64 Boston Repositioning Cruise Reviews

In some aspects the Dawn excelled, In some she didn't do very well. For the most part I'd say our recent trip on the Dawn was middle of the road mediocre. First of all the cruise was far from full and had just the right ... Read More
In some aspects the Dawn excelled, In some she didn't do very well. For the most part I'd say our recent trip on the Dawn was middle of the road mediocre. First of all the cruise was far from full and had just the right amount of people for my liking. There were plenty enough people to have fun without overbearing crowds. There were no lines or waits for anything for the entire 9 days and the one time I had to change a reservation at a specialty restaurant, they were able to accommodate us without a problem. Although she was remodeled in 2016, Dawn is showing signs of her age and hard life. There were considerable maintenance issues from minor cosmetic issues such as paint and rust to more significant issues, such as broken tiles, cracked glass in an elevator windows being inoperable with broken and missing hardware and plumbing malfunctions in many of the public restrooms. With the exception of one nasty female bartender at Gatsby's the staff were happy and helpful all over the ship. Our Cabin Steward got it just right! We start each trip the same by asking for 3 things, that the mini-fridge be emptied, an mattress topper be put on the bed and that robes be brought. He took care of our request promptly and without complaint, unobtrusively while we were out. He wasn't pushy about cleaning several times a day at awkward times. He cleaned while we were away and had the bed turned down in the evening whenever we returned from the evenings events. He never bothered us on days we wanted to sleep in and just "be" and linger over a late brunch served in our cabin. The food was all over the place. We had had fantastic meals in specialty restaurants, especially Cagney's and Moderno. O'Sheehan's was much better than it was on last years cruise The Main dining rooms were pretty good. However a few meals seemed like buffet fare plated nicely and served elegantly. The Buffet was hit or miss, repetitive and lackluster. That being said I didn't turn away from it for snacks and light fare. We enjoyed cocktails all over the ship. Topsider's near the pool seemed to water the drinks down especially the premixed drinks of the day. The beer and wine was always good. Ray a server there, was always upbeat, fun and helpful. The entertainment was great! Shore excursions were hit or miss. An afternoon beach break which should have been low-key and pleasant turned out to be anything but. We ere brought to a beach around 25 minutes ride from the ship. Chairs were provided. We found our spot raised the umbrella, and settled in for a little while before going into the water. Once in the water we saw a man going through our belongings and then take them. We caught up with him and he complained that we hadn't paid for the umbrella. We paid and got out things but were uncomfortable leaving our spots together after that and were not able to freely enjoy the beautiful beach. Now comes the steady stream of panhandlers, a man carrying a bird feeder collecting money for the birds, a woman carrying aloe leaves asking for money to rub you with them. A man selling USB thumb drives with "island music installed," another man approached selling sea shells. In retrospect,$59 per person was a lot for what amounted to a ride to a public beach. For the price charged, I think Norwegian could do a better job, perhaps securing a private beach at a resort would be less menacing. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
We wanted an early winter mini-break so booked a 9-day out of Boston on the Dawn. We have been on the Dawn before and found the re-furbishing a major disappointment, and the reason for four stars vs five. Space is even more cut up than ... Read More
We wanted an early winter mini-break so booked a 9-day out of Boston on the Dawn. We have been on the Dawn before and found the re-furbishing a major disappointment, and the reason for four stars vs five. Space is even more cut up than before with flow through just about nil. We enjoy the main dining menus and food and see no need for the many, many specialty restaurants taking up all the common space. Our cabin (mini suite with balcony) seemed smaller than usual (11102) due to the different layout. We usually cruise mid-ship but on the Dawn the mid ship mini suites are under the pool so did not want to hear the chairs scraping. One of our drawers did not stay shut but cabin steward had carpenters fix immediately. Plenty of storage (prefer the cabins with more drawers vs shelves, but still plenty) Entertainment was again, excellent, with a good variety in the various venues. Food was good - not exceptional, but good, lots of variety and plentiful. We did try LeBistro (disappointing), LosLobos (nothing special) and Cagney's (Excellent) with our "free" perk for distinctive voyage/Latitudes Platinum. While we would go back to Cagney's (with our Latitude rewards, NOT to pay extra), we find plenty of variety and excellent choices in the dining room. We never eat in the cafe (I have a food allergy and don't trust the other diners not to cross-contaminate). Service was wonderful throughout the ship. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
I spoke with people at the ports we landed at who were on different ships and their time at the ports were much shorter than NCL, I feel NCL gave us longer port days. Everyone on the ship that works there go above and beyond to make ... Read More
I spoke with people at the ports we landed at who were on different ships and their time at the ports were much shorter than NCL, I feel NCL gave us longer port days. Everyone on the ship that works there go above and beyond to make sure you have the best cruise. The staff was extremely friendly and they would go out of their way to make your stay enjoyable. Entertainment was good, I enjoyed the different activities throughout the day, we would meet in the Atrium or Gatsby's to play trivia games. Personally, I found the pool deck too noisy. I prefer a quieter area to relax, but the other cruisers seemed to enjoy it. I also prefer to cruise when the kids are in school. There were not many children on this cruise due to school, those that were on it were all well behaved. It's just a preference I have to cruise with more adults than children. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
We had a lot of fun on this cruise. We went to many beautiful beaches with some great people that we meet on the ship. The ship is really clean. The staff work quickly to clear the tables to accommodate other guests in the dining ... Read More
We had a lot of fun on this cruise. We went to many beautiful beaches with some great people that we meet on the ship. The ship is really clean. The staff work quickly to clear the tables to accommodate other guests in the dining rooms. The menu choices are great! There seemed to be something for everyone. We really liked having the Distinctive Voyage Package. We ended up with 5 specialty restaurants, because we are Platinum too. Also, I loved having the phone benefit. I have an elderly Mother at home, and it was great for her to hear my voice. I wish that they would add something like that for a Platinum benefit. Just 30 minutes would be perfect! We had an early flight home on this trip. It was the first time that we used the early Latitudes disembarkation. It was amazing. We got off the ship so fast that we even had time to kill at the airport! We can't wait to go on our next cruise. The entire staff on the ship were so friendly. We also enjoy NOT having to dress up. Vacations are to relax! Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
