Rogerg1

Rogerg1
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Hometown: Boston, MA
Joined: 07/11/2012
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Celebrity Summit

March 2013 - Celebrity Summit to Caribbean - Southern

Carribean Holiday

Newly referbished, Celebrity Summit provides room to enjoy the sun even among a full ship. Faultless stateroom service, superb diningroom staff and gracious service elsewhere made the ship a pleasure. If not for a thoughtless Captain and Hotel Manager, I might well have given this trip all 5 stars. However, despite how well the ship was appointed, comfortable the bed and delicious the food, Captain Teddy needs some lessions in deportment. Much to our horror, he in concert with the Hotel Manager refused to share a taxi with a stranded passenger. One feature all the cruise lines need to adopt is the portable rest area near the gangway complete with cool towels for returning guests. Nothing like feeling welcome on your return. Entertainment was better than average, and I am sure would be better still in high season. One very nice happenstance on the cruise. In each port, we were the only cruise ship in for the day. This was likely the result of a backwards intinerary, starting in San Juan, then St Croix, St Kits, Dominica, Granada, at sea, and finally St. Thomas. No smothering crowds. Just easy strolls.

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Legend of the Seas

February 2009 - Legend of the Seas to Other (Asia/Africa/Middle East)

Faded Glory in the Far East

Legend of the Seas, while still a wonderful vessel, is presently well past its prime condition. The soft surfaces are in dire need of refurbishment and even some of the steel frame is showing serious deterioration. The ship is by no means unsafe, but years of salt water and heavy use have taken their toll. Likewise the crew is not up to the usual Royal Caribbean standard. The dining room staff can be wildly inconsistant, from superb to unacceptably rude, even insulting. The purser's desk is manned by undertrained and therefore incompetant staff. The food is fair. The deserts are awful. The pillow chocolates are gone as are the rugs in the elevators that show the day of the week. The on board Fax Times is gone. LIttle things that were universally noticed and condemned. Cost cutting at work proving annoying and disappointing. Shore excursions proved a source of real concern. The descriptions do state where you are going and how long it will take. However, they also misrepresent the amount of walking, and the amount of stairs or hills to be climbed. This is of serious concern if you have any physical problems, especiallly on the far east cruises where it is generally very warm.

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Jewel of the Seas

October 2006 - Jewel of the Seas to Caribbean

Not up to the usual excellence

This is a beautiful ship of the Radiance class. We have sailed on her before, in May, and were delighted with almost everything. (see comment on entertainment below). However on this trip, the Shore Excursions staff, and the Crown and Anchor staff were woefully inadaquate. We had multifple tours cancelled, one with no notice at all so we spend an hour on the pier waiting for a tour cancelled before we landed. One tour was cancelled after we went to dinner so we would not have known if we didn't see the notice on the Centrum desk. Crown and Anchor did not let these Diamond members know about most of the activities, and the ship itself made almost no announcement except for Bingo. The overall quality of the trip was diminished by these lapses, even making due allowences for the fact that this was a repositioning cruise. I would expect that on its regular 8 & 6 day sailings the ship's staff will perform much more efficiently.

