June 11 — June 18, 2023, from Miami, Florida

Caribbean: Harvest Caye, Cozumel & Roatan


NCL offers excursions that you can book. I have also provided links to Viator which will provide you with information on other excursions that may be available.

6/10/23Cincinnati (CVG) to Miami (MIA)
6/10/23Transfer to Hilton Miami Downtown
6/10/23Things to Do in Miami
6/11/23Transfer to Miami Cruise PortMAP
6/11/23Board Ship
Time will be provided on check-in documents.
6/11/23Miami, Florida5:30 PM
6/13/23Dock at Roatán, Bay Islands10:00 AMViator
6/13/23Depart Roatán, Bay Islands6:00 PM
6/14/23Dock at Harvest Caye, Belize8:00 AM
6/14/23Depart Harvest Caye, Belize5:00 PM
6/15/23Dock at Costa Maya, Mexico8:00 AMViator
6/15/23Depart Costa Maya, Mexico5:00 PM
6/16/23Dock at Cozumel, Mexico8:00 AMViator
6/16/23Depart Cozumel, Mexico6:00 PM
6/18/23Dock at Miami, Florida
Disembarkation Time set on 6/17/23
7:00 AM
Times Subject to Change by NCL

Things to Do

Check out this post for Airline Check In and Mobile App Links

Where can I see my flights, transfers, hotel, and cruise?
You will receive your flight information from the NCL Air Department which generally follow a “30 day out” policy for sending flight confirmations. It is an entirely different department from the cruise department, and each sends out their own documents rather than consolidating everything in one easy to read itinerary for you. Click here for details.

Please review all of your documents so that there aren’t any last-minute surprises!

Get To Know My NCL

New to cruising or to NCL?

Here is a page full of information.

Flight Issues

What should I do if my flight is delayed and what happens if I miss my outbound flight?

If your flight is delayed on your day of sailing, please follow these guidelines:

  • Advise your airline as soon as possible that you are a cruise guest sailing that day. They will do all they can to book alternative flights.
  • Ask the airline to contact our emergency number 0208 834 9013 immediately and we will do our best to get you on board. If you miss your flight due to your own error, Norwegian Cruise Line will not cover any additional costs for rebooking.
  • Please note that if you miss your outbound flight the airline may consider this a ‘no show’ and may also cancel the return flight. In such cases, any additional expenses for rebooking return flights will not be covered by Norwegian Cruise Line
  • What Happens If My Flight Is Delayed And The Ship Sails Without Me?
    • Get up to $500 toward additional accommodations, meals and catch-up transportation expenses if you are delayed due to inclement weather, strike, mechanical failure and other reasons as cited in the BookSafe Travel Protection Plan.

When are E-Docs available? Up to 21 days prior to departure.

All E-Docs will be available up to 21 days prior to departure, provided full payment has been received and Online Check-In has been completed. Make sure you bring a printed copy of your eDocs with you to the pier as they will serve as your boarding pass. It is important to download your eDocs ahead of time as they will become unavailable 72 hours prior to sailing. You or your travel professional will be notified via email when your eDocs are ready to be printed. Please reconfirm your flight details.

Online Check-In to eDocs… everything you need to do before your cruise.
Please watch this video.

Gathering Documents

Make sure you have the proper forms of identification needed for your cruise. Give yourself plenty of time to obtain or renew your passport, if necessary. In order to make the boarding process as simple as possible, we strongly encourage you to visit RoyalCaribbean.com/onlinecheckin to check in online and print your SetSail Pass no later than three days prior to your sail date. Additionally, guests should look into any visa requirements for their itinerary. Learn more about required travel documents.

How many suitcases can I bring?

What about Documentation, Visas and Passports?

What can’t I bring onboard?

What time do I board the ship on embarkation day and in ports of call?

What about special dietary needs?

What is My NCL, and what are eDocs?

What not to bring onboard

What should I pack?

When can I pre-book Dining and Entertainment?

How can I book a transfer from the airport to the pier?

What vaccines will be accepted?

Are children allowed to sail on your ships if they are not vaccinated?

What happens if I get sick while onboard?

Will all guests be required to be vaccinated prior to the cruise?

Should I bring on a carry-on bag?


  • Open Bar Selected
  • Specialty Dining Selected
  • Shore Excursions Included
  • Wi Fi Included
  • 2-For-1 Deposits Included


  • FREE Airfare Included
  • Depart: Cincinnati, (CVG)
  • Flights are generally not set until within 45-30 days from departure.


