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    Fitchburg, WI
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  1. FitchburgWIFamily

    Over the door organizer

    I have only ever gotten them to work on the bathroom doors: closet doors were too thin. And, I have to mount it facing the room, not the inside of the bathroom because of towel hooks on the inside of the bathroom door. I try to buy the cheapest I can find, and then leave it behind when I go. Last time I brought the "24 Pockets - SimpleHouseware Crystal Clear Over The Door Hanging Shoe Organizer, Gray (64'' x 19'')" from Amazon and used it on the bathroom door of a mini-suite on the Escape.
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    Cabin storage

    On longer cruises, I leave about half my stuff in my suitcase under the bed. I pull it out when I run out of clean clothes, put the clean clothes away on the shelves and hangers and throw the stuff I already wore back in the suitcase under the bed. I also take this time to pack away any of the souvenirs or stuff I picked up along the way. I have sailed on the escape in a balcony and a mini suite and had no problem finding storage for everything. The dollar store cubes are great to keep small things together. There are plenty of shelves but not a lot of drawers.
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    Favorite cruise drinks

    Green Tea: but not as a shot as a drink over ice: nice and refreshing: peach schnapps, Jameson Irish whiskey, sour mix and a splash sprite or other lemon lime soda.
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    Meet and greets- what to expect?

    The event staff have never confirmed a time or a location for me three months out. So I am surprised OP has both this early. NCL will lead part of the agenda with an introduction to staff and a Q&A period. On the escape, they also have sample beer flights and appetizers. The better meet and greets I have been to have other activities that help you meet and remember fellow cruisers. One host had a little questionnaire they sent out via email. He didn’t share all the info, but handed out little awards to longest marriage, shortest marriage, oldest, youngest, etc. Another way is to have those who want to participate in a gift exchange bring a small gift from their state or country to exchange. Hope this helps!!
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    "First Dinner" the light meal you grab in the buffet before you get dressed for dinner. Butler snacks: if you stay in a suite, when you come back to your room in the afternoon, the butler will have left you a little plate of tiny sandwiches or cheese and fruit, and or cookies and or a fruit bowl. It's always fun to see what you got! Walking laps at night on the upper decks or on the promenade...watching the moon glow across the ocean, battling the gale force winds the ship generates. Having the bartender recognize me and remember my drink. Being welcomed back to the ship after a hot beach day with a cool eucalyptus scented cloth and a cold glass of water.
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    How do you dress on NCL to Caribbean?

    I would guess more people will be more dressy for New Year's Eve than the average night. But that is just a guess. On the cruises I have been on, including 4 Caribbean I have seen that some people dress way up: I see them in the Atrium getting their pictures taken in wonderful sparkly dresses, and men in suits or nice dress shirt and tie sets. There was a wonderful older couple on the Escape in the Caribbean that dressed formally (tux, long cocktail dress) on at least a couple of nights: I would see them at Spice H2O after dinner watching the dancers and enjoying their cruise. I "dress" for dinner, but wouldn't say I dress "up". I bring black dress pants, black tops, and a black sweater or two, and then a bunch of brightly covered scarves so I don't look like Johnny Cash. During the day, it is lighter colors, shorts or capris, solid t's and maybe a scarf or two. At night at sea I have never been too warm for light weight long pants. I used to bring a few black skirts, but now I have cut back to just dress pants. My mother loves (and has for decades and decades) coordinates like Alfred Dunner, so she will bring a dressier set of coordinates and just swap out the shells, jackets and sweaters. She uses less dressy sets for during the day. She buys a whole new wardrobe for each cruise. I try the least amount possible for the cruise. My husband is convinced he will die if he wears a tie, so his dress up is a loud shirt and chinos. This is different than his daytime cruise wardrobe of a loud shirt and shorts. My daughter (age 16) looks like a million bucks in anything, and she brought more formal dresses for night (the short dress she wore to homecoming but not the long dress she wore to prom). She changes multiple times a day. My son (age 18 now) lives in sport shorts and solid colored performance T's . He brings one or two polos and a long pair of pants so he can eat with me in the main dining room a few nights. If you have dressy clothes and like to dress up in them, you won't be the only one. If you don't want to pack high heels or foundation garments, you'll be fine in more casual wear as well. If you don't want to dine in Le Bistro or the larger Main Dining room, you could get by with t-shirts and shorts the whole cruise.
  7. I am not sure what you are implying. Is it that you think there isn't a dress code for the larger main dining room on NCL ships? 'Cause there is, and it is different from the other dining venues. Different from the buffet, different from the other main dining room. From NCL's website: SMART CASUAL Dress smart casual in our more formal dining room or in our more upscale specialty restaurants. For women, it includes slacks or jeans, dresses, skirts and tops. For men, it's jeans or slacks with a collared shirt and closed-toed shoes. A FEW CONSIDERATIONS Kids 12 and under are welcome to wear nice shorts in all our restaurants. However, tank tops for men, flip flops, baseball caps, visors and jeans that are overly faded with holes or tears and worn below the hips are not permitted in main dining rooms or specialty restaurants. ------------------------------------- The more formal dining room is the larger dining room. See how it says men need to wear collared shirts and slacks or jeans? That's how we know they aren't supposed to wear shorts. To hammer it home, there is a line in the next paragraph that says Kids 12 and under are welcome to wear shorts. That's another way we know men (assuming your definition of Men is someone over 12) are not supposed to wear shorts. See, there are two kinds of people in this world: people who take the time to read, educate themselves and follow the rules. And the people who don't take the time to educate themselves and then get all defensive if someone calls them out for not following the rules. I am not sure where the whole sharia law thing comes in...or where you thought I (or anyone else) was imposing our standards on others. We are lamenting that people are not following NCL's policies. Since the vast majority of the passengers do follow the rules, it is a shame the small minority is so ignorant, callous or entitled that they don't.
  8. OK.. OK...first of all, the Venetian (or the largest main dining room of any NCL ship) DOES have a dress code, they are more dressy than the other venues...so I am not flaming you if I tell you that if you don't want to dress up on vacation, the onus is on you to eat somewhere else. Second, the reason I object to others not following the dress code is because (insert whiny voice here) it is simply not fair. If 80 or 90 or 95 percent of the people take the time and the effort to pay the price (packing dressier clothes, changing from day time outfits to night time outfits) they are the ones who should get the reward (eating in the more formal dining room). The people who are not willing to pay the price should not get the reward. I get that dress codes are hard: when my son sailed at age 13, he was turned away from the main dining room because his navy blue dress shorts. Apparently 12 year old boys can wear shorts, 13 year olds can't He ended up eating in the dining room in track pants..which IMO were much less dressy. But the point is he was made to comply. If he sails on the next ship and grown men are wearing shorts, what is he going to think? People should respect the dress code. Ship should enforce.
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    NCL Escape Sail Dat 10/21/18 Disembarkation disaster!!

