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Fred W. Atchley

Age: 56 to


Number of Cruises: 2nd

Cruise Line: Norwegian

Ship: Norwegian Sea

Sailing Date: n/a

Itinerary: Cancun, Cozumel, and Roatan

This was a wonderful experience right from the start.  Eight years ago on our first cruise, Lillian got seasick.  We decided to try cruising one more time with the help of the new scopolamine 1.5 mg seasickness patches (3 day).  Sure glad we did, it was a miracle.  Note: if the patch falls off accidentally before 3 days are up, don’t replace it with a new one right away or else you will be zonked!  To make things even better, Lillian got a new hairdo and I rented a white formal dinner jacket with red bow tie!  Perfect for a Valentines cruise date.

The flight from San Diego to Houston was part of the package.  Everything was well-planned.  Cruise line people greeted us as we stepped off the plane and directed us to our luggage and awaiting buses.  At the cruise ship terminal they off loaded our luggage and delivered it direct to our cabin.  Smooth operation.

Our "stateroom" was about the size of a family tent!  But, for the two of us it was adequate.  We were situated on the main deck, forward.  As it turned out, it was very convenient to the dining room (same deck) and the shows (next deck up).  The forward cabin was very quite as compared to the engine vibrations in the aft part of the ship.  We found this out during the evening meal in the Seven Seas Dining room.  Just as we were seated the dining room shook as if a tornado had struck.  The dishes and silverware rattled making a scary din so that you couldn’t hear the people across the table talking.  It would have been nice had the captain informed us that we were not breaking apart!  The food was excellent and the service was courteous.   We soon got used to that occasional engagement of the warp drive or whatever.

There was plenty of top notch entertainment.  The Jean Ann Ryan Company performed "Grease", "Broadway", and "Sea Legs Express" flawlessly.   Singer George Solomon, comic Sam Griesbaum, and magician Doug Anderson kept the party going strong.  Dance classes were given by Patricia and Bill (we provided entertainment!)  Plus, the entire Norwegian Sea crew pulled together to make it a great cruise.  We intended to do a little gambling (craps) but we couldn’t understand the lessons presented by the young lady at the table plus the room was very noisy and reeked of cigarette smoke.  What the heck, there’s still bingo!  As a matter of fact, the bingo jackpot on the last day was $5400.   The only unentertaining entertainment was a weight loss session for the ladies … it was really a pitch to peddle weight loss tablets … inappropriate for a cruise, we thought.  

We really enjoyed the sight seeing excursions at Cancun, Cozumel, and Roatan.  Maybe next time we’ll do snorkeling.  Actually we never set foot on the island of  Cozumel.  Instead, we took a lighter boat back to the mainland for a tour of the Mayan ruins of  Chichen Itza.  I climbed to the top of the great pyramid and took some great pix.  Even in February it is hot and bright.  Our advice to anyone taking this tour is to take sunblock and an umbrella.  Its a very enlightening and worthwhile tour even though it takes 11 hours! 

The tour of Roatan island was also very rewarding.  A totally different culture.  Very poor but very friendly people.  I had forgotten to pack shaving cream and the ship drugstore was out so I asked our tour guide "Leana" if we could stop somewhere an buy some.  Not to worry.  The 3rd place we stopped had one can of "Old Spice"… It was rusty on the bottom with age! Leana had a big smile of success on her face.  The island sports a new airport and a new tourist center.  The Norwegian Sea provides a real boost to the economy. 

Again I say, we had a WONDERFUL time, all the way there and all the way back.  We’re already talking up an Alaska cruise!

Cheers, Fred

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