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Cape Canaveral Cruise Line

MS Dolphin IV

Your Rating:Four Stars
Reviewed by: Martha Moir
# previous cruises: 1
Date of Trip: November 7, 1999
Itinerary: Bahamas

I definitely recommend the Dolphin IV of Cape Canaveral Cruise Line. The service is top-notch! This is a crew who really wants you to enjoy your cruise - especially the waiters and busboys. It is a smaller and older ship, but the value for your money is excellent. I can't wait to go again!!!

Public Areas
The public areas were fine. I never had a problem finding a deck chair or a seat in the lounge. The pool did not look very attractive and I only saw people in it when the cruise director's staff had an activity going on in it. The dining room was a bit cramped, but the great food and service quickly made me forget that.

Food and Service
The food and service were the best part of the cruise. The buffets were excellent. The midnight buffet shouldn't be missed. I had breakfast both in the dining room and on deck and enjoyed them both. Just remembering all this is making me hungry! The waiters and busboys really went out their way to make me feel like royalty. No request was was too much trouble.

Our cabin was very small. We had three ladies AND all our luggage in one cabin. We had an inside cabin, but sneaked a peak at an outside cabin which was larger and decided that we would pay for the upgrade next time. If my cabin mates had planned better, the closet space would have been big enough. The "bring everything because you don't know what kind of mood you will be in" approach is not appropriate for a cruise. We did have problems with noise from the other cabin, but we called housekeeping and they quieted them effectively. The bathroom was small but adequate.

I missed the show the first night, which was a comedian that I heard wasn't very funny. The rest of the cruise, I attended the entertainment each night and enjoyed it. The big name comedian wasn't someone we had heard of (Homer Noodleman), but I would go see him again if he performed locally. I heard that the later seating of the show was more raunchy. The early show was PG, but not too bad. The singer had a wonderful voice.

On board, I mostly ate and slept and read my book. As that is what I went for, I was very happy. The karaoke was also something I really enjoyed. We went to Grand Bahama Island and Key West. I really enjoyed both stops. Go to Port Lucaya instead of Freeport. The shops were laid out better and there was more open space to let the sunlight in. I heard the parasailing was worth the money. I just wanted to get my hair-braided and shop. In Key West, we also enjoyed the shopping. We did the Ghost Tour which was also fun. Definitely find the shop off Duval Street that serves Key Lime Pie on a Stick. Frozen Key Lime Pie dipped in Chocolate. Yummmm.

Who Goes
The other passengers were a definite mix from old to young. There were only two young children on board. There was a college group. Honeymooners, retirees, etc. We had a good group for our table in the dining room. There was a couple who didn't fit in, but they changed to the later seating.

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