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  1. We can confirm that paper straws were given on the Bliss with frozen drinks. However, I thought they made the drink taste awful (cardboard taste). I brought my own paper straws on the cruise just in case none were available, and ended up using these instead. I have no idea what weird cardboard-like substance NCL is using for the straws, but I thought it tasted terrible. YMMV
  2. We also were on the last sailing to Alaska on the Bliss and had a wonderful time on this beautiful ship! As others have stated, the two main shows are Havana and Jersey Boys, and both are free of charge. If you can only make it to one of the shows, I'd suggest Jersey Boys based on our experience and others we sailed with. I was very surprised at how many people left Havana during the show, and felt that while it was entertaining, I wouldn't see it again. We made reservations online prior to boarding, but did notice many open seats during the show. If you aren't able to reserve seating due to it showing full, you can always try the stand-by line (and my guess is that you will get in based on all the empty seats we saw). We chose the 3 free specialty dining meals as one of our perks and did enjoy our meals at each. We had reservations for Cagney's twice and Le Bistro. While the meals were good for the most part, I wouldn't pay extra to eat there if I did not receive it as a perk. On our next sailing, we will try different specialty restaurants to see which ones we like best. Really enjoyed all of our meals in the MDRs...both Taste and Savor. We found after the first day that if we brought our first drink (soda) to the table with us and ordered another one right away, things went smoother and we were never waiting for a refill. We hardly ever felt the ship was crowded at all except a few times trying to find a seat at the buffet and in the elevators after shows. We ended up finding tables outside on the pool deck and always found a seat there. The Local was also mobbed for football all day on Sunday, and we were happy that we could also watch the games in our stateroom if we wished. Many times we were surprised that no one was on the elevators and at other times they were somewhat crowded. We took the stairs going down whenever possible, so that did help. We loved all of the staff we encountered and thought the ship was very clean. We were very sad to leave after a mere 7 day sailing, and kept saying on the last morning that 7 days is not enough for us. I'd suggest really exploring the ship on your first day, and find venues that fit what you are looking for. Hopefully, you will love your experience on the Bliss as much as we did!
  3. I like it! Was hoping to be able to change settings a bit (such as change the color of the screens and perhaps font/color), but will get used to it as it is now. Really happy to be back (lurking) online with everyone!
  4. All of these replies are good to know! I can be very picky also and "dissect" my food as well. (that's what my family calls it, in any case!) I read some of the descriptions on the menu and think, well, at least I can have some chicken or pasta if nothing else appeals to me. I know it has helped me to look at threads that contain food pictures, as the description doesn't always sound appealing, but when I see the pictures, it helps me to break down what's in the dish. Perhaps that will help her before you go? You may not want to let her know this (if she doesn't know already), but typically, pasta carbonara is prepared with bacon. :o
  5. OMG! I just looked at the spreadsheet for the October 2019 trip and I am in awe. Makes me want to go on the cruise with you all! :) (I would consider it if we weren't already booked!)
  6. This is fantastic! Love your writing style! Keep up the great work...eagerly awaiting the next installment. :)
  7. Perhaps if you focused a little bit more on the fact that you are spending quality time with your family instead of wasting valuable time nitpicking others for what they chose to wear for dinner on vacation, you might find that you have a much better time.
  8. Maybe not everyone has a "Barrymore's" close to them or maybe they feel like being on a cruise is as good a time as any to try a go-kart ride. ;p I agree, though. I absolutely do NOT want to be on the track with inexperienced folks or those who are not able to physically handle the carts.
  9. It has just become abundantly clear who the skimmers on this thread are... :rolleyes:
  10. I agree completely! I thought that Joy was interesting as is, and even with a few modifications there should still be a large market for Alaska. I'll be disappointed if they make it into a twin of Bliss. Difference is good, and NCL should keep some of what made Joy unique as it is.
  11. Very excited to be along with Doug & Sue (and family)! Looking forward to another fantastic "Live". So sorry to hear about your mom. Hopefully she heals quickly and can join you all on your next adventure!
  12. OP- Don't worry about what others have said! Everyone has their own packing and travelling styles, and to each their own. I completely agree with you and don't want to be scrambling for an item that I really needed (and forgot). I've traveled over the years but this will be my first cruise. I think the over-packing for me comes from not just being able to hop in a car and head to the nearest store for whatever I might need. :) I have used your list as a starting point for my own packing list, and have modified it to our needs. I certainly appreciate you sharing with us, and hope you have a fantastic trip with your sister!
  13. Hmmm...didn't realize that I, in any way, referred to you in my post. Quite a few people responded in ways that were not the nicest (in my opinion) and I thought Jamie handled everything beautifully. It is definitely refreshing to see. Like I said, either way, I am sure she will have a fantastic cruise and will find the positive no matter what the outcome.
  14. So glad this worked out for you and your family, Jamie! It sounds like it will be a fantastic cruise, no matter what, as you have a great attitude. I give you huge amounts of credit for keeping your patience and not responding in kind to some of the posts on this thread. Hoping you'll come back after the cruise and let us all know how it worked out for your parents. :)
  15. Awesome, thanks! Looking forward to a great roll call (and cruise!). :)
  16. Thank you, OP, for the heads-up. This is exactly what we were looking for. Booked. Thanks again!
  17. Absolutely fabulous! As many others have already said, you are a fantastic writer and your family is beautiful! I love your upbeat, fun attitude; very refreshing! Can't wait to read more! :)
  18. You've been on the Bliss is confirm? I believe the OP was asking specifically where to find it on the Bliss. Just want to make sure. ;p
  19. Beautiful photos! Looking forward to your review. Have a fantastic trip!
  20. I would just shrug it off if a kid jumped in line in front of me to get an ice cream and would attribute it to excitement and possibly not paying attention that there were others waiting. Except...JamieLogical mentioned that he turned around after getting his ice cream and stared at her for a good 20 seconds while eating his ice cream and intentionally blocking the machine from her. Sounds like a taunt to me and wouldn't have gone over well with me at all. Youthful exuberance is one thing; intentionally being nasty is quite another.
  21. Can't wait to follow along with you. Have a wonderful cruise!
  22. This! Thank you! I was beginning to wonder if I was the only one that spent my vacations with my children. Now that they are older, I appreciate all the family time we had together when they were young. :cool:
  23. A really big shrimp/crab thing? LOL! Maybe in Alabama that's what they resemble, but not in Maine. Thanks for the laugh! :')
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