744 Barcelona Senior Cruise Reviews

I travelled with my wife, 5 year old son and 81 year old mother in law so I was worried that it would be hard to find a cruise to suit the needs of such a mixed group. My worries were unfounded. The cabins were very nice and fairly ... Read More
I travelled with my wife, 5 year old son and 81 year old mother in law so I was worried that it would be hard to find a cruise to suit the needs of such a mixed group. My worries were unfounded. The cabins were very nice and fairly spacious. The staff attending to the rooms were incredibly hard working and polite. I can't thank them enough. The whole family loved the towel animals that would be left in the room each evening.. My 5 year old loved the kids club and basically wanted to go every day. This was great as it gave us plenty of free time to relax. This was worth the money alone and the kids club team were amazing. It also provided an opportunity for my son to mix with the other kids on-board and make new friends. They also run a late night kids club from 10 pm - 1 am) although this does incur a modest fee whereas the main kids club is free. You can even leave your kids on the ship while you enjoy an excursion. If parents are off on an excursion the kids get to eat meals with the kids club team. The food on board was excellent. The main dinning room provided an upmarket experience and I found the food and service to be consistently high most nights. The buffet restaurant was also excellent throughout. The poolside food joints such as Guys Burger Bar were also very good. My wife is a vegetarian and she was well catered for and also thought the standard was high. The ship had a good selection of pools. Perhaps slightly small when busy but as someone who loves having a swim I was more than satisfied. The kids water park was amazing and my son absolutely loved it. We tried out all of the flumes and had a real blast together. The ropes course and sky ride were both nice additions although I would have preferred to have a climbing wall. The only area where I'd possible mark down the actual ship experience was the night time entertainment. Compared to NCL I felt that Carnival hadn't really put the same level of effort into it's entertainment. There was still plenty to entertain guests including some good live bands. It's really a very minor criticism and actually in no way had any impact on my time aboard. The excursions were a bit of a let down though. Over priced and too busy. I'm not going to mark down the review for this as I think this is a problem common to all cruises. Embankment was a long process but I felt that the staff did a very good job of keeping everything running in an orderly fashion. Disembarkation was fast and smooth although I advice against paying for the Carnival Airport Transfer. There's plenty of Taxi Cabs available at the port at a far more reasonable rate. Overall we had an amazing time. If you are looking for a multi-generational cruise then Carnival Vista is well worth considering. Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
Our second cruise, the first being on P&O Ventura. Liked the ports of call and also trying out a brand new ship sailing from Barcelona. Having had a great one night stay in Barcelona, the first problem however was our pick up from ... Read More
Our second cruise, the first being on P&O Ventura. Liked the ports of call and also trying out a brand new ship sailing from Barcelona. Having had a great one night stay in Barcelona, the first problem however was our pick up from the Hotel to the Ship. Took a taxi in the end - not Carnival's fault. Embarkation not too bad considering number of passengers involved. Cabin was Havana Premium Balcony near the back of the ship and whilst adequate was not roomy. One fault with the room was that the bathroom door opened outwards toward the bed and had a very sharp edge to it, raised off the floor, and I did end up with a small cut to my foot. Use of Havana pool area during the day was a great thing for us though and also a quiet area to have breakfast some days. I think the Med was a try out for the ship moving to the US later in the year. I was quite surprised at the number of Americans on board however and most things seemed to be aimed at them, as mentioned by other reviewers. Evening Dining - you had to book 15 mins in advance of eating and it was pot luck where you sat in Horizon Dining Room. Sometimes you felt as though in a thoroughfare, with waiters stacked up with trays 5 plates high. This could be dangerous I feel. Also some waits were experienced, but I have to say we found the meals to be excellent and most of the waiters very helpful. Deck10 Buffet Dining - bit of a free for all but good choice most of the time. Lots of food available but a lot of wastage also. The Deli was useful for just ordering sandwiches to order etc. Burger Bar and Pizzas are definitely worth trying out. "Matt, Cruise Director" (as he likes to call himself) was excellent and should be on TV! Service - if you like queueing at Customer Services then go for it. They did not find a higher chair for balcony as requested and end of cruise bill differed from actual, but they were very helpful in trying to sort out our pick up from the Ship. Entertainment - okay. One comedian we encountered was very funny indeed. Shore Excursion Desk- I found the gentleman there most helpful in trying to rearrange some trips we had pre-booked as I had a bad back and had to change for something less strenuous. Definitely 5 star. Spa Talk - informative and useful. However $75 for a cut and blow dry expensive. Drinks - $8.95 for cocktails and if not on some sort of package a good option. I felt I did not get great value out of the Bubbles package over the 8 days because we went on a number of trips. Debarkation (as they called it) - Felt a little like we were being pushed off - luggage was waiting on shore for collection quite early and I would have preferred to take own luggage off and stay on the boat longer. Not fully explained. Overall , experience was good though. Probably a better option for groups/families of all ages. A Fun Ship as they say. Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
We have cruised with Celebrity for over 15 years. We chose the Iberian Peninsula cruise as we had not been to the Ports on this cruise earlier. The Check-in took ages in spite being Elite Members. They had the bookings messed up - we ... Read More
We have cruised with Celebrity for over 15 years. We chose the Iberian Peninsula cruise as we had not been to the Ports on this cruise earlier. The Check-in took ages in spite being Elite Members. They had the bookings messed up - we had two cabins allotted to us. They took time to resolve the issue. Disembarkation was a breeze. Constellation is an old ship. With the refit and adding extra cabins it is a mess at Common areas of Swimming Pool/Jacuzzis, Oceanview Cafe & the Gym. The Cabin was normal Balcony Cabin.\ The Dinning Restaurant - Dinner was crowded with tables close to each other. Not so earlier. Food in the Dinning Hall was good. In the Oceanview Cafe it was a challenge to find a place to sit and then to get food. The Crockery & Cutlery cleanliness was pathetic. They kept WET plates, unwashed plates & mugs. Plates with black marks. They had an excuse for everything, but set things right. Very disappointing from this point of view. The some Shows were good rest average. Celebrity Life did a good job of their activities We wanted to book two tickets for the "Under Siege" shore excursion at Gibraltar. Only one was confirmed, second waitlisted. Next day the status did not change. On asking to cancel the confirmed one. They immediately confirmed the second one. We had some friends who we met on board and advised of this excursion. They went to book the same. Got their reservation without a hassle. Never understood this game. The Guides at Shore excursions had no regards to people with difficulties, continued on at their own pace. Most Ports we visited were fantastic. Since we were at Bilbao - overnight, on arrival we picked up a rental car (AVIS) at the Port area and drove (4Hours one way) to Lourdes in France. It was the High Point of the Vacation. We cruise every year - have done 15 cruises with Celebrity. This one was amongst the last favourable. Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
