7 Copenhagen Fitness Cruise Reviews

We flew from Sydney, Australia, to visit the Baltic region for the first time. We have cruised once before on NCL (Rome to Spain round-trip). We choose NCL usually because it offers a variety of entertainment and similar standard of ... Read More
We flew from Sydney, Australia, to visit the Baltic region for the first time. We have cruised once before on NCL (Rome to Spain round-trip). We choose NCL usually because it offers a variety of entertainment and similar standard of service that we like. We would be happy to travel again on this ship. Here are some observations. DINING Good: Variety of dining options. O'sheehans is often a favourite. We had 4 additional choices as part of our package. Le Bistro, Cagneys and Moderno are always winners (usually an add on). Needs tweaking: The garden cafe is good for all but close table seating made it difficult to move around when necessary. This can be managed by choosing to dine in Savor or Taste restaurants. Sometimes in the garden cafe, there were dishes that were cold by the time you sat down to eat at the table. For example, scrambled eggs, meat dishes that are meant to be hot, and Indian dishes. I imagine that could cause food to be wasted. I prefer hot food to be eaten at that same temperature. Specialty restaurants did not have this problem. Service: All good during our stay and in all areas of the ship. Entertainment: We love listening to live music. The Syd Norman Pour House had a band with a variety of vocalists that really worked hard to sing and engage the crowd. Definitely a winner for me to sing along with 70,80,90's music. The venue was often crowded. Burn the floor was a good show too. Any longer would have been repetitive. Their energy is amazing. Ancora was an opera/classical group of 4 that were simply fantastic. The range and quality of their voices was breathtaking. I didn't go to see the Cirque show. The additional cost was not the issue. I'm just not into the circus theme. There were other entertainment options too. I liked the interactive games on level 6 that engaged the audience. Nothing complicated, but amusing Room: We had a mini suite on deck 9 forward. While close to level 8 entertainment venue, we slept soundly. Fixtures and fittings are beginning to show some signs of age but, this did not impact on our comfort. Recommendations: Based on personal preference. More ping pong tables so that adults can play, not just the kids. Maybe more area in the gym for stretching, cooling etc in peak time. Also, a big thank you to Mario who was helpful in meeting the needs of the Cruise critic team when docking in Russia. Thanks to Tammy and Patrick (friendly cruise critic cruisers) too. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
This was the cruise for us!! Four stops in a transatlantic package!! Ideal! It was our first experience on a larger ship and it was a worthwhile experience. The facilities were luxurious and the ropes course was sprine tingling! Our ... Read More
This was the cruise for us!! Four stops in a transatlantic package!! Ideal! It was our first experience on a larger ship and it was a worthwhile experience. The facilities were luxurious and the ropes course was sprine tingling! Our cabin was perfect for us, not fancy but it had everything we needed including a surprising amount of storage space and the entertainment was outstanding! Totally top shelf! Cirque, Burn the Floor, Rock of Ages, Helen Ward-Jackson, Justino Zuppo all fantastic! The food was very good with lots of variety and the service was courteous, friendly and prompt. A new addition was a lecturer who briefed us on each of the destinations and tied the trip into a theme of American Immigration. Finally!! He was wonderfully informative. That said, I don’t believe we will choose a large ship again. The theater was too small to seat even half of the guests so that not everyone could see the shows. There were long queues for nearly everything, The fitness center had lots of machines and they were adequate.The trainers were knowledgeable, professional and friendly but the workout room was entirely too small to accommodate the number of people who wanted to attend morning stretch and abs classes. Many people were turned away. We had to be sure to arrive 15 minutes early for class to claim a slice of the floor and a mat. We did like the fact that a fitness pass was offered which allowed us to attend as many classes as we chose to attend for one price but there was an overwhelming sense that additional charges were a theme. There was no longer a shower or sauna in the gym. The only saunas or steam rooms were available at an additional cost in the spa which was beautiful but expensive and not our vibe. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
We've cruised a few times but so far this is our new favourite. The only reason I gave 4 stars was because of the location of the casino, it was right smack in the middle of Deck 7 where all guests including children passed by, so you ... Read More
