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  1. Not true, even in the previous century I preferred to deal directly with reservation computers via my laptop and not use any person as intermediary. Computers are obedient and patient for endless queries. I once spent 40 hours exploring and setting up a miraculous chain of ferry arrangements, and no meat puppet is gonna handhold me thru that.
  2. It's hard to get a diet formula to taste good, so those of us no longer mainlining the corn syrup stuff have a right to be picky. But onboard you aren't gonna cross the coke/pepsi products line because they give a special deal to stay exclusively one family or the other including more than just drink products. And those combo dispensing machines give incredible variety of dozens of diet flavors within a family, but seem a nightmare to keep in service even on land. Everyone here is overlooking a huge way to spice up mediocre sugarless drinks - those super concentrated "liquid water
  3. I hate phone transactions like the plague - is there no button for cancelling on the NCL site where I originally made the reservation? They should be able to give a cancel confirmation # so you can be confident in clicking into an alternate reservation. I reserved under the program of free and easy cancellations or whatever they called it thru October. Otherwise it looks like they are fighting revenue loss simply thru inconvenience, like the way you have to talk to a backroom thug face to face to cancel a gym membership. Or wrestle with endless phone menus and argue at length with
  4. I am still twisting in the wind, having been 1 day behind others in getting prelim approval. I imagine only on the last day of every month they will check to see if there is any cash to disperse, if the refund program hasn't been cancelled by then. If I get a refund, I plan to hang tight for a few years for the demand bubble to settle down, then catching up with some back to back cruises.
  5. I always had good luck bringing delicious specialty sodas on board NCL at the end of port stops. Six packs galore, for instance of hyper caffeinated "Antarctica" which looks exactly like forbidden beer if the reboard staff can't read the Portuguese label. If chilling is a problem, a lot of diet drinks can be surprisingly good tepid. It really can be more of an opportunity rather than a constraint because you don't know what you are missing from abroad. It was a thrill for me to guzzle blackcurrent soda in my cabin, scarce in my own country because growing that berry has been banned
  6. And somebody has to pay the ever increasing costs of downtime when they don't have zero wage, dockage, and fuel bills, let alone carrying costs of however they finance the ships.
  7. I had switched from the Hawaii loop to the original Hawaii-Tahiti run due to the poor value of the Hawaii only loop. The Tahiti run used to cost far less per day and made most of the same Hawaii stops. This is because of special stifling regulation of the Hawaii-only run making it super costly and possibly less satisfying. I looked forward to the long equator crossing journey at sea bookended by exciting stops at both ends, and was going to ride it in both directions. I was disappointed by NCL dropping the most interesting far flung stop in the Marquesas recently, and what was at f
  8. It might be they only issue at end of months. I got prelim approval 4/15 but FCC is still stuck in my account. I hope NCL comes thru in time (or at all) for some big dental charges reaching my cc. I committed to having elective work done after making a quick killing in crypto, which I lost soon after. 😝
  9. Day and nite in majestic Rome or scruffy little Civita.? Always consider the train, which won't be so bunched up with cruise passengers as in the other direction. Also don't robotically choose Rome central station for departure; from there I think it slowly orbits around southern Rome stops which make for intriguing alternate departure/visiting places and faster trip. If you are allergic to Rome itself, maybe spend the day right near the airport and the magnificent archeo site of Ostia Antica which is like a peaceful version of Pompeii. Maybe hotel at adjacent (scruffy?) beach town
  10. If idle or even cruising along a scenic coast, a nice investment would be the latest generation of stabilized binoculars. They apply anti-jiggle technology like on a gopro to make high magnification practical. Very expensive, so better value on a monocular. I got an earlier generation monocular using gyro stabilization and nonrechargeable batteries.
  11. This is the opposite of my experience on Oahu for months. I walk to the main tourist beach as one of the few masked people and rarely see enforcers and never any in action. Not wanting to leave my gaiter on the beach to be swiped so that I can't legally walk home, I get it wet in the water and then nearly die of asphyxiation when refitting the wet clogged thing to my face on return. I will admit my stretch of beach has weird conflicting jurisdiction issues, sort of like a nearby marina where you can't call the police but apparently only some rarely available kind of marine police.
  12. There was recent news about the Lt Gov doctor aiding interisland travel with vaxx passports or a bunch of similar measures for folks who may have lost vaxx card or whatever. Meant for residents but should have wider effect. They stupidly paused local J&J vaxx even tho it should be recipients judgement call about infinitesimal risks, but other vaxx campaign is progressing well locally.
  13. So you applied FCC to Dec cruise? It wouldn't even let me apply FCC to a down payment or whatever it's called, and there was no reason for me to spend FCC before much later deadlines. Even my down payment seems to be refundable under the pre-Halloween sailings promotion. Probably my luck will turn sour and have a snag on a technicality anyway. PS later edit: I have to enthuse that as I typed NCL gave me prelim FCC refund approval, bless their hearts. A potential obstacle is the cc they would refund to no longer exists; that is I had to have at least the acct number changed due to a
  14. The request form is extremely generic, mostly asking for info not relevant to FCC issue, like current booking. I hope I assumed correctly that they have my multiple suspension history at hand and I didn't have to dig up a bunch of old booking numbers or dates or worst of all have to attach my various suspension letters.
  15. The close run war for US independence could be considered won by mass innoculation of US troops. Benedict Arnold and Benjamin Franklin advocated it due to rampaging smallpox and George Washington secretly ordered the controversial measure even tho it sickened troops for a month and killed some. It was very successful in an age when the majority of war fatalities were due to disease rather than combat.
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