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    celebrity, ncl, RCL, Princess
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  1. My wife and I are a young 60’s and we always request a table for 2. Sometimes successful others not so much. On recent Grandeur we requested my time dining and were blessed with a wonderful maitre de who sat us in same are of a wonderful waiter. Every night even port days were great. We personally love a table for 2 as you can make small talk with neighbors or not! We had a ball sitting next to many different fun people. We always try to be friendly with everyone but sometimes a week or 12 nights is a long time to make small talk. I suggest you go up to MDR ASAP onboard and charm the maitre de into a table for 2. My time dining is excellent! Avoid the pain of long boring dinners. Have the option of talking to neighbors or not.
  2. My wife is a long term caregiver to a lovely hearing and sight impaired lady. My wife has taken the lady age 50’s to New York City many times for long weekends and once a week long bus trip. Enjoyed it. My wife had to do all the planning and included the ladies mom on each trip. Tons of hard work as my wife is constantly signing to her. As My wife is retiring soon she is hoping to take one last trip as a cruise out of New York City on the Ncl Bliss in December with an additional care giver my wife and the handicapped lady. Does anyone have information on Ncl providing sign language for shows? We’ve seen them many times on our cruises. Most recently on RCL Grandeur February 2019. Also the cruise is very doable because 3 in inside cabin for $2,200 and tips. Any information about travel information for hearing impaired passengers would be helpful. Many thanks. My wife is in great shape but age 63 and she can use any help. My wife is picking the bliss because it’s big and has great entertainment and dining options. Cost is a key factor. On the Grandeur there was a woman translating in sign language during every show for a husband and wife. Right up front. My wife enjoyed it especially at late night comedy show. These people paid for the service and that’s not possible for us. Is the Bliss a good ship for such a trip. First cruise experience for the lady and the ship being big will help with stability and options for food and entertainment. Thanks.
  3. My wife is a long term caregiver to a lovely hearing and sight impaired lady. My wife has taken the lady age 50’s to New York City many times for long weekends and once a week long bus trip. Enjoyed it. My wife had to do all the planning and included the ladies mom on each trip. Tons of hard work as my wife is constantly signing to her. As My wife is retiring soon she is hoping to take one last trip as a cruise out of New York City on the Ncl Bliss in December with an additional care giver my wife and the handicapped lady. Does anyone have information on Ncl providing sign language for shows? We’ve seen them many times on our cruises. Most recently on RCL Grandeur February 2019. Also the cruise is very doable because 3 in inside cabin for $2,200 and tips. Any information about travel information for hearing impaired passengers would be helpful. Many thanks. My wife is in great shape but age 63 and she can use any help. My wife is picking the bliss because it’s big and has great entertainment and dining options. Cost is a key factor.
  4. The chicken wings in the pub. The comedy shows. White hot party. The entertainment provided by fellow passengers with drinks package. Usually first day the best. Falling off bar stools. The drinks package is not free but an added cost for room and tips. We have enjoyed several Ncl ships over the years and will again soon. But RCL has been our preferred cruise line for a while. We used to love Celebrity but last 14 night too many old people. Enjoyed Princess and Carnival when we were younger. One Holland America and will return for our golden years.
  5. I’ve met Mario on transatlantic Visions October 2018. A great guy. Wonderful stories. Lots of information. Every one has different dreams and goals. I’m happy for him. We have 3 kids living all over the USA. So visiting with each takes away from cruises. I’m not sure we would want his lifestyle. But as we age things change. My mother is a healthy 88 and dad not healthy 91. I’d love for her to do this while and when she could. Mario earned his own way to this lifestyle. I heard him mention he still does some work. He is a smart self made man. Glad for him.
