beth7strat

beth7strat

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Virginia
Joined 04/2017

14

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Carnival Imagination

August 2019 - 4 Night Catalina & Baja Mexico (Los Angeles Roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Imagination

Pleasantly surprised

Put your emphasis on fun and downplay any thoughts of luxury and you will be pleased!

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Adventure of the Seas

March 2019 - 7 Night Western Caribbean (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip) Cruise on Adventure of the Seas

Fun ship for our class reunion

Yes it was spring break and there were lots of children. We are a group of 11 seniors reuniting and had a ball just the same. Probably pool areas got little use by us but it was quite windy up there anyway. Hot tub in the solarium worked fine. Wished that the balconies would offer adjoining access.

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Symphony of the Seas

September 2018 - 7 Night Western Mediterranean (Rome Roundtrip) Cruise on Symphony of the Seas

Excellent first trip to Europe!

This is a big ship but well designed so as to not feel crowded (other than the in demand entertainment productions). Very smooth.. No sense of motion whatsoever. Rooms were larger than we have had on other RC ships. Dining in the my time dinner was fine...did not need other restaurants. Staff was outstanding.

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Freedom of the Seas

June 2018 - 7 Night Southern Caribbean (San Juan Roundtrip) Cruise on Freedom of the Seas

Wonderful family reunion cruise

The My time dining room was not crowded even though we were told the ship was full with passengers. Same experience in the theatre for shows. No need to arrive way early to get a seat. Loved our server, Aila, who was so very attentive and made our celebrations very enjoyable!

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Empress of the Seas

January 2018 - 4 Night Bahamas & Havana (Miami Roundtrip) Cruise on Empress of the Seas

A visit to a once forbidden city...Havana.

Quickie cruise with 2 ports plus Miami Home port. Enjoyed the Winter getaway although it was cooler than normal for the Caribbean at this time of year. Small ship was fine except interior cabin size was too cramped.

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Grandeur of the Seas

August 2017 - 5 Night Bermuda (Baltimore Roundtrip) Cruise on Grandeur of the Seas

Wonderful reunion!

Our 45 year reunion was an outstanding success! Can't wait for more! It was a perfect way to celebrate, the group was able to have a private happy hour in a conference room one evening. My main negative is the new policy of charging corkage fees for bringing personal wine bottles to the dining room. I completely disagree with this to the point where I didn't but any alcohol, and perhaps got less enjoyment than I would have otherwise. Wish they would reverse that policy. It is a big dissatisfier for me.

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Rhapsody of the Seas

March 2017 - 7 Night Western Caribbean (Tampa Roundtrip) Cruise on Rhapsody of the Seas

Grandeur of the Seas

September 2016 - 9 Night Canada & New England (Baltimore Roundtrip) Cruise on Grandeur of the Seas

Navigator of the Seas

March 2016 - 8 Night Eastern Caribbean (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip) Cruise on Navigator of the Seas

Radiance of the Seas

July 2014 - 7 Night Alaska Hubbard Glacier Southbound (Seward To Vancouver) Cruise on Radiance of the Seas

Freedom of the Seas

Freedom of the Seas

Sail date: June 09, 2018

Wonderful family reunion cruise

The My time dining room was not crowded even though we were told the ship was full with passengers. Same experience in the theatre for shows. No need to arrive way early to get a seat. Loved our server, Aila, who was so very attentive and made our celebrations very enjoyable!

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Adventure of the Seas

Adventure of the Seas

Sail date: March 23, 2019

Fun ship for our class reunion

Yes it was spring break and there were lots of children. We are a group of 11 seniors reuniting and had a ball just the same. Probably pool areas got little use by us but it was quite windy up there anyway. Hot tub in the solarium worked fine. Wished that the balconies would offer adjoining access.

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Grandeur of the Seas

Grandeur of the Seas

Sail date: August 19, 2017

Wonderful reunion!

Our 45 year reunion was an outstanding success! Can't wait for more! It was a perfect way to celebrate, the group was able to have a private happy hour in a conference room one evening. My main negative is the new policy of charging corkage fees for bringing personal wine bottles to the dining room. I completely disagree with this to the point where I didn't but any alcohol, and perhaps got less enjoyment than I would have otherwise. Wish they would reverse that policy. It is a big dissatisfier for me.

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Symphony of the Seas

Symphony of the Seas

Sail date: September 06, 2018

Excellent first trip to Europe!

This is a big ship but well designed so as to not feel crowded (other than the in demand entertainment productions). Very smooth.. No sense of motion whatsoever. Rooms were larger than we have had on other RC ships. Dining in the my time dinner was fine...did not need other restaurants. Staff was outstanding.

