted by candigirl41

  1. My friend and I just booked a last minute cruise on the Joy. We did a balcony guarantee and a day or so later we were given a great location on deck 12 near the aft elevators. This is a great location for me. I don't like being forward so this was great news. Candi
  2. You can try, but the last two times my friend put vodka in rum runners there was a note in the suitcase saying it had been confiscated and would not be returned. Candi
  3. I am one of the lucky few. I drink Pepsi at home. In a situation where only Coke products are available I manage quite well. Candi
  4. I just prefer it at the beginning. They do this on NCL when possible. They always have refreshments and staff there to answer questions. They also give you a list of all the different department heads in case you have a compliment or complaint you can reach them. Just my opinion. Candi
  5. Having the meet and mingle the last day is really pointless. The whole point to me is meeting people st the start of the cruise. Candi
  6. Love your reviews. They keep me going until my next Cruise. I am leaving Saturday morning to fly to Vancouver then on board Norwegian Jewel on Monday to L.A. looking forward to your December review, that will keep me going until February Panorama cruise.
  7. The Panorama is doing 7 day sailings to Cabo, Mazatlan and Puerto Vallarta. Candi
  8. The pizza tastes like frozen Red Baron pizza to me. Candi
  9. Thanks for the clarification. Just wanted people to know that the Jewel was not there that day. Candi
  10. I always let our servers know if we need to be somewhere else and we have not had a problem getting out in 45-60 minutes. We usually get to the dining room as soon as it opens. We like to eat early and then enjoy the whole evening. We know we can get a snack at O'Sheehan's or the Buffet. Candi
  11. I am on the Jewel and we depart on October 7, 2019. There is no sailing from Vancouver on the Jewel on October 6. Candi
  12. I also wish they would go back to the old deli. The turkey is now on a pretzel bun and if I can't get it on regular wheat bread I will order whatever is on wheat and switch it around and throw out what I don't want. I hate to waste food, but not having options isn't good. I also don't want to be told which condiments come with it. I wish they would put those at the end of the line so I can pick what I want. I actually wish they would have a build your own sandwich bar where you pick your bread meat cheese veggies and condiments. I know it won't happen, but that would be my ideal sandwich station. Like a salad bar where I can pick what I want. Candi
  13. I knew what it meant as my parents were English. Funny how different people speaking the same language can have different terms. Candi
  14. All great answers. I like the Freestyle concept. I wish there was more activities on sea days that weren't an extra charge. There seems to be a lot to do, but most have those extra charges. I like the trivia which is free. I go to Deal or no Deal, but just to watch. It's way too much money. Bingo is fun but again way too much for what you get. I always find things to do and any cruise is better than being home. Candi
  15. Believe it or not but free upgrades can happen. I sailed on the Miracle in November of 2017. We were in our hotel room getting ready to go to the port when my friends phone rang. He asked me where 305 area code was and I told him Florida, answer it. We got a free upgrade from an inside cabin to a mid ship balcony. We were shocked, as I thought those days were gone forever. You just never know. Candi
  16. You will be fine on Carnival. I have been on 16 Carnival, 3 RCCL, 4 Princess and 3 NCL. I have NCL booked in October, Carnival next February and Princess Nov 2020. They are more alike than different. Some things will be better and some things not so much. I really like the food on Princess and NCL. NCL has a great buffet and I don't like buffets. Carnival has the deli which is really good. I think your kids will enjoy it. I took my daughter on 9 Carnival cruises and she always had fun. Candi
  17. The gratuity on the drink package is around $130.00 for the entire week. I drink wine and at $9-$12 a glass I would be over that amount after about day 5. If you only drink a beer here and there then it's maybe worth it not to do it. I always get my money's worth on the gratuity. Candi
  18. The last time we sailed on Carnival, my friend had his rum runner in his shoe in his checked luggage. It was taken out of the suitcase and there was a note stating they had taken it. I think the baggage scanners are getting more sophisticated. He gets them through on NCL every time and also Princess. He isn't cheap but likes to have the vodka in the room when we are relaxing and watching TV. We always get the beverage package so we aren't taking anything away from the cruise line. Candi
  19. When you board you should be able to go straight to your room and your cards will be in the mailbox outside your room. When this program first started many people had concerns such as yours, but no one has had a problem that I have read about. If you can't get your cards immediately you can use your boarding pass to charge drinks. If you notice your cards are missing go to guest services immediately to let them know so they can issue you new cards. Most people have said this process works very well and makes check in smoother. You picture also pops up when you purchase something. I would think that alone would deter people from taking others cards. Candi
  20. Yes. There were people on our cruise last March that had a single bottle of soda and were made to drink it before boarding or throw it out. Candi
  21. Thanks I just figured that out. I missed it somehow. Great information. I will check your drink menu as well. This really helped me. Candi
  22. Thanks for the information. I don't think I can use the dailies as you didn't appear to have a sea day and I need to know opening times on sea days. Thanks again Candi
  23. Do you have a copy of a sea day Freestyle Daily which shows what time the bars open? I am trying to figure out a pub crawl. Thanks in advance. Candi
  24. Thanks so much for that very entertaining review. Lee is my favorite cruise director. I met him the first night of the cruise and he said hi to me by name every time he saw me. I wish he was on my Panorama cruise in February. I have read all your reviews and also agree you should check into doing videos on youtube. You have a great writing style. Thanks again. Candi
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