DaveQ

DaveQ
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Hometown: Albany, NY
Joined: 07/11/2012
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Freedom of the Seas

April 2017 - 6 Night Western Caribbean (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip) Cruise on Freedom of the Seas

Routine Western Caribbean Cruise

This cruise did not live up to expectations resulting from our prior cruises with Royal Caribbean. Very crowded due to lots of children with adults, which would not be a problem except staff could not handle volume. Dinner in dining room took a as much as 3 hours. Drink package did not have enough variety and quality of wines (especially when compared with 2 NCL cruises we took in Jan & Feb). That said, we still thought specialty restaurants were great, wait staff on pool decks was very attentive and fast. Our room was well cared for by our steward. Very organized embarkation, disembarkation, tendering, and docking at ports.

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Viking Star

July 2016 - 14 Night Viking Homelands (Stockholm To Bergen) Cruise on Viking Star

Queen Mary 2

January 2016 - 53 Night World Cruise Segment (New York To Sydney) Cruise on Queen Mary 2

Elegant Cruise on a Beautiful Ship

Overall excellent cruise. Great ports of call. Great service, Great food. Interesting entertainment, lectures, and activities. Formal and quiet. Some long periods at sea (8 days at one time). Ship never felt crowded except for a couple of times when there were long wait times prior to excursions and tenders (seemed to be resolved so they did not repeat). Ship was beautiful, though ready for its May 2016 refurbishment. Quite formal and sedate - not a party boat and very few children or young adults. Only about 125 of 2,500 passengers were going all the way around the world. So,our dinner partners changed with every segment or two. Met extremely nice people who became friends.

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Norwegian Breakaway

November 2015 - 12 Night Southern Caribbean (New York Roundtrip) Cruise on Norwegian Breakaway

Best NCL Cruise We Have Taken

2-1/2 days at sea to Puerto Rico, St. Thomas, Tortola, St. Lucia, Barbados, St. Kitts, then 3 days at sea returning to NYC. Love the relaxing time on the ship and 6 very good ports. Food and service on NCL were best we have experienced in more than a dozen cruises with them (LeBistro exceptional). Prefer Manhattan room over Savor and Taste (all have same menu). Loved the entertainment - Wine Lovers Musical ($), Oh What A Night (Frankie Valli tribute), Lex Getrex and Creole Cooking Band, juggler, and comedian especially. NCL has done away with receipts when you are on the drink package (feels more like your at an all exclusive resort). Early December cruise has older crowd with few children, but more smokers - so area in central atrium above and below casino on decks 6-8 and area outside and inside Maltings quite smoky. Snorkeling excursions undersold - so catamarans were less than half full - a real treat. Love Tiami Turtles out of Barbados. Also enjoyed Castaway Shipwreck & Sail out of St. Thomas. St. Kitts has great port-side shopping area. Barbados docked in commercial port so transportation needed. Easiest  and fastest embarkation and disembarkation we have had (using walk-off).

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Norwegian Breakaway

November 2015 - 7 Night Bahamas & Florida (New York Roundtrip) Cruise on Norwegian Breakaway

NCL Dealt Well with Our Problem

I have to give NCL credit for their quick, efficient, and comprehensive response to our problem.  On the second night upon returning to our cabin, we found bed bugs in our bed.  A pest control expert and a guest services supervisor appeared at our door within 5 minutes.  They quickly confirmed the problem, inspected the essentials (change of clothes, items from the safe, and toiletries) we wanted to take with us, got us new key cards, and had a porter take us to an equivalent cabin.  NCL arranged to have everything remaining in our room inspected and laundered by 1:00pm the next day. They did a beautiful job, even undershirts came back ironed on hangers.  NCL provided acceptable compensation for our inconvenience, including free access to iConcierge, so that we could keep in contact with our children and grandchildren.  Unfortunately, we were not able to return to our original cabin, even though they thought we might be able to do so in 2-3 days.  Overall, NCL made the best they could of our problem.

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DaveQ's Tips

Costa Maya (Mahahual), Mexico - This is going to be a fantastic port as they continue to add to it. All new facilities. Very nice restaurants, up scale shops, spa facilities, pool, swim with the dolphins. When the kids are bigger, there appears to be a large water park not far from dock.
Cozumel, Mexico - Mr. Sanchos was a terrific, reasonably priced all-inclusive. Well run. Clean and well maintained. Escorted to a perfect, shaded table with lounge chairs in the sun nearby. Weak, but delicious tropical drinks. The shrimp dishes were fantastic. Superb service - we never had to wait more than 10-15 minutes. Nice pools with swim up bars. Bring your own towels (or $2 per).
Freedom of the Seas Freedom of the Seas - Very good specialty dining packages for sale first day - you can buy a package of 4 and use all at the same meal if you are in a group of 4.
Cruise Beagle Channel - Lucked out with great weather.
CRUISE PAST EASTER ISLAND - Spent two extra hours cruising coast due to medical evacuation. Would have liked to go ashore (only down side of entire trip).
Cruise Cape Horn - Lucked out with great weather.
Cruise Pio Xi Glacier -
Cruise Strait Of Magellan - Lucked out with great weather.
Cruise Amalia Glacier -
New York, New York - Easy port to access in Brooklyn by cab. Expect a little delay if rough seas prevent both gang planks from being used.
Queen Mary 2 Queen Mary 2 - Commodore club has free appetizers before both dinner seatings if you are having a drink there. Be friendly and kind in self-service laundries - they are busy, so empty your washers and dryers promptly.
Bridgetown, Barbados - If you like to snorkel, try Tiami - it is a full day with breakfast snacks, very nice lunch, 2 snorkel sites (turtles and reef) and access to a beach.
San Juan, Puerto Rico - The walk along the waterfront to the fort is lit up for Christmas - very pretty.
Norwegian Breakaway Norwegian Breakaway - The Uptown Grill has its act together. Order your custom burger, get a number, and sit down and relax until they bring it to you. Don't miss Lex Getrex and the Creole Cooking Band.
Nassau, Bahamas - Good stop - we went to a private resort on a day pass - the public transportation (a few blocks from the cruise port) worked extremely well for 1.25 (US $ or Bahamian $) a ride.
New York, New York - Lots of options for getting to/from boat - Yankee Trails Cruise Express from upstate NY or combination of Amtrak or Megabus an UBER or walking.
Basseterre, St. Kitts - Beach break excursion takes you or a nice drive where you get to see the Island, in its non-developed state
San Juan, Puerto Rico - Right in old town, close walking distance to the fort - bring your senior US Park Pass for free entry
Norwegian Breakaway Norwegian Breakaway - Avoid prime times at main dining rooms. Make reservations from home before you go or immediately when you get on the ship. The mid-priced wine package is the best value, comparing per-bottle cost with state-side costs.
Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas - A dock would have been much better than tendering. The tender lines completely clogged the stairways making for a dangerous situation.
Cozumel, Mexico - Docked - much easier and more convenient than tendering. Good shopping.
Ocho Rios, Jamaica - Docked, Beautiful Island, good transportation between sites for tour (but you must stop at shopping area to get back to boat)
George Town, Grand Cayman - Tendered - Many stores closed on Sunday. Jolly Roger pirate encounter good for kids, but a waste for adults - only a short motored ride and a short swim (total 2 hours).
Belize City, Belize - Tendered - Atun Ha (via bus), lunch, and Belize River tour were outstanding. Poor country, but people are intensely proud of their country, especially their education system for childern.

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