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  1. Sometimes it just depends on how many of each category they have sold. If they have sold a higher percentage of MA than MB then there might be a bigger gap. For example if they have 50 MA and sold 40 MA vs having 50 MB and sold 10 MB, then the MA might be quite a bit more than MB since there is a larger demand. It's not always about the view/benefits of the cabin. Also you have to consider which is better for you on this ship. All the MA and MB on the Jade are on Deck 11 so you have either the pool area or buffet above 90% of these cabins so not always preferential due to noises. I'm in a 14 night MA on the Jade later this month and hoping I chose my cabin # well.

    Also, the big difference on price is not on all of these. For example, look at MA and MB for the Nov 28, 2019 Jade. They are both $3149 so no difference in price at all.


  2. I've been asked by NCL booking agents if anyone traveling has allergies. Until now it was a no but now was diagnosed with a dairy allergy and things are definitely better if I stay away from it.  What does NCL do with the information? Do the waiters have the info since they swiped your card upon entry? Do they have things like Lactaid milk and/or ice cream? This allergy thing is new to me. I just planned to stay away from certain foods but thought I'd see others experience with this.


  3. We get the basic card on each cruise. My husband orders Champagne or Prosecco and gets it free. I order a vodka martini and I get it free. I don't get choice of vodka but that is fine with me. Be friendly with the server in the casino and don't forget to tip them each time.


  4. It's been so long I almost forgot all the turmoil about whether this cruise was going to happen or not due to some cancels on earlier dates. It looks like NCL has filled in 4 of the last 6 missing days. That 4 day charter is about twice the price of what I am paying for the 14 day Transatlantic. Color me happy.

     

    Apr 1-12 RT Miami for Western Caribbean

    Apr 12-16 RT Miami for "Runaway to Paradise with Jon Bon Jovi" charter

    Apr 16-18 I cannot find any cruise listed but must be moving ship from Miami to NYC

    Apr 18-28 RT NYC for Bahamas & Bermuda

    Apr 28-May 12 NYC to Rome Transatlantic


  5. 16 minutes ago, Shellbelle28 said:

    Hey Korlad:

    I am booked on the Jewel late next year and have been hunting for information on the refurbishments. Can you tell me where you ran across the information on the Penthouse Suite redecoration? (We'll be in 10664 by the way).

    I agree, the Jewel's furnishings are very outdated and, I have heard, badly worn. We were in the Pearl's aft penthouse suites last month, which were refreshed a year or so ago, and the colors are nice and neutral now. 

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    Here is where I got some info on the refurbishment. One item I read on another site (can't remember where) is that all the coffeemakers were going to be switched out too. I don't care the type of coffeemaker, just provide quality coffee is all I want. I really like the new color scheme. If I have one of those plastic trees in my cabin like in the past I may have to ask to have it removed.

    https://www.cruisemapper.com/wiki/767-cruise-ship-refurbishment-dry-dock-schedule

     


  6. Probably not worth it on the Jewel. We stayed in Aft Penthouse 10666 in 2013 for a Pacific Coastal cruise on the Jewel. We really enjoyed the larger cabin (normally get Balcony), the nice coffeemaker, breakfast in separate dining area (I think it was Cagneys at the time), reserved seating for the shows, etc. We saw very little of the butler since we assume he was mostly in the Haven area. That was fine as we have little needs. We still got all the snacks and things in the room. 

    In 2017 we reserved a balcony and bid up and got a Haven Penthouse on the Getaway for a Baltic cruise. That was well worth the extra $ since that ship has a true Haven with their own dining room, bar, pool, jacuzzis, sauna, etc. It was extremely quiet even though it was full.

    We are back on the Jewel in a couple weeks in the Aft Penthouse out of Singapore on the first cruise after a 2 week drydock. On the list of drydock refurbishments is the "Penthouse Suite redecoration" so we expect a brand new cabin when we board (anything to get rid of those loud colors). The aft location is not my favorite as I prefer a mid/side view. I had the chance to bid on upgrade but not worth it to me on the Jewel. We'll try to keep the cabin in good shape for you since you'll be a couple weeks behind us. :)


  7. I've learned to sign up for the Behind the Scenes tour immediately from the Latitudes rep after boarding. Also don't forget if there are 2 of you Platinum in the cabin, you each get a bag of laundry done even though you only get one coupon. They told us (and it works) to put the coupon they provide you in the first bag and then a couple days later when you send another bag out just write big on a piece of paper that this is "2nd free bag of laundry for Platinum person in Cabin #......."


