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Hometown: Garner
Joined: 03/12/2013
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Cruiseline: Norwegian Cruise Line

Cruiseline: Princess Cruises

Cruiseline: Royal Caribbean

Kasey0312's Past Cruises

Norwegian Getaway

January 2017 - Norwegian Getaway to Caribbean - Western

Bigger ISN"T always better

I love cruising and will continue to do so but never again on a MEGA ship like Getaway. 

First the PROS: Loved O'Sheehans ~ good food with friendly servers and a good view of the activities below. The Waterfront was a comfortable place to sit and people watch or read a book.  The Garden Buffet ~ good food, good variety, good servers. The photography staff ~ they took plenty of great pictures using care to put you in a good pose.  The comedy performers and the dance troop of Burn the Floor. The port of Costa Maya ~ especially the Krazy Lobster.  The fish in the hall carpet swim forward to help you distinguish forward from aft. 

CONS: embarkation and debarkation were chaos at it's best.  Staff unfriendly and didn't have the same instructions.   Many places had additional charges ~ gelato, bakery, and even certain menu offerings in the complimentary dining rooms. Same tired old games.  Lacklust entertainment and poor venues to hold it in.  Many activities were held in the Atrium where noise and a poor sound system made it less than enjoyable.  Long lines for most things. Heavy smoking in the casino and guests smoking in prohibited areas with no consequences.

I could keep going with my list of disappointments but I'm sure you are tired of my gripes.  Thanks for reading.

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Carnival Valor

December 2014 - Carnival Valor to Caribbean - Southern

Beautiful ports of Call

Our Southern Caribbean Cruise was delightful.  It had a few cons but mostly Pros..  Embarkation was quick and the agents were friendly and professional.  The embarkation photo backdrop could have been a little more interesting ~ there fore we do not have a photo of our starting point.  Our outside cabin was pleasant and to my surprise in an ideal location  ~ 2 239 (forward).  It put us within a short walk or elevator ride to most of the places we wanted to go on the ship.  Our cabin steward (sorry I don't remember his name) was friendly and accommodating.  Unfortunately not all the officers were as cordial.  The food was a little boring ~ probably because we have done three Carnival Cruises in the past 18 months. The Chocolate Warm Melting cake was still divine. The VIFP party was awesome.  We really felt appreciated with their serving of cocktails and appetizers.  I was a little disappointed in the Christmas decorations.  We took a cruise during this time of year a number of years ago and the ship was beautiful ~ guess the decorations fell to budget cuts. All in all I would still recommend this cruise.  The ports were enjoyable and fun.

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Carnival Inspiration

March 2014 - Carnival Inspiration to Mexico

Cruise on the Inspiration was not inspiring

This was my 15th cruise and if I thought all cruises were like this one, I'd start taking train trips.  The Inspiration was clean, attractive, had great omelets, smooth embarkation and debarkation, and our cabin steward was wonderful ~ thus ends our PROS.  Our CONS ~ the ship was cold, the food was repetitious and many times tasteless, and the staff in "White" didn't take the course in SERVICE 101.  The hallways were very noisy at night (I know the ship isn't at fault for that ~ it's just a sample of the clientele that take these short cruises) and our day at sea was definitely at sea ~ we bobbed in the water in almost the same spot for 24 hours.  The first hours of the cruise were really bad for pitch and roll ~ I was ready to get off rather than face 3 more days.  I love cruising and this won't stop me but I will be more careful in the ship I choose ~ it will be at least 100,000 ton in weight and newer in construction. 

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Carnival Freedom

March 2013 - Carnival Freedom to Caribbean - Western


Our Carnival Freedom Cruise was great if you subtract the inconsiderate party animals in the cabin next to us and directly above us. The food in the Lido Buffet was good but breakfast got monotonous. Of course, how many choices are there for breakfast. It would have been nice to have had some different pastries and maybe some good old fashion coffee cakes. Our meals in the Posh Dining room were very good but I was disappointed that Lobster Bisque wasn't on the menu as it has been in other cruises we have taken. The Filet Mignon and Chauteaubriand were scrumptious and the Warm Molten Chocolate Souffle was almost to die for. Our dining room server, our cabin steward, and most of the bar staff were cordial and very service minded. The other crew members were also pleasant and exhibited a warm smile. The outstanding event to this cruise was our Wedding Vow renewal ceremony. Our wedding coordinator, Judit, was terrific. We got everything we asked for and she was always available for questions and assistance. The memories we have from this ceremony will last our lifetime. Along with the absences of the Lobster Bisque was the absences of quality entertainment. The "show spectaculars" left much to be desired and the low quality was very evident in the low number of attendees. You could go right at show time and still get a great seat. Rather than the production numbers, a good comedian from the lounge or some other performer would have been a better and perhaps cheaper idea. All in all, I would recommend this cruise to young adults. It definitely had the party and drinking atmosphere they would be looking for. It really didn't quite fill the bill for us over the hill gang (50+).

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Pride of America

June 2007 - Pride of America to Hawaii

Sun Princess

September 2004 - Sun Princess to Alaska - Inside Passage

Norwegian Dawn

June 2003 - Norwegian Dawn to Europe - Western Europe

Dawn Princess

January 2002 - Dawn Princess to Caribbean - Southern


October 1994 - Westerdam to Caribbean - Western

Kasey0312's Tips

Carnival Valor Carnival Valor - Pack layers of clothing. There were times it was warm, then it was chilly (most of the time the public areas were icy). They play lots of trivia games so brush up.
Carnival Inspiration Carnival Inspiration - Bring warm clothing for days on the ship. Many people spent the four days wearing the white bathrobes the ship provides.
Ocho Rios, Jamaica - Many other reviewers warned of the swarm of locals trying to get you to buy their wares or services ~ WOW were those reviews spot on. We even got sales pitches from kids wading in the water beside the bar when we stopped for a drink.
Carnival Freedom Carnival Freedom - If you want a great balcony cabin get 6391 ~ close to everything and you always had a great view of the docking area to people watch. OH ~ if you are a punctuality nut you might want to consider a different ship. We were set to leave ports at 4 PM and lucky to get underway by 5 PM

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