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6 minutes ago, Project-College said:

True... much more flexibilty with HS'er missing 'starting' days after winter break than 'ending' days, as he too has midterms for 4 AP classes.

Yes it is. Dd18 missed 1 or 2 weeks of HS every year for international dance competitions with lots of AP’s, but she had reliable internet and downtime, and it took about 2 weeks to get everything made up. I think it would be harder on a cruise.

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If it were me and RCCL is 90 days out I would book both and if you can't be sure of your

son's dates cancel NCL at 121 days  and go with RCCL. I know it is double booking which means

double deposits but if you can afford to do it that is the way I would go.

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You all seem very knowledgeable so I'll start here (before another thread).

 

Since this is a xmas Cruise, do they do anything extra special or simply put up garland?

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I was just on line checking. Rutgers has an app that allows you to find our your exam schedule. Why not use that and solve the issue today?

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24 minutes ago, zqvol said:

I was just on line checking. Rutgers has an app that allows you to find our your exam schedule. Why not use that and solve the issue today?

What app is this????

 

The only one I know of reports 'established test dates' for the current semester ONCE IT STARTS.  Is there one that identifies future semesters????  If so, could you post a link as my Son has never heard of this either?

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As a person who likes to plan ahead, I understand your desire to book NOW for a holiday cruise @Project-College.

 

But...waiting until exams are scheduled will be a lot easier than stressing about when your college son's exams will occur. 

 

How concerned is your Rutger's son about all this? I'd let him do the cruise research and legwork regarding his test schedule if he isn't doing so already. He may be willing to cruise with another line if it better fits his obligations.

 

 I agree with posters who've suggested that your h.s. son skip a few days after his school is back in session in January. It shouldn't be a problem for him to approach his teachers about making up assignments he may miss in the day or two he's cruising.

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6 hours ago, Project-College said:

NCL said they had to have final payment in late August (120 days), as did RCL and Carnival.  Both RCL and Carnival were willing to waive the 120 days for 1 week to allow Son to verify Finals... NCL would NOT?

 

Let me know your thoughts... Thanks

 

 

 

5 hours ago, Project-College said:

... but again RCL and CCL are in that same Industry and they were willing?

 

NCL's standard final payment date for a 7 night cruise is 120 days.

 

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Carnival's standard final payment date for a 7 night cruise is 75 days.

 

Royal Caribbean's standard final payment date for a 7 night cruise is 90 days.

 

Neither CCL or RCL is offering a special waiver for you.

 

 

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6 hours ago, Project-College said:

My wife and I are almost 60 and cruise alot, and usually in upscale cabins.   Maybe NCL needs to hire a new CRM specialist as possibly loosing a future multisailer over a 1 week waiver... obviously their algorithms are faulty.

 

They probably don't have the ability to issue a one week waiver in their system. If that's not available, it's not available. Manual overrides almost never work, especially with something that is so time sensitive as a cruise.

 

TBH, as much as I like NCL, I would book with one of the other two lines that can promise, in writing, that you have the extra week to cancel penalty free. Remember that "he said" contracts are almost never enforceable without way more effort than you'll want to take, and resolution usually comes after the vacation is long over. So you absolutely must have it in writing. The risk is not just financial, but also missing the vacation. I can't think of any differences between the lines that would make missing the vacation - even if you are fully restored financially - worth the risk of losing what may be the last chance to vacation with your older son.

 

 

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InsureMyTrip.com   a helpful insurance website where you can compare policies. 

 

And yes, there is more than just garland put up for decorations.

 

 

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