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Carnival Triumph Best cruise yet! by JennSTX
Just got back (well yesterday) from a five day cruise with my 7yo son. We had a BLAST! This is the 3rd time I've sailed on the Triumph but 1st since it was overhauled after the infamous "poop cruise". It is SO MUCH better now! They fixed the pool area and it looks amazing and it is so much more fun. The hot tub is no longer smack dab behind glass which made it impossible for anyone on the deck to see anything - now they have TWO new hot tubs pushed back and the new pool is so so so so much more inviting with a shallow ledge around the deep part so that you can sit on the ledge but in the water, moms with babies can have a place to let the little kids splash and you can swim. Our cruise was packed with not as many kids and even with nothing but sunny, calm seas and warm weather and tons of people on the Lido deck it never felt too packed. Continue reading... Best cruise yet!

Celebrity Solstice Tracy Arm Fjord cruise June-July 2013 by gator489
Our Solstice June 28 cruise was more of a last minute decision since my husband Allan and I were visiting relatives in Canada and decided " why not fly to Seattle and cruise? It was a great decision. The boarding process was fast and so easy compared to Ft. Lauderdale and Miami. As Elite Captain’s Club members, we were on the ship in less than 15 minutes " walking took the greater portion of those minutes. We joined other Cruise Critic members at the Sail Away and began a wonderful week journey. The Solstice was beautiful and the crew always seemed to smile and offered a "good day” as we passed them. Our cabin stewards took good care of us without being intrusive. This is the first Celebrity cruise we have had the towel critters and they added a bit of whimsy to the room. My favorite was the gator in the bathroom! We had Select Dining and usually ate at the same table. Food was very good as was the service. Continue reading... Tracy Arm Fjord cruise June-July 2013

Norwegian Star Wonderful Faroes, Norway and Shetlands by Cubechick
The only reason we booked this cruise was for the fantastic and unusual itinerary. Departing from Copenhagen we were in for a 12-day treat that featured Norway, the Shetland Islands, the Faroe Islands, Iceland and Sweden.
A little about us. This was our 24th cruise, all with Norwegian, and our second cruise aboard the Star. We obviously enjoy Freestyle cruising and Norwegian, or we would not continue to sail with them. It has been our experience on the vast majority of our cruises that the crews on NCL’s ships are some of the friendliest people you’ll ever meet, the ships are clean from staterooms to public areas, and the food ranges from good to very good. Continue reading... Wonderful Faroes, Norway and Shetlands

Brilliance of the Seas Awesome cruise! by wannaGoNorth
This was our 5th cruise. The Brilliance was spotless. Every inch of the ship was clean. The staff was also adamant that guests use hand sanitizer before & after every meal. We had a cruise ruined a couple years back because of a virus so it was comforting for us to see. The staff bent over backwards to meet our every need. The staff seemed genuinely happy and our dinner crew had a great sense of humor. They kept us laughing during dinner. We love to go to karaoke night but we were sorely disappointed in the host and organization for the karaoke. If you like karaoke, don't bother. Continue reading... Awesome cruise!

Golden Princess 4 Day Cruise to Catalina Island and Ensenada by lorihelms
While we've been on a few cruises, we don't consider ourselves cruise experts. We're in our late 30s, and typically prefer to travel independently. That said, we do seek out cruises for value as a last minute vacation option, a way to relax with multiple generations of family, or to see a smattering of locations in a short time that would otherwise have complex logistics (ex: Alaska or the Baltic Sea). This time, we were looking for a last minute, affordable, relaxing vacation after a few stressful weeks at work, and for that purpose, this cruise didn't disappoint. EMBARKATION This was easy. We drove to the port at San Pedro, parked our car and walked about 100 yards to the building entrance. We arrived around 11am, checked in with no lines, were given a boarding card (group 10) and were on the ship by 12:30 (sitting in the waiting area until our number was called). We were able to stash our bags in our cabin and grab lunch in the buffet with no line or wait. Those that arrived later had longer lines, but that was the only time we saw large queues Continue reading... 4 Day Cruise to Catalina Island and Ensenada

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