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  1. LOL. You missed the point completely. Of course there will be cruise ships sailing with no issues and YES the cruise lines will enforce rules, etc. However, Covid is exploding again in the US. If cruising resumed even with short cruises it would just be a matter of time Covid started spreading on cruise ships. The amount of traveling people do through airports, etc. It would not be possible to have cruising "normal" again during a pandemic. It would be a matter of time we would be quarantining ships again. Again, its not their fault. Its how this virus spreads. We cant even keep it from professional sports here in the USA. We cant keep it from schools no matter how hard they try. We cant keep it from the White House. Cruise ships would be no different. Just yesterday the chief of staff for the White House stated they could no longer contain the virus and are focusing on treatments only.
  2. I totally believe that cruise lines will go the extra mile to make sure all of their ships exceed every social distancing guideline, etc. I would never be afraid to cruise. But the reality is that during a worldwide pandemic, it would be impossible to believe that passengers with Covid would not make it on board. It also would be unrealistic that that person or persons did not pass it to a few other people. If you research global pandemics, they seesaw back and forth and hit their peak one year into the pandemic. That means January 2021 would be officially 1 year. We have made it this far. We WILL get through this. Lets not turn against each other. We WILL all cruise again
  3. White sandy beaches are all over the Caribbean. My favorites are eastern itineraries though. Honeymoon Beach - St John Long Bay Beach - Tortola The western ones are good too though.
  4. I am so sorry for your loss. You have shared so many photos and cruise experiences with your wife over the years. My condolences. You have such special memories of cruising with her. I do agree with you on not booking anything until we see how things go. I am not sure how enjoyable cruising can be with closed gyms, spas, limited restaurant and entertainment seating, and no roaming off the ship. As they say, its day by day until a better tomorrow. I hope all of us will be back to cruising somewhat normal in a not so normal world anymore.
  5. No. The lounge is very quiet and plays soft Zen music. Everyone enters the lounge from the main entrance. We had our own private door. Being at the far end of the hall meant no cabins past our door so no foot traffic past the door. I never saw anyone come down our hall to enter into the lounge. They all use the main entrance by the pool area. Although each cruise is different. Our sailing had very few kids in the Haven and the lounge was mostly empty on most days. I have read and seen videos of kids running and screaming through the Haven area on Encore. The cabin is so close yet far away from the lounge that even if it was loud in there, you would never hear anything in your cabin. Its probably the quietest cabin I have ever stayed in. One drawback is being so high and so forward, you really feel the motion. I did not sleep well the first 2 nights because of it. But that was the only negative.
  6. Not been on Bliss but sailed Encore and the suite complex is the same. 17100 is a 2 bedroom at the far end of the hall adjacent to the Horizon lounge. When you open the door and the Horizon lounge is just steps away from your cabin, it almost feels like part of the cabin. Want something to snack on or a drink. Their buffet is just steps away. My inlaws had their tea and coffee there every morning. Being at the end of the hall also has advantages. No foot traffic back and forth. Also the door we went to the Horizon lounge to is not the main entrance (that is from the Haven pool area). So we pretty much had our own private entrance. Having said all of that, the Haven complex on these ships (Joy, Bliss, Encore) are so big and nice each cabin has a perk to its location. The ones on deck 18 are near the incredible restaurant. Deck 17 has the pool, Horizon lounge, and concierge desk. I liked being on deck 17 because the concierge saw you every day multiple times as you walked past them. You really cant go wrong picking any of them. But if I sailed again (Bliss or Encore), I would try to score 17100 again. Plus the balconies on deck 17 are so much larger and can support loungers and multiple chairs vs deck 18.
  7. Thats not cheap at all. Unless of course you asked your butler for personal massages or something 😉
  8. The 2 bedroom has the most amazing bathroom ever. Even though Epic is over 10 years old, its just as nice as the brand new Encore. The master bed also is in front of you (not on the side like the other ships) and you can lay in bed and look through the picture window in the bathroom to the sea. The 2 bedroom suite on Epic is still my favorite all time cabin.
  9. I could understand if it was Epic instead of the Sky. NCL seems to put the Sky on equal footing with the new ships and the price does not even reflect the Sky has no Haven complex. The Encore and Sky are not on equal footing. The Sky is a great little ship. But ships built in the 1990s are not even remotely the same as ships built today. I am just saying you are not getting the bang for the buck for these suite prices on Sky. Its completely apples and oranges. But maybe to new cruisers they see 2 more nights and think it deserves the higher price. You may be getting 2 more nights but the list of what Encore has over the Sky would be too long to mention here. IMHO, that's the fun of cruising older and smaller ships: PRICE But in FDR's world nothing is ever discounted 😉
  10. I love the Sky. I've been on her twice and she is a great ship. I was pricing cruises in February 2023 from Miami. Can you believe the NCL Sky penthouse suite is more expensive than the NCL Encore penthouse suite? No joke. They both sail from Miami in February 2023 however the Sky has 9 nights and the Encore 7 nights. There is no comparison between the ships. The Sky has no Haven complex and has only a few specialty restaurants. The Encore has so many more bells and whistles and the experience would not even remotely be the same. I do understand you get 2 extra nights on the Sky but holy moly no way the cruise should be more than the Encore. I realize the Sky has been refurnished but she is old and limited compared to such a megaship like Encore. The Encore Haven passengers get a fancy personal restaurant and a personal forward lounge not to mention the sundeck, and pool, etc. The Sky has none of that not to mention the entertainment and venues, etc. Seriously. NCL pricing is hard to understand.
  11. I've never had luck with the pre-cruise concierge. I tested it again with my cruise in February. 2 simple requests and neither was fulfilled. However both were taken care of the first day when I spoke to our room attendant and butler. I would not waste my time with them again. When you sail a suite, everything can be taken care of the day you board by the concierge or butler so IMHO its not worth the time emailing or talking to the pre-cruise concierge.
  12. I was in 16001 and its several feet wider than the other 2 bedroom suites. LOVE this suite. Its like a mini owners suite. Could not have made a better choice.
  13. How funny. You used my video. Small world. This was filmed Christmas week (notice the decorations on the windows) 2010 during Epic's inaugural year. We loved the room but it definitely had some quirks. I love the Epic and wish she would come back to Miami. As others have pointed out, the Haven on Epic is incredible.
  14. 3 more years of higher prices, latitude cut backs, and creative ways to find new fees.
  15. Interesting thread because someone at work was telling me how their 7 night RCCL cruise was cancelled this summer and they rescheduled for next summer. She was telling me prices are so good. I was curious and decided to look at cruises in February 2023. I booked the same suite on the Encore that I booked in 2018 when prices were high on a new ship (was still being built in 2018). The cruise price for another 7 night eastern Caribbean, same ship, same month, same suite was pretty much the same. It was a few hundred dollars less but the perks were also less. 2 night specialty dining instead of 3. The Encore will almost be 4 years old in 2023 yet the Haven prices are exactly the same even during a global pandemic. I am not actively cruise shopping so I cant comment on other lines or other kinds of cabins. This is just my personal experience from 2018 to a mock booking for 2023 with everything the same. If it was substantially less, I would flirt with the idea of actually booking. But NCL is not interested in bringing back cruisers like me. They want new cruisers who have no point of reference on pricing. So I think the prices with NCL are still high which is odd if they are trying to get people back to cruising.
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