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Bill Johns

Age: 50

Occupation:Sales

Number of Cruises: 1

Cruise Line: Royal Caribbean

Ship: Nordic Empress

Sailing Date: NOT FOUND

Itinerary: Western Caribbean

Cruise Line: RCI
Sailing Date: November 16th, 2002

Because we spent the night of the 15rh in Tampa we went down to the ship earlier than the time on our ticket. We gave our bags to the porter about noon and were on the ship by about 12:30.

Jeffery, our housekeeper, had our rooms ready for us when we got there. He was very nice and keep our ice bucket filled at all times. He made some of the cutest animals for our bed each night. We had a swan, a monkey hanging from the drapes, a dog, and a elephant. The room was small, but we had all the room we needed. Our only problem was the small shower. I am a big man and the shower curtain keep getting in my way.

We spent a lot of time out on the deck just watching the waves, playing shuffle board, setting, or just walking. It was the calmest place to be. Our cruise was given to nick name of the “Rock and Roll Cruse” because most of the time we had waves of 14’-20’ and winds up to 50 mph. We soon learned the worst place to be was in your cabin or on the top deck.

One of our shore excursions (George Town) was cancelled because of the high seas, but the Captain was able to replace it with a stop in Costa Maya, Mexico, a fairly new port. Lots of new shops and shore excursions. We picked the Unimog Tour that took us down the coast to a nice white sand beach. The Captain and crew did their very best to make up for the poor weather. There were revised schedules, new activities, and free drinks. We are not drinkers, and so I paid the $33 for a soft drink card. Next time we go I’ll just pay the $1.50 a can for pop. With the drink card you only you only get about 1/3 of a can, and it is a pain to keep going back for more. One of the other couples in our group didn’t get the card and they spent less for soda than we did.

The food in the Windjammer was OK - nothing really exciting. We eat breakfast there for the first 3 or 4 days, and lunch 2 or 3 times. The food in the Carman Dinning Room was much better.

Our waiter in the dinning room was Melvin. He did an excellent job. One of the nights we had Key Lime pie for desert. It was out of this world. I committed to Melvin about it, and told him I would like to have it for desert the next nigh also. He smiled and said he would try. The next night he said that someone had taken the piece that he had set aside for me and he was sorry. We joked about it all through the meal. The next night Melvin announced that he had some Key Lime pie for me. Melvin had gone to the trouble of getting the pastry cook to make a pie just for me. I was able to enjoy the pie for the next 3 nights. I thanked Melvin, and our Head Waiter, but my attempts to find and thank the pastry cook failed. Who knows, but maybe he is reading this now and I can say “THANK YOU.”

Our assistant waiter was name Ahmit (not sure of the spelling). He did a wonderful job, always looking after us. He was truly a happy and friendly waiter. We ran into him in the Windjammer Café a time or two and he would always take good care of our needs and chat with us.

The shows were good except for one called “The Quest.” It went a little to far to the “Adults Only” side and we left in the middle of it. hen Dan the cruse director found out about our feelings, he did everything in his power to make us feel better, even leaving a personal note and a gift in our state rooms.

All in all the eight of us had a great time and would cruse again with the RCI Nordic Empress.

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