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  1. Thanks for your reply. Sorry, we will be docking at Havensight this time (we docked at Crown Bay once before).
  2. Our ship arrives in St. Thomas at 11:30 amand leaves port at 7 pm. We have a parasailing excursion scheduled first thing and should be done by 1-1:30. We then want to take the ride up to Paradise Point. Would we have enough time to take a taxi over to Magens Bay and be back at the pier by 5? Can we snag a taxi from Paradise Point to the beach? Appreciate any feedback!
  3. I am confused as well as to why this person stated they were in an Owner's Suite then a mini-suite. The intention doesn't sound any different than the person who veered off to use the restroom only to get ahead of the masses.
  4. My husband and I plan on spending the early part of sea days on the Epic at Spice H20. I understand they have a lunch buffet and am curious what kind of food I can expect to find there. I really don't want to make the long trek to the opposite end of the ship to grab a plate from the buffet and take it all the way back to Spice H20 (does anyone actually do this?), but I prefer fresher offerings such as salad, grilled items and fruit while my husband is just fine with burgers and fries. Can anyone provide me more detail on the food that is offered at lunch there? TIA:)
  5. 23 days until we board the Epic for first "mega ship" experience. Second cruise with Norwegian.
  6. Not sure how old your kids are or if this is your first visit, but when you get off the ship, there will be tour operators standing by for a lot less $ than the cruiselines charge. You can do a 2-3 hour tour that will give you a tour of the West Bay...the Turtle Farm is a great family activity. Then usually there is a stop in "Hell" which is not much than rock formations and a post office, but you will also get a drive by view of the beach. It's been a long time since we did this but I can tell you our kids enjoyed it (8 and 10 at the time).
  7. Thanks, MikeBTN...I guess we will take our chances on getting day pass. :)
  8. Did anyone take advantage of port day spa specials, particularly massage, and approximately what was the cost? On our first NCL cruise a couple of years ago, we visited the spa upon embarkation and attended the raffle where we received a flyer with specials supposedly for raffle attendees. Also, is the day pass to the Thermal Suite a good value? I really don't want to spend $200 for the entire week but would love to experience it. When is the best time to visit the Thermal Suite? Thank you in advance! :)
  9. Sorry, we did not eat at any of the specialty restaurants. This was our first cruise with NCL and last cruise was 10 years ago so no basis for comparison.
  10. I just posted on another thread about this but not sure yet how to share. Basically, it was a good sized two door closet, plenty of room for my and my husband's clothes. There were 12-15 hangers, most with a bar on which to hang pants and/or clips. I put pants and a shirt on one hanger. We also packed some plastic department store hangers to take with us, and ended up sharing them with our friends in the cabin next door. There are about five shelves in the corner inside the closet where you store a great deal of folded clothes (athletic wear, jeans, t-shirts. Then the small entertainment center has four small pullout drawers which were nice for small items like bras, panties, swimwear, socks. I would say the closet was 8'. No worries with clothes storage, just perhaps take a few extra hangers if you have a lot you want to hang.
  11. We just returned from a seven day Eastern Caribbean cruise on the Spirit. I, too, was concerned after reading many negative reviews, but our experience on the Spirit was very good. First, we stayed in cabin 9596, midship forward with a balcony, 201 SF. We were close to elevators and stairs and the cabin itself was very adequate in size, larger than others on the ship (smaller 170 SF). We enjoyed the smaller ship size. It felt more intimate, and we recognized faces quickly, passengers and crew. Our experience with the crew was most everyone was very friendly and eager to please. I believe you get out of it what you put into it personally in how you interact with them. We did not have five star expectations. Overall, the food was very good. We ate at the Raffles buffet daily for breakfast; it is the same every day with slight variations (in the breads/pastries), but something for all tastes. Dinnertime we ate at the two main dining rooms, The Garden (less formal, shorts for guys OK) and Windows (more formal, men in pants/jeans and closed toed shoes for dinner). The variety of menu items was very good; some entrees are constants and each night there are new/different entrees from which to choose in addition. Our "guys" had the warm chocolate volcano dessert (served with a choc chip ice cream gelato) every single night they loved it so much. We also had "snacks" at Blue Lagoon....wings, spinach artichoke dip, burgers....all good. We did not participate in a lot of the activities, rather we relaxed, played cards, visited with our friends and went to a few of the shows, most of which we thought were pretty good...Soul Rockin' Nights, the aerial act last night was mesmerizing and a little sensual, the comedian was good (her material at 9:30 show was suited for adult crowd). Our group of four (two couples) took advantage of the early spa special, $129 or $139 plus automatic 18% gratuity for 75 minute treatment which included full body massage, scalp massage, foot massage and facial. It was a first for me, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Great way to start out our vacation. Go to the raffle at the Fitness Center/Spa the first day of the cruise; they gave out a few $75 and $100 credits and one $500 credit. There were maybe 40 people there, and although no one in our group won, your chances are very good, and that is when we got the flyer for the special. FEEL FREE TO ASK ME ANY QUESTIONS!
  12. We just got back from the Spirit on 1/23. I did not take a picture, but the closet is very roomy. There were probably 12-15 hangers some with pants clips and/or bars, some without. We packed some of our own (from the department store that we didn't mind leaving behind). The corner shelving in the closet also provides ample space for those clothes that can be folded...two stacks per shelf and about five or six shelves. Plus there are four small drawers in the skinny entertainment center that are great for underwear and swimsuits. As for the shower, yes there is at least one safety bar in the shower and one or two more in the toilet/restroom area. However, we were on deck 9 in cabin 9596, and there is a short (4"?) step up to get into the bathroom.
  13. Can you please explain what you mean by 5ers and 2ers (tip amounts?). We have UBP. What are your recommendations for tipping? Thank you for the great posts and pics you have shared already!
  14. Thank you for your post! I cannot tell you how relieved I am to hear a very positive review as we sail out on the Spirit very soon and I have been reading many not-so-good posts. You have restored my hope!
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