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  1. I don't think that there's been any issues with cruises cancelled by the guest. I was able to cancel future cruises with no issues with my credit card or cn deposits. I think the issues are occurring with cruises that NCL cancelled that have additional FCC attached. I still don't have my 2 cn certificates from my April 4th cruise.
  2. We're still waiting too. Maybe it's a CAS thing. Fortunately since it was comped, it's not a huge amount of $$$, so I can be patient for a bit.
  3. Just before this all started I paid in full for a B2B Transatlantic/ Mediterranean cruise next year. I needed the miles in time to book the airfare at a reasonable rate (we have to fly first class because of DH's health issues, not respiratory thank God). As things unfolded I realized that traveling with him overseas has too many potential complications....if I had to come home unexpectedly I could cram into any seat, he could not, nor could he tolerate unexpected travel delays in the airports. Obviously, I chose to cancel those trips. It took about a week for both to be credited to my Amex. I also prepaid for a NE/Canada cruise in September which I'm leaving on the books for now. I'm confident enough that it's far enough away that it may still happen, but close enough that NCL would still be solvent. I will have FCC from my April cruise that was cancelled to apply and use up , plus my air travel involved a companion certificate that I would lose if I cancel. I'm not particularly confident about the other 4 cruise next deposits that I'm currently holding, but I'm taking a gamble on the rest at this point.
  4. I agree! I sail April 4th on the Breakaway, and I just upped my already "good" bid a little bit because I figured that they would be doing just that. So far nothing....which seems pretty silly to me. I had a casino comped cruise in a mini-suite, so I just offered what I would have paid for a balcony cruise for each of the Haven categories, should be a win for both us imo.
  5. Exactly. Now if they were instructed to give false information regarding cancellations, the situation on board, or anything else within NCL's purview, I would be appalled, but I can't imagine a situation where discussions involving medical advice would ever even come up. This seems like a stupid act from a stupid person, that likely impacted no one.
  6. Oh yeah, I forgot about the casino. I'm pretty sure that will be a no go for me this trip. I guess I can get over the guilt since this is a Casinos at Sea comped trip, LOL!
  7. We sail on the Breakaway April 4th. We're taking an extra 2 weeks of meds, alcohol wipes (purell has been off the shelves for the past week), antibacterial soap for handwashing in the cabin, disinfectant wipes for shared surfaces (like lounge chairs), both of us will bring a laptop (don't want to be fighting over the one that we usually share in a quarantine), a couple of seasons of something on dvd, and a fully loaded kindle. I always overpack clothes, so we won't be naked regardless of what happens! I do admit that I'm hoping really, really fervently that my upgrade bid is accepted. A quarantine in the Haven would be a heck of a lot nicer. I come from a family of 7 children and the generation who held chicken pox parties, so I tend to be pretty relaxed when it comes to germs. We did decide to cancel our two shore excursions, but we weren't dying to go on them anyway. Who knows when the powers that be will decide that a particular area is a hotspot, so I don't want to find out because I spent a couple of hours on a particular island or Mexico that I'm no longer welcome to return at the end of the cruise. All of that said, we live 4 1/2 hours from the port by car, so we don't have airline travel to consider. I'm just shy of 60 and in good health. We're retired, and don't have any commitments that require our timely return. If any of those three things weren't true, I'm not sure that we would still be going on this particular one since everything is so new.
  8. At least as far as my Gen Pop comment goes, you clearly can't recognize tongue in cheek. Do you think that maybe there was a reason that I thought that we were missing something the last few times that we stayed in the Haven? pfft
  9. On our past two cruises with NCL (one on the Breakaway, and this last one on the Getaway) we've elected to go Gen Pop, and I'm thinking that going forward I may bid higher for an upgrade to the Haven. I had actually come to think that we were missing something in the Haven, but on the bigger ships, having the option to wait until 15 minutes before a show starts, and having the restaurant is such a huge perk. I still don't think that I'll book outright anymore, but I definitely missed the advantages this past cruise.
  10. Also on this sailing. Things that I also was troubled by: Definitely wasn't pleased that they ran out of so many food items/supplies. It actually became a topic of jokes in Syd Norman's...grilled shrimp anyone? Apparently there was a plethora of frozen shrimp, but butter, half and half, ice cream mix, lettuce, various fruit, iced tea mix, and many other items were not replenished in Copenhagen. I can understand not having more than 5 days worth of fresh fruits and veggies, but the rest is ridiculous. The venues for both shows and activities were absurd. A lot of that can be attributed to the ship design. A lot was also because we were almost exclusively senior citizen types, and everybody was interested in the same things....the theaters could have played the shows several additional times and still filled up, and the atrium area was always filled with a fortress of folks who hung out all day, so when it was time for an activity, there was no place to sit. Syd Norman's was a highlight for us, but it was often way too crowded, and for the "special" shows (Carole King tribute for one) impossible to gain access. The casino was terrible, and pretty deserted because of it. The specialty restaurants were all disappointing, and I only actually paid for one. I do agree with the poster who said that free at sea has killed the quality. The service in the MDR was extremely slow, but friendly. Bar service in the MDR was awful. One night a waiter left me an entire bottle of wine to pour on my own, LOL...wasn't complaining about that! The captain did talk too much, LOL! The immigration stop was a disaster...and that's what I"m calling it, because port of call would be a misnomer. They did a horrible job of communicating exactly what was supposed to happen (a single line of text), and frankly, I overlooked it. DH and I got off with our passports and our room keys...that's it. Had I read it (which was ultimately my responsibility I know), I could have brought cash and taken a taxi to lunch. My husband would have had his much needed medication. I think that something this important should have been communicated by way of a stateroom announcement or such....and never advertised as a port stop. I like the other poster's idea about providing a shuttle to the shopping area...that would have solved so many problems. On sea days, when the conditions require that most things are closed up for safety, why not make the pay per view movies free? Same thing for a missed port day due to rough seas, and a port stop with insufficient tenders. At least give folks something to do that doesn't further tax the system. Lastly, I witnessed more rude behavior on this cruise than any other cruise that I've ever been on. It was utterly insane. One small example. I had a seat at Syd Norman's. A woman came at the last minute and planted herself in a chair that she found somewhere else, directly in front of me, completely blocking my view. She had a place to sit next to her friend beside us, but that wasn't good enough. That was typical behavior. All. week. long. All in all, we had a great cabin steward, the food in the MDR was generally good, the buffet wasn't bad, the entertainment that we were able to get into was very good, the ports were great (although the excursions were taxing because of distance, but not NCL's fault), the activities were plentiful enough, and I was sad to leave. We have a Transatlantic booked in the other direction in 2021 with a Mediterranean cruise following, and I can't wait. I learned a long time ago that travel is often challenging, and I haven't found any cruise line that's even close to perfect. This was definitely one of the most difficult, but didn't even come close to causing me to reject NCL or Transatlantic cruises. Just my 2 cents.
  11. When I booked the upgrade it didn't process properly. Not only did the 250 minutes go away (which was expected), I also lost my ship to shore phone call perk and $100 of onboard credit. I worked with 2 different people to try to get it corrected. Ultimately we decided to have the amount refunded, and to do the upgrade on the ship. For those who take advantage, make sure that ALL of your perks remain.
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