40PlusCruises

40PlusCruises
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Joined: 05/15/2013
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Grandeur of the Seas

June 2016 - Grandeur of the Seas to Bermuda

Smaller Ships Have More to Offer

Enjoyed this trip.  Having done 50+ cruises I highly recommend Grandeur of the Seas.  I was concerned that an older smaller ship would not be enjoyable.   I was completely  wrong.   The ship was beautiful,  intimate,  great staff and smooth sailing.   The only thinh I didn't enjoy was their private island Coco Cay.

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Carnival Splendor

May 2015 - Carnival Splendor to Caribbean - Western

Carnival Has A Good Product

I am a seasoned cruise traveler having completed over 50+ cruises on multiple cruise lines.  I believe Carnival provides an excellent product for the price paid for the trip.  I have been on Carnival multiple times beginning in the 1980s and I have found their food has improved, their ships are immaculate, the crew very nice and welcoming and their newer ships very spacious.  In contrast, Royal Caribbean who people seem to hold as a standard of excellence pales to Carnival in many areas, most notably the cuisine.  Although their ships are something to behold, bigger is not always better.  For those planning their first cruise I recommend Carnival you will most certainly enjoy it and get great value for the price.  

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Carnival Valor

May 2013 - Carnival Valor to Caribbean - Southern

Southern Caribbean Itinerary, Great Choice

Book this cruise as a family vacation with my adult children. We enjoyed the trip very much and I believe that Carnival provide value for what we paid. I have been on 40+ cruises on various cruise lines. The Carnival Valor is a nice ship, was very clean and the balcony staterooms we had were a nice size with amble closet space and very comfortable beds. The food was very nice and there was a wide selection of choices in the main dining room and a wide variety on the Lido Deck at the buffet. The buffet had various stations with different cuisine. There was even a brunch in the dining room during our "at sea day". The itinerary was great, with one of the benefits to leaving from San Juan allowing you to reach islands normally on itinerary's in the 10 day plus trips. Shore excursions were great and I highy recommend the "Land and Sea" Tour in St. Lucia. Although the staff was friendly and client oriented, the Guest Relations Staff needs some work in efficiency and attitude. I recommend that you make sure they have your return flight information when you embark to avoid problems at the end of the trip. They seem to have a problem keeping track of this information. One thing I disliked was the DJ and "big screen" movies poolside. The DJ was playing music so loud, you could not even have a conversation with the person sitting next to you and the movies did not belong poolside during the day. A nice band playing "island music" would have enhanced the overall experience. I do recommend this cruise. The ship is comfortable, right size, clean and the service staff is experienced and dedicated to client service.

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40PlusCruises's Tips

Carnival Valor Carnival Valor - Deck chairs are plentiful, so do not worry about getting up early to stake your claim. You will have no problem finding a spot in the shade or the sun.

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received a helpful vote on their Grandeur of the Seas cruise review - Smaller Ships Have More to Offer

received a helpful vote on their Grandeur of the Seas cruise review - Smaller Ships Have More to Offer

received a helpful vote on their Grandeur of the Seas cruise review - Smaller Ships Have More to Offer

reviewed their Bermuda cruise on Grandeur of the Seas and gave it 4 stars!

added Jun 9, 2016 cruise on Grandeur of the Seas to their profile.

received a helpful vote on their Carnival Splendor cruise review - Carnival Has A Good Product

received a helpful vote on their Carnival Splendor cruise review - Carnival Has A Good Product

received a helpful vote on their Carnival Splendor cruise review - Carnival Has A Good Product

received a helpful vote on their Carnival Splendor cruise review - Carnival Has A Good Product

added May 2, 2015 cruise on Carnival Splendor to their profile.