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    Alaska, Baltic, New Zealand

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  1. Thanks, Muckyduckway. We WERE on the same cruise. I’m sure we sat in the same lounges enjoying the great entertainment. We also found the shows in the Stardust Theater better than what we recalled on previous cruises. I’ll remember next time to save one of the Daily Entertainment sheets to recall the names. I’ve heard the cure for post-cruise depression is to start planning your next one (lol). Dean
  2. Does anybody know the names of the Lounge Entertainers on the Jewel NZ Cruise Jan-Feb 2019? We enjoyed them very much and wanted to add them to our review. I believe one was WT who was very creative and then there was a white-haired guy (Larry?) who captured us with his oldies but goodies. Then I also recall the Love Brothers.
  3. Is the Tasman Sea known to be rougher than others? Or is it that we were on a smaller ship? We crossed the Tasman Sea from Sydney to NZ back in late January 2019. I had never experienced such rough seas before. After dinner we swayed from side to side as we walked out of the restaurant. Most people were joking and having fun with the ship’s movements. We did not experience any associated sickness although we heard some people say they were taking Dramamine. We sailed the NCL Getaway (a large ship) on a Western Caribbean and then a Baltic Sea cruise and never noticed any movement. While on the smaller ship NCL Jewel (although still a large ship) we experienced a lot of rough seas when crossing the Tasman Sea. One should always bring some Dramamine and/or Bonine just in case.
  4. We were on the Jewel for the 14-Day New Zealand cruise that ended Feb 13, 2019.
  5. The internet speed on board is REALLY slow. It is frustrating to watch your online time decrease while you wait to bring up webpages. It took an hour to make a flight reservation online. To save time, we typed our emails in Word before going online and then did a copy/paste. We didn’t try uploading pictures, but I would think they would be very time consuming, if possible.
  6. I think you would need more time to fit in both. We just got back from Australia a week ago. We spend 4 nights in Sydney on the Rocks before a 14-day cruise of New Zealand, then back to Sydney to rent a car and drive around NSW for another 7 nights. Sydney is definably worth at least 4 days. We had a 48-hour ferry pass. One place we visited was beautiful Manly Beach. We then took the 24-hour Hop-on hop-off bus to see the city and go to Bondi beach. Took the Opera House tour and took the ferry to the Zoo. Sydney is one beautiful place. We left the Blue Mountains to after our cruise, but it definitely should not be missed. We also want to get up to Cairns one of these days, but it will have to wait for another trip. Norcal Beni
  7. We recently got off the Jewel on Feb 13thafter a 14-Day cruise to New Zealand. We loved to have breakfast at the Great Outdoors, Aft 12. It’s also a great place for an afternoon beer. We experienced all the bars and enjoyed the entertainment. (Atrium Bar, Magnums, Bliss Ultra, and the Spinnaker). Our favorite complimentary restaurant was Tsar's which we enjoyed at least four times. Never had to wait more that 15 minutes to get seated. The entertainment at the Stardust Theater was better than we remember from previous NCL cruises. We arrived 20 mins before the shows and never had a problem finding a seat.
  8. We stayed in 11618 on the Jewel during the 14-Day cruise of New Zealand starting at the end of January 2019. We were very pleased and did not hear any disturbing noises from above nor below. This cabin is not a part of a connecting set. The room is Aft on the Port side. A quick walk up one floor to the Garden Café and back to the Great Outdoors. We usually like to be on the side closest to shore. It is better to look out at the shore than the sea. Although often you are far from shore where it really doesn’t make a difference. When in port, our side was sometimes facing the shore and sometimes not. We loved to have breakfast at the Great Outdoors, Aft. It’s also a great place for an afternoon beer.
  9. We wanted to take a Norwegian one-way cruise from Sydney-Auckland or Auckland-Sydney, but they were earlier in the year (December, early January). The only time we could go was the end of January which was Sydney-Sydney return. From there the Norwegian Jewel starts to make its way back North to Seattle for the Alaskan summer cruises.
  10. We wanted to let you all know how we decided to spend our last 7 nights in New South Wales. We will spend 4 days in Sydney before our 14-day cruise of New Zealand. Although we did not plan this, we see we arrive in the morning on Australia Day. We will get to experience the boat parade and fireworks from our hotel rooftop on The Rocks. Our last 7 nights after the cruise: Rent a car at the airport and spend 3 nights in the Blue Mountains staying in Katoomba: Explore the surrounding area by car and hiking Drive to Galga to spend a day and night in a cabin at the Australia Walkabout Wildlife Park Spend 2 nights over on the Central Coast Spend the last day around Sydney and the last night by the Sydney Airport Thank you all for your valuable input. Dean
  11. We bring the NCL luggage tags in my backpack and they staple them to our bags during embarkation.
  12. Thanks Globaliser for this great post. We will save the link and use it during our upcoming visit to Sydney this coming Jan-Feb. Dean
  13. There are free coffee dispensers in the breakfast/dinner areas. The Specialty coffees are not included with the Beverage Packages. We buy some bottled water using our onboard spending account given to us when paying for the cruise. In that sense, it is free. We also bring a water thermos or two and fill up in the dining area where I assume the chilled water is filtered. When boarding on one cruise they took my empty plastic water bottle from my backpack. That’s why we now bring souvenir water thermoses. They won’t take those (haha).
  14. Thanks, Mr Walker and Philip for the tips on the Zealandier and Arrow Tours. Leigh, would you please report back on your Zealandier excursion to Rotorua on November 16th. We’d love to get your input. Our cruise in is late January 2019. Dean
  15. Should we take a private or the NCL ship tour to Rotorua from Tauranga? Are there any recommendations or reviews of the following private tour companies? Am I missing any? Do we have to be concerned about getting back to the ship on time? Custom Day Tours customdaytours.co.nz Jim Archer tours - archertours.co.nz cruisetauranga.com shoreexcursionsgroup.com
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