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  1. No, you pay $250 each and get $250 OBC. No need to question, it's in B&W on their website - https://www.ncl.com/cruisenext
  2. non-Haven CruiseNext are $250 each. If you do the BOGO you're only paying for 4, which is $2000. That's 6,000 points or about $60 in redemption value if my math is correct.
  3. You buy on board. There are groups on certain social media sites where they are sold. I don't imagine there are many being sold anymore unless the people just need the cash or have decided to swear off NCL for one reason or another. The certificates no longer expire, there were lots sold because some people had some expiring in the next year and ended up not planning to cruise before the expiration.
  4. That may be so. However, like @njhorseman I highly doubt that a "I want to drink soda but you don't have the kind I would prefer" is a valid reason to get an exception, even though you have a medical reason you MUST drink diet soda. They have diet soda on board, just not the flavor you'd prefer. Next will be the 'I won't drink the tap water and I don't like the water you sell, I need to bring my own as water is medically necessary for sustaining life so I have to have something to drink'.
  5. WHO changed it? NCL sent you the updated booking, but is it possible the airline adjusted schedules? Is it possible the airline changed the time of the flight on which you were booked so as to be too early to make it from the ship to the airport in time? There may not have been another flight meeting NCL's financial requirements that left on July 4.
  6. Usually no mini fridge in a Studio cabin
  7. I wonder if you're on to something here... I wonder if the proliferation of cross-advertising the M&G to a social media site to get attendance up has caused NCL to no longer consider them just CC M&G...
  8. Yes, it's the same redemption scale regardless of how you redeem the points. The difference is that if you plan to continue cruising with NCL and want to build points, paying the on-board expenses in full using the NCL card then using points for statement credit or cash will give you 3% as points against the entire amount you spent on board or for the cruise (3,000 points if you spent $1,000 instead of 2,100 points if you spent $1,000 but offset it with $300 in OBC bought with 30,000 points you had previously).
  9. Mine was 2-day service, and they took literally until the last minute to get it back to me (my cabin steward went looking for it around 4:30 PM the day it was due back by 6 and around 5 he was knocking that he had it in hand. The clothes were still warm when I got it back.
  10. They are? Ooops. I've had a couple places tell me in the past that I didn't need to stop by the desk on checkout day and I could just walk out so I just do that and take the card (if I get one anymore since I signed up for Hilton Honors and just use the app to check in/out and open my door).
  11. I actually ended up with 3x more than I needed on my last trip - I brought one and planned to use the app for the hotel to unlock the door but they didn't have my room ready in time so the desk assigned a different room and gave me 2x cards to get in!
  12. There are a couple reasons - the Note 7 was so long ago and they were blocked so hard that they're certainly not being used, plus it's part of the cruise contract that the Note 7 is not allowed on the ship. @stellarose33 I usually bring an old hotel keycard to use in that slot, but I usually pull it out enough to turn off the power when I leave the room. I just do that so I don't leave my keycard in there by accident.
  13. Most people don't, but the possibility that it could happen is enough as fire at sea is a problem...
  14. I've been on the Escape in a Studio. There is no bar in the lounge, just the wine dispenser as explained by @debenson0723 She is 100% correct in that the solo/Studio experience and lounge is what you make of it. On my Escape cruise I went to the lounge as soon as I could get into cabins, met some people and hung around with them for much of the trip. I want to say my solo coordinators have been good, but the one on my last cruise had a hard time controlling the large group (over 100!) and I kind of gave up on it after the first two nights. There's the opposite, my first solo cruise (where I actually met Deb!) I had an amazing solo coordinator but I think I saw that he's now moved up to Cruise Director
  15. I would expect this, they don't want people charging devices when they're not in the cabin. Cabin stewards are even asked to unplug devices they find plugged in when they visit a cabin.
  16. After a 15-night Panama Canal cruise in an inside cabin on the Bliss I actually think I would have preferred a Studio. That closet in the inside was HORRIBLY designed and I have no idea how FOUR people (it had two Pullman beds in it) could go a week in such a cabin! In the future - it's balcony or Studio. I took the inside because it was a little cheaper than the Studio.
  17. That's my go-to meal there!!
  18. I find this hard to believe. The Studio cabins (the only ones on the ship ACTUALLY originally designed for one passenger) have no room to stick an extra bed in. I believe that was removed and never replaced when they installed the exhaust scrubbers during the pandemic.
  19. Is it an assumption? Yes. But as noted by someone else, NCL is historically bad at updating all information when changes happen. I would be pleasantly surprised if they did not make the change I suggested was happening. What you did in the past is not an indicator of future NCL. However, this: is encouraging. BUT, we need to remember that these menus have JUST released. It's possible they're still filtering things down. You can't turn an aircraft carrier like you turn your Honda...
  20. and that's what has me wondering why all the teeth-gnashing over the menu cuts. Sure it's a drop in options, but how often did any of the people complaining about fewer choices actually order the items removed? Of more interest to me, based on the wording of what you were previously allowed on an SDP credit - were the apps, salads and soups previously combined like this? Looking at a menu posted to another website - NO. This may signal a change in THAT offering - one item from appetizers, one entree, one dessert rather than getting one soup/salad, one app, one entree, one dessert.
  21. @julig22 I think I see a LITTLE of @RocketMan275's logic. Some of it really depends on the cruise and what the fares are. In my case - I'd book an OV and upgrade to a BA. That upgrade is 30,000 points. 30,000 points redeemed in another way such as a statement credit is worth $300, but on some cruises the difference in cost from OV to BA is not even $300 (speaking strictly of guarantee cabins, lowest price for the category), extrapolated because there is no 30,000 point redemption except for the stateroom upgrade unless you do the statement credit. There are other things to consider in that example though, I think...
  22. Available Ubers are roaming near the port. I ordered one at 11 AM on a Bliss disembarkation day and got a driver within minutes and if it wasn't for a traffic snarl because of a family trying to fit 10lbs of stuff in a 5lb bag (the guy had to call in a buddy to get the overflow, security/traffic control were NOT happy) I would have been in the car within 10 minutes or so. Getting off the ship was a whole other story, but I was also on a bigger ship.
  23. In fact - some say it's detrimental to you to close or cancel the account rather than leave it dormant and let the issuer close it after a period of inactivity.
  24. Quite valid considerations. I'm not sure but I may find out soon enough as I found a trip quite interesting to me and I can book an OV cabin to then upgrade to a balcony. I spend no more than I would normally, I just put as much of what I do spend on THAT card. It's my default for tap-to-pay on my phone.
  25. Unless you plan on sailing NCL again, that would be fine. If you ever plan to sail NCL again, you're leaving points on the table by redeeming the bonus strictly for OBC. Plus - the OBC is in, I think, $50 increments, you won't redeem the full 21,000 points for OBC, you'd need 25,000 for $250 of OBC. Before you ask - that OBC can NOT be used for CruiseNext purchase.
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