sbharr Posted August 17, 2006 #1 Share Posted August 17, 2006 As promised in another thread, here is my review. I have a feeling it will be long, so I may break it into parts - we'll see. I have tried to be objective as possible, but opinions are obviously subjective. I'd like to thank all the people who answered my questions when I joined CC a few months ago - you were most helpful and your advice really added to my cruise experience. Background: My DH and I are in our late 30's and 40's. We have been on one other cruise 4 years ago, a port-intensive 5 day cruise (no sea days) in the Mediterranean on a much smaller ship on the Orient cruise line. Arrival: We were scheduled to arrive at noon on Aug 7th on a charter bus from Boston/Providence. As some of my CC friends know, we got a flat tire when we got to the Bronx. (I just kept thinking of my CC idol, Merion Mom, and thought to myself "This will not ruin my cruise!") We arrived after 3 pm once the tire was fixed. I thought that meant there would be no lines, as everyone would have arrived earlier, but that was not the case. Lines were long and we did not get onboard until almost 4pm. Ran to get something to eat (had been on the bus since 7:30 am) and managed to get one bite of pizza in before we had to go to the muster drill. Oh, well. Not an auspicious start - luckily, that was the most drama we had during the whole cruise. Cabin: We were in a BB Cabin on Caribe deck aft. Cabin C743. It is the last cabin on the side of the ship, so had a slightly larger balcony. Room seemed small (what else do you expect from a cruise ship?), but DH and I managed to put our things away. Loved the balcony, but if we tried to leave the door open, the wind would make a horrible moaning/whistling sound. My DH jerry-rigged once of the cardboard announcements between the door and wall and that helped alot. Lovd the bed and linens, very comfortable for us. Cabin Steward: We had Jose from Mexico. He did a pretty good job, filled most requests promptly. Tried to engage him in conversation a few times, and while he was friendly, he seemed a little shy. Ship - thought it was beautiful, elegant without being flashy. Lots of nice areas inside to relax. Liked the public areas, dining rooms, Wheelhouse bar, etc. I could not believe that there virtually no signs of damage at all from the list - you would never have known anything had happened just a few weeks ago. We didn't mind at all the size of the ship. I felt less guilty about eating all the great food if I were walking around the ship and taking the stairs (mostly to avoid the aggravation of waiting for an elevator!) Sometimes, you would get one in a minute or two, most of the time more than that. Pools and Chair hogs: The pools were generally packed all day if we were not in port. We left the ship at all ports so I am not sure if this was the case when we were in port. We could not get near the two adults-only areas (Terrace Pool and Spa Pool) all week. We gave up after a few days. Some people joked that people were sleeping in those chairs at night to save them :rolleyes: . Getting a shady spot was very hard up on the pool decks. We found one at the tippity top underneath some equipment, but on some days they had the ventilators going up there so the whole area smelled like the fryolator. When they were not going, it was OK up there. The promenade deck, Deck 7, had upright chairs all in the shade, but they were generally taken too. I believe we sailed with a full ship. I noticed the Sanctuary was empty on the first day (still $15 for half a day per person), but began to fill up on subsequent days and was pretty full by the end of the cruise. I guess others were frustrated with finding a shady spot too. This is one area that needs improvement. I personally did not like the fact that most chairs were crammed so tight against each other that it was hard to maneuver on them or around them. We sat mostly at the Calypso pool. Epithani (one of the house bands) played there some afternoons, and I thought they were very good - not too much other craziness at the pool, just occasional games/pool volleyball, etc. Another singer, Robert Smith, played on other afternoons, he was OK. Could only hear MUTS from there in the late afternoon as other background noises faded away, but was not overly loud from there. We did not sit at the MUTS pool at all so can't speak about the volume there. OK - that's long enough - coming up in the next part - food, service, entertainment, and ports! Feel free to post questions - I will try to answer them!:) Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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