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Sand and Seas

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About Sand and Seas

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    Far from Beaches, Western USA
  • Interests
    Travel, reading
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    NCL, Windjammer
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Caribbean & Bermuda

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  1. Great picture! It looks like decks 11, 14 & 15 would also fit a lounger. Would love to have one of those corner suites, but the regular aft balcony suits us fine. It there aren't loungers on your balcony when you embark, you can always ask your room steward. We have done that before (along with a nice tip!)
  2. After having our early April cruise cancelled, we pro-actively moved our October cruise to the following year. Of course our original October cruise was cancelled too, but it was 'easier' on us as we had already make the decision to change it to 2021. So yes, I would say we hedged our bet. I'm ready & willing to wear a mask on a cruise.....except when enjoying our large balcony😎
  3. My Joy cruise was cancelled, but since she is built like Bliss & Encore you could look for information on their aft balconies. Just be aware that the Joy cabins are numbered differently than Bliss/Encore so look where you are on a deck to be sure. From everything I've seen & read on this board, decks 9 & 12 definitely have room for loungers. We enjoyed our Encore in a B1 on deck 9. Had plenty of room for two loungers, two chairs plus the small table. Another option- the M6 Club Balcony Suites with Larger Balcony (former Mini-Suites) on Deck 8 are all 102 sq feet and all would hold two loungers & two chairs. We have re-booked on Joy for an Aft Balcony on deck 9. Some like deck 12 better as it has a higher view. (We did like deck 12 aft on Escape a couple of years ago.) We have also enjoyed the M6 on Encore earlier this year. All should be good choices.
  4. I don't think Haven gets laundry service, however Platinum already gets a free bag of laundry so not much of a perk for us. There are a lot of Platinum and Platinum Plus cruisers.
  5. I wonder how many have kept their early November bookings. Those dates are coming up soon especially for the cruisers that need to fly in.
  6. Interesting, does this mean no fees for room service? Room Service menus offering delicious options for breakfast, lunch and dinner
  7. Sorry, but it is not like Las Vegas for the drinks in the casino. To get 'Free drinks while playing' in NCLs casinos, CAS will give you a players card with the drink card attached. This players card is usually delivered to your room your first day on board. You show this card to the server or bartender. They also scan your room card. In addition to alcohol you can also get bottled water and energy drinks which aren't covered by your basic beverage package. If you get a higher Tier players card with CAS you do qualify for more expensive drinks at the casino bar. We no longer take the beverage package (paying the 20%) as we get plenty of drinks in the casino and tip for those as we go. For others, paying the 20% gratuity for the promo to get drinks anywhere on the ship works best for them.
  8. If you want to learn more about getting free drink cards up to comped cruises, suggest you check out Cruise Critics Casino conversations board. Lots of good information there or you can ask a question about a particular cruise lines casinos. https://boards.cruisecritic.com/forum/455-cruise-casinos/
  9. Yes! Since we don't live near a port and have to travel, I love the extra days on board😎
  10. I read it that you can use any type of CN certificate on this offer. (See line I high-lighted). This current promo started August 1st and is good through Sept 30, but they could extend it again.
  11. I don't know how to predict how often this is ran, but I do recall it being offered several times in the last year or two. Currently this is being offered until September 30th as copied below: CruiseNext DoubleUp! Offer Booking Window: August 01, 2019 – September 30, 2020 11:59pm EST Offer Details: Book ANY category stateroom and apply TWO Cruise Reward, CruiseNext, CruiseNext Haven or CruiseNext Lite deposits. Terms and Conditions Offers are applicable to NEW reservations only. Offer is based on priced category. CruiseNext Lite, CruiseNext and CruiseNext Haven are valid on any sailing length. The standard CruiseNext terms and conditions apply which will cover the category restrictions that are in place. Currency exchange rates are set at the time of purchase. Government taxes, port expenses & fees, general excise tax (GET), and discretionary on-board service charges and/or gratuities are additional. Cancellation Fees also apply based on the booking/sailing date; therefore, Norwegian Cruise Line strongly recommends the purchase of travel protection on all bookings. Offer is capacity controlled and can be withdrawn at any time. Offer and combinability with other promotional offers is subject to change at any time per Norwegian Cruise Line's discretion. Other restrictions may apply. Not applicable to chartered dates and group types: CMI OP EVENT, CMI OP LG EVENT, INCREG & INCLARGE. Applicable to all offices.
  12. I was worried too. Tried to pull up March cruises out of Miami and they showed all categories 'Sold Out'. Seems like it's too early for them to cancel March cruises 🤔Now it doesn't let me get past the first screens. I would bet they extend the current promo beyond two days. Giving all 5 promos isn't that costly for them.
  13. I have also been thinking it will most likely start up with the newer ships. It seems likely they would be able to handle any new restrictions and air handling guidelines. Just a guess so far.
  14. We love Pincho Tapas for a lunch so we would happily use some of our OBC in there.
  15. We enjoyed our Encore cruise. We had a large balcony so didn't really spend any time by the pools. Loved Choir of Man and hope those shows survive this cruising shutdown. Yes, ugliest chandelier ever, but we enjoyed every minute of that cruise. We especially loved Onda. We were booked again on her with two nights of Onda reserved when our April cruise was cancelled. It looks like Leonardo class has some great 'Waterfront' type deck space. It could become our favorite type of ship if they utilize that area well. I could imagine some good music and enjoying indoor/outdoor bars and restaurants on that deck. I hope they add restaurants like Onda and Pincho Tapas to Leonardo class🤞
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