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South Carolina
Joined 03/2013






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Really enjoy cruising except that I get motion sickness. Lots of meds to keep me upright :-)

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Past Cruises

Allure of the Seas

December 2018 - 7 Night Eastern Caribbean (Miami Roundtrip) Cruise on Allure of the Seas

Allure is a great ship!

The cruise was every thing we expected and more! Lots to do.

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Serenade of the Seas

October 2017 - 5 Night Canada & New England (Boston Roundtrip) Cruise on Serenade of the Seas

2nd Time Around Better than the First

2nd time on Serenade of the Seas, and 2nd time on the New England/Canada cruise. I'd do it again! We've already booked our next Royal Caribbean cruise for the end of 2018.

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Serenade of the Seas

October 2016 - Canada/new England Cruise on Serenade of the Seas

1st Time on RC and to Canada/New England

I loved this first cruise on RC and the Serenade enough that we took the same trip again the very next year.

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Carnival Sensation

March 2013 - 3 Night Bahamas (Port Canaveral roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Sensation

Okay for first time cruise

I went on this short cruise just to see if I would get sea sick or not. Lots of dramamine helped. The room was okay, clean, and well tended to by the cabin stewards. The wait staff at dinner was absolutely amazing. Dinner the first night was good, but the following 2 nights went downhill quickly. Buffet and grill foods were average. Glad you had the ice cream/frozen yogurt machines because the desserts were not very good. Cookies were. The iced tea was absolutely horrible. It looked more like pepsi it was so dark. The shows and entertainment were good. Only complaint is that each of them started 10-15 minutes late. I went to the Thomas Kincade class, if you want to call it that, where a gentle gave an overview of his life and painting style. That was really good. The guy talking about Kincade and the painting gave a good presentation. I'm not old, so love music and bands, but some times music in the pool area was just way too loud during the day. You couldn't even having a screaming conversation with the person sitting 2 feet away from you. As for the casino, I only spent about $300 and could have spent significantly more because I love to play craps, but the lack of good ventilation from all the smokers made me not want to stay in there at all.

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Cruise Tips

Labadee (Cruiseline Private Island)

Since we were Suite guests, we spent our time on the Suite exclusive Barefoot Beach. Although costly, we had a Hilltop cabana and it was an amazing, relaxing perk. RC provided a great buffet for Barefoot Beach visitors.

San Juan, Puerto Rico

I've been to Puerto Rico many times, not just from cruising and it is great. We just walked off the boat and walked around in Old San Juan, but having been before you can't go wrong on the tours that are offered.

Philipsburg, St. Maarten

I took a Bernards tour of both sides of the island. The tour company was great. While the water and some beach area are beautiful, the island is still so devastated from Hurricane Irma. That said, this island depends 100% on tourism that visiting helps their economy.

Allure of the Seas

Allure of the Seas

Don't set your expectations so high that you'll get to see and do everything on the ship. It is so big and there is so much to do that you'll run yourself ragged rather than just relax some and enjoy the ship.

Bar Harbor, Maine

I give Ba..Ha...Ba.. as those native pronounce it, an excellent rating mostly because the excursion. We took the 4 hour excursion with the lobster bake. Awesome! Awesome! Awesome! It's a must do. We ate at a restaurant close to the port area so after eating we walked around and did shopping on our own. Just a delightful day.

Halifax, Nova Scotia

Another long day tour... but still interesting sites. Shopping, the beautiful City Garden tour, a maple factory tour, Peggy's Cove tour and the weather could not have been more perfect, and a visit to one of the Titantic cemeteries.

Saint John, New Brunswick

With no port for the ship, you always have to take a tender, but it's a quick and easy process. We did a 6 1/2 hour excursion and saw many things. Went to an Irish pub for a beer/soda, did some shopping at their City Market, saw the reversing falls rapids, had lunch at the historic St. Martin fishing village and spent time at the Caves looking for lucky stones.

Boston, Massachusetts

This was just our departure port and we did nothing here other than board the ship and then depart and head back to the airport.

Serenade of the Seas

Serenade of the Seas

Room location is always critical so that you don't have excessive hallway noise, or noise from a bar or restaurant above or below you. 8124 on Serenade was very peaceful.

Nassau, Bahamas

Unless you're going on excursions, it's almost not worth the time to get off the boat.

Carnival Sensation

Carnival Sensation

We had a balcony stateroom on the very back of the ship just under the Serenity deck (21 and over only). Nice and quiet part of the ship! Also convenient to food. Short flight of inside stairs to get to dinner, and then 2 short flights of stairs on the outside to get to the buffet area.

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