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  1. It’s finally here! We are getting ready to set sail on the Vision of the Seas 12-night Mediterranean and Greek Isles Cruise round-trip from Barcelona June 11 - June 23, 2019. We are flying out of Tampa today for an overnight flight to Barcelona where we will spend three days before we board Vision of the Seas for twelve more days! Background: My husband and I have sailed with Royal Caribbean 15 times for a total of 91 nights at sea with Royal. This will be our 16th cruise with RCCL and the cruise where we make Diamond Plus. Yes, I know. We’re excited too! All together, we’ve taken 35 cruises for a total of 249 sailing days and we have enjoyed cruising with Royal, Celebrity, Princess, Norwegian, Disney, and Holland America. I always say that we’ve never had a bad cruise. Not one. There are things we enjoy about each cruise and each cruise line, and for the most part we are pretty easy to please. There have been minor bumps and snags along the way, but I figure those make for the interesting travel stories. I’m Angela and I’m in my mid-40s. My husband, Mark is in his early 60s and we enjoy cruising as our vacation of choice. We looked at booking this cruise when it was released a little over a year and half ago. We celebrate our 20-year wedding anniversary June 12, 2019, and wanted a special cruise this year. The first Royal Caribbean ship we ever sailed was the Sovereign of the Seas in June 2000. It was our one year anniversary and our very first cruise. We were hooked. I remember that ship seemed huge. We drove up to the cruise terminal in Port Canaveral and I recall saying something like, “Oh my God look at it! We are going to be so lost!” It’s hard to believe the size of the ships have increased SO MUCH since then. We’ve sailed on the Sovereign, the Legend, the Vision, the Grandeur, the Rhapsody, and even the Enchantment (both before and after the stretch) before we “graduated” to the bigger Freedom, Oasis, and Quantum Class ships. But here we are…back to the smaller and more comfortable size ship where we first started cruising. We are both kind of looking forward to seeing what it feels like to come back to this size.
  2. The Valor never had french door cabins. The only ship with formerly french door cabins doing Western Caribbean cruises in December 2019 is the Legend. The Legend is doing 7 day cruises.
  3. Hey! I'm going on the Legend in January. Sailing on the 5th. Hope you have a wonderful time!
  4. June 20, 2019: Alesund, Norway and the Troll Path Sail in to Alesund happened while we were still getting up. The morning was overcast and it appeared that the possibility of rain was strong. Our shore excursion for the day wasn’t scheduled to begin until later in the morning, so we were able to catch a little more sleep. (I’m not entirely sure when the sun is setting, but with the Summer Solstice approaching, and our moving northward, it looks like 2:00p in LA well after 11:30p. And that does not help with getting enough sleep. In a few days, we will have several days without any sunset.) Today’s trip took us by bus out to Romsdal and a famous wall that attracts rock climbers from all over the world, known as the Troll Wall. To get there we drove about 2 hours along several fiords, past farms and picturesque villages. Our guide and driver stopped at several spots so we could have a “kodak moment”. The Troll Path is the tall, vertical face of dark granite with “spikes” (trolls) sticking out along the ridge. Per legend, these are trolls that got caught when the sun came out and they turned into stone. A little further down the highway is the Troll Ladder, a highway built in the 1930s with 11 very tight and narrow switchbacks. Our bus was just able to squeak by. The hill is quite steep and the entire trip is unforgettable. We stopped at the top to walk around and watch other cars coming up the road. Lunch was at a farm that has a buffet restaurant associated with it. Back in town we took a short walk to look at the buildings. Alesund burned down in a large fire in the early 1900s. When it was rebuilt, the people decided to use Art Nouveau style, so the town has a unique look to it. As we were “parked” in the downtown area, it was fast and easy to return to the ship. We are now underway to tomorrow’s stop: Trondheim.
  5. I have my first aft wrap on deck four on my next cruise in Alaska on the Legend. Can't wait. (My sister and I have sailed the Legend so much that getting on that ship feels like coming home)
  6. Getting my trips mixed up. I have an OV on the Valor. I'm on the Legend with the former French doors in May 2020. The upgrade was for the Valor.
  7. I will be on the Legend cruise from LA to Tampa in October. I too am having trouble deciding what to do in Cabo and who to purchase from. I think I'd like to do ATVs, but Carnival's excursion offerings for this are limited and I'm not sure about buying from a local company, without some kind of recommendation from someone that has used them. I've tried to get suggestions from the roll call, with no success.
