6 Things You Can Get Free On A Cruise – If You Ask !

6 Things You Can Get Free On A Cruise – If You Ask !


you’re about to discover things that you
can get for free on a cruise if you simply ask for them. I’m Gary
Bembridge and this is another of my tips for travellers. I’m going to tell you things
that you can get for free on a cruise that the brochures, and cruise lines
don’t necessarily tell you about. Simply by asking, you can get more bang for your
buck on a cruise. First of all extra free food. On pretty
much every single cruise line, you can order more than one main course.
Some cruise lines tried to introduce charges for ordering extra main courses, but they soon
backed away. You can ask for more than one main course, so if you want the
lobster and the steak you can order both of those for no extra cost. The other
thing to do is go off menu. On some premium cruise lines they allow you to
go off menu, however, if there’s nothing on the menu that appeals ask the waiter
if you can have something off menu. Particularly if it’s something that was
on the lunch menu, or perhaps the night before.
You often find that they have courses and dishes that they can do at short
notice. Many cruise lines have some
standard items that they offer every night, like steak or chicken, but a lot
of cruise lines if you ask for something off menu you might find that you
can get it. If you’re vegetarian or vegan it is a great way of getting extra food
that’s not on the menu. Most cruise lines will have some vegetarian or
vegan options, but the secret is if you’re interested in that or you want
different food, then talk to the maitre d or waiter and they will often start
to cater for you and create specific dishes for you to meet your specific needs. If you have any dietary needs, you can often get extra
free food that is different or is specially created for you.
If you’re a big fan of ice cream, lots of cruise lines have gelato or
ice cream shops, however most of them do offer free ice cream too. You’ll either find
that up in the Lido buffet or on the pool deck and
in the restaurants at lunchtime and dinner if you ask for ice
cream you will get it free without any extra cost. Another great tip is room
service. A couple of cruise lines will charge for room service, but many of them
do not – so if you want an iced tea or coffee in the
morning just phone room service. Certainly, room service is a great way to get extra
food, and you’ll often find they have a slightly different menu to the main
restaurant. Secondly free drinks. Most Cruise Lines charge for drinks. There are
a couple of ways of getting free drinks. First of all, the most obvious is
attend the cocktail parties like the welcome party and farewell party. You’ll
normally find there is a big selection of drinks that are offered for free. If
there’s other events on board like you often find the shops will have special
events, and art auctions have special events where they provide
drinks for free. Normally that’s champagne, but not necessarily. Attend
those events. You don’t have to buy anything and you’ll find you get free
drinks. Another important thing to note is that tap water is drinkable on
cruise ships. Some people say they don’t like the taste, but it’s 100% safe
to drink. Bring along a refillable water bottle and perhaps bring some flavour
sachets or cordial, and use those to give your tap water a little bit of
taste. Tap water is free and is completely drinkable, and by bringing little sachets of flavour you can spruce it up and probably save a
lot of money on buying things like sodas or other soft drinks. Another great way
of getting free drinks is sign up for a Cruise Critic Meet-up. Many cruise lines
host meet-ups for members of Cruise Critic. If you’re on Cruise Critic,
have a look for your particular cruise and find out there’s a meet-up, sign up for
it and go because you’ll find there are free drinks and often
little nibbles and snacks. Remember that tea, coffee, juices and
things like lemonade are often available 24 hours a day in the Lido buffet
restaurants. No matter what time of the day or night, if you want some tea or
coffee you can get those free up in the Lido deck. My third tip on free
things you can get on a cruise by asking are gifts, and there’s quite a few
options here. First of all, one of the things to do is take part in all of the
activities. You’ll find that many of the activities, whether it’s trivia games,
deck games and other events run by the entertainment team, if you go to those you will have a card and build up points, and at the end of the cruise you can redeem
those points for gifts and prizes. A lot of people
take part in activities and don’t do that and so miss out on getting
free bits and pieces of gifts. They often tend to be branded merchandise. So,
if every cruise you go on if you do collect the points you will collect a lot
of free gifts. Another way of getting free gifts is going to the shopping
talks. This tends to happen more in places like the Caribbean or Alaska
where duty free shopping is a really big thing. On board there will be shopping
advisors and they have lots of free gifts and incentives to get you to
go into the shops. Again you don’t normally have to buy anything, but by
