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About sailawaybellaluna

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  1. Thanks everyone! The price on the Freedom ended up dropping even further, and since my family LOVED Mahogony Bay, we went for it and booked it yesterday!
  2. Thanks for your feedback! We've been to all the ports before, but the Freedom is an extra $300 for our family of 4 and includes Mahogany Bay (which we really like). My kids loved the chair lifts on the beach last time we were there...I usually plan around $100/person/day on average if we're not in Europe, so an extra $300 and a port we like is why I'm tempted to go with Freedom. But the Dream does seem like a "nicer" ship!? Plus my kids love the Chipmunks movie that they filmed onboard! 🙂 I'm appreciating everyone's feedback!
  3. You're lucky! Our home port in Southern California only does 3 and 4-night sailings. So they are notorious for bachelor/bachelorette parties and can get crazy! I still take the risk in going because they have great service, good food, and I enjoy any cruise regardless of who's around me! 🙂
  4. Wow! Thanks so much for your feedback! I too have sailed the Breeze (in the Med during her inaugural season) and so far, she is my favorite Carnival ship! Happy you were wowed by the Freedom! I do love the wrap around promenade on Deck 5, but I don't enjoy crowds. How were the passengers on the Freedom? I know some Carnival ships are known to be more "booze cruises", and we're not really boozy cruisers. 🙂
  5. Hello, I'm debating on booking the 5-night Dream for my family next April (great price, we like the ports). But then I noticed the 6-night on the Freedom with the same itinerary also includes a stop in Mahogany Bay, which my kids really loved! The price for the extra night is comparable and we'd be doing a balcony cabin on both. It seems overall that the Dream is just a much nicer ship?! I've been on a good number of Carnival cruises but never either of these ships! I'd love your feedback, especially if you've sailed both. Thank you!
  6. Thank you for your review! I'm taking my almost 4-year old daughter on the Joy for a girls' trip next week and am so excited! Did you notice any venues with live music during the day? On our last few cruises (Holland America) they've had violinists performing and she was mesmerized. We went every day to listen! She goes to bed around 8:30pm usually on vacation, so I don't think we'll be hitting up any of the late night music venues, but wasn't sure what the vibe was like during the afternoon?
  7. I'll be sailing on the Joy in a couple of weeks, and it's been nearly 12 years since I've sailed Norwegian! I'm wondering if they offer any sort of proper afternoon tea in the dining rooms? On recent Holland America cruises we have really found ourselves loving the daily afternoon tea. I was surprised it was even offered on port days, and was something my children really enjoyed! I haven't read anything about it on the NCL board, but wanted to ask and double check. Thanks!
  8. Thank you! Also wondering if there are any favorites amongst the free main dining rooms? I have just made most of our reservations for dinner each night in the Manhattan, with only one reservation in each Savor and Taste. My understanding is that Savor and Taste are both opened for lunch on sea days - is that right?
  9. We'll be flying into Seattle Seatac airport and arriving at 10am for our sailing onboard the Joy which departs at 5pm. I was told that I can book a transfer through Norwegian for $20/person and that a representative would meet us at baggage claim. Since there are only two of us traveling, this is basically the same price for an Uber and I'd probably prefer booking it through Norwegian. My question is: will this be a huge bus/shuttle that we'll have to sit on for an hour or more while they fill it up in each terminal?I'm not expecting a private transport for that cost, but I'd also prefer not to be at the airport for hour(s). Any insight would be appreciated. Thanks!
  10. We'll be sailing the Joy out of Seattle in a couple of weeks, and it's been so long since I've sailed on Norwegian! From reviewing the deck plans, there seems to be an abundance of restaurants onboard,but I'm wondering what is open for lunch on the day of embarkation at no charge? I'd prefer sit down and not buffet if that's an option. Thanks!
  11. One more question! Are the ports above ones that we can easily access the downtown areas walking from the pier? Or does the ship dock in more rural/industrial areas, requiring us to take taxis or buses downtown? Thanks for all your help!
  12. For the train, is it the White Pass Scenic Train everyone loves in Skagway? Is it worth trying to book this privately? I was quite shocked to see the cheapest one offered through NCL would be $215 for the two of us. Is it worth that? My daughter has been on lots of trains. 🙂 Although not through the beautiful Alaskan scenery, so I'm open to it!
  13. Thanks! I was debating between the lumberjack show or the duck tour!
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