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My parents and I chose this cruise because of the enticing marketing brochure we received in the mail. It was a disaster the first day -- at embarkation. While there was a looming storm, the embarkation staff and procedures were a ... Read More
My parents and I chose this cruise because of the enticing marketing brochure we received in the mail. It was a disaster the first day -- at embarkation. While there was a looming storm, the embarkation staff and procedures were a nightmare. No one could give us any accurate information on when embarkation was to begin. We were advised early on that we had to be at the dock by noon to check luggage and get settled. Well, five hours later, we are all like caged animals in the waiting room that must have been over 100 degrees with thousands of passengers waiting. There was no airconditioning and the Princess staff didn't even offer any courtesy water to drink or anything. We could not go out of the pier because embarkation could start anytime -- again, no one could give us any definite time. My 81-year old parents were both disabled and this cruise ship is not the friendliest to disabled people at all. At embarkation, there were no available wheel chairs until we got into the ship already. Next, they nickel and dime you for everything -- from wifi, which is free on most cruises we've been to; to bottled water -- in the room, in the dining areas! It would have been better if Princess just charged for everything upfront with the package than charging extra for everything. Also, their shuttle buses from the ship to the town center of various ports were quite expensive. Again, this is usually a courtesy-free service with other cruise lines. The only saving grace of the cruise was the food and the staff. The staff was excellent especially the dining staff and the food was excellent as well. It was also chaos at disembarkation in Yokohama. The line at the customer service desk was so long and they were short-staffed. It took us another two hours before we were able to disembark. I had a very bad incident at the lobby bar. I had ordered a VIRGIN drink as I am highly allergic to alcohol. The people around us all heard me clearly when I asked the wait staff to make sure and ask the bar tender to mix a non-alcoholic beverage. Those around me were teasing me about being always the "designated driver". When my drink arrived, it was spiked with alcohol. I went into anaphylactic shock and had to be rushed to the ship's infirmary were I was given high doses of anti-histamine. I didn't have my epi-pen handy at that time. I didn't like the fact that the waiter lied and continuously lied about my ordering a non-alcoholic beverage when he said he would ask the bar tender if it was possible to order my drink as a non-alcoholic beverage. The tours were also expensive and not worth the money we paid for the tours. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
Hi everybody. My name's Alex and to be honest, this is a first for me. I've never reviewed so much as a toaster before - let alone a 2 week cruise - so you may have to bear with me a little... Before I start, a little ... Read More
Hi everybody. My name's Alex and to be honest, this is a first for me. I've never reviewed so much as a toaster before - let alone a 2 week cruise - so you may have to bear with me a little... Before I start, a little background info. Several years ago I was diagnosed with Progressive Multiple Sclerosis. Although I still look perfectly healthy my mobility is - to my endless annoyance - getting steadily worse year by year. I knew that with regard to disabled access visiting the Far East (especially China) was rapidly turning into a case of now or never. My parents have been cruising for many years but recently my mother had both hips replaced and didn't want to fly long haul any more. My father, however, still wanted to go on holiday... So with the backing of my wonderful wife and 3 young children it was decided that me and dad would do the cruise. (This, of course, was with the understanding that I would bring back many, many presents) We booked the cruise directly with Celebrity instead of going through a Travel Agent. It was very straightforward to do through their website although if you're disabled you have to discuss it with them over the phone if you want an accessible cabin or suite. Luckily for us there was an Offer at the time of booking for both of us to have the Classic Drinks Package and free shipboard Wi-Fi included in the price. We then booked the flights separately using Travelup.co.uk as they happened to have the best deal on flights. To get a head start on the jetlag (and also see more of Shanghai) we flew out of Heathrow on 28th March giving us a day and a half to see the sights while staying at the Radisson Blu New World as recommended by Celebrity. The hotel kindly booked us a taxi to Baoshan Cruise Terminal to meet the ship. I have no idea if it was a good price or not but we were charged 200rmb for the 45 minute drive which seemed quite reasonable. Embarkation at the cruise terminal was very swift and from arriving at the Terminal to being in our Cabin took less than 30 minutes. I should point out that the only perk (if you can call it that) of being disabled is that you do tend to be able to 'jump the queue' for things like cruise embarkations and airport security. Trust me, I take no pleasure in it and would rather queue and have my health any day of the week. My first impression of the cabin was that it was very well planned and laid out and amazingly quiet considering it was bang amidships and literally back to back with the elevator. We quickly unpacked and then set off to explore the ship. I've only ever been on one other cruise ship which was P & O's Adonia - a much smaller ship with only 500 passengers so Millennium was a ship on a whole different scale. I really should have had a plan on exploring the ship but instead settled on random wandering (probably sub-consciously looking for the nearest open bar). I'd seen pictures of Millennium before the refit but none since and I have to say I was extremely impressed by the quality of the furnishings and decor throughout what is, in reality, a 20 year old ship. The only advice I would give with regard to moving around the ship, however, is to use the staircases whenever possible. If you use the elevator each time you want to change decks, you will be spending half the cruise waiting for one - they are always very, very busy and don't always stop on the deck you wanted! In giving a review of the individual venues on the ship I can only comment on where I visited. For some unknown reason I never ventured up to Decks 11 and 12 except a brief visit to the Cosmos Lounge (which does have excellent views over the bow). Deck 10 has the swimming pool and Jacuzzis which were very sparingly used due to the weather. I also found that Deck 10 just forward of the midship staircase has the strongest Wi-Fi signal on the ship (and is a nice quiet area) if you're looking to skype or Facetime those back home. Deck 10 is also home to the Oceanview Cafe which wraps around nearly the entire rear half of the ship. There are many pros and cons to the OV cafe. At breakfast time on Port days and for most of the day on Sea days it can be a very busy place indeed. However, for lunch during Port days and for late night snacking it really is a very nice space and has a huge amount of choice including the usual Carvery, Indian, Pizza, Pasta & Salad stations etc. There is also permanent tea, coffee and juice on tap plus when it's quiet there are always staff waiting to take your bar order if you fancy a nice glass of something cold with your lunch. Decks 9, 8, 7, 6, 3 & 2 are all largely guest accommodation and it is here that the Cruise Critic forums are worth a mention. I found out (as a cruising novice) that there is a 'Roll Call' forum for each individual cruise on the Cruise Critic website - you get to chat with the people you will be cruising with, exchange tips and even make plans for shared excursions. It's pretty obvious who the Old Hands are and they really do have some very useful advice (my favourite - being a fireproof ship the walls are made of metal. Use fridge magnets to stick up the daily activities programs!) I felt the important thing was that even before we boarded I already knew a whole crowd of interesting people from all over the world that I wouldn't have met otherwise and it was amazing putting faces to the people I had been chatting to for many months (You know who you are!) Also, if there are over 50 people on the cruise 'Roll Call' then Celebrity arranges a Meet and Greet for all concerned on the first sea day. After that as a group we also had a 'Slot Pull' where several dozen of us all crowded into the casino to try our luck (the ship broke down just before we started - perhaps we should have taken it as a sign as we didn't win a bean...) Also arranged through the Roll Call was the 'Cabin Crawl'. This was not the noisy and boozy affair I had envisaged originally but involves having one of the Roll Call members from each grade of cabin or suite allow their fellow cruisers to have a good nose around their home at sea. Obviously this is not to everybody’s taste but I found it a brilliant way to get to know my fellow cruisers a little better and have a look at all the different types of accommodation (The top grade suites are just amazing) My cabin seemed a lot smaller with a dozen people in it all chatting away at the same time! Decks 5 & 4 are where most of the activities and socialising goes on. It’s worth mentioning that there is a Celebrity app available for smartphones. It gives all the details of what’s going on and where while on-board and you can set reminders for shows and activities and even use your phone as your room key if the Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are activated. It took a couple of days to remember what was on which deck and I ended up in the Art gallery several times when I'd meant to be in the Casino. Furthest forward is the Theatre. This is a huge space that covers both decks and is really well decorated with very comfortable seating and small fixed drinks tables. It has very good sound and lighting for the shows, talks and films (more on the entertainment later). There is also (non-disabled) access to the helipad from the Deck 5 level for those lucky enough to get invited to view the ship docking from the bow. The only small criticisms I have of the Theatre are that to enter it without going outside you have to either walk through the Art Gallery & shops on Deck 5 or through the Casino on Deck 4 as both are the entire width of the ship and the Casino