733 Barcelona Senior Cruise Reviews

We took this cruise because the Canary Islands are an interesting itinerary that we haven’t done before. At the pier we learned there had been a Noro outbreak on the previous cruise. It made for an ‘interesting’ cruise. I felt ... Read More
We took this cruise because the Canary Islands are an interesting itinerary that we haven’t done before. At the pier we learned there had been a Noro outbreak on the previous cruise. It made for an ‘interesting’ cruise. I felt sorry for first time cruisers because the whole experience was different than normal. The crew worked 13-hour days and all shore time was cancelled. I don’t know how they continued to smile. At first, service in the main dining rooms was very slow. I believe it was because extra crew had to be reassigned to the buffet restaurant where people were not allowed to serve themselves. It took several days to get things back to normal. Kudos to the staff for all their hard work. I have never been on such a germ free sailing! This was my 7th NCL cruise and have sailed most of the other mainstream cruise lines. This ship isn’t as fancy as others but it sure was fun! It was small enough that many staff got to know us and greet us by name. Everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves after the first shock of all the extra health precautions. There were some things I didn’t like but I won’t nitpick as overall, we had such a good experience that I will only remember how much we enjoyed ourselves. The evening entertainment was so good that it was difficult to decide between going to the Theatre or up to the Galaxy lounge to listen to the very talented band called Sonata. It was also nice to sit at Champagne Charlies and enjoy the music there too. The meals in the main dining rooms were good (some chewy meat but I find that on all cruise lines now). We dined twice in Cagney’s and loved it and the servers. The meal in Teppanyaki was very good and entertaining. We also had a nice meal in La Bistro. My husband enjoyed the Italian restaurant while I thought it was ok. We seldom do the ships tours but because of a $50 off promo for shore excursions, we did 3 with NCL. Surprisingly, they were nicer than private tours we arranged for other ports. My husband is tall and we find a lot of the small private tours lack leg room. There are drawbacks going on big bus tours but there are benefits too. I would sail on the Spirit again for the right itinerary. One thing about NCL, it is good value for what you pay. If you are picky, there are a lot of more expensive cruises to choose from. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
As a seasoned cruiser on many different lines and ships i have just returned from a ten day cruise on NCL SPIRIT. I last used this ship about six years ago on the same tour. At which time we thought it to be an excellent cruise with all ... Read More
As a seasoned cruiser on many different lines and ships i have just returned from a ten day cruise on NCL SPIRIT. I last used this ship about six years ago on the same tour. At which time we thought it to be an excellent cruise with all conditions and services meeting high standards. Alas what a letdown, the food appeared to be mainly for Asians several types of rice and pasta with meats mainly having the Asian twist. For instant there were a dearth of potatoes, you had chips every meal, baked potatoes once and some “black” potatoes (natural). Cheese was another rare item it appeared lunch time with salads (cut small) but none was available at dinnertime for desert. The majority of the food was tepid so by the time you ate it was cold. Breakfast time there were at least three egg stations catering for all tastes – until you wanted ‘Poached’ eggs when you had to go to a special one, heaven forbid you asked for eggs Benedict this you were charged for and on the last day they did do any –when a chef was asked why he replied it was company policy. A good point was the presence of a coffee machine (good for making tea) in the cabin. A big downside was room service which is normally free (at least to midnight) is charged for at over $7 per request. Our balcony cabin was good although we had a single fold –up fouton which was excellent as a mini settee but it did take up a lot of room. The toilet, washroom and shower were separate the toilet and shower each having a solid door. Opposite was a large wardrobe with plenty of hangers and a couple of dressing gowns also a stack of shelve tucked away at the side. There was a mini bar which had a lock on it I can only assume being a non-drinker, the room maid had the key. The TV was awkward to operate and had the usual channels plus lots of foreign stations leaving us with mainly the news and one film channel. On our first day at sea ‘NORO VRUS’ myself and my wife succumbed and spent the next five days in quarantine. We soon got over the sickness and diarrhoea but were only allowed to eat plain boiled rice and grilled chicken accompanied with beef broth, dry toast and jelly which was cold and had to twiddle our thumbs or sleep. Apparently we were informed some people got fed up and went to the buffet which resulted in the spread being up graded to a serious outbreak.. When we were released on day six we found more ‘agro’ the passengers weren’t allowed to touch anything not handed to them. All cruet sets were removed you had to queue up at a drinks terminal and receive small packets; sauces were doled out in little pots. Queuing for drinks took forever, not because the boys were slow it was a continuous queue whether you wanted a bag of sugar or salt, or 6 glasses of water and four glasses of orange juice. Even here so many people started reaching for things under the barrier that they moved the barrier so far from the food that people were moving around the food in single file. One respite was the dining rooms but even here you had to ask for bread to go with the meal and of course the condiments came in little sachets. And all the time in the buffet and dining rooms when a passenger finished his table was striped and ‘Sanitized’. The excursions seem to go alright, the ship sent out cleaners to sanitize the buses even the ‘hop-on, hop-off bus’ was done. The sanitization of the ship seemed continuous with all rails, door knobs in fact anything which could be touched continually coated with cleaning foam. At every entrance and exit was a waiter with a squirt bottle using the phrase ‘washy washy’ and giving you a dose of anti-bacterial spray. Forgive my rants, please check your travel insurance make sure you’ve got ‘Cruise extra’ otherwise you’ll not be able to claim for incarceration. Finally I think it unlikely for me to use Norwegian Cruise Lines again Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
