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Western Med cruise, very impressed. Ship was magnificent. Clean, good staff, food very tasty and lots of options for eating. Facilities were excellent, lots of entertainment of high standard. CATS show was on -have to be honest, did not ... Read More
Western Med cruise, very impressed. Ship was magnificent. Clean, good staff, food very tasty and lots of options for eating. Facilities were excellent, lots of entertainment of high standard. CATS show was on -have to be honest, did not get what that was all about! Aqua show was fantastic! Best thing for me, waking up in a different port each day and going out to explore. Catch a city bus for quick overview of city you are in. Advise to Royal Caribbean, why the need for kids club? If people cannot look after their own children on a FAMILY HOLIDAY, do not have kids. So sad to see these little kids being 'shipped' off as parents too lazy or inadequate as parents. More FREESTYLE machines please. Only 6 on ship and often not working. Should make the ice cream parlour complimentary as well. Boardwalk and central park were fantastic areas to relax in. Thumbs up. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
The ship itself was beautiful, food and service was absolutely horrible from the Epic. There were so many administrative errors in terms of billing and credit card authorizations (including unauthorized charges to our rooms) that we had ... Read More
The ship itself was beautiful, food and service was absolutely horrible from the Epic. There were so many administrative errors in terms of billing and credit card authorizations (including unauthorized charges to our rooms) that we had 3 families (rooms) spending at least 12 to 16 hours over at guest services correcting these errors. They absolute worse was my cabin was flooded the whole week resulting in mould! I had to take prednisone during the trip because my lungs were in very bad shape as a result of the moisture and mould. My other sister had to take out a round of antibiotics as soon as we left the boat and landed on Barcelona.  I don’t think I can ever recommend Norwegian. Really disappointed that our families spent combined over 60K on this trip and we would have had a better experience on a 3 star cruise like carnival or a 5 star Mexican resort. Truly disappointed.  too much $$ spent on such a 1 Star travel experience.   I would like to file a formal complaint with Norwegian.   Thank you,  Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
I wanted to write this review as its scared me to death reading all the bad reviews about this boat before, but looking deeper i realised that most bad reviews are made from Americans, and probably an older cliental. We are an english ... Read More
I wanted to write this review as its scared me to death reading all the bad reviews about this boat before, but looking deeper i realised that most bad reviews are made from Americans, and probably an older cliental. We are an english family with kids of 6 and 15, we loved this ship, we didnt want the holiday to end, my kids had the holiday of a lifetime, which is the reason i wanted to go, mostly for them. Ok it can get a bit noisy around the pool, but this boat is geared up for families, the kids were entertained so much, and my and my wife found time to relax, food fantastic, everywhere, we never went to specialty restaurants, just couldnt see the point, Manhattan and taste were superb, rooms brilliant, i thought all the shows were good, little tip, don’t bother with the magic show, it was really bad. Gym, awesome, we did a lot of the classes too Staff, all really good I would say 40% of us were brits, 40% Americans and the rest a mix of Europe and middle east So for anyone thats been reading the bad reviews, relax, my 3rd cruise all with different ships and i felt this one was great, i would go back Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
Myself and my friend had a week stay in Salou then jumped on board the Epic at Barcelona for a week. My first thoughts on day one was of excitement and thought the ship looked amazing. I couldn’t wait to sample all the ship had to offer. ... Read More
Myself and my friend had a week stay in Salou then jumped on board the Epic at Barcelona for a week. My first thoughts on day one was of excitement and thought the ship looked amazing. I couldn’t wait to sample all the ship had to offer. So here the story begins. We had paid for all inclusive. Including tips and “ultimate food and beverages package inc coffee” - Epic’s wording. Well this didn’t include every brand of alcohol (not that I’m a huge drinker). It only included coffee from the machine at the snack bar (which one cup could have tarred the whole M25) If you wanted a cappuccino or latte etc you had to pay extra. Also not all the restaurants were included in this all inclusive package either. Quite a few you had to pay extra for and pay an extremely handsome price too! We were told it was our travel agent that should have told us that all inclusive wasn’t actually all inclusive. And our ultimate drinks package wasn’t actually very ultimate. As for the food on board, what we did have we couldn’t fault at all. Next complaint......TOO MANY PEOPLE ON BOARD. Now I know what a can of sardines feels like. It just had far too many people on it. This just made it all feel like a huge cattle market. People had no manners and just barged there way in to anything. I have never seen so many rude and ill mannered adults and children in one place. I don’t think they realised that there was enough food to go round everyone about 10 times over. Next complaint- I had items stolen from my cabin. Nothing if any great value, just small gifts I had bought for my son and some friends. Maybe 40 euros in total so not a financial loss. Never got to the bottom of it. And lastly, if you did have anything to sort out (or complain about), you were never alone......the queue at guest services was never quiet or short. I wonder why!! The great thing about the cruise was getting off the ship and seeing some beautiful places. So folks....word of warning....double check and triple check what you are actually getting in your package before you board. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
We're a family of 4 (kids 11/9) and we would not be regular cruisers, having previously only done a 3 day cruise out of Florida. Check-in was very speedy and efficient. We were on the ship within 20 minutes and our luggage arrived ... Read More
We're a family of 4 (kids 11/9) and we would not be regular cruisers, having previously only done a 3 day cruise out of Florida. Check-in was very speedy and efficient. We were on the ship within 20 minutes and our luggage arrived not too long after. General - everything generally spotless, seemed like there was a very high standard of hygiene everywhere. 'Washy Washy. Happy Happy' as they say. Main decks - the pools were pretty small and tended to get crowded - they were also very warm and not very refreshing. Even the showers on deck were very warm - they really should have a couple of colder showers. Staff - All polite to a fault. Don't know how they manage it TBH considering the stuff they must have to put up with. Food - Generally very good considering they're catering for 4,000. We got the specialty dining package so ate in 3 of the fancier restaurants - they were all very nice. Bars - we didn't have a drinks package so drinks were pretty expensive. We didn't tend to drink very much. They say you can't bring drink on with you but we did for most of the excursion days - they hardly check your bags at all getting back on. The Martini and Whiskey bars were very pleasant. One major annoyance was the ice bar - $25 to get in, even for kids, so $100 for the 4 of us!. No way was I paying that. There's an ice bar in Palma that was only €40 for the 4 of us and included a couple of drink as well. Much better value, shame on Norwegian for charging so much. Excursions - Didn't pay for any of the Ship excursions. It's perfectly possible, with a bit of forward planning, to arrange your own travel to all of the cities and pay a fraction of the price and get there quicker - for example, getting the train into Rome is much cheaper and faster than the cruise bus. Same goes for Pisa. Cannes you can just walk around yourself and a 10 minute walk will get you to the local bus station in Naples where you can get a bust to Pompeii. Do a bit of research and save a fortune. Entertainment - there was always something on. if you're bored on the ship, it's your fault. All in all we had a great time, got to see some amazing cities and really enjoyed our time on the ship, Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
