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    Free Radical - How is the snorkeling

    I found the snorkeling at Cow and Calf to be just OK. The coral formations were above average, but there were not many fish worth seeing. The rest of the trip is absolutely first class and you should not hesitate to book.
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    Free Radical Catamaran

    This is a great excursion. The owners, crew, catamaran, food, and drinks were all wonderful when we sailed last year.
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    NCL Tips/ Tricks/ Hints

    [quote name='FloatOnMJC']Hi fellow cruisers! I'm leaving for a 7 day Western Carribean in April on the Dawn. I've really enjoyed perusing this thread for all of the general and ship/destination specific tips and tricks. Anyone have any more general or Dawn/Western Carribean specific? Our ports are: Rotan, Belize, Costa Maya, and Cozumel. In Rotan we're planning on doing Maya Key (with bananas, thanks for the tip!!), in Belize Lamanai Ruins (love that you can climb these ruins), Costa Maya- need recommendations, Cozumel "the Amazing Secret River". Any feedback on those excursions? We're also thinking about a couples massage and specialy dinning at least once ...feedback/recommendations? Secret hot tub or anything else cool we should know about? Also contemplating trying to bring a small amount of alcohol on board- thoughts? Appreciate it!!:)[/quote] My recommendations for your ports: Roatan - Radical Catamaran Adventures (Free Radical catamaran/snorkel) Belize - Lamanai Ruins Costa Maya - Maya Chan all-inclusive (this is a "must do") Cozumel - Cozumel Bar Hop
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    drury inn New Orleans

    I just stayed there from April 5-7 for a rate which totaled $120/night including taxes. I booked online at Drury website using their eSaver rate.
  5. Yes, I would love to see NCL add French Polynesia cruises. FYI. Princess offers a very good "NCL priced" 10 day roundtrip out of Papeete, Tahiti. I highly recommend a pre or post cruise stay at the Hilton Moorea Lagoon Resort & Spa. Kevin
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    Tour By Van

    Our group of 4 toured with Rudy a couple weeks ago (cliff divers, city tour, Shotover Jet boat) and were very pleased. He was extremely flexible, informative, and made sure everyone had a good time. I would definitely recommend him. Kevin
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    Which would you pick?

    The choice is entirely yours, but here are a couple responses to your comments: The requirement to tender at a port is nothing to fear (just makes it a bit slower to get off the ship). We took a Southern Caribbean cruise on NCL Jewel a couple months ago and had a great time (enjoyed the flexible dining options; lack of formal nights; and drink tastings). We were in a "mini-suite" which is really just a deluxe balcony room with a larger cabin and full size bathtub, but none of the true "suite" perks like butler/concierge service.
  8. Does anyone have a recommendation for a Miami hotel (one night pre-cruise)? We don't need anything luxurious as we'll only be there at night and for a few hours in the morning before leaving to board the ship. It would be nice to find one that provides airport and/or cruise terminal transportation if possible. Thank you. Kevin
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    Bora Bora & Moorea ?

    No special license is required. We stayed 2 nights at the Sheraton Moorea and loved it. ...enjoy
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    Moorea trip suggestions

    Yes, there are set times and the attached link provides details. It holds lots of passengers and was less than 1/2 full on both of our trips. Le Truck is very cheap and runs to the hotels but appeared to be a major headache if you are hauling luggage. We took a cab to the Sheraton and it cost ~$40 when converted to U.S. $ ($20 after splitting with another couple). You can also make pickup arrangements in advance via the Sheraton if you know for sure which ferry you'll arrive on (we used the Sheraton arranged transportation to get from the hotel back to the ferry). What we did worked out well for us. http://www.aremiti.pf/anglais/index.php?e=8
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    Moorea trip suggestions

    Unfortunately I can't give you any first hand experience. We just had chocolate croissants for breakfast and then lunch at the Sheraton (good fish sandwich or ham sandwich with fries and a Hinano for ~$25/person). Although we didn't go out to dinner, there are several restaurants who will shuttle you between your hotel and the restaurant (Te Honu Iti, La Plantation, Alfredo's, etc.). Expect to pay $50/person for dinner.
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    Papeete tours

    We did Patrick's 1/2 day trip for $50/person (same trip the ship sells for $89). There really isn't much else to do in terms of Papeete excursions. It would be better to do Patrick's before the cruise if you can because most of the value comes from the information he provides on the plants/animals/geology of the islands. I think you'll be pleased with Patrick.
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    Moorea trip suggestions

    I think you would be happier staying in Moorea rather than Papeete. Moorea is beautiful and I highly recommend the Sheraton as a place to stay. Aremiti 5 ferry is the best way to get between Papeete and Moorea. It takes about 35 minutes and is relatively inexpensive.
  14. We did Marc's 4x4 last week and it was not bumpy or rough at all. I highly recommend this tour.... especially if you enjoy Hinano and rum punch.
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    We rented a car at the pier on May 15 and there were multiple companies with cars available. The dune buggys were also available. For 4 hours in an automatic with A/C the total rental car cost was around $80 including gas. The 4x4 safari tours can be picked up at the pier for $35/person. The safari would be the way to go if you just want to see the sites. Rental car provides an opportunity to stop and snorkel/drink/shop at your places of choosing (I'd recommend a beach bar Hinano and snorkeling at the Sheraton... contrary to what we were told by the rental car company the Sheraton will let guests visit there).