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dshefter

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    New Jersey
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    golf, watching sports, gambling, travel, movies
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Royal Caribbean, Norwegian, Princess, Carnival
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Caribbean

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  1. We had a Mediterranean Cruise booked for October on the Jade. Canceled and rebooked for Oct 2022 on the Epic. Even if cruising starts up in summer or fall, what will the restrictions be? We don't know what Europe will be like in the fall. Just felt safe to rebook for the following year. Different ship with a slightly different itinerary and the price was only a couple hundred dollars more. Want to have a vacation without any possible restrictions.
  2. We were on the same Encore cruise and also booked the PA. We boarded with all the Platinum folks. We got the $50 discount in the spa. My daughter and wife took advantage of it. We also were able to book all of our shows and Vibe without any issues. We received Yellow tags on debarkation day and were among the first to leave the ship after the folks who carry their own luggage off the ship. Is it expensive? Yes. But i don't feel like it was a complete sham. I wish they offered a few more extras with this package. Maybe a discount on Go Karts/Laser Tag. Maybe a casino credit. But I don't think it's a sham
  3. Spot on review. Pool area will be empty when you dock in St. Thomas and Tortola
  4. The Pool area will be a ghost town after docking in St. Thomas and Tortola.
  5. Vibe is going to be windy because it is an exposed area of the ship. When it is moving, you are going to get breezes. It was great being up there on a port day. Not windy and very quiet. I do think NCL should move things like Trivia to a smaller venue. District Brew Pub? Or another bar area in the mornings. But we loved the ship. We also had our LeBistro reservation canceled but NCL gave us $50 OBC for the inconvenience. We dealt with it. Just went to another venue.
  6. Totally agree. We did purchase Vibe and found it to be worthy of the extra fee. A quieter area to enjoy the outdoors and Caribbean sun. We didn't spend extra on photos. We tried Go Karts, Laser Tag and Escape Room. Not a major charge. Given all the cruise ships out there, people have choices where they want to cruise. Each ship offers something different. Do your homework before booking. Decide what you want out of your cruise. I have taken 14 on all sorts of ships and enjoyed EVERY one. Find an itinerary, price and ship that works for you. Know before you go what things are included in the fare and what is extra. It will make your cruise a much better experience.
  7. Call NCL. We booked both Choir of Man and Kinky Boots prior to our departure. Had 10:30 p.m. for both shows.
  8. Thanks. No ship is perfect. But we have never had a bad cruise. The Encore was a blast.
  9. Don't live too far from you. We are in Stewartsville (near Phillipsburg). I work in Liberty Corner, N.J. Definitely Mediterranean for us (Greek Isles, Croatia and Montenegro, Italy). Either the Getaway (10- and 11-day sailings from Rome) or Dawn (7-day from Venice). Can't go wrong either way. Just a matter of time/price. One is a larger ship.
  10. Thank you. It was tough to come home to temps in the 30s! We had a blast. Can't wait for our next NCL cruise, likely in 2021 to the Mediterranean. We have CruiseNext certificates to use within the next four years.
  11. Yes. The news came about a month prior to sailing. It was about two weeks later that excursions were posted. Tortola went from 8 to 5 to 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Have a great cruise.
  12. My educated guess is the movement was caused by the ship going very fast to reach GSC in time and some wind/waves. When the boat was going slower, I hardly felt like we were moving at all.
  13. Great job Brian. I have also posted a review
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