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I have been cruising for 30+ years. I am married, have 2 married children, 4 grand kids and am a retired teacher. After living most my life in NY, I now reside in FL. I love the laid back lifestyle here as opposed to the busy city life in NYC where I was born and lived most of my life. Every day I look out on the beach below. Instead of checking the wind chill factor, I check the tides. Doesn't get much better than this.



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January 2016 - Amsterdam to World Cruise

Around the World by Cruise Ship

“Around the world in 80 days…” goes the song.  However, it took Holland America’s (HAL) ms. Amsterdam 115 glorious days to circumnavigate the globe on our Grand World Voyage 2016.  What an amazing voyage it was!  We visited 24 countries and 41 ports; some were overnight stays.  People ask us how we could stay on a ship that long.  I reply that we loved every minute and that we hope to do it again soon. We were never bored or sea sick and learned so much about the history and culture of the places visited.  It many ways, the cruise changed our thinking on a variety of subjects.  For most passengers, this was their fourth or fifth+ HAL Grand World Cruise.   For us, it was our first Grand World Cruise.  The staff told us that this particular Grand World Cruise sailing had the youngest-aged passengers. One tyke celebrated his first birthday while onboard the entire voyage.  One thousand fifty passengers including 10 children boarded the ship in Fort Lauderdale.  Seven hundred fifty passengers took the entire voyage.  Other passengers joined the voyage for segments.  Most passengers were Americans, many were Floridians but there were plenty of Canadians and Australians onboard plus other nationalities.  Our exciting cruise began January 5, returning April 29, 2016 to and from Fort Lauderdale.

Right from embarkation, things went well.  Within 20 minutes from the time of our arrival at the pier, we were on the ship.  Near the gangway, Pande our Assistant Maitre ’D from our HAL Grand Asia Pacific 2014 Cruise greeted passengers and recognized us.  He instructed a steward to carry our hand luggage and escort us to our cabin.  Wow!  It made us feel like family.  Our former Cruise Director, Gene Young from HAL Grand Voyage ’14 was also stationed at the gangway.   He, also, recognized us immediately.  It was wonderful to have him as our Cruise Director for this cruise, too.  I wonder when the man sleeps. He was involved onboard in so many ways.  

All the stateroom passageways are bright and lined with Dutch maritime art; Deck 1 has Dutch floral art works gracing its walls.  Our mid-ship ocean-view stateroom, # 2598 was in a very stable position on the ship.  It was bright, comfortable and contained sufficient storage space for all our belongings.  The A/C and plumbing worked well throughout the entire cruise.  Unfortunately, stateroom TVs were still not interactive so we often had to visit the Front Desk to get our statements printed.  For my husband, though, the lack of a mini-fridge in our cabin was a big problem. He needed to visit the medical office often to retrieve his medication that needed refrigeration.  Another problem was early morning (5-5:30 AM) noise from a crewmember working on open deck 3 that frequently disturbed our sleep.     Many other guests on our deck complained about this noise.     The public areas of the ship are all well appointed and quite attractive. The floral arrangements are stunning.   However, the very comfortable couches in the Queen’s Lounge (theater) are lower than the upholstered chairs making it difficult viewing the performers on stage while sitting on the couches. Uneven temperatures in certain areas of the ship especially in the Queen’s Lounge made carrying a sweater a necessity.  Still another concern was the slow speed of the internet connection.  We waited until we reached shore to access the Internet.  The ship does need some updating and perhaps will go in for further refurbishment soon.  This in no way detracted from our enjoyment.  The ship was well maintained and always clean. Everyone was comfortable finding their way around this mid-sized ship, which was the perfect size for entering smaller foreign ports.  

The food and service in the Main Dining Room were wonderful.  We had fabulous meals nightly especially on Gala Nights. On the off chance that nothing on the menu was appealing, we could choose Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail, steak, chicken or salmon as alternatives.  Although I always am pleased with food and service on HAL ships, on Grand & Grand World Cruises they are superior.  Our Early Seating Main Dining Room (MDR) servers Gede & Berry were professional, personable and efficient, anticipating our needs and checking to see that everything was fine with our meals.   My husband received all his Special Request Meals in a timely fashion.  Gede made a point of bringing the next day’s menus to him as soon as they became available.   In fact, the entire MDR staff did a terrific job daily getting his Special Request Meals correct.    Nestor Malsi, our wine steward, brought our glasses of red wine at our table usually before we even arrived. He always had time to chat with us nightly.   After dinner, I enjoyed stopping by the cheerful door attendant, Woko’s station.  He always remembered my name and knew which after dinner treat I wanted before exiting the MDR.  I cannot say enough about how helpful the HAL staff was in general.  All the crew on board Grand & World Voyages are carefully hand chosen by HAL.

We did dine several times in the two specialty restaurants, The Canaletto & the Pinnacle Grill. The levels of service there were always excellent as were the food.  The Lido Café food was good, too and we always ate at least breakfast there.  In the Lido, wait staff members Imam and Supraman would often assist us in locating a table, brought us the Times Digest daily and remembered our preference for beverages.  They were so professional, friendly and efficient.  We always looked forward to our daily conversations with them. Many times, I enjoyed the Lido Restaurant’s wonderful sushi station at lunchtime.  Another fun place to eat is poolside at the Dive In.  The fries there are extra delicious; so are the several choices of hot dogs and burgers.  

Many other things made the voyage so special.   On Gala Nights, the MDR was festooned with colorful balloons, London-themed umbrellas, paper lanterns, banners, flags or other festive decorations.  On some themed nights depending on the theme, we received Panama or Bowler hats, beautiful masks or leis to wear and keep.  On other Gala evenings, we received heart-shaped boxed Valentine chocolates, long stemmed roses or maracas.   The servers dressed in festive attire for the theme nights, as did many of the passengers.

On many Gala nights, passengers received gifts in their staterooms such as: a nylon  travel bag, a canvas boat bag with matching toiletry bag filled with travel essentials, a moleskin travel journal, a signed paperback travel book, Tiffany & Co HAL ceramic box, HAL Crystal Candle Holder, a Royal Goedewaagen Plate highlighting the itinerary and a travel wallet.  Plus, at the Captain’s Dinners in the Pinnacle Grill, each passenger sailing the entire cruise received distinctive salt & pepper shakers reminiscent of those given on HAL very first World Voyage. To our delight, on our assigned night, we were kindly invited to sit at the captain’s own table along with his lovely wife, Karen and two Senior Officers.

The ms. Amsterdam is an older ship but quite seaworthy and is especially stable for the type of cruising that she does in open waters. Most days I forgot that I was even on a ship since the seas were so calm.   Our “Storm Dodger” Captain Jonathan Mercer was expert at avoiding high winds and storms thus earning his nickname.  I always felt completely safe under his leadership. Captain Jonathan & his wife were most charming, affable and professional as were all the Senior Officers.  

On Grand and Grand World Voyages, Grand Dollars are earned by participating in onboard activities. By the end of the cruise, we had earned over 800 dollars to spend on various items.   Activities on board were varied.  Daily morning Tai Chi classes kept us busy.  Trivia was also quite popular as was Arts & Crafts, computer classes, bridge and pool games. We attended most of the lecture series on Sea Days.  I specially enjoyed the talks on space, various cultures and photography.  We were invited to attend several wine tasting events throughout the voyage.  We loved the many Culinary Arts Demonstrations and Tasting classes, too.  I hope that we can duplicate the dishes served using the many recipe cards we received. The movies on board were fairly current and I watched a few of them.  On Location Guide Barbara Heanni and Nyron Peters, from the Shore Excursion Staff gave detailed talks about Things to See & Do in port.  These talks on the ports of call were quite useful and most informative.  How nice that HAL has someone on board to help passengers who wish to sightsee independently.  At most ports, there was a complimentary shuttle service to the center of town or to a nearby mall.  Several times, we used this service.  

