We just recently completed on 16th cruise since August of 2001, with this one being our 5th repositioning cruise...which we find very relaxing and a great bargain.We flew to Miami and stayed in the Embassy Suites prior to embarkation - which is a breeze since we now book suites on NCL ships because of the really great perks. Left the hotel at 11:00 am and were eating lunch in Cagney's by noon. After checking in we were greeted by Carlos and Amit our concierge and butler from a previous repositioning cruise on the Pearl. In fact, every crew member we met face to face during the entire trip greeted us with a warm "hello" and made us feel very welcome.Our stateroom was all the way aft with a large balcony and's a great place to watch the ocean go by. On the next to last day of the trip the ship was buzzed by 2 French fighter jets - a nice distraction.We enjoyed breakfast and lunch in Cagney's everyday and met some wonderful people there. In fact, we seem to meet more people in the "Freestyle" atmosphere than we do in traditional fixed seating dining. The exception was two really boorish couple we had the displeasure of dining with in Tsars Palace one evening. Other wise we enjoyed Mama's Italian, Tapas, Chin Chin, Le Bistro and Cagney's Steakhouse. There's a wonderful romance package available for Le Bistro that's more than worth the modest charge.The Jean Ann Ryan dancers were spectacular as usual and the German juggler was really funny. We missed the Second City troupe this cruise.This trip was so relaxing, I finished a total of 6 books and there's a great public place that shall remain unnamed that's almost always quite and deserted - great place to read and watch people.The ports were fun, though not much time in either one. The crated lakes on Ponta Delgada are worth the visit and Vigo, Spain was a very pleasant surprise.We made so many friends with the crew that I don't have room to list them all. The people in Cagney's top list with Tapas and Mama's not far behind. Also, we had the best ever room steward and a great butler.We've booked a total of 4 additional NCL cruises - the Baltic, South America, a reverse transatlantic and hopefully an Epic next year. NCL spoils us and we like it - and we've found you get what you give in return.
suites are the only way to go on NCL