melhammers

melhammers

Cruise Director
Brooklyn New York 11214
Joined 04/2014

9

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7

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Past cruises

Carnival Legend

May 2020 - 9 Night Eastern Caribbean (New York Roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Legend

Norwegian Dawn

October 2019 - 14 Night Southern Caribbean (New York Roundtrip) Cruise on Norwegian Dawn

14 day southern Caribbean cruise

There were too many negative things on this ship which we never experienced on the other cruises we were on. I do not recommend the Dawn until these problems are rectified

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Carnival Triumph

May 2019 - 14 Night Panama Canal Carnival Journeys (New York Roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Triumph

Norwegian Gem

November 2018 - 11 Night Southern Caribbean (New York Roundtrip) Cruise on Norwegian Gem

11 Night Southern Carribbean Cruise

Overall the cruise went very well and the staff and entire crew were very helpful and I rate the crew outstanding I do not recommend going back to St Lucia or Antigua anymore. I also recommend taking out travel insurance when booking a cruise

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Norwegian Breakaway

October 2017 - 7 Night Bahamas & Florida (New York Roundtrip) Cruise on Norwegian Breakaway

Norwegian Gem

March 2017 - 10 Night Eastern Caribbean (New York Roundtrip) Cruise on Norwegian Gem

March 29 Norweigian Gem Carribbean cruise

Just returned from 10 day Carribbean cruise on the Gem. The staff was very friendly , the entertainment on most days was excellent but the food in main dining room, buffet and specialty restaurants was not good at all. It needs major improvements. 

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Carnival Vista

November 2016 - 11 Night Eastern Caribbean Carnival Journeys (New York Roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Vista

Norwegian Gem

March 2016 - 10 Night Eastern Caribbean (New York Roundtrip) Cruise on Norwegian Gem

March 22,2016 gem cruise

we were not allowed to board until 2 pm due to many guests with gastro sickness on previous cruise. We did nor leave port until 6 pm.  We were not allowed to serve ourselves until the evening of the ninth day. We had to ask for everything in the buffet.even salt and pepper. Room service which used to be free now is $7.95 per order if you did not order specialty dining before cruise there is now an ala carte menu. 

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Norwegian Gem

October 2015 - 10 Night Eastern Caribbean (New York Roundtrip) Cruise on Norwegian Gem

Carribbean cruise with Norweigian Gem

I have been on the Gem six times and lately the food is going downhill. Now in order to get dishes that were previously included like lobster tails and escargot yoy have to go to a speciality restaurant and pay $20 to $30 extra per person and even then the food is not great plus even in the specialty restaurant some dishes have an extra charge. In addition it's bad enough that Norwegian raised the tips (service charge) twice in one year and you still have to pay an addional gratuity of 18 percent in the speciality restaurants. This is like double tipping because when you are eating in a speciality restaurant you are also tipping in the dining room where you are not eating.  The excursions are very overpriced. They even discontinued a simple dish at the pasta station like spaghetti and meat sauce. Why?  They should also have trays in the buffet like some other cruise lines have 

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Norwegian Gem

Norwegian Gem

Sail date: October 20, 2015

Carribbean cruise with Norweigian Gem

I have been on the Gem six times and lately the food is going downhill. Now in order to get dishes that were previously included like lobster tails and escargot yoy have to go to a speciality restaurant and pay $20 to $30 extra per person and even then the food is not great plus even in the specialty restaurant some dishes have an extra charge. In addition it's bad enough that Norwegian raised the tips (service charge) twice in one year and you still have to pay an addional gratuity of 18 percent in the speciality restaurants. This is like double tipping because when you are eating in a speciality restaurant you are also tipping in the dining room where you are not eating.  The excursions are very overpriced. They even discontinued a simple dish at the pasta station like spaghetti and meat sauce. Why?  They should also have trays in the buffet like some other cruise lines have 

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Norwegian Dawn

Norwegian Dawn

Sail date: October 19, 2019

14 day southern Caribbean cruise

There were too many negative things on this ship which we never experienced on the other cruises we were on. I do not recommend the Dawn until these problems are rectified

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Carnival Splendor

Carnival Splendor

Sail date: March 25, 2014

Carnival 8 night Bahamas cruise

My cruise was very nice as I expected.  I was very disappointed to find out that Carnival will not be in New York in 2015.  Since I live in New York  and go on two cruises every year I unfortunately will have to go with a different cruse company that leaves from New York all year long.  The shows on carnival were outstanding. The food in the main dining room was excellent  but the food in the buffet was poor with very limited choices. It was even difficult to get bread at lunch in the buffet. The refrigerator in the room was not working for the entire cruise. I mentioned it to the cabin steward and still nothing was done about it. 

