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FRANCE!

Phil just returned from 2 weeks in France!

"It was an amazing trip!  The north of France (Normandy) is charming!

We visited Caen, Bayeux and the Normandy beaches/American Cemetery.

From there, on to a stay in a castle (Chateau in French) we even had a moat!

We ventured out to Versailles, Chatres and my favorite Chateau-Chenonceau for a wonderful lunch with GREAT friends!

Then off to Paris for a week!

Croissants, Mille Feuille, wine, Eiffel Tour, Notre Dame

an amazing time!  C'etait Magnifique!


CATALONIA ROYAL TULUM

 

  • Adults Only--one word--CHARMING
  • Awesome beach--no one around--lovely open air lobby--leads through paths, wooden bridges--mangroves
  • again rooms hidden off the paths--small gym
  • upgraded food--it was excellent!  
  • top shelf liquor
  • Music along paths--you really feel that you are in a jungle
  • Rooms--all are very nice, standard are a good size, jr suites have been renovated, jr ste honeymoon (Note with jr st honeymoon --if couple is booked at least 4 nights they also receive: breakfast in bed--couples masage--just married tee shirts--candle light dinner on the beach--special gift--they just need to arrange these w/ concierge...
  • all noted bookings for honeymoon/anniversary get sparkling wine in room and a banner across the door with Congratulations spelled out (cute)-- note--proof of wedding needed for honeymoon couples...
  • -small-intimate property--beach and pool are together--they have a bank of jacuzzis facing the beach/ocean (beautiful)
  • and hour and a half from the airport...I would recommend nonstop transfers…

 

CATALONIA MAROMA BEACH

 

  • this really surprised me--awesome!  It is on one of the best beaches in the world (top 10  in National Geographic)
  • Huge open lobby with giant palapa--stage coach--24 hour bar for espresso/coffee/alcohol--this leads through a lovely jungle path with piped in Mayan music to the Pool/Beach  area--rooms are hidden off to the side--very quiet. -very nice--4 poster king-heavy dark furniture-scale-coffee/tea/robes/slippers/ iron/board--free wifi
  • Phyisical property--a little wear here and there--but the beach more than makes up for it..
  • A lot of Europeans
  • They actually play music and added a hawk sound to keep the birds away from restaurant
  • 2 a la carte rest. (A/C) more open air.
  • Buffet was excellent--great Pizza--Brick ovens--
  • Roberto--Concierge  and Enrico is the Manager

CATALONIA RIVIERA MAYA

  • Shared facilities with sister hotel Catalonia Yucatan--
  • 1 hour from airport, 15 minutes south of Xcaret/Playa Del carmen--in Puerto Aventuras
  • Basically, a 4 star hotel with excellent Rooms, Spa & dining options—one rocky beach & one incrediblr calm beach.
  • Within 5 minute walk to Marina--nice with shops, restaurants & Dolphins, Manatees, Seals & sharks!
  • Hotel is small--in a good way--very easy to get around

