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    NCL
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    British Isles

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  1. We have changed our air reservations and booked a hotel - surprising how many are already sold out. But CCers and Gateway To Iceland tours both recommended overlapping hotels and we went with that one. We’ve chosen three tours for Rey., small bus on each one. While I don’t mind going self guided tours, this is a place where we want to have the benefit of a guides information and be able to focus on the landscape rather than the road. Thanks for your help,a my friends. Georgia 80 past cruises Upcoming: NCL Breakaway 1/10/2021 Western Caribbean CCL Dream 5/16/2021 Western Caribbean NCL Star 6/27/2021 - Scotland, Norway & Iceland CCL Dream 10/23/2021 - Eastern Caribbean
  2. UNCLE!!! Okay, we’re staying on extra days- prior plans thrown to the wind. Thank you all for your above and beyond the call of duty information and photos ( oh those photos!) Now, since I’ve become a blatant information beggar - what hotel do you recommend in Rey? Since all the tours are long, I’m thinking a place with its own restaurant and one near pick up spots for the tour busses. After long days of touring' we‘ll be ready for an adult beverage and a bite to eat before crashing. Thanks, MB 80 past cruises Upcoming: NCL Breakaway 1/10/2021 Western Caribbean CCL Dream 5/16/2021 Western Caribbean NCL Star 6/27/2021 - Scotland, Norway & Iceland CCL Dream 10/23/2021 - Eastern Caribbean
  3. Thank you all for your advice. Unfortunately, staying over is not an option, as this is the end of a 14 day trip. We are deciding between the Golden Circle and the South Coast tours, and pretty well decided on the Dynjandi Waterfall tour in Isafjordur, and the Lake Myvatin Tour in Akureyri. We have always used our cruises as samplers of places we wish to return to for extended land trips, so I’m not too worried about trying to get it all in this time, there will be another time. Happy day, MB 80 past cruises Upcoming: NCL Breakaway 1/10/2021 Western Caribbean CCL Dream 5/16/2021 Western Caribbean NCL Star 6/27/2021 - Scotland, Norway & Iceland CCL Dream 10/23/2021 - Eastern Caribbean
  4. Full day in Isafjord and Akureyri, then a full day, overnight and disembark in Reykjavic. Thank you for the reminder on the other forum. 80 past cruises Upcoming: NCL Breakaway 1/10/2021 Western Caribbean CCL Dream 5/16/2021 Western Caribbean NCL Star 6/27/2021 - Scotland, Norway & Iceland CCL Dream 10/23/2021 - Eastern Caribbean
  5. We are booked on the Star 6/27/21 to fly home from Reykjavik. I’ve begun looking at airfare, which is sparse, I’m sure due to the big freeze. Question to those who have flown from there. Sis it a mad house? Or do a fair number of folks stay on a few days more (as we will have already had three full days and an overnight in Iceland, I’m thinking most will have seen most of all there is to see. I usually plan airfare very early but have been hesitant to with the iffy situation on cruising. Any input on the air situation will be welcomed. Happy day, MB 80 past cruises Upcoming: NCL Breakaway 1/10/2021 Western Caribbean CCL Dream 5/16/2021 Western Caribbean NCL Star 6/27/2021 - Scotland, Norway & Iceland CCL Dream 10/23/2021 - Eastern Caribbean
  6. People, lighten up, it was a joke yes 76 is a lot of cruising, which shows the level of our passion (ok, addiction) and why having three cruises cancelled this year is psych time at our house I’ve always hated CCLs musters other lines have a more human and productive method Just sorry it took this to prompt change happy day to all!
