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We're a group of four friendly chaps coming over to the US in November. We've got a couple of nights in Miami before the cruise, and then we're off around the Western Caribbean with you all on the Getaway.

 

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Sam, Dom, Steve, and Matt.

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Hello all,

 

We are flying over from London for this cruise. We get in the day before the cruise so will be tame while in Miami. This is our 2nd time on the Getaway, first time was when she was 5 weeks old and still had that new carpet smell lol.

 

There will be a small group of us, currently 9 in total, all guys, as we are celebrating 2 birthdays in the group. So we hope there are no early nights planned! got to love the UBP!

 

Hope to meet you all at the meet first night.

 

Jay & Luke

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Hello all,

 

We are flying over from London for this cruise. We get in the day before the cruise so will be tame while in Miami. This is our 2nd time on the Getaway, first time was when she was 5 weeks old and still had that new carpet smell lol.

 

There will be a small group of us, currently 9 in total, all guys, as we are celebrating 2 birthdays in the group. So we hope there are no early nights planned! got to love the UBP!

 

Hope to meet you all at the meet first night.

 

Jay & Luke

Welcome guys. It's getting closer. Let's all plan on meeting up at the LGBT meetings each night.

 

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Haven't checked for awhile and good to see other gay couples on the Getaway. Two couples who live in Myrtle Beach SC . Looking forward to a fabulous time and meeting everyone.

 

This will be my 10th cruise, my partners 2nd. Other couple, one cruise and a newbie.

 

dave

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Is anyone interested in doing a sail-a-way gathering? If so, for those that know the Getaway, is there a good bar for us to meet and watch the sunset over Miami?

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A meet and greet would be great. There are a few options. I'm not sure what time we sail away, but I think it's before sunset.

 

The Waterfront on deck 8 is a good choice. They have bars open to the water, Sugarcane Mohito bar and the Sunset Bar.

 

Deck 16 has Spice H20, which is a huge outdoor area with a bar. Also on this deck is Margaritaville at sea.

 

Deck 15, the pool deck also has a bar called Waves Pool bar.

 

Is this an LGBT Meetup, or a cruise critic meet and greet? They should have LGBT meetings every night in one of the clubs too.

 

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Greetings from Myrtle. I was just asking/suggesting we do something at sail-a-away just as an initial get together . Not meant to replace the FOD or any ship sponsored meeting.

 

The Getaway embarks at 4pm. This will be after time changes, unless the state of Florida goes through with no time change.

 

dave

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I'm with you. I just wanted to clarify if this was for LGBT or anybody on cruise critic. The sunset is at 5:29 pm, so if we leave on time, we'll have 90 minutes until sunset on the ship, which is no problem and will go by quickly if we are all partying and having a few drinks. Let's choose a spot and get this organized. There is also a group of gay travelers from the UK on this cruise, so we could have a nice sized group. The Sunset Bar would be more private and Spice H20 would be more of a party atmosphere. I'm fine with any location. We typically wear beads for the sail away parties, but not necessary.

 

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My husband and I will be there. We are traveling with some straight friends that always seem to tag along with us to the LGBT parties. I guess that's because it's usually a fun group. We're in Chattanooga, not too far from SC.

 

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ah nice. This will be only my 2nd cruise on NCL........but its been years. I have been sailing on the many Holland America ships the last 10 years or so. I have shied away from the bigger ships, this will be change for us.

 

I have been doing some research on the specialty restaurants on the Getaway, they look great and no way to eat at each one over a 7 day cruise.

 

dave

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We love Cagney's and Moderno the best, but are also happy with the regular dining rooms too. We've never done Holland, but like Celebrity a lot. We love the bigger ships too. There's so much to do.

 

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of all my 10 cruises, they have all been to the Easter Carib which I love. So this is my first W. Carib and looking forward to seeing the beautiful clear waters. I am already a beach bum as I live a block away from the beach here so go to the beach nearly every day.

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That too. Have been to Aruba and Curacao several times. Got up this morning at 6am and took a beautiful 2 mile beach walk before the heat becomes unbearable. So far this month I have lost 10 lbs to get ready for the cruise. Only 15 lbs more to go. Of course some of it will go back on during the cruise.

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Cozumel is a lot of fun. There's a lot to do. You can snorkel right off the beach, with no tour or excursion necessary. The locals will tell you you need to take a boat out, but that is not true.

Mr. Sancho's all inclusive beach resort is also fun. They have two pools and great food and drinks all included for $55. Shopping is great there too, if you need anything. We don't shop anymore, so that doesn't matter to us. You can go parasailing, rent jet skis and the food is really good too. If you are more daring, you can take a ferry to the mainland and swim in underground caves, which we enjoyed. The US government has issued travel warnings for Playa del Carmen, so care must be used.

