The 2017 Sweepers Escape

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Tips #5, #6, #7 & #8 by John Minges

Posted by [email protected] on February 16, 2017 at 4:10 PM

Tip #5: Each night in your cabin you will receive a copy of the “Freestyle Daily” which is a schedule of all the activities onboard the ship for that day. Also the night prior to arriving at a port of call you will also receive another flyer for “Port Shopping Information” that will include a small map that highlights certain stores.


**Inside the “Port Shopping Information” guide you will find five or six different coupons that you need to take ashore. You can redeem these coupons at various stores for free items like charms or shopping bags etc.


Tip #6: The first day you are onboard you receive a flyer inserted in your “Freestyle Daily” for a Laundry Special: 50% off regular prices in case you need to have any of your clothes washed or pressed. Note there are no self-service laundry facilities on board. Also, midway into your cruise there will be another Laundry Special for flat fee of $19.95 for whatever you can fit into the bag! This is great because it allows you to pack less and wear the same clothes again.


Tip #7: Onboard each ship there is a “Port Shopping Consultant” whose job it is to make various presentations to encourage you to visit certain stores outlined on the map. You can also view these presentations on your television in your cabin.


The Port Shopping Program is operated by The PPI Group and the stores listed on the map and mentioned in the Port Shopping Presentations have paid an advertising fee to promote shopping opportunities ashore. These stores provide a 30-day guarantee after purchase to Norwegian Cruise Line’s guests. This guarantee is valid for repair or exchange. Buyer’s negligence and buyer’s remorse are excluded from the guarantee. Only appraisals secured by a guest from an independent gemologist not affiliated with any retail jeweler will be considered to determine quality and value of jewelry related to any claims. Price paid for merchandise or verbal claims or agreements between merchant and guest will not be grounds for returns. Electronics and watches must be returned by the guest to the respective manufacturer. All purchases, including fragile items, must be checked before leaving the store.

Tip #8: You need to realize if you do purchase the bottled water package the size of each bottle is one liter and not the smaller bottles.

You will have a coffee maker as well as a bucket of ice and glasses. The ice bucket will be refilled each morning. Your bathroom will be small but adequate and you will have plenty of towels and washcloths as well as toilet paper and Klennex. The walk in shower will have a dispenser of both body wash and shampoo that have a pleasant but not overpowering smell.

What about smoking on the ship?

As the health and well-being of all guests and crew is of the utmost importance, Norwegian Cruise Line will institute changes to its smoking policy for all sailings on or after November 1, 2014. The specific changes prohibit smoking on stateroom balconies and limit smoking in the casino to players.

Public areas throughout all our ships are smoke-free. If you smoke regular or electronic cigarettes, you can do so in designated areas only. If you prefer pipes or cigars, you can smoke in the Cigar Bar or designated smoking lounge. Smoking cigarettes, electronic cigarettes, cigars and pipes is permitted in outdoor public guest spaces and open decks where designated by the ship's management based on the ship's specific characteristics and arrangement. Smoking, including electronic cigarettes, is prohibited in or near venues serving food, the jogging track, outdoor sporting venues, The Haven outdoor areas and children's pool areas. On ships with The Waterfront, smoking is permitted on the starboard side excluding any food service areas. Active Casino players may smoke cigarettes in the Casino during gaming hours. Cigarette smoking is not permitted in any other indoor venue or location.

Guests are not permitted to smoke cigarettes, e-cigarettes, cigars or pipes in their staterooms or on their balconies. Cigar and pipe smoking in staterooms and on balconies is prohibited. Smoking inside your stateroom or on your balcony will result in a $250 USD cleaning charge added to your onboard account. If cigarette burns on furniture, linens, towels or carpeting are detected; guests will be advised and charged for the damages.

Electronic cigarettes cannot be used in public areas where there is a No Smoking policy in force; simply because these cigarettes look so realistic and therefore other guests' perception is that we are not enforcing the No Smoking rule.


What if I need to stay in touch while away?

Staying connected at sea could be very important to some of us. For more information on Internet Access and Cellular Phone Service & Texting look at the following link:

All of the ships have Internet Cafés for those of you that need to go online. To learn more go to: .

Be sure to check back next week when we share Tips #9 & #10 from John Minges. If you have any questions about this information, you can email John directly at [email protected] In the meantime, be sure to register for the National Sweepstakes Convention here and book your stateroom for the convention cruise here.

Gwen Beauchamp



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