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It was the first week the Escape left Miami instead of NY. They were still working out the kinks. We had to tender in Hunduras and Cozumel. In Hunduras we used their life boats which was hot and took a long time. I was shocked we had to ... Read More
It was the first week the Escape left Miami instead of NY. They were still working out the kinks. We had to tender in Hunduras and Cozumel. In Hunduras we used their life boats which was hot and took a long time. I was shocked we had to tender in Cozumel. We used a charter to tender but the attempts to fill each boat took a long time. It was very difficult with a one year old and stroller. I used the guppies baby care while on the ship in the evening. I was thankful they had it but it came in 2 hour sessions and you had to pick up your child 15 mins before the session ended so it was only 1 hour and 45 mins for 20.00 each session. We had the dining package. The food was delicious. I was disappointed with the Thanksgiving buffet. They could have had more food options. Overall the buffet for breakfast and lunch was great. Loved the booths with a kid. The staff was friendly and the lines for a drink weren’t bad at all. Overall it was a great cruise. Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
Multi-generational group with 4 cabins. There was so much to love about this ship and crew. Service, activities, entertainment, food were all excellent. It is hard to be bored on this ship but also found many quiet places to read and relax ... Read More
Multi-generational group with 4 cabins. There was so much to love about this ship and crew. Service, activities, entertainment, food were all excellent. It is hard to be bored on this ship but also found many quiet places to read and relax when needed. I was struck how the crew addressed me by name at the dining room and hallway near my cabin. Embarkation, debarkation and tender operations were excellent. Two misses were the smell of weed from my balcony on several occasions. Carnival recently made its policy on this stricter, but still needs to do more. The other complaint I have is related to fellow passengers. I don't know what Carnival can do in this area, but many passengers were not the type you want your kids around. I had hoped an expensive Thanksgiving cruise would eliminate these cruisers, but it didn't. Appreciate the larger cabin sizes on Carnival, the coffee in the Buffett being good enough to avoid purchasing at the coffee shop and Camp Ocean offering kids dinner every night so my wife and I can enjoy date nights! Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
My wife and I have been on numerous cruises (23+) throughout the world on various cruise lines over the years. This was our fifth cruise with Holland America. The 7-day Fort Lauderdale to Fort Lauderdale cruise started on November 24, ... Read More
My wife and I have been on numerous cruises (23+) throughout the world on various cruise lines over the years. This was our fifth cruise with Holland America. The 7-day Fort Lauderdale to Fort Lauderdale cruise started on November 24, 2019. The ship was the Nieuw Statendam. This cruise included our children and their spouses ... 6 of us. Boarding the ship was very easy. The long boarding line looked horrible but it moved fast and the Boarding staff were very efficient. Our room was towards the rear of the ship on deck 8, room 8187. This was a good location as we were near the primary sources of food on decks 2/3 and 9. This was a bad location if you wanted to go to the front of the ship. Most points of interest are on decks 2 and 3. The ship was one year old and was nice; very clean. The staff was great and the included food was excellent. There are many specialty restaurants and coffee bars that charge for their services. The ship provided complimentary nothing. The Program Director (he has a new title now?)provided information about basically everything you needed to know on a timely basis. The entertainers were very professional and excellent musicians and dancers. The Program Director and Captain provided excellent presentations. The passengers and the crew were all very nice people from all walks of life. The people on the ship made the cruise interesting and enjoyable. The only real negative was the nickel and diming on the ship. He felt like nothing was included in the cruise except the main restaurant and the buffet. The visited Ports of Call follow. The HAL Private Island – Our first port was located in the Bahamas. The private HAL resort was very nice. We took the Sting Ray Experience where we snorkeled with sting rays. It was great. The trainer was very nice and taught the group about sting rays and allowed us to take photos with them. It was well done. Turks and Caicos – We did not take a ship tour. The