Cozumel is pretty safe and you have a point about booking off the ship. I think it's worth the extra money to book off the ship in certain points. I have also found that the ship is not always as high priced as people think. For example, in Cozumel the "Furry" is priced at $55.00 (on their website) the ship is $60.00 and booked both the Furry boats. So, you can't even book the Furry trip (on shore) the day the NCL Sea is in port.
I'm just looking for something dfferent. This will be my 5th time in Cozumel. We too were looking at the Canopy trip. Thanks
Our 1st cruise was on the Sea- Feb-2004, It was fantastic! This year, we tried to book on the Sea, but they were sold-out, so I booked with Royal Caribbean on Rhapsody. This trip was to take my Mom on her 1st and my son for his 18th birthday. They had a lot of fun, but on reflection and comparing the 2, I wish I could've got us on the Sea.
The food on RCCL was a little better. The Itinerary didn't even come close to the Sea.
On NCL we took 3 out of our 4 kids, the 2 youngest were 5 & 7-they LOVED kids crew and the keds crew staff, at one point on RCCL I was GLAD I hadn't brought them. Mom & I were on our way to the hamburger-pizza place onboard and the childrens group was there for lunch, these kids were around 4-5 years old, and there were only 5 of them there, the girl in charge had opened the sliding window for a breeze, and 1 little boy was standing looking out the open window, well the girl in charge starts yelling at him to sit down, and saying that she hoped he fell out the window because if he did, she would stand up there and laugh and she would laugh really loud so that he coud hear her and nobody would rescue him. I got really upset. Usually I'm not the "confrontational" type, but this time I couldn't help it. 1st of all there's no way he COULD fall out of the window, and 2nd, she had no right to talk to him like that. His head barely reached the bottom of the window! So I told her that if that had been my child and I had heard that, SHE would be going out the window! Anyway, back to the comparison- I won more in RCCL's casino, and the Rhapsody is beautiful ship, much larger than NCL, bigger staterooms, but I never spend much time in the room anyway. The Sea has a certain 'feel' to it, if I could I would book 1 more trip on her before she's gone. Next Feb. we'll go on her replacement, but I'll miss the Sea.
Thank you everybody for all their posts. It is much appreciated. I'm only 30 days out, so it's getting close now. I am starting to get a little excited. Our small group has very low expectations, so we should be impressed if the food and service are good, despite small cabins. I now have a very open mind, and will go with the flow. If the people are friendly and service good, then the cruise will be a great one. Looking very forward to the itinerary.
We were on The Sea in June, 2004.
The reason that we had fun, rather than being busy looking at soiled or torn carpet, is that we were too busy everyday.
We got up early and had coffee (I always brought the first cup down to my wife using the stairs................yep, 5 or6 flights).
Then we got dressed and walked the stairs to the Top Deck where the Buffett was located. We sat and ate and watched the scenery or the people.
Then we checked the Newsletter for the day's activities.
We went to the Dance Classes.
Then we went to the Gym to exercise (yep, walked down to our room and then back up to the Gym).
Then we went to the Bridge Classes.
Then we went to lunch.
Then we either played PingPong, or Shuffleboard or prepared for our excursions.
Then we got in the pool (if it was warm enough) and went down the WaterSlide.
Then we sat out (I slept, my wife read).
Then we walked down to our room and shaved, showered and went to the casino.
We lost a few nickels (occassionally won) then tasted the stuff in the Buffett.
Then we went to the Early Session of the Band playing and we danced.
Then we went to Dinner. Then the Show.
Then we went dancing again if there was music (there was almost ALWAYS some good dancing music).
Some nights we closed down the Band with the last song (dancing) and then we went to the Buffett again for a snack and a drink.
Then we found folks to chat with doing the same buffett stuff.
Then we finally took our drink (non-alcoholic) down ON THE ELEVATOR.
I never had the chance to see torn carpet, dingy corners, irritable people standing around complaining.............because I was too busy having fun.
We had such a good time on that cruise! AND, each cruise that we've been on since has been exactly the same.
I'm not one to just sit and do nothing and I can't stay in the sun catching cancer-rays either.
Oh Yea, we also took many dips in the hot tubs just as the sun was setting and we were overlooking the Caribbean Ocean.
We also have pictures to prove EXACTLY what we did on every cruise.
If you don't read the daily letters, you miss many things.
