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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. I meant to say not influence others opinions by posting my thoughts too early because I donโ€™t want it to influence their opinion or experience. We enjoyed the cruise but It wouldnโ€™t be ranked at the top of our favorite cruises. I would say that we would rate the 16 cruises we had on Carnival as more enjoyable and we were on a suite on this cruise. It was our 3rd time in a suite and sad to say it would be ranked at the bottom of the 25 cruises we had on X. Something was lacking and it appears as if a few others agree. There were 3000 and I am sure the majority of them thought the cruise was fantastic. Happy cruising ๐ŸŒŠ๐Ÿšข๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐ŸŒ…
  2. Passengers that rely on that can really get messed up when sailing during April 1 or if some pranksters move the decorations to another door. Happy cruising ๐ŸŒŠ๐Ÿšข๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐ŸŒ…
  3. We were told that they changed the linens. My response was โ€œDonโ€™t they do that after every cruise? โ€œ ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ˜ฑ happy cruising ๐ŸŒŠ๐Ÿšข๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐ŸŒ…
  4. The scanner is the same size as those in the airport and when embarking at any port of call. Not very big. best is check your luggage and not try to upset the apple cart. Large cases wonโ€™t fit. Happy cruising ๐ŸŒŠ๐Ÿšข๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐ŸŒ…
  5. I buy one of these and place it on our door, or door wall by the balcony https://www.pinterest.com/imhoff0078/garage-door-decals/ happy cruising ๐ŸŒŠ๐Ÿšข๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐ŸŒ…
  6. Nice. It is those little things that make a difference. Was your cabin on deck 12 Starboard? We seen a door that had a large Halloween plastic sheet decoration and I think a sign that said the witch is in. We talked to a few of the passengers in the Retreat Lounge but donโ€™t remember any from Maine and would have mentioned that our DIL and her family are from there. Happy cruising ๐ŸŒŠ๐Ÿšข๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐ŸŒ…
  7. Same with us We found that adjacent cabins arenโ€™t needed and should be avoided. We had one and found that there was no personal time or private time especially if the door is opened between the partition on the balcony, You donโ€™t need to be tied at the hip and be the CD or responsible for everything. I am not patient and donโ€™t like waiting on others when we are ready to go especially when everyone knows the designated and agreed time to GYAITS. Don't like wasting time deciding by committee what to do next and then not doing what we enjoy just to compromise and be nice. Hope it works for you Happy cruising ๐ŸŒŠ๐Ÿšข๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐ŸŒ…
  8. You need to keep you hands and fingers away from your eyes, nose and mouth as much as possible. I always try to avoid the chair rails or any part of a chair if possible went sitting into a table to pull my chair closer to the table. I donโ€™t think any of those areas are ever cleaned. The other culprits are the menus, salt and pepper shakers, and squeeze bottles. Always try to use a napkin if possible when using them. I also try to avoid eating anything using my fingers. I will use utensils. I know It is almost impossible to avoid everything but the more you can the better the odds. On the cruises where they serve those little snacks in the jars at the bars I also avoid those as people will stick their fingers in instead of pouring some out on a napkin. Another thought is how many people have touched your sea pass card or CC card? It can go on and on. Best is to get a lot of rest, eat healthy, exercise and hope for the best and try to control what you can. When we cruise we burn the candle at both ends and in the middle, need all the flames and fire we can get to sanitize and burn off the germs. ๐Ÿคง Happy cruising ๐ŸŒŠ๐Ÿšข๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐ŸŒ…
  9. On our recent cruises we were in suites so that may be why we werenโ€™t charged for using it to play the slots. when not is the suites most of our SBC was used the premium upgrade or auto gratuities. Happy cruising ๐ŸŒŠ๐Ÿšข๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐ŸŒ…
