BonitaCruisers

BonitaCruisers

Second Mate
Joined 10/2014

7

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4

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Past cruises

Oosterdam

April 2020 - 7 Night Pacific Coastal (San Diego To Vancouver) Cruise on Oosterdam

Crown Princess

May 2019 - 12 Night British Isles With Liverpool (Southampton Roundtrip) Cruise on Crown Princess

Pride of America

September 2018 - 7 Night Hawaii (Honolulu Roundtrip) Cruise on Pride of America

Good Experience on Pride of America

This was our 7 th trip to Hawaii and maybe or last as we our in our 70s. We use to family and couples vacation here decades ago. We chose POA to revisit places we had mainly been and it was a great experience , weather aside. We had never been previously without the cooling Tradewinds that usually always blow except in Summer. We had read some bad reviews but either Norwegian has listened and improved or some people cannot find fun in paradise. We stayed 5 nights @ the HHV for $800 everything included with luau, $100 dining credit: just listen to a two hour time share presentation

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Noordam

May 2018 - 7 Night Glacier Discovery Northbound (Vancouver To Seward) Cruise on Noordam

Took Noordam from Vancouver to Seward then glass dome scenic trains to Anchorage and again for two nights at Denali,lastly a bus to Fairbanks. The weather while raining in Ketchikan got better each day and the land portion was sunny, cool, and clear, with Mt. Denali fully visible to those on the Park tour and partially seen from the dome train on the way in.We were just a step ahead of mosquitoes getting bad. The scenery from the mountain railroad in Skagway excursion, and in Glacier Bay, and from the dome train, and in the Park was spectacular! The included riverboat cruise and lunch in Fairbanks was surprisingly good and informative. Our accessible balcony room 6001 had lots of room, and was clean, comfortable, quite, and in good working order. Our cabin steward was attentive to the point of daily cleaning the glass doors. A balcony is so worth it as the windows all over the ship are not kept clean like this. We had done a HAL Glacier Bay Cruise 10 years ago with a window only room and this was so much better. We ate in the main dining room mostly and thought the food was good and the service wonderful. We loved breakfast there with the views and soft classical music. Their fruit plates were great as were the Swedish pancakes, salsa egg skillet, and they will customize. All salmon and other fish as well as beef, and rack of lamb, was delicious. Dinner fillet @ Pinnacle Grill was excellent but we happen this time to have a poor or perhaps distracted waiter who influenced our experience. Canaletto by comparison had wonderful service and very average food. Really enjoyed two musical groups: the young Lincoln Center piano string group is marvelous as is the consistent B.B. Kings. The only issues we had were with the land portion of our cruise tour. The early start times were ridiculous (5:30 AM tour, etc) and only at Denali we’re we placed in an accessible room, which was problematic.

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Westerdam

January 2017 - 7 Night Mexican Riviera (San Diego Roundtrip) Cruise on Westerdam

We had sailed HAL but never out of the port where we live: SAN Diego. Very easy but ignore the embarkation time they give you or you will miss the Mariner's Luncheon. The weather in the first week of February is great if you hate heat and mosquitoes. There were many day time ship activities and we don't play cards or gamble. The Mexican hosts were entertaining and informative. We loved the BB KING, Test Kitchen and the Adagio @ a lovely high tea- come 15 min plus early to this one for a seat. We are 70s but took son and daughter in 30s who also had a great time but did different shore experiences and loved time by the pool. This line still has a lobster night in the main dining room ( surf and turf last gala night), but tip if you are a fan the grilled they serve on deck same night are better or do both!! Room stewards were the best ever. We always get a balcony room and like higher up near the front as have no motion sickness problems. Did the ship's city tour in Cabo and it was very comprehensive but cannot grasp why anyone would buy condos there unless into fishing or underwater activities or drinking. Terrible limited beach sand and severe undertow. Took ship's city tour with restaurant "cooking" experience in Puerto Vallarta which was fun. In Mazatlan we got our comprehensive and much cheaper tour from Shipmate and reduced in price within a week of sailing. Our 30 yr olds just got a water taxi from the dock in Cabo to share with another couple to Los Arcos. Then have a taxi take them to where there were hotels with beach to walk and good lunch restaurants. They used taxis this way in the other two places. We all liked Puerto Vallarta the best with their beautiful malceon ( long boardwalk pier) but Mazatlan was nice too and our son loved the seafood. It had been 30 years since we had been to the latter two places and it was great to compare. Still prefer Hawaii for swimming and climate and Europe for experiencing other cultures but many on this cruise were repeat visitors many times over.

