dkoeppel

dkoeppel
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Joined: 07/29/2013
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Norwegian Dawn

February 2017 - Norwegian Dawn to Caribbean - Western

Norwegian scores high above the rest!

The Norwegian Dawn is a nice smaller ship and was the perfect size.  There was always a chair open on the multi layered deck by the pool or in the front of the ship.  Food was excellent in the main dining rooms and in the buffet.  Not thrilled with the specialty dining rooms.  I enjoyed the food and service better in the main dining rooms, don't waste your money on the other dining.  Service was top notch!  Entertainment was phenomenal!  The magician was absolutely spectacular and Second City had us all belly laughing out loud.  If I had one complaint it would be the wait for the elevators.  I think that was due to people holding it for others on the upper floors.  I took the stairs at times, it wasn't that bad.  Beautifully remodeled ship.  Highly recommend this one!

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Independence of the Seas

October 2015 - Independence of the Seas to Caribbean - Western

Disappointed with Royal Caribbean

We have been on 5 other cruises with Carnival and this was our first experience with RCI.  We had heard that they were a step higher than Carnival and expected excellence and sophistication.  What we found was mediocre food in the main dining room and the same items every single night with the exception of 1 or 2 items of the day.  We were given the choice of ordering lobster or a filet each night for an additional price.  You have to pay extra to have a hamburger at Johnny Rockets, on Carnival Guy Fieri's gourmet burgers joint was included.  Everything costs extra on RCI and the photos and souvenirs are extremely over priced.  There were only 4 exceptional staff members that stood out, the rest simply did their job every day and didn't seem happy to be doing it.  The Broadway shows were just okay, had two comedians one the first night and one the last night (Carnival has a comedy club with entertainment twice a day every day), however I did enjoy the cruise director and his staff, they were very entertaining by the pool and on the promenade deck.  We loved the excursions and the group we went with, they made the entire experience enjoyable.  Not sure I would recommend or go on Royal Caribbean again.

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Carnival Breeze

April 2014 - Carnival Breeze to Caribbean - Southern

dkoeppel's Tips

New Orleans, Louisiana - Loved New Orleans! First timers! Stayed in Homewood Suites downtown and took the trolleys everywhere. Awesome time!!!
Norwegian Dawn Norwegian Dawn - Our first time on a smaller ship and we liked it alot!

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