  • BEACH: On the plus side: very calm and there is an inlet which is sandy and great for Kayaks and Children,
  • main beach is rocky, but great for snorkelers. very close to pool
  • GROUNDS: immaculate & very well thought out.  they use their space well-as restaurants & Tennis courts are on top of other buildings. Hurricane protection in rooms & 2 shelters (disco & Theatre)
  • ROOMS: basically 3 categories-- regular rooms are good size, tub, balcony, 
  • Superior Priviledged rooms---New block of rooms--these are great.  4 poster bed, marble bath with rain shower-hair dryer-shampoo-comb etc  robes and slippers--Honey at turn down (Mayan custom), Lights at bed side for reading, dark wood furniture, de-humidifyer in the room ---very large room with iron and board. mini fridge stocked with water and soda, safe, coffee maker, large balconies.
  • Deluxe priviledge rooms have a plunge pool on balcony..
  • Honeymoon priviledge is the same room but with drapery around bed, Glass hearts on the wall, flowers etc
  • RESTAURANTS-  Excellent food and choices for 4 star...coupons given out based on length of stay (4 for a week)
  • Las Brisas Buffet (open air--in high season they open a second a/c buffet)
  • a La Carte-  Creperie, Tapas restaurant (on 2nd floor eat in or out--great view and breeze--excellent)
  • Italian--Mexican (both A/C)  steak house -open air
  • Mikado-Japonese--tempanaki--excellent (A/C)
  • Breakfast/Lunch Buffet--average--coffee on the weak side..Great creperie station and egg station--fresh juices expresso/caucchino free
  • Terrific Sports Bar and disco (both A/C)  Bars serve Finlandia and Bacardi--so liquor is better than average 4 star
  • AMENITIES: golf simulator (fee)
  • Spa is GREAT--Gym is very good  (A/C) and they have a spin room
  • Animation staff--is excellent--nigtly shows plus disco (on Yucatan side)--the staff is really fun-they put A LOT of effort into their staff...
  • Pools: Yucatan side--quiet--Riviera side--animation team--both have swim up bars.  Plus a separate pool for volleyball, there is a great "seat" system around the pool, so they are easy to relax in!

the overall feel is great!  You are so close to everything--it is easy to get around

they have Mexican vendors who set up at night for a little shopping.

I would highly recommend this hotel!  Sylvia is the Manager

EPIC

The Norwegian Epic is by far the prettiest ship I have ever seen.

The decor is subtle and well done. Nice colors but not the bright reds. It is easy on the eyes. We do have the most beautiful chandelier I have ever seen. It is the largest at sea!     I felt the ship is well laid out. Easy to get around.

The food was fabulous. I love the buffet for breakfast and lunch. I believe they had almost every food on the buffet including Indian food. The buffet was well laid out. Easy to maneuver. Plenty of seats indoors and outdoors.  The food at the buffet was hot  (even the onion rings!)

I ate in Moderno which is the Brazilian Steak House where they carve the beef right at your table. I believe they had 14 different types of meat. You could have small pieces of each if you wanted to try them all. They kept coming around and around. So you could have as much as you like. I am not a big meat eater but everyone I ate with raved about the meat. I personally loved the chicken. Probably the best I have ever had. The salad bar in Moderno and also Cagney's Steak House was great.  The lamb at the steakhouse is terrific!

The Bistro and the Italian restaurants were great also. The same as the rest of our ships. I really like the escargot in the Bistro. The room is quite pretty as well and very comfortable for a special evening! Shanghai had incredible sea bass. The sushi bar was a hot spot too. Very good. The Teppanyaki seats 144 and is the largest Teppanyaki at sea. Last Taste is a casual restaurant mid ship for breakfast, lunch or dinner.  This is where the beautiful crystal chandelier is! O'Sheehan's, our Irish pub seemed to be a meeting spot since it is central on the ship. Excellent Chicken Pot Pie. (there are also three bowling alleys here). You can eat, have a drink and watch the giant two  storey video screen or play air hockey or pool!

Shows...just outstanding and a whole new direction on ships. No more Las Vegas style dance revues. I had never seen Blue Man Group and I loved it. Cirque Dinner Show was 2 hours of nonstop entertainment. The performers are so talented! We also have the main restaurant, the Manhattan Room, which has a show at 9:45. So I recommended people to either go to dinner wherever and then stop by and see the show...or go to dinner in the Manhattan Room a little later and catch the show. It is Legends which has Tina Turner, Madonna, Elvis, etc. Again...very talented people.  We sat for dinner at 830pm, which was perfect as dessert was being served around the time the Legend show started!  Elvis (Leo) is adorable!

 

I really enjoyed Fat Cats, the jazz club...always crowded. There is a jazz musician named Slam who has his band in there. First, Slam is a sweetie but he is also puts on a great show. Definitely a crowd favorite. Headliners has a show with dueling piano players who also are comedians. That also was entertaining.

