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About BirdTravels

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    Cruising, of course
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    NCL, RCL, Cunard, Princess
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Greek Islands

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  1. NCL’s “Kids Sail Free” is normally any 3rd or 4th guest (regardless of age). If “mom and dad” want to have a 27 year old kid and his fiancé in the same cabin, the per person cost drops significantly. Just need to lock the cabin door when you don’t want to be interrupted.
  2. What’s the issue with a quarantine? A lot of people work from home now and the fact that you are quarantined is totally transparent. Or are retired. We were on holiday recently and spent the first 14 days in quarantine. Not a big deal. More relaxing where you don’t have to worry about being out and about.
  3. Blame the US government, not NCL. The cruise lines would be happy to restart with all of the latest safety protocols.
  4. You can book 120 days prior to departure. (Maybe).
  5. The link below is from our live post from the Joy. give you an idea on the happenings on the ship. We like Food Republic small group plates and do not like Q BBQ. Special drink... the Wasabi at Teppanyaki.
  6. Not sure how you came to the conclusions stated. It is more likely that there was limited demand for the longer cruises and availability of the “one off” ports so they switched to the weekly cruises.
  7. In a “typical” year, we cruise 4 to 6 times. Mix of RCL and NCL. Mix of suite and non-suite. We don’t have any other favorite cruises. We do book special cruises. Last year, we booked the inaugural Joy and Encore. Both got cancelled by NCL and slipped. We missed the Joy due to a conflict with a RCL cruise and were on inaugural encore. We were on the inaugural Symphony of the Seas after she was finally christened in Miami. The first voyage of Harmony of the seas from her new home port of Port Canaveral. We were on inaugural Bliss, Escape, Getaway, and Breakaway. We were on the last cruise of the Escape before she left Miami for New York. We were on the first cruise if the Epic out of dry dock on a repo cruise from Southampton to Barcelona.
  8. Need to get ashore to a Diamonds International before the first formal night.
  9. Yes, the recommendation to save masks and PPE for health care workers was EXACTLY that. Save masks. And it is totally unreasonable to expect “the experts” to have 100% on day 1 (or day 200) of an epidemic. More people survive today than on Day 1. But people still die. Fewer will die in the future. And yes, we wear N95 masks when we fly. And use our own sanitizer. And for a wipe down of surfaces.
  10. Yes. For the same reason that I would wear a N95 mask in a store and wear a glove when using a gas pump. It’s all about me.
  11. Not sure exactly sure how you came to this conclusion, but ok. You need >20,000 crew to staff all ship. So the Joy and Escape won’t do that.
  12. Harvest Caye private island is a beach day port call. You get both a pool and beach to move back and forth between. The beach is man made, so it is not the best soft sand. But a fun place to get some sun and relax.
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