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Everything posted by Peachypooh

  1. I have sailed insides and oceanview but found I get that "closed in" feeling. I also can't stand in lines and don't really qualify for a wheelchair. So I book the Haven. That said, Haven is never cheap but I do keep track of the per day cost and try to keep it as low as possible. We have done OS for around $500 per day ($250 pp) for quite a few times. To me that is OK as it would be much more than that for the same room/food/entertainment experience on a land based vacation.
  2. The last two times on the Jade which is a sister ship they had luggage storage in the Bliss. There was an attendant there at all times and you had to have your claim check to retrieve it. I am assuming (but not sure) it will be the same.
  3. We only eat in the specialty restaurants if we are using our Platinum benefits or if we have a package. Judging by people that are being seated before me almost all were in that category. However I am sure people do pay as they go along but as for how many I do not know.
  4. I guess nobody can really answer that for you. The question is are you willing to go with whatever flights they give you and save the money or pay the money and get exactly what you would like. I know that for me the fact I would be traveling overseas tips it in favor of just booking it myself. Domestic travel no matter how inconvenient or long is a lot less stressful I think.
  5. You would be cutting it close anyway if you got into LaGuardia at 11:30 am. Depending on what is going on with construction you might have to take a shuttle to the taxi pick up area (can be a long wait and confusing) making it an ever tighter connection. Have a wonderful cruise! Just re-read your post and it would have been an NCL transfer but if for some reason you had to take a taxi instead it is not that easy.
  6. Out of all the cruises I have been on the coolest thing (in my opinion) was standing on the pool deck of the Norwegian Gem and looking up to see this bridge overhead.
  7. I booked a balcony guarantee on a Celebrity ship and was given a sky suite... sounds great but it was so near the pool deck that our balcony was not quiet enough to be able to relax. Ever since then I pick my own cabin. I do realize that neighbors can have a lot to do with noise too so I just focus on known trouble spots and avoid them if I can.
  8. I always look at it as a discount rather than a credit. Because basically that is what it is. Sometimes it is a good value like booking two Cocoa Beach transfers which when applied made them free. Sometimes it is worthless as when booking a shore excursion to see a Flamenco show in Puerto Rico is $79 pp when you can just go there yourself and pay $20pp.
  9. Just for curiosity (because I like the cabin I have now) I clicked on the upgrade now button. I did it one other time and the minimum bid was $750 pp. It is now showing $0 pp. Does this mean they want all bids of any type? Seems a bit strange if it is not an error.
  10. Unless you are tendering you can just walk off the ship at your lesisure. We usually head down to the gangway about 30 min or so after the announcement. We have never really had to wait.
  11. If this is the finished product I think someone was trying to be different and "artsy". I will reserve judgement until I see it but for now....let's just say it doesn't look attractive in the pictures.
  12. People have to make their own choices based on personal circumstances. For most people in the United States on medicare (over 65 years old) there is no coverage out of the country. For some, medigap policies (supplemental to medicare) there is a lifetime limit of $50,000. On the other hand when we had health insurance when working we had coverage outside of the United States including evacuation. Check your health insurance policy and plan accordingly.
  13. Pick up boxes of cereal, a bowl, spoon and small cartons of milk from the buffet every few days and keep in your cabin. Then you can watch the news while eating your breakfast and not have to get dressed a few of the days. No need to order room service.
  14. And it is a hard and expensive lesson too. I was sitting at LGA one day and a family was sitting across from me in tears. Mother, Father and a tween daughter. They were flying down day of to Miami to pick up an NCL ship and thought they were fine with a 6 a.m. flight. It was now 10:30. They had been delayed twice and were obviously going to miss the ship. They did not have insurance and said they can't absorb the cost of flying to the next destination to pick up the ship so they were going home. Very sorry for them as they lost a ton of money and a good lesson for all of us.
  15. Just wanted to thank the Encore transatlantic passengers that posted here about their experiences this week. I won't name specific people for fear of leaving someone out but you know who you are. For those of us who are past final payment and didn't have any concrete information and were wondering what to expect Thank you Thank you. And I am sorry about the stormy weather when you left and the immigration issue you are facing tonight. It does seem however that you all had a great time and the ship is beautiful Safe travels home!
  16. In addition to travel insurance here is something I learned when talking to a cab driver in the Bahamas a few years ago. There are public hospitals and there are private hospitals (and I am assuming this is true other places as well). If you get sick as a traveler and want to go to the private hospital (I am assuming shorter lines and a larger variety of services) just to be seen you have to give them CASH. The amount was either $300 or $500. I can't remember. Anyway that was just to get in the door. So ever since then I make sure I have some extra cash with me just as INSURANCE. It gets put in a separate envelope and is never touched. Luckily since I started doing this there are the same US dollars in there never touched.And he said they might let you put part of your bill on a credit card but don't assume they will. This might have changed but was in place when we cruised there a couple of years ago. Also if I travel where only local currency will be accepted I add to my emergency money local currency too.
  17. NCL would have had to know about the customs issue way beforehand. At least if they told people ahead then people could have made arrangements ahead instead of scrambling to decide what to do. For example as I mentioned in an earlier response I would have made my hotel reservations at the airport I was flying home from ahead of time and perhaps pack a little lighter since I would be handling my own luggage.
  18. So am I to understand that this was just announced unexpectedly and it wasn't communicated to the passengers until the very end? I don't like those kind of surprises and would have gotten an airport hotel after going through customs. But NY hotels are expensive and not everyone has the funds or the ability to figure out where to stay.
  19. Of all the cruises I have been on the one I took on the Jade two years ago had to be the worst one. They had re-routed due to a hurricane, had loads of new employees that didn't know what they were doing and for the first time my cabin was not at all clean or in good repair. Fast forward a year later we decided to book the same cabin on the Jade and held our breath to see how it would turn out. All the maintenance issues had been addressed, the cabin was clean and the crew was in a better place. I still didn't think it was my favorite but things were tremendously better. Sometimes the stars just don't align.......I didn't complain after the first one and yes billing issues were also a problem which I never quite got resolved onboard but then I let it drop. People have every right to t fight for the justice they deserve but I don't want to spend what precious little time I have left on this earth (I am a senior citizen) fighting to make things perfectly fair.
  20. The Manhattan Cruise terminal is like a big warehouse. If you are only half full you might just might all fit in there.
  21. One of the last cruises we were on had furniture such as a chair and a vanity stool standing in the hallway which disappeared an hour or so later. I am presuming for the same reason. I agree it is best to try to call ahead for that.
  22. There were towels in the beach cabanas (which are less expensive rentals) so if I had to guess there would be towels. You can read the description under the shore excursion listing and it might tell you.
  23. I watched the video and it looks like this is similar to the owner's suite on the Jewell class ships. A curtain but also there is a pocket door which would not be visible in this video..however they might have changed the design.
  24. The nice thing about cruising out of a port you can drive to is not having to worry about flight delays due to poor weather. Especially in the winter time.
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