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32 Africa First-Time Cruisers Cruise Reviews

We sailed on the MSC Sinfonia . WOW . It was such an amazing trip. From the moment we step on board until we disembarked . Our cabin attendant Yusif was just amazing. He came to greet us and for the entire trip he remembered our names and ... Read More
We sailed on the MSC Sinfonia . WOW . It was such an amazing trip. From the moment we step on board until we disembarked . Our cabin attendant Yusif was just amazing. He came to greet us and for the entire trip he remembered our names and took such pride in the work he does and nothing was ever to much for him to do, always smiling . The food was great , there was a night where there was mainly fish but there was burgers and pizza to make up for it. The entertainment was so great and i was amazed at how these shows was done. The cruise director Stephen was excellent. What a amazing talented bunch of lady's and gents. We were involved the the fun on board. I have experienced and witness passengers being rude to the staff for no apparent reason and i am a firm believer if you treat other people like that you should expect retaliation . I was amazed in the way that the staff actually took the abuse and just apologized even when they were not at fault. I would gladly sail with them again any time. I read the reviews and was surprised that some people complain about the evacuation drill prior to departure , i mean really our safety is very important and according to rules and regulations this has to be done prior to sailing. I felt safe and cared for and knew if there was an emergency of any sort that we will be taken care of. Thank you to all the staff from the cleaners to the captain for taking care of us Read Less
Sail Date February 2016
This was my first cruise. The ship was three hours late. you cannot fault them as the weather was. However the communication was not extremely good and a few of the people on the ground knew what was happening. They could have also ... Read More
This was my first cruise. The ship was three hours late. you cannot fault them as the weather was. However the communication was not extremely good and a few of the people on the ground knew what was happening. They could have also provided people with water given it was blazing hot in Cape Town. Only hours later did we find out there was a water station and they handed out water as we boarded but it was too late. The check in experience was quick and easy. On entering the ship their was a whoah from all of us. It was beautiful. It brought a smile on all our faces. We were greeted with an overall welcome on-board. The weather was pretty crappy on the first day and the cruiseliner could not leave the Cape Town. The Strong Winds of Cape Town (affectionally known as Die Kaapse Dokter) was causing havoc) MSC cannot be blame for this I understand but communicate effectively and have a Plan B (More indoor intertainment available as people cannot go outdoors.) I presume they also don't have customer service agents or a manager to go around and communicate this message apart from the Captain Message over loudspeakers. Its also nice if they have a senior customer service officer or someone to assist in case help is needed. All the staff tells you is go to reception is which by the way is on the 5th floor and you in the 11th floor needing assistance. They really have to work on this. They also need a Senior Customer Service agent with decision making powers available on each floor or at least One for two/three floors available during the day and on telephone at night. Example: after buying cooldrinks, as I turned around the howling wind blew them out of the hand, the barman saw it and smiled. I told him can't he exchange it for me as he saw what happened. He just smiled and said no, I then had to cough up another $16 for drinks. No one senior there with "powers" to say we saw what happened lets give it to you for free, nothing! This is what makes customers happy, the ability to help them out. There is also no communication between restaurants. The one restaurant was so full with q's around the elevators and back with extremely long lines. As we walked down to our room we noticed the 6th floor restaurant was basically empty. Surely the manager of the 11th floor restaurant or manager of the 6th Floor manager could have called each other and said I am full do you have capacity or visa versa. Again, communication. Surely the Managers of the empty restaurants could have asked themselves, where are the 2000 or so people cause we made breakfast and there is no one here. Their cabins was small but I know one don't book a cabin you book the experience. The main criticism would be the timelines. We basically had one day of Cruise of 3 days. We had to be out by 6:30 of the room which again, long Q's at checkout meant we could enjoy anything on day 3. I would advise on the last day or cruise they give people breakfast snack packs so that people can still enjoy the last day and not stand in loooong q's on checkout, breakfast and again luggage waiting. Our luggage was misplaced with many others. We handed the luggage in as requested but for someone reason it never arrived. The ground crew said it was made "hand luggage" and therefore still on board and we should have brought the suitcases with us. However their were about 200 people with the same issue so we all could not have gotten it wrong. Again no communication between whomever made the decision in the morning mark it "hand luggage" did not communicate this to the ground staff. Communication, a very important thing. The service at the bars, again long q's surely this is not for first cruise. You know you are fully booked, get some extra staff. Its very simple. The quality of the food was indeed very good, thank you, except for the Pizza place where the younger ones got bored of same pizza after two days, imagine a 7 day cruise, I will die if served the same pizza. That is the closest eatery to the pools so of course everyone will go there. its also not a good idea to have one eatery on your deck where 2000 is likely to converge on a hot day. Transfer staff from other eateries there. Get more people to come and clean up. Get more waiters to that area. It will do wonders for the overall experience. Nothing frustrates people more to walk 100 metres for a drink to wait for another half an hour for it. It will give you grey hair. Thanks, the first cruise definitely was nice taste and will definitely look at coming back. Read Less
Sail Date January 2016
We were greeted by exceptionally long queues and frustrated people. We paid for "Fast track" as it is impossible to stand in a queue with a 3 year old child for 4 hours. Once inside the Fast track option was available but this ... Read More
