KirkG

KirkG
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Hometown: Doha, Qatar
Joined: 07/11/2012
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Cruise Lines: Costa Cruises

Ships: Costa Favolosa

Destinations: Europe - Western Europe

Ports: Malaga, Spain


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Carnival Sensation

July 2013 - Carnival Sensation to Caribbean - Bahamas

Good things and Bad things

The check in process was confused. We had to wait in too many lines and talk to too many people. The first thing one notices after boarding is that the decor is in bad need of updating. It is an old ship, so it can be excused for that. That being said, the ship was kept clean and in good repair. There were several small shops in the corridors and a small cafe that they surprisingly charged for. The best part of the ship was the Water Works area. On the Sensation, there was tall slide that had many turns as well as a straight speed slide. We have a 4 and 6 year old and they loved every minute of the time we had to be there. There was also some water fountains to run around in. The main pool seemed a bit small and was always crowded so we didn't go there. The kids club was of good size compared with other old ships. The check in process seemed disorganized and sometimes took a while to pick up and drop off. They offered the build a bear, which was nice, except that they showed commercials which the children saw and we would have had a hard time turning down our daughter if we hadn't already decided to do it in the beginning. They also give you a phone to call you if your child needs assistance. We had "anytime Dining" since the fixed time slots had filled. The thing we like about fixed fining is that you get the same waiter/waitress and hopefully get to know your likes and dislikes. However, we were told that we could request the same waiter, so that's what we did. We had a good waitress the first night and had then requested her the rest of the cruise. The food was good with good selection. We had a balcony room in the back of the ship (U239). An odd thing was that there was a structural support pole that restricted the opening of the door. It wouldn't be so terrible except that I hit the pole with the door every time I opened it. The balcony was nice and I think a little bit bigger than the others.

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Norwegian Spirit

March 2013 - Norwegian Spirit to Europe - Western Europe

A little bumpy, but good overall

Overall, this cruise was good and we had a good time. The negative things are partly on account of the bumpy roads (which the captain referred to as "potholes in the road) and our kids not having a great time. The North Atlantic was quite rough during the few days we were there. I asked a bartender if this was normal and he mentioned that 2 weeks prior they had a very smooth cruise. Can't do anything about nature, but I think we may not do the open sea again. Our stateroom (6035) was large for an inside cabin, probably about 230 sq.ft.. However, everything we used was in the back of the ship so we had a bit of a hike. The dining was decent but not as good as on Costa Cruises. This may be a result of not having a formal dining time and table. However, having the freedom to come whenever was nice but if you could get a table by yourselves (on a diff cruiseline) with the same waiter every night, I think that would be preferable. The food itself was good but nothing too special. The Prime Rib and Ribeye steaks were excellent, though. We visited the Tepanyaki one night. The chef was as good at flipping his utensils but did a good show in general. The food was excellent. However, the cost was high at $25 for adults and $12.50 for kids. I think NCL should re-think their policy about charging so much for these specialty restaurants. We also visited the Italian restaurant one night. The food was very good and the selection was good as well. The cost was $15 and was reasonable. The entertainment was not as good as other cruises we've been on recently. Both Costa and Royal Caribbean were better in this department. I can't say it was bad, but just not "eye popping" as the other cruises. The kids club had a lot of activities for our kids (4 and 5). However, I think they focused too much on crafts which was not good for our 4 yo son who got into too much trouble and even got a 24 hour timeout from kids club. My wife and I were hoping for more alone time which we did not get. The kids pool was awesome. They had a pirate themed pool with 2 slides and a kids hot tub. However due to the bad weather our kids only got to partake a couple times. Overall, a good cruise, with just some bad circumstances. I think we'll try NCL again soon (especially since we bought a voucher on board).

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Brilliance of the Seas

December 2011 - Brilliance of the Seas to Other (Asia/Africa/Middle East)

For the most part a good cruise

Travelling with a 2 yo and a 4 yo meant that the kids stuff had to be good. The kids pool was pretty good and the kids slide was awesome. It was hard to get my kids off. The only slight downside was the limited times for the slide. There were also programs for her age that she seemed to enjoy. For my 2 yo there wasn't too much though. The couple of things that were scheduled didn't seem to happen until we asked a crew member about them. The only major drawback was the dining room dinners. The food was okay, but not as excellent as I've had on the other cruises I've been on. Even the formal nights didn't have anything special. But overall it was a good cruise and we enjoyed the ship.

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KirkG's Tips

Malaga, Spain - Awesome city. Cool castles. Good place to wander around.
Norwegian Spirit Norwegian Spirit - Hit the Windows restaurant right when they open at 5:30pm and you can get a seat right by the windows.

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received a helpful vote on their Brilliance of the Seas cruise review - For the most part a good cruise

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