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Sail Date: October 2015
My neighbors & I decided to take our families (10 of us) on a Bahamas 4 night on the Enchantment. Our last cruise was a few months go on the Vision of the Sea & it was great! We really didn't think twice about booking this ... Read More
My neighbors & I decided to take our families (10 of us) on a Bahamas 4 night on the Enchantment. Our last cruise was a few months go on the Vision of the Sea & it was great! We really didn't think twice about booking this one. I guess I should've paid more attention to the recent reviews. Embarkation was quick,checkin was a bit awkward after the counter attendant snapped at my husband for making a silly face during the card/picture process. He was clowning with our young daughters & was sternly told "sir this is a security" process. He did ask her if it was okay to smile. Lighten up! Upon entering the boat was presentable, looked clean & didn't appear crowded. It looks better in the inside than the outside. Our luggage made it to the cabin in a timely manner, & our room was clean, but the linen was dingy with many stains. Made you wonder how old they were, & IF they really were clean. Our attendant was very friendly. Our unit was spacious. We ate a the Windjammer the first night & retired early. Not crowded & food was decent. Next morning we did bfast at the Windjammer & it was horrendous...no made to order omelets, just rows of cold pre-cooked eggs over/easy on a plate, a pot of poached eggs, & squares of pre-made ham/egg omelets. No regular syrup for the kids, & hard biscuits. We played it safe...fruit & cereals. We stayed at the pool to watch the bellyflopping contest. The inappropriate joke of the host in regards to a contestants visible fruit-of-the-loom underwear left many at the pool in shock, considering the majority at the pool were children. We got off the boat at noon once we arrived to Bahamas. We did Atlantis in Bahamas, extremely overpriced when you consider the hrs you have. It would be great if we could've gotten there earlier in the am. We arrived at 12, by the time you get off the boat, get a cab & receive your tickets you are walking into the actual park at 1pm. Pay attention to the hours before you purchase! We were informed that the park would close at 6:00, and the slides at 5:00. This after you've paid $145 per adult & $86. The food is ridiculously overpriced $19 for a sandwich. We returned to the boat right after exiting the park even though we were scheduled to stay in Bahamas until midnight. We played with the idea of walking around but it seemed the shop owners where getting more aggressive in their attempts to sell you something as the amount of tourist diminished. I don't believe anybody in their right mind would wonder through the town after dusk/nightfall so in reality we had 6hrs in Bahamas. Dinner that night was formal at the Fair Lady. Very good & plentiful. Entertainment was okay. Casino was packed & the air was heavy with cigarette smell. Deck was dirty, and you had to be careful not to slip on something. The last day it all went down hill FAST. We arrived at Coco Cay at 8 am, waited quite a bit to tender. Bfast same as the day before. The island looked nice initially, lots of chairs to choose from before you realize many are broken. The bar area was a 30 minute wait just to get your cooler filled & five cans of beer. Beach is dirty, full of rocks & we were warned to stay out of the weeds. Well the whole beach was full of them though lol. The only area that appeared to have been cleaned was the walkway to the slides area. Waterslides were $22 for 50 minutes of play time, but after sloshing around in nasty water, and slimy sand my kids got out after 20 minutes. Wasted $$. BBQ was provided by RC & a rushed affair. 2 hrs to feed everyone on the island (12-2). By the time we got to the front of the line the staff was literally removing the trays as people were trying to grab a bun for an overcooked patty. No courtesy whatsoever . Those that were on the furthest point of the island where returning to the boat hungry at 3:30. Pay attention to your clock, nobody will remind you to get back on the boat. Upon returning aboard the kids wanted a treat, there was a line at the ONE ice scream station & by 4-4:30pm, they were out of ice scream. They also ran out of towels for the guest so we had no fresh towels by the pool until about 6. Once aboard EVERYONE went to the Windjammer (lotta hungry people!), which only had one side open. In the buffet line the choices were nachos, cold cuts & more hamburgers/hotdogs. Only the center round serving station was available, so there was no beginning or end to the line. People started getting upset at their perceived notion that others were cutting in. The place was crowded, food trays were empty, guest were knocking on the kitchen door asking for a fresh tray of fries. Temperaments were rising & at one point a guest was heard asking for security as another