cruisedoggie

cruisedoggie
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Hometown: rapid city
Joined: 02/14/2014
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About cruisedoggie

We both fell in love with cruising after our first cruise. We have only cruised with Royal Caribbean because we liked the ship and crew on our first cruise. Now we have stayed loyal to Royal and are at Diamond Plus status, and the perks aren't to bad.


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Radiance of the Seas

May 2017 - Radiance of the Seas to Hawaii

Hawaii Northbound

The ship itself and the cruise was good. The trip from Hawaii to Vancouver was cold and rough, it was like being in north Atlantic and not the Pacific. Embarkation in Hawaii and debarkation in Vancouver was the worst I've been in. Nobody seemed to know what they were doing.

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Freedom of the Seas

October 2016 - Freedom of the Seas to Caribbean - Western

BTB

This was the second leg of our back to back. We did the western caribbean witch we have done so many times. As i said before the food in the MDR and Windjammer is not what it used to be. The ship is in good shape, but i don't know why they put the big screens on the pool deck if all they do is show ads. They should be showing something all day long.

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Freedom of the Seas

October 2016 - Freedom of the Seas to Caribbean - Eastern

Freedom Cruise

This was our second time on Freedom, the first was five years ago. The ship was in good shape for being ten years old and having the referbs, but service and food in the MDR and the WindJammer have really gone down hill. It seems as though there is not enough staff in the restaurants which could account for the not so wow service. But it could be that now that tips are automatic the help is not working that hard. Even the bar help in the pub was bad. The crew was for the most part friendly.

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Adventure of the Seas

April 2016 - Adventure of the Seas to Caribbean - Southern

Southern

We like the southern caribbean cruises because of the ports, even though we have been to these ports many times. The ship is in need of a referb, but she is holding her own. We like the voyager class because of the promenade it's like being at the mall and you can shop, eat, or people watch.

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Adventure of the Seas

March 2016 - Adventure of the Seas to Caribbean - Southern

Adventure cruise

We have done this cruise so many times because we like the ports and that part of the caribbean. This was our first time in Roseau, they were many venders just off the ship. awe took a tour up the mountain.

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Independence of the Seas

August 2015 - Independence of the Seas to Caribbean - Eastern

Second leg of BTB

This was the second leg of our back to back cruise and as stated before it was ok buy not great. The food was ok but not like it was the first time on Freedom. Staff was friendly but not going out of their way to WOW you. Freedom was in good shape and the ports were good.

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Independence of the Seas

August 2015 - Independence of the Seas to Caribbean - Western

British ship?

This was the our first time on the Indy. Although the ship was in good shape I think the crew was still in British mood. Not to make anyone mad because we have many English friends, but I think the Brits hold the crew to a different standard, When the ship returns here it takes a while for crew members to return to the more laid back ways of the colonists. Even things in the shops were geared more to the UK cruisers. But all in all any cruise is a good cruise.

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Navigator of the Seas

October 2014 - Navigator of the Seas to Caribbean - Western

Same old ports

This was the second leg of a back to back. The Navigator is an ok ship we've been on it many times. Crew was friendly and waite staff good. The ports well if you have been cruising long you know what they're all about. Don't forget the Texas tax on booze and smokes.

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Navigator of the Seas

October 2014 - Navigator of the Seas to Caribbean - Western

Texas Taxes

This cruise was ok going to the same places, but if you like to buy booze or smokes be prepared to pay a tax on those things that Texas has imposed. They put these taxes on these items to have cruisers pay for their tax short comings.

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Legend of the Seas

April 2014 - Legend of the Seas to Panama Canal, Central America

wonderful cruise kids

This was a wonderful cruise. All the ports were great stops and we had a good time at each one. The ship is a little small but there is still not enough hours in the day to everything. The crew was excellent, the bartenders in the Rbar and the Diamond lounge I can not say enough about. Cruising through the canal was really something else, I wish Royal would return to cruising the canal. I know there our other lines that do but I am loyal to Royal.

