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  1. I loved Teppanyaki on the Sun. I had the chicken and my DH had the steak & shrimp. Both meals were excellent. We book Teppanyaki on every NCL cruise. However, I do prefer the smaller restaurant venues like the one on the Sun. My second choice is always Cagney's.
  2. We booked all of our entertainment for our cruise on the Breakaway in May as soon as online reservations opened up. When we entered our stateroom on day 1, we found notifications that the dates and times we chose had been cancelled. To re-book, we had to go the entertainment reservation desk and stand in a slow moving line. Re-booked the shows only to have them deliver another notification that the show times and dates had changed again. We gave up on the other shows and only went to Rock of Ages, only to wish we would have skipped it. I wish you better luck.
  3. Thank you! I have bookmarked this since I may forget to save and print the promotions when I book in the future.
  4. We had the SDP on our May Breakaway cruise to the Baltics. The Ocean Blue upcharge was stated when we arrived for our dining reservation which was made online prior to sailing. We were given the option to decline our reservation at that time. We were aware of the upcharge when we made the reservation, but really wanted to try the OB based on previous CC reviews. I ordered the Delmonico Steak (seafood isn't my thing) and my DH had the Denver Sole. It was our least favorite meal in any SD venue. The service was subpar as well. I'm sure it varies in quality and service, but we will not give Ocean Blue another try.
  5. I have had very good experience with NCL Roll Calls and the Meet & Greet/Meet & Mingle group gatherings. However, our current May roll call seems to be a bit quieter than what I am accustomed to. It is picking up steam now that we are getting closer to the sail date. Hopefully yours will too.
  6. NCL is usually my first choice for cruising. However, if the only ships NCL has sailing to Alaska are on the larger side, I would choose another cruise line. We sailed Alaska on the Sun and loved being able to get into ports that the larger ships could not. The Sun was able to get closer to the glaciers and we had no need for binoculars to watch glaciers calving. That being said, a larger ship may be better for you if you enjoy using lots of ship amenities. Consider the things that matter most to you and you will make the right choice. Enjoy your sailing! Alaska is beautiful!
  7. Sorry to say that there were no USB ports by the headboard in our mini-suite cabin and I did not notice anything that would suggest updated seating areas in the restaurants. I didn't find the decor very appealing, either.
  8. Fat Cats did change to Syd Norman's Pour House.
  9. Our stateroom steward on our May 20 sailing said there were only minor changes done during refurbishment. He stated that new carpeting was put in, routine maintenance was done and new coats of paint were applied where needed. If you have further specific questions, I'll try to reply. But, honestly, I don't see any changes while comparing the deck plans I had saved prior to the refurbishment and the current deck plans.
  10. This is the last itinerary info I have concerning the Breakaway. October 2, 2018 - The Breakaway will end her Scandinavia, Russia and Baltic cruises October 2 - 16, 2018 - The Breakaway will sail a 14-Day Transatlantic voyage from Copenhagen to New York October 16 - 27, 2018 - The Breakaway will sail an 11-Day Eastern Caribbean voyage from New York (RT) October 27 - November 11, 2018 - The Breakaway sails from New York to her new port in New Orleans From November 11, 2018 - April, 2019 - The Breakaway will be sailing the Eastern & Western Caribbean from New Orleans April 14, 2019 - November 2019 - The Breakaway cruises to the Eastern & Western Caribbean from Miami November 23, 2019 - February 2020 - The Breakaway sails the Caribbean from Orlando (Port Canaveral)
  11. Thank you for responding with your plans for your Princess cruise. It appears we have a lot in common as your plans for Panama City and Cartagena are something we'd likely do in those ports. Limon or Puntarenas has been a quandary for us, but now I will give the port times more consideration while during my research. We spent a week in Puerto Vallarta many, many years ago so it isn't a priority port for us. I don't know how much time you have in port, but we found exploring the Malecon area didn't take all that much time. Our visit to the Old Town was only long enough to grab a few photos. For some reason, we felt uncomfortable there. We did find areas outside of the city center much more to our liking. We thoroughly enjoyed the day we had lunch at an authentic Mexican restaurant located near a stream that was outside of the city. Many of the areas outside the city were lush and beautiful when we were there during the month of May. We're trying to decide if Cabo San Lucas is a port we should consider since friends who have been there have recommended we make it a priority port. Since we have no preference for where we begin or end our cruise, our options seem limitless. So, again, thank you for your insight. I hope you thoroughly enjoy your cruise.
  12. I absolutely understand that there are forums for the individual ports. However, there are numerous cruise lines and they do not necessarily offer the same port visits. My hope in posting a new thread was that several people would respond with opinions that would help me to narrow down which ports to definitely include on our cruise. With that information, I can then narrow down my search to find the cruise lines that offer those ports.
  13. We are planning to take a full transit Panama Canal cruise sometime within the next 2 years. Please share your thoughts on the Panama Canal ports you have visited. Your opinions will help us to determine which cruise itinerary will be the best fit for us. Which ports did you find to be the most interesting and enjoyable? Also, which ports had little to offer or required traveling long distances to reach a decent destination? We don't enjoy getting off of the ship and simply browsing the port shops at the pier. We tend to enjoy taking in historical sites; so, ports that offer them would merit our consideration. Ports that ONLY offer beaches, zip lining or water activities do not interest us very much. Mobility is not an issue and walking for extended periods of time is not a hindrance for us. TIA
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