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My friend and I chose this repositioning cruise because of the great itinerary and even better price. Embarkation was relatively quick and straightforward; complicated only by unprofessional and unpleasant power-mad ground staff in the ... Read More
My friend and I chose this repositioning cruise because of the great itinerary and even better price. Embarkation was relatively quick and straightforward; complicated only by unprofessional and unpleasant power-mad ground staff in the holding area. Once onboard, we soon had a drink in hand and were exploring the ship (second time on this ship for me). The ship is elegant, clean and well set out. It is easy to get around - we chose a cabin at the back of the ship for ease in getting to the Windjammer, MDR and Diamond club. While slightly tucked away, interior cabin 9477 was comfortable, clean and so quiet! My bed was on its last legs and needed to be replaced but I still slept well. We struggled a little for storage and only had 6 coat hangers between 2 of us. We asked for more but received only plastic hangers for trousers which were no use to 2 females, so get in early with your hanger requests if you are short. The pool and sun decks were great, but good luck in trying to get a Solarium sunbed in the sun after 7am... I was pleased that Royal has turned down the volume on the outdoor pool screen - so much more peaceful than with that noise blasting out. The bar staff all over the ship were friendly and quick. The shows in the theatre were a bit hit and miss with some of the singers being better than others. There were also a number of one-off shows which clashed with second seating dinner, which was annoying. I was disappointed that there was only 1 ice show on a 12 night cruise and I question what is the point in having an ice rink and skaters if not to perform? Some of the comedians were funny, others less so. I guess that comes down to personal taste. The piano singer in the Schooner bar was great and we enjoyed the various parties on the Promenade. The food on this ship was outstanding. The food and service in the MDR was fantastic and the quality and choice in the Windjammer was impressive. We also enjoyed the snacks on the Promenade for lighter bites. In my view, there is no need to pay for speciality dining on this ship, the food is so good. We attended the Murder Mystery evening at Giovanni’s Table and had a great time with unlimited wine and great fun. Save for the filet mignon which is charged extra in the MDR, the food was no better than in the MDR, so if I’d just paid for standard speciality dining, I would have been pretty peeved. The Murder Mystery is a lot of fun so I would recommend it, if it’s your kind of thing. Aruba, Curacao and St Thomas were beautiful islands. Jolly Beach in Antigua was simply amazing. In Bonaire, we rented a golf buggy (Bonaire Cruisers) and explored the island at our leisure. This was a really fun way to explore the island and I would highly recommend it. It would just have been nice to have more time on all of the islands. The port days seemed to be pretty short. I love this size of ship as I find cruising to be more relaxing when there is no schedule to keep to, with shows etc booked months in advance due to the number of people onboard. I also noted throughout the cruise that the crew were happy in their roles and nothing was too much trouble for them, which created a really pleasant and relaxed atmosphere onboard. I’m not sure that is always the case on the Oasis class ships. Overall we had a fantastic cruise with wonderful food and drink, beautiful ports of call and good entertainment. I would happily cruise on the Adventure again. Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
We took our first MSC cruise, a 21 day TA from Martinique to Hamburg, many port stops in between which I initially thought might be a negative (we love the sea days, hence the TA's) but it was broken up nicely and we saw a few new ... Read More
We took our first MSC cruise, a 21 day TA from Martinique to Hamburg, many port stops in between which I initially thought might be a negative (we love the sea days, hence the TA's) but it was broken up nicely and we saw a few new ports by sheer number. It was like having three different cruises, the Caribbean followed by the TA followed by a European cruise, very nice. We arrived late with late flights, 7 pm-ish to check in but they had the whole YC experience going strong including drinks upon arrival, easy passport check, etc and then you're guided to the concierge floor to meet the concierge on duty and a few butlers hanging out, likely yours. We had awesome Roberto aided by two junior butlers and all was well. My only negative observation is the whole YC team tries too hard to provide service even when you decline it...an example would be getting a few items of food at the buffet and trying to carry it yourself, they always want to tray it up and take it to your room/table and it took at least two weeks to get them to back off. We are fit mid 50's folk and perfectly capable to carry our glass and a plate and it felt like a negative, the constant spotlight they want to shine on you. I enjoyed the experience but wished often and to their face that they would just back off a bit, we don't need a guide to our seats in the theater and I'm sure folks who DO will let it be known, if someone declines than back off and respect our choice and we found that happened too often, the push for service. Weird complaint, right? I know, it is weird but its how it felt, to always having someone rush to open a door or guide you to a seat or try to grab your food to take it to your table instead of letting us quietly enjoy this wonderful time without the fanfare attached to it. This leads into further service issues upstairs on deck 18, Topsail. AWESOME space with plenty of lounge chairs, oddly not padded chairs but plenty of towels available and when it got cold they brought out the blankets, nice touch. The pool guys were always smiling and nice! They have tables/umbrellas in the bar section where a buffet is set up for breakfast and lunch so probably about 10 tables available...also a smoking section that has three umbrella tables. Weird service in the beverage department up there, hot and cold with sometimes 30 min between a round of servers and then suddenly a barrage. Gelato guy would go by (awesome) but twice we waved to flag him and he just walked by or you'd have to flag a server and then they're quite nice but just not on it the way they want to be or should be, rarely did someone take multiple orders which led to a long time getting drinks brought to you so we embraced the exercise portion of this and just went to the bar...not a big deal but the substance is lacking and my first thought was they're new at this but apparently YC has been kicking for years now so not sure if any of these issues will be fixable. We did see the turnover of one manager to another and the guy that left was so burned out, you rarely saw him vs Allessandro the new guy who was seen multiple times a day, checking on your day, borderline bothersome but I got what he was going for so hello, hello and good luck on changing practices. Food was the major negative, it was truly tasteless and almost funny how every dish (sadly not kidding) was without taste. Upside we actually lost weight on this 21 day cruise and happy for that but wow, a whole of salt used and worse, steak sauce for a filet, that's almost criminal behavior. We only ate at the buffet for salad bar, sad sad salad bar, and some pizza slices and that was just average at best. Wild amount of people but heck, it IS a buffet, and we found seats the three times so thats my only input. Our YC restaurant was just average, there IS an alternate menu available including chicken, a large filet of beef, a large filet of salmon, and perhaps a few other things but its not advertised oddly enough. Our waiters actually brought us the best dish we had, chicken curry, after we laughingly asked if we could eat in the crew dining room, betting they had tasty Indian food available and the next night we were eating the best chicken curry. Why that isn't on the menu is mindblowing and I asked the maitre'd and the hotel director and anyone who inquired but the answer is oddly 'we cater to an international crowd' to which i reply so does every other cruiseline and they manage to have tasty food. Europeans don't like bland, do they? I'm going to assume no because the ongoing theme from the Germans, the Brits, the French and us, the minority Americans, during the cruise was the bad food but whatever, we ate just fine, remembering that upside of weight loss and knowing it was just the way it is. Gelato was good and free for YC, once we found that baby we imbibed often! The best advice I'd give is to reitterate what another post said regarding MSC and that is to not compare it to any other cruise and you'll love it. I reminded myself of that often and I loved it, truly. The quirks were funny including the five and six language announcements, that's just funny and even more fun when the Russians boarded in France, dropping Portuguese in exchange, and the crazy entertainment. Wow to this menage of acts, it was funny and fun and really a wild experience. One night started out with Van Halen 'Jump' and was followed by the ring dropping from the ceiling followed by a dance number, etc etc. Crazy fun and we had a blast! No production shows, good classical voice concerts (two in the afternoon) and also a nice piano concert in the afternoon, nice additions. Their classical voices were excellent, good acts and something you don't see often. Main night