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  1. Ha ha - my DW and I are in the middle of 5 1/2 week holiday with an NCL Getaway cruise out of NOLA sailing 22 March booked for her 60th birthday. We are currently in Mexico, flying into NOLA on Monday morning with car hire and hotels booked for a week in Louisiana before boarding. Flights booked for Sunday 29th after scheduled disembarkation back to Mexico for a few days, and booked in the week thereafter back to South Africa. What a ......... I suppose I will have to try to get the the flights moved forward if possible - and at what cost. A FCC or refund won’t make it up for
  2. Wow. So many people on this forum mention media hysteria - but the comments made here show a far higher level of hysteria - already turning to anger. Many of the comments seem solely from a personal point of view - I want my money back, and I want it right now. And when they can’t get their way they become abusive. A few things to consider. I am certain that cruise companies business continuity risk assessments will have identified something like this - but I doubt that a board would be able to recommend to shareholders that such a reserve could be withheld on the balance
  3. Whilst I understand the comments about the buffet - I don’t see that as the biggest risk of exposure - if (god forbid) someone onboard has the virus. My understanding is that the vast majority of cases come from direct transmission - being close to someone contagious - so the higher risk places would be in one of the entertainment venues, or queuing in a corridor for a tender - or queuing for one of the restaurants, or sitting or queuing at a bar. I still see plenty people coughing and sneezing without covering their mouth - hopefully our fellow cruisers will have better etiquette. As I s
  4. We are on Getaway sailing 22 March and definitely sailing - unless circumstances change and the cruise was cancelled. I don’t understand the comments about “mass hysteria” - what I am hearing is very calm and measured cautions - especially for those over 70 and with underlying health conditions. Being a little selfish - I am hoping that plenty of people do decide to cancel/defer and the ship is not full. As per previous comments - my only concern is that someone does come down with the virus and we get quarantined.
  5. Remember the comparative size of the countries. China locked down provinces with a much bigger population than Italy.
  6. Thanks for your review RMC1 - we are sailing on Getaway on 22 March - so was interested to see your detailed review. we sailed Celebrity Summit out of Puerto Rico and really enjoyed it. The food was excellent and it is very nice starting and finishing in the Lesser Antilles rather than taking half the time to get there, and half back from Florida ports. To my memory the drinks package was also even better than the NCL package. summit is a relatively small ship - with a really great sail away bar at the stern. Thanks again for the review.
  7. Thanks for the review Reuben - great and relevant information for us. We a couple of similar age to you and cruise on Getaway in March (it will be my wife’s 60th birthday on the cruise). Have just received our plane tickets, and our flight out of NOLA has been brought forward from 11h45 to 10h36 - which heightened my (slight) concern about the time to a bit of a worry. We booked our flights as early as possible to get the best fare, and now American want $300 each to change to a later flight - even though they changed the time. So we are going to hope the ship docks on time, get in line f
  8. Thank you - answered all my questions about departure morning.
  9. For me, Moderno is a “meat fest” - which is probably what churrascaria restaurants are. However, there is so much food on a cruise that I would rather have lesser portions of well prepared dishes - but again there is frequent criticism on the forum as to the quality of food on NCL. (My DW and I found the food quality generally very good across all the venues we ate at.) For my DW and I, Moderno was ok, but we won’t be visiting on our upcoming cruise. We didn’t find the salad bar particularly good - no better at all than the salad bar at our local family steakhouse. The meat was pretty goo
  10. Fair point. If the person using their own utensils or tongs can only do it on items where they can pick them up without any chance of touching other parts of the food concerned then it does seem a bit pointless. So best option may well be to use the utensils provided, and then re clean your hands before eating. And repeat every time you go back - if you can remember! Even if I remember, I fear the reply from my DW if I mentioned it after the first visit 😠
  11. Yes, an option. I think we will probably go to the Garden Cafe at 6 - hopefully not too busy then.
  12. There are a few interesting comments on this thread: The OPs original comment about the tongs, and the use of a patron’s own (unused) fork or spoon, should help in not picking up a contamination left on serving spoons or tongs by persons ahead in the queue - which could be many. And if the person has only used the tongs/utensils on the items they took - then I can’t see anything wrong with it? The right thing to do before eating is as the poster who advised to wash hands and sanitize before entering the buffet, and then sanitize before eating. Anything you have touched in the buffet are
  13. Thank you all - particularly Reuben for the very up to date advice about disembarkation in NOLA. Looks like it will be fingers crossed for an on schedule arrival. Early breakfast and off as soon as possible. Previously we have always had late flights and been one of the last off - and still had long waits at the airport.
