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  1. For me I don't drink much, I would never drink enough on a cruise to cover the cost of the 20% on the UBP. I know a lot of people do and I would never discount this as a good option for other people. I get free drinks in the casino so if I want a drink at dinner or anytime I just pop down there and bring it with me. I also get bottled water for my shoreEX from the casino the night before and pop it in the refrigerator. For me my next cruise is the 16 night Australia, New Zealand for Christmas and New Year. I have chosen the shoreEX and here is why. I found all of the tours that I wanted to do while on land. I added up the costs of those tours booked outside of NCL which came to a total of 415.00 (Excluding the two other tours that I was booking outside of NCL already.) Then I found the similar tours offered through NCL. I added them up and came to 727 USD. These tours will happen over 6 port stops so that is 300 USD off the price. Dropping it to 427 USD. From there I have 300 On Board Credit. That takes the final price for those tours down to 127 USD out of pocket. And makes them almost 300 USD cheaper than booking outside of the cruise line. I do want to highlight that I booked what would be the most expensive excursion The Taieri Gorge Railway Experience with the actual tour provider which saved me 209 USD. So I will not get a shore excursion credit for that day. Which is fine with me because I have already saved more than the 50$ credit by booking with the rail company. I think you should do the math to make sure that this option works for you. I am also a solo traveler so this can make a difference in the choices that you make as well. I would suggest doing the math on what you want to do and finding out which is the best option. I always book with the gratuity free options and then if I change my mind when I am doing my planning I will call up NCL and have them change it and pay the gratuity then. This allows me to really think about the experiences that I want to have and do. You can change your choice until 24 hours before your cruise so don't feel locked in.
  2. Hey so the video is not on youtube but it is on google you can see it here https://drive.google.com/file/d/1bD9knfVvvxrSf8-cjNFHVOHT2tjz900G/view?usp=sharing. I would upload it to youtube but I live in China, and that could take hours and hours because of VPN. Someone else was commenting about money I would have cash in NZD. There were some shuttles that you needed cash for. They do say to carry your passport the real one for getting back into some of the ports. Just take it.
  3. I would do one if people were interested in it. I have a video that I put together from last year. It was an amazing trip. I did Norway this summer on the Jade, I think I could spend all of my time there ... I don't know how you gave up that tradition!
  4. Hello, I am not going to lie I did not read all of the posts above. However I did the Sydney 13 night cruise over Christmas last year and I am headed back for the 16 night on the 20th. It it is a lovely cruise the excursions this year are not as exciting to me as the ones I wanted to do or repeat on this trip from those offered last year. Also we will be skipping bay of islands this year which is a shame. You our can bring water off the ship in NZ. But don’t bring food they will remind you constantly and they will tell you they are not responsible for any fines that you get bringing food off. There were dogs at the gangway more than once checking to see if we brought off food. I will go back and read more of this thread later to answer any more questions. This is a cruise that shouldn’t be missed.
  5. That is possible. I only booked this cruise in April but they could be grandfathering a different cruise. Or just the account. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  6. I didn’t ask I had 77 points before boarding today. I got my confirmation as platinum, I had the platinum perks in my cabin when I got here. I don’t know how they make those decisions. I cruise a lot, mostly Europe. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  7. Check your account. I cruise a lot but they did boost my status by 3 points for my next cruise. I had 35 nights at sea in the past 12 months tho. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  8. We had name tags yesterday. The lady who you are working with on the ship is Yulia from the Ukraine. -epic Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  9. I organized the one for this week we met yesterday on our Sea day. I had 20 who signed up at first then it got up to 30 or so just before we set sail. Yesterday there was 8/9 people who showed up. When I was talking to the cruise team they said not many people show up on the Med cruises. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  10. For the past two years I have been straw free. I don’t really drink alcohol (maybe one or twice a year). And I make sure on cruises to ask for no straw because I don’t want it to land in the ocean. I think this is a great idea. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  11. Hey Jan! Last year we could book tickets as early as the Sunday when we boarded the ship. But, when we got to Cannes it was very easy to get on the tenders. We were waiting for someone in our group that wasn't at our meeting location they hadn't called our number but told us we could go anyway. We were a group of around 6. They want to get everyone off as soon as possible if you are willing to go early they will take you.
