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  1. We’ve been cruising NCL since 2002. There is definitely a pattern. Over time, the provisioners, chefs and/or the main office makes a decision to buy less expensive products in order to boost the bottom line. This continues until word gets out and threads like this start to become commonplace. Then with great fanfare, corporate announces spectacular new menus and the cycle starts all over again. I remember, sometime in the past, maybe around 2010, the food quality in Cagney’s got so poor, people stopped going—the meat had really degraded to like B-grade prison food (maybe slight exaggeration). It was so bad, you could walk into Cagney’s any night of the cruise at 7pm without a reservation. And then, guess what? A new menu came out! Threads like this do not surprise me.
  2. The black dots with the hours —24,48,72,96, etc. show where the storm is forecast to be at a certain time. The Dawn will have long returned to Boston long before the storm gets up there, if it goes up there. These long-term forecasts are not very accurate and should not be relied upon past 72 hours or so.
  3. Excursions booked through the cruise line will be refunded in full. Independent excursions are buyer beware. Honest providers will refund any monies paid, others may not. It is unlikely you would have any recourse against an independent contractor in a foreign country outside of a chargeback on your credit card.
  4. In bound ships have an “appointment” with the port. That is, an expected time of arrival. When a ship misses their arrival time, they essentially have to reschedule their arrival time. There are so many moving parts/people to coordinate the ships arrival: Harbor pilots. Longshoremen. Stevedores. Port agents. Customer service staff. Provisioning trucks. Ground transportation, etc. Many of these people had already completed their shifts or had moved on to other ships/berths. Once the Star missed its calling time, all the shore-side providers needed to be rescheduled and the ship assigned a new arrival time. So if it seems they were further delays getting into port, this is the reason. Furthermore, disembarkation was probably a mess as the shoreside staff was most likely short staffed as the new arrival time was outside their normal staffing hours and the new crews had to be cobbled together. These combination of events are what led to the disembarkation delays and service issues pax experienced upon return. After 30-plus cruises, I have seen the embarkation/disembarkation chaos and resulting service interruptions several times due to a delayed ship. Unfortunately, it stinks for both the arriving and departing pax, but it is not out of the norm for these events. IMO, the vitriol should be aimed at the jumper, the proximate cause of people’s misery, and not the cruise line. The cruise line was a victim too and probably suffered significant financial losses due to the event.
  5. Completely disagree. For those that do this frequently, five hours of comfortable sleep is a godsend. It can recharge you 90% for the next day. One to two hours of fitful sleep completely ruins me for full next day activities—makes it feel like a 48 hour day.
  6. That’s going to be awkward trying to staff the Spirit with a Chinese crew on a seasonal basis. Sure they can redeploy some of the Joy’s crew to other ships, but to have to coordinate and swap out crews for a seasonal deployment would be a logistical nightmare.
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