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Old 01-06-2019, 08:55 AM
 
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now that is pretty funny. I too often wonder about all these people who talk about their experiences in a suite and wonder, where are all those who sail in just a standard cabin like you and me? We do like a balcony or hubby does anyway but unless there is a really good deal we stick with OV. We have done inside a couple of times. The good part about inside and ever OV you have more money left for other activities. We are just not going to spent 8 or $10,000 on one vacation.
We got a suite on our last cruise with our kids and it was our first time having one. We only sailed on a 5 day and we are past guests so got a fairly good deal. On our first cruise with our kids it was the week leading up to Labor Day and we did two inside connecting cabins. We got a great price because most kids were already back in school.

I don't think my husband will sail again with the kids without a suite or connecting cabins. The price is worth it for him.
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Old 01-06-2019, 01:30 PM
 
Location: Upstate, NY
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https://www.cruisecritic.com/reviews...cfm?ShipID=385

Sailaway rates are lower prices because they have zero perks. For us, that would lead to a pretty big bill at the end of the cruise. You need to consider what extra cost items you will consume on the cruise and compare the somewhat higher cost fares offered with this promo: https://www.ncl.com/cruise-deals/choice

Extra cost items include (but not limited to) alcohol, canned soft drinks, fresh orange juice, fancy coffees, bottled water, speciality dining, intetnet, spa, gratuities, shore excursions. . .
Thank you for this response. We donít drink much alcohol but would enjoy everything else on that list. Will have to do a comparison,

I was also wondering about the quality of the cabins and service, and general, overall experience versus other liners.
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Old 01-06-2019, 02:21 PM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ > Raleigh, NC
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I was also wondering about the quality of the cabins and service, and general, overall experience versus other liners.
That's a VERY subjective group of opinions. And will come from different experiences.

By choice, We sail in the cheap seats - inside or ocean view. Our experience, and probably our expectations, cannot be fairly compared to someone who sails in an expensive suite. On many (all?) NCL ships, they have cordoned off an area that is private and 'exclusive' called the Haven. Some cabins come with butler's or concierge services. I just don't think it's comparable to our vacation.

and food is COMPLETELY subjective. Nearly impossible to compare unless my taste and preferences are the same as yours.

All that said, we thought the cabins and service on NCL to be as fine as any. We found the entertainment to better than the other cruise lines we've taken in the last few years. The buffet was quite good; however, we were not happy with the dinners in the main dining room. The extra cost specialty restaurants were very, very good.

The atmosphere was decidedly less formal and haughty than what we've experiences in other lines. The flip side is that there were some outright slobs as well.

PS. Drinks will average $10-$12 including an automatic 20% gratuity.
Also, I believe NCL has the highest daily auto gratuity: (and please don't even consider going down and removing the auto gratuities. It's a totally appalling thing to do.)
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The new gratuities for suites will increase from $16.99 to $17.50 per person per day. Just last year, NCL raised gratuities on April 1st from $13.50 per person, per day, to $13.99 (except for the Norwegian Sky where NCL increased daily gratuities to $18.99 a day (an increase over 40% March 2018
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Old 01-06-2019, 02:55 PM
 
Location: Northern panhandle WV
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I have sailed 17 times with NCL mostly in either Handicapped cabins or suites. I have also sailed, Royal Caribean , Celebrity, Disney and the Big Red Boat back in the day.
NCL is my favorite line. The Gem is now one of the older ships but still nice. The Boston to Bermuda run tends to be rough because you are in and cross the Gulf Stream. But Bermuda itself is great.
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Old 01-08-2019, 06:46 PM
 
Location: Seattle
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We did a Norwegian Alaskan in 2016... there was literally nothing to do onboard.

Literally nothing, really? It's a wonder they stay in business!
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Old 01-09-2019, 06:40 AM
 
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We did a Norwegian Alaskan in 2016... it was probably the worst cruise weve done. It was sooo boring, the food was mushy and gross, the bars closed at 10pm, and there was literally nothing to do onboard.

My parents are in their 60s, however, they like to go out and drink and have fun.. maybe gamble a bit.. have fun.. and they were beyond bored of the cruise.
You're being hyperbolic. All cruise lines schedule activities throughout the day. If you didn't want to do the ship's activities, it would have been your responsibility to entertain yourself. Nothing to do? It's a ship in the middle of the ocean. Besides games, movies, seminars, classes, pool, spa, music, comedy, gym, and casino, what else were you looking for?
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Old 01-10-2019, 06:04 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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We got a suite on our last cruise with our kids and it was our first time having one. We only sailed on a 5 day and we are past guests so got a fairly good deal. On our first cruise with our kids it was the week leading up to Labor Day and we did two inside connecting cabins. We got a great price because most kids were already back in school.

I don't think my husband will sail again with the kids without a suite or connecting cabins. The price is worth it for him.
and if the kids are young I completely understand. I have no problem with people who sail in suites: good for them and I certainly would want the space if I had young ones with me. What I have a problem with are those who seem to want to flaunt their suite experience. As for suite versus 2 inside cabins: Of course a suite. Now, outside, or balcony cabins side by side with kids, that is different. That is what my daughter used to do with their kids. They did the haven (NCL) a few years ago.
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Old 01-10-2019, 06:09 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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I have sailed 17 times with NCL mostly in either Handicapped cabins or suites. I have also sailed, Royal Caribean , Celebrity, Disney and the Big Red Boat back in the day.
NCL is my favorite line. The Gem is now one of the older ships but still nice. The Boston to Bermuda run tends to be rough because you are in and cross the Gulf Stream. But Bermuda itself is great.

the Big Red Boat; that is going back awhile. We were schedules to sail them, but they went belly up just about 1 month before we would have boarded. I was still a TA at the time and was getting a comped cabin. BTW, TA do not often get free sailing but we did usually get decent deals. NCL, we have you beat by about 5 cruises. We have also sailed all the others you mention. We stick with NCL now days because of the perks and being plat plus
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Old 01-10-2019, 06:18 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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We did a Norwegian Alaskan in 2016... it was probably the worst cruise weve done. It was sooo boring, the food was mushy and gross, the bars closed at 10pm, and there was literally nothing to do onboard.

My parents are in their 60s, however, they like to go out and drink and have fun.. maybe gamble a bit.. have fun.. and they were beyond bored of the cruise.
Just a couple comments about your post: Everyone has his own opinion about cruise lines. That is why we have so many choices. What one person loves another will hate. What I will add, Alaska is a port intensive cruise and not meant to be a party itinerary. If you want to party try the Mexican Riv itinerary. Now, bars closing at 10pms absolutely not the case and food being mushy< I have no idea where you ate, but I have never found the food mushy. Maybe not everything was to your liking, but gross; not at all, regardless of how you judge food. You parents like to party and gamble; well there are great late night shows on most lines including NCL every night and the casino is open until wee hours of the morning. What line do you prefer? It sounds like you did not research before you booked. Obviously Alaska was not for you. It probably had little to do with the line you choose.
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Old 01-15-2019, 01:59 PM
 
Location: Hiding from Antifa?
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the Big Red Boat; that is going back awhile. We were schedules to sail them, but they went belly up just about 1 month before we would have boarded. I was still a TA at the time and was getting a comped cabin. BTW, TA do not often get free sailing but we did usually get decent deals. NCL, we have you beat by about 5 cruises. We have also sailed all the others you mention. We stick with NCL now days because of the perks and being plat plus
Our first cruise was on the Big Red Boat with a Disney package. Took our three children, who before then were big Disney World fans. After that they would rather go on cruises, and we did too.
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