We loved our time on the Dawn. I truly cannot say enough - it was my first and my husband's third cruise. Everything went beautifully and we had many romantic, fun memories. I cannot wait to cruise again! The staff were ... Read More
We loved our time on the Dawn. I truly cannot say enough - it was my first and my husband's third cruise. Everything went beautifully and we had many romantic, fun memories. I cannot wait to cruise again! The staff were exceptional. We felt pampered, appreciated and were utterly relaxed upon our return home. We did a wine tasting, lots of shore excursions, trivia, the comedy show, a game show and had a blast. My husband got onstage and we laughed till our sides hurt. It was a vacation that I wasn't ready to head home from. Having a balcony mid-ship made the cruise so enjoyable. Sipping coffee with the beautiful views is heaven for us. The staff made it the incredible experience, everyone seems happy to help you have a great cruise. Warm, kind and friendly; they offer service I have never experienced in my life to date. Thank you NCL Dawn! Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
We chose this cruise because of the convenience of leaving from Boston and the islands to be visited. The ship is very easy to get around on and the staff is pleasant. Some areas of the ship are in need of repair. In our stateroom ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of the convenience of leaving from Boston and the islands to be visited. The ship is very easy to get around on and the staff is pleasant. Some areas of the ship are in need of repair. In our stateroom bathroom the mirror seemed to have a buildup of algae around the edges and after a brief rainstorm the floor of our balcony was covered in a muddy debris. The cabinets and table are scratched and worn and the bed not very comfortable. The biggest drawback was an extremely unpleasant odor in the hallway on our deck (8). It could only be described as the foulest of odors that one would find in a poorly maintained nursing home. Travel companions on deck 7 also noted this smell. Though it was not constant it was present daily at different times. Having sailed on Princess and NCL before I was expecting more from Royal Caribbean as I had always believed it was a step up. I was wrong. The entertainment, in my view, was extremely lacking compared to other ships I have been on. There was one Caribbean duo in the centrum who was very good and one night there was a Village People tribute band who were a lot of fun but otherwise none of the piano bar singers or musicians were appealing. The games, karaoke and trivia challenges were not conducted in any kind of organized manner and it was sometimes hard to understand the questions shouted over a microphone (on Princess the trivia challenge questions are usually displayed on a TV screen). I have a hearing deficit and because most of the hosts have some kind of accent I would be lost and would have to have my travel companions repeat the questions to me. I do enjoy the art auctions and did purchase a Peter Max that I love but don't feel that Park West was offering enough of a variety to appeal to a large number of people and that made the attendance rather scarce. As for the food, it was just ok. I was mostly satisfied with everything that I ordered in the dining room but some of my companions were not. Rubbery calamari and fatty beef are not desirable. If you can't make a creme brulee with a hard top then you might as well not make it at all. We did have great servers in Gerald and Hafifi in Reflections deck 5 and that made up for some mediocre food. Food on the buffet in the Windjammer is mostly salty and I stuck with hard boiled eggs, freshly made waffles, pizza or hamburgers and of course soft serve. All of the islands we visited have their own unique appeal. We took a private tour in St, Maarten which brought us to the shopping district where the same items were displayed over and over in booth after booth, and hour and a half stop at Orient beach ($15 for one chair and umbrella and constant harassment from illegal beach vendors). Antigua has the most beautiful beaches imo. We went to Valley Church Beach( the sand is not sand but made up only of crushed shells and te ones that are intact are just beautiful) where you can get a nice 1/2 hour massage for at Pam's Wellness Center (it's just a little hut but it was very inviting and relaxing) If you book online through Tripadvisor.com you can get a couples massage for $60. We didn't book ahead of time so my husband and I were only able to get separate massages but still it was good. In Barbados we went to Harbour Lights Beach at Carlisle Bay. Two chairs and umbrella were $20. Local vendors but not as intrusive as the ones in St. Maarten. Curacao, a tourist's mecca! Walk along the historical path to the moving bridge and into a great sopping district and don't forget to stop at the Renaissance Hotel for free wifi and some casino action. We skipped the beach in Aruba and went into town for more shopping and a little casino play($10 coupons were being given out for both the Crystal and Seaport casinos). All in all it was a relaxing and fun 12 days but in the future I will stick with Princess or NCL which have more to offer. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
Having never been to Greenland or Iceland the stops on this cruise were a great attraction the food was good to very good and the entertainment was very good. The minuses were the ship. We had to call for plumbing issues 4 times and ... Read More
Having never been to Greenland or Iceland the stops on this cruise were a great attraction the food was good to very good and the entertainment was very good. The minuses were the ship. We had to call for plumbing issues 4 times and AC issues multiple times. There was also an irritating knocking fro, we think the window which kept me awake the first night. The pool was like ice the first few days and so hot the last few days it wasn’t refreshing the solarium was also like ice several days although this did cover the indoor pool as the itinerary was cool. Norway Greenland Iceland and Canada were all great! The entertainment was high quality and enjoyable. In fact I would rate entertainment as excellent. Service was very good. Our main complaints were the continuous engineering problems with the ship itself and there many people who had issues. The other issues were very bumpy in a storm and fog caused one Greenland stop to be cancelled although that is not within the cruise lines control. I would say if you get a great deal the ship issues could be tolerated but I sure wouldn’t pay a premium for the Rotterdam. On the plus side Holland does cater to the older crowd and this they do very well with. This isn’t a cruise line for families with a lot of children I think they would be bored but is great if you want a calm relaxing vacation. Note we did the 18 day route from Rotterdam to Boston. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
