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missingmaui

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  1. I'm not the OP, but we just booked this cruise for January with a group of first-timers as well- thanks for offering to share!
  2. The included perks are: Free UBP, free dining, free wifi, and shore excursion credit. 3/4 passenger is also free, but that won't apply to our bookings. I'm really leaning towards choosing our room and takng the perks. Thank you!
  3. Thank you! This is EXACTLY what I've been looking for. I'm not sure why, but I've been having trouble finding value/cost for specialty dining, which made the math frustrating. I appreciate the break-down!
  4. The The taxes on the beverage package actually ARE included in my price quotes above- those are the all-in (minus gratuities) prices. :)
  5. You're right- moderate wasn't very specific. When we cruise with family, we generally have 2 drinks during the day and a glass of wine with dinner. With friends, it will probably be more like 2-3 drinks during the day, 2 glasses of wine and perhaps a drink after dinner. My husband will definitely drink soft drinks if they are already accounted for in the budget. And no, gratuities are not included, though that would be nice. It's interesting to see how NCL has evolved since we've last sailed with them. Thanks for the replies so far! I appreciate them.
  6. We are looking at the Getaway from New Orleans for Jan 12-17, 2020. There will be 3 couples going, and the other 2 couples have never cruised before. My husband and I are not new cruisers, but haven't sailed NCL in years. The Sail Away balcony rate (BX) is $972, while the "Free at Sea" rate is $1841 for a BD balcony. For those who have sailed in the past several years, will we get $900 worth of value per couple to make the room selection and "free" options a smarter choice? It would be nice to have rooms together, but it's not a deal breaker if we go the Sail Away route. We are moderate drinkers on vacation, and do enjoy the specialty restaurant venues when we cruise. I realize that value is subjective, but that seems to be a large price jump for a 5 night cruise. Thanks for your help!
  7. Thanks for posting your review! We'll be on the Vista on October, and I cannot wait. It's always fun to get a little preview of what's to come. 🙂
  8. Thank you so much! I was about to ask this question as well, because I didn't see the laundry rooms on the deck plans. 🙂
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