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Cape Canaveral Cruise Line

MS Dolphin IV

Your Rating:Three Stars
Reviewed by: Karen Hamer
# previous cruises: 1
Date of Trip: August 15, 1999
Itinerary: Bahamas

As a first time cruiser, I thought we had value for money, although the ship was old, and the plumbing a "little antiquated" the staff were friendly, and the food was excellent. I mean in British pounds we payed less than £100 each for four days! You would not get in a bed and breakfast guest house in UK for that!

Public Areas
The public areas were clean, and pleasant. We were happy in the casino we won $300! The pool was small but well kept.

Food and Service
The ship had two sittings in the dining room, and also served breakfast & lunch on deck. No one could complain about the food, the choice was excellent, well presented, service exceptional!

Cabins were disappointing, but clean. The shower was tiny, and the toilets were always getting blocked up, and that was a real pain! The cabins had large fans provided, but were still really warm, I can only imagine how claustrophobic the inside cabins were!

The main shows were not bad, unfortunately the Cruise Director thought that all the passengers were under 12! and really became painful with his "try and get everyone joining in" routine! The rest of the cruise staff followed his lead, so we avoided that side of things.

Oh what an absolute con the stop at Freeport Bahamas, we would have seen more of the Bahamas on a postcard! We had the opportunity of a couple of tours, either Beach parties or interact with Dolphins (not a bad choice at $50) which lasted until 12pm, after that a wander around Freeport docks. (wow, we were glad to get back on board)- not exactly what one expects of a trip to a so called Island paradise. Key West was good, and we would like to go back for longer next time. On board, always something going on, not always so great, bingo, bingo, anyone for Bingo? No health club, not even a fitness class, very disappointing! Thank God no kids, and here is one person that believes some things should be left to couples!.( Have had three, do not want to share the tantrums or giggles of anyone else).

Who Goes
Well we always thought that the English were standoffish, sorry guys so are "some" Americans. However, our whole trip to the States was brill, and the people in Florida, were friendly, and had great senses of humour. Our daughters 17 & 22 had lovely "cruise holiday romances" and have made good pens pals with two lovely guys from Georgia! And we would love to see them at out home in UK for dinner!

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