clarahodgson

clarahodgson
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Joined: 09/11/2015
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Norwegian Jade

March 2018 - 10 Night Southern Caribbean (Miami Roundtrip) Cruise on Norwegian Jade

Best Cruise - Ever!

It was a great cruise - from start to finish. I would repeat this cruise again or at least go on the Jade again.

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Norwegian Epic

January 2018 - 7 Night Western Caribbean (Port Canaveral Roundtrip) Cruise on Norwegian Epic

Great Cruise on the NCL Epic

Loved the Epic and I usually do not like large ships. We were always able to get a chair at the main pool area or Spice H20. I would go on the Epic again!

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Norwegian Getaway

April 2017 - 7 Night Western Caribbean (Miami Roundtrip) Cruise on Norwegian Getaway

Great Cruise!

It was a great cruise.  Excellent people working on the Getaway.  The set up in the buffet area in the Garden Café was genius.  Totally different set up then most cruises and it helps to eliminate long lines.  Loved it.  Food was also excellent in all areas.  Need more music in the pool areas - especially the H2O Spice area.  Also, could never get a chair on the main pool deck as it was too crowded.  Don't get me wrong, it was a GREAT cruise!  Ready to go again!

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Pride of America

October 2016 - 7 Night Hawaii (Honolulu Roundtrip) Cruise on Pride of America

The Best!

This was the BEST cruise ever!  It also is the best way to see Hawaii for the first time.  Shore Excursions were excellent, food was excellent, and service was excellent.  I really would be hard pressed to find something to complain about. 

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Carnival Dream

March 2016 - 7 Night Western Caribbean (New Orleans Roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Dream

Carnival Dream - New Orleans

Overall - it was a very good cruise.  My biggest complaint was there were just to many people. You had to wait in so many long lines! Not enough room on the pool deck nor not near enough lounge chairs and/or tables with chairs.  It was almost a fight for them.  The bathrooms could have been cleaner.  The one by the pool deck on embarkation day was closed for repairs.  You had to walk quite a ways to find another bathroom.  Some of the locks on the bathroom stall doors did not work or you could not get the doors shut.  There also did not seem to be a lot of hand sanitizers on the ship.  When you did find one, it was either empty or not working.  The Caribbean Steel band that played was great....just too LOUD!  Almost all of the live music was just so loud you had to shout to have a conversation.  Loved the music videos they played on the pool deck.  Volume was perfect!  Carnival has the BEST pizza...ever!  And it is available 24/7.  Food was also great.  Most desserts were a little strange.  Service on the ship was great.  Most of all the employees we ran into on the ship were very friendly!  Overall - it was still a great cruise!

 

 

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Norwegian Jade

January 2016 - 7 Night Western Caribbean (Houston Roundtrip) Cruise on Norwegian Jade

NCL Jade

This was the BEST cruise we have ever been on.  (We've been on 5 cruises now.)  The people who worked for NCL, the food, the service, the ship, etc. were exceptional.  I would be hard pressed to find something to complain about.  I would repeat this cruise in a heartbeat!!!!!

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Norwegian Sun

August 2015 - 14 Night Alaska Glacier Bay (Vancouver Roundtrip) Cruise on Norwegian Sun

Norwegian Sun cruise/Alaska Glacier Bay Northbound

The cruise was great.  We had some GREAT shore excursions.  Food was just okay on the ship.  Most of the Norwegian Sun staff were really good.  A few that really stood out were:  Ohoy (AKA Chips Ahoy or Tom Cruise) from the Sports Bar on 11 and Sy (Syaifula) from the same bar.  Excellent bar tenders and Ohoy was VERY entertaining.  Made you laugh constantly!  Sy remembered our name after the first visit and what we drank.  I would highly recommend this bar.  Also, our room steward, Amiel Alameda was very friendly and thorough.  The on-board activities were okay.  The comedian at night (Tim Kaminchi) was EXCELLENT and so was the group "Oh What a Night" who did the tribute to Frankie Valli and the 4 Seasons were also very good.  Rest of the night time entertainment was just okay.  The check-in process was TERRIBLE.  Took us over 2 1/2 hours to check-in to get on-board.  Computers went down 3 times.  It also seemed like we spent a LOT of time standing in lines while on board.  Really appreciated all the hand sanitizers throughout the ship.  Our room was very good...thanks to our agent, Robert Cook.  He gave us really good recommendations on shore excursions and various things about the ship.  I would highly recommend using Robert Cook.  Very easy to work with and very thorough.  Booking the cruise thru Robert was very easy.  Thank you!  Over all, it was a great cruise though and I would highly recommend it. 

 

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clarahodgson's Tips

Norwegian Jade Norwegian Jade - Sail on the Jade. Great ship. Great cruise!
Falmouth, Jamaica - We were here just 45 days prior and did the Bamboo raft down the Martha Brae. Great shore excursion but we did not repeat it as we had just been on it.
Oranjestad, Aruba - We did the Best of Aruba shore excursion. Erline was our tour guide. She was excellent and had a great sense of humor. Loved the tour.
George Town, Grand Cayman - Good but we had just been here 45 days prior so did not go on another shore excursion. We went on a tour called Taste of Cayman" before but it was not offered this time. We would have repeated that shore excursion.
Willemstad, Curacao - We went on the Hato Caves and City Center tour. Vonnita was our tour guide. She was very good. Roytelle was our tour guide thru the Hato Caves. He was also great. Overall, a great shore excursion.
George Town, Grand Cayman - We did the Taste of Cayman tour. It was great. The first stop was at a brewer. They let you drink a lot of beer and the tour was interesting. The rum cake factory could have been skipped. You get an inch by inch sample. No narrative or anything. The rum distillery was also great. They let you drink as much as you wanted and the tour was great. A great tour!
Falmouth, Jamaica - Not much to do in Falmouth if you did not book a shore excursion. We did the Bamboo Raft down the Martha Brae river. Great trip once it go started but you stood around for an hour waiting. Very relaxing. We had a great bus driver and our tour guide, Margery was very informative.
Norwegian Epic Norwegian Epic - Make reservations ahead of time.
Norwegian Getaway Norwegian Getaway - Book your reservations for entertainment ahead of time.
Pride of America Pride of America - The best tip....GO!
Carnival Dream Carnival Dream - Visit the Mongolian Wok! Other than the long line.....the food was great!
Norwegian Jade Norwegian Jade - Go on the Jade! It is a great ship!

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