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7 Cannes to Europe - Western Mediterranean Cruise Reviews

We are experienced cruisers in our late 60's and decided to try something different. We loved the itinerary of this particular cruise, going to ports that are not usually visited by big cruise ships, apart from Portofino. Royal ... Read More
We are experienced cruisers in our late 60's and decided to try something different. We loved the itinerary of this particular cruise, going to ports that are not usually visited by big cruise ships, apart from Portofino. Royal Clipper is a beautiful vessel and is kept spotlessly clean and well maintained. We knew ahead of time that the cabin would be smaller than what we are used to and that we would not be having a balcony but only two portholes. Storage was adequate but very limited and the bathroom small. The bed was pushed against the wall, which made getting up to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night very awkward. Sail way, when the sails are raised, music playing and champagne served, is quite magical. The final evening, with the under the stars disco and the sails lit up was breathtaking. Food is quite good. Not as extensive a menu as a larger cruise of course, but quite adequate. Breakfast and lunch are buffets and dinner, waiter service. Service is excellent by both dining room staff and bar staff. All crew are exceptionally friendly but it is unfortunate that the same cannot be said about some of the officers, who appeared standoffish. Room stewards were friendly and our cabin was kept spotless. He even made towel animals. Embarkation in Cannes was clumsy due to the ship being anchored rather than docked. Disembarkation in Rome went a lot more smoothly. Safety drill on the first evening took an hour and then a second drill on the first morning also took an hour. This seemed excessive and disorganized. The dining room itself seems to have too many tables and chairs for comfort and the buffet is poorly designed, so that only a few passengers can access it at once. Up on deck, the sun beds are far too close together so that it is impossible to alter the reclining position without pulling it out of the line. There is very little shade on deck. Although a small area has an awning. The atmosphere on the ship was very different to other cruises we have enjoyed. A large contingent of German doctors on a 'conference' were on board. It did not seem to make for a particularly friendly atmosphere on the ship. We understand that many such 'conferences' are a staple on Star Clipper lines. A beach stop was offered on Corsica. I understand that this is at the discretion of the harbour master and that no choice is made by the Captain. The beach offered could not accommodate the tenders, so Zodiacs were used. The sea was choppy and entry onto the Zodiac difficult. When we saw the state of the beach as we approached it, we were not impressed. The sea was full of weed, and the beach strewn with debris. There were no facilities whatsoever. Passengers were expected to get out of the Zodiac with waves going up to their waists. We decided not to get off and returned to the ship. Upon disembarking from the Zodiac, my husband slipped against the metal edge of the dock, injuring his shin and requiring stitches. This was promptly dealt with by the ship's nurse. I made a complaint to the Hotel Manager that the beach was not of the standard we would have expected and that the sea was too choppy to get on and off the Zodiacs safely. No phone call to our cabin was received to answer my complaint. In fact the Hotel Manager approached me at the bottom of the staircase as I was going to dinner. In a curt manner she told me that the beach had nothing to do with the Captain and that the seas were of acceptable limits. My husband was right behind me. She did not speak to him but merely asked me how he was. I said he was not good and I was unimpressed with her handling of the situation and how on other lines, it would have been dealt with differently. No concern or follow up was made by her for the rest of the cruise. The only people who appeared to care were the waiters and the bar staff. This left a bitter taste in our mouths about the level of concern shown when one of the passengers was injured. Very little entertainment was offered apart from talent show, fashion show, quiz evening and Mr. and Mrs. Contest. For a line that prides itself on being a cut above the average cruise line, these entertainments seemed to me to be childish and banal. The only talks given were Captain's stories and a talk on pirates. Napkin folding and knot tying class were given. A visit to the Bridge was advertised but the officers had forgotten until they were reminded twenty minutes late ....An engine room visit was also included. Mast climbing was offered but was so poorly organized that many of the passengers were disappointed they did not get a chance to climb. Water sports were often cancelled but some people enjoyed swimming off the marina platform. Excursions were few but were reasonably priced. Drinks were reasonably priced. My husband found the fitness room had exercise bikes which were old and in poor condition, the ceiling is low above the treadmill making it difficult for someone of any height to use. In summary we were glad to have experienced this cruise line, but would be unlikely to again. These cruises are not cheap and many compromises are made, for the sake of seeing sails go up and down. Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
