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  1. My husband and I were on the Norwegian Pearl that was doing figure eights in the gulf. Norwegian extended the Unlimited Beverage package until I think about 4:00 on Sunday. They were doing what they could to keep everyone happy but... OMG, the disembarkation was CHAOS. Three thousand people crammed for two hours on deck seven, in all the stairways, elevators were stopped on deck seven because there was nowhere for the people in them to go. There was absolutely no crew trying to instill any order. We had to change our flight out of Tampa twice by turning on International Roaming on my phone (not sure how much that cost). All of that in addition to the cluster eff with the tender boats in Roatan. Never Norwegian again. Ever.
  2. Our phones will be powered off position buried in a drawer for the duration of our cruise. Kinda why we go on vacation is to 'tune out'.
  3. We were on a Christmas Carnival cruise with our three young boys, it must have been 1999, leaving from Tampa to the western Carribbean. On Christmas morning my husband and I are up early, as usual, and we go to the front of the boat where we see the sun rising. We're both like, "*****?, why are we going east?". About a minute later, a huge helicopter is hovering over the ship and within minutes the entire population of the ship is watching a passenger who had had heart attack being air lifted off the ship. It was pretty cool to watch but we weren't able to stop at Georgetown Grand Caymen because of the delay.
  4. So here is my experience with NCL on bidding for an upgrade. We are already booked in a deck 11 aft facing mini suite. The email came inviting me to bid on an upgrade to a Haven suite or a penthouse suite. So stupid me, I bid on the penthouse suite at $800 per person for a total of $1600, which was on the high side of "poor". After thinking about this for a few days, I thought, well why don't I just book the room instead of waiting to see if I'll be changing rooms after I printed out our luggage tags. So I called NCL, and was told that there was one penthouse suite available and it would cost me another (I think it was $287, it was less than $300 anyway) extra. That's all!!!! However, when she came back on the phone after five minutes of "checking with her supervisor" she informed me the suite had been booked while I was on hold. What a scam. I was so stupid that I would have paid them $1,600 and they would have been pleased as punch to relieve me of my $1,600 for a room that would have only been another few hundred dollars. I immediately cancelled my bid and I have learned a valuable lesson. Never bid on an upgrade. Just call to see what it would cost to get it.
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