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  1. We are in Atlantis Bahamas for a few days, went out onto the balcony for my morning coffee and look at my view…..not sure which ship, but it’s NCL. Our next cruise is supposed to be the Jade out of South Africa in January. I don’t think that’s going to be a go but seeing this ship in port in Nassau this morning put a little smile on my face🙂
  2. Someone in another thread posted that they got an advantage upgrade notification ( to bid on cabins) for their Jade July 25th sailing. So it still looks promising.
  3. Are business class seats an option? On our long haul flights (>10 hrs) we book with points as paying outright for the flights is a little too rich for our blood…..but if we could get a “buy one get one free” it maybe doable!
  4. May not be the case…..our Singapore cruise in 2018 disappeared for months before sailing bc it was sold out….it reappeared briefly after final payment was due as some cabins became available, then promptly disappeared again. Hope this is the case with your cruise….I am a “glass half full” kind of person!
  5. Maybe it is just sold out…..there are a lot of people looking to use there FCC and we have been on many cruises that are sold out 6-8 weeks before sailing (especially the ones with more exotic ports) 🤞
  6. We are booked on a 12 day Cape Town cruise in Jan 2022. Our plan is to get to South Africa 10 days before the cruise, do a Safari in Kruger Park and explore some of South Africa before getting on the ship. We have never been on a Safari before but our understanding is that the best game viewing is very early in the morning and at dusk. These times will make it difficult to get a good safari experience as a shore excursion. I am following this thread with great interest as would love to hear what others have experienced! Fingers crossed that our cruise will be a go and I will be able to post a review 🤞!
  7. …….if you’re curious as to what the certificate looks like (pen strategically covers my name😀)
  8. We were on the Star in 2019 - (west to east) Every Sea Day before Day 11 (that was the Panama Canal Day) a lecture at 930a was offered in the Stardust Theatre. These were the topics: Day 2 - The Panama Canal: How it Works Day 4 - Why Panama? Why not Nicaragua? Day 6 - Panama Canal: How it was built Day 10 - Panama under American Occupation I found the information very good, the presentation was a little on the flat side but went to all the lectures and would recommend them. Don’t worry if you miss a lecture - they played on a loop on Channel 33. On our ship they were still available to watch even after we had gone through the Canal. If you are going East to West I am not sure how this would work as you are probably entering the canal much earlier than Day 11. As jy0ung1 mentions in their post - during the actual transit there is someone from the Transit Authority on board over the PA system telling you to “look over on the port side” and you will see X then explains the history/significance of what you are looking at. For us, with our own little precruise reading/watching documentaries it was enough. But I feel it may be a little on the “light” side for those who want as much information as possible. The night before the transit through the canal a tentative transit schedule is listed on the Freestyle Daily - you can see it in the lower right hand corner. Helps you plan your day And we also got a map …. It was cool to follow where we were on it in real time. Enjoy planning and have an amazing cruise!
  9. You just met your first medical professional who wears her mask at all times when outside (except if alone in my car). Because it is impossible to wear a mask and eat/drink we only get take out from restaurants. I never relax by a pool but I did play 90 minutes of pickle ball the other day and wore my mask the entire time. I will wear a mask when outside my cabin on my cruise in Jan 2022 (if the cruise is not cancelled 🤞). The vaccines are fantastic but they are not 100% effective and with these new covid variants being more virulent I think it will be several more months before my habits change. Some may think this is a little over the top but It’s the only way I can be out and “living” and have peace of mind . After personally witnessing the horror of covid I will do everything I can (short of quarantine) to minimize my risk of getting and spreading this virus. Stay safe! It’s still out there....The best way to beat covid is not get it!
  10. The most important part of a “cruising” vacation for me is the ports. We pay a huge amount of money to be able to unpack once and see various parts of the world. The breeze from the ocean makes it a pleasant way to travel from place to place but for us this is no where near the most important part of such a vacation. I have yet to lay on a lounge chair in the sun - and we have done 14 cruises. We pick itineraries with very few sea days, (I personally find sea days boring) which is why we would have no problem cruising wearing a mask as it would do little to diminish the experience for us. Now, if we the new regulations state we have to do NCL excursions only (and I understand why that may end up being the case) then we may reconsider cruising as a part of our vacation experience. Good quality small group tours are also an important part of the cruising vacation for us and NCL excursions do not meet this criteria. That’s the beauty of this - if it won’t work for me then I won’t do it. But I will not assume it will not still be a great experience for someone else.
