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johnrich

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    Pittsburgh, PA
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    RCCL and NCL
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    St. Lucia

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  1. johnrich

    Hawaii question

    When we were in Maui, we caught the car rental shuttle bus to the airport to pick up our vehicle. Our driver informed us that the Maui Beach hotel which is on the main drag as you make the left out of the port (maybe a ten min walk if that) offers overnight parking for cruise guests for only $5. This way you don’t have to go all the way back to the airport to drop off and pick up your car. While visiting Kauai, if you are planning on renting a vehicle there, I would suggest parking it at Anchor Shops (pay at JJGrillers restaurant - I believe it was only $10 - $15> but not positive). It was very convenient and they have an Anchor Shops shuttle continuously going back and forth from the shopping center to the port. Both made parking much easier than we thought they were going to be.
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    Free Air Promotion Question

    Yes, it is very odd. We booked for a Thanksgiving Cruise. The airfare from Pittsburgh to Orlando was $199/pp which was pretty reasonable however we needed two adjoining cabins and I couldn’t find them online so I called. Not only was the rep able to get us cabins beside each other, the airfare was only $99. Just wish NCL booked on Southwest. They have nonstop with great times. No other airlines offer nonstop.
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    Pride of America check-in and boarding ?

    We sailed on POA in December. Our shuttle from our hotel got us to the port around 9:45. There weren’t any porters there but we wheeled our luggage into the terminal and made a right and went a little bit and through a set of doors and there were 3 men there taking your luggage and putting it through the X-ray machine. We then went back out to the main section and got in line to go through security. You should be able to drop your luggage off and then just go back outside and catch a cab or Uber to wherever you want to go. We saw several people go outside after dropping off their luggage. I assume they were doing some sightseeing.
  4. Although it is too late for the OP to do anything now, this happened to us several years ago. When I printed out our eDocs I noticed the two different terminals so I contacted NCL. The person I talked to was very nice and even sent an email stating to all board at terminal B. She said if security gives us any problems to show the email. Well, security did give us a hard time. The guard at the door wouldn’t even look at the email from NCL. We asked to speak to a supervisor and she told us she was too busy to call one so we just blocked the line so no one else could get in (sorry fellow passengers) so she finally called a supervisor who took us to the side and then we had to argue with her. She eventually let us through but was really nasty with us and said we’ll be sorry because some of the key cards would be in the other terminal and we’d be causing the check-in agents extra work and spending extra time waiting since we “don’t know how to follow directions” on the eDocs. Well when we got to check-in, low and behold, all of our keys were together, so the customer service rep did what she said she would do and security was wrong. The security is not NCL, but rather POM, but should accept emails from NCL that tell the passengers to go to a different terminal than on the eDocs. My point is, be sure to call and ask that all key cards be placed together and ask for a follow up email.
  5. johnrich

    Pearl Harbor Early Bird Excursion

    NCL offers a Pearl Harbor tour called Early Bird Pearl Harbor for guests with flights after 2:00. Does anyone know of any private tour operators that also offer this shortened tour that will keep our luggage on the bus while we tour? I searched several sites. Roberts Tours show they have 2 tours but neither will work for us since our flight is at 2:45. I sent them an email asking if I am just not finding it on their website and the response said to look on their website. Ugh. I haven’t found other sites offering this. Thanks in advance! John
  6. Has anyone been able to use their FAS excursion credit for an excursion on disembarkation day? We normally just book our tours independently, but we can only find the tour we want this time through NCL.
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    When to Plan Things on POA

    We will be on the POA in 56 days. I started looking at excursions back in May and June (6-7 month before) and although all NCL ones were available, a few with smaller, independent tour operators found here on CC were full. However there are still plenty available thru NCL with less than two months left. Also, POA is freestyle so no need to worry about booking the main dining rooms but if you want any specialty restaurants, you may want to book them when they open up to get the time of your choice. Sent from my iPhone using Forums
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    Professional Photos on the Cruise?

    I believe they have it on all of the NCL ships. Sent from my iPhone using Forums
  9. johnrich

    Professional Photos on the Cruise?

    As the previous poster stated, this was different than the photographers stationed around the ship. This is through NCL’s Perspectives Studios. The photographer, Lorie, spent around 45 mins with us taking pictures and then a couple days later at least an hour going through all the photos. We chose five to have printed on canvas and two on metal. In addition we got a USB drive with all of the photos she took and received the rights to use those as well. Lorie and Carlotta are who we dealt with and they were absolutely wonderful and made it so much fun! In fact we did this on the Epic last Thanksgiving and were on the Escape last week and Lorie saw us and remembered us - even our first and last names. It was great! Sent from my iPhone using Forums
  10. Not sure what part of Ohio you’re from but if it is Southeast (Steubenville area where we’re from) Alaska Airlines just started flying out of Pittsburgh. We got a great deal for our December Pride of America cruise. We fly PIT to Honolulu with a stop in Seattle. Sent from my iPhone using Forums
  11. johnrich

    Professional Photos on the Cruise?

    We were told 4-6 weeks but we had ours in 11 days and they were wonderful! Sent from my iPhone using Forums
  12. Thanks so much for the great review so far. We will be doing this cruise in December with family (7 adults) and are also staying at the Outrigger Ohana Waikiki Malia. We fly in 2 days prior to the cruise so also plan on hiking to Diamond Head one morning. Anxious to hear about the rest of your trip. If you have any other tips or tricks (like the Shakka app) please share! We appreciate it. Sent from my iPhone using Forums
  13. Ship - Escape Deck - 15 Stateroom # - 15752 Stateroom Category – B9 Starboard or Port Side - Starboard Quiet Stateroom? – We never heard either of the neighboring rooms or talking in the hall but during the day did here the ding of the elevator arriving to the floor as this room was the first room when entering the hallway from the elevator “lobby.” In addition, the ping pong tables on deck 16 are right above this room and you could often hear the players jumping/running and sometimes deck chairs. It was a bit annoying but only my fault for not reviewing the deck plans more carefully. Was stateroom a connecting stateroom? - No Balcony View - View good looking out but not up due to overhang. Never had sun on balcony because of overhang but this is good for fair-skinned people. Balcony Size? Normal or oversized for class? - Normal Was wind a problem? - No. If an aft cabin, was soot a problem? - NA Any specific problems with this cabin? - Only noise as stated above Any other comments? This was the closest cabin to the spa and since it was a spa cabin includes thermal spa access which was wonderful. Sent from my iPhone using Forums
  14. johnrich

    Pride of America Tips for Savings

    Thank you so much for the tips. We will be sailing on the POA in 90 days so these are really helpful. Sent from my iPhone using Forums
  15. johnrich

    POA Soda Package

    Good to know. Sent from my iPhone using Forums
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