My wife got me hooked on cruising so this is all her fault. I work in the tech sector so am plugged in all the time. I love the fact that on a ship I can unplug and be completely off the grid
December 2017 - 7 Night Bahamas & Florida (New York Roundtrip) Cruise on Norwegian Breakaway
Awesome Bahamas cruise on Breakaway
October 2015 - 14 Night Caribbean Adventure (Boston To New Orleans) Cruise on Norwegian Dawn
Fantastic cruise. The crew were wonderful. They were attentive, friendly and always smiling and cheerful. Our room steward was wonderful. Always looked after the small details. He was always easy to be found when we needed to speak to him but never intrusive. The food was excellent. We had lunch in the buffet most days but went to Bamboo for 1 lunch and 2 dinners. We only dined at 2 speciality restaurants, Le Bistro and Moderno and the food at each was great. The only negative I had for these two venues was that Le Bistro was much too cramped and crowded. All other dining venues allotted the diner much more space. The food was great though. The main dining rooms were great. The food was well prepared, and there was a good variety. Any steaks or beef I ordered was cooked to order. If I requested medium rare it always arrived piping hot and cooked to perfection. Never under done and never over done. The service was prompt and attentive and the servers were always polite and smiling. On the first and last night of the cruise we arrived at Aqua shortly after 7 and it was very busy and we were told there would be a 20 minute wait for seating. We were given a buzzer to carry and sent over to Gatsby’s Champagne Bar for a complimentary sparkling wine while we had to wait. On both occasions we were paged within 5 minutes, just after getting our wine. Very nice touch.
The ports were wonderful. We enjoyed them all with each one having it's own charm to offer and things to see. The weather was great with rain on only 1 morning and the seas were calm and smooth on all but one day and that was moderate. The entertainment was wonderful. Elements was quite the show and Jose and Patti in the atrium on most nights had the atrium and Blue Lagoon and the internet cafe packed with an appreciative audience.
Our only unpleasantness was on the first 2 days we encountered cigarette smoke (and other smoke) in our hallway outside our cabin. A quick call to the services people and this was looked after promptly and we did not have a repeat performance.
All in all this was an absolutely perfect cruise. I loved the fact that it was 14 days.
October 2012 - 7 Night Bahamas & Florida (New York roundtrip) Cruise on Norwegian Jewel
January 2007 - 10 Night Exotic Southern Caribbean (New York roundtrip) Cruise on Norwegian Spirit
Loved Great Stirrup Cay. This was our second time on this itinerary and our first time on the island and we loved it. We took our time on the ship and did not rush to get over to the island. You can pre book tenders for any time before 11. We waited till about 11:05 and tendered over with no waits at all. Most of the chairs at the first few beaches were all full but they have been expanding the island and there are now 4 beaches plus and ample chairs. We found some close to the water at the third beack between the two beach bars. There are a variety of places to get food and drink scattered throughout the island and over all it was a great experience. There are some nice shops (sort of like a small straw market) to the right as soon as you get off the tender. We went there first then went and had something to eat in a nice shaded shelter and after a drink of three found some nice beach chairs and enjoyed. The food was basic but good. BBQ ribs and burgers, jerk chicken with rice and peas, hotdogs, sausages and a variety of salads and lots of fruits and deserts.
What can I say. New York is New York. The drive in to port was pleasant and easy (we parked at the pier on the terminal roof) as was the drive out. I was surprised at how smooth the traffic flowed.
Contrary to many things that we have heard about Nassau we thouroughly enjoyed this port. From what I could see, so long as you stay to the main areas where there are lots of other people Nassau is not the horror story that many make it out to be. Because we had ample time we had booked a tour through Trip Advisor of Nassau which took us to most of the places we wanted to see that were not within walking distance of the port. It was a pleasant drive around the island stopping at the rum cake factory and the shops at Atlantis and then the driver took us through "The Hood" up to Fincastle and the top of Queen's Staircase. Walked down rather than up and was picked up at the bottom. I never thought of the staircase as beautiful untill I walked down them and saw the plants and ferns along the side. We also stopped at the Chocolatier Factory and Watling's Distillery. The flight of rum was ok but not exceptional and the aged rum was over priced for the quality. We got off at the Straw Market and after going through here and picking up a few things had one more stop to make, Pirate Republic Brewery, which is right by the port half way between the Straw Market and the port and in my opinion is a MUST visit. They offer a nice bariety of local on premise made craft beers including an absolutely awesome Coconut Porter. The only down side was they only had a few of the beers canned to bring home. Most of the great ones were on tap only.
Port Canavarel was clean and looks to be all new. We took a transfer to Orlando and went to Universal Studios. We purchased the two park pass directly from Universal on line prior to our cruise. This allowed us to walk to and through Diagon Alley and take the train across to Hogsmeade. The crowd and lineup at Hogsmeade was heavy and we were not able to get close to Hogwarts to see the special Christmas show and fireworks. The only critisism we would have was after the handling by US Customs when we arrived back at the port. They had us wait outside at the bottom of a large set of stairs and then in small groups ascend the escalator and proceed through customes. This was not a problem and was to be expected. The problem was that from here we had to walk the full length of the terminal and then walk the full length of the terminal again back to where we started and then walk up the boarding ramps to the ship. My wife found that after a day of walking this was hard on her knee.
At times, depending on activities, some of the dining options may be a bit crowded with waits. Plan your dining accordingly with this in mind and anticipate waits for all venues other than those that take reservations such as Cagney's, Le Bistro, La Cucina, Ocean Blue or Moderno. On the bright side all dining venues have bars close by so check in, grab a drink or glass of wine and relax before dinner. None of the waits were excessive and all were pleasant. Also if you enjoy a nice hoppy IPA ask for the Lagunitas. Every bar on ship stocks it and it is fantastic.
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