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thought not a specialty coffee drinker, I still wish they did offer a coffee plan for those who would be interested.

 

better lounge area around pools and yes, better policing of vacant lounges. Better facilities for mobility challenged cruisers around the pool, including easier access to the pools instead of no ramps for the adult pools.

 

a few more and better port talks, not just trying to sell us everything they have on the next port.

 

for sure better sports coverage, at least in one of the bars.

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I'd like to see them bring back a lobster night. And yes, I'm fully aware that it's pretty crappie quality lobster, we still enjoyed it.

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I would like to see beer stands on the Lido deck. It's annoying to have to stand in line while they make all the fancy drinks just to get a beer.

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Self service soda fountain machines at the buffet and not only the strange „juices“/iced tea. It‘s not nice to first get the food from the buffet, search a table and then go back to the bar to get the beverages. In the meantime the food is cold.

 

Same for the pool area. I dont‘t like to stay 10 minutes at the cocktail queue to get a pesi or beer.

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More unique/longer cruises.

 

My first cruise was a 7-day Eastern, then a 7-day Western. We had a 10-day Southern on the Gem cancelled a week out so we last-minute booked with Princess. The actual cruise was different but it opened my eyes to the different itineraries other cruise line operators have.

 

We're back with NCL on the Dawn for a 10-day, but it really seems like there aren't too many variations in itineraries - and 10 days is just the right amount. I'd like to see more 9-11 day cruises.

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More unique/longer cruises.

 

My first cruise was a 7-day Eastern, then a 7-day Western. We had a 10-day Southern on the Gem cancelled a week out so we last-minute booked with Princess. The actual cruise was different but it opened my eyes to the different itineraries other cruise line operators have.

 

We're back with NCL on the Dawn for a 10-day, but it really seems like there aren't too many variations in itineraries - and 10 days is just the right amount. I'd like to see more 9-11 day cruises.

I am not unhappy so much with the variation, but I do agree. However, my complaint is not enough new ports. Most every port they do has been around forever. I would love to see something a little different. As for the itineraries other lines offer I have to disagree with you there. Most of them are repeats as well. one really neat itinerary we were on was down the Atlantic coast on Princess repo about 4 years ago.

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More unique/longer cruises.

 

My first cruise was a 7-day Eastern, then a 7-day Western. We had a 10-day Southern on the Gem cancelled a week out so we last-minute booked with Princess. The actual cruise was different but it opened my eyes to the different itineraries other cruise line operators have.

 

We're back with NCL on the Dawn for a 10-day, but it really seems like there aren't too many variations in itineraries - and 10 days is just the right amount. I'd like to see more 9-11 day cruises.

I wish NCL does the longer 10-14 day cruises out of NYC in the Spring/Fall like what they do during the Winter months.

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Never had an issue with the beach towels, we always toss ours in the bin after an excursion and grab new, and no one counts... so I think some people sure have had different experiences there.

 

I’d love a coffee card, or even better to have lattes and the like included with ubp, they are like half the price of a fancy drink that is covered.

 

I like the idea of 12 and up after 7 pm at the specialty restaurants. Unfortunately we would never get to partake, because my daughter likes to go to teen club as soon as it opens for the evening, so we eat at 5:30. I would like the specialty restaurants to open at 5 instead of 5:30, so Dd didn’t have to rush to leave at 6:50. She likes good food, and the kid's menus were never appealing.

 

I’d like more caffeine free, non-diet choices to drink. I get bored with just sprite or 7-up or whatever it is. Miss being able to bring our own sodas and juices.

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1. No bidding for suites. It's better if they sell them for a decent price without bidding.

 

2. One formal dining option. (That's not less Freestyle. More options = more Freestyle.)

 

3. An adults only area in the Haven.

 

4. One ship doing round trips from Stockholm on the Baltic Sea during the summer.

 

5. A longer itinerary around Hawaii with seadays.

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I would like to see beer stands on the Lido deck. It's annoying to have to stand in line while they make all the fancy drinks just to get a beer.
I have bought beer from these, but maybe that's just on embarkation day.

 

Self service soda fountain machines at the buffet and not only the strange „juices“/iced tea. It‘s not nice to first get the food from the buffet, search a table and then go back to the bar to get the beverages. In the meantime the food is cold.

 

Same for the pool area. I dont‘t like to stay 10 minutes at the cocktail queue to get a pesi or beer.

I would love to see this too, but I'm not sure how that would work since soda isn't free.

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I have bought beer from these, but maybe that's just on embarkation day.

 

 

I would love to see this too, but I'm not sure how that would work since soda isn't free.

 

I wonder if they would ever consider installing a self-serve soda machine, where your card has to be inserted to get the soda. I do like those Freestyle Coke machines they had on RCCL. Maybe something like that if they ever consider changing soda suppliers.

