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MikeK

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    MikeK reacted to atseau in Formal Nights   
    Formal is all but dead at this time.
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    MikeK reacted to whitsmom in Formal Nights   
    We used to dress up on formal nights every time; however, as we get older, we mostly do more of a business casual.  That being said, it doesn't bother me in the least if someone wants to wear shorts to dinner.  Once everyone is sitting down you can't tell what they are wearing anyway.  It makes it easier on packing leaving the formal stuff at home as I tend to over pack anyway. 
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    MikeK reacted to CruiseGus in Formal Nights   
    been that way on mas market cruises for years already, so very few want to dress up on a cruise anymore
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    MikeK reacted to smokeybandit in Formal Nights   
    I despise getting dressed up. Shorts and a button down shirt for me on formal night. I felt bad for about 5 minutes. To each their own.
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    MikeK got a reaction from Kathleen in Calling all Suite Experts (Oasis)   
    We did the CLS on the Oasis and it does have the wow factor.  The stairs get old after a while so we made extra sure we had everything we needed before we left the room so we didn't have the unnecessary stair climb.  I believe the rooms near the elevator are better since it is short walk to CC and suite lounge.  Looking down that long hall to the rooms on the back of the ship made the rooms near the elevator even better.  The huge shower on the Oasis CLS is great!  I'm no spring chicken anymore so I would probably take the OS now.
     
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    MikeK reacted to WAAAYTOOO in Calling all Suite Experts (Oasis)   
    You really have the most important aspects already identified.  It comes down to 2 things (for me).
    1.  Do you want to be up on 17 ?
    2. Do you want stairs ?
    If you plan on eating at the Coastal Kitchen a great deal of the time, then being on Deck 17 is extremely convenient.  It's just a few steps down the hallway and you're there.  An OS would mean an elevator ride.  It's kinda like the difference between staying "on property" at Disney or having an "off property" hotel.
    If you don't want to be climbing stairs all day then you may want to steer clear of the CLS.
    I, personally, prefer the OS to the CLS.  I feel like I have more room and I don't have those stairs to worry about.  ...but I am also not a die-hard fan of the CK (sorry Sabrina !!).
    One thing's for sure though....as great as the OS is, you will never EVER get that BIG view anywhere except for the 2 level suites.  There is a WOW factor there that you just can't get anywhere else.
    In general, the OS is usually a few bucks more than the CLS but not always.
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    MikeK got a reaction from Neesa in Are suites worth it - Currently   
    Started out with simple balconey rooms then made the plunge to a Jr. suite.  Stayed in JSs for a while then moved to a Loft suite when we got a great deal on the move up.  We haven't looked back since.  I guess we use the old saying about you only live once and you can't take your money to the grave.  So we enjoy it while we can.
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    MikeK got a reaction from cruisellama in Are suites worth it - Currently   
    Started out with simple balconey rooms then made the plunge to a Jr. suite.  Stayed in JSs for a while then moved to a Loft suite when we got a great deal on the move up.  We haven't looked back since.  I guess we use the old saying about you only live once and you can't take your money to the grave.  So we enjoy it while we can.
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    MikeK got a reaction from wozswoman in Are suites worth it - Currently   
    Started out with simple balconey rooms then made the plunge to a Jr. suite.  Stayed in JSs for a while then moved to a Loft suite when we got a great deal on the move up.  We haven't looked back since.  I guess we use the old saying about you only live once and you can't take your money to the grave.  So we enjoy it while we can.
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    MikeK got a reaction from Lovetocruise2002 in Are suites worth it - Currently   
    Started out with simple balconey rooms then made the plunge to a Jr. suite.  Stayed in JSs for a while then moved to a Loft suite when we got a great deal on the move up.  We haven't looked back since.  I guess we use the old saying about you only live once and you can't take your money to the grave.  So we enjoy it while we can.
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    MikeK got a reaction from sammy79 in Are suites worth it - Currently   
    Started out with simple balconey rooms then made the plunge to a Jr. suite.  Stayed in JSs for a while then moved to a Loft suite when we got a great deal on the move up.  We haven't looked back since.  I guess we use the old saying about you only live once and you can't take your money to the grave.  So we enjoy it while we can.