We've cruised a few times but so far this is our new favourite. The only reason I gave 4 stars was because of the location of the casino, it was right smack in the middle of Deck 7 where all guests including children passed by, so you inhaled the smoke and all, but I guess it had a strategic location and purpose by NCL. The shows were good especially Cirque Dreams, vocalist Karl Loxkey and the female violinist. Food was tasty and had a variety of selection. There were themed nights at the Garden Cafe, and the Grilled Night was the best! The Prime Rib special of the day at O'Sheehans Is a must try, tender and mouth watering, cooked to perfection! The Indian themed lunch at Moderno's was very flavourful and tasted authentic! The cruise director, Dan Dan was my favourite of all. He was quick, witty, smart, hilarious and very generous and attentive! He even rendered a duet with Karl Loxley at the Matinee Farewell Show. He was such a great singer! His staff was amazing! The Matinee Farewell Show by the way is not to be missed! There was so much things to do and see for the family. Lots of free demonstrations and health seminars during the last sea day. Crew were attentive to guests' needs. There was also Lounge and cabins for single cruisers. Overall it was a cruise to remember! Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
Ship review: Room very comfortable (just the 2 of us) and had a balcony-a must. Service always good. Easy access to food at all hours-sometimes hectic in the cafeteria buffet, but fast, and if I don't have to cook it, I can be chill ... Read More
Ship review: Room very comfortable (just the 2 of us) and had a balcony-a must. Service always good. Easy access to food at all hours-sometimes hectic in the cafeteria buffet, but fast, and if I don't have to cook it, I can be chill and live with it. For several of the restaurants, if you wish to dine in them, you pay an additional charge. For 2 of the nicer restaurants (large cafeteria/buffet not included), there is no additional-just make sure you make your reservations at beginning of trip or on line. Good workout area- husband there every day. Not spa people, so cannot comment on that facility. Good major nightly entertainment, but M. wished they had more variety in entertainers like past NCL trips, using the bar rooms for smaller entertainment venues(have seen Second City, Shows based on Broadway hits,Motown groups, etc). Ports: Loved the ports (though I think most cruise lines go into these)-be sure to spend extra time in Copenhagen. We purchased the City Pass for one day (all transportation, $12), and the Copenhagen card for our full day ($56)- it was great (google it). In Germany, took train from W... into Rostock as we did not feel like a long ride to Berlin ($5-10 round trip using credit card-easy trip, and train station right off the boat) a beautiful town. Make sure you have some Euro for Germany, Tallin and Helsinki-we were dying for an ice cream in Rostock, but they wouldn't take US dollars and banks closed. Take a tour in Tallin as you don't want to miss anything-- it is an excellent medieval town. St Petersburg was incredible, and you have to do a tour-did 2day "Grand" tour with Alla and they did a very good job. We did a tour in Helsinki, but not a big town and you can just take their public transportation to main area and walk around. Stockholm closed for us due to bad weather and docking is apparently tricky-disappointing, but understandable. If the NCL tours do not have what you're looking for, or pricing you want, look at other touring groups (check out Cruise Critic for suggestions)-we used Alla at all ports, and they were wonderful. Bring an electrical adapter (for off the boat if you plan to stay extra days on either end) for your phone if you have one-did not find many outlets in the town (as in none) that would accept our plug, so had to buy one. Also, many of the port areas have free WI FI, so catch up on emails there. Note that if you are US military you might get hassled in St Petersburg-we met young army officer who was asked for military ID (he didnt know how they knew that)when returning to ship 1st day and was advised by US Embassy not to go back to Russia for 2nd day of his excursion Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
Most interesting cruise we have ever taken. Not a cruise for sea days....almost every day was a port of call, and as we had never been to any of the countries visited, it was very exciting. Boarded in Copenhagen after spending the ... Read More
Most interesting cruise we have ever taken. Not a cruise for sea days....almost every day was a port of call, and as we had never been to any of the countries visited, it was very exciting. Boarded in Copenhagen after spending the night at the "Admiral" hotel. Very nice and close to the port.....