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  1. 1 hour ago, poffles said:

    Do you know what the last (latest) time typically is to get off?  I have no rush to be anywhere so would rather sit around somewhere to avoid a 2 hour line and then be the tail end of the people.  My last NCL cruise (on Epic) we did 'easy walk off' and the line for that was one of my biggest gripes and it sticks with me 7 years later .. and now my first NCL since then on a big ship again and I am dreading this.

    Just got off the Bliss in NYC on the 16/02.  We had color red, which is the last color to be called.  It was slated to be called for 09h50, and they called it at 10H05.  We sat very comfortably in the Observation Lounge until it was called, then took the elavator down to Deck 7 and sat in the Local until the line thinned out.  Ended up being one of the last people off the ship and was in terminal, got luggage and thru customs before 11h00.  On of the most pleasant disembarkments that I have experienced.

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  2. I have had usually just used H2O, but on a Southern Caribbean 12 day cruise I purchased Vibe passes and did not regret spending the money.  As others have stated it is limited access adult only sundeck.  
    You were always guaranteed a lounge chair with nice thick padded cushion, never had a problem getting an umbrella if needing some shade, exclusive bartender for Vibe so no wait for a drink, in fact our Bartender, Ramos, usually brought me another one even before I ordered on.  

    It usually is a quiet space, on our particular cruise, the group of people would bought the passes seemed to really get along when we met and became a very animated group sitting around the covered bar, or in the hot tubs.  It is large enough though that you are able to sit away from that area for true peace and quiet.

    But what I think Truly made the experience is the personalized service we received from the bar staff.  I enjoyed being greeted each morning by name, him know what I drink and knowing to bring me a large glasses of ice water with you adult beverage.  We will be sailing in 2 weeks, and it is my understanding that that bartender is onboard, and we are looking forward to seeing him again.



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  3. 7 minutes ago, StackSkipton said:

    Looks like Bliss is going to Caribbean in February. I’ve done over 20 dives while cruising NCL ships. Regular scuba equipment will be fine, you shouldn’t have any problems with BCD, reg, mask googles and so forth. No air tanks though (you won’t need them). Knife is a problem though, first off, few places will let you carry them while diving and frankly, knifes are not needed in Caribbean. If he wants something, line cutters are fine and security generally will allow them. 

    Thanks for that.  NCL said no to a line cutter, but think my son is going to pick up a cheap line cutter, and see if he can't get away with that.  Have you managed to get the line cutter onboard with you.  He will be diving Roatan, Ocho Rios, Cozumel, Costa Maya.  Was not able to find a dive for Belize which he is really disappointed about, he so wanted to dive the Blue Hole.  He completed his PADI Rescue Diver just to be sure he had adequate credentials for that dive and now he cant get there, to far from Harvest Cay 

  4. 1 hour ago, erdoran said:

    Can’t you rent the equipment from whatever shop you dive with, so you don’t have to deal with security?


    Having said this, the excursion folks might be helpful as I’m sure you aren’t the first person to ask about this, whether or not you are taking an NCL excursion.

    Son has booked all his excursions with private dive shops and is more comfortable with his own equipment.  Was trying to avoid rental of any equipment.  Have made several frustrating calls to Excursion Desk with varied answers ranging from try and see what happens to not allowed to bring ANY scuba equipment including his own reg, dive computer, BCD.  That is why I was reaching out to the ship for a definative answer,

    1 hour ago, FLcruisergrl said:

    My hubby had no problem getting all of his scuba equipment through, with the exception of his knife. Even though it was per the NCL guidelines posted, port security would not let it through, no exceptions. He had to take it back to our car.

    Thanks for the response.  Helps hearing from someone that actually tried bring equipment onboard.  I guess the knife will be left at home, don't need any trouble at the Port of Manhattan.

  5. Good Morning,


    Would anyone happen to have the contact information for chief sercurity officer on the NCL Bliss.


