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Cape Canaveral Cruise Line

MS Dolphin IV

Your Rating:One Star
Reviewed by: Kate M
# previous cruises: 5
Date of Trip: February 3, 2000
Itinerary: Bahamas

This cruise leaves a lot to be desired. The ship is uncomfortable and not well-maintained. The whole trip to the Bahamas was plagued by an extreme vibration that felt like a bent propellor or shaft. It would put your bum to sleep. The size of the ship and the constant vibration was responsible for a lot of sea sickness. The ship docks in the industrial area of the island, near the oil stroage yards and the cargo docks.

Public Areas
Most of the public rooms and lounges smelled strongly of old stale cigarette smoke. Most of the seating was uncomfortable for long time seating. The pool was microscopic and filled for only about 4 hours.

Food and Service
The food service was passable when you were served. Through both dinners, glasses of ide tea were requested and not received until the meal was almost over. Courses listed on the menu were never served, even when requested. Meals were served at specific times and if you missed the meal or buffet, you were out of luck. It was impossible to find anything to drink but soft drinks or mixed drinks. Water was rarely offered and begrudgingly supplied when asked for repeatedly.

Our cabin was small but quiet. The cabin steward kept walking in unannounced. On the last day of the cruise I had to fight him off to retain my cabin key until my rommmate had retrieved her bags. We hadn't even docked yet!

My roommate was interested in the games but she found them too expensive and too short. Three games of Bingo for $10 and only three were played, no more. I was so seasick I just went to bed and tried to sleep through the vibration.

The staff were pushing their activities off and on the ship. They discouraged all other activities but theirs. We chose to do our own thing. We paid $10 dollars for a taxi to town instead of the $20 we were quoted on board and we were the only passengers. We found free courtesy buses near the International Bazaar that took us to a nice uncommercialized beach, where we spent the day. Public taxis on the island cost only $1 per person per trip, this is the way to travel around town. We paid $8 for two people to return to the ship from Port Lucaya. Lunch was less than $5 at a local bakery/bistro.

Who Goes
This trip was loaded with first time cruisers who had no idea of what they should expect or where their destination should have been. All were very upset with the price and quality of the shore excursions. We talked to no one who was a repeat customer. I felt sorry for my fellow passengers, who were taken advantage of by this cruise line. I will never go again and I don't think they will either.

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