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  1. DISC30 - 30% off discount EASYFARE - Early booking fare LATREW - Auto applied to latitude member reservations. Gives latitude members their specific tier discounts/benefits onboard. SHX50 - $50 credit for shore excursions
  2. The Chase Reserve travel coverage is quite substantial. https://www.chase.com/card-benefits/sapphirepreferred/travel .
  3. I'm having this problem right now. First I used the Forgot Password function and updated my password. When that didn't fix the problem, I tried using different usernames. First try was my latitude number. Still not getting in. For my third attempt I used my e-mail address as the username and presto - I'm in.
  4. Its spreading like wildfire. I see posts from folks that indicate the cancellations are on the local news stations. Guess people really want to believe bad news. Thanks GA Dave & the others for calling BS
  5. Before panic sets in, check out this post which describes a Miami Herald story of cruise cancellations. Cruiser GA Dave posted an article which indicates it was posted 14 hours ago. However, bottom of page indicates copyright 2020. The days of the week don't jive. Gives new meaning to the term fake news.
  6. #1 On-board credit for stockholders: https://www.nclhltdinvestor.com/static-files/91699aad-cb30-4ff6-8e40-4dc290cb03b5
  7. The "HAVE IT ALL" sales are dynamic. As a poster mentioned, the terms and amenities change on a regular basis. HAL doesn't change its name (HAVE IT ALL) when it is revised. I've attached the sale from a Black Friday 2020 email from Holland America.
  8. Will see you (hopefully) onboard. Fully vaccinated and ready to sail. Booked this cruise as an addition to the previous 11-day from New York to Panama (Feb 10 to Feb 21.) Figured that since we will already be in Panama, may as well stay onboard in the same cabin for this subsequent 9-day. Based on your posting of a “great deal” I went back and repriced our cruise. Didn’t see anything that I consider great - (my perspective, YMMV). I booked this back in October 2020 and it seems the price has increased @$300.00 Fingers crossed that normal cruising will resume by February. (Three canceled cruises, so far)
  9. Amazing how such a simple concept of a 10% off certificate can become so convoluted and confusing from a poorly written notice. The notice calls for a 10% discount, but does not specify 10% of what number: price of canceled cruise, amount already paid on that cruise, price of future cruise, etc. (MsTabbyKats indicates she spoke to NCL and was assured it's 10% off the price of the future cruise. Thanks TABBY) The gist of this thread seems to be, for an uncertain reason(s), that only one such 10% off can be listed on an individual's account. Apparently my PCC is very good at what she does. I had two cruises (back to back) canceled on the Joy. When I signed into my account to verify the 10% off, I found only one discount. Signed into my bride's account, and presto the second 10% is peacefully resting there. Problem solved by PCC before I knew there was a problem. Thanks PCC. My concern is applying a 10% off to a future cruise, only to have that cruise canceled as well. I worry that in such a case my 10% off would disappear faster than the babysitter’s boyfriend when the car pulls up. I like BACK TO SCHOOL 's thinking - don’t apply the 10% discount now, wait for the final payment due date 120/60 when (hopefully) the fate of that cruise will be more certain.
  10. Looking for honest opinion on the RCL Grandeur of the Seas. Have never been on a RCL ship. We are a 60-something couple and have previously sailed with Holland America, Queen Mary 2, and a ton of times on Norwegian. The bride found a great price on the Grandeur for a 2023 Caribbean cruise. With the pricing so good (too good???) we are leaning towards a suite cabin. With the price so good, I started to research the Grandeur. Note that is a smaller & older ship. We are not interested in wall climbing or daredevil pool slides. Can somebody who was been on the Grandeur comment on the conditions of such an older ship, specific suite benefits found on the Grandeur, the beverage package, quality of food etc? Thank you in advance.
  11. It's not just NCL. I had one of the "cove" balconies on a transatlantic on Queen Mary 2. Couldn't see much from a seated position but was fine while standing. Not much to see from the balcony on a transatlantic. As you travel west or east, sunrises and sunsets are really visible from fore and aft of the ship. Didn't complain as I purchased the cheapest category inside cabin with free one way airfare. I noticed that there were many balconies still unsold a couple of weeks prior to sailing. Called my agent and was given a complimentary upgrade to the "cove". Wound up with a transatlantic on the QM2 with free airfare AND a balcony for $999.00 per person. The sea was relatively calm, but this was August 2019 and on a true liner specifically designed & built for unpredictable transatlantic voyages.
  12. Depending on when your cruise is sailing, this could offer can provide some free peace of mind in regards to the airfare. I am sailing (hopefully) Feb 2022 from New York to Panama City. NCL is charging me $199.00 for the return flight to NY and the bride flies free. Pricing works for me. Of course I'm at their mercy as NCL will not schedule/cater the flight details to my whims. I take whatever flight they give me. Its a post cruise flight, so if NCL screws up and I miss the flight, I am not missing part of the cruise. Worst case scenario is we get delayed a few hours at the airport or put up in a hotel in Panama City for the night at somebody's expense (NCL, the airline, or my Chase Sapphire card). However, nobody knows for sure when cruising will re-start. I'm not trying to instigate a flame war about (1) not having a positive attitude, and (2) am aware that its not NCL's fault, they certainly want to resume sailing ASAP. Its just that the future is uncertain and the last year has shown us that despite all the promises and target dates, it's impossible to nail down a date that things will finally return to some sort of semblance of normal. But, (1) if the cruise does cancel or (2) the cruise becomes so restrictive that its no longer a vacation & I cancel prior to final payment then I don't have the headache of being stuck with useless airline tickets or having to purchase expensive insurance, as NCL is doing the ticketing. If the cruise does not go as planned, then my airfare automatically cancels - no worries. I had a December 2020 cruise from Barcelona canceled on me due to COVID. For that cruise I purchased three one way airline tickets from NY to Barcelona. I nearly ate the cost of those non-refundable tickets. Fortunately a few days before the scheduled flight, the airline delayed (canceled) my flight and rebooked me on another flight 12 hours later.
