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  1. That's essentially what they are doing with the Spirit, although it's almost 10 years older than the Jewel class ships. I don't see any significant dry dock changes being made until after the Leonardo class ships start arriving.
  2. I assume the late boarding window simply refers to the ship not leaving until later than most. This gives sailors the option of spending more time in Miami rather than boarding immediately. The ship itself will likely be available for boarding as soon as the previous passengers are clear, just like any other ship.
  3. Norwegian's excursions are virtually guaranteed to be more expensive than booking direct with a tour operator. They need room to pay for the $50 shore excursion credits and 10-20% Latitudes discounts while still making money on the excursion. Do yourself a favor and book direct.
  4. I'm still holding out hope for a mini New York season starting in August 2021. The Scarlet Lady itineraries for Summer 2021 were added recently but they conspicuously end on August 1, whereas Valiant Lady extends all the way through October. The Bermuda port schedule has several openings starting in August which would allow Scarlet Lady to fit in there.
  5. Joy is scheduled to be at Terminal E, with Encore at the usual B/C.
  6. Norway seems to be one of the last destinations made available. This year only went on sale about 12 months in advance, so keep checking but anticipate May or so.
  7. All Norwegian deposits are refundable. Royal Caribbean and Celebrity offer refundable deposits on non-suite categories, but reduce the discount accordingly so you pay more. I'm still stuck with my deposit on the Cuba turned Key West itinerary and keep hoping to change to a longer itinerary, but the winter 2021 itineraries were no better and there's still no sign of summer 2021 out of Miami.
  8. They should be out very soon, possibly even this week. They released 2019-20 this week in 2018, while 2020-21 was released a bit earlier in December 2018.
  9. This press release starts with the sentence "Royal Caribbean International today announced its China itineraries for the first half of 2021." (emphasis mine) Wonder really won't arrive in China until May or June at the earliest, so it's probably best to save the fanfare for the second half announcement.
  10. This is typical of NCL. It's no different than Free & Reduced Air was for 2019. Occasionally they may switch up the terms or offer a bonus deal, but otherwise it's rinse and repeat.
  11. Most websites track your activity via cookies so when you go back to a website, it remembers what you were looking at before for the next time you visit. When you open a new browser window, you can choose to open as a Private or Incognito window. This makes the website treat you like a new customer visiting for the first time, and it will forget what you were looking at after you close the window. This will prevent you from getting bugged about cruises you might have been pricing out earlier, or receiving emails prompting you to come back and finish booking.
  12. Yes, it is standard procedure to open the bow to the public during glacier cruising in Alaska and while in the Panama Canal.
  13. As expected, the fare I'm seeing today for 4 perks is exactly $400 higher than the 3 perks price during the previous sale, so I'm staying put.
  14. I did the math and came to the conclusion that 3 perks + $800 savings was a better deal than 4 perks + $400 savings. The cost for the premium drink package upgrade and gratuities for 7 days only totaled $378. It also reduces the amount due at final payment, and I don't need to upgrade the drink package should I decide I don't want to.
  15. I suspect the BOGO you saw was really BOGO 50% off, as I've never seen Royal Caribbean offer a true buy one get one free on drink packages. The math makes sense - BOGOHO at $75 equals $56.25 per person, which is essentially what you paid pre-cruise.
  16. Did Royal stop doing Going Going Gone for 2020? The link still hasn't been updated for this week, which is highly unusual.
  17. Did that happen to be around the time daylight saving time started or ended? Mexico follows a different calendar for daylight saving time which could explain why it would be different from week to week.
  18. Oasis class ships usually do not change time. Other classes of ship often will change time. The captain is unlikely to arbitrarily decide to change time one week and not change time the next, so past trip reports should provide a reliable indicator which to expect. Also, every cell phone has the ability to set the time zone manually instead of changing it based on the network. You just need to go into the Date/Time settings and tell it which time zone you want to use rather than set it automatically.
  19. The winter sailings have always been priced higher due to it being considered peak season. Fall is the cheapest time of year to cruise. I'm not seeing any significant changes to the prices from when they were first released.
  20. In it's original form, Bayamo was the creation of celebrity chef Jose Garces and was a Latin-inspired restaurant. This partnership ended in 2018 and since then Bayamo has become essentially the same as Ocean Blue. As far as I know, the menus are identical and the only difference now is the name. It would not surprise me if they completely rebranded it at the next dry dock.
  21. I've noticed some slight price increases on suites, but prices on the sailings I've been watching have stayed the same as always for the most part. You can still choose to view the price per cabin, but it does default to per sailor now.
  22. All that matters is that your name on the cruise documents matches your full name on your passport or alternate form of identification. If you don't have a middle name on your ID, you won't need it on your cruise documents either.
  23. This is why it's better not to bid on a Mini Suite if you are really hoping for a Haven upgrade.
  24. The last time I bought CruiseNext certificates, they were pushing the idea that instead of giving onboard credit they would give you double the number of certificates for the same price. Of course, this is really just a sneaky way to get you to pay $500 for four certificates instead of getting $500 worth of certificates for $250. Make sure you go in knowing how many certificates you want, and as long as you buy at least 2 the net price is $125 per certificate.
  25. All you should need to do is put it in airplane mode. You can turn off cellular and data roaming for additional protection if airplane mode happens to get turned off.
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