I have a brother in Santa Rose CA who has been on several cruises. To Alaska, Panama Canal , and just this year, they took the Hawaii cruise , 15 day, for their 50th ann. They have loved them all. But they have said what you said also.
If we don't count our blessings We are just wasting our time
For a first time cruiser, your review was pretty good & mostly on point. Carnival cruise lines are party ships. Hence the name CARNIVAL. Oh, you forgot to mention the MIDNIGHT Buffets. I've been cruising (at least once or twice a year for about 30 yrs. In the beginning, it was Carnival cruise lines. I've learned how to eat in moderation, and to get the FREE drinks they serve around the pool & jacuzzis. The paid for drinks were night caps before bed. The champagn bottle the travel agents always has set up in our room as a welcome gift, I take home. As for shopping in the ports, this is what I learned to do: We rent a taxi/driver (which you can basically do for cheap) and tell them to take us to the LOCALS shopping area & eateries. Some even drive us around the local neighborhoods. Every driver got a cousin who owns a local eatery it seems. Of course, they always get a big tip.
Approximately, 8-9 years ago, I graduated to the Norwegian Cruise Lines taking their 10-15 day cruises. I believe I''ve been to every island in the southern & northern Caribbean and the Polynesian Islands. A friend of the family recently returned from a trip to Turkey. They rented a yacht. Said it was cheaper than paying for a cruise ship. The S.O. is trying to book a Mediterranean cruise for next summer. I asked him to check the prices on a yacht rental. Told him if the price was right, I would help him pay half. Told him we could be Jay-Z & Beyonce.
I'll be in Brazil for the Olympics. While there I plan on taking a cruise up & down the Amazon River. On my bucket list: Six month around the world cruise on the QE.
An old lady was standing at the railing of the cruise ship holding her hat on tight, so that it would not blow off in the wind. A gentleman approached her and said: "Pardon me, madam. I do not intend to be forward, but did you know that your dress is blowingup in this high wind?" "Yes, I know," said the lady, "I need both hands to hold onto this hat." "But, madam, you must know that your privates are exposed!"said the gentleman in earnest. The woman looked down, then back up at the man and replied, "Sir, anything you see down there is 85 years old. I just bought this hat yesterday!"
Sounds like a great trip Dave, thanks for the review !!!!
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