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  1. Thank you. The only reason we are changing the equation is that the take all five offers is not offered for oceanview so in the grand scheme, it's less expensive to get a balcony or mini suite as we actually use all the perks.
  2. Thank you. I was searching for "family mini suite" and this didn't come up. However, I am still on the fence. Eeek! Is the larger balcony (which says room is 241 square feet) more actual living space? We always do Family Oceanview on Carnival just because it's 245 square feet and so more room to move and spread out than the balcony offerings (and has a separate 1/2 bath with a tub in addition to the bathroom/shower). I am wondering if it's truly 241 sq feet or does that include the balcony?
  3. Hi, Booked on first NCL and grabbed a family mini suite on escape. It appears from doing continued research that the square footage is really the bathroom and the tub appealed to us, BUT as the showers are glassed in (no water all over with showering down a five year old), I am wondering if a family balcony (B4) or a large balcony (Category B6 and says cabin is 245sq ft and balcony 70sq feet) might be better options. Also, I'm not clear how to tell exactly what the "additional bedding options" are for each of these stateroom classes. On all our Carnival cruises, the sofa turned to bed was great for our five year old and we put the 8 year old on an upper pullman. I tried youtube but all of the videos show the cabins prior to being ready for any additional guests. As the take all free is still going on for our cruise and is available for the balconies noted above, I really want to make the best choice for a cabin with four occupants. I'm sure I've found the right place to ask. Family Balcony, Large Balcony (Cat B6) or Family Mini-suite?? TIA
  4. I'm new to NCL too and booked on Escape. Can you clarify further? If you're happy, can you buy one for each person in your cabin (including children) and have $1000 cruise credit for $500??
  5. Hi, We are booked into a Family Mini-Suite on Escape. New to NCL. Does it qualify for the "suite" level gratuities or is it standard? I wasn't clear. We are fine paying whatever gratuities we are supposed to, so don't take negatively. More curious than anything. So excited to try NCL for the first time after 3 Carnival cruises in a row. RCL in March so really trying to see what we like best. We have two small children, so stuck with Carnival until now.
  6. Will do. And are the specialty restaurants amazing to match their descriptions online? First NCL so we are getting pumped.
  7. I got it. So sorry. Don't hold it against me. We are still recovering from vacation. I meant Escape. Looks like a fabulous ship!!!!
  8. Yes, Escape. Sorry. Can I claim post-vacation fog? That is good news.
  9. Hi we are just back from Carnival Breeze and eager to book another cruise. Thinking Norwegian Elation. Looks amazing. I was doing my due diligence and it appears that if my husband and I get the drink package, my sons must get the soda package. Is that correct? We have a 24 hour hold on a family mini-suite on Elation. It comes with the free beverage package which we will upgrade to include water and specialty coffees. What I noticed is that it appears my sons (ages 5 and eight) must get the soda package. My sons are not allowed to drink soda. Is this true and I read it correctly? And it doesn't include bottled water, correct? So I am buying them a soda package for drinks that they will absolutely never, ever drink? I just want to make sure I understand and I KNOW you all know. TIA!
  10. There is a yogurt parfait. I could totally be wrong. There was a fruit loop crusted french toast some days and regular with a banana on the others. I might be in vacation fog...
  11. We loved the country duo... from the north of england too. Who would think? Manny joined our cruise mid-cruise last week in Belize I think. Much better than who he replaced. Love him!
  12. It was not the new brunch menu (doesn't appeal to me as not enough of the plain jane stuff - think plain pancakes or normal french toast for the kids). I was glad it had not changed yet.
  13. We just got back from a cruise with our son who does the sofa bed. I bought an inflatable pool noodle. Put under the bottom sheet. He didn't roll out of the bed! Last year, we did the sofa cushions on floor and pillows. Every morning we found him on the floor. I didn't like that so much. https://www.amazon.com/Pool-Candy-Glitter-Noodle-Inches/dp/B07K4V5L2K/ref=asc_df_B07K4V5L2K/?tag=hyprod-20&linkCode=df0&hvadid=366290089327&hvpos=1o2&hvnetw=g&hvrand=11523572178705158890&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9011833&hvtargid=pla-984495505912&psc=1&tag=&ref=&adgrpid=77897663922&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvadid=366290089327&hvpos=1o2&hvnetw=g&hvrand=11523572178705158890&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9011833&hvtargid=pla-984495505912
  14. Yes, you have to be laid back. I've done a 5 star on SeaDream ... talk about catered to and the food was phenomenal. But, for a FUN family vacation ... this is great. You're not going to get five star food. That's okay. But, I really don't go to gorge myself. It's more about not cooking, cleaning or worrying. We laughed and played a lot together as a family.
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