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  1. Lovely! I can't wait to get there! Every person that has been to Bermuda has nothing but GREAT THINGS to say about that Island. TenForward: See ya in a few weeks! πŸ™‚
  2. Well, I am hoping this trip works out for you. I know how it is with work and when life gets in the way with juggling vacation time. Have a great trip!
  3. I never saw this link on the Escape webpage before, so it it seemed "new". 😲
  4. Is this new? What exactly is it? Thanks! https://www.ncl.com/cruise-ship/escape?cid=PS_TSI_SHIPESC_SHP_GOO-g_LEN_SRH__norwegian escape_aud-435784401097:kwd-298423665591&kshid=_k_CjwKCAjwwvfrBRBIEiwA2nFiPeW6T-Dt_ujEGE95ApDxmRWuOHI-MfEw8DhAapjCM36_GLuGKpUZTBoCQygQAvD_BwE_k_&kwid=6836326&anchor=NA&gclid=CjwKCAjwwvfrBRBIEiwA2nFiPeW6T-Dt_ujEGE95ApDxmRWuOHI-MfEw8DhAapjCM36_GLuGKpUZTBoCQygQAvD_BwE#BarLab
  5. But there was no Hurricane threat Saturday/Sunday Correct? Just wondering πŸ™‚
  6. Forgive me if I am wrong/late to the party, but didn't Dorian pass through here like on Friday/Saturday? Why the delays?
  7. I got a great rate for MSC Armonia sailing in 4/20. Inside cabin. Bella. I have sailed NCL in Studio Cabins and getting this "inside" Cabin on Armonia will be a huge upgrade (as far as space). I have priced many, many cruises according to my needs. It all depends on you. I don't care about dining...I will not starve. I also don't care about race tracks, laser tag, etc. I want the itinerary. Carnival has many itineraries I would be interested in, but as soon as you plug in "1 person", the price is crazy. As a solo traveler, I have had a TON of fun no matter where I landed (with or without Solo Host). Enjoy your cruise no matter what you decide on πŸ™‚
  8. Hurricane Season is June - November. That is a 6 month chunk out of the year. Not everyone has the flexibility to schedule outside that 6 month window. Not booking a vacation due to the "possibility" of a Hurricane is absurd. Who wants to sit around waiting for a Hurricane that may/may not happen in those 6 months? However, if you do book...be prepared based on historical weather data and don't act like your trip "was ruined" because your ship was diverted. JMO.
  9. Agree! Loss of Spice is a punch in the throat to a lot of us...whether you are a sun worshiper or not. It was a "retreat" for non-Haven "peasants" and those who didn't want to play the insane game of getting a Vibe Pass for extra $. It was an awesome space IMO. RIP Spice H20. We had some great times, but higher powers beyond our control felt you were unnecessary and worthless and therefore replaced you with "stuff". Sorry Spice. 😞 Thank goodness there are many other sailing options out there... πŸ™‚
  10. So that is the consumers problem? Why in the world should the consumer have to deal with "sub-minimum wage call center personnel." Why is that my problem? There should be NO defense for inadequate Customer Service. Period. Maybe if FDR sacrificed perhaps .00025% of his salary to training, maybe the Reps could get proper training to guide their Reps and flow down knowledgeable information to their customers as we all deserve. Hmmm... Condoning bad behavior is never a good thing. JMO πŸ™‚
  11. Bird: Do you get compensation from NCL to travel and evaluate their ships (and other Cruise Lines for that matter)? Forgive me if this question was asked before, but lots of YouTuber's get compensated, so just wondering if this is in same realm. Do you get compensated/receive any benefits from NCL on your reviews/posts? Just wondering πŸ™‚ Thanks!
  12. So that is the consumers problem? Why in the world should the consumer have to deal with "sub-minimum wage call center personnel." Why is that my problem? There should be NO defense for inadequate Customer Service. Period. Maybe if FDR sacrificed perhaps .00025% of his salary to training, maybe the Reps could get proper training to guide their Reps and flow down knowledgeable information to their customers as we all deserve. Hmmm... Condoning bad behavior is never a good thing. JMO πŸ™‚
  13. Ahhh....DCL. Disney nailed it a long time ago. They have everything for the kids and everything for the adults. They have adult only areas, with no compromise of deck space and what it has to offer. Is NCL trying to recruit DCL passengers? If so, their design is a bit cheesy IMHO. Is NCL having an identity crisis? Exactly what "crowd" are they trying to draw in with the refurbishing of older ships and the presentation of new ships (Encore)? I am confused. Well, I set sail on the Escape in October. I love that ship. I do hope they are kind to her in drydock and they do not horrifically deface her during that time. Please leave her alone. LOL! Like I said before, there is a market out there for everyone's needs, so onward... πŸ™‚
  14. This thread can go on forever. Nothing can change the already configured "Encore" which was built/designed by people smarter than us. Sorry folks. As a solo traveler (most of the time), there are only "Studio Cabins" available on the Breakaway Class and + (minus Joy). I don't want to speak for the entire clientele in the Studios, but I must say that Spice was a great place to hang out away from the kids. The Grotto (on Escape) was perfect to cool off. With the elimination of that space on new/impending ships to dry dock, well, who knows. Replacing calm spaces with Laser Tag for an up charge is beyond me. Let me get this straight...Laser Tag (a game which includes guns and shooting people) overrides basic deck space for the average person. Hmm. I kinda get the Go-Karts (for those who want to pay to partake), but I just have a hard time with "Laser Tag" taking space based on today's societies attitude with guns, etc. Nuff said on that and PLEASE this is just JMO! Vibe: A general advertisement on their website says this: Found on board Norwegian Bliss, Norwegian Joy, Norwegian Escape, Norwegian Breakaway, and Norwegian Getaway, Vibe Beach Club is one of the cruise line’s hidden gems. Vibe Beach Club is an all-adult (age 18+), limited access lounging and sunbathing oasis. If you search deeper, you may find this: The private whirlpools offer quiet and deep relaxation away from the hustle and bustle of the crowds. Norwegian also limits the number of passes that can be purchased to enter Vibe Beach Club in order to ensure tranquility by never allowing the club to feel overcrowded. There are plenty of cushioned chaise lounges and chairs and a full-service bar for ultimate relaxation. These first-come first-served passes must be booked through Guest Services once you board, so it’s a good idea to go straight there on embarkation day. Huh? How deep do you have to search to find out that it costs $$$ and you pretty much have to be 1st in line and RUN to a destination to obtain these passes? What about people who aren't on CC and saw the glorious advertisement for the "Vibe"? Poor saps 😞 It's all good. There will always be a cabin waiting for me somewhere throughout the cruise industry, and NCL will not miss me and my measly Studio. LOL! πŸ™‚
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