This vacation was on my bucket list and been dreaming of taking a cruise, so 2 of my friends and I decided to go for it and we did. The food at every place we ate was amazing. Everyone on board and tour guides were wonderful. We ... Read More
This vacation was on my bucket list and been dreaming of taking a cruise, so 2 of my friends and I decided to go for it and we did. The food at every place we ate was amazing. Everyone on board and tour guides were wonderful. We attended night shows that were so enjoyable. Fellow passengers that we has the pleasure to meet were so friendly. Loved the art auction we attended (3 times) lol. Everyone went above and beyond to make the experience enjoyable. I do have to say that we did not get the storeroom we paid for and was not corrected in any form. They are very very small for 3 adults to live in for 7 days. I also would have liked to have a way to was clothes instead of 20.00 dollars for a small sack of dirty laundry and wait 3 days to get it back. But even with those negative impacts it was still an amazing experience. I would travel with Norwegian again. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
This itinerary through Italy, Spain, and Cannes was really appealing to us. Checked off a lot of boxes for us. Cruising allowed us to visit many sites (Pompeii, Vatican, Florence, and more) conveniently. I am a teacher and I have a ... Read More
This itinerary through Italy, Spain, and Cannes was really appealing to us. Checked off a lot of boxes for us. Cruising allowed us to visit many sites (Pompeii, Vatican, Florence, and more) conveniently. I am a teacher and I have a very defined time that I can travel each summer. This specific schedule fit our calendar perfectly. Our cabin was clean, the food was excellent, the ship set sail and docked efficiently and on time. The security of having record of us boarding and disembarking at each port gave us peace of mind. The cons for us was that the ship was crowded. And every time we had a question, no one could answer or resolve anything except going and standing in line at Guest Services. I must have done that once a day! They are most competent, but less than friendly. It was usually a demeaning experience! The other aspect of this trip that really got us started off in a less than relaxing manner was having us wait for nearly four hours on the ship, just milling around with our carry on luggage, without being able to go to our rooms. We were led to believe from all of the info sent to us that we would be separated from our luggage for a time period and to have things with us that we would need, but we were never alerted to the time lag for getting into our room and being able to chill a little. I'm sure there's some reason for it, but it was not a great start to our trip. We grew so weary of being nickel and dimed throughout the week. Internet should be included. $30/day for Internet access is ridiculous. So is the mini-bar charges for beer, wine, and other drinks that are available at no extra charge at the bar. There are so many ways you can streamline general operations to make things a little more convenient and relaxing for guests and still make your money. For the most part, I felt like cattle being herded around - on the boat, off the boat, into a bus, waiting for dinner (although I will say meals were handled quite efficiently and the dining staff really had wonderful, welcoming customer service skills!). I felt tolerated, not warmly welcomed. Others we spoke with along the way had the same general feeling. I can say that this cruise served its purpose for us. We might do another when we have some ground we want to cover. But the experience itself was not the quiet, relaxing vacation we anticipated. This was, by far, the most expensive vacation we have ever had and, frankly, expected a tad more welcoming and pampering, but really I was the most average overall experience we have had in our travels, except for the sites we got to see. Those we will remember! The staff works so very hard and I appreciate their effort so much. But one of the crew told me that they are signed on for one-year contracts and work with only two half-days off each week, for 10 months straight. I think they need some time off occasionally to recharge their batteries a little more for themselves and for the guests. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
This was our ninth cruise, third with NCL. I am rating it poor simply because of the issues with the cabin, described later. We chose this cruise because friends had already booked this sailing. This was our first cruise in The ... Read More
This was our ninth cruise, third with NCL. I am rating it poor simply because of the issues with the cabin, described later. We chose this cruise because friends had already booked this sailing. This was our first cruise in The Haven and we were hoping for every good thing we've heard about The Haven and we were not disappointed. The experience was awesome, from the minute we checked in until we disembarked we were treated like royalty. Our butler, Helbert, brought us a pitcher of ice water daily, made sure we had milk in the fridge for morning coffee. When we returned to our cabin after excursions, he had left a snack (fruit or sandwiches) along with some sweets for us. The concierge, Omar, lived up to his reputation. He is perfect in that position. We ate in The Haven restaurant for most meals and the food was fantastic, service was excellent. Sharmila and Remi were our favorites, but everyone was friendly and provided great service. While we spent most of our time in The Haven area, all of our dealings with any crew members were pleasant. The washy-washy ladies when entering the Cafe could bring a smile to anyone's face. Other than the specialty dining, we had every meal in The Haven. We chose Cagney's, La Cucina and Moderno for our specialty dining and the food was fantastic. Service in La Cucina was a little slow, but the food made up for it. As for the entertainment, I walked out of Priscilla Queen of the Desert after about 20 minutes, as did many other people. My husband stayed hoping it would get better but it didn't. We had late reservations for Burn the Floor on the last night of the cruise, but had to skip it because of an 0615 disembarkation to catch our flight. We didn't participate in many activities around the ship because we preferred the solitude of The Haven and our cabin. There were a lot of children on this cruise and many of them were running around unsupervised and/or undisciplined. Since we had booked a Spa Suite, we also had access to the Thermal Spa. There wasn't much time to enjoy the spa on this cruise, but we did manage to get there twice and found it very relaxing and peaceful. The entire area was clean and well maintained. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
We choose this sailing because we were going with friends who seem to like NCL. This is my 3rd sailing with NCL and I’m still not impressed. Their itineraries and excursions are great, but their ships and customer service leave me ... Read More