can end up as a bottleneck before and after any performance. The only other annoyance was that during any films, talks, shows etc. the overhead spotlights were left on which caused a very bright reflection from the drinks tables if you were sitting in the Deck 4 level of the Theatre. Like I said - very minor niggles for a very impressive venue. Moving back from the Theatre on Deck 5 are the shops. These are the usual mix of high-end clothing, watches and fragrances. I assume somebody must be buying these things otherwise the shops wouldn't be there but they always seemed to be deserted. Back from the shops is the Art Gallery. The artworks are changed daily and there is usually a varied mix on show. There is also a huge touchscreen where you can browse all of the artwork on board. Aft of the Art Gallery is the 'Grand Foyer' and central staircase that descends from Deck 5 down to Guest Relations on Deck 3. It's very impressive and creates a very bright and open space right in the heart of the ship. On either side of the staircase on Deck 5 are the Gelateria on the port side and the very popular Cafe al Bacio on the starboard side. The cafe serves a huge variety of coffees, liquors and wines and has, without a doubt, the most comfortable seating on the entire ship in the shape of several huge wing-backed chairs. Many times I walked past and saw my fellow cruisers snoring away! The only gripe I have with the Grand Foyer area is that at night quite often there was a DJ playing music from the Deck 5 balcony over the stairs. This was often loud enough to make conversation difficult and saw people deserting the area in droves. Back past the cafe is Cellar Masters. During the day this is the place to go for Wine tastings (which occur almost daily but at a price). It's got a sort of cosy wine-bar feel at night and usually has live music in the evening - normally a duo or trio so nothing overwhelming. The bar usually opens around 5pm and was always staffed by the ever cheerful Arie who is one of those amazing people who has the capacity to remember everybody’s name. Unless using the Aft staircase or elevators you have to walk through here to enter the Metropolitan dining room. A quick tip - If you’re eating in the MDR then fixed-time diners are seated on Deck 5 and anytime eating is Deck 4. I went for the anytime to stay flexible and never had to queue. Also if it’s just the 2 of you then you can ask for the extremely comfy 'Dalek' chairs right against the big back windows. Moving down to Deck 4 and back from the Theatre is the Casino. As I've said before, the Casino spans the entire width of the ship (presumably to catch passing traffic) and has the feel of a mini Caesars Place or Monte Carlo casino in Las Vegas. It's a very comfortable place with a large bar and TV screens showing either news or sports. It was never overly busy or crowded and the few times I visited I pretty much had the pick of whichever opportunity to lose my money I wanted. There were 2 nights during the cruise that each passenger was given a $5 free play on the slot machines (always nice to gamble with somebody else’s money) and somehow I managed to walk away $18 up at the end of the cruise! Again only a single gripe with the Casino and that is that the bar service was for some reason much slower than the rest of the ship. Aft of the Casino is the middle level of the Grand Foyer. On the port side is a large amount of comfy seating and on the opposite side of the Staircase is the very popular Martini Bar. With its frozen bar-top and bar staff who juggle bottles and perform all sorts of drink pouring-related tricks it's often very difficult to get a seat from early evening onwards. Just for sheer entertainment value it's worth hanging out here for a while if waiting for dinner or a show. Past the Martini Bar and aft of the midship staircase is the Rendezvous Lounge. Also the full width of the ship, this space is, as the name suggests, a great place for meeting up for pre-dinner drinks in the evening as there is a very large bar and a huge amount of comfy seating with waiters constantly circulating with drink requests. More importantly during the day this is the place to go for daily Board games, Trivia quizzes and various presentations. It really is a very pleasant, bright and airy place to meet and socialize. Aft of the Lounge on the starboard side of the ship is the Anytime diners entrance to the MDR where the staff welcome you and hand you off to a waiter who will escort you to your table. Each table has a Waiter, Assistant waiter and a Sommelier who is responsible for a small group of tables. We were always seated in the same area and so usually had the same staff each night which was a real pleasure as they seemed genuinely enthusiastic in their jobs (especially the sommeliers Manuel and Jelena who always made us feel so welcome after a long day exploring ashore). I've seen the pre-refit pictures of the MDR and I have to say it now looks so much lighter, fresher and more modern. Deck 3 has its public spaces around the base of the central staircase and includes Guest relations, Destination concierge and Shore Excursion booking. It's also usually where the gangplank ashore is located. Guest relations always seemed to have a queue regardless of the time of day or night but the staff were always tirelessly helpful and cheerful. Many thanks here to Caesar. In Beijing one of the straps on my rucksack snapped so when back on board I went down to Guest relations with a rather odd request and asked Caesar if it would be possible to source a couple of cable ties for a temporary repair. Within 5 minutes the ships electrician appeared with a whole selection - very impressive service! My review of the food is rather short - we simply found the food in the MDR to be of such high quality and choice that we didn't visit any of the speciality restaurants on board. When the MDR was open at lunchtime we ate there. If closed we used the Oceanview Cafe. As I've already mentioned, the food in the OV cafe was hugely varied and of very good quality. The food in the MDR however, was on another level. There was a 'core' menu of 4 starters (Caesar salad, shrimp cocktail, French onion soup & Escargot) and 3 mains (salmon, chicken breast & sirloin steak) that were always available. The rest of the menu - 7 starters & 6 mains - varied on a daily basis. I can honestly say that every single meal was a pleasure and I was consistently impressed throughout the cruise by quality and variety of the food. The portions were on the small side of what I was expecting but this is in no way a criticism as it meant that there was always room for one of the many choices of desserts. Again, a rather short review for Shore excursions. Looking at the excursions on offer from Celebrity, it seemed that they didn't actually offer much for rather a lot of money. We therefore decided to risk doing our own thing at each port of call and didn't book a single excursion through Celebrity. The only time we made use of them was a free - but very poorly advertised - shuttle bus from the Port of Incheon into town and the same in Yokohama. It was the Immigration processes for each Country that the cruise failed miserably on. Obviously it was in no way Celebrity's fault as they have no authority over the immigration process. Going ashore once primary face-to-face immigration procedures were completed was fine - you could literally just walk straight off the ship. However, initial arrival in each country seemed to take an inordinately long time. For example the ship docked in Kobe, Japan at 9:00am but we didn't actually walk out of the Cruise terminal until 11:45am by which time our plans for travelling to Kyoto for the day were totally ruined. The only area where I felt that Celebrity themselves were very much below par was the on-board entertainment and presentations. The opening item I saw was the first in a series of talks about Buddhism. The advertising for it sounded very interesting and I was looking forward to attending. However, within 10 minutes of the start of the presentation I, and several others in the audience were fast asleep! The poor presenter had one of those voices that is so quiet and monotonous that you can't help but nod off. I kicked myself afterwards for not recording it to play to my children when they won't go to sleep at bedtime... Suffice to say, the following presentations in the series were very sparsely attended. The evening productions in the Theatre unfortunately appeared to be extremely amateurish with some of the singing little better than a karaoke night down the local pub. Very often I'd leave after a few excruciating minutes along with a fair number of others. As mentioned before, the DJ in the Grand Foyer was way too loud and fortunately only appeared near the beginning of the cruise. Perhaps Celebrity took note of the mass exodus? The same unfortunately goes for the rest of the singers and musicians spread around the rest of the ship - Celebrity seems to have very much gone for the Quantity over Quality approach and I think they have badly let themselves down with this approach. Only one act actually impressed me (sorry, can't remember their name but it was a couple of chaps doing a silent comedy routine) and they only came on-board for a single performance. The entertainers on-board weren't actually terribly bad, but neither were they any good and certainly didn't make me want to sit and listen to them. And so to briefly sum up - the ship was absolutely fantastic, the food, crew & facilities were top notch and above all the company of my fellow cruisers was a total pleasure. If you're not too fussy about quality on-board entertainment and organized excursions then I can absolutely recommend Celebrity and I will certainly be cruising with them again at the earliest opportunity. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
I have a disabled adult daughter who had studied Japanese at the U of Illinois and ever since had wanted to visit Japan. I chose a cruise as I knew the bathroom facilities in the accessible cabins would fit her needs. I took a chance and ... Read More