This was a chance to break up a Scottish winter, which it did. The weather was great the destinations were superb. The ship was a complete let down . The embarkation some 10hrs late due to problems with the ship. A promised free meal ... Read More
This was a chance to break up a Scottish winter, which it did. The weather was great the destinations were superb. The ship was a complete let down . The embarkation some 10hrs late due to problems with the ship. A promised free meal consisted of I roll and 1 hot drink. We had to spend the next day in port while the ship was fixed causing us to miss one destination. The cabin was clean and comfortable. Dining was a nightmare people scrambling for a table and food that at best was ok. The entertainment patchy and the activities were ok if all you wanted to do was learn the samba. Service was surly or unhelpful most of the time , the exception being the cabin staff. In the main service is poor and I would inform reception that you do not want to be charged a daily service charge . The drinks come with a 15% service charge anyway . The ship offers a shuttle bus at most ports however these are expensive and they will not tell you about any allternatves The port of disembarkation had a taxi and partial bus strike which had been on the news for 3 days MSC said they were unaware of it and basically it wasn't there problem .This resulted in elderly and infirm people being dumped at the port with their baggage in the rain and expected to get on with it. If you think MSC might be for you please THINK AGAIN . Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
The ship, the Viking Star, along with the cabins and on board entertainment was exceptional. The cabin housekeeping crew responsible the our room, 5054, provided outstanding service. The dining was superb in all the restaurants, especially ... Read More
The ship, the Viking Star, along with the cabins and on board entertainment was exceptional. The cabin housekeeping crew responsible the our room, 5054, provided outstanding service. The dining was superb in all the restaurants, especially Manfredi's Italian restaurant. The service in the restaurants was excellent. A special thanks to Mr Halil Kayhan and his staff, especially Ravi. Leo and Adrian provide excellent service in the Torshavan. Speedy and Christina made the nights in the Torshaven a memorable experience. Alexandria's piano concerts we're excellent. Our goals for the trip were met thanks to the shore excursion staff. Judi and Dora did an outstanding job to ensure we saw the Alhambra and the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. The last shore excursion to Portsmouth was disappointing because Portsmouth is famous for three ships, The Mary Rose, The HMS Nelson, and the Ironclad. Unfortunately, only the Ironclad was seen from a distance. We recommend a separate shore excursion be offered to downtown Portsmouth to include visit to these three ships. This was our third cruise with Viking and, once again, it was a wonderful experience and we look forward to more in the future. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
We chose this cruise because we wanted a holiday over the New Year period and so we stayed in Barcelona for 4 nights prior to joining the cruise. As we had previously cruised on a number of occasions with NCL we were directed to the NCL ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we wanted a holiday over the New Year period and so we stayed in Barcelona for 4 nights prior to joining the cruise. As we had previously cruised on a number of occasions with NCL we were directed to the NCL Previous Cruise Embarkation Line - unfortunately, as there were not many checkin desks available for this line people who were first time cruisers and were behind us in the queue joined the ship before we did. Our first impressions of the ship were that it was a little dated, but quite clean and that the staff appeared friendly although there was no name card for our cabin attendant which I always find quite helpful. ( One did appear on the day before we left the ship) The overall standard of the evening shows was quite good but I felt that the day time programmes could have been better and more varied. On one evening the Cruise Director was very critical of guests who left before the show had finished indicating that it was disrespectful to the entertainers and could be dangerous especially on the following evening when all of the gangways would be used. Unfortunately, when he made this statement many guests had already left. One thing that he failed to mention was that a number of guests put their glasses in the gangways and these were then broken by people leaving the theatre and not seeing them. The other aspect that I felt had not been fully assessed was the provision of a line of "disabled seating and tables" at the front of the fixed seating because these seats are higher than the fixed seating making viewing difficult in the first few rows of fixed seating, not fixed together or to the floor creating a hazard in the event of an emergency evacuation together with tables that were free standing and many with glasses. This together with the fact that some guests also had their mobility scooters with them and many with carers that were clearly not disabled. There are disabled bays available in parts of the theatre but these did not appear to be used. When the stage is fully extended for some shows there is a vast reduction in the width of the front escape route and together with the fact that putting the disabled between the stage where open flames and pyrotechnics are used and able bodied persons is in my view asking for trouble. Note. The location of the Stardust Theatre on this ship is different to many others in that it is located at the stern end of the ship rather than the bow and this means that the majority of guests enter at the front by the stage rather than the rear and it is well known fact that in an emergency people tend to leave the building by the way that they enter and obviously putting unsecured disabled seats and chairs in this position could cause a serious evacuation problem. We only tried the Windows and Garden Main Dining Rooms and did not find them to be very notable so tended to dine in Raffles Court where we could see the food before we ordered - some days it was quite good but other days the choice was quite poor. The selection of desserts tended to be be very poor and did not change much over the cruise. We thought that the shops and goods available were very poor and quite expensive even compared with prices in the UK. The selection of everyday items was also very limited. As we had previously been to most of the destinations we only went on one excursion and that was to Casablanca and again we were a little disappointed with this as for part of the tour we were taken to a local pharmacist who wanted to sell us pills, potions and remedies that we were not really interested in. We do like the Freestyle Dining offered by NCL but being so disappointed with this cruise will probably not cruise with them again. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
