The 2017 Sweepers Escape

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Tips #9 & #10 by John Minges

Posted by [email protected] on March 8, 2017 at 9:15 AM

Tip #9: If you signed up online for an internet package https://www.ncl.com/onboard-packages/internet-packages or wish to purchase one you will need to visit the Internet Café’ that is located on Deck 6 beside the Cruise Consultant Desk to create your account with a user name and password to be able to log in to the internet using the ships WiFi connection.

You can also telephone, telex, radiogram or fax to anywhere in the world and be billed at applicable ship-to-shore rates. Norwegian guests can also be contacted on NCL ships by calling 1.888.NCSHIPS (1.888.627.4477) from the USA. For the rest of the world please dial 1.732.335.3280. When guests are contacted with the ship via satellite, they can be reached directly, if they are in their stateroom. If not, a message about the incoming call will be delivered to their stateroom and then they can call back the shore via satellite. Norwegian guests can also make and receive calls, send and receive text messages and read emails on their own cell phones and mobile devices just as they do on land when the ship is at sea with the Freestyle Cellular Service. Staying in touch with family and friends when cruising has never been so easy. Click here for more information.

Norwegian Ship Telephone & Fax Numbers

When calling from the United States: Dial 1.888.NC SHIPS (627.4477), select the ship, and enter your credit card information. When calling from outside the United States: Dial 1.732.335.3280, select the ship, and enter your credit card information.

*Please use American Express, MasterCard and Discover Card, only.

Ports of Call - Tips

The best advice I think I can give is to consider planning as much as you can in advance so you can make the best of your vacation! For me this involves doing my own research on places like www.tripadvisor.com and not relying only on the cruise ship recommendations. I do recommend if you plan on taking any shore excursions that you make those reservations as far in advance as possible.

Please Note:

Disembarkation usually begins 2 hours after docking.

Due to security reasons, all guests must be on board 2 hours before sailing.

Itineraries are subject to change at any time without notice.

Check your specific sailing for exact departure and arrival times. All times are local to the port.


Tip #10 On Friday night you will need to pack to disembark the ship on Saturday. You have two options. The first is to opt to carry or roll you own bags off the ship and leave as soon as the ship has been cleared by the U.S. Customs & Border Protection which will be no later than 8:30 am. If you do not want to carry your own bag off then you will need to go down to Deck 6 by the Guest Services Desk and pick up a color luggage tag that indicates the time you wish to disembark. You need to then place that color tag on your luggage and place your bag outside your door to be picked up no later than 12:00 midnight.

On embarkation day (the day a cruise ends, passengers disembark, and new passengers board), On these days, your stateroom steward or stewardess responsibilities included: (1) stripping the beds of linens and sheets; (2) separating the linens and sheets; (3) making the beds; (4) dusting the cabins; (5) sanitizing the cabin’s handrails, door handles, closet doors, frequently touched areas, and telephones; (6) cleaning any used coffee pots and ice buckets; (7) separating the garbage into bottles, cans, paper, and plastic; (8) taking garbage to the incinerator; and (9) vacuuming the cabin and hallways. NCL has rigorous standards that require “immaculate” cabins and a quality control system to randomly check for cleanliness.

NCL requires stateroom stewards and or stewardess to have all of the cabins cleaned by 2:00 p.m. On the day you disembark you are asked to vacate your cabin by 9:00 am so cleaning can begin but many times passengers leave as late as 10:30 a.m. making it close to impossible to meet the deadline placed on them by the senior staff. In order to meet the deadline it is common for stewards to hire helpers (out of their own pocket) to assist them in completing their work on embarkation day.

**The point of me bringing this to your attention is to kindly ask that you help out your room steward or stewardess and leave your room early and wait in one of the many lounges to disembark.

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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Reply jOHN
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