The main reason I took this cruise was the itinerary.    It was so exciting to transit the Suez Canal for the first time.  We have cruised through the Panama Canal several times previously and always enjoy the experience.  One personal highlight for us was our unforgettable one night’s stay in an idyllic over water thatched-roofed bungalow in Tahiti at the Hilton Moorea Lagoon Resort & Spa.  A Welcome drink at reception, plus a bottle of champagne and wine along with fruit and snacks awaited us in our bungalow.   We had a wonderful day swimming in the clear, aquamarine shallow waters of the lagoon, enjoying the beautiful views of the stunning mountains, strolling the white coral sandy beach and relaxing in the hammocks.  An extravagant dinner buffet with a complimentary bottle of wine followed by a spectacular floorshow ending with an outdoor fire-eaters performance completed the magical day for us.  At night, we viewed the lighted lagoon beneath us through the cutout window in the floor of our bungalow.  After a sumptuous breakfast buffet with live entertainment the next morning, we took a walking tour of the facility and enjoyed the beautiful pool before we rejoined our ship at its next port, Moorea.   It was a dream come true for both of us.

 Equally special were our visits to the lost city of Petra and Wadi Rum in Aqaba, Jordan, Chinqua Terra in Livorno, Italy and Dubai, UAE.  Muscat and Salalah, Oman were other new and quite interesting ports for us.   Everyone asks which our favorite port was and we reply whichever port we are visiting at the time.  However, while we were in Israel, we were especially moved while exploring all the biblical sights in Haifa and Ashdod.  Almost all of our shore excursions were sponsored by the ship and they were worthwhile, enjoyable and educational.  We did independent sightseeing in Sydney and in Jakarta since we had previously explored those ports extensively.   

There were so many memorable highlights during our World Cruise onboard the ms. Amsterdam.  One was the very elaborate fun-under-the-setting-sun Australia Beach Party where sand covered the Lido Magrodome pool area.  Bondi Beach lifeguards came on board along with Australia‘s most-sort-after 6-piece band, Hipnosis.  There were huge beach balls, surfboards, beach chairs, water games plus complimentary tropical drinks and food to enhance the beach theme.  What Fun!  The extra-special décor of the 1001 Arabian Sights themed pool deck party set the tone for another wonderful evening.  The Zany April Fool’s Day Costume Party in the Crow’s Nest was hilarious, while the elaborate Black & Silver Ball in the Queen’s Lounge was quite elegant.  The champagne Valentine’s Day Ball in the Queen’s Lounge was oh-so romantic.  It was fun guessing who was under the beautiful masks provided for the Masked Ball in the Queen’s Lounge, the final Gala Night of the cruise.   I was looking forward to the St. Patrick’s Day Party but was surprised that no Irish music was played although there were plenty of pots of gold and other Irish decor to be found.  I especially enjoyed the extravagantly presented monthly High Teas - Royal Dutch, Polynesian, Indonesian and Middle Eastern.  I photographed each of the lavish displays.  I wished that there were more of them.  My husband especially enjoyed the Super Bowl 50 Festivities in the Queen’s Lounge.

Entertainment in general was wonderful and quite diverse. The Bon Voyage Sail-Away Fest was a great way to begin the voyage.  We had complimentary drinks, snacks and live music with the wonderful HAL orchestra.   A similar Sail Away Party occurred on our departure from Sydney. After dinner each night, we enjoyed listening to the very personable Debby Bacon in the Piano Bar.  One night, her husband, Ron joined her for a performance and it was such fun for everyone.  Whenever we could, we also found time to listen to the beautiful music in the Exploration Lounge performed by Adagio, Attila and David from Hungary.  The talented HAL Singers and Dancers performed ten different shows and all were well-paced and entertaining.  One of my favorite Queen’s Lounge performances was the steel drum group from Trinidad, the sensational Island Magic.  I even purchased their CDs.  The cultural Queen’s Lounge shows in Hong Kong, Tahiti, Dubai and Spain were all colorful and memorable.  Often times we had an extra theater performance, Spotlight before the main Showtime Show.  The two well rehearsed Crew Indonesian and Filipino Matinee Shows were standing room only.  Who knew that Nestor Malsi, our wine steward and Filipino Crew Show Organizer had such a marvelous voice?  We attended and thoroughly enjoyed both shows.  After so many days on the ship, we knew the entire cast of both shows, which made the shows even more entertaining.  

During ports of call, we had the opportunity: to ride a camel, an elephant, a mule and horse, swim with stingrays and dolphins and see penguins in their enclosure.   We had close encounters with wild monkeys, kangaroos, emus & koalas. In Singapore, we went on a Night Safari and saw many nocturnal animals in their natural habitats.  On board, there were dance lessons, cultural emergence activities plus didgeridoo, ukulele and belly dancing classes.  I learned enough foreign phrases to get along in the various countries visited.   I tasted exotic foods from many different countries. It is an experience that I will never forget.

Yes, it took plenty of preparation and planning before a cruise of this length.  Imagine, though, touring the world and only unpacking once!    No air flights even were involved since we live in Florida. How wonderful that our price included the shipping of our four large suitcases ahead of time! Gratuities were also included.    We received excellent complimentary laundry service since we are Four Star Mariners.  We made some wonderful new friends that we hope to see again on future HAL cruises.  A cruise of this length may not be for everyone but it was a dream of a lifetime for us.  We are still enjoying our memories when we watch our ship videos and look through our candid ship photos and photo albums.   We were so pleased with the itinerary, the food, the accommodations and the service.  Our next HAL cruise will be on the new ms. Koningsdam later this year.  



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December 2014 - Amsterdam to Caribbean - Southern

MSC Divina

February 2014 - MSC Divina to Caribbean - Western

Celebrity Summit

September 2013 - Celebrity Summit to Bermuda

Crown Princess

April 2013 - Crown Princess to Transatlantic

Crown Princess

April 2013 - Crown Princess to Transatlantic

Oasis of the Seas

September 2012 - Oasis of the Seas to Caribbean - Western

Celebrity Constellation

April 2012 - Celebrity Constellation to Caribbean - Southern

Carnival Sensation

March 2012 - Carnival Sensation to Caribbean - Bahamas

Freedom of the Seas

February 2012 - Freedom of the Seas to Caribbean

Carnival Dream

January 2012 - Carnival Dream to Caribbean - Western

Carnival Dream

January 2012 - Carnival Dream to Caribbean - Western

Carnival Ecstasy

December 2011 - Carnival Ecstasy to Caribbean - Bahamas

"It is a smaller ship with great entertainment. Loved the sushi bar which is complementary and the soft serve ice cream or yogurt available around the clock also complementary. In Key West, passengers were transported into town on trams curtesy of Carnival. It was a nice touch. Port Canaveral did a great job at embarkation & disembarkation. Serce & food while good had minor flaws which really didn't affect the quality of the cruising experience."

Carnival Miracle

October 2011 - Carnival Miracle to Caribbean - Southern

"It is a smaller ship with great entertainment. Loved the sushi bar which is complementary and the soft serve ice cream or yogurt available around the clock also complementary. Inexpensive parking is available off site with transportation included to the ship for $5 a day. I would love to cruise on this ship again. Food, service & the itinerary weregreat onboard & our balcony room had enough room for all our possessions."

Monarch of the Seas (RETIRED)

October 2011 - Monarch of the Seas (RETIRED) to Caribbean - Bahamas

"Although this is an older ship, we thought that the food & service were just fine. We enjoyed the activities and especially liked that the port was close to home. Port Canaveral does a great job with embarkation & disembarkation. We found an excellent deal on the price of the cruise. We would book again on this ship."

