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  1. We sailed on the Spirit several times (see signature below for dates/places) and had inside cabins each time. It was quite some time ago (10-15 years) and Spirit has been refurbed several times since then. That said we never noticed any noise from the neighboring cabins when we were aboard. Spirit was a lovely ship when we sailed on her & from what other posters have said she's maintained her reputation since then. Our son & his wife did a European cruise aboard Spirit a couple of years back & they loved it! Spirit is a unique ship and different from the other ships
  2. Amen!! Let's ALL move on to the next CC topic with a misleading opening statement...😏
  3. NCL gave refunds...DW & I got one for our April '20 TA. Yes, we had to wait a few months but we got the $$. We read the terms of NCL's offer of a 125% future cruise credit (FCC) VERY CAREFULLY, unlike a LOT of posters here and decided it was NOT a good deal. So please don't say NCL is refusing to give refunds...they did. If you opted for the FCC...well you knew (or should have known) what you were agreeing to.
  4. This is why DW & I both read the terms VERY carefully when our April 2020 TA was cancelled & we were offered either a full cash (credit card) refund or a 125% FCC. We took the cash because once you choose the FCC it's "Monopoly Money" with no cash value. The previous poster who compared it to a store credit was spot on! Good luck!
  5. We had a TA booked for April 2020. Needless to say that didn't happen & after reading the NCL's terms & conditions we took the refund. Based on the comments we've seen here on CC we're VERY glad we 'Took the $$ and ran". Agree 100% with the OP. DW & I have a credit that expires in '22 so we're in NO hurry to book ANYTHING until we see a cruise ship actually sail under conditions we can live with...literally...lol
  6. With most of the cruise ship companies having, literally, "one foot in the grave & the other on a banana peel" if you show ANY interest in a future cruise you can almost name your own price & terms IF you're willing to wait until sailing resumes at some future date. When my original cruise was cancelled back in April I read the cancellation terms VERY carefully (THANK YOU @BirdTravels!!!) & opted for the cash refund rather than a FCC. As others have pointed out once you accept the FCC for ANYTHING you're basically playing with 'NCL Monopoly Money' with NCL as the banker!
  7. While we were on our first NCL cruise on the Dawn back in '04 we were chatting with the CD and he told us that San Juan WAS at one point the largest cruise ship port; for many of the reasons quoted above. After 9/11, however, not a lot of folks wanted to fly to San Juan and back just to cruise so the industry shifted from San Juan to Florida; particularly Miami. It seems to me, however, that the state of Florida would very much like to see the cruise ship industry return to its pre-COVID status. With everything is flux right now due to COVID & the US elections we'll just ha
  8. We've sailed on the Breakaway (3x) and the Getaway (1x) in Inside cabins; am not 100% certain of the classification of our cabins. In answer to your questions: 1) YES there's a SMALL stool that you could use to sit on & watch TV. I, personally however, would prefer to lounge on the bed & watch TV. The stool has no back. 2) We use two (2) large suit cases on wheels that EASILY fit under the bed(s)
  9. Probably to load up on some Red Snapper. Delicious!!! 😁
  10. C'mon already! Ya didn't earn the points, ya don't get the points! 😱 Seriously, however, it would have been a fabulous goodwill gesture on the part of NCL to have allowed us to keep the points we tried to earn. However I kinda knew as soon as someone reported it here on CC & when I saw it on my own Latitudes statement that this was some sort of technical glitch in NCL's stellar IT systems...😳 As a previous poster stated; once more NCL Corporate manages to snatch defeat from the jaws of a public relations victory.
  11. $399 Inside GY on Getaway 2 years ago NYC to Southampton 12 days. This was cut short to 10 days because Getaway had to get to dry dock 2 days earlier than expected. NCL gave us an additional 25% off. One word of advice; bigger is usually better. The Star is a much smaller ship than the Jewel & Breakaway class ships. Remember you're going to have 5 or more consecutive sea days with no port stops so a bigger ship has more distractions & attractions than a smaller ship. My 2 cents. We were scheduled on another TA on Encore this April that got cancelled due to t
  12. @luv2kroooz Because the airlines are incorporated & based in the US; cruise lines are not. That's the BIG reason why the airlines received bail-out $$ from the US government & the cruise lines got nada from Uncle Sam. That's an argument they'd make right off the bat if this regulation was implemented & they went to court to argue against it. Yes, this might be "similar to how the US Dept of Transportation regulates the airlines...", but the cruise lines, as foreign corporate entities, would argue it doesn't apply to them. I believe, however, that YOU ar
  13. Might be enacted via regulation but has zero chance of actually being implemented & enforced. The cruise lines could & probably would individually or collectively tie this up in legal knots for years.
  14. @Budget Queen Holy Cow! You must be going through major "cruise withdrawal" syndrome right now...😢 I certainly wouldn't be shocked if our progression was random chance. We've also had a couple of "dogs" for cabins but nothing truly horrible. The worst was when I booked online a last-minute GTY Inside cabin out of NYC and not through our PCC. She was rather miffed & I swear we got a crappy cabin location because of that! I can't prove anything (and she's no longer with NCL) but that's how I'd bet. Question: do you always book the GTY rate? We've done mostly las
  15. @Budget Queen Based on OUR experience and about 18 cruises on NCL, steadily progressing from Bronze newbs up to our present Platinum Plus status. Based on your # of posts here on CC you've obviously had much more cruising experience than DW & moi so if that wasn't the case for you I "bow" to your greater experience...lol. I'm just sayin' in OUR case we got better GTY Inside cabins as we progressed up the Latitudes food chain to where we are now.
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