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  1. Just off the Breakaway my understanding is they do not have the license for any college football. There were NFL games Thursday , Sunday ( not all games the daily listed which games would air) and Monday night game. The channel was only active when a game was aired. The other sports channel was sport24 TV rugby, golf, soccer.
  2. The service in the courtyard is bare bones, orders incorrect ( simple things like ordering onion rings and getting fries) no one comes back to check on you , offer you a drink refill. Dinner service seems to ok but other times it is not up to the standard of past experience.
  3. We are on the Breakaway now and went to Cagney’s tonight for dinner. It was not a great dinner. We are in the Haven , I had a MUCH better steak in the Haven restaurant a couple of nights ago then I had tonight at the steakhouse. We aren’t going to do this upgrade dining packages anymore , we will just stick with Haven dinners. That being said , my other comment would be we have noticed some changes in the Haven area as well. It feels a bit “watered down “ compared to past Haven cruises. Some of the dining/ drink service is almost non existent at times. Lunch on day 1 was terrible. We didn’t even eat it.
  4. I looked into this for our 9/15 cruise. It depends on how booked the ship is. There has to be enough room in the life boats. Then it was just going to cost Taxes/fees. You will have to call to find out.
  5. I have been on both ships. We did a back to back 4 day Rome to Barcelona then 14 day transatlantic to Miami on the Epic. For first part of the cruise we had a reg mini suite hated it, my husband was very unhappy in that odd room with the bathroom setup and I remember the couch was rounded in the middle. It just wasn't comfortable. We had a 2 bedroom Haven for the 2nd part of the cruise luckily. That was fantastic. Besides not liking the mini suite there was not a lot of areas on the ship to just hang out. If we hadn't been in the Haven I think I would have been really miserable with the sea days and lack of places to go and not being comfortable in the cabin. The Dawn we did Boston to Bermuda and we had a DOS and only a couple of sea days. If I had to choose between the 2 ships and Haven was not an option on the Epic then I would book the Dawn. Sailing out of NY isn't that bad surprisingly.
  6. So glad you asked this question! It is good to know you are not the only one. We have also booked Haven right away. We have even paid the upgrade difference for my sil ( of course she never knew this) from a mini to haven courtyard once because we wanted to be in the Haven and traveling with family. Argh it was just easier to pay it and not say anything. All she thinks is it was some kind of magic points upgrade. I do have to say though if I couldn't do a Haven I would be looking at a spa mini. That seems to be ( or in the past anyway) a sweet spot for pricing and a little added privacy. I know they used to be sold out quickly in the past. Now I think people wait for bid upgrades
  7. That is funny! We don't like the tub and you too. If you want a tub with a view. Haven 2 bedroom suite this one was on the Epic with Madeira Island Portugal in the background. Enjoy the thermal spa it IS def worth it in my opinion. We will probably just add some day passes on.
  8. Hi Zeppgirl, I think there can be vast differences in rooms depending on the ship. Have you tried looking on youtube for stateroom videos of the ship and room type? We use youtube for all the time when booking cruises. We just booked today and opted against a haven spa room because of the tub next to the bed and lack of seating and went with a haven courtyard instead.
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