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You need to talk with the Next Cruise people about this - onboard the ship.

They sell the Next Cruise Certificates used for the down payment on the next cruise - a real bargain

in that you purchase 2 at $250 each giving you a $500 down payment on that next cruise and you

get $250 OBC and if not used and applied on your on board account leaves a bill of $250.

At the time of purchase you can book your next cruise and get a 1 class cabin upgrade.

You don't have to purchase the certificates to book that next cruise but then again you don't have

to go online and futz with that computer taking its own vacation time in booking you or call and wait

for Helen to answer the phone (hell n wait) !

Only disadvantage is tying your money up early making that booking but you would do that anyway

unless you wanted to wait to the last minute to take what cabins are left for selection.

Booking early gives you the best pick of location and cabin.

You can always cancel and make adjustments right up to the Final Payment - as a result you could

lose or gain some perks bennies bonuses OBC - you are smart to research this in advance - so talk

it up with the Next Cruise people onboard.

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We booked on board for a cruise in August 2021.  Bought CruiseNext for $250, giving us $500 towards that sailing.  The CruiseNext guy was offering to get us a Sail Away rate and guaranteed us a cabin number and free at sea, but the sail away rates were sold out, so that sort of sucked!  Either way, we booked, have 10% down on our cruise, and almost 2 years to pay it off!

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Depending on what cabin type you want, you may make some savings by booking onboard.

 

Basically, they may be able to upgrade you from a lower (and cheaper) grade cabin to a better higher grade cabin within the same type. So you won’t be upgraded from an oceanview to a balcony, but could get the most expensive type of oceanview for the cost of a cheaper one.

 

The last cruise we booked onboard, we told them what cabin we wanted and were quoted a price a few hundred pounds cheaper than that cabin was available for. We paid for an OG cabin and got an OA.

 

On other occasions they haven’t been able to offer much. That is especially the case if you want a slightly unusual cabin (aft, large balconies etc).

 

I’d ask what they can do for you. It may be worth it or may not, but it never hurts to ask.

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Just got off the Getaway with a new booking. Here's what we got. We bought two next cruise certificates totaling $500 with $250 to help pay down anything we spent on board. Since we are Latitude members(Bronze) the latitude promo for Aug was 20% off any cruise on the latitude list of 360 cruises and the current perks,which a cruise for 2021 was on there that we wanted to do. Now the best part. Since we were booking a spa balcony we got the spa balc at the sail away price(lowest Balcony price). Saved about $1000. Oh, and it's their newest ship, the Encore.

I would definitely look at your options on board.

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4 hours ago, KeithJenner said:

 

 

The last cruise we booked onboard, we told them what cabin we wanted and were quoted a price a few hundred pounds cheaper than that cabin was available for. We paid for an OG cabin and got an OA.

 

On other occasions they haven’t been able to offer much. That is especially the case if you want a slightly unusual cabin (aft, large balconies etc).

 

I’d ask what they can do for you. It may be worth it or may not, but it never hurts to ask.

Sorry I don't think I am being very smart here.  I have never booked a next cruise because of the OBC situation.  Maybe you can explain to me Keith.  

 

We have usually had the drinks package and rarely buy anything.  No photos, no excursions, no using the spa.  We play the casino but I don't think you can use OBC for the casino.  So we don't need OBC.  So on my three NCL cruises I have ignored the CruiseNext Certificates.  Why would I buy something that gives me OBC if I would not spend it - and basically lose it once I leave the ship.  

 

If they told me that the OBC would be applied on the next cruise it might be more appealing.  I might say book a sailaway rate and not bother with the drink package.  I might consider buying the dining package (no point half way through a cruise).   

 

Am I missing something???? 

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8 minutes ago, ollienbertsmum said:

If they told me that the OBC would be applied on the next cruise it might be more appealing.  I might say book a sailaway rate and not bother with the drink package.  I might consider buying the dining package (no point half way through a cruise).   

 

 

That's exactly what it is. You can use the "free OBC" to just buy more CruiseNext deposits. So basically, you get $500 worth of deposits for $250 cash. Or $1000 for $500 cash.... It's too bad that wasn't made clear to you on your past sailings! It's free money to spend on future cruises! So far, we have used $4500 in CruiseNext deposits that only cost us $2250.

