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  1. I agree with JamieLogical and others that reservations are not needed in the main dining rooms. That is one the great advantages to NCL's Freestyle concept. I have been on five NCL cruises and I have only had to wait twice to be seated. If one of the three main dining rooms is full, a strategy that works well is to see if you can be seated at either of the other two. As I mentioned, I have only had to wait twice out of 35 times when all three dining rooms were full. One time, the wait was five minutes, the other time about ten.
  2. When one looks at the port charges and fees on NCL's seven-day Caribbean cruises $150 seems a bargain. For two people, NCL's fees are nearly $500, the last time I looked.
  3. Add me to the list of those who will not cruise MSC if masks are required on board. I am looking to sail on the Seashore this winter, but unless MSC changes this requirement, I will be looking at other cruise lines that do not require masks. Some people might not mind the restriction, but for me, it is a complete deal breaker. I haven't cruised in almost two years, but I am prepared to wait until the experience is what is was prior to 2020.
  4. This is a wonderful reference guide. Thank you for creating and sharing it.
  5. We have frequented all three of the thermal spas that you mentioned. By far, the Escape has the biggest and the best. In fact, the thermal suite on the Escape is what made us loyal NCL fans. Now if the Escape had the Caverns nightspot with a Beatles tribute band, the ship would be perfection.
  6. For some background on me, I have Diamond status with Royal Caribbean. In 2016, we decided to do a cruise with friends who had an opening in their schedules. We had only two weeks to book a cruise. NCL offered the best price and included a drink package, so we booked the Escape out of Miami. Once onboard, we did a tour of the spa area and were bowled over by the Mandara Spa Thermal Suite. While the weekly pass to the spa cost an additional $400 per couple, the thermal suite experience made us loyal NCL enthusiasts. We absolutely loved the Freestyle dining experience and discovered that the
  7. Of all the posters on Cruisecritic, you are perhaps the most logical and persuasive. Unfortunately, I believe you are correct about those who are stuck in the lockdown mentality. I foresee that present-day restrictions will be with us for years to come. Once SARS-CoV-2 is no longer a threat, influenza will be the new rallying cry. Masks mandates will continue, despite the plethora of older studies showing the ineffectiveness of surgical-type masks in preventing the spread of influenza. Masks have become so politicized that no one acknowledges studies that call into question effectiveness o
  8. You would be well advised to wager a small bet. I can assure you that I will not spend money to cruise on a ship that requires passengers to wear masks. Unfortunately, until cruising returns to what is was in 2019, I will not book.
  9. I agree with you. A cruise where one feels like an extra on a hospital television show is not an experience that I would enjoy or pay money for. Until cruising is like it was in 2019, I won't be on a ship. Cruising was my favorite type of vacation. If there are many others like me, the prospects for the cruise lines are not good.
  10. This sums up why it will be a long time before we cruise again. When the fun and exciting atmosphere on a ship is replaced by something that is more akin to a hospital setting, very few will spend their travel money on such an experience.
  11. I have been to Glasgow three times in the past month. Glasgow, Virginia, that is. I am thinking about a trip to London, Paris, Rome, and Athens next month - Kentucky can be magical in August.
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