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  1. Only thing-port taxes are charged for the drinks until you are out of the MS river so keep that in mind. It takes a few hours to get out to sea. Not much but they got me on that!! LOLπŸ₯΄
  2. I never found it hot in there but I can say-we had fantastic weather. I thought I would miss it too but never did. Now-in bad weather/rain, I'd think it would really stink not to be able to close that up. Kirstys1-Craig is the best. I made him laugh because we had a running joke of my daytime drink, night time drink and bed time drink!
  3. My fate is doomed to Haven only on NCL or Yacht club on MSC πŸ₯΄
  4. Believe you me-this thing called work gets in the way sometimes and we have had to roll that dice a bit lately. I have not had a disaster yet and god willing will not but if it does, I'm sure I'll stop this madness!!! LOL For the butler-we asked him to keep our fridge stocked with milk and chocolate milk, regular coffee pods only for the coffee maker and room service one lunch. Everything else he did, he just did for us on his own. He was good!! The giant bowl of peanut M&Ms were a huge hit!! He said-he noticed we liked the sweets!! As for being 'whisked' away-LOL never happened before but if you sail in the Haven-you board first so no reason getting there early. This time-we were just lucky. Also-if you get there early-you have to deal with the crowds still leaving so I think 10;30 or after is perfect. Ask away...................πŸ˜‰ Fastpitchdad- Did not see Howl at the moon and I think the other bartenders name was Craig-maybe not spelling that right. No matter the names-they both were excellent. My drinks are simple but I saw them making some interesting drinks. One made something called the Haven surprise. No one know what it was but they sure were loving it!!
  5. Hi guys; 1.- Yes- I sure was brave doing the same day fly in. Had to do this the last 2 cruises. The panic level gets easier!! LOL 2.-Shame on me. I forget the name of the concierge. She was very nice although did not need much help from her. Day one they give you a sheet to fill out and hand in when you are ready to book shows and dinner reservations so I handed it in the next day and all was done like magic!! One day I asked her to book the MDR Savor for us. It was a same day booking at a prime dinner time and we were in. πŸ‘ 3.-Soon as you go through security you will see a huge sign that points you to the haven check in. Easy to see. The waiting room to board, which I never went in, the person that checks you in takes you directly to it so not problem finding that either. All the staff in port seem to understand the whole Haven embarkation process now. 4.-Yes-totally recommend lunch day one at Margaritaville. It is no charge. Haven menu does not change for lunch or dinner so you will not miss out on anything in the Haven restaurant. Taco salad and Nachos were great but not worth the cover charge IMO so we were glad to get that complimentary.
  6. Hi everyone. Just got off the Getaway out of NOLA in the haven. Brief review here and answers to some things on other threads I was on so hope to help those of you who were involved in those discussions. Embarkation; Easy as pie. Did a hail Mary and flew in the same day. Got to the port around 10:45 and was on the ship by11:15. Zipped through security, checked in at the Haven desk and never went in the Haven waiting room. They saw us coming and said right this way-we are boarding!!πŸ˜ƒ we took advantage of the free lunch at Margaritaville. Glad we did. It was good but not worth the extra fee. Food: I can't cook so everything is good. We had meals in the Haven, MDR, O'Sheehans and the buffet. Not a reservations was made prior to boarding and had no problem anywhere. To answer some questions- hot roast beef at O'sheehans- I ordered it because it was a topic on another thread- it is a bit fatty-I'd pick the hot turkey. Shepards pie has lamb in it and the pizza is what it is. Get it as soon as it comes out the oven. Dress code in haven-I saw no bathing suits or pajamas on my sailing so I think that debunks that rumor!! LOL People did have shorts on for Dinner in both the Haven and MDR but they were nice shorts with collared shirts IE-no wife beater tanks!! LOL Only thing I noticed, including my husband just because we forgot, is to remove your hats guys!! πŸ˜‰ Room- Courtyard room. Naveen the butler was fantastic!! Room steward Moncito-also great. They figure out your style quickly and nice surprises just kept appearing in the room. Haven Bar: Never waited in 3 deep people to get a drink as some stated. Servers did walk around the courtyard area taking drink orders. Another debunked theory for my sailing!! LOL The bartenders were GREAT!! Shows- Not one pre- booked and had no problem. Escape the big top-we stunk at it but had some laughs. Million dollar quartet-if you like that music-you'll love it. The Jerry Lee Lewis actor was hysterical. Syd Normans-rock trivia-fun but FYI-questions not music Do the water slides-the one that the floor drops out from under you is not to miss!! Casino: Plenty of video poker machines. That's my thing!!♠️ Going home: Last day was a breeze. Got up-had breakfast in the Haven at about 8;00. Went back to our room, grabbed our bags [carried our own] went out by the concierge at 8:45. someone came and escorted us out at 9:00. Was in the cab by 9:30 heading to the airport. Easy as pie again. Thanks to everyone who answered my questions before I left. hope this helps some of you who have not yet sailed. Loved the Getaway. Another great cruise NCL. Thank you!!
  7. OK guys-here it is-my humble opinion here. Never once have I used any type of pre-concierge service. Each time I have sailed in the Haven I stroll on without a care in the worldπŸ˜‰, with not one dining reservation, one shore excursion booked or any shows booked and the on ship concierge, butler and stateroom attendant have always covered everything. I love to see the daily schedule to plan my day so I wing it as to what show I want to see, what time I want dinner and what I want in my fridge day by day. I guess I'm pretty easy and learn to go with the flow.
