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Originally posted by allie3490
Really enjoying your review - even though I have no plans to cruise Norwegian any time soon! Your review of the ports is just amazing. I've used them as guidance in the past.

Ok I gotta ask - what the heck happened to your daughter and grandson that security had to be called? I know I'm nosy but can you give us anything without going into too much detail?
So glad it has helped with some of the ports. Even if I've helped some a little, I've done my job.

Kid insist on going to party, kid gets tired, kid refuses to go back to room, mom doesn't take him back to room, kid lays on floor by speaker and falls asleep, upset "group" decides it's kid abuse, calls security, makes a scene. That's pretty much the entire story but without all the full details. I was so embarrassed and my husband's comment when I found him after they left "That's Kendra's parenting at its best."

Originally posted by graphicguy
Kim...thanks for that vid. I saw them on the Breakaway last year (and will again next week). It was amazing. I'm always in awe of how they can do those off a ship. And, if other ships out in the water see them and wonder if there is a battle erupting...
I know right? I will always wonder how they make this possible. At times I was watching where they were lighting them off on the deck above us and watching the sparks. It was so neat, pretty, but yet scary at the same time. It was pretty windy out that night.
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Originally posted by Chesneygirl
WOW your review with pictures is absolutely FANTASTIC!!
Thank you!!
Thanks so much. I'm glad you are enjoying it.


Originally posted by Honeytea31
Sorry for the eye rolling I thought I click the happy face . One day I hope you might be able to go on RCI oasis of the sea. Your review is full of life and color. hey I feel like I am there with you. You give soooo much insight of ship. Reading your review really help me to decide on what ship I should take and go and which one I should past on. I guess I can kick getaway off my list.

Oh it's ok. I didn't take offense to it. Was just wondering and thought it was a joke. LOL

Oh I definitely want to go on the Oasis or Allure. I won't be picky. Almost every cruise that I look at, I always go there to check on either ship and it's either way too expensive or they are booked (for the cheaper rooms) for the dates I have needed.

Are you looking for an Oasis review (or Allure?)

Mind me asking why you are kicking getaway off your list?
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Originally posted by theump
Told ya you would like Coki. And you got to more parts than we did. We didn't make it to the left (far) side. And still waiting to see an ell. Best part is that the kids and anyone who would not swim out a lot (like my DW) can see a good abbundance of fish in waist deep water.

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You were absolutely right. I'm so glad I decided to go here. It was such an awesome day and awesome snorkeling. I wouldn't think twice about going there again for sure.

Originally posted by cruisers04
Hi Mitsugirlys: Hi there, but there's only one of me (Mitsugirly)...as much as I wish I could be cloned. Just kidding.

A few things:

--This is a great review. We're strongly considering the Getaway for autumn 2014 so this is great info. Glad you are enjoying it.

--You look more like sisters with Kendra and Courtney than mom! I'm jealous! I think I love you now. Wanna be best friends.

--LOVE the ring. I like to get jewelry or other gifts while on a cruise or on an island. Then it is a remembrance to me of that trip every time I look at it. Better memories than getting it at the mall. I've been waiting for another ring for 8 years. I told the hubby I hope it's not another 8 years before I get another.

--Where do you find the crepes you've been talking about? Are they at the buffet? Or at one of the restaurants?

The crepes are in the buffet on each NCL ship. I haven't been on one that hasn't had it yet. They are awesome. It will have the station and there's always a sign.
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Originally posted by med9114u
Love the review!! My wife and I will be on the Getaway in October. This is our first cruise on NCL. It will be over our 10th anniversary, so we are leaving our 4 year old at home....but she LOVES cruising and looking at your pictures, I'm sure she would love this ship!
Couple of questions for a NCL newby:
-Do they do fireworks every cruise? I thought I read somewhere where Disney was the only cruise line allowed to do this....hope they do it, would be neat to see.
-I notice all the drinks are in plastic cups, is that normal for NCL?
Thanks and glad you love the review. Happy Anniversary to you both. I hope you enjoy your little "Getaway" without the munchkin.

Yes, they have fireworks every cruise on the 80's party night.

Um, I think it depends on the drink? I really didn't pay attention. I know that soda can come in a plastic cup or a hard cup. But I really don't remember now? Isn't that bad? I guess I had so many other things going on.

Originally posted by cruisers04
--Did the air conditioning go off when you took your card out of the slot on the wall or just the lights? If the air went off too, was it warm in there when you came back at night?

Nope, the a/c stayed on, so we didn't come back to a warm room. No worries. It was just the lights, tv or anything you had plugged into the outlets....so take note!! If you try to charge your cameras, laptop, cell phones, or whatever, when you remove the key card, it does turn them off.
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Originally posted by Laszlo
What model of Tough camera do you have? Thanks for the great review!!!

