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  1. Every Thursday, we'll randomly select five cruise reviews to feature here! Plus, we'll send each member a Cruise Critic logo item. We hope they enjoy it! Carnival Pride Carnival Pride 06/05/2016 by twinritt Just returned from our wonderful vacation on Sunday ! Second time on the Pride, as expected it was not a disappointment. The islands were beautiful and the ship was very, very clean. It was a bit of a nightmare getting on as problems had occurred with the ship the night before and arrival time back to the port was late. In Carnival's defense, if everyone would have abided by the request made by Carnival via phone message the night before, these problems would have been avoided. Due to the problems, and the lateness of embarkation all were credited on board monies for the delay. Continue reading...Carnival Pride 06/05/2016 Seven Seas Voyager The BEST Cruise Ever! by forgap We decided to book this cruise rather late in the game as Regent kept sweetening the deal with OBC and business air. The itinerary was 21 days and took us from Dubai to Barcelona, including ports in Oman, Jordan, Egypt, Israel, Cyprus, Greece, and Italy. I imagine that the unpredictability of the Middle East scared off many passengers but by the time we sailed, we had 680 hardy passengers on board. Continue reading...The BEST Cruise Ever! Norwegian Escape Our Norwegian Escape June 4-11 long review by atlantaskip Be patient, looong review to follow as a payback for the many before me that I learned from on these boards. I always pick up great ideas from the folks who have the patience to do these so thanks for all the tips that made our cruise trips fantastic. This was no exception. Here we go…First a little background on our family, my wife (49) and I (52) have cruised several times before this trip, once on RCCL Sovereign of the Seas in 1995 (pretty new back then on the Eastern Caribbean route out of Miami), then Celebrity Constellation (Southern Caribbean cruise ship of the year back then out of San Juan, PR, awesome trip) in 2004. Continue reading...Our Norwegian Escape June 4-11 long review Liberty of the Seas Love the Liberty by ctroutte Loved the big ship, very clean. New slides were great. Edgar (Elvis) and Oka, our dining room waiters did a great job. They really seemed to care about doing their job well. Our room steward, Raphael, was very good too. Deck 4, outside, was the best. It went all the way around the ship...you could even go up on the bow. Food was all good, could have been a little warmer in the windjammer but, it still tasted great! Continue reading... Love the Liberty Amsterdam Around the World by Cruise Ship by glomarrone “Around the world in 80 days…” goes the song. However, it took Holland America’s (HAL) ms. Amsterdam 115 glorious days to circumnavigate the globe on our Grand World Voyage 2016. What an amazing voyage it was! We visited 24 countries and 41 ports; some were overnight stays. People ask us how we could stay on a ship that long. I reply that we loved every minute and that we hope to do it again soon. We were never bored or sea sick and learned so much about the history and culture of the places visited. It many ways, the cruise changed our thinking on a variety of subjects. For most passengers, this was their fourth or fifth+ HAL Grand World Cruise. Continue reading...Around the World by Cruise Ship Why not share your own cruise stories by writing and submitting your review! Your could be featured, and *you* could receive some logo stuff before your next cruise! Write a Cruise Review
  2. Every Thursday, we'll randomly select three cruise reviews to feature here! Plus, we'll send each member a Cruise Critic logo item. We hope they enjoy it! [B]Harmony of the Seas[/B] [URL="http://www.cruisecritic.com/memberreviews/memberreview.cfm?EntryID=536617"]Good experience by Delboy17[/URL] I had wanted to try an Oasis class ship for some time and this was a perfect opportunity as it was departing from my local port.I would normally avoid brand new ships,until the teething problems are sorted out,but this was a one off as it is unlikely that Harmony will return to Southampton. Continue reading... [URL="http://www.cruisecritic.com/memberreviews/memberreview.cfm?EntryID=536617"]Good experience[/URL] [B]Crystal Symphony[/B] [URL="http://www.cruisecritic.com/memberreviews/memberreview.cfm?EntryID=536642"]Excellent first cruise on Crystal Symphony by DaisyUK[/URL] This was our first cruise with Crystal and was a short 'try-out' before trying something more ambitious. I don't think it would be possible (for me at least) to cruise without a few niggles, but in this case they were very few and far between. The only negative worth mentioning is that I felt the decor, both in our suite and in some areas of the ship, were somewhat dated. The positives far outweighed this single criticism and we shall certainly cruise with Crystal again. Continue reading... [URL="http://www.cruisecritic.com/memberreviews/memberreview.cfm?EntryID=536642"]Excellent first cruise on Crystal Symphony[/URL] [B]Diamond Princess[/B] [URL="http://www.cruisecritic.com/memberreviews/memberreview.cfm?EntryID=536503"]Not so rough Diamond by southampton observer[/URL] Our cruise was part of a package that started with 3 nights in Tokyo then a flight to Osaka with 2 nights there. We then joined the ship at Kobe for the cruise after which we spent another night in Osaka before flying home. It was our hope that the trip would give us an introduction to Japanese culture as well as being interesting, stimulating and enjoyable. Looking back I would have to say that it exceeded our expectations. We will sail with Princess again. Continue reading... [URL="http://www.cruisecritic.com/memberreviews/memberreview.cfm?EntryID=536503"]Not so rough Diamond[/URL] Why not [URL="http://www.cruisecritic.com/memberreviews/"]share your own cruise stories [/URL]by writing and submitting your review! Your could be featured, and *you* could receive some logo stuff before your next cruise! [URL="http://www.cruisecritic.com/memberreviews/"][SIZE=4]Write a Cruise Review[/SIZE][/URL]