Very informative active cruise with many Ports & Cities to visit. Could have spent a little longer in some places than others but overall it gave you the opportunity to sample a variety of lands & customs. The cruise itself was ... Read More
Very informative active cruise with many Ports & Cities to visit. Could have spent a little longer in some places than others but overall it gave you the opportunity to sample a variety of lands & customs. The cruise itself was very smooth , cabin 495 comfy and fairly quiet. Entertainment was good without being outstanding apart from a couple of standout acts. Overall a very enjoyable cruise with some fabulous places of interest to visit. I am a diabetic (type2) and the range of "sugar free" selections was very poor especially compared to Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines. The other annoying thing is that Eurodam does not have a public laundry or access to an iron which does help when you are onboard for 24 nights! The meals were good and seemed to improve as the cruise progressed.The staff were excellent and looked after us really well.The ship didn't feel crowded and was well run. Overall I'd go for it if you want a taste of Europe. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
This is the Second time we have been on this ship (last year Caribbean for 10 nights) Loved the ship. Holds a lot of people but we never felt crowded except when boarding for the first day and when getting off in Athens. Good size rooms ... Read More
This is the Second time we have been on this ship (last year Caribbean for 10 nights) Loved the ship. Holds a lot of people but we never felt crowded except when boarding for the first day and when getting off in Athens. Good size rooms with balcony's. Very nice touch is the Concierge lounge on the 14th floor. Quality of food in the main dinning room not up to last year but the Buffet upstairs was first class and the room service for breakfast was also first rate. Staff always ready to please and or help with anything. Only complaint would be that they try to sell you everything from coffee cards to spa products. Cruise was reasonable priced so maybe that s how they try to make it up. We were supposed to go to Istanbul but after the trouble there they changed it to Rhoades, which turned out to be fabulous, and they gave us a credit. Well done Princess. I will use Princess again, fair price for a good product. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
DISAPPOINTING (1) msc up graded our cabin (or so they claimed) and relocated us directly under the uper dance deck ..... imagine untill 2 am in the morning thump - thump - thump over your head. (2) 80% of the pasengers on the ... Read More
DISAPPOINTING (1) msc up graded our cabin (or so they claimed) and relocated us directly under the uper dance deck ..... imagine untill 2 am in the morning thump - thump - thump over your head. (2) 80% of the pasengers on the cruise were non english speaking people. ok if you speak italian or spanish but no good for english speaking pasengers. (3) dining room - in their wisdom seated us with a chinese family who spoke little or no english.. . . . . . . . el a cart menue was lousy. (4) auditorium - the standard of entertainment was disappointing. same faces every night on the stage . . .. . . . different dance routines. (5) hotel reception- proved difficult to deal with and at one stage we actually went " face to face" with them, and asked for a full refund. on that particular day (2nd day of cruise) we would have been happy to disembark and make our own back to barcelona. (6) bar cocktail drinks were dreadfull. in the end we gave up ordering them and just purchased simple drinks such as gin and tonic. Cruise is not recommended for english speaking passengers. . . . In future we will be travelling with another cruise line Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
12 Night Mediterranean Cruise Brilliance of the Seas Sail Date: 05/14/2016 To whom it may concern: I’m sorry to say that the cruise experience on this last trip was not one of the worst that I have experienced; it was THE ... Read More
12 Night Mediterranean Cruise Brilliance of the Seas Sail Date: 05/14/2016 To whom it may concern: I’m sorry to say that the cruise experience on this last trip was not one of the worst that I have experienced; it was THE worst I have ever experienced. I will not be selecting Royal Caribbean for any future cruise vacation. - Food I have cruised on other cruise lines, and have never seen all of the food venues closed by 9:00PM. The only option for eating after 9:00PM was a small snack bar that only had cold sandwiches and salads or a small selection of pizza until they ran out! Or, room service with a fee after 10:00PM, again, with a limited menu. Not very ‘guest friendly’ in my opinion. This was particularly a problem the evening of the 1st night in Venice Italy when we docked at 3:00PM and were expected back by 10:00PM or so. After getting to the port of call, disembarking and taking the initial walking tour, there was not too much time to eat a nice dinner in Venice as the European custom is a long leisurely dinner. It was getting late, and the group of 9 that we were traveling with decided to forego dinner in Venice and return to the ship at about 9:00 or 9:30 PM and just eat on the ship only to find out there was nothing open on the ship to get anything to eat! When we went to the snack bar, we were stunned to find hundreds of other passengers in the same predicament crawling all over each other like ants for a slice of pizza before it ran out! When we went to Guest Services, we told that we should have eaten dinner in Venice and that we could just go to an early breakfast! And while the room service fee was nominal at approximately $4.00, it was not offered to be waived! - Ports of Call Again, I have cruised on other cruise lines, and have never been expected to pay additional transportation fees to actually get to the port of call! In Venice, we were expected to pay an additional $25.00 a day for a 2 day docking ($50.00 per person) in order to get from the port to the city! And in Kotor Croatia an additional $12.00 for bus transportation back to the port. However, if you had an excursion booked through Royal Caribbean, the fees were not charged. This is unacceptable! If there is a port of call, there should be accessibility for ALL passengers to disembark and enjoy it without having to pay any additional fees! I paid for the port of call when I booked the cruise, and you should be aware of the transportation challenges and address them without affecting the passengers’ experience. - Tender Disembarking At the 1st port requiring tenders, the process was awful! There were hundreds of passengers all in queue through the deck blocking access to the staterooms on that deck; it was hot, crowded and utter confusion. The next port requiring tenders was just slightly better as they were issuing tender passes. However, there was so much miscommunication about when the passes were available and how you could obtain one. It was originally announced that they would not be distributed until 12:15PM after docking/anchoring, but many people were able to get them MUCH earlier than that. And, when 1 member of our group of 9 went to get 9 passes, they were told that they could only get them for themselves. Then, another person was able to get them for additional people/rooms, and finally a 3rd person finished getting them for us! This meant that our group