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  1. I usually book a studio and then wait until a week before to see if the price has dropped- sometimes if the ship isn't sold out you can pay the difference and upgrade to a balcony and even receive the 2nd promo.
  2. Hello, as I've done Eastern Caribbean/Bermuda/Florida/Nassau/Canada-New England NCL has a 9 day in May,2021 on the Breakaway that caught my attention as I have never been to the ABC islands - it also stops at Puerto Plata. Can people offer me a opinion of this route? Highlights and things you didn't care for as much. I'm asking as much because I am as enthralled that NCL is offering a 9 in May which I haven't seen much of and I'd like to go on the Breakaway again anyway. (Haven't been on in 2014). Any really good excursions, etc... museums? Thanks in advance
  3. I am very tempted when I go next time to wipe down my door, sink, closet handles etc.... I could see why I got sick on the Escape the first time- 3 or 4 hours of sleep everynight and 40 drinks for the week. However, the second time I was sleeping 6 to 7 hours (but did have weather changes, a hot NYC day before sailing, followed by a cold excursion from Bar Harbor (worth it)- Also, i had a few less drinks lol.
  4. I always bring those anti bacteria hand wipes and use them as well. However, my last 2 Escape cruises I did have problems on the last day- I don't know if that was from the ship itself or a combination of weather changes and not great sleep. The one night I did do a group dinner at a restaurant someone next to me was sneezing and that seemed to do me in the next day. I also bring tums, sore throat spray , pepto tablets (not that they are 100% effective) and a few other items .
  5. OP- did you currently have a promo with your studio? Was the balcony a sailaway rate vs. a normal one?- Do not fret yet- Check back 7-10 days before and see what a Balcony is for 1 person. On 3 times (last one being for the Escape last May)- I called 8 days before sailing an updated to a Balcony ( non sailaway) for $50 more and picked up a second promo. Note that this would work if there is still space on your sailing- so I would wait until around a week or so before.
  6. If you get unlmited go karts for the week- do you reserve that first thing and do you have to pick all the times you want to go?
  7. I agree- I liked the Maudro and 4 of them one night and have purchased them back here in NJ. I'm no expert but it seemed a little similar to the Milk Stout but not as thick.
  8. I would agree with you- fares have steadily increased with subsidizes some of the ships cost of the alcohol. Also, in doing the math- I paid $122 and $100 on the gratuity for the free drink package and even at 50 drinks on the first cruise (got drinks for other people I was with) and 30 drinks on the last cruise - they are still making money at an average cost of $3 or so per drink. They also make money off of the SDP's as well - even if not a gratuity plenty of people buy them as a non promo
  9. I typically am in line early and one of the first off the ship- usually around 7:45-8:15 and have always made a 9:00 bus from Port Authority just to give you an idea. But delays could happen and I would agree with the previous post about not booking earlier than 1:00 pm.
  10. I'll be on the NCL Encore 5/17/20- I had the Escape 5/18/19 of this year but had to postpone due to a ton of Billy Joel and Stones shows requiring days off! I am still considering Bliss to Alaska 8/18
  11. Hello, in 3 instances I called 7-10 days before and paid the difference as if it were a new booking. However, it did not work for a recent cruise that was already sold out. I would go on 7-10 days before and price out the non-sail away prices for a balcony . In May, I paid $70 more- $50 for the balcony difference and $20 as my UBP service fee increased from original booking. I then picked up 250 minutes in internet as a free second promo which I upgraded to unlimited for around $125 (probably due to using the UBP extensively the first 2 hours of the cruise!!)
  12. I hope the OP and others made it on. The free air fare doesn't sound all that great- from talking to people from east coast to Seattle for Alaska cruises it was a discount and not a free flight at all. I always arrive a day earlier if by bus and a day or two earlier when flying. Too much can go wrong the day of
  13. How did you like the Breakaway compared to Escape and The Bliss? Did any passengers get up on stage at Syd Normans as with other venues on the other ships? I did the Breakaway in '13 and '14 and am planning on returning next year for Canada/New England- did the Escape 2x last year. and have Encore next year.
  14. I did not hear great reviews on Snorkel Bay but it is close. However, in the dockyard I enjoy going to Fungolf and the Bermuda History Museum- they are both enjoyable. I also liked taking the ferry to St George- sometimes I like the ferry ride as much as the destination. - I used to just shut the phone off right when I get on board before it sails- in NY I heard there is around a few mile radius before you are charged roaming. *However, I had an Ipod so used that with my free wi fi package- i Ipod touch was basically a Iphone with out the phone.
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