We also went to a few of the Games like the Newlywed game, or LIAR_LIAR, etc
Go................................................ .................and ENJOY!
cruzz, you did what cruising is all about; when I hear people say, there wasn't enough to do I usually ask them if they took dancing lessons or played trivia games or ping pong, whatever? The answer, I don't like to do those things: well they certainly are not curisers, it is never "there isn't enough to do" but it isn't what I like to do. don't you sometimes wonder what they do like to do? sounds like you know how to have fun, but all that walking up and down the stairs (I can do the down part) makes me really tired. I would have wanted to sleep.
Snick's guy, you are going to have the time of your life.
I forgot to mention that we also walked between 1 to 2 miles every day on either the track, or just around the deck (4 laps is a mile.............we confirmed it by counting approx 3 foot sections and then multiplying by 3).
The reason for the GYM, the walking, the dancing and the stairs is so we would not feel gilty by eating. I gained about 5 pounds even with all of the exercise but it took a good 2 weeks to eliminate that weight.
On that same cruise we were walking briskly to some Trivia Show, or whatever, and some gal was also walking with us. THIS IS FUNNY & SAD. I asked where she was from. She told me her husband bought the Tickets for the cruise even though she didn't want to go. I asked if she was surprised to find how much cruiseing is. Her answer, and I will QUOTE: "There is nothing to do on here!"
At that point, I was not about to challenge her nor change her mind. We just walked on.
I feel it is a MUST to read the Daily paper of events and plan your day around one or 2 events. (I'm not talking about the SHOW. The Show is a given that you will be there).
We didn't have time to get bored. We couldn't fit everything into the limited 24 hours per day.
Cruising is great and I hope to hit 1000 of them before I cease to exist. The SEA was a lot of fun for me.
I'm happy now! Steaks! Cruising is addictive. We are on the July 22 (Sea) repositioning cruise. This will be number 10 for us (our longest to date). The best thing is my wife and I are still only 41. So we have a lot of cruising years remaining. My kids are now old enough to really love travel. What a great family vaction.
You mentioned you were looking for your next trip, you might consider checking mytravel.com they have booked half our trips. They give non-Florida residents, Florida rates. The rate for the resposiution was unreal! It was like getting a week for free. They are really great people and have worked well for us.
Good to know you will be on the Panama Cruise. It sounds like that other than having a lot of teachers on this trip, we will have many fun people too. I was a little skeptical about the Sea too, but after reading the many reviews I am very excited and I will make this trip unforgetable. I am hoping they will have lots of sale items by the end of the trip since this will be its last trip in the U.S.
Snick - I understand what you are saying, but I think that if you go with a positive attitude you will enjoy it.
Anne Campbell and I, many years ago went on a ship we still refer to as "the tub". At the time it was the Festival (First European) oldest ship, the original "Pacific Princess" from the sixties.
Our cabin had formica floors, cracked mirrors and a bar in the bed that hit the middle of our backs. One TV channel (in Italian) - A nightmare. But we still had fun because a day cruising is still better than a day at home. The food was excellent, though there was no room at the buffet, etc.
We just found it amusing to see how old something can be. A trip back in time, which by the way, is quite common for Europeans - their ships for the most part are much older than what we see over here - except for some of the newer Costa Ships.
Seriously - just go with the flow and try to enjoy your cruise. Life is too short to dwell on the downside and I am sure you got a decent price. Please let us know how it was when you get home.
I just recently took a cruise on the Norwegian Sea. First of all, we boarded and everything was great while we were walking to our room. When we go there the ship shut down. I don't remember what was wrong but the lights and AC weren't working. I was sweating worse then when in a steamroom. Outside was no better. When the buffet was open the food was delicious. However, the main dining rooms food was just OK. Sometimes good but not always. The times the food was absolutely delicious in the main dining room was during breakfast.
It always smelled old on the ship but then again the ship is old. I did feel it moving a lot. And our room never would get cold enough. I couldn't sleep well but i have to have the AC on cold to sleep. lol.
I did have fun though. And the service was absolutely amazing. I even exchanged emails with my waiters and hotel steward they were so fantastic. If you do decide to go look for Roberto the hotel steward.
I'm already ready to leave. I didn't think about the shops, my wife will love any sale. You mentioned teachers, is their a group? Just curious, do you know if they booked a block of rooms on Deck 3? Our second cabin came from a group. My kids and my mother in law will be in that cabin. I would love to tell my kids that they better watch out because they might get detention. Just kidding!
