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  1. I would love to take this type of cruise! I'm not a huge fan of the ports and really enjoy being on the ship. πŸ™‚
  2. That is AWFUL. I'm so sorry. No additional advice outside of what's already been posted, but I'd be posting those pictures EVERYWHERE. They will want you to stop and hopefully, will offer some sort of compensation to you.
  3. Great! Thank you all so much for taking the time to reply. We'll just hang tight and I'm sure we will have a great time.
  4. Wow. That's one heck of a deal! I never seem to find the suites at that price point. πŸ™‚ Nice!
  5. Hi All, We have only sailed on NCL once and absolutely loved it. We were on the Jewel to Alaska in 2016 and ended up upgrading to the owners suite. It was one of our favorite vacations ever. We are booked on the new Encore ship in the Haven 2 bedroom suite at the end of May 2020. I was just reading another post that said that staff might not be settled in on a newer ship and the person who wrote the post seemed to really not have a great experience at all (bad kids club, disorganized, cold food, etc.). That has made me a bit nervous. We are taking my niece on this trip (she will be 10 when we sail) and I am hopeful that by sailing on a newer ship with a lot to offer her, she will have a great time. However, I'm second guessing myself now. We are spending a lot for this and my expectations are pretty high because of our previous experience. Am I overthinking it or should I potentially consider a different cruise? Thank you so much for sharing your insight.
  6. Really? I didn't know that could be done.... I'm not an expert by any stretch of the imagination πŸ™‚ Does that work with the big travel companies or just local type travel agents. I haven't used a travel agent in years. Thank you for the guidance!
  7. We stayed in the Owners Suite on the Jewel and spent almost no time in the actual haven section. We still had the most amazing cruise. Like the others say, the perks were absolutely worth it. The Moderno for breakfast was my favorite and I loved not having to worry about crowds. I also really liked the ease of getting off and on the ship. I'd do it.
  8. Thank you all. We decided to go with the Cloud 9 Spa Suite. It looked like both were nice rooms, but I didn't see a big reason for paying quite a bit for just a little more space and access to the Havana Pool (which our friends couldn't access anyway).
  9. Hi All, We haven't cruised on Carnival for a while, but will likely be joining some friends for a cruise on the Vista in April of next year. I'm trying to figure out the difference between a Cloud 9 Spa Suite and the Grand Suite. Is it just size of the room? Any insight would be helpful!!! Thanks! Kim
  10. I loved having the butler and the concierge, but it definitely made the trip more expensive. I felt it when we were tipping for two cabins with 2 people each (DH and I in one and our son and one of his friends in the other) at the end of our vacation. We tipped the butler $15 pp pd and the concierge $10 pp pd. I honestly don't remember how much we tipped the room steward, but I think it was in the $10 per cabin per day range as we knew he was part of the other tip share. πŸ™‚ We won't go on a cruise without that service again, though. It might sound a little bouge, but the pampered feeling you get is pretty awesome and it takes the vacation to a whole different level. I didn't want to leave the ship! I'm sure you are going to love it.
  11. Thanks for posting this. I'm starting to think about what we will do in Bermuda, as well. I'm guessing that Turtle Bay and Long Bay Beach might be less crowded as they are further away. For those of you who have been there, do you think that's accurate? As we will have 2 1/2 full days there, I don't mind a bit of a trek to get away from the crowds. I appreciate the insight!
  12. I've never been on Celebrity, so take this with a grain of salt, but I loved the Haven on our last NCL cruise and we're booked again for next summer. I seriously don't know how you could NOT enjoy sailing in the Haven. I hope you give it a try.
  13. Well, it definitely looks like we have plenty of other options to explore. πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing all your experience!
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