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  1. We started cruising in 1999 and our first cruise was an NCL ship out of my hometown, NYC. When we boarded the ship, we were greeted by violins, a glass of champagne and a crew member showed us to our room. We thought, WOW, if this is cruising, we're in. We did out next cruise in 2000 again on NCL and that all was gone and has never come back.

    On that same first cruise, we boarded, went to eat in the MDR. After lunch we went to explore the ship. Right after she left, around 4PM, they brought out these huge grills and started grilling salmon, chicken and ribs, which, of course we indulged and after we finished that, gosh, it was time to get ready for dinner. Since NCL started that anytime dining, we waited till about 7 and enjoyed another delicious meal.

    Again, we were sold on cruising. So much has changed and much of it because of 9/11. There were no pictures on ship cards and security was pretty lax. Everything changed after 9/11 and it sure seems as if we have been nickeled and dimed to death since then. 

     

    Cheers

    Len

  2. Just now, Giantfan13 said:

    Just a suggestion that we have done on basically every cruise. ( I hate to give away a good thing, but for fellow cruisers, her it is). At breakfast, in the Windjammer they ALWAYS have a few large bowls of chopped nuts and chocolate chips, sometimes even pumpkin seed. We never eat at the buffet, but every morning, while my DW is getting dressed, I go to the Windjammer and fill up a couple of cereal bowls with this said chocolate chips and whatever nuts they have out. Take them back to the room, put them in baggies and we have snacks for sitting out on the deck, just chilling out.

    These items ARE there every single day, Sometimes they might be by the waffle maker, another time by cereal fixings, but again, the chocolate chips (and they are delicious) are there every day, just at breakfast. 

     

    Cheers

    Len

     

  3. Just a suggestion that we have done on basically every cruise. At breakfast, in the Windjammer they ALWAYS have a few large bowls of chopped nuts and chocolate chips, sometimes even pumpkin seed. We never eat at the buffet, but every morning, while my DW is getting dressed, I go to the Windjammer and fill up a couple of cereal bowls with this said chocolate chips and whatever nuts they have out. Take them back to the room, put them in baggies and we have snacks for sitting out on the deck, just chilling out.

    These items ARE there every single day, Sometimes they might be by the waffle maker, another time by cereal fixings, but again, the chocolate chips (and they are delicious) are there every day, just at breakfast. 

     

    Cheers

    Len

  4. 6 hours ago, Sunshine7777 said:

    When we booked, we were asked if we wanted specific meal times or flexible. We chose to be flexible. I understand this means we won’t have an assigned table etc each time, but do we just turn up at a time that suits us and hope there’s a table? Or do we have to book each evening? Does this apply to both MDR and speciality? Or is there more flexibility with speciality restaurants? 
     

    Thank you 🙂 

    It does sound confusing, saying you can eat at anytime you wish, but people make reservations for a specific time. 

    We have always done MTD, or whatever they call it on other cruise lines. You eat when you feel like eating and no need to rush back from days in ports or excursions just to be able to eat dinner at your time. 

    That said, if you prefer a dining time of say 6:30 you can make a reservation on line for it. It doesn't cost anything and if you decide that night , you prefer to eat at a different time, just go when you wish. You are NOT locked into any specific time, but by making a reservation at a popular time, you can usually just walk in as they are holding a reservation for you, opposed to others who may have to wait. Also, the MTD is done on a different level than the regular dining options, usually upstairs. 

     

     

    Cheers

    Len

  5. 6 hours ago, Sunshine7777 said:

    Hi,

     

    We have just booked our first cruise so are unsure of what to expect. Apparently, on the last morning, we arrive at the port at 6am. What time are you expected to disembark? We intend to stay on for an extra few nights before flying home. Thank you in advance. 

    Most people who decide to carry their own luggage off by themselves, are usually looking to get off as early as possible, most times, to catch an early flight home. If you are in no rush, just enjoy your last few hours onboard. You can go to breakfast at either the buffet or the Main Dining room. The night before you are to disembark, you have to leave your luggage out in the hallway. Just keep what you will need for that night and the next day with you, everything else you can let them take off. You will get tags to put on your luggage, usually by colors. You attach them to whatever you want to leave out and overnight they collect all the luggage. (It's the same way you get your luggage on boarding. You give it to them and they deliver it to your room sometime that afternoon, usually leaving it in the hallway, next to your door).  in the morning, they call colors as to when you can disembark and your luggage will be off, waiting for you in a large area. You can get a porter to help you with it, if needed. 

