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Norwegian Dawn - Cruise to Nowhere
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 Posted: Sat Nov 12th, 2011 05:21 pm1st Post

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Who -  Me and 5 of my girlfriends who were getting their first taste of cruising
What – 2-night Cruise to Nowhere
Where – from Boston
When – October 28th-30th
Why – Why not?  We had started planning this over drinks in January when we all decided we needed a girls getaway.  It turned out that one of my friends was celebrating her 50th on October 28th so it seemed like as good a time as any to introduce them to cruising.


Day 1:

We left Montreal on October 27th, the day before the cruise.  After a long drive through snow in New Hampshire which then turned to sleet and then finally rain….lots & lots of rain, we finally arrived in Boston, about two hours later than anticipated.  Boston traffic is horrendous!:flamin:  Thank goodness we had the sense :big grin: to stop at the New Hampshire Liquor store as the last part of the drive was a white-knuckler due to very poor visibility and we were are in dire need of a drink.:martini:
We were staying near the airport but had planned to go into the city for some sightseeing and dinner but after having arrived so late, and with the rain not relenting at all, we decided to just stay close to the hotel.  The Fireside Tavern was recommended to us, and the hotel had a shuttle going there so that seemed like a good choice.  It turned out to be a great choice!:partytime:
When we arrived, we saw that there were some big screens and the hockey game was on.  Montreal was playing Boston, in Boston….woo hoo!  For the non-hockey fans out there, you have to understand that Montreal and Boston have an INTENSE rivalry.  Many a bar fight has resulted because of this but it keeps things interesting.  Well, Montreal decided to pick this night to end their dry spell and the 6 of us could not have been happier…2-1 Montreal!  No bar fights ensued. :hide: It was a friendly bunch. One of my more "outspoken" friends was poking some fun a a table nearby.  They must of liked it because they sent over a bottle of wine for us.  After the hockey game, came karaoke.  There was a teacher’s convention going on nearby and there were quite a few teachers at the bar.  Wow! Can those self-proclaimed train wrecks ever party!! :drink: We had a great time watching them and cheering them on.  We called it a night around 11:00 as we all wanted to get a good night sleep in anticipation of our cruise the next day.




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 Posted: Sat Nov 12th, 2011 05:35 pm2nd Post

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Day two:


We were up and out of the hotel by around 10:15 the next morning (after toasting the birthday girl with a mimosa) and arrived at the cruise port around 10:30.  The route that the GPS brought us resulted in my rounding a bend to suddenly see the ship RIGHT THERE. Since I was the driver, I was watching the road and didn't know what had happened when the squealing in the car started.  My friends were so excited!:bouncy: Remember, none of them had cruised before.  We parked the car and made our way to the terminal.  (Parking has gone up a $1 from $15 to 16),  We were all checked in and ready board by 10:45. Since we were some of the first ones there, we were in the first group to board around 11:30, after the VIP’s and the physically challenged.
We went first to the atrium to make reservations at the Brazilian restaurant for the second night (which we later ended up cancelling).  From there, we went to the Venetian dining room for a leisurely lunch.  Much more civilized than the buffet.  I don’t know why I don’t do this every time I cruise!  :confused:Just as we were finishing lunch, the announcement was made that we could go to our cabins.  Since there was no baggage check on this cruise, we were lugging our suitcases around with us and wanted to drop them off.  After a quick trip to our cabins, we headed up to the pool deck.



After the cold and dampness from the rain the day before, Friday could not have been more beautiful. :tropics: We all got a Bahama mama in a souvenir cup and walked around, exploring the ship and taking pictures.  We ended up back at the pool just in time for the band to play.  Although we were in coats and sweaters, the atmosphere was still so similar to the more southern cruises.  The typical “vacation” songs were being played (Ole, ole…Hot, Hot, Hot….1 cent, 5 cent, 10 cent, dollar….you know what I’m talking about). The BBQ was going on deck, people were dancing, the hot tubs were full and some brave souls even took a dip in the pool.  It was a lot of fun!  This went on until the muster drill at 4:00 (or was it 4:30? )  Unfortunately, after that, the sun was starting to dip and it got chilly so we went in to explore further. 




