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Old 11-15-2006, 03:36 PM
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THANKS AGAIN....
APPRECIATE IT.....
VIC.....
I'M KINDA DISABLED A LITTLE BIT (WALKING)..
DO THEY HAVE SOME WAY TO SHUTTLE PEOPLE DOWN THE LONG PIER TO THE BOAT WITHOUT IT BEING A WHEELCHAIR?
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Old 11-15-2006, 08:09 PM
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Vic and Donna:

First of all the Port of Houston is in a very poor industrial area, so don't get scared when you arrive in the area. NCL Dream is one of the very few ships that ports at this location. The port is not scenic and there is a large port terminal for cargo containers, similar to L.A. The gangway is long and somewhat steep to the entrance of the ship, I would think if your walking situation is not too bad you can make it. As far as room location your in good shape, between miship and aft (rear). Take the midship elevators or lifts for a direct ride to deck 9 for the Four Seasons. The elveator opens and just go to the left and your right there. For the buffet on deck 12 use the rear elevators as it goes straight to deck 12. The midship elevator does not go to deck 12, just 11 as the highest deck. Sunday is formal night and will be lobster night. The lobster is about a 4 oz lobster, so if you want more, just ask. The pier in Progresso is about 2-3 miles long and the ship docks near the end. NCL will have transportation from the dock to town for free. Actually Vic, it's Mexican school buses converted with plastic type bench seats. Its a short walk from the ship to the buses, which leave every 15 minutes.

Mary & I took a small box of wine with us in our luggage, It was a 3 liter box, nice and compact, and with ice brought to the room everyday, you can chill the wine. A bottle of wine purchased on the ship will cost about three times the price at your local liquor store. Thus a $8.00 bottle at home will cost $24.00 on board. Beers are $3.50 or so, and good Martini will cost $8.75. One word of advice, be sure to check every ticket that you sign for liquor purchases. One person in our party ordered a martini. They signed the receipt and showed it to Mary and me. The charge was $17.50 for a Classic Martini. Since this was their first cruise they were a bit embarrassed to complain, so I did for them. This happened several times on our cruise. The bar server was quick to change the charge to $8.75, so be careful, and check each bill that you sign. On drink purchases, the bar server will automatically add $15% for their tip. Also tipping is automatic on your bill at the end of the cruise. The other couple we were with did not realize this and left some hefty tips along the way each day for the food service. Once we told them they would be automatically billed at the end of cruise at the rate of $10.00 person per day, they stopped the extra tipping after 3 days. So expect a charge for $140.00 for tips for the week. It will be easy to bring some snacks or cokes on board from the port stops. I am not cheap, and we do spend money for drinks on the ship but we are moderate spenders. It's easy to suck up the drinks, then when you get the final bill on Saturday morning, you get the surprise. Speciality drinks in a NCL plastic glass will cost about $8.00 each. Be sure to take stuff like aspirin and basic sundry items as the gift shop is small, and very limited as far as product. The Tratorria is NOT open for lunch. Lunch choices are the Four Season's dining room, which we preferred. The Buffet on Deck 12 rear of the ship is in what is called the "sports bar". NCL doesn't know what an American Sports Bar is like. Also outside BBQ's are offered and there is the Pizzeria which serves burgers, hot dogs, pizza, and some basic pasta dishes and salads. I figure you can get this stuff at home locally, so I strongly suggest that you consider the main dining room for breakfast and lunch and get that special service that you expect on a cruise. Hamburgers are on the menu in the Four Seasons dining room if thats what you want. You can sit at a table for four, or you may be asked to share a table of eight. If you want privacy for two, ask for two. If it's four, stick to a four top. Looking to meet new people go for the eight top table. Get there early and the window seats are very nice. We were on deck 5 also, so its quiet. It will be nice to have other family members in your group. I also highly recommend that you plan your dining so that you get to the Stardust Lounge early to get a good seat for main shows. The seats are litterly jammed together and if your late, you may find seating cramped and very uncomfortable. Once your there, you will see what I mean. Expect a long line for the 10:45 PM Chocaholic buffet.

Try get on board as early as possible so you may explore the ship a little bit and get settled. Once on board, decide where you want to eat and make a reservation for Sunday night. If you plan to dine at Le Bistro, save that day for later in the week, and if you dine in Le Bistro before 6:00 PM you get a special rate. Its a real deal. The menu in Le Bistro never changes and the Captain eats there often at about 6:30 or 7:00 PM with special guests, usually four guests, himself and someone else from the staff. This were he does his PR with special passengers. That's what he did with Mary and myself. They have their own special area.

The staterooms on deck 5 have unobstructed views and are very nice. Be prepared for a real mess on the muster drill (deck 7) and don't get scared when you get passengers jammed together for this. On our trip, the passengers were so crowded together with life preservers on, one lady passed out. If you have any other questions or thoughts before you go, just ask. I will try my best to give you a heads up, to help make the cruise more enjoyable to you and your family. Just remember that NCL is out to have you spend money. After three days you will most likely be tired of getting your pictures taken by ship photogs, and bar staff soliciting drinks. But this is how the staff makes their tips and income. Be careful of the casino, and I suggest not to waste your money on the slots. $20 or $50 bucks will be gone in 5 to 10 minutes. With this pre-cruise information and tips, it should help make your cruise much more enjoyable. At least you have an idea of what to expect.

