9 Barcelona Cruises for the Disabled Cruise Reviews

I have been on previous repositioning Epic cruises. My cousin traveled with me and she has been on 9 repositioning Epic cruises at this same time of year. It seemed like a sure thing....BUT surprise! This cruise was a nightmare from ... Read More
I have been on previous repositioning Epic cruises. My cousin traveled with me and she has been on 9 repositioning Epic cruises at this same time of year. It seemed like a sure thing....BUT surprise! This cruise was a nightmare from start to finish! Embarkation was a nightmare. We are both disabled and the embarkation staff didn't know what to do with us. Then my cousin was asking for a wheelchair and she waited 3 hours for one. People were still boarding the ship during the lifeboat drill. Epic tried to blame this mess on the immigration staff, but they were the ones responsible for getting wheelchairs and helping disabled passengers through the line and they were non existent! The cruise only went downhill from there. As a disabled cruiser, I have always found NCL accommodating and helpful. Not this time! Hallways were exceptionally cluttered and impossible to navigate. Elevators were packed (with only 8 total elevators and 4000 passengers). Staff from those in the theater to excursions knew nothing and treated us rudely. There are many examples of this...while waiting for our excursion in the theater, one poor lady was begging for a chair and in pain. A crew member herded us in the corner and no one helped her, despite my efforts on her behalf! They never gave us instructions and we all finally left the ship on our own, found our way through the terminal and to the buses, no help from NCL at all! Our first excursion was a bus to the "city" for sightseeing and shopping. It ended on a 4 lane highway, a mile from the cathedral and no shops in sight. I returned to the ship via a different bus and had to retrieve my own walker from under the bus! Second excursion was no better. No one at all to help disabled people at entrance to theater, and we went on our own to find bus again. This is after battling elevators for 20 minutes. The tour was labeled activity level 1, minimal activity. Actually it involved a brisk 45 min.walking tour over a mile and included steps. With other passengers helping on steps, I managed, but my cousin had to sit and wait for us. The one good part was the shore excursion manager, Catalina...she refunded the first trip and half of the second, then personally looked out for us at the buses for the remainder of the trip. She was having quite the time training her new staff! Shows in the theater on deck 6 had a roped off seating area marked disabled for us. But no staff to move the rope and heavy stand. Our first show in the theater a crew member berated an elderly couple and said they couldn't sit there because they weren't in a wheelchair...they were very clearly unable to navigate steps! The rest of the trip crew stayed away, and healthy young people (not part of a disabled person's party) took over the area! Finally, I booked an excursion and asked the crew member if I was allowed to use my walker, showing him that the tour description said no wheelchairs due to space limitations. He glibly said sure that should be fine, but days later I got a call from the manager that I couldn't go on the tour. Totally disorganized, and with the exception on the wonderful manager, uncaring! The ship was filled to capacity and was as noisy as a school cafeteria in the atrium and dining areas. I couldn't attend many functions that didn't require reservations, despite early arrivals...just no space anywhere. It was like being a sardine in a can with screeching dolphins! Supposedly the ship was not filling up and since it was their first debarkation in Puerto Rico, they pushed deals there. 3200 Puerto Ricans came onboard, packing us to capacity. Most were large groups of celebrating families and friends, raising the noise level to intolerable levels. Let me tell you, I tolerate a lot of noise, as a former elementary teacher, but this was unreal!! I tried 3 times before I could squeeze into the cavern club for their Beatle group. Packed to the brim, even then. The entertainment for such a long cruise was pretty good, I will say. Different musicians, hypnotist, comedy, magic, etc. Nice variety. The standards were Priscilla and Burn the Floor. Those required tickets ahead of time. The first Priscilla was cancelled due to mechanical problems. Speaking of mechanical problems, the midship escalator was broken the first few days, which only added to the crowded elevators! Many crew were new to the ship and confused. Service was spotty everywhere, even in specialty restaurants. Food was inconsistent, not cooked to order, cold, someone else's order, you