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  1. I don't know as any keep a kosher galley, but I have heard that many lines can provide kosher meals. From what I've read they sound kind of like TV dinners that are prepared off-site, wrapped, and ordered for the cruise.
  2. I would recommend looking at smaller ships (less than 2000 passengers) since there is generally a better crew:passenger ratio. A premium or ultra-premium line should have more attention to detail/quality than a mainstream line, but will come with a higher price. Princess, HAL, and Celebrity would all be the lower end of premium while Azamara, Oceana, and Viking tend to be grouped together in the ultra-premium. There are also the true luxury lines, but I they might (or might not) be "fussier" than you are looking for (and also come with an even higher price). River cruises are another option and a different type of cruise altogether. You might sacrifice entertainment, but likely you will need to sacrifice something. "Highest rated" to me would be difficult to define. For some the highest rated would be the newest Royal Caribbean ship, but they also come with a lot of young families and large crowds. Others would rate expedition ships or luxury, but those may or may not be what you are looking for. I would do as your MIL requested and give her locations, since likely multiple lines will sail there.
  3. I think I understood your question @PrincessArlena'sDad. Cheers is not to be shared - even the non-alcoholic drinks - so how does a parent follow the rules and get the child their own drink if Cheers does not allow beverage purchases (especially if the child has no charging privileges)? Cheers must allow some purchases, because bottles of wine are covered at a 25% discount. My guess is there was communication error between the passenger and server for those with Cheers who were refused sale of drinks charged to the account vs. charged against Cheers.
  4. I think it depends on what you consider good entertainment. RC is generally thought of as better for production shows while Carnival generally has better comedians. Both had karaoke, piano bar, and house musicians - I find the enjoyment can vary as much from the passenger vibe as it does from the performer. We did a NCL cruise a few years ago from Miami and it also had a party vibe. I find all lines have reasonable food, but little to get excited about. I do really enjoy Blue Iguana and generally find Carnival pizza and Guy's fries (burgers are meh to me) above average.
  5. I'm sailing the Legend in May (I think with you πŸ˜‰ ) and my research all shows that there is not a poolside theater. It's a small disappointment, but we also don't have to worry about rain πŸ™‚
  6. I'm not sure why you feel the amount was insufficient or why being part of a large group was the only way to make the most of it and have fun? Our my Sunrise cruise last September we also didn't make our scheduled port (Bermuda) and instead were diverted to Charleston. Due to the hurricane we had awful sailing conditions and many onboard were seasick (including my husband). We did receive a future cruise credit (and the difference in port charges), but many would have preferred onboard credit for the port missed - they didn't want to cruise Carnival again or didn't have the time/resources to take another cruise within 18 months. Carnival was very generous (in both of our situations), and still will not please everyone. I (and I assume you) still had food, shelter, entertainment (even if limited from the conditions), and transportation back to the port. Even when my husband was sick we were still able to enjoy movies in the room and get some much needed rest. While it wasn't Bermuda, Charleston was still a great port. Nassau can be too if you have a flexible attitude. I hope your next vacation is more enjoyable.
  7. We haven't done this, but I do enjoy looking at friends photos. With a white background I would encourage not trying to match, at least not all the exact same color (although that can look very nice for outdoor pictures). Maybe everyone could wear jeans but different tops. I agree with bright colors popping the most, dark would be my next choice, and avoid muted tones. You could try a Google image search and see examples to know what fits your tastes best. Have a great cruise - 4 generations together sounds very special πŸ™‚
  8. I'm not sure for either question - this May will be our first time using the service. I would think $50 pp round trip, but definitely verify if you call the hotel.
  9. If you can't find ginger ale, they do have ginger beer at the bars and through room service.
  10. Stunning pictures throughout. Someday I hope to cruise on a sail boat. Great job making it to the gym πŸ™‚ We sailed Regal Princess a few years ago and loved Alfredo's for embarkation lunch - so much more relaxing than buffet. I'm sorry you didn't get the Winemaker's Dinner - that was one of my favorite meals on sea or land. Did you have a meet and greet on board? We thought Princess did a great job with ours. ❀️❀️❀️ Stunning! 🀣Great description of most buffets. We didn't use the buffet much but I would agree it was a slightly odd layout. I did really like the rolling cart service for drinks and pastries, it was a nice touch that I'm not used to in buffets. Great pictures and videos. It really feels like we are there with you πŸ™‚ Your vacation seems so relaxing - I always mean to just sit and read but end up feeling I should "do" something. That sounds like my type of day πŸ™‚ Where is your hat from? I have one like it from the Williamsport (PA) Crosscutters. Love the hat πŸ˜‚ & the sunset. ❀️❀️❀️ It still looks so smooth for the wind you had. Another stunning picture! Our last cruise the seas were so rough we spent a day in the cabin just reading and watching movies - I feel bad that it was such a difficult time for so many but it was amazing to just relax. We often end up drinking less than we think we will too.
  11. There has been so much illness going around that our school called a sick day today. The facilities team is going to go through and disinfect all the classrooms over the long break. Some of our districts have over 50% absent due to health 😞 We have single digit wind chill this morning, so I'm glad to not have to leave the house. I'm feeling a little better so I'll try to get some deep cleaning done here, make a big batch of soup, and maybe walk on the treadmill while catching up on some youtube. Sunday is our community group (assuming I stay healthy) and the plan is soups and salads, so hopefully not too many calories πŸ™‚ Does anyone else have plans for dealing with weekend foods? Have a great weekend all.
  12. Welcome, Greenie πŸ™‚ I also lost around 50# a few years ago and gained it all back. I know what to do, but the sustained focus seems harder this time 😞 Like you I've also been sick this week and haven't gotten as much walking as I would have liked. Glad you are feeling better. JenGi, nice steady loss πŸ™‚ Our cruise is closer to home (Eastern Caribbean). Let's both smash our goals!
  13. The park and cruise package is for 2 on the shuttle. The shuttle is $50 pp above the first 2 (not sure if children under a certain age are an exception). I read a post somewhere of a family where 2 were taking the shuttle with the luggage and the other 3 were taking public transportation/bus.
  14. I'm sure they have thought of this and I suspect while many people want that option they wouldn't want the price tag that would go with it - which I'm guessing would be about 1/2 the cost of Cheers. I also think if they offered unlimited non-alcoholic of (almost*) all types it would switch the requirement that all in the cabin had to purchase that package, like Royal does. *Even Cheers doesn't cover fresh squeezed juices or the new Naked bottled drinks.
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