JCOAKML

JCOAKML
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Hometown: San Leandro, CA
Joined: 02/01/2017
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About JCOAKML

Single, aircraft mechanic with a major airline, love to travel. First cruise was 2015 on NCL Pearl. Love being on the ocean and the shore excursions.


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Ruby Princess

January 2018 - Ruby Princess to Mexico

Great trip, great people!

I met some great people and joined them several times for trivia and other shipboard activities. Also had dinner with them in the MDR on three nights. Met many other great cruisers also. And the staff!!!!! The people on this ship work hard to give a great experience. And they are a friendly group. This was a great cruise.

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Carnival Inspiration

May 2017 - Carnival Inspiration to Mexico

Nice quick get away cruise.

I wanted to get a way for a few days on a cruise ship and this time head south.  I had been on the Inspiration before and love the ship and the crew.  The staff on this ship is noticeably different, very up beat atmosphere all around.  Good entertainment.  Food isn't so great except for Guy's burger which is exceptional.  Buffet is average.  Didn't try the MDR's.  I went cheap on this cruise and booked an inside cabin which worked fine for me.  Did the ship tour on this cruise which I enjoyed.  My favorite parts were the engine control room and the bridge.  We met the captain who patiently took our questions and did a group photo with us.  Great guy, I met him twice on the ship. 

 

As far as recommending the cruise:  remember it's just a quick get away cruise so don't expect the crowd you'd find on Princess or even Norwegian.  People are generally younger and a LOT more casual.   

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Island Princess

May 2017 - Island Princess to U.S. - Pacific, Northwest

Fellow passengers were wonderful, crew was okay.

The passengers I met is what made this cruise great. The staff wasn't as friendly as other Princess Cruise ships and the layout of the ship isn't to my liking. But over all I did enjoy this cruise. Not sure if I'll ever sail on the Island again but I certainly will continue sailing with Princess cruises.

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Island Princess

May 2017 - Island Princess to Coastal - West Coast

Grand Princess

March 2017 - Grand Princess to Coastal - West Coast

Best cruise so far

Met so many wonderful people, both passengers and crew members.  Embarkation and disembarktion were both speedy and efficient.  Even the muster drill wasn't too bad. 

 

Room attendant Ricardo is outstanding.  Shows I enjoyed the most were "British Invasion" and the illusionist.  The Crown Grill was outstanding.  I agree with many others about Sabitini's, skip it.  Service in both restaurants is outstanding but food in Sabitini's wasn't so good.  

 

Spent a lot of time in Explorer's Lounge making friends with one of the bar maids there.  (One reason out of many that this was the best cruise so far for me.)  I had a wonderful week aboard and on shore excursions.  I have nothing negative to say about this cruise.

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Carnival Inspiration

January 2017 - Carnival Inspiration to Mexico

Wonderful cruise

I thought I had written a review already but the website asked for one when I logged in this time.  I've only done five cruises so far and over all this was my favorite.  The only negative was the long line for the dining room which I didn't feel like standing in.  The buffet and Guy's Burger were just fine with me.  Everything else was great.  Outstanding crew, funny comedy shows, friendly fellow passengers, comfortable/relaxing room, and a fun shore excursion.  This is the only cruise so far where I didn't meet a crew member with a sour attitude.  I have to mention our cruise director, I think her name is Dee.  She was a bundle of energy.  I loved how she lead the Mardi Gras party dancing on the bar counter.   I hope to do another winter get away on either the Inspiration or Imagination out of Long Beach next winter. 

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Carnival Inspiration

January 2017 - Carnival Inspiration to Mexico

Crown Princess

November 2016 - Crown Princess to Mexico

My first Princess cruise

Doing this again as it seems it didn't post when I originally did it.

 

The only thing I didn't like about my cruise was the cabin. The bathroom was not fully ready when I arrived. Also the faucet didn't work properly and the counter top was worn and in need of replacement. The cabin attendant was a bit cold towards me and seemed like he didn't care for me being there. On one of the days I asked him for something and he said he'd get it but never did. Very bad vibe from him each day. Other than that I did enjoy this cruise and have a cruise booked on Grand Princess this March.

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Amsterdam

May 2016 - Amsterdam to Coastal - West Coast

Mixed feelings

Doing this once again since my original doesn't seem to have posted.

 

My feeling on this ship are mixed. I loved the ship itself. She's a floating art exhibit with a multi-million dollar art collection. Everywhere inside the ship is stylish and I was constantly gawking at the different paintings. The staff was great. The negatives were bland food, small cabin and restroom, and the atmosphere created by the "mature" passengers. Hearing them complain about various things including younger people on board didn't set well with me. Good grief! They don't own the ship. I hope to try one of their bigger ships someday but because of the atmosphere I experienced on Amsterdam it won't be a priority.

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JCOAKML's Tips

Mazatlan, Mexico - I did the lighthouse hike. It was A LOT easier than I thought it would be. I enjoyed the hike up, the views at the top are great, and our tour leader Cristobol was wonderful. He made sure everyone got to the top, give us lots of good information, and is a very nice friendly person.
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico - I walked around the pier area and took pictures. Then I browsed around the mall across the street from the cruise pier. Then back onto the ship. Next time I’ll do a shore excursion.
Ruby Princess Ruby Princess - I did the Ultimate Ship Tour. ($150/person). I think it’s worth doing at least once. Go to guest service desk right away on embarkation day to sign up. We got to go on the bridge which I thought wasn’t included. My favorite parts were seeing the machinery in the laundry area and the room with the mooring ropes and anchor chains. Afterwards you will get some free champagne, chocolate covered strawberries, a cooking apron, picture from the tour, and a bath robe.
Catalina Island, California - I like the semi-submersible tours to see the fish. This time I went on the yellow one (Nautilus) instead of the red one. Price is higher and you see the same thing. Next time back to the red one. I walked to the casino to see if I could go in but you have to purchase tickets. The piece of advice I have for Catalina is do excursions on your own and save money. The tender dock is close to everything.
Ruby Princess Ruby Princess - A FYI, I bought the unlimited soda package. Milkshakes are no longer included it seems. Earlier this year I was on the Grand and the Island and milkshakes were included. This time it wasn’t.
Grand Princess Grand Princess - Watch out for those stairs in rear on deck 7. Go from 7 to 6 back there and you'll be at a dead end. You'll have to go right back up to deck 7 to get anywhere. Made that mistake three times including the last night of the cruise.
Carnival Inspiration Carnival Inspiration - If you are going to sail on Inspiration for the first time I suggest studying the deck plan carefully before boarding. I had a hard time finding my room (E211) since there is a dead end in the middle of the ship and one needs to go to the sides in order to continue to the rear cabins.

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