acts are short, 30-40 min long which is perfect for the acts and we saw them all minus Abba and a ventriloquist. I would rate them as matinee Vegas quality and again, they were all fun, esp the acrobatic guys. Dancers were good, singers were good, all around pleasing...but remember, don't compare because these aren't Broadway shows brought to the sea or Blue Man, its great for what it is. Ship design is lovely, crazy crystal inlays into the stairs, beautiful but somewhat blinding, pretty and nice layout of ship (a lot of mirrors!) minus the casino. Leaving the theater loads you right into it on deck 6 and its the smokiest casino I've ever seen, so much so that I didn't bother to do any gambling because the odor was so cloying, as if they lacked any smoke eating device at all and it resulted in the smoke drifting directly into the lounge directly above it, the jazz bar, so we also avoided that area. MSC should absolutely install state of the art smoke eaters, we absolutely would have frequented those areas, esp their money making casino so I guess I should thank them for that too, weight loss and more euros in my pocket. :) Would we do this again? Yes but only in the yacht club, it was sheer madness in the 'real' world and not worth my cruising dollars. I'd like to hope the food issue is a one off with the ship. We ate at Eataly once and it was probably a B experience, the food was mostly tasty but all around the worse tiramisu ever eaten, both in this restaurant and La Palmeraie...found that to be quite odd for an Italian ship but ultimately thanks, two lbs of weight gain would have come from all of that tiramisu! We loved the international blend, it was fun to chat world events with world travelers. This particular itinerary hit a lot of ports so we enjoyed all of this exposure to new lands. We would do another TA with MSC but again, only with yacht club, it just looked too crazy. Unfortunately prices have jacked up, we apparently paid 1/3 more than the Brits that asked us (but we are still quite happy with our choice!) so that factors in...food quality has to be considered and after traveling with Azamara (10 lbs gain, food was stupidly great) and Celebrity Blu its hard to spend extra $$ just for the 'experience' but good itinerary and we'd likely be there. Another addition, GREAT gym! They have a variety of machines, probably 25-30, and we found working out at lunch was the time! Worked around people with the machines, empty gym in port days (yay) and would highly recommend this gym to keep your body in shape. Its up there with NCL Epic gym. Oh yeah, one last addition...we didn't feel like MSC was nickeling and diming us at every turn. Minimal announcements, no big push of products despite a nice supply of stores on three levels, not the feeling like someone just had their hand in your pocket. Okay, ONE last also, the nautical information they provided on the daily planner was great, informative in a different way, and we learned stuff. Sadly the captain wasn't chatty (but with the language spread its probably good) so none of the good sea tales that others like to provide but we felt information was dispelled quite well. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
We have traveled to Caribbean previously in 2017 on MSC Fantasia and had a wonderful time. It was a fly cruise. This time we flew out to Caribbean on Virgin Atlantic and this was a very pleasant experience. We decided to do a ... Read More
We have traveled to Caribbean previously in 2017 on MSC Fantasia and had a wonderful time. It was a fly cruise. This time we flew out to Caribbean on Virgin Atlantic and this was a very pleasant experience. We decided to do a different cruise in as much as we flew to Barbados and then after On our arrival in Bridgetown we had a very pleasant surprise. As we got off the aircraft we found coaches waiting for us at bottom of steps. We were taken directly to the ship and never touched our luggage until it arrived in our cabin. The cabin itself was a balcony cabin and was beautiful in every way. We chose a Fantastica cabin as it came with a drinks package. Our cabin steward, Erith could not have been more helpful and kept cabin spotless. We chose !st sitting dining in Golden Lobster Restaurant. The waiters were great and were very attentive including our waiter James ( name we used for him.) he left ship in Lisbon to fly home to Bali. His assistant waiter was called Abhishek Kumar from India and he went out of his way to make sure we had a fantastic holiday. He deserves the highest praise. The food was excellent although not to my taste all the time. The restaurant was spotless and well managed. The entertainment on the ship left a lot to be desired although the the trio with the pianist and 2 violinists we excellent and a pleasure to listen to. The service overall on the ship was first class and could not be faulted in any way. WE did not take any of the excursions and made our own arrangements. We found the islands very commercialized now and have got worse over the past few years. We took a taxi in Guadaloupe and the female taxi driver was the most dangerous taxi drive I have ever used. She was swerving all over road and reading phone texts and making nd taking phone calls. In Barbados was took a trip in a glass bottom boat which was most enjoyable and well worth the money. After leaving Barbados on 9th April we traveled 5 days across the Atlantic and it was a lovely smooth crossing to Tenerife which we enjoyed immensely. WE then visited Madeira which is a lovely island and I would recommend anyone visiting if you get the chance. The 3 visits to Lisbon, Vigo and Le Havre were not as good and as it was bank holiday most of town was closed. The appeared to be a lot of coughing on board which I hasten to add. I do not blame on ship. Our disembarkation in Southampton due to passengers who boarded in Le Havre did not attend the compulsory immigration procedures. This is the one complaint I have about MSC. It is used as a ferry service more that a cruise ship. Overall the ship and staff were perfect in every way and I would not hesitate to use MSC again although I would be more selective. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
We had never been to the ABC's and wanted to check them out. We had been to Grand Cayman twice before so we only did a walk about but we did bus tours on the ABC's which were well organized and paced just right. They were ... Read More
We had never been to the ABC's and wanted to check them out. We had been to Grand Cayman twice before so we only did a walk about but we did bus tours on the ABC's which were well organized and paced just right. They were colourful and we enjoyed seeing a wide area of the islands on the tours we took. Our dining room experience was enhanced by the Waiter and his assistant who worked as a team to ensure our meal time was pleasant and enjoyable. The sommelier was very knowledgeable in the wine she suggested. The only negative in the dining room was the person who was supposed to serve the pop and alcohol drinks they were non-existent and the sommelier took care of it for us. The entertainment was a 10 out of 10 with a good variety over the 9 days. The Silhouette dancers/singers were wonderful and top notch. We love the Silhouette and look forward to our next cruise. We have been on both the Equinox and the Silhouette but feel the Silhouette is our favourite. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
We went on a birthday celebration cruise in the Caribbean first time Cruise in December. We usually go to Hawaii early December, but wanted a new adventure. The Silhouette is less than 10 years old but needed a repair or 2 during ... Read More
We went on a birthday celebration cruise in the Caribbean first time Cruise in December. We usually go to Hawaii early December, but wanted a new adventure. The Silhouette is less than 10 years old but needed a repair or 2 during 9-night Cruise. One day we had a note in our cabin that water to some staterooms would be off for 2 hours in the afternoon for repairs. Another time, the crew was welding outside by a stairway leading up from 14 to 15. Noise was offensive in that area close to the pool. The pool facilities are way too small to accommodate a full passenger cruise. If you do not miss breakfast in the dining room in order to save a desired chair at the pool, forget about it. Hated to get up early and sit in Serenity pool area just to get a preferred lounger by a window. Four out of nine days were at sea and that’s when then chair squaters were out. Food was just okay. A couple of nights in the Curvee dining room were excellent - one night was lobster and one night was half a chicken - moist and juicy and big enough for two hungry people. The Oceanview Terrace had terrific Indian Food if you like lentils, rice and curry chicken (I do)! Breakfast in Curvee from 7 am to 9 am was best for cooked to order eggs. The light fare in Spa Cafe good for smoothies if you have premium liquor package. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
Was looking forward to the 11 day cruise out of New Orleans. Have sailed on the Getaway twice and as the Breakaway is basically identical, could find my way around. I really love the Boardwalk feature as it provides a calm oasis away from ... Read More
