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Nebr.cruiser

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    We live on a small lake in rural Nebr.
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    Reading, gardening, outdoor activities, health and fitness, travel
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    I've liked everyone we've been on; Princess, Carnival, Celebrity and now NCL. and some old defunct l
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Love the S. Caribbean route; also loved our recent Transatlantic

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  1. Very true, that was a chartered flight. We have upgraded before, using Princess air, on our own after the flights were ticketed. I am sure it would be the same with NCL.
  2. On our (cancelled) cruise we were supposed to take in March, we bought the NCL air--$149 RT to Tahiti and back from Hawaii! A few weeks later NCL sent emails offering upgrades; lt was $249pp for premium economy and $499 for business for just the LA to Tahiti portion. I seem to remember that there was an earlier offer that was higher.
  3. I am so glad you were able to dock and hopefully everyone made it home successfully. Stay well. We were supposed to board the Jewel in Tahiti for the segment ending in Hawaii. So sad to miss that fabulous itinerary.
  4. Itinerary and price--pretty equal. Next, time of year, as we don't usually want to cruise in the summer or fall. Otherwise, not very particular as to cruise line or ship.
  5. We got the letter too, even though we had a refund request in earlier through our travel agent. In our case I think it is exactly 125% of what we paid. We still want the refund though, so seeing how this all works out.
  6. I do appreciate the savings opportunities we have here. As an example, the March 20th Tahiti cruise we have booked, besides an amazingly low price, we got $400 on board credit from our travel agent. Unfortunately, we are probably going to cancel due to corona virus. Why is this so different in other countries? Laws or just what is common practice?
  7. I get catalogs from several different cruise lines and/or tour companies several times a week--sometimes several a day--most get tossed directly, so it is a big waste of paper, time and energy. Once in a while I will look at one to get an idea of itineraries, but the prices in these brochures are so ridiculously high that I would never book from one. I can find the same cruise much, much cheaper using a TA, or sometimes directly from the cruise websites (usually a TA). There must be a lot of gullible people out there who book at the brochure inflated prices or they wouldn't keep sending them, I suppose. Oceania, NCL Princess and Vantage travel are the biggest offenders. I have never sailed with Oceania or toured with Vantage. With all that is going on now, either all that will stop or greatly intensify because cruise lines are desperate for customers.
  8. I totally agree--and can't help thinking that air travel should be even more likely to spread the virus than cruising. Knowing how dependent Hawaii is on tourists (most of whom fly in) and on shipping for basic necessities for their population, halting air and ship traffic would be a difficult decision. Probably unlikely. Much simpler (for Hawaii), although not very effective, IMO, for cruise ships to be banned. We hate to miss this cruise; at this time it *looks* like the Tahitian ports and other nearby islands will be accepting cruises; not so sure about Hawaii, 10 days later, and worst of all would to be quarantined for days or weeks like some other ships.
  9. But, a bunch of new people are coming on board in Tahiti; we are supposed to be among them, although we are probably going to cancel--not so much from fear of catching the virus as from fear of not being allowed into various ports/or quarantined somewhere at sea. All those extra people flying from all over, though mostly I suspect through LAX.--very possible for someone to have been exposed.
  10. We are booked on a Tahiti-Hawaii cruise leaving March 20. We are almost certainly going to cancel; although not immune compromised, we are 74. But, I am more worried about losing ports/being quarantined than getting ill. Since this cruise included our bucket list destination of Tahiti, I did just a little checking this morning on an NCL sale email I got. A similar (not identical and 2 days longer) cruise in Nov. would be almost 3x what we paid. It included all of the same perks and the 30% off and free or reduced air, but base cabin price of a mini, nearly 3x as much. Granted, we got a smoking deal on the current cruise, but I have a feeling almost any cruise we would want to use our FCC on will be quite pricey. Still, glad not to lose the funds completely.
  11. Thanks for the information. La Quinta was the only hotel I could easily find out the shuttle/desk info on, also price was good. We will probably stay there anyway, giving that we will probably be there only from 1 AM (or later) until 8 AM. Anything has to be better than the airport. We've been gone, with iffy internet connections. And who knows, the cruise may get cancelled anyway, at this point not counting on anything!
  12. It's tough on people who have coughs that are not contagious; I am in that category due to allergies and sinus problems--or so I thought. After years (at least 20) and many, many drugs, surgeries, shots, etc. my dr. finally gave me meds for acid reflux (I had no other symptoms) that has stopped most of my coughing. Still have a dry cough at times, but nothing like the old days. I just hope people remember that not all coughs are infectious--but I understand the concern; I've found myself cringing when around someone who is coughing, lately.
  13. I'll do that, but it is not that easy to find hotels with 24 hr desks and shuttles. And, we will probably be there about 6 hours, so we can put up with a few minuses. Why is the location bad?
  14. It really makes it difficult for those who have a chronic, non-catching cough. Although I have finally (mostly) conquered my coughing problem, I do still cough some, just nothing like I used to. Mine is related to allergies (haven't actually had a cold in years; thanks I guess to 20 years teaching), and also, to my surprise, acid reflux, which I didn't even know I had. Thanks to many allergy shots, pills and sinus surgery, and especially medicine for acid reflux, my cough is now very minor and not too often. I really feel for those who are in this situation though.
  15. We often get money refunded. Don't drink, do spa, buy stuff on board, etc.or take ship excursions. Otherwise, the most we have is for gratuities, if not either included or paid through OBC. And we have plenty of fun without all of the above. We do spend money on independent excursions or just do our own thing ashore. Counting excursion costs not from the ship, more like $200 pp for a seven to 10 day cruise.
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