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  1. We have sailed the Spirit class ships on Carnival several times mainly because we are addicted to the aft-wrap cabins on the Spirit class. We have always had a great time but I think it's because:

     

    1. We keep to ourselves and always book port-intensive itineraries. Were aren't generally on the ship very much. When we are on board, we are on our giant balcony. Did I mention we love the Aft-Wraps?

     

    2. We eat dinner in the supper club almost every night. It's $60 more for two people but we just budget that in. This is why I'm so confused about Carnival. They CAN cook awesome food. I've had steaks in the supper club that were as good as a high-end steak house. You can tell that the steaks in the MDR are flash frozen and individually shrink wrapped. They aren't even the color of steak. I know I could take the $60 a day and move up to another line but did I mention we love the Aft-Wraps?

     

    3. I would never sail on any cruise less than 7 days. I've sailed four day cruises on RCCL that were not that great. I think what happens is the clientele on the short cruises tends to dictate the behavior of everyone aboard. I'll never forget the time we sailed the Ecstasy to Nassau on a 3 day cruise. The first night the 3 of us went to dinner we were seated with an African-American family. The waiter came to take our drink orders and he asked my daughter what she wanted to drink. The mother of the other family said, "Why did you take her order first? Is it because she's white you racist mother f-er?" We just left and went to the buffet. We swore off short cruises for good after that.

  2. Also was on the Ecstasy in '98 when it caught on fire. Didn't love that as much.

     

    Woah - wait... what? Please tell me you have photos of this!!!!!!!!

     

    I do have pictures somewhere but I don't recall that they were interesting at all. The weird thing about it was that the captain basically pulled the same thing as Costa captain. He announced that everything was under control. You could actually see the ship on fire from the beach but the captain told us (and the Coast Guard) that everything was fine. We were forward on the ship and only experienced smells similar to burning a pot on the stove. People on shore saw more than we did as everyone was moved forward. We could actually see smoke coming from the back of our ship on TV. Pretty surreal. There was a party atmosphere on board.

    After an afternoon sitting off shore they towed us back in to port and put us up in a nice hotel. The next morning we flew to Grand Cayman and spent our vacation there. When we got back and flew over the port the ship was gone. I think it sailed under its own power to Freeport or Newport News or somewhere close by. Apparently it looked way worse than it was. It was back in service really fast.

    As others have said, they took good care of us. Drinks were free on board and food was plentiful. We got a full refund and a free cruise that we used the next year on Destiny. Very fair in my opinion. However, others sued for more. Don't recall how that turned out.

     

    The 30% off thing is ridiculous in my opinion. Carnival Corp management has changed significantly since then though.

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    EDIT - I agree with Elissa - let's keep this back on track. If you like Carnival, that's great. You're "Wal-Mart class" in my mind, but hey, there's a reason why Wal-Mart is a huge success. But don't try to argue with me that Carnival is anything nicer than that. It's not. Deal with it. Done.

     

    I've gotta agree with you. Cruising is probably one of the most "personal preference" vacations you can take. It just depends what you experience on YOUR cruise.

    Been on several lines and have loved and hated Carnival. Love the Spirit-Class Aft Wraps. Also was on the Ecstasy in '98 when it caught on fire. Didn't love that as much.

    Took an RCCL cruise out of San Juan a few years ago and was completely disgusted by the behavior of the passengers. I was even more disgusted by the crew response to the passenger behavior. Swore off them after that.

    I've never had a bad experience on Celebrity but I'm sure if the stars align just right my April cruise on the Xpedition could go bad.

     

    I think one rule of thumb to follow on most cruise lines: Less than 7 days = Guaranteed Walmart Crowd. 7 days = Target Crowd. Over 7 days = Crate and Barrel or One Foot in the Grave Crowd. Of course these rules don't apply on Seabourne.

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    I agree on the FB comments - truly disheartening. The post simply had to do with the current delay/situation because of an immense downpour the night before. People were discrediting TPR members when they said they rode it yesterday (Saturday) - implying that they were liars.

     

    Plus, people were dragging TPR members into the mix.. I just don't get it. Some of the stuff that was brought up - wow. GROW UP people!!!

     

    Reading those posts on FB really shows why Robb decided to insist on reasonably proper grammer on TPR. Those comments make my head hurt. I can't even get to the point of considering the content. I'm too busy trying to decipher the strange language.

  5. I totally agree with Elissa. Do a cruise first to get an idea of what places you like, and then go back to those places for a normal trip. This is kind of what we did on the TPR Europe trip. We know that we definitely want to go back to England, Germany, and the Neatherlandians Land of Dutch, and have no desire to go back to Paris.

     

    I'd have to agree with you. We've been on many many cruises in various parts of the world. We have always thought of cruising as an affordable overview of many places at once. On most cruises we end up really liking a port and wish we had more time. We have gone back to many on land vacations.

