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  1. I found out the other day that if I lost my card I could go to the hospital where I received both doses of the vaccine and they would have it in their computer. Then they could make me another "original".
  2. That does make sense but we just decided to get a refund and apply it towards a 2023 cruise.
  3. We were all set to sail the Pearl in May of 2020 when covid hit. It was so disappointing because we loved the Pearl and really needed a vacation. So we jumped at the chance to reserve the Pearl for August 2022 and felt surely by then the whole covid thing would be a thing of the past. Fast forward to a couple of days ago and we decided that even though it is a year away we would cancel. I love NCL and I know they are doing what they need to but I just don't feel that I can commit to any of their sailings with all the different changes they are making. First it was covid test only. Then vaccination only. Then vaccination plus covid test. Then no masks, then masks etc. etc.( most of this told to me by their agents) Plus let's say even though we are vaccinated for some reason we test positive at the pier what do we do then? We would be flying in and couldn't (and wouldn't) risk infecting someone at a hotel or flying home. So here is a question.Are we stranded? Do they have protocols for this? Or is it a work in progress.
  4. In Ketchikan there is a lumberjack show that is very fun. A block or so away is a Tongass Rainforest museum/conservation education center. It is almost free to get in. The big attraction is a room with a huge screen that has an IMAX type movie of flying over the forest and glaciers. After that I didn't feel so bad about not taking a helicopter tour it was so beautiful. In Juneau we rented a car and drove to the Mendenhall glacier and then to Douglas Island and ate at a local pizza place. We were the only cruise passengers there. The Encore is a beautiful ship. My favorite part was the Observation lounge.
  5. It depends on the ship. If you are talking the Encore then the answer is no for the buffet, no for the main dining room( if you are willing to wait in a line) but for specialty restaurants then yes. If you are in the Haven then none needed in the Haven restaurant.
  6. We cruised the first week in Sept. inside passage. It was very pleasant. Not too hot not too cold. A hint of rain a couple of days. We loved it.
  7. When we were in Falmouth we just stayed in the fenced area. Had a good lunch, listened to some great music and shopped for souveniers Some friends of ours decided to venture outside the gate (even though we were advised it was not a good option) and headed back almost immediately.
  8. For Alaska the Haven forward cabins on decks 9 or 10on the Gem class ships can't be beat. They are not in the Haven area but come with all the perks. Keep in mind the Captain spins the ship around so everyone can get a good look space permitting so as long as you are in a balcony you can basically see everything.
  9. Lobster roll on the Encore Almond pastries on the Encore
  10. I may have missed it but has there been any info on saving the fall2021 New England cruise season by only going to US ports? Normally the round trips out of Boston or NY also go to Canadian ports.
  11. Last year our cruise was cancelled past final payment. I opted for a refund and received in in around 6 weeks.
  12. I have heard this from people who did back to backs. The shows were the same and even the answers to the trivia questions were the same LOL.
  13. Hello JamieLogical, As others have said it is a personal choice and given the fact the Haven cabins are more expensive you would need to weigh the pros and cons yourself. Our experience is a little different. I actually feel like on the Gem class ships (I have sailed on the Pearl, Gem, and Jade but not the Jewell) the Haven was a better experience than the Haven on the Encore. We stayed in an Owner's Suite on the Gem class that was so much bigger than all but the biggest Encore suite and it had wonderful balconies. When we did venture to the Haven area (we were not in that area) it was almost always deserted and very quiet. We could order drinks or food and sit in solitude there. On the Encore the Haven area attracted families with children and while I love children they dominated the pool are and were running and screaming unattended in the lounge area. Ironically when we went to the Observation lounge on the Encore that is for the non-Haven passengers it was relatively sedate and had a bar and food put out at 3:00. On both types of ships I loved the priority embarkation and disembarkation as I am a senior citizen and can't stand for long periods of time.
  14. I saw the servers singing Happy Birthday quite a few times on several ships in the restaurants along with some kind of dessert. I am not sure if you can arrange ahead of time or speak to the venue a few days before. I am pretty sure you can purchase decorations for your cabin too.
  15. I am wondering if Carey is going to be the Hotel Director on the Pearl after they restart. He has been on that ship forever and we think he is great.
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