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  1. We have stayed in all the GV's in the NCL fleet. The Star and Dawn are by far our favorites because of the huge decks. You can actually open the wall that joins the two GV's if you have them both. The decks can also be opened to each other. You are treated like royalty as guest in the villa's. We don't consider ourselves high maintenance but they insist on going above and beyond to pamper us. We don't need escorting to all our dinners but they do it. We don't need to be escorted every time we get off the ship but they do it. If they noticed we consumed all of an afternoon snack they ask if we would like to have it everyday. If we get them to bring us a movie they include popcorn with it. Many people have said and it is true, if staying in a GV you really don't want to leave the ship. Enjoy every minute of your trip.
  2. The butler takes care of all your needs inside the room and the concierge takes care of all your needs outside the room. The butler escorts you to your room once you are checked in. He explains how everything in the suite works such as the coffee machine, the blinds, etc. He will set up all your meals if you want them served in your suite. He will bring you snacks of any kind. He makes sure your refrigerator stays full of drinks and makes sure you always have enough ice. He will deliver movies to your room if you want to watch something. I once fell asleep on the couch and had a robe over me as cover. When I woke up he had folded the robe and placed a blanket on me. A little creepy but they do anything they can think of to make your stay more comfortable. One night we were on Jade in The Mediterranean and the weather was a little bad so we decided to just stay in and decided we would like to play dominoes. We called and the butler showed up with dominoes in no time at all. Often when we order a movie they will ask if we would like them to bring some popcorn when they bring the movie. NCL definitely spoils their suite guest. Our travel agent suggested it for a cruise 13 years ago for my husbands 50th birthday and we have been hooked ever since. RCCL travels out of Galveston and that would be convenient for us so we are thinking of giving it a try. We travel for the relaxation as much as the destination.
  3. We traveled RCCL about fifteen years ago but discovered NCL Suites soon after and have been loyal to them for the last 13 years. We are currently considering a RCCL cruise and are wondering if someone who has done suites on both lines can compare. Are there private dining rooms, concierge service, reserved seating at shows, etc?
  4. We are neither a travel blogger or an agent. We only travel in suites and often bring family, friends or employees with us so it may have something to do with revenue generated from a customer. Not sure. We are both 60 somethings. Nothing really extraordinary about us. We do have a great relationship with our PCC and she is one of the leading producers for NCL. That may have had something to do with it.
  5. We are platinum plus and received the invitation. I assumed it was because we travel frequently with NCL.
  6. We had a very active roll call on a Panama Canal cruise we did several years ago and we did our Cabin Crawl on a different day than we did our meet and greet I believe. We saw everything from an inside to the GV. We also had a "poker run". I don't remember us splitting into groups because we showed our cabin and I remember seeing all the cabins so I don't think I had to go to our room and wait for people. I do remember it being crowded getting into the rooms and waiting for people to come out so others could go in. We started in one of the clubs and ended in the same club to see who had that best poker hand.
  7. We haven't sailed this year but last November didn't have any issues. On Thanksgiving we had dinner for 25 on our deck.
  8. Thanks for all the words of advice. We have booked the 12 day partial transit roundtrip from Miami in November. There will be 4 generations of us traveling. My dad didn't hesitate for a second when we ask him if he wanted to try it again. I can't wait to share this with him.
  9. We are from South Louisiana. 30 miles from the gulf. Hot humid and chance of rain storms is the story of our life. We live with our glasses fogging up when we step out of our vehicles. And my dad was so looking forward to this trip when we originally had it planned. He had already gotten books and started reading and then my mom got very ill. By the time the trip came she had recovered enough for us to be comfortable going but the doctors wouldn't release her to travel so we went without them. They will be 80 and 88 if we go in November and still get around fairly well so I want to go ahead and plan it soon.
  10. The time that we can go the full transit is 21 days. I didn't know that they did a 14 day one though. The one we did was 19 days.
  11. So you did actually go through some of the locks? I was afraid you didn't get to do that.
  12. We did a full transit of the Panama Canal with NCL a few years ago and loved it. My parents had planned on going but my mother go sick and they couldn't travel. My dad has always regretted not being able to have gone. We want to take them in November but don't feel they are up to a 3 week trip. Can someone who has done the shorter trip tell me what actually happens the day you are at the canal on the round trip out of Miami. My dad will be 88 when we go and I wouldn't want to spend the money and him not get to have a good experience. We have even considered booking the longer trip and flying home early which a couple with us on the last trip did but the dates don't work out for us. Thank you for your help in advance. I was wishing I could talk to my PCC tonight and then thought of all the awesome information I have gotten from CC over the years.
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