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We have cruised the Caribbean with RCCL, Celebrity, and Princess (the best, prior to this cruise); this was our first cruise on NCL, and we chose it as it was going to Antigua, where we wanted to take a cooking class there with our friend, ... Read More
We have cruised the Caribbean with RCCL, Celebrity, and Princess (the best, prior to this cruise); this was our first cruise on NCL, and we chose it as it was going to Antigua, where we wanted to take a cooking class there with our friend, Chef Nicole Arthurton of "Nicole's Table". It was an Excellent cruise, and we loved it so much that we bought (for the first time) the "cruise next" discount so we can plan another! This was our 15th Wedding Anniversary cruise and very special for us, and several members of the staff made it a really wonderful cruise for us, with special treats which we will always remember! (I sent NCL an email with the names of the great staff- hope they get raises!) For us, the staff can really make or break a cruise, and they made this one great! Our cabin wasn't huge, but we Loved our little balcony- we love having our Continental Breakfasts delivered to our stateroom so we can enjoy them on the balcony, and falling asleep to the sound of the sea... as well as great food and drinks at the Sushi Bar (and their excellent staff), the Cigar Bar and the nice people we met there, and the great bartenders at Gatsby's, and thought the entertainment was very good/excellent- especially their award winning show, which was a superb, Le Cirque-style spectacular! We got several perks which we enjoyed, as well: some On Board Credit, the drink package (which pleased and surprised us with such things as Brazilian Cachaça caipirinhas, special unfiltered sake & sake cocktails at Bamboo/Sushi Bar, interesting & yummy martinis & mojitos, excellent Israeli wines, & Jameson's...), internet (predictably slow, but usable), and two specialty restaurant dinners. We took two of the ship's excursions (we usually book all our excursions privately, and did so for 4 of the 6 ports on this cruise), and were very pleased and surprised at how good they were, especially the St. Kitts "rail and sail" excursion, which was truly excellent! I found several very good books at the ship's Library, and we also enjoyed indulging ourselves at the Spa with mani/pedis & a Couples Massage that was SO good that we did it twice! (We do wish they'd stop the "hard sell" for products at the spa, but that is the norm on all cruises, unfortunately...) We only wish that we had more time in port on the port days, so we could have had dinner in port, as we did on Celebrity and Princess cruises, where we were in port until 10pm... We stayed in Tampa for 4 nights prior to the cruise and 2 nights after, and that was great, too- lots of fun things to do there, esp. Sparkman's Wharf, and exploring historic Ybor City, and enjoying some great restaurants... It was a 12-day cruise, and we both wished it was longer! Can't wait to do it again!! Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
We decided to escape winter for a bit and took our second Viking ocean cruise because of the great itinerary.....2 nights in Puerto Rico and a port a day. It didn't disappoint, with perfect weather. We had included bus transfer from ... Read More
We decided to escape winter for a bit and took our second Viking ocean cruise because of the great itinerary.....2 nights in Puerto Rico and a port a day. It didn't disappoint, with perfect weather. We had included bus transfer from our hotel to the port, and the embarkation was the simplest ever....we walked up to a table and they gave us our room keys and tickets for our shore excursions. The ship is for adults, elegant and easy to explore. Our cabin was ready early and it already had our luggage in it. We had a deluxe veranda cabin on deck 4 and it was comfortable and spotless. There is a lack of drawer space, but the bathroom is very spacious. Our cabin attendant, Michael, was unobtrusive but was always there for us if we needed anything. I loved the soft, squishy pillows but my husband wanted a firmer one, and it was provided almost immediately. The breakfast and lunch buffets had a varied assortment of food and the pool grill had good burgers and a salad bar. We ate dinner most nights in The Restaurant and the food was uniformly good. It was especially nice having a destination menu every night. The service seemed more harried than our last cruise, it seems like they have less staff because our first 3 waiters didn't even have time to introduce themselves, talk about the food or check back with us. We finally found Singh and Azri, who were excellent. We had the beverage package, so the sommelier, Enea was very helpful and knowledgeable making recommendations from the premium wines. We ate 2 nights at the Chef's Table and both meals and wine pairings were delicious. Mamsen's during the day has delicious desserts. The entertainers on-board were all talented, especially the Viking Band and the guitar player Pablo. We would listen to them every night in Torshavn and they played a wide range of music with no repeats in their set-lists, unless they had a request. It was fantastic not hearing the same songs over and over. They were some of the most talented musicians we've seen and really made the cruise for us. The optional shore excursions were fun, especially the Secret Sand Beach Break in St. Thomas. It was the one of the most relaxing, peaceful beaches we've been to. We like that there is a container for wet towels when you get back on-board and that water is provided as you leave the ship. We had an issue with one of our other shore excursions and it was resolved more than satisfactorily right away. We really appreciated the excellent customer service. We had a small Meet and Mingle in the Wintergarden and Viking did a great job. It was nice to meet so many officers and the appetizers and drinks were very tasty. The fitness center is very clean and the included spa saunas and pool and worth doing. The staff and service are what make Viking cruises so excellent. The people are helpful and friendly and we hated to leave them. We have 2 more ocean cruises booked with them. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
The primary reason for this cruise was to see Antarctica - everything else was secondary. Coral Princess is a great ship in very good condition. May have the smallest ration of passengers per ton of any major cruise ship making for a ... Read More
The primary reason for this cruise was to see Antarctica - everything else was secondary. Coral Princess is a great ship in very good condition. May have the smallest ration of passengers per ton of any major cruise ship making for a very uncrowded experience. Superb Captain, very good crew, might be my favorite cruise ship (this was cruise 16.) Embarkation seemed hectic with what felt like a crowded lounge but from arrival to cabin was less than one hour. Disembarkation (Club Class) had a lounge with refreshments and snacks and also went smoothly, less than 20 minutes once our group was called and less than 2 hours after arrival. Dining room was open so we had breakfast before leaving. D412 Cabin (Mini-suite) was spacious, quite and well located (mid-ship). Did not have the squeaks and creaks that we were expecting in this no longer young ship. Note that the large balcony is completely exposed to those above all the way up to the top deck - this is not a private balcony. More outlets than I have ever seen in a stateroom before.Room steward was attentive. Food was very good with the Club Class anytime dining, with a little something extra prepared in the space for you each meal, was outstanding. All the benefits of anytime with the same team serving each evening. Food and wine recommendations were on point. Entertainment options were many, professional shows were okay but not great, few ports meant less variety in the entertainment. Good lectures regarding the cruise destinations. Nice gym, gets good usage as well. Antarctica was simply amazing - this should be on your bucket list! Other ports are small and excursions fill up fast - do not delay in signing up for excursions! Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
Just a few quick thoughts about this cruise. The ship is very new very clean and modern. Getting on and off this ship is a breeze. Probably cruise number 17 or 18 and this is by far the fastest and best. A lot has been said about ... Read More
