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  1. And finally Friday Happy cruising to all of you sailing over the next few weeks. Friday.pdf
  2. You are welcome PeabodyMa. Don't know why it is blue either ... Hopefully Monday attached ... Monday, August 9, 2021.pdf
  3. Sorry, hopefully this works ... SATURDAY.pdf
  4. Greeting from the Star. We have 197 passengers on board, the cruise director told us to enjoy our private yacht. Cruising is obviously the best thing ever but after the last 18 months being here is almost overwhelming. The staff seem to be as over-joyed to be here as we are. The ship is literally sparkling clean. Boarding took about 5 minutes, only things they looked at were passports and vaccine certs. Lunch at the pool grill, blue cheese burger, was delicious.
  5. Greetings from a slightly muggy Portsmouth. Virgin’s Scarlet Lady still in port about 9.00 this evening, no sign of the Star … Lots and lots of rain and heavy traffic over the last 2 days travelling from Ireland but the delays meant we happened to be in the right places at the right times to have more than acceptable food, all eaten in the car to avoid people. It feels weird doing stuff again after so long but I grin every time I remember I’M GOING ON A CRUISE TOMORROW.
  6. Hi Staffordshirecruiser Thank you for the asking. My main questions were around parking at the port (which has been answered) and where and when does the first Covid test take place, and what happens before the results come back (which has been answered but I know it may be different for our cruise). No doubt more questions will come to me but as ever these forums have been so useful.
  7. Another Viking virgin here. We are on the 7th August sailing, I grin every time I think about it. All our previous cruises have been NCL but I think Viking will be a very good fit for us. Like you Taunton Trotter, we are just looking to relax after a long 18 months of being so careful. Watching the world go by with a book during the day, a little entertainment in the evening. Definitely not party people. Our last meal out was February 2020 and I still won’t go to restaurants here, even to eat outside. It is the food I am most looking forward to on the ship, the simple pleasure we used to take for granted of choosing from a menu and having a lovely meal set down in front of you. We live in the north west of Ireland and would never have contemplated the 600 mile drive to the port in the before times but what with one thing and another it now seems an entirely reasonable way to have the most Covid safe holiday possible.
  8. Hi Cruise-mom, thank you! I have the dallies, I will scan them tomorrow at work. We have thought about Dublin but for various reasons it would be more hassle than Belfast. Enjoy your cruise!
  9. Yes it is. We have always booked through the UK website and we get the chance to bid. I’ve never made a bid as I’m fussy about cabin location.
  10. There is pricing and sample menus on the NCL app. Log into your cruise & click on dining. It should show all the available restaurants. If you click on one and scroll down there is a link to a sample menu.
  11. Yes they do, I had it last October, it was delicious. To the OP, each of the attached counts as one of your four choices with the dining package.
  12. That is not true complawyer. kuku77254 you can use a specialty dining credit at Wasabi, you get 4 menu items. I used one last October on the Epic and it really was too much food but my friend doesn't like sushi so I just had to eat it all myself. It was delicious. From the NCL T&Cs ... ARE ANY MENU ITEMS EXCLUDED FROM SPECIALITY DINING PACKAGES? All Speciality Restaurant menu items are included except Seafood Platter in Raw Bar. Premium menu item upcharges may apply. Additional entrée charges may apply. For Food Republic, Pincho, Sushi and Wasabi, an SDP meal includes 4 menu items.
  13. For us the joy of Norwegian is that no matter what you are wearing it is almost impossible to feel out of place. We have only cruised in Europe but every night you will see everything from the most casual to the most dressy and everything in-between. I wear what makes me happy, slightly more dressy clothes and slightly less dressy sandals works for me for some night, a dress other nights and cropped trousers and a stripped top others. We love Le Bistro, save your favourite outfit for that night and enjoy the food and the atmosphere.
  14. Enjoying your review very much. What a wonderful way to spend a day.
  15. Long, picture heavy reviews are my favourite, thank you. 3 times on NCL and I've never noticed the cream, will be looking out for it day 1 breakfast this October.
  16. Really enjoying your review, especially the pictures, thank you
  17. Really enjoying your review as always, thank you. Life would be so much better if every morning breakfast was a freshly made omelette, hash browns and a couple of thin sausages.
  18. Love your review so far, really looking forward to reading about your adventures. Escape is top of my list of ships I really want to sail on.
  19. We have sailed on the Epic 3 times and are booked again for this October. When it is too wet and windy for a walk at lunchtime I like to read the Epic reviews and wonder how the folk who wrote them had such a different experience to us. My favourite today was the person was said that said anyone over 100 lbs would have trouble fitting into the toilet. Sadly I will never see 100 lbs again but really unless you are at least 300 lbs + you won't have a problem. I cruise with my friend and find the split toilet, shower, basin suits us fine. I am also surprised when folk complain about the staff. We have found them to be almost universally friendly and helpful. We particularly enjoy the food and the entertainment, Le Bistro is our favourite but we also had some great meals in the buffet, I especially love the fresh pasta station and the Indian selection. it’s a small thing but they have also nailed coleslaw for me. The buffet also gives us the chance to eat plenty vegetables which can something be lacking from the sit down meals. I never understand the reviews that say that the food is the same every day or lacks variety, this is just not true. The entertainment was spectacular last October, we loved the Irish piano player Sean, Abba, Howl and the Beatles. We happily sacrificed sleep on the last night to stay at Howl to the end. The casino and the smoke aren’t great but can be avoided with a little deck hopping, I don’t think we walked through it at all last year except from the few steps when walking from deck 7 to deck 5. I agree with you papa B me, many of the poor reviews are due to people not having done any research or having unrealistic expectations of what to expect from a mid-market cruise line. Of course the Epic isn't perfect, I would love if it had a Waterfront but it doesn’t and we always have a fantastic holiday. I hope you do too.
  20. Days of having my breakfast, lunch and dinner cooked and served to me, together with time to wander inside or outside while blethering or not to folk and reading is my idea of heaven. Technology mean you can have all the books, films, telly show you don't get to watch or read or listen to in real life available to you. Real life mean that a 7-day Med cruise is all I can manage at the moment but look forward to my first TA.
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