We took this trip to visit my family in England as we do most years, 2010 was the last time we crossed on NCL, timing was the important factor we needed an early October crossing. Knowing it was hurricane season, we still chose this trip, Joaquine joined us for a couple of days before the Azores. ' Twas a bit rough, up to 27 ft seas.
The remainder of the crossing was perfect, water, a sheet of glass, my USNRet. husband said he had never seen the Atlantic so smooth taking pictures to show his pals.
Our luck began before we left home with an upgrade from Mini Suite to a 405 sq.ft. suite, it was a wonderful treat with all of the frills. Our butler, Made, was a first for us. We had received the UDP so we were unable to judge the main dining room, no complaints about the cafe. I ate there most mornings before "morning stretch". Zumba was offered complimentary, great instruction both by a male dancer and the assistant C.D., our numbers grew as the word got out.
405 sq. ft. port side family suite with floor to ceiling windows, no balcony but surly worth being deprived of it. Sleeps 6 but for 2 of us we had plenty of room. Murphy Bed, sleep sofa and a very comfortable king bed.
The big hit for us was having an espresso machine and an endless supply of coffee, I enjoyed my cup of hot water each morning too.
Only negative was during the storm and only at night, the waves hitting the bow sounded like a MAC truck and made sleeping difficult. Perfect cabin for 11 of our 13 days.
Our fourth visit to Ponta Delgada but first to the new pier. We wandered around the exceptionally clean port, needed to find a pharmacy for cold meds. and stumbled on the local marketplace. A little rain didn't dampen our spirits it was warm.
Due to the mechanical problem, we spent the night at the Marriott Marina, compliments of NCL. Several hundred of us proved a burden to their restaurant for lunch and dinner but we had been given $100 each credit for food. Who wouldn't use it? By breakfast they were able to cope.
We wandered the waterfront and took the nearby streetcar to Ybor City, the oldest part of town. It was a festival day, very colorful.