vtQrmuMMzJ9Y0exelY85mBPYt

vtQrmuMMzJ9Y0exelY85mBPYt
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Independence of the Seas

October 2015 - Independence of the Seas to Caribbean - Eastern

Too many private groups made this a cruise to forget

I was very excited to go on our Caribbean Cruise on Independence of the Seas. The reviews for the ship had me expecting a fun-filled cruise with lots of entertainment and activity. It was not our first cruise, but it was or first with Royal Caribbean. While I enjoyed the amenities like a movie screen in front of the pool and 7 hot tubs on the pool deck - the lack of available service because of the ship catering to so many different private groups was more than frustrating. We constantly had to hunt down service for things from drinks, to activities, to even getting our food and drink refills at dinner in the main dining room. In our past cruising experience, I've never had these issues, I've always felt catered to on my vacation. 

 

The other big issue on this cruise was lack of entertainment. Everyday the lounges were primarily closed with "Private Functions", even going so far as to not have a show one night in the main theater. I understand that there is probably a huge benefit to booking private groups on the ship, but for the first time on a cruise, I felt bored.

 

Royal Caribbean really dropped the ball on overall customer service. I'm sure the private groups had a great time, but I'm doubtful I'll return, hot tubs or not. 

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Norwegian Dawn

December 2014 - Norwegian Dawn to Caribbean - Western

First Time Cruiser Who Will Return for Norwegian

This was our first experience with both Norwegian and cruising in general, and let me tell you, we will be returning to both! We purchased the interior stateroom for two reason, first, we didn't want to be woken up by sunlight and second, it was much more affordable. I have read other reviews saying how cramped the quarters are, but for two people who only really used the room for changing and sleeping - it was perfectly fine! The whole point of our cruise was to have fun, meet new people, and get lots of sun. We don't need to sit in our room for any of those reasons - the Norwegian Dawn has plenty of social and secluded areas for guests to get out of their stateroom.

Our cruise was also made especially special thanks to the Norwegian Dawn's Cruise Director, Dingo Dave. His upbeat personality and presence on the ship was unmistakeable and really helped to make our cruise a fun experience. He was excellent at keeping everyone informed and entertained. The rest of the staff was also fantastic and customer focused, I never felt like I was put out or in need of finding assistance.

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vtQrmuMMzJ9Y0exelY85mBPYt's Tips

Basseterre, St. Kitts - If you do the volcano hike - keep in mind when they say extremely strenuous, it really is. 30 people started and 12 actually made it to the top (3 hour hike up, 2 hour hike down)
San Juan, Puerto Rico - We landed later in the day and there wasn't anything to do/open shops when we returned from our excursion.
Norwegian Dawn Norwegian Dawn - Book your excursions early, the popular ones sell out very quickly. Reservations are helpful if your set on a specific dining time, but if you don't the wait isn't long and they'll give you a coupon for a glass of bubbly.
Cozumel, Mexico - We went to Passion Island - it was gorgeous. The excusion didn't mention an open bar, but they have one.

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received a helpful vote on their Independence of the Seas cruise review - Too many private groups made this a cruise to forget

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reviewed their Caribbean - Eastern cruise on Independence of the Seas and gave it 2 stars!

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received a helpful vote on their Norwegian Dawn cruise review - First Time Cruiser Who Will Return for Norwegian