bsherretz

bsherretz
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Norwegian Escape

May 2017 - Norwegian Escape to Caribbean - Western

Great time was had by all

You are never going to completely satisfy everyone - we had a group of 18.  Overall I would say the experience was wonderful.  I heard a few opinions that the ship was too large; some prefer a more personal feel with a smaller ship.  Some don't enjoy excursions and some do - its a matter of personal preference. 

 

My experience was great - I had as much to do or as little to do as I wanted.  I loved Harvest Cay's pool.  Certainly the pool on the ship did not compare and that is one of the points I would make about the Escape - for a ship of this size the adult pool was way too small and there were never enough chairs for everyone.

 

Food was awesome in every dining area; entertainment was top notch.  The ship was clean.  I would kick up the service a bit.  The staff seemed a bit tired - my feeling is that service has dropped a bit since the beverage packages have arrived.  Staff does not have to be as service oriented to get their gratuities.  We tend to take care of our servers that are providing that extra touch to us one on one. 

 

I'll keep cruising and NCL and 411 stay on my list!

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Jewel of the Seas

April 2015 - Jewel of the Seas to Caribbean - Southern

Wonderful Experience

From the minute we got to the port, the experience was wonderful.  It was obvious to me, since I have sailed from San Juan twice previously, that Royal Caribbean has duly noted feedback on the boarding process.  They have taken steps to avoid long lines at the pier.  We waited maybe 15 minutes from the time our taxi dropped us off until the time we were at the desk receiving our welcome packet.

Our luggage was in our room within a reasonable amount of time;  we weren't there when it arrived, but when we got to our room before dinner, the bags were there.  Previously we waited several hours to get our luggage.

This is the first time I've done My Time dining.  I was not sure what to expect.  While we did have the same time every night, I now realize that you can reserve a different time each evening and you can reserve a table with other passengers if you do desire.  The difference I saw in this was that you eat in the upper level of the dining room.  Due to the set times in the lower level, they are more apt to plan the recognition events such as for the chefs and wait staff.  The shift in timing upstairs does not really allow for them to plan the "processions" and such.  This was noticeable to me as a frequent cruiser; others may not even notice the difference.

Our shore excursion experience was just awesome.  We participated in the off-road adventure in St. John's.  We had Henderson as our driver and he was fabulous;  the tour was so much fun and the beach stop was gorgeous.  It's a bumpy road at times, so I'd warn folks with back or neck issues to be aware of that.

I truly enjoyed the entire trip;  the ship, the staff and everything about it resulted in a fabulous, fun and also relaxing vacation.

 

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bsherretz's Tips

Norwegian Escape Norwegian Escape - Allow plenty of time to get places; elevators are always crowded.
Castries, St. Lucia - We took an independent excursion by Israel King. He was absolutely fabulous taking us to many coves and beaches. Rave reviews on Trip Advisor!
St. George's, Grenada - Loved getting the pure vanilla and spices, but did not venture out....many people begging here.
San Juan, Puerto Rico - Took an independent trip to Old SanJuan in the evening for dinner at a local spot. Walking around was very nice. It is safe and "artsy".
Jewel of the Seas Jewel of the Seas - Sushi in the Windjammer was a frequent visit of ours at 6:30 before heading to the dining room for a late dinner.

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