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Carnival Valor

June 2016 - 8 Night Eastern Caribbean (Port Canaveral Roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Valor

Great Trip! Many Improvements on the Valor!

The cruise director was terrific, Chris.  He was all over the ship!  He even lead the Dr. Seuss parade for all the kids all around the deck.  Great ports and excursions!  We had our twin 7 year old grandsons with us and they loved Camp Ocean!  The refurbishing that was done to the Valor is a great improvement.  We were on this ship a little over a year ago and the improvements are everywhere and terrific!  The crew was wonderful, food was delicious!  Really enjoyed Guys Burger Joint!  Smoothest embarkation ever on a Carnival cruise!  Overall a great trip for Grandkids and Grandparents!

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Norwegian Star

October 2015 - 6 Night Western Caribbean (Tampa Roundtrip) Cruise on Norwegian Star

Ship Issues Were Disappointing

The Star was supposed to leave Tampa at 4:00 pm - we were finally underway at 4:00 AM!  The soft serve ice cream machine did not work but about an hour during the whole trip!  The menus in both dining rooms were boring - quality of the food was fine but I went on a cruise and ate fried chicken and steak and spaghetti!  Not up to our usual cruise dining plans!  The bars were very understaffed - did not drink much because I did not want to spend all of my time in line!  Entertainment was "ok" - dancers were great but female lead singer was just bad (sorry).  The best entertainment on the boat was the comedian - wish we could have seen him more than once.  No sports bar on the boat so instead of watching college and pro football we watched European soccer!  One bright spot - and it was WONDERFUL- was the Mandera Spa area.  We loved the bubbly pool and the lap pool!  Staff in spa was 10+.  Had some great excursions at the ports.  The ship just did not represent the Norwegian cruise line well.

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Norwegian Dawn

February 2015 - 7 Night Western Caribbean (New Orleans Roundtrip) Cruise on Norwegian Dawn

Great Vacation! Great Ports!

We have been on many cruises but this was our first Norwegian cruise.  I did not know how I would like the freestyle dining but found it very enjoyable.  We ate at 1 of the specialty restaurants and had a wonderful meal (Cagneys).  I was also impressed that we did not have a meal in any of the dining areas where an officer did not come by to see if we were enjoying our meal - they were very visible throughout the cruise.  We chose this cruise because of the itinerary.  We had not been to 3 of the ports.  We enjoyed each one - but Belieze was the best!  We chose the Sharks, Rays encounter and LOVED it.  We have swam with rays, snorkeled many times but this was a fun, unique experience.  Would definitely do it again!  We are even thinking of returning to the Caye to stay for a week.  The entertainment on the ship was 5 star all the way.  Very diverse and fun for everyone!  However the thing that made this cruise a 5 star trip was the cruise director Bobby.  He was fantastic!!!  He was everywhere - all the time - and always having fun with the guests!  Also - it was so easy to get on and off the ship in New Orleans even during Mardi Gras week!

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ronevans's Tips

Grand Turk Island - Beautiful Island - you don't need to book an excursion just enjoy the beautiful beach at the dock.
Carnival Valor Carnival Valor - If you want the serenity area you better get their early in the morning!
Norwegian Star Norwegian Star - I was a little concerned about being on 5th floor but we had some pretty rough seas a couple of days and we slept like babies! It was actually very convenient especially when going ashore for excursions.
Belize City, Belize - This was our favorite! We did an excursion to one of the Cayes to swim with Sharks and Rays - Terriffic!
Norwegian Dawn Norwegian Dawn - Don't waste your money on the many (great) restaurants because the food in the dining rooms, buffet and pool side is great!

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