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  1. Happy you won! Hope you love the room. Free continental breakfast out on my balcony is one of my favorite NCL activities, so I would be lost without the balcony.
  2. You can find out if there are many rooms left by doing a mock booking on the NCL site. Note that will only show you a maximum of 15 rooms per category, but it's a good place to start. I would guess that with a Panama canal sailing, the balconies are going to sell out though, so your chance of an upgrade is low, even if you bid very high.
  3. I don't remember if I was charged tax while in Port in Canada, so I can't help there. Disembarkation in NYC is on deck 7. Aft was only for wheelchairs and disabilities though. Reservation desks are set up outside of Le Bistro on deck 6 and inside Headliners, also on deck 6 on embarkation day. There are also touch screens hanging on the walls near all the elevators on every deck that can be used to make reservations. Plus, if you have the cruise Norwegian app, put your phone in airplane mode, and then connect to the ship's wifi (no wifi package needed), you can make reservations through the app once on board.
  4. We would need some more info. Which sailing? Are balconies looking pretty full or is there still a lot of inventory?
  5. In theory, bids can be accepted at any time. In reality, the seem to mostly be processed within the last week or two before sailing, so the timing of your bid may not matter much as long as you get it in before bids are processed.
  6. What would be the cost of upgrading directly at this point? Despite all my analysis of the bid process, how it works, and what might constitute a "winning" bid on any given sailing, my advice is always to bid what you are comfortable with. A perfect bis amount is one where you will be happy either way. Content with the amount paid if you win the bid and happy to have the extra money to spend on board if you lose the bid. If you are going to be devastated if you lose the bid, then either bid more or pay to upgrade directly. If you think you will question if the upgrade was really worth it or regretting "overspending", then lower your bid to an amount you are more comfortable with.
  7. I never said that the total bid is the only factor in determining who wins. I said that the total amount of money NCL can net is the determining factor. What I can almost guarantee, however, is that the initial amount paid for your original cabin is NOT a determining factor, which is the point I was arguing from the beginning. I am confident that NCL awards upgrades based on the bottom line. And the money already paid toward your existing cabin is already a part of that bottom line. There is no need to factor it into the upgrade process.
  8. Certainly the whole "chain" of upgrades is really what NCL is going to look at. But still it will be the total net of NEW money NCL can get for upgrades. The initial amounts paid by anyone are irrelevant past final payment. Like I said, NCL has that money in hand already. They are clearly going to process upgrades in such a way as nets them the most ADDITIONAL money.
  9. I did! Kind of. I had two weeks of conferences for work and then got horribly sick, so I have been out of commission for three weeks. Plus, before that we purchased a new home so I was working on packing/planning around that, which is still ongoing until our actual move later this month.
  10. We have definitely discussed this before. It makes no business sense for NCL to factor in original price paid. They already have that money. All that matters now is how much MORE money they can get. If you paid more originally and bid $250 and someone who paid less bids $500, taking the higher bid nets NCL the most money. Why would they pass up the extra $250?
  11. You will be eligible to bid on upgrades so long as you booked directly through NCL or a participating travel agent. If you are upgraded, you keep your original booking perks. So in your case, you would get the upgraded room, but no additional perks.
  12. It's not strange at all that your mini-suite was never visibly relisted. This is how the upgrade processing works. Every upgrade really sets off a chain of upgrades below it. Which is why all of the upgrade processing usually happens around the same time for everyone. Upgrading someone to an H3/H4 freed up the H5 you upgraded into, which freed up your mini-suite, which someone upgraded into from a balcony, which freed up the balcony for someone in an OC or an inside room..... That's exactly how the process is supposed to work. And as for NCL determining bids based on profits, of course that is EXACTLY what they do. Why would they do anything differently?
  13. Fortunately (unfortunately?) there is now no risk of me taking a cruise in October. I am purchasing a new home that I'll be closing on in late August. so all of my money and time off are going that endeavor, which will definitely cost me considerably more than $1299!
  14. I wouldn't waste a specialty dining credit on Margaritaville. It's only a $14 flat fee per person to eat there. That's half as much as the flat fee for Moderno or Teppenyaki.
  15. If you have Specialty Dining and book a reservation at one of the flat rate restaurants (Moderno or Teppanyaki) the it assumes you will be using one of your specialty dining credits and does not charge your credit card at the time of your booking. For a la cart restaurants, there is no up-front charge, you just make a reservation. At ALL venues once on board, when you check in at the hostess stand, they will ask you if you want to use a specialty dining credit or pay for your meal.
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