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  1. At least for Europe the reason is their dirt chip price on regular cruises especially for families with kids. And the easy access through chartered bus and planes. They are not successful because of quality or service. When you offer cruises that include meals and entertainment for a price less than you would have to pay in a touristic European city there are enough people to fill the ship regardless of quality and standards.
  2. Being on the cruise as well I wonder if that has been observed on other affected cruises as well that NCL has been pushing back the time to the “no self service at all” escalation level until after breakfast of the last port of call to ease operations. As with three sea days now the crowds are easier to stretch over the opening times of dining venues than before port arrival times and excursion starting times. I never got the rationale behind how it can help to take away the ketchup and napkins on the tables but still have everyone use the same things and push the same buttons for juice and coffee. Service and mood have already been difficult so far and I expect not getting any better the next days with the extra stress on crew and guests. Has been a long time since staff member avtively approached me to vent about other guests and the on board management lol
  3. ducks? there is just one way to do it:
  4. I am always surprised that those questions get asked and the answers taken seriously. Even I just make stuff up and give random answers when other guests get too nosy or ask about stuff they clearly shouldn't have any interest in about me and my background or finances. No one should expect the crew while employed by MSC, being on board of an MSC ship talking to a random stranger, where they can't be sure about their possible connections to the industry, tell them honestly about competition, working conditions, pay or any other contract details. Come on....
  5. I'm not sure if they need all that stuff at all. Just recently came back from a port intense two week cruise on a jewel class ship that hasn't all of those new features anyway. And the probably around a dozen teens did what teenagers do, obviously they preferred the areas sparsely occupied by adults. They seemed to have a great time. Hopefully no cruise babies were made 😂 As long as they find some peers, a no brainer on ships that large, no worries.
  6. I never understand why people actually fill those out. It is valuable data for the company. So what compensation do you actually get for spending your time aka as working helping them make better business decisions?
  7. I’m always surprised that with guests from dozens of different countries booked through offices in different legislative systems people on this board always know exactly how a potential lawsuit around the world will end. Apart from that it is somehow embarrassing when people seriously believe that missing a port on a seven day drink and gamble run to the Caribbean where the highlight of the trip is getting skin cancer on a beach is comparable to missing three days in Iceland on a cruise marketed as an Iceland cruise. 🤷‍♂️ It would be interested to see how that ends up in court but I am pretty certain NCL will settle a refund with affected guests outside of that. Otherwise the question would not be of they could have gone to the ports, I don’t doubt it wasn’t possible, but at what times NCL decided what itinerary change and if it always was in the best guests interest in regard of replacement ports and tried dockings.
  8. Depending on what kind of itineraries they offer they might not solely rely on american guests to fill their ships. Even though for europeans it will probably still be easier to fly to martinique or guadeloupe to join an MSC caribbean cruise. But apart from that I am not sure if the percentage of people needing what other cruise lines offer as part of their special needs department is as hight as some make it seem here. MSC has a lot to improve on, not only for the american market, but I don't believe their success will depend on the topic of this thread.
  9. They gave the OP a solution for their problem. Which is the same for everyone else who needs something. If it is important bring it yourself. When traveling you have always the choice to not bring stuff you need (extension cords, adapters, toiletries, ...) and most of the time you can get that for free from the hotel or cruise ship. But if they run out of it or don't have it at all it is your personal risk. I guess if you ask for it after boarding you probably get it. But they won't take the liability and promise that in writing. Absolutely okay I think.
  10. There is a large array of styles and colours for athletic shoes. I am not seen in more than polo shirt, chinos and sneakers on a cruise evening so they better don't expect dress shoes or button down shirts for YC dinner.
  11. Not even sure why people always bring up people being blind. At least two blind people work at my company and my grandfather was blind and lived alone in his apartment until he died. None of them have/had a service dog. There are a lot of vacation/travel types I can't do even though I am not disabled and I am sure at some point I won't be able to cruise due to health reasons as well. That is life, not everything is fair and not everything someone else is able is possible for everyone. I am pretty sure if cruise lines start having more of these service animals or, another hot topic for me, scooter armadas other guests will go somewhere else. The cruise lines then will decide who to cater for.
  12. As losing weight is only about calories in vs calories out, if a nutrition plan has negative side effects on you use a different one. Everything else is not healthy and a huge warning sign of your body that something is not okay.
  13. Next cruise I will actually bring sweatpants to wear on the ship (northern europe cruise) and that includes dinner.
  14. This defending of NCL is super ridiculous. They are a million dollar business, scheduling ships during the hurricane season year for year. Of course every customer should expect them to have a couple of alternative scenarios played through in advance, some of them including adding a day or two to a voyage and having to end it at a different disembarkation port. I have no idea how anyone can seriously think its okay that NCL isn't prepared for that.
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