  12. I was on the Jewel over Christmas. It was amazing. I have a hard time believing that all of the staff from my trip have already left the Jewel. After reading all of the posts in this thread, I would start with the question have you ever been to mainland China or Hong Kong? When I am there I am fully aware that I will need to use my preschool Chinese to clarify things. (I taught preschool, I have very good Chinese about boats, lining up, cars, dinosaurs, toilets, water normal things... ) The people working at the port work for the port they don't work for NCL. They probably have no idea what you are talking about. Did you try talking to them in their language as a guest to their country? As a person going to visit this region you must know about the visa requirements... I have also lived in Russia. As a traveler, you must know the requirements to go to a country if a country has strict visa requirements for all visitors it is going to take time to be cleared by customs. Everyone has to be cleared. I have stood in the immigration lines I know it takes time. The food was salty? Did you try asking for something cooked with less salt? They would have accommodated it. Things are stressful when you have a family emergency, trust me I understand and it is hard to be away from home during these times, I have lived overseas for almost 6 years. I get it. The crew on the Jewel was amazing in my experience, they became friends who I still chat with on Facebook. A lot of them knew my name after 13 days. I cried on Christmas it was the first real non Asian Christmas I have had since my mom died. They made that atmosphere and experience for me. I will forever be grateful for the time I had on the Jewel and in Australia and New Zealand. Was everything perfect no, there was a crazy person attacking a bartender and spending time in the brig. There were guys who got kicked off the boat. There was a bunch of underage drinking. But, I made lifelong friendships and experienced something that I don't know if I will ever get a chance to do again. I am sorry that your experience wasn't as amazing as mine was but do take a few days and see what you really remember from the trip, and the time that you go to spend with loved ones if you went with them or the memories of trying to get through the streets of Hong Kong having no idea where you were going, the orange temples in Kobe. The deafening silence that you experience at Tiananmen square. The bad noodles that made you sick that you bought off of a street food person on the side of a road. Exploring the bund. As much as you may be frustrated and annoyed. Trust me I have lived in China and Russia for almost 6 years. You got to experience things that people dream about.
  13. I wouldn’t call myself an adventurous traveler. I have traveled a lot of SE Asia, some of Europe most of America and have experience living in China and Russia. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  14. I would try to sail the joy if I move back to China. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  15. I will be spending those earned points in the future Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  16. Russia still wants your money [emoji106][emoji16] Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  17. As someone who worked at Disney world I used to mostly do 4-5 hour trips. As a guest it may seem rushed. Are you an experienced Disney visitor? Do you know your way around? Willing to do single rider lines? Know how far it is of a walk from the back of world showcase to the front of the park? ... I would do it on a heartbeat given the opportunity! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  18. Do you tip at Starbucks and chipotle? I wouldn’t do that but I haven’t lived in America with the tipping culture in a long time. At Christmas people bring small gifts at Halloween customers brought candy. It’s not easy to live on a ship it’s just a kind gesture. I live in a remote village in Russia when people give you something like a chocolate that they got when they were away it makes you feel good. I understand spending a year away from family at a time. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  19. Premium coffee and bottled water... That is what I usually get with my Ultra Drinks card.
  20. I hosted the meet and greet last year on the Epic and brought some Russian chocolate for all of the officers. They seemed to really enjoy it.
  21. OP sorry to hear about your trouble tendering. I was on the Jewel over Christmas and made friends with a few of the bar staff, I know they were recently moved to new locations around the boat so I couldn't tell you where my favorite people are. I am considering the Jewel again this summer for a quick trip in Alaska. We only tendered 1 day and it was very smooth with help from the local tour companies at the end of the day to get everyone back onboard. I can agree with you about your room steward. I never met my room steward but he/she did a nice job. It was hard for me to tell who was working on my room because it was clearly a transition location different people cleaned the rooms on both sides of my cabin and I swear there could have been a third person cleaning the room across the hall. Oh well, at least they did a good job keeping it clean!
  22. If you don't find anyone on here don't give up. There will be plenty of people doing it. You will meet people on you TA who are staying onboard!
  23. I would love to take the getaway to Norway Iceland but won’t it be a little big for those ports? I took the getaway to the Baltic’s and apparently smaller ships can get closer in some ports. I didn’t have any trouble. The entertainment was fantastic and so was the boat. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  24. I did the Adriatic over Halloween on the star in 2017. The temperature was cool, I live in Russia and found it cool. I would recommend a light jacket. Santorini was shutting down for the season as another poster mentioned. But, that meant that it wasn’t busy. I had a fantastic trip, I might even do it again this year. I also might go on the epic it depends on the school calendar. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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