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  1. Hello IRMO12HD, In January my wife and I had free airfare with NCL for a Panama Canal cruise. Of course , it's not FREE. It's just a way to offer a discount, without showing a discounted rack rate. But I'm confident that NCL can get better rates than you and I. In our case, the carrier was American Airlines, who I fly with most of the time anyway ( ORD Chicago is our home airport). I called NCL once we got within 30 days of cruise and was given the flight reservation numbers ( they were going to get around to telling us, at some point, but I advise you to call when you get close to departure dates). Anyway, we logged into AA.com website , checked in. and chose our seats (together) and it was actually no problem. You are right, the flights will be at times advantageous to the cruise line. Not was not extreme in our case. Flight from ORD to LAX was non stop (probably the lowest cost) and the flight from LGA to ORD was non stop. Our outbound flight departed at 7am (they want to get you to the port same day, early ) and the return flight to ORD did not depart until 3PM ( they don't want to have to prioritize you for expedited time off ship). the only problem we had was with the transfers. LaGuardia was a nightmare, NCL transfer agent knowingly dropped 15 passengers at the wrong airport terminal and then copped an attitude, with threats to the passengers when called out on the wrong terminal. So, the NCL transfer was worse than worthless. It was a major pain, and some folks were in jeopardy of missing their flights. I wish I had taken a taxi. Steve
  2. Hello responding to ILOVEISLANDS, Yes to planning for extra time, but even more so it is VERY difficult to take the airports shuttle bus with more than one small bag. The shuttles are overloaded as everyone is trying to deal with the disruption. I assume that NCL will figure out how to get you to the ship without a lot of trouble for you. On the return flight, you really should arrange your own taxi if the NCL transfer cannot get you to the right terminal.
  3. Hello, responding to ILOVEISLANDS. I was told by the porter that the construction was the cause of the busses being unable to drop passengers at terminal B on the 16th of Feb. The problem is that it may change weekly as to what restrictions are in place for what terminal. And my experience is that NCL had no clue as to what restrictions are in place at LaGuardia. Do avoid Laguardia, try to book thru JFK. Or just pay for a taxi on your own if you don't assurances you will be dropped at the right terminal. The shuttle between terminals does NOT have space for cruise ship luggage and passengers.
  4. We recently took the offer of free airfare for the 27 January 2019 Panama Cruise. This was for two flights. ORD to LAX and then LGA to ORD. The flights where with AA and once we had the booking, then I went onto the AA website and was able to select seats together. It was indeed a great deal. However, be very careful about the transfers , which are also included in the offer. LGA is under major construction, and apparently bus drop offs are not accepted at certain terminals on certain days. My own experience on 16 Feb was that the bus service dropped off 15 passengers at terminal B, (not C which is needed for AA passengers. When the driver was advised it was the wrong terminal, we received a great deal of NY charm and an offer to call the police on the passengers. NCL has refused to provide a refund for the transfer or explanation for why passengers were not told in advance that they would not get a transfer to the right terminal. If you have an NCL provided airport transfer, be sure to ask guest services on board if the transfer will take you to the right terminal.
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