Was looking forward to the 11 day cruise out of New Orleans. Have sailed on the Getaway twice and as the Breakaway is basically identical, could find my way around. I really love the Boardwalk feature as it provides a calm oasis away from the poolside hustle and noise, Always found a comfy chair to read or relax. Embarkation was smooth and quick once my friend was provided a wheelchair and staff assistance, FOOD- a bit of a letdown in both Savor and Taste, entrees ranged from very good to just passable. Only ate occasionally in Garden Cafe so cant review it, Always east breakfast at O'Sheehan's and often lunch as well after shore excursions, We both liked Moderno and La Cucina, and i enjoyed Teppanyaki. Jimmy Buffet's was awful and had poor service. Did not get to Oceans Blue or Cagney's on this trip but have tried them on the Getaway previously. Manhattan Dining Room was usually very good and consistent, SERVICE: This was a huge letdown, First day on board, we asked a staff person for directions and she literally rolled her eyes at us, Wow, We found the service level to be all over the place and really inconsistent, My friend and I are not demanding travelers and are willing to overlook small waits, On one occasion, we waited 20 minutes for my drink to arrive while eating our appetizer and then the server had the wrong order. Activities: Good always enough to do, even enjoyed the ropes course, Excursions: Enjoyed Jamaica, Belize, Grand Cayman and Harvest Caye. Isla De Cozumel is always fun as i have been there before, You have to pick wisely as you tend to get what you pay for, Debarkation: Fine no issues as we both had a late airport transfer, Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
Started the cruise in Genoa Italy. This was in cruise crossing the Atlantic to the Caribbean, the first few days were spent at different Mediterranean ports then onto the island of Tenerife, now there was five days at sea,this is when the ... Read More
Started the cruise in Genoa Italy. This was in cruise crossing the Atlantic to the Caribbean, the first few days were spent at different Mediterranean ports then onto the island of Tenerife, now there was five days at sea,this is when the problems started, the largest populations on the ship were German,French,Italian with smaller groups of Spanish and British, all sunbeds on the top deck were taken by 6 o'clock in the morning,towels were placed on sunbeds all day with many not being used at all. Complaints were made to the ships staff but nothing was done, then some Italian families actually had fist fights around the pool area because they had taken"there sun lounger area by the pool" staff were called but refused to get involved. Many complained again but nothing done. The theatre shows were Italian in origin rather than international and became monotonous after a few days. We were on an all inclusive drinks package 25 Euros a day, but many of the drinks were not included! Although it says beer is included its not, only Heineken lager is included, all other beers are chargeable, when you order you have always to ask if it's included which is embarrassing as people think you cannot afford it. The bar and cabin staff go out of there way to make your stay enjoyable and always pleasant, on the other hand the security staff on the exit and entrance onto the ship were anything but. They would grunt at you take your hats and glasses off, stand still while we check your card,no smiles no talking to you, just as thought you were entering a country, inside the ship they would walk into you as though you shouldn't be in the way, had no respect for any passengers ( but they would not attend to the fighting by the pool , cowards). Yes people join the ship in most ports but that dosnt cause a problem, although you get a little tired of the safety drill at every port. Be aware that there is no self service laundry facilities on-board, although the ship will do your laundry for a price. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
We had never visited most of the Islands on this Cruise and specially wanted to visit Aruba & Curaçao. We loved each port and all of our excursions! The ship was just coming from a remodel and was beautifuly redone. It felt like ... Read More
We had never visited most of the Islands on this Cruise and specially wanted to visit Aruba & Curaçao. We loved each port and all of our excursions! The ship was just coming from a remodel and was beautifuly redone. It felt like we were traveling on a brand new ship clean & bright. We never traveled on the Star before but, we have been on the Dawn and we loved the improvements. Everything about this ship met or far exceeded our expectations. We found this cruise had the most diverse group of passengers from religions, race, nationalities and the friendliness was amazing. We seem to make new friends no matter where we went! We did have problems with a very late embarkation. The ship & crew had to undergo an intense inspection (because the ship had been out of the US for awhile). This was out of NCL’s control- but I thought NCl could have done a better job adjusting the schedule one we were on board- reschedule the safety training. The staff was just incredible- our room steward (Rai) couldn’t do enough for us! We made friends with many of the waitstaff in the restaurants and would look for favorites when ever we went to eat! By the way we just love freestyle!! Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
Value, cruised 8 times prior, this was the worse! Billed for more than should have with no reason, took 3 days to correct it. Premier eatery was out of Ribeye steaks and had been for 3 weeks. Failed to have proper glasses for wine ... Read More
Value, cruised 8 times prior, this was the worse! Billed for more than should have with no reason, took 3 days to correct it. Premier eatery was out of Ribeye steaks and had been for 3 weeks. Failed to have proper glasses for wine served all in small white wine glasses, even offering “wine classes, then not following through. La Bisto was right next to the music venue, making the restraint very noisy, almost unbearable. The wine cellar was a plus, wine steward knew her wines, very knowledgeable. Carney’s was still the best, wait staff and others, reservations were on time, excellent food. LaContina was the surprise very, very good, food, might say almost the best speciality. Very arrogant photo staff, all they wanted to sell was pictures, talk down to folks asking advice. Submit comment cards during the cruise only got one response from Raj the beverage manager, satisfied my question. Latitudes get together was very quick all they talked about was “CruiseNext” nothing about NCL and what was on the horizon, what is coming. Found information very lacking concerning future cruises. Will make me think twice when choosing my next cruise did not sign up for my next CruiseNext. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
Primarily chosen for the reduced rate, I was, as usual, pleasantly surprised at the variety of quality entertainment, game shows, great entertainment staff, parties and ports of call. I went to a cardio dance class every morning on the ... Read More
Primarily chosen for the reduced rate, I was, as usual, pleasantly surprised at the variety of quality entertainment, game shows, great entertainment staff, parties and ports of call. I went to a cardio dance class every morning on the dance floor in the Manhatten dining room. Food was very delicious and we are vegan, but there was always something to preorder with Alex, our personal liaison waiter for Taste restaurant. We don’t do extra pay restaurants and so never ate at any other venues than what were included— food was excellent anyway! We became groupies of the Epic Beatles shows and enjoyed the stellar rock guitar of Albatross Air band, I was also in a guest choir which performed as the opening number for the Crew Talent Show. Only criticisms have to do with the design of the ship which can’t be changed. The walking track was more like a dog run, going back and forth on half a deck where lifeboats blocked most of the ocean view. The pools were as hot, sometimes hotter than the hot tubs, and are pretty small for the ship population. The bathrooms are just weird, but we learned to manage... Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
I spoke with people at the ports we landed at who were on different ships and their time at the ports were much shorter than NCL, I feel NCL gave us longer port days. Everyone on the ship that works there go above and beyond to make ... Read More
I spoke with people at the ports we landed at who were on different ships and their time at the ports were much shorter than NCL, I feel NCL gave us longer port days. Everyone on the ship that works there go above and beyond to make sure you have the best cruise. The staff was extremely friendly and they would go out of their way to make your stay enjoyable. Entertainment was good, I enjoyed the different activities throughout the day, we would meet in the Atrium or Gatsby's to play trivia games. Personally, I found the pool deck too noisy. I prefer a quieter area to relax, but the other cruisers seemed to enjoy it. I also prefer to cruise when the kids are in school. There were not many children on this cruise due to school, those that were on it were all well behaved. It's just a preference I have to cruise with more adults than children. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
In some aspects the Dawn excelled, In some she didn't do very well. For the most part I'd say our recent trip on the Dawn was middle of the road mediocre. First of all the cruise was far from full and had just the right ... Read More
