Cabin review: SA7043 Neptune Suite with Verandah
Our deluxe veranda stateroom was great, comfortable, and well maintained by our stewards. We have stayed in the deluxe verandas before on HAL and have always had great accommodations and support from the staff. Other than the noisy ceiling on the first night, the room was quiet and convenient to everything we were interested in. The concierge (sp?) staff was outstanding. These SA staterooms are well worth the extra cost. Also, the use of the Neptune Lounge really makes the cruise a special treat.
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Port and Shore Excursions
Island tour of Grand Turk was poorly done and not worth the cost... or time. We were jammed into a small van, entering via the back hatch. Could not hear the driver... info was relayed to us from the tourists up front. Since we couldn't hear the driver, we didn't know what we were seeing. Island, outside of Old Town section, is still recovering from the 2008 hurricane and probably shouldn't be part of a tour that costs more than a few dollars.
We actually were on Half Moon Cay, HAL's private island. It was great. We took the glass bottom boat excursion and Aretha, our guide, was extremely knowledgeable and personable. Showed us where top look and explained what were seeing. Also, handed around real live samples of some of the things were were viewing in the water. The bar-b-que was also yummy, offering many choices. The beach is fantastic. Also, the weather was great. The HAL staff made this day really enjoyable.
City tour was much like a Seinfeld episode in which Kramer gave a bus tour of NYC. Our guide pointed out Walgreen Pharmacy, Chili's Restaurant, and the like. Said next to nothing about historic sites. Could have been a great tour with the right tour guide. Unfortunately, our guide was not the "great" one.
Great tour and great place to visit. We took the Island tour to the Greathouse. Gave us wonderful scenic views of the entire island. Just what we were looking for and had excellent and knowledgeable guide. Highly recommend this tour. Didn't hurt that the weather was great!