  8. Reserved 5 tours in all ports. SPB will not to commit to Catherine's Palace (saying the lines are too long in Sept.??) Most desired tour for us. Also, on first day they say that if the disembarkation process goes such that we could be delayed up to 2 hours, they simply start the tour when ready and STILL end at appointed time. There reasoning is they have evening tours. This means that up to two and possibly more hours could be lost. There cavalier attitude is that 'oh well.we were ready to leave, you weren't. Any comments/input/suggestions on this?

     

    We were on the NCL Getaway in May 2017 and booked a 2 day St Petersburg "Grand Tour" with Alla Tours which covered an awful lot over the 2 days. All of the sites were very busy but the guide seemed to walk us to the front door even ahead of other groups. We got to see everything on the list including Catherine's Palace. Alla charged about 1/2 of what NCL was charging.

     

    In regards to timing, we were ready to disembark the ship on day 1 to get to the Alla bus. We were in a suite and the concierge told us to relax and he'll bring us down at the appropriate time- no need to stand in line down there. We and others waited about 45 minutes on the ship and he finally took us down the back elevator and then we had to get in the huge line of people at Customs/Security. We were MAD. On day 1 they have to input alot of info in their computer about you and they had no reason to speed through it. Alla told us that they would wait 15 minutes from the original departure time and then they would have to leave. It was exactly 15 minutes late when I got through security (after about an hour in line). I RAN to the buses and they were getting ready to leave. We were SO mad at the concierge as we all wanted to go down early and he thought the back elevator was a magic elevator. The 2nd day was somewhat faster as you were already in their system. Whatever you do, go early - about 1 to 1.5 hours before you are to meet your group- to get off the ship. For most people this is a once in a lifetime trip so go early! It was a phenomenal tour both days. Enjoy!


  9. I worried about the same thing as the only good flight combos were in the morning. Last year want got the early shuttle to the airport but we had a reservation at the Hilton at the airport. Room was ready so we put luggage in and then went down and took their free shuttle to downtown Rome. Spent a few hours walking around, then got back on free shuttle back to Hilton and had a nice relaxing night until the next morning when we walked from lobby to terminal next door. Yes, I hate stressing on timing.


  10. We get the offers about twice a year to come to a Total Rewards casino to get the free voucher. The first time was the only time that they told us exactly what cruises were valid and the only time we got a Balcony. Since that time we only get free Inside cabins (which we pay the upgrade) and they don't give you the list of what cruises it is valid on in advance. I hated that since only one casino is a day trip for us (all others must be overnight). I would get home the following day and call NCL and they would inevitably tell me the one on the list I want is sold out. They only allow so many "free" on each and many times they offer Caribbean cruises in hurricane season which I don't like. What I learned though, is the value to redeem on ANY cruise. So, now I find the cruise I want and call to book and they will tell you the value of your certificate. I booked a cruise out of Singapore this fall and they applied the $275 value for each of us against the cost. So, we got the cruise we wanted and saved $550. So, if there isn't one on the list good for you, don't throw it out- just use the form for a discount.


  11. We started cruising in 2010 and were Platinum by 2017 after 6 NCL cruises

    7+7+21+14+20+27

    7 was a 7 night cruise - no specials

    7 was a 7 night cruise - no specials

    21 was a 7 night that had a double point special + suite special

    14 was a 7 night that had a double point special

    20 was a 10 night that had a double special

    27 was a 9 night that had a double special + suite special

    To me the goal was to get to Platinum as that level gets you a better perk jump than the others.

    Platinum Plus won't mean much and we'll never see Ambassador in our lifetime.


  12. LOVE this review. We too are going to be on the NCL Jewel as of November 5. Ours will be the first cruise after the Jewel comes out of a 2 week drydock. Sounds like it could use some updating. Also, we are booked into an SF category Aft Suite on Deck 9. Also we are spending 3 nights in Singapore prior to the cruise. Your trip has alot of similarities from ours except the ports since ours is a 7 night cruise docking in Thailand and Malaysia.

     

    I have a couple questions-

    1) Why do they keep your passport during the entire trip? We've done about a dozen cruises and I've never seen/heard that before.

    2) As part of your suite benefits, do you get to eat in Cagneys for breakfast & lunch? We were in an aft suite on the Jewel a few years ago for a Pacific Coastal cruise and we had that benefit which I love for breakfast.

    3) I do not understand why they could not escort you to your cabin. You said it was immigration procedures but couldn't a staff meet you on the ship at the gangway and meet you and bring you the rest of the way? We did a Haven suite on the NCL Baltic cruise last year and no one escorted us. It's not that I need handholding but we have found that initial conversation we learn ALOT about what benefits we get.

    4) On a couple of the comments section on the sheet what you'll need at each port, it says "bring....any original government photo ID when going ashore". I assume that means maybe a drivers license since you don't have an "original" passport in hand?

