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  1. Maybe take a screenshot of the $20 off deal. When you get on the ship, all 3 of you go to the spa and expect to get in since all 3 of you are booked in one spa cabin. If they give you issues, ask them where it stipulates the 3rd person isn't entitled to the spa. If they show you, then tell them you didn't know since you didn't see it stipulated on your paperwork, and ask them if they'll honor the $20 discount due to that fact. Worse case scenario you pay $20 more, but I think the 3rd person will be included. Just be prepared for the worst case scenario and plan for the best. Have a great time!
  2. That's what I found too and the picture, but I couldn't see what cabin determined receiving the 4th berth. I'm hoping for the best. The TA said it sleeps 4, but she couldn't see how the 4th would be set up. Thank you for the help!­čĄ×­čśŐ
  3. We booked cabins on Encore for Mid-ship Mini-Suite with balcony, deck 15 for 4 people each cabin. I can't tell if the attached picture is the potential layout for this kind of cabin. Cabin code: MA + We need the bed configuration shown as the queen bed will be for the adults, but need two other beds that are separated for age and sex differences. Don't want opposite sex friends sleeping in the same bed. Does the (+) indicate 4 beds? I can't tell if there's a pull down bed above the couch in the sister ship of the Encore. One cabin we booked was MA-15168+ on the Encore. If anyone knows please advise if this layout isn't the case for this specific cabin, then what cabins would have this set up? I'd appreciate the help as rebooking may be in order.
  4. I'm thrilled to know those are included on that list. We like Teppanyaki on land so that would be fun to experience on a cruise. Thank you!­čśŐ
  5. Interesting. In our documents it is worded rather oddly. It states "one main course included per person." Does "main course" have a different interpretation than on land? We go to a restaurant and you can order appetizers, main course options, and desserts. But one can order just the "main course" if that's all they desired. It would appear more as a 3 course meal if you have all 3 included. But if they are specifically only talking about those 2 restaurants then that makes sense what you said. Since they didn't mention any other options that is what is confusing. My documents also stated it "includes one main course at Cagney's and Le Bistro." Being new to NCL, I would not know other options are available because of the way they stipulated it. If they stated something like " we have "this many" specialty dining options, but if you choose to eat at Cagney's or Le Bistro, only the main course is included and additional items will have an upcharge" then it would imply that one has options. But the way that it is stipulated appears as if it's only those 2 dining places with only the main course included. I'm happy to read that it is not that way, as I rather you be right and have more options. Just confusing to a newcomer to NCL and not knowing how it all works. Thanks for the clarification!­čśŐ
  6. Encore will be our first cruise with NCL. When I booked recently for the 7 night, we received 3 specialty dining meals at either Cagney's or Le Bistro for two. When you read the fine print, it's just for the main course. Therefore, if you order just that one item it's included. If you order an appetizer and dessert it's an upcharge, as it is a la carte dining. Additionally, you will be charged the gratuities for those items. Not a big deal, but others may have not noticed. ­čśŐ
  7. Do you happen to know if I purchased the unlimited week pass for the Go-Karts, would that still require reservations each day for the week?
