milolii Posted September 14, 2013 #1 Share Posted September 14, 2013 NCL Spirit August 27, 2013 Venice to Barcelona I will divide this review into several portions as it is a bit long. We booked this cruise in 2012 to celebrate our 25th anniversary. Before booking airline tickets, we added a week in glorious London pre cruise. Please read the London review on the British Isle boards. I started the roll call that eventually included almost 50 people. The cruise was amazing, but meeting and enjoying time with our fellow cruisers added much to the experience. For those of you who lurk on the boards as I once did, get on or start your roll call. Be active, take advantage of what the boards offer. We all took the attitude it was great to meet up, but that we all may have needs for privacy and time to spend with family/friends. I invite others from the cruise to comment and fill in the gaps. We truly had an amazing group of CCers. I hope to sail with many of you again. I want to thank fellow cruisers who traveled before us for all of their advice, so now I am taking the opportunity to pay it back. I have the dallies,(except day 12) as well as, a spreadsheet and table I developed that help us form private tours. I am hoping this review will help fellow cruisers especially those traveling next year. If you would like a copy of any of these please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. These will be availble by Monday afternoon or something like that(a phrase the Captain uses!). Another special thanks, as I am sure everyone on the roll call will agree, should go to haleoak (AKA John and Sandy) who put together a great meet and greet. All information is based on my own experiences, and true to the best of my understanding, however, things change all the time. Our group included folks from Canada, England, Australia, and the US. We even had one couple who found us through romeinlimos tour sharing who are now CC fans. Flights: We took advantage of last summer promotional offers by the major US carriers to purchase extra airline miles on both United Airlines and American Airlines to help us meet a required goal of 60,000 miles each for 2 people to fly to and from Europe. So the total cost was about $ 900.00 for the 2 of us. I then studied the availability for booking using miles at the 331 day mark. Doing this I determined it was best to fly over to Europe on American Airlines and back on United Airlines. American appears to be a bit stingier with their miles and availability than United. So at 3am on the 331 day out I snagged 2 seats on American from Fresno to Heathrow. 21 days later I snagged the 2 return tickets from Barcelona to Fresno on United. . Just some tips, other things may work for you. Packing: Of course I packed too much, but one of our fellow CCers actually had to buy another suitcase to get stuff home! I am a true believer in packing cubes now and for the first time in my many years of travel actually know where my stuff is. Cabin: We originally book a balcony cabin, but after several price drops we upgraded to an Aft Penthouse Suite, the Gemini Suite. More on this at the end of the review. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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