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melnemac32

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    Norwegian and Royal Caribbean
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    Harvest Caye
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  1. For the people that have had great days with Rony... can you please tell me what your tour consisted of? We are going to have a 10 month old baby with us... so I'm trying to figure out what we should ask to do. I'm a little concerned with the monkey/sloths being dirty/germy? Did anyone get that vibe from them?
  2. Babysitting is free? Were you able to book this ahead of time? If not, when did you arraign the baby sitting? And do they baby sit for 10 month olds? I'm trying to find anything online about this... and there is a frustrating lack of details out there. Thanks!
  3. Hi All, We will be taking our baby on our cruise on the MSC Meraviglia. She will be 10 months old at the time. Does anyone have experience with what MSC offers for babies? I'm hoping that maybe someone has sailed with a baby and can share their experiences. Do they offer any babysitting programs? This is our first cruise with a baby so we are interested in learning more.
  4. We choose by the ship that we wanted to go on. We knew that the Norwegian Bliss was the biggest/newest ship in Alaska so we just decided to do whatever intinerary the Bliss offered. I think each ship only has one route all season. We found Glacier Bay to be very disappointing. I know that other ships cruise different glacier areas and I’ve heard that they are much better than Glacier Bay so maybe keep that in mind. Also I’d look for ships that give you good times to be in the ports. Our cruise was in Victoria from 8pm - midnight on our last night so we didn’t even get off the shi
  5. Yeah they really built it up and I thought there was going to be glaciers to see all day. We were supposed to be cruising there all day but we were past the “main” glacier by 10am and then out of the area entirely by around noon or so. So I was pretty disappointed by it honestly. Our dog sledding tour wasn’t what I expected either. If you’re going to be in Skagway I would highly recommend the tour that we did! It was great. I’m so so so glad that we choose to do this over the train ride excursion.
  6. Alaska Trip Report: August 25th - September 1st, 2019 Ship: Norwegian Bliss Itinerary: Seattle (Pike Place Excursion, and Norwegian Embarkation) Sea Day Juneau (Tour booked independently with Juneau Tours and Whale Watch - included whale watching, Mendenhall Glacier, and Tracy's Crab Shack) Skagway (Tour booked independently with Frontier Excursions - included Full Day Yukon Tour and Dog Sledding Ride) Glacier Bay (Cruising) Ketchikan (Tour booked independently with Alaska Shore Tours - Included bus tour of Ketchikan) Victoria, British Columb
  7. Norwegian Bliss - Day 7 - Victoria (British Columbia) Alright... I don't want to end my blog on too negative of a note, but the truth is... the last day on our cruise was boring. It was cloudy and windy out so EVERYONE was stuck inside the ship. We got into Canadian waters at 3pm so the casino shut down, and Canada only allows one bar per floor to be open on cruise ships in their waters (no idea why). For some reason, they moved the comedy show that was supposed to be the main event in the theater to Comedy Club area at 5:45pm. And it was jam packed and people were ticked that they co
  8. Norwegian Bliss - Day 6 - Ketchikan We had a super early day in Ketchikan (I think we got into port around 7am and left by 1:15pm). So we decided to order room service for breakfast instead of fighting to go into the buffet area. And it was GLORIOUS! Our food was delivered on time and we were super excited… until we realized that we didn’t get any silverware… so Cody ended up having to run up to the buffet after all to grab us some. We booked our tour with Alaska Shore Excursions. The directions to where we needed to go for our tour were not spelled out very well. We had to ask
  9. Norwegian Bliss – Day 5 – Glacier Bay Today was our day in Glacier Bay to view glaciers. Well a park ranger got onto our ship around 7am and started giving commentary over the loud speaker. From our room, it sounded like someone from Charlie Brown talking over the loud speaker. We couldn’t understand a word the ranger said, but it was muffled mumblings. So we got up around 9am and looked out of our balcony. We saw a glacier near us, but to me it didn’t seem all that impressive honestly. I figured that we were in glacier bay for the day so there were going to be all sorts of gla
  10. Bliss Day 4 – Skagway This morning we were in port early in Skagway, so Cody and I went to eat breakfast at Margaritaville. This spot is not packed at all, and there were plenty of open seats to sit down. Only problems is that you have to walk outside in the cold to get to it, and they only have a limited breakfast selection. But whatever… worked great for us on this day. We appreciated that we didn’t have to struggle in the buffet area. We had a full day tour with Frontier Excursions that started at 9:30am. Basically we traveled all the way from Skagway to the Yukon. Now, Skagw
  11. Norwegian Bliss - Day 3 - Juneau Alaska This morning during breakfast we saw 6 whales outside of the ship! It was very exciting and it made me super excited for our whale watching excursion later in the day. I had heard that there were a lot of whales in Juneau, and seeing these whales in the morning just seemed to confirm it. After breakfast, we went into the Observation Lounge and we probably saw a total of 15 whales!!! Everyone was in there looking for wildlife and pointing them out. There was a little kid next to me, and I kept showing him where the whales were. He was super e
  12. Norwegian Bliss - Day 2 - Sea Day In the morning we got up to go to the Garden Café. And it was an ABSOLUTE ZOO! I think that this is the first time that we’ve cruised back on Norwegian after going on Royal Caribbean, and I couldn’t help but compare how much better RC is at managing their buffet area! Norwegian does NO crowd control at all. Basically you have to walk around and around until you can find a table to sit in. There were no tables open and it was incredibly stressful to find a place to sit. The whole buffet was full of people circling around looking for a table,
  13. Norwegian Bliss - Day 1 Now finally it was time for our cruise!!! Yippee!! We woke up earlier and took the hotel's free shuttle with another older British couple to the port. We were signing up for the shuttle as they were checking into the hotel and realized we were going on the same ship. So they asked to come on our shuttle as well. This was the first of many times of running into them during our vacation. Even though we got to the port pretty earlier (around 9am) we still got boarding group 7! Also, this pier was not nearly as well organized as some othe
  14. Pre-Cruise - Seattle We flew into Seattle super late on Friday night, but then we had all day in Seattle on Saturday (our cruise was a Sunday to Sunday cruise). We found an awesome tour by Seattle Eats which was a guided tour of Pike Place Market by a chef. Basically our Chef took us all over the market and let us try samples at different places. We discovered the Pike Place Market is the oldest and longest consistently running farmers market in the country. It's been continually operating since 1907 and most people in the booths are 3rd-4th ge
  15. Alaska Trip Report: August 25th - September 1st, 2019 Ship: Norwegian Bliss Itinerary: Seattle (Pike Place Excursion, and Norwegian Embarkation) Sea Day Juneau (Tour booked independently with Juneau Tours and Whale Watch - included whale watching, Mendenhall Glacier, and Tracy's Crab Shack) Skagway (Tour booked independently with Frontier Excursions - included Full Day Yukon Tour and Dog Sledding Ride) Glacier Bay (Cruising) Ketchikan (Tour booked independently with Alaska Shore Tours - Included bus tour of Ketchikan) Victoria, British Columb
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