simply going to the talks you’ll get free gifts and then by going to some of the
stores you can redeem vouchers for free gifts.
It’s definitely worth doing that because you’ll come away from the cruise
with all sorts of things like T-shirts, lucky charms or free
samples. Another thing to do is if you’ve forgotten some of your amenities, so that
might be a comb or a brush, stuff for shaving or toothbrush, instead of heading straight for the shops go to the Guest Services desk and
ask them if they have an amenity kit. You’ll often find, like in many
hotels, you can often get those for free. The other thing to do is you’ll often
find in your cabin or by going to Guest Services, you can get stationery,
envelopes, writing paper, pens and postcards. One of
my favourite ways of getting free gifts is to take part in some of the raffles,
especially on embarkation day you’ll find a couple of places around the ship have raffles to get you to go there. One of the best ones to go to is the
Spa. They enter you in a raffle, often give you a free drink and you
just have to be there a certain time (normally just after the muster drills) at
5 o’clock or 6 o’clock and they do the draw and you
have to be there to get the prize. On a couple of cruises I have won packages
with free massages and facials. So, that’s definitely something to do. You’ll also
find sometimes the shops will do these, particularly if they’re launching a new
range they’ll have a raffle as they want you to go there to
look at the new merchandise. Definitely look out for the raffles
around the ship where they’re giving away prizes. My fourth tip is an
easy one to do and that’s to cruise when there’s a special event
taking place like your birthday or a special anniversary. Make sure the cruise line knows that it’s a special event and let your cabin steward know.
Most cruise lines will make a fuss over a special event. If
it’s your birthday at dinner they will bring you a cake. If your cabin
steward knows that it’s a special anniversary or your birthday
they will also normally do something, like they might bring a cake, put up
some decorations or bring you a bottle of something bubbly. So, make
sure that they know that you’re cruising on a special event. Pick cruises when you have a special event because it’s very likely that
if the cruise line knows, they will make a fuss and give you something free. The
fifth thing that you get free is medication and the Medical Centre.
Medication and seeing the Medical Centre can cost a lot of money, but there are
two pieces of medication that you can get for free.
First of all, seasickness tablets. You’ll find that the Cruise Line at the guest
services desk will normally give seasickness
medication away for free, particularly when rough sea or they know that it’s getting
rough. The second is around if you have stomach
upsets and you need anti diarrhoea. Very important if you think that you
have any of the signs of norovirus, like you are the vomiting or you have
diarrhea problems, if you contact the Medical Centre they will usually
see you for nothing. You will normally get a consultation by
the doctor, or nurse, for free. If you have those symptoms, they
will give you the relevant medication. My sixth tip is one that I have used quite
a lot, and works me, and this is around getting your cabin improved. If you have
any issues with your bed, so it’s too hard or too soft or you don’t like the
pillows, speak to your cabin steward and see what they can do. Often they can bring in new mattress toppers, give you feather
pillows or memory foam pillows – and you normally find that you
can get your bed adjusted and improved so that it really suits you and there are
things they can normally do very easily. So, don’t suffer if you’re not happy with
your bed. The second thing that you can do is if you have a problem with your
cabin, there’s a noise problem or something’s not working, always make sure
that your Cabin Steward knows and that they’ve also reported
to their supervisor. Once they’ve done that, then go and report it to Guest
Services. It is very important that sequencing of events. I’ve had
problems on different cruises where I’ve had a noise problem or something hasn’t
really worked, I made sure the cabin steward has known about it and I know that they
reported their supervisor, and then I’ve gone to guest services telling them that
I’ve reported it. The cabin steward is verifying that you have a problem and
when that’s happened I’ve often been moved to better
cabins, because everyone agrees that there is a problem. Then Guest Services
know and the hotel manager knows that it’s not just you creating a fuss for
fuss sake, and that your steward agrees there is a problem and I have been moved
(when of course there’s availability) to better cabins as a result. So, cabin
improvements definitely can happen by asking and working with your cabin
steward. As you can see, simply by asking there’s a whole lot of things that you
can get for free to give you more bang for your buck on your cruise fare. I hope
you found that helpful. I have loads more videos with lots of tips and advice
about cruising, so why don’t you watch one of those right now?

