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What I Did on My 12-Day Transatlantic Cruise on the Norwegian Star

Updated on January 30, 2018
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Karen Hellier is a freelance writer and eBay entrepreneur. She lives happily in the mountains of North Georgia with her husband and her dog.

The Norwegian Star in port at Ponta Delgada, the Azores
The Norwegian Star in port at Ponta Delgada, the Azores | Source

My husband and I went on a 12-day Transatlantic cruise from Copenhagen, Denmark to Miami, Florida. It was our first transatlantic cruise, which means that most of the time during our cruise consisted of “sea days” where we were on the ship and out at sea. We were aboard the Norwegian Star, a cruise ship that can hold 2,348 passengers. There was one stop at San Miguel Island, using the cruise port of Ponta Delgada, in the Azores. That means that for eleven days, we were on the ship and had a fabulous time enjoying each other’s company, eating, relaxing and being entertained by various musicians, comedians, and cruise ship staff.

Many people have asked me if we would be bored just being on a ship out to sea for that many days. Here is a list I have compiled about all of the things I did while at sea:

1) Read the following six books: Heaven is For Real by Todd Burpo, I Feel Bad About My Neck by Nora Ephron, The Present, This Time Together by Carol Burnett, I Beat the Odds by Michael Oher and Come Home to Comfort by Sharon Hoffman.

2) Saw a four-man quartet from Spain/Uruguay using an amazing repertoire of songs.

3) Spent 11 hours, one each day after working out, in the ship spa which included a lap pool, hot tub, bubble massager, sauna, steam room and relaxing loungers which overlooked the back of the ship.

4) Walked 15 miles around the Promenade deck and on the outside jogging track.

5) Went swimming in the indoor lap pool nine times.

6) Saw two song and dance show put on by the ship’s singers and dancers.

7) Wrote three articles for online publication on HubPages.

8) Wrote 22 articles for publication on Bubblews.

9) Was hypnotized for weight loss.

10) Attended a session by the ship photographer on how to take better photographs.

11) Ate fabulous food in a variety of restaurants.

12) Watched three movies: Eat, Pray, Love, The Sixth Sense, A Beautiful Mind.

13) Saw a killer whale spouting and swimming off the side of the ship.

14) Attended two cruise parties for Latitudes members who are previous cruisers. The party included free drinks, appetizers, and dancing.

15) Attended a seminar on the artist Thomas Kinkade.

16) Visited the port of Porta Delgada, the Azores, which is an island belonging to Portugal.

17) Attended a wine and cheese tasting of Portuguese cheese and wines.

18) Attended two sessions on Upcoming Norwegian Cruise Lines cruises.

19) Attended a show by an amazing violinist Beverly Davidson.

20) Saw a beautiful rainbow as we were leaving the Azores.

21) Attended a production of the Second City Players.

22) Attended a performance by 2 Russian acrobats.

23) Attended a classical piano music concert while enjoying a glass of wine together.

24) Went to an onboard pub where we were treated to a one-man concert of tunes originally by the Eagles.

25) Attended a variety show which included acts by a magician, a juggler, and a comedian.

26) Attended a seminar on what it’s like to be a crew member on a cruise ship.

27) Saw six rainbows.

28) Took exactly 150 pictures of the cruise ship as well as the one port stop in the Azores, and last but certainly not least…

29) Fell in love with my husband all over again!

I love to cruise and this was our first transatlantic cruise. I thought it was going to be wonderful, and for the most part, it was but there were a few days that I was a bit bored. Although the library was full of books, I read the six I was interested in. And although NCL cruise lines does provide activities for their passengers, I wasn't always in the mood to play trivia games or watch fruit carving. For the most part, this cruise was wonderful but if we do a transatlantic cruise in the future, I will bring a few extra things to do.

View from the back of the cruise ship from the lounge in thermal spa.
View from the back of the cruise ship from the lounge in thermal spa. | Source
The Library
The Library | Source
A variety of cheeses at the wine and cheese tasting in the Azores.
A variety of cheeses at the wine and cheese tasting in the Azores. | Source
A rainbow over the Atlantic Ocean.
A rainbow over the Atlantic Ocean. | Source

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