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  1. We will be doing an Alaskan cruise in and out of Seattle this summer. Our plan is to take a car share service ($ 36) from Sea/Tac to pier 91. On our return we plan on using Seattle's free Port Valet for our luggage and the ride share service again back to the airport. Has anyone done this? Is it a good plan? Any other suggestion? Thanks!
  2. We have our first ever guarantee cabin booked through a travel agent for an Alaskan cruise. Will our travel agent notify us when our cabin is assigned or will it just show up in our HAL cruise documents?
  3. We are looking at a future cruise. If we use a CruiseNext certificate as our deposit then cancel the cruise before final payment do we lose our certificate? Would we be better off paying the $50 deposit now, then using the certificate as part of our final payment? Since the cruise is a ways off and our plans could change we would rather risk losing $50 than a $250 CruiseNext credit.
  4. We sailed on our first HAL cruise 6 months ago and noticed 2 white robes in packages in our closet. We didn't use them but saw several people walking around the decks wearing theirs. What is the policy? Are they there to use free during the cruise, like a towel? Or are you charged if you use them? We will be sailing again in a few months and would like to be clear before we go. Thank you.
  5. I saw on the news that 4 people were taken to the hospital in LA due to a possible Norovirus outbreak when the Norwegian Joy docked after its recent 16 day Panama Canal trip. Was anyone on that cruise? How bad was it? What steps were taken to protect the passengers on that cruise plus the new passengers getting ready to board? Would appreciate hearing what you have to say and what you may have done to avoid being exposed.
  6. We used it too when we were on the Epic because it was almost always nearly empty. Much quieter and less confusion but you have to take the stairs slowly when trying to manage a plate full of food. Not for someone with balance or mobility issues. What's nice is there is a machine with coffee, hot water/tea bags, iced tea and water so no need to bring your drinks in addition to your lunch.
  7. The original itinerary was: Dec. 2 Cabo Oosterdam; Royal Princess; Seven Sea Navigator Dec. 3 Mazatlán Oosterdam only Dec. 4 Puerto Vallarta Oosterdam; Norwegian Joy; Visions of the Sea New itinerary: Dec. 3 Puerto Vallarta Oosterdam; Rotterdam Dec. 4 Mazatlán Oosterdam; Norwegian Joy; Carnival Miracle Dec. 5 Cabo Oosterdam only Since Cabo is the only port we plan on getting off the ship we actually like the change. Cabo is a tender port so the fewer people the better.
  8. I may have found the answer to my own question. After further research the new tax seems to apply only to people remaining in Baja more than 24 hours. It seems like cruise passengers will not be affected.
  9. Apparently Mexico recently implemented a new $18.50 per person tax for tourists flying into Cabo and other Baja cities collected at the airports. Any idea if they will try to collect the tax from cruise passengers when they tender in or get off the ship in port? Our upcoming Oosterdam cruise stops at Cabo, Mazatlán and Puerto Vallarta and we don't want to be hit with any unexpected fees.
  10. We are looking at a one way Panama Canal cruise in which the second to the last port is our home town. Are you allowed to take your luggage and totally leave the ship one port early?
  11. In Costa Maya we had a wonderful time at the Maya Lost Mayan Kingdom waterpark. It was extremely clean, safe, had lovely pools and we rode the waterslides, zip lines and lazy river as often as we wanted. Everything is included in the shore excursion fee.
  12. I received an email to the account associated with my NCL cruise. You can also keep checking your edocs and look for the "Air Itinerary Confirmation" section. (Mine was on page 4).
  13. Just another suggestion. Our flights to and from Alaska were on two different airlines neither of which we had flown before. We set up "frequent flyer" accounts in advance with both so are Known Traveler numbers would be on file. As a result we had TSA Pre Check at all airports which saved lots of time and hassle.
  14. At 75 days out we were notified of our flights. Our return flight was horrible. Even though we have a PCC with NCL I called the air department myself. I did wait for 45 minutes before connecting with a very nice representative. I politely explained to her our problem and she gave us the perfect flights I had researched without even asking her for them. It took about 2 weeks for the change to be reflected in our edocs. At 48 days out the reservation was actually ticketed and we were able to make a minor seat change through the airline's website even though our original seat assignments were fine. I'm wondering if you are trying to make a change after NCL has already paid the airline. Since the reservation is really only on "hold" with the airline until they receive payment perhaps that is why were we able to change because we were in that "window" between original notification at 75 days and final ticketing at 48 days. I have often heard that when dealing with "customer service" for any business, if you don't like the answer you receive the first time, call back and speak to someone else. You may get a different answer from a different representative. It's worth a try. Good luck. I know we would have been miserable had we been stuck with our original itinerary.
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