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Royal Caribbean? Nope. I might say something like "Anthem AGAIN" but in reality I'm only sad to not try another great ship and still LOVE Anthem. (Or whatever ship I've sailed on repeatedly).

NCL however, the Gem we are good to never sail that or any of their older ships. Smaller size, weird layout, ugly decor, etc. Their newer ships have our attention, but no immediate plans to book with them.

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18 minutes ago, Va4fam said:

Since I am sitting home instead of sailing on our 11 night cruise that was originally scheduled for RIGHT NOW, I will double down on my first statement.

Worst feeling in the world. I remember being in a virtual department meeting this past September thinking... I'm supposed to be on CoCo Cay right now. FORK ME! lol.

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Only been on 3 ships to date with 3 different companies - Ovation for 3 B2B cruises, Azura with P&O  from Barbados and Musica with MSC as part of a package that included the Rio Carnival. Although I also did a 2 day marketing conference on P&O Oriana many years ago so could count that too I guess!

All of the ships were great in their own way, and each cruise memorable, but I would not rush back to MSC purely due to the lack of customer service shown by the 'senior' staff and the lack of care they showed when I had an issue with the drinks packages we had pre-purchased months before they changed their package names.  

Absolutely no complaints about RCI or P&O, which is why I was excited to get booked on Grandeur next Feb. Even if not as modern as Ovation, it sounds like most people on here have glowing opinions of her! 

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Voyager ...  specialty dining was  overcrowded every night and getting a seat in MDR was always a long wait even with reservations ...Unfortunately I think the addition of more cabins has not been accommodated for ....I know first world problems

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I've never had a ship that I wouldn't sail on again. I do have an itinerary that I wouldn't sail on just based on the time of year went.

(Southeast Coast/Bahamas out of Baltimore in January, Cold and rough seas)

Right now, though, I'd take ANY ship with ANY itinerary. It's been one full year since we've cruised and were supposed to be on our way to Miami TODAY for a 9-Night Southern Caribbean. ?

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Carnival Paradise ... they made an interesting design choice to remove the wall between the casino and the rest of the "promenade" deck ... still held their activities like trivia, etc. on said promenade deck in the cloud of smoke that drifted in every direction from the now open casino.

Would still sail Carnival just not that boat (have sailed on some of her sisters that still had the wall in place, issue not present).

 

 

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5 hours ago, jticarruthers said:

Carnival Paradise ... they made an interesting design choice to remove the wall between the casino and the rest of the "promenade" deck ... still held their activities like trivia, etc. on said promenade deck in the cloud of smoke that drifted in every direction from the now open casino.

Would still sail Carnival just not that boat (have sailed on some of her sisters that still had the wall in place, issue not present).

 

 

This ship was non smoking ship wide for many years. This must be the reason for that design.

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MSC Meraviglia and MSC Divina

I've been on both the Divina once and the Meraviglia twice on cruises out of Miami.  First and foremost the boarding process is a complete fill in the blank.... show, and we were staying in the Yacht Cub suites. They make you wait in this small dingy room and each person has to see a MSC representative.  On one cruise we actually sat in that room nearly 45 minutes while they called people who came into the room after us.  Then because you are Yacht Club they have to escort you on the ship it is the craziest thing ever and it is so frustrating .  Also when you purchase specialty dinning packages you still can not order anything on the menu.  They have a small selection you can choose from everything else on the menu cost extra on top of the dinning package.

Once onboard the design and flow of the ships makes no sense and on days when you are at sea MSC's cruise staff does not really plan many onboard activities.  I've heard I should give MSC Seaside a try because that ship was designed and built specifically for the US market and has a more American feel than the Divina or Meraviglia.

The three good things I will say about MSC is their buffet is open 21 out of 24 hours everyday, they have new shows in the main theater every night, and MSC Meraviglia has Cirque du Soleil at sea.  Let me tell you this there is not a single Royal Caribbean show that comes even close to matching the Meraviglia's Cirque du Soleil at sea and they have 2 different shows and both were hands down the best shows I've seen at sea.  The quality of those shows match what you see in Las Vegas the shows were just that good.

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1 hour ago, Dad2Cue said:

Sadly it was NCL Pride of America.  We loved everything about Hawaii.  Unfortunately, the ship was disappointing and the service wasn't so great.  I just wasn't feeling the Pride.

The Pride of America was the absolutely worse ship I have even been on!  I only went on her only to meet a friend who was going.  A mistake

I have been cruising  since the 80's and probably been on 50 cruises, and many lines.  In past 20 years I have only cruised with RC and very happy with them.

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10 hours ago, Linda R said:

The Pride of America was the absolutely worse ship I have even been on!  I only went on her only to meet a friend who was going.  A mistake

I have been cruising  since the 80's and probably been on 50 cruises, and many lines.  In past 20 years I have only cruised with RC and very happy with them.

The only reason to sail Pride of America is the itinerary.  It is absolutely incredible.  The ship...not so much.  If you go with the attitude that this is a ferry boat to go to places you can't readily sail otherwise, then you'll be OK with it.  If you go expecting great service, amenities, entertainment, etc. you'll be disappointed.  As a ship, she is below average in every department.

One piece of interesting trivia about Pride of America: She actually sank during construction!

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I'll never say never... but I'm unlikely to sail DCL again. I like Disney but I'm not a fanatic, and I was pretty pumped to try out the Fantasy. I certainly enjoyed the cruise (it's a cruise, after all)... but I didn't feel that it met or exceeded what I experienced on Royal or Princess. And given the high cost, it makes it hard to justify going back on board.

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