I have a disabled adult daughter who had studied Japanese at the U of Illinois and ever since had wanted to visit Japan. I chose a cruise as I knew the bathroom facilities in the accessible cabins would fit her needs. I took a chance and did 4 nights in Tokyo first and this worked out very well. I used a company, Inside Japan, and highly recommend them. This was my 14th Princess cruise. My disappointment was that for all intents and purposes we were on a Caribbean cruise. Yes, there were a fair number of Japanese and Japanese food available, but that was it. My wife said she could not find the first Japanese item in the gift shop. Entertainment was very good, but the same as usual. It would seem that Princess would want to feature some Asian culture. Nothing in the ship's decor said Asia and this ship I believe stays in that market all the time. When I spoke with a Princess customer relations persons after the cruise, she said that the customer base thought it was too much Asian. Thinking to myself, why would someone travel 6000 or so miles across the Pacific or come from Australia to take a Caribbean cruise? In terms of my disabled daughter, it was a great trip. I had to make all my own shore arrangements as she can not do steps, get on a tour bus. I got no pre-cruise help from Princess. I wanted to try and learn what to expect at the different ports. I did bring along a Japanese friend of my daughter's who served as her and our main interpreter. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
I am writing this review after a 3 day pre-cruise itinerary in Hong Kong and first full day, while fresh in my mind. I will add further updates. The airport pickup and transfer well, even though they were not prepared for 4 people with ... Read More
I am writing this review after a 3 day pre-cruise itinerary in Hong Kong and first full day, while fresh in my mind. I will add further updates. The airport pickup and transfer well, even though they were not prepared for 4 people with 2 pieces of luggage with carryons each (although that is what we told them we would have). The Langham Hotel was excellent in all aspects - location, rooms, breakfast provided. The first day tour was just hotel transfer to the hotel, but we booked our own private tour which was great. Day 2 with Regent was really sub-par, made worse by rainy, cloudy weather. Nevertheless, we stuck to the itinerary of a train trip to the top of Victoria Peak for the (non)view (we went to the top to re-board our bus and spent no time there). Then on to our lunch at Stanley Market (which was a pretty poor example of a street market compared to the center of Kowloon). We ate at an authentic buffet lunch of —— German food in Hong Kong! Day 3 was a long trip to Po Lin Monastery (of course the cable car was closed) , a better than expected vegetarian lunch, then a visit to tourist trap Ngong Ping village. Pretty lame day - definitely best to explore on your own and set up private tours. The mid-cruise feedback form was filled with issues. We have not heard back from the crew - do not believe the “commitment to excellence.” They are committed to apologizing and being empathetic, as they have much practice from what I have heard from many other cruisers. More specifics: 1] The towels placed on the poolside chairs are changed once a day. If someone is lying on the towel and leaves, the towels are reused for the unsuspecting next poolside guest. 2] First day of the cruise (we paid plenty extra for alcohol included, but no Riesling wine (they did find one bottle for the 12 day cruise) and no Pina Colada mix ( after 9 days they did get off the ship to get more mix, but ran out after 1 day). 3] Salad poolside is served warm - not kept on ice or refrigerated. The salad plates are hot, also not kept in a cooler. Who really wants warm salad? 4] Same for the sodas. Warm Coke cans are opened - so they are not carbonated well. Poured over ice results in flat, diluted soda. I’ll stick to water, but it is warm if you want it from a bottle (or boxed water) - only water from the ship is cold (gee - wasn’t it brown water in my room)? Even refrigerator in room barely kept drinks cool. 5] Although I had expected great service due to a smaller ship with a high staff:passenger ratio, I felt that the service was really poor compared to Oceana. At the buffets, people were leaning over food and mis-handling the serving utensils (not very hygienic) similar to any Golden Corral in the U.S.)- as opposed to being served by gloved staff. It frequently took my asking servers multiple times to bring me drinks, bread, etc. Sometimes I just got up to do it myself. 6] The food menu is pretty extensive - which is good. The food is generally good (although I personally did not think it was uniformly good, but I did have alternative choices) - not as good as the restaurants I had experienced on Oceana but much better than Royal Carribean. Prime 7 is very good. The staff in the Italian buffet are understaffed and running around making it a hectic, not relaxing dinner, but better the second night. 7] When going on tours, only warm water is handed out when leaving the ship. Cold water is not routinely given out on the buses. Generally, the tour buses are good, the tours are pretty average to sub-par. 8] Now at day 10 after completing Bangkok “2 day“ visit. Rather than dock in Bangkok as was in the original itinerary, we docked 2.5 hours away in Laem Chabang. The excuse was low tide (we found out after boarding, others found out 1 week before). I am sure the real reason was it cheaper, as there were no other cruise ships in our port and other cruise ships were docked in Bangkok at the same time. The times of our docking did not change, so there was no way to reasonably go to Bangkok on day 1, with the “alternative offered was to go to Bangkok on day 1 (and at my own expense) book a hotel room and book my own tours to return on day 2 at 1:30 PM. On day 2 we left at 6 AM to have a very rushed visit to the Grand Palace, canal ride on the Chao Phraya river and a buffet lunch at a Sheraton hotel before returning at 1:30 PM - spent more time driving than touring - 2 days wasted in Thailand. I need to come back another time to actually visit the sites and see Bangkok! The entertainment has been better than expected. Staff are pleasant and very apologetic. When we explained our concerns personally to the ship General Manager, she was understanding and apologetic, offering a laughable $750 credit toward a future cruise, with no adjustment to the top dollar price of this cruise. With more protests, we were offered $750 each current cruise credit or $1500 eachfuture cruise credit. 9] The regular internet is very spotty, which I have found. To be fairly typical at sea. I paid for the upgrade to streaming internet, but became good friends with the internet guru with my daily visits due to inability to access the internet, and inability to stream (I tried to video stream a Peloton 45 minute exercise program, which worked for 12 minutes during my 45 minute exercise period). Other sites would not stream at all. Finally, I was told I would not be charged the $120 for the fast internet access I was not receiving). The good parts of this cruise: 1] The staff are friendly and try to be helpful, but are poorly trained (not their fault) and are limited with the ability to fix issues with a ship that should be taken out of service. The 10 day dry dock is not going to repair all the issues with the ship. They did try hard to address the many issues. 2] Bed is comfortable. The suite is comfortable (excluding the smell, toilet and brown sink water). High beds had plenty of storage underneath for big luggage. 3] Good quality entertainment. 4] Very good food and food choices. 5] We received a credit in order to book our own air travel, and were met in a timely fashion at the airport. Luggage transfers were seamless and done well. 6] Itinerary was good (better than the ports actually docked or the time allotted for touring). 7] Although it took great effort, we did receive $ credit. It did not make up for the lost time and aggravation of our vacation, but at least it was a token acknowledgement that there are major issues with the ship that were known beforehand but not publicized. We paid for a Ritz Carlton , and got a Motel 6 (sorry to Motel 6- as I am sure they have clean water in the bathroom Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
We chose this cruise for the itinerary and an opportunity to try Azamara. We were very satisfied with everything aboard ship. As suite passengers we had free access to the premium dining venues. Prime C was excellent and would have been ... Read More
We chose this cruise for the itinerary and an opportunity to try Azamara. We were very satisfied with everything aboard ship. As suite passengers we had free access to the premium dining venues. Prime C was excellent and would have been worth the upcharge non-suite passengers paid. The other venue was hit or miss. Cabin and dining service were everything one could ask for. Entertainment we felt was a strong point. We've experienced the 'shows' on larger ships and been underwhelmed. Azamara's individual performers (esp. singers) were excellent. We enjoyed the White Night. It's a nice extra. The Azamazing (sp?) evening concert was much appreciated by the Ozzies on board but most of us North Americans didn't know the band. I took the 'behind the scenes' tour of the ship and heartily recommend it to anyone interested in what the crew does to make our trip pleasurable. We used private tours arranged by RCCL for Bali and Semarang as one of us uses a wheelchair. We cannot say enough about their efforts and those of the on-board staff to accommodate our needs. Tours: Bali and Komodo Island were fascinating and highlights of the itinerary. Semarang and Surabaya, not so much. Thursday island really isn't worth a stop but Darwin has much to offer. Cairns and Singapore were great start and end points. We've already booked our next cruise on Azamara. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
I am retired in Thailand with a lovely young wife, I have been cruising for over 50 yrs, and done maybe 40 plus cruises, and around 10 with Azamara, we currently have three booked Azamara is at the top of our comfort zone money wise, we ... Read More
I am retired in Thailand with a lovely young wife, I have been cruising for over 50 yrs, and done maybe 40 plus cruises, and around 10 with Azamara, we currently have three booked Azamara is at the top of our comfort zone money wise, we do not like crowds, we do not stay up and party all the time, often when in port we stay on the ship, we prefer not to be harassed by children, and the passenger profile, is generally professional and restrained, you do not get pushed out of the way in the buffet We like the pretty well all inclusive policy We do not do many shore excursions The food bearing in mind what is being paid is excellent, with very wide choice and good included wine choice The cabins are a little small but adequate, exceptionally well looked after, and the stewards will do anything possible to make your stay as comfortable as possible We love the white nights, are not so sure about the Amazing evenings but there is no cost The most exceptional thing about the ship is the staff, they are the very top, and go out of their way to help In October we are doing Hongkong to Singapore, then back to back the Myanmar trip that we have done before, in March next year we do Sydney to Singapore on the Journey Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
