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Re: Cruise Ship Thread 2018

Wed Jan 24, 2018 4:29 pm

Has anyone taken a repo cruise (i.e. transatlantic or Panama Canal)?

I've been looking at going on Norwegian Epic again but transatlantic. I really need a vacation and I think 2 weeks on a ship may be just what the doctor ordered.
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Wed Jan 24, 2018 4:38 pm

New boats for all of you out there this year.
http://www.latimes.com/travel/la-tr-cru ... story.html

I have never been on a cruise ship.
Older than I just was ,and younger than I will soo be.
 
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Re: Cruise Ship Thread 2018

Wed Jan 24, 2018 7:07 pm

einsteinboricua wrote:
Has anyone taken a repo cruise (i.e. transatlantic or Panama Canal)?

I've been looking at going on Norwegian Epic again but transatlantic. I really need a vacation and I think 2 weeks on a ship may be just what the doctor ordered.


Yes, I have taken 2 re-position, 1 transatlantic cruise and 2 panama canal cruises... Let me give you some feedback...

Re-Position Cruise:
Really do your research when it comes to this, because there are some real gems in between at amazingly low prices, with very exotic destinations you usually don't get to see with a cruise.
One of my best cruise itineraries I ever did was a 20 day reposition cruise from Italy to Dubai, crossing the Suez Canal with near daily stops for example in Jerusalem, Jordan etc etc... And the cruise was just USD 900 per person on Costa Cruise Line. Even though I loved the itinerary, the cruise line was really bad (my first Costa cruise), but looking at the price, I cannot complain at all...
But look out, there are also Re-Po cruises where the ships try to get from one place to the other as fast as possible, and those have a lot of sea days and then it isn't that special anymore...

Transatlantic Cruise:
I did 1 transatlantic on the Pacific Princess and I really enjoyed the cruise, but be beware that it can get boring very fast and choose a ship with lots of activities, otherwise you will just end up eating, drinking and sleeping... Which we enjoyed at that time, since we could properly socialize with other guests and crew during the "drinking periods" ;)
One other concern you should watch out for is, that the sea can be very rough out there especially between Bermuda and the US east coast.
If I would do another transatlantic crossing, I would try to go on the Queen Mary 2 from NYC to South Hampton, to have a nostalgic ocean liner experience...

Panama Canal Cruise:
I did 2 full Panama Canal crossings on a cruise... Let me start here, because Panama Canal cruises are not all the same... there are some that make the full crossing, going from the Atlantic to the Pacific side (or vice a versa) and then you have Panama canal cruises, that enter on the Atlantic side, turn around on the Gatun Lake and then exit on the Atlantic side again.
If you want the real experience, you should make a full crossing (just my opinion)... When I did my first crossing on the Island Princess, we had an expert commenting the whole crossing on the PA system and made me feel that you were in a real life documentary, very nice... The second time I went on the Celebrity Infinity and we didn't had the commenting going on, but they had a long presentation by an expert from the Smithsonian Inst. the day before and I took his advice to also watch a lock chamber passing from the lower deck cabins through the porthole.
Other comment... usually the panama canal cruises are somewhat more diverse and exotic then your typical Caribbean cruise, but also take a good look at what the cruise line have to offer. My personal experience is, it is something very special to pass with a large cruise ship through the country side, but you should be very interested in this topic, otherwise it can get boring. I really enjoyed every second of the passing, while my wife was impressed but at some point she has seen it all :spin:

In general, all of the above cruises are nice, but it really depends on what you like that you should choose... Currently I am looking for another RePo cruise, but this time a transpacific cruise at a good price with a decent itinerary, from Japan/China to Alaska (or vice a versa), but they get sold out very quickly...
 
