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Majestic Princess is one of the new ships that have been launched over the past five years. The newer ships are no where as good as the older ships. The design of the new ships has been at the expense of the customer. Getting more ... Read More
Majestic Princess is one of the new ships that have been launched over the past five years. The newer ships are no where as good as the older ships. The design of the new ships has been at the expense of the customer. Getting more cabins means a number of features have been compromised. Ships like the Diamond had a beautiful promenade deck that went all around the vessel. The Majestic has lost this as they have placed the life boats on this deck. Very disappointing. There is no night club/disco on the Majestic so to bed early every night! The Conservatory had no booking system so passengers reserved them from early morning with towels and books and monopolised them all day. The tables in the Conservatory were used for Mah jong. A waste of valuable real estate with players not interested in the spectacular views. Crooners Piano Bar is in prime location on ships such as the Diamond. On the Majestic that prime location has been given to expensive shops (e.g. Cartier) which did not appear to ever have customers.The Majestic has it as a smaller room off to the side of the casino. And for some reasons the room is partitioned destroying much of the atmosphere. Entertainment was a joke! I believe there was about half the number of bands/performers compared to older ships. This is partially because there are not as many venues/bars. The Princess Theatre cannot accommodate the extra passengers they have on the ship so arriving half to one hour before the show was required to get a seat. People got used to bringing books to read during the long wait. This flaw is acknowledged by the ship as they play a video of the show in the Vista lounge for those who couldn't get a seat. The Vista lounge is much smaller than on other ships. It does not really have a dance floor and is not used as a music venue, more as a theatre style venue for trivia, movies etc. It doesn't have a bar. I have cruised 18 times and in the Elite loyalty programme. Daily Captain's lounge canapes in the older ships is in Skywalkers nightclub with magnificent views. On the Majestic it is in the Vista lounge with no views nor ambience. I went once on the Majestic but daily on the older ships. There is no pool at the rear of the boat. No Wake View bar. Outdoor movies under the stars is good but the sound, especially for music videos was far to quiet. A number of table tennis tables is very good but with no booking system they were monopolised a small group of enthusiastic players. Difficult to get a game. The noodle bar is a very good addition to the pool deck. Gym is very good. The beds and pillows are very good. Princess brochure shows the Majestic is one of the new ships that are configured for 3,560 guests. These include Regal, Royal and Sky. I will not be cruising on any of these ships. Princess has made a big mistake in configuring these ships to take more guests as the expense of their customers experience. As a loyal Princess cruiser of Elite status I am sad at the direction management is taking this cruise line. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
Firstly my trip got off to a disappointing start. The airline lost my luggage which meant I was stuck in a sundress for 3 days until the next port. The staff in the shop were extremely unhelpful and rude. They had very few sizes on display ... Read More
Firstly my trip got off to a disappointing start. The airline lost my luggage which meant I was stuck in a sundress for 3 days until the next port. The staff in the shop were extremely unhelpful and rude. They had very few sizes on display and when I made inquiries basically waived their hands at unpacked cartons and said "we may or may not have something, you'll have to wait until we unpack". No offer to at least look in one or two boxes. When asked how long until they unpack, I was told 1 to 2 days!! Needless to say I brought nothing in the "fashion shop" this cruise. The staff at the services desk were more sympathetic and did at least arrange a toiletries bag and promised to chase up with the airlines to ensure a smooth delivery of my bag... This obviously didn't happen as I had a distressed courier call me at 745 am ( we were not allowed off ship until 0800) saying no one was there to sign for my case and so he would return it to his depo.. Long story short, no communication between Princess and Airline ( and Visa versa) but I eventually received my bag later that afternoon. Embarkation was very easy. Our mini suite was great, roomy enough for the four of us, though very hot overnight. And our room attendant lovely and attentive as usual The majestic is a large ship but most of the extra space seemed to be state rooms, with a feeling that there wasn't enough public space for all of the people. There no doubt is, a lot of it surrounding the piazza and in the hollywood club, but quiet space is limited. We are out doors types so like deck space. I personally never had an issue securing a deck chair, but I was happy to sit in the sun, shade was a scarce commodity and we saw a few people get narky over chairs. Inside there is heaps of space in the piazza, but there was always something on, so it was always noisy. There were hardliners who found the fewer quite spots near an Asian tea bar, and the Crowne bar but I hear you had to be early. The large