  8. HOLLAND AMERICA BOARD'S FUTURE CRUISE LISTING - Updated June 14th, 2019 We all love to hear what cruises you are booked on. I post the Bon Voyage threads 7 days before sailing so, to be included in this, you need to post your details here to allow sufficient time to be on the updated Future Cruise Listing. It’s better to post earlier than later but if it is later please post THREE weeks in advance to make sure it doesn’t get missed. We would also be interested to know if this is your first cruise, your first HAL cruise or if you are celebrating a birthday or anniversary. Details needed are in the 2nd post of this thread. Please use REPLY and not QUOTE when posting to this thread. Using 'Quote' makes a very long thread and difficult for others to read. While this list is a lot of fun, please don't mistake it for a Roll Call thread. You can go to the Roll Call Section here on Cruise Critic and find your cruise to sign up there too. That's where your Meet & Greet planning, tour sharing, and other activities specific to your cruise will be happening. This week’s additions and changes are in BOLD and highlighted in aqua (sea colours). JUNE 2019 N Amsterdam - 15-Jun-19 - 7 day Alaska R/T Vcr Italy52 Himself- B2B with June 22nd Prinsendam – 17-Jun-19 – 14 day North Cape & Pearls of Norway – Prinsendam’s Final & Farewell Cruise samsonmo Maasdam – 18-Jun-19 – 21 day Great Alaskan & Pacific Northwest Explorer Scluvsrain RuthC BumperII&Terry Eurodam - 22-Jun-19 - 7 day Alaska cruise R/T Seattle rick0999- DW's birthday & early wedding anniversary, first cruise ever! N Amsterdam - 22-Jun-19 - Alaska R/T VCR Himself - B2B following June 15th Emerald Princess – 22-Jun-19 – 14 day Adriatic & Western Mediterranean Medley StLouisCruisers – early 50th anniversary celebration, children and grandchildren joining in on the cruise and celebration Westerdam - 23-Jun-19 - 12 day Double Denali 4Wegirls- land portion begins June 20th, 1st cruise ever & 5th anniversary Oosterdam - 23-Jun-19 - 7 day Alaska luvteaching - celebrating the end of the schoolyear Noordam – 23-Jun-19 – 7 day Glacier Discovery Southbound Lucie73821 – B2B following June 12th on N Amsterdam, travelling with family & celebrating Lucie’s 10th anniversary, in law’s 50th anniversary as aunt & uncle’s 50th anniversary N Statendam- 23-Jun-19 - 7 night Norse Legends mtown - 1st cruise ever & 2 college grad celebrationskap Zuiderdam - 24-Jun-19 - 12 day Jewels of the Baltic TheEmerson - DD's graduation present holacanada kapear - girls trip with 20 & 12 year old daughters Koningsdam - 24-Jun-19 - 13 day Mediterrean Legends suspaul - first HAL cruise LTC Motes Koningsdam - 24-Jun-19 - 25 night Mediterranean Legends & Ancient Empires mrselhombre - 1st HAL & longest cruise N Amsterdam - 29-Jun-19 - 7 day Alaskan Inside Passage Cruizer Bill & Cruizer Diana JULY 2019 Zuiderdam - 02-Jul-19 - 24 day Northern Isles & Jewels of the Baltic Lucie73821 Rotterdam – 06-Jul-19 – 24 day Copenhagen to Boston mauimacho Oosterdam - 07-Jul-19 - 7 day Alaska R/T Seattle madera1 Amsterdam - 15-Jul-19 - 14 day Great Alaskan Explorer highfields - 55th Wedding Anniversary and attaining 4-Star Mariner Oceania Regatta- 09-Jul-19 - 7 day Alaska ArtsyCraftsy -birthday cruise Noordam - 21-Jul-19 - 11 day Double Denali cruise terrydtx - 1st suite with HAL & DW & Grandson, (land portion after) Westerdam - 21-Jul-19 - Seward to Vancouver Jeafl - Party of 14 Volendam - 24-Jul-19 - 7 day Alaskan Inside Passage Hoverdemon Oosterdam - 28-Jul-19 - 7 day Alaska School library lady - with DH, aunt, and dad celebrating his 89th birthday Amsterdam - 29-Jul-19 - 14 day Great Alaskan Explorer puli Zuiderdam – 30-Jul-19 – 35 day Voyage of the Vikings (R/T Boston) scluvsrain RetiredMustang AUGUST 2019 Scenic Gem - 07-Aug-19 - 11 day Normandy & Gems of the Seine- 1of4 - flying to Paris a week early of Aug. 7th sailing to celebrate DD's 18th birthday Eurodam - 03-Aug-19- 7 day Alaska grsnovi - 4th Alaska cruise - taking kids & grand kids N Statendam - 04-Aug-19 - 14 day Northern Isles we're sailing away..... - B2B2B2B2B2B with Aug. 18th, 25th, Sept. 8th, 15th, 27th & Oct. 7th Oosterdam - 04-Aug-19 - 7 day Alaska beaming90 - First HAL cruise & first time to Alaska, 2 friends celebrating 75th birthday Rotterdam - 04-Aug-19 - 14 day Scottish Highlands bigjohn42 - celebrating 30th anniversary Rotjeknor Veendam - 07-Aug-19 - 12 day Adriatic Dream (Venice -Bcn) Kittie Ladie - 2nd cruise with HAL, DH's first N Amsterdam - 10-Aug-19 - Alaska Inside Passage kscarpetta2 -1st HAL cruise, celebrating 54th b'day & parents 55th anniversary Koningsdam - Aug-19 - 11 day Mediterranean Ancient Empires. Sailingdutchy - celebrating 50th anniversary & travelling with daughter, SIL & 2 grandsons who are on their first cruise Celebrity Summit – 11-Aug-19 – 7 day Vacaya inaugural Provincetown cruise Boytjie Amsterdam - 12-Aug-19 - 14 day Alaska luvteaching - achieving 4* on this cruise LynnObie Moriah -celebrating 66th birthday on board Rotterdam – 18-Aug-19 – 20 day Icelandic Fjords & Greenland Explorer dfish N Statendam - 18-Aug-19 - 7 day Viking Sagas we're sailing away.... - B2B2B2B2B2B2B following Aug. 4th & with Aug. 25th, Sept. 8th, 15th, 27th & Oct. 7th N Statendam - 25-Aug-19 - 14 day Jewels of the Baltic asebastian we're sailing away.... - B2B2B2B2B2B2B following Aug. 4th & 25th & with Sept. 8th, 15th, 27th & Oct. 7th N Statendam – 25-Aug-19 – 53 days - ? we’re sailing away…. Veendam - 26-Aug-19 – 12 day Voyage of the Explorers JR42 Amsterdam – 26-Aug-19 – 14 day R/T Seattle StLouisCruisers – celebrating 50th wedding anniversary on board N Amsterdam - 31-Aug-19 - 7 day Alaskan Inside Passage crunchii & Zarmengar SEPTEMBER 2019 Zuiderdam - 03-Sep-19- 12 day Colors of Canada & New England vms & majormomma- mother - daughter trip Oosterdam – 08-Sep-19 – 7 night Alaska Explorer razzinger – 1st time on HAL & to Alaska, 