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Re: Cruise Ship Thread 2018

Wed Jan 24, 2018 9:07 pm

Hi folks, just came across this thread and for what it is worth I tender my comments on two recent cruises. 2016/2017.
The Cruise Line was Regent Seven Seas, the liner was the Seven Seas Voyager,on both occasions.
2016 cruise was from Stockholm to Copenhagen and points in between (St.Petersburg was an eye opener)
I have never been so indulged upon in all my years.The cabins spacious ,all with balconies,the restaurant selection superb,the crew and choice of ground tours excellent.
What can I say,an absolutely brilliant cruise.
2017 cruise was from Barcelona to Lisbon and points in between.
Again could not fault the service that this cruise line offer. As an aside if you get the chance before the rest of the world awakens,spend some time in and about Lisbon. Beautiful country and people.
I know this sounds like an "unpaid commercial" but honestly check this cruise line out. They travel all the seas .Oh and by the way passenger numbers are around the 750 mark. Not overcrowded and not a child/teenager in sight!
Cheers and enjoy your next cruise no matter what company.
 
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Re: Cruise Ship Thread 2018

Wed Jan 24, 2018 10:41 pm

How advanced, or basic, are the medical facilities on cruise ships? Or does it vary widely? In a book I have about QE2, it shows an operating theatre just like those on land, in the QE2 medical centre.

On my recent cruise (5-11 January aboard NCL Jade for the charter cruise "Star Trek: The Cruise II"), I experienced a life-threatening medical emergency that had me confined overnight in the Jade's medical facility. I had choked on a piece of meat during dinner in the Grand Pacific dining room, undergone the Heimlich maneuver, and been rushed away to the medical facility on the lowest deck (4). With my tiny throat and jaw deformities due to Treacher Collins syndrome, I have an unfortunate tendency to choke on my food.

I found out from my shipmates later that there had been a Code Alpha sounded, meaning a medical emergency, throughout the ship that evening, when I had my emergency.

The medical facility I was in appeared very basic--first I was taken to a room labelled "Operating Theatre" but that was really like a small-town emergency room with an articulated table or bed, life signs monitors, a portable x-ray machine, and cabinets on the walls full of medical supplies (IV saline bags, syringes, needles, airway-management supplies, pneumothorax supplies, etc). I had an IV started, was given drugs IV, and x-rayed (both chest and cervical) to make sure the piece of meat hadn't gone down into my lungs. There was a ship's doctor (in a naval doctor's epauletted uniform) in attendance along with nurses. The meat had become stuck fast, or impacted, in my upper esophagus just outside the glottal opening to my trachea (so I had air, but was choking on accumulating saliva and the food wouldn't dislodge despite gulping down water, which came right back up). Next, I was taken to "intensive care"--a simple hospital-type room with 2 beds with monitors and a bathroom. I was kept there all night, not released until 8:30am the next morning, because the pork was still firmly impacted in my throat. It was 7 hours before the meat finally broke down and dislodged, even after retching and gagging and repeated attempts to force it down with gulps of water. The doctor even talked about removing me from the ship the next morning (at our first port stop, Roatan, Honduras) and sending me to a hospital ashore. I'm sort of surprised they didn't talk about using an instrument to go down into my throat and remove the impacted meat, or just push it on down the esophagus (my shipmates, including those in the medical field, told me that is a procedure done to dislodge food, for example with a Magill forceps). Perhaps if they had indeed sent me to a hospital ashore, the doctors there might have tried to remove the food? Fortunately, the pork did finally dislodge after 7 hours (at 4am) and I did not need to be offboarded.

My trip insurance I had purchased beforehand when booking this Star Trek cruise is reimbursing me for the $3238.51 bill for this time in "sickbay" (as we Trekkie cruisers would call it), fortunately.

It would not have been too bad a way to die--on a nice cruise... (By the way, there are morgues aboard cruise ships; they don't bury dead passengers at sea anymore.)

Are there shipboard "hospital" facilities more advanced than these now, or are they all just for stabilizing patients for later treatment ashore?

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Re: Cruise Ship Thread 2018

Wed Jan 24, 2018 11:23 pm

SmithAir747 wrote:
How advanced, or basic, are the medical facilities on cruise ships? Or does it vary widely? In a book I have about QE2, it shows an operating theatre just like those on land, in the QE2 medical centre.

