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One Step You Can Take to Avoid Norovirus: Take a Cruise

If you’ve ever seen cruising in the news, there is an unfortunately high chance that you heard about an outbreak of Norovirus (gastrointestinal illness) on a ship. This leads many to believe that this is the result of unsanitary conditions and “cruise ship illnesses.”  The reality is that the story is frequently reported inaccurately, and based on data provided by the United States Centers for Disease Control, you’re far more likely to fall victim to Norovirus on land, than you are at sea... Read more about One Step You Can Take to Avoid Norovirus: Take a Cruise

An Easy Way To Keep Your Luggage Safe - Ric's Free Luggage Contact Sheet Download

One of the things I prefer about a cruise vacation over traveling by air is that your luggage travels with you. The risk of getting separated from your bag is much slimmer on a cruise than on a plane, but that doesn’t mean the risk is zero. Plus, you may be transferring bags from cabs, hotels, shuttles, and planes just to get to the cruise terminal.  Luckily there is a simple step you can take to reduce the risk of being separated from your bag... Read more about An Easy Way To Keep Your Luggage Safe - Ric's Free Luggage Contact Sheet Download

Norwegian Epic Live Blog Preamble - Ric's Solo Cruising Epic Adventures, The Fun (and Puns) Never End

Ric's Norwegian Epic Live Blog

Just one week after my cruise on the Norwegian Escape, I’m cruising on the Norwegian Epic, and for the first time, I’m cruising solo.  After Hurricane Irma, cruise prices started dropping a lot, and NCL was offering solo cruisers balcony cabins with no single supplement. Usually, booking solo in a cabin other than one designed for one person comes with an increased per-person cost... Read more about Norwegian Epic Live Blog Preamble - Ric's Solo Cruising Epic Adventures, The Fun (and Puns) Never End

Norwegian Escape Live Blog Day 8 - Disembarkation Day

Vibe Day Passes

In the middle of the night, around 3:30am, I woke up and decided to take one last tour of the ship before I had to say goodbye.  This may be a good time to mention something I left out of the Day 7 blog post. When SP and I were touring The Haven ship-within-a-ship suites area, the Hotel Director’s Secretary, Pamela took us out into The Vibe sundeck. While there, she offered us... Read more about Norwegian Escape Live Blog Day 8 - Disembarkation Day

Norwegian Escape Live Blog Day 7 - Nassau, Bahamas (as seen from the ship)

Disney Magic & Carnival Liberty in Nassau

By day 7, SP and I were feeling a bit of cruise fatigue. I didn’t want the cruise to end, but at the same time, I missed my bed. On the other hand, I don’t have a balcony with a view of the ocean at home. When I gave SP the outline of what I wanted to do in Nassau, he balked at the amount of walking, so we decided to have a very slow day on the ship... Read more about Norwegian Escape Live Blog Day 7 - Nassau, Bahamas (as seen from the ship)

Norwegian Escape Day 6 - Sea Day, The Haven, And Amplitude

The Haven, Norwegian Escape

Earlier in the week, the Hotel Director, Jovo Sekulovic, invited me and SP to have dinner at The Haven Restaurant which is part of the ship-within-a-ship concept Norwegian has developed. Because we had reservations at Teppanyaki the evening of Day 6 and Cagney’s on Day 7, I asked the Hotel Director’s Secretary, Pamela, if we could dine at The Haven Restaurant for lunch instead... Read more about Norwegian Escape Day 6 - Sea Day, The Haven, And Amplitude

Norwegian Escape Live Blog Day 5 - A Sea Day at The Movies, and a Surprise

Our day started off with an announcement from the captain that due to a passenger’s worsening illness, we would need to divert to Cozumel, Mexico for emergency medical treatment. This would mean we would not be able to call on Great Stirrup Cay on Day 6 and instead would proceed... Read more about Norwegian Escape Live Blog Day 5 - A Sea Day at The Movies, and a Surprise