Like to cruise. It's a nice way to relax. I have become the go to guy with a few friend to show them cruises. I also have an icon on the computer to hit whenever the day gets rough.... I have all cruise pictures......
This was the second cruise on Princess. We took an inside cabin at the rear of deck 8, just by the door to the back balcony. The cruise was great and nothing with the exception of a couple of misunderstandings on my part regarding the Spa and Internet, can I complain about anything. I started cruising in 2009 to Hawaii and we plan a nice long cruise every odd year. So far so good.
On these cruise ships and any cruise line you choose, one must take everything into consideration. Our room Steward was nothing short of incredible, he really earned the tip we gave him and then some. We found "our guy" for the drinks by the pool, and he made sure that whenever he saw us anywhere, we were very well taken care of.
For the Shore excursions, we made sure we met every time for a few minutes with the security chief on board for advice and information. Therefore, not a single problem occurred. The food during the entire cruise was as expected, but we did use the eggs station at the buffet for breakfast, Once they got to know us and what we wanted it was just fabulous, and that only took to the second day.
For those who want to do the Panama Canal, I would highly recommend it. If not for the nice long trip, but for the history you learn and for many of us .. remember from school. My wife and I would never have seen the Old City in Cartegena if not for this cruise and it was a real high point for us.
The next cruise we are taking will stop in Aruba. Aruba was also my first stop on this cruise and we decided on this cruise because one of the stops is Aruba.
Reviews are great for future travellers and I depend on the input from people who do travel for correct information. One thing I did learn though. This cruise was a combined itinerary and therefore there are many things to know about them. Internet connection is one. It does not last the whole cruise. Spa packages... check these out carefully...... You may not get what you think you paid for.
If you consider it two cruises instead of one. Restart your thoughts at the end of the first cruise before the second starts. There are different passengers and maybe a different demographic that the first part of the cruise.
For an introduction to Royal, this trip failed for my son. His wife ( first cruise) enjoyed the time away from Edmonton. They are taking another cruise in \march for a 7 day, same ports, different line.
While he is looking at Royal, to give them another chance, it will be on the big ships, as the ship is the destination, in this case.
Great trip, we went with my sisters and our son and we had a great time. Bermuda was tremondous, we visited the church that our parents were married in. We even met an older gentleman who knew my parents when they were there in 1950. I played two courses there and both were great.
The ship was good, we enjoyed quite a few events and met some great folks from the Boston area. There was only one issue at the Italian Restaurant, but that was it for downsides. This was my third cruise and I'm looking forward to more.
There has been a great deal of critical feedback regarding the customers expectations on the cruise ship. The cruise lines are in the business of making money, once you accept that and budget accordingly you will be fine. This was my first NCL cruise, but won't be my last.
I was concerned, my wife was very assuring.. You will enjoy it---she said.... It will be fun---she said. I enjoyed my first cruise---she said.She was right.......
From start to finish, I enjoyed the whole experience. Meeting a few new friends during the cruise, have now become good old friends.I hve been back since then to Lihue. I have also been on another cruise since.....read about that one on the Island Princess
The overall concept of relaxing was new to me and for the first holiday in 30 years, I think we chose well.
There will alsways be those who find anything to complain about anywhere.
After this first experience.....I'm not one of them.
This was the first time we cruised with Norwegian. It will not be the last. As you can see, we have an Alaska cruise booked for this year. This is actually a great family cruise port. My sisters came with us, and so did my son and his best friend. There were 6 of us and we each had our choice of things to do and places to see. No one got in each others way. Bermuda is a must GOLF destination. We will be going back to Bermuda for just that two trips from now.
My wife convinced me to go on a cruise, I was concerned at first, but now I'm hooked. I had no great expectations going into this, but I find that managing my own expecations and being aware of the many ways charges can build up was a great help. We had saved for this holiday and we did spend what we expected. Service was as expected and being new to cruising we were not disappointed. Hawaii was great, and we have been back already. Looking forward to going back for an encore.