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I would like to see beer stands on the Lido deck. It's annoying to have to stand in line while they make all the fancy drinks just to get a beer.

Carnival has this on their newer ships and a few of the upgraded ships. it is a nice feature

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Specialty Restaurants with dining hours for Adults only on a rotating basis so those wanting a quiet romantic dinner can do so! For Example: 1st night of cruise it could be Cagneys after 7 pm is for adult diners only, 2nd night it could be Ocean Blue after 7 pm. (before I'm accused of disliking children.....I have raised 24 foster children and 4 of my own, worked in a middle school and I adore children and I think its terrific that parents are doing cruises and creating memories with their children.) But, you can't ask children to be adults and sit quietly for an extended period and it would be terriffic to have a romantic atmosphere for other cruisers who are without children.

 

Great idea!!!

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Different itineraries on the big ships over the holidays; we've done them "all" now, and tired of the same ports over and over again over Christmas- so we're doing something different this year.

 

Live band/live music/dancing 'earlier' in the evening so you can have a nice dinner and dance well before the 11pm partiers come out? We have to work hard to stay awake so late!

 

Truly all inclusive fare as an option so you're not nickle and dimed to death.

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I agree with smaller water bottles. The ones they sell you are too large and heavy to carry when you leave the ship for an excursion.

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  • American sports in the bar
  • An actual Irish Beer on tap in O'Sheehans (or at least something better than Stella)

 

Totally agree with American sports in the bars. Just got off the BA which is out of NY and as a Red Sox fan was looking forward to some good natured bantering during the Red Sox - Yankee games last week. REALLY disappointed to see soccer on every TV.

 

Also trying to recall if they even have draft beer on the ship?? I remember getting a bottle every time.

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More pools on the mega ships! 4.000 people fighting for 1 main pool and a kid's pool is cray! I hate to say it, but RCL really has something going with it's (mostly)adults only Solarium and multiple pools. I'd love to see a "family Haven" area with exclusive access to some family friendly features that didn't break the bank. I'd love to try Haven some time but a) it's expesnive and b) I wouldn't necessarily feel comfortable taking my younger kids there as we would spend most of our time in the more kid friendly areas. If we stay in the Haven, we want to enjoy our time there. ;)

 

We like the food and entertainment for the most part. Wouldn't really change much there.

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Oh, and photo and internet packages need to be revamped. Both are pretty expensive for what you get.

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I am not unhappy so much with the variation, but I do agree. However, my complaint is not enough new ports. Most every port they do has been around forever. I would love to see something a little different. As for the itineraries other lines offer I have to disagree with you there. Most of them are repeats as well. one really neat itinerary we were on was down the Atlantic coast on Princess repo about 4 years ago.

 

Agree! They'll have 3 different ships going the same route! Eastern St. Thomas, Tortola and Nassau is all you can get to in 3 days? Heck, throw Great Stirrup Cay in! Give us another beach day! Mis it up a little! Need to offer Eastern/Western/Southern combos with price enticements.

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*on ships with Margaritaville at Sea have at least one jimmy buffett trivia.

 

*i love the guy fieri burgers on carnival. copy that!

 

*one more entertainment channel on room tv. or travel channel. i hate the news channels.

 

*lemme have some good coffee as part of the ubp. and spring water.

 

*how about sports memorabilia auction? the art print auctions baffle me, unless they are hand marked or signed. otherwise....its a frickin print°°

 

 

 

 

 

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Love the adult only specialty dining after a certain time or on rotating days.

 

There are 3 main dining rooms, why can't one be adults 18 and over only?

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*how about sports memorabilia auction? the art print auctions baffle me, unless they are hand marked or signed. otherwise....its a frickin print°°

 

An overpriced framed print.

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More pools on the mega ships! 4.000 people fighting for 1 main pool and a kid's pool is cray! I hate to say it, but RCL really has something going with it's (mostly)adults only Solarium and multiple pools. I'd love to see a "family Haven" area with exclusive access to some family friendly features that didn't break the bank. I'd love to try Haven some time but a) it's expesnive and b) I wouldn't necessarily feel comfortable taking my younger kids there as we would spend most of our time in the more kid friendly areas. If we stay in the Haven, we want to enjoy our time there. ;)

 

We like the food and entertainment for the most part. Wouldn't really change much there.

 

Yes, all the mega ships added was decks and decks and decks of balcony and mini-suite rooms. Didn't increase the common areas. NCL Escape is the only ship I had to wait to be seated in a general dining room. We enjoyed community dining on Holland America, met and made some great friends doing this!

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*Craft beer

*The ability to carry on some small amounts of booze or soda

*No corkage fee for wine if you drink it in your cabin

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They should find a place to have a wall of cubbie hole style lockers on the pool decks. Basically open shelving units to put sunscreen, shoes and towels while you swim or use watersides. I think less people would hoard chairs if their were other options to store belongings by the pool. When I bring the family to the water-slides I usually grab a chair solely for our stuff.

