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  1. Yes you did, you conveniently left out Houston and Dallas, unless they have no homeless or crime there? I'd love to cruise from Houston or Dallas! Had no idea these cities were an option.
  2. Thank you! The knowledge and information that you and those few others have is invaluable. I appreciate the fact that you all are willing to share your vast, first hand experiences on this site. Having a window into "how the sausage gets made" really is fascinating and enlightening. Cheers!
  3. Interested in hearing your reasons, if you are willing to share. To the OP, 100% agree with others that X is a no-brainer over NCL. Food, service, and an overall feeling of being a valued customer are all reasons that are important to me.
  4. Had that exact same experience with the last minute changes/shortening cruise, etc. Ditto the indifference, petty upcharges for everything, etc.
  5. All fair points. Again, so many factors contribute to what's the best fit. Adding children to the equation would be a huge game changer, and if indeed the OP is taking a family vacation, that would be an important consideration. If keeping with more traditional expectations presents an issue, then absolutely NCL would be a more suitable choice between the two lines mentioned. There are just too many points to consider to say unequivocally one over the other would be best for Carolyn. For me, the choice is one thousand percent Celebrity. I prefer the "feel" of Celebrity. It's nice to have choices and we can all find our best fit.
  6. Agree wholeheartedly with the responses. The only "plus" that I can give NCL is their entertainment offerings, however, I hate that you have to book your reservation in advance (or wait in line for no-shows). Depending on your situation, NCL does usually offer more for solo travelers, so that could be an important factor. In my experience, the differences between these two lines are huge in the areas that I value most: Customer service, food quality, on board atmosphere. Since those things are wildly subjective, obviously opinions will vary. However I can categorically state that on X I have never been served an inedible meal, nor been made to feel as though absolutely no one on the entire ship had any interest in my addressed concerns. Never has the phrase "you get what you pay for" been more aptly applied. Good luck and hope you have a wonderful holiday!
  7. Now all I can visualize are the amazing gentlemen who wear their kilt on formal night, with the updated addition of a hoop. Finally, the question will be put to rest as to what is worn beneath the kilt. 😉😁
  8. Interesting question. Will look forward to the answers.
  9. Thank you for the updated information. Do you know how many passengers and crew were on this ship by any chance?
  10. That's a good point. There are always people that have symptoms on board.
  11. To the OP or any others that were on this sailing : I have read there were many pax displaying symptoms whilst on board. It has also been said that you were told no one on the ship was sick. Do you have any knowledge if the Eclipse had C19 tests on board? I'm sure passengers had to be concerned, and no doubt it was widely discussed. Every time someone coughed or sneezed, it would be impossible not to wonder. Was the question ever directly asked to the staff or crew? I'm thinking either at GS or maybe during one of the Q&A sessions. From most accounts I've seen, the ship's atmosphere was upbeat and happy, free internet, full refund, free beverages, etc. I'm just putting myself on board and wondering if I would have been asking everyone with a name tag about how they could say the ship was healthy?
  12. I really wanted to do this leg too, since it would be a quick flight to SD, and Vancouver is within driving distance. I kept watching each once of the cruises, trying to decide if I should pull the trigger and book since I knew it was going to be getting worse and worse. I thought if I waited and just did the last leg, it would be okay by then. Maybe it will be repeated next year.
  13. I agree 100% with each of your statements. It will take a while before the risk/reward ratio is acceptable for me.
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