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Mine was over $1100 in tips for a free UBP:rolleyes:

 

 

You might want to follow up with your travel agent. . . If I do the math to have over $1100 in tips at 18% gratuity, your UBP would have cost more than $6,100 (either a very long cruise, paying for multiple people or there is some confusion.

 

 

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You might want to follow up with your travel agent. . . If I do the math to have over $1100 in tips at 18% gratuity, your UBP would have cost more than $6,100 (either a very long cruise, paying for multiple people or there is some confusion.

 

 

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40 night cruise for 2 people. $1137.60 to be exact

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Although I'm totally experienced in cruising with several lines since 1990, I'm a know-nothing about NCL, besides the fact that they pioneered Anytime Dining, etc.

I want to start investigating the line, however, I can tell you that the current reputation is that they are trying to charge for whatever they can- in what used to be considered included items/services.

Can someone with NCL and other line experience perhaps elaborate on this developing reputation?

 

PS: I'm not referring to the general industry reduction in service levels the last 20 years, but perhaps that which seems specific to NCL, lately? Thanks!

 

Welcome to budget cruising in the 21st Century!

 

With the low dollar prices for cruise fare it's now all about ancillary revenues.

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I somehow doubt that, though that is a nice optimistic way of looking at things :D

 

There may be more to the situation than NCL are telling me - it was for two cabins for a family of 4 on the same sailing together and both cabins submitted for full reimbursement of the DSC. NCL has not given me a valid reason WHY they have delayed the claim/reimbursement, just that it is "under review by management" and that these DSC refund requests are handled on a "case by case" basis - their words. Their Corporate guest relations department can be a challenge to work with on a good day, and they are refusing to escalate me, or the client, to the mysterious manager who is "reviewing" the request.

 

Or perhaps more the the situation than your clients are telling you?

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Think about how much it would've cost if you paid for it. We paid over $800 for the UBP for s 7 night cruise.

 

So true. I would not have purchased it then. That would have been over $6000 before tip.:eek: But based on their current drink prices we will utilize it very well.

 

They also gave free DSC from a new promo. What a score for me. Instead of $50 shore credit for 4 ports ($200 value) I changed it to free DSC and that was worth $1080

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But it was the same per person per day as anyone else here. I don't think I could have drank enough for so many days to make it worthwhile - and I can drink a lot.

All you needed to do was consume ONE drink per day worth around 12.50 to make it worthwhile. Even though it was 40 days of consecutive cruising, one drink per day can be consumed by anyone very easily. And since you stated that you drink a lot, I bet you might even be able to drink two.

 

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All you needed to do was consume ONE drink per day worth around 12.50 to make it worthwhile. Even though it was 40 days of consecutive cruising, one drink per day can be consumed by anyone very easily. And since you stated that you drink a lot, I bet you might even be able to drink two.

 

Yes, that is all correct. It's the 40 days costing $568 pp that made me think its it's too much alcohol. The price disconnect between what I pay for drinks at home versus NCL drink pricing is my problem, I can handle paying that much for drinks for a week or two. Longer trips' UBP cost would make me feel like an alcoholic.

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You can remove the gratuities via a form they will give you at guest services. I had the specialty dining for all seven nights which included gratuity so thought how greedy to charge me twice for dining by adding that NON mandatory second daily gratuity so had it removed when I got home via their form. I gave breakfast and lunch a cash tip and tipped my cabin steward in cash.

 

Did you not eat breakfast or lunch or a snack? I guess the workers that prepared that don't deserve it either?How about the people that washed the dishes that you dirtied in the specialty restaurant?

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Very nice cruise. I'd be more worried about my bill for laundry :)

 

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Its not that bad. We do allot of hand washing in the sink with powdered detergent and then hang a line on the Balcony. We also pack synthetic fiber clothes so no wrinkles or cottons to become soaked and heavy.

The laundry special each week is great and we stuff that bag to the max (inside a pillow case)

We are used to it,and you need to pack smart.That's the key.

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The UBP is now $79 pppd:eek:. 18% of that is $14.22 pppd in gratuities.

 

The price of one fancy cocktail.

 

As others have said, you don't have to take the UBP or SDP, you can take free wifi or shore excursion credit and eat in the main dining rooms, buffet etc and pay for your drinks as you go.

 

There are tons of ways they do try to get more money out of you, the casino, pictures, excursions, specialty coffee, gift shop, duty free, etc, but those are all things you can avoid if you're not waiting to pay these things.

 

I've been on the Spirit twice, both times with the UBP and drank enough to feel like the cruise was free.

 

Everyone's mileage will vary.

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You know you really should have mentioned that it was a 40 day cruise when you first post what the tips were for your free ubp

 

 

Clarity is your friend

 

 

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Sorry, my bad. I assumed people would look at my signature and see the 40 day B2B2B there.

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