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9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2018
It was our 1st cruise and we thought it was a great experience the entertainment staff catering bar staff cabin staff highly recommended would do it again .would recommend it to other 1st time cruisers as well only thing we didnt like was ... Read More
It was our 1st cruise and we thought it was a great experience the entertainment staff catering bar staff cabin staff highly recommended would do it again .would recommend it to other 1st time cruisers as well only thing we didnt like was that you was unable to watch england games in the world cup tournament and to have wifi would be rather expensive the captains announcements were very clear and accurate information. My wife unfortunately broke her ankle while we were in rome and the medical staff were great and was Amanda of entertainment who came with us to th hospital while we docked in palermos spain also the very kind taxi drivers who took great care with us .I travelled with my with and mother in law and none of us had been on a cruise before we would do it again one year liked it very much. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2016
Ship was good aimed at families there is a lot to do for the children.As we are used to travelling from Southampton there are a few things to take with you If you smoke there was NO Duty free on board as we did not call at any none EU ... Read More
Ship was good aimed at families there is a lot to do for the children.As we are used to travelling from Southampton there are a few things to take with you If you smoke there was NO Duty free on board as we did not call at any none EU countrys so take enough to last you until your 1st port of call.All merchandise has to add 18.5 % Vat so can work out more expensive than things look. We eat in the Windjammer due to my milk alleges there is always something i can eat in there but not as much choice as there used to be seems like instead of creasing prices for cruise there are putting less choice . Staff can not do enough for you but you may need to ask if you have alligies . look at booking trips before you go with outer trip companies as RC is appoximatly 30% more expensive. The shows are fair to excellent but this is a matter of fast. Casino i gamble for fun on the tables but not on this ship minimum chip value was 5 us dollers so if you just want to have a flutter then think again. We went on a cheep getaway so no frills state room the room was fine for 7 days .We normal book a suit so lots of things you get as the norm we did not have bur as i said this was a cheep getaway and as we are diamond guests we do have some free extras. Just want to add overall very good value for money superb i will do this ship again Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2016
The itinerary was good with some varied and interesting ports. As usual some of the excursions were quite expensive and it is always advisable to try to book your own if possible. The reviews we read before the cruise did put us off a ... Read More
The itinerary was good with some varied and interesting ports. As usual some of the excursions were quite expensive and it is always advisable to try to book your own if possible. The reviews we read before the cruise did put us off a bit but. The actual experience was better than we expected. The ship is a bit old but the food, entertainment and general ambiance was about the best we have experienced with P and O. We had a balcony cabin on c deck which was on the small side. After looking at an outside cabin next to ours this was probably better and more space inside the cabin. If you really want a balcony better off making sure about the size, probably on a or b deck. All the staff were friendly and could not be faulted. We did try the Marco Pierre dining option which was disappointing both in terms of the food and location which lacked atmosphere and was noisy. The usual complaint about passengers reserving sunbeds despite notices requesting people not to place towels etc. nothing done about it Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2016
The MSC Cruise was recomended to us by our friends who travelled last year and enjoyed .their trip. Embarkation was a bit stressfull as it took a long time for people to get sorted too many people in a small space with very little ... Read More
The MSC Cruise was recomended to us by our friends who travelled last year and enjoyed .their trip. Embarkation was a bit stressfull as it took a long time for people to get sorted too many people in a small space with very little refreshments only water and juices. Once we boarded the ship it was great after an early start 5.30 in the morning we got to sit down and relax the food was the usual but very much welcomed . The Cabin was small enough with one double bed and two single bunks that came from the wall with two big teenage boys it was a bit tight but we managed it was very clean and tidy and the service we got was excellent. We have a first seating in the Dining area every night which was very comfortable the staff were so kind and friendly always making sure we were looked after very well thanks to Roberto and milton they were amazing thank you both. The food was average with very small portions. My husband liked to use the Dining area for breakfast as he was always up early. The buffet was great if you wanted a lie on. Some of the entertainment was great but some was boaring same songs every night We enjoyed The Hungarian Lady and her husband they played all the songs we liked in the Topazio Bar deck 6 . The Tiger Bar was brilliant on the MSC Factor night really enjoyed that. The white night was amazing at the pool we had great fun and