We were greeted by exceptionally long queues and frustrated people. We paid for "Fast track" as it is impossible to stand in a queue with a 3 year old child for 4 hours. Once inside the Fast track option was available but this just lead to another queue. Tried to explain to the staff that we have "Priority Boarding" because of our wedding package but they were not interested. We paid for excess baggage yet two bags per person is "recommended". We had one each and had to pay for hand luggage. Personnel was rude/unprofessional or did not speak English. Lunch served on first day tasted like cat food. Evacuation drill we were sent from one end of the ship to the other. No swim towels and wouldn't give to us after requested. Husband's suitcase was ripped to pieces on embarkation. My locking mechanism on my luggage was broken off on disembarkation. Food on island was disgusting! DJ only catered for African clientele. Nothing accessible on island days. Grease on deck which destroyed my wedding manicured nails. Spa does not do artificial nails. Crèche was closed most of the time. Crèche personnel screaming at children. Ceremony was 10min long! This was the worst holiday ever!!! Read Less
Sail Date November 2015
This I think was our one and only voyage so we were lucky it was on QM2 from Cape Town to Southampton. It was fifteen days of luxury. Our cabin 12006 was super, very comfortable and conveniently situated. We could keep a watch on the ... Read More
This I think was our one and only voyage so we were lucky it was on QM2 from Cape Town to Southampton. It was fifteen days of luxury. Our cabin 12006 was super, very comfortable and conveniently situated. We could keep a watch on the bridge from our balcony and it was a very short walk to the lifts which whisked us down to the gym, the library or the spa. The small covered pool is on deck 12 so that was just a stroll away. It was a longer walk to Stairway B to get to the Brittania Restaurant on Deck 2. The 5 formal nights were just that, dress suits and evening dress, but the informal dinners were jackets without ties for the men and cocktail dresses or slacks with nice tops for the ladies. So a suit is not a necessary item to pack. My favorite was room service, available 24/7. We made quite good use of it, especially towards the end of the voyage. Now the reason for 4 and not 5 stars - both of us developed the Cunard cough and spent time confined to bed. In fact I am still not well which is ruining the second part of our holidays and necessitated trips to A&E on disembarkation. Service throughout the voyage was exceptional and nothing was too much trouble for any of the staff; I wonder how some got bad service? Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
It was always my wife and myself's wish to go on a boat cruise but unfortunately there was always something that prevented us from going. We just decided that come what may we will do it this year. Then there was the thought of ... Read More
It was always my wife and myself's wish to go on a boat cruise but unfortunately there was always something that prevented us from going. We just decided that come what may we will do it this year. Then there was the thought of whether to take the kids as my youngest is special needs. We took the kids and I don't think I made a mistake as the activities cater for everyone's needs and was enjoyed by all. The friends we made, young and old, the experience as a whole cannot be easily erased. Only problem now is the oldest wants to know when is the next trip as she will often say " this is just like when we were on the boat" or "this looks just like Madagascar" then I will just answer her "Soon" Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
I Was disappointed with the Portuguese island stop it had absolutely nothing to amuse me. i had nothing to hold onto in the rubber duck.it traveled at excessive speed and was frightening i did not go on the island as i was not prepared ... Read More
I Was disappointed with the Portuguese island stop it had absolutely nothing to amuse me. i had nothing to hold onto in the rubber duck.it traveled at excessive speed and was frightening i did not go on the island as i was not prepared to jump into the sea. the cost of cokes and mixers was atrocious. being diabetic no tab was available it is all i am allowed to drink as a mixer. On our first night at dinner i requested a table for 2 and was very rudely told this was not possible. How ever i was later assisted by a very competent Mr Orlando Malvone who saw to my every need .ialso had very good service from a waiter by the name of Ikadek endra Antara from inonesia. We are thinking of doing anotherr cruise to Windhoek in 2017 for my 80th birthday. I am a retired pensioner from NEDBANK where MSG does its banking. Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
We did the Durban / Madagascar / Portuguese Islands 7 day cruise. Unfortunately couldn't get off for the Islands. Enjoyed the cruise so much that we are going again in April to see if we can get onto the Islands. This was by far ... Read More
We did the Durban / Madagascar / Portuguese Islands 7 day cruise. Unfortunately couldn't get off for the Islands. Enjoyed the cruise so much that we are going again in April to see if we can get onto the Islands. This was by far our best holiday ever. Can't wait for April 2016. Service was superb and friendly. Although we do think you could do with more service on the pool deck during the day. We have never come across such happy employees all the time! You must be doing something right. Entertainment was fantastic and much better than we expected. The ship was well maintained, clean and very well organized. The food was plentiful and superb. We especially enjoyed the Alaskan Bake evening - the atmosphere in the restaurant was fantastic as the waiters display the Alaskan Bake. Read Less
Sail Date February 2015
I booked this cruise as a surprise for my Mum as friends of ours had done this route the year before (different ship) and had so much fun so were doing it again in 2015. I have to start by saying that I was one of those people who ... Read More
I booked this cruise as a surprise for my Mum as friends of ours had done this route the year before (different ship) and had so much fun so were doing it again in 2015. I have to start by saying that I was one of those people who said that I've got no interest in going on a cruise, mainly because I am a very independent traveller and did not like the idea of being 'trapped' in one place with lots of people that I probably won't have much in common. Boy, was I wrong. We had a blast! My fear of being surrounded by lots of people/screaming kids and not being to get away was clearly very naïve as we struggled finding our group and went for a day or more not seeing one of the rest of the group apart from at dinner which was booked beforehand. MSC Opera is pure luxury and the entire cruise together with the booking and also dealing with some administrative issues afterwards was a pure pleasure. I honestly can't fault anything. The ship is in excellent condition throughout and this was matched by all of the staff that we encountered whilst on-board. Quality and variety of the food was impressive and the waiting staff was attentive at all times. There were games/zumba/live music, a well equipped gym with probably the best view in the world, lots of sunbeds, areas to sit and just relax, people watch, read or even have a snooze. The shows at night time was London Theatre quality, very well done indeed. Thank you so much MSC. Read Less
