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Old September 6th, 2007, 09:11 AM
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Hello, I am planning a spring break cruise (March, 2008), on which we are sailing on RCI Navigator. On this trip I will be with my DH, and DD (age 14). We have cruised only twice before, but my daughter and I both LOVE it! It's not my husband's favorite vacation, but it's growing on him.

On our first cruise four years ago, we sailed the Fascination (CCL), and there were then four of us in a suite, since my son was still living at home at that time (this was a pretty expensive vacation). Our second cruise was just DH and me, paid for by his company, therefore, we also sailed in a suite.

Well, when planning this trip, I originally got a really good price for a mini-suite on the NCL Pearl (I was so excited!), but when I began looking at airfare, realized that this category of cabin was going to be out of our reach due to the price of airfare in March.

I began working with a TA, who found that the airfare purchased through RCI was way less than what NCL could offer, so we booked a cruise/air package on the RCI Navigator. My TA has since located a great airfare deal if we fly to FLL two days early, allowing us to extend our vacation by two days for the same price as using the cruise/air through RCI.

However, due to these circumstances, I have now gone from a mini-suite on the Pearl, to a standard OV on the Navigator. I'm still excited about the trip, but am wondering if people who have traveled with three in a standard OV cabin have any tips.

Since I have only been in suites before, I don't know at all what to expect out of our cabin. I have been on a Voyager class ship, and know that there is so much to do, that we really shouldn't need to spend a lot of time in the room. I'm just a little apprehensive that I've become used to accomodations I won't always be able to afford!
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No doubt you've been spoiled by suites, and moving to an OV will be an adjustment.

RCI is not known for the largest cabins in the industry... but they are well laid out. JUst adjust, go and enjoy!
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Since your TA got airfare outside of RCL cheaper can she get it cheaper for the NCL Pearl?? Ft. Lauderdale will work for the Pearl too with transfers to Miami - you can even buy just the transfers through the cruise line and book the air separately. MY TA said book the air on my own because simply put hers is a lot more - less than cruiseline but more than me booking my own. Check into booking your own. I got pretty cheap air on American Airlines direct to Miami (unexpected) but Southwest also flys to Ft. Lauderdale. Just ideas... Debbie
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Since your TA got airfare outside of RCL cheaper can she get it cheaper for the NCL Pearl?? Ft. Lauderdale will work for the Pearl too with transfers to Miami - you can even buy just the transfers through the cruise line and book the air separately. MY TA said book the air on my own because simply put hers is a lot more - less than cruiseline but more than me booking my own. Check into booking your own. I got pretty cheap air on American Airlines direct to Miami (unexpected) but Southwest also flys to Ft. Lauderdale. Just ideas... Debbie
Debbie, I'm just getting around to reading this reply. Don't know how I missed it. Thanks for the ideas, but the sail dates made a big impact on airfare on our own, even. The sail date for the RCI Navigator is March 15th, as opposed to the Pearl's sail date of March 16th. Airfare on March 13th was so much cheaper on the 13th than on the 14th or 15th that we are able to stay two days pre-cruise in FLL for the difference in airline tickets on those particular travel dates. Of course, I could have waited for Southwest to post their fares, but found these excellent rates on Midwest air which has non stop flights to FLL from where we live in Kansas City, and their planes are so comfortable, that I decided to go for that plan.

Plus, before I had my TA, I called NCL to downgrade from our mini-suite to a lesser cabin to allow for the airfare cost, and was told that our mini-suite cost had risen to seven thousand dollars one and one half weeks after I booked this five day cruise. This NCL cruise specialist told me that I could not even downgrade my cabin for less than what I had paid for the mini-suite, so I gave it some thought, and canceled my reservation with them the next day. It wasn't until I had already booked us on the Navigator, and purchased plane tickets that I found out that the information I was given by the NCL rep was completely false. The price of our mini-suite had not changed, and we could have secured a less expensive cabin, but I didn't think to verify her information, so we will have to experience the Pearl another time.

Sorry this is so long, but my experience with trying to book with NCL was so complicated I can't figure out how to explain it in a shorter manner!
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Old October 3rd, 2007, 05:14 PM
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My husband, son, daughter and I have traveled with 4 in an inside cabin. Is it tight, sure. But, given the fact that I'm on a cruise, I don't really care.

If you are true cruise lovers -- just like me :-) -- then the room really won't matter. Sure it's great to have a suite or a balcony but just going is thrill enough for me.

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