56 thoughts on “6 Things You Can Get Free On A Cruise – If You Ask !

  • August 23, 2019 at 5:24 am
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    Thank you for another informative video. The shops will often have liquor tasting if you want some small drinks, being known in the shops can sometimes lead to bigger amounts.

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  • August 23, 2019 at 6:09 am
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    Great tips Gary!!! My next cruise is NCL Jade in October, Med and Adriatic! I’ll be trying to get some freebies then!!!

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  • August 23, 2019 at 6:27 am
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    Great tips, I’ll have to try them out

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  • August 23, 2019 at 6:32 am
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    just because it's F R E E !
    Doesn't mean you have to act like a cheapskate (like someone in my family) and go there and horde everything.

    it's nice if you need or want it but you don't have to get it just because it's free and everyone out there is out to get your wallet

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  • August 23, 2019 at 10:12 am
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    I drink the tap water oñ a cruise. I ask the cabin steward for an ice bucket with ice. I find this very refreshing on a hot day while sitting on the balcony and it is free.

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  • August 23, 2019 at 10:52 am
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    You don’t even need to ask to obtain environmental degradation – it automatically comes with every cruise.

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  • August 23, 2019 at 2:17 pm
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    Good points ! We were on a celebrity cruise this year and had vibration problems in the cabin. Unfortunately they could't give us a new cabin (full cruise) but we received a $450 gift voucher each for a future cruise with a pretty lengthy expiration date. It's definitely worth saying something !

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  • August 23, 2019 at 2:39 pm
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    You tell them you are vomiting and you will be locked in your cabin until the cruise is over. DO stay in you cabin voluntarily until you feel better. Then go have a blast. OF course go to the med bay if it is bad. No matter what.

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  • August 23, 2019 at 3:32 pm
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    On our NCL cruise our cabin was very noisy and we have complained many time but no one has offered to change our cabin. they offered us with a bottle of wine which we dont drink alcohol so we ask them to take it back. the noise was from several places:
    1- we were under the pool deck so at night when they were organizing the sunbeds it was noisy.
    2- next to our cabin was the staff service door and the employees lockers happened to be there, so when the crew were using it, it was very noisy
    3- next to our cabin as well was the handicapped wheelchair access to the Italian specialty dinning so it was a little crowded and the restaurant smell was coming to the cabin

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  • August 23, 2019 at 5:42 pm
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    Excellent suggestions !!
    Your videos are of the most informative. Thank you
    ( I was wondering how to get in touch with you concerning the cruise company in Bora Bora )

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  • August 23, 2019 at 7:00 pm
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    I ran out of dental floss during our Mediterranean cruise, and the customer service desk sent me to the shops. It wasn’t a cheap cruise company either. Cheapskates!

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  • August 23, 2019 at 7:39 pm
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    Free deck of card

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  • August 23, 2019 at 8:11 pm
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    Carnival cruise charges you for EVERYTHING…we were charged a $70 per person gratuity when leaving the ship

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  • August 23, 2019 at 8:24 pm
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    Gary, thanks for the tips. Caught a couple of new ones. NOW the important question: At 1:29 there's video of a Republic of Georgia meal being served. What cruise line and ship? Was it a special cruise? We really enjoy Georgian food and getting it on a cruise would be wonderful. I saw kinkali and Katchapuri. Both probably misspelled.

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  • August 24, 2019 at 12:39 am
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    Awesome thanks

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  • August 24, 2019 at 1:14 am
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    Wow, Great Video. I Didn't Even Know You Could Get Anything For Free On A Cruize.😄

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  • August 24, 2019 at 2:22 am
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    Cruised for some years on Princess Cruises. They were wonderful in many ways. Then Carnival bought them, and I have never seen such a cheap, and cheesy company. Thanks to Carnival and their cheap ass way of doing things, I no longer cruise at all.

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  • August 24, 2019 at 6:18 am
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    Getting free vouchers to redeem free gifts at the shops onshore, I can imagine the HUGE pressure the clerks will put on you to buy something.

