hogand

hogand
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Carnival Fantasy

February 2018 - 5 Night Western Caribbean (Mobile Roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Fantasy

best way to see Chichen Itza (cheapest too)

good short cruise. Very convent location (Progreso) to travel to Chichen Itza ruins (some of the largest in Mexico). Was a very good excursion.

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MSC Seaside

December 2017 - 7 Night Eastern Caribbean & Bahamas (Miami Roundtrip) Cruise on MSC Seaside

overall summary of inaugural cruise

I wanted to say a little about MSC Seaside. I don't like reviews, mainly I don't trust them, I figure if all reviews are bad, it must be bad, but if 20% are bad then that's what I'm looking for you just can't please everyone. That was my 38th cruise (3rd on MSC) and it would be near the top of my list with some allowances for it being the first "real cruise" it did a transatlantic and then we had the inaugural cruise out of Miami. It has a lot of work needed on organization, signs, notifications and procedures. It is just so new and it seemed like 70% guests were not American, which I like because it makes travel interesting. Most guests were always speaking some other language? I remember when we booked Carnival Sunshine inaugural cruise in Italy, it was cancelled because of construction delays ran more than 2 months, then when we re-booked 6 months later, it was still having serious problems in all areas. Back to Seaside: Food (main dining room) was great, a few unusual items on the menu were not so great but overall still great. The buffets: one on deck 16 and one on deck 8 were somewhat small and not a great variety, still very good, some times they were a bit crowded. Off hours snacks were somewhat limited but we always had something available and the open times were clearly listed for all services. The specialty snack locations were very good with all kinds of specialty drinks and snacks (better and more abundant than we had seen on other ships). Milk shakes, gelato, specialty coffee drinks, etc. they also have a chocolate factory restaurant. Overall food is great. Service: dining room was excellent, food delivery was very slow? I'm thinking there were issues with organization in the kitchen? Cabin Steward service was very good, very responsive to our requests (we always have lots of requests: slippers, robes, ice twice a day, etc.). Bar service (nonalcoholic) was very slow everywhere. We did have a problem with no electrical outlets operating: so I have to say the Guest Services were very lacking! We complained 4 times, 3 phone calls and 1 visit to Guest Services and finally the cabin steward found the breaker. It took 2 days to get our safe open, again another Guest Service problem - they need to work on this (just new ship?). Things seemed to begin to get better toward the end of the cruise and we saw some procedural changes that helped, but still have some growing pains. To me MSC is an international cruise company similar to Holland American and the guests are mostly from some other country which makes it a bit different. Though Holland America is mostly for us old folks, MSC does cater the young with a lot of activities, and parties. We don't do luxury cruises, but MSC is close, I would rate MSC Seaside better than MSC Divina. Cruise companies we have been on: I would rate Disney #1, MSC tied with Holland America at #2, Princes #3, Carnival #4. It has been a long time since we have sailed NCL and RCL but both were very good, and we haven't been on a Mega Ship yet so I can't compare them? Seaside is a great cruise ship with a few minor improvements needed (just getting some good routines working). If you want a luxury ship, you will have to pay a lot more.

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Oosterdam

October 2017 - 14 Night Panama Canal Eastbound (San Diego To Ft. Lauderdale) Cruise on Oosterdam

Carnival Magic

September 2017 - 8 Night Eastern Caribbean (Port Canaveral Roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Magic

MSC Divina

May 2017 - 7 Night Eastern Caribbean (Miami Roundtrip) Cruise on MSC Divina

Carnival Vista

March 2017 - 6 Night Western Caribbean (Miami Roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Vista

Noordam

February 2017 - 14 Night New Zealand & Australia (Auckland To Sydney) Cruise on Noordam

Carnival Magic

December 2016 - 7 Night Western Caribbean (Port Canaveral Roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Magic

Carnival Elation

December 2016 - 5 Night Bahamas (Jacksonville Roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Elation

Carnival Vista

October 2016 - 13 Night Transatlantic Westbound (Barcelona To New York) Cruise on Carnival Vista

Carnival Dream

September 2016 - 7 Night Western Caribbean (New Orleans Roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Dream

MSC Divina

July 2016 - 7 Night Eastern Caribbean (Miami Roundtrip) Cruise on MSC Divina

Amsterdam

May 2016 - 7 Night Alaskan Explorer With Tracy Arm Fjord (Seattle Roundtrip) Cruise on Amsterdam

Disney Wonder

May 2016 - 14 Night Panama Canal Westbound (Miami To San Diego) Cruise on Disney Wonder

Carnival Valor

January 2016 - 7 Night Western Caribbean (Port Canaveral Roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Valor

Carnival Breeze

October 2015 - 8 Night Southern Caribbean (Miami Roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Breeze

Statendam

July 2015 - 14 Night Alaska (Seattle Roundtrip) Cruise on Statendam

Carnival Breeze

June 2015 - 8 Night Eastern Caribbean (Miami Roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Breeze

Norwegian Sun

April 2015 - 19 Night Panama Canal & Pacific Coastal (Tampa To Vancouver) Cruise on

Carnival Breeze

March 2015 - 8 Night Southern Caribbean (Miami Roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Breeze

Carnival Fascination

February 2015 - 5 Night Bahamas (Jacksonville Roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Fascination

Carnival Liberty

November 2014 - 8 Night Exotic Eastern Caribbean (Port Canaveral Roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Liberty

Carnival Splendor

September 2014 - 7 Night Canada & New England (New York Roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Splendor

Carnival Liberty

June 2014 - 8 Night Southern Caribbean (Port Canaveral Roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Liberty

Carnival Fascination

June 2014 - 5 Night Bahamas (Jacksonville Roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Fascination

Carnival Imagination

December 2013 - 4 Night Western Caribbean (Miami roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Imagination

Carnival Sunshine

October 2013 - 12 Night Adriatic & Western Mediterranean (Venice to Barcelona) Cruise on Carnival Sunshine

Carnival Sensation

September 2013 - 4 Night Bahamas (Port Canaveral roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Sensation

Carnival Sensation

September 2013 - 3 Night Bahamas (Port Canaveral roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Sensation

Carnival Breeze

June 2013 - 6 Night Caribbean (Miami roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Breeze

Carnival Fantasy

May 2013 - 7 Night Eastern Caribbean (Charleston roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Fantasy

Carnival Valor

December 2012 - 7 Night Western Caribbean (Miami roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Valor

fun time

great cruise, medium size ship, food was good to ok, had to call for ice in our stateroom twice, overall ship was very clean and well kept, all crew were friendly and helpful, ship rides very well in rough waters, not the easiest to go from ship end to end, several floors have no through passage

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Sapphire Princess

September 2012 - 7 Night Voyage of the Glaciers Southbound (Whittier to Vancouver) Cruise on Sapphire Princess

Carnival Dream

October 2011 - 7 Night Exotic Western Caribbean (Port Canaveral roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Dream

Carnival Dream

February 2011 - 7 Night Eastern Caribbean (Port Canaveral roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Dream

Pride of Aloha (RETIRED) 20058

June 2007 - June 10, 2007 Cruise on Pride of Aloha (RETIRED)

Nordic Empress (RETIRED)

April 2003 - April 12, 2003 Cruise on Nordic Empress (RETIRED)

Carnivale (RETIRED) 20038

June 1992 - June 05, 1992 Cruise on Carnivale (RETIRED)

MV Discovery 20159

June 1987 - June 20, 1987 Cruise on MV Discovery

hogand's Tips

Carnival Valor Carnival Valor - remember where you park, the ship may not dock same location, made it a little confusing.

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