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  1. That's one of the main reasons I was looking at NCL - I heard from others that it was solo friendly. My job freaks out if I take off 2 weeks. I'm trying to find itineraries that leave on a Thursday and return the following Sunday or Monday on the next week. Obviously with Bayonne, there are more sea days so if I have to fly somewhere I guess I will. I live in NJ and Bayonne is sooo convenient.
  2. So I sailed on RCL's Anthem of the Seas for a 10 day cruise to the Western Carribbean/Bermuda but now I want to cruise to Eastern Caribbean. I found the Norwegian Gem, that offers an intinerary I like but I'm hoping this forum can assist with the following: 1. The biggest issue unfortunately..I came back from my cruise and got diagnosed with a rare form of strep! I had terrible fever for days. Is NCL good about cleanliness? I literally used hand sanitizer every 5 mins and was happy it was all over the ship...but still got sick. 2. The Gem's rooms are SMALL. A "mini suite" was the size of my balcony room on Anthem. Do many of you suck it up on fees to get a larger room? 3. I have dietary restrictions. Anthem was phenomenal and met with me every evening to figure out my dinner the following evening. How is NCL with these issues? 4. The Anthem had way too many people and a lot of kids! I know the Gem is half that size but I'm worried there aren't as many activites to keep busy on sea days ?? 5. I am a solo traveler! Anthem didn't really cater to me in that regard..they were more interested in mutli generational families. I'm looking for a cruise that is a bit friendlier to us solos. 6. Finally...I'm mostly leaning towards the Gem as it goes out of Bayonne. However, due to work restrictions on time allowed off, I'd be open to flying to Miami and doing like a 5-7 day cruise instead of 11 days like it would require if embarking from Bayonne. Thanks for your help!! If you guys think of another cruise that can suit my needs better than Gem, let me know your thoughts! Happy New Year!!
  3. Yeah, special needs said I could request one from the attendant..hopefully I get one. She said ohhh don't worry about the fan but became angry when I asked about the extension cord (no surge protector).
  4. I've heard people have better luck with battery operated. Mine is not, but can be plugged into a laptop. Does that count LOL?
  5. RCCL via Facebook told me that fans are prohibited but I can ask for a fan from a stateroom attendant when I arrive. However, I sail tomorrow 5/23 and I need a guaranteed fan for sleep. White noise apps don't do the trick. I have a small 6 inch desk fan, powered by USB. I read on these boards that people have brought even 12 inch fans without them being confiscated. I don't want to risk mine being taken. I have already emailed special needs and will call when they open shortly. Does customs confiscate or who is the "prohibited items" police, so to speak? I mean they allow curling irons but not a small fan?? I think the fan is less of a fire hazard than the curling iron!! tia EDIT: Special needs told me to just bring the fan, it probably won't get confiscated in checked luggage. However, she told me extension cords are not allowed, even without the surge protector! I bought one that was "cruise approved" it literally has no switch.
  6. it won't allow me to edit. just got a response from RCCL - see below.
  7. My Setsail pass for an Anthem cruise next week doesn't show the Key logo on it. My understanding was that you got a sticker on the SEAPASS upon boarding? Should I call RCCL to correct the Setsail pass?
  8. I have a gut feeling this was the OP's issue. A lot of people don't do this on their phones. For my phone, it is automatically checked off.
  9. hello..sailing in a couple weeks on Anthem. I know the fitness schedule/costs will be posted when we get on the ship. any recommendations/costs/time slots that anyone can share from past sailings? is the gym open 24 hours? also, noticed you can "pre-pay" X amount of classes on the cruise planner - worth it??? I'm mostly interested in yoga and Pilates..but don't want to pay a fortune for the classes. i'm also asking for recommendations for people with back issues (like ME!)...for example, I'm not running or doing TRX. tia!
  10. I asked RCI about WiFi and they said it is NOT available at Labadee (my exact question was I have the Key with VROOM package, does that extend to Labadee as it is owned by RCI?? and the operator said NO). San Juan is US territory so that will be fine. I'm told a lot of ports offer free Wi-Fi so at least you can do emails there, but I wouldn't recommend banking on public wifi.
  11. This is going to sound dumb but I didn't know there were different colored towels (e.g. white is for bath, blue is for pool).
  12. So the towels in the state room are large enough in size to use on a deck chair? (Sorry, first time cruiser)
  13. OK so that means I am not allowed to leave them in the room to be collected by staff? I suppose they only allow people in suites to do that for a reason.
  14. I'm not in a suite on Anthem. So you can just return towels to the room or do you return them to a towel person at the pool ?
  15. Yes, I read that too. Is anyone else worried about anti-vaxxers on the cruises? I'm supposedly immune to MMR because I had the vaccine in the 90s (per infectious disease doctor). I'm sailing at the end of the month and I hope there are no other crazy outbreaks...
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