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  1. Not trying to be snarky but really? A 10 gallon pail of liquid soap takes up far less room than the equivalent number of soap bars. As far as the shampoo and conditioner in the cabin, get travel sizes at home or pour some from your econo sized Costco bottle into something smaller. Travel Bar soaps are readily available in the travel section of any Target and carrying a large bar won't tip the scales against you. You might also find out that liquid soaps and conditioners are more environmentally friendly.
  2. Packing could depend on how long your trip is and how long you will be away from home. My wife and I were gone 2 weeks with an 8 day river cruise on Scenic. I had them launder all of my socks, underwear and a few crew necks for a total of 26 Euro which allowed me to be fresh for week two. Remember that the people on the ship are not keeping track of what you wear day to day and you will never see the majority of them again. I know I packed 1/2 of what my wife had. I pair of casual shoes, 1 pair of dress shoes.Jeans, khakis (2 colors), dress slacks. 1 dress shirt. 1 week's worth of essentials. Good to go
  3. We traveled with Scenic, Budapest to Nuremberg, but I wanted to see Burchtesgaden more than Salzburg so arranged a Tours By Locals in advance. tour company contacted Scenic prior to cruise and was given wrong drop off point for us to begin our tour hence over an hour late. We completed our tour but a few traffic accidents had us very worried about reconnecting to ship. We skidded to a stop in Passau as they were lifting the gang plank. some cruisers were not exactly happy with the small delay we caused but most wanted to see the pictures of Berchtesgaden and the Eagles Nest
  4. Some people seem to look for reasons to be upset. Phone in the theater? Ask the attendant to address the situation.
  5. It bothers you, so keep it to yourself. there is no need for cruiseships to ban phone use in a dining room or anyplace else unless taking pictures invades someone's privacy. We used to be a civil society where we were able to converse with other people but we also kept our mouths shut about what we didn't like. Now we are uncivil in just about all aspects of life.
  6. the Escape holds approximately 4300 people and she has a limited supply of deck chairs. Unfortunately you felt a need to leave the area and returned later. should the other 4300 passengers be left waiting, besides your towel left on the chair, for your return? sometimes you just have to accept that it isn't "all about me". I don't mean to be swarmy but 4300 is a small city
  7. Costco does passport pictures in a jiffy, like next! that will be a few dollars. Can't mean more than 10 minutes total
  8. Hey People, lighten up already. I have been on many cruises with my wife and made it through the entire set of trips with enough clothing. If the OP is headed to Alaska then she needs to pack some rain gear or look to purchase it once aboard. Other than that you pack for a trip of whatever duration you choose. My wife just surprised me with a trip to Scotland and did not tell me until we checked our bags with British Air. Would I have packed different? Maybe but who cares when you are going on VACATION! I will never see any of the people we sat with, flew with, shared a hotel with, ate in the restaurant with again. No one will know if I wore the same socks 2 days in a row. No one will rat me out if I did not brush my teeth. the people in the restaurants did not know I wore the same tie with 3 different shirts and the same blazer. And neither will the people on the cruise ship they sail on.
  9. 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.
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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.
  15. 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
  16. 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.
  17. 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
  18. depend on whether it pulls in or backs in
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. They have to follow US law and they don't leave US water.
  22. 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
  23. 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
  24. We cleared customs in US before our initial flight to Munich and I do not remember getting into another customs queue until we went to United Kingdom after our cruise ended. had a short flight from Munich to Budapest and no customs there either.
  25. On a June 2016 cruise to Alaska we saw: Killer Whale following behind the ship as we sailed into Juneau, Plenty of humpbacks and Orcas on a whale watching excursion, Grizzlies in Denali along with mountain sheep and some caribou, wife saw a moose doe and fawn as my ambulance was driving to Wasilla, Eagles are like pidgeons in Alaska. Don't ask about the ambulance
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