charlie1030

charlie1030
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Zuiderdam

August 2017 - 18 Night Viking Passage (Copenhagen To New York) Cruise on Zuiderdam

Wonderful transatlantic cruise

A chance to see parts of the world not normally available on a single cruise. The food was excellent and the staff was eager to provide their service to you. A great way to meet new friends.

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Viking Eir

May 2016 - May 13, 2016 Cruise on Viking Eir

Norwegian Sun

February 2016 - 14 Night South America Eastbound (Santiago To Buenos Aires) Cruise on Norwegian Sun

Don't expect to see penguins or anything else you expected to see

The cruise started out nicely from Valparaiso Chile but started going downhill after the first few days as we had a captain from hell.  We were supposed to enter the channel to see glaciers at 7:30 but the captain entered at 6:00 and it was all over by 7:30. We arrived at another port and the captain said that the waters were too rough for our boat trip to the island to see the penguins.  The waters around the ship were calm for most of the day and a little turbulent for only about 30 minutes.  Apparently it was safe enough for us to use tenders to and from shore.  We were then supposed to see cape horn from the south but the captain steered the ship far to the east of the cape even though other smaller ships behind us were able to get as close as they wanted.  The captain then continued to the Falkland Islands where once again he said that the winds ans seas were to rough to stop so we just went around them and continued back to the mainland.   Here again the smaller ships got in.  The ship itself is in desperate need of a face-lift.  The best part of the trip was getting off the ship.

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Norwegian Getaway

October 2015 - 12 Night Southern Caribbean (Miami Roundtrip) Cruise on Norwegian Getaway

Celebrity Constellation

December 2014 - 5 Night Western Caribbean Holiday (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip) Cruise on Celebrity Constellation

Queen Elizabeth

December 2014 - 11 Night Western Mediterranean Discovery (Rome To Southampton) Cruise on Queen Elizabeth

Norwegian Epic

October 2014 - 14 Night Transatlantic Westbound (Barcelona To Miami) Cruise on Norwegian Epic

Norwegian Epic

October 2014 - 7 Night Western Mediterranean (Barcelona Roundtrip) Cruise on Norwegian Epic

Norwegian Gem

September 2014 - 7 Night Canada & New England (New York Roundtrip) Cruise on Norwegian Gem

Legend of the Seas

July 2014 - 14 Night Ultimate Scandinavia & Russia (Stockholm To Hamburg) Cruise on Legend of the Seas

Norwegian Getaway

May 2014 - 7 Night Eastern Caribbean (Miami Roundtrip) Cruise on Norwegian Getaway

Norweigan Getaway Cruise

We took this cruise just to get away as we have been to the ports before.  We enjoyed the three days at sea and only left the ship to check out the shopping "bargains".  The shops are not near the dock and you need to take a water taxi to get to the shopping area.  We enjoyed our time in St. Maarten but were not impressed with St. Thomas.  It was a holiday in Nassau so all of the shops there were closed. 

 

We had a forward balcony room and the service and friendliness of the room staff was excellent, which has been the case on most of our criuses.  This was our second NCL cruise this year, the first being in Hawaii.  We took advantage of the dine around specialty option for our dinner each night.  We found the service at the buffet to be pleasant but were not impressed with the water vapor droplets that fell on the tables and benches.  The service at the main dining rooms for breakfast and lunch was fair at best and we were not impressed with the service in the specialty restaurants. 

 

The time estimates for the specialty restaurants is estimated at 1 1/2 hours so we allocated two hours before our show times.  Unfortunately the dining time took longer than expected at some of the restaurants so we had to skip coffee and desert to rush to our shows so that we would not miss our reservations and miss the shows.

 

The ship itself is clean and beautiful and the room accomodations were great as the temparature control kept our room the way we like (on the cooler side).  We could have used a bit more water pressure in the shower but the water temparature controls were good.  We could have used a bit more storage/ hanging space but we managed.   We will be sailing later this year on additional NCL cruises.

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Pride of America

February 2014 - 7 Night Hawaii (Honolulu Roundtrip) Cruise on Pride of America

charlie1030's Tips

Nanortalik, Greenland - We were able to say that we got off the ship in Greenland but there were no tours offered from the ship. The port was small and after a half an hour after visiting the local gift shop, we went back to get on the tender and return to the ship. Again, the only plus was being able to say that we visited Greenland
Copenhagen, Denmark - We stayed in Copenhagen and took the hop on/hop off greyline bus for two nights prior to the sailing as no excursion was available.
Zuiderdam Zuiderdam - be prepared to walk a lot from one end of the ship to the other for the many activities aboard
Reykjavik, Iceland - Most fantastic. Took a fantastic excursion to the ice tunnel at the top of the glacier and thoroughly enjoyed the day, although the lunch provided was not very good. It was good to get back on the ship for some real food to eat. The overnight stay was nice as it gave us the opportunity to sleep in and still have some time for some local time in the city .
Qaqortoq, Greenland - We wanted to stop in Greenland but there were no tours offered from the ship. The port was small and full of flies. Stopping on a Sunday also meant that all of the shops were closed and made the port a waste of time. The only plus was being able to say that we visited Greenland
St. John's, Newfoundland - We did take a previously scheduled tour, but had to disembark the ship so that we could return to south Florida prior to the striking of hurricane Irma.
Bergen, Norway - We did an excursion, but had limited time in the market area - due to the tour leader who returned us back to the ship much earlier than scheduled.
Cruise Chilean Fjords - Nice scenic cruising
Cruise Strait Of Magellan -
Cruise Beagle Channel - Start looking an hour and a half before you are supposed to be there
Cruise Cape Horn - Don't count on really seeing it
Punta Arenas, Chile - Trip to see majestic penguins was cancelled. Not too much else to see here other than the cemetery and the center of town for 11 hours
Cruise Patagonic Channel -
Norwegian Sun Norwegian Sun - We ate in specialty restaurants every night. People who ate at Moderno said it was terrible. Tepanyaki was not as good as on other NCL ships. Le Bistro was good and so was Cagney's on most nights. La Cuchina was hit and miss. The ship itself had a nice layout.
Norwegian Getaway Norwegian Getaway - Have breakfast and lunch early if you plan on using the buffet as the tables fill up fast and the area gets crowded. Plan dinner and show reservations way before you get on board. Get to the illusionarium early if you want to get a good floor seat. Paying premium does not guarantee good seats.

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