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  1. We’re talking about different areas. Both the Pearl and Jewel have a Haven-only sundeck on 15 port side. The Haven is wonderful on both ships! If you can get an upgrade, you won’t regret it. Have a great trip!
  2. You’re right. We are thinking about different decks. Both the Pearl and the Jewel have the Haven-only sun deck on 15/port side that you’re thinking of. I thought you were talking about portion of the deck on 15 that was unique to the Jewel when I read your comment the first time. Until recently, the Jewel had an extra enclosed space on deck 15 above the front portion of the Garden Villas where the Deluxe Owner’s Suites are on the Pearl. It overlooked the main pool area and was open to all Haven suites. On both sides of this area were additional outdoor decks for the garden villas. So both garden villas had private outdoor space that overlooked the main pool area. The Jewel was retrofitted recently to add the Deluxe Owner’s Suites, so now the Haven more closely mirrors the Pearl.
  3. They have removed this to add deluxe owner's suites on the Jewel, so the Jewel is now like the Pearl. Major bummer for the Garden Villa, which lost its outdoor area overlooking the main pool area.
  4. The pool is (was?) an endless pool when I was in it last. Hard to say if that aspect is still functional, but you could turn the jets on and swim laps. I did that a couple times when there was no one else in the pool.
  5. The Pearl does not have a Haven restaurant or bar. Breakfast and lunch are instead provided in Cagneys/Moderno. The Haven pool area is wonderful. We usually pile as many guests into a Haven cabin as we can, so it's really nice to be able to relax/wait in the Haven pool area while our cabin mates are napping/getting ready. We've tried non-Haven with two guests each in mini-suites, and hands down would much rather cram into a Haven cabin.
  6. Not entirely true. Haven Garden Villa, Haven Owner's Suites, and Haven Deluxe Owner's Suites include bottled alcohol. GV gets 6 bottles, and OS/DOS get 3 bottles each.
  7. @Nolanoel Would certainly be hard to top the GV for a first cruise! My step-daughter has only been on one cruise, and we sailed in adjoining mini-suites. (Her and my sister shared a cabin that adjoined my husband and I's cabin. So our Alaska GV cruise will be only her second cruise. We've showed her videos and she's starting to get excited. As for staff in the GV, it was still very private. I think the concierge and butler get that you're going to be spending more time in the suite and were respectful of that. But they'll also check on you there semi-regularly, and even if you don't ask for anything, they'll find something that you need. Like the night we were playing cards, we told the butler that we were good and he came back with pretzels and other bar snacks for us. Was a nice touch. There's also staff assigned to the hot tub to check and clean it periodically. Butler and/or room steward would also check on sodas, waters, juices, and ice that we had in the room. It was a Caribbean cruise so we were doing a fair amount of drinking! We also had the steam room and security incident with the guys, so that also increased the amount of staff in and out of the GV.
  8. It really depends on the concierge. When we sailed in the GV, we had 8 guests in the GV, 5 guests in a 2-bedroom suite, and 4 guests in an inside cabin. Our concierge set-up dinner for the 17 of us to have at Teppanyaki. He comp'd the cover for the 8 guests staying in the GV and the costs of sodas/juices for all 17 guests. That was our dinner instead of with the hotel manager or other officers, which was fine. We had a great time having both grills for our entire group. Our concierge also gave us a tour of the bridge. We weren't sure if his invitation was for the 8 guests staying in the GV or all 17 guests, so only the 8 guests that wanted to go the most went. When we meet the concierge, he said that his invitation was for the entire group but it was too late by then. Because our group was split between Haven and non-Haven cabins, we were reminded the first day that the non-Haven guests could not use the Haven Courtyard area or have meals in Cagneys/Moderno, which we knew going in. (The guests in the inside cabin where my brother's single guy friends who booked the cruise at the last minute.) The concierge did allow the four guys in the inside cabin to disembark in ports with us. He certainly wasn't required to do that, but we appreciated that he did. I think it helped that the bulk of our group were staying in the Haven. (Side note, security did get to know the guys about half way thru the cruise. Another guy on the ship wanted to start a fight with one of them, but they all walked away instead of throwing a punch back. Security camera footage and crew-member interviews confirmed that none of the guys provoked or fought back, which they said was one of the first times they've ever seen that. Either the head of security or the captain later came up to the GV with the concierge to commend the guys on how well they handled the situation. They seemed really surprised at how it ended up being only one-sided. Typically, both people will be kicked off the ship.) As for the butler, I can't remember his name, but we really liked him. He was personable and shared stories from other cruises with us. He also seemed to appreciate that we were a very laid back group and not what he was typically use to in the GV. He was anticipating another rough week after us. It was either the size of the group (very small) and/or known prior guests. I got the impression that he much enjoys larger groups to smaller groups. And I get it. A big group pooling resources to do something so amazing and otherwise inaccessible is going to have an entirely different dynamic. That cruise was in 2014, and we haven't been able to figure out a way to make it work again since then. Certainly have tried, but with the pricing increases and the free-for-all packages, it just hasn't worked out. A year ago, we began planning an Alaskian cruise on the NCL Jewel for 2020. Booked two 2-bedroom Haven suites for 8 guests, hoping that we could upgrade one to the GV with the bid process. Well, when the 20% latitudes sale was announced, we re-evaluated everything and decided to do a GV instead of the two 2-bedrooms! Also pushed the cruise back two weeks so that we're starbooard on the Northbound route. Already planning on having breakfast and lunch brought into the cabin on the day we're in Glacier Bay National Park! Should be incredible being able to be in the hot tub as we watch glaciers go by. (In case you're wondering about the 7th & 8th guests, there is a couch in the master bedroom that flips 180-degrees into a twin bed. There is also a chair that folds out into a twin bedroom in the third bedroom. So 8 guests doesn't work well when it's all adult couples.) One thing to get use to is that staff will be in and out of the common areas of the GV frequently, such as the concierge checking on your there. But, only the room steward will go into the bedroom areas. Even had a bunch of officers storm the GV one afternoon because the steam room set off the fire alarm. So, bottom line, enjoy it! Try not to have expectations about what the butler/concierge will offer/do because it can vary SOOOO much. It'll be an incredible experience regardless!
  9. As long as it's a Haven-specific cruise next voucher, you can use it on the Garden Villa for the entire deposit. They're $500 a piece. I once got into a disagreement with the cruise consultant because she kept trying to down-sell my father to the standard cruise next vouchers. Thankfully, her manager overheard and confirmed her that I was correct. 🙂 You need to specifically ask for the more expensive cruise next option.
  10. Because it’s after final payment, there may be nothing your TA can do. It’d be nice if he or she at least communicated that though, instead of leaving you wondering.
  11. Was the sale after final payment? That may be part of it. After final payment, it’s like airline pricing. They discount to help sell empty cabins.
  12. Does anyone have a current or semi-current photo of the free alcohol options for the GV/OS/DOS? I'm asking about the 3/6 bottles, not the beverage package alcohol. TIA!
  13. Only time I've noticed a service difference with the Garden Villa ("GV"). Butler and concierge went way above and beyond for the GV. Butler would see us playing card games in the room and would bring up snacks. He had a rough week the week before us with the band Kiss staying in the same room, so he really seemed to enjoy how laid back we were. I have previously stayed in Haven 2-Bedroom Suites (x2), Haven Owner's Suite, and Haven Aft-Penthouse.
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