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    Tuscaloosa, AL
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    DCL, Carnival, Princess
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Castaway Cay, St. Maarten, Jost Van Dyke

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  1. Mobile cruises seem to be doing OK, or Carnival wouldn't have come back with a different ship. I noticed this a few months ago, and although it is more targeted to Cargo vessels, the cruise ships will definitely benefit from especially the turning basin widening... https://www.al.com/news/mobile/2019/09/plan-to-enlarge-mobile-ship-channel-cleared-to-proceed.html
  2. Jamie Dee was probably our most memorable CD. She was awesome!
  3. Two questions I have about the Sun returning to North America in 2021: 1) Is there any Pizza on the ship? I don't see it on the deck plans 2) Do you think that they'd add soft serve back in? I know that is something we really enjoy and has us considering the Emerald instead...
  4. We had a BF back in March, but I assume it would be similar. Basically, the 2 pullmans drop out over the 2 lower berths. We had 4, so I suspect that with 3, they'd drop the one lower to the bathroom wall, but your steward could probably do either...
  5. OK, I think we've narrowed it down to the 5/25 Sun or the 5/29 Emerald. Looking for more pros and cons...
  6. So, considering another Alaska cruise for May 2021 for a round trip and looks like there are 3 choices: 1). Sun out of Vancouver. This has 2 advantages. First, it looks like it goes up the East side of Vancouver Island, so it would do a “full” inside passage. Second, it goes to Glacier Bay during the timeframe we are going (for some reason, Emerald is also doing Endicott Arm as is Regal that week). Third, if we do this one, I may just go for the Mini-Suite as they are so much better on the Sun class. Also, for nostalgia, our first ever cruise was on Dawn Princess! The hesitancy on this is one, it takes more to get to Vancouver versus Seattle. Two, if we go with a regular room, the rooms are smaller and potentially more dated. Three, will they “re-North Americanize” the ship for Alaska? Right now, there’s no free soft serve and no pizza place. Potential deal breakers for the kids. Also, is the buffet as good as the other ships? 2). Emerald out of Seattle. Emerald is newer and has more food options and the rooms are bigger. The downside is that we did this exact cruise two summers ago on the Emerald. Also, it’s easier to get in and out of Seattle (I.e. Southwest Airlines)... 3) Regal out of Seattle Regal is the newer ship with the best buffet, plus, it has an Alfredo’s! However, we sailed her twice in the Caribbean this year, so not sure if I want to sail her 3 times in a row... I am kind of leaning towards the Sun, but the lack of pizza and free on-deck ice cream (two of my favorite things on a cruise!) do make me worry. Which would y’all go for?
  7. Princess gives you a tumbler as well, they just don't have the freestyle machines, so the bar staff fills from the gun. One thing that Princess will let you do is that if I bring a Yeti, etc, they'll fill that up if I want (on DCL, I just use the paper cups and transfer to my Yeti 🙂 )
  8. Thanks! Will be interesting to see how different this will be! We are mainly used to DCL and Princess...
  9. Maybe I am missing something, but we will be on Harmony next year (trying RCCL again for the second time - our first, Serenade, was a bit of a disaster, so we are hoping this is better!). We purchased a coke package on Black Friday with the discount, but I did notice that they charge gratuities. My understanding is that for all sodas, you would get them from the Freestyle machines. So, are we tipping the machines or, can you still get them from bars, etc...?
  10. So, will the Vancouver departures from Sun go up the East side of Vancouver Island?
  11. Well, that line up you saw outside Princess Live was for walk off. We didn't get off the ship until almost 7:15am... On Deck 4 they were allowing some luggage tagged passengers off. I have never seen that done prior to the walk-off's...
  12. So, we were just on the 11/24 sailing of the Regal. Had an enjoyable time, however, they completely dropped the ball on disembarkation. As I mentioned in another thread, I was dealing with a coffee card issue at Guest Services. I mentioned that I had seen on our meet thread that we may be going back into T21 (we went out of T2) due to Sky Princess coming in. The lady at Guest Services said "yes, we will go into 21". I asked if they were going to put out an announcement (this was on Wednesday, I think) as I had mentioned this to a few people and they had no idea. So, finally, day before disembarkation, they put a sheet in everyone's room talking about the terminal change. So, when we got off at T21, we were not able to walk off until after 7:00am, which was much different than we had experienced on our March Regal sailing, where we walked off with no waiting. They directed everyone to Deck 7, saying there was another walkway on 4, "but it won't be open until much later" for those getting luggage at the port. So, the walk off line streched from the Piazza all the way back past the Vista lounge. We waited for a good while, then we notice people are getting off on Deck 4 (those going to get luggage at the port). Basically, the communication was seriously lacking. When we were finally going off the ship, I overhead security personnel stating that they did not have enough scanners at T21 as most were over at T2 processing the passengers off of Sky. When we finally disembarked, the gangway literally went down 2 stories in 1 1/2 sections of gangway. They had to have personnel stationed there as it was too steep for luggage and especially wheelchairs/scooters. So, we get down to the bottom and start passing all of the people waiting for their luggage (many of whom had been let off before the walk-offs). Customs/Immigration wasn't too bad, but we were told that there would be buses waiting to take us to T2. So, there was no shuttle when we got out there and the line was long and getting longer by the minute. Finally, one of the "buses" pulls up. They were "minibuses" not "buses", so they could only take about 15-20 at a time, and as it turns out, there were only 2 of them. I decided to Uber to T2. I get over there, and there is an extremely long line for the elevator (y'all know the one) because it is passengers from Regal, Carnival Magic (which was in T4), and a few Sky folks (not really sure why they would have a car there, but hey...). I finally got the car at T2, and then went back to T21 to get my family, which, unbelievably required a wait to go back through Port Everglades security. Anyway, not a fun day... It took over 1 1/2 hours to get out of Port... We talked to someone else with us who said they got stuck in the deck a bit later due to a car breaking down. Thankfully we did not get stuck in that. I guess I know it was a special circumstance with Sky coming in that same day, but Princess (or the Port) didn't do a very good job with it logistically...
  13. We were on Regal back in March and we definitely noticed a difference on this cruise. LOTS of new staff as a number of the old staff (starting with Alex) have moved to Sky. It’s other little things as well (not just the coffee cards). For instance, the fried shrimp were removed from the Pub lunch. I mentioned to the server, who told me “We only have those on the 14-day Cruise”. I showed him the menu that I had taken a picture of back in March. I believe he had come over from the Crown. It seems as though they just aren’t at full staff right now. I’m thinking that all of the moving personnel to the Sky probably had something to do with that...
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