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  1. Phew it worked! I guess I'll try a live review! Look for me on the NCL forum in early April. I'm spending a week traveling around Japan before the cruise (assuming there's no flight disruptions...)
  2. What’s the best way to post? I’m using my phone now and am going to see if attaching a picture shows up normal or fugly. I want the picture to show up in text and not as an attachment. I swear I’m a tech savvy millennial!
  3. I loved reading your review from your European cruise and Italy adventure. It looked awesome! I'm toying with the idea of doing a live review of my upcoming cruise since it's such a unique itinerary and trip for most.
  4. Always, always, always fly in the day before (or multiple if feasible). Here's a quick rundown of what happened before my 2023 cruises April 2023-flying to San Diego from DC for the NCL Jewel. Flight from BWI-ATL was cancelled the day before. Rebooked IAD-DTW-SAN arriving into SAN the night before the cruise. Make it to DTW and the connecting flight to SAN is cancelled. Booked a $600 last minute ticket on American Airlines. Stayed in a crappy DTW airport hotel (avoid the Wyndham Garden Romulus at ALL COSTS). On the day the cruise leaves, I fly from DTW and make it to DFW for the connection, but the connection is delayed 2 hours due to a bird strike. Finally made it to SAN at 11am and made the ship! September 2023-flying to Anchorage from DC for the Jewel 2 days early. First flight IAD-SEA is delayed 6 hours for maintenance and then cancelled. Rebooked on a later Delta flight to SEA, but that gets cancelled due to weather. I got rebooked on Alaska Airlines via San Francisco and made it to Anchorage 27 hours later than originally planned October 2023-flying to NYC from DC for the Venezia. Booked a flight the day of sailing only because there are tons of flight options between the two cities. My 6am flight was delayed 2 hours because a pilot called out sick. Thankfully DC is a United hub and they were able to call someone in. I've had some reallyyyyyyyy bad flight luck in 2023 (and already into 2024...). My next cruise is in April and i'm flying to Tokyo a week early to travel around Japan haha.
  5. I just went and checked, in September 2023 it was $199 USD per person for a 7 day cruise. For April 2024 for a 12 day cruise, the price is $279 USD per person.
  6. From what I've read, there is a men's/women's sauna and steam room (you can see them on the deck plans). They used to be free, but now have a fee I believe.
  7. Glad you enjoyed Venezia! I really enjoyed the spa area...once you found your way to the sauna through all the doors! The lockers and bench are super tiny, but no one on my sailing was very shy. Venezia is one of my favorite ships overall.
  8. I'm not familiar with that service, but when I was in Sydney, I took the Sydney metro directly from the airport to the Circular Quay stop and then walked the two blocks to the Marriott Circular Quay. I just tapped my credit card going in and then again on the way out. Super easy and cheap if you don't have any mobility issues or a lot of luggage.
  9. That looks like an awesome excursion! I don't think I've seen it listed on my cruises or never noticed it Were you using your phone condom at the beach? The pictures turned out really clear. What kind are you using?
  10. I had a GREAT time on Venezia back in November on the 12 day sailing. The little hot tub can comfortably fit 2 people. The only annoying thing is that the locker area is VERY tiny with only a little bench, so if there are 3 people there at once, it gets cramped. Also, the shower is no longer clear glass. They put a translucent covering over it halfway through my sailing.
  11. When I was Venezia, there was someone at the table with a shellfish allergy, so they cooked all the meat, veggies, rice on the grill first. Once that was cooked and served, then they cooked and served any shellfish. The person with the allergy did not have to worry about cross contamination on the grill at all.
  12. Not sure if you meant to call us "Sweetie" or you think we're all sweaty and gross. Either way, only you could rock this shirt! Also, Alex Elkin is hilarious! Definitely check him out.