  3. Every Thursday, we'll randomly select five cruise reviews to feature here! Plus, we'll send each member a Cruise Critic logo item. We hope they enjoy it! Carnival Vista 9.8 out of 10 for the Carnival Vista! by oceansidebuckeye On a scale of 1 to 10, the Carnival Vista was a 9.8! We loved it and were trying to find a way to hide during debarkation and stay on board for another go round. ;) The Vista is brand new, clean, and beautiful. There was so much attention to detail in the designs of the eating areas and the Lido deck. The staff kept everything super clean. The Skyride was more fun than I expected. It actually drops down a hill and swings like a suspended roller coaster. The ropes course is divided into easy and hard, and the hard side was comparable to regular (on the ground) ropes courses I've tried. Continue reading...9.8 out of 10 for the Carnival Vista! Norwegian Dawn Fantastic Cruise on the Conquest, May 14, 2016 by pookeysmom A friend & I booked this cruise, because the itinerary sounded interesting. It was a special 10 day itinerary created when NCL found out the Dawn's dry dock had been postponed. We were excited to visit 6 ports in 10 days. The only disappointment was that it was supposed to visit the new Harvest Caye Belize, which is not ready yet, so we ended up in Belize City, which is not 1 of my favorites. It was a let down to not visit a new port we'd been looking forward to & that was a major reason we'd booked this cruise. Continue reading...One last 10 day cruise before Dawn went to dry dock Magellan British Isles - very nice by badtwin This was my fifth cruise and my first review. I have also sailed on Costa, MSC, NCL and Celebrity. We booked this cruise because of itinerary and price, fully aware of the varied reviews. “We” includes my DH and 25 year old DD. We discovered that there is not a huge selection of British Isles cruises and ended up waiting an extra year to find one that fit our timing, our budget and our preference for lots of ports. We also selected this ship because it was British and felt it would enhance the “British experience.” The reviews were disconcerting, but then the reviews for Costa and MSC were equally varied and occasionally dismal. Both proved to be very nice. Continue reading...British Isles - very nice Carnival Freedom Great cruise, just a little wet... by sprog My wife and I have done the Western Caribbean cruise many times, so decided to do an Eastern Caribbean one. She wanted to see Key West too so we booked out of Galveston. We live in New Orleans, so it was only a 6 hour drive. This was our first time on the Freedom and it was my 13th Carnival cruise. Things started out wet as there was flash flooding in Galveston when we arrived. We were detoured away from the ship for a bit, but eventually made our way around through some half-flooded streets. Continue reading... Great cruise, just a little wet... Vela Amazing, Unique Sailing Experience by lucygoosey1971 My 9 year old son and I had a fabulous experience aboard the Vela in the British Virgin Islands. We are "adventure travelers" and were looking for something a bit outside the norm. We prefer small, personalized, unique experiences filled with culture and charm. We got our fill of all of the above aboard Island Windjammers Vela! Continue reading...Amazing, Unique Sailing Experience Why not share your own cruise stories by writing and submitting your review! Your could be featured, and *you* could receive some logo stuff before your next cruise! Write a Cruise Review
  4. Every Thursday, we'll randomly select three cruise reviews to feature here! Plus, we'll send each member a Cruise Critic logo item. We hope they enjoy it! Scenic Jasper Three weeks of Luxury by candjrs Having wanted to cruise from Amsterdam to Bucharest for several years, we investigated several companies and chose Scenic because it appeared to offer an excellent service, wide range of excursions and, importantly, was all inclusive. The latter appealed enormously as we knew we would not be liable for an expensive drinks bill and tipping at the end of the cruise. Continue reading... Three weeks of Luxury Celebrity Eclipse Very good for a first cruise by Mrsweeble We were really impressed with Celebrity Eclipse for our first cruise. As mentioned, embarkation didnt go very well, but this was due to a technical glitch and they handled this well. The ship is beautiful, immaculately clean and well maintained. People have said in other reviews that furniture looks tired, but this isn't something we noticed or were concerned by. We had an inside cabin because I was aware that there weren't going to be many hours of darkness in the more northerly parts of our cruise, and I like to sleep in total darkness. Continue reading... Very good for a first cruise Thomson Majesty Would come again. by arwen taylor This was our first cruise, but we are widely travelled on a world wide basis and did have reasonably high expectations We travelled with two elderly people with health issues so picked a cruise as it was a good option for us all to have an enjoyable holiday without too many stresses. We arrived in Palma and were impressed with the amount of support we received, wheel chairs were provided and staff to push them which enabled us to collect to the luggage and board the coach with reasonable ease. Continue reading... Would come again. Why not share your own cruise stories by writing and submitting your review! Your could be featured, and *you* could receive some logo stuff before your next cruise! Write a Cruise Review
  5. We sailed on the Spirit April 2 to 9 in stateroom 4479. There wasn't near enough information available about this room when I booked. I hope this is helpful to some. 4479 was our first inside room and I only booked it because the description said it is 281 square feet and it sleeps 5. 4479 is an inside room on the hull. It's the most far forward room port side on deck 4. The pros of this room are being on the deck where tendering and the gangway is for ports. It's HUGE. We had more room than we could use. It's economical. You're paying the same fare as others in an inside but you're getting twice the room. The negatives were being right near the thrusters for docking and the anchor locker. You hear docking or anchoring every day for about 10 minutes in the morning and when you leave. It's kind of loud. You can't have a normal volume conversation. However, for us, on mornings we slept in, we didn't even hear it. We slept right through it. NCL doesn't have a dedicated web cam channel. It's difficult to see the weather. You have to wait for a web cam view to cycle through several other things. We were a direct shot up the elevators to everything forward but to go to the buffet or the kids club, it was a hike. Lastly, when in port, you're enclosed in steel and any wi fi signal you could get is not detected. Even with the few negatives, we'd book this stateroom again and again because of it's size and price. I tried adding my original photos but there was an error. I honestly have no idea how to host photos on another site with a link. I never took the time to learn. I may try to figure that out and try again.
