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  1. The earliest I can make a reservation in the main dining room (explorer) is 6:45pm. Is this everyone's experience or have you been able to do earlier? We usually like to eat and then hit the early main show. I am not sure what time the shows will be but I am thinking we will not be able to do this. With MTD can you just show up at 6:00 and get in? The early assigned dining is too early. Does anyone know when the main shows times typically are? We are sailing on the Explorer Nov 2024.
  2. I just booked MTD for one night on our cruise leaving 11-14-24 on Explorer. I can't believe they let me book that far out. It shows a charge of $0.00 and does not say anything about prepaid gratuities. We have not prepaid.
  3. I am sorry. It was certainly an incident. However not an incident of any passenger having a problem on the island, which I think is what people were asking about. A storm is an incident too but not one to make someone worried about travel to the island.
  4. I saw that and agree that I would not classify that as an incident.
  5. I googled it and could not find any incidents in Labadee. Not sure what you are referring to. Other than a couple bad reviews and a couple hundred great reviews by cruisers I couldn't find anything.
  6. I agree with this. Same ship, same dates. Why wouldn't you have the same cabin. This makes no sense at all.
  7. We got our 11/14/24 cabin assigned a couple weeks ago. I never expected it that early.
  8. True but there was no extra charge for baggage. You could bring 4 large bags for 2 people without paying an additional fee. It made it easier to bring more clothes. I guess if you want to break down the cost of your cruise there would be 50 categories of what you are paying for. Might be an interesting exercise. Any takers?
  9. Point well taken. Back in the 80's most people dressed up in formal attire every night. In the 80's there was no charge for luggage on most airlines. Times certainly have changed.
  10. Can someone post the drink menus, with prices, from an Explorer of the Seas sailing. I am assuming that the prices don't change on the same ship week to week. Thanks if anyone has them and can post.
  11. Is the package unlimited? So do you not need to log out? I know on some cruise lines you are limited to so many minutes. If you do not log out your minutes will be used up very quickly. So you can purchase only 1 package for a stateroom?
  12. Do people that book through an outside travel agency typically receive an offer to bid on an upgrade?
  13. Do you add 18% to the prices shown for gratuities? If so: $67.99=$80.23 $72.99=$86.13 $89.99=$106.19
  14. Thanks. And you are right about trying different drinks. That is definitely one benefit of a drink package.
  15. True. I guess I just can't see doing that 10 days in a row but that is me. Plus what you described is breaking even, financially. Looks like I can bring on 2 bottles of wine for no charge. Is this accurate? Thanks.
  16. I must be different from most. I am heading on a 10 day cruise in Nov 2024. Drink package would be $1,500 for 2 of us for the 10 days. That is 10 drinks a day at $15 a drink to break even. That is 5 drinks per day per person. While I may have 5 drinks in a day once or twice, my wife's max may be 3. On some days we may have 1 or 2. I can't justify it. It is a port intensive cruise and I am sure we may tip a few back while on shore. I am thinking it is borderline insane. I wonder how many of these packages do they sell? Is there any data on that that anyone has access to and can share?
  17. Can I bring on 2 bottles of wine for free? Max size?
  18. Great review. I am enjoying following along. Thank you.
  19. We were on the SS Norway 2 times. Oct 1988 - Inside Cabin - $650 PP May 1996 - Ocean View - $710 PP We dressed up every night in 1988. Don't recall in 1996. Really special times.
  20. I went to a street festival in the Tampa area about 5 years ago. Vendor was selling high end jewelry and watches for well under "market" value. I started talking to him about where he gets his inventory. His story was that he was able to buy all of his items from Disney. Anything in lost and found from all of the parks and resorts after a period of time was sold to him. I have no idea if it is true but had no reason to doubt him. I couldn't believe how many items he had. Kind of sad that soo many people lose/forget things while on vacation.
  21. We did the Ice Bar on the Getaway last July. We paid $18 a person which gets you two drinks while in the bar. It is cold. I thought "no big deal" but was really ready to leave after 10 minutes. You can take pictures of yourself behind the bar and around the room. Pretty neat experience but I think I am one and done. Drinks were strong but small. Expect to tip the bartender some cash for helping with pictures etc. Everything is ice including the seats. They take reservations and it does fill up. It is only open later in the evening. Best to make reservations well ahead of time (while on board).
  22. "Next, the package we purchased included beverages and specialty dining. However, when we went to book reservations at the specialty restaurants, we found that all but 2 were closed; not full from reservations - but temporarily closed! We were not told this prior to booking. Shameful NCL. Then, we noticed the entertainment was incredibly scaled back -- virtually non-existent. Sure, there were a couple crew-based tribute shows but nothing notable; scaled way back. As others have posted, NCL has cut back entertainment staff and overall staffing is clearly an issue." I agree that complaining about things that they never experienced (for sure) may be a little over the top. Things may have worked out different onboard.
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