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Old January 11th, 2002, 11:05 AM
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Just returned from 10 days. Difficult to say why one feels so good about the experience. Maybe it is the overall genuine friendliness of the crew or the magnificence of the ship itself. The food and service was as good as any other ship and the availability of food around the clock eliminates the majority of the lines. One large complaint: For alternative dining there was a line at the Tuscan that began at 2:00 pm with the staff not appearing until 3:30. We were second in line and waited 2.30 hours to speak to the Maitre D. about bein assigned a table for 2. By the time we left the line was literally winding around the Atrium. We did get a lovely table in the central area which was available each night a 8:00 pm. We heard rave reviews about the steak house as well as Fabio's where the Calzone is to die for. Be careful though for fear of not fitting in the shower or the bathrooms generally. A lot of older ladies leaden down with vast quantities of gold and diamonds and incredible propensities for breaking in any line they could find were very upset that free canapes and champagne were not furnished at the New Year eve party. Those were the only complaints I heard. Embarcation and reverse were very smooth and the system of using only the key as security was topnotch. In Barbados the 4 hour vip catamaran trip was superlative. I found the food comparable to Celebrity and the entertainment mostly acceptable. The review " C'est Magnifique " was splendid. The splatch pool and 3 whirlpools on the stern with its own bar were a delightful escape from other more noisy moments. The Wheelhouse bar is one of the best afloat and the pianist in the Atrium lounge at 9:00 packed them in each night with his entertaining chatter. Having to pay for ice cream is regrettable.. A super cruise and a super ship with a magnificent staff as well as a captain who walks the lounges to greet passengers. JP
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Old January 11th, 2002, 01:17 PM
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Hi JP,
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Glad to hear you enjoyed Ocean Princess as much as I did last year.
We were on Golden for New Years and was also suprised they didn't give out a comp glass of chanpagne, you had to buy a whole bottle and not being a big champagne drinker, passed that up, but all in all we also had a great holiday cruise!

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Old January 11th, 2002, 03:27 PM
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Hi jp,
Liked your review on the ocean.We are going on april 9th.By alternative dining,do you mean the personal choice? If so,do you recommend doing it that way?So how was the food overall?How was your room?We have a suite reserved.We have been on the Sea,which is supposed to be identical to the Ocean.Any advice would be apprecieated!
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Old January 11th, 2002, 04:13 PM
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I did mean personal choice. We enjoyed it very much. Translating the brochure, it means that you can eat 24 hours a day with choices being the Tuscan dining room, the trattoria, the horizon court which becomes the Bistro late at nightor the steak house. The latter got rave reviews for its steaks from many sources. The Horizon serves 24 hours a day. The Tuscan is identical to the Sardinian in all ways. Personal choice means that you can walk up and ask for a table of varying size or reserve a table at a given time. we had a table for 2 which was ready each night at 8:00 pm. If one books traditional dining a change can be made to personal choice but not vice-versa.. The food was excellent and comparable to Celebrity or Holland American. As to the stateroom we had a standard with verandah and it was very nicely decorated. One must be careful not to overeat for fear of not being able to get into the bathroom. Very functional, but tight. The shows were predictable and not quite on par with Celebrity. The French production was excellent. For peace and quiet the stern splash pool and the 3 whirlpools are great. The chairs overlook the stern and wake of the ship. It has its own bar.. The Wheelhous lounge is one of the prettiest afloat and the Atrium lounge was packed each night. The pianist, ---- Burton, was amusing and talented. Enjoy, JP
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Old January 11th, 2002, 08:14 PM
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Thank you J.P.-I am sailing on the Ocean April 19, for 15 days thru the Panama Canal.I also,like Shelly, have a suite on Caribe deck. I can't wait!We have requested personal choice dining because I don'tlike to waituntil 8:15to eat-7 to 7:30 is more my preference. Then I have more time to spend in the casino! lol
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Hi,

We're sailing on this ship this summer. A question:
I'd heard that personal choice dining really increases the crowds for the late shows. That is, instead of all the diners being split in two with early diners going to early shows and late diners going to late shows, many diners choose a personal choice time around the middle. (as you seemed to, 8pm.) that means that 3/4 of the folks who want to see a show, show up for the late ones. The ones who chose personal choice get there earlier and there have been problems with folks from late traditional dining not getting in.

