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Which Beer Cozie should we buy Piers? (See Page 18)  

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You guys should try the Carnival Magic-coming out in May of this year. It will have the longest Twister slide yet & another Drain Pipe slide. Allure Of The Seas really needs a coaster to top it all off! They should build a new deck with a giant kick A$$ coaster spanning the whole entire deck! & A full round of mini golf-18 holes! & A giant A$$ waterslide. Then it will be complete!

I wouldn't go on a Carnival cruise if you paid me, or if it was free. Sorry, but the "Bud Light" crowd is not my scene. I've done one Carnival Cruise and that's plenty for me. I don't know a single person who is into "cruising" who does Carnival Cruises. They are usually cheaper, and the crowd that those ships attract reflect the price.

 

--Robb "Not my thing..." Alvey

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^ I almost always hear the same thing from people who do Carnival as their "first cruise", many of them never cruise again because they just assume that all cruise ships are like that. They aren't. IMO the cruise lines are more like this...

 

Carnival = Lower income, "bud light drinking", party cruises. Mostly younger adults looking to dump their kids off in the kids club and "party it up" on cheap beer for the rest of the week.

 

Royal Caribbean = Middle income, "Sam Adams drinking", family cruises. All ages, mostly 30s/40s, but plenty younger & older ages too. The partying is "well balanced" on their ships.

 

Princess = Upper middle income, much older crowd, "wine drinking", serious cruises. Mostly 40+, probably more like 50+

 

NCL = Varied mix of the above three. These are strange ships, IMO. I *liked* the one NCL cruise we did, more than Carnival, but I don't think I'd ever cruise with them again. Was just not into the whole "freestyle" thing. Choice is nice, but service left a lot to be desired.

 

Celebrity = Retired income. Most people go on these cruises to die. Mostly 60+ ages on these ships.

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I wouldn't go on a Carnival cruise if you paid me, or if it was free. Sorry, but the "Bud Light" crowd is not my scene. I've done one Carnival Cruise and that's plenty for me. I don't know a single person who is into "cruising" who does Carnival Cruises. They are usually cheaper, and the crowd that those ships attract reflect the price.

 

--Robb "Not my thing..." Alvey

 

My parents have actually been on two Carnival cruises and enjoyed them both very much. I guess it's just what your in to.

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I hope our cruise on the Carnival Splendor next month is decent. We had to choose Carnival because all of the other ships departed L.A. on Saturday and we will be at WCB! With that said, I can't wait for Freedom of the Seas in October. I am not expecting the Carnival cruise to be on that level, but I hope it isn't bad.

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I did a Holland America cruise and it was great. A much smaller ship, and the crowd was mostly older (as expected), but it was a great experience that focused more on the natural beauty of the landscape rather than the ship itself. Of course there was still a pool, shows, casino, etc.

Unfortunately Alaska is one of the few states without a coaster!

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Actually I shouldn't be too harsh on Carnival as the food is decent and some of the ships are nice. And really being on most any cruise is better than being at work. But I'm just not a fan of the clientele on Carnival. It's more like the weekend crowd at Six Flags where RCCL is like the Universal crowd.

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These pictures make me want to go on a cruise again so bad. I loved our Royal Caribbean Alaskan cruise in 2004. But this ship is insane. Definitely moved up my list. And what's on the "better than regular sex" salad that makes it better than regular sex? I'm not a huge salad person but will enjoy one now and then. I just can't tell what those big chunks are.

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I have been on 2 Carnival cruises the Ecstacy-Key West/Couzmel Dec 1996 & the Holiday Aug 1998-Catilina/Ensanada. Plus I have been on a real fancy ship the Crystal Harmony out of San Francisco in June 2000 to Alaska. The Crystal Harmony was way too fancy for me. The Ecstacy I didn't have a good time. The Holiday was better-food was great, I won $150 at Bingo, & they showed Titanic when we were waiting to get off the ship(that was before Titanic was released on VHS). They were like don't worry we will be docked when we show Titanic. I don't know if I'll ever go on a cruise again-will probabably never have the money but if I do Robb I'll listen to you & go with Royal Carribbean. Your always right on stuff. I don't drink alchol & the inside of the Allure looks real nice not real flashy colors like Carnival. I don't like Carnival's odd interior designs.

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It seems like everything is an up-charge! Is there a package where you can get certain things on discount (for example, ice cream, cupcakes, and mexican) instead of dropping 5-10 bucks on every up charge? All the up charges are the only downer to this whole thing....

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I'm sure Robb will respond to this soon, but you don't have to pay for the up-charge events/dining, and you would still have an incredible time. I know Disney also has up-charge items, and I'm sure the other cruise lines do as well. A vast majority of the food/events are included, but soda is rarely included, and alcohol never is included (as far as I know). Plus, the up-charges are usually extremely low, I think the one dinner on the report was $7. For that up-charge it would be like going from an Outback style steakhouse (still a very good place) to a Ruth's Chris. Don't let the up-charges deter you, you would still have an absolutely incredible time, with the best food/shows/games/activities even if you didn't do any up-charge events.

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^^ No! That's not right at all. Have you even read this thread? We've covered this already! You can easily go three meals a day, several snacks, get drinks, watch shows, and participate in activities without spending a dime.

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This is amazing. Just looking at the pictures, I forget that all of this is on a ship. How do the Disney cruises fit into your critique of the cruise ships?

 

I laughed at the Phantom of the Opera/chandelier picture. My high school is doing Phantom this year and I just finished auditioning for it.

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Just reiterating what Robb and JRay said- Many people go an entire cruise without spending any money on extras (my parents minus the drinks are a great example). I prefer the upcharge options because it keeps the costs down for everyone and gives you options like eating Lobster every night for 10 dollars more or attending a wine tasting event for a few dollars..

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In a strange way I totally hate this thread. I am doing homework right now, eating a microwave lean cuisine, which is ok for microwave food, but... its microwave food. Then I read back a bit and jesus, everything looks awesome.

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^ There are several different package at different prices. I have bought the $150 package which gets me 500 minutes. And my cruising "status" with RCCL gets me another 15% off.

 

That is the most expensive package. There are much cheaper ones. And in port, I use my pre-paid AT&T international 3G data package.

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(And if Johnny Rockets can serve a vegan burger at sea, why can't they at Magic Mountain!?)

I think you answered your own question!

 

They do have meals for just about every dietary need.

 

As for the Disney ships, I haven't done one yet (Elissa has and loved it) ...but I'll be able to tell you after our Disney Fantasy cruise next year! We would have done the Disney Dream this year, but we prefer at least a 7 day cruise, and the Dream only does 3/4 night itineraries.

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^^ No! That's not right at all. Have you even read this thread? We've covered this already! You can easily go three meals a day, several snacks, get drinks, watch shows, and participate in activities without spending a dime.

 

Oh I know, I just want cupcakes and ice cream! FOR FREE!

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