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Hometown: Palm Springs,Ca
Joined: 07/04/2013
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About cruisercutie

Retired, have cruised to the Mexican Riviera, the Caribbean, Alaska, and have a New England/Canada cruise planned for September 2013. Lived in So California most of my life and moved to my birthplace four years ago. I have two wonderful sons, one lives in Brooklyn and the other lives in Huntington Beach, CA.


Cruise Lines: Holland America Line

Ships: Statendam

Destinations: Mexico

Ports: Zihuatanejo/Ixtapa, Mexico


cruisercutie's Past Cruises


December 2016 - Westerdam to Mexico

Great Dam ship.

To say the food was good would be an understatement.    We ate lobster,  escargot,   foie Gras,  lamb chops, prime rib and a myriad of delectable dishes too numerous to describe.    The room was ample in size,  and has a shower AND a bath tub,  a nice feature not always seen in other cruise lines.    Our "fully obstructed view"  cabin had a peek a boo view which brought in much appreciated sunlight.    The staff couldn't be any better.   It is a science to know when to be present and available and when to allow privacy and Holland America has acquired the skill. Only flaws:  no horseradish with the prime rib: faucet in bathroom had a small leak: some of the interior of the bathroom shows wear and is cracking.   Ship is dated and needs an overhaul,  one that is scheduled next year. Happy

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Carnival Glory

September 2013 - Carnival Glory to Canada, New England, New York

Great value.

This was my 7th cruise and my first with Carnival. We had pre-boarding passes that we completed at home at our leisure and printed out. We arrived at the port (Pier 90 in Manhattan) around 10:30. Embarkation was very organized. We waited a very short time until our number was called. Lobby that we were guided in to was dark and somewhat dismal. Lunch had few selections in the Lido dining area. We ate the Guy Fieri burgers and they were great. Lots of topping options and flavor was delish. Headed for the cabin and was pleased with size of room. There were 3 of us sharing the cabin. Carnival Glory has very large ocean view windows. The could use some spiffing up as they appeared spotty or pitted but didn't detract much from the experience. There was only a small shower stall in the bathroom. Shipping off and leaving towards Boston was wonderful and a highlight of the trip. Seeing the sights of New York City from the ship's vantage point was priceless i.e., empire state building, twin towers memorial, sailing UNDER the Brooklyn bridge, the Statue of Liberty brought tears to my eyes. We had late night dining option and sad to say, the food on Carnival Glory left a lot to be desired. There were several entrees that were left uneaten due to lack of flavor or just plain unappealing. Chateaubriand was my favorite for the entire 7 days. We went to the Platinum dining room for tea and were happy with the little cakes, scones and the flavor of the tea. On sea days spent some time in the casino. Large and a good selection of slots. There were many activities that wer presented on the main stage in the casino, which was very convenient. Now to the ports...Boston was great....lots of photo opps....Had great weather in Portland, Maine. Seemed as though we stepped back in time....St John was a little confusing. We were lucky to share a cab with some people we met while waiting for a bus that never came. $50.00 dollars total for one hour of sight seeing. The Reversing Tides have to be timed just right or it just another large inlet. Nice views of the ship. Halifax was our favorite. The weather was beautiful. A perfect balmy 75 degrees. Take the walk along the harbor to the Maritime museum. Lots of worthwhile things to see and artifacts and information about the Titantic. Very sobering. We had breakfast in the Red Sail restaurant while we waited for our number to be called for disembarkation, which was very organized. Will book with HAL next time.

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June 2005 - Veendam to Mexico

Dawn Princess

September 1991 - Dawn Princess to Alaska - Inside Passage

cruisercutie's Tips

Westerdam Westerdam - First time using anytime dining. Loved it. Meet many people and freedom to coordinate activities.
Portland, Maine - Eat at Susan's Fish n Chips....Great fish caught locally and has specials. We had TWO fish sandwiches for $2.25 and the fish was great.
Boston, Massachusetts - Union Oyster House....expensive but worth the experience. Go see the Holocaust statements etched in the glass towers across the street from the restaurant. WOW.....will stay with me forever.
Carnival Glory Carnival Glory - See the Love Game Show....Very funny with passengers from the cruise as contestants.

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