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  1. Very concerned. We have four future cruise certificates (paid $500, worth $1000) apple to two cruises. Not even thinking about buying NCL stock now. I'm certain those cruise certificates would be worth nothing.
  2. BANKRUPTCY? STOCK AND FUTURE CRUISE CREDITS? I'd love to buy some NCL stock cheap but the possibility of bankruptcy is a concern. Then stock will be worth nothing and I assume future cruise credits will be worth nothing. Bermuda law allows for restructuring debt like Ch. 11 in the USA. Not sure how that would future cruise credits. I have $1000 of future cruise credits (paid $500) that would become worthless? I'm sure others have more. I was allowed to use two toward our next cruise, the other two applied to a cruise that is almost 2 years in the future.
  3. True. Sailed on NCL Encore Nov. 2019 and for the year before sailing, the price of the cruise pretty much stayed the same. I can't understand why NCL prices this year are incredibly higher and going up. Difficult to say now, but I think prices will go down if the Coronavirus gets worse and people don't want to cruise because of it.
  4. Has anyone seen your cruise price go down recently? I wonder if cruise prices will go down if fears of Coronavirus cause people to cancel and book fewer cruises. People not being able to get off the ships at port, closed pools, buffet changes, quarantined to rooms, etc. I don't see NCL lowering prices at all to fill ships. We have cruises for this year and 2021 - just booked a month ago. One cruise (same room and perks) is now $900 more, the other (Hawaii Pride of America) is $1600 more!
  5. Plan to arrive New Orleans December 24 for a cruise sailing out December 27. Hoping to enjoy a lot of jazz music and Christmas celebrations before we cruise with our teenage son. Reading some reviews, I'm concerned New Orleans will be mostly quiet December 24 and 25 with many places closed for the holiday. Will there be much to do December 24-26? Maybe we should arrive earlier that week to enjoy some holiday festivities - street music, caroling, holiday music in churches, etc. Any advice? Thank you.
  6. Escape, Getaway, Breakaway. Just recently off Encore. My 14 yr old son missed the sports court that Breakaway and Getaway have. Although Encore has laser tag, virtual reality, and speedway..... can only go so many times and there is a fee. Even if the fee is not a concern, only so many people can so speedway and laser tag at one time and it requires reservations. Breakaway and Getaway have the sports court, ropes course, and rock climbing wall that was more available. Escape had the same plus an additional water slide (the tube slide). Because Encore only had two slides, the line was always long for the tube slide. Many teens were not heavy enough to do the other drop slide on Encore.
  7. Thanks for the tips! For the overnight port stays (Maui and Kaua), I wondered if there are nice hotels to stay the night or do most people come back to the POA overnight. That would change our thinking about spending money on the bigger balcony room. Many more reviews to read and almost 2 years to plan! Our usual excursions are a taxi to a beach or a catamaran so I'm certain the shore excursions are going to be expensive for POA (with ship or on our own). Helicopter tour definitely on the plan. Might need some of that money saved on the room. All our NCL sailings were the big ships but we have been on a smaller Celebrity ship (Constellation).