went to the night club later. The 60s 70s 80s night was my favourite loved all the music and we dressed up great fun. I wasnt well for a few days on the trip and a lovely young lady from Napal made me the most amazing hot brandies with lemon and honey I didnt get her name but a big thank you she also served us our coffee with a great smile she was going home when we left. The Entertainments manager did a fantastic job she was a lovely girl from England she always had time for a chat and always had a great smile on her face loved all the theatre shows. We didnt see our two boys they did their own thing and enjoyed it they only came back for dinner or when we went on the trips.We did all the trips ourselves as we found the excursions from the ship very expensive we loved everyone of them. The boys said the pool was too crowded and there was not enough space fro the amount of people . People still held beds for the day and didnt use them towels should be taken away after a few hours to give others a chance. We paid for wi fi for the boys they say it wasnt very good they had their own cards and had to sign for drinks ect some things were not on beverage packages so the boys ordered without knowing and we got the bill for it. We had the Italian night which was great the information tells you what is included in your cruise its tells you a souvenir gift to recall the special moment of your cruise will be available at the Photo Shop after the Italian night the photos were taken but when I went to get them there was no photo I was very disapointed to cut along story short the manager gave us two photos of the ship and a dvd which i was delighted with untill i went to play the dvd it would not work on any of our players this was very upsetting for me as I love my memories. Apart from that we had a brilliant holiday loved the cities and sights , made lots of new friends. We will Cruise again but I dont think it will be on The MSC Read Less
22 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2016
Rarely does a second experience live up to a perfect first one but in the case of recent Windstar cruise, this is the case. Three years ago, we had the cruise of a lifetime on The Wind Star, highlighted by our marriage on board with ... Read More
Rarely does a second experience live up to a perfect first one but in the case of recent Windstar cruise, this is the case. Three years ago, we had the cruise of a lifetime on The Wind Star, highlighted by our marriage on board with Santorini as the backdrop. The Windstar experience was beyond our expectations and created such indelible memory for all of us that my wife and I decided that we must celebrate our 3rd anniversary with another Windstar cruise. Once again, we were fortunate to have all 3 of our adult children join us, although it was obviously not too hard to convince them! This time, we decided on the Star Breeze’ Italy and Dalmatian Coast itinerary. While the sails of the Wind Star create a majestic and awe-inspiring visual experience, the spaciousness of the cabins, all suites, and increased deck space of the Windstar motor yachts, such as Star Breeze, compensate for it in a different but equal way. What is not different is the warmth and feeling of being amongst friends from the minute you step aboard. For those of you who remember the TV show Cheers and the line from their theme song, “where everybody knows your name”, you would be able to easily apply that to the Star Breeze crew. From the minute you step aboard, somehow magically, the crew know you by name and immediately start to pick up on your desires and likes. You really feel as though you are on a private yacht and that you have known these people for much longer than a day or two. On big ships, other guests pass you anonymously and you are part of a large “pack” that moves around from activity to activity or reservation to reservation. On the Star Breeze, you almost immediately start to develop conversation an in many cases, friendships, with your very select 200 or so shipmates. You find yourself interacting and smiling much more than you though possible. You also do not have to worry whether you made a diner reservation or if you are running late, the Amphora dining room staff works on your timetable and when you show up for dinner, your table and very smiling, attentive staff are there waiting. Once again, Windstar did those little “extras” that mean so much and make you feel very special. We were welcomed onboard with a bottle of champagne and a beautiful flower arrangement waiting for us in our suite. We were then given a special Honeymoon gift of a professional family photo shoot, champagne at dinner and breakfast in bed. While most hotels or cruise lines would give a guest a mediocre bottle of champagne, ours was our favorite, Veuve Clicquot. This is just one more example of how Windstar shows how much they value their guests. Windstar’s itineraries have allowed us to experience more of each port of call as well as visit ones that we would never have even contemplated. Rovinj, our first port after departing Venice, was absolutely idyllic. The cobblestone streets and small shops that dotted the mountainside were only equaled by the incredible truffles sold in the local market. This is a port that no large cruise ship could visit nor would it be welcomed. Our ship at 214 passengers did not overrun the small town and allowed us to get the feel of a local Croate village. This is what true travel should be! In Dubrovnik, we sailed at 11:00 PM which allowed us to experience the Old City by gas lantern-light, truly a trip back to the Middle Ages and a page out of Game of Thrones. Overall, Windstar has once again given my family and I a truly memorable experience of not only fantastic ports but also of new friendships made and eager anticipation of our next Windstar cruise! Read Less
