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  1. 20 minutes ago, Sea saw 56 said:

    I was looking for up-to-date reviews for a restaurant in Bar Harbor, near the Town Pier, we visited in 2014.

    I saw that several restaurants near the pier are "temporarily closed".

    This tells me that Bar Harbor is probably having an issue finding people to work, like every other city or town.  Perhaps they can't accommodate cruise ships as in the past.

    Just a thought.

    Many tourism related businesses in coastal Maine towns close in the winter. I drove through York and Ogunquit today and many shops and restaurants are closed. Parking spaces open on Route 1 are a lucky find in the summer.

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  2. 4 hours ago, gkbiiii said:

    I'm calling BS here: NCL is owed by Private Equity, ie. a Private Company.  There is no "stock price" involved here.  This is the same "crap" they tried with me, on the Southampton, Maiden Voyage on the Epic.  "garbage in, garbage out," NCL just can't wait to "Nickel & Dime" you to death, while reducing staffing, salaries, and crew deck privilege's.  How about reducing top executive pay and Private Equities earnings?

    As an NCLH stockholder, granted just the basic 100 shares to get OBC variety, all I can say is huh? Explanation please.

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  3. 2 hours ago, The Traveling Man said:

    NCL does pay attention to passenger comments, or at least they have at times in the past.  My wife and I booked a 12 day Transatlantic cruise on the Getaway for April 2019.  We had failed to notice that the ship was scheduled for dry dock the day after we were to arrive in Southampton.  Well, someone at NCL decided that they needed a couple of extra days to do the work they had planned, so they cut our trip short by two days, eliminating port stops at Le Havre and Zeebrugge.  Our cruise was scheduled to depart NYC on Saturday, 27 April, 2019.  We still lost two days off the cruise, but NCL did increase their compensation for the missing days after reading so many complaints on Cruise Critic.  I don't know how frequently NCL pays attention to this forum or if they would do the same thing today, but they certainly listened in 2019.

    I was on that cruise too. Every time I read a complaint about a missed port or late arrival from someone who thinks they are the first and only “victim” of such things I just laugh. 

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  4. 7 minutes ago, BirdTravels said:

    We just completed 7 days on the Prima and went to the Thermal Suite every day. To me, the salt bath, steam room, and saunas were some of the best in the fleet. (The only thing that would make the saunas better would have been exterior windows). And having big, comfortable day beds versus loungers piled on each other was a treat. 

    Thanks Bird!   What did you think of the dressing room area?
    Would you do a cold weather cruise on the Prima?

  5. 8 hours ago, JIMESOPUS said:

    The Prima is a warm weather ship, ever aspect of this ship is based and advertised as an outdoor ship. Sailing out of NYC in the winter, homeport in Iceland during the summer doesn't make any sense. @uneamie if your cruise is out of FLA then you will be fine. The Prima is the first ship to make NCL more upscale comparable to the other brands Oceania and Regent. This is the direction that Frank wants to go

    This is my concern. Still trying to decide if it makes sense for me. I’m booked on the last Southampton cruise to Norway and Iceland at the end of September. It seems like my balcony and all outside seating will be too cold.

    I’m also stunned by the posts stating breakfast closes at 9:30 in the buffet and 10 everywhere else. Is this true? I’m not a morning person at home or on vacation!

    I also haven’t read great reviews of the thermal spa, where I would hang out on sea days if I can’t be outside. What to do… what to do?

  6. On my first solo cruise on the Gem I kept running into the same couple. I had a great time talking to them and hanging out at different beaches. They explained their idea of the “cruise 20”. No matter how big the ship is you will continually see the same 20 people who share your interests. It has happened on subsequent cruises, including one guy who decided I was “stalking” him when we ended up at the same airport luggage carousel after our flights home.😂

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  7. I would only use a TA if they specialized in cruise travel. Ask as many questions as you need to here before booking and NEVER rely on NCL phone agents to know the specifics of any particular ship or policy. 
    The people posting here are mostly long time cruisers who know how everything works.

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  8. 5 hours ago, RVACruiser43 said:

    I would not book Prima again or Viva unless the prices come down and are similar to the other ships.  Not worth any premium.  And definitely not a cold water ship.  The 2023 itinerary to Iceland and points North is not going to be good.

    I booked the last Southampton/Iceland/Norway/Southampton cruise for next year on the day they opened booking. Not looking promising. I didn’t factor in the cold temperatures in September and this ship doesn’t seem welcoming in cold weather. I love the spacious cabins and the food reviews are all excellent. Not being able to see a show or find a seat at breakfast are off putting though.
    Similar summer itineraries are almost double what I paid. I still have lots of time to decide to keep this one. 

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  9. I’m sure someone from the UK will correct me if I’m wrong. “High tea” is supper time in working class British homes. Tea time is 3pm and includes small sandwiches, scones and cream and tea.  Some ships put our scones, tea breads and cookies at 3 pm in the buffet.

    The Prima has added a full teatime menu but only in the Haven.

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  10. I’m so sorry you have to deal with this on top of having your city destroyed. The real moral of this story is never, ever fly in the day of a cruise.

    We had family members almost miss our cruise from NY due to flight delays from Boston. A 50 minute flight became a nightmare of fog, weather and every other delay reason we’ve all heard.

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  11. 2 hours ago, debenson0723 said:

    It is one large area with multiple tables. First come, first served. Each table has a tablet with the food listed for every venue. As an example, you can order a salad from The Garden, Chicken Tikka from Tamara, tapas from the truck, etc. It all comes within minutes. If you only want items from one venue, you can sit directly at their counter. Lunch and dinner have different menus. We eat there almost daily and all is complementary. Food in all the restaurants has been great.

    Is the food delivered to your table or do you have to go up and get it? Delivery would help with the solo traveler buffet issue of losing your table when you go get something else.

  12. 1 hour ago, JGmf said:


    I was on this Sept 22 cruise, and yes, we were disappointed with the trade of Bermuda for cool weather ports. We were also very disappointed with the WAY too long port stay in (boring) St. John.  We were there for 12 hours (didn't depart until 9:30 at night).  On the ship that day/night, only one bar per deck was opened.  It really, really cut down on our fun (read: drinking).  Someone said it was due to some Canadian rule or something.  I've never seen that on a ship before.  If that's a real thing, I'm definitely not cruising to Canada ever again.


    By any chance was your port day in New Brunswick the day the hurricane was raging through Nova Scotia? Waiting at the pier is much better than trying to sail through high seas and heavy rain.




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