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  1. Hi, You can search on google for the menu as well as for ncl daily freestyle newsletters on a cruise. If you wanted to see a preview of previous menus, go to this site: https://www.beyondships2.com/norwegian-gem-menus.html You can then click around to see other things from that site. Trivia in the morning, noon and in the evening. A Movie shown, shopping events/sales/tastings/demos You will not be bored. There are plenty of things to do.
  2. It must be too late to fill out a form. NCL usually requested cruisers with allergies to fill out a form at least 2 weeks before the cruise so they can prepare. Since this is not like gluten free food, I would advise your friend or whoever the person that have the allergy to see the maitre'd once on board. Also to let the server know when sitting down for dinner at a dining room about the food allergies. If spoken to the maitre'd ahead of time, the food would be already prepared unless she/he wanted something else at the main dining rooms. For the buffet, they do not have control over this.
  3. Haven on the GEM is not good compared to the newer cruise ships. If you wanted just the perks, book 2 balcony room. You did not mention your tier level with NCL. Are you or someone else in the group a platinum with NCL? If so, book a book in your name and the other room in someone else name.
  4. Anytime before the cruise and when you are on the cruise ship. If you are a previous NCL cruiser, you get certain % discount for shore excursions. It depend on your tier level. Some of the shore excursions might be sold out before you are on board.
  5. Usually needed at least 3 hours window for airport/flying. You would also need to be there early to go through the security and all that at the airport. Before that, you need to be able to get off quickly and then to go through the security at the cruise terminal. Even if you do the walk off or be the first in line to get off, you would not have enough time. You need to factor other things: What if there is a delay of docking/allowing cruisers to get off? The traffic in the city
  6. I believe on Deck 8 - Outside of the 5 o'clock somewhere bar or the sugarcane mojito bar. There are places all over the cruise ship that have some seats/chairs. The district brew house - you can view the outside inside the bar. Vibe passes - you need to arrive early to the cruise terminal to hope to be able to get in the first group that board the cruise ship. When boarded, you need to run/walk fast to where they sell these vibe passes. Only a limited passes.
  7. Cartons of milk are available in the buffet. Same for apple juice and other juices. It will be switched after breakfast. Iced tea/flavored juices are available as well as coffee/hot chocolate/hot water. I usually use lemons and hot water. I do not remember seeing milk after breakfast so be sure to grab some & put it in the fridge later. On the first day, tell the cabin steward to empty of all drinks. Yes, there are comp. room service, it is only for specific items and you would need to fill out the form. Some people used room service to get their first cup of coffee as well as some goodies.
  8. The snow room is in the spa area section. For people to go in if they wanted to after a hot steam/sauna. You can visit the snow room on the first day of the cruise when they do the spa tour. You would be able to see the snow room and have a feel of it during the spa tour. It is full of snow/very cold in there for sure. This is not the ice bar/room where some cruises have them. The Escape do not have this.
  9. Excuse me, but I am wondering why are you making this so complex? If you wanted to avoid having to carry any cash or a lot of cash, you can carry credit cards unless you do not have credit cards. You can prepaid the gratuities ahead of the cruise. Another option is using gift cards.
  10. No noises in the studio lounge. The TV in there does not have any sound and the only thing/event that probably be most active/have a lot of people is the solo travelers meeting for 1 hour at a specific time shown on the NCL freestyle daily newsletter. There's a door to access to studio cabins and to the studio lounge. If your cabin is not in the studio, you would not hear any noises and if the studio cabin is near the studio lounge - wont hear anything either.
  11. It really depends on different situations. Some would book now in case no more cabins/price would be increased/they wanted specific cabin/closer to the floor/area they wanted so they do not have to walk too far. Last minute - if any cabins are available, it will be probably be at a sail away rate or at expensive rate like only suites available. I heard from other people on CC Forum that having a balcony cabin on the Alaska cruise was so worth it. Go read other people reviews. Are you first timers with NCL? Wanted perks?
  12. Studio cabins are usually less expensive than an inside cabin on cruise ships that have them. If you are not going to be in the room all day & it is just for sleeping and you do not need a lot of room, then it is the perfect size. The solo group meet up - for those cruise ships that have the studio lounge - it is open during that specific time. Other cruise ships - will meet up at bliss lounge for example. The location will be shown up on the NCL freestyle daily newsletter. Yes, the best thing about the studio lounge is the coffee machine with different espresso drinks. :)
  13. Yes, exams can be taken earlier or a later date. All your son have to do is to let all his professors know ahead of time. This can be done when classes start. If you wanted to know the schedule early, he can contact his professors if he know the email address. However do not expect to have a response from the professor. I have contacted my professors before classes start due. This was not for a vacation but for personal medical/informing them of my situation. Some do reply and some wait til the first day of class. Travel insurance options - yes you can purchase one with cancel for any reason. Just need to shop around and compare prices. Exam Date: Monday, December 16 - Monday, December 23 (subject to change) If any of his exams is on Monday or fall on his vacation dates, just ask professors if he can take the exam early.
