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  1. Most people who would booked in a handicapped would be honest enough to let the representative know they were not handicapped. That is when the decision would be made as to whether to request a cabin change or for the rep to ask if they would mind changing cabins? I think it is important to realize this happens very rarely, so we are not talking about relocating dozens of passengers every sailing or even two or three every sailing
  2. thanks; my thoughts as well. Nice he is considerate but I am sure, especially being a GTY cabin if they end up needing the cabin they will notify him.
  3. I am glad they are forewarning guests of the restriction and it is an excellent rule. It does affect a lot of people who would love to visit ports that require tender assistance, but it also protects the employees from injuring themselves or the guests from being injured. We had a situation last fall. I could not manage to get on a tender and the person who was assisting people was not strong enough to help that much This was not a NCL tender situation but private company. I made the choice not to try to get onto the boat. It was hard not to do the tour but I am glad I made the choice and NCL did refund our money as it was a sponsored tour. Now 100 lbs might be a little unrealistic but I do understand the reason behind a restriction.
  4. No Lobster tails in MDR which isn't new and not a bad idea. The Lobster most ships offer or used to offer is frozen and really not at all tasty. There are many other choices that are better. I agree with jaja about the prime rib. We are lovers of prime rib but what is served in the MDR on most mass marketed cruises isn't worth ordering. As for the cut back in the MDR I think it is a no brainer. With all the dining choices now offered with "free at sea" the MDR menu is bound to not be as appealing as in the Good Old Days.
  5. after I posted I noticed the same thing: obviously OP knows how it works or certainly should. I find it hard to understand how anyone could not know how perks and packages work if they are seasoned travelers and seasoned posters.
  6. It is your choice you do not drink alcohol so if it is including in the 5 perks, what would you expect them to do for you? As for the tips, if you go to a restaurant and you have a 2 for 1 coupon wouldn't you expect to tip on the entire bill if you did not have the coupon? Of course I would think you would. As for the excursions, I have always thought the line explains it very clearly: it is per cabin, not per person. I can only see one legit gripe you have and that is the bottled water one. Why NCL does not include it in the packages is a puzzle for most. If you don't want to take advantage of the 5 for free then book without the perks.
  7. sounds to me like you should stick with her even if she may have been wrong this time. The important thing is it seems you got what you wanted. Happy cruising.
  8. We too experienced the chair hogs. One day we were arriving to play trivia: a young lady who was lying down on one of the sofas and appeared to be sleeping, let us know, in on uncertain terms the chairs were reserved for her family Obviously she was not sleeping. I guess, no matter where one is or what line chair hogs exists..
  9. I have never seen a casino used so little anywhere, any time. Our daughter went to a TA meeting on our last Journey cruise last month. Plans are to close the casino, but I am not sure when. She would probably remember.
  10. Very good points. there is no way to turn a cruiser off quicker than for people to start thinking a particular cruise line is above the others. Loyalty is one thing, snobbery is something else.
  11. and I have rarely heard that on any cruise unless it has been an unusual situation like the horrible winds we encountered last month: Actually the cruise we heard it on was Azamara. I guess we should never say never.
  12. and we didn't have towels in our cabin, we got them out by the pool.
  13. we did and no, was the answer. I don't know what the reason was but we were diff limited to what we could and could not order. So were our friends.
  14. are you through with your ranting? We just got off a upscale cruise line and we did not get towel animals. I guess for those who travel on the bargain lines like Carnival they are missed. For many of us, we really do not care a darn. I would not feel like I was imposing if I asked for a towel animal. Why do you think people feel that way, have you, personally, felt you were inconveniencing them? I asked for a coffee on our last NCL cruise as we were in an Ocean view cabin so they were not standard. I did not feel bad, nor did our cabin steward make us feel uncomfortable.
  15. You can request them but they are not automatic any longer. Think of the savings to the cruise lines: the animals waste a lot of towels that need to be laundered and take time to make. For many, they were not a big thing: I know for us, we had been getting them for years so it is no loss. BTW towel animals were not always part of cruising. I think the first one I ever saw was about 20 years ago.
  16. I didn't mean to indicate cooked items were not available at the buffet, I was simply saying you can order off the menu of choose only the buffet or better combine your meal with both order and serve yourself. We did this on our cruise. We would get what we wanted at the buffer as starters and order our hot breakfast from our waiter.
  17. why no shrimp cocktail or escargot in the main dining room?
  18. Though the wine we had on our AZ cruise a few weeks ago were very good, I was not overly pleased with the overall selection or wine and favorite drinks. I realize it was a basic package that is included in our fair, but no martinis come on. Why can you get a Gimlet and not a martini? Other lines also allow you to pay the difference for drinks if the price is over the limit which has been mentioned already. One of the couples we were traveling with did use OBC for upgrade the liquor package, but said he would not do it again because there were still several drinks not included. I guess it is up to everyone's choice, but I would not pay additionally for a package that is still limited within reason.
  19. yes, we usually leave $5 or $10. Do we leave the 10 or 20 % no, nowhere near.
  20. Probably answered a dozen time now, but I haven't read the answers: some lines do pull their ships from the Caribbean during the summer and place them in places like Alaska and Europe. Not as many as NCL but NCL seems to know what they are doing. there are many itineraries that attract guests than the Caribbean during the hot months and hurricane season. heck a lot of Florida residents spend summers away from Florida. That should be a clue.
  21. Welcome back Peachy. I know how you feel about being rushed. We got back last Friday and I have been swamped ever since. Now, except for picking up all the wrapping paper etc and making a corn beef ball for our family get together tonight I think I am caught up. This is the second time we have cruised a few weeks before Christmas, I don't think it is the best decision. MERRY CHRISTMAS
  22. For those who love to cruise just for the relaxation and the special treatment I totally agree with you. We spent more time in the casino than we should of, but other than that we love trans Atlantic experience. You get to know more people, yes, trivia is so much fun and there is always something going on in the atrium. We were rarely bored on the two we have taken. When we couldn't find anything we wanted to do, we grabbed a book and either read on our balcony or would find a quiet place to read and have a few drinks or just take a short nap.
  23. I am inclined to agree with you on 5 day versus normal length cruises. We have been on about 6 or 7 short cruises in our cruising life and non have given us the sane enjoyment of feelings we get from 7 to 14 day cruises.
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