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  1. My wife and I will be platinum for the first time on our next cruise. On an upcoming cruise my wife and I will each have 3 premium meals + 2 "dinner for two" certificates. Our 2 young children travel with us. Everything I read about these certificates say "dinner for two" with no mention of who the guests are. If possible, I would love to use the "dinner for two" certificates for our children while my wife and I each use 1 of our dinning package meals.
  2. We'll be dropped off by family with the car seats. The car seats can either remain in the car or come with us. I'm going to call NCL on Monday to get their opinion. On a previous call they stated the kids will sit on our lap for excursions though it was a rather off hand comment so I'll verify. We have a family mini-suite and the cruise line said they'll provide 2 pack 'n plays. I do worry about the lack of space but we'll make do somehow. Great response, thank you! We have thought about much of this and so much more. I've actually considered the oxygen masks as well. We're flying Southwest and are planning as if we will be required to both sit in aisle seats across from each other. They already have their lap tickets from Southwest. Luggage will be tough but we'll limit it as much as possible. We're not bringing a bulky stroller and if we don't bring car seats that helps too. (We have 2 cheap umbrella strollers for the ship) It'll take a couple trips to move it all regardless. Our carriers are 360 degrees and can be front or back. We usually set them up on the front side. They're the Ergobaby 360 carrier which are very comfortable. We use them on hikes often. This is the first time flying with kids but they usually call for families to board early. That should help. I think I ready families board after the "A" group with Southwest. And Southwest gives you 2 free checked bags so we'll check most of the luggage. For the ship, we're only Gold status, so no priority boarding there but our luggage will have already been checked so it'll be easy enough. I haven't heard of any NCL nursery options. We do have a 3rd person with us who may occasionally take the kids for an hour while we go to the dinning room. But for the most part we'll bring them with us everywhere. We'll make it the best we can. I believe we may go this route. It leaves me feeling uneasy but it is likely unnecessary to have them with us.
  3. It is a topic to take seriously. However, I also realize I may end up bringing car seats that I cannot possible use even once. I know some non NCL excursions use vans that have seat belts but from my experience NCL usually uses buses. But that is why I'm posting here for those that have children and have found other use cases I'm not considering. Even in the event of an emergency it seems unlikely that we would either have the car seats with us or that they would be necessary if we were on the ship. We are bringing 2 infant chest carriers but I've also read that these are dangerous in buses/planes/cars as you may end up using your baby as an airbag.
  4. My wife and I are bringing our 9 month old twins on an NCL Caribbean cruise. When will we actually be able to use the car seats? Drive from home to airport with car seat. They will sit on our laps for our flight. Cruise line coach from hotel to port (Pretty sure no seat belts and thus no car seats right?) Our excursions are all thought NCL for this trip. The kids were free for all of our excursions. Will we ever be able to use a car seat or does this mean they must be on laps? (Since they were free) No plans to take taxi cabs anywhere but I'm sure we would be looking at lap use as well if we did. Port to airport will be through the cruise line again after an excursion. I'm wondering if we will ever need the car seats other than from our home to the airport. Am I missing an obvious reason to bring them?
  5. We booked a hotel through NCL for a surprisingly bargain rate at the Marriott Orlando Airport hotel. This included transfer vouchers for the 4 of us from the hotel to the port. I see the transfer vouchers in our edocs but there's no listed time. Is it assigned later? If there are multiple busses, how can we ensure we are on the first bus? Do we need to call ahead to schedule the time? Another random question, is there any way to add the hotel stay to my Marriott account? My guess is no as the voucher makes it seem like the hotel doesn't have our info yet. Thanks!
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