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Hometown: Florida
Joined: 02/11/2014
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I've been on 39+ cruises. I plan on 3 cruises for 2014.


FlagLyn's Past Cruises

Carnival Fascination

February 2015 - Carnival Fascination to Caribbean - Bahamas

Great quick getaway

We had a wonderful suite on the upper deck. It was very spacious. Have stayed in the regular balcony cabins and I get claustrophobic and the showers are way too small. I was in the room quite a bit and it is important to be comfortable. This suite had a nice jacuzzi tub with glass shower doors. The room was quiet for most part, except for one ocassion. Not sure where it was coming from but not a big deal. Didn't see any of the entertainment due to the late hours of performance. There wasn't a lot to do on the ship but that didn't bother me because I was on this for total relaxation. This ship only has one casual dining area (coconut grove cafe) and it doesn't serve but certain hours. You can get Pizza and a deli sandwich 24 hrs/day.  I am used to ships that have multi-casual dining areas and you can dine at anytime.  I missed not having any specialty dining restaurants on this ship.  You can dine in their main dining rooms as well, which you can choose a set time or choose the anytime dining. I personally like the option of having the choice to dine when I want to so we chose anytime dining. The food is alright, not a 4 or 5 star restaurant. I do feel that this ship was just a little under staffed. You waited in lines for everything, especially if you wanted a drink and this was all over the entire ship!  Carnival must have changed their disembarkation methods because I remember being able to carry off our luggage as soon as clearance was caused and not called by floors.  I can get off from Royal, Norwegian, and Princess right away. Not crazy about this new method.

Would I go on this trip again? Absolutely, it is a quick and easy trip for me!


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Enchantment of the Seas

July 2014 - Enchantment of the Seas to Caribbean - Bahamas

For those that that want a quick getaway!

We have een on many cruises and this is perfect for us when we just want a few days to getaway.  We celebrated our 25th Wedding Anniversary.  Our Cabin Steward (Clarence) was just wonderful! We ate only once in the Dining Room (only because we couldn't be seated at a table for 2 any other night in less than 2 hours) and Cinthia was great! (Hint, make you arrangements at the dining room first day)  DO Make the Specialty Restaurant reservations BEFORE you board the ship. They are booked and you will not be able to get one if you wait till you are on the ship (That happened to us). They could really use more than 1 specialty restaurant. The Buffet is pretty good and the service is much better than on some other cruise lines.  The wait staff was always courteous.  Our Room was adequate, quite small, but for a weekend, we could handle it.  As for the very very small shower, I used it as a camp shower. Only turning the water on when I needed to rinse with the hand held shower head, was afraid that water would end up all over the floor. We have taken this cruise twice.  Couldn't speak much about the entertainment, we didn't go to the nightclubs and tried the show the last night and walked out. 

The staff through out the entire ship was very pleasant and the ship was clean.  There were a few times that I went into a public restroom that wasn't it's usual clean site.

All and All, I would recommend this for a quick getaway! 

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Norwegian Dawn

February 2014 - Norwegian Dawn to Caribbean - Western

Poor Customer Service

We have sailed on a lot of cruises through Princess (13+), Carnival (12+), and Royal Caribbean (once).  This was our first experience with Norwegian.  The NCL Dawn is an older ship but they have tried to upgrade it pretty well.  I loved the metal art on the walls throughout the ship.  I was a bit concerned with the limited elevators on this ship but we never had to wait too long for one. 

We "really" enjoyed the freestyle dining.  The food was okay in the dining rooms.  The service in each dining room was horrible.  Our servers were forever getting our orders wrong.  VERY disorganized.  The Garden Cafe (buffet) was quite good but not much variety for the 7 days we were on this ship. The tables were cleared promptly, and we didn't have too much trouble finding a table.  I really appreciated having the utensils and condiments on each table.  We chose to skip the two dining rooms after the fiascos in each one of them.  We tried two of the specialty dining restaurants, the Moderno Brazilian churrascaria, and the Bamboo.  Both were good but nothing that spectacular.  It still beat the two dining rooms.