island is small and primarily has a nice beach. We took an Island Tram tour for $50 person with an additional charge of $1.90 if you use a credit card. We toured the island on the tour which took around 2 hours. It probably was the most interesting thing to do on the island. The beach was wonderful with lots on fish to see if you have a mask and snorkel. Puerto Plata – The port in the Dominican Republic was very nice and new appearing. We took the ship tour to the Ocean World Adventure Park and the Dolphin Swim. The park is about 15 minutes from the dock and is sort of a small Sea World. It was surprising nice. We swam with the dolphins in an up close and personal manner. It was great. The remainder of the park was very nice. This was a great tour. Key West – We have been to Key West many times. It is always fun. One of the don't miss foods in Key West is the Frozen Dark Chocolate covered Key Lime Pie on a Stick. It can be purchased at Kermit's (200 Elizabeth St.), the green building near the harbor. It is the best. Overall, the cruise was fun … no security concerns anywhere. Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
After a heinous embarkation that is still unexplained by NCL or the port of Tampa, it was a great cruise. The outside cabin(8130)was very roomy. A comfortable bed and huge amount of storage. The bathroom had the best shower I’ve ever had ... Read More
After a heinous embarkation that is still unexplained by NCL or the port of Tampa, it was a great cruise. The outside cabin(8130)was very roomy. A comfortable bed and huge amount of storage. The bathroom had the best shower I’ve ever had and the worst toilet! The shower was amazing. A large rectangular space. The toilet felt smaller than standard and you’re forced into this walled cubbyhole that anyone of a larger size is going to be very unhappy with. Friends traveling with us had an inside room that lacked the walled in toilet but still had the nice shower. The AC worked well. We’re usually too hot in most ship cabins. Not on Dawn. The bars were varied with lots of interesting cocktails to sample. You could also order two drinks per cabin which was so convenient. NCL doesn’t hand you a receipt with every order either. Take note other cruise lines! Food was very good. Not as good as HAL but better than RCCL. I really enjoyed the buffet. Tasty and never crowded. I easily found a table every time. O’Sheehans food was really good but needs to improve their service. Every order was usually missing something and getting refills on beverages seemed to be a big problem for the staff. The specialty restaurants were good but not elevated enough to justify the cost. Some of the food came right from the buffet. The included coffee wasn’t too bad. We saw it was ground coffee and not those atrocious bags of liquid swill. We never ate in the main dining rooms but friends did and they said it was very good as well. Not all that impressed with the entertainment but the band Sonata was fun. We booked the thermal suite and it was worth every penny. Wish these were on every cruise ship. Dawn only has one main pool and it was very crowded and noisy. Not a fan of that. Anywhere near the casino or the cigar lounge reeked of cigarettes. Nonsmokers beware! We really like these older midsized ships. I wouldn’t hesitate to sail on Dawn again. Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
Sailed on Getaway in 2015 and had a wonderful experience. With 6 adult children and extended family, holidays are always stressful, so this year we decided to relax and let NCL handle all the cooking. NCL delivered on destinations, ... Read More
Sailed on Getaway in 2015 and had a wonderful experience. With 6 adult children and extended family, holidays are always stressful, so this year we decided to relax and let NCL handle all the cooking. NCL delivered on destinations, entertainment, ship cleanliness and services. Given all the good, the food, food service and bar service failed to meet expectations that were exceeded in my last NCL Cruise. Starting with the bar service. It was just slow. The wait for a drink was very long. I think NCL should have additional bartenders at peak times to provide superior service to its guests. I loved the speciality dining options, but the service and food delivery was disappointing at some of those dinning rooms. Unfortunately the Getaway food staff did not handle food allergies with the focus that I would have expected. Overall the Getaway was a great cruise. The family all had a great time and I would consider sailing on the Getaway again. If NCL would address the short comings of some of the speciality restaurants and braided their staffs knowledge on how to provide seamless excellence service to travelers with food allergies. Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