guest was loud mouthing him. Total chaos. The available selections were mediocre at best. I couldn't even find creamer for coffee, so I just went to the Solarium to find some. It was the worst situation Ive ever seen on a cruise. The pool area was dirty, food sitting everywhere, plates on ledges (placed there by guest when THEY cleared tables in order to sit down & eat) & under chairs, it seemed there wasn't enough staff members to maintain cleanliness. The crowd on the boat was mainly families, so it wasn't unruly, sloppy guest just not enough staff it seems. NOT once did we see anybody taken orders for refreshments at the pool like on other RC cruises. The ice-cream situation never improved, staff filled the empty machine with strawberry ice-cream at around 6pm, and for the duration of the trip no vanilla or chocolate was ever offered. We ended up going back to the Windjammer for dinner at around 7pm due to the wait at My Fair Lady for my time seating. It seemed we were not the only ones, The Windjammer looked like a clearance rack after a huge sale....everything picked at, nothing appetizing. Not even french fries were available. More burgers/hotdogs & a huge pot of spaghetti with some funny looking meatballs. The fish available was good. Coldcuts always do in a pinch,as well as lettuce:) The deserts available were inedible, tiramisu & some sort of jello concoction, plus some sugar free options. Its the first RC cruise I get on that I was unable to find a chocolate chip cookie or pizza for my kids! To finish the night we decide to sit in front of the big screen to watch "Antman" with our daughters assuming it was family friendly. The language was unacceptable, & not a choice we would have made. Left before it ended. By 9 the boat looked deserted, workers arranging chairs, and cording areas off to be cleaned. It felt rushed, almost like when a restaurant wants you to hurry so that it can close. Not the most invited or welcoming cruise we ever have been on. Never again. We disembarked with our luggage & were one of the first ones off, we didn't even want a cup of coffee....our friends did the same thing. My kids literally jumped for joy when we pulled into the first Cracker Barrel we found on our way home. Not sure if Ill ever be able to talk my husband into another RC cruise after this one, but then I don't think Ill even try. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2015
My significant other and I took this cruise on the Majesty on the 23rd for 3 nights (just returned yesterday) as our first vacation together. We had a WONDERFUL time! Before sailing and waiting for our Due to the weather conditions as ... Read More
My significant other and I took this cruise on the Majesty on the 23rd for 3 nights (just returned yesterday) as our first vacation together. We had a WONDERFUL time! Before sailing and waiting for our Due to the weather conditions as a result of hurricane Patricia in Mexico, although sunny and warm, the winds and seas were high to the point where the captain made the decision to cancel the scheduled tendered stop at Coco Cay. From looking at the waves outside of our cabin, he made the best decision because passengers on the tendered boats would have definitely been seasick trying to ride to the island. Instead, we headed to Nassau and arrived early enough to take advantage of the island's nightlife, and stayed overnight in addition to the day scheduled there. While traveling to Nassau, the crew improvised very well with activities and entertainment to keep passengers' minds off of missing a port of call. Nothing but fun was had, and the staff amped up their movement around the decks to ensure that passengers that all needs were met. They kept areas clean/clear, continued to provide waitstaff service, all with smiles and pleasant attitude. We booked a junior suite - JS1566 - and it was great. From what I have read the staterooms are slightly smaller on the Majesty than RCCLs other ships, however we were satisfied with the ability to "move around" in the cabin. The stateroom attendant was AWESOME! He catered to our every 'whim' (and we didn't have many), and our stateroom stayed clean, had bed turn down service every night, and things were done quickly while we were out. The entertainment was fun and engaging - from line dance instruction to battle of the sexes to comedy shows, Bolero's and Spectrum bar/club - there was something to do for all, including the 'Living Room' for the younger set. One of the bars even had a Nintendo Wii setup for adults who indulge in video games. Proved very useful when spending the unplanned time at sea. The food was fantastic! Different options every night in the dining room, as well as some 'classic' choices for those who don't necessarily want to try something too different. The waitstaff in the dining room was superb! The waiter remembered our names, along with our previous meal choices. Definitely an added touch to the WOW factor! Needless to say, if you are a first time cruiser or wanting a quick getaway, this cruise is definitely an option to consider. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2015