Hollywood sanctuary area was always full to the brim. I only did a curious walk through once or twice, but it seemed just as noisy as elsewhere. There were a few spots on the deck near the ping pong but there was a curious stale smell that wafted around that area at times. I suspect it's near the rubbish disposal. Not having a deck to walk laps around was rather odd. You could do a shorter circuit on the 7th if you don't mind crossing through the ship either end. You could do a longer lap around deck above the pool (17) but it's cut short by the Hollywood club area and at the rear you have to go up, through the sports area down, across then back up through the sports area again... The gym was well equipped, cool and open 24/7. The sports area is very poorly designed. No net over the top, and some of the side netting had holes bug enough for balls to pass through. It is also necessary to pass through it to get to the golf area and wake Bar.This could be easily fixed by putting a net along the front of it, creating a walkway. There seemed to be quite a few frustrating dead ends on the ship. (seems I wasn't the only one who accidentally opened the dining room door setting off an alarm...ops..on deck 5 or was it 6, trying to find my way forward ) We also accidentally walked in on a massage one day whilst looking for karaoke, as it seems they were using the rooms labeled "karaoke" as extra spa area. They really should lock them...so check that they do before you get your gear off Entertainment wise this cruise was lacking compared to other cruise I've been on. The band Opus was great as was the lady signing in Crooners nightly but the show's were lacking. There were 3 production shows ( plus one encore involving dancers) in the 19 nights. I've had more on a 12 day cruise. The magician was okay, there was some impersonator, but anyone under 60 struggled to know who he was talking about (which I guess is fine on a cruise with an average age of 65) and a few other singers who were okay. Oh and some violinist, whom my son and I found hilariously over the top in his sparkly Jimmy choos and diamante eyelash extensions, but the lady throwing him kisses next to us obviously disagreed. Activity wise the program was pretty much the same daily with the usual zumba, trivia, ballroom dance, destination talks etc.. Not to mention all the promotional "raffles" and art auctions etc. We just ignored those. My mum went to a "sale" but the bags watches etc were even poorer quality( if that's possible) then past cruises. I saw one lady with her $15 bargain small travel bag and didn't have the heart to tell her I got my similar one at kmart for only $3. Then there was the occasional fun thing like the egg drop, ship making comp and pool games. I didn't mind the repetition as mostly I was happy to amuse myself. I did do some ballroom and Victor was a very entertaining teacher. I also did Zumba most mornings. My only gripe was the rude Trivia goers who couldn't wait to get a seat, even though there was a 40 minute gap between Zumba and Trivia. One thing that was strange was that a lot of activities such as line dancing, ball room etc were held in the piazza which meant that the learners always had an audience. This put some people off and meant that there was constant noise and traffic Kids activities were provided but seemed confined to the kids area. They advertised a basketball shoot off the second day on board which I thought might get my shy but sporty son involved. But we waited on the sports deck for half an hour with no show. Later when we went down to look at kids club and ask about it we were told because the forecast was for rain they had cancelled the basketball as it might be dangerous ( it never rained and they obviously hadn't even been up to check) This put my son off immediately. Hes not the crafty kind and that was mostly what their program listed. So he refused to go. He did find another like minded boy however and they amused themselves between the pool, table tennis and sports area..not to mention the ice-cream parlor and dessert lady who befriended them and always had their favorites on hand. There were about 50 kids on board, many who did enjoy kids club, it just didn't interest mine this time around. Dining wise, we did anytime dining and never waited. But personally I missed the friendship you gain from having a dining companion. As we were a group of 4 with a child they never put us on a shared table even though we would of happily shared. We usually ate at 6-630 or after the first show (which started 715). The food was okay. A lot of seafood which limited my mother who has a shellfish allergy. The buffet area was great for breakfast and lunch but we found at dinner time they compacted it to one or two sections with limited choice. The buffet was also very confusing with a lot of repetition yet some things only available in one spot. eg waffles ( my sons favorite) were only in 1 spot but pancakes, toast and cereal were in several spots. The cake/dessert selection was good but also very repetitive. Lots of continental cream cakes but same flavors daily, ditto for cookies. They did have a Crayfish seafood special on once or twice for dinner but it was poorly advertised so we missed it. My Dad loved the veggie burgers from the burger bar near the pool, and I was fond of the noodles. We didn't go to any of the specialty restaurants. There are a couple of tea, coffee water stations in the buffet and one out the back of the ship near the Wake bar, but it was hard to find water on the actual pool deck, and just as hard to