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    NCL, RCI
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    St. Maarten

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  1. Soda is not allowed. Period. However, I have been allowed to bring a single bottle on at times. Water as well. It is really up to person checking. I doubt they would let you bring a six pack or a carton at any time.
  2. I am definitely in the minority here. I appreciate everyone's comments. You all have altered my opinion. I will enjoy the show on future cruises understanding that this is how the majority of cruisers feel. However, I am still not paying for my requests! 😉
  3. I just got off the Escape and had a wonderful cruise. However, I had an issue with the piano players doing the Howl at the Moon Show and wanted to see if I am over reacting or others feel as I do. I was very surprised to see guests paying to have their song requests performed next. I was offended by the multiple times the two pianists solicited the audience to pay them up to $30.00 so that they would immediately play their requested song. I understand they work hard and I am happy to tip them for their efforts but frankly this "pay for play" soliciting was offensive. Do you agree? Eric
  4. I had asked this very question and was told no by NCL. It is true you may get a different answer from the airline. The problem in asking the specific airline is that they currently use three airlines and you won't know for sure until you are booked with a specific airline. Therefore you must commit before you know if you can upgrade.
  5. I had this same issue when I booked the Escape in September. The website says I have the Ultimate Beverage Package but my Confirmation and Amenities Sheet both say Premium Beverage Package. You should check your confirmation and Amenities sheet sent to you.
  6. It is really the little things that add up to make the Haven so enjoyable. The free movies, the snacks in your room, the Restaurant Maitre’d remembering your name, the attentive service in the restaurant and throughout. I had a problem with my internet minutes and I went to the Internet Cafe to fix it where I was faced with a line of 6 to 8 people ahead of me. Instead of waiting, I went back to the Haven and asked the Concierge to take care of it and he did. I remember on one of my non-Haven cruises waiting in hot weather to get back onto the ship. The NCL attendants came by and pulled the Haven people off the line and got them aboard. I believe that Norwegian wants their Haven guests to be as stress free a possible and they do a wonderful job of delivering. You can have a wonderful cruise not being in the Haven and I still do, but when I can swing the Haven, I’ll always take it.
  7. I absolutely agree with you Dave on all your points. We bid up to the Haven on a Baltic cruise as a splurge. We didn't realize what a difference the Haven makes. It felt like an entirely different experience. It is truly relaxing with none of the hustle and bustle of jockeying around with 4,000 other guests. I am comfortable spending up to $3,000.00 per person for the Haven. I see people saying the Haven isn't worth it and I am sure to them it isn't. We all make our choices of what we want on a cruise.
  8. Taking this cruise in June on the Star. Keep the information coming. Thanks to all.
  9. Wow, very nice review. Your ability to point out the good and the bad goes a long way in the credibility department. I am cruising on the Star in June and will keep your review in mind. Thank you for taking the time to write this. Eric
  10. Nola may be right however I spoke to NCL about upgrading seats on a flight they booked on Wednesday of this week and was told by NCL hat while you can change the seats you will lose the NCL discount and have to pay the full amount for the seat. I would ask Delta directly because I have been given incorrect answers on several occasions by NCL reps. Eric
  11. Are you going to take NCL excursions? If you do then $50 a port can add up to $250 or $300 in saving which is more than the WiFi package which would cost you $105 for 240 minutes. If you are doing private excursions or self guided explorations then take the WiFi. I have never taken their air fare. You are restricted to their choice of flight and seats. You also cannot upgrade the seats. I would rather pay more and control my flights. Regardless of what you choose, you should have a wonderful time on an amazing cruise! Eric
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