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  1. My goodness I am glad to know that. I see a YC cabin port or starboard.
  2. Planning Carribean for 2021 but I am holding off as I am waiting and hoping for deals.
  3. Does anyone know about any larger YC balconies?
  4. We loved the Pearl and it is our favorite NCL ship. The Jade was ok but the DH and I said no thank you to future sailings on her. We have sailed the not quite as large as the Getaway Epic twice but spent days when not in port in Posh. We walked the crowded area at night. The second time we spent some nights in the Haven bar as the service was wonderful. I am looking forward to the Getaway and admit I am excited about sharing the bigger ship experience with my adult daughter. I hope any issues left from your sailing are taken of before we embark.
  5. I am guessing that some of this brouhaha is from the "new Real ID" driver license, I have a passport, a military ID, a renewed DL (Getting a California Driver's license simply means that you are allowed to operate a vehicle within the state of California and to carry an identity card proving that fact. Obtaining a California Driver's license does NOT give you any sort of legal status in the United States.), a Global ID, and a TSA Known ID number. I am known through facial recognition (thanks Miami Port for allowing us to disembark by matching my face). Does this sound like an issue for NCL and a passenger getting on the ship - maybe but I think it is one of those things that have gotten out of hand. Should I receive a message I will go along because let's face it there are bigger things to be worried about , but I think this is something else going over the top. BTW I just sailed on another cruise line in May and I did not have my middle name on the boarding paperwork.
  6. I brought my wine on our POA cruise. It was worth paying the fee to bring on my own.
  7. Glad to read your short experience with NCL review. Holland America was my mother's favorite cruise line. We tried MSC YC this year and loved it they really went all out making our experience seamless and wonderful.
  8. In the past when sailing with DD and DGD when three was not available we booked for four. It was never an issue. We just let them know once onboard. For Teppanyaki there are single travelers who would be happy to take the seat.
  9. We use duct tape too! DH also takes a picture of the clothes. When I sail with my DD she is much stronger and really stuffs the the clothes in and tapes the bag.
  10. How very sad for the family. Praying for them during this trying time.
  11. I felt as comfortable as most when leaving children with strangers. My DD and I discussed letting her go to the kids club at length and decided it would be her decision as this was a "family cruise" which for us meant being together. The area is secure as there is someone at the desk to check in and check out. They wear a wristband and a loud noise goes off if a child leaves the area. We did learn after my granddaughter took off the waistband as she said it was scratchy to her that the child has to keep the waistband on even when not in the club or you are charged for a new one. NCL did not charge us and her band was replaced. There are several people watching the children and we both felt ok leaving my DGD there especially after she met a friend and had such a good time and telling us all she did during her time there. I have never sailed on Disney or with children so I have no comparison to share with you. We are planning another POA trip this time with my DS, DDIL and their children as well as my DD and DGD and decided that if they want to go to the kids club it will be alright. My DD and I are taking my DGD with us on a 4-day Carnival next year and if she asks to try the kids club she will be able to go. The sad news, is unfortunately we can never be 100% sure. Recently Disney did have an issue with an employee in their kids club and he goes to trial at the end of this month.
  12. My DD and I took my DGD on POA. She loved it (she fits into the age group). She asked to go the kids club as we left it up to her. Our days were port intensive but once having gone she asked to go after dinner. She had a great time and on our next cruise she asked about going again. We peeked in one time (ok nervous grandma) and she was running and enjoying herself with her new friend and playing games.
  13. I enjoy Catalina as it is a nice relaxing time. It is worth it when we cruiseed there as we take the trolley around and I always stop in the main area before boarding and get an ice cream. I am not sure I would take the ferry over unless I was planning on staying on the island. If you are planning land time prior to boarding NCL the next day, it will take up part of your day there taking the ferry over and back.
  14. We enjoyed this bar on a different ship (Inspiration) and I am a fan. We went a couple of nights and it was the popular spot. the bartenders crate a fabulous adventure with rinks. One bartender created a drink asking what things I enjoyed and it was spectacular.
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