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#1
Barbados
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There's an entire section on these Message Boards devoted to REVIEWS..
http://www.cruisecritic.com/memberreviews/index.cfm
..where cruisers recount their shipboard experiences.

I went looking for Ocean Village reviews to find only six
http://www.cruisecritic.com/memberre...hip&ShipID=289
two of them dating back to 2003 and 2005
for Eastern Caribbean cruises!
Dear oh dear!

I then went looking for Ocean Village Two reviews
to discover there are none at all: zero!

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Boys and girls, we are an enthusiastic group in here
as I've discovered over the last few weeks
and I feel we owe it to ourselves -and to others who may be considering booking-
to each contribute a review of our past cruises on either OV1 or OV2

I shall be submitting a review of my January 2nd-9th OV2 Eastern Caribbean cruise
and would like to encourage anyone who's just returned from any recent Ocean Village holiday
whether Med. or Caribbean - on either ship
to please put together a few words
to remedy this dearth of valuable opinion re. our favourite cruise line.

Surely we can do this?
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#2
The Wirral NW-England
441 Posts
Joined Oct 2007
I fully agree with you Aplmac, as a new cruiser I have been searching for reviews and have been very dissapointed not to find any. Like you, I shall be writing my review as soon as I come back in March 2008 (Good or Bad).
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Derek & Lynne

OV2 27th Feb 2008 Caribbean
OV2 25th March 2009 Transatlantic
OV1 10th June 2010 Western Med
OV1 21 October 2010 Farewell Voyage to Singapore
Azura 17th March 2011 Transatlantic
Azura 11th November 2011 Caribbean Again
Aurora 2nd September 2012 USA & Canada
Arcadia 16th June 2013 Fjords
Arcadia 23rd June 2013 Baltic
Azura 15th November 2014 Caribbean
Britannia 13 June 2015 The Med
#3
Nottingham, UK
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Also Cruisecritic has only recently recognised Ocean Village "2" as a ship. So people could not select that. Don't forget Ocean Village 2 only started earlier this year!
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Symphony Of The Seas - 30th Sept 2018
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COMPLETED CRUISES (31 cruises, 12 ships, 254 nights at sea)
Norwegian Jade - May '17 11nt UK circumnavigation; Aug '17 15nt Iceland/Norway
Harmony of the Seas - Sept '16 7nt west med; May/June '16 7nt Maiden Voyage ; May '16 3nt Preview Cherbourg; May '16 4nt Preview Rotterdam
Norwegian Epic - Apr '16 10nt extended West Med; Sept '15 6nt Iberian Penisula; Sept '14 7nt West Med; October '13 13nt westbound transatlantic; Sep '13 7nt west med; October '12 13nt Westbound Transatlantic; Apr/May '12 7nt West Med; May/Jun '11 7nt West Med
Norwegian Escape - Oct/Nov '15 10nt Transatlantic inaugural cruise - Southampton - Miami; Oct '15 TA preview cruise - Southampton CTN; Oct '15 1nt Southampton CTN
Anthem of the Seas - Oct '15 3nt sampler cruise

Allure of the Seas - May '15 5nt West Med
Norwegian Spirit - Mar '15 10nt Canary Islands;
Mar '14 9nt Canary/Morocco
Independence of the Seas - May '14 6nt France/Spain; Dec '10 11nt Canaries
Norwegian Getaway - Jan '14 sampler
Norwegian Breakaway - May 13 7nt Inaugural Transatlantic
Ocean Village 1 - Aug '10 7nt West Med; Jan '08 14nt Central Americas; April '07 17nt Trans Atlantic Barbados-Crete; May '06 14nt West Med; May '05 14nt West Med
Ocean Village 2 - Apr '09 7nt Maiden East Med Pyramids
#4
Nottingham, UK
7,033 Posts
Joined Mar 2006
Interesting to read the OV2 "professional review" just added on this site. I see that it clarifies the purpose of the "club" lounge as for those in the suites to pay £70 a week for free internet access, free water/soft drinks and free alcoholic drinks 5pm-8pm!
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COMING UP:
Norwegian Bliss - inaugural cruise 21st April 2018
Independence of the Seas - mini cruise - August 2018
Symphony Of The Seas - 30th Sept 2018
Navigator of the Seas -80s Festival - 12th October 2018
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COMPLETED CRUISES (31 cruises, 12 ships, 254 nights at sea)
Norwegian Jade - May '17 11nt UK circumnavigation; Aug '17 15nt Iceland/Norway
Harmony of the Seas - Sept '16 7nt west med; May/June '16 7nt Maiden Voyage ; May '16 3nt Preview Cherbourg; May '16 4nt Preview Rotterdam
Norwegian Epic - Apr '16 10nt extended West Med; Sept '15 6nt Iberian Penisula; Sept '14 7nt West Med; October '13 13nt westbound transatlantic; Sep '13 7nt west med; October '12 13nt Westbound Transatlantic; Apr/May '12 7nt West Med; May/Jun '11 7nt West Med
Norwegian Escape - Oct/Nov '15 10nt Transatlantic inaugural cruise - Southampton - Miami; Oct '15 TA preview cruise - Southampton CTN; Oct '15 1nt Southampton CTN
Anthem of the Seas - Oct '15 3nt sampler cruise

