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Hometown: New York
Joined: 12/09/2014
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About christhecruiser

Been cruising for 25 years and think it is one of the best ways to vacation. Great value. And I love just sitting and watching the ocean go by. There is always something going on around a ship.



christhecruiser's Past Cruises

Celebrity Summit

July 2016 - Celebrity Summit to Bermuda

Very Nice Cruise on Celebrity Summit

This was my third Celebrity cruise. I traveled with my wife and three children.. We stayed in a FV Family Verandah cabin on deck 8 and it worked well with a HUGE balcony.  See a video tour here:


My children, 10 year old twins and a 6 year old, LOVED the Fun Factory kid's club. We wondered if they would like before we sailed as there are  now watersides, etc.  We have sailed Breakaway twice and enjoyed that. Our kids all said they would prefer Celebrity over Breakaway they enjoyed the kid's club that much. We found the counselors very engaging and really enjoyed being with the kids.


Service in the dining room was excellent. Our waiter Chester and his assistant Owen were tops.  Food was very good. On occasion I was not as hungry and did not finish my meal  the staff asked if they could get me anything else even after I told them I was just full and the food was fine.


Our cabin was kept clean but the stewardess was less than stellar with her attitude, very un-Celebrity like and one of the few negatives on the week.


Qsine was excellent and might have tried it a second time as there were many dishes we were too full to try.


We had Select seating and most times we had little to no wait. We tended to eat towards the beginning of dinner service.


Bermuda was amazing again. We have been there many times and it was nice that Summit stays an extra hour versus the Breakaway.

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Regal Princess

November 2014 - Regal Princess to Caribbean - Eastern

Enjoyed First Princess Cruise

This was my first experience with Princess and did enjoy it. Food is subjective but for me this was probably the best overall food I have had on cruise so far. Buffet was very nice with plenty of selection. Staff was friendly. The decor is very elegant. During the day they had a string quartet playing and they were very good. During the week other music was played in the Atrium,

There has been discussion about lack of center stair cases. It was not a deal breaker for me but I found it inconvenient having a mid ship cabin and not being able to just run up or down when I liked.

I stayed in a Balcony cabin on the Dolphin deck. Bathroom was on the small side, even for a cruise ship. The closet was open to the bath and acted as a separator from the main area of the cabin. Interactive TV was very good. Selection of free movies and TV shows. Also had some music channels. Balcony was small but you could sit facing forward unlike Norwegian Breakaway.

There is self serve laundry available. Did not use myself but room was clean and had vending with detergent.

I got a favorable impression of Princess and would sail another class of ship.


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Norwegian Breakaway

August 2013 - Norwegian Breakaway to Bermuda

Great Time, Planning on Doing Again, Dining Issues

This is an amazing ship with so much to do a week is not enough.We were supposed to sail to Bermuda, one of my favorite places, but were detoured by Hurricane Cristobal.

Ship layout is very good. Almost everything is located in the center. Ship is easy to navigate. Slides were a lot of fun and the lines moved pretty quick on a sailing that was full. Kids had a blast in the water park.

Had connecting balcony cabins and that worked out well. Balconies are small but still enjoyed sitting outside with a drink enjoying the ocean.

Food was alright. Never went hungry but nothing memorable either. Would like to see Norwegian have cookies out during the day. Desserts looked fancy but did not taste good. Either no taste or phony sweet taste. This is a keep it simple area.  Also did not like having to buy something to eat with my coffee at the Atrium Coffee bar. Do not mind paying extra for the coffee but Carlo's stuff was not very good. We ate in Teppenaki one night and that was amazing. 

I am not a fan of the reservation system. If you did not do it months before it was tough to get in anywhere. Kind of goes against the whole Freestyle concept. We saw many empty tables but supposed there was no availability. Sadly this to seems to be the trend and I think it goes opposite of what the cruise lines intended.

Plenty to do on this ship and I do plan to sail again.

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Norwegian Star

August 2012 - Norwegian Star to Bermuda

First Norwegian And Not Last

Sailed Star from NYC to Bermuda. Stayed in a SJ suite and enjoyed the butler. Ship was smaller than the norm today but very nice and easy to get around. Staff was very friendly. This was my intro to Norwegian and liked the product and will sail with them again.

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June 2003 - SHIP TO BE ANNOUNCED (RETIRED) to Bermuda

Empress of the Seas (RETIRED)

August 2000 - Empress of the Seas (RETIRED) to Bermuda

Carnival Sensation

August 1996 - Carnival Sensation to Caribbean - Western

Sovereign of the Seas (RETIRED)

August 1995 - Sovereign of the Seas (RETIRED) to Caribbean - Eastern

Carnival Sensation

August 1994 - Carnival Sensation to Caribbean - Eastern

Jubilee (RETIRED)

April 1991 - Jubilee (RETIRED) to Mexico

Horizon (RETIRED)

August 1990 - Horizon (RETIRED) to Bermuda

christhecruiser's Tips

Marigot, Saint Martin - Must check out planes at Maho Beach. Then head over to Orient beach for a nice day.

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