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About GranysT

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    VA and FL
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    Cruising, Reading, Internet
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Carnival and Royal, so far
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  1. She was also my first cruise. I fell in love with cruising from watching Love Boat lol. Never dreamed I would ever afford a real cruise, but there I was in 1988,aboard Mardi Gras. Love at first sight. I didn't want to get off. Hope to cruise the new Mardi Gras. Do you think I will notice the difference?
  2. My November 12 cruise on Paradise was cancelled. They said due to it going into dry dock. They couldn't have sent it to dry dock sometime since last Mar, til now? This affected 3 maybe 4 ships. Sorry, I can't remember which other ships were also cancelled. I am disappointed, But, The good news is I was able to take a FCC credit, and book for Feb 2021. Carnival gave me $300 OBC, along with the FCC. Plus, I booked the new cruise through a casino offer, which gave me an additional $500 OBC. I'm very happy. Just have to keep fingers crossed that by Feb, we will surely be up and cruising.
  3. What is the cost of passports now?
  4. I just booked a casino rate for Nov 12 cruise. $495.98 for both DH and myself. $500 OBC. and free drinks in casino, while playing. I don't have to add up points til free drinks, but get them right on day one. Pretty sweet deal. Sure hope we're all back to cruising by Nov
  5. I haven't been on these boards in quite awhile. It's good to be back. I was offered a great casino rate for a cruise, and I booked it. It's not until Nov 12, and please God, all this coved-19 will be behind us by then. I got 4 nights on Paradise, for $495.98 for botIh DH and myself. In OV, I picked cabin. I also got, wait for it $ 500.00 OBC, and free drinks while playing in casino This is the 1st time I've been offered a great casino deal. Pretty exciting.
  6. 3 of us are going to be in the cabin, all adults. So we can only take2 bottles?
  7. Getting ready for our Friday cruise, and have a couple questions. I assume you are allowed to take 1 bottle of wine, or champagne per person on board? Like Carnival, do you have to take it on the ship in your carry on? Thanks for any info.
  8. Wow, $12.95 for a burger and fries is ridiculous. Guess we will not be visiting JR's.
  9. How much is the charge now, for JR? Is breakfast still free? There is a JR on Explorer, right?
  10. Is there a place you can go to see a list of all the cruises you have taken with Carnival?
  11. Just to clear up a couple of things. I probably Didn't actually chew my bite of Veal for 5 whole minutes. It just seemed that way, due to toughness. I finally had to remove it from my mouth. Dessert wasn't actually served along with the other courses. But it definitely did come out of the kitchen on the waiters huge tray, along with the apps, soup, and entrees. The apps and soup were served first, but before we were half way through them, they were squeezing our entrees on to the table. And the desserts sat on the trays through out the meal. Thus my ice cream soup. I thought the whole concept was strange. Just figured the waiters no longer wanted to run back and forth to the kitchen, but only wanted to make a single trip. I'm happy to read that what I experienced is still not the Norm, and maybe I just drew a crew that was lazy or just didn't care.
  12. We sailed Carnival Conquest. This was our 24th cruise with Carnival. It was also our most disappointing. If you are a die hard Carnival lover, you may not want to read this, as I'm going to tell it like it was. I'll start with the bad, and end with the good. We had some issues with the dining room this cruise. We always choose to eat in the MDR, late seating. First off, what has happened to the staff calling you by name? Our room steward, and our dining staff has always known our name by the 2nd day, and used it. It's a small touch, but it makes things just a bit more special. They took our names 1st night, but never once used them. The 3rd night, I ordered Veal Parmesan. I've always been able to cut it with a fork. This night my knife wouldn't budge it. The waiter got a sharper knife, and he had an awful time cutting it also. I took a bite, chewed it for 5 minutes, and it wasn't going anywhere. My husband ordered lamb, and he said it was very tender and delicious. However all of his veggies were hard as a rock. and he couldn't chew them. Our table mates, said their veggies were also very hard. At this point my DH started to complain. 3 times he asked to speak to the Maitr D and he never came. No, we did not order anything else. That's another problem with me. The American Table menu is very limited, if you don't eat fish or pasta. Your meat choices are skimp. Who wants to eat the same thing every night. We left the dining room, and didn't go back. Something else I experienced. What has happened to bringing your meal a course at a time. The waiters now bring everything at once. The app, the entrée, even the dessert. They serve the app first, but serve the entrée before you have finished the app. Crowding your place setting. The dessert sits through the entire meal. I ordered ice cream one night, and got half soup. I also don't like ordering dessert at same time as rest of meal. What I order for dessert depends on how I feel after eating. Someone did come and ask our name and cabin #. I thought we would get an apology, Nope, Nada. Next night I went to Deli for dinner. I have always loved the yummy sandwiches in the deli. What has happened to the great rolls, and hogie bread? Now they have some bread I couldn't pronounce, and it wasn't good. No panini press anymore either. Now they stick it in an oven, and the bread comes out hard as a rock. So that was out. Ate at Guys 2 nights. Yummy as usual, but they close at 6. Remember I said we always choose Late Seating. Six is too early for us. Ok, I will close on a high note. Our cabin steward was good . He happily complied with our request for both morning and evening service. Brought us ice both times, as well. We don't usually ask for more than that. He also never used our names. Strange and different. First time on that class ship, and I really liked it. The ship was clean and beautiful. The seas were very calm, and the entire7 days was very smooth sailing. Once I get my Milestone cruise, I may have to rethink Carnival. Unless someone can tell me that this sort of treatment is not the norm, on other ships.
  13. I know they have 2% and chocolate milk. I never noticed if they have whole milk or not. Sorry. I hope someone else can answer that for you.
  14. Does Carnival contact you, when you have completed your 24th cruise with them, about your milestone cruise? If yes, do they send you everything you need to know, and do? If no, what do I have to do in order to think about the milestone ?
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