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About Nebr.cruiser

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  • Location
    We live on a small lake in rural Nebr.
  • Interests
    Reading, gardening, outdoor activities, health and fitness, travel
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    I've liked everyone we've been on; Princess, Carnival, Celebrity and now NCL. and some old defunct l
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Love the S. Caribbean route; also loved our recent Transatlantic

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  1. Although we've cruised Princess the most, followed by Celebrity, we have cruised maybe six lines, more if you count some old defunct lines. Since we almost always cruise either to escape winter weather or to experience new places, ship or line is about in fourth place, if that. Itinerary, price, weather(in winter) and then maybe cruise line or ship. We like trying new cruise lines and ships just for the fun of new discoveries. So far, have never had a 'bad' or even disappointing cruise. Sure, we like some better than others, but none we won't cruise again.
  2. I guess we will see; booked a Tahiti to Hawaii cruise with $149 air from La, round trip per person. Hopefully it is not a 40 hour flight with 8 stops or something! Can't get any where close to that price booking air on our own; and I looked. As to the Fort Lauderdale to Miami thing, I'd say more than half of our flights there go to the 'wrong' airport for the cruise we are taking due to price or schedule It's not a big deal or very expensive to do the transfer. I can see that it would be more difficult with someone having mobility issues.
  3. I sleep with one of the shaped neck pillows at home; I don't bring it due to size but I have a couple of travel sized pillows that just fit under my neck; I usually bring one, especially one that attaches to my luggage with a toggle so it doesn't take up suitcase space. I just can't use huge fluffy pillows.
  4. We have a bunch of bucket list destinations--whether by cruise ship or not. Too many to list. Just knocked one off the list yesterday when we booked a Tahiti to Hawaii cruise! We've been to Hawaii several times, but Tahiti was definitely on the list. At 74, you just never know so we want to get as many of our list done as possible in the next few years; Main ones are Australia/New Zealand, China, Jordan and more touring in Europe.
  5. We just booked a Tahiti to Hawaii cruise for a great price, including air, 2 perks, OBC. The deal was too good to pass up. My sister just booked the same cruise; even for a single it was a good deal.
  6. We've only been on one cruise that had a documented Noro outbreak, a TA last spring. So far, in 40 or so cruises we've managed to stay healthy without all the extreme measures in the first post; I will say that my husband often comes down with an upper respiratory illness, probably contracted on the airplane. The cruise we were on this spring did put in place some stringent measures to slow the outbreak; disposable printed menus, tables cleared of salt shakers, etc., no self serving in the buffet and things like desserts weren't even in the show cases plus lots and lots of cleaning and confining people to their rooms. For ourselves, we do mainly the same things we always do, at home or on a cruise, possibly amped up a bit if our cruise has an outbreak of Noro. Wash our hands well and often, mainly. I do use stair rails, elevator buttons, etc. and don't worry too much about buffets, etc. So far so good. While Noro is miserable, especially on a vacation, we have probably all had it at one time or another. I am not going to live my life in extreme fear of germs in general.
  7. We have not booked the LA flight yet because we don't know the time the flight leaves for Tahiti yet. Usually we have no problems getting to LA, using miles. If necessary we will (probably will) fly in the day before. Don't want to miss that flight to Papeete!, For sure!
  8. We just booked a Jewel cruise from Tahiti to Honolulu. Would I love to be able to go on one of the very small ships? Of course. But for many people the price is just difficult. Technically I guess we could afford it but truly don't want to spend our money that way. I'm happy for all who can afford, without hesitation, these types of cruises and I am sure it is a better choice for the islands and usually a better experience, but for many people those choices just aren't possible.
  9. I am not sure about the fee; i think it would be to NCL. We went ahead and booked this cruise with the $149 air from LA and will just deal with whatever flights we get. It was too good a deal to pass up. We did not do an air deviation or the extra fee to choose our flights. So now we will just wait--probably a couple of months--to see how flights work out. For this itinerary at this price, we are fine with it.
  10. Our TA called NCL and they told him that with that particular price for the flights the air deviation was not allowed. However, he is going to check again today and we are going to make a decision. I did check online and the price from LA is $149--that is hard to pass up. I checked and we could easily get to LA right now using miles--even non-stop which is almost unheard of from Omaha. However, we couldn't book those flights until we know our schedule from NCL. TA also said that for a fee--either $100 or $150 pp, on most flights, we would be allowed to pick our own flights from what are available. So, we will see when I talk to him again.
  11. Thank you--I guess I will check air out of LA for sure; for that price we could suffer some bad flights. And it's usually fairly easy to find flights to LA.
  12. You are right, of course, I always forget about Norwegian Air line, as it is not something that is very common in our area.
  13. I put a cruise on hold today that goes from Tahiti to Hawaii; nice itinerary, great price and perks, and Norwegian Air--from Omaha--was only $649 pp. After talking to my travel agent, having second and third thoughts about the air. He said in his experience the flights that NCL arranges, especially for long hauls like this, can be extremely bad and long flights with multiple stops and layovers. Also, it would be economy--we almost always try to do business for the long flights. But, using miles won't work well--can't even book any business class, and a lot of miles even for economy, with very poor flights--and buying the air ourselves is very expensive, or, if a somewhat reasonable price, insanely awful flights. One flight had us staying in Denver for 23 hours! We'd be better off driving to Denver. Has anyone had any experience with NCL air from the US to Tahiti or anywhere in the region? Yes, the flight is cheap, we'd love to see Tahiti, but don't want to be on a flight for 18 hours or one that goes (as one I researched today for price) goes from LA to Brisbane to Auckland to Tahiti, or some other ridiculous route. He also thinks we cannot do an air deviation with this price air, but is double-checking.
  14. Not who I thought should win either, in fact was my least favorite (personality-wise) and although not the best dancer, still pretty good. I was just ok on the gowns; didn't like Carrie Ann's color combo and Erin's looked so stiff and heavy.
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