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Hamburg flight & departure
Vacation time is scare.

I get most of the risks but how risky is this:

Leave NYC on Friday night, arrive in Hamburg before noon on Saturday. Is that a reasonable amount of time to make a...
Magnifca cold weather on board activities
Thinking of booking R/T from Hamburg Germany in October. Average temps in the 50F range. The first full day is a sea day. Too cool for pool; maybe hot tub. Although it's not my favorite I have...
NYE: dress to the nines. Even on NCL for NYE...
NYE: dress to the nines. Even on NCL for NYE cruise people dress
We bought all of our souvenirs at K-Mart, plus if...
We bought all of our souvenirs at K-Mart, plus if you spend $50 you get a free reusable bag.

Everything we bought (coffee, chocolates, nuts) was the same brands as in the other stores. At...
Do this trip the 1st day when you are in port...
Do this trip the 1st day when you are in port overnight. You don't want to be rushing to get back.

There is an app you can download for $4.99 that narrates the trip for you. It's hoot. One of...
We typically book OV gty which usually gets us an...
We typically book OV gty which usually gets us an obstructed view cabin. I like some natural light but when sailing in an IV cabin just turn the TV on to the bow cam channel & mute the sound. You...
We never heard much noise. But it's more about...
We never heard much noise. But it's more about the other passengers on your ship.
We did a whole day tour for PCC. They picked us...
We did a whole day tour for PCC. They picked us up at our hotel around 7 a.m. & brought us back around 10 p.m. It was called the grand circle island tour package.

PCC is clear on the other...
Neither are inexpensive: budget around $50
Neither are inexpensive: budget around $50
There are too many variables with the road to...
There are too many variables with the road to Hana. I wouldn't risk it on day 2 when you have to be back. Do it day 1 when you have flexibility.

We rented a car & paid $4.99 for a cell phone...
We usually sail out of NYC in winter so when we...
We usually sail out of NYC in winter so when we sail from Florida, the motion feels less. The draperies & your kit moving mean it was rough. I found our cruise around Hawaii to be rough too. But...
We brought nuts, cookies, granola bars,...
We brought nuts, cookies, granola bars, chocolate, string cheese & fruit. It felt a little light on the protein to me & I wished I packed salami or pepperoni. Some people had sandwiches & cut up...
The 3-4 day trips are going to be more similar...
The 3-4 day trips are going to be more similar than different. So run the #s. Which is the cheapest voyage? Which leaves from the least expensive airport to get to? Which gives you the most value...
For one night only I'm a big fan of Hotwire &...
For one night only I'm a big fan of Hotwire & Priceline. Check out a site like betterbidding.com to have a sense of what's what.

Pick a hotel that is 3.5 stars or better.

Some have been...
Be patient. Miami is a busy port. ...
Be patient. Miami is a busy port.

Complete your on line preregistration at home at least a week before your cruise.

Fly in a day before if you can.

Affix your luggage tags to your...
No I'm suggesting it for the entertainment. we...
No I'm suggesting it for the entertainment. we were closed out of almost everything.

We never had much of a problem with dining but I tried to make dinner reservations for LeBistro after Muster...
This pre-paid credit card thing to pay off the...
This pre-paid credit card thing to pay off the regular credit card seems like too many steps.

Rather than buying the prepaid credit card, leave the money in your bank. Secure your on board...
We had an awesome view of the lava when the POA...
We had an awesome view of the lava when the POA sailed by the lava tube at night.

Read all the lava boat threads on trip advisor. It really is too dangerous. The shelf collapsed a few weeks...
It depends on the ship, the restaurant & the size...
It depends on the ship, the restaurant & the size of your party.

On every NCL ship if you want to eat in Teppenayki the hibachi place you need a reservation.

You need reservations for most of...
If you buy the minutes package the 1st day, you...
If you buy the minutes package the 1st day, you usually get 20 extra minutes. Similarly sometimes you get some extra minutes for liking the NCL page when you log on through their system.

Unless...
We're pretty big partiers, especially on vacation...
We're pretty big partiers, especially on vacation but even at the higher prices (most of what I drank was about $13 with tip) & our bar bill was less than 1/2 of what is was before the UBP was...
I was looking for a ride on Wednesday from the AP...
I was looking for a ride on Wednesday from the AP because the rental car shuttle was overly crowded (we got closed out of 2) & I feared missing the ship.
Agree with the loyalty program advice. Friends...
Agree with the loyalty program advice. Friends booked the car for us all. When he was able to use the loyalty program, we were in & out. When he had to stand on that line. . . ugh. Sometimes we...
We saw a whale on a pre-cruise excursion off the...
We saw a whale on a pre-cruise excursion off the north shore of Oahu 2 weeks ago; friends saw a family of whales during a pre-cruise excursion that same week in Maui. We saw a whale off the Na'pauli...
NCL's Pride of America is port intensive cruise...
NCL's Pride of America is port intensive cruise with no sea days. You are overnight in 2 ports but there are no 3 night stays; too many islands to see