We choose this sailing because we were going with friends who seem to like NCL. This is my 3rd sailing with NCL and I’m still not impressed. Their itineraries and excursions are great, but their ships and customer service leave me wondering if I’ll give them a 4th chance. I had hopes that this ship would be better since it is larger than the first two cruise ships I’ve been on. I was excited to see an adults only section right up until I saw kids in the area and no one telling them to leave. The rooms were set up horribly. The shower on one side, the toilet on the other, and then the tiny sink in the room. As if this wasn’t bad enough, the lighting was atrocious!! Don’t try to wear make up, brush your teeth, or remove your contacts. The room steward was terrible. It’s the first time I have EVER left a cruise without tipping my room steward an additional tip. Usually, the room steward, dining staff, and your bartender should always get an additional tip. The food leaves room for improvement. The Taste dining room was much better than the buffet options. I do like the freestyle dining to be able to go eat when we wanted versus having a set time. We did not see any of the Cirque shows, but others that I know did and really enjoyed. I met a couple who did the Cirque and dinner show. They said it was great, but I’m surprised there was an extra charge for this. Loved all of the ports of call. However, by the time we got to Palma we were all exhausted. Wish we an extra rest day at sea in the itinerary. Overall, I enjoyed my trip with my friends. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
We wanted to visit Spain, France and Italy. We have two older children who had never been to Europe. One had studied Italian and the other French. We picked an excursion each day that would be active and fun. We climbed up the volcano ... Read More
We wanted to visit Spain, France and Italy. We have two older children who had never been to Europe. One had studied Italian and the other French. We picked an excursion each day that would be active and fun. We climbed up the volcano over Pompei, then visited the ruins of Pompei. We climbed up to the top of the leaning tower of Pisa. We chose to spend the extra money to stay in the Haven on the cruise/ it was spectacular. The service was top notch. We were pampered and had a restaurant, bar, pool and sun deck all in our area. It was quiet and very upscale. The staff learned our names and favorite food/drinks right away. It was a fantastic experience! We were able to all stay in one cabin with enough beds for everyone- 3 adult children with us. The cabin was spacious with two separate bedrooms and two full bathrooms. I will always choose the Haven when it is an option. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
Overview- We chose this cruise based solely on the itinerary, which was excellent! The cruise was good, but the itinerary was great. This is a great way to explore the Mediterranean. Dining- The buffet (Garden Cafe) was average. ... Read More
Overview- We chose this cruise based solely on the itinerary, which was excellent! The cruise was good, but the itinerary was great. This is a great way to explore the Mediterranean. Dining- The buffet (Garden Cafe) was average. Breakfast had a wide variety of options, but was not the tastiest. If you have time, I suggest eating breakfast in the Taste dining room. Lunch was better tasting and offered pizza, burgers, hotdogs, pasta, salad, a deli, Indian food, Asian food, and ice cream, plus specialties and dessert that rotated daily. We chose not to eat in any of the specialty dining restaurants so each night we ate in either Taste or The Manhattan (the two main dining rooms on board). The Manhattan is supposed to be dressier than Taste, however we saw people wearing a range of athletic clothes to cocktail dresses in both. The food was very good, above average compared to other cruises I have been on. The selection was very wide and everything I had was tasty. Embarkation/Debarkation- very smooth proccess. We were on this ship in 10-15 minutes and off the ship in even less. We booked a Norwegian transfer to the airport so we were able to debark at 6:15 am and arrived at the airport by about 6:40 am. Entertainment- Burn the Floor an Priscilla Queen of the Desert were both very high quality shows. They were entertaining and fun to watch, but were odd choices for cruise ship entertainment. Aside from these shows, I felt like entertainment was lacking. There were a few other gameshows and magic shows to watch/participate in, but nothing too exciting. I felt myself getting bored at night. However, this itinerary is so packed that onboard entertainment was not all that important. Most of our time was spent in port so when we were on the ship we were fairly tired. Onboard experience- The ship did not feel overwhelmingly large. It was very easy to navigate. Once meeting people, it was very likely to run into them again, despite the 4000+ guests onboard. My only complaint is that there were not a lot of public places to sit and look out. Service- service was very good. One of my favorite parts about cruising is meeting the staff and getting to know them throughout the cruise. I was concerned going into this cruise that I would not be able to do that considering the size of the boat and the "Freestyle" setup. However, we met multiple staff who remembered us throughout the cruise, which was very nice. Most workers went out of their way to make us feel special. Barcelona- We flew into Barcelona a day early and did a free tour of the gothic city. It was very good. Nice introduction to Barcelona. We had dinner and stayed at SERHS del Port Hotel, which was very close to La Ramblas as well as the cruise port and well priced. They allowed us to check in early, spoke English well, and were very helpful. Breakfast is complimentary if you book through their website. Overall, Barcelona was our least favorite city on the trip. Naples- Here we used italytours.eu and did a tour of Pompeii, Sorrento, and The Amalfi Coast. First, we went to Pompeii, which is a MUST see. It was hands down one of the highlights of the trip. The tour was great and very educational. Then we had free time to eat lunch and wander in Sorrento. After this, we drove along the Amalfi Coast taking a few photo stops. Very beautiful. Rome- We used italytours.eu again and did the Best of Rome tour. It took us to The Colosseum(we purchased tickets ahead of time to go inside), The Pantheon, The Trevi Fountain, where we had free time for lunch, and then to The Vatican where we had a guided tour. This tour was amazing! Great way to see Rome in one day. Livorno- We used italytours.eu again to visit Pisa & Florence. We had a driver who dropped us off in each of these locations, and in Florence, we had a guide who met us for a tour then gave us free time for lunch. ***We loved italytours and would recommend looking into them if you are planning on cruising in Italy. Great, and much cheaper than going through the cruise line.*** Cannes- We took an NCL excursion here because it is a tender port. They take care of your tender for you. We did the Nice and Monaco tour, which gave us free time in both places. Nice was wonderful. It is along the coast and has a large market and several shops and restaurants. Monaco was pretty, but I would not consider it a must-see. Palma de Mallorca- In Palma we took the public bus to the city center. NCL offers the same exact transportation for 5x more. If you walk off the ship and down through the cruise terminal, here are signs pointing you to this bus. You can take line 1 to Place d'Espanya. Here we walked around and shopped and went to a café. Again, it was pretty, but I would not consider it a must-see. However, for 3 euros a piece round-trip, why not? Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
The Celebrity Edge is a new ship, other than that nothing special. Kind of disappointing when you book the AquaClass so you can have unlimited use of the spa and all you get is 2 steam rooms, one "salt room" which is not to par ... Read More
