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barb65

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    northwestern Pennsylvania
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    volunteering
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    Carnival
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    Caribbean

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  1. We are considering dining in LeBistro on the Escape for our upcoming cruise. Would appreciate any good/bad comments and/or menu suggestions. Thank you in advance for all comments.
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    Frozen Drinks

    Mango Meltdown and Bushwacker
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    Straws on Board

    I bought stainless steel straws (the wider ones) on Amazon and they work great!
  4. New to RCCL, so we booked 18 months in advance on Symphony to get the junior suite we wanted. I understand they sell out fast and didn't want to take a chance of losing out. Looking forward to our first time with Royal!
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    Thermal Suite Pass on the Escape

    If you're not sure about the Thermal Spa, wait until you board and go to the desk at the Thermal Spa and request a tour. I've seen several people request a tour to help them decide if they want it or not. If you wait until you board to book it, the cost is $20 more pp compared to if you book prior to your cruise.
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    Thermal Suite Pass on the Escape

    Will be sailing the Escape our third time in May. The Thermal Spa on the Escape is the highlight of my cruise. Well worth the extra $. Total relaxation. You won't regret booking it.
  7. Just curious, you said you purchased your UDP during a Black Friday special. How soon before your cruise did they offer this special, so I know when to start looking for it for our upcoming Symphony cruise?
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    Meet and Greet agenda

    A slot pull, cabin crawl and pub crawl are all great ideas. I've only taken part in them, but never organized them. Maybe someone who has organized any of these events for a Meet and Greet can give you some ideas how to organize these.
  9. We will be on the Escape in May and booked two nights at LaCucina for specialty dining. Never ate there before, but liked the variety on their menu. Need recommendations, what was your favorite appetizer/meal/dessert at LaCucina?
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    New to NCL

    Would it be easier for you to fly from the UK into New York City? NCL Escape has a 7-day to Florida/Nassau and NCL Gem has a 10-day southern Caribbean, both out of NYC, during March. Never been on the Gem, but was on the Escape (a mega ship) twice and love it. Beautiful ship and great entertainment. Also, if you can wait until April/May, the Escape has a 7-day cruise out of NYC to Bermuda. You sail to Bermuda and dock there three days then return to NYC. It's nice being in Bermuda three days because you don't have to rush back to the ship each day to go to another port. We did this last June and enjoyed it so much that we're doing it again this year.
  11. NCL Bliss (new ship) offers two eastbound/westbound Panama cruises in November 2019, not unless you're committed to October and RCI. The ports also look interesting. We like NCL and their freestyle cruising.
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    Pub Crawl Advice!

    What a great idea mixing the pub crawl with a poker run!
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    Reserving Entertainment on Escape

    If there's a line at the Box Office, you can also use the touch screens located throughout the ship. That's what we did on the Escape last year.
  14. We always book with a reputable travel agent. Leave it all up to her to make any last minute changes or other details.
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    Escape the Big Top

    We are thinking of doing Escape the Big Top on our next cruise on the Escape in May. Your thoughts from anyone who has ever done this. Thank you!
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