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  1. 22 minutes ago, duquephart said:


    Compare apples to apples on pricing. You are paying for "everything that Viking includes." It's all baked in the cake. The fact that you're "stunned" is evidence that their marketing is working well.

    Not at all. I am used to paying extra for a balcony cabin, WiFi, bottled water, specialty meals, the thermal spa etc. The price I paid for my upcoming 33 day Viking cruise is $2000 more than I paid for a 14 day cruise on NCL. 

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  2. I will board my first Viking cruise next week. I’ve sailed with Disney, Royal Caribbean and Norwegian. I am completely stunned by everything that Viking includes.

    I used to work in HR for a very generous nonprofit foundation. We always said no one should join us for their first job. They wouldn’t truly appreciate what we offered and subsequent employers would be disappointing. 
    Maybe Viking should require sailing with another brand as a prerequisite to booking? 😁

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  3. 5 hours ago, Clay Clayton said:

    I've been pleased with this one:

    CLINE Travel Folding Trekking Hiking Pole with Carrying Case,Collapsible Cane Adjustable Walking Stick Portable Mobility Aid for Women Men Hikers Gift,Black https://a.co/d/cP3vGlq

    Thanks Clay! I was planning to get hiking poles and didn’t know where to start. I just ordered a pair of these. Appreciate your help!

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  4. Sorry if this is a bit off topic. I prefer iced coffee, black. Not the coffee shop 2000 calorie melted ice cream versions. Is it available anywhere on the ship? I suppose I can make it with the Nespresso machine if not. Just request ice delivery?

  5. 2 hours ago, ryc1547 said:

    My gf and I have been laughing at the tunnel email. We are local to Boston, and just for the record, the sumner tunnel has been reopened since August 31. Anyway, we too are waiting for some communication from NCL on whatever changes they decide to make. Did anyone else have Canadian Hurricane on their 2023 bingo card? We sure didn’t….


    Periodic weekend closures of the Sumner Tunnel resume from Fall 2023 to Summer 2024. During this time, the tunnel will close on Fridays at 11:00 p.m. and re-open to traffic on Mondays at 5:00 a.m. Traffic will be diverted through signed detour routes. Through the end of 2023, the tunnel will be closed the following weekends:

    • Weekend of September 15
    • Weekend of September 22
    • Weekend of September 29
    • Weekend of October 20
    • Weekend of October 27
    • Weekend of November 3
    • Weekend of November 10
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  6. 1 hour ago, Pitzel said:

    I stand corrected. I was under the assumption that it would be ok since there isn't really any standing water in the splash pad to sit or swim in (unlike on other ships that have a wading area), but alas you are right 😞

    Something like this would probably be pretty portable and could work on the balcony. It could even double as a bathtub, if your cabin doesn't have one.

    Just wondering how one fills and empties that pool on a balcony? I don’t want to be on the balcony below.

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  7. 2 hours ago, uneamie said:

    This is a link to all the info about this "dry dock" rehab. Looks like 24 added balcony cabins and added thermal spa balcony cabins. https://www.cruisecritic.com/news/norwegian-cruise-line-announces-extensive-refurbishment-for-norwegian-joy

    Is it just me or is anyone else uncomfortable with a spa employee inserting an IV? Yikes! “Other additions include a new Biostation with IV Drip Therapy; four-senses loungers for for deep relaxation; and Kneipp haptic foot therapy, which massages feet as guests walk across the pebbled moving stream that alternates between hot and cold foot baths”

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  8. 6 hours ago, SeekingKillerWhales! said:

    I recall someone on a thread mentioning that their insurance paid them $500 for cancelled ports, but I can't remember the thread, and I'm not sure that's a common insurance coverage. I wouldn't want to pay the premiums on a policy that covered that because I think it would be a very expensive policy. And, partially thanks to discussions like this, I will never book a cruise for somewhere I am dying to go, nor one where a single port being cancelled would destroy my cruise. Also, credit cards might offer some protection, but many others on here will be a lot more knowledgeable than I am.


    I do think you should get a % of your port taxes and fees back for every cancelled/non-replaced port, however. 

    That may have been me. I had cruise insurance purchased through Insure My Trip on both 2018 and 2019 transatlantics. Both had port changes and I filed claims with the NCL letter as proof. I got $500 each time. I think they were  Nationwide policies but 2019 seems like a different lifetime now.

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  9. 12 hours ago, The Traveling Man said:

    Usually NCL would simply plug along with the announced changes in an itinerary.  My point was that on this occasion they actually did respond to feedback from their customers.  More to the point, some folks at NCL worked through the Easter weekend to reschedule the ports of call.  It was a less than a completely desirable result, to be sure, but I do tip my hat to them for at least trying to make lemonade out of a pile of lemons.  I choose to cut them some slack.

    I agree with you but I would have been happier if they kept Ponta Delgado. Switching to the northern route was COLD! I walked outside from the spa to the buffet one morning and my wet hair froze!

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  10. I took the guided tour and river cruise a few years ago with the Breakaway. I’d been to Paris a few times so this tour was a nice refresher. You get a good view of the Eiffel Tower from both the bus and the river. The river cruise included a superb lunch with wine flowing. I thought it was worth the cost.

    You might want to take a look at the Ports board for more recent reviews.

  11. 4 hours ago, Stitch97 said:

    I went on my first cruise last summer with my best friend. She, along with a group of folks, were waiting on a fresh batch of cookies. The minute the cruise employee placed the cookies for everyone, a woman cut ahead of them and started piling the cookies on a plate. She took most of the cookies leaving only a few. Had no shame at all. 

    The woman who tried that with the warm tea time scones on my cruise got my elbow and and me stating “there’s a line”. She gave me dirty looks whenever she saw me around the ship but it was worth it.

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  12. Here' an update you might like:

    Muster Drills Update
    In an effort to enhance the onboard guest experience while keeping the safety of our guests and crew our top priority, we will reinstate e-muster drills through our online check-in for sailings beginning April 1, 2023. We are committed to delivering an exceptional and safe experience on board and, as such, will continue to actively evaluate and modify our processes for best practices. Please stay tuned for more information regarding effective dates for specific ships throughout the month of April.

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  13. 5 hours ago, Smitheroo said:

    Please explain. I get the part about using your card on board. When/where do you cash in the points? 

    There is a Rewards section on the Bank of America/NCL card website. Once you have enough points to cash in, it is a simple process to convert them to cash on your account.  
    If you haven’t seen it, there is a huge FAQ thread here with all of the explanations and answers about the NCL credit card. It is the first post pinned at the top of this section.

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  14. They were pouring the Duc on my Getaway cruise in 2019. The bottles in the theater were turned with the label to the back. I started asking to see the bottle every time I ordered Prosecco after that undrinkable experience.

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