Choose this Princess Cruise because of the convenient port, consistent quality of service of the cruise line, and time over a holiday. Overall it was purchased at a higher rate due to the Thanksgiving holiday, but this was expected for a ... Read More
Choose this Princess Cruise because of the convenient port, consistent quality of service of the cruise line, and time over a holiday. Overall it was purchased at a higher rate due to the Thanksgiving holiday, but this was expected for a high demand cruise. We've enjoyed the Princess Regal in the past and it's a great ship and hopefully soon will get a refresh of the cabins. The medallion token and application were terrible. Incredibly frustrating with the lack of staff knowledge pre-cruise and during to figure out how to link our shipments in multiple cabins using the app. In addition, the medallion tokens stopped working multiple times and we had to wait in long lines at the front desk to replace. (the medallion support team could not print new medallions, so you would wait in line for support and then have to go to the front desk and wait in line again for a new medallion) I felt like I was at work, troubleshooting the medallion and application technology! Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
We stayed in Newark at Springhill suites. Very nice place to stay. We used a car service to go to the port. Embarkation was delayed but went smoothly. The ship had illness before us so had to be deep cleaned. First three days they served ... Read More
We stayed in Newark at Springhill suites. Very nice place to stay. We used a car service to go to the port. Embarkation was delayed but went smoothly. The ship had illness before us so had to be deep cleaned. First three days they served you in the Garden cafeteria so was a little hectic. Ship is beautiful. I stayed in the solo cabins which are wonderful!!! The main shows were very good. The rest of the entertainment was not good. We were to go to NCL’s private island but they had a huge problem with the tendering operation!!!! Never did explain why it was such a disaster!!! Overall I enjoyed myself. I love to cruise this was number 26 for me. The best bar is the mojito and the BEST BARTENDER IS Nestor!!!!! Love the observation deck on deck 15. Wonderful place to enjoy yourself. General service was not as good as it could be. Did not see much of the upper cruise staff around the ship like on most cruises. Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
Amazing ship with plenty of room to roam and activities to enjoy. The Oasis is a floating resort which despite a capacity of over 6,000 passengers, you never feel congested because the common spaces and areas are massive. We had a balcony ... Read More
Amazing ship with plenty of room to roam and activities to enjoy. The Oasis is a floating resort which despite a capacity of over 6,000 passengers, you never feel congested because the common spaces and areas are massive. We had a balcony stateroom on the 10th deck and it was on the small side with a tiny bathroom and lacking in storage space. Although you need to even reserve seats for the free shows, the shows were spectacular. We dined in the main dining room for dinner, and had breakfast and lunch in the Windjammer Cafe, and the food was average to above average. All of the drinks on board were ridiculously expensive ($7.5o for an Amstel Light, plus 18% gratuity), specialty drinks ran $12.50, plus gratuity, all expected but outrageous. We had two shots of Zaya Rum at the poolside bar (Line and Coconut Bar) and were charged $12.99 each shot! I can buy an entire 750ml bottle of Zaya shoreside for $24.99. The Casino Royale is large but prohibitive (the worst paying casino I’ve ever played in)-I lost 6 out of 7 days playing there and so did all of our party and other players I spoke to in the casino. The slots payouts are low and you have to play high denominations to hit anything decent (stay away)! The best part of the Oasis of the Seas is the Boulevard and Central Park. An amazing, lively setting with different shops, bars and restaurants and ongoing parties and scheduled events. The three stops, Labadee, San Juan and St. Thomas were all decent, but St. Thomas is looking very run down nowadays. As with all ships, shore excursions are very expensive and you could be better off negotiating a tour once you get off the ship. All in all, a magnificent ship but very expensive vacation if you’re not careful. Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
We had a 2 weeks cruise, with a different itinerary each week. Started from Miami. Embarcation was ok, we were super tired, but it went quickly. Pro’s: - the people working on the ship are doing an awsome job! They are always ... Read More
