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Uh, no. Married mothers choose to get themselves,...
Uh, no. Married mothers choose to get themselves, the kids and the husband ready. "Woman" does not equal "mother", for which I am eternally grateful.
One of the best things is that the itineraries...
One of the best things is that the itineraries are slightly different in each direction. I think doing the Boston-Boston round trip is a great idea if you have the time and money.
A gnat here and there wouldn't bother me, but a...
A gnat here and there wouldn't bother me, but a swarm of gnats would give me the heebie-jeebies. Kudos to HAL for fixing the problem so quickly.
I usually don't pay much attention to decor and...
I usually don't pay much attention to decor and such, but the NCL Spirit is the loveliest I've sailed. Everything about that cruise was just about perfect. I hope your experience is the same.
NCL, and then Carnival, provide the best...
NCL, and then Carnival, provide the best experiences for me and the way I like to cruise, but NCL has become too expensive for a solo cruiser on the itineraries I take. In my experience, both lines...
NCL, and then Carnival, provide the best...
NCL, and then Carnival, provide the best experiences for me and the way I like to cruise. I'm also heavily driven by total price, as well as being limited to particular itineraries and cruise length....
I'm enjoying your review, and the excellent...
I'm enjoying your review, and the excellent photos. I'm considering the Serenade for Canada/NE next year, so I'm finding this very interesting. I'm a little concerned with all the glass on...
First-time warm weather cruiser
Despite being an experienced cruiser, I have taken only one warm-weather cruise, to Bermuda. I liked Bermuda, but it was very hot and humid when I visited in mid-October some years ago. I'm...
I've sailed all three, and liked NCL and Carnival...
I've sailed all three, and liked NCL and Carnival best. NCL for freestyle, great showers and entertainment, and Carnival for food and cabins. NCL and Carnival are both very good for solo cruisers,...
I liked the NCL onboard experience very much, but...
I liked the NCL onboard experience very much, but I've already been priced out. No amount of fake "promotions" shilling unnecessary (to me) fancy food and drink will change that. There are lots of...
I think so, too. Sometimes I'm happy to forego...
I think so, too. Sometimes I'm happy to forego "service" for quiet.
As usual, I'm enjoying your report. The cabins...
As usual, I'm enjoying your report. The cabins look to be very nice indeed, and I'm glad you're in what sounds like a great location. I hope your dining situation is sorted out as a result of the...
There are some ports where airfare might be...
There are some ports where airfare might be reasonable, but ground transportation can be quite expensive. Port Canaveral is one such port; another is Houston/Galveston. I'm never cruised out of...
That'll work for me, especially the "just show...
That'll work for me, especially the "just show up" part. Perhaps those other reviews about pre-planning and reservations were overstated. Not the first time THAT'S ever happened;)
Thanks, OP, for an interesting review. I love the...
Thanks, OP, for an interesting review. I love the Jewel-class ships, and I love freestyle. That said, I might be willing to try the GetaBreakaways, provided the cost fit my budget and they sailed...
As I remember, poppies were available on a...
As I remember, poppies were available on a self-serve basis at the purser's desk: passengers could take a poppy from the basket, and put some money into a box indicating a particular charity would...
Nice review--I enjoyed reading it. I don't like...
Nice review--I enjoyed reading it. I don't like the promotions in general, and figured the onboard credit would be my best bet. I hadn't realized it carried a lot of restrictions--thanks for pointing...
I wonder why NCL started to direct people down to...
I wonder why NCL started to direct people down to street level? They used to disembark at the upper level, and I think Carnival still does.
Chocolate croissants on the breakfast buffet...
Chocolate croissants on the breakfast buffet (best sweet onboard, beats heck out of most of the dining room desserts); cheese and pretzel rolls at the lunch/dinner buffets; hand-scooped ice cream...
Nice review. I agree with this, being of the old...
Nice review. I agree with this, being of the old folk demographic, but it's important to note the Gem sails lots of places, with a diverse group of passengers who probably love those loungers. I'd...
I figure I'm on vacation, so I can afford to be...
I figure I'm on vacation, so I can afford to be generous. $5 for one smallish rollaboard one way or the other isn't going to make much of a difference. I don't see any need for angst about tipping. I...
Enjoy your visit to Rome, sandwiched between what...
Enjoy your visit to Rome, sandwiched between what I hope are a couple of wonderful crossings. Wishing you safe travels.
Being a low maintenance sort, I'm okay with the...
Being a low maintenance sort, I'm okay with the amenities provided, but I loved when Carnival put a basket of trial-sized products in cabin bathrooms. Really nice stuff--useful, too.
Cont'd... While I thought Cunard's evening...
Cont'd...
While I thought Cunard's evening entertainment left a lot to be desired, and was nowhere near as good as NCL's, Cunard's daytime activities were terrific. I very much enjoyed the...
Sure, I'll play. I sailed the QM2 some years ago,...
Sure, I'll play. I sailed the QM2 some years ago, due to a bunch of stars being in alignment, such as solo supplement (waived!), airfare (sale!) and birthday (50...something!). I'm the most casual...