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18 of my family and friends sailed on 8/4/19 to 5 different islands to celebrate my mother’s and 2 of my Aunts 60th birthday. 14 people were first time cruisers. The entertainments, the food and the staff were amazing. We were all ... Read More
18 of my family and friends sailed on 8/4/19 to 5 different islands to celebrate my mother’s and 2 of my Aunts 60th birthday. 14 people were first time cruisers. The entertainments, the food and the staff were amazing. We were all pleasantly satisfied with everything and looking forward to future cruise with Royal Caribbean. We missed our tour in San Juan, I contacted the executive office after Customer relations tried to give me a hard time for my refund. The office responded immediately and set up my refund. Excellent customer service on and off the ship. After the kids were in bed, we went out passed midnight almost every night enjoying the night life. The pizza restaurant was delicious, myself and kids enjoyed every slice. Our Waiter Florentina and her assistant went out of their way to take care of us. She found us sits in the crowded Windjammer for breakfast. I would recommend more varieties on the menu in the main dinning room. Also, more entertainment for the kids, we attended the kids disco on the 14th floor which started at 7:15 during dinner time. By the time we finished dinner and went up, it was almost over. The lady on the first day was interactive with the kids however, the guy on the other day just played music with couple of hula hoops and ballon laying on the floor. Both ended at 8:00 pm and 7:45 respectively. I will recommend this cruise line and ship to anyone looking for a great vacation. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
We enjoyed everything about this cruise. The staff were amazing, ports were fun and the ship was beautiful. We had wonderful weather and we found all the ports very easy to navigate. We opted to do beach trips on our own and even ... Read More
We enjoyed everything about this cruise. The staff were amazing, ports were fun and the ship was beautiful. We had wonderful weather and we found all the ports very easy to navigate. We opted to do beach trips on our own and even though our son is in a wheelchair we found the taxis in each destination very easy to use. Our accessible cabin was very roomy and our stateroom attendant Nike was so efficient and accommodating. He made lots of fun towel animals for our son and left us beach towels each night on port days which was so helpful. The food on the ship was superb - for the entire cruise we chose to have a meal in the main dining room Opus and then the next night we would go to a speciality dining restaurant. In Opus our waiters Agus and Charles were fabulous, so quick, kind and smiley. All the speciality restaurants were great too - Qsine was a lot of fun, food in Tuscan was very good and Murano was up to scratch too but our favourite was the lawn club (thank you Goran). Ocean view was always clean with lots of choice. Buddi at breakfast time was such a delight and so kind to our son. We found the classic drinks package more than adequate and there wasn’t any problem getting a drink around the pool in the afternoon. We participated in some of the family activities hosted by the kids club and my son really enjoyed them. Patti and her team were so lovely and friendly. Noah loved meeting the Easter bunny at the Easter carnival and water games were a lot of fun, Entertainment was geared more to the adults than the children but we loved the production shows - Elysium was just amazing! We also had a lot of fun going to game shows hosted by Stephen (great tache) and Peter and we enjoyed listening to live music around the pool. My son really enjoyed the silent disco which was a new experience for me too! The staff in the shops were lovely. The ladies in Tiffany & Co were very helpful and Sergio in the art gallery was so sweet. The only negatives I can think of is that they could have done with cranking the air con up in the gym and we had problems initially with getting the Californian Chardonnay in Opus on our first night but other than that it was perfect. We met lots of lovely, kind people on the ship and we would love to go on another celebrity cruise in the future. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
My first Marcella Cruise I found the ship and crew and staff very helpful it was also my 1st all inclusive and there was no shortage of drinks all over the ship you had just put your empty glass down and bar staff were rushing to give you ... Read More
My first Marcella Cruise I found the ship and crew and staff very helpful it was also my 1st all inclusive and there was no shortage of drinks all over the ship you had just put your empty glass down and bar staff were rushing to give you a refill cocktail of the day was always yummy the entertainment was first class and so professional that comment was heard all over the ship by passengers the only negative comment were the food though nice it was always very sameness in Buffet and Restaurants 47 also I fell I'll as I'm prone to Chest Inf with air-con I visited the Medical Center who issued me with just 3 antibiotics at £15 each 4 steroids at £1.50 each and a cough bottle £27 they were of course of no use really wasn't happy with treatment which totaled £127 but would I travel with Marcella again ? Yes but take your medication with you and stay healthy Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
This is the first time cruiseing with NCL and our experience was great. My only down side was the age range of the cruisers since we are a younger couple. My big plus was how great our room was and how clean and how the turn down ... Read More
This is the first time cruiseing with NCL and our experience was great. My only down side was the age range of the cruisers since we are a younger couple. My big plus was how great our room was and how clean and how the turn down service was amazing. Our stateroom steward was Eko Miftakhul Najib he made our cruise experience great. Also the cruise director was amazing and keeping the party going and I loved his jokes. The dinning was very good but desert options where not my favorite. The excursions where diverse and every since excursion was memorable and good experience. The ship was updated and the staff was friendly. The photo center was great we enjoyed the photos that where purchased. We enjoyed taking photos from one paticular photographer I can’t remember her name exacts but she was a younger girl from South Africa. She was great and she made our trip memorable. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
This was our 5th Carnival cruise, and our third to the Southern Caribbean in January. We choose this itinerary because the weather is always 80 degrees or above in this part of the world during this month, so "Fun In The Sun" is ... Read More
