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EganFire

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    Travel, Cruises, Cooking, Photography
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    NCL, Disney
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    Alaska

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  1. I have found this to be true as well. I found some who were the "Odd man out" from the group they were sailing with. One was traveling with his son and his son's family. He would attend the Solo meetings, and go to dinner with his son, but sometimes joined us if his son and his family had other plans afterwards. I think the studios serve many purposes. I only wish they would have oceanview and or balcony options. Maybe a future version of the ship will have that. (Project Leonardo maybe?)
  2. THAT is seriously a perfect resolve to this train wreck of a board... Keep it the same way, but embrace the crazy and make it a show, video tape it, and call it the Amazing Vibe Pass Race. Then replay it on the TV channels on board each day on a loop. It would be great to see... not sure I would enter the race, but I would certainly watch it. Who knows, it could go viral... (and before those with feelings about the washy washy girls and guys interject - I do not mean virus)... :P
  3. Question - for those who have traveled Solo on other ships (besides the Bliss) with Studio cabins, did you find the host organized more activities than just dinner? For those who traveled Solo on ships without the studio cabins, did you ever have a host organize more than dinners? Thanks for your time responding.
  4. Interesting. It has been a "few" years since I was 18-21 so I did not know. I just never saw the sign anywhere else. and... now I know. Thank you @SeaShark
  5. This sign was above a bar on the NCL Sky - I have a question: If the person is 18 they are an adult, why would they need parents permission? If they are above 18 they may not even be living with their parents any longer. What exactly must this note say? Has anyone seen one of these on a ship before? I did not see this above any other bars on the ship.
  6. I have seen them on the ship, if that means they are "allowed" I do not know. I do know that on my NCL Sky to Cuba, they made specific announcements that Cuba would not allow them to enter the country, and would confiscate them if found.
  7. That current situation is already an issue. If two couples are traveling together and they arrive to purchase the Vibe passes but only 2 are left, they can't all get them. NO system is perfect, I just think their is a "more Fair" way of doing it than a first come first served method. Lottery, or bidding, or some method that ALL can participate in is more fair. Bidding for room upgrades is not done by all cruise lines, but how NCL does it, it is as fair as possible. If you booked a year out, or a week out, up until 2 days before cruising you can bid and take a chance. One guest wrote an idea I never thought of above. Selling it as part of a room package. I may not agree with that in whole, it still is an idea that I had not considered. I think a group chat like this forum is good to discuss ideas and offer suggestions. NCL does read these (from several officers on the ships), and sometimes they take suggestions and ideas from these chats. Not always, but sometimes. Does ANYONE feel this current system is the BEST it can be? Does anyone think their is no room for improvement? In my discussions with fellow guests in the Vibe, and those who did not get Vibe, I have never found someone who said that this system is perfect the way it is. I am trying to offer other ways to make it more fair, and I would hope more people would offer remedies rather than judge ideas and suggestions as "That won't work".
  8. Before you read my response, please take this into account. I am asking for education and not confrontation. Sincerely attempting to get your perspective as I do not experience it in your eyes or situation. I am 100% about equal rights and I am sorry you have had so many injuries, surgeries, etc... However, as we are all getting on a ship to wait hours before our rooms open, why do you need to go on before someone else who arrived to the port before you? I understand this on an airplane as you may need additional assistance to get into your seat, but why for a ship? And as I continued to say, people are "pretending" to have a need for a cane to benefit for themselves. Do you appreciate people imitating an injury to manipulate the system for their own advantage? Do you feel they are to blame or is the system to blame for allowing them to do so? Again, not trying to be confrontational, legit trying to get yours (and others) true and genuine perspective. No need to smart remarks or comments. I seek to understand, I would hope you and others would do the same.
  9. I just sailed on the NCL Bliss, and it has rooms built for one person called Studios. Several of the NCL Ships have these. They also have a lounge just for the studios. They also have a daily "Solo" meeting for solo travelers or singles who wish to attend. NCL Bliss solo meetings are held in the Studio Lounge at 6 PM each day. The NCL assigned host (one of the activity staff) to Solos was great. He organized events and activities for each day of the cruise, and the solos went to dinner together every night (if they wanted to). Some of the events the Host offered us to sign up for were hard to schedule items like go-cart racing and or shows. Attending these meetings and activities is strictly optional and you can do what or nothing that you want. Having the host plan events really helped those amongst the Solos to find friendships and people to do things with in port and on the ship.
  10. Every time I see this, I wonder why that guy is body slamming onto a piece of bacon.... IMG_3046.HEIC IMG_2617.HEIC
  11. This one is about Salad Bar offerings... First I developed the grading criteria for my salad bar examination. I decided I would judge salad bar on 3 areas: Options - Lowest score of 1 and high score of 4 Freshness - Lowest score of 1 and high score of 3 Well stocked - Lowest score of 1 and high score of 3 I was on the NCL Bliss, NCL Sky, and NCL Dawn, and here are the results: Bliss - Total score of 10 (Options = 4), (Freshness = 3), and (Stocked = 3) Sky - Total score of 7 (Options = 2), (Freshness = 3), and (Stocked = 2) Dawn - Total score of 6 (Options = 2, (Freshness = 2), and (Stocked = 2) So the winner of the three NCL Ship Salad Bar award goes to, the NCL Bliss.
  12. This one is about Scrambled Eggs... First I developed the grading criteria for my scrambled egg examination. I decided I would judge scrambled eggs on 2 areas: Taste - Lowest score of 1 and high score of 4 Texture/Color - Lowest score of 1 and high score of 3 I was on the NCL Bliss, NCL Sky, and NCL Dawn, and here are the results: Bliss - Total score of 6 (Taste = 3), and (Texture = 3) Sky - Total score of 3 (Taste = 2), and (Texture = 1) Dawn - Total score of 7 (Taste = 4), and (Texture = 3) So the winner of the three NCL Ship Scrambled Eggs award goes to, the NCL Dawn.