We chose this cruise because of the itinerary and the mild weather in the Canary Islands and Spain. Morocco was a determining factor which proved to be a bust! Very dangerous destination that should be eliminated from the cruise itinerary. ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of the itinerary and the mild weather in the Canary Islands and Spain. Morocco was a determining factor which proved to be a bust! Very dangerous destination that should be eliminated from the cruise itinerary. Would have preferred an additional cruise day instead. The majority of cruisers were senior citizens and the activities were geared more towards what they would be interested in doing. My husband and I are in our 50's and still enjoy having a fun time with numerous activities and dancing. There were some families with children and others in our age range but not many. Overall I found the cruise to be boring. The food was sub par, boring with tasteless boring menu selections and the specialty restaurants offered the same items as the complementary restaurants and wanted to charge a nominal price per item which was ridiculous! The breakfast was horrible with the same boring food selections and we found ourselves getting off the ship just to eat decent food. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
We chose this cruise to experience one of the new Viking ocean ships. We have taken four Viking river cruises. We are experienced cruisers and wanted to compare Viking with Regent, one of our favorite lines. We rate the two very close. We ... Read More
We chose this cruise to experience one of the new Viking ocean ships. We have taken four Viking river cruises. We are experienced cruisers and wanted to compare Viking with Regent, one of our favorite lines. We rate the two very close. We like the light woods and Nordic decor of the Viking Sky. The restaurants are better on the Regent Explorer as is the food quality. We also like the all inclusive Regent, which covers cocktails, tips, and business class air. The entertainment was good, but the big shows were repeated in the second week. We had not realized that this series of voyages were in 7 day segments, so many passengers left the ship in Rome, and new ones boarded for the continuation to Barcelona. Cruising in the winter always carries the risk of weather problems, and indeed we lost St. Tropez before sailing and Sicily during the cruise. The shore excursions were good with the exception of the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican. It was extremely crowded - an hour outside, then another hour in the museum before we were packed into the Chapel with hardly room to move- just shuffle along and try not to lose your balance or lose sight of your guide. Never mind trying to look up at the ceiling for more than a few seconds. I think Viking should work with someone to improve this tour. As is it is not worth the cost. Another small complaint with the dining room is it was difficult to get seated with other people. The lectures were mixed - the retired colonel lectures on the WW2 were very good, but the rest were unimpressive or of no interest. I might consider sailing with Viking Cruises again if the itinerary is good. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
We prefer Viking because it's a smaller ship with fewer people, thereby allowing us to become acquainted with staff and passengers. The price is all inclusive so we're not being nickel-dimed for every items. Viking emphasizes ... Read More
We prefer Viking because it's a smaller ship with fewer people, thereby allowing us to become acquainted with staff and passengers. The price is all inclusive so we're not being nickel-dimed for every items. Viking emphasizes service and customer relations, a winner for any business. Our cabin was meticulously cleaned daily. The menu choices were so varied that my wife and I each enjoyed our individual preferences. We even got to know the entertainers rather well and will root for them as they pursue their careers. The included shore excursions were always well-organized and, while the skills and knowledge of local guides predictably varied, many interesting sites were visited. Frankly, the cruise director generally makes the difference and we've had great ones on both cruises. There are always things to nitpick but the bigger picture is that Viking worked hard to ensure we again had a pleasant cruise - and we did! Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
Viking offered enough incentives and perks to make the cruise comparable in cost to most other cruise lines and with included services the total cost was even favorable. Embarkation and disembarkation was well planned and went smoothly. ... Read More
Viking offered enough incentives and perks to make the cruise comparable in cost to most other cruise lines and with included services the total cost was even favorable. Embarkation and disembarkation was well planned and went smoothly. Staff were abundant and helpful in all phases. The ship is beautiful and well designed. Our cabin was very nice and clean. Could have used a few more drawers, but steward provided more hangers. Included excursions were usually bus and/or walk tours. Good for first time visitors to those ports. Local guides were excellent but at times difficult to hear and sometimes difficult for me to understand their accent. Could use better mics. The cruise director informed me that Viking does not dock in any port where it has to tender. Good policy. Excursion desk staff was excellent and would cancel and reschedule excursions when they could. All meal venues were excellent. Several times during the cruise the staff set up additional food service at the pool that provided better options than the usual excellent food service. For example, one night at the pool there was unlimited lobster tail and on another there was king crab. Pool meals were so popular that people had to stand in line several minutes for popular fare. Could have used a few more tables. Some had to go in the cafe to find a seat. Manfredi's (sp?) specialty dining was excellent also. Best steak on any cruise line. One small complaint. The main restaurant food was excellent. However, the delay to order was at times longer than we thought was appropriate. Good people, just long wait at times. The wait staff was excellent. The excursion buses were always on time and the outside excursion staff was especially helpful. Judy, the outside manager was there even in the rain and cold offering a smile and help as needed. The nightly entertainment was not as big a stage productions as on some ships, but the performers were skilled and energetic. Did not miss any and all were enjoyable. My wife and I and only two other couples attended the meet and mingle. The ship sent the head chef, the food manager, the hotel manager, the head waiter, and several waiters with drinks and food. The ship staff was very disappointed in the attendance. I would encourage those who register to always attend. Viking would be cautious to provide another meet and mingle reception to that extent. Viking will continue to be a primary (but not exclusive) choice for our cruises. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
