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  1. I got so behind, but caught up for the most part now. I was told on Disney that they no longer require you to claim anything unless you made a big purchase and then I guess you are supposed to seek out for a form. Like who would do that or know to do that? But it works for me. hahaha. I know it wasn't your best cruise, but at least you had a get away and didn't have to work. You still had some good ports too! I am wondering how the Joy will be next summer when we sail her. It's been about 4 or 5 years since I have been on NCL and there are so many changes. But I just plan to go with the flow as much as I can. I am debating on whether we want to add dining, but I think I should just save our money for excursions and eat the buffet or dining room. My spoiled steak loving daughter will complain, but she'll get over it.
  2. That's good to know. I didn't have a lot of options when I booked through DCL and really didn't have a lot of time to research but if we go back I will keep this in mind and look for better options. Thanks!
  3. It looks like such a wonderful day. I haven't been to Costa Maya in several years and it looks like it is better than what it used to be.
  4. You always have the best underwater pictures. I hope the camera Sakari was using fixes itself. I was have some issues with my Olympus on my last cruise in Jan and I probably need to get a new one and keep this one as a spare but I just hate chucking out money for one right now.
  5. OMG! I am so sorry about your accident. My sister did the same thing but luckily she ended up with just a bad bruise. I hope the recovery is fast and the pain lessens up for you. I have heard similar complaints about the Breakaway. Such a shame. I haven't been on NCL in a few years but will be on the Joy next summer. I know I will have a good time but I worry about what changes I may see.
  6. I'm behind but joining in now and hope to catch up fast!
  7. This thread seems to be having the newest posted https://boards.cruisecritic.com/topic/2596795-unofficial-guide-to-designated-smoking-areas-on-ncl-vessels/page/3/
  8. It might be. I believe without looking at dates, that the Dream is going into Dry Dock around Oct?
  9. Thoughts about our cruise We had a wonderful time! It ended up not going as planned, but in the end, we were happy to have M join us and she was probably the most perfect replacement in Claire’s eyes. They get along so well and M is such a nice person to Claire, who is much younger than her really. Luckily, Claire is pretty mature for her age in many respects. Many people ask me what my favorite ship is now that I have been on all 4. Honestly, whatever ship I am on at the time is my favorite. I like them all. Each has its own charm and there are some things I like on one ship better than another, but I just can’t pick a favorite. I am so happy I can travel with Claire and she gets to see all these new places and learn new things. At school, her homeroom/Social Studies teacher told me that they were talking about passports in Social Studies one day and wondered if any of the kids had one (She has a VERY small class) and then she asked Claire…assuming she had one and yep! She’s the only one that does. Another time the teacher asked for US areas that are not a state….Claire knew! Puerto Rico and US Virgin Islands, both of which she has visited! Claire just told me the other day they were reading about Bonaire and the one girl was pronouncing it wrong. The teacher had her say the correct pronunciation and tell a little bit about her visit. Claire is shy but these kind of things she will usually be happy to talk about. Her teacher loves to follow us on facebook when we travel too. She is a nun and she actually loves to travel too. She is always asking where our next adventure will be and I reply…whatever has a good discount! Hahaha. I loved our visits to the new ports this trip and I would do this cruise again in a heartbeat! I was unsure at first about going out of Puerto Rico, but we ended up loving it. I would just like to find a cheaper hotel. That is my only real complaint. Most are very pricey. I did get a decent price for the post cruise stay, but the pre-stay had very little options for me to choose from and they were all so high in price. Antigua was my favorite port this time around. It was the beauty that got me. I would love to visit there again. I am now at 9 cruises with DCL and after my next one I will be platinum. Claire is pushing for me to get another cruise planned as she wants me to be platinum sooner than later. She really liked the early boarding perk with platinum that we got with M with us. And of course, she wants that cruise to be with J and family again….and hopefully we can make that work. Our last 3 cruises have been with J and it will be weird not to be with her again. Thanks for reading!
