ellencornell1

ellencornell1
Second Mate

Hometown: Saint Petersburg, Florida
Joined: 06/04/2014
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ellencornell1's Past Cruises

Oosterdam

November 2016 - Oosterdam to Caribbean - Western

Wonderful Service!

Shipwas refurbished in April. The entertainment area was improved greatly with a wonderful Billboard Lounge with double piano entertainers. Also, the classical performances at the new Lincoln Center Stage were outstanding. A blues club was a nice addition to round out a variety of music. The casino is totally non smoking-great improvement! Negative quality of entertainment nightly on the Main Stage. Far surpassed by Royal Caribbean, Carnival, Princess, Celebrity, Disney, and Renaissance. That was the only ship disappointment all week.

Phone/tablet plugs in staterooms made charging very easy.

Food and service in all dining areas were amazing. Special Thankisgiving menu was a great addition. Burger and hot dog area needs a more efficient plan.

Easy on and off was also a great feature.

 

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Allure of the Seas

September 2016 - Allure of the Seas to Caribbean - Eastern

The Best!

Best of four Oasis class RC cruises I have taken. Food, service, and entertainment were great. Mama Mia cast was excellent. The four female leads were outstanding. Those who also performed in Blue Planet did a super job. These ships are easier to board and debark than those 1/3 their size.

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Carnival Paradise

June 2016 - Carnival Paradise to Caribbean - Western

Great Value!

5th time on Paradise and still a great small ship for a short, reasonably priced trip. 30 years old and showing ware, but being renevated in January. Excellent entertainment, food, and service. Cruise director and assistant are excellent.And Tampa is an easy port to use. Also, the older ships have more shower room and closet space than the newer, larger ships.

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Brilliance of the Seas

November 2015 - Brilliance of the Seas to Caribbean - Western

Great time for great value!

Plesantly surprised at how nice the Brilliance was for it's age. Ship, service, food, and entertainment all exceeded my expectation. Especially liked the Headliner Show, Captain's question and answer hour, Cruise Director, and Solarium. Another plus was the ease of embarking and debarking. Port of Tampa is an easy to use port, convenient from our home.

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Carnival Paradise

July 2015 - Carnival Paradise to Caribbean - Western

Great older ship!

Fourth time on the Paradise and still a great little ship. Service, shows, and food very good. Extra plus for me is the convenience of the port to home. More cabin room and storage than newer ships. Starting to show age, but worth the value and positives. The dining room manager, Yusuf is the best from any ship or cruise line I have been on.

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Disney Dream

May 2015 - Disney Dream to Caribbean - Bahamas

Amazing!

Disney does it right! Wonderful from start to finish. Activities, shows, dining, staff, and the Castaway Cay experience all are fantastic. This is the third time I have taken my granddaughters in the past four years on the Dream, and each time we debark, they want to know when they can go again. The kids club is so much fun, the four year old only ate with us one night because she enjoyed the club so much. Pricey, but worth it!

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Carnival Breeze

July 2014 - Carnival Breeze to Caribbean - Southern

Really a "Fun Ship"

Been on several Carnival ships and liked the Breeze the best. Nice layout, good entertainment, very good food, and excellent crew. The cruise director was the best of any other cruise I have taken.

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Disney Dream

May 2014 - Disney Dream to Caribbean - Bahamas

Disney Does It Right!

 

 

 

Second time on Dream even better than the first time. Girls were both able to go to the club now, familiar with everything, and weather was great. Only one negative. Shows were the same as two years ago. Would be better to change them more often for returning guests.

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ellencornell1's Tips

Oosterdam Oosterdam - If booking any time dining, make reservations as soon as you board.
Allure of the Seas Allure of the Seas - Book shows and dining before your trip. Get to comedy club early for seat selection and do not sit in the front row if you do not want to participate. Solarium bar is a nice spot. Water show is a nice addition.
Brilliance of the Seas Brilliance of the Seas - The covered deck on the front of the 12th floor or the Solarium are good places to read or rest quietly. Attend the Captain's question and answer session.
Nassau, Bahamas - We do not get off the ship anymore because we have been there so many times.
Disney Dream Disney Dream - Do not miss the fireworks and pirate night show.

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commented on a Oosterdam cruise review. - "Food and service on this ship was outstanding. Ship caters to the senior age group. " read more

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shared a quick tip for Oosterdam"If booking any time dining, make reservations as soon as you board. "

reviewed their Caribbean - Western cruise on Oosterdam and gave it 4 stars!

received a helpful vote on their Allure of the Seas cruise review - The Best!

received a helpful vote on their Allure of the Seas cruise review - The Best!

commented on a Allure of the Seas cruise review. - "Do not agree with the drinks being watered down. The same week at the Solarium bar, my Bloody Mary was so strong, I took a nap! " read more

commented on a Allure of the Seas cruise review. - "Cannot believe we could have been on the same sailing-totally opposite experience(and this was my 37th cruise on 8 different lines!)! Food, servic..." read more

commented on a Allure of the Seas cruise review. - "Cannot believe we could have been on the same sailing-totally opposite experience(and this was my 37th cruise on 8 different lines!)! Food, servic..." read more

shared a quick tip for Allure of the Seas"Book shows and dining before your trip. Get to comedy club early for seat selection and do not sit in the front row if you do not want to participate. Solarium bar is a nice spot. Water show is a nice addition."