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  1. Canada is not “doing this,” an American statute is doing this. Canada is acting to protect its citizens from a deadly virus.
  2. I'm not sure what you mean (or what your TA means) by 3 times for a 7-day cruise, or by "one time use." Please see the T&Cs linked in the comments above for the current rules. The shore excursion credit can be used multiple times on the same day in the same port (by the first guest on the reservation), as long as the excursions don't overlap in time. So if you are in Bermuda for three days, you are not limited to three shore excursions. The T&Cs also clearly state that the credit can't be used for equipment rental at GSC and Harvest Caye, so if that was your plan at H
  3. Head over to NCL's web site for the Star (link below) and click on "staterooms," select "suite," and you'll see all the suites (yes, they start with S...). And as noted above, "club balcony suites" are NOT suites, and you'll see they are listed separately on this web page. Enjoy your cruise! https://www.ncl.com/cruise-ship/star/staterooms
  4. NCL's T&Cs now: "The first guest may redeem the promotion of $50 Shore Excursion Credit on more than one shore excursion per port." https://www.ncl.com/termsandconditions/promotions
  5. I don't know what the terms were when you booked, but the T&C right now make clear that the credit is for the first person on the reservation, not per cabin. https://www.ncl.com/termsandconditions/promotions Again, I don't know what the terms were when you booked, but right now, the T&C allow for multiple excursions per port; again, booked by the first person on the reservation, and not overlapping in time.
  6. Very interesting, thanks for sharing that with us.
  7. Really? The OP asked where the larger balconies are located. Comments 2 and 3 answered that question. If you have another answer, I'm sure the OP would appreciate your supplying it.
  8. Correct, but for the OP, here's a bit more info re the aft-facing balconies: the aft-facing staterooms on Deck 10 have the largest balconies (deeper). (Same is true for the aft-facing Penthouse Suites on that deck.) Deck 10 also has the advantage of having staterooms above and below you. The regular balcony cabins along the port and starboard sides are indeed pretty much the same. The prices vary because of their location, not size. Here's a closeup showing aft-facing cabins on the Jade. The woman in the center of the photo is standing on the balcony of 10668.
  9. I am not a fan of mushroom soup (or, frankly, of soup in general), but Le Bistro's mushroom soup was amazing. It was definitely a "must" for me on any NCL cruise. Sadly, though, it was a shadow of its former self when we were on the Gem in January 2020 (our last cruise before the pandemic), and I thought Le Bistro overall was no longer the special dining experience it once was. Who knows what things will even be like when NCL sails again.
  10. I received a similar email last Friday re our TA on the Silhouette in October 2022.
  11. Whatever the origin, it's important on an international board like CC to specify that "port out" means out from the UK. And, now, at least, whatever the term may have meant, it is a good way of remembering which side of the ship will have the sun on a transatlantic. Thus, a westbound fall transatlantic will have the sun on the port side. Whether that's the "best" side as the OP asked depends on whether you want the sun or not. 😉
  12. I just took a look at the itineraries, and I see your dilemma. Those shorter cruises on the Gem and Jewel are a far cry from what we did on the Jewel in 2017. Even better was our Gem cruise in Jan. 2020, 20 days from NY to San Francisco. I wish NCL had more itineraries like that. Have you thought about a different cruise line for the Canal? You are right about the planning and research being the only fun for now. Stay safe!
  13. FWIW, we've done two full transits of the Canal, the first on the Jewel and the second on the Gem, and they were wonderful cruises. (We love NCL's Jewel-class ships, they are a very comfortable size. No great interest in the mega-ships.) As for the old locks being "better" than the new, I think especially for a first transit, going through the original locks would be more interesting, and certainly more historic. In case this is of help to you, here's the full review (with photos) that I posted of our full transit on the NCL Jewel: Enjoy whatever you decide!
  14. Good luck. But if you go back and read through this thread, I think you'll see that it's not a browser issue.
  15. Our most recent experience in a non-Haven suite on the Gem was in January 2020, not long before ships stopped sailing. As of that time, yes, guests in non-Haven suites (and the Haven suites) could have breakfast and lunch in a dedicated dining venue as noted in comments above: Moderno for breakfast, and Cagney's for lunch. That breakfast is one of my favorite suite perks; it's so nice to start the day in such a pleasant, calm space. We are not big fans of the lunch, however, because the menu is too limited and too "heavy," and so we usually have lunch elsewhere (we love the Great Outdoors o
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