761 Barcelona Senior Cruise Reviews

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
We chose this cruise for the ports it was visiting and for that reason we are glad we did. We spent three nights in our departure city of Barcelona prior to boarding then took a tour of Monserat with a small group tour where we were ... Read More
We chose this cruise for the ports it was visiting and for that reason we are glad we did. We spent three nights in our departure city of Barcelona prior to boarding then took a tour of Monserat with a small group tour where we were picked up at our hotel, with the luggage , taken on the tour then taken to the port around 2pm. Embarkation was quick and easy and our stateroom was ready right away. We hadn't used RCL for a few years and this was only our second cruise with them. Our very first cruise was RCL and was great. In the years since then much has changed, not necessarily for the better. The Rhapsody of the Seas is older and looking it. Lots of rust around and didn't see the constant maintenance we're used to on HAL. Cabin was fine, shower particularly small as I've seen mentioned before. Evening dining in the restaurant had really good food overall, some of the best we've had on cruises. Entertainment was enjoyable for the most part. Activities staff very upbeat and encouraging. Cabin steward was okay, nothing particularly good or bad, didn't really see him that often and don't think he was keen on conversation when we did necessarily. Wait staff in the restaurant, one was very good, the other seems to not be interested in checking if we wanted beer or wine as we didn't purchase anything expensive and we wanted a type of beer that had to be fetched from the bar so we felt he would avoid asking us about drinks. Didn't do any port excursions with the ship. I found the constant up selling of food (lobster etc - used to be offered as part of the menu) in the restaurant and specialty restaurant dining very off putting and felt bad for our wait or being obliged to push it. Service charge has been increased to 18% and there is still a line on bar bills for extra exceptional service! Isn't 18% pretty exceptional already? The same thing goes for the envelopes delivered to rooms on the 2nd last day for additional tipping for room and restaurant stewards. We actually chose to give a little extra to both of ours but I just don't think it should be asked for - in my opinion a bit rude. Disembarkation was smooth and easy. Final comment would be regarding our major "incident" at sea the first night that we fortunately weren't affected by directly but you couldn't help but let the imagination go further with what could have been. Five windows broke on deck three port side in a storm in the night when people were sleeping and water came rushing in. I spoke to an English couple directly impacted who said they thought they were going to drown. I also heard one of the affected passengers being spoken to in the hallway regarding them having to make a decision within the hour whether they were staying on board or not - the passenger asked about compensation for airfare home and the cruise and the staff member, who appeared quite junior, said they were unable to address that. Why would that conversation be held in a public place and involve a junior member of staff that wasn't able to give definitive answers? I understood that a total of 44 people were disembarked in Corsica either because their cabins were too damaged to be repaired or because they were too traumatized to continue. For such a major incident as this was I think all the passengers should have been given information other than the announcement at 5am that this had happened and that things were under control - for now! Please Stay in your cabins. Rumours were abundant and nothing more was stated officially for 7 days! Captain due in the lounge to talk to passengers at that time. He arrives 10 minutes late - cruise director tells us of course he is a busy man, tied up the bridge dealing with ships business - when he walks in with an ice cream cone laughing he had to stop for it on the way! He knew many had questions that needed answers and sure enough the incident was the first question - he was hoping it wouldn't be I'm sure. Basically it's under investigation. I realize things can happen but I've been on ships in heavy weather and the worst damage was dishes and perhaps a broken arm. The whole thing seems to have been brushed under the carpet and never really made news - is there something to hide? That being said I know the crew did a great job dealing with all they had to working exceptionally long hours. If this had been my first cruise it would likely have been my last. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
Great way to show elderly parents some of Europes highlights in comfort and without the hassles of overland transport and accommodation and introduce them to cruising, Cruise itself was great, ports visited from Barcelona to Venice gave a ... Read More