Richard & Mary
Las Cruces, New Mexico
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Old 11-16-2006, 02:41 PM
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THANKS AGAIN RICHARD.... WE'RE NOT GAMBLERS SO WE'LL STEER CLEAR OF THE CASINO'S...ALL THE INFORMATION YOU'VE GIVEN US HAS BEEN ABSOLUTELY SUPERIOR!! ESPECIALLY ABOUT THE SUNDRIES AND THE SHOP BEING VERY LIMITED.. THAT WILL HELP...
WE'RE GOING SNORKELING SOMEWHERE BUT WE HAVEN'T REALLY PINNED IT DOWN TO WHICH ISLAND YET> ANY SUGGESTIONS? ALSO MY SON-IN-LAW WANTS TO GO TO SENIOR FROGS IN CANCUN I THINK OR COZUMEL.. IT'S ON ONE OF THOSE STOPS...
DID YOU PUT ANY PICTURES ON THE NET FROM YOUR TRIP WE COULD LOOK AT? IT'S ALWAYS NICE TO PUT A FACE WITH A EMAIL.... IF YOU GIVE ME YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS (SEND TO: itls@sbcglobal.net I WILL MAIL YOU A PICTURE OF US ON OUR LAST RCCL CRUISE.... (FORMAL NIGHT)....
BLESSINGS....
VIC AND DONNA
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Old 11-16-2006, 03:41 PM
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Vic:

Best snorkeling will most likely be Cozumel.
I will send you a PhotoShow of our trip.

Richard & Mary
Las Cruces, NM
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Old 01-06-2007, 01:04 PM
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Richard & Mary

I am eagerly looking forward to cruising on the Dream on Jan. 20, 2007 and as a first timer am both excited and nervous. My wife and 2 daughters(13 and 24) will be aboard and I have read a LOT of review sites and get a bad feeling sometimes. But the one big question I (they) wonder about is thei: What is included as far as something to drink? I only drink water and I assume that is free, but they are into soda and coffee. Is there any juice onboard? Does it cost extra? This is so hard to try to find out anything about. Even on the hard to navigate NCL website I can't find any place where this is discussed. Any help you could provide would be much appreciated. Thanks in advance.

Tom
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Old 01-06-2007, 01:31 PM
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Coffee and juice are included during breakfast (and coffee at meals); coffee should be available throughout the day as well, in the buffet area and possibly also at the bars. If there is a specialty coffee station onboard, that will probably be extra cost, and all sodas are extra cost.
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Old 01-06-2007, 02:05 PM
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HELLO TOM.... IF YOU CONTACT RICHARD AND MARY AND READ WHAT'S ON HERE ALREADY. ALOT OF YOUR QUESTIONS WILL HAVE BEEN ANSWERED.. PLEASE FEEL FREE ALSO TO CONTACT ME AT MY EMAIL ADDRESS:
itls@sbcglobal.net IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS I CAN ANSWER FOR YOU... WE DID THE DREAM IN NOVEMBER AND CAN GIVE YOU UP TO DATE INFORMATION.... AND YES, THEY DID HAVE DR. PEPPER ON BOARD THIS SHIP.... LOL....
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Old 01-07-2007, 02:01 PM
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I am eagerly looking forward to cruising on the Dream on Jan. 20, 2007 and as a first timer am both excited and nervous. My wife and 2 daughters(13 and 24) will be aboard and I have read a LOT of review sites and get a bad feeling sometimes. But the one big question I (they) wonder about is thei: What is included as far as something to drink? I only drink water and I assume that is free, but they are into soda and coffee. Is there any juice onboard? Does it cost extra? This is so hard to try to find out anything about. Even on the hard to navigate NCL website I can't find any place where this is discussed. Any help you could provide would be much appreciated. Thanks in advance.

Tom

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Tom:

