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Sand and Seas

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    Far from Beaches, Western USA
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    Travel, reading
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    NCL, Windjammer
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Caribbean & Bermuda

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  1. Had a great time on the Encore and really loved the casino😊 Lots of fun slots to play, but my one complaint is there were some that were in the enclosed smoking area that they didn't have in the larger non-smoking area. The casino bartenders did a great job taking care of us and the Exec Host and other Hosts on board were great too.
  2. Another suggestion for you, if you have trouble getting into the Cavern Club to see the Beatles tribute band, look for their theater performance later in the week. On our cruise, it was the evening that we were in San Juan and then again the last night. You aren't able to make reservations for it so plan to get there at least 20 minutes early to get seats.
  3. Have a great cruise! If you don't have your dinner reservations yet, or you need to change one, go to Teppanyaki as soon as you board. They usually have four or five stations set up inside for you to make reservations. Very easy to get a decent time if you go early that first day.
  4. I always take a light weight black sweater to wear if needed. Have you noticed how many of those pashina shawl scarfs they sell at the $10 sale on board🤔
  5. Yes, we loved Encore! Very similar to Bliss which we also enjoyed. We will be going on her again in April and we have Onda booked for two nights, plus Cagney's, Los Lobos & Ocean Blue.
  6. Returned two weeks ago from the Encore and wanted to give you a little information that might help your planning. We found that the Latitudes desk left a helpful message on our cabin phone. She said our secondary Platinum dinner (not Cagneys/LeBistro with wine) could be used at Onda, Los Lobos or Q. We ate at all three during the week and enjoyed them. If you have the dining package, I would use it at Onda so you can try more appetizers. Our server encouraged us to try a couple of items. Good salads and really tasty short-rib appetizer. DH had salad and a pizza (which is shareable!) The Lobster pasta dish was great. Had some nice chunks of perfectly cooked Lobster. My DH was very happy with the Bolognese pasta. Desserts were good too. The Platinum dinner is one starter, one main & dessert which works well at Q or Los Lobos. If you don't have the dining package, I would still choose Onda for the 2nd Platinum meal as it is a unique restaurant & menu. However, you can't go wrong with Los Lobos or Q if they interest you. The message from the Latitudes desk also gave information about where & when to meet for priority tendering at GSC. Also, loved Choir of Man! Observation Lounge was a great place to grab a light afternoon snack (scones/small sandwiches/quiche/salads, etc). The Local had good service and DH thought they made a great hamburger. The MDR lunch (at sea) had a different menu on the 2nd day that was a nice change from the embarkation day menu. All in all, had a great week and looking forward to another Encore cruise😎
  7. In Miami last month, we had to show our Platinum/Platinum Plus cards to board before they called the Boarding number cards. Suggest you get your group there early to get a low boarding group card.
  8. We love Pincho Tapas! I wonder that they haven't added it to any of the newer ships?
  9. It does look the perfect itinerary.....and I just booked it this morning😎 The Breakaway is doing this 9 day Southern to the ABC islands twice- once in April and then again in May of 2021. I too love the entertainment and nightlife on this class of ship. Breakaway has the new Broadway show 'Six' that we are excited to see. It also has Burn the Floor dance show which we always enjoy. Also, love the new venue Syd Norman's Rock the Pour House.
  10. I love that! You got the special deal from the travel service and then got to apply the CAS credit😎
  11. OP, we cruise on NCL four times a year. For the last couple of years (at least) we have always been asked by our servers if we have any special diet needs or allergies. I hope you have a wonderful cruise😊
  12. That's great! Was it a cruise you had booked originally through CAS or you just got to apply the credit to one booked elsewhere?
  13. The Getaway is a favorite with us. Thanks for sharing your review and all the great pics😊
  14. Great information here! We sailed in Haven a couple of years ago and then went back to our regular balcony/minis. Our favorite thing about Haven was the great restaurant with the best service. Nice to read here and remind ourselves of what we enjoyed so much. We now have another Haven booked for next year.....before we go back to the regular cabins😊
  15. Yes, we loved the Encore's entertainment.....and we do not lay out in the sun😎 Enjoyed eating in the Local, Onda, Q & Los Lobos. We had (mostly) excellent service. Absolutely loved the Observation lounge too!
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