Norwegian Jade

May 2009 - Norwegian Jade to Transatlantic

"This Transatlantic cruise to the British Isles was marvelous. Although we had a minor hassle with dinner reservations, it was eventually remedied. The itinerary was wonderful. Food was good and servicewas pleasant."

Norwegian Jewel

October 2007 - Norwegian Jewel to Transatlantic

"We traveled with a group on the Jewel. One night we had a special dinner at the Tappanyaki Restaurant & enjoyed it immensely. Another night we dined at Mama's the Italian Restaurant. I loved the concept of Freestyle cruising & especially liked the ports of call. Service, food and accommodations were call fine."


February 2007 - Volendam to Panama Canal, Central America

"So much to see as the ship goes through the locks. All around you there is activity. Be sure to attend the lectures on board. They are very worthwhile. Food, service & acdtivities were wonderful."

Norwegian Dream (RETIRED)

June 2006 - Norwegian Dream (RETIRED) to Europe - Northern Europe

"Love the Freestyle concept. Sometimes dining reservations were cumbersome. Sometimes we were strongly encouraged to sit at larger tables than we wanted. Hope that this has been remedied. Food, service & activities onboard were good."


January 2006 - Rotterdam to South America

"Great cruise, great food, service & stateroom. Good excursions, also"

Carnival Glory

April 2005 - Carnival Glory to Caribbean - Bahamas

"The Glory is a great ship, good food, good service, lots of activities onboard to keep you busy."

Sovereign of the Seas (RETIRED)

May 2004 - Sovereign of the Seas (RETIRED) to Caribbean - Bahamas

"Had a lovely cruise. Good food, service and ship activities."

Norwegian Star

July 2002 - Norwegian Star to Hawaii

"Great cruise through the islands. Nice ship. No casino onboard though. That wasn't a problem for us. Great food, service and lots to do on the ship. It seemed brand new when we took the cruise."

