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JWGrayson

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    Sun City Peachtree, Griffin, Georgia
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    Travel, motorcyles, photography and anything computer related.
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    NCL, Carnival & RCL
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Alaska

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  1. JWGrayson

    No so Epic Cruise...

    So sorry to hear of the problems you had on the Epic! We were on her for 22 days in Apr 2018 and loved her! We enjoyed it so much that we have 4 more NCL cruises booked over the next 14 months. One thing that impressed me with the Epic was the accessibility of the senior staff. Nelson was the Hotel Director and I would have spoken to him about any issues. We did that on 2 occasions and got the problems fixed and a deluxe plate of chocolate covered strawberries delivered to our room with a note of apology. We had only been on 1 other NCL cruise before that; thus, we had no status, but it didn't mater. John
  2. I've been using this to see the threads that I follow. It is the closest to what I used with the old system. But, it doesn't have the page links that allows me to go to the last page. Is there a better place to go to follow the Roll Calls that I am on? UPDATE: I think I found it - Under Activity I found Activity Streams with a multitude of options. I'm getting a LOT more info than I want. Someone who is following a lot of threads, whould be inundated with information. SIGH! I like most of the changes, but I'll bet a lot of folks would like a [SIMPLIFY] button.
  3. There are not nearly as many options for already subscribed threads, so I would unsubscribe as you suggested. Be sure you have the overall setting as you want them before resubscribing. John
  4. JWGrayson

    Platinum Dining Perk Question

    Hi Karen, Great to run into you on here! I was thinking about you the other day and wondered how your budget cruising was going. We ended up getting really sick the last few days on the Horizon. Took 3 weeks to get back to normal. We are doing 14 nights on the Pearl in Dec. Now about the coupons. Since we will both be making Platinum, then we should both get a set of coupons to the restaurants, which would be 4 visits. If not, that really stinks! John
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    Can mail be sent from the ship?

    As shof515 said, you can mail them in port. I've seen shops that sell post cards that also have postage. Since you already have the cards to mail, it would be best to find a post office branch. Having a foreign stamp and postmark would be neat. John
  6. We were on the Epic for 22 days in April this year and got off of the Adventure of the Seas 2 weeks ago. I had trouble finding something interesting on the MDR menu on both ships. We actually found the food to be better at the buffet. Maybe it is just me as I might be tiring of cruise ship food after 36 cruises. John
  7. JWGrayson

    Platinum Dining Perk Question

    Thank you for posting this info! We are on track to be Platinum after our Greek Isle cruise in next May. We are glad to learn that it is for 2...so, we each will get the perk. We are Diamond on Carnival and got ONE trip to the steakhouse for hitting that level of 200 days, not each cruise. The NCL perk is so much better! John
  8. JWGrayson

    Moderno - would this be too strange to do

    Folks have failed to mention the one item that I went wild over - Roasted Pineapple! Can't make a meal off of it, but it was unbelievably incredible! We experienced Moderno for the first time on the Epic TA this past April. The salad bar was excellent! I hope it is as good on the Pearl, which we have booked for Dec. John
  9. JWGrayson

    My X to Princess to NCL Review/Comparison

    We had the fastest embarkation ever getting on the Adv. of the Seas, but that created an almost unbearable crowd at the elevators and Windjammer Cafe (lunch buffet.) On port mornings it was hard to find a place to sit in the Windjammer and navigating around the tables was maddening. It was just too crowded in there, but only in that area. Most other places were fine. The entertainment was great. Our cabin location was likely the best we have ever encountered. Having the unlimited drink package on NCL made a huge difference. Also, the number of dinning venues far exceeded what they had on the Adv. RCL had Johnny Rockets, but charged $11+ for a hamburger, while on Carnival Guy's is free. A fountain coke in a glass full of ice was $3.84, but you can order a 6-pack of cokes from room service for $14.18 (both prices included gratuities.) Any cruise is what you make of it and your expectations play a big part. So, you should be fine on the Symphony. John
  10. JWGrayson

    TA on Epic - Port Canaveral / Barcelona

    We did the Epic TA this year in April. There were folks of all ages and plenty in their 30's and 40's. I was surprised to find a group of folks who do that cruise every year, a couple of them were doing it for the 8th time. We are Diamond on Carnival and took the Epic TA to catch the brand new Carnival Horizon. We ended up really liking the Epic more that any ship we have been on with Carnival, so much so that we have 4 more NCL cruises booked over the next 14 months. John
  11. JWGrayson

    My X to Princess to NCL Review/Comparison

    Hi klfhngr, Interesting and entertaining review! Two years ago we booked the brand new Carnival Horizon for a 10 day Med cruise, followed by a TA back to the US. After booking her, I realized that we could take a ship over since the Horizon was coming back in the Spring. So, I booked the NCL Epic for a TA and 7 day Med cruise. We liked the Epic so much that we now have 4 NCL cruises booked over the next 14 months. BTW, I am also a fan of the wings at O'Sheehans. The day after you got off of the Escape, we boarded the Adventure of the Seas for a similar cruise, only we continued past Halifax to Quebec City. It was a great cruise, but Adv. of the Seas made us appreciate NCL that much more. John
  12. JWGrayson

    Laundryroom on NCL Star

    The "Fill A Bag" option is MUCH better than with Carnival. They actually sort your clothes, fold them nicely and put them in a wicker basket with tissue over the top. We are Diamond with Carnival and get free bags of laundry, but have had many things ruined. Now all I'll send in is underwear, socks and jeans. John
  13. I found this picture interesting as I can see our cabin window. We have an interior cabin on deck 8, with a window overlooking the Promenade. We have never been on this class of ship, so it is cool to see it. John
  14. Hi M, It may be a bit late to help. We are staying at the Best Western Plus Robert Treat Hotel in Newark. It is about .5 miles from Newark Penn Station, that links to Penn Station in Manhattan. They have an airport shuttle and will drop you at the train station if requested. It is relatively inexpensive, half of what Embassy Suites Newark Airport charges. Hope you have a great cruise! We get on the AotS, when you debark. John
  15. Yes we are and I'm excited! I've booked a hotel in the upper part of the old town for 2 nights. It is about 200 yards from your hotel. The day we get off the ship, we will do the HoHo bus. The next day I have 2 tours booked - Guided tour of the Fairmont and Small-group food tour. Based on where we are staying we will do a lot of exploring of the old town. We took a road trip to Maine a few years ago and spent 10 days in the area to include the Maritime Provinces. So, the only ports we haven't been to before are Portland, Sydney and QC. I reserved a car in Portland, Bar Harbor and Sydney. Halifax has so much to do around the port that we will just hang out. We were there on the Carnival Horizon in May, where we took a tour to Peggy's Cove. Hope you have a great time in QC!!! John
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