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  1. Hi Everyone! I've done 4 cruises on the Epic from Barcelona in the past and am about to take my first Caribbean (Southern 11 day) cruise next Jan 26th. I was wondering if anyone that has experienced both could give me some pointers on what to expect for the onboard experience, debarkation, etc compared to the Med. I'm debating if 9:30 AM is too early for an international flight back home. Thanks in advance!!! Priscila
  2. "Sorta" Live from the Explorer in the Norwegian Fjords Should any friends or family members be reading this and become concerned about the title of this thread, no worries, I am (at least as of this writing) still fully 'live. So wherefore the title? In our BCL (Between Cruising Life), my wife, Jeannie, and I, take great pleasure in traveling vicariously via travel blogs and trip reports, mainly on Cruise Critic. Last year, I decided that I would try to "give back" by posting reports of my cruises. And while I find them a lot of fun to do, I have a problem: due to the speed of my brain and fingers (or, more correctly, lack thereof), I sometimes find that it takes me an inordinate amount of cruising time to do my posts. And let me just say how in awe I sometimes am when reading the reports from some of my CC brothers and sisters who have figured out how to do great reporting while still getting full enjoyment from their cruises. But for my part, I find that by the time that I a) formulate a series of semi coherent thoughts b) hunt and peck my way around a keyboard, correcting enough errors to make it quasi comprehensible c) scroll through my photos (I tend to take an unreasonably large number of photos) and identify those that may be somewhat post worthy and d) wait................................while................................they.........................load............................. enough time has gone by that may cause me to miss out on my beauty nap. Which tends to make me cranky. Additionally, I must be ever mindful of the fact that sufficient attention must be paid to my better half, lest some more interesting options for the day's company happens by. One can never be too cautious. On the last trip we took, which was a Uniworld river cruise in France, based on my previous experiences with river cruising and how much leisure time would likely be available, I made no attempt to report live, but rather waited until I got home and reported day by day in retrospect. While this worked out pretty well, there are some limitations to this approach. In the event that an incisive, pithy, or erudite thought enter my head🤔🤪🙄, the chances of remembering such hours later are slim, the chances of remembering weeks later are pretty much nil. Also, there is no opportunity for spontaneous interaction. For example, if I am already home, and someone should ask me, "who is the chief electro technical officer, and how long will he or she be onboard?".....I dunno. Should someone request that I "please tell Sommelier Freddy that Clarice and Hannibal say hi and are enjoying his recommendation for a nice Chianti"......no can do. So what I thought I would attempt is a hybrid report of sorts, in which I would post a brief note about our activities, and a few snaps, and try to answer any questions. Then when I get home, fill in some of the details and add more photos, quite possibly more than you may wish to see. Hence, "sorta" live. I have invited those on our roll call to join in, hopefully will get some more input. Bob
  3. I have booked a cruise on Meraviglia for next August, visiting the Norwegian Fjords. I suspect that the 1st port stop, described as Hellesylt/Geiranger is actually just dropping ship tour passengers off at Hellesylt and continuing on then to Geiranger for the day. Can anyone confirm this or otherwise? Ken
  4. I have just had an email about a change of itinerary for the cruise I'm taking on Sunday morning. The Star departs from Venice and the first POC was meant to be Kotor, Montenegro, which I was really looking forward to seeing. I had heard the sail in to port is amazing. Now, less than 48 hours before we depart, there's been a change (apparently it's because of an order issued by the Venice Harbour Master) and we won't be going to Kotor at all - we will be making a "technical stop" at Bar, Montenegro - and won't be able to get off the ship at all. So the first POC will be Corfu on Tuesday. Does anyone have experience of claiming any sort of compensation for this kind of change? Last time I cruised with NCL, they changed the itinerary so we didn't sail into Stockholm but went to Nynashamn instead, but at least they put on free coaches to Stockholm so we still got to go there. This time we will miss out on a whole country.
  5. Hey all! Shadowmeboy here! Well we just got back from a Canada/New England Cruise on the Norwegian Dawn out of New York City and of course I took pictures! Do you want me to share them? I thought so! Let's get this trip aboard the Norwegian Dawn started! My wife, Susan, and I, Matthew, love to cruise and do it any chance we can. In 2016 we sailed the Norwegian Sun on a Southbound Cruise from Seward, Alaska to Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. You can read the review here: http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2529761 The Norwegian Sun is pictured below in Sitka, AK. In June of 2017, We sailed the Norwegian Escape to the Western Caribbean. Review: http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2516206 The Norwegian Escape pictured below in Costa Maya, Mexico. In December 2017, We sailed the Norwegian Star to the Mexican Riviera over Christmas. Review: https://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2581330 The Norwegian Star pictured below in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico In June 2018, We sailed the Norwegian Jewel Northbound Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada to Seward, Alaska. Review: https://boards.cruisecritic.com/topic/2557365-north-to-alaska-shadowmeboys-jewel-shimmering-pictorial-review/ The Norwegian Jewel pictured below in Juneau, AK from the Mount Roberts Tram In November 2018, We sailed the Norwegian Bliss on a Eastern Caribbean Cruise out of Miami. Review: https://boards.cruisecritic.com/topic/2614687-shadowmeboys-blissful-eastern-caribbean-pictorial-cruise-review/ The Bliss docked in Road Town, Tortola, British Virgin islands About us: My wife, Susan, is a school teacher and I work for a grocery store. Susan and I have been married 12 years (June 30th)! Due to her school schedule, we cannot sail as much as we would like. We live in the Pacific Northwest, along the Columbia River on the "dry" side of Washington State among the Apple and Cherry Orchards. Most of the pictures in this review are taken with my Canon Rebel T5 DSLR, My iPhone 10R, Susan's Samsung Moto G5, or canon g7x. With this being an odd numbered year, our June cruise is somewhere other than Alaska. We decided we wanted to visit New England and cruise out of New York City. We cruised along with Trace and Maria, who we became friends with on the 2017 Norwegian Escape cruise! They were happy to come along as they live in Connecticut, aka no major travel to the ship. We then stayed with them post cruise and explored NYC and the other New England states. So we chose the Norwegian Dawn! The Norwegian Dawn anchored just outside the harbor of Newport, Rhode Island. Please feel free to ask questions along the way! I will try to answer them as quickly as I can. This review will be very picture heavy, but I love to relive my journeys through my pictures! I hope you enjoy them as well! - Matthew
  6. I've seen threads before from folks asking for help choosing a cruise and never really understood the purpose... seems like only the individual can really know what they are looking for on a cruise. But now I understand as my wife and I have been thinking about this for a couple weeks and cannot make up our minds! Hoping that someone out there as that one item that will sway us one direction. Here is our dilemma: Quite a while ago we booked a14 night April 2020 crossing from New York to Barcelona on the NCL Dawn. We were(are) happy with the ports of call and especially visiting Ibiza. However, we are not excited about the smaller ship. On previous crossings we have been on different sized ships, and on our last one on the Jewel of the Seas, realized that we prefer the larger ships and increased entertainment options they provide on the sea days. Based on that, been monitoring prices of other cruises and found a price drop on a 15 day crossing on the Epic. The cruise is a day longer (sea day) and itinerary is very similar - the material change is that it does not call on Ibiza. Price for a mini-suite (same as we have on Dawn) is $350 cheaper than we originally paid (and about $1000 cheaper than current price for same category on Dawn). Perks with booking are the same on either and we would fly to either port as we live on West coast. Being a planner, made a detailed spreadsheet on pros and cons of each cruise and boiled it down to our biggest three items: 1) extra cruise day vs missing Ibiza 2) larger ship (Epic) vs larger cabin and balcony with a more 'traditional' layout on Dawn 3) sail away in New York harbor (which we have not done before) vs potential hassle dealing with logistic in New York compared to Miami (which we are familiar with) Any and all thoughts are appreciated! Cheers,