  6. I would recommend a cab to the Aquarium. From there you can walk to Fanuel Hall and tourist restaurants. Or from Aquarium walk to Hanover st and Boston north End great resteraunts. Comedy improv on Hanover is fun shows are around 8 pm. Night time walking tours. Harpoon Brewery has events and the Contemporary art museum is free on Thursday night. In same are is No Name restaurant excellent seafood chowder. If you’re healthy and can walk it’s about a mile from cruise ship. Near Aquarium is hop on hop off bus. Duck boat tours. Boston harbor island tours. Other boat tours. Bostons pretty safe in the public areas. But being in a group much better in the evening.
  7. here’s some information on Boston. If you’re looking for a great place to visit. If you’re healthy and can walk Boston is great. From the ship if you got the day take a cab ride to the Aquarium. It’s across from Fanuel Hall so you can visit that which is the big tourist destination. Live street performance shops and restaurant area. Same walking distance is the historic North End. Excellent Italian food everywhere. Hanover St. Mikes pastry’s is the favorite for tourists. But those who know better Modern pastry across the street. Heavenly cannolis. Almond cookies. Cappuccino espresso. It’s as close to Italy as ya get without crossing the big pond. For cheap excellent Italian food Galleria Umberto On Hanover. Regina original pizza is the best. Also the little joints have great food. Cash is king in the north End. Boston harbor island tours are excellent cruise out to old civil war fort/prison. Harpoon Brewery has a beer hall. No Name restaurant has the best seafood chowder. J Hooks lobster rolls are delicious. You can walk to the public gardens. Freedom trail. North End has Paul Revere house museum. Old north Church. Original cheers bar is near public garden. Museum of contemporary art is on waterfront. Rowe’s warf has party boats. Near Aquarium is duck boat and other tours. Fenway Park has tours. Like $25 pp. You could get lucky and find tickets for games. Tasty burger is on the corner and has $10 cheeseburgers and fries and 16 Pabst beer. Amazing. In August the north End has many Italian festivals. TripAdvisor yelp for specific information. If you need help getting around the bus tours near Aquarium are great. Even hop on hop off bus ride. Cobblestones also so hiking shoes are great. Merrill’s or north face. We learned from a Europe trip that sturdy low top hiking shoes for walking on uneven cobblestones are great. Boston harbor island cruise tours right near sea aquarium. Ride out to old civil war fort. Beautiful view of Boston. J Hooks lobster rolls are excellent. TripAdvisor yelp for specific information. Love Boston. 10,000 step day. Freedom trail.
  8. We have enjoyed the benefits of obc for RCL stock ownership many times. I email a copy of my ira account with block out of important info but leaving name amount of stock and date. Fill out separate form found on line RCL or celebrity with cruise information. I requested they get back to me for confirmation. Voila I received what I’m entitled to. Recently on Grandeur I got a RCL $50 obc booking cruise the stock ownership got me $150 for a total of $200 which is what I should get for a 12 night cruise. Last year transatlantic on Visions $200 for 13 nights. Eclipse $250 for 14 nights. A few years ago Equionox no cigar. Frustrating. Did all the work but didn’t get it something wrong. Could not be rectified. I bought stock years ago. Up like 170%. Bought my wife some during a stock market dip. Hers is up too! If ya got your own ira buy it during a dip. Pays a dividend. Ncl has similar. Note: we always book cheapest inside cabin. Bjs or similar online sites. Rarely through RCL or celebrity. Cheap. Rather keep my money.
  9. I’ve enjoyed the outside deck party on Ncl Epic. Way in the back of ship. Called a Hot White Party! Amazing way to spend the night. Every person dressed in white. Similar on Ncl Spirit twice out of New York City. Recntly on Visions 2018 October transatlantic 13 night and no outside deck party but tons of fun in the centrum. Various 50’s and disco dancing party. Recent Grandeur February no outside deck party. Again some activities in centrum. Anthem had a nice party in Seaplex 2016. And 270 lounge had like 200 plus doing Zumba. My wife loved it. Recent Celebrity offering silent disco many times. To me that’s the cheapest way to avoid having a band and a real party. It’s cute once. But one and done. Princess had quite a few deck parties but that’s years ago. We are now loyal to Royal. But hopefully they will offer more opportunities for dancing in the future. Bring back the deck parties.