of 9 was separated into 3 groups on 3 different tenders with 3 different departure/arrival times in the port of call. We were not able to enjoy that port of call together. - Activities The activities scheduled for times we were aboard the ship were inadequate. They were either scheduled for such a short time, cancelled with no notice, not interesting or had additional costs associated with them to be able to participate. The worst example I can tell you is the $500.00 jackpot bingo. Bingo can be a fun activity even if there is a fee for the cards to play. But, the way it was done on this cruise was a charge of $20.00 per card for only ONE game of bingo, and you either won the $500.00 or you didn’t! Why don’t you just play bingo for a few or several games, and at the end announce that the last game is for the $500.00 jackpot! I know I would have purchased cards and played for a while (as nothing else was going on) whether I was playing for the $500.00 or not! In the 12 days on the ship, there were only 2 ‘parties’ where the cruise director and the staff participated and engaged passengers. While they were entertaining and fun, there were no ‘complimentary’ drinks or anything for the passengers. Many days, reviewing the daily ‘newsletter’ for activities, if you removed the activities with a $ indicating a fee to participate, a sale in the shops, the art gallery hours or auctions, there was only 1 or 2 ‘real’ activities! And, they were not exciting! One day I saw that I all that was really left to do was to learn how to fold napkins into animals! To further explain the boredom throughout the ship, the TV programming was an issue with many people complaining that they were ‘hostages’ forced to watch the same programs and episodes over and over again for 12 days! I honestly have never had an issue with TV programming on a cruise because I have never been left with only the option to be in my stateroom watching TV for entertainment! I don’t know anyone who goes on a cruise to watch TV in their stateroom! Charging for movies in the stateroom that were being shown at different times for free on the ship is just being greedy! The movie theater only holds about 30 or so people, the weather in the evenings made it uncomfortable to watch a movie on the pool deck (when they were showing them!) so charging to watch the same movie in your stateroom is ridiculous. Overall, I have never felt like a cow being herded from one place to another with a $ sign branded on my forehead! You have perfected the art of ‘nickeling and diming’ people for everything in order to enjoy the comforts of cruising. - Missing ‘niceities’ There were no snacks (peanuts, pretzels, chips, popcorn…) at any bar where you were expected to sit and spend a lot money drinking! There were no waiters anywhere except for in the bars offering to get anything for you. The free coffee was left for hours making it bitter or cold or both! The free beverage stations were closed at certain times, and you had to go to a bar for a drink. I did bring these concerns up with the Front Desk Manger, Robert Marshall. 1st, getting an appointment was not easy! It took 3 days to finally straighten out a time and place. While he did seem interested in what was being said as he seemed to be taking notes, his response was just, ‘I’m sorry that you are having a bad experience.’ He did offer a discount of 15% of the cost of this cruise toward our next cruise but made no attempt to address the concerns of this cruise by refunding the port transportation fees, offering a free drink package for the last 2 days we were onboard at sea or offering a day tour of Barcelona when we arrived there at the end of the cruise. And, we have yet to receive the confirmation of the 15% discount offered that he said we would get. If this cruise experience was so bad, do you really think that a 15% discount would entice us to come back again? Absolutely not! Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
The itinerary for this Cruise was good. Left from Barcelona, then Marseilles, Naples, Rome, Almalfi coast, Crete, Rhodes, Turkey, and Athens as the final destination. The ship was only on its third sailing. Carnival labels ... Read More
The itinerary for this Cruise was good. Left from Barcelona, then Marseilles, Naples, Rome, Almalfi coast, Crete, Rhodes, Turkey, and Athens as the final destination. The ship was only on its third sailing. Carnival labels itself as the fun ship and the decor in some of the public spaces seems to be child oriented with the bright orange and yellow combinations. The Havana lounge had the best decor. A tropical theme was used with various seating areas. The main dining room was quite plain like you would expect to see in a very inexpensive restaurant. A very long booth seat along walls served for seating for many tables. The deck spaces offered plenty and a variety of seating options. There were lounges, tables and chairs, sofa and chair groupings, stools and benches in the shallow pool areas , hammocks, and covered sunbeds. The rattan-looking seating was high quality and had comfortable cushions. The main atrium with a bar, shops, and entertainment area did not have the wow factor. The liquid lounge was a two story theater that had comfy seating but not ideal viewing from the back. The inside cabin on floor 9 in the center of the ship was roomy enough and allowed for storing 26" sized luggage under the bed. We were able to store all our clothes in the closet and toiletries on the bathroom shelves. The bed and pillows were great. Just include the charge for wifi with the cruise. There are too many extra charges. Pros.. Carnival does a great job providing transportation for guests at the ports. Even if you were not on Carnival excursion, there were buses to get you to the train, bus, or city center. Transportation was easy to use and readily available. The Vista was launched in May 2016. The entertainment was first rate. There was something to appeal to everyone. Shows with singing and dancing were amazing because of talented performers and beautiful sets. The live music in three more areas provided great entertainment for any taste. The deck seating spaces were plentiful. The cruise director did a great job providing information for the day and and acting as an MC for many performances. The 2 excursions booked through Carnival were well run and a good value. Cons.. food, quality, variety, and availability. I was told in a very curt manner all items are pre-prepared and could not be changed so order something else. There was only a burger stand or a small deli open after 2 pm. We were looking for something when we came back from being on tours all day. Very disappointing. Service was overall lacking. At a pool bar, I could not get a blender drink unless it was on their menu. Because this was a brand new ship, there were glitches. I asked for directions many times on this huge ship and half the time was given the wrong way to go. The most obvious example was when I asked 2 staff and they each pointed a different direction. Bad smell (made me nauseous) in the Serenity area due to painting or sealing on 2 days. On sea days, the 2 pools for 4,000 guests were too crowded. This ship definitely needs an adult only pool. We ate at the steakhouse for an additional $70. The service was better, but the food was not fabulous. I did not eat at the other 5 places that had upcharges. Some nights, there was a long wait (over 30 minutes) for any time dining. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
This was the trip of lifetime. the ship was incredible. The service and food were divine. The entertainment was excellent. The ports were wonderful except Crete, which was not as interesting as the others. 13 of us traveled together ... Read More
