Norwegian Sky Oceanview Cabin (Stateroom 4014)

We have written before about the amazing experience of sailing in a suite. John Brawley Tophat sailed in a Carnival Fascination Penthouse Suite, and I loved the Liberty of the Seas Grand Suite. However, a suite isn’t the right choice for every trip. I just got back from my cruise to Cuba, and the Norwegian Sky oceanview stateroom is a great choice if you are on a budget. The space is small, and I strongly recommend getting a room on a higher deck than did I. On balance, however, this was a great way to pass a quick getaway travelling by myself. Continue reading “Norwegian Sky Oceanview Cabin (Stateroom 4014)”

Norwegian Sky embarkation in Miami

Norwegian Sky embarkation in Miami was easy. This artwork on Deck 5 was one of the first things I saw.
Norwegian Sky embarkation in Miami was easy. This artwork on Deck 5 was one of the first things I saw.

We have previously posted about the embarkation process for Royal Caribbean in Galveston and for Carnival in Puerto Rico. Today, I want to describe the process of embarking on the Norwegian Sky in Miami. I will talk about some of the key things you want to be sure to do within your first few hours on board. Over the next several days, please follow us for more details on the excellent ship and trip. In summary, though, Norwegian Sky embarkation in Miami is really easy. Let’s talk about boarding time, lunch the first day, and business to take care of as soon as you board. Continue reading “Norwegian Sky embarkation in Miami”

NCL Upgrade Advantage bid declined

The email saying my NCL Upgrade Advantage bid was denied. Norwegian sent me a separate email for each cabin for which I bid to upgrade.
The email saying my NCL Upgrade Advantage bid was denied. Norwegian sent me a separate email for each cabin for which I bid to upgrade.

I wrote previously about the NCL Upgrade Advantage program. If you want a nicer cabin than you originally paid for, you can bid to receive it at a discount. This complicates the process when cabin prices drop. Also, there are no guarantees. Unfortunately, my upgrade bids for my cruise on Monday were declined today. Here is what happened, as well as the lesson I learned about booking guarantee category staterooms. Continue reading “NCL Upgrade Advantage bid declined”

NCL Upgrade Advantage and price drops

Last week I wrote about the NCL Upgrade Advantage program. You have to be flexible, and you have to be OK with the cabin you actually paid for. Norwegian can offer a much nicer cabin at a steep discount through the upgrade program. However, if you know that moving to a nicer cabin is important to you then check out prices as the cruise approaches. It may be a better deal to simply call and pay the price difference. Things are starting to look that way on my cruise. Continue reading “NCL Upgrade Advantage and price drops”

Norwegian Upgrade Advantage cruise offer

Norwegian Upgrade Advantage welcome screen. This is the screen you see when following the link in the email or logging in to your account.
Norwegian Upgrade Advantage welcome screen. This is the screen you see when following the link in the email or logging in to your account.

Three days ago, I booked a short cruise to Cuba. I am travelling in July on the Norwegian Sky, and I will sail alone. As a result, I booked an inexpensive ocean view guarantee cabin. That means I will have some natural light, but a small cabin and no control over its location. That is fine for solo cruising. Yesterday, however, I got an email from NCL (Norwegian Cruise Line) offering me the chance to upgrade to a larger room. The Norwegian Upgrade Advantage program sets a minimum bid price, and then you say how much you would be willing to pay for a larger room. The program has some distinct advantages and disadvantages. Continue reading “Norwegian Upgrade Advantage cruise offer”