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Hometown: The Villages, FL
Joined: 10/05/2013
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About AVillager

Cruising is the most relaxing way to see the world. Your hotel travels with you, good meals are provided without wasting time looking for the next restaurant, and travel to the next spot is already included. What more could you want on a vacation?


AVillager's Past Cruises

Carnival Victory

May 2016 - Carnival Victory to Caribbean - Bahamas

Short But Sweet

Just a little 5 day getaway, looking for some beach time.  This cruise fit the bill perfectly.   So convenient to sail out of the beautiful Port Canaveral.  Surprisingly good stage shows in the theater.   Lovely beaches with turquoise waters. We had a delightful day with our tour guide "Marco" in Nassau, he showed us all the historical sites, and we still had a little time to wander around Paradise Island.  You'll find this excursion in town after walking in from the ship (don't book it through the cruise line).

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Rhapsody of the Seas

September 2015 - Rhapsody of the Seas to Europe - Mediterranean

Carnival Sunshine

September 2013 - Carnival Sunshine to Europe - Western Mediterranean

Best of the Med

It's hard to choose a favorite spot, the entire experience was eye opening,  historical, and beautiful.  Here's a view of Barcelona, the old with the new shows how diverse this city is and it was the beginning and end of a great adventure.  

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Carnival Legend

September 2012 - Carnival Legend to Caribbean - Western

Great "Last Minute" Trip

We booked this trip at the last minute when we discovered our dear friends were going and invited us along. So, being with our long lost friends definitely made it a memorable trip.  Of course, the cruise itself was awesome too!  We visited Cozumel, Belize, Honduras, and Grand Cayman.  The highlight of the entire trip was our excursion to the ancient Mayan ruins at Altun Ha, Belize. Remarkable!



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October 2010 - Zuiderdam to Panama Canal, Central America

Panama Canal Cruise

Of course, seeing the Panama Canal was amazing, since it really was the main reason we took this cruise.  However, it's hard to beat the zip line excursion over the rain forest canopy in Costa Rica.  The off road jeep safari in Aruba was also tons of fun! 

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AVillager's Tips

Nassau, Bahamas - Ask for Marco on your guided tour, he was informative, cordial and fun.
Zuiderdam Zuiderdam - Having a balcony cabin was perfect to view the Panama Canal.
Belize City, Belize - Didn't see the city as we spent the entire day traveling to the ruins via boat and exploring Altun Ha.
Barcelona, Spain - If you are sailing out of Barcelona, be sure to add a day or two before and/or after your cruise. A great way to get around town and see a lot is to use the Barcelona Bus Turistic. At E24 for a full day it is a real bargain compared to the cruise line excursions.
Barcelona, Spain - Be sure to spend a day or two prior to or after your cruise. There is a lot to see and do here, don't miss a stroll along Las Ramblas.
Livorno (Florence & Pisa), Italy - Very crowded, we took a train to Florence but by the time we got there we really had to hurry to get back to the ship on time.
Palma De Mallorca, Balearic Islands - One of the best places of the entire cruise, totally unexpected. Don't miss Cathedral Mallorca, I thought this was better than St. Peter's Basillica and no crowds!
Messina, Sicily - Bad experience with "City Sightseeing Hop on/off Bus". DO NOT do this, it is a total rip off.
Naples, Italy - Didn't have enough time to experience Naples as we headed out toward Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast, fabulous!
Monte Carlo, Monaco - Take a public bus to Nice. Only E1.5 each way and beautiful ride, Nice is a charming French town. My favorite day of the entire cruise.
Carnival Sunshine Carnival Sunshine - For best food outside of the dining room, head right on through the Lido buffet toward the Havanna club. The Asian and Italian stations were excellent. Also a great place to get omelettes or eggs cooked to order for breakfast.

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