poormom2000

poormom2000
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Carnival Magic

September 2015 - Carnival Magic to Caribbean - Eastern

Boat Loads of Fun!

This was a girls trip - 3 of us ladies over 55 - and we had a wonderful time!  The ship is beautiful, crew is ultra friendly and efficient, and ports were great.  We had excursions at all three ports, Key West, Freeport, and Nassau.  Carnival is one of our favorite cruise lines and we have never been disappointed.  The Magic is newer and the only possible negative would be that the tub sides are SO high that we all had trouble stepping over to get in.  Otherwise our stateroom was lovely and very spacious.  We had a grand suite, 7304, so no problem with having enough space.  There was never a dull moment as we enjoyed karaoke, trivia, and the excellent Broadway type shows. We will be cruising again next year, destination still to be determined, but we hope to go out of Galveston again since we all live in Houston . 

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Pride of America

January 2015 - Pride of America to Hawaii

It's Norwegian but ... not a lot of American pride here

Trying to put this in the best light.  The islands are delightful, our excursions were great.  The ship was okay.  Okay as in - we didn't sink.  We had 3 balcony rooms (3 couples) - you'd think they were nice, right?  Nope... the staterooms were Tiny with a capital T.  Yeah, there was a bed and yeah, there was a balcony.  The bathroom was so small that you could sit on the toilet and brush your teeth.  The shower was a cube about 2'x2'.  It was impossible to lean over to wash your feet without bumping your head.  And if you want a bar of soap instead of the dispensers hanging on the wall (shower and sink) you must buy one.  We have sailed Princess, Disney, and Carnival, always getting a balcony stateroom and always having stellar service. Other lines had larger balcony staterooms than this (by far) and all were cheaper - we paid out the nose for these small rooms.  Turns out a Disney cruise to Hawaii is just as cheap and it's longer with better food and bigger staterooms.

And speaking of food, the buffet was an abomination.  Their goal, IMHO, was to drive you to the restaurants, mainly the ones where you have to pay extra. We enjoyed the Cadillac Diner which is a free option. There was a hamburger "stand-alone" on deck 12 that was pretty good but it closed at 6:00 PM.  REALLY?  What good does that do?  We all felt that the food at the buffet was recycled from the previous day. At least it all tasted the same. The dining room (free dining) service was slow and the choices were few.

Our steward was nice but we never saw him except the last night when he came by and made sure we saw him at work - in hopes of a tip beyond the pre-paid.  The crew was quite friendly.overall, but due to the food (or lack thereof) and the miniscule staterooms, we would never go back on this cruise.  After all, I can have bad food and small rooms at home.

 

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Norwegian Jewel

September 2013 - Norwegian Jewel to Alaska - Inside Passage

Alaska in September

We finally took our Alaskan cruise and it was ... pretty good. Not wonderful, not horrible, just okay. In retrospect, I wish someone had told us that Alaska began its rainy, foggy season in the fall. Extremely temperate weather with a heavy coat needed only once or twice, but definitely rain gear was imperative. We also hit a major storm with 10 - 12 foot swells, causing us to change our route and miss the last of 4 ports. It happens. The excursions were plentiful and ours (we are older) were perfectly suited to us. I talked to other younger passengers who did the zip lines, etc, and they were pleased. The cruise line was excellent - we were on the Norwegian Jewel. Good food, great service, and a lot of friendly fellow travelers. In the beginning, we ran late due to a connection in Salt Lake that had a mechanical problem. The cruise line sent a bus for us (and 9 others) when we arrived in Seattle and got us to the ship on time. Thanks, Norwegian!

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poormom2000's Tips

Hilo, Hawaii - Jill and Josh Grotkin offer WONDERFUL personalized tours - MAUKA MAKAI Island Adventure - try them!
Kailua-Kona, Hawaii - Jill and Josh Grotkin offer WONDERFUL personalized tours - MAUKA MAKAI Island Adventure - try them!
Pride of America Pride of America - Wish I knew then what I know now. Would have done it differently. There are other cruise lines which go to Hawaii and will treat you better.
Norwegian Jewel Norwegian Jewel - We ate the breakfast buffet on deck 12 every day - excellent food and no wait! It was freestyle (your own time) in the dining room, so similar to waiting at a restaurant. On the evenings we ate in the dining room, we went early and never waited in line.

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reviewed their Caribbean - Eastern cruise on Carnival Magic and gave it 5 stars!

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received a helpful vote on their Pride of America cruise review - It's Norwegian but ... not a lot of American pride here

received a helpful vote on their Pride of America cruise review - It's Norwegian but ... not a lot of American pride here

received a helpful vote on their Pride of America cruise review - It's Norwegian but ... not a lot of American pride here