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About Shattered__minds

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    Cleveland, Ohio
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    Him: Collecting diecast cars, Her: quilting
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    Carnival, NCL & RCCL
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    WARM !

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  1. Shattered__minds

    Scuba shop recommendations needed please

    Thanks all!! I have only booked a dive through the ship once due to time restrictions in Bonaire. There were 20 of us on one boat and 2 DM's/ needless to say i didn't even get on the boat. Plus so much better one on one service through a private op. They "get to know you" in the first 10 minutes for your safety and theirs so i will always go the indi route or not at all. I will look into all the recommendations you have provided. Again thank you all!
  2. Do you recommend diving at the following and if so with whom? Ocho Rios (think i may not haven't heard good things about diving in Jamaica in general) Grand Cayman (100% for sure on this one unless there are tender issues) Roatan (100% for sure on this one) Used Coconut diving last time but conditions were Horrible. Coz (on the fence have dove 2x already) Used H2O but looking for other op this time. Also anyone know how the private islands work when trying to set up outside dive's? We stop at Great stirrup Cay and Harvest Cay. I am thinking those 2 may be a wash if i cant get a private vendor. TIA 🙂
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    MITSUGIRLY sails off into the HORIZON-review & pictorial

    I dived with bas a few years back and really enjoyed it. He and his staff make it a really great experience.
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    Sail away rooms

    i am wondering when NCL "opens" the booking option for sail away rooms? I am looking at a cruise for end of Jan 2020 on the Breakaway. The Sail Away's are listed but all sold out. thinking they are holding them back and will open them at a later time but when? i am also wondering if the Next cruise certs can be used to purchase a sail away class cabin. TIA everyone
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    First NCL--Need help with Perks Offer

    We chose the Dining and the 50$ excursion credit. We also had a 50$ excursion credit for it being a "distinctive voyage" when we booked (making in 100/port credit) so we were easily able to find beach breaks for @ 50$/person through the ship. if you figure they are giving you 50$ a day on an 11 port stop cruise that is like them giving you 550$ to spend. granted the choices are limited most times through the ship but it was what worked best for us in our situation. Good luck choosing!
  6. Shattered__minds

    What was your upgrade offer and what did you bid

    The bold doesn't show up on all devises or platforms. I would just type it out CRUCON.
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    What was your upgrade offer and what did you bid

    Here is my upgrade data: Sailing out of San juan 1/27 Dawn Orig booked Obstructed ocean view with a ton of "perks" (free tax day, distinctive voyages, etc etc) 1249 guest fare 1265 out the door. offer to upgrade to Balc or Mini suite. Chose mini suite bid at low fair range, still under the going guaranteed rate for mini on the site now w. the 20% latitudes reward promo. (1549 guest fare 1710 out the door) Considered rebooking but would lose all the "perks" so we cant do that bit. Question to you all is with all the things NCL may or may not consider when granting upgrade bids....do you think the bonus perks you select have a bearing? ie since we didn't chose the Unlimited drinks would that make a difference? or is the consensus that they go on base fare?
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    What was your upgrade offer and what did you bid

    Sorry but what is the site i must be missing the bold? any addtl clues would be appreciated :)
  9. Shattered__minds

    Maya Chan review - any Questions?

    Well, been awhile, but bought the book while we where in February- love that we were there for 2 parts of the book - The painkiller (one of my favorite drinks, made them our first trip in 2013.), and the CATFIGHT, they were there the day we came in on the NCL dawn Jan of 2014 -- the where causing havoc on the ship back to Tampa, multiple times
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    How early to book Maya Chan?

    Add note: With SO MANY cruises going to western and many ships stopping in Costa Maya, I'd booked Maya Chan sooner than later. First time reading so many sold-out stories. Once you've been there, you'll know why.
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    How early to book Maya Chan?

    I believe their deposit is $10-20 per person, balance due 45-30 days prior to arrival. We've have been there now 5 times since 2013 and just returned from there last Friday. This is MY go-to place, as long a GF books western, it must go to Costa Maya - Maya Chan anything/place else she wants, she can have ;)
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    No Scuba excursion in Belize

    The one shop that the cruise lines used is no longer in business in Belize City. You have a few options but they are independent opp's. I personally dove with SeaSports Belize last year. They are the only shop that I know of that you can use in Belize city. All the other's are out at the Cay's which require either a ferry ride or plane ride to get to. I was happy with the diving at SeaSports and would recommend them.
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    Maya Chan review - any Questions?

    I see you are a frequent flyer too. We made our 3rd, 4th (2017) and 5th coming in 3 weeks. In our humble opinion, the only to do is Maya Chan in Costa Maya. Catch of the day normally Sea Bass, food is to die for. I always hate leaving you miss them like family. -Mike and Becky
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    Just booked DiveGrenada

    Hi Bill, I used DiveGrenada in 2016 for a 2 tank dive. We dove Purple Rain and the sculpture park. The Sculpture park was phenomenal and there were snorkelers with us on that part. I really liked the owners and the story of the place. Its on a BEAUTIFUL beach and has all the basic amenities. They provided transportation back and forth and we had plenty of time. Fun and relaxed group of folks. Hope you have a great time. Plan on doing another stop with them in 2019.