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Norwegian Sky

May 2017 - Norwegian Sky to Caribbean - Bahamas

Great cruise!

Embarkation/Disembarkation:  Could not have been easier….NCL knows how to do this….when we first entered the room I thought "whoah" Disney lines….but we were moved right along and 15 minutes later were boarding.  Disembarkation:  Just like the Epic….was in wonder when we asked about it and was told once declared cleared just take your luggage and "walk off"  hello?  That easy no rooms to go to no lines to stand it….NOPE and it works…..we just walked off and in approx 5 minutes were walking out the door at the port….no customer paperwork to fill out UNLESS you have something to declare, and the customs officers are standing at the end of the line and just check your passport and off you go!!!!!


Room 9064:  right next to elevators aft this was really handy for going straight up to the buffet area, and got no noise at all from hallway that bothered us:  small room but bed for third person NOT GOOD on most larger ships the couch is the size of a regular couch but on Sky it’s a very small couch;and on the Sky balconies have a large round window adjacent to a single glass door; balcony good size. 


Main Dining Room:  Loved being seated right away each time we went whether breakfast or dinner (did not eat lunch in main dining room at all).  Breakfast was great…everything we tried was delicious and they had regular home fries (they called them country potatoes) and not the deep friend hash browns other lines serve.  Dinner had the usual fare and again excellent service and no complaints there, how can anyone complain if you don't like it…..they will go above and beyond to make it right ….. 


Casgney's Steakhouse:  We sailed on Mother's Day weekend so my daughter splurged on specialty dining for the three of us…..WONDERFUL…..I had the ribeye, daughter NY strip; granddaughter filet mignon…..all excellent!!!!  And Dessert lets not even talk about how good that was.


Music:  Did not attend main shows, but the music we listened to:  Aldo/guitar was excellent he could sing anything;Al/:Piano Captain Cook's excellent;El Sol very lively.  Loved the Plantation Club on 12th floor hidden gem, where they held Karaoke, my personal favorite, and it was fun!!!!


Bartenders/Bars:  OK Sky is a 3 night cruise on the weekend and everyone on the ship has "open bar pkg" no cards to show, nothing to sign, everything (except top shelf there is an upcharge for those) Crown Royal, Titos,  included in our pkg……so no worries the stuff wit the upcharge is REALLY top shelf…..and the service never begged for any drinks service was above and beyond!!!! 


OK hope any of this helps and I have just gone back to NCL again and as far as I'm concerned I will continue to sail with them as one of my preferred cruise lines!


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Norwegian Epic

December 2016 - Norwegian Epic to Caribbean

Loved the Epic (except for the bathroom setup in the room)!

We were a family celebrating a wedding we had four rooms all balconies!  The balconies were large, wished we had a chaise lounge instead of just chairs.  Plenty of storage in the room but the bathroom setup with the "curtain door" was a putoff......  We loved the Irish Pub, Howling at the Moon Dueling piano bar, and the Cavern which had the best bank Siglo.....wish they had been in a bigger room like Bliss at least one night so we didn't have to stand each time we wanted to see them......very small room for such a great venue. 


We had three "free" specialty dining nights and cannot speak enough about the food and service....Moderno-Texas D Brazil style dining, Cagney's Steakhouse, and Teppanyaki Japanese style cooking.....all so wonderful I can hardly tell you which one I'd pick......I guess Moderno for the fabulous salad bar! 


I read in cruise critic that people had to wait in lines for drinks at the bars ...  we were a full Holiday ship and if we did have to wait it was less than five minutes and not very often did we have to do that!!!!  The service throughout the ship was wonderful.  I loved the setup of the Casino and could easily get away from the smokers, I sure do wish they had to go outside to smoke though it kept me away from a lot of machines that I would of liked to play. 


The Garden Café.....the setup for breakfast was great.....the omelette stations were at least 12 of them and you did not have to wait in long lines like most ships!  The Taste dining room is where we ate our meals and I loved the anytime dining where if you were sitting having a good time and not quite ready to go you could just wait and when you were ready you just walked up to the hostess and were seating everytime immediately!!!!! 


We have been on 29 cruises and this was one of the best I have had and I've been on Celebrity, Holland America, Royal Caribbean, Princess, Costa, and Carnival.  We will definitely be traveling with NCL again!

