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    Carnival, RCCL
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  1. We routinely spend about $40/pp for a decent dinner in our area, so that's what I was thinking in terms of costs. Your comment about the subway being more complicated than the Metro is very relevant, since we are used to zipping around D.C. pretty easily. What should we be studying up on to get acclimated to NY's system? Google Map is awesome. I have been "wandering" around on the street level view to try to get a good visual of the areas. Thanks for those suggestions - I'll check them out.
  2. June 3, 4, & 5. We're coming in by train, so we will be taking the Northeast Regional out of Penn Station on the 6th. 3 adults (me, DH, and DS-21). I currently have a reservation for the Hampton Inn - Times Square Central for $437/nt (includes all taxes and fees). I hadn't looked at Midtown East, so that's something I'll look into as well. My biggest priority is a location where we will have several good dinner options (actual nice sit-down restaurants) that won't require a long walk back to the hotel in the evening.
  3. We will be spending 3 nights post cruise in New York to see some sights (never been to NY) and I'm having trouble deciding which area to stay in. We want to spend one day visiting the Statue of Liberty and WTC, one day visiting the Times Square/Empire State Building/Rockefeller Center area, and one day in Central Park area. Financial District hotel next to WTC and a subway stop would be over $100 less per night than the Times Square option, but I don't know if we would just eat up the savings in transportation costs and travel time getting to the other sights. I also want to make sure there are plenty of dining options near the hotel. Any advice from the CC experts would be appreciated!
  4. Another deceptive thing about this photo is the "bulk" of the doll compared to the bulk of a child. If the person in this photo was holding a doll of comparable bulk to that of the actual little girl, it would be pressed right up against the glass, even without the man's arms extended.
  5. Pods of dolphin sailing out of Port Canaveral and Tampa. Sea turtles in Roatan. Tons of flying fish, birds, and jellyfish all over the Caribbean. Sitting on the balcony watching the ocean and looking for wildlife is one of my favorite things to do on a cruise. I can pass on trivia, bingo, Lido games...just give me a balcony and I am happy for hours.
  6. We ended up in a cabin directly under the galley on the Paradise (the one and only time we booked without checking the decks above and below). It was awful. About 2am every night we would be woken up by what sounded like metal crates being dragged across the galley floor. Screeching, scraping sounds lasted for hours. Never, ever again.
  7. It's the opposite for us. In our early cruising days we were young and broke, so we barely scraped up enough to go on the cruise in an ocean view cabin with very little left over to spend onboard. Now we always get balconies and can afford the extras. We always buy FTTF, because we like dropping our bags off as soon as we get onboard and we like the shorter line at Guest Services. On our last cruise we did one of the private photo shoots and spent over $500 on portraits. We buy most of our excursions through Carnival, just for the convenience and the price match guarantee. We also buy jewelry on just about every cruise, not because the prices are better than at home, but because I like jewelry as souvenirs rather than a refrigerator magnet. So for everyone out there who says they spend very little, there's probably an equal number like us who balance things out.
  8. Looking at a 9-day from New York on the Sunrise and trying to decide between a spa balcony or an ocean suite. I know the Sunrise doesn't have the T-Pool, which is a minus for the spa balcony, but having the thermal suite would still be nice. On the other hand, we have never stayed in a suite and I was thinking it might be nice to have the extra space for a longer cruise (it's me, DH, and DS-21). I have a couple of questions if anyone could help answer: 1. Does anyone know how many chairs the ocean suite balcony has? One of our problems with the spa balcony is that one of us never has anywhere to sit. 2. Is the TV easy to watch from both the sofa bed and the king bed at the same time? 3. Is there anything I should know about the ocean suites on the Sunrise? I've done a search, but haven't found much that's specific to this ship. Thanks!
  9. Well, that's the thing about opinions - everyone has one. Personally, I didn't like the old burgers at all. So since none of us can agree on burgers, can we all come together and agree that the BLT sandwiches from room service are the bomb? 😁
  10. Can you get a better burger at numerous burger joints across the U.S.? Yep. Can you get any of those burgers on a cruise ship? Nope. Guy's doesn't have to be the best fast-food burger in the world. But they probably are the best fast-food burger at sea. So if you're in the middle of the ocean and you've got a massive craving for a burger, Guy's is a pretty good cure. And for anyone who lived through the grey mystery-meat burgers that used to be served in the buffet, Guy's is a solidly good burger in comparison.
  11. RCI should be ashamed of themselves for charging extra for Johnny Rockets. Charge extra for the shakes, fine, but the food does not warrant an upcharge. At least Guy's - while not the best burger I've ever had, by far - isn't costing anything extra.
  12. We drove once from Sarasota to Ft Lauderdale (3 hours) but probably wouldn't drive that far on the day of again. We had car trouble and were delayed leaving by over an hour, which is stress I don't need the day of a cruise. We now live about 50 minutes from Baltimore and would definitely drive the day of a cruise out of there (which we will probably do in the next year or so).
  13. We were in a balcony cabin on the Lido deck and didn't smell anything.
  14. Based on your likes and the ages of your kids, I would definitely recommend the Western on the Breeze. That itinerary offers some great excursions that let you get up close and personal with the nature and animals in the rainforest. I highly recommend a Mayan ruin excursion as an amazing opportunity to learn about the ancient culture. We took a VIP tour through Carnival (when docked in Cozumel) that went to Tulum, took us canoeing, had lunch at a Mayan village, then went cliff jumping and swimming in a crystal clear cenote. It was, by far, one of the best excursions we've ever done.
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