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Joined: 03/29/2015
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Empress of the Seas

October 2017 - Empress of the Seas to Cuba

RC is not my favorite cruise line

Took RC because they had the Cuban stopover and was a port close to where I live. The ship is older but well maintained. The cabins are the smallest I have ever experienced and the shower even smaller. I expected breakfast in the main dining room but only got buffets with cold or room temperature food. The same for lunches. I usually took the least offensive choice on the menu rather than something I liked. My dining partners also disliked the food choices.

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Carnival Breeze

December 2015 - Carnival Breeze to Caribbean - Eastern


Too large a ship without the service to support the passengers. Will not cruise on this class of ship again. Long lines for eats, longer lines for disembarkation of the ship. Collecting luggage a nightmare. Customer service desk lines long and slow moving. 

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Norwegian Sky

November 2015 - Norwegian Sky to Caribbean - Bahamas


Not the best NCL cruise. Ship is in serious need for a refit. Did not enjoy the rap music being played in the theater and bar areas. Thought I got on Carnival ship by mistake, had to check to be sure I was in the right place. Run in with a drunk guest before we ever left the pier. Read that NCL was trying to go upscale yet lot of rowdy college students and drunk guests on this cruise. The dress code is too relaxed, got tired of seeing hairy chests on men wearing skimpy tank tops in the main dining room and butt cheeks sticking out of too short cut off jeans on the women. No pastries served at breakfast now. Half n half cassettes now served in all dining venues, no refrigeration thus filled with chemicals and preservatives. Expect this at McDonald's or a local greasy spoon but not on a cruise line. 

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October 2015 - Westerdam to Caribbean - Eastern

Another great HA cruise

HA has become our cruise line of choice. The Westerdam did not disappoint us in any way. Great food, service and an elegant ship. Planning our next cruise on Ha as I write this.

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Norwegian Pearl

March 2015 - Norwegian Pearl to Caribbean - Eastern

don't bring wine

Most cruiselines permit one bottle of wine per person to be brought on board free of charge. Apparently Norwegian no longer permits this  without a fee. Based on the size of the confiscation line we were not the only ones to realize this. Also, our cabin steward was the worst we have ever had in our extensive cruise history. The cruise was great as was the food and most of the ships crew. Norwegian has stopped the lobster night unless you pay for one of the upscale restaurants. This is blasphemy in our books, what no lobster??? Just more of the nickel and dime stuff that seems to be creeping into the cruise scene.  $3.00 for a bottle of water I can get at Costco for 10 cents is excessive in my books. 

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gea4957's Tips

HAVANA, CUBA - Loved the city. Wish we had more time to explore this port.
Cozumel, Mexico - Been here way too many times to get excited about it. Every port starts to look the same with all the same stores.
Santo Tomas De Castilla, Guatemala - Would like to see a shuttle into town as the berthing spot is a container port. Taxi wanted 25 per person to transport us into town.
Norwegian Star Norwegian Star - The ship was in great condition and easy to get around. The food was another matter. Cold soup, overdone meats, no lobster, bland and tasteless food and very spotty service in the main dining rooms. Jello as a desert in the buffet area?
San Juan, Puerto Rico - They shut down the gangway while adjacent ship was mooring. Took almost 1 1/2 hours of port time. Bummer
Norwegian Pearl Norwegian Pearl - Buffet was great but enjoyed the Summer Palace the best. Not one for standing in lines to touch utensils that have been handles by others.

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received a helpful vote on their Carnival Breeze cruise review - NOT THE BEST CARNIVAL CRUISE

received a helpful vote on their Norwegian Pearl cruise review - don't bring wine

received a helpful vote on their Empress of the Seas cruise review - RC is not my favorite cruise line

received a helpful vote on their Carnival Breeze cruise review - NOT THE BEST CARNIVAL CRUISE

received a helpful vote on their Norwegian Sky cruise review - SHIP IS DUE FOR REFIT

received a helpful vote on their Veendam cruise review - HA never dissapoints

received a helpful vote on their Norwegian Pearl cruise review - don't bring wine

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reviewed their Cuba cruise on Empress of the Seas and gave it 3.4 stars!

shared a quick tip for Empress of the Seas"Take a different ship"