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  1. My Big Box store travel agent called NCL and they did basically a "lift and shift" from this Nov to next November - same 4 perks and $300 cheaper. They were on the Joy and now on the Encore. He said there was no problem using the Cruise Next on the new cruise even tho it was set to expire well before the 2021 cruise! Phew!
  2. I haven't been paying a lot of attention to the NCL boards lately as my next cruise is on Celebrity, but my daughter is scheduled on a NCL cruise Nov 2020 and when she booked her cruise, I transferred over my CruiseNext deposit to her as it was going to expire if not used by April 2021. Now she is pretty sure she wants to cancel the cruise, so I'm wondering what happens to the cruisenext certificate - will it come back to me and will it still have the April 2021 expiry - which would just now lapse 😞 as I don't have NCL plans before that time. Another option is can she move her cruise out a year with this deposit and still retain the price they have for the Nov cruise - does NCL have the "lift and shift" like Celebrity does? Thanks
  3. So I'm choosing to remain optimistic that our Feb 2021 Apex cruise (our first with any Celebrity ship) will still take place, but when I booked the cruise, it was well before the pandemic and we just booked an interior room (with the four perks and NRD) so we could save some money to put towards more cruises! We don't spend a lot of time in our rooms, so were happy with our choice. Now with the rash of ships that had quarantine in room situations, I'm rethinking my wisdom - i would go stir crazy if i couldn't leave my room and have no daylight for days on end! I was thinking that maybe there was hope to bid on the Move up to a balcony, but I did book through a Big Box store and believe that I can't bid on the Move up program - is this correct? I sure hope that by the time we sail that we are back to "normal" health times, but I know no guarantees. Would you bite the bullet and pay extra $1000 now for a veranda - can I upgrade now without losing my Non Refundable Deposit? Or should i wait to see if veranda prices drop once cruising starts back up? I know I'm asking for opinions and crystal ball gazing for the future, but any opinions welcomed!
  4. No worries here folks, I'm just trying to absorb everyone's insights - I will buy when I'm ready to buy but I like to hear what others are doing. History shows that this stock over the long term (could be very long, but thats ok) will rebound, but yes, I can afford to lose the money associated with 100 shares so all good. Thanks for the opinions!
  5. So I'm a newbie at buying stock, but even before this significant downturn, we had talked about buying RCI stock - mainly for the OBC - so only purchasing 100 shares. I have an online bank webbroker account set up and have been studying tutorials on how to set up and buy/sell etc, so I'm just wanting to learn from what you are saying...but I know its my mind to make up and no one has a crystal ball! It sounds like folks are expecting the stock to go below $40 and some have set up a "buy now" somewhere around the $32 or less mark with an "expiry date" on that buy figure to late June - is that correct? I was feeling like I was ready to buy the 100 shares, but it seems like those with more experience feel it will go much lower? Thanks for any insights/opinions!
  6. Also can someone help clarify what the OBC can be used for - this statement leaves me with questions...Onboard credit may not be used for onboard service charges or pre-purchased activities. So does this mean we can't use the OBC to pay for the staff gratuities, nor drinks or their gratuities? Also it sounds like you can't use the OBC to prebook a massage, but it would be ok to use if you booked that massage once onboard? Thanks!
  7. We fly into MCO the night before our NCL cruise and are staying at hotel near airport. I have a rental car to take us to the Port the next morning and will drop it at Enterprise. There are four of us - -am I better off dropping the three of them at the cruise terminal first with luggage and then going to Enterprise to drop the car and take shuttle back on my own? Or is it just as easy for all of us with our luggage to go to rental car and wait for shuttle? I'm wondering how crowded the shuttles get with people and luggage? I plan to be in Port Canaveral around 11:30am on Saturday, Feb 8. Thanks
  8. Thank you for asking this question as I was confused as well! How is the drive to LB Beef? Is it as hilly and adventurous as the ride to Cane? I’m looking for nice beach option without the harried drive and LB Beef looks awesome!
  9. We've toured San Juan old town on our last cruise and was disappointed when they changed our itinerary this time from a St. Thomas stop to San Juan, so I'm looking for something else to do.... I'd like to venture out a bit, but I've heard there are no good beach stops nearby. Last cruise I heard from other passengers that they just hopped a taxi at end of pier and asked for a tour around the area - have others done this? If so, where do we ask to go? what is of interest to see? Can we stop for pictures, shopping etc? Any idea what would a 2 hour taxi tour cost for four people? Would Uber drivers do this too or stick with taxi? Thanks! Jo
  10. We are planning on a casual beach day in Tortola in either Great Cane Beach or Brewers Bay. I've read up and viewed videos on the Safari Taxi's and it does look adventurous with the narrow and twisty switchback roads to cross over to get to the other side of the island! I'm concerned that my friend will be too freaked out with the open air, bench seating and narrow roads and not want to take the ride. Is it possible to hire a regular taxi van or car - being closed in may make her feel more comfortable? There are four of us - anyone done both safari and regular taxi and have an opinion and any idea what the cost for a taxi van/car would be vs the safari which I know is $8 per person each way. Thanks!
  11. Hi Alohalivin - we are going to be in SJ in February and would love to get a copy of your Walking Tour! Our email is daviddesveaux3802@gmail.com Thank You for all your work!
  12. Do you mind me asking how much it was per person for this excursion? Thanks
  13. I always prefer to fly in the night before the cruise and always non stop from Toronto. Is there a way to designate those details when we sign up for that perk?
  14. Sounds like you've had a blast so far! The ocean looks a bit rough in that pic. Has it been mostly smooth Sailing? We get on her March 23 and I tend to get motion sick in rough seas so wondering how much gravol go bring lol!
  15. In two weeks we are on our first Princess cruise on the Caribbean staying in obstructed ocean view on Emerald deck. Will be interested on what you think of the location! Also are the only sitting options in the cabin, the bed? Following along to make these next two weeks for me go faster!! Enjoy!
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