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Gotta Getaway - Semi Live From NCL Getaway - June 16th-25th
Hey Everyone!
First time trying my hand at a live report, wish me luck! 
 
I'll start off with a brief introduction, the name's Brittany, I'm 35 (today's my birthday) and I'm getting away with my travel partner for life DH Chris. My first cruise was circa 1993/4 on the Song of America when I was a wee little girl. Since then, I've completed 20+ sailings, primarily in the Caribbean with a trip through the Panama Canal and a cool cruise to Alaska. My first (and favorite) NCL cruise was in 2014 on none other than the NCL Getaway.
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Live X426 P&O Cruises Pacific  Explorer  Short Break 1 way CNS - BNE
And back on board we go.
 
Apart from the hectic disembarkation from the previous  cruise the re boarding process  was smooth again.
 
Cairns - Airlie Beach - Brisbane 
1June - 4 June  2024
 
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LIVE - Sometimes - Carnival Celebration 6/9 - 6/15
Hello!  My soon to be 16 year old son and I are cruising on the Carnival Celebration on June 9.  I've never done a LIVE from thread because, quite honestly, I'm not a very exciting cruiser.  I am not the cruiser that's researched everything.  I don't get up early and participate in classes and demonstrations and go to shows.  We rarely get off the ship in ports.  I'm a gambler.  I like to cruise and look at the water and have someone take care of me and I like to play slot machines.  That's the cruiser I am.  No spa treatments. I don't drink usually.  I stay up late and I sleep in.  It's not unusual for us to wake up and make it out of the room in time for lunch.  Everybody cruises differently.  That's how we cruise.  
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TxTeach79's LIVE Venezia Summer 10 Day from NYC 5/27
We meet (meat?) again!!
 
Summer 2024 is officially underway, and soon we'll be back at it; sailing from NYC to Grand Turk, HMC, Nassau, and Amber Cove on the still new to me Carnival Venezia with her funny yellow hat...
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Live from the Volendam - New England & Canada (May 25 to June 1)
Hey everyone - I'm getting ready to board the Volendam on Saturday for a New England and Canada cruise. It's our second on Holland America. The first was on Zuiderdam on basically the same route last August. Here is a link to that one. I've also been on five Royal Caribbean cruises as well.
 
I'm currently halfway to Boston from Heathrow and thought I would get started on this thread (as BA's inflight entertainment isn't that exciting).
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Live From Eclipse( sort of)
Hi, thought I would give this a try.....it has been 7 years since my last cruise on Celebrity and since that time I have been on 2 river cruises and another 15 with Silversea. So this is definitely going to be different, but hopefully fun too.
I am in NJ staying at The Embassy Suites. Room is not ready yet so I walked to Ruby Tuesday's for some lunch. Tbe hotel has transport to pick you up at the airport and tomorrow they will take me to the ship for 22.00. No charge for the airport run.
The weather is beautiful today. Sunny and high 70s. 
Anyway, if you have any questions I will try to answer them( to the best of my ability).
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Barcelona or bust - Live from Carnival Legend - May 30-June 7
Posting from the DFW Flagship lounge in a disaster area? So far, so good. Hopefully the plane will take off before the next wave hits
 
 
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Live from Ex2 Sail 3 Seas
As title suggests we depart from Leeds/Bradford at 2pm tomorrow and I'm going to try and do a livish report from Ex2. We were last on her in May 2019 so be interesting to see how she's doing and how things have changed or not as the case maybe. Just about packed, boarding passes printed, just greenhouse to water and a bed to change for incoming housesitter.  ☀️🌞 here we come 🤞🙂
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LIVE from Anthem June 2-21 - B2B Canaries and Fjords
I've always wanted to do a live report, so here goes.  Cruising with the DW, aka the OG Flow Widow.  We like cruising because we love to travel and cruising includes two of our favorite past-times: me flowriding, and her playing the slots.  We were talking about doing the fjords this summer and wanted to use her annual casino Prime cruise for that, but then this 12-day Discover the Canaries popped up on the casino list during our Navigator cruise in February so we booked it, with the expectation we would do a B2B.
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Live from Noordam - Alaska May 26 - June 9
We flew into Vancouver this morning (it's a short flight!) for our Noordam 14 day cruise to Alaska. We have been on Koningsdam twice for the 7 day Inside Passage cruise, and it seemed too short, so we're giving this one a try. 
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LIVE from Ovation of the Seas 5/31/2024 - Who isn’t tired of sandy beaches???
I think I may be headed in the wrong direction…🥶 
 
