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LandlockedCruiser01

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    Chicago metro area
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    Baseball, board games, swing dancing, general aviation
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    Carnival
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    Royal Dolphin Swim at Cozumel

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  1. TL;DR answer: No. Full answer: I don't recommend taking a toddler on a cruise. She won't remember much, which means there's little net gain for her, and toddlers in general tend to be very fussy and disruptive. She will require a lot of care and attention, which may detract from your enjoyment of the cruise. Or not, but just saying. That said, if she's at least 2, that's when most cruise lines' childcare programs let kids participate, and the programs are excellent. She'll be kept busy with age-appropriate games and the company of her peers.
  2. I skimmed over this thread, and there's one thing no one mentioned so far: Talk to the cruise line's Special Needs Department. A medical condition may or may not be a disability, but it's a special need. That's what the department is there for. Talk to them, and see what they can do to make things easier for you. Many cruise foods are high in carbohydrates, so the chef will arrange for some of your MDR dishes to be cooked differently. Even if he can't do that, your waiter will give you a verbal walkthrough on the safer options to order. (For example, pot roast with vegetables, rather than chicken florentine pasta.) In the buffet, you'll have to self-manage, obviously, but that should be increasingly easy, as controlling your diabetes becomes a routine.
  3. I fully agree. Carnival's shows aren't high-brow works of art. As good as they are, they're meant to dazzle, not illuminate. Think flashing lights, cheerful music, and energetic dancers, rather than deep plot lines and dramatic dialogue. There's nothing inappropriate, either: just occasional actors in swimsuits or an slightly off-color joke. I'd have enjoyed it as a kid too. The only caveat is for kids with autism or sensory issues. They might be overwhelmed by the shows. But that's about it.
  4. This is more about branding restrictions, than staffing or hours. I remember reading some years ago that Guy's and Blue Iguana restrict what else can be served on the Lido. For example, when Blue Iguana Cantina was implemented, the Mexican buffet at the deck party could no longer serve Mexican food; it was cut back to chips and dips. So when Guy's Burgers got licensed to operate on Carnival ships, perhaps they're limited to a certain number of hours. We don't know; I'm mostly speculating here, based on what I already know.
  5. Not anymore. They changed to Eastern Time in 2015, and Quintana Roo stopped observing Daylight Savings Time. So the local time is in sync with Florida from Halloween to mid-March, and 1 hour behind the rest of the year.
  6. Yes, without a doubt. But even though most other cruise lines' ads use model-looking actors, they feel more inclusive somehow. As in, "This looks fun; I could join in." Virgin is going with a "upscale and exclusive" vibe, which is their prerogative. But they making it look like they only want people from South Beach or West Hollywood, rather than Anytown USA. I feel like they're shooting themselves in the foot that way. Instead, they should use a tagline like: "If you know how to vacation, you know how to Virgin."
  7. My initial reaction to Virgin Voyages was overwhelmingly positive. But the more I read their website, the more put off I felt. The cruise line has an overly polished feel to it, which makes it more intimidating than inviting. Like, it caters to the glitterati crowd, rather than your average working-class cruiser. Obviously, I won't be keelhauled for getting on their ships. But I'll feel as out of place for sure. Perhaps other people's reviews will prove me wrong.
  8. It was for humor, folks! ☺️ I mean, with those words in the post, it was asking for a pun. Although I'm sure if I made the same joke to the line cooks working at Guy's, they probably wouldn't get the reference. Even the UK defines those words differently. Alright, back on topic. I'd be more willing to give Guy's a shot at breakfast if they had something like McGriddles and made them smaller than the burgers. It probably wouldn't require much additional labor or equipment to make those things.
  9. I see what you did there. πŸ‘ πŸ˜‰
  10. I'm sorry for the owners' loss. I speak as a dog fan. I hope his sister Calypso continues to bring joy to visiting passengers as herself in the flesh and as Topher in spirit.
  11. It is now. NightOne was worried that Guy's might start closing at 3:00 PM if they add breakfast service. True. But I don't want to go back to my cabin just to order an afternoon snack. Will room service deliver a sandwich to the lido deck? Oh wait, I forgot all about the deli. Never mind.
  12. I agree. 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM is a dead zone for food service on Carnival: the lunch is already done, but the dinner is long way off. Currently, Guy's Burgers fills that time slot pretty well. If Guy's changes its schedule to parallel Blue Iguana Cantina, all that's left will be the pizzeria. I can see it all now: long lines of hangry people, like late at night.
  13. Having options is all well and good, and yet... There's something to be said about the college-like setup with nearly everyone eating in the same place and running into each other. That's why colleges are so social, and it's so easy to meet people on campus. Considering how many people age-regress to college years on cruises, having a college-like dining setup will make for a very lively social atmosphere. I know from experience. It's the reason I like old ships. There may be fewer options, but I like what's offered and how easy it is to run into people I met previously. Yeah yeah, I can use the FunHub app, but I don't want anything to do with cell phones while on a cruise. They remind me of work.
  14. I kind of like the menu, but I'll give you one thing: it's really heavy. Consider The Plain Joe: beef patty, two eggs, melty cheese, cheddar cheese, and donkey sauce (spicy mayo). Plus fries on the side. And it's their basic option; the All American also has bacon, tomato, and hash browns. That's all well and good for a hangover breakfast after a night of hard partying, but it's abysmal for fueling up for an active day on port. And even on a sea day, I don't want to give myself a food coma before 10:00 AM.
  15. The Port Day Breakfast schedule is optimized for people going ashore early, like for a morning excursion. It may not be the overwhelming majority, but enough to dictate setting up the MDR that way. The rest can either make it shortly before closing or eat elsewhere.
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