Bonmarche

Bonmarche
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Hometown: Groveland, Florida
Joined: 01/18/2014
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Norwegian Jewel

March 2018 - 11 Night China Korea & Japan (Hong Kong To Tokyo) Cruise on Norwegian Jewel

Norwegian Jewel

March 2018 - 11 Night Southeast Asia (Singapore To Hong Kong) Cruise on Norwegian Jewel

Viking Sea

December 2017 - 21 Night From The Caribbean To The Amazon (San Juan Roundtrip) Cruise on Viking Sea

Crystal Serenity

August 2017 - 32 Night Northwest Passage (Anchorage To New York) Cruise on Crystal Serenity

Norwegian Spirit

October 2016 - 12 Night Grand Mediterranean (Venice To Barcelona) Cruise on Norwegian Spirit

Freedom of the Seas

September 2016 - 7 Night Western Caribbean (Port Canaveral Roundtrip) Cruise on Freedom of the Seas

Norwegian Epic

January 2016 - 21 Night Canary Islands & Western Mediterranean (Barcelona Roundtrip) Cruise on Norwegian Epic

Serenade of the Seas

August 2015 - 16 Night Transatlantic Westbound (Copenhagen To Cape Liberty) Cruise on Serenade of the Seas

Norwegian Getaway

April 2015 - 7 Night Eastern Caribbean (Miami Roundtrip) Cruise on Norwegian Getaway

Coral Princess

December 2014 - 11 Night Panama Canal Partial Transit (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip) Cruise on Coral Princess

Empress of the Seas

November 2014 - 5 days on Empress of the Seas

Norwegian Sun

March 2014 - 11 Night Southern Caribbean (Miami Roundtrip) Cruise on Norwegian Sun

Ruby Princess

January 2014 - 5 Night Eastern Caribbean Sampler (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip) Cruise on Ruby Princess

Norwegian Dawn

January 2014 - 7 Night Western Caribbean (Tampa Roundtrip) Cruise on Norwegian Dawn

Good, Good, Good

The ship itself is cozy, airy and clean. Good Itinerary, good price, good food, good fun.  Not excellent becasue there's a few problems they should work on.  One of those is the customer service desk.  We waited in a line of 6 people while 2 cruise members helped and 2 cruise members talked together.  Another cruise member walked the line and asked if he could help.  After the people in front of us asked and got no help he came to us.  We explained our problem and he again was no help.  Why have him wandering around offering to help when it's ovious he has no clue what's going on.  After I had my question answered, I approached him to tell him the answer so he could use it to actually help others, he said, "I always tell people to call".  He didin't want to hear it.

 

Another area to work on is the speciality dining, specifically the Bistro.  We went there for dinner twice and each time waited 10 minutes or more before our server came by to greet us.  It takes way too long between courses and a couple of our courses were not hot.  We ordered a cheese course for dessert.  Our server completely forgot us.  We waited over 20 minutes with nothing to do but drink our coffee.  We left without it.

 

Thay had a pub crawl on our last sea day.  We were taking a ChaCha lesson when they burst in and tried to dance with us.  VERY annoying.  If you can't keep the drunks under control, maybe you shouldn't have a pub crawl.

 

On a bright note; all of the latitudes parties were excellent!  Usually you have to beg for a second drink, but not on this cruise.  The servers were on top of it.  They also continued to serve drinks right up until the end of the party.  Very nice.

 

Our cabin attendant was also top notch.  He was friendly, polite, and did a great job of keeping us supplied with beach towels and the like.  We saw him almost every time we walked down our hall.

 

The itinerary was one we hadn't done before - well except Cozumel.  Roatan was very poor and aside from the pier area, very shabby.  Unfortunately, it rained almost every day on this cruise so snorkeling was cancelled which meant you went into the city.  Made me appreciate what I have.

 

Same can be said for Belize.  Shabby, run down, dirt poor.  Costa Maya on the other hand didn't seem to have a city at all.  The pier area was nice and the walk to our tour with Native Choice was safe and pretty.  Not much to do if you didn't have a tour though.  Then finally the sun came out in Cozumel.  Sparkling water, green palms, hawkers outside every store front trying to get you inside for the pressure sale. Came back to the ship just before sail away and found the NCL Pearl parked along side us.  There was a dance competition going on between our ship and theirs with the crew on each side showing off their dance moves.  It was fun to watch.

 

So, all in all a good cruise with good memories.    

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Carnival Imagination

December 2013 - 4 Night Western Caribbean (Miami roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Imagination

Norwegian Epic

May 2013 - 7 Night Western Mediterranean (Barcelona roundtrip) Cruise on Norwegian Epic

Norwegian Epic

May 2013 - 4 Night Western Mediterranean (Barcelona roundtrip) Cruise on Norwegian Epic

Norwegian Epic

April 2013 - 11 Night Transatlantic Eastbound (Miami to Barcelona) Cruise on Norwegian Epic

Norwegian Sun

September 2012 - 28-day Norway Iceland & Faroe Island & Transatlan Cruise on Norwegian Sun

Grand Princess

March 2010 - 14 Night Caribbean Collection (Ft. Lauderdale roundtrip) Cruise on Grand Princess

Norwegian Spirit

October 2009 - 14 Night Canada & New England (Boston roundtrip) Cruise on Norwegian Spirit

Celebrity Millennium

December 2008 - 14 Night Australia & New Zealand (Sydney to Auckland) Cruise on Celebrity Millennium

Celebrity Constellation

July 2003 - 14 Night British Isles & Norwegian Fjords (Dover roundtrip) Cruise on Celebrity Constellation

Noordam

July 2001 - 14 days on Noordam

Celebrity Infinity

February 2001 - 14 days on Celebrity Infinity

Sovereign of the Seas

December 2000 - 5 days on Sovereign of the Seas

Norway

December 1999 - 5 days on Norway

Norwegian Majesty

December 1998 - 5 days on Norwegian Majesty

Disney Magic

October 1998 - 7 days on Disney Magic

Leeward

December 1997 - 5 days on Leeward

Crown Princess

May 1997 - 7 days on Crown Princess

Crown Princess

December 1996 - 5 days on Crown Princess

Bonmarche's Tips

Shimizu, Japan - Went to Minho-no Matsubara (World Heritage Site) on a ship tour. Aa large pine tree forest along the beach. Sometimes, if the pollution isn’t too bad, you can walk down to,the waters edge and glimpse Mt Fuji. The trees were pretty cool, because several of them were held up with poles due to high winds making them bend over. Otherwise, it was boring. We also stopped and took a rope tram to a shrine. It was interesting, but not worth the 45 minute wait in line each way for the tram.
Kobe (Kyoto), Japan - Took a tour from the ship to see the UNESCO site of the yellow temple. Couldn’t get inside. Walked through the forest on a dirt cobblestone path. Nothing to see here, move along. We then went to another UNESCO site of a lord samurai. Big deal! Square brown house with some imitation painted silk screens. There are signs along the path through the house that explained what went on in each of the rooms, but it was extremely crowded. I got pushed aside a lot by rude people who wanted to read the sign. (I’m only 5’ tall, they should have been able to see around me). It may have been interesting, but we were rushed. I’d say skip this tour. For $179 you can see more and do more on your own.
Belize City, Belize - The city is ugly, but the surrounding hills and water is nice; if it's a good day
Tampa, Florida - They've revised the de-embarkcation so it was much easier getting off the ship.
Norwegian Dawn Norwegian Dawn - There are many places to get a lounge chair and avoid the loud pool music. Look to the bow of the ship and along the sides of deck 7. Inside, you can sit almost anywhere, so finding a quiet spot was easy for us.

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