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    The next one
  1. I've been wondering about some things regarding the Leonardo class ships, which I know the only way to have answers is to sit in on a meeting of the board of directors of NCL. 1. With six new ships either being built or on order, is NCL planning on expanding their fleet, or scrapping some of their older ships? Or something in between? NCL's oldest ships are running up on the 25 year average working life of a cruise ship. 2. I find it interesting that NCL is not participating in the race to build the next world's largest cruise ship, and is actually going smaller. Are they trying to go more upscale? And if so, I'm sure this means cruise fares will rise. 3. Or is there more of a demand for ships in the ~3,000 passenger range? Has the cruise industry reached the limit as to what the cruising public wants in the size of a ship? 4. Since the ships have fewer passengers, will there be even more extra cost activities? NCL will have to make up the costs somewhere. 5. I know that the Leonardo class ships were planned long before the pandemic, but with more public space, the timing of Prima starting its life just as cruising is starting up again has to be working in NCL's favor. It's easier to be spread out from other people. It will be interesting to see how NCL markets the larger cabins and public spaces. I know that given time, the answers will come out, and anything else is purely speculation.
  2. My all time favorite Yelp complaint was about a restaurant in Cambria, California. It was across the street from the beach, had floor to ceiling windows so there was a fantastic view of the ocean. The food and service were top notch. Someone wrote a one star review because the rolls were too hot.
  3. Between the time I booked my first cruise and when I went on it, I found Cruise Critic. Since I'd never been on a cruise before, I didn't know what to expect, so when I read the reviews of the ship I was appalled, wondering what I had put my hard earned money on. We got a ride to the port, when we pulled up to the curb a porter came running out to get our luggage. My wife was talking to the man checking us in, he worked for the port, not the cruise line, and he told us how so many people liked the Freestyle cruising on NCL. So before we even got on the ship, I was getting relieved that the bad reviews were wrong. The rest of the cruise went just as smoothly, and we had the time of our lives. As we were getting off the ship, my wife told me two things. "Can we do this every year?" and "I only want to go on Norwegian." Now that I have more cruises under my belt, I've concluded that some people aren't happy unless they're complaining, and many of them write cruise reviews. It's not just Cruise Critic, it happens on every cruise review web site. No matter how wonderful the cruise, someone will write a one star review vowing "I'm never going on XXXX Cruise Line again!" and it's always over something very minor.
  4. If I can be forgiven for coming late to this party, I'm amazed that nobody has mentioned "Sea Cruise" by Frankie Ford.
  5. I'm booked on a Transatlantic cruise from Southampton, England to New York. I've never used the flights booked with NCL, but from what I've read, NCL air from a large airport will result in fewer layovers than from smaller airports. I hope that living relatively close to Los Angeles Airport will work in my favor. Am I right? For flights leaving from Southampton, does NCL fly you to London or Southampton?
  6. I'm looking forward to my transatlantic cruise on the Norwegian Prima, September 2022, which I booked after my Hawaii cruise this October was cancelled. My last cruise was western Mediterranean, only one sea day and lots of long, tiring port days. Not complaining, that's just the nature of the beast, and this will be the anti-Mediterranean. Lots of relaxing sea days. My only questions, which I know nobody can answer now, are about the ship. It will be new, it's not even built yet, so no idea about what entertainment and activities are on board. Anyway, thanks to everyone that's posted on this site, I have an idea what I'm in for.
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