  14. In order to connect, you will first register your free internet using a device. All instructions will be on that page and all you have to do is remember to click logout or type the website something like logout.com so you will not use up all minutes.
  15. They will have some slots such as the Wheel of fortune, 777's, poker, etc. You will be able to find one that you like to play with. Just walk around when it is closed so you will be able to know which game you are interested in. When opened, you already know where the machine is located at.
  16. Well for the first night, it is more casual in specialty restaurants compared to any other nights. In term of food, the first night might not be so perfect or have good services. To each restaurants, every day is the same but to guests it does make a different.
  17. You can call NCL, the department that addressed to help people to reserve for these dinners if you cannot do so online. You can also do so once on board either at the guest service or go to that specific restaurant to ask.
  18. Some people choose to give on top of the DSC while some do not. It really depends on what the cabin steward did for you. Did s/he made your cruise more fun? Or helped you in some ways beside the regular cleanup of the cabin? There are some factors that can make a person give more or less or not to do so.
  19. Vibe passes are just a hype ... To me, it not worth it even though it is only an adult area. I would rather pay and choose the spa over the vibe. The price a vibe pass had increased. It is now cost at least $200. Some guests returned these passes for a refund and the guest services would have more to sell the next day. It really depends on the weather and the cruise.
  20. NCL often changed their port time for these Bermuda cruises in Oct-Nov. It was the same thing as in 2018. Some learned of the time change and decided to rebook to another cruise. If you have to travel for that week, then stick with it. If not, you can decide if you want to rebook to another cruise that stay at Bermuda longer or you can plan to visit Bermuda again in a future cruise after this one.
  21. There are a list of phone numbers to call. https://www.ncl.com/about/contact-us / https://www.ncl.com/cruise-faq/shorex-activities-dining-entertainment "How do I book my Shore Excursions? Click here to view the available Shore Excursions. An updated listing of Shore Excursions is available approximately 6 months prior to the first sailing of each cruise destination season. All tours are available to pre-request at My NCL, or you can call 866-625-1167 (US & Canada) or 0845-201-8907 (UK). Once onboard, Shore Excursions can also be purchased at the ship's Shore Excursion Desk. How do I book my Dining, Entertainment and Spa activities prior to sailing? Onboard activities can be booked online at ncl.com/myncl; by calling 866-625-1167 (for Shore Excursions) and 800-327-7030 for Spa (Norwegian Epic only), Dining and Entertainment, or by contacting your travel professional. Please note: Specialty dining can be pre-booked online for parties of up to eight guests. If you'd like to pre-book specialty dining for larger parties, please call us at 800-327-7030 for assistance. Our reservation agents will also be able to assist you if you would like to pre-book specialty dining for your group using more than one credit card." If you have a private shore excursion, you should be given priority access to tender first. Find more information once on board the cruise ship or call the shore excursion desk to ask.
  22. Traveling as a solo - last minute or not - you can still enjoy the cruise First - look up the roll call to see if there is one. If there is, join the roll call and if you are interested & if they are having a cruise critic meet and greet, go join. They will provide some drinks and appetizers. Second - look for the solo group meeting time on the freestyle newsletter. You will meet different people and you can join others for dinner/lunch and breakfast after meeting the first time.
  23. Yes, have forward and aft to get off at Bermuda on the Escape. Once off, you need to go through the terminal building. Last time I was there, it was easy as I got off early as I wanted to catch the first NCL free ferry to St. George. Going to Hamilton, make sure you look up the schedule to see when the first ferry start in order to give yourself some time before the 11:15 excursion. If it was me, I would catch the earliest one or the next one before 11:15 am. Even if you arrived early to Hamilton, you can walk around. Ferry would the best option, then probably a taxis/cab. Buses - last time I heard, these were not on time and were broken down very often.
  24. The only way to find out is to call the CAS department to ask your questions.
  25. As you mentioned, you are not new to cruising. But are you new to these kinds of casino promotions? It is not "free," think of it like a discount off of purchasing a cruise on your own. You would need to pay the port taxes, the admin fee that the casino department charge you with, and then if you choose any of those perks like the drinking or the dining package, you need to pay the 20% gratuities. If you have not been to Alaska before and you like cruising, then this might interest you depending on the total price.
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