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  1. How likely do people think it is that NCL will continue this benefit going forward, assuming they get through the current pandemic crisis? I realise I'm asking a question that no one has a firm answer to, which is why I'm asking what people think, instead of know. Thanks,
  2. I am new to MSC, having had a cruise for this month cancelled for obvious reasons. I typically find cruise line's websites frustrating, but MSC's goes to a whole new level of annoying. My partner and I have quite a lot of flexibility when we book travels, and often try to seek out very good deals even if they are far in the future, however with MSC (both US and UK websites) they seem to force you to select a narrow 3 month window when searching. Are there any ways that you can search for all of their bookable cruises at the same time? Thanks,
  3. Hi, We're looking to book our first MSC cruise (after several on NCL and Carnival). I have a number of questions that I'm wanting to research, however none are likely to put me off of booking, so my first question is about which cabin to book. The cruise I'm looking at is on 2020-04-28 and there seems to be a limited number of cabins left to choose from. For starters, I was wondering if anyone can describe the layout of cabins: 9290, 9294, 9273, or 9277. These cabins appear to be slightly L shaped with a wider balcony than other cabins. Is that extra space usable? I've seen mention of bunk beds in some cabins, would the only beds in the cabins be bunk beds? If it were just 2 of us in the cabin would we be better off in 9296 or 9294 on the deck plan below? The other cabin we are considering seems to be a longer balcony but in a recessed area of the ship on deck 11? Is the balcony really 3x-4x larger than other balconies (like 11190 in the picture) and if so is it considered a 'good' balcony (i.e. are there cons that I'm not thinking of)? Thanks for any help. Duane
  4. I've seen the attached 'NCL Beverage List' posted several times, and there are a few drinks on there that I'd like to try. I'm wondering however if there have been situations where someone has tried to order off-menu at a bar before and the bartender not knowing or not being willing to make the drink? The only time it's happen to me was when I attempted to order a mudslide on the rocks (basically all the ingredients of a mudslide but with cubed ice instead of blended ice) and the bartender wouldn't make it, though I'm not sure why. However, I've never tried anything from the list that is a more esoteric like a Gunner G&T. I don't really want to order something that I've never had before, and have the bartender ask me whats in it, but I would like to try some different drinks I've never had before. Also, I don't see a simple 'chocolate martini' on this list, is that something that would readily be made if ordered? NCL_Beverage_List.pdf
  5. This is an interesting topic. I've just looked at this cruise here on the UK website: Norwegian Epic - November 3rd -> 10th 2 guests - 1 inside cabin = £859.42 total = £429.71 per person (£266 cruise fare + 80.71 prepaid grats + £83 port fees) 1 guest - 1 inside cabin = £377.21 ( £213.50 cruise fare + £80.71 prepaid grats + £83 port fees) so it works out to be £52.50 cheaper per person (£105 all in) to book 2 inside cabins with 1 guest each, instead of 1 inside cabin with 2 guests. These are sailaway cabins, but in the UK even with sailaway cabin you can add 2 'Free at See' to sailaway cabins for £99 per person (that is total, with no extra grats for drinks / dining packages). If both guests were platinum, and you booked into 2 separate insides, then I assume you'd get 2 x (Cagneys or Le Bistro) for two AND 2 x (Moderno or La Cucina) for two. Though the other things that you'd double up on (bottle of brut, chocolate covered strawberries) I'd care less about. It's going to be a rare situation where it works out cheaper to do this, but for any last minute cruises in the future, it's certainly something I'll spend a few minutes looking at.
  6. You must not remember that one of the automatic doors in the aft of Deck 8 near the lifts going out to the Waterfront didn't work for a few days. Completely ruined the entire sailing, and I felt I deserved some partial refund on my cruise fare.
  7. You can definitely cancel your reservations once you are onboard. On each of the ships I've been on there is a speciality restaurants desk set up in the atrium (though it's only staffed at certain times of the day). On each of my past 3 sailings I've gone to it to move around reservation times and changed restaurants entirely (effectively cancelling one and booking a new one). I've never waited until the last minute to do it, nor have I ever done a complete no-show, so I don't know if there is an expected notice period, but I would think as long as you are reasonable they will be too.
  8. I've been wondering if this were possible and if people actually did it. If you are a couple (want to share a cabin) and are platinum, and sail with a couple who aren't platinum, how do you manage this? I understand splitting up the booking, but presumably once you go to guest service to ask them to change around the room keys they system is back to seeing 2 platinums in one cabin, and 2 non-platinums in another cabin?
  9. As an American Expat living in London, I book on price either with the US or the UK. Previously when I've booked with a UK travel agent my card was printed UBP+CJ or something, which entitled me to speciality coffees (and juices?) at any time. It's been a few years since I've booked NCL through the UK agent, and I'm wondering if anyone knows if there is still that added difference? I also think I got extra bottles of water in the cabin, though that might have been something specifically with the travel agent. Thanks,
  10. We're sailing on the Jewel at the end of the month and due to travel agent perks and price drops I've managed to get a total of $570 in OBC per cabin. My partner and I are in one cabin, and I'm fine with us just having our cabin linked as a single account with a single payment card. However the other cabin is being shared by two friends. Will guest services be willing/able to split the OBC evenly between the two guests? With the drinks package and private shore excursions we aren't anticipating having a high enough balance to just have one friend give the other one 1/2 the value, and doing a full joint bill for the cabin is likely cause more hassle trying to unpick it to ensure it's fair. Thanks,
  11. Earlier in the thread I saw the menu that showed the price of spirts alone, but I'm wondering if there are cocktails/martinis that are excluded from the base drinks package. I see Grey Goose is 14.95, but how what about a Grey Goose martini for instance. Or even a Grey Goose and tonic, does the cost of the tonic push it over $15 and out of the drinks package? Thanks,
  12. I'm on the Jewel from Aug 26th, so will be watching this thread. If you have copies of the Freestyle Dailies or whatever they are called now, I'd appreciate seeing those as well. Thanks in advance.
  13. Thanks for the replies. Yes we'll have our own car. We're leaving Anchorage on Monday afternoon, staying in Talkeetna on Monday night, and Healy from Tuesday to Thursday, with Wednesday being the day we intend to go into the park. For the bus, I guess I was just confused why I had to pick a time if it was hop-on / hop-off, but it sounds like I'm obligated to get on the first bus at whatever time I pick when reserving and then from there have a bit of flexibility based on availability of later buses. For food, we were thinking of picking up a few non-perishable snack items on Monday on our way out of Anchorage, and it sounds like we can get a few fresh items from The Three Bears in Healy. Follow-up question instead of starting a new thread. We're planning on getting the bus all the way in to the Eielson Visitor Center when we board the bus in the morning and then hope to do a few of the trails to either the ridge or gorge. If we broke our journey on the way out, is there any recommend spots that might be good for an hour or two that would provide something different than what we'll see at/near Eielson? If it matters, we'll be visiting on Wednesday Sept 5th, so quite late in the season. Thanks again, Duane
  14. Hi there, Two questions. The first is hopefully easy: 1. I thought tourist bus tickets into Denali were hop on hop off style, however when attempting to book tickets for the 'Eielson Transit Bus' I have to choose a time that seems to be for the whole in and out journey. e.g "(Wed) 9/4/2019 7:00 AM - 4:00 PM" If I book this ticket, do I have to be on the 7am bus and then the subsequent bus that arrives back at the start at 4pm, or can I get on other buses? The second question is more of a discussion topic. 2. I'm staying in Healy the night before going into Denali, what places are there to buy food to take with us into the park? And also in general, I'm curious what food people do end up taking. Thanks,
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