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  1. Good luck hearing back from AQSC about the quarantine question. I asked the same thing via my travel agent and got a very short and not very helpful reply. I don't think they're taking adequate precautions and I'm strongly leaning towards rebooking at a much later date.
  2. We had already moved our June 14th booking to August 30th... hopefully that's enough time for them to be back in operation and for us to feel comfortable traveling again!
  3. I asked my travel agent, and I got the impression that the adjustments might differ by sailing or by how far off the cruise is. We're after final payment for our June cruise, and my offer was to delay for another sailing this year or early next year and not be charged a rebooking fee. (Comparable cabin type, and if the later cruise is cheaper, the difference is refunded.) There isn't a comparable sailing to our Pittsburgh-to-Louisville sailing during that time frame, so we're thinking about our options. If you used a travel agent to make your booking, I'd ask them to check with the cruise line. If you booked directly, you probably have to contact them directly with your booking number in hand.
  4. We had to cancel a cruise back in 2018 after final payment. My mom had fallen and broken her hip. She had travel insurance. NCL put the CruiseNext coupon back onto my parents' account -- the travel insurance wasn't even involved in that part. Of course that meant the travel insurance claim was smaller because they didn't lose the $250 value (or $125 actual cost of purchase) of that coupon.
  5. I priced out my upcoming cruise and the net price after the 30% discount (with same offers) is actually $30 more expensive per person than it was last week. Not impressed.
  6. Yes, NCL uses the same method, and I sometimes find those tags on my clothes months later! Luckily they've always come off cleanly when I've removed them.
  7. I usually bring a small bottle of laundry detergent along with one of these, in case there isn't a good sink stopper in the sink: https://www.amazon.com/Self-Sealing-Universal-Kitchens-Bathrooms-Laundries/dp/B01LZFRWUQ I've had very good luck with the NCL laundry service, but I do a few things like delicates and swimsuits in the bathroom sink.
  8. In case it's relevant, here's the FAQ from NCL's website on alcohol consumption. I bolded a key sentence. I think as an aunt you won't qualify as an "accompanying parent." (This may not be an issue if you'd prefer her not to drink anyway!)
  9. Hi all - I combined all the Dailies into a single PDF file, in case that helps folks! See attached. 🙂 EscapeBermudaDailies_04-30-2019.pdf
  10. Adding my thanks -- these are very helpful for those of us cruising soon on the Escape!
  11. I moved towels off a heated lounger on the Jade last year. The person who left them was in another part of the thermal suite, and there was a sign prominently displayed right in front of the lounger telling people not to leave their towels on the heated loungers. I'm sure the woman wasn't happy, but she knew the rules and didn't complain to me about moving her towels. I made sure to also follow the rules and never reserved a heated lounger for myself and never stayed more than 30 minutes. If you follow those rules, the loungers can be enjoyed by a lot more people each day.
  12. If I remember correctly, there are single-sex relaxation rooms to the left and right of the main thermal suite area. They have padded chairs and ottomans looking out the forward windows. They were pretty comfortable, but there weren't a huge number of them -- maybe 8 or 10? I don't remember those ever being full. The heated loungers were often full, but not the padded chairs in the single-sex area. There are also a few padded chairs in the main (unisex) area, behind the loungers and near the thalassotherapy pool.
  13. FYI, apparently Viking Ocean Cruises have no kids whatsoever. You have to be 18 years old to sail with them. They also have no casino and the cruises cost an arm and a leg, but they have no kids on board.
  14. Maybe that's the next step -- the "how to make towel animals" demo is on Embarkation Day, right after Muster Drill, and from then on we get to make our own towel animals. :-) I enjoy the towel animals, but it has always struck me that they were a good idea that snowballed into too much work. One cruise would be an unexpected fun treat, but the room stewards would probably feel a lot of pressure to make them nightly in order to keep their passengers happy & get a bit of extra tip. If the ship simply bans them, that takes the pressure off the room stewards to do something that isn't necessary to keep the room clean.
  15. On NCL, I love a Rebellious Fish! Another favorite is the martini with cucumber and basil... whatever they call that one. But I admit that I usually start with something simpler, like a Prosecco or a glass of Sauvignon Blanc.
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