Interesting ports to visit. This was my husband and mine first Mediterranian cruise. Excellent, and service all over the ship. The included 3-course dinner was better than we anticipated and personal and fantastic service from our ... Read More
Interesting ports to visit. This was my husband and mine first Mediterranian cruise. Excellent, and service all over the ship. The included 3-course dinner was better than we anticipated and personal and fantastic service from our waiter Sardika ⭐️ We had the Premium drinking package, which we recommend. The lifts midship were not working too well, a LOT of waiting. A great variety in breakfast, both hot and cold dishes. A minus for the charges for adventures, for example ten euros for one ride with zipline. An even bigger minus was that smoking was allowed in so many places, including by the pool. The cabin beds were very comfortable. And our cabinstewardess Anna were amazing! Great coffee everywhere. The only place to get a good Beer is in Sports Bar, i.e IPA. The shows onboard were a disapointment, a bit boring although the dancers all were professional. Overall, my husband and I really recommend a cruise onboard this amazing ship. Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
I booked this cruise one year ahead for our special anniversary, I told the UK agents and my own travel agent told them that it was a special time, yet it was forgotten about. No mention of it in spite of others having the waiters sing ... Read More
I booked this cruise one year ahead for our special anniversary, I told the UK agents and my own travel agent told them that it was a special time, yet it was forgotten about. No mention of it in spite of others having the waiters sing happy birthday and such. Also we do not eat meat and ordered vegetarian food. On arrival the restaurant had no idea of our request and could only offer frozen items of poor quality. They did try their best but did not understand any menu that was not pre planned. Your passports are withheld until you pay any extra's although they have your credit card and landing in France without ID was very risky as everyone was asking for ID prior to entry. Beware they take your money and promise a lot yet deliver very little. The ship really sails by motor and the sails are for effect, when they go up they offer Champagne at €7.50 per glass. Everything was for the ships benefit and very little customer comfort. The cabin air condition does not turn off and the air is very stale, I was told that the whole ship was like that and nothing could be done. The towels were so small it would not cover your embarrassment. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
Listen I have cruise MSC plenty of times as I am Black Member status with Msc.. This cruise was part of my b2b Mediterranean cruise. I thought that my cruise with Musica was bad and didn't think it could of got worse, BUT I was ... Read More
Listen I have cruise MSC plenty of times as I am Black Member status with Msc.. This cruise was part of my b2b Mediterranean cruise. I thought that my cruise with Musica was bad and didn't think it could of got worse, BUT I was wrong..... Embarkation in Cannes was the worst EVER. Security had no idea we were getting on the ship, made us wait like fore ever, lol. Finally found our names on a sheet. Good to go, nobody helped with or luggage, as it was a tender to get to the ship.up and down stairs , just to get to the boat... We get to the ship, go to customer service and to my surprise, our Aurea Experience was a no go again, not on our card. Told the customer service girl the code was wrong she said it was ok, NO... So charges got put on our account and took a whole day just to get that fixed(5 times during to the day to get it taken off) Customer Service worse ever, and I have had bad service before..... MDR was AWFUL.. food not appealing at all, again went to buffet and even there was bad, :-( MSC needs to step up or they are going to loose loyal customers.. The wine again in the Aurea Experience , again SO SO BAD, not fit to drink.... On a better note, we had exception service in MDR, buffet areas, and Bars.. Our room attendant, was awful. We asked about our perks for Aurea and he said he had no idea we were booked in the class.. He never went out of his way to make us feel welcome.. We had to ask for everything...,Even the whole 12th floor are Aurea Guest Cabins....... The shows in the theater were the worst we ever seen, so so bad and we LOVE MSC ' s shows.. so sad..... So 2 times booked with MSC for the Mediterranean and both cruise MSC missed the boat. So Caribbean I will stay.. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
The fact that this ship is a converted car ferry says a lot. The owners have done their best with it but the ship was laid down in 1973 and things like engine noise suppression cannot be as good as with modern, specifically built, cruise ... Read More
