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Ok, so for those who were not following my live blog here's a quick review of my recent transatlantic onboard the great Norwegian Epic from Barcelona to Miami.

 

First some background, I'm 37 and yes a solo / single traveller. This was my 10th cruise and 3rd with Norwegian onboard Epic.

 

Previously I had do NCL Epic in a Studio and then earlier this year around the Med in an inside cabin. However for this 13 night cruise NCL offered balcony cabins for solo travellers at the same price as studios so I grabbed one in a sale. Also booked my flights with NCL and transfers as part of the package.

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I had stayed overnight at the Bewley hotel at Manchester Airport and had already checked in online and printed my boarding pass so it was a leisurely morning to drop my baggage and swiftly through security for my 08:30 Jet2 flight to Barcelona. At the baggage drop I was met by a NCL representative who ticked me off her list of passengers and wished me a pleasant cruise.

 

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The flight took off on time and landed on time at Barcelona terminal 2 at 12:00 local time.

 

Luggage was very quick and after exiting the customs area was met by the NCL Rep. Now from previous experience I expected a delay for the booked transfer whilst they waited for other flights to land.

 

I was surprised that a lot of the fellow passengers seemed older than my previous two cruises but guessed as it was a transatlantic this was the case. I dually noted to them that I bet it would be about an hour and sure enough it was just over an hour later we started to get on the coach. This doesn't really bother me as it avoids the scrum of people trying to get onto the ship.

 

We arrived at terminal A just before 2PM and luggage transferred straight to the porters and there was no queue at security or check-in. A quick fill-in of the necessary medical form, swipe of the card and a close inspection of my "Printed ESTA form" and I was ready to board.

 

I stopped at the duty free shop just before the escalator, most of the good alcohol had gone but I picked up some Cigs for my folks, apparently 21Euros for 200 is very good.

 

Anyhow onboard and straight to my cabin which was ready. My Cabin Steward was there waiting and greeting and introduced himself as Emmerson and ask if there was anything I needed.

 

I asked him to clear the mini-bar out which he did whilst at Muster drill and allowed me to stock the fridge with my own drinks and bits.

 

the cabin is a balcony under the Spa on deck 13 so the balcony is partly shaded but obviously no one can look down from above!! I had a great view of Barcelona from the balcony.

 

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Muster Drill was at 4:30PM and was very drawn out with pauses and repeats in other languages.

 

Stats for the cruise passengers were:

 

Approx 3,500 passengers average age 57, youngest 1, oldest 92.

 

1,241 USA

590 UK

503 German

248 Canadian

143 Swedish

and many other nations represented.

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All the info was there for the two weeks entertainment onboard

 

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and week 2

 

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So after a quick read I headed for Spice H2O for my first drink. As usual they do the bucket 6 for the price of 5 on most beers so I decided to get myself one and populated my now empty mini-bar fridge/cooler.

 

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I bought the 250 minutes Internet package for $100 and got an extra 20mins embarkation day special plus a further 30 mins for Lattitudes status.

 

Sailaway was at 5PM but as the first solo gathering in the Studio lounge was at 5:30PM and we hadn't sailed by 5:20 I headed to the lounge.

 

Probably the biggest group of solo travellers I've seen in there and Fernando the Cruise staff host was busy introducing himself and offering lists of people who wanted to go to dinner/activities etc..

 

There was supposed to be howl at the moon but that wasn't on and as it was a long day I opted for an early night and unpacked my suitcase and relaxed on the balcony.

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So the first thing I sorted out today was the iConcierge APP which I found a must. Make sure you download it to your phone before you go and you can access your onboard account, view online dailies etc.. Although seeing it instantly you made a purchase at a bar is not for the faint hearted!

 

Some screenshots of the app below:

 

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For a one off fee of $7.99 you can also enable the phone and message feature. This allows you to make free calls and messages to other people with the APP onboard, not off the ship!!! But you could ring restaurants etc. I found the message feature quite useful.

 

The weather today was a bit hit and miss but there was plenty to keep me occupied.

