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  1. I’m on Breakaway 4/14 and still haven’t heard anything on my bids. Congrats to those who got upgrades!
  2. We have a spring break cruise coming up next week, which wasn’t too full until the crane fell on Oasis, and while I am happy that many of those passengers were able to rebook on Breakaway, we are now preparing to be on a more crowded ship. I hear that if the kids’ club and Entourage get full, they turn people away. We only have one kid who is young enough to be in the kids’ club. She is 12, and I would bet the 10-12 group is the least popular, as many of those kids feel too old for the kids’ club. So here is my question. Is the limit on capacity for each age group, or for the whole Splash Academy overall? If there is a limit per age group, I am not too worried, as I would imagine the younger groups would fill up, but not the 10-12 group. If it’s for Splash Academy as a whole, I will try to make sure she gets there early if she wants to go, and change our dinner reservations accordingly. I’m also wondering if Entourage fills up on spring break cruises. My teen will probably not go every night, but the first night is important to meet people, and I don’t want him to get turned away.
  3. We did it on Breakaway in 2015. The show was a little cheesy, and if you are much of a wine drinker at all, be warned that the wine is crap. I think it’s geared toward people who have never been to a wine tasting and know nothing about wine. We knew we were on a cruise, so expected this and weren’t too disappointed.
  4. We did this itinerary on Spirit in 2014. My favorite cruise ever!
  5. You may want to try other social media platforms as well. For our upcoming cruse we have the roll call here, plus a F B group. Between the two we have quite a few for our meet & greet.
  6. This may or may not be helpful, but here are some pics of the ocean view on Spirit that our 3 kids slept in. There was one bed that folded down from the wall. Insides may be different. Not sure if your 4th will be another pull-down or a cot. The Spirit was not originally an NCL ship, so it is different from all their other ships and I would not use other NCL ships as a guide. We LOVED their Spirit, by the way. The back amphitheater style pool deck was my favorite place to hang out. Hope you have a great cruise!
  7. Hi! We are on the same cruise. Glad you were able to re-book your trip. I have sailed on Breakaway once before and my main tip is to book shows and restaurants early. The thing about “freestyle” cruising is that if there are things you really want to do, you need to book them before cruising or the first day you are on the ship, unless you want to eat at 9:30 p.m. This has become even more of a problem since they started giving the 3-night dinner package to everyone as a free perk. Come on over to our roll call. A meet and greet and some other activities are being organized.
  8. I have cruised on smaller Celebrity ships (Millennium and Infinity) and on Breakaway. I think if you are used to Celebrity quality, you should plan to upgrade your NCL experience to match it, and then figure that into the price comparison. We only eat in specialty restaurants for dinner on NCL. On our Bermuda cruise, which was very rough, as we were chasing a hurricane, a lot of outside venues were closed due to wind, which meant that the inside public areas felt crowded, so we were glad to have a large aft balcony. I imagine this would not have been such an issue in fairer weather. On the other hand, we liked that there were more entertainment choices and things to do on Breakaway. The How at the Moon dueling pianos was one of our favorites. Also, keep in mind that on a ship that offers UBP as a “free” perk, you are going to see a lot more of your fellow passengers trying to “get their money’s worth” and walking around drunk at all hours. We enjoy NCL, but know that it is a different experience than Celebrity.
  9. I think we are on the same cruise. Are you on the roll call and going to the meet and greet? Spa passes are $200 per person for the week. You can buy them in advance on the NCL website or when you embark. To clarify, In my original post, I was asking if we could change the cabin assignments once onboard so that both adults are in one room and teens are in the other. I have heard on this forum that some people have done this, but I don’t know if they are actually changing the cabin assignments officially, which would be needed to get spa access for both adults, or just “unofficially” changing who is in which cabin, which we have done in the past. The other balcony that we have is on the same deck as the spa balconie, so I’m not worried about the cabins being far apart if we upgrade.
  10. In this case, the minimum bids are quite low and there are 10 unsold spa mini suites and at least 15 unsold spa balconies 15 days before the cruise, so the odds of getting an upgrade are quite good. If we got one room upgraded, it could cost less than one spa pass for the week.
  11. For Breakaway, you can pre-book Rock of Ages, Burn the Floor, and Cirque Dreams (show and dinner) though I heard they are replacing that one. Now that so many people get specialty dining as a free perk, those really fill up. If you kind of already know your plan, it’s best to make reservations so that you can start relaxing as soon as you board and not wait in a line scrambling to make reservations. There are a few other things that you can only book once on board, like Canvas by U and the escape room and I’m not sure what else. If you are going to a show and eating dinner first, allow at least an hour and a half for dinner, preferably two hours.
  12. We have two balconies booked for our family of 4. When we book, we have to put one adult and one kid in each room, then when we get onboard we get extra keys so that all of us can get in both rooms, and we put my husband and me in one room and the two teens in the other room. This is how we do it, the staff knows, and we’ve never had a problem with this before. Considering an upgrade bid for one of the rooms for a spa balcony or a spa mini suite. If one of our rooms is upgraded, let’s say, the room for me and my daughter, can we switch the room assignments once on board so that my husband and I are assigned to the spa cabin and the kids to the non-spa balcony? I know we can’t do it in advance be3cause they need an adult booked in each room. I have read conflicting information on this board when it comes to switching teens’ and adults’ rooms. In the past, we have just gotten extra keys and not officially changed who is in which room. If it’s not possible to actually change the cabin assignments once on board, maybe I should bid for the upgrade for both rooms, but I still don’t know what we’ll do if one room gets upgraded and the other doesn’t.
  13. We have two balconies booked for our family of 4. When we book, we have to put one adult and one kid in each room, then when we get onboard we get extra keys so that all of us can get in both rooms, and we put my husband and me in one room and the two teens in the other room. This is how we do it, the staff knows, and we’ve never had a problem with this before. Considering an upgrade bid for one of the rooms for a spa balcony or a spa mini suite. If one of our rooms is upgraded, let’s say, the room for me and my daughter, can we switch the room assignments once on board so that my husband and I are assigned to the spa cabin and the kids to the non-spa balcony? I know we can’t do it in advance be3cause they need an adult booked in each room. I have read conflicting information on this board when it comes to switching teens’ and adults’ rooms. In the past, we have just gotten extra keys and not officially changed who is in which room. If it’s not possible to actually change the cabin assignments once on board, maybe I should bid for the upgrade for both rooms, but I still don’t know what we’ll do if one room gets upgraded and the other doesn’t.
  14. Diet Pepsi is nasty and a waste of good vodka. Better to get a vodka and club soda with lemon or lime. The mojito without simple syrup is also a good idea. A dirty martini is potent. And a glass of red wine could have as little as 4 grams of carbs. If you are picky about your sugar substitutes, bring your own. I only use stevia or monk fruit, and they don’t have those.
  15. Taxis are readily available at the port, and public trans is also easy to use. The Rick Steves Mediterranean cruise ports book has some great info to help you get around Barcelona. Highly recommend. I cant help too much with the disembarkation times. I don’t remember how long it took us. We usually booked a private tour where the guide would meet us at the dock, so we didn’t lose time figuring out where we were going. We didn’t do this for Barcelona though, because it was so easy to get around on our own.
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