  10. We enjoyed seeing Super Mario on the Visions transatlantic October 2018. Nice man. He got up on stage and told his story. RCL has the best loyalty program is one of the things that made him choose them. I believe it was a Adventure of the Seas type ship that really sold him. All I can say is it was a pleasure hearing him speak. Funny stories about falling in and out of love on the same cruise. Mario is a self made man enjoying his life with his own money that he worked hard for. Lessons of life - achieving his dreams. “. The only people on earth that don’t have to plan and save for retirement are the ones lucky enough to inherit their parents hard earned money.”
  11. Supposedly Mike S. But he was in Miami on conference. We had a substitute who tried and was a nice guy. Mareshio spells different? Activities staff did not show up for an event where the centrum was waiting full of passengers. Eventually guy shows up and says he forgot to schedule someone. Other activities were short or started late. Zumba type activities were not good. I heard good things about Mike S. But he wasn’t there. Many fellow passengers that were at activities complained. Seems like a fill in crew was onboard. Activities staff that was supposed to do stretch class didn’t have a clue. The Grandeur has excellent food and service. Prior cruise on Grandeur was a blast with Sherrie January a couple years ago 2017. Fantastic Activities Manager. Jimmy Rhodes on RCL Explorer was great out of Bayonne 2010 and 2011. Topi Yloden On Visions a few years ago was great. We’ll try Grandeur again as service is excellent and hopefully activities are great again.
  12. I’m thinking the same thing. I would also add for us a great activities staff and manager are equally important. Transatlantic on Visions October 2018 the activities manager was Talita Leone and it was our best cruise ever. Non stop activities and fun. February 2019 Grandeur was the worst activities or lack of in over 40 cruises on many ships and different cruise brands. However the Grandeur food and service were excellent. Grandeur 2017 was excellent with Sherrie the activities manager. I like to find out who the CD is for an upcoming cruise and then reach out to them for assurances that Zumba and dancing opportunities are abundant. Each and every time RCL CD’s have gotten back to me. Anthem 2016 excellent staff. I do this for my wife. If she’s happy I’m happy!
  13. Loved your review. Great information. We’ve enjoyed Explorer twice and Adventure twice. The activities scheduled on your cruise looks amazing. Zumba. Pool volleyball. Those are our favorite things. You can’t beat the ABC islands. Thanks for sharing.
  14. It’s rare that the ABC islands get hit by hurricane. Even if a hurricane was in that area the cruise line might shift the ship to different ports. Years ago we were on a 14 night reposition cruise out of New York City and our kids were worried because of a hurricane and the Captain changed course and some ports. We experienced no bad weather. That was a November cruise. The beauty of a fall ABC islands cruise is the warm ocean water once you get in it’s hard to get out. If you’ve never been to Alaska that is a wonderful alternative. And cheaper once kids in school. Hints for inexpensive on your own in ABC islands. Aruba we take the bus right across from ship to Arrachi beach snorkeling from shore. The reef is to the left facing ocean. Excellent snorkeling. On ship excursions they bring you there via a boat but from shore you’re closer to fish on reef. We take bus back to Radison hotel and beach. We go early in morning. Bonaire $25 for boat to Klein Bonaire and snorkeling from shore with current. Amazing. Curacao cab to Maho beach by sea Aquarium. European feel to it Beach great snorkeling over breakwater. We have our own snorkeling gear. Great investment 35 years ago and still using. Polar beer with the white bear on label is excellent.
  15. We usually take a cab to Sneaky Pete’s beach bar right next to Sandals resort. Lovely waves and water. A good stretch of beach for walking. We’ve enjoyed Antigua many times but this is our favorite beach. We also Snorkel from shore but never on Antigua. St. Kitts has Carambola beach club with great snorkeling reef right off shore. St. Lucia has Pigeon island with good snorkeling from shore. I usually look up best snorkeling from shore beach information on TripAdvisor.
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