2013 Christmas Cruise on Royal Princess - A Photo Review!

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#1
Los Angeles, CA
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Hello, Cruise Critics! Welcome to my 2013 Christmas Cruise trip report!

I’m Victoria, a fourth year (last semester!) architecture major and travel and tourism minor at Clemson University. In addition to architecture, I enjoy photography, traveling, and sharing my experience with others. This is my sixth photo review on Cruise Critic – you can find links to my other photo reviews in my signature below. And if you enjoy my review, you can read more travel writings on my travel blog, victoriaonvacation.blogspot.com.

I feel the need to start every cruise review with a little ‘disclaimer.’ This review will be told in a journalistic style with lots of photos. With the exception of this first post, there won’t be a lot of posts with paragraphs and paragraphs of text – I rely a lot on photos to tell the story. I also don’t take myself too seriously, and you shouldn’t either. There will be a lot of fun-poking and maybe a little sarcasm, and you’re all invited to join in on the fun! I encourage you to post comments to share your thoughts and experiences, or just tell me who you are!

My Traveling Party

My dad, Boyd, is a funny guy - if you aren't laughing at his jokes, you're laughing at how bad they are (and I am told by my boyfriend that I have the same sense of humor)! Dad is a nuclear licensing engineer who is always in need of a vacation.

My mom, Sharon, is always trying her best to bring order to this group of crazies. Before leaving for vacation, she straightens the house - "In case someone breaks in while we're gone."

My sister, Rachel, brings along even more laughter. She has an outgoing personality and will do crazy things just to make people smile. Rachel is a civil engineering major at Clemson University.

Choosing the Cruise

Since 2009, my family has left the Christmas tree and stockings behind (and taken miniature versions with us) to celebrate Christmas on a cruise in the Caribbean. What started as a rather last-minute cruise deal five years ago has evolved into a family tradition. This year, we wanted to spend our holiday doing a cruise out of Florida so that after we could go to Walt Disney World after, since we had purchased annual passes when we were at Disney in October. We like taking longer cruises – our first few were 8 or 9 days, and last year, we took a 10-day Panama Canal Partial Transit on the Island Princess. However, this year, there wasn’t much available in the way of 8 or 9-day cruises. The Independence of the Seas has an 8-day itinerary which I had my eye on for the longest time, but it seemed rather overpriced for a balcony stateroom and never really dropped. We thought we could find a better value, so we started to consider other cruises which we narrowed down to the Celebrity Reflection, Norwegian Epic, or Royal Princess which all sailed 7-day Eastern Caribbean itineraries. Of these, we ultimately chose the Royal Princess because though we loved the Norwegian Epic and would love to sail on her again, the Royal Princess included a stop to Princess Cays which we had never been to before (Reflection was Coco Cay and Epic was Nassau… meh).


Cruise Route by vshingl, on Flickr

Choosing the Cabin

We were first considering an obstructed view balcony on the Royal Princess. We were going to book a forward-facing cabin until we realized that you couldn’t go on it unless the ship was in port (and after this windy cruise, we understand why!), so it was essentially a glamorized oceanview stateroom. We were twiddling our thumbs and debating on whether to select the obstructed view balcony or upgrade to a standard balcony when my dad found a promotion on an online booking site which allowed us to secure an aft balcony for about $200 less than we were going to pay for that forward-facing balcony (with onboard credit) – hoorah!

Pre-Cruise Planning

Ha! What pre-cruise planning? The benefit of visiting ports that we have already sailed before is that we already know what’s there. We are beach people (and when I say 'we,' I mean Rachel), so I knew that for Princess Cays, we'd just find a nice spot on the beach. In St. Thomas, we'd go to Sapphire Beach, and in St. Maarten, we'd head to Orient Beach. No excursions for us this cruise - just cab rides!

My Camera Bag

For about two years, I've owned a Nikon 1 J1 and the 10-30mm and 30-110mm Nikon 1 lenses.

I have been planning for a long time to upgrade my camera body and lenses, but I didn't have the time to purchase until a few days before vacation. So I did one-day shipping through Amazon and got everything Thursday evening (we left on Saturday) thanks to the hard-working UPS and FedEx holiday workers.


Nikon D7100 by vshingl, on Flickr

So in addition to my Nikon 1 J1 and Nikon 1 lenses, my camera bag includes the Nikon D7100 camera body, Tamron 17-50mm lens, Tokina 11-16mm ultra wide angle lens, and Nikon SB-700 AF Speedlight, as well as a MeFoto Backpacker tripod and a wireless remote.