  8. I just went through this myself. We had booked a Journeys cruise on the Carnival Sunrise for June, 2020. We weren't thinking about the ship, but moreso what itinerary and departure port. After reading the horrible reviews and negative responses regarding the ship, and how overcrowded it is now that they made venues smaller to accommodate more cabins(more passengers), it no longer was appealing. I can filter out negative people, but genuinely receptive passengers were not thrilled with the ship either. That is when I decided I would take the hit and cancel. I had the Early Saver, therefore it was non-refundable. But I was given future cruise credit so I can still use most of the deposit toward another cruise on a bigger and newer Carnival ship next time. By switching to NCL and booking on the ship, Encore, we still get to go to Bermuda, but have a lot more activities and shows on board with a brand new clean ship. It has the same amount of passengers, but it has the capacity to hold these passengers unlike the smaller ship. I'm technically only out $200 for the admin fee for canceling, and as long as I use the credit within 24 months, the rest will be applied to that cruise. You should definitely go with your gut when it comes to choosing what is best for you, because it's usually right. ­čśŐ
  9. That was what my travel agent was informing me of too. She tried to get the cabin booked without all of that, but it actually came out cheaper with it even with including the gratuities for the beverage package. Additionally, the TA company that I used offered me a cash card for $400 to spend at their warehouse and it will be sent to me after the cruise. So we are ok with it. We will buy the soda package for the two teens so they can have drinks as well. But we did try the opt out option first. It just wasn't as favorable. Thank you for bringing that up though, it's always a good idea to try and figure out the best option. ­čśŐ
  10. I think that would be a great idea. They'd probably appreciate some variety with their beverages. Thank you!:)
  11. I will certainly look for the live post! I will check out the ships you mentioned as well to get an idea about what to expect. Thank you!:)
  12. We did not book another one with Carnival when we canceled. If they apply it to the price of the cruise that is ideal. If not, and they apply it as OBC we are going to have to up our purchases to ensure we spend all of the credit. EIther way its still better than forfeiting it. Thanks for the help!:)
  13. I had a Journeys cruise booked on Carnival Sunrise for June, 2020. We booked Early Saver which makes our deposit non-refundable, and we additionally booked a couple of shore excursions. We canceled the booking today along with the shore excursions. We instead opted for a new ship with NCL on the Encore for next year. I know that we pay a $50/pp admin fee, but I was informed that the remainder of the funds will be given as future cruise credit to be used witin 24 months. Do you get some sort of email as confirmation, or does it just appear when you go to book another cruise as I haven't received an email about it yet? We will book for another time on a newer ship with Carnival, but did not know how to apply the FCC to the reservation. Is it applied toward the deposit, final payment, or OBC? Anyone have experience with this? Thanks!
  14. Thank you so much for taking the time to answer my questions! I'm looking forward to researching all the reviews once they get sailing. I usually do all the Google searches myself, but the fact that the ship is not complete or sailing yet makes it difficult to really know what to expect, especially never having sailed with NCL before and not knowing how they do things. Thanks again!:)
  15. I just canceled a cruise with Carnival after realizing it wasn't what we thought it would be. So we started looking at NCL and found the Encore. We booked it for June, 2020, but could use some advice or tips. It appears that information is different for the various NCL ships. Being new to this line, I would like to have as much helpful info I could get to plan for a smooth sailing. If there is anything else that would be useful besides answers to the questions below please let me know. Thanks!:) -Do we have to wait until we board to buy and reserve times for the Go-Kart weekly rate package and the Laser Tag or does it become available online closer to embarkation? -Freestyle dining, is it just show up and wait for an available table or do we still have to book reservations when we know when we want to arrive? -When booking specialty dining is that available online closer to embarkation or do we have to do that on board and is dress code more elegant for these restaurants? -We received the "Take All Offers" with the "Free at Sea" promotion booked for 7 nights. We received the "Unlimited Open Bar" for two adults, but we aren't big drinkers. Could we use that for soda and juices moreso than alcohol? Do we have to purchase our two teens a beverage package too or do they just purchase sodas as they go, since we are all in the cabin together? -Do shows and comedy acts have to be booked ahead of time online or once on board, or is it first come-first serve in those venues? Thanks for any info you can offer!:)
