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6 solid days at sea w/transatlantic trip


May 27th, 2012, 08:09 AM
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6 solid days at sea w/transatlantic trip

Taking a 16 day transatlantic trip on hubby's bucket list. We usually take week long Caribbean cruses but have done a 12 day Med cruise and lots of river cruises. But in these there are no more than 2 solid days at sea.

Since I purposefully plan the cruise so there is no more than 2 solid days at sea, am extremely concerned about the 6 solid days. Traveling on NCL Star and the 6 solid days are almost at the beginning of the trip. I like to be very busy on board (no partying), so will there be enough to do and any claustraphobia or panic advice other than not going, which s still a viable optiion. Thanks.
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May 27th, 2012, 08:20 AM
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Heya jan - I, like you, was concerned about nine straight days at sea on a repositioning cruise on Azamara, Athens thru to Mumbai. I even took the entire second season of 'Glee' to tide me over.

Didn't watch an episode. You'll sink into a lovely ship-board routine and glide sodden from breakfast to lunch to afternoon tea before settling in for a long and tasty dinner. I note that many of my fellow cruisers seemed to take delight in the free wine - appearing completely pickled by three p.m.

You and I are above such high-jinks. Let me just say that you'll be surprised when your six day sentence comes to an end, so smooth will be the experience. You have time to experience the boat, bond with the crew and, if lucky, meet some remarkable people. It is, actually up to you.

If you get on hunched over with dread at the prospect of panic, claustrophobia and certain madness - well, you'll probably get it. But you're way too smart for that.

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May 27th, 2012, 08:56 AM
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Thank you Dr.Dog. Saved a MD visit and feel better already and you are right-I'll probably get it if I dwell on it. Going to focus on wonderful cities and sights we will visit at the end of the 6 days. Regards. jk
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May 27th, 2012, 09:20 AM
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On our SA and Antarctic cruise we had 3 of our ports cancelled due to weather. It meant 11 straight sea days. No problem - we managed to always be busy with lectures, trivia, chatting with new friends, whatever. Of course a lot of the time was taken up eating! Just relax and enjoy.
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May 27th, 2012, 11:56 AM
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We sailed on the Cunard Queen Victoria from New York to Southampton in late March of this year, 8 nights at sea. I loved every minute of it. We headed due east out of NYC, passed the Azores then turned north toward the UK. The weather was great.

Maybe I'm easily amused but I took lots to read (also a large library on board), enjoyed the films and some of the lectures, went to the spa and gym--the days flew by. We had booked Princess Grill level but were upgraded to Queen's level. The meals and service were amazing. I loved the Princess/Queen deck which made the ship feel like a small private yacht.

The downsides? Entertainment was so-so, the film projection system needs serious up-grading, lovely theater but the films were murky, similar issue on the in-suite system. And the self-service laundries on each deck are a dire. We heard two families were put off the ship in Mexico after an almighty brawl over the washers!
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May 27th, 2012, 11:57 AM
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just "dire"
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Jun 2nd, 2012, 08:33 AM
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We had 5 straight sea days and the 1 thing that sticks out is I have never slept so much. We would get up, exercise, eat breakfast (or the other way around) and take a book out to the pool. Then lunch and back to the pool. Dinner, show and /or gambling and to bed. We went to disco night and the piano bar. Once to Kareoke, but we weren't invested. No lectures that were intellectually stimulating (for us). The Xtra stuff they had was napkin folding, art auction "talks" and stuff like learn blackjack. BUT, we sure did relax. When we left in Barcelona we hit the ground running and were busier that day then in all the preceding 13 days on board. Time has made it seem better, but unless you're on a line that actually has interesting lectures, the trip is pretty mind numbing (IMHO). Would I do it again? If the price & time were right, maybe, because I'm older and find resting more fun now!
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Jun 2nd, 2012, 12:39 PM
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Have done 3 TA cruises and loved everyone. You will only be as bored as you want to be.
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Jun 3rd, 2012, 07:42 AM
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My only concern is that NCL isn't the best lone for sea day activities. They rely too much on art auctions and expensive bingo. I'm sure they adjust activities for trans Atlantic cruises, it's a very different story on Cunard, which specializes in these kinds of cruises.
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Jun 3rd, 2012, 07:57 PM
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A balcony cabin, a good book and I am set for a zillion days at sea!! I do like to eat dinner w/ other people....since I travel alone.....but during the days I love the quiet and peace.
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May 8th, 2013, 02:40 PM
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Updatewitched to Carnival Legend from Tampa to Barcelona which had only 4 solid days at sea. Had a great time. Between movies, snacks,activities, food, reading, relaxing, etc, turned out to be less stressful than I thought and would do it again.
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May 9th, 2013, 02:51 PM
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Glad you had a good time. Didn't notice the date of your first post until I got to Dogster's response. I miss him so much on this board - curmudgeonly, but interesting and sweet in person.
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May 9th, 2013, 03:25 PM
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6 sea days is just like 6 days at a beach resort - it's almost the same - only the sand is replaced with so many more fun activities. And bigger the ship - better the fun! I bet the NCL Star repositioning prices were best fun too! You can see the list of all Transatlantic repositioning cruises 2013 at this link http://www.repositioncruises.com/tra...oning-cruises/ on Transatlantic cruises I'm not sure about the balcony choice of cabin - it's pretty windy, and not much of a view - no islands, no ports, only ocean ocean ocean, plus the price is bigger. And for me at least 70% of the whole repositioning cruise fun experience is the so very much discounted price
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