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I have never cruised before and have booked for the Bahamas in November 2014. I am very confused about everything!

Do I have to pay to go to the beach on an excursion?
asked 3 months, 3 weeks ago
by
tt61
on Bahamas & Florida Cruises
4 answers
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answer 1
If you book an excursion from the ship it will cost you. You can go to the beach in the Bahamas or in Florida on your own and that will only cost you whatever the transportation cost are (ie taxi or bus fare)
answered 3 months, 2 weeks ago
by
Debeast
 - Toronto
answer 2
There is no need to be confused. NCL.com does a great job at providing information that will be useful for you as will numerous message boards online.
You do not need to book an excursion on the ship to go to the beach, but there are advantages for doing so. You are free to get a taxi at the pier and arrange a return trip on your own, or if you book an NCL excursion, transportation will usually be provided, it will be safe and secure, and the ship will not leave without you should the excursion run late. If you run late using your own arrangements, the ship will not wait for you. There are pro's and con's to both, but the safe way is to book your trip through an NCL excursion in this writer's opinion.
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answered 3 months, 3 weeks ago
by
JohnM
 - NY
answer 3
If you don't want to take the ship's excursion, you can just go ashore and do as you like on your own. The biggest advantage of NCL's excursions is the fact that they'll wait for you if the excursion runs late for any reason. If you're out on your own and get back late, they'll leave without you and you have to catch up on your own.
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answered 3 months, 3 weeks ago
by
BStu19
answer 4
You have to pay for any excursion you book through NCL. However, you can make your own arrangements to go to the beach.
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answered 3 months, 3 weeks ago
by
Amit
 - Miami
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are we allowed to bring alcohol

asked 5 months, 1 week ago
by
Anonymous
 - seattle wa
on Bahamas & Florida Cruises
4 answers
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answer 1
Guests are not allowed to bring hard liquor onboard. guests would be allowed to bring wine and champagne onboard. For each bottle that is brought onboard would have a corkage fee added on to their onboard account.
Corkage Fees:
$15.00 USD 750 ml bottle
$20.00 USD 1,000 ml bottle
$30.00 USD 1,500 ml magnum
These fees are per bottle.
answered 5 months ago
by
NCLSTAFF85
 - MIAMI
answer 2
You cannot bring your own liquor onboard the ship. Any liquor you bring onboard the ship will be confiscated by the ship's security and returned to you on the last night of the cruise. Same is true for any liquor you purchase at any of the ports you visit.
However, you are allowed to bring wine and champagne onboard the ship but there is a corkage fee ranging from $15-$30 per bottle.
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answered 5 months, 1 week ago
by
Amit
 - Miami
answer 3
Wine an champagne only, and as such you will be charged a corkage fee for each bottle, I believe there is a limit of two bottles.
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answered 5 months, 1 week ago
by
JohnM
 - NY
answer 4
You can bring wine and champagne subject to a corkage fee. You cannot bring beer or spirits aboard. See the following link for details -

http://www.ncl.com/faq#can-i-bringing-alcohol-board
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answered 5 months, 1 week ago
by
BStu19
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Is smoking allowed?

asked 8 months ago
by
Anonymous
on Bahamas & Florida Cruises
3 answers
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answer 1
Smoking has just recently been banned on balconies, all other information remains the same
answered 4 months, 2 weeks ago
by
CdnDragon
 - Toronto
answer 2
You are allowed to smoke in designated smoking areas outside the ship, in the casino and in your balcony but not in your stateroom. If the ship has cigar bars, you can smoke cigars in the bars or designated smoking lounge. Cigar smoking is not allowed in your stateroom or your balcony.
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answered 7 months ago
by
Amit
 - Miami
answer 3
They have designated smoking areas, and smoking areas include the casino and on balconies (no smoking in the staterooms).
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answered 8 months ago
by
BanC
 - Arizona
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is the a charge for NON alcoholic drinks- like pepsi

asked 4 months, 1 week ago
by
Anonymous
on Bahamas & Florida Cruises
3 answers
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answer 1
Yes, there is a charge for all drinks except there is iced tea, lemonade, water, and juice available at the buffet that are free.
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answered 3 months, 3 weeks ago
by
JohnM
 - NY
answer 2
Soda is available for sale and is not included in the cruise fare. Coffee, tea, iced tea, lemonade, hot chocolate, and milk are available during the day (juice blends are available at breakfast time).
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answered 3 months, 3 weeks ago
by
Sparks1093
 - Vermont
answer 3
Yes. There is a charge for it. You can pay for it individually or you can buy the soda package which will allow you to have unlimited sodas at any bar or restaurant on the ship.
You can read about it in the Gifts & More section on this website
https://www.ncl.com/freestyle-cruise/gifts-and-more#adult
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answered 3 months, 4 weeks ago
by
Amit
 - Miami
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Can you ask for an upgrade free of charge if there is room available on ship

