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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Vibe passes are just a hype ... To me, it not worth it even though it is only an adult area. I would rather pay and choose the spa over the vibe. The price a vibe pass had increased. It is now cost at least $200. Some guests returned these passes for a refund and the guest services would have more to sell the next day. It really depends on the weather and the cruise.
  6. NCL often changed their port time for these Bermuda cruises in Oct-Nov. It was the same thing as in 2018. Some learned of the time change and decided to rebook to another cruise. If you have to travel for that week, then stick with it. If not, you can decide if you want to rebook to another cruise that stay at Bermuda longer or you can plan to visit Bermuda again in a future cruise after this one.
  7. There are a list of phone numbers to call. https://www.ncl.com/about/contact-us / https://www.ncl.com/cruise-faq/shorex-activities-dining-entertainment "How do I book my Shore Excursions? Click here to view the available Shore Excursions. An updated listing of Shore Excursions is available approximately 6 months prior to the first sailing of each cruise destination season. All tours are available to pre-request at My NCL, or you can call 866-625-1167 (US & Canada) or 0845-201-8907 (UK). Once onboard, Shore Excursions can also be purchased at the ship's Shore Excursion Desk. How do I book my Dining, Entertainment and Spa activities prior to sailing? Onboard activities can be booked online at ncl.com/myncl; by calling 866-625-1167 (for Shore Excursions) and 800-327-7030 for Spa (Norwegian Epic only), Dining and Entertainment, or by contacting your travel professional. Please note: Specialty dining can be pre-booked online for parties of up to eight guests. If you'd like to pre-book specialty dining for larger parties, please call us at 800-327-7030 for assistance. Our reservation agents will also be able to assist you if you would like to pre-book specialty dining for your group using more than one credit card." If you have a private shore excursion, you should be given priority access to tender first. Find more information once on board the cruise ship or call the shore excursion desk to ask.
  8. Traveling as a solo - last minute or not - you can still enjoy the cruise First - look up the roll call to see if there is one. If there is, join the roll call and if you are interested & if they are having a cruise critic meet and greet, go join. They will provide some drinks and appetizers. Second - look for the solo group meeting time on the freestyle newsletter. You will meet different people and you can join others for dinner/lunch and breakfast after meeting the first time.
  9. Yes, have forward and aft to get off at Bermuda on the Escape. Once off, you need to go through the terminal building. Last time I was there, it was easy as I got off early as I wanted to catch the first NCL free ferry to St. George. Going to Hamilton, make sure you look up the schedule to see when the first ferry start in order to give yourself some time before the 11:15 excursion. If it was me, I would catch the earliest one or the next one before 11:15 am. Even if you arrived early to Hamilton, you can walk around. Ferry would the best option, then probably a taxis/cab. Buses - last time I heard, these were not on time and were broken down very often.
  10. The only way to find out is to call the CAS department to ask your questions.
  11. As you mentioned, you are not new to cruising. But are you new to these kinds of casino promotions? It is not "free," think of it like a discount off of purchasing a cruise on your own. You would need to pay the port taxes, the admin fee that the casino department charge you with, and then if you choose any of those perks like the drinking or the dining package, you need to pay the 20% gratuities. If you have not been to Alaska before and you like cruising, then this might interest you depending on the total price.
  12. Fresh made pastas, omelettes, those bread sticks, and crepes at late evening dinner/snack. Ice cream too.
  13. Since this is your first NCL, you might want to try some of those specialty restaurants (specialty dining package) - you would get probably 4 or 5 meals out of the 14 days cruise if you are really into food. Otherwise, the free food in the main dining rooms and the buffet will be fine. You would have to pay the gratuity. But it would be worth it. The shore excursion credit - it is $50 per each port. If the cruise ship missed the port, you would not get a credit for it. And if you use a shore excursion that is less than $50 - they will not apply the whole $50 credit. Do your research and see if shore excursion credit would work for you. The internet - 250 minutes - it depends on if you needed to go on the internet. Since this is a vacation, might want to disconnect unless it is important to keep in touch with families. Drinking package - unless you and your partner would break even with drinking all those different drinks, the package would worth it on top of paying the gratuities.
  14. Either to the coco beach or unless shopping/entertainments - to the disney springs.
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