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I was pleasantly surprised. There's actually a wide variety and nice selections. RCI could take a few notes from this list.

http://www.ncl.com/sites/default/fil...ide_071513.pdf
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Kailua Kona, Hi
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Agreed, for mass market cruising, NCL strikes a nice balance on the wine list from affordable favorites, to trophy wines like the Opus One. They also have some genuine "interesting" wines at really decent price points...the St Emillion Bordeaux for example carries only a $20 mark up over retail and is a very tasty wine with an 89 point score.

On the other hand, the wine stewards on NCL are not wine experts and rarely can be helpful in selecting a wine beyond obvious pairings...the wine tastings I've attended have been more like wine trivia (them: what's the best vintage? Me: um, can you be more specific to variety and region? Them: 1998) and the classic "white with fish and red with meat but order whatever you like because your on vacation." But hey, for a small fee you get to sample 4-6 wines and the pours are not stingy.

Cheers!
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Agree with all....very nice list!
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You can also put people on this board on "ignore" if they annoy you. Simply go to your User CP - On the left menu, you will see "Edit your Ignore List". Click on that. Then, simply enter the person's user id name into the box, hit "okay" and voila! No more annoyance.



When I was younger, I used to wonder if strangers would like me. The older I get, the more I wonder if I will like them.


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Cruises Completed: But only the ones I can remember:
1992 - Song of Norway - RCI***1992 - Premiere Cruises - "Seabreeze" - It later sunk. Sad.***1995 - RCI - Nordic Empress***1995 - RCI - Majesty of the Seas***1996= s/s Norway - NCL***1997 -RCI - Viking Serenade***1997 RCI - Empress of the Seas***1998 - Carnival - Destiny***1998 Viking Serenade***1998 Monarch - RCI: ship ran aground and foundered. All souls saved.***1999 - Crystal Symphony***1999 - HAL - Westerdam***2000 - RCI - Vision of the Seas***2000 - Celebrity Century
2000 - s/s Norway - NCL***2000 - Seabreeze. Evacuated, and then she "sunk". All souls saved. ***2001 - Celebrity Millenium***2001 - Star Clipper - Royal Clipper and Star Flyer***2002 - Star Clipper - Star Flyer***2002 - s/s Norway - NCL***2002 or was it 03?? Anyways - RCI - Vision of the Seas***2003 - s/s Norway - NCL - onboard when the boiler exploded. Several souls lost to the sea. So sad!***2003 - Flying Cloud - Windjammer***2003 - Celebrity Constellation***2005 - Princess - Star Princess***2006 - Princess - Ocean Princess***2008 - Star Clipper -- Star Flyer***
Future Cruises:
3/16/14 - NCL Star - Mexican Riveria
9/2014 - Star Flyer - Star Clippers
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UK
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I believe the wine list may be changing soon. The Vina Vivo selection on the Getaway is different and apparently the changes will go fleet wide over the coming months.
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Originally posted by KeithJenner
I believe the wine list may be changing soon. The Vina Vivo selection on the Getaway is different and apparently the changes will go fleet wide over the coming months.
There are a lot rumoured changes coming up but to my understanding the Viva Vino package has always had a specific (different) list of wines available - not the whole fleet wide wine list.
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Celebrity Summit (06) - 7 nights Southern Caribbean (B2B) - November 2015
Celebrity Summit (06) - 7 nights Southern Caribbean (B2B) - October 2015
Norwegian Jade (SC) - 11 nights Western Mediterranean - March 2015
Celebrity Reflection (1A) - 7 nights Eastern Caribbean - January 2015
Norwegian Jade (MB) - 7 nights Eastern Med: Adriatic, Greece & Turkey - May 2014
Norwegian Dawn (S1) - 12 nights Caribbean Escape (Tampa-Boston repo) - April 2014
Norwegian Getaway (H9) - 7 nights Eastern Caribbean - April 2014
Norwegian Jade (SE) - 8 nights Greek Isles and Turkey - July 2013
Norwegian Pearl (OK) - 7 nights Western Caribbean - February 2013
Norwegian Epic (BE) - 7 nights Eastern Caribbean - February 2013
Norwegian Star (SJ) - 12 nights Caribbean Escape (Tampa-NYC repo) - April 2012
Norwegian Pearl (MA) - 7 nights Western Caribbean (B2B) - February 2011
Norwegian Pearl (MA) - 7 nights Eastern Caribbean (B2B) - January 2011
Norwegian Jewel (MA) - 5 nights Eastern Caribbean (B2B) - March 2009
Norwegian Jewel (MA) - 9 nights Western Caribbean (B2B) - March 2009
Norwegian Jade (SE) - 9 nights Canary Islands - January 2009
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Bermuda
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A few of our faves are on the list - including the Wines by the glass ... looks like we're going for the UBP on our next cruise.

