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  1. Yes you were, but if you don't ask, then you will continue to be worried. I'm glad that you weren't put off by the minority who like to post less than helpful responses. I haven't been on the Joy, but I like to arrive at the port early to board. I would rather sit around and wait until it is boarding time than stand in a long security line. As others have said, unless the ship is late coming back from the prior cruise or the staff at the port are particularly disorganized, NCL is usually quite good at getting people on (and actually back off again) fairly well. The NCL crew have been some of the friendliest I have seen on the seas. Even though there are some things reserved for Haven or other class cabins only, this isn't the vast majority. Have an amazing cruise and don't let your worries get the best of you.
  2. Better yet, how much do they gain from the casino, spa, shops, dining, and drinks when people aren't in port?
  3. I was thinking of that one, but didn't remember the name of this ship and didn't want to take time to research. We were sailing in Alaska not long after that fire and they were busy installing fire suppression on all of the balconies every day that we were in port. Several other changes were added after that as well.
  4. Thank you for the review and extra info. I would love to see the Dailies if you get the chance to upload them and any dining photos you may have. We are doing a similar itinerary, but on the Escape in 2021. I know the ships are different, but did you notice the buffet and other indoor locations having more crowded seating since it is chilly to sit outside and eat? Our will probably be downright cold since we aren't sailing until October.
  5. Wow, you really hit the jackpot there. The ones I have been looking at either have the $100 free note OR the 20% off note. Too bad I already have my winter 2020 trip booked.
  6. Thanks. Sorry, I saw Breakaway out of Port Canaveral on the other post, but forgot when I posted the request for the ship. Can you tell me what to look for on my reservation to see if I happen to have both promos and don't know it? Thanks.
  7. Can you please tell me what cruise? When I'm looking, the double points and OBC are showing for 2019 cruises and the 20% discount is showing for 2020 and later cruises. We're considering booking a new cruise and double-dipping would be awesome.
  8. Can you please tell me what cruise? When I'm looking, the double points and OBC are showing for 2019 cruises and the 20% discount is showing for 2020 and later cruises. We're considering booking a new cruise and double-dipping would be awesome.
  9. Yes, they separate the luggage by color and offload the luggage in the same order that they have the times on the color tags, but, what I think Jetswdo is saying, is that by the time the self-walk offs are done, most of the luggage is already in the terminal, so you can really leave any time you want. I have seen them tell people it isn't their color yet, so I think the safest would be to pick any color BEFORE the time you want to get off, not just any color. I have never seen a disembarkation go as quickly or as smoothly as the POA. One thing I prefer over Princess is that you can hear the announcements everywhere so that you can avoid walking stairs, etc when your color is called.
  10. Personal #3 - I've been to the Swizzle Inn both on a cruise trip (very crowded) and on a non-cruise day (much calmer) and enjoyed the food and fun atmosphere both times. While working in Hamilton, I had dinner at Portofino and absolutely loved it. Great service, great food, but pricey. For fast food in Hamilton, Mr Chicken meets the requirements of quick but yummy. No ambiance, but I went there on our first cruise and went back when working there. #3 Escape - like someone else said, no charge for main dining missed reservations, but our reservations on the Pride of America and other ships we were previously on at specialty restaurants said we would be charged the full price as a no show. I would double check the fine print.
  11. Good to know. Mine was in the 20% section, not the monthly Latitude special section. Good to know I can get both if I book one of the other cruises.
  12. Sorry, no extra point and $100 OBC. Mutually exclusive offers offered to the same audience.
  13. No and no $100 OBC. It is either an insiders offer or the 20% latitudes offer. I saw fine print somewhere stating they can't be combined and my new confirmation stated no extra points. 😥 But I saved $800 so I can go on a cheap cruise and get those points that way. 🙂
  14. The web site has been hit or miss all day today in all different areas. It probably can't handle the traffic generated by this promo. It will be errors one minute and I come back 10 minutes later and that area is working, but a different one errors out.
  15. I used to do only port intensive cruises because I love seeing and doing things and was very worried about our 15 day Panama Canal cruise that had 6 sea days, but I loved them and the cruise as a whole. Our Canada/New England was 12 ports in 14 days and Hawaii no sea days were both amazing, so I'm comfortable now with both types of itineraries. 😉
  16. Thank you for posting. I just emailed my TA. If she is able to get through and re-book before the sale ends, I will be saving close to $800!
  17. Self disembark you don't need tags. POA had the fastest disembark of any ship I have been on. No clearing customs of the ship itself before they can start offloading luggage and passengers. No customs, so no line after you get off the ship. Pretty small ship. We didn't need to pick up tags so I can't help there, but I heard the earliest times went first. We went with the last color called and were off and waiting for our ride before 9:30. You shouldn't need to stress at all for being of by 9.
  18. Thank you for the suggestion. I am that sensitive. We avoid even walking near the casino on most ships. I know they are looking for large enough venues, but it seems a really odd spot. Since NCL was not helpful at all when my TA called, it looks like our options are to change cabins (this same question on FB found that most likely decks 9-11 midship are the ones with the Casino as the boat drill location) or ask the safety officer once on board to have our location changed.
  19. Are the angled balconies the same size on all of the decks or do they vary?
  20. I love the Spirit and that is an amazing looking itinerary. Thanks for sharing.
  21. We stayed at the Drury Inn up the hill from the cruise port. I would not want to walk it with luggage, but it was definitely walkable for hubby. We had our car and they offered a park and cruise package. Hubby dropped us at the pier with our luggage and then parked the car and walked back. We walked to the French Quarter, took the street car up to one of the famous graveyards and could have done the same for the Garden district. Because walking distances are so subjective, here is a link to the terminal location on Google maps. https://goo.gl/maps/Dg2C14YQaUGCNy1g7 I believe NCL is at Julia which is a bit closer to the French Quarter. You can find more info on the street cars here: https://www.neworleans.com/plan/transportation/streetcars/
  22. I've not sailed CCL, but my comparisons below are from RCL and Princess. If I had to choose just one - it would be being able to have a nice sit-down dinner any night of the cruise while hubby wears his nice cargo shorts and a polo rather than having to dress up. If I could pick more, they would include (in no particular order) No set dining times (Freestyle works much by than MyTimeDining or the equiv on other lines) Extremely friendly and helpful senior officers that interact with passengers more than I saw on other lines. Used to be a lot less expensive than most lines, but now with the not so free "Free at Sea" options, that isn't always the case since I want to be able to pick what cabin I stay in most of the time. Most NCL cruises I have been on have had one or two guitar or piano players that I really enjoyed listening to in the evenings. Princess seems to be more elevator music style.
  23. I'm not sure if POA follows the same rotation as the other ships since it is really hard for them to source their food, etc and rarely does anyone do a B2B on that ship.
  24. I have a few of them and you can find them here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/76may5sanh2jfgv/AAB1XqCezFUznglKC_dK1XAza?dl=0 Because this is such a port intensive cruise, we made our specialty dining choices based on when we knew we would be back to the ship in time to really enjoy them. Our Dailies are here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/cwp6b3fp0agmxnf/AAA8sOEuo0F4a2-wGK1Ykqena?dl=0 You can email me at annjunk at sbcglobal dot net if you have more questions on POA. I have links to all of the specialty menus and drink menus but they are on a site where it isn't legal to post here.
  25. I know things can change, but does anyone know what cabins are assigned to the casino for the boat drill? My sinuses will totally rebel even though we will be in port so there won't be active smokers. Thanks.
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