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Old October 4th, 2006, 12:13 PM
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SMOKING -- I can't stress enough how this almost ruined my whole trip. We sprung for a balcony cabin -- what a mistake. The cabins on both sides had major smokers. I think they hovered by the door just waiting for us to go onto our balcony, then they stepped outside and lit up - EVERY time. We were able to spend a total of about 20 min. on our balcony for the whole trip. Plus, one of them had about 15 people in his cabin at all hours (3am one morning) loudly partying - on the balcony yet!
Every time we would get settled in a lounge chair around the pool, someone would sit next to us and light up, holding the cigarrette in our faces. I went up on deck 16 - not a soul in sight - and within 3 minutes, there was a smoker standing right next to me.
Why they don't have a non-smoking cabin section is beyond me.

Lotus Spa - you can get a pass for the week ($70 for one, $109 for two). This will let you into the private area where you have a pool and hot tub, several saunas, several different showers, and heated stone beds. There is a changing room, lockers, robes, towels.
This is all separate from whatever spa treatment you might get. The spa treatments are outrageously expensive. A "salt rub with back massage" will cost you $178 for 90 min., and then you have tip on top of that. They hover over you while you sign the charge slip, pointedly looking at the TIP line. The pressure to buy products is non-stop.

Things that cost $$ - bars, casino, specialty drinks, special meals on your balcony, 2 restaurants (Sabatini's, $20, and Sterling Steak House, $15), the ice cream stand (this was free on Norwegian), Lotus Spa treatments or weekly pass, wine in the dining rooms; internet connec (50 cents a minute); Bingo; laundromat (one on each cabin level); photos taken by their photographers onboard ($20 for each 8x10); the Arcade. The cruise is not expensive, but they nickel and dime you to death onboard.

Casino - I was sitting at a table with a big gambler and seemed to be well known by all the dealers and pit boss. He order a coffee (plain, black) and they still charged him for it. He was incensed (rightly so).

Dining Rooms - I found the food in the sit-down dining rooms to be quite above what I expected - all delicious and the wait staff very attentive. My only complaint is that ALL 5 dining rooms are exactly the same menu every night. Also, if you decline to dress up for formal night, there is nowhere else to go except the buffet!

Medical needs - the liquor store onboard carries small packages of quite a few things - aspirin, Motrin, Rolaids, Dramamine, etc. Surprisingly, the only thing I did not see was Immodium, or any kind of medicine for the bowels. There is a doctor onboard that will happily give you an injection for about $100, so be sure to bring your own meds for Montezuma's revenge!
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Wow, What a horrible trip you had. I tell you they have got to do something about these spies who have invaded cruise ships in order to spy on guests and torture guests with cigarettes.

I can also relate to the spas being so expensive. I get back at them, by not going. I figure if I leave them alone, they will do the same for me.
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Default Actually, the smoking was the worst of it...

Being a pretty laid-back person *normally*, I had a good time and wouldn't hesitate to do it again. I've just decided that I will add "taser" to my packing list
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Glad you had a good time. That's what it's all about.

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