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dpostman

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  1. For those interested, I combined all the songs proposed in the email into one spotify playlist. While making the Ranger cookies recipe i suppose 😉 https://open.spotify.com/playlist/19SAdxpXAwxUPzEbDoffET?si=OI66aYvFQpO6rDiLGejKEQ dp
  2. I know we are not talking the same amounts, but NCL lost my $210 prepaid gratuities. I purchased the cruise through a travel agency. Late Feb, I purchased 2 soda packages and prepaid the grats on MY NCL. March 9th I cancelled all 3 and was told they would refund my CC. March 18th, my CC was refunded for both soda packages, but not the $210 for grats. Today I called and was told by 2 different agents that NCL decided to issue refund of my $210 to my TA instead of my CC. So I called my TA, and as I suspected, they have never heard of such a thing. My TA assured me that any purchases made directly with NCL and paid by me directly with my CC should be refunded directly to my CC. Has anyone else had something like this? I put a claim in with my CC to see what they make of this. I'm not a big fan of RCL web site but the purchases and cancellation process on their Cruise Planner is much better. dp
  3. I did cancel our pre-paid amenities and was told it was going back to my CC, the agent even gave me the last 4 numbers of my CC to confirm what card it was being credited to. I did get an email immediately but I had not opened the email when still on the phone. When I did, it was a blank .pdf with only a bunch of gibberish at the very bottom of the page. Since this was only 2 days ago I don't see the refund yet on my CC Statement, however those amenities no longer show up in my cruise summary. dp
  4. My wife and I are scheduled for a 7 day Western Caribbean departing Miami on March 28. Sadly, we are probably going to end up cancelling. Just waiting a bit in case something changes for the better (I doubt it). We are both not at all worried for health reasons, but our kids would be staying home by themselves for the week for the first time, and we are OK with that, but if for some reason the ship were to be held up (quarantined) or we are held up, I would not want our kids home by themselves for maybe up to 3 or 4 weeks. I work in a hospital, my wife in the school district, and here in NB, the Education Minister has already imposed a mandatory 14 day house isolation upon return for any school kids or employees that return from out of country as of march 9th. So automatically my wife would be stuck home, and probably just a matter of time before I get the same guidelines. I know much of the reaction in the population form this is hysterical and out of proportion, but nonetheless, we have to make our decisions based on what is best for us, and it looks like cancelling is the most appropriate one. I wish we had no other responsibilities to anyone else and we could just chance it and go like others here can. I do wish the best of luck to those that decide to go, and best of luck finding deals to those rebooking 😉 dp
  5. Plus, they always serve Corona with Lyme 😉 We are booked on Escape for Western Caribbean on March 28th. Monitoring situation but still have no plans to change anything. dp
  6. Thank you for your write-up. Well done. We are boarding on March 28th for a Western Caribbean 7day. Looking forward to our first NCL cruise. Done several RCL and one Disney in the past. Cheers dp
  7. Thanks for your review and observations. I'm from eastern Canada. I've just booked my first Norwegian cruise. Have done 1 Disney and 3 RCL cruises before. I see from reading up on the Norwegian threads that many of the perks are somehow included, but I don't think the Bev package is included in the cruise we purchased. Is the Bev package pricing for NCL in the same ball park as RCL for those who did both? Thanks dp
  8. Hey Andrew... You gonna go see the Ford VS Ferrari movie? 😉 Pretty safe bet that you are I'm thinkin. dp
  9. I clearly remember that my high school guidance counselor never mentioned that being a Craft Beer masterbrewer was a possible career choice 😞 I'm sure brewing beer on a cruise ship must be a great job. dp
  10. I do believe there is extra work and liability issues for TAs when clients participate in Royal up. Many times the royal up is awarded in the last week, even just days before the cruise. The client may have already left their home. Luggage tags have to be reprinted, (Because clients insist on them) New SetSail print outs for check-in. In our case, we had communications from purchased activities that did not make it to our room, we assume it is because we had a last minute room change from our successful RoyalUp. Some clients would take this opportunity to complain to their TA and create frustrating situations that they would just prefer to avoid. As already mentioned, the amount of extra calls from customers and paperwork involved for the small amount of return does not make it viable for big box TA's who work on small margins to make it worth their while. I'm certain that these Big TAs most likely had high level staff meetings to take this in consideration and arrived at the conclusion that it was not for them. I believe most clients that purchase cruises form big box TAs are completely oblivious that this program even exists. dp
  11. 3 weeks ago on Brilliance Baltic cruise sailing out of Amsterdam, the Ship announcements were in English, and Spanish. Sometimes also in Italian, depending if the announcements were entertainment related or more official ship business related. But the Morning show on TV and other announcements, the CD Andrea did them in English, Italian, French, Portuguese, German and probably a few more I'm forgetting. I also agree it would have been nice to hear the messages from the bridge in the cabin instead of having to open the cabin door. dp
  12. No problem whatsoever. Let me know if there is anything else. I just wish we would have had more time in Stockholm. I'm sure a leisurely drive in the Swedish countryside would have been amazing. dp
  13. This is the only port except for SPB that we chose to use an excursion bus. The distance to walk is just too far. I'm not certain if Brilliance docks here everytime but most likely. If you have a hard time seeing from my screen capture let me kmow and I'll find another way. dp
  14. Nice job. When we walked off Brilliance 2 weeks ago after 12 Days onboard, our bill was -$1.34, Too bad it was non-refundable 😉 dp
  15. Noise Incident Our room was quiet for the most part. Never hear anything from the corridor, but from the room directly above us… we heard some walking around and that would be pretty consistent during the 12 days, as if they were heavily walking on their heels, and that, we could live with. But on night 2 we started hearing more rockus and drawers opening and closing. That lasted only a little bit, but on the 4th night, I swear, it sounded like they were playing Rugby. After an hour of that I ended up calling GS to let them know we could not sleep because of the noise. She said she would send someone over and I would guess that in less than 2 minutes, it completely stopped. That was the end of the noise issue for the rest of the cruise except for some walking and a few drawers here and there. The next day, GS called to check to make sure we were ok and the noise had stopped, and we said yes and thank you. The day after that, we had a bottle of wine that had been delivered to our room by GS as a gift for our troubles. Since we had the Bev Package, we brought it to our MDR table for our tablemates. No Corkage fee was charged. There was some teen girls smoking on the balcony 4 rooms down from us a few times, but nothing bothersome enough to be worth calling it in.
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