This was the trip of lifetime. the ship was incredible. The service and food were divine. The entertainment was excellent. The ports were wonderful except Crete, which was not as interesting as the others. 13 of us traveled together and used the pleasant spa frequently. Our only complaint was we had to walk through the smoking casino each time we went to our large reserved dining area on the fourth floor at the stern of the ship. Barcelona is magnificent and one of my all time favorite cities. We enjoyed Axe and Arles in Southern France. Florence and Rome can't be seen enough. The history, buildings, museums, and places to eat never get old. Amalfi and the southern Coast of Italy are beautiful. Crete was pleasant but not that exciting. Rhodes was an amazing ancient city with lots to see. The shops inside the old city walls were enjoyable. Athens is a city with much history and lots of places to eat and great shopping, but it is dirty and full of graffiti. Nice buildings have been ruined by "expressive art," a poor word for ugly graffiti. Greece has serious financial issues and has virtually no money to keep this ancient city from being turned into an ugly venue. We are happy never to return to Athens but are glad we were able to see the Parthenon and Acropolis. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
We had a choice between Carnival and NCL, however, both had larger, newer ships departing Barcelona for the Western Mediterranean. The Carnival "Harmony" had just completed sea trials after a maiden voyage - the NCL ... Read More
We had a choice between Carnival and NCL, however, both had larger, newer ships departing Barcelona for the Western Mediterranean. The Carnival "Harmony" had just completed sea trials after a maiden voyage - the NCL "Epic" had been in service longer, so we chose her. Embarkation on June 5th was a breeze. We were in our stateroom in under 30 minutes and were soon having lunch! Our stateroom was fully prepared and our steward standing by. Luggage arrived in under an hour on a ship with over 4,000 guests - we boarded other cruise ships out of Baltimore in the past and had to wait until six or seven pm for our luggage with a piece missing with a passenger load of 2,1000 passengers. The food, especially in the Garden buffet was SUPERB EACH DAY of the cruise and ancillary dining opportunities were excellent Staff were attentive and cordial at all times. Debarkation for shore excursions went smoothly at each port of call. NEGATIVES: 1. Casino wagering did not include nickle, quarter, or fifty-cent slots, hence you lost money quicker. 2. We signed up for a show in the main ball room, but no info was provided and it turned out to be an unappealing, highly risqué and suggestive homosexual themed production 3. Had a distinct odor of natural gas in our cabin next to last night around 4:30 am. Called emergency services staff who responded in under ten minutes, by which time, the odor had dissipated. 4. A lady guest brough all her dirty/used deck towels to a table at a restaurant we were in on the ship and dropped them on the floor. A quick summons of management resolved the issue. These were the only issues. We had great weather sailing and during the shore excursions, the ship handled smoother on the Mediterranean than any other we'd been on before. We would take this cruise again and highly recommend the NCL Epic experience. It's a great ship manned by a super crew and all amenities are definitely first class! Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
Its an excellent value for the money compared to may upscale cruises. Everything first rate and staff could not do enough. Some of the excursions just okay but still fantastic. I'd rather they gave less excursions but better ones! ... Read More
Its an excellent value for the money compared to may upscale cruises. Everything first rate and staff could not do enough. Some of the excursions just okay but still fantastic. I'd rather they gave less excursions but better ones! The food is the finest I've had at sea. They could use a cigar room on board-they have a place for cigarette smoking but not cigars which seemed rather unfair. An older clientele-ranging from 60-70 years mostly. Make sure you take drink package otherwise you will feel ripped off if you like to indulge. Cabin nice size and beautiful tile bathroom which was quite comfortable size fore a cruise ship. Dont pay extra for concierge service didnt find it necessary or that helpful. I liked the casual country club dressing-stylish yet comfortable. The shows were nice but I wish they had more music and dancing for 50's crowd. Wouldve like to try the culinary classes people seemed to genuinely enjoy them. If you go to Marseille dont bother getting off the ship-dirty and a little unsafe-take an excursion and go to Provence or stay on ship to relax and enjoy the beautiful ship. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
This was our 3rd time on the Epic and due to my wifes 70th birthday we decided to try the Haven suites. The cruise itself was very enjoyable and up to the usual Epic standards, however the "Haven Experience" is not worth the ... Read More
This was our 3rd time on the Epic and due to my wifes 70th birthday we decided to try the Haven suites. The cruise itself was very enjoyable and up to the usual Epic standards, however the "Haven Experience" is not worth the additional cost in our view. On arrival Haven Gusts are not identified before going through security. You are treated just the same as inside cabins. Not good. MSC Yacht Club have a far superior meet and greet than this. They meet you outside, and take you through a separate x ray machine, straight up to the concierge lounge where you check in. Norwegian should learn from this. Once through security the experience was fine. The Haven Dining Room was first class and the food and service excellent. The speciality restaurants were generally good but we had a poor experience in the Bistro due to cold food and poor service. On the night there was a private dining room being served as well as a senior officers party and unfortunately they had far better service than paying customers. The garden Buffet was as usual excellent with plenty of choice. The Haven Upper sun deck with bar was calm relaxing and child free. The Haven Pool was very busy and full of screaming kids even in the hot tubs. Not exactly as per the brochure! The shows were terrific as usual, in particular Burn the Floor. The cabin itself was OK. The butler made an appearance at the beginning and end of the cruise. On the first night the unnecessarily complex light control panel which he had showed us on arrival failed to switch off all the lights. A call to the butler was not answered. A call to the concierge was not answered. Finally in desperation we called the front desk. Within 10 minutes a knock on the door and someone showed us where the separate light switch is. Hidden 4 inches under a mirror! The bathroom itself has the usual ridiculously small and washbasin and a bath with a side so high I had to help my wife get in and out for a shower. The towels and robes were of good quality, the bed huge and extremely comfortable. The enclosed balcony was OK for us but might put some people off. The Concierge guys were good at their job. The priority lifts simply do not work, even for the Concierge!. Again MSC Yacht Club is far superior. Norwegian take note. Overall apart from the niggles a good cruise Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
Late review, cruise was may 2016. We chose this cruise because we were impressed with princess cruise. Our first cruise was on ruby, 12 day med, may 2010, thoroughly enjoyed it. We started our vacation in Paris for a week, then Rome for a ... Read More