9th cruise overall N Statendam - 08-Sep-19 - 7 day Norse Legends we're sailing away.... - B2B2B2B2B2B2B following Aug. 4th, 18th, 25th & with Sept. 15th, 27th & Oct. 7th Amsterdam - 09-Sep-19 - 14 day Great Alaskan Explorer IrishSmileyM3 - 3rd HAL cruise, 1st Alaska, celebrating 12.5th anniversary N Statendam – 15-Sep-19 – 12 day Iberian Adventure travelqueen101 - celebrating 60th birthday we're sailing away.... - B2B2B2B2B2B2B following Aug. 4th, 18th, 25th, Sept. 8th and with Sept. 27th & Oct. 7th Zuiderdam – 15-Sep-19 – 12 day Quebec to NYC mamaofami – 60th anniversary trip Amsterdam - 23-Sep-19 - 35 day Incan Empires ArtsyCraftsy woodworker & knitter N Statendam - 27-Sep-19 - 10 day Mediterranean Mosaic we're sailing away.... - B2B2B2B2B2B2B following Aug. 4th, 18th, 25th, Sept. 8th, 15th & with Oct. 7th Eurodam - 29-Sep-19 - 16 day collector R/T Vancouver - Hawaii & Pacific, Mexico pizzadog -celebrating 54th wedding anniversary cemnm18 - celebrating DW's birthday Westerdam – 29-Sep-19 – 13 day North Pacific CrossingK rwams – with granddaughter OCTOBER 2019 Rotterdam – 05-Oct-19 – 14 day European River Explorer doncarlos & Fishbabe N Statendam - 07-Oct-19 - 10 day Mediterranean Dream I like vacation - celebrating an anniversary & achieving 3* status we're sailing away.... - B2B2B2B2B2B2B following Aug. 4th, 18th, 25th, Sept. 8th, 15th, 27th Koningsdam - 31-Oct-19 - 13 day Passage to America vinonme2 -with sister, DS's 1st cruise, pre-cruise stay in Lake Como & Tuscany for 2 weeks Eurodam - 15-Oct-19 - 4 night Pacific Coastal msmayor - B2B with 7 night Mexican Riviera Koningsdam – 18-Oct-19 – 13 day Mediterranean Legend we’re sailing away…..- B2B2B with Oct. 31st & Nov. 13th Koningsdam – 18-Oct-19 – 26 day Mediterranean Legend & Passage to America Sailingdutchy Vict0riann Queen Mary 2 - 18-Oct-19 - 7-night Eastbound Transatlantic rafinmd - B2B2B with Crystal Bach Oct 25 and Crystal Serenity Nov 5 Eurodam - 19-Oct-19 - 7 night Mexican Riviera msmayor - B2B following 4 night Pacific coastal N Amsterdam – 19-Oct-19 – 14 day Eastern/Tropical Caribbean saturn93 Rotterdam – 19-Oct-19 – 32 day Holy Land and Passage to America aliaschief & DWaliaschief Cinder Again Oosterdam - 20-Oct-19 - 17 day Circle Hawaii cat shepard Zuiderdam - 20-Oct-19 - 10 day Panama Canal Sunfarer RetiredNow AMA Amacerto - 27-Oct-19 - 7 day Legendary Danube (Nuremburg - Budapest AZNATIVE2000 - visiting Prague Oct. 21st precruise Crystal Bach 25-Oct-19 - 10-night Enchanting Moselle rafinmd - B2B2B following QM2 Oct 18 & with Crystal Serenity Nov5 Amsterdam - 28-Oct-19 - 51 day Tales of the South Pacific Traveling Dot FlorenceItaly Koningsdam - 31-Oct-19 - 13 day Passage to America we're sailing away.....- B2B2B following Oct. 18th & with Nov. 13th NOVEMBER 2019 Crystal Serenity - 5-Nov-19 - 19-night Explorer Combination - Barcelona to FTL rafinmd - B2B2B following QM2 Oct 18, Crystal Bach Oct 25 and with Symphony Nov 24 N Statendam - 10-Nov-19 - 7 day Eastern Caribbean Crazy For Cats the2ofus- B2B with Nov. 17th Judyrem - first HAL cruise, 70th birthday celebration Himself Koningsdam - 13-Nov-19 - 11 day Southern Caribbean Wayfarer we're sailing away.... - B2B2B following Oct. 18th & Oct. 31st Celebrity Silhouette - 14-Nov-19 - 8 Day Southern Caribbean Cruisinetta N Statendam - 17-Nov-19 - 14 day Western/Tropical Caribbean taxmantoo the2ofus- B2B following Nov. 10th Volendam – 20-Nov-19 – 30 Night Amazon Explorer Loreto – celebrating 50th wedding anniversary Chergs N Statendam - 24-Nov-19 - 7 day Tropical Caribbean HELENPSL - annual Thanksgiving cruise with Angelo N Statendam - 24-Nov-19 - 14 day Tropical/Eastern Caribbean oldpharmguy Koningsdam - 24-Nov-19 - 10 night Southern Caribbean Seafarer wdw 1972 Crystal Serenity -24-Nov-19 - 7-night Caribbean Cornucopia from Miami rafinmd - B2B2B following QM2 Oct 18, Crystal Bach Oct 25 & Crystal Serenity Nov 5 DECEMBER 2019 N. Statendam - 01-Dec-19 - 7 day Eastern Caribbean deliver42 Maasdam - 03-Dec-19 - 20 day New Zealand & Pacific VK3DQ - first HAL cruise, with MIL, celebrating 95th (MIL) & 73rd (VK3) birthdays on board N Amsterdam - 07-Dec-19 - 7 day Tropical Caribbean 1ANGELCAT- celebrating with friends - 1 receiving their Platinum medallion Zuiderdam - 09-Dec-20 - 11 day Panama Canal Sunfarer Mr and Mrs CIQ -retirement cruise Veendam – 11-Dec-19 – 7 night Authentic Cuba madera1 Rotterdam - 06-Dec-19 - 15 day Panama Canal sambamama - 1st time on Rotterdam & West to East Panama Veendam – 18-Dec-19 – 10 day Cuban Explorer Holiday Crazy For Cats Zaandam - 18-Dec-19 - 22 day Holiday South America& Antarctica RetiredNow - B2B with 09-Jan-20 Westerdam - 21-Dec-19 - 14 day Far East Discovery TN Fem Rotterdam - 21-Dec-19 - 17 day Panama Canal (FLL - SD) dbaudit & Doc Bear- 2nd Panama Canal Koningsdam - 22-Dec-19 - 11 day Southern Caribbean Wayfarer Holiday jagger16 - 1st extended holiday cruise Oosterdam - 28-Dec-19 - 7 day Mexican Riviera LynnObie - 50th wedding anniversary with 3 daughters, spouses & 2 grandchildren JANUARY 2020 Amsterdam – 04-Jan-20 - Grand World Voyage we’re sailing away…. mame42 scluvsrain Scrapnana DeepWaterMariner – 2nd World Voyage N Amsterdam - 04-Jan-20 - 7 day Eastern Caribbean kcohleffel - 1st HAL cruise Volendam – 05-Jan-20 – 77 day Grand South America & Antarctica Voyage Oak Hill Cruisers travellersrest TBcruiserguy N Statendam - 05-Jan-20 - 14 day Tropical/Eastern Caribbean ger_77 - escape from the frozen tundra Zaandam - 09-Jan-20 - 22 day South America& Antarctica 