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    We live on a small lake in rural Nebr.
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    Reading, gardening, outdoor activities, health and fitness, travel
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    I've liked everyone we've been on; Princess, Carnival, Celebrity and now NCL. and some old defunct l
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Love the S. Caribbean route; also loved our recent Transatlantic

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  1. I do this too, except I include all the money needed if the tour is not prepaid. No scrambling around trying to find the right amount the day of the tour. I also write any needed information about the tour, such as meeting time and place, on the envelope. So, I might put day, name of tour company, time to meet, place to meet, contact info, total price of tour plus tip.
  2. We book cabins near the stairs on purpose--no long halls to walk down. We've never noticed much noise at all. Our last cruise, sailaway cabin, on the Pearl we were assigned a cabin that opened right on the stairs/elevator. There was a kind of wall or hall separating the areas, but the cabin was quiet and great.
  3. Even mainstream media, especially tv so-called news, has deteriorated to the point that it mostly thrives on sensationalism, the more negative the better. And the tabloids are even worse. So many stories are so over-blown and/or slanted I rarely watch anymore. . It just makes me angry or disgusted. Our cruise on the Pearl this spring was less than stellar due to Noro and cold, rough weather, but we managed to enjoy ourselves anyway. Of course, we didn't get sick, so that helped. I feel for the people on this cruise; it would be terrible and disappointing, but sometimes you just have to go with the flow. Of course they deserve good compensation, but things happen. Like our house flooding this spring--we didn't run crying to the media about the big bad weatherman (kidding) or whoever was to 'blame'. I doubt very much that Norwegian wanted all this ruckus, expense and negative publicity.
  4. If it is through the ship, I'm not sure as we never do that. For independent excursions, most sail and snorkel tours will have a dish or bucket or something as you are leaving for tips. We usually leave $5-$10 pp, depending on the length and quality of the tour. I assume (hope) that the tips are shared with all crew members--often this is stated on the tip jar.
  5. it seems to me that there was some shade, but I can't guarantee it. They also have more than one boat, I think.
  6. We almost always book with a TA because we usually get better prices and more perks and OBC. If an agent can't beat the cruise line price, we keep looking. Be sure you are comparing like to like and are aware of various fees or other costs that may factor in. We normally save 7-10% and get some great perks.
  7. Be careful with credit cards! A machine ate my husband's at one kiosk; luckily we had more along. Could happen anywhere, I guess.
  8. It's my opinion--see, it's an opinion!--that the media is responsible for and guilty of much of the terrible state that political rhetoric and 'news' has gotten to in our country. There is no longer any attempt by any side, except for a few lone voices in a wilderness of hysterical verbage, to report or even comment on facts vs overblown and twisted versions of almost anything. I watch as little news as possible. Can't stand the histrionics, and you can believe only parts of what you hear anyway. Fortunately, except for once, we have never been at a table with truly diehard fans, one side or another. And that time those of us with some sense managed to divert the conversation, which wasn't actually exactly the same situation anyway. We mostly sit at a table for two now, but I would definitely change the subject with some force if things got heated. I can't imagine anything worse at dinner than eating with fanatic and rabid fans of either political party or with racists or the religious fringe either. I wish I knew more about Brexit--facts, not cloudy opinions! Will have to do what I usually do, try to find some facts without prejudice.
  9. Never have, probably never will. I don't like the look, plus for me they are too large and heavy. I can barely lift my arms! If they are there I will usually ask the steward to remove them since they take up storage space.
  10. I too don't like being served at the buffet. Of course I do understand it when sickness is rampant on the ship, as in our recent Pearl cruise, but I much prefer to serve myself. No matter what I asked for, it was usually too much or little or not the piece I would have picked up. Yes, I did attempt to tell the server or ask for a different amount/ piece, etc., but that was seldom very satisfactory and slowed the line down.
  11. While I hate line cutters, in buffets I am fine with moving quickly into an empty spot to get an item--but not with forcing your way between a line of people with no gaps. Just be aware of whether or not you will be holding up the line by cutting in. It's all about respect.
  12. I meant to say we have never had trouble booking once on board. We are flexible though, so if one time or day doesn't work, we go with what is available,
  13. We were just there in May. I did manage to get the tickets at the two month window for the presentation and tour. I had tried a couple of days earlier and would have gotten tickets, but did not want the very late time slot. Each time I tried at about 8 AM our time and honestly did not think of the time difference. As per instructions, we got there about 15 minutes early, but give yourself time to find it as we did some confused wandering before we did. There was really no line to speak of; those with tickets for that time slot were escorted in at the listed time; ours was 11:30. There were a lot of people milling around the courtyard area who looked as if they were wanting or waiting to buy tickets, but I don't know if they could get them or not. Yes, it is worthwhile and sobering to realize the hard facts of life in Nazi controlled lands.
  14. We've never had booking once on board, sometimes at last minute, but of course that can't be guaranteed. We've even just walked up and got in. We do prefer to eat late, though.
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