Great way to show elderly parents some of Europes highlights in comfort and without the hassles of overland transport and accommodation and introduce them to cruising, Cruise itself was great, ports visited from Barcelona to Venice gave a good snapshot of Italy and organised tour in Florence was very good. However, whilst it was nice to see Rome briefly, traffic meant that spent more time travelling to and from city than sightseeing. Recommend doing longest tour you can manage there or book own transport. Ship felt like it was modernised and refurbed recently with good set ups in rooms, large screen tvs and up to date on board information systems. However WiFi/ internet access is woeful and terribly expensive and charged by the minute not by quantity of data used.... Food is good, service fantastic and itinerary well chosen for a quick 12 day cruise including Monte Carlo (by tender boat so can be a bit difficult if have mobility issues) Naples where cruising in past Versuvius is a highlight, Scicily, and then beautiful island of Corfu, the fantastic old towns of Dubrovnick and Kotor with spectacular cruises in and out and being moored almost in the old town of Kotor, and of course the cruise into Venice. Would happily do this cruise again and Barcelona has got to be one of the best places to embark from, great cruise terminal and process for embarking where you can sit in comfort enjoying refreshments until you are called and then immediately processed....no unnecessary queuing it's great. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
We chose this cruise because there were stops in Spain and Portugal, but two of these stops were cancelled and we did not know that until it was too late to get a full refund. We enjoyed the ship, but there were too many days at sea with ... Read More
We chose this cruise because there were stops in Spain and Portugal, but two of these stops were cancelled and we did not know that until it was too late to get a full refund. We enjoyed the ship, but there were too many days at sea with nothing to do on board. Then we got stuck in Bordeaux due to shipboard illness, so we missed the shore excursions which we planned for London. Also, the spa and fitness rooms were closed so the available activities were even less.We booked our air reservations through Viking and they were completely messed up on our return home causing us to stand in lines for eight hours in London trying to rebook air and eventually had to spend the night there. It was a nightmare. Viking provided no assistance for their errors. Viking did compensate us with $500 toward another cruise, but that was a drop in the bucket in comparison to the inconveniences we encountered. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
We chose the 7-day Gems of Spain for a short getaway, and it was perfect. Embarkation was hassle-free and fast. We had a Signature Suite and loved the size - especially the double sink in the bathroom. We attended the embarkation lunch, ... Read More
We chose the 7-day Gems of Spain for a short getaway, and it was perfect. Embarkation was hassle-free and fast. We had a Signature Suite and loved the size - especially the double sink in the bathroom. We attended the embarkation lunch, and our luggage was in our room when we returned from lunch. At first, we had a small issue with cleanliness in our bathroom, but it was fixed immediately and with prompt checkup from the head of housekeeping. We had breakfast in our room several times, and it was served on time. Dinners in the main dining room were just fine - food quality and service, and we had several lunches in the Lido Market which also were fine. Our last Holland America cruise was on the Rotterdam, and we noticed that the Eurodam is in much better shape, especially after the cabin upgrades. We did not go to any of the special entertainment events except the Lincoln Center Live, and the string quartet and pianist were excellent - top notch (and we are musicians). We did two Spain Day Tour shore excursions which were first-rate and one Holland America excursion (Gibraltar). It was OK, but this was our guide's first tour, and he did not know much (we listened to the group ahead of us). Disembarkation also was smooth, and our luggage was easy to find. Unlike some reviewers, we have never been disappointed in Holland America. We feel that we receive good value for the money. We will cruise with them again. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
We cruised from Barcelona right up to Stockholm on a back to back cruise involving 28 days, plus one week staying pre and post cruise, where we thoroughly explored both cities. Embarkation was very simple, after the short taxi ride we ... Read More