The Celebrity Edge is a new ship, other than that nothing special. Kind of disappointing when you book the AquaClass so you can have unlimited use of the spa and all you get is 2 steam rooms, one "salt room" which is not to par with today's "salt rooms", no cold showers or rinse for after the steam room, only hot showers, and a sauna that doesn't get hot. We cruised on August 3rd on a 7 day to Europe. Golden statutes by the spa's balcony were still been installed and some still sitting on wooden crates.The staff reprimanded guests for speaking loudly at the spa however they made no apologies for the drilling outside and the installation of the statues. The buffet would close at the most inconvenient times...like at the end of the day when you just got back from the port hungry and thirsty and not ready to go up to dinner. The entertainment was horrible! For the exception of Ms Amber Lynn Hines with her tribute to Whitney Houston. Wait staff was a hit and miss...some very nice and some scolding my husband for drinking too much water from his water package. We will not be booking our next European cruise with Celebrity. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
Chosen to experience the new concept of design, dates and ports also met our requirements. Overall we loved the ship, the cabin felt spacious, well designed bathroom with plenty of storage but a mouldy smell in shower a little strange. ... Read More
Chosen to experience the new concept of design, dates and ports also met our requirements. Overall we loved the ship, the cabin felt spacious, well designed bathroom with plenty of storage but a mouldy smell in shower a little strange. Cabin itself again well designed had a gripe with the location of the wardrobe as so close to the side of bed made access a little tight. The infinity balcony, gave us more space, however to us felt like an open window rather than a balcony and was quite a slow process to open blind and window. Also blind has to be fully open to open balcony. The location of 7295 I would not recommend, when the balcony was open we could smell cigarettes wafting up from the smoking area outside Eden, also become a gathering area for smokers with load voices late into the night. We had to pass 27 cabins to reach lift/stairs - no good if an item was forgotten great for getting 10000 steps in each day! Enjoyed all meals ate in all four main restaurants plus buffet. Service good in main restaurants but hit or miss when sitting outside of the buffet. Enjoyed some entertainment the guitarist was great, the theatre productions, not as good as seen on other ships. Ports because of size of ship tended to be commercial so a view of containers most mornings something we will certainly take into account when deciding on future cruises. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
This was our first time cruising, it was a gift for my 50th BD. Our family of four did 7 days from Barcelona to Rome. We chose Celebrity Edge because we liked the itinerary and found a really good deal with Costco.ca where our 12 and ... Read More
This was our first time cruising, it was a gift for my 50th BD. Our family of four did 7 days from Barcelona to Rome. We chose Celebrity Edge because we liked the itinerary and found a really good deal with Costco.ca where our 12 and 16year old cruised for free. Wow, we had such an amazing experience where do I even begin. First, me and my husband are both worried about sea sickness, we had everything on hand just in case but at the end we didn't need any of the meds, patches and wrisrbands, the ship was so smooth we didn't felt any of it. embarkation was smooth, same as disembarkation. Ship- like I said we had nothing to compare as this was our first experience. We like what we saw, everything new and clean. Cabin- when we did our booking, we went with Guarantee Concierge Class, we ended up with a beautiful room on deck 12. our room was roomy, with a king size bed and a pulled out trundle, more than enough room for our tall 16yrs old and 12 year. We love the Infinite veranda for extra room, we kept the windows closed for AC. used the chairs to hang cloths to dry when I hand washed them(they charge $3 to wash a sock). Celebrity knows how to design the space, they literally have every inch in mind. We especially like the charge station. Dining- Food was amazing!! Our designated restaurant was Cosmopolitan. They kept some items same but menu does change every night. Food was so good that we didn't feel the need to spend $55+/person on specialty restaurants. We tried Normandy one night, food was great, but had to wait a long time to get our meal. When we mentioned this to our waiter Johnathan at Cosmo the next night, he said we shouldn't have to wait and provided us with menus from Tuscan, Cyprus and Normandy, ordered what we wanted from other restaurants and he brings the food to us. Talk about service! After that, we dined at Cosmo every night. Oceanview cafe is also excellent! not your normal all you can eat buffets. They have everything, you name it. We didn't purchase any drink packages, we just traveled with our reusable stainless steel bottle and filled up with ice water for our excursions, handy in +30C temp. We would never get our moneys worth with any package. Entertainment and activities- Shows are excellent! Our 16yrs old liked the teen club. We went to silent disco, Acrobatic show, Beatles, Makcus Terall was really good. Service- Our cabin attendant Teodora was excellent, she is like a ninja, knows exactly when to come and leave. she kept our cabin spotless, always friendly and asked about your day. Our Waiter Johnathan goes above and beyond. We had a wonderful experience and would love to do it again. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
We just returned form a Med cruise on the Celebrity Edge. It was absolutely wonderful. The ship is brand new, clean, beautiful. Everything went smoothly from embarkation to disembarking. Our cabin was the Celebrity Suite. We had Rhona our ... Read More
We just returned form a Med cruise on the Celebrity Edge. It was absolutely wonderful. The ship is brand new, clean, beautiful. Everything went smoothly from embarkation to disembarking. Our cabin was the Celebrity Suite. We had Rhona our wonderful butler. The space was perfect. The entire staff we had interaction with on a daily basis were friendly and helpful. Pricilla Schmitt who oversees the Retreat Lounge is exceptional. We loved all the ports with the exception of Ibiza. I am unsure why that stop is on the itinerary. I feel Majorca would have been better. We traveled with our 13 and 16 year olds. Along with friends they had a super time. That for the kids was key - to travel with a group. I am not sure the ship would have been enough for them without their buddies. The restaurants were fine. I would Say Luminae had the best food. Next time we won’t shop around the dining rooms and we will have our dinners at Luminae. Kumar, our waiter, made the dinners at Luminae very enjoyable. As well as the breakfast. In addition to dining, I would say skip Le Petit chef. Food was not great and the “show” was on par with a Disney experience. Overall I give the Celebrity Edge a 10! My only wish is that it was longer! Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
The Celebrity Edge is an outstanding ship. We loved the Celebrity Reflection but this was something different. Time and effort had been taken to create a different type of cruise ship, It was tasteful, slick and big enough to get round ... Read More