Sail Date January 2015
This was my first cruise as I am prone to sea-sickness and have avoided traveling on Cruise liners. As this was my wife's 50th celebration, I arranged the surprise to provide her with an unforgettable experience. From the start of ... Read More
This was my first cruise as I am prone to sea-sickness and have avoided traveling on Cruise liners. As this was my wife's 50th celebration, I arranged the surprise to provide her with an unforgettable experience. From the start of not knowing where she was going to arriving at the port was an incredible and exciting journey. From this point on-wards, I felt the experience slipping as the cruise began to take shape. Had I known that we could embark early in the morning, I would have changed the journey to arrive in the morning and not the afternoon, and to experience more of the cruise before we left the port. Our first experience was the Lunch buffet at 15h00 where all the food was almost finished and a few leftovers to choose from. The Pizza and hamburger stalls provided no added benefit and was dry or stale, and cold. This did not change throughout the cruise. The evening entertainment provided some relief as well as our first formal dinner. The company was good however short-lived as my wife felt a little sea-sick. The food quality in general throughout the cruise was plentiful however lacked somewhat in taste and enjoyment. You often get the impression that everything is rushed to accommodate the volume of visitors. Our breakfast experiences was probably the worst as the staff was not friendly or obliging and appeared annoyed when requesting service or assistance. The cabin was excellent and entertainment rewarding, yet very crowdy and uncomfortably compact. I believe the journey could be much more rewarding by providing some alternative Dining options whereby we as holiday makers can enjoy the experience without the need to rush in/out and without feeling like dining in a company canteen. I wanted to ensure my wife's 50th birthday celebration was an unforgetable experience, but alas , turned out to be a very busy and rushed holiday, and not particularly enjoyed due to dining experiences. Read Less
Sail Date January 2015
WOW, what an experience.....sun, fun, relaxation, ok maybe not so much relaxing due to alll the awesome activities. Fabulous food, from fine dinning to 24hr pizzas. I had my 4yr old with me and she wanted to live on the ship, loved ... Read More
WOW, what an experience.....sun, fun, relaxation, ok maybe not so much relaxing due to alll the awesome activities. Fabulous food, from fine dinning to 24hr pizzas. I had my 4yr old with me and she wanted to live on the ship, loved it to bits... The shows were amazing..... An incredible experience. Plan to do this yearly☺ Read Less
Sail Date November 2014
It was both my friend and i wedding DATE 10 APRIL. I paid for the hole trip for both familys five people. No communication,i want to visit inhabane as planned as it was both familys wedding date. We are friends for 30 years. We ... Read More
It was both my friend and i wedding DATE 10 APRIL. I paid for the hole trip for both familys five people. No communication,i want to visit inhabane as planned as it was both familys wedding date. We are friends for 30 years. We stopped at Mapoto harbour, what a waiste, you are not safe of the boat. My Video camera was nearly ripped of me by a native,but with force i did get it back.There are two many native beggars it is not safe. The photos sales need a system,we could not find our photos what we want to buy to much photos and to long waiting quie. a Simple cabin nr will do the tric when the camera man take the photos. Both familys still waiting for member ship after filling in all the forms?? Get one Afrikaans speaking person to assist with langue as 20% of the people for Durban harbour speaks Afrikaans.It will help a lot with any route changes,we could not understand the English excent. This rating to improve jourself is a good idea just answer your Emails what we have send. The MSC OPERA CRIUSE AND PERSONEL IS EXCELLENT,the food and entertainment excellent MY table141 service was excellent The evenings shows was the best Bingo was something new for me,and i enjoy it.(a lady won R60,000) The barbeque and Rum on the iland was a experience and fun. Swimming on the beach and to be the last couple to get back to the MSC boat,what a day! The most fun was at the star board side of the boat with my very stong torch light at night,the dolfins was jumping out of the water and chasing the light,free show for about 80people ,every time i want to leave they begged me to stay a little bit longer. The disembarkation was very professional done Well we are planning as a group pensioners now to do another boat trip We are planning for our next boat trip with more people groups Read Less
Sail Date April 2014
8 friends all sailed with the Opera on our first cruise experience ever, on April 21st from Durban to Portuguese Islands and back on the 4 night cruise. We had been told so many stories of how WONDERFUL the MSC Cruises were, and how ... Read More
8 friends all sailed with the Opera on our first cruise experience ever, on April 21st from Durban to Portuguese Islands and back on the 4 night cruise. We had been told so many stories of how WONDERFUL the MSC Cruises were, and how awesome the food was etc etc blah blah.....so of course we were expecting the best, the most amazing, the most wonderous..... Boy were we wrong....well at least on a few counts. The ship itself is great, clean, glitzy (to a point) and we enjoyed the cruise for the mere fact that we relaxed, had fun with friends and got to get off at Portuguese Islands on both days and relax on the beach (note, not on the ship thankfully)....but that's about where the wow factor ends.... Firstly the queueing process outside on the dock, this was a DISASTER of EPIC proportions. We have bought the "Fast Track" pass to board quicker, cost us R125 per person extra... well don't waste your money....you queue in the same queue as the non fast trackers, it's only supposedly when you get to immigration that you have a fast track, so be prepared to