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NCL Dawn - Christmas New Years Cruise 12-22-05 to 1-2-06

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This is a long review. Please let me know if you have questions...

 

This was a wonderful Christmas cruise to the Western Caribbean. The weather was fantastic, hot and sunny with only one cloudy day in Jamaica! The ship was decorated nicely for Christmas but was tastefully subdued. There were plenty of families with children on board. Most children and young teens seemed to enjoy the Kids Crew activities and were not running about on the ship unsupervised. We heard running in the corridor near our cabin once on New Years Eve. We did have a balcony cabin at the very end of the starboard side of the ship, as far as we could from the elevators and stairwells to minimize noise We really really enjoyed the balcony, our haven from the crowds around the pool deck..and no jockeying for deck chairs!

 

EMBARKATION- Used the NCL bus service from Boston. This was a good alternative as the NYC Transit strike was still going strong, we got to the pier about 6 hours after boarding the bus in Boston. The embarkation process took about 45 minutes.

 

As soon as we boarded I got into the Specialty Reservation lines to make dinner reservations for the entire cruise. It was about an hour wait, but we got the reservations we wanted at Le Bistro on Christmas Eve and New Years Eve. Unless you are a suite passenger with access to a concierge, you need to make specialty reservations early to avoid disappointment.

 

DINING – We chose Cagney’s the first night of the cruise, due to the reduced price of the cover charge. This was our mistake as Cagneys was too busy that night to provide good service. We waited over an hour for the main course to be served and my DH’s Porterhouse steak was tough. Filet Mignon and lobster were good. Go on a non-discount night for good service.

 

We chose Le Bistro for Christmas Eve and New Years Eve. Both were exceptional meals with excellent service. Fire Star selections are flamed at your table which was very exciting!

 

Impressions provided excellent service for Christmas Day, although the turkey selection was rather dry.

 

Our preferred non-specialty dining venue was Venetian. We tend to dine early or very late, when Venetian is relatively quiet and the staff have more time to be attentive to our needs. We were very pleased with Venetian. The steak was better here than at Cagney’s.

 

We went to Salsa’s once. We are from New England and not used to spicy food. For us, the food was too spicy, but service was good. Some people raved Salsa’s was the best restaurant on the ship.

 

La Trattoria was a disappointment. Our table was not initially set with a table runner of green white and red. After we were seated, the wait staff set a dirty runner on our table and tried to cover the stains with the salt and pepper shakers. I wish they had not laid the runner at all. The staff seemed overworked and had trouble with our requests. Pizza was good, the Chicken Parmesan was dry and unappetizing.

 

The Garden Café was OK for a quick snack or breakfast. Think Old Country Buffet…nothing special but adequate for a buffet and always busy with multitudes of people.

 

 

ACTIVITIES – We didn’t have much luck in the casino, so we spent little time there. The Jean Ann Ryan shows were good, although Bollywood has been playing for a long time (this was the second time we saw it). The comedians were entertaining as well as the magic shows. We enjoyed the music in the many clubs. We are ‘beginner’ ballroom dancers and would have like to see more ballroom dance classes and opportunites to dance.

 

We attended ballroom dance classes. There were 3 one hour classes covering two dances in each class. Chris and TL were the teachers, and they are part of the Jean Ann Ryan group. We took two private ballroom dance lessons from Chris that really helped us improve our technique, especially in the leading and following. If your male partner doesn’t lead you with his wrist and right forearm, take a private lesson to learn this marvelous secret. We have taken lessons on and off for years and were never taught this method.

 

 

PORTS –

 

Jamaica – Christmas Day.

The ship docked in Jamaica. We took a ship excursion as we were not sure what would be open or operating. There was some shopping at the port and a small mall nearby. We went to Dolphin Cove to practice snorkeling, which was crowded, but plenty of available lounge chairs due to the cloudy weather. We climbed Dunns Falls, a rather strenuous activity for those over 50! My husband made it but I bailed out and climbed the stairs instead. Bring your own water shoes to climb the falls rather than rent them.

