Misterbo

Misterbo

First Mate
Las Vegas
Joined 03/2015

19

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3

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I did my first cruise in 2012. It was a four day with just my wife and I. We had so much fun we came back with so many stories that was shared with our 6 kids and in Lou of Christmas presents that year we all went on a five day cruise. There were 17 of us. This is how I got the cruise bug. I’ve been on Carnival, Noregien, Princess, Windstar and Royal Caribbean. I’ve been in a professional field for 39 years and now looking at the worlds of cruise Travel Agent. So look for the name soon. For now, it’s share my experience. This is the way to vacation.

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Past cruises

Explorer of the Seas

January 2020 - 5 Night Caribbean (Miami Roundtrip) Cruise on Explorer of the Seas

Navigator of the Seas

September 2019 - 3 Night Bahamas & Perfect Day (Miami Roundtrip) Cruise on Navigator of the Seas

Anthem of the Seas

September 2019 - 5 Night Bermuda (Cape Liberty Roundtrip) Cruise on Anthem of the Seas

Symphony of the Seas

April 2019 - 7 Night Eastern Caribbean (Miami Roundtrip) Cruise on Symphony of the Seas

Carnival Fantasy

October 2018 - 4 Night Western Caribbean (Mobile Roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Fantasy

Harmony of the Seas

January 2018 - 7 Night Eastern Caribbean (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip) Cruise on Harmony of the Seas

Carnival Fantasy

August 2017 - 4 Night Western Caribbean (Mobile Roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Fantasy

Oasis of the Seas

May 2017 - 7 Night Western Caribbean (Port Canaveral Roundtrip) Cruise on Oasis of the Seas

The Oasis of the Seas is the first of 4 mega cruise ships. Although I went on the Allure of the Seas as my first time Mage ship cruiser. The Oasis is identical. I like to explore posts, YouTube’s and documentaries about these ships before actually getting on them to familiarize myself. It does help because I already knew a lot about the ship before I got on board. Like the fact, it’s so big it identifies itself as having 7 neighborhoods. Central Park is my favorite. A romantic pathway shrouded by vegetation, with several of the fine dining restaurants (Chops Grill, 150 Central Park , Giovanni’s Table,) and a little secret that is not advertised is in the wine tasting room “Vintages” the have on display under a large glass table, one of the world largest bottles of wine. Not to mention, you can jump on the rising tide bar that literally moves up and down 2 decks from Central Park to the promenade below. I’ve mentioned I my other posts, my wife and I love to go dancing. No, we’re not professional, just can’t stand still. The Oasis of the Seas has an awesome dance floor with the good old fashioned under floor lighting that brings back that Saturday night fever throwback feel. This can be found in Dazzles. Live bands that play the best songs to dance with. DJs rocking the sounds with the younger crowds, and live Jazz sounds to mellow out with a nice drink in your hand. Speaking of relaxing, there are a lot of pools to soak up and splash around. There even a bigs swimming area for the little ones. But if your not into that shrill and splashing, there is an adult pool area in the solarium. They do a good job keeping the kids out of there. For activities, they have an Ice skating rink, 2 Rock climbing walls, a zip line, a merry-go-round, 2 Flow riders, Mini golf, Basketball court, arcade (and over 400 game casino) And more! I haven’t even mention the shows, or specialty restaurants, or spas and huge fitness center with all the state of the are equipment and an enormous jogging track, and lounges.. so much to do that it just demands a second trip.

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Brilliance of the Seas

January 2017 - 4 Night Western Caribbean (Tampa Roundtrip) Cruise on Brilliance of the Seas

Empress of the Seas

November 2016 - 4 Night Western Caribbean (Miami Roundtrip) Cruise on Empress of the Seas

Norwegian Sky

July 2016 - 4 Night Bahamas (Miami Roundtrip) Cruise on Norwegian Sky

Allure of the Seas

July 2016 - 7 Night Eastern Caribbean (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip) Cruise on Allure of the Seas

This was a last minute vacation swap from a Paris vacation. So glad I did!

