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Reviews of the Week by tffd01, hopesicle, DodgersFan, hearsegirl & Swice!

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Every Thursday, we'll randomly select five cruise reviews to feature here! Plus, we'll send each member a Cruise Critic logo item. We hope they enjoy it!


Norwegian Star Great Time Aboard Norwegian Star by tffd01

I had the pleasure of taking a cruise recently (March 24) on board the Norwegian Star to the Caribbean out of New Orleans. This cruise was part of a casino promotion for my wife and I and there were a lot of people on board with similar promotions. It was a wonderful cruise and I will tell you about the positives and a couple of negatives below.

Embarkation: We took a cab from a local Marriott that was about 1 mile away. Getting on board was a breeze. My wife and I arrived at about 12:45 and there was a security line that was about 15 minutes long. After that we got our IDs and went right on to the ship. It took a while however, to get our luggage. The first piece arrived at about 4:00 and, after a phone call from me, the second arrived at about 8:00. The steward said he found it all the way down the hall where it didn't belong. Continue reading... Great Time Aboard Norwegian Star



Disney Wonder A wonderful cruise on the Wonder! by hopesicle

My husband and I (30s) and our 2 children (1 and 4) just returned from a great vacation on the Disney Wonder. This was the 6th cruise for DH & I but only the second since kids, and the first on Disney. As others have done, I will break down my review by category. Embarkation at Miami: A breeze. After the horror stories I'd heard from folks who sailed on other lines, we were prepared for the worst. However, embarkation was nothing but pleasant. I wish we had not had to pay the money to park at the pier, but from my research, I was unable to arrive at an off-site location I felt was safe. Stateroom: We had an oceanview cabin on Deck 5 forward, and this was a great location, as it was the same floor as the kids' clubs and also you could easily view the mid-ship lobby to see if anything as going on (such as character greets) We loved the cabin, and to our surprise, it had a bunk bed that pulled down out of the ceiling and a full curtain to separate the room! There was plenty of storage space; our largest suitcase easily fit under the bed. Continue reading... A wonderful cruise on the Wonder!



Crown Princess Fun Spring Break Cruise for Family of Five by DodgersFan

We are a family of five with three teenage kids ages 19, 15 and 11 and this was our third spring break cruise in a row. Our previous two cruises were on the Norwegian Star and Royal Caribbean's Navigator of the Seas, so we are gaining a pretty well rounded perspective and experience of what each cruise line has to offer. We enjoyed our previous two cruises and enjoyed this cruise on the Crown Princess as well. Each cruise line has strengths and weaknesses, and my review of the Crown Princess will be from that comparative perspective. Port of Galveston Getting to the port of Galveston from the Houston airport was unreasonably expensive and inconvenient. If I relied on the cruise line's own transfer, it would cost $37 per person each way, which for a family of 5 would cost me $370! I spent more time trying to find a cheaper transfer option than I did planning the cruise itself. Other cruisers have had success getting one-way car rentals to/from Galveston using Enterprise but that option was no longer available. Continue reading... Fun Spring Break Cruise for Family of Five



Eurodam A great spring break on the Eurodam! by hearsegirl

Our extended family took a spring break cruise on the Eurodam March 30-April 6, 2013. The eight of us ranged in age from 28-66 years old and we all had a great time! Before the cruise, I was worried how our group would do on HAL. Out of the eight of us, four of them had never been on HAL before. They have only ever been on RCL and NCL, which to me are VERY different compared to HAL. They hadn't ever been on such a small ship either. Most of all though, I was worried about how my mom would enjoy her HAL experience. For years, my mom worked as a social director on board HAL ships in the 1970s. She talks so fondly of her time on the Rotterdam and some of the other ships. She always talks about the elegance, how much she enjoyed the smaller ships with only 500 passengers, about the attention the staff would have even with the smallest details and most importantly to her, the high degree of personal service. I've been on HAL once before (the Statendam in 2007) and though the trip was amazing and much better by far than my experiences on NCL and MSC, I was worried that the larger ship, more passengers and less formal cruise ship culture of today would disappoint my mom who is used to the HAL of the 1970s. Continue reading... A great spring break on the Eurodam!



Carnival Fantasy Fantasy -- It's Carnival, Need I Say More? by Swice

Remember when you were back in school and you wanted to go to the school dance because you didn't want to stay at home, but at the same time, you really didn't want to go with the date you had? Admittedly, a cruise on Carnival's Fantasy was not our first choice for Spring Break. Previously-made plans evaporated with less than a month to go. We immediately noticed the Fantasy's perfect departure schedule and easy access in Charleston, South Carolina. But we spent a week investigating cruise options from Florida ports. More appealing ships and itineraries (along with better values) were plentiful but grossly expensive last-minute airfare forced us to choose the Fantasy. The biggest pre-cruise concern about us taking any cruise was the fact that eight months earlier, our family (parents and two boys ages 8 and 12) had taken the "perfect" cruise aboard Holland America's Nieuw Amsterdam to the Mediterranean. We were worried that any cruise would be disappointing in comparison. Continue reading... Fantasy -- It's Carnival, Need I Say More?


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