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  1. Looking for suggestions and tips before embarking on the ship. We'll be in Honolulu the night before and would like to visit Pearl harbor on the day of embarkation. I understand they do not allow any bags. Where do you suggest we store luggage? I suppose hotel can hold it for a few hours, but I'd need to them go back to get it. How early does the ship accept luggage? Was thinking of dropping off our luggage first before going. Any other tips you can share?
  2. I went from almost cancelling this card to keeping it solely to use the points on a Caribbean/Mexico cruise in the future as I have other BoA credit cards to earn the same points that can be used on the NCL card. My question is that would there be any benefit of booking the aforementioned cruise with a TA vs direct with NCL? I would be comping the whole cabin. When NCL used to allow WorldPoints to be used to comp just the 3rd and 4th passengers for 40K of points, one of the TAs I had used in the past ended up charging me $50 each for the 3rd and 4th passengers because of the lost commission. This TA typically had the lowest rates and doesn't give OBC but essentially built the OBC into a discount on the final price of the cruise. I'm leaning to just go with NCL for ease to comp the cabin but was wondering if anyone has had experiences doing this with and without a TA?
  3. Original request for shareholder benefit on August 2 with a follow up sent on August 6. Received the OBC on August 14.
  4. Yes they do. I did it as part of the Platinum benefit.
  5. They must be backed up. I sent a request on August 2. Received the standard automated message with a case number saying 24 hour response. Sent a follow up on August 6 with the first case number and received another automated email with another case number. This is for a cruise in November 2020. Maybe they don't want to commit that far in advance?
  6. Back in the day I thought it was 2 points per dollar. Now they have it as 3 points per dollar on NCL purchases. Earn 3 WorldPoints® points for every $1 spent on Norwegian purchases Earn 1 WorldPoints® point for every $1 spent on all other purchases Redeem points for hundreds of rewards like cash, gift cards, hotel stays, car rentals, and Norwegian redemptions If you're a Preferred Rewards client you could get an additional 25% - 75% points bonus on every purchase, applied to the base earn of 1 point per $1 I don't disagree with you that the card is on its way out of my wallet. Though I recently became a Preferred Rewards member and now I get 5.25 points per dollar spent with NCL. That's hard to pass up. I may just keep the card and pull it out when booking an NCL cruise.
  7. Does anyone know if you are already paid in full and pay final payment, can you still use points to upgrade to a higher cabin if available? Or does this only work before final payment?
  8. I didn't mean to get people to debate about this. I was wondering if I were to wait for the cruise to start and have the ship add the DSC to my onboard account, would that reduce the 4.275% tax payable, so I would only be paying $15/pp/pd. The way I read this: Guests sailing to Hawaii will be charged an additional 4.275% Pre Paid Service Charge GET Tax is that I'm paying the GET tax for the privilege for prepaying.
  9. This may be a matter of semantics. In my NCL.com account, I can pre-pay my gratuities and there is a GET tax to pay in Hawaii. "The convenience of pre-paying service charges allows you to plan your budget prior to your cruise giving you additional freedom while on board. A discretionary charge of $15.64 USD per person per day for all guests 3 years or older will automatically be added to your onboard account. Your service charges will total $437.96 USD for all guests, for your entire cruise. Guests sailing to Hawaii will be charged an additional 4.275% Pre Paid Service Charge GET Tax " I'm trying to figure out is the GET Tax because I'm pre-paying the gratuities? i.e. it would be $15.00 pp/pd if I let the ship add it to my onboard account? Or would it still be $15.64 pp/pd even on the ship too?
  10. @karinad You would only redeem the amount needed to get to your $350 credit, ie 35K points. The remaining 3K would stay on your NCL credit card for you to do as you wish. If you have other Bank of America credit cards that earn points, you might be able to transfer your points to that card if eligible. That other card may have a better redemption rate for cash. The NCL Worldpoints redemption for cash is horrendous!
  11. Speaking of these points becoming worthless... In 2017 and 2018, I had redeemed 40K of points to comp the third and fourth passengers in my cabin without issue. I've tried to do the same the other day and was told that if the first two passengers were not comped, that I'm not able to use the 40K comp for the third and fourth passengers either. I don't have enough points to comp the first two passengers. Does anyone have thoughts on if things changed within the past year with this program. If I am able to comp, I will almost exhaust these points. That will also be the end of this credit card for me.
  12. I see people referring to buying four or eight certificates. Can you buy 5, 6 or 7 at $125 apiece?
  13. Is there an escape room game held on the Joy?
  14. I didn't see this answered. Let's say an excursion costs $35/adult and $25/child. Can we still use the $50 perk since this is over the $50 amount or does one of the fares need to be over $50 in order for the perk to be applied? Also, for the Latitudes discount, is that only applied when you call or on board? I didn't see it come off online. Does it apply to all shore excursions or will there be a disclaimer for some of them?
  15. Thanks Gampy. It's still a bit early for me to try in my account but if I decide to make reservations for these restaurants for four people, will that end up charging for the kids? Or is it just a reservation and doesn't take payment? My vague memory leads me to believe it's just a reservation.
  16. With all the food and fun they have, they'll sleep well without the mudslides.
  17. We've never typically opted for this, but considering a Balcony on the Joy in Alaska this summer. They currently allow to choose up to 6 of their perks. We're not drinkers and will pass on the beverage package. 1) I noticed as you choose the dining package there is a $15.80 x 2 charge that is added to your final payment. Is this the gratuity for all 3 meals that we can book? Or will there be an additional gratuity charged after we eat at the restaurant? 2) Also, my two young kids have typically eaten off the kids menu from the MDR when we had Platinum specialty dinners. Would that be frowned upon or can it still be done with the specialty dinner perk offer? 3) I figure the Teppanyaki would be a fun time for the kids and would not have a problem paying for them since they are taking up a seat that could be used for revenue. Any additional thoughts or concerns I should be aware of? Thanks!!
  18. If you have booked through a TA that provided you with some OBC, would the shareholder benefit still be added? This isn't an employee or special rate. i.e. if I didn't book through the TA, I would've booked through NCL without the OBC bonus from the TA.
  19. Just to confirm, if I need to settle a balance of 15.93, that would be taken off the GC instead of the minimum cruise cash amount of $25?
  20. I know this is an old thread... but hoping someone will know as I've been searching for my answer but have come up short so far. I have already purchased Cruise Cash for the cabin in the amount that just covers the gratuities. Let's say before the end of the cruise, I purchase $80 that has been charged to my cabin, can I use a physical Carnival gift card to apply just an $80 amount to my S&S account or do I have to do them in increments of $25, $50 or $100? Can this be applied using the kiosks? If it makes a difference, I will be sailing on the Horizon. Thanks!
  21. Is there a fee to cash it out at the casino?
  22. I was planning on buying a $500 AARP Carnival GC due to their fee rather than buy 4 x $100 cards (which is all I really wanted). When I go to guest services, can I specifically ask that they only use $400 of the $500 on the GC? If the above can't be done and there is a remaining balance (i.e. I don't use the casino method with their fee) what happens to the remained? Won't Carnival issue another GC or could it at least be set aside on my account for use as a deposit on a future cruise with no fee?
  23. I'm on the rewards for good site now and regardless of what denomination I choose, there is a shipping fee. Is that essentially the only way to know if you will get a physical card vs an e gift card? Or are folks paying a fee and still getting an e gift card?
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