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  1. There was an alcohol MENU in the lounge. Our first night onboard I asked for a flight of the different Scotchs offered, there were 7 if I remember correctly. I settled on Glenmorangie and asked for a full glass each time I ordered, the staff came through and would hand me a full glass as I entered the lounge. I think you might have shortchanged yourself.
  2. Could not disagree more. Food was local or you could opt for standard meals. Alcohol had a menu to choose from at no additional cost. There was no steak house on board so I am not sure what you opted for off ship
  3. Look up the "Gifts" section on NCL with your reservation and find the wine list. A bottle is marked up a bit but you can order and it will be waiting in your cabin. Be careful of trying to get a corkscrew through TSA. I traveled with one so often I forgot it was in my toiletries bag. New Orleans TSA confiscated my $3.00 corkscrew and broke up the set because of the 1/2 inch blade and the screw itself. I have purchased wine and liquor in this manner and always felt that I was ahead on the deal
  4. We were on the inaugural sailing of the POA back in 2005. Absolutely had a blast. took our 3 children (TA said they would only cost 299 each)(failed to remember we had to get them there). We arranged rental cars in each port. Was picked up and driven to airport hub and off we went. Saw more of the islands than any tour bus excursion could do. One highlight was sailing around the Southern end of Hawaii and the ship turned off the lights so we could see the lava flows. The scenery on the west side of Kauai is out of this world and you can see where Jurrasic Park did some of the movie shots. If you decide to travel alone be careful of sampling too much Kona coffee. It is available for tastings in just about every business in Kona. Our son was 12 and was bouncing off the ceiling of the car from too much caffeine. Get a Puka Dog on Maui
  5. If you are on the NCL bus the ship waits for you if there were to be a delay of any kind. Not so for any other mode of transportation
  6. So much of the CBP depends on the day and the person you are dealing with. We were stopped in Houston because we exceeded the allowable purchase of rum. It took almost an hour for the agent and his assistant to figure out that I owed less than $20.00. We missed our connector flight, it took an additional 15 minutes to find someone to make change (yeah, I paid with a $20 dollar bill). I kept saying. "keep the difference" but they would not hear of that. anything charged to your room is noted on in-ship inventory. Pay with your charge card in the shop, don't pin it on the cabin and pay later.
  7. We rented a vehicle at all stops on a 2016 7 day POA sailing. The rental companies met us at each dock, took us to the airport rental desk and we were on our way. All rental companies then returned us to the ship in time. The best use was the excursion to Mt Haleakala. We left the ship at least 1 1/2 hours after the bus departed for the sunrise excursion, so we got an additional hour sleep. Drove up the winding road and arrived well before daybreak. We were then able to take our time on the return trip down the mountain and get away from all of the bikes making the trek
  8. While sailing out of Nassau we witnessed a Mother and child left behind by their ship. My son was relaying the story to his school class one day and the teacher says, "The whole ship sailed away?" to which he answered, "No, just the front half". We were berthed stern first, Disney ship next to us was berthed bow first. There is NOTHING to see at Nassau portage regardless of the ship side. Atlantis is East, port building, hair weavers, straw market hats are West.
  9. Scenic has bikes along the Danube for a 30KM trip along the river between 2 portages. It was fun but there was 0 time along the way to see the towns we were pedaling through. Make sure to take coinage for rest rooms along the way or, ladies stand guard at the men's room door and use the men's room free of charge. Scenic did tell other passengers that they would NOT take the bikes out of storage for any other days
  10. depend on whether it pulls in or backs in
  11. We were on Star Princess C749 on Alaska cruise. Was never aware of soot. What we liked most was being able to get away from the crowded areas on ship and see the same sites on our balcony, enjoying a few drinks. There are people on cruises who are not aware of personal space and during the Alaska cruise there were folks who would wedge between your chair and the window you were looking out of. the weather can and does change often so you could be inside while passing through Glacier Bay. The balcony on the aft cabins will provide some protection
  12. 8 oz bottles will not fly through airport security as a carry on item and you might have trouble with customs. We always travel with the individual no-refrigeration needed cups and have never had an issue at airport security or customs. Also take truvia packets since I am type II diabetic and no one has them in restaurants, cruise ships, or hotels
  13. They have to follow US law and they don't leave US water.
  14. Why bother to pack shampoo or conditioner? There are stores at all of the ports, buy it and leave what's left behind. We found that renting a vehicle was better than the excursions. The rental company will pick you up at the port, take you to the lot, and return you to the ship at the end of the day. We rented on Maui, Kauai, Big Island. We stopped at a coffee plantation and the owners told us to go a few miles further down the road to their friend and we received a private tour of a plantation without the hundreds of cruise passengers. We visited Mauna Loa macadamia factory (no cruise people) went to Waimea Canyon (no cruise bus), were able to spend more time at Volcano National Park. Left the ship for sunrise at Mt Heleakala at least an hour after the buses left and made it up to the top in time to see the sunrise. Just remember to check the "all aboard" schedule and you will enjoy your vacation. Make sure to get some shaved ice and when you are in Maui, get a Puka Dog
  15. doverboy


    There is not much to purchase onboard. The "gift shop" is essentially a small trophy case with a few trinkets. You can get Forints at an ATM in Budapest and Euro at any ATM in any other country, or just use your credit/debit card and allow for conversion. there are many digits in a Forint price tag so look twice and you won't get a big surprise such as the one our travel partner got in a scarf shop in Budapest
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