On my recent cruise (5-11 January aboard NCL Jade for the charter cruise "Star Trek: The Cruise II"), I experienced a life-threatening medical emergency that had me confined overnight in the Jade's medical facility. I had choked on a piece of meat during dinner in the Grand Pacific dining room, undergone the Heimlich maneuver, and been rushed away to the medical facility on the lowest deck (4). With my tiny throat and jaw deformities due to Treacher Collins syndrome, I have an unfortunate tendency to choke on my food.

I found out from my shipmates later that there had been a Code Alpha sounded, meaning a medical emergency, throughout the ship that evening, when I had my emergency.

The medical facility I was in appeared very basic--first I was taken to a room labelled "Operating Theatre" but that was really like a small-town emergency room with an articulated table or bed, life signs monitors, a portable x-ray machine, and cabinets on the walls full of medical supplies (IV saline bags, syringes, needles, airway-management supplies, pneumothorax supplies, etc). I had an IV started, was given drugs IV, and x-rayed (both chest and cervical) to make sure the piece of meat hadn't gone down into my lungs. There was a ship's doctor (in a naval doctor's epauletted uniform) in attendance along with nurses. The meat had become stuck fast, or impacted, in my upper esophagus just outside the glottal opening to my trachea (so I had air, but was choking on accumulating saliva and the food wouldn't dislodge despite gulping down water, which came right back up). Next, I was taken to "intensive care"--a simple hospital-type room with 2 beds with monitors and a bathroom. I was kept there all night, not released until 8:30am the next morning, because the pork was still firmly impacted in my throat. It was 7 hours before the meat finally broke down and dislodged, even after retching and gagging and repeated attempts to force it down with gulps of water. The doctor even talked about removing me from the ship the next morning (at our first port stop, Roatan, Honduras) and sending me to a hospital ashore. I'm sort of surprised they didn't talk about using an instrument to go down into my throat and remove the impacted meat, or just push it on down the esophagus (my shipmates, including those in the medical field, told me that is a procedure done to dislodge food, for example with a Magill forceps). Perhaps if they had indeed sent me to a hospital ashore, the doctors there might have tried to remove the food? Fortunately, the pork did finally dislodge after 7 hours (at 4am) and I did not need to be offboarded.

My trip insurance I had purchased beforehand when booking this Star Trek cruise is reimbursing me for the $3238.51 bill for this time in "sickbay" (as we Trekkie cruisers would call it), fortunately.

It would not have been too bad a way to die--on a nice cruise... (By the way, there are morgues aboard cruise ships; they don't bury dead passengers at sea anymore.)

Are there shipboard "hospital" facilities more advanced than these now, or are they all just for stabilizing patients for later treatment ashore?

SmithAir747


Thats some story glad it worked out ok. Also reinforces the need for good travel insurance that covers cruise ship vacations and that people pre declare any medical conditions at time of purchase.
 
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Wed Jan 24, 2018 11:31 pm

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Re: Cruise Ship Thread 2018

Thu Jan 25, 2018 8:54 am

einsteinboricua wrote:
Has anyone taken a repo cruise (i.e. transatlantic or Panama Canal)?

I've been looking at going on Norwegian Epic again but transatlantic. I really need a vacation and I think 2 weeks on a ship may be just what the doctor ordered.


I've sailed on Norwegian Epic probably 5 times now, the first being it's inaugural transatlantic to New York from Southampton. Is a great ship for sea days as there's loads of stuff to do ( it won awards for best ship for sea days.)
Since the upgrade, the food is so much better, particularly noticeable in the included dining options. Great entertainment, a few well-hidden quiet areas to relax if you need and a nice gym and spa.
On a long trip like that, I'd recommend getting a pass to POSH. Sea days on most large ships cam be fairly busy around the pool area and Norwegian Epic is no exception. POSH doesn't give you your own pool but takes away a scramble for a lounger as there's plenty of plush loungers for the numbers they let in, lounger service with water spritzers, frozen fruit slushies etc and a water mister for when you need to cool down. I love it up there.