  8. Although it was the one specialty restaurant I did not care for at all. I thought the lasagna was god awful- but I did not know they had pizza there. Good to know. I'm pretty spoiled as to Italian food as in my area-you just can't beat it here. Plenty of other choices while on a cruise that for sure I won't starve that day!!! LOL And coyboy that made me laugh but, -do we dare admit as adults...............LOLπŸ•πŸ€£
  9. I'll be honest, I don't frequent NYC but anyone from Brooklyn or Long Island will point you to the closest corner where you are standing!!😏
  10. I'm from NY-I never expect to get good pizza on any cruise ship. Nor a bagel or bacon and egg and cheese sandwich!!πŸ˜›
  11. So let's just throw in more confusion........πŸ˜† In one of the restaurants by me where you can get Sheperds Pie-I was told cottage pie just meant it had cheese on top!πŸ˜•
  12. Drunks at the bar, people in pajamas-what has this world/haven come to!!?🀣 Again, on a serious note-when some people do not enjoy a certain cruise line, some can tend to either exaggerate or the way a review/post comes across its probably not as bad as it is typed out. Example-I will never give Royal Caribbean cruise line another dime of my money. Why, well, took my Mom on her first cruise and we were in a suite. Wanted to spoil her. Before dinner went to the Concierge Lounge to have a pre-dinner drink and they sat us in the hall.😠 Right there I was done. Now-I could leave it at that and it sounds far worse. Reality was, yes-we were in the hall but due to overcrowding-that was the only option for us and a few others. There was a little nook with some couches, a table and chairs in it. We all made the best of it. Yes-the server came and took our drink orders, brought out some nibbles for us and looked after us the best he could. BUT- that was pretty much the straw that broke the camels back for me as this was and probably still is an issue with the lounge and this cruise line. It's all in the delivery..............
  13. Thanks. I have to admit-I do like the ship within a ship concept. I wish celebrity had that. I know they are putting in what they call The Retreat but still not like the Yacht club or The haven. Lucky we have so many cruise lines to choose from so we find just the right match for our own personal likes!.
  14. there is some information on another thread some of us were talking about. I found a video on line too that could help.
  15. I have never been on Carnival so I have no way of comparing the Haven to them. I've only sailed Royal Caribbean and my honest opinion, their version of the 'suite life' will NEVER get another penny of my money. NCL Haven on the larger and smaller ships and the Yacht club on MSC and love both of them. Since you have sailed Carnival-what do they have to offer in a Haven like setting??
  16. My Getaway cruise is getting closer. I'll come back and report if they let me in the restaurant in my Jammies!!😜 :flee: Seriously though-I truly believe a vacation is what you make of it. The only thing I have read here that would disturb me is a bunch of people taking over the Haven Courtyard pool area that are not staying in the Haven. I never make a stink about anything but that could be the one thing to push me to it!!😱
  17. Yes-picture #2 is definitely better looking then picture #1. I'm all about comfort food so I will probably do the hot open turkey again. Roast beef can be fatty so I guess it's luck of the draw. I love Sheperd's pie and do not eat lamb so I'll be thrilled if it's made with beef only!! πŸ˜€
  18. Oh My. 🀒 So not a good promo for the Roast beef sandwich!! 🀣 Now I've had the Hot Turkey Sandwich and it was good and looked good too!! Food starts at about 1:30 Hot turkey at about 2:40
  19. My advice-do stealth mode on your roll call!! LOLπŸ˜‰ I don't do them much as it is so not my husbands thing. Does not seem to much matter weather you do a M&G or not because for me, we never seem to have a problem meeting great folks while cruising. Sometimes you can get a feel of people that will be on you from the roll call. I'm not much on the group slot pull, stateroom tours and pub crawl stuff. Some can be some over the top cruisers and others are just the nicest people you'll ever meet. Remember-you can always head for the door!!! LOL
  20. This is the second time you have said this. For dinner-for real-I can come in my bathing suit in the Haven dining room?? You also mentioned pajamas are OK. Is that just at breakfast or dinner too?? I can understand a butler is the luck of the draw. We have been very lucky with no required pre-tip to be very well taken care of. Food is subjective. I'll give Margaritaville a try since it is for no charge on embarkation day. Other then that, on NCL, I have always enjoyed the food so I'm good to go! That is also never using specialty dining unless I have it included. I've always noticed that the bartenders do not come out from behind the bar to take orders. I did however always see a server, often, in the Haven taking orders. Luckily I have no problem getting drinks from the bar myself and then parking my lazy self somewhere. LOL And I always ask for two for just in case and they laugh!! Still looking forward to up and coming Getaway cruise!!
  21. I believe on the Pearl the MDR is called Indigo that most definitely allows shorts. The other MDR-aft of the ship was a bit more dressy and possibly a no go with shorts there. Same when we were on the Jade. I just forget the names.πŸ€”
  22. Sthrngary- thank you so much again!! Great tips and advice for myself and so many!!
  23. I have not been on Encore but I'm thinking it's pretty much the same fleet wide. No charge for room service. Haven guests do not get free specialty dining. With the Haven restaurants and your 2 specialty dining I'm thinking you're going to enjoy your dinner each night!! 😊
  24. Thank you for this-well, really, everything you have been posting!!πŸ˜ƒ We'll be on the Getaway next month in the Haven so following your every words!!πŸ˜‰
  25. Found this on you tube. might help some of us sailing out of NOLA.
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