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  1. Although we've cruised Princess the most, followed by Celebrity, we have cruised maybe six lines, more if you count some old defunct lines. Since we almost always cruise either to escape winter weather or to experience new places, ship or line is about in fourth place, if that. Itinerary, price, weather(in winter) and then maybe cruise line or ship. We like trying new cruise lines and ships just for the fun of new discoveries. So far, have never had a 'bad' or even disappointing cruise. Sure, we like some better than others, but none we won't cruise again.
  2. I guess we will see; booked a Tahiti to Hawaii cruise with $149 air from La, round trip per person. Hopefully it is not a 40 hour flight with 8 stops or something! Can't get any where close to that price booking air on our own; and I looked. As to the Fort Lauderdale to Miami thing, I'd say more than half of our flights there go to the 'wrong' airport for the cruise we are taking due to price or schedule It's not a big deal or very expensive to do the transfer. I can see that it would be more difficult with someone having mobility issues.
  3. I sleep with one of the shaped neck pillows at home; I don't bring it due to size but I have a couple of travel sized pillows that just fit under my neck; I usually bring one, especially one that attaches to my luggage with a toggle so it doesn't take up suitcase space. I just can't use huge fluffy pillows.
  4. We have a bunch of bucket list destinations--whether by cruise ship or not. Too many to list. Just knocked one off the list yesterday when we booked a Tahiti to Hawaii cruise! We've been to Hawaii several times, but Tahiti was definitely on the list. At 74, you just never know so we want to get as many of our list done as possible in the next few years; Main ones are Australia/New Zealand, China, Jordan and more touring in Europe.
  5. We just booked a Tahiti to Hawaii cruise for a great price, including air, 2 perks, OBC. The deal was too good to pass up. My sister just booked the same cruise; even for a single it was a good deal.
  6. We've only been on one cruise that had a documented Noro outbreak, a TA last spring. So far, in 40 or so cruises we've managed to stay healthy without all the extreme measures in the first post; I will say that my husband often comes down with an upper respiratory illness, probably contracted on the airplane. The cruise we were on this spring did put in place some stringent measures to slow the outbreak; disposable printed menus, tables cleared of salt shakers, etc., no self serving in the buffet and things like desserts weren't even in the show cases plus lots and lots of cleanin
  7. We have not booked the LA flight yet because we don't know the time the flight leaves for Tahiti yet. Usually we have no problems getting to LA, using miles. If necessary we will (probably will) fly in the day before. Don't want to miss that flight to Papeete!, For sure!
  8. We just booked a Jewel cruise from Tahiti to Honolulu. Would I love to be able to go on one of the very small ships? Of course. But for many people the price is just difficult. Technically I guess we could afford it but truly don't want to spend our money that way. I'm happy for all who can afford, without hesitation, these types of cruises and I am sure it is a better choice for the islands and usually a better experience, but for many people those choices just aren't possible.
  9. I am not sure about the fee; i think it would be to NCL. We went ahead and booked this cruise with the $149 air from LA and will just deal with whatever flights we get. It was too good a deal to pass up. We did not do an air deviation or the extra fee to choose our flights. So now we will just wait--probably a couple of months--to see how flights work out. For this itinerary at this price, we are fine with it.
  10. Our TA called NCL and they told him that with that particular price for the flights the air deviation was not allowed. However, he is going to check again today and we are going to make a decision. I did check online and the price from LA is $149--that is hard to pass up. I checked and we could easily get to LA right now using miles--even non-stop which is almost unheard of from Omaha. However, we couldn't book those flights until we know our schedule from NCL. TA also said that for a fee--either $100 or $150 pp, on most flights, we would be allowed to pick our own f
  11. Thank you--I guess I will check air out of LA for sure; for that price we could suffer some bad flights. And it's usually fairly easy to find flights to LA.
  12. You are right, of course, I always forget about Norwegian Air line, as it is not something that is very common in our area.
  13. I put a cruise on hold today that goes from Tahiti to Hawaii; nice itinerary, great price and perks, and Norwegian Air--from Omaha--was only $649 pp. After talking to my travel agent, having second and third thoughts about the air. He said in his experience the flights that NCL arranges, especially for long hauls like this, can be extremely bad and long flights with multiple stops and layovers. Also, it would be economy--we almost always try to do business for the long flights. But, using miles won't work well--can't even book any business class, and a lot of miles
  14. Not who I thought should win either, in fact was my least favorite (personality-wise) and although not the best dancer, still pretty good. I was just ok on the gowns; didn't like Carrie Ann's color combo and Erin's looked so stiff and heavy.
  15. We like sea days and have been on four Transatlantics, but only one Hawaii cruise, out of LA. It was in February. The five sea days over and five sea days back was a lot, for reasons stated below. While I wouldn't say never, we aren't that anxious to do it again. Perhaps we were just unlucky, but the sea days were mostly quite cool and we had a lot of rain, so many of the outdoor things we like to do were curtailed. I'd be afraid that from San Francisco the sea days would be even cooler. We have been to Hawaii on land vacations several times, so didn't feel we had m
  16. We also almost always either DIY or book independent tours--in fact our upcoming cruise in December is the first time in over 10 years that we are doing a ship excursion. And that's because, due to the partial transit of the Panama Canal, a private tour isn't feasible. Why do we? Price, size of group, quality of tour, flexibility, etc. I will say that last year in St. Kitt's we came within an inch of missing the ship--they were pulling up the stairs behind us. Totally the fault of the tour operator, as well as our ignorance of just how far we were from the port as
  17. We'll be in a Central Park balcony in January--I've been a little hesitant because I love seeing the ocean, but since we were paying for six people--three cabins--the extra for ocean facing balconies added up to almost $400 per person. This all has made me feel better, but I still know I will miss seeing the ocean.
  18. We did a private tour--or I should say I did, as my husband had to cancel due to not feeling well that day, that another passenger arranged--about 16 or so on a small bus. We visited the archaeological site, a winery and had plenty of free time in Oia and stopped for sunset views before heading back to Fira. It was a great day; we were off the ship quite early because we got early tender tickets and the wait for the funicular was not too bad. We were in port late. We always try to do independent tours if possible, but I can see that a ship tour would perhaps make thin
  19. I have seen children's books before, but there is no guarantee, especially for a certain age. The number of children's books, if any, is limited. I have also been on ships that had no children's books, or else they were all checked out. So either bring a few favorites or use an e-reader. Ship libraries have gotten worse and worse through the years and are now almost useless, probably due to general cutbacks and much more use of electronic readers. A library doesn't generate income! I still visit and might find a book or two, but usually not much.
  20. I really liked Erin's dress and look last night. Carrie Ann's silver dress was ok, a little much for me. And yet another wrong person went home! Although at this stage, everything is very tight. It was a very emotional night. I don't like the way people seem to vote in blocks; country people, vote for......, sports people, vote for....., bachelor(ette) fans, etc. Wish people would just vote on the dancing--this seems to have gotten much worse since the advent of these type of shows; the earlier shows had less of this trend. All part of the social media craziness, I
  21. I'm a person who much prefers bar soaps, but since a travel size is easy to bring from home, I'm not too upset about this. I am upset about the awful shampoo/conditioner in the showers! It's the worst stuff I have ever used--and I use cheap shampoo at home. My hair actually crackles after using it, not that I do after a couple of tries.
  22. Princess has one of the few really reasonable bottled water packages on cruise lines, as stated above. On other cruise lines I often bring a six-pack or so on board and refill as needed. I also just buy the 12 pack on Princess and refill as needed since I drink a lot of water. Some lines (NCL) don't let you bring water on board, so I just bring some empty bottles and refill them.
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