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Hometown: Massachusetts
Joined: 05/20/2016
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About della426

Favorite past time is traveling. I think a cruise is an affordable way to see different ports. Something for everyone!



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Norwegian Escape

February 2017 - 7 Night Eastern Caribbean (Miami Roundtrip) Cruise on Norwegian Escape

February vacation on Norwegian Escape

I myself always read reviews.  I've written a few too.  My nature is to stay pretty positive about things since I'd feel foolish complaining about a Caribbean vacation in the dead of winter.  I've cruised with the other big named cruise lines and this was my first with Norwegian.  I booked it a year in advance so I had plenty of time to prepare and plan.  I stayed in a 2 bedroom family suite in The Haven.  Like you will read in many reviews that upgrade is totally worth it.   I don't think I could ever cruise on Norwegian  in a room not in The Haven.  Its just too good.


This being a newer ship, it was clean and had lots of stuff to do for kids of all ages and adults.  My kids like Splash Academy and the times it was open was perfect for my husband and I to have some 'us' time.  The percs they are offering at the moment are awesome. Just pay the tips on your drinks and dining at the restaurants was completely worth it.  Free wifi and saving some money on a shore excursion was a nice extra too.  


Those who go on cruises know the entertainment/shows can be something to do every night with the entire family.  We all kind of go our separate ways during the day, but at night, after dinner, its fun to get together for some good shows.  I was a bit disappointed in the Escapes entertainment.  Only a magic show was something for the whole family to enjoy.  Evening entertainment was just not as good as Royal Caribbean, in my opinion.  I spoke with someone who said the Getaway had some great shows.  I will go on that ship next.


 We snorkeled in St. Thomas and Tortola.  Because of bad weather our Gorda Beach/Snorkel shore excursion booked through the ship was cancelled and they took us to Norman Island instead.  I thought it was the best snorkeling I have ever done.  I saw an octopus!  I do not get off the ship in Nassau.  What a great day on a ship that's 1/2 full.  We were on the ropes coarse as we were docking in Nassau.  I'd advise you try to do that as the views were super.  


Shopping?  There was nothing to buy!?  There were the usual watch and liqueur stores, but no place to buy anything for my family or grandchildren.  My 8 year old son would have liked a shirt that said "The Escape" or something like that, but I never saw anything kid sized.  I got my usual magnet.  


My end of week charges were a total of $700.  That included the $500 shore excursion for the five of us.  That is by far the smallest bill I have ever received.  It was mostly tips on drinks and some arcade fun.  That told me the alcoholic drink percs was worth it for us.  


The specials offered to book the cruise, the room and upgrades you received in The Haven, the island ports you stop at, were all things that made us choose this ship and I would recommend it as well.   Don't expect the same quality of shows or shopping like you might have on RC Allure of the Seas. The staff, food, ropes course, water slides, and overall vibe of the ship was great.  I plan on sailing the Getaway next and look forward to trying out other Norwegian ships.  I think each ship has its pluses and minuses.  You have to travel with the right attitude and you will always have a great time.

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Allure of the Seas

May 2016 - 7 Night Eastern Caribbean (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip) Cruise on Allure of the Seas

Made me happy!

I am someone who always reads reviews.  I have learned that I should take about 50% of what I read.  The people who complain about everything on a cruise, from service to food to entertainment, I don't believe are capable of liking anything.  There are always bumps with any vacation.  If you set your expectations in the realm of "private yacht vacation" then you will be really bummed to go on any large cruise ship.


I went on the Allure of the Seas for Mothers Day 2016.  I took my 83 year old mother and 60 year old sister.  We had a Boardwalk room  #10725.  I had a good view of the Aquatheater, Boardwalk and the ocean.  Loved this room. Sat out at night and watched movies and people watched with my wine.  I actually saw a few large fish jumping next to the ship one afternoon.  I'd read complaints about it being noisy.  During the diving shows it was loud but they were only a half hour long and I would just go watch it again from my balcony.  Room was smaller than a Carnival balcony room but I liked having an entertaining view versus an ocean to stare at.   I'd take these inside balconies any day.   The Central Park inside balconies had a much quieter less active view.


Entertainment was great.  We went to a different show every night.  I had to laugh that more and more of the music on ships is 70s and 80s which tells you they are changing with the "new" older crowd.  I happen to be in that group.  Shows are the best part of your evening I think and you should go even if your think its not for you.  Comedians were really funny, ice show, water show, Mamma Mia, Blue Planet and Mo5ic were all different and fun to watch.  They have an indoor 3D movie theater and they showed movies outside too.  Bars throughout the ship had nightly bands, singers, dancing and karaoke.  There was no reason to be in bed before 1am.


Food was really good.  I usually go to the buffets for breakfast and lunch and to the dining room for dinner.  I had no complaints.  So many choices to choose from.  Had a wonderful steak dinner in Chops one night.  Service was always prompt and friendly everywhere I went.  Where else can you go and have 2 appetizers, 2 dinners and 3 desserts if you want.  Anything you don't care for you can switch.  Servers do everything with a smile.  Complain about the food??  Never.


My sister tried the Flowrider.  That was fun to watch people of all ages try out.   I could watch the rock climbing wall and Zipline from my balcony.  I didn't get to try these but I will next time.  Daytime pool activities were much quieter than some Carnival cruises.  There were the usual bellyflop and sexy man competitions but they were held in the Aqua theater.  


Getting on and off the ship was always smooth and didn't take too long for me to complain.  I guess the people upset about the "selling" on a ship don't realize that's the way it is on all large cruise ships and a lot of people love it.  


This is a ship I would go on again.  This is a ship I would recommend.  If walking a lot is not for you than this ship is probably too big for you.  I did see people with scooters.   Remember to have an open mind and a smidge more patience when traveling.   Keep expectations realistic and vow to have a fun relaxing day every morning when you wake up.  You are on vacation!

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Carnival Paradise

November 2013 - 4 Night Western Caribbean (Tampa roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Paradise

Voyager of the Seas

October 2004 - 9 Night Western Caribbean (Cape Liberty roundtrip) Cruise on Voyager of the Seas

della426's Tips

Norwegian Escape Norwegian Escape - Make sure you do the ropes course. Its intimidating once you're up there but it is so worth the bragging rights. You can take a picture of yourself walking the plank.
Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas - There are a lot of large truck like taxis to bring you into town. $7pp. Get through all the souvenir shops and you'll see them.

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