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About texasgirl29

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  • Location
    Waco, Texas
  • Interests
    Scrapbooking, Photography
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Celebrity, Disney
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    British Isles

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  1. Happy birthday, Aprille! My mom used to wonder why the offspring got the special day when it was the mom who did all the work! Please do set up a blog for Ms Mary, or at least a Facebook page (I bet she’d have a ball on Twitter). Anywho, I’ll definitely subscribe, or friend or follow! Your mom puts me in mind of some Texas humor writers like Leon Hale. Sent from my iPad using Forums
  2. This is the best thing I've read on Cruise Critic in a long time. I think you should submit the manuscript to your hometown newspaper. And you can't beat the fine dining at Dairy Queen -- steak fingers and a Dr Pepper. And that Marty sounds like a swell guy. JoAnn Another Texan from Waco
  3. My experience with a disabled relative: My BIL had Downs Syndrome and lived his whole life with his parents; they are now approaching 80. They like to cruise a couple of times a year and almost always take him with them. He enjoyed the food, taking photos with the crew, swimming, taking more photos on excursions. About two years ago, that changed as he developed Alzheimer's when he was about 50. His entire personality changed, he didn't want to eat or was fed like a baby, he had strokes, was incontinent. He became angry. Yet his parents insisted he wanted to go on a cruise around the British Isles. He couldn't or wouldn't walk and they brought a wheel chair for him. (MIL had recently had hip replacement and was using a walker as well.) He had an episode on the overnight trip to Paris, vomiting all the way back to Le Havre (we were stuck in traffic for 2.5 hours to boot). He had diarrhea and the cabin (next to ours) smelled to high heaven. Although we had paid for all excursions prior to the trip, either his mother or father stayed with him most of the time, losing two fares in each port. He spent a couple of days in the ship's infirmary. I don't believe he enjoyed the trip one bit and it was no picnic for the rest of us. So, to the OP, I sympathize with your plight.
  4. Which aft cabin? We are booked in 12311 on the November transatlantic. First NCL, first transatlantic, first aft cabin. I’ll be following along to hear how you like the Epic. JoAnn
  5. Yes, the water is murky and the road to get there is a little scary. I had read all the reviews on CC and TA, and so I knew what to expect. My two teen daughters and my MIL did not and grew increasingly worried as the taxi kept driving down the extremely potholed road for what seemed forever. But we emerged at a garden like setting, were greeted by the owner and shown around the place. Our reserved area was waiting and we got chips, salsa and mai tai's for the adults. The girls loved the massages and having wifi. They said it was the best excursion.
  6. And the tacos! Don't forget the tacos! Soooooo good!
  7. I'm happy to sail with a balcony. I appreciate the steward coming in to make the bed and bring fresh towels but generally I try to make his or her job easier by straightening things up. Having to deal with a room steward, and a butler, and a concierge, would be just too taxing on my vacation time.
  8. Only time we ever got room service was when my husband was quarantined due to Chicken Pox. It wasn't exactly a choice.
  9. RECENT EPIC REVIEW: We were on the boat over the Christmas break and I guess that meant that people over-indulged. I was Haven with a premium plus drinks package, and I was literally unable to get one beer the entire cruise (they ran out on day three). On day 6, my wife, my daughter and I ordered three separate drinks with lunch, and not only were lunch items unavailable but all three of our different drinks had run out. Who runs out of ginger ale and beer? ———————- Not one beer? The entire cruise?
  10. Excited for our first aft cabin, 12311, on the Epic western Transatlantic this fall. I don't think vibrations and loud noise coming into port will be problem as I'm always awake and watching as we pull into the dock. How is the vibration during normal cruising?
  11. Has anyone heard of a plan for a long term solution? It sounds like the road to the port is too narrow for the amount of traffic and the terminal can't process the amount of passengers getting off and on, particularly when there are two ships in port. The infrastructure needs a complete overhaul, and PR doesnt have money after the hurricane. Change ports? We're on the November 2020 Epic transatlantic so I hope they figure it out.
  12. My first NCL cruise is 364 days away. I have previously sailed Princess, Disney and Celebrity. When i searched for a fall transatlantic, I looked at price and a drink package. The Epic's November 2020 fits the bill. So, I've hear the beds are short and my husband is 6'3" . It's OK, he says, it's hard to find a bed that fits. The bathroom is kinda weird, they say. Forewarned is forearmed -- bring some Glade spray. The food isn't as good as it used to be -- food that I don't have to plan, shop for, cook, clean up and then do it all again the next day. Trust me, I'm gonna love it. And I'm gonna enjoy that drink package.
  13. Epic TA next Fall increased from when we booked in April at $1429 PP for aft cabin to $1999!
  14. Great review and photos. Looking forward to first Epic transatlantic Nov. 2020.
  15. Have you cruised as a passenger? If so, having been the other side of the bar, how has it affected your experience? (PS -- my first NCL cruise will be on the Epic TA next fall, looking forward to it!)
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