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Yesterday I was out drinking some fab Charleston craft beer, when I met up with 2 ladies who work with Norwegian. After the "I'm loyal to Royal" and then the frowns, I told them that I was totally happy with Royal and have no desire to cruise any other line (of course, we all agreed on Carnival). They told me that I was missing out and that NCL was a great line and much cheaper than RC. When I mentioned that my next cruise was in 19 weeks, aka 01 Aug, they both agreed that "that sailing will never happen". They both suggested I re-book, regardless which line I re-up for. I said "why don't y'all just let me go grab a big stick and y'all can beat me to death?". I really need this cruise. One of them said that she would even offer me her "friends and family" discount on NCL, so I went over last night and tried to peruse their sight. It might as well have been another language, as I had no idea what I was doing. All I know is that I want to travel out of Port Canaveral, but there were only 5 cruises from there. What do y'all think? If you've been on Norwegian (Escape appears to be the only PC option), do you think it's a decent alternative? I'm not sure what kind of discount I'll get. I don't mind trying, but it better be awfully enticing to make me not take a Royal ship.
Wait! don't kick me out! My mom and I want to take a late 2020 cruise but we have to get a lot of things in line first and our preferences (room category, embarkation port, ports of call, length of trip, sea day to port day ratio, ship class) mean options get slimmer each month. So, just in case our RCCL options run out before we book, I was hoping you nice people might be able to help us decide on an NCL ship class that will give us a (diet) Royal feel. So far we've only done Freedom and Vision class ship and found we much prefer Freedom class.What we liked: Royal Promenade: we like the way it opens up the ship so doesn't feel like we're on a ship. Types of Shows: The quality of performance shows on Freedom class were AMAZING (ice and stage) MDR: Dat French Onion Soup though.... It's my cruise staple! but of course we also love the super attentive and knowledgeable waitstaff, the variety of food, and the very formal table settings every night Observation Deck/Helipad: Being able to watch as we sail in or away from the front of the ship was something we SORELY missed on Enchantment. I look forward to your help! And if you're wondering about the aforementioned preferences: Room category: Grand Suite Embarkation Port: Nothing more than 15 minutes from the airport (so Miami, Boston, New Jersey, Ft. Lauderdale are fine) Ports of Call: Really looking into the Southern or Eastern Caribbean Length of Trip: We fly in from Chicago, so no less than 7 night Sea to Port Ratio: No more than 3 back-to-back ports, at least 3 sea days, ideally with one before debarkation day Ship Class: Voyager, Freedom, Oasis, Quantum for sure. Could be convinced to do Radiance. Price (per person): $2200 or less
Well, I never thought that I would cruise anything other than RCI; however, my daughter and SNL were looking at our 2019 family vacation and they ran across a good deal on Norwegian. Only $1.00 non-refundable deposit. So the booked us 4 spa mini-suites for a total of $8. We are on the Gateway out of New Orleans for November 2019. Kids sale free (only paying for taxes and gratuities). So here is to trying new things