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About sykimball1498

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    Roswell, GA
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    Alaska, Panama Canal

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  1. I'm glad you booked and got all the great Free at Sea offers as well. I have not been on the Joy, but the Getaway has the waterfront and it is really wonderful. They have al fresco dining as well which is really nice. I'm sure you will love it!
  2. We did a 21 Day cruise a few years ago. It was a lot of fun but I was ready to get home after about 18 days. Probably because the last 2-3 days were quite cold as we were approaching the northern gulf to New Orleans debarkation. I'm sure you will have a great time! We ahve never done Birthday cruises as my husband and my birthday's are in May and June and we normally go in the winter months. We do, however, go for our annivresary most of the time.
  3. It's too bad you are relegated to only those dates. The NCL Jade is a smaller ship, with a spa, but without the water slides, etc. that leaves from Tampa on January 3rd (hopefully as we are also on this cruise), but it is a 12 day cruise with 7 ports (port intensive in the middle). Itinerary is good, comes with the 4 night Speciality Dining and other perks as well.
  4. Actually, this is a new SARS virus: It's techincal name is this: SARS-CoV-2. My company works with the testing of all types of drug trials and vaccines. We recently have bid out many and signed many for the COVID-19 trials so just letting you know this is a new SARS virus. Different than before, of course, but in the same family.
  5. Completely agree. Here in GA it is the same with expanded testing and we are further along in phased reopening than any other state. We seem to be managing a little better than some states in phase 1 I think, but maybe just because I am sick to death of the "we are all going to die" views.
  6. True, but I seriously doubt any sailings will happen from NY until next Spring. Maybe they will do a shorter cruise from NOLA prior to the start of the next cruise. Sorry, just noticed Encore is NY sailing to Bermuda so I am probably wrong in my previous sentence...lol. You probably won't get a reply as this was not to be public information it seems, although I would think NCL would want to share as soonas they have it ironed out. I think the delay is because they have not yet cancelled the dates for Alaska, Canada/NE cruises and the EU region cruises. I think they have to play catch up with all the refunds/FCC and will next cancel the Canada and Alaska sailing with EU sailings being last. If they were to cancel all at the same time it probably would take even longer for the FCC or refunds to be processed.
  7. I think that is the date they plan to start public sailing. For instance the NCL Jade repositions to Tampa and the first Tampa sailing really is scheduled for November 22. We leave on the Jade January 3, 2021 so I did some research to see when it would start from Tampa to se if we would be in the roll-out. So this seems like the real dates not just crew start up. But it remains to be seen of course.
  8. I also have this as a stop for my January Jade cruise. Other ports have shore excursions listed, except for this one. I think they might also be waiting for DR to open up to tourists. The other ports have all started to accept tourism again as far as I know (not cruising of course as there are none running right now). I keep checking and will see if they have anything in the next month or so but I'm not holding my breath either.
  9. We were on the Thanksgiving cruise, did self-assist debarkation and were keying out at 7:30am. This ship was also at capacity with over 4800 people on it, mostly families. Customs took all of 10 minutes, but you absolutely have to do self-asist if you even think about this. No breakfast, nothing. Get up and out as soon as you can. It's possible but only you know your family well enough to amke the decision if they can do it or not.
  10. We just got off after Thanksgiving week. We like NCL but will never again go onThanksgiving week or on the Getaway. It was way overbooked with about 1200 kids onboard and service was very slow. Tenders were bad as well. Initially it was supposed to dock but then we had to tender in Roatan.
  11. Yes, we ordered a Malbec and had the package and they gave us the more expensive one so sometimes if there is more than one wine of the same type you have to specify "within package limits" or "on the package please" to not get the upcharged one. They didn't even give us a slip to sign so we had no idea until checking our balance a day later. My advice is to keep an eye on your onboard account on the App or TV. For the Getaway out of NOLA, they will charge tax until International waters so expect that as well, but all in all we enjoyed the drink package, the cruise, not so much. But this was due to the ship being overbooked and overrun with children at Thanksgiving. It was our first Holiday cruise. It will also be our last Holiday cruise...lol.
  12. I just got off the Getaway last week and I think there is a Moscato on the white wine list. There is also a Riesling which is semi-sweet that you might enjoy. I stick to Pinot Noir, Malbec or Cabernet on the red side, but I think there is a red blend by Norwegian, but I am not sure if sweet or on the drier side. Just make sure you tell them X wine in the package as we got upcharged and had to fight to have it taken off the whole cruise. Finally they took it off the day of debarkation.
  13. There is Million Dollar Quartet that runs days 5 and 6 of a 7 days cruise. It is about the night that ELvis, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Johnny Cash all recorded in one studio one night. It was really entertaining. We saw it in 2017 on the Getaway. Yes, it is still playing the same shows inlate 2019. We are going again over Thanksgiving week this time out of NOLA. It's a great ship, but looking forward to what is new after the dry dock in May 2019.
  14. They serve a full menu. Some appetizers include hummus, salads, chicken nachos, fruit, etc. There are sandwiches like a tuna salad sandwich, cheeseburgers; they even have entrees like leg of lamb and meatloaf. Dessert has a few choices as well. I believe they use the same lunch menu for the sea days as well for the MDR. Breakfast is the normal stuff: pastries, fruit, yogurt, parfaits, etc for first course; Main course is like french toast, pancakes, omelettes and eggs benedict.
  15. We are sailing this Thanksgiving out of NOLA as well. I think they charge until in International waters so probably most of the first evening, but we got the OBC for price drop as well. Happy to know it will cover these charges.
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