After all that....was that true? If so, how early did you have to get to a show to get a seat?

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Hey Suzie,
So you'll be getting on the ocean just as we get off! We are so excited! We have been on the Sea,which is identical to the Ocean,and we loved it. So what is your suite #,ours is C749,it is huge! We have never been on a 10 day before so we look forward to relaxing.Wow,you're going for 15 days,that's great! So which dining choice are you doing?We like going to the dining room but don't care for dressing up or being tied down to one time,so I think it will work for us.We're going into ft. lauderdale a couple days early to relax before getting on the ship.Keep in touch.
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Hi Shelly,
I will wave to you when we embark! Our cabin no. is C746-right across from yours! Yeah- they are hugerooms and balcony- hey, you get what you pay for, right? The ONLY way to go.
I thought I would try personal choice and see for myself what all the fuss is about- I don't like to be locked into a specific timeslot.Maybe I'll try a few meals in our cabin on our monster balcony!
I will be driving down to F.L.L from Melbourne Beach with my sister so we will be early and hope to board right away.
Have a GREAT cruise
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Old January 13th, 2002, 10:34 PM
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We are booked on the Ocean Princess Feb. 28th. Does anyone have any tips to offer us in relation to shore excursions in the Southern Caribbean Medley ports? We are in early 40's & not really into strong partying.
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Old January 13th, 2002, 11:20 PM
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Shelley, what a coincidence. My wife and I will be in C749 the cruise right before you. I hope you are as excited as we are. We will leave the room in excellent shape. Just don't pay any attention to those wet spots on the floor. There won't be any leaks but they will be salty as they are going to be our tears as we are forced to leave. Look closely at the ripped areas in the carpeting to see if there are any remnants of our finger nails as they drag our butts out kicking and crying all the way. If there is a slight delay in boarding don't pay attention to the swat team called in to force us to vacate after we have baracaded the doors. All in all we are creat courteous cruisers, but we are poor at disembarking. Hope you have a great time. Have been on the Ocean before and she is a great ship with a wonderful crew.
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Old January 14th, 2002, 09:46 AM
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Bear in mind the the dress code is the same all over the ship even on personal choice, including casual elegance.
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Old January 14th, 2002, 09:50 AM
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The late show was quite crowded, In fact, there was a repeat performance of the French review because of the overflow crowd the first night. Most shows are actually scheduled for 2 nights in a row. JP
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Old January 14th, 2002, 09:52 AM
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The vip catamaran in Barbados is super good in all ways. $69.00 JP
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Hi Ron,
I remember you,the "dragging,crying,scratching guy"! I know what you mean about having to leave the ship.To me, the worst feeling in the world is when you wake up the morning you dock and you are in ft. lauderdale,I get a sick feeling in the pit of my stomach.You'll have to leave me a little note somewhere so I know you were there,that would be fun! My favorite part of the cruise is having breakfast on my balcony every morning.Have you stayed in one of the suites on the Ocean before?We were so lucky to get one,luckily one opened up at the last minute and we grabbed it,we were on a wait list.We had a penthouse suite on the Grand and it was nice,but this one is supposed to be bigger---I wasn't impressed too much with the location of our suite on the grand! Write back,o.k.
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Hi everyone,
We are on the ocean april 9th and want to rent a jeep in barbados.Does anyone know a good place to see,such as a nice deserted beach,or where to cruise in a car there?
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Old January 16th, 2002, 12:44 PM
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Barbados has several good websites that will answe all those questions. Barbados has a lot of variety in terrain as well as beaches, some being very calm, others very rough. Great island. JP
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Thanks jp,I'll look into some websites.
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Ron,

Your post is hysterical -- and I can relate!

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