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  1. Yes, we’ve booked under Canada at par and still received upgrade emails.
  2. Glad I found this thread, CC is going to get much less of my attention without an app. At least I can delete Tapatalk :)
  3. This. We’ve always had a bar of soap in suites. The conditioner is ok, I usually bring a deep conditioner as well. The Bulgari products have a strong scent, but it reminds me of being on vacation :) Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  4. Breakaway’s Haven roof can open and close, whereas *I believe* Getaway’s Haven does not have a roof. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  5. Agree with bringing your own seats, it’s not easy to know whether a seat is installed properly unless you are familiar with it. I was a volunteer car seat tech for 5 years and I always travelled with our own car seats and boosters. If you are in the US you have different options than what we have in Canada. There are some folding boosters that are convenient for travel, my preference was for car seats with built in lock offs when travelling so they can be installed anywhere. Remember, if you don’t own the seat, you don’t know the history. Car seats are (in general) one accident use, so if the seat has been dropped or in a fender-bender, you may not know because it won’t have damage visible to the eye. There are risks associated with checking a car seat, but the car seat forums have good advice for packing them safely. Or install the car seat on the plane, it’s the safest way for kids to travel by air too. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  6. We did. There were two tour options, we chose the longer one. We still didn’t see everything there was to see at the memorial, though we saw quite a bit of it. We chose the tour for convenience, but in hindsight I wish we would have rented a car and spent the whole day there. I was worried we wouldn’t get tickets to see the Pearl Harbour memorial itself, but I know many people do this tour on their own and still manage to get tickets. It’s an amazing place. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  7. Mom2B&Z

    Ncl gem

    We have sailed the Gem twice, most recently was March 2018. The Gem is not new, and like most ships we have sailed, occasionally has issues. We didn’t notice any issues from the Jan 2018 water when we sailed two months later. We love the Gem, it’s a nice size and the crew is amazing. Some of our favourite spots are the Great Outdoors buffet and eating area at the back of the ship, the forward lounge, and the pool deck! The games room was popular with our boys on our last cruise, they enjoyed the board games that were available and it was a great way to pass time when the weather was not so nice. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  8. CBC television has a satirical show called This Hour has 22 Minutes, they recently did a sketch on the NCL Dawn being detoured to Canada. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did! Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  9. Yes, we have done it in the past. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  10. We are a family of 4 (boys are 14 and 11) cruising March 9 2019 on MSC. Our flight into Miami arrives at 8:25pm, so I’m looking for an inexpensive hotel for the evening. I’ve poured over Trip Advisor, determining that the La Quinta airport east is the only hotel with shuttles to the airport and port, but it looks like the bed set up is two full beds, which won’t work for us. Two double beds are tight, two Queen’s are preferred. I can’t seem to find another hotel with airport and port shuttles which includes breakfast. Does one exist with queen beds? I’m trying to book with aeroplan points and I have a lot of options, but none seem to meet all of my criteria. I think if I have to give up one of those options, I’d give up the port shuttle which is bound to be cheaper than feeding my 14yo son breakfast! TIA for suggestions and compromises. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  11. Yes, splash academy is drop off only. We too like to spend time with our children while on vacation :). I forgot to add that there is shuffle board and a big chess set on the promenade deck. Even my little guy has always enjoyed trying to make shots or keep score! Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  12. We’ve sailed several times from NYC in December and March with children as young as 5 yrs. We are comfortable getting into the pools on the first sea day, usually in the afternoon. On Breakaway they were in the Haven pool, but on the Gem they were happy with the main pool. The Gem has lots of interesting things for kids to do, including Wii sports on the big atrium screen, the kids club, games/card room, or the sports court. My kids were never bored! We were on the Gem last year for an 11 day cruise, they were 10 and 13 at the time and had no trouble amusing themselves. We love the two bedroom family suites on the Gem, if the weather isn’t great the kids have a space to hang out and play without bothering other passengers. You can often upgrade for about the cost of two balcony cabins. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  13. We were in Cuba many years ago with a 5yo and 2yo. Seat belts are a challenge. You have a couple of options: find a tour that uses coach buses (no seatbelt needed, and there are large coach buses in Cuba), or use rear facing car seats that can be installed with a lap belt. If you can contact the tour operator they can verify that lap belts are available, but then you’d need car seats that fit both children rear facing. Probably not a big deal for your two year old, but a bit more challenging for the 5 year old. Cuba is a beautiful country and my oldest still has great memories of our time there. The youngest doesn’t remember much lol! Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  14. Our experience has been sometimes it can happen, other times it cannot. Every time we have asked, the steward has told us it has to be approved by the captain, as they need to know how many balcony separators are open and where they are. This is on NCL and RCCL. We were also told they could be closed at a moment’s notice. It’s very convenient to have the balconies open, but I wouldn’t count on it. I always ask as soon as I can find our cabin steward, with the idea that if I’m one of the first to ask, I may be approved. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
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