Second Mate

Hometown: Alpine
Joined: 03/28/2011
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About vister

My husband and I love to cruise!!! We started in 2007 and have been on 13 cruises, so far. Next one in Feb. 2015 and then Oct. 2015. We love to meet new friends onboard!



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Celebrity Reflection

February 2015 - Celebrity Reflection to Caribbean - Eastern

Celebrity Reflection

October 2014 - Celebrity Reflection to Transatlantic

We Love Sea Days!!

This was our second transatlantic on Reflection in the Reflection Suite and it was SO much fun!!  The ports were different this time.  We left from Rome (Civitaveccia) so we went 4 days early to experience the city first.  We absolutely loved Madeira!  I wish we had more time there.  The other 3 ports in the Caribbean we had done many times.  The crossing was so smooth!  Reflection attracts an older crowd but there was quite a mixture of all ages. Not many kids though.  My 2 girlfriends and I brought a couple of costumes and the crew loved it!  We made the most of the 70's theme night.  There was also a paid event party called Indulgence which was very cool!! The service on Celebrity ships is always far above other lines for us.  Everyone is so nice and they go out of their way to make you happy.  The entertainment choices were better than expected on this cruise based on our past experiences.  There was some really talented guest performers.  The food is always great.  Our favorites are Lawn Club Grill and Murano.  Our only disappointment was Blu.  It used to be good.  Don't know what happened.  Oh, and they don't make a big deal about the last formal night anymore. No flaming baked Alaska presentation or parading out the chefs.  All in all, a great cruise and we made some lifelong new friends!

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Celebrity Silhouette

February 2014 - Celebrity Silhouette to Caribbean - Western

Allure of the Seas

February 2013 - Allure of the Seas to Caribbean - Eastern

Loved the Aqua Theatre Suite!

This was our first cruise on a mega ship and we loved it!! There is SO much to do! We generally cruise with Celebrity and we still think that Celebrity has better food and specialty restaurants and service BUT RC has excellent entertainment!! The shows we saw on this cruise were the best we have ever seen on a ship! We especially loved Mo5aic! 5 guys who were on America's Got Talent. Awesome! The production shows were amazing also - like Chicago and Blue Planet. We loved our suite as well. We were al bit concerned that the shows and the practice sessions would be too loud (we read some reviews) but that was not the case. It's very well insulated and we were not at all bothered by the noise. The show was great too! How great to have our own vantage point! That pool is an engineering marvel! The concierge club staff were wonderful. We really didn't have a complaint about anything. We are looking forward to the next ship out - Anthem of the Seas!

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Celebrity Reflection

November 2012 - Celebrity Reflection to Transatlantic

Reflection Suite!!!

What an amazing suite!! The cantilevered shower was great! 1600 sq. ft. of luxury! The view was awesome! The same view you would see from the Bridge! Their new Reverie Sleep System mattress is SO wonderful! Service was amazing, as usual. There are 5 other new Signature suites in the private hallway with the Reflection Suite. You need a special Sea Pass to access. Right on the other side of the wall in the living room is the Sky Lounge. It's soundproofed so well though. Didn't hear a thing. Right outside of the hall is the Aqua Spa Cafe which was great because it's one of my favorites. The fitness center is just 1 flight down which was nice too. I thought I might get bored or seasick being on a transatlantic for 9 days but I loved it! I did get a bit queasy on our first day out of the Mediterranean (Thanksgiving day) but got my sealegs by the next day. We had great weather too. We were supposed to go to the Canary Islands but had to skip it due to a malfunctioning azipod. We couldn't go as fast as we were supposed to to reach Miami in time. They gave all the staterooms $250.00 credit to make up for it. We ate at all the specialty restaurants. Lawn Club Grill is our favorite! Ate there 5 times. The people are so great. Where else do you get a hug from your server, or manager, or from your chef? Buffet was great too, as always. The ship is very similar to the Silhouette.

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Voyager of the Seas

March 2012 - Voyager of the Seas to Caribbean - Western

SO much fun! Great ship!...

SO much fun! Great ship! We did have some repair work to be done in our suite. Some of it couldn't be fixed. Got a nice credit for a future cruise though. We were in the Royal Suite. Access to Concierge club was nice. Free drinks every eve. for a couple hours. I loved being able to pop in whenever to get a free espresso too. Good coffee through out the ship. They use Seattle's Best brand. I even had a coffee maker and hot water pot in the room. That was a nice plus. I would have liked wifi in the room but it's a older ship and not upgraded in that sense. The food was pretty good. Not as good as Celebrity but better than Princess. Portofino's was wonderful! Johnny Rocket's sucked. I would have liked more specialty restaurants. The sandwich cafe on the Promenade was really good, and free. The entertainment was the BEST! Awesome ice show, hilarious guy in the Pig and Whistle Pub every night, and the best Elvis impersonator I have ever seen in the main show room! The production show was average. I did the rock climbing wall but didn't do any in-line skating or ice skating. Celebrity is still my favorite line but Royal Caribbean is second! I will try to post some pics but they are all over 4 MB.

