scotiagirl
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Norwegian Dawn

July 2016 - Norwegian Dawn to Bermuda

the good and the bad for us at least

the food and entertainment on this cruise was excellent, as well as the courtesy of the staff and waiters and other servers.  I am only giving the cruise 3 stars because the few things we did not care for are actually deal breakers for us and we probably will not sail Norwegian again unless we get a fabulous price.

 

The Dawn is a smaller ship with about 2500 passengers, however there is only 1 pool located forward on the ship with Stadium seating for multi levels surrounding it.  On hot days, which everyone was, the entire ship it seemed was concentrated in this one area.  Too many people in one place, the pool was extremely overcrowded and with kids jumping and splashing around as kids will do, it was not the place to be.  In addition due to the number of people in the pool at any given time it was not clean, hair and paper and food were always present.  Due to the numbers it did not appear to be a safe environment. 

 

the other issue was our balcony stateroom bathroom.  It had separate stalls for the shower and the toilet, Husband is tall and large frame, he had little or no room in the toilet area and for him this was a huge issue.

 

We enjoy cruising and have done so many times and will do so again, however we probably will not consider Norweigian again due to these issues, they do not appear to be something that can be corrected.  Our other cruise line preference offers similar itineraries at similar pricing and the two things mentioned above are fine on those ships so that is probably where we will look again.

 

We chose this trip for the destination and to give Norwegian a try, food, service, and entertainment were great and compared well with other cruises we have been on but the things we perceived as the negatives will remain in our memories and will more than likely give us pause before we consider a Norweigian again.

 

 

 

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Carnival Miracle

September 2014 - Carnival Miracle to Hawaii

Hawaii -just an ok cruise

We sailed on the Carnival Miracle for a 16 days trip to Hawaii.  We were five days at sea both coming and going and 5 days on 5 different islands in the islands.The Carnival Miracle is in the Spirit Class of Carnivals ships, meaning it is one of the smaller carriers, about 2100 passengers and 900 crew.  This is a the type we prefer, never seems crowded,and because of the time of the year, there were only a few school age children on board,in fact it was a 40+ age group Food was average and at the end of the trip seemed boring and mundane.  Entertainment during the trip out  to the islands was lackluster, the second week we had three nights of great performers but not much the last 2 nights.  Comedy acts were very poor, not funny except for Jerome.  Rest of the day time entertainment was  repetitive, bingo and trivia gets tiresome after a while.  Towards the end of the cruise, a full length film was shown and the theater was crowded, more of this is needed on such a long cruise.Ship was exceedingly clean and the crew went out of their way to be courteous, friendly and helpful,  Carnival offered a variety of shore excursions for every port, but were very expensive. Except for Honolulu the docking cruise ports were actually freight terminals, not convenient for any passenger to just walk around.  I will say there were a variety of vendors providing alternate shore excursions meeting every stop so if you are not inclined to book with Carnival, alternate reliable trips are available on shore.

We were satisfied overall with this cruise, although Hawaii is a little over rated as a destination, it is very expensive and while the scenery is lovely there are many places in the Caribbean equally as lovely, as well as the area we live in on the east coast.  For us it was all about the opportunity to cruise and relax and just to be away from daily routine. as always it great to be home.

 

 

 

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scotiagirl's Tips

Basseterre, St. Kitts - this was also not a great stop, island is not very clean and little to attract attention. tours only brought us to places to buy more time worn souveniers
Baltimore, Maryland - getting on and off the ship was great especially now that we are platinum
Dominica - Not such a great stop, it was a sunday and the docking port was literally a freight port area, the island is very dirty and not much going on to walk to, I understand that an excursion to the rainforest part of the island was a better way to visit this island
San Juan, Puerto Rico - we docked in Old San Juan, if you have never been to the city right at the port you can hop on and off a free trolley that will take you throughout the Old City area including to the fort.
Kahului, Maui - another freight terminal port, we chose the trip to a beach resort, we were lucky it was a picture perfect weather day.
Honolulu, Oahu - we enjoyed a trip around the island with an awesome guide, saw many sites and the visit to Pearl Harbor and to the Arizona memorial was a very moving experience
Kailua-Kona, Hawaii - this is a tender port, which tends to bog down early on. Not much to see and do at this stop, although it is possible to just walk around here as versus the other stops.
Hilo, Hawaii - another freight terminal stop, but many vendors to great the ship for excursion options. seeing an active volcano was a highlight
Nawiliwili, Kauai - ship docks at a freight terminal so have something in place to go to, we visit Weamea canyon, a breathtaking sight.
Carnival Miracle Carnival Miracle - this ship has wonderful adult serenity area, which also includes an adult only pool. However spots fill up quickly especially on a nice day but all in all a lovely place to spend the day

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