moewinn

moewinn

Second Mate
Arlington, Texas
Joined 03/2018

3

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4

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I love to travel. The best part about being a teacher, other than helping mold young minds, is being able to explore the world and telling my students about it.

Past Cruises

Pride of America

July 2019 - 7 Night Hawaii (Honolulu Roundtrip) Cruise on Pride of America

Small Ship Big Fun

Once you get past the ship is an older ship and cabins are smaller than what you may be use to then you will have an amazing time. You spend most of your time off the ship exploring the amazing things that Hawaii has to offer. I never came across anyone rude or unwilling to help. The staff and the hawaiian people were friendly and welcoming. I love NCL and they may my Hawaiian experience amazing. Also, if you have the beverage package promo, bottled water is included.

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Carnival Triumph

November 2018 - 5 Night Western Caribbean (New Orleans Roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Triumph

Thanksgiving Getaway 2018

If you want a quick inexpensive getaway then sailing on Carnival Triumph is a great option. If you go during Thanksgiving it is an awesome way to spend time with your family without all the hustle and bustle of holiday cooking.

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Norwegian Bliss

June 2018 - 7 Night Alaska Highlights (Seattle Roundtrip) Cruise on Norwegian Bliss

Bliss is the only way to experience Alaska!!!

I fell in love with Norwegian Cruise Lines when I went on the Breakaway a few years ago. When they announced the Bliss was going to Alaska it took all but 5 minutes for me to decide that I was going to experience Bliss. There are no words that could experience how wonderful my experience was on the Bliss. The best part was the observation lounge. (I wish it was the entire 15th floor). If you didn't get there early it was hard to find a seat. My family and I (32 of us) took turns occupying a section so we always had a place. Embarkation and Debarkation ran smoothly. We didn't encounter any issues. You will need your passport and eDOCs so don't leave home without it. The staff on the Bliss was excellent. My stateroom steward Clifford was accommodating and took the time to learn my name!! If you get him you are sure to have a good cabin experience. I love the "Free at Sea" promotion. It gives me the opportunity to try things that I would otherwise not be able to afford. I got the specialty dining package and the unlimited drink package. I believe that Bliss has 16 bars and lounges. I never went without a drink!!! They didn't mind making the drinks stronger if I requested it. They aimed to please. I love Cagney's Steakhouse. I hate that they got rid of the Tomahawk steak. I was looking forward to eating it. The porterhouse steak was a good substitute. It was cooked to order and tender. Don't judge me, but I flaked out on the shows. My family says they were decent though. Unfortunately, none of them said they were must sees. My BIGGEST issue issue is that the shows, race track, and laser tag reservations sold out on the first day. You could try to go on a waitlist, but its not guaranteed that you will get to experience them. So book AS SOON AS YOU GET ON THE SHIP. I think that they should do the entertainment like Six Flags does. Get in line and wait your turn. It would keep people from being frustrated. Shore Excursions: Put money aside to go on the White Pass Railway in Skagway. It's amazing. I did the $244 tour that included a scenic drive into Yukon. It was well worth the extra money to experience that beauty. I went whale watching in Juneau and YES I saw whales. All the ports had great shore excursions. I recommend that you purchase from Norwegian. We purchased shore excursions in Ketchikan and Victoria when we got off the ship and the experience was not the same as the NCL sanctioned tours. This was my second time cruising to Alaska. I went on Princess in September the first time and had a horrible time. It rained 90% of the time. The best time to experience Alaska is in the first week of July and of course on the BLISS!!!

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Carnival Triumph

Carnival Triumph

Sail Date: November 19, 2018

Thanksgiving Getaway 2018

If you want a quick inexpensive getaway then sailing on Carnival Triumph is a great option. If you go during Thanksgiving it is an awesome way to spend time with your family without all the hustle and bustle of holiday cooking.

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Norwegian Bliss

Norwegian Bliss

Sail Date: June 30, 2018

Bliss is the only way to experience Alaska!!!

