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  1. Room 10686 is not a standard BB category. It is a unique, and very much larger room. Actually, I don’t think it is unique any more as there is another similar shaped room on the other side now. Obviously things may have changed with the refurb, but previously there was room for the bed to be moved on one side, but the bathroom door means that there is limited, if any, room on the other. However I would think that this would allow the beds to be separated. The gap between the beds would be small, but I believe that is the case with all the Spirit rooms as the cabins are small.
  2. Actually, the second set of platinum meal vouchers should cover passengers 3 and 4, so everyone gets 2 meals each. The NCL website is very badly written here. They reference the third person being treated as a solo traveller. The problem with solo travellers is that some people ask whether they can "split" the vouchers, so that they are 4 meal for one, rather than 2 meals for 2. They are trying (very badly) to say that the 3rd person can't do that. However, they can still use them as 2 meals for 2, as a solo traveller can. If you read the question about splitting the vouchers if you are a solo, it does state at the end that the benefit is valid if there are two guests dining on the same visit. That also applies to the 3rd person in the OP's situation.
  3. The ship uses dollars for all transactions, including the casino, regardless of location. As said above, you can get Euros onboard, but it is much more economical to use an ATM.
  4. Yep, absolutely. Charging blocks are excellent. I use them a lot. To be clear, I am not advocating using public USB ports as a first choice. I would plug into a normal electric outlet as my first choice. However, as long as you are aware of the risks, and for example know never to click “trust” (and never use that particular USB port again) then they are a lot less risky than was suggested by the earlier post. We have three people in a room, so the USB ports are useful for charging, especially as they are near the bed so you can use your phone as a clock/alarm, and the charging block also needs charging itself.
  5. The Spirit used to have US, Europe and UK outlets, but I believe that they got rid of the UK ones during the refurb, so it is now Europe and US (which is the standard on NCL ships).
  6. It is a fact that public USB ports have potential risks, but saying you should never, ever plug into one is a step too far. For example, if you have a relatively new iPhone then you are safe as long as you watch out for the dialog box asking if you trust the computer you have plugged into. If that comes up (which is extremely unlikely) then there is an issue, and you should certainly not select "trust". Otherwise, the port is safe. The risk on an NCL ship is remote. Depending on your device, it actually becomes zero as long as you don't click the box asking if it is OK to transfer all your data to the computer you have plugged into. I did read a few articles about this a while ago. They all basically said that there is a potential risk, but extremely few actual examples of it happening in practice. I use the USB ports on NCL ships when available. As long as you know what to look out for then it is very low risk.
  7. Ok, this is the Barcelona round trip referred to earlier, so tax will be charged for the entire cruise on everything that they purchase, including individual drinks. It is also a very port intensive cruise, with long port times, especially in the Italian ports. If they are intending to spend all that port time off the ship then I would certainly agree that they would struggle to get value out of the beverage package. In your original post you referred to Venice as well. That may be different.
  8. Whilst it will certainly be more than a handful who arrive after 4, the significant thing is that it will be few enough that they will all fit in a specific venue. The main muster is held in the public areas, and service is shut down. This is a major problem if it happens during dining times, which is why they will make sure they do it before dinner service. The make up still can happen without causing that disruption to everyone else. Every week during the Summer, for example, the Epic holds its muster drill in Barcelona before everyone is onboard. It really isn’t unusual. I missed it once, and I just received a note saying when and where the make up drill was. Nothing was said in advance. As the next day is a port day then this may complicate things a bit, but they will only disrupt dinner service if it is unavoidable. Maybe they should send out a notice clarifying the timings, but they don’t.
  9. Just to clarify, this is a different situation to to the OPs. In your case, where boarding was delayed they have to fit things in when they can. With the departure we are talking about, this is the scheduled time, so they will get it done before dinner in order to avoid these problems.
  10. They usually have a make up drill the next day. Evening departures are fairly common on NCL, especially in Europe. I have done many with 7 and 8pm departures, and the muster drill has always been at the usual time, around 4-5pm before dinner service.
  11. So your statement that the ONLY reason for buying more than 2 vouchers would be if you could use them all in your next booking was incorrect.