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  • August 24, 2019 at 7:43 am
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    Great video. Have you ever been on a cruise with CMV Vasco Da Gama?

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  • August 24, 2019 at 11:19 am
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    1) Extra free food. You can also go off the menu. Free Ice cream, free room service
    2) Free drinks ( Tap water is drinkable) sign up for cruise critic meetup.
    3) Free gifts, example – collect trivia games points. Go to shopping talks. Stationary, envelope, amenity kit at guest helping centres.
    4)Cruise on a special event like your birthday etc make sure they know it too. You can get cakes, alcohol Rev etc.
    5) Medication i) sea sickness ii) anti diarrhoea meds.
    6) cabin improvement. If you don't like the bed then you can let the crew know they will fix it. If there's a noise etc let the cabin stewards know and go to guest services.

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  • August 24, 2019 at 11:33 pm
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    Special foods? Nope, not always. Lousy desserts. I ask if there is anyway to get apple pie for one dinner. Was told the bakery doesn't do apple pie. Now there were loads of apples, sugar, flour, eggs, cooking oil, spices, and butter visibly available, but the baker doesn't do the apple pie thing.

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  • August 25, 2019 at 2:41 pm
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    Hello sir how are you sir please you sent make one vedio at own workes about Waiter house keeping cleaner dishwasher security guard gatekeeper etc please

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  • August 25, 2019 at 5:15 pm
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    I always go to front desk ,they all give free playing cards I collect them to give to kids

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  • August 25, 2019 at 5:56 pm
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    I want job in Princess Cruises Co

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  • August 25, 2019 at 10:17 pm
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    On carnival if you tell them you're sailing for your birthday or anniversary you get a $50 spa voucher also!

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  • August 26, 2019 at 4:56 am
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    We told the cruise line that we were celebrating our 20th anniversary and they made a big deal on formal night all about it. I made a banner and hung it in our cabin because I didn’t want to pay an extra $50 to have plates hanging from our selling so I made it myself and they wrote all over the mirror happy anniversary. I wish I would’ve known if I would’ve told them our refrigerator in our room didn’t work we could’ve gotten maybe moved to a better cabin but I really liked our cabin.

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  • August 26, 2019 at 10:38 pm
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    Great advice! I have asked for both the steak and lobster on the fancy night, and all the guests at the table were shocked and then did the same!

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  • August 27, 2019 at 12:45 am
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    Where do you get this b-roll footage of all the cruises and people??

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  • August 27, 2019 at 5:58 am
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    Really great video thank you for all the tips

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  • August 29, 2019 at 11:19 am
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    Don't every ask for diarrhea pils. They immediately asume you have contracted norovirus and put you in quarantine.

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  • August 29, 2019 at 3:31 pm
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    great tips, thanks!

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  • August 30, 2019 at 3:53 pm
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    Love your guidance, thank you … however those slow motion stock videos from the cruise companies are filled with idiots. Remind those people that your 'company cruise marketing video' is the pinnacle of your life experience. Stop with the fake smiles … morons! Worst ones @2:18 & @6:30 & @6:50 … LMAO

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  • September 1, 2019 at 4:02 am
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    whether ocean river cruises, bus, train, etc ask whether the art galleries, museums, concerts, operas, ballet, etc areavailable to tour either with excursiin or during your free time, make sure you get to those must see sights, life is too short to miss what you must.

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  • September 1, 2019 at 5:07 pm
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    I want job in your this Crises company please What you doing help me please

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  • September 1, 2019 at 10:54 pm
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    Holland America line has a complete vegan menu and some of them a really really good. You just have to ask.

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  • September 3, 2019 at 7:29 am
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    Very helpful freebie tips, thank you Gary .. things i didn't know , they will be helpful when we cruise 🙂 can't wait till your next video my friend .

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  • September 6, 2019 at 12:08 pm
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    Gr8 advice. Thank you Gary 🤹‍♀️🥳👍

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  • September 6, 2019 at 4:43 pm
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    An amusing kit… what is that? I couldn't understand what you said- go to guest services desk and ask for…? Sounded like… a musi kit.

