AVirginiian

AVirginiian
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Joined: 05/22/2014
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Island Princess

September 2015 - 12 Night Grand Mediterranean (Barcelona To Venice) Cruise on Island Princess

Great trip with family

Loved the itinerary, but not the cabin location on this ship.  Being a European trip you expect to walk a lot, but did not need the additional walking to/from cabin for breakfast, lunch or dinner.  The Tour in Toulan was a waste, but those in Florence, Athens and Turkey were a must and worth the money.   We took the train into Rome (highly recommend it over booking a tour). r/t for four people was $48.00 directly into St Peters Square, paid $15 p/person for quick access to Vatican and taxis to Coluseium, treve fountain and Spanish steps.   Including all ticket costs, we paid less than $200.00 for four people while ship cost $229 bus tour per person.  We also paid bus transportation in Istanbul to major sites - no need to take tour here.  

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Regal Princess

February 2015 - 7 Night Eastern Caribbean (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip) Cruise on Regal Princess

Great Cruise excluding one accident......

Our trip was really good with one incident - spouse tripped in Horizon grill and fractured shoulder.   

Plus:  The Regal was better than most cruise ships  we've sailed in the past.  The food was good, the entertainment better than most and the ship environment was quite elegant.

Con:  The accident dampened our trip.   Additionally, it appears other tripped at the same location whereas the ship finally put a standing signed warning passengers to be careful.  

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AVirginiian's Tips

Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas - Always one of the best Caribbean Islands to visit - has the shopping, tours and beach locations to enhance a visit
Fort-De-France, Martinique - Just went to the beach, but found the two beaches available did not meet the normal Caribbean standards I've experienced else where. The sand was hard pack, not soft and white. The water temperatures were good, but clarity was very poor.
Norwegian Escape Norwegian Escape - Beware of casino policy that charges 3% convenience fee on gambling. If you charge gambling money on your cabin stateroom card there is a 3% fee. This applies to cash advance charges against your stateroom card as well as money you may deposit prior to sailing as onboard credit funds.
Regal Princess Regal Princess - Recommend "anything" dining to add flexibility to your shore excursion schedule. Make 'anything' dining reservations early in morning to avoid long wait lines.
Southampton (London), England - We had a long delay in boarding the ship. The evening fireworks celebrating the 10 year anniversary was enjoyable.
Queen Mary 2 Queen Mary 2 - It sure beating flying across the ocean on an airplane and experiencing jetlag. Additionally, the cost was cheaper than a one-way ticket on a plane.

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received a helpful vote on their Grand Princess cruise review - Need to book on newer ships in the future

received a helpful vote on their Regal Princess cruise review - Great Cruise excluding one accident......

received a helpful vote on their Royal Princess cruise review - A great excape

received a helpful vote on their Queen Mary 2 cruise review - Take this cruise, but remember your traveling the North Atlantic

received a helpful vote on their Grand Princess cruise review - Need to book on newer ships in the future

received a helpful vote on their Royal Princess cruise review - A great excape

received a helpful vote on their Royal Princess cruise review - A great excape

received a helpful vote on their Royal Princess cruise review - A great excape

received a helpful vote on their Grand Princess cruise review - Need to book on newer ships in the future

received a helpful vote on their Royal Princess cruise review - A great excape