 

 

Grand Cayman

We had to tender from Spotts Bay as the water was too rough to tender into Georgetown. There is nothing at Spotts Bay to look at. It is a fenced in sand parking lot. Many people just returned to the ship. You could get a tour or a taxi to take you into Georgetown at Spotts. Getting the tender back wasn’t too bad, possibly a 45 minute wait.

 

In this port we took a private tour, the Captain Bryan Buccaneer. We were picked up at Spotts Bay and driven to the catamaran which was good. However, we were very disappointed in the Buccaneer itself. It was easy to get in and out of the water on this catamaran, as there are steps on the front and back of the boat. But catamaran is so old, the captain didn’t know exactly how old it was or the maker of the boat. It is not well maintained. The boat you see on the website does not appear to be the Buccaneer to our eyes. The crew seemed bored with handling tourists and I don’t think too happy to be out on a tour on Boxing Day, a national holiday. Because the water was so rough we didn’t try to snorkel at the two snorkeling stops as were are not strong swimmers. The Stingray City Sandbar (water was 3-4 foot deep) was good, plenty of stingrays, but again the water was rough. At the end of the tour, the photographer “suggested” that the tour participants pull out a $20.00 bill as a tip for the crew. The captain nodded his head and smiled at this suggestion. You’d be amazed how many people gave a $20.00 tip for a $50.00 tour. Personally, the tour fee was enough. I suggest you look carefully at all the reviews for Cayman tours and possibly choose something other than Captain Bryan and the Buccaneer.

 

Roatan, Honduras

The ship was able to dock at Roatan. We took a Victor Bodden taxi tour of the island. Our taxi driver was Lionel. He had excellent knowledge of the area and answered out many questions, stopped wherever we asked him to. We went to the lovely CSI Orphanage to visit the children. Roatan is the most undeveloped of the islands we visited and had a unique character of it’s own. We enjoyed the day on Roatan very much and were pleased with the Bodden tour.

 

Belize City, Belize

Belize City has a good tendering system of high speed boats that bring you to a pier that has a good sized mall area attached. It is similar to the port area in Antigua or Barbados. Our NCL tour was for viewing the Altun Ha Mayan ruins and the Old Belize river. We were happy with the tours. We had never seen Mayan ruins before and were able to climb one of the pyramids. The lunch provided was good and there were some opportunities for shopping. We saw monkeys and many large crocodiles in the river…there should be NO Swimming signs posted on the river! The iguanas are so numerous on the lawns of the residences along the river, they should be called Belize squirrels!

 

Cozumel, Mexico

Cozumel is trying very hard to overcome the devastation caused by Hurricane Wilma and they have done an outstanding job. Many of the shops around the tender dock have been repaired and are open for business. We found that further away from the pier, the damage is more evident and has not yet been repaired. We took an NCL tour in Cozumel, selecting the Atlantis Submarine tour. The submarine was filled to capacity, so we seemed to feel like a bunch of sardines packed into the little submarine. The reef had a wide variety of fish and was very interesting to my 12 year old niece. She forgot how scared she was of being in the submarine as soon as she saw all of the fish!

 

We decided not to go to the NCL Private island. The Cruise Director recommended bringing bug spray…and to me that means Sand Fleas! I have been bitten by those bugs before and didn’t want to repeat the experience.

 

SPA SERVICES – The spa was great, had hair styling, facial, manicure and pedicure. Thoa (pronounced Twa) was very good. Make spa reservations early for the best times. There were no exceptional bargains for services on port days.

 

CHRISTMAS Celebration– We dined at Le Bistro and were late for some of the Christmas festivities. There was a special one time Christmas show. What we saw of it was good. There was Christmas Caroling and religious services as well. Christmas Day there were traditional Christmas dining selections such as turkey and plum pudding. I have a copy of the main restaurant menu for Christmas Dinner if anyone is interested.