Thanks

I (had) 2 Canon D10's, 1 Olympus Tough 630 and then purchased the other Olympus Tough 830 on this cruise. So, you got a mixture of pictures, but a majority of them taken with the 630 for the entire week.

I started using the 830 on our day in Nassau.
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Ok, hopefully I am caught up with everyone's questions and comments. I have worked all day (with the exception of about 2 hours) on gathering pictures together, downloading them for the review and I'm actually still working on the video.

So, you will not get a review for today and I will start on it tomorrow some time.
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Thank you so much for all of the hard work that goes into your reviews. A true labor of love.

I just wanted to say I totally admire your attitude towards Kendra. I couldn't do it, or at least I don't think I can LOL. You're very zen about it all. I would have stewed on the incident with Brayden and security all night. I'm waaaayyy too type A and am learning good lessons from you.
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I'm kind of at the place where I don't want the review to end. LOL

Wasn't Zimomiller cruising this month? Maybe he will start a review soon.
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Hey Kim,

Remember me? The crazy lady who sent you looking for superman on Maya Key? Just wanted to let you know your review is great, sorry the trip wasn't the best.

Coki beach looked like a great snorkeling day--I may have to go East Carib again. Thanks for all the sea life shots.

Don't know if I will be cruising this year, but I do want to go to the new NCL private island off Belize--Harvest Cay when it opens, and I keep hoping that NCL will put the Spirit in Baltimore.

Stay safe in Ohio today with the weather coming through. Thanks again for taking me (virtually) snorkeling with you!
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Originally posted by mitsugirly
I (had) 2 Canon D10's, 1 Olympus Tough 630 and then purchased the other Olympus Tough 830 on this cruise. So, you got a mixture of pictures, but a majority of them taken with the 630 for the entire week.

I started using the 830 on our day in Nassau.
Thanks
Was going to buy my wife the 830 until I read a lot of reviews about the battery only lasting about 50 shots
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Thanks for the details you captured on your trip. We leave on Aug 2. Traveling with a small group..1 - 16 yo, 2 - 12 yo, 1 - 6 yo, 3 seniors and 3 fun adults....
what is the fee for the late night Splash Academy?
Do you know if the 10-12 group can come in and out as they please or do we have to sign them out?
We have heard iffy things about Coki Beach..drug sales, arguments between "servers", hassling over hair braiding and tshirt sales, overcrowding, bad facilities. Did you experience any of this and considering my "group" should we venture there or do you suggest any other bay that we can snorkel on with clean facilities?
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Originally posted by soaringfalcon
Thank you so much for all of the hard work that goes into your reviews. A true labor of love.

I just wanted to say I totally admire your attitude towards Kendra. I couldn't do it, or at least I don't think I can LOL. You're very zen about it all. I would have stewed on the incident with Brayden and security all night. I'm waaaayyy too type A and am learning good lessons from you.

Thanks so much. I really appreciate it.

Well, I guess you can say that "I'm use to it" by now. I kinda expect it from her so when it happens, I try not to let it get me too stressed. I know that no matter what, things will play themselves out and eventually the end result will happen. (It just might happen in less time). Although I have been known to leave her (like we did in Roatan on our way to Little French Key). I always set a limit and if she doesn't show, her loss.

Having patience is just something I have had to learn with having 3 grown kids and then starting over with another child AND grandchildren at the same time. It taught me a lot. Also working in the ED, you MUST have patience, even those times when patients are cussing you out, spitting on you, throwing food at you and trying to "touch" you. You know that you are not allowed to do anything back and we learn to de-escalate the problem instead of fight back. Also nursing school has helped with it too. So they are all skills learned over the last 6+ years...trust me.

I also rediscovered myself after I had Sakari. I started looking at things differently. All the hours of road rage I realized that there's nothing THAT important that you had to be in a hurry THAT much that something could happen. I have watched so many people I know killed in auto accidents, dying of cancer at such a young age and so on. You just never know when it's going to be you and always being "on the edge" about things just isn't worth it. I want to live life to the fullest...even if that means it doesn't go as planned. (Don't get me wrong, I do have my moments).



Originally posted by medicalma'am
I'm kind of at the place where I don't want the review to end. LOL

Wasn't Zimomiller cruising this month? Maybe he will start a review soon.