name it! Not what you'd expect for all of the extra fees. Oh, speaking of food, I had to order room service on my first night! I couldn't get in an elevator despite 45 min. of trying. They didn't charge me the service charge for the order, but it was a disappointment for my first night onboard. Communication was poor. NCL seems to only care about making money at this point. Phones flashed messages with ads for purchasing trip credits, attending functions, shopping, money, money, money! I felt it was an invasion of privacy. The ship announcements by the captain were difficult to understand due to his accent and impossible to hear from the dining room or atrium due to noise levels. On our last night we were delayed in port with police boats at our bow and stern for 6 hours! No announcements were made and passengers got quite concerned. Now for the medical situation...a letter was issued at embarkation saying that the norovirus had been present on the last cruise and they were disinfecting the ship. If anyone wanted to cancel their cruise, they would receive credit for a future cruise. OK, here is the issue...I was not told of this notice, only reading it after boarding the ship. Plus, I had traveled overnight for many hours, flying to Barcelona. Still, I might have elected to not travel if I had known before boarding. I definitely would have not gone if they had been courteous enough to notify me before I left home. With a serious heart problem and upcoming surgery it would have not been worth the risk. Naturally, they didn't tell us a day before because they would lose money! Now it gets interesting...onboard there were many sick passengers, some with norovirus, some with upper respiratory issues. Coughing was heard all over the ship. I was afraid to breathe! Norovirus patients were confined to cabins and given free medical care, not the others. My cousin was perfectly healthy upon arrival, but a week into the cruise she fell victim to the respiratory illness. Her trip to the sickbay netted her a bill of $2500, which was even more for her in Canadian dollars. Sure, she has insurance, but this bill had to be paid before disembarking and now she has to go through the insurance headache. AND the dr. visit didn't help. She was wheezing and having difficulty breathing the rest of the time. Getting a wheelchair to disembark was only available by traveling to the cavern club and began a 8 am, but her bus left at 7:45. Front desk replied, That's our policy. Sheesh! Some compassion, NCL! I hope you appreciate all the money passengers spent on medical care this trip! Debarkation in Puerto Rico was a disaster. 3 large ships in port, and no room in the terminal. After part of the first group headed for early flight departures had disembarked, they halted all disembarkation for 3 hours. It ended with free alcohol on deck 5 to compensate. Just what they needed with everyone packed on that deck, shoulder to shoulder, sprawled all over the floor, waiting to get to deck 4 to get off the ship. Drunk passengers should help that situation a lot...way to go NCL! I stayed on deck 15 with the patient, quiet few! Overall, if this is the new normal for NCL I will part ways with them gladly. Cruising has always been a joy, but I was never so glad to be back on land and at home. I did send NCL a poor review and asked for management to respond to me. We will see. My cousin had already booked the same cruise for next year, but says now she will cancel. It is such a shame. Cruising NCL at one time was a delight. Now I guess only the Haven passengers can expect a good cruise. Before you say anything, my hubby and I were in the Haven twice and loved it, but also have had many other wonderful cruises on lower decks! I am not a grumpy passenger and have never posted a poor review. Shame on you, NCL for this horrendous trip! Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
Previously sailed on the Epic twice, this was the third time but never again. The standard of the Haven facilities have seriously deteriorated, whilst the cabins areof a very high standard, the facilities and added luxury have ... Read More
