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  1. This was my experience on Jade as well. There were maybe 15 bottles that were included in the package at dinners, any other bottle was 40% off (which is really 20% off because there's always that pesky 20% gratuity).
  2. Fingers crossed! I mean, it was for me, so hopefully that is correct. It IS a new package so there was a learning curve at the bars, but the supervisors/hotel manager/beverage manager seemed to know what was going on and how the package works. If your experience differs please report back!
  3. That was me. We were on the Jade and were told $35, which I believe is correct specifically because the Veuve Clocquot Yellow Label champagne was included at $34.95 a glass. How do I know? I drank it every day. Re: the bottles of wine for dinner, they are noted on the wine lists in all the restaurants, so you can see which ones are included.
  4. No chance. This is ridiculous. My parents are on this cruise and literally booked it for those two ports (as probably others did also--they are, I think most people would agree, the two best ports). They have insurance but are just devastated at all the time now they will have to spend booking hotels, re-booking airfare, and generally dealing with their much-looked-forward-to vacation now being way more stressful. I'm so disappointed for them, and even more so because I SUGGESTED Norwegian to them last year when we all sailed together on the Bliss (that cruise admittedly went very well and was amazing). I really don't understand how NCL couldn't have had notice of this before now. I will be taking to Facebook and Twitter also...not that it will make a difference but it will make me feel slightly better.
  5. OMG, we were in an aft suite and were woken at 5am to the trucks (beep beep beep.....)/construction/scaffolding being loaded once we docked in Miami! My husband was livid, as we had planned to sleep til about 8:30, have a leisurely breakfast and then disembark. We finally just gave in and got up and went to the airport early!
  6. Thanks for posting! I have all intentions of doing a review, it's sadly more in the form of bullets at the moment lol. Hopefully this weekend I can get my act together!
  7. Hm, good question. They close out all the accounts the night before/early the morning of departure...so I don't know if it would still work in the morning or not. Hence maybe the 6am (or earlier) deadline?
  8. If you booked and fully paid for the excursions, they should reimburse you the $50 credit once you take the excursion. I've always booked on the phone and not pre-paid though, so I don't for sure know how that would work. I assume they would just credit it back though.
  9. As far as I can tell, it is only available for purchase ON the ship. I believe it is now fleet-wide, though.
  10. That's kind of how we saw it also. We paid about $54 pp/per day for our last cruise on Royal, for what ends up being a pretty similar beverage package.
  11. We ended up going to the bar outside of Jasmine's which is where (per the signage) you could also purchase the regular package, and the wine packages, etc. However, the individual manning that booth, so to speak, really didn't know much about the upgraded package, and he had to call in a supervisor to figure it out. Again, it's new, so I get it--just took a bit of extra time to get it all hammered out. Once we purchased it, we had to go to guest services to get new cards, as well. You know, I never thought about two bottles but one would assume you could order two, as both parties would have the package. We didn't test that out actually--but I would think it would have to work that way.
  12. Well, I fly to all the ports so bringing any more than a couple bottles of wine on board is unwieldy for me. Secondly, I think I mentioned in my original post that most people wouldn't take advantage of this package. AlI I was trying to do was share my experiences in case other people were wondering how it works and then would be able to make a more informed decision. Which I kind of was what thought cruise critic was for.
  13. Correct. All wine by the glass is included (unless it's over $35 but I didn't see any that were). The bottles you get "free" can be ordered at dinner only (at any restaurant), BUT you certainly don't have to finish them and you can take them with you, leave them at a bar on the ship and drink them later, take them to your room, or whatever.
  14. Yeah, once we decided to spring for it, we certainly got our money's worth lol! Like I said, champagne every day is an option.... 🤣
  15. You can, but only (as far as I know) once you are on board. It's an extra $29.95 a day, plus 20% gratuity (can't get away from that!), so about $35 per person per day extra. For us, we absolutely got our money's worth, especially with some bottles being included. FWIW, if you're a Cabernet drinker, the Oberon was very good (normally $22.95 a glass).
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