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  1. We book GTY Inside cabins all the time. We've had our cabin # assigned as early as a week after booking (3 months prior to sailing) or as late as the night before (we printed the luggage tags in the hotel's business office that evening!). So based on our experience there's really no way of telling when you'll get your cabin assignment with a GTY booking. Good luck & hope you have a great cruise!
  2. I would agree with SpainAlien's earlier post. We went on a Greek Islands cruise a few years back on the Jade and most of the ports of call weren't scooter-friendly. Corfu, for example, were were supposed to dock but ended up tendering when a different cruise ship "bumped" us. As previous posters have suggested check out the port-of-calls & disabled forums also. You'll probably get better & more up to date info in those forums. I wish you the best of luck and hope you have a good cruise.
  3. From what I remember when the Epic first launched the room layouts throughout the ship were VERY different (compared to other NCL ships) & Epic pax weren't too happy about it. Ditto the lack of elevators (or was it the location of the elevators...?). There were other issues but I cannot remember off hand what they were. In any case for these two reasons amongst others are probably why there's only ONE NCL Epic instead of an entire class of Epic ships. I believe NCL originally contracted for three Epic-type ships & cancelled the remaining two.
  4. Every NCL ship we've ever been on has several karaoke nights at one of the ship's evening venues/bars. Check your Freestyle Daily once you're aboard or you can ask the CD or any member of their staff. Have a great cruise!
  5. We sailed on the Spirit several times (see signature below for dates/places) and had inside cabins each time. It was quite some time ago (10-15 years) and Spirit has been refurbed several times since then. That said we never noticed any noise from the neighboring cabins when we were aboard. Spirit was a lovely ship when we sailed on her & from what other posters have said she's maintained her reputation since then. Our son & his wife did a European cruise aboard Spirit a couple of years back & they loved it! Spirit is a unique ship and different from the other ships in NCL's fleet. Good luck & hope you have a great cruise!
  6. Amen!! Let's ALL move on to the next CC topic with a misleading opening statement...😏
  7. NCL gave refunds...DW & I got one for our April '20 TA. Yes, we had to wait a few months but we got the $$. We read the terms of NCL's offer of a 125% future cruise credit (FCC) VERY CAREFULLY, unlike a LOT of posters here and decided it was NOT a good deal. So please don't say NCL is refusing to give refunds...they did. If you opted for the FCC...well you knew (or should have known) what you were agreeing to.
  8. This is why DW & I both read the terms VERY carefully when our April 2020 TA was cancelled & we were offered either a full cash (credit card) refund or a 125% FCC. We took the cash because once you choose the FCC it's "Monopoly Money" with no cash value. The previous poster who compared it to a store credit was spot on! Good luck!
  9. We had a TA booked for April 2020. Needless to say that didn't happen & after reading the NCL's terms & conditions we took the refund. Based on the comments we've seen here on CC we're VERY glad we 'Took the $$ and ran". Agree 100% with the OP. DW & I have a credit that expires in '22 so we're in NO hurry to book ANYTHING until we see a cruise ship actually sail under conditions we can live with...literally...lol
  10. With most of the cruise ship companies having, literally, "one foot in the grave & the other on a banana peel" if you show ANY interest in a future cruise you can almost name your own price & terms IF you're willing to wait until sailing resumes at some future date. When my original cruise was cancelled back in April I read the cancellation terms VERY carefully (THANK YOU @BirdTravels!!!) & opted for the cash refund rather than a FCC. As others have pointed out once you accept the FCC for ANYTHING you're basically playing with 'NCL Monopoly Money' with NCL as the banker! In any case, glad that things seem to be working out for you! Stay well & safe!
  11. While we were on our first NCL cruise on the Dawn back in '04 we were chatting with the CD and he told us that San Juan WAS at one point the largest cruise ship port; for many of the reasons quoted above. After 9/11, however, not a lot of folks wanted to fly to San Juan and back just to cruise so the industry shifted from San Juan to Florida; particularly Miami. It seems to me, however, that the state of Florida would very much like to see the cruise ship industry return to its pre-COVID status. With everything is flux right now due to COVID & the US elections we'll just have to see how it all plays out.
  12. We've sailed on the Breakaway (3x) and the Getaway (1x) in Inside cabins; am not 100% certain of the classification of our cabins. In answer to your questions: 1) YES there's a SMALL stool that you could use to sit on & watch TV. I, personally however, would prefer to lounge on the bed & watch TV. The stool has no back. 2) We use two (2) large suit cases on wheels that EASILY fit under the bed(s)
  13. Probably to load up on some Red Snapper. Delicious!!! 😁
  14. C'mon already! Ya didn't earn the points, ya don't get the points! 😱 Seriously, however, it would have been a fabulous goodwill gesture on the part of NCL to have allowed us to keep the points we tried to earn. However I kinda knew as soon as someone reported it here on CC & when I saw it on my own Latitudes statement that this was some sort of technical glitch in NCL's stellar IT systems...😳 As a previous poster stated; once more NCL Corporate manages to snatch defeat from the jaws of a public relations victory.
  15. $399 Inside GY on Getaway 2 years ago NYC to Southampton 12 days. This was cut short to 10 days because Getaway had to get to dry dock 2 days earlier than expected. NCL gave us an additional 25% off. One word of advice; bigger is usually better. The Star is a much smaller ship than the Jewel & Breakaway class ships. Remember you're going to have 5 or more consecutive sea days with no port stops so a bigger ship has more distractions & attractions than a smaller ship. My 2 cents. We were scheduled on another TA on Encore this April that got cancelled due to the CODID-19 pandemic. For that we paid $399 each also (Inside GTY). Good luck!
