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  1. Gears

    Bidding for upgrades

    I am shocked...just got an e-mail of our successful bid. We were below the waterline with an "Ocean View" on Deck 2. I low balled (as low as I could bid) for a balcony at $150ea...Shazzam!, we're now on Deck 6 with a balcony. And for less than we would have paid if we were to book it straight up (for the particular cruise, Feb 10 on the FOS).
    8 points
  2. I just told my wife last night that my #1 goal on our cruise coming up is not to eat myself into a food coma. I have never successfully gone on a cruise and not been miserable at some point from eating too much. Ordering multiple entrees/appetizers combined with sugary drinks is a terrible combination for me, but also way too delicious to pass up. The pain is real but the food is real good. But this cruise is the cruise that I'm going to control myself. Hopefully. Wish me luck... Side Note: We purchased a 5 night dining package since this is our first Oasis class cruise. I'm screwed.
    6 points
  3. mworkman

    Super Mario

    Rumor has it there's a new guy on the block....everybody calls him Super Twangster!
    6 points
  4. Day 7-Nassau I love sunrise and sunset at sea, so again I was up on deck to watch us sail into Nassau. I had signed up for a tour through Cherylโ€™s Bahamas Taxi and Tours for a 3 hour Forts and Queen Staircase Tour. She had told us where to meet our tour guide and the time. Once off the ship we made our way through the port, after wandering around in circles for a few minutes, I finally asked for directions and we made it out of the port area and to our meeting place. For those who have never been to Nassau the first challenge was finding how to get out of the port area. I saw a close
    6 points
  5. Here are a few parting shots leaving Nassau. I understand that this one house belongs to Nicholas Cage, does anyone know why it fell into disrepair?
    5 points
  6. Current view sailing towards San Juan Just before noon (ship time -4 GMT) pilot was picked up.
    5 points
  7. Went into the Pirates Museum, it was fun and interesting; I love the lore of the pirates. Whether what we saw was true or not is anyoneโ€™s guess. So much of what we know of the pirates is woven with truth, legend, lies and myth; never the less I found it interesting. We also checked out the Anglican Church across the street from the Pirates Museum.
    5 points
  8. The Queenโ€™s Staircase was next, the stairs were carved from the limestone by slaves to allow easy access between Fort Fincastle and Nassau. We opted to drive around the Fort Fincastle in lieu of walking up the staircase. This was a mistake because when we got up by the water tower our driver didnโ€™t want to get rapped up there by the buses.
    5 points
  9. Next up was a tour of Paradise Island and Atlantis; it is beautiful and his commentary was interesting.
    5 points
  10. coneyraven

    Which Airport?

