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  1. We have sailed the Getaway and the breakaway. They are sister ships so there is no significant difference there. Where we did see a difference was in the crew. The crew aboard the B’away were obviously not happy campers, and it seemed to seep into almost everyone we encountered. After meeting the officers at the CC meet n greet, I understood. It put me off the larger ships for a while, but 7 months later we sailed the Getaway and had a completely different experience. This was just prior to the big shut down, so I’m sure the staff has cha bed by now. But it was certainly a demonstration of line workers reflecting the attitudes of their superiors. We are PP a d true. NCL fans, but this, sadly, was our least favorite cruise.
  2. We have always loved watching for the flying fish. When sailing fromNO or Galveston we usually start seeing the around 10 a.m. we’ve pointed them out to people who thought they were just sea spray. We’re usually sitting on the balcony with a morning beverage, playing cards so we don’t miss them.
  3. I think the color is more for the staff than the passenger. For instance on some lines, at certain levels you get priority embark/disembarking as a perk. If you are trying to make your way to the front (which we have never done) it is easier for staff to acknowledge you as exercising your perk as opposed to a pushy jerk. the same is true if you are allowed priority service at the pursers desk. I don’t want to argue whether it is right to offer priority access, but that is a different issue than card color. FYI, I respect everyone’s opinion.
  4. The confusion on purple cards could also be due to supply chain issues. We have gotten purple in the past, but that was before they decided to reserve that for haven guests. Guess they’ve decided to follow Carnivals pattern of colors by loyalty level, or milestone award.
  5. For those of you have had NCL book your flights, did you feel you got good routing?
  6. We too, are cancelled on a nine day Sun cruise, due to redeployment. ironically last weekend DH and I were discussing cancelling this cruise as we’ve just booked a European river cruise and would transfer those Alaskan dollars to Europe. If the gods are going to be this kind to me, I think we should have wine on the patio this evening and talk about winning the lottery. I suspect as the return to cruising continues to roll out, the pot holes will require more restructuring over time . Thank goodness this was with great advance notice so no air had been booked, etc.
  7. We have never done cruise air before but couldn’t pass up the Free second flier promo on our London to Iceland cruise. Our 330 day point is coming up in a few weeks and can any of you tell me how this will work? Will NCL contact me, is there a dedicated line, or will they just assign us flights and let us know? thanks in advance, happy Labor Day, MB
  8. Yes, but thought I would get more accurate information on a dedicated cruise air board.
  9. In all our cruises, we have never done cruise air. We have booked it with our upcoming London to Iceland cruise. The 330 day mark will be around the end of this month. my question(s) is, will I receive an email from NCL air, is there a direct number to speak directly to them (I can’t find one on their website), or do they just book it and advise you? thanks in advance MB
  10. We have had six sailings on the Sun. Once from Vancouver to Seward, ( wonderful to be on the smaller ship while in the fjords), once in the Baltic Capitals and four around the Caribbean. We love her and are booked again for AK in 2023. One of the nice benefits is their “sideways” inside cabins. They are much larger than a standard inside and the layout gives you two distinctive dressing areas. Very nice for dressing for dinner. We no longer sail inside cabins, but these are very nice for folks who need a bit more space or are traveling with children.
  11. I was simply stating that our next cruise is some time off, and wondering if the offer would still be offered at that time. Although, I realize that was not made clear.
  12. Out next NCL cruise is in January, and we are wondering what to do about it. Final payment is 9/7 so we need to decide soon, but I’ve been reading reports from the early cruisers about restrictions, excursions, etc. am chomping at the bit to go, but don’t want to be so restricted that we’d wish we were home with a pitcher of margaritas and a garden sprinkler instead.
  13. I did not think I had received this offer, but going back through deleted posts, I found it buried in the middle of their all too familiar Cruise special flyer. I receive so many of these that I don’t always scroll all the way to the bottom. it is dated 8/4/21
  14. Insure my trip.com. I’ve used them multiple times, individually and for foreign mission trips for our group. Very nice people and a user friendly website. and as others have said, check out the insurance forum.
  15. Also, when I bring an extension cord, I have one I only use for cruising. It is short, all the original tags and labels are on it, and it looks brand new (cause in fact it’s seen very little use. The security guys have told me they very much like to see new cords. Just a tidbit, I’ve picked up along the way. Of course, you’re mileage may vary.
  16. As an extra layer of protection, get your physical, NP, PA, whoever, to write a note on letterhead or Rx pad stating it is medically necessary. Never hurts to provide documentation of medical necessity.
  17. These don’t look particular appetizing to me, but I love breakfast at the cantina so I’m not leaving there! 😋
  18. We have done one full transit on the Jewel and two partial transits on Jewel class ships but I forget exactly which one. We had an aft balcony on the full transit and it was wonderful. We did have soot on the balcony two mornings, but otherwise it was fine. Two out of 16 days was not too bad. I agree that the old locks provide a superior experience to the newer ones. And I have always enjoyed the more personal feel of the smaller ships, which NCL has done a good job of keeping them fresh. we have booked the Jewel for another trip in February of 23. and before you go, you MUST read “A Path Between the Sea” by David McCallum. You will understand the history and challenges of building the Canal and be able to appreciate what you are seeing so much better. It’s a great read.
  19. We had one of those B6 balconies before they reclassified them and they were BAs . That huge balcony was great! The Napoli coast is gorgeous. IMHO you should order a very nice beverage and enjoy it from a port side balcony. The cruise took a few hours, whereas the volcano was more of a drive by. The late afternoon lighting makes the coast magical, while when the ship turned for starboard folks to view, it was nearing dusk.
  20. Plus, on the roll call group, we have a cruiser from the hospitality industry, who is requesting a group rate for a block of rooms at The Harbor House. It’s a great place, so join us and stay tuned.
  21. Another vote for aperol spritz. It can be a bitter tart for some people, if so tell the bartender to add a splash of sprite to it, personally I like it as is, but the waiter did tell me that. And it’s a big pretty, bright orange, sassy looking drink! What’s not to like?
  22. We just did it with the Pride from Galveston. Drive to IAH, shuttle to the pier, fly back to IAH and fetch the car. No problem. Our air for second person is $79. 😁
  23. Congrats on your hassle free upgrade! I’m okay with our cabin but would have chosen something that’s as not across the hall from a lathe white area. As time goes by I may call my PCC and see if she can lateral us into a cabin with known neighbors on all sides.
  24. There seem to be some strange things happening. In the past you could book any available cabin. But now there are only designated cabins. Hmmm. Twice in the last year (out of 5 or 6 upgrades) they gave me a list of available to upgrade cabins and they would not have been my first choice,although some were not too bad. Also, and this is new, you had to book the highest OV to upgrade to a BA. So on this cruise I had to go to book a O4 in order to be upgradeable, so today’s issue was I HAD to book a B4, when. BA or BB would have been fine but said I couldn’t do that you have to book exact meta jump cabin. Jeez. But that’s what my lady said, the next guy could have an entirely different story.
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