DougC8

DougC8
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Hometown: Hobe Sound FL
Joined: 07/11/2012
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Freedom of the Seas

November 2016 - Freedom of the Seas to Caribbean - Eastern

Freedom class cruising

Royal Caribbean's FREEDOM class ships are basically VOYAGER class ships with an extra 80 feet of length added in the center.  Prior to the introduction of the FREEDOM of the SEAS the VOYAGER class was my favorite category of ship on any cruise line.  Obviously, the ship itself is one of my favorite parts of Caribbean cruising, but the addition of new ports of call has really enhanced the experience.  On the 8 night Eastern Caribbean cruise St. Kitts stands out as one of the more recent ports of call that has been added to several itineraries.  Royal Caribbean still has the best entertainment and shows in the industry, but recently some other cruise lines have started to give them a run for their money.

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MSC Divina

April 2015 - MSC Divina to Bermuda

Good, but not outstanding

This is a bit of 'good news/bad news' review of the MSC Divina on a 7-night round trip Bermuda cruise from Miami.

First, the good news:  The Divina is quite possibly the cleanest ship we have been on (and we have cruised over 25 times on five different cruise lines.)  The entertainment was quite good.  The buffet is large and has adequate seating, even during prime dining times.  Our balcony stateroom was nice.

Now, the bad news:  The overall service onboard was substandard.  This ranged from our stateroom to the service in the main dining room.  The service frequently was not up to the standards of any of the other cruise lines we've cruised on and at times appeared indifferent.  This could be the result of two factors.  First, MSC is a 150 year old family shipping company that only relatively recently has expanded into the passenger cruise business and has not completely refined their passenger operation.  Secondly, this may be a result of the prepaid gratuities that are endemic throughout the entire cruise industry now.  This has the possibility of removing the incentive for exceptional service.  We'll have to wait and see how this affects the industry, but I am not optimistic that the levels of service we experienced in the past will continue to be the norm for anything but the upscale cruise lines.

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Freedom of the Seas Freedom of the Seas - If it is your first cruise on a VOYAGER or FREEDOM class ship, spend the first day exploring the entire ship to locate all of the features, venues and activities that are available.

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reviewed their Caribbean - Eastern cruise on Freedom of the Seas and gave it 4 stars!

shared a quick tip for Freedom of the Seas"If it is your first cruise on a VOYAGER or FREEDOM class ship, spend the first day exploring the entire ship to locate all of the features, venues and activities that are available."

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received a helpful vote on their MSC Divina cruise review - Good, but not outstanding

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received a helpful vote on their MSC Divina cruise review - Good, but not outstanding

received a helpful vote on their MSC Divina cruise review - Good, but not outstanding

received a helpful vote on their MSC Divina cruise review - Good, but not outstanding

received a helpful vote on their MSC Divina cruise review - Good, but not outstanding

received a helpful vote on their MSC Divina cruise review - Good, but not outstanding