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  1. NCL does allow you to bring shakes on board as long as you contact them before hand and state that you need them for medical reasons. And yes, people do need extra protein for medical reasons. Especially if you have had weight loss surgery. Contact their special needs department or whatever they call it. We did this for our Jade cruise and the only issue we had was an over officious security person at the Port of Miami. We showed them the letter we had from NCL but I doubt she even read it. She just waved us on.
  2. Been to Bonaire twice. Once on Navigator. If you are doing the Snorkel cruise I think you are doing (Woodwind?) then you will be fine. Its a 5 minute walk from the dock to their offices. You turn right from the cruise dock and go through a hotel complex (or rather a collection of small buildings etc) and you are right there. First time we were there we were the only ship and the second there was one other. Still didnt feel crowded Very easy port/island to get around as its so small and very un-touristified...(I made that word up)
  3. On other cruise lines we have been on they will sometimes show movies in the theatre on sea days. Sometimes in the afternoon and sometimes late in the evening. Just wondering if this is a "thing" on NCL. We have only cruised the Jade before with NCL
  4. We have twice cruised the last Alaska cruises of the season with Royal and Princess. This year we are doing the same with NCL and its actually very late. I believe we leave on Sept. 30th. On our previous cruises we saw plenty of whales, both from the ship and on a whale watching tour with Harv and Marv out of Juneau. On our first cruise we had excellent weather in nearly all ports except for Ketchikan (not called the wettest place in North America for no reason). On our second cruise we had average weather but it was chilly and overcast in most of the ports. Personally we like cruising to Alaska that time of year as there were no children on the ships and there is a much more subdued and quieter atmosphere. Lots of seniors or at least people our age (50's) cruising and it seemed a bit more laid back and peaceful. We also found that if we were the last ship of the season and the only ship in port, that a lot of the tour companies dock side were offering 50% off their tours once you got off the ship. We did a small private tour of Ketchikan and surrounding area for half what people were paying the weeks before so we were more than happy with that.
  5. Will be disembarking NCL Jewel on a Sunday in October and just wondering if there will be an ample supply of taxi's at the port. Will be wanting to go to LAX for an afternoon flight.
  6. So we have done two Alaska back to back cruises, both were the last cruise of the season to Alaska and then a west coast cruise ending up in LA or San Diego. We have now booked the exact same cruise for this coming year but just doing a different cruise line. Its your money so you do what you want on an Alaska cruise. On our first cruise the only organised excursion we did was in Skagway and we did the White Pass railway trip up into the Yukon and back. That was 12 years ago and it was expensive then. In Juneau we got off the ship and took ourselves up Mount Roberts and then had lunch at the Twisted Fish restaurant before we got back on board. On our second trip to Alaska our only pre-organised excursion was with Harv and Marv for whale watching and we were under whelmed considering the price we paid. We saw plenty of wildlife but our captain wanted to do her own thing and now follow the other boats and we missed out on a lot. Personally its your trip and your money so do what you want. We saw lots of whales from the ship when we were at sea and just cruising. You have to have keen eyes and patience (a pair of binoculars helps as well) but for us the ship is always as much a part of the cruise as are the ports. We were generally always back on board pretty early and the restaurants were open and the indoor pool areas were usually pretty empty. We spent a fair bit of time sitting in the restaurants or bars that had views out over the town or the scenery just playing cards and watching the world pass by. Im sure you will have a good time no matter what you do
  7. Was on the Jade Xmas 2017. First NCL for us and we are on the sister ship Jewel next year. We really liked the quiet zone above the Spinnaker lounge at the front of the ship. It is labelled as a quiet zone and on a sea day you can't hear any of the noise coming from the pool area. Lots of loungers and lots of sun and its well protected from the wind by glass panels. Sheehans for breakfast was always quiet. Also there is a card room and a library/reading room next to each other which got busy on sea days but other than that they are pretty quiet Spinnaker lounge was nice on sailaway as it was pretty quiet and you are facing forward. They do seem to schedule a lot of activities in there so its not always as peaceful as you like The Mojito bar was a nice quiet spot in an evening as well. Never seemed to be a lot of people in there apart from those waiting for their reservation at Cagney's.
  8. Have done two Alaska cruises and going back on a third next September. All our cruises have been the last ones of the season so late in September. For whale watching from the ship you have to be up high and forward so that you can get the best 180 degree or more view. I spent quite a few hours outside on sea days and saw lots of whales. The water is pretty calm on the inside passage so if you have your eyes peeled or if you have a reasonable pair of binoculars you can see their spouts when they breath or their tails when diving. It takes patience but I saw whales every day I was out and about at the front of the ship. Just wrap up warm if you are going late in the season.
  9. The only time I have tipped above the DSC is if we are on a holiday cruise i.e. over Christmas. Then on Christmas day we normally will leave out a note and maybe $20 to $40 as a "Christmas present". Amount depends on the cabin attendant. On our Jade cruise last Christmas the attendant was superb.
