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Celebrity Infinity Norwegian Fjords by roosterx4
I think it is always important to understand who is providing a review on this site. There is such a diverse community of cruisers that perspective is extremely important. We are a 40-something couple with two young children, 5 and 4. We have done quite a bit of cruising with our children, we always focus on the itinerary first. Harwich - Just one observation regarding departure - take the train! Unless you plan to tour England a few days before the cruise, driving in England (particularly this route) is very slow and difficult. Google maps quoted a two hour drive, it took us four hours due to heavy construction on the M25, pretty much the whole way around London. The train station is literally a hop, skip and jump to the cruise terminal. Since we were the last folks to arrive in the cruise terminal, check-in was smooth, quick, and easy. The ship design is generally pretty lackluster, and shows its age. The process of "Solsticizing" this ship lead to a lot of questionable design changes. For instance, the kids club took over half of the forward nightclub, the Constellation Lounge. Continue reading... Norwegian Fjords
Oasis of the Seas Oasis of the Seas - What a beautiful cruise by rjc1117
Embarkation - We drove from Naples, FL to the port. We were concerned about embarkation as there are over 6000 people on the ship. We drove into the port area, dropped our bags off, parked across the street and started the process. 15 minutes later, we were on the ship. I could not believe how quick Royal was during the embarkation process. Ship - The Oasis of the Seas is a fantastic ship. We could not believe the size of the ship, nor the beauty and grandeur. The one thing that I still cannot believe is that unless I was actually looking at the water, I did not know we were moving. What a fantastic ship. Cabins - Our cabin was very nice. Our cabin was on the 9th deck starboard side. We had a balcony and used it quite a bit. Entertainment. The entertainment was great. We loved the band that played in the Dazzles bar. We went to the main show, the ice skating show, and both aquatic shows. All were very well done. Bars - We had no issues with the bars. All of the bar staff and waiters/waitress were outstanding. I actually gave 2 WOW cards to a couple of bartenders. Continue reading... Oasis of the Seas - What a beautiful cruise
Pride of America Hawaii in a Week by Max Creek
Pride of America July 27 - August 3, 2013 This was my family's first visit to Hawaii and we wanted to see the most in the shortest period of time. The Pride of America seemed to be the best option since it visits 4 islands in a week. Boarding - Arrived about 2:00 PM and had moderate line. The line moved steadily and it took about 1.5 hours to embark. Our Stateroom was ready when we arrived and we me our cabin steward. We elected to book an inside stateroom to save money and found it to be nicely arranged with good storage. Our cabin steward did an excellent job of cleaning the cabin every day and would check with us frequently to see if we needed anything. Dining - We enjoyed Freestyle dining. It gives you greater flexibility in dining times and doesn't force you to sit with at assigned tables at specific times. Our last cruise we ended up assigned to a table with the same slow waiter every night, so this was a big improvement. Continue reading... Hawaii in a Week
Disney Dream Late 30's and mid 40's, no kids, Disney-geeks love the DCL Experience by Cessnargh
My wife and I have only traveled on two lines, Cunard and Disney. This means our fellow passengers have ranged from the older and dressier crowd to the younger pirate-clad crowd! We have felt comfortable on both and enjoyed ourselves with few reservations. We do, however like to up-charge for the extra attention and added privacy. On Cunard we traveled Princess Class and on the Dream we travel in Concierge. We have found Concierge Level on the Dream fits our need for additional quiet spaces. We do not have children and we still love traveling DCL. What we have found in researching other lines is that we do not need a casino, we like cocktails but not "party drinking," we do not need a disco, zip-line, rock wall, or surf pool. We understand our fares "subsidize" children's spaces we will never use but on Oasis of the Seas, we would be subsidizing all of the above and have no interest. Continue reading... Late 30's and mid 40's, no kids, Disney-geeks love the DCL Experience
Viking Helgi Viking in Russia by NanciEA
My husband and I and three other couples recently sailed on the Viking Helgi from St. Petersburg to Moscow. Here is the good, the average, the bad and the ugly. The good: The food was consistently very good to excellent. The lectures by the guides on the boat were also very good, as were the ports of call. We enjoyed both St. Petersburg and Moscow as well as all the stops along the Baltic-Volga Waterway. The weather was amazing, with the only rain coming on the very last afternoon. Everyone is in a better mode when there is good weather! The Wi-Fi was great everywhere we sailed. Our housekeeper was amazing. The room was always made up and ready when we out. We tipped her generously, although we never saw her! Continue reading... Viking in Russia
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