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  1. Just off a cruise that had a port call in St. Thomas. Here are the taxi rates that were posted on a sign at the pier. Per passenger from Havensight Mall to destination listed. First rate is for one passenger, second price is for 2 or more passengers. Airport/Emerald Beach $7 or $6 Bolongo Beach $10 or $8 Coki Beach/Coral World $12 or $9 Crown Bay Marina $7 or $6 Downtown $4 both Magens Bay Beach $10 or $8 Mahogany Run Golf Course $10 or $8 Morningstar Beach $8 or $6 Mountain Top $11 or $8 Red Hook Ferry Dock $13 or $10 Sapphire Beach $13 or $10 Secret Harbor Beach $13 or $10 Island Tours $50 or $25
  2. Even more than 15 minutes to get a decent seat...and beware of seat "holders"
  3. Anyone have any feedback on the wifi packages as far as reliability on the Epic recently? We have done the iConcierge APP on past cruises and found it to be marginally reliable at best but I'm wondering if there have been improvements in the last year or so? Thanks in advance and sorry if it's been addressed already, I couldn't find the thread if there is one.
  4. Remember when we all switched to plastic because it was going to "save trees" by reducing the amount of paper consumed? Now we're back to using paper in place of plastic...and plastic is now bad...no wonder no other planets have sent their people here, they likely don't want to catch whatever it is that we have.
  5. Great, thanks all. You helped me arrive at the decision that I was leaning toward. You know when you just need to hear it from others??? Thanks again.
  6. Ship is scheduled to return to port in San Juan on 2/23/20 at 5:30am. Has anyone been able to make it to the airport in time for a 8:30am flight departure?
  7. Lol. I didn't mean to suggest that NCL has a water bottling division, I simply meant that they are no longer selling a brand name bottled water but still charging the same price. Some people find the tap water onboard to have a funky taste, myself among them, so I prefer bottled water to tap water. And, for the record, when I purchased the bottled water package for our last cruise, Aquafina was the brand featured in the picture...again, not a deal breaker.
  8. We did a daily rental in Port Canaveral on a recent port visit so we could drive ourselves to Disney Springs. We dropped off after the rental car office closed and then took an Uber back to the ship, it was after 7pm. We waited maybe 5 minutes for our Uber and I held my keys until the driver pulled up then dropped them into the night box. Pretty easy.
  9. For those interested or affected; From NCL website; Due to strong gale-force winds on the Hudson River, Norwegian Gem’s scheduled arrival into New York City has been delayed until tomorrow morning, February 26. Disembarkation is expected to begin at 6:30 AM ET. As such, the itinerary originally scheduled for departure on February 25, has been amended to a 10-day Southern Caribbean cruise. Embarkation will begin on Tuesday, February 26 at 9:30 AM ET. At this time, there are no further changes to the schedule. We apologize for any inconvenience this unforeseen change has caused.
  10. I also noticed this a while back, the absence of any 7-day itineraries during that particular week. We were on the Bliss last week during the Feb vacation and I asked a CruiseNext representative why there were no cruises listed for that week. She could not give me a definite answer as to why there were no sailings offered, and offered to help me book a Trans Atlantic cruise. She did say that it could have something to do with the fact that it is a popular week for ships to re position. Last year we found a 6-day itinerary on the Escape out of Miami. It turned out to be the week before the ship was relocated to NYC. We learned that after we docked in Miami the ship would be empty (except for crew) on it's sail from Miami to NYC. And for what it's worth, we were able to find reasonably priced round trip flights from LGA to Miami that week for the four of us so we could take advantage of the school break here in Massachusetts. The drive from where we live on Cape Cod to LGA is pretty straightforward and we found a long term parking lot near the airport for less than $150 for the week. We've actually used JFK and LGA for flights in the past and wouldn't hesitate to do so again given the considerable price differences.
  11. NCL continues to nickel & dime in really creative ways. We’ve purchased the bottled water package on several past NCL cruises, usually they carry Aquafina, which we prefer to shipboard water. Now for the bottled water package they bottle their own for the same price. It’s not a deal breaker but it’s a bit disappointing.
  12. Ok, thank you and thanks for letting me know about the past thread, I'll review it.
  13. Where does one "present their key card" to obtain the benefit of utilizing concierge assistance to assist with booking specialty restaurant reservations? I've always made these reservations on my own but if the platinum perk makes it easier, I'm all for that.
  14. We are Platinum but did not get any coupons for the perk on either of our last two cruises. We had to go to guest services to claim them and then make our reservations. Perhaps it has changed so that they are now delivering coupons.
  15. I've had success when two of us from a large group of travelers each made a reservation for 10 (total of 20 at dinner) and the Maitre' D was able to put two tables almost together...it worked pretty well.
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