Pearl might have a charter booked for jan 17-24 2015?

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#1
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We are considering booking the Pearl for feb 2015 and after doing a little research I came across this...it would conflict with 2 of the cruises in jan..now it makes me worry about feb cruises..i know this feb there were a lot booked but was hoping next feb would be different since they have longer cruises scheduled ...I found it on Sixthman..which I believe is the music charter group ncl uses..but this charter is not listed on ncl yet only on Sixthman web..check it..has anyone else see this?how far advance do they inform u that your cruise is chartered?that would be sad after all the planning..which for me is part of the fun


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Yes, Pearl getting chartered in Jan-Feb is very likely.

I'm not on the computer so can't help you with the search of when they have announced the charters in the last few years.
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In all likelihood, Pearl will be chartered for several weeks after the one you posted in 2015. Dates announced in the next couple months.
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First...good research on your part, by checking 6th Man's website as part of your process....these types of music charters are wildly popular and 6th Man seems to be adding more all the time...guests who were booked on a normal sailing for that week in 2015 are probably being offered alternatives as we speak by NCL

Just to play it safe, I would look for an alternative NCL cruise for the week in Feb 2015 that you were considering

Full charter music cruises have the pattern of staying within the same time frame every year, so fans can put in their vacation bids at work and the artists can plan their touring schedules
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NCL also owns Sixthman. I agree if the Pearl is being chartered this year for a certain date, most likely will be chartered next year at the same time. Sorry but good luck finding a cruise!
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Howdy,

Sixthman has confirmed that NCL Pearl will be a charter sailing on January 17th. Thanks to Hotlipss for alerting me to this situation. Seems funny that I just spoke with NCL and they said this cruise (Jan 12th to 22nd) was not cancelled. I wonder for how much longer they will continue to book people on the cruise before they make them aware that it has been cancelled.

Hello ddaz,

Thank you for your message. The Dates of January 17th are not incorrect. Since we just finalized the charter and took the Pearl from its original route their website is not yet update. Not to worry we will be on the Pearl and we will be sailing January 17th.

Thanks for checking.
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The NCL & Sixthman venture is still in it's early stages so it will take them awhile to work out the kinks...I am sure NCL long range fleet schedule planners will have worked out a schedule where they do not factor in the Pearl in it's 8-10 cruise offerings by fall

NCL has the historical data that shows how far in advance do guests book a cruise which will drive at what point the cutoff for scheduling a charter should be

However, if an organization approaches NCL about a charter less then a year out, and throws lots of $$$ at them, and NCL knows they have enough excess capacity fleet wise to offer alternatives for booked guests, it then becomes a decision of economics

I predict the Pearl will be "charted out" from the fall to the spring within the next 12-18 months and do regular sailings in the summer during peak demand
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I just live chatted with someone from Sixth Man Cruises. Yes, the Pearl will be chartered on January 10-17, 2015. Now I get to reschedule.....
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Originally posted by BabsinTX
I just live chatted with someone from Sixth Man Cruises. Yes, the Pearl will be chartered on January 10-17, 2015. Now I get to reschedule.....
That sucks for everyone on your sailing..best of luck finding a new cruise..I also like to plan ahead and spend the year getting excited about the cruise..that's part of the fun for me but I will think twice now cause with us living in Canada having to rebook air tickets can be costly
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Originally posted by BabsinTX
I just live chatted with someone from Sixth Man Cruises. Yes, the Pearl will be chartered on January 10-17, 2015. Now I get to reschedule.....
We are booked on the Jan. 12th cruise, now that it has been chartered how and when will we be notified, and why is NCL still booking this Jan. 12th cruise, doesn't that just make more people upset when they get canceled, makes no sense to me (but then alot of things make no sense to me)
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Originally posted by excitedtocruise
If it is chartered from January 10, 2015, then will they also cancel the sailing from January 2 to the 12? That is when I am booked!!!!
It seems like if it's chartered for the weeks mentioned on this thread there would be 3 different cruises affected, I think someone mentioned here or on our Jan. 12th roll call that they might bring in a different ship for the already booked cruises but I have never been in this situation before so I have no idea what they do, I just wish they would let us know what's happening.
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We're booked for the 2/12/15 Pearl cruise too. Sixthman has the ship booked for 2/10/15. I'm so confused!!

Holding on to our reservation for now and will see how long it'll be before we heard anything officially from NCL.
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Here's a quote from Cayamo's FB page:

Thank you #Cayamo-ans for another wonderful week! Safe travels today as you all head back home. Let the countdown begin for January 17, 2015 when we all reunite again...


All of these dates are making my head spin!
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Jan 10-17 for Sandy Beaches and Jan 17-24 for Cayamo. You'll also have, at a minimum, the rock boat and kid rock in there, too. Probably mountain song at sea and a couple others in early Feb
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Originally posted by coscab
I think someone mentioned here or on our Jan. 12th roll call that they might bring in a different ship for the already booked cruises but I have never been in this situation before so I have no idea what they do
Cancelling Pearl's regular cruises in Jan/Feb is pretty normal and has happened already for few years now (after the charter dates are finalized which is later than when NCL begins to sell the regular cruises, hence the cancellations). Replacing a ship with another because of charters on the other hand is very unusual - I don't remember ever hearing about that.
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Well, we booked a Hawaii cruise on Princess for February 2015 but didn't cancel our Pearl cruise just yet. My travel agent says NCL usually waits a few months to make sure the charter will have enough people to cancel us regular folks. But by then the cabin we want would be gone.

Most of the charters seem to be seven days. So why does NCL do them on a ship with 10 and 11 day itineraries? I wish they had left the Sun on these longer routes and put the Pearl on a 7 day Western or Eastern Caribbean itinerary.

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We are booked on the Pearl from Jan. 22, 2015 untill Feb. 2. 2015. I hope we are all set. I called NCL and they told me that we were good and nothing was chartered. I sure hope they were correct in what they said.
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Originally posted by BabsinTX
Most of the charters seem to be seven days.
Most charters are actually 4 or 5 nights long, full charter of 7 nights is quite rare.
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