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Old 03-10-2019, 11:12 AM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ > Raleigh, NC
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Hilarious! But at least something inflatable doesn't take up much space in a suitcase. It's the people who want to take their own Keurig, and just the other day, a question about taking their Alexa. Seriously? To each their own, but it's a real head-scratcher why you would want to bring household appliances on a cruise.
Yep. And we figure Alexa needs a vacation, too. She's overworked.
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Old 03-11-2019, 08:27 AM
 
Location: Savannah GA/Lk Hopatcong NJ
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A friend and I were just discussing this earlier today! Don't care who the Captain is, and anywhere the cruise director is, is no place I want to be.

I remember seeing a list a few years ago of what to bring, and the list was pages long! From that list I brought a hi-lighter, which is useful for marking any of the daily activities I might be interested in.

Even more entertaining is the people who cruise one line to accumulate loyalty points for perks and discounts, but somehow that translates into them being important and superior to others. All it means is you've spent a fortune on cruising so the cruise line "rewards" you by giving you things...which are designed to keep you spending more money! It's not an award for curing cancer, it's simply a bonus for being loyal.

And oh the horror of those people who eat in the MDR, the lowly steerage folks who aren't in suite class. Better not mingle with us, lest you catch something. On our first cruise, I had a woman ask what level we were and when I looked at her quizzically and said it was our first cruise, she turned and walked away.
Last August I won a very low bid for an upgrade to a Haven 2 bedroom, sure it was nice but I would NEVER EVER pay the out right price on the web site. You are correct the snobs were plentiful in the Haven and loved telling people who had the audacity to ask how much I paid that it was won with a very low bid, they had paid thousands more than I
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Old 03-11-2019, 05:19 PM
 
Location: Canada
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Last August I won a very low bid for an upgrade to a Haven 2 bedroom, sure it was nice but I would NEVER EVER pay the out right price on the web site. You are correct the snobs were plentiful in the Haven and loved telling people who had the audacity to ask how much I paid that it was won with a very low bid, they had paid thousands more than I
I really don't understand the snobbiness. We're all on vacation, doesn't get much better than that, but some people just aren't happy unless they think they have something over another.

We cruise for the port destinations, not so much the ship. I sense for a lot of people it's the other way around. If I've already paid with all meals included, I have no desire to pay more just to eat in a specialty restaurant when the food in the MDR is amazing.

I'm happy in my 194 sq ft veranda room, eating delicious food in the MDR and armed with my free drink package and prepaid gratuities. Life is good.
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Old 03-11-2019, 05:40 PM
 
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We cruise for the port destinations, not so much the ship. I sense for a lot of people it's the other way around. If I've already paid with all meals included, I have no desire to pay more just to eat in a specialty restaurant when the food in the MDR is amazing.
OMG! I was just thinking this today after reading CC. I see cruising as a way of visiting multiple countries all in one trip for one price. I care about the ports. I don't care at all about the ship. I rarely even eat in the MDR. I like the laid back nature of the buffet or the other free food places.
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Old 03-11-2019, 06:01 PM
 
Location: Out West
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If I posted this on cruise critic, I would be stomped like a bug and probably banned. But the curiosity in me wants to discuss this.

I'm always amazed at some of the stuff people want to know about a cabin or NEED as a service. Is there a flower vase and what color is it? Which direction does the bed face? Can I get freshly squeezed lemon juice from room service at the same time every morning? How big is the table on the balcony - I want to make sure I have the right size tablecloth. If I don't like the brand of tonic water at the bar, will they get me another type at our first port stop? Is the lighting in the dining room warm or cool - I want to make sure my makeup looks right. cruise

And can anybody explain to me WHY people care who the captain is??? I've seen Celebrity Cruise passengers book a cruise specifically so they can sail with Captain Kate.

Don't even get me started on the I-Must-See-The-Daily-Dining-Menus or the bar menus for each bar venue. (this seems Especially important to those who are not sailing for a year.)

And what people bring with them is astonishing! A hammock for the balcony (and an assortment of equipment to hang it). Shelf cubes/organizers. Padded hangers. A flower vase. Pictures from home to decorate the cabin walls. Curtains for blacking out 100% of the light from the window (ever heard of an inside cabin?). Curtains for separating the interior of the cabin for privacy (if I need THAT much privacy, what an I doing sharing a cabin?). Cases and cases of bottled water or a must have specific brand/flavor of soft drink. Fifteen pairs of shoes for a 7 day cruise. Beach umbrellas so they don't have to rent one. A TV monitor ("I like the picture quality better."). Their own pillowcases.

/rant over. But am I wrong??????
I worked for 2 separate cruise lines, believe me, I've seen all kinds of things being brought onboard.

My question to you is: Why do you care what others bring?

They bring what makes them happy and is allowed. Sometimes they have special requests (that was my department - including medical supplies) and the ship crew will do just about anything to have it there for them.

They pay thousands of dollars for these cruises...a lot of them are repeaters. If you're on Cruise Critic, you're probably a repeat cruiser. People get to know the crew, they have favorites, it's not a big deal. They meet up with other cruisers, they plan their cruises around times other cruisers that they have met along the way, can go. If none of their additional items hinders your cruise in any way, it simply doesn't matter.
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Old 03-11-2019, 06:22 PM
 
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I worked for 2 separate cruise lines, believe me, I've seen all kinds of things being brought onboard.

My question to you is: Why do you care what others bring?
The OP is just bringing it up as a topic of discussion. It's not about caring or not caring. If people mention something in a public forum like CC, then people are going to discuss it. Common sense, right?
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Old 03-11-2019, 06:51 PM
 
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We have a cruise coming up next month. I'm considering bringing a sound bar that I can play my smartphone through. What could be finer than sitting out on our balcony and enjoying any kind of music we choose?


Of course, if I bring the sound bar I would have to bring the subwoofer too...
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Old 03-11-2019, 10:36 PM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ > Raleigh, NC
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I worked for 2 separate cruise lines, believe me, I've seen all kinds of things being brought onboard.

My question to you is: Why do you care what others bring?
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CARE? No, you've completely gotten the wrong idea.

But why do I read this stuff? Because it's comical? Because it's like watching cable news - totally unbelievable? Because it reminds me that I'm a logical, practical person without any hangups or ridiculous demands? Because I feel badly for staff who have to put up with B.S.like "I want a different vase. I don't like the color of this one." ? Maybe that's why you lost your sense of humor.

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Old 03-11-2019, 11:33 PM
 
Location: Scottsdale, AZ
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The OP is just bringing it up as a topic of discussion. It's not about caring or not caring. If people mention something in a public forum like CC, then people are going to discuss it. Common sense, right?
I would say someone who keeps harping on it...cares.

I think it's low-class to mock what other people feel are necessities. I'm surprised at some of you. I thought you were better people than that.

But this thread has been revelatory.
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Old 03-11-2019, 11:55 PM
 
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Which cruises have no locks on their dollars, I want to make sure I avoid it.
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