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  1. JamieLogical

    First time NCL cruiser thoughts

    Great lists! Thanks for posting. I've only ever sailed on NCL and have been on the Escape (Bliss' sister ship) twice. So, none of this is a huge surprise to me, but it still helps me prepare for my Sailing on the Bliss in 54 days.
  2. Oh yeah! Can't believe I forgot that one. I blame the fact that I was looking at my actual dailies and not going by memory. Sometimes the snacks in the casino are really good!
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    What was your upgrade offer and what did you bid

    Yes, the only difference between a Spa Balcony and a regular Balcony is location (close to the spa) and thermal suite spa passes for each guest.
  4. There is a "late night snack" bar open in the Garden Cafe (buffet) from 9:30-11:30pm (dinner is only served until 9:30). MDRs are open until 9:30 or 10:00 (depending on which one and which day). All of the specialty restaurants are open until 10:00. As other's have said, O'sheehan's is open 24/7.
  5. JamieLogical

    Just off Bliss

    I'm sailing on the Bliss in February and glad to hear you had a good time and would sail her again. A lot of the "negative" reviews I see are the same sorts of complaints you would see for any of the NCL megaships (crowded elevators with long wait times, having to make reservations in the specialty restaurants and for shows, etc.). Since I have sailed on the Escape a couple of times already, I am alredy familiar with those issues and they don't bother me the way they do some people. I'd be curious to know what you thought of the venues and shows unique to the Bliss.
  6. JamieLogical

    What was your upgrade offer and what did you bid

    Yep, that's exactly what you should see. If/when your bid is being accepted, it will change to "processing" or if it is declined it will change to "expired."
  7. JamieLogical

    What was your upgrade offer and what did you bid

    You can put bids in on as many categories as it will allow you. You aren't limited to just two bids. But if you don't want an Oceanview, you shouldn't bid on it. It might affect your chances of winning a balcony.
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    What was your upgrade offer and what did you bid

    You should not receive the extra point per night if upgraded to the Haven via Upgrade Advantage, though we have received *some* anecdotal evidence of some people getting the extra point. It's possible those people were booked on a Latitudes Rewards sailing and just didn't realize where the extra point was coming from.
  9. JamieLogical

    What was your upgrade offer and what did you bid

    They won't decline bids until about 48 hours out from sailing, even if it really is sold out.
  10. JamieLogical

    Think the price will drop?

    To anyone who is following this thread, I decided to go ahead and make final payment today rather than take the gamble.
  11. JamieLogical

    Think the price will drop?

    We aren't allowed to mention specific travel agency forums on this site, unfortunately. I found out about it through this thread:
  12. JamieLogical

    Ultimate Arcade Package Price Change??

    The price is per person, but it is shareable now. But even if my SO and I only bought one pass for both of us to share, it's still $49 more than it cost us to both get the Arcade Pass for our Escape sailing in October. On that sailing, we felt like we probably just about broke even or came out a little behind than if we had just paid per swipe. However, we both agreed that the convenience of pre-paying an "not having to think about it" every time we swiped had value. I don't think it has $49-worth of value though, so we won't be getting the package for our upcoming sailing on the Bliss in February. If we decide to play some darts and Mario Kart in the Local after breakfast every morning, we will just pay per swipe.
  13. JamieLogical

    Think the price will drop?

    I know exactly how many rooms are left in each category, except those that still have over 100 rooms available, because the site I use only shows up to 100 rooms in a category. As of this morning, there are still at least 616 balcony rooms available across all balcony categories. There are still 27 angled balconies left on decks 10 through 15 (not counting the one I'm booked in). So I really think canceling is super low risk as far as room choice is concerned. The main risk, as I see it, is that prices won't drop significantly enough to make up for the $60 difference in price between what I paid and the current price. I got a $100pp discount when booking because of unused airfare, but prices have dropped $40 since then, so current prices are $60 over what I paid. They would need to drop by more than that $60 in order to make cancelling worthwhile.
  14. JamieLogical

    Think the price will drop?

    The gamble would be possibly giving up some perks and paying a *higher* fare in the end, not skipping the cruise altogether.
  15. JamieLogical

    Think the price will drop?

    Haha! Please do! I honestly am not usually so penny-pinching, but in this case, I am actually paying for my sister as well, so everything is double for me. A $60 price difference is really $120 out of my pocket.