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  1. You have to wait in line with everyone else to get in the terminal. Took us over an hour to get in terminal two weeks ago. Once in the terminal you can go in the shorter security line and separate check-in line. Unfortunately for us that meant a longer wait for Haven then everyone else two weeks ago. We were sitting in the Haven area waiting to be called while everyone we were in line with outside boarded the ship. It was very annoying and unorganized in Port Canaveral. 2.5 hours after getting dropped off we finally made it on the ship.

  2. On 11/22/2019 at 3:29 PM, funji1 said:

    We have not cruised NCL in almost 20 years but decided to book last minute for December.  (We have cruised many other cruiselines in that time)

     What is the earliest time we can arrive at Port Canaveral ?  We are scheduled for a 10 am shuttle from our car parked in Cocoa.

    Is the MDR food that bad that we should upgrade and pay for specialty dining?

    Are there nightly shows in the main theater in addition to Six and Burn the Floor?

    We are hoping to find a few bars with live music besides Howl with the moon.  Is that possible?

    Thanks in advance for all your help !!   I LOVE CC and all the advice.

    Just got off of the ship last Saturday. Plan on posting a mini-review, but life has gotten in the way. We did not eat in the MDR so can't answer that question. I will say we loved all of the specialty restaurants that we went to. We went to Teppnyaki, Moderno, Cagney's and La Cucina. Had to roll me out of each of them. We also had dinner at O'Sheahan's one night. I was nervous because of all of the bad reviews I had read about the service, but we had great service. Were in and out in under an hour.


    There were comedians and a magician in the theater on a couple of nights.


    The band at Syd Norman's was outstanding. Well, there were two. One was outstanding. The other not so much. The only problem is you need to get there early if you want a seat. They usually had karaoke before the band so we would go watch the karaoke to make sure we had a seat for the band. I feel like they were the best entertainment on the ship.


    Let me know if you have any other questions while it's fresh in my mind.

  3. We were very skeptical the first time we went on Celebrity, but had the best time. The only reason we went is because all of the other friends we met on the cruise were going. I said I would go for 30 minutes.


    I hate dancing and had no problem "dancing" for the entire party which made my wife happy. I was sad went the night was over. I'm hoping they have it on our NCL cruise in a couple weeks.

  4. Had one on the Celebrity Eclipse a few years ago where we hit I think 10 bars. Had to time it right to hit the right ones when they were open obviously. The whole group certainly didn't make it all the way to the Sky Lounge, but I think everyone had a great time. We even ate at the buffet in the middle. Not sure who planned it, but they did a great job. Most of the bars had drinks ready for us when we got there.


    4-5 bars is probably a better number for the masses, but I would certainly do a 10 bar crawl again. Made some friends for life that day.

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  5. The first cruise that my wife and I took was on Pride of America where they don't offer drink packages. We had strictly done All-inclusive resorts prior to that cruise. Our bill at the end was over $1,200, 90% of which was for drinks. At the time it was quite a shock to the system at a stage in our lives when coming up with that kind of money was more difficult than now.

    Anyways, at that point we decided only cruises with drink packages from that point forward. Much easier to budget in advance as it's easy to get carried away once you're on vacation. Also, I like knowing what the drink packages cost on all of the lines so we can factor that into our purchase decision. Oh, and I don't mind if anyone judges me :).

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  6. I apologize if this has been asked before, but I was having trouble finding any info. We are cruising the Breakaway over Thanksgiving. The cruise before ours ends on a Friday in Miami. Ours begins the next day in Port Canaveral. The ship will supposedly be arriving without any passengers. Does anyone know if this means we will get to board early, if our rooms will be ready earlier, etc? Any info would be much appreciated.

  7. Hi all. We are booked in the Haven for the first time this November and I would like to jump in on the stupid questions. My wife and I like to drink cocktails on our balcony. When I say cocktails, I don't mean one. We are in an aft facing suite far away from the rest of the Haven.


    We were hoping this is where our butler could come in handy. I've seen mixed messages on if the butler will bring us adult beverages. Absent help from our butler, is there any other efficient way to get multiple drinks on the balcony without having to fetch ourselves each time? I know, first world problems, but we want to enjoy the large balcony as much as possible and frankly enjoy being lazy on vacation. Paying this much for a suite, might as well enjoy it. If we were near the actual Haven, it would be easy to get ourselves in the Haven lounge, but we are not close at all to the Haven lounge.


    We've been on other lines where you could purchase liters of liquor in advance. It's not looking like NCL offers this. I'm hoping I missed it.


  8. Since I've wasted a day reading most of these over 1,000 responses, I feel like I need to throw in my two cents.


    Let me preface this by saying I'm not an experienced cruiser, only one so far, going on the Eclipse next year for our second cruise.


    With that being said, even though I'm not one who would normally eat at a restaurant with a dress code, I booked this next trip knowing full well that there is a dress code in the Specialty restaurants as well as the MDR and that furthermore there are three formal nights in the MDR on our cruise. I also understand that other people have booked the same trip with the same expectations. Therefore, out of respect to my fellow cruisers, if I plan to eat in the MDR or any Specialty restaurant, then I plan on following the dress code of the night as much as I don't like it. Truth be told, I would be happy eating at the buffet every night, but the wife likes to get dressed up once in a while so guess what we'll do?


    I do feel that if Celebrity is going to have a dress code then it should be enforced even if I don't agree with it. Then it's fair to all who have booked the trip and everyone has the same expectations.


    Oh, and the day wasn't a total waste. I did learn some stuff about the dress code. Thanks everyone for that.

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