find a waiter meaning lots of trips in a damp towel into the buffet to the disapproving looks,of some other cruisers, but it was very hot and humid...I needed water. This could easily be fixed by having water jugs near the ice-cream bar and towel bar. Overall we certainly enjoyed our cruise. With 12 sea days many might find it boring, but I loved the relaxation time. After the first few days people found their spot on the ship and it did begin to have that cruisey family feel whereby you seem to see the same faces most days. We spent 5 days in Hong Kong at the end and continuously ran into people we recognized from the ship. I'd certainly travel on the Majestic again, but admit it did lack some of the intimacy and atmosphere you experience on a smaller ship. One thing we did note was that being so big you barely felt the movement of the ship and as a result none of us suffered from sea legs post disembarkation. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
This was our first Cunard cruise, and we probably won't be back for many reasons, but I will detail the good and bad. Our sailing was Brisbane to Singapore, with ports Airlie Beach, Darwin, Bali, Singapore Embarkation in ... Read More
This was our first Cunard cruise, and we probably won't be back for many reasons, but I will detail the good and bad. Our sailing was Brisbane to Singapore, with ports Airlie Beach, Darwin, Bali, Singapore Embarkation in Brisbane was smooth and easy, the fishermans grain terminal isn't nice but I wasn't going on holidays for the terminal so wasn't impacted. My first impression was that Cunard was missing the 'WOW' that an atrium such as those on Princess offer. The 'Grand Lobby' didn't seem that grand. It was lunch time so we headed to the dining room, though the cruise was on a world voyage we were told we couldn't eat there. We asked for a menu to cater to my husbands dietary requirements and were promptly given one. Upstairs in King's Court, we were blown away... By how below average it was. Small, limited variety.. Sure, you could find something but there wasn't much. I expected something grand and was flat. We had an inside cabin on deck 10. It was smaller than other inside cabins we had, and every surface was covered with things, ice buckets, tea, coffee etc. No room to put our own things so we asked our stateroom steward to remove everything and he did so promptly. Now onto the voyage itself. Well, what a disappointment. Cyclone in Darwin, so we could not port, which also meant Bali immigration could not board and due to a public holiday it meant no Bali. So we sailed for 9 sea days straight. The weather cannot be faulted to Cunard but their reaction was deplorable. A bottle of wine in each cabin, we are not drinkers and asked to swap for soft drink but were told we could have bottled water instead. That and only that was offered. For the price paid on Cunard cruises, in this case up to $30,000 we expected better. Thankfully, we did not pay that, but $6000 is still a lot to pay for a 12 day cruise with 11 sea days. Could we have stopped in Cairns by tender, or possibly Malaysia, Perth somewhere else, I believe so. The mood on the boat drastically dropped after the news. The holiday was a dud and with so many people disembarking in Singapore, it was very obvious nobody was happy. Dining.. Oliver , head waiter in the Brittania dining room, Deck 1 was superb. We were designated late sitting but wanted early, so we went every night at 6.30pm and were randomly seated. We mostly ended up at the same table and Oliver always bought out the next days menu for my husband. If we missed dinner, he would slip it under our door. The food was ok, never outstanding and without the ports it became very dry, bland and basic by day 7. Duck La Ronge was bought out 1 night, the driest piece of duck I've ever seen and one orange segment, no sauce.. Not very nice. The worst experience was when I asked for a straw to accompany my glass of ice and soft drink. The waiter told me no because they were banned on the boat. I had to argue to get my straw, and the next night it happened again. Finally I told him sternly that since they put straws in cocktails and other beverages I was entitled to mine. I was paying $4.71 for a coca cola each night, USD, so converted to AUD even higher - if I wanted a straw I was getting one. Then the straws started appearing. One night however, I watched him chastise a sweet older lady who asked for a straw with her ginger ale. I had enough and reported him to the head waiter. When he came back with the straw he proceeded to abuse her telling her that she shouldn't have gone over his head. Enough said on that, but rest assured he got a piece of my mind. Desserts were average,nothing fancy. We did like the games corridors on deck 2, they had boardgames, puzzles etc that was great. The planetarium was good but they didn't show enough shows and I found that silly since we'd been subjected to so many sea days. Loved the relaxation therapy pool in the spa spent many many hours there and the price was on par for what we received. Did not enjoy the shows, a guy and girl with a yoyo and some juggling for passengers of that age and price point was terrible. One night I overheard a lady say the singers and dancers sounded like 100 cats were dying, I thought she was being complimentary. The theatre is beautiful so they could do better trying to fill it. Crossing the equator service was hilarious and fun and I would say 70% of the boat went to that event, it was great to watch. Shops were ok, but we didn't buy anything. The staff didn't seem to knowledgeable but they may hve been new. IF you are a smoker, there is limited areas available on deck 7/8 and it is aft on the boat, be warned it is a very tiny area - you will not be catered to very well. Is it value for money. Not at all, and if you are spending that money I really think you deserve better. Cunard really needs to pick their act up, because the ship itself is quite nice,it is let down by poor offerings, average service (Where was white star), basic food, terrible buffet, expensive prices. Would i do one again, probably not. And whilst I met many people on board, a good chunk of them said the same without any prompting from me! Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