In some aspects the Dawn excelled, In some she didn't do very well. For the most part I'd say our recent trip on the Dawn was middle of the road mediocre. First of all the cruise was far from full and had just the right amount of people for my liking. There were plenty enough people to have fun without overbearing crowds. There were no lines or waits for anything for the entire 9 days and the one time I had to change a reservation at a specialty restaurant, they were able to accommodate us without a problem. Although she was remodeled in 2016, Dawn is showing signs of her age and hard life. There were considerable maintenance issues from minor cosmetic issues such as paint and rust to more significant issues, such as broken tiles, cracked glass in an elevator windows being inoperable with broken and missing hardware and plumbing malfunctions in many of the public restrooms. With the exception of one nasty female bartender at Gatsby's the staff were happy and helpful all over the ship. Our Cabin Steward got it just right! We start each trip the same by asking for 3 things, that the mini-fridge be emptied, an mattress topper be put on the bed and that robes be brought. He took care of our request promptly and without complaint, unobtrusively while we were out. He wasn't pushy about cleaning several times a day at awkward times. He cleaned while we were away and had the bed turned down in the evening whenever we returned from the evenings events. He never bothered us on days we wanted to sleep in and just "be" and linger over a late brunch served in our cabin. The food was all over the place. We had had fantastic meals in specialty restaurants, especially Cagney's and Moderno. O'Sheehan's was much better than it was on last years cruise The Main dining rooms were pretty good. However a few meals seemed like buffet fare plated nicely and served elegantly. The Buffet was hit or miss, repetitive and lackluster. That being said I didn't turn away from it for snacks and light fare. We enjoyed cocktails all over the ship. Topsider's near the pool seemed to water the drinks down especially the premixed drinks of the day. The beer and wine was always good. Ray a server there, was always upbeat, fun and helpful. The entertainment was great! Shore excursions were hit or miss. An afternoon beach break which should have been low-key and pleasant turned out to be anything but. We ere brought to a beach around 25 minutes ride from the ship. Chairs were provided. We found our spot raised the umbrella, and settled in for a little while before going into the water. Once in the water we saw a man going through our belongings and then take them. We caught up with him and he complained that we hadn't paid for the umbrella. We paid and got out things but were uncomfortable leaving our spots together after that and were not able to freely enjoy the beautiful beach. Now comes the steady stream of panhandlers, a man carrying a bird feeder collecting money for the birds, a woman carrying aloe leaves asking for money to rub you with them. A man selling USB thumb drives with "island music installed," another man approached selling sea shells. In retrospect,$59 per person was a lot for what amounted to a ride to a public beach. For the price charged, I think Norwegian could do a better job, perhaps securing a private beach at a resort would be less menacing. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
We had a lot of fun on this cruise. We went to many beautiful beaches with some great people that we meet on the ship. The ship is really clean. The staff work quickly to clear the tables to accommodate other guests in the dining ... Read More
We had a lot of fun on this cruise. We went to many beautiful beaches with some great people that we meet on the ship. The ship is really clean. The staff work quickly to clear the tables to accommodate other guests in the dining rooms. The menu choices are great! There seemed to be something for everyone. We really liked having the Distinctive Voyage Package. We ended up with 5 specialty restaurants, because we are Platinum too. Also, I loved having the phone benefit. I have an elderly Mother at home, and it was great for her to hear my voice. I wish that they would add something like that for a Platinum benefit. Just 30 minutes would be perfect! We had an early flight home on this trip. It was the first time that we used the early Latitudes disembarkation. It was amazing. We got off the ship so fast that we even had time to kill at the airport! We can't wait to go on our next cruise. The entire staff on the ship were so friendly. We also enjoy NOT having to dress up. Vacations are to relax! Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
We loved our time on the Dawn. I truly cannot say enough - it was my first and my husband's third cruise. Everything went beautifully and we had many romantic, fun memories. I cannot wait to cruise again! The staff were ... Read More
We loved our time on the Dawn. I truly cannot say enough - it was my first and my husband's third cruise. Everything went beautifully and we had many romantic, fun memories. I cannot wait to cruise again! The staff were exceptional. We felt pampered, appreciated and were utterly relaxed upon our return home. We did a wine tasting, lots of shore excursions, trivia, the comedy show, a game show and had a blast. My husband got onstage and we laughed till our sides hurt. It was a vacation that I wasn't ready to head home from. Having a balcony mid-ship made the cruise so enjoyable. Sipping coffee with the beautiful views is heaven for us. The staff made it the incredible experience, everyone seems happy to help you have a great cruise. Warm, kind and friendly; they offer service I have never experienced in my life to date. Thank you NCL Dawn! Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
We wanted an early winter mini-break so booked a 9-day out of Boston on the Dawn. We have been on the Dawn before and found the re-furbishing a major disappointment, and the reason for four stars vs five. Space is even more cut up than ... Read More
We wanted an early winter mini-break so booked a 9-day out of Boston on the Dawn. We have been on the Dawn before and found the re-furbishing a major disappointment, and the reason for four stars vs five. Space is even more cut up than before with flow through just about nil. We enjoy the main dining menus and food and see no need for the many, many specialty restaurants taking up all the common space. Our cabin (mini suite with balcony) seemed smaller than usual (11102) due to the different layout. We usually cruise mid-ship but on the Dawn the mid ship mini suites are under the pool so did not want to hear the chairs scraping. One of our drawers did not stay shut but cabin steward had carpenters fix immediately. Plenty of storage (prefer the cabins with more drawers vs shelves, but still plenty) Entertainment was again, excellent, with a good variety in the various venues. Food was good - not exceptional, but good, lots of variety and plentiful. We did try LeBistro (disappointing), LosLobos (nothing special) and Cagney's (Excellent) with our "free" perk for distinctive voyage/Latitudes Platinum. While we would go back to Cagney's (with our Latitude rewards, NOT to pay extra), we find plenty of variety and excellent choices in the dining room. We never eat in the cafe (I have a food allergy and don't trust the other diners not to cross-contaminate). Service was wonderful throughout the ship. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
Late leaving out of NYC due to multiple medical injuries and weather threats. Waited until almost 2am to board ship. We weren’t given water or food during Wait. Average age on ship was 70-80. Very deserted in public areas and venues ... Read More
Late leaving out of NYC due to multiple medical injuries and weather threats. Waited until almost 2am to board ship. We weren’t given water or food during Wait. Average age on ship was 70-80. Very deserted in public areas and venues after 10. Did not receive my my complementary birthday cake until restaurant closing and my friends had left. The staff said that they forgot. Waitstaff did not sing happy birthday to me. I received a weak apology and nothing more. Guest services staff overwhelmed and short terse answers to all questions. Burn the Floor, Howl at the Moon, The Flavors Band, Queen Flash and These Guys Worldwide entertainment offers were exceptional. All of the entertainers were outside venue after their shows to meet and greet audience members as they left the theater. Though food service was slow in the complementary restaurants the food was always beautifully presented on the plate. Entrees were served hot. Nice selection of appetizers, entrees and desserts. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
We got a deal, liked the itinerary so booked! Cruise was late leaving port, communication to cruisers was scattered especially to non US residents. They left messages at our home, did not call cell phone or leave email or text. We were ... Read More
