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[Norwegian Cruise Line] Free drinks, speciality restaurants, wifi, 3rd + 4th passenger free, free or reduced airfare, excursion credit

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fizz1234 wrote:
Aug 13th, 2019 11:51 am
Any idea if one can travel with just a permanent residence card and US visa for a Caribbean cruise ?
Check the NCl website and the visa requirements for cruise passengers for the ports you are visiting. A Caribbean cruise encompasses a lot of different ports so it's hard to answer this question.
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fizz1234 wrote:
Aug 13th, 2019 11:51 am
Any idea if one can travel with just a permanent residence card and US visa for a Caribbean cruise ?
Passport is mandatory to board the ship + all required visas depending of your nationality and visited countries, even if you plan to stay on the ship
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ahammad wrote:
Aug 8th, 2019 10:45 am
Don't know how other lines do it (never been on a cruise but I have an NCL cruise booked), but it is my understanding that you can order whatever you want for a "service charge". The items themselves are free. Is this accurate?



One show is paid, everything else is free.



I'll be able to comment more on this once I go. I heard good things about their free dining options, but this is very much an opinion.



I agree with you on this one. I read that somewhere also and it is BS that you cannot bring even a limited amount of water. With regards to filling up reusable bottles: I was told that this is for sanitary reasons and you can use their disposable cups to fill your bottle without issues.
Not the most convenient or environmentally friendly but I somewhat agree with the policy. Even though the sign says not to, I saw an older guy brought his water bottle. He basically touches the insides of his water bottle to the nozzle of the drink dispenser. The drink dispensers are not high enough so people have to tilt their bottles at an angle. I saw no effort in the guy trying to avoid touching his bottle to the nozzle. He probably doesn’t care and from a generation that is not so worried about germs.

So may not be a big deal but you could be drinking from a nozzle that has touched someone else’s lips.

Solution would be to install dispensers that are much higher that fit water bottles.
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iambored wrote:
Aug 13th, 2019 1:32 pm
Not the most convenient or environmentally friendly but I somewhat agree with the policy. Even though the sign says not to, I saw an older guy brought his water bottle. He basically touches the insides of his water bottle to the nozzle of the drink dispenser. The drink dispensers are not high enough so people have to tilt their bottles at an angle. I saw no effort in the guy trying to avoid touching his bottle to the nozzle. He probably doesn’t care and from a generation that is not so worried about germs.

So may not be a big deal but you could be drinking from a nozzle that has touched someone else’s lips.

Solution would be to install dispensers that are much higher that fit water bottles.
This.

Or enforce the rule about not filling a bottle directly from the nozzle. I have no problems filling my bottle from a clean glass. It takes only few minutes, and is safer for contamination
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I will be cruising out of Miami in mid Feb. Can I expect prices to fall, say 3 months before the cruise? I was thinking of booking a hotel as a fall back and do a land trip as plan B.
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baillieul wrote:
Aug 13th, 2019 2:39 pm
I will be cruising out of Miami in mid Feb. Can I expect prices to fall, say 3 months before the cruise? I was thinking of booking a hotel as a fall back and do a land trip as plan B.
Unfortunately that's difficult to predict. The cruise lines set prices based on demand so if the cruise is selling out then prices will rise. I'm not sure if you are still allowed to do repricing prior to final deposit on NCL ( I know for RC you can) but it might be sometime that you could take a look into.
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For RC, you can opt out of the gratuities.
Can you do the same with Norwegian?

I will have to say all those debate about sanity issue with filling bottle water is laughable.
When you push the button and water starts coming out, it washed away the tiny bit of saliva remain if it even get there.
I think you should worry about using the cup and plate in the restaurant more.
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buriboi wrote:
Jul 29th, 2019 7:35 pm
I remember the good old days when NCL offered the pre-paid gratuities as one of their perks, so this wasn't an issue. Alas, those days seem long gone :)
You can opt-out of PP gratuities. That's what I do and just tip the hotel staff directly. Drink gratuities and specialty restaurants are already covered. In my opinion PP gratuities are an industry wide scam to shame customers into paying their employees part of their salary so they can advertise lower prices.

Not everyone will agree with this opinion, which is totally fine. Please refrain from arguing with me regardless of how strongly you feel. This thead does not need another flame war lol.

On topic though. Even with this promo I'm not seeing any cruises anywhere near $100 per person, per day, which would make it a hot deal imo
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Aug 13th, 2019 3:34 pm
You can opt-out of PP gratuities. That's what I do and just tip the hotel staff directly. Drink gratuities and specialty restaurants are already covered. In my opinion PP gratuities are an industry wide scam to shame customers into paying their employees part of their salary so they can advertise lower prices.

Not everyone will agree with this opinion, which is totally fine. Please refrain from arguing with me regardless of how strongly you feel. This thead does not need another flame war lol.

