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  1. The chart on the BBC is misleading as it shows development of a vaccine prior to this time period as well as not in a pandemic era situation with thousands of people dying on a daily basis. Additionally, it is very common in the industry for the FDA to give companies permission to skip Phase II for their drugs if the indication is high priority. In this case, since COVID is killing a high number of people world-wide so running Phase II concurrently with Phase I and III while still testing it on thousands of patients would be similar to skipping Phase II entirely. Also,
  2. I FINALLY got my refund for the gratuities, dining package, and beverage package on August 18th. YAY! Maybe you'll be next if it hasn't happened already...?
  3. Still no refund yet. It's been a long time to wait. Like you, I'm pleased they are pushing forward the larger refunds, but I am wondering why they haven't done ours yet. I am a loyal cruiser to NCL and am planning on taking another cruise with them once things get more back to normal (hence taking the FCC), but it does make me wonder if I should have just taken the entire refund at this point.
  4. I'm in the same boat as you. I requested cancellation of my dining/beverage package and pre-paid gratuities on March 9th, and still have not received a refund. The cruise ended up being cancelled, so the rest went to FCC, but I'm still missing the difference. Unlike you, I have not given them a call yet, so I may do that and see if it makes a difference - it looks like it may have for you since you did end up getting the refund! Thanks!
  5. Just got off with NCL after cancelling the add-ons. It is confusing cause it does require you to give the beverage package and specialty dining up as perks if you remove the gratuities - you do need to pay the gratuities to have the perk. Sure, you could call to have them reinstated (theoretically), but something to keep in mind if you're not sure you're going to cancel yet. A bit of an eye-opener, that's for sure!
  6. So if we keep the specialty dining and beverage package gratuities, they would get rolled up into the FCC. Would we then be able to use the FCC for the specialty dining and beverage package gratuities for a new cruise? Can we still do the cancellations for refund tomorrow since we can't do the cancel/convert to FCC until March 11th?
  7. Another vote for the Baths at Virgin Gorda. Really needs to be seen at least once in your life imho. It was breathtaking.
  8. You recommend not to eat lunch in Margaritaville, but we were thinking about doing that if they offered it, especially since we'll be doing at 14 day TA in April. We figured 14 days is plenty of time to eat lunch in the Haven, but eating in Margaritaville on Day 1 could get us in there for free since there's normally a charge. I'm curious to know why - is Margaritaville really that bad?
  9. I'm interested in this as well. I've never done NCL laundry on a cruise, but I plan to on my next. Like the OP, I'm allergic to fragrances in detergent and other things and have very sensitive skin in general. I've been on a number of NCL cruises, and for some reason about halfway through each cruise I tend to come down with a weird skin rash. It tends to go away quickly once I return home. I always wondered if it was because of the type of laundry detergent they use or something else?
  10. I agree with what a lot of people have posted here, but food is always subjective. Here are our thoughts for specialty restaurants. Our favorites are Le Bistro and Teppanyaki. Le Bistro's Mushroom soup as everyone says is the winner, along with the filet entree. The filet from Teppanyaki I think is nice as well, and I also like the "Wasabi" cocktail from here if you drink. We also enjoy La Cucina and Moderno, but we'd say those are more "second tier" and can have foods that are hit-or-miss. The burrata at La Cucina was quite nice, but some of the pasta wasn't too s
  11. Can you clarify what you mean about NCL changing cabin classifications in 2020? This is the first I've heard of it.
  12. May I ask what your top 5 specialty restaurants were on the Escape, in order? Thanks in advance!
  13. Our Escape Transatlantic next year doesn't qualify. Bummer. Could switch to the same itinerary on the Getaway for a price drop, but then I'd have to take 2 extra vacation days. Not sure that'd be worth it.
  14. So I guess the only thing I can say is we are also foodies (not gourmets, an important distinction) and reiterate we felt Marcus' was definitely worth it. I was aware of Marcus Samuelsson's reputation prior to eating there, which is why we went to the restaurant in the first place. We went for lunch, and the prices were comparable to similar establishments and it ended up being the best food we had in Bermuda. I don't remember if there is sales tax at the restaurants in Bermuda, unfortunately.
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