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My travel agent just got off the phone with NCL about the same question for a cruise I'm on next month. They told her the "new" policy is the difference of $200 per person and above will be credited at 25% in Future Cruise Credit, not OBC.  My TA said that is the first she's heard of FCC instead of OBC being credited and she's going to call again tomorrow and see if they give the same answer. 

They did discuss "upgrading" but we're in an aft penthouse and don't want something different. 

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On 9/23/2021 at 8:50 PM, Shellbelle28 said:

My travel agent just got off the phone with NCL about the same question for a cruise I'm on next month. They told her the "new" policy is the difference of $200 per person and above will be credited at 25% in Future Cruise Credit, not OBC.  My TA said that is the first she's heard of FCC instead of OBC being credited and she's going to call again tomorrow and see if they give the same answer. 

They did discuss "upgrading" but we're in an aft penthouse and don't want something different. 

Did you get a different answer?

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On 9/24/2021 at 9:16 AM, Travelicious said:

I wouldn't complain about FCC.  But I was just able to get upgraded to a balcony with Free at Sea from an inside sail away when price dropped after final payment.  I think I like that better.

Nice.  How much more did you have to pay?  I've been watching the prices and have now upgraded twice, going from an inside to an Ocean View to a Balcony for a total of $106.40.  We figured that is likely as cheap of a premium as we'll ever pay to see what a Balcony room is like.  Insides suit us just fine, but what the heck.

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Hi all, we are 15 days out from a Bermuda cruise on Breakaway. We noticed a

significant price drop ($600 total). We called about that today and the choice was to get 25 percent of the difference added to our on board account, or to cancel and receive the money as FCC. Since we have multiple cruises

booked, we canceled and took the $600 as a FCC.

 

The person on the phone was able to cancel us while keeping all of our existing reservations and the stateroom

we had originally selected. The only thing we had to do was redo the online check in (we are sailing soon).  In my opinion, it was worth it to cancel and rebook!

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1 hour ago, ChiefMateJRK said:

Nice.  How much more did you have to pay?  I've been watching the prices and have now upgraded twice, going from an inside to an Ocean View to a Balcony for a total of $106.40.  We figured that is likely as cheap of a premium as we'll ever pay to see what a Balcony room is like.  Insides suit us just fine, but what the heck.

Inside suited me fine until I had a balcony. I am considering changing to haven for my 2023 but I worry that once I go there I won’t want to go back. It is a slippery slope I guess. My 2022 is a club balcony suite which is what I also have booked for 2023 but I really want to experience the haven one time and my 40th wedding anniversary in 2023 seems like the perfect time. We shall see I have time to think about it.

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1 hour ago, RRSeeker said:

Inside suited me fine until I had a balcony.

Yep.  This is a real "danger" of this bargain.  🤣  I'm looking forward to having a balcony room.  At the end of the day, I doubt it will make much difference to us, as we're generally only in the room for sleeping, but you never know.  😎  As long as I'm on a ship, the rest are really just details.

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3 hours ago, ChiefMateJRK said:

Nice.  How much more did you have to pay?  I've been watching the prices and have now upgraded twice, going from an inside to an Ocean View to a Balcony for a total of $106.40.  We figured that is likely as cheap of a premium as we'll ever pay to see what a Balcony room is like.  Insides suit us just fine, but what the heck.

A bit more than $150, but that represented just the gratuities on the dinner and beverage package, as I did not have it before.

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1 hour ago, ChiefMateJRK said:

Yep.  This is a real "danger" of this bargain.  🤣  I'm looking forward to having a balcony room.  At the end of the day, I doubt it will make much difference to us, as we're generally only in the room for sleeping, but you never know.  😎  As long as I'm on a ship, the rest are really just details.

Agreed! Enjoy the balcony while you have it.

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On 9/23/2021 at 7:50 PM, Shellbelle28 said:

My travel agent just got off the phone with NCL about the same question for a cruise I'm on next month. They told her the "new" policy is the difference of $200 per person and above will be credited at 25% in Future Cruise Credit, not OBC.  My TA said that is the first she's heard of FCC instead of OBC being credited and she's going to call again tomorrow and see if they give the same answer. 

