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  1. Yes to MDR reservations. You can make them online or once on board. No to entertainment reservations on the Dawn. They are not necessary.
  2. Another vote for the Sun because of the older locks and the forward mini suites. We had a wonderful cruise 2 years ago. The canal transit was the highlight!
  3. I can’t believe how much of the ship you covered. I was on the Escape last month and completely missed deck 18. I walked past Cellars several times but never saw those cool grape vine base tables. Thanks for your great pictures. I think the At Home indicator in your room goes on if you have a card in the slot to turn on the power/lights. Have you talked about the crowded elevators yet? Was it difficult to get an elevator in a wheelchair?
  4. The Platinum minutes should be available as soon as you sign in onboard. As BQ said, go to the internet manager onboard if any adjustments are needed. Then once you have signed up onboard, you can add a package (100 minutes, 250 minutes) and should also not be charged the activation fee.
  5. I had lobster in Bayamo in the Escape last month for a $19 upcharge to the dining package. It wasn’t very good. I believe lobster is also offered in Cagney’s for an upcharge. No MDR (free) lobster in NCL for quite a few years.
  6. Jade & Jewel Gem & Pearl Sun Escape POA Sky Dawn & Star
  7. DURN - I was on the Star for the adrift at sea in Australia experience. Both azipods were dead. The ship went months with only one azipod at very reduced speed. We kept hoping the cruise would be cancelled, but no. As far as I can tell in the current situation both azipods/propelsion are working, but they are down 1 or 2 Diesel engines to supply power to the “hotel” and azipods.
  8. Why does Bruce say in his video the Star is only running on 1 azipod? I thought the problem was a Diesel engine being down. Hopefully that is the case or the South America cruises are going to be very difficult. If the ship needs to be taken out of service for repairs, the Dawn as a sister ship with the same dates and itinerary makes the most sense.
  9. We went to this on the Escape in November. They invite you if you signed in at the Cruise Critic Meet & Greet. The officers come around serving beer and appetizers (like they used to do at the Meet & Greet) The GM told me it was another way for them to interact with cruise passengers and say thank you.
  10. Beautiful pictures. It is so nice to see the recovery after the hurricane. We were on the Rebel Yell 3 years ago. Is that a new catamaran since the hurricane? It looks a bit fresher than I remember but about the same size.
  11. Just saw two reports about the cruise ending today on the local news. A CBS reporter interviewed passengers. The people interviewed were ok now, but very ill during the cruise. One said the onboard Dr. who treated his son said 75-80 had Noro and were quarantined. The reporter said 10 people disembarking said they still had symptoms but declined medical treatment. NCL told the reporter they had implemented stringent cleaning and serving measures on the ship and were again doing a deep clean before the ship left for the next cruise. Also reported was that a LA councilman had contacted the CDC because of concerns of it being spread in the San Pedro area.
  12. There is extra seating in La Cucina for breakfast and lunch if you can't find a table in the Garden Café or Great Outdoors. Check out the bridge viewing room on sea days - deck 11 forward port side.
  13. We’ve been Platinum Plus for 2 years. Boarded Escape today and were on the ship in 15 minutes.
  14. We will be boarding the Escape before Noon. Should be interesting with 2 NCL mega ships in port.
  15. The current email NCL uses is not in the old Cruise Critic post. It is special events now. Yours is: SpecialEventsGetaway@ncl.com
  16. I have only used the ship WiFi minutes for email and internet access. Can it be used for WiFi calling and texting too?
  17. We are on this cruise too. The prices have dropped in the last several weeks. The price for us to upgrade to a spa mini or the haven categories still available is less than the minimum bid price. Did you ask the NCL rep what the cost is to pay to upgrade to with a spa mini or spa balcony? Looks like there are many left in both categories, but the Haven spa suites are sold out. Come join the roll call.
  18. We really like the forward mini suites - category MB. Very quiet and not that far forward because the bridge is on that deck. We have stayed in 11002 on the Pearl and Jade and it is fine but is the most forward cabin next to the bridge and officer cabins. Only thing about 11502 is that you are right next to the bridge viewing room which gets a bit of hallway traffic on sea days. Since you are so far away, I imagine more MB cabins will become available and they are usually less $ than the midship MA category.
  19. On our 12 day Singapore to Hong Kong cruise in March, we had an active roll call, but no one mentioned Angkor Wat. I looked into it briefly but decided it wouldn't work for us plus we hadn't been to Bangkok before. Several people on our cruise did spend the night at a hotel in Bangkok. It is a 2-3 hour drive (depending on traffic) from the port to Bangkok. You could probably arrange a flight from Bangkok and a hotel in Siem Reap and Angkor Wat tickets, but I'd suggest rejoining the cruise in Sihanoukville to give you extra travel time. You won't miss anything by not seeing Sihanoukville and it would be a depressing let down after Siem Reap. Another thing you will need is a land based Cambodian visa. I wasn't clear whether you could do that as an electronic visa or not. I know you can get it directly from the Cambodian embassy in Long Beach, CA. The Cambodian visa NCL gets for you is $89 pp and is only good for the port of Sihanoukville - not the airports. You can also get that visa from the embassy instead of from NCL. The Asia ports of call forum was very helpful for us when looking for a tour operator in Koh Samui. https://boards.cruisecritic.com/forum/43-asia/
  20. Looks like the Rebel Yell has had an upgrade in vessels since Maria. Looks much larger (and nicer) than the one we were on 3 years ago.
  21. With a 7 year old, I would do the cruise and spend most of the hotel/land vacation in Maui. Waikiki is very busy - I love it but am not sure I would if I were 7. It is very easy to get around in Maui and lots to see and do. You will get a good taste of Kauai and the big island in the cruise.
  22. I am Platinum Plus and cruised in March with a first time NCL relative. Cruise Next rep let her join me for the officers dinner, but not the behind the scenes tour.
  23. Looking for car service suggestions and information. We will land at EWR at 6:45pm on Friday Nov. 8 and need to get to our hotel in Midtown Manhattan. Trains and buses won't work for my elderly mother and our luggage. Any idea how long it will take at the time on a Friday night? And what range would a car service fare be? Any recommendations in addition to Dial 7 or Carmel Limo? Or should I see what he hotel concierge can arrange for us? We will be going back to EWR from the Manhattan Cruise Terminal on Friday Nov. 15. Our flight to Burlington is at 3:00, but it sounds like we should get a car service to take us to EWR in the morning when we get off the ship. Any ideas on what time we should make the car service reservation?
  24. Looking for car service suggestions and information. We will land at EWR at 6:45pm on Friday Nov. 8 and need to get to our hotel in Midtown Manhattan. Trains and buses won't work for my elderly mother and our luggage. Any idea how long it will take at the time on a Friday night? And what range would a car service fare be? Any recommendations in addition to Dial 7 or Carmel Limo? Or should I see what he hotel concierge can arrange for us? We will be going back to EWR from the Manhattan Cruise Terminal on Friday Nov. 15. Our flight to Burlington is at 3:00, but it sounds like we should get a car service to take us to EWR in the morning when we get off the ship. Any ideas on what time we should make the car service reservation?
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