nancyconrad

nancyconrad
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Hometown: Phoenix , AZ
Joined: 06/14/2016
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So much world to see and so little time.



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Independence of the Seas

May 2017 - Independence of the Seas to Europe - Western Mediterranean

Great - not perfect - but still a good value

We returned from a two-week Independence of the Seas vacation to the Mediterranean out of Southampton UK this week and had a great time. It was longer than our usual cruises, and we wanted to see how we liked the more relaxing pace - which was great. The service was good, except for trying to get an adult beverage from the bar when there's more than a few people. The bartender will look past you as if you were invisible. Note to managers: A simple "I'll get right to you," will make me much more patient and understanding.

 

The Dining Room staff service is impeccable. The food was okay - and our table mates turned back a few things that were overcooked, but mostly things are well prepared and elegantly served. It was usually a highlight of the day. I noticed that some cruisers were not all that interested in getting dressed in formal attire on the 3 formal nights we had. 

 

The ship is well cared for although showing some signs of age by way of design. This ship locker room was inadequate and the locks didn't function well. There was one bathroom for women serving the expansive gym and spa covering two floors. There was a dry and wet sauna almost no one used (yippee for me), and when I've been on other cruises, this area has been busy.

 

The bed in our room was falling apart, which was not a good sign. The room steward made the best of it by putting layers of duvets on top as a cushion, but the thing should have been traded out some time ago.

 

On the upside, there was some good entertainment with music, comedy and some production shows.

 

The buffet area "the Windjammer" was always well supplied with an amazing array of choices, and the staff there was excellent.

 

The stops were well managed logistically. We had a tender in Ville Franche Sur Mer which operated smoothly. One stop in Spain required a shuttle from the industrial port to the shopping district at $10 per person, while also offering a free option that would drop people off in an industrial area that allowed wandering to the beach.

 

The weather was less than ideal sometimes as this was early May, but if you're looking to avoid cooking in hot summer temps, this might be the best time to go.

 

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Norwegian Escape

June 2016 - Norwegian Escape to Caribbean - Eastern

Great Service - Wonderful Ship

We've been on several cruises with Norwegian (and other carriers) and we were very impressed with the level of service we received. You will be well treated, well fed, and entertained. The decor and layout of this newer ship is wonderful.

The islands of Tortola and St. Thomas were a real treat, although Nassau was not my cup of tea. We took excursions for the first two islands, and walked Nassau ourselves. The stores were fairly expensive, although I picked up something at the straw market which was a good deal. Also stopped in at the Pirate Museum which would be an interesting and affordable - and walkable - visit for a family. Just up the street from there was a fascinating church if you like history - and it was free to visit.

 

It's worthwhile to try out the premium restaurants on this ship, although the food at the complimentary venues was outstanding so you won't suffer if you don't want to spend the extra dough. Try the tapas bar overlooking the "waterfront", and go to Food Republic, which was near our room, to get fusion sushi bites. Cagneys did a respectable job as a premium steakhouse, and the French Bistro scored a 10 in food preparation.

 

I also must recommend the Thermal Suite. While the deal is around $200 for the duration of the ship, the environment is like having a spa at your disposal. The snow room was not functioning during our visit but everything else was absolutely exception. I'm going to miss that therapy pool!

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nancyconrad's Tips

Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy - Book your own tour online beforehand. We used Viator and got a great deal with a small van and private driver. Saved $$$. Also, the Hop On Hop Off bus was highly rated by other passengers.
Norwegian Escape Norwegian Escape - Bring a sweater, even if it's summer. You'll need it in some areas where the AC is at work.

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