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  1. I have been instructed to have a high protein 'lower carb' diet by a dietician. I have a similar breakfast on my cruise to home. Egg white Omlette with spinach, mushrooms, and a bit of feta cheese if they have it. The rest of my plate is filled with fruit, grilled tomato and grilled mushrooms, again if they have them, but they are usually not hard to find on a cruise ship. Grandeur of the Sea had what I can only describe as some sort of Jamaican donut. I have no idea what was in it. It looked like half a donut and probably had cinnamon in it and I don't know what else. Very tasty, and I would grab one off the buffet ever time I saw one. The best breakfast I had was the Bottomless Brunch on RCL when it was a new thing. They had a little high end buffet of brunch items. I had shrimp cocktail, caviar, filet mignon, eggs, and béarnaise sauce and probably six mimosas. My mother does not like breakfast and complimented the shrimp cocktail, joking with the waiter that the serving size in the dining room was too small. Smiling he brought her a plate with about a pound of shrimp on it. Steak, eggs, and béarnaise are now my favorite all time brunch item.
  2. Did you miss the places where I repeatedly said that the object of the post was not to complain, but that I was wondering why the itineraries were the way they were?
  3. I do club soda with lime. Alcohol is bad for my waistline and makes me grouchy if I drink too often. The fringe benefit of having that as your preffered drink is that bartenders will often not charge you for it. I was not charged for it about half of the time when I ordered it on Grandeur.
  4. I am getting my information from the Royal Caribbean sight and yes, I see that about the Bermuda cruises now. I was reading off of the search list on the RC page while scanning it so it gave the impression that they were only spending one night there. I am citing itineraries, not individual cruises. I have not bothered to go and count how many times each individual itinerary sails for the 40 cruises that are sailing out of Bayonne and Baltimore. I have noted that yes, there are cruises that don't have the weird itineraries I am talking about. There just aren't many of them. And this still doesn't answer my question which is why so many of those itineraries exist compared to the other ones. Do people actually like those cruises? Do they get kickbacks from those ports? Does it somehow save the ship money? What happened to the Western Caribbean cruises? And so forth.
  5. To clarify a few things, this is less to complain about the itineraries (even though I do think that they suck) than to enquire why they are the way they are. Examples of what I am talking about. -I don't necessarily consider a cruise to Florida and the SE coast to be weird in and of itself. They may appeal to Canadians and such. They are just not what I am looking for in a cruise. What I do consider to be odd are cruises billed as 'Bahamas' or 'Bermuda' cruises which have just as many, if not more, PoCs on the mainland. -Out of 22 different Itineraries that take you to The Bahamas out of Bayonne and Baltimore only 1 does not include a stop in Charleston or Florida. Of the others some are up to nine nights long and have up to 4 PoCs in Charleston and Florida. -There are only 4 Itineraries to Bermuda out of Bayonne and Baltimore. Two of them only visit Bermuda which is something, but they never overnight in Bermuda as I have seen some Bermuda Cruises do from other departure ports. -Out of the other two Bermuda cruises the one that departs from Bayonne has a PoC in Boston for a reason I can't conceive. The ones that follow this itinerary are all in April when the weather in Boston is particularly miserable. The other departs from Baltimore and goes to Charleston which is actually further away from Baltimore than Bermuda is. -The first cruise I took was on the Grandeur out of Baltimore. It was a 9 night Western Caribbean cruise and the ports were Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Falmouth, and Labadee so it is possible to get there and back in a reasonable amount of time. There now don't seem to be any Western Caribbean cruises out of Baltimore or Bayonne. -There are Eastern and Southern Caribbean itineraries as well as New England cruises. New England cruises don't appeal to me, but I don't consider the itinerary to be 'weird'. -I don't necessarily consider a cruise to Florida and the SE coast to be weird. They may appeal to Canadians and such. Not ideal, but not odd. What I do consider to be odd are cruises billed as 'Bahamas' or 'Bermuda' cruises which have just as many, if not more, PoCs on the mainland.
  6. Yes, I can get to Charleston in less than 12 hours from where I live. South Carolina is a popular summer beach spot vacation from where I live it is warm and easy to get there by car which makes it cheaper and more convenient than a trip to Florida which is why I question it being on a itinerary out of Baltimore since it is a place that Northeasterners are typically familiar with and can easily reach if they want to. Yes, I do not like the itineraries. It does not matter how many cruises I have been on. I know I don't like the itineraries because I have been to South Carolina and Florida both. I did not need to take a plane or boat to get to either of them. I would rather not pay port fees for places that close to were I live and have become mundane for me.
  7. I have only been on one cruise before which was a Wester Caribbean cruise on the Grandeur with my mother. We live in Southern Pennsylvania so cruising out of Baltimore saves us all the inconveniences and costs of flying. I was wanting to go on another cruise from Baltimore or New Jersey, but when browsing the itineraries I noticed that they were lacking. They almost all stop in Florida or South Carolina no matter where the cruises stated destination is. There are even cruises billed as being cruises to the Bahamas that have more ports in Florida than in The Bahamas. I honestly would rather be on a cruise that has one stop on an island and after meandering aimlessly out in the ocean for a few days than pay the port fees for a place I could drive in a day. On top of that I think most people from the Northeast have been to Florida more than once because it is inexpensive to fly there. What's the deal with this? Do people want these sorts of cruises or is there something else at work here?
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