0bnxshs & Missy's Mom – birthday celebration on board & achieving 5* RetiredNow - B2B with 18-Dec-19 Westerdam - 16-Jan-20 - 30 day Far East Discovery Collector pictonite Crystal Serenity - 22-Jan-20 - 40-day World Cruise Segment Los Angeles to Sydney rafinmd - B2B with QM2 March 5 Regent Seven Seas Mariner - 24-Jan-20 - 131 day World Cruise ArtsyCraftsy - first World Cruise FEBRUARY 2020 Zuiderdam - 08-Feb-20 - 7 day Tropical Caribbean OVgirl - B2B with 11 day Panama Sunfarer cruise N Statendam - 9-Feb-20 - 14 day Tropical Caribbean Typhoon1 Zuiderdam - 15-Feb-20 - 11 day Panama Canal Sunfarer OVgirl - B2B following 7 day Tropical Caribbean Feb. 8th Eurodam - 16-Feb-20 - 14 day Panama Canal (FLL - SD) RetiredMustang Koningsdam - 23-Feb-20 - 10 night Southern Caribbean Seafarer esimon - Robert, Ellen, Lynn and Will Ohio MARCH 2020 Queen Mary 2 - 06-Mar-20 - 50-day World Cruise Segment Sydney to New York rafinmd - B2B with Crystal Serenity January 22 Zaandam – 07-Mar-20 – 31 day South America, Inca & Panama Canal Discovery kazu Rotterdam – 11-Mar-20 – Panama Canal San D to FLL DeeniEncinitas - B2B with Oceania Riviera – March 30th Oosterdam - 14-Mar-20 - 7 day Mexican Riviera KroozNut Westerdam - 14-Mar-20 - 14 day China Explorer LTC_Motes - daughter's graduation cruise Koningsdam – 15-Mar-20 – 44 day Voyage of the Americas – (FLL – SD) Overhead Fred – longest cruise ever Maasdam - 15-Mar-20 - 19 day South Pacific madera1 Eurodam – 18-Mar-20 – 18 day Circle Hawaii lakeside42 jeda -celebrating 40th anniversary - B2B with Pacific Coastal Apr. 5th CaliforniaAC - with friends Bill & Di Oosterdam - 21-Mar-20 - 28 day Hawaii, Tahiti, Marquesas Tomndeena Oceania Riviera – 30- Mar-20 – TA Miami to Rome DeeniEncinitas – B2B following Rotterdam March 11th APRIL 2020 Eurodam - 05-Apr-20 - 6 day Pacific Coastal jeda - B2B following Mar. 18th Rotterdam - 07-Apr-20 - 7 day Western Caribbean TomAndJane Oceania Riviera - 19-Apr-20 - 10 day Monte Carlo - BCN DeeniEncinitas - Christmas present from DH Zuiderdam - 19-Apr-20 - 14 day Passage to Rome kazu - followed by visit to Galicia, Spain Westerdam - 25-Apr-20 - 16 day North Pacific Crossing Taters MAY 2020 N Statendam - 10-May-20 - 14 day Jewels of the Baltic rwams Zuiderdam - 15-May-20 - Mediterranean Empires gwilli Maasdam - 18-May-20 - 14 day Great Alaska Explorer Italy52 TomAndJane woodworker & knitter Zaandam - 23-May-20 - 7-Day Canada & New England Discovery BRWolf - (Bruce and Karen) JUNE 2020 N Amsterdam - 03-Jun-20 - 24 day Mediterranean Empires/Adriatic Dream taxmantoo JULY 2020 Zuiderdam - 02-Jul-20 - 24 day Northern Isles & Jewels of the Baltic Lucie73821 N. Statendam- 19-Jul-20 - 7 day Norwegian fjord Bramcruiser AUGUST 2020 Viking Orion - 04-Aug-20 - 68 day Grand Cape Horn Adventure ArtsyCraftsy Zuiderdam - 09-Aug-20 - 10 day Jewels of the Baltic shudie- B2B with Aug. 19th Zuiderdam - 19-Aug-20 - 19 day Viking Passage I like vacation Vict0riann - big birthday on board shudie- B2B with Aug. 9th Queen Mary 2 - 21-Aug-20 - 7-night Eastbound Transatlantic rafinmd - B2B2B with Crystal Serenity 30 Aug and Zuiderdam Sept 17th Crystal Serenity - 30-Aug-20 - 13 day TA Discovery (BCN - Que) rafinmd - B2B2B following QM2 Aug 21st and with Zuiderdam Sept. 17th SEPTEMBER 2020 Zuiderdam - 07-Sep-20 - 10 day Colors of Canada & New England crunchii & Zarmengar - 3rd HAL cruise N Statendam - 13-Sep-20 - 12 night Iberian Peninsula Poulsbo Cruisers - 30th anniversary cruise Zuiderdam - 17-Sep-20 - 10 day Colors of Canada & New England (Que - NY) rafinmd - B2B2B following QM2 Aug 21st and Crystal Serenity Aug. 30th Viking Sea - 21-Sep-20 - 10 days Empire of the Mediterranean (Venice to Athens) terrydtx - 1st Viking Ocean cruise, celebrating50th anniversary OCTOBER 2020 Viking Tir – 01-Oct-20 – 14 day Grand European River Cruise (Budapest to Amsterdam) aliaschief & DWaliaschief - 1st Grand river cruise Westerdam - 07-Oct-20 - 37 day Inca & South America Discovery GeorgeCharlie Rotterdam - 15-Oct-20 - 15 day Transatlantic (BCN - FLL) sambamama- 1st time to Africa Zaandam – 31-Oct-20 – 14 day Southern Caribbean Overhead Fred NOVEMBER 2020 Westerdam - 13-Nov-20 - 14 day South America Passage (BA - Santiago) Taters Zuiderdam - 29-Nov-20 - Southern Caribbean Cruisinetta DECEMBER 2020 N Statendam - 02-12-20 - 11 night Southern Caribbean Wayfarer wdw1972 N Statendam - 02-12-20 - 21 day Caribbean (B2B Dec. 2-23) cate54 - mother & daughter cruise Noordam - 20-Dec-20 - 15-day Far East Discovery LTC Motes - party of 7 JANUARY 2021 Koningsdam - 02-Jan-21 - 7 day Mexican Riviera mab4285 - first solo cruise & HAL cruise as an adult Koningsdam - 09-Jan-20 - 24 day Collectors' Cruise - Hawaii & Mexico DeeniEncinitas FEBRUARY 2021 Rotterdam - 21-Feb-21 - 32 day Hawaii, Tahiti, & Marquesas Overhead Fred josumello - first HAL cruise MARCH 2021 N Statendam - 21-Mar-21 - 10 day cruise doone - Friends & Family cruise HAPPY CRUISING EVERYONE! Jacqui
  9. Noordam will be at the CT dock from 0800-1800. Also in port are Star Legend at the FKL dock from 0700-1600, Eclipse at the AS dock from 0730-2000, and Norwegian Jewel at the AJ dock from 1100-2100. The weather continues to improve with only a 10% chance of rain and a forecast that calls for cloudy skies in the morning and mainly sunny skies in the afternoon. High will be 70F/21C and a low of 51F/10C. Sunrise is at 3:51 am and sunset at 10:08 pm. The PTZtv webcam can be found at https://www.juneauharborwebcam.com/. Next up: Amsterdam and Volendam on Friday.