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    MikeK got a reaction from WAAAYTOOO in Are suites worth it - Currently   
    Started out with simple balconey rooms then made the plunge to a Jr. suite.  Stayed in JSs for a while then moved to a Loft suite when we got a great deal on the move up.  We haven't looked back since.  I guess we use the old saying about you only live once and you can't take your money to the grave.  So we enjoy it while we can.
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    MikeK reacted to HeWhoWaits in Where Did Everyone Go?   
    I'm willing to bet that there are still at least 200 who will push in front of you at the Windjammer buffet and/or rush onto the elevator without letting others off first.
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    MikeK reacted to barbeyg in C&A Program Updates - Drink Vouchers   
    Yeah, I figure bottled water if nothing else. I’m not one to drink sugared beverages, including smoothies. Southern girl here who hates sweet tea as well. ?Don’t tell anyone around here. It’s blasphemy. ?
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    MikeK reacted to WAAAYTOOO in B2B? Pack up and get off the ship with everybody else!   
    What a clown show !  
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    MikeK reacted to WAAAYTOOO in Diabetics not allowed on cruise   
    I’m still skeptical of how they would even know. The form that they cite is for persons over 70...there is no way that they are going to require a signed doctors note from EVERY passenger.  If you are under 70 and have borderline Type II diabetes, how would they ever confirm that ?  If they are counting on people being honest....I have a bridge for sale.
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    MikeK reacted to Matt in Early or late seating   
    I almost always order multiple entrees and appetizers.  I love trying different foods and cruising is a big part of that
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    MikeK reacted to Bryce G. in Early or late seating   
    Early seating is fine. It won't cut into your port time, especially on Allure. I think the LATEST set sail time is 4 or 4:30. And you'd board well-before set sail time. Early is the way to go. Then you have the entire evening to enjoy activities. Rather than that awkward time between all-aboard and late-seating.
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    MikeK reacted to RoyalGreek in So how's the 'diamond' 3 drink coupon thingy working for you all?   
    Everyone please remember to tip the person that brings you your Diamond drink only if it’s a dollar. Those folks do not receive any gratuity for Diamond service. It’s the right thing to do. 
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    MikeK got a reaction from WAAAYTOOO in Mariner of the Seas - July 17, 2022 - RoyalCaribbeanBlog Group Cruise   
    I signed up for this cruise months ago.  Didn't know it was a group cruise.  
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    MikeK reacted to rjac in Will there be a wow factor?   
    If she is not wowed, find a new dog groomer!
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    MikeK got a reaction from Falling_Down in Lobster Night   
    My grandmother used to take my sister and I to a place called Happy Land on Siesta Key in Sarasota for lobster night.  It was an AYCE which was rare then   This was in the late 50s or early 60s.  They had this huge revolving salad bar which was unusual then also.  The first time I grabbed my salad plate to go to the salad bar my grandmother took the plate from me,  tapped me on the back of the head and said  "You are here to eat lobster"
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    MikeK got a reaction from Neesa in Lobster Night   
    My grandmother used to take my sister and I to a place called Happy Land on Siesta Key in Sarasota for lobster night.  It was an AYCE which was rare then   This was in the late 50s or early 60s.  They had this huge revolving salad bar which was unusual then also.  The first time I grabbed my salad plate to go to the salad bar my grandmother took the plate from me,  tapped me on the back of the head and said  "You are here to eat lobster"
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    MikeK got a reaction from dee02554 in Interesting article   
    You might be a Karen if...........
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    MikeK got a reaction from JLMoran in Lobster Night   
    My grandmother used to take my sister and I to a place called Happy Land on Siesta Key in Sarasota for lobster night.  It was an AYCE which was rare then   This was in the late 50s or early 60s.  They had this huge revolving salad bar which was unusual then also.  The first time I grabbed my salad plate to go to the salad bar my grandmother took the plate from me,  tapped me on the back of the head and said  "You are here to eat lobster"
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