May 2016 - 7 Night Cuba (Miami Roundtrip) Cruise on Adonia
Capitalism Hits Cuba......
This was a FANTASTIC cruise. Only the second time in over 50 years a cruise ship has made it to Cuba. fathom is a NEW NEW line, and has a few "kinks" to work out - and they are working HARD to do this. If you are easily annoyed - wait. AND... BEWARE!!! This is NOT your Grandmothers Cruise Line. NO formal nights. Short (dressy) in the Main Dining room are the norm. Entertainment is local. There are on-board "brain" activities in place of sitting and watching show girls. Food was some of the best of the 8 lines we have sailed. The Impact Guides are a refreshing change to the stale Cruise Director and staff of the main stream lines.
September 2015 - 12 Night Best Of Holy Lands (Athens To Istanbul) Cruise on Azamara Journey
Best Cruise EVER
We had a FANTASTIC time on this trip. The crew of the Journey reminds me of what cruising used to be. Impeccable service delivered by happy crew. Most important, and lost on the other guys, is the ATTITUDE of the ENTIRE staff. Never an excuse (and really never a reason for one). Ship is clean and neat. The decor could use an "update" in style (kinda oldish for me). Ports of call were UNBELIEVABLE. This is NOT a party ship. All live entertainment and bars were closed a bit past 11pm. A main show, guitar player and piano man who both had overdone sound tracks to cover for their playing. But because the ports were SOOOOO intensive, we really did not care.
Would go again in a flash. The included drinks (and boy did the drinks flow - and WITHOUT ANY signature needed), and included tips really make this line compete quite affordabally with other higher end lines.
Easy on and easy off. Very few lines for anything. Food was top notch, all the time.
AND..... ATTITUDE (listen up other lines) was positive, happy, upbeat, and NO EXCUSES or B.S. - ever!!!
Happy to answer specific questions. This was our 15th cruise on 8 lines.
March 2015 - 4 Night Catalina & Baja Mexico (Los Angeles Roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Inspiration
Spring Break - What would expect?
Had to be in LA for a business conference. SOOO..... as long as air was paid, we booked the ONLY cruise that left the day after the conference. We KNEW it was spring break. This was/is the shortest cruise we have EVER taken. SOOOO much fun. Kids were a BLAST to be with - drunk, immature, and all.
MOST disappointing was the food. Just TERRIBLE. This was our third or fourth Carnival Cruise. We know they are the starter line, but the main dining room was barely edible. Just basic cafeteria food. MOST unhealthy. Could not even get a good burger.
Go snorkeling on a private tour. Or rent bikes and GET OUT OF THE PORT. there is a VERY cute town, but you can't walk it. The immediate port is STUPID.
DO NOT do any time dinning!!! ALWAYS a wait. If you do late dining you will NEVER get to the show. If you have a unique diet, like no dairy or gluten, DO NOT tell them, as it takes them FOREVER to get you things, and they will simply not bring a dish (not offer a substitute) if there is an issue.