  6. Every Thursday, we'll randomly select five cruise reviews to feature here! Plus, we'll send each member a Cruise Critic logo item. We hope they enjoy it! Eurodam Best cruise so far by NovaCruise888 We flew in to Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport and arrived around 9:30 AM on Sunday (the day of embarkation). After picking up our luggage, it was only 10 AM. We decided to wait in the airport for another 30 minutes, thinking we could not start the embarkation until later. By the time we left the airport at 10:25 AM, there was so much traffic leaving airport. And we also waited awhile at the port before we can get out of the taxi. Our taxi fare for 4 people ended up being $26 (before tips) because of the traffic and the wait. Continue reading... Best cruise so far Vision of the Seas Friendliest Staff/Two Thumbs Up by sjb7259 We thoroughly enjoyed our cruise on Vision of the Seas....Tampa was by far the easiest port we have ever used for embarkation. There was someone right there to help us unload luggage from our taxi and we were inside and onboard in, literally 5 minutes...Granted this was at 3:00 as it was a rainy day so we waited a little longer than usual. We still had plenty of time to look around and were also, conveniently able to get right into our stateroom...Our luggage was delivered in an amazingly fast time....our room attendant knocked a few minutes later and introduced himself and from that point he was very friendly but extremely non intrusive. Continue reading... Friendliest Staff/Two Thumbs Up Wind Surf My First Cruise and I'm Spoiled Rotten! by AniW This was my first cruise, but my boyfriend's 5th. While I haven't cruised before, I've traveled extensively. My boyfriend has typically taken large ships on Royal Caribbean and Carnival. In his words, "This isn't cruising, this is yachting. You can't even compare it to a large cruise ship." We took Windstar's Classic Caribbean itinerary, which visits Antigua, Dominica, St. Lucia, Guadeloupe, St. Kitt's, St. Barthelemy and St. Martin. We had a large suite on Deck 3 which was beautifully appointed and comfortable with a King-sized bed. Continue reading... My First Cruise and I'm Spoiled Rotten! Celebrity Reflection One of our best cruises by Pmdavis My wife, daughter and I had a wonderful time on the Reflection. The staff is so professional, yet friendly. They are smiling and want to be sure you are having an excellent experience. Several even thanked us for sailing so they had employment. This is a classy ship that caters to a more upscale crowd. We certainly received the experience we expected. I always smile when I read reviews such as the previous one that said they were bored. I can't believe that people book cruises without any investigation about the ship, the experience and cruise company. Many would be better suited on Carnival than Celebrity for what they are looking for. Continue reading... One of our best cruises Norwegian Escape Great Cruise! (WILL SAIL WITH NORWEGIAN AGAIN) by SpiritAnimal The Norwegian Escape is a BEAUTIFUL ship. Coming from Disney Cruisers, we were worried that we spoiled our kids too much with the luxury of Disney's expensive cruises but we learned this was just as good, if not even better than Disney. I'll go by the pros and cons. CONS: -The Aqua Park was really fun, but my son learned you must be 99 lbs to get on the Aqua Loops. He had been waiting a LONG time to get on the slides, and he didn't weigh enough. The website does NOT tell you this minimum weight limit and that can be a real downer for someone looking forward to Aqua Park who doesn't weigh over 100 lbs. Continue reading... Great Cruise! (WILL SAIL WITH NORWEGIAN AGAIN) Why not share your own cruise stories by writing and submitting your review! Your could be featured, and *you* could be wearing some logo stuff on your next cruise! Write a Cruise Review
  7. Every Thursday, we'll randomly select three cruise reviews to feature here! Plus, we'll send each member a Cruise Critic logo item. We hope they enjoy it! [B]Ventura[/B] [URL="http://www.cruisecritic.com/memberreviews/memberreview.cfm?EntryID=528753"]Bucket List Cruise - Lived up to all expectations!!! by Dance thDance[/URL] Having perused the reviews before we left, I was a bit unsure as to whether my best mate had made the right choice for this one......How wrong I was!!!! A fantastic ship, with the staff being more than helpful, even when I had an accident and ended up in a wheelchair for the weekend! The food and service for the whole duration, was second to none, and the prices were more than reasonable. Our check in was swift and slick, and nothing was too much trouble for our cabin steward. I stayed in a balcony room (5th deck, I think) and it was immaculate from start to finish. Continue reading... [URL="http://www.cruisecritic.com/memberreviews/memberreview.cfm?EntryID=528753"]Bucket List Cruise - Lived up to all expectations!!![/URL] [B]Britannia[/B] [URL="http://www.cruisecritic.com/memberreviews/memberreview.cfm?EntryID=529619"]P&O Britannia - Barbados to Southampton, March 2016 by SGrier23[/URL] This is my first Cruise review, although I have done many on TripAdvisor. This review if of our recent cruise holiday from Barbados to Southampton, finishing on Friday 25th March 2016. P&O Britannia is a massive ship, with over 3000 passengers and over 1300 crew. In many ways P&O Britannia is brilliant. In other ways, it is not good. The ship is beautiful