Just a few quick thoughts about this cruise. The ship is very new very clean and modern. Getting on and off this ship is a breeze. Probably cruise number 17 or 18 and this is by far the fastest and best. A lot has been said about the elevators on this ship. I found them great and very fast. (Note watch a video on how to use them and it’s a breeze) The staff was very good. Almost all used your name when addressing you. I found the food options very good while on board. We didn’t even eat at any of the pay restaurants. At lunch some of the pay restaurants are actually served with no charge. Each dinner and lunch provided a wide array of different choices. Had coffee delivered to our suite every morning and the room service staff was great also. The entertainment was also very good (as always on carnival ) the only down side to this entertainment experience was that the liquid lounge (new design they are very proud of) has very limited amount of good seating. The balcony is in my opinion useless. It is laid out so flat that If you are not front row you can’t see over the seats in front of you. Having said that the entertainment on the ship was over all really good. You just need to arrive 30 mins before show time to get a floor seat. Dinning staff and room staff are great as expected. Our suite number 7378 is by far the biggest one on the ship. I can’t say enough about this room. Separate dressing ares wide open spaces and a balcony that was the size of 3 normal balcony’s. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
Harmony of the Seas was an amazing cruise ship. Very engaging staff who helped made the experience memorable. The ship has a lot of on-board options; whether you're with a large group, with 1 other person, or by yourself. Cabin was ... Read More
Harmony of the Seas was an amazing cruise ship. Very engaging staff who helped made the experience memorable. The ship has a lot of on-board options; whether you're with a large group, with 1 other person, or by yourself. Cabin was fairly small but spacious enough for 2 people to move comfortably with 2 suitcases in the room. Dining options were nice. If you're on a budget, the free dining areas offer plenty of quality options; if you're looking for fine cuisine, the on-board restaurants offer many options/experiences too. The bar staff do a great job of personalizing your experience, with many of them remembering who you are and what your go-to drink is; and this was on a 6,000 traveler cruise ship. The waiters and other restaurant staff were great as well. They consistently looked to make sure you were OK and didn't need anything. The room staff was very good as well, personable. The port time-frames were very good as well, as most gave stops gave you time to explore even with long excursions. As for the excursions, very diverse options that cater to any type of traveler. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
I just returned from a cruise on the Carnival Horizon and had an amazing time! It absolutely exceeded my expectations and I can't wait to book another! Embarkation can be hectic as you are carrying your luggage and the attendants ... Read More
I just returned from a cruise on the Carnival Horizon and had an amazing time! It absolutely exceeded my expectations and I can't wait to book another! Embarkation can be hectic as you are carrying your luggage and the attendants want you to keep moving since, of course, there are so many people to board. Once you get on and get settled, its amazing! Public Areas: There are so many places to lounge, indoor or outdoor enjoying a drink or soaking in the sun. There are staff around constantly cleaning and making tables or chairs available for you. Entertainment: There is so much freakin stuff to do on this ship!! Of course the waterslides, sky ride, ropes course, clubhouse, basketball, mini golf, spa, but also the shows and music around the ship was 10/10. The acoustic guy in the Artrium was great, the band that played in the ocean plaza- GREAT, Country band in the Pig Anchor - AWESOME, and the violinist in the Atrium OFF THE HOOK! They hired extremely talented people that I didn't think would be on a cruise ship. The comedian Chris Wiles was OK to me, probably hilarious to others, but not really my type of funny. There is always something to do. Moreover there are seminars for every interest all day long. On the 6 day long cruise, we didn't even get to do everything available on board! And dancing everywhere! So much fun. Dining: The lido buffet is just abut always open with pretty good food. The main dining room is also free and the sea brunch was good too!! Delicious fresh squeezed juice and the chia pudding was my favorite. The lox also tasted good. But, really, the Pig n Anchor BBQ spot was soo good. I can't say enough. Its a great size portion and only $8 for a meal. We also ate at Fahrenheit 555 steakhouse, another delicious dinner and superb service. It is on par with Alexanders steakhouse, and better than Flemings or Mortons. You are treated like royalty. There is so much food on this ship, of every kind. Any kind of food you can think of - its offered. Room: The Havana Premium Balcony room is huge, and balcony even better and spacious. It comes with lounge chairs and gorgeous views. The stateroom steward, Muh, was the most friendly person I have ever met! You immediately feel like best friends with him. He remembered our names the first time. He also knew my BF's birthday and sang a little song; and I did not tell Muh that it was my BF's bday! He just knew and remembered. He took care of us and provided everything we needed for our room. I also loved the towel animals that were in our stateroom every day. Excursions: Unfortunately 2 of our excursions were cancelled (glass boat tour in Grand Cayman and Blue Hole in Jamaica) due to weather/ rain and uncontrollable reasons. I believe we will be getting our money back for those. However we still had an enjoyable time, or came back to the ship early to do more FUN STUFF. Cruises seems like an affordable way to vacation and see new places. I can't wait to do another. Overall Carnival exceeded my expectations and I really felt did a 10 out of 10 in every aspect. I would absolutely choose Carnival AGAIN! Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
Embarkation was smooth and quick. We used a kiosk to register our credit card for use with our cruise card, upon embarkation. The lines were sort of long (understandably). The kiosks were confusing and difficult to use. The buffet ... Read More
Embarkation was smooth and quick. We used a kiosk to register our credit card for use with our cruise card, upon embarkation. The lines were sort of long (understandably). The kiosks were confusing and difficult to use. The buffet was a zoo during lunch the day of embarkation and breakfast the day of disembarkation. Way too many people. Food dishes being empty when finally getting to it. People were rude (nothing MSC can do about that. The buffet was open for many hours. The food was good. It always had great tasting pizza. Our service in the MDR was superb. The food was decent. There were a couple dishes I personally ate, that weren’t great. I certainly didn’t have to send them back! Wine glasses and water glasses filled quickly. Our cabin was larger than expected. Was alway very clean. Our room steward was tremendous! Very friendly. We had any requests filled very quickly. We weren’t pleased with the Brass Anchor pub. When we went in on our first evening on board, all bar stools were full. We stood at the end of the bar for sometime, easily could be seen by a bartender. We stood behind the barstools for a while after that. Not one bartender asked if we needed a drink. Finally a waitress asked us if we needed anything. I asked for the house Cabernet. The waitress stated they only had Sauvignon Blanc. We went elsewhere. Most of our drinks were ordered at the Meraviglia bar. Great service there. We had the basic drink package. The house Cabernet and house sparkling wine were good. If you desire frozen drinks, premium wines, or complex cocktails, you must purchase a more expensive drink package. We were fine. ShowS were good. I don’t like opera, my husband does. The singing was very good. We saw the “rock” show. I wasn’t impressed. The songs were made into what sounded like show tunes, not rock. The dancing was average. The singers had good voices. We also saw the Sonor Cirque shoe. Acrobatics superb. There was a lot of what I thought was “filler” and it was always too long (I.e. sliding around the floor, etc. ). The beat boxer was good but it when on too long. We attend the show with cocktails. One cocktail per person. They were pre-made and sitting on a tray where you would choose 1 of 3 drinks. The cocktail was okay. We went on two MSC excursions and were very happy with them. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