  10. Good Morning! The hubs and I returned on Sunday from our very first Oasis class cruise as well as our first experience with STAR class. A brief background: we are in our mid 50's and this is our 23rd cruise. Between us we have bee on several Greek lines with names that escape me, Costa, Carnival, Disney ,NCL and Royal. Prior to children we did not cruise in suites but have done so exclusively since the "babies". We had alternated between NCL and RCCL in the past 11years but mostly stayed with NCL due to their (former) reasonable Haven rates , itinerary and suite service. We did a lot of comparing to NCL on this cruise and I shall inject some of these comments into the review. At present I cannot seem to insert pictures- but, seriously- we all know what Allure looks like by now! We drove from the Gettysburg area to Atlanta on Saturday; as we were delivering a car to one of our college students. Had dinner at the airport with our twins and a friend, noted that TSA prescreen was closed as dinner did not end until 9pm ( despite sitting down at 705pm) . Security was quite busy at this hour but we expect that from Atlanta. Our 10pm flight to FLL was delayed by over 2 hours and we arrived at the Embassy Suites FLL at 2:24am. Very comfortable beds and nice little suite. We had originally booked a GS, were offered a ROYAL UP bid 3 weeks before sailing. We placed minimum weak bids on 2 Star class suites- a 2 BR AS and a Star loft . 5 days prior to sail we got the CONGRATS email saying we were upgraded to a Star Loft which actually turned out to be the Owners Panoramic Suite. This was good for us as hubby had an injury right before sailing making stairs not-so-fun for him. EMBARKATION: Took Uber to port. As we were instructed , kept bags with us after the confiscation of my scissors. I take the same pair on every cruise and keep them with the travel "stuff"; Royal decided they were too long. Oh well. I'll just use one of the giant steak knives aboard if I need to cut anything! And I ended up doing so. A Genie porter took our bags and the Cliquot we brought along. I had ordered it prior to the upgrade and am glad that I did as it is my fave and a tradition with us. A Genie walked us to the check in gal who looked at our cell phones, gave us pretty black cards and wised us a safe and happy cruise. We boarded the ship , met our Genie, Daniel and headed to our home for the next 7 days. We were on the balcony by 1045am. Our bags followed shortly thereafter. QUICK COMPARE: RCL Star class hands down winner over NCL Suite class for embarkation with the caveat that we did not experience the regular suite class check in on this cruise. The suite used to be a piano bar according to legend. It is about 1,100 sq feet with a large but not ginormous balcony. It has a hot tub which we used daily, 2 chairs, 2 loungers, several little tables . The floor to ceiling ( maybe 18-20 feet) windows added a great touch to this marvelous suite. I WILL have my kid attach the suite pics here later. We had seen this particular accommodation on a Youtube video that did not do it justice in any way. Our steward , Carmen and her assistant DoDo stopped by for a visit after we were done reviewing the week's plans with Daniel. We decided to explore the ship a bit before lunch and ended our short tour in the Coastal Kitchen. This was a full sailing with 6,400 quests and 44 Pinnacles /55 Pinnacles depending on whom was asked. I only insert this comment as it seems to be an interesting topic here on CC. The CK was bustling on embarkation lunch. We were seated and then ignored.The couple to our right was arguing and insisting on hot tea in a pot with sugar and a tall glass of ice. This seemed to be a theme as the couple to our left were arguing first with each other and then with the waiter who did not realize that sweet tea can only be made with a tall glass of ice and a pot of hot tea and sugar, dammit!! The woman of the couple did a very nice storm -off. I cannot imagine being so upset by tea. We did observe her several other times during the week and pretty much everything upset her. A free dinner at 150 Central Park? " I wont eat that crap!". A patron wearing flip flops in the Suite lounge? "APPALLING!!! "She was quite entertaining . Later we would meet the international Champion of Cruising Blow Hards, Boasters and Sociopaths- but that will have to wait. Lunch was meh. Very few choices, slooooooooooooooooooooow service ( which we attributed to embarkation chaos) I was introduced to the Lemondrop by a fellow diner -great choice!! . QUICK COMPARE :NCL wins for Haven Restaurant over Coastal Kitchen for embarkation lunch. The views from CK on Allure and the suite lounge beat the Getaway/Escape class but not the Epic. After lunch my husband had a massage for the giant knots in his back whilst I drank lemondrops and unpacked. The skies opened up right as muster was to start so our muster location of Aquatheater was changed to Schooner Bar. Typical muster. Could have been any ship we have sailed Sailaway from our balcony was BRILLIANT! We were able to pick out some of our old Ft Lauderdale hotels; the Coast Guard put on quite a show and off we went! We were able to look down onto the pool deck which was - well- almost empty due to the weather. We were warned that the show in Aqua theater might be cancelled that evening but the weather cleared! We had dinner at Izumi Sushi and it was divine. We ate around 6:30 and the restaurant was empty except for the teppanyaki tables. We had a variety of sushi rolls which were all excellent' took the leftovers back for late night snack. I had a delicious saki and strawberry drink ..actually 2.5 of these! Daniel stopped by to make sure that all was well and it were! Quick Compare: There are more Teppanyaki tables on the larger NCL ships . The sushi offerings on Allure beat those on NCL and tasted better; Allure could use a noodle bar . At dinner Daniel told us to meet him at the Aquatheater 15 minutes prior to show. The Genies wait for their guests in the venue- in this case it was several rows behind the splash zones. We had drinks brought to us and enjoyed a wonderful show that is very different