Second Mate

Hometown: Philadelphia
Joined: 05/22/2013
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Cruise Lines: Norwegian Cruise Line


Cosy's Past Cruises

Norwegian Epic

November 2015 - Norwegian Epic to Europe - Western Mediterranean

Rocked the Epic at the Cavern

Took a group 0f 11 people, including 2 first time cruisers and with the recent upgrading of the Epic, we found ourselves spending many evenings at the Cavern, which showcased the Beatles. We saw all 4 shows with a different set the first 3 shows and the placed was packed each night. Don't believe the ship expected the crowds as the band announced that the show was moving to the Epic theater on the next cruise week. The bartender Dino was also awesome and we can't wait to return.

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Norwegian Breakaway

October 2014 - Norwegian Breakaway to Caribbean - Bahamas

Just when you thought it couldn't get any worse...

Having sailed on the Breakaway on it's maiden cruise to Bermuda, I had said to my wife I wouldn't go on the ship again, but my grandson needed a break and we had friends going on this cruise so I booked last minute and while the price was good, the service, entertainment and communication were all lacking. Having been told that you could limit the spending on your minor's card after we had a horrible $350 spending spree in the game room the first time. I followed the instructions from the NCL e-mail to set a limit. Well they cannot do that because the systems do not share info!! For dinner the first night we ate at Savor, early, very light crowd, but the service was HORRIBLE. Never waited so long for each course, forgot to bring us coffee and never got the dessert. Only positive I could say was room steward was very attentive. The Rock of Ages was not only a different cast but they changed the story. It seems to me the Breakaway staff has taken on the attitude of New Yorkers!!


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Carnival Breeze

January 2014 - Carnival Breeze to Caribbean - Southern

Sailing the Southern Caribbean

We don't normally sail Carnival as we are NCL lovers, but friends we have been trying to cruise with had already picked the ship and at the last minute we decided to make this our Christmas gift. First boarding they had sent an e-mail and asked us to arrive later than noon, we did not listen and had no trouble boarding by 1230. Normally we have a balcony cabin, but because of $$ we booked an inside cabin on deck 9 and were very pleased with the layout and our cabin guy, Javier was awesome. First the positives, the food was very good, the Blush dining room was where we ate and from the lobster to prime rib night to the fish, which my wife says was the freshest she's had, the meals were very good. We did book 2 specialty restaurants, the Steak house, which was good, but I would avoid since they served prime rib and offered a steak dinner on their everyday menu. The Italian was very good and well worth the $12. The stops, Grand Turks, small island, beach is right off the ship, Curacao, we did a tour with one of the bus company's right off the ship, well worth the $20 per person, about 3 hours took you to all the main spots including where the make the licquer. La Romana, in my opinion the cruiseline should skip this stop, very poorous, unless you book a ship tour, stay on board. Aruba, our favorite stop, beautiful beach, sand was soft, water was cool. Only negative was when breeze picked up you felt like you were in a sand storm.

Daytime activities seemed to be focused on bingo and numerous triva contests, of which we attended 2 and both were very lame. Not as many pools on this ship, not sure why, but the main pool did have a giant screen, which during the day showed some old VH1 Concerts, which were good and night time they would show 2 movies. Now the not so good, which was the entertainment, there was not 1 show that we enjoyed, and part of what I like about cruising is the shows at night. As the nights went on anytime I was in the elevator I would say. so what do you think of the ship? Everyone liked the ship but said the entertainment was lacking. They did have a new cruise director, not sure if this was his first ship, but he was lousy. The casino, where I spent a lot of time, was smaller than other ones at sea, but they took your money just as fast. Bar service was very slow in the casino, you were better getting the drink yourself. Finally the 2 best spots for dining were Guy's burger joint which always had a line, but don't be discouraged they move very quickly. And the pizza on 10 was awesome, thin crust, open 24 hours, but they were very SLOW, always had to wait. All in all we had a good time with friends but can't wait to get back to NCL.

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Norwegian Breakaway

May 2013 - Norwegian Breakaway to Bermuda

Breakaway to Bermuda

With this being our 10th cruise and our 40th wedding anniversary we were excited to experience the brand new NCL Breakaway. First the positive: Entertainment was very good, make sure you do the Cirque show, definitely worth it, but don't pay the extra money for "premium seating". The specialty restaurants we tried were all amazing. The ease of getting around the ship was a plus as they had touch screen displays to guide you everywhere. Last night there were fireworks on the top deck! Great way to end the trip. Having cruised on the Epic last year we found ourselves comparing the two and my wife liked the Breakaway a little more I prefered the Epic, especially the stateroom. We had a mini-suite with a balcony, and the balcony is definitely smaller on Breakaway. Only drawback was the Breakaway had no first night specials, like other ships and the price at the spa was way too high.

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Cosy's Tips

Norwegian Escape Norwegian Escape - Boat definitely rocks more than any other ship we have been on, might alarm first time cruisers.
Norwegian Epic Norwegian Epic - Spend time at O'sheehans, great bar food and plenty of seats!!
Nassau, Bahamas - Suggest going to Senor Frogs-great apps and a lot of fun
Willemstad, Curacao - Take a local tour, ship tours way over-priced, we paid $20 per person and was well worth it.
Carnival Breeze Carnival Breeze - Check out the burrito bar for breakfast, wait was never too long
Norwegian Breakaway Norwegian Breakaway - Make your show reservations on line before you cruise, so you don't have to wait in line, and also do walk-off with your luggage, as we chose not to and regretted this decision.

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reviewed their Europe - Western Mediterranean cruise on Norwegian Epic and gave it 5 stars!