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  1. I want to add that I had friends in the Haven on the Breakaway last year and it was really great. Princess has nothing like the Haven experience. Sent from my iPad using Forums
  2. Thanks for taking the time to write such a lengthy review. I’m a Princess cruiser, but I try other cruise lines. Last December I reluctantly went on the Breakaway to cruise with friends. We had met on Princess cruises over they years and now they all like NCL. I thought what the heck. I had an outstanding time. In September, I went on the Bliss to Alaska. I had gone on the Ruby last September to Alaska. The cruise on the Bliss was a far better experience. The ship is beautiful. The entertainment is far superior to Princess. Most people get amenities when they book. I don’t drink, so I typically choose the dinner package. The specialty restaurants are fun and good. My steaks in Cagney’s were better quality than the Crown Grill, IMO. I never experienced nickel and diming any more than any other ship. I, also, bid up to a great balcony cabin on the Bliss. Last year, I was offered an upsell on the Ruby which I was happy with. I paid less for the upsell on the Bliss than on the Ruby. I had no issues with any booking or checking in on the Bliss. My friends had no issues either. Everyone I dealt with was happy and helpful. The staff all had great attitudes. I did pre-book our activities because I read on CC here that it would be wise to do so. None of the specialty restaurants were ever full when we went there. We never had trouble getting seats at the shows that we reserved, but we did get there early. Jersey Boys on the Bliss and Rock of Ages on the Breakaway are the best shows I’ve seen on a cruise ship. The Beatles tribute shows in the Cavern were always packed and there were no reservations for that. The food was all good. I like the buffet better on the NCL ships by far and that includes the Royal class ships. I’m okay with the buffet on the Royal class ships, but it is confusing and too spread out. I agree that there aren’t enough pools on the NCL ships, but I’m no longer a pool person. I miss MUTS on NCL. The only disappointment with my Alaska cruise was that glacier cruising was cancelled due to a medical emergency and that is out of everyone’s control. I’m going on the Regal soon. It will be interesting to compare. I have to say that NCL is doing a lot right. NCL is getting better and Princess is not what it once was. I still love Princess , but I have to admit that NCL is winning me over. Sent from my iPad using Forums
  3. I booked a sailaway for my upcoming Alaska cruise on the Bliss. I don’t drink, so I decided I didn’t need the amenities for an extra $1000. I bought a dinner package for $87. I was assigned an inside cabin that was pretty far forward, but not bad in any way as far as I can tell. I bid for an upsell and was given a mid-ship balcony. I’m really happy with how it all worked out. I was on the Ruby Princess for 2 cruises last year and both cruises were fine. At one port in Alaska, Juneau maybe, many of the excursions come back at the same time and the lines to get back on the ship can be horrible if you get in that mix. I’m sure that could happen on any ship if timing is unfortunate. For me, it was bad last year because it was pouring rain the whole time. They had two lines to reboard. Princess is fine for me and it’s my normal cruise line of choice, but I’m really liking NCL lately. I hope you enjoy it. Sent from my iPad using Forums
  4. I use battery operated tea lights from the dollar store. Sent from my iPad using Forums
  5. I’m going on 3 cruises this fall. I will be sailing with 10 people during these cruises (not all on all 3 cruises) and I met 9 of 10 of the people on cruises. Some of them I’ve known for over 15 years. I’ve been very lucky and blessed. I’ve had a great time. Sent from my iPad using Forums
  6. Thanks again for all your thoughts. I appreciate it. It makes me feel better that I’m not the only one who feels this way. I simply don’t want all the worries. I completely forgot about the World Cup. I’ll be sure to take that into consideration. ❤️ Thanks. Sent from my iPad using Forums
  7. Thanks everybody! I appreciate your thoughts. Flying from Paris to Southampton is an interesting idea. Thank you! Sent from my iPad using Forums
  8. I’m planning to go on a British Isles cruise next year. My friend has already done this cruise, but hasn’t been to Paris. She really wants to spend time in Paris before the cruise and sail from LeHavre. I would love to go to Paris, too, but I’m worried about sailing from LeHavre after reading about the problems others have had. Here are my questions: Does anyone know how often ships skip LeHavre? Will Princess handle getting you to the next port if you book your air through EZ Air? I believe I read that some of the connections Princess booked were a nightmare. Am I worrying too much? I have kind of an anxiety disorder. Would you sail from LeHavre? I think it would be better to sail from Southampton and go to Paris separately. Thanks for your opinions. Sent from my iPad using Forums
  9. I’m glad I read this. I wouldn’t book this cabin if I was traveling with a friend. I just wouldn’t. I guess it would be okay if I was traveling solo, but I wouldn’t like water on the carpet, etc. The concept of ‘making it work’ by going to the gym or spa is just not acceptable to me. What a terrible idea. Thanks to everyone for sharing. Sent from my iPad using Forums
  10. NCL is going to have 3 ships in Alaska next year and two of them are mega ships. Their Alaska Bliss sales are doing great this year. I almost always sail Princess, but I’m going on the Bliss this year. Next year, they’re moving the Joy to the west coast, too. They’ll have one of those big ships doing MR. NCL is only doing 7 day cruises and the only coastals appear to be the repositioning cruises. Give them time, though. It looks like they see a lot of opportunities on the west coast. I was very hesitant to try NCL again after many years, but I like it now. I went on one last year and loved it. I’m looking forward to testing out the Bliss in Alaska. Sent from my iPad using Forums
  11. I just had a bid accepted on the Bliss and I’m solo in my cabin. I just posted about it a couple days ago. Go for it. Sent from my iPad using Forums
  12. Thanks! I’m happy. I know I’ll enjoy it. Sent from my iPad using Forums
  13. Thanks. Maybe I’ll still get some in the mail. I’m about 30 days out. Sent from my iPad using Forums
  14. Does anyone have pictures of the seafood extravaganza?? Thanks. Sent from my iPad using Forums
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