inside, clean and well furnished. The public areas are wide and navigation is easy enough, except that the mid-ship has no stairs which go the full height of the ship, these stop on Desk 7. Continue reading... [URL="http://www.cruisecritic.com/memberreviews/memberreview.cfm?EntryID=529619"]P&O Britannia - Barbados to Southampton, March 2016[/URL] [B]Minerva[/B] [URL="http://www.cruisecritic.com/memberreviews/memberreview.cfm?EntryID=529623"]South America Discovery Cruise by Mprouse[/URL] Our first cruise on the Minerva. This was a trip made up of two cruises - Timeless South America and Natural Wonders of Latin America. We flew to Santiago in Chile from London Heathrow with Iberia. The flight was poor with a 2 hour wait in Madrid airport. The first section of the flight was considered short haul so any food or drink had to be paid for. This was not explained in advance so came as a surprise. We arrived in Madrid at night and all outlets for coffee, snacks etc were closed. Continue reading... [URL="http://www.cruisecritic.com/memberreviews/memberreview.cfm?EntryID=529623"]South America Discovery Cruise[/URL] Why not [URL="http://www.cruisecritic.com/memberreviews/"]share your own cruise stories [/URL]by writing and submitting your review! Your could be featured, and *you* could be wearing some logo stuff on your next cruise! [URL="http://www.cruisecritic.com/memberreviews/"][SIZE=4]Write a Cruise Review[/SIZE][/URL]
  8. Every Thursday, we'll randomly select five cruise reviews to feature here! Plus, we'll send each member a Cruise Critic logo item. We hope they enjoy it! [B]Norwegian Breakaway[/B] [URL="http://www.cruisecritic.com/memberreviews/memberreview.cfm?EntryID=527590"]Breakaway February 21-28, 2016, Cabin 12768 by PV57[/URL] Just returned from our 2nd NCL Breakaway cruise out of NY. We sailed out of NY on February 21 and returned on February 28. We had a wonderful time. While the weather was cooler than anticipated (compared to traveling this same itinerary in February of 2014), the trip was very relaxing and we enjoyed our time on the ship immensely. There were fairly "rough" seas on Friday during the day but all was calm by the evening. Continue reading... [URL="http://www.cruisecritic.com/memberreviews/memberreview.cfm?EntryID=527590"]Breakaway February 21-28, 2016, Cabin 12768[/URL] [B]Seabourn Quest[/B] [URL="http://www.cruisecritic.com/memberreviews/memberreview.cfm?EntryID=527953"]Awesome ship & Unbelieveable Antarctic experience! by Mljva[/URL] The Quest is a fantastic ship. Large enough to offer many of the things we enjoy on larger ships but small enough to get into areas (including the Antarctic Peninsula) that most cruise ships cannot. Our cabin was lovely and plenty large in area, storage, etc. for our 3 week cruise. I saw one comment about the small shower stalls and, yes, they are tiny but the water pressure is excellent and, unless you are very large, you can make do with the shower size. There is also a large and deep soaking bathtub in each bathroom. The staff is the best we have ever met. Continue reading... [URL="http://www.cruisecritic.com/memberreviews/memberreview.cfm?EntryID=527953"]Awesome ship & Unbelieveable Antarctic experience![/URL] [B]Star Princess[/B] [URL="http://www.cruisecritic.com/memberreviews/memberreview.cfm?EntryID=528634"]Very good cruise, once you accept the large ship experience ( long review) by captanbob[/URL] Let me begin by saying that we are not fans of large ships, as the crowds can be daunting. We have done 13 cruises on ships from 16 to 3000 passengers, chosen mainly by itinerary and scheduling. Most of our cruises have been on the Star Clippers sailing ships (which we love), but we have been on a Costa and a Carnival, as well as a Queen Mary 2 transatlantic crossing. Continue reading... [URL="http://www.cruisecritic.com/memberreviews/memberreview.cfm?EntryID=528634"]Very good cruise, once you accept the large ship experience ( long review)[/URL] [B]Norwegian Escape[/B] [URL="http://www.cruisecritic.com/memberreviews/memberreview.cfm?EntryID=528635"]Escape to new surprises and service! by DCCyclist[/URL] Having cruised prior on the Getaway, my expectations for this cruise was the same since Escape is a very similar ship. Throughout my journey, I was pleasantly surprised that NCL has changed a few things which prior NCL cruisers may notice, one of them being the quality of food and overall service. I will cover four main areas within this review: food, entertainment, service and value, in hopes of providing my overall experience while on the Escape. FOOD - Having numerous places to eat, it is literally impossible to have to go to the same venue twice during a seven night trip. Continue reading... [URL="http://www.cruisecritic.com/memberreviews/memberreview.cfm?EntryID=528635"]Escape to new surprises and service![/URL] [B]Carnival Dream[/B] [URL="http://www.cruisecritic.com/memberreviews/memberreview.cfm?EntryID=529319"]Carnival Dream 3/6-3/13/16 by tkportersat[/URL] Prior to the cruise we stayed at the Hampton Inn Harvey. Had a nice dinner at New Orleans Hamburger & Seafood Company and then pretty much hunkered down in the room for rest after our 8 hour drive from Texas. The Hampton was clean and beds were comfortable, nice free breakfast the next morning. It would prepare us for crowds as it was packed with people just loading up plates as if it were their last meal. Continue reading... [URL="http://www.cruisecritic.com/memberreviews/memberreview.cfm?EntryID=529319"]Carnival Dream 3/6-3/13/16[/URL] Why not [URL="http://www.cruisecritic.com/memberreviews/"]share your own cruise stories [/URL]by writing and submitting your review! Your could be featured, and *you* could be wearing some logo stuff on your next cruise! [URL="http://www.cruisecritic.com/memberreviews/"][SIZE=4]Write a Cruise Review[/SIZE][/URL]
