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Hometown: California
Joined: 06/16/2014
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About jblank2123

I started cruising in 1979. I have 64 cruises and 4 more booked. I enjoyed the first cruise and could only afford one a year at first. I have since retired and try to do at least two a year. This year I have booked four. I live in California so when I go to Florida I try to do at least two to off set the airline pricing.



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jblank2123's Past Cruises

Golden Princess

May 2018 - 7 Night Voyage Of The Glaciers Northbound (Vancouver To Anchorage) Cruise on Golden Princess

Carnival Inspiration

February 2018 - 4 days on Carnival Inspiration

Serenade of the Seas

January 2018 - 10 Night Southern Caribbean (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip) Cruise on Serenade of the Seas

Re run


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I took this ship a year ago. I have found that all cruise lines do not change their entertainment for a few years with a few exceptains. So if you are there for the entertainment make sure to get a differant ship or cruise line. The menues are not updated very often and seem the buffett has alot of the same thing every day. The best was the battered fried fish it is really good.

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Carnival Conquest

March 2017 - 8 Night Southern Caribbean (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Conquest

deer in the headlights

in port in port great view Medavac at sea looking out

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This was our 61st cruise. The cruisers today have no consideration for others, they slam their doors at all hours, their kids run the halls with no consideration for people down stairs. They do not watch their kids in the food lines or at the pools.

The ships continuously charge for more things that used to be free.

They have the same programs on TV running over and over.

The production of "Epic Rock" was fantastic, I have seen it before and it has gotten better.

The comedians were very much a waste of time.

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Serenade of the Seas

March 2017 - 11 Night Southern Caribbean (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip) Cruise on Serenade of the Seas

Getting old

bed is comfortable desk and TV

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This was our 60th cruise and I find the longer trips have more of an older crowd.

There were 3 heart attacks, at least 3 broken arms. The shows on board were so so.

The food seems to be going down hill in quality in the dining room.

They did have a lobster night and lobster in the wind jammer the next day along with fillet.

The ports were all good and people were friendly.

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Norwegian Jewel

January 2017 - 14 Night Panama Canal Eastbound (Los Angeles To Miami) Cruise on Norwegian Jewel

great trip

Cliff dive site Looking from doorway Cliff diving area sink Pacific sunset

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Getting to see new places, just relaxing

The ship is in good shape, food was ok.

Rude foreigners is getting to more bothersome.

Lobster is only on the additional cost as it is on most ships.

Shows were above average for the most part.

Weather was perfect.

Only about 14 kids on the whole ship.

Excursions are over priced but if you are not planning on going back it is a chance too see the location. The Bus, boat and train was the most disappointing in Guatemala.

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Carnival Inspiration

October 2016 - 4 Night Catalina & Baja Mexico (Los Angeles Roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Inspiration

grest get away

This is a great get away cruise. If you do not have to fly and have the time it is well worth the money.

They said the ship went trough up grades a while back, but I only saw the addition of Guy's and the burrito and taco restaurants.

There were no changes to the cabins, still the old TV's and worn space.

The shows are the same (need to be updated) I have seen them all, some have different cast members. The cruise has stopped the lobster on any night (not called formal night anymore, most cruise lines have caved into the people that do not want to dress up. I say that is what the buffet is for). The staff seem to be less willing to go out of their way for you without letting out a sigh or making a face (not intended for you to see) letting bystanders know they are not happy. I still will take them when I need a get away.

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Ruby Princess

October 2016 - 7 Night California Coastal (Los Angeles Roundtrip) Cruise on Ruby Princess

Not my favorite cruise

This was a relaxing trip. The anytime dining was frustrating as you got conflicting info for making reservations from the crew. We  found just getting there early was easier the waiting on hold for reservations. The service was good, food was OK. The selections were basic cruise fare I had a hamburger one night as that was the best selection for me.

They do still have lobster the 2nd formal night.

The shows fill up fast, there was no adult comedy.

The on deck movies were OK.

The buffet was a safe place to get food  that you had a selection and was good for buffet food.

Embarkation and debarkation was pain less.

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June 2016 - 14 Night Alaska Great Land Explorer (Seattle Roundtrip) Cruise on Maasdam

check off the bucket list

We started our trip with a stay at the Hilton airport. The hotel was OK. The light rail was across the street so we got a all-day pass for $6.00 and went to Pikes market.

The hotel included the transfer to the ship the next day.

The Maasdam is an older ship, but is well maintained.

I had booked an inside cabin as usual as we have had balconies and view cabins but have found inside a more affordable and perfectly good choice. I did get a window for the Panama Canal and did find the view in the canal fascinating.

My wife wanted a balcony for the Alaska trip so when they offered a discount the last 4 days before we left down to an additional $ 499 per person I thought I would surprise her, they were all out but did have a lanie witch is a sliding glass door that opens out to the deck where people can walk by. You have two lounge chairs dedicated to your rom (just convince the people that want to sit there they are for you), the chairs are supposed to be labeled as such. They finally attached the labels on the 2nd to the last day. Our neighbor got into a shouting match with another passenger over this and had to call the front desk..

