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  1. ..........While I’m thinking about it. Here are the hooks in action. These are the 22 lb. they also sell 44 and 100 lb............. Thanks! I'm ordering some today- we have two cruises before our Edge cruise, so I'll make good use of them. Hoping all the cabin walls (on NCL and RCCL) are also metal! Lynn
  2. Jim- Thanks for the wonderful travel log and pictures; I've enjoyed following along (taking notes!). We're on a Rome to Rome cruise on the Edge next September with many of the same ports. My one concern about the Edge is the possible lack of shaded areas on the open decks (this is strictly from the little I've read in various posts). DH has skin cancer, so we try to be vigilant about the sun but love being outside when we cruise. Have you found any great area(s) to sit and watch the sea but stay in the shade? Enjoy the TA! Lynn
  3. ..... I also brought wall hooks to hand sunglasses, umbrellas, coats, so would suggest those to keep things organized........ Thanks for posting; I hope you can continue to update us as your cruise continues. We are on the Edge next September (frequent cruisers, but first time on the Edge), so all hints and tips are appreciated! As for your wall hooks, are they magnetic or something else? Did you download the app before embarking or can we wait until we're onboard (in case we need help setting it up)? Thanks and have a wonderful cruise, Lynn
  4. Thank you for the concise explanation and the pictures. Very helpful to those of us new to The Edge!
  5. We have used SAS several times to go from FLL to the port in Miami (and back again to FLL), most recently January 2019. I recommend them with a few disclaimers. First, they load up their vans with many people going to different hotels, different parts of the airport and different port areas. I can understand someone worrying that they wouldn't make their flight! The good news is that their drivers seem to be very familiar with the airport and port areas (which can be confusing if your Uber driver has never driven in the Miami port area!). Secondly, the vans are sometimes overcrowded, meaning that on one occasion a young woman had to sit on her husband's lap (not enough space to give her a seat). Finally, if you have an infant or young child with a car seat, you will not be able to use your car seat and will have to hold the child in your lap. I assume their vans are large enough that they are not required to put children in car seats as would be required in a car. In spite of this, I would use them again (unless I bring my grandkids!).
  6. Another plus for us on our GCT Seine cruise was that the ship docked right in Paris, rather than outside of town as a few other lines did. Although the docking site could change, ours was two metro stops north (?I think) of the Eiffel Tower stop, with just a short walk from the ship to the Metro. So close that we walked back to the ship along the Seine from the tower. (Yes, we visited- we're true tourists!). We took the optional excursion to Versailles, and I took the optional excursion to see the Bayeux tapestry while DH (CPT Trips) enjoyed a lunch of mussels in Honfleur. We recommend both.
  7. Wonderful review! Thank you for taking the time to do it. I've bookmarked many of your comments and recommendations for our 10/2020 Edge cruise and stay in Rome. Thanks!
  8. Although I haven't cruised in Egypt, we have cruised with OAT and GCT. We are leaving in a few days for our fourth OAT cruise (this time, London to Lisbon). We have taken over a dozen GCT trips. Obviously, we've been very happy with our trips. I highly recommend this company (GCT/OAT). Travelor Thom described them well. You may not see many posts on CruiseCritic about GCT/OAT; they don't have the high number of passengers that the larger companies have.
  9. We cruise both NCL and RCL (about one each per year). Cape Liberty is much easier (and cheaper!) for parking, etc. than NYC. Royal's cruise terminal is convenient even if the signage to get there sometimes isn't too clear. Check the East Coast Departures forum for up to date info. Since you haven't cruised RCL in 7 years, two changes have made it more similar to NCL. First, you can select My Time Dining- similar to NCL's dining- for the main dining room. You still need reservations for the specialty restaurants. Secondly, RCL no longer enforces a dress code in the dining rooms- on our most recent RCL cruise (Symphony in January) we saw men in shorts and baseball caps at dinner, and one of the young women at our table sometimes wore her bathing suit with a very short cover-up to dinner. We were sure she would be asked to dress appropriately - not! The Anthem usually gets great reviews on this forum. I'd go for it rather than the Bliss or Epic (although we're sailing the Bliss this year- but it just worked out to be best for us).
  10. I haven't cruised on the Allure, but I was very disappointed in the tea selections on the Symphony OTS (January 2019) and the Liberty OTS( last year). I suggest bringing your own tea bags just in case. Also, make sure the ship's venue isn't using "hot" water stored in a large urn (more often on the Liberty) (rarely hot enough to brew tea). On the Symphony, I found that the cafe in Central Park on deck 8 always had appropriately hot water (but it was not open 24 hours).
  11. Thanks for your review. We cruise in December (our first on the Bliss but not our first with NCL), so I appreciate all your information.
  12. Unless your daughters hate going to a beach, I'd definitely choose Bermuda. If the weather doesn't cooperate, the Encore will have activities for them (plus they may be partying all night and want to sleep in during the day!). Three teens can safely travel together around Bermuda via public transportation (ferries, buses); I definitely wouldn't recommend that in Nassau.
  13. We do both, although since we've started river (and small ship) cruising, we do fewer ocean cruises. As retirees, our wallets are slim! We tend to do cheaper cabins and look for specials. This year, we'll have two ocean (Royal cruise was in January and an NCL in December) plus one OAT small ship cruise - returned last week. If we see a great deal on a river cruise that fits our budget and schedule, we'll add another. Both types of cruising are interesting to us. For me, ocean cruising is more relaxing than river cruising, where you're up and about discovering a new city every day. A lot of walking- Roman ruins, castles, museums, market places!! Our ocean cruising is usually in the Caribbean (or Alaska)- sitting on a beach, strolling through markets, whale watching from the lounger, shows each evening. Not too strenuous. But both are a great way to travel: unpack once but see somewhere new each day. We've also taken bus trips in Europe: a new city every day- pack, unpack, pack, unpack- exhausting!
  14. Barrheadlass already mentioned Grand Circle, and I'm seconding her recommendation. I suggest you look at their Last Minute Travel Deals. Go to their home page (GCT.COM) and scroll down to the bottom of that page- under Grand Circle Advantage, click on Last Minute Travel. You will find that this updates- usually weekly. This is how we took our first river cruise, and now we're hooked on traveling with them and their sister company Overseas Adventure travel (just returned from our 13th). Most of the specials leave within a month or two, so you have to be flexible re dates and cabin categories. But the savings are significant. Lynn
  15. We were on the Symphony in January. Many men and women wore shorts in the main dining room at dinner time. We even saw shorts on formal night. And on one night- a woman wearing a bathing suit with a short cover-up. Also, they now allow men to wear baseball caps at any meal. Quite a change since we first starting cruising 30 some years ago. It does make packing easier; but I think we've become too relaxed. (My personal opinion)
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