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  1. I was going through a TA. And what happened to me was, I was given the price, and then I argued for a few weeks about a missing $1,113. And the travel Agent was agreeing with me that the account did not add up. Then finally NCL said, "Oh, we applied the 25% FCC to the price right off the top," explain that that was where the money went. So the price they quoted was not the price, it was a rack-rate, minus 20% minus my 25% FCC. That is very shady. I still may cancel and take the full FCC value and shope for a better trip. I am waiting to see if that trip goes down, or if there
  2. I went through a similar “misunderstanding.“ I got my FCC and 25% FCC, booked a 20%-off cruise and through I was short $1,113. What they had done was given me a 20% off an inflated price, and then before presenting me with the amount due, they applied the 25% FCC (that was the $1,113). Then here was the great deal. The price of the cruise - which was one year later than the one that was cancelled - had a base-rate (before the 20% off) that was 34% higher than the previous fare. So that is the way passengers are treated. So your money didn't disappear, it
  3. Here is the "great deal" you can expect, along with the smoke-screening. I had a 2020 Alaska crusie booked, 2 people in a balcony cabin - all included cost = $4,810 (with gratuities) We got future cruise credit (FCC) plus 25% FCC, and 20% off if we booked in a certain period of time. We booked the same trip basically the same room for 2021. They took off the 20%, and before giving us the price applied the 25% FCC (that was the smoke screen). Which caused a lot of confusion and discussion for weeks because we though we lost some of our credit.
  4. I had a repayment for travel insurance.
  5. Prices have ABSOLUTELY INCREASED. Here is the perfect scenario: I was booked on an Alaska trip in the third week in June of 2020, for one week out of Seward on the Jewel in a Balcony. Trip got canceled, here are the basics of the financials: · I got Future Cruise Credit (FCC) for the cost of the trip; · I got 25% Bonus Future Cruise Credit; · And could get 20% off a cruise booked within some amount of time. I rebooked an Alaska trip in the third week in June of 2021, for one week out of Seward on the Jewel in a Balcony. · I
  6. I was on a June 28 to July 5 trip and it got cancelled about 3-4 weeks ago. I have already gotten the FCC and rebooked for a year later.
  7. I had a cruise scheduled for June of this year cancelled. I received 125% Future Cruise Credit (FCC) to use on trips sailing until 12/31/2022, plus a small window of time to book a cruise at 20% discount. I rebooked and paid for the same cruise I had for one year later (2021), and with the credit and discount I still had about two thousand dollars of FCC left, and time in the discounted booking window. So I booked another cruise for 2022 and got another 20% discount on that cruise, and applied the $2K of FCC as the downpayment. Just a thought for others in this same
  8. I have seen recent posts about trips being cancelled on short notice in Europe, and I have seen this in the past in the Caribbean. I know sometimes this may happen because of mechanical issues, but I am more concerned about NCL getting a better offer. When they’re able to charter the ship out to a company and cancel our trip. I realize in the fine print of the contract it says something about the fact that they can cancel any port or the whole trip and we are just out of luck. But I would rather totally avoid booking any of the ships that are typically used for these kind of sit
  9. NCL isn't giving money to, or back to anyone. Here is the basis of the Carnival deal: The Best Price Guarantee is available only for exact shore excursion matches, for example, duration of the shore excursion, transportation fees, and the exact same dates of the shore excursion as booked through Carnival Cruise Line. The Best Price Guarantee is not available for shore excursions booked through any third-party where excursion details are unknown until after purchase. If your claim meets these requirements, Carnival Cruise Line will issue a non-refundable onboard credit worth 110% o
  10. What I would do is stay in Dublin until the evening before, take the 8:00pm flight. Then from Rome take the train down to Civitavecchia and stay in a basic hotel - since you will arrive very late - and have a relaxed morning. Eat breakfast in towan and then go to the port and board. You will be much more relaxed in the morning this was. Have fun!
  11. This site is called Cruise CRITIC after all, not Cruise COMPLIMENT. So we should expect no less for our entertainment dollar.
  12. Though I am a pretty loyal NCL Platinum cruiser, we are interested in cruising in Australia and New Zealand and NCL does not offer much in the way of variety or an advanced schedule (I like to plan a year or a bit more ahead). What other cruise lines have NCL customers sailed with down-under and been happy with? Thanks
  13. Having done some work in pricing, I know that a company can really irritate their customer-base if they take a product or service away. A strategy for doing this and putting it back on the customer is to jack up prices to the point where few or no customers will buy something, and then the company can say, "We discontinued it due to low sales." This may be what's going on with dinner plans or some of these resaurants, so more space can be allocated to exclusive-tier passengers. This is just an early guess, but store away this thought, and let's see what happens in the next coupl
  14. I agree with Keith here; not only would I not want pay for the concierge and butler, but frankly it would make me very uncomfortable to have those people doing things for me that I really don't need and am quite willing to do for myself. When I'm in my balcony room I tell the room-steward that the second servicing of the room is generally not needed. I know I am paying to have the room cleaned and refreshed, but I don't really need more than that.
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