Where do I start? Once on the ship and walking to cabin you could smell a fierce smell of sewage, rather unpleasant. The ship was ok looking overall, a bit outdated and in need of some remodeling. Very small cabins. The staff however was ... Read More
Where do I start? Once on the ship and walking to cabin you could smell a fierce smell of sewage, rather unpleasant. The ship was ok looking overall, a bit outdated and in need of some remodeling. Very small cabins. The staff however was wonderful, attentive and friendly. There was not much as far as activities for adults. I was very tempted to go hang out at the teen club, they seemed to have all the fun and cool stuff there. there is two pools but in same area and well might as well be one. The hot tub not so very hot. Always loud music playing. Wish they had at least one pool area that was more quiet. Food!!! OMG IT was god awful The buffet was just bad.... then when we went to sit down eating thinking it would be better well it was not. We even paid extra hoping to get a good meal and were again left super disappointed, over-salted steak and over cooked lobster. The last day they did make a good garlic shrimp but that was the only!! and I mean only good thing the entire time we were there. The only good meal we got other then the garlic shrimp was off the ship at atlantis. I didnt even mind paying the extra 100 for my family to finally get some good food. Spa, well not as clean as you would imagine a spa. the massage therapist clearly does not know how to properly drape a person,I asked for a swedish and i have bruises on my leg from where she went to deep. She also would do something on one side and not the other and just go over boney landmarks. I couldnt wait for that 75 minutes to be over! Worst massage of my life! Dont waste your time or money! You will be disapointed. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2015
This was our first time to cruise and it was a celebration for our 25th anniversary. We drove down from WV the day before and stayed at the Hampton's "Snooze and Cruise". On the ship, the food was fantastic and the crew ... Read More
This was our first time to cruise and it was a celebration for our 25th anniversary. We drove down from WV the day before and stayed at the Hampton's "Snooze and Cruise". On the ship, the food was fantastic and the crew was great! I just can't say enough about our room steward and the dining room staff. We are in our late 60's and it was easy to travel around the ship. Loved being seated with others at dinner with "your time dining". We met so many very nice people from all over the world. The entertainment was great, especially the "Motown" group. We attended a military get together one afternoon since my husband is retired military and I was very surprised at how much effort the ship put into having us meet each other with tea, sandwiches and a small dessert! Our shore excursion (Underwater Exployer) was reasonably priced and didn't take a lot of walking to get to it. Embarkation and disembarkation were handled very well. You just have to be patient and wait. The seas were a little rough the whole trip and we did rock a lot but we handled it well. There was also a medical emergency after leaving Charleston and we had to divert to Jacksonville which took a few hours but it was all handled very efficiently and we were kept informed by the Captain the entire time. The Fantasy is a little old and needing some tender loving care soon but over all, we could not have asked for a better trip! Planning for one next year! Read Less
10 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2015
This is the second time we have cruised on the Oasis. RCL is not our preferred cruise line as I believe the food and service of RCL is below Celebrity and HAL when comparing sthe major lines. However, when booking a suite on the ... Read More
This is the second time we have cruised on the Oasis. RCL is not our preferred cruise line as I believe the food and service of RCL is below Celebrity and HAL when comparing sthe major lines. However, when booking a suite on the exclusive suite deck 17 it makes the ship seem small and you are cocooned in with outstanding service, raising the bar above the 2 aforementioned lines. We arrived to Ft Lauderdale the day before our cruise and stayed overnight at the Ritz Ft Lauderdale which proved to be a great choice - beautiful, quiet pool with great service over looking the Atlanic, newly refurbished rooms with a view and minutes to the cruise port. We left the hotel around 11:40 and were on board by 12:30 - no lines to wait in by entering through suite entrance. Upon arrival our room was ready. We stayed in cabin 1732 on the back of the ship and had sea views as well as views of the flo rider, aqua pool, putt putt and sports court. I was initially concerned about