This was our 6th cruise on NCL and absolutely the best. We flew out of Newark to Miami the day before the cruise with no problems. Stayed at La Quinta East along with a bunch of other CC'ers. The hotel was fine, nothing fancy, but fine, breakfast included. We rented a car and drove over to Haulover Beach on Sunny Isles for a few hours and then went for dinner in South Beach. A great way to start the vacation!
4/11 In the morning we returned the car to Thrifty and got the free shuttle to the port. We arrived around 11AM and were on board around 12:30. Our group agreed to wear Mardi Gras beads so we could recognize each other and sure enough we met up with New Years Baby and her group, and several other CC's. We proceeded to have lunch at Tsar's Palace where we ran into lots of other Mardi Gras beads. Got our soda stickers and made a reservation for Chin Chin's, which was 1/2 price the first night. By the time we finished lunch our rooms were ready so we changed and hung out for awhile on Deck 15. We had our muster drill and it got a little cloudy and drizzly. The sail away was a bit of a wash out, but still a beautiful sight to sail out of Miami. After an excellent dinner we went to the Welcome Aboard Show, which was a packed house. Tim Kaminski was great, and very friendly. Did a little dancing afterward and then the casino. An excellent day!
4/12-Sea Day We had our M&G this morning. Bubbachief did an excellent job taking care of this. Had to be over 100 people there. There were at least 8 officers and Tim Kaminski. The Captain was very nice and Hotel Director, John O'Hara gave a very nice speech. We also had a gift exchange that went over very well. They had coffee, tea, juices, and cookies there for us. We then spent a few hours out on deck (hot & sunny). At 6:00, I had organized a Birthday/Anniversary Cocktail Party in the Star Bar. We had 21 people, and it was our 2nd chance to get to meet some of our CCer's again. It was very nice. Off to dinner in Azura, which was very good, and then went to watch "If You Know It, Sing It". It is a game show like Name That Song. Then we went to the 70's Disco Party. From there we went to the casino for a little blackjack and then retired to our room to greet our 1st towel animal