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Delta Skymiles are worth around 1 cent each after years of devaluations and the destruction of the award program. Anytime you can get more than that value you are coming out ahead. Delta also has a “Skymiles Experiences” program that lets you bid on unique adventures spending your Skymiles. These auctions are rarely, if ever, a good value as the bid prices compared to the cost to buy a similar experience are simply crazy.
That said, at least at the time of publication of this post, the prices for a 5 day NCL cruise featuring the Joe Bonamassa and The Keeping the Blues Alive Foundation is a reasonable value.
They are offering 3 auctions you can bid on (<-LINK) so if you get outbid on one you have a shot at the others. The bid includes the following:
This Keeping the Blues Alive at Sea Mediterranean package includes: A five (5) night round trip cruise for two (2) guests in a ‘Balcony Cabin’ aboard Norwegian Jade on the Keeping the Blues Alive at Sea Mediterranean departing from Athens, Greece and traveling to Dubrovnik, Croatia and Santorini, Greece:
- Departure Date: Thursday, August 17, 2023
- Return Date: Tuesday, August 22, 2023
- Keeping the Blues Alive at Sea Mediterranean includes:
- Admission for two (2) to all performances
- All meals while onboard Norwegian Jade from Thursday through Tuesday, August 17-22, 2023. There’s gourmet fare in the dining room, a full buffet, and casual restaurants open for meals all day and night
- Basic beverages (i.e., filtered water, non-pressed juices, teas, and drip-coffee)
Use of the ship’s beautiful pool and hot tubs (all with plenty of deck space to enjoy a cocktail and some great music)
- Use of the Norwegian Jade’s amenities such as: health and fitness center, full-size sports court, access to the casino, and more Plus more to be announced activities!
Do note the auction ends March 21st and folks do bid last minute on these so you will want to be live at the end if you really want to win (also bidding at the end extends the auction for a little while longer).
The Norwegian Jade is a Jewel Class ship with max passengers just under 2400. In other words, this is not a mega ship I can tell you it is very nice having sailed on her a few years ago and she has recently been refurbished (2022).
It seems, from reading the T&C in the auction, all taxes and normally high port fees and such ARE included so depending on the bids this could be a good deal for a balcony cabin in what looks like a very popular cruise.
What is NOT included is the daily per person tips for workers on the ship so it will add $160 on top of your winning bid in Skymiles. Also notice that this does NOT include adult beverages and without a daily plan that can be very expensive if you have a number of drinks per day. Airfare is NOT covered as part of the auction so you will have to get yourself to and from Port of Athens in Greece (unless you live in the area already).
Lastly the only other thing not really addressed is if you will get any Latitudes perks if you have status with NCL. I would assume so but don’t bank on it as it is not covered in the T&C.
I am not planning on bidding on this one personally because I do not want to fly to Europe for such a short duration cruise. But, maybe if I added another cruise before or after this one – humm…. – René
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