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  1. We arrive into LAX late Friday afternoon prior to a cruise. We're staying at the Westin LAX and I see there is a Liquor store quite close by (0.5 mile). Is this a safe walk say around 6pm on a Friday? Map of the walk below: https://www.google.com/maps/dir/The+Westin+Los+Angeles+Airport,+5400+W+Century+Blvd,+Los+Angeles,+CA+90045/LAX+LIQUOR,+West+Century+Boulevard,+Inglewood,+CA/@33.9450575,-118.3723732,17z/data=!3m2!4b1!5s0x80c2b6dc94a20cff:0xf57d4e229aaaab36!4m14!4m13!1m5!1m1!1s0x80c2b6dcdd337f09:0x927d65b069cb4fc8!2m2!1d-118.3741048!2d33.9450081!1m5!1m1!1s0x80c2b6e628996e57:0x95ee04fd71d349cc!2m2!1d-118.3662272!2d33.9450661!3e2
  2. We have our first cruise with Carnival soon... they let you bring on a bottle of wine each per cabin?
  3. I bought one as a surprise for my wife before our Hawaii cruise. It was really handy as they collect their loaners back after each class and my wife wanted to keep practicing... Just chatted with here and either: https://www.amazon.com/Kala-Learn-Ukulele-Starter-Mahogany/dp/B01F543PAW/ref=sr_1_5?s=musical-instruments&ie=UTF8&qid=1509407417&sr=1-5&keywords=ukele&dpID=51IRjUlliFL&preST=_SY300_QL70_&dpSrc=srch or https://www.amazon.com/Guitars-UKETCMAH-Concert-Mahogany-Ukulele/dp/B003L7VQMA/ref=sr_1_25?s=musical-instruments&ie=UTF8&qid=1509407417&sr=1-25&keywords=ukele Are good - We got the Luna. She now has some crazy $1k Uke but always travels with the Luna as less risk if it got damaged or lost!
  4. We once booked 10 days prior to a 41 night Seattle to New Zealand Cruise. That was a little nuts and we had to pull our 5 and 8 year old out of school and arrange to hone school during the duration too!
  5. a shame since we planned to use it tomorrow! Notified in cabin tonight it's not running Thur or Fri due to mechanical issues.
  6. You should have said that wouldn't be a problem as you'll be having 6 glasses.
  7. I wouldn't worry about it these days. Even the Attorney General and National Security Adviser of the USA "forget" to document meeting Russian agents on Federal Security Clearance forms so something trivial like the above won't be an issue. :)
  8. We're mid forties with two kids 9 and 11. We cruise most often on Princess and NCL. NCL Bermuda cruise coming up this month and a Princess Mexico cruise coming up for Thanksgiving. Both lines are great. Like Princess outdoor movie screen w/popcorn, milk and cookies! Food slightly better on Princess, buffet slightly better on NCL. Shows/Entertainment a bit better on NCL in our experience but it varies a lot. We sail on whoever has the best deal across all lines but NCL and Princess are the two we end up on the most due to west coast locations etc.
  9. Our oldest (now 11) loves NCL, HAL and Princess kids clubs and he is shy/introverted. He actually prefers them to DCL which was more chaotic/less organized. Our kids (now 9 and 11) have been on NCL and Princess the most since they were 3 (NCL used to allow 3 year olds in kids club with pager for when diapers needed changing) - and they've loved every trip. We're about to go back on NCL to Bermuda next month so we'll see if they still like it now they're older. Last year we were on DCL.
  10. We're both in our mid 40's with two kids 11 and 9. We've probably been cruising since 2008 or so when the kids were very small! We've booked everything from NCL Owner Suite on the Pearl to insides to OV's on Disney to balconies to mini-suites to penthouses to an inside for 4 on a 41 night HAL cruise from Seattle to New Zealand. What we've found is that even when in the suites or balconies (or even the inside for the 41 night-er) we are just never in our room. We wake up, shower, head out and thats it - even on sea days. When we get back to the room later at night we're so tired we just crash out. Often we've booked balconies thinking it will be nice to sit out there after the kids get to sleep - only to find nope - we are asleep too! So now we basically just book whatever room is the best deal. Sure if an OV is only a bit more we'll grab it - if a balcony is a few hundred more we might grab it. But we find we just don't use the room much. Same for us on land vacations. We're going to NYC after our Breakaway Cruise this coming June and we're not paying for a fancy room/hotel - we're just never there!
  11. Once I log into NCL.com how do I re-check what I booked? "My Vacation Home" and "Vacation Summary" pages don't seem to show dining reservations made? Under "Vacation Summary" page there is a "Print Booked Items" page but when i open that for dining it shows the reservations but no dates only times and under "Guests" it only shows one guest and ours were booked with 2 guests on Cagneys and Le Bistro and 4 guests for Moderno... Any ideas?
  12. Love HAL as well as Princess. We're in our mid 40's with two kids... Platinum on Princess and 3 star on HAL and would sail either - whichever has the better deal. HAL's option to pay a relatively modest sum for unlimited cabin laundry is wonderful especially on their longer cruises but even on the 7 days with 2 kids its great! The piano bar on HAL is better. Food very similar though I like the late night section of the buffet that changes each night (if they still do that its been two years since we last sailed with them). Oh and option to have formal night (or any night) dinners brought to the cabin is wonderful with kids too if you don't want to do the whole formal night thing in the main dinning room.
  13. I think it depends how long you plan to spend in the room. We use it for sleeping and showering - aside from that we are never in the room so not a big deal. We've sailed everything from Owners Suites to Insides and now always book Insides - We're just not in the cabin long enough to make the others worth while.
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