watsonink

watsonink
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Hometown: Fort Lauderdale
Joined: 01/10/2013
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About watsonink

We started cruising, well I did, in 2012 when my wife become a cruise specialist. We haven't missed a year yet. We are going on our 12 cruise and will continue to go every year. Our favorite ships are: Any of the Oasis Class ships, MSC Divina (the only one was have so far in the states) and of course Disney. Our favorite cabins so far as The Crown Loft Suite (Hard to compare anything to that), the Sophia Loren Suite and Family Suite on MSC Divina and well, any cabin on Disney's fleet. Most bang for your buck: MSC, great food, shows, ship, cabins, staff etc. We go on them annually and the staff remembers us, remembers my daughter at camp and the steak house waiter has been our waiter for 3 years now. Best advice: If you can afford it, the Crown Loft Suites will be a cruise you will always remember. I welcome any more cruises and hoping we get to go out of our home area (Caribbean) real soon.


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MSC Seaside

March 2018 - 7 Night Western Caribbean (Miami Roundtrip) Cruise on MSC Seaside

MSC Divina

April 2017 - 7 Night Western Caribbean (Miami Roundtrip) Cruise on MSC Divina

MSC Divina

March 2016 - 7 Night Western Caribbean (Miami Roundtrip) Cruise on MSC Divina

Queen Mary 2

July 2015 - 5 Night Halifax & Boston Short Break (New York Roundtrip) Cruise on Queen Mary 2

MSC Divina

March 2015 - 7 Night Eastern Caribbean (Miami Roundtrip) Cruise on MSC Divina

Freedom of the Seas

January 2015 - 2 Night from Port Canaveral Cruise on Freedom of the Seas

Allure of the Seas

December 2014 - 7 Night Eastern Caribbean (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip) Cruise on Allure of the Seas

If you can, Grand Loft Suites is the way to go...

We booked a grand loft suite for this trip. I thought my other cabins were nice. WOW. If you able to, if only once, you need to book these suites. Our steward was one of the best, he used to run from the glass doors that gets you into the hallways, then race my daughter to our door so he can open it. We had champagne every day waiting in our suite.

 

They even went as far as hooking up an PlayStation to our downstairs TV so my daughter can watch movies. It took 4 people to do this.

 

The shower can hold a party in, I am not kidding, this thing had shower heads on both sides and a rain fixture in the middle. If you had all three fixtures going at once, you would only get hit by one of them at a time. 

 

My daughter did the Barbie Experience which was great, we just were rushing around to get to the events so that was a bummer. They even have a bon voyage cocktail event on the bow of the ship where the helipad is. We will always sail the oasis class and when we can, we will get that suite. 

HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!!!!!!!!

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Oasis of the Seas

August 2014 - 2 Night Bahamas (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip) Cruise on Oasis of the Seas

We never pass up a change on the Oasis Class ships

This was only a 2 night to the Bahamas but we were going to enjoy every minute of it. I have given a couple of reviews on this class and can't stop referring them. Only complaint, too short but we knew we didn't want to leave after the second night. 

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MSC Divina

April 2014 - 7 Night Eastern Caribbean (Miami Roundtrip) Cruise on MSC Divina

First time traveling on MSC, great experience.

This was our first time traveling on the Divina. Overall, we loved the ship. The Italian theme throughout was beautiful. The shows were great and the staff was very friendly. I felt it was more European travelers and sometimes it got a bit testy. But 99% of the travelers were great. Streak house was the best.

My advise on a budget, go for the bigger balcony at the corners of the interior 12093 for instance. The larger balcony was very helpful and you can not be blown away since it is in a corner.

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Carnival Freedom

December 2013 - 4 Night Bahamas (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Freedom

Didn't really have any issues...

I would recommend this ship, this was the second time we traveled on Carnival. This time, the ship was bigger than the last one (which was welcomed), the show were OK, the food was OK for my wife but I thought it was a bit bland. The decor was dated, we had a nice suite which helped in the long run. My daughter loved Fun Ship Freddy. The kids camps were great and the pools were a bit crowded but that is understandable. I would recommend this ship for family's on a budget. But I think MSC is much nicer and at the same cost (around). If you like Carnival, you will like MSC.