Overall this was a very good cruise, smooth sailing, good weather & well organised tours with great cruise staff. A few disappointing aspects. -Happy hour has gone. This was a great opportunity to meet people & socialise. ... Read More
Overall this was a very good cruise, smooth sailing, good weather & well organised tours with great cruise staff. A few disappointing aspects. -Happy hour has gone. This was a great opportunity to meet people & socialise. -The coffee card has gone. Your coffee purchases are now credited to your ship card. If you don't use all your credits on the cruise they are gone. The unexpired portion of the old style coffee card could be used on future cruises. -Disembarkation at Hong Kong can be disastrous if you are waiting for a taxi. It took 4 hours to get one. Princess should have warned passengers about this. A prearranged transfer is highly recommended -A better system of arranging seating for the Princess Theatre sorely needs improvement. We did not get to one performance because it was packed out up to an hour before the show. Overall a clean ship with good hygiene standards. Very few sick people noticed on board. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
We cruised recently on the Queen Mary 2 from Dubai to Hong Kong Queen Mary 2 is a transatlantic ocean liner. She is the largest ocean liner ever built, having served as the flagship of the Cunard Line since succeeding the Queen ... Read More
We cruised recently on the Queen Mary 2 from Dubai to Hong Kong Queen Mary 2 is a transatlantic ocean liner. She is the largest ocean liner ever built, having served as the flagship of the Cunard Line since succeeding the Queen Elizabeth 2 in 2004. As of 2019, Queen Mary 2 is the only passenger ship operating as an ocean liner. A key point is that the Queen Mary as a liner travels the trans-Atlantic route for the majority of the year, Southampton to New York, but also does an annual World voyage as a cruise ship. Our cruise was part of that annual voyage from Southampton to Japan and back. The public areas are very opulent and there are many inside options for activities and eating areas. However, being a liner there are not many outside eating areas, and the poolside seating is limited and in the evening non-existent. As we travelled through tropical countries it would have been good to be able to savour the balmy evenings on sea days and after leaving port. We particularly enjoyed the Planetarium sessions and the guest lecture series. Craft sessions, Zumba, chair aerobics and line dancing were also available on the frequent sea days. We were in a cabin on deck 5 and found the décor and fittings tired; with the carpet needing a good clean and the cracked tiles in the bathroom replaced. It is obvious that the British class system is very alive and well on QM2. There were several deck areas and restaurants on the ship that were out of bounds for the majority of the passengers. Areas that didn’t seem to have much patronage despite covering significant areas of the ship. The entertainment changes frequently with speakers, comedians and other entertainers either joining or leaving the ship at many ports. The entertainment from Dubai to Singapore was excellent, but from then on it was mediocre for some reason. The size and draught of the QM2 meant that may times we couldn’t dock at the cruise ship terminal and ended up at a working port. These ports were often a distance from the nearest town. For instance Doha, we docked about a 50 minute drive from the town, similarly in Chan May which was about 45 minutes from the town. Because these were working ports, we needed to shuttle to the port gate to meet our tour, designated taxis were sometimes allowed on the port but charged to get to the gate. Several of these ports seemed to be maiden visits and much was made of the ceremonies that took place. But as a passenger, it used up valuable shore time travelling to the nearest point of interest and they were unattractive, messy places. The major disappointment with Cunard and QM2 is that they will not tender wheelchair passengers. We have tendered safely many times with other cruise lines, but with Cunard wheelchair passengers have to step over a 45cm gap unassisted to be able to tender. I observed a lift to the tender platform and there are wheelchair accessible ramps into the tender, and a space where wheelchairs could be parked. But wheelchair passengers are discriminated against and denied going ashore at tender ports. My observations were that many of the elderly walking passengers were more unsteady on their feet and more likely to fall while transferring. Whereas, a wheelchair passenger is safe in their wheelchair and can be easily wheeled onto the tender. Subsequently we will never travel with Cunard again. There were no shore excursions that could be undertaken with a wheelchair. The only offering was a vehicle at a huge cost in several of the ports where we could follow a tour and maybe gain access to the attraction. Therefore, we organised our own shore excursions but trying to get times of arrival and departure at all the ports proved to be a mission. I achieved it finally only by contacting Cunard via their Facebook page. But finding out which part of the port, which berth or gate proved impossible. Thankfully the tour guides we employed were able to use their initiative and local knowledge to find us. But in many cases they were not allowed onto the ports. So where we had organised a wheelchair accessible taxi we had to carry my husband into a taxi to get to the port gate and then lift him out of the taxi. Not a pleasant experience for everyone, in high temperatures and humidity. Finally in Singapore, one wheelchair accessible taxi was provided in the rotation to transport wheelchair passengers to the Marina district. On the way back to the ship we were thankfully provided with a wheelchair accessible bus and loaded in three wheelchairs for the trip back to the ship. In summary I think QM2 should stick to trans-Atlantic crossings and leave cruises to designated cruise ships that are designed for cruising. If you are in a wheelchair definitely don’t cruise with Cunard. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
This cruise went in and out of Singapore. All wheelchair access cabins from Fremantle (our home port) were booked to 2020 for school holiday periods. Singapore is a direct flight, 5 hours from Perth about the same as flying to Brisbane. ... Read More
This cruise went in and out of Singapore. All wheelchair access cabins from Fremantle (our home port) were booked to 2020 for school holiday periods. Singapore is a direct flight, 5 hours from Perth about the same as flying to Brisbane. The cruise itinerary was perfect for Mum and Dad, lots of ports where they could see all the bustle from their balcony. Dad spent a lot of time on the balcony or in the cabin listening to the sea. He could get to a bar easily from his cabin with his walker. Getting to restaurants was much more difficult as they were much further from the cabin. He did build stamina getting to dinner every night. The restaurants had good meals and great service. A couple of times they realised the helpings for a dish might be a bit small for our teenage boys and offered and supplied something more. They also kept topping up the bread rolls for them. We mostly went to the buffet for breakfast and Dad had breakfast in the cabin. For lunch, we sat near one of the pools and got a selection from the buffet, pizza and burger places. Going around the buffet, after the walk there, was too much for Mum and Dad. But what about the electric wheelchair? Well, we booked one just like the one Mum uses at home through Special Needs at Sea Group (SNG). It would be delivered to her stateroom and there for her on arrival. It needed to be left in the stateroom on departing the ship after 10 days. All sorts of penalties for us in the paperwork if we weren't there, if we didn't get everything right. BUT IT WASN'T THERE. No electric wheelchair. Princess Cruises knew it should be there but were having trouble contacting Special Needs at Sea. We left without it. We hoped it would be at the next port. It wasn't. SNG could only be contacted through the night because of the time difference. My nights were spent emailing and ringing SNG to find out when and where we would be getting our electric wheelchair. Eventually, nearly a week into a 10 day cruise, they said we wouldn't be getting one. This meant that Mum was left with me pushing her around in the wheelchair we had brought for getting to and from the airports. She could not move it around by hand (arthritis in hands and shoulders) any more than she can walk. I had to take her to the toilet all through the day. Shore excursions could be no more than 2 hours for me or she would have an accident. The cruise would have been wonderful for the whole family to spend quality time together if the electric wheelchair (powerchair) had been supplied by SNG as promised. This wrecked the cruise for us. It wasn't as though we could just get off and go home which was what we wanted to do. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
Just did a 6 days Hong Kong Vietnam Cruise, 2 adults with kids 9 and 11. It was our second cruise. Very glad we choose the PALACE SUITE upgrade, and this particular World Dream cruise-ship. The room is fantastic with a huge bathroom, ... Read More
Just did a 6 days Hong Kong Vietnam Cruise, 2 adults with kids 9 and 11. It was our second cruise. Very glad we choose the PALACE SUITE upgrade, and this particular World Dream cruise-ship. The room is fantastic with a huge bathroom, much storage and an easy-to-fold down sleeper for the kids while the ship is less then a year old having cost almost a billion USD (build in Germany). The Palace VIP upgrade comes with many perks, e.g.: • Personal butler for your room available 6 x 15 hours. Can call her/him from anywhere on the ship to sort out small issues/make bookings/a lost bag/etc. • access to the VIP/PALACE area which covers about 1/3rd of the ship in the front. Economy class passengers do not have access to this area. The buffet restaurant (breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, dinner and supper till 2am) is fantastic with great views/service/food. No need to queue here (while in economy obtaining a lobster requires strong elbows and immaculate timing Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
