750 Barcelona Senior Cruise Reviews

We both enjoyed this time away. We did a B2B2B, including the East and West Med followed by a TA. All the staff were very pleasant and helpful. When trouble developed with our room plumbing (multiple times) it was addressed immediately. ... Read More
We both enjoyed this time away. We did a B2B2B, including the East and West Med followed by a TA. All the staff were very pleasant and helpful. When trouble developed with our room plumbing (multiple times) it was addressed immediately. The staff were always available to assist my DH when needed. The ship had pool tables on board, of which my DH made use of them daily. We only used the ships excursions once, when in a port in Turkey. The tour director was fantastic, except for the pressure to buy a carpet at the outlet. My only complaints are very poor internet connection, and the fact there is not a self service laundry on board. It is getting way to expensive to have laundry done by the ship!! Also, the channels on the TV were very limited, except they did seem to have 7 for just advertisements for RCCL! Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
We chose this cruise because we wanted to try Harmony before she relocated to US. So glad that we took this opportunity. When we booked only "Guaranteed" cabins were available so we took a chance and booked a Balcony cabin. ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we wanted to try Harmony before she relocated to US. So glad that we took this opportunity. When we booked only "Guaranteed" cabins were available so we took a chance and booked a Balcony cabin. Were allocated cabin 7138 about 4 weeks before travel and it was perfect as was Ed our cabin attendant. Really enjoyed all of the new things to do on this ship. Particularly enjoyed Wonderland Restaurant. The staff were outstanding and the food amazing! The Bionic bar was fascinating also the Rising Tide bar was innovative and fun. Thought this ship might prove to be too big for us but, not at all. Rarely seemed crowded apart from peak times in the Windjammer but there are so many alternative eating places free of charge that you can easily avoid the crowds. A great atmosphere with a happy crew. Don't hesitate if you are thinking about booking a cruise on Harmony. Great ship! Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
Embarkation and disembarkation were quick and efficient. Enjoyed being on a smaller ship. Never felt crowded. Excursions were managed well. The tender operation was efficient and safe. Food at all locations was excellent. We really ... Read More
Embarkation and disembarkation were quick and efficient. Enjoyed being on a smaller ship. Never felt crowded. Excursions were managed well. The tender operation was efficient and safe. Food at all locations was excellent. We really enjoyed the specialty restaurants - Chefs' Table and Manfredi's. The decor all around the ship was simple and elegant. There are many quiet spaces all around the ship. We enjoyed the enrichment lectures - one series was about Princess Diana and another lecture was about the geology of the Mediterranean. The promenade deck with a walking path around the ship was pleasant and had few obstructions. Did not get to sample the pool and spa services as our itinerary was so busy. We enjoyed the music venues particularly the guitar player Valentino. With only one minor exception the entire crew was very friendly and helpful. I thought they did a great job considering that the ship only recently starting cruising with passengers. Excellent job hiring and training all the employees. We loved our comfortable cabin. Our Croatian excursions were our favorites - Vineyards and Vistas, Dalmatian Coastline and Village Heritage.Viking continues to provide excellent service, travel experiences and value. We have done 6 river cruises and this was our first Viking ocean cruise. We signed up for our next ocean cruise while on this cruise. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
Overall, it was a great cruise. There were some deficiencies in that the dining room food was good but not very good. The dessert menu was definitely lacking. There were same 4 choices every day with 1 or 2 lack luster choices added every ... Read More
Overall, it was a great cruise. There were some deficiencies in that the dining room food was good but not very good. The dessert menu was definitely lacking. There were same 4 choices every day with 1 or 2 lack luster choices added every day. There was only 1 dessert that was so good that I would have to ban it from my kitchen!! The desserts in the Ocean View were generally lack luster. However the pizza was the best I have had on a ship. The fresh omelets were outstanding. The hamburgers on deck 14 were very good but not as Guy's on Carnival (really you should do better than Carnival). The cabins were outstanding, as was the service. It was nice to see the occasional deal on drinks, but they would advertise cocktails 50% off but it was limited to a certain selection. I loved the activities director, Justin, but can't say the same for the cruise director, Alejandra. One only saw him on stage and at times his humour had too much bite when directed at the guests. I have to say that most people did seem to really like him. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
Our second time on the equinox but very disappointed in the food in the Silhouette dining room and with the on board entertainment. Not much to do on the sea days and had to send my chicken back twice as it was tough and inedible! The ... Read More