the noise from the sports deck but that did not prove to be a concern. I would suggest moving further right off the back to avoid the view of the fin. The loft suites off the sides have unobstructed sea views but the balacony is much smaller. The loft suite was spacious and very comfortable. I felt like we were in an apartment. It featured a full bathroom, dining table and spacious living area on the first floor. In the loft the bed overlooks the terrific view and has a nice dressing table area. The motorized drape button on both floors as well as the preprogramed lighting patterns are a great touch. The bathroom featured a dual head shower and a rain shower in between the 2 shower heads. Very nice for a cruise bathroom. I absolutely loved the room and would cruise this ship just to stay in it. Basically all of deck 17 is dedicated to these suites. There is a very large lounge with comfortable furniture for having a cocktail or socializing and on the other half a private dining room for all three meals. We never had to leave 17 to eat or drink. No lines, no hassles. The views are fabulous and it is a great place for setting sail. The dedicated concierge working the lounge makes your cruise a snap. He corrected an error on my bill, got me in to a speciality restaurant right before I wanted to eat, and was a wealth of knowledge of how to navigate and get the suite perks - ie. reserved seating for the shows. The front part of 17 is a private sun area with loungers and a bar. We did speciality dining all 3 nights and never ate at the Windjammer or dining room. The combination of suite with specialty dining makes you feel like you are living in a city without any of the hassle. No waiting for a table, great food, great service and no crowds. The best food experience was the Chefs Table (multi course food and wine pairings) followed by 150 Central Park (set menu, great food & decor) and then Chops Grill (steakhouse - ok food, good atmosphere, great service). We had lunch at Giovannis (not so great atmosphere, good for lunch) and Johnny Rockets. The suites have a full menu for all meals so it was nice to have breakfast on the spacious back deck. My one complaint is I felt like RCL was trying to layer on the charges with paid upgrades at each specialty restaurant after paying to eat there. It would be nice if 150 Central Park offered more farm to table menu choices. We took in a comedy show and the aqua show both were entertaining. The casino was way small for the amount of people on the ship. We found the best time to go was 6pm-8pm. Any later and you were fighting crowds and waiting to play. This area needs to be expanded. I expected the pools to be crazy crowded but that was not the case. I think there are at least 4 on board with at least 6 large spas so I did not feel as crowded as on the Celebrity Solstice ships. They had ample waiters on the pool deck so there was never a wait for cocktails or need to find a bar. Our suite concierge provided his guests with a private escort off the ship bypassing all of the lines. We were off the ship and through customs in 10 minutes which was just unbelieveable. While there is no doubt the ship is massive, if you want a very upscale room (hard to find on other major lines and ships) and upscale experience try this out. I also enjoyed the vast selection of dining options and bars. We have cruised the Oasis twice and still haven't seen everything. I recently cruised Princess in their most expensive suite and I will say there is absolutely no comparison and I will never cruise Princess again. RCL has got this part of their business plan done right. Very Suite! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2015
When I saw this short cruise on Oasis of the Seas, I jumped at the chance to see this class of ship for myself. I wasn't willing to pay what a 7 nighter is demanding, but the ship was chartered for 3 days prior to this cruise leaving ... Read More
When I saw this short cruise on Oasis of the Seas, I jumped at the chance to see this class of ship for myself. I wasn't willing to pay what a 7 nighter is demanding, but the ship was chartered for 3 days prior to this cruise leaving RCI with days left in the week to fill. So they offered up a 3 day cruise, and I booked it. I couldn't talk my husband into going as he is busy this time of year, and my kids were in school, so my two sisters joined me. We flew into FLL the night before and stayed at the Holiday Inn Express Cruise-Airport. We found the property to be clean and comfortable. This hotel was near the port, and offered an airport shuttle. We opted to rent a car since we had an evening to wander around. The one day rental was only $50.00, I had to put about $15.00 in gas, and when we returned it we grabbed a cab to the terminal for $20.00. I will always rent a car, I like having my own wheels to do what I want when I want. We arrived at the port at around 10:50 am. We were checked in and on board by 11:30. We had to sit in the holding