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  1. The best that they will offer is to upgrade you to a cabin that is in the range of the original price you paid. So for example, I recently paid for an inside Guarantee, the price dropped and now what I originally paid was in the price range for an obstructed window which I was upgraded to. They don't always do this, but sometimes it works. I have heard that on a rare occasion they may offer you some on board credit to make up the difference, but this to may or may not happen. Hope this helps.
  2. You are correct, the type of room will not go down. In fact, whatever your room assignment is today, that will more than likely be your room unless you go through the bidding process of paying a little bit more for an upgraded room as NCL does. In most all cases, once you have been assigned a Sail Away room, it will not change unless you specifically request it.
  3. Hey Cjj, as of the last 2-3 years, NCL has been assigning the rooms soon after you book, I would say within 2-3 weeks after you book the room (On average I tend to book my trips 3-4 months in advance of the departure date).. I think this is a little rare to assign rooms that early, but it's great that they do and that is what has been happening. Just recently after final payment, prices dropped considerably, I contacted my travel agent and they were able to upgrade me to a room comparable to what I paid, so I went from an inside Gty, to an obstructed view Oceanview and more square footage... so good news for me! Every time I have booked a Gty though, I have gotten my room assignment no later than a month prior to sailing. I hope this helps.
  4. At last check, all theater shows were 7pm & 9pm.
  5. If the ship is due to arrive at 7am, you could be off the ship as early as 8am or 8:30am if you do self assist walk off with your luggage. There is NO place to store your luggage, the last folks are usually off the ship by 10am or 10:30am, and it takes roughly 45mins - 1 hour to get to LGA from midtown NYC depending on traffic of course.
  6. I'd swear the bottled water they give you is poured from the taps on the ship and bottled on board... it's actually embarrassing for them I feel.
  7. I was on the Jade prior to the TA voyage, got towel animals every night. Some pretty creative ones too!
  8. I was on the cruise after the Bon Jovi charter; yes it did feel as if there were 700 children on board. This was mentioned by a few crew members on the ship as far as the total kid count went. By the end of the trip the kids were getting a little stir crazy and slightly raucous, but nothing too out of hand. The ship felt busy throughout the voyage.
  9. There is also a Dinner Reservation location to the far left of Guest Services; this is usually manned 8am - 5pm I think, and here you can make reservations for any of the restaurants on board.
  10. Off the Jade last week; towel anaimal every night without asking for it. Very nice, and some very creative ones too! Thanks Rendra!
  11. If the Mother/Daughter happen to read this who did the $50 Dolphin encounter Thursday, the photo's I shot came out pretty good! Please reach out to me I still have not received your email. I feel bad as their was another family doing the full dolphin encounter and I have a few beautiful shots of their young daughter's one on one with the dolphin, I was going to reach out to them afterwards to let them know I had these photo's but I lost track of them and missed them after the encounter and could not offer to send them the pictures... bummed. Safe travels all!
  12. Was on this trip with you, and have pretty much the same thoughts. We felt the Ass't cruise director Fabi was doing a better job than the cruise director. When you have the Newlywed show, and the contestant gives an answer and the cruise director consistently said "I don't know what to say to that" tells me they are not ready for their job. Most seasoned cruise directors have humorous quips or responses that keep the show moving. We felt the nightly music was ok, particularly Dave the guitarist. The theater shows were enjoyable. Was not impressed at all with the Shore Excursion team. I had to cancel a tour because I was not feeling well, and their response was, "you sure you don't want to wait till the day of the tour to cancel?" Thanks for putting my health over profits. I told them, "how 'bout we cancel now, and if I am feeling better I will rebook" He shot me a dirty look and cancelled my tour. Same with photo department; I selected 6 photos; without saying a word to me or asking me any questions he just comes out and says, "you know you would be better off with the 10 photo package" I asked him "why would you think that? I told him I was perfectly fine with the 6 and saved myself $60 from their 10 photo package that I didn't want anyway. All about the Benjamin's with NCL... But getting back on track, nice steady trip, no WOW factor's any more on NCL trips. Crew were great (except for the salesman), food ok, ship in good shape. Enjoyable trip... (Sorry about the rant) Safe travels everyone!
  13. I've been on the Gem about 4 times, inside room every time, worked out just fine. I would say (not that you asked) avoid the front of the ship, probably the worst room we had ever been assigned, but other than that, and inside room inspires you to get out and explore the ship!
  14. The NCL towels will be in your room on the first day when you arrive; after use at the pool or excursion, you can exchange them at a towel station near the pool on the ship. These towels are for use at the pool, hot tub, excursion, wherever you prefer and again they can always be exchanged for fresh towels. I am not sure the room steward would exchange them for you, I would check with them. As for the airport shuttle post cruise, we did use the NCL shuttle and it worked out fine. We had a small bus, and we did wait maybe 10 mins for the bus to fill up, but it wasn't long. I figure more than half the ship is looking to get to the airport. The NCL shuttle worked out fine for us. There are also plenty of private shuttle options available curbside, as well as plenty of taxi's. As previously stated, it is a short trip to the airport. Enjoy.
  15. I have been successful in changing my Sail Away assigned room to within the same category on 2 occasions, one other time I tried, I was unsuccessful. I book Guarantee rooms all the time (15+ cruises) and am generally happy with the assignments. It doesn't hurt to reach out to whomever you booked the cruise with, and maybe they can assist. Doesn't hurt or cost you anything to ask.
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