  7. Hi everyone! I’m going to be boarding the Star in just over one month for our Mediterranean Cruise! This trip has been a long time in the making having made the deposit for this trip almost a year ago as a gift to my mom for her 60th birthday. I sent my mom and dad off to Alaska on the Bliss last summer for my dad’s 60th birthday, but this time my dad suggested I go with my mom instead (obviously I did not object!) I was late to the cruising game, going on my first cruise in my mid-twenties. Since then I have converted large swaths on my family to cruising, even completing a Christmas family reunion on the Carnival Imagination back in 2016. Funnily enough, the main reason our family didn’t cruise sooner was because my mom has always been super prone to sea sickness. After my first cruise I managed to convince her to give it a try and lo and behold: no sea sickness on cruise ships! Now my mom is probably my greatest convert to loving cruises. I have noticed that a lot of people do detailed picture reviews for the newest ships, but the older ships really seem to get overlooked. For this cruise I found that I had to look much harder to find helpful advice and information both for this itinerary and this particular ship. Accordingly, I’m hoping to be able to put together a decent review/trip report upon my return. In the meantime, since I have been planning like crazy I thought why not get a head start by describing my planning process! It might be helpful for others currently in the process of planning and maybe I could get some tips from people who’ve already done the itinerary or at least some of the ports before. Also, if there’s something in particular you’re wondering about, I’ll do my best to get you the information about it while I’m on board. DISCLAIMER: I make no representation with respect to the accuracy of this information so please cross-reference with your own research! PLANNING Pre-Cruise We’re flying into Venice (VCE) on the morning of the 21st flying Air Canada Rouge (I know, I’m not thrilled about it either but it is what it is). Pro Tip: Remember there are two airports that get advertised as “Venice” – Treviso and Marco Polo. The Treviso airport is not in fact in proximity to Venice. That being said, it’s a relatively easy train ride to get to Venice, and the train station is located right by the port so it isn’t the end of the world if there’s a cheaper/better/more convenient flight into TSF – just best to know where it is that you actually are and to plan accordingly for the journey to Venice. Right now the plan is to take the Alilaguna blue line on a bit of a milk run around the lagoon. The tickets are apx 15€ and can be purchased at the airport. Our reasoning for this is that our flight gets in relatively early and we are a bit concerned about having somewhere to leave our luggage. We feel like waiting a couple of hours before stopping in at the hotel might increase our chances that the room will be ready or that they will at least let us keep our luggage behind the desk since we’re obviously not very interested in toting that around all day. I’m fairly confident we could find lockers at the train station but I’m also pretty sure it would really suck if someone stole our luggage so I’m a bit paranoid about that. Note: other options include ACTV Bus Line 5 which goes to Piazzale Roma Venezia (8€) or a water taxi (pricey!). If the weather is crap we might take the bus instead. Our first hotel is going to be the Hotel Al Sole. This hotel was a reasonable price, had a decent amount of character and reasonably good reviews. Note: if you have a horror story about this hotel – I don’t want to hear it! I booked these hotels many months ago and options were already starting to run low. Also, I’m POSITIVE I have stayed at a worse hotel – just ask me about the time I stayed in the Florida equivalent of the Bates Motel in Pensacola in the middle of a Tornado watch – fun times! You guys, the sink was literally held up by a 2 x 4! Ok… moving on. Best of all though, this hotel is located a very short walk from Piazalle Roma which is right by the port meaning we can just walk there on the day of the cruise (and without having to haul our luggage up and down a thousand sets of stairs on the tiny canal bridges). Once we manage to find a place to store our luggage we plan to head toward the Grand Canal (original idea – I know). Our plan is to hit up the Mercato di Rialto (Note: not open on Sundays!) and see the Rialto bridge as we make our way over to San Marco Square. We’re hoping to find somewhere casual to grab some lunch before we get to the Basilica for which we have purchased a reservation (3€ each). You can buy the ticket ahead of time online through their website. This will let us skip the line as long as we arrive in our time slot. We’ve downloaded a Rick Steeves audio tour for the Basilica so we don’t have to pay for a guide. The Basilica closes at 5 pm so we’ll have a little less than a couple hours to see it. I imagine we’ll be ridiculously jet lagged so our plan is to grab dinner somewhere along the walk back to our hotel and call it an early night. More to follow!
  8. Summary / Review At the end of a wonderful vacation, Jeannie and I often say to each other, “so is this the best one yet? “ It is a question that we never answer. We have been so incredibly blessed to have been able to have had so many fantastic travel experiences, but how can you begin to compare, for example, the majestic wonders of the Norwegian fjords with the grandeur of Rome, Florence and Venice, or the profound emotional experience of walking in the land of Israel? I don't think you can. But what you can do is compare the experiences that you have while aboard a cruise ship, as that is relatively independent of the location that you are visiting. And we are in agreement that when it comes to the "big 3" of cruising, cuisine, service, and entertainment, this cruise gave us one of, if not the most enjoyable on board experience that we have had. Before getting into specifics, the usual disclaimer : this represents our opinions and our opinions only, which are no more nor any less valid than anyone else’s. Cuisine During the course of the cruise we had 12 dinners of 3 course each (not counting desserts, which as you well know, we hardly ever…. nevermind.) With 2 people, if I am doing the math correctly, that comes to 72 courses. Of these, I would rate 2 as “not good”, a small handful as “just ok”, and the rest as “very good to great “. While I don’t keep stats on that, I have to believe that this pretty much represents a record breaking batting average. I am taking into account flavor, temperature, and visual appeal. As good as the specialty restaurants are, and they are good, we only like to dine in each once per cruise, as we think that Compass Rose rarely disappoints. If there is nothing particularly tempting in the evening's specials, (as if), we know with certainty that there are items on the always available section that we can count on enjoying. To the best of my knowledge, this is unique among luxury cruise ships. We had all of our breakfasts at La Veranda, and all lunches either at La Veranda or the Pool Grill. We always have been and continue to be well satisfied with the quality and variety of the offerings there. The hot and cold served hors d'oeuvres served in the lounges are just fine, nothing to rave about but served their purposes. I don't suppose we need to talk about the snacks🙄. Service We took 2 Regent cruises in 2018, the Explorer in March and the Voyager in June, after a bit of a hiatus from traveling. We felt that on both of these cruises, the service had slipped a bit from our previous experiences. Not the it was bad, just not quite as good as we had remembered. It was often problematic to flag down a server in the lounges and pool deck, and it was not so unusual to have to wait to have water glasses or even (horrors) wine glasses refilled. On this cruise, the service, if anything, surpassed its previous levels. We would constantly be offered service within minutes of arriving in any venue. But what struck me the most about the service on this cruise was the attitude and personality of so many of the crew members. We are all used to being greeted with a smile and a "good morning" by crew members, but it seemed that so many of them were especially amiable and pleasant. The best example of this is the series of encounters that we had with Joel after my heavy handed handling of wine glasses, but so often we had amiable conversations with servers, who even had the courtesy to pretend to appreciate my warped sense of humor! We are pretty low maintenance in our needs for our cabin attendants, but whatever requests we had were handled promptly and delivered consistently. Entertainment There have been some recent threads on this forum in which many expressed the opinion that the entertainment on Regent has slipped in recent years. And I want to make it as clear as I can that I in no way, shape or form wish to disparage or minimize the concerns or opinions of others. I cannot comment on a cruise that I was not on. I can only say that on this particular ship, on this particular cruise, I found the entertainment to be at least as good as any cruise that I have ever taken on any line. The cast of singers and dancers were superb, the specialty acts I thought were first rate. The production show "Paradis" was the best that I can remember seeing. The 7 piece Regent Signature Orchestra all very accomplished musicians. Choreography, staging, the technical staff that handled lighting and sound......well, you get the idea. Cruise Director John Barron- what can I say? Simply the best. The performers in the Explorer Lounge were the P & K duo, a couple from Rome, relatively new to Regent on their second contract. P, Phil, is an excellent guitarist. K, Keysha (not to be confused with long time Regent entertainer Kasia) has a lovely voice. We found them very pleasant to listen to, but found them a little sleepy for our taste for dancing. We did dance a few times, usually being the only ones on the dance floor. Ross, a top notch pianist performed in the Observation Lounge. The Regent Signature Orchestra performed ballroom music in the Meridian Lounge. Destination Services Anytime there is a thread entitled "Regent vs, (choose your own cruise line here), invariably someone will bring up the fact that they do not like the system of having to hand in your excursion tickets in exchange for a bus ticket, then wait for your number to be called. This is a valid complaint to a certain extent. Regent is alone among luxury line to include excursions in cruise fare (read: you are forced to pay for excursions whether you want to or not). I think that it is logical to assume, therefore, that a far higher percentage of passengers will be taking ship excursions than on other lines. This, I think, puts a great deal of pressure on the Destination Services team, handling the number of guests that they do, handling requests for changes, waiting lists, questions and concerns. Also, they are at the mercy of the land tour companies, if a bus is not there on time, they cannot manufacture one. With few exceptions, I have generally found that they do a very good job under the circumstances. On this cruise, I thought they handled everything as efficiently and smoothly as could be expected. While it is annoying to have to wait 10 minutes or so when you are champing at the bit to get out and see the sights, that was really as bad as it got, no excessive waits at all. We were very pleased with the quality of the excursions. The one complaint that I had was in regard to what I believe to be a misleading description on the Regent web site, not the fault of the on board team. Internet Maddening. This is not taking into account the 2 days of no service, this is to be expected in this neck of the woods. Nor am I considering the infrequent service drop periods, this happens on every cruise. But at its best, service was frustratingly slow. One can live with this if you have to wait a bit longer than desired for an email to open, but if you are trying to post pictures to a web site it can drive you crazy (crazier?) Trying to load a full size photo file is not an option, they have to be significantly reduced in file size, and even then took way too long. It can be exasperating when you are loading 6 or so pics, and after 15 minutes get a message for 4 of them "file failed to load" AGHHHH! Embarkation/ Disembarkation Couldn't have been easier or smoother. I will post my review of the ship and my suite next.