Late review, cruise was may 2016. We chose this cruise because we were impressed with princess cruise. Our first cruise was on ruby, 12 day med, may 2010, thoroughly enjoyed it. We started our vacation in Paris for a week, then Rome for a week. Had not been in Rome since 2010. The hotel we stayed at was misrepresented. Shower was about 2 ft by 2 ft, really. Next time we'll stay on the other side of the Tiber river, other side of forum. We took the train to civitavecchia the day before our cruise. We stayed at a small hotel at the train station for $50 US. We did not hear the trains, and breakfast included was good. Royal princess is a larger ship, more people, but you would not know it. Not impressed with the layout. To get from one end to the other you would have to change decks, elevators, not enough, took a long time. No problem, stairs were a good form of exercise. Restaurants were good, although not what I remembered from the ruby. Staff was excellent, however the sales pitch from the first two nights were annoying, a straight faced no thanks worked. After five nights the food was repetitive, but we were able to get good food in most restaurants. We chose anytime dining. We chose princess shore excursions, and were not disappointed. The guides were very knowledgeable, courteous, and entertaining. We have always chosen a balcony cabin, as it is nice to relax after a long day, and watch the world go by. We had a deluxe balcony, deck, marina 15 m712. The balconies are smaller compared to other ships, but the two of us fit fine, I'm 6' 4". Embarkation, and disembarkation, went smoothly. Even with small inconveniences princess pulled through. We head to alaska in may for a land sea tour. . Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
After an uneventful trip from Manchester it was a smooth run to the ship and in spite trepidations about booking in we were on board eating our first meal by fifteen hundred. Unlike other cruise ships, we were lined up on the promenade ... Read More
After an uneventful trip from Manchester it was a smooth run to the ship and in spite trepidations about booking in we were on board eating our first meal by fifteen hundred. Unlike other cruise ships, we were lined up on the promenade deck like unruly school children while they did the muster. After re-arranging our cabin we soon unpacked and finished settling in. the passengers were a mixed bunch ranging from Australia, USA to the local! Spaniards, whether it’s being based in Barcelona or not but all communications were done in Spanish and English which we found a bit wearing especially in the theatre. The ship was kept very clean with a preponderance of hand gel stations, but still some people were to ignorant or arrogant to use them luckily we avoided any outbreaks, the food was excellent with a limited menu in the dining rooms but the Windjammer restaurant had a wide and varied menu. Something to suit most tastes, hugh salad bar, self selection stir fry, curries and traditional English dishes. Dinner finished at 21:30 but the Park Café was open to 01:00 for snacks including soup and pizzas. Despite the ship saying it was a formal night we saw very few dinner jackets. Our first stop was Villafranca ,this is where we ‘Tendered’ into town. The town was very busy and the inner harbour full of expensive yachts the reason was the Monte Carlo Rally was due. We then had two days at sea where we enjoyed some of the activities, the regular trivia Quizzes and games learning to dance. The Entertainment staff were mostly very good, all were happy to talk to you or have some banter during the activities, ‘Manchester’ has a lot to answer for! Piraeus our next stop saw a mass exodus for Athens, having seen this area before we wandered around the local town. The same happened in the next port of Kusadasi, Turkey, many people toured Ephesus the ancient Roman town. Those that stayed near the port there were hundreds of shops and bazaars, admittedly there were a lot of Carpet, Leather and jewellers shops but it was still worth a look round. Mykonos was a complete change it was a quaint little Greek fishing village. The ship docked quite a way from the town instead of a shuttle bus into town we used a local boat bus which for two Euros took us right to the centre of the town. The little white washed village was full of narrow streets and alleys and a myriad of small shops all vying for your custom. After another sea day it was Salerno this was the stop for Naples and the Amalfi coast, Salerno itself was quite a nice interesting town to walk round. On these port days those who stayed local had a nice quiet time although there were still some activities going on. The next port was for Rome, and almost a mass exit even some of the crew managed a tour, most people went on an organized tour, but some more adventurous folk went to the local railway station and brought a twelve euro return to Rome making a big saving on the ships excursion. For those staying local in Civitavecchia there was a free shuttle bus to a bus station where one could buy a ticket on an ordinary bus run by the town to Rome and it only cost fifteen euros, the town then a ten minute walk to the centre. Apart from a few shops there was a market hidden away and with the new promenade finished this was lined with the usual stalls which in good weather made for a pleasant walk. Our final port was Livorno for Florence and Pisa again the big exodus, here the tours won out as it was Sunday and although there was a shuttle bus for five Euros to the centre of town there was little of interest. One niggle, when we booked this cruise we were given a drinks package stating we got free tea, coffee, wine, beer and sodas, the truth was the only tea and coffee was what anybody got no coffee from the bars , you had free wine but this ended up as the ‘House’ wine, it had to cost less than eight dollars, not very pleased! On the whole we enjoyed the cruise, the ambiance was very good, the waiting staff were excellent. We must commend three waitresses, Limmei, Qinglan and Shiyi lu, these were outstanding being efficient, attentive and friendly and for an early riser like me their smiling faces at six o’clock they started my day right. The cruie started cold especially the wind but after Piraeus it warmed up and by the time we reached Barcelona it proper Mediterranean sunshine and heat. The ship was old (for a cruise ship) but in our eyes she was kept to a high standard. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
I was interested in doing the islands of the Western Mediterranean and after a fair amount of research the Costa Fascinosa had just what I wanted. There were any amount of queries from friends and family...why Costa? My answer was ... Read More
I was interested in doing the islands of the Western Mediterranean and after a fair amount of research the Costa Fascinosa had just what I wanted. There were any amount of queries from friends and family...why Costa? My answer was ‘the route’. I must say that from the point of embarkation the whole trip was a delight. We had a mini suite which was neat and clean, fruits, sparkling wine, a large room that allowed plenty of sunshine. A 40ft balcony that wrapped around the suite was convenient to sit out and enjoy the sunsets. The room was on the port side so we could see the islands as we approached each one. The on board credit of $400 was sufficient for a wine/drinks package for the 7 day trip, and for on shore excursions on Ibiza and Pompeii. There were ample options for meals from breakfast to dinner, and later. Bars were open all the time and service was prompt and efficient. The weather end May/early June was great so one was able to enjoy the outdoors. We chose the first dining option at 6:45pm and had a table for two which was nice for quiet time at the end of every busy day. There was enough opportunity to mix and talk at the breakfast and lunch buffets. There was a lot of on board entertainment which one expects on a cruise for adults, children, fitness fiends, gamblers, dancers and the like. Each night a ‘Diario di Bordo’ was slipped into the suite giving us a whole lot of useful information about what the expect the next day i.e. the temperature, the condition of the sea, news from the bridge, a write up about the port, various entertainment on board, different meals at different locations on the ship, departure details for off shore excursion etc. The ship was clean, the staff efficient and eager to please the 3000+ passengers on board. Our credit cards were linked to our Costa cards which automatically debited any on board purchases and the billing was seamless right up to disembarkation when the Costa cards were returned and our accounts closed. Great job. The disembarkation was executed with precision and that clearly showed that the procedure was backed with loads of experience over the years. All in all...great trip..Gracias Costa....keep sailing. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
