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Hometown: Miami, Florida USA
Joined: 10/24/2014
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About MrChocoholic

First started cruising as a kid with my parents aboard the Calypso Liner to the Bahamas in the mid-1960s. Later, lived for a summer aboard the old "Italia," formerly the "Kungsholm II" when she was a floating hotel in Freeport. Cruised aboard the "Bahama Star," then the "Emerald Seas," Disney's first "Big Red Boat" ("Oceanic") and Royal Caribbean's "Song of America" in the 70s and 80s. Another Bahamas cruise on Carnival "Fascination" in 2004, followed by "Destiny" (now "Sunshine") in 2012. Checked out Royal Caribbean's "Liberty of the Seas" and Norwegian "Sky" in 2013, followed by cruises aboard Carnival "Victory" and Norwegian "Pearl" in 2014. Cruised aboard Carnival "Elation" out of New Orleans in August 2015. Main interests: Sea, Sun, Food, Drink, Photography, Video, Culture, Technology, Art, Architecture, Design.



MrChocoholic's Past Cruises

Carnival Elation

August 2015 - Carnival Elation to Caribbean - Western

"With my 13 year-old kid. "

Carnival Victory

March 2014 - Carnival Victory to Caribbean - Western

Norwegian Sky

June 2013 - Norwegian Sky to Caribbean - Bahamas

Carnival Destiny (RETIRED)

June 2012 - Carnival Destiny (RETIRED) to Caribbean - Eastern

Carnival Fascination

February 2004 - Carnival Fascination to Caribbean - Bahamas

Disney Dream

June 1987 - Disney Dream to Caribbean - Bahamas

"Oceanic / Big Red Boat, one of the most beautiful ships afloat"

MrChocoholic's Tips

Carnival Elation Carnival Elation - Elation lacks a selection of for-fee specialty restaurants. If you want a unique dining experience shell out for CHEF'S TABLE. Sign up as soon as you board. It's a limited-seating custom-designed five-course meal with kitchen tour, champagne reception, unlimited drinks, entertainment, free photo.
Liberty of the Seas Liberty of the Seas - If you love chocolate as much as I do, get OFF the ship in Cozumel and visit the Kaokao Chocolate factory. Take the tour or just load up in the store. One thing Royal Caribbean does NOT do well is chocolate desserts.
George Town, Grand Cayman - If, like me, you're not a diver but love being underwater, Atlantis Submarine is the thing to do. This is no Disney-simulation that rides on a track. It's a real boat--free from any kind of umbilical or other craft. Dive 100' down "The Wall" in safety and comfort. I loved it, worth every penny.
Cozumel, Mexico - YOU CAN SAVE MONEY if you are willing to do a little extra work researching and booking independent shore excursions. We've done both. Diving and snorkeling are featured here, like Grand Cayman. The Kaokao Chocolate Factory and Josefina's Cocina Con Alma are fantastic foodie shore excursions by taxi
New Orleans, Louisiana - New Orleans is a great city for kids. She loved going into every "voodoo store." She wanted to take a pedicab everywhere because of the drivers, more fun than horse and carriage. She was amazed to see her grandfather's airplane, the one he flew, overhead and plantations' slave quarters, to eat gumbo
Carnival Elation Carnival Elation - If you have an allergy to lines, as I do, avoid the buffet and have breakfast in the MDR. In fact, if you have an allergy to lines avoid the Lido Deck altogether. Nothing served there is worth standing in line. Next longest line (other than for food) is at Guest Services. Hhhmm. Wonder why?
Cozumel, Mexico - My pre-teen daughter and I loved Josefina Gonzalez Luigi's cooking class, "Cocina Con Alma" We booked it through the CozumelMyCozumel website. You choose the menu, shop for ingredients, learn to cook them and drink margaritas while you eat. Throw in the Kaokao Chocolate Factory tour for dessert.
Carnival Fascination Carnival Fascination - Bring ear plugs that you can sleep in. Bring room deodorizer. Bring something to hang stuff on. Bring your own soap, shampoo, conditioner and toothpaste. Bring a packet of detergent (I suggest Woolite) in case you have to wash something.
San Diego, California - Hornblower Cruises has a fantastic whale-watching excursion out of the pier right next to the Midway. Once past Point Loma various types of Pacific whales and dolphins can be easily observed and photographed. Food and drink is available but be advised: small ship + rough water = lost lunch.
Nassau, Bahamas - Scenic, historic and loaded with delicious culinary specialties
Norwegian Pearl Norwegian Pearl - FOOD TIP: Amazingly, the best food on the ship are the Indian dishes presented in the main buffet, the Garden Cafe. The curried chicken is exceptional.
Nassau, Bahamas - We love going to Arawak Cay, Fish Fry. Also to a special beach on the way to Lyford Cay.
Miami, Florida - One of America's best cities to sample Hispanic cuisine from all over Latin America
Norwegian Sky Norwegian Sky - The waverunner tour around Great Stirrup was worth the bucks.
Cozumel, Mexico - Fascinating, culturally interesting, delicious food and drink, scenic.
Carnival Victory Carnival Victory - SHIP TIP: the BEST place to hang out, eat, drink and lounge by a pool is all the way aft.

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