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  1. It showed up again for our 2/15 cruise.  We had booked too back in December and then had it cancelled.  They actually called and left a message asking if we were still interested.  By the time I got home from work and called in the evening, there was no answer at that extension- I  then called back to the general customer service number and they were able to book it!  Glad it finally worked out- we were really ticked off when they cancelled it on us before!  


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  2. They pulled ours for 2/15.  Called, and they said they booked too many.  No apology, said they would refund us at some point.  Asked if folks like us who were being bumped could be put on a wait list in case they opened more FTTF slots, and was told flat out no.  Bad business and attitude by Carnival!  If this is how they treat their customers, I will be sailing another line for our next cruise this summer


  3. Our family will be on the Joy in August.  My wife and I are both platinum, and we are traveling with our two teenagers in the cabin.  It has been a few years since we cruised on NCL, but last time we did my wife and I each received platinum certificates for two to eat at Le Bistro.  Back then on the Getaway, they let us combine the certificates so that the four of us could eat for free.


    Does anybody have experience doing this recently?  Alternately, we are also booked under the promotion where we get three days of free specialty dining for the first two in the cabin.  Can two of those days be combined so the four of us can eat together for free?


    Thank you in advance for any information!


  4. Rate was for everyone on the charter, but does not include tip (we usually tip the mate 20% for good service). Only other extra was the taxi fare from the cruise terminal

  5. We were in port from 1pm-9pm a couple of weeks ago. Fished with FishCuracao. They arranged a taxi for us from the cruise port- met at the gate, $70 round trip, about a 20 minute trip. On our 1/2 day charter, we landed a 30 pound yellowfin tuna and an approximately 180 pound blue marlin. Missed a few other barracuda and mahi hits. Large comfortable boat, to notch equiptment, lures, and rigged ballyhoo trolling baits. Highly recommended- we will definitely fish with them again. However, with the prevailing easterly trade winds, the seas can be a bit choppy- not dangerous, but lots of movement. If you have any predilection for seasickness, I would strongly suggest taking medication 1-2 hours before boarding. We prefer Bonine/Meclazine- works well with no drozy side effects.

  6. We are looking at a cruise on the Emerald in mid-August, with our kids ages 12 and 14. Does anyone have experience with the numbers of kids who tend to be on Alaska cruises that time of year? While we have plenty of family activities we plan to do in port, both kids are concerned about whether there will be many other kids to hang out with in the evenings or on sea days.


    We are new to Princess, having cruised NCL and Carnival in the past.


    Thanks in advance for any insight!

  7. Anybody know if there are any of the large inflated trampolines/climbing toys at any of the beach areas? Fees? My 12yo and 14yo like to snorkel, but also have very much enjoyed partaking of these sort of things when we were in Cozumel at Mr. Sanchos's.


    Thanks in advance for any help!

  8. Regarding Belize/cave tubing- some of the private tours the guides have helpers who will carry the tubes for you. I don't recall the company we used a couple of years back, but we found that the cost was less than the carnival tour, less crowded, and it sure was nice not to have carry the tube! I am a big guy who has had two hip replacements, and had no problem with the walk.

  9. You can even rent a wheelchair right on board! We found this out the hard way when my wife tore her ACL/MCL while on a private shore excursion off the Getaway in St. Thomas last summer... While somewhat uncomfortable, she still enjoyed the cruise!


    If I recall correctly, the cost was about $80.

  10. We had a very good experience with Jiffy Jeff Transportation. $15/person POM to FLL. They were even kind enough to pick up our kid's large stuffed animal at the Hilton in Miami before coming to the port that we had inadvertantly left there when checking out for the cruise the weekend before!


    Highly recommended!

  11. We are doing a similar Universal/Miami cruise around that same time. Was able to reserve from Sixt car rental for the 4 days Orlando to Miami for less than $140 total including taxes. They have an office relatively close to the cruise port- $8 taxi rate, and they will call a cab for you when you drop the car off.


    The Express pass will be VERY handy! Staying onsite you will also get early entry- get there at the opening to do Harry Potter 1st thing, and then enjoy the benefits of the Express Pass for the rest of the day without the long waits for other rides!

  12. We are renting 1-way from Sixt Car Rental at Orlando Airport 4 days before our cruise out Miami. They have a drop off less than 5 minutes from the Miami cruise port- $8 cab ride. Total rental for the 4 days in a full size car is $138 with all taxes- no drop fee! They also have a location at Miami airport as well. We have used Sixt several times in the past- easy to deal with, fast, no selling pressure, and often a nicer car than reserved is offered free!

  13. Tried to book this with our NCL PCC. However, she found out two problems:

    - You cannot book the 2nd cruise until the first one is completed. Our initial Getaway cruise is not until late August. We would only be able to do the free Sky cruise a specific week in February, and there are no guarantees that that week will still be available when we finally can book upon the return of our 1st cruise.


    Also, our minisuite on the Getaway for a family of 4 entitles us to a balcony room on the SKy. However, no balcony rooms on the Sky can accomodate 4. We said that we would be fine with an Oceanview, but the program rules do not allow a "downgrade". However, for $1200 more we could upgrade to a suite (no thanks!)!


    The program sounds great initially, but in reality is anything but!

  14. We had connecting balcony cabins a few years back on the Spirit a few years back for our family of 4 (2 young kids), booked 6+ months out, and when we checked in found that one of the two had been moved to a different deck entirely with no notification! They tried to tell us that this was an "upgrade", and no answer whatsoever then as to how we were supposed to watch our 2 young kids at night who were booked into one cabin! We had to raise a huge stink at the reception desk, where they tried to make us feel guilty for trying to move the people who were now booked into their cabin.


    They ultimately made the change, and even gave without asking $100 OBC for all of the hassle. We were able to reach our NCL PCC on our cell phone, and then let her hash it out with the onboard personel. It worked out in the end, but not a good way to start our cruise!!

  15. A heads up for those of you who book through a travel agency- you will only receive the standard 3% credit towards points, not the 4% bonus rate promised for NCL purchases. Unless the charge comes directly from NCL, you don't get the bonus.


    I went through several layers of supervisors with BOA, and the last even researched it, and called me back a couple of days later. I even offered to fax my cruise statement to them, but no dice.


    Maybe a way for NCL to encourage you to book direct with them and save the TA commission...???? In any case, it would have been nice if they had made this policy clear when they were advertising the card!!!!!

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