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  1. US citizens from the start of this thing have never been stopped from entering the UK. Just last week they introduced a 2 week self isolating rule which is basically sign a form on entry that you agree to it, put any address you like (just make one up) and then go on your way. As it's an absolute joke, the rule is not expected to last long.
  2. Why Lol? MSC charge $35 for their easy drinks package, more basic but it's all I need. It was better when Royal had choices like the beer and wine only.
  3. Thank you for your reply. We had a flyer left in the cabin about nextcruise deposits stating quite clearly "Pre-paid deposits good for ANY future Norwegian CL sailings". At no time during the sale process was it mentioned that the deposits were no good for cruises same as the duration we were on! (5 nights). Cruise lite was not on offer and never mentioned, so now going through the process of a refund.
  4. I bought 8 x $250 deposits for $1,000 recently on an NCL Sun 5 nighter thinking that they would be ok to use on cruises of that length. I'm confused about the 6 day cruise limitation which I now see on the small print, after all 5 nights is spread over 6 days, right? I'm having second thought now. If they cannot be used for those cruises, am I right in thinking you can get refunded for the purchase of the cruisenext deposits within 30 days? Thanks.
  5. Was on Explorer very recently. Seemed to me the bars and lounges were understaffed. The hard working server would take several orders and then have to go back behind the bar to make the drinks up themselves. This meant having to wait a long time to get served at a table. Not good.
  6. For the parking garage operators, the fantastic news is there are 9 days in a week! Park for 3 day cruise, get charged for 4. Park for 4 day cruise, get charged for 5. Hate that but I still park there for convenience.
  7. Not always! We had a 12:00 noon check in time for the Divina. We arrived at 11:00 and just waited in a line of people until 12:20 when they opened the door for the security check etc.
  8. Was on this same cruise and there certainly were at least 3 noticeable dogs. One thing I give the owners credit for is they weren't even trying to pretend they were anything else but their cutie pie pets. No fake vests and just walked them along the promenade like they were at home allowing anyone to pet them. I'm definitely taking my Great Dane next cruise, just hope he don't cover too many people in slobber at formal dinner. 😉
  9. On Allure this last week and had the Deluxe drinks package, something we would not usually buy. My failing for not reading the small print, but at around $75 pppd, was quite surprised when not able to have quite ordinary wines in the $14 - $18 bracket. Also on Labadee they were pushing the Cocktail in a pineapple which cost $12 for anyone. If you have deluxe drinks package it'll cost you $9. Couldn't get my head around that logic, it's not like you can eat the pineapple! Not a big deal and had a great cruise, just saying, because the guys selling in the promenade ain't gonna point that stuff out! Caveat emptor, as they say.
  10. It's a small lounge really on Mariner but what's crazy is there are big sofa type seating either side of the tables which takes up a huge amount of room for only 4 people. I counted the seating capacity and it's 28, really not good. With a furniture redesign it could seat so many more. Does overflow into a smallish area of the viking crown but there were so many private functions, weddings etc. going on in there. The concierge Tao tried really hard to make everyone happy.
  11. On Mariner a week ago, the outside door leads to that area where they have the climbing wall so not a great place to sit. You could get out but doors won't open automatically to let you back in so awkward.
  12. Do you think Indy will be doing Coco Cay on 7 day or shorter cruises from Ft Lauderdale? When is the schedule coming out?
  13. Please post if you have any success. I have phoned a couple of numbers but can't get any joy with it.
  14. Our cancelled cruise was the May 2020 transatlantic Ft. Lauderdale TO Southampton. What's really annoying is they offer to price protect on 3 other sailings. 2 are transatlantic East to West FROM Southampton. The other is from New Jersey leaving nearly a month earlier. One that would have been of interest, Brilliance, transatlantic leaving Tampa on the same date as the cancelled cruise, to Amsterdam is not listed and therefore not price protected. It's of course way more expensive. NOT happy!!
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