Author: Ralph Koerber
Date of Trip: September 2012
In Scotland we chartered a Taxi for a day and were escorted to selected sites and cities for a visit. A word of caution is that some persons or new friends are takers and when you join in such a joint venture of rental, be sure that all are able and will pay their share to the taxi driver so you do not get stuck fronting the cost for a new friend, who may choose to not pay you after the fact. This happened to me to the tune of around $140 because I trusted her to reimburse me. Remember the value of anything done and paid for someone else diminishes as the time passes and the willingness to pay another disappears after the good deed is done. So a word to the wise should be sufficient.
In Lisbon and Madeira we chose 4-Wheel Drive Jeep and Land Rover Excursions to take us off the beaten track and into the wilderness for adventures few experience. These took us on remote roads to regions where bumpy is an understatement and bouncing is like on a trampoline for the most fun and with energized persons.
The Cruise Director and staff offer fun choices of activities to draw together the fun persons aboard ship on a daily basis. Regardless of your preferences as to activities, – swimming, sports, contests, game shows, cards, reading, people watching and more-, there is one keyed to your enjoying your Freestyle Cruising on Norwegian Cruise Line.
My hundreds of pictures are silent reminders of the treasured moments of sharing the cruise experiences with strangers, who have become friends. Remember that a stranger is a friend not yet met. The photos are but a small fraction of what my eyes have seen and stored forever in my treasure chest memory of experiences.
The benefits of cruising with one favored line is that you build a relationship and it is acknowledged when you return to the chosen cruise line just as my relationship with NCL is acknowledged by Latitudes Parties and special recognitions not offered to some fresh cruisers including specialty dinners with wine and a premium 3-4 hour tour of the behind-the-scenes inner workings of the ship.
Your first or next cruise will be a gift to yourself and to other cruising guests.
Cruising is good for my health and will be for your health.