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    Sacramento, CA
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    Norwegian Cruise Line
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  1. I can only speak to Kinky Boots. As many people have said, it depends on your view on LGBTQ and drag cultures. I like the way that another poster put it, Kinky Boots is the story of a failing out-of-date shoe factory re-branding to make boots and heels for a niche population! Yes, the main character is a drag queen and there are other scenes with great singing and dancing, all from drag queens! To me, it can be a very educational moment if you have that mind set. The most "offensive" song (from the perception of some, definition not from me!) would be "The S*x is in the Heel," but I don't know if it's in the NCL shortened version. Truthfully, Kinky Boots, as I've seen it performed in full, is one of the most vibrant, positive, and uplifting musicals I have ever seen (and I've seen A LOT). The ending song is hopeful and inspirational: One, pursue the truth Two, learn something new Three, accept yourself and you'll accept others too! Four, let love shine Five, let pride be your guide Six, you change the world when you change your mind! Just be Who you wanna be Never let them tell you who you oughta be Just be With dignity Celebrate your life triumphantly
  2. I travel solo, most of the time. This is why I think I will NEVER travel in the Haven (I'm a high school teacher, so I must travel during the expensive times and I don't bring in bank!). If anyone has traveled in the Haven solo, I'd love to hear about their experiences!
  3. The Joy, Bliss, and Encore all over go-carts and laser tag. The Joy and Encore have virtual reality as well.
  4. Is your sailing this itinerary? Day 1 - Miami Embarkation Day 2 - At Sea Day 3 - San Juan (5:30pm-midnight) Day 4 - St. Thomas (8:00am-6:00pm) Day 5 - Tortola (6:00am-2:00pm) Day 6 - At Sea Day 7 - GSC (10:00am-6:00pm) If so, would you mind sharing the dailies? No worries if you don't have them!
  5. Thanks, I am already aware of all of those areas and the nature of the cruise. They are trying to learn about all of their options, hence the questions above.
  6. I am helping my parents plan a cruise on the Epic in September out of Barcelona. Myself and my mom have cruised with NCL before and have both enjoyed the Vibe. I know that the Epic has Posh, which is primarily for Haven guests, but a few passes are sold to the masses upon embarkation. I am looking for up-to-date info on Posh. Do they still sell a small amount of passes? Anyone know what the average number of passes available is when sailing in the Mediterranean? What is the price/person/week? Where are they purchased on board? With a sail away of 6pm, at what time does check in begin and how early would you suggest getting to the port to be boarding group #1? Thanks in advance for any help you can give!
  7. I always sail around Easter because I'm a teacher and that's when I have break. Get the Vibe. It's worth it.
  8. I'm going to chime in as a past Vibe client who will roll with whatever system is used and hope for the best! Has there been any factual confirmation that the change is being made to a "pre-booking" system? I know that the original article was posted by a Cruise Critic editor, but I find some of her wording odd, and therefore I find myself being very skeptical. She says, "one of the biggest changes on Norwegian Encore is the conversion of the Spice H20 adults-only sundeck into a larger Vibe sundeck." Spice H2O was not converted into a larger Vibe. The space where Spice H20 was on other Breakaway ships was converted into a laser tag area. Public sundeck was converted into the Vibe (before you say that it's just different wording that means the same thing, I will retort that wording in a "professionally" published article is essential and inaccuracies are a sign of poor research and reporting). Also, she also says that passengers will be able to book in advance, but there has been no one scheduled for a soon-to-sail Encore trip that has mentioned anything about this option. Are we making too much out of something that hasn't even been confirmed yet?
  9. I agree, Mary. Can you please fill us in on your experiences with the first fully populated Vibe sailing? I'm excited for my trip in April and would love to know how things go!
  10. I have heard on posts from people on the TA right now that the price is still $209 per person for a regular 7 day cruise.
  11. From my research, when I am there (and they do have a ship-sponsored excursion, or else I wouldn't risk the long trip there and back with such little time in port), there will be a half moon, but it should set around 6:30pm, so there should be no moonlight!
  12. I will be in San Juan for the first time when the NCL Encore docks during my cruise this upcoming April. We're in Port from only 5:30pm til midnight. I am an outdoorsy person and love once-in-a-lifetime experiences. If I were to take an excursion to the bioluminescent bay, it would take the entire time that I have in port. Has anyone kayaked the bioluminescent bays? Does the time of year that you visit matter in terms of microorganism activity? Is this something that's worth doing, especially if I know if like to go back to San Juan , PR in the future? Thanks for any advice or experiences you can share!
  13. The search function on CC is not returning ANY results for me for ANY search I run, or else I would be looking myself. (Thanks, CC). I am hoping that someone has a handy link to current freestyle dailies for the Bliss or could point me in the right directions. I know there was a recent review with them, but without the search function, I'm at a loss 😞 Thanks in advance.
  14. Thanks so much for your detailed reporting! When you do your review of the Vibe, can you please include whether or not there are cabanas for rent for the week, similar to the Getaway. Or if it's like the Escape where no cabanas are available. Thanks! Have a great time 🙂
  15. If for some reason this who claimed them still haven't responded, I will take one! monica.r.craggs@gmail.com
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