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tomservo

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About tomservo

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    NYC
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    Good food, relaxing
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    NCL
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Bermuda

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  1. On yours, what section is it under? In Internet & More, I see Voom Internet Packages, Arcade Credits, and Gifts & Gear.
  2. When do they make the Key available in the cruise planner? I recently booked a cruise in May 2020, I can’t tell if I missed it and it’s already sold out, or if they haven’t offered it yet.
  3. We were also worried about feeling uncomfortable before our first Haven cruise. I would say the concierge is more like an upgraded version of guest services with the ability to help make reservations and other special access, and the butler (again in our experience) was more like an upgraded room steward with special access (more things they’re allowed to bring to your room, meals from restaurants, etc). Again that was the extent of our use of them. You can utilize them as much or as little as you want.
  4. It’s doable. Lots to eat at La Cucina, vegetarian apps and veggie burgers at Margaritaville, and Los Lobos has some decent vegetarian options. Le Bistro has some vegetarian apps (or at least can be made vegetarian) and a vegetarian entree. My wife didn’t love it, it was just a stack of sliced vegetables and goat cheese, so she might want to skip it. Otherwise she will have a hard time entree-wise at Cagney’s, Ocean Blue, and Q, unless she gets sides, but that seems like a waste of the SDP. She may not appreciate the cooking surface being shared with meat at Teppanyaki, depends on how strict she is, although I think you can request an entree to be prepared in the kitchen to avoid cross contamination if she really wants to attend the show portion of Teppanyaki.
  5. I believe up to 6. Also I think you can add people to your reservation for $25pp.
  6. I didn't mean this to be a blanket condemnation, as I stated. Your grandkids are very lucky to have you, it seems like you are a very attentive and careful grandparent. Not all grandparents are like you. It also doesn't change the fact that many of the children who have died or have been injured on cruise ships were under the care of an elderly grandparent. I would say 63 is definitely on the younger side for grandparents, at least in the Northeast where people have children at an older age than the rest of the country. Also I'm not sure why you assume financial comfort for lack of grandparent help. Our parents simply live nowhere near us. Trust me, I am envious of our friends who have parents in the area, it has been very difficult raising 2 extremely rambunctious boys on our own. To reiterate, this is all about risk management. The older we get, the more likely we are to experience brief momentary lapses in judgement or attention. For example, parking lot accident rates go up as people get older. This is another example of an extremely brief lapse in judgement/attention that can be fatal. My mother-in-law wrecked her car in a parking lot (fortunately neither she nor anyone was hurt) somehow, she's not sure what happened, either the car wasn't in the right gear or her foot slipped onto the gas pedal. She's in her early 70's, and I would consider her to be alert and attentive, but like I said these things become more frequent the older you get.
  7. This is exactly why I don’t trust grandparents with young kids in these types of situations. Am I going to let any of them hold my kid’s hand on the sidewalk of a busy street? If one of them gets away to chase something in the street there’s no way they’d be able to catch them. I could absolutely see one of my kids grandparents making the same kind of mistake this grandfather did. That being said, that’s not a condemnation of all grandparents, but I know their limitations and either try not to put them situations they can’t handle, or watch my kids like a hawk when they’re with them. Obviously this grandfather was unable to tell the window was open for whatever reason (not paying attention, deteriorating eyesight/other senses, etc), and the family was not expecting him to make a mistake like this. This is not the first time a child has died under supervision of a grandparent on a cruise ship. A 4 year old boy died and his 6 year old brother suffered permanent brain injury (I think) on the Breakaway because they were swimming under the supervision of a grandparent who left them unattended for a few minutes (allegedly). I don’t know if it’s the deteriorating senses/reactions/decision making that’s to blame, but I’ve noticed that grandparents often think kids are way more capable of certain things than is age-appropriate. This really is a tragedy, and my heart aches for everyone involved. Anyone could have made this kind of mistake, and I think Royal needs to take the hit on this. Am I going lift my kid up near a railing over the ocean? Of course not. Would I do it near what I thought was a wall of windows? Sure why not. They either need to put some mesh or bars over a tiny random opening in a wall of windows, or make the opening head level or higher. Finally I’m not saying grandparents shouldn’t be trusted with your kids, obviously they’re a valued and important resource for anyone who has kids. It’s more like a mini-treatise on grandparent risk management in potentially dangerous situations (ie any situation that is not reasonably near 100% safe). TL;DR I’m a paranoid parent who doesn’t trust kids with grandparents in most situations, and definitely not on cruise ships.
  8. I appreciate everyone’s input in this thread. I would like to hear more from those that have done and enjoyed both, to hear a more balanced comparison of the value of the 2. Most of the people who’ve done both seem to really like one and were disappointed with the other. I do think at the end of the day I will have to decide it for myself, it’s just that the idea of paying 10k+ for a single week long cruise in Star class, especially when I could do 2 Haven cruises for a little more, is tough to overcome.
  9. I appreciate everyone’s input in this thread. I would like to hear more from those that have done and enjoyed both, to hear a more balanced comparison of the value of the 2. Most of the people who’ve done both seem to really like one and were disappointed with the other. I do think at the end of the day I will have to decide it for myself, it’s just that the idea of paying 10k for a single week long cruise, especially when I could do 2 Haven cruises for a little more, is tough to overcome.
  10. Thanks, really appreciate the insight. It’s interesting to hear a perspective from someone who used to frequent Royal suites and became a Haven convert. To be fair I believe Royal has improved the benefits for the suite class since you last sailed, I think Star class was added relatively recently, but other RSC regulars can correct me if I’m wrong.
  11. Same thing happened to me, mine literally said not to contact him if I had any questions about my booking or had to make any changes, and gave me the main number to call for questions. When I did that they told me I should be talking to my PCC, I told them he said to call this number, they were confused. He did tell me to call him directly with any new bookings. Suffice it to say I put in a request for a new PCC.
  12. You’re right, I shouldn’t say as always, let’s go with “often”.
  13. That is interesting. I wonder if it will lead to larger unsold inventory and a better chance of upgrading up into Star Class. There’s a thread in the RCI forum about someone who won a min bid on a OP from a GS.
  14. I think NCL considers the Bliss to be the evolution of the Breakaway+ class ships, as they’ve left certain things behind with the Escape (sports court, ropes course, etc) to replace them with go karts and laser tag. The Bliss and Joy also have the Observation Lounge, which I think is a great idea. Cruise lines always take the most popular aspects of the previous ships to work into their newer ships, and I think the Encore has a lot more in common with the Bliss and Joy than it does the Escape. That being said, what NCL wants and what people want aren’t always the same. Notice the replacement of the (free) ropes course with the (fee) go karts/laser tag, and personally I’ll take the ropes course. So to answer your question, I think NCL thinks the Bliss is better, but obviously a lot of people on here like the Escape better, so I was just wondering what people liked about the Escape over the Bliss.
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