stand in the queue from 6am to 3pm just to get on board... Then as we boarded, our ID cards (issued at embarkation desks outside on the dock) gave errors and we had to all have our cards replaced at reception.... Finally armed with cards in hand, we prepared to explore - we were then accosted by staff offering us their "all inclusive drinks" package - $31 per person per day and you can drink as much as you like, UNLIMITED, - this was definitely a plus for us, not having to worry about keeping track of our dollar spending. Worked out to R330 per person per day, unlimited drinks.. this again was a major bonus.....BUT....be prepared to be hated by the staff because once you've bought this, you only pay 15% service charge once off, so staff lose out on tips and therefore HATE serving quests on the 431 (all inclusive drinks) package, so this makes them RUDE and unattentive. So, now the fun begins (or not).....the 431 drinks package as mentioned is a boon, saves you a lot of money, but boy, does it makes the staff peeved.....we were ignored flat by waiters, told we couldn't order drinks so often, asked pertinently if we felt we'd abused the system enough when ordering a 5th drink, told we'd had enough alcohol and should stop drinking! We are paying customers, you serve, we pay, so don't back chat us please! One waitress blatantly told us that we weren't welcome to order drinks, because the staff didn't get enough tips from us due to us having purchased the 431 package! What a cheek! So, I re-iterate, the staff are RUDE and UNWELCOMING! Then there's the food! NOT at all what it's cracked up to be...we had heard RAVE reviews from almost everyone we'd spoken to about how awesome the food was. Well they were all wrong (or must have sailed in a parallel dimension). The food was mass produced, re-heated, of limited variety and totally sub-standard. The seated dining area (La Caravella) - served nouvelle cuisine, but even so, the food was tacky - the kind you'd expect at an all you can eat budget buffet. About the only thing worth mentioning, is the pizza on the patio deck, this was usually fresh and hot, albeit very limited in variety, but at least tasted like something. The buffet restaurant served mediocre food that left the pallet feeling robbed. The entire cruise works in the ID card - and you load your cash onto this card upon boarding, and that's how you pay for everything, by swiping your ID Card....I went on the last night to buy a photo from the "gala dinner" - a rip off at $15 per pic and wasn't sure how much funds I had left on my card....the photo attendant, after having swiped my card, slapped it down and at the top of her voice told me "you have not money left" making me feel like a naughty school boy at the tuck shop. When I complained to reception, the "Guest Relations Manager" wasn't around to personally take my complaint and it was only late evening that I found a card in my cabin advising me to contact reception (I had complained at lunch time and again before dinner).... When I got hold of reception I was informed that the guest relations manager had told the reception to tell me "sorry" - this was the extent of the apology and attention to my complaint. I truly feel that the best two days of the cruise were those two spent OFF the ship at the Portuguese islands, where we relaxed in the sun, swam and drank our cocktails. MSC you should be ashamed of your staff and your lack of attention to detail, your food is sub-par and so are your staff...... I expected more and will most likely never go on a cruise again having had this as my first experience. I was planning on doing the cruises in the Mediterranean one day but now I'm thinking twice.   Read Less
Sail Date April 2014
We did not know what to expect and were so wonderfully surprised that from the moment we stepped on board till we disembarked we had a fabulous time. From the cabin to the food to the entertainment everything was so well organised and ... Read More
We did not know what to expect and were so wonderfully surprised that from the moment we stepped on board till we disembarked we had a fabulous time. From the cabin to the food to the entertainment everything was so well organised and such a lovely surprise. We cannot wait to go on another cruise this time hopefully on the Meditteranean run. We were especially astounded regarding the amount of discount we received a) for booking early and b) for being pensioners that it made it all the more possible. Read Less
Sail Date February 2014
My husband and i booked our first cruise to portugese islands for 3 nights on 28th Feb from Durban. This was a themed criuise with a local radio station. The embarkation and disembarkation were quick and efficient every thing in between ... Read More
My husband and i booked our first cruise to portugese islands for 3 nights on 28th Feb from Durban. This was a themed criuise with a local radio station. The embarkation and disembarkation were quick and efficient every thing in between was a complete disaster. the food was very poorly prepared, either over or under cooked or stale. what was left over at lunch was served at dinner. when eating at the resturant, atleast one person at the table will receive their serving after every one else has eaten. Any side orders only arrive after we had eaten.When we ask about it, the response is "dont worry you will still eat" and the service was the worst i had experienced ever, the staff ignore you when you ask question or if they do respond its a very short and snotty remark. There was no sense of urgency, no apologies no concern in anything that the staff had to do. There were alot of older passengers on the ship and they were completely lost about how things were supposed to be, we found ourselves helping other passengers with the things the staff should be helping with. Whether the staff are overworked or not is NOT the customers problem, MSC has to ensure they keep their customers happy, i paid for a service which i did not receive. I most certainly will NEVER travel on the OPERA ever again and will ensure i let everyone i know about the poor service we received and discourage them from ever travelling on the OPERA. The cabin was sufficient. it would have helped if the shower was 2 inches bigger. Read Less
Sail Date February 2014
We recently sailed on the MSC Opera from Durban, South Africa to The Portuguese Islands off the coast of Mozambique. The service from the staff on board was for the most part excellent, (I say for the most part because when my brother went ... Read More
