CruisersII
Third Mate

Hometown: Bradenton, FL
Joined: 01/16/2013
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About CruisersII

Experienced cruiser on three different lines.



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Norwegian Sun

October 2013 - Norwegian Sun to Caribbean - Southern

Not saying I wouldn't do NCL again....

but only if they went places where no other cruise line went!

This was our fourth cruise this year of which three were on another cruise line.  While there we no serious issues with NCL, I just felt like they were operating as a new cruise line which was still trying to get the details right.  Food was only average, portions small, and not a really great selection.  Entertainment was okay (all right, maybe better than okay), but the venues onboard did not seem to fit the crowds (ie room was either too big or too small).  Additionally, nearly all of the entertainers were selling something - CDs, books, et al.  And while there were two commedians who performed in the main showroom, there was no commedy club.  Jacuzzis onboard were small and there was no specific area for adults.  The staterooms were adequate, though the arrangement could be improved (as we experienced on our three other cruises this year).  On the positive side, the port arrangements were good and the shore excursions about what we expected.    Overall however, I'd say this was a very average cruise.

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Carnival Valor

January 2013 - Carnival Valor to Caribbean - Eastern

Not up to Par

This was our fourth cruise with Carniva - Dream, Inspiration, Legend, and Valor. I would rate it fourth. Issues included: 1. Food was not up to previous standards. 2. Dining room was noisy. 3. Tables of 10 do not facilitate easy conversation. (Should be tables of 8 or less.) 4. Music was awful - in all venues -- and very loud. 5. Shows in large auditorium were lousy. 6. Ship was difficult to navigate, though finally figured out by last day. 7. Cruise director was wound pretty tight - he needs to get ... 8. "Free drinks" given to VIFP members were almost impossible to take advantage of. 9. Never saw the Captain of the ship. 10. Too much Karaoke. 11. Some events (gathering of veterans in one of the bars) was not publicized very well. 12. Chairs in Rosie's cafeteria were not made to slide on carpet; they were difficult to move. 12. The little things that could make a small difference were not there. I've been told that Carnival hired a new VP from Disney with no cruise experience. Either he or the bean counters in accounting are calling too many of the shots.

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CruisersII's Tips

Curacao - Loved the floating pontoon bridge and the Dutch architecture in Willwemstad
Norwegian Sun Norwegian Sun - NCL has "Freestyle Cruising," which I really do not care for. It's nearly impossible to get to know any other passengers. Recommend that you always ask to dine with others and if you find a couple you like, agree to meet again for other meals.

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received a helpful vote on their Carnival Valor cruise review - Not up to Par

received a helpful vote on their Norwegian Sun cruise review - Not saying I wouldn't do NCL again....

received a helpful vote on their Norwegian Sun cruise review - Not saying I wouldn't do NCL again....

received a helpful vote on their Norwegian Sun cruise review - Not saying I wouldn't do NCL again....

reviewed their Caribbean - Southern cruise on Norwegian Sun and gave it 3 stars!

added Oct 30, 2013 cruise on Norwegian Sun to their profile.

shared a quick tip for Norwegian Sun"NCL has "Freestyle Cruising," which I really do not care for. It's nearly impossible to get to know any other passengers. Recommend that you always ask to dine with others and if you find a couple you like, agree to meet again for other meals."

received a helpful vote on their Carnival Valor cruise review - Not up to Par

received a helpful vote on their Carnival Valor cruise review - Not up to Par

CruisersII received a helpful vote on their Carnival Valor cruise review - Not up to Par