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  1. Thanks for all the replies - really useful :) I'll bring a spare wallet to put my cruise card in. I wear a lanyard for work so don't want to wear one on holiday!
  2. I'm off on holiday next week to pick up Epic in Civitavecchia on 31st July. Some last minute questions: 1. As a UK passenger - is it just my passport and my ticket I need to board Epic? 2. I'm in a Studio cabin - what type of power sockets are there so I can make sure I have the correct adapters with me? 3. What do people use to carry their cruise card - do you get given anything or just put it in your pocket? 4. I see I need to print my luggage tags. Is it best to print these on card, and if I can't get them stapled in the hotel on the morning, is it possible to staple these at the terminal? 5. Anything else as a UK passenger / on Epic, that I need to remember to bring? Thanks πŸ™‚
  3. This will be my first cruise with NCL and have previously only been on cruises where you have to dress for dinner (i.e. always trousers with a casual shirt as a minimum). I need to plan what I'm taking and I can see from other threads on here that I can wear shorts in most restaurants and presumably a T-shirt with those are fine? What type of shoes can I wear - are trainers (sneakers) OK to wear? Le Bistro (any other restaurants on Epic?) needs long trousers - do these have to be smart trousers or are smart jeans OK? What type of shoes to go with these - do they have to be smart shoes or again are trainers (sneakers) acceptable? The fewer different types of shoes etc., the better as I'm travelling to/from the port by train so don't want to be carrying lots of clothing & shoes.
  4. Glad you have had a good time πŸ™‚ I'm doing this cruise in a few weeks' time so have a couple of questions about embarking/disembarking. 1. What time did you get on and how quick was it to get through the cruise terminal from arrival? 2. Do you know what time Self-Help people could get off from when you arrived back in Civitavecchia - i.e. those that can carry off their own luggage?
  5. NCL Customer Services have contacted me today to say that they have finally fixed the problem with booking speciality restaurants on Epic. I can now book online, so hopefully you can too πŸ™‚
  6. Thanks for the photos and information. It's great to have some idea of what I'm going on in a few weeks' time. Despite what I've read on some other websites/here, the food looks great πŸ™‚ Can't wait!
  7. Thank you for those who have provided constructive comments about this topic but I won't comment any more on this as it's obvious that some people relish in being able to put their opinion across on this forum. For the record as I seem to being made out as something I'm not, I've always tipped on previous cruises, just preferred to do this direct to specific people rather than pay a DSC to the company. I'll decide what to do for this cruise when I'm board as I've no prior experience to what NCL service is like. In future, I'll stick to the threads where I know there will be more supportive comments - I want to look forward to my holiday rather than be lambasted for anything I post.
  8. I'm sorry if one sentence in my post has caused offence but it would be good if people could post on here without being jumped on for something that they have written. As I was making a comparison between tipping in the US and UK, I was not stating that we do not tip in the UK, merely that there is more of a culture for this in the US, than in the UK. Tipping isn't so much part of our culture in the UK and there are also variations depending on the type of establishment and where you are in the UK. If I was eating out in the majority of restaurants in London for instance, I would expect to have a service charge added to my bill but this isn't the norm in other areas of the UK. As I can see on the website www.whototip.net there are more instances of where tipping is expected in the US than the UK. Perhaps this is one of the reasons why NCL don't charge gratuities for the UK market for the beverage package or the speciality restaurants as part of the Free at Sea promotion.
  9. This will be my first cruise with NCL and on another thread I've already said I'm considering opting out or reducing it. I appreciate all the ins and outs as to why you should pay it, etc. but for me it comes down to cost and how much I can afford - I'm already in the cheapest cabin I can get. I know there is more of a tipping culture in the US and not in the UK which is why I'm not used to it but having compared the cost on the US and the UK websites, in the UK we are paying more for the cruise to start off with compared with US passengers. For example, for the cruise I'm on in Europe, if I booked an interior cabin for 2, inclusive of taxes it's $1837.26 on the US website which is Β£1448.39, but if I book the same cruise and cabin on the UK website it's Β£1658.00.
  10. Hi - trying to work out when to book restaurants and shows for. On Epic, how long do the shows, Priscilla and Burn the Floor last for?
  11. I'm also new to NCL and on the Epic and have been waiting for weeks for them to fix the online booking system. I've been in contact with NCL Customer Service and there are tables still available for all speciality restaurants on my cruise (sail 31st July) - just limited as to time on particular days. If you want to book before you go, just phone Customer Service or email them with what you want and I'm sure they will sort this for you.
  12. Thanks very much for the replies - my only gripes with the daily service charge is the cost of it, as it's quite expensive compared with other cruise lines, made worse by the Dollar/Pound sterling exchange rate; and that it just goes to the company. My usual cruise line in the UK doesn't have tipping and has now got rid of the service charge completely, absorbing it into the cost of the cruise. Glad they have frozen margaritas and decaff tea. I've wanted to book the restaurants online (so I can see the times/days available) but the system won't let me. UK Customer Services has tried to help but they can't get it to work either. So will have to work out what I want to do and when, and then try and do it over the phone.
  13. Is this something that is popular in the US, as I've never heard of it in the UK? Thanks for the other replies. What is Moderno Churrascaria like, and what about Teppanyaki, or is the latter more style over substance? I probably won't do La Cucina as I'm spending some time in Italian cities both before and after the cruise. Sunbathing - I don't do so much. Are there any shaded areas outside - like what you would have on a promenade deck?
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