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i am just back from Carnival Horizon ship. this is my fourth cruise with Carnival and the ship is amazing. the atmosphere was so happy and cool, the service all over the ship was fantastic, food was great in the buffet as well as in ... Read More
i am just back from Carnival Horizon ship. this is my fourth cruise with Carnival and the ship is amazing. the atmosphere was so happy and cool, the service all over the ship was fantastic, food was great in the buffet as well as in the beautiful dining room. also recommnded to eat at Bonsai, we had a great time there and definitely go to the pig & anchor pub which offers 4 kinds of homemade draft beers. the rooms are large and bright, the casino was big and very active and fun was all over including the shows and the comdian which i highly recommend to go at least one night. the hamburgers are big wow!! the ice cream is unforgettable ... i didn't sail with kids but i saw so many features that they will love! skyride, waterslides, video games, IMAX and many more. well done to Carnival! it's definitely best value for money !!! Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
My husband and I have always sailed Carnival, and this was one of the few Carnival cruises to port in Europe. Let me start by saying overall I had fun not enough to justify the cost of this vacation and not enough to recommend it to other ... Read More
My husband and I have always sailed Carnival, and this was one of the few Carnival cruises to port in Europe. Let me start by saying overall I had fun not enough to justify the cost of this vacation and not enough to recommend it to other people. I had many friends on the ship who disagreed with my assessment. Here's what I think happened... Carnival doesn't usually sail in the Mediterranean so it probably won't be a problem for most people, but I feel like cruising is not the best way to experience Europe. We stopped in Sardinia, Florence/Pisa, Rome, and Naples (Italy), and Marseille (France), and we sailed from Barcelona, Spain. Most of our stops were not close to our actual destination and required a long bus ride (1-2 hrs) to reach the points of interest... Which left less time to explore and made for longer excursions. We only had one day at sea which was at the beginning of the cruise so all of our really long excursions were back to back. We were so tired by the time we reached our last stop that we actually skipped the expensive excursion we had already paid for. We just couldn't do another full day starting at 5:30 am (that's how early we had to get up to get ready, eat breakfast, and get to the meeting point in time for the excursion to start.) Plus, we were constantly rushing on and off the ship. On the excursions we were running to cram in as much of the sights as possible or to keep up with the tour group. I feel like we didn't have nearly enough time to really see anything Europe has to offer, which is A LOT. On the ship we were rushing to make it to some meal before the restaurant closed, or to some show, or to some other activity before they closed. Which brings me to my next point - I can't understand why Carnival had so many things closed so much of the time. It seemed like every time I turned around something that I wanted to do was closed and there didn't seem to be a good reason. On our last day on the ship we found only one of the four whirlpools on the ship was open. We had to wander around for twenty minutes looking for it. We did a lot of that - wandering around the ship looking for something that was open. I purchased the bottomless bubbles (soda) package which means you are supposed to be able to get free unlimited soda any time of day or night. I paid a lot for it. But there are so many catches... for one- you can only get a soda at one of the official bars (does not include the coffee shop or theater), which means yiu have to wait in line, there are no soda fountains. Second, you can only get a soda in a glass, (no cans) and only one at a time. So you can't use your bottomless bubbles to stock your in-room fridge. Last and most frustrating of all, not all of the bars are open at all times and not even the same times from day to day. Which means you have to wander around the ship all day and night searching for a bar that is open, or you need to constantly have your nose in a schedule trying to figure out which bar is open at that time that you happen to be thirsty. Most bars close at 11 or 12 at night and don't open again until 6 or 8 the next morning. If you want a soda between those times you have to go to the casino bar. If you're a non-smoker like me this can be exceedingly frustrating because the casino is a smoking area. You'll have to wade through the clouds of smoke to get a soda. I'm not complaining about the smoking, I'm complaining about the fact that the only bar open is in a smoking area. That's not very inclusive for people who don't smoke, and there doesn't seem to be a good reason for it considering there has to be at least 15 bars on the ship. Another example is the main buffet restaurant. During the day the buffet is almost always open, but only half of it... which makes for bigger crowds and longer lines. Why, Carnival? That's the main eating area, it's the busiest restaurant on the ship... seems like a really bad idea to keep half of it closed all the time. And if you want to eat between 12 and 6 am (hey, I'm on vacation... I'm allowed to eat late) the only restaurant open is the pizza place... Which will probably be packed since it's the only option. Or you can get free soft serve ice cream (If you can find a machine that isn't out). So basically late night entertainment and food is QUITE slim on this ship. Sometimes they have a night club open if you like that kind of thing... But I don't know if they have food. For those people who have babies and children under 2 yrs of age (there are a few of us at least) they do have a babysitting option but there are a lot of catches. It costs extra, of course but it's quite reasonable in my opinion. (6.75 per hour plus 15% gratuity). They only take babies 6 months to 2 yrs old at night from 10pm to 1am, and then in the mornings at different times depending on the day. Most days for us it was 6:30am to 12pm. That's a lot of hours but you have to work around the excursions you planned and the opening hours for all the activities on the ship. I felt like most of what I wanted to do was closed during most of those hours - not all of thise hours, and not everything. I did have a few small windows to take advantage of the baby sitting service but it took careful planning, and a lot of rushing, again. And one of those times was during the time I would have been on an excursion had I not been too tired. So I basically traded an excursion for a little bit of fun on the ship. So just be aware if you have babies. Lastly, the elevators. I don't know what they have done to the elevator system but I didn't meet one person on the ship who wasn't disappointed or angry with it. They have some kind of smart technology or poorly designed algorithm controlling the elevators. In the middle of the ship they have 6 elevators but I could only ever get 2 to work at a time. This meant you had to wait a long time for an elevator and sometimes it would be so full you had to push the button again and wait for the next one, or even the next one after that. I waited for 10 minutes for an elevator more than once on my cruise. Doesn't sound like a long time but when you're standing there doing nothing and you're in a hurry, AND there are 4 other elevators doing nothing at all... It gets frustrating. You can take the stairs but if you're on deck 3 and you want to get to deck 10 - who wants to climb 7 flights of stairs every day? This says nothing about people who don't even have that as an option. (Wheelchairs and strollers?!?) Another complaint I have is the amount of entertainment and food that costs extra now. Is it just me, or has Carnival started charging for a great many more things that used to be included? And it could have been my frustration clouding my judgment, but it seemed like the activities and food options that are included are closed more often than those things you pay extra for. I felt like a lot of the free "entertainment" was a sales pitch in disguise to get you to spend more money. There were faaaaar too many spa demonstrations and not enough live shows on the itinerary. The shopping was