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Hometown: colorado
Joined: 02/27/2016
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Destinations: Caribbean


stnbryn's Past Cruises

Norwegian Sky

February 2016 - Norwegian Sky to Caribbean - Bahamas

Where to begin?

(First time with NCL)

Well, this will rate as worst cruise we have been on over the last 15yrs. I will start by saying there are some good people on this ship that provide good service. And even those that I personally thought were annoying, they work hard to try to make everyone a good time..

with that said, High points Luis and Helen in the Palace Dining room. One night we had Luis, fun guy with great service and some great inside info. and Helen another night, very friendly, Great service. (sorry I did not remember all the helpers those nights)

And one night in crossings we had great service with our waiter Jasmine, very friendly and moved quickly. With that said about the good service in the dining rooms, the food was Horrible! just Horrible! we have been on many cruises over the last 15 years and this was the worst food we have ever had. this goes for the buffet as well. alot of flavorless food, and what did have flavor was just as bad.. very little was any good. first cruise I actually lost weight on, so I guess I should thank them for that at least. the only food that was ok was the steakhouse, Putu was our waiter and did a great job. our steaks were cook perfect and although not huge flavors it was good. So if you are looking to go on a diet, sky is the ship for you. now this may be all there ships but I do not know that forsure, waiting to here from friends that were on a different ship this past week to see how food was there...

Ok on to the ship. smallest balcony room we have ever been in. at least half the size as all the other cruises we have been on. just tiny! Jefferson was our tiny room guy, very friendly and very helpful. he must love his job as there is not much to keep clean.

rest of boat overall needs and update. alot of areas smelled old, you know that smell... I will not complain about that to much as we kinda knew somewhat that it was a small ship and should expect it to be old. maybe not so small of rooms but older.

Now we mainly booked this cruise because of schedule change and we were very interested in checking out Great stirrup cay.

But lets start at Grand Bahamas which was first stop. we booked beach hideaway. save your money. beach ok but windy so no water sports available other than over priced jet skis and boat tow went out a few times. I know that can not control weather but still very misleading in the advertising. food was bad which we were hoping to get something good being off the boat. We did enjoy the little history lesson our bus driver gave on the way to the beach. Learned more than expected about the island.

Stop two: Nassau been here few times before but decided to book the Atlantis beach day. I do not understand boat docking around 8am and then having to wait until 10:30 to get shuttle over. (same at freeport) to much hurry up and wait.. If you have never been to Atlantis its a good way to check it out. (better than the walking tour. explore yourself) some more great info from shuttle driver back.

Day 3 the only stop we had not been to. Well, it was canceled. to windy.. Again they can not control weather but pretty annoyed stuck on old ship with horrible food for an entire day. and the capt really likes to talk, some off the wall stuff and borderline inappropriate.. We looked at each other when he was talking about 8 people dieing in  NY? what? just makes you wonder who is in control of these ships..

So very long last day on ship. And although this was a free unlimited drinking cruise (which is not our thing) it was well controlled it seemed. People just having good time drinking not being stupid.

Cruise director, well to me he was the most annoying person I've ever met in my life.. But whatever works and I can't hold that against him for doing his job... But I was about to jump if I heard "lets make some noise" one more time...

Entertainment was boring. I know they work hard for little, but all shows were lame. not the worst we have seen but close.. Comedian was corny and not funny.

I could go on but you get the idea. We all have our own opinions on what is good or bad, please save your money this cruise is Bad. Some Great staff, but that's not enough. 

Oh, one last thing. no need to crank a speaker when getting back on the ship, light music is ok. just no need to try and blow out speakers.

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Carnival Dream

February 2014 - Carnival Dream to Caribbean - Eastern

Great Time!

Really only issue we had was ship seemed under staffed.. took almost two hours couple nights to get main course in dining room. ship was still somewhat new so just dont think they planned staffing numbers well.


we were in spa balcony and our stateroom staff was off the charts! Incredible service and thought about details we did not.


food was good, pizza was great just need to pay more attention. when there is a long line just making one or two at a time does not work.

Steakhouse was Awesome!

Would go on this ship again

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Carnival Splendor

April 2012 - Carnival Splendor to Mexico

Good time, did not like the ports though

Food, service was very good.

Daughter had a blast with new friends she met on board so she kept very busy.

Shows were good

Steakhouse was Great!

Room was good, stateroom attendants were very friendly and worked hard.

Just not a fan on the ports.. we did not book any excursions which may have helped with that but we did go to beaches on our own. beaches were just ok.

Overall a good time was had. would do ship again just to different ports

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Carnival Valor

February 2012 - Carnival Valor to Caribbean - Eastern

Needed new decor!

ship seemed rundown a bit. colors just gave me a headache.

Service was good

Food was good no issues. the dinner shows are wild!!

someone told us before we went about getting fish n chips and no one really knows its there. wife and daughter really liked it (i dont like fish). they got it like every day with zero lines until the end of cruise once people found out about it.. great secret.

kids camp, daughter always has fun and meets new kids. she normally blows us off!

shows were good.

Good overall cruise and service. just needed different upgrade at time we went.



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Splendour of the Seas

February 2005 - Splendour of the Seas to Caribbean - Western

stnbryn's Tips

Carnival Valor Carnival Valor - go to back and upstairs for fish and chips (if still there)
Nassau, Bahamas - check tour start times. or book off ship ahead of time.

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received a helpful vote on their Carnival Valor cruise review - Needed new decor!

received a helpful vote on their Carnival Splendor cruise review - Good time, did not like the ports though

received a helpful vote on their Carnival Valor cruise review - Needed new decor!

received a helpful vote on their Carnival Splendor cruise review - Good time, did not like the ports though

received a helpful vote on their Norwegian Sky cruise review - Where to begin?

received a helpful vote on their Norwegian Sky cruise review - Where to begin?

shared a quick tip for Carnival Valor"go to back and upstairs for fish and chips (if still there)"

reviewed their Caribbean - Eastern cruise on Carnival Valor and gave it 3 stars!

reviewed their Mexico cruise on Carnival Splendor and gave it 4 stars!

uploaded a photo album from their Carnival Dream cruise on 2014-02-15