bludvl82

bludvl82
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Joined: 09/27/2014
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Grandeur of the Seas

September 2015 - Grandeur of the Seas to Bermuda

It Wasn't Worth It

While I understand cruise lines are not responsible for the weather, if the whole trip is going to be a wash out, perhaps they should cancel. Reportedly 90 people flew home from Bermuda after days of 30 foots waves, sea sickness, a rolling ship and wet weather. No one pays for a cruise to spend the days confined inside. I really worried about the elderly and infirm people.  All our shore excursions were canceled.

Weather aside, I was not impressed. I though Royal Caribbean is supposed to be a step up but I prefer Carnival and Norwegian. While my stateroom was roomy and had excellent storage, the furnishings were shabby. My cabinets banged all night long when the ship rocked.

The ship is dated in technology and communications were very poor. There is no ship network. No one could understand the Captain's announcements. Supposedly he wanted to leave Bermuda an hour early, but the sign at the disembarkation point did not reflect this change.

I found the food mediocre and the choices unimaginative. Its all heavy and traditional. I prefer Norwegians eat whenever plan. And no one needs 2 formal nights anymore. It is a dated custom that is only half embraced anyway. I did not think the shows were very good; the aerial show was exciting, but I wasn't impressed by the singing and dancing talent.

RC needs a wine club like Carnival and Norwegian have. I like being able to pick out bottles for the trip that will be accessible whenever and wherever we want them.

Highlights of the cruise were our waiter, Emil, and our steward, Evangeline.  The head waiters (guys in red coats) seemed to provide no value and just stressed out the waiters. The Solarium helped me still feel like I was on vacation despite the inclement weather.

I won't sail RC again

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Norwegian Epic

September 2014 - Norwegian Epic to Europe - Western Mediterranean

Awesome trip; so so cruise

This was my first Norwegian cruise. I have only taken Carnival cruises before and in general, I preferred Carnival. One thing Norwegian gets right is crowd control; I never had to wait in a line my entire cruise, including embarking and disembarking. Other than that, I was not really impressed with Norwegian. The food was so so and heavy. I did not think the pay for restaurants were all that special. My cabin was very small and the bed was excruciatingly uncomfortable. I really hated my  extra large balcony I paid extra for; it should have been sold as an obstructed view due to the fact that instead of a glass enclosure, we had a steel bulkhead. It was impossible to sit on the balcony and see water; that has always been a favorite part of  cruises for me. However, we took this cruise to see Europe and it was wonderful to awake in a new country/city each day. We took the Capri Island of Romance, Ultimate Rome and Pisa and taste of Tuscany tours and thought the tour guides were phenomenal (and  I am not a tour taking kind of person). Our Capri tour started late and uses were not ready when needed so that was a drag. But our lunch and  the tram to the top of Capri were amazing. I thought I had purchased exclusive Rome, vs Ultimate Rome but turns out they were the same price so maybe I picked wrong. The difference seemed to be lunch. But our tour guide Elinora was excellent and enhanced the tour immensely; she made the long day ad crowds worthwhile. Pisa and a Tuscan winery were a nice respite the next day; once again, we loved our guide Laia. The winery was delightful and picturesque and Laia showed us parts of the town of Pisa we would not have normally visited. We had enough tours by Cannes and Palma so we just bummed around on foot. I recommend taking the shuttle to the center of Palma since it is a long walk into town with little to look at. All in all, I am glad I went but if I go back, I will probably not cruise Norwegian.

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bludvl82's Tips

Grandeur of the Seas Grandeur of the Seas - I did not like the Windjammer food at all. I liked the Solarium since I could feel like I was outside in the rain and the food was a bit lighter.
Naples, Italy - Rosario was a great guide. Take the lift to the top of Capri.
Norwegian Epic Norwegian Epic - Don't get the front extra large balcony rooms - you have a steel bulkhead blocking your view. The Capri Island of Romance, Ultimate Rome and Taste of Tuscany tours were great.

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shared a quick tip for Grandeur of the Seas"I did not like the Windjammer food at all. I liked the Solarium since I could feel like I was outside in the rain and the food was a bit lighter."

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reviewed their Bermuda cruise on Grandeur of the Seas and gave it 2 stars!

received a helpful vote on their Norwegian Epic cruise review - Awesome trip; so so cruise

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received a helpful vote on their Norwegian Epic cruise review - Awesome trip; so so cruise

received a helpful vote on their Norwegian Epic cruise review - Awesome trip; so so cruise

received a helpful vote on their Norwegian Epic cruise review - Awesome trip; so so cruise

received a helpful vote on their Norwegian Epic cruise review - Awesome trip; so so cruise

received a helpful vote on their Norwegian Epic cruise review - Awesome trip; so so cruise