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Rogerg1's Tips

Roseau, Dominica - Barely ok. Formerly French and it shows. Not very friendly to Americans. Small buses and tight seating. A lot of tour restrictions.
St. George's, Grenada - Here they love Americans. Buy spices. Skip the rum distilleries as the rum is better for a foot rub than for drinking.
Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas - Always fun. A lot has been done to improve the notoriously tough traffic. Best small jewelry shops are in Drake's Passage downtown.
Celebrity Summit Celebrity Summit - Breakfast upstairs is not too crowded and well presented. See "Juan Valdez" for coffee. He makes his own blend. Lunch is best near the pool at the burger bar. Nice think patties and excellent hot dogs. At dinner some menu items were not what was expected, but largely the result of trying too hard. The chef has to learn limits when serving hundreds at a time. Chicken Kiev was dry as it was made "gluten free". Chicken Saltambucca and Veal Cordon Blue were similarly flawed. The lamb, and there was a lot, was absolutely wonderful especially the lamb shanks braised in red wine. Loved the heated salt water pool with massage benches and waterfall spigots.
Sanya, Hainan Island, China - A created city showing what China can be. Modern, clean, friendly and utterly without charm. Buy your tea here as it's the best quality you will find on the trip.
Laem Chabang (Bangkok), Thailand - Bankok is a bustling metropolis. Unfortunately far from the ship, but worth the bus ride. Friendly locals who speak English are helpful. Exceptionally bad traffic with drivers worse than in Rome or even Boston. Local food was outstanding.
Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas - Shopping is the best in the Caribbean. Jewelry, liquor, electronics, and of course souveniers and T shirts. Take the time to walk through the stores. The staff are very friendly, offering drinks and even lunch to the weary. Don't forget the alleys like Drake's Passage and Hibiscus Alley. Negotiate, haggle and smile. Except for a couple very large stores, and on alchohol, everything is negotiable. There is a free internet cafe on the second floor of a sore named for a mid european country. The cable car ride is a great way to view the island.
Curacao - A wonderful slice of Holland in the Caribbean. Walk about the Punda side of the city. The locals are very nice and friendly. If you can, visit the Curacao factory. More samples to try. The older part of the city is featured, and with good reason.
Sihanoukville, Cambodia - A deperately poor fishing village with no redeeming qualities. There was no reason to stop here. Stay on the ship and enjoy the pool.
San Juan, Puerto Rico - San Juan is bustling, crowed and can be a lot of fun. But, it can get very boring after more than a couple trips. Excellent shopping in the old city, and the forts are great for scenic views.
Xiamen, China - 2 more temples in, again, a modern city with no charm located a long way from the port.
Oranjestad, Aruba - Beaches are the feature here. If you can, try some water sports. Outstanding snorkeling and scuba. Skip anything that features the "natural bridge". It fell down 2 years ago. WARNING: There is considerable construction in Oranjestad. As a result, the old 100 yard walk to the downtown is now close to 1/2 mile. There are virtually no taxis as the port is not accessable to them due to post 9/11 security.
Nha Trang, Vietnam - More temples. The beggars and trinket sellers remind me of Jamaica. Everything can be had for "one dolla" if you bargain hard enough.
Vung Tau (Ho Chi Minh City), Vietnam - Another long bus ride, but this city is rapidly regaining its stature as the Paris of the East. Wide roads filled with scooters and traffic laws are at best advisory.
Hong Kong - Very busy metropolis. Take out the temples and you have New York. Stanley Market for shopping. Yes, you can bargain, and should.
King's Wharf, Bermuda - The little mall across from the mooring is fine for little things and souveniers, but take the ferry across for a wider shopping selection. The public bus was recommended for an overview of the island. Don't. It travels at breakneck speed and you can't really see much. Take an island tour, it's worth the price.
Laem Chabang (Bangkok), Thailand - Bankok is a bustling metropolis. Unfortunately far from the ship, but worth the bus ride. Friendly locals who speak English are helpful. Exceptionally bad traffic with drivers worse than in Rome or even Boston. Local food was outstanding.
Hong Kong - Very busy metropolis. Take out the temples and you have New York. Stanley Market for shopping. Yes, you can bargain, and should.
Sihanoukville, Cambodia - A deperately poor fishing village with no redeeming qualities. There was no reason to stop here. Stay on the ship and enjoy the pool.
Vung Tau (Ho Chi Minh City), Vietnam - Another long bus ride, but this city is rapidly regaining its stature as the Paris of the East. Wide roads filled with scooters and traffic laws are at best advisory.
Nha Trang, Vietnam - More temples. The beggars and trinket sellers remind me of Jamaica. Everything can be had for "one dolla" if you bargain hard enough.
Sanya, Hainan Island, China - A created city showing what China can be. Modern, clean, friendly and utterly without charm. Buy your tea here as it's the best quality you will find on the trip.
Xiamen, China - 2 more temples in, again, a modern city with no charm located a long way from the port.
Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas - Shopping is the best in the Caribbean. Jewelry, liquor, electronics, and of course souveniers and T shirts. Take the time to walk through the stores. The staff are very friendly, offering drinks and even lunch to the weary. Don't forget the alleys like Drake's Passage and Hibiscus Alley. Negotiate, haggle and smile. Except for a couple very large stores, and on alchohol, everything is negotiable. There is a free internet cafe on the second floor of a sore named for a mid european country. The cable car ride is a great way to view the island.
Oranjestad, Aruba - Beaches are the feature here. If you can, try some water sports. Outstanding snorkeling and scuba. Skip anything that features the "natural bridge". It fell down 2 years ago. WARNING: There is considerable construction in Oranjestad. As a result, the old 100 yard walk to the downtown is now close to 1/2 mile. There are virtually no taxis as the port is not accessable to them due to post 9/11 security.
San Juan, Puerto Rico - San Juan is bustling, crowed and can be a lot of fun. But, it can get very boring after more than a couple trips. Excellent shopping in the old city, and the forts are great for scenic views.
Curacao - A wonderful slice of Holland in the Caribbean. Walk about the Punda side of the city. The locals are very nice and friendly. If you can, visit the Curacao factory. More samples to try. The older part of the city is featured, and with good reason.
King's Wharf, Bermuda - The little mall across from the mooring is fine for little things and souveniers, but take the ferry across for a wider shopping selection. The public bus was recommended for an overview of the island. Don't. It travels at breakneck speed and you can't really see much. Take an island tour, it's worth the price.

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RogerG shared a quick tip for Celebrity SummitBreakfast upstairs is not too crowded and well presented. See "Juan Valdez" for coffee. He makes his own blend. Lunch is best near the pool at the burger bar. Nice think patties and excellent hot dogs. At dinner some menu items were not what was expected, but largely the result of trying too hard. The chef has to learn limits when serving hundreds at a time. Chicken Kiev was dry as it was made "gluten free". Chicken Saltambucca and Veal Cordon Blue were similarly flawed. The lamb, and there was a lot, was absolutely wonderful especially the lamb shanks braised in red wine. Loved the heated salt water pool with massage benches and waterfall spigots.