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Reviews of the Week by SliceOfLife, teflonjmd, orangevet, wacbozo & scandst!
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Norwegian Breakaway 5/19 Breakaway Sailing to Bermuda Review by SliceOfLife
Just a little bit about myself, this is my third cruise, Sky, Epic and now the Breakaway. I'm 32 and have been married for 5 years and we have no kids. I'm a pretty easy going person and I try to make the best out of life. I booked the Breakaway for the ship and not the destination. I was weary of sailing to Bermuda because I have heard the seas can get quite rough. I decided what the heck, I want to sail on the nice new shiny ship so I booked it about 9 months out. I wanted to take advantage of the extra latitudes points! Sunday 5/19 Travel to NYC We took the Amtrak train to Penn Station in NYC. It was really great not having to hassle with flying! It’s so weird to travel without having to go through security. The train arrived on time and thankfully since it was Sunday the train wasn’t very crowded and there was plenty of room for all of my luggage!! My largest piece of luggage is a 28” hard case and it fit with no problems with room to spare. It was a peaceful 3 hour train ride. We arrived into Penn Station on time at 9:47 am. We stopped by from some ten bucks (oh I mean Starbucks). We had been up since 4am and I needed some caffeine. After we finished up our drinks we exited onto 8thave to hail a cab to the port! It was pouring down rain so thankfully there were plenty of cabs lined up. Continue reading... 5/19 Breakaway Sailing to Bermuda Review
Mariner of the Seas Big picture down to the details by teflonjmd
Not first time cruisers, but this was our first transatlantic crossing. We were not sure what to expect. We had read so many reviews and scoured the internet for information. Here's the BIG PICTURE summary: Fantastic cruise that was not boring or too long by any stretch of the imagination. Mariner of the Seas was a great ship with fantastic service. We don't think we could ever take a cruise shorter than 7 days from this point forward. Activities were available all day/evening if you wanted or you could be lazy and lounge around. Either way, there was something for everyone. Ports of call were great and surprising as they were not on "the beaten path" other than Nassau. We would not normally stop at these locations in our travels, which made the decision to take this cruise all the more easier. Passenger mix: Generally an older crowd on transatlantic. Majority seemed to be retired. Certainly not all US citizens or for that matter not all from Texas. Quite a nice international group. Only 16 children on the whole ship. Would we do it again? YES Continue reading... Big picture down to the details
Ryndam Beautiful Norwegian Cruise by orangevet
My husband and I are experienced cruisers, having sailed 11 times to such ports as Alaska, Hawaii, Panama Canal, Caribbean and Mexico. This was our first cruise in Europe and we were a little concerned about finding our way from London to Dover, for embarkation. We need not have worried - all went quite well. We flew into London, took a bus from Healthrow to Victoria Station, and had pre-arranged for a B&B close to Vic Station. We walked it within 10 minutes. I recommendRick Steve's book on London to get details on survival there. It should be noted that if you want a quick tour of London, plan two days. One day was not enough as we were so tired when we arrived...We took a "hop on-hop off" bus tour but my husband slept through the entire thing, which is not a surprise considering we had been traveling for 24 hours. I would recommend the Red Tour Bus, not the Golden Tour. Red busses are plentiful and pick you up often. Golden left us stranded for long periods of time, and one bus passed right by our stop. To Dover: We arranged for a National Express bus from London to Dover on Friday afternoon. Another important note: Make those plans via internet - We were told it's difficult to get a bus out of London on a Friday PM - tickets sell out fast. So we were set. Bus was great. Again, got a B&B in Dover. I highly recommend Mason Deaux Bed and Breakfast, which was a five minute walk from the bus station. GORGEOUS place and we found it to be very reasonably priced. The owners, Di and Barry, were so helpful. Continue reading... Beautiful Norwegian Cruise
Carnival Breeze Very Enjoyable Cruise by wacbozo
Boarded the Carnival Breeze for 8-day Southern Caribbean cruise from 11-19 May 2013. This was our 4th Carnival cruise and 5th overall (once on RCL). Booked originally a balcony on Deck 9 and then as prices dropped upgraded to Spa Balcony on Deck 11. Strongly recommend using Early Saver rates with Price Protection if you book early like we did. Ended up with almost $900 onboard credit by watching prices over the 7 months from booking to sailing. With that being said, probably will not book Spa category again. Unless you are really into getting your steam on, not necessarily worth it although loved being on Deck 11. Cabin size was same as regular balcony. Embarkation was very easy. We were off hotel shuttle and with Sail and Sign cards in-hand within 15 minutes. Onboard 20 minutes later. Extremely efficient. First impressions of ship remained throughout the cruise. Big, clean and beautiful. Having cruised on the Dream previously, we were familiar with this class of ship, but the improvements with the Fun Ship 2.0 program are very nice including Guy's Burgers, Blue Iguana Burrito Bar, Red Frog Pub and Bonsai Sushi. We enjoyed all of the above at some point. Especially liked the Bonsai Sushi which although was an additional surcharge was well worth the small price for some very high grade sushi. Also liked the Red Frog Pub which provided a nice relaxing environment and an additional entertainment venue with live music every night. Continue reading... Very Enjoyable Cruise
Norwegian Gem The Haven on the Gem. by scandst
It has been a number of years since we have been able to get a way for a proper vacation. We decided to splurge and got the last suite (a 2 bedroom courtyard villa) in the area known as "The Haven." We now have a slight distaste for NCL because they have spoiled us for good. We never want to cruise any other way. Embarkation was a breeze. We walked into the check in area and were escorted to the check in counter with a brief stop at security. Waited about 3 minutes for the agent at the counter to check us in. We were than directed to the priority lounge where Antonio Jabol the Haven Butler was waiting for the guests. He introduced himself and welcomed us. There were small appetizers in the lounge with coffee, a selection of teas, and iced water waiting. In just a few minutes another employee greeted us and escorted us on the ship and into the Cagney Steakhouse for a light lunch while we waited for our suite. It is here that we met some wonder staff working there. A big Thanks to Mary Ann Tan, Hazel Aragoza, Kent Charles Torrino, and Dinon. While everyone here was wonderful the above stood out because we got to know them very well. They were our servers for breakfast and lunch. We ended up eating there everyday. Their service and smiles were wonderful and genuine. Continue reading... The Haven on the Gem.
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