quite limited on the ship. A lot of expensive jewelry and watches, and not enough souvnire type shops. I was dissapointed. I really liked carnivals new candy shop, however. That was a fun place to go. I spent a lot of money on souvenirs for my children there. Another thing I really enjoyed was the service. Carnival always employs the hardest working and the friendliest people. I give them 5 stars for service. Also, the ship is always immaculate. There were never a shortage of clean tables to sit at in the main dining area (unless the dining area was straight up full - which didn't happen very often.) I loved the water slides, the sports square, and the skyride. The sky ride is soooo fun. You must try it if you cruise on the horizon or Vista. The sky course looked like a lot of fun too but I never got to try it. (I had a baby with me.) The ship is beautifully decirated as well. I loved my cabin which was just the right size. (A regular balcony room.) I love the addition if the mini fridge in the room. I also really appreciated the new hand washing machines in the main dining area. Those things were so cool and convenient. Overall, I had fun on this ship but it was very expensive and I feel like we could have gotten a much better value for our money if Canival had planned things just a little bit better. For that reason I do not recommend this ship to other people (especially families, people who don't drink or have conservative taste in shows and entertainment, or those with disabilities) and we probably won't sail with Carnival again. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
We chose the Trade Route of the Middle Ages because of all the countries visited from Barcelona to the add-on of Iceland! It was a long trip and the staff on-board were all wonderful! The food on board was not as 'regional' ... Read More
We chose the Trade Route of the Middle Ages because of all the countries visited from Barcelona to the add-on of Iceland! It was a long trip and the staff on-board were all wonderful! The food on board was not as 'regional' as I would have liked but all else was great, including the trips in towns and the local guides. I especially enjoyed the spa on the 1st floor. From the pool to the jacuzzi, the cold snow room, the sauna, the steam room and the cold plunge -- Plus the Massage technicians. This was a Total Plus!! This experience helped to make traveling all that more viable! And the places we visited -- we learned a lot and became acquainted with so many different cultures! I am very glad we chose to add on Iceland. This was an extra special treat! The Blue Lagoon, The Golden Circle, and people of Reykjavik were Incredible! Thank You Viking for this Opportunity. MEMORABLE! Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
it seems that there are almost as many experiences of the same vacation as there are passengers. We all come with our own expectations and our own idea of value for money. We chose the Norwegian Spirit because of the excellent itinerary ... Read More
it seems that there are almost as many experiences of the same vacation as there are passengers. We all come with our own expectations and our own idea of value for money. We chose the Norwegian Spirit because of the excellent itinerary and good pricing and even when the itinerary was changed and we did not get to visit the Canary Islands and Madeira due to rough seas in the Atlantic, we were able to overcome our initial disappointment and still have a fabulous trip. We travelled Feb 23 to Mar 5. It is true that this ship is a little more dated but there were things we did love about it, all the woodwork and the Asian finishes, the excellent, friendly and attentive staff - some of the best we have ever experienced. We enjoyed our pre-dinner drinks at Champagne Charlie's and the excellent musicians who serenaded us each evening. Excellent dinners at Cagney's, casual fare at the Blue Lagoon and really good Whisky Sours at the Shanghai Bar - made with Crown Royal. We found the Buffet quite good too... especially on those days when it was warm enough to sit outside and enjoy the sea air. We also enjoyed the smaller complimentary Garden Restaurant and Shogun . We really liked the vibe of the whole ship and it attracted a nice mix of fellow passengers. We had a really nice spot, a suite on the 10th deck with a whirlpool tub and shower that both looked out over the ocean. This is one of the few NCL ships that has this smaller suite with this amazing and spectacular feature. We did have a butler and a personal concierge so I realize we had lots of perks. We were very well treated, including our son who is on the autism spectrum. He requires a special diet and this was handled seamlessly for him. We enjoyed the tours - they were well organized. I think though, that we would also have enjoyed ourselves even in less fancy accommodations cause we were just so pleased to be able to afford the time and the adventure - We saw lots of Spain and Morocco due to the amended itinerary and everyday there was a new Suduko and quick crossword on offer in the library! Memorable wonderful time - We met quite a few fellow cruisers who had been on this ship multiple times. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
We wanted to visit the Canarys and Funchal without packing and unpacking several times. We are three in the cabin - parents and a college student. I could not be more disappointed. We thought being aboard ship for Christmas and New ... Read More
We wanted to visit the Canarys and Funchal without packing and unpacking several times. We are three in the cabin - parents and a college student. I could not be more disappointed. We thought being aboard ship for Christmas and New Years would be festive and fun and it was nothing like that. I understand you must appeal to the older folks who take this cruise but from food to music and port call timeframes, everything that could go wrong went wrong. Port Calls: This captain wanted to save as much as possible when it comes to time in port - leaving us with little to none to really see the islands. We pulled in early enough - when nothing was open on the island, not even a coffee shop - and we'd leave often at 3:30 p.m.! With no shipboard entertainment to keep you busy, why would you want people on board? Just to buy expensive drinks I guess. All of the islands were nice enough - Maderia being teh best but Casablanca??? Don't even get off the ship. The ship is bad - Casablanca is worse! Entertainment: The band "Souled Out" was not bad. Their chemistry though is not there. Seems the lead guy can't stand the lead gal from where we were sitting. They do one hour sets then leave for an hour. There is NOTHING going on for that hour. A DJ doesn't spin any music to dance. The staff don't come and do something fun. Nothing. So let's say you are enjoying the music - then there's a huge break with nothing to do!! I really was stunned by this. I've cruised before and a lot can be forgiven when you have entertainment you enjoy. This was the most board I've ever been on a ship. The music was appealing to ballroom dancers and they danced. Taking the entire dance floor so none of us non professionals could get a spot. Fun to watch but maybe at 10 p.m. you'd switch to something people under 80 would enjoy as well. PS the older folks enjoyed the popular tunes as much as the old stuff so why not appeal to everyone?? Entertainment 2: The teenagers (under 18) get the nice front of the ship spot for a disco but I think there were maybe 20 of them total on the ship. Prime real estate for kids with nothing for any of the paying passengers between 18 and 75 years old. There is a second "disco" but they let karaoke have that spot until 11 p.m. every night then spin dance tunes after that. You have to pass through the smoke gauntlet from hell to get to this disco (the casino) to get there. On New Years Eve this was the only place that had any entertainment after 12:30 p.m. YES, they closed the Galaxy that seats a few hundred at 12:30 p.m. on NEW YEARS EVE!!! It was unbelievable. Entertainment 3: The shows were fine. The dance crew is great and the lead singers are very good. They had a British lady for a couple nights that was great as well. (Michele) The magician is awful and the music so loud during his performances that I'm sure the old folks just removed their hearing aids. They should let the singers and dancers own that place and get rid of all the rest of the glitz and glam. Everyone