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  1. David thank you so much for sharing this!!!! You are an exceptional photographer and the videos are amazing. I really have enjoyed watching them and reliving our trip. It was amazing, wasn't it?!
  2. Thanks for the replies. Yes, the six day cruise is very affordable right now. I just called this morning and got $474 knocked off the price we paid a few weeks ago because it has gone down. Meanwhile the 8 day cruise is very expensive. Fortunately our daughter bought it before the price rose so much, but it was still considerably more expensive for an inside cabin than for our balcony on the 6 day cruise. I know it's all about supply and demand but this price difference seemed really pronounced to me. Anyway, we are very excited for this cruise. Thanks again for your comments. Becky
  3. Hello cruisers! We have booked a back to back Eastern and Western Mediterranean cruise for next summer. The price difference between the 2 cruises are very significant and I'm wondering about any thoughts you experienced RC cruisers may have. Our daughter booked us on the July 12, 2020 Eastern Med cruise from Civitavecchia to Greece. This was a gift for my husband's 60th birthday. (Yes, we have an amazing daughter!!!) She got us an inside stateroom on deck 6, category 6V. This stateroom category is currently going for almost $4500 for two people (when she booked, it was a bit lower). This seems really high to me, for an inside cabin. That's approaching $300 per day/ per person. This is our first time on RC so maybe that is standard, but it seems unusually high to me. So, we figured as long as we are flying to Europe, we might as well make the most of it. We decided to make this a back to back cruise and we booked the July 20, 2020 Western Med cruise. The price difference between the two cruises is very substantial. As mentioned, we are in an inside cabin for the first leg. Currently priced at roughly $4500. We were able to book a balcony cabin (4D) on the second leg, at half the price. It is currently going for $2160. Yes, the first leg is slightly longer but this price difference seems really out of whack, especially considering that the cheaper cruise is in a balcony, with the more expensive cruise in an inside cabin. Anyway I'm just wondering about any thoughts on pricing, why these two cruises have such wildly different prices, and is there any likelihood that the more expensive cruise might come down in price? We would love to upgrade to a balcony but not at current prices. Why would this cruise be so high priced? This is our first back to back cruise so I'm also wondering how that works. Do you just leave your luggage with the steward and he takes care of moving it to the new room? If you have done a back to back , do you get off the ship and find something to do in port, or do you stay on board and relax? Any other tips specifically for RC would be welcome. So far, we have sailed Carnival, Norwegian, Celebrity, and Paul Gauguin. We are looking forward to trying a new cruise line! Thanks!
  4. Yes, agree completely. Especially when you also have to book airfare. Air to Europe is crazy expensive already, and there is just no way we can do that last minute for a European cruise. We have only done one cruise on NCL, but now that I know this about their pricing structure, I am not sure they will be my first choice for a future cruise.
  5. On our Spirit cruise this past June, we booked about 10 or 11 months in advance. Much closer to cruise date, we saw prices had dropped by roughly $2000 total for our double occupancy cabin. We called and were offered a $500 OBC -- the 25% that others have alluded to. This was added to the $100 OBC we had as a perk when we booked the cruise and we kept all the other perks we had at booking. Obviously $500 is not equal to the $2000 price drop and we would have preferred to pay the lower price, but I am a big planner and am not willing to wait until the last minute to book our cruise. Also air fare would have been much higher had we waited to book that, as someone else has already pointed out. Bottom line is, call and ask what they will offer. Once you are past final payment date, you are pretty much at their mercy. Take whatever you can get and enjoy your cruise! Becky
  6. Thanks everyone for your kind comments. John, I hope you are feeling well and we send our best wishes for good health. I know you will have an amazing time in Japan. Myra, what a great idea to have a get together on the last day of the cruise. That would have been great. I'll remember that idea for our next cruise. Speaking of our next cruise, our daughter just tonight announced to us that she has purchased a Mediterranean cruise for us next summer. It's her gift to us for her dad's 60th birthday. We will be visiting Italy and Greece on the RC Explorer of the Seas. What an awesome gift! We have an amazing daughter. 😍 Becky
  7. Thanks everyone. I'm glad you enjoyed the review. Jcu1210, they don't have a pizza place per se, but they served pizza every day on the buffet. I had a slice one day and it was pretty good. It is also available on the room service menu.
