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GA Dave

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  1. We were really glad we brought one of these on our cruise. Made time in the pool, on the beach, etc so much more relaxing, not having to worry about cell phones, wallets, etc. https://www.amazon.com/Master-Lock-5900D-Personal-Gunmetal/dp/B005K6JQXQ/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?keywords=master+lock+5900d&qid=1563318220&s=gateway&sprefix=master+lock+59&sr=8-1
  2. According to the CDC, less than one percent of all norovirus cases occur on cruise ships. You have a much better chance of catching it in a hospital than on a cruise ship. https://www.cdc.gov/norovirus/trends-outbreaks/outbreaks.html
  3. Personally, I think the perks are a pretty good value for my DW and I. On our first NCL cruise, way back in 2001, our bill at the end was over $750. We did not buy any big souvenir items on the ship, that was mostly for drinks, etc. Putting that in today's dollars, the drink package included in the cabin price looks like a pretty good deal to me. JMHO.
  4. Not to get you all more nervous. Just so you ae aware. http://www.msn.com/en-us/travel/news/a-nightmare-summer-for-american-airlines/ar-AAE7KHx
  5. I was at McDonald's recently. Right after I sat down with my cheeseburger, I bit my tongue and it really hurt. I took my food back to the counter and they refused to offer me a full refund! Can you imagine??? The corporate greed of those burger flippers!!!!
  6. Which is why my last statement before the pictures was "A sample menu from a few months back."
  7. All the bars and restaurants will supply water. Bring a nice water bottle and you can have it filled all over the ship. The drinks package is unlimited (2 at a time) each day. It covers all drinks up to $15. Any drinks that are more than that you just pay the difference (i.e., $22 drink - $15 = $7 fee). A sample menu from a few months back.
  8. A couple of photos from The Waterfront on the Getaway. Very comfortable area.
  9. Because a lot of people like me are naturally lazy and only come to the NCL forum. 😀
  10. Maybe the fact that things like this can happen on any ship. There are many hazards on NCL ships for people of all sizes that some education and a little common sense will eliminate.
  11. In all our trips to themeparks over the years, it amazed me how many people still put their children up on their shoulders in a crowded park. All it takes is one bump, or even just a parent's sweaty hands, for that child's head to become a watermelon hitting the sidewalk. And there were a few cases of people suing Disney over the years for behavior like this. Very sad situation.
  12. As someone with recent experience on the Getaway for a Caribbean cruise, the one thing I can tell you is to watch the prices like a hawk. We had booked a mini-suite with large balcony (M6) about a year out, and I had bid on several Haven level options when the offer came. I checked prices everyday on NCL.com, as I noticed that the ship was not selling very quickly. Just over (60) days out, the prices on the Haven Courtyard Penthouse Suites dropped over $500pp overnight. I quickly called and re-booked a perfect location on deck 16 for less than I had bid for the room. Since it was a direct booking, they added the rest of the perks, including additional OBC that reduced the cost even more. The Haven experience was, in our opinion, absolutely wonderful and we will now only cruise that way in the future. We even have the same exact cabin on the Getaway booked for our Med cruise next year!
  13. I live in Savannah and AA now has nonstop flights to and from MIA. I checked for September of this year and they show a 6:13 AM and a 5:03 PM flight down to MIA and a 2:53 PM and a 9:50 PM flight back. When my DW and I went on the Getaway last September out of Miami, we did our own flights on Delta thru ATL, as AA was only offering the early AM down/late PM back flights at that time. We also have status with DL, so we were able to book very reasonable Economy Comfort + seats at more reasonable times than the AA flights.
  14. See Ticket Contract, paragraph 6, section (c). (c) Itinerary Deviation: The Guest agrees that the Carrier has the sole discretion and liberty to direct the movements of the vessel, including the rights to: proceed without pilots and tow, and assist other vessels in all situations; deviate from the purchased voyage or the normal course for any purpose, including, without limitation, in the interest of Guests or of the vessel, or to save life or property; put in at any unscheduled or unadvertised port; cancel any scheduled call at any port for any reason and at any time before, during or after sailing of the vessel; omit, advance or delay landing at any scheduled or advertised port; return to port of embarkation or to any port previously visited if the Carrier deems it prudent to do so; substitute another vessel or port(s) of call without prior notice and without incurring any liability to the Guest on account thereof for any loss, damage or delay whatsoever, whether consequential or otherwise.
  15. A Raspberry Guava Mojito. I also love the Rebellious Fish! Rebellious Fish Recipe 1. 0.75 oz. Passoa passion fruit liqueur. 2. 0.75 oz. Russian Standard vodka. 3. 0.25 oz. triple sec. 4. 2 oz. prosecco. 5. 2 oz. Orange juice. 6. Fresh berries (garnish)
  16. Since O'Sheehan's never closes, I think the hours are a misnomer. However, I believe they do close for a short time each morning to change over the menu, so you might have to slide over to the Atrium Cafe at 6:00 AM.
  17. A couple of dozen of these and I get a little shaky. 🤣
  18. So, I just traveled on I-95 from the Annapolis, MD area back home to Savannah yesterday. We were very fortunate because the traffic southbound was moving along at (or above) the speed limit virtually the entire way. However, northbound I-95 was a completely different story! For at least 50% of the trip, from the Washington beltway to Charleston, SC, it was a parking lot. Cars were creeping along at 15-20 mph for tens of miles at a time, with a few short breaks in between at around 50 mph. My Waze app was lit up with heavy traffic alerts for the northbound lanes for almost the whole trip. Yet there was not a single article I could find on the internet about this horrible situation!! People were spending many extra hours in their travel, many probably did not reach their destinations at all last night, and there were tons of accidents and broken down vehicles along the way. But not a peep out of the media!!! Where is the cry for these poor, over-traveled people?? Where are the attacks on the governments of SC, NC, and VA for the huge losses in time and money over this totally unacceptable end to tens of thousands of holiday weekends? Oh, that's right, it wasn't a cruise ship or an aircraft, so nothing there to sensationalize. My bad.
  19. THIS! Also, unemployment in the USA was 8.3% in 2012. Now it is less than the governments definition of "full employment" (i.e., 4%). It was at 3.6% nationwide in April of this year, and the latest jobs report showed more job openings than people to fill them in the USA. And, the Dow Jones is up 14.84% YTD. So, people have much more money to burn and all of the companies in the leisure businesses are trying to make up for their losses in the 2008 - 2011ish time frame (remember the airlines losing billions during that time?).
  20. We just visited the winery at the Biltmore recently and the Sommelier there told us that several of their traditional wines are not currently available due to the weather changes at both their North Carolina and California vineyards. Many grapes need very specific conditions to grow correctly and many regions are experiencing unusual weather over the last couple of growing seasons.
  21. Wow. That really sucks for all involved. And this ship, relatively speaking, is not that old! AND, it was just refurbed in Feb. 2017. Must have been something pretty major to completely cancel an 11-day cruise this far out. NCL Ships.docx
  22. Two birds, one stone. 😀
  23. We never have this issue. We always stay overnight in whatever port we disembark so we do not have to rush to the airport, etc. Our only problem is that they have to drag us off the ship! 😛
  24. We did the Tabayana Beach Party through NCL when we were in Roatan. Included lunch, etc. The water on the west end is absolutely beautiful. The place was really nice, except for the constant hawkers walking the water's edge. The Tabayana security folks kept them away from the loungers, etc., but you could not get to the water without having to deal with them.
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