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  1. We are looking to book a mini suite on the Caribbean Princess does anyone know if certain cabins have the bed set up closer to balcony? We are traveling with our 5 year old and would rather have our bed by the balcony door rather than his if possible.
  2. Thanks for the help. I figured it was possible just wanted to confirm.
  3. We are coming from West Coast to Miami and purchased the air/transfer package through NCL. Arriving the day prior to embarkation. We are being charged $140 for the transfer part. (total for family of 3). My question is can I remove just the transfer part? I already saw the Hotel NCL is using and it is near the Airport and has a free shuttle. I can Uber/taxi from Hotel to port and from port to Airport for substantially less than $140. Just wondering if anyone has experience with just removing the transfers??
  4. We sailed the Allure a few months ago and just booked the Breakaway in May 2020 so I am really following this post. I think the Allure was just too big for my taste which is weird since I was really looking forward to the ship. I was very upset with the food options. It is my wife and 4 year old son and we had trouble getting dining reservations in the main dining room earlier than 8:30pm so we ended up at the Windjammer on all but 2 nights. It seemed like I ate the same food every night and it wasn't very good. This coming from a guy that can find something to eat anyplace and considers salt and pepper all the seasoning needed LOL. I will say the ice cream was amazing... We are new to NCL so are very much looking forward to our new adventure next May. 317 days but who is counting.... MEEEEE!
  5. I was very much thinking of doing my own hotel after reading some of the reviews and you guys all confirmed my thoughts. I think I am going to book another property with the ability to cancel at a later date. This way if we end up getting into Miami later in the afternoon or evening we can just use the Pullman and if we get in earlier in the day use the one I book myself. It has been years since I have sailed out of Miami can anyone tell me the approximate distance to the port from the airport? Does it really matter if I find a Hotel by the airport vs the port to save on some costs? It is my wife, myself and 5 year old so really just need a bed and someplace to eat close by. Thanks for the help
  6. go to Chakanob (SP) in Cozumel. There is an amazing place to snorkel. It has a great beach with hammocks spread out under palm trees, a couple of play areas for kids, I believe it even has a dolphin encounter. Hands down the best snorkeling I have done. My then 3 year old and I walked down a set of stairs into the aquarium, I mean ocean. We were maybe 5-10 feet off the beach in about 5-10 feet of water with hundreds of colorful fish surrounding us. We took a cab from the ship and I think it was about $15 and to get into the park was another $10 or so and it was worth every penny. We are going back next year.
  7. We just booked air and hotel through NCL. They put us in the Pullman does anyone have any feedback for the hotel?
  8. We just took advantage of this leaving from Miami. The hotel that NCL booked for us the price was substantially less than the Travelocity price online if that helps.
  9. I agree with one of the other posters hang out at the airport grab some breakfast and head to the port. Or grab a cab over to the area near the Embassy Suites on 17th (I think) that is the area that we normally stay in and there are places to grab breakfast, a market to get water/soda and some other shopping. Should not have an issue finding a hotel to store your bags for a couple of hours and plenty of stuff to kill the time then head over to the cruise port. I think the taxi to the hotel was about $20 and then from the hotel to the port was less than that. Uber might be cheaper than that.
  10. We would probably Uber/Taxi to the port we no matter if we choose NCL or or own. We were just wondering if it would be better to book with NCL for their hotel of choice or just choose a hotel on our own and pay the $25-50 deviation charge. Round trip air for 3 of us for about $600 is an amazing price coming all the way from Southern California.
  11. We are sailing on the Breakaway May 2020. Debating the reduced airfare NCL is offering. We are coming from the West Coast so we would be coming in the day before embarkation. I was told our choices are to book a hotel with NCL and then the airfare will be booked the day prior or book our own hotel and pay $25 per person for the deviation and they will fly us in the day prior. My question is does anyone know the hotel options that NCL uses in Miami. Also any experience with the reduced airfare program? We are traveling with our 5 year old so arriving super late the night before or a 5 hour layover on our way to Miami would not be very good for either son or daddy... Any experience or comments are welcome.
  12. we are on the Breakaway next May as well. Can't wait to try NCL we are veteran cruisers but new to NCL.
  13. Thank you so much this really helps. Now my son has to grow about 5 inches or so by May!! LOL
  14. Does anybody know the age or height requirements for the water slides??
  15. that is what I thought but I wasn't 100% there wasn't a parent company overlap. No big deal still looking forward to making a final decision in a couple of days but we are looking like it is time to try NCL.
  16. We are looking at our first cruise on NCL (Breakaway May 2020) we have higher loyalty levels on Carnival, Princess, Celebrity and Royal do any of these programs transfer to NCL? I don't think so but I wanted to ask.
  17. We were on the Allure yesterday and had a 10:30 flight from FLL. I was a bit concerned about the timing, thought it might be tight but doable. Boy was I wrong! We carried our bags ourselves left our cabin at 6:20AM to arrive at a long line on deck 5 it moved super fast, went through customs, grabbed a taxi and was not only at the airport but through TSA and sitting at the gate by 7:40. It was super smooth we could have made a 9am flight. I know your question was about being escorted off the ship but we were on our own and it was uneventful and smoother than any other disembarkation. Hope that helps.
  18. We had an itinerary change on the allure. We were not going to beach it in Nassau but now we are. What is the best beach to snorkel? We have our own fear just want to taxi to the beach and snorkel then play on the beach for a bit then back to the ship. Any help would be great.
  19. We too are on the May 12 Allure cruise and have yet to be notified of the change from Royal. Luckily I follow these forums and learned about it last week. Although the change is unfortunate and I would rather be snorkeling in St Thomas. I think cruising at a safe speed rather than pushing the other propulsion units and risk being stranded someplace without power a better alternative. I decided to throw a pity party for myself for about an hour then I realized.... I am going to be on a cruise with my wife and 4 year old. Not working my butt off like I do the other 51 weeks of the year so that i can pay for our cruising addiction. As much of a bummer to me the change is... it is was it is. If you need me, I will be sipping on a frozen concoction poolside (not reserving an unused lounge chair, nor caring if someone does) smiling from ear to ear as my son, and I run around (the kids play area) laughing. Realizing I could be working or worse yet struggling to the point I could not afford an amazing vacation like this will be. For those of you cruising with us next week, I look forward to seeing you and having an amazing trip (NOT WORKING) and for those of you sailing in the future nah nah nah we are cruising while you are working!!!!!
  20. Wow you beat me to the punch we are on the same trip as you and have a 4 year old looking for something to do....
  21. We are on the May 12 cruise and I have not seen any e-mail or other communication about the change other than this post! Not much we can do other than plan something to do instead of San Juan... We were supposed to be the only ship in St Thomas on our sailing and we were really looking forward to a less crowded fun day!!!!
  22. We are on the Allure in 2 weeks!!!! I have read someplace that there is an app or something to download to help speed the customs process up. Can someone help elaborate on this for me? We are going to pressed for time to make our flight home and want to speed up everything possible.
  23. Thanks Biker19 she is signed in and linked! Does the scan my passport work on the Allure?? I can't seem to find it on the app
  24. We are two weeks out for our Allure cruise....... I have the Royal App set up on my phone and things appear to be loaded like our reservation to Momma Mia etc. My question is when my wife loads the app onto her phone does she create her own sign on and password or does she sign on using my username and password to make sure we are linked together???
  25. OK Thanks. This really was because of him not daddy!! LOL
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