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HeyYouKidsGetOffMyLawn

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About HeyYouKidsGetOffMyLawn

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    Orlando, FL
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Celebrity, But I seem to be doing a lot of Norwegian trips recently.
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    FL - Florida

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  1. Using my mid-summer trips from last year: The NCL Sun solo rate usually drops dramatically 5 days before sailing. I booked a balcony 4 day in June for 409 and an ocean view 3 day in July for 309 last summer (both prices before taxes/fees) by checking the rates every Monday and Tuesday morning. The Sun is a open bar ship, so those prices include the drink package (with a rather limited menu) even if you get the sail-away rate. I'll be back on the Sun this weekend for another last-minute trip. I'm not even fond of that ship, but it's cheap and convenient.
  2. Well, if I made you laugh with the original story, I guess you're allowed to see the rest of the story. Mr. Lawn
  3. That's very sweet, but you really don't want to party with me any time in the near future. There are hints in this antiquated trip report, but my wonderful wife was sick for a long time, and getting sicker every year. She passed away about a year and a half ago. I did not handle the grief very well. I've become the guy you'd imagine from my handle: Bitter, angry and unpleasant to be near. I'm healing, but I barely resemble the person who wrote that trip report. Mr. Lawn
  4. I posted a slightly longer review here: https://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2647827 In case anybody was actually curious.
  5. I'm content to pay $100/day for a solo cabin. I've grabbed last-minute deals for less, but $100 is a reasonable dividing line.
  6. I guess I should have posted this earlier, but I'm back from a solo cruise on the Grand Celebration (Weds - Friday of last week). Random observations: Value: They nailed it here. I think I paid $216 to walk onto the boat for a 2-night cruise. The next cheapest solo option within driving distance of Orlando was over $1000 for 3 nights. Food: Good enough. The buffet is tiny and has a limited selection, but nothing was actually 'bad'. I ate at the MDR on the first night, and they seated me at a table for 6 with two couples. The MDR appetizer and entree were good. Dessert was a little bland. I cleaned my plate for every meal. There's a burgers and hot dogs/sausages option by the pool, and I was very happy with my cheeseburger and fries. I've had worse food on a cruise ship. Bars and Stuff: I went over my budget by a few dollars, but looking back -- I seemed to have added additional tips to most of my receipts. The 10 drink coupons for $83 package worked fine. If you pay a few dollars extra for the souvenir glass/cocktail shaker, the coupons still work but your drinks are 22 fl oz. I think I stayed tipsy for 2 days. The drinks are far from weak. The Sports Bar has 11 screens, all in the 40" class. They played a lot of World Cup Football on my cruise. Stateroom: No complaints. Clean, comfortable bed, the shower had great water pressure and hot water, plenty of storage space for 2 days. Smoking: Yes, I'm slowly killing myself with cigarettes. I'm almost inclined to think there are TOO MANY places to smoke, but they're all outdoors. I don't gamble, but I couldn't find an ashtray in the casino, which was nice. They could close the smoking section closest to the forward pool/buffet seating area without hurting my feelings. Check-In: A little bizarre. I think you end up visiting 5 different desks. One to cross your name off a list, then the security area, then a separate place to establish a spending account, then a desk to make dinner arrangements, etc. Check-out: Slow as molasses. Two customs agents, so the line was long and slow. All parking was valet, and I think it took 30+ minutes to see my car again when I was ready to leave. Parking was $38 for two days, which is comparable to Orlando or Miami. Entertainment: I was in a bar three times when somebody walked in and started performing. It was good? Not great. I took a nap for the comedy show (by accident) so I missed it. I think they charged $9 extra for the comedy show, which was a little strange. There was a big glow party on the top deck on the first night with a fun DJ. I don't dance, but it was packed with happy people who did. That was actually a fun time. Ship: It's small, but didn't really feel small. I think my mid-week cruise was half-full, so the ship seemed kind of empty at times. I kind of expected an aging rust-bucket. It was way better than that. If you look closely enough, there are a few areas of the outside decks that are probably held together by dozens of layers of white paint. Crew: Constantly smiling and visibly pretending to be happy. Helpful and courteous at all times. Third nicest crew I've ever experienced (Celebrity and NCL Escape were both a little better). Overall: I'd go back in a heartbeat.
  7. This is a mid cruise update. I'm having a great time. This is simply a wonderful value for a solo cruiser. My room is way bigger than I expected and my bed is comfortable. The staff is energetic and constantly smiling. I could not be more satisfied with this cruise and I'm pretty sure I'm coming back. Maybe I'll try the other ship next time. Disclaimer: I own shares in Norwegian Cruise Line (NCLH). Enough shares to get some shareholder OBC for my longer cruises. I would get back on this ship before booking a 3-day NCL Sun trip again. I'm not kidding.
  8. I just (30 minutes ago) booked a trip to test drive the cruise line. US$ 216 for an oceanview. I leave tomorrow. I guess I should put gas in the minivan and pack a bag. I'm not even excited. But I am very amused.
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