islandcruiser14

islandcruiser14
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Joined: 12/18/2014
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Cruising is THE BEST way to vacation! I love the service, entertainment, and views that cruises offer!


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Freedom of the Seas

June 2017 - Freedom of the Seas to Europe - Western Mediterranean

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! 

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Norwegian Epic

March 2017 - Norwegian Epic to Caribbean - Bahamas

NCL 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!

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Freedom of the Seas

October 2016 - Freedom of the Seas to Caribbean - Western

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.

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Brilliance of the Seas

January 2016 - Brilliance of the Seas to Caribbean - Western

Oasis of the Seas

January 2015 - Oasis of the Seas to Caribbean - Eastern

Liberty of the Seas

December 2014 - Liberty of the Seas to Caribbean - Western

Best 4-night Cruise available!

From the moment we entered this beautiful vessel, we were amazed at everything she had to offer! Having cruised many times, we knew what one would experience on aWindjammert cruise with only one port of call. I have to say we were pleasantly surprised! The entertainment on this ship was exceptional...especially the ice skating show! There was great entertainment each night. As far as dining goes, we weren't disappointed at all. Our group like to eat whenever we want and not spend 2 hours each night at dinner, so we chose to eat in the Windjammer casual buffet 3 of our 4-nights. We opted to eat in Chops steakhouse for our last night. It is a reservation only dining venue and worth every penny of the $30 per person additional charge. We did dine in the main dining room for a special lunch during one of our sea days, as they were offering an exceptional salad bar and pasta special for no additional charge and no special dress code. All of our group was very satisfied, as the service was excellent and the food delicious. Of course, the fact that we were seated at a huge picture window where we literally witnessed dolphin playing and jumping in the wild added to the whole experience! We found the ship to be extremely clean, tidy, fresh, and updated. We found all employees to be very friendly, efficient, knowledgeable, and happy to assist at every corner. Our CD, Luke Arrowsmith, was awesome! He had a great stage presence, funny morning show on the ship's tv, and did a great job of communication throughout the cruise! The only thing I would warn potential cruisers about leaving on the Liberty of the Seas out of Ft. Lauderdale, is that the ramp/walkway up onto the ship is EXTREMELY STEEP! So much so, that if you're not in good physical shape, you may opt to request a wheelchair and have assistance in boarding the ship at this location. All of that said, we would do it again and again and again, as we loved every minute of it! Royal Caribbean has NEVER disappointed me! :)

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Liberty of the Seas

December 2014 - Liberty of the Seas to Caribbean - Western

Best 4-night Cruise available!

From the moment we entered this beautiful vessel, we were amazed at everything she had to offer! Having cruised many times, we knew what one would experience on aWindjammert cruise with only one port of call. I have to say we were pleasantly surprised! The entertainment on this ship was exceptional...especially the ice skating show! There was great entertainment each night. As far as dining goes, we weren't disappointed at all. Our group like to eat whenever we want and not spend 2 hours each night at dinner, so we chose to eat in the Windjammer casual buffet 3 of our 4-nights. We opted to eat in Chops steakhouse for our last night. It is a reservation only dining venue and worth every penny of the $30 per person additional charge. We did dine in the main dining room for a special lunch during one of our sea days, as they were offering an exceptional salad bar and pasta special for no additional charge and no special dress code. All of our group was very satisfied, as the service was excellent and the food delicious. Of course, the fact that we were seated at a huge picture window where we literally witnessed dolphin playing and jumping in the wild added to the whole experience! We found the ship to be extremely clean, tidy, fresh, and updated. We found all employees to be very friendly, efficient, knowledgeable, and happy to assist at every corner. Our CD, Luke Arrowsmith, was awesome! He had a great stage presence, funny morning show on the ship's tv, and did a great job of communication throughout the cruise! The only thing I would warn potential cruisers about leaving on the Liberty of the Seas out of Ft. Lauderdale, is that the ramp/walkway up onto the ship is EXTREMELY STEEP! So much so, that if you're not in good physical shape, you may opt to request a wheelchair and have assistance in boarding the ship at this location. All of that said, we would do it again and again and again, as we loved every minute of it! Royal Caribbean has NEVER disappointed me! :)

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Liberty of the Seas

March 2014 - Liberty of the Seas to Caribbean - Western

Brilliance of the Seas

January 2014 - Brilliance of the Seas to Caribbean - Western

Liberty of the Seas

January 2014 - Liberty of the Seas to Caribbean - Western

Jewel of the Seas

May 2013 - Jewel of the Seas to Caribbean - Western

Freedom of the Seas

January 2013 - Freedom of the Seas to Caribbean - Eastern

Jewel of the Seas

November 2012 - Jewel of the Seas to Caribbean - Western

islandcruiser14's Tips

Villefranche-Sur-Mer, France - 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.
La Spezia, Italy - 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!
Naples, Italy - 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!
Barcelona, Spain - 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!
Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy - 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!
Freedom of the Seas 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!
Norwegian Epic Norwegian Epic - Make sure you catch the entertainment and purchase the beverage and dining packages!
Freedom of the Seas 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!

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