Our second time on the equinox but very disappointed in the food in the Silhouette dining room and with the on board entertainment. Not much to do on the sea days and had to send my chicken back twice as it was tough and inedible! The dessert menu was limited and the same every evening! However the service was good and the staff all worked hard to ensure you were looked after. We have sailed on thr eclipse before and would not hesitate to sail on that ship again. Unfortunately the merchandise on sale on the equinox was cheap and tacky so there was nothing to tempt one to spend your money. Mostly cheap watches and bags on sale every evening. Weather was good considering it was end of October so we were lucky. The excursions we took were well organised and on time. Luckily there was no norovirus this time around. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
We were looking for a cruise with some uniqueness to the port destinations. After being an exclusive 5 time Celebrity cruiser we did look at others but came to the conclusion that Celebrity again provided everything and more than all but ... Read More
We were looking for a cruise with some uniqueness to the port destinations. After being an exclusive 5 time Celebrity cruiser we did look at others but came to the conclusion that Celebrity again provided everything and more than all but luxury lines. We spent the night before embarkation in Barcelona. We were a short 10 minute taxi at 11:30 from the port (20 Euros).Hotel 1898 - excellent! We had Aqua Class boarding and we were having a cocktail in less than 30 minutes on board. This is our 3rd Aqua Class sailing. The cabin is fine for 2 adults. Try breakfast or snacks and drinks on the balcony. Aqua has its own dining with a "lighter" menu....but you can have pretty much anything. Just ask. Silk Harvest (Asian) was a pleasant surprise DO NOT make the mistake of over ordering go back a second time. As I indicated earlier we have sailed with Celebrity before but for some reason the few visits to buffet were notably improved. Don't miss Tuscan.Highly recommend premium drink package! Entertainment measures up to expectations no disappointments. The Spa XCellent. No comment on activities.....we really do not participate but there were a ton of them. We can never rave enough about Celebrity's superior service throughout the entire ship. Whoever has corporate responsibility for service deserves a bonus. I have always thought the ports are great loved Malta and Mallorca, think the tour selection is complete but think the guides usually disappoint. We have already booked a Baltic cruise for 2017. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
Friends recommended oceania cruises because of the good food. The food was good, but compared to the other cruiselines where we booked balcony huts in Europe since 2010, this was by far the worst in size, also the bathroom was far too ... Read More
Friends recommended oceania cruises because of the good food. The food was good, but compared to the other cruiselines where we booked balcony huts in Europe since 2010, this was by far the worst in size, also the bathroom was far too small. The service was very good and the ship is very quiet compared to MSC, Norwegian, Costa. The food was good, but not exceptional. Dinner in the Polo restaurant was disappointing, The ship did embark in city centres, which was very convenient. The prices are ridiculous, especially prices of the wine at table and the prices of transfers. Book your own transfers! Because we did not like to be on a waiting list for dinner in the grand ding room, we went there around 9, when there was no waiting list. Therefore each night we saw only the last 10 minutes of the entertainment. The library is big, very quiet and 24/7 open. We will consider cruising again with oceania, but not with the old ships like the Nautica. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
We chose this cruise for the different ports that it would be visiting. All ports were interesting. We were pleasantly surprised with Athens and slightly disappointed with Santorini. However overall good and fortunately excellent weather. ... Read More
We chose this cruise for the different ports that it would be visiting. All ports were interesting. We were pleasantly surprised with Athens and slightly disappointed with Santorini. However overall good and fortunately excellent weather. This was our first time with NCL and were pleased overall with the great food, good stateroom (so glad we upgraded to a balcony) and enjoyed the entertainment. We didn't go to the theatre, but enjoyed The Musical Trio, three excellent musicians who played in the Atrium. I did think there should have been more variety in the various bars/lounges re the entertainment. This was the first time we had totally flexible dining and only chose to visit Aqua dining room once for formal dining. We have been in P&O and MSC cruises so this was a nice change. I did slightly miss getting to know a set group of people, but saying that, we did get to know loads of people as everyone was very friendly. The Market Cafe buffet provided great food such as show omelette making for breakfast and create your own stir fry at lunch time...and joy of joys back bacon at breakfast. However the seating reminded us of a works canteen. It was difficult at times to get a seat and the way the tables were laid out, made it awkward to access spare seats. The staff were great, so friendly and helpful. This includes the cabin steward and the dining staff. Sometimes the drinks staff on board deck were sour faced, but they seemed under real pressure. To get a drink at the outside bar, you had to queue. A warning too about the drinks package. It isn't totally free...you do pay a service charge on each drink even if the actual drink is free. However the range of drinks provided was good. Also it must be noted that we also incurred a tax which was explained initially as one imposed because we were leaving from Barcelona and we would stop as soon as we were outside a 15 kilometre boundary. However this didn't happen...everyone was charged this throughout the cruise. It caused so much concern that many people including ourselves ended up cancelling the daily gratuities. We never go on ship excursions, partly because they are far too expensive, but also because my husband has limited mobility so all day excursions would be too much for him. We would have liked more port information than was provided by NCL. We discovered late on that reception provided port/city maps but you had to ask. These should have been provided with the daily briefing. Overall a great cruise and would certainly consider going with NCL again. Several people we spoke to said that although they weren't keen on Norwegian Star, other ships were much better. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
