lewbrewer46

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Majesty of the Seas

March 2018 - 4 Night Bahamas (Port Canaveral Roundtrip) Cruise on Majesty of the Seas

Enjoyed our cruise

Enjoyable cruise, in total. Most negative aspect was the behavior of college-age spring breakers who made too much noise in the halls in the evenings and were generally self-absorbed, rude and intoxicated. Many of them would have been arrested for public drunkenness on their home campus or in their college community. Sometimes, it felt like we were on a real pirate ship, with sailors and wenches running the ship and no sign of any security presence, until you wanted to get on or off the ship.

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Norwegian Epic

May 2015 - 7 Night Western Mediterranean (Barcelona Roundtrip) Cruise on Norwegian Epic

First-time Norwegian

Overall, this was a very positive experience.  This was my 6th cruise, first time with Norwegian.  This was my wife's 9th cruise, but also her first experience with Norwegian.  Overall, the entertainment was somewhat inconsistent with some excellent performers and some that left me wishing I had stayed in my cabin.  Graffiti, the Flyboys and the Beatles Tribute Band were all smashing.  Legends was alright, while the Rod Stewart impersonator was first rate.  Movie offerings were limited and did not take advantage of the theater facility, relying on other screen locations which were not conducive to focusing on the media.  I refrained from attending some otherwise promising movies because there were too many distractions in the venues provided.  Food was generally up to par with other cruise lines, although the menus in the two main restaurants, Taste and the Manhattan Club, were somewhat repetitive.  I had no difficulty adjusting to the freestyle seating options although we found that some waiters were better than others and there was no way to get back to the tables where the good ones worked.  Our cabin steward claimed to be a rookie on his second week with the cruise line but he was as good as or better than any we have ever had previously.  NCL must train and select their stewards very well.  We only did two of the optional shore excursions and both were problematic.  We had tickets for the hop-on, hop-off bus in Livorno.  When we got to the bus stop on shore, we discovered that there is only one bus for all five cruise ships in port and the bus that was scheduled to leave at 11:00 was already full by 10:45 and the bus would return for more passengers at noon.  Really?  On Mallorca, there were multiple buses to serve the hop-on, hop-off bus tour that we reserved, but when we arrived at the bus stop, the line was nearly a half block long.  After 45 minutes in the hot sun, we finally got on a bus for a very interesting tour that provided a great orientation for first-time visitors to the island.  We opted to take self-guided tours in Naples and Cannes, as well as a train to Rome and back from Civitivecchia.  That worked for us, but we spent three days in Rome just over six months ago, so we knew exactly where we wanted to go during our limited time in the city.  I would cruise with Norwegian again without hesitation.  However, I would not choose them over another cruise line with a better price point for the itinerary I want to explore.    

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Disney Dream

December 2006 - 10 days on Disney Dream

lewbrewer46's Tips

Nassau, Bahamas - Been there, done that (about 10 times) and nothing has changed. There are worse locations in the Caribbean. Nassau is just too convenient for short cruises.
Cococay (Cruiseline's Private Island) - This is a nice beach destination and Royal Caribbean is in the process of developing more options for activities there. They are also building the necessary infrastructure to facilitate directly docking the ship, and avoiding the use of a ferry or tender to get to the island and back.
Majesty of the Seas Majesty of the Seas - Take the time for at least one lunch meal at Johnny Rocket's. The cover charge is only $9.95 per person and the meal is not just food - it is an experience.
Naples, Italy - This is a city badly in need of urban renewal. It felt like a first world city seeking to revert to thgird world status.
Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy - Nice little port town but primarily a transfer point to get to Rome. The train system was easy to use for a first-time visitor.
Cannes, France - This is one of the most upscale cities in the world - Rodeo Drive on steroids as a separate municipality.
Barcelona, Spain - Casa Battlo was the highlight of our touring activities. Barcelona is a very welcoming city.
Norwegian Epic Norwegian Epic - I had an Internet package on my phone but found it only worked when I was off the ship. I can only assume that the ship was blocking certain signals to promote its overpriced and lethargic Wi-Fi service.

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