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MrsTabs

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About MrsTabs

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  • Location
    Halifax UK
  • Interests
    cruising
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    NCL
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Carribean
  1. MrsTabs

    Smoking on the GEM Question

    Smoking is not permitted in the great outdoors on the Gem
  2. I'm on the March 1st too - see you onboard :-) we have a roll call if you haven't already joined
  3. MrsTabs

    Advice please ( and thanks)

    Thanks for that I feel reassured
  4. MrsTabs

    Advice please ( and thanks)

    Interesting is the crab not fresh anywhere in Miami?
  5. MrsTabs

    Advice please ( and thanks)

    we try the same - we are off the week before we go and try to move our 'bedtime' back an hour a night before we go, we stay up all night before we fly, then we sleep on the plane - arrive feeling all refreshed then as soon as the sun goes down we are asleep - it's hopeless we went to Barbados every year for 10 years and we were lucky to see 9pm most nights - I think it is the getting dark early in that part of the world that does us in- but we will try again! We do get to see some awesome sunrises though - probably does not help that we have both been posties for 20 years so used to getting up a silly o'clock - we get to see loads of the cruise ship at 4am in the morning when it is quiet as a mouse
  6. MrsTabs

    Advice please ( and thanks)

    Thanks so much for the replies all very helpful and yes it is Joe Stones hubby wants to visit - we have a spare day so plan to spend it going to Miami beach eating there and the seeing what else we fancy - I am happy as long as I'm in the sun :-) The taxi prices sound good - much better than what we had to pay in NY My phone is from like 1983 so won't work ( I like it that way) but hubby's always works so will probably go for an Uber - we get free buffet and cocktails at our hotel on an evening so will probably just do that at night ( not to mention we will probably be asleep by 8pm due to the time difference) thanks again
  7. MrsTabs

    Advice please ( and thanks)

    ahh thought I had mods please delete thank you
  8. We are flying into MIA from the UK in late Feb and staying at Homewood Suites by Hilton Miami Downtown/Brickell Is the easiest way to get there by just grabbing a cab at the airport and if so does anyone know roughly how much it would be ( 2 people 2 cases) have heard there are flat rates for 'zones' but unsure if this hotel is in a 'zone' - trying to plan :-) We are spending a couple days in Miami pre cruise so also best way to get to Miami beach from this hotel ( there is a crab restaurant hubby wants to eat at there) I tend to get lost very easily so the less complicated the better really Many thanks for any help!
  9. We are flying into MIA from the UK in late Feb and staying at Homewood Suites by Hilton Miami Downtown/Brickell Is the easiest way to get there by just grabbing a cab at the airport and if so does anyone know roughly how much it would be ( 2 people 2 cases) have heard there are flat rates for 'zones' but unsure if this hotel is in a 'zone' - trying to plan :-) We are spending a couple days in Miami pre cruise so also best way to get to Miami beach from this hotel ( there is a crab restaurant hubby wants to eat at there) I tend to get lost very easily so the less complicated the better really Many thanks for any help!
  10. MrsTabs

    Premium All inclusive

    you can get hot chocolate sachets in the buffet (and milk cartons) and make it in your room for free
  11. MrsTabs

    Why NCL?

    I have only been on one cruise ( so far) and that was with NCL - I went to all the major cruise lines websites and registered with them all - NCL were the only ones to bother to send me an email asking if I needed any help or advice - I told them straight I wasn't even sure I wanted to do a cruise but we had been to Barbados like 10 times and wanted to see some more islands - I asked them what they suggested - my PCC put together a few options and we chose one we liked the look of - booked everything through him - I wasn't sure we would like it but hey ho we would see some more Caribbean Islands and decide where to go next. Turns out we loved it, and enjoyed the ship more than the islands - booked again for next March ( with the same PCC ) and now he is like a friend - he invited us the Bliss inaugural from Germany as his guests but we were working ( gutted) - looking at Panama Canal for 2020 and maybe Far East for 2021 - don't think I will do a land based holiday again - I was amazed how much we loved cruising
  12. MrsTabs

    Price hike!

    The OP is in the UK and this year NCL have gone 'all inclusive' in the UK we now have included in the base price a lot more than we used to ( there is also an option to not have any of these perks for a much cheaper price) for comparison for £200 more per person than I paid last year when all I got was UBP and 3 meal at specialty restaurants ( good perks admittedly and booked during a promotion) as standard perks this is what I have got for the extra £200 Sorry it is so big Included Items (10) All Inclusive – 1 litre per day - water All Inclusive – 1 litre per day - water QTY:2 [*] 60 min internet all inclusive 60 min internet all inclusive QTY:2 [*] 250 min internet package 250 min internet package QTY:1 [*] All Inclusive – Beverage Package & Coffee All Inclusive – Beverage Package & Coffee QTY:2 [*] Free $75 USD On-Board Credit Certificate Non -Refundable Free $75 USD On-Board Credit Certificate Non -Refundable QTY:2 [*] Shore Excursions Promotional Credit $50 USD Shore Excursion Promotional Credit per port, per stateroom. QTY:1 [*] Speciality Dining Package Dining Package - Promo QTY:2 [*] Service Charge on Beverage, Water & Coffee all inclusive Service Charge on Beverage, Water & Coffee all inclusive QTY:2 [*] 120 Min Ship to Shore Phone Calls. 120 Min Ship to Shore Phone Calls. QTY:1 [*] CE UK Free Pre-Paid Service Chargers Per Day in Mini-Suites and Below CE UK Free Pre-Paid Service Chargers Per Day in Mini-Suites and Below QTY:2 [*]personally I call that a really good deal for an extra £200 ( about $260 dollars)
  13. Many thanks did look but my eyesight didn't catch it - looks like the other poster was correct - ahh that's a bit of a shame - not sure I could sail on a ship with only 1 outside smoking area all the way on deck 17 - bit of a trek and I'm waiting on a hip replacement many thanks for the info
  14. HI fantastic review! Could I ask a favour and ask you to check out the smoking areas on the ship? ( I know there is a separate part of the casino) but one person reported the only other place was a small area on deck 17 - is there not an outside deck that is smoking all one side ( was deck 7 on Gem I think) if you find the time, this info would be much appreciated thank you
  15. MrsTabs

    Smoker don’t book bliss

    well frankly yes I am waiting for a hip replacement so this would be a huge factor to me
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