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Semi-limited Live: Escape to W. Caribbean 14 days Jan 6, 2019

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Following along.  Excited to find out what you do in Jamaica.  Will be there in about 3 weeks.  :classic_biggrin:

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Took a private taxi tour for 2 of us in a mini-van, $60 ... saved. No shopping stops, skipped most pushy vendors.

 

Code Alpha called on the ship, deck 9, a short while ago ...

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23 hours ago, mking8288 said:

Slot Pull earlier by Charlie, 64 players signed up for it.  Cabin Crawl, 2 stops in Haven, thank you to fellow CC'er for sharing their suites & staterooms. Rain hard briefly but sun is out again, Cuba is ahead.

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I see Armin and RJ in the slot pull photo, tell I said hi.

Bill

 

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Books4U / Bill, will do when I see them or I will relay your hi message into their stateroom, unless I see them on the balcony, we are both portside.

 

With large # of Plus, Platinum & Latitude Ambassador(s) on board, the welcome party is being held this Sunday afternoon in the Supper Club as it can hold more.  Captain's VIP cocktail reception is next Monday, another was held this Monday ?? up in the Haven Courtyard.

 

Getting noisy with another party boat coming back to the ship, most came back by early afternoon from shorter ones. Outside the terminal gates, plenty of taxis, mostly minivans, negotiate if anyone is exploring on their own !!

 

Some of the ship crews got a few hours off n happy, going ashore or sleep in. It is a happy & friendly crew.

 

As far as MDR & Specialty Dining Menus, they are same as 2 months ago, no changes at all. I previously posted them in the Member Gallery. Have 6 days worth of MDR, should be able to get the remaining 8 & post them later ... then, NCL will probably change it shortly thereafter ... LOL.  It's nice to have 3 daily breakfast specials, but it is the NCL lunch option - uno, one, 1 .... I will bring it up again but it is corporate, not the ship. 

 

Tomorrow, we might have full cellular coverage at the tender port, should be good on land but maybe too far ashore. Will see.  Full review will come later.

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Underway, bye bye ... Ocho Rios n George Town, Cayman Islands - here we come and it's going to be interesting to see, tendering as much as 4,000 ashore.

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Another Code Alpha, on Deck 20 shortly after 9 pm tonight, ship medical staff kept busy daily. We appeared on course. 

 

For missing GSC, we received non-refundable OBC of $34 p/p.

 

Chair hogging in the atrium. She guarded this for easily 90 minutes.

 

 

 

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On 1/7/2019 at 12:15 AM, mking8288 said:

Good late evening all, had a good dinner tonight.  Was going to sit for the Welcome Abroad show until Mrs. M pulled a detour to the not-too-busy casino - left a very small donation as we didn't stay long.  Retreated back to our room and hook up Sony notebook PC via HDMI to the Sole TV,  sit back & relax.  

 

Dexddd, ran into Charry S. on our way out of Savor - any new message for her tomorrow?

 

Going to snap pictures & explore the ship in greater detail on our 2nd. time sailing her,  and upload them when we get to PC.  Dailies will be kept but will only upload them on request as this is a West Carib itinerary - feel free to ask specifics & post questions.

 

Ship is sailing in great weather, barely feel the ship moving at almost 22 knots -  130+ nm out of NY with another 360 nm to go, at our speed - should get in early.  Seas are just under 5 ft. and wind at 30, not choppy at all.  

 

That's all for this evening - next update/post will be sometime tomorrow.  Good night !

 

Hiya Henry, would you please email me the dailies when you get home? I am on that same itinerary next year.

Thanks, glad you are enjoying yourself! Talk to you when you get home.

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Good morning, all.  We are now at GT, anchored & getting ready to start tendering soon ... that is, after we are done with breakfast & then find the line to find w priority. 

 

Aida.luna is next to us port side. 2 local tender just getting ready for them.  Partly cloudy, high of 80 & nice.

 

Got a very good Google Fi signal on the balcony.

 

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4 hours ago, Casino Comp Chick said:

 

Hiya Henry, would you please email me the dailies when you get home? ... Thanks, glad you are enjoying yourself! Talk to you when you get home.

 

Of course, how are you. Thanks for the help. DW and I might do a South Caribbean itinerary but always a possibility of doing this again, just beautiful n excellent weather.  Will stay in touch & talk to you later.

 

Alvin, just announced that we can start going ashore when ready, neighbors are on their balconies ... super excited. Last tender is 4:30 pm. 

 

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Early bird tender available, and now those w group #1 and #2 can proceed to gangway to go ashore, a very short trip.

 

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500 ml, 16.9 oz purified bottled water, $1.50 "only" - fair tourism price.

