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  1. When I first looked at rebooking our Oct 2021 Northern Europe trip, it was looking like it was quite a bit higher for similar dates. I asked my TA to keep an eye on things and she rebooked us during a great sale. We are now going in September (slightly warmer and a little more sunlight per day), with more perks, and about $200 savings. Prices usually go up year to year. Pride of America is always especially pricy, but for our cruise in Feb 2019, we booked 2 1/2 years out and the price jumped a lot before we finally cruised.
  2. Thanks. I've found that sometimes, some of the "overflow" locations aren't actually listed in the Daily. Who knows what will be up in 2022, but I have plenty of time to wait and see.
  3. Thank you all for the info. I know food and entertainment are very subjective, but reading others' opinions helps me. Thanks for all of the extra links, videos, reviews, etc. Funky Fusion FoodsJ, I realize that. The reason we pushed back to 2021 is that hopefully things will settle back down a little by then. But who knows. I'm definitely not paying this kind of money if we are forced to do some of the things they are saying will be required for the couple of ships and cruise lines starting in Europe this fall.
  4. We've decided to move our Northern Europe/Baltic Sea cruise to 2022. This change seems to mean Escape to Getaway. Since I'm normally a small ship person, both Escape and Getaway are completely new to me. For Getaway, since the Diner place is a paid place rather than the free 24 hour place on other ships I've been on, is there a free semi-quick breakfast option somewhere other than the main dining room and the buffet (if it survives this COVID mess)? During the hours between meals at the buffet, what are your options for food on the Getaway? Anything else d
  5. On a previous trip, we had to use two different airlines (not code shared) to get to our location. Even with planning an overnight between flights, a freak tornado warning messed up our plans causing us to have to make a lot of last minute changes. We had travel insurance, but all of this fell under the "travel delay" which typically has fairly low values ($100-250/day). We were only delayed one day, but just our flight changes alone were well over that amount. Most airlines charge $200 per ticket just to make a change, then other added price differences, etc. Not to mention
  6. This may or may not be confirmation of something happening. They did this on the Sun when there wasn't a dry dock. They moved the 4 person cabins into a more expensive category of "family" cabins. It is interesting timing, right when people were saying the required 5-year inspections would be, but, there is an Oct 11 cruise. What I don't see is a cruise between when the Escape arrives in South Hampton on the 21st and the 26th when it leaves for the transatlantic crossing back to warmer temps for the winter.
  7. Thanks for the info. I wish there was somewhere with reliable info, but NCL seems to be tight lipped about it.
  8. Hopefully NCL doesn't wait until last minute and then cancel a bunch of cruises like it did on POA. Everyone keeps saying it needs a 5 year inspection dry dock, but now they have filled most of the schedule for the Escape. The only thing that doesn't seem to be booked is from what I can figure out playing with the schedule is between 2-3 weeks of unscheduled time after the TA spring of 2021, BUT, it stops in London and the next cruise starts in Copenhagen, so there could be a re positioning cruise not yet on the books.
  9. Sorry. Here is the link http://crew-center.com/norwegian-cruise-line-dry-dock-cruise-ship-schedule-2020
  10. Hopefully this isn't a non-allowed link, but this confirms an Oct 22-25, 2020 Dry Dock. I'd be interested to know if anyone hears anything about a Spring one and what is slated to occur. We don't sail until October 2021.
  11. Thanks. I'm an obsessive planner (as many on this site are) and she was always so good at taking care of me and not being annoyed by my obsessive qualities. Luckily a have a cruise buddy who is now a TA (she wasn't when we met) and she knows what I'm like, but the stress of change is still real. Plus, the loss of a friend on top of it all. It helps to have people who understand. Thanks again for taking time to post.
  12. Thanks. That was what I thought, but my old TA unfortunately passed away, so she can't release it and her company is saying it isn't possible. If it was a cheap cruise in the near future I would just leave it, but it is a very expensive cruise so far away I don't want to have to break in a TA who doesn't seem to have the experience of my prior TA.
  13. We currently have a reservation for an NCL cruise in just under 2 years. I would like to change my reservation to a new travel agent. The current agency (my actual TA is no longer with us) says my option is to cancel and re-book. Although prices are still the same, I don't want to take a chance of losing our cabins. Any successful experiences transferring to a new TA or even to direct with NCL? Thanks.
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