We got a deal, liked the itinerary so booked! Cruise was late leaving port, communication to cruisers was scattered especially to non US residents. They left messages at our home, did not call cell phone or leave email or text. We were told to arrive at the port by 7 pm dure to late cruise departure. We did not even embark until around 1 pm, safety drill at 2:30 am (repeated the next day for those who missed it), and actually sailed out of port at about 5:30 am the next day. They did give us an unexplained/detailed refund for first day of cruise and some $ for incidentals until we ended up boarding the ship. we had one port cancelled. It was a zoo embarking and people were getting upset. information was scarce. not well handled. Itinerary was good, Tortolla, St. Martten, St. Lucia, Aruba, Curaco, Jamaica, Cozumel, Grand Caymen finishing in New Orleans. Tortolla- we took Speedy's ferry on our own over to VIrgin Gorda and went to the baths and Devils bay St. Martten- walked from the ship to the beach about 20 min. swam and walked back St. Lucia- Free wifi in town, went to a park, sat in the shade, used the wifi, then walked around a very busy crowded town and market, bought a few forgotten toiletteries and returned to the ship. Aruba- took local bus to Adashi beach, near the lighthouse. SUpposed to be good for snorkelling, but there was a storm just off shore and the waves were too high to snorkel so we wave jumped and had fun before returning to the ship. Curaco- got a 2 hour bus tour around, ending at Mambo beach and the bus came back and got us as planned. $20/person. Mambo beach is man made/structured, but the snorkelling was great! Jamaica- bob sled and canopy tour. we walked from the ship some cruise lines it is cheaper to book on the ship, not so with Norwegian. Booking direct with Mystic mountain online is 10% off of $69. arriving as we did it was $69. on the ship it was $99 including transportation. We heard from Carnival passengers they paid $59 including transport from the ship. Walking on sidewalk was uneven and not good for walkers, wheelchairs or anyone with mobility issues. Bob sled was fun but over so fast. Grand Cayman- took local bus to cemetary beach, it was great uncrowded, great reef accessale from the beach. then walked around the shops before reboarding ship. Cozumel- our ship and 2 carnival ships were docked very far away from the main town. there were shops and tours at our port location. We swam from a small public beach access near Bubba Gumps. People were snorkeling and there were fish there. Breakaway is so big that we seemed to always have one of the worst docking positions. Tendered at Grand Cayman as did the other ships in port that day. \We have been to most of these ports in the past, we like snorkeling, take our own equipment and rely on low cost public transport. Food on the ship- You could get decent pub fare 24/7. No lobster night. surcharge and delivery charge for room service. Buffet had some great food sometimes. The waffles, pancakes, crepes and biscuits tended to be dense and heavy. I can make way better myself. they kept running out of things, diet pepsi, lettuce, berries, asparagus etc. Line ups for restaurants most days. Dining room. good service most of the time. shrimp available most lunch/dinners, beef dishes tended to be tough and overcooked. I asked for med rare and got med well. Brisket and stewed beef dishes were overcooked and tender but meat was dry in taste, brisket cut with the grain vs across the grain. many items on menu came different from what was described. Over all- we still gained weight, became very picky, never went hungry. Some of my favourite dishes- chicken wings in the pub, beef wellington on last night, popcorn shrimp on dining room lunch menu. Cabin- not one drawer to put things in. we had inside and checked with other passengers in oceanview and balcony and they had the same thing. My huband had to keep his clothes in suitcase under the bed. Lots of shelves in the bathroom which we mostly left empty ( who wants steamed damp clothes?) only shelves in closet with not light and a small closet to hang things in. TV very small and far away from bed, so we had to sit on the end of the bed or stand up if we needed to read something on it. beds are hard, I had preasked for an egg crate mattress topper and foam pillows and they were in our room on arrival. Pools- were very crowded. Pool slides, I went on the kids one. not many people using the more adventourous slides, Rock wall, was fun to try. Ropes course was great and staff at it were great. Entertainment- you had to book for many entertainments. Prefer not having to do that. Did not like one fo the major production shows, many people walked out of rock of ages. Overall- We had a fun cruise. People could not stop talking about leaving late, even two days post cruise on a streetcar in New ORleans they were still talking about it. POrts were great, so many people we talked to just did their own thing as most Norwegian excursions are $99 or higher. Ship was almost too big. Most of the staff were great with the exception of a two really rude ones that we complained about and were apologized to. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
we chose this ship because we had never sailed on a "mega" ship before. this was our 26th cruise and our fifth on Norwegian. we are both in our seventies and avid cruisers. we took a cruise aboard the Star two years ago and ... Read More
we chose this ship because we had never sailed on a "mega" ship before. this was our 26th cruise and our fifth on Norwegian. we are both in our seventies and avid cruisers. we took a cruise aboard the Star two years ago and had a very good time. however, this particular ship we would never sail on again. it started out with norwegian contacting us the day before when we were taking the train up to nyc; they called to say there was a medical emergency and that the ship would be late. well, it was too late for us to cancel our hotel reservation for that night or to remake train reservations without penalty. we took the train up in anticipation of a minor ship delay, got there in the pouring rain and it poured the next day also which necessitated us having to pay an additional half day's rate for an extra six hours at the Chelsea Courtyard Marriott. The room at the Marriott was about as small a room as you could imagine, more like a walk-in closet. we had to open our luggage in front of the door because there was no room to open it anywhere else, so you can imagine having to spend one night there in the teeny, tiny room and then having to spend an extra six hours because of the pouring rain. plus, norwegian kept giving us a later and later arrival time and they didn't want anyone arriving at the terminal before 5:30, then eight, and then it was 10, etc. marriott kindly arranged a car for us (possibly uber or lfyt) and after going through a major hassle trying to even get to the terminal, the new york port authority pulled his car out of the massive lineup that took and hour and a half to even approach the terminal and told our driver that he would have to circle around and get in the back of the line and start the process all over again. the driver had already missed an airport pickup and probably another pickup, so he ceremoniously dumped us three blocks from the terminal where we had to then schlep all our luggage over cobbled sidewalks to terminal 88 in the pouring rain. so... the boat still hadn't arrived by 8:30 when we did finally get to the terminal which meant they had to disgorge 4000 passengers from the previous cruise whilst we waited in the terminal like drowned rats where there was no place to sit, no communication from the personnel there, and utter chaos especially when we were finally able to board at about 12:30 am. the norwegian personnel were rude when you could get an answer out of them at all. to add insult to injury, the lovely captain decided to hold the safety drill at 2:30 am when he could have waited until we were under sail later that day. we did not leave new york until sometime after 6 am, sacrificing our first port, puerto rico, and went straight on to tortola, bvi. the ship interior was so-so, nothing remarkable, glitzy maybe. our cabin was another thing altogether-- we had a mid-ship mini-suite which had to have been one of the smallest minisuites we have ever had, the balcony was a joke at about 3/4 feet by six (barely enough room for two passengers let alone two chairs and a foot square excuse for a tin table). there were no chairs in the cabin but one uncomfortable couch and a "cube" stool that doubled as a table. the closet was very poorly placed at the side of the bed with about a foot to spare for anyone trying to get into the closet. the tiny end tables on either side of the bed were open instead of having actual drawers. the bathroom was large which was nice but who wants to spend their whole time in a large bathroom. we would have preferred more space in the cabin itself. as i said, the room is not a real minisuite at all and i understand that the balcony/verandah cabins had no couch and that was the distinguishing factor between them and the minisuites. the cabin steward was pretty good on the cleaning scale but he often forgot or overlooked things like providing us with wash rags, coffee cups, toilet paper, bags for disposable pads (which i wound up having to appropriate from other carts or the public bathrooms), and he put in a red rectangular hazmat thing which i had no idea what it was so i called security and put it outside our door. found out later that it was for disposable hypo needles but never having seen this or dealt with this on any other ship, i felt somewhere between stupid and whatever for calling security. we had two main issues with the cabin also. one day my key card wouldn't work so i went down and got another one. that one didn't work either and the cabin steward's didn't work so they had to call security. apparently, the battery in the card slot went dead (never had that happen on any other ship). then, i was showering one day and was all soaped up, shampoo in my hair, getting ready to rinse off and suddenly no water. i tried several times to call the operator, housekeeping, whomever, naked and soaped up all over because the towels are not big enough to cover your body and you apparently have to request terry robes for the room (even though it was a minisuite), so i had to cover myself with my coat and wait about 45 minutes for the water to come back on. communication, once again, norwegian style, not telling people that the plumber was fixing something and not answering their phones in any of the service areas. on another day my husband could not flush the toilet which had a considerable