jt401k

jt401k
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Joined: 09/10/2016
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Koningsdam

December 2016 - Koningsdam to Caribbean

Great technology....needs attention to detail

The Koningsdam is a technological marvel with the most up to date systems and navigational capabilities with a captain who knows ho to use them.  Congrats Holland, but the on board experience needs some work.  Lots of small details need attention.  The mattresses were too small and made sleeping difficult.  Sound insulation between cabins needs some beefing up and the tendering experience needs some life boat pilots with more experience.

On the other hand, the ship's performing company was outstanding and all but the two comedians who performed made the evenings very worthwhile.  The Lido Market (buffet) was excellent with great attention to service and satisfaction. BB King experience was mediocre and Lincoln Center performers were good but had no Lincoln Center experience (still world class).  Shops on board were typical and much time spent on Holland future cruises and new Privileges program.  Ports are typical Caribbean and focus on Diamonds International highlights the fact that they are owned by Carnival (the parent of Holland).  Good get away for us northerners and once kinks are worked out this may be as good as other Holland ships like the Neuw Amsterdam.  BTW there is no library on this ship so bring your own reading material.

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Norwegian Sun

August 2016 - Norwegian Sun to Alaska - Gulf of Alaska

Finding gold in Alaska

is a great starting point for any vacation but as usual, Becca Reeves got us set up and going.  The Sun is a small ship by today's standards but it is huge on value.  Comfortable and convenient this ship had tremendous amenities with good entertainment, specialty restaurants and interesting public spaces. We were blessed with excellent weather and the captain took advantage of this to maneuver the ship VERY close to the Hubbard glacier and once there spun the ship around to give everyone awesome views.  The inside passage is in and of itself magnificent with snow capped mountains, abundant marine life and smooth as silk waters and the ports became the icing on the cake. Norwegian isn't for everyone but if you appreciate value and their sense of family this is an appropriate line for an enjoyable vacation.  Excursions are expensive due. To limited facilities and a short season but are rewarded with once in a lifetime experiences.  I travel quite a bit and I must say that Alaska is a unique and brilliant experience that should not be missed.

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jt401k's Tips

Koningsdam Koningsdam - Ship is still working out the kinks in the Thermal spa. Use coupons provided in your stateroom to experience it before you spend $200 on a week long pass
Norwegian Sun Norwegian Sun - The Observation Lounge on deck 12 forward is a terrific place to be quiet and enjoy the views. Also Le Bistro's ambiance made specially dining a treat

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received a helpful vote on their Koningsdam cruise review - Great technology....needs attention to detail