We decided to go to dinner in the Aqua dining room, since we had lunch in the Venetian.  It was nice but the Venetian is much nicer, in my opinion.  I can’t remember what everyone had but I had the filet mignon and jumbo shrimp combo and both were cooked perfectly for my taste.  We were celebrating my friends 50th that night and I had ordered a small cake for her.  She was thrilled that the wait staff all came to sing for her AND new her name.  A nice touch….:bday:


After dinner we went to see the comedian, Dave Heenan.  Oh My God!  That is an hour of my life I will never get back.  I know I have seen him before, either on the Dawn or the Spirit but I remembered him to be a little funnier.  He was actually telling jokes that I used to tell as a little girl!!!  :arg:He had the odd good joke but overall, he was a bust.  From the show, we went to Spinnakers, where they were hosting a 70’s & 80’s dance music party.  It was a lot of fun but the strobe light was sending me into seizures :shocked: (not literally :P).  We stayed until the end of that but left when they started with the Rock music.  I like Rock as much as the next person but it was already midnight and we still had a full day ahead of us tomorrow.  We walked through the pub where the last karaoke singer was just winding down. :rockstar: I guess they close the pub at midnight?
We then went to the atrium where there was quite a party going on so we decided to stay and have another drink (twist my arm).  It was interesting how they made use of the atrium on this trip.  Since it was way too cold to be out on deck, they had regular events happening in the atrium, and I’ve never seen a pub on any ship so crowded.  After our drink, I wanted to go up to the buffet for some water.  We were surprised to see it open for business at 12:30 a.m.  We had a small snack before heading back to our cabins for the night….:surrender:






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 Posted: Sat Nov 12th, 2011 10:09 pm3rd Post

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After dinner we went to see the comedian, Dave Heenan.  Oh My God!  That is an hour of my life I will never get back.

Funny that I also saw him on a 2-day CTN on the Dawn, and actually contemplated jumping over the balcony railing to my death to get out of his show! He was bombing big time, and actually turned his act into bashing people who got up to leave the Stardust mid-show. The magician who was on before him was actually more funny, and I can't believe that NCL is still keeping him on their entertainment circuit.....

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 Posted: Sun Nov 13th, 2011 12:19 am4th Post

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Very entertaining review, Sandy!:big grin:



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Sandy, come back and finish! Wondering how your friends liked it.



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 Posted: Sat Nov 19th, 2011 02:49 pm6th Post

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It seems that Dave Heenan is one of those persons that people either love or hate. Hate is such a strong word, but you could say I strongly dislike his brand of comedy. :P We once met him ashore in Bermuda and found him to be a delightful person. Go figure.

And, ditto what Goody said... MORE!!! :big grin:



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 Posted: Sat Nov 19th, 2011 03:54 pm7th Post

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Hi there...sorry about that!  Life took a turn for the busier than usual :P.  I'll be back later to finish up.  Thank goodness it was only two days or I'd never get through.



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It doesn't help when someone moves the thread and then you have to go searching all over the web site to find it. Mine got moved also, yet Shoreguy's gets to stay where it is. Go figure. I feel like I'm on the dark side again.



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Day 3:

Woke up around 7:00 and found one of my cabin mates was also awake.  The only one still sleeping soundly was the one who kept us up a good part of the night with her snoring :sleepy:.  We got up, made ourselves presentable, left post it notes in our cabin and on the door of the other cabin, letting everyone know where to find us.  Before we left, I had turned on the TV briefly to find out that the were doing 6.9 knots and the "wavelets" were .5 to 1.5 feet.  VERY smooth!

We head up to the  Garden Cafe to get our coffee and tea and then found a seat outside on deck, under the cover of the deck above.  It was not warm but it wasn't cold with our sweaters on.  We were there for about 10 minutes before we were joined by another friend from the other cabin. 

