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October 2016 - Rotterdam to Transatlantic

Excellent Voyage!

Ports of call were great (except for Morocco), and the ship Ms Rotterdam was quite comfortable. The staff was amazing (as usual) and the food was top notch. There were enough excursions to satisfy most passengers. The weather was surprisingly fabulous for us at this time of the year - only a few days of rain near the tail end.


I took the excursion to Marrakech (3.5hr drive from Casablanca) and sadly the drive was the best part. The vendors were so aggressive. With all the security with us, it made us feel unsafe. We were told not to buy from the street vendors and were taken to a "preferred vendor" who only had large expensive items -- we just wanted small souvenirs, so that was a waste. HAS should look at a different port of call. Feedback from those who stayed in Casablanca was also negative. 


Highlights: Malta was gorgeous, Gaudi in Barcelona was amazing, Amalfi coast was stunning, Athens was a sight to see, and Pisa was such wonderful shenanigans! Great trip!



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Carnival Conquest

June 2013 - Carnival Conquest to Caribbean - Western

Pretty good cruise...

Took this cruise last minute as the locations were new for me and the week was perfect. While the time at sea is ALWAYS a blessing, there were a few moments that could have been better. I took time to spend at the ship spa but unfortunately the spa is under the basketball court!! I would settle in and relax then a crash from above would startle and tense me up all over again - hmm? Pretty bad ship design. I also thought to treat myself to the Point Steakhouse. Me and several early passengers were seated by the window. Just as we are about to begin ordering - a team of staff come to clean the deck. It was VERY distracting! Where we had great seats to the sea for dinner, we became the attraction. A few of us asked to be moved. Entertainment wise, the staff was very engaging and fun. The lido deck parties got tired very quickly as the "dance-alongs" were the same songs EVERY day which was lame. This ship had a lot of families which was nice for them, but I am glad I had a balcony room to retreat from the mayhem above. Dinners in the dining room were faboulous. Lido deck food was horrific except for the burger station, taco/burrito station and ice cream station. The buffets were horrible everyday in my opinion so I was glad for the alternative choices. The stops in Jamacia, Grand Cayman and Cozumel were good. NO ONE asked me to buy marajuana in Jamacia (despite all of the comments I read), and the on-land tours in Cozumel were lack luster. Overall, I was glad for the break at sea. The week had 2 days of bad weather but it was a good time despite the detour to Mobile and getting home a day later. Carnival did a good job taking care of those who missed flights and were inconvenienced.

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November 2011 - Oosterdam to Hawaii


October 2011 - Oosterdam to Hawaii

Fabulous Ship with great service and awesome food!

Great trip to Hawaii on this ship. The staff was amazing and the food was excellent. Although I was not into most of the activities (I find them a tad cheezy) there was enough to do and the numerous days at sea were great for me. Entertainment was so-so but the piano bar entertainer was the best. Great trip.

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Star Princess

May 2011 - Star Princess to Caribbean

Carnival Conquest

April 2011 - Carnival Conquest to Caribbean - Eastern

Crown Princess

April 2011 - Crown Princess to Caribbean - Western

Star Princess

April 2011 - Star Princess to Caribbean - Southern

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