This was our 5th Carnival cruise, and our third to the Southern Caribbean in January. We choose this itinerary because the weather is always 80 degrees or above in this part of the world during this month, so "Fun In The Sun" is guaranteed regardless of where you are coming from! Now to the ship. The Horizon is beautiful and well thought out in its design. The transformation of the LIDO deck buffet from the single line concept, to multiple serving areas made for less congestion, and quicker service. My family and I were able to walk up, grab a plate and our food, and immediately sit down for a meal. BRAVO Carnival! We also found plenty of seating available, which made for short meal times allowing us to get back to the fun! The staff in the LIDO buffet were excellent by greeting everyone, clearing tables quickly and even walking around offering to gather more drinks, or desserts. I also enjoyed the speciality restaurants, including Bonsai Sushi and Pig & Anchor. Both are excellent with the full Pig & Anchor restaurant on board offering those amazing Greens and Barbeque at anytime a plus. You can also eat for free on Sea Days for lunch. Normally, my family and I are not MDR folks, because we travel for work often, and are not looking to sit down in a restaurant for a meal for a long period of time. The Horizon is the exception. We had breakfast several times, being served by the wonderful Harlene and Tomina, and used the Carnival app. to reserve a table for dinner, where I had the grilled lobster, which melted in my mouth. Including Pizza, Guy's Burger, Blue Iguana, and other food locations, Carnival provides a meal option for all cruisers on board. The cabins are also one of the reasons why I sail Carnival. If available, I would definitely book a Havana suite. But, I have a beautiful five year old daughter who comes along, so I have to go with another option. Must be 12 years or older to book a Havana room. Here's a tip, the hot tubs and pool in the Havana are open to everyone after 7 pm, so head on down for a virtually private bar, romantic getaway, or family fun time. Carnival handles other customers by offering Family Harbor Suites with a private fun area, and other excellent options. I could afford a balcony, suite, etc., but being the cost conscience guy I am, I always book us in a QUIET, Deluxe Ocean View Suite, located forward of the ship. Why? It has two bathrooms with one being a full , and the other a half. If you are a husband with a wife or daughter, no need to further explain why this is important. Secondly, the square footage of these rooms is 230 square feet, with none of that space being used by a balcony. A definite plus for us. Being a regular cruiser, I am also aware the Family Harbor suites are near the Aft of the ship, and below the galley. It can be very noisy so be careful in where you book here! Our room was clean, comfortable, and our Steward Suli was excellent. There when you needed him, and disappeared leaving you to enjoy your cruise at other times. Entertainment wise, Carnival has it all. We normally don't go to the shows, but speaking to other passengers these were excellent. The Southern Caribbean itinerary is one of the best at sea, which includes Grand Turk, La Romana, Curacao, and Aruba. Don't be afraid to explore La Romana, we hired a driver for $25 per person and explored the entire city. Just be prepared to say NO to some aggressive vendors along the way. The other ports are quiet, beautiful, and can be enjoyed by walking if you choose. Both embarking and disembarkation were painless and efficient. We always leave our rental car at the Miami International Airport, check in at the Carnival Kiosks located near the baggage claim areas, then the entire family rides in a taxi to the port for a flat fee of $27. Yes, I said $27! Compare this to taking the carnival shuttle, or other travel options where you have to wait for the bus, ride with a larger group, etc. $27 is the authorized fee for taxi service to the port in Miami, and being Florida residents, by driving down in a rental and picking one up at the airport after the cruise, we save a ton of money on both travel costs and parking. Also, by checking in at the Kiosk, you are allowed to go directly to the Security Line at the port and walk right onto the ship during your assigned time. No need to pay for Faster to the Fun and and no waiting in lines at the port! We still travel to Miami and spend the night before our cruise in a hotel to avoid any last minute hick-ups. Highly recommend Carnival, and enjoy your cruise with them! Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
We decided to sail out of San Juan because of the iitenerary. It did not disappoint. Barbados and St. Lucia were great ports. The Virgin Islands were good as well. I like NCLfreestyle ways. Everyone on board was friendly and went out of ... Read More
We decided to sail out of San Juan because of the iitenerary. It did not disappoint. Barbados and St. Lucia were great ports. The Virgin Islands were good as well. I like NCLfreestyle ways. Everyone on board was friendly and went out of their way to make your experience a good one. The room stewards are on point Adrian was ours and he was great. Pedro the entertainment director does a good job. The not so newlywed game had me in tears literally. I advise booking some speciality restaurants and booking early. They fill up fast. The complimentary restaurants get old after a while. The Dawn is an older smaller ship. It wears its age well. The ship is well cleaned. The staff is great. The dock party was a blast. NCL entertain better than carnival in my opinion. Moving the white party indoors because of weather was premature. Ended up being beautiful outside. Overall, it was a great trip. There are a lot of free giveaways in port. Check the insert of you daily entertainment publishing. Oh to my surprise, the drinks on NCL were poten. Not cheap, 10-15 each. But strong and tasty. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
December 2018 Hello, Here are my comments on my cruise: 1. The food was excellent at the Garden Cafe. The best specialty restaurant was the Cagneys. The Manhattan room was a very pleasant experience. However, we went to the Taste ... Read More
December 2018 Hello, Here are my comments on my cruise: 1. The food was excellent at the Garden Cafe. The best specialty restaurant was the Cagneys. The Manhattan room was a very pleasant experience. However, we went to the Taste restaurant on December 3 for dinner and we were very disappointed because the service was very slow. 2. Houskeeping was impeccable. 3.Every day we went to the library to make a sudoku and play cards, and we deplored the noise made by the majong game. People had no respect for those who just wanted to read. This problem will have to be resolved. 4. The shows were very good; we liked Brat pack and the Choir of man 5. About shore excusions we found that it was very expensive 6. My ship account I completed the cruise with a refundable credit but we don’t know when and how it will be repaid. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
We booked essentially the same cruise on Holland a year ago but changed as our agent found us a better deal with Celebrity. $ca 1000 savings for one more day On sea days not enough plates were around in the buffet. The buffet isn’t ... Read More
We booked essentially the same cruise on Holland a year ago but changed as our agent found us a better deal with Celebrity. $ca 1000 savings for one more day On sea days not enough plates were around in the buffet. The buffet isn’t designed as well as Holland’s. Food is essentially good on both lines. Staff are nice and friendly. We missed the chamber music that Holland has. Computer lessons free on Holland cost $$ on Celebrity. The continuous hounding to go to speciality restaurants was NOT appreciated. We had enough hounding in port Trying to get served wine in the buffet was a trying experience. My sister has always been super impressed with Celebrity but she was never on Holland. I found Holland more professional but it was little things so when we take an ocean cruise, the price between the two will decide which line we will cruise on. Don’t buy any electronics in the Caribbean unless you know what the prices are at home. I checked and the Bulchand (whatever) place is a real rip-off. Hmmm perhaps a river cruise next? Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
We chose this Thanksgiving cruise because it was a renovated ship and had a port every day. There was a good mix of traditional beach & shopping ports (St. Thomas, St. Maarten, Barbados) and newer exotic ports (Grenada, Dominica). We ... Read More