glomarrone's Tips

Ashdod, Israel - Very moving biblical place..See it from the Mount of Olives & walk through the Garden of Gethsemane. Drive to Mt Zion & see room of the Last Supper & King David's Tomb. Walk through the Jewish Quarter in the Old City. Visit the Church of the Holy Sepulcher & Western Wall.
Melbourne, Australia - Take a panoramic tour of Melbourne visiting the suburbs, Princess Theater, Arts & Cultural Center, Cricket Grounds and Melbourne Park. Visit Eureka Skydeck for a marvelous 360 degree view of Melbourne. Stop at the Shrine of Remembrance & the Royal Botanic Gardens.
Hong Kong - Consider a side trip to Macau by fast ferry. See old & New Macau. Visit the Buddhist temple & Porto do Cerco Gate. See ruins of St Paul's church. Don't miss Macau Tower and stay for the magnificent buffet lunch. Watch the bungee jumpers.
Haifa, Israel - Visit Nazareth, The Church of the Annunciation (home of Virgin Mary) & the Church of St Joseph (Joseph's workshop). See Mary's well, too. Visit the Sea of Galilee and the beautiful Mont of the Beatitudes & its lovely gardens. Be sure to see Tabghaq (loaves & fishes) & Yardenit - the baptismal site
Singapore - We have spent several days in Singapore previously so we took the Night Safari. We saw many nocturnal animals as we drove in an open-air tram such as Cape Buffalo, African Bongo, blue sheep, hyenas, jackals, rhinos, etc. We also took a stroll along the walking trails. Watch the presentation.
Monte Carlo, Monaco - We visited Nice & Eze when we were in the port of Monte Carlo. We took a scenic drive along the Lower Corniche Road. Then we took the palm-lined Promenade des Angles to the city of Nice. We walked through the Old Town and spent time in the flower market and shops. Later we drove to charming Eze
Papeete, Tahiti - Consider an overnight to Moorea for a one-night stay in a thatched bungalow over the lagoon. Re-join the ship in Moorea. Although expensive, it was well worth the cost. Before our excursion, we explored the shops in town and saw the nearby landmarks.
Cairns, Australia - Plan on swimming in the huge outdoor pool near the terminal. There is no cost.
Melbourne, Australia - Here we took a Panoramic tour of the City of Melbourne which covered all the scenic highlights - Bay suburbs, Princess Theater, Arts & Crafts Center, Melbou7rne Cricket Grounds & Melbourne Park. Loved my visit to Eureka Skydeck. The stop at the Shrine of Remembrance and the Royal Botanic Gardens was included.
Auckland, New Zealand - I loved the Antarctic Encounter at the Kelly Tarlton's Sea Life Aquarium. It was amazing! See the sub-arctic penguins - king & Gentoo penguins. Also see schools of fish and sharks swimming above you, as well as sting rays. I purchased the photo book here. This is a quite popular excursion. Also visited the Auckland Sky Tower which is the tallest building in the Southern Hemisphere. Great view 1,072 feet up. Posed for a fun photo at the observation area./
Picton, New Zealand - We took a combination tour "Panoramic Land & Sea. Drove through lush farmlands and Wairau Valley. Boarded a catamaran in Anakiwa for a cruise on Queen Charlotte Sound.
Bay Of Islands, New Zealand - We boarded a luxury catamaran and toured the lovely inlet. Be sure to see the Hole-in-the Rock and beautiful Motukokako Island. Our boat actually went through the hole in the rock. We saw jumping fish and swooping birds. Also saw a pod of bottle-nose dolphins.
Panama Canal Transit - Get out on deck early so you do not miss any of the excitement. Do not leave your camera in your stateroom. Keep a lookout for complimentary beverages & fruit served by the crew.
Fuerte Amador, Panama - I took a walk through Panama City to see the old and new sections. I highly recommend this tour.
Nuku Hiva, Marquesas - I took a tour of Taipivai Valley made famous by Herman Melville. The coastline in breathtaking!
Amsterdam Amsterdam - Be sure to taste the delicious fries at the Dive In poolside at least once during your cruise
Paris, France - If you are visiting Paris during July and August check out the free cinemas at Parc de La Villette, Paris' largest park. Many of their films are in English.
Paris, France - La Derniere Goutte hosts free wine tastings on Fridays at 5 PM with free cheese all day on Saturdays.
Paris, France - If you are staying anywhere in Paris that is close to Le Centiquatre stop by. It is now a contemporary art venue. I was sorry that I did not know about it when I saw there.
Paris, France - Some larger wine store offer free tasting and even wine course in English. Stop in at a large wine store to inquire if it participates.
Paris, France - Pick up a copy of Pariscope at newstands for a listing of the flea markets in Paris. Recommended are Marche aux Puces st - Ouen, Tartes, klnger, Vanves & Foire de Chatou.
Paris, France - Did you know that there are free cooking classes by Federation Francaise de Cusine offered in several markets and fairs around Paris. Classes are in French, though one hour long.
Paris, France - See the Arenes de Lutece, the ruins of the world's largest Roman Ampitheater. It is SW of city center - 5th Arrondissement.
Caudebec, France - See the oldest medieval prison in France at Rue de Baillarge.
Caudebec, France - On the way to the Abbeys, stop and see the Monument du Latham 47.
Avignon, France - Two suggestions for good Galleries to visit if you have time are: MMB Gallery for Contemporary Art at 20 Balance str. and the Art Gallery for Provencal Painters from the 19th & 20 Century, 2 Joseph Vernet str.
Avignon, France - Three suggestions for restaurants are: Christian Etienne located in a historical building offers provencal cuisine, La Vieille Fontaine offers very creative cuisine and Les 5 sens has cuisine influenced by South West France.
Avignon, France - If you have time, see Pont St Benezet (Pont d' Avignon). The bridge spans the Rhone between Villeuve-les-Avignon and Avignon. It was built between 1177 & 1185. This early bridge was destroyed & rebuilt with 22 stone arches. It is opened every day from 9 am to 7 pm. Entrance fee, 2 Euros worth it
Caudebec, France - Stop in at the Church of Notre Dame of Caudebec-en-Caux. It was built as far back at the 15 C and has one of the most beautiful portal (west facade) which has 333 figures and a magnificent rose window. Notice the big organs from the 16 C. See the Baptismal fonts & the beautiful chapels
GIVERNY, FRANCE - After the British Aviators Memorial, continue on rue Claude Monet for the Medieval part of Giverny ( rue Aux Juifa) and the Church. Go behind the church on your right to visit the grave of Claude Monet.
GIVERNY, FRANCE - Venture beyond Monet's House & Gardens, travel toward Vernon on Rue Claude Monet. Visit Musee de Mecanique Naturelle (Natural Mechanical Museum) if this is of interest to you. See the old Hotel Baudy with its Artist Studio & Rose Garden. Past the hotel look for the British Aviators Memorial.
GIVERNY, FRANCE - If you are looking for fast food while visiting Monet House & Gardens, these recommended eateries are all located on rue Claude Monet: L'Atelier, #55 for Frozen Yogurt, La Capucine Cafe, #80 for French Fast food and Ice Cream, La Musardiere, #132 for Crepes. For Pizzas, I suggest L'Aquarelle, #96
GIVERNY, FRANCE - Nearby Boutiques & Bookshops to Monet's House are all located on rue Claude AMonet and worth a look are: Musee des Impressionnismes #99, La Capucine, #80, Autour D'Un Savon, #107, Emilio RI, #84 and Fondation Claude Money, #84.
GIVERNY, FRANCE - Visit the L'Echoppe, an antique shop on rue Blanche Hoschede-Monet, if antiques are your passion.
GIVERNY, FRANCE - While touring the house and gardens, pay a visit to the House of Tourism, Maison du Tourisme. Pick up a plethora of brochures on other nearby attractions. The staff will answers all your inquires. Free and clean restrooms are nearby.
GIVERNY, FRANCE - After touring the house, gardens & gift shop, stop in at the many galleries for that perfect art work to take home. These galleries are all located on rue Claude Monet: Galerie Letoliacha, Galerie 60, Le Galerie, Espace 87, Galerie Claude Cambour, Christopohe DeMarex & Daniele Thierry.
GIVERNY, FRANCE - Don't miss the gift shop. There are all sorts of treasures there. I bought a beautiful book, Monet's Passion. Even if you don't wish to buy anything, look up on the walls for reproductions of his famous art works. The little miniatures & note cards make lovely gifts.
GIVERNY, FRANCE - In Monet's garden be sure to take a photo of the arching green bridge with its stunning and sweet smelling wisteria. You will feel like you are part of his painting as I did.
GIVERNY, FRANCE - At Money's Gardens, be sure to see the Clos Normand garden with its three acres of flowers andits Grande Allee (flower tunnel with large arches of rambling roses. See the water Lily garden, too. Be sure to bring a camera to capture the glorious color. It you draw, bring a sketch pad.
GIVERNY, FRANCE - Walk the path around Monet's gardens. You can almost picture Claude painting his water Lily painting. Artists are usually there with a sketch pad using the gardens as inspiration. Be sure to bring your camera. Each plant was thoughtfully planted. It is a painter's paradise.
GIVERNY, FRANCE - In Giverny, you must visit Claude Monet's House & Gardens. Take a tour of the house to get a better appreciation of Monet's family life and his art. Be sure to bring a camera with you.
Avignon, France - Consider the Mini Train Audio Guided Visit. The train starts from the Palace of Popes and it runs from 10 am to 7 pm. It costs 8 Euros when i WAS THERE.