I'm kind of at a place where I can't wait for it to end because I have so many other things I need to get done with the house. LOL

THEN...I do need to get back to work and then there's always planning for my upcoming cruise and research to be done.
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Originally posted by snorkelmom19
Hey Kim,

Remember me? The crazy lady who sent you looking for superman on Maya Key? Just wanted to let you know your review is great, sorry the trip wasn't the best.

Coki beach looked like a great snorkeling day--I may have to go East Carib again. Thanks for all the sea life shots.

Don't know if I will be cruising this year, but I do want to go to the new NCL private island off Belize--Harvest Cay when it opens, and I keep hoping that NCL will put the Spirit in Baltimore.

Stay safe in Ohio today with the weather coming through. Thanks again for taking me (virtually) snorkeling with you!
I most definitely remember you.

Coki was wonderful. You will have to try it. It's right up there with one of the best I have been to (off the beach). Maya Key still remains #1 just because it doesn't feel like you walked off the beach into it and feels like you are just in the middle of the ocean. Coki was a different type of experience and I just couldn't believe everything that was there within feet of the beach and such shallow water.

I will be glad when NCL puts Harvest Cay into the schedule too. I'm sorta running out of things to do there and always like something new. (Although I still want to try Goffs Cay and Rendezvous as well).

Wait, WHAT WEATHER? I never watch t.v., so I haven't heard anything. I know it's a beautiful cloudy day at the moment and we spent the morning sitting out on the lounge chairs on the deck and it was so nice. It sounds like that's all about to change. I'll have to look up the weather channel.

Originally posted by Deb922
Really enjoying your review. Thanks for spending all the time it takes to put it together
Thanks so much.
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Originally posted by Laszlo
Thanks
Was going to buy my wife the 830 until I read a lot of reviews about the battery only lasting about 50 shots
Oh really? Well, I can tell you this much. I purchased my 830 that Thursday at sea and used it several times (it comes with the battery 70% charged) that day then fully charged it. I used it on Friday all day along with my other Olympus and since I have arrived at home. I haven't charged it yet.

(I just turned it on and it still shows a full battery). So obviously mine doesn't have any problems with the battery.

Originally posted by mysandyfeet
Thanks for the details you captured on your trip. We leave on Aug 2. Traveling with a small group..1 - 16 yo, 2 - 12 yo, 1 - 6 yo, 3 seniors and 3 fun adults....
what is the fee for the late night Splash Academy?
Do you know if the 10-12 group can come in and out as they please or do we have to sign them out?
We have heard iffy things about Coki Beach..drug sales, arguments between "servers", hassling over hair braiding and tshirt sales, overcrowding, bad facilities. Did you experience any of this and considering my "group" should we venture there or do you suggest any other bay that we can snorkel on with clean facilities?

Sitting services at 10:30pm is $6.00/hr. Then you get a reduced rate for sibblings after that.

I honestly don't know if the 10-12 year olds can sign themselves in and out. Sakari has a few more years to go to hit that group and I'm not rushing things. Hopefully someone can chime in and answer that for you.

I have heard so many things about Coki too, but we experienced none of that (other than our server, Michelle, scolding us about ordering off her son). I actually didn't see anyone braiding hair, drug sales (didn't even smell anything and I even walked up and down the entire beach), and the only person I seen selling anything was purses for some reason (which I thought was weird on a beach). They didn't ask over and over and just went up and down the beach holding them along their arms.

Honestly, I would never hesitate to go here again. It was just an amazing experience. If you are into snorkeling...it's definitely a "do not miss" destination.
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Kim - I think the pic of you and your hubby looks just fine! You can tell you just finished nursing school, because you are being over critical of yourself...

I, too, am about to finish and have my Getaway cruise scheduled for just that occasion! Hoping to find myself nursing in the ED. Currently a Flex Tech (I work in all departments) and love it when I get floated to the ED!

Enjoying the details in the review. Just wondering if I missed the part where you talk on the 1st day about the actual rooms?? I saw the post about when you were boarding, but then nothing till the 3rd day? Trying to decide if I want to splurge and upgrade from balcony to mini-suite when we board...

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Sara
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Originally posted by swaterbury
Kim - I think the pic of you and your hubby looks just fine! You can tell you just finished nursing school, because you are being over critical of yourself...

I, too, am about to finish and have my Getaway cruise scheduled for just that occasion! Hoping to find myself nursing in the ED. Currently a Flex Tech (I work in all departments) and love it when I get floated to the ED!

Enjoying the details in the review. Just wondering if I missed the part where you talk on the 1st day about the actual rooms?? I saw the post about when you were boarding, but then nothing till the 3rd day? Trying to decide if I want to splurge and upgrade from balcony to mini-suite when we board...

