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About miched

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    Land of Ice, Snow, and Potholes
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    The one that I am on
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    Some place no one else has ever been

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  1. Don’t cruise just to reach the next level. It isn’t that important or changes much. We couldn’t wait to become elite. Once we got there basically all of the benefits didn’t do much for us. Our crusing experience didn’t really change much. When we reached elite the classic bev pack was offered as a perk so the drinks didn’t mean or do much We usually book Aqua so the elite breakfast wasn’t a benefit as we could also get the same from the buffet, spa cafe or main dining room. the laundry is almost useless on a 7 day unless you take dirty clothes with you as it takes 3 days to get it back. Service is great no matter would level you are. No one gives better service because you are elite and they don’t care or notice and that is how it should be. Treat the workers with respect and give them a smile. Found that works best. Not complaining but just giving advice to not spend more money just to move up because the extra cost isn’t really worth it if that is all you want. if you don’t have the drink pack and the next cruise is longer than 7 days than as others have suggested book a short cruise to get some of the extra benefits but weight the extra cost to see if spending hundreds of dollars extra to receive those benefits is worth it to cruise more spending money you haven’t planned on. spend the extra money on a cruise only if you want to cruise more just being realistic and trying to help based on our experience since you asked for suggestions or help. happy cruising 🌊🚢🇺🇸🌅
  2. Buy good ones that are of quality. We have Ebags, Travelon, and Eddie Bauer. We recieve some cheap crap from AARP for renewing our member ship. Very flimsy mesh and zippers that don’t work well and ended up coming away from the cheap mesh fabric. Them do make packing and unpacking easier and help keep stuff organized happy cruising 🌊🚢🇺🇸🌅
  3. The infinitely is a nice ship. We have 2 cruises booked on it and it is because of the lower cost. The infinity doesn’t have the little extra that the Equinox has. The balconies are shallow and the bathrooms in the cabins are like those in the old RV and travel trailers. If you are in AQ the Persian Gardens isn’t as nice as the one on the Equinox but that is a minor issue and isn’t one unless in Aqua Class but not worth $500. Some like the pool in the Solarium better on the Infinity. Other than a few little things everything else is about the same and we enjoy both. The Infinity is a fine classy ship that isn’t a amusement park and I think you will enjoy it. happy crusing 🌊🚢🇺🇸🌅
  4. I don’t know how the cruise industry works in England. I am in the US and had my TA change my cabin a few times in the same category if available and it doesn’t cost me anything. I changed when cabins in more desirable locations became available. I tried one TA and learned that they charged $50 per any change. I used them once. You are making a wise decision on not wanting adjoining cabins. We did it a few times with friends and found it to be rather uncomfortable and awkward. We really couldn’t enjoy the balcony like we were accustomed to. Or have the percieved privacy with them next to us as the walls may have ears. Happy cruising 🌊🚢🇺🇸🌅
  5. You mentioned Ray Brown Jr. i dont know if you ever googled him. Google his name and you will find a lot of interesting reading about his background. Here is one. I don’t think many know who raised him and his musical ties. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ray_Brown_Jr. It seems as if you have a lot of good entertainment on board happy cruising 🌊🚢🇺🇸🌅
  6. We had Eddy as a CD on our last cruise. A great no non sense type that doesn’t try to be a celebrity or star of the show. He gets the job done and does what it is, announces the show and walks off. I told him he is almost as good as Ed Sullivan but not as bad. If you have the time I would recommend going to his “10 Things You Didn’t Know” shows. The best one was the last about life on a cruise ship. He gets a little into his personal life and the comedian in him really comes out. It should actually be his first show on the first sea day as you would then appreciate and understand his style and methods during the rest of the cruise. Happy cruising 🌊🚢🇺🇸🌅
  7. The balconies are rather shallow on the M class and most CC and AQ balconies never had foot stools when we sailed in one of them. The Large Aft balconies on deck 11 sometimes have footstools and loungers. happy cruising 🌊🚢🇺🇸🌅
  8. We have some future cruises booked into 2021. Chances are we will be dropping a few of them as the price is getting too rediculous. We found that that we can have a really great time with more dining choices and better drinks for the $500 plus per day that the cruises are costing us and most times it ends up being less plus better on our waist lines doing land based traveling by car. Plus we don’t have to deal with final payment, trip insurance, and cancellations fees months in advance, I know that inside and outside cabins are cheaper but for me one of the purposes of cruising is having a balcony to watch and enjoy the sea during the night and in the morning. happy cruising 🌊🚢🇺🇸🌅