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Celebrity Silhouette

November 2011 - Celebrity Silhouette to Caribbean - Southern

Diamond Princess

July 2011 - Diamond Princess to Alaska

This was my second cruise...

This was my second cruise with Princess to Alaska. I think both were about the same for me. Our neighbor's brother was married on the ship and we were with a group of 20. The Penthouse Suite was very nice. We had the same one last time on the Golden Princess. We had free internet (when it worked) which is so cool. Our stateroom attendant was awesome. We did notice though that many other crew were not as friendly as you would expect on a cruise. We are really spoiled because of Celebrity though! :) They are a hard act to follow. We don't care for the buffet arrangement. Too confined and like a cafeteria. We prefer the stations that are separated. We were not impressed with the Sterling steakhouse which was their $20.00 specialty restaurant. It was set up in the buffet area! No ambiance. The food was mediocre too. We did not go to Sabatini's - the other specialty restaurant. Room service was great though. Always fast and cheerful, food was hot. The overall appearance of the ship was fine. They now have Movies Under the Stars and the Sanctuary. We were disappointed that all of the pools were NOT heated. We had some awesome weather but the pools were too chilly. I noticed only kids in them nearly all of the time. It may sound like I'm complaining a lot but really it was not bad. Just being critical in certain areas. Princess meets expectations. If you want a cruise to exceed expectations, try Celebrity.

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Celebrity Eclipse

April 2011 - Celebrity Eclipse to Caribbean - Eastern

This was our second time within 6 months on the Eclipse...

This was our second time within 6 months on the Eclipse in the same suite. I didn#39;t think it could have gotten any better than the last time but it did! We are big fans of this line. Compared to Princess and Royal Caribbean, the service and food on Celebrity is way superior! On this itinerary, we visited San Juan, St. Maarten, and St. Kitts. We visited San Cristobal fort in San Juan. Really great! Only 3 bucks admission! Had excellent tapas at Aire Numo. In St. Maarten, we took a cab to Maho Beach and watched a huge plane land right over our heads! The runway is just a few yards from the beach. In St. Kitts, we did zip lining which was really awesome! I#39;m searching now for another Celebrity cruise for Fall or Winter. Maybe on the new Silhouette?

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Celebrity Eclipse

December 2010 - Celebrity Eclipse to Caribbean - Western

Wow!!!! What a gorgeous...

Wow!!!! What a gorgeous ship!! Celebrity is our favorite line and this new ship did not disappoint! One of the things I really love about Celebrity is that I never feel like it's crowded. I can always find quiet spots. The food and service are the best! Loved the Hot Glass Show too. The specialty restaurants are wonderful! We ate at all of them!

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Golden Princess

August 2010 - Golden Princess to Alaska

Radiance of the Seas

October 2009 - Radiance of the Seas to Mexico

Celebrity Infinity

August 2009 - Celebrity Infinity to Alaska

Celebrity Mercury

April 2007 - Celebrity Mercury to Mexico

vister's Tips

Philipsburg, St. Maarten - Should be a "Good" button to click. We always go to Maho beach. We finally saw a 747 land! The BBQ chicken at the restaurant there is amazing!
Basseterre, St. Kitts - I wish there was a "Good" button to click. Didn't do anything this time but in the past, we took a tour from Annie Fontaine. She's great and is still at it. We saw her to say hi.
Allure of the Seas Allure of the Seas - Don't go right up to the buffet when boarding. Instead, try the roast beef sandwich at the Park Cafe! Yum!!! Be sure to make friends with Benjamin at the Rising Tide bar. He will take good care of you!
Celebrity Reflection Celebrity Reflection - There's a special brunch in the main dining room on one of the sea days. Wait at least an hour to beat the crowds or you will be waiting in line.
Voyager of the Seas Voyager of the Seas - Try taking your luggage off yourself on disembarkation day. It was SO much easier for us! We didn't have to wait in a room with a bunch of others for our number to be called. We just hung out in our room till about 9 and got off the ship easily. Didn't have to do any re-packing.
Celebrity Silhouette Celebrity Silhouette - Try the Lawn Club Grill! It's so much fun to make your own flatbread and get grilling tips from the pros! Awesome food!
Diamond Princess Diamond Princess - Bring your own hair dryer unless you actually like those crappy ones that are attached to the wall.
Celebrity Eclipse Celebrity Eclipse - Don't depend on your cell phone to have the correct time. Wear a watch. I found that between our 2 phones, the time of day varied wildly while on a cruise.

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