We recently sailed on the MSC Opera from Durban, South Africa to The Portuguese Islands off the coast of Mozambique. The service from the staff on board was for the most part excellent, (I say for the most part because when my brother went to report his lost phone the reception staff was politely uninterested) The cabins were a little tight but adequate with all the amenities. The noise level from the passage was a little loud at times. I found the double bed to be generous and comfortable but the ladder to the top bunks seemed a little unsecured even when you tried ramming it in (maybe that's just me) The closet had plenty of space and i loved the porthole the onboard entertainment was interesting and suitably engaging - I enjoyed their shows and dance lessons. The cabins are small but adequate. The food was plentiful and appealing to the eye - the only thing is that taste wise it was sometimes bland. The meat sometimes lacked flavor, and the vegetables were often overdone. Having said that its not easy to please everyone and palates are very different so I do applaud the effort made and the attention they paid to the presentation of the food. I would suggest getting the wine vouchers rather than the cocktail vouchers - its much more value for money that way. Overall I would recommend cruising with this group - the ship is beautiful, the service is excellent and they kept us well informed.   Read Less
Sail Date January 2014
This was our first cruise and what an experience. Such a friendly ship, the staff and crew could not do enough for us from the cabin stewards to the waiters in the restuarant and Bar. The food was excellent and you must try the food in ... Read More
This was our first cruise and what an experience. Such a friendly ship, the staff and crew could not do enough for us from the cabin stewards to the waiters in the restuarant and Bar. The food was excellent and you must try the food in Mistrals, excellent and well worth the extra £19 you pay. The entertainment was top class, a different show by the show team every night such a talented bunch of individuals. Working so hard to ensure we all enjoyed ourselves, the only exception was the Cruise Director, the only time you saw him was for the applause at the end of the, which was a shame as friends had told us that the Cruise Directors w. The alternative entertainment in liberties was refreshing and so funny the guys up there did not fail to entertain us and make us laugh. Emma the entertainment host made sure that we were always enjoying ourselves and got us up to dance at every opportunity. Mr and Mrs was great fun. We would have liked to have expressed our thanks to the Cruise Director, but he was never anywhere to be seen apart from the applause at the end of the shows but never available to speak to. The Trips were expensive so we only did the two Petra and the Pyramids but i would not have missed them, a once in a lifetime visit. I will certainly travel with Thompsons again Read Less
Sail Date March 2013
This was our first proper cruise, we had been on a Nile Cruise a few years ago, and we were not disappointed. The ship - Well presented and maintained, the crew were always working away painting the external areas and generally keeping ... Read More
This was our first proper cruise, we had been on a Nile Cruise a few years ago, and we were not disappointed. The ship - Well presented and maintained, the crew were always working away painting the external areas and generally keeping things up together. The interior has been refurbished and apart from the sports deck and some cabins the work is complete. Our cabin was good but the kettle and flat screen had not yet been installed. A kettle makes a big difference to us so we really missed it. The crew - They couldn't be faulted and were endlessly helpful. The itinerary - Although the trips were expensive they were well organised and interesting. The snow and cold on the Petra excursion were a bit of a surprise but this did not detract from the enjoyment. Food & Drink - We did not go for the drinks package as we could never have drunk over £400 of alcohol in a week. Not all the drinks are included in the package and the premium brands often have a surcharge on top. The food was very good in all the restaurants and one night we paid to eat at 'Mistrals' the a la carte restaurant and it was worth the extra money. Entertainment - Not really what I go for but the various shows and musical events were all good. One slight negative that others have mentioned is the sun bed situation. People were leaving their towels on the beds and reserving them for long periods when they went off to do other things, this meant that it was often difficult to find one. The crew were trying to address the issue but they were fighting an up hill battle! The Celebration crew worked hard to ensure the Noro Virus did not strike by making sure that everyone used anti-bac gel and the staff served the food in the 'self service' Lido Restaurant. All-in-all a very enjoyable week with no problems and some winter sun; very good! Read Less
Sail Date February 2013
We hadn't cruised before, being under 50 we really thought that cruising was for older people. That's certainly true for the Braemar but many guests told us about other cruise lines who cater for a younger audience so I'm ... Read More
We hadn't cruised before, being under 50 we really thought that cruising was for older people. That's certainly true for the Braemar but many guests told us about other cruise lines who cater for a younger audience so I'm happy to stand corrected. My husband is terrified of water and to get him to go I had to book a cabin with a balcony above a lifeboat! Within a couple of days he was quite comfortable with being at sea, not seeing land and his constant fear of drowning so if anyone reading this has a reluctant partner - be reassured, it's worth the effort of getting on board. I have a gluten free diet and really struggle to get food when I go on holiday unless I cook everything myself. This cruise was an absolute godsend to me - I've never had so much choice before, the food and the waiters were amazing. I can't praise them enough. The Braemar is a relatively small ship with around 950 passengers and 350 crew which meant we were quickly recognised by staff and guests, making for a very welcoming atmosphere. The staff couldn't be faulted - we started off in the Grampian Restaurant but weren't keen on the atmosphere there and were quickly moved to the Thistle Restaurant which was much more vibrant and where guests wanted to talk to you.The cabaret acts were pretty average and targeted at the older audience. The Braemar Show Team on the other hand were outstanding, particularly James, Jane and Kirsty and worked incredibly hard putting on 9 different shows in 11 nights and popping up doing all sorts of unexpected duties throughout the day from serving cake at the Tea Dance to dolphin racing. Not having been on a cruise before I didn't have anything to compare them with but I lost count of the number of other guests who said they were by far the best show group they had seen on a cruise and many of the guests had been