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  1. My mom (72) has been asking to do a large family cruise. I convinced her and my dad (75) to do their own first to 'scope it out' and see if it was realistic for them. They'll be leaving out of NY, so no airport transfers to worry about. Heading down to Orlando and the Bahamas for a week long trip. They'll be in a handicap accessible room, mom has more mobility issues than dad. She'll be using a wheelie walker seat thing similar to what someone else mentioned above. The cabins are small, so having the handicap room will give them a bit more space with the walker and cut down on steps and ledges to have to navigate. I figure by putting them in a handicap room it will also alert the staff that they may need some extra help in the case of an emergency too.
  2. We originally said we would be at the port by 1pm thinking we would arrive early due to the festival going on (sailing on Jan 16th). My online edocs still say boarding begins at noon and to not arrive more than 1 hour earlier (11am). Who knows....
  3. If you are getting your flights from NCL, you better do your online check-in ASAP. They can't book your flights until they have all of your passport info. A delay in getting your flight info means a delay in picking your flight seats and possibly not getting to sit together with the rest of your party.
  4. That's why when you see a low price, jump on it. We snagged a New Zealand deal a few months ago with only a $50 refundable deposit, price dropped and we switched to a different sailing dropping us off in Sydney instead of Port Kembla. Now the price is over $1K more than what we booked at. Was keeping my eye on a RCC sailing for the whole family, but unlike NCL they do not offer low or refundable deposits. I'm not plunking down $800+ for a non refundable deposit, so I keep going back to NCL and snagging their deals when they are there to be found.
  5. Finally heard back from the concierge for our upcoming Epic sailing, but the pre-cruise preference options seem to have changed since that last time we sailed. Not sure if it's different on each ship, or if its because we were previously in the DOS and now a 2BR Haven suite. Last time they had an option for a Climarelle body temperature regulating pillow and a reading wedge on the Jade, now this was the only thing they said: Pillow In addition to the luxurious feather pillows in your suite, you can also select one of the following: Overfilled Firm - firm but not too hard Ultra Foam - deluxe memory Hypo-Allergenic Coffee Choose one, or let us know if you’d prefer both. Regular Decaffeinated Tea Pick your favorite for early morning or late afternoon. Jasmine Green Chamomile Citron English Breakfast Extra Towels Just say the word, and we’ll bring what you need. Washcloths Hand Bath They also didn't give us an option for water preferences (still vs sparkling). Have they done away with those things, or is it only DOS people are entitled to the super extra fancy pillows?
  6. We didn't think we would use our butler either, but breakfast in the room on early morning port excursion days was nice without having to fight for a seat in the buffet when trying to be quick. On our one day at sea we got a big breakfast then left the do not disturb sign up and lunged around munching all day. Outside of breakfast, our butler was 100% useless, so we ended up tipping the cabin steward more than the butler...
  7. We're booked on a 2021 New Zealand cruise with NCL that drops us off in Port Kembla (just south of Sydney). This was booked almost 6 months ago I want to guess, with a 20% off lattitudes reward making the price with reduced air fare too good to pass up. The only problem we're finding now is that the longest you can extend your stay with the air promo is 3 days, and we wanted at least a full week in Australia when we get off the cruise. So debating whether to just do the 3 days and keep the 'cheap' air, or drop the air promo and stay the full week like we wanted knowing we won't be back to that side anytime soon.
  8. Flight with the "free" air promo was $224 per person, Delta had an option to upgrade to first class seats for $180 per person (each way). So we splurged for the way down there, and were able to snag exit row seating at no charge for the way home. $400 per person, where the cheapest flights we found on our own were over $500 each for coach with no free bags. Definitely a win for us this trip.
  9. We had the deluxe owner's suite on the Jade, and the Haven courtyard and pool was worth it to us. Yes, it's small, but when you're the only 2 people in the pool it doesn't matter. I will gladly take a private small pool over having the share the slightly larger pool with 1,000 other people.
  10. I checked my old emails with the reservation confirmation number, but it only includes a link back to their website with the current T&C. Sorry!
  11. We were just there at the end of July beginning of August this year.
  12. Thank you, will keep this one in mind for our pillow choices when we get closer to sailing if I haven't heard from them yet. Hubby tends to get super hot at night and the cooling pillow was a godsend to him last time we were in Haven. It's not about the status symbol, it's about the convenience of having self-sticking tags which they send to you rather than home printed and pieces of tape traveling in your luggage. The ones they supply are easy to attach after you get off the plane without risking them coming off during the flight. Whereas the home print version you also need to bring your own tape or stapler to get them attached.
  13. This is awesome, thank you so much. We'll be in Haven in January and our first experience on the Jade didn't have a true Haven restaurant. The lunch specials are all me... I could do without some of that fancier stuff for dinner. Is it possible to order a lunch special at dinner time? Or to be brought to the room? Any way to know what they are without taking a walk down there, or is that something the butler can find out for us?
  14. The MDR have identical menus. The only difference is that one is more 'upscale' and requires men to wear pants. But the food is identical every night.
  15. When we were on the POA with 2 overnights, we received only $50 once when we were in Maui and Kauai. So regardless of the number of days, it's $50 per port total. So essentially, the port excursion credit is a joke on a Bermuda cruise when there are other options with a better value.
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