I thought there would be some situations in which I would want to use my Nikon 1 J1 over my D7100 either because of size or in risky shooting scenarios. However, I actually only used my J1 two times during the entire vacation - in the hotel room the morning before embarkation and at Epcot shooting the Candlelight Processional because I needed the longer focal length of the 30-110mm Nikon 1 lens. For the rest of the vacation, it stayed locked in the safe.
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#3
Columbus, OH
872 Posts
Joined Nov 2010
Hi Victoria,

Always love seeing your reviews with the tons of pictures. I would say 'Good Luck' for your team in tonight's game but I'm rooting for the other side. So instead I will wish you a fun evening watching the Orange Bowl.

Go Bucks!

-Matt
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Los Angeles, CA
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December 21, 2013 - Let's Get Out of Here!!!

We planned to leave our home in Anderson, South Carolina at 12:00 PM.... so naturally, we left at 1:40 PM. I actually thought we were going to make it this time. Rachel and I packed Friday evening and were ready to go around 11:30 AM. Usually Mom is the one dragging behind, but she also got a pretty early start on packing. This time it was.... DAD! That morning, I awoke to hear Mom asking him what he wanted to pack because apparently since he had delayed it so long, she decided to do it for him. He also waited until noon to take our dog to the kennel. So we couldn't even start loading things into the car because he had taken that one (we have five cars at our house... our driveway looks like a used car lot... and logically, he takes the car we need for vacation).

And then an hour and a half later, the car is finally loaded, Rachel, Dad, and I are in the car..... but where is Mom? We find her inside tidying up the upstairs (because Rachel and I came home from college like a wrecking ball). "Mom! Why are you cleaning? We're leaving!" "Oh, you know - just in case someone breaks into our house while we're gone." "Ah, I'm sure that the robbers will really appreciate that you left the home so clean for them."

We fought a lot of traffic. Dad had said that we'd probably stop in Orlando and just get up early tomorrow since traffic was so tough. But we drove past Orlando.... and kept driving... and driving.... until finally, an hour and a half later, we found a hotel! We spent the night in a Fairfield Inn about an hour and a half from Fort Lauderdale. I forgot to figure out what city we were in. I'm sure I can find the Fairfield receipt that will tell me if anyone cares to know.

December 22, 2013 - Embarkation Day

Since we were so close to Port Everglades, we got to sleep in!


12.22.13 by vshingl, on Flickr

You wouldn't know by her beautiful smile, but Rachel gets annoyed by my constant photography and tells me often that I'm embarrassing her. Inducing embarrassment a sister's rightful job.

Our lovely view from the Fairfield -


12.22.13 by vshingl, on Flickr
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2014 Royal Caribbean Independence of the Seas [Christmas], Eastern Caribbean
2014 Disney Fantasy, Western Caribbean
2014 Carnival Breeze, Southern Caribbean
2013 Royal Princess [Christmas], Eastern Caribbean
2013 Norwegian Epic, Western Mediterranean (Rome Roundtrip)
2013 Norwegian Epic, Western Mediterranean (Barcelona Roundtrip)
2012 Island Princess [Christmas] Panama Canal Partial Transit
2012 Royal Caribbean Monarch of the Seas, Bahamas
2011 Royal Caribbean Adventure of the Seas [Christmas], Southern Caribbean
2010 Carnival Dream [Christmas], Exotic Western Caribbean
2010 Royal Caribbean Serenade of the Seas, Southern Caribbean
2009 Royal Caribbean Grandeur of the Seas [Christmas], Eastern Caribbean
2008 Royal Caribbean Mariner of the Seas [New Year's], Western Caribbean
2007 Carnival Inspiration [New Year's], Cozumel
2004 Royal Caribbean Mariner of the Seas, Eastern Caribbean
2001 Royal Caribbean Radiance of the Seas, Alaska
2000 Disney Magic, Bahamas

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lethbridge alberta canada
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Thanks for your review....we will be on the royal Feb 16/2014
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#8
Los Angeles, CA
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12.22.13 by vshingl, on Flickr


12.22.13 by vshingl, on Flickr


12.22.13 by vshingl, on Flickr

We didn't get to the port until around 1:00 which is a little late and unusual for us, but we had no worries. We were at Terminal 2 - made sure to make note of this after we left from Terminal 2 and returned to Terminal 19 without knowing we were at a different terminal last year on the Island Princess (it took us a long time to find our car.....).