this was our first cruise on Vikings ocean ships. The Star is a very beautiful ship. Cabins are roomy, bathrooms larger than most ocean ships we have been on. Entertainment excellent. Dining and food was excellent. Service in the ... Read More
this was our first cruise on Vikings ocean ships. The Star is a very beautiful ship. Cabins are roomy, bathrooms larger than most ocean ships we have been on. Entertainment excellent. Dining and food was excellent. Service in the World Café not so good. Tables not cleared so people ended up sitting at a dirty table until staff came around to clear and wipe it down. embarkation and disembarkation very efficient, best we have had on a ocean cruise. We had an outbreak of Norovirus and my self and husband were confined to our cabins for 2 days each. Doctors and nurses very considerate and tried to help us through this bad time. Cabin person very good at trying to keep everything clean. Because of this problem the ship had to adjust ports and delay sailing from Bordeaux France, we missed Greenwich and shortened time in London. We missed the included shore excursion to Paris because of our illness. We feel a lot of the reason we sailed with Viking Star was missed so that was the reason for not giving them an excellent rating. Viking promised to reimburse us for adjusted stops etc. and for our illness . We received a voucher for $250. each on our next cruise, which we feel was not enough and called customer service to register our complaint, they promised $500. each which we never received.. May not cruise again with Viking Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
My travel agent suggested this cruise as I was going alone. We went to many ports thro-out the Mediterranean .i had booked trips off ship independently and had no problems but Carnival had more a choice which I would have preferred, ... Read More
My travel agent suggested this cruise as I was going alone. We went to many ports thro-out the Mediterranean .i had booked trips off ship independently and had no problems but Carnival had more a choice which I would have preferred, everyone I spoke to had enjoyed their day trips. Even although ports were busy as many cruise ships were docking we didn't have any problems getting into and viewing all attractions. About the ship-- staterooms are very well equipped with everything you would need for computers etc. great sized TV with good channels also movies both free and paying to view. Room that I was in on deck two which I could recommend as I wasn't far from restaurants bars and shops also shows so suited me down to the ground. Meals in dining rooms were excellent with a good choice also new items added every day. In fact if you decide to travel on this ship I highly recommend checking out their site. Only down side of the cruise was the smokers . My friend being a nonsmoker and also a casino buff was very disappointed that smokers were allowed all over that area there fore her money stayed in her pocket much to the relief of her husband. It was a nightmare walking through the casino at any time of day to be hit by the fumes, I recommend that in future smokers should go out on a separate deck or a special designated area . Entertainment was first class so I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this cruise to my friends although I would pass on reference smokers. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
Chose cruise because the VISTA was a new ship and believed it would be an uplifting experience. Had cruised with Carnival twice before and both times it was great. Cruised on the Breeze across the Atlantic ocean. Cruise was probably the ... Read More
Chose cruise because the VISTA was a new ship and believed it would be an uplifting experience. Had cruised with Carnival twice before and both times it was great. Cruised on the Breeze across the Atlantic ocean. Cruise was probably the second worst I have taken. The worst being on MSC. Rather than a long dialog I have listed the 'plus' and 'minus' features of the cruise along with one safety item PLUS: 1. Ship was spotless and clean as expected. 2. Size of room was excellent. Cabin 1267. 3. Room steward was superb. 4. Decor in Havana Lounge was great. 5. Pictures on stairwells were original and attractive 6. Shows in Liquid Lounge were of high quality. 7. I Max theater was great. 8. Lunch in Italian restaurant was delicious. 9. Self service laundry on cabin decks was a great benefit. The machines were of the proper size and reasonably prices. MINUS: 1. Overall decor on ship were lacking. No pictures, statues, display cases, items of interest, etc. Basically no wood on ship other than hand rails on stairs. All other items vinyl covered. Decor in dining rooms was poor. Expected beautiful rooms and they were just plain. 2. Elevators had no ventilation, exhaust fan, etc. 3. Too few elevators for a 4000 passenger ship. 4. No amenities in bathroom other than soap, liquid soap and shampoo. Missing conditioner, lotion, etc. Liquid soap was diluted to extent we could not get a lather. 5, TV channels were very poor. No US news, sports, entertainment, etc. channels. Only two British, CNBC, 1 cartoon and Discovery plus about 10 Carnival channels. 6. Free movie selection on TV very poor. 7. Swimming pools were postage stamp size and the same for jacuzzis. 8. Outdoor movies were outdated. No need for black and white movies. 9. Casino was filled with smoke., Need better ventilation. Could not bypass casino conveniently to reach other end of ship. 10. Dining room tables were formica covered with no table cloths other than on formal nights. Effort to reduce laundry costs. Left cheap feeling to all 8 people at dining table. 11. Food portions were small but adequate. Variety was moderate. Same vegetables almost every night. 12. Food in Mongolian Wok was tasteless. 13. +18 entertainer Scott should be banned from all Carnival ships. He was vulgar, insensitive, disrespectful and obtuse. +18 comedy can be funny without being degrading. 14. Fitness center equipment was very crowded. Space too small for 4000 person ship. 15. Finding the saunas in the Cloud 9 Spa a major problem. Need to put sign dirtecting to them. 16. Need more directional signs by each group of elevators. 17. Shop selection was poor. 18. Excursions were overpriced. 19. Drinks were overpriced. 20. Embarkation was a total fiasco. Over 2 hours to get on ship. 21. Many other items that were too insignificant to mention.. SAFETY: 1. Appears to be design error in safety doors in main corridors at all decks. The bottom rail is raised with two slots for the wheels. I nearly fell a few time as my shoe hit the edge of the rail which is not flush or slightly below the carpet level. Also observed several ladies getting their shoe heels in the rail and almost losing their balance. This item needs correction. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
I was just on the 12-day Grand Mediterranean from May 7-19 aboard the Norwegian Spirit. It was a DREAM VACATION. While the ship was relatively older and I did complain about having to pay almost double for my stateroom and port fees... the ... Read More