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Norwegian Gem

Norwegian Gem

Sail date: November 15, 2018

11 Night Southern Carribbean Cruise

Overall the cruise went very well and the staff and entire crew were very helpful and I rate the crew outstanding I do not recommend going back to St Lucia or Antigua anymore. I also recommend taking out travel insurance when booking a cruise

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Norwegian Gem

Norwegian Gem

Sail date: March 22, 2016

March 22,2016 gem cruise

we were not allowed to board until 2 pm due to many guests with gastro sickness on previous cruise. We did nor leave port until 6 pm.  We were not allowed to serve ourselves until the evening of the ninth day. We had to ask for everything in the buffet.even salt and pepper. Room service which used to be free now is $7.95 per order if you did not order specialty dining before cruise there is now an ala carte menu. 

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Norwegian Gem

Norwegian Gem

Sail date: March 29, 2017

March 29 Norweigian Gem Carribbean cruise

Just returned from 10 day Carribbean cruise on the Gem. The staff was very friendly , the entertainment on most days was excellent but the food in main dining room, buffet and specialty restaurants was not good at all. It needs major improvements. 

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Cruise tips

Norwegian Dawn

Norwegian Dawn

We do not recommend the Dawn. The Gem, the Jewel and the Breakaway are better choices

New York, New York

Aruba , and St Kitts were our favorite ports. We did not like St.Lucia and Barbados

Puerto Limon, Costa Rica

Was very disappointed as I went on a rainforest excursion and expected to see colorful parrots, monkeys , butterfly’s and turtles but all I saw was one monkey on a tree very disappointed

Carnival Sunrise

Carnival Sunrise

Wash your hands often and don’t use your hands to pick up the food in the buffet. Use the utensils supplied

Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas

This is one of my favorite islands and the only reason I gave it only three stars is because we were given only half a day there as we had to be back on board by 12:30 pm as we had to head back home. All my other cruises to St Thomas we were given a full day.

Bridgetown, Barbados

This was the nicest island that we visited during this cruise. We took the sightseeing tour by train and bus which was very good and included free drinks like rum punch or pina colada. I recommend this excursion

Castries, St. Lucia

This must be a very poor country as the streets were all broken up and difficult to walk without falling down. Also we were told not to wear camaflouge clothing as it is against the law there and are subject to a fine or imprisonment

St. John's, Antigua

This island was very similar to St Lucia as the streets were all broken up and dangerous to walk on. Again, we were advised not to wear camaflouge clothing as it is against the law and you are subject to fine or imprisonment

Basseterre, St. Kitts

The Gem did not dock near the stores The two other ships in port docked right near the stores while we had to pay five dollars each for taxi to take us near the other ships and shopping.

San Juan, Puerto Rico

They only gave us time at the end of the day. Been here many times before and decided to stay on the ship.

Norwegian Gem

Norwegian Gem

If your prone to getting seasick pick a cabin on a lower deck like deck 5 in the middle of the ship. Do not overpack like I do. Half the clothes I bring I do not wear. Get back to the ship on time or they will leave you and take your passport and credit cards with you so you will be able to get home by air

Norwegian Gem

Norwegian Gem

Be aware that there is a service charge of I believe is $7.95 every time you order food or beverage to be delivered to your room

Norwegian Gem

Norwegian Gem

There should be more places to smoke. One side of the pool deck should be for smokers like it used to be. Cigar smoking should not be allowed anwhere

Norwegian Gem

Norwegian Gem

The soups in the Buffet were terrible. Please improve on them. Please include spaghetti and meat sauce at the pasta station like you used to have on all my other cruises on the Gem. Please include Chinese dishes in the Buffet

Carnival Splendor

Carnival Splendor

Food in the buffet was not good

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