  16. @luv2kroooz Because the airlines are incorporated & based in the US; cruise lines are not. That's the BIG reason why the airlines received bail-out $$ from the US government & the cruise lines got nada from Uncle Sam. That's an argument they'd make right off the bat if this regulation was implemented & they went to court to argue against it. Yes, this might be "similar to how the US Dept of Transportation regulates the airlines...", but the cruise lines, as foreign corporate entities, would argue it doesn't apply to them. I believe, however, that YOU are correct that this SHOULD equally apply to the cruise ship industry. My point is that they'd argue otherwise & tie it up in the courts for a LONG time...
  17. Might be enacted via regulation but has zero chance of actually being implemented & enforced. The cruise lines could & probably would individually or collectively tie this up in legal knots for years.
  18. @Budget Queen Holy Cow! You must be going through major "cruise withdrawal" syndrome right now...😢 I certainly wouldn't be shocked if our progression was random chance. We've also had a couple of "dogs" for cabins but nothing truly horrible. The worst was when I booked online a last-minute GTY Inside cabin out of NYC and not through our PCC. She was rather miffed & I swear we got a crappy cabin location because of that! I can't prove anything (and she's no longer with NCL) but that's how I'd bet. Question: do you always book the GTY rate? We've done mostly last minute, GTY Inside cabin rate, out of NYC (we used to live in NJ so it was easy to get to NYC) and we are also very "budget" minded also. Any tips or inside (pun INtended) knowledge you can share?
  19. @Budget Queen Based on OUR experience and about 18 cruises on NCL, steadily progressing from Bronze newbs up to our present Platinum Plus status. Based on your # of posts here on CC you've obviously had much more cruising experience than DW & moi so if that wasn't the case for you I "bow" to your greater experience...lol. I'm just sayin' in OUR case we got better GTY Inside cabins as we progressed up the Latitudes food chain to where we are now.
  20. We've been cruising NCL for 15 years (see signature) and we've almost ALWAYS booked a GTY cabin; usually Inside GTY. You'll get the lowest price then available in that cabin category. We almost always book last minute (except our European cruises) so once we get the cabin assignment we're pretty much stuck with it & live with it. As to when we've gotten our cabin assigned; it can be up to a month in advance of sailing (had that several times) or, literally, the night before we sailed (we used the NYC hotel's printer to print out our luggage tags!!). It's a real crap shoot! When we first started cruising on NCL our cabins were located on the lower decks (4-6) but as we advanced up the Latitudes scale our GTY Inside cabins were more likely located on the upper decks. So in general the higher the Latitudes category you belong to the better the cabin you'll get at the GTY rate (we're now Platinum Plus). GTY cabins are NOT for families travelling who require adjacent cabins; there's absolutely no guarantee you'll get adjacent cabins. As an example we booked a cruise with our grown kids (ages 18-23 at that time) and booked GTY Inside for both cabins. Our PCC said he'd try & get them as close as possible & he did a pretty good job. GTY category cabins are NOT for everybody; you have to be willing to accept whatever cabin you end up with. Also if you're booking very far in advance the GTY cabins may not be available then. Even so if you do book a GTY cabin a year in advance I doubt very much if you'll get your cabin assignment within the 120 day cancellation limit. Good luck!
  21. I miss Leo the guitarist and lounge singer from the Gem; I'd heard from another poster that he was no longer on the Gem. Agree with Arvin & Emily from Breakaway. Great chemistry! And last but certainly not least we miss Patti & Jose also! We last saw them on Spirit & Dawn years ago but haven't been on either ship lately. Glad to hear from others that they're still on Dawn or PoA.
  22. For an NCL cancelled TA cruise in April we got our refund posted to our card on Day#73. So cannot complain either...other than the fact that NCL Holdings got to "play" with my $$ for 73 days...
  23. I go along with @blcruising and almost always book last minute; we usually book "steerage" rate (SailAway Inside cabin) and have been cruising this way for over 10 years. Once cruising restarts it will be very interesting to see if NCL can stick to the pricing policy referred to in blcruising's post.
  24. Agree with the preceding posters; the Freestyles wouldn't be worth the time or effort to read and/or upload due to the myriad of changes we'll probably see when cruising resumes. Question to the OP: is there any reason why you'd book this TA now? Am asking because we were also booked on this same TA for this past April 2020's sailing. We're also considering re-booking it in 2021 but will probably book at last minute as TA prices tend to drop dramatically just prior to sailing. I'm certainly NOT going to let NCL hold on to ANY $$ of mine after making me wait for a refund of the aforementioned TA we were booked on.
  25. Yet another reason why I'm glad we took the straight refund instead of the FCC even through we had to wait 78 days to actually get our $$ back. FWIW we usually buy NCL's trip insurance but to "take liberty" and just load it onto a purchase strikes me as unethical at best and outright robbery at worst! We actually have a FCC thanks to another NCL screw up (an abbreviated TA in 2019) so it'll be interesting if NCL tries to tack on travel insurance when we go to use it. I'll post something here if they do! As to an "NCL cheerleader" explaining this I'm sure there's some clause buried in the legalese of accepting a FCC instead of a refund that probably "requires" trip insurance be "bundled" with it...lol. The insurance carrier NCL uses is probably a part of "NCL Holdings"...
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