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    Adding 3rd Passenger and they raised 1st & 2nd

    You'll need a different cabin (that sleeps 3). So that's why.
  2. Wow! A 4yr old thread revived! Still invaluable info.
  3. Today is the last day for the "Take all 6" and Free $100 OBC for past guests. I'm wondering if you think cruise prices will go down, if they stop the promotions. Although- I know NCL always has SOME kind of promotion happening. Just debating if I should book Escape March 31-April 7 now or wait it out. Price isn't bad.
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    Wished NCL sails out of Baltimore, MD

    We’ve been on the Sunshine 2X out of Norfolk. 3X glory. And 2 Holland ships back before they pulled out of Norfolk. RCCL used to also have a ship. I really would love to see the port utilized more than just 2 months a year by Carnival. This may the new Sunrise will be going out of Norfolk. We live 15m away so it’s super easy. Plenty of parking decks in downtown Norfolk. I don’t know why the port isn’t used more. I heard rumors about high port taxes.
  5. I used a TA for the first time, bc she is a friend, and the folks we are traveling with used her too. So I haven't really been paying much attention to my booking. I did my online check-in, with no rush, as normal. Only to find out about the new staggered check in. This will be the very first cruise, I won't have lunch on the ship. I guess a few hours is nothing to get to upset about though. 2:30-3pm UGH.
  6. Very good points. I appreaciate them! All suites sold out for our sailing- so no choice to move to another suite category. I also was just looking at our booking and the promotion included all grats paid. Isn't it $18/ pp per day now? So that's $630....hmmm. I didn't factor in our grats for the insides. So saving less than I anticipated at first. 2 insides would give us the 2 bathrooms, but no tub. LOL But I am in money saving mode, at this point- so any "extra" may just have to be forfeited. We're even considering DRIVING (12 hours for us) something we NEVER do, bc I hate driving more than 4 or so hours. Yes- I realize I'm having serious 1st world problems over here too
  7. On all other cruise lines, we choose 1 balcony and 1 inside (for the kids). But on NCL, the suite perks are so awesome we have always chosen a suite. We booked during a really great promotion on March- Owners suite- with all 5 of the "choose your freebie" thing (including $200 OBC) for a total of $4650 (including taxes/ port charges) for the 5 of us (kids are 18, 10, 7) Here's the dilema: I lost my job in April! It was only P/T and I run an e-commerce business from home, as well- so we are still doing OK- but I just priced out 2 insides and it saves us about $1700. We could even add the UDP and still be ahead by a long shot. But I think the suite price is really an amazing deal, and I'd hate to give that up too.... So my question is- has a family cruised on NCL with their family, in insides and not felt like they were going to kill each other. LOL. My husband and I have cruised CCL insides on short duration cruises, when it was just the 2 of us- and I actually loved being able to take a nap in the middle of the day in complete darkness. This is also a pretty port intensive cruise, so I can't imagine we'd be in the room a lot. But I will admit, I LOVE having a bathtub. I soak and soak in that thing.
  8. Should I be worried about my Jan. cruise?
  9. Mandy923

    Brand of Liquor?

    Can anyone tell me if Carnival sells (in the bars) Ciroq vodka or 1800 Agave Tequila? Thank you!
  10. Thanks Everyone for your input! I'm leaning towards the DOS- But really not sure if we will miss the Balcony. We don't really spend any considerable time out there. Usually just a few minutes at a time- while coming into Port..... Hmm.... Decisions!
  11. We are a family of 5. (18, 10, 7 are the kids ages). Which one of these staterooms would you chose on the STAR. They are identical in price. THought I'd get some input. One of the biggest differences I can see is the 2 bedroom Family suite has a Balcony, where the Deluxe Owners Suite does not. Any other input?
  12. We've only been on 1 NCL cruise (Pearl)- I am pretty unfamilair with the Ships. Even though I've been reading reviews like crazy! haha! I'm planning a Jan 2016 Family cruise (kids: 18, 10, 7) and me and my husband. I'm curious to seen what everyone's favorite ship is- and why. If the ship offers THe Haven (I understand some older ones don't?) then we will be staying in the 2 bedroom family suite in the Haven. If a ship doesn't have THe Haven- we'll probably get 2 Balconies. But feel free to offer other options that may be better. If we Sail on the Epic we might get a suite or Balcony for the 4 of us, and get a studio for the 18yr old. So....What's your all time most favorite NCL ship, and what did you love so much about it?
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    guy's Burger....gluten free

    They did have GF buns on our 2 Glory cruises (within the last 18m) and they also did on our Breeze cruise in Jan. 2014 It wasn't advertised or anything. I just asked, and it took about 10m for them to make it. But my 8yr old son, who has celiac LOVED being able to have a burger with a bun. Bc we just go bunless 99.9% of the time. The fries are NOT GF!
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    79 days and ticking...GLORY

    THe Glory was our first Carnival ship! and it has remained our FAV!! You'll love it.
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    Carnival Breeze Vs Royal Caribbean Independence of the Seas

    My family has been on both Breeze and Liberty of the Seas (Indy's sister) And although we prefer Carnival over Royal- in general. I liked Liberty much more than the Breeze. THe Breeze ALWAYS felt insanely crowded to me. I haven't experienced that on other Carnival ships (Glory, Conquest, Paradise).