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Originally posted by TheDougOut
Heading home myself in 90 days. Then will likely test the RC waters on Harmony this fall before returning to NCL to find some Bliss. Lots of fun ships in the pipeline! I think I'm most looking forward to trying the suite life on Celebrity Edge in 2019.

Excellent! I'll definitely be following your adventures! I'm doing Epic in December and Symphony of the Seas in June 2018. Thanks for keeping us informed and entertained!


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Edited: I've long thought that the two deck 10 non suite aft balcony cabins were probably the best value on the Dawn. They seem to book very fast!!

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I say infamous because I've found quite a few posts, this one included, about aft balconies on 10 being a great deal. Who doesn't love a nice aft??
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Arkansas
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Found this thread this weekend and boy am I glad I did. I feel like I just went on a cruise. You did a great job with this review and my wife and I cant wait for the next one in July. We have our first NCL cruise booked for Feb. 2019 out of NOLA on the Gem. I believe its the same itinerary as yours. Really looking forward to it.
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Originally posted by TheDougOut
Just caught a glimpse, and it appears it may be worth the wait...




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Awwwwww! What a sweet thing to say! You and Sue are my favorites. And I have no idea who either Of you are . Sitting at a bar in Cleveland and enjoying your review. The funny thing is I'm waiting to meet some friends at Brasa (Clevelands chiaroscuro restaurant) later tonight! Haha!

I just finished your Escape 'review' and found this one thanks to YorkVillain (who I also love reading). You really to take it to another level, and it's a great place to be!

Thanks!

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Originally posted by CLE2CRUISE
Awwwwww! What a sweet thing to say! You and Sue are my favorites. And I have no idea who either Of you are . Sitting at a bar in Cleveland and enjoying your review. The funny thing is I'm waiting to meet some friends at Brasa (Clevelands chiaroscuro restaurant) later tonight! Haha!
Aw, thanks for the kind words! We've only been to Cleveland once (R&RHOF & Swell Season @ HOB) - but coincidentally had our single dinner at Brasa.
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Joined Apr 2017
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It's so interesting that the two of you discussed the commitment level of your cruise in this awesome Day 4 video. My bf and I have been struggling with this since booking our first ever cruise this coming September. We had decided not to commit to anything but after reading so many reviews of people having wonderful times on excursions were second guessing ourselves.

Still not sure what we will do, but it's very helpful to see that there are others out there who enjoy the ship as much as we plan to. We'll see!

Thanks again for sharing

Lisa N.
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My family got upgraded to room 12020, same as 12520, but on the starboard side. My youngest daughter really enjoyed all the pictures and cabin tour...especially the gummi bears. We leave Friday so we are in full anticipation-mode!

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Originally posted by TheDougOut
Who needs the District Brew House??



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Just came across this thread while researching for the Dawn Thermal Spa. Was last on her in 2015 (I think). Will be on her again this October
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Future Booked Cruises:

11/09/2018-NCL DAWN - Boston to San Juan - 9-days
02/23/2019-CARNIVAL VALOR - Eastern Caribbean - 5-days
06/19/2019-NCL BLISS - Alaska Glacier Bay - 7-days

Previous Cruises

04/21/2018-MSC SEASIDE-Western Caribbean-8-days
01/20/2018-NCL ESCAPE-Western Caribbean-7-day;10/27/2017-NCL DAWN-Boston to Bermuda-7-day;03/25/2017-CARNIVAL SUNSHINE-Southern Caribbean-8-day;12/03/2016-NCL ESCAPE-Eastern Caribbean-7-day
11/27/2016-NCL SKY-Bahamas-5-day-(Platinum);02/27/2016-NCL JADE-W Caribbean from Houston-7-day
12/06/2015-CARNIVAL DREAM-W. Caribbean from NOLA-7-day;11/07/2014-NCL DAWN-Boston to New Orleans-14-day
10/29/2013-ROYAL PRINCESS-Maiden Caribbean Voyage-5-day;04/06/2013-NCL EPIC-E. Caribbean (35th Anniv) (Suite-Life) -7-day
12/04/2011-CARNIVAL VALOR-Exotic W. Caribbean-7-day;11/30/2008-CARNIVAL FREEDOM-W Caribbean -6-day
04/17/2006-RCCL-BRILLIANCE-Panama Canal-11-day;10/12/2005-RCCL-JEWEL-Boston/Bermuda/Eastern Caribbean/Boston-10-day
01/22/2005-CARIBBEAN PRINCESS-Mother/Daughter Cruise-College Graduation-7-day
01/08/2004-CARNIVAL LEGEND-Exotic Southern Caribbean-8-day;01/04/2003-RCCL-NAVIGATOR-W Caribbean-Family-7-day
02/12/2000-CARNIVAL TRIUMPH-Western Caribbean-7-day

Sunny Cleveland, OHio
642 Posts
Joined Oct 2016
Hey Doug where are you going next?

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Pennsylvania
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Joined Dec 2016
Hi Doug,
Really enjoyed this review you and Sue really know how to have fun. Loved all the pictures and video's especially Harvest Caye I'm really going to have to get to that port looks beautiful. But I'm currently booked on Jade to southern Carribean in Feb. And also booked for Sept 2018 Carnival Vista specifically to try a Havana Cabana cabin.
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charlotte area
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Joined Aug 2010
Originally posted by TheDougOut
Heading home myself in 90 days. Then will likely test the RC waters on Harmony this fall before returning to NCL to find some Bliss. Lots of fun ships in the pipeline! I think I'm most looking forward to trying the suite life on Celebrity Edge in 2019.
Doug, did you sail the Harmony? I would love to read your review on it if you did. Can locate anything on CC for The Dougout Harmony.
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Rochester, NY
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Originally posted by schevel
Doug, did you sail the Harmony? I would love to read your review on it if you did. Can locate anything on CC for The Dougout Harmony.

We did... and didn’t do a live review. Harmony was a high-quality ship, but I was homesick for NCL throughout. We originally had Symphony booked for next summer, but chose to cancel it for another NCL outing.

We’ll be on the Bliss transatlantic in April, and will likely do a live thread for that. 12 days of Brew House... what could go wrong?
South Carolina
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Joined Jan 2018
Originally posted by esm54687
Not sure who's more excited that the kids finally unwrapped the gift...... them or me so I can read another adventure!! Merry Christmas!

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How many kids? Boys? Girls? Ages? Guess I’d better go hunt down that adventure on the Escape.


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Rochester, NY
124 Posts
Joined Feb 2011
Originally posted by ElaineKeagy
How many kids? Boys? Girls? Ages? Guess I’d better go hunt down that adventure on the Escape.


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18, 16, and 16 year-old girls and 14 year-old boy (at the time)


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South Carolina
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Joined Jan 2018
Originally posted by ansugabe
18, 16, and 16 year-old girls and 14 year-old boy (at the time)


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That will be a great family vacation. Looking forward to the blog!,


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Originally posted by momo24
Hey Doug Go on the Dawn Oct.26,2018 for fourteen days from Boston to the Eastern Caribbean and back to Boston.
DH, Myself, and friends are booked on that one.