 

NEW YEARS EVE – The ship was decorated with balloons for the festivities. There was music in nearly every lounges and on the pool deck. The party got into gear after 11PM, with the distribution of party favors and hats. I didn’t see any free champagne, but I was told there was some. Guess we were just not in the right spot to find it. Many of the crew were present for the celebrations as well. It was fun and memorable New Years Eve.

 

DEBARKATION – Went very smoothly, and we were off the ship and out of the pier area in a very short time. Debarkation occurred from both Deck 7 Midship and Deck 6 Forward.

 

 

ODDS and ENDS –

 

There are laundry rooms on Dawn which have 3 washers and 3 dryers. There are free to use, just bring your own soap or buy a box using 4 US Quarters. The laundry room on the 11th deck has washers that take about 30 minutes to complete a cycle. The dryers are awful, taking nearly 2 hours to dry a normal load of clothes. Don’t miss the $20.00 all you can stuff in a bag laundry special, the laundry special was offered twice on the 11 day cruise

 

The Adult Only Spa Pool and Relaxation area on Deck 11 Aft is our favorite spot for getting away from the crowds. We went there every day. Early mornings or evenings are least crowded.

 

Linda the Cruise Director was OK, but she talked incessantly. A little more information and less NCL commercial would have been an improvement. Constant shipwide announcements for bingo were annoying.

 

We took the Dawn two years ago on a Southern Caribbean voyage. NCL seems to be cutting corners to improve their bottom line. I remember there were barbeque ribs on the pool deck 2 years ago, and none this year.

 

We had a good Cruise Critic get together, about 20 members attended. Island Luxon was very good to arrange the details of the meeting onboard Dawn. We had a short briefing about the ship with some of the senior staff.

 

We missed the Murder Mystery Dinner due to getting back later than expected from Grand Cayman. We did hear some of the participants in the Venetian that night and it sounded like fun.

 

The Cabin Stewards were very good and kept the room in good order.. The ship ran out of eggshell mattress pads and the steward padded the bed with extra duvets which helped a lot.

 

We had a good time on this cruise. We will probably go on another NCL cruise in the future. I would recommend this cruise to anyone who enjoys “Freestyle” dining, which seems to be the major difference between NCL and other cruise lines.

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Thanks for the review! Sounds like you had a wonderful time!!

We are contemplating this ship for our next cruise. How did your 12 year old niece enjoy the kids club/activities?

 

~Connie

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Now that NCL is no longer providing the bus from Boston, did you have to wait for the bus after getting off the ship or was it there waiting for you just like it was when it was provided by NCL/

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HI 4merlurker...My niece is a "tweener". She really is too old for the 9-12 group, and too young for the 13-17 year old group. She preferred to stay with us or go to the video arcade on her own. She had a good time on the cruise. I think other kids must have had a great time in the Kids Crew since we really didn't seems to see many kids except at the Oasis pool. Which was amazing for a holiday cruise!

 

Hi Smellytoes...We apparently had the last bus on 1-2-06 through NCL. It was right at the pier when we got off. We were delayed leaving New York by 90 minutes because 3 people who never took the bus and probably missed the cruise never got on the bus departing NYC. NCL wouldn't let the bus leave until the ship was empty to make sure they weren't left behind. The new bus arrangement may be better.

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Hi! We, too, just returned from the 12/22 Dawn Holiday Cruise. We're a family of 4: DH, and sons, ages 8 and 6 1/2. We had an AF cabin mid-deck on 11. Away from elevators, but were bothered early each morning when they began moving deck chairs around on pool deck above us!!

 

We felt shore excursions were overpriced in general. This was our 15th cruise, so we aren't newbies when it comes to prices. Our last NCL cruise prior to this one was 7 years ago.

 

One disappointing experience we had was this: we had signed up for a tour in Belize. We were in the theatre by 7 AM, as per the tour ticket. By 7:30, they hadn't called our tour yet. DH goes to ask shore excusion staffer what's up, only to be told tour was cancelled! Staff didn't offer an apology or seem the least bit sympathetic. They claimed to have sent notices around - haven't they heard of leaving a phone message? We decided to pocket the couple hundred dollars from the cancelled tour and enjoy the quietness of the ship.

