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Hometown: Boston MA
Joined: 05/02/2015
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Adventure of the Seas

March 2018 - 7 Night Southern Caribbean (San Juan Roundtrip) Cruise on Adventure of the Seas

First time on RCCL

I was expecting more on Royal Caribbean. Been on several Carnival and Norwegian cruises and decided to try Royal. We paid more for less in my opinion. Not even a courtesy bottle of water in my cabin or a pen to fill out room service menu! They won’t provide them anymore according to staff. The staff was truly great, all were friendly and accommodating, wanting to make sure we were taken care of and happy. Activities on the ship were very limited compared to other cruise lines. disappointed and will stick with Carnival and Norwegian.

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Norwegian Epic

November 2017 - 7 Night Western Caribbean (Port Canaveral Roundtrip) Cruise on Norwegian Epic

Great ports, lousy ship

Definitely disappointed in this ship. If this is a European design, keep the ship in Europe! Layout in the room was unappealing, couldn’t walk around the ship at night and the overall layout of the ship was difficult.

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Adventure of the Seas

March 2017 - 10 Night Southern Caribbean (San Juan Roundtrip) Cruise on Adventure of the Seas

Norwegian Breakaway

September 2016 - 7 Night Bermuda (New York Roundtrip) Cruise on Norwegian Breakaway

Breakaway to Bermuda

The ease of embarkation and disembarking made this trip a breeze.  We had a wonderful time on sea days and our time in Bermuda was perfect. our room steward Rene was so attentive and friendly.   Would highly recommend this cruise. We sailed on 9/11/16 and had a moment of silence passing by the Freedom Tower and the Statue of Liberty.  Very emotional for all.  

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Carnival Breeze

April 2016 - 8 Night Southern Caribbean (Miami Roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Breeze

Awesome time!

Great ship!  We had a great time in the ports but Curaçao could have been shorter and Aruba longer.  Our steward George and his associates were so wonderful and friendly.  They took good care of our rooms.  The food was great in all venues.  Entertainment was good and we never felt crowded wherever we went.  Only negative was picking up our alcohol purchases, Carnival has apparently changed their policy of delivering bottles you purchase through their store the night before to having to pick it up the morning you disembark.  The lines were long, two people packed them while you waited and they didn't pack the correct order when my husband came back with it after waiting for almost an hour.   He didn't check it thinking they got it correct, and we had to go back to get the one they didn't pack.   If you aren't carrying off your luggage then you have to pack the alcohol in your suitcase when you get it in the terminal or airport as you can't carry it on.  Only issue we had, and the cruise was awesome overall!

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Norwegian Getaway

September 2015 - 7 Night Eastern Caribbean (Miami Roundtrip) Cruise on Norwegian Getaway

Birthday celebration

sunset in the Caribbean rainbow at sea

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We had a wonderful time on the Getaway!  The staff, the food, the shows and the overall experience was great.  We had a really lousy experience on the Carnival Conquest this past April and were  little nervous about another cruise but we had so much fun on and off the ship.  Tortola was a port in progress so it's hard to say if it will be a good place to visit, St. Thomas was fun, just walking around the area.  We book our excursion for the Bahamas for my husband's birthday  but Hurricane Joaquin had other plans for us.  Only down side was the pushiness to buy products at the spa.  Didn't like that at all!  Won't go to the spa again.Wink

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Carnival Conquest

April 2015 - 8 Night Eastern Caribbean (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Conquest

Carnival Liberty

October 2014 - 7 Night Western Caribbean (Port Canaveral Roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Liberty

Carnival Fascination

October 2013 - 4 Night Bahamas (Jacksonville roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Fascination

msarno629's Tips

Adventure of the Seas Adventure of the Seas - Bring a pen! Bring a water bottle and fill it at the coke dispenser machines so you have water at night.
Cozumel, Mexico - Took an ATV excursion in the jungle. It was fun but went back to the shopping area where shop keepers were rude and pushy.
Norwegian Breakaway Norwegian Breakaway - Taste and Savor is a great place for a quiet breakfast and a smile from the staff.
Oranjestad, Aruba - Take a tour with ABC Tours. Our guides Rockey and Peter with the jeep safari tour were awesome!
Carnival Breeze Carnival Breeze - Steakhouse and Italian restaurants are worth the extra money!
Norwegian Getaway Norwegian Getaway - The Pub and the Noodle Bar were great. If you book specialty restaurants, eat outside. It was a wonderful sunset and a leisurely dinner. What an enjoyable night at LA Cucina!

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