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  1. You try to do something nice for people by alerting them to a good deal and they find a reason to try to discredit, complain, and be all around miserable. Good God, So sorry for trying to be helpful. I thought that’s what this forum was for. Bunch of miserable old curmudgeons. Have a lovely weekend.
  2. Incorrect. $50pp more for every one I checked. I’m booked on one. 😉 This is Labor Day weekend on Pearl. $129 sail away vs $179 interior with one perk. Live on NCL.com as I type this.
  3. Correct. I’ve never had OBC from a TA that wasn’t refundable. I always apply it to DSC and then if anything is left, I go home with it.
  4. If any of you in Florida have the flexibility to do a last minute sailing, NCL is practically giving away 3-5 night Bahamas cruises through the remainder of the year. I saw one for as little as $100pp for an interior sailaway, $149 for interior guarantee with drink package. Taxes and port fees are more than the cruise fare. OBC offered through TA essentially covering entire DSC.
  5. The food is mediocre at best. Haven’t tried the specialty dining, but MDR on Sun is worst I’ve ever had on a cruise.
  6. Has anyone recently been on Indy with Unlimited Dining Package and might have some feedback to share? It's $95pp for our 4 night sailing in December and I'm considering it. This will be our first time sailing her. I was a bit underwhelmed with Chops the last time I was on Oasis so I'm waffling between specialty dining and MDR.
  7. When did you buy it though? Within the last two months? If so, I’m envious. That’s when the prices have jumped.
  8. You summed up the Sun well. The food is so lacking and repetitive. Believe it or not, I sailed in May 2018 and in July 2019 they were still using the same damn menu. I had pictures to prove it. I remember embarkation day when I saw nachos as a menu item in the MDR I laughed. And that hair dryer makes me cringe. As you can tell, the bathrooms were not touched whatsoever during the refit a few years ago. It is what it is. A cheap, last minute, getaway with open bar. It serves it’s purpose. But not much else.
  9. TA's are the one's making the offers, not the cruise lines. So I'm not sure cruise lines can dictate whether or not the TA's participate? Not sure exactly how it works but I can confirm yes, you can get quotes for NCL. I was on the Sun last month and booked it two weeks out from sailing. Saw the price NCL was charging on the website and then I figured what the heck, let me see what kind of offers I can get. One TA emailed me within 5 minutes of opening my request (happened to be an agency I'd used before) and offered the exact same price that was on the NCL website...plus $100 OBC. Obviously that was a no-brainer. The OBC almost covered all of my gratuities.
  10. In that case, you should totally pay the extra $1,100 and book with NCL.
  11. You're absolutely correct. Personally, I'm not "that guy" when I go out to eat, especially on vacation, but I suppose we all like to spend our time and energy in different ways.
  12. In theory, sure you could do that, but who wants to spend an entire evening at one restaurant.
  13. Taken from my cruise planner right now. Looks like someone needs to start updating things on the website: Savor the savings with the Unlimited Dining Package! For one low price, you can enjoy multiple entrees and visit multiple specialty restaurants every night of your sailing. And as an added perk, this unlimited package also applies to lunch at specialty restaurants on sea days. Plus, enjoy a discount of 40% off bottles of wine under $100 and 20% off bottles above $100 while dining in specialty restaurants.A courtesy reservation will be made for the first night of your cruise based on your preferred dining time. You will receive your courtesy reservation confirmation in your stateroom on the first day of your cruise. All additional reservations or changes to your courtesy reservation must be made once onboard at any specialty restaurant.For restaurants with a la carte pricing, you’ll receive a $35 food credit.*Holiday Celebration Dinners are not included with this package.*
  14. It still blows my mind that NCL loyalists utilize a "PCC" which is essentially a TA employed by NCL that gives you none of the benefits you get by using a real TA. Like you just said you saved $1,100 that you would not have saved had you booked through NCL directly. It's essentially free money. Enjoy!
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