On our last cruise my 12 year old was all over the ship doing magic and was invited to perform one night by the Cruise Director (before the main show). He had a blast, so if you hear about a magic kid, he's mine.
I don't know if there is an organized teacher group on board. It just happened that when we talk on the Roll Call thread, several people mentioned that they are teachers, from different states though. I am a 2nd grade teacher from California. I suppose it's because it's usually hard to get a Panama Canal cruise in the summer, and what a bargain!
I hope we will be able to see your son's magic show! I am ready. Booked the flight, the pre-cruise hotel, yet to book the car rental. This should be fun!
I've sailed on the NCL Sea twice a couple of years back. Had a great time on both cruises. The VERY friendly crew made it well, FUN! If you book expecting a wow factor when you board, then oops. If you book expecting a relaxing, fun cruise on an older ship w/o all the lastest amenities, and at a GREAT fare, then you'll be smiling.
I was shocked to find a summer Panama Canal cruise. I have seen a few more this year and Iím not sure why. Both my kids are great and looking forward to their 4th cruise. My wife and I didnít take them until they were older.
We finished everything too and are just waiting to go (Southwest Airlines) another deal. My son has a great sword swallowing trick. He also does a lot of the traditional magic the ship magicians do. Adults really seem to like his card tricks and the crew usually loves him (they all miss their own kids). He has some amazing card tricks and he will really freak you out.
We were on the Sea last November. I did not mind the small cabin but I did not like being kept up all night with footsteps and rolling sounds. The food was GREAT, Though, and I would go again if I could get a quiet cabin!
Can't speak about that particular ship, but NCL was great! We too had our doubts after reading mostly negative comments about Norwegian in general when we booked our first cruise. We decided to take our chances and had an awesome time!
Keep in mind that thousands of people sail these ships each year, yet only a handful write reviews. People tend to write more about their negative experiences, rather than the good ones. Plus, if you notice, sometimes the same people post reviews on several message boards, so the quantity of bad reviews might not be as high as you think.
The best thing you can do is to go with an open mind and try to enjoy yourself. There will always be something that isn't how you expected it to be, but that doesn't have to ruin your cruise.
I just returned from the Sea on April 16th. We had a really good time. The ship is older and small but is clean and in good condition. The service was great. There is always something to do. We really liked the comedian, Sam Greisbaum and the singer, Jane Powell. The food was good nothing great. The poolside BBQ was really good. The only negative we had was the motion on the ship. If you are at all prone to seasickness, this will probably not be a good ship for you. We had a lot of motion all week long. The ship was literally rocking at times. I had been on a previous cruise on a RCL ship which did not have much motion at all.
The motion and rolling of the ship is something of concern to me since this is a smaller, older ship. Several years back we were on one of the Princess cruises, which is not in service any more, out to Baja, CA. It was a wild journey, soooo many people were sick, even many crew members. We were rolling from one side to the other. Husband and I did OK that time, but my son had to stay in bed. That didn't stop us from cruising though.
Dallas22, I think NCL should let your son cruise free for providing entertainment on board, really ! Three more months to go.....! Southwest just called this morning and told us our flight will be leaving an hour early July 20. Oh well, I doubt that I will be able to sleep the night before anyway, might as well!
Thanks! He would love to cruise for free, but I can't complain because his fare was cheaper than his tax and port. He might want to have his own cabin though (he is with his grandma and brother) should be pretty tight on this ship.
I'm with you on the countdown. The only time I have ever had rocking was on the way back to Baltimore from the Caribbean. We were returning on the Galaxy and going though Cape Hattersis. I too saw a lot of sick people. RCCL claims 5% rocking is the maximum for passenger comfort. Thats a pretty good roll on a big ship.
FWIW - its the motion of the ocean that causes the rocking, not the ship. There have been a lot of winds in the Caribbean recently - note the two mishaps in the last 4 four days - Norwegian Dawn and now Granduer of the Seas on Costa Maya.
Yes - some ships rock more than others, but if you have smooth seas then it probably won't rock at all.
I did not go on the sea, But i went on ncl pride of aloha, and I have to tell you it was the biggest dissappointment of any cruise I have ever been on, and I have been on 8 different cruises. I will never go on ncl again. Instead od norweigan cruise line, i call it norweigan **** line, barb