First allow me to comment that the service and the food on the Norwegian Star are pretty good. The staff members are friendly and helpful. We had dinner in five specialty restaurants and the quality and service of each of them were ... Read More
First allow me to comment that the service and the food on the Norwegian Star are pretty good. The staff members are friendly and helpful. We had dinner in five specialty restaurants and the quality and service of each of them were excellent. That being said, I have a number of complaints about how the NCL as a cruise company treats its customers based upon comparing some 30 plus previous cruises (only the second with NCL): 1) The very first negative issue that came up was the cost of the water packages that are offered are way too excessive. We were carrying a 2 liter bottle of water on board during embarkation and was told that it was prohibited – first time that has EVER happened! When we looked at purchasing water on board, we were told we could buy a “water package”. I am sorry but bottled water for up to $5.50 per liter is price gouging. And, if you take into account that you are prohibited from carrying on water from either the embarking port or any ports-of-call, you may say that the pricing is almost like extortion. By the way, the bringing on of soft drinks was also prohibited. 2) To make matters worse, if you ask for a pitcher of water between 10:00 AM to 6:30 AM, there is a $7.95 convenience fee. As I mentioned previously, I have been on 30 plus cruises (only my second with Norwegian) and I have NEVER been charged a convenience fee for any room service, let alone for a pitcher of water. 3) Speaking of the room service “convenience fee”, you can order a breakfast consisting of juice, coffee and associated muffins, rolls, Danish. However, if you add eggs, breakfast meats, potatoes, or anything hot, the $7.95 “convenience fee” is added. Again, in the 30 plus cruises I have been on, I never incurred a fee. 4) NCL may notice that there is not much activity going on in the casino most of the nights and days at sea. Perhaps it is because smoking is allowed throughout the casino. Customers that did not gamble would find refuge at the casino just so they can smoke inside rather than outside. This adds even more smoke to what is already a smoke filled room. Apparently NCL does not understand that the MAJORITY of people are now non-smokers? Perhaps if it changes the policy – or at the very least designate a small smoking section – it would see more activity. I did not go to the casino whatsoever due to smoking odor, but my wife did. This cannot be healthy for the patrons OR the workers in the casino. 5) As for the casino, my wife was charged a “convenience fee” for shifting money from our account to be used for gambling. We have never received such a fee on any other cruise line. 3% for using your credit is outrageous. What’s next: a convenience fee for charging drinks and other purchases on the ship? 6) In my opinion, there should be more activities provided on sea days. What is being offered is rather weak in terms of quantity. Those that are offered seem to be satisfactory. 7) I don’t understand the tax policy. 10% taxes throughout the cruise were placed on purchases such as beverages. We were first told that the tax would go away once we left the Port of Barcelona and into international waters. However the tax never went away and I spent an additional $178.01worth of “taxes” – which I never paid in the past. 8) My wife and I had the Premium Beverage Package. It is amazing to me that water and premium coffees are not included whereas other cruise lines include it. Soft drinks are included – why not bottled water and coffee? 9) I was also told that if I have a cappuccino in the restaurants during a meal, I would not be charged. However I had breakfast in the Versailles, asked for a cappuccino and was charged $3.95. I was then told that it does not include breakfast. WHY? 10) When I am having dinner or otherwise ordering a glass of wine, I noticed that there were two “pours” – a regular one and a larger one. When I ask for the larger one, even though it is less than the $15 maximum allowed, the server will only give me a smaller one. I am told that because I am on the package I can only get the smaller one. WHY? 11) I also purchased a “drink of the day” Moscow Mule, which sold for $7.95 rather than the usual $10.95. When I received my bill, I was being charged the $10.95. When I asked why I wasn’t charged the $7.95, the server said the $7.95 was for those people who are not on the package and because I was on the package I was being charged full price. YOU CANNOT BE SERIOUS! WHY ARE WE BEING CHARGED THE MORE EXPENSIVE PRICE? 