This was the much discussed Nov 3, 2917 repositioning cruise from Boston to San Juan. It was the most stressfull vacation ever because of the lack of hotels in San Juan and not being able to trust any new reservations we tried to make. ... Read More
This was the much discussed Nov 3, 2917 repositioning cruise from Boston to San Juan. It was the most stressfull vacation ever because of the lack of hotels in San Juan and not being able to trust any new reservations we tried to make. NCL gave us very little time for late air travel changes and we ended up spending 15 hours to just go from San Juan to Boston. Embarcation went fine and we were onboard by 11:45 and had lunch in O'sheehans and we had the drinks package and did pay about $8.00 in taxes while in port waters and for a couple of hours after sailing. Dining was still overall very good. We ate 7 dinners in Venetian and the food was good enough and we only had one bad waiter. We were never there too long and they did not cause us to miss any shows. One meal in Cagneys was excellent. One meas in Bamboo was good but we did not care for their fried rice and the menu lacks variety. Entertainment was excellent and we were blessed with Patti and Jose playing for us almost every night in the atrium which is a nice place to relax on three different levels all with at least decent to good drink service. We always found the variety of shows every night to be excellent and on two nights the early and late shows were not the same. We had two shows with an outstanding comedian and I am sorry I didnt save any of the daily's so I could look up his name. Drinks package promotion worked perfectly for us. I was able to order two drinks or one double any time I wanted to with just one stateroom card and always kept some beers in the room fridge for out on the balcony or for my cooler for shore excursions. My cousin who traveled with me does not drink and he found several good carribean non alcoholic drinks that he enjoyed but there is not a specific non-alcoholic menu so you have to ask. Also no bar would give me canned soda to keep in the room for him. He was only allowed fountain soda. If you want plenty of wine with dinner just order a double glass and they will bring both at once and you will have to do this when you first sit down because you will not see the wine steward again this easily. If you got to the Stardust a little early for your show you could order drinks there too. Service in the pool area was inconsistent especially if you were in a hot tub so call out when they come near and hold up your key. On the three sea days they came up to the hot tub in the bow on deck 13 very half hour or so. For some reason the Bimini bar on deck 13 was closed for the last day and a half of our cruise with no reason given so the pool bar was very over crowded on our last day. Be sure and read my cabin review below -this was the low point of the cruise.... My cousin went to bingo one sea day and he did not find it relaxing at all and about the least you can spend is $49.00 for a decent setup. He liked the old style cards where you just used a marker instead of the punch out cards they use now. This was my third time on the Dawn this season and the Stench of smoke in the casino was not so bad on this cruise yet it smelled real bad in the atrium area that has the champaign bar and the italian and french restaurants and the Bamboo area on deck 7 also smelled real bad on sea days. Disembarkation was the worst I have ever had in over a dozen cruises. We were told ahead of time that it would be difficult because of the lack of power in the Pan American port to work the heavy lifts for the regular gangways. We knew that we would have to line up for a single very small gangway like they use for port days on deck four. We had alot of people in wheel chairs and it was very hard to get them off in such a tight area. The port from the outside looks like a bomb hit it. Large portions of the tin roofs totally missing, especially at the other building that RCI usually uses. No air conditioning inside the terminal and the rest rooms could be found by just following the stench that made its way outside the bathrooms. We were pre-warned to expect a shortage of taxis but there were actually plenty there as well as some tour operators who took lots of people like us who needed to kill time before going to the airport. Went to Old San Juan and many things were no longer open even though that part of town has power . The airport was a mob scene but at least it was actually cold inside. Ladies were taking Boston warm clothes out of their bags and putting them on...Do not forget to go through Agricultural screening as soon as you enter the airport. My final thoughts....We did not want to go to San Juan even though the economy needs our money because crime is much higher now and there is also not alot to do there because most of the island still has no power and we saw no power crews anywhere even though most of the way to the airport there are some badly damaged sub stations with whole neighborhoods with power lines strewn everwhere. Yes they need our money but there is no hotel space and travel outside the city is less safe , you can reed online daily Puerto Rico newspapers to get an idea on how really bad they have it. We feel sorry for people taking cruises from San Juan on NCL because they will be now calling on St Thomas as we did (last minute port change with very poor onboard communication until the night before) We took a 2.5 hour island tour and it was depressing to say the least. The port area looked better than the rest of the island and most port shops are open.. There are thousands of shattered power poles and shreaded cell phone towers. They will tell you that Megans bay and some other beaches are open but you wont want to go there. RCI paid for new buildings/rest rooms and cleanup to reopen Megans bay but that area is one of the most badly damaged on the whole island and traffic is a nightmare due to power cables and poles everywhere and alot of power company crews actually working in convoys to get things fixed. They are going to start visiting St Martin again along with St Thomas on the NCL cruises from San Juan so they will get to see two examples of what the two storms have done and see poverty and devestation that just cannot be described. What a vacation that will be. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
Compared to the mega ships that we've been on, it was a nice change to be on a smaller ship. It helped that it was not sold out. The food in the Main Dining Room was quite good most of the time. Cagney's and Moderno were ... Read More
Compared to the mega ships that we've been on, it was a nice change to be on a smaller ship. It helped that it was not sold out. The food in the Main Dining Room was quite good most of the time. Cagney's and Moderno were excellent. The buffet was so-so. It was nice to have crepes (Nutella!!!) in the evenings. There was a lot of entertainment. Several nights, the 7 pm and 9 pm shows were different. Jose & Patti in the atrium were fantastic. The comedian was good at the "all ages" show, but not very funny at the "adult" show. The hypno-therapist was good at the comedy shows, but really showed her talent during the two morning sessions. The Dawn band was excellent no matter who they were backing up. The dancers/singers were good but not excellent. We didn't know our itinerary until about 2 weeks prior to the cruise. It would have been nice to have more time to plan, but we did our best. They changed the St Croix stop to St Thomas just the afternoon before! They should have changed that before we even left. Our cabin stewardess was wonderful, and made the cutest towel animals. We will continue to sail on NCL even though there were several issues with this cruise. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
