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19 hours ago, SweetPea said:

This is apparently a Porn Star Martini. I asked the bartender in 270 to make me something with Vodka, but no peach or coconut. 

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To be a true Porn Star Martini, it should come with a shot of prosecco 🍸👍

Looks delicious all the same 😋

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Lol, I took him at his word. It did have prosecco in it, but not on the side. 

 

Now you know what happens when you request a Vodka drink without coconut or peach. 

 

I only like my peaches fresh off a tree. Anything peach flavored is just a no go. 

 

For the first time, I had onion rings from Johnny Rockets for lunch. It was busy. I don't think a lot of people actually got off the ship. It's a miserable day. 

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4 hours ago, CGTLH said:

Advantage is really extra OBC that NextCruise offers. It is significantly greater with the NRD that is forced when booking a SC Suite. Plus you get a 30 day grace period to change sailings.

To add to that, the OBC will be fairly significant...likely $300-$600 depending on what you book.

4 hours ago, SweetPea said:

Thanks, and does it automatically go to my TA of record? 

Yes it would go to the TA you have on this reservation.  If you don't want it to, then ask Next Cruise to make it an open reservation.  Then you can shop it or leave it with Royal.

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It seems I was worried about the survey for naught. 

 

We got the generic standard gift. 

 

I'm not complaining at all. I'd rather this than anything Batman alluded to. Plus, it tells me he took my email more to heart than the survey. He has done anything I asked and more. 20190502_212214.thumb.jpg.7fbfbcdac4d12f0d7f3236199281f485.jpg

 

Derick guilted us into going to the Cabaret. We're going to need to be liquored up for that. 

 

I'm offering a blanket apology in advance for anything I post from this point further tonight. 

I'm sure whatever I post from this point on will seem like a good idea at the time. 

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On 5/1/2019 at 10:32 AM, SweetPea said:

Last night we saw Clint Holmes. For some reason we had it in our heads that he was a comedian. He's not. More like a Vegas Act. His show was not well attended, and that's a shame. He's very good and charismatic. His one hit was titled something I don't remember, but had the lyrics of "My name is Michael. I have a nickel."

 

SweetPea - I know I'm a little late in bringing up this post, but we also saw Clint Holmes on our cruise in March and I was blown away by his performance.  Like you, it wasn't at all what I was expecting but my husband and I walked away saying it was the best performance we saw all week.  Very heartfelt - he definitely put his all into the show.  Very sweet that you and he had a connection/moment - I'm sure he appreciated it as much as you did. ❤️ 

Thanks for the continued Haven comparisons - sounds like NCL has ditched straws completely?  It's obviously been too long since I have cruised with them.  I took my own straws on the Royal SC cruise in March - paper wasn't going to cut it for me either.  LOL  

I was in an aqua theater suite so it wasn't the same as yours but the bathrooms/makeup areas on Royal just do not compare to what I've experienced on NCL.  Seems odd to place that much emphasis on a bathroom/makeup area but it does tend to spoil you when you have it! 

Sounds like you and Batman are having a great cruise - your blog has been enjoyed by all!  🙂 

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Batman has declared if we both die of heart attacks, and let's face it, we're both at that age, it's Derick's fault. 

 

We told him no late night feeding tonight. 

 

Not only did he not oblige, he went overboard.

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I'm 5'2" and almost 50 for God's sake. I can eat nothing without gaining 12 pounds. This is completely wrong on so many levels. 

 

If anyone knows where I can order a tapeworm and a detox place that accepts high deductible policies, please lmk. 

 

 

 

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I'm just going to finish this beer. Then I'm going to bed. Seriously. 

 

Gross. 

 

Have you ever watched My 600 Pound Life? I may need to call Dr. Now after the Star Class Food Coma Syndrome (SCFCS). That should be a thing. Really. 

 

Batman just said, I'm going to lie down and moan. 

 

And he did. I'm a bit concerned. Do Apple watches check your breathing? I am a Samsung girl.  I wouldn't know. I just know, He's set an unimpressive excersize ring closure. I'm concerned I don't have a portable mirror to check for fog later tonight. Later tonight? When do you go brain dead? Nevermind. He's moving. 

 

And we couldn't even put a dent in this mess. 

 

Plus, I feel like this is taking way too long to type. & I feel like exercise might be spelled funny. 

 

I feel like hitting submit might not be fortuitous at the moment. Thank God for word prediction. 

 

OH well, I'll just kiss this post up to God. 

 

After all, you were warned of PUI early on. 

 

 

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20 hours ago, SweetPea said:

Batman has declared embarkation and debarkation alone the price of admission to SC. 

 

 

Very nice. How does Haven handle it?   Not quite as well?

Cape Liberty is much better these days compared to the Manhattan or Brooklyn cruise terminals. So it goes pretty smoothly even for the us peons sailing in steerage. 