Previously sailed on the Epic twice, this was the third time but never again. The standard of the Haven facilities have seriously deteriorated, whilst the cabins areof a very high standard, the facilities and added luxury have demised. On previous sailings the Haven had certain parts of the ship that accommodated smokers One being in the posh bar where you could have a relaxing drink and a cigarette the other being on the top deck. When we went to the posh bar we where told that this facility had been stopped and you were not allowed to smoke in either areas. We actually booked this cruise because it had smoking facilities and would not have Paid £6000+ to be told that if we wanted to smoke we had to leave the Haven and go Into the main part of the ship to smoke. The main part of the ship had two smoking areas One on deck 15 and one in the 02 bar. On asking why the facility had been stopped In the Haven areas none of the management could give as to why. So we advise any one who enjoyed a cigarette on their cruise do not go to the expense of booking the Haven save £3000 and go in the normal part of the ship NCL NEED TO STATE THAT ON THE EPIC HAVEN THERE ARE NO SMOKING IN THE HAVEN The food in the Haven was very mundane, the same menu every night so we went to the other restaurants on board. The night we had steak in the Haven restaurant my husband couldn’t eat his on complaining he was told it must have been the supplier and did offer an additional meal We only ate once for breakfast, because most mornings the breakfast was only served Until 9am, we like to stay out at night on holiday and think breakfast should be offered until 10am at least, again in the main part of the ship you could have breakfast till 11.30 So once again your better off not booking the expensive Haven. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
This was my 6th cruise, very first with MSC. I have cruised with Carnival and Celebrity. This ship was so disorganized. Every person you asked had a different answer. The rooms were not cleaned well. The food was TERRIBLE. Not fresh. ... Read More
This was my 6th cruise, very first with MSC. I have cruised with Carnival and Celebrity. This ship was so disorganized. Every person you asked had a different answer. The rooms were not cleaned well. The food was TERRIBLE. Not fresh. They sent up wrong breakfasts and one day, no breakfast at all. 3/4 of the staff were rude. The dining room was awful. The first night our table of 4, we each ordered something different, and all 4 dinners were terrible. Never again on this cruise line. I required a wheelchair accessible room. The accessibility was awful. There were no automatic doors. I could not enter or leave our cabin without help. In the cabin, the phone was located across the room, not next to the bed. There was very little help to get me up and down the ramps to get on and off the ship for excursions. There were no onboard activities. Very poor. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
The disappointment started with the embarkation. The process did not go smoothly at all. I have an injured left leg and should not walk for far lengths. The airport provided a wheelchair and the cruiseline said they would provide a ... Read More
The disappointment started with the embarkation. The process did not go smoothly at all. I have an injured left leg and should not walk for far lengths. The airport provided a wheelchair and the cruiseline said they would provide a wheelchair as well. When I got there, there was not chair for me. The women say my orthotic boot and gave me Priority Boarding. The issue it, there was absolutely no crown control. There was ONE line for priority boarding which included both handicap and VIP guests. All the guests, not jus the VIP guests packed all of the lines, and people were even pushing me to get on the boat. I left and told them that I can not get in line and I was told that cannot control what their guests do!!! Get ready to be RUN OVER by wild Europeans on the Fantasia. Do not purchase their excursions. They say that people speak English but in reality, the accents are so thick that you will no understand them anyways. Deborah in Rome spoke very poor English and during the whole tour in Rome the microphones did not work at all. We could never hear her. We took 3 excursions- Rome, Pisa, and Monaco. In all 3, you have very limited time to actually STOP and enjoy a site, or take a picture, or enter a small shoppe. They are so concerned with you being back by 3pm, even if the boat doesnt leave until 5:30pm!!! Its better to take a taxi or do a local tour. MSC excursions are not worth it. Also, only ONE local destination offered free shuttle buses into the city center, I think it was La Spezia, but should be all cities. With dinning, they are far too strict. You have to be seated by 7pm and if you are not you can loose your place in dinning and have to eat at the buffet. The buffet is NOT wheelchair friendly. I was only using a wheelchair temporarily, not permanently, but still, no staff offered to help me. The cruise itself is not very wheelchair friendly, which made me feel very bad for people who are actually permanently disabled. For example, there is no wheelchair only elevators. There were actually not enough elevators. There are also no automatic doors throughout the entire ship so you have to rely on other people to help you through the doors. Also, the counters in the dinning room are far too high for anyone