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  1. Because of all the dining choices you have on the bigger ships you will see a big mix in the way people dress for formal night. On the smaller ships your choices are limited and I have found more dress up except on the short weekend cruises. The one class ship where a lot more do is Radiance but I think they attract an older crowd. For me to say that 30% dress formal or semi formal on Oasis class would be a stretch. I have sailed on all of them and never encountered that many in formal wear.
  2. Brilliance definitely attracts an older crowd. I was just on her in Jan and even though I am 69, I was bored. Food is great, cabin was nice but would never sail on her again. I am sure your family is excited to go on the cruise and I hope you have a great time. I don’t think you can go wrong with Liberty.
  3. Do you have to use the fcc for the full amount at one time? If you pick a cruise that cost less can you use the credit on another cruise? Just wondered how it works.
  4. What a wonderful birthday present! We went on a cruise with 4 other couples and 2 of us had Sky Lofts and 2 had balcony rooms. This was never a problem. The suite section for the shows we never used. We just went a little early and waited in line and always got seats together. CC welcomed them and every evening we went there and enjoyed a few drinks at the bar and no one was turned away. We never ate dinner there but inquired on our first day and were told they could join us there for dinner if we made a reservation. One evening the guys wanted to watch football in our room so we ordered r
  5. When we sailed from Fll there was a dinner reservation desk in the terminal. It was convenient and no line at all. Great system!
  6. You may have misunderstood what I wrote. I never said to bring more than 12. But I do think they may think the bottle of ICE could look like a beer bottle. If that’s the case they would check her carryon. She would be fine as it is allowed to be brought on the ship. But in over 50 cruises and I carry the limit, I have never been asked who I am traveling with when they pulled me over because they thought I had liquor in my bag. It was a 2 second search and I was on my way.
  7. You can bring bottles or cans. I know it does say 12 per stateroom but I have never seen them ask anyone in line if they were in the same stateroom as someone else in line. The worst that will happen is they will pull you aside and search your carryon to make sure it’s not alcohol. So bottles of ICE should be fine.
  8. It has never taken us 2-3 hrs to eat dinner in any restaurant, but I don’t go to Chefs Table for that reason. As an adult I can’t sit in one place for that long. But have encountered many disruptive, drunk and loud adults in these restaurants. Just my experience.
  9. Some of these replies really baffle me. I know many families enjoy having their children with them on vacation and feel dining together is important. When my children were young I was thrilled to have a night out alone with my husband but I know that is not what others want to do. We usually only eat in the specialty restaurants and if a family with children is sitting next to me that in no way would upset me. I can’t figure how this would ruin my meal. When I go out on land I don’t check if there are children in the restaurant before I go in. Because you pay extra for your meal no where
  10. The recommendation for rccl air to sea program for the air portion is great. They saved us a lot of money and I did a lot of research before booking with them.
  11. What date are you returning? The trip to the airport could depend on the date you are returning. Things like Super Bowl could make a difference.
  12. I would think you would have no problem leaving a wheelchair and transferring to a beach wheel chair. If someone took it where could they go with it? They would have to take it back on the ship and there are cameras everywhere. You could walk around the island, have a great lunch and enjoy the beautiful scenery. Some of the beaches are really sloped and I could see that could be a problem. But they do have lounge chairs that go all the way up to where the brick walkways are. Even if you just spent a little time on the island with her I think she would love it! Have a great beach day!
  13. Sailed Mariner a few months ago. Yes to lunches in all the places that were open on port and sea days. If I remember correctly Playmakers opened a little later on the port days. The limit in Playmakres is not a big deal because it would be hard to eat $20.00 worth of food. I think you will enjoy having the package. Enjoy your cruise great ship!
  14. That sounds great! Were there others in shorts and tee shirts. The reason I say this is sburrus4 is trying to pack for her family and after over 50 cruises I have learned that tuxes and gowns are not the norm anymore and usually the minority. Maybe there was a wedding or something like that but to suggest other wise is not fair to her.
  15. You will see people dressed in so many different ways. The name for formal night has even changed to dress your best. Yes, if you want to get dressed up for pictures or just want to, do it but it definitely is not necessary. Just returned from Harmony and I saw from shorts and tee shirts to suits and cocktail dresses. Please don’t stress over this and pack whatever you and your family are comfortable with. As far as children most had on shorts and a nice tee shirt with sneakers or sandals. Some of the young girls had on dresses. Funny but the ones I noticed that were most dressed up were the y
  16. After becoming friends with a couple that were a waitress and waiter in a specialty restaurant they told us they received a great weekly salary. They said you work your way up to that position and it was a sought after job. The tips they received were extra money to them but that most did not tip. Yes I always tip extra and have no problem doing that. I do find it hard to believe that if I buy the UDP that 3 or 4 dollars of that is divided by 7 nights and that is what they get. Or that they get 3 or 4 dollars to serve me because they don’t serve that many people in the short time they are open
  17. I always bring more than 12 cans or bottles. Just have each person bring some. They don’t ask what cabin your in. But the rules do say only 12 per cabin.
  18. Just was on Symphony and it was included. I went there I think around 2 on a port day and it was open.
  19. We are cruising from Barcelona next June. We booked our air through airt2sea this past June. It was 50% less than doing it on our own. Since that time it has more than doubled. This is our first experience using them and so far they have been great. The only caution I would make is that they originally booked us through Luthansa and they would not let us preselect our seats. I called backed to air2sea and they changed it to United so we could. They were more than helpful and did this in minutes. Good luck and have a great time!
  20. When you say you linked the reservations in the cruise planner, how did you do this?
  21. I think the passengers had every right to complain. To drop you off in an unfamiliar port and say change your flight and we will pay you back later is crazy. I can just imagine explaining that to an airline agent. All of the other ships waited this out and are bringing the passengers back to their original port. To me it looks like NCL was tired of feeding the passengers and dropped them off. They had to go back to Miami anyway. Did they offer to let them stay and wait. If not why not? I can see letting the passengers off in NO that wanted to get off but the rest I just can’t figure ou
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