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  1. Unfortunately, even the most beautiful journey comes to an end: in this case the trip from Buenos Aires, Argentina to San Antonio, Chile on NORWEGIAN SUN. Too bad we do not arrive in Valparaiso: UNESCO World Heritage. Juan Victor Reyes arranged the transports for us: a direct transfer to the airport. For the transfer with stops in Santiago de Chile he even got a luggage tag, so that we can sit very relaxed in the vehicle. After Patagonia, a big city like Santiago de Chile is a difference between day and night. The return flights are on time, but also very chaotic thanks to LATAM. In Germany, we see a frozen lake and snow in the fields. On board, we see the last of the crew F & B Manager Cristian Oprera, Assistant Maître D 'Dejan Elakovic, Concierge Carlos, I Komang, and Ferdinand. The others are on their way home or already in other positions. Unfortunately, we can not say goodbye to Igor, to thank you for everything. In the end, it also says goodbye to Birgitt, Christian, Martina, Frances, Eddie, Rossita, Ekkehard, Plamen and Sigi. An exciting journey comes to an end. https://heinbloed-ncl.blogspot.com/2019/01/tagday-15-auf-deron-norwegian-sun-in.html
  2. Unfortunately, even the most beautiful journey comes to an end: in this case the trip from Buenos Aires, Argentina to San Antonio, Chile on NORWEGIAN SUN. Too bad we do not arrive in Valparaiso: UNESCO World Heritage. Juan Victor Reyes arranged the transports for us: a direct transfer to the airport. For the transfer with stops in Santiago de Chile he even got a luggage tag, so that we can sit very relaxed in the vehicle. After Patagonia, a big city like Santiago de Chile is a difference between day and night. The return flights are on time, but also very chaotic thanks to LATAM. In Germany, we see a frozen lake and snow in the fields. On board, we see the last of the crew F & B Manager Cristian Oprera, Assistant Maître D 'Dejan Elakovic, Concierge Carlos, I Komang, and Ferdinand. The others are on their way home or already in other positions. Unfortunately, we can not say goodbye to Igor, to thank you for everything. In the end, it also says goodbye to Birgitt, Christian, Martina, Frances, Eddie, Rossita, Ekkehard, Plamen and Sigi. An exciting journey comes to an end. https://heinbloed-ncl.blogspot.com/2019/01/tagday-15-auf-deron-norwegian-sun-in.html
  3. Day 14 on the NORWEGIAN SUN is the last day at sea before a beautiful voyage comes to an end. Today is a lovely day: laze in the sun or run on the most beautiful jogging track in the world? Already during the sunrise, I enjoy the attentive service by Ralph Lauren Cabral: I should stay outside while he waits for my waffle. Rodalyn and Cherrylyn do an excellent job. I Komang sings for farewell again today, while I get a kiss from Mihaela. And finally a picture with Chef Paulo. A surprise awaits me in the morning: Nali has arranged an Indonesian breakfast for me. We recognize Louis Basili, whom we have already seen on another ship. And always with a friendly smile for us: I Gede Jaya Parwata. At lunchtime I look forward to seeing Bernita and Donovan having lunch again: the Jazz Brunch is back! Time to thank Guest Service Manager Claudia Condurachi again for the high performance of her team. After getting the last Clamato from the other bars for me, the team around TingTing, Gladies, and Dave still are busy to spice up a regular tomato juice so that I have an equal replacement. Unfortunately, this also meant saying goodbye to Rodalyn and Eugenia and their team at the Four Seasons main restaurant. Of course, the last ones we say goodbye to are Réka, Matyas, and Ábel from Atlantis Strings. https://heinbloed-ncl.blogspot.com/2019/01/seetagday-at-sea-14-auf-deron-norwegian.html
  4. Day 14 on the NORWEGIAN SUN is the last day at sea before a beautiful voyage comes to an end. Today is a lovely day: laze in the sun or run on the most beautiful jogging track in the world? Already during the sunrise, I enjoy the attentive service by Ralph Lauren Cabral: I should stay outside while he waits for my waffle. Rodalyn and Cherrylyn do an excellent job. I Komang sings for farewell again today, while I get a kiss from Mihaela. And finally a picture with Chef Paulo. A surprise awaits me in the morning: Nali has arranged an Indonesian breakfast for me. We recognize Louis Basili, whom we have already seen on another ship. And always with a friendly smile for us: I Gede Jaya Parwata. At lunchtime