area for just a few minutes and then they let us board. Painless. First stop was to the Park Cafe to try one of the roast beef sandwiches that everyone raves about. Mission accomplished. It was OK. I didn't ever feel the need to have another, I will leave it at that. We wandered the ship and before long it was time to drop our carry ons in our room. We had an ocean view balcony on deck 14. Our room number was 280. Our cabin steward introduced himself right away, and was very pleasant. He took great care of our room. I will say that I was a little concerned with the location of our room, I had picked it and realized after that it was just below the teen club. But we never had a noise issue, the room was a good location for us. I had asked for My Time Dining, but when I got there it was set for traditional each night for 6 pm. I went to see the host to get it fixed. I was surprised at the reaction I received. I was told I really didn't want that option, I should stay with the traditional 6 pm seating. Now mind you, if they had said to me, "Sorry, we are full, you have to stay with what we gave you." It wouldn't have been a big deal. But that isn't what she said to me. She literally told me she didn't recommend My Time Dining, and gave me my paperwork back to dismiss me. I politely insisted, and she did it for me, and that was the end of that. But the interaction was odd. We ate in the American Icon two of the three nights and we were pleased with the service/selection. We ate at Sabor one night. The guac was excellent as was my margarita. But the fajita was pretty bad. I had to look really hard for any traces of chicken. We had lunch at the Park Cafe the first day as I mentioned, it was good. Johnny Rockets which we always enjoy the second day. And the windjammer for lunch on the final day. I do not like the layout of the Windjammer, and I felt like they were lacking on selections. But it was OK. We had our breakfasts in the MDR and that was fine. The shows were all OK, and I spent a little time in the casino and enjoyed that. We didn't get off the ship in Nassau, as the ship was the destination for us this time. My sister enjoyed doing the zip line, but when I went to do it there was about 50 people in line, so I passed on it. The gym facility was disappointing on this ship. Very closed in and very small for the size of the ship. Also, the jogging track is mostly enclosed. I didn't enjoy that. Overall, we enjoyed this cruise. But for me, I think this class of ship is too big. And the way it is laid out, I often felt enclosed. People have said it never felt crowded. Well, I am here to tell you that at times, it is very crowded feeling! You can certainly find areas that are not, but if there is a certain thing you want to do, chances are good many, many others do as well. And getting into shows was harder to do just from sheer volumes of people, as well as trying to use the elevators. I don't mind crowds for the most part, but this trip it seemed excessive to me. Trying to get a soda refill at the machine in the promenade always had a line, and several times the machine wasn't working. I let an employee in Sorrentos next door to the machine know that it wasn't working, and got a very snarky reply that he didn't much care it wasn't working. Well allrighty then! I also wanted to mention that prior to this three day cruise I can't tell you how many times people posted stuff like, "short cruises are booze cruises", "get ready to be in a drunken mob" type stuff. I didn't see any more drinking on this cruise than any of the longer cruises I have taken. People were responsible for the most part. I am 44 years old and past the point of party cruises for myself, but I don't mind when others choose to live it up, but I never felt that vibe on this ship. Oasis of the Seas is a beautiful ship, and well maintained. Most all of the employees were kind and helpful. Would I go on this class of ship again? Probably not, unless it is a too good to pass up deal. But these days, RCI doesn't seem to have deals. Their sales are even expensive. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2015
We've been on 12 cruises now, all with RCL.. from the oldest ships (sovereign of the seas), and recently we were excited to check out Oasis of the seas, just to say to everyone else.. "we're sailing on the biggest cruise ... Read More
