Ocean Cruise Reviews

This is the category for actual cruise reviews, cruise ship reviews and ship profiles for curious cruisers and those want to learn more about their ship.

You’ll find cruise itinerary reviews from different cruise ships.  Photo tours of inside, oceanview and balcony staterooms so you can get a better idea of what you might like to reserve.

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It’s a long “E” sound…EEE-quinox

Celebrity Cruises has a new baby; the Equinox. Being someone who doesn’t mince words, let alone mispronounce them, I found myself saying over and over is it “EEE-quinox” or “ECK-quinox?” Finally after several sleepless nights I turned to http://www.thefreedictionary.com/equinox to hear it correctly pronounced. While we’re on the subject of mispronounced travel-related words, here’s another […] Read more…

Constellation day nine at sea

After two vigorous days exploring Quebec City in the sleet, snow and sun, everyone aboard ship seemed relieved to have a sea day.  Of course sea days do not necessarily mean there is nothing to do.  The Celebrity Today daily planner listed no less than forty-eight activities scheduled throughout the day beginning at 9:15am and […] Read more…

What a difference a day makes

From my Celebrity Constellation Canada and New England cruise. Early morning clouds gave way to a clear blue sky by 10am.  Some of the snow seemed to melt almost immediately but small patches of ice remained.  There was still frost on the pumpkins and ice on the sidewalks but as passengers disembarked for another day […] Read more…

Quebec City on an Autumn Canada New England Cruise

Dashing and darting through the snow in Quebec. Something you don’t experience on every cruise: crew member shoveling snow on the pool deck.  We awoke to horizontal sleet which soon turned to snow which, in 35mph winds, made traversing the gangway to go ashore, a challenge.  But being a Floridian, this was an opportunity not […] Read more…

En route to Quebec City Day 6

Sea days are wonderful…a time to catch up on sleep, explore the ship and finally have the time to partake in activities and events.  This morning was the Galley Tour, given by Chef Gilbert D’Souza.  Walking through a galley as the crew is just beginning their day, is an enlightening experience.  Aside from the constant […] Read more…

Celebrity Constellation day three, Boston

After nearly twenty-four hours going northbound into two southbound nor’easters, we docked in wet and windy Boston Harbor. The prevailing weather has affected almost everyone’s demeanor; grumpy was the mood of the day amongst disappointed passengers whose shore excursions had been canceled due to the weather. My only plans were to try meet up with […] Read more…

First day at sea

First full day at sea.  Apparently there are two nor’easters coming right at us.  No one is venturing outside.  The seas are pretty rough but the Constellation and Captain Manetas keep it as smooth as possible.  There is a small sitting area down on deck three, right near the cinema.  From this vantage point, you […] Read more…

Celebrity Constellation Day One – Bayonne

Sail-away was exceptional. Cruising out of New York or New Jersey affords the unique opportunity to view the Statue of Liberty as many of our predecessors once did, except in the opposite direction, of course. Muster drill, sans lifejacket went quickly and soon we were free to explore the Constellation. I’ve spent a bit of […] Read more…

Freedom of the Seas, Highlights of the Cruise

As our last day of this cruise is here, I thought it would be good to recap and highlight some of the memorable and informative features that I’ve experienced. Yesterday, as a “thank you” to all of the Diamond Plus, Diamond and Platinum members, the Freedom of the Seas hosted a lovely tablecloth breakfast in […] Read more…

Freedom of the Seas Day Five

Ch-ch-ch-Changes.  Everything changes; Seasons change, the weather can change, we change our minds and on and on.  Royal Caribbean also changes; service, amenities, staff and on and on.  Especially during these “tough economic times” it seems every cruise line has had to tighten their belt.  The goal is to make it as seamless as possible […] Read more…

Freedom of the Seas – Day Four

Internet connectivity aboard the ship has been very poor so I decided I would stay aboard the ship in St. Thomas.  Because St. Thomas is part of the US Virgin Islands, there would be an AT&T wifi connection. I had four days of work to catch up.  The shoreside wifi connection was fast and I […] Read more…

Freedom of the Seas at Sea – Day Three

Ahhh.  What a difference a good night’s sleep can do.  I awoke at 8:00, turned on the TV and in a few minutes my pre-ordered coffee and croissant were delivered.  Royal Caribbean has a fabulous bakery…and the croissants are always good.  I call this my “pre-breakfast” because an hour later I go to either the […] Read more…

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