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Joined: 03/17/2015
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Carnival Vista

September 2016 - Carnival Vista to Europe - Western Mediterranean

Great cruise overall!

Overall, this was a great cruise.  After having read a ton of reviews on cruise critic I was going in with no expectations as the reviews were about 50/50.  This was my 9th cruise, my 5th with Carnival.  I chose this cruise specifically for the boat and it just happened to be in Europe which was another location that my husband and I were looking at for vacation.  So I thought this was a win, win situation.  The boat was beautiful and of course very clean as it's brand new.  I found the staff and crew to be very nice and helpful.  The food was delicious and our accommodations were better than I expected.  We stayed on the 2nd floor in the Harbor Family area with an ocean view.  Several things that I did not like were:  the fact that you had to pay to see the IMAX and thrill theater movies, along with the popcorn (when the popcorn at the outside movie theater was free).  You were limited on the number of places to eat dinner if you didn't want to pay extra money.  The anytime dining experience was very confusing for the first couple of nights (checking in on one floor and eating on a different).  If you wanted to lounge at the serenity area, you had to get up very early to get a chair.  The Comedians were terrible.  The first 2 were ok, but the last 2 were not funny at all!  So,  Also, the stop at Sicily was a waist.  Very dirty city.  

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Norwegian Jewel

March 2015 - Norwegian Jewel to Caribbean - Western

Overall a good trip

This was my 8th cruise and I thought the entertainment on it was by far the best I have seen. The food was good as well, however, I do not like having to pay for the specialty restaurants. I like having everything being included in your cruise price. The cruise director Jaime was fabulous! She was so fun to be around and made all of the activities very enjoyable. You could tell that she has been doing this for a long time. DejaDuo/the acrobat/dance team was outstanding. I've never seen anything like that before! The comedian was ok, but the magician was also outstanding. He was hilarious as well. I do think the rooms on the jewel are very small in comparison to other boats I have been on. We always stay on an inside room and this room was particularly small and I did not like how at night you did not have any space to walk around your bed. Also, I went the whole week and my steward never introduced himself to me! My daughter went to the video arcade and was charged multiple times for games she didn't think she played. apparently you have to wait a certain amount of time to swipe your card or you get charged. So, be aware of that. We did not care for the stop at Banana Coast, wished we would have stopped at Roatan. Not much to do there. Otherwise, we had a pretty good time.

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teamocruising's Tips

Barcelona, Spain - Definitely visit Montserrat either before or after the cruise. Its amazing!!
Palermo, Sicily - Sicily was very dirty. Don't waist your time getting off the boat. Enjoy the day on the boat.
Carnival Vista Carnival Vista - Do not try to plan an excursion for every stop. You will be exhausted.
Belize City, Belize - We were very disappointed. Went on this cruise specifically to go scubadiving and we were only able to do one dive and that was after they initially cancelled the dive. Spent most of the day out in the boat. Very disappointing!!
Trujillo, Honduras - Not much to do here, Went on the waterfall tour. Disappointed that we were not going to Roatan where there is more to do.
Houston, Texas - Add a tip. What was your favorite thing to do here?

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received a helpful vote on their Carnival Vista cruise review - Great cruise overall!

shared a quick tip for Carnival Vista"Do not try to plan an excursion for every stop. You will be exhausted. "

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reviewed their Europe - Western Mediterranean cruise on Carnival Vista and gave it 5 stars!

received a helpful vote on their Norwegian Jewel cruise review - Overall a good trip

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shared a quick tip for Norwegian Jewel" There is a refrigerator in the room."

reviewed their Caribbean - Western cruise on Norwegian Jewel and gave it 4 stars!