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Old March 4th, 2008, 06:30 PM
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Default NCL Gem AF (Mini-Suite) category question

I was wondering if anyone has sailed in a AF (Mini-Suite) category cabin on Norwegian Gem and what (if any) perks were included. When we sailed on NCL Spirit last summer we were in the Suite category and things like priority embarkation or concierge services that can help with restaurant reservations were a huge help (we have two kids). Mini-suite on Gem seems to be somewhere in between a regular Balcony category and a Suite, so I'm curious if it comes with any extra benefits.
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we love having concierge service but on the gem there are 140 mini suites and u only have a concierge number to call where a pool or group of concierges handle your requests or say they are handling them. the first night we wanted to go to cagneys and called the number the girl who answered said they are all booked up...we wanted to eat then so we walked around to decide where to go and it turns out no one checked with cagneys because we walked in and we were the ONLY people in the restaraunt. so basicly u do not get much if any benefit from a mini suite other than a little bit more room in the cabin. we r on the spirit in may and i have booked a penthouse. i wish i could always afford one!!
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Thank you very much for the quick response. It's definitely disappointing -it was great being in a penthouse suite on Spirit
WHat about priority embarkation? Could you do it with the AF category?
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i believe so but we like to take our time so we did not look into it, basicly u had a choice when to get off and u went and got the color code u needed. the priority people all sat in line though as it was a bottleneck so i would say take a later time like 1030 and get off then, it is smoother that way
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Sorry, I shoud've been more specific: I was concerned about getting on the ship in New York. When we were sailing on the Spirit, there was a lot of people waiting for their turn to get on the ship, and with two kids it was a huge advantage to have a priority.
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if u have a mini suite get there early so u have a low boarding number with your mini suite preferrance. they do giv u a VIP waiting area but it fills up quick and if u r left out u end up with the rest of the crowd
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Thank you so much, great tips!
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the pier is nice as they just remodeled it, but u do need to plan ahead
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