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  1. Yes, whenever we have promo SBP package, we always max out on the bonus days.
  2. We have that promotion, and the 10% off select shore excursions shows up on the various shore excursion pages associated with your booking. Log in, go to already booked, manage your booking, select your booking if you have more than one booking, and shore excursions to see which shore excursions are 10% off and what the new price is. It will be printed in orange.
  3. This is the one we have used--https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00TQEX8BO/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1
  4. We can each only speak to our own feelings, but I would be overjoyed to have them back on the same/home continent even if quarantined.
  5. And the pre-purchase Premium with the discount is often close in price to the on-board Surf package.
  6. Christmas 2018 we did a tour/airport transfer excursion in FLL that was great. Included a drive, ride on a boat, and then a walking tour of some highlights of Ft. Lauderdale. Our luggage went on the bus with us and we were dropped at the airport at the end. We signed up for it onboard the ship.
  7. I'm not sure how to link to an earlier topic so I suggest you go the search box above, type in the word internet, search in this forum, and the second result will give you lots of information with recent changes, as well as cost. I am cutting and pasting from that topic titled something like "Now up to four devices!!"-- (Ha, I figured out how to attach the link! Just click on the box above where it says Internet plans: now with up to four devices!)
  8. We did okay on refaring for Alaska this fall. The fare went down by $1200 pp and the value of the promos lost equals the value of the the promos gained so I'm happy. Now to check on the next spring's Panama Canal cruise. Did have to switch from the $1 deposits to using FCDs but they were going to expire next year anyway. (Nope, not a better deal for Panama next year)
  9. Not sure how many kids would have fun in the retreat cabanas with no pool or splash pad, etc. Remember the cabanas are limited in the number of people who may occupy them, four for the larger ones, two for the smaller ones. Personally, I wouldn't have a problem with one well-behaved kid sitting with mom or dad, but I wouldn't be happy if it became a playground area. Per the pricing sheet, it does state "Cabana Club/Retreat Cabanas for two adults with two loungers" and for the Family cabanas "for four adults with four loungers" although I don't remember seeing four loungers in the family cabanas on the NS. I don't see anything printed that says "No children permitted." We were on the NS last Christmas and the two person cabanas had space for two loungers and a small table between the lounges. They are not big. We had a total of four adults sharing two adjacent cabanas and it was perfect for us readers and nappers. Already bought one for a Panama cruise 18 months out. There are a few dining tables in the retreat area but eating in the cabana means having the plates on your lap.
  10. I have sensitive skin and have had problems with hotel linens in the past (I used to take along my own sheets), and use unscented laundry soap and dryer sheets at home. I have had no problems on HAL ships with either the unlimited laundry package or the hotel linens, including the Rotterdam last summer.
  11. I find that HAL cruises including ports in England, Scotland, Ireland are much higher than other European area cruises. My theory, based on a Scottish Highlands cruise last summer, is that there are lots of Dutch and other European cruisers on those cruises. Our best price was one that included the Early Booking Bonus as Overhead Fred mentions above, and then watch for future better prices/sales. That $800 airfare bonus meant our r/t air in Business Class from the west coast US to AMS and back was around $1400 pp on FlightEase.
  12. Don't know if it depends on the ship or if the rules have changed, but in the past (4 months ago and last Christmas as well as other earlier cruises) we have gotten the discount for both cabins (parents in one cabin and adult daughters in the other) when I reserved for 4 in advance and the cabins were linked for dining.
  13. Sounds like they are forcing you to use it in their store instead of spending it on the ship or as a refund to your credit card. I guess I won't be going that route any more. Disappointing after directing our cruise spending ($60K in the last two years) through them. It looks like you can use it for one of their vacation packages but not cruises.
  14. Try a Spa Neptune on the NS. The balcony was the size of a closet. The cabin was great but there wasn't room to turn around if you stepped out on the balcony.
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