This was my first experience with Silversea, having travelled with around a dozen other cruise lines over the decades. Silversea wins hands down! I had the lowest (and presumably the lowliest) of cabins (428), which I jokingly referred ... Read More
This was my first experience with Silversea, having travelled with around a dozen other cruise lines over the decades. Silversea wins hands down! I had the lowest (and presumably the lowliest) of cabins (428), which I jokingly referred to as being 'below the Plimsoll Line.' It was incredibly spacious, with a huge and comfortable bed, lounge suite and two armchairs, walk in robe and ample storage, a bathroom larger than my own, desk, coffee table, further mirrored ledges, and a generous ocean view. The toiletries were Bvulgari, the in-suite fridge stocked and replenished with beverages of my choice, VIP treatment from both the butler and his assistant, who despite being totally professional, felt like 'family' throughout. I also appreciated the daily newspaper, plus bulletins from my part of the world, and having the nearby laundrette was fantastic. Given my predilection for cruising - and my love of food - I reckon I'm qualified to judge the variety of menu options across Silversea's several restaurants, the quality and generosity of the servings, and the high standard of the wait staff as outstanding. Special requests were honoured when necessary, preferred wines freely offered if those chosen daily were not to your liking, imaginative and delicious cocktails always available. My late husband and I have been guilty on many an occasion of eschewing a voyage's entertainment in favour of sleep. I'm so glad I didn't on the Silver Shadow. Their entertainers were fantastic: both the onboard team and the guest saxophonist and the cello duo. Cruise Director Moss brought the house down with his own show one night. Accolades also to the wonderful pianist who never seemed to sleep, and the resident band whose musical repertoire knew no boundaries. I selfishly enjoyed many hours playing bridge (the card game, not the control centre!) and afternoon trivia with a bunch of fellow voyagers. At no time did I feel lonely as a solo traveller. Every single member of the Silver Shadow's crew went out of their way to be welcoming, kind, friendly and helpful. Extraordinary training and personal enthusiasm must lie behind their exemplary and personalised customer service skills. Acts of God brought undone our scheduled itinerary, but the ship's personnel from top to bottom all coped well and cheerfully carried on (unlike some of their guests whose plans had been scuttled in order to save their lives!). This has been a most wonderful introduction to my future relationship with Silversea. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
I picked this cruise line as I was travelling alone and wanted to be pampered and safe. The single supplement was a reasonable 25%. The itinerary was exciting and I enjoyed every port of call. The excursions were great with very ... Read More
I picked this cruise line as I was travelling alone and wanted to be pampered and safe. The single supplement was a reasonable 25%. The itinerary was exciting and I enjoyed every port of call. The excursions were great with very comfortable coaches and knowledgeable guides. There were a great variety of different options, with the majority included in the cost of the cruise. I also had a day before the cruise in an amazing 5*hotel. Had a little time to explore before embarking and a couple of days in Singapore after the cruise as I had a late night flight home. Embarkation was smooth as I needed wheelchair assistance as I can’t stand for long periods of time. I’ve had to select ‘Yes’ for travelling with children as this system would not accept the ‘NO’ option????? I did not have children with me. The ship and crew were even more magnificent than I had thought. I do have one major complaint (see lower down - nothing to do with onboard staff) The food was incredible and the wines and cocktails perfect. There were lots of different options for eating and lots of choice on each menu so all tastes were catered for. If anyone had specific dietary requirements then nothing was too much trouble. Nowhere was crowded so I always felt that I had space to myself if I wanted it. However- there were always opportun ities to mix with other guests. Everyone you met on corridors, lifts, poolside and lounges said hello and chatted about the wonderful time they were having. I met many lovely fellow passengers and will stay in touch and we hope to be able to visit each other. After a couple days the staff on board knew your name and they were always smiling and so helpful. The ‘Voices of the Muse’ were very, very talented as were the other entertainers. No matter what type of music you liked you could enjoy it somewhere on board. The pool is excellent and also very pretty. In fact all of the ship is even better than photos show. I had such a great time that I wanted to stay on for the next leg of the cruise- ending in Bali. This is where my only area of complaint comes in. Even though the ship was just a little over half full SilverSea initially would not offer any discount at all! The onboard Cruise Director made several more phone calls but the most that SilverSea would do was to take a measly £200 off the cost of the cruise AND I would have to arrange my own flights home on top! I felt that was a very mean offer and said no. I don’t understand why they could not offer a reasonable deal when there was soooo much suite availability. I wasn’t asking for a free cruise- I was prepared to pay a reasonable amount but there was just no flexibility at all. So - overall - the cruise was simply amazing, over and above anything you could imagine and the crew from Captain down to every other person on board were outstanding but staff at head office very unhelpful when I asked to stay on. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
Previously cruised the Med on New Amsterdam and had a great cruise. Sadly this did not meet our expectations. We spent 2 days in Hong Kong before sailing as my husband wanted to sail around Hong Kong harbour on a Star ferry. ... Read More
Previously cruised the Med on New Amsterdam and had a great cruise. Sadly this did not meet our expectations. We spent 2 days in Hong Kong before sailing as my husband wanted to sail around Hong Kong harbour on a Star ferry. Embarkation was very smooth and quick though we weren't asked to fill in a health questionnaire which was unusual. The hygiene on board left a lot to be desired. We have been on many cruises with different cruise lines. This is the only one where passengers were able to enter the dining areas and return on board without sanitising their hands. I mentioned this to the nurse who said they would increase sanitation if there was an outbreak! Entertainment in the theatre was very poor. We left and didn't return when a pianist, supposedly having played on Broadway, started playing 'Raindrops Keep Falling on my Head' on a ukulele and singing out of tune! The Port talks were excellent and it was good to be able to go to deck 10 for more 1st hand info. Our restaurant waiter was not the happiest person and on a couple of occasions quite rude. He quickly took plates away and brought the next course before everyone on the table had finished. I pointed this out which he did not like. The food was average. Lido food was ok but a bit repetitive. A disappointment after the New Amsterdam 3 yrs ago. Despite booking a disabled cabin and giving all details to HAL stating that my husband was a full time wheelchair user, unable to walk, not 1 port had accessible transport or shuttle and many no taxis available. He travelled to Asia for the 1st time on a special holiday and couldn't go on any tours. He should have been told this when he booked. The ship was so quiet in the evening. After dinner, unless you went to the Blues Band (limited wheelchair space) or pianists which were next to the noisy casino, it was like the Marie Celeste. Sadly I don't think we will cruise with Holland America again. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
Cabin smallest we had ever had, cabin steward hard to comment on as we only saw him a couple of time's but he was very pleasant when we did bump into him . Trips so overpriced we actually cancelled them all apart from the first one ... Read More
Cabin smallest we had ever had, cabin steward hard to comment on as we only saw him a couple of time's but he was very pleasant when we did bump into him . Trips so overpriced we actually cancelled them all apart from the first one (Phuket) and did our own thing from then on for easily a quarter of the price being asked for by NCL, we were very lucky that another passenger mentioned this to us, Something I would recommend to everybody! Entertainment in the evening on two particular nights was excellent and would have happily paid to see them in the West End but the rest was pretty mediocre. We dined on 3 separate nights in Speciality restaurants being Cagney's, Moderno Churrascaria, & La Cucina. Cagneys was excellent, Moderno was also very good, but would not rate La Cucina (poor menu choice and food was only luke warm and not particularly appetising). The main restaurants were reasonable apart from the food when it reached us was nearly always lukewarm, but have to say the staff were on the whole lovely. With so many cruise lines to choose from would we go with NCL again it is very debatable as overall impression was of a company putting profit over the wellbeing of their customers, especially as the life boat drill was a farce and I have never seen anything like it on any other cruise line, heaven help us if there had been an emergency!! Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
Royal Caribbean – Voyager of the Seas, what can I say. Our room was dirty, but that is surely not the fault of the staff as I think that their time is limited as to how much they spend on each room. Maybe 5 minutes. Tired, out dated, ... Read More
