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    Lancaster PA
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    Spending time with family and friends, hiking, wine, creating things, reading.
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    St. Thomas

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  1. You've heard most of the best tips - Great Outdoors is my favorite!! Such a gorgeous place to hang out. O'Sheehans has a great breakfast that many people miss. If LM Cancio is still on the gem, he is a must see - extremely talented young man. The Spinnaker Lounge is a nice place to do sail away if the weather isn't so great.
  2. Blazing Boots is phenomenal. We also didn't care for Swing, although not because they weren't talented - just wasn't our thing. We enjoyed the hypnotist and some of the variety shows as well. Comedian and Magician were both just so-so for me personally. If the aerialists are still there, they are amazing. We skipped that show in October only because their routine has been the same the past two times we were on the gem. Still they are extraordinary to see!
  3. Cannot speak to Labadee because I have not been there yet, but given the others I would do: * Beach Day - Sapphire Beach St Thomas (Bonus is the snorkeling, as another poster mentioned. Perfect calm clear water). * Puerto Rico - island tour, with at least part of it being on foot - lots to see, very interesting to just wander around OSJ. * SXM - lots of adventures to be had. Maybe ATV or jeep tour? Kids/teens definitely love visiting Maho to see the planes landing too.
  4. Thanks for the insights! It'll be October, and I'm sailing on NCL. Perhaps we will have less time than I think until we get our baggage, etc.
  5. I have never cruised out of Boston and am looking for some advice. Because I wanted to leave a cushion of time allow for any flight delays or issues, we are going to arrive at Logan about 2 hours before we can board the ship. The plan is to take an Uber to the port, but my question is...what then? Originally I thought we could grab breakfast or something until I remembered we will have our luggage in tow. Any thoughts? Flight is set to arrive at 8:21, our boarding time is not until 10:30. Will we be able to drop our bags with the porter and just hang out until our check-in time?
  6. This bums me out too. He was definitely full of personality. Loved his commentary/announcements. Such a fantastically dry sense of humor.
  7. I just got an upgrade acceptance at 72 days out! We were in Obstructed Oceanview, booked over a year in advance. I submitted an offer of $165 pp to go to Balcony and just received our new stateroom - B2 Family Balcony category. Considering it's a 14 day cruise and the cost to upgrade at this point would be $588 pp. I am ecstatic! Now to try and keep a secret from the family for a sweet surprise in October 🙂 This is on the Gem, Southern Caribbean route out of Boston. We are Silver in Latitudes, will be bumped into Gold after this cruise.
  8. Thanks for the review! We are excited to sail on Gem again in October. I rarely see people post about her so it's always good to hear when people have had good recent experiences!
  9. Our last upgrade was accepted 12 days before we sailed. My understanding is that most people hear about 4-5 days out if they are accepted.
  10. My family's favorites are: Wings and fajitas in O'Sheehans Lava cake in MDR's Steak at Cagney's 😆 Crepes and omelets at the buffet Poolside BBQ & Rice (might be only on the Gem)
  11. They did it on the Gem for our cruise last year. Fingers crossed Gem still does this because you're correct - some of the best food of the entire cruise! We are back on board the Gem in October 🍽️
  12. A few of our faves: Miami Vice, Mr. Worldwide, Toasted Almond, and Rebellious Fish!
  13. That is good to know for future. I was given the impression when I asked my TA about it that I needed to wait for final payment to be eligible to upgrade. Perhaps we misunderstood each other.
  14. It wasn't a sail away rate. I said OX mistakenly, but meant OK (obstructed ocean view). Sorry for the confusion. Yes, I recognize there is fine print. I guess it's on me for thinking they just upgrade you if there are cabins available. I suppose I thought with 4 months still left they would have something available to use the upgrade offer. My understanding was that you cannot use an upgrade offer until you're paid in full. Payment date was yesterday.
  15. I am so frustrated right now. I'm booked on Gem leaving Boston in October and was just told I cannot redeem my 30,000 points for a single meta upgrade because all upgrades are unavailable on this sailing (all upgrades already used up). Didn't realize this was a possibility, especially since if I do a mock booking there are a ton of cabins still available. I booked the OX category thinking we could just use the points I've been saving to upgrade after final payment. I am very disappointed. This is literally the only reason I signed up for the card in the first place. I feel like I've been bait and switched a little. Tell me - what are the benefits of having this card?? Right now it doesn't feel like much if any.😞
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