Nancevee

Nancevee
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Joined: 09/22/2013
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Cruiseline: Holland America Line

Ship: Maasdam

Nancevee's Past Cruises

Norwegian Gem

March 2015 - Norwegian Gem to Caribbean - Eastern

Low Key and Relaxing!

This 10 day cruise on the Norwegian Gem was very low key.  Usually I cruise on Carnival.  I have been in 22+ cruises.  This luded the ultimate beverage package, which was great since alcoholic beverages are so expensive and add up quickly, even more so when they add in the 18% gratuity.  Daily gratuities for the staff went up to $13.00 which is well deserved since they do work their butts off making sure that you are happy.  The ship is older but it looked well maintained.  I had a balcony cabin and the bathroom was a little bigger than those on Carnival.  The food was good and there was always food available in different sections of the ship.  I was actually impressed that Norwegian had such diversified entertainment.  They had comedians, magicians, a juggler act and acrobats during different nights.  Usually on Carnival they have the same entertainment staff doing something different every night, but it all seems the same and boring.  The ports included  Puerto Rico, St. Maarten, St. Thomas and Tortola.  They were all great stops except Tortola.  We were told that another competitor cruise ship had crashed into the pier a while ago causing a lot of damage, therefore the pier and the area was under construction and we had to use a tender to get there.  There are no immediate beaches to go to in Tortola unless you are doing an excursion or paying a hefty $20 for a ride to a beach.  Most of the shops were closed, so getting off was a waste of time.  I had not been to St. Maarten in a few years, and I was very impressed on how much it has changed.  Tons of shopping if that's your thing, there's even a Hard Rock Cafe there.  Also, unlike Carnival, the photographers weren't chasing you down to take your photo on the ship.  Overall a nice cruise with plenty of sea days to relax and enjoy the sun.

 

 

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Carnival Glory

September 2014 - Carnival Glory to Caribbean - Eastern

Bland and Lacking...

This cruise was bland and lacking in many ways.  I been on 20+ cruises and this was the worst one.  Carnival has made a lot of cutbacks and it shows.  The Lido only had one major food station open and there wasn't much variation.  Pretty much the same thing every day and night.  Laying out on the decks, there were no servers around, had to get up and go to the bar if I wanted a drink.  Same thing in any of the seating areas inside of ship.  Main dining room had mainly seafood every night which I am allergic to and not much of anything else.  One night I had a pork chop for dinner, and it was so tough that I couldn't cut into it.  The waiter eventually bought me another one which was just as bad.  The ship stopped in 4 different islands which was nice, but the stops are not long enough to enjoy.  Instead of doing 4 stops in 7 days, it would be much better to do 2 or 3 stops and spend more time at each location. The shows/entertainment was boring, you seen one you seen them all. Comedians were good.  By the way this was my second time on Glory, and believe me, big difference between this cruise and the first time.  This ship also needs to be updated, looks tire and worn.

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Carnival Splendor

September 2013 - Carnival Splendor to Caribbean - Eastern

Worst cruise ever...

I been on over 20 cruises and most of them have been on Carnival. This cruise was the most ghetto cruise ever. People were rude, didn't know how to wait in line for the buffet. Every time I turned around there was someone cutting in front and reaching over towards the buffet. Totally rude! Also, the food choices were very few and it seemed like they had the same thing everyday. The tables were not being cleaned off immediately on the Lido deck. The shows are all the same, once you seen one, you seen them all. VIP debarkation was a joke. They had all the self-assisted passengers get off first, which turned out to be about half of the 3,000 passengers on board. We had to wait an extra 2 1/2 hours to get off. What's the point of being VIP if your not getting treated as one. They should of let disabled people or in need of assistance off first, then VIP and afterwards the self-assisted. Carnival needs to start getting their act together or they are gonna start loosing a lot of business. My next cruise will definitely be with Holland America.

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Pacific Princess

April 2013 - Pacific Princess to Europe - Northern Europe

Nancevee's Tips

Tortola, British Virgin Islands - Pier area and info center under construction until the Winter time. No near by within walking distance beaches. Shops were all closed.
Carnival Splendor Carnival Splendor - The only good thing about this ship was the Spa rooms and the Serenity Area.

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received a helpful vote on their Carnival Splendor cruise review - Worst cruise ever...

received a helpful vote on their Norwegian Gem cruise review - Low Key and Relaxing!

received a helpful vote on their Norwegian Gem cruise review - Low Key and Relaxing!

received a helpful vote on their Norwegian Gem cruise review - Low Key and Relaxing!

received a helpful vote on their Norwegian Gem cruise review - Low Key and Relaxing!

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