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Old Mar 04, 2011, 6:20am   #51
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Okay cool. I'm definitely doing it then. Might make my girlfriend sneak a bottle in her bag too. I'll report back after the trip to let y'all know how it went off.

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Old Mar 04, 2011, 11:57am   #52
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i am going on a Norwegian Cruise on the 20th, any more advice Boiler? what are the poker players like? what are the cheapest drinks, what is fun etc... (i am going on the pearl out of miami)

Blues, what did you do at your ports of call? i'm interested in that types of stuff

Ozone how did your trip out of Galveston go?
NCL sucks for poker. My cruise ran one table of 1/2 but the rake wasn't capped until $25 per pot. It is insanely expensive and while the players are awful you won't overcome the rake long term. They ran 3 $60 rebuy tournies which had awful structure (45/15 including on rebuys and each rebuy is 10 BB with 15 minute levels) but were still probably profitable as people were limp/folding 2 BB stacks etc.

On Carnival, I play poker most nights, but on NCL I only played for 30 minutes or so plus a couple of the tournies. Probably won't cruise them again for this reason alone.

Otherwise they are fine as a cruise line. The french restaurant on ours was notably good. Nothing stands out for drinks.
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Old Mar 04, 2011, 2:58pm   #53
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PJ, I had come down with a cold before the trip so I stayed on board the ship at Progresso. Wife and in-laws did a Mayan ruin tour and loved it. i really regret not going. I'm a history buff and love that sort of thing but I just wasn't up for it.

In Cozemel we just hit a few shops, got a little sun and hit Carlos and Charlies for lunch and a few drinks.
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Samana, St Thomas, Tortola, Great Stirrup Cay

Boiler, that sucks i am sad to hear that, i'll probably stay clear of poker then. What do you think of the specialty restaurants... worth it?

Blues, that sucks about progresso, at least your family was smart and did an excursion to make it fun. Cozumel is pretty awesome, i must admit. You said it was your first cruise, would you go again?
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You said it was your first cruise, would you go again?
Yeah in a heartbeat. Plenty to do if you want or plenty of places to just relax. The gym was well equipped. Food was plentiful and surprisingly good and, on Carnival at least, the price was right.
Drinks were no more expensive than any club in Boston
Booked early saver and after 4 price reductions paid $80 per person per night, how can you beat that?

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Old Mar 05, 2011, 8:10pm   #56
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Samana, St Thomas, Tortola, Great Stirrup Cay

Boiler, that sucks i am sad to hear that, i'll probably stay clear of poker then. What do you think of the specialty restaurants... worth it?

Blues, that sucks about progresso, at least your family was smart and did an excursion to make it fun. Cozumel is pretty awesome, i must admit. You said it was your first cruise, would you go again?
I've only been to St. Thomas in that list.

Its pretty awesome. Spent most of the time Snorkling off St. Johns but got to see a little of St Thomas.

They have a cable car to the top of a hill that gives a view over the bay - its not super expensive and if you have 90 mins to spare its well worth it.
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What do you think of the specialty restaurants... worth it?
We only tried the french place. It was very good and much better than the maing dining room (which was good but a little worse than our past experiences on Carnival). It was worth it. We were going to try some of the other up charge restaurants but heard from several people on the cruise that they weren't different enough from the food in main dining.

One thing to note is that we always had a ~1 hour wait for the main dining room. This is the down side to "free-style" dining. They give you a pager that works anywhere on the ship, so just go pick it up an hour before you really want to eat and it works out fine.
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One thing to note is that we always had a ~1 hour wait for the main dining room. This is the down side to "free-style" dining. They give you a pager that works anywhere on the ship, so just go pick it up an hour before you really want to eat and it works out fine.
Wow, that will certainly save me some initial anger, lol thanks i'll definitely do that.

I am probably going to go to most of those pay restaurants, hey, i am on vacation, why not? The worst that can happen is that it is similar to the free stuff but i eat in a nicer atmosphere and more importantly, somewhere different every night.
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recently came back from the NCL cruise. You were right about the poker Boiler, what a rip-off.
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