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  1. No, ports in Japan are just like ports anywhere else. You'll get off as soon as the doors are open (normally at the scheduled time), subject to crowds. All aboard time is half an hour before sailaway, just like anywhere else. We were in Japan in April this year. The Japanese ports are very welcoming, and usually have a band or dancers on the pier during sailaway. Cruising there is nice. The TA (or friend) may be confused with the check-in time on embarkation day (at least two hours before sailing, like most cruises), and the way Norwegian state you should allow two hours on disembarkation (usually much quicker, especially if you carry your own bags). None of this applies to ports of call.
  2. I've been on the Jade six times in the past couple of years (the first was also the southern Caribbean), with two more cruises coming up in November. It's my favourite ship (although the Sun and the Jewel are also great). Norwegian is nice and casual compared to most lines (no mandatory formal nights). Theatre shows are great most nights. Food is excellent in the main dining rooms, Grand Pacific is a little nicer/quieter than Alizar (and usually serves lunch on embarkation day). Your age group fits with most passengers on the longer cruises. You should like it.
  3. I've always booked with a credit card deposit (to avoid tying up a CruiseNext) then at final payment I apply online a CruiseNext (or two, during the recent promotion) and the remainder with a credit card. The website is set up to expect multiple sources of final payment, including CruiseNext. Same when I've booked through an online travel agent (for the TA's OBC offer), cash deposit. Then they apply a CruiseNext and take the remainder of the final payment on a card, at final payment date. So yes, no problem with adding a CruiseNext to an existing booking that already has a deposit (but not after final payment of course, since there's nothing left to pay).
  4. Thanks for confirming it's working for others! Upgrading Chrome on both the devices I used has fixed it. I think I'm so used to wierdness on the NCL site that I just assumed it was them, when it wasn't. Rob
  5. For the last few days at least (maybe it started earlier), the list of my future cruises on My NCL has been empty. It's the list under "my cruise vacations" on the account summary page. Also missing from where it used to appear on the drop down list at the top right. Each of my four upcoming cruises can be found by entering the full reservation number and date on the search box, so they're still there (good!), just not listed. Takes much more effort to find each one, ensure check-ins completed, and so on. It's the same for my wife's account. So, is this now blank for everybody (therefore a system problem NCL haven't noticed or are fixing slowly), or is it just us (something wierd with our accounts)? Rob
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