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Adventure of the Seas

April 2013 - Adventure of the Seas to Caribbean - Southern

Way down southern caribbean

We have done this cruise a couple of times. Aruba and 

Curacao are nice places to visit if you have never been there. We did island tours on both of them and its beautiful up in the hills. The trade winds are always blowing so its always cool up in the hills. Nice country side that looks like our desert, with all the cacti growing all over. Curacao is about the same, get your tours on the pier and they are about half the price as the ship. aAnd they always get you back to the ship on time.

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Adventure of the Seas

April 2013 - Adventure of the Seas to Caribbean - Southern

Another Southern

We have done this cruise a few times. We like the port stops but going to San Juan is not so fun, coming from Michigan. We keep saying we won't take a southern out of San Juan again but then i find a deal and off we go, but then they get you on the flight.

Been on Adventure so many times don't know what to say. Crew has always been friendly,we even ran into staff we had on different cruises before.

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Adventure of the Seas

November 2012 - Adventure of the Seas to Transatlantic

Westbound Trans

This was a very nice transatlantic cruise. We went to Malaga early and caught the ship the next day. The ports in the med are nice ones and then you have your sea days then you have your ports in the caribbean. Its like having two cruises in one. 

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Navigator of the Seas

April 2012 - Navigator of the Seas to Transatlantic

Eastbound Trans

This was our second eastbound transatlantic, on the same ship. We had different ports going over on this one. Going over in April on the North Atlantic can be ruff and cold but you have to make the most of it. Usual weather is cool the first few days then you get warm breezes off of Africa that make it really nice.

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Adventure of the Seas

November 2011 - Adventure of the Seas to Transatlantic

Transatlantic-Med and Caribbean

This transatlantic was the best of both worlds, you have stops in the Med and in the caribbean, with stops in the Canary Islands. We had a great time on this cruise, we even flew into Malaga early to check out some sights. Lanzarote in the canary islands when to drive to the city is like being on Mars with the relish colored desert.

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Rhapsody of the Seas

September 2011 - Rhapsody of the Seas to Hawaii

Sea of Junk

We were on this cruise to Hawaii, it was a 12 nighter. We left from Vancouver and it was 6 days down to the islands. While traveling through the north Pacific we kept seeing things in the water after about the 3rd day. First it was what looked like pieces of plastic. Then there was balls of all kinds. Then suit cases clothes boats even a fishing boat that was quite large. We ran into a fishing net that got wrapped around one of the pods, making a viberation. The net had to be removed by divers at our first port. We also saw a very large area of all kinds of stuff that covered a large area. all of this stuff was from the tsunami in Japan.

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Freedom of the Seas

May 2011 - Freedom of the Seas to Caribbean - Western

Freedom cruise

This was our first time on Freedom. The crew was very friendly, and the waite staff was good in the MDR. This was also our first time porting out of Orlando, didn't really like that. Theres too many buses at the airport going to Disney. The ports on this cruise were nice.

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Navigator of the Seas

October 2010 - Navigator of the Seas to Transatlantic

Westbound Transatlantic

Nice port stops in the Med and then 8 sea days to relax on the way home. We went to Rome early to try and see some of the sights. You could almost feel the history there, to think thats where the Romans lived and worked. I would like to go back for a couple weeks to view the sights and have more time to enjoy them.

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Explorer of the Seas

March 2010 - Explorer of the Seas to Caribbean

Cold cruise

We took this 9 day cruise in March and it was a little cool. We got in the pool the second day and it was like ice. The farther south we went the warmer it got. If I was to take another cruise out of Cape Liberty it would most likely have to be later in the year. All in all though it was nice, of corse most any cruise is a good one.

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Adventure of the Seas

October 2009 - Adventure of the Seas to Caribbean - Southern

Southern Caribbean

This was our second time taking a southern caribbean, we like this cruise because of the ports. Adventure is a nice ship and the crew even after they rotate always seem to be very friendly. 