amount of poop in it, and we couldn't flush for quite awhile and had to use public restrooms during that time. the toilets were problematic to flush to begin with, usually requiring three or four "pushes" to get the thing to respond. so that's the story of the cabin. Service: breakfast service in the manhattan room was uniformly slow, especially if they placed you on the port side (tables 25, 27 and 14 were anathema). the waitrons were a bit testy, sometimes disappearing for a long periods of time. you had to constantly remind them or ask them for tea, juice, pastry baskets, etc. the food was surprisingly good in savor and taste at dinnertime. we have previously found ncl's food to be pretty bad throughout all their ships which leads us to spend additional bucks dining in the speciality restaurants where we know we will get decent food (la cucina was a real disappointment on this ship; ocean blue was wonderful). o'sheehans was okay (limited menu) and the garden cafe was one great herding ground with some of the rudest passengers, but then it always is. we don't eat up there, period, but sometimes bring food back to our room if we missed the normal hours in manhattan. we had a couple of favorite bars -- maltings and one other which i can't remember the name of (between savor and taste); however, here too is another major failing on this ship and most of ncl's other ships. first, they charge exhorbitant prices for their drinks and then, in the case of martini's at least, they don't even fill the glass to anywhere near the level that it should be. when you have to pay 15.95 for a grey goose martini and 19.95 for a hendrix martini, that glass should be full, not an inch and a half or more below the rim. Shore excursions: we had to cancel the one to tortola because they changed the itinerary and the mode of transportation (to open-air safari type with bench seating). we took a private cab tour instead and saw a lot of the island that way; it was cheaper than the ncl tour, air-conditioned and you didn't have to squeeze in on bench seating. we had been to several of the ports previously so we didn't tour all of them. the st. lucia tour was okay but the bus seating left a lot to be desired. the curacao tour was on the most uncomfortable bus we have ever been on. you could put about one butt per double seat and be comfortable. the port in jamaica was a joke -- chaotic, port didn't even look like a work in progress but looked like a dumping ground. ocho rios is dirty, poverty stricken, and the people are not particularly friendly. we took a private tour here also and spent most of our time at the falls. the vendors at the falls were overpriced but not as aggressive as the ones in haiti. we had a nice jerk chicken lunch as part of our tour, but again, it felt like the people were doing you a favor by waiting on you. i would never go back to jamaica!! i loved the turquoise waters surrounding grand cayman and the fact that they are trying to keep the reef alive by making ships tender to the island. picked up some fine rums in both tortola and cozumel and nice souvenirs from all of the ports. Disembarkation: if we thought embarkation was really bad, well, disembarkation in new orleans proved to be even worse in its own way. trying to get a taxi was an absolute horror story with port authorities giving you conflicting lines to get in, having us go out door four onto the street and back into door one where we were told to go back to door four and get back into the end of the line because one woman had no clue why her coworkers were telling us to go in one door and back into another. finally, we found seats and waited out the two hour taxi line. then we get to the wyndham hotel in the french quarter where our room wasn't ready because people who were getting on the next ncl breakaway cruise out of new orleans decided to stay past their checkout time, thus wasting for us the rest of the day waiting for our room. then, the next day it was pouring rain and we had a tornado alert which kept us in our room for the day. we did have two marvelous dinners at mr. b's bistro and the bourbon house. but, we didn't get to see much of new orleans... i am sure there is more that we could add but i guess you get the picture -- two not-so-happy-campers on this norwegian cruise, and not likely to ever cruise norwegian again. 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Sail Date October 2018
Having been on many cruises with almost all of the lines we usually choose a cruise based on itinerary first then the cruise line secondary with the exception of Carnival which we will never cruise on again. This cruise offered great ... Read More
Having been on many cruises with almost all of the lines we usually choose a cruise based on itinerary first then the cruise line secondary with the exception of Carnival which we will never cruise on again. This cruise offered great ports of call and many free extras such as the booze package, internet, discounted shore excursions at an excellent price, onboard credits plus a low deposit. Rather than drone on with personal pet peeves about the cruise, you can read all about them on other reviews I will try to provide useful things to know that can make your experience on the Breakaway more pleasant. The only real negative on this particular cruise was the nightmare embarkation in New York resulting in boarding the ship 12 hours late after midnight and a memorable Muster Drill at 2:30AM. This was not the port's fault as there were several reasons not explained until later in the cruise for the delay. This did however, resulted in cancellation of our first port of call in Puerto Rico. NCL did reimburse us for the missed port plus $75 each for the inconvenience if NY. One thing we fail to understand that if you know ahead of time your health is not good then do not go on a cruise. Both this cruise and the especially the previous one had medical emergencies resulting in huge delays and medical difficulties for those involved. Norwegian could of handled both Embarkation and Disembarkation better although getting off the ship took almost two hours we did notice that some very ignorant passengers were showing up hours after their colour codes were called resulting in long delays. Once of board things were better. All staff from maintenance, ship's officers, wait staff and room stewards greeted us with a smile. Fellow passengers not so much. A great deal of the staff were from the Philippines and they are a warm a friendly people. Our cabin was a mid ship mini-suite and deck 14. The cabin was well laid out with plenty of storage space, large bathroom with the best shower we have had on a ship. The bed was comfortable with plenty of pillows and the room quiet most of the time. The balcony was very small which is getting to be a norm on most newer ships. The only negative was the limited amount of TV channels on a small TV, however with so much to do we did not spend much time in the cabin. This cruise was organized very well with much more daily activities than most other cruises we have been on. The Freestyle Daily provided the night before lists everything you need to know about the next day. Sea days were never boring. DINNING: The Garden Cafe (Buffet) was well laid out with many repetitive stations. TIP: both sides are not always open at the same time, only peak hours so if you wish to get a good table go to the closed side first then either wait for it to open or line up on the other side. The rear of the ship is quieter and less busy. With 3,700 passengers onboard we had no problem getting tables for both breakfast and lunch. Food is presented well and there is always something different to eat daily. Hours of operation are posted in the Freestyle Daily. Most nights we ate at the main dining room Manhattan. People start lining up just before 5:00 for dinner for the limited choice window seats. Longer waits are usually between 6:00 and 7:30. We always eat early in order to see the shows and avoid long lineups. Dress code is not really enforced in all eating areas although we did see people in T-shirts, shorts and flip-flops being turned away. People show some class here. We only dined at Cagney's (excellent) and Moderno (not worth the money) at an additional cost. We found the Manhattan Room food to be just as good as the specialty restaurants. O'Sheehan's Bar and Grill is excellent, however tends to be very busy. TIP: if you want faster service sit in the restaurant side and not at the high tables. ENTERTAINMENT: All shows are good and well presented. Most have to be reserved ahead of time due to limited seating which can be done on the ship. We reserved ahead of time prior to boarding as the two most popular shows Burn the Floor and Rock of Ages only are available on limited days. Both are a must see, however due to an older crowd on this cruise many walked out the shows. People read the show content before going in. It is posted everywhere. MUST SEE: Cirque Dreams and Dinner (excellent). Get there early in order for a good seat. SHORE EXCURSIONS: With the exception of Tortola and St. Maarten all of the ship's excursions were good value especially with a $50 each shore excursion promo refund making most excursions almost free. MUST THINGS TO DO: Wings at O'Sheehan's (excellent) Howl at the Moon dueling pianos at the Comedy Club (seats are hard) Miniature Golf and Arcade on Deck 17 Aft Go to Guest Services early to avoid long lineups See various artists performing at several lounges and the Atrium TO AVOID: Skyy Ice Bar (not worth $20 each for an hour in a cold meat locker) All Hot Tubs as people tend to spend hours there drinking and you know the rest Pools, not enough and very crowded on hot sea days