than any we have seen at sea. Don't miss this show!! After the show we moseyed into the Casino . CASINO COMMENTS: The smoking area smoke does not permeate the non smoking side as profoundly as on some ships. The smoking side is very smokey if you are sensitive. QUICK COMPARE: Allure's smoking side was just as smokey as the NCL ships- all of them. The non-smoking side was much fresher than the areas on the NCL big ships and Jewel class ships. ALLURE also allows smoking in the casino when it is closed. Bottom line- for either line if you are very smoke sensitive avoid the casinos. The Casino was not too busy this first night, I found some cute slots, hubby played some black jack and then joined me at the slots. We both were up at the end of the session. NOTE: we are not big gamblers. This particular casino was quite fun, good atmosphere and we had only one session where we did not come out at least $100 ahead. Whoopie!! We left, wandered about and off to bed. It had been a long 2 days with little sleep. Day 2 we chose to try breakfast at CK as it was a few steps away. It was slow despite only 5-6 tables being occupied; the menu was meh and the serving sizes small. We ate breakfast twice at CK during the cruise; the second time we used the buffet bar located in the lounge. Coffee was sub par on board all around unless we ordered a specialty coffee. No French press to be found! Quick Compare: Breakfast in the Haven blows away the CK.I remember some excellent breakfasts in Chops on Freedom and in the MDRs ; the Coastal Kitchen just does not have anything special. I had high hopes for the Mediterranean plate and was disappointed . Breakfast for Suites goes to NCL- later I will visit Windjammer which is a STRONG win for Royal. A little note about Star Class: How I wished they had this when we traveled with 3 little ones. All your laundry is done for you- every single day! It comes back pressed, clean and lovely. No squishing everything I can into a paper bag! The amenities in the bathrooms are L'Occitane ( I dont know what Sky has or suites on non-Genie ships. It has been a while since our last RCL cruise) They are big 10 ounce bottles. Our suite had 2 full bathrooms which was a nice perk. In the afternoon a bartender comes and takes your afternoon /per-dinner drink order. Our fridge was stocked with the beers and Diet Coke I requested, plenty of Evian, Chandon champagne. Another side note: The staff on the ship were universally cheerful, pleasant, helpful and smiling. In the shops there was one snooty wench in the cosmetic store but she was an outlier. Drink service was lightening fast at any bar we visited. Service on NCL is comparable, the cruise lines tie here Off to the grocery!!!! In real life, not in the review...
  11. Hi, If anyone has Carnival Legend menus and could post them, I would really like to see some. Thanks in advance,Kendra
  12. Spirit Class definitely. We have sailed on the Legend and Miracle several times and find them so easy to navigate. We select the French Door cabins because they are considered Interiors, so cheap fares, but have a wall of windows and a couch which regular Interior cabins do not have. It's an obstructed view, but who cares as long as I have natural light and a couch at a much lower cost than an Ocean View or above.
  13. stayed in a room like this on the Legend and never heard anything. Would totally stay in this type of room again.
  14. Does anyone happen to have any recent Carnival Legend Alaska Fun Times or Port Guides? I’d greatly appreciate seeing them. thank you in advance!
  15. My husband and I are novice cruisers- one cruise last summer on the Allure of the Seas. We'd be cruising with 3 teens and a preteen, 2 rooms (unless we get a great deal on 3). Has to be certain dates so the ones that work as of now are: Legend out of Tampa- ports are Grand Cayman, Mahogany Bay, Belize, Cozumel Magic out of FL- half moon cay, grand turk, amber cove Glory out of NOLA- Montego Bay, Grand Cayman, Cozumel Prices are similar although the Magic is a day less. Ports are most important to my husband (and I know they can reroute us with no notice), ship is more important to me. Keep the kids in mind as well. Anyone have suggestions on which to do? I've read so many reviews my eyes are crossing. Pros/cons of any or all of these ships or ports? I know all of these will be a step down from Allure but also half the price (and no RC cruises fit our dates and are similar in price).
  16. We were on the May 6 sailing on the Legend. We had two days in Seattle pre cruise and we went to Juneau, Skagway, Glacier Bay, Icy Straight Point, and Ketchikan. DH put together some of our pictures and video that were taken. I wish we would have had more pictures to see ahead of time while we counted down to the trip so I figured I’d share the link. It was a memorable cruise and hopefully one day we’ll sail to Alaska again.
  17. My apologies if this is covered elsewhere, but I'll be darned if I can find a search feature on these new boards!! Could someone please explain the perks staying in a suite on the Star Legend? Thank you in advance for your help....
  18. I went solo 3 weeks ago on the Legend to see Alaska. I find $300 a night to cruise still a bargain. I paid $2,200 for my 7 days and that included room, food, and entertainment. Hotels today will cost you $200+. One good thing that helped me was I had a voucher to use from American Airlines. 9 months ago I gave up my seat to go on a later flight. So my $430 Philly to Seattle flight was a freebie. Doing that Alaska cruise was wonderful and worth every dollar. I did three excursions. I ordered one Margarita, and that was basically it for the extras
  19. Hello - We are getting ready to cruise on the Carnival Legend for the first time next month. This is also the first time I will have traveled with three adults in one cabin. I've read where people have mentioned using the showers in the the spa to help alleviate the strain of several people getting ready at one time int he cabin. I was just wondering - Are the showers in the spa only open for use during certain times (i.e., only during spa hours or when the gym is open?)
