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On the cruises I have been on there has been an automatic tipping built in (included in the total ship bill) for the general ship staff (mostly low paid workers from Philippines, Turkey, etc depending on where you are cruising).

That is to reward the many, lower-level service staff you do and don't interact with around the ship (instead of tipping each waiter, bartender, laundry worker etc). Most I have talked with are essentially OFW's working hard to send money home during the cruising "season".

Separately we have left tips for the staff we deal directly with on a daily basis - room maids, dinner waiters etc.

Last cruise we had great dinner waiters from Turkey. They were really nice guys, so happy to share their Gallipoli trip and family pics with us once they knew where we were from - and to tell us where NOT to waste time visiting or shopping in port :D  Chatting and being friendly with the "help" really seemed to annoy a lot of other nationalities at dinner - their loss...  

 

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You might need to blink twice to realize you're not in a resort while onboard Oasis of the Seas. The first ship in Royal Caribbean's Oasis class is broken up into neighborhoods -- including the lush, restaurant-lined Central Park and Coney Island-style Boardwalk -- and offers jaw-dropping entertainment and outdoor activities. Just make sure to reserve shows in advance, as they tend to fill up fast.

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The innovative, 4,180-passenger Anthem of the Seas is all about the wow factor, with attractions like a skydiving simulator and a London Eye-style glass pod that rises over the pool deck. Tech-savvy cruisers also will love the ship's fast Wi-Fi, the ability to make onboard bookings via tablets and apps, and RFID bracelets for cabin access and on-ship purchases. The look is classy and modern, and cruisers are spoiled for choice in dining, accommodations and sea day fun.

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Carnival Cuts Steel for Its Largest-Ever Cruise Ship, Reveals New Hull Design

November 15, 2018
(9:31 a.m. EDT) -- Construction officially has begun on Carnival Cruise Line's newest ship, which will be the largest in the fleet when it launches in 2020.

To celebrate the first steel-cutting, the line held a ceremony at the Meyer Turku shipyard in Turku, Finland, where it also revealed a new red, white and blue hull design that will run the entire length of the 1,130-foot-long, roughly 5,200-passenger (at double occupancy) ship. The hull design, developed by New York-based Bluarch Architecture, will be a classic navy blue with red and white accent stripes -- a look the line says reflects its legacy as America's Cruise Line and pays homage to maritime tradition.

"This new ship promises to be truly special, from its groundbreaking technology and one-of-a-kind features to its distinctive livery and hull design that is both timeless and forward-thinking while paying tribute to our nearly 50-year history of making wonderful vacation memories for our guests," said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line.

The yet-to-be named ship will homeport in Florida's Port Canaveral (Orlando), though itineraries have not yet been revealed. It will offer a mix of Carnival staples as well as a variety of groundbreaking firsts -- not only for the line, but also for the industry. It also will be the first ship in North America to be powered by Liquefied Natural Gas, an environmentally friendly fuel that produces nearly zero emissions.

"We are extremely pleased to work together with Carnival on this large and highly innovative ship," said Jan Meyer, CEO of Meyer Turku. "With the first steel cutting, our efforts in designing the hull, features and interior of the ship start to take shape. We are also very proud to build the first-ever LNG powered cruise ship for North American market, making this state-of-the-art green technology a reality."

Carnival said it plans to reveal the ship's name in early December 2018, and details on itineraries and new attractions in 2019.

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32 minutes ago, Salty Dog said:

" Carnival Cuts Steel for Its Largest-Ever Cruise Ship, Reveals New Hull Design

November 15, 2018

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 It also will be the first ship in North America to be powered by Liquefied Natural Gas, an environmentally friendly fuel that produces nearly zero emissions. ........................

................... making this state-of-the-art green technology a reality......."

 

 

Certainly, LNG is a more eco-friendly fuel than the common marine fuels (ranging from heavy- fuel-oil to diesel) , ... but "nearly zero emissions" ?

When LNG burns it produces CO2 like any other hydro-carbon fuel! Maybe a bit more efficiently and with less other "nasties",  but lots of CO2 emission, just the same.

The only real "state-of-the-art green technology " to power ships is nuclear! ...  (zero global-warming-gas emissions). 

That's just not going to happen any time soon.

Apart from the costs of nuclear propulsion, it would need a pretty "hot-shot" Marketing guy to sell that idea to cruise customers!

ps The Scandinavians already have big cargo ships operating with very efficient bio-diesel fueled engines. Much lower CO2 and other emissions than conventional marine fueled ships.

 

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11 Things to Love About Virgin Voyages' Scarlet Lady

Virgin Voyages aims to rock the boat when it launches the 2,750-passenger Scarlet Lady in 2020. The ship will offer some industry firsts and aim for a different vibe than the cruise ships you might be used to. There is much to love about this first-in-class ship; here are our 11 favorites.

1. No Kids
You must be 18 or older to sail on Scarlet Lady. That means no screaming toddlers, no kids taking over the hot tub, no teens loitering on the stairs and trying to sneak into bars and no need to allocate space for a kids club, leaving more room for fun restaurants and lounges.