We chose this Thanksgiving cruise because it was a renovated ship and had a port every day. There was a good mix of traditional beach & shopping ports (St. Thomas, St. Maarten, Barbados) and newer exotic ports (Grenada, Dominica). We were in port from 8:00-5:00 every day so we were able to sleep in on some days, get a full day in port on other days, and always make it back to the ship to sit down for a family dinner. I really like the predictability of the 8-5 port schedule. It's very easy to keep it straight in your head. We really wanted beaches and relaxation so we did not book any excursions. There were lots of teens & kids on the boat so our daughters made friends and were excited to meet up with them every evening when we returned from port. There was a rock climbing wall, golf course and kids' pool, but the ship was still a manageable size. We were not overwhelmed by people or lost trying to find each amenity. Disembarkation was not a total zoo like it can be with the mega-ships. This ship has an indoor cinema and outdoor movies by the pool, which we love, but they repeated several movies over the course of the week. No movies on the "network" TV in the room (we really like that about Norwegian & Princess). All-in-all, the amenities were pretty good and the cabin renovation was nice. One thing I HATE about the renovations is the lack of outlets in the cabin! We always bring an extension cord. I like to unplug (we don't buy internet on the cruise) but we still need to charge cameras, iPhones, Kindles, etc. Royal Caribbean does the best with service, embarkation, disembarkation and all the little details. The dining room food was a bit boring with the same menu almost every night, but I think they do that to push you toward the specialty paid restaurants. The buffet food was pretty good, but there were alot of "repeats" there too including Indian food all the time. I love Indian food but was a bit baffled to keep seeing it for lunch every day. Many of the buffet & dining room desserts were bland, but others were excellent. The buffet was not open all the time. For example, when you get back from port at 5:00 PM, it's not open. It did not re-open until 6:30 on port days. Also, there was not a continuously open burger/pizza place for the kids like most other cruises have near the pool. We had no issues with food availability, but when you have kids you expect to find that type of convenience food regularly available if they did not eat in port. We did LOVE that breakfast room service is still free on Royal Caribbean if you just do the continental breakfast. I love to relax in bed with my coffee and ease into my day. It's also nice to give the kids milk, fruit or a pastry while they watch cartoons in their pajamas. If you want hot breakfast (eggs, etc.) for room service, there is a charge. On Thanksgiving night, they did a HUGE dessert showcase in the buffet with chocolate covered strawberries and a chocolate fountain. We had our actual Thanksgiving dinner in the main dining room and it was underwhelming. We ended up going to the buffet afterwards. The gym was pretty good with sturdy treadmills and plenty of machines & free weights. There were a few free fitness classes and a few paid ones. Not as many classes as on other ships, but there was always 2-3 classes every morning-- usually spinning, abs and yoga. The fitness classes were in an open area in the middle of the fitness floor which was annoying because you had to hear the spinning instructor SCREAMING across the entire gym while you tried to listen to music on your treadmill. One downside of the gym was no TVs on each treadmill/elliptical. Not a huge issue, but a nice feature on other cruises. Given that this was an older ship, the gym was still pretty large. It was much larger than I expected. We did not do any posed family photos on this cruise, but it did look like they offered a variety of different backdrops. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
About Us: Canadian couple, mid-60’s, smart, active. Enjoy people, culture, history, food, dance, entertainment. Priority: comfort at reasonable cost. Experience: cruising rivers and oceans, guided and self-vacationing and all-inclusive ... Read More
About Us: Canadian couple, mid-60’s, smart, active. Enjoy people, culture, history, food, dance, entertainment. Priority: comfort at reasonable cost. Experience: cruising rivers and oceans, guided and self-vacationing and all-inclusive resorts, around the world. Travel, eat, relax, and learn geology, history, geography, engineering (optional for some, enjoyable for me). This trip was the 10-day South Caribbean cruise, from Miami, to: Grand Cayman, Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao (ABC), Key West. We specifically appreciated … pretty well everything. But be warned: I’m easy to please: give me sparkling clean accommodation, super service, food to feast, enjoyable entertainment, interesting sights and shore excursions – I’m good to go. I note the favourable quality of the passengers; polite, educated and genteel. (In this group, I include myself and my pretty partner.) This leads to very pleasant and thought-provoking conversations (in various accents) at meals and social functions. So a highlight of the journey is the interesting people we meet. Superb variety of gustatory delights exciting for the palate are presented at supper. We tried the light breakfast in the Solarium; occasionally the more relaxed service in the dining room; most often enjoyed the full breakfast buffet. We rise early so buffet lines are short; otherwise I might waste a minute of my holiday, and could be resting my gaze on the azure horizon. I enjoyed the galley (kitchen) tour, not having to slave over the stove or the dishwasher. Imagine the technology of feeding over 2,800 critical mouths 3 meals a day. The cruise program includes daily presentations and nightly variety show entertainment. The shows were excellent: Broadway singing and dancing in great costumes, comedians of two seasonings – sweet and spicy, violinist. I rated the quality as high, but I concede not everyone has my taste! Not your thing? Head for the casino, or hang out at the bar like many do (indoors or poolside). I am repeatedly amazed by volume of money spilled for drinks. But then much of it is complimentary (perks) for these guests who already spent the money on suites. Well, it’s only money, and they worked for it. [Editor: quit grousing and get on with the review.] My partner and I are dancers, we love to prance to the sound of music and we love to show off ... modest? No? You don't dance? Not your thing? Head for gym, or peer out your porthole. Don’t forget the reason why you chose the trip. The south ABC islands include significant history and engineering. These include refineries, desalination, salt production and aloe-vera manufacture. Not your thing? Head for the sun deck, or a dip in the pool or hot-tub. Quality observations: is it perfect? Mostly, the cruise lines have learned from passengers and try very hard. Now there’s shopping as a palliative for those with room in their suitcases and on-board-credits. A nice feature of this schedule is the stop in Key West; this permits a timely US customs inspection on board, expediting the disembarkation in Miami. Did I mention we had a fantastic trip? Always do! It’s a matter of attitude. Bon Voyage anyway! See you around. The world. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
7th cruise on the Pride for us and we have always loved the ship and staff. Pre/post-cruise Hotel: Stayed at the Best Western (Conference center) on Odonnell St which included parking and shuttle service. We have stayed here before ... Read More