  9. Every Thursday, we'll randomly select three cruise reviews to feature here! Plus, we'll send each member a Cruise Critic logo item. We hope they enjoy it! [B]Britannia[/B] [URL="http://www.cruisecritic.com/memberreviews/memberreview.cfm?EntryID=528714"]Party of 8 + 1 six month old by DJS83[/URL] First of all I'd like to stress that we all had a great time on the cruise.The staff were brilliant,very attentive and couldn't do enough.Every where was spotless,it couldn't be cleaner.I thought the rooms were good.We had an inside room and it was an adequate size for my wife and I plus our 6 month old baby.Two of the other rooms had balconies next to each other so the adjoining balcony door was opened to make it one big balcony.We all enjoyed spending time on there.The other good points were that food was always available,although very salty and quite sandy.The sail away parties were good fun. Continue reading... [URL="http://www.cruisecritic.com/memberreviews/memberreview.cfm?EntryID=528714"]Party of 8 + 1 six month old[/URL] [B]MSC Divina[/B] [URL="http://www.cruisecritic.com/memberreviews/memberreview.cfm?EntryID=528677"]Crystal splendour by Mrs W of Wales[/URL] This is a very beautiful and big ship. All the stairs in the atrium have Swarovski crystal. We had a very good embarkation experience which was quick and efficient. Our cabin was on Deck 12 mid ship. The size of our cabin was very good. The only thing was there was not much room to put a suitcase. Our cabin bathroom was kept clean. There was an abundance of food. The top deck provided a self service area. There was very good choice. The main dining area, which was waiter service, provided good food. There was choice on the menu. The only thing that we found is that we were away for 2 weeks and had the same menu for the second week. Continue reading... [URL="http://www.cruisecritic.com/memberreviews/memberreview.cfm?EntryID=528677"]Crystal splendour[/URL] [B]Norwegian Star[/B] [URL="http://www.cruisecritic.com/memberreviews/memberreview.cfm?EntryID=528754"]Great Cruise by abutler70[/URL] Arrived at the port by taxi. There are rude porters everywhere. I asked where to take the bags and the man said he has to take them but did not explain why. I prefer to carry them myself but you are not allowed. You then give them to him to take, he wheels them in and then you tip and this is for everyone. Never seen that before. A very greedy system. Managed to get on the ship at lunchtime which was good. So had a nice afternoon sitting in the sunshine and watching the start of the entertainment. Continue reading... [URL="http://www.cruisecritic.com/memberreviews/memberreview.cfm?EntryID=528754"]Great Cruise[/URL] Why not [URL="http://www.cruisecritic.com/memberreviews/"]share your own cruise stories [/URL]by writing and submitting your review! Your could be featured, and *you* could be wearing some logo stuff on your next cruise! [URL="http://www.cruisecritic.com/memberreviews/"][SIZE=4]Write a Cruise Review[/SIZE][/URL]
  10. Every Thursday, we'll randomly select five cruise reviews to feature here! Plus, we'll send each member a Cruise Critic logo item. We hope they enjoy it! Royal Princess A nice Royal Cruise by Highwaydude Greetings and welcome to my review of the Royal Princess. This was my 12th Cruise and my 5th cruise with Princess and my 1st cruise onboard the new larger class Princess Ship. Prior to this cruise I was always reading such negative reviews towards the balconies, and the lack of stairs midship. So i was quite nervous that I would be very disappointed once onboard the Royal. So lets get to it… Continue reading... A nice Royal Cruise Diamant Windward Islands - Diamant by dmleuzzi Very first cruise -- I am not your ordinary "lounge by the pool" type of person. I like to meet people, hear their story and build relationships. I like to go to places not normally visited and seriously dislike large crowds. This is the perfect cruise for doing so. The Diamant is a beautiful sailing vessel - She is maintained exquisitely by her Captain and Engineer (with help from all the crew!) Activities -- not many while aboard -- sunning, watching the sails, listening to music, looking for flying fish on the waves and hoping we catch a fish! A good time for relaxing conversation and being mellow Continue reading... Windward Islands - Diamant Carnival Valor A Cruise Is What YOU Make Of It! by UniqueMom I had a GREAT time on the Carnival Valor. I am a grandmother of a 12 month old and mother of a 12 year old. My daughter and her husband are professionals, as are my husband and I. Carnival is for the hippies, the bikers, the tattooed, the LGBTQ, artist, writers, poets and free thinkers. The people who hear steel drums and dance like nobody is watching. The people who TRULY leave their troubles on the shore. Carnival is for the family reunions, the girls night out, the college breakers and for grandmothers who refuse to be defined by the years they have lived but by the years they feel in their heart. Continue reading... A Cruise Is What YOU Make Of It! Norwegian Escape Amazing cruise on