CruiserbyChoice

CruiserbyChoice
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Hometown: Greenville, South Carolina
Joined: 09/14/2014
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About CruiserbyChoice

2015 is here and I have three cruises scheduled beginning in April. I find that I have just as much fun planning for the trips as I do actually going, well almost as much fun, nothing beats going. I have done all the ports I have scheduled this year before but this time it's on different ships and different excursions. I'll be able to make some comparisons on my next report.



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Norwegian Getaway

September 2014 - Norwegian Getaway to Caribbean - Eastern

Just do it (Then you'll know) But for me it was my 2nd cruise on Getaway and 5th Norweigen, still love it.

Retired old man and still plugging along. This was my 19th Cruise and 5th Norweigen cruise in a row and they just keep getting better. I must say that this time was up graded to a balcony suite and my O my what a difference from the inside cabin. Although the Solo suites are also terrific for solo travelers, you'll get to meet other soloists of all kinds and make some great friends in this exclusive area.

I rate this ship the Getaway just a quarter star below the Epic which is her sister ship when it comes to great entertaiment. The Epic however does it slightly better in my Old Man Opinion.  Still the lively Hit show 'Legally Blonde' and the up to date scanty costumes and top notch voices set my eyes and heart a flutter. One show is by far a spectacular event, if, you get a seat up front and close to the stage and that is The Illusionarium. The Magic of this show is not to be missed, if you do, you have missed the entire cruise. Now as the event of drinking fine wines is an art form that was lost on me most of my life I should point out the the Wine drinkers luncheon was quite enlightening and the whole event as entertaining as refreshing, after no less than six glasses of wine and and a great selection of foods to pair them to set the stage for a great afternoon at the Spectacular Pools and Hot tubs on deck 15.

I love good food and you will not find much better unless you are a real snob and in that case you probably don't like anything unless your private chef as prepared it for you, ever anyway. But! Food is everywhere you look and almost always available just for the taking. It really doesn't matter what your are looking for, it is on this ship somewhere if you just go looking for it. Specialty restaurants like the Teppanyaki are especially entertaining as they are a culinary delight. Beware! the gastronomical delights at the Noodle Bar can be breath taking, my palet is still on fire and it's been nearly a week since I ate there, I'll do it again next time.

The drinks were a bit pricey but I've seen worse in NY and Miami and even in my own home town in South Carolina.

I had a great time on the excursions and I have to recommend the Champaine Catamaran to St John from St. Thomas. Even for an old salt like me, seeing the crystal blue waters, relaxing with the fishes swimming just below as you snorkle above is, Well it just makes an old man feel younger some how. You will have to try it if you are as able to walk from the bus down the short pier to the Catamaran then you too can do it. I'm 70 and afterwards I felt like 50 again. Just be careful and don't over do the free drinks on the way back to the pier.

Ther are many choices of excursions however and you should read up on line before you pick one for you or the family. Another great excursion that I have done was the Jeep Tour, worth the money.

All I can add to this is that I really enjoy meeting all of the great people who almost always are friendly and congenial if you are. I had some really nice conversations with some really nice ladies who weren't looking for my billfold, refreshing to say the least or should that be the most. Thanks Gals and guys as well. You all helped make my Getaway Cruise  

SPECIAL!

 

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MSC Divina

August 2014 - MSC Divina to Caribbean - Western

Beautiful ship, but too formal for me (I dare say most Americans)

This has got to be the most beautiful ship I have ever cruised aboard. Every detail was gleaming and shouted high class and money. I loved it all until I found out that the best was reserved for just the few high class money bearers, or so it seemed. Near the end of the cruise I learned that by Joining thier club which is free, some of those amenities would have been included even to me, but then not unless I had the money to cruise in one of the Haven class suites. All of that aside, The cruise was spectacular and I almost enjoyed myself to death.

As for the entertainment, This ship boasts a crew of entertainers that incorporate most of the shows into an attempt to have seven different shows by having the same entertainers change costumes and perform different themed performances that any one would be considered to great. I must say that I perservered and saw all of them unlike the others at my assigned dinner table, all of them told me at dinner that they walked out on the second show, one couple on the first, none except for myself saw the rest. I too see thier reasons as I reflect yet to walk out during a performance is not polite in my opinion. I think I got the whole experience as they did not.

As for the food, superb in every way!

As for the Wait staff, TOP SHELF, as good as I have seen on any of the ships I have been on and this was my eighteenth cruise.

The cabin staff was thorough and curtious, I never past or met him that I wasn't greeted by name anywhere in the ship, I thought that remarkable.

All in all I have to compare this cruise with others that I have taken and in my opinion the inclusion of a few more entertainment venues such as side comedy acts or improv groups would help. but getting a few different main theatical events other than the ships entertainers would really bring out the best of the best. Wink

 

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CruiserbyChoice's Tips

Nassau, Bahamas - Shopping here is easy as the ship docks right downtown no excursion needed but there are for those who want more adventure many great excursions and who wants to go to Atlantis? You've read about it now go see it.
Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas - The Jeep Tour is exciting, So is the Champaine Catamaran to St John or the St. John Island tour either of which will give you another great boat ride and port of call.
Miami, Florida - Park your car off site Premierparkingusa.com is cheap and the transport from the car to the ship is pleasant and timely
Norwegian Getaway Norwegian Getaway - MY Tip to any one cruising on the Getaway! Just try as many things as time allows and have fun, I do every time and if I find the right friend to share my cruise with, I think it would be even better.
Falmouth, Jamaica - See it by 4x4 Jeep tour, that is a real adventure, just don't be pregnant more that a couple months
Cozumel, Mexico - I ferried over to Mexicos Yucatan and bussed south to the Myan ruins. As a history buff I found it to be HOT as Hell but worth the expierience.
MSC Divina MSC Divina - Don't waste money on specialty restaurants, The main dining room is every bit as great.

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received a helpful vote on their MSC Divina cruise review - Beautiful ship, but too formal for me (I dare say most Americans)

received a helpful vote on their Norwegian Getaway cruise review - Just do it (Then you'll know) But for me it was my 2nd cruise on Getaway and 5th Norweigen, still love it.

received a helpful vote on their MSC Divina cruise review - Beautiful ship, but too formal for me (I dare say most Americans)

received a helpful vote on their Norwegian Getaway cruise review - Just do it (Then you'll know) But for me it was my 2nd cruise on Getaway and 5th Norweigen, still love it.

received a helpful vote on their MSC Divina cruise review - Beautiful ship, but too formal for me (I dare say most Americans)

received a helpful vote on their MSC Divina cruise review - Beautiful ship, but too formal for me (I dare say most Americans)

received a helpful vote on their Norwegian Getaway cruise review - Just do it (Then you'll know) But for me it was my 2nd cruise on Getaway and 5th Norweigen, still love it.

received a helpful vote on their Norwegian Getaway cruise review - Just do it (Then you'll know) But for me it was my 2nd cruise on Getaway and 5th Norweigen, still love it.

received a helpful vote on their Norwegian Getaway cruise review - Just do it (Then you'll know) But for me it was my 2nd cruise on Getaway and 5th Norweigen, still love it.

received a helpful vote on their MSC Divina cruise review - Beautiful ship, but too formal for me (I dare say most Americans)