I was just on the 12-day Grand Mediterranean from May 7-19 aboard the Norwegian Spirit. It was a DREAM VACATION. While the ship was relatively older and I did complain about having to pay almost double for my stateroom and port fees... the service, crew, food and organized shore excursions more than made up for it. It was so very worth it. The staff and crew goes ABOVE and BEYOND to make your experience memorable no matter what kind of day they are having. They always put you first! The food is excellent and so was service even during really crowded meal times. The housekeeping and shore excursion team was amazing in ensuring a smooth trip and I love ALL their recommended trips. I took an excursion every single time we were on port and it was worth it! Big shoutout to our housekeeping room steward Amol, who always made sure my needs were taken cared of... and shore excursion team especially Jonathan for recommending the greatest day trips during my stay! I will definitely be back! My only suggestion: Since the Spirit does Mediterranean cruises, converting some cabins to single occupancy (so we don't have to pay double) would be IDEAL! Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
Ship is a bit old but it's serviceable. Service staff is very friendly. Food ranges from "Just OK" to "Good", but skip the Sushi restaurant as they are all their own unique "rolls" and not very good. ... Read More
Ship is a bit old but it's serviceable. Service staff is very friendly. Food ranges from "Just OK" to "Good", but skip the Sushi restaurant as they are all their own unique "rolls" and not very good. French ports are a bit of a waste (there isn't much to see) and there isn't much to see / do in Athens beyond the Parthenon. All stops in Italy are fantastic. Midway thru our trip we were diverted to assist in the rescue of a fishing boat full of migrants. The Captain had to circle the boat for most of our sea day, and actually turn around at one point so a helicopter flying in from Italy could make a pickup and a later drop off. This consumed so much time that we had to miss the port day at Mykonos. I fully understand why the port was missed, and I appreciate the fact that the ship & Captain did the right thing. Actually, they did what they are legally required to do! Great! Fantastic! Super! I'm glad everyone "did their jobs", even if all of the passengers spent most of the day feeling very confused due to the lack of information on what was going on during the rescue... and the nervous / crying staff that was scared during the rescue (Pick One: Pirates. Ebola. Mob Riot) However, this trip cost thousands & thousands of dollars. And believe it or not, it's hard to take 2 weeks of vacation. So, being that this was the 3rd "missed port" (which includes the ports canceled in Turkey) I am not getting full value for my ticket. Now did NCL compensate me? Did they give me a free upgrade the next time I sail with them? A future rebate? A credit on my room? A day of free drinks? A t-shirt? Maybe a free hat? How about nothing. Nada. Zip. Instead I get to watch the Captain & Cruise Director say multiple times "Thank You for understanding!" and “Didn’t we do a great job!” I’d pat you guys on the back to if you weren’t so busy doing it yourself. I needed some kind of show of appreciation. What happened wasn’t anyone’s fault, but it would of cost NCL very little to nothing to placate me as a customer. Instead the official response was “Stuff Happens”. And due to this, I will likely not sail with NCL again. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
We have just come back from the week long Mediterranean cruise on the RC Vision. I was a little hesitant with the trip as I had read so many bad reviews for this particular ship. We went with another couple and I can honestly say apart ... Read More
We have just come back from the week long Mediterranean cruise on the RC Vision. I was a little hesitant with the trip as I had read so many bad reviews for this particular ship. We went with another couple and I can honestly say apart from a couple of very small things we could not fault what has become one of our most memorable trips ever. The ship itself is not the most modern but it didn't have a dated feel and everything always felt so cleaned and polished. We had an inner cabin on the middle of third deck which was more than large enough with the only thing I would change next time is maybe getting a cabin with a port hole as you didn't know when it was morning without looking for your watch. (Made for great sleeping though). Our cabin attendant Odette was just so friendly and brilliant with our cabin always so clean and tidy. Also loved the towel animals on the bed at night. If we ever needed anything in our room we were always attended within a couple of minutes. The food I have to say was amazing!!!!! I completely do not understand what the other reviewers are on about!! The variety was brilliant with always something new and the food always tasty and plentiful. The table service in Windjammers was also very efficient clearing plates and offering drinks. The only other restaurant we dined at regularly was Aquious (can't remember how it was spelt) for the a'la Carte menu. Again brilliant with excellent choices available every night. I had the snails a couple of nights as delicious as was the pork!!! Yum!!! There was always so much going on, onboard the ship so plenty to see and do. Not necessarily a trip I would recommend for teenagers though as I think they may be a little bored unless they have friends with them. Some of the entertainment was a little naff but after a couple of drinks was actually quite entertaining and fun. We only did one RC organised tour which was the Amalfi ferry trip from Solerno. We had a ball and what a breathtaking way of seeing some of the most beautiful coastline in the world so I would highly recommend. For Rome we organised our own tour with Iteritaly and would recommend this as it was the most brilliant tour I have ever done and would pay double for the quality of the experience we had. Could not have been better. The staff on the ship were truely as a whole, just brilliant. Always friendly, helpful, prompt and smiling. Again I think they would be hard to beat. We bought the drinks package on the cruise of which we probably got our monies worth, but I must say they did make the cocktails quite strong, so beware. Embarking and disembarking was good also and generally ran very smoothly. There were a LOT of older people on the cruise but I would still be happy travelling with younger children as they would enjoy the pools and their entertainment centre. Captain Marek was incredibly visual as a captain, very charming and always keeping us up to date. Highlight Ports of the trip were those for Rome, Amalfi and I have to say getting up at 5:30am to go up on deck and watch the sun rising over Venice as we glided in, was simply magical and something I shall never forget. Spa expensive so didn't use. Gym very well equipt and excellent. Botox and fillers are even available if needing a touch up. The only negative is a pet hate of mine, which is smoking. By about 9:30pm at night the smell of it in the uppper decks of the Atrium was unpleasant so we would generally avoid this area. Apart from this I would again cruise with Vision within a heart beat as it exceeded every expectation and then some. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
This was our fifth cruise with Viking and the first Ocean Cruise. We selected the Passage Through Western Europe because it highlighted Spain and Portugal which we had not yet visited as well as Norway and an extension to Iceland. ... Read More