( short cab ride ) ..... Ship was immaculate, and the staff very friendly. Weather was unpredictablem and we had an equal amount of rainy and sunny days....temps were cool for June, mostly in the low 60's. St Petersburg was the highlight. We contracted with a local Russian tour agency ( SPB Tours ) and it was fantastic. We saw musch more than the Princess tours offered at half the price. They were on time, responsive to our requets, and I can't say enough about the experience. Our guide, Eugene, was fantastic.....our small group of 11 was whisked around for two days in a Mercedes van, avoiding traffic and never waiting to see all the sites. Especially loved the subway experience that brought us face to face with all the images of the Communist era in the Soviet Union. ( One complaint about Princess....they tried to make everyone believe that they may be left on board if not tied to an official Princess tour....this is NOT TRUE ) .... as long as you book with a local agency authorized to come to the pier, you do not need a VISA or an authorization from princess. ) Tallin was our second favorite port......Beautiful mid evil city and beautiful smiling people.....Loved it. No tour required....easy walking throughout the city. One scary event on board occurred on the night of June 22/23..... Woke up in the middle of the night to the ship listing heavily to the port side. I literally had to walk up hill to close the balcony doors and keep out the rain and wind. We remained like this for a couple of hours. In the morning, it was the talk of all the passengers, but no statement was made by the crew. "I feel they should have offered an explanation"....in the end I approached an officer and was told we encountered Hurricane force winds that caused the ship to list.......it was pretty scary ......They should have posted something on the TV so as no to alarm passengers....it was clearly unusual and discomforting. Lastly, aside from the listing experience, it was an amazing adventure, and one I would recommend to all.......Be sure and say hi to Marina and Goce in the Crooners lounge if you take this trip. They were Awesome! Read Less
Sail Date June 2011
Been on Emerald Princess 3 times. My review is not of the ship. There are many one can see. In general. We've extremely enjoyed the ship. Would definitely select the ship again Spent 2days in Cophengan. Stayed at the Isbens ... Read More
Been on Emerald Princess 3 times. My review is not of the ship. There are many one can see. In general. We've extremely enjoyed the ship. Would definitely select the ship again Spent 2days in Cophengan. Stayed at the Isbens Hotel. See review in Trip Advisor. Highly recommend. As others have indicated. This city is expensive. Soft drinks are $5.00; McDonalds meal for two is $25.00. No refills. A good meal for two is around $100.00. So be prepared. Great city to walk. Get good mape at the airport. Exchange monies at local banks in the city. Better rates in city. We used taxis. From airport to Hotel. 261 krones. Then taxi to ship terminal. 181 krones. Taxi from terminal to airport. 281 krones. Taxis take credit cards. Get the CPH card. If you use it 3 times...it more pays for itself. Read the Rick Steves book.....great leads on what to see and save monies Highly recommend having good light weight hooded jacked. Plus umbral.....one fore each person We didn't need any heavy jackets. We took them but, did't use Stockholm.....Get up early to see the trip thru the channel and the numerous islands. See the Vasa ship......Not in port long enough to any shopping. Tours take up most of the time. Recommend seeing the Vasa ship....then tour on your own Helsinki.....took ships tour. Rock Church, Nobel awards building, old market.....All there was in time. Again sort time in port St. Petersburg......We took private tour with Denrus......What others have said about this tour group is true. They are fantastic. They handed us a large packet with maps, DVD, tour out line in detail, etc. The issues of using other then a ships tour have faded. Our group was first off the ship. Only 24 in the group. We saw all what you read in the Complete St. Petersburg tour. It was the cruise highlight. The two days there .... With the small group allowed us to see more then the larger tour group. Smaller bus moved faster from spot to spot. Spend as much as you can for a tour. Best monies spent Buy your stacking dolls on ship. Found the quality and prices better Good buy on vodka. Also fur items.....need to know what you are buying Tallinn....We walk off the ship and tour by ourselves. Easy walk. Best shopping is just off the ship. There must be 50. Vendors there. Better prices ...then you'll find in town. Cash speaker...you can negotiate on items...... Warnemunde....bad weather....we did not get to port Aarhus......Another walking .... Self. Tour. We took a visit to the old village...great time spent. Again look at Rick Steves book for pointers Oslo.....took ships tour to ski jump + Viking ships......this is a must..limited time for any shopping. There was a building outside the ship for buying items and getting back vat taxes on purchases. In all cities people spoke very good English........ Weather can be rain, over cast, and at times in low 60's. We did have some days with sun. Never uused the Ships pool.....no time. Day at sea. Spent resting and enjoyed I could write more.......truly enjoyed Oslo.....took ships tour. Again limited in time...saw the ski jump....wow.....a must...saw the other Viking ships another must as part of the tour. Limited in time to do any shopping. just before end of tour some of the group asked to be let off in town.... Approx. 15 minute back to ship Read Less
Sail Date August 2010
