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52 minutes ago, ReaderDame said:

Sid

Just a general question, please... when in Tortola , is it cash only at the bars there; and if so, do they take US $ ?

The official currency in Tortola is the US dollar, and I assume they take cards almost everywhere.

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After ten and a half hours of sleep, I'm ready to conquer the last day on board the beautiful Norwegian Encore... I was thinking about this incredible journey we've been on this week, beginning with three Thanksgiving dinners...

 

The trip to Miami, and the at least five, maybe six bars / restaurants that we spent huge amounts on, but it was so fun anyway...

 

Finally, the next morning, the anticipation of boarding the ship, and the quest for Vibe passes...

 

All the incredible food and beverages consumed on board. The great service from the staff and crew of the Encore, too many to name.

 

The great adventures on land in our three ports. Even, when I thought that they had drugged our drinks at the little hole in the wall bar in San Juan...

 

Swimming in the beautiful blue waters of the Caribbean, and nearly getting run over trying to walk to that taco place...

 

The trip to Jost van Dyke on the Rebel Yell, and the beautiful beach at White Bay.

 

There were a few hiccups along the way, but they're so insignificant now that I won't even mention them...

 

And, you... The readers who stuck it out all the way through this journey... And, the ones who may not have, but they're not reading this now, and I appreciate whatever part they did enjoy.

 

Thank you to all of you who commented along the way, and to the ones who merely lurked... Hopefully today will be a great final sea day... I really don't look forward to leaving in the morning, but four thousand other people are probably in Miami right now anticipating the awesome cruise that they're about to enjoy......

 

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On 12/5/2019 at 8:53 PM, sid_9169 said:

We made it down to Soggy Dollar, and as usual, there was a line at the bar. Surprisingly, it took less time to get a drink here than the last place. Their very efficient like that. Like I said earlier, the painkillers here were good, but not great. At least not the one I had. There was nothing wrong with it, but at the same time, it didn't change my life.

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A couple of pictures of the new Soggy Dollar. The original was blown away by the hurricane in 2017...

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They're big supporters of the law enforcement community here, and people bring patches from their departments and put them on the ceiling...

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A couple pre Irma Pictures of Soggy.

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I'm pretty happy with the premium plus beverage package... Even though it cost me a couple hundred extra dollars, it's nice to be able to get bottled water or fresh squeezed juice whenever I want. Of course, it's also nice to have all of my drinks made with premium brand liquor without having to worry about the expense... I can't tell you how many times that I have been at the bar ordering something, and the person next to me hears, and orders the same thing. Only, when they tell them it will be an additional charge, they just say "oh, no thanks"

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Because every good thing must come to an end, I like to go ahead and get most of the packing done early on the last day... I use my patented (TM) method of getting a bunch of dirty laundry home without soiling my suitcase. I lay all of it neatly on a large plastic bag, like this...

 

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Now, if you're really OCD like me, you then place the bundle inside another new garbage bag, and place it in your suitcase. You are now prepared to travel home without having to worry about your dirty underdrawers soiling your nice clean bag...

 

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My mom got me this shirt for Christmas last year... It's sort of been my life's motto... Maybe if my motto had been "failure is not an option" or something along those lines, I would be more successful in life...

 

But, you know what I say: It is what it is...

 

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They sent me an invitation to a little get together in the District Brew House, so I'm stopping by... Looks almost like the CC meet and greet, but it's by invitation only. They're serving hors d'oeuvre, but I'm not having any... I've avoided the cruise crud up until now, and I'm hoping to make it home without catching anything... I have to work tomorrow when I get home, and then Monday, it's right back to my full time job...

 

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