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  1. On our 15 Day Epic Transatlantic Cruise from Port Canaveral to Barcelona this past spring, NCL had 4 separate Latitude Parties, starting with the Gold Members on up. The last Latitude Party was for Platinum, Platinum Plus, and Ambassador Members, and it was packed. Not a vacant seat available, with standing room only for the late arrivals. NCL announced during the party that Platinum Members and above, would each be receiving 2 free laundry bags. That came sure came in handy!
  2. You need to think about buying 2 Cruise Next Certificates while on your NCL Cruise. You can buy 2 certificates for $250, and they are worth $500 toward future cruises. (Don't take the OBC.) They expire 4 years from date of purchase. Normally one certificate (worth $250) can be used for booking a 6 day or longer cruise that is 6 months or more out, for an inside cabin or ocean view cabin. You can use 2 (worth $500) certificates for a balcony cabin or above, with the same conditions. Right now NCL is running a Cruise Next Double Up Offer from August 1-31, 2019, where you can apply 2 certificates for any category. You need to talk to the Cruise Next People while onboard. They will be able to help you. If you book your next cruise with them while onboard, they will usually give you a free 1 level cabin up grade. You could sell one of your certificates to the family going with you, or buy extras for them. The certificates can only be purchased while onboard.
  3. On NCL cruises of 15 days or longer, Platinum Members and above get 2 free bags of laundry.
  4. Danish Viking, I messed up again. I meant to put CPH, the abbreviation for the Copenhagen Airport, arriving Terminal 3 at approximately 13:05 pm. We should be easily be able to follow the your detailed instructions from Airport to Hotel, and Hotel to the Cruise Terminal. Thank you very much.
  5. Danish Viking, I am sorry for not answering your question sooner. Just got back home from spending a week in Louisiana at the Casinos. We arrive in Copenhagen Airport on Oct.17, 2019 around 13:05 pm. Will be spending 3 nights at the Hotel Kong Fredrik. Our Transatlantic Cruise on the NCL Getaway leaves on Oct. 20, 2019. Looking for transportation options (train / buses / taxis) from CPR to Hotel Kong Fredrik, and from Hotel Kong Fredrik to the Copenhagen Ocean Quay Terminal 1+2. The approximate distances from the drop off points for the train / bus to the Hotel and from the Hotel to the cruise ship, would be greatly appreciated. If it is too far for us to walk, we will settle for using a taxi from CPR to Hotel, and Hotel to the Cruise Terminal. Thank you for your help.
  6. Hello Danish Viking! I just read through the 15 pages here looking for information, to get from the Copenhagen Airport to First Hotel Kong Fredrik. I thought someone may have already asked, but didn't see anything. We would prefer using the train, if we could just got on the train at the Airport and off at a train station close to the Hotel. An estimate of the walking distance from the train station to the Hotel would be very helpful, too. Also, is there any chance of getting a bus from around the Hotel Kong Fredrik area straight to Copenhagen Ocean Quay cruise dock? We can always use a taxi either time - if it is too complicated. Thank you for your help!
  7. Getaway 19 Day Transatlantic coming up 10/20 to 11/08 from Copenhagen to New Orleans. Embark at Copenhagen, Denmark and supposed to stop at Rotterdam, Netherlands; South Hampton, (London) Great Britain; Le Havre, (Paris) France; Portland, (England) Great Britain; Cork (Cobh), Ireland; Ponta Delgada (Azores) Portugal; Royal Naval Dockyard, (Kings Wharf) Bermuda; Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas; Miami, Florida; and disembark in New Orleans Louisiana. Hope we make all the Ports.
  8. Not sure the Specialty Dining Restaurants share in the standard gratuities collected by NCL. If you enjoyed the meal and service at the 2 Free Platinum Dinners, it would be nice to leave a tip. It is totally up to you. We do for the 2 Platinum Dinners. But on the Specialty Dining Package Meals, NCL adds a 20% gratuities charge on to them. So, we feel an extra tip is not required there.