 

Costa Maya is not a great port, but getting better. There is a new water park a few blocks from the port and a great all-inclusive beach there called Maya Chan, which sells out daily.

Other than that, you can take a shuttle or taxi to the beach for a few dollars.

 

There is also a tour to Mayan ruins which is very good if you are into that.

 

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i have had the wonderful opportunity to take 3 land based vacations, each a week, to Playa del Carmen and once to Akumul. Absolute love that part of Quintana Roo. Have been to Coba twice and Tulum several times.

 

The 4 of us haven't gotten together yet to decide what to do at the various ports.

 

dave

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not yet, we are going through the process of discovering our restaurant choices. we definitely want to make our reservations as soon as we get to the 120 day mark.

 

dave

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not yet, we are going through the process of discovering our restaurant choices. we definitely want to make our reservations as soon as we get to the 120 day mark.

 

dave

Does anybody know how we book our free specialty restaurants from being a Platinum Latitudes member? When I try to book online, it asks for a credit card.

 

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I believe I read that dinners under the Latitude must be booked once on board.

 

If you purchased the cruise and also booked 3 specialty dinners, you can book 120 days out.

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I believe I read that dinners under the Latitude must be booked once on board.

 

If you purchased the cruise and also booked 3 specialty dinners, you can book 120 days out.

If I don't get dinners free, I don't pay for them. I'm fine with the main dining room or actually prefer the buffet to save time.

 

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Happy Summer Solstice everyone. In honor of the first day of summer, I have been watching youtube videos of the Ice Bar on board. Its only 80 degrees cooler than what we are having in MB!

 

dave

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The Ice Bar on this ship is just okay. The Epic has a bigger and nicer one. Plus, the $20 cover charge is steep if you already have a drink package. I'd do it if you've never been to one before though.

 

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Concerning the nightly dance parties at 10:30 in the H2o section......are these fun events or pretty lame. Your comments appreciated.

 

dave

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Honestly, it's too damned hot outside to enjoy them. We go to the Glow party for maybe an hour and that's it. The cruise director is on the mic screaming too much to enjoy it for longer than that. The staff will scream out , "Jump, jump jump" over and over until you want to kill somebody, lol.

 

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I am not sure in late November it will be that hot. Also, the loudness would not be an issue for us.
It will be humid in the Caribbean in November, and all year long. And it's not the volume of the music, it's the cruise staff screaming, "Jump, jump, jump" over and over for hours. It was a big complaint at all the Glow parties we've been on. It's a big party and most everyone goes, at least for a little while.

 

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I believe I read that dinners under the Latitude must be booked once on board.

 

If you purchased the cruise and also booked 3 specialty dinners, you can book 120 days out.

My favs are Cagney's and Moderno Churrascaria. I never miss those two, but they are all good.

 

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And we are. Was looking at Cozumel and saw that there will be 6 ships in port that day.......or about 30,000 crazy tourists. That could be a relaxing on ship day after having 3 previous port days. Other option is taking the ferry to Playa del Carmen and walking around.

 

dave

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Be careful if you go to Playa. It's on the US do not travel list, due to recent bombings on the ferry's. Mr. Sancho's is really nice too, but why pay 50 bucks when you can drink on the ship for free, right?

 

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Have been to Playa many times on land based vacations and have never had any issues. Everyday we take risks when we walk out the door, not going to stop travelling because of it. In the U.S. you should be more concerned about walking into a shopping center than taking a ferry from Coz to Playa.

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Have been to Playa many times on land based vacations and have never had any issues. Everyday we take risks when we walk out the door, not going to stop travelling because of it. In the U.S. you should be more concerned about walking into a shopping center than taking a ferry from Coz to Playa.
A few years ago we did a really cool tour in Playa, where we went snorkeling in underwater caves. One of the best we've ever done.

 

Those government warnings are recent because of the bombings on the ferry a while back. I agree with you though. Can't stop living or traveling. Just need to pay attention to your surroundings.

 

A few years ago we were planning a vacation in Memphis, Tennessee. All our friends and co-workers warned us not to go. We went and loved it, but we we're careful.

 

Not sure what we are doing in Cozumel yet. We've parasailed, rented jet skis, gone snorkeling from the beach and done Mr. Sancho's several times and loved all of them.

 

The only thing we haven't done yet in the Scavenger Hunt. We aren't even sure who's going yet. Three for sure and maybe two more.

 

What are you thinking for the other ports? Costa Maya has a newer water park that looks fun.

 

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We are considering a beach day at Maya Chan........it looks to be a great place. But at the same time, if a large group from this site wants to do a beach day together, definitely not opposed.

 

dave

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