If you look carefully at the prices between the glass and bottle of same wine ... the bottle is 4 times the glass. It's good!

I have a funny story to tell ... when we boarded the Sun for the South America cruise we bought the 10 bottle package - I was given a list and I selected the bottles off the list and paid the price less 20%.

Naturally, being in South America, I selected mainly Chilean and Argentinian wines. Got the little slips with wine name on them. Then we went by this rule, when in Chilean waters, we would drink Chilean wine and when in Argentinian waters, we would drink the Malbecs ...

When we reached the Argentinian waters the ship ran out of Malbecs!!! It was 14 day Xmas/New Year cruise and there were so many South Americans on the cruise ... they drank all the best wines!!!

We found it so amusing - the wine steward was so apologetic but we brushed it off - and chose something else.

At least the ship was full of happy wine drinkers!! It was a memorable cruise for us. See my review in my signature.
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2018-Nov 12 - NCL JEWEL - Journey toDown Under from Singapore to Sydney
2019-Jan 20 - NCL ESCAPE - Southern Caribbean from NYC (14 days)

2019-Aug 2 - NCL SPIRIT - UltimateBaltics from Southampton to Stockholm (15 days)

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NCL SPIRIT 04/2018 - Mediterranean& Adriatic from Rome
NCL GETAWAY 10/2017 - Transatlanticfrom Copenhagen DK to Miami - via BERMUDA!
NCL BREAKAWAY 03/2017 - Florida &Bahamas from New York
NCL JADE 10/2016 - Transatlantic from Barcelona to Tampa
NCL PRIDE OF AMERICA 03/2016 - San Francisco-Hawaiian Islands-Honolulu
NCL ESCAPE 10/2015 - Maiden Transatlantic Crossing from Southampton England toMiami
NCL GEM 06/2015 - Canada & New England from New York
NCL BREAKAWAY 16/01/2015 - Two-Nighter CTN from New York
NCL JADE 10/2014 - Greek Isles from Venice Italy
NCL SUN 01/2014 - Southern & Eastern Caribbean from Miami
NCL GEM 12/2013 - One-Nighter CTN from New York
NCL DAWN 03/2013 - Western Caribbean from Tampa
NCL EPIC 10/2012 - Western Mediterranean from Rome-Barcelona & then TA toMiami - B2B
NCL STAR 01/2012 - Western Caribbean from Tampa
NCL EPIC 10/2011 - Transatlantic Barcelona to Miami
NCL EPIC 08/2010 - Western & Eastern (due to Hurricane Earl) Western(again) Caribbean with Nassau - B2B from Miami
NCL SUN 12/2009 - South America Holiday - Santiago/Valparaiso to Buenos Aires(review http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1118168&highlight=)
NCL JADE 12/2008 - East Mediterranean Holiday from Barcelona
NCL PEARL 03/2008 - Southern & Western Caribbean - B2B from Miami
NCL SPIRIT 12/2006 - Southern Caribbean Holiday from New York
Hurtigruten FINNMARKEN 12/2004 - Norway - Kirkenes-Bergen-Kirkenes
Hurtigruten FINNMARKEN 07/2003 - Norway - Bergen-Kirkenes-Bergen
#9
California
179 Posts
Joined Jul 2008
Originally posted by artist47
I was pleasantly surprised. There's actually a wide variety and nice selections. RCI could take a few notes from this list.

http://www.ncl.com/sites/default/fil...ide_071513.pdf
Thank you for the post. I am a bit of a wine snob and I work in the Napa Valley wine industry. I was pleasantly surprised by some of the choice/price ratio. Not the greatest wine list but not bad. I think that the Schafer merlot is a great deal depending on what year it is.
#10
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Thank you so very much.
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#11
UK
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Originally posted by Demonyte
There are a lot rumoured changes coming up but to my understanding the Viva Vino package has always had a specific (different) list of wines available - not the whole fleet wide wine list.

