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About SeahawkSiren

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    Bremerton, WA
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    Cruising, Seattle Seahawks and WA Huskies College Football, Gardening, Cabin Trips, Hiking, Nature
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  1. Wish I was there! I have to wait a year for my turn on the Solstice! Bucket list cruise in April 2021 doing the Transpacific from Sydney to Honolulu. 20 days of bliss on the Solstice!
  2. Bliss (a beautiful ship; The Waterfront is so awesome along with many other places on the ship!) Spirit (loved Raffles Terrace at the back of the ship) Sun (the best aft mini suites ever!) Pearl Star
  3. A few years ago our Panama Canal cruise included a stop in Acapulco. We did an NCL excursion called Endangered Baby Sea Turtles and City Drive. I don't know if that is still offered. It was a lot of fun releasing the turtles into the ocean and learning about them. Here is a link to my review and there are photos of this excursion if you are interested. We had lunch at Los Delfines along the water. It was a bit of a walk from the ship but a nice, casual place that we had almost to ourselves. We never felt unsafe in Acapulco.
  4. I called and re-booked our excursions. I didn't want to risk trying to re-book on my own on the website. Saved $200.00! Nice!
  5. 65 days until my first Celebrity cruise - 7 day Southern Caribbean cruise on the Summit! 511 days until my second Celebrity cruise - 20 day Transpacific on the Solstice!
  6. Looking forward to your review! Doing this exact same itinerary in a couple of months on the Summit on January 25, 2020. Will also be my first time sailing Celebrity. Actually, the entire trip will be firsts as I've never been to San Juan or any of the ports!
  7. Too many to post, but these are some of my most memorable: Sailing out of Venice, Italy in 2007. Amazing weather in Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska in 2014. An 11 day Mexican Riviera cruise in 2016 was cancelled and turned into a 14 day Panama Canal cruise from Miami to San Diego. I had upgraded from a side balcony to an aft balcony prior to the cancellation to surprise DH. He didn't want to go on the PC cruise as he was worried about taking more time off work. I had to spill the beans about the aft balcony and told him we were not cancelling having an aft balcony (and getting price protection and 3 extra nights) going through the PC (a bucket list cruise which fell into our laps). Needless to say, it's one of our favorite cruises to date. Sailing into Valletta, Malta on a 2017 Mediterranean cruise. The Acropolis/Parthenon in Athens, Greece on that same cruise. Santorini, Greece on that same cruise. Pompeii on that same cruise, followed by an amazing sunset as we were leaving Naples, Italy. Spent 2 days in Rome, Italy after that same cruise. Toured the Colosseum one day. Toured The Vatican on our last day before heading home. Cruising is awesome, to say the least!
  8. I'm another vote for Hotel Barcelona Universal. We stayed there 2 nights pre-cruise back in 2017. We stayed in one of the Junior Suites on the 9th floor with a huge terrace. Great hotel in a convenient location. Metro stop right across the street. 10 minute walk to Las Ramblas. The breakfast was really nice too, very expansive for a continental breakfast. https://www.hotelbarcelonauniversal.com/en/ There are photos of the room and the terrace here in my review.
  9. Here is a link to my Sun review. We were on the Sun back in 2016 (before the refurbishments) on a Panama Canal cruise. We loved the ship! https://boards.cruisecritic.com/topic/2334907-review-of-panama-canal-cruise–14-nights-on-ncl-sun-october-14–28-2016-with-photos/
  10. I think your TA is mistaken. Our cruise was booked back in January 2019 and we were able to add this no problem by calling NCL. The booking window for this extra $50 began on 9/9 but I didn't see anything on NCL website in the T&C that it only applies to cruises booked on or after 9/9. We were able to take advantage of a price drop as well. Good luck!
  11. Thank you so much to tallnthensome and LaCal for this information! I just called NCL and was able to get the extra excursion credit for our Mexican Riviera cruise on the Bliss next year. And the price had also dropped since the original booking so we saved an additional $540 too! It was worth the 45 minutes on hold! 😀
  12. I did a Panama Canal cruise on the Sun back in 2016 (Miami to San Diego). Still one of my favorite cruises to date. Here is a link to my review with plenty of photos of the Sun, the canal itself, and all the excursions we chose. Our cruise was prior to the Sun's refurbishment. Really enjoyed that ship, the perfect size. Enjoy your cruise! https://boards.cruisecritic.com/topic/2334907-review-of-panama-canal-cruise–14-nights-on-ncl-sun-october-14–28-2016-with-photos/
  13. We've had two amazing aft balcony experiences, one on the Sun (aft mini suite) and the other on the Bliss (aft balcony). Here are a couple photos from our aft mini suite on the Sun going through the Panama Canal back in 2016 (we were in cabin 9278). Such an incredible, unforgettable experience! While we did move around the ship for different vantage points, nothing beat our own private view from the aft. And here a some shots from our aft balcony on the Bliss last year for an Alaska cruise. We were in cabin 12910. We did have some soot on our balcony during both cruises but certainly not enough to stop us from booking the aft again. It was a very minor issue to us. Staying on the aft, the pros far outweigh any cons IMO. I think you will love the aft balcony experience! In fact, you may have the same problem we did after being on the aft, going back to side balconies! 😉 Enjoy!
  14. Great review, thanks for sharing! Brings back memories from my Bliss Alaska cruise last year. So glad you enjoyed Seattle too. Love seeing photos from my hometown. I have not been up in the Space Needle yet since they did all that remodeling and added all that glass. I may have to pass on that. I was getting sweaty palms just looking at your photos from up there. 😅
  15. Have a great cruise, Bird! I got a few shots of the Joy Saturday afternoon before you left Seattle!
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