  8. First trip to Hawaii on NCL Pride of America. How did you choose a cabin? How important is room location given the ship is at port most of the time, sometimes overnight? And reviews sound like most of the time on the ship is morning and later at night. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. Our Story: On other NCL ships, always had a balcony room for Mom, Dad, and son. As son will be 16 at the time of sailing, thought the 2-bedroom family suite with large balcony would be nice as he is getting older.. We would have a separate room, son would have his own little space, and the aft balcony would have great views (Napali Coast, for example). But we might do a helicopter tour of Kaua so not sure seeing Napali Coast from our balcony is important and could always go on an outside deck that afternoon. And that "suite" is $5000 more!!!! That's more money for shore excursions (or another cruise!). Below are some cabin examples. Cabin 12504 -- Large Balcony in the middle of the big, big expensive suites. Seems like good location - port side, close to open deck area and bar. It's an adjoining room so wonder if we might get bumped out if someone booking the adjoining suite wants it. Cabin 10678 - 2 bedroom family suite with aft balcony port side. Nice big balcony but how much time will we really enjoy it? Aloha Lanai Bar is above on deck 11 but the balcony is open above. Cabin 9698 is aft and directly underneath 10678 -- also a good location and has more cover over the balcony (in case of rain) but also will get less sun. Pride of America Deck Plans https://www.ncl.com/cruise-ship/pride-of-america/deck-plans
  9. It's the same. The photo on NCL's web site for the shore excursion called "Fiesta Latina" shows the same musician and names him in the description -- Juan Carlos. I can't imagine how NCL justifies charging $79 per person for a show that is free for anyone dining there and is a two to three block walk away. The excursion details do not mention getting anything but a sample of sangria, no ride (not needed), no walking tour on the way to the restaurant, nothing. Makes me want to sail with a different cruise line. I expect ship excursions to be higher priced than going on our own but this is charging $79 for nothing. https://www.ncl.com/shore-excursions/SJU_55/Fiesta-Latina ?destination=Caribbean+Cruises&port=SJU&sort=searchWeight&sortOrder=asc&perPage=12&startingRecord=12
  10. Back from our 11/24 cruise. We went to Triana Tapas and Flamenco -- show started 7:30pm, we called before we cruised to make dinner reservations at 7pm. The show is 6 nights a week so call ahead to confirm. Juan Carlos, the Spanish guitarist was incredibly talented and the flamenco dancers beautiful. Food very good and many choices. NCL Encore was docked 5:30pm-12. Before dinner, we walked along Paseo de la Princessa to the end by the water where there is a beautiful water fountain. After dinner and the show, we walked back to the ship dock only 2 to 3 small blocks) and bought a few things $5 San Juan hats, magnet and tree ornament. There were a few other items for sale on the street right before the ship dock entrance - necklaces, leather belts and wallets and bags. Before the 7:30pm show, there was another show that seemed to be a cruise ship excursion. I saw a ship excursion $79 per person and did not include anything but a sample of Sangria. NOTE: There is NO CHARGE for the show and you can easily walk to the restaurant. They asked for $20 minimum per person purchase of food and drinks. Our total bill was about $120 for 3 people including drinks, several seafood tapas, and tip. Walked away stuffed.....! http://www.trianatapasyflamenco.com/en
  11. Back from our 11/24 cruise. We went to Triana Tapas and Flamenco -- show started 7:30pm, we called before we cruised to make dinner reservations at 7pm. The show is 6 nights a week so call ahead to confirm. Juan Carlos, the Spanish guitarist was incredibly talented and the flamenco dancers beautiful. Food very good and many choices. NCL Encore was docked 5:30pm-12. Before dinner, we walked along Paseo de la Princessa to the end by the water where there is a beautiful water fountain. After dinner and the show, we walked back to the ship dock only 2 to 3 small blocks) and bought a few things $5 San Juan hats, magnet and tree ornament. There were a few other items for sale on the street right before the ship dock entrance - necklaces, leather belts and wallets and bags. Before the 7:30pm show, there was another show that seemed to be a cruise ship excursion. I saw a ship excursion $79 per person and did not include anything but a sample of Sangria. NOTE: There is NO CHARGE for the show and you can easily walk to the restaurant. They asked for $20 minimum per person purchase of food and drinks. Our total bill was about $120 for 3 people including drinks, several seafood tapas, and tip. Walked away stuffed.....! http://www.trianatapasyflamenco.com/en
  12. Same guy approached us in Old San Juan. What a scammer. We moved away from the city to get away from scammers like that.
  13. This same person approached us on November 26. Be aware and Beware.
  14. Looking for a St Thomas beach with fun things to do - rent a kayak, get pulled on a banana boat ride, parasail, etc. Cruise ship docked 8am-6pm. Suggestions? We have been to Coki Beach and Trunk Bay before. A place with good beach bar food would be nice. We snorkel but have been to a beautiful snorkel location in Roatan, and this trip, will snorkel at the next port Tortola. Not impressed with snorkeling at Coki - the coral was gray and dead and people feeding fish dog biscuits. Thanks
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