12.22.13 by vshingl, on Flickr

We were in port with a lot of big ships, including the Allure of the Seas. It actually didn't seem too incredibly big in Port Everglades.


12.22.13 by vshingl, on Flickr


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2015 Pacific Princess [Christmas], Panama Canal Los Angeles to Fort Lauderdale
2014 Royal Caribbean Independence of the Seas [Christmas], Eastern Caribbean
2014 Disney Fantasy, Western Caribbean
2014 Carnival Breeze, Southern Caribbean
2013 Royal Princess [Christmas], Eastern Caribbean
2013 Norwegian Epic, Western Mediterranean (Rome Roundtrip)
2013 Norwegian Epic, Western Mediterranean (Barcelona Roundtrip)
2012 Island Princess [Christmas] Panama Canal Partial Transit
2012 Royal Caribbean Monarch of the Seas, Bahamas
2011 Royal Caribbean Adventure of the Seas [Christmas], Southern Caribbean
2010 Carnival Dream [Christmas], Exotic Western Caribbean
2010 Royal Caribbean Serenade of the Seas, Southern Caribbean
2009 Royal Caribbean Grandeur of the Seas [Christmas], Eastern Caribbean
2008 Royal Caribbean Mariner of the Seas [New Year's], Western Caribbean
2007 Carnival Inspiration [New Year's], Cozumel
2004 Royal Caribbean Mariner of the Seas, Eastern Caribbean
2001 Royal Caribbean Radiance of the Seas, Alaska
2000 Disney Magic, Bahamas

#9
Los Angeles, CA
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Embarkation wasn't too terribly bad. Security was a breeze. I was actually told not to take my laptop out of my bag... she freaked out when I started too, as if that was an unusual thing to do. It was rather unorganized at the check-in desks, though. Instead of having one large line and pointing you to a desk when it became open, it was a free for all to choose to line up at whatever desk you wanted. Which was a jumbled mess because then it was difficult for people to leave the desk after they were ready to board because so many people were bunched up behind them.

I was issued a gold card, and everyone else had blue cards. My dad of course asked why. "It's because she's taken one Princess cruise." Well, we all had. I didn't tell my dad that a few weeks ago, I had realized that my Captain's Circle account number wasn't synced with the cruise, and I had called Princess and asked them to link the two. I didn't have Rachel's Captain's Circle number and had meant to find out so I could link hers too, but forgot with other things like final projects and grad school applications taking over my life. My dad wanted the guy to reprint them new ones right there. "How many cruises does it say I have taken, then?" The crowds made me snappy, "We all know that everyone in the family has taken one Princess cruise, so let's just settle this at the Loyalty desk onboard!"

We took awkward close-up photos before boarding the ship. I wasn't sure if it was weirder to smile or not to smile... so I just kind of opened my mouth in a dumbfounded expression. Thank goodness I never had to see that photo!


Embarkation Photo by vshingl, on Flickr
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2014 Royal Caribbean Independence of the Seas [Christmas], Eastern Caribbean
2014 Disney Fantasy, Western Caribbean
2014 Carnival Breeze, Southern Caribbean
2013 Royal Princess [Christmas], Eastern Caribbean
2013 Norwegian Epic, Western Mediterranean (Rome Roundtrip)
2013 Norwegian Epic, Western Mediterranean (Barcelona Roundtrip)
2012 Island Princess [Christmas] Panama Canal Partial Transit
2012 Royal Caribbean Monarch of the Seas, Bahamas
2011 Royal Caribbean Adventure of the Seas [Christmas], Southern Caribbean
2010 Carnival Dream [Christmas], Exotic Western Caribbean
2010 Royal Caribbean Serenade of the Seas, Southern Caribbean
2009 Royal Caribbean Grandeur of the Seas [Christmas], Eastern Caribbean
2008 Royal Caribbean Mariner of the Seas [New Year's], Western Caribbean
2007 Carnival Inspiration [New Year's], Cozumel
2004 Royal Caribbean Mariner of the Seas, Eastern Caribbean
2001 Royal Caribbean Radiance of the Seas, Alaska
2000 Disney Magic, Bahamas

#10
Los Angeles, CA
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We headed straight to our staterooms on a packed elevator.

Rachel and I were in D731, and Mom and Dad were in D729. This is the Dolphin deck, also known as deck 9.


