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Alegeeter

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    New York, New York
  • Interests
    Baseball, Yankees, Theater
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Carnival, Norwegian
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Alaska

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  1. I always spend my last sea day writing cards on my balcony or by the pool. They do mean a lot to the crew. The Department heads read all of them and each card becomes a raffle ticket for certain prizes from iPads to a coveted day off!
  2. We had our cruise extended a day on the Gem back in 2011 due to a hurricane. Each guest had a new key card waiting in their room for the use during that extra day. This means NCL knows that the keys stop working and new ones have to be issued. There's no reason why the Breakaway staff couldn't get working on this as soon as they learned the sailing would be extended. The news that the Breakaway would go to NO is relatively new but we knew this current sailing would be extended for a few days more. IMO the Breakaway dropped the ball here. I don't fault NCL for the mishandling of the overall situation but there's no reason passengers shouldn't have key card access right now.
  3. I would take a cruise out of the northeast over one out of Port Canaveral or Central/Northern Florida any day if the ports/itinerary was comparable. IMO a much more pleasant crowd to sail and chat with.
  4. Yes, we had Late Seating and were in the Radiance (midship) Restaurant. The aft restaurant was reserved for Your Time Dining.
  5. I just came back from the Sunrise Monday and had a terrific time! I didn't think the crowds were as bad as everyone here is making it out to be (except for the Deli line at the buffet). The main pool deck was very crowded but no more crowded than on any other ship I've been on. But other deck areas, including Serenity - I had no problems getting seats any day. CD Chris Williams was fantastic, and he was sailing with his wife and newborn daughter, who looked like she was enjoying her first cruise. Maybe I went in with low expectations from what I read here but we had no qualms whatsoever and the ship looks beautiful!
  6. I just came back from the Sunrise Monday and had a terrific time! I didn't think the crowds were as bad as everyone here is making it out to be (except for the Deli line at the buffet). The main pool deck was very crowded but no more crowded than on any other ship I've been on. But other deck areas, including Serenity - I had no problems getting seats any day. CD Chris Williams was fantastic, and he was sailing with his wife and newborn daughter, who looked like she was enjoying her first cruise. Maybe I went in with low expectations from what I read here but we had no qualms whatsoever and the ship looks beautiful!
  7. Just came back from a cruise on the Sun where our door was one of maybe 50 I saw decorated.
  8. Unfortunate - it's probably in the fine print somewhere that they could do that, but we know if wouldn't be allowed to happen the other way, if they give you the upgrade and you call to say "never mind". For that, I think it's worth a phone call. The mistake is worthy of some amount of OBC as a gesture of good will and apology for getting your hopes up.
  9. If this works and NCL touts the success of its new design, I'm sure we can expect it to be rolled out on the other BA/BA+ ships at each next dry dock. For that reason, we need to all hope this new expanded Vibe concept fails
  10. Breakaway hands down for the following reason: Breakaway is beautiful, full of life, tasty, and there's entertainment at every turn. Of course, if you want down time you can find those spots too. Breeze has a lackluster design, dead after 9pm, minimal daytime activities, bland food, and laughable evening entertainment. Most importantly, the Breakaway crew is top-notch. I'm not sure why someone above said the Breakaway is unpopular with NCL crowd. The NCL crowd loves the Breakaway and all her sisters who have followed. The Breakaway casino is also much better than the Breeze's, if that matters to you.
  11. Take myself on my own tour and get to know my new home.
  12. ^ Yes, that's the key. If booked in the same category you may be right. But if you were initially booked in a higher category then it makes sense why NCL may upgrade you at a lower price because it means they can upgrade someone to your previous cabin. Example: you were initially booked in a Minisuite (MA) and your friends in a balcony (BA). If you're upgraded, someone else in BA can upgrade to MA, then OV to that BA, and IA to that OV. - 4 upgrades total If you're friends go from BA to Haven, then OV to BA, IA to OV - only 3 upgrades total NCL may actually earn more money by upgrading you to Haven from a minisuite even thought your bid was less because they're getting an extra upgrade bid altogether. That is why when I was booked in an OV I only put in a bid for MA and not both MA and BA. I assumed that if I bid for a BA NCL wouldn't even consider my MA offer because they could give it to someone else. End result? I got my MA offer.
  13. CAS is considered a separate entity from NCL. And spa and aft balcony cabins are considered separate categories from regular balcony cabins in CAS. They always have been. Whenever I book a comped balcony they're always able to offer a BA - the highest regular balcony category. Even when comped a balcony from the start I am unable to select an aft cabin without upgrading.
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