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  1. $2.00 bills USA cash. Spread them around as you enjoy your drink package. Servers will remember you as the $2 bill guy or gal. Service will be great. I usually bring $100 in $2’s. Cash is king.
  2. Sorry I don’t. We just showed up early. We were the only ship in port. Maybe an Internet search would help you.
  3. First cruise. Premier cruise line. $1.00 skeet shooting off port side bow of ship. With a very nice shotgun. Around 1990. I was 40. Every one else twice that age. Very old mostly wooden ship. Swimming pool was so tiny about the size about current hot tubs. I was in heaven great food. And it’s only gotten better.
  4. Thanks for sharing your wonderful information. Makes me want to cruise visions again in Europe. We enjoyed the Visions transatlantic October 2018. Loved Europe. Great posts. The activities staff was fantastic especially Talita who ran the stretch and Zumba classes.
  5. Many thanks for the info. Very timely as we’re looking at 14 night on Gem this fall.
  6. We are in the same situation. Next cruise credits expiring so we are looking at the Gem out of Boston for 13 or 14 nights. We’ve enjoyed the epic and Dawn quite a few times as well as the Spirit out of NYC twice. We’ve been doing RCL lately. But looking forward to the Ncl experience. Does the Gem offer daily Zumba or similar? Are there many dancing opportunities? I know Second City is gone but are comedy stand up in it’s place?
  7. Sad. It is sad to be around drunks. I’ve been around drunks my entire life and I’m sad at how they act. But drinking packages are the new normal. Functioning alcoholic people are everywhere. Young drunks are funny. Old drunks sad. Celebrity or Norwegian seems to have an abundance of drunks in tank tops in the evening in the elevators and elsewhere. The New Normal. We cruise less now because of it maybe or it’s because as we age we’ve seen enough. I’m thinking security has changed its tolerance level. What is now acceptable use to not be.
  8. We live in New England and always try to cruise in January or February to The Caribbean. Love it. Less kids onboard unless vacation time. Water is warm at beaches. It’s a great way to get through the winter. The prices are generally good then. Early December are very reasonable.
  9. If you’re immune system is at all compromised it’s best to avoid hot tubs and pools. Especially with drinks package being available. Often times drinks are delivered to passengers who spend their time in hot tubs and pools. Cancer survivors are at high risk for infections. A small cut can allow for infections. A good friend of ours nearly losses a leg from hot tub to cut foot infection. Cancer survivors should be aware. My wife avoids all hot tubs and pools. A nurse at Dana Farber gave us information on this on post cancer first cruise.
  10. Coming back to Tampa a few years ago we were stopped by fog. We enjoyed an extra night. Total mess for passengers waiting to board. Fog was severe. The bridge was the issue.
  11. I’ve often booked cruises on Wednesday before thanksgiving or Friday right after. Both times I found the lowest prices for inside cabins. I’ve also noticed that when the stock market takes a dip rooms become available and prices drop.
  12. First cruise hints. Bring a highlighter and mark next day activities schedule so you don’t miss anything. Bring cruise compass ashore for information if you have any issues. Read reviews for ship to get hidden tips from seasoned cruisers. Bring any prescriptions in pharmacy bottles. Any special medical issues have information document of doctors back home. Smile and enjoy your cruise and let loose. You’re never going see these people again. Buy new underwear and socks. Leaving them home. Take old underwear and socks and throw away onboard after using. Now have room for duty free booze or souvenirs. Go home to new undies and socks!!!!
  13. We’re looking at an 11 night Ncl cruise with 10 ports out of San Juan and are getting the cheapest inside cabin. We can get the drink package for same room for free but the room cost increase is about $1,000.00 for gratuity and up charge. My wife doesn’t drink and I’m not a big drinker. So being on shore every day it will be a waste of money. We’re diamond on RCL and we enjoyed the diamond lounge and never use up our 3 drinks in other bars. Cruising more often fits our lives.
  14. Good reason to keep prescription drugs in original containers. A few years ago I met a Doctor onboard and his wife who had medical marijuana. He said he had all legal documents. I’ve wondered about what could happen if overzealous police from a local country might do. A few years ago a cruise ship were on was searched and the crew was caught smuggling cocaine in the seat cushions in a lounge. Pre security cameras. What a scene. Scary.
  15. We have our own snorkeling gear and get off the ship walk to tent and buy round trip boat tickets for snorkeling at Klein Bonaire. The small island across water. Excellent snorkeling with the current. It’s a beautiful snorkeling reef. Sea turtles and deep drop off. $20 each a few years ago. Boat shuttle are constantly going back and forth on the 1/2 hour. One of our favorite places. Polar beer in restaurants in town. Very walkable. Enjoyed Bonaire several times. Can’t wait to return.
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