12 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2016
I took this cruise with 13 other of my family members. I am very happy to have a great family because they were the only good part of the entire cruise while on the ship. To start the lines for food were terrible, long lines wrapped ... Read More
I took this cruise with 13 other of my family members. I am very happy to have a great family because they were the only good part of the entire cruise while on the ship. To start the lines for food were terrible, long lines wrapped around the food stations every time I was there. The walls are so thin, that I was woken up at 1:00am in the moring on more than 1 night by noisy neighbors. When I called and complained it only got slightly better. I had an adjoining cabin that creeped me out, there is no way I would have ever agreed to an adjoining cabin with someone I don't know, they didn't even bother putting all of my family's cabins together or even put us on the same floor. I really don't think that was too much to ask. I wasn't even allowed to board with my family when it was time to get on the ship. On top of that the ship was delayed leaving due to some kind of paperwork problem that Carnival forgot to take care of. The internet service that I paid for was absolutely terrible. It was so slow that it is just better to give up than to wait the 5 minutes it took a page to load. Even worst, on a typical cruise you don't have to pay tax, oh well, not this time, there was a tax of 21%. There is absolutely no way I would ever get on this boat again. I think I will start encouraging my whole family to look at other cruise lines after the poor quality of this cruise. If you think about going to the spa, don't bother, they will just try to push hundreds of dollars of products on you after the visit. I have never felt so harassed for money in my whole life. Read Less
22 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2016
This cruise was a part of our honeymoon, so I spent extensive amounts of time researching and planning. I am writing this review because I found it difficult to find a straight-forward review. We loved it & would have booked sooner ... Read More
This cruise was a part of our honeymoon, so I spent extensive amounts of time researching and planning. I am writing this review because I found it difficult to find a straight-forward review. We loved it & would have booked sooner with more confidence if it wasn't for the cruise snobs complaining about the smallest trivial things! This is what we wanted in our cruise: 1. Clean and comfortable 2. A way to see a lot of Europe without having to re-pack our bags every day 3. Good food 4. Stopping at good ports 5. Fun activities on the cruise (although we spent most of our time on shore) And we got all of it! Here's what I was confused about even after reading all the reviews: 1. YOU DO NOT HAVE TO BUY WATER. I drink a lot of water, so it sounded like you have to buy every cup. That's only if you're in one of the fancy restaurants that you have to pay extra for. There's Buffets for every meal that is included in the cruise without extra charge and all the free water you want. People seems to complain for the extra cost of water at the fancy restaurants but that's typical if you ask for bottled water at any restaurant. You can also buy bottles of water on the ship, we prepaid for 12 large 2 liter bottles for like $3 a piece. Really reasonable and we were never thirsty. 2. There's open breakfast buffet upstairs, but you can eat a nice sit down breakfast downstairs at no extra charge. You can order eggs, burritos, and any of their pre-set hot meals. I guess europeans are used to eating small breakfast (like cheese and croissants) so it wasn't crowded downstairs. Lunch buffet has pasta, pizza, salads, etc. So no extra charge to eat, only at the fancy restaurants that you need to make reservations for. Also, the ship does have a lot of Europeans, I think we only ran into a few Americans, but there was no problem communicating in English. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2015
During the end of September 2015 and the first week of October we were part of this fantasy. What a beautiful ship!! Everyone one the ship went out of their way to make our stay one to remember. We met so many new friends. We would party ... Read More
During the end of September 2015 and the first week of October we were part of this fantasy. What a beautiful ship!! Everyone one the ship went out of their way to make our stay one to remember. We met so many new friends. We would party until late at night. We would listen to music, and may I add...the duo Casey and Erick were stunning. Man...what a lovely voice. Cannot believe SA Idols let her slip through their hands. If ever you come across them, ask them to do Purple Rain and Bed of Roses. They absolutely made our tour. Well done Windstar!! Let me also not forget Harry our waiter at the restaurants. What a guy. The whole ship was talking about him. He should be the communications leader. He was witty, quick to assist, quick to let you feel welcome and even special. The rooms were excellent. Enough space and what a big bathroom. I am a big, very big guy and did not have any problem at all in the shower. The food at all the restaurants were superb. We will be going again and again and again...this I promised myself. I stayed in Room 243. When that door was closed during day or night it was peaceful and quiet. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2015
I have just returned from this cruise with my parents and 2 younger brothers and just wanted to write a review to describe how absolutely brilliant it was!!! I read a lot of negative reviews before going and it worried me a lot as my whole ... Read More
