OpusTGreat

OpusTGreat

Second Mate
Buffalo
Joined 12/2017

6

Cruises

8

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43

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Local Government Employee, Entrepreneur, Volunteer Fire Chief

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Past Cruises

Empress of the Seas

January 2018 - 5 Night Western Caribbean (Miami Roundtrip) Cruise on Empress of the Seas

First(and very likely only) small ship cruise...

The crew did a great job of making this small ship feel much larger. However, unless we score a killer deal, as we did on this one, we will only sail on bigger ships.

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Allure of the Seas

April 2017 - 7 Night Eastern Caribbean (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip) Cruise on Allure of the Seas

Wonderful Ship!

Wonderful ship and crew. Hopefully we come across such fantastic crew members on our future cruises!

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Oasis of the Seas

May 2015 - 7 Night Eastern Caribbean (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip) Cruise on Oasis of the Seas

Cruise with Newbie couple!

Great time, with a great friend, and her now Ex Husband. O_O

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Allure of the Seas

May 2012 - 7 Night Eastern Caribbean (Ft. Lauderdale roundtrip) Cruise on Allure of the Seas

Family Cruise(First Time too!)

Great ship to be on with family, however, if you are someone that sleeps easily when it is dark, avoid interior rooms

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Cruise Tips

Allure of the Seas

Allure of the Seas

Avoid interior rooms if you are a daylight based waker...

Nassau, Bahamas

This was our 2nd visit here...just walked around port, and visited the free beach. No desire to return

Oasis of the Seas

Oasis of the Seas

Visit the Schooner Bar or the Champagne Lounge for low wait times!

Oasis of the Seas

Oasis of the Seas

Go to the cafe in Central park for lunch!

Allure of the Seas

Allure of the Seas

If you have a forward facing room, make sure either your lights are off, or your curtains are closed at night, or else you will get a call from the Navigation Bridge asking you to close the curtains

Miami, Florida

When departing from Terminal J, there are no signs indicating where your ship is sailing from. We also attempted to call RCCL to determine where our cruise was departing from, and we were told the incorrect departure terminal.

Costa Maya (Mahahual), Mexico

Typical commercialized cruise port, full of mostly mass produced items. We also took the Off-roading jeep excursion, which was a lot of fun.

Empress of the Seas

Empress of the Seas

Be prepared with Dramamine, or another anti-seasickness/nausea medication before embarking, and be sure to have enough to cover the entire length of your voyage

Key West, Florida

Favorite stop on our last cruise. Lots of things to do, but my suggested course of action: Walk all the way down Duvall St to get to the “southernmost point”, then on your way back: The Cork and Stogie - for a Drink and a Cigar, or get a draft beer “To-go” style, and continue on 60+ Craft beers(according to their signage) Pinchers - some say this is the original, but I’m not 100% on that. Good drink prices, but not much in the way of Craft or Draft. Margaritaville - this IS the original. Decent drink prices. Also available to go. Other suggested stops: the Key Lime Shop on Duvall - best Key Lime pie on the island Sloppy Joes - Great food menu Irish Kevin’s - best Car Bomb on the island.

Philipsburg, St. Maarten

We have ported in Phillipsburg, St Maarten on 3 different occasions. It is a perfect spot to get all manner of things one might wish to bring home. Fantastic deals on Canon “L” series lenses, GoPro cameras and accessories, cigars, linens, jewelry, cigarettes, and alcohol. Not to mention $1 Heineken and Presidente everywhere you turn. The price at the Duty Free near Hard Rock Cafe for Johnie Walker Blue is about $100/750ml. In comparison, an Identical bottle in Buffalo, NY is about $225. My absolute favorite port to bum around on shore, and drink.

Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas

We have ported in Charlotte Amalie, St Thomas 3 times. 2x we took the St John, honeymoon beach snorkel and Champagne cruise excursion. The crew aboard the Champagne Cat is fantastically entertaining, and very professional. On the 3rd Time in port we took the excursion to Megan’s bay overlook, and Blackbeard’s castle. Do not waste your money or time. If you have the opportunity to stop in “Drake’s Alley” and have a drink at the bar, do it!!!

Nassau, Bahamas

We have ported in Nassau 3 times, and have been consistently less than impressed. Of the 5 ports we have cruised to, it is our least favorite. First cruise we did the Atlantis Shallow water dolphin encounter and aquarium tour. The facilities at Atlantis are top notch, and the Dolphin trainers were fantastic. Our 2nd cruise, we walked around port, and attempted some shopping. The straw market was less than impressive, with a lot of the vendors having identical mass produced merchandise. Our third cruise we did another Dolphin encounter, at an off shore location. Facility was not as nice, and 2 rounds of beer for 4 people cost me $90, before tip.

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