 

Agree with Luv-to-Cruise: Cruise Director Linda spoke a little too frequently and her talks were more like a NCL infomercial.

 

Having self-serve laundry on board was a blessing. Feel you can do better doing it yourself than the $20/ per bag. For $20, you can buy a lot of soap and do smaller loads. I didn't find the dryers to take any longer than necessary; but I did smaller loads than I would at home. Best time to do laundry: port days when everyone's off ship!

 

Our cabin steward seemed to have a lot of cabins to do; most days, it'd be 1 PM before our cabin was made up.

 

Overall, food was pretty good. We enjoyed Venetian - very elegant and good service. We ate at several of the Specialty Restaurants - they were OK, but I'd recommend eating at the 3 main dining venues and save your money. We're of the opinion that cuisine is included in your cruise fare - why should you pay additional, albeit a "cover charge"?

 

Embarkation and Disembarkation went smoothly, as Luv-to-Cruise said. We were off the ship by 9:45 AM on 1/2 - couldn't have gone any faster.

 

My husband enjoyed the BBQ ribs served poolside on either our first or second sea day. On the last sea day, he raved about the BBQ chicken being served, also poolside.

 

As was also mentioned, the ship was elegantly decorated for the holidays.

And, what makes any cruise a hit or miss, we had near-perfect weather and calm seas. Another bonus and major reason why we selected this cruise was it left from NY. Finally, we didn't have to deal with flying during the holidays!!

 

Enjoy your cruise next week - Bon Voyage!

 

Susan

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Glad you guys had a wonderful time. I did notice that conners were cut around the food on my Dawn cruise in Oct. But that will not stop me from sailing her again in FEB. :D Thanks for the review.

 

Marie

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"We decided not to go to the NCL Private island. The Cruise Director recommended bringing bug spray…and to me that means Sand Fleas! I have been bitten by those bugs before and didn’t want to repeat the experience."

 

Our group had a waonderful time on the private island, but I did wonder what those little bugs were. They were so small they were almost not seen. They were really bad by the paddle boats and trees. I have what seems to be a million bites and I used bug spray. My ankles and lower legs are still itching and blotchy. Benadryl has not helped. Anyone with suggestions or how long the bites last. Three of us are still scratching.

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Hi Swmrgrl...sorry about those sand fleas! They should stop itching in a week...I know that's way too long. We once made the mistake of bringing sandy towels intothe house to run through the washer. The fleas seemed to like any piece of carpet they could find and it took months to be totally rid of them. Now I always leave sandy towels outside and spray them down with a garden hose and let them dry before bringing them in to wash.

 

It was great meeting you at the CC Meet & Greet. It was a grand cruise..and too soon it was over. Have a Happy New Year!

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Our family took the Norwegian Jewel Christmas cruise from 12-25-05 through 1-1-06. There were 32 members in our party and I have yet to hear any of them say anything positive about the cruise. My complaints are as follows.

 

Food. Absolutely the worst food I've ever had on a cruise ship. They went cheap and it showed. A great many people lived on burgers and hot dogs because the food was so bad. The only way to get better food was to pay extra at one of the specialty restaurants. Unfortunately they were all booked for the entire cruise and you couldn't get in to most of them. Even then, it was only about what normal cruise food on other cruise lines should be. Certainly nothing special about any of it. It appears that NCL's policy is providing sub standard food in the dining rooms to encourage the use of the specialty (read profit center) restaurants. Cagney's steak house was an absolute rip off. It costs an extra $15 dollars per person to get in. If you wanted something like a lobster, it was another $10 dollars on top of that. Needless to say, no one was happy with this arrangement. The feeling of being cheated is still with me.

 

Drinks. Very expensive. $8 to $10 per drink. $2 for soft drinks. If you prefer to drink, smuggle your own liquor aboard or it will cost you a fortune. Also inconsistant. Some times it was $8 and sometimes $10. None of us were able to figure that out.

