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    London, Ontario, Canada
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  1. Thanks for a first hand account of how NCL handled this. 50% refund and 50 % future credit. Wow. And you only had 2 ports changed or cancelled. Being "stuck" in Barcelona wouldn't be the worst thing that could happen. We have missed 2 ports on other cruises and the only thing they did was some extra obc. I know we're not entitled to anything, sh*p happens. I know your final port was changed and that would mess up post-cruise plans, but the $300 would go a long way to remedying that situation. I think NCL went above and beyond in this case. Nice to see someone making lemonade out of lemons. Tony
  2. I think what has happened in Canada is, waitresses used to get a lower minimum wage, lets say $8 an hour and customers supplemented their income with a 15% tip. Now that the government has mandated they get the regular minimum wage, lets say $15 an hour we customers shouldn't be expected to supplement their income. But we've always done it and they have always expected it, so we keep doing it so we don't look bad. I've heard of wait staff making huge annual incomes because of this. Think of the Keg, if you work 40 hours a week at $15 an hour, you're getting $600 a week (about $30,000 a year), not great but hey you're a waitress not a doctor, lol. But if you serve 10 tables a shift (I'm sure they would get more than that) and the average bill is $100 then you get a $15 tip times 10 tables, that's another $150 a shift or$750 a week (about $37,000 a year in tips). Now that's a very nice wage when you add in the tips, about $67,000 a year. Its the same thing with hairdressers. What bugs me is how much do you tip the waitress at a brunch buffet? We went to one on the weekend at a really nice place and it $38 each. How much do you tip the waitress, whose only job was to bring coffee and water refills? 15% of the bill? I think $5 would be enough? Tony
  3. We had the same thing on the Spirit in April. Dubai to South Africa in 2020 had opened at $3,000 and was up to $6,000. So they were pushing the same cruise on Dawn for 2021 at opening price of $3,000, so we booked that one. If the 2020 one comes down after final payment we'll do that one and cancel the Dawn. We have often got the 25% obc after final payment when there is a price drop. But be aware it is Non-Refundable obc, so use it or lose it. As some have said, they don't have to give you anything after final. Tony
  4. Our PCC has never called to sell us anything. I do most of the legwork on the website and then email him the details and he takes care of things that I cant online. For example, we have lots of Cruise Next certificates but they are in USD. Since we book in CAD, we have to call in to get the Cruise Next applied. We just email him and he takes care of it. We booked a cruise on the Epic and the consultant took one of my Cruise Next that expires in 2021 instead of one of my wifes which expires in 2020, he took care of it. When we were on an MSC TA in March, we stopped in Lisbon and found out our NCL Spirit cruise to Greece had dropped in price about $1,000 total. We were only 15 days out and he got us OBC (not $1,000, I think maybe $250). We couldn't have done that on our own or with a TA, we didn't have cell phones or wi fi so we just sent him an email from Lisbon and when we got wi fi later in Rome he had taken care of it for us. Like I said, we do most of the legwork and just let him know if we need anything and he has been great. Just booked the Dawn for next year and wanted something before the deadline, he was going on the Sky that night but took care of it and gave me his cell number if I needed anything while he was away. Tony
  5. Can I add a second certificate to a cruise I've already booked? Or do I have to cancel and re-book to be able to use 2 certificates? Thanks, Tony
  6. We are Platinum on Royal Caribbean. Does that transfer to anything on Celebrity or do we start at the bottom? Thanks, Tony
  7. We have the dining package included on a 22 day cruise on the Dawn in 2021. I think this means 5 specialty restaurants. Can we book Le Bistro for all 5 dinners if it is available? Or 5 dinners at Cagneys? Or do they make you book 5 different restaurants? We are not interested in the Mexican or Asian restaurants. Thanks, Tony
  8. A friend who uses a scooter wants to try cruising for the first time. She would be travelling solo. Would she be able to manage in a studio on the Epic or one of the other ships that offer studios? I toured them years ago and I don't think there is much room to get around inside the cabin or to leave the scooter in the hall. There were also stairs to get to the lounge if I remember correctly. Or would she better to take an inside handicap cabin and pay the supplement? Thanks, Tony
  9. We always book Inside cabins with Sail Away, don't see any value in the "free" perks. We are Platinum Plus and don't think it affects which cabin you get. We have always been happy with our cabins, we don't fret about deck, front, middle or aft, whether we get a sofa or not. We really are only in the cabin from 10 pm to 8am. We have bid on a balcony and got it twice with just over the minimum bid. We have bid 4 or 5 other times and not got the upgrade. My problem with Sail Away is NCL seems to be doing away with it, wanting the extra revenue from their "Free at Sea" rates. I think they want to offer all inclusive cruises to maximize revenue, so they only offer a handful of cabins at Sail Away rate and these sell out fast. I tried to book Sail Away for Spirit out of Dubai in 2019 on the day the cruise was announced and it said Sail Away was sold out. I looked at other similar cruises and they were all sold out on Sail Away. Another drawback to the Sail Away rate is, if you do want a drink, the prices are nuts. A beer is $10 when the autotip of 20% is added in, and a cosmo or similar for DW is about $15. Tony
  10. We were on Seaside in Feb. With Fantastica and got 2 envelopes delivered to our cabin. Each contained 24 coupons. Cruise Next advised this was a mistake and they would charge me after we used our 24 that we were entitled to. Guest Services said it was their mistakes just use them. After using a few of the extra coupons we checked our account and there were no extra charges so we kept using them. Now it gets interesting. When we got off we still had 16 left. Since we were on Divina TA on Mar. 14 we thought we'd use them there. It worked most of the time. The few times it didn't we didn't say anything and it went on our bill. I forgot to use them by the end of March but had no problem using them on April 2& 3. Confusing Tony
  11. What does NCL do if you bring a bottle of wine on board? Confiscate it and return at end of cruise? Confiscate it and keep it? Charge you a corkage fee, whether you open it or not? The reason I ask is we have an occasion after our cruise that we have a special bottle of wine for, so we want to take it onboard and bring it off the ship with us after the cruise. Thanks, Tony
  12. What does MSC do if you bring on a bottle of wine? Charge a corkage fee? Confiscate it and return it to you at trips end? Take it and not return it to you? We have an occasion after the cruise that we have a special bottle of wine for, so we want to take it on board and bring it off with us after the cruise. Should we put it in carry on or checked luggage? Thanks, Tony
  13. Thanks for the replies. Bummed that we'll miss the parade but it would mess up everything else with closures and crowds. Thinking of skipping the 9/11 museum, maybe just do the memorial and then over to South Street Seaport and try for tickets. Of course if we get matinee tickets, we'll probably have to skip the Natural History museum. I'm sure we'll find somewhere to celebrate our Irish heritage on Sunday evening.
  14. We are in NYC overnight as a port stop on MSC Divina Sunday March 17, 9am departing March 18 at 6pm. We plan to DIY by subway to the 9/11 memorial and maybe the museum. Then head uptown to Times Square to try for cheap play tickets. Then continue by subway to Museum of Natural History. It closes at 5:45 and we will head back to mid town to eat before going to a show if were able to get tickets. On the Monday we plan on walking to the Intrepid Air and Space Museum which is quite close to where we dock. Is this worth doing? Its $33 each but it seems like there are a lot of extra charges to see inside the Concorde or the submarine. Are we trying to do too much? We have done the Statue and St. Patricks and 5th Ave and Central Park, Empire State building, Park Plaza, etc. on previous visits so we feel quite comfortable getting around Manhattan. Just not sure if we might not have time to enjoy what we have planned. Thanks for any insight. Tony
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