 

That evening I met up with some of the lads to go to dinner in Taste but as they couldn't get a big enough table we got the free drink voucher and were paged probably 10mins later. A lovely meal if somewhat drawn out as there was a lot of people and some having two starters, etc. But I met some great people who I'd chat and enjoy time with over the coming days..

 

The night was the first of 6 where we turned the clocks back 1 hr and so 3AM in Bliss ended up only being 2AM and I retired to sit on my balcony and moon gaze...

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Now into the Atlantic Ocean, calm seas, temps had just creeped up into the 20Cs/70Fs..

 

By this time I'd got a couple of drinking partners so we would meet up in the best bar on the sea O'Sheehan's for some pre-drinks and would often eat there, great no nonsense comfort food..

 

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Tonight was the first time for Howl at the Moon. Sadly no Drew De Four but the three Rhonda, Keith and Ben kept us entertained along with another Ben who was the current Legends "Elvis" who would often join them later to sing or play the drums.

 

The 2nd one hour clocks back tonight and so with a sea day the next day it was into Bliss until about 4AM (thus 3AM) before a quick bite in O'Sheehan's - I know that menu off by heart from the chefs salad (yes almost healthy through the wings to the fish and Pies). The chefs specials Bangers and Mash, Shepherds Pie, Irish Stew are all worth trying.

 

Also for breakfast one of the best places for a waitered cooked breakfast with a pot of tea, toast and juice without hunting for tables in the buffet.

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Now I don't normally drink alcohol in the day and didn't get the soda package however a useful tip. In the video arcade the vending machine has bottles for about $2, cheaper than a small glass at the bar which with tips etc was nearer $3. I stocked up each day and had them in my cabin fridge to enjoy.

 

The balcony cabins had a coffee perculator(sp) which as a non coffee drinker I found tiresome to try and boil some water for a cup of tea. It seemed to eventually get luke warm after about an hour!! Needs a proper kettle!!

 

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is what you get in a balcony cabin.

 

O'Sheehan's and Howl at the Moon again tonight after a day in the Sun reading my book or just people watching from the upper decks. An earlish night after the previous 2 and no clocks change plus I had a tour to do the following day in the Azores.

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I was up early for the sail-in.. And got some great shots..

 

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I had booked the Fire lake tour.

 

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We met in the Epic theatre and they call your tour number up and you have to make your way to the bottom of the steps in the theatre and out the lower exit where you were stickered..

 

The weather was a bit overcast, the tour was only a half day and by the afternoon the Sun was out in full force.

 

We went first to the 2nd city on the island .. A bit dull to be honest but then went into the mountains and the Hot spring - a bit of a uneven trek for non ambulent people and then up to the fire lake. I'll let the pics do the talking..

 

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We eventually ended up at a Pineapple plantation

 

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before being given the option to be dropped at the market/town area or return to the ship which is what I did.

 

I was determined to try and get a good Panoramic shot of the ship but being so close..

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Tonight I went to the see the 2nd city improv - late night. They do 3 fixed shows and 2 improvisation shows. Despite not getting some of the Americanisms I found it enjoyable, so much that I quickly booked the next show. You can only book one show online in advance or via the TV but can book all at the box office.

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... Day 6 - 13 to follow

  • St Thomas
  • Ice Bar
  • Pub Crawl
  • US immigration
  • White Hot Party
  • Magician's
  • Free Bar!
  • Cruise Critic Lunch
  • Hypnotist
  • 4 more 25hr days..
  • And back-back daily Sun!!

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Hey Craig

 

Thank you for taking the time to post in our RC for next year.....

 

I also followed your tweets.....and loving this exended review....

 

Maybe you and Sally will join us next October :)

 

 

AJ

 

Ok, so for those who were not following my live blog here's a quick review of my recent transatlantic onboard the great Norwegian Epic from Barcelona to Miami.

 

First some background, I'm 37 and yes a solo / single traveller. This was my 10th cruise and 3rd with Norwegian onboard Epic.

 

Previously I had do NCL Epic in a Studio and then earlier this year around the Med in an inside cabin. However for this 13 night cruise NCL offered balcony cabins for solo travellers at the same price as studios so I grabbed one in a sale. Also booked my flights with NCL and transfers as part of the package.

