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  1. Anytime before the cruise and when you are on the cruise ship. If you are a previous NCL cruiser, you get certain % discount for shore excursions. It depend on your tier level. Some of the shore excursions might be sold out before you are on board.
  2. Usually needed at least 3 hours window for airport/flying. You would also need to be there early to go through the security and all that at the airport. Before that, you need to be able to get off quickly and then to go through the security at the cruise terminal. Even if you do the walk off or be the first in line to get off, you would not have enough time. You need to factor other things: What if there is a delay of docking/allowing cruisers to get off? The traffic in the city
  3. I believe on Deck 8 - Outside of the 5 o'clock somewhere bar or the sugarcane mojito bar. There are places all over the cruise ship that have some seats/chairs. The district brew house - you can view the outside inside the bar. Vibe passes - you need to arrive early to the cruise terminal to hope to be able to get in the first group that board the cruise ship. When boarded, you need to run/walk fast to where they sell these vibe passes. Only a limited passes.
  4. Cartons of milk are available in the buffet. Same for apple juice and other juices. It will be switched after breakfast. Iced tea/flavored juices are available as well as coffee/hot chocolate/hot water. I usually use lemons and hot water. I do not remember seeing milk after breakfast so be sure to grab some & put it in the fridge later. On the first day, tell the cabin steward to empty of all drinks. Yes, there are comp. room service, it is only for specific items and you would need to fill out the form. Some people used room service to get their first cup of coffee as well as some goodies.
  5. The snow room is in the spa area section. For people to go in if they wanted to after a hot steam/sauna. You can visit the snow room on the first day of the cruise when they do the spa tour. You would be able to see the snow room and have a feel of it during the spa tour. It is full of snow/very cold in there for sure. This is not the ice bar/room where some cruises have them. The Escape do not have this.
  6. Excuse me, but I am wondering why are you making this so complex? If you wanted to avoid having to carry any cash or a lot of cash, you can carry credit cards unless you do not have credit cards. You can prepaid the gratuities ahead of the cruise. Another option is using gift cards.
  7. No noises in the studio lounge. The TV in there does not have any sound and the only thing/event that probably be most active/have a lot of people is the solo travelers meeting for 1 hour at a specific time shown on the NCL freestyle daily newsletter. There's a door to access to studio cabins and to the studio lounge. If your cabin is not in the studio, you would not hear any noises and if the studio cabin is near the studio lounge - wont hear anything either.
  8. It really depends on different situations. Some would book now in case no more cabins/price would be increased/they wanted specific cabin/closer to the floor/area they wanted so they do not have to walk too far. Last minute - if any cabins are available, it will be probably be at a sail away rate or at expensive rate like only suites available. I heard from other people on CC Forum that having a balcony cabin on the Alaska cruise was so worth it. Go read other people reviews. Are you first timers with NCL? Wanted perks?
  9. Studio cabins are usually less expensive than an inside cabin on cruise ships that have them. If you are not going to be in the room all day & it is just for sleeping and you do not need a lot of room, then it is the perfect size. The solo group meet up - for those cruise ships that have the studio lounge - it is open during that specific time. Other cruise ships - will meet up at bliss lounge for example. The location will be shown up on the NCL freestyle daily newsletter. Yes, the best thing about the studio lounge is the coffee machine with different espresso drinks. :)
  10. Yes, exams can be taken earlier or a later date. All your son have to do is to let all his professors know ahead of time. This can be done when classes start. If you wanted to know the schedule early, he can contact his professors if he know the email address. However do not expect to have a response from the professor. I have contacted my professors before classes start due. This was not for a vacation but for personal medical/informing them of my situation. Some do reply and some wait til the first day of class. Travel insurance options - yes you can purchase one with cancel for any reason. Just need to shop around and compare prices. Exam Date: Monday, December 16 - Monday, December 23 (subject to change) If any of his exams is on Monday or fall on his vacation dates, just ask professors if he can take the exam early.
  11. In order to connect, you will first register your free internet using a device. All instructions will be on that page and all you have to do is remember to click logout or type the website something like logout.com so you will not use up all minutes.
  12. They will have some slots such as the Wheel of fortune, 777's, poker, etc. You will be able to find one that you like to play with. Just walk around when it is closed so you will be able to know which game you are interested in. When opened, you already know where the machine is located at.
  13. Well for the first night, it is more casual in specialty restaurants compared to any other nights. In term of food, the first night might not be so perfect or have good services. To each restaurants, every day is the same but to guests it does make a different.
  14. You can call NCL, the department that addressed to help people to reserve for these dinners if you cannot do so online. You can also do so once on board either at the guest service or go to that specific restaurant to ask.
  15. Some people choose to give on top of the DSC while some do not. It really depends on what the cabin steward did for you. Did s/he made your cruise more fun? Or helped you in some ways beside the regular cleanup of the cabin? There are some factors that can make a person give more or less or not to do so.
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