12) The fees for the excursions also seem to be on the very high side. Examples: a) While we were in Messina, we were able to get a taxi to go back and forth to Taormina while the driver waited 2 hours for 20 EURO each. Yet NCL was charging $219 for a visit to Taormina plus Mount Etna OR Taormina and a Sicilian Vineyard. Adding Mt. Etna or the Vineyard for $200 more seems to be pretty expensive. b) We took a Hop on/Hop off tour in Athens for 20 Euro. The NCL charge was $49 (40 EURO) for the same tour. c) We took a Hop on/Hop off bus in Iraklion for 15 Euro, which brought us to Knossos. The entrance fee was also 15 Euro. So for 30 Euro we were able to see not only the ruins at Knossos but also the city. The cost for the Knossos and Village life was $109. d) The hotel we are staying at in Rome arranged a taxi to pick us up at the port for 130 Euro for the 4 of us and brought us directly to the hotel. NCL is charging $85 per person – or $340 for four – to go directly to the airport. There seems to be a lot of “policies” that are different from place to place and from time to time on board the Norwegian Star – none of which appear to be available to the customers in any written form. Too bad the only people that know about them are the staff members and not the customers – and even then there was no consistency from staff member to staff member. It is obvious that it is Norwegian’s policy to “nickel and dime” its customers to the absurd. As I mentioned, this is only the second trip I have taken with Norwegian whereas I have taken 30 or so with other cruise lines such as Celebrity, Royal Caribbean, Princess, and Carnival. In addition, we had another couple join us on this particular cruise – their first one in quite some time. They, too, noticed the petty add-ons and exorbitant charges and fees (along with other passengers, I might add). My suggestion to NCL would be to listen to and understand its customer base. It should be more transparent with the fees they will charge on board so the consumer can make a logical evaluation of pricing amongst the cruise lines. We do not mind paying for service and quality. Just don’t “nickel and dime” us on petty fees and over charge us for excursions. It appears that NCL is striving to become the Spirit Airlines/EasyJet of the cruise world. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
Experienced cruisers thought we would try NCL as fed up with formal dinning what a mistake. The functional part was good full marks to the maritime section of the crew However the quality and choice of food in the buffet was very poor ... Read More
Experienced cruisers thought we would try NCL as fed up with formal dinning what a mistake. The functional part was good full marks to the maritime section of the crew However the quality and choice of food in the buffet was very poor The service in the bars was so bad that most people just gave up and went to get their own drinks but still got chaagrd18% service charge. No waiter ever came near us at meal times or on the decks Entertainment was third rate the ship has no covered pool is very short of bar space and has a coffee shop in the atrium where the main bar should be If you complain about anything the stock answer is That's what MIAMI SAYS Even when we asked a chef why the rice was about 20 metres from the curry We think the message from MIAMI IS TAKE THEM FOR ALL YOU CAN Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
I chose this cruise to experience the Epic. We are a retired couple. We found the pool area very noisy, there were lots of children everywhere. The pools were very small and impossible to use because of the children jumping in on top ... Read More
I chose this cruise to experience the Epic. We are a retired couple. We found the pool area very noisy, there were lots of children everywhere. The pools were very small and impossible to use because of the children jumping in on top of you. The shows were amazing. The food was excellent especially the buffet. The cabin seemed to be rather cramped with the massive bed. the service on board was good apart from some of the staff in the buffet area who were very glum. We found the shore excursions very expensive so we booked a independent package for four days. The ports of call amazing. We would go with NCL but a smaller ship in future. Our visit to rome was wonderful especially the Vatican city. Pisa and Florence another great day but lots of walking. Another day ashore to Sorrento and pompeii again great days despite some rain. Pompei our 3rd visit still more things to see and enjoy. One day at sea because of bad weather. Our last day spent in Marseilles, we had a great time. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
Overall, trip was well described as to ports and time tables were perfect at each stop. Weather was not an issue. Distance from ship to transportation was an issue for those with limited mobility. Rome was easy to get to but you better ... Read More
Overall, trip was well described as to ports and time tables were perfect at each stop. Weather was not an issue. Distance from ship to transportation was an issue for those with limited mobility. Rome was easy to get to but you better know the train time tables for leaving. As for weekends, trains don't run as often back to the ship. Felt more time was needed to see Rome and Venice. Those are major stops from all cruise ships so don't think they can extend dock time in those areas. It would be great, if they did. Eating at the late dining was necessary, as our tours ended close to the ship leaving port and rushing back to early dining was not an option. Many went for the "anytime dining" but some evenings we saw a line waiting for a table. So we stayed with the 8:30 pm seating. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
We have cruised on Equinox twice before and have done this cruise once before. For us Celebrity was always top for us before NCL, RCI MSC and others. Unfortunately they appear to have taken a commercial decision to plunge down market. ... Read More
