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  1. Can get the BinaxNOW from emed with overnight shipping. Never hurts to have a few extras laying around just in case.
  2. Come into Nassau a few days early instead of just the day before. I was able to wander around some butI wouldn't have minded a few extra days to actually plan something to do and experience the island while tourism is as low as it is. More time on the pool deck, most of the time I avoid it because of how packed it is, and I kept that habit, only really spending the mornings out there. I wish I hadn't done the Beach Club at CocoCay both days, it was fantastic no doubt and the food was wonderful, but looking back I missed out not doing the waterpark or spending any time on the rest of the island. Taken more NUUN with me, there were a couple rough mornings.
  3. Fully agreed with @Snotarni, well well worth it, already booked it for my next cruise ? It is a lot of food since it's 5 courses, but it's mostly smaller portions. Except the Teppan Beef Fried Rice, that was a huge bowel of it, but absolutely fantastic. Favorite sake was the perfect snow but the she's a geisha cocktail was incredible.
  4. I'll echo connecting cabins. Unless I'm traveling with someone or planning on working for a few days, a balcony is wasted on me and I sleep better in an interior and like the excuse to spend as little time there as possible. Just don't make me hear my neighbors. I'd rather be next to and across from crew areas than that. That might change once I venture out of the Caribbean for some of my upcoming ones in Alaska/Australia/New Zealand (assuming they go), but we'll see.
  5. Had some time to reflect on the cruise on a 16 hour travel day yesterday and wanted to put together a quick good / bad list. On the good side: Service was incredible across the board. I don't think I met anyone that was just "nice". No waits for anything, everyone remembered your name and often had your drink ready before you got there. Food was great, friend of mine ended booking too, so out of respect for her tastes did mostly Chops and Giovanni's for dinner but both places were better than I remembered. Ice show was amazing Lack of crowds was a unique experience. Not sure I'll ever have a chance to be on a ship that empty again. I was a little worried that being so empty it wouldn't really feel like a cruise, but most of the experience was still there...and in a lot of ways better. DBP was the right choice. By a good margin. My new loves are espresso martini's and "She's a Geisha". Sushi and Sake lunch. I'd seen this as an option sometime last year and have been wanting to try it since then. So worth it. I was stuffed when I left but the food and the pairings were fantastic. Well worth it if you like either. Coco Beach Club - Love it there, beautiful area, great food, fantastic staff. Wouldn't mind trying a cabana at some point either, those looked fun. No chair hogs! Didn't matter when you went, you could get a seat pretty much anywhere anytime and enjoy. Not as good UDP - So. Much. Food. I prefer to eat smaller meals through the day when I'm actively doing anything. Here they just insisted on bringing so much, even sending back plates half eaten it was a struggle. Not to mention with only a few restaurants on board I was struggling to find anything that sounded good by the end of the week. First world problems. I don't think I'll do the UDP again unless it's on a ship with more choices or if I'm going to be dining by myself so I can just grab a roll or two at Izumi when I want. Not much in the way of activities. Not really an issue since they're not a main focus for me, but it's nice to have the option. Not being able to sit at the bar in most bars was strange, while I'm glad they allowed it at the blue moon, I'm hopeful it'll come back to the others as well. Internet was a little iffy, I hope they upgrade it on the rest of the ships at some point too. Overall, I wish I'd gone in June so I could have justified a back to back, it was just a great time and an incredible/unique experience that I'd glad I got to do. It was the perfect first cruise back for me, now I'll just be looking forward to the Grandeur in December.
  6. Ok, a few last pictures, overall this was the most relaxing cruise I've done. With limited activities on board and ports I didn't have a lot planned for I spent a lot of time reading, writing, and drinking so not a ton to report. Seems like most excursion vendors are just trying to get back up and running so not a lot of options yet, even in Cozumel. I'm guessing over the next several months that'll start improving as everything picks up again. Pretty much set on making this my primary travel camera. Has it's drawbacks but I like being constrained to black and white only and having to use color filters on the lens to change contrast / etc. Closest feeling I've had to shooting film and without the hassle of developing and scanning or printing.
  7. They must have changed it, at least on Adventure, if you've got the UDP it was 1 "small plate" 2 "large plates" and 1 dessert instead of a la carte. A _lot_ of food either way though.
  8. One thing I realized with VeriFLY is if your middle name is listed on the flight you need to put your first and middle name in the first name field or it won’t recognize that you’ve completed it.
  9. In the app each drink shows up as a $0.00 charge with the venue name, the exception was cafe promenade when I left a tip, those just showed up as the tip amount. Bottled water they just give you once they verify you have the package so those don’t show, and I never bothered to pick up the soda cup so not sure if those track at all. when you get your final folio at the end they take off all the $0 charges, I’ll have to check if I can get a copy with them on it, otherwise just keep an eye on it in the app ?
  10. It knows what’s coming, I only drink on cruises thankfully so it’s had a year and a half to recover! And number 101 in progress!
  11. Had some time before dinner, while enjoying an espresso martini, to count drink charges to my folio. Excluding cafe promenade charges I’ve had 99 drinks so far. Plus at least two iced coffees a day and countless bottled water. I’ll consider this drink package a good investment for the week.
  12. So, I'd say I'm sorry for not posting more, but I'm really not. This is an absolutely enjoyable cruise and part of that is that I'm giving myself time to unplug and stay away from connected devices, something I haven't been able to do in a couple years. I'm still taking some photos, but more than likely the bulk of the rest of the posts will be done after I get back. Just having too good of a time with everything else. Did do the Sushi and Sake thing today, I remember a few people asking about it a few months ago. All I'll say is... WORTH IT. Like seriously, worth it. Although they did start laughing at me after I asked for the third bowel of wasabi. Sorry, not sorry.
  13. We got our info to register for the test on Monday and then you could schedule your test for almost anytime Wednesday through Friday. When you register it shows all open slots and how many are left open. I got mine at 3PM today and had the results in my email less than 45 min later. Should get the printed copy later this evening.
  14. Naw, most tonic water has anywhere between 10 and 30 grams per serving, depending on brand. There’s a few diet tonics out there without any or less, but not many. it was great meeting you guys too! Hopefully we run into each other again ?
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