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    NCL, RCI, Princess
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    Hawaii, Alaska

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  1. No. We were on the Gem Panama Canal cruise from Jan. 24 to Feb. 14. We are both better now but still with remnants of the cough. I hope your father is doing well now.
  2. I had something very similar happen to me on our January Panama Canal with similar symptoms. I isolated myself to the cabin. When I got home I was still sick and my doctor tested me for everything - RSV, Flu and about 5 or 6 other respiratory conditions all of which were negative. I was not tested for corona because I did not meet the criteria at that time. I got sick after I had been on board for over a week. My husband came down with it about 1-2 weeks after I did.
  3. We will be on the Gem 1/24 sailing and will be visiting the same ports as you so I have a currency question. Can we get along with just US dollars and credit/ATM card? Is it necessary to get local currency at any of the ports? Thanks!
  4. That is a definite possibility and it looks like a fun place to check out. Thanks so much for the suggestion.
  5. Thanks for the info. Is Schwartz luggage close to the pier? From there where would we find the hop-on-hop-off bus?
  6. We will be arriving in the morning and will try to be among the last off the ship but our flight does not leave until 6:30 pm from JFK. The last time we arrived in New York (5 years ago) the cruise line offered a Manhattan tour with airport drop off. However there is no such excursion offered for our upcoming cruise. I have looked online and the only thing I could find were private tours in excess of $400/person. That is too pricey. Any other suggestions? Thanks
  7. Remember that at one time we were all first-time cruisers and we keep coming back for more, so there must be many good reasons why.
  8. We spent 19 days on Getaway recently. I never noticed any smoke smell on Decks 6 or 8. However, since the casino is on Deck 7 smoke could be detected outside the casino itself, particulary in Shanghai's restaurant which is located just outside the casino. We had lunch there once and could definitely smell cigarette smoke. I wouldn't go there again, plus we didn't really care for Shanghai's food.
  9. I think you will be fine with any early show. Million Dollar Quartet and Burn the Floor were great fun. NCL was very good about labeling which shows were adults only and they were all late shows.
  10. I agree with the previous poster. I have been in an Epic spa mini-suite and never had any negative experiences with noise or traffic.
  11. I just stayed at the Residence Inn on Hornby St. 2 weeks ago. It's a nice hotel and is close to many restaurants. As another poster mentioned, there is plenty of construction going on in the neighborhood. I would not call it a tourist area really but it is not too far from Granville Island which is fun to visit. Other sights likely would require a taxi.
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