12.22.13 by vshingl, on Flickr

Our beds were in the twin configuration. There isn't much of a difference between queen and twin in the layout except where they put your nightstand... one doesn't give you more usable floor space as it did in our oceanview stateroom last Christmas.


12.22.13 by vshingl, on Flickr


12.22.13 by vshingl, on Flickr


12.22.13 by vshingl, on Flickr


12.22.13 by vshingl, on Flickr
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2015 Pacific Princess [Christmas], Panama Canal Los Angeles to Fort Lauderdale
2014 Royal Caribbean Independence of the Seas [Christmas], Eastern Caribbean
2014 Disney Fantasy, Western Caribbean
2014 Carnival Breeze, Southern Caribbean
2013 Royal Princess [Christmas], Eastern Caribbean
2013 Norwegian Epic, Western Mediterranean (Rome Roundtrip)
2013 Norwegian Epic, Western Mediterranean (Barcelona Roundtrip)
2012 Island Princess [Christmas] Panama Canal Partial Transit
2012 Royal Caribbean Monarch of the Seas, Bahamas
2011 Royal Caribbean Adventure of the Seas [Christmas], Southern Caribbean
2010 Carnival Dream [Christmas], Exotic Western Caribbean
2010 Royal Caribbean Serenade of the Seas, Southern Caribbean
2009 Royal Caribbean Grandeur of the Seas [Christmas], Eastern Caribbean
2008 Royal Caribbean Mariner of the Seas [New Year's], Western Caribbean
2007 Carnival Inspiration [New Year's], Cozumel
2004 Royal Caribbean Mariner of the Seas, Eastern Caribbean
2001 Royal Caribbean Radiance of the Seas, Alaska
2000 Disney Magic, Bahamas

#11
Los Angeles, CA
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Joined Jul 2010
The open closet configuration is a little strange, but it actually works quite nicely.


12.22.13 by vshingl, on Flickr


12.22.13 by vshingl, on Flickr

I complained about the small size of the shower on the Island Princess. There is much improvement in the Royal Princess showers. There is plenty of room inside - it really isn't tiny at all. And there is a little shelf to put your bottles and prop your leg on for shaving. LOVED IT!


12.22.13 by vshingl, on Flickr

And finally.... the balcony!


12.22.13 by vshingl, on Flickr

I highly recommend getting an aft balcony on the Dolphin deck. Sure, there is a little more vibration and ship noise in the rear of the ship, and you feel a lot more movement, but the balcony itself is spectacular, especially in comparison to what they consider a "deluxe" balcony on the Royal Princess (aka just enough room to squeeze in two chairs, and ottoman, and a table). Ours was partially covered and partially uncovered. We could look onto the balcony below us (deck 8/Emerald - completely uncovered and half the size of our balcony) and the balcony above us was setback and looked down on us (deck 10, also smaller than the deck 9 balcony).


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2014 Royal Caribbean Independence of the Seas [Christmas], Eastern Caribbean
2014 Disney Fantasy, Western Caribbean
2014 Carnival Breeze, Southern Caribbean
2013 Royal Princess [Christmas], Eastern Caribbean
2013 Norwegian Epic, Western Mediterranean (Rome Roundtrip)
2013 Norwegian Epic, Western Mediterranean (Barcelona Roundtrip)
2012 Island Princess [Christmas] Panama Canal Partial Transit
2012 Royal Caribbean Monarch of the Seas, Bahamas
2011 Royal Caribbean Adventure of the Seas [Christmas], Southern Caribbean
2010 Carnival Dream [Christmas], Exotic Western Caribbean
2010 Royal Caribbean Serenade of the Seas, Southern Caribbean
2009 Royal Caribbean Grandeur of the Seas [Christmas], Eastern Caribbean
2008 Royal Caribbean Mariner of the Seas [New Year's], Western Caribbean
2007 Carnival Inspiration [New Year's], Cozumel
2004 Royal Caribbean Mariner of the Seas, Eastern Caribbean
2001 Royal Caribbean Radiance of the Seas, Alaska
2000 Disney Magic, Bahamas

#12
Miami
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Joined Apr 2004
I'm really enjoying the photos you have posted so far, also great photos of Disney World on your blog! By the way, did you have any issues with soot on your balcony?
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Los Angeles, CA
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Originally posted by ContemporaryTraveler
I'm really enjoying the photos you have posted so far, also great photos of Disney World on your blog! By the way, did you have any issues with soot on your balcony?
Thank you!