  9. Back from our cruise to Alaska. First wanted to say thank you to all the input and suggestions from this forum. I had an amazing time with amazing excursions. Ketchikan - Lumberjack Show - I booked directly online and added the axe throwing for my son. The show was amazing. Yes it was cheesy. Yes it was touristy. It was great. My son really liked the axe throwing and there were only 5 people so lots of individual attention. Juneau - Dog Sledding! I was able to find a company that did dog sledding. I booked through Alaska Shore Excursions and used North Star Helicopters. The trip was amazing. It was totally worth the money. Very professional staff. Skagway - Used Frontier Excursions and did the bus tour to the Yukon sign and Suspension Bridge. I wanted my son to go to the Yukon and it was a great trip. I read almost the entire thread on packing lists and followed it exactly. Almost everything we packed we used. We did not use bugspray (wasn't really out in the forest but brought it just in case) and actually did not need an umbrella. It did not rain one day the entire trip. We did pack winter jackets, hats and mitts but we used it only for the dog sledding on a glacier. I could have just used my heavy sweater and scarf the glacier days. Seward - We used Alaska Cruise Transportation - Big Bus Tours. The trip took less time then I thought and our guide tour was great. We did the direct transfer because I didn't want to miss our flight. In regards to the airport in Anchorage - if you fly Air Canada beware that they only have 3 staff on duty so they go back and forth between the check in desk and the gate. It meant that until the 1pm flight left, I couldn't' check in for my 4pm flight.
  10. Hi all! I was going to wait a few more years, but my parents came to visit a couple weeks ago, and in discussing vacation plans, they highly recommended doing an Alaska cruise. (They were on Island Princess from Whittier to Vancouver in 2014.) I'm interested in a northbound cruise that includes Glacier Bay and Skagway in May or early June, with a balcony cabin on the starboard side (and possibly an inside cabin across the hall if the wife's parents care to join us), which narrows it down to Norwegian Jewel, Holland America Noordam or Westerdam, or Grand or Royal Princess. So here are my questions: 1) Norwegian: This is the most expensive (which is surprising since I thought NCL was supposed to be a budget cruise line), but it's the only one that includes both Glacier Bay and Hubbard Glacier. Glacier Bay is a must, but is Hubbard worth it? It looks magnificent but I hear it's difficult to get close to it early in the season - I'd hate to pay a premium for that itinerary and then not see it. 2) Princess: I hear Royal is considerably larger than Grand - does this significantly affect its route and the viewing, or is the experience close enough? Also I notice it arrives in Whittier at 0:30, whereas the other cruise lines dock in Seward around 4:30 - can you stay on board until morning, or would I need lodging in Whittier? Post-cruise/General Questions: Is there a way to just get from Seward to Whittier by bus or train? (I'm thinking of doing the 26 glacier cruise through College Fjords on the way to Anchorage if I pick a cruise that ends in Seward.) Or would I need to rent a car for this? (I see Seward has a Hertz and Whittier has an Avis, but neither are open yet when the ships arrive. We're also planning a few days in Denali afterwards - how early in the season does the road typically open all the way to Wonder Lake? I'm trying to balance not going so early that we can't see much of Denali, but not so late that it'll be raining in the panhandle (and the cruises are more expensive). Finally, it looks like prices are trending downwards - should we go ahead and book, or are there typically better deals during wave season? NCL is $1699 for a balcony cabin, and HAL and Princess are around $1400 - I've never been on a cruise so I'm not that familiar with the pricing, but once you add in taxes, port fees, and mandatory gratuities, that's more like $2000+ pp. Thanks in advance! I'm quite excited! The Mrs. is not so much, but I'm working on her. 🙂
  11. New press release on Apex and 10 and 11 day voyages. MIAMI, Aug. 22, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- With Celebrity Cruises' 2020 Europe season poised to be the line's most "revolutionary" yet, today the brand unveiled four new longer European sailings on board its newest ship, Celebrity Apex, the second ship in the brand's innovative Edge Series. "Like her industry-changing sister ship, Celebrity Edge – which was just named one of TIME Magazine's 2019 World's Greatest Places1 – Celebrity Apex will feature an innovative outward-facing design and transformational accommodations that invite guests to take in the breathtaking world around them," said Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, President and CEO, Celebrity Cruises. "Now, with these four new and longer Mediterranean sailings, guests will have the opportunity to enjoy the peak European experience in true Celebrity style." Among the new sailings on board Celebrity Apex are three 10- and 11-night Eastern Mediterranean sailings and a new 11-night Western Mediterranean sailing. The two 11-night Greece, Malta and Turkey sailings will depart from Rome, Italy, visiting Istanbul, Turkey; Ephesus (Kusadasi), Turkey; Santorini, Greece; Mykonos, Greece; Athens, Greece; Valletta, Malta; and Barcelona, Spain; while on the 10-night Greece, Malta and Turkey cruise, guests will be immersed in eight beautiful ports, including Barcelona, Spain; Crete, Greece; Santorini, Greece; Mykonos, Greece; Bodrum, Turkey; Athens, Greece; Naples, Italy; and Rome, Italy. The one-of-a-kind 11-night Spain, France and Italian Riviera expedition will sail round-trip out of Barcelona, Spain, calling Provence (Marseille), France; Monte Carlo, Monaco; Nice, France; Santa Margherita, Italy; Rome, Italy; Naples, Italy; Palma De Mallorca, Spain; and Valencia, Spain. From impeccable accommodations, including Edge Staterooms with Infinite Verandas and two-story Edge Villas with outdoor plunge pools, to 29 world-class culinary venues, Celebrity Apex has it all. Following the ship's Southampton debut, Celebrity Apex will offer a mini season of five sailings to European destinations, including the Norwegian Fjords and the northern coasts of Spain and Portugal. Aboard the game-changing new vessel travelers can experience a new 10-night Capital Cities Cruise with visits to iconic cities including Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Oslo and Paris. After Celebrity Apex's Northern Europe mini season, she'll spend the rest of her inaugural summer sailing seven- to 12-night itineraries in the Mediterranean, with visits to bucket-list destinations such as Lisbon, Portugal; Istanbul; Monte Carlo; Cannes, France; and more. Intrigued European explorers are able to book cruises on board Celebrity Apex now. For more details on Celebrity Apex and the exciting new sailings being offered, visit www.celebritycruises.com/cruise-ships/celebrity-apex. Joining Celebrity Apex in Europe is her award-winning sister ship, Celebrity Edge, and the newly revolutionized Celebrity Silhouette and Celebrity Constellation – featuring new staterooms and suites, new public spaces, and new luxurious designs. An exciting addition to the European itineraries is Trieste, Italy, and the first-ever mini season of sailings from Lisbon, that includes overnight stays in this incredible city. Country-immersive sailings are also being introduced that focus on Italy and Greece, designed to give guests an ever greater, in-depth experience. Celebrity will be returning to Istanbul and Kusadasi, Turkey, and Oslo, Norway, featuring overnight stays in the land of the midnight sun, as well as offering overnight stays in the guest-favorite cities of Dublin, Ireland, and Reykjavik, Iceland. Celebrity's European itineraries will offer incredible choice, with over 90 destinations and 48 overnights, so travelers have more ways to explore Europe like never before, all while sailing on an award-winning fleet of modern luxury ships. For more details on Celebrity's exciting European sailings visit www.celebritycruises.com/destinations/european-cruises.