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Hey Craig

 

Thank you for taking the time to post in our RC for next year.....

 

I also followed your tweets.....and loving this exended review....

 

Maybe you and Sally will join us next October :)

 

 

AJ

 

At the moment I'd say I'm 70% there next October.. I have a Future Cruise Credit with that cruise written all over it... :)

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Reading yours and Sally's adventures had envy running thru my veins.....

 

Let's work on that 30%..... Sally already said is very tempting :)

 

I am not booked on a Studio cabin....... were other single/solo cruisers welcomed to the Studio activities?

 

As a semi-solo cruiser... I never ate a meal alone....and had people from my RC always save a seat at the MD...but was wondering if the dinner arrangements made by the Solo coordinator or the Ice bar would include anybody NOT travelling on a Solo cabin :)

 

Thanks

 

 

AJ

 

 

At the moment I'd say I'm 70% there next October.. I have a Future Cruise Credit with that cruise written all over it... :)

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Hey Craig

 

Thank you for taking the time to post in our RC for next year.....

 

I also followed your tweets.....and loving this exended review....

 

Maybe you and Sally will join us next October :)

 

 

AJ

 

Reading yours and Sally's adventures had envy running thru my veins.....

 

Let's work on that 30%..... Sally already said is very tempting :)

 

I am not booked on a Studio cabin....... were other single/solo cruisers welcomed to the Studio activities?

 

As a semi-solo cruiser... I never ate a meal alone....and had people from my RC always save a seat at the MD...but was wondering if the dinner arrangements made by the Solo coordinator or the Ice bar would include anybody NOT travelling on a Solo cabin :)

 

Thanks

 

 

AJ

 

Yes, the activities in the solo gathering each evening are for all solo travellers and you can sign up on the sheets for dinner, bowling, ice bar etc.. The initial couple of days are the most important because after that you can recognise others and as in my case and I think Sally did the same you often form smaller friendship groups with similar interests, whether that's fellow Casino players, food fans, drinking fans, FOD, etc.. With over 100 studio cabins and on the TA loads more solos in other cabins there is always someone to go to dinner with.

 

I've instructed my agent to book me another balcony (but this time Port Side), I was in a Starboard balcony and so in shade facing North for a lot of the cruise.

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Yes, the activities in the solo gathering each evening are for all solo travellers and you can sign up on the sheets for dinner, bowling, ice bar etc.. The initial couple of days are the most important because after that you can recognise others and as in my case and I think Sally did the same you often form smaller friendship groups with similar interests, whether that's fellow Casino players, food fans, drinking fans, FOD, etc.. With over 100 studio cabins and on the TA loads more solos in other cabins there is always someone to go to dinner with.

 

I've instructed my agent to book me another balcony (but this time Port Side), I was in a Starboard balcony and so in shade facing North for a lot of the cruise.

 

Agreed, except my group included anyone who did all of the above or 80% at least, and it needed to be in excess.;)

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Thanks for the review. Keep it coming.

It reminds me my solo from FL TO Barcelona last April.

I want to read more.

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Before I continue, I've missed a few things out. Firstly some useful info on WiFi onboard. There are two networks, one for I concierge (pswd is mobile app) and one for Internet access.

 

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If you want Internet access then you need to connect to the Internet one and login with your name/cabin/password which you set up at first sign in. The Norwegian iconcierge required for the app to work.

 

The problem I was getting was when I connected to the Internet access it would often time out waiting to authenticate and reconnect to the concierge network which didn't have access and thus my minutes were ticking away no matter how many times you typed logout.com

The only one to work is to force your device to "forget" the concierge network before connecting to the Internet one. After a few days it was a pain.

 

The Internet manager who I spoke to said it was nothing to do with him as concierge was broadcast and contact guest services who just heard "Internet" and directed me back! :eek:

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On the first sea day morning a meet and greet was arranged and whilst I was slightly late it was very well attended by both CC members as well as staff from Captain, hotel director down..