We cruised from Barcelona right up to Stockholm on a back to back cruise involving 28 days, plus one week staying pre and post cruise, where we thoroughly explored both cities. Embarkation was very simple, after the short taxi ride we were overwhelmed by the Viking Star staff to help us with our baggage. Likewise on departure day, had it not have been raining we would have easily walked to our shore accommodation. The ship was new, beautifully presented, we particularly liked the Scandinavian style of interior decoration. Our cabin on level 5 was spacious, good balcony, big bathroom with wonderful heated flooring All restaurants were free of charge, including complimentary beer wine and soft drinks at meal times. Quality of food and selection was excellent and varied daily Nightly entertainment consisted of small stage productions, as well as a quality pianist and a three piece string ensemble, also a classical guitarist and a small nightclub with live music. Every staff member, in whichever field offered us excellent service The ports where you were within walking distance such as Barcelona, Gibraltar, lLisbon, Bordeaux,Bergen,Stavanger,Aalborg, Warnemunde, Stockholm enabled us to utilise Viking Ocean cruises industry leading port time. All ports offered complimentary tours, some more in depth than others. Overall Viking Ocean cruises offer a complete package and value for money, hard to beat Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
Scandinavian décor (Norwegian Ship). Clean and spacious staterooms as well as the Junior suite we had,(Suite 8001). No one forward of us or above us. Super quiet! Food was good and ports and excursions were exceptional as well as ... Read More
Scandinavian décor (Norwegian Ship). Clean and spacious staterooms as well as the Junior suite we had,(Suite 8001). No one forward of us or above us. Super quiet! Food was good and ports and excursions were exceptional as well as stimulating. We were on an ocean cruise from Barcelona to Venice. We just completed a AMA Bordeaux cruise and found it to be inferior to Viking (comparison) is unfair as one was ocean going and the other was a riverboat). We intend to stick with Viking in the future. Viking dining was same as AMA excepting the Chef's Kitchen at the aft of the AMA ship. It was close to being a Michelin rated dining venue. We have to more Viking cruise next year and have reserved suite 8001 on both. I have lots of years cruising, but most of it was big gray ships with big guns and missiles. Cruising is a heck of lot better on these vessel than the US Navy.. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
This was our last great cruise to Europe. The cruise was everything we could have hopped for.From the time we arrived @ the airport in Barceloa until we boarded the plane in Bergen the crew were there for us. Our first dinner was lobster ... Read More
This was our last great cruise to Europe. The cruise was everything we could have hopped for.From the time we arrived @ the airport in Barceloa until we boarded the plane in Bergen the crew were there for us. Our first dinner was lobster which some of our cruises did not serve at anytime. And the food just got better as the days went by. There was some kind of illness on board causing 35 to be hospitalized. But the captain and crew just continued on and we even got an extra excursion. All of the excursions were tops on our option. That one exception may have been London but that was a problem of the city itself not that of Viking. Perhaps I was most impressed in Bergen when the staff of Viking stayed with and helped us from us from the gangland to the ticket counter. They got the boarding passes and helped us with our baggage. That is the service we like. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
Having never before tried Holland America, but, knowing they were rated 5*, we took advantage of the spring break, hoping for lovely time, good food and good weather. Sadly, these expectations were not met (apart from the weather). ... Read More
Having never before tried Holland America, but, knowing they were rated 5*, we took advantage of the spring break, hoping for lovely time, good food and good weather. Sadly, these expectations were not met (apart from the weather). Safety drill: The drill was chaotic, assembling on the promenade deck, bunched up under the lifeboat you were assigned to and then given a roll call and very brief safety instructions. The deck is really not that wide. Pools: The main pool (located midships) with a retractable roof - popular, but there not enough sunbeds in the area. The roof was often only slightly open, making any form of sunbathing extremely difficult (sun would only hit a couple of sunbeds). One side of the pool area was taken up by several cabana type private areas (totally in the shade, under the deck above) Seaview pool is described as adult only, but was also the only place where you could sunbathe, but it could be extremely windy. Food: Lido Deck restaurant: The self service restaurant on the Lido deck was chaotic, the food choices were poor and rather limited.... You could not actually serve yourself (barring pastries etc) - even salad had to be asked for one ingredient at a time. By day, it seemed to be... hot meat dishes, fried meat/fish dishes, chinese, indian, mexican or salad. Personally I would have liked the occasional burger, fries or pasta... so I ended up eating salad every lunch as nothing else appealed. Breakfast was a bit hit and miss, the omelette was made to order, though the mix of eggs and egg whites was from containers created earlier - not an eggshell in sight. The crepes were not crepes..... they were soggy American pancakes but done with a thinner batter, totally the wrong taste and