We have cruised on Equinox twice before and have done this cruise once before. For us Celebrity was always top for us before NCL, RCI MSC and others. Unfortunately they appear to have taken a commercial decision to plunge down market. Their decision to actively discourage formal attire (and I use those words advisedly) and stop formal nights whilst they pander to the ripped jeans and T shirt brigade is disappointing to say the least. The shows in comparison to their rivals (and as they were before) were pathetic and the choice of food has diminished substantially. Again in comparison to NL the stuff during the day was woefully lacking, amounting to the odd trivia quiz. The crew are mostly trying hard but some appear to have almost given up. As it was raining heavily one day we thought we would have a drink at one of the bars before lunch. Every indoor bar was closed!!! The outdoor bars were all open if you wanted to brave the pouring rain! When we pointed this out to guest relations there was a shrug of the shoulders and a statement saying some would be open at 2 or we could go and have a drink in the cafe.Brilliant!!! The Blu restaurant was good for breakfast if you could get up in time! The speciality restaurants were all good particularly Muranos which is superb Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
We had been on Celebrity before and liked it. This ship was going where we wanted to go so we chose it! Our cabin was a concierge class and that was special. We had fresh fruit every morning and canapes around 3. It seemed like every ... Read More
We had been on Celebrity before and liked it. This ship was going where we wanted to go so we chose it! Our cabin was a concierge class and that was special. We had fresh fruit every morning and canapes around 3. It seemed like every time we left the room someone straightened it up! The service and food was fabulous! Everything was on time and well done. The staff was so helpful. We had select dining which meant we could eat when we wanted to. We chose to stay at the same table most nights. We got to know our waiter, asst waiter and Sommlier! The nightly shows were pretty good. It was fun to be in a theater and enjoy a show with others. We meet many wonderful people on the cruise on on the excursion which we did privately. The ports were fantastic. Each one was very different and exciting. We had only one day of rain. The sea days were some of our favorites. Embarkation and debarkation was very easy. We will definitely do it again!! Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
We have used the company before and like it, so an early birthday treat became essential this year. My husband unfortunately injured his back on travelling to Manchester for our early morning flight which troubled him somewhat and he ... Read More
We have used the company before and like it, so an early birthday treat became essential this year. My husband unfortunately injured his back on travelling to Manchester for our early morning flight which troubled him somewhat and he sought help from acupuncture in the spa club over three seperate days which eased it somewhat, but no dancing for us! The service from room, dining, bars and all staff throughout were excellent, any query was met with complete assistance. We would have liked less volume throughout most of the theatre productions in which we were irritated by distorted sound which covers a multitude of vocal sins, ( you can guess we are singers!) and served to cloud an excellent house orchestra who were smack on the money. It was a shame as the dance productions were nice and the compere is the best we have seen despite the Captains repeated warnings about him! Overall music in other areas was reasonable, but jazz was not quite for many people as they felt it a little too dark and a lot of the bass players work was although technically good, a bit repetitive and there were too many long passages of solo work that became tiresome from him. Drummer and pianist were very good though. All in all though, this was well up to standard by Celebrity Well Done Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
What a smooth process for embarkation - we were booked in a Celebrity Suite and found ourselves guided to Michael's Club by a staff person from Guest Relations. There we met our Captain's Club Hostess Maila who personally walked ... Read More
What a smooth process for embarkation - we were booked in a Celebrity Suite and found ourselves guided to Michael's Club by a staff person from Guest Relations. There we met our Captain's Club Hostess Maila who personally walked us to our Suite (#1235) which was ready for us! Shortly thereafter we were greeted by our personal butler, Emir. Our suite more than exceeded our expectations in size and personal space. The veranda was large enough to accomodate a chaise lounge and table. However, the nicest part of this suite was the separate bedroom from the living area and the large walk-in closet. We probably underutilized the veranda but we managed to have a very special breakfast served by Emir while tendered in Santorini. It was a dream come true to be on the water, facing the white houses/businesses, and enjoying the yummy breakfast! I thought I had died and gone to heaven! We utilized Emir a few more times for breakfast before we headed out for our excursions. It was so much easier than fighting for a table in the Oceanview Cafe. A downside to this suite if there is one is the size of the bathroom; it only had one sink! I personally loved the higher end toiletries by Bvlgari and the special bottle of Perrier Jouet that was waiting for us in the room. Additionally, as advertised we had anl arrangement of fresh flowers and fruit. On day one we also had some appetizers but because there was so much food around never managed to touch this...on port day it was nice to have bottles of Evian water on our counter. A plus to booking a suite is access to the private dining room, Luminae. Luminae was a special place to dine for breakfast, lunch and dinner! The staff there were exceptional and it impressed us how they always greeted us by name! Our waiter, Florin, assistant, Gaga, and