I never saw visible soot on the balcony, but I went on it barefoot at night after it had rained, and when I came back inside, my feet were black! That was the only time I had a problem.
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2007 Carnival Inspiration [New Year's], Cozumel
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2001 Royal Caribbean Radiance of the Seas, Alaska
2000 Disney Magic, Bahamas

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San Antonio, Texas
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Subscribing. I love your reviews.
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Miami
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Originally posted by LittleMissMagic
I never saw visible soot on the balcony, but I went on it barefoot at night after it had rained, and when I came back inside, my feet were black! That was the only time I had a problem.
Thank you for responding so quickly! That's good to hear the deluxe cabins on dolphin don't seem to have the issue.
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Los Angeles, CA
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After checking out our staterooms, I left the camera behind while we went to Horizon Court for lunch. While there, I bought the soda package for myself because I'm a Diet Coke addict. We sent Dad on the beginning of the goose chase to change our Anytime Dining to the 8:15 late seating.


12.22.13 by vshingl, on Flickr

I was the only one to get a welcome back letter, but my Dad did go immediately to the Loyalty desk, and they reprinted everyone else's card in gold.


12.22.13 by vshingl, on Flickr

We also each got this odd credit amount from the online travel company that my dad booked through. A lot of agencies (as well as Princess) offer online credit incentives, so be sure to check all of your options before booking!


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We then got mostly unpacked before the muster drill began. We mustered in the Vista Lounge.
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2014 Carnival Breeze, Southern Caribbean
2013 Royal Princess [Christmas], Eastern Caribbean
2013 Norwegian Epic, Western Mediterranean (Rome Roundtrip)
2013 Norwegian Epic, Western Mediterranean (Barcelona Roundtrip)
2012 Island Princess [Christmas] Panama Canal Partial Transit
2012 Royal Caribbean Monarch of the Seas, Bahamas
2011 Royal Caribbean Adventure of the Seas [Christmas], Southern Caribbean
2010 Carnival Dream [Christmas], Exotic Western Caribbean
2010 Royal Caribbean Serenade of the Seas, Southern Caribbean
2009 Royal Caribbean Grandeur of the Seas [Christmas], Eastern Caribbean
2008 Royal Caribbean Mariner of the Seas [New Year's], Western Caribbean
2007 Carnival Inspiration [New Year's], Cozumel
2004 Royal Caribbean Mariner of the Seas, Eastern Caribbean
2001 Royal Caribbean Radiance of the Seas, Alaska
2000 Disney Magic, Bahamas

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Los Angeles, CA
3,176 Posts
Joined Jul 2010
Originally posted by Cruzin-K
Subscribing. I love your reviews.
Thank you, thank you! I love my loyal readers!
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Independence of the Seas Eastern Caribbean
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Island Princess Panama Canal // Monarch of the Seas Bahamas
Adventure of the Seas Southern Caribbean


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Disney Fantasy Western Caribbean // Carnival Breeze Southern Caribbean // Royal Princess Eastern Caribbean // Adventure of the Seas Southern Caribbean

Completed Cruises:
2016 Norwegian Epic [Christmas], Western Caribbean
2015 Pacific Princess [Christmas], Panama Canal Los Angeles to Fort Lauderdale
2014 Royal Caribbean Independence of the Seas [Christmas], Eastern Caribbean
2014 Disney Fantasy, Western Caribbean
2014 Carnival Breeze, Southern Caribbean
2013 Royal Princess [Christmas], Eastern Caribbean
2013 Norwegian Epic, Western Mediterranean (Rome Roundtrip)
2013 Norwegian Epic, Western Mediterranean (Barcelona Roundtrip)
2012 Island Princess [Christmas] Panama Canal Partial Transit
2012 Royal Caribbean Monarch of the Seas, Bahamas
2011 Royal Caribbean Adventure of the Seas [Christmas], Southern Caribbean
2010 Carnival Dream [Christmas], Exotic Western Caribbean
2010 Royal Caribbean Serenade of the Seas, Southern Caribbean
2009 Royal Caribbean Grandeur of the Seas [Christmas], Eastern Caribbean
2008 Royal Caribbean Mariner of the Seas [New Year's], Western Caribbean
2007 Carnival Inspiration [New Year's], Cozumel
2004 Royal Caribbean Mariner of the Seas, Eastern Caribbean
2001 Royal Caribbean Radiance of the Seas, Alaska
2000 Disney Magic, Bahamas

#19
Los Angeles, CA
3,176 Posts
Joined Jul 2010
Time to sail away! Rachel and I headed to the top deck for the party.