7th cruise on the Pride for us and we have always loved the ship and staff. Pre/post-cruise Hotel: Stayed at the Best Western (Conference center) on Odonnell St which included parking and shuttle service. We have stayed here before mainly for the great shuttle. Hotel was OK, shuttle to the pier was good, coming home they waited until the van was full. Made 15 people wait for 1 spot to fill up even though they had a second, empty shuttle sitting there. Six of us had a 9 hour drive home. Got back to the hotel to find my truck with a nice new dent in the side. First time in 4 stays that my vehicle was damaged. The parking lot was jammed to capacity for this cruise. The Pride Embarkation: We arrived at 12pm, was on the ship by 12;30pm. Really nothing else to say, quick and painless. Staff: As always, the staff on this ship are great! Zero complaints again, their friendliness helped make our cruise enjoyable. Best part of sailing the Pride. Food: MDR food was very good as expected. We always try to eat in MDR as buffet is often tasteless and lukewarm at best. Deli was good, many new options. Pizza is decent and always open. Didnt have a burrito this time but had Guy's burger 3 times and always hit the spot. Stuck with plain cheeseburgers this time and added some tomatoes/onions....stock burgers are good but too much with sauces etc. I enjoyed adding my own toppings more. Cabin: Cabin was big and clean, our Steward was a very nice, hard working guy. He looked tired the entire cruise, was told they now have 35 cabins to clean. We had an aft balcony and enjoyed the views and lounge chair the Steward got for us after we requested one. Cabin noise from engines was pretty loud some nights. I sleep with earplugs so noise was ok but shimmying/movement could be a problem for some folks. Only smelled cigarette smoke on the balcony once. While was looking around for smoke a lady two decks up was also looking to see who was smoking. I loudly reminded whoever it was and no more smoke for rest of the cruise. No door slammers all cruise, if we could just get folks to turn off their balcony lights at night. Several very starry nights were enjoyed and several were spent enjoying light from next door. Overall we reaally got to enjoy the balcony. Ship condition: By day 5 of our 14 day cruise we were calling the Pride "Trusty Rusty." Lots of visible rust, windows seemed to be permanently stained with visible damage to tiles, trim work throughout the ship. Second Pride cruise in a row that the men's steamroom was out of order for almost the entire cruise (12 of 14 days) and sauna was out of order for 2 or 3 days. Spa staff kept telling me that they report to Maintenance but Maintenance doesnt respond. Passengers deserve a better answer to simple questions, these facilities are included in the almost $4000 I paid. Gym equipment never seems to get repaired. I had a pedal fall off a bike in Sept 2017, same bike in the gym is still broken with both bike pedals stuck in forward position. In three recent cruises the middle recumbent bike hasn't worked. This cruise 3 of 5 recumbents worked properly. They have removed some of the resistance equipment on upper levels to make room for their seminar/meetings to sell products/services to give you a flatter belly etc. This is the second pre-dry dock cruise we've done on the Pride. We got the impression on the previous one that they let some repairs slide until the dry dock. Might not be accurate but appearance is perception. Debarkation: Ship docked at 10am, we were in the paring lot by around 10:40am. This is really late for those of us with long drives home. Arrived home at 9pm after night time snow storms. An earlier debarkation would be welcome. Saw several blue, red and gold cards in priority debark lounge. Saw some asked by Staff to head to their waiting area in the theater and they just said no and did what they wanted. Half the folks there left luggage out the night before and then got in line with self-debarkation guests who were carrying luggage off. Lines and crowds were twice the size they should have been. If not carrying off your luggage stay out of the way folks! Wife and I carrying all of our luggage while walking behind 85 year olds with canes and no luggage struggling to walk because thy want to be first of the ship. If everyone followed the procedures set out these processes would go so much more smooth. To their credit I did hear Staff asking people to get out of line when they spotted people walking off without luggage. They make the line longer and when we walked past the luggage area their luggage wasn't even sorted/staged yet. ME-ME-ME Our next cruise is with NCL, while we'll cruise Carnival again I don't think we'll be back on the Pride anytime soon. Time to bring a new ship to Baltimore/NYC. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
My 8 days on the Celebrity Equinox was the best cruise I have yet experienced. The quality of service, the beauty of the ship, the entertainment, and the food were top notch. We chose this cruise first for the itinerary and timing, and ... Read More
My 8 days on the Celebrity Equinox was the best cruise I have yet experienced. The quality of service, the beauty of the ship, the entertainment, and the food were top notch. We chose this cruise first for the itinerary and timing, and secondly because we enjoyed the last cruise on Celebrity Summit in January, 2018. The three ABC island ports were sandwiched between two sea days, which turned out to be very relaxing. With 2850 passengers, it is not small, yet there is a contemporary grandeur to the Equinox. I was awestruck by how stunning the ship was! It is filled with contemporary art in all of the public areas, including interesting little touches like quotes in the men’s restrooms throughout the ship. The shopping areas are like an upscale mall; the lounges are clean and luxurious, and there are plenty of little nooks to find a private space to read or gaze at the views. Service was fantastic—a five star service experience almost everywhere. There were very few lines, generally a few people waiting for coffee at Cafe al Bacio in the morning, and only once did we wait for 10 minutes for a table in Blu. However, when we were called with the pager, we were seated at prime location at the window. The only nit about service would have to be focused around the staffing at the pool bars on pool days or coming back from port. There could be a bit of a wait to order a drink then, but it was never more than 5 minutes. There were just a few strolling waiters around the main pool. We never saw a waiter in the solarium. I noted that the Slush Bar for custom blended cocktails open generally from noon until 5 was minimally staffed. However, the attitude of the staff was universally professional, accommodating, and just great to be around. Dining in Blu was exceptional. Maitre d' Anitsa and her colleague Linda were amazing and friendly. Our waiter Suliana with his assistant Dwight was right on the spot for service and remembering our names, food, and water preferences. Even the sommelier Alexander never made us wait for his recommendations for our choices. The food variety and quality were great in Blu from breakfast and dinner. Nothing was ever bland and meats were cooked perfectly to temperature. We ventured on night one to Murano and were once again blown away by the service and ambiance, especially by our waiter Ljubchek. In Murano, they offer tableside preparation for the lobster, chateaubriand, Dover sole, and strawberry crepe balloons. We liked it so much, we went back again to try different items. We also tried Sushi on 5 for lunch twice. Service again was amazing. While the nigiri and maki selections were not exotic, the taste across everything we had was delicious. I also liked the special beer and sake options available