JCOAKML

JCOAKML

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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.

Past Cruises

Golden Princess

September 2019 - 3 Night Pacific Coastal (Vancouver To San Francisco) Cruise on Golden Princess

Comfortable n Relaxing

It was a quick “three dayer”. This was different than a typical three day reposition cruise. Those kind of cruises can have an atmosphere of feeling rushed with a staff vibe that feels awkward. This was actually a segment of a month long cruise headed to Australia. Some people like me were headed to just San Francisco, some to SoCal, and some to Hawaii. But ultimately the ship was on a long cruise and the staff’s attitude reflected that. Not sure why short reposition cruises result in a soar staff. But on this cruise I didn’t meet any staff members that were unhappy campers. I had a good relaxing time. Meet several nice people. Went to a few “game shows”.

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Star Princess

June 2019 - 7 Night Alaska Inside Passage With Tracy Arm Fjord (Seattle Roundtrip) Cruise on Star Princess

Better than expected

It was very beautiful up there. I spent a lot of time on my balcony and other ship locations with my camera and binoculars just watching the scenery pass by. I met Patrick and Lori through the ShipMate roll call and spent time with them. The excursions were great. The ship and staff were great. Everything was top notch on this cruise.

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Ruby Princess

November 2018 - 7 Night Classic California Coast (Los Angeles Roundtrip) Cruise on Ruby Princess

Nice relaxing cruise

I was just on to relax and finish a couple of books. This was 5th straight time on the Ruby. Next cruise is on the Star. But I do like the Ruby. The staff I’ve encountered (with the exception of the cruise right before dry dock) has been excellent. I think there will be a sixth cruise on the Ruby before too long, although I did hear that Royal Princess is taking it's place in LA.

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Ruby Princess

September 2018 - 7 Night Northern California Coast (Seattle Roundtrip) Cruise on Ruby Princess

A fast seven days!

This cruise seemed to go fast! I did shore excursions in Astoria, Monterey, and Victoria. They were great. I’ve included a brief review under each city. For me the mood of the ship was noticeably down beat versus my previous three cruises on the Ruby. No doubt due to the dry dock that starts later today in Victoria. My room stewardess was outstanding. I sail on Ruby in November. I’m looking forward to seeing the ship refurbished.

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Ruby Princess

April 2018 - 3 Night Pacific Coastal Northbound (Los Angeles To Vancouver) Cruise on Ruby Princess

Nice relaxing getaway

A very brief three day getaway cruise. Third time on the Ruby and I still think the staff is great despite lots of new faces this time around. Look for Maria who works in Club Fusion and Adagio, a sweetheart from Ukraine.

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Ruby Princess

January 2018 - 7 Night Mexican Riviera (Los Angeles Roundtrip) Cruise on Ruby Princess

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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Ruby Princess

November 2017 - 4 Night West Coast Getaway With Catalina Island (Los Angeles Roundtrip) Cruise on Ruby Princess

Great upbeat staff! Very relaxing trip. I’m looking forward to sailing on Ruby again.

The workers onboard is what sticks in my mind. I think the staff on the Ruby Princess is outstanding. Didn’t have one worker that had the “wish I wasn’t here” type attitude. Upbeat people who worked hard to make this a great trip.

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Carnival Inspiration

May 2017 - 4 Night Catalina & Baja Mexico (Los Angeles Roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Inspiration

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 - 6 Night Pacific Coastal Northbound (Los Angeles To Vancouver) Cruise on Island Princess

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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Grand Princess

March 2017 - 7 Night California Coastal (San Francisco Roundtrip) Cruise on Grand Princess

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 - 4 Night Catalina & Baja Mexico (Los Angeles Roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Inspiration

Sailed on Carnival Inspiration Jan. 2017. Outstanding crew. Everyone was friendly and helpful. Had window cabin which I was very happy with, roomy and comfortable. Enjoyed the food, entertainment, shore excursion, and the interaction with many wonderful fellow travelers. This 29 year old ship was a pleasant surprise. She's in great shape and I hope to sail again on her next winter.