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On 1/10/2019 at 2:33 PM, mking8288 said:

Slot Pull earlier by Charlie, 64 players signed up for it.  Cabin Crawl, 2 stops in Haven, thank you to fellow CC'er for sharing their suites & staterooms. Rain hard briefly but sun is out again, Cuba is ahead.

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Looks like you stopped by port side DOS?  17 my guess?

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Yes, Dexddd, 17000 - fellow CC'er managed to pack us all in. 

 

A glimpse of our island tour, and a stop at HELL.

 

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More random photos of our GT island tours and the Escape in CI 

 

 

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O'Sheehan's is becoming our secret fast track alternative option for breakfast & lunch, comfort food, service is fast, food is hot and crews are friendly.

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All ...... Abroad, it's 5 pm ship time, should be ready to sail. Reminder to do frequent hand wash & especially after using restroom. (must be reading about RCI's OAS)

 

Tomorrow is a full sea day, next stop is Harvest Caye, Belize. Aida just sounded their ship horn & moving, we should be going. No paging of guests to contact Guest Services, that's a good sign. 

 

Earlier, someone was taken off the ship, fully immobilized, believe to be on the Aida, for EMS transfer by ambulance.

 

Yes, 5:10 pm and we are underway ... bye, later.

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Thanks for posting, have a great time. Again if you have any information on Canvas by U and the comedy shows I would love to hear. I am looking forward to doing both on my cruise next week. Keep up the washy washy, as I have been following that on the threads :). Enjoy the sea day

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On 1/11/2019 at 3:21 PM, Books4U said:

 I see Armin and RJ in the slot pull photo, tell I said hi.

Bill

 

Any idea how the slot pull went?  

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On 1/11/2019 at 3:21 PM, Books4U said:

I see Armin and RJ in the slot pull photo, tell I said hi.

Bill

 

Yes....say 'hi' for me too!  Tell them (thanks to your thread), they can be "stalked' even while I'm at sea on another ship...:classic_biggrin:

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23 hours ago, mking8288 said:

 

Of course, how are you. Thanks for the help. DW and I might do a South Caribbean itinerary but always a possibility of doing this again, just beautiful n excellent weather.  Will stay in touch & talk to you later.

 

Alvin, just announced that we can start going ashore when ready, neighbors are on their balconies ... super excited. Last tender is 4:30 pm. 

 

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I am booked on the Bliss one, we will talk when you get back! Have fun!

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Good morning, all - breakfast on the balcony (it is roomier than the Breakaway, a little) - satellite WiFi and/or CC was acting up last night, wasted about 15 minutes (I know) so posted off my Sony notebook - not going to quote everyone, nice to know some of you are following & enjoying these limited post, as promised - dailies, menus, Q&A will be addressed once we sailed home. 

 

Beautiful & warm sea day, a bit humid - shipwide vigilance on Norovirus precaution, clearly RCI's incident on corporate & ship mgmt's mind.  

 

Cathi007 - I will track down & post your info as best I can, before your sailing  ... we've been taking care of the ship for everyone.

 

Jasonmom - will do, say hi to Armin & RJ ... Slot pull went well in about 1 hour & they broke even.  A handful of us went on to do lunch in Taste, then went on to do the Cabin Crawl with about 2 dozen folks.

 

Bob Brown - I will "deliver" the message to Arzeena on your "stalking"

Books4U - Bill, likewise - will be happy to give hi message ... Latitude Reception in the Supper Club this afternoon by senior officers, they should be there.

 

CCC - nice, we will definitely stay in touch & let's see who will post a good blog on the Bliss.  Friends of ours got a VIP deal to sail on the Joy (via CAS) but we aren't sure of doing that ship, looking at the Jewel - Alaska.

 

Got our free laundry back in 2 days, neated folded in a basket as usual. 

 

Pictures should tell a bit of the story and I trust Dexddd to do a reasonable good & nice job of explaining and guessing. 

 

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Thank you so much I appreciate all the information you have been giving us all :). It looks like you weather has been amazing, so happy to see. Enjoy your time 🙂 Thanks again

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Glad you found your WOF game.

 

Based on post 92, anyone tell you that you could be a hand model?

 

Have a great sea day.

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According to Shawn @ Cruise Next during the Latitude event, NCL's rank of Ambassadors are now down to just 32, 7 of them onboard now, top person has 947 points, 824, 752 & 707 ... wow.  It was in the 40's less than 2 years ago. 

 

Canvas 4 You is $35 per, max 15 per class, offered twice thus far onboard n signed up. 

 

Here's a screenshot of varoius comedy n availability, booked via iTV too but not w App.

 

A lunch special.  Dinner n show, later ...

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1 hour ago, mking8288 said:

According to Shawn @ Cruise Next during the Latitude event, NCL's rank of Ambassadors are now down to just 32, 7 of them onboard now, top person has 947 points, 824, 752 & 707 ... wow.  It was in the 40's less than 2 years ago. 

