We drove to the port and arrived about 1115- got a porter right away and then I waited for dh to park car- he was back in a wink and we proceeded to check in- Very short lines at that point- got checked in a we were group # 6.
Anyhow, very organized and we were onboard by 1210!
Went up to Lido deck and ate- turkey sand from the grill for me and burger for dh and of course drinks!
We had booked this cruise on short notice, so cabin choices were not great- it was a full ship so no chance of an upgrade- we booked u2 and that's what we got- 2 portholes. The room was fine, but noisy when the anchor dropped--but we knew it would be that way.
We called our friend Johnny Stone who is the piano player and he met us in hte Polo lounge for a cpuple of drinks- it was so good to see him again! Plus he's a very charismatic piano player--and so much fun.
Soon it was time for life boat drill--then we unpacked and then time for dinner we had the 615pm which is just what we wanted--George the Greek was the maitr'de.
We had a table for 6 and enjoyed our tablemates very much- they were all first time cruisers--our wait staff Peter and his assis JOhn treated us like royality all week- I thought the food was good, esp the filet mignon and prime rib.
Our cabin steward, Sveltlana really exceeded our expectations- cant rave enough about her- and we didnt ask for any thing special- she asked if it was our first cruise and we said no- so the next day she asked dh what kind of towel animals we had NOT had , plus we got 2 a day. Her evening assis told us jokes each night and just loved to talk- he was from Croatia---
On the night of the repeater's party- she gave us 4 Sensation pins!!! So the person who had posted earlier that no pins were given out-- so sorry u didnt receive any.
We met a lot of nice people- hi Gail and Woody!
All the staff and crew were smiling and friendly---I was worried after one poster said the crew was unenthusiastic-
All in all, some of the most friendly crew we have met.
Michael was the cd and he's so funny- we have sailed with him before- the 2 shows were very goos- the 2nd one I enjoyed more as there were more variety of songs- the 1st one was all latin type music.
Of course we went to the piano bar every night and met some "regulars" there and Johnny was the best as usual.
The bar staff in there were fabulous----
Debarkation was pretty painless- our color was next to last off so no wait for elevator- we had breakfast on the Lido deck and just chilled out- we were off by 1020-Michael did ask to be out of your cabins by 845.
We tipped on our s &s, and gave extra to our cabin steward and bar staff in hte piano bar.
Turned out it was Johnny's last contract, his replacement was there early. So his wife was thinking he wasnt due to finish until Mon and she was out of town- so we ended up giving him a ride home(he lives just about 15 min from us)
Weather was perfect but very hot. In Cayman, we just did a little shopping-in Coz, we did go to Paradise Beach-and we were so glad we did--everything there is clean and the water was gorgeous- we did meet Paradise Tom- we spent about 4 hours there- the nachos are yummy and the frozen drink too!
any questions just ask- we might lose power here tonight- Charley is coming our way!
2002- Pride. Sensation, Fantasy
2003- Legend, Sensation, Fantasy 2x, Pride, Glory 2x
2004- Miracle. Fantasy 2x, Inspiration, Sensation, Glory
2005- Miracle. Glory. Miracle
2006- Celebration, Liberty, Elation (12 days b2b)
2007 Fantasy, Legend, Holiday
2008 Freedom, Splendor
2011 Fascination, Fascination again 7 days, NCL Sun b2b, NCL Star, Miracle
2012 NCL Star, Epic, NCL Sun, Fascination, Epic (again), Dawn
2013 NCL Dawn, NCL Jewel, NCL Star, Breakaway
2014 NCL Getaway
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