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  1. We are booked on the Joy to Caribbean out of Miami in December. My 16 year old granddaughter has just sent away for passport but its still in process and they are advising it could take many weeks. If by some chance she doesn't receive it by cruise time will not having a passport be an issue for her? Will she need it to visit any of the islands? What other form of ID may be used to board ? She will not have her license yet by boarding time. I know rules change all the time so maybe someone who has cruise the area recently could have some info.
  2. We cancelled our September cruise 4 days ago and I was very happy to see our Cruise Next Certificate is already back in our account.
  3. Thinking of making reservation at Hotel Milano in San Juan for night before cruise. Any feedback on this hotel would be appreciated. TIA
  4. Looking for a pre cruise hotel in San Juan , Puerto Rico. Looking for safe, reasonably priced hotel with easy ride to port. TIA
  5. Anyone still waiting on their cruise history to be updated and latitude rewards added? Its been over 30 days. Have sent email to NCL with no response. Tried calling and hung up after over 30 minutes on hold. We have next cruise booked and should be platinum so getting frustrated.
  6. We were on the Star in June. At Cagney's we were told unlimited appetizers and sides, 1 entree and dessert. Same in the Bistro. I assume its same on other ships. Its a lot of food. They will bring you a bill at end of meal for $0.
  7. Just spoke to a customer service agent. I have seen folks post that NCL would get you to next port if you miss your embarkation when purchasing airline through NCL. She informed me that was not true. NCL is not responsible for any airline issues.
  8. Thankyou ljrfmr. That is good news. Were you able to get NCL transfers or your own?
  9. The cruise we are looking at is in January making it doubly scary.
  10. Thinking about taking advantage of reduced airfare for San Juan departure. I know that for coming in previous day there is $25 charge pp. Does that mean we would berequired to stay at hotel NCL associated? The one Im seeing on website is about $500 a night. That kind of defeats airline savings.Anyone had experience with this? TIA
  11. We were on the June 9 sailing. We had stayed in Venice the night before boarding and arrived at the ship around 11 am. We boarded almost immediately. We ate lunch in the main dining room (Versailles). It opened at noon so we had a drink waiting for it to open in the 5 o'clock Somewhere Bar which is right around the corner from the dining room. It was a very nice relaxed lunch.
  12. Not so. On every NCL cruise we've booked we were given the option of prepaying or paying at the end. We've always chosen to prepay . Every cruise line we've researched has a DSC so this should not come as a surprise. We just disembarked from a Greek Isles Cruise and our total bill was $30 for a shuttle we chose . We chose to tip a few of the crew who went above duty . You can spend as little or as much as you wish. We've never come across a "surprise "expense. I don't think I could enjoy cruising as much if I worried about where every little bit of gratuities was going. Whether or not you choose the UDP as a perk or pay for each drink you are going to pay 20%.
  13. I so agree. So many threads about how the gratuities are delved out. The drinks package has the gratuities added whether you purchase it or get it as a perk. You mention 5 drinks but the package is unlimited. NCL has no way of predicting how many drinks you will have in the course of any day. We have always gotten it as a perk and have only tipped when a particular bartender goes above and beyond . There are no mandatory tips to wait staff in any of the dining rooms or bars.You will have already paid that upfront. If however you feel you want to show more appreciation it is strictly on you. If that's the case you just need to carry around some bills to hand out as you wish. If you wish you need not spend one more penny once you get on board.
  14. As you mention, the gratuities for the drinks package makes it come to about $20pp per day. If you purchase 5 drinks as you say you would probably do you will be spending approximately $10/12 per drink and each drink will come with a 20% gratuity charge. When you do the math the "free" beverage package comes out the cheapest. We also like not to have to worry about how much each drink costs and have to sign for them each time and then have the bill at the end of the cruise. We find the drinks package makes our vacation much more freestyle and enjoyable.
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