Is free really free? NCL free casino cruise offer.

Norwegian Sky casino. The environment was great, but the table rules and electronic blackjack rules were awful.
Norwegian Sky casino. The environment was great, but the table rules and electronic blackjack rules were awful. A free casino cruise, however, makes it a much better proposition.

There is, of course, no such thing as a free lunch. That doesn’t mean that there aren’t some exceptionally good deals out there. Last year I cruised on the Norwegian Sky. I did not particularly enjoy my time in their casino. My perception changed when Norwegian sent me an offer for a free casino cruise. Your experience will certainly be different based on your situation. However, I thought it might be useful to let you know precisely what my offer was.

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Cagney’s Steakhouse on the Norwegian Sky

Ribeye with garlic butter at Cagney's Steakhouse on the Norwegian Sky. Also pictured are the roasted mushrooms and orzo pilaf I requested as sides.
Ribeye with garlic butter at Cagney’s Steakhouse on the Norwegian Sky. Also pictured are the roasted mushrooms and orzo pilaf I requested as sides.

When I cruise, I normally eat in the main dining room (MDR). I have written extensively about the MDR menu on my cruise on the Liberty of the Seas last year. When I cruised on the Norwegian Sky earlier this month, however, the dinner offerings didn’t stand out to me. I booked a specialty dining package, and on the first night I went to Le Bistro. On the sea day of my cruise, I went to Cagney’s Steakhouse. The service was a little bit rushed, and nothing really stood out to me. It was a solid meal, but I think Chops Grille on Royal Caribbean does a little bit better work. Let me show you my meal so you can decide for yourself. Continue reading “Cagney’s Steakhouse on the Norwegian Sky”

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”