there. For the first time ever, we tried freshly made wasabi as a little splurge and did not find it much different from the standard stuff taste-wise. We ate in Asian fusion restaurant Silk Harvest on the last day. The ambiance in Silk Harvest is modern and urban, a different vibe from the rest of the ship. The food was completely memorable. The menu descriptions seemed like traditional Chinese, Thai, Vietnamese, or Japanese items, but they were prepared to fuse the flavors across regions. For example, the miso soup looked ordinary, but had the taste of Vietnamese pho. It was like no other Asian restaurant I have ever eaten in. We tried the Horizon Cafe a couple of times for lunch and once for breakfast. The layout was easy to negotiate; the food quality was surprising and very fresh. There were little surprises among the choices like freshly made guacamole and mini red velvet churros for the Mexican theme, omelets and pasta dishes made to order with minimal wait, and even a delicious full English breakfast station due to roughly 30% of the cruisers among us hailing from the UK. We would often order room service for an early breakfast of coffee, tea or toast. It was always on time. We tried a ‘la carte breakfast once on a port day to avoid rushing and were very pleased with the steak and eggs as well as the smoked salmon omelet with caviar. I have a couple of notes about the bars. The World Class Bar had interesting craft cocktails, but exclusively makes cocktails from the menu at the bar plus an occasional Sazerac since they hold absinthe tastings there in the in late afternoons. This confused and frustrated many cruisers who would wait for the one or two bartenders to take their order only to be told they do not serve beer, wine, or regular drinks. The Gastropub has the best beer selection of any bar I have ever seen at sea. It is no joke if you if you are a beer connoisseur. The place was a lively sports bar in the afternoons for football games, and it was also the place we had the Cruise Critic officer’s party on the morning of day two where we got to meet all of the senior officers including Captain Kate. The bartenders at the Sunset bar on the back of the ship were excellent, and definitely superior to those who worked the Pool and Mast bars. We noted that the clientele on the ship were a bit older than previous cruises we have been on. While I am in my mid-fifties, I would say that the average age of person on the ship was probably 65. That is not a big difference, but younger couples aged 20-40 were few and far between. Also, there were practically no children on this cruise. I counted less than 10 the whole week. Perhaps it was the season or the length of the cruise, but this manifest included many Brits, which was surprising. We spotted quite a few kilts on the men for Evening Chic nights. Entertainment was much better than on the Summit from January. We had excellent singers, including one finalist from the Voice and the weird, psychedelic show Topper. They had to cancel the final show on the last night Elysium due to technical difficulties. We enjoyed the late-night Marriage Show and the Frisky Feud. The Marriage Show, however, had no contestants participating younger than 70. We participated in multiple trivia contests and won few. You collect tickets to be redeemed on the final day of the cruise which we traded in for 2 t-shirts and a Celebrity branded towel. We had a blast at the first silent disco in the Sky Lounge. It was really fun! Cruise Director Dan France was on point, but we truly enjoyed getting to know Rachel who ran most trivia contests. She was genuinely nice. With so many sea days, it is important to note that finding a lounger around the outdoor pool or in the solarium could be a challenge. There was A LOT of chair saving, plenty of clips holding towels on the loungers, and certainly no one there for hours in the mornings. There were no roving pool butlers which I could see to help someone find a place, either. Both times I found loungers, we had to get to the solarium by 9AM and the outdoor pool by 7:30AM to snag a prime spot. We would leave for up to thirty minutes to get a bite to eat or get a drink, but this is something to keep in mind if you want to spend your day in a prime lounger around those pools. Nevertheless, everything just worked. It was the most relaxing cruise I have ever been on. The crew is amazing. The ship is utterly gorgeous. I want to go again! Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
GreAt cruise. Fun smaller ship, more intimate and nit crawling with people everywhere. Only three complaints: one, our air conditioning in the cabins is not good ( ours was slwsys warm, neighbors told us theirs was same ); two, we had a ... Read More
GreAt cruise. Fun smaller ship, more intimate and nit crawling with people everywhere. Only three complaints: one, our air conditioning in the cabins is not good ( ours was slwsys warm, neighbors told us theirs was same ); two, we had a 3 meal package upgrade. NCL used to deliver an envelope explaining the packages and related info. Now apparently they just code your room card. Result: we waited for info that never came and when we found out on day two mostbofvthe places and times we would have chosen ( Cagneys) was unavailable. Not cool. Third, whats up with the rap and Gen X music playing loudly at the pool and bars. Get real NCL, the vast majority able to afford your cruises are 40 plus. It is time to Stop marketing to twenty- somethings. It is also high time to make same sex, legally married couples feel equally welcome and to make a very clear public statement (posted) that NCL supports full Diversity and Inclusion! Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
Because we wanted to see Aruba but in fact we found that Key West was even more nice. It was nice with 5 stops during the journey but I had appreciated even 2 more stops while we were 10 nights at the ship. Some islands like Aruba could ... Read More
Because we wanted to see Aruba but in fact we found that Key West was even more nice. It was nice with 5 stops during the journey but I had appreciated even 2 more stops while we were 10 nights at the ship. Some islands like Aruba could have a longer stay. The breakfasts and lunches on board were excellent. We had drinks included in our stay and it saved some time for us. However it was very crowdy and busy in the restaurants during the dinner times. The night shows were nice but not so good as on Oasis of the Seas in March 2016. They had the water show and the ice show which both were impressive. The events in the shops were to poor organized and many customers became unfriendly: especially in the shops with lady fashions. But finally we are very satisfied and we talked to many nice people on board. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
Other NCL ships are run by staff that is in the hospitality business. The Getaway is run by administrators and supervisors. There is no consideration or attempt at being gracious hosts. There is absolutely nothing offered to a ... Read More
