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  1. After reading some recent threads, you might not get a really good steak in Cagney's......
  2. I always book guaranty cabins and have never been put somewhere awful. BUT its always the luck of the draw.
  3. The casino takes US Dollars. Usually around 10 am is the absolute latest you can get off the ship going home. They will exchange money, but there is a hefty service charge and the exchange rate will be dismal. What are you planning to purchase in Croatia? You can get by with just a credit card. Today the US Dollar gets you 6.50 Kuna
  4. Pack things you can mix and match. I'd do a pair of trousers, then a couple of pairs of shorts. In October by the time you sail by North Carolina it will be warm, but perhaps cooler on deck when underway. A light windbreaker, short sleeved tops and of course bathing wear.
  5. No, you can't. Its not OBC until you are on the ship and the gratuities for the perks are included in your cruise fare. Have fun getting spa passes, treatments and extra charge entrees in the specialty restaurants!
  6. If you are an American citizen and using your scenario of returning to same port, then NO you don't need a passport for NCL and Carnival. There are some cruise lines which do require a passport, but that would be in their terms and conditions.
  7. Lower decks (4, 5) in the middle will be more stable, but you will be farther away from all the upper deck restaurants and activities. You will be very busy with all those ports of call, have you booked your St Petersburg excursions? Look into the PORTS OF CALL boards for EUROPE for ideas on each port. Warndemunde is easy to do on your own as is Talinn. I would not book any NCL excursion as they can be very expnsive, you'r ebetter off booking your own. JOIN YOUR ROLL CALL you will beet others on your sailing and some people are always looking to fill a van on a private tour and you can really save money that way.
  8. Look at ports of call first. And then look at how long you are in the ports. Always choose a cruise that will go to Tracey Arm that is spectacular. Glacier Bay is also good. We took an Alaska cruise on the Norwegian Jewel in June, it was wonderful. We started in Seward and did the inside passage to Vancouver. It also sailed the other way -- to make it something to remember do a back to back and make it a round trip cruise! Figure all costs. I wouldn't worry about bottled water, the ship's water is fine to drink and EVERY bar will have ice water for free if you ask. You really need to do homework on what you want to do while you are in port. I wouldn't worry about bad reviews, you won't have anything to compare it too. Also look at the Norwegian Joy, new ship and gets good ratings.
  9. OP depending on what kind of travel insurance you might have, a missed or substitute port may be reimbursed. Read the fine print of the policy.
  10. 3 pairs of Ex Officio quick dry underwear, which is all I take on any vacation. One pair on, one pair drying and one in reserve. I wash while in the shower, just using shampoo. Same with brassieres (which I always hand launder at home anyways). For pants and stuff if you can pack quick dry and thin material they will also be very easy to wash by hand. Don't stress the packing, using travel websites such as; TravelSmith and Orvis carry quick dry items.
  11. Fill the bag is usually offered twice on longer sailings. Just don't send out your delicates, I did send my compression socks last cruise as I didnt' really feel like washing them in the sink and they came back VERY small. Not a big loss so I wasn't too upset about it. Everything else (jeans, long sleeved t-shirts and blouses) all were done well.
  12. Cesar Salad is on the everyday menu
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