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miched

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    Land of Ice, Snow, and Potholes
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    ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING
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    The one that I am on
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Some place no one else has ever been

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  1. They are always have a sale the same as the furniture stores. Some are just better than others. Happy cruising πŸŒŠπŸš’πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡ΈπŸŒ…
  2. Black Friday specials. What a joke. I checked all of my cruises and they are almost double in the cost. X is preying in the rookies that don’t know any better and that is the target market. Happy cruising πŸŒŠπŸš’πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡ΈπŸŒ…
  3. What is worn under a kilt? Nothing! Everything is in fine operating condition. πŸ€— Happy cruising πŸŒŠπŸš’πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡ΈπŸŒ…
  4. They don’t serve anything family style. The closest would be Qusine sharing with a lot of people at your table, or maybe the buffet. When I am on a cruise everyday is thanksgivings. I thank God everyday for being able to do that. Happy cruising πŸŒŠπŸš’πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡ΈπŸŒ…
  5. Another issue we have noticed is that besides the ridiculous increase in cost there are also the cuts in a lot of areas. For most of our cruises for the last few years we have have a bev pack and upgraded to the premium. Many of the premium spirits that were offered are no longer available We would spend a lot of time at the Molecular Bar and then it was changed to the World Class Bar. We enjoyed the drinks and watching the Bts making them. Thru the years they gradually cut the product. They use to have the round ice cube that was made in that ice press. Now it is the just chipped off block that was put into that press. They had special glasses per each drink, now it is hot or miss. They use to have fresh ingredients along the bar that they used to make the drinks. Now many drinks are made using a premix. They had mixing glasses to make the drinks in, now they use a metal container. These are cut that we noticed at the WCB on our last cruise and only had two drinks from there because they weren’t as good They use to have little square chocolate candies at the Cafe al Bacio that were in a wooden box. Many didn't know about them but we did. They are no longer available One bottle of water in AQ per cruise, it use to be daily, no grand buffet, they tried cutting out the chocolate on the pillow, tried charging $10 for a hamburger. The prices of the specialty restaurants keeps increasing but the quality and offerings seem to be declining. I am sure that I am missing a lot of other cuts but the point is X claims that the cuts were made to keep the cost down??? i can afford to cruise because I worked, knew the value of a dollar and didn’t spend it foolishly. To keep cruising on X at the current prices would be for me spending my money foolishly happy cruising πŸŒŠπŸš’πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡ΈπŸŒ….
  6. We were on the Equinox in Oct and it would rank at the bottom of over 40 cruises that we have been on. That cruise was lacking something. happy cruising πŸŒŠπŸš’πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡ΈπŸŒ…
  7. To the Op I live in the USA. We have a few more cruises booked with X and those will probably be our last and have even considered canceling a few of them. Those that we have booked are pushing the limit for value but looking at the prices of future cruises they are a β€œbargain” so we may take them as our last hurrah. i don't see any more cruises after those as the prices are way out of line. Our lives don’t revolve around taking a cruise and we have may more enjoyable things to do that is a lot cheaper. Will X miss us. I don’t think so as there many rookies out there with more money to throw away than I have and that is their target.. Happy cruising πŸŒŠπŸš’πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡ΈπŸŒ…
  8. The big deal may be that the Apex will sail in the Caribbean. Or it could be that when they replaced 14 day Caribbean cruises with 10 or 11 days cruises for the same price their loyal customers appreciated that they could still cruise for the same cost and those cruises became very popular. To continue to keep their loyal passengers happy the cruises will still be the same price but will now be 8 or 9 days. πŸ€—πŸ€‘πŸ€¬ Happy cruising πŸŒŠπŸš’πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡ΈπŸŒ…
