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  1. After researching more I see that the H5's are changing to HE's and HF's after September 2020. The HE's are being listed as larger cabins. It does not say though what is bigger, the room itself, balcony or both. I wish I could find pictures of 18132 as it does look to be the largest non handicapped and the only HE on deck 18.
  2. Are the Joy and Bliss identical in design?
  3. Has anyone stayed in room 18132 on the Joy. It looks much bigger than the other H5 rooms except for the handicapped H5. Also are there any problems with the room that anyone knows of(noise, traffic, etc). Thanks a lot in advance
  4. i have been searching but cant find it. Does any one have a link?
  5. Is smoking allowed at the surf bar on deck 16 on the Joy? Actually where are all of the smoking sections on the Joy? We want to book a Haven room just under the surf bar but not if there is smoking there. Thanks
  6. I am going on my first cruise in December (Joy, Dec 8, Mexico), and have to say informing passengers something different than the terms and conditions is concerning to say the least. Why don't they just enforce what is part of the conditions??? Stuff like this will make my first ever cruise, my last! This was my point from my first post. New cruisers or cruisers who do not read CC or even the terms and conditions of the dining package may be taken advantage of(stealing) by NCL. This whole problem is a lose-lose-win situation. The passengers lose if they miss out on something extra that they might want to eat. Or they miss out if they have to argue a point with a server. The servers lose when they have to try and enforce a rule that they may know is wrong. They also lose if their tip is reduced because of this. Who wins? NCL. If one out of ten dinners are charged extra then that only increases the bottom line for that cruise. It may hurt NCL by losing future cruisers but the way the ships are selling out I doubt NCL cares.
  7. If it indeed even happened the way it is described.The notion of a contrite server giggling and then confessing to a customer that everyone gets ripped off except Skeeter and it's only because he spoke up is dubious and calls in to question the entire story. It did "indeed" happen this way. That is why I said that I almost lost it when she smiled and apologized. I have never been charged in the past either but I had always said something when they told me that I would be charged. I did not this time as it was our anniversary and would deal with it later if need be. What did the manager tell you? While the manager did not admit that I was correct he did say that this a gray area that they were looking into. I said thank you and walked away knowing full well that I was just brushed off. I do believe though that in the future we will be seeing in writing the one app, one entree, one dessert verbage. I have no problem being charged and paying more if I chose extras as long as it is in writing.
  8. First off let me say that we had a great time on the Escape last week for the most part. Even arriving 6 hours late on Sunday due to Dorian was not a big deal. We were kept up to speed with what was happening with our late arrival back in NY. There are some things though that NCL really needs to change to not look so shady to their passengers. One of the biggest things is with the dining package. I have read and know about how the specialty dining plan works. I know about the one entree rule, etc. I will sometimes order an extra app or salad and have never been charged, or if I am I just mention "their rules" about only one entree not apps or salad. On September 2nd, our 30th wedding anniversary we ate at Bayamo. We both ordered a salad, app and an entree, no dessert. The server informed us that their would be an extra charge. I was in no way going to argue or even bring up that there should be no charge as it was a special day. The bill comes and we are charged an extra $22, I sign, leave my usual $20 tip and we go on with our night and will deal with the charge later in the cruise. On September 5th we return to Bayamo and we order an app and salad again. The server tells us again that there will be an extra charge. Here is where I almost lose it. I then very politely tell her that there should only be an extra charge for an extra entree. She then says "oh you know about that", smiles, says that she is sorry and that they are told to tell, and charge everyone the extra. We have our meal(which is awesome as usual) get the bill with NO up charge and leave. I go to guest services the next day to pay down my onboard account with cash and ask to have the first Bayamo up charge removed. I was told that the charge was correct. I then pull out my receipts from both nights and show them that one night I was charged and one was not for the same things. She makes a call and then tells me that the manager is going to make an exception for me this time. I tell her that I do not want an exception I just want what is fair and the manager comes and speaks to me himself. My point here is if I did not know about and bring up that I know the rules with the dining plan that I would have been charged. How many passengers are charged each week because they do not know to bring this up. In my eyes this is stealing by NCL. If you want to charge more, fine put it in writing. Do not put the servers in an awkward position hoping that the guest does not know the rules. It is extremely unfair to charge one person and not the other for the same thing.
  9. On the Escape this Sunday 9/01. At 12:01am this morning I got an email that I was upgraded to a DOS. The best part was I hadn't bid on a DOS only all of the other suite categories. Then at 6:01am I got the oops you are not upgraded we made a mistake email. I figured that there was something wrong and was kind of half waiting for the oops email. As of 9:00 am all of bids are still pending.
  10. Hello! This will be my first post on Cruise Critic but I have been lurking this thread for a long time. Posting a bit early I think but here is my offer info Escape to Bermuda sailing 9-1-19 Booking inside cabin through Casinos at sea comp. My Offers: Spa Balcony $350 PP (top of fair range) Any Balcony $200PP (middle of fair range) The cruise is becoming packed with not many rooms left. Prices have actually increased about $300 for a balcony in the last couple months. Its a holiday week so I may have a tough time getting an upgrade. Should I offer more? This is the CAS golf cruise. The highest rated players are offered this cruise and golf extras(parties, 2 days of golf and tournament with cash prizes all comped). That being said most of the Haven rooms are already gone so upgrades to them are going to be tough. On the other hand though, upgrades to oceanview and balconies should be plentiful. The kids are back in school that week or the week prior so it is definately less crowded, at least has been that way the last 4 years. I think your bids are fine for the balconies and I bet that you will get one of them. Good luck.
  11. Thanks for the replies guys. Dragos sounds good. I did not think Harrahs was within walking distance, I will look into them. Any others? Thanks again
  12. Hello all. I am trying to gather info for our December cruise form NOLA. Here are my questions: 1)Are there any hotels within actual walking distance from the port in NOLA? 2)How far is the port from the french quarter? 3)Is there a great place for oysters(grilled, raw) nearby? 4)Is there a great Jazz music venue in town? Thanks as always for any help.
  13. Wow, a thousand buck now? Thats crazy. I guess I am lucky that I still get balconies and minis comped. Thanks for the info guys.
  14. Hello all. I have a question about CAS and free air. If someone books and inside through CAS then upgrades to a balcony would that entitled them to free air? I have an NCL poker challenge voucher(which comes with an inside cabin) for my son which we will upgrade for him and was wondering about the air. Thanks
  15. I have looked at a few cruises recently and they are all free air for ocean views and above. Maybe some cruises are different. Bad luck for me I guess. I was looking to take the extended family and they are for an inside cabin. Thanks for the replies
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