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About DominicAUS

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    Sydney, AUS
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    NCL in the Haven

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  1. I did the Epic TA, the lifts I think it’s the end one certainly does accept your Haven card and give you priority service up and down from the Haven. We did it by mistake with a full lift of guests. the courtyard has a menu (different to the restaurant) as does Posh. We got our butler to deliver some food (pizza and wings) we had it by the pool and up in posh a few times. I’ve only ever had great experiences with butlers. I give them a letter outlining things I like etc. I give this on embarkation day it really helps. the Epic is a great ship and the Haven with access to Posh just amazing. You’ll have a great time. Have fun
  2. Do it! This guy was embarrassed, as were I with his lack of manners.
  3. People that seem to leave their manners at home. So many times where I see poles speaking to staff like they’re beneath them. On the gem this older fella demanded a gelato they served was so polite. This guy was so rude I tapped him on the shoulder and mate you forgot something he was baffled. I said forgot your manners! Ugh rude people like that shouldn’t travel. It costs nothing to be polite and a good human
  4. The platinum perks are only when you’re onboard. If your next cruise isn’t for awhile. I’d hold off it try calling them again?
  5. Having always stayed in the Haven, the butlers are extremely busy on embarkation day. I find a letter helpful and time efficient for the Butler. It’s all in the delivery and ensure I lost things I like and enjoy. I do not find this self entitled at all. If some folks can afford the Haven, first class, Private school or a nanny then let us enjoy it. The beauty of cruising has options for all budgets. Give your butler a note/letter or tell him/her what you like, this is part of their core role and enjoy the experience
  6. For $1500 for 2 if you can afford it would snap it up in heartbeat. The private brekkie and lunch. Priority boarding and disembarkation, butler service etc. worth every cent in my eyes
  7. Whilst I understand that tipping isn’t a big in the UK or here in AU shouldn’t make a difference. Cruising has always had tips and this culture. If you don’t like or want to do this maybe cruising isn’t the holiday for you. Just because you don’t tip back home does that mean you don’t tip when visiting the US? When I visit other countries or different holiday types. I like to read and understand what is expected of me. If I don’t like then move on. Pay the charge, if you can’t afford the $200 or so each. Go to an all inclusive
  8. I love the Epic, just booked another TA in 2020. Can’t wait
  9. Just off the Epic TA ina 2 bedroom suite. The haven restaurant and bar was awesome. Joesph in the haven bar was awesome as was the assistant Maitre’D Kaylan. The fans/exhausts were not unbearable and didn’t impact the pool/hot tub area. I like that you can order food to the pool and up in Posh (they were restricting the food to Haven guests only in Posh) we loved posh and the bartenders were great. The lift to the buffet was handy to bring up snacks if and when needed. You also have the cordless phone to call your butler which we did a few times to get food delivered - a great perk. Overall from reading many negative reviews the Epic Haven hit it out of the park. Everyone was heaps friendly, couldn’t do enough for us. You’ll love the haven hardly felt busy all but enough for a great atmosphere. Enjoy every moment of it!
  10. Of course you can be puzzled. However that doesn’t change the fact on how NCL allows guests get Vibe passes. Like any business they’re rewarding their loyal or highest paying passengers first. I agree with this, when I fly at the front of the aircraft and have paid thousands more than other I expect priority, same if I am in the Haven. You don’t to agree with it, nor is anyone forcing you to sail eith NCL or run for passes. Everyone has choices.
  11. Just off the Epic just under 90mins. Well worth seeing, great high energy show. Enjoy
  12. That guarantee doesn’t mean the operator will hold the ship. They’re saying that they will get you to the ship in time. If not they’re going to cover the costs to get to the next port. A win win for me. We used an operator in NZ. They were amazing and no issues at all.
  13. 12 days. I love longer cruises. I’m not rushing to see what the ship has to offer and love sea days. Looking forward to a 13 TA next week with many sea days. Can’t wait.
  14. I love a sit down lunch with a drink/cocktail and take it all in. The anticipation of exploring a new ship. Unpack as soon as the bags arrive to get that out the way. Then it’s up to the sail away for a few more drinks as you sail off to new adventures
  15. Drinking with others is the best. You’re welcome anytime 🍾🍸🍺
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