At around 9:30, we went back to the cabin to check on the rest of the gang.  It turns out that the birthday girl and one other went back out after the rest of us had turned in for the night.  They were out until 3:30 ish :funnel:.  Personally that would have ruined for me for the whole next day but they seemed to be in ok shape at 9:30.  We all headed back to the buffet to get some breakfast. 

After breakfast, 3 of the group decided to go into the hot tub.  I chose that opportunity to take a shower.  As much as I love my friends, I was craving a little "me" time.  At this point, I had noticed that we seemed to be going quite a bit faster than early in the morning.  I checked the TV when I went back for my shower.  We were now doing 18 knots and the waves were 7-8 feet.   I really couldn't understand why we were going so fast when we really weren't supposed to be going anywhere. I was also kind of surprised to see that we were parallel with Maine.  I figured that if anything, we would head slightly south, not north:confused:

After my shower I checked the conditions on TV again.  We were still doing 18 knots but the waves were now 10-12 feet.   Hmmmm....
I went up on deck to find 3 of my friends in the hot tub drinking wine!:threedrinkers:.  Yep, they were not wasting of minute of the cruise.  They did complain that the hot tub was not very hot so they all ended up going for a really quick dip in the pool before jumping back into the hot tub.  :crazy1:It seemed much warmer to them this time.  I'm sure the liquid courage also helped.  By the time they got out, it was noticeably cooler on deck...windier and becoming more and more overcast.  :freezing:  While the hot tub group went to get changed, the rest of us hit the shops, where we agreed to meet in 30 minutes or so. 

Just as we all met up, the captain came on the intercom to tell us what was going on...it seems that we were head into a Nor'Easter. That explained the waves getting bigger but it also explained the increase in speed.  We were heading, very quickly, towards the Boston Coast Guard station to pick up the pilot.  Because the waves and conditions were going to deteriorate as the day went on, it would have been suicidal for the pilot to board during a storm and after nightfall. At this point, we could really feel the ship moving.  Unfortunately, this all meant that all of the activities that were to take place on the pool deck were cancelled which also meant that all of the indoor venues were more crowded.

After shopping, we head back to our cabin to make a Bloody Caesar.  It was around 1:30 by now (but definitely 5 o'clock somewhere:rolleyes:).  We had brought on our own Caesar fixings as, no offense, but Americans don't do good Caesars!  We made them in our souvenir glasses.  Perfect!  They were yummy and just the thing to get us started. 




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At lunch in the Garden Cafe we were reviewing our options for the afternoon.  We decided to go see Deal or no Deal at Spinnakers but I guess we had decided too late because there were absolutely no seats to be found.  We headed back out and ended up in the pub were we found a small group just leaving so they gave us their seats.  Bonus!  I wanted a Rebellious Fish drink because I wanted the souvenir Fish Bowl glass.  I have 3 and wanted a fourth.  Don't know if I'll ever use them but I wanted a set :loser:My whole group decided to have one too which made for a good photo op.  It was at this point where we met possibly the only other Canadian on board :flag3:.  He had an iPad and was showing a group of people some pictures he had taken at the hockey game in Boston on Thursday night.  When we saw the pictures on his screen there was much woo hooing going on.  Yes, another way to embarass ourselves in a room full of Bostonians (who won the Stanley cup last year).  Anyways, we asked said Canadian to take our picture with our Rebellious Fish drinks, and he did but felt a much need accessory to the picture was his iPad with a shot of Montreal Canadians logo.  Once again, no bar fights ensued.  :drinkingbudds:.

While we were sitting in the pub, we saw the pilots boat approaching the ship.  It was really quite treacherous out there at this point.  The pub practically emptied because everyone rushed outside to see the "action".  It was all over in about 30 seconds.  Well, now that pilot was safely on board, we did slow down but you wouldn't have noticed because the wind and the waves were still picking up!  There was still no rain at this point but we knew it was just a matter of time.

