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  1. OP here. Sorry, fake new it seems. From what people onboard are reporting the code yellow is referring to the general level of sanitation precautions not a specific incident as someone was reporting on facepage. There does NOT appear to be any specific issues onboard. Sorry to raise concern.
  2. So I am seeing on facebook that the escape recently called a code yellow. We are supposed to board Saturday. Any information would be appreciated. Hope for the best...
  3. For all the "Naysayers" that said complaining would never amount to anything, it appears that it does not hurt to let our voices be heard. I am not naive enough to think this will stick forever, but at least for the time being they appear to have changed course to a certain degree. It never hurts to send an email with your thoughts. I sent an email a few weeks ago recieved a response that basically said we are sorry you don't like the change; if you choose to sail with us in the future, let us know and we will have a plate of stawberries waiting in your room. As delicious as the strawberries are, I would much have preferred an email saying they are reconsidering their terrible business decision.
  4. I think justhappy hit the highlights I can think of. They also have an escape room that you can make reservations for once on board. It is kind of cheesy, but if you are into that type of thing, it is something to do on a sea day. In regards to Howl is is offered on Days 1, 4, and 7 from 8:30 - 12:30. It is also offered on Day 5 from 10:45 -1:15. Earlier in the cruise and night it is busier. Later in the evening and in the cruise it is not very busy. At 8:30 on Day 1 it will be standing room only. If you want good seats on Day 1 I would get there 20-30 minutes early. On Day 7 it is pretty quiet as people are packing, etc. They have two different commedians that alternate. The comedy shows in Headliners are on Day 2 and 3 at 7:00, 9:00 and 11:00 (18+ show). The 7:00 and 11:00 show is the same commedian with somewhat different material. The 9:00 show is the second commedian. On Day 2 the 1st commedian does the 7:00 and 11:00 show while the second commedian does only the 9:00 show. On day 3, the second commedian does the 7:00 and 11:00 show, while the fist commedian only does the 9:00 show. On day 4 they have both commedians in the main theater doing completely different material. They do two shows 7:30 and 9:30 (18+). On days 5 and 6 they have commedy again in headliners at 7:00 and 9:00 with each commedian doing one show. The 7:00 and 9:00 shows are repeats of the 7:00 and 9:00 shows on Days 2 and 3, so you probably only need to plan seeing each one once. If you cannont get the reservation you want, they open the doors for walkins 10 or 15 minutes before the show. We had no problem waiting for 15 minutes in line and getting in that way. Reservations are preferred if you know when you want to go and were easy to get on Day 1.
  5. In my experience, none of the bars ran out of all "included" brands, but often were out of mulitple choices. If you are not particular to certain brand of Vodka, Rum, Tequilla, Gin, etc. you will have no problem. If you order something on the menu that is under $15 you will have no issue. There are several cocktails listed, but many people call their own drink and acohol brand. If you order a "call" drink, say Kettle One martini they will frequently tell you they are out of Kettle One and ask what your next choice is. If you say Grey Goose, they will tell you the upcharge will be $5 or whatever. If you just order a Vodka Matini, they will make it with their cheapest available Vodka and it will be included. Same goes for Rum and Coke, Gin and tonic or anything else. You will not have to worry about them running out of the "rail" or "house" booze. They will have plenty of that and are happy to pour that instead of something drinkable. The problem now, is that they have increased the price of certain "premium" brands so that any drink with those brands is over the limit, whereas before they were within the limit. Nowhere else in the world does a single shot of Grey Goose cost $20. It is all just a ploy to exlude certain brands from the package. In reality, the brands of vodka still included (Kettle One, Tito's, etc.) are not much cheaper to buy in the retail market. My guess is that over the next few months they will find out that people are going to the next most expensive brand and increase the prices on those brands also until the package only includes true "rail" booze. Right now instead of people ordering Grey Goose, they are all ordering Kettle One or Tito's. This does not save NCL any money so eventually they will also be excluded. The other possiblility is that they will only have a certain number of each brand available at the beginning of the cruise and they will run out mid cruise.
  6. I I get that, but add to that the $20 per day service charge up front to get the total cost of the package when comparing to other lines.
  7. So the total cost would be $20 service charge plus $34.80 upgrade per day for a total of $54.80 per day. What a nice free perk.
  8. Two other things I noticed. I normally ordered Kettle One, but of course they would be out. Second choice, Tito's. Several times I was told that Tito's was an upcharge. I feel bad for the bar staff, but it did get a bit old. Second, when I ordered a drink, almost every bartender would ring up two drinks. I could see the screen $34.xx. I assume they get some benefit based on the number of drink they sell? Their share of the service charges? I can assure you the books are nowhere near accurate.
  9. Thanks for the helpful insight. I don't know about all the threads, but I'm sure the mods can figure that out. I'm with the OP.
  10. The problem is when you do not actually get what you bought. The deal changed AFTER I bought it. Had I known, I could have made the decision.
  11. I couldn't agree more with the OP. I just got off the Getaway today. This is not what I was "given" as a perk when I booked this past cruise and three future cruises all with 10 or more people. It feels like a bit of a bait and switch. The first day, I ordered a Grey Goose and was told it was no longer included. I was told my Vodka choices were Kettle One, Tito's, Stoli, and Absolut. While I was not pleased, I thought I could deal with it. That was until throughout the cruise you would go to a bar and ask for Kettle One or Tito's and was told sorry we are out of that. The reality is that it is not a free perk to begin with. At $20 per day service charge they are still making money. I do not believe that all of the service charge actually goes to the bartenders. Comparing the final prices of similar cabins on NCL with the "free" UBP to the RCCL big ships and purchasing their beverage package ends up about the same. Or for an even better value, similar cabins on Celebrity with their free beverage package and OBC seems to be a bit cheaper. In addition, with Celebrity I can get decent coffee and a bottle of water if I want. I can't remember the last change on NCL that actually made the cruise experience better. Every change made is to increase the bottom line. I understand that is the purpose of a business, but I wonder at what point the bottom line will drop from people "jumping ship". Maybe the masses don't care or don't know any better. Time will tell.
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