Arrived In Miami November 5, 2005, around 12:00noon. Taxi to the Hyatt Regency in downtown Miami cost $24.00plus tip 6 bags $1.00 p/bag my cost. Checked in and the room was available immediately. The room located on the 12 floors over looks part of the bay and the drawbridge. Comments we read on Trip Advisor stated it was noisy constantly. We found the noise not bothersome. After opening our luggage we walked around looking for a bite to eat. While there were a few fast foods (sub & pizza shops) they were full of students, besides we were looking for more of a sit down type restaurant. Returned to the Hyatt Regency had lunch at their restaurant. The service was poor. Took 50 minutes to have food delivered. My wife and granddaughter (teenager) came first. I had to ask where mine was. I told them if it wasn't prepared don't prepare it. (Club sandwich). Choice not to eat there for breakfast. Buffet $18.95 per person.
Taxi to the pier 10:20AM arrived about 15 minutes later. Taxi reasonable with tip $12.00. Two lines for entrance to NCL check-in. Suites and Gold Latitude's Members. Checking was slow compared to previous years. You had to complete your customs cards (this caused the delay), credit card and pictures. 11:40AM were able to board. We went directly to our room 10th deck with balcony starboard side. We chose this side, as the islands we were stopping would be seen from this side. After unpacking the carry on went to lunch at the Garden Cafe. Lunch typical buffet. Hot and appealing. Recommended.
From this point I will break down the week into section entertainment, restaurants, excursions and other.