in a wheelchair to take a plate, see the food, and serve themselves. My husband had to help me every day, because the staff never assisted. Once, a kind waitor assisted me when he saw me limping with coffee. Definitely the worst part of our trip and what ruined our whole trip was when our cabin was flooded with water when a pipe burst at 2am. I woke up to water in our room in the middle of the night and had a panic attack. They later told us that we were LUCKY they had an extra room available for us to sleep in that night. They even wanted us to go back to the soiled room the next day. Our items were soiled with dirty pipe water and many of our items were not cleaned for when we were scheduled to disembark 2 days later. They refused to return our money for the price of our cabin for those 2 nights and refused to provide any compensation for our shoes or even let me fill our a complaint form. We have been trying to contact customer service for the pipe even specifcially but no one has returned our contacts. All in all, this cruise line is NOT wheelchair friendly, has no automatic doors or dinning assitance, and did not own up to their responsiblity for our cabin and items. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
We chose this cruise because it was included in our Wyndham timeshare package. Boarding the ship started one hour late, which created a line of passengers snaking for 3 blocks in the searing sun with no bathrooms. During the check-in ... Read More
We chose this cruise because it was included in our Wyndham timeshare package. Boarding the ship started one hour late, which created a line of passengers snaking for 3 blocks in the searing sun with no bathrooms. During the check-in process no one could explain our "priority embarkation / disembarkation" benefit as listed on our ticket. Upon arriving on the boat, our VIP reservation was not recognized because we had an internal cabin. After a long wait with the concierge and showing VIP on our tickets, they reluctantly gave us our strawberries, wine, VIP recognition. We wanted to enjoy the various hot tub spas available on deck 15, but to our dismay they were all quite cold with cold bubbles. We also quickly learned that the cruise was catered to 2 groups: a younger crowd only on board to drink and gamble, and an older crowd on an extended vacation from Florida to Europe. The shore excursions were an absolute fiasco. Gathering for disembarkation was completely disorganized, not ADA compliant, 100% of the time late to disembark. One tour was scheduled to leave at 0800, and we did not leave the ship until 1030. This late departure was caused by the crew not launching enough ferry boats to shore. The shore excursion descriptions did not mention the lack of wheelchair access, disabled access, and walking over uneven or severely inclined terrain. There were several excursions, namely Pompeii and Rome where the elderly on the tour were physically unable to complete the tour. One every tour, there were at least 2 patrons that needed significant assistance getting into the bus. One one tour, an elderly lady fell out of the buss because she could not step safely from the last step to the pavement, leaving the bus. At every turn, it seemed like the crew had no idea what they were doing. There were voices of panic on the walkie talkies almost constantly. The musical Priscilla of the Desert, was not appropriate for the audience on the cruise. About 30 minutes into the performance, about 2/3 of the crowd walked out. If I would have known that it was a gay pride performance, I would have never attended. The constant announcements morning and night from both the captain and the "Cruise Director" were intrusive and exceedingly loud. They also offered not useful information during their announcements. The elevator wait time was, on average, 25 minutes throughout the cruise (yes, I timed it; I'm an industrial engineer). Wait times were even worse on days where there was disembarkation. Many times you had to get on an elevator going the wrong direction just to get to the desired deck eventually. "Haven" members abused the "priority" service on the elevators, reducing capacity through poor utilization. Contributing to the capacity issue was the fact that only 2 of 4 elevators showed movement at any given time. The floor and movement of the elevators were displayed atop of each elevator door. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
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
Tour Meditteranean : Norwegian Spirit needs to be totally refurbished! Worst food ever, I have taken over 10 cruises and have never seen additional charges for dinner entrees in the main dining room! The Spirit served two Italian entrees ... Read More