  • Gov. Taxes, Fees and Port Expenses
  • Open Bar Gratuities
  • Specialty Dining Gratuities
  • Airfare
  • Ground Transportation

With BookSafe Standard Travel Protection you get:

Up to 100% cash-back reimbursement for covered cancellation causes, or future cruise credit certificates should your cancellation reason not qualify for reimbursement.

Coverage for lost, stolen, damaged or delayed luggage

Reimbursement of medical and medical evacuation expenses if you become ill or injured while traveling


For sailings embarking September 3, 2022 and beyond:

Guests ages twelve and over will be allowed to board unvaccinated. Unvaccinated guests age twelve and over will be required to show proof of a medically supervised negative PCR or Antigen test taken no more than 72 hours prior to embarkation.

For guests age 11 years or under, no additional protocols or testing requirements apply.

Local regulations may have different requirements to enter certain countries – make sure to check Travel Requirements by Country to understand country specific requirements. Guests may b coole denied boarding if all country specific requirements are not met.

Cancellation Policy

Log on to ‘My NCL’ at www.ncl.com/login to make book excursions, activities and extras and to complete the online registration so you can save time at the pier and receive valuable pre-cruise information to prepare you for your best vacation ever.

Please email me if you have any questions.

European Travel Update from Delta Vacations

As you may have heard today, the European Union (EU) issued recommendations to limit travel from the U.S. and has removed the U.S from their Safe Country list. Please note that the recommendation is non-binding, and each individual EU country has the right to set their own guidelines as it pertains to traveler entry.

It is important to stress that this decision is guidance only and does not have any immediate effect on travel rules. It is now up to individual countries to decide whether, how, and when to implement this guidance.

The Italian government announced new COVID-19 testing requirements. Effective September 1, all travelers, regardless of vaccination status, will be required to provide a negative COVID-19 antigen or molecular test taken at most 72 hours before arrival into Italy. Children under six years of age will not be required to present a negative test result.

Please be aware that any travelers who are unable to obtain a negative COVID-19 test within the departure window will be denied boarding and must cancel or rebook their flight. There are no options to test or quarantine upon arrival into Italy.

All passengers traveling to Italy must fill out a Digital Passenger Locator Form before arrival and one of the following: Vaccination card, Green pass or Certificate of recovery.

When does an Administrative Order Trump the Sixth Amendment?

     It is raining outside, and I can’t work in the yard, so here it comes… If you are curious about the laws relating to public health emergencies, keep reading…  If not, move on to the next post on Facebook and enjoy reading about toilet paper shortages. This is not a legal brief, it is a Facebook screed, so please be gentle with your comments as my feelings are easily hurt (biting sarcasm, for those who do not know me). For the vast majority of my readers who have not been acquainted with the criminal justice system, the State of Ohio (represented by your local prosecutor’s office) must bring minor misdemeanors to trial within 30 days, or they must generally be dismissed. For misdemeanors, depending on their degree, trial must commence within between 45 and 90 days.

     The March 13, 2020 Declaration made jointly by the judges of the Hamilton County Municipal Court and Court of Common Pleas to essentially put justice on hold for 30  days made me curious about their statutory authority to toll time (ORC §2945.71 “Time for trial” and ORC §2945.72 “Extending time for hearing or trial.”  It raises a question as to whether time would “run out”, especially on minor misdemeanor cases. I would have preferred that the joint declaration by Common Pleas and Municipal Court to begin with “Pursuant to Ohio Revised Code Section blah, blah blah.. That would have saved me a lot of reading. But it didn’t, so here is what I found.

Computation of time by all courts in Ohio is subject to Ohio Criminal Rule 45 which provides:

(B) Time: enlargement. When an act is required or allowed to be performed at or within a specified time, the court for cause shown may at any time in its discretion (1) with or without motion or notice, order the period enlarged if application therefor is made before expiration of the period originally prescribed or as extended by a previous order; or (2) upon motion permit the act to be done after expiration of the specified period, if the failure to act on time was the result of excusable neglect or would result in injustice to the defendant. The court may not extend the time for taking any action under Rule 23, Rule 29, Rule 33, and Rule 34 except to the extent and under the conditions stated in them.

Rule 45 expressly limits the authority of the court to extend the time for action under Rule 23 (Jury Trials). So, where does the authority come from for a Hamilton County Court to suspend time?

The closest direct reference I could find was subsection (G) of ORC §2945.72 which allows for the tolling of time during “Any period during which trial is stayed pursuant to an express statutory requirement, or pursuant to an order of another court competent to issue such order”. That raises the question, what express statutory requirement?

