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  1. Just to put closure for me here. We decided not to fly to Tahiti last Friday and not board our cruise on Saturday. We would probably have been fine, but as we are in a high risk level, we didn't want to be on an 8 hour flight, and did not want to risk the small chance of quarantine. We lost a lot of money and a wonderful cruise opportunity, but for us, this was the right condition and we are good with it.
  2. Thank you for all of your comments to date. Unfortunately, our information keeps evolving on this virus and it is not good. Incubation periods of 5-12 days with rare super spreaders up to 24 days-and the virus surviving on surfaces up to 9 days. All way beyond the normal parameters we see with flu. The Holland ship that landed in Cambodia, and supposedly "safe" now is showing a passenger with Covid-19 (the name they are using for the novel Coronavirus). The scary barometer is up yet another notch for me.
  3. We are going on a Paul Gauguin cruise end of February. Hoping to have more information between now and then. I read there were 300 Chinese tourists that had arrived a week or so ago to Tahiti-I presume none from Wuhan. So, probability of an issue there should be small...but I am concerned about flight from LAX. Should we proceed we plan to wear masks, carry disposable disinfectant wipes and throw away gloves.
  4. Hello, I was wondering if anyone with a booked cruise is considering cancelling theirs based on the current unknown, or are all full steam ahead with proceeding upcoming cruise? Frankly, that fake scare in Italy recently spooked me. We have an upcoming cruise.
  5. Elwood, I make a ton of desserts for my husband (brittle diabetic) using almond flour or coconut flour (google and you will be very pleasantly surprised) as well as sugar free puddings thickened with guar gum (easy to buy on Amazon) etc. These are pretty easy to make at home, and I am no skilled cook. When we go out to eat hubby only orders berries for dessert or a cheese plate. It would be nice if the cruise line would make some deserts/ice cream available. There are lots of diabetics...
  6. I'm interested in this as well. By the way, do you know anything about diabetic deserts on ship? Previously I have seen sugar free, but that is only the tip of the iceberg as we know--lots of deserts have flour/rice/tapioca etc that shoots up glucose levels...
  7. I presume if we have the internet package we do no have to pay the $10/week? I can't seem to find this in the FAQ, but other questions are answered there. https://www.ncl.com/cruise-faq/what-cost-phone-and-messenger-package
  8. Well, I've sailed NCL, Princess, Holland, Celebrity, and Crystal. Crystal was obviously the clear winner-but so pricey, I doubt we will do it again. The other 4 were all very nice and honestly, except for more kids on NCL, and more older folks on Holland, there was not that much difference as far as hubby and I are concerned. We have had a terrific "trip of a lifetime" on all of them. Many say the entertainment on NCL is better, and the food on Celebrity is better. We haven't found it to be so. We now guide our trips based on the itinerary and the "value" (ahem, am I getting a good deal). I guess one's attitude is what makes the experience and we are so happy to be on vacation it makes it all good.
  9. We are a family of 7 traveling in June. We are signed up now for regular freestyle dining-is there a problem with seating in the MDR for a large group like ours? Will long waits be a problem? Should we opt instead to a set time, if so how should we do this? I called Norwegian and they said they could not help us. Thanks for your help.
  10. Hi Tarwood, Hubby and I and another couple will be joining you in October. This should be a fascinating cruise, with outstanding ports. Prior to booking this I didn't know too much about Cypress-I thought Egypt or Israel would be the highlight here, but it may just be Cypress. I'm glad you started this post, hopefully we will garner more information. Looking forward to meeting you in the fall.
  11. Hi Lepidoptera, I was planning on signing up for the Costco afflicted shore excursion. It may not be any better. Our ship ports at Mykonos only from 9 to 3. I thought of doing it myself but was concerned that the ferry left Delos at 1:30 then not until 3:00. The ship leaves at 3:00 and I was afraid if somehow I missed the 1:30 I would be in big doo-doo.
  12. Thanks for all of your replies. Bummer.
  13. Hello! Super excited to be on the Star this upcoming summer for the Adriatic cruise! I was reading review on the Delos Island excursion and many comments here and on TripAdvisor suggesting one brings a bag lunch. Does anyone know if we can take a box lunch out with us to shore from the ship? And if so, does Norwegian charge us for it?
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