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  1. I think that everyone is missing something here. If they roll pre-paid gratuities, shore excursions, and whatever else into FCC instead of refunding them separately and then refusing to allow you to use the FCC to repurchase these same items then its obvious that Cruise Next Certificates are being placed back into account specifically to force as many to expire as they can. To roll them into a FCC would allow them to retain some value that would help the customer and of course NCL can't have that.
  2. The drink package can vary. But in a nutshell the standard drink package when taken as a Free at Sea perk includes all alcoholic beverages that have a menu price of $15.00 or lower. It also includes soda. That is the short version of the drink package explanation. This link to NCL's drink package may be able to answer some more questions. https://www.ncl.com/onboard-packages/beverage-packages
  3. First let me preface my comments by saying that I am a big fan of NCL. I have had minor issues in the past on cruises but they were just minor like you have during every vacation land or sea. Every cruise I have been on has been quite enjoyable. Here is my history of cruising in just 5 years. Norwegian Jewel - December 2015 Freedom of the Seas - August 2016 Norwegian Escape - December 2017 Norwegian Getaway - September 2019 Norwegian Epic - December 2018 Norwegian Breakaway - September 2018 (booked but cancelled by NCL due to Hurricane Dorian) Norwegian Breakaway - October 2018 (replaced previous cruise) Norwegian Joy - January 2020 Norwegian Bliss - May 2020 (booked but cancelled by NCL due to current Pandemic - will fill out refund form when its available in 2 days) Norwegian Breakaway - November 2020 (cancelled before final payment in July due to uncertainty - still waiting for $100.00 deposit to be refunded) I hope that NCL survives and I will gladly sail with them again. Just not departing with any more cash until I see many voyages go without issues or buzz killing safety precautions. I can book a cabin by a lake and have more fun than wearing a mask in the dining room or having NCL employees wearing them. I am not against safety precautions but I think it would take away from the vacation. So back to the original question. Who will you cruise with if NCL is liquidated? It's a hypothetical so just assume for the sake of the question that they are not doing any sailings. My answer is I want to try all the major cruise lines at least once. I have already done a Royal Carribean and liked it. I think I would check out MSC next, then Carnival. What do you think?
  4. Inside room on the bliss with the drink package as only perk. 2300 less. You be the judge of value. Edited to say - cruise is on the Bliss. Also will probably be cancelled. If cancelled will apply FCC to 13 day Breakaway including air and all perks.
  5. This is where some of them are. https://www.portmiamiwebcam.com/
  6. Does anyone know? If you booked the spa and that money gets rolled into a FCC can you use the FCC to book the spa on the replacement cruise? Or DSC, or dining packages, you get the idea.
  7. I plan to take a 125% FCC if they cancel my May 31st Bliss Sailing (which appears likely due to Canadian port closures). The reason being is that I have a Breakaway 13 day cruise that has a final payment date of July. The cruise is November so we should be well past the current crisis by that time. If not then a cancelled cruise will be the least of my worries. NCL could go out of business and not honor FCC but I doubt it. This is certainly crippling to NCL and the industry as a whole but the fundamentals of the economy have not changed. It will be business as usual as soon as possible. Also - whether I go on the cruise and get the value for my $ or don't go on the cruise and they keep the money; either way the money is gone. Yes if I could recover the money it would be great to reassign it to another vacation or some other use but the money was written off as disposable when I paid for the cruise.
  8. There are obviously more restaurants, bars, and various other venues on the larger ships. My question is how crowded is a Jewel Class compared to the mega ships? Does a fully booked Jewel Class feel just as crowded as a fully booked mega ship? I have been on the Escape, Getaway, Breakaway, Epic, and the Joy. I enjoyed all my cruises but finding that I only do such things as the ropes course, water slides about once a cruise or sometimes not at all. Some ships seemed very crowded and some did not. Even on the crowded ships the wait times for bar service or meal service were acceptable. All in all price and itinerary are always the key factor of any decision but their are some neat looking cruises in 2021 on the Jewel Class that I am considering. What do people think who have been on both? Thanks for reading my post.
  9. Why do you think they come across as pushy if they believe a customer is being indecisive?
  10. With the drink package you can order 2 drinks from the server at a time. A double shot pour counts as the 2nd drink. At least that was my experience on the Epic in December 2018. Another passenger near me at the bar asked for a double jack and coke and a beer. I overheard the bartender tell him that was 3 drinks which was 1 to many since he only had his key-card with him. Another thing to note that if you are traveling with someone it has been my experience that you can take both key cards to the bar so only one person has to be present at the bar. In this scenario you can get four drinks but depending on how busy the bartender is they might be annoyed.
  11. Unfortunately no. Always manage to lose it all. Never won more than $20.00 at a crack on the slots on 5 cruises. Just don't have the luck. Maybe on the Breakaway I'll try my hand at blackjack.
  12. Correction to the post above. Genting Group owns Star Cruises which currently holds a 28% stake in NCL. Genting also owns Dream Cruises which operates the Genting Dream and the World Dream which are Breakaway Class ships. Genting also owns a large share in Lloyd Werft which has been NCL's shipbuilder for most of the fleet except for the epic.
  13. I don't buy that the Asian market was unsuitable for the Joy. There are two other little know Breakaway Class ships that do cruises over in that region of the world that seem to be doing fine. Dream Cruises has some kind of stake in NCL's parent company NCLHC More likely it was a matter of Alaska just being more profitable in general rather then Asia strictly being unprofitable. In fact the World Dream entered service shortly before the decision was made to move the Joy back to the US. Bottom line money was the motive but there is more to the Joy than what they are telling us.
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