  20. Hey, what’s crack-a-lackin’ everyone?! Trippingpara here, but you can just call me Trip. My DW and I have just returned from our cruise to the fantastically unbelievable, the unfathomable, the implausible, the incredible and the downright insanely beautiful state of Alaska and the Inner Passage. We had the pleasure of spending 8 days sailing on the newly refurbished Carnival Legend roundtrip from Seattle. I believe this will now be my fifth review here on CC. Man, am I getting salty or what?! Oh wait…nope, never mind, that’s just the rim of my margarita glass! Any ways, hopefully you’ll enjoy this review and be able to dredge some useful tidbits from it. If you know who I am or have read any of my other reviews, then you already know that this review will be long and will have more images than Motley Crue’s photographic collection of groupies. Unfortunately, our photos will not have the wild and crazy debauchery of theirs, but ours are pretty freakin’ awesome just the same - in a boring, PG kind of way. Sorry guys and gals, those R rated photos have exclusive rights only. However, for a small fee of… Ahh…wait…hold on… I’m getting a vicious stink eye from DW. Okay, nope. Nevermind, they’re not for sale. Speaking of photos, I’m currently attending the Rhode Island School of Design. It’s supposed to be one of the nation’s premier art schools but come to think of it, I’m not sure how the heck I was able to get accepted there! Apparently, their standards must have plummeted since that last ranking! Nonetheless, that means I don’t go anywhere without a camera in my hands. In fact, since I happen to be lucky enough to have two hands, I usually have at least two cameras in my possession at any given moment. Of course, that’s not counting the ubiquitous cell phone/camera that is permanently glued into everyone’s hands. Well, enough of that crap, now where was I?....Ah yes, per my normal reviews, it will be broken up into two distinct areas: the first part will be a Cliff Notes version highlighting some of the main topics and areas of the Legend followed by a day by day diary style format discussing the port and events of the day in detail. The plethora of pictures will be in the diary area so please feel free to skip right to that area if you’re not much of a reader. As always, please do not hesitate to ask any questions. I write these reviews to try and give back just a fraction of all the help and assistance that I have received from others’ reviews and comments here on Cruise Critic. DISCLAIMER: This review is a compilation of opinions from my DW and me. Mostly me, but occasionally I listen to my DW too. The statements made in this review are simply our opinions and views of what took place during our vacation and should carry absolutely no weight or value on how you may or may not feel about these things. If you do not like my opinions or heavens forbid, take offense to them, well…too bad, because quite frankly…my “Gives a Crap” meter doesn’t appear to be working, so please feel free to bugger off and pound sand. If you feel that strongly about it, write your own review and pontificate to your little heart’s desire there! Sound good? Out-freakin-standing! Now let’s get it on!
  21. Here's what you do to forestall arguments from crew or Guest Services once on board. Simply visit Carnival.com and go to the FAQs to print out the current Cheers answer about 1 day before you leave for your cruise Here's what is currently in Carnival's FAQs: (I've highlighted some areas that have been debated in this thread) "What is the Cheers! Beverage Program? CHEERS! is an all-inclusive beverage program that allows guests to enjoy a wide range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages by paying a flat daily rate. Guests must be 21 or older to purchase CHEERS! and each adult assigned to the same stateroom must purchase the program. If you are not interested in alcoholic beverages, try our Bottomless Bubbles package for unlimited soda. Our CHEERS! beverage program includes a great variety of non-alcoholic beverages, as well as a wide selection of high quality brand-name spirits and wines by the glass. Before your cruise - $51.95 USD, per person, per day plus 18% gratuity. CHEERS! can be purchased at www.carnival.com/Funshops or by contacting The Fun Shops department at 800-522-7648, Monday - Sunday, 8:00am - 10:00pm ET. Cut-off for pre-purchase is 10:00pm ET, the evening prior to the cruise departure. Although we are not able to process the Carnival Gift Card for Fun Shop orders by telephone, you may use a Carnival Gift Card when purchasing CHEERS! online On board - $56.95 USD, per person, per day plus 18% gratuity. CHEERS! can be purchased at a bar on board CHEERS! will not be offered on Europe itineraries Included in the price of your cruise, served in the main dining room and available 24/7 in the Lido Restaurant: non-bottled water, lemonade, unsweetened iced tea, hot chocolate and non-specialty coffee and tea. To view a sample of beverages prices for individual drinks and CHEERS! Q&A's, click here. CHEERS! includes: All spirits, including cocktails, cognacs, whiskies and other spirits, as well as beer (including self-serve beer stations - PYOB) and wine and champagne by the glass, with a $20.00 USD or lower menu price, per serving Sodas (including specialty sodas), zero-proof frozen cocktails (including smoothies) and juices Specialty coffees and hot tea served in the main dining rooms, specialty restaurants and coffee bars Milkshakes, where available RockStar energy drinks, PowerAde, Vitamin Water, Honest Tea, and coconut water 500ml bottled water and other non-alcoholic bottled beverages served in bars and lounges Large format (1 liter and 1.5-liter) bottles of water in the main dining rooms and specialty restaurants 25% discount off the menu price for any spirit, cocktail or wine by the glass, costing above $20.00 USD, per serving 25% discount off the menu price for wine and champagne by the bottle 25% discount off beverage seminars and classes CHEERS! excludes: Beverages promoted and sold in souvenir glasses Bottles of liquor Beverages offered at the gangway Beverages offered through room service and/or other in-stateroom beverage programs Beverages purchased off the ship at any port of call, including Princess Cays and Half Moon Cay Sharing cocktails, floaters, pitchers, tubes and buckets Beverages offered through enomatic wine machines Freshly squeezed orange juice served in the Havana Bar All other beverage-related programs including merchandise, cigars and cigarettes Food items Program Restrictions: Guests must be 21 years or older to purchase and agree not to give to minors Each adult assigned to the same stateroom must purchase the program CHEERS! is non-transferable Guests must purchase the program for the entire cruise; this program is not offered on a per day basis If the program is purchased prior to the cruise, it is refundable up to 10:00pm ET, the evening prior to the cruise departure. Otherwise, CHEERS! is non-refundable Price adjustments (up or down), implemented on the day of sailing, replace any previously advertised price Only one drink at a time may be ordered, there is a 5 minute wait time between orders and sharing is not permitted. No double shots as that is considered ordering two drinks at once Guests may purchase a round of drinks for themselves and friends. One drink will count towards the CHEERS! program and the remaining drinks will be charged to a guest’s Sail and Sign® account Program allows for up to 15 alcoholic drinks, per 24-hour period (6:00am - 6:00am). Once the limit is reached, the guest will not be served ANY additional alcoholic drinks Program only applies