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  1. When you decide to take the last tender of the day it can get very crowded as in standing room only.
  2. I saw a similar video and I think the gentleman figured out how to unlock the access door to the front area. It certainly was interesting and I don't think that area is meant for passengers...I could be wrong though.
  3. That was a good review. The only part that shocked me was about the cigarette smokers getting kicked out of the cigar lounge. I've never heard of that happening before on any NCL ship.
  4. The contestant has the best chance of winning any money in the deal or no deal game. I've never seen anyone in the audience win more than $50. Here's why it's so hard for the audience to win much of anything in the game. On stage the contestant will have a choice of opening 20 cases, each with a different value up to $500. Here's a picture of the cases the contestant will play. The cards the audience members have also have 20 cases on their cards but only 10 values up to $50. The cases have duplicate values. Here is a picture of a deal or no deal card. Notice the values and the fact that two cases will have the same value. The idea of the game is when the contestant chooses a case, the value is displayed. The audience then opens that corresponding case number on their card and it must match the same value as the contestant. In other words, if the contestant chooses case number 5 and the value displayed is higher than $50 there is no way you can match. Also if the contestant chooses case number 5 and the value is $1, only those audience members that have $1 behind case 5 get a match. If your case had a different value then not only is case 5 not a match the other case on your card with $1 is now useless too. The number of cases opened depends on the contestant and whether or not they take the deal. The odds of matching 8 cases must be astronomical. Here's a picture that will give you and idea of what some audience members actually win. This picture was taken near the end of the game. I go for the entertainment value and no longer buy a card(s).
  5. The judge has set a hearing in June on whether to revoke Carnival Corporation's probation. Why not wait to book a cruise until after that hearing to decide on which cruise line to book. At this point I would choose NCL just on general principles. I have a June 2nd cruise booked with Holland and if it weren't for the fact that we are past the final payment due date I would cancel the cruise. One of the charges against Carnival Corp. is the Holland Westerdam dumped 26,000 gallons of grey water into Glacier Bay NP this past September. That incident alone makes me want to never cruise on a ship owned by Carnival Corp.
  6. It's not about making one feel special versus the other passengers on the ship. It's about making the cruise experience feel special versus other types of vacations. There are plenty of options for spending vacation dollars so standing out against those other options is important. It's not just the towel animals or the little chocolates, it's many other little things on a cruise that can make one feel special. Little things like the server at dinner having the time to show you a little trick, or a bartender taking the time to spell your name on the top of a chocolate martini, etc. It's these little things that can turn a good vacation into a great vacation.
  7. A friendly and smiling crew makes all the difference and when one goes out of his/her way to do something extra for you if really feels special. One night on our British Isles cruise our waiter took the time to show us how he could balance two forks on a toothpick.
  8. This is just my opinion of course. It not about the towel animal itself, it's about making a passenger feel special. It's the little things combined that make a passenger feel special and welcomed, the towel animals are just one of those little things. The chocolates on the pillow were one of those little things too. A friendly and smiling crew is another of those little things that mean a lot. I guess the next thing they will do away with will be the nightly turn down service. Cruising is slowly becoming nothing more than a boat ride from port to port. And for those sticklers on the CC forum, yes I know it's a ship and not a boat.
  9. Sauna temperatures are very HOT and if you're wearing metal it can burn your skin if you stay in there for very long.
  10. Since you're getting the Tour Conductor credit I hope your plans are well orchestrated. Sorry, I couldn't resist.
  11. Personally I don't think it really matters which side of the ship your balcony is on as you cruise through the canal. Don't just stay on your balcony when you go through the new locks, views from the front the back and both sides of the ship are interesting too.
  12. I enjoy the fun aspect of towel animals left in the room every night. What I really miss are the little chocolates that were left during turn down service every night. I also miss lobster tails (sigh). Oh well, it's all good as long as NCL continues to increase net profits. Since Del Rio took over, NCLH net profits have increased annually from $427 million in 2015 to just shy of $1 billion in 2018. It seems like all the cruise lines are cutting back to increase profits.
  13. I didn't mind the layout of the balcony cabin on the Epic what I didn't like was the fact that the shower and toilet were enclosed by opaque glass. It would have been better if they were enclosed with solid walls. I would hate to think what it would be like if someone came down with the norovirus and had diarrhea and was vomiting.
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