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  1. Nice review, thank you. We were there nearly one year earlier to the day! I would agree with your assessment. Nothing flashy or exciting, just a nice relaxing day on the beach. Clean facilities, great service, drinks were good and the "snacks" were just that. I would recommend it to others and probably do it again. But i like to explore and try different things. I have my eye on Little French Key and will be searching for feedback on these boards.
  2. Looks like I’m traveling back in time to 2009. Taking the positive POV, we tend to spend little time in the room, but will hope for a decent mattress 😉. I’ll focus on and appreciate the updated pool area with Lime & Coconut, Portside BBQ, Music Hall, and Spotlight Karaoke. Then enjoy the common things with Symphony that didn’t exist when I was on Oasis the first time. Its a cruise. How bad can it be? 😜
  3. Just booked Big O for April 2021. Between the new updates and pricing, we went this route rather than Symphony. For those who have sailed post “Amplification”, what are your thoughts? It appears much effort and money were invested in public areas, but I’m curious if/what was done to the staterooms. Thanks for your inputs.
  4. We did this with a large group last February. Was worth the money and we were all very satisfied. I don’t recall the price, but I do recall it being very reasonable for unlimited drinks and snacks, plus transportation. Service was great. At one point they were standing at waters edge holding a new drink as we walked out of the water. Nice, clean facilities. Beach was nice. Not overwhelming, but perfect for a relaxing day in the sun. Go for it.
  5. I spoke to a very helpful NCL rep today as well. We’re planning a Med cruise from Rome. My concern was flight schedule and arriving the same day. When I inquired about arriving 1-2 days early, he informed of a flight deviation option, costing $25 p/p. And no requirement to use a NCL assigned hotel. Also deleted the arrival transfer costs. Very satisfied with the outcome.
  6. In these situations where you are traveling overnight, any idea if NCL arrangements account for or force the need for hotel? I can't imagine the stress of a flight schedule that arrives the same morning/day as cruise departure. Some sort of buffer would be nice. Not to mention if you wanted to fly in a couple days earlier to see the city.
  7. Would earlier in the season be advisable? Perhaps late May / early June to beat the summer rush and school kids?
  8. Ouch!!! Best of luck to you. I'm sure they will make good. Happy sailing where ever and whenever that may be.
  9. I received my cancellation Email and refund confirmation yesterday. A whopping $50 back to my credit card! Very disappointed this happened. Was looking forward to trying NCL for the first time. Not a good start.
  10. I’m new to NCL and all the discussion about recent changes to their drink packages has me wondering what is included with my “free perk”. The way I’m reading this is.... “Premium Beverage Package” (formally called Ultimate Beverage Package) covers all drinks $15 or less. “Premium Beverage Package PLUS” covers all drinks, regardless of price. When I look at my booking, it reads “Adult Beverage Package - Promo”. What is this and what does this cover? I thought I was getting the UBP, but now worried about a bait & switch promo scam. Anyone know what the difference is between UBP and Adult BP? This is from my booking...
  11. Prices jump around all the time. Keep watching your planner and purchase when it goes down. If it drops after you purchase, cancel and reorder at lower price without penalty. I got the 3 night pkg for $72 on my recent Allure sailing. Keep watching. It pays off.
  12. Agreed. Made a typically boring show entertaining. Beware, many laughs are at audience members expense 😁.
  13. We did the 10 - 2 time slot. Worked well. Enough time in the sun, then some free time back on board. Was a short 15 minute bus ride. Meeting on the pier was a bit chaotic. Signage was fine, but weaving thru the pier area and getting to the bus was crowded. Stick together and watch the leader. Nice beach club.
  14. Sorry, I can’t confirm valet service. With my own confusion over departure, I might have missed the offer. I can confirm Royal offers transfers to the airport at $16.00 p/p. Several in our party used this, but they self carried off the ship.
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