asked 11 months ago
by
Everready
on Bahamas & Florida Cruises
2 answers
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answer 1
You can always ask for a free upgrade but it's quite unlikely you will get it. Just like airlines, cruise ships tend to overbook under the assumption that some passengers will cancel. If the ship is under booked, you could try to get an upgrade but don't count on it.
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answered 11 months ago
by
Amit
 - Miami
answer 2
Sure, you can always ask; check with whomever you booked your cruise through a few days prior to departure, and even upon checkin you can always ask. The procedure though is to offer upgrades to their repeat customers, then those who have reserved guarantee rooms, and then everyone else, assuming their are rooms available to upgrade to.
Bottom line, doesn't hurt to ask.
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answered 11 months ago
by
JohnM
 - NY
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Miami tour on Departure

Where can I book a Miami tour, when we arrive back at miami?
asked 10 months ago
by
Anonymous
on Bahamas & Florida Cruises
2 answers
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answer 1
There are several MIami excursions on the shore excursion page, some of them even terminate at one of the local airports.
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answered 10 months ago
by
Sparks1093
 - Vermont
answer 2
You can book the Miami tour through the shore excursion desk. I believe that the tour will drop you at the airport or the sea port at around 3 PM.
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answered 10 months ago
by
Amit
 - Miami
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How do I make reservations for shows?

I would like to make reservations for the shows before we cruise, but i can't figure out how
asked 9 months ago
by
LadyLeeLoo
on Bahamas & Florida Cruises
2 answers
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answer 1
You should be able to do this though your MyNCL page on the website.
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answered 4 months, 2 weeks ago
by
Sparks1093
 - Vermont
answer 2
Reservations are only made on the Breakaway, Getaway and Epic, and can be made up to 45 days prior to sailing? On NCL.COM, log onto MyNCL (create an account if you haven't already). The shows you can reserve will be listed under entertainment. Select the date you want and the available options will be shown.
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answered 9 months ago
by
BStu19
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Shore Excursion in Nassau

Do you have to book Shore Excursion in Nassau through NCL? When I contacted the provider, they said they have contract with NCL so I cant book directly from them. Please advise... thanks alot!!
asked 8 months ago
by
Alit
on Bahamas & Florida Cruises
2 answers
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answer 1
Some excursion operators do sign exclusive contracts with the cruise lines specifying that they will provide the service only through the cruise line for cruise line passengers, so if you tell them you are on a cruise ship then they cannot let you book.
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answered 4 months, 2 weeks ago
by
Sparks1093
 - Vermont
answer 2
No you do not have to but it is highly recommended. You are free to just walk off the ship and explore the area and shops nearby the ships, or you could go through your own tour operator but there could be risks involved with that. Do your homework and you should be fine.
If you choose to take a taxi someplace, be sure to secure the amount of the fare prior to getting in the cab.
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answered 8 months ago
by
JohnM
 - NY
Question

Which airport should i fly into for New York cruise port?

Flying from Minneapolis.

Do you have a package with air, hotel, car?
asked 8 months ago
by
Anonymous
on Bahamas & Florida Cruises
2 answers
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answer 1
Here is a link to Norwegian Hotel & Land Packages (select New York on the page): http://www.ncl.com/cruise-destination/bahamas_florida/hotel#tab_detail

If you are using a Travel Agency, you should go through them. Here is a phone number for Norwegian: NCL Personal Cruise Consultant at 1.866.234.7350
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answered 8 months ago
by
BanC
 - Arizona
answer 2
My personal suggestion would be to fly into LaGuardia Airport, but any of the major three would be fine.
As for the package, I would consult with whomever you booked your cruise with as they would have the best answer for you regarding a package offering.
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answered 8 months ago
by
JohnM
 - NY
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Can I pre reserve dinner in 1 or 2 special restaurants as I don't want to purchase the ultimate dining package

I was able to prepay on line for the restaurants I wanted on the Gem 2 years ago.
asked 7 months ago
by
Judyroc
on Bahamas & Florida Cruises
2 answers
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answer 1
Yes. You can still make reservations for 1 or 2 restaurants as you need. You don't have to buy the package. You can either make the reservations online or make the reservations onboard the ship. Most of the time, you can make the reservations onboard the ship a day or two ahead of time without any problem.
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answered 7 months ago
by
Amit
 - Miami
answer 2
You can make dinner reservations online before you sail, without purchasing the ultimate dining package. On NCL's website, log into your 'My NCL' account and select your vacation. You should see the option for shore excursions, dining & entertainment. The dining and entertainment options will be available 45 days (55 days if you are staying in a suite) before your sail date. You will need to pay the cover charge online at the time of reservation.
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answered 7 months ago
by
BanC
 - Arizona
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