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Carnival Liberty

September 2013 - Carnival Liberty to Caribbean - Eastern


I loved the Carnival LIberty the entertainment, the room.....BUT in the casino the smoking area was way too big.....you could not get away from the smoke....people just took ashtrays to the no smoking portion of the casino and smoked wherever they wanted.  I went to guest relations and asked if you were able to book a no smoking balcony, since both balconies on either side of us were smokers, and they said they could not inquire whether people smoked or not and that smoking was allowed on balconies.  I mean we enjoyed the rest of the ship but we are gamblers and that is our entertainment.....did not enjoy it and won't book Carnival again unless I find out that they have a 'smoking room' for the smokers!


Our room was great, the food was not exceptional but very good and the GUY Fiera burgers were exceptional.....wow can't say enough about them.  The dining room breakfasts were VERY GOOD.....they had two brunch days and they really went out of there way to make these good!!!  The entertainment was wonderful....I hated saying not to go on because of the smoke but the ship was near capacity and I can see why most smokers would not go on other lines because they do not have the liberties that Carnival seems to give to them.

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Celebrity Equinox

April 2013 - Celebrity Equinox to Caribbean - Southern

Equinox The Good and the Bad

Embarkation - Excellent; Room - three adults sharing room - very ample and balcony had three chairs and a table: great;bathroom - more then expected. Room attendant Francisco could not be better!!! On day three we did have a flood and had to be moved but they moved us to a like room (well we moved outselves) and on we went....thought they might give us some kind of dinner ticket or something for the inconvenience or maybe an upgrade but no they did not....thought being such a first class line they would send a note saying they were sorry....but NOPE. Ship itself was so nice not flashy at all the kind of décor I expected from what I had heard. Very clean! Entertainment - Not like any ship I have every been on...this was my first time on Celebrity - Comedians on the theatre stage not lounge areas;could not hear music a lot of the time seemed to be played too low for the grand foyer area. There was one group that came on for 15 minutes.....they called them the 15 minute wonders;the comedians wanted to know how did they get that gig;music by the pool ... wow this was really a disappointment UNTIL Southside came on board and then they were great but sure could of listened to them a lot more! Food: WONDERFUL.....ate in the Oceanview Café and the regular dining room and the only damper on this was that our head waiter could not speak or seemed to understand English or our wants/needs. Our asst waiter, Dirk, was great and he did his best but the boss is the boss couldn't very well ask him something instead of the head waiter. No visit from the maître D very unusual. Bar service at table was great! Bar Service: we bought the classic pkg which was great....no paper signing....no prblems for the whole EXCEPT when the two for ones for the "regular" customers came up everyday from 4-5 and 7-8....WOW three bartenders could not handle it....we would go to another bar and then come back with a drink because of course it being the most popular place on the ship you wanted to experience it. No matter when we went to the Martini Bar and the Passport Bar we were very disappointed in the service!!!!!! They were bad and you had to WORK for the drinks and I feel as though paying $506. a person (three of us) we should of been waited on. CONCIERGE LEVEL......no reason to pay for this...NONE AT ALL DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY......could not see one reason. Disembarkation.....Concierge level go to the SPECIAL lounge area for coffee etc and when we get there no one is there and since we are express walkoff we expected some consideration....another passenger came to the lounge and told us not to wait there if we expected to get express walkoff....so we moved. On our way I asked an officer of the ship if Concierge level waiting in the Concierge lounge got priority disembarkation and he said he could not help me go to Guest Relations....well everyone knows what that would of been like.....so do not bother with CONCIERGE level. Would I ever go on Celebrity again: NO; Princess and Royal Caribbean are our first choices.

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flpalmgirl's Tips

Norwegian Sky Norwegian Sky - Plantation Club on Deck 12 was a nice quiet bar area that I think people would enjoy.
Norwegian Epic Norwegian Epic - I would definitely take the specialty dining option, however I would not pay extra, I am pretty adamant about paying for dining but as an option pick that one. Make sure and book your entertainment that has to be booked before you get on the ship.
Carnival Liberty Carnival Liberty - If you do not like smoking do not take this cruise....very liberal with smokers. GUY FIERA burgers are out of this world...wonderful! Two brunch days in dining room wonderful as was every morning! Entertainment best we've had in a while on ships. Won't be booking Carnival because of smoking
Celebrity Equinox Celebrity Equinox - Oceanview for breakfast never had such good service in the "egg" line made to order and fast and delicious!!!! Oh I almost forgot one con: they do not serve coffee/juices unless you beg them....and if one person of a table of five asks for coffee/etc they only bring the one cup....not kidding....

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