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  1. 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?
  2. 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.
  3. 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).
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. We just returned Sept. 2 from Alaska on the Jewel and were extremely pleased with NCL's free airfare offer. I admit our original assigned return flight from Anchorage was going to be an overnight, 14 hr., 2 connection nightmare. However, a phone call to NCL's air travel department and we ended up with perfect flights and great seat assignments both ways. What made the experience so easy was when we arrived at Vancouver airport we turned the majority of our luggage over to the bus transfer company arranged by NLC and never had to deal with it until it showed up outside our cabin that evening. It was the same when we docked in Seward. We left our luggage outside our cabin the night before and collected it at the Anchorage airport. Because NCL is aware of your flight times you are given the appropriate colored bag tags so you can depart the ship, board your transfer bus and make it to the airport on time. We would not hesitate using this offer again.
  7. Thanks everyone for the information. They say you learn something new everyday and today I have. Since we always book NCL through a PCC they have our credit card number. I was unaware they were putting a hold on it for expenses. Since we paid a travel agent for our HAL cruise I understand the reasoning behind HAL needing the number prior to sailing. I love the way Cruise Critic members step up to help clear up matters and questions other cruisers have. Much appreciated.
  8. We will be taking our first HAL cruise in a few months that we booked using a travel agent for the first time. Yesterday we started filling out our cruise profile information. Near the end HAL requested our credit card number so they could charge us $60 a day per person on our credit card for expenses we may or may not incur on our trip. Apparently any remaining balance will be credited back once the cruise is complete and all expenses have been subtracted. We are Platinum on NCL and never have we had to pre-approve such an amount. Our credit card was charged for what we spent only after the cruise was over. Is this typical with HAL or because we used a travel agent instead of booking directly with them? We think it is outrageous and, if we have to do it, will wait until just before sailing to do so.
  9. We will be on the exact cruise leaving Monday the 26th. If you could answer a few questions it would be greatly appreciated. If you used the NCL transfer from Seward to Anchorage, how did it go? We have a 1:00pm flight and need to decide what time to get off the ship. Do you know what was served in the Garden Café for Alaska Night or Fisherman's night? Can't find it now but someone posted only a picture of a buffet that included clams, mussels, crab claws, shrimp but no information. Do you know which night or which venue? Interesting info about Cagney's. We are currently booked there and are now reconsidering changing when we get aboard. Thank you.
  10. We will be on the Oosterdam later this year. Although we have sailed NCL, MSC and Carnival it is our first HAL cruise. We love NCL's Freestyle Dining so have requested anytime seating for dinner. I've read I can reserve a table for two people for three days at a time if I go to the MDR when I first get on the ship? Is the MDR open for breakfast and lunch everyday? Can you go anytime? Does the lunch menu change daily? NCL now only has one MDR lunch menu for the entire cruise. For Gala nights is a coat and tie required or will a nice collared shirt and slacks suffice for men? (Mexico cruise) Since we've sailed on Carnival I gather we will get the Embarkation Day lunch benefit plus a past guest party? Also NCL's policy is that if your cruise price drops after final payment they will give you a one time OBC of 1/4th the amount of the price drop. Does HAL have anything similar? Thanks. Any other information would be greatly appreciated.
  11. I just took a photo of the shore excursion screen with my cell phone. Since I will have my phone on the cruise I can just show them on my phone. I also forwarded the photo to my email account and printed out a paper copy just in case I accidently delete it from my phone.
  12. We were aware of the suggestion to take a screen shot of our tour price at time of booking and are very glad we did. Our upcoming Duck Boat Tour in Ketchikan booked three months ago for $49.00 per person is now $59.00 per person. That's a 20% increase. As Platinum cruisers we have never had our 10% discount show up on our onboard account without going to the shore excursion desk despite what Shorex said when we called to book. Once on the ship I'll have to go and get both matters taken care of at the same time.
  13. There is an excellent review by CardFanDubG called NCL Jewel Alaska July 1-8 Northbound. I just refreshed it up to the first page. She has the dailies you want in an attachment on "day 2". Great pictures and lots of information.
