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  1. On one crusie the piano player in the dining room struck up the Titanic theme just as the ship was pulling away from the dock. I thought it was a surreal moment, but no one else around me seemed to bat an eye! 😉
  2. No, you are not the only person who thinks that!! ;-) I also disagree with the premise of the referenced article which, for the most part, equates "best" with "lowest single supplement."
  3. Ensenada and Victoria, BC. (the two obligatory "near foreign ports" for west coast cruises).
  4. I agree with other comments that the size of deposit will vary greatly depending on the cruise line and whatever promotions they are offering at the time. Meanwhile...and maybe I haven't been observant on this point...but I don't recall seeing a deposit that varied based on the number of passengers included in the booking. ???
  5. Has anyone encountered issues when taking trekking poles through airport security? I suppose it's best if you are actually using the poles as a mobility device. But if collapsed in your carry-on luggage they MIGHT be prohibited.
  6. It seems like they always put 'em together as a queen by default. But I've wanted to try them separate...one to sleep in and one to pile stuff on. ;-)
  7. Probably the Panama Canal aboard the NCL Pearl. I got a super good deal on a balcony cabin. And the food options were great IMO, including an excellent buffet and an outdoor eating area on the stern. Add the sense of discovery with the canal and it was hard to go wrong!! :-)
  8. Thanks, good to know. 🙂
  9. I took a quick look at your Azamara thread and found it interesting. I have also given thought to trying a premium cruise line...and, you know what, I would expect to be completely "blown away." So I guess I will have to adjust my expectations downward. 😉
  10. I've always booked on my own, occasionally with the assistance of a cruise line travel rep. When booking last minute, you might not be able to "hold" a reservation for more than (say) 30 minutes. But that would at least give you a chance to nail down a flight reservation before you commit on the cruise.
  11. I've booked cruises at 2 - 3 weeks before sailing date and have found some great deals. I don't worry a whole lot about the so called single supplement because I believe it is a red herring. Rather, I look for good deals within my budget - typically up to $200 per day. By definition I've always gotten a great cabin location because, if it wasn't, I wouldn't have booked it. 😉 There will always be a few people who have to cancel at the last minute due to, say, medical or job-related reasons. But you have to follow the availabilities closely (several times per day) and be willing to make an INSTANT decision when something suitable appears. And if airfare is needed, you must simultaneously look for a good deal there.
  12. Just offering an off the cuff preference... I haven't cruised on either line, but I've always wanted to try Princess. Disney would probably scare me off due to the "kid factor."
  13. Speaking as a solo who prefers to dine alone, I disagree with your comment that NCL "freestyle" is notoriously singles-unfriendly. I think it's GREAT!! I'm never pressured to share a table, and in ~50 nights of travel, they've only asked me about twice. Different strokes for different folks. 😉
  14. When I was a kid in the 1960s, my grandparents took my cousin and me aboard their favorite ship, the SS Canberra, when it made a visit to Seattle. My GPs arranged the visit which included lunch in the dining room. They weren't passengers at the time, but they had been on the ship 2-3 times before. Not that that is in any way relevant to what happens today... ;-)
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