likes quality singing - show tunes etc. Entertainment Staff: Jacky and Eliose were great and you can see they are working hard against all odds (and their apparent boss Dave the Cruise Director) to help build an environment where people can have some fun. But they must figure a way to bring the entertainment to the people. This group needs an overhaul. $50 to play Bingo is just not reasonable when you only win $150 and you're nickled and died on every thing else. Ship Excursions: Don't do it!! Waste of money and they don't know what goes on on their own excursions. Whale watching we did with them and we asked if their was swimming off the boat (we'd read that in a review) but it's December so we asked. "NO, it's way too cold they won't do that." We sat for 45 minutes while everyone from the other cruise boats donned their suits and jumped into the waters of the Canary Islands. Not fun. Advice: get off the boat, walk a bit up the pier and get a cab driver who will take you all over the islands for about $100 and get you back on time. Totally worth it!! Food: The sushi was great but you were paying for it. The buffet, yuck except for breakfast. Hard to ruin breakfast I guess. Too salty, too mushy, again, food for 80 years olds I guess. Drinks: I get it, we need to pay for drinks and the inclusive plan was not worth it for us - we don't drink enough - so I pay $16.00 for a drink once you had the gratuity, ok, but at least learn how to make a drink!! Every bartender in that place needs retraining. The amount of sour mix used in every drink will give you indigestion. They can't even get a gin and tonic right. Awful. Rooms: It's an old ship so I was not expecting anything grand, and it was fine. Beds are a bit hard but service staff were a bright light in a ship that seemed like no one else enjoyed their jobs. Our cabin girl, Nina, was so nice and polite. We loved her and appreciated how hard she worked. Leading up to the cabins though, it smells - and bad. Also deck 6 is below the casino where people apparently move furniture all night long. Sleep was impossible on many nights. Smoking: This ship is in Europe where there are many smokers and this ship is all theirs. They own the outdoor areas beside the pools - seems like that would be ok but the glass windows keeps the smoke from dissipating and each day we much walk through the cloud of smoke from hell to get to dinner. The casino doors are left propped open so all the smoke from there pours into the hallways and the elevators where everyone must go to get to the bedroom floors is so smokey that people were fanning the smokey smell away. My allergies were going crazy and by the time we left the ship I swear I second hand smoked a pack a day. There needs to be a limit. They have every right to smoke, but the rest of us should have an area we can breathe fresh air and not on the top of the ship in 30 mile hour winds. You can see from this that the ship totally lacks everything you'd expect from a cruise. It's a very sad situation and we spent $5,000 to have one of the worst vacations we've ever had. My advice - choose a different cruise line because Norwegian has gone down hill and fast. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
We had a day in Barcelona the day before our cruise. We transferred the next morning to our ship in the port of Barcelona. The embarkation was smooth, though very busy. The ship itself was OK, our cabin was on deck 6 forward on the port ... Read More
We had a day in Barcelona the day before our cruise. We transferred the next morning to our ship in the port of Barcelona. The embarkation was smooth, though very busy. The ship itself was OK, our cabin was on deck 6 forward on the port side, only downside was as the Spirit is an old ship, we are unsure? we felt every manoeuvre when docking as the bow thrusters shook the whole ship from top to bottom. No need for an alarm call!! Also for nearly 48 hours on our way back up the med, the ship encountered storms and again we felt every single wave and made us feel exceptionally sick, my wife was in the cabin for nearly two days, we where not even allowed to go out on deck, that's how bad it was. Hard to believe that with all the state of the art equipment in the Bridge the Captain couldn't navigate around the storms. We also had a constant banging all night for 2/3 nights, loads of people reported it and nothing was done, and nothing was apparently found we where told by guest services, upon getting on and off the boat directly above us was the lifeboats, its as if one was loose banging all night long, funny how once or twice when docked the gangway was partially closed and the crew where working on them/ Food was excellent, entertainment mediocre, the cruise director's accomplice was hard to understand most of the time, Our Steward was fantastic, excursions very extortionate, we did not do one, we did our own. At some ports there was free shuttles, others not, I think Norwegian should tell people, we found out only when we got off the ship. As for Morocco why? another port please, sorry we found it dirty in the middle of a shipping port and every one who went ashore was back within 30 minutes and didn't have a good word to say about it, sorry to say but its what we overhead, we didn't bother after all the comments we heard. Women said they where harassed as soon as they got out of the port, one said she estimated 40 men hassling her, and wanting money for maps, maps that where no good as there was no street's named to go along with the map. One lady asked for a toilet and when she went through a door she was pointed to, found a pit and and two handles to hold onto, Norwegian should really really think of another port, why not Gibraltar, we went past it twice!! The Captain tried but alas again with a foreign accent was hard to understand at the best of times, the annoying bing bong and then trying to understand him and any messages above all the noise on deck and in raffles restaurant, we where unable to distinguish what was being said by any one. All the ports we visited where fantastic except the one mentioned, the last two Malaga and Alicante where freezing, we didn't do much in either due to the cold, but none the less, we enjoyed the time aboard. One thing I didn't agree with, was the apparent drive by Norwegian to extort money, 6 x 1 ltr bottles water, being Diabetic I like a drink handy when in the cabin or going ashore, but i refuse to pay $14.95 that's just sheer extortion, You where not allowed to bring any liquids especially water on board, so we bought a flask, and got the waiter or barman to fill it up, I cant believe the first port we went to and I bought a 2 ltr bottle for less that one euro, shame on you Norwegian. Also they dont tell you until you are in a "Spanish" port, when docked and you want a drink, on your all inclusive package, they levy a "Spanish" tax on you, its not much on two drinks was about just over $1.00 but when you utilise your all inclusive drinks packages we paid nearly $100.00 when we disembarked, we are not big drinkers, but there where people that where, I dread to have seen their bills. We where told we could claim this back many did, also the gratuities, we paid up front before we left as we where led to believe we had to by our tour operator, not so. We where told by loads of people on board to tip as you see appropriate, and we agreed, tipping as we went to people who deserved it and went above and beyond, we are also in the process of trying to recover this as lots of others have. All in all a superb cruise but little niggly bits as mentioned above, stick in your throat a little. One thing that did upset my wife, she forgot her cardigan when we left the Galaxy of the stars one night, she went straight back and it had gone, she enquired at lost property many times, alas some one had made of with it, unbelievable for such a cheap item. One lady lost her Ipad on board and that was handed in straight away... people are weird some times. Also the internet package on board, intermittent at best we where told by loads who had paid $30.00 per day, some said they where unable to use it, can this all be linked to the age of this ship?? she is over 19 years old and was owned by another company prior to Norwegian, We also had the four speciality dining, we tried Tepanyaki (excuse spelling), WOW fantastic, could not fault it, we tried the Italian and was not that impressed, its rather small and not a very good menu, but others seemed to like it. The best of all was Cagney's Steak House, we went twice, I dont think I will ever have a steak like that ever again, it was the best we have ever had, succulent juicy and really tasty, they know how to do steak and all the trimmings, we went on our anniversary and was sung to and given a cake, sounds silly but it was really sweet, my wife and i enjoyed it and cant thank them enough. The MAITRE'D Ryan Dsouza was second to none in chatting to us and keeping us updated on our food as it was cooked to perfection, and the lady who seated us on both occasions, Alleen Sikat, and all the staff in Cagneys whose names we didn't manage to get. We would go again but maybe on a different cruise to avoid storms, or in the summer to avoid these and if we went on the Spirit at the back or maybe an inner cabin, to avoid the wake up call of the bow thrusters. For what we paid we got a good deal, the cruise for two, unlimited drinks, and 4 speciality meal package, and flights with BA, and a night in Barcelona, no transfers though, these where easily obtained on line, a lot cheaper as well, when our company we booked through called at last minute and offered them for £250.00, we got online for £60.00. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