  7. If you really want to force compliance, rather than activating door locks, have them activate your charging ability. Nothing like holding umbrella drinks hostage to get a cruiser’s attention [emoji15] 76 past cruises Upcoming: CCL Dream 8/22/2020. Western Caribbean NCL Breakaway 1/10/2021 Western Caribbean CCL Dream 5/16/2021 Western Caribbean NCL Star 6/27/2021 - Scotland, Norway & Iceland
  8. I do not like hard/huge/overstuffed pillows. From an anatomical perspective they are bad for your neck and spine alignment, but when I sleep on them I have a terrible “crick” in my neck and a miserable for several days afterward. I have always found Carnivals pillows to be in this category. Now before anyone gets their panties in a knot, I put this opinion in the same category as Cruise food - different strokes. I have asked the steward and the hotel manager to locate me the softest and lowest volume pillow they have and God Love Eminem they’ve tried, but usually with little difference. Soooo- I always carry a sewing kit in my emergency bag and I properly open the seam on one end and remove gobs of stuffing. I place it in a plastic bag and hide it in the. Lost. I baste the seam closed. Then on the morning of disembarkation, I replace the stuffing and close it with professional, secure stitches. I’m not saying anyone else would dream of doing this, and if we are on a short, drive to port cruise, we pack our pillows, but if it’s transatalantic, I just rip and stitch. 76 past cruises Upcoming: CCL Dream 8/22/2020. Western Caribbean NCL Breakaway 1/10/2021 Western Caribbean CCL Dream 5/16/2021 Western Caribbean NCL Star 6/27/2021 - Scotland, Norway & Iceland
  9. Glad to hear you had a successful exchange. I called lastMonday and was told they would be back on line on Monday the 15th. Didn’t bother checking further as I was off to camp with the grands and we don’t use electronic devices at camp unless it’s an emergency (what a peaceful week it was!) I found that as I rejected cabins there was another cabin, which was slightly better. I did originally give him my two favorite cabins, neither of which was available, but they did come up with one a few doors down and that met our criteria. Hope others are having success in getting points returned and other redemptions processed. Enjoy! 76 past cruises Upcoming: CCL Dream 8/22/2020. Western Caribbean NCL Breakaway 1/10/2021 Western Caribbean CCL Dream 5/16/2021 Western Caribbean NCL Star 6/27/2021 - Scotland, Norway & Iceland
  10. Yes, Howard, that is what I did with one card (I have three), the other card had enough points for an upgrade so I bought the upgrade with that one. 76 past cruises Upcoming: CCL Dream 8/22/2020. Western Caribbean NCL Breakaway 1/10/2021 Western Caribbean CCL Dream 5/16/2021 Western Caribbean NCL Star 6/27/2021 - Scotland, Norway & Iceland
  11. We have 30 cruises on Carnival and 27 on NCL, so obviously we like them both, but our preference is NCL, by far. Better perks Better entertainment Specialty restaurants 24 hour O’Sheehans Better casino Indoor muster drill Much better loyalty program Twice a day housekeeping But, a good cruise is what you make it. But as you,venever cruised NCL, try it and see what you think. If it’s not your. Up of tea you can always return to CCL. Enjoy 76 past cruises Upcoming: CCL Dream 8/22/2020. Western Caribbean NCL Breakaway 1/10/2021 Western Caribbean CCL Dream 5/16/2021 Western Caribbean NCL Star 6/27/2021 - Scotland, Norway & Iceland
  12. Called first thing this morning (my Monday morning ritual) and lo and behold there are agents who, although working from home, are authorized to make WP transactions. I was able to have my 30,000 points from a cancelled reservation returned and to do a room upgrade with a separate card. So yeh! The system has changed a little bit I that the upgrades are done by giving you a qualifying cabin, rather than picking any available cabin as I’ve done in the past. We went through four cabin offers before I found a good one, so I am a happy camper today.
  13. Before you book do a bit of research. Look at available cabins in each inside category, make a list. Then go to the deck plan and study the location of each of those cabins. Are they above or below a high traffic or noisy area - pool, galley, buffet, weight room, the theater. Those are all bad locations. If there are a good number of cabins in a quiet location then you might want to roll the dice and go for it. It’s a personal thing, you may be a sound sleeper and noise doesn’t bother you, or a night owl who is out all night enjoying the nightlife. And depending on how far out the cruise is, there is the possibility that the better cabins will book up before they begin assigning the guarantees. Good luck. 76 past cruises Upcoming: CCL Dream 8/22/2020. Western Caribbean NCL Breakaway 1/10/2021 Western Caribbean CCL Dream 5/16/2021 Western Caribbean NCL Star 6/27/2021 - Scotland, Norway & Iceland
  14. I spoke to the WP office yesterday and the young lady said they were still working from home and there was no word about when they would return to the office, she said, however, they realized customers needed points refunded (like me) and needed to do cabin upgrades (like me) and they were trying to develop a method for at home workers to, safely, be able to accomplish those tasks from home. I am truly anxious to get my room upgrade for our Iceland cruise. I sit by everyday and watch those balcony cabins dwindle away- grrr. Have enough points to upgrade without the refund but it matters not since they can’t do that either. I believe this spring could truly be entitled “The Springtime of Our Discontent”. 🤓. But hey, we are healthy and able to cruise soon so I’m not complaining - it just seems like it.
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