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  1. Shows were 7 and 9:30pm IIRC. We had dinner at 7, and had plenty of time to get to the later shows. Sometimes they even pushed the shows back to 10. Even specialty dining, you'll have plenty of time.
  2. We had a CC Meet & Greet, and they gave us all NCL Breakaway Lanyards, that had a breakaway (no pun intended) clip 3/4 the way down, which was fantastic! Someone actually had brought a hole puncher to the M&G, which was a GREAT idea! Otherwise, I heard the guest services desk has them as well. As long as you don't punch over the magnetic strip, or any of the pertinent info on the card, you'll be fine. Bottom line, they sell them on the ship, if you need.
  3. The only Champagnes they had were Clicquot Yellow Label NV, and Nicolas Feuillate Rose NV, which were both great. The wines retail for about $50, but on wine lists, they would usually be over $100. They were supposedly running a special on the Veuve at $99, and $34.95/glass. Don't remember the Nebbiolo, but the Luce Lucante was a great option for a Super Tuscan. Rated 91pts, and retails about $35, so I didn't feel cheated. We did drink a few bottles of Bon Jovi's Dining into Hampton Water Rose, retails for about $24.95, was on the list for $72 or $74. Don't remember the name, but the Sancerre was tasty, as was the Simi Alexander Valley Cabernet. We truly enjoyed the PPB, especially since we had a bunch of OBC and only paid about $180 for the two of us. I am a fine wine distributor in NJ, and am spoiled with the wines I drink, so it made it all the more better!
  4. Coco Cay also has a new pier. Wish they would do the same with "all the food and drink you could want" at Harvest Caye in Belize, what a joke that was!
  5. I was drinking double Woodford Reserve's...Guess that about $18-20/drink x 2? It was only about $20 total, so not a big deal what so ever
  6. Fees must be a lot different in NYC than in Miami. I was getting hit $3-4 per drink while in port in MIA last month. Also....OP raises a very interesting question/point. My friend was on a Carnival Cruise out of NYC, and they were not able to use the drink package AT ALL while in port in NYC. New York City has passed an ordinance a few years back to where there are no more "Open Bars", and they had to wait til the next morning to get anything without paying. Also, Carnival has a 15 drink per day cap on their package....I would've blown through that by lunch! Surprised that NCL was is able to get around the "Open Bar" policy while in port....
  7. I work with a lot of Pinot producers from the Willamette Valley and surrounding areas. Willamette Valley Vineyards, Colene Clemens, DDO, A to Z, King Estate and a few other great ones! Love me some Oregon Pinot's!
  8. But you guys have such great wine in PNW! Bring some great pinot's and call it a day!!! 🙂
  9. Just an FYI, NCL makes you pay for the taxes while in US Ports (at least in Florida). They're not just like 6% or 7% like sales tax, but like $4/drink! We racked up a hefty bill of about $30-$40 while IN PORT before we left the dock! All because we were drinking double Woodford Reserve's instead of Bulliet Bourbon (which I love), but I thought I'd be the big shot and start to get my money's worth! Oh well, again, you only live once! (Still waiting for my liver transplant btw.....)
  10. Oh, and btw, my wife and daughter went to Starbucks a few times, thinking it would charge $5-$7/coffee, they were never charged! NOT saying that it is included, but......
  11. The PPB was amazing! $243 is the standard price for a 7 day cruise. I was able to accrue about $345 in OBC, so for the two of us to upgrade for about $140 was a no-brainer. I work in the fine wine/liquor business, and was thrilled with the ability to get better quality wines with dinner, and a glass of Veuve Champagne at the Atrium Bar whenever I wanted! The bottles of wine at dinner were interesting, because we did order a bottle of Veuve almost every night, but also ordered other wines off the list in addition. One night, I wanted a glass of Lucente (SuperTuscan), and the wine steward was trying to push the whole bottle on me. I really didn't care, since I wasn't paying any more for it, but the question was brought up if you can store the bottle for another night. The answer is yes, but the proper response is, the bottle will not be as good tomorrow as it was tonight, and it isn't costing you any more, so why not just order the same bottle, or a different bottle the next night? Makes fiscal sense on your part. In regards to the bottled water, no, you cannot get a case to your room. However, you can go to the bar 6 times, and get 12 bottles of water. Just an FYI, the mini-fridge only holds about 6. We squirreled them away for port days. Also, you can get both still (Aqua Panna) and sparkling (Pelligrino) for dinner every night, took full advantage of that as well! My advice, if you think you would enjoy a bottle of champagne a night ($99 on board), higher end Bourbons and Single Malt Scotches, other better quality wines ($65-$99) and all the BOTTLED WATER ($6/each), then go for it! You only live once! Hope that was helpful!
  12. Did they cut off the drink package on Sunday???
  13. I just called NCL for something unrelated, and my PCC's VM said the offices are closed due to the storm (which is NOT hitting Miami), so I hope they are actually working on getting you guys home than sitting on their butts at home....
  14. Are they letting people stay on the ship until they get a flight home, or are they kicking everyone off as soon as it docks today?
  15. We booked on board for a cruise in August 2021. Bought CruiseNext for $250, giving us $500 towards that sailing. The CruiseNext guy was offering to get us a Sail Away rate and guaranteed us a cabin number and free at sea, but the sail away rates were sold out, so that sort of sucked! Either way, we booked, have 10% down on our cruise, and almost 2 years to pay it off!
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