rkstraight

rkstraight
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Hometown: New Bern, NC
Joined: 02/17/2015
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Majesty of the Seas

January 2017 - Majesty of the Seas to Caribbean - Bahamas

Nice Older Ship

We took a four day cruise on RCCL's Majesty of the Seas and had low expectations due to the age of the ship - 25 years. Staff was great and ship was amazingly stable during rough seas. Dining options were quite limited with only a two story main dining room and one buffet. After 9 PM your only "free" option was pizza. The ship had an amazing number of inside cabins, again probably due to it's vintage. Locker room was tiny with no benches and poorly designed steam room. Senior staff was quite visible and very outgoing. We were surprised there were so many high ranking Crown & Anchor members on such a short cruise. One man had over 1500 points and several had more than 700. Overall not a bad getaway. Better than what I expected from reading reviews. 

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Norwegian Gem

October 2016 - Norwegian Gem to Caribbean - Southern

Norwegian Gem

October 2016 - Norwegian Gem to Caribbean - Southern

Norwegian Gem

Nice size ship with several dining options included. We always enjoy the show toward end of cruise when senior staff and behind the scenes workers come on stage. Captain Roger was great on bass guitar and vocals.

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Norwegian Gem

October 2016 - Norwegian Gem to Caribbean - Southern

Norwegian Gem

Nice size ship with several dining options included. We always enjoy the show toward end of cruise when senior staff and behind the scenes workers come on stage. Captain Roger was great on bass guitar and vocals.

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Freedom of the Seas

December 2015 - Freedom of the Seas to Caribbean - Eastern

Norwegian Getaway

October 2015 - Norwegian Getaway to Caribbean - Eastern

Great New Ship!

Lots of free dining options and entertainment venues.  Wasn't sure how cruising on such a large ship would be but we were very pleased with the Getaway.  Only really crowded area was around the main pool.  The Legally Blonde production was first class, much more elaborate than normal production shows.  Disappointed with the Grammy Experience but loved the Howl at the Moon show.  The Atrium area had too much activity much of the time and it was hard to hear staff at various stations. When the captain was speaking there was so much noise from air hockey that you couldn't hear him.

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Norwegian Jade

February 2015 - Norwegian Jade to Europe - Mediterranean

Eastern Med Experience

Great first time trip to Greece and Turkey.  Could spend a week or more in Istanbul alone.  We did learn that weather in that part of the world can be unpredictable, just like back in the states.  We had to skip one port in Greece due to high waves in the port.  One nice thing about NCL was that any time a port was missed the captain had staff hand out free rum punches for about an hour.  Nice little extra that other cruise lines could learn from.

 

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Norwegian Jade

February 2015 - Norwegian Jade to Europe - Mediterranean

Eastern Med Experience

Great first time trip to Greece and Turkey.  Could spend a week or more in Istanbul alone.  We did learn that weather in that part of the world can be unpredictable, just like back in the states.  We had to skip one port in Greece due to high waves in the port.  One nice thing about NCL was that any time a port was missed the captain had staff hand out free rum punches for about an hour.  Nice little extra that other cruise lines could learn from.

 

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Norwegian Jade

January 2015 - Norwegian Jade to Europe - Western Mediterranean

Norwegian Sun

March 2014 - Norwegian Sun to Caribbean - Southern

Explorer of the Seas

October 2013 - Explorer of the Seas to Bermuda

Norwegian Jewel

February 2013 - Norwegian Jewel to Caribbean - Bahamas

Norwegian Sun

February 2012 - Norwegian Sun to Caribbean - Western

Norwegian Star

May 2010 - Norwegian Star to Alaska - Inside Passage

rkstraight's Tips

Majesty of the Seas Majesty of the Seas - Make sure you get off the ship at Coco Cay. Plenty of chairs and miles of beach. Many different activities you can pay for but exploring is free.
Nassau, Bahamas - Enjoyed a walking tour of city with rum tastings and visit to Graycliff property.
Norwegian Getaway Norwegian Getaway - Download NCL's free iConcierge app before getting on the ship and you can use it while aboard to book shows and dining very easily.
Barcelona, Spain - Hop on/hop off bus is worth taking. Reserve your tour ahead of time for LaSagrada Familia since they are scheduled every 15 minutes and if you are late you are out of luck.
Valencia, Spain - Poor city but lots of green areas. Porcelein tour was neat and no pressure to buy afterwards.
Toulon, France - Ship anchored 30 minutes away from actual city and a water taxi ride was required to get to starting point of all tours.
Piraeus (Athens), Greece - We did a free walking tour that lasted over 2 1/2 hours and the guide was terrific. He gives tours on the weekends on his own and works just for tips. Check: AthensFreeWalkingTour.com website before booking through cruise line.
Kusadasi (Ephesus), Turkey - Blown away by size and details of ruins. Check: EphesusDeluxe.com for an indepedent tour which includes Istanbul.

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