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  1. To drive to Manhattan (from our home in PA) should be around 3 hours. For Brooklyn it looks like we should allow 3.5 hours. Do we really need 7 hours? We are aiming for 1:30 arrival with 5:00 final boarding time.
  2. Thanks for the well-wishes everyone 🙂 I think my anxiety is also with her being so far away and being worried we forget something. It isn't that far to Walmart though (or order on-line), and I'm sure she can find someone to catch a ride with (we think a friend who is going there will have a car). I've also discovered some ingenuity or realized I didn't really need what I thought I did, so it will all work out. Welcome back, Laurie - I loved Halifax when we went a few years ago, sounds like you had a good trip too. Our Bermuda cruise is in 30 days and I need to re-inventory my wardrobe once K leaves since we share a lot of clothes 😉
  3. Great job all! Whether you lost, maintained, or even a small gain you are here and trying 🙂 Sorry I didn't make it in yesterday. Son had soccer in the morning and I finished school shopping with daughter, then daughter and I volunteered for our school at Little League World Series (we get to help run some of the food stands as a fundraiser). Five hours on my feet serving BBQ and I was beat! Still tired today but it is a lot of fun and get to meet so many different people 🙂 I forgot to weigh until after the shopping (and having breakfast), but I maintained from last weigh-in. Still on track to be under 200 for our cruise next month (30 days), but it likely won't be much more than that. Still pleased I didn't gain though.
  4. I'm pretty sure the math works out to 50-60 drinks combined between the two of them. Since both have to buy Cheers and sometimes one drinks more than another, it can be good to look at the math that way. One thing to remember with the NCL package is the cruise fare is generally higher to include the cost of the perks, and the perks are valued much higher (I think around $100/day) so you are "paying extra" in the gratuities. It still often works out, but something you should consider. Someone else had a really good breakdown of their Cheers experience and found they didn't come close since only one of they was a moderate drinker and the other on the lighter end. If you are sure you won't come close but want the "freedom" of not thinking about your drinks then you can just put $600 cash on your account, order whatever you want, and not have a bill at the end. Enjoy whatever you decide 🙂
  5. Same cruise! Sorry if I didn't recognize you from the roll call, we are getting ready to send our first born to college so a bit distracted here 😉 Enjoy your cruise too!
  6. @Shaded Lady, I know we can't name names but does yours refer to you as "hun" and say how "amazing" or "unbelievable" your cruise will be? Maybe we have the same one 😉
  7. I love the grilled/sautéed shrimp. I'll get a bowl from the regular buffet to have a salad with shrimp since the tostada bowl is too big for me. You could also get a bowl plain and break it up to make nacho chips 🙂
  8. Not a TA, but if yours is overwhelmed the communication method might not matter. Since you've used her frequently it might be best to ask her. This drives me nuts with my current PVP (who we will only use for this cruise). E-mail is my preferred method (both parties have something in writing, can respond when it is convenient). I asked a specific question, and her reply was "Call me!" When I called she still had to call me back as she was dealing with someone else, plus I had to reexplain the e-mail as if she had never read it - maybe they don't🤷‍♀️ Or a record in case of my poor memory 😉
  9. Thank you for the detailed breakdown! At your nearly $250 difference it reenforces that for my husband and me it is better to pay as we go. It also looks like you did drink less on port days. A shame that 4-5 drinks per day is considered a teetotaler 😉 For those who drink high end spirits or alchemy drinks ($10 vs $7 adds almost 190 - and almost $225 with tip) or if hubby got all his scotch through Cheers and took back to the cabin vs. having a bottle (certainly understand the appeal of the bottle in the room though), the margin does shrink. It's definitely not a one size fits all answer 🍻
  10. That's one of the nicer toiletry bags I've seen 🙂 Dextromethorphan is a suppressant (good to know it comes in tablet), but Mucinex is guaifenesin which is a thinner/expectorant. It makes coughs more productive, but doesn't suppress. OP - we've been happy with Lucas brand lightweight luggage from Boscov's. We got it Black Friday several years ago, but it is likely on sale all the time. 4 wheel spinner with several color options and sizes are sold separately. We are trying to get down to carry-on only, but with snorkel equipment (among other stuff) we will likely always want at least one larger (26-28") bag.
  11. 9 days here until we take daughter to IN 😩 Son started varsity soccer so I'm so busy running him to practices that it doesn't feel real that we leave next weekend 😮 Have almost all the shopping done (will pick up a few things locally rather than pack), but still need to do all the packing.
  12. I'm probably in-between. I'm feeling a little better - which of course means returned appetite. I'm trying to push the fluids too, since dehydration can mask as hunger and it has been getting more humid lately which can dehydrate me. Still tired most of the time, but I suspect once daughter is settled in at college I will relax and sleep better. I'm trying not to stress and worry since I know it won't accomplish anything, but easier said than done 😉
  13. I think a significant amount of those on the boards sail from the US East Coast (and Gulf), with most of those cruises going to Bahamas and Caribbean. I also think there is some truth to the saying "familiarity breeds contempt" so it is harder for the same-old stop to be a favorite. We haven't chosen to sail from international ports yet, and are generally limited to 7 days max so we fit in that category. Since I know those are my options I try to find the good in ports or enjoy an extra day on a less crowded ship. Least favorite to me is different than most disliked 😉
  14. Why are there so many articles about not dressing/acting like a tourist if everyone knows that everyone is a tourist? We've only sailed in the Atlantic (and one Western Caribbean), but probably 1/2 of our ports have had independent communities with locals visiting the same areas we did.
  15. Passenger demographic can vary from ship to ship within the same line, also itinerary and time of year will be a factor. Our Norwegian from Miami in May 2016 (possible college had just let out and younger schools still in session) was a younger crowd with more of a party vibe versus our 2018 Carnival Pride cruises from Baltimore (Feb/March & Sept).
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