Other NCL ships are run by staff that is in the hospitality business. The Getaway is run by administrators and supervisors. There is no consideration or attempt at being gracious hosts. There is absolutely nothing offered to a Platinum member other than the "standards" left in the cabin upon arrival. The Latitudes party was for every single level all mashed together outside in the heat. No receiving line. Short introduction of officers and then they could not get away fast enough. Not a party. Not even a real reception. The food was the worst ever and the buffet had countless problems. Big language/understanding problems with the staff. Staff person making Greek salads tried to tell me that there was no cheese on a Greek Salad. The word feta was impossible to communicate. Cobb salad the next day I just looked and shook my head. No blue cheese (cheddar instead!) no bacon and no avocado. I have owned two hot tubs. My cruise was to be a spa retreat. I had to point out two separate days that the water in the spa pool was not treated properly. Any sort of thermal pool should not have excess foam. That is a sign that water is not treated properly. I lost three days of spa relaxation until they got the water clean. Any point/suggestion made to an officer was merely taken in. On two occasions there was personnel stationed outside the dining room trying to move people up to the buffet rather than enjoy the dining room. There is smoking in more places than I have ever seen on a ship. The Sunset bar is ruined by smoking directly next to the seats on the bar. In the very middle of the pool deck there are a few glass walls and smoking is allowed right there. Up in Spice H20 the bar side is given to smokers. All this on top of the stink in the casino. I will never sail on this ship again and am giving serious consideration to leaving NCL. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
I must say, this was my first cruise and all around it was AMAZING. Everyday, every moment, every seconds I loved it. But what also made my 8 days at sea so wonderful is the amazing staff I came in contact with. First these to amazing ... Read More
I must say, this was my first cruise and all around it was AMAZING. Everyday, every moment, every seconds I loved it. But what also made my 8 days at sea so wonderful is the amazing staff I came in contact with. First these to amazing people Francisco and Thal in house keeping, always remember there pleasant and genuine smile in the mornings and evening. I should know because I LOVE people and these two they have a very gentleness and pleasant spirit towards them. I pray a special blessing upon them and their family. They were very kind. Next in Pixels is Sinisa (Serbia). He is very pleasant and does an amazing job at what he does in Pixel. He complements a girl's picture when he is in it. Must I also say, he is GORGEOUS. Just a bonus and glad he was on this ship. Now a sets of amazing waiters, Adi, William (Colombia), Esther or queen Esther (India), Edi (Indonesia) and James ( St. Vincent).... These crew made my Church sisters and I laugh so hard and was a great pleasure having them as our waiters. They made dinner in the evenings exciting and with a lot of laughter. I do pray they keep that excitement in them because they help made my first cruise very exciting and a great experience. And to top is off, Mike the cruise director, HE WAS AWESOME and FUNNY. Whatever he does he makes it very exciting and gets the crowd involved in fun and excitment. From start to finish was amazing getting on the ship was all pure excitement for me but leaving I wasn't ready. I am sure there are plenty more wonderful people on board like the few I mentioned, but I must say GREAT STAFF you have Carnival Horizon. Thanks to you and your staff especially the ones I mentioned for making my first experience a memorable one. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
This was my first time cruising with Norwegian Cruise line. So I did not know what to expect. However, I was very surprised on how wonderful the service was, and I feel they had the best food I’ve ever had on a cruise ship. The ... Read More
This was my first time cruising with Norwegian Cruise line. So I did not know what to expect. However, I was very surprised on how wonderful the service was, and I feel they had the best food I’ve ever had on a cruise ship. The activities offered on board the ship definitely were entertaining to watch and were well thought out and planned. Also considering that this was a little bit older of a ship, and it has not gone into refurbishment/ dry dock yet, I was very impressed of the upkeep of the common areas. The cabin was also in very good condition and all areas on the ship were extremely clean. I will definitely be cruising with Norwegian again in the near future. And I’m happy now that I have another trusted cruise line I know that I will cruise with. Thanks for a great vacation Norwegian Cruise line! Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
Embarkation was quick and hassle free. Lunch was provided while we waited for our rooms to be available. Captain Kate ran a really wonderful ship with her great personality filtering down to all the staff on the ship which in turn was to ... Read More
Embarkation was quick and hassle free. Lunch was provided while we waited for our rooms to be available. Captain Kate ran a really wonderful ship with her great personality filtering down to all the staff on the ship which in turn was to the benefiat of the guests. All services were exceptional from the delicious food, happy helpful staff, great entertainment and overall quality service. Couple of gripes which didnt spoil our cruise at all but room for improvement, 1.buffet resaurant at night where the food was barely warm and a bit repetetive but at lunch and breakfast was fantastic. Resaurant food was first class. 2. The excursions were far overpriced. 3. Disembarkation was a bit on the slow side but werent in any rush thankfully. Overall it was an excellent cruise. Everyone was so friendly and loved having a funny, visable captain and felt informed and safe at all times. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
We are from Texas and chose this cruise to see new ports. We flew in a day early to enjoy San Juan - that was great. Overall, the cruise generally met our expectations. Food was typical, shows were outstanding, room service average, ... Read More
We are from Texas and chose this cruise to see new ports. We flew in a day early to enjoy San Juan - that was great. Overall, the cruise generally met our expectations. Food was typical, shows were outstanding, room service average, dining room service was excellent. We have 3 boys 16, 19, and 20 - not near enough activities for this age group (they were disappointed and ready to go back to Carnival). The most disappointing thing for me was the Casino. If you are a a gambler, and like to gamble on your cruise, you will be disappointed. Most table games are $5 with mickey mouse rules. For example, at the Craps table, you are not allowed to set dice. You are only allowed to receive the dice as positioned when stick man pushes to you, pick up dice, and roll. Don't trust the pay tables as listed on the BJ tables, make sure to read all the fine print. If you minimum bet, A black jack will not pay 3:2 or 6:5 - even though stated as 6:5 on table - it will only pay even money. There are other petty rules that will just takes out all the fun for a true gambler. The slots were extremely tight. Good news - I took $3K for gambling money and only spent a small percentage because I refused to play craps by their silly rules and 1x odds. What really irked me, on 3 different occasions, I requested to speak directly with the Casino Manager and the Casino Manager would not come to speak with me in person - only relayed messages through pit boss. Ports were great although, in St. Thomas, we ported at a secondary port. It wasn't much at all and very disappointing. I think the down town area must still be reeling from last year's hurricanes. Aruba and Curacao are amazing. For St. Kitts, try an excursion other than the beach. The beach and the water is extremely disappointing after Aruba and Curacao. If bingo is something you like, choose another cruise very few bingo opportunities (3 on a 7 day cruise). The room is packed with people for only one $300 game - ridiculous. Sabor was a real treat for lunch - be sure to do it one day. Did I mention the shows are great! The shows are the one area that Royal Caribbean blows away Carnival. Finally, can't believe the ship still does not have an app to facilitate communication on board. Has not implemented technology for the photos - still have to look through the walls of photos to find yours. Speaking of photos, RC offers limited opportunities with limited back drops. Not near as organized with gangway photos at the ports as Carnival. Fortunately, for us, San Juan, Curacao, and Aruba salvaged what otherwise would have been an average experience on an outdated ship. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