I look forward to seeing Bernita and Donovan having lunch again: the Jazz Brunch is back! Time to thank Guest Service Manager Claudia Condurachi again for the high performance of her team. After getting the last Clamato from the other bars for me, the team around TingTing, Gladies, and Dave still are busy to spice up a regular tomato juice so that I have an equal replacement. Unfortunately, this also meant saying goodbye to Rodalyn and Eugenia and their team at the Four Seasons main restaurant. Of course, the last ones we say goodbye to are Réka, Matyas, and Ábel from Atlantis Strings. https://heinbloed-ncl.blogspot.com/2019/01/seetagday-at-sea-14-auf-deron-norwegian.html
  5. Day 13 of our voyage on NORWEGIAN SUN takes us to the last harbor in Puerto Montt, Chile before we reach our destination San Antonio, Chile and fly home. Again a gorgeous sunrise in Puerto Montt. Denis Purtov from Puerto Montt Excursiones sends us a vehicle, guide Carlos and driver Jorge, who show us at first some of Puerto Montt attractions, before we head the Lago Llanquihue, to see Lamas, the volcano Osorno and a green lagoon. Continue to the Petrohué River, where we see a lot of insects and a waterfall. Finally, we make a brief stop in Puerto Varas, Chile. On board, there will be a technical-nautical tutorial by Chief Engineer Plamen. In the evening there is another appearance by Réka, Matyas, and Ábel from Atlantis Strings as well as the production show "World Beat". A good occasion, to let the crew says goodbye to us, although we are still two more days on board. Among those who have already set up for their march into the theater, I discover many familiar faces: Edgar, Ferdinand, Cristian, Mihaela, Dieter, Iulia, Sherna and Sarmita. https://heinbloed-ncl.blogspot.com/2019/01/tagday-13-auf-deron-norwegian-sun-in.html
  6. Day 13 of our voyage on NORWEGIAN SUN takes us to the last harbor in Puerto Montt, Chile before we reach our destination San Antonio, Chile and fly home. Again a gorgeous sunrise in Puerto Montt. Denis Purtov from Puerto Montt Excursiones sends us a vehicle, guide Carlos and driver Jorge, who show us at first some of Puerto Montt attractions, before we head the Lago Llanquihue, to see Lamas, the volcano Osorno and a green lagoon. Continue to the Petrohué River, where we see a lot of insects and a waterfall. Finally, we make a brief stop in Puerto Varas, Chile. On board, there will be a technical-nautical tutorial by Chief Engineer Plamen. In the evening there is another appearance by Réka, Matyas, and Ábel from Atlantis Strings as well as the production show "World Beat". A good occasion, to let the crew says goodbye to us, although we are still two more days on board. Among those who have already set up for their march into the theater, I discover many familiar faces: Edgar, Ferdinand, Cristian, Mihaela, Dieter, Iulia, Sherna and Sarmita. https://heinbloed-ncl.blogspot.com/2019/01/tagday-13-auf-deron-norwegian-sun-in.html
  7. Day 12 of our South American journey on NORWEGIAN SUN takes us to the Norwegian fjords! When I wake up in the morning and go to the promenade deck, I could not shut my mouth! We must make it get from Chile to Norway during the night. Or did Captain Teo even make it to Lake Lucerne, Switzerland? Puerto Chacabuco first sounds like a place somewhere in nowhere, where it is hardly worth getting out. But who likes nature, will be surprised how beautiful it is here. And unfortunately, how little time we have to discover everything here. Karla Morales Sandoval of Excursiones Mate Che and her tour guide Marion and driver Juan Carlos take us along the road to Coyhaique. Unfortunately, a road traffic light (not 90 seconds, as in Germany) and a road blockade by miners occur that we do not quite reach our destination. But now we know Chilean hospitality. They served Hungarian Langos (Chilean style) with homemade Calemate jam. It is said that who eats Calemate, will undoubtedly come back. I'm not a big fan of jams, but for safety's sake, I eat plenty of it. Besides, they allowed our Hungarian friends Réka, Matyas, and Ábel to come with us to give a performance on the same evening in the Bliss Lounge. Rodalyn took care of the timely departure of the ship: we did not have to go to the buffet, but the buffet came to us. In the evening we will again experience an explosion of taste, scents, and colors in Los Lobos. Victor also prepared things for us that are not on the map. And with the perfect service from I Komang, Binu and Donovan nothing could go wrong. It got even better: the sunset, which we experience together with Igor and Dieter. A fantastic day is coming to an end. Tomorrow we will be at the last port before the end of our trip: Puerto Montt. https://heinbloed-ncl.blogspot.com/2019/01/tagday-12-auf-deron-norwegian-sun-in.html
