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So this is our first cruise in just over 2 years, and our first during the COVID mess.  I wanted to update everyone who has not cruised on what the process is to board a NCL ship with all of the new protocols in place.  We are sailing on the 11-night Caribbean cruise on the NCL Escape out of Port Canaveral.
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Live from the Grand Princess, Dec 20-30th, Christmas cruise
Life from Grand Princess - December 20 - 30th
    I booked the Grand Princess 16 days before sailing. No thought went into this except for I already had the time away from work, it was longer than 7 nights and flying West as opposed to East is easier for me time frame wise. I flew in the day of which I have only done on my very first cruise. I regret it but it all turned out.

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Live (Wi-Fi willing) Christmas Mardi Gras Review 12/18- 12/26 Blue Card Perspective
We have cruises with Celebrity, Royal Caribbean and NCL in the past but never on Carnival.  This will be our first experience with Carnival and we are very excited to try something new.  We are armed with reviews / suggestions from members on this board (thank you Megan and Sid) so at least we will have some ideas about the ship and things to try.  We will be residing on deck 17 in a Cloud 9 Spa interior room.
 
Day before the cruise.
We flew in a day before to spend some time in Universal to fully get into the Christmas spirit before our cruise.  Pictures from Universal Studios Orlando.
 
 
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Semi-live from the Bliss 12/19
Embarking the Norwegian Bliss in a couple of hours for the 7-day Mexican Riviera itinerary (Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan, Cabo san Lucas).
 
I’ll try to post 1-2 times each day with what we’re up to, though my particular focus will usually be cocktails, food, entertainment and excursion adventures. (I’ll likely also be posting lots of photos over on Instagram Stories; look for erin_braincandy if you just want all the photos and none of the chatter.)
 
A few background notes before we head over to the pier:
This is our fourth time sailing Norwegian, our first time cruising to the Mexican Riviera, and probably our eleventh or twelfth cruise together. My husband and I are both double-vaxxed with AstraZeneca. We got our required-to-fly-to-the-US COVID antigen tests done  on Friday at a nearby drive-thru site, with the results back within 40 minutes. (FYI, antigen testing for the purposes of travel is not cheap in British Columbia, especially compared to Alberta and Ontario.) We sailed on the Encore in October out of Seattle to Alaska, and loved the ship and the experience. We felt that the COVID protocols in place made us feel as safe as we could reasonably expect to be when travelling during a pandemic. We were on the last sailing of the Norwegian Epic in March 2020 when cruising was suspended – we weren’t allowed to dock in San Juan for disembarkation and spent an extra 2.5 days at sea heading to Orlando instead. So going on two cruises in just under three months feels like making up for lost time. (I wanted to make a ‘Long time, no sea’ t-shirt but got lazy…)  
We were supposed to have a relaxing flight from YVR to Orange Country airport yesterday, but our plane had a ‘systems failure’ and after circling over the Catalina Islands for 30 min we were diverted to LAX for an emergency landing. It was nerve-wracking but we landed safely. But I am going to be making good use of the drink package after all of that.
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Silhouette Dec 13-24 Live Update
We are heading for Fort Lauderdale this weekend for the Silhouette sailing on Monday.  Ill be posting pictures of the ship, activities, menus, and others.  If anyone has any questions or want me to look into something on the ship, let me know.  We got the stream package so wifi shouldnt be a major issue.  

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Navigator of the Seas -Live
Just boarded Navigator for the 3 day cruise out of LA! Check in time was 12, we are suite guests so they told us we could come an hour early. 

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LIVE from Spectrum of the Seas (Hong Kong) - December 12
Hi Everybody - first time posting here and a novice cruiser.
 
This will be our 2nd "cruise to nowhere" vacation this year, having done a similar trip on the Genting Dream in October. As you may be aware, travel into and out of Hong Kong is still quite difficult with our "zero COVID" strategy, so hotel staycations and these cruises have become very popular with both the local and expat populations.

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Live from the Legend!! December 19-26, 2021 with Kmom.
Hello, hope you’ll join us as we get our COVID RAT’s this Friday and hit the road for Baltimore!

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Live on the Koningsdam 12/12 - 12/19 Mexican Riviera
I finally got the internet working!
 
My family and I are on the Koningsdam for our cruise this week and I figured I’ll log the journey here for those interested or had any questions about what it’s like. It’s our first pandemic cruise.
 