Our cabin was CA 732 and happened to be under the galley. This was the most noisy cabin we have had in 54 cruises. Every night the was noise 11:00 - 5:00 was the worst. I called the front desk and they offered another room to sleep in? They at a later date gave us an additional $ 150.00 ship board credit.

Holland America has a DVD collection that you go and checkout at no fee to watch in your room. We had trouble a few days with our DVD player so they changed it out with a new one. They gave us a free ($10:00 value) in the Italian restaurant for our trouble.

The Holland America was one of the last cruise lines that up held the dress code in the dining room and I an sad to say the now have a "Gala " night and do not require a jacket or tie (very disappointing).

The food was not as good as our last Holland trip with a lot of repeat food types.

The buffet (Lido) was not as good and running out of some main courses.

They had great beer battered fish but did not always have tarter sauce?

The pool deck burger stand "The Dive in" had a long wait time after ordering and they wound run out of condiments. The had taco shells with chicken, shredded beef with all the fixings but the would put a frozen block of guacamole out for chips?

The shows were alright but I have seen better,

The staff is one of the more friendlier you will find.

Take money foe excursions and they are not cheep.

You can walk or ride shuttles into most of the towns, but the are small towns with not much to do, except for Juneau, Anchorage and Ketchikan.  

The boarding and disembarkation was easy.

Glacier bay was great the others I could of done without.




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Carnival Glory

March 2016 - 7 Night Eastern Caribbean (Miami Roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Glory

Great cruise

We did back to back to back cruises and this was the best. Grand Turk has the most beautiful beaches right off the ship.

Our room steward was great, like they used to be.

The food was good and the entertainment was good.

I like they have comedy most nights with three shows some for all age groups.

The boat was constantly moving with a rocking movement not like I have experienced before.

The joke from the comedian "is the captain trying to hit every wave" 

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Norwegian Escape

February 2016 - 7 Night Eastern Caribbean (Miami Roundtrip) Cruise on Norwegian Escape

Best and worst

The embarkation and debarkation was great,

The boat was beautiful, clean and always busy.

There were bars in places I would not of thought they would be.

The worst room steward ever in 52 cruises.

They have an up charge for everything. Room was very nice.

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Independence of the Seas

February 2016 - 5 Night Western Caribbean (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip) Cruise on Independence of the Seas

Jewel of the Seas

October 2015 - 7 Night California Coastal (Los Angeles Roundtrip) Cruise on Jewel of the Seas

Bad start with a happy ending


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The Embarkation was the worst of all time of 49 cruises. Royal does not usually sail from San Pedro so they ended up at the end of the pier.

The people at the port did not give proper directions and it was not fun. They had us drive from the parking lot to the end of the pier and drop off people an luggage.

The shuttle bus would take luggage and passengers and it would of saved a lot of time.

The boarding process was done from a tent and it was hot, long lines, and little direction. We were sent to the wrong line and then the power went out and the whole process stopped.

We did not get introduced to our room steward the whole trip.

Our room had the last two cruise compass in the drawer, there was an old water bottle in the room.

The boat is an older boat with  a lot of charm. It is ready for the Royal upgrade as the newer boats have flat screens in the rooms.

Great time after a bad start.

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Carnival Inspiration

June 2015 - 4 Night Catalina & Baja Mexico (Los Angeles Roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Inspiration

jblank2123's Tips

Fort-De-France, Martinique - Hold on to your wallet They wanted $ 55.00 a person for a three hour tour, driver spoke very little english
Serenade of the Seas Serenade of the Seas - The people start putting out towels early (6:30) in the Soleriam, if you like the cover and no children pool get there early
Serenade of the Seas Serenade of the Seas - Check the menu in the wind jammer for lunch they had fillet on a few days along with lobster for lunch
Carnival Conquest Carnival Conquest - Look at times for food service, we ate more in the buffet than we did in the dining room. The Blue Iguana closes at 4:00 and Guys burger close at 6:00 before the buffet opens. They now charge for the fish and chips the used to be free, but they have lobster, shrimp that you pay for also.
Norwegian Jewel Norwegian Jewel - There was a guitar player at night in the Martini bar that drew standing room only crowds. Get there early if you like to listen to various artist renditions from a one man band. I David Nester is on the ship go see his shows he is a great act. The drink package is great, not all bars make the same
Carnival Inspiration Carnival Inspiration - The comedy show for adults is later. I will set in the back incase I do not like the comedian, I can leave without bothering anybody. They have dropped the George Lopez introduction, I do not know if he no longer has a part in selecting the comedians. The tasty bites are good promenade before dinner
Ruby Princess Ruby Princess - Make anytime dining reservations by phone early they only take 20% reservations. Happy hour is 3:00 - 4:00 in the wheelhouse bar buy one the second is a dollar. There is one night of no smoking in the casino. The theatre 6th floor entrance usually has seats down in front.
Cruise Tracy Arm Fjord, Alaska -
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Maasdam Maasdam - They have a happy hour 4 -5 in two places where the second drink is only a doller
Norwegian Escape Norwegian Escape - Make reservations and double check as they tend to be deleted, Do not expect lobster unless you pay for it They up charge for everything Bar tenders are overwhelmed with the unlimited drink packages

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