Are cruises fun and worth the money?

Sep 18th, 2019, 12:19 PM
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Originally Posted by Orlando_Vic View Post
Carnival has a reputation for having booze cruises, especially on the shorter itineraries. Avoid them if you can.
Definitely avoid the boozers. OTOH the Vista is a well regarded ship. That I would consider if the right itinerary was available. for us.
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Sep 18th, 2019, 06:19 PM
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First hand experience. We have taken three Carnival cruises: two times on Carnival Pride out of Baltimore, 7 days each time, and one, 5-days on Paradise out of Tampa. All were fine.
We especially enjoyed Paradise because we liked the itinerary, the food was quite good and it has the big water slides area now. Also, it was Summer and there were a lot of families with children so It was good with our Granddaughter. My advice is to make sure you will enjoy the itinerary and choose a ship that appeals to you, regardless of the cruise line. If something else is really important, like kid’s programs or more upscale restaurants or pool size, etc. then look at that too, but no cruise meets every single wish. Decide what is most important for your family at this particular time.
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Sep 18th, 2019, 06:39 PM
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Jacket , from what I can tell online NCL (and Royal) both have instituted the room service charge, but it is waived for some categories of suites

Room Service

Available 24 hours a day, simply pick up the phone and order breakfast, lunch, dinner or late-night munchies. A convenience charge of $7.95 will apply to all orders (Continental Breakfast until 10am excluded, Suite Guests are excluded from the $7.95 charge at all times). A 20% gratuity and specialty service charge will be added to all beverages and special occasion menu items . As the rooms have refrigerators, I think I will be stocking mine as necessary .

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Sep 19th, 2019, 03:33 AM
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Originally Posted by mlgb View Post
Jacket , from what I can tell online NCL (and Royal) both have instituted the room service charge, but it is waived for some categories of suites

Room Service

Available 24 hours a day, simply pick up the phone and order breakfast, lunch, dinner or late-night munchies. A convenience charge of $7.95 will apply to all orders (Continental Breakfast until 10am excluded, Suite Guests are excluded from the $7.95 charge at all times). A 20% gratuity and specialty service charge will be added to all beverages and special occasion menu items . As the rooms have refrigerators, I think I will be stocking mine as necessary .

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OK. Thank you.
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Oct 29th, 2019, 01:56 PM
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We learned a long time ago that it is cheaper to cruise the Caribbean in the winter than renting a condo in Florida or the Keys. So we book almost anything headed out of Ft. Lauderdale beginning around Jan 1 to mid Feb. Sometimes stay on the same ship as it loops in and out of Ft Lauderdale and sometimes change ships. Very relaxing, food is good, the people we met along the way are terrific, the entertainment is great, love the private islands. For us that is the best way to avoid the month of January in Denver, CO.
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Oct 29th, 2019, 02:59 PM
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Originally Posted by mlgb View Post
Jacket , from what I can tell online NCL (and Royal) both have instituted the room service charge, but it is waived for some categories of suites

Room Service

Available 24 hours a day, simply pick up the phone and order breakfast, lunch, dinner or late-night munchies. A convenience charge of $7.95 will apply to all orders (Continental Breakfast until 10am excluded, Suite Guests are excluded from the $7.95 charge at all times). A 20% gratuity and specialty service charge will be added to all beverages and special occasion menu items . As the rooms have refrigerators, I think I will be stocking mine as necessary .

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Got it! Thank you for the update.
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