 

Entertainment. The music by the pool was so loud that after 3 days both my wife and her brother lost their voices from attempting to scream over the band. Their theory seemed to be that whatever they lacked in quality, they would make up for with volume. This was the same with every musical act I was unfortunate to encounter save one. Either my hearing is exceptional or the rest of the world is deaf. The stage shows were so bad, we only went to 2 of them and left in the middle of the second. We did not bother with any of the others as the reports from other passengers indicated they were no better. On a new ship, this is both pitiful and unacceptable.

 

Cabins. The cabins were new, comfortable and the bathrooms an improvement over others I've been in on older ships. The down side is that the toilets would not flush much of the time. Both my brothers in law had cabins (8552,8554) with non functional toilets for the entire trip. Imagine needing to go and having to get up, get dressed and go find a public toilet in order to go to the bathroom. NCL's view of compensation was to give them each a bottle of cheap house wine. Whoopee! Nothing like cheap wine for men who don't drink wine. I felt that we were lucky that our toilet was only broken 3 times during the 7 days. My father in law in the next cabin had a similar break down rate.

 

Casino. One mistake after another. Constantly checking the cameras to find out the dealers made a lot of mistakes. Too many high stakes tables with no one at them while normal tables had people waiting. Just plain stupid.

 

"Freestyle Cruising". Should be called "Feestyle Cruising" since they used every opportunity to gouge as many people as hard as possible. Sounds like a good idea, unfortunately it didn't work. If you can't get into a restaurant, it may as well nt exist. It also had the negative effect of us having no connection to any member of the ships staff such as your waiter or matre'de. I didn't care if any of them received a gratuity and was and still am deeply offended by NCL hanging a $10 per day, per person fine on each and every passenger regardless of what we thought of the service. More gouging by NCL.

 

This was our last cruise on NCL. The overall experience left a great deal to be desired. Every other cruise line we have been on fed us better, treated us better and we have always departed them feeling pretty good. NCL made sure this didn't happen.

 

The ship was new and beautiful. It goes to prove you can put a pig in a wedding dress but its still a pig.

 

Joe

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Thanks for all the info you took the time to write and it sounds like you had a blast luv to cruise.

 

It seems Joe did not have the same nice experience. It almost sounds like an entirely different cruise on a totally different ship. Different strokes for different folks - sounds like perhaps Joe may be more accustomed to the luxury liners type cruising. Sometimes you have to take the good comments with the bad.

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Actually, it looks like it was a totally different cruise, Started with the Dawn, but jumped to the Jewel?:confused:

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Actually, it looks like it was a totally different cruise, Started with the Dawn, but jumped to the Jewel?:confused:

haha...I hadn't even noticed that! Thanks Mary - don't I feel like a dork:p

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Now I'm trying to figure out why Joe posted his message on this thread...it was kind of tricky, the way he threw me like that.... hah

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I'm going to continue this thread with a Dec 22 holiday DAWN cruise short review:

 

Embarkation - easy - we got to pier around 12:30 and were in our room before 1:30

 

Food - was fine - some things were fantastic. I had two amazing steaks but can't remember which exact steaks they were - one was in venetian and the other was in impressions - both dinner. Both were super tender, very juicy and just absolutely delicious. Other good foods - mozarella sticks at venetian/salsas (can ask for them in venetian) - but we didn't eat them as much as I expected because the other foods were good so we didn't always ask for them after the first few days.

 

We went to salsas, trattoria and the sushi place (we went on 1/2 price night and sat down but two of us got the all you can eat sushi) - food was fine - nothing memorable. DF got REALLY sick that night and the next day (not seasick - food poisoning sick) - we reported it to the information desk and they were a little clueless - I called to ASK if we were supposed to report it since it was exactly like norwalk and she kept telling us to go to the doctor and pay $50 (hilarious. i'm a doctor, he's a nurse) - i kept saying "No - don't you have a way of recording things like this in case there's an outbreak?" anyway, he was fine after one day as expected and we didn't hear anything about anyone else

 

anyway cruise was fantastic for how full they are and the price, etc. Very nice ship.