This was our fifth cruise with Viking and the first Ocean Cruise. We selected the Passage Through Western Europe because it highlighted Spain and Portugal which we had not yet visited as well as Norway and an extension to Iceland. However, probably the most amazing part was the last minute inclusion of a trip up the Thames to dock at Greenwich for the christening of Viking Sea!! It was like Fourth of July and Christmas all rolled into one. There was a huge fireworks show, special gifts to mark the occasion and champagne galore! Every shore excursion was excellent and the food and drink was over the top as we have come to expect from Viking. The choice of three premiere restaurants and 4-5 more casual venues gave us every option imaginable for all of our meals. We were so pleased with everything about our first Viking Ocean Cruise that, while aboard, we booked our next Ocean Cruise on Viking Star to the West Indies for this February. After four River Cruises with Viking we became so fond of the intimacy and excellent service on the smaller ships that we were somewhat skeptical about how Viking could extend their award winning cruises to the larger ships. That skepticism was gone within an hour after boarding!! Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
This is the second cruise we have taken on the Epic and once again we were not disappointed. The ship has been refurbished since our first trip keeping the decor to a high standard. Our stateroom was very spacious with plenty of space for ... Read More
This is the second cruise we have taken on the Epic and once again we were not disappointed. The ship has been refurbished since our first trip keeping the decor to a high standard. Our stateroom was very spacious with plenty of space for the wheelchair to move around, the bathroom was also fitted with every thing we required for my husband to shower safely ''large seat and plenty of grab rails'' We ate in most of the restaurants and found the quality of food and service excellent, the entertainment was also enjoyable we booked on line before leaving home to see Priscilla, Cirque Dreams and Burn the Floor all were of a very high standard and I would recommend seeing. Although Priscilla not suitable for children or the easily offended, but they do give plenty of information regarding this before the show begins. The crew were always on hand to give help or support taking the wheelchair on and off the the ship.Our cabin steward Alex was a star checking we had all we needed and always with a smile and warm welcome. Shore excursions were also checked by the manager who advised the ones best suited to our needs, making time spent ashore well worth while. Easy Naples gave us good views of the city and some of excellent photo shots of the bay, Pisa is another tour I would recommend but more time would make it an excellent visit.Thanks to all on board The Epic for a wonderful week. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
With all the negative posts in the forum, i was a bit scared on how my experience would be....so i have just one word to describe my experience on the NCL EPIC -- "FANTABULOUS" the ship is fantastic - the crew is fantastic - ... Read More
With all the negative posts in the forum, i was a bit scared on how my experience would be....so i have just one word to describe my experience on the NCL EPIC -- "FANTABULOUS" the ship is fantastic - the crew is fantastic - the service is fantastic only suggestion for people who wish to take this cruise - please ensure that you have a beverage pack -- as alcohol is prohibitively expensive on the ship in terms of room - i thought it was as good as any decent hotel room with more than enough storage space and comfortable beds (i am 180cms in height - and i didnt have any issues) We - a couple and our teenage daughter were booked in the mini suite - on deck 10 - no 10257 and all of us had a super time the teenage club (entourage) kept by daughter busy as she met a lot of other teenagers from across the globe --- the bar on the 15th deck - kept me busy as i too met a whole lot of new people there and we hit off very well only complaint about the cruise - was the weather -- it was pretty windy and cold in terms of food - we tried all the complementary restaurants (no speciality ones) and the food was pretty pretty good - the garden cafe had a super buffet / shanghai food was great / o sheeshans was very good too -- taste and manhattan - we didnt really enjoy - but it was not our taste-- the food and presentation was super Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
This was our sixth cruise with NCL but the first on one of the bigger ships. We had wondered if we would enjoy it as much as the smaller ships, but after taking a day or so to get used to the layout we found it easy to find ... Read More
This was our sixth cruise with NCL but the first on one of the bigger ships. We had wondered if we would enjoy it as much as the smaller ships, but after taking a day or so to get used to the layout we found it easy to find bars/restaurants etc. (especially as most of these are located on floors 5 -7). Embarkation: Being from the UK we flew into Barcelona on embarkation day. I had booked a transfer to the port with Sun Transfers and, after a bit of confusion in finding our driver (I had expected him to be holding a 'Sun Transfers' sign but it was something else), arrived at about 1.30 p.m. Embarkation went smoothly and, as we were in an aft penthouse suite, were given a tour of the Haven and Spa before having some much needed lunch. After that we found our suite, settled in to that and went to explore the ship. Ports: As we had been on a similar cruise before, we had made the decision not to get off at some ports but we did walk around Naples for a few hours on one day. Apparently, there is a museum containing artefacts from Pompeii here but unfortunately it is closed on the day the Epic docks. In Marseille we went to the Vieux Port, using the free shuttle that could be found a short walk outside the docking area. When you arrive at the set down/return pick-up point you just need to turn right to walk to the Vieux Port (10 -15 mins). From there we took the 'Petit Train' to Notre Dame de Garde that is visible from the port. The one place we did want to see was Florence and we had booked with Share a Shore Excursion along with six others. We were dropped off in the centre near the Duomo and had 5 - 6 hours to wander around. We had expected the Cathedral to be closed but it was actually open so we joined the short queue to enter - and then what a disappointment with very little to see inside. After that we walked to the Ponte Vecchio, saw the statue of David at Piazza della Signoria, had some lunch and then went to Santa Croce. This is well worth seeing and we spent some time here. Florence is easy to walk around but was very crowded around the Duomo/Uffizi area - I would not like to go there in high summer. Dining: We had the Unlimited Dining Package and ate at Cagneys, La Cucina and Modernos, all of which we had visited on other ships and enjoyed the food. We also ate at Le Bistro for the first time. A lot of people rave about Le Bistro but I can't really see why. The food was good but we didn't think it was that special and not enough of it. Entertainment: I had booked to see Priscilla, Queen of the Desert but none of the other shows. Priscilla was excellent, although I doubt everyone would have understood the jokes. It is also not for the easily offended. We also saw the Epic Beatles show. We thought some of the harmonies were very good, some of the solo songs not so, but an interesting addition to the entertainment on board. Disembarkation: We were staying on in Spain for a few days so were in no hurry to leave the ship. By the time we did so the queues had virtually gone although we had to join the one for taxis outside the terminal. This was well handled by the port staff and there were no delays in waiting for taxis as they were lined up. Overall this was an enjoyable cruise and we were both glad that we had been on the ship. However, I think we will go back to the smaller ones for future cruises, especially on our favourite Jade. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016

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