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  1. Not something I would do again. I guess it depends on your group. Our group seemed too big. One person sort of "took over" and the rest of us were pretty much left out unable to see the clues, hear the discussion etc. We also had a lot of young kids running around putting random numbers in the "treasure chest". Eventually they were the ones to get it open by chance. I honestly would have enjoyed Howl at the Moon, a comedy show, live music etc. much more.
  2. Yes I do. But I have been using it this way for years with no problem. I suspect it is about getting the medication on your fingers and into your eyes etc. You have to be very careful. I wash my hands etc. very carefully. The amount of medication with 1/2 patch works for me and I don't have any side effects. If I used a whole patch maybe I would. This is my choice and I am not recommending anyone else do it.
  3. I used the Transderm Scop patch on a recent cruise that went through the remnants of Diego. The seas were high and there were lots of people seasick. I always get seasick, but the patch works for me. I actually cut it in half and use it. I don't get any side effects other than being a bit tired at night. I could not cruise without it. I have tried everything else, but for me this is the answer.
  4. Just got back from Escape in the Caribbean. We had the good fortune to have out Grand Tour of St Kitts led by Mr Grey. This was the best tour I have ever taken. The man is so knowledgeable about his island and it's history. Unlike other tours that drop you off and say be back in 30 minutes, Mr Grey went into every venue with us. At Romney Manor he knew the common and scientific names to all the trees and plants as well as where they came from. If we went through on our own it would have been pretty, but we would not have gotten as much out of it. I missed the demo at Carib Batik (long bathroom line) and when I mentioned it, Mr. Grey took me back in and I had a private demo. We never felt rushed. During our drives Mr. Grey would tell us about famous people who grew up on St. Kitts and could recite their poetry and even treated us to a few songs like "Amazing Grace" and we all joined in "Hark the Herald Angels Sing" with him. He knew where everyone on the tour came from and tried to tie in pertinent facts from their homes. He even wrote "Congrats David on your MBA" on the van window when we mentioned we were here to celebrate that, along with Happy Anniversary to another couple. All I can say is I was blown away with this tour.
  5. Just curious if people bring alcoholic drinks into the spa. I'm used to seeing people drinking in the pools and Jacuzzis on deck. Not sure what to expect in the spa with all those beverage packages.
  6. We are staying at the Fairfield Inn and suites in North Bergen, NJ. They also have a cruise package and shuttle to Manhattan or Bayonne. They are a fairly new hotel so I have not read much about them on these boards, but they get great reviews on Trip Advisor. They were very helpful on the phone, extending the length of time we could leave a car with them at no extra charge. I would love to hear from anyone out there who has done the cruise package with them.
  7. I have sailed on both Breakaway (I think this is a "sister" ship to Escape) and Summit to Bermuda. I agree that sailing out of Bayonne is much easier than Manhattan. Driving in NYC is a nightmare for us. In fact, on our next Escape sailing we are staying in New Jersey and letting them shuttle us back and forth to the port so we don't have to drive. The ships are very different. ( I would love to see the Summit after she is overhauled.) NCL appeals to a younger more active crowd with ropes courses, slides etc. There are so many activities at night it is hard to be bored if you are a night-owl. I find Celebrity a bit more refined with great entertainment and food. We sailed at both times in June. The Summit never seemed overcrowded. Breakaway was packed with people. I felt it was too crowded. We actually were thankful to have an aft balcony to "escape" at times. If crowds are a concern, be careful if your date is when schools are out for the summer, and many schools get out in late May or early June depending on the state.
  8. I actually emailed NCL about this problem about 1 week ago. This was the response: Thank you for contacting the Automation Support Desk at Norwegian Cruise Line. We sincerely apologize for the technical difficulties you were experiencing while trying to navigate our site. Our IT Department had been working on our site and it was giving issues like this one. This issued has since then been fixed and you should be able to go through the site without a problem. We suggest that you clean out the cookies & cache from your computer, because this too can cause this error message to appear.
  9. Thanks for all your replies. Looking forward to the show, the meal not so much.
  10. This sounds like a must do, but I had a few questions. 1. What is the meal served now? I have read bangers and mash may have been replaced with beef wellington. 2. How early before your reservation should you arrive? 3. Do you have dinner first followed by the show?
  11. Worst thing I ever brought was 2 bottles of wine on a cruise where we had a beverage package. What were we thinking? (Drink before dinner or on balcony?) We never opened them (drinks were easy to get and bring back to room) and carried them off the ship at the end.
