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  1. I was open to both options. I have a year long maternity so suspected going alone but hubby can always take some time off work to travel.
  2. Thanks for the information. Most cruises I look for are only one day at sea at a time. Thanks to everyone who has explained the logic, it does make sense now.
  3. Hopefully we never bump into each other on a cruise 🙂 Let me think, why should mummy miss out on travelling just because I have a baby????
  4. I have a future cruise credit and thought I'd book a cruise once baby arrives but I'm shocked that they charge nearly full fare for an infant. Baby would be just before 1 years old so won't be eating much or using many of the facilities so how can they charge so much. Does anyone know of any cruise liners which offer more subsidised fares for infants. Thanks Becky
  5. I have a cruise booked for September to Med and was offered the update from inside to mini spa, I bid £105pp so we'll see what happens.
  6. Thanks for the replies. I'm shocked they won't allow it even for pregnancy. Never mind I guess I'll just enjoy some mocktails. I should be under 24 weeks so no issues there. Thanks for the speedy replies.
  7. Hi all We're looking to book a European cruise for next June and (fingers crossed) I'll be pregnant so my hubby would like the drinks package however I won't need it (happy to drink the included drinks). Can you tell me whether it's possible for one person to book the drinks package and say one book the shore excursions or internet with the free at sea? Or we could both chose different free at sea options (such as specialist dining and shore excursions) then pay for a drink package just for hubby (if allowed) but would the cot be $99 per day? That would be incredibly expensive so might be easier to just book via the free at sea. Thanks. Becky
  8. Great additional comments here. I've also made some vlogs if anyone else wants to see the ship. Search Beckyboos Travel Adventures on YouTube and they should come up. I agree the tidal conditions were a little odd.
  9. I could never get booked in. The stand by line was very long too so get there 30-45 mins before the show starts if you want to get lucky.
  10. I appreciate the itinerary won't be the same but I thought I'd share my review. If you have any questions about Joy or my first time experience with NCL fire away. Recently returned from a repositioning cruise from Vancouver on 6th October and arriving in LA on 11th October. Originally the itinerary included two ports 1. Victoria, BC and 2. San Francisco. Sadly a few days prior to departing, we were informed Victoria had to be cancelled due to tidal issues and this resulted in a delay of departure from Vancouver due to passing under Lions Bridge. Naturally this was quite disappointing for such a short cruise however we were issued $50 onboard credit. We were not issued any refund of port fees though. Embarkation: Relatively straight forward and I was on the ship within 15 minutes. I had completed everything online so it was a matter of collecting my sea pass and signing paperwork. Cabin: I had 13162 which was on deck 13 (ironically the medical centre is also located on this deck) and this was a port side mid ship balcony. The cabin was fine with plenty of storage space and a nice (albeit small) balcony. I liked the location as I wasn't far from the stairs and just two levels up to the Observation Deck and close to the Garden Café. My attendant was friendly enough but I wouldn't say he went above and beyond. On one day close to the end, he didn't even bother removing the glasses from my room or wiping the coffee from the side table. Savour: I had breakfast here three times during the trip. I liked sitting by the window and watching the World go by. I found the service to be very good as was the food. I highly recommend the chocolate pancakes. Also try the cinnamon rolls - literally the best ever!! I had lunch here and the cheese burger was very disappointing however the philly steak sandwich was good. Personally I found The Local to be better for the fast food types such as hot dogs/burgers. I had dinner and it was very nice. The menu was the same each night though and the same in all restaurants (Savour/Taste/The Manhattan). Taste/The Manhattan: I had dinner in both and as mentioned above the menu is the same. The service was excellent in The Manhattan and fine in Taste. One point to note on the service in the restaurants, every time someone interacted with me they were shocked I was dining alone. In the end it was comical but also rather draining. Women are able to dine alone and it's not some sad affair. Garden café: The worse place ever! So chaotic. I only went once for breakfast and it was awful. The food was average but trying to get a table was awful. Walking around with your food and having to rush for a table is not enjoyable. American Diner: I decided to try breakfast here one day and it was fine, nothing special. Limited buffet available but nice service. La Cucina Italian: I had two specialist dinning available, sadly I regret dining here. The food was average at best. Pear salad was nice but on the main dining menu and I can't even remember my mine so it shows how uneventful that was. Ocean Blue: This was the best meal of my cruise. Incredible sea food and lovely service. Try the scallops for starter (they are very small!) and the mixed seafood for main - perfect. Just a note with the specialist dining, they were very restrictive with when you could book. I was informed they were fully booked however both times I was seated, there were plenty of free tables. This is disappointing as I could've switched my reservation to Cagney's but they said they were full. The Local: I had lunch here on embarkment and it was bit manic but the nachos were good. I had another lunch here and whilst the line was long to be seated, it went fairly quickly and the hot dog was great. Again lovely service. The Observation Deck: Snacks were regularly available during the day here although I didn't eat any. They had soups and salad for lunch and a few