  8. Debarkation Day Sadly, we have to leave the ship. This was a long cruise, 12 days, but it flew by. Debarkation was easy. We always carry our own bags. We got up around 7:30 or so. Dressed quickly and had a big breakfast at Raffles. We got off the ship around 8:30. There was no customs or passport check of any kind. We just walked off the ship when we were ready. Here are the excursions/transfers offered by NCL, and other debarkation info. We Ubered to the bus station, and then took a National Express bus to London. We stayed 4 nights in London and had a fantastic time. We packed a lot into those few days: Westminster Abbey, St. Paul's Cathedral, the Tower of London, Kew Gardens, The Shard, the Borough Market, Tate Gallery, Serpentine Galleries, Victoria & Albert museum, the British Museum, Hyde Park, Kensington Palace, a play in the West End, and more. We finally flew home on June 30, happy to sleep in our own bed after a marvelous trip. We loved our cruise and our time in London. We would definitely cruise NCL again, but we don't feel married to any particular cruise line. It really comes down to itinerary and price when we choose our vacation. This itinerary was just marvelous and I would absolutely recommend NCL and Norway to anyone. Now it's time for me to start planning our next adventure. 😀
  9. We went to Le Bistro for dinner. It was very good. It is a small venue and had very nice ambiance. The food and service were excellent. My photo of the menu turned out too blurry to be legible. Sorry about that. Some kind of seafood appetizer. French onion soup was different from that served in Windows. It was very good. Escargot Filet mignon I did get the dessert menu Cheese plate After dinner we participated in the "Perfect Couple" game. That was a big mistake! LOL We have seen similar shows (or so we thought) on other ships. The format was always the same: they pick 3 couples from the audience. One newlywed couple, one couple that has been married 20 years or so, and a couple who has been married the longest. Then they ask a series of funny questions and see if the couple can come up with the same answers. Tonight, no long married couple was volunteering, so finally we did. We've been married 32 years. Not the longest on board, but no one else was foolish enough to volunteer. 🙂 Well, surprise surprise, this was not the same format game show we have seen before where you just have to answer questions. They made us compete in a series of silly contests like running with balloons between our legs and popping the balloons by smashing them between our bodies. And worse. 😉 It was all very silly. The audience was laughing hard at our antics. Paul and I did poorly on a couple of the challenges, better on another. But we won on the applause meter and were declared the winners. I think they took pity on us. LOL. We won a bottle of champagne and a goodie bag with a couple of t-shirts, key chains and other trinkets. The other two couples also got champagne. It was another beautiful night. So sad to have to say goodbye to this.
  10. Day 12 Today was a sea day, and our last day on board. We slept in. We packed in the early afternoon. Wanted to get that out of the way so we could enjoy our evening. We went to the afternoon matinee show "Spirit of the Legends" which was good. They didn't often do a matinee show. Here is the schedule for today: We still had almost $200 in on board credit, so we went shopping. A lot of other people were doing the same thing. The shops were busy. We finally settled on a bottle of scotch, and some cologne for Paul. The scotch, Glenmorangie, cost $67.50 for a 1 L bottle. Later, back at home, we comparison shopped at Costco and found a 1.75L bottle for approximately the same price. And this is why I have said I never shop on board. They call it a duty free shop, which makes you think you'll get a bargain, but the truth is that the prices are very high. And of course any alchohol you purchase on board cannot be taken back to your room until the last night. You can't buy some early in the cruise to make drinks in your room. They will store it for you and deliver it to you the last evening. We did better with the cologne, though. It was on sale, and the price was roughly the same as we would pay at home. Either way, these purchases were essentially "free" to us since they were paid with our on board credit so I'm not complaining, just offering the information. We normally would not buy items like these if not for the credit. I enjoyed a cocktail in the Galaxy lounge while they played "Win a Cruise" Bingo. The bingo cards were expensive and I didn't play, but somewhere along the way I had acquired a single raffle ticket for the cruise they were giving away. When I saw other people with dozens of raffle tickets, I realized that my chances were not very good. LOL Sadly, I was not the winner.