The Celebrity Edge is an outstanding ship. We loved the Celebrity Reflection but this was something different. Time and effort had been taken to create a different type of cruise ship, It was tasteful, slick and big enough to get round without being too big. We had a cabin with a sunset balcony and it did not disappoint, however we did discuss this and thought if we were looking to save money a lower cost cabin would have been fine as we did not spend much time in the room at all. Everything being new did add to the magic as you would expect. The ship was spotlessly clean. The staff helpful, friendly and polite. Interesting how the 2 main restaurants had been split into 4 with different themes. There was never a problem getting table. I liked the themed idea, however I am thinking is this a way to steer you into the speciality dining concept. The children's clubs had been banished to the basements floors 2/3 which I have never seen before. This is more suited to adults however children were on board and were no trouble at all. But if a child were to pick they would pick one of the all singing and dancing ships that are built with children in mind. The ship was built with relaxation in mind it was amazing. I love cruising and look forward to booking the next adventure. I loved the ship and woudl love to return Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
We’ve had great cruises on both the Norwegian Epic and Norwegian Jade in the past, mainly because we loved the quality and wide variety of theatre and game shows. Okay, so we had a bad experience on the Norwegian Bliss recently, mainly ... Read More
We’ve had great cruises on both the Norwegian Epic and Norwegian Jade in the past, mainly because we loved the quality and wide variety of theatre and game shows. Okay, so we had a bad experience on the Norwegian Bliss recently, mainly because the way that ship is laid out didn’t make for a good entertainment experience for us. But because we had been on the Epic before, we were confident that our sons and their families would enjoy a Mediterranean cruise with us. When they threw in a free drinks package for us all, we were even more confident. Wrong! What we hadn’t realised is that since we last cruised on the Epic, it has been redesigned so that in many areas of the ship it resembles the Norwegian Bliss, and in particular the bits which we hated. For example, to reach the Windjammer restaurant you need to go across the 6th floor. Half of the 6th is a smoky casino and the other half a very noisy but drab pub. Not ideal for small kids to pass through, but it was hard to avoid doing so. Then there’s the Atrium, which is now the location for all the game shows, quizzes, live bands, and cinema shows. It also doubles as Guest Services, Future Cruises, and Excursions, as well as being the main thoroughfare in the ship. All in all it’s absolute bedlam, you can’t hear the quiz questions, you can’t hear what the guest services staff say, and the constant movement of people makes it a totally inappropriate place for entertainment. Now don’t get me wrong, we did enjoy this cruise, but to a large extent it was despite the Epic rather than because of it. The food was good, though the service in the Windjammer was slow: one evening it took over two hours for our party of 10 to get our meal. Hint: use Taste, the service is much better in there and the staff friendlier. The Garden Café buffet was always busy, but we always found a table big enough for us all at the very front of the ship. I’m sorry, though, Norwegian, but the quality and variety of the entertainment on the Epic has gone downhill since the last time we came. Where were the magicians, the flamenco show, the trapeze artists, and the comedians of old? We missed the Burn the Floor dancing show because of the slow service in the Windjammer, and we couldn’t take the kids to see Priscilla and the Desert because it was not suitable for under 18s. What are you doing putting on a show like that when the ship is full of children (school holidays)?!! And as for putting “The Beatles” and the Motown singers on in the Epic theatre as two evening’s main entertainment when the same singers had been performing all week in other venues: well, we really felt short changed. Thank goodness NCL have persevered with the Duelling Pianos: they are the only touch of class in the current entertainment team. One thing that I need to mention about the staterooms is that they all have glass sided toilets and glass sided showers, with nowhere to dress or wash your hands other than inside the bedroom. I was pleased we hadn’t volunteered to have any of the grandkids share our room! Other niggles:- - It’s impossible to find a bar without music where you can have a quiet drink and a chat - The price to get into the circus for a meal and show is now 48 dollars pp including children. Sorry, but I think that’s extortion. - We were constantly being asked to buy raffle tickets. Hadn’t we paid enough? - No fountains or splash areas for older kids. - When the lift goes straight past your floor because one of the Haven cruisers has used their lift override card, it makes you feel very second class - We forked out a lot so that my grandson could acquire tickets on the arcade games, only to find at the end of the week that all his tickets “won” him two plastic rings. Here are my comments about the places we visited - Naples: we walked across the road from the port into the town, which is interesting. The grandkids enjoyed the funicular railway. One of my sons visited Pompei; he said it was still in need of renovation. - Civitavecchia: took the free shuttle bus into town and walked to a nice beach. The kids enjoyed it there. - Livorno: they wanted to charge us 15 Euros pp for a two mile coach trip to the railway station for trains to Pisa and Florence. We stopped onboard…… One of my sons went to Pisa; he said there was a leaning tower in need of renovation. - Cannes: the highlight of the cruise. Lovely town, good shops, good beaches close to where the (well organised) shuttle boats dropped us off. - Palma: they wanted us to pay 15 Euros pp for a one mile return bus trip into town. Instead we took a taxi (9 Euros for 4 people) to the resort of Cala Mayor, a short trip South. Great beach which the kids loved. One thought, though. Why did the boat dawdle all the way from Cannes so that we only got to Palma at 1pm, by which time it was red hot? Were NCL cutting their costs? Would we sail with NCL again? I’m not so sure now. We might go on one of the smaller ships, but the entertainment would have to be getting rave reviews before I booked. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
Okay, the good news: yes, it is a cruise. Yes, there is plenty of good food. Yes, the rooms are cool, dark, and comfortable. Yes, the port logistics are pretty solid. Also, the Coastal Kitchen still very much rocks. Now, the nit-picky ... Read More
Okay, the good news: yes, it is a cruise. Yes, there is plenty of good food. Yes, the rooms are cool, dark, and comfortable. Yes, the port logistics are pretty solid. Also, the Coastal Kitchen still very much rocks. Now, the nit-picky things: - The Oasis is really starting to show her age, as most of the surfaces in guest rooms are quite warn. - The 14 floor is LOUD. You hear chairs scraping throughout the night if there is wind. You hear herds of teanagers stomping back and forth. Sleep works if you are a pretty sound sleeper. - The fitness center constantly smelled of cigarette smoke, due to bad ventilation. And now, the ugly: - The staff was much more curt than I am used to. I'm not sure if it's a European thing or not, but there was a constant tone of disdain and annoyance from everyone except from housekeeping and the waitstaff. For example, the concierge was even testy with me. And as someone who went with 2 suites, I would have expected then to actually want my business a bit more. There is of course the endless nickel and dining. But that's now in the category of "to be expected". But then there is some really lame ones -- for example, the shuttle to town in Marseille was 10 Euros per person, with your other option of staying on the boat. The transfer to the airport is very overpriced. It's a bus, and it cost us 80 Euros for the transfer. I paid in advance, because I thought my luggage would magically get to the airport in our cab. But, I carried our luggage, and rode a bus. Total rip off, since there were Taxis galore. Overall, I may do a cruise again with RC, buy not anytime soon. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