  8. Day 12 of our South American journey on NORWEGIAN SUN takes us to the Norwegian fjords! When I wake up in the morning and go to the promenade deck, I could not shut my mouth! We must make it get from Chile to Norway during the night. Or did Captain Teo even make it to Lake Lucerne, Switzerland? Puerto Chacabuco first sounds like a place somewhere in nowhere, where it is hardly worth getting out. But who likes nature, will be surprised how beautiful it is here. And unfortunately, how little time we have to discover everything here. Karla Morales Sandoval of Excursiones Mate Che and her tour guide Marion and driver Juan Carlos take us along the road to Coyhaique. Unfortunately, a road traffic light (not 90 seconds, as in Germany) and a road blockade by miners occur that we do not quite reach our destination. But now we know Chilean hospitality. They served Hungarian Langos (Chilean style) with homemade Calemate jam. It is said that who eats Calemate, will undoubtedly come back. I'm not a big fan of jams, but for safety's sake, I eat plenty of it. Besides, they allowed our Hungarian friends Réka, Matyas, and Ábel to come with us to give a performance on the same evening in the Bliss Lounge. Rodalyn took care of the timely departure of the ship: we did not have to go to the buffet, but the buffet came to us. In the evening we will again experience an explosion of taste, scents, and colors in Los Lobos. Victor also prepared things for us that are not on the map. And with the perfect service from I Komang, Binu and Donovan nothing could go wrong. It got even better: the sunset, which we experience together with Igor and Dieter. A fantastic day is coming to an end. Tomorrow we will be at the last port before the end of our trip: Puerto Montt. https://heinbloed-ncl.blogspot.com/2019/01/tagday-12-auf-deron-norwegian-sun-in.html
  9. The day at sea 11 takes us through the Chilean Fjords. Again, Mary has everything prepared so that you can see everything from the inside relaxed, without leaving the lounges. It's wet, cold and windy outside again. But once the sun is out, you have to get out to enjoy the beauty of nature. Cherrylyn, Vergenia, YaoYao and Leon Dhunca are back for my perfect breakfast. I use the time on board to get pictures for my job applications. Only at home, I realize, what great work I got for little money. So in retrospect, I have to thank Ferdinand Ocampo and Maureen for the great shots. Even today it is time to enjoy classical music with Réka, Matyas, and Ábel, as long as it is still possible. For dinner, we return to the Four Seasons. The team around Rodalyn and Eugenia are doing a great job. It will soon be home for her. For Sherna too, who checks if everything is going well. And finally a few words with cruise director Guido changed. https://heinbloed-ncl.blogspot.com/2019/01/seetagday-at-sea-11-auf-deron-norwegian.html
  10. The day at sea 11 takes us through the Chilean Fjords. Again, Mary has everything prepared so that you can see everything from the inside relaxed, without leaving the lounges. It's wet, cold and windy outside again. But once the sun is out, you have to get out to enjoy the beauty of nature. Cherrylyn, Vergenia, YaoYao and Leon Dhunca are back for my perfect breakfast. I use the time on board to get pictures for my job applications. Only at home, I realize, what great work I got for little money. So in retrospect, I have to thank Ferdinand Ocampo and Maureen for the great shots. Even today it is time to enjoy classical music with Réka, Matyas, and Ábel, as long as it is still possible. For dinner, we return to the Four Seasons. The team around Rodalyn and Eugenia are doing a great job. It will soon be home for her. For Sherna too, who checks if everything is going well. And finally a few words with cruise director Guido changed. https://heinbloed-ncl.blogspot.com/2019/01/seetagday-at-sea-11-auf-deron-norwegian.html