  13. This one is about the hunt yummy and delicious PIZZA... First I developed the grading criteria for my pizza examination. I decided I would judge pizza on 4 areas: Crispy - Lowest score of 1 and high score of 3 Taste - Lowest score of 1 and high score of 4 Options - Lowest score of 1 and high score of 4 Availability - Lowest score of 1 and high score of 3 I was on the NCL Bliss, NCL Sky, and NCL Dawn, and here are the results: Bliss - Total score of 11 (Crispy = 1, no pizza I found would hold its shape if lifted) (Taste = 4, it was VERY yummy every slice I tried), (Options = 3, they had several types made always) and (available = 3 - plenty of it) Sky - Total score of 7 (Crispy = 1, no pizza I found would hold its shape if lifted) (Taste = 2, it was edible but I did not go for seconds), (Options = 2, they had only a couple) and (available = 2 - Pizza is only available 12 to 3 pm) Dawn - Total score of 6 (Crispy = 2, pizza held its shape when lifted) (Taste = 1, it tasted like bad school pizza), (Options = 2, they had several types) and (available = 1 - Never had a lot ready) So the winner of the three NCL Ship Pizza award goes to, the NCL Bliss.
  14. I have had the opportunity to be on three different NCL ships over the last two months. I decided to do a comparison of a few things on each ship, and I will post some of the results here on Cruise Critic. This one is about the hunt for crispy and delicious bacon... Other posts will be about pizza, salad bar offerings, scrambled eggs, and others.... (see replies from me below for those) First I developed the grading criteria for my bacon examination. I decided I would judge bacon on 3 areas: Crispy - Lowest score of 1 and high score of 3 Taste - Lowest score of 1 and high score of 4 Availability - Lowest score of 1 and high score of 3 I was on the NCL Bliss, NCL Sky, and NCL Dawn, and here are the results: Bliss - Total score of 5 (Crispy = 1, no crispy bacon found) (Taste = 1, it was often like eating a rubber band dipped in bacon grease), and (available = 3 - plenty of it) Sky - Total score of 9.5 (Crispy = 3, cruise crispy bacon CAN exist and it was found on the NCL Sky) (Taste = 4) and (available = 2.5 - I had to wait once but with it this delicious I understand why) Dawn - Total score of 5 (Crispy = 1, no crispy bacon found) (Taste = 1, it was often like eating a rubber band dipped in bacon grease), and (available = 3 - plenty of it) So the winner of the three NCL Ship bacon award goes to, the NCL Sky. Disclaimer: DO Not book a cruise strictly on the results of this or any of my posts, if you determine your cruise expectations from an online review of Bacon (or other foods I award points to below), I can not be held liable for the results of your food coma or food intake expectations. *Note for NCL - please have all NCL chefs learn proper bacon cooking from the chef on board the NCL Sky - Thank you!
  15. I have had the opportunity to be on three different NCL ships over the last two months. I decided to do a comparison of a few things on each ship, and I will post some of the results here on Cruise Critic. This one is about the attendance at Solo Meetings and the different Solo events for each ship. NCL Bliss: Day 1 - 20 people Day 2 - 44 people Day 3 - 15 people Day 4 - 8 people Day 5 - 7 people Day 6 - 10 people NCL Bliss solo meetings are held in the Studio Lounge at 6 PM each day. The host assigned to Solos was great. He organized events and activities for each day of the cruise, and the solos went to dinner together every night (if they wanted to). Some of the events the Host offered us to sign up for were hard to schedule items like go-cart racing and or shows. This particular cruise was also a Singles Cruise for an outside company, and that helped boost the numbers on day 2. That company had its own activities that often conflicted with our Solo events and that is why some nights the counts were much less. Having the host plan events really helped those amongst the Solos to find friendships and people to do things with in port and on the ship. NCL Sky: Day 1 - NO HOST showed up, and 4 of us figured out we were there for the solo meeting so we sat together Day 2 - We were in Cuba overnight so I did not attend the meeting Day 3 - 2 people NO HOST Day 4 - 1 person, but a host did show up. NCL Sky solo meetings were held in Sugarcane Mojito bar at 8 PM each day. I did NOT like the later meeting time as it did not allow solos to meet for an early dinner if they wanted to. Also having no host for 3/4 of the meetings did not help. NCL Dawn: Day 1 - 8 people Day 2 - 5 people Day 3 - 6 people Day 4 - 8 people Day 5 - 8 people (+2 wanted to) NCL Dawn solo meetings were held in the Cellar Wine lounge at 6 PM each day. We did have a host, but she often was too busy to stay with us, and she explained this was due to the activities staff being short a person and she was double booked. Some meetings were only 5 minutes long, long enough to say let's go to dinner. No other activities were coordinated. Those who did not want to go to dinner did not. Since we held no true meeting, and we sort of just showed up and went to dinner, the host would often ask the night before who wanted dinner the next day. Once she had a number she would make reservations for us. The last night of the cruise 2 extra first time attendees showed up and could not join us as we had no room. FINAL THOUGHTS: The Bliss offered the best all around planning for Solo travelers. We met, discussed things we could do, did sign up sheets for activities, and then went to dinner together. The studio lounge was part of the reason this worked better, but it was also how the Host interacted and coordinated it. Everything the Bliss Host did for us could have been done on Sky and Dawn, but were not offered. The Sky was a Cuba cruise, and as we spent an overnight stay (24 hours) in Cuba, the ship was mostly empty for one entire day. The Dawn - could have been better, and if the staff had not been short maybe it would have been.
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