We chose this cruise because it was a nice 9 day cruise out of Boston ending in San Juan with terrific ports of call. Of course the hurricane changed our itinerary drastically. We ended up with an OK list of islands. We are able to get ... Read More
We chose this cruise because it was a nice 9 day cruise out of Boston ending in San Juan with terrific ports of call. Of course the hurricane changed our itinerary drastically. We ended up with an OK list of islands. We are able to get non stop flights from Chicago at $56 one way to Logan, so it is a nice change to sail from the east coast. The ship is very nicely decorated in mute tones with elegant lighting and interesting carpeting throughout. The service was spotty but mostly good. We never met our cabin steward which has never happened to us in the 45 cruises that we have taken prior to this one. Our cabin was on deck 8 near the O'Sheehans restaurant. This was both a blessing and a nightmare. Two nights we had to call security as we had drunk adults running and yelling down the hallways. They then went into O'Sheehans and proceeded to scream there. At 3 O'Clock a.m. we called the front desk and asked that security get rid of them. The second night, the same screaming adults were back this time with their two girls (looked to be about 8 and 10 yrs old) the girls were knocking on doors at 2am REALLY? The up side is that we were close to the restaurant in the a.m. and we could walk down the hall to breakfast. We had loud obnoxious passengers seated next to us in Cagney's as well as at Le Bistro. We thought we were just picky, but we ran into 2 ladies in the elevator that walked out of Tempanyaki as they could not hear each other talk due to the loud inebriated passengers seated next to them. The perk of unlimited alcohol is just not something that should be offered. Most of the passengers drink sensibly, but there is about 20% who must be raging alcoholics. This was by far the most out of control cruise we have ever been on. The ships pool is beautiful, but it is the only one on the ship, so it fills up fast in the afternoons. Luckily we usually get out to the pool around 8am and leave about 1pm. The headliner entertainment was pretty good and the singers and dancers tried their best. All in all it was a good cruise, but we feel we like RCCL, Carnival and Celebrity better. This was our 4th NCL cruise, probably our last. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
One of the big things I like about a vacation is the planning I do upfront. It was difficult to do for this cruise since we didn't know till about 3 weeks before departure if and where we were going. That made it much more ... Read More
One of the big things I like about a vacation is the planning I do upfront. It was difficult to do for this cruise since we didn't know till about 3 weeks before departure if and where we were going. That made it much more difficult to feel excited about the ports we finally were going to. Embarkment - got there around 10:30 - had them take our luggage - went up stairs and only waited about 5 mins before we were being checked in. Found some seats and waited about an hour to get on-board. Actually we were with someone that was getting married so they let us board right after the platinum and handicap boarding. So we were having lunch at O'Sheehan's with a drink in hand within 15 mins of boarding. Note that the doors to get to the rooms was close but we saw people going in anyway so we did it and was able to leave our carry-ons in the room. Room - decent bed - pillow top on pull-out couch - but alway very very dark. It was so dark in the room I didn't find the light in the closet for the first few days. I would use my phone to try to see the cloths on the shelves. When I did find the light switch the light would blink off and on so still not so great. Left it on one morning and the steward must have seen the issue and had it fixed. Safe was not working so we had to have maintenance come reset it for us - they needed to have us in the room for them to reset it. Bathroom in room is fairly large - steward always had plenty of towels for the three of us. Of course as you know very small balcony. I wanted to mention our friends had room 11618 - it is a handicap room - OMG it is a very large room - great closet - you can see all the shelves - enormous balcony - two lounge chairs two tables and two regular chairs - I was so so jealous. I did use their balcony a couple of times to sit out and read. Much smaller bathroom but the room size and balcony made up for it. Entertainment - felt you could always have some fun during the day - dancing by the pool - the 'stupid' games they played were entertaining. Shows at night not bad. I was feeling sick by the 4th night so I missed many of the shows since I was asleep so early. Dining - Breakfast was decent - they couldn't get two eggs over medium right - I think the omelet pans were too hot - sometimes food was warm - sometimes cold at the buffet. Usually did quick lunch either eating food from the outside area near the pool or at buffet - nothing special. Ate in one of the two free dinning rooms every night. Sometimes with my large group which we had booked ahead and sometimes with just my husband and daughter. Never had an issue getting a seat immediately. Food was decent - first time on a cruise I loved the deserts. Missed the setup they use to have in the evening where they had chicken wings/chicken tenders out and you could help yourself. I didn't feel they were as good from O'Sheehans - maybe it was the wait for them. O'Sheehan's food on Dawn was not as good as the food on the Breakaway in O'Sheehan's - nacho cheese was runny as was the artichoke dip. Pool - luckily we had very few kids on this cruise so we could enjoy the pool most of the time. Sometimes it was overrun by kids but at least not every day. Loved the salt water and when there were waves. Hot Tub - had 17 of us in it one day - was lots of fun. Bar/Lounge- we didn't find a set bar in the evenings for the group to meet. Really missed the Pearly Kings that is replace with wine bar. Wine bar is pretty but limited. So felt this kept the full group from being together. Couple of times when there was a 'party; on the pool deck at night it worked better for us. Servers - found a good one at the pool area named Mark - he would try to keep up with our orders. Brought us shots when we were in the hot tub with the 17 people and the other 10 around the outside. Wedding - originally attending a wedding in St. Thomas - cruise people had to re-coordinate it due to hurricane keeping us from St. Thomas (though last day they changed us again and we actually made it to St. Thomas). They picked a very nice location for outside event next to beach in St. Lucia. In the evening the manager of the Venetian setup a few tables at the window for the wedding dinner. That was very nice of them since it was not planned ahead of the cruise but only after the 2nd day of the cruise. Ports - Antigua - too many ships in port - and it was our first stop - was crowded and hot and smelly. But got to the beach - Darkwood and it was the best beach of any of the islands beaches I went to this