 

It was held in Bliss and snacks and tea/coffee provided.

 

We registered names cabin and usernames. A lot of events were arranged here such as the cabin crawl/pub crawl etc.. And the lunch to be held on the Sunday to which we all got a telephone message left from the event co-ordinator to remind us..

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So, today was the first of 5 sea days, 4 of which would be 25hr days! Now the party really started!! :D

 

Should have mentioned that previously I'd done the NCL-U International Beer Tasting which I found very good if a little quick drinking 4 bottles of beer and then we were given the choice of a half-pint from the draught choices, all for $15. Maltings also started a 2 for 1 offer between 4PM and 6PM and it was packed out!

 

We had a brief shower before the Sun came out for what would be the rest of the cruise. Rainbow you say??

Oh go on then..

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Anyhow they had a series of meet the xxxx in the theatre starting with the officers at 10AM which I popped along to. Some very weird questions were asked, one guy from Ohio wanted to know how many suicides and how you could tell if people had jumped overboard when 5 days at sea.. I hope he seeked out medical attention!!

 

Anyhow back for some sunbathing, a nice chef salad at O'Sheehan's and the evening ents was my second viewing, the 7PM one of 2nd city which I found better than the first one, howl at the moon and then Bliss. (spot a trend), clocks turned back and how unprepared I was for Sat Day 7!!

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When I had boarded I had received a nice lattitudes envelope with an invite to a shh.. secret party in Bliss. Meet the officers etc.. again..

 

So me and a friend popped along, and free booze.. yes open bar.. spirits, wine, pre-poured beers ready. Loads of appetisers and the capt did a speech etc. The bar was open for about an hour and so I had got a drink or two, well about 4 in before it closed. Hey its very expensive drinks on board and that saved me like $32!

The Lattitudes party was early evening 6-7ish and I had booked to see the hypnotist at 9PM!! however I also realised that tonight was the cruise critic pub crawl which started at 8PM .. arghh!!

 

A quick run down to the box office and I switched the hypnotist booking to the Sunday night. Phew.. Right.. But hold on, some of my friends were heading to the ice bar, one of the lovely residents in the Haven had block booked a slot and so we decided to all pile in..

I've done ice bars before, but the Epic one is quite good, a bit warmer than previous ones I've done.

 

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Earlier I was a tad worried we were about to drop off the end of the world (the flat ocean from the TV screen)

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But glad to report the Captain found a new map and this was on display in the ice bar!!

 

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So free lattitudes and a few drinks , then ice bar with a couple of vodka drinks.. Nice way to prepare for .. ahh the pub crawl!!!

 

I met up with them at Bliss and then we proceeded to Shakers, Maltings, Cascades before ending up in O'Sheehan's where I needed a quick bite to eat before venturing on to Bliss as it was 80s night!!

 

Early morning snack at O'Sheehan's, turned my watch back an hour, back to my cabin, sat outside on the balcony to get some fresh air and .. zzzzzz oh well..

 

For some reason I decided to take some night pics of the promenade deck..

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So Sunday morning and despite last nights activities I felt remarkably well, a nice breakfast at the great outdoors (it was about 11AM :D) .

 

It was 25C today and yesterday I had received a message on the cabin phone to remind me that the cruise critic luncheon would take place at midday today "Sunday" in taste. I decided that this would be my alcohol free day today.. you know give the liver a rest...

 

So arrive at taste and meet a few more CC members.. Oh you are so .. and so.. and then they fill my glass with some cheap champagne, well OK, only one .. cheers everyone.. Crab cake starter, Filet Mignon and then Banana Cream Pie .. all for lunch!!! Oh and they re-filled my champagne glass. oh and again..

 

Nearly 2PM and all done, an elderly person at a nearby table walking along collapses. :eek:. Queue lots of staff running around.. the code Alpha and about 10 officers rush in, thankfully, well the last I saw of the person they were conscious and moving. We had no medivacs so I hope they were well..

 

Had the hypnotist booked for 9PM tonight and then the comedian Jeff Hobson for 11PM, however Jeff the previous day had done a special for the solos in the studio lounge, a much more personal performance which I really enjoyed.