This was our 5th cruise with Azamara and our first time on Pursuit since she was taken over by Azamara, we had sailed with her previously as P&O Adonia so it was interesting to see the refurbishment. Emarkation was not good; when we ... Read More
This was our 5th cruise with Azamara and our first time on Pursuit since she was taken over by Azamara, we had sailed with her previously as P&O Adonia so it was interesting to see the refurbishment. Emarkation was not good; when we arrived at the port at the Trade Centre in Barcelona we were told we could board immediately however it was clear when we had gone through security we were going to have a wait as we were given numbers and asked to take seat. There were no facilities in the area for tea/coffee etc., and no announcements or information from Azamara staff to let us know why we were delayed boarding so not a good start. After sitting for about an hour our number was called and we were taken to mini buses, it was fairly heavy rain and I think Azamara were waiting on the buses to come and transport us to the ship which was about 100 yards away, however we still weren't given a reason for the delay in boarding. Once onboard we were quickly checked in and our photo taken again, I had uploaded a photo online but this wasn't used, seems a waste of time doing it before hand so wouldn't do it again.There was a table for upgrading to the Ultimate Drinks Package and we had planned to do this anyway as it gave us more options, the selection of wines in the package were good and suited us. The Complimentary Drinks remain the same 2 whites, 2 reds which change daily, rose and a sparkling wine which are the same everyday. The ship has an identical layout to Journey and Quest with the exception of the Casino, which is now accommodating the Future Cruise Desk and The Den, it's actually a better use of the space. The ship was in good order and well looked after, staff were constantly cleaning which is understandable. Food in Discoveries Restaurant was a bit of a hit or miss, sometimes it was good other times bland, the service was also good in the restaurant but if you were on a large table there was a longer wait. The food in Aqualina and Prime C were excellent we had the 3 restaurant package and it was worth the additional payment, it was a nice atmosphere and a lot quieter. Service was also first class in these restaurants. Windows food was good but never stayed hot for very long, this was something I did raise at the time and it was acknowledged, but there was always a good selection. The Patio had a good choice of food, the baked potatoes and Chilli were excellent, again service from Vishal 1 and Vishal 2 was excellent, very attentive and helpful. Entertainment, Paul Martell an impressionist and Jane Scali singer were in the show lounge and were very good, Signature singers again in the show lounge were good. Vasi Katina a pianist who played in Den was good. White Sand Trio who played in The Living Room were not good, the young lady who was singing was good enough however there were 2 elderly gentlemen, 1 played drums and the other key boards and sang but they were not good, they didn't gel as a trio. We like The Living Room however we only went there once and never went back as this trio were on every night. The White Night was well attended and everyone enjoyed the Signature Singers and Tony Markey the cruise director singing. We didn't attend the Azamazing Evening which was advertised as an opera but I believe it was 3 Sopranos who sang a mixture of song types. We enjoyed pre-dinner drinks in the Prime C cocktail bar, Ruby was in charge and she was very efficient and knowledgeable about the drinks and made a mean French Martini. The included drinks remain the same 2 whites, 2 reds which change daily, rose and a sparkling wine which stay the same. One of the reasons we enjoy Azamara is the smaller ships usually get the good berths which means being close to the town, also the early arrival and late or overnight stays. We enjoyed all the ports, Port Vendres was cancelled due to rough seas and this was substituted by a stop in Sete which was very nice, Marseilles, Monte Carlo and Livorno were the other ports. We didn't book any excursions. The Captain and crew were noticeable around the ship and all the staff we had dealings with were very helpful, friendly and efficient. Overall this was a very good cruise and we met some lovely people, the passengers were mainly from USA, Australia and Canada and some from GB. The reason for the 4 star review was due to poor embarkation and the entertainment, however this would not put us off booking again as we very much enjoyed our time onboard Pursuit. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
Several of the destinations were new to us and the overnight in Florence, Italy - we spent the night I the city due to the distance to the port - and ending up in Rome where we last had been in 1996. Weather caused us to miss two of the ... Read More
Several of the destinations were new to us and the overnight in Florence, Italy - we spent the night I the city due to the distance to the port - and ending up in Rome where we last had been in 1996. Weather caused us to miss two of the original ports but the extra day in Marseille was a bonus. We did not take any shore excursions offered by the ship since they were almost all early morning - not our thing. We did engage guides in two ports. Florence did not have a bus to the city which made it difficult to book our own tours - our normal preference. The Pursuit is a welcomed addition to Azamara even though the service had some minor hiccups due to the number of new employees. We were surprised to see the old dressing table in our cabin - would have thought it would have been replaced. The entertainment times and type were a disappointment - we normally take in several shows. The food and overall service was excellent. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
We are a family of 4 (kids are 7 and 12) and this is our 3rd cruise. The previous 2 were with Royal Caribbean, albeit on smaller ships (Vision and Rhapsody of the Seas), so this is our basis for comparison. Please read the all the ... Read More
We are a family of 4 (kids are 7 and 12) and this is our 3rd cruise. The previous 2 were with Royal Caribbean, albeit on smaller ships (Vision and Rhapsody of the Seas), so this is our basis for comparison. Please read the all the reviews with an open mind as most seem v critical. Everyone has a different perspective, with some things about the cruise better than others, but we found no one thing spoilt the overall experience. We picked the cruise for the ship, wanting to try a new and larger one. Not disappointed as it is stunning in most aspects. Amazing how quiet and smooth in all seas (at least from deck 10). We thought the buffets were good, better than previous RC ones. No buffets are ever a la carte standard, but good choice each night. Main dining room was poor - rushed, fairly cramped, similar standard to the buffet so we only did it once. Entertainment - shows were very professional, but are generally variations of the same act each night (heavy Greatest Showman influence). Kids clubs- not necessarily a criticism, but my 7 year old seemed less keen on msc than RC. The gps wristband was great for my 12 year old, gave her a lot of freedom and we always knew where she was. This was 15 euros for the week. Drinks - we ŵent for the premium package (one up from easy). About £120 extra for us all, roughly £700 in total -if u r doing a package it’s worth the upgrade as the difference in choice of drinks is huge. Very limited on the easy package. Plenty of drinks waiters around - miles quicker than trying to get served at the bar, which can be frustrating. Top bar overlooking the pool is a great spot for sailaways. Easy to get served and u have a great view of everything. We got off at each port but didn’t do any excursions as we have learnt from experience they are rarely value for money through the cruise operator. Most ports (other than Pisa/Florence and Rome) have shuttle buses or are easily walkable. Cannes is the nicest stop on this itinerary. Service charge/gratuities. Keep an eye on this to avoid double charging. The uk website says that they are already included in the cruise fare and mandatory, but ours were being added on on top of what we already paid. I queried this with customer services and quoted the website - they said this additional amount was not mandatory and could be removed. Overall we had a good experience with MSC. We concluded that Royal Caribbean scores better in most aspects, and if you aren't price-conscious go for that. However, when you look at the difference in price on similar itineraries, MSC arguably offers better value for money. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