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Bon Voyage, Ruby Princess! I hear that teenagers had a schwasty good time during your sailing...


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Goodbye, Giant of the Seas - we'll see you again, soon!


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My Photo Reviews:
Independence of the Seas Eastern Caribbean
Disney Fantasy Western Caribbean // Carnival Breeze Southern Caribbean
Royal Princess Eastern Caribbean // NCL Epic Western Med // NCL Epic SOLO Med
Island Princess Panama Canal // Monarch of the Seas Bahamas
Adventure of the Seas Southern Caribbean


Read my reviews without the comments here:
Disney Fantasy Western Caribbean // Carnival Breeze Southern Caribbean // Royal Princess Eastern Caribbean // Adventure of the Seas Southern Caribbean

Completed Cruises:
2016 Norwegian Epic [Christmas], Western Caribbean
2015 Pacific Princess [Christmas], Panama Canal Los Angeles to Fort Lauderdale
2014 Royal Caribbean Independence of the Seas [Christmas], Eastern Caribbean
2014 Disney Fantasy, Western Caribbean
2014 Carnival Breeze, Southern Caribbean
2013 Royal Princess [Christmas], Eastern Caribbean
2013 Norwegian Epic, Western Mediterranean (Rome Roundtrip)
2013 Norwegian Epic, Western Mediterranean (Barcelona Roundtrip)
2012 Island Princess [Christmas] Panama Canal Partial Transit
2012 Royal Caribbean Monarch of the Seas, Bahamas
2011 Royal Caribbean Adventure of the Seas [Christmas], Southern Caribbean
2010 Carnival Dream [Christmas], Exotic Western Caribbean
2010 Royal Caribbean Serenade of the Seas, Southern Caribbean
2009 Royal Caribbean Grandeur of the Seas [Christmas], Eastern Caribbean
2008 Royal Caribbean Mariner of the Seas [New Year's], Western Caribbean
2007 Carnival Inspiration [New Year's], Cozumel
2004 Royal Caribbean Mariner of the Seas, Eastern Caribbean
2001 Royal Caribbean Radiance of the Seas, Alaska
2000 Disney Magic, Bahamas

#20
Los Angeles, CA
3,176 Posts
Joined Jul 2010

12.22.13 by vshingl, on Flickr


12.22.13 by vshingl, on Flickr


12.22.13 by vshingl, on Flickr


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12.22.13 by vshingl, on Flickr


12.22.13 by vshingl, on Flickr
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My Photo Reviews:
Independence of the Seas Eastern Caribbean
Disney Fantasy Western Caribbean // Carnival Breeze Southern Caribbean
Royal Princess Eastern Caribbean // NCL Epic Western Med // NCL Epic SOLO Med
Island Princess Panama Canal // Monarch of the Seas Bahamas
Adventure of the Seas Southern Caribbean


Read my reviews without the comments here:
Disney Fantasy Western Caribbean // Carnival Breeze Southern Caribbean // Royal Princess Eastern Caribbean // Adventure of the Seas Southern Caribbean

Completed Cruises:
2016 Norwegian Epic [Christmas], Western Caribbean
2015 Pacific Princess [Christmas], Panama Canal Los Angeles to Fort Lauderdale
2014 Royal Caribbean Independence of the Seas [Christmas], Eastern Caribbean
2014 Disney Fantasy, Western Caribbean
2014 Carnival Breeze, Southern Caribbean
2013 Royal Princess [Christmas], Eastern Caribbean
2013 Norwegian Epic, Western Mediterranean (Rome Roundtrip)
2013 Norwegian Epic, Western Mediterranean (Barcelona Roundtrip)
2012 Island Princess [Christmas] Panama Canal Partial Transit
2012 Royal Caribbean Monarch of the Seas, Bahamas
2011 Royal Caribbean Adventure of the Seas [Christmas], Southern Caribbean
2010 Carnival Dream [Christmas], Exotic Western Caribbean
2010 Royal Caribbean Serenade of the Seas, Southern Caribbean
2009 Royal Caribbean Grandeur of the Seas [Christmas], Eastern Caribbean
2008 Royal Caribbean Mariner of the Seas [New Year's], Western Caribbean
2007 Carnival Inspiration [New Year's], Cozumel
2004 Royal Caribbean Mariner of the Seas, Eastern Caribbean
2001 Royal Caribbean Radiance of the Seas, Alaska
2000 Disney Magic, Bahamas