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Norwegian Epic

December 2017 - 7 Night Western Caribbean (Port Canaveral Roundtrip) Cruise on Norwegian Epic

Great Fun For All!

Overall, we enjoyed cruising with NCL and won't hesitate to do it again. The food was better than all other cruises we have been on and the drink package is unbeatable.

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Carnival Valor

February 2017 - 5 Night Western Caribbean (Galveston Roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Valor

Nice little getaway

6481 Balcony Room 6481

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I had originally booked a 5-day cruise out of Galveston that was supposed to depart on 11/6/16, however, due to mechanical failure Carnival had to cancel it. We were given a full refund, PLUS an identical trip gratis. Can't complain about that.

There was some confusion about dinner the first night. My mom who uses oxygen 24/7 and a walker cannot move fast or far so when we went to dinner and were told we were at the wrong dining room twice, it was quite frustrating. I was able to change our dining arrangements and there were no more issues with dinner from there.

I had cabin #6481 and knew that it had an oversized balcony and I was not disappointed! The room itself was spacious and I had two windows instead of one for lots of natural light.

My only real disappointment was that they were do some sort of painting somewhere on the ship and I could smell the fumes prominently in my room. Also, as it is 2017, I was surprised to find that the whole casino was a smoking and not just one designated area. 

Overall, I had a very nice time and would take the same cruise again.

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Norwegian Sky

August 2016 - 4 Night Bahamas (Miami Roundtrip) Cruise on Norwegian Sky

Quick Fun

This is a quick and inexpensive getaway. The food was the best I've had in all the ships I have been on and they did not skimp on the alcoholic beverages even considering it was an "all-inclusive" package. The Sky is visibly dated but the crew were terrific, as expected. The balcony cabin I had was smaller than some inside and outside staterooms on other ships I have been on. The sound on the tv in my cabin was very distorted, even at low level volume. My internet only worked half of the time but I was compensated because I was told that there was a known issue on my deck. I don't have a sensitive bum, nor am I generally picky, but 1-ply toilet paper isn't going to cut it. The reviews I have see about Nassau were 50/50,but I really enjoyed the sea-land tour I took of the city and Atlantis. Overall I was satisfied, but I wouldn't take the same trip again aboard the Norwegian Sky.

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Legend of the Seas

May 2015 - 10 Night Hawaiian Island Hopper (Ensenada To Honolulu) Cruise on Legend of the Seas

10 Day Hawaii Cruise - Legend of the Seas May 14-24

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I was very pleased with how RCCL handled the airport transfers, but communication could have been better.  

I was told by my travel agent that we should meet the representative at the airport in baggage claim between 2-6 pm.  Fortunately, RCCL was there at 10 am when our flight got there so there was no delay in catching a shuttle to the port.  The lines for check in at the port took a long time, nearly 90 minutes, but having cruised before, that was to be expected.  The biggest issue I had with the trip was the transport down to Ensenada, Mexcio to embark.  Due to the Jones Act, we could not board in San Diego, where the ship was when we checked in.  There was a 3 hour delay at the Mexican border, then an hour drive to Ensenada.  Once on board, I was grateful to see that my baggage had made it to our cabin before we did.  We had a late dinner and had to rush to muster before the ship left port.

Our days at sea were very relaxing and although the first couple of days out on the Pacific were a little on the chilly side, the rest of the days were perfect!  Our visits to the Islands were amazing!  We had to tender in Maui and Kauai.  We had made a reservation to attend a luau at the Feast of Lele and planned on leaving the ship at 5 to get there by 6:30 for check in. To our surprise, TWO of the tenders broke down. We boarded the last tender and as other passengers were getting on, that tender also stopped working.  We had to get back off while we waited for an hour and half to get to dinner!  Keep in mind anytime you get off of the ship there is a process of checking out and checking in with your cruise card, which slows things down. 

I was used to be being able to watch first run movies in the comfort of my own cabin and was disappointed that we were not able to on this cruise.  Every other cruise I have taken has offered this amenity.  I was very satisfied that the cost for unlimited internet usage was under $150 for 11 days, which was much better than what I have had to pay in the past with other cruises. The beds were a bit on the hard side, however, the placement of the TV's in the staterooms was not well thought out.  The guest sleeping on the upper bunk could not watch TV from where they lay. The My Time dining was great to be able to eat when we felt like it and not at a scheduled time.  Arranging for a birthday cake celebration was very easy and affordable. Our cabin steward was perfect!  Visible when needed and unintrusive. The professional photos taken by photographers were a little on the high side at $23 for an 8x10 or 4x6.  Wording for picture packages was not clear and I was told a package of 4x6's would cost the same as the 8x10's. 

Getting off and on the ship at each port was cumbersome, having to show our passports and cruise cards at least 3 times at each port, but I understand the need for Homeland Security.

There weren't many choices for excursions in Kona or Kauai and I would like to see improvement there.  

The cost of the vacation was very reasonable for Hawaii. In all, I have no regrets and enjoyed my first visit to the Hawaiian islands!

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Caribbean Princess

December 2013 - 7 Night Western Caribbean (Houston roundtrip) Cruise on Caribbean Princess

Carnival Fantasy

January 2008 - 4 Night Western Caribbean (New Orleans roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Fantasy

Sovereign of the Seas

October 1997 - 3 days on Sovereign of the Seas

Majesty of the Seas

September 1992 - 7 days on Majesty of the Seas

VCS's Tips

Nawiliwili, Kauai - Very beautiful, quaint and laid back. The Canyon was extraordinary!
Hilo, Hawaii - Rainbow Falls and The Volcano National Park were great!
Legend of the Seas Legend of the Seas - Our cabin was ample size for 3 ladies. I loved the big window looking out to the ocean. We always looked forward to dinner and although we didn't have an assigned dining time, we were almost always seated with the same wait staff making our experience more enjoyable.

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