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Celebrity Silhouette

April 2016 - 13 Night Capital Cities Transatlantic (Ft. Lauderdale To Southampton) Cruise on Celebrity Silhouette

Norwegian Dawn

Norwegian Dawn

Sail date: September 12, 2014

good service and port variety

Our third cruise and first NCL, others HAL  in Europe and Alaska.  The embarcation and disembarcation were very smooth and fast, the latter particularly if a dock porter handles your bags and flags down a taxi sans the long taxi que.

The room was a very large handicapped one, comfortable, and with a very pleasant and consciousness steward.  Everything in good working order, and very quiet (9719).

We ate 30 times I'm the Venetian main dining room.  All breakfasts, all but one dinner and several lunches.  Service was good on the whole.  We were glad we took advantage of the ability to book this restaurant prior to embarcation and got our early seating that worked well with the first show, table for two, and window views most times.  The food at dinner was not of HAL standards ,  particularly the buffet which we tried twice for lunch and found only good fruit, salad makings, sandwiches ,ice cream and my husband states hamburgers, that we would eat.  The main dining room was much better and breakfast was good and a lovely way to start the day.

Excursions were a NCL excursions were a reasonable price and you really needed to book something in the tiny ports.  Time in port was good and we had some wonderful lobster, PEI mussels in white wine, blueberry pie, and of course great food in Quebec City and Boston.

Entertainment was hit and miss.  Except for The Elements show and the Illusion/magician,  the regular troops, including second city were very Motown loud and not very funny, BUT their smaller performers:  Jose and Patti, Harry O Donohue ,a very funny Irish singer/musician( both of who did the large show room too)  we're absolutely the best afloat.  The Celtic musicians and piano bar were talented.

We are Hilton Honors gold members and used the Hilton Logan for a night in Boston before and after and it worked well.  Beautiful views of the city, complementary upgrades to lounge,buffet breakfast, very  late check outs and early check in, prompt courtesy van service including to the blue and silver lines and water taxi, and and a very short taxi ride to and from the cruise port.

 

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Pride of America

Pride of America

Sail date: September 22, 2018

Good Experience on Pride of America

This was our 7 th trip to Hawaii and maybe or last as we our in our 70s. We use to family and couples vacation here decades ago. We chose POA to revisit places we had mainly been and it was a great experience , weather aside. We had never been previously without the cooling Tradewinds that usually always blow except in Summer. We had read some bad reviews but either Norwegian has listened and improved or some people cannot find fun in paradise. We stayed 5 nights @ the HHV for $800 everything included with luau, $100 dining credit: just listen to a two hour time share presentation