Margaritaville, burgers are good but not worth the cover charge (should be free) Saving your lounger on most decks not early enough Avoid the Cruise Director if he or she is like the one on this cruise, almost non-existent and unapproachable GENERAL: With most onboard using the Drink Package bars tend to get very busy at peak times. At the Atrium chair and table service is usually faster than lining up at the bar. Remember you can store your luggage under the bed in most cabins. You need to place a Sea Card in the slot by the door in your cabin to have electricity on, once you remove the card the plugs and lights go dead. Air conditioning or heat remains on unless the patio door to an outside balcony is not closed and locked. Do tip your Cabin Stewart if service is good (not sure just how much the daily Service Charge actually ends up in the employee's pockets). They work long hours for little pay and do the math regarding the daily Service Charge vs. number of guest onboard (interesting). Be friendly with the staff, a smile goes a long way for great service. See too many ignorant guests treating staff rudely. One observation with the Asian guests: Would it hurt to learn at least a few words in English which is the main language onboard instead of "point and grunt". We would not do that in your country. Would we cruise with NCL again. Interesting question. We loved the boat and the functional layout with plenty of elevators. The staff and crew are very friendly. The food was typical for a cruise ship similar to other lines. I guess it would come to itinerary again and the size of the ship. Although this was a larger than average ship it flowed well and never seemed to be overcrowded with the exception of the pool areas and the Atrium. We like smaller boats, however with the larger ones you get better shows and activities. We have sailed on NCL, RCI, Princess, Carnival and Holland America (average mean age 70 and older). Some are a bit better than others.Not Carnival which is more of a party ship. Yes, we would sail with NCL again. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
First day was a bust due to tragic circumstances beyond Norwegian's control: Breakaway was engaged in search and rescue operation of man overboard from a cargo ship and then had a medical emergency on board. However Norwegian gave ... Read More
First day was a bust due to tragic circumstances beyond Norwegian's control: Breakaway was engaged in search and rescue operation of man overboard from a cargo ship and then had a medical emergency on board. However Norwegian gave each person $75 credit for food that day and then refunded us the first day of the cruise. Got on board 1:30 a.m. for muster drill at 2:30 a.m. checked Norwegian regulations, it's mandatory to have drill before sailing so I'm glad we got it out of the way. The rest of the two weeks was fantastic, great food, good shows, wonderful staff. Loved Rock of Ages musical and Queen show. They did give warning of adult material before Rock of Ages. I knew all the bands and songs from when my kids were growing up so I am surprised that someone would be shocked and unaware of what 80s rock and roll music was all about. I loved it so much I saw it twice. Our steward Jerome was super. No complaints about anything. When you have 4000 people on a ship there will be some lines and sometimes there's a glitch in the plumbing somewhere but overall it is amazing what they accomplish. We disembarked with our luggage by ourselves at 6:45 a.m. and were off the boat in 15 minutes and on an airport shuttle in five minutes. That's the fastest we have ever gotten off a ship. We have already booked our next Norwegian cruise for the Panama Canal! Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
We were a bit nervous about this cruise because we had never sailed Carnival before and had heard it was a "Party" ship. Our fears were for naught because Carnival is very much like all the other cruise lines with a mix of all ... Read More
We were a bit nervous about this cruise because we had never sailed Carnival before and had heard it was a "Party" ship. Our fears were for naught because Carnival is very much like all the other cruise lines with a mix of all different offerings and something for everyone. We had an excellent embarkation. Since we were in a suite we walked right on the ship and to our cabin. Unfortunately, our cabin was not properly vacuumed and there were foodstuffs from the previous tenants in the frig. That was quickly rectified by out excellent steward, Raul. He was very attentive and on the ball. The ship itself is quite nice and seems to be well maintained. The internet leaves much to be desired. We could rarely get online or send email, but in defense of the cruise line, they did compensate us for it when we complained. There was a lot of country music on board as well as salsa type music which was a bit of a change from what we are used to. We never ate in the dining room, so cannot comment on that, but the buffet food was generally terrible, especially at breakfast (worst scrambled eggs I've ever had!). We did enjoy the Guy Fieri Hamburger place (great fries), Pig and Anchor and 24 hr pizza shop. The ports offered on this cruise were great and why we chose to take this 14 day 7 port re positioning cruise. We did excursions at 6 of the ports and were happy with most of them. All in all we really enjoyed this cruise and would definitely do it again. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
Sunday, September 16 - embarkation smooth. Monday, September 17 - sea day Tuesday, September 18 - Sea day ate at steak house and had a professional private sitting with a photographer. They came out beautiful, and that is something ... Read More
Sunday, September 16 - embarkation smooth. Monday, September 17 - sea day Tuesday, September 18 - Sea day ate at steak house and had a professional private sitting with a photographer. They came out beautiful, and that is something I would never say, much less think of pictures of me. Wednesday, September 19 - Grand Cayman - Snuba diving Thursday, September 20 - sea day Friday, September 21 - Aruba downtown walking and tasting tour Saturday, September 22 - Caricao Caves and beach day. Sunday, September 23 - Sea day Monday, September 24th - Greneda- River tubing and scenic bus drive. No AC on run down busses. Very dirty river water. No lockers to store your valuables. We kept hearing stories about people having things stolen from the busses so we left our camera in the safe in our cabin. We decided to bring our phones with us, double ziplock bagged them but unfortunately, the phones didn't make it. Somehow the bag floated out of dh's pocket and ended up at the bottom of the river. We did get them back with a promise of almost $200 to the person who was able to find them. So out $165 and two cellphones. Yes, we tried the "rice thing" to dry them out but they still won't even turn on. Expensive mistake for sure. This, and I developed some weird itchy bug bites all over my legs. Didn't look like Miskito bites but itched for days. Barbados - Tuesday September 25th no excursion. Just stayed in port and walked around a little. Bought sunscreen for $18-ridiculous. No pics because phones are now bricks from river tubing in Grenada. Went back to ship for lunch and then tried to take a nap. Mike was able to nap then he went to gym. I couldn't sleep but laid in be until 6 pm then we went to lido deck. Nothing really looked appetizing so I ate fruit (watermelon and pineapple. Mike had a little of everything. Tortellini, chicken cathitorri, chicken fried steak, fried rice. said the best was he rice. Soon after we tried some luck in casino. I don't get why so many people spend hours on end in there. If it was something that took skill I'd understand more but not the slots. Then we went to the comedy show. It was pretty good. Dominica - Wed 26 th. Trolley ride through town pretty lame. 1 1/2 hrs Botanical gardens , nothing like you'd be used to. Not much to look at. Kind of felt like we were in a parade because people were lined up on the streets waving at us. Houses all in ruins. Got some unique pics. Offered a small glass of rum punch or orange juice. Went to mdr for dinner. St Maarten - Thursday September 27th Big 3 - Flying Dutchman, tubing and canopy zip lining. Beautiful day! Nice, air conditioned bus This will take 6 hrs because of all the waiting. Zip lines very cool, Flying Dutchman not as scary or thrilling as you'd expect. In fact all three of the other zip lines were very thrilling in comparison to the FD. They do have a bar while waiting for the FD, but I do not want to drink rum or beer when I'm exerted from Climbing hills. It wasn't managed well as far as time. Very slow hooking people up and bringing vests back up the hill. The schooner tube rides are very lame. No water. We skipped all together. One thing that irritated quite a few of us. The cruise director, Schwartz, and his friends came up to the fd and realized they probably would not have time to enjoy this particular portion of the excursion. I don’t know if he went up to the manager or if the manager approached him but he and 14 of his crew was pushed ahead of about 30 other cruisers so that they could make it back to the ship at a good time. Unfortunately, this made it so 12 people that were waiting at least 3 hours were not able to enjoy the fd. This excursion also held up the ship for over an hour. (We did get a police escort back to the ship which was kind of neat because it was after 5 pm and lots of traffic). We were very disappointed that we now were not able to do any shopping on the island. By the time we got back on the ship it was just after 5:30 and we were starving since we had no chance to eat lunch, and wanted a real meal so quick showers we had and off to the mdr. There is always so much food that I never have been able to finish my dinner, but tonight was the exception. I had Caesar salad, steak, baked potato and broccoli. (I even had 2 desserts- apple pie and a chocolate tres leche. The apple pie was the better of the 2). Friday, September 28th Sea day - breakfast in bed again thanks to sweet dh. Coffee, orange juice, French toast, pancakes. For lunch we had BBQ and watched a little bit of the ballroom dance lessons. Then we decided to go to the library bar and play some board games while we sampled some wine. Dh taught me how to play Texas hold 'em. I won, hee hee. Decided to back to the cabin and sit out on our patio so that we could be away from all the people but still be outside. Elegant night for dinner. I didn't realize until 4:00pm. Bleh. we've mostly been eating in the mdr because we feel it's the best food on the ship without paying more for it. I still have a dress that I haven't worn so I guess I'll slip it on. Makeup and hair will just need to be touched up a little and then I'm good to go. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