This is our second 14 day B2B cruise on Princess in the past year. We chose this ship specifically because of the "adults only" space on Deck 17. This area makes you feel like you are on a cruise that costs twice as much. The ... Read More
This is our second 14 day B2B cruise on Princess in the past year. We chose this ship specifically because of the "adults only" space on Deck 17. This area makes you feel like you are on a cruise that costs twice as much. The Retreat Pool and Cabanas and the Sanctuary is the best space we have experienced on any of the 18 cruises we have taken. You feel like you are the only people on the ship. Alice and her service staff are amazing. This area fills up fast and you cannot make reservations until you get on the ship. So arrive early - 9-10 am get ready to board and once on board go DIRECTLY (Run not walk)to the Sanctuary Deck 17 forward. Look for the Sanctuary sign and go to the desk or stand in line - Chose Pool Cabanas for the Port Days - if you are staying on the ship- and book Sanctuary seating for Sea Days which tend to be more windy. The Pool Cabanas furthermost from the Bar are the shadiest. In the sanctuary the front row forward are the best. Price is $50 per 1/2 day for Cabana by the retreat pool or $20 pp per 1/2 day for the Sanctuary. The Lumiere Dinner is not to be missed. Again as soon as you get onboard - find a ship phone and use the dining line to book the dinner. Do not wait - it sells out quick. My husband raced up to the Sanctuary and I found a phone and in less than 30 minutes we had reserved everything and then ordered our first drink. I had 3 spa services - I highly recommend that you meet your service provider in advance before you book your treatment. I highly recommend Henja she is great. Book online before you go and save on port days. Medallion is great for overall on/off ship - but the "get a drink anywhere -and we will find you" does not work well. St Thomas was are favorite port -Stop by Frenchtown Brewery and eat dinner at Oceana Restaurant. Get the Lobster!! The Crown Grill was great - Za Za will take great care of you. Be sure to sign up for the Tuscan Wine Tasting! Great Value! The embarkation and disembarkation was quick, easy and drama free. Have booked the Sky Princess for Jan 2021! Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
EMBARKATION ~ A total breeze. Two minutes to show paperwork, walk under a metal detector then straight onto the ship. Electronics have obviously sped up this process. During our first cruise in 2011, it took at least a half hour ... Read More
EMBARKATION ~ A total breeze. Two minutes to show paperwork, walk under a metal detector then straight onto the ship. Electronics have obviously sped up this process. During our first cruise in 2011, it took at least a half hour standing in line with crowds of people in a hot terminal before boarding. SHIP ~ Immediately impressed with the brand-new ship and innovative art. WELCOME ~ Staff holding trays of champagne and pink bubbly make an immediate good first impression and extend the welcome atmosphere to one of “vacation”. ROOM~ We were able to go directly to our room to drop off our carry-on bag. This is another new additional convenience from the past when people all wheeled their little bags around while they ate lunch after boarding the ship. We stayed in veranda stateroom # 7298. More details about this room further down under Cabin Review. NORMANDIE DINING ROOM ~ We chose Early Dining at 5:45 but we often didn’t get there until 6:00 because of changing attire after our excursions before dinner. We ate each night with one other couple who went on the cruise with us. We did not try the 3 other main dining rooms even though we knew we could. We enjoyed having the same waiter each night. We also did not try any of the upscale restaurants except for lunch on one sea day. (More about that later.) The food for the most part was excellent. Certainly no complaints. The only thing we noticed about the service was that even though it was impeccable and friendly, it was slow with the 3 courses in that it was hard to get to the theater in time to find a seat for the first show at 7:30. A couple of nights, we couldn’t find a seat going at the last minute so we waited for the 2nd show. This all being said, I would rather have a slow and relaxed pace of service in the dining room rather than rushed service. It’s just that I enjoy the evening entertainment in the theater, too. FOOD ~ My main course choices were as follows in the MDR ~ Sunday - SALMON which was excellent and mild and moist with no fishy taste. Monday - “SURF and TURF”. The “surf” was shrimp which were good but the “turf” was a thin steak which was not special at all. Tuesday ~ RACK OF LAMB which was phenomenal. Wednesday ~ SALMON - good but not as good as the Sunday salmon. Thursday ~ BEEF TENDERLOIN EN CROUTE which was absolutely delicious. Friday ~ LOBSTER tail, 2 of them which were good. Saturday ~ I chose BEEF TENDERLOIN EN CROUTE again which was just as good as the first time. An observation would be that the vegetables and potato or rice served with each main course was treated like more of a garnish on the plate rather than as a full serving. It was beautiful presentation but if I didn’t eat a roll with dinner, I would have felt like the main course didn’t give me enough to eat. RAW ON 5 ~ We ate lunch here on our second sea day. We had a great table beside a window looking out at the water. We both ordered an appetizer of a California roll which was good and a lobster roll for main course. It was only so-so, I’m sad to say. It was small and the lobster didn’t have a lot of flavor. OCEANVIEW CAFE ~ Good for a quick bite or for breakfast or lunch. We also used it for midnight pizza one night. I loved sitting outside on the deck there on the day of embarkation. Lots of choices of foods. They just tend to be a bit bland in my opinion. THEATER ~ Simply a beautiful, state of the art facility. The stage itself is almost in the round ~ although it’s more like a big “C” with seating all the way around the "C". There are HUGE video screens at the back of the stage, the lighting is incredible and there doesn’t seem to be a bad seat in the audience. Here are the shows and productions as I remember them ~ UPTOWN ~ 3 male vocalists who sang Motown hits such as Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye and Michael Jackson. Great vocals and good humor with involving the audience. In fact, everyone was on their feet at the end of the show even though most of us in the audience were elderly! They were so good that I went to both shows and bought their CD too! PRODUCTIONS called “Kaleidoscope” and “A Hot Summer Night’s Dream” ~ aerolists and singers and dancers. Enthusiastic and talented performers. There was at least one other evening show which I unfortunately missed due to dinner running overtime. RAEGAR ~ A country-rock duo, male and female who sang old classics of this genre. Great singers with engaging personalities. LOUIS RAMEY - comedian ~ Good timely comedy without being raunchy ~ except for the late night 10:30 pm adult show which was definitely raunchy but this one was INTENDED to be adult entertainment. OTHER ENTERTAINMENT ~ There is plenty of other live entertainment in various locations on the ship. We stopped by Eden one night for a drink and listened to a live rendition of Eagles songs. It was just one guy with a guitar but was entertaining. There were other things I would have liked to have attended ~ a group singing ABBA music, a tribute to Michael Jackson songs, Elvis Presley music and many others. They’re all listed on each day’s “Celebrity Today” newspaper left in each stateroom at night. THE MAGIC CARPET~ We sat here and had a drink when the ship was in port on embarkation day when exploring the ship. Lots of very comfortable seating here. This space can also be used when tendering which is supposed to make the process easier. It wasn’t used as such though when we were on the ship as it wasn't needed. One thought ~ It must have cost a FORTUNE to build such an innovative idea ~ an outside room that can move (though not with people on it) to other floors where it works as either a bar or a restaurant. Can’t imagine the cost and if Celebrity feels it was cost effective for kind of a gimmick. DISEMBARKATION ~ I was totally blown away that Captain Kate and Activities Director Guiseppe stood in the hallway gangway area shaking hands and smiling to all of the departing passengers! What a memorable final touch!! OVERALL EXPERIENCE ~ The overall experience was so good that I would have gladly stayed another week, and I would certainly like to book another cruise specifically on the Edge. I would particularly enjoy taking the Mediterranean cruise on the Edge even though we have already done 2 Med cruises. Next