bskramer48

bskramer48
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Hometown: Doylestown, PA
Joined: 08/23/2014
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About bskramer48

We are an active couple that loves to travel to different areas of the world.


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Cruiseline: Celebrity Cruises

Cruiseline: Norwegian Cruise Line

Cruiseline: Royal Caribbean

bskramer48's Past Cruises

Oasis of the Seas

December 2017 - Oasis of the Seas to Caribbean - Western

Many Good Experiences, But Definitely Room For Improvement

Our experience on the Oasis of the Seas was mixed. There were many things we enjoyed a great deal, and some things that were not up to par. To set the background for our review, we want to note that this was our 5th cruise on Royal Caribbean, and our 16th cruise overall. We have cruised over the Christmas/New Years holidays for the past 13 years. We have a good deal of experience with cruising at this time of the year and with multiple cruise lines. We booked a two device Internet package for the Oasis, because we anticipated having to do a little work over the holiday break. This is the first time we purchased Internet access on a cruise ship. We really enjoyed it. The Voom service on the Oasis was much better than we expected. We would definitely purchase this again. Please read the details posted in the specific categories to get our perspectives on our overall experience on the Oasis.

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Anthem of the Seas

December 2016 - Anthem of the Seas to Caribbean

A Great Holiday Experience For Our Family

This was our 15th cruise (3rd on Royal Caribbean).  Most of our cruises have been over the Christmas/New Year’s break, so we expect the ship to be crowded and we expected there to be a large number of families with children.  Knowing this, we were very pleased with our experience on the Anthem of Seas.  After reading many negative reviews, we were unsure of what to expect, but we rated this one of our best holiday cruises.  We really enjoyed the ports of call and we found the service to be as good or better than past cruises.  We had only a few minor negative experiences (mostly due to other cruisers) and no major problems.

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Norwegian Breakaway

December 2015 - Norwegian Breakaway to Caribbean - Bahamas

Freedom of the Seas

December 2014 - Freedom of the Seas to Caribbean - Western

Norwegian Breakaway

December 2013 - Norwegian Breakaway to Caribbean - Bahamas

Explorer of the Seas

December 2012 - Explorer of the Seas to Caribbean - Bahamas

Carnival Pride

December 2011 - Carnival Pride to Caribbean - Bahamas

Norwegian Jewel

December 2010 - Norwegian Jewel to Caribbean - Bahamas

Carnival Glory

December 2009 - Carnival Glory to Caribbean - Eastern

Norwegian Spirit

December 2008 - Norwegian Spirit to Caribbean - Western

Celebration

August 2008 - Celebration to Caribbean - Bahamas

Norwegian Majesty

December 2007 - Norwegian Majesty to Caribbean - Western

Carnival Triumph

December 2006 - Carnival Triumph to Caribbean - Western

Celebrity Mercury

July 2005 - Celebrity Mercury to Alaska - Inside Passage

Carnival Imagination

August 2002 - Carnival Imagination to Caribbean - Western

bskramer48's Tips

Labadee (Cruiseline Private Island) - We enjoyed spending the day at Labadee. Each time we visit this place, we find new things to do and new places to explore. Most of the time, we spent relaxing on the beach.
Cozumel, Mexico - We booked the day long Chichen Itza trip. We were glad that we did this trip, because we really wanted to see Chichen Itza. We have been trying to get to this archeological site for a few years, but were not able to find something that worked for us. Having said this, we must also note that we would not do this trip again. It was long and exhausting. Even though the brochure lists this excursion as 7 hours and 15 minutes, our actual trip began at 6:45 AM in the Opal Theater and ended at 5:30 PM we we re-entered the Oasis (10 hours, 45 minutes). These are the details. We left at 6:45 AM and took a ferry from the ship’s pier in Cozumel to Playa del Carmen on the mainland of Mexico. The ferry ride took about 45 minutes. A good number of people developed sea sickness on the crossing. It was not pleasant. After we departed the ferry, we marched single file to our buses. After boarding, we road about 3 hours to the site. After a quick bathroom break, we had a one hour and 15 minute tour of the site. After this we had about 40 minutes of free time. Next, we had a bathroom break on the way out, a 3 hour bus ride back, followed by a return 45 minute ferry ride. The rest of the time was used up in transfers and waiting in line. The ferries were crowded, and we ended up with seats next to the restroom on the bus. In addition, the tour of Chichen Itza did not include the observatory (El Caracol) or the Sacred Cenote (Ik Kil). Again, we were glad that we saw the site, but the trip was exhausting and used up a full day of our cruise.
Falmouth, Jamaica - We have been to Jamaica many times before and have experienced many of the tours offered by the cruise. For this trip, we opted to just visit the shops at the pier.
Oasis of the Seas Oasis of the Seas - Definitely book your dining times and night time shows in advance online in your Cruise Planner. Even though we found that seats were available for each show, we felt we enjoyed them more, because we had good seats. If you do book a show, get there when the doors open and get the seat you want. A little bit of planning and booking will greatly enhance your onboard experience.
Labadee (Cruiseline Private Island) - This was our favorite private island of the all the cruise lines. We enjoyed being able to walk off the ship. We went later in the day and found it easy to get two beach chairs in one of the coves. There is much to do on the island and many places to enjoy the beach. Unfortunately intermittent showers arrived later in the day.
Philipsburg, St. Maarten - We enjoyed walking around Philipsburg and having something to eat along the beach. When we visit again, we will book an excursion to a beach.
San Juan, Puerto Rico - The ship docked around 2 PM and it was dark by 5 PM. We wished we had more daylight hours in San Juan. Overall, we enjoyed walking around Old San Juan.
Anthem of the Seas Anthem of the Seas - Book your dining times, shows, Rip Cord by iFly, and North Star online before you get on the ship. I can state this enough - you will have a much more enjoyable experience if you plan these experiences before you get on the ship.

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