 

Comments:

 

kids were pretty much out of sight

teenagers were not

 

service was good overall (we were in a BA cabin) - george and joey were our cabin stewards. We tipped and gave presents - in comparison, service was much more personal on the coral princess (same cabin level) both in the cabins and dining rooms. BUT - on the Dawn, stewards were always smiling and nice and saying hello and they got us everything we wanted (bar soap, bathrobes, egg crate mattress on the third night when we just couldn't take it anymore, larger plastic bags for our laundry, etc)

 

Wait staff hit or miss like any restaurant - Reinaldo was very nice in venetian and remembered us and was more like we experienced on the coral princess (with Atilla). Still, we did not have the experience like on the coral where if we asked for something not on the menu, the waiter never made us feel bad about it even if they couldn't do it. Reinaldo got us mozzarella sticks and fresh mozzrella just in case (with crackers) but every time we asked if something was possible, we could tell that they wished we hadn't except reinaldo most times. Again, it was a busy busy cruise so no worries.

 

Salsa's was nice - Seepa was our server once and remembered us later (she was the first one able to get one of us coffee ice cream and she told us how to ask for it elsewhere) I love tortilla chips and I loved theirs. Rest of food very good.

 

Entertainment - jeann ann ryan, bollywood great. Ken and Casey great!!!! Rest were so so.

 

Ports - caribbean - didn't do excursions except DF did ATV in cozumel and really enjoyed it.

 

Other ports we walked as far from the crowds and poverty that we could. Grand Cayman VERY nice (he proposed there!) we got a free taxi ride for just getting engaged and went to the beach and walked. gorgeous! We had to beg to come back though because we only had $10 and a cab ride was $12. Of course they brought us back since it was obvious we hadn't a care in the world, were walking on clouds, and were completely unprepared to be at a beach!

 

The ship's tenders - we found one (number 11) - to REEK - not sure if it was the body smell we thought it was or something else - our well-sailed family with us did not think it was the smell of diesel. I love tenders, boats, etc and don't get sea-sick - love waves, etc but felt really nauseous on this one. On the way back we asked them to keep the doors open which helped.

 

rest of the tenders you could go up top and be outside which was great.

 

what else..... linda - we gave her mid-cruise comments about her unecessarily (and not funny) long talks - she called us, met with us that night after the show and sent us champagne and a fruit basket the next day. We had just gotten engaged that day and mentioned it and she just had no clue - kept calling my DF by "my" last name since it was on the account and never even said "congratulations" She told us to try and have fun or something and we were just thinking "what and who is she talking to???" - it was just weird since we couldn't have been and couldn't be happier now if we tried - we're still on cloud nine!- We don't need luxury or people fawning over us but we experienced normal, personal service on the coral where people paid attention to what we said - just normal everyday courtesy. It just seemed that the service on this ship was strained and more impersonal due to the craziness of the holidays and full ship. Again, no biggie - just reporting our experience.

 

heard the stingray excursions were fantastic

 

Didn't have too much trouble with bugs on GSC - we walked to the end of the rocks well away from all of the people and then swam all the way back. Got a little scraped up coming off the rocks in the shallows at first but it was well worth it!!!! Wonderful amazing waters in all of the ports.

 

self-serve laundries were great - best to do it at night to get machines

 

balcony a very nice haven. We had at least two smokers near us but it didn't bother us too much - cigarette smoke not that great to have to smell but the pipe smoke wasn't bad.

 

pearly king's pub a lot of fun for football - A server, renata was often there and we had a lot of fun with her . The setup of the pub is such that there is a lot of foot traffic that can obstruct your view of the game when people stop and watch - but EVERYONE was great about moving once they realized they were blocking you.

