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  1. Carol..the poster I was replying to confirmed it's the Star, not the Sky. NCL did a couple of cruises from Brooklyn earlier this year...I think on the Jade. Both this year and next the cruises involve a ship that was not usually home ported in NY but were in the process of being repositioned.
  2. That coupon hasn't been valid since July 1, 2017 . From the official port website nycruise.com : Parking discounts and coupons are no longer accepted (effective July 1, 2017).
  3. No one's ever report a problem getting a parking space there. FYI...I think you're on the Star, not the Sky. 😉
  4. With the cars-only lanes on the Turnpike and the new Goethals Bridge, which has wide lanes, the drive is easier than it used to be.
  5. njhorseman

    Santa Marta

    That's the excursion. Needless to say some of the wording pushes factual boundaries, such as describing it as a 5-Star Resort, and the "only mountain in front of the ocean in the world" claim. I still haven't figured out what that means even after the tour guide tried to explain it to another passenger. Bottom line is that we enjoyed the day. The biggest drawback was the plethora of vendors on the beach trying to sell you things. Some even had badges saying that they were approved to approach the hotel's guests.
  6. Not sure exactly what you mean by "how bad"...driving in NY City is rarely fun. Without knowing where your starting point is it's hard to make a specific recommendation, but if you're getting on the Turnpike somewhere from Elizabeth or south I'd use the route through Staten Island.
  7. njhorseman

    Santa Marta

    I recovered eventually but it did slow me down for a while. The medical center on the Gem treated it properly according to my family physician. In the process they did extract $9.100 from my wallet...but my travel insurance fully reimbursed me. A good lesson in why you need travel insurance and why you should always travel with at least one credit card that has a high credit limit.
  8. I didn't say that you said that. I was just laying out the full set of options for the benefit of those who might be reading but may be unaware of the options that substitute for the birth certificate when you're a US citizen, but not a US citizen born in the US.
  9. njhorseman

    Santa Marta

    "Doesn't look like the most interesting port" is an understatement. Of course I may be biased because the first time I was there I happened to be coming down with pneumonia. I though I just had a cold, but by that night I knew it was far worse. Second time there we took an excursion that was an all-inclusive day pass at a beach resort outside of town. Expensive, but we enjoyed it.
  10. However even a naturalized US citizen doesn't need a passport to take a closed loop Western Hemisphere cruise. They can use their Certificate of Naturalization in the same way a natural born US citizen can use their birth certificate. And if someone was a US citizen at birth but was born outside the US they can use their Consular Report of Birth Abroad for the same purpose as a person born in the US uses their birth certificate.
  11. Actually it's the other way around. The bean counters from Prestige Cruise Holdings (Oceania and Regent Seven Seas) took over NCL. The CEO of Norwegian Cruise Lines Holdings is Frank Del Rio, who is one of the founders of Oceania, and Oceania's CEO is Bob Binder, the other founder of Oceania. So the same people are in charge of Oceania . As someone who has cruised on both Oceania and NCL I've found the changes to NCL have been far worse, primarily due to greatly increased prices and cut backs in food and service. The real reason is not that Oceania people are running NCL or NCL people are running Oceania. The belt tightening is the product of being a publicly traded corporation rather than a privately held corporation. The institutional investors and stock analysts expect higher earnings. If they're not achieved the stock price will fall. if stock prices fall Frank Del Rio and other senior NCLH executives will not be compensated nearly as well as if stock prices hold up. If earnings are bad enough the board of directors might go as far as firing them. It's in the senior officers' own best interests to squeeze the lemon as hard as possible in order to extract every possible dollar of profit, resulting in their receiving highest possible compensation.
  12. I forgot to mention that no cruise line permits you to have it on board either. While medical marijuana is legal in many states and some states even allow recreational marijuana, under federal law marijuana is still a Schedule I narcotic and therefore a cruise line operating in US waters can't permit it on board. Further, marijuana is likely illegal in the ship's flag state, again meaning the cruise line can't allow it on board. If they were to catch you they would put you off the ship.
  13. It would be a problem. Importation of cannabis was neither legalized or decriminalized. You're misreading or ignoring parts of the "fact sheet" including: Cannabis remains a controlled drug under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1972. The Misuse of Drugs (Decriminalisation of Cannabis) Amendment Act 2017 does NOT legalize the use of cannabis in Bermuda. The Misuse of Drugs (Decriminalisation of Cannabis) Amendment Act 2017 removed criminal offences for the simple possession by any person of 7 grams or LESS of cannabis. The Misuse of Drugs (Decriminalisation of Cannabis) Amendment Act 2017 does NOT make it legal for a person to consume, cultivate, traffic or import cannabis in any quantity. Under the Misuse of Drugs (Decriminalisation of Cannabis) Amendment Act 2017, a police officer of any rank has the lawful authority to seize any amount of cannabis in the possession of any person. It is still illegal to use, sell (supply), handle, or import cannabis and a person may be prosecuted for such offences.
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