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I read somewhere about this unlimited arcade package.  If you attempt to purchase it online, the NCL site forces you to buy it for all passengers in a cabin.  However, some have had luck with calling NCL and being able to purchase it just for some of the passengers in a cabin.  I went the second route and bought it on the phone for my kids -- my wife and I could really care less about playing arcade games.  Now, my TA tells me that my wife and I will most likely get charged for the arcade package once we are onboard.

 

Has anyone bought the arcade package?  For just some of the people in your cabin?  Were you then charged onboard for the others?  Trying to decide whether to keep it or not.  $112 for the 2 kids is ok, but I'm not spending $224 for all 4 of us.  There's no way my kids will spend that much in the arcade!  They are 9 and 8, and they only get to go to the arcade when we take them.

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All people in a cabin are suppose to purchase the package to avoid sharing of passes. When I asked on the ship, they said that is the only way they would sell it. 

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So you bought and paid for it on your phone?  Did the total price show up before finalizing the transaction? 

 

Best bet is to call NCL and get it straightened out.  Multiple people have reported buying it just for certain people in their cabin by calling.

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I purchased for just one in the stateroom online.  System allowed me to choose passengers for bliss Alaska sailing.  Might have made a difference that only two adults total in room?  I was not charged anything for extra person who didn’t have the pkg.  They had very few green swipe games available. Was a waste of $ for husband but could be a great deal for kids as long as they adhere to green swipe games.  

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4 hours ago, littlelulu01 said:

I purchased for just one in the stateroom online.  System allowed me to choose passengers for bliss Alaska sailing.  Might have made a difference that only two adults total in room?  I was not charged anything for extra person who didn’t have the pkg.  They had very few green swipe games available. Was a waste of $ for husband but could be a great deal for kids as long as they adhere to green swipe games.  

 

Do you happen to remember how many games/which ones were available?  It seemed from past discussions there were quite a few games, but perhaps that has changed now that the unlimited package is available.

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We purchased it last week on the getaway. We all had to get it. But there were a lot of games that was included, like the darts and pool in O Sheehan's. Any skill game isn't included. Or any game you win tickets. But my crew had a blast with it. Hope this info helps.

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I'm hoping to purchase this for my two kids on our upcoming 15 day in March. When I called CS they said I could purchase it on the ship for whoever we chose and not required for all to buy. I don't know who's right or telling the truth or even who is properly informed at NCL on this. It would be like almost $300 for my kids and It would be a cold day in helllllll if they think my wife and I want it or would pay for it ...... 

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7 minutes ago, kalebnoah said:

We purchased it last week on the getaway. We all had to get it. But there were a lot of games that was included, like the darts and pool in O Sheehan's. Any skill game isn't included. Or any game you win tickets. But my crew had a blast with it. Hope this info helps.

 

Thank you!  It does help.  I think I will get it for our family even if we all have to pay.  We rarely go to arcades, so it will be a fun way to spend time on a rainy day, or late at night when there aren't a lot of other activities.

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46 minutes ago, rwf1 said:

 

Do you happen to remember how many games/which ones were available?  It seemed from past discussions there were quite a few games, but perhaps that has changed now that the unlimited package is available.

Included green swipe that i can think of on the Bliss: Mario game in the Local.  In the arcade I think it’s air hockey, a pirate video game, motorcycle game, basketball, and a virtual game where you wear goggles and sit in a chair. 

 

My understanding is the arcade game pkg is similar to a soda pkg.  you don’t share and can lose privileges if abused but each cabin mate can purchase separately.  Husband’s card had arcade and mine had soda printed on cards upon checking in at the port (with pre purchase.)If the system won’t let you pre purchase I’d just call and purchase individually.  Everything onboard has a tendency to go up in price compared to pre purchase.  At $56 even a couple visits and it’s paid for.  The pirate game can take in hundreds an hour.  The game starts a count down every few minutes of play requiring another swipe to continue on.  I think it’s about $3 or more a swipe so a kid could really do some damage without a pkg on that one.  

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4 minutes ago, littlelulu01 said:

Included green swipe that i can think of on the Bliss: Mario game in the Local.  In the arcade I think it’s air hockey, a pirate video game, motorcycle game, basketball, and a virtual game where you wear goggles and sit in a chair. 

 

My understanding is the arcade game pkg is similar to a soda pkg.  you don’t share and can lose privileges if abused but each cabin mate can purchase separately.  Husband’s card had arcade and mine had soda printed on cards upon checking in at the port (with pre purchase.)If the system won’t let you pre purchase I’d just call and purchase individually.  Everything onboard has a tendency to go up in price compared to pre purchase.  At $56 even a couple visits and it’s paid for.  The pirate game can take in hundreds an hour.  The game starts a count down every few minutes of play requiring another swipe to continue on.  I think it’s about $3 or more a swipe so a kid could really do some damage without a pkg on that one.  