We had a 2 weeks cruise, with a different itinerary each week. Started from Miami. Embarcation was ok, we were super tired, but it went quickly. Pro’s: - the people working on the ship are doing an awsome job! They are always helpful and smiling and with a good attitude - food was great both in the restaurants and in the buffet - room had plenty of space for 4 luggages and a 2 weeks stay - they are cleanung the rooms TWICE a day. We were really surprised to see that - the ship is gorgeous - towels and bed sheets are great! Really good quality (I spent a lot of time in hotels, and not many have these good quality sheets) - excursions bought from the cruise line, were really well planned - the pools and jacuzzis are emptied every night, so you get fresh water daily - the parties are awesome! We had a party in Ocean Cay on the last night (we will never forget it). The rest on the ship, are great too. - drinks are good. Good quality in liquor Con’s: - the sunchair “reservation” system it needs improovment. There were people waking up at 6.30 am to go to the pool and put some clothes on the chairs, to “reserve” them. We never found a spot to sit by the pool. This was a big dissapointment - The card system. They should give bracelets to everybody. The card can be easily lost or forgot Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
The perks of the suite are totally worth it.....This was our 5th cruise, 4th with children. I must say the Norwegian Sky isn't really set up to keep a tween & teenager occupied so skip it if that's your situation, probably ... Read More
The perks of the suite are totally worth it.....This was our 5th cruise, 4th with children. I must say the Norwegian Sky isn't really set up to keep a tween & teenager occupied so skip it if that's your situation, probably not the right cruise for you. Overlooking that, it's a great way to do a short cruise. We've done 2 Disney cruises and our kids never got in to the whole Disney thing which is fine as it's just another way to funnel money away since those are a higher price point, so this was our 2nd on NCL (which without much else to compare with), seems a good value in general. We over-nighted prior to embarkation on Miami Beach and you'll pay a premium there too but the boardwalk is a nice way to loosen up in the morning and it's a short Uber to the port. The reason to pay for the suite more than anything is access and ease. While the stateroom had some items that seemed to be overlooked from a day to day maintenance consideration (e.g. burnt out light bulbs), the space is nice to have for what is normally somewhat cramped quarters on most cruises and the balcony totally rocks. The ship had purportedly undergone a bow to stern complete refurbishment but it was interesting that NCL didn't take the extra steps to completely update all of the suites. I didn't see many recent reviews of the suite post refurbishment so thought I'd add something current. The Sky is an older vessel and in some ways in shows. I won't say it was absolutely needed but would had been a nice touch. Ultimately the priority access and being able to eat breakfast and lunch at Cagney's made all the difference and so did the premium plus beverage package which you can totally justify if you normally have bottled wine with dinner or a couple glasses of champagne (they offer Veuve Clicquot included with this) . I could go on an on about the benefits of being in a suite but a vacation (despite the cost) that removes most impediments (time waiting) and is such a relaxing way to spend your time. While not extensively utilized, the butler and concierge also offer a go-to way to address anything you might need along they way and kept our mini fridge stocked with Red Stripe. We'll do it again (though nothing shorter than 7 days) sometime just not sure when. The check-in at the port was a bit disorganized albeit effortless. Again, the intangible benefits that go with the suite are great and when on vacation with the family, the splurge is worth it! I never got to taking photos/video of the stateroom but most of what's out there seems to represent the space well. Oh, the in-room Nespresso was really nice also (if you like that). Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
Me, my 2 teens, my GF and her 2 teens went on cruise over Thanksgiving. Service and staff were great. Very friendly and helpful. We had an interior and GF and her kids had mini suite. I was a little nervous at first glance of the ... Read More