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Noordam

Noordam

Sail date: May 20, 2018

Took Noordam from Vancouver to Seward then glass dome scenic trains to Anchorage and again for two nights at Denali,lastly a bus to Fairbanks. The weather while raining in Ketchikan got better each day and the land portion was sunny, cool, and clear, with Mt. Denali fully visible to those on the Park tour and partially seen from the dome train on the way in.We were just a step ahead of mosquitoes getting bad. The scenery from the mountain railroad in Skagway excursion, and in Glacier Bay, and from the dome train, and in the Park was spectacular! The included riverboat cruise and lunch in Fairbanks was surprisingly good and informative. Our accessible balcony room 6001 had lots of room, and was clean, comfortable, quite, and in good working order. Our cabin steward was attentive to the point of daily cleaning the glass doors. A balcony is so worth it as the windows all over the ship are not kept clean like this. We had done a HAL Glacier Bay Cruise 10 years ago with a window only room and this was so much better. We ate in the main dining room mostly and thought the food was good and the service wonderful. We loved breakfast there with the views and soft classical music. Their fruit plates were great as were the Swedish pancakes, salsa egg skillet, and they will customize. All salmon and other fish as well as beef, and rack of lamb, was delicious. Dinner fillet @ Pinnacle Grill was excellent but we happen this time to have a poor or perhaps distracted waiter who influenced our experience. Canaletto by comparison had wonderful service and very average food. Really enjoyed two musical groups: the young Lincoln Center piano string group is marvelous as is the consistent B.B. Kings. The only issues we had were with the land portion of our cruise tour. The early start times were ridiculous (5:30 AM tour, etc) and only at Denali we’re we placed in an accessible room, which was problematic.

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Westerdam

Westerdam

Sail date: January 31, 2017

We had sailed HAL but never out of the port where we live: SAN Diego. Very easy but ignore the embarkation time they give you or you will miss the Mariner's Luncheon. The weather in the first week of February is great if you hate heat and mosquitoes. There were many day time ship activities and we don't play cards or gamble. The Mexican hosts were entertaining and informative. We loved the BB KING, Test Kitchen and the Adagio @ a lovely high tea- come 15 min plus early to this one for a seat. We are 70s but took son and daughter in 30s who also had a great time but did different shore experiences and loved time by the pool. This line still has a lobster night in the main dining room ( surf and turf last gala night), but tip if you are a fan the grilled they serve on deck same night are better or do both!! Room stewards were the best ever. We always get a balcony room and like higher up near the front as have no motion sickness problems. Did the ship's city tour in Cabo and it was very comprehensive but cannot grasp why anyone would buy condos there unless into fishing or underwater activities or drinking. Terrible limited beach sand and severe undertow. Took ship's city tour with restaurant "cooking" experience in Puerto Vallarta which was fun. In Mazatlan we got our comprehensive and much cheaper tour from Shipmate and reduced in price within a week of sailing. Our 30 yr olds just got a water taxi from the dock in Cabo to share with another couple to Los Arcos. Then have a taxi take them to where there were hotels with beach to walk and good lunch restaurants. They used taxis this way in the other two places. We all liked Puerto Vallarta the best with their beautiful malceon ( long boardwalk pier) but Mazatlan was nice too and our son loved the seafood. It had been 30 years since we had been to the latter two places and it was great to compare. Still prefer Hawaii for swimming and climate and Europe for experiencing other cultures but many on this cruise were repeat visitors many times over.

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Cruise tips

Honolulu, Oahu

We took a good circle island tour offered by Enoa Tours. If you have made flight arrangements through Pleasant Holidays there is a $50 off coupon for this very well done minibus tour that picks you up at your hotel.

Hilo, Hawaii

The ship’s tour to the private botanical gardens that but the sea is as wonderful as everyone says and we even can grow some of these plants at home. We paid $20 for the golf cart ride in and out and we were glad we did. As it is steep and eats up your time. There is still plenty of walking , as you explore and take wonderful pictures. The ship uses a great company to drive you in smaller minibuses and their drivers did great commentary. This was our sixth trip to Hawaii and we had never gone here or seen anything as beautiful.

Nawiliwili, Kauai

Besides good excursions, or easy to rent a car two days in this beautiful place; there is the lovey beach at the Mariott right next to where the ship is moored for two frays. You can walk to it , but better yet take the free anchor shopping Shuttle which runs every ten minutes.

Pride of America

Pride of America

Sail when children and teens are likely to be in school if you want the uncrowded experience we had. We should have waited until October as the Tradewinds did not start blowing into the day before we left September 28 th

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