After our drink in the pub, we moved it along to the atruim for Name that Tune trivia.  It was really busy in there.  It's a shame they couldn't have moved some tables from the pool deck into the atrium because there was very little seating.  We had fun with the game and continue enjoying some cocktails and wine.

Slowly, the girls were going back to the cabin to get ready for dinner.  Our reservation at the Brazilian restaurant was for 6:30 but we had already decided after lunch that we had eaten too late and that our reservation was too early.  We didn't feel that we would get our money's worth at that time since none of us were starving, so we cancelled and decided to go back to the Venetian dining room. 

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We got to the dining room around 6:45 as we wanted to make sure we were seated in time to see the Second City TV show in the theatre.  When we got there we were given a pager, so we went back to the atrium for yes, another drink.  We got paged about 15 minutes later.  Perfect!:dinner:

The waiter in our area was clearly stressed beyond belief.  I don't know where his assistant waiter was but he seemed to be pretty much on his own.  Service was slow but he was always courteous.  Since we had noticed how stressed he was (I've never seen a staff member show stress before but they are obviously human!) we tried to lighten things up.  One of my friends said something a little "naughty" to him :eyepop:and he just lost it in laughter!  He obviously knew that he wasn't giving us the best service so it was probably a relief to him that we were not going to stress him out further because I think he was getting grief from a few of the other tables.  Poor guy!  He can only do so much.....  For the life of me, I can't remember what any of us ate.  Yes it could have to do with the :drink:most of the afternoon but it's probably because it's already been a month and I didn't take any notes.

After dinner we went to the theatre to catch the show.  There wasn't much seating left so we ended up in the first row....great!:saywhat:  We did not need to draw any more attention to ourselves after the first night...and then after the episode in the pub with the Canadian guy. :wootwoot: Please dear girlfriends, keep your mouth shut tonight :muzzled:.  No such luck  When the cruise director (Paul Scally, by the way :mexico:) came on first, well, unfortunately, we were noticed...AGAIN!:hide:  I have to said that 3 of the group are VERY outspoken and outgoing, while the rest of us :angeldevil1:like to have a good time without being at the center of attention.  All in all, it was in good fun and seemed to be taken in stride by all involved.

Second City TV was very good, as always, but this was the 3rd time in about a year and a half to see the same skits.  Different actors but the same skits nevertheless. My friends all thought it was hysterical but it felt a little old to me. 

After the show, we went to the Atrium as there was a dance party going on there.  We then found out it was a private Halloween party...WHAT?  :offonarant:  On a 2-night cruise, NCL found it fit to close off a huge indoor space for a private party?  Whatever.....:nana:
Regardless, we ( and in we I do mean many of us) hung around.  People were dancing up a storm in the atrium that night.  I guess it's possible that this happens on other cruises but I've never been witness to it!

I should mention at this point that I dropped by our cabin after dinner to drop something off and wanted to check the sea conditions because we were really rocking and rolling at this point.  I don't remember the speed but the waves were up to 15-20 feet.:titanic:  It was VERY noticeable in the atrium. Some of my friends were a little worried but I was having fun with it.   Later on, one of my cabin mates told me that she was really scared until she saw that I wasn't worried at all.  I'm glad I could be of service. :flowers:.  Our first family cruise was in 2004 when we did the Disney Wonder to Bahamas.  We hit 25-30 ft waves that night.  Kids and adults were sick everywhere and they were handing out Bonine like it was candy.  15-20 ft seemed mild compared to that.
After living it up in the atrium for a couple of hours, :drinkingshots:, we all felt that the party was coming to an end for us.  It was around 1:00 when we headed up to the buffet to stock up on water, only to find it open again.  We had a small snack before loading up our water glasses and heading back to the cabins.  We had a 7 hour drive to look forward to in the morning (not to mention the requisite stop at the factory outlets in New Hampshire) to look forward to.!:surrender:
 



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