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Embarking from NYC, 2 questions


JEDIKNIGHT

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Doing Gem in March, leaves from NYC.

 

Booked Courtyard Suites, hoping that makes embarkation smoother. 2 questions:

 

1.)When is best to arrive at the terminal to avoid crowds and get onto the ship smoothly?

 

 

2.)At sailaway, does the ship pass by the Statue of Liberty? How far away is Lady Liberty when the ship sails past it? Is there enough time to take in the view of the statue?

 

Thanks....

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2.)At sailaway, does the ship pass by the Statue of Liberty? How far away is Lady Liberty when the ship sails past it? Is there enough time to take in the view of the statue?

 

Thanks....

 

Unfortunately, I can't help you specifically with the first question as I've never been in a courtyard suite, but we like to arrive between 11:00 and noon and are typically on by 12 or 12:30 for lunch.

 

As for your second question, ABSOLUTELY!! It is Lady Liberty is the highlight of the sailaway. We have some beautiful pics - I'll see if I can find one to post because I have no idea how to estimate the distance, but close enough to be dramatic and there is plenty of time to get a bunch of photos.

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Since you'll have expedited boarding, there's no need to get there really early. They usually board anywhere from 11:30 to 1:00. You, as a suite passenger, will be among the first to board.

 

Plenty of time to take pictures and admire Lady Liberty. You don't pass by too closely, but close enough to get good pictures.

 

Have fun! We were in a CY suite last February--it was terrific. Enjoy that top deck for sail-aways!

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We were in a penthouse suite last March on the Gem.

 

Our penthouse was at the stern of the ship, so our view of the statue was longer than most--it was a good view. I got some really good pictures, but I had to zoom in a little bit to get good detail.

 

We arrived at the port at 11:00 and were on the ship by 11:30. Very little waiting, and all of it took place seated in the VIP waiting room with refreshments.

 

TIP:We were told that Cagney's would NOT be open for lunch--in fact we were steered away from Cagney's, but found our own way there and had an excellent lunch.

 

I have since learned that the NYC port is usually much smoother VIP emarkation than some other ports.

 

We'll see this March at POM!

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Lady Liberty will be on the starboard side about 20 minutes after you set sail. You will have plenty of time to take photos. In fact my later photos (after we were a little past her) were the best due to the position of the sun.

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Thanks everyone for the quick responses, and thanks Bermuder for taking time to find that pic. Ok I gotta rant.....

 

WHY DO THEY steer people away from Cagney's? Why do they try and herd the cattle away from the Main Dining Room into the buffet????

 

Whether you are suite or non-suite pax, you PAID for Cagney and the Dining Room.

 

Why do cruisers so happily accept that kind of service?

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WHY DO THEY steer people away from Cagney's? Why do they try and herd the cattle away from the Main Dining Room into the buffet????

Whether you are suite or non-suite pax, you PAID for Cagney and the Dining Room.

We just returned from our 10 night Gem sailing in a stern penthouse. This year we were told there was lunch in Cagney's and when it was open. While we choose not to eat there embarcation day, we did eat in the Grand Pacific because we had enjoyed watching them load all the food and supplies onto the ship last year and wanted to see it again. There was no attempt to herd us to the buffet or even to discourage us from eating in the Grand Pacific. IN fact, the GP seemed to be busier for lunch than it was a year ago on embarcation day.

 

Seems that NCL has heard the herds and changed, at least withmy experience.

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Thanks everyone for the quick responses, and thanks Bermuder for taking time to find that pic. Ok I gotta rant.....

 

WHY DO THEY steer people away from Cagney's? Why do they try and herd the cattle away from the Main Dining Room into the buffet????

 

Whether you are suite or non-suite pax, you PAID for Cagney and the Dining Room.

 

Why do cruisers so happily accept that kind of service?

 

 

Jediknight, When do you sail on GEM ?

 

I might be sailing on GEM next month also. . .

 

 

Radio

:rolleyes::rolleyes:

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Jedi, I am sure this was probably covered over on the NCL board, but just in case. . .one of the perks of the suite is that you will have VIP service. You will be shown to your suite as soon as you board, instead of having to wait for all of the cabins to be ready. Also, the consierge will meet you on the pier and give you your seapasses, and have someone escort you directly to your suite. I can't wait until you return, because it seems like you think the NCL perks are too good to be true.:D You are going to love it, and love the fact that you have a courtyard that you can relax in peace with your little dd. The only thing better would be the penthouse. LOL. We can dream, can't we?

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Thanks for the reassurance.

 

Yes, I hope all the 'perks' work out well. Believe me, I'd like nothing more than to have a good cruise, and to be able to come back to CC and dispute all the negative stuff I've read. Nothing would make me happier then to be able to write a strongly positive review

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Jedi, one thing to consider when arriving at the pier: they close VIP embarkation at some point. When we first sailed in the penthouse on the Dawn, we arrived about 12:30 and the VIP passengers had already boarded. We had to wait in line with the rest of the passengers. Still, it wasn't bad. We were in our cabin by about 1:30 or so.

 

Now, we always arrive around 10:30, and we're typically on board by 11:30.

 

Sailing past Lady Liberty is breath-taking! One time, we sailed by her during a thunder-storm. The way the lightening flashed around her made her look like a goddess! It was surreal. She'll be Starboard (on the right side) when sailing away, and Port-side (left side) coming back in. But, if you are on one of the top decks, outside, you'll have plenty of time to take lots of pictures both ways.

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