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Ohhhhhh   Really!!  Thank you so much JamieLogical.    I think I will be going to the cruiseNext department next month.  We do like the NCL approach to dining.  We will be getting another cruise.  Maybe doing the Adriatic a second time - I am pretty sure that I am going to love my cruise on the Star next month.  

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1 minute ago, ollienbertsmum said:

Ohhhhhh   Really!!  Thank you so much JamieLogical.    I think I will be going to the cruiseNext department next month.  We do like the NCL approach to dining.  We will be getting another cruise.  Maybe doing the Adriatic a second time - I am pretty sure that I am going to love my cruise on the Star next month.  

I would certainly recommend you buy the vouchers if you are certain that you are going to book a future cruise. It is basically $250 off (assuming you book a category which allows two credits to be applied).

 

You are not the first person to be misled by the way that it is explained by NCL. It is in their interests for people to understand things as you did and then spend the OBC onboard, but I also think they know that if they made the rules that way then it would mean that many people wouldn't buy them (I very likely wouldn't), and therefore they allow it to be vague.

 

Glad you've got it sorted now. 🙂

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Yup, they're hoping people don't realize that the OBC is meant to pay for half of the Cruise Next cost. 

 

I have $250 off my next two cruises thanks to their the use to on any room promos they've been running this year. I'm such an easy sale - just walk up say I want X certs. They go into their spiel, I stop em with a yeah I know, and I'm out of there in no more than 5 minutes. 

 

FYI - you can buy in any number of certs, not just the ones they show. I wanted to buy another to double up on a cruise that only had one cert on it (my "bank" got emptied out when they first had the use 2 promo as I was caught unawares) but wanted to have 2 in my bank for future unbooked cruises. I asked if I could buy 3 and would still get the 50% OBC and the guy said no problem! It was a little weird in that the OBC came through as $100 $125 and $150, but it totaled the correct amount. 

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1 minute ago, smplybcause said:

I'm such an easy sale - just walk up say I want X certs. They go into their spiel, I stop em with a yeah I know, and I'm out of there in no more than 5 minutes. 

I fill in the form beforehand and just hand it over to them when passing. Sometimes they have a letterbox you can post it into. I only ever speak to them at all if I need something related to latitudes or if I want them to look at pricing a future cruise for me.

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1 minute ago, KeithJenner said:

I fill in the form beforehand and just hand it over to them when passing. Sometimes they have a letterbox you can post it into. I only ever speak to them at all if I need something related to latitudes or if I want them to look at pricing a future cruise for me.

 

I always say I'm going to do that, but I either misplace the form they send to my room or can't find a pen or forget. So I usually find myself on the last day going "oh crap!!" and doing it last minute. 

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2 hours ago, smplybcause said:

 

I always say I'm going to do that, but I either misplace the form they send to my room or can't find a pen or forget. So I usually find myself on the last day going "oh crap!!" and doing it last minute. 

That won’t be a problem on the Breakaway. We had CruiseNext marketing material left on our bed every single evening and received at least five voice mail messages from the CruiseNext department.

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10 hours ago, smplybcause said:

Yup, they're hoping people don't realize that the OBC is meant to pay for half of the Cruise Next cost. 

 

I have $250 off my next two cruises thanks to their the use to on any room promos they've been running this year. I'm such an easy sale - just walk up say I want X certs. They go into their spiel, I stop em with a yeah I know, and I'm out of there in no more than 5 minutes. 

 

FYI - you can buy in any number of certs, not just the ones they show. I wanted to buy another to double up on a cruise that only had one cert on it (my "bank" got emptied out when they first had the use 2 promo as I was caught unawares) but wanted to have 2 in my bank for future unbooked cruises. I asked if I could buy 3 and would still get the 50% OBC and the guy said no problem! It was a little weird in that the OBC came through as $100 $125 and $150, but it totaled the correct amount. 

You can even save time - when you print out your eDocs the last few lines of print or page(s) have everything you

need to do this. It is basically the same form that is available at the Cruise Next counter - you can fill it out and drop

in the provided Mail Slot.

Presently I believe after 30 days the certificates become non-refundable by NCL BUT Whoa you can easily sell them

here at CC - there are transactions going on all the time - the only cavet is you must be sailing off into the sunset

on a cruise within -4- years or Cinderella's cruise ship becomes a dingy !

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