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About ddled

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  • Location
    south texas
  • Interests
    cruising,wine tasting,beaches,golf,fishing
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Royal and Celebrity and Princess
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    anywhere-best cruise was voyager ta or med

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  1. Celebrity used to be our favorite. Now everything is for suite passengers. Fine if you have one, and so be it. For us we prefer Princess but they had a go at Texas and left. An Oasis makes most sense.
  2. I really liked your review. I am a veteran Royal cruiser booked on my first Carnival in Feb so I liked the comparisons. Woudn't it be nice if we could take the things we like from each line and combine them into one! I really liked that you took time to dress up nice for dinner-great lesson for your son. Thanks
  3. 7:30 I believe we eat first and it was 5
  4. We just did Emerald from LA to Hawaii. Overall it was a very good cruise-well worth the time. Here are a few thoughts as a review: Embarkation was as smooth as possible-walked right on. Stayed the night before at Vagabond Inn in San Pedro-very good service, and easy to use. Ports- In Hilo we rented a car and went to Volcano Winery-if you like wineries this was a nice place-good wines and charming location. Something different to do and a short hour or so drive. Town of Volcano has several places to poke around in too. Honolulu-rented a car and drove North Shore. great scenery, breathtaking views-shrimp trucks are fun places to stop for lunch. Kuawai we did a hop on bus you can get from the pier-not through the ship, but it is fun. Went to several places including a great plantation stop that could have been all day. In afternoon we went on fern grotto tour-great scenery, fun to see all the movie locations. Maui-we went whale watching-did excursion from ship. Saw lots of them and close. Even better would have been to go on a zodiac-faster and they get closer. Ensenada-get off here and do something-no problems. We did a ship excursion to LaCetta winery-well worth the trip-great time and no fears. Entertainment on ship-excellent-in particular the dance music. They had a duo from Mexico-the Rumba Duo that was very danceable and the show band was very good too-Atomic. Theater acts were very good-did think the dancers were just average except the Magic show which was really unique. Dance floors were bigger than most ships and were used. The nightclub floor however was an exception-glass with edges that stick up. Food-much has been said about this but we found it to be very good. Ate in MDR all nights except 2 in Crown Grill which was fantastic. Had room service for lunch, buffet for breakfast. In all places choices were numerous and well presented. We had no real complaints. Misc-several things that we thought- chairs in Explorers were worn out and needed replaced. Our bed was lumpy and sagged in the middle-if this is the new bed they are in trouble-our great room steward had to put a board under the mattess! Wine policy seems to be that you can bring on wine at any port-Over 1 per person you pay a corkage fee of 15 if you want to take it to dinner. I got several versions of this, but I did bring wine on in Hilo. Final thoughts- I would not be afraid to sail Emerald anywhere. Service was excellent, food very good with lots of choices, entertainment was great. She needs a little tlc in the upcoming dry dock, and that will help, but all in all it was a great cruise. Not part of the cruise but if I had to do it again I would fly into any other airport than lax! The place is dump and that is a nice comment. Princess continues to put on a fine cruise for us and we look forward to out next one.
  5. just back. Did 2 excursions-Green Grotto from ship was a neat cave tour-lots of history and the only warm dry cave I have ever seen. Just inside the port wall is the trolley tour. 25 not hooked up with ship but a very interesting 1 hour tour of Falmouth-churches, beaches, local color etc. Did both in a day with no problems
  6. I posted a review of Liberty in the review section if interested. Liberty does a fine job on most counts. Had very few criticisms. Lots of kids on board over Thanksgiving, but most were well behaved and busy enjoying the ship. It is a big ship, but they do a pretty good job of handling all the people. Have sailed her before and can see no downturn in the product. Speculation continues that Oasis class is coming to Galveston by 2020. Rest of review in review section.
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