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  1. We just left the Breakaway and ate all meals in the free venues, the Garden Cafe, Savor, Taste and the Manhattan. We all did the free breakfast Buffet in Moderno. We have done the specialty dining thing and don't find enough service difference to justify the cost. We are not foodies so don't cruise for the food. When the package used to be free without the additional gratuities added we used all the specialty restaurants and even then the difference wasn't that big of a deal for us. We did try Margaritaville $15.00 pp upcharge on this cruise. We got a BBQ bacon cheeseburger...a regurlar burger, no bacon was delivered mediocre at best, and a chicken sandwich; average nothing to write home about. The french fries we barely warm and had been sitting in the warmer for awhile. With the automatic gratuity the charge was $36.00. The dessert was either cheesecake or Key Lime Pie. The key lime pie was really the cheesecake with a little lime zest on it....Left it. I wouldn't waste my money going back. I do know that the food is subjective and varies depending on the ship and cruise itinerary so if I got the specialty dinner package for a reasonable fee, I would try them again. I find doing the sail away rate and saving the $$$ and using the savings to eat in port is a lot more fun. It all depends on what makes a good cruise for you, whether it be a Caribbean or European cruise just have fun.
  2. We just got home from this same cruise, your review is spot on. We had a lot of time to sit on the balcony and read and read and read. Had a great time and we made our own fun. We were prepared for the weather but disappointed in missing 2 ports. They did give us $100.00 in onboard credit and 20% off a future cruise if used in 2 years. We liked the show Burn the floor but thought Rock of Ages was cheesy. We used part of the credit to play the last cruise game of Bingo., The bingo cards were sold in packs of 3 for $30, a 6 pack of cards was $40 and we used the credit to buy the $50.00 9 card pack. There were about 40 + playing for the one black game of blackout Bingo, the winner won $153.00, we were glad we used the ships $$ for the game. The trip was much needed and despite the weather we did have a good time. Thanks for the laugh about missing your pants...I missed that show : )
  3. I feel for you Coby25, right now your senses are on overdrive. The fear and unknown are overwhelming and I pray that you have a great support system. I hope the cancer was caught early. I am a 9 years post BC and know that you will get the best treatment and outcomes to get your life back and a better cruise in your future. I would hope that NCL would give you a break, but do check with your credit card company and see if there is a provision for reimbursement.
  4. Last year coming back to LAX with friends, we saw a lady pick up her bag. The lady had the exact luggage so my friend let her go thinking her back would come down the chute in a bit.....A few minutes later the lady came back and said she indeed had picked up the wrong bag and gave it back to my friend. My solution is to make the bag UGLY. Use fabric paint and stencils to paint a large word or object that lets everyone know it isn't their bag. The ribbons and tassels and belts come off so can't be trusted 100% . I am not out to impress anyone and the ugly bags generally get skipped over by mistaken identity or theft. Nobody wants my ugly bag.
  5. Panic attacks are the worst.....I agree with the others take your meds with you, they generally work quickly. You will have a ships cabin to isolate yourself during the attack until it passes and learn to do square breathing...it helps a lot. Remember the fear of the attack is worse than the attack itself. There is a good article on it in this months Reader's Digest on anxiety. I am not minimizing this....I suffer too, but life isn't a dress rehearsal, if you are going to have a panic attack it will happen whether you are on a ship or at the store. Decide for yourself what your triggers are and if you can cope with a trip, vacations aren't for everyone and it isn't a big deal if you skip this cruise. Blessings to you on your decision.
  6. Another piece of advice is to make sure you lock your phone/password protect it. Today we got a bill from our carrier from our cruise 3 weeks ago that showed 4 calls dialed one after the other and a voice mail sent from my husbands phone while out to sea. We were charged the $5.99 per minute for the Cellular at Sea cost. We left our phones in the room in airplane mode on the charger while we were out to dinner and shows and someone accessed the phone. We had free international texting and data from our carrier so we communicated that way while in port and KNOW we didn't voice call anyone. We called our carrier and they kindly reversed the charges.