     

    Keep up the great reporting!!!

    Bill


  13. We did this exact Baltic cruise out of Warnemunde in May 2017. We flew in to Berlin early evening the day before cruise departure. We stayed at the Holiday Inn by the Berlin airport. The next morning we went back to the airport and took the Flixbus to Warnemunde for 11€ person. It lets you off down the street from the ship. We checked in sometime around noon and our cabin was ready. We dropped off luggage and immediately left the ship and walked around Warnemunde for a few hours and then back on to the ship early evening. This was a relaxing way for us.

    I do have to comment that the checkin process could not have been faster. About 80% of the passengers arrived in Copenhagen so the checkin in Warnemunde was minor. In fact we were a little upset since this was the first Haven experience and there was no special checkin line nor anyone to escort us to the Haven or explain any of the perks to us.


  14. I've talked to 2 people at NCL and neither knew the answer.One of the benefits of Platinum status is-

    a) Dinner for 2 at Cagneys or Le Bistro, and

    b) Dinner for 2 at Moderno or La Cucina

     

    The question- NCL Spirit does not have a Moderno or La Cucina. Do you lose the benefit or do you get a dinner at one of the other Specialty restaurants like La Trattoria? I know I'll find out when I board and info will probably be in Welcome Pack. I like to make dinner reservations beforehand.


  15. We were arriving Nov 30 for 3 nights prior to our cruise (booked our flights months ago). My main hotel reservation AND my backup have both been cancelled. Holiday Inn Express cancelled but did not contact us. I just happened to go online and saw it. Then today AC Hotel by Marriott called me- said they are cancelling all reservations through end of year. I suggest if you get a call from a 787 area code- answer it. Even if you don't get calls- either check online to see if still valid and/or call the hotel directly. Still deciding what to do.


  16. We have not been on either yet but are booked on the NCL Dawn for Dec 3. Just thought I'd let you know that NCL put out a notice today that they will be notifying us within 2 weeks of the itinerary changes so you may want to wait until then if the ports would make a difference to you. I'm sure St Thomas and St Maarten have been cancelled but the news of Hurricane Maria today is not good since all the others on this itinerary- Puerto Rico, St Lucia, Martinique, and St Kitts- are bracing for that Category 3 or 4 to hit within 48 hours.


  17. NCL put this notice (below) out today. We are on the Norwegian Dawn on Dec 3 from Puerto Rico. I'm sure St Thomas & St Maarten will be cancelled. I just hope Hurricane Maria behaves herself!

     

    September 18th at 10:00 AM (2:00 PM UTC)

    Norwegian Cruise Line is heartbroken at the terrible impact Hurricane Irma has had on several islands in the Eastern Caribbean, ports that we have called on since the start of our 50 years in business, some of which are included in the itinerary that you are currently booked on. In the wake of this devastating storm and as part of our recovery efforts, we are working closely with our partners on the ground to determine the best way to continue to provide relief to the areas impacted by and recovering from Hurricane Irma and to determine the extent of damage that Hurricane Irma inflicted. We are anticipating that your current itinerary will be adjusted to ensure your comfort, safety and an outstanding guest experience. We anticipate having this information to you within the next two weeks as new ports of call are secured.

    We appreciate your patience during this very difficult time. At Norwegian Cruise Line safety of our guest, crew and ships is our number one priority and we hope you understand that these changes are necessary.


  18. We were on the Spirit for 10 night cruise out of Barcelona in January 2017. The ship went for a short drydock at the end of our cruise. I think it was only like 4 days. When we were disembarking there were a couple hundred workers with their duffel bag/luggage in line to board the ship immediately behind us. Not sure what was planned/done but I wouldn't think much during that short period. We are scheduled on the Spirit again in early November.


  19. I am a Diamond member with Harrahs/Caesars and get these offers about twice a year. I get one from my local (100 miles away) casino in California and they never say anything in advance. I have gone and when they hand me the voucher instantly realize that I cannot use it anytime they are offering as it is over the next 6 months and my plans are already made. Then I get them from Vegas and those offers normally have a link that I can click on and it tells me which ship and dates. I don't normally go to Vegas to pick it up unless I'm totally free that weekend and I might use the dates they offer. Most times they are Caribbean cruises for me but once I had a Mexico cruise offer that I used but never has Europe been an option. I think people get a variety of offers. When you stand in line at the casino people were sharing the wording on their letters and there was a large variety of cabin types, etc.

    I booked a 7 night Alaska cruise out of Vancouver and the free inside cabin with port fees and taxes was about $400/person I believe. I paid another $500/person for balcony. My total $900/person still was about 45% less than I could have gotten on my own. So even though not free, it was a great deal (and the free drink card to use in the casino is a nice value).

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