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    Dallas, TX
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    Cooking, Travel
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    NCL, Celebrity
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  1. I am sorry. I am working remote. Staying in, watching TV I look up at the computer and work some more. I was talking to my brother on Friday for his birthday and he reminded me his calendar says I would be there for a visit. Of couse, that trip was cancelled. But my disappointment pales to yours because you are working not only hard but in a profession that has to be so stressful. I hope you can give yourself some luxury moments at home. Until your next vacation.
  2. Ahhhh. Reminds me of several years ago. Our first suite on NCL. THE WONDERFUL aft PH on the Sun. Met our butler. He was not very good. Other suite pax agreed. Two guys looked puzzled when we mentioned snacks. They had not gotten any. The concierge Karin G was incredible. We all spoke to her about him. Sad thing is Sun uses 2 butlers and the other, Armando was said to be excellent. Eventually we learned that first hand. Why? Our butler got off in a port and did not return. This was a 2 week South American Cruise too. Have cruised many NCL suites since. Loved Owners suite on Epic. The Magnificent Maxi could teach a master class on butlering. We love our afternoon snacks. It was my sis, my niece and me. Sis likes savory. I like sweet and niece is vegan. He tailored to our individual likes. He was fantastic. As snacks are being discussed, I travelled with my mom several times in suites. Every butler was great. Mom was diabetic. They brought her wonderful sugar free sweets. And mine were traditionally sweet. I tasted some of hers and they were great. Tried MSC Yacht club last year. Different. But equally enjoyable.
  3. NCL is very strict in relation to all age specifications.
  4. I miss... sailaway. My favorite part of the cruise is over right off the bat. it never gets old.
  5. Hi! Thanks so much for your kind reply. I moved last May right after my cruise on Seaside and have focused on downsizing. Where did all the stuff I own come from? For the first time, in a long time, I did not come home and book another cruise. So, I have not had that to be excited about. That usually keeps me active on CC. Have been on a few land trips. One of my best buds moved to Vegas and I have a bed and bath there whenever I want to visit. Just got back before the carona got dicey. Had 2 trips planned. South Carolina (brother) and Padre Island beach house (niece’s college grad). Both on hold. So glad I popped in to the forum while homebound, (very lucky to be working remotely). Be safe. Donna
  6. i cruised 18027 as a solo. It was a great room. Comfortable. No smells.
  7. Two cruise totalling 25 nights on the Sun in the aft penthouse was my idea of heaven. And my mom’s too. Anything larger wore her out. Loved the DOS on the Epic too. But all things considered I choose the smaller and more intimate Sun.
  8. I have not asked too much from cabins stewards. Butlers are a different story.
  9. This is absolutely not true! Not only am I totally NOT stuck up If you met me at trivia or at the spa I would likely strike up a conversation with you. Here is the deal. I am NOT rich... but I budget for my suite cruise every orher year. My job of almost 30 years has me catering to people on a daily basis. A lot. When I vacation I look forward to being pampered. I choose a line like MSC or (the old) NCL where I can have pampering without being amongst snobs that I would be on a luxury line. I do not have tons of money to throw away. Value is important to me. MSC, I thought, had it right. Price suites correctly, where the product is in demand and might sell out but some availability can be found. In the case of NCL they upped the suite prices, in many cases doubling them. So, less people booked them. I know that is when I tried MSC. No, I do not want to book a balcony and then try for the bid. I am an organized planner. I like to know exactly what I am buying. For that reason I usually book early. And book the suite I want. The losers are folks like me. I cruised solo in an inside on Seaside in May. I booked a year in advance. It was a little over $3,000. So now, with the new model, if that same cruise costs me $5000 and the person next to me booked s balcony for $1,500 and bid $1,000 to updrade I am paying an inflated price. This to model is for people who like to play the game. It is not for me. I make no apologies. But it has thing to do with being stuck up.
  10. So true about subjectiveness. My faves in YC on Seaside in May were: spaghetti bolognase lamb chops pastries and the hot choc in venchi. Especially the orange flavored.
  11. Thought I had found a new home in MSC YC. Alas.
  12. Just cruised 5/11. Had a few short chats with him. Very pleasant man.
  13. Luckily I make great crepes... so I can have those anytime. Although having someone else do the clean up is a plus. I loved the orange hot chocolate. Wish I could duplicate it. Does anybody know what they use for that creamy texture????
  14. I disembarked a week later. I was solo in a YC inside. I had read Venchi and crepes were no longer gratis. (i booked last June when they were included.). On board I was pleased that the Venchi drinks were in fact included. It was fun to have these at trivia. However, if they had not been I would have had something else. Never saw crepes. So, until now, had not even crossed my mind. Perfect cruise? No. But only a few hiccups and some of those were funny as heck. Never had to wait for a heated tile lounger in spa. Quite a contrast to Epic a few years ago. I cannot imagine anything that would have me fuming days later, especially bar service. Life is too short.
  15. Thanks! I have always gone to the crew shows on other lines. So much fun.
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