 

Thanks for the info.  You are right--that is not a lot of games.  It seems as if the Escape and Getaway have more green swipe games.  Not sure if the Bliss is different, or if they will make changes on all of the ships.  Our cruise isn't until June, so I have plenty of time to figure out what we want to do.

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8 hours ago, Mike_DeA said:

So you bought and paid for it on your phone?  Did the total price show up before finalizing the transaction? 

 

Best bet is to call NCL and get it straightened out.  Multiple people have reported buying it just for certain people in their cabin by calling.

 

It was all done over the phone with a live operator.  But my CC was charged $112 ($56 x2).  I requested an amenity statement from NCL (through my TA), and it shows just the children with the package.

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My mom called and bought the arcade package for my sons for our upcoming 15 days on Breakaway.  It shows as just them.  She was able to gift it to just the kids.  We will see how it goes in 7 days!!

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Please check back in with us and let us know!  I'm hoping to do the same for our kids on the Getaway in December.

 

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Pass on the Getaway does not include Skeeball, bowling, gambling-type games (i.e., claw games), etc.  Beliw are the prices for bowling and Skeeball per game per person.

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I just purchased the arcade package (today is our 60 days out!!!😀) for two people. It gave me the option to add and I selected the kids.  Charge was $112 ($56x2).  

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48 minutes ago, Noelly said:

I just purchased the arcade package (today is our 60 days out!!!😀) for two people. It gave me the option to add and I selected the kids.  Charge was $112 ($56x2).  

 

Thanks for the update Noelly!  Maybe you will be able to give us a review after your cruise.

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Noelly,

Did you do this online or with a person, and are you in the same room as your kids?

I'm on NCL.com right now, and it will only let me add per room.  I can't just let the kids get it.

 

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On 10/19/2018 at 5:10 PM, rwf1 said:

 

Do you happen to remember how many games/which ones were available?  It seemed from past discussions there were quite a few games, but perhaps that has changed now that the unlimited package is available.

 

 

We had it on the Escape two weeks ago. In O'sheehan's the Mario Kart, darts, pool, air hockey, and basketball were included. In the arcade, everything that did not aware tickets/prizes were included, so shooting games, racing games, guitar hero, basketball, air hockey, etc. were all included. The notable exclusion is skee ball, since it awards tickets. Really wish they would include skee ball and just not award tickets if you are using the pass.

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JamieLogical:  Thanks for the update.  I didn't realize skee ball gave tickets.  Now I understand why it is not included.  I wish there was a way to make skee ball work with the card too.  Oh well, I guess that is what OBC is for.

 

I am pretty certain we will get the unlimited games, unless the package changes before our cruise in June.

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27 minutes ago, rwf1 said:

JamieLogical:  Thanks for the update.  I didn't realize skee ball gave tickets.  Now I understand why it is not included.  I wish there was a way to make skee ball work with the card too.  Oh well, I guess that is what OBC is for.

 

I am pretty certain we will get the unlimited games, unless the package changes before our cruise in June.

 

 

Our local laser tag place has a big arcade area and they use a swipe card system that looks exactly like those on the machines on NCL ships. I know for a fact that they have the means to disable ticket rewards based on certain conditions. Like when you purchase a game of laser tag, you get 15 minutes of free arcade, but during that 15 minutes, you can't receive tickets from games that award them. Maybe NCL will be able to figure out how to program skeeball to do the same thing. Just not award tickets if you are using the unlimited arcade pass.

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That's interesting.  Maybe it would be possible.

 

By the way, did it seem like many people had the unlimited package?  Just curious if it is catching on.  Of course, your cruise probably had fewer kids, so maybe not the best example.

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just spoke to my agent at norwegian and he did for me arcade package for kids only for GEM sale on dec-15. no problem at all

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On 10/30/2018 at 2:03 PM, kpjb said:

Noelly,

Did you do this online or with a person, and are you in the same room as your kids?

I'm on NCL.com right now, and it will only let me add per room.  I can't just let the kids get it.

 

I was able to add it for just my girls, we are all in the same cabin. I used the NCL app at 60 days out. I just checked our edocs and it shows it for them. 

When I clicked on the arcade package it showed all four of our names. I selected to add it to each kid and submit. My credit card was charged $52 in 2 separate transactions. It was similar to adding the soda package for my younger daughter. 

