latitude4738

latitude4738
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Norwegian Pearl

December 2017 - Norwegian Pearl to Caribbean - Western

Excellent Western Caribbean Cruise

A great cruise with very good weather in December. Our third cruise with NCL and never disappointed. The western Caribbean itinerary is interesting and diverse visiting 5 different countries. The ship, food and crew were all excellent.

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Serenade of the Seas

July 2017 - Serenade of the Seas to Europe - Northern Europe

Fascinating Cruise!

Excellent cruise. Very educational as well as scenic. A great look at Russian culture, history and "evolution". And the Baltic countries gave us a wonderful understanding of life both pre and post Soviet rule. It is amazing what freedom can do for a country and its people! When we choose our travel our priority is the destinations as we have now been in 97 different countries. This Royal Caribbean cruise fulfilled our expectations in that regard as we do not choose our travel based on what ship board life has to offer. We are very pleased with the experience.

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Norwegian Jewel

November 2016 - Norwegian Jewel to Panama Canal, Central America

Excellent Panama Canal Experience

The ship and friendly staff were excellent.  We had wonderful weather, lots of sun and calm seas.  The ship was a nice "size" and never felt overly crowded.  Shore excursions booked through NCL were very good considering some of the ports have limited sites to see.  The food was consistently good.  Teppanyaki is always full of fun, and Moderno's was a new experience for us with excellent food.  Fourteen days passed quickly and the six at-sea days were full on things to do.

Most of the evening entertainment was excellent, but not to impressed with the MoTown on the last night.  The captain was excellent and provided more news and info for the passengers than on any other cruise we have been.  An excellent cruise experience.

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Norwegian Epic

February 2016 - Norwegian Epic to Europe - Western Europe

Cruise on the NCL Epic

Excellent cruise itinerary.  NCL's Free Style cruising is very good.  Flexible dining options and casual as you choose.  The Epic is a very large ship more like a floating hotel than a grand ocean liner.  It has no open sundeck that circles the ship.  The design is more cut up, but that helps disperse the 4000+ passengers and makes it feel less crowded.  The stateroom was excellent.  Service staff is good and food is good but not "exceptional".  Overall a very good package.

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Cozumel, Mexico - We didn't spend time in Cozumel as we did the Amazing Secret River excursion across on the mainland. An EXCELLENT experience if your really into caves. You wade, walk and swim your way through a beautiful and undisturbed cave. The tour operators are excellent, knowledgeable and efficient.
Belize City, Belize - We had spent a week in Belize before so had covered many other activities so we did the Chrystal Cave tubing which was fun and entertaining. The only issue was that it was crowded as we had a total of 4 cruise ships in port.
Norwegian Pearl Norwegian Pearl - Its the right size ship if you want to avoid the mega size ships and crowds. When we were in ports requiring us to tender in it was timely and efficient.
Costa Maya (Mahahual), Mexico - This port is OK. We took an NCL excursion to Chacchoben which was interesting, but having visited several other Mayan ruins it rates about average.
George Town, Grand Cayman - We checked one off our bucket list and did the dolphin swim and sting ray swim. Nice facility for the dolphins and a natural experience with the rays. All fun and fascinating at the same time.
Serenade of the Seas Serenade of the Seas - The Serenade was an excellent ship for this itinerary as we were in ports and on shore excursions nearly every day. If you were on a long cruise with may sea days the ship might start to seem limiting. But again, we did enjoy the layout of the ship. Decks 5 & 12 allowed you to walk continuously around the ship and even go out on the bow. Stairs were conveniently located and the elevators were abundant enough to handle the crowds.
Copenhagen, Denmark - Been there before but took a walk and cruise excursion where we saw a lot of new areas and an excellent guide to inform us. A big city with many beautiful areas.
St. Petersburg, Russian Federation - Fascinating! History overload. The opulence of the Czars was beyond belief. Be prepared for the crowds as tourism is exploding and logistics can be trying. A good guide makes all the difference. We did a full 3 day excursion package to see as much as possible and where very pleased with our time in St. Petersburg and a taste of Russia.
Tallinn, Estonia - Interesting country and an excellent look at post-soviet life and progress. Especially if you have a good guide who is open about the before and after soviet rule.
Warnemunde (Berlin), Germany - Common port call to access Berlin but we had been to Berlin before so we opted for the Molli train excursion. Beautiful countryside and visited the Baltic resort areas. Very good experience.
Stockholm, Sweden - Impressive city. Beautiful layout among the islands. Don't miss the Vasa museum.
Riga, Latvia - Unfortunately the wind was so strong the captain could not get the ship into the narrow channel to dock. Dissappointing as this was one reason for choosing this cruise itinerary.
Klaipeda, Lithuania - Took an excursion out on the peninsula to see the county side. Again, another interesting post-Soviet culture. And an excellent guide.
Fredericia, Denmark - We didn't book an excursion as the town is small and easy walking. Enjoyed a free day to explore on our own. Very pretty town and interesting old fortifications to stroll along.
Panama Canal Transit - It was great to have them open the bow for the best view of the canal locks and all the activity. It was a nice touch for the crew to set up drinks and snack on the bow also. It can get really crowded if your trying to take photos.
Malaga, Spain - The Alhambra is interesting but not near as "grand" as I expected.
Norwegian Epic Norwegian Epic - The NCL Epic is a very large ship, more like a floating hotel than a stylish ocean liner. No grand open areas, more cut up in many separate public areas, but that helped break up the fact that there are over 4000 passengers on board. It has no open sundeck that circles the ship.

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