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  1. I did it a couple of years ago. Well worth it, especially if it still includes time in St. George.
  2. The SJ gives you some amazing scenery uninterrupted by a balcony. And the Murphy bed is amazingly comfortable!
  3. I'd get there sooner rather than later. Arrived at 10:30 for my Breakaway cruise. Got on board and into the Haven courtyard by 11:20 at which point some high ranking officer surrounded by other officers was wrapping up a talk to the assembled guests that I completely missed. Mind you, the cabins weren't ready so we had to wait another hour in the courtyard, but they brought dishes of sliders and fries and fruit punch.
  4. We will be cruising out of NYC next month and while I've done so before, I haven't done it with a person in a wheelchair. I don't anticipate a problem with drop off (and she can walk short distances), but will be juggling a suitcase, 2 carry ons, a walker, and the wheelchair, which given my memories of exiting the terminal and crossing 12th ave could prove challenging. I know we can utilize a porter, and I recall seeing some porters actually taking luggage across the street for people, but I'm not sure we can count on that to our pickup point. If there a special lane for handica
  5. I'll put it this way... I successfully stayed on my diet on my June cruise because I was confident that nothing that would ordinarily tempt me was really worth the calories, and if I wanted to cheat, I should wait and do it at home with better options. Haven't had service issues, just a ratcheting down of overall quality of the food. In the past few years we reached the realization that if the on-board restaurants were located at home, we wouldn't be repeat customers. Surprisingly, it's kind of made cruising more fun, because with the disparity between specialty and regular di
  6. The Dawn is great! Have stayed in several of their suites. Assuming the kids aren't going to be sharing a bed, you should look at the sj suites with the Murphy bed and sofa bed. Or swing the 2 bedroom if you can. Being in a suite will get you priority boarding and disembarkation, tendering, afternoon hors d'oeuvres and lunch and breakfast in a private dining room. The mini suite gets you a tub and a few more square feet.
  7. You will definitely want a jacket for the whale watch no matter what the temp is in Boston. Even in August it's quite chilly out on Stellwagen (where the whales are) - expect 50s and 60s. And never fear if it's raining - whales sometimes play in the rain, breaching, etc. Best sights I ever saw were on a dreary, drizzly day. Captain said we were in luck and he was right!
  8. Just want to assure you that when we had to cancel a cruise a week out (NCL insurance) it was all handled very smoothly. The insurance company will send an email with the documentation they need. We canceled because my sister (who wasn't one of the travelers under the insurance) developed a serious medical condition and could only be released from the hospital to bed rest under the care of somebody else (chiefly, my mother, who was going on the cruise). We had to provide a note from the doctor as well as a release of her medical records (I gather so they could verify), but I do
  9. I booked a Breakaway sail away balcony about 5-6 weeks out and was given the chance to upgrade to Haven. They took my bid (which was just a tic into "fair" and in retrospect was probably too much). It was a changed itinerary (because of hurricanes) and the prices dropped quite a bit those final weeks. They let me know about 10 days out, as I recall.
  10. One note: Don't get your hopes up about pre-cruise requests being honored. I've never had them make a bit of difference. Just speak with the butler on the first day. He/she will explain how to reach him/her, and generally let you know what to expect. If you want room service, call your butler, not the room service number on the phone. We got yelled at for that once (not really, but room service kicked the call to him and he was embarrassed that we hadn't gone through him). Eat the chocolate covered strawberries right away while they're cold. They're not nearly a
  11. Last year my sister had a group of recent college frat boys that were drinking and carrying on during the safety demonstration. Of course they ended up in the cabins next to her. The next morning she went down to see if changing cabins was possible. Basically nothing could be done. We followed their progress through the week -- security had asked her to phone any time they were out of line during late night hours. Fortunately, they called her back precisely when they REALLY ramped it up, and were able to witness it for themselves. Security arrived in person and apparently serious warnings w
  12. I can recommend the park and cruise option at the Hilton Garden Inn in Ridgefield NJ (at least in Dec 2017). Very easy to get to off the highway. At check-in they ask when you want to be picked up and taken to the pier. The next morning the driver arrives, takes your bags, and away you go! I got a towncar, but I was alone. Not sure what kind of vehicle they'd get if they had multiple families wanting to go at once. They also give you the return voucher with the phone 3 to call when you are ready to be picked up. I can't say how long it takes to get to the terminal because there was a huge
  13. Tell them to wear something bright (or when they call you at the cell phone lot, describe the most vivid color somebody in the party is wearing). It's controlled chaos -- cars stopping 2-3 deep, with staties moving along anybody who isn't actively loading a passenger. So if you drive by your friends on your first go-round you can't just pull over and wait for them -- you'll have to make the loop and that could take a while given all the other cars lined up. Further along the building there are numbered signs they can stand near to give you an idea of where they are
  14. I've booked sail away balconies twice - both times about 8 weeks out, both times was assigned a midship balcony (I'm platinum, don't know if that helps). The second time I bid (solo) to upgrade to the Breakaway Haven and got in for about $1500 more than my sailaway rate -- 10 days for about $3300. (It was an unusual post-Hurricane itinerary and I think a lot of people bailed, so that may not be typical).
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