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  1. We are looking at the Dream for the Oct. 9, 2021 Eastern Caribbean itinerary. Currently, the required deposit is $500 under the Welcome Back promo from our January sailing. Do you think that there will be a better reduced deposit promotion any time in the near future? I don't mind paying $500 up front if I have to, but I'd prefer to put down less if possible and let that money earn interest before I make final payment in July 2021. I think we've been spoiled, because we've always booked under $50/person deposit sales.
  2. I have 7 year olds (not picky eaters, though) that LOVE the Carnation shakes- they've had one every single morning since they were 2. 😳 They agree that the powder tastes different and won't drink shakes made with it- the bottles are super convenient, but the powder is so much cheaper! We were on the Vista in October and they had cartons of whole, 2%, skim and chocolate (I think the chocolate was 2%). Maybe you can grab some of the milk flavoring straws before you go and he'll drink whole milk? There is such a big variety of food, hopefully he can find something that will meet his protein needs! I agree- book soonish. Spring break trips fill up really quickly after the holidays!
  3. I pre-paid for our Steakhouse reservation last week, but did not receive an email confirmation. It IS listed under my Cruise Manager, but does not have the reservation time listed. I wish that the system was consistent across the board. I called Carnival to double check the time, and they said that all reservations are handled directly through the ship and can only be modified or verified via the original confirmation email (which I did not receive...). I'm hoping that everything works out on board!
  4. I can confirm the above from the Vista in early October- ESPN and Yahoo leagues were fine, but daily/weekly games on DraftKings are blocked. We upgraded to the Premium WiFi and were still unable to access it. Our VPN was of no help either. We set our teams in Cozumel and prayed that no one got hurt.
  5. 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!
  6. 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!
  7. 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!
  8. The The taxes on the beverage package actually ARE included in my price quotes above- those are the all-in (minus gratuities) prices. :)
  9. 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.
  10. 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!
  11. 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. 🙂
  12. 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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