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  1. We just got off the Gem and bought the dining package for all 13 nights. To us it’s money well spent. It’s not just about the food it’s about having nicer ambience and better service and booking your restaurants and times prior to the cruise just makes things easier when on board.
  2. Any update on bring extension cords on board? I always seem to sleep on the wrong side of the bed and have difficulties plugging in my small fan beside me. I plan on bringing one this time but if they are getting confiscated then I will leave it at home and ask for one when I see my room steward.
  3. The Golden Eagle is an excellent operation and they depart from Dock Maarten which is a 5 minute or so walk from the Cruiseship pier. There have been a few catamarans that do nude sailings over the years but they advertise them as such. You will not get on one of those without knowing.😂
  4. That hotel is in Great Bay. The article specifically mentioned that the failing water sample came after rain. This is easier for island residents and visitors to know than cruisers. Ugg! So disappointed that the island hasn’t fixed this issue yet!
  5. We like to use cash. We take a little more than we think that we will need for the putting and a back up credit card just in case.
  6. On the island currently vacationing and the pollution issue at Great Bay was in the Daily Herald again on Aug 4/19. Apparently recent testing by the St. Martin Nature Foundation (after rain) again showed sewage content in the water at Great Bay. Information is power and people should be informed IMHO so I thought that I should post this new information on this most informative thread.
  7. I totally understand that way of thinking and I would say that is ok to. This little girl’s family will likely need some counseling and she will need some sort of funeral and in her memory I think covering the costs would be a nice gesture, again without admitting guilt as I do not see RCCL at fault here.
  8. This was an avoidable tragedy and the grief and guilt must be unbearable. I think that it would be a nice gesture for RCCL to cover funeral costs, and grief counseling for the family and for any that witnessed it as a goodwill gesture without admitting guilt. It kind of sickens my stomach that a family would actually try to benefit financially from a death of a child unless there was clear negligence of another and again, in this case it just seems like her death was from a lapse of judgement from someone who loved her very much.
  9. Not spending another dime on-board other than the daily service charge and any set service charges for the drink or dining packages that were “free perks” would be a way to send a message that you have given NCL all the money that they are getting from you.
  10. The islands rely on tourists for their livelihood. Tourists are important. In Antigua years ago there was a huge billboard that read “Tourism is everybody’s business” Hotels, resorts, restaurants, taxis, excursion operators ect really rely on tourists so it is the Ministry of Tourism’s job to attract tourists. I think those that don’t partake will just avoid the places that sell drugs but I really don’t think that many people will avoid Canada or St. Maarten ect just for that reason alone.
  11. Write a letter. Cancel the cruise. Book another line next time. Complain on here. Stiffing the hardworking crew for things that are out of their control is down right mean.
  12. Fly to Canada and enter the US from there. Winters almost over so the time is right for a visit.
  13. You must cruise the more luxury lines that go to smaller less touristy Caribbean Islands. Mainstream cruiseships are catering to those that are willing to travel with 2000-6000 passengers and visit places like PR, Barbados, St. Maarten and Jamaica for example compared to St. Vincent, Virgin Gorda and St. Bart’s.
  14. I am not sure if marijuana is legal in other Caribbean islands and they are seeking out a niche. Perhaps they want to be ahead of the curve on this.
  15. Since they are thinking of replicating it I would think that they believe the positives outweigh the negatives in their minds.
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