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MrsTocko

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  1. So… DH and I go through list pick the ones we would like to try consolidate the list print it twice make a pocket/purse sized double sided laminated flash card then carry it with us always..so we don’t forget the stuff we wanted to try… yes, I’m a nerd
  2. I know that it can all change, but right NOW, it looks like our return flight from our 11- London to Iceland cruise in July 2022, has us with 2 layovers. Im sorta ok with it based on the cost we are paying with NCL (Thank you NCL Air Promo). My Question is this: If you have taken advantage of NCL booking your air, whether with the promo or not, have you had any success with requesting 1 layover or less? Im thinking it is just more of an opportunity to have a snafu of some kind. Also, again based on the route showing on my account, and knowing that it can change, the POSSIBLE flights would have us changing AIRPORTS (flying into JFK, and out of LGA to connect in MSP). I did a "WIDE" search based on the route showing and that is what was returned. I'm just wondering if it would even work to call my PCC and request no more than 1 layover? TIA for any insight you have
  3. Call NCL and ask for a Deviation. You can deviate up to 2 days before or after your cruise. It is around $25 per person each deviation (used to be fee, but i think it is now a credit - I have no clue) - so if you deviate before and after it is $50 per person. Any transfers that were automatically added when you use NCL for airfare, will be removed (of course always double check your reservation) I have 2 airfares currently booked with NCL: 4/22/22 - One Way from Vancouver to San Diego (we board in San Diego, our home port) - currently the "route" is showing on reservation, but not the flights - still too early - 6/30 - Round trip to Europe - not making any changes to that one with a 10ft pole - when we booked we got the air for $300 each - no way I can get it cheaper anywhere than that, and paying to upgrade my seats will be worth it at that price. I deviated on this one to LAND in London on 7/1 - knowing it will take about 24 hours (time difference+flight time) to get there - I am figuring that we will fly on 6/30. we are returning 2 days after end of cruise.
  4. So I just booked our post cruise hotel in Reykjavik. I think we will do the Golden circle tour on a ship excursion. The south coast for our full day post cruise. I read some place that Reykjavik has a Hop On/Hop Off (I think I read that). We will most likely do that after we disembark. Will be a good way to explore without “rushing” to get checked into hotel and then meet a tour. We love HO/HO, we always look for it when we visit a new place.
  5. Yes…this..and I can drink DH share as well, if I need to. Do a pub crawl, no big. Didn’t like that drink, I order something else. I have done it where I am watching every penny, and decide at noon if I want to drink with dinner or now. Much prefer the drink package. Comparatively. Carnival doesn’t include the drinks, their package is additional. When I compare carnival, and add the cheers…it is roughly the same as ncl. But it “feels” like I’m getting more for my $$$ because it is included. I would NEVER pay full price for the drink package 100 per person per day…I can’t drink 200 worth per day…but the gratuity at 20 pp/pd…that is doable for sure
  6. We also took advantage of a BOGO offer for Northern Europe in July 2022. And then also Alaska in April 2022. Our home port is San Diego. this is what I found: when we did mock bookings, San Diego to London (Southampton cruise departure), returning from Reykjavik…it was approx 800 each. Not bad. I checked LAX…300 each. For the 1000 we are saving, we will rent a car, drive to LA, spend the night and then rent a car for the drive home upon return, and we will still save money. It is about 90 minute drive. We requested deviation on both sides. $25 fee each way per person. Deviation removed the automatically added transfer fees from/to the airport. for Alaska…the cruise departs from San Diego. So we only need 1 way air at the end of the cruise. When booked it was $50 each. I rebooked later to take advantage of 30% and free gratuities. But lost the air. So I am now paying the air through ncl. 225 each. Still ends up less than original booking. I have found, on my own, air for 200 each, so at the moment I am leaving it alone, let them handle getting us home. No deviation. with how quickly everything is changing, I’m not worrying too much about what regulations will be in place until maybe December or January. We have also just booked our 1st HI cruise on POA for 2024. Will keep an eye on airfare, as we live in San Diego we often see flight deals to HI. this will be my first time using air through NCL.
  7. Ok- I just saw this on my April 2022 reservation. I was able to verify my email and mobile number and took a photo with my desktop camera. All of these fields were required in order to Save & Continue. Led me to think that it wouldnt allow me to do part of it (email and phone) without completing all of it (Photo). actually received the text almost instantaneously, same with email. My email was open in another window. I clicked verify cell (ding with text received) Verify email read received text and responded went to check email Verified my email Process took about a minute for all. Will do my DH tonight
  8. Thank you! Thinking of booking in 2024. Was wondering which side, but your tips told me. Very helpful. Didn't know there is a difference in sunscreen. Great info. Really. I'm ok paying the tax drinks while in port, I always figure out what the cost per day I need to drink, to make it worth the cost of the beverage package. usually able to make it worth it...without destroying my liver.
  9. Hi all - We are booked on an NCL cruise in July 2022. Our last 3 stops are in Iceland: Akureyri, Isafjordur, and lastly Reykjavik (overnight). We chose to let NCL take care of our air (way to good of a deal to pass up). We also have requested the deviation to allow for a couple of extra days in Iceland after the cruise ends. We of course want to see and do EVERYTHING we possibly can. I know a "must" is the Golden Circle. Logistically, I am trying to figure out what we should do, from where. Should we do the golden circle from the ship, or on our own? should we do it from a different port, if offered as an option? Knowing that we will have limited time, what are some of the other "must-do"? We do not care to rent a car and drive, not for us, though I know it is for many, so we will have to do day tours. We have heard of a GoT tour, that we are thinking about doing as well. We know that we will be going the wrong time of year to see the lights. We have ordered some Iceland books to research, but havent received them yet, I figured that I would asked the ones that would know while we wait... Still plenty of time to decide, I know, just not sure what we SHOULD do, to feel like we DID Iceland. TIA for any suggestions you have.
