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  1. Thank you to everyone for the well wishes! The French Toast seemed awfully mushy in the middle, but that may or may not mean it wasn't fully cooked. Complicating the matter is the fact that my wife and I had all of the same food and drinks in Ensenada, and she had no ill effects. She did not, however, have the French Toast (except for a small edge piece that I cut off for her to sample). I agree that the Carnival Inspiration's kitchens are spotless. I've toured them twice, once on a Behind the Fun tour a couple of years ago and again on this cruise for The Chef's Table. In any case
  2. Thursday evening, whilst waiting in a huge line for the Thanksgiving dinner in Mardi Gras, I became sick from food poisoning and collapsed on the way back to the cabin. A couple of people in line next to my wife noticed (through the promenade decks) me being wheelchaired down to Medical and accompanied her down there (I was the guy in the loud orange Curacao shirt sitting, barely coherent, and bazooka-barfing in an Empress hallway). I have no idea what their names are (although one was the husband/father in a family of frequent cruisers that had just moved to the west coast). If any of them ar
  3. We love not having to drive to dinner, find a parking space, watch what we're drinking because somebody has to drive afterwards, etc. Similarly, we love getting out of our show and just being able to walk to wherever we want to go next. We also love not knowing or caring what our food or shows cost. It's all paid for.
  4. Pretty sure OBC can be used for the art auctions, as the Park West people just bill your stateroom account.
  5. Country music can be pretty divisive; the people who hate it really hate it. The major cruise ships are all about appealing to the broadest demographic, which is why you don't hear a lot of metal or gangsta rap either.
  6. We did the Croydon Plantation expedition three years ago. Our opinion is that something sketchy may be going on there. The "tour" involves being taken to several different touristy areas in one section of the plantation, given an oral history of Jamaica, trying several different kinds of pineapple and juices, and given a chicken lunch. But you get no sense whatsoever of the plantation's operations. We spent three hours or so there and couldn't even tell you what kinds of plants the plantation grows or harvests. Contrast that to the banana plantation tour in Nicaragua where you're t
  7. Don't count on there being more than one usable outlet in the room. My recommendation would be to bring a power strip, but make sure it is a plain power strip and NOT a surge protector, as those will be confiscated because they are incompatible with the ship's wiring and could be dangerous.
  8. We're going on this cruise (or rather the Seward-to-Vancouver version of it) next week. Thank you for the information and the daily program pics!
  9. We're cruising Alaska for the first time next week, and this is the first cruise where the majority of our shore excursions will be non-NCL. The NCL ones are WAY too expensive and since Alaska is in the US, you have American protections against fraud, etc. We used Viator or Shore Excursions Group for ours.
  10. If we're taking the early morning Coastal Classic train from Anchorage to Seward, do we board at the depot in the airport, or the depot on 1st St? We'll be staying at the downtown Hilton beforehand.
  11. The bickering in this thread makes me want a drink...
  12. This is why I, a casual drinker, have never taken advantage of the "free" drink package. On a seven-night cruise, I'm unlikely to even drink $138 worth of booze (which would be about two drinks a night, give or take), let alone enough to build up $138 in tips.
  13. We did a 15-night cruise last November. Our biggest regret was that it didn't last longer.
  14. You are not. They recently jacked the SDP prices up.
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