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  1. Le Bistro: Original Fruits de Mer (they keep reinventing it, but it is NOT the same anymore)
  2. @Saint Greg Great start! Safe travels and I will definitely be following along.
  3. I sailed out of NYC on The Gem November 2013. Then I sailed her again this past August out of Miami. Very different itinerary for you, but here is my review if it helps:
  4. I had this on The Gem and it was my favorite dessert all week! DH just kept calling it the chocolate sausage 😄 What did you think?
  5. For awhile I've been watching video reviews and reading about Scarlet Lady and thinking it's not for me. You are definitely selling me on it. That being said, what are the activities like on board? I know there's no Cruise Director. Are there game shows, trivia, dance classes or other oddball activities to participate in?
  6. Yankee Tours. It's a nice deal to get a ride to the port from Albany or Kingston, NY. I think there's a couple other stops too.
  7. Does anyone have an update on Cruise Director Richard Matic? He will always be my favorite, and I will follow him to any ship 😍
  8. We once took a bus to and from the ship in NYC. We got off un early December, and it was freezing. The bus wasn't coming until at least 11:30. We waited until the very end (9:45) to get off and join the very long line to the terminal. I wanted to waste as much time as possible to avoid standing out in the cold.
  9. This is unbelievable. They owe you a lot more than $100 in "sailor loot" for this. I really hope you can speak to a higher level staff member and get this sorted out. We're all rooting for you.
  10. I've been following your page and just want to thank you for another amazing review. It was heartbreaking to read about Sakari. What have the doctors said? Is she improving at all? I hope she has an awesome school year and things start to get better. I work in mental health, and being a teen is difficult enough. Throw in the pandemic and it's only worse. It doesn't matter that we've been dealing with this for over a year and a half. Time doesn't make it easier. I'm thinking of Sakari and your family ❤ Side note, it's awesome to see you being able to be so active. I know it can't be easy, but it's been amazing to see you come so far. I know you used to try and travel during Thanksgiving. Any plans this year? I did a full vaccinated cruise on The Gem at the end of August, and it was such a great vacation. Amazing crew, half capacity ship, and no masks on board. I can't recommend it enough, and I know you need that ship! 😁
  11. Sorry I'm late to the game, but I'm happily caught up now. I'm two months behind in The Tribe since my focus in August went to planning my own cruise, and since then I've been working way too many hours playing catch up from it. You're off to an awesome start, and I can't wait to read all about your experiences on board. Safe travels!
  12. Thanks for commenting. We just had the beverage package that came with Free at Sea. Most drinks were under the $15 limit. In fact, I think it was only Alex's Chocolate Martini on Day 1 that we paid the $2 difference on. You prepay gratuities on the package, so no additional tip is needed, but I usually tipped $1 when a bartender brought me a drink as opposed to me going to the bar. It's always up to you on if/when you tip. There were so many bartenders ready and willing to bring drinks, never any wait.
  13. I was stuck in the tiny Delta terminal at Fort Lauderdale until my flight left at 5pm. I feel your worry. It was such a lonģ day. Hoped for a land tour, but NCL canceled them all.
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