Our Cabin was a "BD" Oceanview Stateroom. We are used to bigger cabins.  We walked in and had to laugh.  We have never stayed in such a tiny cabin before. But as time went by, it did have all of our needs.  You just had to plan your strategy when getting to one side of the cabin with two people in the room. The TV Station selection was very meager to say the least. Most were about the ship, 3 news, 1 sports, 2 movie, and a hit and miss with the other channel. I loved having a coffee maker in the room, a real plus! A small refrigerator which would have been fine except that they fill it up with a bunch expensive garbage.  No one really like this stuff anymore! Our Bed was so uncomfortably hard, the cabin steward had to place a bunch of comforters on top so that I could sleep.  I didn't sleep for the first 2 nights. Now on the matter of the bathroom, I laughed even harder when I saw it at first, it is so tiny. It was a nice concept but lacked some room.  The toilet was separated by a sliding door which just was an annoyance.  If they didn't have that wall, it would have been a bit larger room.  The sliding door just rattled through the whole cruise.  We did enjoy the shower.  It was really nice.  It had sliding doors and was roomy, had plenty of hot water with good water pressure. Our Cabin Steward, Rene, kept our room up wonderfully.  I read some reviews but did have any bad experiences.  He made our trip!

We went to Reception to check on some charges on our statement, the receptionist was not too friendly but did answer the question.  Another day, after a 15 minute wait, we had a question at the shore excursion desk about one of our shore excursions (we booked 3).  The young blonde headed woman was down right rude to us and treated us like we were morons.  Our tickets were marked 8:15 but our booking information said 11:00am.  She just said to be there at 8:15 and that they do this every week. Short and curt.  We ended up going back a little later on and were waited on by someone else and she informed us what was really going on!  By the way, the shore excursions were wonderful.

Now disembarkation process was really great, walked right off as soon as the ship arrived.  Most cruise lines are doing this now. We valet parked, highly recommend!

The entertainment was very enjoyable.  Tim Kaminski, the comedian, was the best entertainer that we have seen on any cruise ship.  Also, we enjoyed the Second City comedy troupe. 

Now lastly, the embarkation was a total nightmare! The worst one we have ever experienced.  I know that the cruise line can not control the weather. The ship was detained from entering the port because of the fog which made the ship come in late, that I understand. However, I do not understand that not one representative was present outside the terminal to guide any of passengers who stood out in the heat for

3 hours, with out water (they brought out a water cooler that quickly emptied out), and no shade to explain any details of what was going on.  At one point, we stood for 45 minutes without moving an inch.  It was about 100 degrees in the sun and so hot.  We didn't have our sunscreen on us that was in the checked bags.  I couldn't believe that they could treat people like this. 

It took me about 1 to 2 days to calm down from the embarkation process, but slowly, I started to enjoy the cruise.  All in all, I would go again on a Norwegian, just not sure when.

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FlagLyn's Tips

Nassau, Bahamas - Been there so many times and can't handle all the panhandling going on if you try to walk in town.
Carnival Fascination Carnival Fascination - We took the ATV ride, garden and beach excursion in Freeport. It was great!
Nassau, Bahamas - We didn't do much, been to Nassau too many times to count. If you don't like to haggle, stay away from the straw market.
Cococay (Cruiseline's Private Island) - Very relaxing! Unfortunately, it was too windy for an umbrella that day, so we cut our day short to get out of the sun. Entertainment on the Island was great!
Enchantment of the Seas Enchantment of the Seas - Breakfast is very good at the buffet. Make sure you book your reservations BEFORE you board the ship and select your seating departure day of the cruise!
Norwegian Dawn Norwegian Dawn - We didn't care for the dining room food or service, Try the specialty restaurants. The Garden Cafe was pretty good. Loved the Blue Lagoon for breakfast.

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