  12. We recently sailed the Sun to Great Stirrup Cay and Nassau. This cruise was booked 2 ½ weeks prior and we were fortunate to get an accessible cabin. Gratuities Almost $21 per person per day! Total for two $123. When I questioned this, the Guest Services Rep says the increase is on the 3 and 4 day cruises. Is this due to the “free open bar”? Food Definitely a decline in taste and temperature. Several dishes lacked flavor. The food whether in the dining room or the buffet was often luke warm and not hot. This three day cruise had lots of repeat items on the menu such as calamari, French onion soup, meatloaf and bruschetta. These repeat times were not on the classic menu. Example – the items were listed one day on the appetizer menu and brought back another day for dinner or on the buffet. Day 2 we went to the buffet for breakfast. The bacon was almost raw (served pink and pale white). I pointed this out to an officer and she agreed. I was brought crispy bacon however how can Norwegian service under cooked pork to so many people. The soda in the dining room and most bars was flat. We do not use ice so I cannot be blamed. Did NCL reduce the soda due to the “free open bar”. Discount on 3 day dining package which we did not purchase. Service Dining staff was excellent. We ate all three dinners in the Four Seasons dining room located on deck 5 mid-ship. Again, the food has declined and we have previously enjoyed NCL. Entertainment We didn’t attend any of the game shows or the glow party. The newlywed not so newlywed show was entertaining, The cruise director Jackie had a good sense of humor. Cabin We stayed in 5213 (ocean view accessible). We liked having two closets and the cabin was able to accommodate a scooter and a rollator with room to spare. The bathroom also had ample space. My mom used the shower seat. The cabin does has a slight step to enter the bathroom. The downside was the design of the bathroom. When showering water filled the floor and it took several towels to dry the water. Having two closets was nice. Accessibility Too many inclines and high thresholds around the ship. The scooter was ok with navigating these however using the rollator we had to lift it and it would not roll smoothly over many thresholds. Most public restrooms lacked a button to automatically open the door. Very different for someone using a scooter or wheelchair to enter. Movies After day 1, my mom went to Guest Services to ask for movie times. In the cabin there were two movie channels. Semi-newer movies shown were: The Intruder, The Mule, Avengers, Poms, The Best of Enemies, Dumbo, Apollo 11 Internet I purchased 100 minutes. According to the chart I’m supposed to get 15 minutes free based on my status. I went to the Internet Manager and he had no idea what I was talking about and sent me to the Cruise Next desk. That gentleman also had no idea and tried to send me back to the Internet Manager. He then asked me where I saw the free minutes. I pointed to the chart listed on the NCL website. The Cruise Next Manager went to speak with the Internet Manager and it was resolved on Day 2. Overall Disappointed!
  13. Sailed the Bliss, and final stop was Victoria. We were lined up inside waiting to board buses for the excursion for about 30 minutes past the scheduled start time for the tour of Butchard Gardens. Therefore, our time during daylight to see the lovely gardens was quite limited. The tour company was not in any way responsible for this delay. Many (more than 100) people complained about the delay. I asked for some monetary compensation, but really knew all along that there would be none. Still, I don't appreciate NCL blaming the tour company. Thank you for contacting us about your recent cruise aboard the Norwegian Bliss. We were truly sorry to learn of your disappointment with the Butchart Gardens Express tour and offer our sincerest apologies. Our Shore Excursions department works very hard to find quality tours that will both entertain and educate our valued passengers. Each excursion, although operated by an independent and reputable tour operator, they are thoroughly researched for content and quality, to provide the finest excursions available. We appreciate that you took the time to share your observations with us. You can be certain your comments, as well as those of other guests, will be taken into consideration when decisions are made to renew contracts with the various tour operators with which we work. As a gesture of goodwill, when you have confirmed plans to sail with us again, please contact the Guest Relations department at 1(866) 625-1164 so that we can arrange a Welcome Aboard amenity for your enjoyment. It would be our pleasure to welcome you back aboard any one of our vessels soon. Sincerely, Patricia Tamarit Coordinator Guest Relations Case: 02797627
  14. I would appreciate any input on the process of currency exchange while on a European Cruise. Are Euro's absolutely necessary? Should I take Euro's with me, or exchange on the ship? Does anyone take US Dollars in any of the ports? Any advice will be appreciated, as I leave the first week in February. I can officially say I will be cruising "next month" !!!
  15. I enjoy these before my trips, so hopefully it’ll help you! Some are marked up as my family likes to highlight activities they’re interested in.
  16. It has been several years since we have cruised and have never cruised with young children. Next July, we hoped to take our daughters and their family on a Disney cruise but can't find one available when we can go. I chose Disney because I've heard rave reviews about the activities for children onboard. Truthfully, our grandchildren are not all that into Disney (unAmerican, I know) and the cost of those cruises is crazy expensive. This site was very helpful to me in years past, so I thought I would throw this out there to see if I could get some consensus about the best ship to sail with kids ages 8 (2 girls) and 11/12 (boys), other than Disney. We were looking at the Norwegian Breakaway. Through today, they are offering a free unlimited beverage package. I see that the "free" package is charged $20 per person per day for the 1st and 2nd passengers in each cabin for gratuities. Anyone done this? Is it worth it? Could you drink what you wanted at the bars/pool or were you limited? The ship looks like it has lots of sports things for the boys to do and pool activities for the girls. And they all love mini golf. But I've read reviews that the lines are long for all activities and some people never got to do any of it because it was way too crowded. Do you have to pay for the extras on NCL? I saw a few reviews where you had to pay for movies in the room and for the entertainment on the ship and some other things that I expected would be included in the cruise. Any help/advice you can lend to me is much appreciated. Thank you in advance for your help.
  17. Hello, can someone please help us out of the differences in food quality in the free dining on norwegian vs royal caribbean and the shoreexcurions on norwegian vs royal caribbean , and holland america- we did holland america and the tours were fantastic- did royal car for europe and vendors not so great for tours- hoping norwegian is better
  18. Hello all, We reserved a guarantee balcony at a great price on the NCL Epic. We were assigned cabin 14002. It is a Family Balcony, B4. At first glance of the deck plan, I was quite concerned. The deck below has the Bridge Viewing Room. The deck above has the Garden Cafe. I shook my head. Seems like it will be really noisy. Yes, I totally understand that booking a guarantee is a risk. No problem. I am not complaining. I just want info from anyone who has experience staying in that area. Does anyone have any past experience staying in cabins in this area? I did a search online for reviews of this cabin, but I was only able to find one review for cabin 14000 and there was no mention of any noise complaints which shocked me. Also, anyone know if the balcony for a B4 is a standard balcony, hull, or extended? Is there anything that we should know about a B4? Thanks!
