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  1. Cagney's is my favorite. We tend to have a "liquid dinner" on embarkation day, followed by a few bites in the buffet right before closing. Cagney's is my favorite NCL restaurant but Teppanyaki is also quite good and my wife's favorite. we usually do hibachi first and save steak for near the end of the cruise.
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    Laundry Special on Epic?

    we were on 11 day epic in Nov/Dec and we had two laundry specials. if memory serves it was $9.99. we fit 5 days worth of clothes, for 2, in bag both times. day clothes + dinner clothes. bag is paper and its a big delicate but we rolled up items and made it pretty easily.
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    What do you look for in a blog or review

    I like to read a fair review. Personally, I have very few areas to nitpick while on cruises. I understand that some folks are happiest when they are miserable but I avoid them at all costs. I know there are some (very few)things that I dislike about cruising that don't impact others in the same manner and vice versa. C'est la vie! I also really dig into the "why" behind the comments, pro or con, when someone takes the time to submit a paragraph instead of a sentence. I also love a sense or humor or wit.
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    Sky to Bahamas

    loved the sky and gsc. would recommend staying on ship in freeport, which ive never said about any port.
  5. My first three cruises were on Carnival, my last four have been NCL/MSC/NCL/NCL. NCL has my favorite food at sea. We generally do either the buffet or Specialty Dining Restaurants. I don't have anything against the MDR other than I prefer the specialty restaurants or the casual dress at the buffet. I didn't care for the buffet on Carnival (sorry!) but LOVED Guy's burgers. NCL wins me over with the Free at Sea. Carnival's unlimited drinks fee puts them out of the competition, for me, with NCL. I think NCL has considerably better entertainment options, too. Carnival is hard to beat with number of ships and ports in this hemisphere. I really liked their balcony rooms, except for the shower curtain mentioned above. I didn't mind the Epic bathroom weirdness but I'm sure some despise that feature. The art auctions are very comparable. Carnival has the better outdoor movie setup, but the Epic is pretty strong in this area.
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    Only ever cruised NCL... considering MSC Seaside... help!

    great point, Wheels.... the MSC website is an abomination. trying to do anything off mobile phone was nearly impossible. we had to call to book.
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    Only ever cruised NCL... considering MSC Seaside... help!

    we have only sailed MSC once and it was delightful. the only negative I would state is that MDR is slooooooooow. we got used to it. PROS *staff are very eager to please. and the Divina was immaculate. *passengers have more of an international feel, not just americans. I liked that. I didn't see any proverbial "ugly American *tourists" that we always see on NCL/Carnival. might have been luck. *buffet pizza is best at sea. *the shows are different than NCL, it was explained to us that they were designed to appeal to everyone not just folks who spoke a particular language. again, very cool. *not a lot of trivia, which I missed. *MSC is less of a "party boat" than NCL/Carnival.
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    Epic = yes or no ?

    been on the Epic, Escape and Sky. all are very different, all are very pleasant. sure the Epic bathrooms are weird, and tall people won't exactly LOVE the round beds but we were amazed with the amount of storage in our balcony room. way more than we've had previously. we had a great time over 11 nights.
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    Least Favorite Port

    I have enjoyed almost every port we have been to over the years. Except Freeport. I'd probably stay on the ship if we ever went there again.
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    NCL Sky daily beverage gratuity?

    We were on the Sky last year for 4 nights, under $200 for OV. What a bargain! that said, we saw almost nobody else "extra tipping" on that cruise. Like Bird we always carry extra singles.
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    Latest NCL offer

    last month we sailed for 11 nights, balcony, with 5 free at sea + distinctive voyage perks for under $1050. I had little interest in the wifi or the shore excursion but I did make use of both of them. I was a big fan of the UBP and SDP. the deals are out there with NCL if you're diligent. not for all months, unfortunately, but they're out there.
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    I think you'd be fine. the Sky stops somewhere every day (GSC, Nassau, Freeport) which is fun. I would recommend staying on the boat at Freeport and using the slides and pool which should be fairly empty then. Freeport was a zzzzzzz for me. that said, my nephew is a spoiled brat and would have probably disliked the Sky as a youngster. my kids are captivated by ships since they don't cruise as often. (I'm a former Disney character, decades ago, and I've never sailed Disney. I'm available for hire, fyi!!!)
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    Balcony Vs Suite

    My wife and her sister were upgraded to a suite from balcony earlier this year on an older Carnival ship. they said it wasn't noticeably bigger/better than the balcony. that said, yeah...i'll take that free upgrade every time and hope for the best. ha!
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    Sneaking in right before Dining Room Closing Time

    O'Sheehans is always an option after a show, they're open 24/7. I'm very leery of going anywhere right before closing time even if folks are welcoming and adamant it's no big deal. As a former bartender I knew I was in for late nights closing and it didn't bother me at all, but I also had the power to say drink em up and get em out ...I gots to lock up. And I got tipped so I had financial skin in the game for latecomers. the restaurant folk on the ships seem to work awfully hard and seem to have long hours. I couldn't keep them longer if it wasn't necessary and I didn't have other options.
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    Harvest caye changing January 1st

    We just went a few weeks ago, it was pretty fun. Spent most of our time at Landshark Landing in the pool, which is pretty much what we do at Margaritaville on Grand Turk. I wouldn't imagine thinks will change much. I assume Landshark ponied up a sizable investment for their establishment and I'd bet they have at least a 10 year lease. Just my two cents. Employees are Belize citizens, not NCL staff right?