Avignon, France - Be sure to browse the Seasonal Local Market - 20 local growers from Avignon and the area. Monday evening from 5 pm to 7: 30 PM.
Avignon, France - Some interesting shopping areas to visit are Rue de la Balance for Provencal souvenir shops; Rue de la Republique and the Pedestrian area of Avignon. Good prices.
Avignon, France - No visit to this port should miss a tour of the Popes' Palace. You casn do a self guided tour, a tour with a headset for a couple of euro or a complete guided tour. There are plenty of videos inside - furnishings inside are scant. Still the place is beautiful.
Paris, France - Check out the vendors around the Notre-Dame Cathedral. Their prices are considerably lower than store prices. We picked up Eiffel Tower keys rings 10 for 2 euro & shared them with another couple. Store prices 1 Euro each. Same quality.
Paris, France - Although the line to enter Notre-Dame Cathedral may be long, it moves quickly. You do not want to miss the interior. It is worth the wait. Free
Le Havre (Paris), France - Although The city of Paris is quite a distance from the port, I still suggest a visit to the city. I spent two days in Paris on different cruises. Both times I did the same wonderful excursion: a coach tour of the city followed by an unforgettable lunch cruise on the Seine River.
Paris, France - Consider a Segway Tour of Paris! Segways are really easy to use. I got the hang of it right away.
Paris, France - Try to reserve a table at the famous Moulin Rouge? Great experience not to be missed in Paris.
Paris, France - Be sure to experience dinner with a Can Can Show while in Paris.
Paris, France - Buy the Paris Museum Pass. It offers you access to more than 60 museums for 2, 4 or 6 days. If you stay for more than one day it is really worth it.
Vernon, France - This town is a great place to ride a bike. Many river cruises will let you borrow one of their bike for free. It is an easy ride to Giverny or or for a shorter ride, pedal around town, which is close to the docks. A nice ride is across the bridge to Chateau des Tourelles and the Vieux Moulin
Vernon, France - If you call a French phone number from a US cell phone, the extension number is 01133. Good to know if y9u are making a restaurant reservation or calling an attraction.
Vernon, France - If you are looking for a recommendation for a restaurant suggestions are: L' Envie on 71 r. Carnot F - 27200 Vernon. Phone 232511680. Cuisine modern and Le Bistro des Fleurs on 73 r. Carot F - 27200 Vernon, Phone 23221919 or Manoir Restaurant
Vernon, France - If you have more free time in Vernon, visit the A.-G.- Poulain Museum. The museum has eclectic collections of prehistory, animal paintings and sculpture. The address is 12 r. du Pont F - 27200 Vernon
Vernon, France - When in town, be sure to visit the Tourist Office. This beautiful 15C two story corbelled structure is the House of Tore. Notice the Annunciation on the angled post. Address is 36 Rue Carnot F - 27200 Vernon
Vernon, France - A sightseeing suggestion is Chateau de Bizy: av. des Capucins F - 27200 Vernon, if you have time. Bring your camera. Worth a stop.
Vernon, France - Be sure to cross the bridge and walk to the Chateau des Tourelles and the Vieux Moulin/old bridge. Better still, ride a bicycle there - a 5 minute ride. On many river boats you can borrow a bike for free.
Vernon, France - On your walking tour of the town, be sure to view the statue in front of City Hall. The building is just opposite the Collegiate Church of Notre Dame. It was built at the end of the 19th C on a newly created square. I visited on a Sunday so the building was not open.
Vernon, France - Drive or walk the few miles to beautiful Giverny, across the river. It is very worthwhile. Monet's house and gardens is a not to be missed destination. It is a bit of a walk. You will need several hours to tour the house and walk around the vast gardens.
Vernon, France - Taske a ride to Chateau la Roche Guyon if you have time. This beautiful site is along the Seine River. It was the headquarters of Rommel during WWII. Although there is not much to see inside it is not to be missed.
Vernon, France - Be sure to visit the beautiful Church of Notre Dame - de Vernon in town - steps from where the river boats dock. This collegiate Church was rebuilt several time between the 12C & the Renaissance period.
Vernon, France - Be sure to walk to the middle of the Clemenceau Bridge for a nice view of Vernon and the wooden islands scattered on the Seine. Look for the ruined supports of an old 12 Century bridge on which the Vernonnet Mill rests.
Rouen (Normandy Beaches), France - Don't forget to pass under the "big Clock" Gros Horloge. Get a drink at the bar/coffee place under the clock. Try some local specialties such as the local cider which is fizzy and lightly alcoholic. I tried the Calvados and found it to be pretty strong. Another suggestion is the apple brandy.
Rouen (Normandy Beaches), France - Don't miss the old covered market next to the Jean d Arc church which stays open until 1:30 pm. It is closed on Mondays. It is well worth visiting.
Lyon, France - Visit the Museum of Resistance - it is the building used by the head of the Gestapo in Lyons. Entrance fee is 5 Euro. See the major moments of WWII and occupied France. Well worth the small admission price.
Paris, France - Be sure to visit the magnificent Versailles Palace and Gardens, This grand chateau is not to be missed. The gardens are quite extensive; the Royal Palace is immense. Allow 4-5 hours to tour. Palace is closed Mondays
Lyon, France - Be sure to visit the medieval village of Perouges with its ramparts, narrow paved streets, the townhouse of the Princes of Savoy and the craft shops. I loved the restored 13th century timbered buildings. It is well worth a visit.
GIVERNY, FRANCE - If you are in Giverny, you absolutely must visit Claude Monet's home, gardens & studio. Although his studio is a huge gift shop, go inside even if you don't want to buy anything. There are several painting on the walls that you won't want to miss. Walk left from the shop to the church.
Sydney, Australia - If you have seen the main sightseeing places in Sydney, visit the Blue Mountains. See the Three Sister Rock formation
Amsterdam Amsterdam - I have never thought to do this but other passengers have I noticed as I traveled the stateroom passageways, you can request a copy of the Times Digest to be delivered right to your cabin by your cabin steward. On my next cruise I will request this.
Amsterdam Amsterdam - Do not hesitate to request two copies of the On Location activities program from your steward. My husband & I often do different activities on board so we always request a second copy. Of course, the front desk always has extra copies, as well.
Amsterdam Amsterdam - The Times Digest is usually available in the Lido Buffet. You do not have to go by the front desk to find one. If you do not see it in the cafe, ask a crew member to get one for you.
Amsterdam Amsterdam - If you are on a Grand Voyage or World cruise, consider purchasing your own visas. On the ship they cost more money. We save quite a bit by buying the Australian Visa before leaving home &U it was simple to do. Make sure that you bring it with you and give a copy to to the front desk.
San Diego, California - If you have not visited the Midway Museum it is excellent. Best of all it is right near the ship terminal and you can walk to it. You can spend 3 or more hours there. Exhibits are both inside and outdoors
Port Canaveral, Florida - If you wish to stay close to the port, visit the new Exploration Tower for a great bird's eye view of all the ships in port. It is near the new terminal.
Port Canaveral, Florida - If you wish to stay close to the port, visit the new Exploration Tower for a great bird's eye view of all the ships in port. It is near the new terminal.
Amsterdam Amsterdam - Keep your room key card away from your camera or cell phone. My card got de-magnetized several times. I did not have this problem on other ships for some reason.
Amsterdam Amsterdam - On our Grand Voyage, the ship had power strips available for passengers to use. Don't forget to request one if you are on a World or Grand Voyage. We kept ours for the following cruise through the Panama Canal before returning it.
Amsterdam Amsterdam - Take the kitchen galley tour. It is interesting and you get to see how the kitchen works on a cruise ship.
Amsterdam Amsterdam - The Ocean Bar serves complimentary hors d'oeuvres befote dinner nightly.
Cartagena, Colombia - Be sure to take a guided walk through the old walled city. See Manga, the Heredia Theater and Santiago Bastions. Visit Baloco Street for its colonial architecture. The Inquisition Palace was educational but hard emotionally for me to photograph what happened here. See the mansions in Cartagena, see the cathedral, Governor's Mansion, the old commercial district, the Customs Plaza & San Pedro Clauer Plaza
Puerto Caldera, Costa Rica - Punta Arenas Take the Pacific Rain Forest Aerial Train & the Jungle Cruise on Tarcoles River to see many birds, crocodiles and other wildlife. Take a gondola and see giant trees, waterfalls & gardens. Walk a trail through a forest.
Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala - Make the 90-minute drive to Antigua. See Central Park, the Cathedral, Governor's Palace and the church & convent. Have lunch in historic Casa Santo Domingo now a hotel and cultural center with several museums - candles & ceramics, art and handicrafts. Visit the Jade Museum Factory
