mbe2015

mbe2015
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Joined: 06/16/2015
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Norwegian Sky

November 2016 - Norwegian Sky to Caribbean - Bahamas

NCL 4 Night Bahamas Cruise

This 4- night Miami RT cruise to the Bahamas had good itinerary with 3 stops (Freeport, Nassau, and Great Stirup Cay). In Freeport and Nassau we hired a taxi driver to show us the major historical and tourist sights so my travel photographer husband could get photos for his website. Freeport appears more run down, although efforts are being made to  improve it. Nassau is the lively port, especially when you include the Atlantis Resort in the mix. Many tourists take part in active water adventures of which there are many. Great Stirrup Cay was a relaxing day to snorkel, walk and enjoy the beach.

 

All ages were on board the ship, although I think many were enticed by the drinks included. The ship is older in style but has been well maintained. Our balcony room was smaller than on other ships, but we weren't in the room for extended periods, so it worked out okay. There's plenty of storage for people who tend to over pack.

 

Food on board was served hot and there were always many selections. We enjoyed the 2 complimentary main restaurants plus one night we ate at Cagney;s Steakhouse which now has an a-la-cart menu. For breakfast we ate at the buffet as well as the omelette/waffle station next door.

 

We didn't take part in ship activities / entertainment so I can't comment on that.

 

Overall, a good short cruise right after Thanksgiving.

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Eurodam

June 2015 - Eurodam to Europe - Northern Europe

Northern Capitals Cruise June 2015

Specifically chose this June 1-13, 2015 Holland America cruise itinerary because it did not go to St. Petersburg, Russia which we visited previously. We especially liked Stockhom and appreciated the overnight time in port with departure at 4:00 on the second day.  It would be nice to have had this same opportunity for Oslo port because it was difficult to cover major highlights with 8-4:30 time frame.

The Eurodam ship is top notch and well maintained.  We had a rear facing balcony room which was terrific.  It was never too windy to be on the balcony. Even when it was raining we could be outside.  Our room steward, Baong (?) was very good and quickly responded to our minimal requests.  The room size, layout, and configuration for storage was very good and larger than many other ships for the same category room.

Ship entertainment is not that important to us because following port days we often retired early or enjoyed quiet time.  For us, it's more important to have friendly attentive staff, good food and dining options, and attractive and clean rooms and public spaces.  We select cruises based on their itinerary which we consider our primary entertainment.

For one port the cruise provided complimentary shuttle service into town because we were docked 30-45 min. drive to town center.  This was much appreciated.  It would be nice to have this offering for all ports with more than a 10 minute walk to the town center.

The destination specialist, Ian, provided interesting commentary prior to cruise ports as well as when we cruised into many of the ports. He was also available for questions at each port. This is a nice perk and we appreciated it was not presented to sell tours.  His commentary truly taught us about the country, city and surroundings.

In summary. the cruise was excellent and exceeded our expectations.

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mbe2015's Tips

Miami, Florida - Stayed one night pre-cruise at Hilton Airport Hotel. It has a great pool. We've visited Miami many times prior, so there was not need to go back.
Copenhagen, Denmark - Departed from ship one night early and stayed at Hilton Airport Hotel because we had an early flight the next day. This allowed us to spend the better part of the day visiting Malmo, Sweden, which was only a 30 minute train ride from the airport. The city is definitely worth a visit!
Cruise Oslofjord - Beautiful scenery and interesting commentary by destination specialist, Ian.
Kiel, Germany - This port was okay but not outstanding. Was happy it was the first stop because all following ports were superb.
Oslo, Norway - So much to see in so little time. Would have liked this stop to be an overnight like in Stockholm.
Rostock (Berlin), Germany - Able to visit two towns in one day because we'd previously been to Berlin and didn't want to re-visit, especially because that trip would have required very long and expensive train ride into Berlin.

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reviewed their Caribbean - Bahamas cruise on Norwegian Sky and gave it 3 stars!

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received a helpful vote on their Eurodam cruise review - Northern Capitals Cruise June 2015

received a helpful vote on their Eurodam cruise review - Northern Capitals Cruise June 2015

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reviewed their Europe - Northern Europe cruise on Eurodam and gave it 5 stars!

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