on over 30 cruises. Ricky the Cruise Director was great, I think he could do with a day off though - he seemed to work from early in the morning to very late at night with few gaps in between and always with a smile on his face. We met some lovely guests on board although we also met a significant number of pretentious people they they were usually older and from a certain part of the country. The staff were incredible and I found the latter guests clicking fingers at waiters distasteful to say the least, however the few guests that spoiled things were hugely outnumbered by the lovely guests we met. Our cruise was for 11 nights and by the 9th I have to confess we'd had enough of getting dressed up for every evening meal, we could have opted out and dined more casually in the Palms Restaurant but we didn't feel it was fair in the staff to keep moving about when I had special dietary needs. Others did use this option and it seemed to be appreciated.We called at Dakkar Senegal, Banjul Gambia, Praia Cape Verde and Mindelo Cape Verde. If you want winter sun and are not bothered about ports this is great, if you don't mind third world countries and a bit of hassle from locals it's fine otherwise leave these ports for a few years until they become more developed. Mindelo was the best port and even that was basic with no toilets on a 4hr tour. The weather was great though and staff on board were phenomenal. Read Less
Sail Date January 2013
Thomson celebration jan 31st -- feb 7th Although a cruise virgin & nothing to compare with except for hotel holidays I can only say it was exceptional from start to finish. Everything neatly planned by Thomson's at arrival ... Read More
Thomson celebration jan 31st -- feb 7th Although a cruise virgin & nothing to compare with except for hotel holidays I can only say it was exceptional from start to finish. Everything neatly planned by Thomson's at arrival in the airport to transfer to ship. A warm welcome with a band playing & drinks offered. Even our departure was fully planned -- we were not flying until 8pm but Thomson's gave us the option of a further excursion in sharm or to stay on the ship until 6pm when the coach left. They also provided a complimentary room for half hr sessions to get showered/changed before we departed ship (you have to give up your room at 9am) All staff polite, helpful, always smiling & could never do too much -- drop a knife & they'll be there to pick it up for you. They clean the tables as soon as you leave so dining/drink areas always spotless -- you never sit at a dirty table, ever. Food was fantastic throughout with a large variety from different restaurants to the outdoor food bar serving snacks throughout the day (food available 24/7) and always looked & tasted freshly cooked. Never seen so much time & energy from the staff go into the Entertainment, right down from the rehearsals for the big shows to the comedian, the bingo & quiz competitions to name a few. Always something to do on-board, including lessons in the casino to learn how to play the various games. (The casino & on-board shops are only open when at sea). The excursions were planned to a 't' -- never felt safer & didn't even think about any demonstrations or security issues -- only went to the pyramids & sphinx which were amazing with 1 beach excursion to a 5 * hotel which was great. Others said the valley of the kings was the next best (from Luxor) then petra (from aqaba). Long journey(s) but didn't seem to take that long to the pyramids (2.5hr) as there was always something to look at, ie cairo streets/buildings, going over the nile, points of interest. Ship had two small pools (sea water) which were quite adequate & sunbeds never seemed a problem to get hold of, only occasion maybe when at see for a whole day, but I don't think they could physically fit any more sunbeds on. Deck 6 was a lovely decked area with sunbeds neatly put round the perimeter & you could run the entire deck 5 times I think to get a mile. Great experience at sea at the rear of the ship looking out at the wash & coast lines of the red sea (can see both sides for the majority & look spectacular.) Weather started pretty average (approx 18 deg 1st day -- still t shirt on) then rose to a max of 27 deg by the time we disembarked. Even night times never seemed that cold. If you sat out side under the parasol it was lovely & warm all night or if you went up 1 deck to the rear there were ceiling bar heaters which were lovely to sit under (this was a smoking area thou) & if all else fails they did provide blankets to put over your shoulders. Sun comes up very early at about 6:30 & goes down around 5pm (sunbathing weather to around 3/4pm). Ships bars were also nice, especially the horizons bar at top deck (if you can find it) looking out over the front of the boat in panoramic views (like the star ship enterprise) Discos etc are also fun. A few of the ports are industrial but this didn't put us off one bit - they were still clean areas with the mountains further out, so if you looked over the industrial areas there was still something to look at -- if you sat facing out to sea the views were magnificent. Even in safaga there was a sandy peninsula creating part of the port which looked lovely when the sun was glistening off it. -- don't be put off by the reports on the ports they aren't that bad & I still enjoyed pulling into them (I like to take my binoculars while on ship) Did see large turtles swimming past ship while in port, which indicates sea nice & clear & not polluted. Overall great value for money & would recommend to anyone (if you are flexible on dates may be worth booking last minute for cheaper deal). However you don't get the free drinks package inc. they charge £199 per person per room if you want the package last minute. Drinks cost about the same as an English hotel so don't worry too much about prices, we only spent £150 or so on drinks for week, but then not big drinkers -- free tea/coffee all day with fruit juices at breakfast. Also a few niceties was the 'tea room' where they served afternoon tea's & selection of cakes (exceptional) - Nice to get a few ice creams when open at lunch! Rooms fine -- we got 2 single beds but don't know if that's the norm -- plenty of storage & cases fit under beds. TV with sky news & films. No noise & slept well through out. Read Less
Sail Date January 2013
I have never been so excited and anxious all at the same time, as I was for my first cruise! I travelled on the MSC Sinfonia and did the cruise was from Cape Town to Mossel Bay and back to Cape Town. I did all the reading and research ... Read More
