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  1. Same thing happened to us. I thought it was first week problems. Sorry to hear it’s still happening.
  2. Try reserving ahead by calling NCL. I heard a lot of folks were able to reserve shows and dinner houses ahead of time. We did, but almost all of our reservations were changed when we got on the ship. That might have been because it was the first public sailing, though. We went to the box office to get it sorted out and all was ok. BTW, be sure to download the NCL app before you sail. You can also make reservations there while on the cruise.
  3. The comedy shows were pretty good. We enjoyed them. The opening act was pretty much the same for each one. Make sure you reserve them when you get on board at one of the kiosks (midship) or at the box office (deck six forward).
  4. That almost sounds creepy. 😉 I we both wore Skechers (not waterproof). Mine were hiking shoes, which were better than regular tennis shoes. Glad you like the review. 😀
  5. I wouldn’t call it a disadvantage. You get to see the land side when you return. 😄
  6. The crab was served in the buffet the second night of the cruise. Not sure if they offered it in the MDRs.
  7. It’s a small buffet. Really good and quick croissant egg sandwiches, but it’s cold up there. On excursion days we would order coffee the night before from room service and then I would run up and get a couple sandwiches while my wife was getting ready.
  8. Oh, another thing. I forgot to bring my binoculars with me on the cruise. Doh! So I bought a really nice pair of Nikon Prostaff S3 10x42 binoculars onboard from the photo shop for $129.95. Even though I was sure that I was being fleeced, I checked the price on Amazon when I was in port in Juneau and was pleasantly surprised that they were the same price there, plus tax. There actually CAN be some good deals found onboard! Too bad that I left them at The Local and were long gone when I came back for them 15 minutes later. 😞 At least it was on the last night.
  9. I just realized that I only scanned the back of Day 1, which shows embarkation restaurant times. Here's the back of Day 2, which is the same as all the rest.
  10. Pier 66 doesn’t have a lot of room for cabs or rideshare, but it was easy enough to pick up. Just outside the terminal head to your right toward Anthony’s. We use Lyft and it was easy. Same thing heading from SeaTac to Pier 66. It’s about a 25 minute drive with traffic.
  11. We didn’t use it, but I was told the next time folks see their luggage is on the carousel at their destination.
  12. Here is some more embarkation and disembarkation information. I'm a pack rat. 😉 We had our bags outside our cabin about 12:30am. Not a problem. There were other bags out in the hallway, too. Something to note, we couldn't hear the onboard announcements from our room when the door was closed and they don't announce well, if at all, on the TV in the cabin. We always had to open the door to hear them. That's also true about Glacier Bay. A park ranger came on board and described what we were seeing over the PA starting around 8AM. We missed a lot of that.
  13. The dailies I uploaded near the top of this thread list dining options for Day 1. The Local shows open at 11:00am.
  14. Also, one of the MDRs and the buffet were open till 9am if you're not in a rush to get off the ship.
  15. I found my picture of the disembarkation program from guest services. Next to it were all the luggage tags of various colors that you could take. Hope this helps. We did light blue at 9am and offboarding traffic was busy.
  16. We didn't use it, but that's what it's for. I don't think it's free.
  17. Very comfortable. We wore short and long sleeve shirts throughout the cruise. I felt that the cabin was a little warm, so it was nice to open the balcony door to get some fresh air and cool off. We even slept with it ajar some nights. We're from SF, so we're used to cool temps. 😉
  18. My review of the Joy has finally been published. https://www.cruisecritic.com/memberreviews/memberreview.cfm?EntryID=656910&et_cid=3214772&et_rid=24339019&et_referrer=NULL
  19. Thanks! The weather was great in Seattle and Victoria. Alaska was cold and rainy, but weather is always subject to change. One day I almost got my nerve up to try the water slides, but ran into some friends and never went through with it. The weather that day was sunny and mild. Never got in any of the pools or hot tubs, so can't say anything about them. Sorry.
  20. Best inside viewing area would be the observation lounge (deck 15, forward, crowded). But to really experience it go outside. There were several calvings while we were there and they are thunderous! It was cold and rainy, but worth it. Best outside viewing is on deck 6 all the way forward (enter the long hallway near District Brewhouse toward the bow of the ship) or, as we did, go to deck 8 all the way forward. Here you can get great views from the railing on both sides of the ship. The captain does a great job of pivoting the ship back and forth so both sides of the ship get good views. The crew also setup Irish Coffee stations for us on deck 8. 🙂
  21. Oh, another tip. Make sure to have the World's Best Mac and Cheese (TM) at Beecher's. Their shop is in Pike Place, but they have one in SEATAC, too! I always get some when I come in or go out of SEATAC. It lives up to its name.
  22. We live near San Francisco, so it's only a two hour flight for us.
  23. A lot of people were ordering these all week long. We also started a trend for Irish Coffees. My wife and I ordered a couple and everyone asked, "What's that?" By the end of the cruise it seems like everyone ordered them. The bar staff at the Atrium are the best. Super happy and professional.
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