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  1. Think they would ever build a pier? I've now been to both GSC and Coco Cay and Coco Cay blows GSC out of the water quite frankly. I would think for educated consumers, especially booking a short weekend cruise where the main stop is the private island, NCL will begin losing business to RC.
  2. Yes, I am a DL MM'er also. There are a few perks I like on the Reserve card. SkyClub access is one. A free companion ticket each year is another (can even book into First with it). And then when you hit the spending thresholds you get 15k MQMs which definitely come in handy. I'm finding less perks on the Platinum other than I guess Membership Rewards points/travel partners, Centurion Lounges and Priority Pass. Might switch the Platinum for Chase here at some point but will probably hold onto the Delta Amex. Does Chase have any cruise benefits though?
  3. The policy was changed a few months ago. Believe you can only be in the lounge up to 3 hours before departure. Probably to try and reduce crowding, although I find the lounges quite crowded. Another obvious option is to get an airline branded card, to at least get access to that airline's lounges. I have the Delta Reserve Amex as well as the Platinum Amex, but honestly considering dropping the Platinum. The Delta lounges are often as nice as the Centurion and no longer having access to the Priority Pass restaurants is a big devaluation.
  4. Huh? Royal's drink package has a set price and then adds on an included gratuity as well. Same flat price no matter how many drinks you end up with. Same policy/concept here.
  5. How do you know Del Rio made the choice about the race track? He has operations folks for those sorts of decisions.
  6. I was looking at a Bliss NYC 8-day itinerary that actually stays overnight at PC. That seems really like overkill. Or do a lot of folks get off and maybe spend a night at Disney? I'm thinking I'd pretty much stay on the ship the whole time, but maybe that's too much time to kill.
  7. Sorry to go OT, but I had to comment on this. What does "traditional" mean in this sense - racist? If so, then call them what they are and don't use much nicer "code" words.
  8. Are you serious? A small difference between an uncomfortable odor and second hand smoke.
  9. Given you are a smoker, I'd say you're a bit biased on this topic.
  10. I'd suggest you try out another line for a trip, such as maybe Royal Caribbean. The constant penny pinching at NCL and downgrades like this have me booking away from NCL for the moment. Hope it turns back the other way sometime.
  11. I'm not quite sure why you'd give NCL any more business right away, but that's just me. As to Harmony having no perks, it's also $1000 cheaper so even by the time you add in a drink package it'll still be quite a bit less (but then if you add in specialty dining, etc., I figure it'll come out about the same). As to the AMEX, you can book directly through the AMEX travel site or call one of their TA's. I've done this and gotten OBC (and a free bottle of wine, IIRC). Only issue is they don't seem to offer "deals" on the actual fare, don't seem to offer on their website cabins out of group discounts, etc.
  12. Yeah I was intrigued by the large balcony for sure. Giving it a shot in a couple months, looking forward to it.
  13. How did you like 1106? Was looking at that cabin for a booking.
  14. Something for nothing? No, something for $18/day, the advertised price. They should absolutely honor this. In recent years, certain airlines have published "mistake fares" and in some cases honored them. It's called good business and PR.
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