texture. Likewise, the Waffles were soggy as could be. Dive In (Main Pool): There was a burger/hotdog order point (until 6pm) beside the main pool, as you can imagine this caused a queue to people around the pool waiting to place their orders... the queue seemed to go on forever (we gave that a miss). New York Pizza (Seaview Pool) There was a fabulous New York Pizza at the Seaview pool.... that one was used often at lunch, as you could place an order and go sit down til your buzzer called you for the food... it served until 11.30pm so you often saw passengers disappearing to their cabins with carry out pizzas. Main Dining Room: The main dining room was disorganized with mix ups in the drinks/coffee orders, people being charged for the wrong drinks, etc..... Food orders were also wrong at times, the food choices were not particularly good either - we gave it a miss one night as there was nothing worth ordering. Sail Aways - chaos and queues with food/drinks and NO MUSIC - Gelato sail away in the Seaview Pool area had queues across the deck Mediterranean BBQ at main pool - where all the sunbeds were removed in the morning, putting it out of use all day (with no explanation to passengers), to allow the setup of numerous points for the food. The BBQ itself was awful, too many food stations, poor lighting (you could not see the food at all), BBQ smoke filling the area (roof was fully open), queues everywhere, passengers constantly banging into others/food stands. Hot plates for cold desserts. Nowhere to sit, and, to top it all off, the main Lido self service restaurant was closed due to the BBQ, so if you sat in there, nobody offered drinks etc. We did not try any "pay for restaurants", I could have been tempted by the Italian, but, it was located in a corner of the open self service area, so held no appeal whatsoever, as you would b in the heart of the noise and disruption - I would have preferred to see that locate in an area of it's own. Entertainment, Information, etc: Everything onboard seemed to be based on encouraging the purchase of wine and drinks packages, there was little to to entertainment wise in general, but, especially on port days, where everything seemed to close down until sail away (apart from eateries and bars). Tour info etc was only available at certain times of the day, when the staff member responsible for it was present - again not very passenger friendly.... local maps of rome, train timetables etc would have been better. The daily activity programme was vague and did not even give enough info about shows, activities, etc - a title does not say it all, and "Recital" does not really tell anyone anything. There seemed to be daily activities for single/solo travellers and LGBT, but not a lot for anyone else. Shows: We went to a few shows, they were not good, the only one worth seeing was the pianist. Due to tiredness took over after a long day in Rome, we missed the Indonesian crew's show. Going Ashore.... Unless going on an organised excursion, passengers had to be bused to the end of the Port area/walk on shorter length ports. Civitavecchia was not well organised. all aboard was 8.30 pm. sailing at 9pm. Apparently they had not anticipated a larger number of passengers leaving the ship (other than on the HAL paid excursions), and had only organised the coach to the end of the port for the regular number of people leaving the ship.... this resulted in long queues on the dockside to get transported th 3km into Civitavecchia. On arriving in the town, we found a local bus taking you to the train station, at a cost or 2 Euros each way (wish they sold return tickets). We then travelled by train into Rome for roughly 17 Euros each for the return journey, this allowed travel on local bus and the metro in Rome. On returning to Civitavecchia and the local bus, I found I could not buy tickets aboard and had to rush back to the station to get them. We were just on time to board the bus, but other elderly passengers were left within the station buying tickets to get to the port. At the port, we discovered we were only just in time for the final bus shuttle to the ship, yup at only 7pm (90 minute pre the all aboard time) ....... at no time had HAL informed passengers of the time of this final bus, meaning anyone else would have to walk/taxi to the ship. At Livorno you have to pay 5 euros for the return journey to get from the ship to the port terminal, no option. Appearance: The decor on the ship is brown and very drab. They have even taken to securing the cushions to the chairs in the bars, to prevent passengers moving them. Likewise the cabin was lacking appeal, with it's decor, faux leather backed couch (which had a strong smell of plastic). You also could not access your account on the TV screen in the room, you needed a smart phone/device/laptop or, to get a print out at guest services. Having cruised with several other other cruise lines, HAL fell far blow my expectations, and, it's safe to say I shall not be sailing with them again. Ports: Barcelona day at sea Cagliari Palermo Civitavecchia Livorno Monte Carlo Barcelona Read Less
Sail Date April 2016

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