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  1. I'm sailing solo on the Escape on January 25th and am trying glto book my dining reservations. When I pulled up Bayamo, it showed that every night, the only reservations are for even numbers. Can I book a table for 2 and Judy show up by myself or would I incur some sort of penalty for that?
  2. I'm a solo traveller, so I never looked too heavily into how Norwegian stands on this, but I have heard some lines have in their fine print that "same cabin" extends to every cabin bolted with the same credit card. So, if NCL follows that logic (provided you and the wife aren't paying for your trips separately), you might be SOL right out of the gate. If they don't, then how lucky do you feel? You're breaking the rules. You know it. (And this isn't a lecture; I really don't care whether others follow the rules. I'm just stating facts.) Is the savings worth the risk of whatever might happen if you get caught?
  3. For me, half the fun of a vacation is the months of planning. It gives me something to look forward to at work.
  4. Nope. It's the Independence, the Oasis, the Symphony, the Anthem, the Encantment, the Allure and the Rhapsody.
  5. Just an FYI, the dining package prices were still the same for my cruise in January on the Escape. I literally just booked it less than 2 minutes before writing this. So now might be a good time to pull the lever and book a cheaper SDP if you still can.
  6. Alright, so time for stupid newbie question. Am I allowed to book a specialty dining package from NCL if I have a TA or will my agent have to do it for me?
  7. I know, right? He should be catering to the demographic that is soon to be on a fixed income with 401ks that are heavily market dependent. And as the boomers start moving from their 60s and 70s to their 70s and 80s and start leading to a smaller market overall... well just start scrapping ships, because why cater to people in their 30s and 40s?
  8. Also, people need to understand that the crew are human. As such, they're going to have days where they aren't at 100%. I'm sorry you had a bad experience OP, but 1 or 2 less than perfectly friendly crew members out of several hundred is hardly "the worst customer service on the seven seas." As an example, let's take a look at my trip to Disney World in May. When I had dinner at Spice Road Table in Epcot (a meal which would have run me $68 if I didn't have a dining plan mind you), I had one of the most inattentive servers I have had in years. And not just at WDW. Anywhere. Now, I could use that encounter to blast Disney's customer service. Or... I could step back, realize that I had an amazing interaction with literally every single other cast member on property and see that it was a personal problem, not a company problem.
  9. You mean the same retirees who had their 401ks wiped clean?
  10. Just to clarify, I did ask these questions before I cruised. But, there seems to be a major disconnect between what my friends and family, along with other websites I've read and YouTube videos over seen had to say about NCL and what CC seems to think of the line. It almost fathoms me how large the disconnect is and I'm trying to figure out what cruisers on here are seeing that other people aren't.
  11. I'm going to go ahead and defend Dave on this. 1) Yes, it's expensive, but it's also part of the experience. Plus it's much easier to take a mid-day break at an on property resort. (Though why he chose Club level, I can't be sure.) 2) Currently a VA resident, so as of last week, AP price spiked to $1200, I believe? 3) I get the dining plan about half the time. Never the deluxe one, but the regular one. Otherwise, I have to get an Uber to a random restaurant somewhere in Orlando, which eats into your finite vacation time. And I'd rather not spend my vacation in I-4 traffic.
  12. At least you were smart enough to fly. When I went on my first trip, we drove from KCK. Then we moved to the east coast which made things easier.
  13. Actually, the funny thing is that WDW is my bread and butter. I've done 9 trips in the 27 years I've been on this earth. Hell, part of the reason I chose the NCL Escape is because I'm used to having to make reservations for everything way in advance and crowds are always manageable when you figure out how to. I guess, the biggest difference for me has always been when I see the Disney price, I know exactly what I get for my money. Having never cruised before leaves me feeling like I'm putting down a couple grand going in blind.
  14. I feel like a lot of people on CC (not saying OP specifically, but there are A LOT of people) care more about feeling "better" than their fellow cruisers than pretty much every other aspect of their experience. If I have to hear one more "well I'm super shiny sparkle shimmer extra mega plus status..." I'm probably going to get cirrhosis as I've turned it into a drinking game.
  15. Let's start with the fact that I've never taken a cruise in my life, though it's been on my bucket list for about three years. After doing some research, I booked the Norwegian Escape for Jan 25th because between the solo cabins, the no set dining time, the fact that with free at sea I only have to spend $139 on drinks for the week, the water slides and ropes course, it seemed like a ship I would want to try. But then I found CC after I placed my deposit and all I've seen are posts saying that the line is going down hill and they've been miserable on their cruises. And when I look into RCL and Carnival, I find complaints there as well. So, I ask, should I even bother trying cruising?
  16. No, what will save him are the group who have been complaining for the past 5 years, but refuse to change cruise lines because the meaningless trinkets that come with Platinum Plus keep them coming back year after year.
  17. People really need to understand this. NCL (and literally every other business for that matter) solely cares about what decisions make them the most money. If you play their game when you have a problem with it, all you're doing is encouraging them to continue. But sadly l, it seems like so many people on CC fail to understand the basic concept that money speaks louder than words.
  18. That's a hospitality issue in general. If at all possible, you try to handle your complaints on the ship/at the front desk/check-in counter/etc when something goes wrong. Believe it or not, often times the employee you speak to face to face has much broader latitude over what they can offer than their counterpart in the call center, who has a sheet with the lyrics to "50 Ways to Tell Them No" on it. The people on the ship are there to make sure you have a good time. The people in the call center (quadruplely true when the person isn't at least a supervisor) are there to inform you of the contract you agreed to the second you entered your credit card info and hit the reserve button, which 100% of the time entitles you to nothing. That said, if the situation arises where you have to call the customer service line, wait for the no, then politely ask for their supervisor who is allowed to do more.
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