NCL Escape by eldrima We just got back from an amazing week on the NCL Escape and I'm looking forward to booking another cruise on the Escape! I have to say, I was close to canceling our booking when the cancellation period was about to end based on all of the negative initial reviews that I read on here but I'm certainly glad I didn't. There is so much to do on this boat that you simply don’t have enough time in 7 days to enjoy it all. If you are a glass half full person, you can find fault in anything and I suspect many of those people wrote most of the reviews that I read in the first few weeks of the boat’s service. Continue reading... Amazing cruise on NCL Escape Carnival Sunshine Carnival Sunshine Review by lperkins1420 Here is my Carnival Sunshine Review of our Feb 13 sailing 8 day eastern Caribbean-St. Maartan, St. Kitts, San Juan and Grand Turk. A little background-this was our fourth cruise and all have been with Carnival. We are gold members. We had 10 people in our group all in the 30 year old range. This was the 2nd and 3rd cruise for the rest of our group, all on carnival as well. Embarkation-Port Canaveral was the easiest to get into we felt for embarkation. We drove to Florida from Michigan and we were parking our car at the port. We arrived about 10:30am. My husband drop me with our bags off to porters and then he went and parked the car. Continue reading... Carnival Sunshine Review Why not share your own cruise stories by writing and submitting your review! Your could be featured, and *you* could be wearing some logo stuff on your next cruise! Write a Cruise Review
  11. Every Thursday, we'll randomly select three cruise reviews to feature here! Plus, we'll send each member a Cruise Critic logo item. We hope they enjoy it! [B]Splendor of the Seas[/B] [URL="http://www.cruisecritic.com/memberreviews/memberreview.cfm?EntryID=527692"]Fantastic by Upthedon[/URL] This was our 10th cruise, 3rd on this class of ship and 3rd with Royal Caribbean. This cruise may have started on a tired outdated ship but there was nothing else tired about it except the passengers who seemed determined to have a great holiday. You should be proud of your staff, they were hard working, friendly nothing too much bother. Ok the theatre show, with exception of Beetles tribute were not brilliant but the other locations around the ship were brilliant. Great musicians and singers made for a party every night. Continue reading... [URL="http://www.cruisecritic.com/memberreviews/memberreview.cfm?EntryID=527692"]Fantastic[/URL] [B]Azamara Journey[/B] [URL="http://www.cruisecritic.com/memberreviews/memberreview.cfm?EntryID=527868"]Superb cruise from Costa Rica to Los Angeles by Grahambythesea[/URL] As Journey was newly out of dry dock, there were some minor snagging issues with unfinished work but nothing to spoil the cruise. In the stateroom these were quickly rectified once pointed out. Caldera is not really geared for passengers on cruise ships so initially it looked a bit disorganised at the port, but in fact we were on board in 40 minutes with nothing lost. As this was a first time on Azamara (normally sail Celebrity) I cannot say how much improvement has been done to the ship but she looked splendid and the crew are helpful and friendly from the Master down. Continue reading... [URL="http://www.cruisecritic.com/memberreviews/memberreview.cfm?EntryID=527868"]Superb cruise from Costa Rica to Los Angeles[/URL] [B]Adonia[/B] [URL="http://www.cruisecritic.com/memberreviews/memberreview.cfm?EntryID=527942"]Experiences of a first time cruiser by Paleflier[/URL] Having never done a cruise before, I was unsure quite what to expect. However, I have been generally very pleasantly surprised. However, I do have some constructive comments and observations. We were flown out to Bridgetown on Thomas Cook from Manchester. Despite booking well in advance, we could not get seats on the Gatwick flight, so rather than having a one hour trip to catch our flights, I had a four hour drive, and the additional cost of a hotel at Manchester. In the general scheme of things, a minor problem, but one which could have been addressed more effectively by P and O. Continue reading... [URL="http://www.cruisecritic.com/memberreviews/memberreview.cfm?EntryID=527942"]Experiences of a first time cruiser[/URL] Why not [URL="http://www.cruisecritic.com/memberreviews/"]share your own cruise stories [/URL]by writing and submitting your review! Your could be featured, and *you* could be wearing some logo stuff on your next cruise! [URL="http://www.cruisecritic.com/memberreviews/"][SIZE=4]Write a Cruise Review[/SIZE][/URL]
  12. Every Thursday, we'll randomly select five cruise reviews to feature here! Plus, we'll send each member a Cruise Critic logo item. We hope they enjoy it! Liberty of the Seas Almost perfect! by Andrameada We really loved our cruise, and for the most past, it was perfect. Expensive, but that wasn't unexpected. A bit of a cluster getting on, everyone is herded into a big tent on the dock, where they hand our free popcorn and cotton candy (let's sugar those kids up early, hey?). There's very little direction on where to sit, and when they start boarding, the people in the back of the tent can't hear the announcer person, a woman with a very soft voice. Continue reading... Almost perfect! Disney Dream Excellent for families with children of all ages by Dawnleew This was our first cruise ever. We used our DVC points and figured we would