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  1. The Joy 7 night February 2021 cruises are available to book on NCL website today. I wish NCL would revise the itineraries for the Jade's February 2021 cruises because I'm pretty sure our 13 night cruise February 1st round trip out of Tampa will not happen. Sad because I love the Jade and the cruise had some Caribbean ports new to us.
  2. If you meant November 2020 you should be able to edit your post
  3. Just noticed you joined Cruise Critic two days before me (July 2005). Was looking at the Grocery Outlet ad on line and they also have the NCL East West Sauvignon Blanc for $4.99 a bottle. Will be picking up some along with more of the East West Red Blend. You could make a road trip to Pennsylvania - one of the 6 states Grocery Outlet is located :)
  4. It's Friday afternoon around 4:50 pm and I'm sitting here drinking a glass of East & West 2017 Red Blend by Norwegian Cruise Line (Cellared & Bottled by The Michael Mondavi Family Napa, California). We did a grocery shopping run to Grocery Outlet, King City, Oregon branch and this wine is for sale for $4.99 per bottle. We only bought two bottles because I wanted to be sure it was good. It is and we'll go back tomorrow and pick up a case or two. I guess it makes sense that if the ships aren't sailing they have to do something with the proprietary products made for the cruise companies. It is the real deal ... and it makes me sad although grateful I saw it sitting on the shelf. I posted same info in another thread but thought it more properly belongs here so I apologize for sort of double post. These are sad times. Thank God for wine.
  5. Did our weekly grocery shopping run to Grocery Outlet (King City, Oregon branch) and they are selling East & West Red Blend California 2017 by NCL Norwegian Cruise Line for $4.99 per bottle. We got a couple bottles to be sure it was good. Drinking a glass now and it is good and we'll go tomorrow and get a couple cases. I guess it makes sense that if the ships aren't sailing they have to do something with the proprietary products made for the cruise companies. It is the real deal ... has the little blurb by NCL on back of the bottle and shows Cellared & Bottled by The Michael Mondavi Family, Napa, California. These are sad times. Thank God for wine.
  6. For some reason your particular cruise has a more reasonable final payment date .... doing a test booking on an inside stateroom shows Nov 22nd final payment date.
  7. Beautiful, thank you. Makes me sad because we're supposed to be in St Lucia (first time for us) on Feb 8th and St Kitts on Feb 9th and I doubt that our wonderful 13 night cruise on the Jade Feb 1st is going to happen. Final payment is due Oct 4th and we're leaning towards cancelling the cruise before that date. Still some time before we have to make decision.
  8. Funny they didn't show it in a Rebellious Fish glass. I have two of them ( Ah! so this what they mean by sealegs). One holds NCL ship pins and the other holds sea shells. I got one on the Sun after they started using plastic glasses .... told the bartender I really loved the glass ones and he found one for me. Just another reason to love the Sun.
  9. Here are a couple Youtube videos of 12071 on the Epic. This one gives you a good look at the stateroom .... it has the set up we prefer with the bed next to the balcony. He actually starts the video in a different stateroom and goes into 12071 about 55 seconds into the video. Balcony is very nice and if there aren't already loungers on it you can request from your room steward. I also like the fact that stateroom is close to the stairs and it's only a couple flights up to garden cafe / pool deck. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=chsaC5nK5UU This second video is kind of neat - a time lapse video taken from the balcony of 12071. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TjA5paV7JqM We've been on the Epic twice, once in aft facing balcony 10318 and once in a balcony similar to the one you have booked except I think ours was more angled toward the stern.
  10. Booking an IA category will allow you to upgrade to OA oceanview for 30,000 points or BA balcony for 60,000 points if staterooms are still available for meta upgrade in that category. IA is one of the highest inside stateroom categories and it gives much more flexibility for meta upgrade options.
  11. Reading the love for Barbados makes me hope even more that our 13 night cruise on the Jade February 1, 2021 really happens and that we as over 70 with some prior health issues will be allowed to cruise. We love the Jade and it is a great itinerary with some ports new to us. Tampa as a cruise port is also new to us and we were (are?) looking forward to spending some time there before the cruise.
  12. Here is a Youtube video done in 2017 of stateroom 11139 on sister ship Norwegian Gem. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qnAl_5jKTyI
  13. On the Jewel class ships the difference in the bed placement is that some staterooms have the bed and loveseat on the left and some have the bed and loveseat on the right. Here are two YouTube videos that show the difference. Also, note that during the Jade refurb the table/chair that were across from the tiny loveseat were replaced with a built in wall shelf unit and a stool that can double as a small round table. Here is YouTube video of Jade 10526, a BA stateroom that connects with 10528 next door. Bed placement on right. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=12OW9ePr6fQ Here is a YouTube video of BA 9122 with bed placement on the left. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TbJwRX9rqEU
  14. 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.
  15. 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
  16. 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.
  17. 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
  18. 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.
  19. Itineraries are on NCL website ..... need to be signed in to see them. You are right, prices seem very reasonable. It is very tempting.
  20. Thank you so much for the photos. She is beautiful. Have a wonderful cruise!
  21. 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
  22. Here is Youtube video done by Cruisereiziger of 5138 on sister ship Norwegian Bliss
  23. 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
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