The Viva Vino package is a subset of the main wine list. NCL released a press release recently to say that their wines were changing, and the alterations to the Getaway Viva Vino suggest that this change is starting there.

Having said that, on the Getaway one nighter the main wine lists seemed the same as usual.

I'm not sure anyone knows the extent of the changes, but I thought if worth mentioning, in a thread where people are commenting about the wine list, that if may not be the same next time they cruise.


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#12
South Florida
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Joined Mar 2004
Thank you for posting the wine list Decent price points - I'm happy!

Can anyone please direct me to more info on Viva Vino? Thanks!
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#14
Orlando, Florida
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Joined Jan 2006
Originally posted by coyboy1971
On the other hand, the wine stewards on NCL are not wine experts and rarely can be helpful in selecting a wine beyond obvious pairings...the wine tastings I've attended have been more like wine trivia (them: what's the best vintage? Me: um, can you be more specific to variety and region? Them: 1998) and the classic "white with fish and red with meat but order whatever you like because your on vacation." But hey, for a small fee you get to sample 4-6 wines and the pours are not stingy.

Cheers!
Ok, so just a quick question, if the wine stewards are not wine experts about wine do they know how to open an older bottle of wine (without destroying the cork) and decant it properly? We have 2 bottles of 1990 Chateau Mouton Rothschild that we are bringing for a special occasion. I sometimes get a little nervous when I open one of my older bottles . Oh well its just a bottle of wine, right...
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#15
Raleigh, NC USA
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There's also a house red and white by the glass and bottle. $5.95 and $24, respectively, plus 15% gratuities. They do NOT appear on most (any?) Menus, but they are available at all venues.

Didn't try the white. The red was, well, drinkable. I've suffered thru worse. The wine package, even at the basic level was a decent deal.

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#16
Langley, B.C.
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Joined Mar 2009
Originally posted by jkgourmet
There's also a house red and white by the glass and bottle. $5.95 and $24, respectively, plus 15% gratuities. They do NOT appear on most (any?) Menus, but they are available at all venues.

Didn't try the white. The red was, well, drinkable. I've suffered thru worse. The wine package, even at the basic level was a decent deal.

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Do you have the list????
#17
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Joined Jan 2001
Since this thread is full of people who are knowledgeable about wine, would someone kindly point me to a nice buttery Chardonnay on the list? What about the Rombauer? We fell in love with Mer Soleil Chardonnay on the Celebrity Reflection last year but I see that it isn't available on NCL

Also, can you buy the wine package during Spring Break? We're cruising on the Getaway April 12th. Thanks!
#19
Arkansas
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Joined Feb 2002
Originally posted by coyboy1971
Agreed, for mass market cruising, NCL strikes a nice balance on the wine list from affordable favorites, to trophy wines like the Opus One. They also have some genuine "interesting" wines at really decent price points...the St Emillion Bordeaux for example carries only a $20 mark up over retail and is a very tasty wine with an 89 point score.

On the other hand, the wine stewards on NCL are not wine experts and rarely can be helpful in selecting a wine beyond obvious pairings...the wine tastings I've attended have been more like wine trivia (them: what's the best vintage? Me: um, can you be more specific to variety and region? Them: 1998) and the classic "white with fish and red with meat but order whatever you like because your on vacation." But hey, for a small fee you get to sample 4-6 wines and the pours are not stingy.

Cheers!
I do agree, they are not wine specialist, but at least for us, we know pretty much what we like so we can live with this.
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Arkansas
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Originally posted by jkgourmet
There's also a house red and white by the glass and bottle. $5.95 and $24, respectively, plus 15% gratuities. They do NOT appear on most (any?) Menus, but they are available at all venues.

Didn't try the white. The red was, well, drinkable. I've suffered thru worse. The wine package, even at the basic level was a decent deal.

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We do choose the basic because there are a couple wines we really enjoy on the list. Our last cruise we had started to order the next level until we spotted the Malbec and the Black Opal. We stuck with the basic plan. We will do the same on our April cruise.
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