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  1. Adding to this… wind isn’t as much of an issue for the Garden Cafe outdoor seating as you have solid windows facing out. Determined winds could make it those tables via the pool deck though! The overhead heating keeps it reasonably comfortable and there is a drink station and bar by the port side.
  2. Just ask your room steward! I’m on Bliss right now and my steward replenishes the ice bucket (at my request) when he does the evening turndown.
  3. My fridge was jam-packed when I arrived (Club Balcony): one paper water bottle, two bottles of San Pellegrino, and a bottle of the $5 swill… er, sparkling wine. Only the latter was free. There was a second bottle of the wine on the desk.
  4. Update: according to my fantastic room steward Mark, there are about 2200 passengers onboard (roughly 55% capacity).
  5. Still no filling stations. Can vouch for the quality of @aubreyc1988’s fixed haircut. Super cute! Clouds to the west are finally breaking up after a cool, cloudy day. No idea how many people are onboard but it sure feels sparse. The Observation Lounge only had one of its three buffet stations open at lunch. I’ve shared an elevator just twice. It feels busier in my cabin area - the MBs sold out so there’s a solid stretch of occupied cabins. In the public areas though, it’s quiet.
  6. I know, right? They’re practically swimming pools! No way I could navigate that high wall.
  7. It’s a real downgrade when compared to Ocean Medallion on Princess. I had cocktails, mocktails, lattes, and diet Cokes delivered to my cabin (um, not all at the same time) with no delivery charge, all covered by the standard beverage package. Princess was not really my cup of tea, but at least they would deliver that tea along with cookies and a bowl of potato chips.
  8. The description doesn’t mention the tubs. The photos and videos do. These are both for deck 9 MC cabins:
  9. Something new! Or at least I haven’t seen anyone mention it. There’s a card with QR code in my cabin for a service called Swift Delivery on Demand. You can now order from a selection of drinks and snacks, to be delivered to your door. https://app.ncl.com/sites/default/files/Fleet_SWIFT_Room_Service_Mobile-Menu.pdf The cocktails are canned and nothing is covered by the beverage packages, but if you want a drink and can’t find your pants…
  10. Masks through the whole embarkation process. Once you’re on the gangway, no masks required. The testing process for Bliss’s return was way smoother than for Encore. NCL and Eurofins are in the groove now! You’ll test at Berth 93. When you’re properly tagged as “all clear” you can walk to 92 (or are we at 91?) or take the shuttle over. Embarkation process is the same as always. On my balcony with a Rebellious Fish, living that cruise life.
  11. MC Club Balconies on Encore have tubs. I’m 4’10” with bad knees, and wouldn’t risk it.
  12. I'm bringing a large rolling duffel. If needed, I'll stuff your husband in there and tote him through the embarkation lines. 😆
  13. Upgrade to the MA or MB category of Club Balcony Suites and you will get the fancy shower. On Encore, the MC cabins have tubs.
  14. That's not entirely correct either. We've got two test kits in play here! It is correct that BinaxNow for professional use does not require a prescription, which is why NCL can administer it at the port: "As part of this authorization, the BinaxNOW COVID-19 Ag Card test for professional use will no longer require a prescription, meaning that states, workplaces, schools and other organizations no longer need to work through a medical provider to generate a prescription before the test can be administered. For congregate environments using the professional-use version of BinaxNOW, a CLIA certificate is still required." It is also correct that the test that Abbott is shipping to retailers such as CVS and Walgreens also does not require a prescription. What you can buy at the store is the over-the-counter self test, which is not supervised and thus not likely to be accepted by the cruise lines since they cannot verify who actually gave the sample. The test you purchase from eMed and Optum is the home test. It's basically the same test materials, but the home test includes the video supervision of the sample collection. The self test box is marked OTC, while the home test one is marked Rx. Granted, it's kind of silly to call it a prescription when you're just answering some basic questions on the ordering page. Luckily I have both boxes on hand, see below. The top box is the OTC version that I bought at CVS; I used one of the swab/card kits a few days before my NCL cruise in August just so I wouldn't get a nasty surprise at the port. The bottom box is the home test purchased through Optum. That's the one RCI will accept when I board Navigator of the Seas in December. It would have been nice if Abbott had given them more distinctive names.
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