We've been on 12 cruises now, all with RCL.. from the oldest ships (sovereign of the seas), and recently we were excited to check out Oasis of the seas, just to say to everyone else.. "we're sailing on the biggest cruise ship in the world!).. We're going to stick with the slightly smaller ships in the future.. the Oasis class is designed to focus your attention on the inner-core of the ship, where there is a long "shopping mall"-ish promenade and very-nice actual tree-lined central park (you can even hear crickets chirping late at night), but since everything points inwards, there are no views of the ocean when you participate in any activity within the ship. If you book, and you want to see the water, definitely book an ocean view room. Deck 4 is open to the water, but the lifeboats are blocking the entire view except for the back of the ship. At the top (where the pools are), you are over 15 stories high, so the water is so far down you feel like you're looking at it from the top of a condominium building.. It's a beautiful ship, but it feels overcrowded and "cold" when compared to the Freedom class or the beautiful Radiance class of ships.. Here's a quick summary: FOOD: The main dining room is very good, avoid the buffer (windjammer). It should be called the "peoplejammer". If you go to the buffet, scour to find a seat quickly, and have one of your party claim it while the rest get food, or you'll be stuck with your plate of cold hot-dogs or luke-warm hamburgers without a place to sit :) They seem to LOVE serving hot-dogs on the entire royal Caribbean fleet for some reason, not sure why. Whoever is the "chef" at those windjammer buffet's should be thrown overboard. ENTERTAINMENT: The Oasis lacks a central atrium, like conventional ships. Those typically have a violin quartet, etc.. Instead the internal venues of the ship feature a comedy club, showroom, etc. The shows are what you would expect, very good and are obviously a main feature of the Oasis ships, so see as many as possible. Also.. (as other reviews have stated), there are over 5000 people on this ship with you.. if you decide to see a show last minute, you better hope 4998 other people aren't thinking the same thing.. (They recommend "show reservations", which book quickly, so do that FIRST thing when you get on if you can). CABIN: We've had suites, oceans, and insides on the various classes.. on this ship we had an interior, which was very roomy and nicer than most other ships. It's nice the bathroom has a real sliding shower door instead of the flimsy curtains the smaller ships had. The only complaint was the A/C randomly goes from freezing to sweating without touching the controls.. it seems that the fast the ship is moving, the colder the room is.. as you get to the ports, the room started getting too hot. The staff wasn't as friendly on this ship as the others.. they really didn't seem happy at all, but maybe they were just all in a bad mood at the same time. It kinda sucks that RC forces all the gratuities on your bill now, because in my opinion almost nobody earned them this time.. OVERALL: No doubt it's a great ship. Especially if you don't want to see the water too much or you get seasick. That's because you mostly feel like you are in a condominium building (that contains a shopping mall and integrated park). It's something (for experienced cruisers) you should do at least one, but I doubt you'll want to repeat it. If you haven't cruised before, I recommend you look for a slightly smaller ship (The freedom class or Radiance class) and try to get a really good price, and I think you'll enjoy it more and have more of a perspective for future cruising. The price premium for the Oasis vessel just isn't worth it to me.. SECRET!! A great place to watch the ship leave is at the front of the ship (Deck 17 if I remember), go through the "kids zone" and follow the signs for the "Solar Deck"..You'll walk past a few staterooms and a door will lead to the front of the ship. It's one of the only places where you can get to the outside of the ship and be the "king of the world". The other great place to actually "see the ocean" is the back of the ship on Deck 4 (jogging track). Read Less
Sail Date: October 2015
This was a package deal, with a stay in FL, One night cruise to Freeport, a stay there, and then a One night cruise back to FL. This is the second time we've cruised with this company, last time was on their older, now retired ship. ... Read More
This was a package deal, with a stay in FL, One night cruise to Freeport, a stay there, and then a One night cruise back to FL. This is the second time we've cruised with this company, last time was on their older, now retired ship. That time we stayed on board for the 2 nights consecutively and that was better than two nights separated by a stay in the Bahamas. It was too much, trying to move around, not really getting settled in. We've also done 7 nights on Carnival and that is great, unpacking for the entire 7 days and staying in one room. BUT, we knew what we were doing when we booked and it was a fun vacation, just not a really relaxing one. Embarkation was easy, not super long lines. Valet parking, $17per day, cash, very smooth. If you have all your paperwork filled out, that helps, but there were forms that we all had to fill out once we got there, but that was ok, not too bad. The longest line was signing in for your dinner reservation time. After that, right on the ship. We had a great time at dinner, sitting on the deck, enjoying the weather, but really, there's not a lot else to do. We caught the end of a comedy/entertainment