  10. Feb. 4, 2019, Monday, Heading home The alarm went off way too early, but we got up and ready. Claire was a little slow, but finally got moving. We took our bags down and I looked for an Uber on my phone. I knew it might not work since it was basically the middle of the night and sure enough, it told me none were available in my area at that time. So we got a taxi, which was actually sitting right there waiting. Off to the airport we went! depart1 by Jenseib, on Flickr We walked in and weren’t sure where to go. I noticed people putting their bags through a scanner. I wasn’t sure if everyone was supposed to do that or just those going to another country. I found a help desk to ask where to find the gates and she pointed me the right way and told me to be sure my bags were scanned. Ok, we walked back and did that. It’s right at the entrance, and I believe it is for USDA, to be sure no food or plants, etc are being brought back to the US. EVERY bag goes through, even a backpack or purse. It’s funny as I never knew about this and had friends and family travel to Puerto Rico many times. No one mentioned it to me. And there weren’t any signs or anyone directing everyone to do this. Now I know! We headed off to our gate and settled in and found some food and then waited for our flight. We got through fast, so we did have a little wait. We then boarded the plane and set my bag between us. I knew the plane wasn’t full and we were hoping for that extra empty seat….and it worked! depart8 by Jenseib, on Flickr depart9 by Jenseib, on Flickr We were so sad to be heading back to freezing Ohio. depart2 by Jenseib, on Flickr Good Bye San Juan! depart3 by Jenseib, on Flickr depart4 by Jenseib, on Flickr depart5 by Jenseib, on Flickr depart10 by Jenseib, on Flickr depart6 by Jenseib, on Flickr Claire’s plan was to watch Mama Mia 2 while flying back. Then they announced the wifi and movies were not working, so no luck there. UGH! She was not happy! Nor was I as I had planned to pay for internet myself and go online to catch up on emails. Luckily we both were able to doze off a bit and did some games on our devices to pass the 4 hours. We landed in BWI and made our way off. depart11 by Jenseib, on Flickr depart12 by Jenseib, on Flickr We had a little time before our next flight so we got some lunch. depart7 by Jenseib, on Flickr We called Skip to let him know we were one flight away (plus a drive) and we were tired, but good. On to the plane we went and again, we had the seat between us open! depart13 by Jenseib, on Flickr The flight was fast and soon we were back in Ohio with the cruddy weather! depart14 by Jenseib, on Flickr Actually, it had gotten a little better than what it had been so the roads weren’t too bad. We took the shuttle to our car and loaded up and called Skip once again and then made off for home! As sad as we were that this vacation was over, it was good to be home! Claire had school the next day and was happy that she was actually ahead in work for the most part. We then started working on what our “make-up” vacation with Skip would be. In true form, he was now reluctant. He first tried to say he never really meant it…it was just something he said to make us feel better. I didn’t allow that. He had promised over and over and I told him he can try and break it to Claire and see how that goes. I really wanted to cruise and we looked at Disney options and the prices were just way too high, even with a placeholder discount. The week we wanted to go was over Claire’s spring break in March and of course many ships were already sold out or close to it. We looked at several lines and Skip just couldn’t/wouldn’t commit. Then he put a budget in place…a VERY unrealistic budget. And he said he would not be gone for 7 days. It was really crazy working with him on this. He has unrealistic expectations and wants. Disney World was out because he refused to wait in line. He wasn’t happy with the cruise options that were left and then decided he wanted Universal and a short cruise. Disney preferably, but he still didn’t like the pricing. It was starting to really take a toll on me as he would say yes…let’s do this…and the next day change his mind. Oh…and remember he has anxiety really badly, which is only getting worse, so once he would say yes to something his anxiety would soar! Finally in late Feb. he mentioned maybe doing Disneyland. I jumped at it, priced it out and made him commit. I even talked him into an extra day right before I booked and he agreed (but then forgot he agreed later….of course). I talked with my friend Cass and asked her some suggestions and I booked that baby before he could change his mind…which he later did…but too late now! And that was the next Adventure for our family!
  11. We checked back in at the hotel to get our bags and room key and headed off to our room. pr182 by Jenseib, on Flickr pr183 by Jenseib, on Flickr pr184 by Jenseib, on Flickr pr134 by Jenseib, on Flickr pr133 by Jenseib, on Flickr pr135 by Jenseib, on Flickr pr136 by Jenseib, on Flickr The view out the window. pr79 by Jenseib, on Flickr pr80 by Jenseib, on Flickr pr81 by Jenseib, on Flickr I set to the task of repacking our suitcases so the weight was distributed better and pulled out what we would need for tomorrow. After that, we took showers and then headed out to find some food. There wasn’t a lot of options nearby but I went with Subway and Claire got a pizza from Papa Johns, which seemed to take forever! We walked back to our room and ate our meals and watched TV. pr82 by Jenseib, on Flickr I went to bed then, but I think Claire stayed up for a while. I kept telling her she better get some sleep as we had to be up really early to head home!
