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  1. Yes, all the NCL ships have an "internet lounge" of some kind that has computers for you to use. You'll still need to setup your account and log in and out each time you use the computer. The NCL staffer in the Internet Lounge can help you with that if you need help. Make sure you log out, or your minutes will go quickly.
  2. It's really the only cost effective way to stay in touch with members of your group on the ship, if you need to do that. You pay the fee per phone, then connect to the wifi ( this is free, you do not buy any internet minutes to use this). Once everyone is connected you can text between your "contacts" on the app, and also call their cabins from your phone. Other than that, as mentioned, it displays the status of your on-board account, and shows you reservations you have for specialty dining and shore excursions. And of course, it's a way for them to send you ads for things on the ship, such as gift shop sales.
  3. OP's question was never answered. OP asked how much gambling was expected when you're on a comped cruise. The answer: None is required. You could technically take the comped cruise and never set foot in the casino. However, it is expected that you likely will gamble, since being a gambler is what got you the "free" cruise to start with. Of course, if you don't gamble at all then you won't be eligible for another comp. There is no "expected" amount. CAS assumes that you will likely at least gamble what you did on the last cruise that earned you the comp.
  4. Yes, the luggage stays on the bus while you tour. You collect it from the bus at the airport
  5. I agree with you completely - it's one reason why for a long time, my slots play was Video Poker. You know what the payback % of the game is, and there's an element of skill in playing correctly, every hand. But of course, the casinos penalize VP players (twice the coin-in for one point vs slots) because we know the payback % of the game. They claim this makes us "advantage players" even though it's no different than knowing the correct play on every hand of Blackjack. But since it's now almost impossible to find decent pay VP - and it's never been possible in ship's casino's - I've cut way back on my VP play. Another reason the house loves slots is that there's no cost to operate them, beyond the electricity required to run them and the salary of a tech to do maintenance!!
  6. Whenever a ship is embarking or disembarking (at any port, really) there are tons of taxis around. They want the business. And yes, when we boarded the Dawn in San Juan, there were taxis dropping people off (including us), that you could easily grab to go somewhere else.
  7. We have always gotten either an internet package or unlimited internet on all our NCL cruises. We use it mostly for email, and more recently for FB messenger texting with those back on land. Service for those purposes is fine. Web browsing is slow, but doable if you're patient. Can't speak to any other uses such as Skype, Streaming, or anything else...don't do those. Keep in mind regarding any cellular company International Data packages: These will only be useful when you are in port. You can't use them on the ship.
  8. Just sailed the Dawn out of San Juan last week. Pan Am pier, not Old San Juan. Some years ago, NCL did use the Old San Juan pier. But now that pier is used by Carnival.
  9. Don't know how it works on Princess, but on NCL there are two kinds of OBC. Non-refundable OBC cannot be used for play in the casino. Refundable OBC can be used for play in the casino.
  10. Lindquist beach is absolutely the best...simply for the reason that it's a park with an entrance fee, and not much in the way of facilities, so it gets a lot less crowded than the other beaches. There are ship's excursions that go there (it's sometimes called "Secret" Beach), but it's still usually less crowded. Coki is awful..stay away. Megan's gets very crowded when there are a lot of ships in. I can't speak for doing Lindquist with a toddler and a car seat, but you can certainly hire a taxi at the cruise port, have the driver take you there, and arrange for pickup again at a certain time. When calculating the return trip, remember that the traffic can be brutal. Talk to the driver. He/She will be able to advise, but leave some wiggle room in the timing.
  11. Absolutely, assuming no unusual delays in docking and clearing the ship for disembarkation. If you're really concerned about the time, be in the first walk off disembarkation (taking your own luggage). Take your own transport to Seatac (don't use a shared ride shuttle because you'll have to wait for the others to get to the van). Uber, Lyft, Taxi or Car service.
  12. An 11:30 am flight is fine. We've cruised out of Seattle many times (and have family there) and typically would easily make flights from 11am on. Hotel suggestions: There's really nothing around your cruise pier. I'd opt for a hotel in downtown Seattle for easy access to the tourist attractions. There are many hotels, in all price ranges, but remember that June in Seattle is the tourist season and prices will go up across the board.
  13. The POA leaves later than most cruises (7pm if I remember right - but check), and most POA cruisers do exactly what you're asking about; they use the day to tour Honolulu. When we did our POA cruise, we boarded at our normal time (midday), and found the boarding areas and ship almost empty. So I suspect that with everyone using the day to tour, the boarding area only gets crowded late in the day. Best to keep that in mind when deciding what time to go to the port.
  14. No one on this board or any other can tell you what a "winning bid" is likely to be. It's a silent auction and no one except an NCL employee could tell you the rules uses to select the winning bid. Bid what you can afford, realizing that if you win, your credit card will be immediately charged for the full amount of the bid. And also realize that you have no say in what cabin you will be assigned to.
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