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  1. The host of the cruise habit podcast said he was able to upgrade the internet package on his recent cruise ( they gave him $15/day credit toward a larger package I believe) so I was hoping something similar was available for the dining packages. Maybe someone who is going on a cruise in the near future can inquire while on board?
  2. Hello folks, Strange question, but the cruise I’m looking at comes with 5 nights of dining. Is it possible to pay the difference between the 5 night and 12 night package rather then buying an extra 7 night dining package? This would save around $80pp + gratuity so i’m curious if anyone has had success doing this. Thanks!
  3. Hello folks, Dumb question but do I need to actually print out my cruise ticket to get through the terminal or can I just show it on my phone? I usually print it out but I recently retired so I no longer have free access to a printer so if I don’t have to print it, I’d rather not. Thanks!
  4. We just sailed her in April and loved it so much we’re sailing her again at the end of next week. I’m usually a big ship guy as you can see from my history but there were things I loved about this ship: as don’t use real name noted the front observation lounge is great, very quiet and has a unique outdoor forward facing deck that is only accessible from the lounge so it was rarely used. Great spot to hang out and get those port pictures. the great outdoors was one of my favorite spots as well. This is the area at the back of the ship behind the buffet. Great bar here to watch the sunsets and tons of tables if you like to dine outdoors(fun fact from our bartender: once the sun hits the horizon, it will be less than 2 minutes before it is completely gone. I timed it as I couldn’t believe it and it turned out to be true!). There is a great little deck area just above the bar that offers even better views and is quieter. This is also the spot where the 24hr buffet can be found. I would head up there at 1:30AM to grab a cheeseburger when I was done losing money in the casino. Another great placement is the sports bar which is right next to the great outdoors. You can catch a game on the TV’s and when you want to get some fresh air, just step out the door to the great outdoors. I also second the vote for the inside cabin. This was the first time we’ve ever booked and inside and I swear this room was bigger than the balcony we had on the Escape. We booked another inside for our current trip. Once again I’ll give props to the staff. I could head to any bar and by the third time they pretty well knew what I wanted. Hope this helps!
  5. Yes, you should just cancel the soda package for your DD. We were on the Sun in April and we’re sailing the Sun again on the 24th. They just give you whatever you order at any bar unless it’s super premium but it sounds like you have that covered with your premium package. I really like the way the open bar works. Wish they weren’t going away from it. https://www.ncl.com/fr/en/terms/sun-beverages
  6. qdog123


    How did you get back to the ship after the show? Was your driver that dropped you off waiting for you?
  7. This was nearly my exact situation this past weekend. We were due to sail out on the Brilliance of the Seas on Monday from Tampa, a short drive from our house, and I had developed the upper respiratory thing on Saturday. It didn’t get better by Monday so dialed up the video chat with the doc to get him to fill out the required medical report to submit to the insurance carrier as I can’t stand being sick on a cruise. The weird thing is, RCCL couldn’t cancel my booking at that point becuase the manifests had closed, but they said I would show up as a no show and I could file my claim after the cruise returns. I noticed today that they had cancelled my drink packages and dining packages so that money came back quick. I filed my claim with AON yesterday since I know it takes them weeks to resolve so I didn’t want to waste any time. I too started the Mucinex on Monday per doctors orders and it’s now Friday and I’m starting to feel better. It definitely would have been a waste of cruise as I know I would have pushed myself in the ports and wore myself out worse than just sitting at home this week. Good Luck!
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