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Live on Caribbean Princess 12/12  12/19
We are sailing this week on the CP. We took the all- inclusive package. Anyone with questions about this ship. Feel free to ask.
 
Ed and Trish
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Hello from Fort Lauderdale.
 
We are staying at the Hyatt Place Cruise Port off 10th, same hotel as the last time we sailed (again on the Allure) way way back in January 2020.  
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Live / Solo from the Carnival Legend - December 5-12, 2021
Good morning, everyone! It is time to load up the Tesla here in sunny Ohio and start the roughly 6.5 hour drive down I-68 to Baltimore. 
 
This was truly a last minute cruise for me as I still had a week of vacation time to burn before the end of the year and refuse to spend it doing all of the things that I really should be doing at home. Who wants to organize the garage or pick the dead weeds out of the landscaping when you can go on a cruise!?
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LIVE on the Caribbean Princess, Western Caribbean, December 5-12, 2021: Geoherb goes solo again
I was the first new passenger to board the beautiful Caribbean Princess this morning. It's great to be back. I flew down on a direct Southwest flight from Raleigh-Durham. It landed in Fort Lauderdale a little before 10. I was at the port around 10:30. The cab ride was $17.15 before tip. Checkin was a breeze. There was no line for security. Someone checked my vaccination card and passport, then another person scanned my carry-on luggage. He alerted the wine table that I had my one bottle of wine, and they asked to see it. (I guess to make sure it really was wine.)
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LIVE Harmony OTS- Dec 5-12th Ask me any question?
I’m currently sailing HOTS Dec 5-12th 2021.  Ask me any question, I’ll try to find the answer while I’m onboard.
This is our first cruise since the restart of sailing.  We are Diamond Plus staying in a Jr Suite.  We were awarded Royal Up 2 days before departure, nice surprise.  Embarkation was smooth and quick.  We were onboard and straight to our stateroom in 20 minutes.  Our boarding time was a 2pm.  The ship is currently sailing at 75% capacity.  Not too crowded anywhere EXCEPT the Diamond Lounge.  It’s been a horrible disappointment.  Too crowded to find a seat anywhere and long lines just to speak to the Diamond Concierge for assistance.  By the time we were able to speak to him all of the Aqua shows were completely sold out so we’ve been waitlisted. Same with some specialty dining due to limited capacity seating.  We have eaten at Cafe 150 and Wonderland so far.  But overall we are loving our cruise and delighted that everything is mostly back to normal!  I’ll try to post updates throughout the week!
Cheers!
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Live from Sky Princess 12/4/21 - 12/11/21
I really enjoy reading live trip reports, so thought I'd try my hand at doing one for this cruise as well.
This trip is an early celebration for my big 5-0 this month.  My husband, daughter, and her boyfriend are helping me celebrate this week.
We flew out of Seattle on a red-eye Thursday night and landed in Fort Lauderdale early Friday AM.
We're currently staying at the Crowne Plaza near the port.  Early check-in wasn't available, but they let us hang out at the pool and stashed our bags.  Then the unthinkable happened (if you happen to be a twenty-something year old). Daughters boyfriend jumped in pool with phone in pocket.  And because phone already had prior drop damage, phone stopped working.  So, 3 Ubers later, a trip to T-Mobile, and a trip to the local Apple store, crisis averted.  Thank goodness he had insured the phone..
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Live From Whisper.......12/2
I am sitting in the Riverside Hotel and already checked out but they are letting me use this business office.  So sailing today and looking forward, after all these years of meeting Spins in person😀.....one of the kindest people on this forum.
It is noon and I will wait about 45 more minutes and then get a cab to the port.  They said 2:00 but you know they will do testing and we leave from pier 25 so there will be space to sit while waiting.
 
I arrived here yesterday afternoon and got a cab from the airport......21.00.   I ate dinner at a place called The Royal Pig........they have a large menu and I sat outside and it was probably 77 outside. (or so).....I decided on Fish and Chips and OMG......4 BIG fillets and I could not eat them all. They were very good and I decided to try a dark beer......the bartender let me have a taste first. It was a surprise......I normally NEVER like dark....porters.   This had a hint of coffee and coconut in it and I REALLY liked it!  It was not bitter or hoppy........really a nice flavor.
 
This morning I had a breakfast at a long time restaurant here on Las Olas called Bonn Crepe........it was excellent and sat outside here as well.  I highly recommend this place. 
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Celebrity Reflection B2B  12/4 - 12/11 - 12/18
I am not a prolific writer and do not even try to meet the quality and thoroughness of the life bloggers that have gone before me but I told someone on this board that I would try and follow in their shadow and do a live posting on our cruise that start tomorrow. 
 