    The first time we did this was going to Catalina Island for a land vacation after cruising there on the old Viking Serenade in the early 90's. Since then we have followed up cruises with land trips to Costa Rica, Norway, Belize, Roatan, Portugal, Grand Cayman and Cozumel. As someone else said, when the cruise ships leave the places become very different. We have noticed that the people actually are nicer when they know you aren't on a cruise ship.

    In Catalina the people were openly disdainful of the cruise crowd once they left. In other port cities the change is subtle but noticeable.

    I don't think there is a "best" way to travel. If you like to submerse yourself in the culture and feel like you know the place, a cruise isn't going to do it. If you simply want an overview of the world at an affordable price, a cruise is probably the best way to go.

    We like both for different reasons.

  6. Why skip any rides? I mean, we all have our favorites, but if you make the trip to the park, why not ride as much as you can? It's not like there's any world class shows or other attractions to fill your time. YMMV, but I just dont get it.

     

    As someone said earlier, I would rather re-ride than ride something that has the potential to ruin my day. I'm susceptible to headaches if my head gets knocked around a bit so I try to avoid it.

  7. I was just checking the Flash Pass information screen to see if it has been updated to show that Terminator is now on the Regular Flash Pass and it has been updated. While checking this I noticed that it also shows that they are now selling a Platinum Flash Pass which allows you to wait then ride twice. It is very expensive at $89 for one person and $66 for each additional person. At those prices my best guess is that you probably get the reduced wait time of a Gold Flash Pass and then get two rides. As often as I go there and with the price that high I will probably not use it. I have had very good days at the park getting many re-rides on busy days with a Regular Flash Pass.

     

    I hope this means that you ride once and then exit the ride and go right back around. If it means you get to stay on the ride I can see this causing problems for the operators on hot busy days.

     

    1. Groups that try to stay together and ride the same train will be split up if the gate swings open and one of the cars doesn't empty.

    2. People that have been waiting will probably not take too kindly to someone failing to exit "their" seat.

  8. From what I have heard, the whale WAS still performing but not with trainers in the water. They were in the stadium tank and the show had ended. As the trainer was rubbing the whale down as a form of praise, her long ponytail swung by the whale and it grabbed her by the ponytail and dragged her under. The public did see it but the stadium was almost empty.

    I'm guessing that the whale thought her ponytail was actually a treat that was being presented for training.

  9. No offense, but I'm really not a fan of the new board. It feels to me that because there is black everywhere that everything has not fully loaded. Maybe if you made the user control panel links and that stuff up there grey it would feel better, and also if there weren't black lines running through everything.

     

    When I first opened the forum today, I also thought that something was missing on the sides. However, it only took a second to remember the upgrade. I like the new look. It seems a bit more industrial which is a good thing to me. I don't know why but it's sort of "Windows 7" looking.

     

    Using Windows 7 and Chrome

  10. This is not that big of a deal. Creepy? Yes. Funny? Kind of. Devastating? No.

     

    THANK YOU! Geez...people are acting like the guy RAPED her for corn's sake!

     

    Ah! The old power in numbers trick. This woman was with her little girl when this happened. It's beyond me how the word "funny" could even appear in this thread unless we were talking about the guy being thrown off the top of the ride. The more I read these posts, the more bummed I get about my favorite and most down-to-earth forum. I think I'll just exit gracefully from this thread before Robb needs to come in and clean up the mess.

  11. Seriously, I LAUGHED really hard upon reading the article.

     

    some of you REALLY need to lighten up! She looks kinda-sorta cute in that pic..not that I'd cop a feel when the lights would go dark..after all, when you exit the ride, don't you come out in rows? If anything she should have grabbed hold of the guy & told the ride op right then & there on the way out.

     

    let's see if due to this incident, this means the ride won't go completely dark anymore (that would stink)

     

    Wow. Just wow.

    The Dad in me is just sad to see this from a member here.

  12. ^ But the same could be said for Halloween and Fright Fest seems to do pretty good business during that time period.

     

    --Robb

     

    I have to agree. It just seems to me that Disneyland has hit on something that SFMM could try to emulate. Visitors will come to a park multiple times a year if there is a hook. Disneyland changes things throughout the year now and we pretty much go to each new "theme". I know that I would probably make an extra trip in December for a "Very Magic Mountain Christmas."

  13. I was there the first Halloween weekend and it was pretty crowded but we were able to use fastpass pretty effectively. By late afternoon we had ridden every major ride in both parks and were holding FP's for every major ride for that evening. You must ride SpaceM at least once after dark and stand up on the deck where the line is for a few minutes even if you have a fast pass. That is where the biggest change for Halloween happens every ten minutes or so.

    Every time you are eligible to get a FP go and get one.

     

    The park did close last Friday so get in there early if possible.

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