time on the Edge, I guess I would try a couple of the upscale restaurants for dinner, especially if I had some OBC to spend. PORT EXCURSIONS ~ KEY WEST ~ Overcast day in January but warm and breezy. Delightful with door open to balcony. We had planned to go on a glass bottomed boat excursion through the ship’s tours but we had to cancel at the last minute due to one of us experiencing back problems. This was disappointing and of course, we did not get reimbursed but at least part of the fees were paid for with our OBC. COSTA MAYA ~ We walked into the port town area and looked for a place to eat lunch and get a drink. The shops area was tremendously crowded the day we were there as there were several other ships in port. We found “Latina Catina” and had a good time there. I ordered tilapia which came served fried and whole on a stone plate. (See picture.) We also ordered pina colada drinks which came in huge, tall plastic souvenir glasses. (See picture.) While eating, a wrestling match broke out in the inside ring. Fascinating and funny to us. There was also a nearby kiosk that advertised selling US pharmaceuticals such as Viagra. (See picture.) COZUMEL ~ Again, our main objective was to simply walk around the tourist part of town. We ate lunch at Bubba Gump Shrimp which was excellent. I had shrimp fettucine which rivaled every dinner I had on the ship. (See picture.) Not quite as crowded as Costa Maya so we did a little touristy shopping. GRAND CAYMAN ~ Once again, we went for lunch and a drink only in the main tourist area. We settled on “Casanova’s” Italian restaurant where we sat beside the oceanfront and had mango mojitos and margarita pizza. (See picture.) The idea of not venturing into the country of Mexico for us was deliberate. We are both in our mid 70’s and have limited stamina for a lot of walking anymore. We have traveled through Europe and would have been horribly disappointed to not venture further into those countries when we toured over there. However, at this time in our lives and with feeling like the country of Mexico is not the most reliable and friendly place anymore, this limited touring was right for us. If I were younger and more active, I would have wanted to see a Mayan ruin and gone to a beach. VOW RENEWAL CEREMONY If anyone is considering a vow renewal ceremony aboard the ship, I can highly recommend it. We scheduled one for our 25th wedding anniversary. I was initially afraid ahead of time that it might end up feeling cheesy but I didn’t feel that way about it at all afterward. There are 2 main vow renewal packages to choose from on the Celebrity Wedding Website. https://celebrityweddings.eweddingcalendar.com/calendar/weddingPackagesEdit/optId/753/ We chose the one with the ship’s captain officiating since we knew it was Captain Kate on our sailing. The ceremonies are only held on sea days which is perfect, of course. I elected to make a salon appointment for my hair earlier in the morning which I was glad I did. The wedding coordinator, Chloe Carmel, was extremely helpful in printing out our special vows for us in big, bold type so we could read them without our glasses. She also found 2 music pieces for us that were special to us. The ceremony itself was held in “Blu” which was a lovely background with the big white rose on the wall. The ship’s photographer took an enormous amount of pictures including spending an hour with us afterward walking around the ship to photogenic locations. We elected to buy a package of photos after viewing them a day later. I love having these pictures of our special occasion. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
We chose this 7 day cruise to try out Princess again after sailing many years with Holland America Line. HAL has decided to remove their Big Production Shows and replace them with BBC Earth and we have found it not fulfilling enough, ... Read More
We chose this 7 day cruise to try out Princess again after sailing many years with Holland America Line. HAL has decided to remove their Big Production Shows and replace them with BBC Earth and we have found it not fulfilling enough, especially while being on a 36 day cruise not knowing ahead of time about the cancellation of the shows. Having a movie of a musical in the big theatre just doesn't cut it We were blown away with the activities and entertainment on Princess. Princess also has Medallian Class on some of their ships. It is an incredible device that you wear instead of carrying a room card. You download the Medallian app for check in, order drinks or a meal from it and a server will find you. Also as you approach your cabin your door will unlock and lock when you walk away. We are coming back to Princess now. Just loved being on the Royal Princess ship. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
We thoroughly enjoyed our week on the Carnival Panorama. The food was delicious, entertainment was very good (stage productions/comedians) and service throughout the ship was wonderful. We had a mid-ship balcony on deck 7 which was a ... Read More
We thoroughly enjoyed our week on the Carnival Panorama. The food was delicious, entertainment was very good (stage productions/comedians) and service throughout the ship was wonderful. We had a mid-ship balcony on deck 7 which was a perfect location for us since everything was easily accessible. We did independent excursions in each of the three ports: Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlan, and Puerto Vallarta which worked out great. It was a treat for us not to have to fly to board a ship since we live in the greater Los Angeles area and parking/boarding were very easy as well. We attended the cruise critic meet and mingle which was very informal and friendly - no invitations were sent to cabins, but it was easy to find the date/time of the meeting in the "Fun Times." Special mentions for excellent service: Cabin attendant/steward Efren, guest services representative Lufano, and Doris in the Atrium Bar. A Great Week! Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
Carnival Panorama Review - Havana Cabana Suite - 5233 Saturday, January 18th, 2020 - Saturday, January 25th, 2020 Mexican Riviera - $5300 (pre-paid tips) Weather was exceptional. In the 80s. Only cold night, was the last night on ... Read More
Carnival Panorama Review - Havana Cabana Suite - 5233 Saturday, January 18th, 2020 - Saturday, January 25th, 2020 Mexican Riviera - $5300 (pre-paid tips) Weather was exceptional. In the 80s. Only cold night, was the last night on the way back to Long Beach. Cold, Windy, but what do you expect in Winter, lol. I’ve cruised about 25 times with Carnival, Princess, Royal Caribbean & Celebrity. Virgin is my next line for Sept 2020. Cruise lines cater to couples, families, older cruisers. Etc. many activities for kids on this line, so it’s highly recommended and a great vacation for parents traveling with kids. We did not travel with children. This review is the about the stateroom suite, shops, casino, restaurants and features on the Carnival Panorama. Service: Exceptional. Our stateroom stewards were Mauricio and Ninja. Very nice and friendly. My waiters in the Casino were James and Adrian, very attentive. Stateroom: Booked in Sept, Price was $5300. Havana Suite Rm #5233. the biggest of the Havana Staterooms Suites, only 4 on the ship and amazingly quiet. Suite had a lot of closet space. Large shower, with dual sinks and a lot of bathroom space. As a woman, you need a lot of bathroom space. I looked inside my neighbors staterooms, only difference was a smaller bathroom and no wall divider. Large flat screen in bedroom and Large Flat screen in living room area. This suite has a private patio with a lounge chair, swing chair and a table. Very different than the balcony suites that I am accustomed to. People can walk by, but only your neighbors that booked the Havana Staterooms. This was not not an issue, as most people that walked by were going to the exclusive Havana Area. Suite is smaller than the Grand Suite on the older Carnival Ship, Imagination or Inspiration, but the modern decor makes up for that. So much cabinets, drawers, and shelves. The room divider also has a curtain to slide over to make a separate room or of someone is watching TV late, works great to keep out the light. The sofa was a bit large and a chair to sit on if you will be putting makeup, but otherwise, that chair was in the way. They should have used a chair that would slide into that vanity area. There were 2 USB outlets, and 2 electrical outlets in the room. 1 electrical outlet in the bathroom. The hairdryer was attached to the inside cabinet of the living room area, in front of the mirror. Mini buffet with coffee right outside the lounge for a quick bite, but omelette was a lot better in the dining room, but was convenient for me to grab a cup of coffee. Deck 5 Havana Bar & Exclusive Havana Experience: Havana Bar - every night, Live Latin band. Music was good and lively. Havana Experience - AFT - Entry with a Havana wristband only, and exclusive to the Havana Stateroom Guests. 