Huatulco, Mexico - Our favorite port of call. See this city by boat & by land. Picturesque beaches, bays & coves. Driive aslong the Mexican Pacific Coastline. See Organo Bay, Maguey Bay, Chahue Bay & Santa Cruz Bay by boat with open bar. Dvive to town of La Crucesita
Puerto Corinto, Nicaragua - Visit charming colonial Leon at the base of Momotombo volcano. It was the former capital - an 1 1/2 drive from the port. Most important city after Managua. See colonial-style streets, old architecture, houses with wooden roofs. Visit the lovely park and La Asuncion Cathedral and climb up to the roof for picturesque views.
Panama Canal Transit - You will learn a lot about the workings of the canal and there is lots to see on shore as you transit. A local canal representative will come on board to give you details about what you are seeing.
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico - Visit San Sabastisan in the Sierra Madre Mountains, remote & historical. See rural Mexican Life, dates back to the 1700s
San Diego, California - Midway Museum was the best. Allow several hours. Visit Little Italy, Seaport Village is charming & I made purchases here.
Amsterdam Amsterdam - Happy Hour drink promotion: Buy One Get One For $1 More is the best deal on board
Amsterdam Amsterdam - The Ocean Bar serves complimentary hot hors d'oeuvres before dinner nightly.
Amsterdam Amsterdam - Did you know that the sweets are complimentary in the Exploration Cafe?
Amsterdam Amsterdam - Be sure to attend the culinary arts center when they offer demonstrations. Often they give out samples of the foods cooked. They also hand out printed recipes so you don't need to take notes.
Amsterdam Amsterdam - You do not need to bring detergent with you. The eight quarters includs the detergent.
Amsterdam Amsterdam - To use the washing machine, you will need 8 quarters. The dryers are free. The front desk can make change for you.
Amsterdam Amsterdam - You don't need to pack your own conditioner as HAL is one of the few cruise lines that still provides hair conditioner. On the ms Amsterdam, conditioner was in a dispenser in the shower/tub.
Amsterdam Amsterdam - You don't need to pack your own conditioner as HAL is one of the few cruise lines that still provides hair conditioner. On the ms Amsterdam, conditioner was in a dispenser in the shower/tub.
Amsterdam Amsterdam - Be sure to have lunch at least once at the Dive-In poolside. There are several choices of burgers & dogs but be sure to order the fries. They are so tasty.
San Diego, California - Visit the Midway museum right near the dock and walk to Little Italy. Take a hop on & Hop Off tour opf the city.
Lahaina, Maui - Visit the Honolulu Bay overlook and Nakalele Point. Drive to Kahakuloa and stop at the shops in town. Visit Makamaka'ole and see the 3 cascading waterfallsw,
Hilo, Hawaii - Visit Akaka Falls and the Lyman Museum Mission House
Apia, Samoa - Tsake in the sights and tour the Robert Louis Stevenson Museum.
Noumea, New Caledonia - Travel to FOL lookout for a great view. Visit the church of La Conception. Then stop Promenade Vernier. Wander the shops in the Palm Beach Gallery.
Honolulu, Oahu - Driove the coastline to scenic Makapu'u Point and Sandy Beach, Halona Blow Hole and view the Waialae Golf Course. Visit Sony PGA OPen.
Lautoka, Fiji Islands - Take a drive of Nadi pause for photos at Vuda Lookout. See the largest Hindu Temple along the way. Shop in Nadi town for souvenirs. Enjoy lunch at the Vuda Marina
Suva, Fiji - Take a longboat ride to see the big watergfall and take a swim. You will get wet. Bring a poncho in case of rain. The ones provided are worn.
Port Douglas, Australia - Take the Skyrail Rain Forest Cablewaywith stops at Rainforest Interpretive Centre and Red Peak Station & the town of Kuranda. Take a ride on the Kuranda scenic Railway.
Qingdao, China - Visit St Michael's Cathedral, The Zhaoqiao Pier & Huilang Pavilion. Drive along the Badaguan resort area & visit the Zhanshan Temple
Benoa, Bali, Indonesia - Visit a beach resort or Klungkung Kertagosa & the Bale Kambang floating pavilion. See Besakih. Fionaloly visit Puri Agung Karangasem.
Phu My (Ho Chi Minh City), Vietnam - Visit Ho Chi Minh City & Notre Dame Cathedral. Also visit former Presidential Palace, now Reunification Hall and perhaps a lacquer ware workshop
Hong Kong - Visit the bird market, Jade Market and flower St. T Visit Victoria Peak for lunch and a ride on the Peak Tramake an Evening Harbor Cruise
Singapore - National Orchid Garden and take a ride on the Singapore Flyer. Then on to Bugis Street and a ride on a trishaw.
Seattle, Washington - Arrive a couple of days early and do sightseeing. The Great Wheel was fun !
Kushiro, Japan - Lake Akan & Ainu Village were interesting to visit.
Kodiak, Alaska - Take a boat ride to see marine wildlife. We saw whales, sea lions, otters and birds
Nagasaki, Japan - It was interesting to visit Ground Zero & the Atomic Bomb Museum.
Amsterdam Amsterdam - The fries in the Dive In are terrific. Try them
Celebrity Summit Celebrity Summit - Dine in the Normandy Restaurant for super service and delicious food
Port Canaveral, Florida - Enjoy a drink or lunch at one of the several restaurant at the port. Price for alcohol will be less expensive than on the ship. My favorite is Grills but I also like Fish Lips, Rusty's and Milligan's Reef. You can sit outside and enjoy the views of the ships in port. Watch smaller boats sailing
Port Canaveral, Florida - Take a short ride out to Cocoa Beach and shop at Ron Jon's. Great place for beach wear or tee shirts for a family member or friend back home - especially for teens and young adults. From there you can access the beach.
Port Canaveral, Florida - Parking is expensive at the port. Consider offsite parking or stay at a local hotel/motel that has a deal on leaving your car in their lot.
Port Canaveral, Florida - If you have time, visit the new ExplorationTower. It is inexpensive and the view from on top is wonderful. Great place to photograph your ship in port.
Port Canaveral, Florida - If the cove tents are up, stop by and do some shopping. The handmade jewelry are one of a kind and reasonably priced.
San Juan, Puerto Rico - Take the complementary tram around the area. It stops just steps from the cruise terminal. Get off wherever you wish. This will save you walking or a taxi fare.
Philipsburg, St. Maarten - For something a bit exciting, visit Airpot Beach and watch the jets flying right overhead. What fun!
Philipsburg, St. Maarten - Take the inexpensive all day water taxi which into town. Negotiate a rate for lounge chairs by the beautiful beach by the dock. Leave time to check out the shops in town. Shop keepers are helpful and polite.
Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas - Take a shore excursion to St. John's island. The catamaran ride over was fun and the tour of the island was spectacular. It was the high point of our cruise. So many stunning beaches to see .
Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas - If you are not afraid of heights, take the Skyride for a simply beautiful view of the port and your ship. I rode the Ferris wheel here for more beautiful views. Free wii-fi at the top. If you have time, explore the area where the animals are. Our ticket allowed us to return later-we did.
San Juan, Puerto Rico - Plan on spending a half a day strolling around Old San Juan. It is a great place to buy touristy items. Sit in one of the squares and feel like a local.
San Juan, Puerto Rico - This is one of my favorite ports. Take the complementary tram around the area getting off wherever you wish. It is a great way to tour without cost. There is a stop right near the cruise docks.
Nassau, Bahamas - The recently built Straw Market is a big improvement over the outdoor stalls. However, expect to encounter aggressive vendors. I found some good deals here. I was able to bargain by buying more than one item with a vendor. It is not air conditioned.
Nassau, Bahamas - If your ship arrives here on a Sunday, figure that many of the shops are closed. This isn't a bad thing as the area around Bay St. will be less congested. It is a great time to get some nice photos. We enjoyed listening to a local combo group performing on the street.
Nassau, Bahamas - This is not a very exciting port. It is very congested and has too many taxi drivers hawking their tours. Instead take the inexpensive water taxi around three dollars to the free public beach near the Atlantis. Rent a lounger &/or umbrella. It is a short walk from the ferry.
Nassau, Bahamas - This is not a very exciting port. It is very congested and has too many taxi drivers hawking their tours. Instead take the inexpensive water taxi around three dollars to the free public beach near the Atlantis. Rent a lounger &/or umbrella. It is a short walk from the ferry.
Nassau, Bahamas - This is not a very exciting port. It is very congested and has too many taxi drivers hawking their tours. Instead take the inexpensive water taxi around three dollars to the free public beach near the Atlantis. Rent a lounger &/or umbrella. It is a short walk from the ferry.
Grand Turk Island - Visit the NASA exhibit at the far end of the shopping area. Great spot for a photo.
Grand Turk Island - Spend time at the beautiful pool or very clean beach. The water temperature will be warn during late spring, summer or early fall. It is a very relaxing way to enjoy the port.
Grand Turk Island - If you enjoy shopping save some time to visit the stores here. I always buy something here. The shop owners are polite and helpful.