Allure of the Seas - May '15 5nt West Med
Norwegian Spirit - Mar '15 10nt Canary Islands;
Mar '14 9nt Canary/Morocco
Independence of the Seas - May '14 6nt France/Spain; Dec '10 11nt Canaries
Norwegian Getaway - Jan '14 sampler
Norwegian Breakaway - May 13 7nt Inaugural Transatlantic
Ocean Village 1 - Aug '10 7nt West Med; Jan '08 14nt Central Americas; April '07 17nt Trans Atlantic Barbados-Crete; May '06 14nt West Med; May '05 14nt West Med
Ocean Village 2 - Apr '09 7nt Maiden East Med Pyramids
#5
UK
155 Posts
Joined Nov 2007
Am I right in thinking that passengers from the first two week cruise of the western Caribbean on OV1 would be due home this morning? I am now looking for reviews on this board, didn't realise there was another one. Wasn't one of the female participants due back today and we're all looking out for what she has to say about it? I do hope so.

Eileen
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Eastern Caribbean -Barbados, Antigua, Grenada, Margarita, Tobago, Tortola, St.Maarten, St.Kitts, St.Lucia - March 2006
Western Caribbean -Jamaica, Colombia, Panama, Costa Rica, Mexico, Belize, Honduras, Cayman - January 2008
#6
184 Posts
Joined Sep 2007
Yes squeakydust back today , think she lives in Scotland though

So may have to wait a while .

Looking forward to hearing where the DIDNT go to and WHY !!!!
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#7
Barbados
26,596 Posts
Joined May 2007
Originally posted by Single Cruiser
Also Cruisecritic has only recently recognised Ocean Village 2 as a ship.
So people could not select that.
Don't forget Ocean Village 2 only started earlier this year!
Yes, you're quite right.

Even cruiseclues.com
http://cruiseclues.com/shipstips/

-a normally verrry comprehensive cruise ship website-
hasn't yet recognized the existence of OV2
(I just checked.. and it's still only OV1 !)

Anyway...now that Cruisecritic has included OV2 as a review option
maybe now we'll get a few good reads!
I'm sure there are several of us wanting to hear all about it!


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Here are two of our favourite ships!
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#8
Barbados
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Originally posted by tigertim
Yes squeakydust back today ,
- think she lives in Scotland though
So may have to wait a while.
Give her a chance to get back home, settle herself,
catch up on email, bills, goodness knows what else
- it'll be maybe a week before she'll be ready to sit and write us a decent account!

Reviews shouldn't be done in a rush,
certainly not First Thing as soon as you get back home!
Let the memory settle and congeal a bit
before putting pen to paper as it were.
Don't rush your review: it'll be standing there for a long time


Those of you who've been home now for months, but haven't done a review..
this would be a good time to do it!


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After 5 days crossing the Atlantic
look at all those cruisers on the top deck
anxious for their first Terra Firma in some time
- and it's Barbados at that!

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#9
Ewing, NJ
19,925 Posts
Joined Jan 2000
Yes! We'd love to publish your OV reviews! Send 'em on in!

