BTolkin

BTolkin
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Joined: 12/09/2012
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Crystal Serenity

May 2016 - 6 Night Pacific Delights (Vancouver To San Francisco) Cruise on Crystal Serenity

Crystal is GREAT but a step below the small luxury lines

Crystal is a great experience but it is not quite the level of Seabourn, Regent or Silversea.  All my comments are relative.  The staff is extremely professional, responsive and accommodating.  The difference is that they are "reactive" versus "proactive".  Physically, the ship is bigger than the smaller ships of the luxury lines, but not too big where it is intimidating and its size allows for more.  My one poor experience is that the food in the main dining room was not great.  The specialty restaurants are a completely different experience. 

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Norwegian Escape

November 2015 - 7 Night Eastern Caribbean (Miami Roundtrip) Cruise on Norwegian Escape

As Big Ships Go - this one is magnificent

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Let me start with my only negative "constructive" comment.  The Internet is BAD.  Do not take free internet if offered as part of a choice of amenities.  Take any other choice.

 

OK - Food is best of BIG ships.  Go to the Food Republic - simply outstanding.  Far better than a similar concept on Celebrity ships called "Qzine".  Food in the "included" restaurants is very good for this class and size of ship.  Public spaces are great - brand new ship and water slides are amazing.  Norwegian continues with theme of having both inside and outside seating in their specialty restaurants.  And - if you can afford to stay in "The Haven" - GO FOR IT" - best suite service for big ships.

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BTolkin's Tips

Harmony of the Seas Harmony of the Seas - Buy the Internet package. Speed is just as good as you have at home. Be patient with elevators. Dine in the specialty restaurants. Jonnny Rockets, the Asian restaurant and Italian restaurant are worth the surcharge. I thought Alice in Wonderland and Chops were overrated.
Seabourn Sojourn Seabourn Sojourn - Dine late - 8:30 or 9 for better service. Patio lunch is very good.
Victoria, British Columbia - Go to lunch on a nice day to RED FISH BLUE FISH. It is on the water. You eat outside. Very casual. They do take credit cards. This is a seaside shack but the food is FRESH and VERY GOOD
Tortola, British Virgin Islands - Internet is terrible on the ship. A local police officer recommended "The Watering Hole" - yes, its a bar, but they serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. Owned by a British woman. Very nice atmosphere, GREAT internet service and the food was better than expected.
Nassau, Bahamas - Go to the Atlantis Waterpark - best one in world. I booked it on BahamasDayPass.com.
Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas - Try Resort For A Day (www.resortforaday.com) for a full guest experience at Marriotts Frenchmans Reef Hotel a very short cab ride from hotel
Regal Princess Regal Princess - Go for larger balcony stateroom (I think they call it a mini-suite) - but it is really just a larger stateroom
Norwegian Epic Norwegian Epic - Stay in The Haven. Have dinner at 9 PM and you can enjoy any specialty restaurant without a wait. Go the Howl AT The Moon - dueling piano players that take requests from the audience. It is very enjoyable.

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received a helpful vote on their Norwegian Escape cruise review - As Big Ships Go - this one is magnificent

received a helpful vote on their Norwegian Escape cruise review - As Big Ships Go - this one is magnificent

received a helpful vote on their Norwegian Epic cruise review - The Haven on NCL is a real winner

received a helpful vote on their Regal Princess cruise review - Regal Princess is worth the experience

received a helpful vote on their Harmony of the Seas cruise review - Big Ship, Big Expectations - Royal Caribbean Harmony of the Seas delivered