    Speaking of the distance between Port Everglades and Miami, here's an interesting photo of a ship at Everglades, but if you look in the background to the left, it would appear to be a ship that just left Miami.
    4 points
  11. Next up was Fort Montagu; as a retired Marine I was interested in seeing this fort as itโ€™s the first amphibious landing by the newly formed Continental Marines in 1776. Captain Samuel Nicholas led 200 Marines to take the fort; while the landing was successful the munitions that they sought had been moved to Fort Nassau and spirited away during the night. In the park adjacent to the fort. they had a stand offering drinks, one of which was called sky juice. A mixture of gin, coconut milk and condensed milk; according to our tour operator so named because after a few you find your self flat on
    4 points
  12. Summary of the rest of the day. Get back onboard from Labadee and relax some, Windjammer Recon phase, go to Top Tier Party, head back to Windjammer for dinner, post dinner recover, and then head to the Pub to watch the Alabama/Clemson game. Quick post sunset photo Without further ado, tonight photo selection from Windjammer. Theme was Mediterranean and the live station was Mongolian again. Same grill selection, pizza, burgers, hotdogs, tacos, yada yada yada... From the Mediterranean section. One thing I just noticed was when I came back later the beef kabobs were gone and
    4 points
  13. Some pictures from roaming around Labadee, didn't go over to Nellie's Beach or Columbus Cove.
    4 points
  14. Breakfast of Champions after a night of Dilly Dilly. Good Grease.
    4 points
  15. That moment of bliss you experience when you're using domestic wireless/cellular/data service. Pull up a web page, boom right there!
    3 points
  16. I use Michelle Cunningham ([email protected] 703 881 2727). I highly recommend using her or any of the other MEI agents. Just an FYI - Michelle has been away for the past several days on personal family biz. I think she is back now but I am not 100% sure. If you contact her and do not hear back IMMEDIATELY (which is always the case if everything is normal) that will be the reason why. Good luck, Robert !! Very envious. I have yet to do Alaska. Retirement...hurry up !
    3 points
  17. Leaving the Pirates Museum we went to the Pompeii Museum. The Pompeii Museum tells the story of slavery in the Bahamas and throughout the world from ancient times to today. We started walking back to the ship in search of conch fritters. Only place that I saw was a Greek restaurant offering conch fritters. Didnโ€™t seem like an authentic place to try them. Unfortunately we found our self at the port area and decided to just get lunch on the ship. I know many dislike Nassau but I did find quite a bit of interesting things to see and do; next time I go Iโ€™ll just walk around to see what I wan
    3 points
  18. Leaving the Fort Fincastle area we made our way to a where wine was offered and a chocolate store. Not one to pass up chocolate the wife purchased a small batch to take home. Off we went to John Watlings Distillery; it was an interesting history filled tour of rum making in Nassau. As our three hours was nearly up, we had our guide drop us off at the Pirates Museum.
    3 points
  19. Our guide was friendly, polite and knowledgeable and his vehicle was clean. We had booked the Forts and Queenโ€™s Staircase tour; specifically I wanted to see Fort Montagu, Fort Fincastle, Fort Charlotte and also the Queenโ€™s Staircase. Our guide assured us we had plenty of time to see the forts and he wanted to show us a few other things also. First stop was a rum cake bakery where we sampled rum cake and I did purchase one cake; next was โ€œThe Cloistersโ€ our guide told us the story behind it and how it was maintained. Many of the parks and such are sponsored by businesses on the island who m
    3 points
  20. @twangster, please don't forget the countless advice you share. The amount of money we spend in your advice. I love my camera and lenses due to your advice. I will post some pics later. Now I am looking at the mirrorless cameras in the future.
    3 points
  21. WAAAYTOOO

    Formerly MDR customer?

    On our 12 night Christmas/NY cruise on Grandeur last month we had the Ultimate Dining Package. While I love Chops, Giovanni's and even Izumi, I have to say....by that last night, I was SO DONE with these 3 restaurants. Not only did we eat dinner there EVERY night, but we had lunch there on 8 of 12 days. I love the specialty restaurants but I would never recommend to ANYone that they should avoid the MDR completely - especially if they have never tried it. I think one of the 3, 4 or 5 day packages would be more than adequate to allow you to try both the MDR and the specialty restaurants
    3 points
  22. I'll have to buy tent dresses in port to have clothes to wear home.
    2 points
  23. SolariumSnoozer

    Key West

    I just spent a day in Key West and did the following: Toured the Truman Little White House - This was interesting particularly if you have an interest in Presidential history. Tour was about $20 a person for 45-60 minute tour. Toured the Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum - I did not find this tour as interesting as the Little White House and it's a little chaotic because they allow people not on the tour to enter and exit areas where the tour is currently operating. If you go here bring cash (about $15 per person) as they do not accept credit cards On the budget friendly side:
    2 points
  24. BTE

    MEI TA Recommendation

    Thanks for the TA info. Have reached out to Michelle & she is working me up some Alaska quotes. Hopefully get some booked later today
    2 points
  25. FlowBro Ty

    Which Airport?

    About 30 Minutes To 45 Minutes With No Traffic.
    2 points
  26. tiny260

    Which Airport?

