ChiliCheeseDog
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Grandeur of the Seas

September 2015 - Grandeur of the Seas to Canada, New England, New York

Mostly good, and truly Amazing Food

Well, we were too early for fall leaves and evidently too late for whales -- no luck with either.  But we thoroughly enjoyed our cruise. Beautiful scenery.   Food was amazing, Cabin attendant was terrific as were the dining staff in the Great Gatsby in the evening.  Frankly, most of the casino staff we had contact with were very unfriendly as were the morning wait staff of the Great Gatsby.  And the front desk staff were hot and cold -- either went out of their way to be helpful or just didn't want to be bothered.  Would we do it again?  Not this particular cruise because I don't think there would be enough to do a second time around; but as far as the onboard experience it was much more positive than negative.  The positives in the staff we had repeated contact with more than made up for the bad apples.  The cruise video is largely a promotion of the ship rather than a memory keeper -- and at $30 BUYER BEWARE!

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Norwegian Jade

July 2014 - Norwegian Jade to Europe - Mediterranean

Some good, some bad

The ship was lovely.  The cabin was terrific -- I highly recommend upgrading to a mini suite if you can; the extra space and privacy really made our vacation.  Cabin service was wonderful and everything always spotless.  The food was strictly pedestrian. With very few menu changes.  With only a couple of exceptions, I can't say that anyone in our traveling party (6) enjoyed it at all.  And let's face it, the food is one of the pleasures of a cruise!  Service in the main dining rooms was almost always awful and terribly slow.  I believe staff overall was overworked.  Rarely were you greeted with a smile. The excursions were WAY overpriced; choose carefully.  Most weren't that good.  Headsets that didn't work properly; tour guides no one could understand.  I wish we had used an outside vendor as someone recommended.  However, some of the deadlines were tight and we know the ship won't wait for you if you're using an outside vendor so we elected not to.  We adjusted our tip at the end BIG TIME; something we don't usually do,  We left something for everyone then chose to parcel out our tip where we felt service was merited.  I would not do this tour again on Norwegian; maybe Celebrity.  I talked to some people from a Celebrity cruise that were doing the same tour and they were having so much fun.

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Grandeur of the Seas Grandeur of the Seas - Cabin 4057 was the perfect location. On the same floor as the Great Gatsby (though you did have to go up one flight if you had the flexible dining option). On the same floor as the Centrum Dance floor. Close to the "action" yet far enough away to be away from the noise.
Messina, Sicily - Again, didn't do an excursion, but the port area was lovely. Walkable with some shops close by; places to have gelato or coffee and a lovely bakery. Enjoyed laying low here.
Cannes, France - Beautiful scenery. Took a train to Monaco; spent most of our time doing nothing b/c Monte Carlo was closed. Felt like we missed a lot by not taking a tour; but at this point we were all sick of paying ship's prices for mediocre tours
Valletta, Malta - Absolutely beautiful. Did a hop on hop off bus tour with friends (meets right at the port) while some of our group did something else. Truly enjoyed it.
Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy - Beautiful Sistine chapel and St. Peter's Basilica. Tour guides hard to understand. Hard to keep everyone together' keep close eyes on your tour guide. WATCH YOUR WALLET in Rome, several on our ship were pickpocketed with very clever schemes
Santorini, Greece - Enjoyed walking the volcano; no time to explore Santorini. Went up on the cable cars, had to come immediately back down because the volcano portion went too long. Watch out for long lines going down. The short lines going up can fool you into lingering too long
Livorno (Florence & Pisa), Italy - We elected to go on our own and couldn't climb the Leaning Tower. Lines were too long; unless you were on a tour you couldn't get in. Sadly I did not get to florence because I didn't take the hsip's tour.
Norwegian Jade Norwegian Jade - Upgrade to a mini suite if you can. Also, if you need to do laundry, watch for half off coupons that seemed to come every other day. The few things we placed on the balcony dried well. If you are a REAL early riser there is a self serve continental breakfast in Blue Lagoon/buffet

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received a helpful vote on their Grandeur of the Seas cruise review - Mostly good, and truly Amazing Food

received a helpful vote on their Grandeur of the Seas cruise review - Mostly good, and truly Amazing Food

reviewed their Canada, New England, New York cruise on Grandeur of the Seas and gave it 5 stars!

added Sep 17, 2015 cruise on Grandeur of the Seas to their profile.

shared a quick tip for Grandeur of the Seas"Cabin 4057 was the perfect location. On the same floor as the Great Gatsby (though you did have to go up one flight if you had the flexible dining option). On the same floor as the Centrum Dance floor. Close to the "action" yet far enough away to be away from the noise. "

received a helpful vote on their Norwegian Jade cruise review - Some good, some bad

shared a quick tip for Norwegian Jade"Upgrade to a mini suite if you can. Also, if you need to do laundry, watch for half off coupons that seemed to come every other day. The few things we placed on the balcony dried well."

added Jul 12, 2014 cruise on Norwegian Jade to their profile.

reviewed their Europe - Mediterranean cruise on Norwegian Jade and gave it 3 stars!