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  1. Thank you for the updated information . . . very much appreciated!! I have updated information on the Star: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1IwhHuxFGVf8GRxIe1V30Bj0elmkPLRuQUxOpmI8LiFE/edit?usp=sharing
  2. Thank you for this information! I have adjusted the information on the Humidor for the Breakaway: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1IwhHuxFGVf8GRxIe1V30Bj0elmkPLRuQUxOpmI8LiFE/edit?usp=sharing
  3. So happy that both smokers and non-smokers are finding the spreadsheet helpful!!! 👍👍 Excluding those that are just intolerant of different lifestyles or expect others to conform to their needs, I think most of us just need information and transparency to set expectations and make decisions.
  4. I think it is more important to know the exact category if you are working with a travel agent. My experience . . . knowing that I wanted to be in a B1 using 10,000 points, I had booked a B2 on my travel agents advice because the B2 & B3 were the same price at the time. When I called the Worldpoints desk, they told me I had to go back to the travel agent to change my reservation to a B3 before they could help me. Apparently upgrading from a B2 couldn't be done nor can the Worldpoints desk make any changes to a reservation from a travel agent. So yes, in my case, I need to know the exact category to book because travel agents don't have inside information on the Worldpoints program. Unless of course, I want to create additional work & wasted time on the phone for myself and my travel agent.
  5. Actually, a policy is not subject to weekly change. It is subject to an adoption procedure...just speaking as someone that was on a policy committee for 15 years and chaired the committee for 4 years.
  6. Just wanted everyone to see NCL's published policy as of today (3/11/19) which you can print and take on your cruise for clarification. I would be interested to know how ship personnel are responding on the Getaway, Breakaway and other ships with a Waterfront area given the reported discrepancies between policy and practice. https://www.ncl.com/faq/guest-conduct-policy SMOKINGAs the health and well-being of our guests and crew is of the utmost importance, Norwegian Cruise Line will institute changes to its smoking policy for all sailings on or after November 1, 2014. The specific changes prohibit smoking on stateroom balconies and limit smoking in the casino to players. On Norwegian Getaway and Norwegian Breakaway, smoking on The Waterfront will be permitted on the starboard side, except by the outdoor dining areas. Public areas throughout all our ships are smoke-free. If you smoke regular or electronic cigarettes, you can do so in designated areas only. For more information on our smoking policy please click here. https://www.ncl.com/cruise-faq/smoking As the health and well-being of our guests and crew is of the utmost importance, Norwegian Cruise Line will institute changes to its smoking policy for all sailings on or after November 1, 2014. The specific changes prohibit smoking on stateroom balconies and limit smoking in the casino to players. On Norwegian Getaway and Norwegian Breakaway, smoking on The Waterfront will be permitted on the starboard side, except by the outdoor dining areas. Guests in the Garden Villas may smoke in their private garden and on their private sun decks. Public areas throughout all our ships are smoke-free. If you smoke regular or electronic cigarettes, you can do so in designated areas only. If you prefer pipes or cigars, you can smoke in the Cigar Bar or designated smoking lounge. Smoking cigarettes, electronic cigarettes, cigars and pipes is permitted in outdoor public guest spaces and open decks where designated by the ship's management based on the ship's specific characteristics and arrangement. Smoking, including electronic cigarettes, is prohibited in or near venues serving food, the jogging track, outdoor sporting venues, The Haven outdoor areas and children's pool areas. On ships with The Waterfront, smoking is permitted on the starboard side excluding any food service areas. Active Casino players may smoke cigarettes in the Casino during gaming hours. Cigarette smoking is not permitted in any other indoor venue or location. Guests are not permitted to smoke cigarettes, e-cigarettes, cigars or pipes in their staterooms or on their balconies. Cigar and pipe smoking in staterooms and on balconies is prohibited. Smoking inside your stateroom or on your balcony will result in a $250 USD cleaning charge added to your onboard account. If cigarette burns on furniture, linens, towels or carpeting are detected; guests will be advised and charged for the damages. Electronic cigarettes cannot be used in public areas where there is a No Smoking policy in force; simply because these cigarettes look so realistic and therefore other guests' perception is that we are not enforcing the No Smoking rule.
  7. Thank you for the update! Spreadsheet updated with this information. According to crowd-sourcing Bliss only has 1 unrestricted designated smoking area (H2O) with a ratio to smoking area of 600+/- smokers. This should be a warning for anyone with significant issues with smoke to not enter H2O on the Bliss because the concentration of smokers in that area will be higher than most ships. https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1IwhHuxFGVf8GRxIe1V30Bj0elmkPLRuQUxOpmI8LiFE/edit?usp=sharing
  8. If you can do a private company, I would go for that option. The NCL excursion (Rebel Yell, I think) really doesn’t give you enough time since they take an early group then go back for the later group. When they arrive on Jost Van Dyke with the late group, the early group has to leave. The early group is returned to the ship and then the late group is picked up. I think it only works out to about 2-3 hours on Jost Van Dyke, not much of a beach day. You can check with Kuralu and Foxy along with Celtic.