I have never been so excited and anxious all at the same time, as I was for my first cruise! I travelled on the MSC Sinfonia and did the cruise was from Cape Town to Mossel Bay and back to Cape Town. I did all the reading and research prior to the cruise but the info regarding wheelchair access really was limited. I wasn't even sure how I would board the ship! We arrived at E berth just after 11h00 on the day of departure. Dropped our suitcases off first and then started the check in process. The departure and arrival's area is all ramped and wheelchair accessible. It is a working harbour, so it's like a warehouse or storage space but it's clean and it's accessible. It's a slow process as all hand luggage is scanned and any prohibited items confiscated until after the cruise. Once we went through the hand luggage check, we had our photo taken further down the passage and then you queue again to check in and receive your plastic card which is everything on the cruise! You use the card given for buying and for access to your room. This card is like gold! From the check in counter you then wait to board the cruise ship. If you in a wheelchair like me, you get to bypass the queue. For wheelchair users there's a separate entrance, which the staff help you go up. It's the same entrance which is used to load the luggage on etc. It's quite wide; my wheelchair is 70 cm's from rim to rim and then there was still space on either side. Once on board I was whisked straight up to my cabin, which I don't recommend doing as I actually needed to queue at the accounts counter. You need to link a credit card to your cruise card or load money onto it. And yes that's the most important thing, so do it first and get it out of the way. So I had to find my wingmen in the queue and wait to link my credit card. It's a slow process. I stayed in cabin 9149, which is 1 of the wheelchair accessible inside cabins. Inside cabins have no windows. Be warned. The doorway is I think 80cm's wide. On entering the cabin they had made up the 2 single beds as a double bed, which really does limit the manoeuvring space. As I was staying on my own, we had housekeeping sort out the beds, which gave me much more space to move around. The bathroom doorway is also 80cm's wide and the door opens outwards into the cabin. Bathroom has a small roll in shower, toilet and basin with easy access and grab-rails. There's a hand held shower, which is also height adjustable and 1 of those little shower chairs to sit on. I was worried about the bathroom as I wasn't sure about access and the space but it really was fine and is more than do-able. The towel rack is a bit high, as is the shelves to store your toiletries but I just used the counter space. The basin plug didn't work so well, so wash quickly! And when showering the water did tend to drain away slowly (also depending on the roll of the ship) and flowed over the little shower lip. So be careful of that. Cupboard space has ample hanging space and comes with a lowered rail. The safe is also inside the cupboard and is easily assessable for a wheelchair user. Then there's the usual stocked bar fridge, TV etc. All levels of the ship are wheelchair accessible. You just need to know which lifts go to which level and which end of the ship you are at. I got so lost, so many times! Good fun though! All the entertainment areas are accessible, that includes the different lounges, bars, disco, restaurants, shops, library, pool deck and even the upper most level which has the walking track. The pool and Jacuzzi weren't accessible from what I noticed. Be warned if you using a wheelchair, the carpets are thick and the going is not so easy, unless you have a pusher with you. Some of the doors leading outside are those really heavy doors, so some help was needed but everyone was willing. Disembarking was a bit slow but then again, there are over a thousand people all going in the same direction as you. So be patient, you'll get off. Would I go cruising again...? MOST DEFINITELY! I can't wait to go again! Read Less
Sail Date December 2012
Booked a week on the Thomson Celebrity as a last minute offer instead of our usual Canaries winter sun break. Our first cruise and now the first of many.......... Thomson's appear to have made a lot of effort with customer focus ... Read More
Booked a week on the Thomson Celebrity as a last minute offer instead of our usual Canaries winter sun break. Our first cruise and now the first of many.......... Thomson's appear to have made a lot of effort with customer focus and it is now paying off. From our first phone call to book the holiday to our final time on board the coach back to the airport, every one was very friendly and helpful. We were even met at the departure airport and from that point on it just got better and better. The service and staff on board are excellent and the weather superb. The cabin (deck 7)was looked after by 'Benni' our Housekeeper at least twice a day (although you never see him). It had lots of space as did all the public areas. Food and entertainment were first class and catered for all types. The Ports visited are purely that (chosen for access to historic sites rather than views)so do do not expect daily vistas. We decided not to join any of the excursions and just chilled out either by the pool with the daily entertainment or on the promenade deck for a peaceful afternoons reading. Overall, the best winter sun break we have ever experienced - well done Thomson's and see you next year Read Less
Sail Date March 2012
My entire life I have been terrified of anything to do with the ocean. The mere sight of a ship made me feel sick. Well now that has all ended and vanished thanks to the MSC SINFONIA. I have read lots of negative reviews on this site ... Read More
My entire life I have been terrified of anything to do with the ocean. The mere sight of a ship made me feel sick. Well now that has all ended and vanished thanks to the MSC SINFONIA. I have read lots of negative reviews on this site so far, and I've come to one conclusion - some people are just born complainers. They would even find a problem with the 7 star Burj Al Arab hotel in Dubai. If complaining is in your nature, even heaven itself wont satisfy you. With that being said, let me share my experience aboard my floating castle the "MSC SINFONIA" Well firstly, queues are part of life. We all need to join them and wait our turn. This does not have to become the bane of our existence does it? My mum, aunt and myself were elated and excited right from the moment we stepped into N-Shed, Durban Harbour. Any situation can be turned into a fun one in my book. Our wait was not long before we boarded the Sinfonia, to be greeted by drop-dead gorgeous human beings who smiled at us individually and directed us towards our cabins. Finding our cabin was super easy, and we were in awe at how beautiful everything was, and we were just dying to explore! We booked an inside cabin, as I will still very nervous about overcoming my biggest fear and phobia of the water, so thought it best not to be able to see it through a