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Navigator of the Seas

April 2009 - Navigator of the Seas to Transatlantic

Eastbound Transatlantic

This was our first transatlantic cruise, i loved it. Some people don't like that many sea days but it was nice. We took an all day trip in Lisbon , and saw beautiful country. They have windmills all over the countryside, and nuke power plants. The roads and bridges put ours to shame.

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Vision of the Seas

October 2008 - Vision of the Seas to Mexico

Mexican Rivera

This was a very nice cruise, the ports were good. For a small ship it didn't really seem like it was that small. We always found things to do and keep ourselves busy. We went on city trips every place we stopped and saw a lot of beautiful places around the ocean.

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Adventure of the Seas

April 2008 - Adventure of the Seas to Caribbean - Southern

First time on Adventure

This was my first time on Adventure and it was a great cruise. The southern caribbean is my fav. The ports are all so beautiful. The only bad thing is having to fly to San Juan, that can sometimes be a pain.

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Liberty of the Seas

September 2007 - Liberty of the Seas to Caribbean - Western

New Ship

We were on the Liberty when she only about 6 months old. She was all fresh and new the second of the freedom class, she seemed so big. The cruise was a western caribbean and it also stopped at Labadee. This was our first time at Labadee and it was before all the up dates. We had to be tendered in to the port. The Liberty looked so big setting out in the bay there.

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Jewel of the Seas

December 2006 - Jewel of the Seas to Caribbean - Eastern

Ruff Seas

This was an eight day cruise, all the port stops were very nice places. We ran into very ruff seas where the Atlantic meets the Caribbean. It was toss and turn for about a day an a half. It was really weird to be rocking that much a see guys playing billiards and the balls weren't moving around with the self leveling table.

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Enchantment of the Seas

December 2005 - Enchantment of the Seas to Caribbean - Western

First cruise ever

This was our very first cruise, the one the made me love cruising. It was only 5 days but we loved them. The crew was very good, the food was excellent. The ship had new paint and was in good shape.

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cruisedoggie's Tips

Hilo, Hawaii - Nothing to do her unless you have trips planned
Santa Cruz De Tenerife, Canary Islands - Great shopping in town nice cafes to get a bite to eat or a beer. You can also take a taxi to the other side of the island where there is also good shopping and cafes. There is also black sand beaches that are very nice.
Falmouth, Jamaica - If you like you can go outside the port area into town, but don't go alone.
Cozumel, Mexico - Shop but don't go downtown unless you be bugged to death to go in someones store
Adventure of the Seas Adventure of the Seas - If you can stand the kiddies there is a nice place sit and relax on deck 12 aft, if you can't find a spot around the pool.
Freedom of the Seas Freedom of the Seas - Pizza from sorrentos was like cardboard. Snacks in cafe and sandwiches not like they used to be.
Navigator of the Seas Navigator of the Seas - I lost my keys on this cruise had to call home from Rome to have our son meet us in Detroit with another set
Malaga, Spain - Check out the churches and other buildings there is also a bull ring there, don't know if it is still used
Adventure of the Seas Adventure of the Seas - We have been on this ship 8 times really like the crew. We have always had great wait staff, and head waiter has been on 3 of the same times as us.
Navigator of the Seas Navigator of the Seas - Navigator is like the other voyager class ships but I have been on it many times. The crew was always friendly.
Barcelona, Spain - To really see things take a cab to Catalonia square and walk back down Las Ramblas
Samana, Dominican Republic - Don't go to the waterfall, the pictures they show you are a lot different then the fall. You have to hike about a mile or more back to see it and rain off a roof has more water coming off it.
Philipsburg, St. Maarten - You have many places to stop and get a drink along the boardwalk. Our favorite is a little place about half way down called Cornies Beach Bar. We have been going there for 10 years and if Cornie is there he always remembers us.

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