sommelier, Nikolina delivered exceptional service for each and every meal. Although the selections in Luminae were limited an option was to also view the daily menu in the main dining. Another suite perk was access to Michael's Club! Jole Jacoby was our Concierge and she delivered on answering my numerous questions and we need to thank her for getting us on the bridge tour plus dinner with our Captain Costas too! Thank you Jole for those special invitations which also included sailaway out of Malta on the helipad too! The speciality dining restaurants which all charge are worth the extra splurge. We only went to two of them but visited them twice: Tuscan Grill and Murano. Murano was a French/Continental restaurant and Tuscan Grill was Italian. Of the two I enjoyed Murano the best! Tuscan was disappointing to me because I felt the quality of the food was not up to what I was used to as we live near San Francisco and have many nearby Italian restaurants. Again, the service in these restaurants were exceptional, Overall the service and friendliness on this ship from the stateroom attendant to the officers was unparalleled. Other dining options we visited were the Oceanview Cafe and the Mast Bar. The cafe offered the usual buffet selections but the highlight here were the desserts. In the morning a coffee cart went through and the staff were so upbeat and energetic you couldn't help but smile. When in port the view afforded by the Cafe were breathtaking. The entertainment offerings were many and it was hard deciding on what to do! Our Cruise Director, Ajejandro, was energetic, personable and my husband and I agree that he is the creme de la creme of cruise directors. Ajejandro engaged everyone he came into contact with and his quick wit kept us laughing. His assistant Justin balanced out the humor and they made a great duo. The offerings in the theatre were for the most part good with a variety of performers. We enjoyed the Tenors of Rock and Greg London. What we felt was an area that Celebrity could develop was a true production show: we missed having a "Chicago"," Mama Mia" type offering. This sailing delivered the ports of my dream as we sailed out of Barcelona to: Rome, Amalfi Coast, Santorini, Mykonos, Athens, Ephesus and Malta. The ports of call were exceptional and for the majority of these ports we used outside vendors. Prior to this cruise I normally always used ship excursions but this time used advise provided by fellow cruisers and was pleasantly surprised by the personalized service and the small group (a big plus). In Malta we booked a Celebrity excusion and found ourselves on a large bus with our fellow passengers. Maybe because we were in a suite we never saw the people these fellow cruisers before...this could be a consideration if you are booking in a SUITE. Overall we would definitely book again with Celebrity and probably book a suite too. I so loved the personalized service and the quality of the services delivered. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
Great holiday aboard the Epic. Food was fabulous. So much to choose from and to suit every taste. Restaurants all very good but trying to get a table for 2 at breakfast in Garden restaurant was a bit of a battle! Entertainment was great ... Read More
Great holiday aboard the Epic. Food was fabulous. So much to choose from and to suit every taste. Restaurants all very good but trying to get a table for 2 at breakfast in Garden restaurant was a bit of a battle! Entertainment was great too. Prescilla queen of the desert was very professional and a great laugh. The dueling pianos were so talented and a great atmosphere. Also the pianist in Shakers was great. Couldn't get a seat in the Cavern to see tribute to beatles as it was always too busy. All staff very friendly and helpful and cabins spotless. We wouldn't go on such a large ship again as it docked too far from the coast. There was no port you could just walk in to. The port for Rome was 2 kilometers from land and courtesy shuttle didn't turn up to take us back to ship and we had to walk without any water. We waited 2 hours! From ship to Marseilles it was 15 dollars per person in shuttle. I would recommend you go all inclusive with drinks package as drinks are very very expensive and 18% tax is added to the shown price. Will definitely sail with NCL again. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
Chose this cruise as it was a new ship and we thought the price was good. The ship, food, entertainment and service was a big disappointment to both of us. This was our eighth cruise, our first and last with Carnival. They can learn a lot ... Read More
Chose this cruise as it was a new ship and we thought the price was good. The ship, food, entertainment and service was a big disappointment to both of us. This was our eighth cruise, our first and last with Carnival. They can learn a lot from there competitors as a lack of training was obvious where the staff especially in the dining areas were concerned. The so called entertainment at night, especially in the theatre was amateurish to say the least. The singers were well below par and gave the impression that they thought if they shouted loud it was ok. Some of the visiting artist were good and the two young men who sang in the lounge were worth listening to. All in all a very disappointing cruise, we tried not to let it spoil our holiday and we did enjoy the ports we stoppped at. We came to the conclusion that carnival are only interested in making money and some of there scams were day light robbery especially in the bars. The surcharges on the price of drinks was outrageous for example a bottle of wine that was thirty dollars ended up costing us forty when they had finished adding the charges to the price. The guest relations personal on our cruise were kept busy as a lot of people had complaints,I think that says it all. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
