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Navigator of the Seas OUR BEST CRUISE EVER!!! SAILING 12/22/12 by ladylois38
EMBARKATION: We flew non-stop from Washington,D.C. to New Orleans on Dec.21 and stayed with our children and grandchildren at the Marriott Springhill Suites in the warehouse district. We particularly like Springhill Suites because they include a free breakfast. The Hotel is close enough to the pier so that our kids just walked with their luggage to the pier. We took a taxi, left our luggage with the porters and were on board the ship within fifteen to twenty minutes..best embarkation ever!! We loved sailing on the Mississippi River..much more interesting than going right into the ocean. SHIP INTERIOR: The Navigator of the Seas is still a beautiful vessel! We sailed a few years ago on her sister ship, Explorer of the Seas, so we knew our way around at once. Our staterooms were on deck three, oceanview..we had four cabins side by side...our daughter and her husband had connecting cabins with their three children which is a perfect arrangement, because, among other things, it allows them to have two bathrooms. The cabins are beautifully designed, with plenty of storage behind mirrors, shelves in the closets and great lighting! Our cabin attendant was fine, and did the towel animals almost every evening which is always entertaining. They were especially cute in our grandchildren's cabin. We really did not ask for anything special except for a bucket of ice each day, however, our grandkids' cabin did require a bit more effort. Continue reading... OUR BEST CRUISE EVER!!! SAILING 12/22/12

Diamond Princess Aussie Land Tour and AUS/NZ Cruise by Mountains123
My DH and I took the 21 Princess Ultimate Australia tour - first-rate and absolutely fabulous! We started in Sydney and came a couple of days early to acclimate. Did the Bridge (not the climb, just walking across), Zoo, Opera House on our own; the start of the land tour was an introductory session of 29 people with Mel (Melissa), born in NZ and now married to an Aussie. Mel was great! Funny, informative, kept excellent track of us and all our luggage! Points of the land tour (with excellect hotel accomodations): 1. Sydney - just a city tour with a free afternoon/evening - that's why you need to show up early to see everything - I do wish we had shown up a couple of days earlier than we did. 5th most expensive city in the world - bring money!! Hotel - Amora Jamison 2. Ayers Rock (Uluru) - Flew to Yulara to see Ayers Rock (note: this land tour requires several flights since AUS is the size of CONUS w/out TX - Quantas was the airline we flew and they were wonderful.) We saw Ayers Rock and Mt Olga - both sacred to the Aborigines - and watched the sun go down - amazing places in the middle of the Outback. Hotel - Sails in the Desert Continue reading... Aussie Land Tour and AUS/NZ Cruise

Disney Wonder Los Angeles-Miami via the Panama Canal on the Disney Wonder by dvandkq
We have just recently returned from the 14-day Panama Canal repositioning cruise aboard the 'Disney Wonder', and all we can say is "WOW!!!". Our first cruise experience was a 7-day Alaska/Glacier Bay/Inside Passage cruise aboard a much-smaller predecessor of Holland America's 'Westerdam', 13 years ago. While we had high expectations for a 'Disney' cruise, we were simply blown-away at how far cruising -- and particularly cruising with children -- has advanced in the past decade. The 'Disney Wonder' is simply a lovely ship inside and out. What brings this to our full attention is that it is the staff that makes the ship lovely -- and not just from the constant scrubbing, cleaning, polishing, and painting -- but from how the entire crew -- from the most senior officer down to the most junior deckhand -- stops whatever they're busy doing to smile and say "Good morning", "Good afternoon", or "Good Evening". Continue reading... Los Angeles-Miami via the Panama Canal on the Disney Wonder

Norwegian Dawn Fantastic Christmas on the Dawn by cusecruise
My husband and I just returned from a Christmas cruise on the Dawn and loved it! Great ports, great ship and great cruise staff! I know there have been alot of negative reviews for the Dawn in December but we saw only a couple minor things that others have posted here. Embark/Debark - there was a long line when we got to the pier about 12:30pm on the 23rd but it moved very quickly and we were on board within about a half hour or so. We immediately booked Cagney's and La Cucina using credits we got from the online travel agent as we wanted to make sure we got Cagney's for Christmas Eve. We'd already booked Moderno and Le Bistro online before we left. Room - we had a midship mini-suite on Deck 11. The room was decent size with a great balcony. Our steward, Gilbert, was great. Very attentive and made sure we had all that we needed. Our room was very clean, bed comfortable and no issues at all with the balcony. Continue reading... Fantastic Christmas on the Dawn

Liberty of the Seas Fun Time! by jeditden
So we booked this cruise almost a year in advance to experience the Ben and Jerry's "Suite" (6305). So after staying with my in-laws for a few nights, we were ready for a vacation! My Father in Law drove to the port and foolishly took his firearm with him. Note to all, do NOT bring a firearm with you thru the port. They made him get out of the car, and my Mother in Law had to drive us in. That was an adventure as well, haha. Being that this was the first time LOS was back in the states, would account for the cluster of disorganization with porter service, and the delay in boarding. thankfully they had a separate line for C&A members, and we were thru relatively hassle free. Once on board, we went to check out our room, now to be referred to as "Cow Butt Cabin". Continue reading... Fun Time!

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