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  1. Wondering if they are taking crew members home? Just a guess.
  2. Casinos opened at 9pm each night when we were in Bermuda. Bars, restaurants and entertainment were all available.
  3. Thanks David....hope you are sleeping better now.
  4. Thank you so very much your updates. Very helpful for those us considering sailing on the Encore. May I ask if your not sleeping well was attributed to this particular ship (i.e. cabin noisy, bed uncomfortable, ship rocking? ) Thanks again. Really appreciate that you took the time while on vacation to provide us with details.
  5. The Vibe is a very nice adults only area. They only sell a limited number of passes so you are certain to get a lounger...if you are lucky enough to be in one of the first groups to board so you can purchase the passes. The passes were $209 per person for a 7-day cruise the last time i checked. If you intend to get off the ship while in each port on the 5 day sailing it may not wind up being worth it. There is also Spice H20 on the Breakaway which is a free adults only outdoor area with plenty of loungers (but not much shade) DH spent a lot of time there while on the Breakaway and had no trouble finding a lounger when he wanted. There is a bar in both the Vibe and SpiceH20.
  6. Great ship..Loved the Great Outdoors (outdoor seating area with a bar and burgers/hot dogs). It was fun to attend events in the Spinnaker Lounge (for instance Not so Newlywed Game, different dance classes) On that ship our favorite complimentary restaurant was Lotus Garden and our favorite specialty restaurant was Teppanyaki (fun time) Really enjoyed the shows in the Stardust Theatre...was always able to get a good seat without any advanced planning. The Thermal Suite was very relaxing. Enjoy your cruise!
  7. Sailed on both the Pearl and Gem and they are very similar. Love them both. Only noticeable difference to me was the decor/artwork There may have been a slight difference in the thermal suite...i think one had the cold plunge pool in the ladies locker room and one did not.
  8. Thank you! Glad you enjoyed the cruise.
  9. Thank you so much Jamie! Lots of good info. Much appreciated.
  10. Thank you so much Bird! Wow, it does look a lot smaller than the Escape Thermal Suite.
  11. In the spa on the Gem there are separate ladies/men locker rooms with secure lockers, robes, towels, steam room, sauna, hot tub and some loungers. In the common co-ed area there are loungers, heated loungers, hot tub and thalassotherapy pool. Folks do walk around in a swimsuit or a robe.
  12. Jamie, thanks for your thoughts on Escape vs Encore. I really like the Escape and wish it was still leaving out of NY but am happy to be able to try the Encore on the Canada NE route. Wondering if you could provide some more specifics about the differences between the Bliss and Encore Thermal Suite. I know the spa is aft on the Encore, but did you notice many other differences? Thanks so much for sharing your experience.
  13. I love the Vibe but would go with the balcony room upgrade. I agree with OPs since you cannot be not absolutely certain that you will get the passes (could be sold out) or that it wont be too windy to enjoy it. If you do choose the balcony with the other perks, you may want to consider making your specialty dining reservations right away as many would have done so by now (they open up to reserve 120 days out) otherwise do so as soon as you board.
  14. We enjoyed Moderno on both the Gem and the Escape. We recall lamb chops, pork, chicken, sausage, a couple kinds of beef and then grilled pineapple at the end of the meal. On the Gem it was next to the Sugarcane Mojito Bar which was also a nice place to stop before or after dinner.
  15. i believe you can only order 4 items with the specialty package at Pinchos. We loved it but we find it more cost effective to pay at Pinchos and use the Specialty Dining plan at other restaurants
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