talan
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Norwegian Getaway

May 2016 - Norwegian Getaway to Caribbean - Western

Was OK But Could Have Been Betters

Boarding was a nightmare. The line to enter the registration process was very long and most people were standing in the hot sun for hours. We were given a number of excuses for why the boarding was so delayed and jammed up, but not sure what the truth was. We arrived at 11 am and were allowed onto the ship about 3 pm

 

Our mini-suite just looked liked a standard balcony room to us. It was fine and large enough for the 2 of us though. The ship is lovely and new so all the interior and exterior venues are very nice. The buffet was always very crowded but the food was good. We ate most dinners in the Tropicana as there was often live music. Enjoyed most of the musicians who were aboard.

 

Our cabin maid was always rushed and seemed overwhelmed. She was not very friendly and did not follow through on a couple of things

 

When we cruise we like to find a bar we like and go there for our before dinner cocktail. We had a hard time finding this. We settled on the bar by Tradewinds but the principal bartender was far from friendly. We had a beverage package and he always gave more attention and service to those who were paying and tipping. We are happy to tip extra, but not until we have good service. We did have a wonderful table waitress named Desiree and we gave her an extra tip. We finally quit sitting at the bar and sat a a table instead. At least we got good service then. We did not use the speciality dining venues as we did not feel it worth the additional costs and we had no onboard credits as most everyone else seemed to have.

 

Wifi at $229 for two weeks would not have been totally ridiculous but when it was so slow to make it not worth trying many times, then that price was way to high!!

 

That leads to my biggest complaint. After we booked our cruise in early March, NCL kept making better and better offers of complimentary packages. We tried to get those associated with our same rate but to no success. Many of the other cruise lines will NOT notify you after booking of additional offers, but if you find them and call the cruise line they WILL honor them for you too! We would never book ahead again and will never book with NCL. 

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Seabourn Quest

November 2015 - Seabourn Quest to South America

A Luxury Cruise and Expedition!

We loved this ship and cruise. Had looked at all the ships that go to Antarctica, both cruise and expedition, and this was a combination of both. Had 6 zodiac excursions in 6 days and all were outstanding. Took a private tour from Stanley in the Falklands and though the trip was rough the experience with the king penguins was worth it. Ship is sooo comfortable and staff are great. Food was so good my husband gained 14 pounds. Once you travel with Seabourn you will be spoiled for other cruise lines and larger ships. The lecturers were all excellent and the couple photographers are famous and for good reason. We spent some time in Vina del Mar after and really enjoyed. Especially loved the wineries in Casablanca Valley. Contact David for a lovely private tour of his small La Revoca Winery. You can find him on Facebook and his winery is not far off the road from Valparaiso and Santiago.

 

best cruise in every way!

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talan's Tips

Port Stanley, Falkland Islands - Take the local private trip out to Volunteer Point if you really want to see the king penguins as this is an ideal place to see them.
Seabourn Quest Seabourn Quest - Easy on and off ship. We did book mostly private tours as there were 4 of us and we could have a private tour for less than the ship's tours. Don't worry about what color you get for excursions as they alternate them all. Don't miss any of the zodiac trips as they are all somewhat different.
Norwegian Getaway Norwegian Getaway - lf you can be flexible, wait until the last few weeks to book as they offer all sorts of new incentives!

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shared a quick tip for Seabourn Quest"Easy on and off ship. We did book mostly private tours as there were 4 of us and we could have a private tour for less than the ship's tours. Don't worry about what color you get for excursions as they alternate them all. Don't miss any of the zodiac trips as they are all somewhat different."

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