  9. One thing to be aware of is that the duty allowance isn’t per cruise. It is for a rolling time period. If you intend on getting 2 allowances for merchandise and liquor you may be liable for duty on some items or overage than you expected The other is sometimes they deliver your duty free liquor purchases the night before the end of your first cruise and sometimes they hold it over until the end of the next one. Think about that one if you want to buy a little extra. 🥃🍷 Happy cruising 🌊🚢🇺🇸🌅
  10. Walking thru the buffet at 5 pm from the bar one female seen another eating there and made a comment asking if she wasn’t dining in the MDR that night and she replied that they were but it was only 5 and dinner wasn’t until 6 Another time I went to the buffet at midnight to try a slice of pizza as I heard many say how great it was and wanted to see what the buffet had that late as we had one more cruise day left. There was a female ahead of me and she grabbed the last piece. She continued to stand there waiting for the next batch to come out. I made a comment about how it was suppose to be good and she agreed while trying to stuff the whole piece into her mouth. Waited about 10 minutes and now there were a few more in line. The cook put out 3 pizzas with different topping. The female proceeded to grab all 3 pizzas piling them onto her plate. She then waddled away to her scooter as others yelled you could have left a little for the rest of us. It fell on deaf ears. I doubt if any of them would have felt sorry for her waiting for a elevator on disembarkation day. Happy cruising 🌊🚢🇺🇸🌅
  11. We noticed the same. When the Matre D wasn’t included in the prepaid gratuities they made a effort to make the rounds especially on the last night, and many times that was the only time we seen him. Happpy cruising 🌊🚢🇺🇸🌅
  12. We had a Move up offer for our cruise a few weeks ago, it was $300 minimum bid. We received another email for the same cruise that is about a week away and the minimum bid is now at $350 for the same category. happy cruising 🌊🚢🇺🇸🌅
  13. We were on a 4 day Infinity cruise. It was almost non stop party time for many as it was only 4 days and they wanted to burn the candle at both end and in the middle. Many didn’t leave the ship in any of the ports and just stayed on to enjoy the drink pack, buffet food, pizza and etc. there were many female groups consisting of their friends and family that were just having a ladies only cruise. They woud tend to be camped out all day at tables in the Solarium, or any other place that was close to food and bar service playing their board and card games. Why not the price was cheap. That is why we added it onto 12 day cruise on another ship we had prior to it. All we took was carry ons with us and most others did the same as it seemed everyone did the self disembarkation. It was fun, but a little different than a longer cruise. Would we do it again, sure. We now have two 5 day cruises booked that we added on before other cruises. Happy cruising 🌊🚢🇺🇸🌅
  14. my comment isn’t directed toward the use of Lanyards. It is about those that have to display and flaunt their status. They wear vests, hats and etc with all their sailing pins, key cards and whatever to show how many cruises they were on. And the color of their card shows their status so they want to display that so everyone can see it and they do it by using a lanyard. I can always tell tell someone that has never cruised on X before when they are sitting next to me and have ask about the status of my key card because of the color. The OP asked about feeling out of place because of their cabin status and the answer is no and I am also adding most don’t care about that or loyalty status and don’t flaunt it. Only exception is when the Captain recognizes the person that sailed the most at the party or you try to get into a Loyalty function. Happy crusing 🌊🚢🇺🇸🌅
  15. First off I said to try it first. Then I said you could probably walk in as no one checks and they don’t care because there aren’t many that really use it. People could easily walk in exploring the ship as it is another door to look into as part of the gym or shower area and if someone said anything or asked you just say the truth that you were exploring the ship. They aren’t going to toss you overboard or kick you off the ship. We didn’t see anything stating that it is for AQ guests only And if you did enter there probably wouldn’t be anyone in there. The two times we went in on the M Class we were never asked or had to check in. We only went back the 2nd time because it was a different cruise and wanted to see if our opinion changed and it didn’t. It is more of a comment that few use it and no one enforces it. Sorry for the confusion.🥺😰 Happy crusing 🌊🚢🇺🇸🌅
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