  12. Continuing our tour around the Fort. pr177 by Jenseib, on Flickr pr178 by Jenseib, on Flickr pr179 by Jenseib, on Flickr pr132 by Jenseib, on Flickr pr97 by Jenseib, on Flickr pr180 by Jenseib, on Flickr pr98 by Jenseib, on Flickr pr181 by Jenseib, on Flickr Every time we thought we had been through most of the fort, we would see other areas. pr100 by Jenseib, on Flickr pr101 by Jenseib, on Flickr pr71 by Jenseib, on Flickr pr72 by Jenseib, on Flickr Another steep area. I can’t imagine pushing a cannon up that! pr73 by Jenseib, on Flickr pr74 by Jenseib, on Flickr It was neat down this hallway with only a light here and there and mostly dark. pr75 by Jenseib, on Flickr The dungeon does not look too fancy. pr76 by Jenseib, on Flickr pr77 by Jenseib, on Flickr pr78 by Jenseib, on Flickr pr102 by Jenseib, on Flickr It’s really a big place! pr103 by Jenseib, on Flickr pr104 by Jenseib, on Flickr pr105 by Jenseib, on Flickr Hello my Pretty! pr106 by Jenseib, on Flickr pr107 by Jenseib, on Flickr pr108 by Jenseib, on Flickr We walked quite a ways out! pr109 by Jenseib, on Flickr We made our way back and made our way to the exit. We were getting tired and decided it was time to head back to the hotel. We stopped in the gift shop and got some drinks, used the restroom and headed out near the taxi stand, which is by the San Crytobal plaza. We then walked across the street and got an Uber to take us back. He came soon and off we went. He was playing AC/DC on his radio and I mentioned I liked his music. We got to talking and he was a super nice guy. The ride was really cheap too. Something like $3-4 plus tip.
  13. We paid our entrance fee, which also would include El Morro if we wanted to go there, but as much as I would have liked to, I think it would have been too much for the day to do both for us. They do have restrooms here and they were pretty decent. We headed off to explore. This picture doesn’t show it…but another steep uphill climb. pr65 by Jenseib, on Flickr pr94 by Jenseib, on Flickr pr95 by Jenseib, on Flickr pr66 by Jenseib, on Flickr pr67 by Jenseib, on Flickr Great views up here. pr159 by Jenseib, on Flickr El Morro in the distance. pr124 by Jenseib, on Flickr pr69 by Jenseib, on Flickr pr160 by Jenseib, on Flickr pr125 by Jenseib, on Flickr pr161 by Jenseib, on Flickr pr162 by Jenseib, on Flickr A peek at the cruise port. pr163 by Jenseib, on Flickr pr164 by Jenseib, on Flickr pr70 by Jenseib, on Flickr pr96 by Jenseib, on Flickr pr165 by Jenseib, on Flickr We did go in and out of little rooms to see. Most were empty or set up with cannons or other things. pr166 by Jenseib, on Flickr Can you imagine sleeping on beds like that? I have issues with many different mattresses…I can’t imagine sleeping on a board. pr167 by Jenseib, on Flickr Up we go again! pr126 by Jenseib, on Flickr But look at the view! pr168 by Jenseib, on Flickr pr169 by Jenseib, on Flickr pr172 by Jenseib, on Flickr pr173 by Jenseib, on Flickr Some video I took while we were there. pr127 by Jenseib, on Flickr pr128 by Jenseib, on Flickr pr171 by Jenseib, on Flickr pr174 by Jenseib, on Flickr pr129 by Jenseib, on Flickr Looking out over the ocean was just amazing and beautiful! pr175 by Jenseib, on Flickr pr131 by Jenseib, on Flickr Even going down was tricky and steep! pr176 by Jenseib, on Flickr
  14. We walked around the little trail in the flowers, but it came to an end and they were doing some construction. pr143 by Jenseib, on Flickr pr119 by Jenseib, on Flickr pr144 by Jenseib, on Flickr pr145 by Jenseib, on Flickr pr118 by Jenseib, on Flickr pr146 by Jenseib, on Flickr And we moved on. pr147 by Jenseib, on Flickr pr148 by Jenseib, on Flickr pr149 by Jenseib, on Flickr Claire was getting hungry and I needed to go the bathroom, so we decided to find a place to eat. Remember she is very picky! Pizza Hut was something she had noticed we passed earlier, so I put it in my phone and it gave us directions back to it…up hill of course! pr150 by Jenseib, on Flickr We made our order and chatted and I talked with PT a bit too as they were looking for food now