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  1. Just off Independence 4 nighter. Not sure if this is something new but instead of formal night, day 2 was “dress your best” or something of the sort. I’d describe attire most people were wearing as business casual in MDR. Then of course there were the guys barefoot in the Royal Promenade getting pizza at Sorrento’s. The “clientele” on that ship was a mixed bag. And the MDR food...breakfast wasn’t even worth taking the time to eat. But I digress. Moving forward I think I’m going to stick to sailings 7+ nights or longer.
  2. Not all of Europe. In Germany, for example, cash remains king. I imagine the same applies elsewhere in some parts of Europe as well. It is very common for restaurants and bars (even those frequented by tourists) to accept cash only. Why? I'm not 100% sure. Maybe they don't want to pay the transaction fees or maybe they don't want to deal with charge backs. Perhaps a combo of both. Either way, without euros, you're going to find yourself out of luck in a lot of situations.
  3. I guess...maybe if you're trying to withdraw at a casino or somewhere that would screw you the same as in the USA? In all of my European travels I have only encountered one place that charged anything more than the usual daily exchange rate. It was an ATM inside one of the tents at Oktoberfest. I actually didn't even use said ATM as I was really just curious how much of a rip off it was. Because of course, ATMs in situations like this will screw you, no different than USA.
  4. If you are a frequent traveler, you really should open a free high yield checking account through Charles Schwabb. No bank-charged ATM fees, no foreign transaction fees, nothing, no matter where you are in the world. I always get euros through ATMs while travelling in Europe, as needed. During my last trip to Germany and France, I visited about a half dozen ATMs over the course of 10 days. No fees, you just pay whatever the exchange rate is that day. Just like America, there's at least one ATM within a stone's throw of civilization. Exchanging currency in America and travelling overseas with it is really unnecessary. Not to mention the risk associated with carrying large amounts of cash on you. But alas, some people (many of them post on this forum) like to make life harder than it needs to be.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. When did you buy it though? Within the last two months? If so, I’m envious. That’s when the prices have jumped.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. In that case, you should totally pay the extra $1,100 and book with NCL.
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