We always wanted to go to Europe, but didn't want to go alone since we don't speak any languages besides English. This was the perfect way to see so much, have wonderful experiences, and truly leave the worries at home. Viking ... Read More
We always wanted to go to Europe, but didn't want to go alone since we don't speak any languages besides English. This was the perfect way to see so much, have wonderful experiences, and truly leave the worries at home. Viking met us at the airport in Barcelona, managed our luggage, took us to the ship, and made it very relaxing. Once on board, the accommodations were exquisite, the food was marvelous, and the staff was very attentive to our needs. The included excursions were very well planned. The extra excursions offered were good values for what they included. We were definitely overwhelmed with the quality of the vacation. If we had to change one thing, we would have upgraded our airfare to first class so we would have been more well-rested after traveling all night. The coach flights on Delta were nice, but the seats were quite confining for two tall people. So we were worn out for our first night in Barcelona and spent it aboard ship. I would recommend getting the larger cabin that includes the silver beverage package. It is well worth the money if you enjoy fine wine. I can't wait to explore with Viking again. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
This was my second cruise, and the first Viking cruise for the family member with whom I was traveling. This was the happiest, most relaxed, most exciting time I could possibly have imagined! Our stewards were incredibly attentive to ... Read More
This was my second cruise, and the first Viking cruise for the family member with whom I was traveling. This was the happiest, most relaxed, most exciting time I could possibly have imagined! Our stewards were incredibly attentive to everything we wanted or needed; the staff throughout the ship were wonderful in helping us find what we needed or suggesting ideas that we would possibly be interested in. The tour guides were nothing short of amazing, each so bathed in knowledge for the areas they supported. And then, there was the food!! Oh . My . Goodness!! No matter which restaurant we chose to eat in on the ship, the food was skillfully prepared to satisfaction. We decided to stay over 2 nights in Rome at the end of the cruise, a wise decision. We had a guide pick us up at the ship and spent 4 hours touring Rome under a great deal of his suggestion and guidance. We toured the Vatican with a docent (DO this!!). All in all, I can't wait for another opportunity to sail with Viking ~~! Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
We want to a cruise before we did a river cruise hoping to see a White Christmas. We love this ship it is a small one. We had a cabin on Level 9 in the middle of the ship. Dining in Cagney's twice the food here is excellent and the ... Read More
We want to a cruise before we did a river cruise hoping to see a White Christmas. We love this ship it is a small one. We had a cabin on Level 9 in the middle of the ship. Dining in Cagney's twice the food here is excellent and the French one was okay too. The Buffet was excellent also. Entertainment was also good. Ports were good, did all Private tours which we arrange with others which we arrange on Ships roll call page which was a lot cheaper then the ship and all 3 tours we only had 6 and 1 tour we had 12. Staff on board were good. Had some washing on special day and that was also good. The ports that we called into were excellent. My husband did the private tour to Casablanca and said it was very good and only 15 on this tour. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
The ship is beautiful and the public area is plentiful and tastefully done. The spa area is excellent, I wish I have more time to explore the spa facility. The port Sete was not originally on the itinerary and it was not an interesting ... Read More
The ship is beautiful and the public area is plentiful and tastefully done. The spa area is excellent, I wish I have more time to explore the spa facility. The port Sete was not originally on the itinerary and it was not an interesting port for a stop. Shuttle service at Florence was not up to par. We were left at the bus stop for over an hour in the rain and we never received an apology for the mess up. The ride should have come every 30 minutes. On the positive note, the staff on board are excellent, not only did they carry out their duties perfectly, they are also very good in anticipating the guest's need and offer alternatives and help without being asked. The laundry facility is great, I just wish there's more of them, maybe one on each floor. We also had a mixed up in the reservation restaurant. We had to wait for a long time before we were taken care of. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
We choose this cruise because of the routing, and this time of year for the lighter crowds of the off season and cooler weather. We were pleased with both the weather and lack of crowds. Also everything was decorated for Christmas ... Read More