    Excursions get their own luggage tag color, and in some cases get off even before Priority. You will meet together and all get off together. You will not go through the line. You will be fine.
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    Dining on the Epic

    Never sailed on the Epic, but did sail on the Escape (similar dining options). We don't make reservations in advance, it ruins our free style vibe. We don't know whether we are going to get back from shore late and be starving or come back on board early, eat a huge lunch, and not want to eat until later. We don't know if we will feel like dressing up a bit, or not. We don't know whether we really want to take in a show or give it a miss. I sailed on a very full Escape as a party of 10....and we had no problems getting dinner with very few reservations: and none of those were made in advance of sailing. We did make reservations once on board for Moderno for 10 for the first night, and LeBistro for 6 on a different night. Our last day on board, we were able to get reserve a table for 8 in Cagney's at 8:00pm. For the rest of our dinners, however many of us were hungry at any given time showed up to wherever we decided to eat and we were able to be immediately seated or seated after only a short wait. I know you are travelling with a larger group, and maybe you are risk adverse, but my advice is to not try to make reservations for each night, to be a little more Norwegian and go with the flow. Your mileage may vary, but we have not had problems not planning our dining ahead. There are tv screens on board that show table availability you can use as a reference. Hope this helps!
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    NCL Escape - Escape Room Sign Ups

    Yes, the box office. We sailed on an almost full ship and had no problems. I also know that a lot of people on standby get in...so even if you forget or can’t get tickets, you just show up early one of the two times it is held and get in the standby line and you’ll probably get in.
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    New to American Cruise Lines - help requested

    Op had questions about excursions and planning. I am by no means an expert, but I can say how it worked on our one cruise. On our Columbia River Cruise, there were morning and afternoon excursions, allowing us to eat lunch on board. There were sometimes different options, sometimes not. Most excursions were included in the fare, a few had a moderate charge. You sign up on board, no pre-planning needed.
  13. You are right. I think we learned their official name is Saint John. Somehow not abbreviating is supposed to help avoid confusion. Clearly it didn’t help me. I would correct my post, but I don’t know if I know how. It was New Brunswick not Newfoundland.
  14. More photos, with captions: Sydney Harbor: Sydney's Giant Fiddle: Lighthouse at Peggy's Cove: Peggy's Cove: Everything looks like the photos they use for puzzles: Seriously: how do they get the water that blue? St John's: Again, with the pictures that look like they were taken for puzzles: Newport on a Gorgeous Day: Boston: Union Oyster House: Mom and her iced eyeballs I mean Oysters, and our clams from raw to stewed (souped?) Lady Liberty greeting us as we headed into Port in NY:
  15. OK...love the new format...but I messed up not getting all my pictures where I wanted them. So some photos just kind of threw up on the bottom of the post there. Sorry I'll get some more photos uploaded and add some more pictures. And maybe give some context about the ones at the bottom there.