  14. I can't find it now but someone posted a picture of what looked like a seafood buffet on the Jewel to Alaska that included shrimp, crab claws, mussels and other goodies. I've seen dailies for the Garden Cafe that has "Alaska Dinner" on Day 2 and "Fisherman's Dinner" on Day 6. Did you see anything like that? If so, in what venue and which night? We'll be on your exact cruise and wouldn't want to miss it. Thanks.
  15. I called the NCL Air Program Dept. at 1-866-625-1163. We now have our airline confirmation numbers and were able to change the seats we were assigned. That said, the orginial seats were very good. We just swapped a window for an aisle.
  16. Do you happen to know where to go to do the same thing on the Jewel?
  17. The dailies for the Jewel in Alaska list "Alaska Dinner" one night in the Garden Café and "Fisherman's Dinner" another night. Does anyone know the difference? Someone posted a picture (than I can no longer find) of a fabulous looking buffet that appeared to included mussels, crab claws, clams and other seafood. Was it one of these nights? A different venue? Does this sound familiar to anyone? Thanks.
  18. I can't find it now but someone posted a picture of a wonderful seafood buffet from the Jewel. It looked like it had mussels, crab claws, clams. Was it offered on your cruise, if so, what night/port and what venue? We'll be on the Jewel in August and I wouldn't want to miss it. Also, do you remember what night was prime rib night? Thank you, your review and dailies are much appreciated.
  19. Bring a couple plastic hangers and a few clothes pins. They are helpful to hang wet items in the shower and the clothes pins can also be used to hold your towel to the deck chair. Photocopy passports, credit cards and medical cards. Leave the copy of the credit cards and medical cards in the safe along with contact numbers for the companies involved. Take the copy of the passport or the original on shore depending on what port you are in. Leave the other in the safe in case something unforeseen happens.
  20. UPDATE: Just got our airline confirmation numbers via NCL email. We're 48 days out. Went to the airlines' involved and were quite pleased with the seat assignments. As I mentioned, I had already set up accounts with the 2 airlines with seat preferences and our Known Traveler Numbers to make TSA screening easier. Now we can relax and wait for our cruise to begin.
  21. Our flights showed up in our edocs under "air itinerary confirmation" 82 days before our Alaska cruise. Our return flight was an overnight, 14 hour, 2 connection nightmare. I called and got it changed to a perfect 7 hour, one connection flight. We are now about 50 days out and waiting for NCL to actually pay the 2 airlines involved so we can choose our seats. I have set up "frequent flyer" accounts with the 2 airlines and now check everyday to see if the flight have actually been ticketed. Nothing yet.
  22. We'll be on the same cruise in August. Someone posted a picture of a fabulous looking seafood buffet. Did they have it on your cruise, if so, what night (port) and in which dining venue? Do you happen to have the dailies or any other information you would care to share. Anything would be appreciated. Did you take any excursions you thought were worth it or not?
  23. Call the NCL Shore Excursion Department directly at 1-866-625-1167 (outside US 0845-201-8900). The charge for the excursion will be added to you onboard account and the $50 per port credit subtracted after the excursion is completed. You won't have to pay anything in advance. Be sure to go to the Shore Excursion Desk on the ship to get you 10% platinum discount. It will be taken before the $50 per port credit saving a few extra dollars. For example: an excursion for 2 people that costs $200 total would get $20 off for platinum, plus $50 per port for a final total of $130 for two people.
  24. There is an area in the Garden Café called Kid's Café. The tables and chairs are smaller and the buffet food, as I recall, has mac & cheese, Jello, applesauce, hot dogs, chicken fingers, fish sticks, cookies, etc. You don't have to eat in that area as food can be taken anywhere you want, indoors, outdoors or even back to your room. It is possible the MDR has a "child's menu" that you can ask to see but I don't know. Perhaps someone else can say. You can, however, ask for smaller portions of anything on the regular menu. Don't forget to try another free dining option O'Sheehan's. They have a wonderful grilled Reuben sandwich and other pub type food. You can find their menu by looking on any of the "big search engines".
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