This was originally planned to be a seven day cruise followed by a change of cities / ships to a RCL cruise out of Miami on Symphony of the Seas.  However, as I mentioned elsewhere my wife informed me that packing, fliying, boarding a ship, unpacking, sailing, packing, debarking, Ubering to Miami, boarding, unpacking, and packing again seven days later was not her idea of a vacation.  So, thanks to my gracious TA we cancelled the Symphony of the Seas and booked the 12/11 - 12/18 sailing on Reflection.  Unfortunately we were not able to get the same stateroom, this being very last minute, for both legs of the B2B but we'll survive.  
 
We departed from Washington Dulles this afternoon, actually departing ahead of schedule, and arrived, ahead of schedule, in FLL this afternoon.  We took Lyft from the airport to the Renaissance Ft Lauderdale Waterfron and after an hour wait beyond our 4 PM checkin time, managed to get to our room.  
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Apex Live — December 4, 2021
Hi everyone 
Starting my thread for our cruise on the Apex leaving Port Everglades on Saturday, December 4th.  Like many of you that have ventured forth into the “world” of cruising recently, this is my first cruise since well before the beginning of the Pandemic times. (I’m not sure what else to call it.) I am mostly a frequent cruiser on Oceania, but my last cruise was actually on the Celebrity Solstice in September 2019.  It’s crazy now thinking how long ago that was.  Since then, I’ve booked and cancelled two cruises. One Oceania. The other on Regent (which would have been my first with Regent.)
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LIVE from the Ovation Nov 29-Dec 10
Hello everyone from the Ovation. I am not sure if there will be any interest in a live thread on these boards but I know there are many here who are first timers (as are we). 
 
We are very experienced cruisers who usually sail on Celebrity but wanted to try a small ship experience. 

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LIVE REVIEW: NCL Escape (7-night PCV, COZ, OCHO, GSC)
BUM BUM BUMMMMMMMM!
 
Hello ladies and gentleman, I am back this week on board the beautiful Norwegian Escape 11/27/21-12/4/21. I am no stranger to reviews here and hopefully some of you followed me on my journey a couple months ago on one of the first ships back sailing The NCL Encore Alaskan cruise. (If not, I will post the link below)

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Saint Greg's Vista - Live - December 4-11 2021
This is going to be my 16th cruise--all on Carnival. This will be my 4th time out of Galveston, my 2nd time on Vista, 12th time to Cozumel, and my 4th time to Belize and Roatan. This will be my 3rd time on a December Christmas themed cruise. I believe the CD is Kyndall Fire. This will be my first time with her as CD.  
 
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LIVE from the Majestic Princess /Mexico November 27-December 4
Yes it’s me again 😂if you followed the group thread from November 6th, you may remember me. 
 
I had credit and vacay days to burn and cruise friends onboard so here I go again. 
 
others on this cruise, please feel free to post!!! Different perspectives makes these so much more fun. 

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Navigating from Los Angeles November 29, 2021 Semi-Live
Hello all!
This is not my first time sailing Royal but this is the first time I am going to attempt a live thread. 
 
A little about me. My name is AJ and I am going to be travelling with my mom. This will be my mom's first cruise AND we board on her birthday so she is very excited about that. As far as I know, our sailing is the 3rd sailing for the Navigator since the re-start not counting the test cruise.

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Live From Nieuw Statendam Nov 28 - Dec 12, 2021
This begins a live thread where I will answer questions for those who will be boarding the Nieuw Statendam this Caribbean season and for those just wanting to follow this thread.  I will also provide information typically sought by CC members such as what's new/changed, COVID practices, ship main characters, special events, prices, when & where information, menus, embarkation/disembarkation procedures, issues and resolutions, impressions, etc.

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“LIVE” from Anthem of the Seas - Nov. 28, 2021
Hello everyone, and good day. Welcome to “LIVE” from Anthem of the Seas (B2B)
 
I will be heading north tomorrow to stay at my pre-cruise hotel at Elizabeth, NJ. On Sunday I will take the short ride over to sail on Anthem of the Seas from Cape Liberty. I recently posted “LIVE” from Oasis of the Seas on Oct 3, 2021 for a B2B from Cape Liberty. This will be the same itinerary, but on a much different class of ship. (Quantum Class).

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