2. No Dress Code, No Set Dining Times, No Buffet
Virgin has thrown out all the old cruise ship formalities. All the dining venues onboard are restaurants; there are no banquet hall-style main dining rooms, no cafeteria-esque buffets. And like many land-based restaurants, you can walk in anytime during open hours (no assigned times to eat) and there's no dress code requiring you to bring a bag full of formalwear.

3. More-Inclusive Fares
Cruise fares will include all restaurants, all basic drinks (including soda, bottled water and sparkling water), unlimited Wi-Fi (though streaming comes with a surcharge), all group fitness classes and gratuities. You don't even have to tip your bartender or spa therapist.

4. Unique Restaurants
Scarlet Lady will offer nine eateries, several of which are unique in the cruise industry. Geonbae is a Korean barbecue restaurant where diners can cook their own meals over flameless grills. Razzle Dazzle focuses on vegetarian and vegan fare (meat add-ons are available), as well as a juice bar. The Test Kitchen is a laboratory-themed venue serving tasting menus of innovative cuisine and doubling as a cooking school.

Other options include an Italian trattoria, an upscale family-style Mexican restaurant, a food hall, an alfresco Mediterranean venue, a pizza place and a throwback steakhouse.

5. Drag Show Brunch
In a new twist on the dinner-and-a-show concept loved by cruise lines like Norwegian, Scarlet Lady will pair brunch at Razzle Dazzle with a drag show by the ship's resident drag performers. To up the fun quotient, diners can pay extra for bottomless cocktails, with drag-inspired names.

6. Tattoo Parlor
Move over Botox and acupuncture: the next needle-themed treatment you can get at sea is a tattoo at the first-ever tattoo studio at sea. Scarlet Lady's Squid Ink will employ two tattoo artists per sailing -- with occasional cameos by well-known artists -- and offer special designs created exclusively for the cruise line. If tattoos aren't your jam, you can opt for piercings or permanent makeup instead.

7. Balconies With Hammocks
The majority of Scarlet Lady's cabins -- 86 percent, to be exact -- will offer balconies. Excuse us, Sea Terraces. Better yet, said terraces will all feature custom-designed, handwoven hammocks. These hammocks do more good than just relaxing your stressed-out body; they were purchased from Yellow Leaf, an organization that fosters women's empowerment and community transformation in rural Thailand.

8. Rock Star Riders
For those looking to take their onboard accommodations up a notch, Scarlet Lady will have 78 RockStar suites, ranging in size from 416 to 2,147 square feet. All will come with perks including a "wardrobe team" to help unpack and repack, complimentary pressing service and nightly express swimsuit drying service. The top four suite options, however, give guests the ability to create their own RockStar rider, which could include items like Lucky Charms for breakfast every day, all green M&M's and an electric guitar to rock out to, among many other choices.

9. Fitness Focus
Virgin Voyages aims to bring fitness to the forefront of cruising and make it fun. You'll find a top-deck area for alfresco yoga, an outdoor training area with a boxing ring and gymnastics equipment, and an adult playground with fitness equipment by the main pool. The B-Complex indoor gym rounds out the options with studio space and Technogym ARTIS machines.

10. Spa-Turned-Club
Redemption, the ship's spa, will be designed to look like an underwater cave -- so of course, it will turn into a hotspot after hours with spa parties and DJ'd music. During the day, it's got all your relaxation needs from a hydrotherapy pool and quartz beds to a mud room, salt room and cold plunge pool.

11. Largest Daybed at Sea
The yacht-inspired, top-deck Athletic Club Lounge boasts an enormous red-and-white striped semicircular lounger meant for sharing with shipmates for sunbathing or stargazing. If you'd rather look down rather than up, move on over to the 220-square-foot area of netting where you can lay out hammock-style and zone out while gazing at the sea below. When all that shipmate camaraderie gets too much, you can hide away in one of 10 cabanas, complete with beverage service.

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On 10/8/2018 at 10:04 AM, SkyMan said:

I've been on 4 in the Caribbean with Carnival.  I know some don't like Carnival but I have no complaints.  Maybe other lines are fancier but Carnival gives a decent military discount and it's fancy enough for me.  The one I liked the least was one that included a stop in Puerto Rico and passengers can board in Miami or PR.  This also means that Puerto Ricans get discounts just like Floridians do for cruises out of Florida.  It also means that all announcements are in both English and Spanish making them twice as long and there are huge numbers of kids.  This was the most run down of the Carnival ships and probably for the same reasons.  It was still a nice trip but I won't do a PR port again.

 

Carnival has its advantages for me. Lower prices on average than their main competitor, Royal Caribbean - and they offer more ports of departure here in the Southeast than Royal and any other cruise line.

Royal's only Southeast ports of departure are Orlando (Port Canaveral) , Fort Lauderdale, Miami and Tampa. 

Carnival also offers cruises from all four of those ports - as well as Jacksonville, Charleston SC, Norfolk VA and Mobile AL.

I have to take expensive flights to get to any of Royal's ports, while I can save hundreds of dollars traveling by Greyhound bus to the considerably closer ports of Charleston, Jacksonville and Norfolk.

