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  1. Hubby smokes the little cigars too, he was never kicked out of the cigar lounge for smoking them in there. They do not consider those cigarettes.
  2. We were on the PC cruise in March/April of this year. We met a retired ATF agent on board who spoke fluent Spanish. We got off the ship and traveled to one of their markets several blocks from the port. It was quite an adventure for us, one we will never forget. We were not uneasy, but we had an experienced Spanish speaking man who was not an average Joe with us. (both he and my hubby were retired police) I will say this, you have just as much chance of being mugged or shot in a big city in the U.S. Just be aware of your surroundings. You don't have to travel very far from the port to see some of the city. We love to travel and see what life is like outside of our country. You can't do that just staying on the ship. At the very least, do a ship excursion!
  3. We did the PC cruise on the Bliss in March/April of this year also. We were in a Aft Balcony Cabin - which was literally the BEST EVER. We had a complete view of every lock. We set our TV on the bow channel, so we could literally see everything. I agree with going to listen to the talks given about the Canal - they were all very interesting. The Bliss is a TIGHT fit! We have hours of video of her going through the locks. (we were on the 11th deck, so smack in the middle of the back of the ship!) You can even see the tug operator jiggling his legs as he is steering us through them. 🙂 It was an experience we will never forget, and the extra money that aft balcony cost was priceless for the views we had. We ordered room service that day and invited folks we met on the ship up to have the opportunity to see the view too. They only sell the *Panama Canal* souvenirs while you're doing through the locks, you don't have to be there early when they open up to get them though - they have plenty all day long. (they sell them up on the pool deck) Be aware that if you buy the VIDEO they sell, that it is NOT your crossing - it is the very first one the Bliss did. Buy the still photos though - those will be of your crossing. If you have any specific questions, just ask! Enjoy!!
  4. I am well aware of the consequences of smoking, I buried my father who suffered from Emphysema, and it was a horrible death. I am getting exhausted from all of the requirements of **today's trends**. I am also tired of those who try to make others conform to what THEY want. Just reading the comments on this post - I set and shake my head. There is never any room for compromise in some minds anymore.
  5. You also get to choose from Cagneys/ Le bistro for the Platinum meals. Los Lobos was really good, as was Q.
  6. To the original poster (wow, you got a LOT of comments from the ones who really disagree, didn't you?) YES, YES and YES. I am not a smoker, but my husband enjoys a nice cigar in the evenings. We refuse to sail on the ships who no longer have an indoor cigar lounge. It would be great if there were an area where they are not all crowded in like sardines.( I can't stand unruly children, so I was really sad when they took the smoking areas away in restaurants. I would always choose to set there to be assured I didn't have to deal with the little darlings.) If/when the cigar lounges are taken from the NCL line, we will sail elsewhere. I have heard Princess has some ships with really nice cigar lounges, and we'd look at the European ships at that point too. It's too bad that there can't be accommodations for everyone to have an enjoyable cruise, smokers and non smokers both. There is always hope - they have finally made an adults only cruiseline! 🙂
  7. We were on the Bliss in April, and they strictly enforce the cigar only rule in the Humidor lounge. Reason being, that is the ONLY place cigars are allowed. They are not permitted to smoke cigars anywhere else on the ship. Hubby is a cigar smoker that has never complained about the cigarette smoking, so he could have cared less. But be forewarned, they will make you leave the Humidor if you're smoking a cigarette. Side note - they had to use the area in Spice for a private event, and they allowed the cigarette smokers in the Humidor during that time frame. They came in and acted like it was the cigar smokers that kept them from using the room and were acting like childish teenagers....they literally were saying HAHAHA - we're ALLOWED TO SMOKE in here so there! (they actually said just that!) I agree with the above poster - LET THEM KNOW YOU'RE NOT HAPPY THAT THERE IS NO SPACE FOR SMOKERS!! The cruise fare is the same for smokers as it is for non smokers. Let them know that they need to accommodate the smokers too! (and I am NOT a smoker, never have been, it just pisses me off that those who are get treated like 2nd class citizens on the ships!)
  8. I doubt it, there really wouldn't be any way to reserve that space.
  9. We are coming in on the 14th, I called the Maison and spoke with the manager. We are able to do the park and cruise there, which is more convenient for us. Thank you to those who tried to help me!
  10. Used my starbucks app on the Bliss just fine. I loaded $150. on it before we left and then checked the balance when we were in port where there was free wifi. (and also tipped the guys at the end of the cruise too, they knew me well by that time.)
  11. We are not planning on driving around NOLA. We want a place to park the car and leave it for the entire time we'll be there. We're staying at the Maison St. Charles (who usually has a park and cruise) The streetcar stops right out front, so that is what we use to get around. We never drive the car when we're there. Thanks for the suggestion.
  12. The toilets in the handicapped rooms are higher. Room service is a $7.95 fee (you can order as much as you want to for that fee, but it is charged EACH time you order room service - if you do it twice a day, you'll be charged that amount twice) Continental breakfast is free - from 6 to 10 am (there is a door hanger you put on your door outside your room before 4 am for morning delivery)
  13. I suck at searching, I never can find the info I need doing a search. We have booked a cruise on NCL leaving 02/16 out of NOLA. Since flights are outrageous, we're doing to drive down. I read about there being parking garages for the cruise lines. Is there a way to make a reservation for these? I have never done this before (we usually fly in and just Uber to the hotel and then to the port) This is all new to me, and the hotel does NOT have a park and cruise package during Mardi Gras. Any advice is appreciated!
  14. We were on the 03/30 sailing of the Bliss also. The ship took precautions, it was obvious they didn't think it was noro. We were appalled at the people who ignored the hand sanitizing too! I took to telling the women I witnessed leaving the public restrooms without washing their hands that they were disgusting. My hubby thought for sure someone was going to punch me at some point. Another scene we witnessed was a man, woman and their 10 -12 year old son completely ignoring the washy washy girl at the buffet. She asked them repeatedly to please let her spray or to please wash their hands, and they flat out refused. A few minutes later there was a ships officer standing near the washy washy girl. I am sure he was there to enforce that everyone comply. I couldn't believe how that entire family REFUSED to do any sanitizing at all before heading into the buffet. Other than this, we had a wonderful cruise, and we didn't get sick at all. (but we were diligent in washing hands entering AND leaving the buffet and many times during the day!)
  15. We were on this cruise too! We enjoyed it all. We ate at most of the specialty restaurants, MDR once, Taste and Savor a couple of times. We ate at the buffet about everyday. I had the eggs benedict every time we ate there, and had no issues with the temperature, there were never more than 6 of them out a time when we were there, I added my own sauce and a little cheese too! We LOVED this cruise, we were in an aft balcony and are now in love with that type of cabin. Kudos to Ricky and Jolena in Maltings, they took amazing care of us! Room steward Mark was awesome. There are absolutely NO complaints about anything on this cruise from our point of view. (well, Havana - that was the only thing that wasn't that great!) We loved those singing pastry girls too, I even took video of them so we could have that memory saved! The Bliss is now my favorite ship!
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