MikeG65

MikeG65

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Joined 07/2015

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Semi-Retired, love to vacation, love the ocean. love to travel, Love to live!

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Past Cruises

Mariner of the Seas

March 2019 - 3 Night Bahamas (Miami Roundtrip) Cruise on Mariner of the Seas

Full circle, Maiden Cruise part II!

What made this quick getaway so enjoyable was the friends that went with us. Always makes for a great cruise when you bring people with you that you enjoy being around. Also, the Mariner was our maiden ship back 11 years ago, so it was a bit nostalgic for us, albeit we didn’t bring children with us this time and the firs cruise was a 7-day cruise to the Mexican riviera. We got to enjoy the ship a lot more on the first cruise but it is still and always will be one of my favs.

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Carnival Horizon

February 2019 - 6 Night Western Caribbean (Miami Roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Horizon

One of the Better Caribbean Cruises and Itinerary.

Mike the CD - Best we have seen, He did a fantastic job - funny, smart, full of energy, and always happy. Great ship Carnival - overall. I loved the decor throughout the entire ship and how the Atrium centerpiece is designed. Love how you do the photo gallery. No pressure whatsoever. Have some more bars open at embarkation. It got quit frustrating to get a drink after the first hour on board. One large bar at the pool with only one bartender. He kept calling for help, but no one showed for a long time. Other than that, the drinks were good and the bars were great throughout the ship the rest of the time. Ocean Plaza, Nice design, Great show - Queen Tribute Band! Havana bar, Awesome. Music throughout the ship. The violin players were the best the whole week.

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Freedom of the Seas

October 2018 - 7 Night Southern Caribbean (San Juan Roundtrip) Cruise on Freedom of the Seas

Freedom of the Seas from Puerto Rico! Amazing!

This was a great (the best) itinerary if you are into seeing a lot, getting the most out of excursions and getting of the ship, and packed full of stops to beautiful destinations.

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Oasis of the Seas

September 2018 - 7 Night Eastern Caribbean (Port Canaveral Roundtrip) Cruise on Oasis of the Seas

Big Ship Some Highs and Lows!

Food was not impressive, in the dining room at all. Buffet was good, lots to do on the ship. Room attendant didn't even know our names, never introduced himself. He was friendly, and kept a good room, but not interested in making it personal. Unlike any other cruise I've ever taken. Dining room service was slow and condiments where untimely, drinks were slow. Wait staff assistance next to nil. Ship itself is amazing, never felt crowded. Casino layout is horrible, machines where super tight. There was no "smoking" side of the bar. Hardly any wait staff in the casino, and when we managed to find one, it was extremely slow to get back, and brought wrong drink order. We spent enough to receive offers, but never any chocolate strawberries, or cookies, or anything from the casino. Entertainment, shows were amazing aside from Cats, that was horrible. Not a very happy crew, I've been on ships where all crew members were always smiling. The Windjammer was the exception, they were all the best, happy and helpful. If you start self-disembarkation 0630, then have coffee available at 0500 please and some snacks on the promenade deck - the deck we exit and line up on. I think I prefer the smaller ships. The attention to detail from crew and staff is much better.

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Majesty of the Seas

March 2018 - 3 Night Bahamas (Port Canaveral Roundtrip) Cruise on Majesty of the Seas

Back to the Bahamas

We didn't get of the ship in Nassau. But the pool was wide open and we had a great time on the ship.

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Carnival Elation

December 2017 - 5 Night Bahamas (Jacksonville Roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Elation

NYE 2018!!

Great time on the Elation for NYE 2018. Best New Years in a long time. Great staff. Not fond of the cruise director as he was not very engaging. The pizza was under cooked most of the time. The dining staff didn’t know how to handle a large group, one put one waitress on the group. The ship is nice the rooms are great and the room keeper was good. The casino and the club was great. But the best part was the company, family and friends 24 in all. That’s what made it so great.

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Norwegian Sky

September 2017 - 4 Night Cuba & Bahamas (Miami Roundtrip) Cruise on Norwegian Sky

Cuba Baby!!

