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  1. We had a mini on the Gem....sister ship to the Jewel, and we loved it (liked the extra space). With an Alaska cruise you won't have much activity on deck 12, especially at night.
  2. Your memory is still good. I found out about this change in Sept.. It is sad, you no longer have the ability to change your mind. To me, this is as bad as the change for the final payment date.
  3. As many have posted, this is no deal at all. I booked a Panama Canal cruise (2021) in Sept., with a 15% discount, and just did a mock reservation. My 15% cruise is $400 pp less.
  4. Really didn't need one until Corona came along. I am a relative newbie with Carnival, and had many questions about transferring a booking to Hawaii. She is extremely helpful (the best!) IMHO. Have booked four more cruises with her since our first call with her.
  5. 2008 - NCL - 143 days 2010 - Carnival - 14 days to date, with 43 to come
  6. For those of you who sailed the Joy and the Bliss, and had an aft facing cabin (not Haven), are they comparable in depth on both ships? Thanks
  7. Thanks all for your input. We have sailed a mini suite on the Gem a few years ago, we were below the pool (which on our cruise wasn't bad), and we were able to pick our cabin. I was hoping to get some feedback for cabins underneath the gym, buffet, and other possible trouble spots. I have the same misgivings that many of you expressed. We enjoy aft-facing cabins as well, but the price for those are way to high at this point....so we will go with category "BA". Thanks again!
  8. We are considering a cruise on the Pearl, and looking at the mini suite "Sailaway/Gty" category. We have never considered this category before, but we are now. What are the advantages, and the disadvantages. I know you don't get to pick your cabin, and you lose most of the perks, but this is not a big concern for us because we are Platinum+. To those that have experienced this category, what insight can you give? Thanks in advance.
  9. We have used OBC for our shore excursions, but as mentioned above, call to set up your reservations. Once you have taken the excursion, the $50 perk kicks in.
  10. Here is your data Marc......I made a reservation on the Jade out of Tampa in Feb/2019, and the "fare" only, no taxes etc. was $1869 pp category BA. Just checked out the same cruise today, and the "fare" is $2319. The axiom "supply and demand" will always come into play, although NCL has been raising their rates for a very long time.
  11. Of all the cruises we have sailed with NCL (to the Caribbean), this is the first time I have seen Grand Turk on any itinerary. I actually thought Carnival Corp had excusive rights to the port.
  12. We will be sailing on the Magic, and the Radiance next year. Do the bathrooms have an electrical outlet (for a night light)? Thanks
  13. I would pick the third option, the Breeze, primarily because of Bonaire. We like to snorkel, and the island "little Bonaire" has some of the best snorkeling we have done. All of these itineraries are great, although we have never been to HMC.
  14. Which deck do you disembark if your on the Magic?
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