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Carnival Miracle

December 2017 - 15 Night Hawaii Carnival Journeys (Los Angeles Roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Miracle

Norwegian Jewel

April 2017 - 7 Night Mexican Riviera (Los Angeles Roundtrip) Cruise on Norwegian Jewel

Independence of the Seas

May 2016 - 13 Night Transatlantic Eastbound (Ft. Lauderdale To Southampton) Cruise on Independence of the Seas

The Perfect Vacation!

Loved this transatlantic cruise.  60% of guests were from the UK so the menu items had a nice British touch.  I'm a healthy 61 years old and did the Flow Rider (I've never surfed before), climbed the rock wall twice to the top, ice skated (first time since college), and attended the enrichment lectures.  We participated in many of the trivia contests, attended most of the shows, and the food was great.  The service was outstanding and I can't imagine a better way I could have spent the 13 days!  Also did the final RC excursion to Windsor castle and LHR.  It was a good value and the tour guide was excellent.  I'd do this cruise again in a heartbeat!Happy


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Carnival Inspiration

August 2015 - 4 Night Catalina & Baja Mexico (Los Angeles Roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Inspiration

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Southampton (London), England - We did the RC excursion to Windsor & LHR. Since a basic shuttle was $90, this was a good value at $120/person. I'd buy in advance since it did sell out once on the ship.
Philipsburg, St. Maarten - Rather than take a taxi, we walked into town. It was a mostly shaded and had a sidewalk, probably 1.5 miles and on the level. We are walkers at home so the it was an easy walk for us. Good variety of shops right at dock but prices were cheaper in town.
Nassau, Bahamas - At this port, we booked a dolphin experience with AA. Better than RC excursion since island was only 30 min away (vs 60 with RC). My wife loved the contact with dolphin but be didn't buy their pics since we heard they were $70+
Independence of the Seas Independence of the Seas - I would suggest eating in the dining room as much as possible. The buffet is OK for when you're in a hurry (for an excursion or some other event) but the dining room served wonderful selections and had terrific service.

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