Me, my 2 teens, my GF and her 2 teens went on cruise over Thanksgiving. Service and staff were great. Very friendly and helpful. We had an interior and GF and her kids had mini suite. I was a little nervous at first glance of the interior bc it was 2 twin beds and a couch but there was not enough room to pull out the couch. I thought there was a mix up. On our booking page on NCL website it had a stock photo of the interior room and it said sleeps 3/4 and looked like it had one of those pull down beds. I asked the room steward and he said he would get 3rd bed made up in the evening. He basically took the cushions off the couch and added some bedding. It wasn't bad but the room was just too small. I thought the food in the MDRs was really really good. I am a picky eater and there were always a couple apps and a couple entrees I wanted to order. Breakfast in the MDR is 100X better than the buffet. I wasn't disappointed in any of the meals in the MDRs. I thought the MDR food was much better than the last few Carnival cruises I have been on. The buffet on the Sun is a bit blah and is very crowded. I did find some Asian dishes on the buffet that were decent. Tip - upon boarding don't let them steer you to the outside buffet at the back of the ship, This just had hamburgers and hot dogs and some other lame items. The indoor buffet is much better. Also, I was astounded how many people opted for the craziness of the buffet vs going to sit down MDR. The MDR were never crowded but we ate fairly early - between 6-7. Alcohol is very expensive. The ultimate beverage package is like $95/day (before tips I think). I didn't get it and opted for the self-assist rum runner package (lol) which lasted most of the cruise. I did get a classic margarita (maybe 8 Oz) and it was $15. Only big gripe relates to the sports bar. I am a big college football fan. Me an my son went there on Friday after Thanksgiving to watch college football. It was late afternoon and they were not serving food. The ship only gets ONE sports channel. They showed the Turkish basketball league on all 10+ TVs in the sports bar. The next day (Saturday)was even bigger day for college football. They had European soccer on. I asked someone and he said they only show NFL games. Fortunately we were in port and found a Hooters in Cozumel to watch the big game. Overall it is a nice ship, nothing fancy, but nice. Again the food in the MDR was really good. I didn't have any problems aside from being charged for a couple sodas at dinner while having the soda package but they cleared those off no problem. I would do this cruise again but get a balcony room. Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
This cruise was totally enjoyable for us. I have just read a review that to me was highly exagerated by a disgruntled passenger. There had been a "small" (5 or 6)out break of Gastro on the ship before we boarded at ... Read More
This cruise was totally enjoyable for us. I have just read a review that to me was highly exagerated by a disgruntled passenger. There had been a "small" (5 or 6)out break of Gastro on the ship before we boarded at Singapore . for the 14 night cruise to Fremantle. We were advised almost immediately of the problem and precautions we should take. Were given regular updates on the situation as it improved After a couple of days we (and other passengers we met) were very happy with what was being done Yes!The crew were given extra duties to serve ALL food in the buffet. A practice that should be employed everywhere at food outlets. I have witnessed some pretty gross behavior at places where customers serve themselves. We had a lot of very enjoyable interaction withe catering staff .THE FOOD WAS FANTASTIC and Varied each day.You could fine dine if you wished Tables were always cleared quickly and cleansed The only area where it may have been a bit too cool for some people was the main theatre. I could not believe the high quality of the theatre productions. Our cabin crew lady did an excellent job. Our only complaint was that much of the activity(eg quizzie etc) was very American. It was an American ship but the passenger were nearly all Australian The excursion times were hampered by docking troubles with port authorities:and some did not deliver what was promised as a result of this The manner in which they organized exiting ship for excursions and dis embarking was excellent Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
My 18 year old daughter and I grabbed a deal on a Spa Balcony cabin for the 5 day Bahamas cruise. I was concerned when in the weeks leading up to it I read some horrible reviews. Either Carnival made some serious changes or the people ... Read More
