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  1. If you "prepaid" your DSC on your original cabin prior to receiving your upgrade, you do not get charged the "difference" of being in the Haven ($18pp-pd vs. $15pp-pd). If you do not prepay DSC, then your on-board account will get charged the Haven DSC rate of $18pp-pd. As far as "expected to tip the Haven staff", well....any tips are up to you. Saying anything more on that topic opens a Pandora's Box of commentary - I may have already said too much đŸ¤Ŗ
  2. Great review! Thanks! We are on this cruise this March and staying in an Aft Haven. Very excited to hear that the Haven sun deck is bigger on the Joy than on the Escape. We expect to spend a good amount of time up there.🌞
  3. The Escape had the same feature and yes, you could turn it off.
  4. Complicated mingling of the cabins to ensure each one has a passenger over 21. Two of the teens are with their grandparents (1 per cabin). We were only going to get the drink package for those two cabins if Mock-tails were covered by the soda packages the teens would default to. The grandparents don't drink much any longer. I agree most bartenders will not care --- particularly if you are honest with them and slip them an extra $1 or two. However, the teens will likely spend most of their days apart from the various parents so will end up ordering their own drinks on most days. Thanks! J
  5. We are cruising next summer and have four minors travelling within a group of 12. Is there ANY drink package that the teens can get that will cover Mock-tails? Or are we stuck with the them paying drink-by-drink? As best as I can tell, these are not covered in the Soda Package. Have I missed something? Thanks! Jon
  6. Keep in mind that while the Cruise summary page will show that there are all sorts of offers, such as "free 3rd and 4th guest", not all sailings apply that offer. You may have priced a date that doesn't include that offer. Be sure to pay attention to the color coded boxes on the sailing dates Example below: Feb 23 sailing has Free extra guests Mar 1st sailing has $99 extra guests Mar 15th sailing has no extra guest discount
  7. Does anyone know how the beverage perk is handled/allowed if a two person cabin has one over 21 and one minor? We have this issue on a cruise next summer in two separate cabins. If the perk is taken, does the "minor" default to the soda package? I assume if this is done, they only charge us with the appropriate gratuities ($138.6 for the booze, $11.13 for the soda)
  8. We are on the Joy March 22nd sailing - Four of us in an H6 - Haven Aft. Final payment was Friday --- We paid $8300 Total for the four of us (plus two of us had free air) To book it today would be $11,300! --- without air promo. So, we're happy there..... Meanwhile, the August cruise I was watching, went up 45%. It was for a mulit-gen family vacation with six cabins. I had finally coordinated all the families so I could select a date. Was going to book all the cabins this weekend to surprise everyone at Thanksgiving. I hope there is a sale coming otherwise we are going to need to look elsewhere. ☚ī¸
  9. Absolutely! You can share the bottle of wine with your wife without any issues.
  10. We purchased the plan on our August Bermuda cruise. We were in the Haven proper and put the plan to use often and got our monies worth without a doubt. We are upgrading again this March, when we are in a Haven Aft as well (Joy - 3/22) While it is true you can get plenty of bottles at dinner and bring extra back to your cabin, I'm not sure if they can give you an "un-opened bottle". Still wines can easily be recorked to carry back. To bring Vueve back, pack a Champagne Cork so you can "save" those bubbles. If you upgrade, DO NOT buy a 12pack of water. The bottled waters are free. We would both grab bottles any moment from any bar or restaurant throughout the cruise. The Haven and restaurants stock Aqua Pana (Italian still and sparkling).
  11. LOL!!!! Yes...that may be the case...on the flip side, I think they lowered at least the first specific fare I am looking at by $100pp. So they are doing some tweaking it seems.
  12. I can't find any Free/Reduced Air promos as of today! We were pricing several 2020 cruises last night and the promo was still active across many destinations and sailings. Today, it is gone on everything that we were looking at...Bermuda, Caribbean, Europe! Did NCL actually "end" the promo?!?!?!
  13. If you can print them, do so...but don't worry, the ports have tags there that you can fill out with your new room number. They will have your new room assignments in the system when you check-in, so it isn't the end of the world. If I were already out of town, I would try to use my hotel's printer to reprint if possible.
  14. We spent time every day on the Haven sun deck on the Escape two weeks ago. Both Gil and Curly served us throughout the cruise and they were incredible! They would either run down to the Haven bar or skip over to the vibe bar to quickly get us our drinks of choice. They were running drinks and food around like crazy, and even came around one afternoon with a HUGE tray of shrimp cocktail for everyone who was out. Not once did we need to get our lazy behinds out of our lounges to get our own drinks! LOL!
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