try a 3 day just in case we didn't like it. I don't even have the words to describe what an amazing time we had. The ship was immaculate, our outside state room was more roomy than I had imagined and very comfortable. There were so many activities of all different kinds it was difficult to choose. I love they way they had you covered from soup to nuts, they guided you through everything and made all the transitions very easy. Embarking and disembarking were very smooth. Continue reading... Excellent for families with children of all ages Norwegian Breakaway NCL Breakaway - another great voyage. (Very long) by Birdnutty NCL Breakaway trip – 14 day to S Caribbean. A Magical Mystery Cruise that was indeed magical. NCL had just learned that it had to eliminate the 2 day cruises it had scheduled between all the 12 day ones, and we did not know for the longest time how it would affect our cruise. It was driving us NUTS! So our Roll Call named itself the Magical Mystery Cruisers, as it was a mystery to us! They added those weekend days to our 12 day one, and I don't believe anyone was disappointed in the outcome. :) We were in the Haven room, 10706, front facing penthouse. Continue reading... NCL Breakaway - another great voyage. (Very long) Celebrity Xpedition An amazing active trip to see wildlife in the Galapagos by gdye422 Since I prepared myself my reading all the reviews that the people before me left I only find it fitting that I write a review to help the people after me. To start this off I am a 30 year old male that went with my wife, father in law and mother in law. Flew from Arizona to Miami. Then Miami to Quito. Landed in Quito around 230pm local time, which is the same as east coast United States time. I highly recommended getting into Quito as early as possible. Which I'll explain later. Continue reading... An amazing active trip to see wildlife in the Galapagos Oasis of the Seas Couldn't ask for more by toddnmaria Warning! This is a long review! Being a 7 day cruise, it needs to be! As this was my 10th cruise, with 8 of those being on RCCL ships, I am familiar with the brand and have enjoyed each cruise. It was with high expectations to be sailing on the current biggest ship in the world. My wife and I with 9 other guests took the Valentine cruise onthe Oasis out of Ft. Lauderdale. We arrived the night before and stayed at the Ramada hotel near the port, not the best of hotels, but I must say the bed was heavenly! Continue reading... Couldn't ask for more Why not share your own cruise stories by writing and submitting your review! Your could be featured, and *you* could be wearing some logo stuff on your next cruise! Write a Cruise Review
  13. Every Thursday, we'll randomly select three cruise reviews to feature here! Plus, we'll send each member a Cruise Critic logo item. We hope they enjoy it! Britannia Excellent cruise and beautiful ship by lynnek Just arrived back from an amazing 14 nights aboard Britannia. The food was excellent in the main restaurants, the Horizon buffet, the Glass House and Sindhu but didn't try any others. Never had a problem with any seating in the buffet restaurant. Although we were part of a group of ten we never had problems getting seats in the bars or the theatre. Mainly we used the crows nest, the glass house and sunset bar and enjoyed them all. Continue reading... Excellent cruise and beautiful ship Thomson Majesty Cracking cruise by Taxipaul Embarkation was very smooth, as was the flight over. Cabin was bigger than i expected and was totally useable. I did hear reports of blocked toilets but this was soon rectified by a call to reception. The ship was lovely and kept very clean by the diligent staff. Youll read reports that the ship is old, passed her best etc etc. Yes it is old but its kept looking good by the hard working staff. Don't be put off by the cruisers who expect silver service for minimum cash outlay. Continue reading... Cracking cruise MSC Musica A gamble that paid off! by Panto pen Like many others we had read some not great reviews of MSC cruises and were aware that this might well be why they seemed consistently cheaper than some other cruise lines. This, however was one of only two cruise itineries that fitted in with our holiday time so we thought we would "risk" it. We are so glad we did! A very smooth and easy embarkation onto a very stylish ship with loads of well-designed public spaces. Our balcony cabin was of a decent size and nicely decorated with a very comfortable large bed. Continue reading... A gamble that paid off! Why not share your own cruise stories by writing and submitting your review! Your could be featured, and *you* could be wearing some logo stuff on your next cruise! Write a Cruise Review