I picked this cruise because I was going on vacation to Puerto Rico and thought it may be a good idea to catch a cruise from this port. Nothing but wrong. Very bad food, restaurants were closed right after boarding time from ports of ... Read More
I picked this cruise because I was going on vacation to Puerto Rico and thought it may be a good idea to catch a cruise from this port. Nothing but wrong. Very bad food, restaurants were closed right after boarding time from ports of destinations. Food is greasy and you end eating tons of pizza because there is nothing else after boarding the ship again after a long day in an island. Lines were the MUST to get anything you wanted (get in a restaurant, have pizza, take a photo session). Definitely do not recommend it at all. I travel with my family, young people and elders. Shows were average. The ship is big and has a great alley simulating a street. This is what a liked the most of it. They have inside cabins with windows to the inside "street" where all the cafes and stores are located. Feel like atmosphere needs improvement also. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
The Getaway was over booked with kids and young families. The children dominated the ONE pool on the ship for the entire vacation. The children were rude, unsupervised by parents, screamed on the ship, and made the vacation for mature ... Read More
The Getaway was over booked with kids and young families. The children dominated the ONE pool on the ship for the entire vacation. The children were rude, unsupervised by parents, screamed on the ship, and made the vacation for mature adult couples unpleasant. Several times during the day I had to call housekeeping about getting our room cleaned. This happened on a daily basis. The Internet service was slow, and at times not working. I did ask for a 1 day refund of the cost for Internet since it stopped working on that day. The customer relations refused my request. We had the full inclusive beverage package, but still had to pay over $43.00 for bottled water. Bottle water is not included in the inclusive beverage package, which I was never told. The cardio fitness room was small with several broken machines. All excursions were fun, except the Sight Seeing with Limited Mobility in Roatan. Stay away from this excursion. The transportation was old, not designed for adults with mobility issues, and the sights were not worth your time and money. I am going back to Royal Caribbean - Oasis of the Seas since I know the fabulous quality and service on this ship. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
my review on this cruise is 2-3 stars only.The state room was dirty,bed was not made. There was a pair of dirty black color sox left in the state room.In the mini bar fridge a half eaten chocolate bar and also a half eaten coconut was ... Read More
my review on this cruise is 2-3 stars only.The state room was dirty,bed was not made. There was a pair of dirty black color sox left in the state room.In the mini bar fridge a half eaten chocolate bar and also a half eaten coconut was found. The TV was not working. Light went out twice during my stay. Staff was not very friendly.I did not see my state room stewart during the whole duration of cruise.I been using the Norwegian cruise line for years but this we had very bad experience. Though I heard a many good things from my personal cruise consultant. Believe me I love Norwegian cruise lines and I will continue to use Norwegian cruise line in future but not the Getaway Norwegian cruise line.We were family of five guest but bought the cruse shore excurtions for the whole family, four guests were given the lattitudes discount but the fifth one was charged full price. When I went to the customer service they said they will correct the mistake, even I got a phone call that the discount is been given and the the customer service apologies.When on the final day I asked for the final statement the bill was still the same . Discount was not given. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
We visited Sant Thomas, Curacao, Aruba, St. Kitts and San Juan. For us, the best port to visit is Curacao and San Juan, but the port of Curaçao is new and all the areas around the port are easy to travel and plenty of variety to do ... Read More
We visited Sant Thomas, Curacao, Aruba, St. Kitts and San Juan. For us, the best port to visit is Curacao and San Juan, but the port of Curaçao is new and all the areas around the port are easy to travel and plenty of variety to do shopping. The Royal Caribbean has an excellent onboard entertainment service for all ages. The best experience in the Freedom of the Seas, was in the variety of meals, easy walking floor and excellent elevator service for the disabled, recreational sports and activities on board in the theater and another room. The company only needs more activities for Spanish-speaking people or use an exclusive activity room for every night to have Latin music or different Latino activities. All people of different nationalities can come to share and learn about various cultures and dances. Once you have an area assigned for that purpose, everyone will know where to go every day to enjoy the different activities. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
We chose this cruise because it sails out of beautiful Puerto Rico and visits the best Caribbean islands. Our favorite islands were Puerto Rico, Curacao, and St Maarten. The excursions I recommend are: Hacienda Carabali (horses, ... Read More
We chose this cruise because it sails out of beautiful Puerto Rico and visits the best Caribbean islands. Our favorite islands were Puerto Rico, Curacao, and St Maarten. The excursions I recommend are: Hacienda Carabali (horses, ATV'S, and Go-Karts) and Travelers Catamaran and East Island Catamaran in Puerto Rico; The Best of Curacao and Beach in Curacao; and Kim Shah Beach with lunch in St Maarten. We enjoyed the Fast Cat Catamaran Snorkeling tour in St Thomas but we should have been warned that it is a rough ride and you will get wet while on the catamaran. It is really a FAST Catamaran! On the ship, we really enjoyed the spectacular shows, dancing, and the flow rider. We loved gettng side by side massages at the spa. It's a loud and fun ship with a lot to do. The adult area is quiet and relaxing. There were always pool chairs available! The beverage package is worth every penny. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
This is our fifth cruise, first on Royal. We've been on Pullmantur (two European), Carnival and Norwegian (both Caribbean) previously. We are two adults - no children. Embarkation was super smooth - out of the taxi and on the ... Read More
