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  1. Ignore this. I must have had a bad link because I changed the language to Italian and was able to get right over to the purchase area. 🙂
  2. HELP! We are booked in November with Italy Tours EU for tours on our three stops in Italy. We were emailed very specific instructions on how to buy these tickets online. I have tried the website multiple times each day for over a month now and no luck! When I press the "Buy Now" button under the security announcement it just takes me to a bad link. What am I doing wrong or is there a "work around" for this? Thank you in advance for your assistance.
  3. I'll chime in here. Haven Hot tub hours are posted and it has been my experience that they cover the tubs with some type of netting at around 10pm, so there is no getting in. Tipping is very personal but especially in the Haven goes a long long way! We have always taken care of our Butler and Room Steward up front with $100 then same at the end, we always say how much we appreciate them taking care of us during our cruise. In the Haven restaurant, we also have met so many exceptional Servers that we take care of them also. When the Haven Bartender pours our drinks right away before we even ask, we leave a few bucks on the bar and then also take care of them at the end of the cruise. As far as Half and Half, Butler has always had it waiting for me in the fridge. Take a note card, write your cabin number and name on it, along with your desires, make it easy.
  4. Flying in a day early and staying in the Eixample area of Barcelona. Going to take a taxi from BCN to our hotel, then the next day, Taxi from our hotel to Port. Our questions are: Are the Taxi cabs regular size or super small like we have seen in some European cities (can they handle several luggage pieces)? Can we get picked up right in front of the airport then dropped off in front of our hotel (Alexandra Curio Hilton)? Then at the port is the drop off close? Husband wants to take a large case each as well as a Rollaboard carry on each, wondering if we can manage all of this? We have had to drag our luggage several blocks over cobble stones during past trips and wonder if this will be the same deal? Over the years we have seen many couples lose or have delays with all or part of their luggage and this sure puts a damper on a cruise, we want no part of that. What do you think?
  5. Flying in a day early and staying in the Eixample area of Barcelona. Going to take a taxi from BCN to our hotel, then the next day, Taxi from our hotel to Port. Our questions are: Are the Taxi cabs regular size or super small like we have seen in some European cities (can they handle several luggage pieces)? Can we get picked up right in front of the airport then dropped off in front of our hotel (Alexandra Curio Hilton)? Then at the port is the drop off close? Husband wants to take a large case each as well as a Rollaboard carry on each, wondering if we can manage all of this? We have had to drag our luggage several blocks over cobble stones during past trips and wonder if this will be the same deal? Over the years we have seen many couples lose or have delays with all or part of their luggage and this sure puts a damper on a cruise, we want no part of that. What do you think?
  6. We have had nothing but great luck (and prices) with NCL booking our air for us. Times that I would have chosen too! Our last flight from DTW to Miami we were booked on American Airlines, coach. A couple of days prior to departure, we got an email From AA and were offered an upgrade to First Class for only $80 each. Well that's a no brainer. I can only pray for a deal like this from Delta this November for our flight from JFK to Barcelona, fingers crossed.
  7. Hi all! We have a pre-cruise day in Barcelona. Has anyone stayed at this Hilton? Comments about area etc. would be much appreciated. Where/ what to do? Also, getting from this hotel to the cruise port the next day? Best way? How long should it take on a Sunday? Cost? Safe, smart to walk to La Familia Sagrada? Distance? Thank you in advance.
  8. Ah, Christian...... Our favorite Bartender EVER! What a Mixology Wizard! We have been able to catch up with him on three cruises so far, wonder if he will be staying on the Breakaway? Or moving on?
  9. Yes, we also spend our last day filling out "Vacation Hero" cards in the sunshine (get them on the Atrium desk). We have been told by so many Crew members that this is critical to them for recognition, prizes, extra days off, promotions, pay grades, etc. Make sure that you recognize these very hard working people with this and we are also "Tippers" why not light up someones day for going above and beyond for service? The photo is a great idea and we will follow suit from now on, then we don't have to keep our note pad with us. Happy Cruising 😊
  10. Karl, Great lead on an amazing review! Wow and lots of hand stands by the daughter.....impressive! 😊
  11. Oh my goodness! Great pictures. Funny thing, I actually just two days ago was trying to find you "Bird Travels" as your NCL content is fantastic! I thought that you might have what I was looking for 🙂 Enjoy your cruise!
  12. OMG! Long ago "Bid" up to the Haven and could never ever go back. Classy all the way. Personal attention and the whole staff seems to know you and your desires. Top notch food in the Haven restaurant (I especially love the small Breakfast Buffet there in the mornings for a quick grab, kind of like breakfast appetizers.) Want to go to a show? Concierge takes you down prior to the theatre opening and you take your seat down in the front. Need to change a dining reservation? No problem, done. I don't want to seem like a Snob here, but we have met some of the more interesting people in the Haven (quieter so easier to talk and get to know each other), in fact we will be Haven cruising with another couple this coming February that we met in the Haven. No loud children (or adults for that matter) running around. Always a lounger to grab to relax, then fresh fruit and either water or drinks brought right to your chair. Lovely to take a dip in the jacuzzi each night and not have to fight for a spot. The Haven Courtyard area on each ship that we've been on has been just beautiful, especially at night when all lit up. Come back from a long day of touring? Walk past the Haven bar and usually handed your special glass of wine to take to your balcony. Butler that leaves afternoon goodies in your cabin to make sure that you never have an empty tummy. I could go on and on and on. And let me not forget first on the ship, first off the ship (if you want) never waiting in a line. LOVE IT ALL! Can't wait until November 10th to be spoiled again in the Haven 😉
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