Posted September 12th, 2011, 10:36 PM
Just returned from my 7 day cruise on Norwegian Gem. Problem is, the only reason I booked the trip was to explore Bermuda. So, of course we ended up going to Port Canaveral, Stirrup Cay and Nassau.
I understand that booking a cruise in September is a crap shoot. My questions are, in as much as Katia wasn't projected to actually hit Bermuda did NCL make the right choice? Did Royal Caribbean and Holland America also avoid Bermuda? Would you expect the Line to offer any compensation (beyond the $48/ person credit for difference in port fees) in the form of future discount or on-board credits etc?
Hi Cascade - I was a pax on this cruise with you. I was in the terminal & also received the note about the itinerary change. I also heard countless repeated
announcements over the loudspeaker that "if you have issues with the itinerary change please see an NCL representative." It didn't matter if someone had already checked in or not...if there was an issue go talk to an NCL rep.
Speaking for myself only, I very much appreciated NCL's decision to avoid the Hurricane. I was on the NCL Majesty when there was ONLY a tropical storm in the Gulf of Mexico ...and all the windows in the Spinnaker Lounge broke in, and all the bottles in the liquor store fell to the floor, and all the bottles in the parfumerie fell to the floor, and there were ropes everywhere for people to hold on to...and they then closed the upper decks to all of us. And these conditions lasted for 2 1/2 days for heaven's sake.
I think, with all due respect, you may have no personal knowledge of what rough seas really are.
I applaud Captain Guvstasen (who had JUST BEEN through Irene) and NCL for giving me, albeit lesser ports, but very calm seas.
Bermuda will continue to be there....book a cruise in April or May.