  19. "Epic has little area in which to actually have connection out to sea on the public decks" Bingo Bongo Boom, Epic might be ok for a port intensive cruise but outside of value the major reason we cruise is for the sea, sight lines, etc. New York and the Dawn, that cant be beat, heck spend a day in nyc, nothing like it
  20. I will be sailing on the August 2020 Alaska sailing and I was wondering since it will be cooler on the Alaska cruise. Is there an indoor pool that I can enjoy????
  21. - Embarkation We had priority embarkation, so even though it said we were to arrive at 1, we arrived at 10. Dropped our luggage, parked the car, and entered the cattle call. We were a bit nervous being this was the first time sailing without passports. Ours expired 5 years ago. Showed the lady our BC and DL, and we went through. I mentioned that I didn't know if it mattered if we were Concierge Class. She said YOU KNOW IT MATTERS and led us right to the second row of seats. They started boarding at 11:15 and we were on that ship in minutes. Went straight to our room, dropped our stuff, evaluated the room and balcony, and it was off to the Lido. Well, sadly, no lido. Just "DEAK TEN". Eventually, we made it to the OC. Although we were offered sit down lunch, my group decided we would do the Buffet. Usually I prefer to head straight there AFTER checking out my room and then having my first FOO FOO, my party sort of disseminated, so first in line never happened. I found the quality of the food to be a bit sub par, but ample. That changed as the week proceeded luckily. After lunch, I was pleased to see our luggage outside our cabin, so I donned my suit and made it up to that VERY LOUD pool. - Muster Drill Now this was interesting. Having done 24 previous drills, I knew what to expect, but I would have been lost if I never had. It was kind of a big secret. It was also the first time I didn't need to don a jacket or put one on. I've known about this for a few years reading CC. But it was interesting how they scanned everyone's card, making sure EVERYONE attended. My wife was one of those that never went, and ended up hiding in the bathroom or the balcony. But she went to this one. And although our muster station was in the vicinity of our cabin down a few decks, I found it odd having a lifeboat completely fore, when our cabin was completely aft. - Sailaway No clue what time it was scheduled for, but I was sitting on my balcony around 3:45 when I noticed we were moving. There was some announcement that we were to be sailing past the SOL. I thought I heard it wrong, and thought they were using extreme language knowing she was hanging out there on the left, but sure enough, we made a left hand turn and sailed UP the Hudson to the Statue. The QM2 was also in Red Hook, so we got some good views of her as well. We stopped for photo ops of Ms. Liberty, then suddenly we were turning 180 degrees and were now facing the VNB, with a bunch of educated cruisers on this sailing. Not one person was heard calling it the GWB. And shortly thereafter, out to sea. - DINNER: We were scheduled for early seating at 6, but somehow, that first night, was at 5:15. A bit early, but we went at that scheduled time, and the doors were closed with a long line. Eventually they opened, and we were led to our table, rear aft port, in the center of that area. Had great views port and aft when the shades were up. It was also the first time we noticed a bit of rocking. Odd that we watched people arriving at their table past 6. But our service was never interrupted, so I didn't have an issue. I also noticed that, although it specifically said no ball caps or shorts allowed, every night, except chic, shorts seemed to be allowed or unnoticed. Personally, I would have loved to be wearing shorts all those non chic nights. I had asked prior to my cruise if you could order multiple starters and entrees, and was told yes. So that first meal I did, and boy was I glad. Celebrities portions are SMALL! And I never left the table hungry. Service was GREAT. We had both an efficient waiter and busboy/assistant. In fact, watching all the servers, they all hustled their butts off. We also had a pleasant somalier and bar waiter, but they were inconsistent in charging for Cappuccinos. The rest of the week's dining time was listed as 5:30. Second night, again, doors closed with a long line. The rest of the week we showed up at 5:45, and never waited in line again. Still also observed people showing up extremely late, but no bother to my service, so I didn't care. Following dinner we noticed the entertainment was already engaged in the theatre. Somehow, the concept of early dinner syncing with late show escaped us. We tried so hard to go with the X app, but were so happy when we started getting hard copy event listings. BTW, while home, my wife asked if I wanted to throw a bottle of Bacardi in the suitcase. I told her I assumed Celebrity was strict, and kept the alcohol if found. When we were unpacking, my wife pulled out a full bottle of Tito's. I guess she showed me. - ENTERTAINMENT: It was refreshing to see live entertainment once again. And a live band. The only thing we thought was poor was the dancers. The choreo was good, but the execution, not so good. The singers were all fabulous. The acrobats were also excellent. The rest of the week we had a repeat of the first group doing a different show (SOUNDTRACK), a singer (Laura Wright) from Vegas, A singer/comedian named Jesse Hamilton Jr.,, and another comedian who I found to be a bit racist. He was also unaware (I hope) of the El Paso shooting, while making jokes about Walmart. I wish I had walked out when I first had the inclination. Drink service was good, and there wasn't a bad bottle neck at shows end, although we did run when the lights came on. Although I was disappointed there were no broadcast TV available, I was thrilled they offered FoxNews. They also offered MSNBC.There was no CNN to be found. - DAY 2 SEA DAY Early morning and first day at sea found our Cruise Critic Meet and Greet. It was actually the first one I signed up for and attended. Not sure what to expect, but I was quite surprised at the poor turnout. I don’t think more than ten of the registered 45 people even showed up. But more surprising was finding the Captain, the officers, and the Cruise Director all in attendance. Rich spoke of Celebrity things, and coffee and light refreshments were served. There was one woman visiting each of the guests, who stated she was an active poster in CC as well as a contributor to the CC roll call. Being this was our first Celebrity cruise, I wanted to check out the MDR breakfast that first morning. I was quite pleased with the service and selections, including the made to order omelet option. Having done that, the rest of the week we did breakfast in the cafe After breakfast, and every sea day, we set up camp at the raised area between the two pools. Also, by now, I would have explored all corners of the ship, but that just never happened. It even took leaving Bermuda to make it up to deck 12, but got there during the non crowd times. Got some nice views of one set set, and the sail in under the bridge. But I never found the heart of the ship. To me it's the casino area (although not a gambler) or a promenade, which doesn't exist. I did resort to using the outside promenade on deck 4, but that was quick lonely, as well as a partial smoking area. An odd design of these pools is the loud skimmers of the filtration system. Quite annoying and over the top noisy, especially when IN the pool. My party was thrilled to find a service ice station upon boarding, and even more thrilled and shocked to see it open and serving the whole week! A nice touch I may add. I visited it myself a few times in the course of the week. Upon returning to our cabin that night, my daughter, who was sleeping in the pull out, was a bit distressed to find a bug in her "bed". I went over, and found a second. I collected them and went to the concierge. Emotionless, she picks up the phone and tells someone we have bed bugs. "Someone will come to our room." Some 30 to 60 minutes later someone shows up, and immediately starts telling me how bugs can get in the room. Then he starts educating me about bedbugs. I let him quickly know IT WAS HIS PERSON BEHIND THE COUNTER that called them that. I guess he thought I needed an education. Never once asked to see the bugs, he gets someone to come and change the sheets and examine the couch. I requested they do the same to our bed, which they did. The bugs remained in the glass for the duration of our cruise. By now, I was surprised how smooth sailing this class ship was. We were however going very slow, but even on the return trip, the ship and seas were smooth as glass. We also were following some ship off in the distance, mysteriously and silently leading the way. We eventually came to understand this was the Norwegian Escape. Their passengers told us they were curious as well as to who was following them. They were in port with us in Bermuda the entire 3 days. - DINNER CHIC NIGHT Kinda glad to see formal gone. No suit. Not Tux. No tie. LOVED IT. At least we knew beforehand what was expected. - DAY 3 SEA DAY CHILL OUT DAY. Calm before the storm. Tomorrow: BERMUDA! TBC
  22. I'm new to cruising and am looking for some information. I am scheduled on the Escape to arrive on Sunday, September 8 at 7am, cruising with my children and parents. My father is marked for wheelchair help from Norwegian as he needs help boarding and unboarding (but can use his walker around the ship). I purchased flights at 11:50 on Sunday leaving from Newark. Before booking, I called Norwegian help line to ask if they thought it would be okay, and was assured that it would be (They advised 5 hours online, but though the 10 minutes wouldn't make a difference). I planned to grab an Uber at the terminal and head directly to Newark airport. Now I'm reading these forums and some people are reporting that it takes a really long time disembark at Manhattan Cruise Terminal, especially for big ships. And when I download my eDocs it says don't schedule flights less than 6 hours after ship arrival. I called back back to Norwegian help line and asked why the change in recommend flight times and they revealed...that they don't really know much at all. (Is this typical?). NCL just advised me to talk to the Escape staff after boarding to handle any concerns. So a few questions: 1. I will need to disembark with a passenger needing wheel chair assistance. I have seen people advise carrying your own bags to disembark quickly, but that isn't going to be an option with small children. How quickly does disembarking go with wheel chairs? 2. I heard the Manhattan cruise terminal is a long pier. How far does Norwegian take the wheel chair? How far will my father have to walk? 3. Can a porter push the wheel chair and help with luggage? 4. Advice? Appreciate insight for experienced cruisers appreciated.