Grand Turk Island - Normally I suggest leaving your camera at home when you go to the beach. Here I suggest you bring it to capture the beautiful setting for a photo of your ship. Frame it with the swaying palm trees.
Grand Turk Island - Normally I suggest leaving your camera at home when you go to the beach. Here I suggest you bring it to capture the beautiful setting for a photo of your ship. Frame it with the swaying palm trees.
Grand Turk Island - Consider bring aqua shoes to wear at the beach here. There pieces of rocks at the bottom. Enjoyed the lounges, palm trees and fun atmosphere.
San Juan, Puerto Rico - We took the water taxi which is very reasonably priced over to the Bacardi Distillery. The tour is complementary and the tasting is fun. It was just a very short walk from our dock to the water taxi. Quite an inexpensive way to enjoy the port. Visit the popular gift shop.
Allure of the Seas Allure of the Seas - Don't try to eat in the Windjammer buffet on Embarkation Day. It is way too crowded and there is a long line. Eat in Sorrento's Deck 5or one of the other eateries like the Wipe Out on Deck 15.
San Juan, Puerto Rico - Lots to see and do here. We took the water taxi to Barcardi. Visit Old San Juan. Go to the rain Forest.
Port Canaveral, Florida - Visit the Space Center or Cocoa Village. Cocoa Beach is a great place to go for the beach.
Nassau, Bahamas - WI don't usually get off the ship most times. Junkanoo Beach though is a beach to visit if you don't mind a little bit of a walk. We went here last time.
Carnival Liberty Carnival Liberty - The lounge chairs by the beach & pool dockside in Grand Turk are complementary. Sit near Margarettaville to hear the music.
MSC Divina MSC Divina - There is no drink service in the theater and drink are not pushed on board.
Carnival Dream Carnival Dream - The Adults-Only Area is a great place for a quieter atmosphere and a good place to read.
Celebrity Summit Celebrity Summit - Look for the window down to the ocean in the Oceanview Cafe bump outs
Crown Princess Crown Princess - Be sure to notice the bubbles outside the Piazza (glass) elevators once you are above the 7th deck.
Oasis of the Seas Oasis of the Seas - Be sure to pre-book online all your dinner reservations and shows. It will save you time once on board and you will get the times that you want.
Carnival Freedom Carnival Freedom - Visit the casino and request a lanyard and a hole for your Sign & Sail on your first night onboard. Crew will be around the casino offering them to passengers. Wear it around your neck when you board or exit the ship for easy access.
Celebrity Constellation Celebrity Constellation - If you choose Select Dining ask to be seated at one of Gede's tables if he still works on this ship. He is a terrific waiter and earned Crewmember of the month just before we sailed on the Constellation.
Celebrity Constellation Celebrity Constellation - If you choose Select Dining on the Constellation, try to dine before 7 PM. We always ate between 6-6:30 and never encountered a wait any evening on our 14-night cruise. We noticed lines starting to form after 7 PM. We were always able to get a tble for two also with the waiter that we wanted.
Celebrity Constellation Celebrity Constellation - If you enjoy sushi, visit the Seaside Cafe at 5:30 for a great variety. Stir Fry food is also available.
Carnival Sensation Carnival Sensation - This holds for any Carnival ship. If you never mastered using chopsticks, bring a fork with you to the Sushi bar. They only have chopsticks available. I'll have to remember to leave a plastic fork in my evening bag for just this purpose or borrow a fork from the buffet.
Carnival Sensation Carnival Sensation - Visit the complementary sushi bar before dinner. Check the Fun Times for when it is available. Sometimes it is closed if another event is scheduled there.
Carnival Sensation Carnival Sensation - Don't wait until the ship drops off your statement on the last night/very early morning to review your charges. The line at Guest Services will be too long the next day if there is a problem you need resolved. Get a copy the day before the last so you can get it fixed ahead of the crowd.
Carnival Sensation Carnival Sensation - If you want to try out the big water slide do it while the ship is in Port otherwise you will probably encounter lines.
Allure of the Seas Allure of the Seas - Seriously consider pre-reserving show times online. You can due this from 90 - up to 4 days before your cruise. You can do it on board also but do so right away after you board. You are seated on a first come first serve basis. Without a reservation, you aren't ensured a seat in the theater.
Oasis of the Seas Oasis of the Seas - Seriously consider pre-reserving show times online. You can due this from 90 - up to 4 days before your cruise. You can do it on board also but do so right away after you board. You are seated on a first come first serve basis. Without a reservation, you aren't ensured a seat in the theater.
Freedom of the Seas Freedom of the Seas - Seriously consider pre-reserving show times online. You can due this from 90 - up to 4 days before your cruise. You can do it on board also but do so right away after you board. You are seated on a first come first serve basis. Without a reservation, you aren't ensured a seat in the theater.
Liberty of the Seas Liberty of the Seas - Seriously consider pre-reserving show times online. You can due this from 90 - up to 4 days before your cruise. You can do it on board also but do so right away after you board. You are seated on a first come first serve basis. Without a reservation, you aren't ensured a seat in the theater.
Freedom of the Seas Freedom of the Seas - Even if you don't want to try out the FlowRider yourself, go up to Deck 13 and watch the action. There is stadium seating and the "show" is very entertaining. You may even get up your nerve to try it yourself. Bring your camera.
Freedom of the Seas Freedom of the Seas - Don't get lost on this huge ship. Throughout the ship there are signs called "Cruise Compass." They are navigational aids to help you find your way to everywhere on the ship including your own stateroom and rest rooms. The interactive screens are easy to use.
Freedom of the Seas Freedom of the Seas - Stop in at the Cafe Promenade for delicious complementary confectionaries. We all tried different ones and all were delicious. I had a rum and nut one & it was quite unique. You can also get small deli sandwiches & Starbuck's Coffee here.
Freedom of the Seas Freedom of the Seas - Look for the complementary soft ice cream cone machine on the pool deck. I loved the swirl chocolate & vanilla.
Freedom of the Seas Freedom of the Seas - The Crypt is a gothic themed nightclub. The DJ welcomes requests. It is a neat place with lots of atmosphere. Be sure to check it out.
Freedom of the Seas Freedom of the Seas - Females who want to try the FlowRider, you might want to consider a tee shirt over your bikini. I've seen a few tops come off. Guys make sure that your trunks are on tightly for the same reason. Have fun! They help you get started & demonstrate tricks for you to try.
Freedom of the Seas Freedom of the Seas - If you wish to try out the ice skating rink you will need to wear long pants. Be sure to bring a pair of comfortable one. The ship provides the skates. I'd bring heavy socks too for comfort.
Freedom of the Seas Freedom of the Seas - Be sure to try the pizzas at Sorrento's in the Royal Promenade. They are much better than most other cruise line pizzas. They have yummy desserts also and they are complementary.
Freedom of the Seas Freedom of the Seas - If you are booking an inside cabin consider the Promenade staterooms for a little more money. You get a large picture window overlooking the Royal Promenade. These have an excellent view of the parades, dance shows and Meet the Captain events. They have a more open feeling.
Carnival Dream Carnival Dream - Pick up a casino lanyard & ask them to punch a hole in your Sail & Sign Card. Even if you don't gamble, it's a neat way to keep your card handy around your neck when exiting/reboarding the ship. It keeps your hands free & ensures that you don't drop the card. Guest Services can also punch it.
Carnival Dream Carnival Dream - Wear closed-toed shoes and bring bug repellant with you just in case -also drivers license & sunscreen.
Carnival Dream Carnival Dream - Feeling romantic or celebrating an anniversary, consider renewing your vows onboard. The Captain conducts the ceremony. Remember to bring a camera. See Guest Services for details.
Carnival Dream Carnival Dream - If you are celebrating a very special ocassion consider signing up for The Chef's Table. It is a pricey $75 but it is worth every penny. You will spend an evening with the Executive Chef, enjoy a special multi-course dinner & receive a private Galley Tour & a commemorative photo. Reserve early!!
Carnival Dream Carnival Dream - If you take the Cave & Land Rover Expedition - Belize, be sure to wear sturdy shoes. The rain forest/jungle/cave area is muddy & slippery in spots with uneven surfaces. You will have to climb over a large rock in the cave, Also you will need closed shoes to drive the Land Rover.
Carnival Dream Carnival Dream - Don't miss the Singing in the Rain Show with Full Force.
Carnival Dream Carnival Dream - Try the Mushroom Cappuccino soup in the dining rooms. It is almost as good as that served in Chef's Art Steakhouse. The truffle oil adds to the flavor.
Carnival Dream Carnival Dream - If you need a printout of you account statement, use the machine near the front desk. You can avoid the line at the Guest Services Desk & get updates as you need them. It is simple to use.