Royal Caribbean – Voyager of the Seas, what can I say. Our room was dirty, but that is surely not the fault of the staff as I think that their time is limited as to how much they spend on each room. Maybe 5 minutes. Tired, out dated, heaps of rust in areas on the balcony. Needed to use the toilet brush at one stage and on giving the toilet a thorough clean, it was sickening the amount of black mould that was under the rim. 8 flushes to get rid of it, so I now know why there was a consistent black ring around the bowl at water level. Bathroom glass shelves had left over residue from previous users, i.e. toothpaste, rubbish left in bins and the room had a nasty musty smell to it. Two tea bags and two small milk capsules in room for 2, plus a jug, but was loathe to use the water from the bathroom to fill it. Food was below average. First night we went My time Dining, hot food served was cold, missing ingredients as per the menu and small portions, so even after 3 courses you were hungry. Caesar Salad ingredients were lettuce, 3 croutons and half a cup of dressing. Where was the parmesan, bacon and egg?? Buffet had much better options and you could get a decent plateful, but still average in quality, but it closed at 9pm, so no chance of a late night snack if you were hungry after the show. There was one area that was open 24hrs, but let’s hope you liked really tasteless pizza. Bar drinks were expensive as were coffee and anything else including bottled water. Administration staff had very poor to almost no English, the guy that made our beds should swap with the ones taking your money at the desk. The staff, overall were excellent and did not hesitate to assist, but it could not make up for the tired décor and very poor quality of the food. My first and last trip on anything Royal Caribbean. So glad it was only 4 nights, so many people disappointed and wanted to get off even before the ship sailed. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
I chose this cruise because sailed few years ago on independence which was fabulous from start to finish this royal carribean intinery was a disaster my partner is disabled and required special assistance at port which was pre booked ... Read More
I chose this cruise because sailed few years ago on independence which was fabulous from start to finish this royal carribean intinery was a disaster my partner is disabled and required special assistance at port which was pre booked absolutely nothing at port just q people its was 3 hours till got on boat not even drink offered bye staff and no special assistance on board was never away from large q at tiny customer service desks were i couldnt be understood as asian reps.got verbally attacked bye aggravated passenger in q, i had car hire arranged one terminal car not issued as boat keeps passport day wasted unorganised chaos chinese man fell of shuttle bus split head no staff to help just passengers trip was geared for chinese travellers food and entertainment oat had to turn back as 2 people died and 4 hours late to singapore i missed my bali connection had to pay $650 new flight but the worst is next they told people night before hold on to cases if you want off ship early guess what i reckon at least 3000 of 5000 wanted that people fighting each other in lifts no movement with weelchair in stifling heat and everybody getting very annoyed and frustrated the exact same in singapore port too many people and no help whatsoever from royal carribean a disgrace and terrible birthday memory. My partner had to actually teach the entertainment crew to play games they were trying and hadnt a clue ??? some staff great our room attendant and marrilo and info desk manager were fabulous my kind regards to them thanks Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
This was a wonderful cruise and the perfect way for a coeliac to travel safely around Japan. The cruise was interrupted by two typhoons and the departure was delayed by a day and some ports were cancelled and replaced with new ports ... Read More
This was a wonderful cruise and the perfect way for a coeliac to travel safely around Japan. The cruise was interrupted by two typhoons and the departure was delayed by a day and some ports were cancelled and replaced with new ports visited. Celebrity refunded the first day of the cruise and alcohol package and paid for the extra nights accomadation in Yokohama due to the delay. The cruise began in Yokohama and it is a very pretty port and loads to do and see if arriving the day before the cruise. The Millennium was built in 2000 and compared to the Soltice you can see where celebrity has developed their fleet over the years. The reason for the 4 star is simply that the bar outside the Ocean View restaurant simply wasn’t big enough compared to the Soltice and the walking track on the 11 floor wasn’t as pleasant as the Soltice but these are minor issues. We had a wonderful time on the ship and enjoyed every minute. It was a very busy cruise with only three sea days and every other day we were in port. The highlights for me was Kobe with a day trip to Kyoto via bullet train then the golden pagoda. Nagasaki was a delightful small port and very easy to navigate as a solo visitor. Shimizu was also well worth the shore excursion, sadly didn’t see Mount Fuji due to cloud cover. Two stand out performances were the Japenese Drummers and Geisha performance. I was very appreciative that Celebrity offered these performances. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
Hi All, If you are planning to cruise with Royal carrabien never ever go for voyager of the seas . I had worst experience of my life felt like trapped in ocean .Below are my point to point clarification of my sufferings . 1. I ... Read More
Hi All, If you are planning to cruise with Royal carrabien never ever go for voyager of the seas . I had worst experience of my life felt like trapped in ocean .Below are my point to point clarification of my sufferings . 1. I landed up at cruise with surprise news as water bottle is paid and only way u can get water store in your room for kids or adult is to pay . 2. Rusted recliners and chairs in balcony . 3. Bathroom doors and toilet seat are either broken or not functioning in my Room , deck - 4, deck 11 common washroom . Soap despensers not funtioning . Flush doesnt work in one push ( in my friends room ) . 4. Staff is rude no sense of customer service and empathy . 5. No option for liquor , U cant even buy bottle on cruise and have liquor in your room only way is to get beverage package for all in room ,even for one Pax you are not allowed to take beverage package and over all cost of package is highly costly . 6 .Staff dont even try to resolve concern of travellor . 7. I lost 2 Soft toy for my child , nothing found till last dsy . 8 . Without any prior consent or my knowlege cruise charged 14.50 USD gratuities per pax per room has been charged to me , No information given . 9. I was clearly informed by cruise direct.com as there will be no hidden charges on cruise ,however i have to pay thialand Visa though i never wanted to go to Phuket fof offshorin 10 food - Breads and lot of veggie / indian curry were not at all fresh . I ended up paying ~1 K SGD exttra on cruise though i was informed no hidden charges . Pathetic cruise for cruising never go for it . Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
Princess accommodates people in wheelchairs with good cabins and bathrooms but that is about as far as it goes. this is by far the most disappointing cruise that I have been on with tight corridors blocked with tables and trolleys, ... Read More
Princess accommodates people in wheelchairs with good cabins and bathrooms but that is about as far as it goes. this is by far the most disappointing cruise that I have been on with tight corridors blocked with tables and trolleys, lifts not working, no shore tours offered for people in wheelchairs. For example I was unable to call a lift as the garbage bins are put directly under the lift call buttons so I either kick the bin out of the way to press the button or waited for someone else to do it for me. I mentioned my issue to a senior maintenance officer who assured me that he would pass on my issue. But each time the bins were moved away from the lifts the cleaners would put them back. As the corridors were continually blocked with housekeep trolley there was only 1 bank of lifts I could get to. For the whole cruise one of these 4 lifts was out of service and on one occasion all the lifts were out of order for an hour stranding me. There is only one accessible public toilet with an automatic door on level 17. all the rest have extremely heavy manual doors I had no chance of opening them myself and needed someone to do it for me. The vista lounge is so packed with large chairs that I had extreme difficulty moving around the room to find a place to park my chair to see a show. There are only 4 accessible seats in the theatre and unless you get there an hour before the show you have no chance of getting somewhere to watch a show. Generally the food quality and variety was poor to very poor. 80% of the menu was seafood based and as I really don't eat a lot of seafood the choices where limited. Each night there was one red meat dish on the fine dining menu and even though the description and title of the dish was different what was delivered was meat cooked the same way. My waiter was unable to provide any further information about the menu than what was written on the menu. They also refused any additions or substitutions like adding more gravy or sauce. Each night we had a bread roll for each person dining and always one butter less than the number of bread rolls. After asking 3 nights in a row for more butter you would think that the waiter would get the message and have more butters on the table I think it was night 18 or 19 when we had enough butter. Pre dinner drinks often arrived with our main meal or desert. There was one night where our fellow passengers when round with pepper mill (as our waiter continually did not offer the pepper mill) and the waiter reprimanded the fellow passenger for doing his job that he had neglected. The embarkation process in Shanghai was a nightmare taking more than 3.5 hours in the extreme heat. people throwing up due to heat stroke, VERY long snaking queues and people absolutely everywhere blocking paths and corridors. There is no one deck on Majestic princess that you can walk around on the entire ship. There is no walking track on this ship. the only place you can look out the front of the ship is the Hollywood pool room through glass which is not very good if it is dark outside as all you get is internal reflections. The "runway of flares" everyone saw on the TV news was not visible from the ship. Princess could not assist with any on shore activities for people in wheelchairs or mobility issues. There big offering in ports where the ship dock a considerable way from any "town" and they offered a coach "shuttle" into "town" for $20. not accessible to me. When asking staff for information on a port they were unable to assist or at best contradict each other. I got better information once I left the ship. I would seriously think about travelling on princess again after this experience. My wife is an Elite captain circle member and she is of the same mind. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
