retiredandcruis
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Hometown: St-Eustache, Quebec
Joined: 03/01/2014
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retiredandcruis's Past Cruises

Costa Mediterranea

January 2015 - Costa Mediterranea to Caribbean - Eastern

Outstanding staff, poor food

Anywhere, anytime when we met employees, they always smiled at us and said hello; that was the first time on our 17 cruises on 6 differents cruise lines on the past 6 years that we encountered such kindness.

It was the first time we booked a suite #6331 and the balcony worth the difference in price. Of course the cabin itself is much larger.

Quality and selection of food was poor, first gala night, we took roastbeef and it came in with ''corn on the cob'' burned and tiny potato, One of ours was 75% fat. All 6 of us could not believe what they served us. Another evening tuna was hard as rubber. And don't try to go on 9th. floor buffet after 6pm, it is closed. There is only a pizza and dessert bar open but it cost you $8.00

This was our worst experience ar sea.

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Independence of the Seas

February 2014 - Independence of the Seas to Caribbean - Eastern

Very good, but not outstanding

We did 16 cruises in the past 4 years, with different companies, and it was the first time a ship was ''squeaking'' like that, it is very annoying when you go to sleep. The royal promenade is absoutely fantastic.

We took this cruise to discover other places, as we saw St-Martin 4 times before (which is more than enough), and found out that St-Kitts has nothing to offer. No beaches, beside on hotel properties, the whole island looks like a scrap yard as we saw hundreds of abandonned cars and trucks on the side of the road and on private properties. The tour described Romney Garden as a tropical garden with a wide variety of flowers and palm trees, sorry but we find more on Boynton Beach streets where I live. Also, at this place, there is the ''Famous Batik Factory'' where only one old lady works because it is about the size of my backyard shed. On the way back we stopped where the lava of the nearby volcano met the sea long time ago, interesting, but we were surrounded by: sheeps, cows, dunky and dogs. We had to be careful not to step on ''poops'' of these animals. We feel that this island is not ready for tourist yet.

Puerto Rico, our first time there, is very nice and clean but too short stay as we had to be back on board at 1.30 pm.

Labadie is great, as usual, because of the beach and the picnic prepared by the ship staff.

Service on board was great, we assist the fruit carving which is fantastic the way this fellow plays with a knife.

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Celebrity Eclipse

November 2013 - Celebrity Eclipse to Caribbean - Southern

"14 days cruise"

Adventure of the Seas

June 2013 - Adventure of the Seas to Europe - Northern Europe

"12 days cruise"

retiredandcruis's Tips

Pointe-A-Pitre, Guadeloupe - All stores closed on sunday (even McDo). Ste-Anne beach is great but crowed. ($15.00 p/p roundtrip). Some kiosk at the exit of the ship but you better bargain with them, ex : frig. magnet at $5.00. got it for $2.00 next counter...
Basseterre, St. Kitts - Disappointed last year with island tour so we went to Cockelshell Beach...AH. PARADISE. ($16.00 p/p roundtrip taxi)
St. John's, Antigua - Turner beach is great ($15.00 p/p roundtrip taxi), local market on the way back close to the port stinks.
Philipsburg, St. Maarten - 5th. time there, so we went to Maho Beach, where the planes fly 50 feet above your head, beside this, overcrowed, no place to sit and 12 feet waves...
Samana, Dominican Republic - Took a ''tuk-tuk'' taxi to get to Cayennas Del Mar beach, which we see from the ship, about 20 minutes away from the dock. Quiet area.

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