show and it was good, the second night, we saw the whole thing and enjoyed it. We sat through the newlywed/not so newlywed game, and it was funny. The karaoke was ok, but that could be on any ship, it's the talent that makes or breaks it! LOL. The ship was not crowded, they said it was not full, but they also couldn't move our two cabins (we have in our family, hubby and I and our 3 teenage kids) closer together on the way over, we didn't even ask on the way back. But, it was ok, we were on the same floor. Our rooms were hot, but we asked our cabin steward for a fan and he got us one right away, and it was perfectly comfortable. The kids were very board on this trip. The kids club was kinda boring, my 12yo didn't want to go into the younger room, felt like she was too old for that. The 16yo played arcade games for a bit, but that got old. Our 19yo couldn't go in, the age limit was 18, so... We did get off and stay in the Bahamas, so the next morning, they were calling the shuttle bus groups to disembark. We decided to save a little money and avoid the crowds, the shuttle busses are the big charter busses, so not sure how many people they hold, and took our own taxi. They are there at port and were $35 for 5 of us. So, on the round trip, saved about $20, not as much as I thought, last time it was $5/pp, but that was fine, like I said, we also avoided the crowds. We just got off the boat when we were ready and were on our own. Getting back on the ship, after our stay, was very easy, just had to go through customs. We have passports, so that does make it faster. Our taxi driver dropped us off at port, and we had no lines, back on the ship in minutes. Again, the ship was a little lacking on things to do, but we managed. There was dancing on the back of the ship, and that was quite amusing, but so much seemed geared toward the Latin entertainment. I figured there would be a mix of music, a little island flair, pop, something else, but mostly just the Latin tunes. It did get old. The night club was dead, the casino had customers, but wasn't booming. The one neat thing, not over the top, but they did put out a midnight buffet. It was pretty good too. We were just so full from eating a late dinner that we didn't want much. Once you done ships with lots more to do, more going on, deck parties and things like that, ships like this seem dull. We choose to put our luggage out the night before, so we didn't have to carry it off. We had no problems, no lines getting off the ship. Once at baggage claim and customs, we had our passports, so we were able to skip the LONNNNNNG line of those with only birth certificates! That was awesome, we were out in no time. We gave our ticket to the valet, waited about 10 mins, had our car and were on our way! This was a nice trip, basically the way we did it, just a ferry to the Bahamas and back to FL. It wasn't super expensive, so we felt, for what we paid, it was good. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2015
This short cruise fit perfectly into a week off from work. My wife and I flew to Florida to visit family and to take this cruise. I'll break this down to Pros & Cons. Pros: Check in was quick and easy. There is a ... Read More
This short cruise fit perfectly into a week off from work. My wife and I flew to Florida to visit family and to take this cruise. I'll break this down to Pros & Cons. Pros: Check in was quick and easy. There is a place on board where you can check your carry on luggage. Staff/Crew was very friendly. The free UBP upgrade was a plus. Pretty easy to get a drink at a bar Debarkation was fast and easy Cons: Small ship. Ill prepared for a day at sea Not enough lounges (A large number of people had to lay right on the deck) Almost no drink servers walking around. Terrible food (dry and/or flavorless) in the MDR and buffet. The wind and waves caused us to skip the last stop and spend it circling. Topside looked like a refugee camp. Every inch of space had a person in it. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2015
My husband and I took this cruise because it fit into the time of our holiday. We knew it was old and small but that was no excuse for poor service, poor restroom cleanliness, bland food in dinning room and the smoking on the ship was ... Read More
My husband and I took this cruise because it fit into the time of our holiday. We knew it was old and small but that was no excuse for poor service, poor restroom cleanliness, bland food in dinning room and the smoking on the ship was suffocating, especially in the casino. I spoke to the staff on ship and they reminded me that this was the oldest. Well, I cruise a lot, this is my first with norwegian and is my last, I won't spend thousands to see if it's going to be better next time. I'll stick with what I know is always good. Entertainment was poor. I think the ship was a indication of the budget for entertainment. Staff tried to please. Read Less

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