My 18 year old daughter and I grabbed a deal on a Spa Balcony cabin for the 5 day Bahamas cruise. I was concerned when in the weeks leading up to it I read some horrible reviews. Either Carnival made some serious changes or the people writing to bad reviews are the kind of people that can find anything to complain about (and I saw some of those people on the ship...). Although there were minor issues/inconveniences, we had an amazing time. Our cabin was the most spacious cabin (and definitely the most spacious bathroom and shower!) of the 3 balcony cabins I have had. The staff on this boat are incredibly attentive and friendly. If you go on this ship, insist on having Novi as your server in the Sunrise dining room. She is a very bright soul who will instantly put you in a good mood. The Carnival Hub app is a must - you can look at any time of day to see what's going on, and mark the activities you want to do to plan your day and have the app remind you! A bonus was being able to book your dining table. Positives: - Most hassle free check in ever. No waiting, no lineups answering all of the same questions you already answered at the online check in. Just showed our boarding passes and on to the ship we went. Had lunch and a beverage, relaxed on deck, and got into our cabin by 1:30, where both our suitcases were waiting. - Cabin and bathroom very spacious. - Having unlimited access to the Spa thermal suites with the cabin was amazing for this mother/daughter vacation. We used the suites every day to unwind. - There were always available deck chairs in every area. On day at sea they were a bit more in demand, but they were still available. - Serenity adults only area was lovely. Quiet, relaxing and comfortable. Admittedly on sea day it was quite in demand but we did get chairs after waiting just a few minutes. - Your Time Dining was absolutely brilliant. We ate when we wanted to, and used the Carnival Hub app to book our dinner table. We would get ready for dinner, book our table on the app and by the time we got to the dining room (about a 5 min walk) the table would be ready. The scheduled seating takes place in a totally different dining room, so there are no line ups. - If you don't like line ups and hoards of people, avoid the Lido buffet and eat breakfast in the dining room. Limited selection but you can have as much as you want and there is a little bit of each kind of breakfast food. Much more relaxing, never once had to wait for a table since most people are gorging at the buffet. - Comedy club was great, but be sure to get there early to get a seat. Comedians were very funny and performed for only 30-40 minutes at a time to ensure you could get to other activities. - We went 3 weeks before Christmas and the boat was decorated and had lots of Christmas type activities. There was a Christmas show on sea day in the afternoon where the camp kids performed, as well as a carol sing and the lighting of the tree. Lovely. - We didn't use the pools (it was not super hot during our cruise and we prefer hot tub) but I can say they were never over crowded. And it looked like there was always something going on for entertainment. - The movies on the deck were fun - especially at night when you could sign out a cozy blanket and get hot chocolate! - There was a TON of variety for lunch - Lido (yuck if you ask me), Guy's Burgers (never a line up, they are super fast), Tacos/Burritos (always a small line up but it moves quickly), Guy's Pig and Anchor (never got there, sadly), the Noodle Bowl (often a line up), the Deli (line ups depended on time of day) and the Pizza places (always a line up but it also moved quickly). All of these places are included and the quality of the food was decent. - And finally, the BEST part of this cruise was Chris the Flying Scotsman, who is the Cruise Director and the BEST entertainment on the ship. Quite honestly, his talent is wasted on a cruise ship, but he has been doing this for 9 years and he loves his job. He was friendly, engaging, energetic, hilarious and always got the crowds going. Carnival is lucky to have him. He has a FB and Instagram page- follow him, find out what boat he is on when you are ready to book and GO. He alone is worth it! Negatives: - The biggest complaint we had was the layout of the boat. There are only two levels which go all the way through from Aft to Forward and those are 9 and 5. On level 9 you have to go through the Lido buffet and then the pools to get to the other end - and these are the most congested areas. On level 5, you must go through the casino, which is smoke filled. All of the other levels come to dead ends because of restaurants, etc. Since our room as forward, we always had to go through either the crowds or the casino to get anywhere, which was frustrating. - The hot tubs were often filled with children. Like young children wearing floaties. Firstly young children are not supposed to use hot tubs for health reasons, and they should be in the pool if they want to splash around. I'm 44 and have Rheumatoid Arthritis and love the hot tub as cooler pools flare my joint pain - and there were many other older and more disabled people on board who could really use the hot tubs for enjoyment. There are TONS of activities for children, so not sure why their parents thought that the hot tubs are the place for them. I was somewhat disappointed when the staff didn't encourage