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  1. I'd say no. Buy some OTC anti nausea meds & the sea bands (a acupressure method of controlling se sickness). You should be fine. Do speak to your doctor but unless you have a known history of motion sickness the strong drugs will make you sicker then the sea.
  2. While they might not count the number of drinks you consume, if you are obviously & visibly intoxicated to the point where you are a danger to yourself & others they will cut you off. I was shocked the 1st time we got the UBP. I had to ask the bartenders to make my drinks weaker. They overpour IMO. Sometimes I'd ask for a mixed drink & a glass of the mixer on the side so I could water it down myself.
  3. We cruise in part because DH is not the sun worshipper I am. I can be on deck & he can be inside. We're not planning on doing much or spending a lot of money on the islands on our next cruise. I'd like to just go to the beaches. DH will fry in the Caribbean sun all day. At home we have this portable sun shelter for him, it's like 1/2 a tent. It folds down into it's own carrying case: It's about 3 feet long, 4 inches wide & maybe 2 inches tall, not very big. It might weigh 3-5 pounds. It's quite light. It's a parachute / vinyl material & some flexible poles like a tent that snap in place to form a dome. It looks a bit like this when it's open: https://www.walmart.com/ip/Portable-Pop-Up-Beach-Tent-Sun-Shade-UV-50-Protection-Canopy-Outdoor-Automatic-Instant-Tent-Sun-Shelters/387972703?wmlspartner=wlpa&selectedSellerId=571&adid=22222222222080207060&wmlspartner=wmtlabs&wl0=e&wl1=o&wl2=c&wl3=83700324559310&wl4=pla-4587299951035565&wl12=387972703_10000000599&wl14=dome sun shelter &veh=sem&msclkid=5f2cd24e42c01153dc348f51de12b569 It doesn't fit into a suit case. If I can mange to stuff it even diagonally into a suitcase I will do that. We are driving to the port. Do you think I'll be OK slapping a luggage tag on it & turning it over to the stevedores? I could carry it but would prefer not to.
  4. Spend a few minutes looking at the NYC skyline. It's beautiful at night. Take a PATH into NYC & wander around. Do not try to drive in. You will pay a fortune to park
  5. Ask your car service where they want you to meet them. It may be your 1st time doing this but it's not theirs.
  6. There was an adults only section of Princess that was quiet. There was an adults only section of NCL on the new mega-ships called H2O all the way aft that was quieter but it still had some music. I have found the promenade deck under the lifeboats to be quiet. Another option is a high deck, away from the pool.
  7. If you want to book times in advance do traditional dining. You get the same dinner time, the same waiter & the same seat every night. Having to book a table in advance defeats the purpose of ATD which is eat when you are hungry
  8. You absolutely have to read the fine print of what's covered & by whom. "full coverage" through fly by night insurance carrier may not be worth it. Just because it's from American Express Travel does not mean that large corporation is backing up the policy. If you don't understand all the terms, call your regular broker, make an Appointment & get professional information.
  9. Totally agree that EWR can be a nightmare. Being a Jersey girl I guess I'm just used to it & power through. lol OP don't risk it. Fly in a day early. Also if you are flying a discount regional airline like Frontier the risks increase in winter. Frontier had no options for me after a northeastern snow storm stranded me in Miami after a cruise a few years ago. They did refund my ticket price but I had to get myself home. Now I have a new rule: no discount airlines in winter when I have time deadlines.
  10. I enjoy a spirited political debate when I'm the mood but it's hard to find somebody to debate with. There is too much scorch the earth mean-spiritedness in politics anymore -- both in the US & with Brexit. It's not worth starting an argument. Several years ago on a cruise our CC group had dinner together. One guy & I were having a lively political debate. As we carried on debating I realized not too many others in the group were saying anything even to each other. I stopped, looked at him & said "I think we're making everybody else uncomfortable." They had never actually seen 2 people debate the issues without it becoming a blood bath. We were both just so excited to find somebody worthy of debating we forgot that there are reasons many people don't discuss these issues in public because they get too ugly. When we both assured our dining companions that we were having fun, they went back to chatting with each other & ignoring us because the subject didn't interest them.
  11. I have always found SJU to be horrible. EWR/JFK/LGA are my "home" airports. They are staffed properly most of the time. SJU was always a madhouse on cruise days. I've waited hours to clear security there, worse then the NYC APs even at the holidays, O'Hare, ATL, LAX, Heathrow & Charles DeGaulle, imo. For the OP to come through EWR with a layover here in December -- the winter holidays -- & think there is enough time to get to the port is cutting it too close. If it snows or ices & the plane can't take off, they will never get to SJU on time. The OP doesn't really have 4 hours. They only have 2 because the regs require all passengers to be on board 2 hours before sailaway. To land at SJU at 4:30 assuming nothing else was delayed to have to deplane, collect luggage, & stand in that taxi line -- which can be over an hour long -- & think that they will make a 6:30 all aboard is too risky. Even if everything went perfectly I'd have no fingernails left after that journey which would adversely color my whole trip
  12. We sailed the POA for the overview. We took a week before to explore Oahu. Unlike Caribbean cruises this isn't about the ship at all; the ship is actually underwhelming. It's transportation & food between islands. It was a good overview for us. We also hate sea days so a long voyage from the mainland would have not been a good fit for us.
  13. SJU is a congested AP. Connections through Newark at the holidays add more trouble to this plan. Don't risk it.
  14. I suppose you could try to nicely say something like, not all of us vote in the same election. I'd prefer not to talk politics. Then change the subject. When you have know it all blowhards who want to pontificate, the silent majority who want them to shut up are often grateful when someone else tries to steer the conversation back to more neutral subjects.
  15. We no longer get balcony rooms out of NYC. When sailing at high speeds they whistle & you can hear the howling wind. It just kept me up. We do splurge on a balcony when we embark from Florida or San Juan but not NYC.
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