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  1. I never realized that the last cruise before the dry dock might be affected. I'm not on this cruise, I'm on the TA out of Orlando on the Epic. But for Thanksgiving I'm on a RCI cruise right after its dry dock. I realized that when I booked and assume there's a fair chance the cruise will be affected. Still seems weird that going into dry dock would be affected, and at the last minute. I wonder if there are any refugees from the canceled Royal Caribbean TA where the crane hit the ship. That would suck, you would start to feel like you're cruise cursed!
  2. I also had a 'first day free for lunch' deal as a Haven guest. I think I might've been on the Getaway, but I forget specifically. I've never been to a Margaritaville on land but I wasn't impressed. Their Cheeseburger in Paradise was, I thought, merely okay. The pretzel sticks were, well, pretzel sticks. The most impressive item was the key lime pie, which I admit was pretty good. The service was atrocious, it took forever to get anything like a straw for my soda or the pie for dessert, it was just hard to get anyone's attention. Or find anyone. I definitely wouldn't pay $14.95 for it. I don't think I'd even go again if it was offered free. Don't get me wrong, it wasn't bad just not good, and heck I was on a cruise so I was all easy-going, but it really did not interest me.
  3. I'm pretty sure I've done remote desktop in the last year or two on an NCL ship, but in the Caribbean, not on a TA. And with the premium unlimited internet plan in early morning. Not NCL but I have for sure done it on Royal Caribbean and their streaming voom with pretty good results.
  4. The earth can't be flat, or cats would have knocked everything off it by now.
  5. Well, uh, I guess eventually, the earth is round and all... 🙂
  6. Glad to hear from the British couple interviewed on how excellent the staff has been. That is surely a huge help. The two 'abandon ship' disasters I've heard about, the Costa Concordia and then one in the 60s in the Caribbean where the ship caught fire, had captains that abandoned ship and left the passengers to fend for themselves. I believe in both cases -- certainly in Costa Concordia -- it led to prison sentences for the captain. And then the staff was left leaderless and ineffective in both cases. And it was kind of frightening, making me assume that if there is ever a disaster at sea it'll be every man (or woman or child) for themselves.
  7. I booked a guarantee minisuite and ended up with one with a bathtub, for which I have a few questions. 1. Is there still a nice shower head in there? I love really nice showers with good pressure for relaxing. 2. What size bathtub is this? It sounds like the sides are higher than what you would find in a hotel room, but otherwise is it the same size as a regular hotel type bathtub? Are the sides ridiculously high for someone with average mobility?
  8. See, in the old days, when people didn't book all the balconies, say, they would upgrade some of their loyal cruisers for free, moving them from their booked inside cabin into a balcony as a happy little bonus for them cruising with NCL. Then someone realized hey, we can get people to give us more money to upgrade to those rooms! If it's going to go empty, the cost of servicing a balcony versus an inside is negligible. So they see if they can suck a couple hundred bucks out of someone to upgrade now, typically waiting until a week or less before the cruise to announce upgrade winners to give maximum time for some new customer to book the room.
  9. I had the soda package and got charged for a non-can fountain soda at the Atrium Bar, which is how I know it's $4.14 with the gratuities. The weird thing is I didn't sign anything, I guess they just billed the card. Actually, I think I was in O'Sheehan's and it just got rang up at the Atrium Bar, now that I think about it. I was going to ask them to take it off but the line at Guest Services was long, this happened the last day of the cruise and I didn't notice until the next morning when reviewing my bill, so I decided to just eat the price.
  10. Heard there were a number of Code Alphas called, hopefully just minor injuries from falls. I bet the ship is a mess to clean.
  11. I was on Navigator of the Sea over Thanksgiving 2017 and they did a $3 table too, first hour tables were open in the morning on sea days.
  12. I read your earlier post in this thread and was going to play devil-on-your-shoulder to urge you to book, but looks like you've already taken care of that! 🙂
  13. Hooray, great news! Thanks for the response, here's to hoping my machine doesn't have lingering coffee flavor.
  14. When I was last on the Epic I know that someone was discussing how their room steward said they weren't allowed to open the balcony divider between connecting rooms. Then someone else mentioned how they could go down and help them open it with some tool they had. So I guess the rules could vary from ship to ship or even steward to steward, and that there are ways around it, but they might just close them up again if they don't want them open.
  15. I have no knowledge of the ship itineraries but wanted to mention -- and presumably you know this if you have school-aged kids and have vacationed before -- the flight costs out of Boston during winter and spring breaks are pretty nuts. There are probably tips on how to get cheaper airfare but I remember being shocked when looking for flights to fly my sister's family down to Florida that week as a Christmas present.
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