 

Chinese food at blue lagoon hit or miss - pork stir fry too dry first time (they microwave it) but when we asked the second time it was fine and filled that chinese food craving. hot dogs and cheeseburgers at blue lagoon were best on ship. Fish and chips, I understand, were also really really good.

 

room service was excellent. they were very careful with presentation, prompt, accurate, etc. MUCH better than on coral princess. ask for mozzarella or other cheese on the grilled cheese sandwich unless you like kraft orange cheese and white toast (it tasted like that spray orange cheese actually but was something sliced...) chocolate mousse OK but not great

 

showers GREAT! great pressure, removable shower head, tons of room - a thousand times better than the "coffin showers" on the coral princess.

 

Forward jacuzzi on 13 was rarely used but it was kept at 100.4 so not really worth it at night when we went (too cold).

 

Not impressed by gym - gym staff typical.

 

SPA - had for a hair conditioning/scalp massage and mini-facial - at $69 for what I got I thought it was an amazing value. She was SOOO good. Had a manicure at the end from Thoa also which was fine.

 

Spa pool looked wonderful but the only time we went in there the place was packed with what looked like a bunch of families together.

 

Activities - not nearly as well-planned and staff not nearly as funny/capable as we had on Coral princess but still they had put some thought into things like golf putting and the trivia was always good.

 

captain's announcements were always great. Short, sweet, and informative.

 

Debarkation - was fine - sat in stardust until 11:30 or so until everyone who was supposed to be there got there but we still got off the ship before our relatives and once we were off it was quick

 

Anyway, better than we expected - good cruise - good for price at holidays.

 

Andrea

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Did they broadcast from Times Square int he staterooms or on the pool deck? Was the Caribbean band playing? How was the cruise director and the band? Anyone diea how long they will remain on the ship?

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Hi Luv to Cruise! Thanks for your review! I would love to hear more about the CSI Orphanage/Children's home. Did you bring supplies to them? What was the experience like? We're planning on going there on our cruise in a couple of weeks to bring some supplies. How far was it from the dock and how did you get there?

 

Thanks!

 

Greta

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Yes, My sister and niece watched the Ball drop from their TV in their stateroom. The party on the deck wasn't too interesting for a 12 year old. We spent most of New Years Eve in the Spinnaker Lounge. When we were on the pool deck we didn't notice the band.

 

The CSI Orphanage is like a childrens home you might see in the States. The buildings are new and well kept. The are building a baseball field and the whole complex has an ocean view. The 13 children at the orphanage have individual stories, some are terrible, but the kids are happy and very friendly. Most speak English. In my opinion, these children are some of the best cared for on the island of Roatan and most likely to have a bright future. We did bring supplies and toys for the kids, just check the list on the web to see what is needed.

 

The CSI Orphanage was one stop on our Victor Bodden taxi tour. Check Port of Call listing for Roatan for Victor Bodden tours, if you're interested. They take you on a tour of the island, wherever you want to go. Just say you want to goto the CSI Orphanage. There is also another orphanage on the island our taxi driver took us by. The next time we visit Roatan I think I may visit there, because it seems needier than CSI. Please let me know if you have any other questions! Have a great cruise!

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Thanks for that info Luv to Cruise! What toys did you bring? I've gotten some of the supplies on the list already, mostly the shampoo, soap type stuff.

 

I saw photos of the other orphanage as well after we commited to going to CSI and I agree they look more needy.

 

Greta

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I purchased mostly school supplies and books in Spanish/English. My sister, a teacher who just loved going to an orphange, brought puppets, Scrabble game, and school supplies. Basically she went to the Dollar Store and bought what she thought was interesting. Have a good trip!

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I purchased mostly school supplies and books in Spanish/English. My sister, a teacher who just loved going to an orphange, brought puppets, Scrabble game, and school supplies. Basically she went to the Dollar Store and bought what she thought was interesting. Have a good trip!

 

Sounds cool. We're thinking of hitting both orphanages while we're down there since the 2nd one seems so needy. I'll post something about it when we return. Thanks for your info!

 

Greta

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