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  1. I live in the south and we have 50% chance of t-storms everyday in our weather forecast. BUT, that only means that 50 percent of the area for which the forecast is valid is expected to experience measurable precipitation (0.01 inch or more) from thunderstorms. Most days, we see nothing. Other days, we get a 20-30 minute storm and then it clears out. Go and have a good time and keep a small umbrella or poncho handy just in case.
  2. Some perspective. Current prices at Fogo de Chao in ATL. Does not include drinks, taxes, and gratuity.
  3. See post #2 in the above thread. Very detailed instructions.
  4. FYI: I just saved almost $3000 on our next Haven cruise by calling and asking for the current "20% off for Latitudes previous cruisers" discount. The only thing I lost was a $300 OBC, which was way offset by the huge reduction in the PP rate.
  5. Just called and got the deal for our Sept. 2020 Med cruise. Saved almost $3000!!!!
  6. We feel the same way. We booked our next cruise in the same exact Haven cabin, on the same ship as our last cruise because we absolutely loved the location and the service. We may bid on the DOS and OS for our cruise, but that would be it, as we do not want to risk our prime location for anything less.
  7. Us too. We lucked into an upgrade to Haven from a mini-suite on our last cruise when prices dropped dramatically overnight a couple of months out. Now we cannot imagine not going Haven. So we are paying the current "rack rate" for our Sept. 2020 eastern Med cruise.
  8. My wife packed several battery-operated tea lights for the bathroom and bedroom areas. Gave just enough light to keep us from bumping into things, but not enough to bother her light sleep.
  9. Very sturdy. We accidentally dropped it on the concrete area around the pool at Harvest Caye and it did not get damaged at all. And the cable is very stout!
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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.
  13. 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
  14. 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!!!!
  15. Which is why my last statement before the pictures was "A sample menu from a few months back."
  16. 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.
  17. A couple of photos from The Waterfront on the Getaway. Very comfortable area.
  18. Because a lot of people like me are naturally lazy and only come to the NCL forum. 😀
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. 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!
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