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ute_fan

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About ute_fan

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  • Location
    South Jordan, UT
  • Interests
    travel basketball
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    NCL
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Alaska
  1. ute_fan

    Pearl Alaska Dailies

    If you're interested in whales at all be out early in the morning. The entrance to glacier bay is well know for whale watching. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Upsell fairy called...

    Aft balconies are the best! Absolutely loved our aft suite on our recent Pearl cruise. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Pearl Alaska Dailies

    Having issues with my scanner. Going to try to get it figured out this weekend. Sorry for the delays. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Pearl Tips and Secrets

    The scooped ice cream is towards the aft end of the Garden Cafe :). They had probably 8 different kinds on our recent cruise including a couple of sherbets. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Upsell fairy called...

    The promotion didn't change for us. We had booked a balcony and kept our UDP, but didn't get the combined package of promotions that passengers who originally booked the suites would have received. Worth asking about that too though if you get another offer Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Upsell fairy called...

    I didn't think the first one was worth it either. Our UDP did transfer over without any problems, but that may have been because it was still a current promotion. The risk you run by waiting for a second email is that other passengers may think this is a good deal and take all the available suites, but if you're not willing to pay the first offer its a chance worth taking. Good luck! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Upsell fairy called...

    Worth giving them a call. Was this the first email you got? I didn't call after my first one but the next one was half of what they originally offered Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Upsell fairy called...

    I was thinking the Jewel but might be wrong. I'm sure pulling for Bogut!
  9. Just off the 5/17 sailing and had an SF aft penthouse suite. We definitely had butler and concierge service. If you're sailing from Seattle, make sure you look for the Haven check-in area outside the terminal building, as they'll start taking care of you from that point.
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    NCL Pearl 5/17-5/24 Alaska Review

    We were also on this sailing, and I'll be writing a review when I get a few extra minutes. My husband and a relative we were traveling with went to the opening night show, but he said it wasn't what it usually was, and we didn't make it to any of the other shows. After reading your review, I'm not too sorry we didn't. I've got the dailies and will eventually be scanning them in case anyone wants to look at what the entertainment was. Part of the reason we didn't go to any of the shows was that we found a group called Avalon performing in the Atrium most nights. They were wonderful! The lead female singer had a glorious range and beautiful voice, and we listened to them about 3 nights. I'm afraid they were leaving the ship though for vacation after this sailing. As mentioned, the ship was late leaving. Two of our different roll-call members had arranged NCL transportation to the ship, and they were late getting to the ship. I think they were the last 3 people on the ship, and may also have been part of the reason we were late leaving. The norovirus precautions were a bit of a pain, but I'd also rather be inconvenienced than sick. The hotel director held a cruise critic wrap-up on Saturday morning to get our feedback, and he mentioned that both the Princess and HAL ships had also been having issues, and they were thinking it was being brought in from a restaurant in Skagway. He also mentioned that they kept having one or two isolated cases most days, which is the reason the precautions weren't lifted the whole week. Thanks for giving your input. I'd rate our experience a little higher than yours, probably an 8.5/9 out of 10, but it's partly because we got an upsell to a suite :D and got to experience that for the first time.
  11. I just got off the ship on Sunday, but I'm afraid I don't remember about the Latitudes reception. We didn't bother to go since we don't drink alcohol and had already met the captain and the rest of the staff at the meet-and-greet. I would have said there was only one Latitudes reception, and another that we were invited to for being suite passengers, but I could be wrong. I'll look through the stuff I brought home and see if I brought any of that information along. I'll let someone else chime in if they know about the platinum dinner vouchers. We're gold members and had the UDP, so I don't know how that worked.
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    Alaska Weather - recent travelers

    We're also just off the Pearl cruise that ended 5/24. Absolutely gorgeous weather. We talked with someone in Ketchikan who told us it's been like that since the cruise season started, and that no one is going to believe that it's usually rainy there. This was our 4th time to Alaska. The first one was in early June, and it was rainy and cool part of the time that year. The last 3 have all been the week before Memorial Day, and we've lucked out and had great weather each trip -- but this was much warmer than the prior trips had been.
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    Pearl Alaska Dailies

    Currently on board and planning on posting them when I get back. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Upsell fairy called...

    Thanks! Where did we go when we cruised with you? Do you remember? This is our 4th time to Alaska!! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Upsell fairy called...

    We also took the offer from the 2nd email, so no 3rd email for us. The offer I got had our choice of 3 different suites -- the SF aft balcony that we took, and two Haven suites. I think one was a 2 bedroom and the other was the owner's suite. I hope I don't get too attached to the suite and it's amenities, or I may never cruise again. The listed price for those cabins is way too rich for this girl! I probably wouldn't have gone for this one if we hadn't been going to Alaska, but I have several friends who have raved about the aft balconies for Alaska, so I decided to try it.
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