This is the first time ever taken an Oasis class ship. I was scheduled to go to Paris when there was a travel advisory for Americans to stay home. So this was a last-minute decision cancel that and to get on this ship. Turns out to be one of the best decisions I’ve made for a vacation. I have now done the Oasis and the Harmony. And will be traveling on the symphony soon. I love these megaships. I just wish they would offer a 10 day or 14 day cruise because there is so much to do on the ships that you cannot do them in seven days as I’ve mentioned several times in my comments. But not to downplay the small ships as I do love those two I prefer these larger ships every time. Oh by the way, these big ships don’t get pushed around by the waves Like those smaller ships do, so if your prone to seasickness, you’re better off here.

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Explorer of the Seas

May 2016 - 4 Night Best Of British Columbia (Seattle Roundtrip) Cruise on Explorer of the Seas

Wind Star

March 2016 - 7 Night Jewels Of The Windward Islands (Barbados Roundtrip) Cruise on Wind Star

Crown Princess

September 2015 - 7 Night Alaska Inside Passage With Tracy Arm Fjord (Seattle Roundtrip) Cruise on Crown Princess

Carnival Elation

December 2012 - 5 Night Western Caribbean (New Orleans roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Elation

Carnival Elation

May 2012 - 4 Night Western Caribbean (New Orleans roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Elation

Allure of the Seas

Allure of the Seas

Sail date: July 17, 2016

This was a last minute vacation swap from a Paris vacation. So glad I did!

This is the first time ever taken an Oasis class ship. I was scheduled to go to Paris when there was a travel advisory for Americans to stay home. So this was a last-minute decision cancel that and to get on this ship. Turns out to be one of the best decisions I’ve made for a vacation. I have now done the Oasis and the Harmony. And will be traveling on the symphony soon. I love these megaships. I just wish they would offer a 10 day or 14 day cruise because there is so much to do on the ships that you cannot do them in seven days as I’ve mentioned several times in my comments. But not to downplay the small ships as I do love those two I prefer these larger ships every time. Oh by the way, these big ships don’t get pushed around by the waves Like those smaller ships do, so if your prone to seasickness, you’re better off here.

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Oasis of the Seas

Oasis of the Seas

Sail date: May 14, 2017

The Oasis of the Seas is the first of 4 mega cruise ships. Although I went on the Allure of the Seas as my first time Mage ship cruiser. The Oasis is identical. I like to explore posts, YouTube’s and documentaries about these ships before actually getting on them to familiarize myself. It does help because I already knew a lot about the ship before I got on board. Like the fact, it’s so big it identifies itself as having 7 neighborhoods. Central Park is my favorite. A romantic pathway shrouded by vegetation, with several of the fine dining restaurants (Chops Grill, 150 Central Park , Giovanni’s Table,) and a little secret that is not advertised is in the wine tasting room “Vintages” the have on display under a large glass table, one of the world largest bottles of wine. Not to mention, you can jump on the rising tide bar that literally moves up and down 2 decks from Central Park to the promenade below. I’ve mentioned I my other posts, my wife and I love to go dancing. No, we’re not professional, just can’t stand still. The Oasis of the Seas has an awesome dance floor with the good old fashioned under floor lighting that brings back that Saturday night fever throwback feel. This can be found in Dazzles. Live bands that play the best songs to dance with. DJs rocking the sounds with the younger crowds, and live Jazz sounds to mellow out with a nice drink in your hand. Speaking of relaxing, there are a lot of pools to soak up and splash around. There even a bigs swimming area for the little ones. But if your not into that shrill and splashing, there is an adult pool area in the solarium. They do a good job keeping the kids out of there. For activities, they have an Ice skating rink, 2 Rock climbing walls, a zip line, a merry-go-round, 2 Flow riders, Mini golf, Basketball court, arcade (and over 400 game casino) And more! I haven’t even mention the shows, or specialty restaurants, or spas and huge fitness center with all the state of the are equipment and an enormous jogging track, and lounges.. so much to do that it just demands a second trip.