I learned about Cruise Critic on the Journey, and this is my first review.  I've sailed on 16 cruises previously, including 5 cruise lines Azamara was our 6th.Let me say first we loved Azamara the people are very friendly, and the ... Read More
I learned about Cruise Critic on the Journey, and this is my first review.  I've sailed on 16 cruises previously, including 5 cruise lines Azamara was our 6th.Let me say first we loved Azamara the people are very friendly, and the crew goes out of the way to rectify any complaints.  There are lots of little touches to make the cruise memorable ie hot chocolate, bouillon, and yes, hot wine (chef's personal recipe and WONDERFUL), at the gangway upon return to the ship; an American coffee/expresso machine to avoid nasty shipboard coffee, soft pretzels, a dinner buffet at the pool deck! They even issued a mid-cruise critique specifically for the ship managers so they could identify/resolved problem areas quickly.  The itinerary was unique (our reason for the cruise), and we love small ships.  My reason for the review is that I understand Azamara is categorized as a "deluxe" cruise ship.  My question is why?  I've cruised several of the mass consumer lines (Princess, Celebrity, Royal Carribean) on multiple cruises each, as well as luxury lines Regent and Silverseas.  Azamara is positioning itself between these two markets so I expected an "upgrade" in some things, but not to the luxury level. In 12 days I didn't see anything that would put it in that category, except possibly more attention to passenger issues, but frankly, it's more like a return to what cruising "used" to be before all the lines got excited about 2000+ passenger ships, and the overall quality in all lines went down.  Is that alone enough to qualify as deluxe?  Or is it just claiming it's a small ship with friendly people?  Is that enough?Examples:a.  I still had to pay for water, soda, and even some non-alcoholic coffee drinks (at the coffee bar).  This I really expected to be included as part of my "deluxe" cruise.b.  The ship automatically charges your bill for tipping (at 18%).  So why do they then have another line on every bill for "additional tip?"  We questioned that, and they said it's primarily for people who patronize the same bar waiters and want to leave something special.  To me it's TACKY.  It suggests that passengers "forget" they've already paid for tipping and pay more; however, if I want to give someone a special tip, I don't need a line on a bill to remind me (and we did give a few select people additional tips at the end of the cruise).  Worse, we had great service from a restaurant waiter one evening UNTIL we didn't put a tip on the additional tip line after ordering 2 bottles of wine when we paid at the end of dinner.  We had liked him and requested his table the next night, but he pointedly ignored us!  I believe that proves my point.  And we raised the issue with the ship, and at least the bar/restaurant manage seemed to understand.  But obviously this is a corporate issue.c.  Each stateroom has a "butler."  Really?  Seemed like they changed the name, with no difference in service.  In fact, I didn't see my "butler" for the first 2 days of the cruise, yet they promote butlers as unpacking for you! (Not that I would want that).  He also failed to resupply our inroom refrigerator twice (we only used it 3x).  Having said that, our "butler" was generally responsive to our requests, but no more so than the "cabin steward" of old.  d.  I've experienced true butler service on both Princess (mass consumer) and Regent (luxury).  In BOTH cases we received appetizers every evening before meals whether or not we asked for them, or we were in our stateroom.  Azamara publishes these appetizers as part of my "deluxe" cruise and presumably I've paid for them, yet while they were available, they asked you EVERY DAY to fill out a form requesting the appetizer, AND required you to commit to being in your room for at least 30 minutes because you had to be there to receive it!!  In short, it's an obvious ploy to claim a service that's rarely rendered because most passengers prefer to be on shore excursions, or playing bingo, trivia, listening to music, losing money in the casino, etc things that the ship should encourage since a passenger in a stateroom is rarely expending money.  So, either they need to commit to providing the appetizers, or eliminate them.  The current way it's offered, with all the qualifications, makes it more offensive than pleasing.  Obviously another corporate issue.e.  The cabin size is outrageous for a "deluxe" cruise.  It's the smallest I've had on ANY ship, and the bathroom can barely hold one person at a time.  The shower is more triangle-shaped, and unless you're a small person, it can be difficult to maneuver in.  But we adapt, and that's the ship.  So in my husband's and my opinion, this is "just" a small Celebrity ship, which has a different name to separate it because of the smaller size.  It's fun, friendly, and definitely worth cruising.  The special touches make an impression.  But just know when you take it that perhaps it's not as "deluxe" as you might expect. Read Less
Sail Date June 2009

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