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Crown Princess

November 2016 - 4 Night West Coast Getaway (Los Angeles Roundtrip) Cruise on Crown Princess

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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Norwegian Pearl

September 2016 - 5 Night Pacific Coastal Southbound (Vancouver To Los Angeles) Cruise on Norwegian Pearl

Been on NCL Pearl twice so far and enjoyed both times. Love the specialty restaurants (except the Italian one which I found to be average). The entertainment, shore excursion, staff, and the room (not so much the bathroom - very small) were great. She was the first cruise ship I sailed on so she has a special place in my heart.

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Amsterdam

May 2016 - 5 Night Pacific Coastal Northbound (San Diego To Vancouver) Cruise on Amsterdam

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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Norwegian Pearl

September 2015 - 3 Night Pacific Coastal Southbound (Vancouver To San Francisco) Cruise on Norwegian Pearl

Ruby Princess

Ruby Princess

Sail Date: November 03, 2018

Nice relaxing cruise

I was just on to relax and finish a couple of books. This was 5th straight time on the Ruby. Next cruise is on the Star. But I do like the Ruby. The staff I’ve encountered (with the exception of the cruise right before dry dock) has been excellent. I think there will be a sixth cruise on the Ruby before too long, although I did hear that Royal Princess is taking it's place in LA.

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Norwegian Pearl

Norwegian Pearl

Sail Date: September 26, 2016

Been on NCL Pearl twice so far and enjoyed both times. Love the specialty restaurants (except the Italian one which I found to be average). The entertainment, shore excursion, staff, and the room (not so much the bathroom - very small) were great. She was the first cruise ship I sailed on so she has a special place in my heart.

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Island Princess

Island Princess

Sail Date: May 04, 2017

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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Crown Princess

Crown Princess

Sail Date: November 27, 2016

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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Ruby Princess

Ruby Princess

Sail Date: January 27, 2018

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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Amsterdam

Amsterdam

Sail Date: May 16, 2016

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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Ruby Princess

Ruby Princess

Sail Date: April 24, 2018

Nice relaxing getaway

A very brief three day getaway cruise. Third time on the Ruby and I still think the staff is great despite lots of new faces this time around. Look for Maria who works in Club Fusion and Adagio, a sweetheart from Ukraine.

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Carnival Inspiration

Carnival Inspiration

Sail Date: January 16, 2017

Sailed on Carnival Inspiration Jan. 2017. Outstanding crew. Everyone was friendly and helpful. Had window cabin which I was very happy with, roomy and comfortable. Enjoyed the food, entertainment, shore excursion, and the interaction with many wonderful fellow travelers. This 29 year old ship was a pleasant surprise. She's in great shape and I hope to sail again on her next winter.

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Grand Princess

Grand Princess

Sail Date: March 25, 2017

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

Carnival Inspiration

Sail Date: May 15, 2017

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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Golden Princess

Golden Princess

Sail Date: September 25, 2019

Comfortable n Relaxing

It was a quick “three dayer”. This was different than a typical three day reposition cruise. Those kind of cruises can have an atmosphere of feeling rushed with a staff vibe that feels awkward. This was actually a segment of a month long cruise headed to Australia. Some people like me were headed to just San Francisco, some to SoCal, and some to Hawaii. But ultimately the ship was on a long cruise and the staff’s attitude reflected that. Not sure why short reposition cruises result in a soar staff. But on this cruise I didn’t meet any staff members that were unhappy campers. I had a good relaxing time. Meet several nice people. Went to a few “game shows”.

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Ruby Princess

Ruby Princess

Sail Date: September 22, 2018

A fast seven days!

This cruise seemed to go fast! I did shore excursions in Astoria, Monterey, and Victoria. They were great. I’ve included a brief review under each city. For me the mood of the ship was noticeably down beat versus my previous three cruises on the Ruby. No doubt due to the dry dock that starts later today in Victoria. My room stewardess was outstanding. I sail on Ruby in November. I’m looking forward to seeing the ship refurbished.

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Star Princess

Star Princess

Sail Date: June 02, 2019

Better than expected

It was very beautiful up there. I spent a lot of time on my balcony and other ship locations with my camera and binoculars just watching the scenery pass by. I met Patrick and Lori through the ShipMate roll call and spent time with them. The excursions were great. The ship and staff were great. Everything was top notch on this cruise.