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Cruise tips

Labadee (Cruise Line Private Island)

This is Royal Caribbean private island. When we got there the winds were a little rough so the visibility in the ocean waters was very cloudy. We love the snorkeling and usually bring our own equipment. But I can’t blame the weather on this beautiful little island. They offer a real nice buffet. Plenty of food just like on the ship. They have zip lines and little coaster rides that you can enjoy. But this is the place where we just kick back and put our toes in the sand and enjoyed the beautiful ocean.

Cozumel, Mexico

I’ve been here several times. Its a small island loaded with so many things to do. I’ve been scuba diving twice, my kids did some horse back riding, one time we rented a car (cash only). And that’s the way to go. Lots of beaches and local vendors. I’m not a big fan of the vendors that are right there in the port area, unless yours out of time and need a souvenir or two. Go into town, I even found a Mexico version of Walmart. It was so awesome to shop and get some nice discounts.

Falmouth, Jamaica

Ok, so it might be my mistake. I don’t normally do excursions, I like to do my own thing. My first clue that this might be a mistake was that once we got off the boat, I couldn’t help but to notice the large wall surrounding the port. I even jokingly said, feels like I’m in a prison. There were a lot of shops and dining inside the wall (thank goodness). Because we attempted to walk outside the walls and were very aggressively approached by so many hustlers. We followed tightly to 4 others as we walked only one block before making our way back to the gates to get in. There were several attempts from the locals trying to separate us and lead us into different direction, we were having someone in our faces and couldn’t even have a conversation with each other as they rudely were forcing their services, good and yes, even drugs upon us. It was such a relief to make our way back, inside the safe compounds of those walls. And yes, walls work! (Sorry about that). We still had fun and food inside. Got to hear about other cruisers and their stories about their excursions. But some said they shared some similar experiences until they got far enough away from this tourist trap. Next time, I’m going to do a large group excursion.

Oasis of the Seas

Oasis of the Seas

I’ve got two tips. Regardless if the venue is free, MAKE RESERVATIONS. there’s going to be over 6,000 people jockeying for something to do. You’ll find that those who planed better get the better seats and dining times. The other TIP is, take a picture of the name tag of the people you want to thank in a survey. It will help you remember who took care of you and they will be greatful.

San Juan, Puerto Rico

Another poor we did not take any excursions on. We did jump on a 15 passenger tour van which took us around the city. It was educational but I wasn’t a big fan how they just dropped us off at the end. Checking out the castles and overlooking the ocean and the cemeteries was absolutely beautiful. This was a low-key slow interactive type activity at this point but we loved it .

Labadee (Cruise Line Private Island)

This is their private island, remove the offer the buffet during this day they have water on both sides of this little island. Lots of little tiny shop to buy souvenirs. I do have to say they are very very pushy I’m trying to get you to come in and buy their goods. To a point of it being almost rude or like you have to run to get past them. But they do have some good souvenirs to buy, so it’s not all that bad.

Philipsburg, St. Maarten

I don’t normally do excursions. I like to do my own thing. This was no exception, we found a cab and went into town and had a blast doing some more things that the locals do. But if you go here, make sure you go to the beach where those planes fly really really low overhead over the beach, you’ll never forget that experience. That is a must do.

Ft. Lauderdale (Port Everglades), Florida

Hundreds and hundreds of cars pulling in to unload luggage thousands of people checking in at the same time but everything ran so smoothly that it just blows you away on how easy it is.

Allure of the Seas

Allure of the Seas

Although the shows are free. You do need to make the reservations to ensure you were going to get to see the shows. It doesn’t mean you get to see any if you don’t. It just means you’ll have to stand in line, why those who did make the reservations soup up all the good seats, and then 10 minutes before the show starts they let those in who didn’t make reservations. If you’re doing specialty dining, make sure you do your homework and find out what time the shows are playing and book your specialty dining on that first day of your cruise. Otherwise you may have some conflict with some wonderful dinners and great shows going off at the same time.

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