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    Baltic - especially St Petersburg

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  1. I got the same email last week (we're on the Gem 9/13/19). It is legit. They are referenced on the NCL site also in the passport/visa section.
  2. This must be a special of some type. We booked in July 2018 for a 14 night cruise leaving in 2 weeks and we only get 4 dinners. I did just find this website that is offering what you questioned for certain cruises after Nov 2019. https://cruiseweb.com/norwegian-cruise-line-specials/
  3. Sometimes it just depends on how many of each category they have sold. If they have sold a higher percentage of MA than MB then there might be a bigger gap. For example if they have 50 MA and sold 40 MA vs having 50 MB and sold 10 MB, then the MA might be quite a bit more than MB since there is a larger demand. It's not always about the view/benefits of the cabin. Also you have to consider which is better for you on this ship. All the MA and MB on the Jade are on Deck 11 so you have either the pool area or buffet above 90% of these cabins so not always preferential due to noises. I'm in a 14 night MA on the Jade later this month and hoping I chose my cabin # well. Also, the big difference on price is not on all of these. For example, look at MA and MB for the Nov 28, 2019 Jade. They are both $3149 so no difference in price at all.
  4. Go to youtube and search for something like NCL Epic Mini Suite and you'll see a variety of short videos. Here's one for example https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YumFxM8kz9k
  5. Got on the ship the day the contractors got off after 2 week drydock- Nov 2, 2018 in Singapore. Here are a couple photos. The cabin photos are from our Penthouse Suite aft 9170. Everything looked so shiny and new. Even the bathtub glistened.p the same
  6. I've been asked by NCL booking agents if anyone traveling has allergies. Until now it was a no but now was diagnosed with a dairy allergy and things are definitely better if I stay away from it. What does NCL do with the information? Do the waiters have the info since they swiped your card upon entry? Do they have things like Lactaid milk and/or ice cream? This allergy thing is new to me. I just planned to stay away from certain foods but thought I'd see others experience with this.
  7. We get the basic card on each cruise. My husband orders Champagne or Prosecco and gets it free. I order a vodka martini and I get it free. I don't get choice of vodka but that is fine with me. Be friendly with the server in the casino and don't forget to tip them each time.
  8. It's been so long I almost forgot all the turmoil about whether this cruise was going to happen or not due to some cancels on earlier dates. It looks like NCL has filled in 4 of the last 6 missing days. That 4 day charter is about twice the price of what I am paying for the 14 day Transatlantic. Color me happy. Apr 1-12 RT Miami for Western Caribbean Apr 12-16 RT Miami for "Runaway to Paradise with Jon Bon Jovi" charter Apr 16-18 I cannot find any cruise listed but must be moving ship from Miami to NYC Apr 18-28 RT NYC for Bahamas & Bermuda Apr 28-May 12 NYC to Rome Transatlantic
  9. Here is where I got some info on the refurbishment. One item I read on another site (can't remember where) is that all the coffeemakers were going to be switched out too. I don't care the type of coffeemaker, just provide quality coffee is all I want. I really like the new color scheme. If I have one of those plastic trees in my cabin like in the past I may have to ask to have it removed. https://www.cruisemapper.com/wiki/767-cruise-ship-refurbishment-dry-dock-schedule
  10. Probably not worth it on the Jewel. We stayed in Aft Penthouse 10666 in 2013 for a Pacific Coastal cruise on the Jewel. We really enjoyed the larger cabin (normally get Balcony), the nice coffeemaker, breakfast in separate dining area (I think it was Cagneys at the time), reserved seating for the shows, etc. We saw very little of the butler since we assume he was mostly in the Haven area. That was fine as we have little needs. We still got all the snacks and things in the room. In 2017 we reserved a balcony and bid up and got a Haven Penthouse on the Getaway for a Baltic cruise. That was well worth the extra $ since that ship has a true Haven with their own dining room, bar, pool, jacuzzis, sauna, etc. It was extremely quiet even though it was full. We are back on the Jewel in a couple weeks in the Aft Penthouse out of Singapore on the first cruise after a 2 week drydock. On the list of drydock refurbishments is the "Penthouse Suite redecoration" so we expect a brand new cabin when we board (anything to get rid of those loud colors). The aft location is not my favorite as I prefer a mid/side view. I had the chance to bid on upgrade but not worth it to me on the Jewel. We'll try to keep the cabin in good shape for you since you'll be a couple weeks behind us. :)
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