1 pool, 2 jacuzzis, private bar, lounges, pool beds. Not crowded, no kids running around and quiet. Entry can be from the Havana Bar or directly from your stateroom patio. Ship Decor - beautiful atriums, paintings, decorations. This was a big wow for a carnival cruise. I enjoyed the LED towers in the Atrium and I liked the interchanging designs. There were a lot of different bars - Havana, Piano Bar, casino bar, just to name a few. Pizza Delivery- I did this one day to try it. Pizza was delivered fast to my room. It’s a thin crust personal size, but better to share with others for a snack. Restaurants: JiJi Asian Kitchen - Specialty Restaurant - $15 Surcharge per person . food here was amazing and so was the service. Dined here twice because it was exceptional. I recommend the Nanjing Duck. We ordered the pork belly, shrimp har gow, wagyu beef short rib, Singapore chili shrimp, Kung Lao chicken, stock pig, Hakka noodles, and Himalayan rice. All desserts were excellent. Chefs Table - $95/18% Gratuity - I don’t want to spoil the surprise...but a nice menu, presentation, and dining room in the kitchen. Always a nice experience. About 2.5 -3 hour. Try to do this on a sea day, and have a very light lunch, as you will be full. Fahrenheit 555 Steakhouse - Specialty Restaurant - $38 - very nice selection of steaks. Ordered Filet Mignon & Lobster (Surf n Turf), Bone Marrow with Beef Tartare & Tuna Tartare. Food excellent and so was the service. Guy Fieri’s Pig & Anchor BBQ - limited lunch Buffett Free - Dinner A la Carte prices. Ordered a half slab of pork ribs...delicious. The free lunch here is inferior quality, as it is an outside Duffey with limited options. Guy Fieri’s Burger Joint - I think one of the best burgers that I’ve had! Plain, to chili, to overloaded. My fav....Chili Maximus burger. Seafood Shack - A la Carte prices. Ordered a Dozen oysters $1.50 each total $18. Ordered a lobster order with Fries $12. They also offer peel and eat shrimp, fresh fish, crab. Bonsai Sushi & Teppan - A la Carte - I ordered salmon, yellowtail and tuna sushi. Not bad, but cruise ship good. Ramen was available, but not like the ramen I’m used to. Did not reserve the Teppan. Dining Room- we are at the dining room on the last night. Food quality was not bad, but purchased the steak and Lobster for the $20 surcharge. The specialty restaurants were good. Did not eat at the buffet, was always to crowded with people. Specialty restaurants was the way to go, with less crowds and tasty selections. Casino- a lot of fun casino slot machines and many table games. Since this was a Carnival Player’s Premiere Cruise, there was a lot of gamblers, including myself. I am a smoker, so if you are a Non Smoker, avoid this place. The “on Us” drink card is when you gamble in the casino and accumulate 1500 points. Then for the duration of your cruise, drinks are free in the Casino Only (Up to 15 drinks per day, but that is still a lot of drinks, lol) Sky Ride - this ride was awesome. Lines can be crowded, but the secret is to ride this when you at port. We were in Puerto Vallarta, and returned to the ship at 3pm, and I only waited 10 minute. There is only 4 cars on the track, 2 on each track, so you have to wait about 3 minutes per each ride. Not a hard peddle, very easy. I’m scared of heights, but this ride is one of the reasons I booked. Water works- this was the biggest water slides I’ve been on a cruise ship. It is crowded. My secret, went in the late morning when we were at port. Only us, and 2 families. Went on the fast slide and the red tube with the inner tube. So fun. Shops- there is a Swarovski kiosk, Effy Jewelry Shop, Cosmetic Shop, and other mini shops on the ship. I purchased my Jewelry here, as I compare with Macy’s prices and you can haggle for a lower price, but better to buy your jewelry towards the end of the cruise for the deals. Best thing, no tax and Duty Free. Excursion - we did an excursion for Cabo. Cabo Adventures that was ATV riding, Indoor Sky Diving and lunch was provided. This to me was highly rated and extremely fun. Kevin and Mario did an excellent job. First time to see a drone used for video and photos. I never buy photos on excursions, but these were high quality videos and pictures, I purchased the entire package of digital for $50. Facebook & Instagram perfect. They also sell printed photos for $10 each. Mazatlan - we took a taxi from the port to Panchos, a famous Mexican restaurant with a nice view of the beach. Totally recommended. There is also a lot of shopping in that area. Puerto Vallarta - we took a taxi to Malecon - Old Vallarta, and this is a “must go” destination. The streets are picturesque with some beautiful architecture. The beach walk has a lot of restaurants, live music, bars, shopping, and very clean. Reminds me of Key West, Florida. Ports - Cabo, Mazatlan & Puerto Vallarta I did not visit the spa, due to Cruise Ship lines inflate massage prices, and the last experience on a cruise ship spa, was the upselling of products after the massage. I choose to have my massage at port for less than $40, with a beach view. What I didn’t like- A lot of kids running around in the main pool deck - but this is expected Quality of the free food. I am comparing to Celebrity Cruises as their food is excellent (Specialty, Dining Room & Buffet) Suites smaller than other cruise lines. Comedy shows were in small venues with Standing room only. Culinary classes were targeted more to baking, should open to a themed dish or local cuisine. Rude customers holding slots seats in the casino when they are not playing. Not enough events that caught my interest, but a lot of family oriented events. What I liked - Specialty Restaurants food was amazing. Staff remembering your name, top notch service and courteous. Skyride & Water works New elevators (selecting the floor prior to going in the elevator) Havana Cababa Suite with patio and exclusive use of Havana jacuzzis and pools Bartenders remembering “My Drink” Clean restrooms all throughout the ship Recommendations- Expand Thai, Middle Eastern, Indian cuisine. Carnival should bring up the “perks” as they do with Celebrity. Treats in your room, small logo themed tote bags and card holders etc..the cold towel when getting back on the boat. It’s these small things that bring me back to Celebrity. Would I book with Carnival Panorama in the Future? Yes!! And the Havana Cabana Stateroom Suite I had a great time.... Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
We were very hesitate to go on this cruise after reading posts on this site. I am a 4 star mariner and was extremely surprised that the bad reviews were way out of line. This fall we sailed the Nieuv Statedam and in January took the ... Read More
We were very hesitate to go on this cruise after reading posts on this site. I am a 4 star mariner and was extremely surprised that the bad reviews were way out of line. This fall we sailed the Nieuv Statedam and in January took the Noordam around Australia and found the Noordam much better in almost all categories. The ship is not tired or in need of major upgrades. The crew was probably the friendliest that we have had in the last 5 cruises. including Celebrity Cruise Line. The food was great especially the fish, and I am a picky eater. They had Happy Hour at every venue all day long, even the shows. The carpets have recently been replaced along with minor room upgrades, including large flat screen TV's. The bedding and towels were clean and comfortable. Our cabin steward did an amazing job. We usually clean our room when we first arrive, we didn't find any missed areas. We have learned that when individuals have a good experience they don't always write about them ,but they sure do share their bad experiences. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
My wife and I have multiple things to celebrate (35th anniversary, both healthy after medical scares, etc...) and decided that a two week cruise through the Panama Canal was just the ticket. We enjoyed everything about the cruise. Both ... Read More