  10. If you charge against your existing on board credit there shouldnโ€™t be but if you use it as a cash advance or charge against the folio I think there is. People were using it as a cash advance, free loan, or in place of the ATM and then posting about doing that on these boards. i donโ€™t think we were charged anything but it is hard to figure out the crazy accounting system on the folio. People need to understand and realize if there is some TIP to beat the system donโ€™t broadcast it. In the past you could also cash in your non refundable SBC for a 5% fee until people starting broadcasting it on the forums. It was the same with playing red and black, odd and even on the roulette wheel, now they wonโ€™t allow you to do that. happy cruising ๐ŸŒŠ๐Ÿšข๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐ŸŒ…
  11. We would wake up and call the butler. They have on board cell phones. He told us at the beginning to leave the room service sigh on the door the night before with the request and time. We said we didnโ€™t want to do that as we donโ€™t know when we will be up. He said to give him a call when ready. We did that and it was nice to have the fresh americanos in our cabin You need to buy one of these. We have the Jura Giga 5. It is one of the best things we own as far as usefulness and enjoyment. My wife and I would gladly give up a cruise if if meant that I needed to buy a new one. It paid for itself many times. We use to frequent Starbucks but now only stop when traveling. We havenโ€™t found anywhere that makes espresso based drinks as good as what we get at home. The beans and roast also makes a difference. We also buy most of our coffee from them. Great service and products. https://www.wholelattelove.com/collections/super-automatic-espresso-machines happy cruising ๐ŸŒŠ๐Ÿšข๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐ŸŒ…
  12. Arturo was great. After a few days we requested him as a server. When he came to the table he thanked us for asking for him and said it meant a lot. He was one of the few that we gave a tip to that smiled along with a really nice thank you as we handed him the envelope. It was the first time we didnโ€™t give 10s in everything. In some areas we gave a 2. Many 5 to 6. There will probably be a red flag ๐Ÿšฉafter our names when we get on the next cruise. ๐Ÿค— happy cruising ๐ŸŒŠ๐Ÿšข๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐ŸŒ…
  13. Good to get newbies to spend more on something that they think is special and need to do. Sail a few times and it is easy to see beyond the smoke and mirrors. happy cruising ๐ŸŒŠ๐Ÿšข๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐ŸŒ…
  14. it is the pod system. Water, and soft drinks are also available 24/7 in a small refridgerator. . I think Cafe al Bacio has better espresso. Also put in a request with your butler and he will deliver it to your cabin whenever you want. happy cruising ๐ŸŒŠ๐Ÿšข๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐ŸŒ…
  15. it is amazing that your cruise and what you experienced exactly mirrored ours. To be fair we thought it might have been our fault as we really didnโ€™t care or go out of our way to participate in anything. We would spend time on our balcony, in the casino using our SBC, the Retreat lounge, Martini Bar, Ensemble Lounge, or Sunset bar. and a few hours in every port. We did use our free pass in the Persian Garden. At every bar we had to get our drinks at the bar. Never had any server approach us and donโ€™t know if there were any. We took drinks into the theater from the Casino Bar. Went to the World Class bar once and all the chairs at the bar were taken so we sat at a table. Never got served until two seats opened up at the bar and we moved into them. We had a drink and never went back. We went to the Retreat Deck a few times but never stayed too long. Rose and Judit in the Retreat lounge tended to stay behind the bar. Other than embarkation day and the night with the officers there were never more than 8 passengers when we went in there and most times none. The last night in the Martini bar all the Martinis were being served in the small glasses. They told us that they ran out of the regular glasses. It didnโ€™t really matter to us as we had a drink pack and could try something different instead of getting hammered on one or two. Just found it strange. When we met the Captain In the Retreat Lounge he didnโ€™t seem to be to cheerful and I think that reflected and impacted the staff and workers. Something that my wife brought up was no one asked or reminded us to be sure to take the survey and give them a 10 rating. She is thinking it could be because passengers were complaining bout the requests. We have a few more cruises booked but none on the Equinox. We were on it in last year during the same time and it was fantastic. Happy cruising ๐ŸŒŠ๐Ÿšข๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐ŸŒ…
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