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  1. As stated many times on this thread, NCL does not have a stated procedure on how to select for an upgrade so it is very difficult to figure what to bid. In my case, I put in a small (rated poor) upgrade bid for my inside cabin to a balcony. After final payment, the price on the NCL website for a balcony was lowered to virtually the same as what I paid for the inside. My bid was not taken, however when I called I was upgraded from inside to balcony aft for no charge. My booking was direct with NCL. Sort of surprised (but very happy) that they did not run the upgrade bid program before advertising a lower price.
  2. Try using Google flights to see which days of the week have the best fares. For example: May 16, 2019 Norwegian Air Low Fare Plus is $422.50 BCN or Orlando. That fare includes one bag, seat assignment, and meals. It goes via Oslo with a one hour layover. We are flying Norwegian from LAX to BCN in October. For a "budget airline", it is pretty good. We have flown them a couple of times.
  3. We followed the Japan-Guide and did this port on our own on the Millenium in 2014. https://www.japan-guide.com/e/e6354.html We walked to Shin-Shimizu station, bought the day pass for local trains and buses. From Shizuoka station, we took the bus up to Nihondaria, then the ropeway up to to the Kunozan Toshogu Shrine. Very nice day and a very good view of Mt. Fuji from up top. Interesting to note: It looks like the train/bus day pass is still the same 1,200 yen that we paid in 2014.
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