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Celebrity Silhouette

January 2017 - Celebrity Silhouette to Caribbean - Western

Excellent cruise, with a little room for improvement

We were pleasantly surprised by the Silhouette, it exceeded our expectations in almost every way.  The cabin was perfectly adequate, the shower actually seemed to be a foot or so larger than on the Oasis class ships of RCCL, the food was top-notch, and the entertainment was OK. The shows were well thought-out as far as timing was concerned, so we did not have to alter our nightly routine very much

However, Celebrity does not handle Anytime dining any better than RCCL (Princess still does it the best) as we had to wait at each dinner for a table up to 15 minutes, and this was despite our offer to share a table.  At least we could wit in the lounge with a beeper, rather than stand in line the whole time as is on RCCL.

The Cruise Director, despite being energetic, does not run the Marriage game show very well, forgetting names, and sometimes what he had asked

I also wish there were more regular chairs on the pool deck, since I have a bad back and have problems getting in and out of the loungers

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Carnival Victory

September 2016 - Carnival Victory to Caribbean - Bahamas

About what we expected

We knew that this was an older ship, and we would have to make some allowances. The layout of the cabin was terrible.  No side tables for glasses, books or a CPAP machine. On one side of the bed, there was so little space, you had to walk out to the end of the bed sideways.  There was no refridgerator, so if something needed to be kept cold, like certain medications, you were out of luck, or could have one brought to the cabin, where it would take up more floor space

Storage space was more than aequate.

The bathroom was surprisingly large, by cruise ship standards, and the shower was pretty roomy.  However, this was offset by the mold and mildew in the grout cracks

We really did not enjoy having to go up to Deck 5 to go from one end of the ship to the other.  This forced us to go through the very smokey casino, not a fin time.  By the 3rd day, we had found alternate routes

The Lido buffet was a mess, with long slow lines.  Again, by the 3rd day, we had found alternaives

For some reason, the cover to the solarium was closed on occasion.  While it did rain quit hard once, when it was not raining, it made the  Solarium uncomfortably warm, actually forcing us to leave on one occasion

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Norwegian Escape

May 2016 - Norwegian Escape to Caribbean - Eastern

Not my favorite

I hate cruising out of Miami, we only took this one because of the special offers (4-nites specialty restaurants, unlimited beverages).  I hated it even more when I paid the $140 parking fee.  Legalized robbery

Speaking of which, NCL pulled a real bait-and switch when I made my reservation.  Their add made it look like ANY suite would get the 4-option incentives.  I found out later that only FULL suites and Haven suites got this, so I cancelled.  Then, the same day, NCL implemented the -2-option incentive, and I made another reservation.  That increased our fare by almost $600.  My wife was really looking forward to our first suite, so I just let it stand

We had a minisuite (12200).  More of just a standard balcony cabin with a MUCH bigger bathroom, and a shower you can actually turn around in

Speciality restaurants were excellent.  We did 20nights in Cagneys', and a night each in Moderno Braziian Steak House, and teppanyaki Japaneese steak house.

Food in the main dining room was OK, but, in the Manhatten dining room, they have a loud 7-piece band, which, if you are within 50-feet, makes conversation impossible.

Pool areas and hot tubs were unsheltered, so if you are sensitive to sunlight, they are probably not a good idea.  On the pool deck, the chair hogs were in abundance, with many chairs occupied by a towel for may hours

Ports of call were ordinary.  I have been to St Thomas many times.  Tortola was a new port for us, we took a island tour, much less than expensive that the ship's tours.  We didn't bother getting off in Nassau

Kids were everywhere.  I heard that there were 1300 kids on this cruise, which we picked specifically  to try and  avoid kids as much as possible.  Unfortunately, the adjacent cabin had a couple of screamers, and one deck above, there were several little godzillas seeing how hard they could stamp their feet

For soft drinks NCL offers only Pepsi products.  My wife considers this one step above swill, and I am no really fond of them either

The  shows we saw ("Oh, what  night" and "For the Record") were some of the best I have seen on any ship.  Unfortunately, their reservation system is a total joke, we ended up in the standby line for every show

Speaking of which, they had way too may activities going on in the atrium, where there is just not enough seating.

Disembarcation was good from the point of view that we got to pick our time, but our luggage zone was impossible to find, and a friendly porter was able to help us.

To sum up, we took the cruise to take advantage of the special offers, so in those terms, mission accomplished.  However, there were enough downsides for me to take my business elsewhere in the future

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Carnival Victory Carnival Victory - Know what you are getting into before booking. This is not the best ship in the fleet, by any means. For us, it provided a short 3-day getaway, with nice meals and tasty drinks, and this is all we really wanted

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