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  1. Thanks for the info. I was able to book or 2 included specialty restaurants at 8:30 pm. A little later than we hoped but it will still work. We can always try to move them to an earlier spot when we get onboard I suppose. I thought the idea of freestyle dining was go when you what but I guess if everyone wants to go between 7-8 pm that idea doesn't really work.
  2. I noticed that you can make reservations through your profile on NCL for specialty restaurants now (and MDR), even though our cruise is 2+ months away. I also noticed most of the more popular times 7 pm to 8 pm, are not available at most of them for our table size (2). Any idea why that is? Have that many people booked this far in advance or do they hold a certain number of tables for walk in passengers? I haven't done "freestyle dining" before and worry if I don't book in advance we'll be waiting around a lot so am thinking of reserving some of our dinners, but prefer not to eat at 5 pm but also not 9 pm or later. Any thoughts on how this works or if it's better to book onboard?
  3. When I reserved our cruise they did not ask me how I wanted our bed set up (together or apart). Other cruise lines always ask that when you book. How do I let them know ahead of time? Can you do it during online check in?
  4. We have a 2 Meal Dining Package included with our upcoming cruise. I assume we can use this at any of the specialty restaurants, even the a la carte priced ones? We just order whatever we want there is that right? Also, can we make reservations ahead of time using our included dining package?
  5. Wow that's crazy! Other lines you get all the food you want for free. They really seem to nickel and dime you on NCL.
  6. Thanks. Celebrity Cruises calls it their "Gratuity Program" and NCL "Service Charges". Too bad they can't all use the same language.
  7. I'm comparing a balcony (select your room) and get the perks vs. sail away which you don't pick the room but no perks. I'd save a lot for the sail away room (giving up room choice) plus save the $20 pp per day for drinks. It really brings the cost down but still haven't decided. I had a free drinks package on my last Celebrity cruise, and they include gratuities there. $20 pp per day is so high. I would never spend $99 on drinks in a day so paying a tip on that amount seems silly.
  8. We are looking at booking without the current promo because not only do you have to pay $20 gratuity per person per day for the drinks package, but the actual cost of the cruise is higher on that option rather than with no "perks". I figure for the difference we can buy a 2-3 drinks a day and still save several hundred dollars. What is the usual cost for a beer, glass of wine or highball? I have seen various pictures online of menus so I have an idea, but I don't know how up to date the prices are. Thanks
  9. I read this https://www.ncl.com/ca/en/faq#tipping which is why I thought they didn't charge it. Unlike most other ships in the cruise industry, there is no required or recommended tipping on our ships for service that is generally rendered to all Guests. While you should not feel obligated to offer a gratuity, all of our staff are encouraged to "go the extra mile," so they are permitted to accept cash gratuities for exceptional or outstanding service if you care to offer them. Also, certain staff positions (e.g., concierge, butler, youth program staff and beverage service) provide service on an individual basis to only some guests and do not benefit from the overall service charge. We encourage those Guests to acknowledge good service from these staff members with appropriate gratuities. Additionally, there is an 20% gratuity and spa service charge added for all spa and salon services, as well as an 20% gratuity and beverage service charge added for all beverage purchases and an 20% gratuity and specialty service charge added to all specialty restaurant dining and entertainment based dining.
  10. Have you booked a Sail Away balcony before? Were you happy with the room you received? We are considering one, but in the past have always selected our room taking into account what is above for noise. What is your option of this option?
  11. Cruise Critic and a few other sites show NCL as having a daily gratuities added to your room, however, it doesn't appear from the website that is correct. Is Norwegian now including tips in the fare so they are not paid in addition (other than those for beverages, specialty dining, etc).?
  12. The best offer Im seeing is the 1 perk already included by Celebrity plus $230 obc. Would love to get gratuities included as well. Any suggestions who offers this?
  13. We are considering select dining for our next cruise. We find the early dining too early and rushed and late too late for us. For those who have tried this option, how did you like it? Did you make a reservation each night or just show up? We are a party of 2, would it be difficult to find a table for 2 using this option?
  14. I've seen it mentioned that you can book directly with Celebrity and transfer your booking to a TA. What are the benefits of doing this vs booking direct with hour TA? Thanks
  15. Thats great news! It was frustrating to not be able to just pay the difference last time.
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