trip. Martinique - so so so pretty as you come into port. Walked over to the ferry and took it to the other side to a beach - this was what I guess someone mentioned to others in our group. The beach was ok - not really much of a beach - be careful letting anyone wander off on their own to the right of this area - seems like a couple of guys were living there - and one decided he had to pee when I was within eye shot! St. Lucia - this was the wedding day - took vans to Pigeon Island - very pretty area not sure if any public beaches here but did manage to dip in after the wedding. St Kitts - most of the group went shopping - there were tons of people with monkeys that they tried to get you to pay for taking a picture with them. I took a catamaran cruise from the ship excursions - was fun - though it poured just as we were getting into the water so difficult to see - cleared up and got to see a sea turtle - had some strong rum punch on the way back - had guys put monkeys on us as we headed back to ship - my daughter gave them $10.00 to get a picture - they tried to get $10.00 more for putting them on me but we just walked away. St. Thomas - the night before we were told we were going to St. Thomas - it was so quiet pulling into port - we took an open air taxi with 12 of our group to Megan's bay - was so sad to see some of the damage - still some great views from above but many electric poles down - electric work trucks everywhere - saw one side road completely gone. OMG so so sad at the beach - tons and tons of trees down - really abit of a mess but they were really trying to give us a good experience. They had thrown together a 'bar' area so they could serve soda and drinks. They had people doing the lounge chairs and umbrellas. water was actually slightly cool here compared to the other islands. disembarkment in San Juan - we had a late flight at 5:45 - originally planned to try to see some of Old San Juan but had heard the airport had a power outage the day before and long lines. Our friends decided to pay $25.00 a person to do the airport transfer with Norwegian - a few of us decided to do taxis - we got into line same time they did and made it to the area to get luggage at the same time - they got into an elevator we took stairs - ended up at the same point. They got a porter (they had 7 people) and the porter took them right to the security desk - only cost them $5.00 so we decided to do this as well. Worked out great - he took our bags - grabbed some other peoples bags - had us thru security quickly - took our bags out to area to get a taxi - got us a taxi - two other of our friends were out there so it was 5 us in one taxi van - cost $28,00 for all of us (course we gave her $40. - she still didn't have power where she lived). Anyway my point here is just get a taxi - so so much cheaper and I am at least she is the one getting the money versus Norwegian. Plus we got through security - had pizza and got our bags checked before our friends taking the Norwegian transfer even got to the airport. San Juan airport is fine - plenty of places to seat and to eat - or drink. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
Love Boarding in Boston easy to get to terminal is good , the only thing is the older white hair woman who is very rude and pushy at the Platinum/Platinum Plus Boarding area. This ship is an older ship and smaller compared to the other ... Read More
Love Boarding in Boston easy to get to terminal is good , the only thing is the older white hair woman who is very rude and pushy at the Platinum/Platinum Plus Boarding area. This ship is an older ship and smaller compared to the other ships in this fleet. there are no rock climbing walls ,no mini golf or water slides the pool is small and ofter over crowded, Children take it over and feel they can dive-jump all the time. some parents also thougth it was ok to take infants with diapers in the pool and hot tubs . older children thought it was ok to take them over as bath tubs, this ship is not a good ship for kids they seemed board. The Ports are ok Martinique needs to be replaced with Barbados. Martinique is not a real friendly port and it is dirty, Would love to have Cozumel or Grand Camen on the repositon out of Boston as something different . The Garden Cafe is great much better than the very slow service in the dining room. Due to the port changes not a lot of excersisions were offered however made the best of it . Love the entertainment . would like to see Amadeus on this ship loved them on the Majesty. Due to the overwhelming smoking in the casino many people could not go or enjoy it I am surprised NCL subjects the second hand smoke to their employees, need much better ventilation San Juan was hard to disembark at needed to use deck 4 not a lot of room for people to move . Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
NCL did a great job finding ports that they had to replace because of the hurricanes. The trip was fun, the food was great in all the restaurants. We were on a 16 day cruise and ate in every restaurant. We enjoyed every minute of the ... Read More
NCL did a great job finding ports that they had to replace because of the hurricanes. The trip was fun, the food was great in all the restaurants. We were on a 16 day cruise and ate in every restaurant. We enjoyed every minute of the cruises. The entertainment was first rate. The staff was friendly and helpful. On the second cruise NCL gave discounts to the people of Puerto Rico so that they could have a pleasant vacation. It was great seeing the kids face light up when they came aboard. NCL kept the kids very busy and we would see them with their faces painted and having a great time. It was sad talking to them and hearing what they went through. Also, St. Thomas was badly hit, and it was great that we went there also but also sad to hear their stories. We have gone on 10 cruises with NCL and have enjoyed everyone including Alaska and Panama Canal. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
Love repo's and this cruise started in my hometown of Boston. An hours ride and we were in the cruiseport. Been to all the islands and have cruised on Serenade before. Her and Freedom are my favorites. What made this cruise special ... Read More
Love repo's and this cruise started in my hometown of Boston. An hours ride and we were in the cruiseport. Been to all the islands and have cruised on Serenade before. Her and Freedom are my favorites. What made this cruise special was the crew. Outstanding crew throughout the ship from the MDR to the bars. Plenty of entertainment onboard. Food was very good and plenty of variety. Disembarkation went smoothly however embarkation didn't. Apparently security team didn't show up so had to send another team over which meant long lines outside the terminal and porters were non existent. Just a small blip. Once onboard everything was fabulous. For the few shows we went to the entertainment was really good. Band from Toronto, Rookie, sang all old songs and I knew all the words! Danny Lucas (I think that was his name) juggler and comic was amazing. Laugh out loud funny. All in all a great cruise. Would do it again. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
We like the cruise because it was convenient for us leaving from Boston. This was our third time doing this repositioning cruise. The stops are really good. We booked again for next year. The ship was in need of a facelift and was ... Read More