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We have 2 cabins, one for the adults, one for the kids side by side, however, we had to book 1 adult in each cabin.  Do you think they would allow us to only purchase the package for our two kids, 1 in each room and not each adult?  Also, a poster mentioned doing this on the NCL app.  Does anyone know if there is a app in the apple app store if they are referring to the website?

thanks

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I just went to the NCL website to see about purchasing this for my son. It’s showing that the cost is $161. We’re on the BA, could this be the reason for such a high jump in cost?

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I just looked to see the cost for our Bliss cruise in 9 days and it shows a price of $161 per person and everyone in cabin had to purchase it.  It amazes me how quickly NCL raises prices on things.  It must have been a big success for them so they want to see how much more they can get.

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18 minutes ago, gatorchinsky said:

I just looked to see the cost for our Bliss cruise in 9 days and it shows a price of $161 per person and everyone in cabin had to purchase it.  It amazes me how quickly NCL raises prices on things.  It must have been a big success for them so they want to see how much more they can get.

 

My partner and I had this on the Escape at the $56 pp price for booking it before we got on board. At $56 we kind of debated at the end of the cruise if we had gotten our money's worth and decided that, even if we didn't do $112 of arcade games, it was still nice not having think about every swipe. At $161 pp, it would definitely NOT be worth it for the amount we used it.

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33 minutes ago, gatorchinsky said:

I just looked to see the cost for our Bliss cruise in 9 days and it shows a price of $161 per person and everyone in cabin had to purchase it.  It amazes me how quickly NCL raises prices on things.  It must have been a big success for them so they want to see how much more they can get.

DH and I were looking to book it for our January cruise on the Epic, for 2 of us  at $8/day it would have been $176-that is a somewhat reasonable price in our opinion. At almost double the cost they can keep it and we will just pay out of pocket and regulate what and if we spend money in the arcade.

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I just check our epic 7 day cruise and it jumped to $161 per person.  It was $56 pp 3 days ago...

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they changed the package . now you can buy package for only one guest - and then you can probably transfer it between people in same stateroom

Ultimate Arcade Package

DETAILS

 

Play on (and on and on)!  Purchase the Ultimate Arcade Package and enjoy unlimited arcade games for your entire cruise.

Ultimate Arcade Package must be purchased for at least one guest within the stateroom.

Guests can play select arcade games for the duration of their current cruise. The Ultimate Arcade Package includes arcade games with Green colored swipes. All other prize and ticket issuing games, including vending will be charged at posted price. The Unlimited Arcade Package sharing controls includes limiting guests to three (3) swipes every three (3) minutes. If compromised, the card will be disabled for 15 minutes. Norwegian Cruise Line management reserves the right to alter or change package structure at any time.

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Well, I'm definitely out now.  I'll just let the kids play a certain # of games per day.

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For us, the change to $161 was actually worth it - kiddo loves the swipe games and if we had to buy the package for all three of us in the cabin at 88$ / person = $264. I don't really play games, but Ro loves them because he doesn't have an arcade near him at home (a la Chucky' Cheese, etc...), and has fun playing games with other kids on the boat - especially on a winter cruise out of NYC when the first few days and last few days often are not great weather, and it's fun to be inside having motorcycle races and burning off excess energy. 

 

At $161, my 9 yo can enjoy swiping away with our supervision for the cruise. At 11 days, you figure 10 being actually days when he can use the arcade, that's definitely a great price! Personal decision though...we have had "PJ night" where we sneak out of our room to grab fries at O'Sheehan's then play table hockey - very cool memories. 

 

Amy

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18 hours ago, dubroben22 said:

they changed the package . now you can buy package for only one guest - and then you can probably transfer it between people in same stateroom

Ultimate Arcade Package

DETAILS

 

Play on (and on and on)!  Purchase the Ultimate Arcade Package and enjoy unlimited arcade games for your entire cruise.

Ultimate Arcade Package must be purchased for at least one guest within the stateroom.

Guests can play select arcade games for the duration of their current cruise. The Ultimate Arcade Package includes arcade games with Green colored swipes. All other prize and ticket issuing games, including vending will be charged at posted price. The Unlimited Arcade Package sharing controls includes limiting guests to three (3) swipes every three (3) minutes. If compromised, the card will be disabled for 15 minutes. Norwegian Cruise Line management reserves the right to alter or change package structure at any time.

 

Do we know if the flat rate is $161 or is that based on a 7 day cruise, i.e. an 11 day cruise would be more? If we purchase just 1 and share then we save $15 with the flat rate.

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