We choose this cruise because of the routing, and this time of year for the lighter crowds of the off season and cooler weather. We were pleased with both the weather and lack of crowds. Also everything was decorated for Christmas which made it even more beautiful. Over all both the tours provided and the extra excursions we purchased were excellant. However, on the Night of Flamenco in Barcelona, I felt the venue was a little too commercial. The dancing itself was excellant, but the tapas and sangria were mediocre at best. Except for the ham, cheese and olives, the rest of the tapas were not good, the sangria was not authentic and the creme brulee was burnt. Also, because we booked a morning tour for the Monseratt Abby, we could not also do the included tour of Barcelona, they overlapped by 15 minutes. It seems like they could have scheduled that better. Our pre and post extensions in Madrid and Rome were very nice. In Madrid there was an included 1/2 day tour of the city, excellent tour guide. In Rome however there was no included tour, I found this to be inconsistant. The food on the ship was excellent, fresh, delicious available. The Restaurant, their main dinning room, was order off the changing menu, and freshly prepared with service equal to any fine dining establishment. The World Cafe, the morning noon and night buffet was fresh, and delicious, with some prepared to order foods also. All of the other restaurants etc. were additionally as good, although, the lasagne in Manfredi's left something to be desired. Our Silver beverage package was worth every penny, (not expensive) it was basically an open bar the whole time on the ship. We are not heavy drinkers, but it was nice to have a cocktail or two before dinner or after an excursion. I loved that they charged us a flat fee daily, (15.00) for tips for everyone, without having to dig out cash everytime you turned around. The staff on the Ship were courteous, efficient, and friendly. The embarking and disembarking were efficient and easy. Never waiting, very organized. Over all a truly wonderful experience. Oh, and don't forget to try the Princess cake at Mumson's Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
We wanted to try Viking. Their food was very good. But we both agreed that Oceania's food is better. The cabin was comfortable. We had great cabin attendants. Always there to help. The mini bar was always stocked, extra towels ... Read More
We wanted to try Viking. Their food was very good. But we both agreed that Oceania's food is better. The cabin was comfortable. We had great cabin attendants. Always there to help. The mini bar was always stocked, extra towels if needed. The mustard drill was fast and very good. The ship was clean and the most comfortable ship that we have ever been on after more than twenty some cruises. Not crowded at all. There was always a comfortable place to sit and relax. Check in was fast and very easy. The staff was right there to help with any question. It felt like a very safe ship as well. The free excursions were nice. We had been to these places before, but not the very same locations. The ship is really the perfect size for us. Although, I have to admit that we like the small ships too. Like Sea Dream. I would definitely take another cruise on Viking. We haven't yet been on a River Cruise and would also like to try one of those soon. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
We wanted to see some of the Med coast and to visit Tuscany and were happy with prior Viking River cruises so we gave it a shot. Weather was cool but not really chilly and the seas were basically calm except for part of one evening. ... Read More
We wanted to see some of the Med coast and to visit Tuscany and were happy with prior Viking River cruises so we gave it a shot. Weather was cool but not really chilly and the seas were basically calm except for part of one evening. Very efficient meet up in Barcelona airport - certainly not a real busy place at about 8:00 am. Boarded the ship efficiently a little before the 11:00 am access to cabin on deck seven. Hung out in Mamsen's until cabin opened. Very relaxed and server was very pleasant. Cabin ready on time and was clean. Steward was very nice and showed us the features. He continued to be very helpful through out the voyage.. Liked the convenience of deck seven - very few cabins and virtually no traffic in the hallway. Very easy to get to World Cafe as well as to Explorer Lounge (there is a door from cabin hallway to the port side of the Explorers' Lounge. Liked the PV2 cabin - shower is very nice sized and twin sinks is nice. Having two TVs on ein bed area and one in sitting area, separated by very nice room divider curtain was very nice. Disembarking for excursions was handled very smoothly and without too much of a wait. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
Our traveling companions had taken river cruises before and recommended Viking to us. All arrangements with the agent were handled superbly and with great care to keep us informed. From the time were met in Barcelona until disembarking in ... Read More
Our traveling companions had taken river cruises before and recommended Viking to us. All arrangements with the agent were handled superbly and with great care to keep us informed. From the time were met in Barcelona until disembarking in Civitavecchia, Italy, we were treated with courtesy, respect and concern for our needs minor though they may have been. There were absolutely no difficulties the entire time. The crew was dressed immaculately at all times and smiled when encountering us. We acted accordingly. The food was outstanding and we tried items for the first time. We had two special occasions to celebrate and Viking was prepared for them. My wife's birthday was November 2 and were in Marseille, France. The reservation waitress had booked us a table in the Chef's Table dining room for that evening dinner. When we returned from our shore excursion, there was a bottle of champagne, two glass, a card and a cake from the staff. The next day we celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary which actually was three weeks before. Again we found the same items in our stateroom as the day before. Our cabin steward always addressed us by name and took great care in maintaining our room. The included shore excursions were wonderful and we walked more than we ever had before. Monaco was spectacular and I added 13, 724 steps to my StepTracker! The nightly shows was very entertaining and enjoyable. It was a pleasure to meet the four vocalists after their performances. Overall, the Viking Ocean cruise was a once in a lifetime adventure. We do look forward to sailing with Viking again in the future but cannot commit to a specific cruise at this time. Well done to all! Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
This was our first cruise to South America. Crossing the Equator to the southern hemisphere is a unique experience. The 16 night itinerary from Barcelona to Buenos Aires included several ports of call we’ve never visited, and the cost ... Read More
