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imacruiser99

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  1. I would say any cabin which is mid ship or forward should be just fine since the smoking areas are mid/aft of the ship.
  2. Last poster is correct. You need to contact the airline directly to change seats and/or add your known traveler number.
  3. Regretfully, it is human nature to complain more than you compliment. I have always had positive interactions with NCL and have nothing to complain about them or their policies. I read before I sign and totally understand what I am getting into as well as MY responsibilities when booking a cruise with any cruise line.
  4. Supposedly with the app, you can download the edocs and have they scan the bar code on the PDF and, other than presenting the required documentation, that is all that is needed to board. They need to accommodate folks who travel early and get last minute upgrades, so they have made the process easier. My one concern is getting thru security which may require the paperwork.
  5. My one and only experience is for an upcoming cruise out of NYC. 1) I am located near an AA hub, so I got what I consider very reasonable flights 2) I did not request any deviations, so flying out day of cruise on first available flight to LGA. This does leave a little wiggle room in the event there is an issue since AA has other flights which will still allow us to make the trip. 3) Purchased NCL's essential travel protection for a very reasonable rate to help alleviate any fears of same day travel 4) Purchased NCL transfers to pier speed up baggage handling once at pier (NCL supposedly handles that one their transfers) 5) Return flight was a little later than I would like, but expect to be able to go standby on earlier flights if available.\ Seat assignments where in the back of the aircraft, but was able to freely upgrade to more forward, or pay for main cabin extra for both flights. All in all, I am pleased with same date travel arrangements, but it really does make a difference if flying out of a hub airport on what you actually get.
  6. I personally have never seen discounted gift cards (not cruise certs, future cruise certs, etc) for NCL. AARP has discounts for Carnival and RCL.
  7. Time for me to be snarky, but this seems like a very odd question from some one who has posted 324 times and appears to have cruised before. Each cruise and cruise line will outline the REQUIRED documentation for that cruise, so why post a question to this board?
  8. Not to criticize anyone, but with all the issues with scams, hacking and all the other issues with on-line transactions, I have all my accounts set to very low limits so that I know immediately if anything over $50.00 is charged to any account or if any amount if debited back into my account. I also get daily balance notices so that I always know what i know what is happening with my accounts. In today's world we all rely upon technology, so ensure that you are doing your own monitoring and not letting the USPS do it for you when you get the statements in the snail mail.
  9. NCL provides towels to be used in port. If you lose them, there is a fee, so if you are concerned about losing towels bring your own, but I personally would never pack a beach towel. Too many other items to be worried about.
  10. Statement is correct. I have also found CAS to be slightly more informative and helpful than the standard NCL reps. No matter the discount, upgrades you request, etc, you will always be responsible for port fees, taxes and the admin fee. My statement is based upon experience since most of my cruises have been using land based casino certificates. I rarely pay full price for a cruise.
  11. Just to add to the snowballing conversation. The perspective I take on this whole issue of the "Free at Sea" promotions and the added gratuities thing is this... I view the total cost of the drink package and the included tips as one price and not 2 separate costs. When I get the drink package as a "freebie", but pay the gratuity, I just consider gratuity as a discounted total price. So if the total price of the drink package is $831 for a 7 day cruise and I only pay 139 of the $831 I am saving over $500 dollars on the package. There is no reason I cannot share that savings with the bartenders and wait staff to ensure I get top of the line service. As other posters have stated, I always get much better service by slipping a dollar or two their way. There are plenty of times all I needed to do is catch the bartenders eye, point at the glass and a quick nod of my head and in 2 shakes of the martini shaker I have a fresh drink in front of me. A little kindness in the world goes a long, long way and makes the cruise so much more enjoyable.
  12. If you are allowed, I would ensure that it is either fire retardant or fire proof. A number of the decorations I have seen on cabin doors were paper in nature, which would be a fire hazard. As stated in the article, Carnival requires fire retardant decorations, which on our one and only family Carnival cruise, we ensured we purchased items which stated fire retardant. I do agree with other posters that normal decorations could become a fire hazard. Everyone also needs to take into consideration that a number of cruise line rules and regulations are not stipulated by the cruise line, but by maritime law as well as governmental agencies. I was reading on some of the rules and regulations stipulated by the Vessel Sanitation Program ran by the CDC has a lot of rules for sanitation which may be "blamed" on the cruise line, but they are in the VSP rules.