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Cruise tips

Ensenada, Mexico

Not much to see in the port area but we did a defeat your which was a bit of an adventure and fun with a museum stop. There was just the 4 us so the 2 young women guides have us great attention and information.

Catalina Island, California

Hummer back country tour have a great overview of the scenery although the wildlife his from us. Very knowledgeable your guide. Shops were nice too.

Carnival Imagination

Carnival Imagination

Don't expect much and you may be pleasantly surprised too. It emphasizes fun and you can find that.

George Town, Grand Cayman

Clearly the financial businesses of Grand Cayman have brought prosperity to this island. It looked like a nice place to live. Our tour was rushed due to slow traffic from 3 ships being in at the same time and the beach escape time was totally userped by the long wait for food service at the restaurant we visited.

Cozumel, Mexico

Went to a Mexican cooking class where we made a 3 course meal which became lunch. Open bar, nice pools and expansive lovely beach facility. Not a lot of shops there but a pleasant way to spend the day.

Falmouth, Jamaica

While the sights aling th developed resort areas seems beautiful and all, the interior of this island is horribly impoverished, Roads were awful on the bus tour we took. We visited a primary school and found the poverty heartwrenching.

Adventure of the Seas

Adventure of the Seas

Distribution of liquor purchased off ship nees better organization. There was a big line to pick up packages on the morning of debarkation. I put mine in a carry on and then forgot to transfer to checked baggage at the airport, thus the TSA got the benefits of my purchase. Not happy about that. Don't make the same mistake!

Nassau, Bahamas

This port really didn't have much to offer. The big hotel on paradise island is turned into a tourist attraction where they just want you to spend money in the shops and casino. Didn't care much for that.

Miami, Florida

Took a tour post cruise since our departing flight was late in the day. Glad I got to see Little Havana, South Beach and the graffiti neighborhood. Amazing.

HAVANA, CUBA

The stay was short. Cruises that overnight there or go to more than one Cuban port would be better. It was an interesting place however and the old cars are for real.

Empress of the Seas

Empress of the Seas

Avoid the interior rooms. We were on a "free" cruise as a time share promo gift. It was no where near free as we had to cover all the extras like gratuity taxes port fees and a visa fee for going to Cuba. Point is we were in am interior room and it was tiny. Not much bigger than the bed. No sofa.

Barcelona, Spain

Drive by tour was not so good for variety of sights, mostly glances from the bus other than the big mammoth cathedral.

La Spezia, Italy

Pisa tour and Tuscany wine tasting. Both were fun but again a lot of time spent in the bus.

Marseille (Provence), France

A lot of time in the bus but the sights at the quarry art exhibit and the two villages of Provance were delightful. Got to use my high school French!

Naples, Italy

Loved Pompeii and Sorrento excursion. Didn't really explore the port.

Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy

Toured with ViAtor because our ship excursion was cancelled for some reason. Got a good skip- the- line Vatican tour through them.

Symphony of the Seas

Symphony of the Seas

We had pre cruise reservation to see Hairspray but did not realize many of the other shows also required reservations. I called guest services to schedule our choices once we were underway and it turned out only one was actually reserved for us so we were turned away at 3 others. They had a stand by policy but all were filled so that didn't work out. Make your reservations. Also be aware that excursions all ran longer than scheduled by 30-60 minutes. In La Spezia we had both morning and afternoon tours and almost didn't make it to the second one. This cruise had two ports taking on and letting off passengers. Barcelona and Rome. For some reason that made it feel a little disjointed. Passengers were not on the same experience schedule with a split in the comings and goings. However the merchandise sales took place on two nights so you can take advantage of that.

Basseterre, St. Kitts

Took the day trip tour picnic at a beach bar. Great place. Quiet beach, beautiful scenery. My favorite.

Freedom of the Seas

Freedom of the Seas

Of you are in balcony cabins side by side with others in your party ask about having the partitions opened. Our room attendant took care of that for our group of 4 rooms. We totally enjoyed this communal balcony. I think the ship design would be better if it could be fully open, but half way worked.

Willemstad, Curacao

We went on the beach fun your but it was a very crowded beach with rows of fixed lounges for rent. Not too impressed with the beach here.

Baltimore, Maryland

Had a night in port pre cruise and found some excellent steamed crabs at Locust Point Steamers.

King's Wharf, Bermuda

Lovely, clean and friendly. We did the 5 hr motor tour so we could see St Georges, and snorkeling at the snorkel park. It was a short walk, and the reef was just off shore. Lots of corals and some colorful fish but not the most I've ever seen. Really needed more time in port to see the sights of the area adequately. I did not have time for shopping.

Grandeur of the Seas

Grandeur of the Seas

Make my time dining reservations ahead of sailing. If there is a way to find out show schedule in advance that would be a plus.

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