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Old 12-14-2005, 03:29 PM
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I was thinking about booking one of these as well, just wanted to know how often the games run and if they have tourney's as well.
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Old 12-14-2005, 03:39 PM
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At least one non-CPC player was caught before he got into the same tourney I was entered in -- he picked my stepson's name off the player list and took his seat card.


Yuck! I am sure you reported this. I hope it doesn't happen again.

What is reasoning for restricting tournies and ring games to CPC cruisers - just that there are long wait lists for seats. Seems that the players would want all the cruise passengers to participate.
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Old 12-14-2005, 04:04 PM
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So that everyone who wants a seat can have one without being stuck on a waiting list for five hours.

If there are empty seats or breaking games, it's only reasonable to allow non-CPC passengers to play, and they do.
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Old 12-14-2005, 05:59 PM
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I don't know who you are, but welcome [img]/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]

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Thanks Felicia! Sorry I didn't introduce myself...

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I think this was hell on the dealers. Glenn was never able to get to dessert. Sometimes he didn't even finish his entree. The servers were indifferent, at best, outright rude, at worst (we changed tables almost every night, trying to find a server with even the slightest hint of a conscience).

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My wife and I noticed this, as well. At least the wait staff on other lines pretend to smile and pay attention to us. Or even have a clue...

We never quite got the entrees as ordered. When they did arrive, they were either overcooked or way undercooked. Some we wouldn't touch again with a ten-foot pole.

The only thing we were sure about was to get the hell out of the dining room before the maitre'd or cruise director got on the PA system to announce the singing waiters (boy howdy, did we feel sorry that they had to sing! how embarassed they must be) or some other BS. Most of the time we could dine and be done with coffee and dessert in 45 minutes or less.

If I had to recommend only one dining option on Carnival, it would have to be the Supper Club (CCL's ultra-ritzy alternative restaurant). At $30 per person, pricey. But the food and service were as nice as the luxury dining options on other cruise lines.


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Nice to "meet" you, at any rate. Glenn has already been invited back to deal, but I think we'll stick to the HAL cruises only.

Too many complaints about Carnival for me to even list, lol.

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Don't. Get. Me. Started. About. The. Rest. Of. Carnival... [img]/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img] The December '06 Mexico cruise is on HAL's Oosterdam. Perhaps we'll see you then!

Take care,
Bruce I.
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Old 12-14-2005, 06:12 PM
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I was thinking about booking one of these as well, just wanted to know how often the games run and if they have tourney's as well.

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My experience on this particular cruise was that they would run one tourney a day while the ship was at sea. There were four full sea days on this cruise. There was a $230 limit HE tourney, and three NL tourneys with buy-ins ranging between $150 and $300+. The tourneys began at 9:30 a.m.

The poker rooms opened for business at 9:00 a.m. each morning when the ship was at sea, closed at 5:00-5:30 for dinner break, and reopened at 7:00 p.m. until the wee hours. The rooms were closed when the ship was in port (local regulations) but you could probably have done a "home" game in your cabin. I actually saw poker chips for sale(!) in a department store in Acapulco...

Games were set up based on demand. There were usually two 2/4 and up to four 4/8 games going during the course of an evening. Lots of demand for 6/12, along with the Omaha and NL tables.
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Old 12-14-2005, 06:30 PM
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Glenn was the dealer with the ponytail, in case you don't know. Obviously you've seen my supermodel pic, lol.

We should definitely be on the Oosterdam. It's HAL and it's convenient (SD is only about a five hour drive for us). That is, if Jan doesn't boot me off for being such a rag.

I will never, ever, complain about the HAL Lido again. In the past, I was comparing it to Vegas buffets. Having tried the Spirit Lido, all I can say is that the HAL buffet is comparable to Bellagio, lol.
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Old 12-14-2005, 06:31 PM
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I heard a rumor that Mexico may legalize poker soon. If that happens, maybe we will be allowed to stay open in port? Gotta dream...
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Old 12-14-2005, 06:31 PM
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I have been thinking about the Alaska cruise for my wife and I . She doesn't play poker and has no interest in learning. Will she be able to find some non-poker playing spouses and non-poker playing things to do?

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I believe that's a question for Dr. Phil... [img]/images/graemlins/wink.gif[/img] Is your wife prepared to see you only at breakfast, dinner and bedtime?

Or not. They served us pastries during the morning sessions, sandwiches and pizza in the afternoon, cookies all day long, dining room desserts after dinner. I've never eaten this well in any land-based rooms!

You might not ever leave -- at least until the poker staff locks you out...

There's plenty to do aboard a cruise ship that isn't poker-related. Galley tours. Art auctions. A (mostly) well-equipped library. Bingo. The casino slots. Shopping. Golf. Internet cafes (although they're wicked pricey). Broadway-style musicals in the evening. And that doesn't include the shore tours.

I am shying away from the Alaska cruise, actually. There's far too much pretty scenery up there to watch. I would lose my focus on poker in a heartbeat.

Lots and lots of music to listen to, as well. One of the refreshing things about this particular cruise was that the poker rooms were located just off the lounges. Jazz music in the evening. Classical music at the afternoon tea time session. Made the poker feel almost civilized...

BTW, JoeU -- great trip report and terrific photos. Thanks!
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Old 12-14-2005, 06:51 PM
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Hi Bruce,

Thanks for filling in the holes on my report. My wife complained that I left some stuff out, you saved my bacon. [img]/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]

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So that was you in the jersey... I think you called my wife on a string bet one evening. She and I are both still learning the game, and we'll work on our betting motions...

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I remember this. I'm pretty sure that was the same day I wore the Yankee jersey. She had called a bet, then went back to her chips and said "raise". Me and the guy in the 9 seat called the string. She thanked me for saving her $2 when someone sucked out on her aces! [img]/images/graemlins/blush.gif[/img]

I also remember your "whale" comment, but am having trouble remembering your face. It was the same day as the photo. If you remember, it was the really tall guy (Gary) that took the picture.

Nice to "meet" you as well. I'm sure we'll run into eachother again.

Joe
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Old 12-14-2005, 06:53 PM
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What is reasoning for restricting tournies and ring games to CPC cruisers - just that there are long wait lists for seats. Seems that the players would want all the cruise passengers to participate.

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As Felicia pointed out, they do this to keep seats open for CPC guests. Since we booked through CPC, we deserve the benefit of having an open seat in a game. It wouldn't be fair to the CPC guests if a seat was filled by a non-CPC player.

Joe
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