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Re: Cruise Ship Thread 2018

Thu Jan 25, 2018 1:54 pm

kasimir wrote:
South Hampton,


Southampton...One word.....

einsteinboricua wrote:
Has anyone taken a repo cruise (i.e. transatlantic or Panama Canal)?

I've been looking at going on Norwegian Epic again but transatlantic. I really need a vacation and I think 2 weeks on a ship may be just what the doctor ordered.


NCL does offer some really good deals on their repo cruises, certainly worth a serious look, the route they take (along with a bunch of other lines) works for us, enough sea days to relax, but with an island thrown in to break it up, I should add we are booked on the QM2 at the end of this year which is 6 straight sea days, I would probably go for the repo cruise next time but I am taking something off the bucket list so the QM2 it is for us.

One thing I have found on the repo cruises is there are a lot of high status passengers, so lines can get a little long if you don't have status with that line.

SmithAir747 wrote:
How advanced, or basic, are the medical facilities on cruise ships? Or does it vary widely? In a book I have about QE2, it shows an operating theatre just like those on land, in the QE2 medical centre.


Are there shipboard "hospital" facilities more advanced than these now, or are they all just for stabilizing patients for later treatment ashore?

SmithAir747


The only ship I know that has good medical facilities is the QM2, other than that it is pretty basic, as you say, they just try to stabilize the passenger until they can get to port.
 
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Thu Feb 01, 2018 12:39 pm

Norwegian Cruise Line celebrates first construction milestone for newest ship - EU-EN -

Named Norwegian Encore, the new vessel will sail The Caribbean from Miami seasonally beginning fall 2019


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Norwegian Cruise Line marked the start of construction for its newest ship. Named Norwegian Encore, Norwegian's latest addition to its young, modern fleet will sail The Caribbean from Miami seasonally beginning fall 2019.

"Norwegian Encore will be the fourth ship in the successful Breakaway Plus class of Norwegian Cruise Line," says Christian Böll, Managing Director Europe at Norwegian Cruise Line. "Like all ships in our fleet, our newest one will have an excellent entertainment program, a variety of dining options and surprising on-board activities our guests can look forward to."

Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings and MEYER WERFT executives gathered at the MEYER WERFT Laser Center in Papenburg, Germany and cut the first plate of steel, marking the ceremonial start of construction of Norwegian Encore, which is due for delivery on October 31, 2019. "We are excited to start production for Norwegian Encore and to create another floating destination for Norwegian Cruise Line", said Stephan Schmees, Executive Board Member Project Management Ships, MEYER WERFT.

Norwegian Encore will be the seventeenth ship in the Norwegian Cruise Line fleet and the line's fourth and final ship in the Breakaway Plus Class, the most successful Class in the brand's history. At approximately 167,800 gross tons and accommodating 4,000 guests, Norwegian Encore will sail weekly seven-day Caribbean cruises each Sunday from PortMiami, offering guests the superior service, world-class entertainment, signature dining and onboard experiences that Norwegian Cruise Line is known for around the globe. The ship will be available for reservations in March 2018.

https://www.ncl.com/fr/en/press-release ... ewest-ship
 
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Re: Cruise Ship Thread 2018

Fri Feb 02, 2018 5:44 am

OA260 wrote:
Norwegian Cruise Line celebrates first construction milestone for newest ship - EU-EN -

Named Norwegian Encore, the new vessel will sail The Caribbean from Miami seasonally beginning fall 2019


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Norwegian Cruise Line marked the start of construction for its newest ship. Named Norwegian Encore, Norwegian's latest addition to its young, modern fleet will sail The Caribbean from Miami seasonally beginning fall 2019.

"Norwegian Encore will be the fourth ship in the successful Breakaway Plus class of Norwegian Cruise Line," says Christian Böll, Managing Director Europe at Norwegian Cruise Line. "Like all ships in our fleet, our newest one will have an excellent entertainment program, a variety of dining options and surprising on-board activities our guests can look forward to."

Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings and MEYER WERFT executives gathered at the MEYER WERFT Laser Center in Papenburg, Germany and cut the first plate of steel, marking the ceremonial start of construction of Norwegian Encore, which is due for delivery on October 31, 2019. "We are excited to start production for Norwegian Encore and to create another floating destination for Norwegian Cruise Line", said Stephan Schmees, Executive Board Member Project Management Ships, MEYER WERFT.

Norwegian Encore will be the seventeenth ship in the Norwegian Cruise Line fleet and the line's fourth and final ship in the Breakaway Plus Class, the most successful Class in the brand's history. At approximately 167,800 gross tons and accommodating 4,000 guests, Norwegian Encore will sail weekly seven-day Caribbean cruises each Sunday from PortMiami, offering guests the superior service, world-class entertainment, signature dining and onboard experiences that Norwegian Cruise Line is known for around the globe. The ship will be available for reservations in March 2018.

https://www.ncl.com/fr/en/press-release ... ewest-ship


Will Encore have bow art, like all the other NCL Breakaway Plus class of ships (and other classes)?

Will there be Studio cabins, as on all the other Breakaway Plus class ships?

(I cruised on the Escape in August 2016, and am booked on her again for November 2018. I loved the Studio cabin I had on this ship, and have booked the same cabin type again.)

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Fri Feb 02, 2018 8:14 am

SmithAir747 wrote:
OA260 wrote:
Norwegian Cruise Line celebrates first construction milestone for newest ship - EU-EN -

Named Norwegian Encore, the new vessel will sail The Caribbean from Miami seasonally beginning fall 2019


Image


Norwegian Cruise Line marked the start of construction for its newest ship. Named Norwegian Encore, Norwegian's latest addition to its young, modern fleet will sail The Caribbean from Miami seasonally beginning fall 2019.

"Norwegian Encore will be the fourth ship in the successful Breakaway Plus class of Norwegian Cruise Line," says Christian Böll, Managing Director Europe at Norwegian Cruise Line. "Like all ships in our fleet, our newest one will have an excellent entertainment program, a variety of dining options and surprising on-board activities our guests can look forward to."

Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings and MEYER WERFT executives gathered at the MEYER WERFT Laser Center in Papenburg, Germany and cut the first plate of steel, marking the ceremonial start of construction of Norwegian Encore, which is due for delivery on October 31, 2019. "We are excited to start production for Norwegian Encore and to create another floating destination for Norwegian Cruise Line", said Stephan Schmees, Executive Board Member Project Management Ships, MEYER WERFT.

Norwegian Encore will be the seventeenth ship in the Norwegian Cruise Line fleet and the line's fourth and final ship in the Breakaway Plus Class, the most successful Class in the brand's history. At approximately 167,800 gross tons and accommodating 4,000 guests, Norwegian Encore will sail weekly seven-day Caribbean cruises each Sunday from PortMiami, offering guests the superior service, world-class entertainment, signature dining and onboard experiences that Norwegian Cruise Line is known for around the globe. The ship will be available for reservations in March 2018.

https://www.ncl.com/fr/en/press-release ... ewest-ship


Will Encore have bow art, like all the other NCL Breakaway Plus class of ships (and other classes)?

Will there be Studio cabins, as on all the other Breakaway Plus class ships?

(I cruised on the Escape in August 2016, and am booked on her again for November 2018. I loved the Studio cabin I had on this ship, and have booked the same cabin type again.)

SmithAir747


Yes the ship will have hull art. I wouldn't expect them to announce the artist and design before Norwegian Bliss has been christened in Spring. Their ship will have the Studio staterooms and Studio Lounge that is found on the other Breakaway Plus class ships.


