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  1. I just got upgraded to a aft facing balcony has any one stayed in this cabin. Is the balcony bigger than a regular balcony.
  2. My cousin and I just got off of the Norwegian Dawn this morning. Due to effects of chemo, my cousin has mobility issues and had to use a scooter. I can't say enough about the crew and passengers who were so very kind to us during the trip. For those of you who held a door, made room on an elevator, stepped aside as she learned to navigate with the scooter, charging the scooter each evening, offering wheelchair assistance at the port, etc. We are most grateful. I really wanted her to be able to go into the water at Great Stirrup Cay but she was so scared since she is unstable on her feet. As I walked her to the water, passengers whom we never met, came to her assistance. Upon getting out of the water, again, the passengers jumped right in to help. A special thanks to the young man who held her arm and around her waist to assist, you are to be commended. Thanks also to the women (one was an Occupational Therapist) who offered assistance to her getting out of the sand wheelchair. She had a great "first cruise experience" thanks to all of you!
  3. I want to start a new roll call for our family cruise right now 105. Family members . November 29. To. December 6 2020 . Can someone help me st this up
  4. Hey CC! Our flight was delayed 1.5 hours today but we made it through downtown NYC with a lyft.. $51 later. But we made it. Off to Bermuda on the gorgeous Escape! Hope you all follow my fun this week! Party on!
  5. "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
  6. 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
  7. 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!
  8. Hi all, We're booked for the Norwegian Escape to Bermuda in October. Excited! Just wondered if there is a preferred side of the ship. We're booked on a balcony on the starboard side on the 11th deck. In particular, I'm wondering if we have to worry about smelling smoke from our balcony as I think I read that the designated smoking area is on the starboard side. Also any recommendations for best deck? Thanks so much for any advice. First time Norwegian cruisers and feeling excited!
  9. Just curious who has taken a cruise on the rerouted Norwegian Sun (rerouted from original Cuba itinerary to other ports)? The original cruise to Cuba was all inclusive. I booked a Sept. rerouted cruise going to the bahamas. Charge for tips is $20.50 per day for the ocean view cabin. Norwegian website and everything I could find on the internet said $14.95 per day. I did call Norwegian and after about 20 minutes on hold I was told that they determined it was a mistake and they would have it fixed in a couple of days. I am just wondering how many people have been over charged for tips on their cruise since the rerouting occurred?
  10. Sorry, I am a bit confused on which port does Escape dock. This is for the June 7, 2020 cruise (11 day Scandinavia, Baltics, Russia) . A link to exact location on Google maps would be appreciated.
  11. 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! Jacqui
  12. I believe the Sun did this itinerary last year as a segment on the World Cruise and I don’t recall any hearing any significant issues so hopefully the concerns are unfounded. We did a similar itinerary in 2010 aboard Norwegian Sun. It remains our favorite cruise. The perfect mix of sea and port days and absolutely beautiful scenery combined with such interesting wildlife. Have a great cruise!
  13. Myself and the wife just booked a last minute cruise on the Norwegian Sky coming up 9/7/19. This is our first Norwegian cruise though we have cruised many times on other lines. We were looking for feedback on the specialty restaurants on that ship. Want to make the best use of our restaurant package. thanks
  14. 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. 🙂
  15. All-In: Drinks + Free Wifi is not a free for all promo. It actually add $180 to the fare. Toggle Escape to Sea fare and All-In fare and you will notice approx $180 diff. It is a Easy package, Beer: Heineken draft and Miller Lite can, about 7 coctails, hours wines and non alcohol packages. So, if you want mojito, you are likely to cough up $8, Coor light $7, etc on top of the drink package. If you have others that don't drink, make sure they drink $180 worth of juice/Soda/Coffee. Otherwise, just get a Escape to Sea fare.
  16. On Escape, aft-facing B1 balconies differ in depth (by deck), in width, and in bed configuration (bed near closet vs. bed near balcony). The least deep aft-facing deck (13) is still a small bit deeper than a standard side balcony. Which stateroom or deck did you get?
  17. https://boards.cruisecritic.com.au/topic/2237597-escape-aft-balcony/ Not sure which cabin# you have so maybe something in here to help.
  18. How much are the service charges? For bookings made prior to April 1st, 2019, that prepay their service charges before their sail date: For all ships excluding Norwegian Sky All-Inclusive and Norwegian Sun All-Inclusive $17.50 USD per person per day for The Haven, Concierge and Suites; $14.50 USD per person per day for all other stateroom types Norwegian Sky All-Inclusive and Norwegian Sun All-Inclusive $23 USD per person per day for Suites; $20 USD per person per day for all other stateroom types For bookings made on or after April 1, 2019 or for sailings April 1, 2019 and beyond whose service charges have not been prepaid: For all ships excluding Norwegian Sky All-Inclusive and Norwegian Sun All-Inclusive $18 USD per person per day for The Haven, Concierge and Suites $15 USD per person per day for all other stateroom types Norwegian Sky All-Inclusive and Norwegian Sun All-Inclusive $23.50 USD per person per day for Suites $20.50 USD per person per day for all other stateroom types https://www.ncl.com/faq#!#what-is-onboard-service-charge
  19. The trip would cost approximately 500 Norwegian Kroner each way. Figure $56 each way. It also depends a little bit on time of day, and how many people in the taxi. I used the Bergen Taxi calculator to figure it out, but I do speak Norwegian. Here the link to the price calculator: http://www.bergentaxi.no/Priser/Priskalkulator Here is a picture:
  20. For Meraviglia, I see 7 days for $180+ changes. of 8 pax, only two of us drink, with kids drinking under the table and DW one or two a day. So, when you add $180 X 8 = 1440, you gotta to wonder is it worth it? Considering, you get 7-8 basic cocktail, house wines, Heineken draft and miller lite can, plus any straight shot or on the rock these are not that type of shelf drinks and no ice cream. In Divina while back we ended up spending $700 total on Beer, couple bottle of wines, cocktails, ice cream. So, yes, I am booking on Escape to Sea rate and see what happens this time.
  21. The OP's signature says the Escape next month.
  22. Hi, We are booked on the December 20th Norwegian Bliss itinerary which includes an overnight at Port Canaveral. According to the schedule, the ship arrives at Port Canaveral at 1pm on the 22nd, and leaves at 5pm on the 23rd. We've never been to Port Canveral/Orlando before so not really sure what to expect with timings. Our ideal plan is to rent a car after getting off the ship on the 22nd, and spend the rest of that day at one of the theme parks (looking at either SeaWord, Disney, or Universal...recommendations?), drive back at night, park overnight and sleep on the ship, and then do the Space Centre the following morning (December 23rd) right when it opens at 9AM. Does that sound doable or will that be very rushed and leave us constantly worrying about time? Thanks!
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
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