  9. Wondering if anyone has figured out the category to book if you want to do the: https://www.ncl.com/world-points Up To 2-Category Upgrade On 5-Day Or Longer Cruise (Within The Same Category Meta) 10,000 to a B1 Aft Facing Balcony on the Encore. I have done this on the Breakaway from a B3 to a B1 On the Bliss I had to book a B8 category to upgrade to a B1 However, when I called the Worldpoints number to ask which category to book on the Encore, the rep I spoke to couldn't tell me the answer. Apparently it is not available in the system yet??? I'm thinking the Encore may be a B8 (like the Bliss) ?? I am just wondering if anyone has successfully upgraded to a B1 yet on this new ship. Also wondering if anyone has found a way to get to a B1 Aft Facing Balcony using any of the other rewards categories like: Up To 4-Category Upgrade On 5-Day Or Longer Cruise (Within The Same Category Meta) 20,000 or Inside To Oceanview Or Oceanview To Balcony Stateroom Upgrade On 5-Day Or Longer Cruise (Single Meta Upgrade) 30,000
  10. Sorry, forgot to link to the revised spreadsheet https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1IwhHuxFGVf8GRxIe1V30Bj0elmkPLRuQUxOpmI8LiFE/edit?usp=sharing
  11. Thanks so much for the update! I have made the changes to the spreadsheet!
  12. Thanks for the update! I have updated information for the Epic
  13. Yes, I was speaking tongue in cheek! However, I have been keeping a crowd sourced document (https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1IwhHuxFGVf8GRxIe1V30Bj0elmkPLRuQUxOpmI8LiFE/edit?usp=sharing ) for all to locate designated smoking areas. This is an effort to help everyone either find or avoid these areas. If you look at the second page of the document, it indicates how many people on a sold out cruise will be accommodated in the designated smoking areas, using the latest CDC data on the smoker population. If an area can accommodate 50 people but 200+/- are anticipated to use that area, that is not an accommodation and additionally it is safety concern. Just saying . . . The additional problem is that if the designated smoking areas are not comfortable and conveniently located for use, there will be a percentage of smokers willing to accept a fine over inconvenience. Cruising is a vacation and everyone is expecting a comfortable environment. All of these factors need to be considered in policy decisions if NCL wants guest compliance.
  14. Looking for confirmation on designated smoking areas on the Sky to update my spreadsheet. Could you post information here:
  15. Link to thread that is the source of data for my spreadsheet: If anyone has updates and/or corrections, please advise and the spreadsheet will be updated! Thanks!!!
  16. This could even be grounds for a class action lawsuit. Any lawyers reading this?? 😉😉
  17. As someone that participated and chaired a policy committee for over a decade, I would disagree with this statement. If a company publicly publishes rules, that is their "policy & regulation". If a company chooses not to review and update policy to eliminate conflicting statements, even after it has been brought to their attention, then they can't expect compliance. Since the faq is linked to the Guest Conduct Policy https://www.ncl.com/faq/guest-conduct-policy NCL is giving tacit permission for non-compliance due to conflicting statements. Someone with deep pockets and a lawyer could sue NCL if they smoked in an area published on the website but not allowed on the ship and they would win that lawsuit. NCL needs to get their act together, just saying . . .
  18. Thank you for clarifying, much appreciated! I know both smokers and non-smokers are looking to my spreadsheet for help with identifying where these areas are located, so I do want it to be as accurate as I can get. It is a shame that the cruise line can't/won't do this for guests!!! 🤑 https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1IwhHuxFGVf8GRxIe1V30Bj0elmkPLRuQUxOpmI8LiFE/edit?usp=sharing
  19. I am wondering if there has been a fleetwide change to eliminate the designated smoking area in the Haven? I am sure some people are making that choice in order to have the convenience of a less crowded designated smoking area in close proximity to their stateroom and would like to have current information. Does anyone know? Also, it is my understanding that the Vibe is now a non-smoking area fleetwide. Can anyone confirm or deny?
  20. Thanks for the updates! I have changed the spreadsheet accordingly: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1IwhHuxFGVf8GRxIe1V30Bj0elmkPLRuQUxOpmI8LiFE/edit?usp=sharing
  21. Sr VP Passenger Services and it is my understanding that she has direct input on passenger policies. You could go higher than that I suppose and contact Frank Del Rio 😉
  22. Thanks for all of this information . . . very helpful in understanding the situation.
  23. Don't smoke on balconies!!! It is very inconsiderate as well as a safety issue even if your neighbors don't complain or you are fined. Know where the designated smoking areas are located and use them. Also, make sure you complain onboard AND in writing to Vivian Ewart (vewart@ncl.com) if the location/number/spaces allocated are inadequate.
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