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If I owned one, I will travel every month...

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Old February 14th, 2010, 12:48 AM
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West Coast sailings. Especially from San Francisco would be on my list of changes. SF to Hawaii, SF to Mexico, SF to Alaska. Other lines do, but not enough. More should. I would also do bingo in a room like they do in Reno or Vegas not in the showroom. And I would have more theme cruises, Chocoholics, Wine Lovers......And I would offer 2 full size beds in some of the cabins. Well it could be done if they removed the sofa. Sometimes larger folks aren't comfy on a single and wouldn't be able to share a queen with the cabin mate. :-)
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I would change up the ports of call on each of the ships on a regular basis. We don't like driving long distances to the ports but are forced to in order to ever get to go to different ports of call. If the ports of call changed out you could cruise more often from port closest to your home.It seems like Isla Roatan and Belize is on all the ships closest to us and I don't really care for going to these ports anymore in the near future. Thankfully we really like going to Cozumel. Also, would put anytime dining on all the ships now/and have a comedy show at least every other night. On the Dream the comedy shows are plentiful and hope this spreads to the other ships soon. The shows were packed out every night.
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Last time we sailed "Glory", they had the comedy club going each and every night as well, and YES, they were packed all the time. I think Carnival is going to do this on almost all, if not all their ships. It's VERY popular indeed.
We have the same problem with all the close ships doing the same ports all the time. Since Tampa is on the West coast of Florida, they all go to Cozumel, Grand Cayman, and another Mexican port usually. Really doesn't bother me too much, as I rarely leave the ship anyway, but I do enjoy the ports in the Eastern Caribbean.

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I couldn't agree more that the ships should have non-smoking except for a designated deck that has crew members there. On our first cruse a woman walked past a smoking area with a towel and an ash flew into the towel. She was not aware and luckily I and others smelled the fire before she entered the elevator! That could have been a disaster!
I would also bring back the pre-cruise ability to "cruise the vineyards" and order your wine package before getting on the ship. I want everything to be taken care of before I get on and that was really nice.
I would have a "non-smoking" piano bar on one or two of the nights. I would have loved to be in there, but there is not a non-smoking night.
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That's right, Glory did the pilot program for the Comedy program that was officially introduced on Carnival Dream. Whether they plan to roll it out to all ships I can't say.
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If I were President of Carnival, I also would have a private island in the Eastern Carribean. New and innovative ideas to spark imagination and interest. With stand alone accomodations, amusements and entertainment, and beautiful, quiet beaches. Maybe stay there more than one day.
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Need more varied itenerary instead of Bahamas. Ho Hum! after a while.
Just need a change there, I think.
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I agree. Nassau is handy but there isn't much to do there. For awhile Carnival owned a casino in Nassau, but it was way out of town, the oppostite direction from Paradise island.

Some Carnival ships dock at the Holland America private island.
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There's been a lot of good suggestions like enforcing the rules they have, especially about kids in adult areas/hot tubs. Have a big sail away party like Disney does. (The three cruises I've been on, it's been eerily quiet when we've left the dock.) Also, bringing back the fruit punch. That's a small thing that the customers would really appreciate.

But the biggest thing I'd do is sail out of San Francisco. Why not cruises from SF to Portland, Seattle and Vancouver, BC? Or to Monterey, L.A. and Ensenada? Obviously, I live in California. But I think one Fantasy class ship doing this itinerary would be great. There's already lots of stuff to do in SF. It would be great.
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I have often wondered why the cruise lines do not assign ships from Florida to Bermuda. I know there are ships from Boston and New York to Bermuda. I have already done them when I lived up there. I really love Bermuda and think it would be great to be able to cruise there from Florida.

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Paul...the casino that Carnival use to own was the old Playboy Club and Resort..spent many a nice weekend there and could have sworn I saw you there before you got married to your current wife ::

when Carnival first started up in the 70's (Mardi Gras, Festivale & Carnivale) they had late night X-rated comedians every night in one of the smaller lounges (which could be considered the forerunner to the Comedy Club)..at that time, I cruised a few other cruise lines and they may have had a comedian in the main show, but not a dedicated "R: version late at night

if I were CEO of Carnival I would figure out a way to provide incentives for guests who pay in full 6 months out or base the membership program on actual $$$$$ spent (both in the fare and onboard) vs # of cruises or # of days onboard
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If I were President of Carnival I would poll my employees to find out which changes would make their jobs easier. I would also go on to the ships without anyone knowing and book an inside cabin taking a cruise like an regular person to understand what it's like for the regular cruiser. I would also cruise the competitors cruise lines to get an idea of anything they are doing better then me. Then I would make changes, but very slowly in order to not stock anyone.

In fact I kind of wonder if cruise lines have secret shoppers. People they send on cruises who come back with information. I know other service based industries use secret shoppers, but I have never heard of one on a cruise ship. Carnival I agree to be your secret shopper, just let me know when and where.
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There's been a lot of good suggestions like enforcing the rules they have, especially about kids in adult areas/hot tubs. Have a big sail away party like Disney does. (The three cruises I've been on, it's been eerily quiet when we've left the dock.) Also, bringing back the fruit punch. That's a small thing that the customers would really appreciate.

But the biggest thing I'd do is sail out of San Francisco. Why not cruises from SF to Portland, Seattle and Vancouver, BC? Or to Monterey, L.A. and Ensenada? Obviously, I live in California. But I think one Fantasy class ship doing this itinerary would be great. There's already lots of stuff to do in SF. It would be great.
I like that Monterey would be a great cruise stop. Instead of Vancouver, I would put in Victoria. We stopped at Victoria on my Alaskan cruise and it was a wonderful city to just walk around. I also vote to bring back the Fruit Punch. I miss the fruit punch.
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Kat..cruiselines have been doing "secret cruisers" since the beginning of time...I often joke that there is a :razz:cruise cartel:razz: where they all meet in secret on a railroad car in St Louis once a year to plot how to work together to gouge the cruising public and share in the profits ::

the Mexican scare last spring on the west coast, opened up some new possibilities (Victoria etc) for the cruiselines..a good friend of mine was on the Tom Joyner cruise out of LAX last May and at first they were very upset that they were not going to the beaches in Mexico, but were surprise on how much they enjoyed Victoria..of course the people that live in those cities were enraged because they had spent all of that $$$$ to visit their own city

I miss the punch also, so have your husband purchase a large block of stock and get it back
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I would live on my ships......
I would have some ships be adult only and give you the choice of paying a higher fare to include alcohol.
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I agree with most of these ideas, particularly the ones suggesting less smoking areas on the ship and bringing back the fruit punch/guava punch all day. But, I would really love to see the cruiseline offer more variety in their itineraries. Sailing from Mobile (or NOLA) we pretty much have the same schedule of Cozumel/Progresso/Calica. We don't even have Costa Maya any more.

I would also love to see the ships' stage shows changed more often. We love the shows, but they NEVER seem to change and we have seen most of them several times.
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