Greyhound's current generation of buses all have free Wi-Fi, and electric outlets at every seat for charging phones, tablets and other electronic devices. So the time onboard goes by fairly quickly, and I save a bundle compared to flying.

 

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2 hours ago, Kabisay-an gid said:

 

Carnival has its advantages for me. Lower prices on average than their main competitor, Royal Caribbean - and they offer more ports of departure here in the Southeast than Royal and any other cruise line.

Royal's only Southeast ports of departure are Orlando (Port Canaveral) , Fort Lauderdale, Miami and Tampa. 

Carnival also offers cruises from all four of those ports - as well as Jacksonville, Charleston SC, Norfolk VA and Mobile AL.

I have to take expensive flights to get to any of Royal's ports, while I can save hundreds of dollars traveling by Greyhound bus to the considerably closer ports of Charleston, Jacksonville and Norfolk.

Greyhound's current generation of buses all have free Wi-Fi, and electric outlets at every seat for charging phones, tablets and other electronic devices. So the time onboard goes by fairly quickly, and I save a bundle compared to flying.

 

Carnival is no longer the get drunk and raise hell cruise lines of days gone by. They've cleaned up their act and have some newer, larger ships, with more to be delivered in the next few years. They really have worked hard to change their image and attract more families. They are also wooing a more mature clientele, who have ar higher disposable income and more time to spend it. They are trying to give Royal Caribbean a run for their money in the onboard activities offered. They are especially big in the shorter than a week cruises that are very popular to so many. Either because people can't get away for a full week, or simply for the economics of it. Cruises of 3-4 days are just less expensive than a week. 

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39 minutes ago, Salty Dog said:

Carnival is no longer the get drunk and raise hell cruise lines of days gone by. They've cleaned up their act and have some newer, larger ships, with more to be delivered in the next few years. They really have worked hard to change their image and attract more families. They are also wooing a more mature clientele, who have ar higher disposable income and more time to spend it. They are trying to give Royal Caribbean a run for their money in the onboard activities offered. They are especially big in the shorter than a week cruises that are very popular to so many. Either because people can't get away for a full week, or simply for the economics of it. Cruises of 3-4 days are just less expensive than a week. 

 

I agree that Carnival has improved and is moving in the right direction, but I don't think they've ever had a problem attracting families.

I avoid their summer cruises precisely because there are typically scads of kids and teenagers on them. 

I also couldn't care less about larger ships. I like the mid-sized ships that carry about 2500 to 3000 people. The mega-ships that carry 5 or 6 thousand people can be a real pita due to overcrowding.

But to each his own.

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1 hour ago, Kabisay-an gid said:

I also couldn't care less about larger ships. I like the mid-sized ships that carry about 2500 to 3000 people. The mega-ships that carry 5 or 6 thousand people can be a real pita due to overcrowding.

 

I've never sailed on one of the mega ships. I've read they don't feel too crowded. The largest ship I've been on was the Regal Princess at 1,083', 142,000 GT, with capacity of 3,560 pax.

I would like to give one of the Royal Caribbean Oasis Class ships a try though. They've been rated in the top for years...

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On 2/25/2019 at 5:01 AM, Salty Dog said:

I've never sailed on one of the mega ships. I've read they don't feel too crowded. The largest ship I've been on was the Regal Princess at 1,083', 142,000 GT, with capacity of 3,560 pax.

I would like to give one of the Royal Caribbean Oasis Class ships a try though. They've been rated in the top for years...

 

To each his own, there's no right or wrong. "Whatever floats your boat", as the old saying goes.

I've read numerous reviews on Cruise Critic and TripAdvisor of people who've cruised on Oasis class ships, and they don't agree that they don't feel too crowded.

The Regal Princess is about as big as I would personally care to sail on, but I don't do Princess, because I don't want to fly all the way to Fort Lauderdale. Airfare adds a big chunk of change to the overall cost of a cruise.

I'm sure I'd like Princess, but their port offerings here in the Southeast are extremely limited - Lauderdale is the only one.

 

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Couple stranded as cruise ship leaves Bahamas after they turn up 50 minutes late

A hopeless couple who strolled up to a cruise ship 50 minutes late, were left stranded on the dockside when it left the Bahamas without them.

The pair missed the Royal Caribbean ship as it pulled out of Nassau on its way back to Miami, USA.

With all their luggage on board, the couple - who were dressed for a day in the sun - could do little but shout at the huge boat as it left them behind.

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They were supposed to be back to the Symphony of the Seas, with the rest of the day trippers, by 3.30pm on Friday, February 15.

The footage which was shared online has been viewed almost a million times, with many cruise lovers giving their opinions.

One popular comment read: :"These are the type of people that, if you are having a party that starts at 8pm, you tell them 5.30."

 

Must have been on Filipino time!

 

https://www.msn.com/en-ph/travel/news/couple-stranded-as-cruise-ship-leaves-bahamas-after-they-turn-up-50-minutes-late/ar-BBU9SeN?ocid=spartandhp

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