  9. We were recently on the Epic Transatlantic from Port Canaveral to Barcelona, and were in the Haven. The Haven key cards do get you priority service, as long as no one else has punched another deck, before you insert your key card. It only worked on the 2 outside set of the front 4 starboard elevators, and not on the middle 2 elevators in that bank of 4. There is a slot at the bottom below the deck numbers. Put your card in and press the deck you want to go to. You will see Priority Service scroll across the top screen, and elevator goes directly to deck you selected. You could get on one of these 2 special elevators and get priority service, as long as another deck had not already been punched in. It does not work on any of the other 3 elevator banks, though. Also, the Assistant Concierge was on the lower Haven floor on port days, and kept one of these special elevators locked out to transport Haven Guests down, for 1 hour after the Captain's announcement you were able to go ashore. That was a nice perk.
  10. You might check tour excursions through Robert's Hawaii. They have a page to put your cruise ship and dates sailing, and it shows what they offer at each port. Roberts Hawaii Tours are very similar to the NCL cruise ship yours, only cheaper. (They used to do the NCL ship tours years ago, but had a disagreement.) The more tours booked through Roberts the cheaper the price. We were well satisfied with them. Even did a Pearl Harbor / City Tour after disembarking cruise ship, and got dropped off at our hotel late that afternoon, before they took the others to the air port.
  11. After booking a cruise directly with Norwegian Cruise Lines, you have 30 days to transfer your booking to another Travel Agency. Contact several different Travel Agents, to see if they can add anything extra on to your NCL deal. You may be surprised, because most will be able to sweeten your deal. We have done this several times. NCL will usually be unable to match their better offer. It has to be done within 30 days of the original booking, with NCL though.
  12. We were on the NCL Spirit in August 2018, on a 11 night Mediterranean & Adriatic Cruise. I don't remember going through customs, when disembarking at the Port Of Civitavecchia. We did have to go through customs / immigration at the FCO Airport flying in and flying out of Rome. We rode the port shuttle to the cruise ship from Hotel. Noticed several private vehicles dropping off passengers outside the NCL cruise terminal, where the port shuttle also dropped us off. A short walk to enter the cruise terminal. So, I assume they would also picking up passengers there after the cruise. We rode the port shuttle back to Hotel to store our bags for the day. You might ask the car service to be sure.
  13. I would recommend Civitavecchia Cab Service. We took CCS from FCO to Rome City Center Hotel for a 2 night stay, from Rome CCH to Civitavecchia Port Hotel for 1 night stay, and walked across street the next day to catch the shuttle bus to ship. (I think CCS would take you directly to where you check in at your pier.) Then after our cruise we caught shuttle back drop off point across street, from the original Hotel stayed in at Civitavecchia Port. Hotel Traghetto keep our luggage, and we spent all day in the port. Arranged for CCS to pick us up at hotel later that evening and take us to FCO. A whole lot better than spending all day at FCO. We had 3 different trips with CCS and were well satisfied with all of them. On time, courteous, friendly, helpful, English Speaking, etc. We did the private service Mercedes for 2. (119 Euros for 2 of us to FCO.) Didn't want to be waiting around for another group on any of the 3 shuttles. You can go to their site, put your information in, and they will give you a price. Reasonable and highly recommended when I searched. Boarded the port shuttle at 10 am and waited about 30 minutes in the NCL check in area. We were in a suite and got to board around 10:30. It was crowded with quite a few ships boarding at the port. I think NCL says not to be earlier than 1 hour, before your assigned boarding time.
  14. Sailed on the Dawn out of New Orleans on 02/26/17, the Sunday before Mardi Gras Tuesday. Suggest trying to find a hotel close by the cruise terminal - if there are any left. The city closes most of the streets in the downtown area that Sunday for the parades. There will be a couple main routes left open to get to the cruise port that morning, but it will be slow and you will encounter a lot of traffic. The taxis had problems like every one else. Talked to cruisers that flew in that Sunday morning, and weren't able to get to the port in time. They fortunately had insurance, and were able to get onboard at the first port.
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