Ship: Very clean throughout, impressive art displays throughout the ship.Embarkation very quick at the time we boarded. Disembarkation very well organised and directed. Food was reasonable given the number of people on board whichever ... Read More
Ship: Very clean throughout, impressive art displays throughout the ship.Embarkation very quick at the time we boarded. Disembarkation very well organised and directed. Food was reasonable given the number of people on board whichever venue you decided to eat in. Complementary continental breakfast in the cabin was good and always on time. The bar and waitress service was always good and cheery. We had an inside cabin, 11052. Plenty of room, a large, comfortable bed with choice of hard, medium or soft pillows. Plenty of hot water, cabin steward did an excellent job keeping the cabin tidy. The evening entertainment was in the main good, restricted to 45 minutes which was about the right length of time given it is mainly visual. The theater is very impressive and comfortable. It was difficult to get a sunbed when the ship was docked for a full morning, worth paying a few Euros to go on deck 18. Shore excursion: My wife having a leg injury at the time we just got off the ship and went on local tour buses. Would not recommend going to Naples. We are English but other nationalities we spent time with spoke English as well as their own native language, and we met some nice people, so no problem. We are an energetic elderly couple, not too many childred early October, I imagine it would be quite hectic in the summer months. We were charged 9 Euros a day service charge. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
Firstly we did not do enough research when booking this cruise , and if we had I would not be writing this review now. We were very naïve , but we had only been on one cruise before and we wanted to try a larger ship .The embarkation was ... Read More
Firstly we did not do enough research when booking this cruise , and if we had I would not be writing this review now. We were very naïve , but we had only been on one cruise before and we wanted to try a larger ship .The embarkation was very swift and within 30 minutes we were in our cabin. But It was only when we had to throw away our water bottles before we got on the ship we did question ourselves. We had chosen a cabin with a balcony , thank goodness, the room was comfortable with plenty of space for your clothes and other bits and bobs. The next day was a day at sea, I felt at times that I was in the centre of football crowd .(Thank god for our balcony) . We checked out the trips and could not believe the prices , a day trip to Rome or Florence was an astounding $255.00 per person , So for 2 trips for both of us it would have been approx. £900.00 !!. We decided to do our own thing on principle . A bottle of water $6.95 , a small box of quality street $24.00 ....need I say more. I did ask if we could just take the coach into Florence and not to do the tour and it was $130.00 each . It was complete highway robbery . We used only the restaurants that we did not have to pay extra for , we had paid once why pay again . I felt The food was better at the beginning of the week than it was towards the end We chose the all inclusive drinks package , so pleased we did. .We never ever had to fight for a sunbed, there were always plenty . When we disembarked we were told we had to be off the ship by 7.00 am. our flight was 1.10 pm. We were at the airport before 8.00 am so it was a very long wait. It felt as though it was a case of " we've had your dough, now off you go ". People we spoke to at the airport all said the same as we did . They could afford the prices but it was the principle involved The ship was fine , the staff friendly, food was o.k , but it was spoilt by the exorbitant prices for everything . Therefore we will never use NCL again. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
We aren't super experienced cruisers...one previous cruise on Carnival and two previous of Disney. So, when we booked the value priced cruise of the Western Med. we had low expectations. We were very pleasantly surprised. We ... Read More
We aren't super experienced cruisers...one previous cruise on Carnival and two previous of Disney. So, when we booked the value priced cruise of the Western Med. we had low expectations. We were very pleasantly surprised. We found the Epic, though large, very easy to learn and loved the smooth as glass ride throughout the cruise. Our stateroom, just a Family Inside cabin was one of our favorite surprises. Even though it was small, the clever design and innovative storage made it very comfortable and gave a feeling of a much larger cabin. The food easily surpassed the dining on our previous cruises and the Freestyle Choice allowed us to eat what we want, where we want, when we wanted. As for entertainment, we particularly enjoyed the offerings in the smaller venues...the Headliner Club and the Cavern Club. The larger shows (Burn the Floor and Pricilla) were very professionally staged, had amazing costumes and admirable special effects. We simply found the presentations more "raunchy" than necessary. When it came to service, we were prepared for the worst since the "service charges" (aka tips) were predetermine and paid we doubted there would be much incentive for the staff. We were very wrong here. We were waited on like royalty. And we never felt any sense of condescension if we went with the complimentary beverages and didn't order drinks very often. We will definitely consider NCL in our future cruise planning and will put it on a par with the more expensive Disney Cruises. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