Laura
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#10
Nottingham, UK
7,033 Posts
Joined Mar 2006
There's actually two members due home early hours of this morning. I should imagine after jet-lag, driving back to Scotland, unpacking, washing etc.. it will be Friday before we see Squeakydust back on here! and then the questions will begin
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COMING UP:
Norwegian Bliss - inaugural cruise 21st April 2018
Independence of the Seas - mini cruise - August 2018
Symphony Of The Seas - 30th Sept 2018
Navigator of the Seas -80s Festival - 12th October 2018
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COMPLETED CRUISES (31 cruises, 12 ships, 254 nights at sea)
Norwegian Jade - May '17 11nt UK circumnavigation; Aug '17 15nt Iceland/Norway
Harmony of the Seas - Sept '16 7nt west med; May/June '16 7nt Maiden Voyage ; May '16 3nt Preview Cherbourg; May '16 4nt Preview Rotterdam
Norwegian Epic - Apr '16 10nt extended West Med; Sept '15 6nt Iberian Penisula; Sept '14 7nt West Med; October '13 13nt westbound transatlantic; Sep '13 7nt west med; October '12 13nt Westbound Transatlantic; Apr/May '12 7nt West Med; May/Jun '11 7nt West Med
Norwegian Escape - Oct/Nov '15 10nt Transatlantic inaugural cruise - Southampton - Miami; Oct '15 TA preview cruise - Southampton CTN; Oct '15 1nt Southampton CTN
Anthem of the Seas - Oct '15 3nt sampler cruise

Allure of the Seas - May '15 5nt West Med
Norwegian Spirit - Mar '15 10nt Canary Islands;
Mar '14 9nt Canary/Morocco
Independence of the Seas - May '14 6nt France/Spain; Dec '10 11nt Canaries
Norwegian Getaway - Jan '14 sampler
Norwegian Breakaway - May 13 7nt Inaugural Transatlantic
Ocean Village 1 - Aug '10 7nt West Med; Jan '08 14nt Central Americas; April '07 17nt Trans Atlantic Barbados-Crete; May '06 14nt West Med; May '05 14nt West Med
Ocean Village 2 - Apr '09 7nt Maiden East Med Pyramids
#11
Nottingham, UK
7,033 Posts
Joined Mar 2006
Well persuaded by Aplmac, I've eventually written a review of my trans-atlantic trip earlier this year! Submitted to cruise critic so hopefully will appear shortly, else I'll just post it here
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COMING UP:
Norwegian Bliss - inaugural cruise 21st April 2018
Independence of the Seas - mini cruise - August 2018
Symphony Of The Seas - 30th Sept 2018
Navigator of the Seas -80s Festival - 12th October 2018
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COMPLETED CRUISES (31 cruises, 12 ships, 254 nights at sea)
Norwegian Jade - May '17 11nt UK circumnavigation; Aug '17 15nt Iceland/Norway
Harmony of the Seas - Sept '16 7nt west med; May/June '16 7nt Maiden Voyage ; May '16 3nt Preview Cherbourg; May '16 4nt Preview Rotterdam
Norwegian Epic - Apr '16 10nt extended West Med; Sept '15 6nt Iberian Penisula; Sept '14 7nt West Med; October '13 13nt westbound transatlantic; Sep '13 7nt west med; October '12 13nt Westbound Transatlantic; Apr/May '12 7nt West Med; May/Jun '11 7nt West Med
Norwegian Escape - Oct/Nov '15 10nt Transatlantic inaugural cruise - Southampton - Miami; Oct '15 TA preview cruise - Southampton CTN; Oct '15 1nt Southampton CTN
Anthem of the Seas - Oct '15 3nt sampler cruise

