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  1. Dengue fever seems to be going around in some areas. You might want to check travel advisories and at least be prepared with mosquito repellent, etc. Not saying you shouldn't go but a few severe cases made the news here recently so it's probably best to try and avoid the mosquitoes.
  2. The MDR is also only open for lunch on sea days, not port days. But as others have said, you can order any drink you want. You aren't limited to the menu suggestions.
  3. I have never felt this nor have I noticed it nor has anyone treated me any differently. The crew is great to everyone. There are different loyalty levels (which means you get more free stuff the more you cruise) and of course there are people who stay in inside cabins and those who can afford penthouse suites but I've never noticed any special treatment of anyone, beyond the perks they get from their loyalty level or because they've paid mega bucks for the kind of perks you get in a suite. We usually stay in verandah cabins and we've always been treated like royalty. I don't know if I've
  4. My husband likes to sit near the front of the theatre. If I recall correctly, there is at least one row where the aisle seat and the one next to it don't have an arm between them. It's 3 or 4 rows from the stage, I believe, on the left side. I don't know if it's the same on the right side or if there are similar seats further back. You might want to investigate on your first day on board. You can wander most of the ship and the theatre is often open during the day on embarkation day. If you find any seats like these you might want to try to get to the theatre a bit early so you can snag
  5. Or get the book Alaska Ports of Call by Frommers. One man's "must see" is another man's "not on your life". For example, I spent a great deal of time researching whale watching tours only to find out that my husband wasn't the least bit interested in this "Must Do" that I read about on cruise critic. LOL It turns out that our must dos were to see glaciers and totem poles and hike. There's a lot to see and do in Alaska. There's no one right way to do it.
  6. I think you would enjoy it. There are lots of activities if you wish to join in (dance class by the pool, trivia, etc.) but it is also easy to find a quiet spot to chat or read. The food is really good. They have some type of show in the theatre every evening and then there are still some late evening activities - a game show or dancing to the house band or the dj. My young-at-heart 67 year old husband can usually be found at the "disco" late into the evening. We like it because it is a very relaxing environment but there are things to do if you want, and they are not "in your face" if yo
  7. Another option for Dover is the nearby town of Canterbury. We took the ship shuttle to town and then walked to the train station (not a long walk - maybe 5 or 10 minutes) and then took the train to Canterbury. We spent quite a long time in the Cathedral, which is massive. We also walked around the town along the medieval-looking streets. It started raining so we ducked into a place for coffee. It turns out the whole restaurant was gluten free, so my celiac husband got battered fish, onion rings and sticky toffee pudding - things that celiacs don't usually get to eat. That just made his d
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