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  1. If as you post may imply, you can afford a balcony on Jewel but perhaps not on Bliss I would say Jewel... because a balcony is a real treat, especially for a honeymoon and watching Alaska slide by from a balcony is hard to beat, you're likely to spot whales and other wildlife, not too mention the scenery. (Take binoculars). Saving some cash there and adding some adventurous excursions, maybe a scenic flight... no brainer.
  2. Yup a big thank you from me!!! Will be on this cruise in August 🙂
  3. This... they will give you 25% of the difference ONCE... so you have to decide precisely when you choose to blink. 🙂
  4. Yup, I've saved about $3000 on a Haven OS Alaska cruise just by booking (the cabin I want) early and then grabbing price reductions as they appeared online, which was 3-4 times.
  5. Yup, we book Haven from the get-go, 'cos we like specific cabins and I'm genetically unlucky so don't leave things to chance. That said I watch like a hawk for and take price reductions all the way to the line...
  6. Nope, works as you describe though NCL does also insist you block out any account numbers. They typically reply in 2-3 days. Once on board your OBC essentially goes toward settlement of your final bill, so spend as you desire; I've never been told "oh no you can't buy xyz with your money sir", but it probably just washes out over various meals/drinks etc.
  7. Take home booze (checked bag)... NCL keeps me in JW Blue and Hennessy XO.
  8. Ooof, not my cup of tea either... sad. My desire to sail on an NCL mega-ship has declined to zero. Not to say that there aren't drunks on the Jewels either but at least the numbers help the odds. Seems like drunken/obnoxious behavior is the emerging theme for the summer of 2019.
  9. Nope - above their pay grade... They call you up randomly when their rent is due and try to sell you cruises you don't want but are a 'great offer'. I cannot discern that they can do a single thing that you cannot do on the website for yourself.
  10. Some are in love with their PCC, I (and many) find them to be a redundant parasitic annoyance that are difficult to get rid of even with IV Vancomycin.
  11. We've only ever been escorted to Moderno upon embarkation (Jewels) and handed our dinner reservations with the question "would you like to change any?" If you answer "yes" they then suck their teeth and say "ohhh errrr, that might be difficult, it's very busy you know" at which point one wonders why they bothered asking in the first place. Then escorted to Cagney's for lunch and that's it.
  12. Maybe we're just all getting old... remembering the good old days of a quiet-zone totally free open sundeck at the front of the Jewels etc. Younger cruisers will jump on Encore for the first time and know no better as they breathe a sign of relief that the ship isn't full of those grumpy old people... 😃 Then they'll look up at the Haven and say "I wanna be up there"... and NCL will have succeeded in its cunning plan.
  13. ...plus getting to Europe probably pushes the cost close anyway?
  14. No contest in my mind... the Encore trip is longer = even more stress reduction. IMHO some of those Med' ports are "meh" at best, Palma seriously? Cannes, not really an enthralling 'destination'... That said, the top deck plans for Encore concern me unless you are Haven bound; but each to their own on that account.
  15. Yeah I was looking at that Vibe area and the density of sun loungers they have in there. I know it's only an artists rendering but I fear it isn't too far from the truth... yuk. It might be no kids, but it's too many adults for my taste!
  16. Oooof, that sucks. Reflection for NCL's benefit. We like to sail in the Haven when we can afford it and that's really the only way I'd sail on this ship, since being held captive near an overcrowded pool and bad band does not appeal. Guess they are playing to the money as the airlines are prone to do w/business class pax. From what I read here, Vibe requires one to arrive stupid early and then sprint like Carl Lewis to stand a chance of getting a ticket right? Yeah that ain't gonna happen either... I'm on vacation NCL... trying to avoid stress. Oh well, as long as the
  17. I have to say, one of the nicest things about these cabins is that shower... the window is just a joy; watching the ocean slide by as the water rolls down you is an experience hard to beat after a long day of doing nothing in the sun or a shore excursion. It's also a damned good shower! Ya just have to be a bit careful if you're showering as you enter/leave port and the dock... (there is a blind). The biggest single benefit of the Haven is however the enclave like serenity, particularly on the Jewels.
  18. There is a sliding solid wood pocket door between the bed/bath area and the living room area. There is also a heavy curtain at the base of the bed to shut the bedroom off from the bathroom area if you so desire. On first inspection is does seem 'odd' to lie in bed looking at your bathroom but in practice it's entirely fine, you tend to focus on the window and out to sea. The toilet and shower are in separate cubicles to one side... you're not looking straight at them. Generally people (including us) love these cabins and rarely want to go back! FYI, aft faci
  19. ... there's no looking back now (or going back for that matter)... you lucky people 🙂 There are a bunch of things you can do/have done for you, having a good attitude toward your butler (who is not a slave) is a great starting point. Beyond that I would say: Enjoy the experience, enjoy the peace, enjoy the 'haven', chill, relax... Use the Haven sundeck, it's literally a gem Enjoy those breakfasts in Moderno Make use of the concierge, particularly getting you on and off the ship via the secret-squirrel elevator. Enjoy wandering into the Haven onl
  20. Worth a call to NCL to see if they can help with a refund or OBC or such. Remembering that if they do rebook you at a lower price, your prevailing offers may change. Nothing ventured, nothing gained. ...I've found asking nicely has worked very well!
  21. ... but you would get free drinks 😉
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