Thanks,
Sara
Well happy graduation to you coming up. I don't believe we have flex Tech's at my work, but we do have Flex Nurses and man do they make a lot of money doing that. I'm really not sure if I will be staying in the ED after I pass boards. Another tech just graduated in March and passed her boards in April and they told her that they couldn't hire her, but would give her an excellent recommendation. I feel so bad for her. She's been a tech there longer than I have. I'll just be happy I guess where ever I get to work to start out with.

Yes, the rooms were on the First boarding day. It's located on page 3. http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showt...2048113&page=3 and starts at post #54.

Maybe you skipped a few pages somehow? Day 1 after the room pictures are about the rest of the day we had, going to the Illusionarium show and followed by a whole bunch of pictures from around the ship. The 2nd day is on there as well. It starts on page 10 at post #192.
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Day 7...Nassau, Bahamas.

This will be the first time that I have been on a cruise where we don't pull into port until later in the day. It was really nice not to have to get up early and be off the ship to race to the next destination. We were to be in port from 12-7pm.

However, once again, I was up bright and early (well, bright and early for ME that is). I woke up at 8:30am and out on the balcony I went. I have to say it was the most calm seas I think I have ever seen. There was no waves or anything (other than what the ship was making and it wasn't really going that fast either). I know I took a picture of it, but can't seem to locate it for some reason. I took a picture because I just couldn't believe how still the water looked.

We got dressed and decided we would try breakfast at O'Sheehans since we had never done this before.

I got the "Express"-which consisted of scrambled eggs, bacon, toast and jelly, hasbrowns and it said pastries (but I did not get the pastries???) I also ordered a side of french toast. I did ask the waitress if they had the yummy sugary whipped topping to put on it and got a firm "no" as an answer. Yes, I was heartbroken, but there's always tomorrow to get my final fix.

The hubby ordered the "country" breakfast and when it arrived, there were no baked beans. Now, I'm not sure why people in the country eat baked beans for breakfast, but it just sounds weird to me. However, he wanted them and told the waitress that they were missing. She quickly brought out his "cup" (and I use that word lightly) of beans. This was probably smaller than the size of a shot glass. Like 1 spoonful. I just had to laugh. I now wish I would have taken a picture of it.

The kids messaged me wanting to know where we were for breakfast and after telling them, they came up. Once they were seated and looked at the menu, Kendra said "this is the same stuff you can get downstairs but more of it at the buffet". Yes, yes it is. It's just a different atmosphere to try out and we're enjoying it. They decided they wanted to head down to the buffet so they didn't have to "wait" on their food to come out. I guess they had a bad experience the other night when waiting on food and it took 40 minutes before the food came out. They wasn't about to have to wait again she said (even though it was clear that we already had ours and it wasn't taking that long). Oh well, to each their own.

We headed back to our room after breakfast to watch the ship pull in.

The night before Disney had taken off out of port in St Thomas after we did and we noticed that they were racing past us out in the ocean in the middle of the night. I guess they were in a hurry to get to Nassau.

We found that they were already docked once we got close enough to see.




We followed a Carnival ship in.






I really love the "entrance" they have as you pull into port.




I also love this little lighthouse there. I know it has been there for many many years. I can remember back in the 80's being at Junkanoo beach and taking pictures of it across the water.








...and of course Atlantis off in the background. That place is massive looking.


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There are 3 piers there and Carnival Sensation (I think it was) decided to take the closest of course). I just knew that we would get the one at the end and have to walk a mile to shore. Of course it could be that we are so massive in size too.

All of a sudden we started turning. Oh em gee! We were going to turn around and back this bad girl in. The Captain is amazing. hehe

I was busy taking pictures of the area as we were able to get an awesome view of everything as he turned us around.








We actually docked at 11:30 and was cleared to get off very quickly.

HOWEVER, we had booked an excursion with NCL (I know, I normally don't do this) to go to Blue Lagoon. I let Kendra do the research and pick where she wanted to go for Nassau. Nassau is not really one of my "must-do-favorite-ports" places. So I was at a loss. She had mentioned going to Atlantis, and although I know it looks beautiful, I have read way to many reviews from cruisers on here about how it's not worth the money. You get very little time there and there are multiple packages to purchase and you do not get everything unless you add it on and so on. For instance I was reading that you can by the pass and it only included like the beach there. If you wanted to do the water slides, you have to add more money and so on. It could be a very expensive day and not one that is worth it for such a short period of time (then factor in the crowds that would be there). So I told her I'll pass on that and to find something else.

She found the Blue Lagoon excursion and I researched it and it seem like everyone enjoys the place with the only complaints is not enough time there. Well honestly, isn't that a complaint at every place you visit in port? There's just never enough time anywhere you go, but it is what it is.

