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MagnoliaBlossom

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    Texas
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    NCL
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    British Isles

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  1. It’s always possible. We frequently meet a gentleman when we cruise out of NO who only does walk-up He lives 15 minutes fromThe pier and when the spirit moves him he packs his bag and shows up at the pier. Says he can almost always get on and gets a single room without the supplement. I’m too picky about cabin location but I enjoy hearing his stories- and he cruises once a month! 76 past cruises Upcoming: CCL Dream 8/22/2020. Western Caribbean NCL Breakaway 1/10/2021 Western Caribbean CCL Dream 5/16/2021 Western Caribbean NCL Star 6/27/2021 - Scotland, Norway & Iceland
  2. I love Costa Maya and it had always baffled me why CCL didn’t use it rather than Progresso. A year or so ago, I was delighted to see them visiting there. 76 past cruises Upcoming: CCL Dream 8/22/2020. Western Caribbean NCL Breakaway 1/10/2021 Western Caribbean CCL Dream 5/16/2021 Western Caribbean NCL Star 6/27/2021 - Scotland, Norway & Iceland
  3. As you work your way to Texas, treat yourself to some time in Acadiana. St. Francisville with its old churches and cemeteries draped in Spanish moss. Avery Island, home of Tabasco Sauce- tour the plant then onto the bird sanctuary island itself. If you happen through on a Saturday morning stop in at Fred’s in Mahmou for genuine chankachank music and dancing and the local radio show in Cajun French, but it’s only open from 9-12 in the morning. Such beautiful places. Enjoy! 76 past cruises Upcoming: CCL Dream 8/22/2020. Western Caribbean NCL Breakaway 1/10/2021 Western Caribbean CCL Dream 5/16/2021 Western Caribbean NCL Star 6/27/2021 - Scotland, Norway & Iceland
  4. WhaleTail- I have been an RN for 45 years and I understand your medical perspective, yes people over 60 are more likely to have a reduced immune system. However, as a 30 something, what you don’t understand is social reality of the aging adult. It’s not your fault, you’re young and life has not yet gifted you with that understanding, hopefully it will. We were to have sailed on 3/29 and received the fitness to sail form and even my Internest daughter wouldn’t sign it, in spite of DH and I being in excellent health. No physician, especially now that most work for corporate groups, Is going to assume the liability trap of that form.
  5. Yes, I believe it is. 76 past cruises Upcoming: CCL Dream 8/22/2020. Western Caribbean NCL Breakaway 1/10/2021 Western Caribbean CCL Dream 5/16/2021 Western Caribbean NCL Star 6/27/2021 - Scotland, Norway & Iceland
  6. If you are looking for a nice tour in Stockholm there is an open air museum that is very laid back, the children can run through park like areas, lots of places to sit, you can get hand foods andhave a nice picnic, where if need be, the little ones can nap a bit. I no longer remember the name, but we took the bus to get there and it was a lovely day. 76 past cruises Upcoming: CCL Dream 8/22/2020. Western Caribbean NCL Breakaway 1/10/2021 Western Caribbean CCL Dream 5/16/2021 Western Caribbean NCL Star 6/27/2021 - Scotland, Norway & Iceland
  7. Yes, in 2011 the shops did take USD. I failed to mention that our first trip was 2001 and things were tighter then. But the ship, even in 2011, did repeatedly advise people to not use credit cards. And if memory serves me, our guide with Anastasia advised us of that also. I’m glad to hear that youve had no problems. Good to know. 76 past cruises Upcoming: CCL Dream 8/22/2020. Western Caribbean NCL Breakaway 1/10/2021 Western Caribbean CCL Dream 5/16/2021 Western Caribbean NCL Star 6/27/2021 - Scotland, Norway & Iceland
