frednflo

frednflo
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Joined: 09/07/2014
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Regal Princess

April 2017 - 15 Night Northern Europe Passage (Ft. Lauderdale To Hamburg) Cruise on Regal Princess

Caribbean Princess

September 2016 - 17 Night Iceland & Norway Explorer (London To New York) Cruise on Caribbean Princess

Serenade of the Seas

August 2016 - 16 Night Transatlantic Westbound (Copenhagen To Boston) Cruise on Serenade of the Seas

Royal Princess

April 2016 - 22 Night Western Mediterranean Grand Adventure (Ft. Lauderdale To Rome) Cruise on Royal Princess

A Royal Sailing.

We took the Royal Princess on a transAtlantic voyage from April 22-May 14, 2016, and enjoyed ourselves immensely.  The at-sea days were filled with activities for all ages, including movies (both in-stateroom and on deck); the Pop choir rehearsals and performances; bridge, canasta, and mahjong play; pickle ball play; interest-group get-togethers; enrichment lectures; port talks (Julio Delgado did an outstanding job at this); trivia contests; dance classes; karaoke; outstanding evening shows; and, of course, eating.  Unfortunately, the shows during the  second leg of our journey (in the Mediterranean Sea) were duplicates from the transAtlantic portion of the trip.  The BOGO happy hours were a pleasure, though the second drink now costs a dollar rather than getting 2 for 1 pricing.  We traveled a similar transAtlantic last year on the Regal Princess, and the trips were quite similar.  Ron Goodman, the cruise director on the Royal Princess, did an outstanding job scheduling and coordinating a full slate of activities.  Moreover, the captain's occasional announcements were filled with humor as well as information--certainly a plus.

The ports were interesting.  One pleasant surprise was that weather precluded our going into Cadiz, and the Captain substituted Lisbon for it.  In those ports where the ship docked a ways from the city, a shuttle was made available for $12 to $15 round trip, a charge we considered excessive.  In most ports, a more personal tour in a cab is available for less money than ship-sponsored excursions, and allows for closer approaches to castles, cathedrals, etc.  On  the other hand, if you have not visited Gaudi's still incomplete Sagrada Familia, be sure to take the tour that goes inside--it is well worth it.  And be sure to see the monkeys and caves at Gibraltar.

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Zuiderdam

January 2016 - 11 Night Panama Canal Sunfarer (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip) Cruise on Zuiderdam

Carribbean/Panama Canal on the Zuiderdam

This was our second time taking this cruise, although the first was several years ago.  It was fine, except for minor problems.  Meals were not up to Holland America standards, there was only minimal shipboard activity, and spaces were often too small for the number of people on board.  On the other hand, the stateroom stewards were excellent, as were the Windows 10 presentations.  The excursion through the Pacific locks in the Panama Canal was terrific, with an outstanding tour leader.  The B.B. King Blues band was outstanding also, well worth seeing and hearing over and over.  Overall, the experience was a bit better than our last time on the Zuiderdam.

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Volendam

July 2015 - 7 Night Alaska Glacier Discovery (Vancouver Roundtrip) Cruise on Volendam

10-Day Yukon + Double Denali Cruise/Tour Review

This was an excellent introduction to the Yukon and Alaska,  We visited Juneau, Skagway, White Horse, Dawson City, Fairbanks, Denali, and Anchorage.  It included three days on the Volendam followed by 7 days ashore.  Although the cruise portion advertised Tracy Arm, AK, as a stop, only passengers who booked a separate tour on a boat went into Tracy Arm.  On an earlier cruise on Celebrity, the ship went into Tracy Arm for an outstanding experience viewing the glacier.  Our room on the Volendam had air conditioning problems that we could not get fixed, resulting in our trying to sleep in a hot room for the three nights on the ship.  The land portion was terrific, as we had an excellent tour guide, Tim Kelley, who coordinated everything and made sure we missed very little.  Unfortunately, Mount McKinley (Denali) was socked in, so we were unable to view it.  The flight on Air North from Dawson City to Fairbanks was outstanding, as was the train ride from Denali to Anchorage.  All in all, all seven of our family members who took the vacation has an excellent experience and fun time.

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Regal Princess

April 2015 - 17 Night Northern Europe Passage (Ft. Lauderdale To Copenhagen) Cruise on Regal Princess

Westerdam

January 2015 - 7 Night Eastern Caribbean (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip) Cruise on Westerdam

frednflo's Tips

Oasis of the Seas Oasis of the Seas - Be sure to book entertainment via internet well prior to boarding as show times fill up quickly.
Royal Princess Royal Princess - Look for the exercise machine room at the stern on the starboard side rather than forward across the bow.
Cruise Gatun Lake And Panama Canal -
Zuiderdam Zuiderdam - Be prepared for a dearth of onboard activities while at sea.
Cruise Gatun Lake (Inside Panama Canal) - Take the ferry trip on through the Pacific-side locks. Well worth the money.
Volendam Volendam - Food at the Lido cafeteria was not as good as on other ships on which we have traveled. Nor was there a particular variety. On the other hand, the cruise director does a great job and is a joy to be around.

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