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  • September 6, 2019 at 8:46 pm
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    Only tip I didn't like was the raffle. I've literally never won a raffle, literally ever. Lady Luck hates me when it comes to raffles.

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  • September 9, 2019 at 3:47 am
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    You can get free playing cards on carnival, just go to guest services and ask.

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  • September 9, 2019 at 4:47 pm
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    My husband will never tell them that it is his birthday etc, as he does not want the staff singing at our dining table. Too embarrassing.

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  • September 10, 2019 at 3:46 pm
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    Thanks for the great video Gary. love them all

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  • September 13, 2019 at 11:12 am
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    Very well done with good advice, I have done many cruises and you told me a lot that I didn’t know ,thanks for the advice .

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  • September 14, 2019 at 11:12 am
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    On board NCL Epic in May I had my 60th birthday, a cake was delivered to me at the pool bar and my cabin was decorated.. didn't cost me a bean!

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  • September 14, 2019 at 9:49 pm
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    Yes, if you have Norovirus you do get free medication, but you also get quarintined.

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  • September 15, 2019 at 1:03 am
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    I guess I’m unlucky. I was sea sick and told our steward, all he said was get some fresh air. It was our 25th anniversary and all we had in our room was the special stuff my husband bought from the cruise line. We asked for ice each day and never got any. We’re polite and excellent tippers too.
    Maybe we had a lazy steward.

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  • September 16, 2019 at 7:27 pm
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    Who the hell needs extra food on a cruise ship? We are all overfed, You are an idiot in need of ideas.

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  • September 22, 2019 at 10:40 pm
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    I've gotten a free lanyard to hang cruise card around neck from the casino on the first day of sailing.

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  • September 23, 2019 at 4:24 am
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    Excellent tips.  Thanks so much.  I'll be looking for more of your videos on line.  Very clear delivery, too.

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  • September 23, 2019 at 7:10 pm
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    If I had enough to go on cruise I don't think I'd worry bout it. Thanks

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  • September 24, 2019 at 1:58 pm
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    Excellent tips, Gary. My mom took me on a Norwegian cruise to celebrate the fact that I survived my open heart surgery last year and I received a voucher for a “special dessert.” When I presented it to the hostess she took it and forgot about it. 😕 Several days later I mentioned it to guest services and they gave me a replacement voucher. We dined at a speciality restaurant one night and I presented it again. I was given an off menu dessert item. It was good. And I’m not trying to sound ungrateful but when you’re celebrating the fact that your life wasn’t cut short at age 36 due to a major undetected birth defect in your heart that you’ve lived with your whole life and that you survived the Mother of all surgeries, Open Heart; a free dessert doesn’t seem that special, especially when every passenger can request unlimited desserts if they wish and also because they forgot about me the first time I presented the voucher. I’m sure a couple celebrating an anniversary would get a bottle of champagne or the like. Anyhow this was on the Norwegian Pride of America Hawaii ship and FYI I don’t recommend this ship for several reasons, including but not limited to virtually none of the wait staff (especially in the main dining halls) knew the slightest thing about a Gluten allergy, which my mom suffers from. Several times she was given food items that contained gluten despite telling the wait staff that we are gluten free table. Luckily our intuition told us to question the few select items that were placed in front of us and no medical emergencies happened. If Denny’s can have GF items on their menus then cruise ships should too, imho. Thank you again. Your videos are very informative!

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  • September 25, 2019 at 7:12 pm
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    Thanks for the tips!!!!

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  • September 26, 2019 at 12:55 am
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    Gary, I'm truly appreciative of all ur videos.

    I'm returning 2 the seas after 20yrs.

    You my dear makes going again so much brighter.

    I love you.

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  • September 29, 2019 at 8:15 pm
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    I slept on the couch the very first night due to the bed being too soft. Our Steward had that fixed when we went to Breakfast the next morning. Everyone was so helpful and kind. 😊

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  • September 30, 2019 at 12:29 pm
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    Thank you great tips

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  • October 1, 2019 at 12:11 am
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    All of the food on a cruise is "free" as it is included with your ticket. Except for the premium restaurants that charge extra.

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  • October 2, 2019 at 1:00 am
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    Amenities kit…good idea

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