The Quest is a beautiful small ship. This was the second of our b2b. The food everywhere is excellent. The standard drink package is perfectly good for us. The wines were very nice, so we neither needed to order anything special nor a ... Read More
The Quest is a beautiful small ship. This was the second of our b2b. The food everywhere is excellent. The standard drink package is perfectly good for us. The wines were very nice, so we neither needed to order anything special nor a bottle of wine. We had an Ocean Suite all the way forward 6002. Loved the veranda even though it seemed awkwardly laid out. I still have no idea why there is a Butler. Ours, Eyup, was really a very nice man and always asked if we needed anything. He brought tea and set it up for us unless we asked him not to. The suit was nice but was a little worn. The breakfast in discoveries was always wonderful. There were brunches on Sundays, I didn’t really have any feelings about it. The food was excellent no matter which venu. The bartenders were great as well. The Casino was woefully under used. The 2 shops on board didn’t have much variety, and whomever is the vendor should look into that. There were activities going on all the time Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
I like RCI but not happy with room service charge of $8.00 could see the charge if late in evening even though I am not a room service person I thought the charge was a little heavy. We were only informed of one port offering free ... Read More
I like RCI but not happy with room service charge of $8.00 could see the charge if late in evening even though I am not a room service person I thought the charge was a little heavy. We were only informed of one port offering free transportation to town, and were heading back to the ship as my roommate could not walk the distance to town when we saw a bus offering free transportation to town, if the bus would have left we never would of known. We were only informed of the shuttle service in Cadiz,even asked I was with a scooter but my friend needed the transportation. The crossing was very calm and only had 2 small rain showers. The captain and cruise director were difficult to hear on the loud speaker, captains voice trailed off and cruise directors was too loud and very fast. That is all I can think of at this time. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
This was our 3rd time on this ship and although not our favourite it has many things in its favour. Public and entertainment venues are mainly on decks 5 6 and 7 and I still get confused on where things are and how to get to them ... Read More
This was our 3rd time on this ship and although not our favourite it has many things in its favour. Public and entertainment venues are mainly on decks 5 6 and 7 and I still get confused on where things are and how to get to them lack of sea views and signs pointing to front and aft means very disorientating and can end up with long walks if you head the wrong way! pool deck always busy and can be windy-spice H20 at aft tends to be quieter and adults only during day-also tends to be more sheltered from wind Entertainment[ despite a previous review] is free of charge with exception of Cirque and that is for the meal-think of it as a speciality restaurant with entertainment You do have to pre book reservations for some which is due to limited seating-however there is option to get in on standby It ranges from big show-Priscilla Queen of desert which will divide opinion as is adult oriented but I personally loved it other options include Escape the big top, Howl at the moon, live bands in Cavern club to sitting in bar listening to piano or guitar players. They have also started to utilise the big screen at Spice H20 to show movies on an evening. Restaurants-there are several free options and more speciality with extra charge so plenty choice. There is also option of limited choice room service which attracts a charge. We had a balcony cabin and found it fine-bathroom set up didn't bother a couple married over 30 years! some cabins on deck 8 and 9 have uncovered balconies pros -open view with no roof restricting plenty of sun if you want it[and sun on your side of ship! cons-no shade if you want the opposite of above no privacy as people on decks above can look straight down onto your balcony Thermal spa-$159 for week long access to Jacuzzis steam and sauna rooms heated loungers and a lovely open area at aft with padded loungers which makes up for sea views lacking on other public areas of ship Access is usually not included if you book a treatment such as massage I say usually because they do run spa specials especially on port days and I saw that 1 hour access to Thermal Spa post treatment was one offer I booked a 75 min special for $139 plus 18% gratuity which included full body massage foot and ankle massage scalp massage and mini facial for about half of those individual treatments would normally cost still expensive but a very good massage Drinks-the UBP Ultimate Package is pretty much offered as a free perk on most bookings and UK bookings you don't pay the 18% gratuity on value of it as you do if booked in USA Purchasing it yourself $89 per day plus gratuity is pricey but given costs of individual drinks it's not as hard as you would think to break even. Controversially it doesn't include speciality coffees from atrium coffee bar or bottled water. Shore excursions-we always book our own with reputable private companies in a small group made up of fellow tour mates from roll call. I do however like to collect the ship shore excursion leaflets and compare what we paid versus their big bus excursions-we nearly always find we paid much less And finally talking about roll calls find yours pre cruise and if there is a meet and greet planned go to it Ncl provide refreshments and several officers turn up. They also provide a card with contact numbers of head of departments If you have an issue your cabin steward or guest services cant resolve a call to them can work wonders. They would prefer to be able to resolve on board rather than reading about it after the event in form of complaint here on Cruise Critic Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
Royal Caribbean Cruises are always enjoyable. Great staff, fun activities aboard ship, great excursions. Crew members are extremely friendly, helpful, kind, and fun to be around. Embarkation and disembarkation always go smoothly. ... Read More
Royal Caribbean Cruises are always enjoyable. Great staff, fun activities aboard ship, great excursions. Crew members are extremely friendly, helpful, kind, and fun to be around. Embarkation and disembarkation always go smoothly. Ports of call/ excursions are always fabulous! We enjoyed each shore excursion we took with the professional, knowledgeable tour guides, and did a few fun self-guided tours on our own. The cabin is comfortable, clean, and well maintained, with marvelously helpful room stewards. Dining is in the main dining room and Windjammer buffet are 4-star experiences, with excellent meal choices. The wait staff are fun, friendly, and very helpful . At the end of the cruise, you wish you could take them home with you! The activity director is well experienced, does a great job, and is an all-around super-great personality. So is the The entertainment director, who is very funny and informational. We have sailed on Royal Caribbean cruises multiple times and have enjoyed our time immensely, and plan to use them for future cruises! Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