All you need to know about joining a Princess Cruise in Japan. 1. Yokohama Cruise Terminal to Central Tokyo. As at June 2018 the Port of Yokohama runs a free shuttle bus to Sakuragicho Station. The Shuttle Bus is parked right outside ... Read More
All you need to know about joining a Princess Cruise in Japan. 1. Yokohama Cruise Terminal to Central Tokyo. As at June 2018 the Port of Yokohama runs a free shuttle bus to Sakuragicho Station. The Shuttle Bus is parked right outside the exit door of the Yokohama Cruise Terminal. Port staff are their to help with your bags and answer questions in English. The trip from Sakuragicho Station to Yokohama Station takes 10 minutes, the Sakuragicho Station is one stop south of the main Yokohama Station and the fare to Yokohama is 140 Yen for an adult. The train leaves from Platform 4. Elevators and escalators are available to assist you in mananging your luggage. A Taxi to Yokohama Station takes 20 to 25 minutes and costs approx 40 to 50 Australian Dollars, depending on Traffic. Most Taxis only take 2 large bags in the boot, so please consider this before deciding to share a taxi with others. If you are going to Central Tokyo eg Shibuya, Shinjuku or Ikebukuro ( change lines at these Stations fot the Main Tokyo Circle Line called JR Yamananote for the main Tokyo Station or Uneo). Go thru the exit gate and turn left, you will see a ticket vending machine on a wall. Push the English button, usually top right. A ticket from Yokohama to Ikebukuro is 640 Yen. The line is the Shonon - Shinjuku Line a train leaves at 8.48 am, next at 9.04 am so they are frequent. If you have a problem with the machine, between the ticket exit gate and the ticket machine their is an Information Office, they will provide maps, advise ticket cost and tell you the correct platform. Once you have your ticket, go back thru the Ticket Gate you used to exit from the Sakuragicho Train. Now turn left and go to Platform 10. There is both a lift and escalotrs to assist with luggage. Please note you need to catch a green and orange coloured train. Many trains leave from this platform, so make sure you get on the Green and Orange Train. The trip takes 55 minutes to Ikebukuro Station which is on the North West side of central Tokyo. Taxis are plentiful at most Station exits in Tokyo, please check they take credit cards, most do, the Japanese word for Credit Card is Cardo. 2. Yokohama to Narita by NEX Narita Express Train. To get to Narita Airport the best way is by the NEX Narita Express from Yokohama Station. A return ticket ( valid for 14 days) for an adult is 9,000 yen and a child 4,328 yen. The trip from Yokohama Station to Narita takes 1.5 hours and you must book a seat and the deal ios for sale only in Japan. If you want more information please go to www.jreast.co.jp/e/ 3. From Osaka Airport (kansai) to Kobe Cruise Terminal When you arrive at Osaka ( Kansai) Airport follow the boat signs, you will go down one floor and it looks like you are going to exit the building but just before the exit on the left you will see a booth selling the high speed ferry tickets for the Kansai - Kobe Bay Shuttle Service. Single adult 1,850 yen, chhild 9,30 yen. If you show your passport you will recieve a huge discount and pay only 500 Yen. Turn left, then first right out of the Terminal the free buses to the ferry Terminal will be outside. Staff are their are to direct you to the correct queue for the Ferry. The trip takes 5 minutes to the ferry dock. Ferry trip is 30 minutes. Seating is comfortable. Once you arrive at the Kobe Ferry Dock, you are taken on a free Bus to Kobe Airport. You now tkae the Portliner train from the airport to the Port Cruise Terminal stop P03 which is 6 stops from the Kobe Airport Station about 7kms. The walk from the Cruise Port Terminal Station to the ship embarkcation point is less than 100 meters. A Taxi from Kobe Airport to the Cruise Terminal is 30 to 40 Australian Dollars depending on Traffic. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
I overheard a ship officer explaining to a passenger "... it doesn't matter if all 2,600 passengers onboard complain to Princess. Another 2,600 passengers will still book afterwards." ---- I will not be one of those 2,600. ... Read More
I overheard a ship officer explaining to a passenger "... it doesn't matter if all 2,600 passengers onboard complain to Princess. Another 2,600 passengers will still book afterwards." ---- I will not be one of those 2,600. I was aware of the ship's age going into this sailing but still booked it, mainly due to my desire to see Japan. My last cruise with Princess was roughly 33 years ago on an Alaskan voyage. Since then, I have sailed approximately 18 times, primarily in the Caribbean on various carriers, and am 41 years of age. (I mention this as a basis for my review.) The ship... At every turn, the ship was showing it's age and signs of neglect. The exterior decks were rusty, the handrails had lost their varnish, the spas weren't working, several elevators were out of service throughout the trip, there were marks on the ceilings and walls, and the ship just smelled nasty. The cabin... We had a mini-suite on the Dolphin deck, thankfully, which gave us a bit more space. The beds were, surprisingly, extremely comfortable and offered amazing rest. The cabin felt 18 years old with the exception of the oversized LCD televisions. We had issues with the desk area creaking and popping but the carpenters were able to shim up the cabinet and quiet the noise. Overall, it was comfortable and adequate. The food... Now THIS is really where the ship disappointed! The buffet and all restaurants produced mediocre food worthy of a nursing home and nothing better. We ate in the main dining room once, out of sheer curiosity. The service was nice but the food was just boring and bland. We resorted to the Crown Grill and Sabatini's for the rest of the sailing but found the food in those venues to be the same - boring, bland, and flavorless. It was as if the food in those restaurants was produced in the same kitchen as the main dining room. The only reason we ate in the paid dining rooms was for more attentive service and better ambiance. The pizza, oddly enough, was the most flavorful and enjoyable items we ate while onboard. Every day, we chose which food or venue we disliked the least when deciding where to eat. The staff... With the exception of the purser's desk, everyone onboard truly delighted! We had an amazing cabin steward (Decilone), Dr. Maria in the Lotus Spa administered the most amazing cocktails of age defying injections, and the restaurant wait staff were attentive and pleasant. The few times I visited the purser's desk, the staff seemed miserable and never managed to crack the slightest smile. I don't blame them, however. If I had to deal with 2,600 older, grumpy people, I too would be miserable. The Ultimate Ship Tour - WELL worth the expense and *HIGHLY* recommended!! We had more fun on the ship tour than during any other event while onboard. The staff were amazing, the areas we saw were intriguing, the snacks throughout the tour were a welcomed surprise, and the goodie-bags at the end were fantastic! Entertainment... We pretty much did our own thing most evenings so I can't comment on the nightly entertainment. None of the events during the days appealed to us (Bridge, knitting, card-playing, bingo, etc). Maybe in another 30-40 years but not at this time, thanks. I would normally spend time on deck, in the warm sun, with a band playing and an adult beverage in-hand but not on this sailing, sadly (weather). In summary, the ship is old and out-dated, the Internet is painfully slow and overpriced, the food is straight from a nursing home, the nightly entertainment was mostly enjoyable. The crew was amazing, considering the ship and the grumpy passengers. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
I chose this cruise because 'Celebrity Cruises' had been recommended to me by my parents who would have the same level of standards as myself. The price was inviting and some of the ports were in places I had yet to visit. I ... Read More
I chose this cruise because 'Celebrity Cruises' had been recommended to me by my parents who would have the same level of standards as myself. The price was inviting and some of the ports were in places I had yet to visit. I traveled with my boyfriend and my parents (my father is disabled and has to use a wheelchair) so cruises make sense as a holiday option. We stayed in Abu Dhabi for 4 days prior to the cruise and book-ended the trip with 3 nights in Rome. These two stays were what made the holiday in all honesty, and these were booked personally. Firstly the ship, the Constellation is an old tired ship that really needs some TLC. Yes it is spotlessly clean and the staff do their utmost to keep it so. The decks are well worn, the sunbeds were old and not very comfortable and the sun towels very faded and tatty. The Ocean View Cafe, the food was mediocre and the restaurant, again tired looking, broken ice machines, dripping coffee dispensers etc. The Poolside Cafe, burgers were good but unfortunately Alexander had a very displeasing temperament and everything was served begrudgingly. The San Marco restaurant was the only saving grace, Alistair and Jonny were great waiters and always wore a smile and a friendly greeting and the food was a much better standard than Ocean view. The entertainment was very poor, I had been told of 'West End' worthy entertainment in the evenings but not the 'one man shows' we were shown. Obviously the better shows are for the better ships. The movies that were shown on board were firstly not vetted by anyone and sometimes not appropriate for the few kids on board but also incredibly lacking in choice, the same movie was shown more than 9 times in one week. The one opportunity I had to watch a movie I wanted to see the sound was not working with the picture and no one did anything about it. The pool side band that played each day at about 3pm were dreadful, they played the same set each day bar one new song at the end and not only that but the lead singer could not sing, she proceeded to butcher well known songs for 15 days straight. The excursions, as my father was wheelchair bound most of the time off the ship we had to pick tours with minimal walking for him. In Jordan, myself and my mother went to Petra, a tour that started off ok, until we stopped in the middle of nowhere at a shop to use the 'toilets' but we wasted over 30 mins, then we had lunch at the Movenpick in Petra, food was fine but our guide did not have the courage to tell people to hurry up and finish up. We did not enter into Petra until after 3pm and were told to be back at the bus at 6. You travel all the distance to see one of the 'New 7 wonders of the world' only to get 3 hours to explore it. My father and my boyfriend embarked on the Aqaba tour and Wadi Rum which involved a drive through Aqaba where a fort, a beach and a street with hotels were pointed out and that concluded the tour. They were then driven to a 'Welcome center' where they all got off the bus to pick up a ticket and told to get back on the bus again immediately and then driven to a Bedouin tent and ignored for 3 hours. This tour was supposed to be an informative tour and the tent was supposed to have someone explain the Bedouin culture etc. a complete waste of money and time. Thankfully the remainder of the tours we had booked were just transport and we did our own sightseeing, unfortunately though, the times for collection were well ahead of the ship leaving port so we could have had more time in places. The 'boutiques' were overpriced and the 'sales' they held each day were not worth writing about. Just for example, one watch that my boyfriend was interested in was 'reduced' to $200 from $600 but is available online for £70.. hardly a saving. One final thing to add to my review was the Suez canal was not a 'feature' to add to the list, it's a canal full of flies with not much to see either side. The restaurants, bars and even the Solarium lacking in electric fly catchers were filled with flies which were crawling all over the food for 3 days. Although I do wish to cruise again, I will not travel on this ship, but one of the ships my parents actually traveled on as the standards seem much higher. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