 

Canvas 4 You is $35 per, max 15 per class, offered twice thus far onboard n signed up. 

 

Here's a screenshot of varoius comedy n availability, booked via iTV too but not w App.

 

A lunch special.  Dinner n show, later ...

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Thanks for that. Hopefully I will be able to sign up fo the painting the first day. How is your weather? We are hearing of a possible Nor'Easter for Saturday into Sunday, but you know how these weather forecasters are....usually wrong. It looks nice. I love you ocean photos. Have fun 🙂

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Washy Washy, ship is serious, look at the buffet this evening.

 

Brat Pack, 2nd time for us, great show & cast.

 

Some of my SMS are slipping thru on WiFi mode, hush 😂 

 

Weather is near perfect, 2 to 5 ft. seas and light breeze, can't ask for more.  Tx for weather alert, not going to worry about it for a few days.

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Rise & shine ... arrived at Belize, backing up toward Harvest Caye after a turn, sun is coming up shortly, ship time is 1 hour ahead of local time so all abroad is set for 3:30 on ship's clock. 

 

Google Fi got us covered, 4G LTE signal ... nice, and we are good for next 2 days too being Mexico.  

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Harvest Caye n the pier. It's our first visit here.

 

Showers (brief) in the area's forecast.

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HC vendors basically still run NOT by NCL so cash or credit card are Kings & queens, UBP not honored, per Freestyle Daily. We will take a stroll shortly & explore, report back if we find it otherwise.

 

The Washy Washy crew out with buckets of diluted bleach & wiping cloth in the dining area this morning. Public restroom entry doors popped open.

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The phone and messenger for $9.95 does that mean you can call home and text to the states from your cabin the entire cruise for just $9.95?

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5 minutes ago, Gershep said:

The phone and messenger for $9.95 does that mean you can call home and text to the states from your cabin the entire cruise for just $9.95?

No, that's for intra-ship communications to ship's phones and those mobile devices onboard that have the app (and paid for the feature). So essentially a modern-day replacement for walkie-talkies.

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Harvest Caye ... it's a 1/4 mile walk under shades to the entrance from the pier, golf carts for the accessible and ... 

 

Pool is nice. Cabanas looked too closely spaced together & could be more secluded, lots of vented clam shells, 2 loungers will fit under them.

 

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2 hours ago, Demonyte said:

No, that's for intra-ship communications to ship's phones and those mobile devices onboard that have the app (and paid for the feature). So essentially a modern-day replacement for walkie-talkies.

Thank you!

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On 1/13/2019 at 10:22 AM, dexddd said:

Based on post 92, anyone tell you that you could be a hand model?

Have a great sea day.

 

Hahahaha ... LOL.  I am grateful for those hand lotion, as you know.

 

Those bottled distilled water are sourced in NY. Elsewhere, similar ones sold for $3 ... I won't swear, they are warehouse brand, by Costco 😂 although we don't shop there.

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It's 4 pm ship time, 3 pm local time, all abroad in 30 minutes, sail in 1 hour, been reminding folks to keep ship time.

 

MDR has a lunch entree special again. Salt & Pepper shakers disappeared, plain paper menus only, sugars n creamers on request only. Crew on patrol to clean & sanitize, even Guest keycard get wiped when handled. Might be wise to bring some Purell, just in case.

 

Been getting brief showers all day, sun is out again. Folks are coming back. Pretty long line for the free golf cart rides on the pier, lots of bone spurs ??  Should've packed my trail walking sticks ... 🤦‍♂️🙄

Just saying. 

 

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On 1/12/2019 at 11:33 PM, bob brown said:

Yes....say 'hi' for me too!  Tell them (thanks to your thread), they can be "stalked' even while I'm at sea on another ship...:classic_biggrin:

For those that want to follow Bob on his other ship, he is contributing to a group “around the world” cruise thread on the Oceania board. Here is the link:

 

 

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BREAKing News Alert, Capt just came on PA system to announce that a # of crew & guests reported acute Norovirus symptoms, as per CDC and PHS guidance, rigorous measures had been deployed ship-wide, as I already noticed or suspected. Medical center on the ship seemed to be busy since day 1.

 

Stay tuned. Got our own stock of Purell.

 

Well, not to panic anyone either, not a stranger to infection control and we're cruised n flown during the SARS. Definitely noticed subtle changes n going to bypass the buffet.

 

Well, we are still on vacation, not going to change. Will limit non-essential posts while at sea for short, critical updates but Google Fi will be our vital cellular comm links till Wednesday, still have backup plan C to fall on to keep all informed as best as I can & should. 

 

Meanwhile, we are underway ... ship horn sounded. Bye, HC till next time.

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