We were with our family on this Cruise and almost everything was almost good. Food was great and lots of activities. But we could not leave our children to the childrens club because staff look liked that they weren't sober and ... Read More
We were with our family on this Cruise and almost everything was almost good. Food was great and lots of activities. But we could not leave our children to the childrens club because staff look liked that they weren't sober and smelled like liquor.. They should make them take breathtests before allowing to work. Because of that we missed some activities and hope that if we come again there's more professional staff. But mainly everything was what we were looking for. Big thanks to the other crew for being so nice and taking so good care of us. Also the ship was plagued by what the ships doctors termed viral bronchitis. Lots of people and I mean lots of people were ill with chest , throat , and eye infections. Reporting to the Hotel Manager and Customer Service Manager was met with little desire and satisfaction to try alleviate the problems. The main excuse is they are at sea and have little resources to do these repairs. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
Im a platinum member of cunard which means i have traveled a lot on all there ships mostly on QM2. the food in the britania resterant always arives less than worm although presentation is good,even though the ship has undergon a big ... Read More
Im a platinum member of cunard which means i have traveled a lot on all there ships mostly on QM2. the food in the britania resterant always arives less than worm although presentation is good,even though the ship has undergon a big re-fit it is still tied in parts its saving grace was getting rid of that terrible palm court. the shops are exspensive as products can be got ashore at a better price toiled papper is appoling and cheep staff seemed always to be stressed ,but always,well mostly are plesant . the big pluss are the new single staterooms although you cannot book the on the saver fair,disspite what cunard tell you,cunard were the very best at one time now they are only good to ok christmass is not recomended on cunard,not my opinion but having spoken to passangers who had don christmas told me it was only ok. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
Our embarkation was smooth, our room looked great, very roomy, heaps of storage. Problems started when we went to try to sleep. My side of the bed was bone shaking!! I complained to our cabin steward and also the reception and we were ... Read More
Our embarkation was smooth, our room looked great, very roomy, heaps of storage. Problems started when we went to try to sleep. My side of the bed was bone shaking!! I complained to our cabin steward and also the reception and we were moved to a quieter room. We did not book any of the shore excursions on the ship (expensive), instead booking one excursion through trip advisor on Alotau. There were 44 people from the ship in total that had booked this full day excursion for $195 each. It was an interesting experience, we went to the young woman's village and her mother had made us lunch, we watched the villagers do some dancing, we were shown sago Palms and there many uses in the village. We were shown a smoking room where her uncle smoked coconuts to make copra. All in all an interesting day. One problem seems to be the tenders, We had to sit and wait on average 3 hours to get off the ship! There were a lot of people complaining about it. Also there was an altercation on one of the islands between 2 native villages and people from the ship were basically stuck on the jetty, I did not see it myself, but spoke to people who witnessed it first hand! Very frightening with Machetes and spears being thrown. All in all, I enjoyed being on the ship, loved the trivia games a few times a day! Food was good but not exceptional. Staff/crew were all very helpful. I must say, once is enough for me to Papua New Guinea... Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
The cruise was fine very flat seas , but the ship looked tired and old , lots of rust and everywhere there was lights out. The Shower rail was worn out in its track and the shower curtain fell of just about every time we used it.The staff ... Read More
The cruise was fine very flat seas , but the ship looked tired and old , lots of rust and everywhere there was lights out. The Shower rail was worn out in its track and the shower curtain fell of just about every time we used it.The staff were fine but our main gripe was the ship tours in many of the ports our tour of the Batak Tribe with cruise was a complete joke with the tribe not interested at all and the cruise along the rive was in a boat that had not muffler and ran into the banks for half a km then rang aground. The tour was portrayed in the ships tour guide as an experience at its best. At $160.00 US dollars it was the worst thing that you could go on DO NOT GO ON THIS TOUR. F302 Batak Tribe Cultural Encounter and Mangrove Forest River Cruise Absolute Rubbish! Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
