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Hometown: Aurora, CO
Joined: 05/19/2014
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Cruiseline: Princess Cruises

Cruiseline: Avalon Waterways

Ship: Caribbean Princess

taradb's Past Cruises

Emerald Princess

February 2015 - Emerald Princess to Caribbean - Western

Carnival Freedom

May 2014 - Carnival Freedom to Caribbean - Eastern

Great Time!

Room was large.  There were alot of fun activities.  The Juggler/Comedian and the Magician/Comediam were both fantastic.  The other comedians I did not care for, in fact I walked out during one of the shows.  The Getaway Island entertainment was great.  The Piano Bar was good until after 11pm when the songs became raunchy and drunk women were controlling the show.  They were still adding 2.0 stuff to the ship.  If the ship would have been completed I would have given a 5.  The waterslide was not operational along with other places on the ship.  Staff was great at saying and remembering your name.  One negative was there seemed to be alot of activities on land days but not as many on sea days which did not make sense to me.  Also, the "Swing Time" bar was the only smoking indoors for cigars, etc. yet the room is filled with draperies which look good now but they will not soon with all of the smoke in there; poor planning sound like to me.  The "Havana Cigar Bar" on the other hand is a nonsmoking bar, things just do not make sense.  The smoking in the casino every night was hard to deal with.  They should either have every other night or better machines to suck out the smoke.  Also, the air conditioning seemed to be off; some places were ice cold and others were hot (casino was terribly hot).  There were lots of various activities to do, some were silly but alot of fun.  The Arts & Crafts were terrible at least the first 2 days I went.

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Norwegian Sky

May 2014 - Norwegian Sky to Caribbean - Bahamas


Many crew members seem to act more like Nazis then friendly people.  Bed was very uncomfortable, we had to have 2 pads put on to make it somewhat ok.  Rooms are super small.  Food was okay but there were some items that were terrible.  They closed the back bar very early forcing you into the pool area where they played the music very loud even though there were only 12 of us in there!  (Not talking about the White Hot Party Night).  I found activites hard to find the times and what was going on.  Price dropped alot and was only given 25% on board credit to make up the difference then on the ship found out the price dropped even more.  Food selection was very limited.  One night all 3 of their "new" appitizers had onions in it for example.  I didn't eat one dessert that I wanted to eat again and I usually eat 2 desserts on cruises.  Do not order what they call "Rib Eye Steak", you will get an 1/8" cut of meat which is better suited for a steak sandwich.  Most of the staff was good but the nazis made it tough to deal with.

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Sapphire Princess

March 2014 - Sapphire Princess to Mexico

Disappointing for Princess

If this had been my first Princess cruise not sure how excited I would have been to come back.  Not sure if it was because they were getting the ship ready to go to Asia or what.  I was not "Wow" by the staff like before.  They also had taken out the poker table which I missed terribly.  When children showed up at the adult pool and I would say something to the staff they didn't care so we told them to get out.  On other Princess cruises when kids show up the staff was right there telling them to get out.  They added seating for the buffet on the back deck near the adult pool and I didnt care for that.

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Carnival Imagination

September 2013 - Carnival Imagination to Caribbean

Sapphire Princess

June 2013 - Sapphire Princess to Alaska

"Fantastic cruise both the scenery and ship!"

Avalon Luminary

April 2013 - Avalon Luminary to Europe

"Tulip Time"

Caribbean Princess

May 2011 - Caribbean Princess to Caribbean

"San Juan to NY"

taradb's Tips

Nassau, Bahamas - Book your excursions here: http://tbodell.cruisesinc.com/travel/cruises/Editorial.html?edType=Custom%20Page&pagename=Shore_Excursions The private island is the best!
Nassau, Bahamas - Went to Sandy Toes on Rose Island and it was awesome destination and great service! Highly Recommend
Miami, Florida - Went on a cruise before hand around Miami and it was great!
Norwegian Sky Norwegian Sky - The back bar area is great except after 9pm because it is closed.

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