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Star Princess

January 2017 - Star Princess to Hawaii

Inside Room - Saved Some Money

We like the whole cruise thing, sea days, ports and the people on the ship.  The problem with the Star Princes is the Princes Theater is poorly managed.  We stopped waiting 45 minutes which was required to get a seat for a 30 minute show. Some cruise lines take reservation so you know you will get in, even tho you may not know where you will sit.  Lucky the tro in the atrium were very GOOD.  Could not enjoy the Vista longue as there was always a movie or hula something going on.  Yes we were going to Hawaii,, but 15 days of Hawan's music ,,,duh,



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Norwegian Jade

October 2015 - Norwegian Jade to Transatlantic

Barcelona to Houston on the Norwegian Jade 2015

A great trip for the price.  Check in at the port in Barcelona was very fast.  The weather during the 16 day crossing was smooth except for a couple days before Madeira where we had 12 foot waves.  The weather in Barcelona was around 70 degrees and it only got warmer crossing the Atlantic. There was custom delays in St Thomas as those who were not American citizens had up to 3 hours wait in line to get their passport stamped.  This was done on board and  there were no announcements to NOT come up to the Spinnaker Lounge until the line shortened.  For those getting off in Miami there was a couple hours delay for those wanting to just go down town etc to be allowed off.  In Houston, we ere off the ship in 5 minutes, we took the charter bus to Bush Intercontentinal  which cost $50 each.  There is no cheap way to get from Bayport to the airport.  The main thing we saw on the ship was a shortage of Bus Staff in the restaurants.   Waiters were busy and tables sat for a long time before they were cleaned off.  The entertainment was super as Norwegian had a variety of acts.  We are taking the return cruise in April 2015.

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Norwegian Jewel

May 2015 - Norwegian Jewel to Alaska - Inside Passage

1st time on NCL

Having cruise on other cruise lines we were interested in what FreeStyle cruising would be like as we have a cruise on the Norwegian Jade in October.  There was a second benefit to sailing on the Jewel, no airfare as we live in the Seatte area.  The boarding was very fast, around 20 minutes from entering the terminal to being on board.  We had only booked the cruise 3 days before and choose an ocean view and a dining package for three dinners in their specialty restaurants.  The room we were given was probably an up grade from the base price as it was not obstructed. The room was on the small size, no couch, but except for the carpet being well worn and a dingy look, the room was clean. We were in room 5040, which is above the working area on deck 4, so some noise from their.  I would next time take the booze package  ( which is not being offered now) as we found the free dining room, pub and buffet to be very good on choice and quality.  Yes the steak in Cagney's was VERY good.  The weather was great on the port stops and as this was our 3rd cruise to Alaska we did more walking in the towns then excursions.  Back in Seattle we were about 10th in line on the walk off and NCL had people at the gangway, pointing out the end  of the line for those who thought they could cut in.   As we are taking another NCL cruise in the fall we were very happy with what we experienced and look forward to the Jade.  

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January 2015 - Westerdam to Caribbean - Eastern

Back to Back by the elevator

Nice to  be in the warmer weather.  HAL ships are nice, but the smaller ones seem to be better at some things, such as keeping food hot.  Booking back to back one of the few rooms left as by the elevators, should have known better, will not do it next time.  But the room is nice and the warmer weather a treat.  1/2 way through the second week now,  

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jrs00pm's Tips

Norwegian Jade Norwegian Jade - expect a problem finding a seat during peak times in the garden Café. The schedule for the Blue Lagoon is not clear, They do serve breakfast there on port days, other wise you have to figure out you have to go across to Moderno to get breakfast, there are no signage saying they are closed.
Norwegian Jewel Norwegian Jewel - Use the pub O'Shaunneys for breakfast, no crowds, good food.

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