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  1. The LHR-ATL flight is operated by British Airways and sold as an American Airlines code share. Any flight operated by BA follows their seating polices. BA do not offer complimentary seat assignments prior to check in for any class of service. If you you wish to pre-assign seats you will have to pay a fee. Additionally BA may not permit the purchase of advance seat assignments until the flights are ticketed by Princess.
  2. The ONLY reason I am sailing the Encore in December is because I got a free balcony room - just had to pay taxes, Fee@sea charges, DSC, etc. Otherwise I’d probably be sailing with Princess on the Enchanted. I’m not anti NCL, just not that sold on the larger ships. I’d prefer a Jewel class, Sun class or the Spirit.
  3. There sure is - can mix and match Galaxy Pavilion/Laser Tag/Speedway for a hefty fee. I noticed in the details on the Galaxy Pavilion a blurb about partnering with Top Golf, and the darts venue shown obviously is a bay/rental concept. The mini golf most likely will incur fees as well. Additionally there were mentions of VIP boxes in the theater which you know will have a hefty fee. Vibe also appears to occupy a significant amount of top deck space while the main pool deck seems smaller than ever. Don’t get me wrong - most of these are items not previously available but they ARE more and more restricting options that don’t incur an extra fee. NCL is losing that balance with each new ship they build.
  4. And another $10 says it’ll cost ya more than the $10 you wagered! Sounds like Frank DelFEEo is finding all kinds of new ways to get $$$$ out of his ATM’s ……. I mean “guests”
  5. A lot will depend on whom you are comparing them to, what ships you are comparing between lines, sailing region/itineraries, etc. There are sailings where NCL are competitive with peers, and sailings where others are lower in upfront cost but less inclusive.
  6. Has anyone found updated deck plans? I can’t find any in the NCL website for PRIMA and cruisedeckplans has not updated to reflect the new reveal yet.
  7. After 50 votes both Dawn & Star have yet to find a single fan, while Bliss, Encore and Escape have a combined 42% of the vote ……. Spirit surprisingly has 10% of the vote. That speaks volumes
  8. I haven’t been on many NCL ships, but will say I think both the Jade and Spirit are stunning after they had their refits. Hoping to get on one of the two in the next few years!
  9. First Sixthman charter sailing begins 10/21 from Miami. 5 four & five night charter sailings in total. Last one ends in Miami 11/18. That leaves 3 days to deadhead the ship (crew only no passengers) from Miami to New York in time for the 11/21 sailing.
  10. I'm specifically interested to see if they repeat the end of season 11nt R/T Vancouver sailing in 2023 that's offered in 2022 on the Eclipse. It's a fantastic itinerary! Unfortunately I have to sail w/ Princess before end of 2022 to use up FCC and can't do 2 longer cruises in 1year or I'd reschedule my Princess cruise and do the Eclipse next year. Fingers Crossed on this one!
  11. I was booked on the sun to Alaska for 2023 and the booking remained active for about 3 days after I got the email and it disappeared from the website. I think they are working the cancels/refunds by individual ship & sailing date - not sure there is any specific order to it though
  12. The OP was asking about December 2023 itineraries, which would be part of the Fall 2023 to Spring 2024 deployment that should come out late fall of this year - sometime between late October to early December if past deployment windows hold. Many of us are also waiting for the 2023 Europe and Alaska sailings to be announced somewhere in that same timeframe.
  13. Also be aware that NCL will not disclose the hotel you are staying at in Fairbanks until about 30 days prior to departure and they do use multiple properties in Fairbanks that are nowhere near one another. This makes booking an extra hotel night before the tour a bit of a crapshoot.
  14. It was rumored that Spirit would potentially sail in SE Asia/Japan or Aus/NZ in summer 2023, or even be an additional ship in Europe somewhere, so perhaps Sun will stay somewhere in the Pacific - who knows. Prior to this round of cancellation announcements/redeployments for Bliss, Joy and Sun - Spirit and Star were the only ships in the fleet that had no announced deployments beyond March 2023.
  15. The Spirit is scheduled to Alaska in 2022 and Sun was to fill her role for Summer 2023. Spirit currently has no deployment for Summer 2023. I’m thinking she will be replacing the Sun and the Sun will sail elsewhere.
  16. I think it’s more likely they are changing her itineraries/sailing lengths for Alaska to something other than the 5/9 rotation originally planned. Until new itineraries are announced at the end of the month we won’t know for certain.
  17. With all the exclusions the benefit is virtually worthless on the Edge class. The Royal Crown & Anchor Balcony/Suite discount, which scales up in value based on tier level, is a far superior loyalty benefit that I wish they would offer similar in the Celebrity Captains Club
  18. I didn’t realize they only shipped within the US, sorry
  19. Why not order to your home address well in advance of sailing, then pack the tests and bring them with you in your carry-on bag. If ordered 30ish days prior to sailing the product should have more than ample shelf life to be stored/saved until you actually travel.
  20. While that may be the purported reason, the real reason is to increase revenues. Concurrent with the decrease in the number of included nights they introduced a 2 night package for purchase when previously the smallest package was 3 nights. Oh and they increased the pricing of all the packages as well. With NCL every change is about revenue enhancement.
  21. @Shellbelle28 The Breakway+ vessels ( 2 of either Joy, Bliss, Encore depending on the year) have replaced the Jewel Class ships on the 7 day round trip sailings from Seattle. That is unlikely to change. The Sun in 2023 (and Spirit for 2022) represent additional capacity growth with a mix of mostly 5 & 9 day sailings (in the case of the Sun) with only a handful of 7 day sailings at the very beginning/end of the season. Either A) they are changing the Sun’s sailing patterns for 2023, or B) replacing her with a different ship to increase capacity as the Sun has the lowest double occupancy capacity in the fleet, or C) its both A & B combined.
  22. The ones RCCL are selling are CDC approved telehealth monitored/proctored rapid tests, which are harder to find (usually only available online through limited suppliers) and /or may face supply issues. The non-monitored/proctored rapid tests available over the counter at retailers are not currently accepted for travel
  23. I'm hoping that maybe, just maybe, they’ll switch to 10 & 11 day sailings or 9 & 12 day sailings, eliminating the silly 5 day sailings. Maybe even a true 14 day cruise or two. Would love a range of longer sailing options!
  24. If it is any of the Jewel class or the Spirit I'd be interested. If it's Star/Dawn I'm not. With the unpredictability of weather in AK a forward facing observation lounge is a must and those two ships had theirs removed to stuff in more cabins, so are a no-go in my book.
  25. I posted that I also received the cancel notice in the thread about the Bliss 2023 cancellations. I also checked the NCL consumer and agent sites and the sailing still shows active as does my reservation in the myncl homepage. So either the notices are being sent in error or they have gone out before ops can cancel the sailings in the system. I was booked on the 9 day at the end of August and I'm hopeful that another ship will be swapped in for this itinerary in 2023.
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