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  1. 45 minutes according to Navigation apps But you will be stuck behind slow-moving vehicles as it's a single lane for most of the way So an hour or so.
  2. I guess that's why opinions are subjective....
  3. Famous smoked meat is Schwartz's at 3895 St Laurent Blvd or Lester's Deli at 1057 Bernard Ave. Locals still argue which is better... I slightly prefer Lester's personally.... Schwartz's is a constant crowd and line-up, but it's closer to the port. Famous Bagels are found at Saint Viateur Bagel 263 Rue Saint Viateur O, Montréal, QC H2V 1Y1 and Fairmount Bagel 74 Avenue Fairmount O, Montréal, QC H2T 2M2
  4. We rented a car from an agency in the train station last summer for a drive to Peggy's Cove. You enter through a small back door on the rear parking lot, follow a corridor, and take an elevator up to the concourse level.
  5. Montreal resident here. Should be a 30-40 minute ride from the cruise dock to Trudeau airport, barring constuction delays and highway closures. The worst I've EVER seen it is about 90 minutes during the height of rush hour. Bottom line: you will make your flight. Please leave the ship promptly as you do have to go through US customs if flying back Stateside.
  6. Never wore a suit (or a shirt and tie for that matter) on my last sailing on Seaside, and we ate in the dining room every night. Absolutely hated pretty much everything about it though. Worst cruise of all. You have to LOVE opera and Cirque du Soleil to like their main shows. And pray hard you never have to correct anything at Guest Services... their uncaring attitude is legendary.
  7. Perhaps you should take the time to read my posts.
  8. I've cruised 21 times previously, and have always used a cruise-knowedgeable Travel Agent. Unfortunately, this was my first time booking directly with Carnival, as I wanted to make full use of the EasyPay option, which is offered more reluctantly by TAs here in Canada than it is Stateside. Not sure if you can do it in the USA either.... (book directly with Carnival, use EasyPay, and transfer the booking to a TA afterwards) Here in Canada, it's more difficult to book a cruise without paying in the "old" manner (deposit right away and final payment 90-100 days prior to sailing). However, we do pay into an "insurance" fund designed to protect the consumer from Travel Provider insolvency. If I do go this route again in the future, I will be ridiculously vigilant regarding my bookings. However, using a TA is more likely next time. It's the EasyPay that complicated the matter - I would have waited until at least September to book if EasyPay was not offered. You have to book at least 6 months out from the final payment date to make full use of the EasyPay option
  9. I recently booked a Carnival cruise for next February on their website. I was doing the happy dance.... for five days, that is. Then I got one of their "cruise planner" emails which said my cruise was Feb 01, 2020... BUT I booked Feb 29th... I was certain of it. I checked my documents more closely, and (lo and behold) I was indeed confirmed for the Feb. 01st sailing. How that little gem got past me is a mystery. Probably the font size on my printout (miniscule), and the fact that all sailings of this ship in February are otherwise identical. Either I made a gross error in booking, or the website somehow defaulted back to the first of the month on me. That is the problem I needed fixed pronto - in a nutshell. I called Customer Service in a panic. They are having Cuba issues, so the wait to talk to a human ran about 3 hours. I waited the three hours (really, honest I did) and got the human. I explained the situation, and she was TEXTING the supervisor in the background. This took another 45 minutes. Result: DATE CHANGE DENIED. All penalties apply. And the price increased $200 to boot on the new booking. I tried explaining that this was my 10th Carnival cruise.... didn't work. So I asked to escalate.... 3 hour wait to talk to the supervisor???? WHAT??? And the kicker: the agent was due to clock out in 10 minutes, and she "said" she was told to wait on hold with me for the 3 hours. Poor thing. At this point, I realized I was being given the veritable bum's rush of total BS, and decided to end the call. No point to waiting since all penalties were to apply anyways. I called back yesterday, having cleared my schedule, and fully anticipation a 3-hour wait again, as well as being mentally prepared to fight the good fight, as they say. About 30 minutes later, a very nice lady came on the phone. I explained the situation, and she CALLED the supervisor. Yes, CALLED. My situation was resolved within another 20 minutes to 100 percent satisfaction on my end. I ended up saving $50 with this date change also. And she apologised profusely for my ordeal. Now, I ask you, what is the difference between the two agents? Same 1-800 number. Same time of day. Cuba issue had not gone away. Both reps were Stateside. One rep could handle the issue, and one rep could not. This is not the first time I have experienced Call Center stonewalling with other large, impersonal businesses. I have had similar results in the past, just by calling back and getting a different agent. My advice? If you think you are in the right, keep calling....
  10. At 13 seconds into this commercial, they show a big pile of lobster tails. I didn't see a single lobster anywhere on my last sailing on the NCL Bliss in March, free or for upcharge.
  11. According to the deck plan.... 13704 is a regular-size forward facing ocean view cabin. Sleeps two.
  12. You are correct. They are handicapped cabins on Breakaway and Getaway. So indeed these larger quad cabins can only be found on Breakaway-Plus ships- Escape Bliss Joy Encore Still Category OA on Breakaway and Getaway, so excellent value for extra space. For Disabled persons of course.
  13. Incorrect Two Wheels Only... Category OC (Large outside cabin with large picture window) on Breakaway/ Getaway too. *700 cabins are just as large on Breakaway and Getaway (according to the deck plans) so ALL Breakaway-class, not just the Plus class feature these unusual cabins. Soooo....Here’s the list: Breakaway Getaway Escape Bliss Joy Encore
  14. All *700 cabins on Breakaway-class ships are this size, as far as I can tell. We cruised in March on the Bliss and the cabin was exactly as “advertised”.
  15. I did some checking. Dr. Pepper is distributed independently, and by Pepsico, depending on the state. Since NCL sources product from Florida, I'm guessing it's independently distributed there. I did not see any Dr. Pepper or Pibb while onboard Bliss (but I have seen Pibb in the Coca Cola Freestyle Machines, so I assume it's a Coca Cola product).
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