 

the Hypnotist was OK if a little rushed as it seemed to take him 30-40 mins to get the right people on stage and deep under, leaving just over 20mins to play with them!!

 

I popped into Bliss just before the gameshow "Quest" was about to start, I'd done quest on a Royal Caribbean ship and this was advertised as Adults only.. hmm.. OK..

 

Anyhow long story short I got dragged into a team, to win you need a lot of liberal people, male, female and LGB mix works, just imagine lipstick, bras, heels, tattoos, well things unimaginable - It was a really great laugh . The asst direct would shout something out like a Man wearing Lipstick or a woman with two mens shirts etc. and you have to run up to stage with your team no.

 

I was having so much fun, and drinking (for the inabitions bit!! - oops my day off ) that I missed the comedian.. and stayed all night in Bliss.

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Before I continue, I've missed a few things out. Firstly some useful info on WiFi onboard. There are two networks, one for I concierge (pswd is mobile app) and one for Internet access.

 

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295 by single_cruiser, on Flickr

 

If you want Internet access then you need to connect to the Internet one and login with your name/cabin/password which you set up at first sign in. The Norwegian iconcierge required for the app to work.

 

The problem I was getting was when I connected to the Internet access it would often time out waiting to authenticate and reconnect to the concierge network which didn't have access and thus my minutes were ticking away no matter how many times you typed logout.com

The only one to work is to force your device to "forget" the concierge network before connecting to the Internet one. After a few days it was a pain.

 

The Internet manager who I spoke to said it was nothing to do with him as concierge was broadcast and contact guest services who just heard "Internet" and directed me back! :eek:

 

I burned through a lot of minutes too, thinking I was connected and trying to open web pages and realizing I was in fact on the iconcierge network. I actually shut off iconcierge once I realized it was a problem and don't plan on using it again. The benefit for me wasn't worth the hassle (and plan minutes wasted).

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Lol.......I feel like I'm turning into a * singlecruiser* stalker.......I read your blog, followed your tweets and now this!!! Don't tell the DH!!!! :eek:

 

So good to read fun reviews of The Epic....and yours are always fun!

Welcome back, and glad you had a great cruise. :)

 

Nice also to see someone with the same habits as ourselves.......late-night snacks in O'Sheehans just HAD to be done!!! :D

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So today we were 4 days into the 5 sea days before reaching St Thomas, and slowely approaching the end of the Atlantic ocean and entering into the Caribbean Sea.

 

Today was lovely hot sunhsine and so mostly was sunbathing and reading.

I had received all the immigration info in advance for day 11 at St Thomas. US and Canadians were to queue from the aft to the front on deck 7 to clear immigration in the Bliss lounge. Everyone else queuing from front to aft the length of deck 6 to clear immigration in the Manhattan restuarant. as I was on a NCL shore excursion my slot was from 6:30-7:15!!

 

I'll cover the actual day later in the meantime today was our last 25hr day.

 

Tonight I had booked to see re:voiced (www.musicrevoiced.com) in the Epic theatre and they were amazing. probably the best act during the cruise.

Ok still to come..

 

Day 10-13 however I'll leave you with the last Atlantic Sunset on Day 9

 

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So the 5 sea days went amazingly fast, weather was great and the seas were amongst the calmest I've seen. Even the captain mentioned how smooth a crossing it had been.

 

We did have some side waves which he said were caused by the after effects of hurricane Sandy.

 

Right so day 10 really was going to be a non-alcoholic day.. I had an early call in the morning and with the humidity rising by the hour didnt fancy that for my shore excursion!!

 

I decided as well to have an early night and by 8PM!!:eek: I told my Steward not to bother turning the cabin down as I was off to sleep, a packet of crisps and a bottle of pepsi from the arcade lounge vending machine, I watched a film on the TV and was fast asleep catching up on long forgotten sleep..

 

I will at this point introduce some of those who made my cruise enjoyable..

 

So thanks to Leon, John, Rommel, Evelyn and the dozens of others who knew my every drink by the end of the cruise!!

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Land ahoy!!

