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About Surfsup2017

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    Seaside Park, NJ
  • Interests
    sailing, sun, sipping good wine
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  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Tortola with side trip to Jost Van Dyke

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  1. I actually believe that you have a chance of sailing on your 5 day cruise, I am on the Gem's 10 day February cruise out of NYC and am convinced that it will be canceled for a myriad of reasons, including surging rates of infection, lack of ability to sufficiently address port excursions and social distancing even if the ports allow us to enter, and the fact that the Gem does not meet the criteria established in the CDC-cruise industry report of limiting cruise occupancy and controlling port visits and such. That can be accomplished by your short Miami-Nassau-private island stop.
  2. I think I will start to make book on when NCL will resume sailing. I am going with an over/under bet of Spring 2021 for the earliest US sailings. Better safe than sorry! Although it will also depend on when ports outside the US will open to us.
  3. Enjoy! Sea days are always the worse with amateur drinkers and free booze. I have never seen so many drunk people in my life than on those days. That is why the ship also has a medical center, a morgue and a jail.
  4. I would bag the Breakaway Plus class ships, as NCL is doing going forward. Nice that we still have the Jewel class ships that have 1/2 the passengers, FREE open air deck space, good entertainment and food. As others mentioned, to each their own, but having recently spent 23 days on the Bliss, and the 10 days on the Gem, its Jewel Class all the way for me. Sure the ship is a little long in the tooth, but you can't beat the service and free public open areas, including the Great Outdoors and the 7th deck walkaround. Give me the classic ocean liner and save the mega ships for the masses who s
  5. You are going to be fine. While I usually book balconies and mini suites, I once booked a cruise that had only one cabin left on the ship and it was an inside. Super quiet, and I had to set an alarm to make sure I got up in time for my excursions! The price alone would make me happy!!! I cruise twice a year, and this year I will be spending two weeks in an inside cabin on the holiday cruise out of NYC. (BTW, this is my 32nd cruise on NCL). Being single myself, I rarely sit in my room and would rather grab a book and head to an outdoor bar for a cocktail as opposed to sitting on my deck.
  6. I am smiling at the responses: you were looking for the cons and all you got were the pros! I am also a Gem fan, love the convenience of travelling out of NYC, and have travelled both solo and with a companion so maybe I can address your question. As an alternative to the 24 hour buffet (I didn't realize that there was such a thing), there are two 24 hour options. One is O'Sheehan's and the other is the lobby bar. I love eating breakfast by myself at O'Sheehan's in a both by a window. There are plenty of tables for 2 in the MDR's, and I have never felt uncomfortable. I also have a high
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