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  1. For those who are interested in just going to Cuba, you can still fly there under "Support for the Cuban People" currently those rules are the same. I wrote a blog on what I didn't and didn't bring while going there last month. Depending on where you go will depend on what you encounter of course, but I didn't experience the "abject hopelessness" and lack that I assumed would be there. In fact the opposite. I will say that doesn't mean that people aren't experiences a lack of basics, because it's definitely happening. High taxes and low wages don't help. Etc. A Doctor makes about 40CUC a month which is about $45USD 😕 So supporting the people by visiting via other means is definitely something appreciated by the hard-working people of Cuba.
  2. This might have been mentioned here already, but for those to whom Cuba was the main attraction, as an American you can book a flight into Havana under "Support for the Cuban People". That hasn't been restricted further, as yet. Thankfully I went last month on a direct flight from JFK to HAV, but I am looking to go again this summer. I've posted about it (still working my way through photos.) if you're interested in how I did it and want to see photos of Havana and Vinales. HTH
  3. OP you don't need it unless stated otherwise and no I would not take it with me, unless you feel there is a good chance you might miss the ship. A photo of your passport will help in obtaining another if you need it. In 25 cruise I think I've brought it with me about 4 times, twice I had to (Egypt overnight), once I didn't realize I didn't need it and the other time because I thought there was a good chance my plans would have me miss the ship. In general I leave it in the room safe. I do however carry state or government issued photo ID usually my enhanced Driver's licence or Passport card. (Occasionally Global Entry card.)
  4. 2-3 Swimsuits and 4-9 dresses/dinner outfits depending on cruise length.
  5. Better on-board App, similar to the one that RCCL rolled out.
  6. I agree with the other posters. Occasionally I/we have better seating in a restaurant, but I've felt I've sometimes had the worse. It's a toss up. I've not noticed anything with entertainment seating but I don't go to many shows anymore and when I do, I usually sit in the back whenever possible to avoid the "traffic" in trying to leave the theater.
  7. They leave from New York (I don't cruise CCL and I don't want to go to Jersey for RCCL.) So it's easy to hop on when we want a quick trip and don't have the time to, or feel like flying. You don't have to share tables. Sometimes you run into familiar friendly faces either with passengers or staff. The perks from Platinum plus are nice but not a deciding factor. I do cruise with other lines but we know NCL and are used to it. And this combined with #1 & #21 are the biggest reasons of all. If I'm going on a vacation to relax and not for adventure, I prefer not to be surprised. I know what's going to happen with NCL and have probably been on the ship at least once before. I like the familiarity.
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