This was our first cruise to South America. Crossing the Equator to the southern hemisphere is a unique experience. The 16 night itinerary from Barcelona to Buenos Aires included several ports of call we’ve never visited, and the cost was reasonable. We’ve sailed on the Eclipse several times, and were not concerned with getting bored on many days at sea. We arrived in Barcelona after a 2 night stay in Lisbon. We used the convenient Aerobus from the airport to Placa Catalunya and walked from there to Hotel Andante. We met cruisemates from the roll call for a pre-cruise dinner and afterwards still managed to squeeze a visit to the Picasso Museum on a free evening. Next morning we had a 10 minute walk to board the T3 Port Shuttle (€3 each) for the short ride to Terminal “C”. We arrived around noon, hoping to attend the Concierge lunch in the Dining room. However, the embarkation process was a total disaster with long lines and short on processing staff. The “priority line” for Concierge Class took us 2 hours, moving at a snails’ pace because it was merged with all the other passengers at the finish line. So we missed the Concierge lunch, and it’s the first time our luggage arrived at our cabin before us. Not a promising start, topped by an automated phone message in our cabin from the Concierge welcoming us aboard and trusting we experienced smooth embarkation. Since there were so many Spanish-speaking guests, all announcements were also made in Spanish and Portuguese. Our cruise director Alejandro from Argentina also repeated every phrase in Spanish, but he is such a fun guy that we didn’t mind at all. Most of the crew members were eager to please. Cabin: Our C2 Concierge balcony cabin #1062 was well insulated from noise in adjoining cabins. Bed by the bath, and no inside cabins across the corridor. Meals: We had pre-booked Select Dining at 6:45pm. Sometimes we would share a table and other times it was just us two. Our waiter Jorge and assistant Emilio did a flawless and well synchronized job. Since we are Elite members, we were able to enjoy our “happy hour” drinks in the main dining room before 7:00 pm along with our dinner. The Oceanview Café was offering good variety with daily international food themes, but they still have no onion rings and the tasty oatmeal cookies have been discontinued. We dined in Qzine Le Petit Chef for the first time, and were not impressed. We liked the old concept better. We asked twice about a “coffee card” at the Café Al Baccio on the first day and were told they were not being offered. We were told to buy the non-alcoholic beverage package. On the last day we met people who said they bought the coffee cards and enjoyed using them. Celebrity needs to ensure the staff is properly advised on these offers, and they should be better publicized. Entertainment and activities: There were a number of pretty decent headliner entertainers, but none stood out as exceptional. The production shows were also average, a repeat of our Eclipse cruise in the Baltic earlier this year. The aerialists performers and the Tango duo Victor and Denisa who presented tango and gaucho shows were both informative and entertaining. The speakers (Beyond The Podium) were excellent. MickeyLive’s talks about the ports and navigation, Ian Wright about the early years of British superstars and Beth, on the history of South American countries. Shopping was pretty lame, with a narrow range of products and overabundance of watches. Captain’s Club Elite benefits were nice and we enjoyed having two hostesses, Elizabeth and Melissa. Tuscan Grill breakfast was overcrowded so the overflow was directed to Qzine. But the one issue I have is the internet benefit. What ‘s the logic of getting the same number of internet minutes (90) whether you are on a 7 night or a 16 nights cruise? The dynamic Alejandro the Cruise Director kept things rolling along with his quirky snipes at the Argentine way of life, the best looking people and best soccer players. We reconnected with old friends, met new ones, and enjoyed our six nights post cruise in Buenos Aires. Disembarkation was well organized due to advance passport clearance by immigration authorities. Taxi rates outside the terminal are overpriced. We walked to the end of the line, ignoring the approaches of the drivers. Prices kept dropping from $20, $15 as we kept walking away, finally agreed on $10 to our hotel. In summary, this was a very enjoyable Transatlantic sailing with pleasant weather and calm seas. The ports were interesting and the service highly accommodating. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
We were traveling with friends and my friend found the cruise. We had traveled on Celebrity before so we decided to go. We were concerned about the number of sea days but that was never a problem. There was plenty to do onboard. The ... Read More
We were traveling with friends and my friend found the cruise. We had traveled on Celebrity before so we decided to go. We were concerned about the number of sea days but that was never a problem. There was plenty to do onboard. The staff was excellent from our room steward, Pablo, to the servers in the dining room and specialty restaurants. The entertainment was the best of any cruise we have taken. We love the live music and the shows. The ship’s public areas were spotless. The only problem we encountered was disembarking at ports. The wait was ridiculous with long lines waiting in hot corridors. There also was too little help for handicapped people getting on buses. Overall it was a great time. I would recommend it wholeheartedly. The food was very good especially in Murano’s specialty restaurant. Quisine was different and the food better than expected. It is more of a novelty restaurant. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
We were concerned about the likely service, food etc - having read many poor reviews and bad comments. But our experience was almost nothing but everything was fine. We were very content. The ship's customers were much more heavily ... Read More
We were concerned about the likely service, food etc - having read many poor reviews and bad comments. But our experience was almost nothing but everything was fine. We were very content. The ship's customers were much more heavily Asian and of course there were plenty of Italians. Their nature is not to 'stand back' and wait patiently in line, unlike the Brits or Americans they certainly don't say 'after you' - so that was noticeable. The ship was immaculate and is quite stunning, good lifts, restaurants, bars, our steak in 'Butcher's Cuts' was one of the best we have ever tasted! Restaurant food was good, not five or six star, but good. The Panorama restaurant was very smart and very good indeed (and spacious) the Marketplace Buffet could be crowded and rather noisy (but no worse than Celebrity, RCL or NCL) and we always found a table without difficulty. The evening entertainment was overall very good, the Cirque du Soleil very good. Lively and good fun. The ship went to Marseille, Genova, Palmermo (had to miss Malta because of a storm) but then Palma de Mallorca. Our only adverse comment is that there are no staff positioned so that all that enter a restaurant have to use anti-bacterial gel hand cleaner. There is therefore a risk, we suggest that needs to be changed. Finally, the big question: would we book with MSC again : Answer: Definitely. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
