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  1. Njkrewzer

    Choosing to Tip Individually?

    Ding ding! We have a winner! The thing is that so many people think that if we do away with the tipping system itll amount to more money in their pockets, and THATS the real reason most people want to do away with the tipping system. NCl, restaurants, bars, and everywhere else you tip, will just raise their prices. And when they do raise their prices (a la NYC) it will be more than just covering that cost, because they have the opportunity to justify the dramatic increase. I.E. a $2500 cruise with $300 DSC=2800 total, but if the day comes that NCL rolls them together, its gonna cost you 3000. All the restaurants that did this in NYC got away with murder and people were cheering for them for finally paying their workers a living wage, while they laughed all the way to the bank.
  2. Njkrewzer

    Choosing to Tip Individually?

    While we are at it, why don't we change the whole "income tax" system, because we don't like it, or change the highway tolls because we don't like them either. This is the way it is, like it or not. Instead of the West doing away with tipping, why doesn't the East adopt the tipping culture? I think many people remove the DSC to save money and justify it by saying "I tip people directly". Every cruise I go on, I leave my DSC alone, and I also tip people directly. I would be willing to bet that many people who remove a 3-400 dollar DSC charge don't hand out nearly that much in cash. Its unfair to the hardworking people who work tirelessly to ensure our cruises are enjoyable. And I reiterate, to everyone saying "NCL is passing the buck" or "they should just pay them outright and not make us pay their payroll" it really doesn't matter because in the end, the consumer pays it anyway, and knowing NCL, if they roll it into the main fare, they will add a little extra while they're at it.
  3. Njkrewzer

    Choosing to Tip Individually?

    The server tips based on their tips, so theoretically speaking if nobody tipped that day (which would never happen, at least not in the US) the server wouldn't have to tip out their coworkers. Do I think its fair? It's the way it is, and as long as I know that's how these people are making their living, I will continue to do it. And while I think NCL is among the worst nickel and diming companies out there, I dont have a problem with this because it's really 6 in one half dozen in the other. If they stop DSC, the cruise fare will go up, just like the NYC restaurant that stopped tipping but hiked their prices up. Either way, the consumer is paying it.
  4. Njkrewzer

    Choosing to Tip Individually?

    No, we aren't expanding tipping culture, I'm stating a fact. There are employees who are part of the DSC that cruisers don't have contact with. OP stated they want to remove/reduce the DSC so they can tip those employees themselves, and specifically asked who the DSC covers, so I answered their question. Whether or not people agree with NCL's structure is a whole other topic, but for now, this is the way it is. And by the way, this isn't that much different than what happens on land. When you tip your server at a restaurant, come the end of their shift, they tip out the bussers, bar back, maitre'd, and kitchen staff depending on the restaurant
  5. Njkrewzer

    Choosing to Tip Individually?

    There are employees who bust their butts working to ensure you enjoy your cruise that you dont have contact with, so how would you tip them individually if you never see them?
  6. Njkrewzer

    Norwegian to pay $ 2 million in damages ......

    2 million to NCL is like a dollar to the rest of us, they wont even feel it... What they'll feel even less is the amount they actually end up settling for after their appeal. FDR will nickel and dime the snot out of us in the meantime, but it will have nothing to do with this case.
  7. Our marine life has a MUCH bigger problem dealing with lost/discarded commercial fishing gear than a plastic straw. The great pacific garbage patch is made up mostly of this, not the straw from your pina colada. I will drink from a plastic straw til the death of me, I just make sure to throw them out in a proper receptacle, whether on land or at sea. Some people feeling "guilty" about having a pack in their home or cabin seems downright silly. Oh well, different strokes I guess
  8. Njkrewzer

    Escape listed last night 03/03/19

    The ship listed 16 degress. This is straight from the Captain's mouth the next night at the Captains Party
  9. Njkrewzer

    Beach day, which port?

    I was just in harvest caye. For me, it was more of a pool/watersports/ziplining day as the beach wasn't my favorite. I would suggest going to Playa Mia when youre in Cozumel. Short walk off the boat to the bus, short bus ride to the beach. If you do this, get the deluxe playa mia package, as it includes a large buffet as well. Beach is amazing, there is a ton of shopping, and so many watersports to choose from.
  10. Very sorry that you had quite an unwelcoming experience. Just know that you could've come on here and said that every NCL employee lined up and smacked you, and provided video evidence, and some on here would STILL jump all over you. Must be something in the koolaid. I've sailed Norwegian many times, currently have cruises booked with them, and as of now, will continue to do so in the future. But with that being said, I have seen and experienced firsthand some absolutely unacceptable customer service on board. Once had a bartender on board tell me the drink I wanted to order was stupid, and why would anyone want to drink that, and he refused to make it for me. I'm a very easy going person, don't expect much, but NCL is most definitely not leading the pack in the customer service department as a whole, but then again I have encountered some amazing staff members on board as well. I even wrote a few nice emails to corporate commending team members on board and couldn't even get a response back. Anything would have sufficed, even a simple "got your mesage". And cheerleaders, before you attack me, yes I did fill out the Vacation Hero cards for them as well, but I felt their service was above and beyond, so their commendation should be as well.
  11. That's what they were doing lol.... I never found out the end result
  12. Correct. And this isnt a fifth hand account bs story that you hear, I saw it and heard it with my own eyes and ears.
  13. Njkrewzer

    Great Stirrup Cay

    Either they will make it a sea day, or possibly dock at the next port a day early. I've missed GSC 4 times, twice was an extra seas day, and twice they went straight to Nassau
  14. I was on the cruise right after this one (jan 23rd out of PC) and the same exact thing happened! This is such a turnoff to me. The lady hit for 10k on the slot machine right behind the coin pusher machines and they were giving her a hard time and ripping the machine apart inspecting it. My friend and I asked the supervisor why they don't rip apart the machines like that when we lose. As of the next day, they still hadn't paid her. This is very disappointing to me, and I lost a lot of faith in NCL. I'm a big casino player, and now I have in the back of my head that if and when I do get that big win, I'm gonna have to jump through hoops to get paid.
  15. Yes, they did that song as the finale. Curious, why can't you go? I hate that song on the radio, but when Choir of Man performed it, I loved it!