We like the cruise because it was convenient for us leaving from Boston. This was our third time doing this repositioning cruise. The stops are really good. We booked again for next year. The ship was in need of a facelift and was heading to dry dock for some work after this cruise. They now have life guards that hover at the edge of the pool. I was swimming alone in the solarium pool and the guard stood over me. As I swam 20 feet to the other side he walked along with me. It felt very intrusive and could have been done better with some common sense. I saw eight people slip and fall on the pool deck. That seems to be the much bigger hazard. We had a great time at the Diamond Lounge. There were many fun loving people there and the bar tenders were great. We normally like to gamble every day but the table games that they had weren't great. There were several Black Jack tables that were always empty and the Caribbean Stud table was almost always empty. There was one 3 card Poker table that the dealer had to maker out a waiting list for. They could easily swap out one of the Black Jack tables for a Let It Ride Table. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
Annual trek to Boston for the Beantown to Beaches reposition sailing. Ship is showing wear BUT the crew moral is fantastic and doing its best to be SURE the passengers are given exceptional service. The addition of lifeguards are a welcome ... Read More
Annual trek to Boston for the Beantown to Beaches reposition sailing. Ship is showing wear BUT the crew moral is fantastic and doing its best to be SURE the passengers are given exceptional service. The addition of lifeguards are a welcome sight as too many parents do not watch their children closely enough. This was evident on this sailing as a tyke even interrupted the main dining room kitchen dancers on their great performance one night. The entertainment was good but not exceptional. The one outstanding act was the 4 men that call themselves the Rookies, catch this high energy bands great show. We had 500 Diamonds, 350 D+ and 175 Pinnacle on board which overwhelmed the main dining room breakfast and lunch staff. Ships shopping was terrible, Shoddy overpriced merchandise on "SALE". This is common on most Royal ships and this ship just came back from Europe and has not been restocked yet as it will be in dry dock in 2 weeks. Crews were painting and varnishing most days to get back to Royal standards. Stateroom was worn, bedding was unacceptable. mattress is long overdo replacing. Again, Great crew Great staff Overall a great sail for 12 days. We will be back on her Dec 4-15 to see if things have improved. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
Liked itinerary, love the islands, especially St. Lucia. Relaxing and good food and service, also liked the music around the ship. Was a little upset that I did not receive body lotion in my cabin since I am diamond plus, don't ... Read More
Liked itinerary, love the islands, especially St. Lucia. Relaxing and good food and service, also liked the music around the ship. Was a little upset that I did not receive body lotion in my cabin since I am diamond plus, don't think it would have cost more than .30 cents, think Royal Caribbean is cutting back on so many things, but did without. The ship was clean, lot to do, had a very nice dinner table. Met friends I cruised with in the past and we had a lot to talk about, met a lot of new friends. We had a very nice table for eight for early dining, enjoyed going to dinner with a lot of conversation, very relaxing. Halloween party was very nice, danced a lot, and loved a lot of costumes? All in all it was a great relaxing cruise, this was our fourth time doing this itinerary and thinking of doing it again next year, we have not booked it yet. Our table at dining was 227, and Ben Amor and Hakim were excellent, could not do enough to please us. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
A little background first, then a bit long, but ultimately fair review. I am a 61 year old widower with a decent amount of cruise experience.This was my 2nd with RCCL (although the 1st one was some 25+ years ago) to go with 4 on Carnival, ... Read More
A little background first, then a bit long, but ultimately fair review. I am a 61 year old widower with a decent amount of cruise experience.This was my 2nd with RCCL (although the 1st one was some 25+ years ago) to go with 4 on Carnival, 1 on Princess, and 1 on NCL. I traveled with my 32 year old single son. This was also his 2nd on RCCL to go with 2 on Carnival and 1 on Princess (all with me). We try to go on these cruises as often as possible as we don't live together and we don't see each other as often as we would like. We chose this cruise for many reasons...length, itinerary, and our schedules being the main reasons. We have been very happy with Carnival, but with RCCL having a good reputation we booked this 12 day repositioning cruise. Due to RCCL's reputation we expected a (slightly) superior experience than Carniva.This is where our disappointment originates. There were many areas that the cruise lines were equal, with Carnival superior in some areas.There were NO areas that we thought RCCL was better than Carnival. Plus there were several glitches/snafus that also contributed to this middling review. Let me first say, even though the remainder of this review will have the negatives, especially compared to Carnival, we still had a great time and given the variables of itinerary, cost, etc. we would not hesitate to take another RCCL cruise. Also, our cruise last year on Carnival was on a similar ship (size, age, etc.) so that it is a fair apples to apples comparison. Let me also say that the staff and crew were wonderful and faultless. All this being said, lets go to the review: Transfer from airport to ship: We prepaid for this transfer. Landing in Boston we found no one meeting us. We asked at information booth where the RCCL transfer people were, and were pointed to a couple of ladies nearby. Introducing ourselves, they said our names were not on the pick-up manifest.After a very short, pleasant discussion they said it happens every now and then, and it was no problem to bring us to the ship...Glitch #1. Embarkation/Check-in: Major line, very slow moving, took around an hour (maybe more)...in all of my previous cruises never more than 15 minutes. In later conversations aboard ship with other passengers, this opinion was pretty much consistent...Glitch #2. Dining Room: In booking this cruise we arranged for a table for 2, we were put at a table for 8 with 6 other passengers...glitch #3. (fortunately it was a great group and we all became very friendly). Informal (buffet) dining: While RCCL Windjammer buffet is basically adequate, Carnival has, in addition to the usual type buffet, "action" stations: Deli, Indian , make your own burritos, 24 hour pizza, a burger station (with tie in to Guy Fieri), a fresh Mongolian wok station, plus others...Major advantage to Carnival. Main dining room: Basically equal to Carnival....reasonable quantity of choices, well prepared, tasty, etc. One difference with Carnival, which may or may not matter to you: Carnival main dining experience much more festive...wait staff usually in aloha-type dress (except on formal nights) with a silly, nightly dance and/or song number with the guests. RCCL dressed in informal dress twice (of 12 nights), and sang on 2 nights...personally I really enjoy the festivity of the Carnival dining