We chose this cruise because the time and cost was right for us and the ports visited appealed to us. The time spent in each port seemed reasonable also. We are American and we did know the experience would be different for us on an ... Read More
We chose this cruise because the time and cost was right for us and the ports visited appealed to us. The time spent in each port seemed reasonable also. We are American and we did know the experience would be different for us on an Italian ship...previously all our cruises have been on Carnival. (The first day as soon as we got on the ship and went to the buffet, a couple sat down next to us at the table, but as soon as we said "hello" they got up and moved...obviously they didn't want to sit next to Americans!) The employee, Michaela, who "took care" of the English-speakers was very nice and helpful, having a separate meeting with us and offering her help when we needed it. If you are English-speaking be aware that announcements will be made on Costa ships in various languages, taking up a lot of time. The cabin was comparable to Carnival cabins, as the designer of the Carnival and Costa ships is the same. However, our cabin was showing wear with the front of a drawer falling off among other things. The cabin steward was efficient and nice. One thing I found disappointing is that Costa assigns you a cabin, no choice of your own! On Carnival we always choose the cabin we want. We ended up with a cabin at the aft of the ship. It wasn't a bad location except in rough waters, which we had only once. Food in the dining room was beautifully presented but not always tasty. Main entrees sometimes seemed odd, even though I am a fairly adventurous eater. One of our waiters was really screwy, laughing at who knows what...our American table-mates and us? Food at the buffet was always the same and plentiful, tasty for the most part. Costa offers drink packages and it seemed to us beforehand on the website that in order to have water at meals you'd need to order a water package, and we ordered one for me. I wish we hadn't as I could have had natural water at meals anyway. The package stated that you'd have this water to carry with you, however, the water is in liter bottles that I did not want to carry with me, especially on excursions. Plus, the waiters NEVER understood that I was to get this water (my choice of sparkling or natural) during the whole cruise, even though it was printed on the back of my Costa card and even after several phone calls in which the customer service person said they would speak to the waiters about it! They admitted the employees needed more training! My husband had the beer package and had the same trouble. His Costa card too had "water" printed on the back of it so it was a reoccurring problem as well. Fact is, you could get wine or beer anywhere without a package and the cost seemed to be the same. I would not recommend purchasing drink packages. The worst part of the cruise was the trouble we had with excursions. The one I was looking forward to the most was cancelled. This was the "Gourmet" excursion with wine-tasting and truffles out of Savona, Italy. First they said it was cancelled due to not enough English-speakers signing up for it, but when I inquired about going on a non-English-speaking excursion to that location they said they were not going there at all! We substituted an excursion to Genoa. As it turned out, I had obviously eaten something in the dining room the night before we reached Savona that didn't agree with me and I just could not risk being away from a bathroom on a bus for an hour to go to Genoa the next morning. I took medicine on my own and knew I'd get over it in time and didn't need a doctor. When we called to cancel that excursion they said we could not cancel it unless I went to the doctor, for a fee of 50 euros, and got a note saying I was not well enough to go on the excursion. We said, soooo you can cancel an excursion on us but we cannot cancel one on you! Right? They said right! If I'd spent the money for the doctor and he said I was okay, which he likely would have done since I had no fever, we would have spent the extra 50 euros and still paid for the excursion. As it was, we paid for an excursion we didn't take. Then, after our excursion in Pisa my husband started having back and hip pain and knew he was not going to be able to walk for the 2.5 hours on the excursion we'd booked for Rome the next day. We decided we'd be better off doing the "Rome on our own" tour and tried to change it the night before Rome but the excursion office was closed. We called early the next morning and they said we could change the excursion at the departure point but still had to pay for the original one. So, we did that out of necessity. Rome turned out to be cold and rainy. That was not Costa's fault of course, but almost all the people on our bus returned to the point we were to meet the bus early because we were all miserable due to the weather, and the bus did not pull up until the exact minute we were to leave. It does seem like the bus could have gotten there a little ahead of time as there was space to park the bus and the weather was so awful! Most of the tour guides were okay. The one in Pisa was excellent! The one in Palma de Mallorca spoke so fast that we couldn't understand her even if it was in English! All in all, the Costa excursions were disappointing for us, although Pisa was excellent and we had a wonderful time on our own in Aix-en-Provence, which was an excursion out of Marseilles. This cruise had people embarking and disembarking at each port, which was also different. This meant that there was a safety session each day for those just getting on the ship, and that there were extra announcements and "noise" each day. We did not take an excursion in Barcelona as we got on and off there. We spent 4 extra days in Barcelona at the end of the cruise and that was a very pleasant part of our trip. Glad we did that. Barcelona is an interesting and very friendly city! Actually, the very best part of our cruise was time spent with the English-speaking couples we met. With so few of us we developed a sort of camaraderie among us and that was fun! Thank goodness for them as I must say that some of the other people on the cruise (not all by any means) were actually rude and pushy, not something we were used to on a cruise. In conclusion, we will not take a cruise on an Italian ship again, and don't recommend it for Americans. My total rating of 3 stars is generous. My husband would rate it a 2. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
