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smithop

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About smithop

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    Cool Cruiser

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  • Location
    Costa Mesa, CA
  • Interests
    Golf, cycling, timeshares, cruises
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Norwegian
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Long Beach

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  1. I hope you get to stop there! We went last October and it was too windy to dock there, the ship could literally not get close enough to the dock to tie off. We could hear the engines rev up and see clouds of sand in the water from the side thrusters but the wind was pushing harder. We ended up with an extra sea day and got to Costa Maya early. I can recommend a tour in Costa Maya, we went to one of the Mayan ruins then had lunch with a local indigenous family. Thenativechoice dot com.
  2. I just got upgraded on Joy for Thanksgiving sailing. 7 day Mexico. Upgraded from inside deck 5 to Balcony, Deck 13 BA. Received the offer to upgrade at 90 days Upgraded at 60 days Originally booked inside CAS offer, paid only port fees, taxes etc. $600. Bid $250 pp. Meter was in Good bid. Total cost now $1100. I checked current balcony pricing and its $2600 so I think I scored a nice upgrade.
  3. No, I only get one perk with inside cabin, chose SDP. I will have the CAS drink card so if I want an adult beverage it will be at the casino bar. Maybe I can just get a soda there. Appears to be a web site glitch from other replies. Just tried again, no luck.
  4. Try a different browser? I use Chrome and there is a link in the upper right after I log in at NCL dot com as well as in the trip summary.
  5. I have a cruised booked for Thanksgiving week, all paid for and checked in. On the Joy out of LA. I've reserved shows and specialty dining, no problem. I've ordered water and paid for it. Everything seems to work except the soda package. If I choose one or both pax it just spins when I try to add. Has anyone been able to add soda pkg before sailing or will I have to do it onboard?
  6. Let's face it, the recession is over, discretionary spending is rising and all travel choices are reflecting that in price increases. CA just signed the budget with a 21 Billion surplus. All austerity measures have been rolled back. Sent from my SM-G970U using Tapatalk
  7. Long Beach, LGB Los Angeles, LAX Santa Ana, SNA
  8. We had one on Alaska cruise and it came in handy for blocking the cold wind. If it were Caribbean and you liked sun then the open balcony might be a better choice. Sent from my SM-G970U using Tapatalk
  9. They only affect is has on me is to subsidize my low cost cruising. It sounds like the haven is a high profit center for NCL when you eat cheap food. Sent from my SM-G970U using Tapatalk
  10. Wait, you pay all those big bucks so your mother can eat grilled cheese and pizza up there in the haven? I thought the hoi poloi were dining on caviar and lobster up there. Just another reason I won't be wasting my money on haven suites or passes. Sent from my SM-G970U using Tapatalk
  11. You should have used the bonus points to pay your maintenance fees, that is the best value if you can't use them. Sent from my SM-G970U using Tapatalk
  12. You picked a strange time to suddenly decide to contribute given you have been on here for years and found it useful. Sent from my SM-G970U using Tapatalk
  13. LAX is another story, when I fly out of there I plan on arriving 2hrs before the flight. The traffic getting in the airport is horrible right now due to heavy construction at the airport itself. Yours will be tight depending on how fast you can disembark and get on a shuttle or UBER to LAX. I've never had to do that so no experience there. I live 30 min south of Long Beach, I leave 4hrs before flights from LAX. I would take the latter flight and have lunch at the airport and try to get into one of the airline lounges for a nap. Sent from my SM-G970U using Tapatalk
  14. You should be fine, traffic is not bad on weekends, you can make that trip under 30 minutes. I’ve taken JetBlue and Southwest flights out of LGB and arrived 60 min before the flight, zipped right through security.
  15. Good Lord, that is one of the worst use of HGVC points! You spent your maint fees to get a small cruise discount, could have got the same discount using the big box travel agent.
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