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    Houston, TX
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    NCL, Holland America
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Bermuda and Funchal, Madeira

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  1. Good for Key West. I'll admit, I never saw the point of spending over $1000 for a cruise that stops in Florida, of all places. When I lived in Florida, I always told people, "I live in Florida, why in God's name would I spend money to take a cruise that stops here? The whole point of taking a cruise is to get away!" But, that's also why I've never taken a New England cruise or a California coast cruise. I've never really seen the point, since I take cruises to visit locations to which I can't drive (Alaska, Europe, Caribbean, etc.).
  2. I agree! I've sailed in the same deck 5 corner aft Neptune Suite (5190) twice to Alaska on the Oosterdam. The deep, covered balcony is fantastic! I just booked a transatlantic from Barcelona to Ft. Lauderdale for next year in a deck 5 aft balcony (5189) on the Westerdam. I had been waivering on booking the cruise, but when I saw that one of the deck 5 aft balcony staterooms was available, I had to jump on it. It's perfect for cold or potentially cool weather.
  3. Yeah, the cabin I wound up getting is an west-facing balcony on the 5th level, 5189. On the Oosterdam, which has the same layout as this ship, I had the suite that's directly next to it, and the balcony is about 15 feet deep and completely covered. I'm absolutely looking forward to it! With booking through Big Box, I not only get $75 shipboard credit with the FCD, I get a $310 store card.
  4. Actually, I was disappointed in the HAL rep I spoke to when I called to get more info. She was pretty clueless about the product and disinterested in selling the cruise and I had to pry information out of her.
  5. Okay, so after research and calling HAL, the prices for the apples-to-apples comparison is the same as booking through HAL, EXCEPT for the store card, which is worth $310 for the room I'm wanting. Now I have to decide whether it's worth booking a balcony or not.
  6. When I was pricing out the ones on the BigBoxCo website, it clearly indicated that the less expensive option had fewer perks and a nonrefundable deposit. But even with the more expensive option with perks, packages, and refundable deposit, the price was comparable or cheaper than the price on the HAL website that didn't seem to come with any perks at all. (Or at least, they weren't indicated as being included on my hold.)
  7. Thanks, everyone! That's exactly what I was hoping to hear. I'll still need to call HAL and see if there are any other specials going on that can't be obtained online. But most likely, if I decide to book, it'll be through the BigBoxCo, as their price is definitely cheaper than booking directly with HAL, even not considering the store card.
  8. I'm looking into booking a transatlantic cruise from Barcelona next October/November. I am looking at possibly booking through a well-known big-box store travel program, as their price is very good. I also have a Future Cruise Certificate that I bought while on board my cruise to Alaska last year. Previously, I've always used my FCCs directly with the cruise line, so can anyone tell me if they can be used when booking with the big-box store? The store's website isn't very clear, as it seems to be primarily referencing COVID-19 credits.
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