Nordic Empress 3/27/04..What a trip!

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Elizabethtown, PA
2 Posts
Joined Oct 2003
Well we recently returned from our 7 day Western Caribbean adventure. The trip was amazing, after hearing questionable reviews on the Nordic Empress I was a little concerned..they were most definately un-founded.

The ship was beautiful, for it's age I thought it was in great condition!

I was a little disapointed with the turtle farm on Grand Cayman, but 7 mile beach was great..I definately recommend a banana boat ride if you are there. Hell was the type of place you go once because there isn't much there besides a post office and some gift shops.

If you are headed to Belize, you can get a 5hr snorkeling trip through, it was a nice outing but a little bit don't have much time in the tourism village because to my surprise it took like a half hour to tender in from where the ship docks, and where you do stop for lunch there isn't much to see or many souveniers to purchase.

I have to say Cozumel was the best port we visited! After making your way through the international peer I definately think anyone goint there should hop in atxi and head to Chaunaab park, this is their national park which has a beach...let me just say the snorkeling here is better than in Belize! If you taike the ride you will not be disappointed, and while there head to the El Bucanero a little Bar right up from the beach and have a strawberry coolata in the huge cup, you won't regret it!

I hope people will find this little bit of information helpful, the last thing I will say is negotiate in Cozumel...don't be a ffraid to start walking away you would be surprised how much they will lower a price when you do this.

I hope anyone taking a W. Caribbean cruise has as much fun as we did!!

YTI takes on the Carribean
Campton, NH USA
244 Posts
Joined Jan 2001
I agree with you about the NE. She is a wonderful ship and I hope she loses none of her charm when she refits. She is our favorite ship. Small and intimate is the way to go.

Feel free to check out our past cruise pics at

Enchantment of the Seas 6/2000
Sovereign of the Seas 3/2001
Disney Magic 7/2001
Majesty of the Seas 4/2002
Carnival Legend 10/2002
Carnival Victory 6/21/2003
Nordic Empress 10/2003
Navigator of the Seas 4/2004
Carnival Destiny 2/20/2005

Til we travel to NYC to fly to the Navigator of Seas

Til we go to SJU for the Carnival Destiny
Norwich, Connecticut
128 Posts
Joined Jan 2004
We were getting off as you were getting on. We too were concerned about stuff that was said about the NE, but we had a blast!

Everyone from Captain Ryan all the way down to the deck hands were top notch.

We are looking forward already to our next cruise in Sept. 05

Nordic Empress 3/2004
Elizabethtown, PA
2 Posts
Joined Oct 2003
yeh looks like I have the cruise bug now! We are considering the Caribbean princess in sept. we will get to revisit Grand Cayman and Cozumel....and get to make a visit to Jamaica, sounds like an awesome trip! we'll make our decision this week if anyone knows about the ship I would appreciate any feed back.

Nordic Empress 3-27-04