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  1. Thank you all for the responses. If anyone received notification on an accepted bid for the Mexican Riviera sailing on 10/6/19 on the Bliss - I would appreciate a heads up.
  2. Hi all - I've submitted bids on an October 6 cruise - anybody know when is the earliest that NCL will start notifying if the bid has been accepted. Thanks in advance
  3. Thank you - we live in Southern California close to the San Diego area. We were born and raised in So Cal so we are quite use to earthquakes. The good news is that no lives were lost. I hate to admit it but I didn't bother getting out of bed on the first quake that hit on 4th of July. I was lying in bed reading the CC boards (LOL) when the earthquake hit - it was a long rolling motion and it wasn't too bad. I was much younger when the Whittier and Northridge quakes hit So. California and those were horrible ones. We had a bookcase in the hallway that fell across our bedroom doorway and we were trapped in our room and things were falling everywhere and breaking. There was lots of property damage throughout different cities. It was horrible - I remember the violent shaking and aftershocks and us running outside, and there were lives lost during those earthquakes. I also was in a high rise hotel room in San Diego when an earthquake hit. That was a small one but all the out of state guests in the hotel was spooked. Some had never experienced an earthquake and came out in to the hallway. I remember telling some folks to not worry and that it was just a small earthquake and that if another one hit, just stand under the doorway until it passes. I guess each state has its fair share of natural disasters - we get earthquakes and fires but no tornadoes or hurricanes.
  4. We booked a balcony guarantee on the Norwegian Joy sailing to Alaska on 7/27. It worked out great for us - we are two adults and a tween. We just got our balcony assignment and ended with a BA category on a midship balcony on Deck 12. It is a connecting room but that doesn't bother us. I figured we saved over $1000 on this sailing by booking the guaranteed balcony versus booking a midship balcony in the BA category.
  5. Hi - can you provide the tour companies that you used to book excursions outside of NCL. Interested in the tour where you get to hold sled dog puppies for my daughter.
  6. We don't have the UBP on our upcoming cruise and our daughter loves all those virgin drinks - pina coladas, daiquiris, margaritas. We plan to get her the soda package but not sure it is covered under that package. Anybody have an idea how much each of the virgin drinks would cost without the UBP?
  7. We are considering this tour. Does anybody have any experience or feedback with them? https://belizecruiseexcursions.com/excursion/belize-altun-ha-zip-line-excursion/
  8. I called my online travel agency and they said I would not lose any perks if I received an upgrade through NCL's Upgrade Advantage program. I did receive an email from NCL to bid on a upgrade. I can upgrade to a Haven cabin, spa balcony, spa mini-suite and a couple other cabin categories. I already got assigned my sailaway balcony for my March 24 sailing. I'm looking to bid on the spa mini-suite or spa balcony. Can I put in a bid for both? What happens it they accept both bids or does NCL know to only accept one? New to this bidding for upgrade process so I appreciate any insight. I did read the FAQs on it.
  9. Sorry - this might be a dumb question but do you lose any perks offered by your online travel agency if you bid for an upgrade through Upgrade Advantage? We received prepaid gratuities and a minimal onboard credit by booking thru one of the large online travel agencies. We are in a sailaway balcony and wanting to bid for a spa balcony or mini-suite but don't want to lose my perks.
  10. Another question - do you get an offer to bid if your reservation is made through one of those big internet discount cruise/travel agency?
  11. Visigoth - this is so helpful and we intend to follow your advice. It sounds like the Wyndam is in a great location and we may try both Cafe Du Monde and Cafe Beignet. One for dessert and the other for breakfast before our cruise. I will be back in New Orleans in June on a business trip- I hope to bring the family and stay a couple days after the conference to enjoy the town. Thank you again for such a thoughtful and informative post - truly appreciated.
  12. Thank you ednabcr. Good info on using Lyft/Uber too. Really looking forward to the trip and walking to the local eateries in the French Quarter.
  13. We did the Priceline express for $163 and got the Wyndham. We are only staying for one night before our cruise departing on 3/24/19. Anyone has experience with this hotel? We want to walk to Acme Oyster House and Cafe DU Monde. Is it safe? We have our tween daughter with us. Also, how much will it cost for transportation from airport to hotel? And best way to get from hotel to port? We’ll be sailing on Norwegian breakaway. Thank you in advance for the feedback and help.
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