I had read about the entire "ferry boat" thing and the times they leave and the "last ferry ride back" or you're stuck on the island forever and ever. But yet again, that didn't sound too bad to me either. Ok, snap out of it Kim. You can't just stay on an island and claim you missed the ferry without someone noticing. Back to reality.

The price was (I believe) $54 for adults and less for kids. I knew it came with your buffet lunch and drinks and that the water activities were extra. The only water toys that our group was possibly interested in were the water toys in the ocean and it was an extra $15 per person for the entire day. I did my research and found that if you booked local, then the water toys were included in your day package. However, after a lot of thought, we would have to catch a cab (costing more money) and take the time to go over to Paradise Island to catch the water taxi over to Blue Lagoon. This sounded like it could possibly cost us more, plus more time, plus an extra stop at Paradise. We finally opted to just book with NCL and be picked up directly at the dock by the water taxi and head straight over to Blue Lagoon. I had fully prepared myself to know that it's a long ride over there and that we would only get to spend about 2 hours there for that price. Anything more would just be an extra. Since there really wasn't anything more that I was interested in doing, I just figured it would be worth it to see the place and let the kids have a little fun.

The bad part was, our reservations was at 1pm and here we had already docked at 11:30am...wasting time. Boo. Our tickets had arrived in our room at the beginning of the cruise and they instructed us to go to the theater to meet at 12:45pm.

When we arrived, we were among the first (with Kendra believe it or not) and they instructed you as you came in to go down to the front of the theater, 1 person per family, to get your arm bands.



Now Sakari is a good, well behaved child and if we were alone, she would sit there with us until it was our turn to leave. Obviously Brayden was with us and he can't sit still for nothing and started going up and down the isles and toward the front of the theater and so on. Sakari soon followed and I had to yell a few times for her to get back up there with us. Then they would sneak off again. Obviously I'm getting frustrated. I don't like for my child to act like that and Kendra is the type to say "He's just a kid and having fun entertaining himself while we wait." That's the big difference in the two of us. The employee at the front that was passing out the arm bands at one point gave them the microphone and let them say hello to the audience. For some reason, Brayden decided that it was now "his" show and started climbing up on the stage. Off I went to grab and scold my child. "Nope, this isn't going to happen. March your butt back up to the chair and sit before you go back to the room and miss going to the beach today." That's all it took for me and she was sitting down between us for the remaining of the wait.

At 1pm, they started herding us out of the theater. They told us to stay single file all the way to the boat that was waiting on us. Do you know how impossible it is to do this when you are mixed in with others getting off the ship, trying to scan key cards out, and tons of other people walking down the pier as well? Then factor in having to get your family pictures on the pier when getting off. I mean who wants to miss out on that? Not our family and Kendra is a big fan of that and takes a picture with EVERY character out there.

I tried to keep my eyes on others with the arm bands to figure out where we were going. We headed down the pier and at the end, we veered off to the left where there was a dock. The boat pulled up and we all piled on.

I looked back and captured a picture of the Getaway sitting at the pier.


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Courtney snapped a picture of us all sitting on the boat waiting to take off with her phone.









Trying to get a decent picture of the kids and every time I turned around, this is all Brayden would give me.




Kendra and I taking a selfie while the hubby and Kolin are at the "concession stand" in the background getting soda's and chips for us. (Soda was $2.50 each)

(You see the creepers in the background? LOL I always find it funny when you are taking a picture and others are looking at the camera with you and you don't even know it until you see the picture).




"Oh wait mom, you have your sunglasses on, let me put mine on and try again."

She insisted that I take another so "we can match".




Along the trip, there was a guy in the front that was telling everyone various things along the way. He was pointing out the "famous peoples" homes. I was only able to hear Beyonce & Jay Z's home and also Eddie Murphy's island. Beyond that, I have no clue. He wasn't on the microphone and the word was kinda getting passed back as people were talking about it. I wasn't really in a seat that I was able to take pictures, so I did it on the way back.

Now I know that others have commented that it's about a 40 minute boat ride to the island. But honestly, it did NOT seem like it was that long. Maybe I was just enjoying the scenery? Maybe it was because the ride was straight there without any stops at Paradise? I'm not sure, but it went by quickly. It was a beautiful ride and I think what really takes so long is because when you are in the canal (? I'm not sure if that's what it's called), they have to go really slow. It's probably like a no wake zone. Then once you get past all the homes, you could go a little faster. You go out and around this bend and then they could go fast over to the island. I didn't actually realize just how close the island is until on the ride back. It's really not that far. It's just the "speed zones" that take longer.
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