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FLcruisergrl

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    St Johns, Florida
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    HAL, NCL, Celebrity, Princess, Regency, Cunard
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  1. Those are two VERY different ships! If you like smaller ships, I do highly recommend the Sun. The rooms are a great size, the ship has been refurbished, staff is great, and crowds are minimal. It has a great observation lounge in the Spinnaker, so while it’s not as impressive as the Bliss, it’s still very satisfying. We recently sailed in the owner’s suite on the Sun, but have not sailed on the Bliss. However, comparing the Sun to a large NCL ship, I’d probably choose the Sun if it’s cheaper and I can get the owner’s suite again.
  2. On the larger ships, the Haven has a restaurant, courtyard area with pool, and lounge.
  3. I always reserve our cruises online. For our December cruise, my husband, me, our daughter, and my mom will be in an aft penthouse. My husband is the primary person on the reservation and I always book myself as passenger 2 and my mother and daughter as 3 and 4. For some reason on the December reservation, as well as our March 2020 reservation, the NCL system changes the order and puts my mom 2nd and me 3rd. Not a big deal for the March cruise because we all fall under the now defunct open bar on the Sun. But for December, this gives my mom the drinks and dining packages, which we had intended for me. Am I able to switch our places on the reservation? Do I have to call NCL (trying to avoid spending a long time on hold) or can this be done when checking in at the port? If I have to call, can I do it any time before sailing or do I have to do it before the final payment deadline?
  4. The French onion soup and the Napoleon at Le Bistro are definitely my favorites. The filet at La Cucina with the blue cheese ravioli is also wonderful. If you are or will cruise in the Haven, don’t miss the almond croissants at breakfast and the vegetable and goat cheese tart at lunch!
  5. Yeah, me too. That stinks! I’d even consider Tampa, but if Miami is the only option, guess I’ll be looking at Royal, too.
  6. I keep doing the same. I hope they schedule something for PC, as that’s the most convenient embarkation port for me. The Sun will be in Alaska, so it won’t be doing the Bahamas cruises like it did this year.
  7. The villas are amazing! They are on a beach only for villa people, are air conditioned, have a great shaded patio with ceiling fan and padded loungers, full bathroom, and tv with movies. There are constantly servers taking drink orders and you have a dedicated dining area with upgraded buffet. We got one for a great price on the Sun and loved it so much that we paid double to reserve one for our Breakaway cruise.
  8. We got there around 10:45 and we were on the ship around 11:15.
  9. The butler brings room service, so we factor that into their overall tip and do not tip individually. We also do not tip after each meal in the Haven. If someone gives spectacular service, we tip them at the end of the cruise.
  10. Here is a list of bottles you can get on the premium plus https://www.ncl.com/sites/default/files/premium-plus-beverage-package.pdf
  11. Yes, it’s still the standard packages. We find plenty of drinks that stay within the plan. Bottles of wine are not included, but I believe you get 20% off. You get the Haven restaurant included, but no other specialty restaurants for free just because you are in the Haven, but you should have the dining plan (you should). The Haven restaurant is very good! WiFi is also not free, but you can upgrade your promo plan to the unlimited for around $100. We absolutely LOVE the Haven and would not sail in a non-suite room on any NCL ship.
  12. I’m glad you liked St. Augustine! It definitely picks up on the weekend, but will always have that “sleepy little town” feel.
  13. I’ve lived in St. Augustine my whole life! Let me know if you need any recommendations. Definitely go to Preserved or Prohibition Kitchen for a great meal!
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