  9. Driving to a store today we drove past the HS. It must have been lunch or recess. Most of the girls were wearing jeans with rips in them. I went to school in the 50s and 60s. Never wore jeans or clothes with holes in them to school. I worked in a factory in maintenance and if my clothes got ripped It was thrown out and replaced Even today I don’t wear clothes with holes even if working around the house as it is unsafe because it can be caught on something and cause a injury. The fashion industry with their marketing influences and targets the weak that want to fit in or be different which is a joke because they want to be different but also the same as others. On cruises it is different. Passengers have to dress appropriately. Why ? Because it is the rules that they agreed to when they signed up for the crusie. Why is it so hard to do that? Problem today is no one respects or abides by any rules or laws. Look at the idiots driving on the freeways, those that don’t stop for school buses, run over fire hoses, try to out run the police, it can go on and on. How about the chair hogs? Is that any different than following any other rules. Washing hands after using the bathroom? Or using tongs In the buffet? Those that don’t follow one rule probably don’t follow a lot of the others that are required on a cruise line. Where does it start? With the little things. My grandmother caught me β€œstealing” a cookie. She said stealing a cookie is stealing and if I keep it up it will lead to other things and I will eventually end up in jail. Never stolen anything since. Happy cruising πŸŒŠπŸš’πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡ΈπŸŒ…
  10. I am also allergic to cats. I break out in a rash, itching eyes, and stuffed up nose. Pills don’t work or help me. happy cruising πŸŒŠπŸš’πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡ΈπŸŒ…
  11. I think it is called β€œaround the world wine tastingβ€œ and is about $40 to $60 pp. reading the reviews you mingle around the area tasting/drinking various wines. It is a combo social wine drinking event with no limit on the wine. happy cruising πŸŒŠπŸš’πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡ΈπŸŒ…
  12. Keep waiting and don’t hold your breath. We sailed on the Edge in Mar. We were fortunate enough to book when it rolled out and the price was high but reasonable compared to now. Within 3 days the prices doubled. There were many empty cabins after final payment but the prices never dropped. We enjoyed the Edge as it had a lot of nice features but will not pay the premium that they are asking. Keep checking the prices of the current cruises that are about to sail and you will have the latest info instead of what happened months ago. happy cruising πŸŒŠπŸš’πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡ΈπŸŒ…
  13. There are different qualities of Reidel glasses. I was at a high end wine shop and they had Reidel glasses for $5 each. I asked and was told they are bar quality. If you look on their site you will see that those sold on X are exclusive for that workshop. You can find them at Target, Williams and Sonoma, Bed Bath and Beyond, Etc and they are different series, grades, or quality. For me I find the best way to drink wine is out of the bottle that in is a brown paper bag while cruising around the city during a nice summer night πŸ€— Something else to consider is tasting is different than drinking. It applies to wine, bourbon and etc. different glasses are used. Happy cruising πŸŒŠπŸš’πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡ΈπŸŒ…
  14. Wait until you get on board to book it. Then book it with someone that will be serving you during the cruise as they receive a β€œcommission”. From our experience by doing that they will go the extra mile for you. Don’t worry about it being booked up. It isn’t that popular as once is enough and a lot of Captain Club members have a free workshop and there again once or twice is enough. The Riedel is basically a infomercial that you pay to attend. It is a marketing ploy to convince you that wine will taste better in their glasses. it has some validity as beer always taste better out of the big red pastic cup. πŸ˜šπŸ€—πŸ™„ Power of suggestion. Happy cruising πŸŒŠπŸš’πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡ΈπŸŒ…
  15. I looked at a 12 day cruise in Oct 2021 Along the East Coast. A SS is over $14, 000. We could stay at the Wynn in Boston for about $400 to $600 a night and still have at least $700 to spend per day for Food, drinks and gambling. We could drive along the East coast staying at nice places and have many choices of where to eat, drink and etc. We would also have unlimited internet, more TV channels and all the liquor or beer we wanted in our room for a lot less than $1100 per day. We also drove to Quebec last year and had a very nice room in old Quebec for $200 per night. They served a real nice breakfast and had a 24 hour espresso machine. Again It would be very hard to spend the remaking $900 a day on Food and drinks. A few drinks and food at the Hotel Frontenac is expensive but it wouldn’t make a dent in the extra $900 plus the atmosphere is nice. Bar Harbor. You can get a very nice room for $300 a night, and be there for a few nights. I don’t mind driving as we can see the country side and make stops along the way. What are we missing by not taking that cruise? Maybe some lame entertainment and possibly missing Bar Harbor because of the weather conditions along with all of the other hidden charges plus the aggravation or embarkation and disembarkation, but I will really miss the Muster Drill πŸ™„ I know that it could be cheaper to sail in a lower class but to get a room about the same size as a regular hotel room you need a SS. Happy cruising πŸŒŠπŸš’πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡ΈπŸŒ…
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