  12. It is impossible to give definite answers, as these things do depend on itinerary, and can change over time. I believe that the beverage package can be purchased in the evening on day 1. I have a feeling that it may be possible on day 2 as well. However, I’ve never done this myself, and am not sure as to what happens with drinks you had before the purchase. As for tax, it does depend on the itinerary. As mentioned above, there are some itineraries which never leave the EU VAT area, in which case tax is charged for the whole cruise. I suspect that this isn’t one of those, but without seeing the ports, I couldn’t say for sure. I have certainly been charged tax in the past whilst in port at both Barcelona and Venice, but not for a while. Not being charged lately may have more to do with not making any purchases whilst in port, but I don’t recall seeing anything about tax in the dailies etc, which I had in the past. I did buy a dining package onboard recently after boarding in Rome (which should have the same rules as Venice). I didn’t even consider the tax (which shows how little I even think about it these days). No tax was charged, but they were having problems with their system so maybe it didn’t go through until later anyway.
  13. That only applies on a few itineraries, principally the Barcelona round trips. Most other Med cruises include ports which are outside of the EU VAT area, so tax isn’t charged for the whole cruise. Other than that Epic itinerary, I have only ever done one other Med itinerary that had VAT charged all cruise.
  14. That’s assuming you only ever book one cruise during the time between cruises. It is very common for people to book more than one cruise during that time. I always make sure that I have 4 vouchers in my account when leaving the ship. Usually that means buying two each cruise, but sometimes I need 4, and sometimes none.
  15. Yes, he was still on the Spirit at Christmas.
  16. My guess would be that you had previously eaten together. The system does keep a record of sorts of what meals you have, and who with. Once, when there was some confusion over which meals we had used the dining package for and which were platinum, the staff member went through all the meals we had had and knew who was there. Anyway, the relevant thing for the OP is that there is no requirement for reservations to be linked. One person just books for 6, and at no point during that reservation do they say who the other 5 people are.
  17. I cant comment on the deck, but if you want to view the Napoli coast from your balcony then you will want port side.
  18. We took the train. It is quite easy. The train station isn't that far away (I can't remember exactly, but around a mile I think). It is likely to be hot though.
  19. Thank you very much. You are right, it does look very similar.
  20. I haven't been following this thread for a while, but I'll just clarify my point in reply to this, as I think that you are missing what I was saying. I am, of course, saying this having not seen the specific terms of this insurance policy, so may not be correct regarding this one. To just pay out £100 for missing a port, would be basically giving you that money as compensation for missed enjoyment. That's great, and may be what this particular policy offers, but not necessarily. There are certainly potential losses that could be incurred with a missed port, that may not be reimbursed automatically. For example, non refundable payments for third party excursions. Therefore, my logic certainly would allow claims to be paid. Regardless to that, my real point is that it wasn't clear to me that the terms were saying that the payment was a fixed £100 per port or "up to" £100 per port. As I say, it may not be relevant to this case (I gave up trying to work out exactly what the OP and their insurance company were saying to each other), but I can certainly see many instances where valid claims could be paid under my scenario. It all boils down to whether the policy is protecting against financial loss, or missed enjoyment.
  21. NCL have never officially stated what these grandfathering rules are (to my knowledge), so there would be no point in arguing the point with them. They could just point to the current stated rules that don’t include any grandfathering for future tier changes. What the rules do state is what I believe BawBarmy was saying, in that they didn’t downgrade anyone who had already reached a level when the rules changed. Despite that, they do seem to be grandfathering many people into future tier changes. I haven’t been able to come up with anything definite as to what the deciding factor is whether you get grandfathered, but enough people have been that was a suspicion that it was everyone who had a account at the time, which would include the OP. However, it did seem that some people who should have qualified under those rules were being excluded. Im not quite sure from the OPs post whether they are saying that the grandfathering they previous had was not dropping a level, or getting put up a level based on the old tiers after the changes. It does raise the possibility that the grandfathering was just a one time thing for the next level change (and maybe gets used up if they didn’t drop you when the rules changed). That would explain why some say they seem to be excluded. We will probably never know for sure, and I think all we can do is accept what happens.
  22. OK, thanks. In that case, I don't think that I was going down a meaningless rabbit hole. I believe that the insurance companies terms are that they will pay up to £100, but they see the $15, even if it was return of port fees, as compensation, and I agree with them. I'm not trying to be difficult or start unnecessary arguments, but from what I understand here I don't think that they are likely to see it your way.
  23. Can we just clarify please. From what you were originally saying, my understanding was that the insurance company were not paying you anything because you got the $15 from NCL. Now, it sounds like they are saying you can get the £100, but they want to deduct the $15. If it is the latter, then I think they are probably correct to deduct the $15. If the former then that would suggest that my reading of the terms is correct.
  24. There is a very big argument about the £100 figure, and the fact that the insurance company aren't paying you £100 suggests that they disagree with you on this.
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