The itinerary attracted us as we had not visited Cannes or Provence before. Our cabin was extremely comfortable with plenty of storage space, Because we were a mixed party the bathroom behind the curtain and the wash basin inside the ... Read More
The itinerary attracted us as we had not visited Cannes or Provence before. Our cabin was extremely comfortable with plenty of storage space, Because we were a mixed party the bathroom behind the curtain and the wash basin inside the cabin suited us perfectly, offering privacy when needed. The food was the best we have ever had on any cruise. The Garden room buffet for breakfast and a snack on our return at the end of the day gave a very varied choice and although busy at times we were always able to get a table. Our evening meal we ate in either the Taste or Manhattan dining rooms where the menu and service were both excellent. In spite of the large number of passengers we never waited for a table. The entertainment was of the usual NCL high quality we particularly liked being able to book all the shows from our cabin on screen. This was also useful for checking our account. The only negative was the cost of 15 dollars each transfer bus from ship to town, we have never paid for this service before and the ship was docked too far away to walk. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
Brilliance of the Seas was amazing. I enjoy traveling on Royal Caribbean because I know the standards and service are always the same. I like the consistency and knowing the venues and dining rooms makes it easy to focus on what is truly ... Read More
Brilliance of the Seas was amazing. I enjoy traveling on Royal Caribbean because I know the standards and service are always the same. I like the consistency and knowing the venues and dining rooms makes it easy to focus on what is truly important - the islands in this case in the Mediterranean. I thought the scheduling of the itinerary was well planned. We had full days on the Ports/islands and there was enough diversion on the ship upon return that allowed you to enjoy them later in the evening. We did some tendering which was very well planned. There weren't long line ups. Once you got to the tender you boarded. We did excursions with Royal Caribbean and locals. Only one local stood out as fantastic and excellent quality. All of Royal Caribbean were well planned, except for Montserrat that was too rushed. We left the ship too late. We went as a couple and truly enjoyed it. Taking children under 17 is a challenge because this is more of a historic journey than a fun cruise although there are pools and some fun activities on board. I will go again if giving the opportunity. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
Chose this cruise cuz it fit a block of time between already booked flights and it was rt barcelona and had a good itinerary and was new and bigger than other carnival ships. Boarding process was a nightmare and the food esp breakfast in ... Read More
Chose this cruise cuz it fit a block of time between already booked flights and it was rt barcelona and had a good itinerary and was new and bigger than other carnival ships. Boarding process was a nightmare and the food esp breakfast in the dining was often inedible. im talking poorly made omelettes and rancid bacon on 2 occasions!! eve meals hit and miss--only got enough to eat if you ordered 2 or 3 of every course and were lucky if you liked one or 2. red meat and melons tended to be best options.the waiters tried their best but kitchen staff definitely lacking as was the quality of some of the ingredients. shore excursions ok but cant say i really enjoyed ay of them. Avoid dine as you wish as their check-in system was diabolical. Really glad i was able to get assigned to a mixed group table for 10 at the late seating. spa was nicer than most but the people were loud and inconsiderate so not very relaxing. Music options and room stewards were great as were guest services if you didn't mind standing in line for ever to see them. you must bring debit card to change money at atm as they dont handle cash at the desk. Might possible try vista again for carrib cruise but not for europe. just glad i met some nice people on my own as no planned singles lunches or breakfasts. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
We have just returned from. 13 night Spain and Portugal cruise on Celebrity Equinox. Embarkation was quick and very efficient. We had a balcony cabin on deck 9 which was spacious and had plenty of storage. The bathroom was large enough ... Read More
We have just returned from. 13 night Spain and Portugal cruise on Celebrity Equinox. Embarkation was quick and very efficient. We had a balcony cabin on deck 9 which was spacious and had plenty of storage. The bathroom was large enough with an enclosed shower which was excellent. We ate in Oceanview at breakfast and either lunch or afternoon tea. Our evening meal was taken in the Silhouette Restaurant. The food in both restaurants was first class, well presented and ample portions. Our waiter Baron and his assistant Dan were excellent and could not do enough for us. Our wine waiter offered excellent advise when required. The entertainment was first class, both the guest artists and the ships entertainers. Service everywhere on the ship was first class. We didn't do any of the shore excursions as all ports were within walking distance of the towns. This was our first cruise with Celebrity and have already booked another one with them for next year based on the success of this one. Our one negative comment would be the price of the drinks packages. You would have to drink a lot to get value for money. Water was very expensive also, a one litre bottle 7.5 dollars. We bought a pack of six 1.5 litres bottles at the cruise terminal for 8 euros. A fantastic holiday, meeting really friendly people, both passengers and cres Read Less
Sail Date September 2016

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