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  1. Exactly, this is how I feel about it. Would love to try it but would be so disappointed with that scenario.
  2. Exactly, and who wants the room near the noisy ice machine and the people talking over the noise?
  3. We were on the Bliss for the weeks of April 21 and 28 and I don't recall The Local and the MDR's having the prime rib the same night. The Garden Café had a special with prime rib also.
  4. In March 2018 my husband and I did a walking tour of the old town with Sandra of Puerto Vallarta Walking Tours. We had read about her on TripAdvisor and she gets great reviews. We had to email her in advance of our cruise to book a date, and then arranged our own transportation to meet her near the plaza. We were fortunate to share a van with others heading to the Malecon. The tour was just ourselves and Sandra, which was great compared to some of the large groups threading their way through the streets, and lasted maybe 3 hours. Sorry, I forget the cost but it was less than the ship's excursion. We highly recommend Sandra's tour.
  5. We were there in October 2018. The beach was gorgeous, clean, plenty of chairs and shade. We enjoyed the beach rather than the pool. We then walked down to the bar near the Haven area. Great drinks and service. Checked out very few of the shops and we did purchase two bottles of Belizean rum which are very nice. We did consider taking the ferry to the mainland but there didn't seem to be enough time (for us), so we chose a relaxing day at the beach. There are no beaches like that at home for us! We would certainly go back.
  6. It could. We were on the Star last March and Cagney's was SO GOOD but on the Bliss in September I had to send my steak back twice. Hopefully it will be better in April but I'll enjoy myself anyway!
  7. Great timing! We sail February 24 on the same itinerary and our room is nearby (not the aft one unfortunately). We're enjoying these, thanks very much.
  8. Yes, this is exactly what we did. We were able to book a party of two on everything but Cagney's. Our PCC said that it was a glitch and was able to book it for us. We were at less than 120 days.
  9. Would love something like this - so versatile! My MIL wore something similar (LA Gear) everywhere 30 years ago when they travelled in England.
  10. We were on the Sun in October 2018. At the Seven Seas dining room, a man wearing shorts was asked if he had long pants and if he did, he was asked to change, as shorts were not permitted. We've seen the same in the aft main dining room on the Star in March 2018.
  11. This is all very helpful, we were looking for exactly this kind of information before our cruise on the Sun in October. We booked a tour with Blexie online from home and ordered our visas from NCL by phone. Once onboard we were concerned about being OFAC-compliant (although being Canadian, it shouldn't be a problem, but someone raised the point about future entry into the US) so we also booked an evening tour through the ship as the Sun was in Havana until midnight. The evening walking tour was excellent. We were taken by bus to Sloppy Joe's bar, enjoyed a Sloppy Joe sandwich and a Cuba Libre (rum & coke) and then an additional drink of our choice (margarita or local beer, I had the margarita and my husband had the beer). During our walk we stopped by a bar frequented by Hemingway and all were given mojitos. We had no idea that was included. We also really enjoyed the six-hour tour during the day with our guide Yoly from Blexie's, which included a walking tour of old Havana and a tour in a 53 Chevy with lovely air-conditioning! There was a Royal Caribbean ship (smaller than the Sun) that arrived at around 5 in the afternoon and was there when we departed at midnight.
  12. We're aware of this and have the port authority info with us when going ashore. My comment was not intended to educate anyone, just our preference.
  13. The Escape, Joy, Bliss and Encore are Breakaway Plus class. The Bliss was the first that NCL touted as designed for Alaska. We understand that the inboard stowage allows the Waterfront on the Bliss to be more expansive (and assume the same is true for the Joy and Encore). The Waterfront is certainly a beautiful space in any weather, including a rainy Pacific Coastal!
  14. Harvest Caye has a booth where you can have passports stamped. If we are at a port where we are doing a private excursion, we would take passports because if we miss the ship we would have to get to the next port. Probably overly cautious but it's just our comfort level. Harvest Caye has a number of little shops and a liquor outlet where they sell their Belizean rum and other spirits. Their rum is very nice. Costa Maya is very much a port created for cruisers, a resort with shops, bars and a pool, and we did a private excursion there to Maya Chan based on others' recommendations. The hospitality, food and drinks were great, there was a lot of seagrass on the beach but a number of people made use of kayaks and floating chairs to relax in clearer water.
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