  14. Every Thursday, we'll randomly select five cruise reviews to feature here! Plus, we'll send each member a Cruise Critic logo item. We hope they enjoy it! Norwegian Escape The Haven by cruiser willy If I were rating only The Haven, I'd have needed a sixth option.....SPECTACULAR. If I were rating only the staff, I'd have needed a seventh option.....INCREDIBLE. If I were rating our dining and entertainment experience, I'd have needed an eighth option...AMAZING. Our recent voyage on the Escape was wonderful. I'm not sure I'd feel the same if we were not staying in The Haven, however. When we visited the ropes course, the slides and Margaritaville, all of which were great, we found the pool areas on deck 16 were very crowded and noisy.... Continue reading... The Haven Vision of the Seas Royal Hits a Home Run! by Mystyou Left PHL at about 9:50 AM on Feb. 5 after a very wet 1” snowfall. I was so afraid the flight would be delayed or canceled, but the airport was functioning normally. We had a very smooth flight to Tampa and was greeted by a bright, sunny 60 degree day. The taxi fare was a flat $25 from the airport to downtown Tampa. We were able to check in early, at about 1:30 and went to our room. For some reason, the room’s door was ajar and a few housekeeping people were inside. They were very, very apologetic when they said they’d have to find us a different room. Continue reading... Royal Hits a Home Run! Disney Fantasy Star Wars at Sea by mikerem48 My wife and I have been on numerous cruises (16+) throughout the world on various cruise lines over the years. This was our first cruise with Disney. The 7-day Western Caribbean Cruise started in Port Canaveral on February 6, 2016. The Port is easy to get to and is a good location. We live in Florida and it's only a 90 minute drive from our home, north of Orlando. Boarding the ship was no problem. We got on board quickly around 1 pm. Our room was towards the front of the ship on deck 9, room 9026. This was a good location because we were able to take the stairways to 11 for breakfast. Most points of interest are on 3, 4 and 5. Continue reading... Star Wars at Sea Westerdam Return to Westerdam by nodumblond Point of reference: this was our nineteen cruise, fifth for me (and fourth for my husband) on HAL. We’d sailed Westerdam almost ten years previously for our honeymoon. We’ve also sailed on Royal Caribbean, Carnival, and Celebrity. Embarkation: thanks to some extra time, we drove to Port Everglades from our home in Virginia, staying overnight in Jacksonville. The hotel we used was so unremarkable, it doesn’t bear mentioning here. Continue reading... Return to Westerdam Carnival Imagination HAD AN AMAZING TIME!! by mel7350 Hey all! If you're about to cruise on the Imagination, be prepared to have a blast. The staff was AMAZING! For example, Riki and Adi would be on the Lido all day long and maybe serve me 4 drinks, along with 100s of other people. Then they'd go to the NIghtclub and say "oh hey Melissa!! You want another XXX?" I was like "what how do they remember my name and what I drink??" They were just amazing. Always saying thank you and calling me by name. Also, our room steward was AWESOME!! Continue reading... HAD AN AMAZING TIME!! Why not share your own cruise stories by writing and submitting your review! Your could be featured, and *you* could be wearing some logo stuff on your next cruise! Write a Cruise Review
  15. Every Thursday, we'll randomly select three cruise reviews to feature here! Plus, we'll send each member a Cruise Critic logo item. We hope they enjoy it! [B]Queen Mary 2[/B] [URL="http://www.cruisecritic.com/memberreviews/memberreview.cfm?EntryID=526199"]Excellent Cruise by Cactus77[/URL] We travelled on Queen Mary 2 from Southampton to Rio, via New York, Fort Lauderdale, Amber Cove, Barbados and Salvador, from January to February 2016. The ship then carried on with her World Cruise. We thought the ship was mostly excellent throughout, although there were one or two worn areas of carpet and a cracked tile or two in the bathroom. Continue reading... [URL="http://www.cruisecritic.com/memberreviews/memberreview.cfm?EntryID=526199"]Excellent Cruise[/URL] [B]Britannia[/B] [URL="http://www.cruisecritic.com/memberreviews/memberreview.cfm?EntryID=526291"]Britannia cruise review by Simmo139[/URL] This was our 3rd cruise in the Caribbean ,1st on p and o ,the other two cruises were on the emerald princess. P and O make things so much easier for you than princess as you fly straight to Barbados and then you get transferred to the ship immediately,this is fantastic and you don't have to worry about your luggage as this is delivered to your room . This is a lot better than princess as with them you have to fly to Miami and have an overnight in a hotel before boarding the ship the next day . Continue reading... [URL="http://www.cruisecritic.com/memberreviews/memberreview.cfm?EntryID=526291"]Britannia cruise review[/URL] [B]Nordnorge[/B] [URL="http://www.cruisecritic.com/memberreviews/memberreview.cfm?EntryID=526475"]In search of the lights, and finding out so much more about wonderful Norway. by Queenie1603[/URL] This was my 5th trip to Norway having previously visited by North Sea Ferry from Newcastle (with car), Queen Victoria, Grand Princess and the Ryndam. Norway is one of my favourite destinations but I have always visited in Summer, so long long days. I have always wanted to see the Northern Lights and Hurtigruten offer the chance to see the Northern Lights on their daily coastal service from Bergen to Kirkenes up in the Arctic Circle. My friend booked our trip through a TA who act as agents for Hurtigruten. Continue reading... [URL="http://www.cruisecritic.com/memberreviews/memberreview.cfm?EntryID=526475"]In search of the lights, and finding out so much more about wonderful Norway.[/URL] Why not [URL="http://www.cruisecritic.com/memberreviews/"]share your own cruise stories [/URL]by writing and submitting your review! Your could be featured, and *you* could be wearing some logo stuff on your next cruise! [URL="http://www.cruisecritic.com/memberreviews/"][SIZE=4]Write a Cruise Review[/SIZE][/URL]
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