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NCL Escape 12/23/17 semi live Christmas cruise

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Hi! We are Joyce and Mike from Southern California. Both in our early sixties. We cruise about once per year. We finally made it to Platinum and this is our first trip since making Platinum.

We are on our way to ship in van to cruise line.

More later.

 

 

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So let me go backward 1 day, to Miami arrival. We stayed at Doubletree grand Biscayne Bay. Here are a few photos:1f8054f0c5dacd93af26363886733954.jpg2b2b446b9411c2f47e32f04f3af710c1.jpgc49fc5fea43e9c51eee54896c1234324.jpg7838d1fc059436d3ca60f4ffbf151f36.jpg040b54792c3a278db97b1e7a50594130.jpga13e93d1dfc43f8a0dc9721850de07ec.jpg

 

 

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More of breakfast and van to cruise ship. Mike calls these trash pictures since I had to take them on the fly:e33832a23cea59c923f1ec1fbbde4297.jpg08607c2ba9931c17d4546d2f20a76b61.jpgacf1d0b028f5fceb24d8c28c2582b61c.jpgd67ceb6e204e4fdde0ca8e19f31b1c6e.jpg5dc535b60b70e27efbdbbeacedfa31f9.jpgc776f620296aba62c1fbd427a3f5a77c.jpg

 

 

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Margaritaville, first beer at District brew house etc. the conch fritters were amazing, shrimp Caesars salad was great! Club sandwich was pretty terrific! Great for lunch, especially if you don’t have to pay for it! Yahoo! 9407c3b19091cce007722cf5b7ffd003.jpg4d21c16786453d45f86ef45a2c44e1bb.jpg81c69ee91c7698f2a60b8228a822a3de.jpg111c131ad35872402f189f1d930386b9.jpg682eb0c283973e45db6fbaf901f1b0bb.jpg

 

 

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Lots of free stuff in stateroom: 411a7070d85f8fa1da74614944d26d3b.jpgf6438ad8c58f79becd959ccd685a16e0.jpg4c913382cb6658e3192bdbb84afa6f5f.jpg

Invites to captains cocktail party, extra free dining too! Trying to arrange it all with shows and dining already booked. Mikes previous casino play is finally paying off for us! Yay! (He is sapphire level if that helps).f17355ff09fc4d0458e6d7a09272edbf.jpg

 

 

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I’ll update if and when I have WiFi. Close to sail away time. Bye bye

 

 

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Ok I finally found a good WiFi spot at Paradise seaside grill in Cayman Islands.

I’ll resume with the review; but first pics of our Cayman Islands iced tea and sex on the beach.63d84c4ccef5e90d30f9c4a9034af0a3.jpg

 

 

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First night’s dinner was at Bayamo:

Cold lobster salad:6e580c9e9ba98434cd99501f26e6af2d.jpg

2 types of ceviche, tuna (which was really spicy) and shrimp ceviche:c3c0934981a499de732894e29171568d.jpg929376e05a44de27cc1c3aacea3aa509.jpg

Then I had mustard encrusted Salmon, Mike had sea bass:1a4f450651da0bb59842677aeea15a82.jpge22969a1a8cc99f4c7a380cca1db76d0.jpg

 

 

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Next was desert and coffee:

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Sorry to say, but the best part of this meal was the cappuccino. We didn’t care for the service or the food that much, and we are big seafood eaters.

There is another restaurant in Las Vegas that has a similar concept: Samba sushi, at the Venetian, that is to die for.

Hope you enjoy this restaurant more than we did.

 

 

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Sorry about the double picture.

Now for Mikes first lucky night. You know how the Dougout’s home is the District brew house? My home is the skyline bar! Love this place! They have video poker, music and dancing! Wow, perfect!

Just FYI, we play a lot of video poker and other games and this is the reason that we get invited on NCL cruises through CAS, casinos at sea. First time in Haven and over the holidays! So awesome! We feel totally lucky to be invited on this cruise in this category!

Anyway here are some pics of skyline bar and Mikes win:134bfdbca899b810dce9d486b28268f8.jpgdfc29ca0b165501ae8c439f73a57b1a8.jpg24b0dea821bfc28007ef41d2c0934661.jpgfb98563187e9937312989c1a84892e98.jpg2e040dacee79dac66759e5658e850967.jpg651660b1fff910da79c7073a5728eaba.jpg

 

 

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So that 4deuces was on $2 machine= $2000! Mike went and payed off all shore excursions and other misc. room charges at guest services the next day.

 

 

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Ok so far the bartenders now know us by name all over the ship, the crew is awesome and so attentive to our every need or wish! Man I love this ship!!!

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Next day dinner at Modernos.

Waitress accidentally knocked my wine into my salad and on me. No big deal, but they acted like it was a terrible incident, moved our table, offered to dry clean my dress etc. I said no problem. And continued our meal. Mike was too full from lunch to enjoy it, but my meal was pretty tasty and enjoyable.1b29c86b511107bd137feb29c5812d63.jpg996552af60b34b5d88129918375f1542.jpg2aec535241b495b790051aa285b89bb9.jpg469181d684115a59529ba69e7548ed02.jpghttps://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20171226/1eef600c47a670807141820e2fedb5ff.jpg

 

 

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Thanks for posting; we sailed Escape in October with our kids and nanny; we'll head there again in two months just myself, my daughter, and mom.

 

I was reading the casino letter you took pictures of; I don't know very much about casinos. I spent $19 in one in Canada one time and that's really ever been it. I don't know how to play table games, I don't like noise, bright lights, or smoke... But am I reading correctly that to even be able to get the lowest level of redemption of a "gift" you need to spend $25,000 on video poker? (Not judging, really just asking if I am reading that right, naive but curious.) How long would that sort of expenditure take and what type of gift can you get for 2500 points?

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Hi The dylaness, I was going to try to explain the gambling thing, but it’s all kind of complicated, we started playing video poker in the 90’s based on a book called “The Frugal Gambler” from an author named Jean Scott, “the coupon queen”. Back in the day, the travel channel did a lot of features on Las Vegas.

We practiced a lot (hours and hours) on the computer for free, at different pay tables, until we memorized the “math” for each hand.

The first week on real playing for money, I hit a Royal Flush and I was hooked! ( A Royal Flush only happens 1 in 80,000 hands so I was extremely lucky that first week. (Took years to get another one at minimal play time).

So as you can see, we have learned how to maximize our opportunities, but you are better of NOT gambling at all!

We just enjoy playing, so it’s our entertainment too. Hope that helps a little.

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Hi. I’ll continue the review when I have internet.

 

 

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I forgot to post mikes dessert at Moderno 3eaa9ec6f6b06357b77a46a043b5030a.jpg

End of day 2:

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Christmas Eve night:

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Skyline bar:

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Sorry that last pic was Beau at District, it’s hard to see the pic selection on this little phone.

 

 

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