other items. I would often fill up my water bottle here and grab a decaff coffee before heading to bed. I won't comment on each bar but all had a great selection of drinks. I do want to say how wonderful Jomar Parculos and Maxime Mathurin at the H20 spice bar were. Always so friendly and happy. H20 Spice: I loved coming here in the afternoon for a dip in the hot tub. It was great being adults only. Only suggestion would be to show a film or something on the big screen. Whilst the beach pictures were nice, it could have been put to better use. Pools/Slides: Great adults only pool, very deep. Sadly a little chilly for our cruise. The hot tubs on the pool deck were full of unaccompanied children - not good. Maximum capacity in the hot tubs were always over due to the amount of kids in there. I did the water slide with the ring. This was great fun with the lights however I whimpered out of the ocean loop. Although it was only a few seconds long, it looked so scary and some lighter people were getting stuck. Pulse fitness centre: The gym was average size but always pretty busy (surprisingly). People were often using equipment and had no clue how to do it safely. Wearing sandals and man bags on the cross trainer was ridiculous. They held a stretch class (7am) and abs class (7.30am) in The Cavan Club. I assume they held it there as there is no room in the gym. Go karting: Again this seemed to be fully booked all the time but I managed to secure a slot. It was worth the wait as it was fun but it was very difficult to overtake other drivers. Worth the $15. Footloose: An excellent show! I was so impressed with the singing and dancing. You must go watch the show. Elements: Unbelievably disappointing. Everything they did, I could have done (I'm intermediate aerialist). I expected the show to be a lot better. It was very colourful so I think that's what makes people think it's great when the actual acrobatics was pretty tame. Personally the issue I had was the lack of quality entertainment. It felt like there wasn't much going on, especially in the evenings. If you couldn't get a show booked then the other entertainment was in the Atrium. Sometimes it was good and other times not such much. There wasn't much going on during the day either. Hardly any activities. Disembarkation: You simply chose your own luggage tag and which time you'd like to leave the ship. I chose 9am but wish I'd chosen earlier as I was finished with breakfast and out of the room by 8am. It was a quick process once you were called to leave. Overall I was impressed with my first NCL cruise. I personally prefer bigger ships so perhaps I should consider that in the future.
  11. I'm travelling solo on Joy this Sunday. Must admit I've never really attended any of the solo meets. If I chat to people, it's usually in the bars. I think you just need to be prepared to get 'out there' when travelling solo.
  12. Love reading these!! Next week will be my third cruise so no real traditions so far but usually first day/night is spent drinking lots (but not wasted so I can still enjoy it), explore the ship, show and eat in the main dining room. Last night would be to squeeze in anything we've missed doing so visiting a bar or entertainment. I usually pack up early just to get it over and done with.
  13. Hi I have a question whether I can make video/voice calls using my social media package using Facebook Massager or What's app please? Thanks Becky
  14. I'm cruising in a couple of weeks from Vancouver to Victoria then San Francisco and finally LA. Is there any possibility of potentially seeing any sea life from my balcony? I assume only chances would be Vancouver to Victoria. Sorry if this seems like a silly question.
  15. Yep the other half tried that however I said nope we get to celebrate it on both 28th Feb and 1st march - double presents lol
  16. The price for the cruise is very cheap, the wedding in fact costs more than the cruise!! However, relative to marrying in the UK it's cheap!!
  17. Thanks for the reply. I'm from the UK so I tend to book directly so hopefully they'd be no issues with this.
  18. Hi Has anyone held their wedding onboard? We're considering this and would love to hear your opinions. We have in mind to get married on Saturday 29th February 2020 and we've seen a western Caribbean cruise on Empress of the Seas which departs on 23rd February so it would mean holding the wedding on a sea day the day before we disembark. It will only be the two of us so we're looking nice and relaxed so the ceremony, some photos and a lovely dinner. Obviously I'll love wearing my wedding dress onboard but it won't be anything crazy. Please share any comments with me good or bad :-)
  19. Which restaurants are included in the specialist dining please? I'm booked onto Joy and have two included with my free at sea. Thanks.
  20. Ok thanks for the information. I guess I'm just trying to gauge what sort of activities they generally have, especially on sea days. I wonder if any of the planners for Joy would give me an idea?
  21. Hi all New to NCL and I'm wondering if anyone has the cruise planners (unsure what the name is for NCL) for the 5 day Pacific cruise from Vancouver to LA please? I wasn't sure what to search for sorry without the correct name. Thanks Becky.
  22. So I have the beverage package included with my free at sea package, am I reading right that I can't get a specialist coffee on my package? What about smoothies if they have a healthy café?
  23. @JandC_Cruising Thanks so much for the overview. I'm not sure it'll be worthwhile me bidding as there's only me in the cabin and if they don't allow The haven perks (if there are any) then it seems pointless as I'm only on a four night cruise. Perhaps next time if we're sailing for longer.
  24. Thank you so much!! I completely understand the embarkation day but I thought port days were excessive. I'm also wondering do they do a mandatory muster drill on NCL? We don't leave Vancouver until midnight so some guests may get on the ship up till 10pm so how could they do a mandatory drill?
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