  10. DH has now told me that he is ok NOT going back into London to see Parliament, The Crown Jewels, The Tower, and The Bridge (I think it is the Tower Bridge, as I think that "London Bridge" is by The London Eye right?). He wants to be sure that we do get back to Stonehenge though. Anyway, if we DO go back to London, will be on a Saturday morning to Waterloo station, do the things I listed, then back to Southampton. So a crowded train won't bother us too much. But now I am going to check again different day trip options from Southampton to Stonehenge. Last time we were in England, we did the Windsor/Bath/Stonehenge tour from London. Will see what I can find. Most likely will be the same tour, but that is OK too.
  11. Based on Personal experience, look at the airlines directly, for fares/flights. I usually only use Expedia to see which airlines will fly to my destination and approx. fee. Then I go to the airline that seems to fit my preferred times, price....and look again. I will get more flight options, and all classes of service. I do this until I book. Then I do it to watch the price go up and know that I got a good deal. I had an american airlines credit from an expedia booked, but subsequently cancelled May 2020 trip. I obsessively looked at expedia, for flights for our July 2021 cruise (cancelled now), and as soon as the itinerary opened - that very day - I called expedia to use my credit. 3 hours later, after they tried to tell me the flight i wanted didnt exist, that i was on the wrong websites (I was on both expedia AND american looking at the "non-existent" flight), I was told that I could book flight choice C, but I would have a credit through expedia to use in future. I told them, no, i do not want another credit with them because I was never booking a flight through Expedia again. Ever. So I booked what they were suggesting, The flights I booked were not my preferred times, but they still worked, just not what I wanted. I dont even want to look at expedia now, because I dont want to be tempted to book their price...I will just remain determined to not use them I guess. On a side note, we have expedia as a vendor at work for advertising...they are a pain on that side of things too!
  12. When we booked our 11-Day Norway, Scotland, Iceland cruise we were able to book the deviation at the beginning of the cruise, but not the end, because it was too far out. I have since called back and was able to add the deviation to the end. We booked May 5, 2020 for July 3, 2022 Cruise.
  13. part of the reason we always go in at least the day before (if on our coast) we dont need the added stress... our Nov 2021 cruise leaves 2 hour drive from us. we are going the night before, and that one we are driving...just less stress, and we get to feel like the vacation is starting that much earlier....
  14. This is how I look at it... What is the average cost per person that I am paying NCL to deal with the headache? Can I find a better deal on my own? (price, non-stop, route, day, seats...) I know that NCL wont give me flight information until 60-90 days before, and then I can upgrade my seats, etc. I also know that I can start looking and potentially book a flight myself about 11 months prior to desired flight. That gives me time to decide. If I book on my own, then I can remove that portion from my booked cruise, and save that amount on the cruise, (even though I am spending that money elsewhere) Example: My now cancelled July 2021 cruise had the flight perk (was actually free for us). Last August, I started searching for flights, as a I had an airline credit from a cancelled May 2020 trip that I wanted to use. I was able to splurge, and combine with the credit and booked us first class round trip to Miami (from San Diego). I knew that while, yes, I was spending money as opposed to free flights, but I also knew that NCL wasnt going to fly me first class round trip. so for me to book it on my own, it was worth it for the flights I got, and the first class element (which is truly a splurge). When I called and had that perk removed, my insurance also went down, as the type of coverage and length of coverage changed. For our April 2022 cruise, we have a 1 way flight. I will look to see if I can get a better deal on my own, but as it stands, it is 225 each. So still not bad. And that includes a transfer from the ship/pier to the airport. So I will take a look at how much it will cost if I need to do it on my own. For our July 2022 cruise, we also have flights. That is from LAX (not my home airport), but round trip to Europe was 400 each (approx) I gave them my deviations and I am trying not to start researching (this is a thing with me), I think I am going to let them deal with the headache as 400 round trip per person is pretty freaking good. It is all about what you feel comfortable with. I have heard/read that NCL will get you there, but maybe not the same flight (NCL website and my PCC both say yes the same flight), or row, may not be sitting with your travel party. That is where the seat upgrade comes in. For anyone that has flown and looked at their seats, you know that the closer you get to flight, the harder it is to get seats together. But if you select your seats as soon as you get the information, chances should be better. Hope this gives you a different perspective. Also, I have never used NCL booked air. I have read a lot of posts, here and elsewhere, and this is my summation of what I have read. We will see what happens with our April 2022 flights (which I cant look at just yet...as the flight we need is the return flight after debarkation. We embark in our home port) Happy cruising,
  15. We stayed at the Executive Hotel Vintage Park. https://vancouverdowntownhotel.net/ in 2016. If the price was right, I would stay again. Decent hotel, reasonable at the time. We walked to waterfront (about 4 blocks) took the ferry to Granville Island. Walked to Olympic village, all around the area. easy walk to food. We were on the "list" for the shuttle to the pier for our cruise. LOTS of others were also waiting. We typically are way early for everything, so as a cab was dropping people off at the hotel, we asked if he had another fare waiting, upon hearing no, we removed ourselves from the shuttle list and he took us to the pier. With all the processes we normally do before a cruise, even after you have checked in online, we liked getting there early. Cab ride was about 10 minutes, and so easy. I honestly dont remember how we got to the hotel from the airport.
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