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Sat Feb 03, 2018 6:08 am

Cruises I have taken so far this year and have booked for this year and next; all special or theme cruises:

Cruise I have taken so far:
January 5-11, 2018: Star Trek: The Cruise II (Norwegian Jade): Miami, Roatan (Honduras), Harvest Caye (Belize), and Costa Maya (Mexico), back to Miami

My upcoming cruises for 2018 and 2019, all special or theme cruises:
November 4-11, 2018: Cher Crew Cruise (for Cher fans, and to benefit the Children's Craniofacial Assocation, with which I am involved) (Norwegian Escape): New York City, Port Canaveral FL, Great Stirrup Cay (Bahamas), and Nassau (Bahamas), back to New York City

January 4-10, 2019: Star Trek: The Cruise III (Norwegian Jade): Miami, Great Stirrup Cay (Bahamas), Grand Cayman (Grand Cayman Islands), Falmouth (Jamaica), back to Miami

May 11-18, 2019: Craniofacial family group cruise on Disney Fantasy (my first Disney experience ever): Port Canaveral FL, Cozumel (Mexico), George Town (Grand Cayman), Falmouth (Jamaica), and Castaway Cay (Disney's private island in the Bahamas), back to Port Canaveral

My dream cruise for the future: Cunard QM2 transatlantic NYC-Southampton UK

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Sat Feb 03, 2018 7:49 pm

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My dream cruise for the future: Cunard QM2 transatlantic NYC-Southampton UK

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You should just book it. Some good deals recently. Saw a balcony for GBP749 pp with $400 OBC. Pretty impressive.
 
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Sat Feb 03, 2018 9:04 pm

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SmithAir747 wrote:

My dream cruise for the future: Cunard QM2 transatlantic NYC-Southampton UK

SmithAir747


You should just book it. Some good deals recently. Saw a balcony for GBP749 pp with $400 OBC. Pretty impressive.


Thanks! I just need to find a time that I can go. Ever since I lived in London (2004-2007 as a student at King's College London), I have made it a point to go back whenever I can. In 2016 I made my first return visit, and in September 2017 I spent a good fortnight in the UK (mostly London); these have been "workation" trips. I'd love to go back maybe this year, or more likely next year. Living in Denver, I have two convenient nonstop options (BA to LHR and DY to LGW); soon UA will offer a nonstop 787 service to LHR from DEN.

I'd love to take the QM2 over at least once. A friend of both me and my mother would love for the three of us to go together and visit London (she wanted to bring my mom over when I was living in London, but neither could afford it at that time). She and my mom both live in Fort Wayne, IN (where I grew up), so we would have to go together from Indiana and get to NYC to get on the ship. We would need to allow for the week aboard ship, then a week or so in London, then likely fly back. Maybe later next year or so.

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Re: Cruise Ship Thread 2018

Sun Feb 04, 2018 3:44 am

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Hi folks, just came across this thread and for what it is worth I tender my comments on two recent cruises. 2016/2017.
The Cruise Line was Regent Seven Seas, the liner was the Seven Seas Voyager,on both occasions.
2016 cruise was from Stockholm to Copenhagen and points in between (St.Petersburg was an eye opener)
I have never been so indulged upon in all my years.The cabins spacious ,all with balconies,the restaurant selection superb,the crew and choice of ground tours excellent.
What can I say,an absolutely brilliant cruise.
2017 cruise was from Barcelona to Lisbon and points in between.
Again could not fault the service that this cruise line offer. As an aside if you get the chance before the rest of the world awakens,spend some time in and about Lisbon. Beautiful country and people.
I know this sounds like an "unpaid commercial" but honestly check this cruise line out. They travel all the seas .Oh and by the way passenger numbers are around the 750 mark. Not overcrowded and not a child/teenager in sight!
Cheers and enjoy your next cruise no matter what company.


My wife and I are huge fans of Regent. The Seven Seas Mariners was almost like a second home. Now that we have kids, we have had to switch to Disney Cruises. We'll be on the Disney Fantasy this March.
 
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Fri Feb 16, 2018 9:25 pm

Well, I just booked a week on Windstars Wind Spirit in Tahiti next year.

I had been half halfheartedly looking in that area when I stumbled across a deal I couldn't pass up. $2999 pp, not a great deal I will admit, till you factor in they include flights from LAX and hotel rooms before and after the cruise in the price, the flights run about $1500 and the hotel about $250 a night, so all in it's about $1000 for the cruise....And honestly, I love the idea of sailing around the Islands under sail.

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