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  1. Just get it and don't worry about it. 🙂
  2. We were on NCL Star. It was in 2011, before there was an expansion to the locks. I would suggest a smaller sip so you go through the original locks, but that is just an opinion. Whatever works best for you. It is something you will be really glad you did.
  3. Good list, except we stay on a Labadee. We don't do beaches. #3 goes for all Jamaica ports for us. I agree that getting off the ship doesn't have to include an excursion.
  4. We did a 15 day from Los Angeles to Tampa. If you do one, do the entire route. Some itineraries go half way and then turn back. It was terrific. We lucked out and had port side a balcony, which happened to be the side that allowed us the best view of the locks. Also, do some reading. There is a fascinating book, that is well worth the time. The Path Between the Seas: The Creation of the Panama Canal, 1870-1914 by David McCullough
  5. This is the Windjammer after all. It doesn't get more casual than that. The only place I wear sandals is on a cruise and we eat at the WJ a lot.
  6. Cool! Our church secretaries are volunteers. 🙂
  7. Congratulations! you also get a signature lapel pin and an invitation to top tier events.
  8. There may be other restaurants that serve free breakfast too, but I am not familiar with Explorer. We generally end up at WJ. They have a terrific breakfast buffet, so it is quick. There are also stations so you can have omelets or eggs made to order. We eat late too. MDR is often not serving. We have tried it but their service has not been as good, especially if you are a coffee drinker.
  9. If you have cruised the line before, you probably only have to ask. Bribing your cabin steward may not be the best idea. If we are going to tip extra (which we usually do), we tip toward the end. Same with MDR staff and favorite bartenders. Some people tip at the beginning, thinking they will get better service. Maybe they do but service on the ship is usually very good anyway. If you are one of those that wants to tip in advance, that is fine. I just wouldn't do it to try and get him to break the rules.
  10. 365 days a year! Next year I get a bonus and get 366 days. 🙂 I must be really good at being retired.
  11. We like being on the ship when it is more quiet. Nothing wrong with doing that if you choose to. We have been to most of the ports, so for you it might be fun to at least check the port out.
  12. Best way, is to go check out the MDR when you get on board. If you see an area you would like to sit, you can request it, but may not get it. You should have no problem requesting a table for 4, if that is what you want.
  13. Thanks Skid. I was wondering the same thing.
  14. We bring one large suitcase and one carry-on, plus what I would ca,, a utility bag, per person, regardless of the length of the cruise.
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