dmcdevitt1965

dmcdevitt1965
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Norwegian Epic

November 2016 - 7 Night Western Caribbean (Port Canaveral Roundtrip) Cruise on Norwegian Epic

Carnival Sunshine

April 2016 - 9 Night Eastern Caribbean Carnival Journeys (Port Canaveral Roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Sunshine

Wonderful Caribbean Vacation

We had a great time on our recent Carnival cruise.  The best part for us were the islands and the excursions we chose for enjoying them.  We booked all of our excursions through private companies, however, not through Carnival.  We did a Segway trip in St Kitt's and an island tour and beach day at The Boatyard in Barbados.  St Lucia was our favorite stop, as we did an island tour that included a beach between the pitons, mud baths, volcano and waterfall.  The tour also included breakfast and lunch and all the drinks (rum punch, beer, soda, water) you wanted.  In St Maarten we also did an excursion that took us to Orient Beach, Maho Beach and a market area on the French side of the island.  We had great photo opportunities at each of the islands and so much fun.

 

The Carnival Sunshine is a very old ship and definitely showing it's age.  The ship is extremely difficult to navigate, causing you to have to go up or down a flight and across the deck and back up/down to get to where you need to be.  This got frustrating on several occasions. We also discovered that the ship was headed to drydock after our trip, meaning many of the crew members were headed home for 2 weeks.  The service was far below our expectations and I think this probably had something to do with that; everyone just wanting to get this cruise over so they could go home.  We did enjoy many of the activities and tend to make our own fun when we vacation.  We did enjoy the Serenity area, however it was impossible to get any of the more comfortable seating options during the day.  We did not like the new menu options in the main dining room, it seems the selections are more limited, especially for those of us that do not eat seafood.  The cruise director staff was one of the best we have had on a cruise ship; Donkey and his crew were very energetic and entertaining, as well as welcoming.

 

I would not recommend this ship, but only because of the age and problems with navigating the ship.  

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Freedom of the Seas

November 2014 - 7 Night Eastern Caribbean (Port Canaveral Roundtrip) Cruise on Freedom of the Seas

HIGH SEAS RALLY

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I booked this cruise for my daughter's birthday.  We were not informed when making our reservation that we would be traveling with what is called the High Seas Rally (if you don't know what that means, it was 2,400 Harley Davidson Bikers).  I would NOT choose to take my daughter on a cruise with a ship full of bikers and believe I should have been given this information before making my decision.  The bikers took over the pool decks during the day, however at night they had private functions that the rest of the passengers were not invited to.  With 3,600 total passengers and 2,400 of them being bikers, that left very few people participating in the planned activities.  I heard cruise director's staff talk about how they have never seen so few people at the different activities.  It was not fair to the guests that paid to be on the cruise, but not part of the biker group.  Also, the crew seemed to be on edge all week; I am not sure if that was because of the bikers or a previous issue with complaints. I did witness one crew member being verbally assaulted by one of the bikers.  I am used to the crew being able to interact with the guests, but they seemed afraid to do that on this cruise (with the exception of a few).  To add to all this, we totally missed the first stop due to bad weather and then had to return to port after cruising for a few hours due to a medical emergency, which made us 2 hours late getting into St. Thomas (3 days later).  I understand things happen that cannot be controlled, however most people only get a few weeks of vacation time.  We plan and pay for our time away from our jobs and it does affect our experience when the cruise is different from what we expected.  There was absolutely no compensation for the inconvenience; it would have gone a long way to offer a free drink or a credit for something (even a free t-shirt).  It would not have cost Royal Caribbean much, but would have given the passengers a better feeling about the cruise line.  I will not book with Royal Caribbean again and feel that Norwegian provides much better customer service and the food choices are much better on both Norwegian and Carnival.

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Freedom of the Seas

February 2014 - 7 Night Western Caribbean (Port Canaveral Roundtrip) Cruise on Freedom of the Seas

dmcdevitt1965's Tips

Philipsburg, St. Maarten - You cannot miss Maho Beach/Sunset Bar, everyone needs to go there once. Orient Beach is beautiful as well.
Castries, St. Lucia - Gorgeous island with stunning views. Definitely go to the other side to see the pitons.
Basseterre, St. Kitts - We did Segways here with Sugarland Tours. Awesome people, very accommodating and friendly.
Bridgetown, Barbados - The Boatyard is a beautiful beach; be prepared to see the crew at this location as it is popular with them.
Carnival Sunshine Carnival Sunshine - My tip would be lower the bar; this is a very old ship so don't expect everything to be shiny and new. Learn the deck layout early or you will be confused the whole time. There is no easy way to get to the restaurant or comedy club.
Freedom of the Seas Freedom of the Seas - The crew in the wine bar are very knowledgeable and friendly. The piano bar entertainer speaks very poor English.

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received a helpful vote on their Freedom of the Seas cruise review - HIGH SEAS RALLY

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received a helpful vote on their Freedom of the Seas cruise review - HIGH SEAS RALLY

received a helpful vote on their Freedom of the Seas cruise review - HIGH SEAS RALLY