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Carnival Paradise

April 2013 - 5 Night Western Caribbean (Tampa roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Paradise

First experience with Carnival...

This was a joint cruise with out of town friends. We had 10-12 of us at all ages. This is a nice ship, we are just used to much larger ships. We spent a lot of time in the casino and won big. Learned roulette on the ship. The decor was dated and the ship way way too small for us. We had fun, staff was great but the shows were lacking and the food was OK. I haven't been on a bad cruise yet so I will recommend this ship if you don't like the larger ones, less people. 

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Disney Wonder

January 2013 - 5 Night Western Caribbean (Miami roundtrip) Cruise on Disney Wonder

What can I say, it's Disney

This was a last minute cruise my wife booked. We are extreme Disney fanatics so it was right up our alley. I can't complain about anything. The only thing we joked about was how small the ships was. We are used to Oasis class size.  We will always sail any of their ships. 

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Allure of the Seas

February 2012 - 7 Night Western Caribbean (Ft. Lauderdale roundtrip) Cruise on Allure of the Seas

My first cruise and it was memorable

This was my first cruise and what a way to have your first, on the biggest one. We had such a great time, we will always travel on RC, we still love MSC and Disney as well. This ship was AWESOME. great for the kids, the shows at the aqua-theater, the food. Nothing to complain. We still have a large hand-made sun from Haiti hanging on our house outside. The zip line was incredible to go on while at sea.

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watsonink's Tips

Ft. Lauderdale (Port Everglades), Florida - ATTENTION: Global Entry is now in Port Everglades!!!! If you have this, you know how much it saves time in airports. Now you can use it in port everglade. soon to be in Miami as well.
Ft. Lauderdale (Port Everglades), Florida - There is a FREE trolley that goes around Fort Lauderdale. You can take it and explore before or after your cruise. Many locals, including myself have rode it all over. Also popping up everywhere , gold cart shuttles and bicycle carts. Skip the over-priced taxis
Key West, Florida - If you want to have a lunch out of the crowd, just make your way over to Sunset Key cottages and eat at their restaurant. It is not too far away (walking distance from post), make reservation at margaritaville (the weston) or call them. You will take a ferry to the island.
Key West, Florida - The Rum Barrel has the most amazing steak and cheese spring rolls. These are to die for, they come with a special dipping sauce that complement the flavor. It is not too far from the port.
Key West, Florida - FYI: There is a new resort in Key West, well not new, just changed name. Margaritaville Key West Resort. This used to be the old Weston Hotel. They didn't do any renovations, I guess just changed the name. We Stay at Sunset Key Cottages every year and now we will start to check in there.
San Juan, Puerto Rico - Our private driver took us to where the locals go to eat. It was called the Cafateria and you had to walk down some stairs into a small shop. The best food I had in a long time.
San Juan, Puerto Rico - This was a great port, my recommendation is book a private driver. You get to go anywhere you want, don't have to be pushed around to places you don't want to go. We got a private tour of the Bacardi distillery because we got there early, the fort before the crowd and a hidden place to eat.
George Town, Grand Cayman - If you are a diver, you have to dive here. We went into Devils Grotto and did a couple of swim thru. Kittywake wreak is also a must dive. Recommendation, you can get a private boat to bring you anywhere you wish. You can also have people snorkel if they don't dive. all for ~$400.
Nassau, Bahamas - I am big into pirates and if you are too, the pirate museum is a must stop. I have seen a lot of artifacts in my travels but I was seeing stuff I never saw before.
Nassau, Bahamas - I would warn you about the straw market. Like most people, I wanted to see it. It was a big hectic and all the vendors look like they had the same items to sell. Also, make sure you look out for some locals that will come up to you and start to put on a hand made bracelet.
Cozumel, Mexico - Love the diving here. Tulum Ruins were awesome but just keep in mind, this excursion is long. We were late coming back from that excursion but so was 1/2 of the ship so we didn't worry too much.

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