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About markf

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    plainview,ny ,usa
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    ncl x
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    st martin

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  1. I have read most of ATW blog currently running, but there is little talk about entertainment , things to do and actual menus. I am doing some early home work on a future ATW cruise..need to figure which line t take
  2. curious if someone can talk about food at the buffet--I realize that even though O is owned by NCL --I trust the fopod is better here than on the main NCL ships- Choices on NCL were very repetitive, and for example, if you wanted tuna fish or chicken salad, they were all pre made sandwiches, as opposed to being able to help your self. Are trays available in buffet?
  3. Hi Just saw this review for the first time, as I was following the Crystal and HAL ATW cruise . I spent my childhood in Flushing, graduated from John Bowne HS, and I find the review to be most interesting. I have 30 + cruises under my belt , none on O--and none more than 14 days--I am about to retire-so this is on my bucket list. I will need to convince my wife to join me or travel alone--which I may give serious consideration to.. Really enjoy the depth of this review --I am wondering after 4 + months are you tired of travelling and ready for the journey to come to an end--I realize you are months away from conclusion
  4. a female from South America--difficult to understand with little personality--I don't remember her name--we were on March 8 NCL Gem--
  5. Concierge was a lady, forgot her name--agai not too memorable. I agree the service in all the restaurants were wy to slow, and food seldom delivered hot. Buffet in buffet was very repetitive as far as choice
  6. I was on the cruise prior to yours-- Curious as to your thoughts--Cruise was Ok but not what it used to be. especially in food choice and quality. Also I found to Cruise director to be a non event--past cruises in NCL we always had memorable talented CD
  7. Thanks I agree from my experince , and after 30 + cruises Regal P. had the best bufet , so much so that I ate dinner there most nights. I have been on 1 other p. cruise, and the food was not in the same league, so it seems to me you nee to pick your ship carefully
  8. Curious as to the choice of food in the buffet, quality etc..
  9. I haven't been on Regal P. in the last 2 years, but the last time the food in the buffet was simply superb. The choices, quality and the set up was unquestionably the best I have in 30 cruises. I was recently on NCL Gem and fond the buffet to be repetitive and lacked excitement. I am wondering of there has been any change in the buffet in the last few years-
  10. if you are looking for a more traditional, no bells and whistles, then Gem is for you. I will say as we are Sr citizens as well, we were frustrated by the internet service--very poor- What was nice, same show 2x a night, no need for reservation, no need to get there 20 minutes early for a seat. Of course getting prime seats by the pool on sea days is an issue
  11. You will be much happier on MSC YC, in every area except possibly for the size of the cabin and also no reserved seats at theater. Food variety, drinks all free, service much better --I am envious -Have fun
  12. WE returned on the Gem last week, we literally only docked at 10 AM , didn't get off until after 11 am --and we had priority. Therefore people will not board until well after NOON. On embarkation we did get on board at Noon. Docking at 10 AM on the return was stress for everyone, in my opinion
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