[QUOTE]Originally posted by IslandCruz:
Dave, yours sounds similar to a few of my other traditions. Except, I get a regular Reuben at the deli.
Ah Yes I believe I'll have the reuben. My tradition starts with a phone call to my daughter to meet at the NY Deli. After the hug and swing, I get a reuben and a beer, she gets a turkey on a bulky roll, no beer as she has the welcome aboard show to dance. Then we check on the dinning arrangements, have to have early seating and room for Daughter and Fiance (both crew), meet the Matre D and be sure he knows we are Family.
I'm a purist when it comes to corned beef. All I want is the meat, the rye bread, and some mustard. Carnival does a great job with the deli station in the buffet. I've never been disappointed with the sandwiches I've eaten.
My daughter (she is 12) and I sit side by side on our laptops and look at all the info about our trip (excursions, soda card prices, itenerary) My daughter creates a vacation book on her computer that lists what we plan to do and other possible activities. I start buying little things for our trip from the moment we book - (this year everyone has their own toiletries bag with stuff)I still need to buy travel sized Tums,and Downey wrinkle releaser in travel size. We check out books from the library, and most importantly - we buy new swim suits!
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My tradition ever since my first cruise on Carnival is going to the casino at night,then go get pizza and ice cream cone and then off to bed. I really like the 24 hr pizza and ice cream and wish RCCI would do the same !!!
My tradition is to purchase a beer mug from every Carnival Ship I have been on. It started on my second cruise - The Glory.
I regretted not getting one from the Fascination, but fate (Hurricane Wilma) dictated that would be on the Fascinaction again. I couldn't get one from the Holiday becuase it was the final voyage, and the gift shop was sold out several cruises back.
Dave - I took your advice and had the Corned Beef on Rye on the Holiday. It was the best deli sandwich I ever had
My tradition ever since my first cruise on Carnival is going to the casino at night,then go get pizza and ice cream cone and then off to bed.
Mike, that reminds me of another tradition. I always go find the casino host/hostess as soon as the casino opens and make sure my OPC points are in order and I am on the "list". It is a tradition for me as well to leave the casino and get pizza and head off to bed. I used to close down the disco in my younger days. Now it's pizza and bed.
Some great traditions! Thanks for sharing everyone!
Poormom: I don't know about the wives and kids coming along..haha. Just kidding! I can't wait til the day my bro and I can sail together with our families. Along with that will come a bunch of new traditions.
One other tradition I have is ordering a BLT with cheese and PB&J from room service after the disco (instead of the usual pizza). Not every night but at least once ...after all, it's not a successful cruise if I haven't put on at least 5lbs on the 7th day .
That would be an interesting study...to determine the average weight a passenger gains on a cruise ship.
Dwayne - could you explain this a little more? My husband enjoys the casino and I am wondering if this is something he should do?
When I said "OPC" it was the former name and out of habit. It stands for Ocean Player's Club. It is now Carnival Player's Club. I have been a member since it's inception. They have been going through a transition with it. You used to have to see the Casino Host to sign up. Some of the info still says that. The newest info says it is automatic by using the Sail & Sign card in the machines. That doesn't seem to work very well for table players though.
Since there has been much confusion with the program over the last several years, I check in with the Host/Hostess to make sure my rating points are on file, and I am listed as a returning player. Now, the rating points are only good for 2 years from your last sailing date. This has nothing to do with the "Cash Back Bonus" on the machines, as they are only good for the cruise.
Hi all. I have added a tradition that I picked up from the Disney ships when we cruised with MouseFan Travel. Because we had booked through them, they left a double-pocket fabric "goodie holder" on our door and put a little goodie in it each night. My kids loved it.
So, when we travel with friends, I make one for them, stick it on their door with a Command Hook (removable with no mess) and tuck in little gifts I have picked up over the year or onboard at the gift shops.
We just sailed over Valentine's Day and I tucked little Valentine's candy, goodies and cards into everyone's door holder. The room steward did, too. Above and beyond our friends liking it, my kids LOVE it! They can't wait to see "what's on the door" each morning.
LLev80 - there's a tradition for you when you add your families.