  16. You may dissect everything I say all day long and place it in whatever context you need to try and validate your thoughts. It won't change facts. You want to take bits and pieces of my posts to suit your agenda instead of understanding its use in the context we are are dealing with here. The original post was about the MDR on cruise causal nights. One Carnival website said, "yes", another website said, "please no" and John Heald today on Facebook said, "it's fine" to wear a t-shirt. It's about consistency and having at least the same guidelines on every Carnival website around the world and their promoters. THIS IS WHY THEIR DRESS CODE "RULES" ARE FLAWED, NOT FOLLOWED, AND FULL OF LOOPHOLES. You do not reflect on, or digest what is actually being presented to you. Your analogies don't have validity. You can repeat yourself over and over again, but it won't help you understand. I will resort back to my previous comment to another poster that uses your same approach. I can't´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐ help you´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐ comprehend´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐ what a policy, a rule´╗┐´╗┐, and a law´╗┐´╗┐ is´╗┐ and their differences. ( You can Google the differences.) When a corporation, ´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐business, or private practice implement rules they come from ´╗┐written policies. Some of these policies´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐ are federally and state regulated to enforce legal´╗┐ business tactics and some are rules´╗┐ of the company´╗┐ to prevent lawsuits, discrimination´╗┐, and non-´╗┐conformity. ´╗┐ Let me´╗┐ put it this way. I am a doctor in marriage and family counseling and´╗┐ medical therapy. I employ several MFT's ´╗┐in my practice. I have policies in place that each client and therapist must adhere to. The polic´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐i´╗┐es ´╗┐implement rules to ensure all are treated´╗┐ ´╗┐fairly and respectfully. I ´╗┐am obligated to abide by all federal and state regulations to prevent any form of discrimination or unsafe practices. I have a multitude of people I'm responsible for. If I allowed my therapists, my office manager, or the patients to deviate from my rules, the´╗┐ integrity of my policies, implementation of the rules, and my practice would be compromised, in addition to the lives of those ´╗┐involved. The rules are clearly and formally stated. If anyone deviates from said rules, there ´╗┐will´╗┐ be action taken and the consequences of tho´╗┐se actions will be rendered by the person found at fault. Therefore, there is no deviating from the rules, ever. They are strictly enforced. If I allow one therapist to do one thing, but not another, am I truly implementing rules? At that point it could be considered discrimination, because I'm picking and choosing who I let get away with what. Do I allow one patient to yell, scream and become violent, and the others get reassigned to another facility if they do the same? Absolutely not. It's a slippery slope when rules are not consistent, clearly stipulated, and fully enforced. Any cruise line that offers rules yet doesn't adhere to them except when it's convenient is completely out of line. Thus the reason the dress code would be a guideline over a rule. Their policy and rules do not align with what takes place on the ships. I would not be surprised if someone filed a grievance and took a picture of another diner dressed similar who was permitted to dine and screamed discrimination, and rightfully so. If you accept one you have to accept them all. Many say rules are meant to be broken, and there is truth in that. Discrimination being at the forefront of that statement. Thank God Rosa Parks broke the rules. There are policies that implement the rules that are formally stipulated and strictly enforced. They don't allow a gray area. If my policies or rules were the same as the cruiselines, I would no longer have a practice´╗┐. You have to know the context before you can render it absolute. "No" certainly means "no" in the context of touching another person or infringing on their personal rights or space. But a corporation is held to a much higher standard. No matter what we feel, it doesn't supers´╗┐ede what is right and just. Don't fall prey to´╗┐´╗┐ normative social influence. ´╗┐ If the cruiseline stipulated these are the "rules" then they pick and choose who they allow in and when to enforce their rule, that is discrimination. You can't do that! It only takes one passenger to experience this and if they see another passenger in the MDR wearing a similar clothing item, but were allowed in, they now have to deal with a discrimination case. No business will survive if they pick and choose when to enforce rules. They'd have discrimination lawsuits left and right. People are naive and don't understand their rights. It's uncanny to me that adults don't see that.
  17. It's unfortunate you let what others do or say dictate what you do in your life. The diversity in this world will always involve people we don't agree with or get along with. They are everywhere. But if you focus on your own journey and the things that bring you happiness, and help you appreciate life, you will no longer care what others do on their journeys. It's a win-win for all.
