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  1. I'm a vegetarian so my experience is different, and I only go because my travel companions love it. I used to appreciate going anyway because the service was excellent and the experience was enjoyable. Last time I went, the sides that I ordered were just ok - frozen tasting onion rings, limp and bland salad tomatoes, and the loaded baked potato was just served with sour cream. When I asked for the other toppings he seemed confused and annoyed (I didn't ask for anything that I haven't gotten automatically in the past - cheese, chives...then he sprinkled one teaspoon full of cheddar onto the potato. ) I know the restaurant isn't geared towards me, but the poor service was disappointing. At least I had my giant glass of wine.
  2. That deck 13 space and hot tub is my favorite spot. There were definitely a few kids but still much quieter than the pool area. Very peaceful.
  3. Yep. My bday was a few days after the trip, and my family arranged for a cake no problem.
  4. Diy. Walls are magnetic, so magnets or magnet clips and hooks will make easy work of streamers or signs. They'll do a bday cake for free in the restaurants with advance notice - so plan for that and decorate while the kid is out of the room.
  5. Ship - Dawn Deck - 10 Stateroom # - 10108 Stateroom Category – balcony Starboard or Port Side - starboard Quiet Stateroom? (With comments on problems) – mostly. Walls are a bit thinner than on other ships, and the elderly couple next door spoke loudly and kept the tv volume up late at night . Was stateroom a connecting stateroom? - yes, with 10110 Balcony View - Give comments on view, noting if location of any obstructions was an issue. – excellent views Balcony Size? Normal or oversized for class? - normal Was wind a problem? - no If an aft cabin, was soot a problem? - n/a Any specific problems with this cabin? - Any other comments? - bed was on the left, closer to the bathroom, with a small couch closer to the balcony. The couch is very small and the room in general felt much smaller than balcony rooms we have been in on other ships. Connecting room is on the right - 10110. Its bed is on the right and also closer to the bathroom.
  6. The clam shell yes (but also could have just done it on the beach), and the mat we just did while we were on the beach.
  7. Just last week I used the $50 credit for a clamshell and floating mat. (I think I went about dollar over). I wouldn't go out of my way for the $50 credit, but if it's being offered and truly free it's nice to have.
  8. Frustrating - I was willing to spend to get connecting rooms, but couldn't so now we will all be crammed into one. The kids are still little, so the only way we would do 2 rooms is if they connect.
  9. I think most of the MDR food is just ok and the specialty is half a notch above that. At regular restaurant prices on top of what we have already paid for the cruise, I'd rather skip the specialty. I'd rather spend that money at home at an actual nice restaurant. We still enjoy our time and our meals, and occasionally dress up just for fun even if we don't think the food is great.
  10. I haven't been on Bliss, but several other NCL ships. At Cagney's I get side dishes - if you ask in advance they will make a tofu dish, but I happen to like the sides. La cucina is pizza and pasta, no problem. Le bistro has one nice veggie dish - it's good but after going several times it gets old to not have a choice. I don't like teppanyaki, because I don't like watching my food cooked on the meat grill - they will make something in the back, but what fun is that? So there are always choices, but I personally don't find the extra money worth it. (Side note, my favorite vegetarian food on the ship, for the most part, is the Indian dishes on the buffet- actual flavor and variety, while some of the MDR food is bland and uninspired)
  11. When my kid was 2 we went to the Zoo on our own. We walked, but it was a bit of a hike with the stroller. Doable if you are up for it. Stopped at the fish fry on the way for drinks. I think we took a taxi on the way back, can't remember. More recently, 5 year old, we did a glass bottom boat tour right from the main building.
  12. Thanks! Was it at least well organized and scenic, even without a sighting?
  13. Has anyone done the manatee kayaking in PC? The reviews are poor but doesn't say why. I am looking for something that combines active and wildlife, and that sounded like fun. Any feedback?
  14. The "article" is some weird press piece. Kosher food has been available for no extra charge for years. And they set aside a public room on Friday nights with challah and wine. I don't remember seeing real candles in the past, though I really am not sure about that one.
  15. The people in the balcony cabin just below me a few months ago seemed to have no problem getting it on board and using it.
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