    Will be sailing on the Bliss in Feb. 2020 and need to make some arrangements for Scuba equipment, scuba knife,  that is on the banned list.  Want to surrender equipment to security upon embarkment on ship and make arrange to be able to take possession of it on each island that my son will be diving and re-surrender it to security inbetween.


    I have made several calls to the NCL call center who were not able to give me any information.  Am hoping someone would have this information, or if anyone is sailing on the Bliss in the near future, would be able to get me the information.


    Thank you in advance for any help

  6. Sailed out of NYC a few years back on Jan 6th on the Breakaway.  NYC had just had a big storm closing the highways from Albany into NYC.  Was bitterly cold for sailaway and sailing passed the Statue of Liberty and under the bridge, but by lunch the following day was able to sit with just a sweater and play cards in the covered section of the then Uptown Grill.  Same thing for the last sea day coming back, was able to sit with just a sweater.


    We are going to try it again and am booked on the Bliss for Feb. 2nd, 2020.  If you have the drink package, bring a thermal cup -  Hot Chocolate with Amaretto helps ward off the chills, 😉

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  7. This will be the first time this upcoming Nov for a ship the size of the Breakaway to sail from New Orleans. On the Dawn and Star we boarded on Deck 7. The gangway is articulating so it should be able to adjust for boarding on Breakaway and Getaway. Everything I have read says Deck 7 at other ports where embarkation is done which is not going to going to be an Atrium entrance.







    Deck 7 would be great. Brings you in at O'Sheehan's. Nothing like walking into the Grand Atruim of a DCL ship, but will still have some wow fracture. Thanks for the quick response.



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  8. Will be sailing from NOLA on my next cruise. Have sailed from Miami, NYC, and San Juan previously.


    Was really disappointed when we embarked from San Juan that we entered ship by gangway onto I believe deck 2 and not directly onto deck 5/6 so that the first thing you see is the Atrium.


    Can anyone tell me onto what deck you embark in NOLA.


    IF it helps, we will be sailing on the Getaway.


    Our adult children will be sailing with us, our son is a former cast member on DCL, and it will be anti-climatic for his first cruise as a passenger if we board down in the belly of the ship.[emoji14]



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  9. And then thought have to wash it yourself at the end of the day, one less glass for them! [emoji12]



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    They rinsed my glass for me each time



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  10. Might as well ask them to make your frozen drink into own own insulated sippy cup with a built in straw! [emoji12]



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    On my last three cruises, that is exactly what I did. Took a double walled insulated glass with me that I had originally purchased in the gift shop if the Breakaway, and had the bartender put my frozen drinks in that. They were more than happy to accomadate. The pool wait staff would take my glass to the bar each time. It was great, kept the drinks colder much longer in the hot southern Caribbean weather



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  11. Out of Seattle, what is the best way to go in terms of a cell plan while cruising to/from Alaska, and alternating between the U.S & CDN ports? The only one is see is the extra $6 or $7 a day plan. Anyone recently return and do this?[/

    This past January, I used this Bell plan for a Caribbean cruise. Used it for our three days in San Juan, St. Thomas & then Tampa. Works very well, you can call, message and plenty of data to catch up on social media/emails, you to use google maps etc.






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  12. Aren't the photographers actually Shutters employees? Not Disney CMs.



    Yes, he is actually employed by a company called Image Group. They employ the photographers on Disney, Royal Caribbean, Celebrity and Azamara.


    But, while on Disney, he is considered and called a CM.


    He follows Disney rules, and receives Disney perks the same as the other CM.



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  13. My son is a CM on the Wonder right now. I have visited him on two separate occasions in Port Canaveral. Both times he had to put in a request at least 1 week prior and provide my passport information. The day of visit he met me at the crew check point entrance, we cleared security, they kept my passport and gave me a visitors pass, then we entered the ship by the crew entrance. He had to be with me at all times, and was only allowed to show be guest areas, no backstage areas.



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