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Forum: Princess Cruise Lines October 25th, 2011, 08:58 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,148
Posted By Mermaid
We rented apartments for pre and post cruise...

We rented apartments for pre and post cruise stays in Venice and Rome, which worked very well for my group of 8. The apartments were more economical than hotels, and were located within walking...
Forum: Princess Cruise Lines October 25th, 2011, 08:28 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 496
Posted By Mermaid
Just Back From Med on Star Princess

Had a great cruise on the Star Princess sailing 10/9 to Greece, Italy, Croatia and Turkey! I would be happy to answer any questions!
Forum: CruiseMates Group Cruises November 26th, 2009, 11:35 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,774
Posted By Mermaid
I'm sadly not cruising with all of you, but hope...

I'm sadly not cruising with all of you, but hope to make it down for the one night pre cruise get together. I'll check back and see what place has been decided upon... The Spot is a casual place...
Forum: Royal Caribbean International November 20th, 2009, 07:29 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 9,840
Posted By Mermaid
Hope that book put you to sleep for a few hours...

Hope that book put you to sleep for a few hours Paul! You WILL have a lot of celebrating to do once on board. The Oasis is just a 'tad' on the large size for my personal taste, but I have to admit...
Forum: Family Cruising March 23rd, 2009, 10:38 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 954
Posted By Mermaid
An inside cabin is going to be the darkest of...

An inside cabin is going to be the darkest of course, but the draperies do a good job of darkening an outside cabin during daylight hours. The days are going to be longer in Alaska. If your toddler...
Forum: All Things Cruising March 17th, 2009, 11:55 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 606
Posted By Mermaid
I agree, add NYC, Manhattan Cruise Terminal to...

I agree, add NYC, Manhattan Cruise Terminal to the list!
Forum: MSC Cruises March 10th, 2009, 05:07 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,545
Posted By Mermaid
I agree, very unfortunate accident. I did read...

I agree, very unfortunate accident. I did read that the passenger that fell off the gangway is in stable condition and recovering well. Also the article stated that the port is taking responsiblity...
Forum: Caribbean & Panama Canal March 7th, 2009, 08:57 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 670
Posted By Mermaid
Princess Cays does have decent snorkeling to the...

Princess Cays does have decent snorkeling to the right of the offshore pavillion. I don't know how much the rental is for snorkel gear as I usually bring my own.
Forum: Ask CruiseMates Staff March 5th, 2009, 10:36 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,194
Posted By Mermaid
Family cruises are great! I would vote for...

Family cruises are great! I would vote for multiple cabins as well. Having your own space helps to keep everyone 'happy'. You might choose a balcony cabin or two, with some nearby inside cabins...
Forum: Ask CruiseMates Staff March 5th, 2009, 10:22 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,649
Posted By Mermaid
I would definitely bring a stroller. It is easy...

I would definitely bring a stroller. It is easy to get around the ship with a stroller or baby carrier. If the baby is of crawling or walking age, you might enjoy taking the baby to Camp Carnival...
Forum: All Things Cruising March 4th, 2009, 11:32 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,050
Posted By Mermaid
I have either hosted groups, or been part of a...

I have either hosted groups, or been part of a group cruise, on all four cruise lines that you have mentioned. IMO, a successful group cruise is possible on any of the lines.

I agree with...
Forum: All Things Cruising February 17th, 2009, 11:23 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,655
Posted By Mermaid
I second Paul's comment about Princess Cruises'...

I second Paul's comment about Princess Cruises' Personal Choice Dining. It lets you choose from night to night whether you want to leave your dining time completely open, or make a reservation for a...
Forum: All Things Cruising February 16th, 2009, 07:59 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 807
Posted By Mermaid
I have put together several group cruises, most...

I have put together several group cruises, most of them family and friends. You might consider choosing a cruise line that still has the option of assigned dining, if you anticipate the group...
Forum: Family Cruising February 11th, 2009, 11:59 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 994
Posted By Mermaid
Just Returned from Family Cruise with 3 Grandchildren!

Sailed on the Carnival Pride to the Mexican Riveria with large family group, including my three grandchildren, ages 1, 2, and 3. We ate most evening meals in the dining room at early seating, and...
Forum: Carnival Cruise Lines February 10th, 2009, 01:35 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 998
Posted By Mermaid
On a recent Carnival Cruise I observed the...

On a recent Carnival Cruise I observed the following on "Elegant Night":

Men: about 35% still wearing a suit with tie, about another 35% wearing either a dress shirt and tie, or a shirtw/tie or...
Forum: Mexico January 20th, 2009, 07:13 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 10,041
Posted By Mermaid
What is your list of "don't miss" sights in...

What is your list of "don't miss" sights in Matzalan? Especially photo opportunities.

What activity and beach would you recommend for a family with small children?

Thanks!!
Forum: Carnival Cruise Lines January 15th, 2009, 08:40 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 496
Posted By Mermaid
Check out the air fare from your home town to...

Check out the air fare from your home town to Long Beach airport. Jet Blue has direct flights from Austin, TX, and other airlines had good pricing on connecting flights. Shorter commute from...
Forum: Carnival Cruise Lines January 15th, 2009, 08:36 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 509
Posted By Mermaid
Fantastic Pricing! IF only I had the vacation...

Fantastic Pricing! IF only I had the vacation time!!
Forum: Embarkation/Debarkation Ports January 15th, 2009, 08:31 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,063
Posted By Mermaid
Like the other posters have said, choose your...

Like the other posters have said, choose your cruise line, and then select your airport. Sure, a pre/post cruise stay in NYC is going to be more $ than Florida. But IMO, it is TOTALLY worth it if...
Forum: Family Cruising November 8th, 2008, 09:34 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 4,575
Posted By Mermaid
I'm booked for the Carnival Pride in January 09...

I'm booked for the Carnival Pride in January 09 with 17 family members, spanning three generations. First time ALL of my three grandchildren will be cruising with me!!
Forum: Chit - Chat for Cruisers March 28th, 2008, 07:33 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 724
Posted By Mermaid
The Cruise Trivia section is experiencing...

The Cruise Trivia section is experiencing technical difficulties - hope to have that up and running asap! The new banner is pleasing to the eye.
Forum: Carnival Cruise Lines March 2nd, 2008, 11:26 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 678
Posted By Mermaid
Check out the family message board! You'll find...

Check out the family message board! You'll find lots of information about cruising with babies. It certainly can be done, especially with family (extra arms!). Just know that the experience will...
Forum: Ask CruiseMates Staff February 26th, 2008, 11:07 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,474
Posted By Mermaid
Contact the cruise line you are interested in,...

Contact the cruise line you are interested in, and ask specifically what documentation will be required for your friend and the dog. If you are disembarking in a foreign port, you need to make sure...
Forum: Family Cruising February 18th, 2008, 11:54 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,183
Posted By Mermaid
Most of the highchairs I've seen on cruise ships...

Most of the highchairs I've seen on cruise ships do not have the higher backs. Possibly you could bring one of those seat covers used in grocery store carts and restaurant high chairs to "snug up"...
Forum: All Things Cruising February 18th, 2008, 11:21 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,105
Posted By Mermaid
No problem. Dressing for flight: I'll just put...

No problem. Dressing for flight: I'll just put my swim suit on first, then a pair of shorts and a couple of t shirts, capris and top, followed by a dress (loose fitting of course). Layer on...
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