  23. I just asked my DH which he prefers - Dawn or Epic for the TA - he says Epic. And I concur. We've been on 5 TAs - 2 on Epic, one on Jade, one on brand new Escape and one on Getaway (in this order) and the Jade was, although good, was our least fave - for the TA crossing, that is. With so many sea days, the more multiple choices of dining venues comes in, so the Epic is better over Dawn. Also we STILL think the Epic has the best Garden Café all round (the Spirit's Raffles Court comes second). The Epic has better dining venue locations than the Dawn. We love TAs - we tend to pick the westbound ones - 25 hour days - so you won't be surprised that we'd pick Epic again over the other lesser ships one year. We're on the Encore this fall as we need to go to the UK first on personal business reasons.
  24. HOLLAND AMERICA BOARD'S FUTURE CRUISE LISTING Updated August 23rd, 2019 We all love to hear what cruises you are booked on. I post the Bon Voyage threads 7 days before sailing so, to be included in this, you need to post your details here to allow sufficient time to be on the updated Future Cruise Listing. It’s better to post earlier than later but if it is later please post THREE weeks in advance to make sure it doesn’t get missed. We would also be interested to know if this is your first cruise, your first HAL cruise or if you are celebrating a birthday or anniversary. Details needed are in the 2nd post of this thread. Please use REPLY and not QUOTE when posting to this thread. Using 'Quote' makes a very long thread and difficult for others to read. While this list is a lot of fun, please don't mistake it for a Roll Call thread. You can go to the Roll Call Section here on Cruise Critic and find your cruise to sign up there too. That's where your Meet & Greet planning, tour sharing, and other activities specific to your cruise will be happening. This week’s additions and changes are in BOLD and highlighted in aqua (sea colours). AUGUST 2019 N Statendam - 25-Aug-19 - 14 day Jewels of the Baltic asebastian we're sailing away.... - B2B2B2B2B2B2B following Aug. 4th & 25th & with Sept. 8th, 15th, 27th & Oct. 7th Cailey53 - 1st sailing as 4* Mariners N Statendam – 25-Aug-19 – 53 days - ? we’re sailing away…. Veendam - 26-Aug-19 – 12 day Voyage of the Explorers JR42 ksmaxey & DW Amsterdam – 26-Aug-19 – 14 day Great Alaskan Explorer StLouisCruisers – celebrating 50th wedding anniversary on board Av8rix N Amsterdam - 31-Aug-19 - 7 day Alaskan Inside Passage crunchii & Zarmengar SEPTEMBER 2019 Oosterdam - 01-Sep-19 - 7 day Alaskan Explorer/Hubbard operakatz Zuiderdam - 03-Sep-19- 12 day Colors of Canada & New England vms & majormomma- mother - daughter trip lynanken Eurodam - 07-Sep-19 - 7 day Alaska Explorer R/T Seattle Gonzowifey - 1st HAL cruise & 1st Alaska Nieuw Amsterdam - 07-Sep-19 - 7 day Inside Passage R/T Vancouver threebluestars - first HAL cruise - sailing with Mom & family friends Oosterdam – 08-Sep-19 – 7 night Alaska Explorer razzinger – 1st time on HAL & to Alaska, 9th cruise overall N Statendam - 08-Sep-19 - 7 day Norse Legends we're sailing away.... - B2B2B2B2B2B2B following Aug. 4th, 18th, 25th & with Sept. 15th, 27th & Oct. 7th Amsterdam - 09-Sep-19 - 14 day Great Alaskan Explorer IrishSmileyM3 - 3rd HAL cruise, 1st Alaska, celebrating 12.5th anniversary N Statendam – 15-Sep-19 – 12 day Iberian Adventure travelqueen101 - celebrating 60th birthday we're sailing away.... - B2B2B2B2B2B2B following Aug. 4th, 18th, 25th, Sept. 8th and with Sept. 27th & Oct. 7th Zuiderdam – 15-Sep-19 – 12 day Quebec to NYC mamaofami – 60th anniversary trip Amsterdam - 23-Sep-19 - 35 day Incan Empires ArtsyCraftsy woodworker & knitter Volendam - 25-Sep-19 - 23 day Panama Canal Av8rix N Statendam - 27-Sep-19 - 10 day Mediterranean Mosaic we're sailing away.... - B2B2B2B2B2B2B following Aug. 4th, 18th, 25th, Sept. 8th, 15th & with Oct. 7th Eurodam - 29-Sep-19 - 16 day collector R/T Vancouver - Hawaii & Pacific, Mexico pizzadog -celebrating 54th wedding anniversary cemnm18 - celebrating DW's birthday gypsymama5996 Westerdam – 29-Sep-19 – 13 day North Pacific CrossingK rwams – with granddaughter OCTOBER 2019 Rotterdam – 05-Oct-19 – 14 day European River Explorer doncarlos & Fishbabe N Statendam - 07-Oct-19 - 10 day Mediterranean Dream I like vacation - celebrating an anniversary & achieving 3* status we're sailing away.... - B2B2B2B2B2B2B following Aug. 4th, 18th, 25th, Sept. 8th, 15th, 27th N Statendam - 07-Oct-19 - Best of the Mediterranean Dismomx5 - celebrating 35th anniversary on their 4th HAL cruise Koningsdam - 31-Oct-19 - 13 day Passage to America vinonme2 -with sister, DS's 1st cruise, pre-cruise stay in Lake Como & Tuscany for 2 weeks Eurodam - 15-Oct-19 - 4 night Pacific Coastal msmayor - B2B with 7 night Mexican Riviera Koningsdam – 18-Oct-19 – 13 day Mediterranean Legend we’re sailing away…..- B2B2B with Oct. 31st & Nov. 13th Koningsdam – 18-Oct-19 – 26 day Mediterranean Legend & Passage to America Sailingdutchy Vict0riann Cruizer Bill & Cruizer Diana Queen Mary 2 - 18-Oct-19 - 7-night Eastbound Transatlantic rafinmd - B2B2B with Crystal Bach Oct 25 and Crystal Serenity Nov 5 Eurodam - 19-Oct-19 - 7 night Mexican Riviera msmayor - B2B following 4 night Pacific coastal N Amsterdam - 19-Oct-19 - 7 day Eastern Caribbean DFD1 N Amsterdam – 19-Oct-19 – 14 day Eastern/Tropical Caribbean saturn93 Rotterdam – 19-Oct-19 – 32 day Holy Land and Passage to America aliaschief & DWaliaschief Cinder Again Oosterdam - 20-Oct-19 - 17 day Circle Hawaii cat shepard Zuiderdam - 20-Oct-19 - 10 day Panama Canal Sunfarer RetiredNow AMA Amacerto - 27-Oct-19 - 7 day Legendary Danube (Nuremburg - Budapest AZNATIVE2000 - visiting Prague Oct. 21st precruise Crystal Bach 25-Oct-19 - 10-night Enchanting Moselle rafinmd - B2B2B following QM2 Oct 18 & with Crystal Serenity Nov5 Amsterdam - 28-Oct-19 - 51 day Tales of the South Pacific Traveling Dot FlorenceItaly Veendam - 30-Oct-19 - 7 day Eastern Caribbean anderson1203 - first HAL cruise Koningsdam - 31-Oct-19 - 13 day Passage to America we're sailing away.....