    Don't know if anyone has cruised MSC in Europe, but people are always getting off and on at basically every port, so there is always luggage in the hallways most nights.

     

    Cheers

    Len

     

  6. 2 hours ago, Sunshine7777 said:

    First time cruiser so please excuse my lack of knowledge. However, is there a shop/supermarket where you can buy fruit and snacks for your room? Or can you pick things up that are complimentary?? 

    The only way to learn is to ask questions.

     

    As has been said, there are no what we can call a supermarket on board, but maybe it might not be a bad idea one day. But there are so many options for food, that you will never go hungry. The Windjammer is the buffet, where you can help yourself to whatever is there 3 times a day and take whatever you wish back to your room. It is a huge buffet with everything you could possible want for breakfast, lunch and dinner. You want to make a peanut butter sandwich for later, go ahead, you want fruit, desserts, hamburgers, it's your choice. There is also a food station that is open 24 hours a day with some cold sandwich , pizza, cookies, and if you don't want to go out, there is room service (for a fee). 

     

    Cheers

    Len

  7. 6 hours ago, lenquixote66 said:

    I grew up in Crown Heights and went to Wingate.I graduated in 1961.My wife went to Lincoln.

    We were neighbors.

     

    What time frame are we talking about?

     

    Cheers

    Len

  8. 5 hours ago, lenquixote66 said:

    I know 3 people who graduated Jefferson in 1963.One of my closest friends graduated in 1964 but he was President of the alumni association and lived and worked in Canarsie for many years,Michael Mondschein.Did you know him.

    We lived on E.91 St between M and N from 1967 to 1969.Then E.94 between N and Seaview from 1969 to 1983 then to E.104 from 1983 to 2003 then moved to LI.We know several people who live in West Hempstead.Prior to the pandemic we used to go to Wing Wan.

    Which place of worship did you go to ? 

    My DW grew up as a sort of Modern Orthodox Jew. She attends the Young Israel in the Yeshiva across from Wing Wong. In fact we live about 3 blocks from said restaurant. Myself, I attend any synagogue that I feel comfortable in. When my children were here with us, we were members of the JCC on Dogwood Ave, but I really hated the people who were sort of the overlords of that place and we left. 

     

    The name you mentioned, if it is a different spelling, I known that name from somewhere. Very Familiar.

     

    Where on LI do you currently live? If you want, you can email me at Giantfanlen@msn.com

     

    Cheers

    Len

  9. 23 hours ago, lenquixote66 said:

    My friend who was the number 1 high school football player in 1958 is a Jefferson graduate.He and I lived in Canarsie before moving to LI.

    My wife and I lived there from 1967 to 2003.I recall reading a post in which you stated that you lived in Canarsie as well.

     

     

    I graduated HS in 1963, spent a few years bumming around, went into the service (Air Force) in 1966-1969, returned to Brooklyn, met my Darling wife in 1973, go married in 1974 and we lived in Canarsie from then to 1980, East 92 St and Ave L, around the corner from the Canarsie movie theater. From there to Queens and then to Long Island where we are now. Currently hate it here and we are looking to relocate, depending on where my son and grandchildren move to.

     

    Cheers

    Len

  10. On 3/23/2021 at 7:25 PM, lenquixote66 said:

    Another bit of football trivia.In 1958 a friend of mine was the number one HS football player in the US.I did not know him then but met him about 10 years ago.Since I never followed HS football I never heard of him .He invited me to his house and showed me hundreds of newspaper stories about him.

    Whenever I am on a cruise I wear my Born in Brooklyn tee shirt and many times I asked people if they after heard of my friend and most have.

    Ha. I was born and bred in Eat New York Brooklyn (when it was safe to be there), graduated Thomas Jefferson HS, and my DW is a Bensonhurst product, by way of Lafayette HS. She was there about the same time Sandy Koufax was playing for Lafayette. 