  10. We have cruised the inside passage twice (well 4 times if you count the return trip!!) and have booked to go again next year. I spent long hours out on deck and saw plenty of whales either at a distance or quite close to the ship. Also saw plenty of porpoises or dolphins (not sure which now I think back). We cruised the last ships that go in September and usually by then the Humpbacks are making their way south but I saw enough to keep me very happy. Just go to the most forward part of the ship that enables you to get a 180 degree view or more and then you get to scan ahead and both sides for the whales on the surface etc. Takes some commitment if its cold but its well worth it to me.
  11. So we have booked a back to back cruise with Celebrity on the Solstice sometime in the far far distant future. It came with the beverage package perk which will be the Classic package. From reading the Celebrity description (yup, I read it) it covers drinks up to $9. Now I read the Premium package description (yup, read that as well) and that comes in at an extra $14 per person per day. So $28 for my wife and I, plus gratuities on top, so lets say $34 a day. That package includes special coffees. How much is a special coffee on the ship? I only ask because we might drink a couple of those a day. Though saying that, under the classic package it states "premium coffees" by premium to they mean cappucinos and lattes etc? I'm going to assume that anything above $9 will be reflected on our onboard account. Saying that, what would be the average price of a cocktail, non top shelf liquor, lets say...an apple martini or Singapore sling. Just trying to work out if it will be worth it to upgrade to the premium either once on board or before we cruise This is our first time cruising with Celebrity, have cruised Royal, Princess and NCL in the past. Have never wanted to pay the extravagant prices that some of them want for the drink packages (NCL especially) but this one came with the booking so Im not complaining. I did search the forum but its not the most helpful search engine at times. Lucy
  12. Cruised the last two Christmas's with Royal and NCL. On those ships they had carol singing, Christmas tree lighting ceremonies and on Christmas day they had Santa giving out gifts to the children. There were a lot of children on board and we also noticed a lot of family groups, so grandparents, aunts and uncles etc. Nice to see but at the same time these larger groups tended to take over certain areas, we noticed this especially on RCI Navigator. Still, its a different way to spend Christmas. They served a full dinner in the dining rooms plus buffet areas so I wasn't complaining!
  13. So I am taking a serious look at doing the Aloha to Alaska 30 day cruise in 2020. Its our 30th anniversary and we want to live it up a little. Previous cruises have all been back to backs with two b2bs to Alaska and the west coast with Royal and Princess and then two southern Caribbean b2b's with Royal and NCL. For the Oceania Regatta cruise we are probably looking at an ocean view as the verandah's seem a bit out of the price range right now. So what can I expect. I have done some research on here and it seems that some of the Oceania ships are getting make overs in the next year or so. There is a pretty good deal on right now for the cruise we are looking at with included flights plus one perk. (drink package or 14 excursions, leaning towards the excursions, or $1400 obc) So what can we expect with regards to service, food quality (always subjective I know), types/age of passengers etc. Also, what about dress code? I read that it can be "country club casual" whatever that may mean. Considering a majority of the cruise is in a warm to hot climate can I assume shorts and sandals etc. are fine for day and evening wear if you aren't going to be in the main dining room etc. We are in our 50's and enjoy a good book or movie rather than a night club atmosphere. Many thanks for any help and suggestions
  14. For our NCL cruise at Xmas I found they didnt offer at par pricing till after the final payment date had gone through. Our cruise was mid December and I think final payment was end of August. Somewhere around late September into October I started seeing Canadian at par. But.....if you accepted that rate then you couldnt add any of the so called "perks" such as the not so free drink package etc. I actually sat down and worked out all the different pricings for the same cabin but varying the options such as at par...or add one or two perks etc. In the end they all worked out to be very close to each other in pricing. Not really great deals to my mind
  15. So planning a back to back Australia and New Zealand cruise for our 30th anniversary in late 2020. In the past we have cruised with Royal (Serenade, Navigator and Rhapsody), Princess (Sapphire) and NCL (Jade). We have cruised Alaska, Pacific coast and the Caribbean and all our cruises were pretty much back to back as we like an extended period at sea etc. We tend to like the smaller sized ships (2400 pax or less) As its our 30th I want to make it a bit special and so far I'm leaning towards Celebrity or Holland America. But saying that I was wondering what peoples experiences were like with all the cruise lines. The good, the bad and even the ugly (cue the Clint Eastwood music). I realise cruise line choice is subjective and we have only tried 3 ourselves. I have friends that highly recommend HA and Celebrity but others have also cruised 30 times with NCL so I'm all over the place. Price could obviously be a factor as we will be away for such a long period of time. One question would be, is a balcony necessary? We cruised Alaska twice and had an inside cabin as we found we spent so much time outside on the decks getting a better view of the ocean and shore line. In the Caribbean we had balconies. Any help would be appreciated
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