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Paradise
by james sheen
Eastern Caribbean
June 20, 2004

Embarkation and Deembarkation
Smooth and well organised.

Ship
Beautiful.Fresh and clean

Cabin-Sea View
As expected with good amnenities and a wonderful view of the sea.

Food
Fair to very good.The Grand Marnier Souffle was outstanding whilst the lobster was like trying to eat an eraser!!

Dining Room Service.
Pleasant and unhurried, We had late seating which really makes a difference re the relaxing dining experience.

Cruise Director and his staff.
Jeff Bronson was rather juvenile at times and his assistants were forgettable.

Entertainment.
The main shows were excellent. Others including the majicians and comedians were no more than fair.

Shops.
Lots of variety with something for all budgets.

Ship's Officers and Staff
For the most part very friendly although we did encounter the occasional "sour puss" in the Paris dining room on the Lido deck.

Room Steward.
We rarely saw him. However he frequently did not replace wet towels and used drinking glasses unless we asked him to do so.

Shore Excursions.
Apart from the Stingray Encounter in Nassau they were dreadfully disappointing and definately not worth the money.
Catalina Island in the D. R.was an ordinary beach full of beach sellers and pushers who rarely left us alone.
Trunk Bay in St. John was a sensational beach but it was extremely crowded and very few fish were to be seen during the snorkelling. Time at the beach just 40 minutes. It was advertised as a 4 1/2 hour excursion.
Overall rating for this cruise 7 out of 10.

Finally we learned the following lessons:
Never go to the Caribbean in the Summer unless you enjoy extreme temperatures on board ship and on land.
Make lots of enquiries re shore excursions not operated by the cruise line you are taking.
Don't take back to back to back cruises to the same area with the same cruise line within a period of 18 months. It's a case of same old, same old and same old.