This is our fifth cruise, first on Royal. We've been on Pullmantur (two European), Carnival and Norwegian (both Caribbean) previously. We are two adults - no children. Embarkation was super smooth - out of the taxi and on the ship in probably 20 minutes. Muster was painless - we've been on ships that make you stand out on the deck, packed in like sardines for far too long. Muster this time was seated in the dining room while someone went over the safety protocols. I did see some people on deck, but they did not seem uncomfortable. The cruise overall as very good - service from everyone on board was excellent - with one exception, which I'll get to. We got the specialty dining and the beverage package - both excellent. Best bar selection of any ship I've been on. The specialty dining was also very good. Dining - We did two nights at Giovanni's Table and one at Chops and one night at the Chefs Table (not in the dining package which was different than what we heard). Both Giovanni's and Chops were very good - excellent selection and well prepared. We did Giovanni's twice because of the service - Leslie was great! We had a very good time at the Chef's Table (two other couples, one couple no showed). Service was great and wine parings were very good, but I probably would not elect to go again - the food was not great if I'm honest. If I'm paying a couple hundred dollars for a meal I do have a much higher expectation. And this leads to the one exception in service. Since we were at the specialty restaurants, we did miss consecutive nights in main dining. Without letting us know, they gave our table to a different party - so we went down and had a seat, ordered drinks and meals and then were rather rudely asked to move tables. I understand the move but it was handled very poorly and the "manager" was rude to the server (who was excellent) when he offered a different empty table. I let the manager know that the way it was handled was in appropriate and could have been the rudest experience in any restaurant I've been in. They offered a bottle of champagne, which was declined. For the food in the main cabin - breakfast was okay, we do not eat the usual waffles and pancakes - they looked very good but we did not try them. Eggs were probably borderline in the danger zone in terms of temperature breakfast in the Windjammer buffet was better (and I think that's the first time I have EVER said a buffet was better than table service). We did the pizza place a couple of times because they had a gluten free option - the first was very good, they got less 'done' at each visit. In their defense - they are almost always very busy, a line every day. I will say they do move folks in the pizza place and main dining very quickly - but there was a line 90% of the time. They did have really good gluten free options in most places including pasta if you requested. Surprising and very grateful! Cabin - we were in cabin 8642 - spacious balcony. And it was spacious. This was our first balcony room and it was probably twice as big and any other ocean view room we've been in. David, the room steward, was attentive and provided great service. I had read previous reviews that commented on the bed being hard - and they were right, but it was not horrible. Although we did not travel with kids, there did seem to be a good array of activities planned for them. There must have been some kind of contamination in one of the kids pools because they had to rope and net it off about midway through the cruise. We saw someone cleaning on the last day dressed in bio-hazard gear. We missed all the shows so I cannot comment on that, but we did sit and watch karaoke a couple of nights - always entertaining. We also watched the poolside entertainment, did what it was supposed to do - keep you entertained. They had the climbing wall, flow rider, basketball and mini golf to help keep you up and active as well. The gym on this boat is better than most we have on land! Huge, and they had a good array of classes (in addition to the deck side classes - Latin dance, yoga, etc). First stop in St. Thomas, we got off the boat and went shopping – there is a TON of jewelry stores there – and had lunch (Greengos – tacos were very good, they gave you three, I could barely finish two – and a couple of margaritas…) There were some guys offering private tours of the island, so we hopped on one – they spent a couple of hours driving us around showing some of the history and sights before dropping us back at the ship. The charge was $25 per person – and we thought well worth it. In Curacao, we got a taxi to take us to Jan Thiel (I think that’s how you spell it) Beach (drivers recommendation for a ‘very nice’ beach). The driver was very nice told us a little of the history of the island. The beach was not at all what I expected. I was thinking white sand, rolling waves. This is like a sea wall thing – you walk down the stairs into the water. The people were very nice and very quiet and subdued. If you want to lay in a chair and just chill, you’d probably enjoy this. We didn’t and called for a taxi back to the boat earlier than expected. The other thing here is that the taxi is very expensive. And the ‘nice’ beaches are a distance – maybe 30 minutes from the dock to the beach at $40 one way. If we come back to this island, I’ll take an official excursion. We only got one Royal excursion - on Aruba, the air-conditioned tour of the best of Aruba. Bird, the driver was very good, told us about the history and made a few stops from the highest point on the mountain back down Eagle Beach. Which is exactly what I thought a beach should be – white sand, rolling waves, people enjoying themselves . The only downside to the beach is the jet skis and boats - they come right up to the shore in the middle of a crowd of swimmers. Make you wonder how many accidents there are. The jet ski's are rentals, as are the boats. The boats are driven by the folks operating them so more safe - the jet ski's are rentals so I'm betting some of them need more than a couple of feet to safely navigate around people and kids. In St. Maarten, we took the water taxi over to the boardwalk area – for shopping, beach and lunch. They are still in serious recovery mode here. I think I saw more police here than on the other islands combined (minus San Juan). I would probably have spent more time here if there weren’t people constantly asking you to come in the store or buy something – at the same time I understand these guys in need so we did buy a couple of trinket and a painting from one of the local artists. We had drinks at Burger Madness. The owner of the place had disagreement with another party of customer, and it got a bit uncomfortable. I think the disagreement had more to do with misunderstanding/communication between the them. But you do not have to get loud and obnoxious – everyone there is either at work or on vacation. Don’t take yourself so seriously. San Juan, we got off the boat – not painless, but not as bad as some other experiences. The taxi stand was a free for all. Someone said they saw a fistfight earlier between drivers and a passenger (glad I missed that). Issue here was they had one taxi stand for a couple thousand passengers. Not a good scene. But we did manage to get a taxi relatively quickly (just go up to one of the folks with the pad of paper and tell them where you’re going – NICELY – and they will partner you up with others going in the same direction. If you’re not nice, do not expect to get a taxi soon. We stayed a night in San Juan and walked around the forts and old town – very nice. I’d definitely go back – this was probably my favorite stop. I loved the people, the food, the music! Oh – last thing – the Casino – we really enjoy table games - poker varieties and roulette. It is a great way to meet people and be social. No different on this ship. Except no one was winning. The dealers were not the most jovial sorts either – it’s a cruise ship – we want to see everyone having a good time (and we understand that not everyone wins). I am not sure I'd go back on a ship this big - definitely no bigger, the crowds get a bit much to manage. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018

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