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  1. We just added two CruiseNext certificates to an existing reservation a few weeks ago. So, it is happening "for a limited time" now. https://www.ncl.com/cruisenext
  2. We are the opposite in that we really disliked the food on Royal and very much enjoy the food on NCL (as well as Carnival). To each their own. And yeah, food is subjective.
  3. Contrary to what many on here say, there is a possibility that reservations at a restaurant or two may be sold out and will be the entire sailing, no matter what time you want to eat. We booked the Getaway 44 days out in 2018 and were able to reserve La Cucina, but that was it. (This was a late October sailing.) After reading on here that there's only certain percentage of reservations that can be booked ahead, I figured we'd be fine booking onboard. The day we boarded, we tried to do that first thing for Cagney's (after getting Vibe passes) and it was sold out. We didn't care what time or day of the week we ate there either. We checked multiple times throughout the cruise and Cagney's was sold out the entire time. May have been an anomaly, but the way it's explained on here is not always the case, so something to be aware of if you have your heart set on a particular restaurant. We did end up going to La Cucina twice and had a fantastic experience and wonderful service the second time (and a good experience our first visit that cruise), so all was not lost. 🙂 Enjoy your cruise!
  4. Because final payment has passed, I do believe you loose the Cruise Next deposit. Someone else could probably confirm. More importantly, I wanted to say how awesome it is that your husband is getting a kidney. Wishing you both the best!
  5. I have family on that cruise. They arrived into Costa Rica tonight at 6 p.m. instead of tomorrow morning and are docked there for the night.
  6. If you are staying at the Hilton Airport at Blue Lagoon, there is no grocery store within walking distance, though there may be a liquor store. (I know you you didn't ask about walking distance, but sometimes, especially after a long flight, people like to get out and walk.) We have stayed there and the Homewood Suites a few times in the last two years and it's isolated in the sense that those, along with one or two other hotels, are about the only thing around. The idea of buying a bottle from the hotel bar is a good one, though you may be paying comparable prices to the ship. We have flown with champagne a number of times, however - including back to the U.S. from the U.K. a few months ago (I'm pregnant and couldn't drink it, but our hotel sent it to us for our anniversary, and we'll have it after our baby arrives). Wrapped carefully in towels/bubble wrap/a plastic bag and placed in checked luggage surrounded by clothing...no issues each and every time we've flown with it. So, I think you would be fine. (It never dawned on us as something we'd need to declare in the U.S., and we were not asked, but something to look into.) Happy early anniversary!
  7. It's a 16-day Panama Canal cruise from LA to Miami. I have family on the same cruise.
  8. Thanks for your review! The same happened to us on the Getaway in 2018. We booked 44 days out, so restaurant selection was limited and I took what was available. Tried to change to Cagney's the day we embarked, thinking of what I'd read here that said NCL holds a percentage of restaurant reservations, and it was sold out all week. This was a late October sailing, so not as busy as holiday or summer sailings. Will be on the Breakaway in 2021, and have been reading some less-than-stellar reviews, so thanks for providing a balanced one!
  9. On the confirmation PDF that NCL sends, there are a bunch of codes in the upper right corner. I believe the extra Latitudes points code is LATVIP, so if that's there, you'll get the double points. (And someone will correct me if I'm wrong on the code that gives you the points. 🙂 )
  10. Enjoying your review! We LOVE Garrett Popcorn. Get that cheesy, caramel-y Chicago Mix every time!
  11. From a few years ago, I think we were on the Escape with the drink package but brought along a couple bottles of our favorite sparkling wine and didn't drink one. On the last night, we just took the unopened bottle to Guest Services and said we'd paid the corkage (they saw the sticker that NCL attaches), and there was a $15 credit to our onboard account the morning we disembarked.
  12. Highly recommend downloading Delta's app. That way, you can know which gate you need to be at before deplaning from your first flight. And yes, an hour is enough time to get from one gate to another in ATL, even if you need to switch terminals. The underground train runs frequently from terminal to terminal.
  13. If the site said "Prices FROM $170," it doesn't mean that the night you're staying is $170. It could be $300. Hotel rates vary, so it could just be that the night you need is on the higher end. Or, as others have mentioned, it could be the per person rate that NCL charges for hotel stays.
  14. With cruising, when you're past final payment, it's considered a cancellation because NCL now has to sell that room for that itinerary. Unless you're willing to take the 50% penalty then pay whatever the rate is to move to a different ship or sailing, there's really nothing you can do except wait for reviews and learn about the things you think you'll enjoy about the ship. We are not into race tracks or ropes courses, but still manage to find lots to do on a cruise ship. Hope it all works out for you, OP, and that you have an enjoyable cruise!
  15. I'm female, so I use a wristlet for the entire cruise. I leave my purse in the room and lock my wallet, passports, etc. in the safe. The wristlet is small, and I can also put my phone and ID in there. Fits easily in the beach bag I use in ports. This is what I use: https://www.verabradley.com/us/product/Iconic-RFID-Front-Zip-Wristlet/22899-22899N13?cm_mmc=pla-_-gs-_-180201-_-shopping-accessories&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIxd22tt7O5AIVB4TICh1HygWhEAQYBCABEgLHIfD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds
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