  13. And just as an FYI, the responses to a simple question is one of the reasons I normally do not end up going to the M&G's. I cringe at times thinking some of the folks in the M&G are the same snide posters on some of these threads. I can just see them questioning the cruise staff at every opportunity about all the things they think are wrong with NCL.
  14. and given how NCL and other cruiselines change things, the list will probably change by your sail date.
  15. Unless you go behind the scenes or have an eagle eye for detail, you will never notice anything different. I was on the BA right after the "failed" inspection and did not see one thing which would have concerned me. I seen more violations in my local favorite restaurant than I seen on any cruise ship.
  16. Per NCL is is all that is required. As long as there is a photo on the ID they are good. Proof of Citizenship (see below) AND Government-issued photo ID
  17. The basic answer is no and they state that in the "fine print", unless you are a premium traveler on the airline you are flying on.
  18. If you are considering DSC as the same as resort fees, your analogy is incorrect again. Resort fees are per room where as DSC is a per person charge. Just because it is a flat rate for every booked cabin/passenger and not a percentage of the amount you paid for the cabin does not alter it's purpose. Not all gratuities paid are percentage based.
  19. That has been the norm lately, especially with the "upgrades" they have done to their system. I personally do not understand the need to print out the edocs so early before the cruise (and in theory are not even needed for the check-in, it just makes check-in easier). I normally wait to pay for "extras" just before the cruise so that I keep the money instead of giving it to NCL. Save paper and wait until a coupld of days before to print them off. I would be more concerned if the vacation summary is incorrect than I would not being able to get edocs.
  20. Totally agree, but to add, if you never use a service (like concierge) why even provide a tip to them? I do not tip just because the only time I see or talk to them is when they are giving the Haven presentation. Cabin steward and Butler will be used during the cruise and my experience normally go above and beyond the level of service you get with the rest of the ship. I tip Haven bartenders more as well since they usually have my drink ready almost when I walk into the bar area.
  21. I just posted this information on a similar post but is applicable here as well All the issues could be in conjunction with the upgrades and other issues. Here is my experience. I am sailing on 9/1 with a CAS trip with the free/reduced airfare. I booked just outside the 120 day window. 1) eDocs where available within a week of final payment. 2) just before the upgrade eDocs included the flight information (which was only a hold which was confirmed on AA website). 3) After the upgrade, both flight info and edocs were gone. 4) called NCL and they corrected and both were available again 5) about 3 weeks ago, Edocs were gone again. 6) on July 9th I saw the airline was in ticketed status. 7) eDocs reappeared today (7/17), with all the pertinent information. So I would not be too concerned on having your eDocs available at this time. I would just confirm every so often that all your information remains the same on the NCL website to ensure that something was not dropped. I am thinking they do not have an automated feed between the airline reservation system being used and the NCL system, so all the airline info may need to be manually updated (thus the reason it is taking so long).
  22. All the issues could be in conjunction with the upgrades and other issues. Here is my experience. I am sailing on 9/1 with a CAS trip with the free/reduced airfare. I booked just outside the 120 day window. 1) eDocs where available within a week of final payment. 2) just before the upgrade eDocs included the flight information (which was only a hold which was confirmed on AA website). 3) After the upgrade, both flight info and edocs were gone. 4) called NCL and they corrected and both were available again 5) about 3 weeks ago, Edocs were gone again. 6) on July 9th I saw the airline was in ticketed status. 7) eDocs reappeared today (7/17), with all the pertinent information. So I would not be too concerned on having your eDocs available at this time. I would just confirm every so often that all your information remains the same on the NCL website to ensure that something was not dropped. I am thinking they do not have an automated feed between the airline reservation system being used and the NCL system, so all the airline info may need to be manually updated (thus the reason it is taking so long).
  23. I am 51 days out and I received the official email overnight. I already had the record locator number when my eDocs were available, so I already knew what my flights were on AA. I have a non-stop flight, so I did not think they were going to change from the original itinerary. eDocs are not available now, but I am not worried about that at all. I noticed the flights were actually ticketed on AA back on July 9, before then they were only reserved. here are a couple of links to NCL's site related to the air/sea program https://www.ncl.com/freestyle-cruise/airsea This link will provide an idea which airlines NCL uses https://www.ncl.com/uk/en/getting-to-the-pier/flights-information
  24. You can review the NCL policy. https://www.ncl.com/faq#!#can-i-bring-water-or-soda-board
  25. Based upon what I saw on a recent BA cruise out of NOLA, they are cleaned at least twice a week. I was in Spice H2O and saw them replacing the covers twice during the cruise.
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