On topic though. Even with this promo I'm not seeing any cruises anywhere near $100 per person, per day, which would make it a hot deal imo
but takes long time?
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Tig wrote:
Aug 13th, 2019 3:34 pm
You can opt-out of PP gratuities. That's what I do and just tip the hotel staff directly. Drink gratuities and specialty restaurants are already covered. In my opinion PP gratuities are an industry wide scam to shame customers into paying their employees part of their salary so they can advertise lower prices.

Not everyone will agree with this opinion, which is totally fine. Please refrain from arguing with me regardless of how strongly you feel. This thead does not need another flame war lol.

On topic though. Even with this promo I'm not seeing any cruises anywhere near $100 per person, per day, which would make it a hot deal imo
So when you board the ship, you go to the service counter and tell them you want to opt out of the service charge?
This was what I do with Royal Caribbean.
Are they the same?
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Aug 13th, 2019 3:48 pm
but takes long time?
If you post it in all their twitter, fb, reddit account, they will probably speed that up.
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Gotta say we did our first cruise, a West Med out of Barcelona July 27th on Oasis of the Seas, it was first class! For us there was no need to spend additional for non included restaurants , we ate like kings and loved it. We were a group of eight w a parent who cruises extensively w over 1000 days, we we able to negotiate some additional things included w cruise like the soda package and one pay restaurant incl as well as discounted Surf & Stream package. What a ship, really enjoyed the level of entertainment and amenities RC offers. We now want to try their largest ship for one last cruise on as big as u can go then in future scale it back to smaller ships. Either way it was excellent and we like cruises, one tip stick with one or two carriers to get the best deals if I plan to cruise alot

We also just paid for drinks as needed since each adult in the same stateroom on same reservation must pay. So for 3 of us this would have been $156 US per day and if bought on the ship 250/day. We just won't drink that much nor do we want to. Pay as you go for us worked way better and our bill at end converted to CND was $775. No extra tipping was included unless I felt necessary as 18% was already tacked on. Cheapest beer was $7.25 US and specialty drinks maxed at $15 US per, Don't think I drank more than 4 drinks in my best day lol, don't need to get drink and wasted as I did in my youth lol. We brought 6 bottles of wine on for dinners and when we did day excursions we were able to drink a few beverages relatively cheap, like $1 euro for a beer in Italy. We did too our stateroom attendant and head waiter at dinner at trip end via envelope.

Great post by OP for those considering
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theflyingsquirrel wrote:
Aug 13th, 2019 3:51 pm
So when you board the ship, you go to the service counter and tell them you want to opt out of the service charge?
This was what I do with Royal Caribbean.
Are they the same?
Yes. Sometimes they tell you that you have to wait until the end of the cruise, so a night or two before de-boarding you can go to the service desk and tell them to do that. They will give you a form to fill out and sign. I always take a photo just in case something gets messed up and I need to have a record of it. There is a box at the bottom where they ask you to explain why you are opting out. If you were dissatisfied with the service. I just put "N/A". I should mention that I always leave my stateroom attendant and any other hotel staff I've interacted with an envelope. Cheers.
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Cisco KId wrote:
Aug 13th, 2019 3:57 pm
Gotta say we did our first cruise, a West Med out of Barcelona July 27th on Oasis of the Seas, it was first class! For us there was no need to spend additional for non included restaurants , we ate like kings and loved it. We were a group of eight w a parent who cruises extensively w over 1000 days, we we able to negotiate some additional things included w cruise like the soda package and one pay restaurant incl as well as discounted Surf & Stream package. What a ship, really enjoyed the level of entertainment and amenities RC offers. We now want to try their largest ship for one last cruise on as big as u can go then in future scale it back to smaller ships. Either way it was excellent and we like cruises, one tip stick with one or two carriers to get the best deals if I plan to cruise alot

We also just paid for drinks as needed since each adult in the same stateroom on same reservation must pay. So for 3 of us this would have been $156 US per day and if bought on the ship 250/day. We just won't drink that much nor do we want to. Pay as you go for us worked way better and our bill at end converted to CND was $775. No extra tipping was included unless I felt necessary as 18% was already tacked on. Cheapest beer was $7.25 US and specialty drinks maxed at $15 US per, Don't think I drank more than 4 drinks in my best day lol, don't need to get drink and wasted as I did in my youth lol. We brought 6 bottles of wine on for dinners and when we did day excursions we were able to drink a few beverages relatively cheap, like $1 euro for a beer in Italy. We did too our stateroom attendant and head waiter at dinner at trip end via envelope.

Great post by OP for those considering
I was booked on the cruise before yours. The transatlantic from FLL to BCN....at least I was until a crane fell on the Oasis during dry-dock and my cruise got cancelled. Still ticked off about that. Ugh
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Cruised NCL in November 2017, and these offers were the same. As others have said, I think it's very much a Macy's type thing, where NCL pretty much is always running this promo.

I would say the specialty dining package is worth it. The buffet and standard restaurants aren't bad (they're at worst mediocre, and mostly decent) but the step up in food quality and dining experience for the premium restaurants was well worth it.

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