Allure of the Seas - May '15 5nt West Med
Norwegian Spirit - Mar '15 10nt Canary Islands;
Mar '14 9nt Canary/Morocco
Independence of the Seas - May '14 6nt France/Spain; Dec '10 11nt Canaries
Norwegian Getaway - Jan '14 sampler
Norwegian Breakaway - May 13 7nt Inaugural Transatlantic
Ocean Village 1 - Aug '10 7nt West Med; Jan '08 14nt Central Americas; April '07 17nt Trans Atlantic Barbados-Crete; May '06 14nt West Med; May '05 14nt West Med
Ocean Village 2 - Apr '09 7nt Maiden East Med Pyramids
#12
Barnsley south yorkshire
151 Posts
Joined Dec 2007
My son who is aged 10 went on the olives and ouzo in August this year with his grandparents, he wants to write a review from a childs perspective, do you think this would be a good idea ? it could possibly help parents taking children ? let me know what you think and he will get to work if this is thought acceptable
#13
Nottingham, UK
7,033 Posts
Joined Mar 2006
I think it's an excellent idea and would make a good project for him..
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COMING UP:
Norwegian Bliss - inaugural cruise 21st April 2018
Independence of the Seas - mini cruise - August 2018
Symphony Of The Seas - 30th Sept 2018
Navigator of the Seas -80s Festival - 12th October 2018
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COMPLETED CRUISES (31 cruises, 12 ships, 254 nights at sea)
Norwegian Jade - May '17 11nt UK circumnavigation; Aug '17 15nt Iceland/Norway
Harmony of the Seas - Sept '16 7nt west med; May/June '16 7nt Maiden Voyage ; May '16 3nt Preview Cherbourg; May '16 4nt Preview Rotterdam
Norwegian Epic - Apr '16 10nt extended West Med; Sept '15 6nt Iberian Penisula; Sept '14 7nt West Med; October '13 13nt westbound transatlantic; Sep '13 7nt west med; October '12 13nt Westbound Transatlantic; Apr/May '12 7nt West Med; May/Jun '11 7nt West Med
Norwegian Escape - Oct/Nov '15 10nt Transatlantic inaugural cruise - Southampton - Miami; Oct '15 TA preview cruise - Southampton CTN; Oct '15 1nt Southampton CTN
Anthem of the Seas - Oct '15 3nt sampler cruise

Allure of the Seas - May '15 5nt West Med
Norwegian Spirit - Mar '15 10nt Canary Islands;
Mar '14 9nt Canary/Morocco
Independence of the Seas - May '14 6nt France/Spain; Dec '10 11nt Canaries
Norwegian Getaway - Jan '14 sampler
Norwegian Breakaway - May 13 7nt Inaugural Transatlantic
Ocean Village 1 - Aug '10 7nt West Med; Jan '08 14nt Central Americas; April '07 17nt Trans Atlantic Barbados-Crete; May '06 14nt West Med; May '05 14nt West Med
Ocean Village 2 - Apr '09 7nt Maiden East Med Pyramids
#14
Barbados
26,596 Posts
Joined May 2007
Originally posted by Single Cruiser
Well persuaded by Aplmac,
I've eventually written a review of my trans-atlantic trip earlier this year!
Submitted to cruise critic so hopefully will appear shortly, else I'll just post it here
Bravo! and many thanks.
I'll check them out right away!

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That reminds me... I should check to see if my Destiny review (May 07 cruise)
submitted 3 or 4 days ago.. has made it 'to Press' !

They emailed me back a response, and I had to get back to them with a correction:
she seemed very chatty and helpful - I reckon they really appreciate our reviews,
so please consider compiling yours?
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#15
Barnsley south yorkshire
151 Posts
Joined Dec 2007
hello i am george aged 10, i have finished my report and my mum has posted it on to the people who i think mark it? i will do another in January i like doing them, and even got the photos out to remember things we did and places we went. i also got to stay up late tonight to do this, COOL !!!!
#16
Barbados
26,596 Posts
Joined May 2007
Originally posted by poledancer
hello i am george aged 10, i have finished my report
and my mum has posted it on to the people who i think mark it?
i will do another in January i like doing them,
and even got the photos out to remember things we did
and places we went. ===> brilliant memory-recall technique
I also got to stay up late tonight to do this, COOL !!!!
Hi,George,
Thanks for writing the review. You're the best!
We need more review-people like you,man!

You're probably The Coolest 10 year old on this forum, dude!

We're looking forward to your second review, in January
which is when I'll be doing mine too..
after I return home from my cruise Jan.2nd - 9th.
so if you'll keep a look out for mine,
I'll keep a look out for yours.
How's that?
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#17
Nottingham, UK
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Originally posted by poledancer
hello i am george aged 10, i have finished my report and my mum has posted it on to the people who i think mark it? i will do another in January i like doing them, and even got the photos out to remember things we did and places we went. i also got to stay up late tonight to do this, COOL !!!!
Well done George. I'm sure they'll give it a great mark.
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COMING UP:
Norwegian Bliss - inaugural cruise 21st April 2018
Independence of the Seas - mini cruise - August 2018
Symphony Of The Seas - 30th Sept 2018
Navigator of the Seas -80s Festival - 12th October 2018
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COMPLETED CRUISES (31 cruises, 12 ships, 254 nights at sea)
Norwegian Jade - May '17 11nt UK circumnavigation; Aug '17 15nt Iceland/Norway
Harmony of the Seas - Sept '16 7nt west med; May/June '16 7nt Maiden Voyage ; May '16 3nt Preview Cherbourg; May '16 4nt Preview Rotterdam
Norwegian Epic - Apr '16 10nt extended West Med; Sept '15 6nt Iberian Penisula; Sept '14 7nt West Med; October '13 13nt westbound transatlantic; Sep '13 7nt west med; October '12 13nt Westbound Transatlantic; Apr/May '12 7nt West Med; May/Jun '11 7nt West Med
Norwegian Escape - Oct/Nov '15 10nt Transatlantic inaugural cruise - Southampton - Miami; Oct '15 TA preview cruise - Southampton CTN; Oct '15 1nt Southampton CTN
Anthem of the Seas - Oct '15 3nt sampler cruise