too. I think they went to Burger King and she said it was crazy and slow. Our pizza came out and it was really good. pr62 by Jenseib, on Flickr After we were done, we headed out again to explore. pr152 by Jenseib, on Flickr So many neat buildings in the area. pr120 by Jenseib, on Flickr pr121 by Jenseib, on Flickr pr153 by Jenseib, on Flickr It was really feeling hot. pr61 by Jenseib, on Flickr We found a spot in the shade and sat down for a bit. pr154 by Jenseib, on Flickr I believe this was San Crystobal plaza. pr122 by Jenseib, on Flickr pr155 by Jenseib, on Flickr pr63 by Jenseib, on Flickr pr93 by Jenseib, on Flickr We walked around and then realized there was a full on Fort right here! pr92 by Jenseib, on Flickr pr64 by Jenseib, on Flickr pr156 by Jenseib, on Flickr This is Castillo de San Cristobal, built between 1765 and 1785 to protect the city from a land invasion. Everyone pretty much seems to know about El Morro, which is out by the water….the one we sailed by as we left port last week. This one is a little lesser known. Though I did know there was 2 forts in San Juan. I had actually kind of wanted to go to El Morro, but it was a lot further on foot than I had realized and it was hot! We decided we would take a look here…and give Claire a little history lesson too. pr123 by Jenseib, on Flickr pr157 by Jenseib, on Flickr Of course we had to go up..up…up to get to the entrance. pr158 by Jenseib, on Flickr
  15. Some bad video at Pigeon Park…as I flipped the camera after I started filming. pr53 by Jenseib, on Flickr old10 by Jenseib, on Flickr old12 by Jenseib, on Flickr old13 by Jenseib, on Flickr old14 by Jenseib, on Flickr old15 by Jenseib, on Flickr pr54 by Jenseib, on Flickr We moved on then, just walking around with no real direction. old17 by Jenseib, on Flickr pr87 by Jenseib, on Flickr old19 by Jenseib, on Flickr old20 by Jenseib, on Flickr pr110 by Jenseib, on Flickr pr55 by Jenseib, on Flickr pr114 by Jenseib, on Flickr pr88 by Jenseib, on Flickr pr89 by Jenseib, on Flickr There were some steep up and down areas here. pr137 by Jenseib, on Flickr pr138 by Jenseib, on Flickr So do you remember that Claire was missing 6 days of school for this trip? Well the weather ended up being horrible at home, which was the reason Skip had cancelled in the first place. School ended up being cancelled 4 of the 6 days she was missing. So she totally lucked out and only missed 2 days and was actually ahead when she went back since she did make up work before we even left. One of the days while we were gone, the school posted a challenge. They wanted the kids to build a fort and read, then post the picture to their social media! Claire just thought this was hilarious and who in their right mind would do so? The dean of the school even sent me an email and said Claire could still participate. Claire said no way! So now that we were near Fort walls, I told her to pretend to read and I would take a picture. pr90 by Jenseib, on Flickr She had the Fort and the reading covered! Sadly she wouldn’t allow me to send it in to be posted…because that would be embarrassing! pr56 by Jenseib, on Flickr We did some shopping then and we each bought a shirt and I got some magnets too. pr60 by Jenseib, on Flickr We came upon this display. pr57 by Jenseib, on Flickr We were being totally immature and just kept laughing. Someone has wishful thinking! We moved on and I kind of had to use the restroom….but I never could find a public one anywhere in the area we were. I am not sure if there just isn’t any, or if we never found one. pr58 by Jenseib, on Flickr pr91 by Jenseib, on Flickr pr59 by Jenseib, on Flickr Some areas did smell like pee, so I think some people just went where they felt like it. pr115 by Jenseib, on Flickr We walked through the tented area and looked to see what was for sale. pr139 by Jenseib, on Flickr We found this little park which was really cute. pr116 by Jenseib, on Flickr pr117 by Jenseib, on Flickr pr140 by Jenseib, on Flickr pr141 by Jenseib, on Flickr pr142 by Jenseib, on Flickr
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