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  1. Here is your data Marc......I made a reservation on the Jade out of Tampa in Feb/2019, and the "fare" only, no taxes etc. was $1869 pp category BA. Just checked out the same cruise today, and the "fare" is $2319. The axiom "supply and demand" will always come into play, although NCL has been raising their rates for a very long time.
  2. Of all the cruises we have sailed with NCL (to the Caribbean), this is the first time I have seen Grand Turk on any itinerary. I actually thought Carnival Corp had excusive rights to the port.
  3. We will be sailing on the Magic, and the Radiance next year. Do the bathrooms have an electrical outlet (for a night light)? Thanks
  4. I would pick the third option, the Breeze, primarily because of Bonaire. We like to snorkel, and the island "little Bonaire" has some of the best snorkeling we have done. All of these itineraries are great, although we have never been to HMC.
  5. Which deck do you disembark if your on the Magic?
  6. We have not sailed on Carnival for several years. Does Carnival have early embarkation for those folks that carry their luggage off, or do you have to have FTTF to do so? Thanks
  7. The last I heard (this board) was that the POM terminal was going to open sometime during May-June. Is this still the case, or have you heard/read of a different time frame?
  8. As mentioned in another post, roaming the ship is a good way to see what is going on. What ship will you be on? If you are on a mega ship, your interest will mostly be forward (OL) and aft. If you are on a "Jewel" or smaller ship, all sides will be of interest. The promenade deck is ideal for roaming on the smaller ships (except forward). Be prepared for hot and humid conditions, maybe some rain.
  9. We did a cabin crawl on her, and the mini suite we viewed didn't have a bath tub, but a large shower.
  10. My only suggestion would be to call around. We found ours by calling one who advertised on CC. Having learned the hard way, grill them with questions, make sure they have experience (3+ yrs), and are willing to work with you, as well as for you.
  11. Pearl/Jade/Gem/Jewel Dawn Star Bliss Sun (least favorite), but will be on her in Sept. 2020 Would love to try another mega ship just to compare with the Bliss.
  12. I can't answer for other cruises on the Bliss, but on our cruise Spice was practically dead, which was nice for me because I could pick were I wanted to camp. I have a feeling it just didn't get discovered. Also, the slides and the go-karts were a blast!
  13. We were on the Bliss 5/18 for a trip thru the PC, and like you we prefer the smaller ships. I too like to find quite spots to read, and Maltings Bar was my go to spot, although as mentioned in a previous post, the Waterfront would also be a good spot. The Observation lounge is also a good spot to relax, but it can get very busy. The garden café was a zoo most days, especially lunch and dinner, so you might consider Savor or Taste for meals. Personally, I wasn't that impressed with the shows.....way too long. But you might like them. Hope this helps!
  14. I booked the Jade before the 20% went into effect. Talked to my TA, and got the 20% deal which saved us about $350 pp. The 30% sale is a farce. They jacked the prices back up, and after the 30% price drop was put in place, the price was still more than my 20% off.
  15. We have used the transfer bus at San Pedro, and Brooklyn, and had no issues. There are other options you might consider. We have used SAS Transport several times (it's a ride share shuttle) from FLL to POM, and back. We have also used Uber, and a taxi from hotel to Port of Tampa. Hope this helped!
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