What do you remember? (and miss)

I remember the midnight buffet on Carnival it was amazingly delicious and beautiful.  I miss it !! 


What do YOU remember?? 

16 Answers

The grand gala buffet-picture taking, chocolates on the pillow, the old style shows with 8 girl dancers, 4 guy dancers and 2-3 singers, magnetic cabin doors, hitting golf balls and skeet shooting off the fan tail, The golf pro on board, the waiters with flaming cherries jubilee on their heads, color wars at dinner, having the chef cook a fish you caught on a tour for dinner, old style pizza, having a band in the lounge instead of dancing on the Promenade, Lobster on 3-4 day cruises, Fun ship Freddy, the live band in the showroom, the passenger talent show and so much more...

I miss the older days of cruising when everything was not about up selling, service fees and false promotions. When if a cruise line had a formal night and set a dress code it was followed. I miss the respect guests had in the past for fellow travelers.

The days before Chair pigs, yes pigs, who want to take deck chairs all day and never use them. The days before drunken rude passengers, the days before unlimited alcohol packages that just lead to problems. Today many cruise passengers act like they are in McDonald vs being on a cruise ship. Stupid guest who handle food on the buffets and endanger others.

I was happier before cruise travel became mainstream.

EXCELLENT !!! This is very true !!!

Lots of memories for sure.

Trouble is, I couldn't afford it before it was mainstream.

Chair hogs have always been around - it is just that there are more passengers and the same number of chairs as before. I agree with the rude passengers, but that is just the way it is anymore - no matter where you go, everyone believes that the world is there to serve them, and that they are not responsible for anything. I do not believe that the alcohol packages are to blame - only peoples willingness to accept responsibility and realize they live in a community, not a vacuum.

I do not believe that cruiselines share in the responsibility of the declining atmosphere of the cruise. Sure, they have taken away the chocolates on the pillow and the midnight buffet, but in return they offer cruises for about half the cost of what they did 25 years ago. The only thing I wish they would change would be to get rid of the DJ and canned music and hire some decent bands/orchestras (Princess seems to be doing this well, in my opinion, save for the stage shows.)

Night time carnival chocolate squares on the bed

I can usually do a lot better than one word answers...but in this case...AMEN!!!

Chocolates on the pillow and the chocolate buffet with all of the sculpted chocolate.

Coming up on 20 years since our first cruise, what I miss most is a 20 year younger me. I do miss some of the formal evenings (since I have the clothing from my life as the wife of a military man). But you can still go that route if you choose the right cruise/cruise line. I miss the room steward always in the hallway, but we had that on the Panama Canal transit with Princess so maybe again a choice. I miss the steel drum band on the Lido and the live orchestra for the shows that Carnival had. I don't know if someone else has that now. The food options for dinner seem to be less now. I liked the chocolates on the pillow, but we got those on our last Princess cruise.

On the flip side: I like that I can confirm everything on line. I can (if I want) have a drink package. It is easier to book a cruise and compare cruises myself. I can cruise more often (being retired is fun). More of my friends can afford to join us on cruises. I don't have to wait for the "snail mail" to bring my booklet (of course that had positive side as well). I don't have the dreaded envelopes for tips waiting in the stateroom that last night.

Sorry this got posted in the wrong thread.


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