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  1. It's the same. The photo on NCL's web site for the shore excursion called "Fiesta Latina" shows the same musician and names him in the description -- Juan Carlos. I can't imagine how NCL justifies charging $79 per person for a show that is free for anyone dining there and is a two to three block walk away. The excursion details do not mention getting anything but a sample of sangria, no ride (not needed), no walking tour on the way to the restaurant, nothing. Makes me want to sail with a different cruise line. I expect ship excursions to be higher priced than going on our own but this is charging $79 for nothing. https://www.ncl.com/shore-excursions/SJU_55/Fiesta-Latina ?destination=Caribbean+Cruises&port=SJU&sort=searchWeight&sortOrder=asc&perPage=12&startingRecord=12
  2. Back from our 11/24 cruise. We went to Triana Tapas and Flamenco -- show started 7:30pm, we called before we cruised to make dinner reservations at 7pm. The show is 6 nights a week so call ahead to confirm. Juan Carlos, the Spanish guitarist was incredibly talented and the flamenco dancers beautiful. Food very good and many choices. NCL Encore was docked 5:30pm-12. Before dinner, we walked along Paseo de la Princessa to the end by the water where there is a beautiful water fountain. After dinner and the show, we walked back to the ship dock only 2 to 3 small blocks) and bought a few things $5 San Juan hats, magnet and tree ornament. There were a few other items for sale on the street right before the ship dock entrance - necklaces, leather belts and wallets and bags. Before the 7:30pm show, there was another show that seemed to be a cruise ship excursion. I saw a ship excursion $79 per person and did not include anything but a sample of Sangria. NOTE: There is NO CHARGE for the show and you can easily walk to the restaurant. They asked for $20 minimum per person purchase of food and drinks. Our total bill was about $120 for 3 people including drinks, several seafood tapas, and tip. Walked away stuffed.....! http://www.trianatapasyflamenco.com/en
  3. Back from our 11/24 cruise. We went to Triana Tapas and Flamenco -- show started 7:30pm, we called before we cruised to make dinner reservations at 7pm. The show is 6 nights a week so call ahead to confirm. Juan Carlos, the Spanish guitarist was incredibly talented and the flamenco dancers beautiful. Food very good and many choices. NCL Encore was docked 5:30pm-12. Before dinner, we walked along Paseo de la Princessa to the end by the water where there is a beautiful water fountain. After dinner and the show, we walked back to the ship dock only 2 to 3 small blocks) and bought a few things $5 San Juan hats, magnet and tree ornament. There were a few other items for sale on the street right before the ship dock entrance - necklaces, leather belts and wallets and bags. Before the 7:30pm show, there was another show that seemed to be a cruise ship excursion. I saw a ship excursion $79 per person and did not include anything but a sample of Sangria. NOTE: There is NO CHARGE for the show and you can easily walk to the restaurant. They asked for $20 minimum per person purchase of food and drinks. Our total bill was about $120 for 3 people including drinks, several seafood tapas, and tip. Walked away stuffed.....! http://www.trianatapasyflamenco.com/en
  4. Same guy approached us in Old San Juan. What a scammer. We moved away from the city to get away from scammers like that.
  5. This same person approached us on November 26. Be aware and Beware.
  6. Looking for a St Thomas beach with fun things to do - rent a kayak, get pulled on a banana boat ride, parasail, etc. Cruise ship docked 8am-6pm. Suggestions? We have been to Coki Beach and Trunk Bay before. A place with good beach bar food would be nice. We snorkel but have been to a beautiful snorkel location in Roatan, and this trip, will snorkel at the next port Tortola. Not impressed with snorkeling at Coki - the coral was gray and dead and people feeding fish dog biscuits. Thanks
  7. One company in St John was $4OO for up to 8 people x 4 hours. On other islands, we were able to get a driver all day for much less.
  8. Suggestions for Taxi or Private Tour? Our ship is docked 8am - 6pm. Plan to take the ferry from Red Hook STT to Cruz Bay STJ arriving at Cruz Bay 9:30am-10:30am depending on which ferry we catch. Then take the 3pm ferry back from Cruz Bay to Red Hook. We want to allow plenty of extra time to get back to ship (4pm ferry too late for us). Last time, we just took a taxi to Trunk Bay. We could pick a different beach like Cinnamon Bay but thought having our own driver for about 4 hours would let us see more than one beach. The reality is we would like a whole week at St. John, not just a cruise stop! https://www.*****/stjohn/getting_around_stj/
  9. Suggestions for reliable transportation to Fajardo? Uber? Private transportation company? I prefer to hire private transportation for the whole time so I can make sure we get back to the ship on time. Tour is 8pm-10pm. Cruise ship leaves at 12 midnight so all aboard last call should be 11:30 PM and the drive is one hour long. Try not to be a runner!
  10. OLD SAN JUAN - ANY SUGGESTIONS FOR MUSIC, DANCE, JAZZ? Norwegian Cruise ship docking 5:30pm - midnight. was hoping for bioluminescent bay trip but concerned about doing it on our own and the cruise ship excursion is full at this time. Looking for a place to get a bite to eat and enjoy some cultural music and dance. Found Triana Tapas and Flamenco and Carlis Fine Bistro across the street. Any other recommendations? Is there a specific area with restaurants that have music and dance? My son is only 14 so concerned if there are age restrictions for entry. Thank you. http://www.trianatapasyflamenco.com/en And another place across the street https://www.facebook.com/Carlisfinebistro/
  11. Norwegian Cruise Line has a ship excursion "Fiesta Latina" that is $79 per person. Does not include dinner, says sangria samples. Sounds like the same place. Thinking we could just go there on our own and have dinner for less money and see the same show. Trying to find out. NCL's description is "In this folkloric show, the featured guitarist will be Juan Carlos, an entertainer that has traveled the world playing flamenco and singing in his distinct baritone voice. https://www.ncl.com/shore-excursions/SJU_55/Fiesta-Latina http://www.trianatapasyflamenco.com/en
  12. I hope to hear more about Entourage activities. We like cruising as a family because our son (now age 14) will jave his own things to do so we (Mom and Dad) have adult time to ourselves in the evening. Water slides close eventually at night. Laser tag and go karts ate good for a few times. Hoping entourage has activities other than just hanging out and playing video games.
  13. We did not have wifi on past NCL cruises. On Celebrity, we had unlimited wifi and used our iPhones (selecting the setting for wifi calling while on airplane mode) and successfully made phone calls. You can also use any of several phone apps that make phone calls over the internet instead of cellular service.
  14. We have the Internet 250 minutes (1000 mb) perk. I assume that is enough time for checking text messages and wifi calling home to check on things and occasional Facebook bragging. Anyone find that is not enough and it's worth the upgrade to unlimited wifi? I don't think we can use this to message/call each other on the ship given only 1 person can be on the wifi at a time. NCL App phone-messenger service - still best way to communicate with family on the ship? I understand it cost $9.95 for each device? Mom, Dad, and teenager will want to message and call each other on the ship. This worked well on our past NCL cruises for all those important messages.... Like.... Are you ever leaving the pool bar? While you're at it, bring me a drink back to the room. You gotta get up here and see this..... I'm running late... again... Are you still getting ready?
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