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  1. Thank you for the info. We typically prefer to try and do our own thing, but not sure if we will be able to get Russian VISAs, let alone if it will be worth the time and effort. Luckily we have lots of time to think about it and this thread has provided a number of tour companies to research.
  2. We still have a long time to plan, we don't travel until 2021, but I was wondering if could provide me with contact information for your private tour. Thank you.
  3. Thank you Jessieasanders for your observations and information.
  4. I've sailed on a ship previously where Deepak was the HD and everything ran smoothly. It would be awesome if he was still there in 2021 when we finally get to sail.
  5. Thank you! I see it now on the Dailies someone posted. It says weather permitting, so I'm guessing we will be limited to going there on our nicer days. Baltic in October is going to be cold I'm guessing. 🙂
  6. I'm just starting to learn about the Escape. Is the 5O'clock somewhere bar a free location for breakfast? Do they have a buffet, or did you just take your food from the buffet there?
  7. Thank you both. Once we saw that the two larger category of Ocean View cabins were more expensive than a balcony, we decided to go the balcony route after all. Just waiting to hear back from my TA. Only 2 1/2 years to wait. Ha ha.
  8. In Honolulu, the Platinum and above (or maybe just PP and above) were seated with the suite people, but I think that is pretty rare.
  9. Thank you so much for your review. I can't wait to have time to go through the whole thing. I always love your thorough reviews.
  10. Has anyone ever sailed in the forward ocean view cabins with the slanted wall? Does it feel claustrophobic for people who are tall? Also, so all of the ocean view have a "couch" type thing? Do any of the interiors? I read something about a "sitting area" but the pictures looked like the only available sitting was a chair at the desk and the bed. Thanks! Looking to book Europe 2021 on the Escape and trying to decide on a cabin. No balcony splurging on a cold port intensive itinerary for me. Thanks.
  11. We aren't saying get rid of the perks. Just let those of us who don't find them beneficial to book at a lower cost without them and still pick our cabin number.
  12. But I want to pick my cabin. That is why I was hoping NCL would consider adding a fee to simply pick a cabin that is only a small amount over the GTY price rather than hundreds of dollars more.
  13. Am I the only person who wishes that we could go back to the days when there was only a reasonable size difference in the cost of booking a "sail-away" cabin vs the lowest category cabin in that same type? I don't really want any of the freebies. I'm too anal and picky to allow NCL to pick my flights and seats. I don't drink, so the tips and taxes on the beverage package are more expensive than a soda package without a freebie. I am platinum, and our 2 specialty dining perks are sufficient for us. Our self booked private shore excursions are typically cheaper than their NCL counterparts, even with a $50 discount. My data plan works in most countries and the WiFi is typically so slow, I don't care to use it any way. I wish there was a way to pick a room and bypass all the "free" perks and only pay something like $75 above the sail-away prices or something. Am I really alone in thinking this way?
  14. Have you been on the Escape? I love your reviews and am planning Europe 2021 and it looks like Escape is the only ship in the northern part of Europe that year.
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