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  1. As others have said, the pot pie from O'Sheehan's, but I think it was actually turkey, not chicken. From LeBistro, I really miss the mussels with cream sauce. They changed the sauce to a wine sauce several years ago and it is nowhere near as yummy now. I will also now miss the profiteroles from LeBistro, which were absolutely my favorite dish on NCL, and have now been removed from the menu. 😞
  2. Couldn't you just get one test a day or two before you embark? Wouldn't that cover the two different requirements (within 4 days of arrival in Bermuda, and within 72 hours for NCL's requirement)? The Bermuda test is required to be "within" 4 days. It does not have to be "4 days out."
  3. I do the same. Not only is it nice to come home to a super clean house, but IF (God forbid) the house is broken into, the crime scene photos will show a clean house!
  4. Once on a car trip in the early days of our marriage, DH and I were stuck in a boring motel with nothing but Cheez-its and red wine. Now we celebrate the night before the cruise in the port hotel (although a much nicer hotel nowadays) with a box of Cheez-its and a bottle of red wine. Don't judge. 😉
  5. The way they are currently doing it for land-based vacations in Bermuda, you are tested immediately upon arrival. Then you must go directly to your hotel and stay there until you receive your test results by email. The results don't arrive in your email box until the next morning. After that, you will receive an email from the Bermuda government when your next tests are due (every 4 days).
  6. It's actually disruptive to others when people use the balconies as a passageway to get from one cabin to another. It greatly increases noise and commotion for passengers whose balconies are nearby. I say this as someone who was also disappointed to discover the "new" policy when we were on a cruise with another couple. (We didn't want to use the balconies as a passageway, but rather to sit together and experience the view.)
  7. Totally agree about Teppanyaki. The first time we went (years ago) it was fun, and a little loud but the food was good. The last two times we went, it was SO LOUD I couldn't wait to get out of there. You couldn't even hear what was going on at your own table. Food wasn't as good, either. I probably won't go there again.
  8. I always order the sole. Delicious! And I second the opinion on the loss of the profiteroles, my favorite dish on NCL. But replacing that with "assorted ice cream"? Pretty sad, IMO.
  9. I am SO disappointed to see they have removed the profiteroles (cream puffs filled with ice cream and covered with chocolate sauce)! Those were my absolute favorite dish on NCL. We went to Le Bistro twice each cruise just to get that for dessert. Assorted ice cream? Pathetic replacement. 😞
  10. One annoying thing about people leaving their balcony doors open is that when I am sitting out on my balcony, I can hear their TV, or hear them yelling to each other from inside their cabin out to their own balcony, or to someone in the shower. Not very relaxing.
  11. If you're coughing, you should probably avoid friends and work anyway. Even if it's just a cold, who wants to catch someone's cold?
  12. Cruise lines will always book excursions for every day they can. It's a huge revenue source for them. If there are none listed right now, it's probably because they are still negotiating with excursion vendors and maybe even the Bermuda government. I've taken cruises to Bermuda pre-covid, and there were always excursions offered. However, as someone who has now been to Bermuda several times by sea and on land-based vacations (I just returned from a 10-day trip to Bermuda a few days ago), I would advise you to skip the excursions (if you're allowed to), and just do your planning yourself. The island is REALLY small. You can drive the entire length of the island in a car in a little more than an hour. The bus system is very easy to use and the locals are extremely friendly and helpful. It's a fairly short bus ride to any of a number of beautiful beaches, or you can take longer bus rides to Hamilton, the Crystal Caves, Swizzle Inn, etc. You could also take a ferry from the dockyard to Hamilton or to St. Georges. One caveat is that the line for the first buses and ferry on the first day can be very long. Get off the ship the earliest you can to beat the line. You can learn a lot more about this on the Bermuda message board under Ports of Call: https://boards.cruisecritic.com/forum/118-bermuda/ Finally, other options for getting around Bermuda are car rentals (of course), scooter rentals (very popular) or your could rent a Twizy. A Twizy is a tiny two-person tandem electric car. They are small with no trunk or storage, but we were able to carry snorkel gear, towels, a beach tent, and a cooler! Here we are in our Twizy:
  13. How do you get a PCC? I've always just called the reservations desk and set up the cruise with whomever answers. Is there some special program you sign up for to get assigned to a PCC?
  14. I recommend calling them up on the phone now, and not waiting until you are aboard the ship. I have found them to be extremely friendly and willing to help with things like this! Just take an extra dose of patience before you call. You might be on hold for awhile. Here's the phone number: 1-866-234-7350 Have a great cruise!
  15. I've never tried Ocean Blue, but I'm hoping to do so when we cruise in December. When I look at the Ocean Blue menu on the NCL site, it looks like there is only a surcharge on certain items. Am I reading this incorrectly?
  16. If you're not sure if you like musicals, check out this preview of the show. The show is less of a traditional "musical"... it's mostly just singing, with a tiny bit of a story to hook the songs to...the show is about friendship among a group of young guys at a pub in Ireland. At the beginning of the show, they invite all guests up to the stage to have a beer with the cast! 🙂 If you don't want to watch the whole preview here, at least give it a try to hear them sing "The Voice" at about the 5-minute mark. https://www.ncl.com/embark-series/video/the-choir-of-man Enjoy!
  17. Also, the Viking carries 960 passengers, while the Breakaway carries 3,963 passengers. Viking is probably sailing at reduced capacity right now, so that is a LOT fewer covid tests to administer. I can't imagine what it would take to administer almost 4,000 covid tests once the guests touch ground in port.
  18. There will be a meet-and-greet at the beginning of the cruise. After that, there will be planned events like dances, video games or other group games. My kids used to go to the initial meet-and-greet and thereafter they just hung around with the kids they met at that first event, sometimes at the teen club but mostly just walking around the ship, getting ice cream, etc. I would recommend that you talk to him ahead of time, and let him know that even though he might be scared, he should really try to be brave, and give it a shot by attending some events and trying to be friendly. Other kids will be "in the same boat" (see what I did there? 😉 ) and will also be nervous. If he does this, he'll have a great time and he'll meet friends that he might even stay in touch with forever. My daughters still have friends from cruises we took when they were kids.
  19. Thanks, ChiefMate. I prefer people not to speak for "all of us", even when I fall exactly into the same category of complaint. I had my cruise canceled last year, too. Cruises cost more now because it's going to cost more to provide more staff to keep everything Covid-safe, plus the cost of vaccinating them all...not to mention that EVERYTHING costs more right now (even bread and milk!). NCL is a business and needs to do what they can to get back out to sea.
  20. We are flying to Bermuda for a land-based vacation on July 5th of this year. Here are the current vaccination requirements for travelers to Bermuda: https://www.gov.bm/applying-bermuda-travel-authorisation
  21. I would not cancel my cruise. We are vaccinated and a majority of people are vaccinated. I know that if I get Covid at this point, it will not kill me. I am more likely to die in my daily commute from a car crash, and yet I still drive it twice a day. There is never a "no risk" situation. It's time for us to live our lives while we are still here.
  22. My favorite dish on NCL is the profitelores dessert in Le Bistro. Chocolate-covered pastry puffs filled with vanilla ice cream. Heaven! Looks like this (this is not the Le Bistro presentation, though).
  23. Yes! Would rather have selzer and a little dash of cranberry to add a little flavor.
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