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CarolinaMamma

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  1. Are you on Encore Jann16th? I am, and was told we could cancel up to 60 days beforehand.
  2. I hope we’ll know soon what the timeline will be for kids under 12 getting vaccinated, but Iif I were in your shoes, I’d start thinking of a land-based backup plan for your family vacation that involves more fresh air and open spaces. I personally would not put an unvaccinated kid in the windowless kids’ club with other unvaccinated kids. I would not make dibsl payment if you don’t know by then whether the kids will be able to go.
  3. So looking forward to following this thread! We are booked on Encore in January. !Have a fabulous cruise, Abe thanks for sharing your experience with us!
  4. This is a bummer. We are booked in Encore Haven in January, and I really like to have everything booked in advance so that I can start enjoying my vacation right away, rather than waiting in lines on embarkation days. I hope this policy will change as NCL gets back in the swing of things.
  5. Please let us know what you find out. I’ve seen the touring production of Kinky Boots and loved it, but my kids were too young at the time. They are old enough for it to be age-appropriate now.
  6. We had a sail away balcony a few years ago and got an upgrade offer.
  7. Thank you! Can you tell me which nights Choir of Man and Kinky Boots are on? Not sure if it will be the same nights when they go down to the Caribbean, but I’m curious. And desperate for a cruise to look forward to. Enjoy Alaska!
  8. For those who have upcoming cruises on Encore, are you seeing Kinky Boots as an option? My cruise isn’t til January, so I know it’s too early to book, but I’m not seeing Kinky Boots listed, and just wondering what folks booked on cruises within the 120 day window are seeing. Also, are you able to book shows in advance? I notice some things say “too early to book,” while others, like Choir of Man, say “Book on board.” I am a planner, so really hope I’ll be able to book shows in advance as usual.
  9. Which sailing are you booked on? We are booked on Encore from Miami 1/16/22 and I am hoping for the best, but not booking flights until I see how things go with the Gem in August. I really don’t want to book a different ship because prices have increased quite a bit from when we booked.
  10. I hear that sone of them are good, but I was underwhelmed with mine. I felt I knew more about the ship and logistics from my time on cruise critic than she did. And she keeps calling my teenage son to try to sell new cruises, despite my repeatedly telling her that my number was the “primary” one. She’s always going on about the “30% off,” even after I’ve told her that means nothing, because NCL is always running the same “30% off” sale. I’ve asked if she will contact me if the Haven drops to x price on x date, and she’s not willing to do the work. She’s like “feel free to call me and check prices anytime.” I decided to book my upcoming cruise with a travel agent who I felt had earned my business by doing very informative YouTube videos about the NCL ships. He’s actually sailed on the ships and was able to give my good cabin advice, plus am OBC above what NCL would give me.
  11. Celebrity has a better “base” product, especially MDR and buffet food, and feels less crowded and more serene. Part of that is that there is less actual crowding on the ships and part of it is that the passengers are overall quieter. NCL is pitching to the day-drinking Carnival crowd. (Not that I have anything against day drinking, especially when on vacation, but I don’t love seeing grown-ass adults acting like toddlers.) . I like that X’s non-alcoholic beverage package includes specialty coffee drinks and bottled and sparkling water. On NCL I have to upgrade to premium plus to get those included, abd I don’t drink enough alcohol to make premium plus worthwhile. That being said, if we do specialty restaurants every night, we can have a very good dining experience in NCL. Their entertainment is IMO better than Celebrity. And one thing I LOVE about NCL is the Haven 2-bedroom family villa. Sharing a bathroom with my teenagers is not a vacation, and celebrity doesn’t have any 2-bathroom suite options and getting 2 suites for the four of us is very expensive. Celebrity’s prices are crazy high these days. I would love to sail on Apex or Edge, but it just doesn’t seem worth the cost right now. For the price if 2 Edge balconies, we can get the Haven 2-bedroom family villa.
  12. SUCH a waste of time and money, and the wine was really bad, too! I never have high expectations for cruise ship wine, but yuck!
  13. Well said, Gary. I wish NCL would do something like the Lift and Shift that Celebrity did. That would allow the loyal customers to book a similar stateroom and itinerary at the original price they paid, while letting NCL raise fares for new customers if the demand supported it. We took the refund for our cancelled cruise, because we expected they’d raise fares, and with kids in high school, our schedule is not that flexible. I feel badly for those of you who have had your money tied up innFCCs for so long. Hope you get a satisfactory resolution.
  14. Which sailing are you on? We are booked for Encore January 16th.
  15. I live in NC and was not required to show ID or my insurance card when I got vaccinated. This was at a drive-through mass vaccination clinic. I think this was done in an effort not to deter undocumented immigrants or anyone else without an ID from getting the vaccine. Yes, I had to fill out my name and contact information, but, in theory, I could have sent someone else to get vaccinated in my place. Seems stupid, but some anti-vaxxer might pull a stunt like that. With that kind of system, it’s going to be hard to prove vaccination status.
  16. My sentiments exactly. I’m not so much afraid of catching Covid, but I don’t want my vacation ruined by an outbreak. I’m also hoping for fewer restrictions (masks, social distancing) if everyone on board is vaccinated.
  17. Anyone seeing this on their Amex gold card? And is it only for new cruises, or payments for existing cruises? We have a cruise booked, but final payment isn’t due until September.
  18. I have not been in the spas on Bliss and Escape, so I can’t really compare, but I think the spa on Breakaway is awesome and well worth the $, especially if the rest of the ship is crowded or you have more than one sea day. We loved it!
  19. Yes, I definitely use the hand sanitizer. My main point is that I welcome the service by staff in the buffet.
  20. My husband is an executive at IBM. And yes to the grossness of elevator buttons, handrails, and all the high-touch surfaces. Not so much for Covid, but Noro and the other fecal-oral bugs. Don’t want any of that ruining my vacation.
  21. I was a waitress in college. We sometimes had to refill the soap and paper towels in the bathrooms. The soap and paper towels in the men’s room almost never needed refilling. I asked my husband about this, and he confirmed that at work, many men exit the restroom without washing their hands. I am also a mom of two boys. So yeah, I am grossed out by shared serving utensils.
  22. We are fully vaccinated, and I was hoping to not have to wear masks outside on deck. I’m trying to picture cruising under these guidelines. One family at a time in the hot tub. How would that work? Do you reserve a ten minute time slot and get only one during your entire cruise. 6 feet of distance in the pool. Does this mean that the 8 people in the pool have to stand in one place so they don’t get to close together? My 17 year old in the teen club, having to stay 6 feet away from everyone. Packaged grab and go meals in my cabin. This does not sound like a vacation to me. I think I’d choose something on land instead.
  23. Timing must be carefully planned to book a cruise that is actually likely to sail AND not have children onboard. What do you think the perfect window of time will be? My 17 year old is already fully vaccinated and my 14 year old is hoping to get hers by June or July. Pfizer is already showing good results for 12-15 year olds, so watch out, they are coming!
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