I have just returned from this cruise with my parents and 2 younger brothers and just wanted to write a review to describe how absolutely brilliant it was!!! I read a lot of negative reviews before going and it worried me a lot as my whole family were so excited and this was our first cruise. Corfu is a lovely place and the flight there/check in to the cruise was all very smooth and pleasant. Our bags were waiting for us at our cabin doors and our cabin, an outside plus on deck 3, was a lovely room. I'd definitely recommend getting a plus cabin as the regular ones are quite small (my dad and brother had this) but they are still workable. Deck 3 was nice and quiet and out the way but still just a short lift ride to all the bars/restaurants. The food and drinks were absolutely amazing all week and we couldn't stop eating and drinking! We've had some bad experiences with all inclusives in the past but this was far superior. For breakfast we used the buffets and egg/pancake station and the buffet again for lunch which was all fresh and very tasty. We dined in both of the waiter service restaurants on an evening and the food and waiters were excellent, the little show in the seven seas that the waiters perform is worth a watch!! The cocktails are all really nice as is this lager. We had the drinks package and found this good value for how much we drank! My youngest brother went to the kids club everyday 3-4.30 and 7-9 which gave us a nice break and he absolutely loved it, they kept the kids thoroughly entertained. Aside from this he played constantly in the pool which was very safe and there was lots of children to play with. All the staff are so lovely and friendly, the cleaners are so attentive and see to the rooms twice a day. Everyone was always smiley and friendly! The entertainment team are brilliant and keep you entertained all day long with quizzes, games, shows ect. The only 1 complaint we could make, as minor as it is, was selfish people claiming sun beds and going offshore!!! This was very annoying, sometimes we watched sun beds left unattended for up to 4 hours!!! But this happens in every single resort and we still managed to get a seat near the pool everyday! We didn't do any of the excursions off shore, we had a walk around some places but we enjoyed the boat too much and didn't want to leave, this was more of a relaxing holiday for us. As for cruising, this was an amazing first cruise and we could all barely fault it!!! We will definitely be returning. Majority of the negative reviews are people used to a more formal affair which we wouldn't have enjoyed!! So take no notice and go with an open mind because this is an amazing holiday :) Read Less
Sail Date: July 2015
This was our second cruise with Royal Caribbean and when we decided to book, we opted to go on the Anthem of the Seas as it was such a new boat and the deal we got was amazing. Embarkation went so smoothly and is the reason I prefer to ... Read More
This was our second cruise with Royal Caribbean and when we decided to book, we opted to go on the Anthem of the Seas as it was such a new boat and the deal we got was amazing. Embarkation went so smoothly and is the reason I prefer to cruise from the UK rather than have the stress of the airport. The ship was fantastic, it ticked all the boxes and more. However the only disappointment for me, there didn't seem to be a lot of bars and there wasn't enough outside space. We actually preferred the set up in the Adventure of the Seas (this being the only other RC ship we have been on). The service was fantastic especially Erdi and Daniel in the Schooner Bar. Our holiday was made excellent by the staff. We only did a couple of the shore excursions, one in Rome where the only disappointment was our tour guide liked to walk fast, not that easy in 40 degrees especially when there are elderly people. Went up the Rock in Gibraltar and saw the Aquarium in Lisbon. The dining on board was excellent, whilst the Windjammer was very repetitive, the food was an acceptable standard. We dined in Chic and American Icon Grill and was very impressed with the food, we made the most of it as it was complimentary, often having 2 of everything (always good to try something you have never had before) and once again the staff were fantastic. My one advice is to pre book the restaurants before you get onto the ship. We didn't and found it impossible to book some of the restaurants. We only did Chops Grille (extra payment) and whilst the food was excellent especially my Fillet Steak the staff weren't as good as in the complimentary restaurant. The surf rider was excellent as was the North Star but be warned that you will be weighed if you are on the larger side. We will Rock You was fantastic and would have loved to see it again but again it required to be booked so again pre-book before you board. The entertainment overall was excellent though I did wonder what the Gift was about. We opted to carry our suitcases off ourselves at disembarkation, as last year was so messy, definitely the best choice. Off the ship and in the car within 15 mins. Overall our holiday was excellent and we didn't want to come home but the one issue I have is the reserving of sunbeds. I'm an early riser and found beds reserved with towels and personal effects with no-one there from 6.30am every morning. If you are going to reserve them then sit there!!! Most of the time we were never able to get outside on a sunbed. This unfortunately happens everywhere so not unique for RC. We will most definitely be booking again with Royal Caribbean it's just having to decide where to go. Read Less

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