No reason to be afriad. The NCL Dream cruise was nice. It is an older ship, but provides a great value for 7 days at the prices charged from Houston. As far as drinks....water is abundant everywhere, providing you want tap water. If you request bottled water, be prepared to pay. Suggest when hitting the first port, usually Progresso, Mexico, buy a few bottles of "bottled" water and bring it back on board. There will be no problems with water being brought back on board. NCL is a for profit company, so expect to pay for bottled water on the ship. As for juice and coffee. Once the buffet or deck Pizzeria on deck closes down in the morning, the juice machines NO longer will work. They are juice concentrated machines, so the staff makes them operable for only the morning hours. The NCL Dream does have a "coffee bar", but expect to pay Starbucks prices. Of course coffee is served in all eating area, at NO charge during normal eating hours. Unlike other cruising vessels, NCL does not offer round the clock coffee or juice. You will find iced tea however, usually during the lunch hours and dinner hours in the Sports Bar Buffet and the Pizzeria out on the open deck. For the kids who drink sodas, you may want to decide to buy the weeks worth of Coke products, unlimited for about $40.00 per person. Otherwise expect to pay abouit $1.50 to $1.75 per soda from a bar/waiter/waitress staff, and remember that each soda will have a 15% gratuity added to the bill, so expect a $2.00 charge per person per drink for SODA. As the VICSTER stated there is a lot of choices for soda, within the Coke family brands. As far as the reviews, don't get scared, cruising is what you make it, and what your expectations are. The experience will be either very memorable or not. Just have fun, go with the flow, do your daily activites on your pace, BUT be sure to make reservations for dining on Formal nights, and if you and the family will eat at peak dinner times, I always suggest reservations ahead of time, as there are only so many seats to fill during peak times. If you are a conservative cruiser, eat at Le Bistro betwen 5:00 and 6:00 PM for a nice 50% off discount. La Bistro is the finest on the ship. Most of all enjoy the cruise. Make it the best, relax, enjoy the shows, and the dining epxerience.

Richard & Mary
Las Cruces, New Mexico USA

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Old 01-07-2007, 07:49 PM
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RICHARD IS RIGHT ABOUT ALOT OF THINGS HERE.. HOWEVER, REMEMBER THAT ROOM SERVICE IS AVAILABLE 24 HOURS A DAY ON THIS SHIP AND IF YOU REQUIRE SOME TYPE OF JUICE OR BEVERAGE AND YOU CAN'T FIND IT ANYWHERE ELSE.. JUST ORDER ROOM SERVICE AND THEY'LL BRING IT.. REMEMBER YOUR ALREADY PAYING FOR ROOM SERVICE ON YOUR DAILEY TAB WITH NCL.. IT'S AUTOMATICALLY ADDED BUT CAN BE ADJUSTED AT THE END OF THE CRUISE DEPENDING ON THE TYPE OF SERVICE YOU HAVE RECEIVED DURING YOUR CRUISE!!!!..
I WOULD SUGGEST ALSO ASKING ROOM SERVICE TO WRAP YOUR SANDWICHES IF YOU DECIDE TO TAKE THEM ON SHORE WITH YOU TO EAT AT A LATER TIME.. THAT WILL SAVE YOU LOTS OF MONEY!!!..
HAVE FUN AND YOUR CRUISE IS GOING TO BE AWESOME!! I JUST KNOW IT!!!.. IF YOU CAN THINK OF ANY QUESTIONS, PLEASE ASK.... RICHARD AND MARY ARE EXPERIENCED CRUISERS AS I AM.. AND DON'T FORGET TO BRING THAT BATTERY OPERATED AIR FRESHNER FOR YOUR ROOM.. IT WILL DEFINATELY MAKE YOUR STAY MORE PLEASANT... WE LIKED THE ONE WITH THE CAN INSIDE THE BOX AS YOU CAN ADJUST HOW MANY TIMES IT OPERATES IN A 1 HOUR PERIOD.... LIKE THEY SAY ON ROYAL CARIBBEAN CRUISE LINES NOW: "GET OUT THERE"!!!! YOUR GOING TO HAVE A BALL...... AND DON'T FORGET THE SUNSCREEN AND PILLS!!! THEIR STORE ON THIS SHIP IS KINDA LIMITED (ONE SMALL WALL SIDE) TO WHAT THEY HAVE AS FAR AS PHARMACEUTICALS..AND I FOUND HEADACHE PILLS USEFUL FOR EVERYONE WE MET. LOL.... (PROBABLY HAD TOO GOOD OF A TIME).. BY-THE-WAY, HOUSTON IS THE ONLY PORT WHERE NCL INCLUDES DR. PEPPER ON THEIR SHIPS.. THEY HAD SO MANY COMPLAINTS FROM TEXAS RESIDENTS WHO CRUISED IN THE PAST, THEY HAD TO ADD IT TO THEIR MENU'S HA HA....
YOU HOW US TEXANS ARE!! GOTTA HAVE THAT DR. PEPPER!!!!
OH YEAH AND DON'T FORGET THOSE EXTRA COAT HANGERS FOR THE CLOSETS.. SOME ROOMS HAD EXTRA AND SOME DIDN'T....
VICSTER
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Hi, my name is Mathias (48) and I live near by Hamburg / Germany . The last time I spoke/wrote english is about 25 - 30 years ago (at school), so I hope everybody can understand me! :-)
I`m looking foward to go on the DREAM on January 20th with my wife (47) and our oldest son (29). It ist the first cruise with NCL after six cruises with the Germman Fun-Ship AIDA ! I hope to meet some nice cruisers and have a lot of fun ! One question : "What is Dr.Pepper" ? A hot sauce ? So I will try it ! :-)

Regards from the North of Germany (still no snow)

Mathias
 
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