room. Room service: We didn't use it, but at the same time would have been disappointed to find out that except for the continental breakfast, it now contained a $7.95 fee... first time I've seen a cruise charge for room service . I wonder if the profit made on this will overcome the negative image it gives the cruise line. Beverages:Again an area where RCCL takes a back seat to Carnival. First, soda ....Where Carnival charged $2.25 for a soda, and a bit over $5/day for its unlimited package, RCCL charges over $8/day for its package. I had no intention of getting the RCCL unlimited package until I discovered they were charging $4 per soda. So I bought the package anyway. Later on I discovered my preferred soda, Coke Zero, was only available in a few of the venues. (available at all Carnival venues)...a day or 2 later I complained and was able to cancel the package (prorated). As for alcohol...I'm not much of a drinker, consuming less than a dozen alcoholic drinks in a year. I usually will have a couple or 3 drinks on a cruise. Day 2 I ordered a banana daquiari....only to be told that RCCL doesn't do them.Really???, not exactly an exotic drink! I had a strawberry daquari instead, which was my only alcoholic drink of the cruise . For the remainder of the cruise it was the free lemonade and iced tea....no soda, no alcohol... One plus for RCCL...they offered a 10 for $75 discount card for drinks, which my son bought. Activities: On par with Carnival, however could be scheduled better to limit conflicts, with some venues underutilized and others overcrowded (especially the "Centrum", the main center atrium of the ship...Too many activities there with minimal seating/standing space.) Entertainment: Another area RCCL inferior to Carnival. Where Carnival uses a lounge specifically for comics and each night has at least 1, and sometimes 2 comics, each sometimes doing a family show as well as an adult late night show...RCCL had I think 5 comics with only 1 doing a 2nd show for the entirety of the cruise, all in main theatre. The other "talent" is pretty much equal...a few "production" shows, a singer or 2, etc. Also, most shows only done once, creating conflicts with scheduling. Movies: While Carnival usually showed 2 movies on the big outside screen nightly (usually themed, with popcorn available), RCCL rotated maybe 6 movies for the 12 nights (same ones in multiple venues). Also, except for the movies, some football games and baseball play-offs, big outdoor screen usually displayed screen saver...on Carnival, most "dead time" filled in with music videos. Some comments on the ports, not really specific to RCCL: St. Kitts: We just walked the port area, shopped a bit, had lunch ashore. Pleasant enough. Antigua: Beach excursion with lunch included...pretty beach, adequate lunch, shopping at port. no problem. St. Lucia: BIG PROBLEM: another beach excursion, no lunch though. Asked tour guide if it was safe to leave stuff on beach chairs. She said no, and told us to leave wallets on bus where driver would be hanging out. While returning to ship, my son and I discovered we both had cash removed from our wallets (we figure $100-$140 total). I suspect driver, can't prove it though.Reported it to guest services, filled out paperwork, interviewed by ship security, but I expect nothing will come of report. Another, more minor issue, locals selling cheap trinkets to the tourists. Every few seconds another "vendor" would approach with his/her wares.A polite, "no" would send them away, only to be pestered a few moments later by another. Curacao: another beach excursion, prettiest beach of the 3...some more shopping, no problem. Aruba: submarine excursion.Went 150 ft. down, around reef, sunken ships....awesome...pricey, but worth it. Disembakation: went fine, no problems. To summarize: Surprised that RCCL gave me an inferior experience compared to Carnival, but none the less even with issues stated, had a great time, made new friends of former strangers sitting at table. Great staff and crew. Won't hesitate to cruise on RCCL in future, but if all things being equal, still would lean to Carnival.....until RCCL steps up its game. 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Sail Date October 2017
12 day repositioning cruise from Boston to Fort Lauderdale ~ I loved the Itinerary, food, shows, dancing, pool games and lobster night. Ideal balcony cabin on deck 10, lots of storage and one deck below pool and buffet. The staff in ... Read More
12 day repositioning cruise from Boston to Fort Lauderdale ~ I loved the Itinerary, food, shows, dancing, pool games and lobster night. Ideal balcony cabin on deck 10, lots of storage and one deck below pool and buffet. The staff in Reflections MDR was outstanding at dinner and reminiscent of days gone by. Zhelu and Oksana made our dining most enjoyable. The Windjammer Buffet was also very good. All of the staff on board was friendly, professional and helpful. I would consider Royal Caribbean again but not the Serenade Of The Seas unless the pool area was completely refurbished assuring safety. The pool area was far too slippery. I fell 3 times and saw at least 9 other people fall. It is a dangerous surface. After falling the third time I put duct tape on the bottom of all of my shoes. Loved having so many sea days and only got off in each port briefly except for The Hato Caves Tour in Curacao which was fantastic! What I missed ~ There was no food available poolside on and no 24 hour restaurant available. I also missed the pillow mints and nightly towel animals. Little touches that meant alot. Our post stay of 4 days at The Sea Lord in Lauderdale By The Sea was amazing! I am so happy I chose The Sea Lord for our stay! The location and room was fantastic but more than that so was the friendly, helpful welcoming staff! Their sincere effort to make you feel as though you mattered greatly was immediately apparent and very much appreciated! We enjoyed meeting and talking with Dana, Tatiana, Emil, Zikka and Consuelo very, very much! We would love to return some day! The location was perfect and safe! Right on the ocean with shops and restaurants a short walk away with fantastic food and friendly people. Our room was spacious, comfortable and clean. We loved sitting by the pool, gazing at the ocean and walking it each day. A wonderful car ride to Key West completed our trip. Time to plan another one! Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
We chose this cruise really on price, we had buy one, and one half price. The itinerary was good interesting and in the carribean, St Kitts, Antigua, St Lucia, Curaçao, and Aruba, we both enjoyed all of the islands all where beautiful in ... Read More
We chose this cruise really on price, we had buy one, and one half price. The itinerary was good interesting and in the carribean, St Kitts, Antigua, St Lucia, Curaçao, and Aruba, we both enjoyed all of the islands all where beautiful in there own way , bit disappointed with St Lucia very pushy at the dock it got quite aggressive and put us off doing any trips, I am sure if we did venture out it would have been lovely. Our favourite by far was Curaçao very quaint and picturesque, people were very friendly and the island is beautiful lovely service no pushyness it was very hot but we had a great time. The food is lovely both in the main dining room and the buffet style dining service was excellent you could not fault it at all, all staff waiters cleaners etc looked after you, nothing was to much trouble would definitely cruise with royal carribean again. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
