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Is It Finally Time to Cruise to Cuba?

Several cruise lines are offering cruises that visit Cuba.  They vary widely in price as well as the number of days actually spent in Cuban ports.  I’m wondering if it is finally time for us to take a cruise to Cuba.

Cruising / Living on Cruise Ships / Norwegian

Living on the Norwegian Sky–Last Minute Pricing

Norwegian Sky

You can save a little money by waiting until the last minute to book the Sky.  The new per diem cost for two people is $259 a day, down from a high of $293/day in June.  One of the itineraries has sold out in the cheapest inside category, but balcony cabins are still available.

Cruising / Living on Cruise Ships / Norwegian

June Update–Cost of Living on the Norwegian Sky

Norwegian Sky

It now costs about $293 a day for two people to sail on the Norwegian Sky in January 2017.  The per diem cost has gone up $8 a day due to an increase in taxes, port fees, and gratuities.  The base price of the cruises has not changed since my first post in February. 

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Our Norwegian Jewel Cruise Review–Part 7–the Casino

In this final installment of our Norwegian Jewel review series, I review our experiences playing blackjack in the casino.  We were on a comped cruise with Norwegian’s Casinos at Sea program.

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Our Norwegian Jewel Cruise Review–Part 6–Cabo, Mazatlan, Puerto Vallarta

Mr. Macho in Cabo San Lucas

Here we review three of our “do-it-yourself” port days from the Norwegian Jewel Mexican Riviera cruise we took March 2016.  It was our first time in all of these ports, so we did exploratory walking tours in each. Norwegian Jewel Cruise Port of Cabo San Lucas Cabo San Lucas is a tender port, and when you are dropped at the tender dock, you are right in the midst of the bars and tourist shops.  We turned to the right and followed the flow of cruisers onto the boardwalk that wraps around the port.  We saw this placard and were

Cruising / Norwegian

Our Norwegian Jewel Cruise Review–Part 5–Entertainment

Norwegian Jewel Stardust Theater

There was plenty of good entertainment on board the Norwegian Jewel during our recent Mexican Riviera cruise.  All of the cruise line cost cutting measures that we have seen so much of lately haven’t extended to Norwegian’s entertainment budget, as we were pleased to note.

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Norwegian Jewel Bar Menus

Here are more details than you probably want to know about what is served in the bars aboard the Norwegian Jewel.  I’ve included photos of all the bar menus that I could get my hands on.

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Our Norwegian Jewel Review–Part 3–the Ultimate Beverage Package

Friendly Bar Staff on the Norwegian Jewel

The Ultimate Beverage Package!  I was really excited about this part of our cruise.  This would be the first time that I would have access to unlimited alcohol on my cruise.  Was this going to be a good thing or a bad thing?  There would be many positives.  I wouldn’t have to worry about shopping for wine before the cruise.  I wouldn’t have to borrow a corkscrew from one of the bars.  I would be able to order drinks on the spur of the moment!  The only downside would be that I would probably spend some time being hung

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Our Norwegian Jewel Review–Part 2–Dining Options

Tsar's Palace Restaurant Norwegian Jewel

I was perfectly happy with the food on board the Norwegian Jewel.  We ate most of our breakfasts, lunches, and snacks in the Garden Cafe or the Great Outdoors, and then we chose one of the complimentary main dining rooms for dinner. We only had one truly disappointing dinner in the Chin Chin dining room.   We didn’t go to any of the restaurants that have a cover charge. The Garden Cafe on deck 12 is the main buffet.  They generally serve American-style dishes like meatloaf, green beans, and macaroni and cheese on the two main stations.  There is

Cruising / Norwegian / Port Days

Our Norwegian Jewel Review–Part 1–The Ship

Norwegian Jewel

We liked our comped cruise by Casinos at Sea on the Norwegian Jewel.  This post reviews the ship, the embarkation port, and the ship’s facilities.