Bliss, the nightclub was a hot spot. I actually made it to midnight a few times. It was fun. there are 4 bowling alleys in Bliss. Club H2O which is on the top deck is a south beach sort of atmosphere with a large movie screen and dance floor (which goes over the pool). This is adults only. Second City Comedy Troop (Chicago based training ground for Saturday Night Live) were great. People were still talking about them a day later and laughing at some of the skits. They also do a murder mystery....which you know will be a riot. I cannot forget to talk about the Ice Bar. That was fun! Of course the bar is made of ice. Great drinks. They will be having ice glasses also. We also have a martini bar with a PIANO PLAYER and whiskey bar.

Also I need to mention the Sports Deck. Basketball, volleyball, tennis, ice skating, rock climbing, rappelling and bungee jumping on a trampoline. I think I tried them all (except bungee jumping!). The gym was a hot spot for me. The equipment is the best I have ever seen at sea. I go to a gym here at home and this was the same equipment (Life Style) so I know how good it is. The gym is huge. They offer spinning, TRX, Kettle Bell and yoga and pilates classes (and much more), I was quite at home in this gym. One morning on the deadhead to MIA, I was running on a treadmill and saw the most amazing sunrise. The sun was bright red and there was a big sailboat passing in front. Just one of those moments I will always remember.

The top deck is a water park. So much fun! The kids areas are top of the line. The smaller kids have a fun area with all the toys, Wii, video games. Outside on deck is a little area for the kids to play. The teens have their lounge with video games, flat screen TVs. Of course we have the Nickelodeon characters onboard. Sponge Bob and Dora. The casino is big and sort of spread out. Very nice for the gamblers. There is even gambling in the pool area!

The staterooms...I thought they were beautiful. A lot of comments about the bathrooms. They are not your basic tiny box bathroom where you cannot get dressed. On the Epic, the toilet has its own room and the shower is separate. In between the shower and bath is an area for dressing. You just pull the curtain across. The sink is outside of the bath area. So someone can brush their teeth while someone else showers. Personally after 10 days onboard, I loved it. I felt the showers were the largest I have seen in a basic balcony room.  The deluxe balconies have that "little extra" square footage that works perfectly. I have never seen as much storage space.   Under the couch, behind the couch, two closets, cabinets and drawers, Very comfortable. I am glad NCL went a little out of the box for these cabins. We can build the same ships or try to be innovative. There is also a coffee maker (with coffee)  and safe in each room.

Studios....the single staterooms I thought were amazing. I love the idea of the shared living room where singles can meet other singles. There is a bar in there, large screen TVs, snacks. Just perfect. The colors are a cool neon!  Some of them are connecting!

 

The Villas complex...just stunning. The suites and villas are beautiful. They have a private restaurant, private bar and private sun deck with Posh a private nightclub. There is also a small gym overlooking the pool.

Also: there is handicap lift for guests needing assistance in and out of the pools.

There are so many awesome features to this ship...but one stands out for me. Multi-generational families sailing together. Parents and Grandparents can enjoy being in the Villas Complex while kids are totally occupied all day. The entertainment at night is so exceptional that families can enjoy the shows and dining together. So for the upscale clients who want to travel with grandchildren, this is perfect for them.

Photos below show a personal trip to Hawaii...

EL DORADO MAROMA

FROM ELLEN!

 El Dorado Maroma is a small gourmet adults only all inclusive resort in the Mayan Riviera. The beach in Maroma has been voted “one of the best beaches in Mexico” and it’s truly magnificent!

The resort has 60 rooms with all gourmet food – no buffets.  The service is above and beyond anything I’ve experienced. It is only 30 minutes from the Cancun airport. I recommend this resort for couples that are looking for a nice romantic relaxing vacation.

You can also take a short 10 minute taxi ride to Playa del Carmen and walk around there and enjoy the atmosphere.

 

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