  13. Hell yeah! I love following along with your reviews so much! I flew down to Miami for Christmas because being airplane tipsy and Christmas Eve in Little Havana is better than being home alone (my life isn't depressing I swear! I did Christmas with my family a few weeks ago when our schedules worked out!). Anyways, if you have time, check out Little Havana. The vibes are incredible and there is so much good Cuban food to be had plus monuments, murals, etc. Hope you speak Spanish! What shenanigans have you been up to while away from the chil'ren?
  14. On the Venezia, DJ Maroo played EDM baby shark 3 times within an hour long set. I was ready to yeet myself overboard. I also heard it in the gym which made me max out my volume to tune it out. Didn't work
  15. Excellent review! I loved following along and reminiscing about my own Venezia sailing. We also had Alex Elkin on our sailing and he was definitely the best. Most of the comedians were not great, with a special shoutout to Mark SImmons who was especially bad and rude to other crew members. The Venezia is an awesome and I'm so glad Carnival stole her from Costa. I was skeptical about the "Carnival Fun Italian Style" thing, but I enjoyed it. It was still Carnival, but a bit different. It's always nice to mix things up a bit! Looking forward to your next review!!
  16. Bro, I've literally been stalking the Carnival boards wondering where TF you were because I could have sworn you had a thanksgiving cruise. Excited to binge read these shenanigans now.
  17. I just got off the Venezia today after 12 incredible days and have finally caught up with your review. First things first, Zora is AMAZING. The Amari bar was always so much fun with lots of laughs and people watching. Alejandro and Jelena were also great alchemists! Andrea at Frizzante was another great bartender as well! Bonsai Teppenyaki was delicious and more entertaining than my experience on NCL. Regarding the MDR, I went about 7 of the 12 nights between 5:30-6:00 for Any Time Dining in the Canal Grande restaurant and only had superrrrrr slow service once. Overall the food was good, nothing was amazing but nothing was terrible. We had about 12 different comedians on our sailing. Alex Elkin was in the first batch and seemed to be the most well-liked. Mark Simmons was one of the last ones and he was AWFUL. He pitched a fit at Frizzante because he couldn't get a drink when it was too early. I saw him a few times around and he was always in a bad mood and complaining. Looking forward to the rest of your review!
  18. I check deckplans and not the database. Jewel OTS has a sauna and steam room in the locker room in the spa/gym area. Free and male only. They removed the thermal suite on Jewel OTS in 2016.
  19. Quite a see-through shower. How European of them! Really appreciate Patti taking pictures of the gym hours. I was curious about that. I will be having all of those frozen drinks during my 12 day cruise. They look so good!
  20. I went on the Jewel twice this year and will be doing the Japan-Alaska transpacific on the Jewel next year. I love the Jewel and would compare it to a Spirit class ship size wise and ease of getting around. More cruises will almost certainly be populated after March 2025. It's still a pretty long way out and they're probably going to send Jewel back to Alaska in Summer 2025, so they have some logistics to work out. Regarding flights, I never let a cruise line book flights for me because I like to be in charge of my own itinerary. If something goes wrong or I need to make a change, I can do that myself directly with Delta instead of there being a third party involved which can complicate myself (I'm flying Delta over to Japan using credits I have). Regarding onboard activities, Carnival definitely does not have nearly as many daily activities (on my most recent NCL Jewel cruise, there were no comedy shoes). They still do the normal trivias, games, etc, but the staff is not as great as the Fun Squad in my opinion. NCL does have a teen club, but on a Japan cruise, I don't think there will be as many teens onboard (if your kid doesn't participate in the teen club on Carnival this might be a non-issue). You'll want to check pricing, but the NCL Jewel has a few two bedroom suites (one master bedroom and a smaller room that is good for kids). Might be cheaper than doing a balcony and interior. Let me know if you have any other questions. I love the NCL product. It is better than Carnival in some areas, but worse in others.
  21. Perfect timing! I'm going on the Venezia in a couple weeks. Love your reviews and can't wait to see what y'all have to say about the Venezia.
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