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They should find a place to have a wall of cubbie hole style lockers on the pool decks. Basically open shelving units to put sunscreen, shoes and towels while you swim or use watersides. I think less people would hoard chairs if their were other options to store belongings by the pool. When I bring the family to the water-slides I usually grab a chair solely for our stuff.
Oooh, that's a good one!

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Also trying to recall if they even have draft beer on the ship?? I remember getting a bottle every time.

 

 

I got draft beer at O’Sheehan’s and at Maltings on Breakaway. Obviously Escape and (now Bliss) have extensive draft beer choices at The District Brewhouse

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*how about sports memorabilia auction? the art print auctions baffle me, unless they are hand marked or signed. otherwise....its a frickin print°°

 

I agree but the art actions have huge profit margins...but maybe they could add sports memorabilia and attract a wider audience (and with their buying power I am assuming they can still make those 80%+ profit margins).

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A better coffee bar - frappuccino type drinks that are much better (in line with Starbucks, etc.) The current ones aren't worth paying for in general.

A coffee card program like Princess

I am willing to pay for a good coffee drink (after all, I do at home too) but NCL doesn't do a good job of this yet. (At least on the older ships)

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Love the adult only specialty dining after a certain time or on rotating days.

 

There are 3 main dining rooms, why can't one be adults 18 and over only?

 

 

There are only two MDRs on most ships. They are quite different in decor etc. It would certainly be a major negative for us if we couldn’t go to the aft dining room because we have our son with us.

 

 

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I do agree though that Taste and Savor (or their equivalents) on the newer ships do offer the option of having different entry requirements (whether age or dress code).

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They should find a place to have a wall of cubbie hole style lockers on the pool decks. Basically open shelving units to put sunscreen, shoes and towels while you swim or use watersides. I think less people would hoard chairs if their were other options to store belongings by the pool. When I bring the family to the water-slides I usually grab a chair solely for our stuff.

 

THAT is another excellent idea and wouldn't cost much at all. Since we have no interest in hanging out on the deck when traveling without a group we pretty much do the same thing when using the hot tubs. Put benches near the cubbies and you have a place to sit down for shoes and such. Perfect for those of us who don't need a chair for anything other than a stuff holder.

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Better prices. Just off the getaway and purchased a cruise cert. that means I have 2 in my ncl bank now

 

But since I'm still in the 30 day cancellation period I'm seriously considering getting a refund for the one I just bought

 

The prices are outrageous for the cruises and even though I just turned gold latitudes I will look elsewhere for cruising

 

I'm not giving up or spacing cruises further out because ncl has raised their fares by what I consider a ridiculous amount

 

 

Sorry but if I paid $750 a person this past spring break there is no way $1250 a person for next spring break is justified a year out for 2019

 

This is not covering your costs ncl plus a profit....this is price gouging to see who will bite..or perhaps it's just ncl throwing a dart at a price and waiting to see what suckers take the bait so to speak

 

 

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I wish NCL does the longer 10-14 day cruises out of NYC in the Spring/Fall like what they do during the Winter months.

 

 

They do a 14 day cruise on the Dawn out of Boston in October.

 

I would love to see Charleston, S.C. added to some of the Boston or NY--Bermuda cruises. Doing so would add a lovely port to this itinerary, and lengthen a too short 7 day cruise to 8 or 9 days.

 

Bring back the pillow chocolates at turn down time.

 

Bring back the chocolates for Platinum passengers.

 

Somebody suggested other sized bottles of water to be sold. I would like to see 16 or 20 oz. bottles. More convenient than 1 ltr.

 

Interesting guest lecturers..

 

I love the idea of alternating adult only hrs. for the specialty restaurants. This will give parents the opportunity to share the specialty experience with young kids at early hours, or on evenings when it's open to all.

 

We should mention all of our ideas to the staff at meet & greets and get them implemented.

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We should mention all of our ideas to the staff at meet & greets and get them implemented.

Is it the staff onboard the ships that makes the policy decisions/changes or is it corporate?

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A real Country Bar with Line Dancing and free lessons. Had someone tell me he is Cruising with an infant, and getting charges as an extra passenger....outrageous if you ask me....an infant is not going to use any of the amenities:confused:

 

To a degree infants do use some of the amenities. They sleep in a Pack & Play which could be provided by the ship, The cabin steward may have extra tidying to do. Probably not much else, if they are not on table food yet.

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Is it the staff onboard the ships that makes the policy decisions/changes or is it corporate?

 

Probably corporate, but staff could pass suggestions along.

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what age limit would you have? Our son is 12 and we certainly expect him to sit quietly when we eat (and he doesn’t let us down).

 

 

 

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Love this idea

Cruised in Haven and Mini-suites. It would be nice to have something in the middle price-wise. I did like the Haven bar though. Never crowded and always got great service.

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