My wife and I have multiple things to celebrate (35th anniversary, both healthy after medical scares, etc...) and decided that a two week cruise through the Panama Canal was just the ticket. We enjoyed everything about the cruise. Both embarkation and disembarkation went smoothly and the staff was very friendly and helpful. Our last 2 cruises were on RCL and the staff on those ships treated us like we were annoying if we asked for anything. On this trip on the Emerald, the staff treated us wonderfully, from the front desk to our steward, the dining room, and bar staff. We spent a lot of time at the back of the ship by Terrace Pool. The bartender and staff learned our names and called them out whenever we walked out onto the deck! We splurged more than normal on this cruise and had a mini-suite. We loved the extra room and spent quite a bit of time on the balcony. The only minor complaint would be that the couch in our room seemed quite old and uncomfortable. It should be replaced. The food was pretty good. I found it to be more of a variety than other cruises I've been on, but still got to be repeated too much on a 15 day cruise. But, we did not go hungry! We had some wonderful excursions, and the trip through the canal was awesome! The commentary offered was really great. We also met some really nice people from all over the world. All-in-all, we had a great 15 days! Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
Great anytime dining experience, the 'Vines' wine bar was a great way to socialize before dinner. Piazza entertainment each night while having a glass before dinner. Stateroom was clean and well kept by our able steward. The ... Read More
Great anytime dining experience, the 'Vines' wine bar was a great way to socialize before dinner. Piazza entertainment each night while having a glass before dinner. Stateroom was clean and well kept by our able steward. The ports were all interesting in their own way, Dominica was still suffering the effects of a past hurricane, organization was lacking here. Movies under the Stars was a little hit or miss, sometimes the sound was just bad. Theatre productions were all top notch, the comedians were both very entertaining and kept it clean, thanks for that. The Medallion experience is very convenient, allowing you to access your drink package anywhere, anytime. Every beer on their menu was covered by the package and very few cocktails were excluded based on the $12 cap. You just pay the extra buck or two on your folio if your drink cost more than the cap. I tried mixed cocktails I would never otherwise pay for in real life! Fabulous coffee bars, I suggest going to the Coffee & Cones for your morning 'Americano', no line up. Usually a short line at the International Cafe coffee bar. Liquor bars everywhere! Wheelhouse was a great spot for a pre-dinner drink, often had a singer, guitarist performing. Read a travel guide and figure out what YOU want to see on the island and then walk ashore and hire a taxi yourself, negotiate a fair price and you will have a great experience. Don't worry about being back on time, nothing is that far away! Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
I chose this cruise as a replacement for the MSC Seaside due to negative reviews. It was my 30th anniversary so we wanted to visit the Southern Caribbean out of San Juan. We stayed 3 days prior in Culebra then flew to Ceiba the morning ... Read More
I chose this cruise as a replacement for the MSC Seaside due to negative reviews. It was my 30th anniversary so we wanted to visit the Southern Caribbean out of San Juan. We stayed 3 days prior in Culebra then flew to Ceiba the morning of our cruise and drove to San Juan. This was our first time as Elite status which we achieved via RCCL Diamond Status. So we were very excited about the unlimited drinks from 5-7 and the free laundry. However, the added bonus was the delicious cafe mocha in the Tuscan Grille every morning. Due to the port intensive cruise with only 2 sea days, we chose an inside cabin on deck 11 (1126) which was very smart. Not only were we right above the windjammer, we were near an elevator that no one ever used. It was very easy to get off and on the ship during port days. The cabin was a normal sized inside cabin. What I really liked about the cabin was 1. the door on the shower (no shower curtain!!!), 2. the amount of USB ports to charge our phones, the amount of outlets to charge other things and the fact that they were right next to our bed!! 3. The amount of storage space for our clothes (2 closets to hang items), 4. Shampoo, conditioner and body soap in the shower!!! 5. A light in the bathroom so that you can see when you get up in the middle of the night. And 6. Very comfortable pillows and bedding. We ate at the windjammer the entire time other than 1 night in Sushi on Five (good), 1 night (our anniversary) in the Tuscan Grille (extremely slow), one lunch in Qsine (very good) and 1 dinner in Le Petit Chef (good and clever!). In the windjammer, the bread was excellent, the wok station was great, pizza was good. They had a nice selection of vegan, gluten free, desserts, cheeses, ...etc... And the ice cream was delicious. The seating was comfortable and spaced well. Tables were always cleaned. Unfortunately I did not see my friend the Coffee Man on this cruise. I have been on the Summit 5x and I really missed him this time. The gym was nice and never crowded. Treadmills and ellipticals were always working. There is a separate room for the classes now which is really nice. The pool area is always busy with activity. We didn't go there much. We spent our time on the 4th floor promenade outside if it was a port day. We tried the thalostherapy but its just too hot in there. The bars were very quick with giving us our drinks. The waiters in the Sunset grille got to learn that we liked our coke zero with dinner! And we always tried the elite drink menu drinks which were tasty. We did do one ship excursion to Bequia from St. Vincent which was not good at all. Beautiful place but not as advertised and too many people on the catamarran. Embarkation was about 15 minutes from parking lot to our room. We were allowed to go in and drop off our stuff. It was around 1pm so we were a little surprised since the rooms weren't ready until 2pm but hey, np! I am still on the Summit now but I wanted to type this review while everything is fresh. I am really pleased with the staff and the ship. I highly recommend this ship! Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
The Princess Sea of Cortez Cruise was outstanding! The ports of La Paz and Loreto are not visited often and remind me of what Puerto Vallarta and Cabo were like decades ago. We chose to make this a relaxing cruise and did not take any ... Read More
The Princess Sea of Cortez Cruise was outstanding! The ports of La Paz and Loreto are not visited often and remind me of what Puerto Vallarta and Cabo were like decades ago. We chose to make this a relaxing cruise and did not take any excursions, but we walked around all 4 ports and loved doing that. The Star Princess is an older ship but it is well maintained and a perfect size, not too big or small. The production shows were underwhelming, but the smaller venue entertainers were excellent. Cruise Director Gary Golding is one of the best on the seas, and his staff was fun and omni-present. And there was not a single crew member that we interacted with that wasn’t helpful and friendly! Dining room food was outstanding. Enjoyed the pizzeria, hamburger grill and ice cream bar. The buffet food was acceptable and had a nice variety. Highly recommended! Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
I have never been on a cruise before and I came in with little to no expectations and a positive attitude. At first I was overwhelmed with amount of action going on and the small rooms, food etc. But after the initial first day, which was ... Read More
I have never been on a cruise before and I came in with little to no expectations and a positive attitude. At first I was overwhelmed with amount of action going on and the small rooms, food etc. But after the initial first day, which was stressful because of flying and nothing with the Princess cruise line, everything worked out. Sure, we did not go on one of our port stops due to weather, but safety was the priorty and I understood that. Also, the staff was INCREDIBLE!! Everyone was so personal, kind and nice! Spoiled me rotten from such great service. Entertainment was great and the whole time I was enjoying, having a blast and was always satisfied with everything. And if at any point I had any issues, they were quickly resolved. The game shows and entertainment was too notch, they have things for kids, teens and in betweens. And obviously adults and older adults as well. We watched a movie outside and ate ice cream, I mean what could be better? So all in all, the best vacation of my life. I would totally reccomend. For a lot of people who complain on these forums, these people are natural complainers so I would take it with a grain of salt. I had an awesome time and would 100000 percent reccommend. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
