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  1. Thanks! I am at the beginning stages of looking. I know I would like so see a variety of waterfalls, volcanoes, get to the high points for view down below but I don't know specifically what or where. I just had a little time to quickly look through the ncl excursions and it does seem that there are quite a few level 1s for what I am looking for so I am thinking that much of the tours are through van.
  2. The spa pass is a really good idea. We thought about that for Alaska and decided last minute not to get them thinking we wouldn't have as much time to use it but it really would have helped. And thanks for the input. I was thinking this would be the case but hoping not. Decisions, decisions...
  3. Hi all. After reading a wonderful review here from last year, we are now looking into a POA Hawaii cruise. I tried messaging the poster but CC wouldn't let me? For those who have been on POA excursions - how difficult are they physically? Not really cardio wise but more knee/ankle wise. I am thinking of the tours involving waterfalls, volcanoes, Diamond head, etc. How sure footed do you need to be? Are they "twisted ankle" potential or just mildly rough terrain? Were there older folks on the tour who managed fine or had trouble? I know this is a strange question but it's info I need before deciding if this cruise would be worth it for us to take the cruise because if I am going to take on the cost, I want to get the most out of the trip. I have rheumatoid arthritis. I am generally fine on flat land and mild terrain but a lot of hiking on inclines or severe uneven ground can cause my joints to flair and obviously terrain that has high fall potential would not be good. I know the excursions have different warnings but I find they don't give a good idea of what exactly makes a tour "strenuous". I am fine cardio wise. It's the terrain that's an issue. And going along with that, did you find having hiking boots/sneakers would have helped or were not needed? Any input is appreciated.
  4. I wouldn't alert the airline unless it is transferable to a different flight (likely for a cost). Presumably, he is seated next to you? You may get lucky and have that seat stay empty but if you alert ahead of time, they will certainly sell it.
  5. If you mean the package you get from the "free at sea" perk, no. If you bought a package yourself, then yes, you can upgrade to a higher number. We did this for my daughter, going from 3 to 4.
  6. Really?! The OP specifically wrote that they didn't know it was an ADA cabin until they got there. You even quoted it. How could you have missed that bit of info?
  7. Ship - Bliss Deck - 13 Stateroom # - 13878 Stateroom Category – midship balcony Starboard or Port Side - starboard Quiet Stateroom? (With comments on problems) – very quiet Was stateroom a connecting stateroom? - no Balcony View - Give comments on view, noting if location of any obstructions was an issue. – no obstructions Balcony Size? Normal or oversized for class? - normal Was wind a problem? - no If an aft cabin, was soot a problem? - not aft but toward the back. We saw smoke from the stacks float over us and smelled smoke on occasion when on the balcony, but nothing disturbing Any specific problems with this cabin? - noisy lock on the door Any other comments? - bed by the balcony door
  8. I like this idea. And the roll call has quite a few folks for this cruise. Also, I just looked - Juneau has an urgent care center right in town. I didn't check Skagway but I am sure they do too. It is Alaska (in the US) so your insurance company should accept the billing for this (emergency care). I would get a note from the office who did the stitches as to when they should come out so the urgent care knows the timing is ok. Also, this way you will have the ability to get antibiotic cream or oral if needed.
  9. do a mock booking and it will show you the availability of cabins. They only list up to 15 at a time, though, so if there are 15 showing as available, you won't know exactly how many. In reality, even if it is showing just 10, there may be more in the inventory that they have not made available (or are being held by TAs)
  10. I know Spice is aft, but is there seating by the railing to watch the waves? What about the waterfront? Does it go all the way around the back of the ship and have seating there? I have viewed the deck plans but they don't show specifics, obviously
  11. I'm thinking the observation lounge will be more popular during the Alaska cruises?
  12. great question! I am similar and need my alone time to decompress from all the crowd. It's one of the reasons we usually book a balcony cabin but I like the library as well. We are going on the bliss next week. I can report back any good spots when the cruise is finished. I have heard there is a hot tub and lounge chairs just opposite of the Vibe and just outside of the Haven private area that is usually quiet. People think they are part of the Haven but apparently not. I plan to check it out.
  13. Does the Bliss have an open house of sorts for the thermal spa on the first day for passengers to see what is available?
  14. thanks for the info. we cruise May 5 on the Bliss - definitely a big ship
  15. We have an 11:30 flight and NCL gave us the transfer option as well. We are going to take an uber or cab because we will have 3 with us. Will be cheaper
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