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  1. For us, it would seem tacky with a couple of exceptions--for instance having a large group with children, which makes it easier to keep an eye on them--or maybe some special occasion. But not every day. I have seem some people who do this every day on cruises; I don't mind, not for me, but they must enjoy doing it. Otherwise, if we even accidentally dress kind of alike--khaki shorts, navy top, for instance-- usually one of us changes. I'm not a big fan of graphic tees anyway, and if fact most actual tee shirts don't fit me well unless I can find one styled for women
  2. Oh boy, really not worth it for us then. Not a fan of pop, although once in a while I like a Coke. I do drink a lot of water and although I only drink regular plain coffee at home, I would enjoy a specialty coffee now and then--but not in the bev. package! So sometimes we don't even book with NCL because of this. We usually get a balcony, so the other alternative is normally two free; has to be dining and internet, nothing else worth much to us, and those are pretty lame compared to the substantial OBC and/or free gratuities we get with other lines.
  3. We like NCL, especially their newer ships, but it is very frustrating to not be able to take advantage of the 4 for free offers since we don't really drink either. I am not paying all the extra gratuity for what would probably be no more than a few soft drinks and waters (if water is even included.) Normally neither one of us even drink pop, so it would be water and maybe some coffee (if included) for me. I wish there was some alternative, like free stateroom gratuities, but obviously they make more money by doing it this way. I don't mind the quite small extra tips for the dini
  4. Unless the book is one of those someone has donated and it specifically says take one, leave one, then no. Imagine if everyone took home one of the 'regular' library books and left behind some used paperback--which is what is usually in that section? No wonder ship libraries are getting more and more skimpy.
  5. This probably what we took and the price might have been 20 pp rather than 15. We didn't pre-book, but it all worked out fine. I know the tram/train is cheaper but a lot more complicated to get to and use compared to getting off the free port shuttlel, walking into the cruise bus station and getting on the bus.
  6. We went to Bruges from Zeebruges in May. We did it independently; took a free shuttle which left us off at a place that was selling bus rides to Bruges--I think for $15pp round trip. The bus stopped in a parking lot near the river. The walk into town from there was 15 minutes or so and was very easy and scenic. We walked all around the very picturesque, busy downtown area, had a delicious Belgian waffle and then back to catch the bus back. Be sure to notice the times to catch the bus, (about every hour) especially the last bus back. It was an enjoyable day; we did
  7. On the Getaway at least, we pre-booked no shows and had no trouble at all booking on board, either at the box office, the touch screen kiosks or by phone. We do usually cruise in slightly less busy times like early December. Maybe if you have to have a precise time slot, this would be more difficult. We also just walked in to a show when they opened to walk-ins--about 10 minutes pre-show. We also booked our specialty dinners quite last minute, even by just walking up. We prefer to eat late, which probably helps. Not being comedy club fans, I can't comment on this.
  8. Perfectly appropriate. I am sorry for your loss. Here in the Midwest black is not as customary for funerals as apparently (according to movies and tv, if they can be believed) it is in some areas of the country. Black is worn but so are many other, brighter colors.
  9. Unless I have already owned a certain brand and type of shoe I just can't buy without trying them on due to various foot issues; bunions, high arches, etc. So many shoes have such poor support and cushioning. Everyone's foot is different and what is great for one person may cause misery to another. I hate it when a style I have worn before and fit great have been 'improved' or changed without my knowing it.
  10. I could not find locally so ordered from Amazon.
  11. I do this too, except I include all the money needed if the tour is not prepaid. No scrambling around trying to find the right amount the day of the tour. I also write any needed information about the tour, such as meeting time and place, on the envelope. So, I might put day, name of tour company, time to meet, place to meet, contact info, total price of tour plus tip.
  12. We book cabins near the stairs on purpose--no long halls to walk down. We've never noticed much noise at all. Our last cruise, sailaway cabin, on the Pearl we were assigned a cabin that opened right on the stairs/elevator. There was a kind of wall or hall separating the areas, but the cabin was quiet and great.
  13. Even mainstream media, especially tv so-called news, has deteriorated to the point that it mostly thrives on sensationalism, the more negative the better. And the tabloids are even worse. So many stories are so over-blown and/or slanted I rarely watch anymore. . It just makes me angry or disgusted. Our cruise on the Pearl this spring was less than stellar due to Noro and cold, rough weather, but we managed to enjoy ourselves anyway. Of course, we didn't get sick, so that helped. I feel for the people on this cruise; it would be terrible and disappointing, but someti
  14. If it is through the ship, I'm not sure as we never do that. For independent excursions, most sail and snorkel tours will have a dish or bucket or something as you are leaving for tips. We usually leave $5-$10 pp, depending on the length and quality of the tour. I assume (hope) that the tips are shared with all crew members--often this is stated on the tip jar.
  15. it seems to me that there was some shade, but I can't guarantee it. They also have more than one boat, I think.
  16. We almost always book with a TA because we usually get better prices and more perks and OBC. If an agent can't beat the cruise line price, we keep looking. Be sure you are comparing like to like and are aware of various fees or other costs that may factor in. We normally save 7-10% and get some great perks.
  17. Be careful with credit cards! A machine ate my husband's at one kiosk; luckily we had more along. Could happen anywhere, I guess.
  18. It's my opinion--see, it's an opinion!--that the media is responsible for and guilty of much of the terrible state that political rhetoric and 'news' has gotten to in our country. There is no longer any attempt by any side, except for a few lone voices in a wilderness of hysterical verbage, to report or even comment on facts vs overblown and twisted versions of almost anything. I watch as little news as possible. Can't stand the histrionics, and you can believe only parts of what you hear anyway. Fortunately, except for once, we have never been at a table with truly diehard fa
  19. Never have, probably never will. I don't like the look, plus for me they are too large and heavy. I can barely lift my arms! If they are there I will usually ask the steward to remove them since they take up storage space.
  20. I too don't like being served at the buffet. Of course I do understand it when sickness is rampant on the ship, as in our recent Pearl cruise, but I much prefer to serve myself. No matter what I asked for, it was usually too much or little or not the piece I would have picked up. Yes, I did attempt to tell the server or ask for a different amount/ piece, etc., but that was seldom very satisfactory and slowed the line down.
  21. While I hate line cutters, in buffets I am fine with moving quickly into an empty spot to get an item--but not with forcing your way between a line of people with no gaps. Just be aware of whether or not you will be holding up the line by cutting in. It's all about respect.
  22. I meant to say we have never had trouble booking once on board. We are flexible though, so if one time or day doesn't work, we go with what is available,
  23. We were just there in May. I did manage to get the tickets at the two month window for the presentation and tour. I had tried a couple of days earlier and would have gotten tickets, but did not want the very late time slot. Each time I tried at about 8 AM our time and honestly did not think of the time difference. As per instructions, we got there about 15 minutes early, but give yourself time to find it as we did some confused wandering before we did. There was really no line to speak of; those with tickets for that time slot were escorted in at the listed time; our
  24. We've never had booking once on board, sometimes at last minute, but of course that can't be guaranteed. We've even just walked up and got in. We do prefer to eat late, though.
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