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  1. It has always been experience that when we are ready to go the concierge will send us down the elevators to the front of the line at any time. We did not have to go with another group or Haven hoard. Of course, we cleared out of our stateroom by 8:15 or so with or carry on and made it to the Haven restaurant closed (stopped serving) at about 8:30AM. We already linger on the ships as long as possible the last day, but if remaining in Haven saves standing on lines, we will get by 9:15.
  2. Agree they inflated prices this past weekend, but after the 30% discount that mysterious shows up in the mock booking process and then the 20% Latitude discount, we are seeing over a $2K savings from a mock booking with only the 20% discount. Plus we get double points. All five of the other free at sea offerings, but no OBC other than the shore excursion. We think we are going to pull the trigger for a July 2021 European cruise by this weekend.
  3. Is he kidding about them removing ToP from our carry on? Seems strange you cannot carry them but can have them in your check in luggage--- except for hand cuffs of course.
  4. Hey, that desk may not yet be open that early. But if you purchase the upgrade ahead of time you will see that once you are on board, or perhaps right beside the ship, that you can sign in to the NCL App, follow the prompts and have access to your unlimited access without additional support. Spend you time elsewhere, such as completing your reservations. Enjoy.
  5. Given that the sofa and be opened up for one or expanded to two, it is very doubtful that they added a pullman to the cabin since we stayed in that unit a couple years ago. Again, remember it is a Haven, the loungers are quite comfortable as well. Even if you do not want one of the larger sized kids on the balcony overnight, you can always bring in to the cabin for one to sleep there. But as big as the cabin is, it will make a squeeze from the front door to the rest of the cabin. Doubt if there really is room for a rolling bed should one be available.
  6. Besides proof of a dive in the last year, watch out for the medical questions the waiver. They really require you to provide a doctor's permission letter if you check any of the ailments (diabetes, high blood pressure, etc) or take any prescription medications. In our experience PADI and most dive shops only require the doctor's permission slip when we got our first C cards regardless of age. Have no idea why NCL is so stringent before they give you your excursion tickets. We ended up just claiming a mistake in filling out the form and forgetting to check our ailments when we filled it out again. We think we are in excellent health, particularly with the meds and are at the Master Scuba Diver level. Why would NCL want to work so hard to bar us from being on their dive excursion without us having to manipulate the truth in our log books or waiver? On the plus side, always have gotten great dive operators through NCL.
  7. The Escape's 16100 only has a sofa bed besides the king size bed in the walk thru bedroom. You can have an egg crate placed on it and find it quite comfortable--for one. For two sleeping comfortable on it, your teens should be on the smaller side. The balcony is large enough to have a lounger, so if you still want two 150+ pounders to try and sleep together, you can send the less agreeable on out on the balcony to sleep that night. You can proactively ask for more blankets if necessary. Warning: We did our first Haven in this suite and refuse to go back to steerage.
  8. So the secret is to order the premium liquors rather than the cheap stuff many of us get at the liquor stores because we want to save come bucks to purchase our next cruise with liquor service in the cabin.
  9. The complimentary kids menu has been around for some time. It is the same menu that is offered kids in the MDR and other venues on ship. Unfortunately it is only for kids 12 and under. It is what one would normally expect on an American kids menu, nuggets, burgers, hog dogs, pasta, etc and juice or milk. Nice way to eat a specialty meal with the family without having to pay for the kids. Of course, you can always accidentally slip extra food from your plate to theirs and throw up your hands should they jump into your desserts.:) When our 13 YO was younger we generally only included her for one the specialty dinners and let her go to Splash Academy while we enjoyed the others alone. I would take her to the Garden Buffet then to the Splash Academy before our dinner. Enjoy.
  10. It must have been a really weird post. You can drink cocktails anywhere on the ship, though it is discouraged in the SPA. Even if it was against the rules, what steward or butler would risk a reduction in their tips by trying to enforce should they somehow spot you. We frequently grabbed a couple drinks each and had either help us open our cabin door in your stays in the Haven. Even in our Haven stays outside of Haven proper we had no problems carrying drinks to the cabin.
  11. Where is the Broadway Show caliber entertainment? Where is there the diversity of music and comedian venues? Where are the race tracks, rope courses, lasar tags, mini-golf and massive number of different restaurants? Sure, you are comparing a Jewel Class ship with a luxury line, these things might be comparable, but on the mega ships, you can get all the happenings and entertainment as the rest of the ship, many on a priority basis but still retreat into your own private Haven.
  12. Remember, most of the prominent credit cards also cover trip cancellation cost for up to $5K $10 or more for nearly any reason so that defeats the benefits that some are claiming are a benefit of purchasing from NCL. Medical evacuation from at sea could run over $150K easily, far in excess of NCL coverage. Consider sticking with the third party insurers for their superior medical and evacuation coverage, trip cancellation coverage to supplement you credit cards, and realize if you really want more insurance that NCL offers you at trip cancellation policy for any reason for about $75 per person (or less) at 120 days out. Maybe those that already purchased insurance from NCL directly or their TA but do so from a third party are not offer this this inexpensive back up option.
  13. Wow, except for the miniature bathroom, maybe we need to rethink the benefit of staying in the Haven. Did not realize they upgraded their look while at the same time getting cheap in making the guest beg for towel animals and charging for room service out side the Haven. Thanks for sharing (seriously)!
  14. The last time we cruised in steerage we had a shabby and dusty heavy plastic roll up protector with stains and imprinted instructions ordering us to place it on the bed when unpacking and packing luggage. Otherwise it hung up rolled up in a closet all week. In the Haven, the luggage protector provides a color contrast that is actually left out all week long to add color to the spacious room. Since it was designed to protect the comfortable 24/7, it did not have instructions ordering to do anything with our luggage. We are on vacation, not robots following some bureaucrats orders on a over used piece of plastic.
  15. Maybe because Starbucks stores have their own WiFi, we never had to log into our NCL social media package when we tendered our phone at the Bliss Starbucks. (No, what Wifi they have on the ship is not attracting a bunch of wifi grazers so it probably is not a full streaming connection.)
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