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  1. I would also assume that RCI has a lot more video footage they have not released to the public out of respect for the family.
  2. back to the topic of the new water bottles, are they handing some of these out at bars now? While these might not be the best solution, it is nice to see NCL making a strong effort to replacing completely plastic products.
  3. What are the reasons you have for wanting to upgrade? I highly suggest just keeping the regular and whenever you want something that is over the limit, just pay the difference. or get to know your haven bartender, tip him, and hope he won't charge you extra for the premium stuff that isn't included. **I've never stayed in the Haven, but I have gotten premium (above the 15.00 limit) alcohol at no charge before. I just was nice to the bartender, asked for what I wanted, and when I asked for a receipt he waved me off. But I have also paid for a few upgraded drinks too, a 5.00 charge here and there...much cheaper than paying to upgrade to the premium plus.
  4. the only time I eat buffet pizza is if I've been drinking and...ahem, less discerning. Even then, I usually will do a few rounds and watch the station for a fresh one to come out...sometimes the temperature of the pizza takes the mind off of how terrible it is 😆
  5. Honestly, you should name the tour company. Yes, it's how they make their living, but how does that change anything? You had a bad tour and by not telling us the company, what is to stop us from unknowingly book this tour and having the same bad experience you did?
  6. In my opinion, a good bartender would serve the person who was there first. Everyone has paid the tips on the drink package. For the bartender to pass up a person who was there FIRST (obviously first, not like you both arrived at same time) to serve someone who had a "Discreetly folded bill" , if I was the person with the extra tip, that would make me put that bill back in my pocket. I know other people tip extra in hopes the bartender will favor them over other people in line before them, but not me. I tip extra for good service, and good service means serving people in order.
  7. The waterfront is the best part of an NCL cruise...that and the mojito bar.
  8. So sometimes I tip 1.00 per drink if I am sitting at a bar and get great service. Sometimes I wait until the end of the cruise and give a bartender I like 10.00 if I didn't have ones on me much during the cruise. I used to be like 'ugh I probably shouldn't tip anymore, already did 20%" but then I thought "Is the 1.00 tip going to change my life at all if I give it to someone for good service?" and the answer is no, it's not. So my personal tipping for drinks is "when I feel like it deserves it or if I simply just want to" I definitely do not tip BEFORE getting served in hopes of getting better service. the service should be industry standard, without an extra tip. To me, tipping before getting the drink/service is a little too much like a bribe. Everyone is different though and there's no right or wrong answer.
  9. Exactly. I don't mind NCL selling these things, but it goes in with the artwork, so many "lies" are being told. If you like it, buy it by all means but I wish cruiselines were held to a higher standard of the truth so so many people aren't disappointed when they go home and find out what they bought was not "rare" or "authentic" or "one of a kind"
  10. Where can you order the Basil Berry Julep? I feel like most bartenders wouldnt know what this is or how to make it!
  11. thanks for the review! And I think you should pause and think about the other passengers perspective on the observation lounge seats. They had no idea how long your friends were gone or what they were doing. I've asked people "is someone sitting here" and they respond "Oh yes they went to go grab a drink" and I find a seat nearby and I NEVER see the other person come back. So I can understand both sides to the story.
  12. I always love reading about people's "terrible" cruises. I took a 4 day Carnival cruise a few years ago where the bathrooms onboard were not 100% operational...that's right, we had to go to the bathroom without the ability to flush (You can imagine the smells) and had to really make use the opportunity to use restrooms at port. The staff refused to acknowledge the problem on board and no one was given any compensation. While definitely my least favorite cruise, I just set my mind to "I'm going to have a great time" and I did have a fun time! Do I wish that the whole ship didn't smell of sewage? Yes. But I chose to focus on being positive and having a good time on my hard earned vacation. I did leave a pretty low review and haven't sailed with Carnival since, though. When people complain about their meal not coming with the correct fries and how that ruined their cruise, I can't help but roll my eyes.
  13. thanks for the review, following along. Just booked for Aug 25th, eager to see all your experiences and tips and tricks
  14. I agree! Also, I've definitely have switched seats so parents could sit with their kids (flight attendant approved) before. Most people are understanding if you just ask them and explain the situation (Providing that they aren't asking you to give up a different class of seat)
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