This was our first Royal Caribbean cruise and we were attracted by both the opportunity to be on one of the largest ships at sea and by the . Before booking and then for almost every day before sailing we researched the ship, looked at ... Read More
This was our first Royal Caribbean cruise and we were attracted by both the opportunity to be on one of the largest ships at sea and by the . Before booking and then for almost every day before sailing we researched the ship, looked at other reviews and spoke with the travel agent about what to expect. We were concerned about a number of reviews that referenced a tired ship and about Royal Caribbean's reported practice of "nickel and diming" guests to extort as much additional money as possible. I absolutely have to address these issues because they are absolutely not our experience. The ship is overwhelmingly big but it is in beautiful order. Yes there is some upgrade necessary. If you are the type of guest who will obsess about handrails that have been bleached by the sun and are in need of sanding and re-varnishing then look elsewhere because your holiday may be ruined! Otherwise, have no fears - it's spotlessly clean, the staff are friendly and attentive and there is much to do. Not once were we approached about upgrades or trips, nor were we pushed for additional tipping or anything else. Embarkation is about a good as you will ever get - we were onboard enjoying our first drink within 15 minutes of reaching the ship and the staff were simply brilliant at their jobs. Reviews have also mentioned that Royal Caribbean have selected the itinerary for our cruise based on ability to make more money for transfers. We are talking about one of the largest ships at seas - it is naturally limited by the availability of ports to handle its size. We started at Barcelona, went to Palma, Marseilles, La Spezia, Civitavecchia and Naples. We paid for a bus transfer at Marseilles and at Palma and the charges were reasonable based on the journey and the fact that the service ran every 20-30 minutes throughout the entire day. No transfers are necessary at La Spezia (other than a short, free bus ride through the port) or Naples (the ship practically docks in the main street! Reviews we have seen have also criticised the Windjammer Restaurant (the main buffet restaurant) for quality of food and limited space. The quality and range of food in our experience was as good as that in the main dining room. We also, always, found somewhere to dine. Speaking with other guests it was clear they had similar thoughts and experiences. Perhaps the quality of the Windjammer explores its popularity? We thoroughly recommend that you try it - steaks, fish, seafood, curries, paella, cold cuts, carved meats, soup, burgers, fruit, stir fry, you name it, it is available and delicious. We tried to vary our venue for breakfast between Windjammer and the Solarium (deck 15) where exactly the same fare is available but with access restricted to over-18's. The Solarium is beautiful and often quiet so again no problems with the lengthy queues some reviewers have reported. Entertainment was great - we attended the Comedy show (an absolute must) and the diving show (very impressive). Less entertaining was the daily regime around the pool areas with a band playing a range (always the same) of reggae tunes. Tuneful this wasn't - the singers were woeful at the harmonies and the drummer was clearly building a shed. Contrast this with one day where we were treated to a genuine talent in the form of a violinist who was brilliant and who established an immediate rapport with the crowd, covering a range of tracks. She also played at night, sometimes solo and sometimes with a brilliant guitarist in Central Park - worth an hour of anyone's trip just to experience how good they both are. I have already mentioned the food - Windjammer excellent, main dining room equally so except for one occasion when my fish dish was clearly overcooked. We also dined in Sabor, one of the pay options - lovely food but enough to feed a small army! Sorrento's is excellent if you want a slice or two of pizza - it's on the Promenade deck (deck 5). Alcohol was a bit hit or miss - beers, wines, liqueurs and some cocktails were very good or excellent, but too many drinks were spoiled by excessive ice and flat mixers and Royal Caribbean really needs to step up to the mark on this - a glass full of ice and flat mixer spoils an otherwise excellent range of spirits. I appreciate that coffee can be a personal choice (and we are not into Starbucks at all), but this was disappointing. The cast majority of places simply offered coffee from a pot and it was dishwater. The exception was the Park Café on deck 5 - proper speciality coffee served with a range of sandwiches (try the turkey or the roast beef) and pastries - excellent. Again a few more places offering the same on a ship this size would be better. We did not take any of the Royal Caribbean excursions - we have previously visited Rome, Capri (Naples) and options for Palma and Marseilles are easily self-sourced. Marseilles is a must visit - the old port is spectacular. La Spezia was a real surprise - great shopping and dining and after a morning spent on these activities we took a private boat ride (23 Euro per person) to Portovenere followed by a boat ride of one hour around three neighbouring islands - fantastic and Portovenere has to be seen to be believed. Palma is excellent and we spent a great half-day wandering round the shops. We also took a hop on hop off bus ride round Naples - two routes for 23 Euro per person and lasting around 3 hours in total - a really great opportunity to see all of the city. Our cabin was an inside cabin on floor 9 - perfectly good, clean and bet and linen excellent. I enjoy running and can thoroughly recommend the Spa and Fitness area - I have seen reviews saying that it is disappointing that there are only portholes for viewing purposes - they are big portholes and if you want a view perhaps you are not putting enough effort into your exercise! All in all this was a fantastic holiday and we would go back tomorrow. We hope others have a similar experience, and if you are scheduled for a stay on this, in our experience you will enjoy every minute - do not believe everything you have read! Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
We chose the Epic for its itinerary, which worked out very well. The ports visited allowed us to get a great overview of Europe for our first time to the area. Waking up in a new destination each morning without having to pack and unpack ... Read More