Great Panama Canal experience! The Caribbean Princess is an older ship with great upgrades and a fantastic crew! The Cruise Director was unbelievable and was a huge asset to the fun on the cruise. The waitstaff in the dining rooms were ... Read More
Great Panama Canal experience! The Caribbean Princess is an older ship with great upgrades and a fantastic crew! The Cruise Director was unbelievable and was a huge asset to the fun on the cruise. The waitstaff in the dining rooms were great and worked together to make your ding experience a great one! The ships decor was terrific and the flow of the activity decks seemed you were on a much smaller ship. I loved the International Cafe for there fresh Lattes and service. A great friendly smile to start your day. The Guest Services Desk was always full of employees to help with you issues, not like other cruise lines that have a skeleton crew (NCL) to service your needs.Overall, the Princess cruise line is trying and staying way in front of their competition with there Medallian program which is helping non techy's like me to feel GOOD! I hope they continue to be way in front and accommodating! Thanks Princess Cruise Line! Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
We have chosen this cruise in Winter to see the arctic and the northern lights. We did the Route Bergen - Kirkenes - Trondheim. Embarkation in Bergen was easy and it had a luggage service. The ship is not to big and for our opinion a ... Read More
We have chosen this cruise in Winter to see the arctic and the northern lights. We did the Route Bergen - Kirkenes - Trondheim. Embarkation in Bergen was easy and it had a luggage service. The ship is not to big and for our opinion a good decision to travel. We had a cabin with a king size bed. The crew is very friendly and helpful. The dining is very good. At Breakfast and Lunch is served a buffet. You can book some excursions, but it´s not cheap. We did three excursion. An Arctic coastal walk, Dogsledding and Midnight concert. All are amazingly. The Ship has an Expedition Team on board. The Team give very interesting informations about the excursions, the historic and life in Norway. You can do excursions at several ports by your own, because the ports mostly directly near the city center. If you travel in Winter you need good clothing. We will do the cruise in winter again. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
We chose this cruise as it fit our time line, and it with NCL; a cruise line we sailed with some time ago (and a few others with other lines in between), and had an equally good time. On a side note, had we based our choice on the negative ... Read More
We chose this cruise as it fit our time line, and it with NCL; a cruise line we sailed with some time ago (and a few others with other lines in between), and had an equally good time. On a side note, had we based our choice on the negative comments posted on this thread, we would have missed out on a great trip. Embarkation day was easy and about as seamless as one could expect. We checked in at 10:35AM, and our group (11) was called to board at 11:30AM. The instructions were given clearly over the pa system. Note: We drove from our home to the port of NO, and parked at the Fulton Street parking garage. We pre-paid for our parking ahead of time and save about 7.50 per day versus the 'Whale Lot' on Convention Center Drive which the Port Authority directs you to for 20.00 per day. The garage also provides a shuttle service to the pier. Great service was provided. One aboard we were informed that the cabins would not be ready until 2::00. Now worries, Garden Buffet, Savor Restaurant, and O'Sheehans were open for lunch. The announcement that the cabins were ready came at 2:05PM. First impressions were terrific. The crew was outgoing and friendly. The ship was extremely clean with hand sanitizer stations available throughout the public, and dining areas. Our cabin was 13118 located on the port side about 7 cabins back from the port bridge wing. All view was unobstructed, and enough room on the balcony for us. Our steward, Jason, was as good as any steward we could have hoped for. We dined at three specialty restaurants, Cagney's, La Cucina, and Moderno. All three were outstanding in their own specialties. In particular the Veal Shank Osso Bucco from La Cucina was as good as I have had in either Boston's North End or Providence's Federal Hill. Our other two dinners were in the Tropicana room which provide music on our first night, and a performance from the cast of Burn The Floor on our second night. The offerings on the menus were varied, prepared well, with something for everybody. The activities were many during the 2 sea days. However, the pool areas do get crowded. There didn't appear to be any issue with chair hogs as plenty of chairs were available. We opted for the Vibe Beach Club. The privacy and services were, in our opinion, worth the extra expense. During the late afternoon and evening the bars and public areas can get quite busy, and finding somewhere to sit may take a little effort. After the dinner hours the availability seats open up a bit more We did not get off on Cozumel or Costa Maya as we have been there before. We did however enjoy a less crowded ship. We saw a performance of both Burn the Floor and Million Dollar Quartet. Make reservation ahead of time!. I can not say enough about the crew. everyone we came in contact with were pleasant, outgoing and professional. Disembarkation was a breeze. It started at 7:15AM. We were with the last group off at 9:30AM. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
We were on Liberty of the Seas January 12-19, 2020. We had only been on one cruise before, last May, on the Harmony. We had originally reserved an inside promenade view room but won the royal up bid to get a balcony. After getting on ... Read More
We were on Liberty of the Seas January 12-19, 2020. We had only been on one cruise before, last May, on the Harmony. We had originally reserved an inside promenade view room but won the royal up bid to get a balcony. After getting on the ship, I was really grateful for the upgrade. We really enjoyed the balcony. We stayed in Room 6628. Our cabin steward was James. This was his last cruise until he finished his 7 month contract to go home to his family. He was counting down excitedly while I was hoping the days would last endlessly! He left us several cute towel animals on the cruise - I think there were three of them. I love towel animals - just a fun perk on the cruise. Our room was always made nicely. Because we sailed on the Harmony which is brand new, we were a little worried when we read reviews that said the Liberty was worn down. We chose Liberty because we live in Texas and this was a cheaper cruise for us to get away and celebrate without having to fly in to somewhere. Despite the reviews, I felt that Liberty was a great ship. If you looked for wear, you could find some areas, but, overall, it had a beautiful grandeur of its own. I thought the ship was beautiful and was not at all disappointed. Of course, it is smaller than Harmony and less glitzy (Harmony is the oooh lala of ships right now), but Liberty is beautiful and provided everything we needed and wanted for a wonderful trip. We did use the Key program for our cruise. When we used the key on the Harmony, it was new (back in May) and there were some issues implementing the program. Not huge, but some issues. On Liberty, they knew exactly what they were doing with the Key. There are all sorts of debates over whether the Key is worth it. If you like the perks, I can definitely say that the Liberty staff was very well informed on the Key and we were able to use all the benefits we wanted without any issues whatsoever. Whether the key is worth it for your sailing is a personal issue, but, if you want it, you will not have issues on the Liberty. They are very familiar with the program and executed flawlessly. Another great part of Liberty was the menu. Lloyd was our waiter in the main dining room. We also did Chops. I am diabetic and control my diabetes without meds - so a very strict sugar free diet. I am also celiac. As a result, I am a bit of a hassle when eating out. It is a challenge for me because I have to trust those who serve me because there are no labels for me to read. The first night, Lloyd insisted that I get dessert. I was set on going without dessert to not spike my numbers. Every night, I was in the main dining room, Lloyd tried to get a dessert I could eat. He was trying harder than I was. But, by mid week, he had special requests put in to the chef and I had the BEST sugar free, gluten free cheesecake! The food