  8. We used Anastasia and no deposit was required. We did a private, customized (as all of their tours can be) so we booked over a year in advance. We were thrilled with the service we received. If your provider offers it, the canal tour at the end of the first day was wonderful, evening sun on the beautiful Church on Spilled Blood with a glass of champagne and good chocolate. Ahhhh! 76 past cruises Upcoming: CCL Dream 8/22/2020. Western Caribbean NCL Breakaway 1/10/2021 Western Caribbean CCL Dream 5/16/2021 Western Caribbean NCL Star 6/27/2021 - Scotland, Norway & Iceland
  9. It’s been 9 years since our last visit and there wasn’t an ATM at that time, and we were warned onboard not to use them as there had been a recent spate of credit card fraud via usage in Russia. If you are on a private tour, as said above, you will need very little, if any money. And if you want to purchase keepsakes, the Russians now are allowed to use USD, unlike our first visit where it was forbidden. It has been said repeatedly but do yourself a favor and do a private tour here. We had a group of 12 and actually came out a bit cheaper with private vs ship tour and the flexibility we had was wonderful. No big busses where someone is always late, no stops at multiple souvenir stands, and we preordered lunch so it was ready for us when we arrived at the restaurant. We were able to add on a canal tour the first evening and went past Church on Spilt Blood, which we saw the next day. Beautiful sight with a glass of champagne and chocolate. 76 past cruises Upcoming: CCL Dream 8/22/2020. Western Caribbean NCL Breakaway 1/10/2021 Western Caribbean CCL Dream 5/16/2021 Western Caribbean NCL Star 6/27/2021 - Scotland, Norway & Iceland
  10. FYI, spoke to the worlds points office yesterday and they are still working from home. She said a few of the staff will be moved in at a time and thought the first ones might be fairly soon, that it was moving a little faster than anticipated. My plan is all again on Mondays to check. I’m already booked but the good balconies are filling up quickly so I’m hoping to grab one before I have to go to settle for a lower category balcony. 76 past cruises Upcoming: CCL Dream 8/22/2020. Western Caribbean NCL Breakaway 1/10/2021 Western Caribbean CCL Dream 5/16/2021 Western Caribbean NCL Star 6/27/2021 - Scotland, Norway & Iceland
  11. Kay,I’ve done all of that and still receive multiple notifications per day, but only from the CCL board. Is there nothing y’all can do from the Mother Ship? Thanks MB, Proud Texan - yee-haw! 76 past cruises Upcoming: CCL Dream 8/22/2020. Western Caribbean NCL Breakaway 1/10/2021 Western Caribbean CCL Dream 5/16/2021 Western Caribbean NCL Star 6/27/2021 - Scotland, Norway & Iceland
  12. If you go to the NCL board you can read that this morning it was announced that they secured an additional huge amount of cash that they say will carry them through 12 months at least. 76 past cruises Upcoming: CCL Dream 8/22/2020. Western Caribbean NCL Breakaway 1/10/2021 Western Caribbean CCL Dream 5/16/2021 Western Caribbean NCL Star 6/27/2021 - Scotland, Norway & Iceland
  13. We are on the Dream in a spa balcony 8/22!!! Sooo glad we are in the guinea pig cruiser group Heck, balcony, vodka and scotch on order from gift shop, room service We may not see a soul other than pier runners but we have beautiful seas and a new deck of cards- oh yeh, and I have my hunka-hunka burning love hubby 🥳🥳🥳🥳🥳
  14. Recently I began receiving notifications of every new post or comment on the CCL board. I have never signed up for notifications and when I try to turn them off. Get a message saying “the server is not available”. Please tell me the alternate way to do this or fix it for me please. Thank you, MB 76 past cruises Upcoming: CCL Dream 8/22/2020. Western Caribbean NCL Breakaway 1/10/2021 Western Caribbean CCL Dream 5/16/2021 Western Caribbean NCL Star 6/27/2021 - Scotland, Norway & Iceland
  15. I spoke with my NCL rep two days ago and we were discussing the future of cruising and she said there has been talk about cruising at reduced occupancy but nothing was nailed down just yet. I would think the cruise lines are wise to not book up to capacity so they can avoid the nightmare scenario of having to cancel some but not all bookings. Can you imagine the uproar if passenger A was cancelled but B wasn’t!. Oh my.
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