- B2B2B following Oct. 18th & with Nov. 13th NOVEMBER 2019 Eurodam - 02-Nov-19 - 7 night Mexican riviera dobiemom Crystal Serenity - 5-Nov-19 - 19-night Explorer Combination - Barcelona to FTL rafinmd - B2B2B following QM2 Oct 18, Crystal Bach Oct 25 and with Symphony Nov 24 N Statendam - 10-Nov-19 - 7 day Eastern Caribbean Crazy For Cats the2ofus- B2B with Nov. 17th Judyrem - first HAL cruise, 70th birthday celebration Himself DFWGUYZ - achieving 3* on this sailing Koningsdam - 13-Nov-19 - 11 day Southern Caribbean Wayfarer we're sailing away.... - B2B2B following Oct. 18th & Oct. 31st Celebrity Silhouette - 14-Nov-19 - 8 Day Southern Caribbean Cruisinetta N Statendam - 17-Nov-19 - 14 day Western/Tropical Caribbean taxmantoo the2ofus- B2B following Nov. 10th Volendam – 20-Nov-19 – 30 Night Amazon Explorer Loreto – celebrating 50th wedding anniversary Chergs N Amsterdam - 23-Nov-19 - 7 day Tropical Caribbean Cruise twin - with twin & a friend celebrating the twins' belated birthday grest - celebrating Thanksgiving birthday N Statendam - 24-Nov-19 - 7 day Tropical Caribbean HELENPSL - annual Thanksgiving cruise with Angelo N Statendam - 24-Nov-19 - 14 day Tropical/Eastern Caribbean oldpharmguy Koningsdam - 24-Nov-19 - 10 night Southern Caribbean Seafarer wdw 1972 Crystal Serenity -24-Nov-19 - 7-night Caribbean Cornucopia from Miami rafinmd - B2B2B following QM2 Oct 18, Crystal Bach Oct 25 & Crystal Serenity Nov 5 DECEMBER 2019 N. Statendam - 01-Dec-19 - 7 day Eastern Caribbean deliver42 Eurodam - 01-Dec-19 - 10 day Panama Canal partial transit DFD1 - celebrating birthday Maasdam - 03-Dec-19 - 20 day New Zealand & Pacific VK3DQ - first HAL cruise, with MIL, celebrating 95th (MIL) & 73rd (VK3) birthdays on board N Amsterdam - 07-Dec-19 - 7 day Tropical Caribbean 1ANGELCAT- celebrating with friends - 1 receiving their Platinum medallion sp2 - celebrating 23rd anniversary & sp2's birthday & their 25th cruise WScruiser & Kopfhunter - B2B with Dec. 14th (on their longest cruise) Rotterdam - 06-Dec-19 - 15 day Panama Canal sambamama - 1st time on Rotterdam & West to East Panama N Amsterdam - 14-Dec-19 - Eastern Caribbean WScruiser & Kopfhunter - B2B following Dec. 7th Amsterdam - 18-Dec-19 - 17 day Panama Canal Holiday Infi Veendam – 18-Dec-19 – 10 day Southern Caribbean Seafarer Holiday Crazy For Cats Zaandam - 18-Dec-19 - 22 day Holiday South America& Antarctica RetiredNow - B2B with 09-Jan-20 Cruizer Bill & Cruizer Diana Volendam - 20-Dec-19 - 16 night Christmas & New Year hal lover - 1st time on Volendam Westerdam - 21-Dec-19 - 14 day Far East Discovery TN Fem Rotterdam - 21-Dec-19 - 17 day Panama Canal (FLL - SD) dbaudit & Doc Bear- 2nd Panama Canal Koningsdam - 22-Dec-19 - 11 day Southern Caribbean Wayfarer Holiday jagger16 - 1st extended holiday cruise Oosterdam - 28-Dec-19 - 7 day Mexican Riviera LynnObie - 50th wedding anniversary with 3 daughters, spouses & 2 grandchildren JANUARY 2020 Koningsdam - 02-Jan-20 - 10 day Southern Caribbean Seafarer RevNeal Amsterdam – 04-Jan-20 - Grand World Voyage we’re sailing away…. mame42 scluvsrain Scrapnana DeepWaterMariner – 2nd World Voyage N Amsterdam - 04-Jan-20 - 7 day Eastern Caribbean kcohleffel - 1st HAL cruise Volendam – 05-Jan-20 – 77 day Grand South America & Antarctica Voyage Oak Hill Cruisers travellersrest TBcruiserguy N Statendam - 05-Jan-20 - 14 day Tropical/Eastern Caribbean ger_77 - escape from the frozen tundra Zaandam - 09-Jan-20 - 22 day South America& Antarctica 0bnxshs & Missy's Mom – birthday celebration on board & achieving 5* RetiredNow - B2B with 18-Dec-19 bobalink - 1st time on Zaandam & South America N Statendam - 12-Jan-20 - Eastern Caribbean pjck71 - celebrating 25th anniversary & DH's 50th birthday, 2nd time on HAL Westerdam - 16-Jan-20 - 30 day Far East Discovery Collector pictonite Koningsdam - 22-Jan-20 - 12 day Caribbean aliaschief & DWAliaschief Crystal Serenity - 22-Jan-20 - 40-day World Cruise Segment Los Angeles to Sydney rafinmd - B2B with QM2 March 5 Silver Wind - 23-Jan-20 - 11 day Eastern Caribbean Randyk47 Regent Seven Seas Mariner - 24-Jan-20 - 131 day World Cruise ArtsyCraftsy - first World Cruise N Statendam - 26-Jan-20 - 14 day Tropical/Eastern Caribbean forwardho - celebrating birthday on board FEBRUARY 2020 Oosterdam - 05-Feb-20 - 17 day Panama Canal VintageGeo-1st time through the Canal Zuiderdam - 08-Feb-20 - 7 day Tropical Caribbean OVgirl - B2B with 11 day Panama Sunfarer cruise N Statendam - 9-Feb-20 - 14 day Tropical Caribbean Typhoon1 Zuiderdam - 15-Feb-20 - 11 day Panama Canal Sunfarer OVgirl - B2B following 7 day Tropical Caribbean Feb. 8th Eurodam - 16-Feb-20 - 14 day Panama Canal (FLL - SD) RetiredMustang summer slope N Statendam - 16-Feb-20 - 7 day Tropical Caribbean Brewgirl1 - 3rd HAL cruise, travelling with parents & adult children Koningsdam - 23-Feb-20 - 10 night Southern Caribbean Seafarer esimon - Robert, Ellen, Lynn and Will Ohio MARCH 2020 Queen Mary 2 - 06-Mar-20 - 50-day World Cruise Segment Sydney to New York rafinmd - B2B with Crystal Serenity January 22 Zaandam – 07-Mar-20 – 31 day South America, Inca & Panama Canal Discovery kazu Rotterdam – 11-Mar-20 – Panama Canal San D to FLL DeeniEncinitas - B2B with Oceania Riviera – March 30th summer slope Oosterdam - 14-Mar-20 - 7 day Mexican Riviera KroozNut Westerdam - 14-Mar-20 - 14 day China Explorer LTC_Motes - daughter's graduation cruise Koningsdam – 15-Mar-20 – 44 