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  1. Agreed. The Chef's Table is a bargain. What a wonderful treat it is. Reminds me of what cruising used to be 20 years ago when the Main Dining Room served food just as good, with similar service.
  2. My husband is a musician and on the first night of our recent cruise we walked through Ocean Plaza to take a seat to listen to the band just as this female lead started to sing. My husband gave me a startled look and shook his head. We kept moving. 🙉
  3. Oh! I just remembered I wanted to ask what month did you sail the Canal with the Family Cabana?
  4. Thank you for the great info, and the laugh 😆. We've rented a Lido Cabana for a week on Eurodam during an Alaska cruise and fell in love with the comfort and service. We did it again on the Eurodam but on a Mexican Riviera cruise from San Diego and it definitely got warm...too warm. So, we've moved to the Retreat, paid a small fortune for a Family Cabana (starboard) for a 15 day sailing of the Nieuw Amsterdam through the Canal in April 2021. I was hoping that the corner location would keep a good breeze going, and it sounds from your description that it does. I would love to see your pictures. 😊
  5. I know this post is 2 years old, but we too have booked a family cabana for a Panama Canal Cruise for next April, 2021. I am wondering about how hot the cabanas get, especially as we get further South to Panama, but really for the whole 14 days. Did you find the family cabanas got pretty hot as the day progressed?
  6. I know this post is 2 years old, but we too have booked a family cabana for a Panama Canal Cruise for next April, 2021. I am wondering about how hot the cabanas get, especially as we get further South to Panama, but really for the whole 14 days. Did you find the family cabanas got pretty hot as the day progressed?
  7. Or maybe OP (me) expects people to follow the rules that are already in place to stop entitled folks from doing whatever they want, everybody else be damned. Guest must use earphones when listening to music or watching shows/movies on personal devices in public spaces. Bluetooth, portable and wireless speakers are only permitted within your stateroom and must be used respectfully and at a reasonable sound levels and times of day. Large speakers/radios are prohibited on board and will be confiscated. The following Pool Rules signage is posted at all pools, fleet wide: No running, horseplay, jumping or diving
  8. Or you could simply follow the rules that are already in place to keep entitled people like you from doing whatever they want, everybody else be damned. Guest must use earphones when listening to music or watching shows/movies on personal devices in public spaces. Bluetooth, portable and wireless speakers are only permitted within your stateroom and must be used respectfully and at a reasonable sound levels and times of day. Large speakers/radios are prohibited on board and will be confiscated.
  9. I've sailed HAL enough to know that aboard a HAL cruise my *risk* of rude, obnoxious, drunk passengers, along with unruly poorly behaved children, is far less than the risk aboard a Carnival cruise. I've cruised for 25 years and am aware that the passengers and their behavior aboard any sailing is the luck of the draw. I simply feel the luck of the draw is considerably more in my favor aboard HAL. That said, I live three (3) hours from Galveston by car, and cruise 3-4 times a year. We were hopeful that by booking in the Havana area of Vista I could improve the odds of good behavior aboard Carnival. Nope. I’ll go back to flying to a higher tier cruise line for more important cruises, like our upcoming full transit Panama Canal Cruise, and go back to using Royal exclusively for my frequent cruising getaways. Again, the risk of bad behavior by adults and children alike is not mitigated aboard Royal, but it is greatly reduced when compared to Carnival. My 25 years of cruising has given me enough anecdotal evidence to form my opinion and everyone else's experience will form theirs.
  10. We just booked a Grand Suite 1286 on Liberty of the Seas. I normally do not book a cabin that does not have cabins both above and below. Unfortunately, all the Grand Suites on Liberty of the Seas are directly under the pool or solarium area of the Lido Deck. Can anyone who has stayed in one of these Grand Suites please tell me about your experience as far as noise, scraping of lounge chairs, etc., that you may have heard while in your cabin. Thanks.
  11. I spent $4000 to go on the Vista, in the Havana area, this year because my experience last year was positive, *in that area*. The remainder of the ship continued it's race to the bottom that I've experienced over the past years. But, this year, that descent creeped into the Havana area and I've chosen to no longer throw good money after bad once realizing that Carnival has no intention of controlling outrageous (not simply fun) behavior. Once others' freedom to have their version of a “good time” infringes on my freedom to do the same, I'll go where the risk of such outrageous behavior is minimized. Until this year that included the Havana area. After this year there's no escaping it with Carnival. I’ve clearly stated what I was looking for as to Carnival's response. First, and foremost, better control of out of control passengers while onboard. And any response to my concerns, after returning, that was specific to my concerns and not generic platitudes. To answer your unasked yet implied question, no, I did not ask for any monetary compensation. It was my decision to spend the money, so it is my loss. I am accountable for my choices. But I will not make the same mistake twice. The Showtime noise from the main dining room did not “bug” me, but made clear that the cost of insulating the cabin from both dining room and Havana bar, as inexpensive as that solution may be, was more than Carnival wants to spend on giving their passengers a better experience. Holland America is one of my cruising choices because of many factors, but mostly it's their lack of rude, obnoxious, drunk passengers. Are we among the youngest in the crowd there? Yup. And that's a good thing when I'm deciding where to spend our cruising dollars. Politeness still has high value to this cruiser. And the majority of Carnival's passengers are of a caliber and age that has not been taught politeness nor common courtesy. And the entertainment on Holland America is far superior to whatever low end musicians Carnival pays to “entertain” the masses. There is simply no comparison between the musicians in HAL's BB King Blues Club and those that were “playing” in Ocean Plaza recently aboard the Vista. Not to mention HAL's Lincoln Center musicians and their excellent piano players in their piano bar. As for the ships, it's hard not to feel like Vista is designed after a low rise professional medical building. I'll choose a warm nautical feeling any day. If you’ve not cruised Holland America then there’s no way you'd understand the difference enough to judge for yourself. So yes, “everyone can find what they like” as you put it. I like civility and consideration of one's fellow passengers. You do you.
  12. I've responded to enough of your questions, yet you keep asking more. I’m not interested in having a one on one debate with you. So, no, I do not.
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