  11. We did a Singapore to Hong Kong in 2018. I attached a link to the review I did at the time (I hope it works, it’s hit and miss when I copy and paste on my iPad). Singapore, Bangkok and Ko Sumai (not sure if you stop there) are in this review. The other ports I’m pretty sure will not be relevant to your cruise but you can just scroll through those. Hope this gives you some ideas. Loved this holiday!
  12. We were in 12030 and had no issues with fogged windows. This was in 2016. The nice thing about this cabin is the window cut out a bit so you actually have a bit of a forward facing view also.
  13. Did not miss the balcony at all. I think that’s because the cabin is so large and you have a wall of floor to ceiling windows. if the decision is between a regular balcony or club balcony cabin vs family suite. My vote would be for the family suite for sure. When we booked the family suite on the Star the decision we had to make was family suite or aft penthouse suite (which has a balcony but room is much smaller). We had never sailed without a balcony but because the 9 day cruise only had 2 sea days we decided the larger space and $$ saved by going with a family suite was worth a try. Absolutely loved this cabin!
  14. Here’s another one .... we cancelled on April 21st (by phone) for a Sept cruise (final payment was due at the end of May). We were told it could take up to 90 days. Got the cruise next certificates back in our account within 3 days and the remainder $1000 credited to our credit card on April 29th - 8 days! Nice surprise.
  15. I just hope no one in the group is also on cruise critic otherwise your caught 😁 I have no advice, just wishing you luck on this endeavor!
  16. We were on the Jewel in an aft suite on deck 10 in March 2018 - back then NCL did not charge more for these aft suites. Here are a couple of photos of the balcony - you can see it easily accommodates forward facing loungers! Enjoy your travels!
  17. We were in Halong Bay in March 2018....I’ve attached a link to the review I did of the whole cruise. If you scroll through you will find a post dedicated to Halong Bay. If you have any questions feel free to ask but maybe on the other thread bc technically we are “off topic” on this thread😁 Hopefully the link works...it’s a bit of a challenge on an iPad (for me)!
  18. For me it’s all about the ports.... bc the Star would give me 2 extra areas of the world to explore, that would be my choice.
  19. On our first (and so far only) cruise through the Panama Canal we wanted to go through the original locks....which means the smaller ships. So therefore in your scenario we would have picked the Sun. We too were in an aft cabin on the Star...loved it.
  20. Just clarifying......this gets you to the front of the line (same as in a suite/haven), not just join the line anytime (platinum/platinum plus perk). When we were in Halong Bay Vietnam, by being on one of the first tenders (bc we were in a suite) we were off & on our junk by 930am, bc NCL was using their life boats, some people did not get off the ship until 11am. For exotic cruises with tender ports I would absolutely pay for this perk.....having said that we are not eligible as we are platinum+ !?!
  21. If you have cruised (and gambled) on NCL in the past - I would phone CAS directly and see what offers they can give you. We will not be picking up our offers from Foxwoods as we have yet to have lower than a comped balcony when booking directly with CAS.
  22. My husband has a “mid” on Dec 6th ....it’s for an inside cabin. I have a “high/premium” on Dec 7th....it’s for an oceanview cabin. Not sure if yours will be different.....but that’s what our offers are.
  23. We also had a fantastic 2 day tour with SPB in 2016. Sounds like your guide may have been the problem. On a private tour you should have seen exactly what you wanted. I would encourage you let SPB know of your experience so they can address any issues. Doesn’t help you out but the next group who gets this guide may have a better experience. Glad you made the best of it.
  24. Sometimes there is a promotion where you get an EXTRA $50 shore excursion per cabin. This is what we had on our Panama Canal cruise and this is what the the OP can get in lieu of taking the “free air” perk. So her math is correct.
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