The fact that this ship is a converted car ferry says a lot. The owners have done their best with it but the ship was laid down in 1973 and things like engine noise suppression cannot be as good as with modern, specifically built, cruise ships. Our cabin was on the Bridge deck and we experienced quite a lot of vibration which would have been a lot worse on the lower decks. On our cruise, passengers were 90 less than capacity which was good as we thought the public facilities would have been really stretched had the ship been full. The ship is shortly to have a refit and an extra 8% capacity added. We really don't see how this will work if the ship runs to capacity as the main dining room will not cope with a single sitting nor will the lounge have anywhere near enough space. With regard to food we can only describe this as average; it was certainly nothing memorable. Although wines were included with dinner, they were for the most part the same (probably cheap) Greek wines. We did enjoy our cruise as the trips were certainly outstanding - most memorable was a private viewing of St Marks Basilica in Venice - awesome! The crew on the ship and staff of VtoA were all excellent. Read Less
Sail Date June 2012
Cruise went from Palma to Cannes, Rome, Sicily and Florence. I will begin with our only criticism which is that the drinks were very expensive,don't buy cans of Fosters they are $13 dollars each, we had 2 children with us and would ... Read More
Cruise went from Palma to Cannes, Rome, Sicily and Florence. I will begin with our only criticism which is that the drinks were very expensive,don't buy cans of Fosters they are $13 dollars each, we had 2 children with us and would strongly recommend the kids soda package. We didn't buy the adult packages as we don't drink very much alcohol. The food was lovely with the option of fine dining in the Gatsby Restaurant or more casually at the snack bar or other self service restaurant where the food was fresh and hot with plenty to choose from including the show cooking area. There was plenty of choice for our children too they never struggled to find something they liked even though one is a very fussy eater. The room was adequate for what we needed and we found the shows suitable for us all, there was plenty of options for entertainment during the day and night. One of our worries was the cost of the trips don't be afraid to go it alone. In Cannes we walked to the local train station and paid 35 euros for a family return ticket to Monte Carlos where we looked around on our own, you can get a tour train to Monaco but as we were short on time we got a local bus from the bottom of the hill for 1 euro to Monaco and walked around ourselves. There is a tourist information office on the front by the mariner who were very helpful. Florence we just looked around the port as we didn't want to travel a long time on a coach. Rome, again you can get the local train straight into Rome 9 euros or 15 euros for the fast train return, the station is only a 10 minute walk from the port.we spoke to somebody who paid royal carribean $72 dollars for this transfer and still did Rome on their own. Get off this train at St Peters not Rome you are 10 minutes walk from Vatican where you can pick up a tour bus, those prices were negotiable we got 1 child free with 3 adults. Buy any drinks in the side streets not at main attractions it was 20 euros for 4 cokes by the colisseum. Sicily, we were offered a taxi to the beach 60 euros each way if you cross the road from the port there is a large set of traffic lights with a bus stop, the buses are every hour and cost 1 and a half euros each way it drops you directly on the beach which is approx 30 minutes from the port and well worth a visit. We hope this helps as a comparison to the organised trips. This was a fantastic family holiday and would highly recommend it. Read Less
Sail Date August 2011
On first entering the Island Escape, you can spell how old and dated it is. No one to greet you so you have no idea where your going and this was our 1st cruise. Cabins were worn and dated, cabin staff did their best but you cannot do ... Read More
On first entering the Island Escape, you can spell how old and dated it is. No one to greet you so you have no idea where your going and this was our 1st cruise. Cabins were worn and dated, cabin staff did their best but you cannot do much with a decaying shower, toilet and grubby shower curtain. Top restaurant was like a school dinner hall, and food was just the same - rough and grubby. We were All inclusive, with that you only get one choice of lagar which was Stella, which I know alot of people do not drink, so your stuck. Other choice was OK, which included cocktails of the day. Food in the better restaurant was OK and a better quality that the top one. Oasis was not worth the extra money, I dont think. Only having 1 decent restaurant to choose from was pretty poor. No where to sit in some of the Bars, could not get to see the the shows - no room. Where are you supposed to go? your stuck on a grubby boat which the week we were there had 150 kids aboard, absolute Bedlam!!!!. Ports of call were the only thing great about this cruise - which meant getting off, but you had to get back on again. If you want a good cruise experience, dont go on this one. I think they should send this boat to the knackers yard. Complained to Thomson - completly un-interested, for that reason would not use Thomson again. Hope you read this Thomson's!!!!!!!!! Read Less
Sail Date June 2009

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