We did not get to go to Stirrup Cay due to the ships captain deciding to port in an oil slick in Cuba. We had to stay of shore in the Bahamas to clean the exterior of the ship. Cuba was an experience, and that's all I can say. The people are wonderful, the education was great, the dog poop all over the streets was terrible.

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Norwegian Getaway

November 2016 - 7 Night Western Caribbean (Miami Roundtrip) Cruise on Norwegian Getaway

Carnival Sensation

February 2016 - 5 Night Eastern Caribbean (Miami Roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Sensation

Always a good cruise with Family and Friends

It was a great ship with lots of cool places to hang out at, great entertainment (because we had family to entertain us as well). Love my Grand Turks. The day at Half Moon Cay was amazing.

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Carnival Breeze

October 2015 - 8 Night Eastern Caribbean (Miami Roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Breeze

Family and Fun

This was a great ship, the outside bars along the sides of the ship, Guy's Pig & Anchor Bar-B-Que Smokehouse, The Lanai, it was a great time, and a ship I would go on again and again.

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Carnival Sunshine

June 2015 - 8 Night Southern Caribbean (Port Canaveral Roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Sunshine

Great cruise with Friends for Life

Overall this was a great cruise itinerary. Went with some life long friends we met on another cruise. Ya that happens!! Can't wait to cruise with them again.

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Carnival Conquest

March 2015 - 6 Night Western Caribbean (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Conquest

Carnival Pride

October 2014 - 7 Night Bahamas & Florida (Baltimore Roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Pride

From Baltimore is a quick road trip with the neighbors

Nice cruise and a short trip to Baltimore for us.

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Carnival Splendor

November 2011 - 7 Night Mexican Riviera (Los Angeles roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Splendor

First Carnival Trip

This was our second time to the Mexican Riviera. Puerto Vallarta is awesome. Cabo is nice.

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Mariner of the Seas

October 2010 - 7 Night Mexican Riviera (Los Angeles roundtrip) Cruise on Mariner of the Seas

1st Cruise Eva!!

This was our first cruise and it was a great time. Brought the kids when they were your (tweens), they loved the entire experience.

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Mariner of the Seas

Mariner of the Seas

Sail Date: March 22, 2019

Full circle, Maiden Cruise part II!

What made this quick getaway so enjoyable was the friends that went with us. Always makes for a great cruise when you bring people with you that you enjoy being around. Also, the Mariner was our maiden ship back 11 years ago, so it was a bit nostalgic for us, albeit we didn’t bring children with us this time and the firs cruise was a 7-day cruise to the Mexican riviera. We got to enjoy the ship a lot more on the first cruise but it is still and always will be one of my favs.

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Oasis of the Seas

Oasis of the Seas

Sail Date: September 02, 2018

Big Ship Some Highs and Lows!

Food was not impressive, in the dining room at all. Buffet was good, lots to do on the ship. Room attendant didn't even know our names, never introduced himself. He was friendly, and kept a good room, but not interested in making it personal. Unlike any other cruise I've ever taken. Dining room service was slow and condiments where untimely, drinks were slow. Wait staff assistance next to nil. Ship itself is amazing, never felt crowded. Casino layout is horrible, machines where super tight. There was no "smoking" side of the bar. Hardly any wait staff in the casino, and when we managed to find one, it was extremely slow to get back, and brought wrong drink order. We spent enough to receive offers, but never any chocolate strawberries, or cookies, or anything from the casino. Entertainment, shows were amazing aside from Cats, that was horrible. Not a very happy crew, I've been on ships where all crew members were always smiling. The Windjammer was the exception, they were all the best, happy and helpful. If you start self-disembarkation 0630, then have coffee available at 0500 please and some snacks on the promenade deck - the deck we exit and line up on. I think I prefer the smaller ships. The attention to detail from crew and staff is much better.

