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Seafan22

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    Pennsylvania
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    Scottish Drumming
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    Norwegian
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Europe

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  1. I was on a June 28 to July 5 trip and it got cancelled about 3-4 weeks ago. I have already gotten the FCC and rebooked for a year later.
  2. I had a cruise scheduled for June of this year cancelled. I received 125% Future Cruise Credit (FCC) to use on trips sailing until 12/31/2022, plus a small window of time to book a cruise at 20% discount. I rebooked and paid for the same cruise I had for one year later (2021), and with the credit and discount I still had about two thousand dollars of FCC left, and time in the discounted booking window. So I booked another cruise for 2022 and got another 20% discount on that cruise, and applied the $2K of FCC as the downpayment. Just a thought for others in this same situation.
  3. I have seen recent posts about trips being cancelled on short notice in Europe, and I have seen this in the past in the Caribbean. I know sometimes this may happen because of mechanical issues, but I am more concerned about NCL getting a better offer. When they’re able to charter the ship out to a company and cancel our trip. I realize in the fine print of the contract it says something about the fact that they can cancel any port or the whole trip and we are just out of luck. But I would rather totally avoid booking any of the ships that are typically used for these kind of situations. Can anyone tell me which ships to avoid booking trips on? Thanks
  4. NCL isn't giving money to, or back to anyone. Here is the basis of the Carnival deal: The Best Price Guarantee is available only for exact shore excursion matches, for example, duration of the shore excursion, transportation fees, and the exact same dates of the shore excursion as booked through Carnival Cruise Line. The Best Price Guarantee is not available for shore excursions booked through any third-party where excursion details are unknown until after purchase. If your claim meets these requirements, Carnival Cruise Line will issue a non-refundable onboard credit worth 110% of the price difference. An email confirming the outcome of the request will be sent to you. If you cancel your excursion, your onboard credit will also be cancelled. The onboard credit is nonrefundable, non-transferable, and has no cash value. So you have to still have to take their excursion, but you will get OBC in the amount of 110% of the difference in cost. So in other words, you get paid 10% of the difference.
  5. What I would do is stay in Dublin until the evening before, take the 8:00pm flight. Then from Rome take the train down to Civitavecchia and stay in a basic hotel - since you will arrive very late - and have a relaxed morning. Eat breakfast in towan and then go to the port and board. You will be much more relaxed in the morning this was. Have fun!
  6. This site is called Cruise CRITIC after all, not Cruise COMPLIMENT. So we should expect no less for our entertainment dollar.
  7. Though I am a pretty loyal NCL Platinum cruiser, we are interested in cruising in Australia and New Zealand and NCL does not offer much in the way of variety or an advanced schedule (I like to plan a year or a bit more ahead). What other cruise lines have NCL customers sailed with down-under and been happy with? Thanks
  8. Having done some work in pricing, I know that a company can really irritate their customer-base if they take a product or service away. A strategy for doing this and putting it back on the customer is to jack up prices to the point where few or no customers will buy something, and then the company can say, "We discontinued it due to low sales." This may be what's going on with dinner plans or some of these resaurants, so more space can be allocated to exclusive-tier passengers. This is just an early guess, but store away this thought, and let's see what happens in the next couple years.
  9. I agree with Keith here; not only would I not want pay for the concierge and butler, but frankly it would make me very uncomfortable to have those people doing things for me that I really don't need and am quite willing to do for myself. When I'm in my balcony room I tell the room-steward that the second servicing of the room is generally not needed. I know I am paying to have the room cleaned and refreshed, but I don't really need more than that.
  10. I work in web-deliver services, and if I can give a suggestion to NCL; if they would just put Banner Announcement on the pages where people are looking for answers, where NCL knows that things aren't working, it would greatly cut down on the need for people to call and call and call.
  11. If I have a 4-meal Dining Package and two meals from my Platium Perks, can I make all of those reservations before the cruise; and how does it get sorted out since the two Platinum Perk meals are restricted to specific restaurants. Any guidance here would be appreciated.
  12. I am inside the 120 days for my October 2, 2019 Getaway cruise in the Baltic. Every day I try to do the dinner reservations and all that comes up is the first day of the cruise. The people on-line say that they just had a new system installed (which I don't believe, I think that is in the response manual), and it should be tw days. I have gotten that response now for 15 days. Are people on other trips having th same problem? They aren't able to take the resevations and load them for me because they can't get in the system for this trip either. I pay on time, I would expect that they live up to their end of the deal too.
  13. Though this will not be news to many people, I want to relate my current experience with price-watching. As a practice, I am a planner. I reserve my trips far in advance to get the cabin location I want, to do the location and excursion planning I want, and to have the planning be part of the excitement of my trip. Another thing I do is watch the price of my trip on a regular basis – every 2-3 weeks – by doing a mock booking. I book through NCL, so when I have to rebook at a new price, there is no danger of losing the cabin I chose on the split-second cancel-rebook an outside person has to do. With the current trip I have planned - 9-Day Scandinavia, Russia & Baltic from Copenhagen, in October – I have been able to realize a $500 price drop (2-people) by watching the rates over the last six months, as I move toward the final payment date, which comes in one month. This is over 11%, money that can be used for other things on the trip. Just wanted to pass this along.
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