Lovely cruise! Traveled from Barcelona to Rome, Florence, Nice, Monaco, Naples. Everything was great ! Thank the ship's personnel for a cognitive and interesting adventure. Excellent cuisine, interesting shows, wonderful outdoor ... Read More
Lovely cruise! Traveled from Barcelona to Rome, Florence, Nice, Monaco, Naples. Everything was great ! Thank the ship's personnel for a cognitive and interesting adventure. Excellent cuisine, interesting shows, wonderful outdoor activities. A lot of sun, sports and new impressions. Freedom of the seas is the best ship I've traveled on. I really liked the show Magic, Ice show, carnival on the waterfront. Parties with the participation of artists and disco Retro FM were above all praise. Thanks to the Royal Caribbean Company for an unforgettable experience. We will definitely go again, but not in the Mediterranean, but in the Caribbean. I really want to swim in the warm and beautiful sea, look at the beautiful fish. Next summer we are planning a trip to one of the vessels of the Royal Caribbean Company. If funds allow, we will invite the whole family - 5 children with their second half and 6 grandchildren. We once had a rest together, it was very nice, and such a journey is a remembrance for a lifetime! Good luck to the company and the crew of the ship Freedom of the Seas! Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
Background This was the ninth Princess cruise since our first one in 2008 for my partner and me, meaning we are Captain’s Circle Platinum members. We started cruising with Celebrity Cruises in 2014 and became Celebrity Elite members ... Read More
Background This was the ninth Princess cruise since our first one in 2008 for my partner and me, meaning we are Captain’s Circle Platinum members. We started cruising with Celebrity Cruises in 2014 and became Celebrity Elite members after just four cruises because some very good offers allowed us to book Suite Class on two occasions (no wonder Princess‘ on-board future cruise reservations can be handled by one person, while at Celebrity ships a whole team is busy with that). It was the second Princess cruise for my parents accompanying us (73 and almost 89). We choose this cruise because it suited their needs (mobility issues) as routing (no tendering) and season fitted them best. Most of the negative aspects mentioned in the following text were not specific to Royal Princess but we experienced them on every Princess cruise we took so far. Embarkation and Disembarkation We arrived at 2 p. m., so about one hour after check-in had begun. Check-in was perfect – no room for improvement. Ship We didn’t expect the interior design of this newly built ship to be that outdated and so bad! Atrium and Allegro Dining Room were gorgeous, but the rest? Concerto Dining Room, where Club Class Dining was located, was a nightmarish mixture of Princess‘ old design from decades ago with some new design features thrown in adding insult to injury: Those murals! Were they results of a Princess Arts & Crafts lesson? Has the „artist“ ever heard of perspective? Why those new floor-to-ceiling blue light features? Who wants to eat bathed in a light color they normally use to prevent drug addicts finding their veins in public restrooms? The screamingly brightly lit Club6 without any atmosphere! Our advice: hire the Allegro’s designer and fire the rest! Maintenance: Many non-working lighting fixtures all over the ship. The ceiling of the Horizon Court’s outside terrace looked as the ship would be scrapped the next day: rotten wood, dislocated halogen spots, missing sprinklers (fire security???) For a newly built ship surprisingly many strong vibrations although seas were totally calm, especially when maneuvering in port. Worst thing: the elevators! This is an issue among passengers for decades and Princess and Fincantieri are still seeming to ignore it. Endless waits! As my father has mobility issues taking the stairs was no alternative solution. Why not introduce the system where you key in your desired deck and the system assigns you an elevator number? At least send some staff who manage the lines upon return from shore as the present situation is „elbows out - survival oft he fittest“. Why is that no problem on Celebrity ships? Cabin stewards Marlon (M105) and Sang (M106) did a great job cleaning our staterooms. Sang was more cheerful, but by mistake threw away two free drinks vouchers. Not that much of a problem, but although he spoke to his supervisor they were not replaced. Marlon, at times cleary stressed out by the amount of work he had to do, was not very happy to take care of a skirt we returned to him, because after sending it for pressing it came back with more wrinkles than before. But in the end, he had the skirt re-pressed and the item removed from our check. When we entered our cabin, the bedding of M105 was not Queen as ordered in advance, but we left it that way. The main lighting fixture on the ceiling as well as the ceiling lamp in the bathroom in M106 were not working which leads to the question if the cabins are not checked properly by housekeeping or technical supervisors. Staff in general Apart from the cabin stewards and the dining room staff no one would great you when you passed them by. Front desk and security staff as unfriendly as on all our Princess cruises. Sure, the before-mentioned can’t expect to be tipped at the end of the cruise, but what does Celebrity do that this is not a problem on their ships? Dining First things first: Club Class Dining is genius and almost as good as Aqua Class or Luminae Suite Restaurant on Celebrity – regarding flexibility, wait times, quietness and personal attention. NOT regarding food presentation: as on every of our Princess cruises we were served plates no Celebrity chef would have dared to let leave the kitchen: on the last night my bad quality NY strip steak was thrown on top of the grilled tomato and the watery zucchini side, sauce spilled over the edge of the plate. Salads were just thrown in a deep dish and not even mixed with the dressing. As always with Princess we got the same food we know for years without any focus on the region you cruise in. Just marking standard dishes served worldwide with a „Mediterranean Flavors“ stamp doesn’t make it any better. Not very local, too, was the Kingklip in curry sauce with red cabbage (or was it red onion confit?) – in fact, it’s a good thing this combination is not known anywhere in the world except on Princess ships. Norman Love’s chocolate creations were the highlight of every meal as were the petit fours offered along with dessert. MDR breakfast closed at 9 a. m. even on sea days, which we found too early. Strangely enough, the espresso was served in a regular coffee cup which made it cool down far too quickly. „Alfredo’s“ and „International Café“ are two free dining venues which have no counterparts on Celebrity. Kudos to Princess in this respect. Another sign of cookies cutting (literally), though: fruit tartlets at „International Café“ which before were made from pastry dough, vanilla custard and adorned with strawberries, raspberries and blueberries now consisted of a shortbread cookies, vanilla flavored whipped cream and cheap chunks of melon. „Horizon Court“: offerings between main meal times were too limited. Staff was unenthusiastic as always. Wine was far too expensive with almost every bottle over 30 $. Club Class restaurant staff: one of he best restaurant experiences we had on any Princess ship. Courteous, personal and very attentive, especially taking care of my parents. Standing out were the host, Xaviera, our waiter Peter and the assistant waiters Adonis, Rhodra and Danja. Dress Code: not enforced as always. Shorts and open sandals at dinner, leasure wear on Formal Nights. If you’re not willing to enforce it, abolish it. Platinum/Elite perks The best thing: a generous free wifi allowance. Is it really smart to treat the most loyal customers to a Captain’s Circle party lasting exactly 30 minutes (as announced in writing) and serving them exactly one cocktail which - to be frank - was an insulting undrinkable cheap imitation of the cocktails