Cruising is THE BEST way to vacation! I love the service, entertainment, and views that cruises offer!
March 2018 - 3 Night Bahamas (Port Canaveral Roundtrip) Cruise on Norwegian Epic
June 2017 - 7 Night Western Mediterranean (Barcelona Roundtrip) Cruise on Freedom of the Seas
My first Mediterranean Cruise
My favorite part of the cruise was seeing so many amazing places! Our cruise departed from Barcelona, Spain and went to Marseille, France; Villefranche/Nice/Monte Carlo, France; Laspezia/Cinque Terre/Vernazza, Italy; Rome, Italy; Naples, Italy; Sorrento, Italy; then, back to Barcelona for another day and night. We had incredibly beautiful weather EVERY day!
March 2017 - 4 Night Bahamas (Port Canaveral Roundtrip) Cruise on Norwegian Epic
So, my favorite part of the NCL EPIC was the variety of dining options and the amazing spa area! There were many dining options and most of them were complimentary. I particularly appreciated that they offered a true 24HR restaurant! You could sit down and place your order for great tasting food at 3am, if you so desired! The buffet was another surprise! It offered the largest selection of "different" food choices that I've ever seen on a cruise ship. On top of that, the food was delicious!
The Mandara Spa: So, the spa was immaculate and very user friendly! They offered a sauna, steam room, showers, lockers, toilets, vanity, and sitting area in the locker rooms. In the co-ed or unisex area of the spa, they offered an amazing spa therapy pool, lounge area, Relaxation room, 2 Saunas, Steam room, heated tile loungers, and an outside deck with loungers viewing a beautiful wake in the back of the ship. The one downside of the spa is that they charge a steep price for the the entrance fee! On our 4-night cruise, they charged $179 per person to access this area. I thought that was ridiculous! However, I was able to purchase a day pass on the 2 days we were in Port. The day pass was $39 per person.
The entertainment was amazing! I enjoyed all of it, but I did miss having a live band/orchestra throughout the performances.
We had a balcony cabin on a corner with a nice large balcony. The configuration of the cabin was very odd, though. The shower was behind a frosted glass sliding door on one side of the door entering the cabin. The toilet is behind another frosted glass door on the other side of door entering the cabin. There is a tiny sink (about the size of an airplane sink) on the vanity inside the room.Very strange! We also requested the beds be separated, but there was literally about 1 inch between the beds...no exaggeration!
We loved the Ultimate Beverage Package and the Ultimate Dining Package! I highly recommend them! You won't regret it!
I would definitely go on this ship again! I will say that I found this ship to be extremely dark! Nearly all activities are in the center of the ship without windows. Give this ship a chance and enjoy yourself! I loved the late night Glow Party, too!
October 2016 - 5 Night Western Caribbean (Port Canaveral Roundtrip) Cruise on Freedom of the Seas
Halloween cruise 2016
Wow! After having cruised on Freedom of the Seas many times, I knew I would enjoy this cruise! This was my first HALLOWEEN cruise and it did NOT disappoint! The Halloween costume party/parade was definitely a highlight of the cruise. However, the most impressive part of this cruise was the Captain choosing to take us to Grand Cayman instead of Cococay! He made this decision when he found out that Cococay was covered with severe weather. We had picture-perfect weather throughout our voyage! Furthermore, we had outstanding service while on board the Freedom! I always say the crew makes the cruise! I'll definitely miss the convenience of cruising out of Port Canaveral on the Freedom! She will be sailing out of Ft. Lauderdale, moving forward.
January 2016 - 4 Night Western Caribbean (Tampa Roundtrip) Cruise on Brilliance of the Seas
January 2015 - 7 Night Eastern Caribbean (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip) Cruise on Oasis of the Seas
December 2014 - 4 Night Western Caribbean (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip) Cruise on Liberty of the Seas
Best 4-night Cruise available!
December 2014 - 4 Night Bahamas (Miami Roundtrip) Cruise on Disney Wonder
November 2014 - 7 Night Eastern Caribbean (Miami Roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Glory
March 2014 - 4 Night Western Caribbean (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip) Cruise on Liberty of the Seas
January 2014 - 4 Night Western Caribbean (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip) Cruise on Liberty of the Seas
January 2014 - 4 Night Western Caribbean (Tampa Roundtrip) Cruise on Brilliance of the Seas
May 2013 - 4 Night Western Caribbean (Tampa roundtrip) Cruise on Jewel of the Seas
January 2013 - 7 Night Eastern Caribbean (Port Canaveral roundtrip) Cruise on Freedom of the Seas
November 2012 - 4 Night Western Caribbean (Tampa roundtrip) Cruise on Jewel of the Seas
We walked to the train and got off near Vatican City. Went to the Forum, the Colosseum, and Trevi Fountain. So great to see these awesome places!
Take time to see Old Nice, Nice, and Monte Carlo. They are all so beautiful and we loved the interaction with the French people. They were very kind and eager to help.
We stayed at the H10 Metropolitan hotel pre-cruise and the Olivia Balmes hotel post-cruise. Both hotels were phenomenal! The service at both hotels was unmatched and exceptionally clean! The H10 Metropolitan hotel was a little more centrally located for us. We also did the Hop-on, Hop-off bus tour of Barcelona. Great value and a lot of fun!
We were hoping to go to Capri, but the afternoon shuttle ferry was sold out. So, we opted for walking around the city of Naples for a bit and then taking a ferry shuttle to Sorrento. We had a blast in Sorrento and enjoyed lunch with an incredible view!
Walk to the train and take it to Cinque Terre/Vernazza! It is breathtaking! We climbed up the hillside and took amazing photos! We also ate lunch there under the umbrellas by the water. They had homemade pesto! Loved it!
Freedom of the Seas
We thoroughly enjoyed dining in the Windjammer restaurant! Great selection and the service was outstanding! I would also recommend Chops Steakhouse and Sabor for Specialty Dining. Don't miss the entertainment on this beautiful ship! The ice show is not to be missed!
Make sure you catch the entertainment and purchase the beverage and dining packages!
Freedom of the Seas
We thoroughly enjoyed dining in the Windjammer...even in the evening! We would just go to dinner, at our leisure, and wear casual clothes. The food was delicious! Do NOT miss out on the amazing entertainment on the Freedom! The ice show, production shows, and comedians were all fantastic!
Liberty of the Seas
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