We had heard some good reviews about Princess cruises prior to booking. We found the gratuities extreme especially when sailing in Australian waters.We found our suite to be quite OK and the service by staff was very good.The dining was ... Read More
We had heard some good reviews about Princess cruises prior to booking. We found the gratuities extreme especially when sailing in Australian waters.We found our suite to be quite OK and the service by staff was very good.The dining was a reasonable standard however becomes tiresome after a few weeks at sea. The alcohol on board was very expensive being approximately double the retail price on land plus 15% gratuities.The entertainment whilst we saw some wonderfully talented individuals the overall experience was disappointing when compared to other cruises we have been on. The entertainment director was first class and was up front and involved in most the entertainment hosting and provided excellent commentary to the guests on board. We enjoyed the table tennis and pool area however we found it extremely frustrating when other passengers booked poolside chairs and didn't return for hours on end.The advisory signs asking passengers not to do this was not enforced by pool attendants. Also the golf put put and lawn bowls area was poorly designed and over crowded. The procedure for managing shore excursions was conducted in a very professional manner being the best we have experienced on any other cruises we have been on so far. Depending on timing and destination we would consider using Princess cruises again and we would recommend to others particularly those that havent cruised before as the staff are very good. Overall the ship suited our holiday needs but there is definitively room left for improvement when we compare to some other experiences we have had with cruising. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
We are regular cruisers, we shared this cruise with friends. Japan is always difficult to access and using the cruise option gives comfortable access to the west coast which most tours avoid. we enjoy the process of cruising as much as the ... Read More
We are regular cruisers, we shared this cruise with friends. Japan is always difficult to access and using the cruise option gives comfortable access to the west coast which most tours avoid. we enjoy the process of cruising as much as the destinations. We had been on the Sea Princess only three weeks before on a last minute cruise and we knew what to expect. The furniture in all but the two recently renovated areas is very tired. The cushioning in all other chairs is worn out, carpets are worn, the pool areas are in dire need of a full re-fit and the Vista lounge leaked every day. In our room, we had airconditioning faults, rotten curtains, a ceiling leak outside, the interior room opposite had major floods, the w.c. backed up probably 7 or 8 times requiring remediation. The in room wifi was slow and often did not work at all and it was cut off very early on the last morning. The television system suffered many outs, the ship navigation channel was down for the eight cruising days home. Issues in the kitchen saw meals often delivered luke warm and the meal variety in the dining rooms was extremely limited for a seven week cruise. The saving grace in all this was the staff who soldiered on valliantly even while trying to make some sense of the silly Princess policy of marshalling Princess tour groups on board. Princess just simply not get it. We are adults, let us off the ship with instructions as to where and when to meet for our coaches. This way we can spend some time at the portside shops and enjoy the welcome ceremonies and so on instead of being cooped up for an hour or more in the theatre. Hopefully, one day they might get it? I am hoping that Princess will pass all three of this age and class of ship, Sun, Sea and Dawn, to P.& O. as soon as possible, they are not up to scratch and require a long time in dry dock for a TOTAL refit. Read Less
Sail Date February 2016
I have completed 15 cruises with Princess but this is the worst bed I Have ever slept on whilst on a cruise ship. The Customer services Manager had another mattress placed on the bed to replace the very old one which was on the bed. It was ... Read More
I have completed 15 cruises with Princess but this is the worst bed I Have ever slept on whilst on a cruise ship. The Customer services Manager had another mattress placed on the bed to replace the very old one which was on the bed. It was not much better and the base was very squeaky. The only way to make the bed able to be slept on a board was placed under the mattress and the spring base sprayed with WD40 to stop the squeaking. It was dreadful. The entertainment was okay but it would seem that Princess are cutting staff and the cruise Directors staff were working extremely hard trying to keep passengers busy on the many sea days. The ship is getting very old and we noticed many pipes leaking on deck 7. There were many pipes bursting in some of he cabins. Our cabin had cold water for 1 1/2 days then it was so hot it almost scolded us. The air conditioning was also very cold in some areas and quite warm in other areas. Dining room staff were excellent as was the food but I noticed Princess have a shorter menu most meals. Read Less
