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  1. That's the way I read it. I don't know why someone would say the OP is lucky their cruise wasn't cancelled.
  2. I don't get your logic. If you get the beverage package as a perk and you average 5 drinks a day, you are "tipping" $4 a drink thanks to the mandatory gratuities. If you tip on top of that, you are really a big tipper! $5, $6 or $7 tip per drink? A 20% tip for a $13 drink is $2.60. You would need to average 8 drinks a day on the UBP to be tipping slightly less than 20% per drink, but if you still tip in addition to the UBP mandatory gratuities then you'll still be tipping more than 20%.
  3. Wow, I've been away from Cruise Critic. So NCL is now randomly refunding people's money and cancelling their cruise?
  4. New mega ships are being built every year. The cruise industry is exploding. Competition for experienced talented crew members is increasing. Retention of quality employees should be paramount. I would argue it would be a dumb management decision to essentially say to the crew: "Here are your targets. If you meet said targets you will be rewarded via a monetary incentive package.* UNLESS * Despite meeting and exceeding all your targets, if, through the whim of fickle cruisers, DSC is reduced, you will not be rewarded for your hard work and meeting your incentive targets." In other words, one high profile, low performing employee could cost you a lot of money and there's nothing you can do about it! Very demoralizing. Doesn't seem like a company that treats its employees in such an callous manner will survive long in a competitive hiring market.
  5. Hopefully they will follow NCL and make most upgrades well before the 48 hour deadline.
  6. 4000 cruisers descending on a large city would not make much of a difference unless occupancy rates were near capacity. Then all bets are off. While the hotel prices for us are considerably higher than our current booking which begins two days later, I assume it has more to do with booking last minute. Thanks NCL.
  7. So the insurance forces NCL to go back to the original schedule?
  8. Costing them $$ and headaches as flight delays/changes cause NCL grief. But Frank Del Rio said that people who take advantage of the airfare promo tend to have more on-board spent by a significant margin. We'll see if this perk's cost/benefit is sustainable.
  9. I'm confident with the towel animal cutback, cabin stewards have been given additional cabins to clean and/or other responsibilities. We would have a problem asking our cabin steward to appease us and make towel animals. But that's just us.
  10. Well, we agree to disagree. To varying degrees most people do research their cruise. Talk to first timers on your next cruise and see how much detail they know and how many relied on a travel agent. Most first timers don't research every minute detail. Most cruisers aren't on cruise critic. For those who do know about NCL's cutback, people will feel worse asking their hard-working steward to make them towel animals rather than telling their room steward to take it easy and skip the towel animals.
  11. The perfect solution was to leave the policy alone. Cruisers already had the option to decline towel animals. They weren't mandatory. In the past we have asked our cabin stewards to not make them for us as they don't provide much value to us. Not a problem. Many first time cruisers won't even know towel animals are an option and won't ask. Win for NCL squeezing move cabins per steward.
  12. I have not found a way to make it "not that hard." Is there a website that compares the final price across cruise lines and sail dates? The only price comparison sites I have found only give the basic opaque price.
  13. I seriously doubt NCL factors how much you paid for your cabin. Everyone on the ship is past final payment. Your cabin category is what's important. If you're in a highly desired cabin moving you out and vacating that cabin so another person who's got a sizable bid can move into it is where they make their money. It's a 3D level chess game. The computer is always checking the variables. They want to make the most money, so to maximize ROI they need to look at taking the highest bids from the most lucrative cabins. Which means if your booked in a highly desirable cabin, you may bid less and have paid less for your cabin than some else but you are awarded the upgrade because they would make the most money moving you out of your highly desirable cabin and up a level.
  14. The DSC goes to NCL and NCL pays the room stewards thru salary and a measured incentive program. So yes, a portion of your DSC goes to the stewards especially if the steward meets their incentive targets. If you want to tip your steward for good service that would be great as it rewards and encourages the extra effort.
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