No we are not spending extra time in NY. Our friends are but we have been to NY twice before and feel we will want to get home to our little mini Dachshund. Also, I booked this cruise because I live in Vancouver, hate airports and all that comes with them these days and this way a bus takes us directly to the airport and no bags to worry about. We have had three previous cruises on NCL and although the food is not as good as some other lines we much prefer the freestyle and the fact that you do not have to dress every night for dinner and you can eat when you please. Anyway the cruise has been a code red or sold out since about March so it will be full and hopefully the fact that the ship has been in drydock - it will even be better. However, we are the type that goes with the flow - nothing can be THAT bad and we are just happy to be able to take this cruise with our friends. Bye for now.