Two weeks ago they didn’t even bother doing customs, since immigration was handled in Boston. I was finishing my coffee in the MDR at 730am and opening my front door at 828am.

I was shocked. Everything was super smooth. My luggage number was called early, all my luggage was in one place in the terminal (4 bags!). They had people helping at the parking payment machines and at each exit gate. Was very impressive. 

But you never know when things can go wrong, so having that sort of service available can come in very handy...

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2 hours ago, karl_nj said:

Very nice. How does Haven handle it?   Not quite as well?

Cape Liberty is much better these days compared to the Manhattan or Brooklyn cruise terminals. So it goes pretty smoothly even for the us peons sailing in steerage. 

Two weeks ago they didn’t even bother doing customs, since immigration was handled in Boston. I was finishing my coffee in the MDR at 730am and opening my front door at 828am.

I was shocked. Everything was super smooth. My luggage number was called early, all my luggage was in one place in the terminal (4 bags!). They had people helping at the parking payment machines and at each exit gate. Was very impressive. 

But you never know when things can go wrong, so having that sort of service available can come in very handy...

Haven in NYC does have an expedited security line that is shared with the Casinos at Sea folks. Check in is then in its own area in the back. It's a large sitting area with food. And it's standard procedure: security photo, your printed key cards, signing a health waiver. This is also where you meet your concierge. A butler then escorts you on, and there is an elevator reserved to take you to the Haven. You check your bags like everyone else, but you are given priority tags. 

Disembarkation is easy, but you still must leave your luggage out the night before. Many a time, we've lost track of when that is supposed to be and the Haven staff flags us down and helps. Oops. When you're ready to disembark, the concierge escorts you off via service elevator and then hands you off to someone ashore who continues your escort where your luggage is waiting in a priority area. 

Wow, this post took a lot out of me, lol. Room service came an hour and a half early.

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Well, as I said, breakfast came early, but I'm forbidden from enjoying it just yet, even though the hair of the dog is probably in order. 

I've got to go write thank you notes. This is something I always do, something that can be shared with superior officers. With a little $omething to remember us by. 

Batman put a ban on me doing this while drinking, after I once managed to give an unsolicited letter of recommendation to an officer for a crew member we sailed with many times. I extolled her virtues and made my case that the next time we sailed with her, she should be in a white suit and sporting stripes. You've seen my drinking posts... I'm not sure I ever stated my case clearly. However, I still keep in touch with this crew member, and it turns out I was the cause of a good laugh. But in the end, the officer was touched I took the time to do it.

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11 hours ago, Spartan4Ever said:

SweetPea - I know I'm a little late in bringing up this post, but we also saw Clint Holmes on our cruise in March and I was blown away by his performance.  Like you, it wasn't at all what I was expecting but my husband and I walked away saying it was the best performance we saw all week.  Very heartfelt - he definitely put his all into the show.  Very sweet that you and he had a connection/moment - I'm sure he appreciated it as much as you did. ❤️ 

Thanks for the continued Haven comparisons - sounds like NCL has ditched straws completely?  It's obviously been too long since I have cruised with them.  I took my own straws on the Royal SC cruise in March - paper wasn't going to cut it for me either.  LOL  

I was in an aqua theater suite so it wasn't the same as yours but the bathrooms/makeup areas on Royal just do not compare to what I've experienced on NCL.  Seems odd to place that much emphasis on a bathroom/makeup area but it does tend to spoil you when you have it! 

Sounds like you and Batman are having a great cruise - your blog has been enjoyed by all!  🙂 

I wanted to respond to you last night but clearly I was not in a state to do it. 🙂

 

Clint was amazing. And no, that 20$ CD single never did make it to our room, but that doesn't matter. 

NCL is weird about straws. Some ships have paper, most don't. Some have them at the start of your voyage, and then all of a sudden, they're gone. And I do hate paper straws anyway. You can taste them. 

 

And yes, thank you for validating my feelings about the importance of a dressing table. Even with the mirror lights on, I have to check to make sure I'm properly blended in the light of the bathroom. 😊

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We are just put putting along on this overcast day. It breaks my heart a little that Derick is now finalizing plans for his new guests tomorrow. I know, I know. Don't cry because it's over. Smile because it happened! 

 

Thank you notes are done. I can have my breakfast now. Batman is packing. 

 

Last dinner in CK tonight. Perhaps a comedian. 

 

One thing I like to note for first time SCers: if your Genie has something scheduled for you and you don't want to go, just say so. Just let him or her know. We've found that Derick books his folks private sessions (Escape room, North Star, bridge tour, etc) together. So if you don't plan to do it, let him know so he's not waiting to see if you'll come. 

 

We scratched most of our Day 2 itinerary until 6, let him know, and he appreciated the heads up. 

 

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