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  1. 6 hours ago, njhorseman said:

    I'm curious as to when you last saw an onboard booking because AFAIK that was discontinued years ago.

    In any event now that passenger loads have pretty much come back to pre-pandemic levels at over 100% of standard occupancy it's very rare for a ship to have space available. It can happen, but it won't happen very often.

    Also, the last thing cruise lines want to do is to encourage people to hold out to the last minute in hopes of grabbing fire-sale fares.  They will prefer to sail with a few empty cabins than to risk creating a last minute market - so they will not seriously discount late beekings.


    If you really want a low fare, book early - and rebook if fares do happen to drop.

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  2. 3 hours ago, K32682 said:

    The limits mentioned in the article seem quite reasonable for a community 32,000. 16 thousand beds during the week and 12 thousand on the Saturdays. I've been in Key West when the boats discharge their respirating cargo and have see how comparatively fewer cruisers than Juneau is facing can disrupt a place. Some cruisers have a massive sense of entitlement and can be profoundly obnoxious. 



    What it boils down to is the fact that the “success” of the cruising business  is leading to its failing in many ways.  Ports which accept too many cruisers are not worth visiting, and more ports will start restricting numbers — not many places want to accept day trippers who come with one shirt and one $20 bill, and don’t change either.  I expect that the industry will start to split: ultra large, low cost ships which offer boundless activities will continue to attract low budget cruisers and limit port calls to private islands; while smaller ships will cater to travelers interested in ports (which will become less welcoming to large ships, or even large passenger loads) - essentially returning to the way cruising was 20+ years  and more ago.

  3. We both renewed our Global Entry in early May when we suddenly noticed the June expiration date.  We both did it on line - a somewhat complex process as you needed cell phone to receive confirming text while on line, but we did it in less than an hour and had new cards in about ten days.  I am not certain about doing it after expiration, but you certainly should give it a try.

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  4. On 6/15/2024 at 11:11 PM, Got2Cruise said:

    The Artezen in FiDi would be perfect for you. I love Financial District. Besides 9/11 Memorial and Museum, you can walk to Battery Park and view the Statue of Liberty. Take a walking tour of old New York. 

    Of course the term FIDI, which seems to be coming into very limited use, and which might have been applicable decades ago, is rather pointless now- with the current geographic spreading of New York’s finance industry:  to Brooklyn (Metrotech Center), New Jersey (largely Weehawken) and midtown Manhattan (as along Sixth Avenue).

    There is no point in trying to rename the old financial district from  “Wall Street”, which retains geographic reference, to a meaningless trendy-sounding bi-syllable.


  5. 13 minutes ago, Mary229 said:

    Yeah, well I live in Texas but I am from far south Louisiana.  There is nothing as oppressive as 95% humidity and it still isn’t raining. I have managed 114 here in Texas but once in the interior of Mexico in April I almost cried it was so oppressively hot and humid.  

    to the OP pick a better month, August is awful

    Also, you could pick a better area to cruise-the Western Caribbean is the pits.

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  6. 39 minutes ago, clo said:

    Was your lobster roll made with butter or mayo? (Correct me if I'm wrong, NE'ster) I believe CT is butter  and the rest of New England is mayo.

    Only butter.   I suppose if you had a bit of left-over rubbery, overcooked lobster you might drench it in mayonnaise in an attempt to salvage it, otherwise…….

  7. 9 hours ago, BklynBoy8 said:


    The Brooklyn Cruise Terminal was developed using Pier 12 which was it's original designation.



    Pier 12 was first developed before the American Civil War and has been used as a cargo pier for most of its existence.  Indeed, the current terminal was converted from a 1954 vintage freight terminal.


    Their are many historical buildings in the Red Hook area when it was the main connection to lower manhattan.

    When that part (Pier 12) of the waterfront was converted from a cargo handling facility to a cruise passenger terminal it was renamed: Brooklyn Cruise Terminal — without any proximity to a Pier  11 or a Pier 13, it is a bit silly to retain an obsolete (and possibly confusing) designating number.

  8. 4 hours ago, jsn55 said:

    It's beyond me why 'they' can't just name something one name and stick to it.  It's almost like a conspiracy to be sure a traveller never gets too comfortable and thinks s/he knows what's going on.  Pier 12, Brooklyn CT, Red Hook ... 'everybody' calls the same place a different name.  It's the cruiseline's responsibility to inform the pax, not confuse him.  What a great explanation, BklynBoy8!  How did we ever travel without the internet and forums on which to ask questions like this that shouldn't even be a question in the first place.

    Also, what’s with the “Pier 12” - terminology?  There is ONE berth at BCT.

