Captive Clients .. Rip-Off Time: Norwegian Jewel Cruise Review by Neil Moffat
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Captive Clients .. Rip-Off Time
Destination: Baltic Sea
NO BAR PRICE LIST'S available, they are at the printers, so we were told, yet they can print a daily events paper !
1 x 250ml bottle of Heineken = $4.95 = £3.00 + 15% autogratuity (compulsory) = £3.45
1 pint draught Heineken = $5.95 = £3.60 + 15% autogratuity (compulsory) = £4.14
1 x 25ml J Walker Black Label = $6.75 = £4.10 + 15% autogratuity (compulsory) = £4.72
1 x can diet Pepsi = $1.95 = £1.20 + 15% autogratuity (compulsory) = £1.36
1 x Evian 500ml bottle of water = $2.50 = £1.52 + 15% autogratuity (compulsory) = £1.75
1 x 25ml Smirnoff More Vodka, = $5.75 = £3.50 + 15% autogratuity (compulsory) = £4.03
1 x 125ml Merlot wine = $7.50 = £4.56 + 15% autogratuity (compulsory) = £5.25
From the examples above you can get the picture ... cider the same as lager, brandy the same as whiskey etc. .... VERY EXPENSIVE !
O.K. being a thrifty Scotsman we went to the bar ourselves by-passing the waiter service but, guess what ?, the 15% autogratuity was STILL applied.
BINGO was nothing more than a total Rip-Off ... no evidence of the monies taken in from ticket sales but after a few visits we estimated prize money to be in the region of 10% to 15% of the gross takings ... the remainder goes to NCL !
POKER .. No Limit Hold'em .. 60$ entrance fee but they do not inform you that re-buys are allowed, ALSO 25% of the takings goes to (you've guessed it ) NCL !
As for the SHORE EXCURSIONS .... DO NOT ... I REPEAT .. DO NOT BOOK WITH NCL IN ADVANCE OR ON BOARD THE SHIP. Check on the internet before you sail, you will save a fortune.
When it comes to St Petersburg, get your local Travel Agent to arrange for the Visas and again book on the internet ... again you save a fortune.
The ship itself ... very nice, excellent food, good entertainment but all let down by the 'RIP-OFF'
Would I go again ... NEVER WITH NCL ... ONCE BITTEN TWICE SHY.
Neil Moffat. Less
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Port and Shore Excursions
Tivolli Gardens ... expensive for what is there.