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  1. Excellent reminder...! Good idea to even clean our own before each use...! 🙂
  2. I would, unquestionably, bring my own pair along...as someone mentions elsewhere, the binoculars that are provided are often not high quality and/or don't work very well. Everyone has different ideas of what kind of binoculars would be best (and what feels comfortable in your hands), so if you're thinking of purchasing new binoculars to bring along, I would suggest going to a local sporting goods store (if you have one nearby)...and checking out their selection. I did this before buying--and I was amazed at what a difference there was between comparable ones of the same magnification and size. The ones we ended up purchasing were "fair-priced"...so it didn't matter whether we purchased online or from a physical store. In all honesty, you do get what you pay for...so a really good pair of binoculars can be pricy. If you're buying them for a one time use, you might not wanna shell out a ton...but if you think you'll use 'em over and over again, you might wanna spend a bit more. Over the years, we've had very good luck with various models from Nikon...and they offer a great variety of sizes and magnifications in different price ranges. Hope this is helpful...! 🙂
  3. Just tried it and I don't get that...it pulls up just fine for me. (I do have a pretty good spam filter/security warning set-up on my computer, so I would think I would get a warning if there's a problem...?)
  4. Currently, I believe it's a draft...but it'll be more firm as we get closer to the dates involved. Is it dramatically different than what's posted on your itinerary...? (Do keep in mind that even though your itinerary may list a specific arrival/departure time--those times are the "actual" times. For example, disembarkation is often an hour or two after the arrival time listed on the itinerary.)
  5. Awesome...! Thank you...! I was hoping that it was just that I was looking at it too early in the year...! 🙂
  6. Yes, that's the one I've found, too...but it doesn't list the berth that each ship in port will be docking at. Have you looked at this in previous years...? If so, do they add the berth numbers in eventually...?
  7. DH and I will be cruising to Alaska later this year...and trying to get a sense of which berth number we'll be at in each port. I've been able to find a website that lists a calendar with the Alaskan ports and what ships will be in each port on each day, but am looking for something that will also list which berth each ship will be at in each port. Anyone know of a website that includes this info...? I found one last year before our cruise--but haven't found one for this year. So, wondering if such a thing doesn't exist anymore...or maybe I'm just too early in the year to be looking for that info...? Thanks in advance...
  8. If the TA wasn't someone I've used for years, I might be inclined to think this...but definitely not the case here. My TA is excellent...she's always going to bat for us for good deals...and when there's a problem, she always gets it resolved in our favor...! I don't use a TA often, but when I do, she's my "goto"...! As someone else mentioned, maybe NCL agents aren't supposed to "refare" more than once, but they don't enforce it. Regardless...my TA got us the reduction--without having to go through the cancel and re-book process. 🙂
  9. HAHAHAHA...if she wasn't a good friend, I'd definitely think that...! 🙂 She's actually VERY good...and has always gone to the mat for us to get us the best deals...! And when there's been a problem, she's gotten it resolved in our favor...! 🙂
  10. No, we'd never heard of such a thing, either...! Neither had our TA...which is why she was able to do it for us...! 🙂
  11. Thank you...that's exactly what we thought...! (We sorta suspected that she wasn't getting the true answer...they probably just don't want us continuing to reduce the price of our cruise...!) And we gave our TA a list of the other cabins/suites we could switch to--if she couldn't rebook into our current one, just in case.
  12. Thank you...that's exactly what we thought...! We even told our TA that if we needed to just cancel and re-book, she could go ahead and do that...! (We even gave her a list of other cabins/suites that she could switch us to, if need be.)
  13. DH and I have a cruise booked for Fall of 2020...so our final payment isn't due until May, though we have made our initial deposit. Looking through emails and checking the NCL website, I found that the price of our cruise (same cabin/suite type) has dropped significantly--still with our same perks. So, I contacted my TA to get the new price (we've done this before...in fact, this is the second time the fare has dropped since we made the original booking)...and she got the price reduction for us, but said that NCL is telling her that they only allow one "re-faring" for a price drop per booking...so they're actually doing her a favor by doing this. (We keep our same cabin/suite and our same perks.) (Note: Of course, I could totally understand their NOT allowing us to do this if this were past the final payment date...but it's not.) Also, since there are other cabins/suites in the same category still available on our same cruise (same sailing date/itinerary)...and since we haven't made our final payment yet...couldn't we just cancel the original booking...and rebook the same cabin/suite...at the reduced fare...as many times as we'd like...? Has anyone ever been told this kind of thing before...? Am I missing something here...? Thanks so much for your insights here...
  14. We did a Baltic cruise on the Jewel 10 years ago...and in all honesty, I don't recall which tour we took in Stockholm (all I can recall is that it was an NCL excursion). But I CAN say that the Vasa Museum is a totally DO NOT MISS place. It was absolutely fascinating...! We spent several hours there.
  15. With a great deal of difficulty, I was able to find a short Youtube video of 9003 (mirror image of 9203). I'm pretty sure this is "pre-rehab"...but it should give you a very good idea of the size of the balcony. (We had been trying to decide between all of these suites, too, which is why I went to great lengths to try to find info on them...! 🙂 )
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