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  1. I have never been home after 8am from any cruise and I live well past the airport. Even a cruise from miami where an accident completely shut down the highway. I still made it home in FLL before 8am. I have friends who take early flights after cruises with no issue. We have people on this very forum taking pre 9am flights who make it. In fact, never heard of anyone missing their flight under normal circumstances. Always a risk of missing a flight. That's life. But a 9am flight is not crazy if lined up early for self assist. Pretty easy to make actually.
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    The bugs are definitely subsiding. Drove up the middle of the state today (US27) and didn't hit a single one. None at my house either and we had a ton last month. Hope for the best! Maybe you will just miss the buggers.
  3. My first thought was that it was bad business to close down a neighborhood on the ship for a crew party. It's just not good customer service. That's a major spot for guests to use and hang out. But then I was thinking, if there is no aqua show, then the Boardwalk is empty at 9PM anyways. So it's not a bad location. Then I'm back to, bad idea, because Boardwalk has boardwalk cabins. Disrupting your guests with a loud, late night party for crew is kind of ridiculous and just a bad idea. I stick up for the crew all the time it has nothing to do with thinking they don't deserve it, but yeah, throwing a loud party that disrupts your guests late in to the evening seems pretty obvious that it's not a good idea. I can't imagine them doing this again on the boardwalk. Is there an evening when the main theater is available? Studio B? Surely there are better places on the ship to hold a party like this. Even Dazzles (maybe not enough space though).
  4. It was probably pointless. You can't be a butler to 14 cabins at the same time. How can you serve proper meals to all those cabins? They can only drop off the food. They won't press your shirts either. It's still a nice little thing to have I guess for some people, but I didn't find the butler even worth the tip, and we always tip so it was a net negative for us.
  5. Kind of like being on the Norway during the explosion then swearing NCL is the worst. Or Viking a few months ago in Norway. This happens to every single cruise line. If I used those standards I'd have to denounce cruising all together. Celebrity dominates the cruise critic rankings as the best line. Based on your complaints about the regular cabins on NCL, it seems a Celebrity Caribbean cruise would be right up your alley actually.
  6. Be realistic. They aren't butlers (there are international standards for butlers and NCL isn't even close). They are glorified food runners that you may or may not find any use for. Most people tip them at the end of the cruise, if at all.
  7. Weird. I had the opposite experience on X. And I also found NCL to be substantially busier and more crowded than other lines. They really push the limits. Anyways, your other comment read as if the regular cruise experience was so bad, you had to book haven. I figured, why not try other lines?
  8. Why not just sail a different cruise line that doesn't have these issues?
  9. Ditto. Just saved $50 and the drink package is at $49 now (was $52)... so nearly $100 in savings.
  10. Now that a fully upgraded Oasis is coming to NJ, you may want to give that a try!
  11. I heard they are replacing Jamie's with Olive Garden. You will get coupons daily in your stateroom.
  12. Just a thought. A lot of cruise cancellation coverage only covers half the fare. As others mentioned, if OP can find someone to pay half (as a solo cruiser, makes sense) and take a single spot in the cabin, they would pretty much end up with the same result.
  13. For ONLY medevac, Good Sam TravelAssist. There is no medical coverage though so if you end up in a hospital, you need something else. So you would want to make sure that your existing medical coverage is adequate for your travels. Many do cover international. Many don't. We recently switched our primary health insurance to a much cheaper plan but with very limited service area. Then supplemented with an Allianz travel plan. Funny enough, the Premier ended up quoting cheaper than the basic. So we ended up with cancellation. The switch saves us several thousand dollars a year. Which goes back to my previous statement that insurance is complicated and people really should spend more time closely reviewing their needs. Being over insured can also be a huge waste of money.
  14. Yes, it's extremely inflated through the cruise line. If you are going to buy it, look elsewhere. insuremytrip.com is a popular spot. Insurance isn't that simple though. Do you just want medevac? Does your health insurance cover you internationally and with terms you find agreeable (call them)? If you just need medevac, Good Sam TravelAssist is a great option. Maybe your health insurance doesn't cover you outside a limited home service area. In which case you may even want a more robust annual travel plan that covers all travel. Allianz is a good option for this. In any case, start with calling your existing health insurance provider and getting the details on exactly what is covered and what your area is. It may be international already, or you may be surprised to find out that some weekend drives you take are to places you have no coverage. Start there. Then make a decision.
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