I fell in love with Norwegian Cruise Lines when I went on the Breakaway a few years ago. When they announced the Bliss was going to Alaska it took all but 5 minutes for me to decide that I was going to experience Bliss. There are no words that could experience how wonderful my experience was on the Bliss. The best part was the observation lounge. (I wish it was the entire 15th floor). If you didn't get there early it was hard to find a seat. My family and I (32 of us) took turns occupying a section so we always had a place. Embarkation and Debarkation ran smoothly. We didn't encounter any issues. You will need your passport and eDOCs so don't leave home without it. The staff on the Bliss was excellent. My stateroom steward Clifford was accommodating and took the time to learn my name!! If you get him you are sure to have a good cabin experience. I love the "Free at Sea" promotion. It gives me the opportunity to try things that I would otherwise not be able to afford. I got the specialty dining package and the unlimited drink package. I believe that Bliss has 16 bars and lounges. I never went without a drink!!! They didn't mind making the drinks stronger if I requested it. They aimed to please. I love Cagney's Steakhouse. I hate that they got rid of the Tomahawk steak. I was looking forward to eating it. The porterhouse steak was a good substitute. It was cooked to order and tender. Don't judge me, but I flaked out on the shows. My family says they were decent though. Unfortunately, none of them said they were must sees. My BIGGEST issue issue is that the shows, race track, and laser tag reservations sold out on the first day. You could try to go on a waitlist, but its not guaranteed that you will get to experience them. So book AS SOON AS YOU GET ON THE SHIP. I think that they should do the entertainment like Six Flags does. Get in line and wait your turn. It would keep people from being frustrated. Shore Excursions: Put money aside to go on the White Pass Railway in Skagway. It's amazing. I did the $244 tour that included a scenic drive into Yukon. It was well worth the extra money to experience that beauty. I went whale watching in Juneau and YES I saw whales. All the ports had great shore excursions. I recommend that you purchase from Norwegian. We purchased shore excursions in Ketchikan and Victoria when we got off the ship and the experience was not the same as the NCL sanctioned tours. This was my second time cruising to Alaska. I went on Princess in September the first time and had a horrible time. It rained 90% of the time. The best time to experience Alaska is in the first week of July and of course on the BLISS!!!

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Pride of America

Pride of America

Sail Date: July 13, 2019

Small Ship Big Fun

Once you get past the ship is an older ship and cabins are smaller than what you may be use to then you will have an amazing time. You spend most of your time off the ship exploring the amazing things that Hawaii has to offer. I never came across anyone rude or unwilling to help. The staff and the hawaiian people were friendly and welcoming. I love NCL and they may my Hawaiian experience amazing. Also, if you have the beverage package promo, bottled water is included.

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Cruise Tips

Cruise Napali Coast, Kauai

The coast is beautiful. Everyone says that the port side is the better side to be on. They start off on the port side and then they turn the ship around so the starboard side can see just as well. I went up to the pool area to watch it on the port side and went down to may balcony to watch it again on the starboard side.

Honolulu, Oahu

I enjoyed going on the Pearl Harbor Honolulu City tour at the end of the cruise. My flight was not until 8:41 pm and it allowed us to pass the time with the 5 hour tour.

Kahului, Maui

Loved shopping in Lahaina. Our bus was a little late picking us up, but it was not an issue. You will have to do an excursion (either through NCL or someone else) there is not much around the pier.

Kailua-Kona, Hawaii

Caught the trolly for $2 and rode around to see what the town had to offer. I am not a beach person, but this was a good way to get dropped off at public beaches. People in my group had a good time at the Seahorse excursion and Submarine Tour.

Nawiliwili, Kauai

This by far the best port. It is beautiful. I can't even explain the beauty of Waimea Canyon. Also, watch out for chickens. I was in the botanical gardens and was almost attacked by one. LOL!!! The Fern Grotto was beautiful as well.

Hilo, Hawaii

Did the Historical HIlo Tour. My mom and I had an amazing time. We went to see some waterfalls. Be prepared to walk up and down stairs for about 1/4 a mile to see the Azaka Falls.

Pride of America

Pride of America

Book your dining before you get on the ship. Although there are plenty of empty tables, they do not fill them all. I guess they are short staffed. Reservations book fast especially in specialty dining venues.

San Pedro (Los Angeles), California

Transportation back to the airport was horrible. We prepaid for super shuttle, but still had to wait in line. It took a hour before we were able to get on a shuttle to the airport. I suggest you book a private car. The taxi line was equally long.

Norwegian Joy

Norwegian Joy

Book onboard activities early.

New Orleans, Louisiana

Been to NO many times and we just stayed in the hotel the night before and went straight to the ship the next morning.

Cozumel, Mexico

My mom and I didn't go far from the ship. We sat on the beach chairs on this man made beach near the ship and people watched.

Skagway, Alaska

You must try the White Pass Railway and Yukon Experience. It was well worth the 8 hour journey. The views are impeccable.

Juneau, Alaska

Don't miss out on the Whale Watching excursions. If you like salmon try the whale watching + salmon bake excursion.

Norwegian Bliss

Norwegian Bliss

Book your shows and activities early. You can reserve some shows through your myNCL account. The others make sure you reserve as soon as you get on the ship. Reservations book up pretty fast.

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