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Hometown: Dallas, TX
Joined: 05/11/2015
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About CruiserTim

Husband, father of three, systems engineer for a captive finance company of a major auto manufacturer. More confortable with resort vacations that cruise vacations. In fact, the last/first cruise vacation I took (with wife) was not a great experience. Trying again. :-/


CruiserTim's Past Cruises

Jewel of the Seas

October 2015 - 7 Night Southern Caribbean (San Juan Roundtrip) Cruise on Jewel of the Seas

Great cruise but not for us.

This was our second cruise.  The first was on a Carnival ship.  Way too many people on that boat.  This RC cruise was much better.  The Jewel of the Seas is a smaller boat and it wasn't full.  There were also far less kids on board.  The crowd was older but still active and fun.  Worked well for us.


The ports were great.  It would be very difficult to see all these places any other way, esp. the ABC islands, and we really liked Curaco.


The activities on board were great, The food ws even better, and the service was truly exceptional.  We only had to tell the staff once what we wanted and how we wanted it - ice available in cabin, food allergies, how to make our idea of the perfect martini and margarita, etc.


Still, with all the great things I could describe about this cruise, we came back sick, again.  Even being very careful about washing hands and using the Purell, it's just really hard not to pick-up something, especially with the enivitable people who simply don't care - I saw one old bat reach into a bowl of tortilla chips with her bare hands, reaching over a set of tongs for that express purpose.  Too many rude, uncaring people in too close quarters.  It's just that simple.


Nothing bad to say about RC, it's just that cruising isn't for us.

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Carnival Magic

January 2014 - 7 Night Western Caribbean (Galveston Roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Magic

CruiserTim's Tips

Jewel of the Seas Jewel of the Seas - They show some good movies you might have missed, but if you want to get a seat, you better get to the cinema *at least* 30 minutes early. Breakfast in the main dining hall on deck 4 is much better than the Windjammer.
Willemstad, Curacao - We really lked the atmosphere of Willemstad. Great town with lots of character. Island is beautiful.
Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas - We found that the sales on the ship were hands-down better than the prices in St. Thomas. There are a lot of shops there, but the prices are only about as good as what you can find here in the states.
Basseterre, St. Kitts - We rented scooters from What a mistake! Those scooters were pieced together with spit and bailing wire. The roads are in poor shape, traffic moves pretty quickly and riding around the island is not the thrill I had hoped it would be. Would have been much better served with an RC excursion. Oh, did I mention that it was very expensive?

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