  13. Agree with PTCDAWG - Barrachina Restaurant was a very nice dining experience. We walked from the ship - six to eight city blocks from the pier. Our visit was also the first port on a 12-day Caribbean cruise from New York. We also docked at 4 PM
  14. My perspective on NCL mailings. Recently, I've had numerous NCL brochures sent to my home. However, they are not addressed to me but to my adult children. All our family booking are made solely by me under my latitudes number. Therefore, I "assume" NCL is looking at past passengers lists, culling out those that have active bookings, and mailing brochures to past guests that do not have bookings in place. Sound reasonable ?
  15. Finally getting some use out of a college Cost Accounting course. Any business has variable and fixed costs. The variable costs (salaries, meals, fuel, etc) can be adjusted, whereas the fixed costs are aptly called "fixed" (debt on ship purchase, long term leases & contracts etc.) Not withstanding above reference of needing the equipment (airplane or cruise ship) at the destination site, I believe the answer you seek is when the cruise has enough paying passengers onboard to generate enough revenue to cover the variable costs of the voyage. At that level of revenue it then makes sense to continue doing business (sail the itinerary.) Conversely when there is not enough revenue generated (lack of passengers) to at least cover the variable costs, then fiscally it makes sense to cancel the cruise.
  16. Apparently it was a computer glitch. All my bookings have reverted back to normal.
  17. Joy does NOT have a retractable roof. The main pool is relatively small and offset to one side (not centered) of the lido deck.
  18. Just stepped off the Joy for a three day post cruise stay in New Orleans after a nine day Western Caribbean cruise. It was a rainy day so we opted to visit the WWII Museum that day. Obviously, we had no idea of the impending COVID storm that was on the horizon. Turned Platinum Plus as we walked down the gangplank, still waiting for the opportunity to experience Plat+.
  19. I have a Norwegian PCC that has me booked on seven cruises in the next two years - was able to book me with the Caesar's Rewards Diamond discount as well as all the current NCL promotions.
  20. The Free at Sea Specialty Dinners are for each person. For example, the 2-meal package is for 2 meals for each person. However, the Specialty Dinners are for the first two guests in each cabin. If more than two people in a cabin, the additional guests will not be given the Free at Sea meal benefit. They must purchase all their specialty meals. Below chart shows number of Free at Sea Specialty meals given for various cruise lengths
  21. The Gem does not have a restaurant within the haven area. Therefore, the Moderno restaurant and attached Sugarcane bar are closed for breakfast for the haven guests. Later (not sure exactly when) it opens to all passengers. Likewise, Cagney's is closed for haven lunch and afterwards opens for all passengers.
  22. I was also on that cruise in a concierge balcony. I recall seeing a couple with three (red headed) kids at several of the breakfasts and lunches. We were a group of five adults (4 seniors) and I noticed no issues and recall them being well behaved. Regardless of what others may have said, the kids were not an issue and we were NOT unhappy to see them. As for Cartagena, it was my fist visit to this port of call. Although the city looked beautiful, the traffic was horrible. Had we not been on an NCL excursion but on our own, I would have been very concerned that we would not be back at the dock in time. The vendors were horrible - the same group of vendors followed us off the bus, throughout each site visit , and then flanked us back to the bus. The whole time they shouted and shoved their products in our face. They were human mosquitoes, that could not be shaken off. The maracas vendors in particular, refused to stop rattling their wares in my face. Based on stifling traffic and the incessant encroachment of the "vendors", should I ever revisit this port of call, I would opt to stay on the ship.
  23. Did the same thing last year - won an upgrade bid on the Gem. 1) Appears no bar located in the Haven, are servers there and do they get the drinks relatively quickly?No bar within the Gem Haven. I saw many folks avail the Butler to bring their drinks poolside in the Haven Courtyard. 2) No restaurant specifically for the Haven, but appear to use Cagney's, is this for all 3 meals and is Cagney only open for Haven guests at Breakfast and Lunch? Based on my Nov 2018 experience, Haven breakfast was in the Moderno restaurant, which was closed to non-Haven guests during the morning. Cagneys was used for Haven lunch, also closed to non-Haven guests during lunch. Both venues are conveniently located adjacent to the Haven elevator and the short stairway to the Haven. 3) Cell phones for butlers, do they have them? I read that this class ship they did not. If not how do you get a hold of them? Butler seemed to be omnipresent, as I recall they gave us a phone number to reach them, which included off-hours . Concierge was also ever present and he/she can readily reach the butler. Haven guest get one cellphone for their personal usage, that works in all areas of the ship (should your better half be looking for you) 4) I saw a user posted about distilled water for their cpap machine, did they fulfill this request as i will need the same? Butler can do this for you. You can email customer Access Desk at accessdesk@ncl.com and it will waiting in your cabin.
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