  11. I look forward to Day 9 on NORWEGIAN SUN in Punta Arenas, Chile. Finally a shore trip with a later return. You can go shopping without stress. Finally, I can get to a pharmacy and get my supply. Eventually, buy a Chilean SIM card and use fast internet. Above all, I am looking forward to the trip that Alejandro Barrientos Muñoz from GeoMagallanes has prepared for us: with two guides to enable two speeds on the way. Unfortunately, the wind does not allow us: sadly it was not possible to keep the ship fixed at the pier so that we can safely stay at the dock all day long. On board, after an excellent breakfast with Rachelle Paguyo, Solomeo Pinar, and Assistant Maître D 'Courtland Thomas we will have an additional performance with Réka, Matyas, and Ábel from Atlantis Strings. The same evening we go dining with them after their last performance in Los Lobos: We are lucky! NCL's best Mexican chef is on board: Victor Gomez. It is an excellent evening with great food with Deborah Joseph who has prepared us a beautiful table and Binu Sebastian who prepares fresh guacamole at the table. The service of I Komang and Donovan is again top notch like last in Le Bistro. Incidentally, there is the tastiest chocolate cake made from Mexican chocolate here. https://heinbloed-ncl.blogspot.com/2019/01/tagday-9-auf-deron-norwegian-sun-in.html The day at sea 10 on NORWEGIAN SUN goes through the Strait of Magellan. Pretty wet, pretty cold, pretty windy. Morning as usual great breakfast with Donovan Dawkins and Fin Antony. Otherwise, a nice cocktail party with Future Cruise Consultant Isabella. It's a pleasure with her, and NORWEGIAN JADE 2020 is booked. Last but not least: The dinner with officers: with shop manager Christa Emmanuel and Hotel Director Igor. Tomorrow is another day at sea. That's why you can calmly join karaoke with Simbarashe Mambume in the evening and make a fool of yourself. https://heinbloed-ncl.blogspot.com/2019/01/seetagday-at-sea-10-auf-deron-norwegian.html
  12. I look forward to Day 9 on NORWEGIAN SUN in Punta Arenas, Chile. Finally a shore trip with a later return. You can go shopping without stress. Finally, I can get to a pharmacy and get my supply. Eventually, buy a Chilean SIM card and use fast internet. Above all, I am looking forward to the trip that Alejandro Barrientos Muñoz from GeoMagallanes has prepared for us: with two guides to enable two speeds on the way. Unfortunately, the wind does not allow us: sadly it was not possible to keep the ship fixed at the pier so that we can safely stay at the dock all day long. On board, after an excellent breakfast with Rachelle Paguyo, Solomeo Pinar, and Assistant Maître D 'Courtland Thomas we will have an additional performance with Réka, Matyas, and Ábel from Atlantis Strings. The same evening we go dining with them after their last performance in Los Lobos: We are lucky! NCL's best Mexican chef is on board: Victor Gomez. It is an excellent evening with great food with Deborah Joseph who has prepared us a beautiful table and Binu Sebastian who prepares fresh guacamole at the table. The service of I Komang and Donovan is again top notch like last in Le Bistro. Incidentally, there is the tastiest chocolate cake made from Mexican chocolate here. https://heinbloed-ncl.blogspot.com/2019/01/tagday-9-auf-deron-norwegian-sun-in.html The day at sea 10 on NORWEGIAN SUN goes through the Strait of Magellan. Pretty wet, pretty cold, pretty windy. Morning as usual great breakfast with Donovan Dawkins and Fin Antony. Otherwise, a nice cocktail party with Future Cruise Consultant Isabella. It's a pleasure with her, and NORWEGIAN JADE 2020 is booked. Last but not least: The dinner with officers: with shop manager Christa Emmanuel and Hotel Director Igor. Tomorrow is another day at sea. That's why you can calmly join karaoke with Simbarashe Mambume in the evening and make a fool of yourself. https://heinbloed-ncl.blogspot.com/2019/01/seetagday-at-sea-10-auf-deron-norwegian.html
  13. Day 8 of our journey on the NORWEGIAN SUN takes us to the most Southern city in the world: Ushuaia in Tierra del Fuego - Land of Fire. Last stop in Argentina. Unfortunately, it was a far too short stay. Our guide Romina and driver Nino and a much too big bus from Rumbo Sur get the maximum out for us. It goes into the National Park Tierra del Fuego to the End of the World: the post office at the End of the World, the end of the Panamericana and a nice walk through the National Park. Back by the train at the End of the World. Unfortunately, I do not manage to take more pictures of the ships EXPEDITION and VENTUS AUSTRALIS in the harbor. We get last minute on the ship, and it's so stormy that I can barely walk back along the pier. While we drive through the Beagle Channel along the Glacier Alley in the National Park Alberto de Agostini, there is a kind of "Equatorial Christening" organized by Igor and Dieter outside. In the evening it goes to Cagney's. Here we experience Ronny's excellent service and a wonderful meal. I look forward to tomorrow in Punta Arenas, Chile when we have a long day ashore again. https://heinbloed-ncl.blogspot.com/2019/01/tagday-8-auf-deron-norwegian-sun-in.html
