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Reviews of the Week by Cruise Lover, HCE, LOP, MenomNom & jerseygirl75!

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Celebrity Eclipse Good Quality for a Mass Market Ship by Cruise Lover

I have been on cruises every year since 1980 on virtually every cruise line. My last experience with Celebrity was in 2003 and I was very disappointed with that cruise, so it took some soul searching to book with them again in 2013. I was glad I did as almost all of the things that bothered me in 2003 were not present in this latest cruise. We are a family of four from the U.S. We flew into London a day before the cruise just to make sure we didn't miss the ship. It also helps greatly with the jet lag so you aren't dragging yourself aboard ship which I've done in the past. The embarkation at Southampton was very smooth. We were booked in Concierge Class staterooms, so they put a little sticker on us which allowed us an express line through check-in. We arrived around 1PM, but I'm sure if we got there around 11:00 or 12:00 it would have really made a big difference. We were on the ship in no time and I found it a little surprising that there was nobody to greet us to point us to our cabin. Some lines escort you all the way to your cabin and some lines have greeters that tell you which way to go, but we just figured it out for ourselves. No big deal. Continue reading... Good Quality for a Mass Market Ship



Allure of the Seas Even Better Than I Expected by HCE

There were 6 of us on this cruise - myself, my wife, out two kids plus my parents - ranging in age from 10 to 75+. We had two cabins - 6614 and 6618 and all of us had a total blast. THE SHIP: There's not much I can say about this ship that hasn't already been said by many people. It is absolutely amazing in so many ways. As you approach it before boarding, the first thought that comes to your head is "man, that is one huge ship!" Once you are inside, though, the size of the ship isn't that apparent anymore. The only time you are made aware of the size is when you are walking from one part of the ship to another. The rest of the time it feels like a much smaller ship - and I mean that in a good way. The public areas of the ship rarely feel crowded, lines are never too long and tables in the buffet are always easy to find. The last two ships we had been on (both of which are less than half the size of this one) felt a lot more crowded. Continue reading... Even Better Than I Expected



Azamara Quest An Azamazing B2B adventure of a lifetime by LOP

In early 2012 we booked the Norway cruise on the Azamara Quest after reading so much about the line and then viewing the itinerary, it wasn't long after this booking that we noticed the preceding cruise on the ship was of the British Isles focusing on the British Open, more about that later. Although we wanted to book a cabin on Deck 7, it was only available for one of the cruises and we would have to change cabins for the second leg. So we booked 6088 for the entire journey. 6088 is a suite located aft and you will experience some vibration when docking or in rougher seas, fortunately this was not an often occurrence although we will book a higher deck in the future. The suite in itself is very comfortable but the furniture is quite dated and needs to be replaced badly. I will say the bed is VERY comfortable and I believe the mattresses were recently upgraded which is quite evident thankfully. Having a guest bath will spoil you for sure and as spacious as the main bathroom is, it would be nice to have a walk-in shower in addition to the jetted tub as it is quite a step to enter the tub/shower. Continue reading... An Azamazing B2B adventure of a lifetime



Seabourn Odyssey Silver Anniversary, First Cruise... by MenomNom

For our 25th wedding anniversary, we were very lucky to be given the chance to take the trip of a lifetime--a gift from my grandfather. As my wife has always wanted to see Santorini, and Seabourn's Odyssey was going to be there on our anniversary (with a late departure so that we could see the sunset in Oia) it seemed like the perfect opportunity. I would highly recommend working with a travel agent in planning a trip like this, particularly if you don't normally do this kind of travel. We had never cruised before--never wanted to, given the crowds and jostling that come with the mega-ships. We figured Seabourn would be the right kind of cruise for us, and they certainly delivered. In our mid-40s, we were not the youngest people on the cruise, though the majority were older. Continue reading... Silver Anniversary, First Cruise



Norwegian Breakaway Our Breakaway experience by jerseygirl75

Let me start off by saying that this was our 8th cruise. We have four children and find that cruising provides a little something for everyone. The Breakaway was the first time we have cruised with NCL. We have mostly cruised with Royal Caribbean and my husband wanted to try out freestyle cruising on NCL. I will breakdown each area of our cruise and try to give you the best possible information. Embarkation: We had a family member drop us off at the cruise terminal since we only live 45 minutes away. We arrived at the cruise terminal at 10:30am. The bag attendants are right at the curb and picked up our bags right away. We entered the terminal and walked straight to check-in...no lines at all. We checked in and received our key cards in less than 10 minutes. We were on the ship by 11:30am. This is when I realized how many people were on this ship. It took forever to get an elevator up to the Garden Cafe which is on the 15th floor to get lunch so we decided to eat at O'Sheehan's Irish Pub which was less crowded. We packed a carry on bag with bathing suits so we could change and enjoy the pool before our bags arrived. The pool area was very crowded and it was very hard to find a lounge chair. We had a balcony stateroom so we went back to our room to watch the ship leave Manhattan. The ship passes the Statue of Liberty and this made for some wonderful photos. Continue reading... Our Breakaway experience


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