served in the bars? The Platinum/Elite cocktail lounge was located in the horrible Club6 which is normally operational from 10 p. m. as an additional bar. During the day it is the deck 6 path from the front of ship to the atrium. Not a great setting for a lounge, when hordes of people pass you by! Apart from sail away evening the lounge closed at 7 p. m., while galley staff were already standing by with their racks 15 minutes before to close and remove the buffet noisyly at 7 p. m. sharp. All that made us use this lounge only on the first two evenings. The new reduced price 6.50 drinks menu featured cocktails so unknown to passengers and staff that they provided us with their laminated cocktail recipe card. Entertainment We didn’t see any of the shows but noticed that enrichment lectures were non existent. The port lecturer basically passed on information you can find on Cruise Critics or Wikipedia, while on Celebrity they always have a historian providing insightful information on board. Music volume of singers and orchestra in the Atrium on the very last evening could make you deaf if you not already were. Ports/Itinerary Very good. Why „all aboard“ in Marseille was at 4:30 p. m. was beyond us as the next port of call, Genoa, was practically a stone's throw away. In Livorno, the shuttle (run by Port of Livorno) ran very infrequently and it took us one hour to get from the car rental parking just outside the port grounds back to the ship. Some more positive things? We liked the very generous free TV programming (unknown to Celebrity). The „Princess@Sea“ mobile website was surprisingly sophisticated and useful. The Club Class canapés were much better as the Celebrity ones they serve you in Suite Class. Unfortunately, the last days of the cruise order forms were not provided anymore by any of our two cabin stewards. Bottom line As long as you have no comparison, Princess performs ok. In case of a very good routing we would consider booking Princess Cruises again. Otherwise Celebrity offers a lot more for less money, therefore our next three cruises are booked with Celebrity which so far never disappointed us. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
My my embarkation port was Barcelona, where we spent three days at portaventura hotel. I advice. Then we embarked. I.went with my husband, my five years kid and thirteen years kid. I can only say it was a great decision we took. ... Read More
My my embarkation port was Barcelona, where we spent three days at portaventura hotel. I advice. Then we embarked. I.went with my husband, my five years kid and thirteen years kid. I can only say it was a great decision we took. Beautiful and clean ship. Aurea balcony cabin is an excellent deal. Lots of adults' and kids' entertainment. Very nice excursions, delicious and various food, friendly staff, lovely ambience. Fits to families with kids, to honeymooners, singles, teenagers, babies, kids..... With aurea cabin u get a priority pass so u get a smooth and fast embarking. As well yyou get unlimited Drinks and smoothies. Free massage for me and my husband. Access to a wonderful restaurant with different menu each day. As fit the excursions. There are plenty of variety. Historical, beach, familial, adventurous... you may choose the excursion you want. In brief it was a "sans faute" trip Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
Hi the bedrooms are so cramped ! my ankles where hanging over the edge ! you couldn't pass each other in the bedroom ! There was a smell on deck 8 near the lifts ! not good! The entertainment in the bar was terrible! could not ... Read More
Hi the bedrooms are so cramped ! my ankles where hanging over the edge ! you couldn't pass each other in the bedroom ! There was a smell on deck 8 near the lifts ! not good! The entertainment in the bar was terrible! could not hear them. and if you did they sounded awful ! lots of complaining !! they are the ones who bring people into the bar aren't they! Most of staff could speak English properly! and they where directing us ! Other staff said they have had this trouble before !!! Shuttle in Palmer 15 euros walk across road bus AERO is 2 euros, Shuttle to train for Florence 9.15 am arrived at station 9.10 am had to wait an hour for next train , !! had trouble in main restaurants, the food service is so slow must have been 15 mins waiting for food ! Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
This cruise was excellent with pros and poor cons. I will begin with a few cons 1. I hated the up sale of everything from your next cruise to the tackiness of factory rejects marked at the most ridiculous retail prices to make out they ... Read More
This cruise was excellent with pros and poor cons. I will begin with a few cons 1. I hated the up sale of everything from your next cruise to the tackiness of factory rejects marked at the most ridiculous retail prices to make out they are the best bargain only or room to negotiate within two days a further reduced or further discount promised. 2.I hated the fact when your special needs assistance requirements that they dont exactly match with their high standard of service. 3.Having toured on this ship in 2010 I was greatly sadden to see the tiredness of Freedom carpeting, bathroom mirror corrosion and odd odor smells. 4. The promenade just didnt glisten as she had before. The promenade lighting was very poor with obvious seen missing light bulbs. 5 I also found the evening dinning staff had less table etiquette which I believe were European origin. 6. We were given no choice of our dinning table as there was no room to put us else were other than by the stairs on deck 4 by the fast passageway of staff fury to service and dish collection point and cold air rushing by us which made our meal go cold quickly. 7 The pros of this cruise the staff overall are working hard with an extra mile attitude The entertainment is far beyond that I experienced in 2010 in the caribbean The food no matter what others have written here I highly disagree It is of high produced standard. Catering staff are the hardest working to produce such quantity and quality range. The best deck to obtain cabin would be from deck 6 to deck 9 mid ship . Give me FREEDOM anytime over her successors She will always be the FIRST Largest Cruise ship of the SEAS ..& reported to be outstandingly holding her ratings against her sister ships too Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
Highly recommended to take this cruise and make a great memory. You can get there whatever you need for your vacation, you get the chance to visit different cities. You can see super organised people and process everywhere. Good service ... Read More
Highly recommended to take this cruise and make a great memory. You can get there whatever you need for your vacation, you get the chance to visit different cities. You can see super organised people and process everywhere. Good service and respect is the major factors which can highlight this brand. Take the chance and enjoy your time in a luxury cruise. Cabin are very large like a hotel room. The food special meat type was really nice and you can do any kind of sports on the cruise. The timing of arrival in city is very nice just right after breakfast, you can leave and explore the area. The staff are super friendly and you can notice a professional supervision on main dining room which makes the service very good. The drinks is being charged which is a drawback of the cruise as well as poor internet service which is kind of high price as drawbacks. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
We went on this cruise because my mother hadn't been on holiday for over 20 years as she is disabled and finds it hard to find holidays to suit her and the ship catered for disabled people so she asked if we wanted to accompany her, ... Read More
