djoe105

djoe105
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Eurodam

January 2017 - Eurodam to Caribbean - Western

Overall Very Good Cruise.

  First of all, thanks to Justin Williams, our "" consultant, for his professional advice.  

 

   My companion and I consider ourselves to be "a young" 60 years old. While wanting to avoid a "party barge," we do like active crowds and like to seek out new friends on cruises.  At first, we were taken aback by the number of "mature" passengers on the Eurodam.  But, our fears were unfounded as there was an adequate cross section of ADULT age groups for us.  And I can attest, when we anchored alongside the Carnival "Paradise" in Cozumel and were able to compare the "mood" of their passengers, we proudly stepped back onto the Eurodam and was thankful for such a nice vessel.  

 

   For us, the Eurodam experience if more about relaxation.  There are things to do, but the "nightclub" scene is not happening and while we are non-gamblers, we noted the casino small.  The food was good, the ship "comfortable" yet over the top elegant. Friendly, attentive staff.  Entertaining shows.  Again, a slower pace but not boring. 

 

   HAL did a good job with embarkation/debarkation.  I would mention this was out first cruise from Port Everglades/Ft. Lauderdale and we both agree the Port of Miami and Miami International (even with the monster sized airport) was easier to deal with.  The Ft. Lauderdale airport is not large enough to handle the cruise crowds. And, I will add that EVERY cab driver I have ever dealt with in Ft. Lauderdale has been "less than professional" and I have been going to Ft. Lauderdale for decades. And you will find that the UBER drivers will find and excuse to cancel once they realize it is an airport pickup as they don't like taking singles or couples (HINT: use your wife or girlfriends account to summon UBER, the "foreign" UBER drivers in FLL will think they might have a chance to hit on her. Learned this from a local).   

 

Back to the cruise:  We enjoyed it.  Not sure if HAL will be first on the list for our next cruise, but they might be.  I have "only" taken 6 cruises thus far and am still sampling the offerings. So far I know if one cruise line which I will never take again and HAL may not make it as my favorite.  But it is in the running for a strong second place finish and that is pretty good.  

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Carnival Victory

January 2015 - Carnival Victory to Caribbean - Eastern

Never Say Never, However.......

In 1991 I took my first Carnival cruise (on the Mardi Gras, if that tells you anything) and swore off cruising for the next 15 years, vowing to never take Carnival again under any circumstances. Deciding to give cruising another try a few years ago, I have since taken Royal Caribbean (great experience) and NCL three times (possibly my favorite, but willing to try others) and have rediscovered the benefits of taking a winter cruise (I'm from the midwest and a warm break in winter is NICE). 

On January 19, we set sail on the Carnival Victory (let by-gone's be by-gone's, certainly Carnival has improved?), a ship chosen due to it's itinerary and perceived value.  I do not hold myself out as a seasoned "cruiser" but can compare this ship to my most recent experiences with Royal Carib. and NCL.

The Victory is a tired ship. Rust abounds and frankly, in spite of it's patina it just did not seem all that clean.  I have heard elsewhere the ship is due for re-fit in March 2015, but how long does it make sense to wait when in the meantime customers such as I are turned off by a ship in this condition?  No "washee-washee" before entering dining rooms was encouraged, the lighting dim, serious lack of clear signage directing you about the ship, smelly public toilets.  This ship also had SMALL swimming pools and the overall layout of the ship did not allow a "straight path" from one end to the other on all floors (up, over and back down was the requirement).  There were always guests milling about and trying to interpret the poor signage.

We had a sixth floor port side balcony. Our room steward (Samidi) was wonderful, but seemingly overworked.  Considering value paid, the room was fine.  The steward kept it clean and attended cheerfully to any special requests.  The bathroom was "tired" with cracking grout, water leaking from shower to bathroom floor and was not designed for use by more than one guest at a time (as compared to more modern ships). But is was "OK."

Food was marginal at best. As compare dot my other recent cruise experiences,  corners were cut on quality, name brands, etc. of food products including produce (in my opinion). The fruit was not as tasty, the dairy (yogurt for example) off brand, pasties not as enticing.  But, you do get what you pay for and I would not call it "bad," just not as good as the other cruise lines I have experienced.

Most obvious, to me, was the "lack" of staff.  The crew to guest ratio is lower than other ships on which I have sailed and it was obvious in all aspects. You had to search for a pool waiter, bartenders overwhelmed, no signs of the constant cleaning I have witnessed on other ships, etc.  Little things, or lack of them, do add up.

We did attend the two theater productions offered and I will say they were exciting and well produced.

Never Say Never, but I will likely look elsewhere for my next cruise.  Not that this was a "bad" cruise, but for me I would like to spend a little more money for better food, cleaner facilities and more attentive service.

 

 

 

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