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Big UBP Thread
Norwegian Getaway - Jan '14 sampler
Norwegian Epic - October '13 13nt westbound transatlantic
Norwegian Epic - Sep '13 7nt west med
Norwegian Breakaway - May 13 7nt Inaugural Transatlantic
Norwegian Epic - October '12 13nt Westbound Transatlantic
Norwegian Epic - Apr/May '12 7nt West Med
Norwegian Epic - May/Jun '11 7nt West Med
Independence of the Seas - Dec '10 11nt Canaries
Ocean Village 1 - Aug '10 7nt West Med
Ocean Village 2 - Apr '09 7nt Maiden East Med Pyramids
Ocean Village 1 - Jan '08 14nt Central Americas
Ocean Village 1 - April '07 17nt Trans Atlantic Barbados-Crete.
Ocean Village 1 - May '06 14nt West Med
Ocean Village 1 - May '05 14nt West Med
For those of you arriving in Barcelona a few days ahead of this cruise here is a link to the most accurate weather forecast by the state meteorology office AEMET
As it stands at present, Friday is forecast to be 85% chance of rain in the morning 15% in the afternoon with a max temp of only 23ºC, Saturday (when I arrive) is forecast to be 55% chance of rain in the morning 35% in the afternoon again with a max temp of just 23ºC. Sunday is forecast to be 35% chance of rain (most likely an afternoon thunderstorm) with a max temp of 23ºC. Autumn has arrived!
Also please allow me to make a restaurant recommendation. Restaurants in the centre of Barcelona can be rather expensive especially on Las Ramblas or close to Plaça Catalunya. A couple of weeks ago I had Rte. La Rita in Carrer Arago (close to Plaça Catalunya) recommended to me and it turned out to be very good with excellent food and prices. The only negative is the fact that it does not take reservations and is very popular, so if you do not arrive soon after it opens at 20:30hrs you can end up waiting in a queue.
Just 4 days to go!!! I look forward to meeting you all at the first informal get together, probably at 19hrs in Shakers.
Worked on the QE2 Feb '78 to Dec '79
QE2 Dec 1986 (Canaries & Cape Verde Islands)
Norwegian Crown Feb 2006 (South America)(Excellent)
Norwegian Crown Oct 2006 (New York to Valparaiso)(Excellent)
Norwegian Star Dec 2007 (Mexican Riviera)(Not so good)
Norwegian Jade Jan 2009 (Eastern Med)(Great!)
Norwegian Jewel Sept 2009 (Transatlantic)(Great)
Independence of the Seas May 2010 (Western Med)(Awful ship, overcrowded)
Adventure of the Seas Nov 2010 (Med & Canary Isles)(Good)
Rhapsody of the Seas Jan 2011 (New Zealand)(Good ship, good itinerary, worst entertainment/activities ever)
Norwegian Epic Oct 2011 (Transatlantic)(Fabulous fun)
MSC Splendida Feb 2012 (Med)(Excellent ship, best cabin ever. Plenty of food but a bit bland and restaurants over crowded)
Norwegian Epic April 2012 (Tranatlantic)(Fabulous Fun once again)
Navigator of the Seas Nov 2012(TransAtlantic) (Ship is looking a bit tired in places plus the entertainment/activities were a bit hit and miss. Overall enjoyable none the less)
Norwegian Breakaway April 2013(TransAtlantic) Excellent addition to the NCL fleet. Outstanding entertainment and activities.
Celebrity Equinox September 2013 (Venice,Adriatic) Beautiful ship, wonderful dining, a little port intensive for me, excellent production shows but so boring after dinner!!!!
Norwegian Epic October 2013 (Westbound TA) Everything about it was great and the most fun ever on a cruise.
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