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About buckirj1

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    Cool Cruiser

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    Mid-Atlantic USA
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Not brand loyal
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    New England/Canada
  1. buckirj1

    Place saver sign for Lido restaurant

    Folks are really over-thinking this. There are a lot of places to eat, a lot of times to eat, and lots (and lots) of tables. Figure out when it's least crowded and go eat. I travel solo, and don't expect "my" table to be free when I get back from 2nd helpings. I just find another table or ask someone to share.This isn't difficult or complicated.
  2. Uh, no. Married mothers choose to get themselves, the kids and the husband ready. "Woman" does not equal "mother", for which I am eternally grateful.
  3. buckirj1

    Quebec - Boston Transport

    One of the best things is that the itineraries are slightly different in each direction. I think doing the Boston-Boston round trip is a great idea if you have the time and money.
  4. A gnat here and there wouldn't bother me, but a swarm of gnats would give me the heebie-jeebies. Kudos to HAL for fixing the problem so quickly.
  5. buckirj1

    Norwegian here we come!

    I usually don't pay much attention to decor and such, but the NCL Spirit is the loveliest I've sailed. Everything about that cruise was just about perfect. I hope your experience is the same.
  6. NCL, and then Carnival, provide the best experiences for me and the way I like to cruise, but NCL has become too expensive for a solo cruiser on the itineraries I take. In my experience, both lines are great for a solo cruiser, with a slight edge to NCL. I'm not sure about the Dream specifically, but in my experience Carnival buffets are one continuous line instead of separate islands like NCL has. It doesn't matter to me, but some folks don't like to wait in line. I remember the food in Carnival's MDR was better than NCL, but there was lots for me to like in NCL's MDR. You'll find Carnival cabins much larger than NCL, in almost every category. Carnival bathrooms are larger, but NCL's showers (at least in the Jewel class) are bigger. I found NCL's entertainment more...entertaining, but I wasn't bored on Carnival ships, either. Both lines have plenty of nooks and crannies if you need to seek aloneness. On Carnival ships, many of the small bars are empty and silent during the day. I liked hanging out in there to read. If you like the itinerary (and how great it must be to leave from New Orleans!), then I don't think you can go too far wrong with either line. Have fun!
  7. buckirj1

    NCL's Target Market

    NCL, and then Carnival, provide the best experiences for me and the way I like to cruise. I'm also heavily driven by total price, as well as being limited to particular itineraries and cruise length. Carnival (and RCI) have been offering the best overall deal lately, and no amount of NCL "promotions" can make up the difference. It's too bad, really, but the pendulum will surely swing back the other way eventually.
  8. I'm enjoying your review, and the excellent photos. I'm considering the Serenade for Canada/NE next year, so I'm finding this very interesting. I'm a little concerned with all the glass on Radiance-class ships, though. Are there shady areas inside the ship as well as outdoors? I'm sensitive to sunlight, which weighs heavily into my decision. I look forward to reading the rest of your review.
  9. Despite being an experienced cruiser, I have taken only one warm-weather cruise, to Bermuda. I liked Bermuda, but it was very hot and humid when I visited in mid-October some years ago. I'm considering broadening my horizons with a short (no more than 5-days) cruise to either the Bahamas or the Caribbean. I'm not fussy about ports, because I'm sure it'll be too hot for me to leave the ship, but I thought I'd ask which itinerary is likely to have cooler weather. I'm guessing the colder the weather in the mid-Atlantic, the colder the weather in the Bahamas or Caribbean. Thanks for any advice.
  10. buckirj1

    Carnival v RCI v Norwegian?

    I've sailed all three, and liked NCL and Carnival best. NCL for freestyle, great showers and entertainment, and Carnival for food and cabins. NCL and Carnival are both very good for solo cruisers, but I thought NCL was a little better. I didn't like either of my RCI cruises, but I think it might have been more a matter of the class of ship than the line itself. I hope so, since my next cruise is on Explorer of the Seas!
  11. I liked the NCL onboard experience very much, but I've already been priced out. No amount of fake "promotions" shilling unnecessary (to me) fancy food and drink will change that. There are lots of cruise lines; I can wait it out until the pendulum swings the other way. It's bound to happen sooner or later.
  12. [quote name='bouhunter']Windjammer is nice for dinner. They turn down the lights, it's quiet and peaceful compared to the chaos in the MDR.[/quote] I think so, too. Sometimes I'm happy to forego "service" for quiet.
  13. As usual, I'm enjoying your report. The cabins look to be very nice indeed, and I'm glad you're in what sounds like a great location. I hope your dining situation is sorted out as a result of the table change, and you can truly enjoy your dinners and dining companions instead of merely making the best of them. Keeping my fingers crossed that the good things stay good, and the not-so-good things get better.
  14. There are some ports where airfare might be reasonable, but ground transportation can be quite expensive. Port Canaveral is one such port; another is Houston/Galveston. I'm never cruised out of either port, but I wonder if it might be one of those rare instances where it might make more sense for the OP to take the cruiseline's transfers, depending on how many are in his/her party. Driving a car on vacation is out of the question - for me - but it might be a good alternative for the OP.
  15. [quote name='maywell']I didn't really realized that knowing exactly what time I wanted to go watch a show on the Breakaway and just reserving it via the TV in the cabin / Kiosks around the ship or just showing up was too much planning. [/quote] That'll work for me, especially the "just show up" part. Perhaps those other reviews about pre-planning and reservations were overstated. Not the first time THAT'S ever happened;)