Allure of the Seas - May '15 5nt West Med
Norwegian Spirit - Mar '15 10nt Canary Islands;
Mar '14 9nt Canary/Morocco
Independence of the Seas - May '14 6nt France/Spain; Dec '10 11nt Canaries
Norwegian Getaway - Jan '14 sampler
Norwegian Breakaway - May 13 7nt Inaugural Transatlantic
Ocean Village 1 - Aug '10 7nt West Med; Jan '08 14nt Central Americas; April '07 17nt Trans Atlantic Barbados-Crete; May '06 14nt West Med; May '05 14nt West Med
Ocean Village 2 - Apr '09 7nt Maiden East Med Pyramids
#18
Scotland, UK
1,574 Posts
Joined Feb 2005
Ooh, I'll be very interested to read your review George. Once it's 'marked' and available for view please let us know where we can read it.
I might make my 11 and 12 year olds do one too, if I can get them off Runescape?!
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Ocean Village 1 b2b East Caribbean - Nov 2005 (with kids)
Thomsons Emerald b2b Caribbean - Oct 1999
Thomsons Island Breeze (innaugeral sailing) b2b Med. - July 1997
#19
Nottingham, UK
7,033 Posts
Joined Mar 2006
Both George and my 2nd review have been posted. I love George's review , kids always tell it in a wonderful way. Especially when they took him to the 2nd session of the comedian who swore a lot .

Thank you very much George.
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COMING UP:
Norwegian Bliss - inaugural cruise 21st April 2018
Independence of the Seas - mini cruise - August 2018
Symphony Of The Seas - 30th Sept 2018
Navigator of the Seas -80s Festival - 12th October 2018
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COMPLETED CRUISES (31 cruises, 12 ships, 254 nights at sea)
Norwegian Jade - May '17 11nt UK circumnavigation; Aug '17 15nt Iceland/Norway
Harmony of the Seas - Sept '16 7nt west med; May/June '16 7nt Maiden Voyage ; May '16 3nt Preview Cherbourg; May '16 4nt Preview Rotterdam
Norwegian Epic - Apr '16 10nt extended West Med; Sept '15 6nt Iberian Penisula; Sept '14 7nt West Med; October '13 13nt westbound transatlantic; Sep '13 7nt west med; October '12 13nt Westbound Transatlantic; Apr/May '12 7nt West Med; May/Jun '11 7nt West Med
Norwegian Escape - Oct/Nov '15 10nt Transatlantic inaugural cruise - Southampton - Miami; Oct '15 TA preview cruise - Southampton CTN; Oct '15 1nt Southampton CTN
Anthem of the Seas - Oct '15 3nt sampler cruise

Allure of the Seas - May '15 5nt West Med
Norwegian Spirit - Mar '15 10nt Canary Islands;
Mar '14 9nt Canary/Morocco
Independence of the Seas - May '14 6nt France/Spain; Dec '10 11nt Canaries
Norwegian Getaway - Jan '14 sampler
Norwegian Breakaway - May 13 7nt Inaugural Transatlantic
Ocean Village 1 - Aug '10 7nt West Med; Jan '08 14nt Central Americas; April '07 17nt Trans Atlantic Barbados-Crete; May '06 14nt West Med; May '05 14nt West Med
Ocean Village 2 - Apr '09 7nt Maiden East Med Pyramids
#20
Barnsley south yorkshire
151 Posts
Joined Dec 2007
hello my report is now on the website, squeakydust i hope there is some children my age on the cruise was there many on yours and did your children enjoy it ?