It's great living near a cruise port.

no air fare affords us the ability to book last minute.  Got a txt yesterday from a friend about a cruise in January.  We all need to get away for a few days. In short, we'll find out what it's like to be Platinum as we booked yet another trip on the Gem (#5),  10 days, eastern.   If you are wondering, yes, we did get  " our cabin ", for the 4th time.

This is the same itinerary we did in March, so that Viewmaster camera that came late last time, will be coming with us this time.  I can only imagine the looks I'll get when people see this thing.

 

Oh, one advantage of calling Norwegian directly, is the ability to actually talk to a live person.   We were able to book lower than the advertised rates by not accepting the  " special cruise deals ".  Those free gratuities aren't exactly free, they're just prepaid.  Those three meals in dining venues aren't free either.    I guess if you drink a lot it might be worth the open bar option, but we don't. We also don't use the Wi-Fi.    I think we do get one free meal in LeBistro for being Platinum.  I'll have to look up our perks.  I know we get some laundry done, one bag each for free, maybe, I think.......   Hopefully the rain won't be following us around this time.    

 

 

Glad to s e the website is back up.

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I live near enough to Galveston to be able to do that, but cannot schedule the time off. Perhaps in another 914 daysBig Smile

We live near enough to Baltimore and NY to be able to do that, but we've been cruising out of FL as of late. We avoid the airfare by driving - makes for a fun road trip! If I lived any closer to the ports, I'd be cruising constantly!

We live near San Pedro. But can do Mexico only so much. Be careful Bak, no matter how much you tell folks those perks are not free they will not believe you. :-)

 

 As far as Platinum is concerned, Enjoy your bottle of champagne  and chocolate covered strawberries. You will get a dinner for two in the Bistro or La Cucina. (If you are both platinum you will receive two vouchers for dinner) This does include a bottle of wine. If you want to do the behind the scenes tour, let the latitudes rep know the first night, this tends to fill up quick. 

Enjoy the laundry if your on the ship long enough!! 

We live in Boston so it is a cruise port but not a major hub.  We have enjoyed hopping on a couple voyages... a transatlantic in 2015 was fabulous, a couple Bermuda cruises. We only had to deal with homebound airfare (and used points for that).  Wish there were more options out of here but IIWII.

We're half way between Norfolk and Charleston -about 4 1/2 hours each. That's as close as it gets.

I didn't know we each get a dinner voucher. Thanks for that info. That means twice in LeBistro since we don't care for LaCucina.  We may indeed do a behind the scenes as we haven't done that in years.   

I am soooo jealous BAK as that is the same cruise we were initially booked on. We had originally booked 10574. But we had to make a change and now are on the Breakaway in May heading for Bermuda. I do hope that you enjoy.

I am jealous that you live by a cruise port.  We have to fly thousands of miles and spend hundreds of dollars just to get there.  I keep telling my wife we are moving south when we retire, or at least snow birding!

Well. Here you can fly direct to Iceland..... A three hour or so drive will get you to Jasper Park.

Two hours will get you to Calgary Zoo...... man I need to get away.......

What a good thing to be able to go without airfare.  I would like that, however, I'm ready to move from CO. We just keep watching for good prices on flights.  Sometimes we find the flights first then see what cruises would fit the times slots!Wink

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