at Chops was great, but they never could duplicate the desserts that Lloyd worked so hard to provide. WJ also had some gluten free and sugar free desserts (although not as wonderful as that cheesecake) and, for my birthday celebration at Chops, they did get hold of some of Lloyd's requested cheesecake from the main dining room. All of the entrees were very good. I was just particularly impressed by the dessert effort because that is typically very challenging with my dietary needs. I share all this because it is very tough to eat out with dietary restrictions. To cruise can be even more challenging. My sugar levels stayed consistent and I did not get "gluten-ed" during the trip. I credit that with the careful efforts of Lloyd, my main dining room waiter, and the staff at Chops who took care of me very well. Also, when Lloyd saw me at WJ for breakfast one morning, he was not even acting as my waiter, and took special effort to make sure I got a gluten free omelet. I definitely felt like they took the dietary issues seriously - which for me, they are - and helped make my cruise over the top by working on the issues. My husband, who has no dietary issues, loved all the entrees and desserts as well! We did not do shows this time but did some ship activities like watching the belly flop competition and participating in the activities fair the last day. Such fun, light hearted activities! We enjoyed those things we participated in. We did also get the photo package on a black friday sale. My dear husband went to 291 photos with me!!! He deserves an award. We never splurge for photos in our everyday life. With THAT many, we were bound to get some good ones and we sure did!!! Because this was a very special cruise (50th birthday), I am very glad to have so many wonderful photos with my sweetheart. A special shout out to Pratik, from India, who always takes extra time to get a good photo, especially if there is no one in line. He is extremely talented and you can tell he really enjoys taking photos. Of course, there are busy nights like formal nights, but, if you can catch him where there isn't a line, he will take some great photos! I found the crew to be outstanding on this ship. Everyone was very friendly. I loved that lady at the WJ who gave out the hand sanitizer. She would dance to the music and say, "Washie Washie." Her adorable personality and fun dancing was a highlight of the day. She exemplified the fun attitude of all the crew on board. Just great people. We have only had the two cruises - one on Harmony and one now on Liberty. We immensely enjoyed both. We used Next Cruise to rebook on Liberty in a few months. Because it is closer to our home, we can cruise for alot cheaper. The experience was everything I hoped it would be and more. I am very grateful we went on Liberty and had such an amazing time!!! Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
Me and my girlfriend sailed on the Getaway Jan 12-17 and had an amazing time. This is our third cruise with NCL and we will definitely continue sailing with them. I’m 33, my girlfriend is 23 and we also sailed with 2 other couples. This ... Read More
Me and my girlfriend sailed on the Getaway Jan 12-17 and had an amazing time. This is our third cruise with NCL and we will definitely continue sailing with them. I’m 33, my girlfriend is 23 and we also sailed with 2 other couples. This ship has so much to do including the rope course, rock climbing, awesome water slides, shows, entertainment, comedy, casino etc..The nightlife was great too with the bliss club, casino, and the glow party in the h20 was amazing, We had a blast! The food was also very good including the wings at O Sheehan’s, ribeye at Cagneys, and we also enjoyed the buffet. Our balcony room was 14858 right at the back by the elevators and our room steward Neil was awesome. He knew our names right when we arrived and he made us feel at home. Thanks again Neil! I also want to give a thanks to Rey the bartender at Margaritaville and Rohan at the pool bar. Both of them took great care of us and we barely ever had to wait for a drink at any bar. The only issue we ran into was on the third day I had lost my room card and i didn’t realize it until a few hours later. I then went to guest services and received a new card. The next day I checked my account and realized someone had found my card and went to the arcade and charged $52 worth of games on my account lol. ( damn kids ) I then returned to guest services and they were very friendly and immediately took off the charges. Overall we had an amazing time, we gave it a 10/10. We cruised on the MSC seaside in December 2018 and we gave that a 8/10 so we definitely enjoyed the getaway more. We will definitely be sailing NCL again and we highly recommend the Getaway and we also loved the Epic too which I wrote a review on 2 years ago. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
Oasis is a big, fun ship, and since it was "Amped" it has a lot of fun things to do. It never felt crowded. I haven't cruised for 3 years an I am pleased to report the "Deck Chair Saving"is mostly gone ! I think ... Read More
Oasis is a big, fun ship, and since it was "Amped" it has a lot of fun things to do. It never felt crowded. I haven't cruised for 3 years an I am pleased to report the "Deck Chair Saving"is mostly gone ! I think both people are following the no saving rule and RC is enforcing it. On all my last RC cruises, it was rare I could find a deck chair anywhere near the pool or upper deck, as they were mostly saved with personal items or towel. I had no trouble finding an open chair, even by the pool in the middle of the day on sea days ! Amazing ! Great ! Food was good as always, even if I expressed mild interest in a second entrée, the waiters brought it to me without asking. Everyone was friendly and it was a lot of fun. The only bummer of the trip was embarking and disembarking at Miami Cruise port Terminal A. Once you made it inside, getting on the ship was fast and easy. No lines. But it was absolute nightmare outside. I was in a one hour line to get dropped off and I arrived early at 10:30am. The taxi line on disembarking was 2 hours. The ride share area was very small and very crowded, utter chaos and you couldn't even move. The line of cars trying to pick up was very very long and very slow. Honking, yelling, it was just a madhouse. Everyone there was totally bummed out and my cruise vibe was totally erased. They need to upgrade and expand the waiting areas for taxis and ride sharing, it was just an awful way to start and finish the cruise. It's clear that RC treats this as an afterthought, when in fact, it really sets the tone for the trip when you have such a mess getting in and out. I never had anything near this bad at Port Canaveral or Port Lauderdale. I will never ever cruise out of Miami again until they get this fixed. I guess the good news is if you can survive getting there, you will have a great time ! Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
We sailed on the Celebrity Edge last week! First time on the Edge, but we’ve sailed on Celebrity Summit and Equinox. We love Celebrity! DH and I are in our mid 50’s and love the Caribbean itineraries. We picked this one because it ... Read More
We sailed on the Celebrity Edge last week! First time on the Edge, but we’ve sailed on Celebrity Summit and Equinox. We love Celebrity! DH and I are in our mid 50’s and love the Caribbean itineraries. We picked this one because it had a stop in Tortola which we have never been to and the Virgin Gorda Baths have been on my husband’s list of things to see for a long time. We booked it during the Veteran’s Day sale so we had all 4 perks plus an extra $200 OBC from the sale and another $150 OBC because we moved a cruise we had booked on board to this cruise so had that extra bit. So $650 OBC total! We have never had a premium drink package or the internet package. Overall, we were happy we cruised on the Edge. We prefer the traditional balcony staterooms, but didn’t mind the IV. I will say, I feel like the IV balcony tends to offer a “sanitized” version of the world. By that I mean you aren’t necessarily enjoying being out there in the breeze, ocean smells, etc. unless you purposely roll down that window. You have to hold down the button while it rolls down, so if you are just standing at the window before you head out for the evening, you aren’t going to roll it down. Whereas in the traditional balcony you might step out for a moment before heading out. We book our cruises based mostly on itinerary and price, so if the Edge or Apex fit that criteria we would sail on her again. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020

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