We just returned from a 12 day repositioning from Boston to Florida - The ship as said before is getting a little dated, but the staff was doing an excellent job of keeping it clean. The maintenance staff was at work every day scraping ... Read More
We just returned from a 12 day repositioning from Boston to Florida - The ship as said before is getting a little dated, but the staff was doing an excellent job of keeping it clean. The maintenance staff was at work every day scraping and painting even when we were in port. The rooms yes are a little dated, but quite frankly our room was perfect. The bed was so comfortable we slept in every day until 8:30 or 9 (we usually get up at 5 or 6). The staff as usual went out of their way to make you feel good and enjoy. We did know that they were going into dry dock on November 1, 2017 and the staff was looking forward to the updates they were planning on doing. Yes, the laundry was being redone apparently. I still love the smaller ships and will continue to book those as I don't like living in a small city like the bigger ships are pushing. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
We've just got home from an incredible holiday! We had a smooth flight out to Boston from London, our pre-organised transfer was brilliant. The hotel, booked through Royal Caribbean, was fabulous and very well located. We got a taxi ... Read More
We've just got home from an incredible holiday! We had a smooth flight out to Boston from London, our pre-organised transfer was brilliant. The hotel, booked through Royal Caribbean, was fabulous and very well located. We got a taxi to the port the next day and we're a little bit overwhelmed with the huge queue to check in, it seemed we'd all been given the same embarkation time! It moved relatively fast though and before we knew it we were on the ship. Everything about the cruise was fantastic and myself, my husband and both my children loved every minute! The ship is beautiful, food was amazing and service impeccable! There was so much for all of us to do but no pressure to do anything at all. All the islands were beautiful and the weather made it even better! We didn't want to leave and certainly didn't want to go back to work! Must get planning the next one! Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
One of the most fun cruises we have been on. I truly believe the Cruise Director makes and sets the tone for a cruise. Carly is head and shoulders above all cruise directors we have had...except for Chole, they're tied! She ... Read More
One of the most fun cruises we have been on. I truly believe the Cruise Director makes and sets the tone for a cruise. Carly is head and shoulders above all cruise directors we have had...except for Chole, they're tied! She interacts with passengers, her staff is engaging . They involve all. The Captain was also present around the ship and it showed by how the crew interacted with passengers. A happy crew leads to very happy passengers. We had such a great time we will be back onboard next year! It may not have all the glitz of the newer ships, as much space as the bigger ships but she has heart starting from the Captain to the Cruise Director to every crew member. Most ships do not. The only flaw is the menu...it needs to be upgraded fleet wide. It has gotten very old and uninspiring. Keep the Strawberry Bisque Soup but entrees need to be changed. Can't wait to see the changes after the facelift refresh Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
We chose this cruise as a total getaway from caregiving and because we really needed a break. We wanted a small ship with no casino, no children, no loud cruise director, and a small number of passengers. We flew to Boston from Tampa and ... Read More
We chose this cruise as a total getaway from caregiving and because we really needed a break. We wanted a small ship with no casino, no children, no loud cruise director, and a small number of passengers. We flew to Boston from Tampa and boarded with 35 other passengers - the ship holds about 200 total. As this was a repositioning cruise, the cost was very affordable and we were prepared for 8 days of total relaxation. The crew did a great job of refurbishing one area after another - new carpets, drapes, etc. while keeping enough public space open that we hardly noticed. The catering was less elaborate than ususl, we were told, but the array and quality of the food was superb. We like the occasional gourmet dinner but we also like an option for simple grilled salmon or more country food, which was always an option. This was our first Ponant cruise - we had already booked one next Spring from Martinique to Lisbon (another ocean cruise) - and took the opportunity for a short cruise in advance. We are so glad we did. We met every single other passenger - even the French, who comprised about half of the passengers. As I speak a bit of French, I had no trouble, but neither did those who spoke only English. The passengers were fun and friendly. Only ten of us disembarked in Panama and the rest were joined by others as they went on to Lima over the following week or so. The crew was excellent - only the reception staff were a bit uninterested in being responsive. The Butler, West, attended to all our needs. We had a suite - essentially two staterooms together. Beware, European sizes are small for us Americans, but there was plenty of room. For the most part, we hardly stayed in the stateroom. The public rooms are gorgeous, well cared-for and comfortable. We are going again and we actually booked a Tahiti - Honolulu - Japan trip in 2019. This is a wonderful line and perfect for adults and friends. The entertainment was just fine and much more than we expected given a repositioning cruise. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
We like to sail on the smaller ships and had been sailing with Seabourn for 15 years (max. 208 passengers) when they had the 3 small ships. Sailed a couple of times on the larger, newer ships (max. 450 passengers) and did not like it. My ... Read More
We like to sail on the smaller ships and had been sailing with Seabourn for 15 years (max. 208 passengers) when they had the 3 small ships. Sailed a couple of times on the larger, newer ships (max. 450 passengers) and did not like it. My husband found Ponant on line and thought the line looked very interesting. Having got the brochure and saw the type of cruises we like (particularly the repositioning as we like days at sea) we booked the Boston, Mass. to Lima, Peru. Loved every minute and we will certainly book another one as soon as possible (and we have saved some money up!) The staff could not do enough for you and nothing was too much. The food was superb, particularly the wonderful French cheeses and the bread is to die for! (Take clothes that will expand with your waistline!!!!) I would have liked a bit more to do in the daytime, i.e. art and craft classes etc. The only problem was that the majority of the passengers were only French speakers. However, the staff did translate where appropriate (quizzes etc) Our cruise agent informed me that there are going to be some 'all English speaking' cruises in the future and we would be VERY interested in hearing about those. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017

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