  9. 19 minutes ago, jsn55 said:

    I've always dreamed of sailing out of NYC in the evening, picking up one of the Cunard girls for a TA might be really cool.  Not been on Mary, but loved Victoria.

    QM 2 from Brooklyn to Southampton sure beats flying from JFK to LHR (other than time expended if you are in a hurry),  but for pulling out of New York, sailing down the Hudson from MCT is the better way.

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  10. While “homarus americanus”  is the formal name, “Atlantic lobster” is probably the most useful — not being nationalistic as in “Canadian” and “Maine” - and most appropriate, as they come from the Atlantic coast of Canada and the US as far south (rarely now) as New Jersey.  

    Sadly, the waters of Long Island Sound have become too warm, with the result that the local low cost “lobster pounds” in coastal Connecticut towns have vanished over the past ten years.


    The spiny (Caribbean) lobsters, whose tails are most often served on cruise ships,  are poor substitutes for the real things.

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  11. 9 hours ago, newyorkjameson said:

    If you purchased a piece of furniture in Europe can you bring it back to the cruise ship. I understand there would be a fee but curious if anyone has an experience with this.

    Thank you in advance for any responses.

    If you are thinking about anything much more substantial than an inflatable chair (carried aboard uninflated, of course, so you can slip it under your bed or on the top shelf of your closet) you are out of luck.

  12. 13 hours ago, DarrenM said:

    … The food on the ship in the MDR is better quality than I eat at home …

    If the ship you are referring to is one of NCL’s fleet, and the MDR food is better than what you eat at home, I  strongly suggest that you invest in a cookbook.

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  13. 10 minutes ago, clo said:

    I didn't realize that scallops and oysters were regional in your part of the country. Here in the Pacific Northwest everything is (pretty much) available.

    Scallops and oysters (in particular) are best from cooler waters.  I think Chesapeake Bay is southern limit for oysters - and the best, in my view, are Wellfleet, from the bay side oh Cape Cod.

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  14. In coastal New England lobster is not that special - there have been times when catches are so great that prices seriously drop.  We have it at least a couple of times a month at home.  It’s important to put the lobsters 🦞  to sleep by rubbing them on the back with a pencil for a couple of minutes.  They do not feel it when they go in the boiling water, don’t thrash about, and come out more tender.  Attached picture (sadly upside down) shows hyptonized lobster ready for his hot bath -  good way to win a side bet with dinner guests who do not believe you can make a lobster stand on his head.


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  15. On 6/10/2024 at 3:58 PM, Aquahound said:


    Yup.  I think so.  I love the mega ships, and I don't care who gets offended by my saying that.  

    It looks as though there is someone saying “bigger is better”.

  16. It would be interesting to sit in on an actual audit while a creative deducter SUCCESSFULLY convinces the IRS examiner that his cruise fare represented legitimate business expenses which are accepted.


    Some of these posts are reminiscent of posts by folks who ALWAYS come out ahead in the casino.

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  17. 1 hour ago, ldubs said:

    Many of these comments about how folks select their preferred cruise ships are pure conjecture.  


    Some may want a sleepy sedate cruise.  Others may want a fiesta atmosphere and enjoy all the attractions.  Many want something in the middle.  I'm guessing these so called "unthinking" customers, if they even exist, are across the board. 

    I maintain that anyone who believes, without qualification, that “bigger is better” is unthinking.

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  18. 2 hours ago, ldubs said:


    I'm still trying to understand how anyone would prefer a 707 to a 747 on a long haul flight.  😀


    I do not know who would, but I would prefer an Airbus 320 over a 747.

  19. 1 hour ago, Keith At Sea said:

    Excellent thoughts!  Thanks for the recommendations (and speedy response)!  Much to think about now...

    Do price out the Amtrak alternative- perhaps even consider train up the same day.   If you are willing to accept the risk of massive driving delay from a “nearby” hotel that morning, the risk of major Amtrak delay is not much greater.


  20. 1 minute ago, Cruzaholic41 said:

    So folks who prefer large ships are “unthinking?”  What a preposterous thing to say. Why is it so hard for some of you to understand that not everyone prefers your tastes?  🙄

    You should work on reading comprehension. I did not say that people who prefer large ships are unthinking, rather I referred to  “the unthinking mass market customer” , never suggesting that all mass market customers are unthinking.. There are many mass market customers who are capable of thinking - but the unthinking ones do tend to automatically equate bigger with better.

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  21. 3 hours ago, wcook said:

    This forum has posters who enjoy the smaller ships. But if you look at the general public, they are clearly voting with their wallet for bigger and bigger ships. 

    Yes, in large part they are “voting with their wallet” …  in the sense that they can generally cruise for less money on the mega ships.   The fact remains, however: you only get what you are willing to pay for.

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