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Cruise Tips

Victoria, British Columbia

I went on the whale watching excursion. We saw several killer whales including a group that was hunting and caught their prey. I wish I had gone into the city instead. All onboard was 1pm and the whale watching got back at noon. So I went straight back to the ship, didn’t want to risk missing the ship. I do recommend the whale watching excursion but just don’t plan on doing much else afterwards. Seems to me the cruise lines are decreasing their times in Victoria. They’re staying just long enough to satisfy the law requirements about stopping in a foreign port. The Royal Princess’ time was even shorter than ours. It showed up hours after we did and left at the same time we did.

Seattle, Washington

Plenty to do here before and after the cruise. If you have a choice between visiting the Space Needle or the Smith Tower, I say go to the Smith Tower. I’ve been to both and liked the Smith Tower better. It’s over 100 years old, it’s small, but I think it’s the better venue. Lots of other great places too.

Skagway, Alaska

The rock climbing/rappelling excursion was awesome. Will do that again!

Juneau, Alaska

I did the excursion that had a brief city tour, trip up the Tram, and a short hike up at the top where the Tram takes you. I enjoyed the excursion but this is what I’ll do next time, this is also a tip. The Tram is right in middle of the main three cruise ship docks, very close to the ships. Next time I’ll do another excursion and go up the Tram on my own, before or after an excursion, and hike around one of the loops at the top. There was no need to buy the excursion, you won’t be in danger of missing ship departure. The city tour was super short, not really needed. And the loop up at the top that we hiked can be done on your own. It’s short, just stay on the trail, and mind the signs. Or you can just skip hiking and enjoy visiting the buildings up at the top. Or do both.

Cruise Tracy Arm Fjord, Alaska

Beautiful! We stopped at a spot where smaller boats took people off to get closer to the glacier. The view from the ship is great but I wish I had done the boat excursion. The transit through this Fjord is amazing to watch. I started watching at 4:30am but the ship had started in a bit earlier. Plenty of day light at that time in June. It was well worth getting up early to watch it. Also the ship board commentator talked that whole time during the transit. He gave lots of good info.

Ketchikan, Alaska

Did a water tour that’s a half hour away from Ketchikan followed by a seafood feed at a remote lodge. Awesome, awesome, awesome! There are lots of excursions to choose from but I’ll most likely choose this one again next time I go on an Alaska Cruise.

Star Princess

Star Princess

Get off the ship at each port. There’s something for everyone.

San Diego, California

I love this city. So much to do here. I visit there often. Having said that I did nothing this time except sit at the end of one of the piers with my camera. I read my book, took pics/videos, and just enjoyed the scenery for two hours. Went back onboard to eat then did the same thing up in Skywalkers. I was a very boring traveler and that’s exactly what I wanted. I got two books done and took lots of pictures/videos to post online eventually.

Monterey, California

I did the Carmel Mission and the Monterey Aquarium Excursion. Worth it! Last time I was at that aquarium was back in the late ‘80’s. It’s so much better now.

Astoria, Oregon

Did the coastal cruise that included the Tillamook Cheese Factory and Tillamook Aviation Museum. The coast amazingly was clear and it was gorgeous. The cheese factory visitor center has been remodeled since I last went and it looks great. I went years ago to the Tillamook Air Museum and it was a great museum. But then the owner of about half the planes took his planes elsewhere. It’s not the great museum it used to be. But still worth the visit. I think this excursion was well worth the price.

Monterey, California

I was utterly stupid! I didn’t take warm clothes on the whale watching excursion and froze. But I’m glad I went. I thought I’d only see sea otters. We saw two sea otters and A LOT of whales. There were some long stretches between seeing the whales. Just have to be patient. Another excursion worth the price.

Seattle, Washington

I’ve been here countless times since my company is based here. Lots n lots of cool stuff up here to check out. In my humble opinion if you can only do one thing in Seattle, go to the Boeing Aviation Museum. Give yourself several hours to explore.

Victoria, British Columbia

Butterfly garden and Butchart Garden. Well, first the butterfly garden name is a bit misleading. I never got to the butterflies. In fact I didn’t get past the first quarter of the exhibits. The place has some really cool insects and I was fascinated. I was observing and reading the info signs and next thing I know my alarm was going off to go back to the tour bus. I want to go again and spend a few hours there. The Butchart Garden has a stellar reputation that is well deserved. Highly recommended.

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.

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.

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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