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  1. We are on the 12/28/19 cruise. Requested La Cucina which we received a "yes" on w/in a week...the Steakhouse took longer, I booked the first day available and got the confirmation email a few days ago. One nice thing, they don't charge you for the reservation. Used to RC where you reserve and pay at the same time. That said I prefer the RC system.
  2. Regarding the Chorizo remarks...there is Mexican Chorizo which those of us in California use in eggs, chili beans, tacos, etc... Spanish Chorizo is more Kielbasa like in that you can slice it and it has different spice components. They're both yummy, but not the same thing at all.
  3. I think there is a drydock coming up next year, perhaps that is when the change will take place. I've been looking too, trying to decide if we want to try those for an Alaska cruise.
  4. We haven't been on Carnival in over 15 years, but very excited for our Panorama cruise in December. We were on the Bliss in April, and I did a solo on Joy in June. Loved both the NCL ships. The Concierge Lounge on deck 15 is wonderful, very easy to spend the whole day there, with comfortable chairs and couches, small buffets, a bar, and the Joy Concierge Lounge even has a Starbucks. Service was wonderful. If you have a Balcony or above there is a coffee maker in the room which was a huge plus for me. With all the perks I ended up walking off of my solo cruise w/ more cash than I started with, (I had the $50/port excursion credit, as well as $100 Latitudes and $100 from my TA).
  5. I reserved for the Steakhouse and La Cucina as soon as the system opened up for our 12/28 cruise, haven't heard back yet. I checked my spam filter too.
  6. We are booked for the 12/28 cruise and very excited about a new ship on the west coast. The flight to Florida, along with the extra days and extra money gets old. Happy with the new ship, but I agree w/ some of the PPs, a Hawaii cruise would be fabulous.
  7. Love this, sailing on the Joy 6/22 so happy to read a review from someone who sounds like me. Made a note about souvenir stop, I'm seeing new pjs in my future 🙂
  8. It's a gift. If it isn't to your taste give to someone who will appreciate it, or leave in the cabin. Good manners mean you accept it in the spirit given. No one is ever impressed with rude behavior, no matter how discerning the palate.
  9. I had a completely different experience when I emailed them regarding my son's autism and husband's hearing loss. I received a return email w/in a couple days and the help I requested was given.
  10. I'm having vascular surgery tomorrow morning, on the Joy the 22nd. Actually scheduled surgery after booking the trip. Was on the Bliss during spring break, came home and caught a wretched case of the flu...wished during my 5 days of misery I was on the ship being taken care of.
  11. Merinski, Is that a ***** Zhu in your signature? Looks like my precious pup. Don't mean to hijack the thread. I've been on two Alaska cruises and will be on the Joy on the 22nd. I'm packing light sweaters, black yoga pants, jeans, black boots, jean jacket, two sets of long pant pajamas, winter hooded jacket, gloves, and a long black skirt with white t-shirts for Ocean Blue and Le Bistro. Taking one swimsuit and cover-up for Spice H2O hot tub. I'm a big fan of one carryon for 7 day cruises. Love that NCL is so informal.
  12. Hi Myjillian, There was a card with the water which said something about "Enjoy your 3/20 cruise."
  13. Great cruise. NCL allowed us priority embarkation, and a private muster drill. Made all the difference in the world. We could have disembarked w/ special needs, but chose to walk off by ourselves, as we carry our own luggage. If you are traveling w/ an autistic adult or child I highly recommend the Bliss. Beautiful ship, loved our mid-ship mini-suites. The bathroom was great, it was wonderful having a nice amount of storage and room to turn around. Food was overall the best of any cruise we've taken, which includes, Disney, Holland America, Carnival, Royal Caribbean, and MSC. Drink package...included wines are really bad. If I drank cocktails or beer it would be fine, but pretty much a red wine drinker at home. Sad to say the glass of Cab I got on SW on the way home was the best glass of wine all week. Lucked out, someone two cruises before us was gifted a 24 bottle water package which we found in one of the cupboards. That said the tap water was fine. Hated the Atrium for all activities. So LOUD!!! Why they can't do trivia in a lounge I don't know. Take a tip from RC and the Schooner Bar. Entertainment: So much fun. We went to Havana, Jersey Boys, Prohibition, the comedy shows, and the Cavern and theater Beatle's shows. All of them really good except the Havana dancers, who appeared to be performing aerobics instead of dancing. The sets and costumes were good though. Service was personable and professional. Will we go on NCL again? I would love a solo cruise w/ them, or possibly a European port intensive. My DH and I prefer MSC, and DS likes RC. I will say some of the fellow cruisers on this ship weren't the snazziest group. Young mom screaming at her four year old in the elevator to move his blank. Also ran into this charmer on the way off the ship, she was throwing a hissy fit about why she needed to carry car seats. Uh...because you have a three and four year old? Then there was the drunk we sat adjacent to at dinner last night. Lots of rambling about he paid for his balcony so if he wants to let it all hang out (substitute graphic language for true experience) that is his right. Lovely. Great dinner conversation. Above isn't meant as a generalization of NCL cruisers, just a picture of what we experienced on this spring break Mexican Riviera cruise. Hope it isn't indicative of cruises sailing from California ports, as it was wonderful cruising with only an hour flight each way, instead of the all day to Florida and back.
  14. We did an RCL rain forest hike/beach excursion. Really, really, really bad! The hike was on some guy's land, the guides were too busy talking and joking among themselves to share any interesting info...well if I happened to be interested in electric meters I guess it would have been fun. Lots and lots of standing in the humidity. Pastries and juice were included as part of the excursion...think icky bread pudding type things from a plastic grocery carton. There was supposed to be a beach break after the fab hike and pastries but about 1/3 of the participants went straight back to the ship. Also...very unsafe. Unless you're sure footed don't go, as a couple older middle aged women had a very hard time. There were supposed to be guard rails to help on the down hike, but they were broken or rotten, so we were told not to put any weight on them. Biggest waste of time ever. I love nature hikes, and was looking forward to a good walk by that point in the cruise. So disappointing.
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