  11. Later, we went to the show "Elements." This is the production show where they really pull out all the stops. I mean it was sensory overload. Really crazy and incredible. Singing, dancing, thumping music, flashing lights, brilliant costumes, just over the top. We usually went to the theater around 15 minutes or so before showtime and never had trouble getting a good seat. But tonight we went a little earlier and we noticed the theater filling up quickly. It is a popular show that really just takes everything over the top so get there early if you want to see it. We ate at Windows. I had begun having memory problems with my phone -- had to happen right in the middle of vacation, right?! -- so I don't seem to have pics of the menu. But here is some food porn. There was one appetizer that did not look so .... appetizing. I don't know what it was. Some kind of salad Chicken parmesan NY Strip. Wasn't the same as Cagney's, of course. But not bad.
  12. Here are the daily schedule and the NCL excursions for this port.
  13. Thanks for the info karoo and MKA76! I'm sorry we missed the blue nose ceremony. Maybe we just didn't wait long enough, I guess that is how we missed it. Great picture Mary Kay! I"m going to try to finish up this review. Sorry to have dragged it out. It takes a long time to organize all my photos. Norway was so beautiful, I took about a gazillion pictures. We just have a couple of days left on this amazing cruise. Day 11 Haugesund This was our last port. Our excursion today was a little bit of a letdown after the stunning beauty of Geiranger and Flam. This was my least favorite port, but maybe that was just due to our choice of excursions. Maybe if we had done something different, we would have had a very different impression. There was a free shuttle bus at the pier that took us to the historic cathedral in the center of town. We had a quick look inside the cathedral. Our excursion departed from directly in front of the cathedral, where the shuttle bus stopped. We rode a bus to the Viking farm. The historic St Olav's church is adjacent to the viking farm and is listed as part of the excursion both on the NCL and the outside provider's tour description. Unfortunately it is competely covered in scaffolding and is closed at this time. The farm itself is a reconstruction of what a typical Viking village might have looked like, and included people in period dress, with games and even a chance to try your archery skills. After touring the Viking farm, we had admission to the Norwegian History Center next door. This museum included a movie and exhibits about Norwegian culture and history. One last comparison: we paid 560 NOK, about $66, for the two of us to do this tour. A similar NCL tour to this same Viking farm was priced at $109 per person. After returning from the Viking farm to the center of town, we had a look around but there wasn't much to do since we aren't into shopping. We walked down the main street but soon returned to the ship.
  14. Later, after our train ride, we walked around town and came across a local festival. We learned that these summer festivals are common in some Norwegian towns. There was a band, lots of food, and a big bonfire. The locals seemed oblivious to the influx of cruise ship passengers. Once back on board, I don't remember exactly what we did. The show tonight was the hypnotist again, and we didn't go. He was entertaining when we saw him a few days ago, but I'm skeptical about the hypnosis and we didn't need to see him again. Here is the daily schedule We had dinner at Teppanyaki. We still had some of that onboard credit to spend and we had seen an opening in the Teppanyaki bookings so we grabbed it. We enjoyed our dinner. Everything was delicious. I'm glad we went. It was really fun although some of our tablemates weren't very social. There were two empty spaces at our table for a couple that did not show up. This would be very fun to do with a group of people that you know. Sailaway from Flam was stunning.
  15. There were some interesting food vendors in the center of town.
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