We went on this cruise because my mother hadn't been on holiday for over 20 years as she is disabled and finds it hard to find holidays to suit her and the ship catered for disabled people so she asked if we wanted to accompany her, we wouldn't of picked a cruise ourselves as i have never been good on boats,but we of course went to assist her so that she could enjoy a holiday. We were very surprised how amazing it was the staterooms were a decent size mind you we had deluxe balcony ocean views and the balconys were big the views were outstanding.The whole ship was beautifully decorated a bit old style but kept very clean.The food was extremely good and plenty of soft drinks and hot beverages, but you have to be careful as even though we had supposedly paid for all inclusive food and certain alcohol it appeared that we paid for quite a bit including wine in the main dining room.We should have had some sort of meeting when we arrived so that we knew which places on the ship supplied the free drink ,there are no kettles in your staterooms as it is a fire hazard so you have to go to one of the dining rooms to get your tea, you can have room service and the continental breakfast is free but in the small print you get charged a fee for the room service added to your card you carry with you every where, there are a lot of hidden charges including bottles of water. The entertainment was very good always different things to see and do day and night.Just to say don't bother taking your tuxedo suit or long dresses we were told we had to wear formal evening wear tuxedo for men and dresses for women so we bought the outfits at quite a bit of expense we wouldn't normally wear that attire but made an effort and were very annoyed to see that the men mainly just wore smart shirts with and without ties, and women wore some lovely dresses but not over the top just smarts don't worry about the formal notice. The trips were amazing but not very disabled friendly streets the worst being florence were we had to lift my mothers scooter up all the high kerbs and hardly any ramps any where it is medieval not suitable for disabled! The trips apart from that were great the staff are very helpful and overall we had great first cruise we will defiantly think of going on another ones you can see so many more places in one hit. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
Everything was really very good, but no shore excursions at all for handicapped people are offered. My husbad had a Wheel chair and we managed to organize by ourselves an excursion to Luca and Pisa in Livorno, also a private transfer in ... Read More
Everything was really very good, but no shore excursions at all for handicapped people are offered. My husbad had a Wheel chair and we managed to organize by ourselves an excursion to Luca and Pisa in Livorno, also a private transfer in Rome and also we use the public transportation in Venice, 100% accesible (monorail + vaporetto), and we got San Mark's Square by ourselves, without having to walk bridges at all! And on the cruise we were told in the shore excursions office that we didn't even try to get San Marcos, because we had to walk 4 bridges. Well! There were not brigdes using the public transportation! Royal Caribbean should contact with local companies in the ports of destination and make contracts with them to offer shore excursions for handicapped people because, as we experienced by ourselves, it is possible! In Kotor there were accesible tender ships accesible for us, offered by the cruise. In that case, very good! Other than that, everything was perfect! Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
It had been over 20 years at least since my fiancé and I each had cruised. (We were not together at the times that we last cruised, so I kinda feel that this is our first cruise as so much has changed.) But overall, the experience was ... Read More
It had been over 20 years at least since my fiancé and I each had cruised. (We were not together at the times that we last cruised, so I kinda feel that this is our first cruise as so much has changed.) But overall, the experience was a great one. There were a few minor hiccups here and there, but overall, we fell in love with cruising and are thinking about where to go to next. Embarkation was a breeze.. Barcelona is a pretty easy place to embark. There were at least 20 agents there to help. We arrived at port about about 11:45 and we on board in less than 30 minutes. Cabin review is contained elsewhere in this review, so I'll skip that. The entertainment was great. Priscilla was awesome. We had seen the play on Broadway and were amazed at the ability of the ship and performers to pull off an almost Broadway quality set and performance. Burn the Floor was good, but we agreed with fellow passengers that while the dancing was phenomenal (I can't believe some of the moves they did while there was a minor but noticeable roll from the waves), the lack of a story line made it much less engaging. The Cirque show was great, and the "Beatles" at the Cavern Club were very good. If there's one place where we can't give glowing reviews is the food, especially at the non-specialty dining places. We really disliked the Garden Café. The food was mediocre, the throngs of passengers was overwhelming and the ambiance was that of a college cafeteria. Taste and the Manhattan Room were better. As for Specialty dining, all were definitely a step up from the standard dining, but with the exception of La Cucina (which has an amazing view as well), the food was good but not amazing. Teppanyaki: food good; entertainment, very good and fun. Moderno: food okay, service okay (, annoying family to my right, not good). Cagney's: food very good, service good. We only did one shore excursion through NCL and that was in Cannes. The main reason, to ensure a good time to get a tender. The tour was okay but focused way too much on the Film Festival which was going on. I would have rather reserved a tender separately and walked around the Old Town on our own. Service was overall great. Our Steward, Ryan, was fantastic. Always with a smile on his face and that he ensured that our requests were met happily (we had to ask for a few things here and there, I don't believe that we are THOSE passengers who annoyed the hell out of our steward.) There was one mishap during the GLOW party which got me pretty perturbed, but the Cruise Director got everyone involved and solve the problem. If it weren't for that experience, the service rating would be a 5 as well. All in all, a great cruise... so much so that we put our deposits down for another adventure on NCL. I don't know where yet, but it's something that will keep us talking for a while. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
Had an absolute ball on our first cruise! The entertainment on board was amazing especially Priscilla and the beetles tribute band. Lots to choose from food wise. Dining in the Manhattan restaurant was a real treat. Raul our house keeper ... Read More
Had an absolute ball on our first cruise! The entertainment on board was amazing especially Priscilla and the beetles tribute band. Lots to choose from food wise. Dining in the Manhattan restaurant was a real treat. Raul our house keeper always did a great job supplying us with extra coffee and milk! Room was 8077 balcony. Plenty of storage. Did our own tours at the ports for 1/3 of on board excursion costs. Simple enough as was booking shows and restaurants from our cabin. 4 of us travelled, one needing disability assistance. Nothing was any trouble for the porters. Getting on and off ship was very quick and efficient,I had imagined long queues but wasn't the case at all. Overall a fantastic holiday ,well worth £1,049 which included flights from belfast and an overnight stay in Barcelona PLUS fully inclusive. Will definitely be cruising with incl again. Maybe try the Caribbean?????!!!!! Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
I chose this cruise for the ports that we landed in. Am a history buff so Rome and Athens were a great place to visit. The cabin was very good. Only thing that could be improved is the pods that go into the coffee machine in the room ... Read More
I chose this cruise for the ports that we landed in. Am a history buff so Rome and Athens were a great place to visit. The cabin was very good. Only thing that could be improved is the pods that go into the coffee machine in the room could be the proper size. The ones we had were too large and made a big mess every time we used them. we did not expect to be cleaning up spilled coffee. If you require help call me and i will point you in the right direction. Handicap facilities in the room and on board are second to none. Even better then many Canadian cities. Dining was very good in all the restaurants we went to . The brunch and kitchen tour were exceptional. That is a brunch!!!!!! Entering and leaving the ship were well done. The problem I have is The port of Levorno was scheduled but was changed to St.Spezia. I had booked a handicapped tour privately and had to cancel it and lost all the money that i had paid for it. Why was I not notified that the port had changed so that I could have cancelled. I had called Royal Caribbean twice and was told the buses could not take a wheelchair. I saw at the ports all the buses had baggage hold to put a wheel chair in. My wife can walk steps. The people answering the phones have to be made aware of what buses can carry. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