Carnival Ecstasy Carnival Ecstasy - On all Carnival, visit the shops daily for each night's special deal. Shop early for best selection. If you miss the deal, leftover stock is often still available, later. I loved Pandora-style glass charm bracelets - 2 for $40 or crystal charms bracelets - $40 each. Sets of charms available,too
Carnival Dream Carnival Dream - The Dream uses a really novel technology. They are machines using face recognition software to find all the photos that the ship photographers takes of each passenger. Insert your ship card & up pops all your photos including that first one taken at embarkation. Order right from the machine.
Carnival Dream Carnival Dream - Don't miss the cooking class offered in the Chef's Art steakhouse specialty restaurant. You receive a large sample of each dish prepared. My favorite was the Mushroom Cappuccino Soup. It is usually held on a sea day. On my cruise it was on the second day of the cruise.
Carnival Dream Carnival Dream - Check out the Serenity decks on the ship. They are lovely areas that are much quieter than the pool areas - adults 21 & over only.
Carnival Dream Carnival Dream - Be sure to see the dancing show performed by Full Force in the Atrium. It will give you a taste of what they will do in the full production number "Dancing in the Street."
Carnival Dream Carnival Dream - Don't miss the "Dancing in the Street" show in the Encore! theater. It is simply fabulous and you will be talking about it for days later.
Carnival Dream Carnival Dream - Pack all your own reacing material on the Dream. The Library is not well-stocked.
Celebrity Constellation Celebrity Constellation - If you/friend/family member will be cruising here, visit the online gift shop ahead of time. Your purchases can be delivered directly to the stateroom w/o shiping costs. A nice selection of Tote bags, fanny packs, bottle holders, ship card holders etc are available. They make nice gifts.
Carnival Dream Carnival Dream - If you are considering booking a new Carnival cruise within 24 months, purchase a voucher for $100 onboard. You can use the voucher as part of your initial deposit & receive up to $200 in shipboard credit depending on length of new cruise. Completely refundable if unused. Redeem online or by mail.
Carnival Dream Carnival Dream - Attend the shopping presentation. You will receive a VIP packet of discounts geared to your needs. Also obtain a free charm bracelet & charms on the ship & in each port. You can always give it as a gift to family or friends if you don't want it. Jen gave us all a ship charm after the talk.
Carnival Dream Carnival Dream - To get a good view of ice carving demonstration, go upstairs the Panorama Deck #11. After completion of the sculpture, you can move downstairs for close-up photos.
Carnival Dream Carnival Dream - If your travel agent or family/friends purchase a bottle of wine for you & it is delivered to your stateroom on a Carnival ship, you may bring it intact (with the bow & note still attached) & they will serve it to you without a corkage charge. This will save you at least $22 or more.
Carnival Dream Carnival Dream - Carnival asks passengers to print out their luggage tags. We coat ours with clear packing tape before stapling on luggage handle. My 2nd tip is to print out duplicates; place second on another handle in case one is lost or ripped off in transit. We saw lots of missing tags on the Ecstasy.
Carnival Ecstasy Carnival Ecstasy - Carnival proivides free transportation from its dock to the downtown area. Use it as the drivers provide a running commentary on the area.
Carnival Ecstasy Carnival Ecstasy - Arrive at the terminal either before 12:00 noon or after 2:30 to avoid the lines on embarkation day.
Carnival Ecstasy Carnival Ecstasy - This applies to any ship actually, never feel that you must order a drink in theaters, comedy clubs, nightclubs or bars.
Carnival Ecstasy Carnival Ecstasy - Be aware that many ships including Carnival will not allow you to bring your own hair dryer or other small appliances like a mug heating element. If you have questions call Carnival or check the Website. We were told that they would confiscate such items if found in your stateroom.
Carnival Ecstasy Carnival Ecstasy - Carnival Comedy Club shows are terrific. If you don't want to be part of the show don't sit in the front. Even sitting in the back is no guarantee. It is all in good fun, so enjoy just be aware. However if you do enjoy active participation, get there early when doors open for a front row seat.
Carnival Dream Carnival Dream - Ships are so big-it is really important to wear comfortable shoes.Keep in mind even at night since the theater is often at the opposite end from the dinning roon. You will end up walking a lot even if you take elevators. Pack pretty comfortable sandals. Nothing ruins a trip more than sore feet.
Prinsendam Prinsendam - On any ship consider presenting the cabin steward with a small tip right at the beginning of the cruise if you desire extra consideration such as wanting more ice in your room. You will find that the steward never forgets your needs.
Carnival Miracle Carnival Miracle - On any ship, if you experience a problem don't wait until the end of the cruise to complain in a survey.This doesn't make you a good pasenger. Speak up right away & let the cruise director, front desk, waiter or maitre'd fix it. All cruiselines want to make you happy & go out of their way to help.
Carnival Miracle Carnival Miracle - Don't over pack. On casual nights, capris, dress shorts & nice jeans can be worn in the dining room.
Carnival Ecstasy Carnival Ecstasy - Plan on embarking the ship around 12 noon. That is when passenger are first permitted to board - sometimes even earlier. As the day wears on, lines are longer. You'll eat at the buffet earlier (when it is also less crowded) - especially important if you have early dinner seating reservations.
Carnival Dream Carnival Dream - Carnival now asks passengers to print out their paper baggage tags. I suggest that you print out 2 for each bag & put clear packing tape completely over them. Place them on different areas of your bag in case one rips off. I saw many bags without tags sitting undelivered in the security area
Carnival Ecstasy Carnival Ecstasy - When the Carnival Dancers & Singers are performing in the theater, plan on arriving at least 1/2hr before showtime especially if you are a party of2+. Best seats fill up fast. Don't miss these multi-million dollar extravaganzas. At least two different shows are offered on each cruise.
Carnival Ecstasy Carnival Ecstasy - Sometimes the music around the Lido Deck pools can get very loud. For quiet time, sit on the Serenity deck. It's a little tricky to get to but well worth the peace & quiet you will find there. There are two jacuzzis. Also there is some shade if you sunburn easily.
Carnival Glory Carnival Glory - Carnival cruise lines permits passengers to carry onboard a reasonable amount of soft drinks. If you want diet deffeinated beverages, you won't find them on any ship. Bring your own if you are driving to the ship.
Carnival Dream Carnival Dream - Be sure to pick up a deck plan for your ship - especially the small ones either at embarkation check-in desk or the front desk on the ship. It will keep you from getting lost. They are small and easy to carry with you.
Carnival Ecstasy Carnival Ecstasy - When possible, book shore excursions online before your cruise. Lines on the ship's Shore Excursion Desk are always long and some tours sell out quickly - especially ones that limit the # of participants.
Carnival Miracle Carnival Miracle - If you are waitlisted for any dining option, be sure to stop at the Maitre 'd as soon as you board the ship. Lines can get long later & you will have a better chance of getting you choice if you do so early.
Carnival Miracle Carnival Miracle - On any cruiseline, be sure to pack a beach bag to stow your belongings when visiting the pool or visiting a beach in port. Keeping you stuff out of sight in a bag is prudent.
Carnival Sensation Carnival Sensation - Carnival permits passengers to each bring one bottle of wine per adult on embarkation day. Consider taking a bottle with a screw off top so you don't have to also bring a corkscrew with you. There is a corkage fee if you bring the bottle into the dining room.
Carnival Sensation Carnival Sensation - If cruising out of Port Canaveral or almost any US port & you are driving from a distance, consider staying at a local hotel. With a one-night stay, you get free parking for the length of your cruise. Parking at the Port is $15 daily unless handicapped. Transportation to the ship is included.
Carnival Magic Carnival Magic - Stop by the Sushi bar on any Carnival ship for complementary sushi. Most guests who know about it visit before dinner.
Carnival Ecstasy Carnival Ecstasy - Don't forget to pack a bathing suit, coverall & suntan lotion in your carryon. On many ships, although you may embark the ship early, your stateroom isn't ready. By having these items with you, you can change in a public restroom & lounge comfortably by the pool.
Carnival Miracle Carnival Miracle - At the end of all cruises, Carnival holds a Farewell Party where drinks and sometimes hors d'oeuvres are complementary. For some reason, it isn't well publicized and poorly attended. Don't pass this one up. It will be listed in "Fun Times" but without any details.

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