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Norwegian Jade

January 2017 - Norwegian Jade to Caribbean - Eastern

Nice ship/older crowd

Norwegian Jade is an older medium sized ship that is clean and very nicely maintained. We had a balcony room (9120) .The room accommodations were very tight.. The king sized bed was nice but took up most of the room making getting around a little restricted. The bathroom/shower area was extremely small  with very limited space for hygiene supplies. The balcony is of average size with a couple of chairs and small table. That being said our room attendant was consistently great and did an excellent job. The entertainment had a few nice shows but pretty much on the average side. Let me just say that this turned out to be an older crowd. My wife and I are in our sixties and we were definitely in the younger end of the crowd. Many activities seemed directed toward an older age group. The food in the buffet area was also pretty average, The blue lagoon is open 24 hours and a nice alternative a couple of days (especially on embarkation day) to avoid the crowds. I would also recommend the specialty restaurants of Cagneys and Teppanyaki. The ship never seemed crowded and plenty of lounge chairs were always available. The embarkation process went smoothly. Disembarking was a little slow but not too bad.

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Allure of the Seas

November 2015 - Allure of the Seas to Caribbean - Eastern

Great big ship. Great big crowds.

We have previously cruised on the Oasis of the Seas so we were familiar with the ships layout. The ship was always clean and well maintained. The food in the main dining room was good not great. The food in the windjammer was ok at best. The food at the Park Café was the best alternative but was extremely crowded most of the time. The parades on the promenade are nice. The entertainment in the theater was at it's best with Mama Mia and not so with Blue Planet. The Agua theater also had some nice shows. The casino royale was always crowded and surprisingly offered some good singers while you played your favorite tables or slots. The bar at the casino needed more attention as it frequently was left unattended. There was always plenty of areas to lay out on the deck despite the six thousand other passengers. The port of call in St. Thomas is a major problem if you are disabled and use a scooter or wheelchair. The shuttles to get to downtown are few and far between. If you are fortunate enough to find one, the downtown area streets and many of the shops are not accessible to the disabled. The port in St. Martin is much better laid out and cleaner overall. My advise is to take an extra drink before heading out to the beaches or excursion because most of the drivers are crazy and the roads are like a rollercoaster ride. The embarkation and debarkation process was efficient as was the overall running of the ship and its hundreds of different activities. Its a beautiful ship with lots of people and if you don't mind the crowds you'll like this cruise. One final note. If you park in the lot at the port you might leave with a car full  of ants. On the way out to pay the parking attendant we told her of the ants  and she said she received numerous other complaints .

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Freedom of the Seas

November 2014 - Freedom of the Seas to Caribbean - Eastern

Eastern caribbean turned into western caribbean cruise!!

Freedom of the seas is a beautiful ship. I probably would have rated the cruise four or five stars, but less than 24 hours before the cruise was to depart we were informed of the following: Due to technical (actually mechanical problems) the itinerary would change from ST. Thomas, ST. Martin and coco cay to  2 days in Nassau Bahamas,Cozumel and Coco Cay. This was extremely disappointing having booked the cruise 8 months earlier for the eastern Caribbean. Also our cruise last year was in the western Caribbean which included Cozumel. The room,entertainment and service were all very good. The food in the main dining room was also good. The windjammer buffet was below average and very repetitious in its offerings. Once again the ship was great but just upset about the sudden change of itinerary.

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Oasis of the Seas

November 2013 - Oasis of the Seas to Caribbean - Western

Amazing ship!!

Beautiful mega ship with excellent signage which made it very easy to find ones way around while on board. The cruise ports of Labadee Haiti and Falmouth Jamaica were as expected. Labadee has some nice beaches with some beautiful views but not a whole lot else outside the immediate area. Falmouth has A nice enclosed shopping area right off the pier with good prices for  the usual cruise gifts/souveniers. It has no beaches in the immediate vicinity and once outside the fenced enclosure near the ship is a very poor area of dilapidated shops and merchants and  a security force that is lacking. You are definetely on your own once outside the enclosed area. The main attraction is definetely the ship and it did not dissapoint. My wife is disabled an we booked a handicap accessible room which was spacoius and well equipped overlooking the boardwalk. Very different view from the balcony as we were able to see the boardwalk,ocean and zip liners. It was never a problem to find lounge chairs on the deck and with all the passengers on board it never seemed overly congested. As a matter  of fact you could always find a peaceful area in numerous places on the ship at any time if desired. The only traffic jam would be near the elevators after shows or special events and this is expected and occurs on most all ships. The numerous shows and parades were elaborate and first class. We used my time dining and made all reservations prior to the cruise and it all went as planned. All in all a great very smooth cruising giant ship. Its going to be a little hard going back to a smaller ship after you've sailed on this monster!!!!

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cruiselifers's Tips

Key West, Florida - Walk up and down Duval street and enjoy all the craziness key west has to offer. Stop in irish kevins and grab a guiness.
Norwegian Jade Norwegian Jade - If you would like to avoid the crowds at the buffet on embarkation day eat at the blue lagoon on deck eight. Nice way to ease into your cruise.
Tampa, Florida - Stay at the Holiday Inn Express on the Courtney Campbel causeway( state road 60) next to Bahama Breeze restaurant. Inexpensive with nice views of tampa bay and short shuttle to cruise port. Very close to airport.
San Juan, Puerto Rico - The city has some great history especially around the fort which is a great sight when entering and leaving the port. Put on good walking shoes as the streets are very hilly. Heavy law enforcement presence around port.
St. John's, Antigua - Little bigger cruise port area. Kind of run down once you venture out of port.
Philipsburg, St. Maarten - Great. Cruise port area is large and clean. Take a walk to the left out of the cruise port (nice sidewalk) to the beaches and main shopping areas in town. Great beaches and bars. You can get two lounge chairs an umbrella and a bucket of six beers for twenty bucks.
Carnival Paradise Carnival Paradise - Any time dining is a good way to go. Never had much of a wait for a table for two. If you are in a wheelchair or scooter a are going to a show in the theater you need to arrive well before the show. Very limited areas for the disabled.
Nassau, Bahamas - If you have lots of extra money weighing you down, then visit Atlantis. If not stay away.
Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas - If you are handicapped you will have multiple problems finding transportation to downtown and limited access to the shops. Streets are also very rough.
Allure of the Seas Allure of the Seas - Try the food at the Park Café. Its free and of great quality but very crowded. Try going in at off times and you'll avoid the rush.
Cococay (Cruiseline's Private Island) - It's a very nice little island. Plenty of lounge chairs and a nice little BBQ lunch. They also have some trails on the island leading to some interesting views of the ship. Even found an eagles nest on the end of the island.
Port Canaveral, Florida - Port is fairly easy to get around. We used parking at the port garage which made boarding and disembarking very easy.
Freedom of the Seas Freedom of the Seas - Would not hesitate to cruise this ship again it is beautiful. Hopefully no changes in destinations will occur this time. The ship is very large but easy to get around. Elevators can be slow.
Falmouth, Jamaica - nice shopping in the fenced in area at the pier. No real beaches in the immediate area. Very poor surroundings outside the fenced area.
Oasis of the Seas Oasis of the Seas - definitely make reservations for the shows prior to your cruise and avoid waiting in lines and the possibility of sold out events.

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received a helpful vote on their Allure of the Seas cruise review - Great big ship. Great big crowds.

received a helpful vote on their Norwegian Jade cruise review - Nice ship/older crowd