They did discuss "upgrading" but we're in an aft penthouse and don't want something different. 

Spend the FCC prior to the cruise on pre-cruise excursions.  Not on the ship, you have to do it pre-cruise.  That was the first I have heard of the policy.  Interesting.

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On 9/23/2021 at 5:50 PM, Shellbelle28 said:

My travel agent just got off the phone with NCL about the same question for a cruise I'm on next month. They told her the "new" policy is the difference of $200 per person and above will be credited at 25% in Future Cruise Credit, not OBC.  My TA said that is the first she's heard of FCC instead of OBC being credited and she's going to call again tomorrow and see if they give the same answer. 

They did discuss "upgrading" but we're in an aft penthouse and don't want something different. 

When I called today this is what I was told is the new policy. I was offered $25pp in future cruise credit for a $450 difference in fare. I decided to wait and see if the price drops more. 

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38 minutes ago, Sthrngary said:

Spend the FCC prior to the cruise on pre-cruise excursions.  Not on the ship, you have to do it pre-cruise.  That was the first I have heard of the policy.  Interesting.

Nice try but I would guess that you can't use any FCC from a price adjustment for the same cruise - hence the word "future".  Just like you can't use the FCC you get if you cancel to rebook the same cruise.  They want you to book another cruise.

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13 minutes ago, julig22 said:

Nice try but I would guess that you can't use any FCC from a price adjustment for the same cruise - hence the word "future".  Just like you can't use the FCC you get if you cancel to rebook the same cruise.  They want you to book another cruise.

Yes you absolutely can.  There are two types of future cruise credits. A subject I wish I never had to learn about. 100% which is 1 dollar of cash, for 1 dollar of future cruise credits.  Then some of us at the beginning of cancellations got an extra 25%.  I had extra 100% FCC, just use them pre-Cruise for excursions, upgraded internet to unlimited streaming, and upgrade to the Premium Plus drink package. 
 

NCL has some crazy rules for sure however there is a way around most anything if you ask the right questions.  

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16 minutes ago, Sthrngary said:

Yes you absolutely can.  There are two types of future cruise credits. A subject I wish I never had to learn about. 100% which is 1 dollar of cash, for 1 dollar of future cruise credits.  Then some of us at the beginning of cancellations got an extra 25%.  I had extra 100% FCC, just use them pre-Cruise for excursions, upgraded internet to unlimited streaming, and upgrade to the Premium Plus drink package. 
 

NCL has some crazy rules for sure however there is a way around most anything if you ask the right questions.  

Yes, you must apply FCC prior to a cruise.  But if I understand your comments, you are talking about FCC that you got from a cruise that NCL cancelled.  Been there, done that - and yes, they have different rules.  But different again from FCC if you cancel under peace of mind or get FCC because of a price-reduction after final payment.

What you can't do is cancel a cruise under POM when prices drop, then use the FCC to rebook the same cruise.

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3 hours ago, Travelicious said:

A bit more than $150, but that represented just the gratuities on the dinner and beverage package, as I did not have it before.

Very nice. DD upgraded from a studio to balcony for thirteen bucks. Silver lining!

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I just noticed a price drop that equates to about $245 for us....I'm going to call my guy, but not expecting anything...some obc or casino free play would be nice...not worth the bother of canceling and rebooking, I would probably lose our $70 travel insurance....maybe it will go even lower...

 

A few years ago, a friend and I booked adjoining studios and there was a huge price drop and the second passenger supplement dropped and we each took a balcony for $50...I asked/requested for an aft balcony, and got one!! It was sweet!!

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1 hour ago, AnitaVacation said:

I just noticed a price drop that equates to about $245 for us....I'm going to call my guy, but not expecting anything...some obc or casino free play would be nice...not worth the bother of canceling and rebooking, I would probably lose our $70 travel insurance...

ooops!! my bad....no price drop for us....I was looking at the wrong cat.

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