After 36 cruises to the Caribbean, it’s time to start tackling the “bucket list” cruise trips….next up, Alaska!
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Carnival Celebration May 18-26, 2024, A Non-Review- Coming Soon
Hello Cruise Critic Family. I’ve recently been spending a lot of time on CC as I’ve been preparing for our upcoming cruise on the Celebration and I’ve been inspired by reading a lot of the great reviews posted by the likes of Saint Greg, Jamman54, MeganGC1983, Sid_9169, TxTeach79, just to name a few (and others). Thank You all so much for taking the time to share your own adventures with me and everyone on CC, I find it very helpful and enjoyable to read about all your exploits
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Live-ish report.Vista, Trieste to Athens June 1-12 2024
As I'm a first time Oceania cruiser I thought I'd try my best to post a semi live report on our cruise on Vista which begins in Trieste next week . It is an 11 night cruise ending in Athens.
Before I start I think it's relatively important to give some background info on my and our situation which is a little different to most of the reports I've seen.
 
Firstly we are from New Zealand so European travel requires a very long plane trip (28 hours in our case via Dubai on Emirates.
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[Live]CruiseBOT: Celebration Carribean 5/26/24-6/2/24
Ship: Carnival Celebration
Dates: May 26th, 2024 - June 2nd, 2024
Port: Miami
Itinerary: Grand Turk, Amber Cove, Nassau
Stateroom: Mid-Ship Starboard Extended Balcony on 11th deck.
VIFP Status: Platinum
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Half-Live: Regal Princess British Isles 27 May 2024
I am a Brit, travelling with a 7 year old son and my husband on our first Princess: previously we have travelled with NCL, P&O, MSC and Marella. We have cruised Britain before, albeit a covid-cruise when we couldn't really get off!
 
Pre-Cruise: We drove the day before and stayed in the Ibis Budget (£50 for a family room, parking £10 or free for those with Blue Badges). 5mins walk to the shopping centre, casino over the road, McDonalds outside, and bars at the Novotel and Ibis 3* across the car park. There is a TGI Fridays outside too, but it gets busy so have patience 😂
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LIVE from  the Edge - Alaska Dawes Glacier B2Bs May 24-June 7
Hello everyone and welcome to my first Live review on Cruise Critic!  We are Shannon and Ross from Kansas City and are taking a much delayed 20th anniversary 🥂 cruise to Alaska.  (It may actually be closer to our 25th than our 20th by now
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Live - 🛳️🚢🎉🍾🥳🚢 - Navigator of the Seas 5-31-2024
Welcome to my live! When I decided all of five minutes ago to start this thread I thought I was two weeks out from my trip. Thank God I looked it up cause that would have been really embarrassing. 😬

Mr. IT and I were a little deep in our cups about a month ago and decided we would book this trip. It is just a 3 day with one stop in Ensenada. I had a rationale, I could take a bunch of casino comped vacations with minimal impact to my vacation days. The risk was minimal. I can book non-refundable flights and fly in the day of. The bulk of everything I’m charged would be refunded or at least a future credit if I didn’t make the ship.
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Bougie Babes take on MAS Paradise ***LIVE June 4-6th***
Hello CC!! 
 
My name is Amanda (Mandy) and my best friend, Lauren (Lorie), and I randomly booked a 2 night Bahamas sailing on MAS Paradise June 4-6th as a gal's trip and to celebrate Lauren's Bday. Lauren and I are both flight attendants so we have a lot of travel experience and free airfare so going on a random trip is not unusual for us. We randomly went to Cancun for my birthday back in February because we were at the airport with time off after an annual training. Quite literally in the airport club with Bloody's, I looked at Lauren and simply said "you know we don't have to go home" and 2 hours later we were on our way to Cancun. 
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Live (ish) from Sun Princess - May 25, 2024 - Athens to Barcelona
Hey everyone! Second time cruiser, first time “live” thread poster. Figured it would be great to document this especially on a newer ship. 
 