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Carnival Breeze

Carnival Breeze

Sail Date: October 10, 2015

Family and Fun

This was a great ship, the outside bars along the sides of the ship, Guy's Pig & Anchor Bar-B-Que Smokehouse, The Lanai, it was a great time, and a ship I would go on again and again.

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Norwegian Sky

Norwegian Sky

Sail Date: September 25, 2017

Cuba Baby!!

We did not get to go to Stirrup Cay due to the ships captain deciding to port in an oil slick in Cuba. We had to stay of shore in the Bahamas to clean the exterior of the ship. Cuba was an experience, and that's all I can say. The people are wonderful, the education was great, the dog poop all over the streets was terrible.

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Carnival Elation

Carnival Elation

Sail Date: December 30, 2017

NYE 2018!!

Great time on the Elation for NYE 2018. Best New Years in a long time. Great staff. Not fond of the cruise director as he was not very engaging. The pizza was under cooked most of the time. The dining staff didn’t know how to handle a large group, one put one waitress on the group. The ship is nice the rooms are great and the room keeper was good. The casino and the club was great. But the best part was the company, family and friends 24 in all. That’s what made it so great.

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Carnival Horizon

Carnival Horizon

Sail Date: February 17, 2019

One of the Better Caribbean Cruises and Itinerary.

Mike the CD - Best we have seen, He did a fantastic job - funny, smart, full of energy, and always happy. Great ship Carnival - overall. I loved the decor throughout the entire ship and how the Atrium centerpiece is designed. Love how you do the photo gallery. No pressure whatsoever. Have some more bars open at embarkation. It got quit frustrating to get a drink after the first hour on board. One large bar at the pool with only one bartender. He kept calling for help, but no one showed for a long time. Other than that, the drinks were good and the bars were great throughout the ship the rest of the time. Ocean Plaza, Nice design, Great show - Queen Tribute Band! Havana bar, Awesome. Music throughout the ship. The violin players were the best the whole week.

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Cruise Tips

Oranjestad, Aruba

Loved the Excursion but this island is a dessert and poverty stricken outside of the resorts.

Grand Turk Island

Always a spot in our hearts for this stop. Go to Jack's Shack and bring an old license place. Look tot he PA plate Dwnshr and snap a pick of it. It survived the hurricane.

Mariner of the Seas

Mariner of the Seas

Enjoy the buffet, it was the best food of any cruise I’ve taken over the last ten years. Amazing job by that crew.

Nassau, Bahamas

Took a $4 taxi to paradise island beach and enjoyed the amenities of some of the Atlantis resort beach. Walked through some of the resorts features and some some cool seelife. Rented some chairs got some beers and enjoyed a perfect beach day with some good friends.

Miami, Florida

No excursions, just enjoyed the beaches. stayed at the Sagamore in south beach night before. Watched the sun rise to start my cruise vacation. Perfect.

Carnival Sensation

Carnival Sensation

What a great layout. This ship has it all!!

Mariner of the Seas

Mariner of the Seas

They have an ice skating rink on this Freedom Class Ship. Can't wait to see the new decor. Food was amazing all around. Don't miss the comedy shows, and see as much as possible. The pool deck is great. The CD was amazing. We were on this ship back in 2007. Going back this March with friends

San Juan, Puerto Rico

We arrived in Puerto Rico three days ahead of the cruise. Love the people and the food and entertainment. Little rainy most of the days there but we got a few hours of sun and beach before going on the cruise.

St. John's, Antigua

My goodness what a beautiful island. Take the lobster and catamaran tour. You won't regret it.

Freedom of the Seas

Freedom of the Seas

You must experience a Freedom Class Ship. It is the perfect amount of entertainment, attention, and never feels crowded.

Ocho Rios, Jamaica

Always great people, did the Blue Hole Tour. Never do excursions through the ship!

Carnival Horizon

Carnival Horizon

there are too many options on this ship and venues to do on a 6-day cruise. I would recommend 8-days or more.

Oasis of the Seas

Oasis of the Seas

Keep your expectations low on the food. See as much as you can. Use the steps, it is quicker.

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