bettianderson

bettianderson
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Joined: 03/23/2016
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Carnival Magic

December 2016 - Carnival Magic to Caribbean - Eastern

Better than expected!

The food selection was huge.  They did an especially nice job in the Lido Marketplace.  Always go aft towards Tides pool.  Way less crowded.  BIG complaint is that they never once mentioned local time.  We missed a private excursion and lost a bunch of money due to this.  RC and NCL are good about this, but Carnival is not.

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Norwegian Star

March 2016 - Norwegian Star to Caribbean - Western

Understaffed and disorganized

We were very disappointed in the level of service on this cruise.  I heard that Norwegian was sold and that new owners cut the crew numbers.  Maybe this is why so many crew members  ranged from nice to neutral to unhappy to downright surly. We had the drinks package, which sometimes was useless as we could not get served.  Had to call almost every night for problems with our stateroom ( towels removed but not replaced, no toilet paper, etc). Dinner service in Aqua and Versailles was spotty--mostly okay.

 

Food was plentiful and varied--pretty good.  The market cafe food had great buffets for breakfast and lunch,  but  tables were too close together, so that you were always bumping into people or they were bumping into to you while going from your seat to the buffet.  I would have been happy to have dinner there, but the setting was depressing--school cafeteria-esque.  Also, the way they had service  set up in long cafeteria lines was annoying and didn't help the atmosphere. Setting and organization of the Windjammer on RCI is MUCH better. 

 

Worst thing--we were supposed to be in port at Roatan, Honduras, per our itinerary, but we had to be tendered.  We got onto Roatan 2 HOURS LATE--no explanation.  RCI was in the port.  Did they get there before us or ???

 

Overall, we had fun because we made it fun.  Did not book any Norwegian excursions but did our own instead.  Big savings. It will be a long time before I book on Norwegian again.

 

 

 

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bettianderson's Tips

Carnival Magic Carnival Magic - First day (embarkation) Southern Lights and Cucina del Capitano were both open for lunch, along with buffet, burgers, and Mexican.
Costa Maya (Mahahual), Mexico - DO NOT stay at the port. Only 2$ each (go outside the gate) to Mahahual. We spent several hours at Senor Lobster on the beach--free kayaks, hammocks, beach chairs. Good food and margaritas. Lovely setting.
Cozumel, Mexico - Very touristy. Walk to market (food market) if you want to get away from the "strip" and see Mexico. Cheap drugstore items everywhere--stuff that would be prescription at home, like Retin-A

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received a helpful vote on their Norwegian Star cruise review - Understaffed and disorganized

received a helpful vote on their Carnival Magic cruise review - Better than expected!

received a helpful vote on their Carnival Magic cruise review - Better than expected!

added Dec 17, 2016 cruise on Carnival Magic to their profile.

shared a quick tip for Carnival Magic"First day (embarkation) Southern Lights and Cucina del Capitano were both open for lunch, along with buffet, burgers, and Mexican. "

reviewed their Caribbean - Eastern cruise on Carnival Magic and gave it 4 stars!

received a helpful vote on their Norwegian Star cruise review - Understaffed and disorganized

reviewed their Caribbean - Western cruise on Norwegian Star and gave it 2 stars!

added Mar 13, 2016 cruise on Norwegian Star to their profile.