  12. I am booked on the Escape in a Spa Balcony. I recently noticed that the prices of the Aft Balconies had dropped to the point where I could actually change to an Aft, purchase Thermal spa Passes, and still be about $30 ahead. My NCL guy told me there is nothing he could do. He also insisted that all the Aft balconies on Escape are 32 square feet. Now I have not been on the Escape, but I have been on Breakaway and I know some of the Aft balconies are huge depending on the deck. I am in final payment, but I don't see how it would not be to NCL's advantage to move me to an Aft, have me pay for an additional 3 thermal passes ($279x3), and then "sell" my spa balcony off to a high bidder since there are none available on my cruise, There are at least 15 Aft balconies available so why am I being discouraged from doing this?
  13. Thank you for your reply. Perhaps I did not make my question clear. I do know that the Levity Group performs in Headliners. I wondered why NCL lists them as 2 separate activities you can book once on board. Is it the same thing listed under 2 different activity headings or are there 2 different things going on. The descriptions are pretty much identical. Since you can't make reservations online, there is no way to go in and check if the dates and times are different. Just doing some OCD preplanning.
  14. Under the"Entertainment" option in "Explore and Plan" I've noticed separate listings for "Headliners Comedy Club" and "Levity Entertainment Group" which is in the comedy club. I know I can't book until I'm on board, but can anyone tell me what the difference is? The descriptions sound pretty similar.
  15. We are also sailing out of NYC on December 9. We are about 3 hours away and are driving up the day before and staying at a hotel in NJ that will shuttle us to and from the cruise port. We also bought trip insurance and the thermal pass which will come in handy on the first and last days when it is cold. Hopefully we are prepared for all eventualities.
  16. Thank you. This works. ( And remember to click "This Forum".) I hope they fix all the problems with this "new and improved" model soon. I prefer the old one.
  17. I also sailed on Celebrity out of Baltimore and loved it. We also took Empress of the Seas to Bermuda out of Baltimore and loved the 7 day cruise. Grandeur only does 5 days to Bermuda with 1 overnight. I enjoy the extra time on the island and have driven to NYC to sail NCL and Celebrity 7 day cruises to Bermuda. Wish we had more options in Baltimore. The itineraries just don't interest me.
  18. We are thinking of staying here and using the Stay, Park, Shuttle & Cruise Option. It is a fairly new hotel, but it looks like it is in a rather questionable area. My DH is concerned about leaving our car here for over a week. Has anyone stayed here or does anyone know the area? The Hampton and Hilton Garden Inn in Ridgefield Park are my other options.
  19. We recently bought an Otentik Sunshade and are thinking of bringing it on our cruise. It comes in 3 sizes and has 2 collapsible aluminum poles. It is very lightweight and comes with a bag that you can sling over your shoulder. It would take up little room in a suitcase and would be easy to get on a bus. It is easy to set up and what I like about it is that it is very open so air can circulate. We have had the pop ups that are open on one side and even with the "windows" they get very hot in the sun. Instead of stakes you fill up four bags with sand. The sand shakes right off when you take it down. It is even machine washable. http://www.amazon.com/Otentik-Beach-SunShade-Original-Sunshade/dp/B01M9I9EQL/ref=sr_1_1_sspa?ie=UTF8&qid=1537286618&sr=8-1-spons&keywords=otentik+sun+shade&psc=1
  20. Thank you all for your input. I have some good info to go on. There is a croc store near me where we could try on shoes which helps. I never thought about using them as water shoes. The other ideas and websites are also much appreciated. I would love to go to Maui to pick some up for our Caribbean cruise, but sadly I don't think that is going to happen.
  21. I am trying to buy a pair of men's water shoes in wide. I need a shoe that would stretch to a EEE or EEEE. None of the search engines seem to helpful and most descriptions seem to say most shoes are narrow and fit tight. Just curious if anyone has had any success in finding water shoes for very wide feet. Since it is the end of the season, most local stores have little or nothing available to try on which would be preferable, I will probably have to order online.
  22. Thank you again. I am looking forward to Howl At The Moon even more now. I hope the same guys are there in December.
  23. I have done both the Celebrity Summit and NCL Breakaway (sister ship to Escape) to Bermuda. We sailed in June both times and enjoyed both cruises. There is a lot more to do on NCL in the way of slides, ropes course etc. It is great if that appeals to you. We didn't use it. NCL also has many more options for nightly entertainment. This we did enjoy. I will say the ship felt crowded compared to Summit although a fall sailing may eliminate the younger crowd and be quieter. One thing I loved about Summit was the adults only Solarium. It was a relatively quiet pool area indoors. It would be perfect for cool fall days or rainy weather if you enjoy pools. The Escape does not have an indoor pool unless you have a spa room or pay for the weekly pass to the spa (limited number). The Haven may also have its own indoor pool area, but someone else would have to speak to that as we have not sailed in The Haven. Also The Summit sails out of Cape Liberty, NJ which seemed a bit easier than driving into Manhattan for NCL. Overall, the Summit is a bit smaller and quieter. I would just compare prices and freebies.
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