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  1. Can you tell more about Northstar please? I guess this is NOT the extended experience since it’s a port day. Was it free? I was under the impression the “Free” experience on port days is first come first served, but it sounds like you were able to reserve your time? Is this the one that only goes up and down? Have fun!!
  2. I may have missed it, did you need to make reservations at Solarium Bistro? For dinner and otherwise?
  3. Yes, and thats what I feel like I am sitting and waiting for all the cabins to be gone 👎 Update: Just checked and all the balcony rooms (and interior and ocean view) are all sold out for our sailing only suites left. so I guess too late now aready.
  4. Right, once you check in you add your SetSail pass to Apple Wallet and then when you view it in Apple Wallet the barcode actually shows numbers and the last 4 digits after the dash are your “tentative” room number.
  5. March 2024 sailing on Anthem here. Still do not have our balcony guarantee assigned. I was however, able to see the room number using the Apple Wallet “hack”, not too happy with it but I cant call Royal and ask them to switch until it has been officially assigned 😥.
  6. I am not sure how accurate this is but I ran into this schedule while researching the same kinda question https://www.portcanaveral.com/getattachment/Cruise/Cruise-Lines-Schedules/Port-Canaveral-Cruise-Schedule-Dec23-Jul24.pdf.aspx?lang=en-US
  7. I do remember seeing a smaller “waterpark” its for little kids and that was free. Yeah, I just looked it up its called Splashaway Bay and it is complimentary.
  8. Sorry, I don't mean to hijack this thread but we are on Indy in a couple of weeks and I couldn't find any recent reviews. Did they end up replacing Sky Pad with.. anything? Thank you! Enjoy your cruise if you are still there!
  9. I am looking into this "hack" for March. I know we won't have enough points so looking to just book with money. The room fee is $413 which is good for the 4 of us but then there's also the 21% (!) tax + the $178 Hotel Service Fee which brings the total to $678 making it a little better than getting it through cruise line/Atlantis website but not half the price I've seen people post about. What am I missing?
  10. I am looking into this "hack" for March and I saw people say how it's great savings etc. so I am looking for a room for 4 (we need 4 passes into Atlantis) for that day. Yes, the room fee is $413 which is good but then there's also the 21% (!) tax + the $178 Hotel Service Fee which brings the total to $678 for the 4 of us making it a little better than getting it through cruise line/Atlantis website but not half the price I've seen people post about. What am I missing?
  11. Well... I really do not want to bash Norwegian here so the short answer is: while Royal could definitely learn a thing or two from Norwegian, we still think Royal wins in most categories. I know many Norwegian fans so to each his own I guess.
  12. We were in Bermuda as part of a cruise last week. On our first day we did Glass Bottom boat tour which we booked through NCL. After we were done with that we walked around the pier area and went into Island Tour Centre to see what else we could do while in Bermuda in the next days. The lady pointed me at the big screen where they had all the tours listed for the next couple of days. We picked BERMUDA TRIANGLE TWILIGHT CRUISE (yes, there is a reason I am spelling it this way) - for the next day. Paid right there got my receipt. All good. The next day we show up, we are told to wait outside by the picnic tables so we wait, a bunch of other people sit there with us also waiting for the tour. Then the captain/tour guide shows up says "Is everyone here for the Glass Bottom boat tour?" I jumped and said "NO!" He says something like well that you will need to figure out inside so we quickly run inside. The lady sitting in there and I told her "We booked BERMUDA TRIANGLE TWILIGHT CRUISE yet the guide says he is doing GLASS BOTTOM BOAT TOUR?" She said "Oh it's the same thing" 😮 In the meantime the guide is taking everyone on to the boat and getting ready to leave. So here I have a choice to stay and argue with her which seeing her attitude didn't look like it would get me anywhere OR go take the tour we literally took the day before. So we ran to the boat and took the GLASS BOTTOM BOAT TOUR again. I must say the guide was very apologetic but it was literally the same tour we took the day before and he wasn't the one who sold us that tour under a different name. I do have my receipt which has no mention of Glass bottom boat anywhere of course - see attached. Anyways, BUYER BEWARE. Island Tour Centre is the light blue colored building, I think it's the very first building when you come off the ship.
  13. So now that we are back, a post-cruise question - does NCL send an email with a link to survey like Royal does?
  14. This is exactly the info I was looking for thank you! I do usually bring along only the stuff I am comfortable carrying for several hours but this “drop off at the MDR” was never an option or at least I didnt know about it so it got me all wondering if I should do it. Having to go through xray machine with it and all… yeah I’ll pass.
  15. So I was reading more and had another question. I've always gave my luggage to the porters and had it delivered to my room later that day. I did end up fishing my luggage by some random room on the other side of the ship more times than I care to remember (regardless of how much I tipped) 😞 but I just saw someone say that I could bring all of my luggage with me when I board, instead of giving it to the porters, then drop it off in the MDR or somewhere and pick it up myself once my room is available. Experienced NCL cruisers, what do you usually do, which way do you prefer and why?
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