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Norwegian Getaway

May 2017 - 9 Night Baltic Capitals (Copenhagen Roundtrip) Cruise on Norwegian Getaway

Norwegian Sun

November 2016 - 14 Night South America Eastbound (Santiago To Buenos Aires) Cruise on Norwegian Sun

Round the Horn

This itinerary was fantastic and our most scenic cruise.  The Chilean coast is stunning with vistas of snow covered mountains, glaciers, and other dramatic scenery.  The NCL Sun was large enough to have a reasonable range of activities while small enough to get "up close and personal" with the coastline.


Embarkation and debarkation were seamless and efficient.  The cabin, restaurant and other staff members with whom we interacted were great.  


The downside of the trip was that both my wife and I came down with the flu about halfway through the cruise and our activities were restricted.  The medical care was excellent, though,  and we were in much better shape after a couple of days.  (Make sure that you have insurance for medical expenses.)


The main dining rooms served the same menus, so there was little, if any, difference between the dining experiences there.  The basic menu was varied daily with special meals being available.  Good quality, but after a few days, the menu repeated.  (I guess that NCL is on a 7-day menu plan.). The service was very good, in general.


We visited three specialty restaurants, with Cagney's Steakhouse being our favorite.  (Nicoletta provided great service.) The French restaurant did not live up to our expectations.  


I can recommend this cruise to anyone looking for a unique adventure.






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Carnival Conquest

April 2015 - 6 Night Western Caribbean (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Conquest

A Great Family Vacation




I had never cruised with Carnival before, although my sister has taken 11 cruises with them and recommended it to me.  The cruise departed on our 35th wedding anniversary, so we used this opportunity to celebrate with our daughters and families.  

We all enjoyed the ship's accommodations and found this cruise to be a great value.  The dining room staff, Ni Made, Lloyd and Andy provided excellent service during our meals and can serve as an example  of professional standards of performance.  The dining room meals were as good as, if not better, than we experienced on our Princess cruise, while the Lido restaurants were not as good.  The burger, pizza and burrito counters were fine.  The overall dining experience on Celebrity was a cut above Carnival, while the Conquest's staff was the best that we have had in four cruises.

Our rooms were just fine, with an Ocean Suite adjacent to two balcony cabins.  Having the balcony partitions opened provided us with another great advantage for a family cruise.  Out cabin steward, Efran, was also top line.  

The three stops were enjoyed by our family members, although in Jamaica we took care of our grandson and let the "kids" enjoy outdoor activities of zip lining, etc.  They also enjoyed Cozumel very much.  Grand Cayman was a nice break for us.

We did not take advantage of the shows offered by the Conquest, although we did participate in the "Dr. Suess on the Loose" parade and show.  That was a great offering for children and families.

All in all, I can recommend this cruise for anyone with a tight schedule who wants to experience a taste of the Caribbean.


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Celebrity Millennium

September 2012 - 15 Night Panama Canal Eastbound (San Diego to Miami) Cruise on Celebrity Millennium

Star Princess

December 2007 - 17 Night Transatlantic Westbound (Rome to Ft. Lauderdale) Cruise on Star Princess

Celebrity Constellation

April 2005 - 14 Night Spring Transatlantic (San Juan to London) Cruise on Celebrity Constellation


Montevideo, Uruguay - Walked around the old city. Tried local parillada restaurant - not good, but pricey.
Valparaiso (Santiago), Chile - Very interesting and historical city. My wife's purse was slashed and her iPhone stolen, though. Be aware of your surroundings.
Buenos Aires, Argentina - Wow! We spent four days here and walked a lot. We did have a local contact who made sure that we saw the best that the city had to offer.
Cozumel, Mexico - Lots of things to do and see. Our daughter swam with the dolphins, fulfilling a lifetime dream. Our other daughter was impressed by the tequila experience. Great activities for families.
George Town, Grand Cayman - Limited, but relaxing, activities. Four ships were in port at the same time, so the little town was very crowded.
Falmouth, Jamaica - For us, it was fine. Out children had to travel about an hour to their excursions.
Ft. Lauderdale (Port Everglades), Florida - We arrived a day early and spent one night in a local hotel. It made for a pressure free embarkation. After the cruise, we took a day room, although I wish that we had spent the night in Ft. Lauderdale and departed the day after the cruise.
Carnival Conquest Carnival Conquest - I am impressed by the ship's logistical activities in being able to debark, prepare for 2,000 new passengers, and be ready to depart all in an 8 hour period. It is an amazing process.

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