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  1. Sorry but I am nor doing laundry on vacation. We usually take 14 night cruises and pack for 14 nights. We are platinum so get 1 bag of laundry free each per cruise but usually use that for our favorite clothing that we want to wear again. Yes we end up with 2 suitcases each but it is worth it not to have to worry about laundry on a cruise. I like to have a lot of choices on what to wear.
  2. I choose not to tip extra unless service from a particular crew member is exemplary. On top of the “service charge “ you are also charged 20% gratuities on beverages and specialty dining. I feel adding all this together I have tipped enough. Heck, I don’t even get towel animals or ice without asking anymore.
  3. It depends on where your going. Caribbean no. Alaska yes.
  4. We are also in our 50’s-60’s. We have sailed the Spirit, Dawn and Gem. Love the smaller ships. Much more personable service, no show reservations required and never has felt crowded. The 14 night cruise usually have little to no children which makes us happy. You will enjoy this cruise I am sure.
  5. We booked an excursion to DePalm island I Aruba through ncl. We had been there thru ncl once before and had a great time. This time they were having employee appreciation day. A lot was roped off for employees and their families only. Very very crowded. Long lines for food or drinks. When we got back to the ship we nicely explained our displeasure and 50% of the excursion was credited to OBC.
  6. Our last cruise with ncl there was a specialty dining reservation table set up in the terminal before boarding. Made all my reservations there. All times were opened for 2 people.
  7. Oh! It was my first solo cruise. Lol!!
  8. Boston to Bermuda. Atlantic Ocean.
  9. Have ever stayed on deck 8 forward in bad weather? It is not fun. The 1st time was an oops bad choice swore we would never do it again. This time was a sailaway interior assignment. Won’t do that again either. The people in cabins near me were being moved to different cabins the next day. I chose to stay because the worst was over.
  10. I got assigned cabin 8007 on the gem this spring. Not a bad cabin unless you have rough seas. It then turns into a nightmare. The sound of the waves hitting the hull every couple of minutes is loud and scary. The cabin rocked so hard that I could not walk one step in it without holding on to furniture. Could not take a shower when it was rough ( too dangerous). Had to keep shampoo, lotion etc in a drawer or they would fly around. I have been on many cruises with rougher seas but never felt it as bad as that.
  11. Does a ship that size feel crowded. Considered trying the mega ships but still hesitant.
  12. I am a smoker and wish we could smoke on the balconies still but we can’t. This is why we now book insides. Save a lot of money since I can not smoke on the balcony. Do not see the reason to book one otherwise. We now have great vacations on insides and save a heck of a lot of money. Never thought to break the rules but think it is rediculous to restrict smokers from smoking on the balconies.
  13. I sailed the gem this past spring out of Boston to Bermuda and found the food ok but not nearly as good as the Dawn was. Thought it was just me but since have known many people that have sailed this summer and it is the only complaint they had. You would think it would be the same fleet wide since they have the same menus.
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