herelle

herelle
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MSC Seaside

February 2018 - 14 days on MSC Seaside

Beautiful but could be better

This is an elegant ship, yet with a layout that is somewhat disappointing. The one big plus was the fact that you could have your breakfast and lunch outside. There is as much outside seating than inside on the Seaside. For art lovers, Park West has partnered for the first time with MSC on this ship. The music component is also not quite to the level of other ships (Royal Caribbean). The cruise staff is fine. The cocktail party for past guests is a joke (nothing was served, not even a glass of sparking glass, you just get a voucher to be traded in a bar). Pools are small. People on board are from all over the world which makes for an interesting crowd. It is also too bad that you cannot dine anytime (unless you are an Aurea guest). If you arrive 15 minutes too late to your restaurant, the doors are closed. This is unamerican.

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Norwegian Gem

February 2015 - 9 Night Eastern Caribbean (New York Roundtrip) Cruise on Norwegian Gem

Exceptional service

We have cruised on the Norwegian Breakaway a few weeks ago and were quite disappointed with the feeling of overcrowding, the policy in terms of evening shows, the cabin sizes, among other things. Nothing of that sort on the Gem. Cabins and balconies are quite spacious, we could attend a show on two different times, the service quite personalized, the entertainment very enjoyable. But above, the quality of the service was exceptional on this ship. Always trying to anticipate one's needs, with a smile, all personnel on board was truly great. A speical mention to Dan Dan, the cruise director, with such a sens of humor, talent, professionalism. We will come back to that ship.

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Norwegian Breakaway

December 2014 - 7 Night Bahamas & Florida (New York Roundtrip) Cruise on Norwegian Breakaway

Disappointing in some ways, satisfactory in others

We had great expectations regarding this new ship and it does indeed has many pluses: a great sport complex for young ones and young at heart featuring climbing wall, rope itinerary, mini-golf, a large soccer and basket court. Also, the food was excellent everywhere. Among other positive points, the ship is extremely stable. No seasickness there. Cabins are also well soundproofed and no announcement can be heard in the cabin which is nice for lazy risers in the morning.For photographs, a smart system never seen anywhere else. All your pictures are in single folder. This being said, the Breakaway is anything but elegant or classy. No big atrium with elevators as we see on other cruiselines. You have to make a reservation for almost all shows. Rock of Ages is not appropriate for families, which seems weird for a ship that is precisely meant for families. We were used to attend a different show every night on other cruise lines not on this generation of NCL ships. The theater is very small and bleak. No colors there like in all the restaurants on the dark and gloomy side.

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herelle's Tips

Anthem of the Seas Anthem of the Seas - The Two70 space on the aft is exceptional. The flexibility in terms of dining is also unique (see above comments)
MSC Seaside MSC Seaside - Be prepared to not be able to go through the entire ship. The whole forward section, like in all MSC ships is reserved for Yacht Club members. so you cannot really walk or jog around the ship. On each and very floor, there will be doors accessible only to members. This is disappointing.
Cozumel, Mexico - We went to the beach resort Playa Mia and that was fine. Surprisingly, it costs less to take the on board excursion than paying directly at the entrance of the resort.
Harmony of the Seas Harmony of the Seas - Don't worry about not making a reservation for your dinner or your show. You will always find availability.
Norwegian Gem Norwegian Gem - Great food, exceptional service, top entertainment. Mid-size ship is much more enjoyable than larger ships.

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received a helpful vote on their Anthem of the Seas cruise review - Beautiful ship with impeccable service !

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