  14. Day 8 of our journey on the NORWEGIAN SUN takes us to the most Southern city in the world: Ushuaia in Tierra del Fuego - Land of Fire. Last stop in Argentina. Unfortunately, it was a far too short stay. Our guide Romina and driver Nino and a much too big bus from Rumbo Sur get the maximum out for us. It goes into the National Park Tierra del Fuego to the End of the World: the post office at the End of the World, the end of the Panamericana and a nice walk through the National Park. Back by the train at the End of the World. Unfortunately, I do not manage to take more pictures of the ships EXPEDITION and VENTUS AUSTRALIS in the harbor. We get last minute on the ship, and it's so stormy that I can barely walk back along the pier. While we drive through the Beagle Channel along the Glacier Alley in the National Park Alberto de Agostini, there is a kind of "Equatorial Christening" organized by Igor and Dieter outside. In the evening it goes to Cagney's. Here we experience Ronny's excellent service and a wonderful meal. I look forward to tomorrow in Punta Arenas, Chile when we have a long day ashore again. https://heinbloed-ncl.blogspot.com/2019/01/tagday-8-auf-deron-norwegian-sun-in.html
  15. Day 6 of our trip on NORWEGIAN SUN takes us to Stanley, Falkland Islands. It was not very inviting. The weather forecasts do not sound right. How am I looking forward to having high-speed internet. Finally, uploading pictures. And when finally a mobile signal is available: there is no mobile internet for roaming customers. And on land, there is only paid Wi-Fi, but no high-speed Internet. So we have to concentrate on what we are here: to see penguins: specifically Gentoo penguins on Bertha's Beach. Super organized by Martha von Penguin Travel. Wonderful led by Adele. And very well driven by Tanzi. With a lovely tea time at the end of the ride. Thanks again to Claire at KONINGSDAM 2016: she showed the pictures to Sigi, and that's why we are here today in the Falkland Islands. We are lucky because STAR PRINCESS was unable to anchor the day before. On board, everything was done so that we could enjoy this trip: Iulia and Sherna support us, so we can quickly get off the ship. Dave makes Bruno happy with European cappuccino. A big surprise awaits me on board: someone far away in the Philippines sees me posting pictures of NORWEGIAN SUN. I saw her last time on NORWEGIAN SPIRIT 2013: Elsa. And now your husband Alfred greets me from her. I am pleased about it. Rodalyn means it too good to us again: now we have to walk even more so that we can train everything off again. The evening ends in the Spinnaker Lounge: Atlantis Strings (Réka, Matyas, and Ábel). Every step on board is followed by Igor and Dieter, who make sure I'm fine. A day at sea to Cape Horn follows on day 7. https://heinbloed-ncl.blogspot.com/2019/01/tagday-6-auf-deron-norwegian-sun-in.html Day 7 is a day at sea that takes us to Cape Horn. First of all, for breakfast, I need cold cuts in between and enjoying a German breakfast to be okay. After some rough seas in recent days, many were lying on the sofas in the Atrium Café. Even today, I lie there and enjoy life as Gladies serves my favorite drinks there. With Restaurant Hostess Claudia we plan our further meals through. And at noon I am served YaoYao, while Mihaela lends a hand herself when there is a need for a woman. I Komang plays on his guitar and sings for the guests in the Garden Café. Maître D 'Cherrylyn ensures that even here in the self-service restaurant no wish remains unfulfilled. It goes back to the questions/answers-hour with the Balkan Connection Captain Teo, chief engineer Plamen and hotel director Igor. In the evening we have to celebrate the birthday of Rodalyn and Eugenia. At the same time, we enjoy the Tango program of Atlantis Strings. Réka, Matyas, and Ábel. They delight the audience so much that they even receive standing ovations. This is how every day at sea can run all the time. https://heinbloed-ncl.blogspot.com/2019/01/seetagday-at-sea-7-auf-deron-norwegian.html
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