  7. OP hasn't been back on, just a controversial subject to start a discussion. Most cruise lines are more alike than different. I have had good and a little less than good experiences on 4 different cruise lines. Each cruise is unique and you could take the same cruise twice and have totally different experiences. I personally have had mostly good experience with NCL but there have been a few clunkers. I can say there was bad dining experiences on my one Celebrity cruise. Princess was good and Disney the Best. It is all subjective. Go and find out for yourself and make the best of any situation.
  8. Anticipating the cruise, not anticipating the 10+ hour flight in economy. 32 days out from the cruise and for that I am looking forward to a great trip.
  9. Coming back into the US from Vancouver, my friends had GE (we didn't....have it now) and they were asked for the cards. The friends had the cards but had to dig through their carry-on to find them....We made it through customs before them. We will be using the GE card in a few weeks so hopefully it will save some time getting through security. The interview process was quick and fairly painless.
  10. Doing the Disney British Isles this September on the Magic. I can't wait to see this ship again. This will be our 4th Disney Cruise and first to the British Isles. We have done Princess too and they were fine. We actually compared this 7 day cruise with a Princess 7 day cruise to the British Isles and the price was within under $100.00 of each other, so we went with Disney. We booked the first week that the Disney cruise was opened up for booking. The price for the cruise now is almost doubled. I say go with your heart and make some good memories. I am sure that whatever you do will be fine.
  11. As a child we had one day vacations to the San Diego Zoo and that was it for the family. I did get to go camping with my Aunt and Uncle and Cousins when they took me for a month. When I raised my kids, they got a lot more vacations than I ever had. They in turn have lived overseas, then had children who are well traveled. I think the world is more accessible with television, flying to reduce concerns about travels. I am still not the best traveler, but I go, life is not a dress rehearsal, no do-overs.
  12. An afterthought....have you tried for a Handicapped accessible room? This might be helpful as they have showers that are easier to use. Just a thought. We use this for my Mom( see below) A combination walker/transport chair with footrests that can be stored in the seat. We used it on a cruise and they can be found cheaper online. The Hugo Navigator is about 25 pounds, folds up into a large square and she can use it as a walker or you can flip the back over and use it as a transport chair when in towns. There are other brands out the there too. I know I paid under $200.00 for it. It takes a few minutes to practice setting it up but once you get it figured out it is a great device. I like that this comes with foot rests which you will need on excursions and when she is using it as a walker to get to the bathroom that will come in handy. Hugo Navigator Combination Rolling Walker + Transport ...- Hugo Navigator Combination Rolling Walker + Transport Chair, Red |
  13. Your Mom will be 6 weeks post op, she most likely will be fine to travel with her Doctor's approval. The Alaskan cruise you are close to ports if necessary and there are Physician clinics in town if necessary. You will know more as you get closer to the travel date so don't cancel unless it is ill advised by her Physician. We have done the Alaskan cruise 4 times and hopefully you have a balcony and you can ask for room service if she doesn't feel like going to the dining room or you can make a Buffet run for her. It will be fine as long as she is healthy and approved for travel, I would get a letter from her Dr. that she is fit to travel as a precaution. We use this for my Mom( see below) A combination walker/transport chair with footrests that can be stored in the seat. We used it on a cruise and they can be found cheaper online. The Hugo Navigator is about 25 pounds, folds up into a large square and she can use it as a walker or you can flip the back over and use it as a transport chair when in towns. There are other brands out the there too. I know I paid under $200.00 for it. It takes a few minutes to practice setting it up but once you get it figured out it is a great device. I like that this comes with foot rests which you will need on excursions and when she is using it as a walker to get to the bathroom that will come in handy. Hugo Navigator Combination Rolling Walker + Transport ...- Hugo Navigator Combination Rolling Walker + Transport Chair, Red |
  14. I agree, there are so many places that we could use a port. I wish they would open up Port Hueneme for ships. It is a deep water port and there is a lot to do and see in Ventura County.
  15. Thank you again Moki'sMommy. I knew we were in a Navigators balcony and definitely not Concierge, so the free full fridge of goodies was not on our itinerary. I do appreciate that you confirmed that our cabin choice on deck 5 was OK and that you have actually stayed in that part of the ship. You are a wealth of great information. Disney owes you a cruise.
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