     

    Cheers

    Len

  11. 6 hours ago, LadyBerard said:

    I hate to be a person to burst your bubble, but if it is for this Nov., I don't expect that it will go.  If we are cruising out of the US by then, I have a feeling it will be for shorter than 7 night cruises.

    It is for this year, and I surely hope you are wrong.

     

    We both have been vaccinated and just the idea that we could be cruising again gives us a happy feeling. Come on, we've got the start thinking positive. As more and more people get vaccinated, life will slowly return to a sort of normal. Cruise lines are gearing up and we  prefer to be very positive about this cruise.

     

     

    Cheers

    Len

  12. 15 hours ago, yogimax said:

    Just want to thank you for the picture of Y.A. Tittle, one of my favorite players of all time!

     

    Been a fan for about 70 years now and YA is still my favorite Giant of all time.

     

    Cheers

    Len

  13. Well the wait is almost over (hopefully). We booked a Caribbean cruise out of Baltimore, 12 days on the Enchantment for mid Nov, and really at a reasonable rate. I really didn't think we'd be cruising this year and being from NY, no flying. 
    We are stoked that we really feel this is going to happen.

     

    Cheers

    Len

  14. Thank you all so much for the great advice, Uber does sound like the way to go but, if I sound naïve  here, what is the Silver Line? I would assume it is some sort of public transportation?

     

    Cheers

    Len

  15. We just lifted and Shifted to a cruise that ends up in Boston, mid September 2022. We live on Long Island, NY. We don't want to fly back to NY, so we were considering Amtrak to Penn Station and the LIRR back home.

    When looking at the Amtrak web site and filling in Boston, 3 locations came up. If we disembarked in Boston, which station is closest and what would be the best way to get to there from the cruise terminal?

     

    Just a note, we are two seniors and schlepping luggage is not our forte.

     

    Cheers

    Len

  16. We were booked on the Odyssey on her TA on October 28, which has been cancelled. I read the explanations, didn't really understand it all, but accepted it. We have since done a lift and shift to another cruise. 

    Since then, I am looking at other TA's that are still sailing. In fact, I was looking at the Rhapsody, end of November, Barcelona to Tampa (I think) and that cruise is still available. There are also cruises on several other cruise lines, TA's late October, and November. 

     

    I fully understand that no one really knows for sure what will be, but I also know there are many knowledgeable posters here. Are these cruise a good bet to go, 50/50 to go, or just up talking up space in the we may sail department?

     

    Cheers

    Len

  17. We have a 14 day TA, Rome to FT Lauderdale, end of Oct 2021 and who know??

     

    Hard enough to think about USA cruises, we have to worry about European ports also.

     

    I still haven't made any airline reservations.

     

    All we can do is plan a bit and hope for better times. 

     

    Cheers

    Len

  18. I have a good question on this and, I'm pretty sure I already know the answer, but what the heck:

    We had a TA booked on the Explorer last year for a VERY reasonable price. The cruise was cancelled and we were able to do a Lift and shift to the Odyssey for this year at the same exact rate (A HUGE bargain). Now our TA is very late October, but if that gets cancelled, do we receive the rate that the cabin is worth on the Odyssey if we can do another lift and shift, or do we just get what we put in for the Explorer?

     

    Cheers

    Len

  19. We had one of the very last cruises to sail. We were on the Allure, Mar1-13, Ft Lauderdale to Barcelona. We  were sailing along with out any problems until Trump announced new rules coming back to the USA. With that,  pandemonium broke out, with flights being cancelled, and people not knowing anything. We were supposed to fly out of Barcelona to Frankfurt and then to NYC. The second leg was still on but the Barcelona to Frankfurt was cancelled. We really scrambled to rebook and I can't compliment RCCL and the crew enough for doing everything possible to help people in need.

    Also, we disembarked in Barcelona on a Friday, our flight home was Sunday, and Saturday they basically closed down the entire country. We couldn't even find a place to get something to eat for dinner. Airport on Sunday was a complete madhouse, but we made it out on time, and home.

    Funny thing was, our kids were supposed to pick us up at the airport, but they refused, saying we may be contaminated, so we had to Uber home from NJ.

    An experience hopefully never to be repeated. 

     

    Cheers

    Len

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