We chose this cruise because we haven’t been to the Canary Is., and were looking forward to visiting. As explained earlier, we still haven’t visited them.. The Captain Did the right thing by avoiding the 70ft waves that hit Tenerife. ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we haven’t been to the Canary Is., and were looking forward to visiting. As explained earlier, we still haven’t visited them.. The Captain Did the right thing by avoiding the 70ft waves that hit Tenerife. The Company did the wrong thing by not crediting our accounts or offering some compensation for the missed ports and fuel savings. it was also wrong to not totally reimburse passengers for the price of booked tours. Embarkation and disembarkation were handled efficiently. We will not let Oceania book our airfare again. this was their second chance. this time we travelled for 21 hours joining the ship in Barcelona from Phoenix. we actually enjoyed the 8 sea days with no schedules to keep or ABC tours to take. did a bus tour on our own in Malaga, a very lovely town. entertainment on board was to our liking. Yes, the production company is young. But, unlike some, the singers can indeed dance, and the dancers also can sing. a few flat notes here and there. If you want Broadway caliber, those BIG ships or Broadway are the Place for you. all on board staff, except one front desk guy seems to be happy doing their jobs and were very kind. We did meet two women who enjoyed soaking In their tubs. Most of us wish the showers had taken the place of those tubs which just took up valuable space. How small? well, If you dropped your soap you had to open the door to be able to bend down and retrieve it. Hubby says this is the best food at sea, Regent is right there in the running too.we enjoyed all the specialty restaurants. Food at Jacques, as you may guess, is very rich. the main dining room offers a fine selection each meal as well as the waves grill and the big buffet. the special brunch buffet featured all the ice carvings and specialty desserts, and beautiful fruit and.vegie displays. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
We chose the cruise because it had a good itinerary. We weren’t disappointed. While there were occasional blips in the dining service the staff was very accommodating and working to do their best. We didn’t feel that the upselling ... Read More
We chose the cruise because it had a good itinerary. We weren’t disappointed. While there were occasional blips in the dining service the staff was very accommodating and working to do their best. We didn’t feel that the upselling of merchandise was too prevalent but there was a big push to get you to book the specialty restaurants. We enjoyed the ‘anytime dining’ because we were able to meet people from all over the world. We mainly did shore excursions that were not through Celebrity as the Celebrity groups were much too large.. It would be nice to have cheaper laundry or self serve laundry like on Royal Princess. The cost for laundry was incredibly high. Wifi is also a huge expense. It would be great to see cruise companies work on reducing this. We had a great time and have already booked another cruise on Celebrity in Southeast Asia. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
I had been diagnosed with terminal cancer and I wanted to utilise the time whilst I was fit. It covered the Aegian coast which we had talked about visitin several times, it was likely to be warmer than England and originally we hoped to ... Read More
I had been diagnosed with terminal cancer and I wanted to utilise the time whilst I was fit. It covered the Aegian coast which we had talked about visitin several times, it was likely to be warmer than England and originally we hoped to see Barcelona before embarking. As for the boat. I personally thought the ship was a little too large and space had been sacrificed to squeeze in more cabins. This meant that the majority of sitting space was in a corridor, or though the library was superb.The lifts were excellent, as was the food. We were on table 200 in the dining room and could not have had better service anywhere. On that point we thouhgt the entire staff always looked immaculate and were always friendy and helpful.. The entertaiment was patchy but on a long trip like this it would be difficult to win them all. On the whole it was a very high standard. The resident actors were extremely talented but their shows appeared to be a ' variation on a theme',exept the evening the did 'Songs from the Shows'. I was unable to go ashore very much but judging from the information given when booking there appeared to be a wide selection of options to suit all tastes. I was also very impressed how you pointed out any difficultiea that might be a problem to some people. All in all it was a very enjoyable trip with very little to grumble about. The whole thing went like clockwork. I will continue to be an advocate of cruises as the best value for money when it comes to holidaying. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
I chose this cruise for a couple of reasons had a chance to travel with family and the thought of going to Barcelona, Morocco, Canary Islands etc. was a gem in itself. I enjoyed the culture, history and architecture of each country. I took ... Read More
I chose this cruise for a couple of reasons had a chance to travel with family and the thought of going to Barcelona, Morocco, Canary Islands etc. was a gem in itself. I enjoyed the culture, history and architecture of each country. I took many interesting tours and found each day was more exciting than the first. I loved the idea of Specialty Dinners and dressing up in our wonderful attire. The months have passed now so it is hard to remember every aspect of the trip. I was impressed with Seabourn because of the amount of guests on the ship. It is important to me that the ship isn't overcrowded. My Room Stewardess was lovely and met my needs. I was respectful to her as she was to me and she respected my wishes when I had the privacy sign on. She was most considerate. I like that in a person that we both had mutual respect for each other. I stayed in 618 and the stateroom was very accommodating. The Lively Entertainment was awesome. I looked forward to that every evening. The staff in general worked very hard. I liked Aldo at the Sky Bar and he always knew my drink, he would say "Strawberry Daiquiri" Ms. and I would say thank you very much. I would sit up to the bar and sing along with Rose the lovely lady at the Piano. I loved the spa and staff were most pleasant. I also liked Jared gave me some good pointers about keeping in shape. I welcomed his advice. To sum it up the staff were excellent and Seabourn will never be forgotten. I do apologize in advance that some information now escapes me. One day I will sail her again. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018

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