them to move along to more appropriate activities. Parents just don't use their common sense. - The prices of the Spa treatments were out of this world. I expect them to be more on a cruise ship than at home for sure, but double the price is excessive. No massage by an unregistered masseuse is worth $160 (for less than an hour!). I wanted to use the Spa services but it is NOT worth the price. Ports of Call: These were a bit disappointing. Princess Cays was lovely - but the beach is rocky from the shore to several metres into the sea. Anywhere we touched was uncomfortable. But on a positive note there were a ton of beach chairs and only one boat in port at a time - so lots of space. The buffet lunch served was less than impressive - in hindsight we should have gone back to the ship for lunch. Nassau was the most disappointing - we didn't initially book excursions as we wanted to just explore on our own, but at the last minute we booked a hop on/hop off which was fine, but quite limited. They drop you off first at Atlantis - we didn't spend money on any formal activities there but we did enjoy the little shopping promenade on site. I bought a lovely locally made Sarong at the Ocean shop. Next they drop you at Graycliffe - we didn't get off as we wanted to get back to the port in time to explore the market - but a couple that got back on at this spot said it was not worth it. They saw the chocolate factory and a cigar shop and then sat for 30 minutes waiting for the bus as there was little else to do (according to them). Next was Fort Charlotte - a very interesting historical site (if you are into that) that we enjoyed - but were shocked to see how run down it is. We have a very similar Fort here in our hometown that the Canadian government looks after to preserve its heritage so it was a shock to see such a historical landmark not being looked after. The tour guide was excellent. The final stop they call 'The Fish Fry" which is a street full of local Bahamian cuisine. We didn't stop here either as again we wanted to be sure to save time to see the world famous straw market, but in hindsight I would have loved to have sampled the local cuisine. The world famous straw market was a HUGE disappointment. We entered and within seconds started enduring constant harassment of the vendors. There is no such thing as taking a look around. You can't even turn your head without someone barking at you that you should buy something. It was constant. My daughter, who suffers from some mild anxiety, had to get out of there as the closed in space and constant harassment was too much for her. And frankly, most of the merchandise looked to be nothing we were interested in, which was totally contrary to what we had been led to believe was there. Even along the streets outside shops people stood and harassed you as you went by. Honestly we just headed back to the ship, we had no interest in exploring any more of Nassau. Freeport was nice, what we saw of it. I considered booking a shore excursion the night before, a beach getaway, but thought better of it, thinking we could get a cab to the beach if we wanted. Good thing I didn't book anything as the day we were in port was cool and windy - definitely not beach weather. It was only 18 degrees and overcast, and felt even cooler with the wind. When we went out exploring the port, both locals and visitors were wearing long pants and sweaters or hoodies. I can't imagine that any beach was enjoyable. Instead we looked around and the vendors were very chill - no pressure, no harassment. My daughter bought herself a lovely ring at the jewelry shop (very professional) and also a hoodie at a local tent. The port is very industrial so not much of a view, but who knows what it was like before the hurricane just few months ago that obliterated this town. We finished our cruise by taking an excursion in Fort Lauderdale as our flight home wasn't until 7:30 on debarkation day. We did the Everglades tour (you leave the boat by 8:30 am on a coach bus and you are dropped at the airport by 1 pm). This was a great excursion - bus tour guide was great, the ride on the air boat through the Everglades was fantastic, and the gator show was short but interesting and filled with facts I didn't know about these creatures. It was a great way to wrap up a great vacation. I wasn't sure what I would think about a 5 day cruise but honestly we loved it. Being from rural Canada we had to take 2 days to get there (overnight in Toronto then overnight in Fort Lauderdale) and one to get home, so the 5 day cruise was actually 7 full days for us. The only drawback to the 5 days is that we didn't get to sample all of the food lol! I recommend this boat for sure - don't listen to the negative reviews!! Read Less
Sail Date November 2019

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