Our family of nine heads off for a week of Caribbean fun on the NCL Breakaway

Tomorrow is the big day. Nine of us – two moms, one dad, five children and me (Nona Cindy) – will board the NCL Breakaway in Miami for our first family cruise. The reason we have decided to do this is that my husband – Grandpa Chet – passed away unexpectedly in early May. This particular seven days, the last week of July, is the week that my daughters and their families flew in from San Diego …

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The end of Marcia’s Getaway cruise…seven days go so fast!

Farewell, adieu, so-long. All good things come to an end. Today’s the day we wind things up, pack everything we so carefully unpacked on Saturday into suitcases which by 11 tonight must be placed in the hall for pick-up, We will be off the ship around 8 a.m. and Lois will make her 12:11 flight back to New Jersey and I have a party at 1p.m. The key part of that sentence is “carefully unpacked.” Our stateroom, …

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Entertainment possibilities abound on the NCL Getaway

  ABOARD THE NORWEGIAN GETAWAY — We are en route to Nassau, Bahamas. We’ve left the sightseeing and sunbathing, swimming and shopping in St. Maarten and St. Thomas, USVI, and are heading north. A bit of rain in St. Thomas temporarily dampened the spirits of the 4,000+ people aboard NCL Getaway, but last night — a typical night aboard this party ship — no one would have known that. It was the first night of the Broadway …

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NCL Getaway’s “living room” is the atrium on Deck 6

ABOARD THE NCL GETAWAY — We are more than half way through this week-long cruise. Weather has been in our favor and a lot of fellow passengers have passed through 50 shades of red and are already peeling. As I write this, folks are loading up their day bags and hitting the shops and beaches here in St. Thomas,  USVI. One more sea day, then Nassau, then home. Yesterday was our day in St. Maarten/St. Martin, the …

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The Getaway offers lots of options…in food and activities…and great showers, too!

ABOARD THE NORWEGIAN GETAWAY — Okay, the third day at sea has begun. As usual, because breakfast is my favorite meal and Lois starts her day with lunch, I had breakfast alone. Today I chose the lovely Taste dining room – Taste, Savor and Tropicana are the three complimentary dining rooms. We dined in Tropicana the first night, and my breakfast in the lovely dining room today, at a window table, was a great way to start …

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The new NCL Getaway is big and brassy — a perfect place to escape the Northeastern winter

ABOARD THE NCL GETAWAY — NCL Getaway, the big beautiful and brassy new ship that debuted at PortMiami in February, sailed from that massive port yesterday afternoon. We are en route to St. Maarten on the ship’s weekly Eastern Caribbean itinerary. Armed with a couple of writing assignments, I invited a long-time friend who endured a hideous Northeastern winter to join me. I first met Lois about 20 years ago after a SATW (Society of American Travel …

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Norwegian Cruise Line launches Spanish version of NCL.com

Norwegian  Cruise Line announced today that the company’s North American website and  booking engine is now available in a Spanish language version.  Approximately 35 million residents in the United States speak Spanish as their  native language and it is the world’s third most commonly used language on the  Internet. Therefore, the launch of the Spanish language version of ncl.com  reinforces Norwegian’s commitment to this audience by making it easier for  Spanish-speaking guests to make a Norwegian cruise …

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Norwegian cruise line launches transatlantic bonus days offer

Norwegian Cruise Line is launching a “Transatlantic and Repositioning Bonus Days” offer today, August 6, 2012, providing guests the opportunity to save on all Transatlantic, Panama Canal, Pacific Coastal and Repositioning sailings. Guests who take advantage of this limited time offer will receive $100 to spend on board, upgrades on applicable 2013-2014 sailings and an e-coupon booklet with more than $300 in on-board savings when they make a new Transatlantic or Repositioning cruise reservation before August 7, …

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Keel laid for Norwegian Breakaway at Meyer Werft

Norwegian Cruise Line executives and officials from MEYER WERFT took part in the Keel Laying Ceremony of Norwegian Breakaway at the ship yard in Papenburg, Germany on Friday, May 4.  During the official ceremony, the first of 73 blocks that will comprise the 144,000 gross ton vessel was lifted into the covered building dock, marking the start of the block assembly. In the dock, Kevin Sheehan, Norwegian Cruise Line’s chief executive officer, laid the traditional “lucky coin,” …

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NCL will feature country music star Blake Shelton on a 2012 cruise

Most of my friends know that I am a fan of country music. So I always get pumped when cruises feature country music stars. Now there is a cruise featuring sexy Blake Shelton and chances are if he is on board, his wife singer Miranda Lambert will be, too. Here is the scoop Blake Shelton The first ever Blake Shelton and Friends cruise will set sail on Norwegian Jewel from Miami to the Caribbean on October 14, …

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