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  1. The photos Escargo posted are of the Norwegian Epic. The Priva Sea or hull balconies on the Star, Dawn and Jewel class ships are much preferable to those on the Epic. Here is a Youtube video of 9008 from the Norwegian Star. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NHjDduDDmq8 Here is Youtube video of Norwegian Dawn 8556 (old video) so decor is different now.
  2. Here are a couple Youtube videos showing the the small loveseat/chair that turns in to a single bed to sleep the 3rd person. NCL Pearl 8632 aft facing penthouse https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DiDvvlxPRHg NCL Pearl 10002 forward facing penthouse https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AoET5HiJ_pM Here is sister ship NCL Gem 10000 - we sailed in 10500 on the Jade in April 2018 and it is one of my favorite suites. These two are special staterooms with the bump out due to the bridge above. They sleeps four and have the larger sofa bed. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6iJ1VADiUig
  3. We've been to Costa Maya several times. We usually take the very inexpensive shuttle to Mahahual and hang out at one of the beach bars (Tropicante) for a few hours, then taxi back to the port area and wander there for a while. Depending on where your ship docks it can be a very long walk on the pier. Most times they had the little shuttles available. However in April 2018 we cruised on the Norwegian Jade one week after having a coronary stent inserted. We booked 10500 outright after lusting over the stateroom for years and there was no way I was staying home. One of the conditions of me taking the cruise was limit of one block walk so Costa Maya was out. We didn't see any shuttles and had the concierge check and answer was they weren't running that day. We love the Jade and the suite so I was fine with staying onboard. Here is a youtube video by Traveling Flamingo that gives you a very good look at length of the pier as well as the port area. The port area is nice (beautiful pool that the video doesn't really show) but we recommend making the short trip to Mahahual assuming there isn't a transportation strike.
  4. As valleyvillage said the Sun mini-suites are special. There are a number of youtube videos - here is one picked at random and here is a random Sun balcony stateroom
  5. Deck 8 and 9 aft facing balconies will have two chairs and one small table. The deck 10 aft facing balconies are deeper so they have room for loungers. I would NOT recommend deck 8 aft facing balcony on the Dawn because they are above Bliss Ultra Lounge. We had very bad experience on the Pearl in one of those balconies.
  6. Itineraries are on NCL website ..... need to be signed in to see them. You are right, prices seem very reasonable. It is very tempting.
  7. Thank you so much for the photos. She is beautiful. Have a wonderful cruise!
  8. Here is a Youtube video posted in November 2019 of 9076. The narrator has a quirky sense of humor but you can turn the volume down. Our first NCL cruise was in March 2006 in this stateroom. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sTpCq26WjNE
  9. Here is Youtube video done by Cruisereiziger of 5138 on sister ship Norwegian Bliss
  10. Your post scared me because I thought NCL increased the amount of points required for meta upgrades. Not sure if they have more than one bank sponsored Worldpoints program but for the BAC NCL Worldpoints card it is 30,000 points for single meta upgrade and 60,000 points for double meta upgrade. I see you already did the single meta upgrade from inside to oceanview stateroom. Hopefully it only cost you 30,000 points. Here is link to the NCL World Mastercard showing the credit card rewards. https://www.ncl.com/world-points
  11. Doesn't look like it is a USA promotion. See the terms and conditions.
  12. Here is a youtube video done by John Devlin of privasea or hull balcony 8034 on the Jewel. Still lots of viewing room to the outside and it is harder for your neighbor to lean around the divider and look in to your balcony. The little ledge would make a fine drink holder or footrest. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nrHCwS4U0Gs and here is an older youtube video by 691leeps of balcony 8542 on the Jewel. Person sitting on the balcony looks comfortable. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R2LVXmRTMJM
  13. Missed my opportunity to edit ..... the deck for these partially obstructed ocean view staterooms is actually lower promenade, not Oslo. Here is a youtube video from 2012 by David James that gives you a look at stateroom 6003 as well as the view out of the stateroom window. Decor is outdated due to the age of the video. NCL does close off access to the promenade deck outside these staterooms later in the evening and during the night for noise control. These are the least expensive ocean view staterooms on the Sun and have quite a lot of room in them. Some sleep four. Location is convenient.
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