 

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So my slot was 6:30, I was down and joined the queue for the non-US/Canadians at 6:20 and it was just outside the Casino and moving slowly.

 

Once in the Manhattan room it then snaked around to the dance floor where 4, yes 4 US immigration officers were checking IR forms, ESTAs, passports etc.. for about 2000 non-US/Canadians!!

 

Fortunately it was only about 50mins and at 07:20 I left with my passport stamped and saw the queue snaking back towards O'Sheehan's. I heard later that some had taken 2hrs+, which made my 50mins good!! You get a colour coded sheet to avoid non NCL shore ex passengers trying to join the early queue.

 

The US/Canadian Line however was non existant and it was a quick glance and 5-10mins!

 

If its any consollation, the crew also had to do their's and my cabin steward Emmerson said he had about 1hr wait!

 

Anyhow that over it was time to go ashore!

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The weather was hot and humid and the excursion I had chosen was the best of St Thomas. I hadn't been before so thought this would be useful and then any future trips I'd know more on what to do.

 

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The transport was open sided flat bench mini buses, so no air con.. Well unless the vehicle was moving. We proceeded through the various steep inclines to get some shots from the various vantage points.

 

I tell you what I'll let the pics do the talking, they don't do it justice as the island and views are just amazing!!!

 

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on the right you'll see the other cruise pier with Allure of the Seas docked and MSC Poseia

 

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The tour then continued to the Great House ..

 

I was so glad I'd not drunk anything the previous day as the humidity was very high and temps into the 30s/90s.

 

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anyway.. You need to go if you havent been before :)

 

We went to the Banana Daqari place at the summit of the island and then on the way back had the option to get out in downtown and make our own way back to the ship.

 

oh go on one more..

 

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After that it was sail-away party which was good and then after a late dinner Howl at the Moon was back on.

 

It was Halloween and a few people had dressed up for the party in Spice H2O, we met up with some of them in Bliss later that night!!

 

Leaving St Thomas behind..

 

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WHITE HOT PARTY NIGHT!!!!

 

We headed up through the Bahamas

 

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Today was all about daytime catching the rays and then partying like mad. It was the best White Hot Party I've been to of the three I have done. We started in Spice H2O until the early hours and then headed downstairs to Bliss until very late/early morning 4AM ish

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Our final day at sea. The tags and things had come the previous day for transfers and packing cases. Out before 11PM that night. I always hate the last day, spent a few hours packing and then had to be conservative on the drinking as had two flights back the following day via New York.

 

Fortunately the airports had just re-opened as I was worrying about being stranded. My routing was Miami -> JFK -> Manchester on American Airlines.

 

A lot of goodbyes or see you again as quite a few are also doing the Breakaway Southampton to New York crossing with me next Apr/May.

 

A final dinner in O'Sheehan's and then a few hours in Howl at the Moon before saying goodbye to my new friends and heading back to the cabin one last time :(

 

To try and get my ludicrous onboard account down I also queued at guest services and chucked on all my spare euros and surplass dollars to bring the balance down..

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I don't like the baggage halls at Miami.. Have they nevr heard of carasouls? They were all stacked in lines and took forever to walk through the luggage to identify my case. By contrast in Barcelona they come out on colour matched belts.

 

Anyhow half an hour later and semi-organised chaos I eventually got on the shuttle to Miami airport.

 

We checked in outside where the coaches dropped us off. Then once through security it was 2hrs and my AA flight to NY was on time. 2.5hrs later we landed at JFK.

 

I had 2.5hrs before my next flight and was at the gate with 2hrs to spare as no passport/controls as in same terminal. In fact I found JFK security very lapse, they didnt even look at my passport at the gate :confused:

 

All onboard by push-back time but we had to wait for paperwork and a engineer check.. great and on a AA flight!! Then we missed our slot and ground crew went off, an hour later we pushed back and taxied to the end of the runway where the captain turned off the engines.. We were 23rd in line for departure so he wanted to save some fuel!!

Another half hour later we powered up again and took off on the most uncomfortable smallest pitch flight I'd ever done transatlantic.

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