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Everything posted by plum24

  1. Great idea to bring sauces! definitely bring a light jacket or cardigan or pashmina wrap.
  2. For those who saw it: Did you reserve once onboard, or just walk in on the day?
  3. Was thinking of changing my Italian reservation to Ocean Blue now that the upcharge is gone, until reading this. Am going on Bliss; what was ‘very poor’ about it?
  4. That is a great idea! Thank you. We don't really want to do a big excursion on that first day, when we land at 1:00 pm. Thinking of using the $50 per cabin shore excursion credit for transportation to Cocoa Beach that first afternoon, and then this kayak tour sounds good too! (Otherwise, we'll just be wasting that $50 credit x 2 cabins...)
  5. What’s the arcade like on Bliss? Worth buying a pass for 8 nights?
  6. Thanks, everyone. Anyone know what the % of tax is, by any chance?
  7. Searched for the answer to this but could not find it. We have the included drinks package and wondered if we could start using it as soon as we board on embarkation day, or if we had to wait until we're at sea? Thanks!
  8. We were in a mini-suite on deck 11 under the pool, and while we did hear some chair-dragging early in the morning, it wasn't that bad. We'd been booked in an inside and got a call from our TA offering an upgrade to a mini so we grabbed it. When we did a cabin crawl with our roll call group, we found the cabins overall much more spacious than on the newer ships. You'll be fine regardless of whether you choose a balcony or a mini! Gem is a beautiful ship and the crew is fantastic.
  9. Jason, we are on your sailing and we're doing the Space Center on Day 2. I thought we'd book a car service, but since we may head to SeaWorld on Day 1, your plan for a two-day car rental sounds like a good one... Off to check that out. What's the nearest pickup point from the cruise port to get a rental car?
  10. Have already tried and love Cagney's, so that'll be one! Stuck on which other two are worth going to... Help!
  11. What's the uncharge for kids at specialty restos?
  12. You've all convinced me! I was leaning that way, too, and now I am super clear 🙂 Thank you!
  13. Looking to book Bliss for 8-nighter. Travelling with hubby, 14-yr-old and MIL. In the past, we've done 2 connecting Insides. I would love a balcony though. Any thoughts on whether we should cram into a balcony, or stay with 2 insides? Also, best decks on Bliss, cabin-wise?
  14. From what I understood, you cannot bring water in plastic bottles onboard. Am I correct?
  15. Great! They'll probably meet up on the first night. How old is your son? Mine just turned 14.
  16. We're sailing June 24 and wanted to show my son a sample of the Circle C teen schedule. Anyone have one they can share? Thanks!
  17. Yes, I love me a shiny new ship as much as the next passenger, but we've had some fabulous cruises on vessels right out of dry dock, including NCL's Gem. We're sailing on Carnival Sunrise soon, and I was wondering what fellow cruisers had to say about the advantages of sailing on a refurbished ship? Price is one reason. Often they add new features and restos. What else?
  18. Anyone know if they have Dive In Movies on Sunrise?
  19. Anyone know how much it is on Sunrise?
  20. Here's a story about why some CDs are more popular, and also what they do behind the scenes: https://www.cruisecritic.com/articles.cfm?ID=3675
  21. We drive from Montreal, and just booked the Hilton Garden Inn in Ridgefield Park, NJ for a park, stay and cruise package. $239 including hot breakfast, parking and return shuttle to the Manhattan port. We've done several of these packages before and they're terrific. Really worth it to stay in NJ. You can commute from there to a Broadway show (probably 45 min or so via subway/bus).
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