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  1. I have only used the ship WiFi minutes for email and internet access. Can it be used for WiFi calling and texting too?
  2. We are on this cruise too. The prices have dropped in the last several weeks. The price for us to upgrade to a spa mini or the haven categories still available is less than the minimum bid price. Did you ask the NCL rep what the cost is to pay to upgrade to with a spa mini or spa balcony? Looks like there are many left in both categories, but the Haven spa suites are sold out. Come join the roll call.
  3. We really like the forward mini suites - category MB. Very quiet and not that far forward because the bridge is on that deck. We have stayed in 11002 on the Pearl and Jade and it is fine but is the most forward cabin next to the bridge and officer cabins. Only thing about 11502 is that you are right next to the bridge viewing room which gets a bit of hallway traffic on sea days. Since you are so far away, I imagine more MB cabins will become available and they are usually less $ than the midship MA category.
  4. On our 12 day Singapore to Hong Kong cruise in March, we had an active roll call, but no one mentioned Angkor Wat. I looked into it briefly but decided it wouldn't work for us plus we hadn't been to Bangkok before. Several people on our cruise did spend the night at a hotel in Bangkok. It is a 2-3 hour drive (depending on traffic) from the port to Bangkok. You could probably arrange a flight from Bangkok and a hotel in Siem Reap and Angkor Wat tickets, but I'd suggest rejoining the cruise in Sihanoukville to give you extra travel time. You won't miss anything by not seeing Sihanoukville and it would be a depressing let down after Siem Reap. Another thing you will need is a land based Cambodian visa. I wasn't clear whether you could do that as an electronic visa or not. I know you can get it directly from the Cambodian embassy in Long Beach, CA. The Cambodian visa NCL gets for you is $89 pp and is only good for the port of Sihanoukville - not the airports. You can also get that visa from the embassy instead of from NCL. The Asia ports of call forum was very helpful for us when looking for a tour operator in Koh Samui. https://boards.cruisecritic.com/forum/43-asia/
  5. Looks like the Rebel Yell has had an upgrade in vessels since Maria. Looks much larger (and nicer) than the one we were on 3 years ago.
  6. With a 7 year old, I would do the cruise and spend most of the hotel/land vacation in Maui. Waikiki is very busy - I love it but am not sure I would if I were 7. It is very easy to get around in Maui and lots to see and do. You will get a good taste of Kauai and the big island in the cruise.
  7. I am Platinum Plus and cruised in March with a first time NCL relative. Cruise Next rep let her join me for the officers dinner, but not the behind the scenes tour.
  8. Looking for car service suggestions and information. We will land at EWR at 6:45pm on Friday Nov. 8 and need to get to our hotel in Midtown Manhattan. Trains and buses won't work for my elderly mother and our luggage. Any idea how long it will take at the time on a Friday night? And what range would a car service fare be? Any recommendations in addition to Dial 7 or Carmel Limo? Or should I see what he hotel concierge can arrange for us? We will be going back to EWR from the Manhattan Cruise Terminal on Friday Nov. 15. Our flight to Burlington is at 3:00, but it sounds like we should get a car service to take us to EWR in the morning when we get off the ship. Any ideas on what time we should make the car service reservation?
  9. Looking for car service suggestions and information. We will land at EWR at 6:45pm on Friday Nov. 8 and need to get to our hotel in Midtown Manhattan. Trains and buses won't work for my elderly mother and our luggage. Any idea how long it will take at the time on a Friday night? And what range would a car service fare be? Any recommendations in addition to Dial 7 or Carmel Limo? Or should I see what he hotel concierge can arrange for us? We will be going back to EWR from the Manhattan Cruise Terminal on Friday Nov. 15. Our flight to Burlington is at 3:00, but it sounds like we should get a car service to take us to EWR in the morning when we get off the ship. Any ideas on what time we should make the car service reservation?
  10. Last time I called, I was first routed to my PCC. She picked up immediately and took care of my request.
  11. We can’t wait to sail out of New York soon! Agree about Venice and San Francisco at sunset being spectacular. So far, our #1 sailaway is Sydney.
  12. Looks like you have two threads. https://boards.cruisecritic.com/topic/2697576-escape-mini-suite-shower-question/
  13. You need a reservation and can book it onboard. We called NCL and booked it that way. Shows are at 7:30 and 10:00 on 2 of the sea days.
  14. In Moderno there is a self serve station and also at the Great Outdoors Buffett area. You can also have it delivered via room service at no charge in the morning.
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