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    Loyal to Royal
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    anywhere the water is blue

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  1. I asked my TA this same question for my upcoming cruise in December 2019. Her reply was, "PCL offers the Hilton Long Beach with transfers from LAX to the hotel and hotel to pier for $523 for the two of you. Other than that I would suggest a hotel near the airport (most of them have airport shuttle) and pick up a transfer on cruise day from the airport to ship - $34pp." Maybe PCL doesn't offer the Hilton Long Beach in May 2020. We opted instead, like others here have said, to book at Doubletree in San Pedro. We plan to use Uber from airport to the hotel, then hotel shuttle to the ship.
  2. Overall, it was very enjoyable. This was my first time on NCL; I've been "loyal to Royal" up to this point. There were some things I liked better on NCL, especially O'Sheehan's where good food was available almost around the clock without having to do self-service and fight the crowds in the buffet. The food and service in Ocean Blue were outstanding. I did one of the Canvas By U classes which was a lot of fun. "Burn the Floor" and "Million Dollar Quartet" were fabulous shows. The stateroom bathroom is larger than I have experienced on Royal, with more shelving/storage areas and a larger shower. I liked the liquid hand soap pump by the sink. But the cabin itself was smaller, the closet was smaller and I felt there was less shelving/drawers/cabinets than any of the Royal ships I have sailed. I was surprised that there were no tongs for the ice bucket in the cabin. I was disappointed that there were no lounge chairs on the pool deck or sun deck, only loungers, so I spent a lot of my daytime "outside time" sitting on the Waterfront which meant I didn't get much sun. I found the layout of the buffet to be a bad design. It's basically one big oval so there is a lot of walking to see what all is offered, people coming from both directions, and a lot of "cutting" of people trying to get to the food they want. But I did like that the napkin-wrapped silverware was on the tables so it was not necessary to carry that along with your plate and beverage. On Royal, most of the buffet is set up as multiple themed stations so it is easier to navigate and to quickly roam around to see the options before deciding what to eat. I felt the service in Taste, Savor and Tropicana was extremely slow, and at our first dinner in Savor, the waitstaff had a terrible time getting our drink orders right and getting them to us in any kind of reasonable timeframe. After that, we would get our drinks before going to the table. All in all, any cruise is good and I would sail NCL again, especially if I got a good deal like I did on this cruise.
  3. Day 7 Hope this helps with your planning. Enjoy your cruise.
  4. Day 4 More to come this evening....
  5. I just got off Getaway last Sunday (3/3/19) and have Dailies from all 7 days. I will post them as soon as I get them scanned.
  6. Are the drinks at Margaritaville included as part of the Ultimate Beverage Package?
  7. I think I read that you booked the escape room. Did you do this activity? Were there any flashing lights or strobes? My friend and I are thinking of trying this, but flashing lights and strobes make her dizzy. This is an incredibly thorough review and has made us even more excited for our cruise. Thank you for taking the time to do it and to answer questions.
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