    My recent experience, was that it was cheaper for me to fly in to FLL and then fly out of Miami. I fly out Saturday and the cruise leaves on Sunday. My cruise leaves in and out of Miami, so I will be taking a limo/car down from the FLL airport to my Miami hotel and then Uber to the port in the morning. The reason I did it this way was if I flew into and out of Miami my tickets went up by about $200PP. I don't know why or understand why, other than Miami may be a busier airport. So I didn't really answer your question, if money is not an issue I would fly into and out of Miami fo
    2 points
  27. +2 On Michelle, just booked an Alaskan cruise with her a couple of months ago, excellent service
    2 points
  28. I was so proud of my wife this past October on Grandeur (Halloween Cruise) ... She won the "Finish The Lyrics" Contest... It was Night 1 -- I kept telling her, YOU NEED TO DO THIS!!! Her response was, I"M TOO DRUNK My response was "EVEN BETTER -- THE LYRICS WILL FLOW OUT OF YOU INSTINCTIVELY" (Her musical knowledge can put people to shame) I WAS RIGHT!!!! --- I'm SO GLAD I Scoped It!!! We've watched it several times .... We laugh every time. Now she'll need to Protect that Victory by doing it on the Next Cruise. I think what shocked her was the number of peopl
    2 points
  29. 5 Days!!!!! to cruise day on the Allure.
    2 points
  30. Will say the suite I'm in has the new "wavy" style carpet.
    2 points
  31. ^^ Wall of text...my eyes are bleeding.
    2 points
  32. Windjammer photos = nothing in my house is good enough now
    2 points
  33. Matt

    Bidding for upgrades

    My advice is if you really want to move up, is to have your TA price an update by changing your reservation. The upgrade program leaves too much to chance.
    2 points
  34. Had a few issues this morning trying to post the post above. I thought I lost it and was going to put one together real quick here before bed, but then it showed up and let me post. Will post some more photos and details of day 2 tomorrow, but was a fun day at sea. Did some rock climbing, relaxed on sun deck, watched sexiest man alive, watched the Bears blow their playoffs, got all dressed up for formal night, and watched hairspray. My All Access Ship Tour was moved to tomorrow morning so have to get up early for that. More on day 2 tomorrow. Good night.
    2 points
  35. Day 1 Took an Uber from the hotel to the cruise port at 9:45. As many people have noted the new Terminal A is pretty efficient. We dropped our luggage to the porter, headed up the escalators and got checked in. Check in process took maybe 5 minutes. Any easy walk through security and we were seated waiting to board by 10:15. Boarding started a little later than when we were on Harmony last year. The seating area was getting pretty crowded and about 11:30 they called for Diamond Plus to board. We are gold so had to wait our turn, but it went pretty quickly. Once on board made a
    2 points
  36. I hate when people bogart the trivia games. I swear, every time we play onboard, the Rain Man comes out of nowhere and wins every time. Whining aside - impressive, indeed.
    2 points
  37. Soon it was time to walk back and get on the tenders to head back to the ship.
    2 points
  38. Hi Sue, like Kathy said we cruise often with our son in a wheelchair. We have sailed Harmony, and the ship itself is very accessible. The accessible cabins are large and easily maneuverable . All common areas will be no problem navigating. You may run into the occasional area he can not get to with maybe a few stairs or something, but for the most part he will be good. I would recommend going to any dining room or specialty restaurants that you will be eating at and make sure they are aware that you require a table for a wheelchair user that is easily accessed. Sometimes they pack people
    2 points
  39. BTE

    MEI TA Recommendation

    Thanks
    1 point
  40. BTE

    MEI TA Recommendation

    Thanks I'm looking to pull the trigger on an Alaska cruise also. I'll give her a call also. Is late August a decent time to go?
    1 point
  41. Are you driving in? We fly in Saturday to FLL (Tickets were cheaper), have a limo to Miami, then get up Sunday morning and get to the port.
    1 point
  42. There was a 15 year-old kid who was a history/geography whiz... He was his own team and scored 20/20 on a Middle East Map and 19/20 on Flags of the World...
    1 point
  43. I just wanted to say I am impressed by the email I received from Casino Royale. I now have everything I need. Their answe was comprehensive and timely.
    1 point
  44. ^^^Agree on this point. We booked Oasis for March 2020 at a way lower price point than Symphony or Harmony.
    1 point
  45. Thanks Matt!! Your insight is always appreciated!
    1 point
  46. I am going to have to remember to make sure that on the Asian night I let my stomach rule...nothing is better to me than leftover Chinese food after a few too many drinks! In essence, since we do late dinner seating I am not going to do my usual WJ hit, instead I will do a plate of Chinese to place in the cooler. Plus, it looks like last night was desserts in a cup. One of my favorites.
    1 point
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