Sail Date February 2016
My son lives Hong Kong, my wife and I decided to visit him on the way to Australia. We have many times since 1969, our 2nd time with RCCL, 1st was on the Rapsody of the Seas 10 years ago in the Carribean. The food and service were good, ... Read More
My son lives Hong Kong, my wife and I decided to visit him on the way to Australia. We have many times since 1969, our 2nd time with RCCL, 1st was on the Rapsody of the Seas 10 years ago in the Carribean. The food and service were good, ship was clean, ports were different, Manila arrived on a Sunday, so quite quiet, able to visit the old city and surprisingly viewed some weddings at a number of churches. Puorto Princess on the island of Palawan was next port, said to be the cleanest city in the Philippines and lived up to that. The highlight was the subterranean river National park a Unesco listing, some 80kms away as the port time was too short the ship did not offer an excursion to it,a private tour was too risky to undertake a disappointment to many. Next stop Kota Kimabulu-excellent, Bali-excellent, then Darwin, Cairns, Airlie Beach in Australia, to experience the Great Barrier Reef, rainforests and wildlife. My disappointment with the ship was the over crowding for casual meals, the dining room for breakfast/lunch was very slow. The full buffet Windjammer Cafe always crowded, due to this staff made announcements (in a nice way) asking people to leave. 2nd choice the small Park Cafe offering breakfast/lunch sandwiches which disappointed many. Many ships have a smaller buffet poolside. Disappointed The iconic Skylounge is no longer, now a extra charge restaurant. internet prices also disappointing, no per minute rates, only daily, also very disappointing. Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
The ship was great no complaints I've been on a number of cruises it was by far the smoothest,however there's a major problem in the main dining room which is called the Windjammer it is understaffed at times impossible to get ... Read More
The ship was great no complaints I've been on a number of cruises it was by far the smoothest,however there's a major problem in the main dining room which is called the Windjammer it is understaffed at times impossible to get seating and when you are lucky enough to find a table it's covered in the previous passengers mess and this is continuous,apart from that it's great but it was by far a minor problem compared to departure at Shanghai . ON arrival at Shanghai we were bundled off in mass from it was absolute chaos passengers were standing in very long queues for an eternity then the same at customs. Then it got around the problem started because they had Chinese dignitaries boarding and to entertain them they wanted to do this in the main theatre where the bulk of the passengers were waiting they didn't give a stuff about the passengers just stampeded them off THe final straw was bedlam finding our luggage it took us 2 hours they just mixed all the numbers together and literally dumped them in the terminal it was open slather there were fights amongst the passengers you can imagine over 4000 fighting to get their luggage and then Chinese security got involved I don't the outcome of that,we had friends email us saying they had to leave there luggage behind so as they could get there flight to Singapore,I didn't mention the ship was delayed for 12 hrs because of fog that was no fault of theirs we only had one day in Shanghai so that was a waste of money we booked in 11pm that night and left the next morning pretty expensive nights sleep, we were the lucky ones thousands lost there connecting flights',through all this there were was no one to offer assistance it was sink or swim.and to top it off it took at least an hour to get a Taxi. I think I would be in a long queue complaining about that voyage,as yet we have had no appollogies from Royal Caribbean they have a lot to answer for. Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
We had 13 nights which was certainly enough. Our only other cruise was with Cunard and the difference is startling. The pressure to buy drinks, especially by the pool, was at times insolent. The food was standard British fare, plenty of ... Read More
We had 13 nights which was certainly enough. Our only other cruise was with Cunard and the difference is startling. The pressure to buy drinks, especially by the pool, was at times insolent. The food was standard British fare, plenty of potatoes, at least two different ways every meal, well that will fill you up. Chips everywhere. On this note, Marco Pierre White why did you lend your name to this poor excuse for an exclusive restaurant on board? With a stairwell coming out in the middle, people strolling past, and food no better than the main restaurants I cannot see why he did it. Most cruise ships have a signature restaurant which you make a booking for and pay extra and which you are happy to pay for as the food and service is special Not so here. This one was free except for a dinner surcharge and as such gave no special food or presentation. Menu read well but the presentation and cooking was ordinary. Please Marco review your involvement. The theatres were small and the entertainment was constantly suffled around to fit people kn if an act was popular. On a positive note the cabin, balcony, was excellent, great to have a bath and a good sized bathroom. Our cabin steward did his job well. Read Less
Sail Date February 2014

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