We enjoyed all the sea days on this cruise and were wanting to tour in Greece afterwards. We love the amenities on the Royal Princess and the food was very good. We did not find huge crowds at any time. To get a seat for the 8:15 show in ... Read More
We enjoyed all the sea days on this cruise and were wanting to tour in Greece afterwards. We love the amenities on the Royal Princess and the food was very good. We did not find huge crowds at any time. To get a seat for the 8:15 show in the Princess theater be there by 7:45. The Winemakers Dinner was a 10 out of 10. If you have not tried it - sign right up! Our cabin steward was attentive and our cabin was fine. Bed seemed new and was comfortable. No noise on deck 14 aft. This deck is great to get to the HC buffet and there is a gorgeous place at the back of deck 16 that has huge leather sofas and we used it a lot as our own balcony! There is a coffee and hot chocolate machine there as well as a tea and water machine! Bar is there too if you want a drink. We did all private shore excursions except for one Princess. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
This was our 1st cruise with NCL, the actual cruise and destinations were superb , however the actual ship had its problems. Our room was on deck 11, 11629, directly underneath Raffles buffet, there was some noise during the day as you ... Read More
This was our 1st cruise with NCL, the actual cruise and destinations were superb , however the actual ship had its problems. Our room was on deck 11, 11629, directly underneath Raffles buffet, there was some noise during the day as you would expect, this continued right through the night even though the restaurant was closed. It sounded like a hot water boiler had been left on, coming up to temperature and switching on and off all night. We did complain but there were no suitable bedrooms available, to move us to, so had to put up with it. They must have received complaints before because we like a drink at night and still woke us up. Our only other gripe was the poor quality of entertainment apart from 3 production shows over a 2 week cruise and an illusion show. The rest were sub standard, esp a so called circus, which featured two amateur artists and hula hoops. The band Prism in the Galaxy of the stars room sounded jaded, like they were due a rest, you could hardly here the vocals at times. Well below the show quality of other lines. On a plus note, I must mention the high quality of food in the Windows / Garden restaurants, was no need to pay extra for the specialist dining rooms. I must also praise all the staff for their excellent service and friendliness. I would try NCL again but on one of their larger ships, where we have been told the entertainment is superb, shame they dont give the Spirit the same treatment. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
I chose this cruise to celebrate a birthday. I found the staff to be very friendly and efficient. The dining room staff and the food served was excellent. The cruise directors staff were excellent although I did find it hard to ... Read More
I chose this cruise to celebrate a birthday. I found the staff to be very friendly and efficient. The dining room staff and the food served was excellent. The cruise directors staff were excellent although I did find it hard to understand some of them because, although they spoke in English, it was, obviously, with a foreign accent. I found the cruise director himself to be very rude and demeaning on the one occasion that I asked him a question. We never saw the Captain once during our whole 12 days at sea. On many other ships the Captain has circulated during the cruise. He may well have done so, I don't know, but we never saw him and neither did many other guests we spoke to. I believe the Captain SHOULD circulate and speak to the people who are paying his wages. We found the wardrobes in the cabin to be very small with very little space for hanging clothes. Although being in a balcony cabin we found it to be very small. We were on deck 8 where there was a very big overhang above the balcony which kept off the sun. The worst experience was upon leaving the ship, where, my wife being an invalid, RCCL only provided assistance to the baggage reclaim area and not to the waiting buses. The outside staff did not seem to know which buses were going where, and I had to find the bus for myself. When we did arrive at the airport we were dropped off about a half mile from the entrance to the departures entrance. I had two suitcases and my wife in a wheelchair. Once again there was no assistance offered whatsoever. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
My husband and I chose Viking because a Viking River Cruise had shown what attention could be shown to a cruise passenger. We chose The Romantic Mediterranean Cruise because after 40 years in the Navy, my husband still had not sailed the ... Read More
My husband and I chose Viking because a Viking River Cruise had shown what attention could be shown to a cruise passenger. We chose The Romantic Mediterranean Cruise because after 40 years in the Navy, my husband still had not sailed the Mediterranean Sea. Was it a good Choice? Yes!! Shall I compare it to the Rhine River Cruise? The size of the two ships was apparent, of course. The Longship Egil had two decks and top deck, the Viking Sky seemed to reach to the sky. On the back of my AAA card I made a little map with the eating places on one end and the meeting places or others places to go to in their place on the card. And my stateroom well marked so I would not get lost. The beauty of the public areas reflected the homelands of the owners in calm colors with dramatic artistic flourishes.. The stateroom layout would be familiar to anyone who had been aboard a river cruise except it was more spacious, of course. The closet was ample, with a panel of drawers on the open end of the hallway. The desk opened up to a divided and lighted make-up vanity, often appreciated by females. In my Deluxe Veranda Cabin, the seating area was ample.as was the veranda space. Much appreciated was the heated bathroom floors. Luxury, indeed. The food was equally fantastic on both river and oceangoing cruises. My husband and I enjoyed the World Cafe more than the Restaurant simply because it was more informal and more relaxed. Since it was buffet, I could take smaller portions fitting my appetite. And we enjoyed breakfast in our room when we had an early tour. If requested at 6:00-6:15, it came promptly at 6:00!! One big difference was that the ports of call were wonderful,beautiful harbors. Pulling into dock was an adventure in itself, though the river boats had the adventure of going through locks from one elevation to the next. River boat was weak on night entertainment while the Sky had excellent entertainment. We had spoof Operas with singers who were obviously up and coming stars. We had a Beatles concert under the pool roof and a Abba concert in the Theater, both very well done.Viking recruited the best to be had for the shows. Service superb on both. Cabin friendly and helpful. All waiters attentive. Best of any cruise line we have used. Shore excursions were appropriate for location, the tour leaders well versed in material and were well worth the money. The included excursions seemed very well thought out. River cruised handled those with mobility problems by having one bus with those who chose to be on it. On the Sky, the person in charge of shore excursions was not sensitive to the needs of those with mobility problems in their organization or the need for adaption when there was a change in schedule. The only problem on what otherwise was a wonderful trip. Would I go again? I would choose Viking again. I like feeling special. I like feeling like what I want matters and Viking will provide.. But I would go on another river cruise. But if you like swimming pools and nightly entertainment, then Viking Sky is for you. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017

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