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  1. In my experience, the war ships docked at the Manhattan cruise terminal are closed for visitors when there is a cruise ship at the berth just to avoid the excessive crowds.
  2. The ship did transit the Suez on her way to Asia. However, the Joy and the Bliss are specifically designed to fit thru the Panama Canal, unlike her step-sisters the Breakaway, Getaway, or Escape. You can tell by the recessed lifeboats in the superstructure, the additional rub rails running just above the waterline to protect the hull from the fendering and canal walls, and a lower profile (more "squat") funnel design.
  3. IMHO, I think CD's have less of an influence on the overall cruise experience than in years past. Nowadays, I mostly see them only playing host to the nightly game shows. That's it. Maybe I just don't go out much? 😉 Or perhaps it's because there's just so much going on on the mega ships that it just depends on what venue you're in. Anyway, just got off the Bliss 2 weeks ago and the CD was Jake.
  4. A similar story happened to us one time. Forgot exactly when it was, but it was at the Manhattan cruise terminal. We were missing one suitcase, and was searching all over. Eventually, everyone had left and the port workers/NCL reps could not locate it anywhere...except for one lonely suitcase that was left behind and wasn't ours. Fortunately, the suitcase had a tag on it with the owner's contact information. The port agent called the number and found out that they had mistakenly grabbed our suitcase and took it home! Luckily, we both live within an hour's drive of Manhattan, so we exchanged bags the same day. Lessons learned, we now wrap a bright neon strap around each of our luggages!
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