Tour Meditteranean : Norwegian Spirit needs to be totally refurbished! Worst food ever, I have taken over 10 cruises and have never seen additional charges for dinner entrees in the main dining room! The Spirit served two Italian entrees & both were so horrible, we sent them back. Entrees included Jamaican, Indian, Oriental and Cajun while sailing around Spain & Italy - WHY?, If your cabin was Midship or forward, you had to go two decks up to walk to the other end then down two decks to get to the main dining room which was Directly Over The Engines Causing you to shake during dinner & cause sea sickness! Disembarking in port was totally impossible if you were in a wheelchair or walker. You could pay for bottled water to take into ports, but you were not allowed to bring the same bottle back onboard. Ice was a premium commodity onboard. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
Service all around the ship was terrible, the staff was rude and angry. Every activities is spoken In Italiano. The food was really bad, on every restaurants, i tried Them all. The samsara spa was A mess, bad service, not ... Read More
Service all around the ship was terrible, the staff was rude and angry. Every activities is spoken In Italiano. The food was really bad, on every restaurants, i tried Them all. The samsara spa was A mess, bad service, not organised og planned at all, They Can not handle A situation In rough sea, the staff gets sick, the guest gets sick, and the guest who Can handle the rough sea is not informed about Any delays, it was panic all over, They are not trained to manage A situation like that. We took our kids to the squok babysitting, not once They we're offert something to drink, when we Pick Them up, They we're thirsty and scared. The safety was scaringly bad. 3 times i ask for kids life jacket to our cabin, once at the drill, and once to the service information, and finally to the manager, WE NEVER GOT THEM !!!! Thinking about costas history, Thats unacceptable. We spent more than 10.000 euros on that Cruise, it was not even worth 1 euro. the only positive onboard was Mario, the guy who clean our cabin, he was always smileing, always knock on our door and informed us what he was doing, and best of all informed us immedly when there was something he could not do Right away. That was service. the rest of the staff could learn A lot from him. Costa cant afford to loose A guy like him Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
I agree with everything that Treeburn (July 2015) said about his/her cruise. This is my 3rd cruise (2nd with Royal) and was responsible for booking this cruise for my family of 14 (me, partner, Mum (who paid for the whole family), ... Read More
I agree with everything that Treeburn (July 2015) said about his/her cruise. This is my 3rd cruise (2nd with Royal) and was responsible for booking this cruise for my family of 14 (me, partner, Mum (who paid for the whole family), brother, 3 sisters, partners and 3 children). As I had been on an RCCL cruise before I really sold it to the family saying that they will have the holiday of a life-time. I went on the Sovereign of the seas >20 years ago and to say that this cruise company has changed for the worse is an understatement. To compare the experience from e.g. The Ritz to Butlins is about right. RCCL have done as much as they can to reduce the exclusive experience and appeal to the masses. Kerching (that's the sound of a cash register) for drinks, decent coffee (after dinner), unexpected transfers from port to main towns, towels ($25 if you didn't return it, even if someone else stole it), photos and the list goes on and on. Outdoor swimming pool packed and murky - didn't want to venture into it! Jacuzzis too hot. Indoor adult pool - too cold. The entertainment was average apart from the soul group - they were brilliant! On the positive, our cabin guy (Rodney) was great. The kids loved the monkeys, snake, gorilla, dog, rabbit, goat he made out of the towels. Our two waiters (Alex and Ruchie) were the star rating that I was expecting everywhere else on the ship. They were charming and gave the best service you would experience in a top restaurant. Some nights the food was lovely, other nights just ok. We loved all the ports we visited. I would also recommend you book your excursions with a private company - loads cheaper than RCCL sell them for. I worked out that we could have paid half the price for the gondolier experience if we had just got the water bus from the ship and arranged the gondolier ourselves. I would strongly advise to research a lot before booking a cruise. What upsets me more about this experience is that my Mum paid for all of us - this was supposed to be a holiday of a lifetime, but very much the opposite. Read Less
Sail Date August 2015

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