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  1. My ten-nighter also had only one laundry special. I have been hand washing clothes in hotel and ship sinks (and hanging them to dry in baths/showers) since my grandmother showed me how 60 years ago.
  2. 1. On the Escape a few weeks ago, I thought the buffet's unlimited cold shrimp and mussels on ice on seafood night were very nice. I also liked the whole Hunan duck carving stations on Asian night and the whole, snout to tail pig on a spit carving station at lunch were great. 2. I enjoyed generously-sliced smoked salmon on a toasted bagel with cream cheese available and capers, tomato and onion each morning for breakfast in the MDRs.
  3. Frequently saw shorts, jokey t-shirt and ball cap. Didn't really notice footwear.
  4. Is the Escape crowded around the pool (on warm weather cruises)? Yes. Is it easy to find loungers in the sun a short walk from the pool? Yes. You are not going to swim laps in the pool. You are just going to get a short dunk to cool off.
  5. 1. I find the MDR breakfast better than the small buffet at Modernos. I particularly enjoy the smoked salmon on a toasted bagel with cream cheese available and capers, tomato and onion. I also like the open-faced tuna and chicken salad (they alternate by day) sandwiches on hearty bread in the MDR for lunch. 2. Lobster has never been a good choice on NCL. They have no facility to maintain live lobster. The lobster they serve is previously-frozen and has been baked, not steamed. It is typically smothered with a (soy?) sauce to make up for the dryness. There are better choices in Ocean Blue. If you enjoy lobster, try the cruises out of New York, Boston and Quebec that go to Maine and the Maritimes. Earlier this month on port stops of the Escape I had wonderful lobster lunches in Portland, Bar Harbor and Halifax. Could have had another in St. John, but opted for wonderful "full belly" fried clams.
  6. I like to transatlantics and keep up with NCL's offerings. The trend seems to be moving from shorter cruises with 1-3 stops to longer cruises with 7-8 stops.
  7. Not a cruise between two US ports, so act does not apply.
  8. I know that my non-Platinum cabin mate is ineligible for the Platinum Latitudes ship's tour. However, may I bring her to the Platinum Plus dinner with a ship's officer or am I required to dine "solo."
  9. As passengers need not be aboard until 7:00 p.m. for a 9:00 p.m. departure, do those boarding after 4:30 p.m. or so then attend an additional muster drill the following morning?
  10. The lounge has significant traffic just a few times a day and almost never after early evening (in my experience). I used to spend evenings reading in the lounge and there rarely more than two or three other people (and mostly none). I don't think you will have a problem.
  11. I guess there's no way to know if it was a passenger, an NCL crew member or a Port Authority of New York and New Jersey employee or contractor.
  12. The Joy is one of the largest ships in the NCL fleet.
  13. I liked the NCL transfer. They were easy to find upon exiting the secure section of the airport. Handing them my luggage, the next time I saw it was in my cabin. The bus was comfortable and was non-stop from airport to pier. Note that I was travelling solo. Had I been with other people, I might have taken a cab or car service.
  14. I also enjoy the filet at Cagney's.
  15. I guess I am in the minority here. I do not enjoy many of O'Sheehan's dishes. I more regularly enjoy eating lunch in the MDRs or the buffet.
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