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  1. Your chronology was very interesting--and helpful. The prices are really all over the map. It's a reminder of the value of repricing regularly. Thanks for sharing! - Musing About Cruising
  2. Divine Norman Love desserts...watching first-run movies in Movies Under the Stars with blanket and free popcorn...champagne Captain's Welcome with a free glass...wonderful steaks at Crown Grill specialty restaurant...elegant décor...relaxed vibe...- Musing About Cruising
  3. You might check out the website of the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), which is the primary trade association for the industry. On the site is "Find a Travel Agent" functionality; if I remember correctly, you put in your zip code and get suggestions of travel agents who specialize in cruising. - Musing About Cruising
  4. We live in North Florida and on the way to Port Everglades, spend the night in Port St. Lucie. It's about one and a half hours from the port and right off the highway. It has many nice hotels (Residence Inn, Springhill Suites, Holiday Inn, etc.) and a lot of decent restaurants and shopping, including Starbucks and Walmart (for those oh-no-I-forgot-to-bring). - Musing About Cruising
  5. My only downside--keeping track of it! If it's far in the future and you have several trips planned, you can easily forget about it. - Musing About Cruising
  6. I have a few questions. We've only done Caribbean cruises and are thinking about one in Europe. Do the American ships such as Celebrity have the same food when they sail in Europe as they do in the Caribbean? And what would you say is the ratio of Americans to Europeans onboard your trip? Thanks! - Musing About Cruising
  7. Please note the following from Royal Caribbean's website: What travel documents do I need to board a Royal Caribbean cruise ship (U.S. Citizens)? For US Sailings - U.S. Citizens may sail using their: Official Birth Certificate and a supporting Government Issued Photo ID, like a driver’s license or an identity card. Please note that hospital Birth Certificates (baby feet Birth Certificates) are not accepted. or U.S. Passport book that is valid at least 6 months after your cruise. - Musing About Cruising
  8. I have not sailed on NCL, so can't offer an opinion. However, we took Princess (Golden) a few years ago to Alaska, roundtrip from Seattle, and thought they did a fabulous job. Great speakers, commentary during the sail through Glacier Bay, salmon-themed buffet...They've been in Alaska for a long time and it's one of their specialties. I would highly recommend it. - Musing About Cruising
  9. Love the stories! Thanks for the chuckles! Now I have one of my own: One night, walking down the hallway toward our room after dinner, suddenly, a stateroom door opens just as we were about to pass it. A fellow steps into the hallway with a bottle of champagne in his hand. "Do you drink?" he asks us. I said, "Moderately," not sure what the right answer was. He thrust the bottle at me. "Take this," he said. "My company paid for this trip and the wine, but we don't drink." Okay, you shouldn't take candy from strangers, but champagne is fair game, right? - Musing About Cruising
  10. We just did it recently on the Allure and my advice is: bring your appetite. It's a lot of food. And we never did the lunches. The upsides:Having better food and better service every night. The downsides: Working the meals around the shows is a challenge, no longer have the option to just get a casual dinner at Windjammer if you feel like it (of course, you still can, but you've paid for specialty dining), it's a long meal Also, we found that it helps if you have a wide palate and are willing to eat in many of the restaurants. Otherwise, you'll find yourself going back to the same restaurant night after night. - Musing About Cruising
  11. We were just on the Royal Princess--here were my top loves: * Ship décor--elegant ship with a lot of wood and marble * Buffet food--premium stuff like poached salmon, exotic cheeses, dried fruit like dates * Norman Love desserts--don't miss the Chocolate Dome in the MDR * International Café--24/7 good quality food (sandwiches, desserts, quiches) * Piazza--always something going on * Mini-suites--if you can afford them, they're very comfortable * Relaxed vibe Been on Princess, RCI, HAL and Celebrity; 25 cruises in all. Princess is far and away my favorite. - Musing About Cruising
  12. Fyi, we were just on the Royal Princess and waited quite a long time to get into the Crown Grill (we had reservations at 8 p.m.)--it was not only completely full, but had a line. It was worth it, though, the food and service were terrific. - Musing About Cruising
  13. If you're not picky on room location, then it could work for you. But if you have an issue with noise or motion sickness, you might want to select your own room. - Musing About Cruising
  14. Book all your shows online before the trip to ensure you get seats (we book all our shows as soon as we do final payment). If you don't book in advance, you'll have to wait in line before each show in the hope that someone with reservations doesn't show up.
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