Carnival Breeze 09-16-2018 14 day-Relocation from Galveston TX to Port Canaveral Fl. Journeys Cruise and Premiere Casino Cruise. Room 8395, Starboard Side, 8A Overall Rating of The Cruise 9 out of 10. Embarkation: We ... Read More
Carnival Breeze 09-16-2018 14 day-Relocation from Galveston TX to Port Canaveral Fl. Journeys Cruise and Premiere Casino Cruise. Room 8395, Starboard Side, 8A Overall Rating of The Cruise 9 out of 10. Embarkation: We expected to be slow because of past experiences at Port of Galveston. It was a good surprise to arrive at 11:00 AM and be onboard by 11:30 AM carrying our boarding pass. Embarkation 5 of 5 Room 8395: Steward Jason had the room ready when we boarded. Jason and Putu timed everything well and had our first Diamond Sail and Sign card in the mail box. I highly recommend Jason and his team to anyone. 5 of 5. This room is located directly over the Pig and Anchor. The exhaust fan has a way of coming on late afternoon so you have to listen to it when setting on the balcony. We ran out of tissues in the rest room so the DW decided to put the new one in herself, oops it fell in under the sink out of reach. So, mister Man decides to do it himself and repeats the same smooth move. Now both new boxes in the room are behind the door under sink and it is inaccessible without the key. Jason came by and saved us later in the day. Assigned Seating Blush dining room, Lower deck 3, table 582. Maître didn’t make the best impression in fact I do not know his name. Is that because we were in the back of the dinning area or have we been spoiled by D’ Yusef on the Miracle? Team Head Waiter IMade, Head Waiter EKA and Team Waiter Dani Made, did their best to make the dining experience as pleasurable as they could. DW and I both noticed changes to the menu and I think it is better than previous cruises. Sure, miss Pie, didn’t see that on the menu until the last two nights. On the 6th day out the ship ran out of bananas, waiter told us that we were out and would restock in St Marteen. Oh! that’s not good, no Banana Splits for desert ☹. Carnival what the heck! Why not restock in Barbados where the supply chain that supports Carnival Fascination is in place. Why have bar server in dining area who just serves shots let the Food Servers do their job and Bar staf serve wine before the meal. Chef’s table; This was our second time to sign up for the Chef’s Table and was a little apprehensive about it. After signing all the necessary paperwork to enter the Kitchen we were escorted in and stood around a table as the chef explained each appetizer before we sampled them. Now that our palate is excited. We moved to the main hall in the Kitchen where they had a table set with assigned seating. Executive Chef Siva prepared an exclusive selection of eight expertly crafted dishes. Oh! wonderful, delicious just don’t know how to describe it, “Artists at work” . Salute to Chef Siva for this fine experience. Casino: As a nonsmoker there is a lot of opportunity for improvement on the Breeze. Why only 4 nonsmoking machines in the casino? Why put them in front of the cashier cage? People in line at the cage smoke and seldom respect others. This was a Premiere cruise many serious gamblers were aboard and casino was busy all the time. Kumbu, Lesa and Vickie kept the fun rolling doing everything from dodging the bull, putting spots on Matilda the cash cow, Fireball raffles, snowball raffles, Luck of the card drawing, cash pong and fill my bag games. Oh, need I mention slot and blackjack tournaments also. Fun for everyone! One afternoon I was playing a slot machine and witnessed Mari (Casino Manager?) helping a gambler who forgot she had charged $20 on her card. This person was extremely eye rate, voice tress, and rude yet Mari kept her cool, resolved the issue in such a professional manor I feel she needs to be recognized. Silvia, was always around to help. Waiter Agus was always at work, always smiling and would help any way he could. Last but not lease have to mention the singing Cashier Joe. This is the best Casino team in the Carnival fleet. Wish they could get more cashiers working the last night so the lines would not be so long. Misc. Cruise Particulars: Daniel Alchemist put on a great class this Cruise. This was our second one on a Carnival Ship and both we unique experiences that I highly recommend. Alchemy bar is changing they now are serving some bear and wine. Red frog pub in the evening is always a good place to stop, relax listen to music. For those who use Carnival Gift cards there are some changes. You can apply the first $1,000 with out a hitch but when you get ready to apply more they will take down the numbers and must receive confirmation from head office before applying to your account. This means you will have to make a return trip with the cards next day to confirm head office approval. Laundry is a great advantage of being Diamond or Platinum and those who work below deck to support that effort deserve a pat on the back. Carnival needs to work on the hand sanitizers. When boarding the ship there is no reason that a functional hand sanitizer station cannot be set up prior to entering the ship or at least just after going thru the metal detector. Prior to entering any of the dining areas including lido hand sanitizer stations should be functional. Over all this was a great Cruise. Will rate it a 9 of 10 Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
This 14 day cruise was our 30th overall and 19th with Carnival. I found for the most part a typical Carnival experience (good) The ship is kept spotless and the staff is the friendliest we have ever seen. Practically everyone greeted us ... Read More
This 14 day cruise was our 30th overall and 19th with Carnival. I found for the most part a typical Carnival experience (good) The ship is kept spotless and the staff is the friendliest we have ever seen. Practically everyone greeted us with a smile and was very polite...The stage shows were IMO lacking. In 14 days we only had 3 musicals and one was terrible. (cowboy show) Other nights we were entertained by one person performances. The singers were very talented but didn't sing my kind of music. The bands in Ocean Plaza were good and drew a large crowd as did the numerous atrium performers. Lots of activities and Steven Schwartz (CD) was everywhere and very friendly. Kumba (casino supervisor) comped our slot pull and was also very friendly...The only thing I think that needs fixing is the smoking in the casino. Most Carnival ships have a Sports Bar but this ship had that at the casino bar, so I missed the games I would have watched. As an ex smoker I understand the smokers plight but the smoke makes me sick (I spent one day in my cabin after an evening in the casino) I remember Splendor had a smoking and non smoking section and it worked well. Anyway something needs to be done. The cutbacks are obvious to veteran cruisers. Room service once a day, canned music in the theater, (no band) less flashy stage productions etc. BUT, I still find Carnival an excellent value for my vacation dollar. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
I ultimately chose this cruise due to it’s importance to the Carnival Repositioning of their fleet. It was also a unique sailing and a Carnival Journey Cruise. It helped that I had previous Carnival Cruise Friends already booked. The ... Read More
I ultimately chose this cruise due to it’s importance to the Carnival Repositioning of their fleet. It was also a unique sailing and a Carnival Journey Cruise. It helped that I had previous Carnival Cruise Friends already booked. The only negative I can submit is the MDR Service. On this particular 9/16 sailing, the late seating was taking 2.5 hours from seating to leaving. Not sure why that was, but it was certainly consistent. There seemed to be a defect in communication between the Galley & the Dining Room. The entertainment on board was fantastic, never a dull moment and plenty of variety for everyone. Embarking and Debarking were easy and managed well from Galveston, through the Ports of Call, and final debarkation in Port Canaveral. All smooth and simple. The Crew of the Breeze, from Captain, Officers, Engineers, Maintenance, Stewards, Deck Hands, Retail, Spa, and Bar Tenders are simply amazing. Excellent 5 Star Service was my experience on this cruise. The Photography Crew was amazing, bright, professional and did a fantastic job! Read Less
Sail Date September 2018

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