     In addition, a review of the Ohio Governor’s Executive Order 2020-01D shows a description of the action taken to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, and references orders by the Ohio Department of Health.  Their current Director’s Order  prohibits “mass gatherings of 100 or more”, allowing for other gatherings to take place.

The Ohio Department of Health can issue an order under ORC § 3701.352 “Violations prohibited” (below) and they did so by issuing a Director’s Order by Dr. Amy, MD, MPH  on March 12, 2020, banning mass gatherings of 100 or more:

No person shall violate any rule the director of health or department of health adopts or any order the director or department of health issues under this chapter to prevent a threat to the public caused by a pandemic, epidemic, or bioterrorism event.

3701.99 Penalty (C) Whoever violates section 3701.352 or 3701.81 of the Revised Code is guilty of a misdemeanor of the second degree.

            There is likely already case law addressing whether a declaration of a public health emergency is sufficient to deprive a defendant of a Sixth Amendment right to a speedy trial. But for the legal scholars out there, do you believe the declared emergency is “pursuant to an express statutory requirement”? Or is the “Joint Administrative Order” sufficient? The plain reading of “another court competent to issue such order” seems to mean that Hamilton County Courts can’t extend their own time, but time may be extended by a higher court. And when the agency empowered to set rules and issue orders (the Department of Health) clearly does not set a rule prohibiting jurors from gathering in a courtroom, is a court’s action warranted in respect to denial of Sixth Amendment protections? Are the courts empowered to legislate public health policy through their orders? There is no reference in their order on Courthouse Operations to any emergency order by any body authorized by law to do so other than the Ohio Department of Health, so from where does the authority to suspend the Sixth Amendment arise? What say you, scholars of the law?


            Similar statutory authority for emergency declarations is provided to the board of health of a city health district and the board of health of a general health district under ORC §3709.20 and ORC §3709.21 to declare an emergency; violations also carry a penalty that a person:

…shall be fined not more than one hundred dollars or imprisoned not more than ninety days, or both. No person shall be imprisoned for the first offense, and the prosecution shall always be for a first offense unless the affidavit upon which the prosecution is instituted contains the allegation that the offense is a subsequent offense”.

            The City of Cincinnati has its own Board of Health, as may other cities within Hamilton County pursuant to ORC § 3709.01 which also allows for two or more to form a union. The villages and townships in Hamilton County are part of a general health district.

            And on a compassionate note, when a vaccine becomes available, your local health department has the authority to make them gratuitous under ORC § 3707.27. You don’t need for President Trump or Congress to make them free. Getting the anti-vaxers to get them is the subject of another discussion.

            And what about the actual emergency and its effects?

3707.04 Quarantine regulations.

In time of epidemic or threatened epidemic, or when a dangerous communicable disease is unusually prevalent, the board of health of a city or general health district, after a personal investigation by its members or executive officer to establish the facts in the case, and not otherwise, may impose a quarantine on vessels, railroads, or other public or private vehicles conveying persons, baggage, or freight, or used for such purpose. The board may make and enforce such rules and regulations as are wise and necessary for the protection of the health of the people of the community or state, but the running of any train or car on any steam or electric railroad, or of steamboats, vessels, or other public conveyances shall not be prohibited.

A true copy of such quarantine rules and regulations shall be immediately furnished by such board to the department of health, and thereafter no change shall be made except by the order of the department or the board to meet a new and sudden emergency.

3707.05 Board must secure approval of department of health in certain cases.

The board of health of a city or general health district shall not close public highways or prohibit travel thereon, interfere with public officers not afflicted with or directly exposed to a contagious or infectious disease, in the discharge of their official duties, or establish a quarantine of one municipal corporation or township against another municipal corporation or township, as such, without permission first obtained from the department of health and under regulations established by the department.

3707.06 Notice to be given of prevalence of infectious diseases.

(A) Each physician or other person called to attend a person suffering from cholera, plague, yellow fever, typhus fever, diphtheria, typhoid fever, or any other disease dangerous to the public health, or required by the department of health to be reported, shall report to the health commissioner within whose jurisdiction the sick person is found the name, age, sex, and color of the patient, and the house and place in which the sick person may be found. In like manner, the owner or agent of the owner of a building in which a person resides who has any of the listed diseases, or in which are the remains of a person having died of any of the listed diseases, and the head of the family, immediately after becoming aware of the fact, shall give notice thereof to the health commissioner.

(B) No person shall fail to comply with the reporting requirements of division (A) of this section.

(C) Information reported under this section that is protected health information pursuant to section 3701.17 of the Revised Code shall be released only in accordance with that section. Information that does not identify an individual may be released in summary, statistical, or aggregate form.


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