day Voyage of the Americas – (FLL – SD) Overhead Fred – longest cruise ever Maasdam - 15-Mar-20 - 19 day South Pacific madera1 Eurodam – 18-Mar-20 – 18 day Circle Hawaii lakeside42 jeda -celebrating 40th anniversary - B2B with Pacific Coastal Apr. 5th CaliforniaAC - with friends Bill & Di Cailey53 Oosterdam - 21-Mar-20 - 28 day Hawaii, Tahiti, Marquesas Tomndeena crystalspin & dr'spin - belated celebration of dr'spin's retirement at end of 2019 VacationingCharlene Oceania Riviera – 30- Mar-20 – TA Miami to Rome DeeniEncinitas – B2B following Rotterdam March 11th APRIL 2020 Eurodam - 05-Apr-20 - 6 day Pacific Coastal jeda - B2B following Mar. 18th Rotterdam - 06-Apr-20 - 16 day Azores & Normandy Explorer grest NIAGARANGIE - first HAL cruise Oceania Riviera - 19-Apr-20 - 10 day Monte Carlo - BCN DeeniEncinitas - Christmas present from DH Zuiderdam - 19-Apr-20 - 14 day Passage to Rome kazu - followed by visit to Galicia, Spain N Statendam - 19-Apr-20 - 14 night TA to Amsterdam TriumphGuyAL - 1st HAL cruise, 4th overall - celebrating 43rd anniversary on board Veendam - 22-Apr-20 - 17 day Azores & Normandy Explorer lizzies_mom esther e Westerdam - 25-Apr-20 - 16 day North Pacific Crossing Taters Oosterdam - 25-Apr-20 - 7 day Pacific Coastal lazey1 - 1st time cruising as 5* & in a Neptune wrap around suite MAY 2020 N Statendam - 10-May-20 - 14 day Jewels of the Baltic rwams Zuiderdam - 15-May-20 - Mediterranean Empires gwilli Maasdam - 18-May-20 - 14 day Great Alaska Explorer TomAndJane woodworker & knitter Zaandam - 23-May-20 - 7-Day Canada & New England Discovery BRWolf - (Bruce and Karen) JUNE 2020 N Amsterdam - 03-Jun-20 - 24 day Mediterranean Empires/Adriatic Dream taxmantoo Zuiderdam - 20-Jun-20 - 12 day European Splendour (Rome - Copenhagen) mr. godfredo - celebrating 25 year anniversary JULY 2020 Zuiderdam - 02-Jul-20 - 24 day Northern Isles & Jewels of the Baltic Lucie73821 N. Statendam- 19-Jul-20 - 7 day Norwegian fjord Bramcruiser AUGUST 2020 Viking Orion - 04-Aug-20 - 68 day Grand Cape Horn Adventure ArtsyCraftsy Zuiderdam - 09-Aug-20 - 10 day Jewels of the Baltic shudie- B2B with Aug. 19th Caribbean Princess - 16 day Greenland & Canada StartrainDD Zuiderdam - 19-Aug-20 - 19 day Viking Passage I like vacation Vict0riann - big birthday on board shudie- B2B with Aug. 9th Queen Mary 2 - 21-Aug-20 - 7-night Eastbound Transatlantic rafinmd - B2B2B with Crystal Serenity 30 Aug and Zuiderdam Sept 17th Crystal Serenity - 30-Aug-20 - 13 day TA Discovery (BCN - Que) rafinmd - B2B2B following QM2 Aug 21st and with Zuiderdam Sept. 17th SEPTEMBER 2020 N Statendam - 13-Sep-20 - 12 night Iberian Peninsula Poulsbo Cruisers - 30th anniversary cruise Zuiderdam - 17-Sep-20 - 10 day Newfoundland & New England Discovery (Quebec to Boston) rafinmd - B2B2B following QM2 Aug 21st and Crystal Serenity Aug. 30th Viking Sea - 21-Sep-20 - 10 days Empire of the Mediterranean (Venice to Athens) terrydtx - 1st Viking Ocean cruise, celebrating50th anniversary Koningsdam - 26-Sep-20 - 7 day Wine and Country & Pacific Northwest crunchii & Zarmengar OCTOBER 2020 Viking Tir – 01-Oct-20 – 14 day Grand European River Cruise (Budapest to Amsterdam) aliaschief & DWaliaschief - 1st Grand river cruise Westerdam - 07-Oct-20 - 37 day Inca & South America Discovery GeorgeCharlie N Amsterdam - 13-Oct-20 - 12 day Mediterranean Romance canadianbear - 1st time in Europe Rotterdam - 17-Oct-20 - 15 day Transatlantic (BCN - FLL) sambamama- 1st time to Africa Zaandam – 31-Oct-20 – 14 day Southern Caribbean Overhead Fred NOVEMBER 2020 Westerdam - 13-Nov-20 - 14 day South America Passage (BA - Santiago) Taters N Statendam - 22-Nov-20 - 10 day Southern Caribbean Seafarer cruiseguy56 Westerdam - 27-Nov-20 - 22 day South America, Antarctica & Solar Eclipse Loreto Zuiderdam - 29-Nov-20 - Southern Caribbean Cruisinetta DECEMBER 2020 N Statendam - 02-12-20 - 11 night Southern Caribbean Wayfarer wdw1972 N Statendam - 02-12-20 - 21 day Caribbean (B2B Dec. 2-23) cate54 - mother & daughter cruise Zuiderdam - 09-Dec-20 - 11 day Panama Canal Sunfarer Mr and Mrs CIQ -retirement cruise grest Westerdam - 19-Dec-20 - 22 day South America & Antarctica Holiday StartrainDD - pre-cruise trip Dec. 13th to Igazu Falls Noordam - 20-Dec-20 - 15-day Far East Discovery LTC Motes - party of 7 NCL Escape - 27-Dec-20 - 7 night Eastern Caribbean msmayor - holiday cruise to celebrate with adult children JANUARY 2021 Koningsdam - 02-Jan-21 - 7 day Mexican Riviera mab4285 - first solo cruise & HAL cruise as an adult Amsterdam - 04-Jan-21 - 128 day Grand World Voyage vinonme2 Maasdam - 04-Jan-21 - 40 day Australia, Indonesia & Indian Collector aliaschief & DWAliaschief - B2B2B with Feb 13th & Mar 4th N Statendam - 06-Jan-21 - 21 day Southern Caribbean Wayfarer/Seafarer crystalspin - with dr'spin, mom & DBr0 & SIL, celebrating 30th anniversary & DB's 60th birthday Koningsdam - 09-Jan-21 - 24 day Collectors' Cruise - Hawaii & Mexico DeeniEncinitas N Amsterdam - 09-Jan-21 - 7 day Eastern Caribbean deliver42 FEBRUARY 2021 Maasdam - 13-Feb-21 - 19 day Papua, New Guinea & Phillipine Adventurer aliaschief & DWAliaschief - B2B2B following Jan. 4th & with Mar. 4th Rotterdam - 21-Feb-21 - 32 day Hawaii, Tahiti, & Marquesas Overhead Fred josumello - first HAL cruise samsonmo MARCH 2021 Maasdam - 04-Mar-21 - 25 day South Pacific Crossing aliaschief & DWAliaschief - B2B2B following Jan. 4th & Feb. 13th N Statendam - 21-Mar-21 - 10 day cruise doone - Friends & Family cruise APRIL 2021 Maasdam - 09-Apr-21 - 14 day Mexican Riviera sambamama - 1st Mexican Riviera, birthday celebration on board AUGUST 2021 Oosterdam - 22-Aug-21 - 7 day Alaskan Explorer crunchii & Zarmengar HAPPY CRUISING EVERYONE! 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