On New Years Eve, one of my best friends and I were chatting about summer, cruising, and travel; and long story short, we decided to go on a cruise together! I had already been looking on ***** (great tool to use as a cruise search engine, btw) for a few itineraries that would coincide with Memorial Day (one less vacation day for me to use since it’s a paid holiday!) and saw the one for this week on the Sun. 
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LIVE-ish Carnival Magic May 19 - May 26 Family Cruise Eastern Caribbean LET’S CRUISE!
OK, so I’m off on the high seas on Carnival again!
 
For the first time, I’m cruising with my grandchildren, so I’m not promising a full LIVE! blog!  I mean, it could turn out that way, but I don’t want to promise since the family is going to come first this trip! We have both grandsons’ birthdays AND our 34th Anniversary this cruise!
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Live from Quantum of the Seas! May 20th to May 27th 2024. Alaska!
Hi folks,
 
Well it's time to get on a Royal Caribbean ship again! This time it's Quantum of the Seas. Our very first Quantum Class ship and we are sure excited about that. (Even though the Northstar is closed... )

My wife and I are doing my Birthday cruise up to Alaska. Its also our Anniversary cruise too., (28 years tomorrow)
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Semi-LIVE Review — NCL Star — Southampton to Reykjavík, 5/18/2024
I didn’t realize that I was a nervous traveler until I had to figure out how to get from Heathrow to our hotel in Portsmouth. Although the ship’s embarkation point shifted from Portsmouth to Southampton, we opted to keep our reservation at the Holiday Inn Express Gunwharf Quay and we’re so glad we did!
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LIVE MSC Meraviglia May 19-26… and (hopefully) reopening of Ocean Cay
Good day fellow cruise critics!  As I write this, DW and I are aboard a train heading to Manhattan (NYC) to overnight before our departure on the MSC Meraviglia.
 
We are both veteran cruisers, although this will be her first time on MSC.  I took this exact same itinerary back in July 2023 with two of our adult children; I am curious to see what has changed (and I understand there have been several changes.)
 
I am sure most readers will want to know what changes / improvements have occurred at Ocean Cay.  No guarantees that we’ll make it, but rest assured that (ship wi-fi permitting) I plan to post my observations.
 
A few rumors of other changes on the cruise in general:
- Check in procedures… back in July, you received your room key at check in.  I understand that has changed?
- Muster drill… I’ve seen people post about a more flexible procedure than the one where everybody goes to their station at the same time?  Let’s hope it’s improved
- New dinner menus?  I already know about the $5 upcharge for a second entree.  We’ll see what else has changed.
- Brunch vs. separate breakfast and lunch?  I’m on the fence on whether this is better or not.
- Shows… on other lines, the “main” shows rarely change, but it appears that we may have different shows than when I went in July.
- Anything else…
 
I will do my best to keep up with this at least once daily.  We are very excited about this vacation!
 
ONE LAST THING… we are traveling in Fantastica class, in a balcony cabin.  Last time the room was serviced twice per day; hoping that hasn’t changed!
 
More to come!
 
Jim
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Icon of the seas - Live (ish) - 5/18-5/25
Hi everyone. I wasn't going to do a live trip report, and I still may not keep it very live, but, currently in the air on the way down to Miami via Delta. We board icon tomorrow and we can't wait! I'll try to keep it live as much as possible, but, new ship and all, I may lose track of updating continuously. 
 
A little about us.. My wife and I are in our 30s, no kids, and recently turned Diamond Plus this year. We make full use of Royals casino program. We cruise as much as possible. I believe we have 8 cruises booked through the casino for 2024, from. Icon, to Wonder, to Utopia b2b late August. 
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"LIVE" New Guinea Island Encounter Cruise - X425 PO Explorer
Attempting my first live review.
 
Will be boarding later this afternoon!! 🥰
 
P&O Cruises 
Pacific Explorer 
Departure/ Embarking  Port Cairns QLD 
7 days round trip
Quad Balcony 
 
Any thing in particular you would like to see?
 
 
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