When my partner and I cruised the Caribbean on Oasis last year - we were so excited had a great time that we decided to book a second cruise - on the new Ovation of the seas The ship itself is wonderful. It is large, modern, great ... Read More
When my partner and I cruised the Caribbean on Oasis last year - we were so excited had a great time that we decided to book a second cruise - on the new Ovation of the seas The ship itself is wonderful. It is large, modern, great decor, casino is well organised, and the two-seventy area is magnificent. They even had a sports bar that’s always open for games - unlike the Oasis. The onboard activities were also very good. Ifly (which normally costs $100 in Sydney) was free, rock climbing, a lot of trivia etc. however I had two major problems: 1) the escape room activity was practically impossible to book as a slot would only open when there is a request. This means you can’t book online. In fact - I’ve only seen two timeslots available - both while we were in Hong Kong rather than a sea day. 2) the staff during the bumper cars was appalling. It is a 3 minute ride - and a few of the customers were unable to drive their cars as they didn’t know how exactly - and rather than go and assist they just continued to chat among themselves and not paid attention. Now that’s out the way: Food is mostly good. I see a few people complaining here but to be honest I did not have any issues with it - especially considering the freshly made stations. Maybe there isn’t as much variety as before but the food itself was fine. The specialty restaurants were adequate and definitely worth the $28 a head per meal. They are unlimited food too. The hot dog takeaway was only open 5 hours a day or so - which is highly disappointing Customer service was probably the most disappointing experience in the ship - while the cleaners and waiters were good - the helping stuff was not. They never had the right answers and there was always a long wait. Consistently they would need to call their manager for every issue. The half the soda machines either didn’t work or had no coke in them! Ridiculous. You pay $12 a day and you expect the coke. And this was the case for at least half if not all of the cruise time. Yet the staff couldn’t do anything about it. Asking about excursion help was difficult too as the staff was unable to answer whether I would be able to do a particular excursion due to me being on crutches. disembarking was terrible in China and completely unorganised. I was with a broken foot and on crutches yet was made to stand for over an hour - no helping staff, or anything at all. Really ridiculous. It’s a shame as the ship has high potential but is completely disorganised. Lastly - shore excursions were hot and cold. Some of them were great (Hoi An and beijing) while some were really disappointing such as denong - mainly due to the Ho Chi Minh port cancelling several days prior to arrival. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
It was a good trip and nice. Some of staffs were excellent, but not all of them. Entertainment show is only provided 1 per day at the theater. (it should be twice because there are 2 of seated dining choice (5:30pm & ... Read More
It was a good trip and nice. Some of staffs were excellent, but not all of them. Entertainment show is only provided 1 per day at the theater. (it should be twice because there are 2 of seated dining choice (5:30pm & 7:45pm). So we didn't much enjoy daily show on time, and it was too late to get seat when we got there after our dinner. We expected more menu selections especially dessert. Some shore excursions includes meals on trip but not an optional at all, not for passengers who has allergies, food restrictions/limitations, health issue &religious matters--they should've had at least vegetarian, gluten-free... Shore excursion = ok, but 1 of our 3 guided tours was not good. Our guide was not knowledgeable and less prepared. Time length of visit each place was too short, and our guide did not check 9didnot know) a museum's closing time! so that we spent only 20 minutes at a beautiful Japanese garden/museum --we ran around to take pictures!!! Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
There were three adults in our cabin, an inside cabin, that was supposed to be wheelchair-accessible, but when the third adult was added to the reservation, the travel agent changed us to the wrong sized cabin. Not the cruiseline's ... Read More
There were three adults in our cabin, an inside cabin, that was supposed to be wheelchair-accessible, but when the third adult was added to the reservation, the travel agent changed us to the wrong sized cabin. Not the cruiseline's fault. At once when we arrived with 14 pieces of luggage split between 3 adults in an interior tiny cabin, we called to ask for a larger cabin. At first we were categorically denied, then 5 days later, we had a long and loud discussion with the guest services people, asking for the head of GS but never, ever speaking to her even after multiple daily requests, and they offered to let two of us (the married couple) move to a wheelchair cabin down the hall for only $4000 more than we had already paid. We argued because it is simply not safe for three adults and 14 pieces of luggage to reside together in an emergency situation. After much talk about safety and lawsuits, (an empty wheelchair cabin was available 5 doors down) we agreed to pay another $700 for the second cabin, 1 week into a two week Japan cruise. That's down from a $4000 additional payment, mind you. The room steward refused to help us move, even though I am a wheelchair user. He said he would be right back, but never returned to help us, when he knew very well that we needed help. That second cabin was fine, but then the officers of hotel services approached us a few days later and offered us a balcony cabin, (the third cabin) which we were very happy to move to. Now the story adds more depth: the reason why we were offered the balcony on another deck was because we had complained that our toilet was not cleaned by the room steward: there was still poo splatter inside the bowl. Because I complained, the room steward was angry and proceeded to enter my cabin without knocking, unannounced, to discuss the matter, while I was in the bathroom half naked. I told him to leave and called guest services and the hotel manager immediately. Not long after my security report, we were offered to move to a balcony on another deck. I was genuinely afraid of that room steward who saw me half naked. I hope he got in big trouble. As for the rest of the cruise, the dining room food was always the best, Master Kan, who did Tai Chi lessons and lectures was wonderful, the acrobats were great, and trivia was very fun. I am glad that HAL does not push the shops, bingo, and alcoholic drinks all the time. That gets old quick. The Lido tables were cleaned quickly for the next guest, the America's Test Kitchen was just wonderful. More of that, please. More games all day long, please. They had Chinese Mahjong, but never American Mahjongg. I play American and the Chinese guests would not let me join in. We were glad that there were no loud PA system announcements, so that people could nap in the daytime. We were disappointed that the cabin safes are only accessible by one single credit card, so that's not cool. If you are staying onboard and the one credit card to get into the safe is in a pocket of your roommate on shore, you are out of luck. Since this was a Japan cruise, we expected daily Japanese stuff to do like origami, Japanese calligraphy, you know, short language lessons, we are in Japan after all. Our first cabin had problems with the toilet refusing to flush. This is really bad knowing that we were three adults in a very small interior cabin. Also a dirty, used coffee cup in our room was never replaced, and we were afraid to drink out of the room cups and glasses. Of course we reported it immediately, but the room steward's work was never good. Once, we arrived 15 minutes late for dinner, and the manager refused to seat us, saying in a snide way, "You're a little late!!", but we finally got him to stop being rude and seat us. We never, ever ordered all the courses or stayed past 1 hour. Andrew did not receive any tip. We tipped our third cabin's stewards, who were wonderful, but not the one who walked into my cabin and caught me half naked, of course. We tipped our dinner wait staff. We deleted all the other regular daily tips because, 1. The cruise line should pay their employees a decent wage, 2. The gratuities keep increasing to an appalling rate, and finally, 3. Once we took a South American cruise filled with Brazilians, and there were No Daily Tips Charged to us. None. I asked why, and guest services said that Brazilians complain en mass, and they all refuse to follow American tipping practices. I feel that if the cruise lines can get some gravy money out of the guests, they will try. It's not going to work on me. Hate me if you want to. I really don't care. You do what you want with your money, I will decide about mine. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018

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