We chose the Epic for its itinerary, which worked out very well. The ports visited allowed us to get a great overview of Europe for our first time to the area. Waking up in a new destination each morning without having to pack and unpack or the stress of organizing transportation between destinations was fantastic and our primary reason for taking this cruise. As a mobile hotel room the cruise worked well. The cruise itself had little else to offer. We have stayed at multiple all inclusive resorts in Mexico and the Caribbean and the Epic did not come close to the resort experiences we have at in those land based vacations (which admittedly may not be a fair comparison). The food on the Epic did not meet expectations. We ate at 3 specialty restaurants, both main dining rooms and the buffet. Cagney's and Le Bistro were better than the rest but far from excellent or memorable. If they were restaurants near my home I would not return after eating there the first time. Our meal at La Cocina was not good especially given the premium paid. The main dining rooms had uniformly poor service with staff that was a mix of inexperienced staff with poor training and seasoned staff with less than stellar skills or motivation. The food ranged from inedible to passable with not one appetizer or entree being a standout. Our family of four would generally have one of four appetizers and entrees being good, 2 OK, and one really bad at each meal. A buffet breakfast is usually a fantastic start to a vacation day and hard to mess up. There were some good items here, but my wife appropriately compared the quality to the free breakfast at a Holiday Inn. The entertainment options were generally poor. Our teenage kids often stated that they were bored after dinner. They would go off and wander on their own for an hour but invariably end up back at the room well before we expected them. The two shows offered in the theater were not to our taste. We did go to see Queen of the Desert but left after an hour, not because of the subject matter (which did send many guests headed to the exits early in the show) but because the show was long and not entertaining. The pools are incredibly tiny, warm, crowded and oddly cloudy. Our stateroom metal ceiling panels rattled so much that we had to wedge sneakers in to prevent being woken up at night. Our room only had hot water in the sink. The customer service desk was a complete disaster with huge lines at all times even 3 days into the trip. We frequently received wrong information or contradictory information from different crew members. It felt like a bad department of motor vehicles parody. You would get to the front of the line only to be told you were waiting in the wrong line. After switching lines you would be directed back to the first line you were in. This happened more than once. There were many more small issues that would have been minor by themselves but when taken as a pattern showed a lack of commitment to customer service or a desire to please the traveler. There was some positive. The ship and our room were very clean. The bathroom layout, while odd, worked very well for us. Someone could be showering while someone else was using the toilet and a third person was brushing their teeth all at the same time. A great setup when rushing to get to and excursion or a dinner reservation. The balcony in our room was large and relatively private. The flip down bed gave each of the kids their own space without having to share a bed. Embarkation and disembarkation were incredibly easy, with no lines and efficient and timely handling of our luggage. We used room service breakfast a few mornings as a time saver when we had an early excursion and they were right on time. Overall our experience was fair to poor. We may just not be cruise people. If I was to try a cruise again we would book with a different line in hopes of a better on ship experience. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
I chose this holiday to take all my family who live in different parts of Europe on a cruise where we could all be together. The poor things outweighed the pluses , I would never do it again. The pools were inadequate, too many people ... Read More
I chose this holiday to take all my family who live in different parts of Europe on a cruise where we could all be together. The poor things outweighed the pluses , I would never do it again. The pools were inadequate, too many people using a small area . many of the guests refused to let their children use them. This should have been the centre stage for the trip but it wasn't comfortable. Always packed and difficult to find chairs. No crew bothering to see who were not using the beds occupied all day with towels which weren't used. The cabins were Ok but that's all. Food was fine, no complaints. Embarkation and disembarkation excellent. Entertainment good.The problem with this ship is that the on deck facilities aren't sufficient for the number of passengers. Had that been better then it would have made a huge difference to our holiday. We also had some issues relating to NCL general terms and conditions and found their later dealing with our complaint unsatisfactory. There were always long queues at guest relations desk so if you needed the simplest of requests or answers you had to expect a long wait. NCL should invest in better on deck facilities and give their Guest relations teams both on board and in London better training in customer service. Our children enjoyed the rides and there were many good things about the ship. yet as I stated the bad outweighed the good. Irregular Kev Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
Chose this cruise because of the ports. Loved seeing all these amazing locations in one week! FYI Europe is hot and humid in summer!! Travelled with twin 17yr olds. Son and husband had a balcony room and my daughter and I had an inside ... Read More
Chose this cruise because of the ports. Loved seeing all these amazing locations in one week! FYI Europe is hot and humid in summer!! Travelled with twin 17yr olds. Son and husband had a balcony room and my daughter and I had an inside room. Balcony room was nice because of the balcony (and couch) of course but we actually liked the layout of our inside room better - it was more like a dorm room with seemingly more floor space between the beds than the balcony room. Beds and bedding were super comfortable! The Epic shower/toilet/sink situation didn't bother us at all, in fact, we kind of liked the shower and toilet separate with the sink out in the room better- only problem was no one could come into our room from the hallway when the shower/toilet were being used - doors were frosted but it would still be weird. Food and restaurant choices on Epic were amazing. We went to every "complimentary" eating location available and enjoyed them all. Didn't see a need to pay extra for the other dining options. We're non-drinkers so can't comment on that but it seems like people were sure enjoying their drinks! Favorite shows were Cirque Dreams and Burn the Floor. Very impressive. Also enjoyed the Howl at the Moon musicians - they were super talented, jumping to different instruments for different song requests. We cancelled our reservations for Priscilla after learning about some risque content - glad for the heads up on that. Activities on the ship were nonstop and really fun- game shows, a few dance lessons, some exercise classes, other music, etc. We aren't gamblers but there was a large casino. Fun sports court, rock climbing, trampoline, and water slides. Only disappointment was the TINY swimming pools- we didn't even bother going to "swim". Fitness room was huge. Didn't use the spa services. Kids really enjoyed teen club and teen activities and are still in contact post-cruise with people they met there. Must say service was excellent and cruise director team was a really fun group with nice personalities. Also, staff kept the whole ship spotless and also highly encouraged cleanliness with people spraying you with hand sanitizers before getting back on the ship and before eating at the buffet - much appreciated and we did not get sick. We didn't do ship excursions because we wanted more of a private tour situation than tour buses would have provided. By the end, we were exhuasted - it's a port-heavy cruise and then you get back to the ship and there's more fun stuff to do - but very worth it! Read Less
Sail Date July 2019

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