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  1. NCL just instituted the system below where you can spend a nominal amount of money to get some extra perks on the ship. "Priority Access" looks like a way to trickle some of the Haven experience down to more people. Might even be a "gateway drug" to get more people to pay for the Haven upgrade. Has anyone tried this system yet? Apparently a test was run over the summer. Nothing really sparked my interest except the priority tendering. Everything else I could live without. Vic Priority Access Includes: Priority Security, Check-In and Boarding Priority check-in at the pier Express boarding Tender Priority (off the ship) where applicable Priority tendering from ship to shore Standard Room Service Breakfast Menu Guests can order Breakfast Room Service only, every day of the cruise at no cost Priority Debarkation at the end of the cruise $50 per person Spa Credit To be used on services on Port days only Canapés on day 2 of the cruise The Cost of Priority Access 1 to 5 Days $99 per cabin 6 to 9 Days $179 per cabin 10 to 15 Days $249 per cabin 16+ Days $299 per cabin
  2. Though I am not striving to get the next level I am at Gold and had a question. I always stay in the Haven and I notice many of the Latitude benefits seem to overlap. What is the main thing about Platinum that really makes it worth it (excluding the free cruise)? I am not seeing much beyond what I get in the Haven. Vic
  3. The Haven's utility is inversely proportional to your tolerance for people. Did a Caribbean cruise on a sold-out ship and the Haven saved us from the zoo that is the pool deck and many of the restaurants. Took an Alaska cruise with cold weather (no pool usage) and a less-crowded ship and the Haven did not seem as useful. Your mileage will vary.
  4. I just booked a cruise with air, which I have never done before. I understand they wait until 75 days before the cruise to setup the flights. That said, I may want to upgrade or alter the schedule. Is this feasible ( with fees, of course)? Probably an obvious question, but would like some first-hand knowledge. Vic
  5. 250 minutes purchased. 200 used. Total useful Internet time: approximately 20 minutes. The rest of the time was watching spinning wheels and logging in or out. Sea days were basically hopeless unless you connected at 3:00 AM. I know because I tried. Your mileage may vary. Vic
  6. Review is submitted and pending approval. I will let you know when it goes up.
  7. Sorry, we went off the ship at every port. We do not have kids, so did not really notice how many there were on the ship. Vic
  8. Sorry, not a Vibe person so I have no information. Though I believe I saw the Vibe door open at some point during the week.
  9. I just completed the 9 day Baltic Cruise (Copenhagen, Germany, Estonia, Russia, Finland, Sweden) on the NCL Getaway. I decided to convert all the "Freestyle Daily" for the entire cruise to a PDF for your research enjoyment. It was a fun trip and a review is forthcoming. Vicpylon NCL_Getwaway_Freestyle_Dailly_Baltic_6-2019.pdf
  10. I got the "Free at Sea" with my NCL booking and one of the items was the "unlimited drinks package." Wonderful, except neither of us drink, so I was just going to ignore it. However I decided to call NCL to try and get some additional Internet time instead of the drinks package. I did not get the additional Internet minutes, but they gave me a $225 refund for the "gratuities" related to the drinks package. I found the terminology interesting; the booze has no value, but they are tacking on $225 in gratuities (for the bartenders/waiters I assume). This has likely been posted before, but it was news to me. I doubt it comes up much given most cruisers are drinkers, but those of us that are not can save some money. Vic
  11. Here are all the Freestyle Daily brochures from the May 2018 Seattle to Seattle Alaska cruise on the NCL Pearl. It is too big to upload, but here is a download link. https://www.livingdice.com/wp-content/uploads/NCL_PEARL_FREESTYLE_DAILY_MAY_2018.pdf I hope someone finds it useful. It was a great cruise. Vic
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