  14. The only thing using the tongs will do is prevent you from spreading contamination onto the food. If the food you are picking up is already contaminated then the tongs won’t help. With regard to the earlier post about food being prepared with bare hands - many, many restaurants do this - and there is no problem with it if proper hygiene is used and hands are washed regularly. A virus only gets transferred from hands if it is on the hands - so it is as easy to transmit from a gloved hand as a bare hand. A positive (if one can find a positive) of the current circumstances is that most peop
  15. Thanks www3 - but open what time? What time does Garden Cafe open for full breakfast, and does O’Sheehan’s remain open 24hrs on departure morning?
  16. Apologies if this has been asked recently - I did do a search before posting but nothing relevant came up. We are cruising on Getaway in March and have a flight out of New Orleans departure time 11h45. I have read a number of posts on the forum that recommend self assist departure in order to get to the airport with less hassle, and plan to do so. Can anyone advise if O’Sheehan’s remains open on departure morning for an early breakfast - and if Garden Cafe opens early. Thanks in advance for advice.
  17. Just adding to this topic. We are cruising in late March, and yesterday I tried to make restaurant reservations for all seven evenings on the NCL App. Only one was available. I phoned the call line, and the consultant was extremely pleasant and helpful. I only tried to make our speciality restaurant reservations with her and she was able to confirm one - but at a slightly earlier time. Other availabilities were early or late dining times. She did ask how I had tried to make the reservations, and said that I might find using the website better than the App, and said that only 40% of
  18. We took the 2 for 1 future cruise offer on our cruise last year - paying $250. We used it for the $500 deposit on our cruise next March - which I booked when one of the special sales were on (think it was labour day) with all the perks. The sales agent we dealt with was really good - and wanted to understand our circumstances in order to find what was best for us - and cautioned that at that time NCL had only guaranteed that you could use 2 vouchers on one cruise until the end of that year - they were likely to extend it, but it wasn’t guaranteed - so don’t know the current circumstances
  19. Yes, I did see that, which was why I specifically mentioned her because she was the last person to post to my original question. I will follow her review on the forum, but would be interested in some feedback specific to the moans currently posted in recent reviews.
  20. Just refreshing my original post - and interested to see that Deeliteful is currently on board. I again see the reviews are terrible for Getaway - but the strange thing is that they are mostly first time reviewers - it seems so strange that such a big proportion when there are so many frequent cruisers? The consistent themes seem to be very long waits to embark, slow service, and long waits for tenders (which we did experience on Epic). When we cruised on Epic last year it was a pretty full Med cruise - but apart from after the drill on the first evening I cannot recall ever having
  21. Thanks BirdTravels, I contacted the travel agency (one of the big online cruise agencies) and they confirmed that it will be “gifted” as $100 on board credit which we can use as we choose. I’m happy as it was an additional “perk” over and above the Free at Sea perks we got from NCL.
  22. Apologies if this has been asked before - but Search I didn’t find any posts. Our reservation from our booking agent included a perk of “Two Speciality Dinners for Two ($100 value)”. The agent advised that this would be in the form of a voucher in our welcome pack. We have the Speciality Dining Package for Two - so this is an additional perk. I want to pre-book our dining so would like to see how to plan our dinners. I “googled” this item and found an NCL item that said that it includes one dinner at Cagney’s or Le Bistro and one dinner at La Cucina or Moderno and
  23. I agree with Keith’s post. I had a work colleague - who was in a senior position and we attended frequent functions with our wife's, and he and his wife constantly criticized and moaned - and eventually my wife and I came to the conclusion that it was just how they made conversation with each other. We enjoy our holidays - and generally are able to laugh off the not so great experiences - and on our cruises to date cannot recall a single bad meal - there may have been a so-so or “not for me” dish in a meal, but I cannot recall any entire meal that IMO was poor. We love margaritas
  24. Again thanks for the reassurance. Keith probably summed up Freestyle well - and we do like the approach. I will plan our eating venues again and prebook - must just work around the departure times and sunsets as we do enjoy a cocktail with a nice view.
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