  18. I can't help you comprehend what a policy, a rule, and a law is and their differences. When a corporation, business, or private practice implement rules they come from written policies. Some of these policies are federally and state regulated to enforce legal business tactics and some are rules of the company to prevent lawsuits, discrimination, and non-conformity. Let me put it this way. I am a doctor in marriage and family counseling and medical therapy. I employ several MFT's in my practice. I have policies in place that each client and therapist must adhere to. The policies implement rules to ensure all are treated fairly and respectfully. I am obligated to abide by all federal and state regulations to prevent any form of discrimination or unsafe practices. I have a multitude of people I'm responsible for. If I allowed my therapists, my office manager, or the patients to deviate from my rules, the integrity of my policies, implementation of the rules, and my practice would be compromised, in addition to the lives of those involved. The rules are clearly and formally stated. If anyone deviates from said rules, there will be action taken and the consequences of those actions will be rendered by the person found at fault. Therefore, there is no deviating from the rules, ever. They are strictly enforced. If I allow one therapist to do one thing, but not another, am I truly implementing rules? At that point it could be considered discrimination, because I'm picking and choosing who I let get away with what. Do I allow one patient to yell, scream and become violent, and the others get reassigned to another facility if they do the same? Absolutely not. It's a slippery slope when rules are not consistent, clearly stipulated, and fully enforced. Any cruise line that offers policies yet doesn't adhere to them except when it's convenient is completely out of line. Thus the reason the dress code would be a guideline over a rule. Their policy and rules do not align with what takes place on the ships. I would not be surprised if someone filed a grievance and took a picture of another diner dressed similar who was permitted to dine and screamed discrimination, and rightfully so. If you accept one you have to accept them all. Many say rules are meant to be broken, and there is truth in that. Discrimination being at the forefront of that statement. Thank God Rosa Parks broke the rules. There are policies that implement the rules that are formally stipulated and strictly enforced. They don't allow a gray area. If my policies or rules were the same as the cruiselines, I would no longer have a practice. You have to know the context before you can render it absolute. "No" certainly means "no" in the context of touching another person or infringing on their personal rights or space. But a corporation is held to a much higher standard. No matter what we feel, it doesn't supersede what is right and just. Don't fall prey to normative social influence.
  19. I've actually been stressing this through this entire post. I merely wrote your response in layman's terms so they aren't misconstrued. It's blatantly obvious to some, others not so much.
  20. Consistency is key. You want rules you enforce them. Vagueness in his response only further proves the point that these aren't rules. If they were rules he would have certainly expressed the rule, but that didn't happen. He gave a guideline once again, "provided they are not the Tony Soprano type sleeveless vests" further implying dress code rules don't exist and are merely suggestions.
  21. If this doesn't prove that Carnival doesn't have rules on the dress code, I don't know what does?? Mr. Heald just went against everything the "rules" stipulate and t-shirts are not an issue. Provided from the Facebook page this morning.
  22. That's funny! If anything has any sort of danger, it would NEVER reflect a "please." It would be absolute. If anything wants to be taken serious, it will reflect that in its rules. You can be "right" all you want, whatever floats your boat. But it won't change the facts. If a rule is not set, followed, enforced, and it is not given a consequence for not following, we can conclude it is not a rule. My examples were certainly in line and on point. You said, "no means no, right?" and I disagree. Context is key. Just because you perceive it differently does not change anything. If Carnival legitimately had rules and enforced rules, then this would all be a moot point, right? Everyone would be dressed to their enforced rules. But that is not the case. No matter how you want to spin your reply, it will not change for the mere fact that, they don't enforce their own suggestions, recommendations, or rules as some like to call it. When rules are enforced they don't have deviation. It's their way or the highway. When recommendations and suggestions present, they are just that, a guideline and they are not enforced and thus passengers wear whatever they brought with them. When I book a reservation at a restaurant that has a strict dress code policy, they mean what they say. We would not be permitted to dine there if we showed up in anything other than what they allow. Just because we want something to be true doesn't make it so. Carnival is in charge of all of this, they set the precedence, and obviously they aren't caring too much, are they? This would not even be a hot topic if they actually had rules, right? Who could go against what is enforced? Either way, no skin off my back. You do you!
  23. I respectfully disagree. On one website "not permitted" means just that and it won't fly. But in this case, it most certainly does fly as many others have challenged it and still were permitted in. The other website, whether it be from Germany, the UK, or any other part of the world doesn't matter, because people travel from all around the world and there is inconsistency in their dress code policy. If you want a set standard, then it should most certainly be straightforward, stipulated, and followed throughout. When I purchase homes or cars, it doesn't say "please make a payment" it most certainly stipulates that a payment "MUST be made every month" throughout the duration of the loan. I can also say, " no, thank you" when it comes to things and I can also change my mind often and reserve that right because it isn't a rule. Toddlers tell parents "no" many times a day. Does no always mean no? This could be spun so many ways. If it's the rule then why aren't they enforcing them? If it's a guideline or recommendation, that's exactly why it's not being enforced. Semantics absolutely matter, its what rules the world.
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