mattkingphd

mattkingphd
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Norwegian Epic

December 2015 - Norwegian Epic to Europe - Western Mediterranean

Great Cruise, BUT the new policies/price increases blew it for me!

The ship was awesome, food was fair and staff was ok (some great, others were sad). My issues were that I was now "obligated" to pay gratuities (or service fees....whatever they wish to call the fees) based on NCL's formula and new rate of $13.50 per day/per person. And I had no idea they wouldn't adjust this on the ship anymore (must send in a form and wait two weeks to get a refund). I prefer to provide such gratuities on MY OWN terms. To make matters worse they charged me twice for my room...so, now I have over $400 held up days before Christmas! In addition, $8.95 for room service at any time of day?? NCL has gotten ridiculously greedy and I think I've sailed my final trip with them. By the way, I've called twice and waited over 30 minutes for nothing- guess I'm not the only pissed customer! 

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Carnival Liberty

April 2015 - Carnival Liberty to Caribbean - Southern

Overall Nice Cruise!

Carnival has certainly changed a few things, some for the better and some not so great. Overall, this was a nice cruise in which I would recommend. My review goes as follows: Cons of the cruise: - the balcony on this ship was the worst I've ever been on. It was entirely too shallow to the point I couldn't stretch out. I'm around 6' 2" and have always been able to lay out on my balcony and stretch my legs, not on the Liberty. - the Internet packages are too expensive to have horrible reception. - availability of good food was EXTREMELY limited. For example, the Fish and Chips eatery was open 12:00 pm-2:30 pm...maybe 3:30 pm (either way, folks were of the ship most days at that time); Guy's burgers were open 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm; the buffet ended at 9:00 pm and after that deli sandwiches (til 11:00 pm) or pizza (24 hours). - The lines for breakfast were the worst I've experienced. - no turkey sausage for breakfast. - Only one Sea day. Pros of the cruise: - All of the ports were enjoyable (Barbados was only ok from our experience). - Our room attendant (Deneo) was great. Other staff were relatively friendly. - The quality of the food has improved. - Although the internet connection sucked, they were gracious enough to restore some of my lost minutes. - The ship was nice and clean. - Shows/entertainment were decent. Again, my wife and I had a great time and would definitely recommend this cruise.

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mattkingphd's Tips

Norwegian Epic Norwegian Epic - Be prepared to pay "service" fees or they won't let you off the ship.
Philipsburg, St. Maarten - I would love to stay here for a week. Great beaches, great food and nice people. Pretty inexpensive too.
San Juan, Puerto Rico - Loved San Juan. Great food and fun place. Be careful with the cans there. They will seriously overcharge you if you go anywhere outside the arranged trip! I was charged double for asking to go the blocks out of the way!
Carnival Liberty Carnival Liberty - Clean ship with good sized rooms. The balcony size was terribly disappointing for me. Staff was friendly, but not all.

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received a helpful vote on their Norwegian Epic cruise review - Great Cruise, BUT the new policies/price increases blew it for me!

received a helpful vote on their Norwegian Epic cruise review - Great Cruise, BUT the new policies/price increases blew it for me!

received a helpful vote on their Norwegian Epic cruise review - Great Cruise, BUT the new policies/price increases blew it for me!

received a helpful vote on their Norwegian Epic cruise review - Great Cruise, BUT the new policies/price increases blew it for me!

received a helpful vote on their Norwegian Epic cruise review - Great Cruise, BUT the new policies/price increases blew it for me!

received a helpful vote on their Norwegian Epic cruise review - Great Cruise, BUT the new policies/price increases blew it for me!

received a helpful vote on their Norwegian Epic cruise review - Great Cruise, BUT the new policies/price increases blew it for me!

received a helpful vote on their Norwegian Epic cruise review - Great Cruise, BUT the new policies/price increases blew it for me!

received a helpful vote on their Norwegian Epic cruise review - Great Cruise, BUT the new policies/price increases blew it for me!

reviewed their Europe - Western Mediterranean cruise on Norwegian Epic and gave it 1 star!