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  1. I'd like to see NCL bring back the Chef Table and/or more Winemaker Dinners.
  2. Since you are sailing Encore note that in addition to the standard NCL specialty restaurants, you will also have Onda, Los Lobos and Q as options to book, each one with a few vegetarian selections.
  3. You are correct: Escape and Encore have the wine bar -- one of my favorite venues.
  4. If you follow this link, you will find the most recent list. Also the Cellars on deck 8 might have additional selections that you can request be brought to Haven. https://boards.cruisecritic.com/topic/2722383-ncl-wine-list-please/
  5. After cruising restarts menus may change (In his his Christmas message Harry Sommer mentioned "upgraded menus"). That may very well mean upgrades to the wine lists.
  6. If you plan on staying within the Haven my recommendation is to select a cabin on deck 17. All will be close to the pool/courtyard area, lounge/bar, observation lounge and concierge desk. A staircase or elevator will take you up one flight to the restaurant. If you choose a cabin on deck 18 you are likely to hear noise from above as they move and set up lounge chairs each day. The Encore's Haven is one of the most beautiful in the fleet.
  7. Dawn is not only a fabulous ship but has one of the nicest GVs in the fleet. You will love it! The concierge will arrange a limo from disembarkation to the airport. It's a lovely way to end a cruise.
  8. On Escape in late January prime rib was advertised there on the first night of the cruise.
  9. No lobster in the MDR but Ocean Blue/Bayamo both serve lobster (grilled or steamed for $22.99/$24.99) and also lobster tails as add-ons to any entree ($15 each).
  10. While the menu remains the same for day and evening (late night menu has burgers, dogs, wings), there is usually a different soup each day, some quite good. The fajitas are one of my favorite items.
  11. RCCL extended their tier benefits through March 31, 2022 and we're all hoping NCL will follow suit.
  12. Currently both Joy and Escape are picking up crew and are scheduled to be in Florida late December. Do not take that to mean cruising will start up then. There is going to be extensive training as well as learning new protocols and dealing with the CDC in preparation for future cruising. With Covid numbers rising significantly especially in Florida, I would not expect that to happen any time in the near future sadly.
  13. Initial start-up, at least through first quarter 2021, will be just a few ships and they will sail only from Florida. According to the article below "no cruise visitors until the second half of 2021. https://cruise.blog/2020/05/hawaii-estimates-no-cruise-visitors-until-late-2021
  14. Bear in mind also that once cruises resume, disembarkation times will likely be staggered over several hours in order to avoid the usual crush of passengers leaving the ship. Only time will tell if that would happen in April but I would err on the side of caution.
  15. I have never heard of free transfers for any cabin other than the Garden Villas. Exception: if you are at Elite level with the casino you are entitled to private complimentary car service regardless of cabin category.
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