to onboard purchases All bottles and cans will be served opened Carnival reserves the right to refuse service for any reason Applicable state and local taxes will be charged to a guest folio when this program is used within US waters. The tax is based on the state's tax structure and the cost of the individual drink purchased (not the daily program rate). For example: if the drink price is $5.00 USD and the tax is 10%, the guest's Sail & Sign® card will be charged $0.50 USD for tax. This applies to all US ports (embarkation home ports and ports-of-call) Due to state laws, we cannot sell CHEERS! until the second day of the cruise (starting at 6:00am) for voyages departing from our Texas and New York home ports. Drinks purchased on the first day of the cruise will be charged to the guest's Sail & Sign® card in the usual manner. When purchased on the second day of the cruise, guests are charged for the remaining days only (cruise duration less one day) For guests who pre-purchase CHEERS!, it will be activated upon boarding the ship (except for ships sailing from Texas and New York – activation will occur at 6:00am on the second day of the cruise). Guests are instructed to proceed to the bar, once on board, to receive a sticker which will be placed on their Sail & Sign® cards Group bookings (consisting of a minimum of 30 adults) can purchase CHEERS! prior to the cruise by contacting Group Event Planning (all adult guests in the group must purchase the program; all minors in the group must purchase Bottomless Bubbles program) For pre-purchase orders, a message card will be placed in guest’s stateroom on embarkation day referring the guests to the Casino Bar to activate the program CHEERS! is not offered on 2 day cruises, charter cruises, on ships sailing from Australia (Carnival Legend, Carnival Spirit and Carnival Splendor) and beverage purchases made at Half Moon Cay and Princess Cays in The Bahamas Cruise Duration Pre - Purchase Price $51.95 USD Per Day On Board Purchase Price $56.95 USD Per Day Price Including 18% Gratuity Price Including 18% Gratuity 3 day $ 183.90 $ 201.60 4 day $ 245.20 $ 268.80 5 day $ 306.51 $ 336.01 6 day $ 367.81 $ 403.21 7 day $ 429.11 $ 470.41 8 day $ 490.41 $ 537.61 9 day $ 551.71 $ 604.81 10 day $ 613.01 $ 672.01 11 day $ 674.31 $ 739.21 12 day $ 735.61 $ 806.41 13 day $ 796.91 $ 873.61 14 day $ 858.21 $ 940.81 15 day $ 919.52 $ 1008.02 16 day $ 980.82 $ 1075.22 17 day $ 1042.12 $ 1142.42 19 day $ 1164.72 $ 1276.82 24 day $ 1471.22 $ 1612.80 27 day $ 1655.13 $ 1814.43 CHEERS! Beverage Program Q&As What is the price for individual drinks on board? Sample of beverage prices - prices and product availability are subject to change without notice. Beer: $6.00 - $7.95 (mostly 16 oz.) Wine by the glass: $8.00 - $14.00 Mixed Drinks: $6.95 - $20.00 Specialty Cocktails: $8.95 -$12.95 (excluding souvenir glassware and premium selections) Soft Drinks: $2.50 Specialty Drinks (Powerade, Iced Tea, Honest Tea and Ginger Beer) $2.00 - $4.95 Energy Drinks: $4.95 and up Water (San Pellegrino, Perrier, Vitamin Water, Bottled Water and Coconut Water): $1.25 - $5.00 I understand there is a maximum of 15 drinks a day for the CHEERS! program. With the enhanced program, do non-alcoholic drinks count toward this total? Sodas and other applicable non-alcoholic beverages remain unlimited and will not be counted toward the 15 alcoholic beverages limit, and all other policies and procedures remain the same. Guests are expected to enjoy alcohol responsibly and staff members are trained not to serve guests who appear to be intoxicated. Do you have procedures in place that keep guests from drinking too much? Carnival has a number of procedures in place to monitor guests’ alcohol consumption and bartenders are trained to look for signs of intoxication and will discontinue serving guests who appear to be intoxicated. Certain flags have been built into the system that are designed to monitor guests’ alcohol consumption and encourage responsible use of the program. Does the package have to be purchased for the entire week or can it be purchased on a daily/a la carte basis? The beverage package can only be purchased for the entire voyage at a rate of $51.95 USD per person, per day via Carnival’s website and $56.95 USD per person, per day if purchased once on board. Why aren’t full bottles of wine and champagne included in the enhanced program? The program allows guests to purchase drinks on an individual basis at a convenient flat rate and not purchase multiple drinks at one time or bottles of wine and champagne. The program does include a feature that allows guests to purchase full bottles of wine and champagne at a 25 percent discount. I don’t drink alcohol. Am I still able to purchase the Bottomless Bubbles all-inclusive soda program? While guests who purchase the enhanced CHEERS! program receive all of the benefits of the Bottomless Bubbles program, CHEERS! does not replace the Bottomless Bubbles soda program which continues to be available to children and adults at a cost of $5.95 USD per person, per day and $8.50 USD per person, per day, respectively."
  22. I love the little Vision class ships, and still miss the Legend. I will finally get the chance to board Grandeur for the first time next year in September. Looking forward to it...and first time sailing out of Baltimore. 🙂
  23. I'm a huge fan of the Spirit Class ships (my sister and I have sailed so much on the Legend it feels like home). Love the layout. We just returned from a 5 day on the Paradise, however, and were generally impressed with it even though it's a smaller ship. The one thing I missed is that the Paradise no longer has anything resembling a jogging track. Sailed on a ship as big as the Magic and enjoyed it more than I thought I would. But for me, Spirit class is the optimal size.
  24. Hello! I LOVE reading cruise trip reports. I have been reading every one I can get my hands on since we booked our Alaskan Cruise. I recently had the pleasure of coming across one by Anita Latte. In addition to reporting on her trip, Mrs. Latte also chronicled her planning/thought process. It was fantastic. And so I thought...”I should do that!” It may not be great journalism or perfect photography, but I may just be able to put out something that will be interesting or helpful to others planning Alaskan cruises. My plan is to discuss some of my planning and then transition into a trip report when we return. So here goes nothing....
  25. Besides being a fan on Fantasy, I absolutely LOVE the Spirit-class ships. The layout is far superior that what I refer to as Carnival's "floating shoe boxes" and much more like HAL's ships and the only NCL ship I've sailed (Star on an eastbound TA last spring). Love them so much I booked the final Med sailing and the TA on Legend for fall 2020. So, some of us simply don't want bigger ships packed with more stuff that we won't use/visit/whatever and more people crammed into them. Some of also mostly sail in inside cabins and aren't "balcony snobs" 😋. Since I'm often solo, I get to pay 200% on Carnival. So, if I sail in an inside at a fraction of the cost of a balcony, I can sail more often. That is MUCH more important to me than being on a newer, bigger ship in a balcony cabin. Just sailed MSC's Armonia (65,542 GT) in May (to Cuba! YAY!). She's smaller than the Fantasy class and the oldest in MSC's fleet. I loved her! I think I liked her more than Divina (139,400 gt), which is a gorgeous ship but just too big for my tastes. As I said before, it's been my overall feeling (after 30+ sailings since 2001), that the smaller ships have better service and food. JMO.
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