window... But next I am booking a cabin with a balcony!! From that point, the rest of our experience was nothing short of a dream come true, a fairytale, an absolutely mind-blowing experience. From the decor, to the food, to the general feel aboard, we felt like we were royalty. I've been reading up on unhappy people wanting compensation for not going to Maputo or the Portuguese Islands due to bad weather conditions. Well to bring contractual liability and obligation into it, it clearly states in the always unread "terms and conditions" that the course of the ship might change due to advers weather conditions and it is at the captains discretion. And to me its a no-brainer, I mean, no ship captain has the power to have direct conversations with GOD and ask him to please postpone the cyclone because some people are cruising... Another thing people were complaining about, and being very annoying indeed, is that you wait in long lines at the buffet and that hot beverages are being served in plastic mugs. Last time I checked, a buffet always has and always will include a queue, so why would expect any different aboard a cruise ship? And the coffee/tea is still going to go to the same place whether it comes from a plastic mug or a glass one. Ridiculous complaint in my book! The theatre shows were fantastic and reminded me of being back in New York at a Broadway show! The highlight for me was a group called "The Dream Team" These guys and girls were just a bundle of energy and always doing things to make the passengers laugh and join in the cruise festivities. Hats off to them!!! I wish I could convey a personal message to them and commend them on a job well done!! My mum is a vegetarian, and that was a concern for us before the cruise. But she ended up being the happiest when it came to satisfying her tummy. The food was exceptional. Our day spent in Maputo and the Portuguese Islands also were nothing short of perfect. We were literally and visibly depressed when the final morning dawned upon us and we could Durban approaching. We so wanted to stow away and leave with her to Europe! I have travelled extensively, so I am in a good place to compare and critique this experience. And the truth is that this cruise aboard the MSC SINFONIA was the best experience of my life and it will take a lot to knock it off my number one spot. I will definitely be going on another cruise as soon as the nest season starts! Read Less
Sail Date March 2012
This review, which is rather long, will appeal to South Africans -- particularly those who have not cruised before and are looking for detailed information on what to expect -- as it covers a five night cruise on the MSC Sinfonia from ... Read More
This review, which is rather long, will appeal to South Africans -- particularly those who have not cruised before and are looking for detailed information on what to expect -- as it covers a five night cruise on the MSC Sinfonia from Durban to Portuguese Island, Maputo, Inhambane and back to Durban. These cruises are extremely popular among South Africans and it appears as if about 80 to 90 percent of passengers are South Africans. They often travel in groups made up of friends or family, and it becomes quite affordable. We were a group of 6 "girls" all around the age of 60. We had two girls in one (inside) cabin and four in another sea-facing cabin. The use of the bathroom, and storage space was a challenge for us, but with patience, it was possible for us all to shower and dress in the confined area. The cabins are small, but comfortable. They were kept clean with regular changes of towels. As this was my first cruise, apart from a cruise from Cape Town to Durban about 45 years ago (which hardly counts), my views may be considered by many as biased as I do not have the advantage of comparison with other vessels and cruise lines. However, there has been a lot of criticism of the MSC Sinfonia and other MSC vessels, that I am not entirely convinced is justified. I read many reviews before departing, and decided to keep an open mind. I did not find the language issue much of a problem as most crew speak some English. The waiters in the restaurants are extremely friendly and accommodating, whereas the waiters in the buffet restaurant were less friendly. Cabin stewards were also quite friendly and helpful. In terms of the food, we found it very tasty, with more than ample variety. Occasionally, there was the odd dish that we did not like at all, but there is so much to choose from, it was not a problem. We fell into the pattern of having dinner in the assigned restaurant (there are two on the Sinfonia), as it is nice to be served and to dine with decent crockery etc. There are seven or more courses, which of course you don't have to work your way through, however the portions are fortunately fairly small. We preferred to have breakfast and lunch in the buffet restaurant on the pool deck as you can have more fruit, and less of whatever else, and at lunch you can enjoy plenty of salads. We missed the fact that there is no ice-cream at the buffet restaurant -- seems to be only at the "sit down" restaurants. Of course there is ice-cream to buy from the ice-cream parlour. There are also coffees of all types that you can order. The coffee at the buffet venue is only instant Nescafe (quite adequate if you make it strong). There is plenty of entertainment, with a variety of live music in all the bars, and a dance floor in the Manhattan Bar. There were shows every night (two seatings) which lasted about 45 minutes. We found them entertaining and worth watching. The cruise director is very professional and hugely entertaining. On the last day, crew members took part in a "talentless" show which was extremely funny. I am not able to comment much on the excursions as I only took one -- a dolphin watching cruise. We saw plenty of dolphins and although somewhat pricey, it was worth the cost. It was possible to go ashore without taking an excursion, as MSC makes provision for all passengers to be transported from the liner to the shore at the two places where the ship cannot come close to the shore (i.e. at Portuguese Island and at Inhambane). Zodiac-type boats (probably taking about 30 to 40 people) are used to transport passengers to shore and there is a bit of wading in the sea that needs to be done from the rubber boat to reach the beach, but it's fun. The water is extremely warm and gorgeous for swimming. MSC appears to have some sort of concession to use Portuguese Island as they have erected some thatched structures for shade etc. The crew prepare a very delicious braai on the beach for lunch. In Maputo of course there is a proper harbour so disembarkation is in the normal way. It's really not necessary to take one of the excursions -- especially if you are a group -- as you can hire a taxi to take you around on a "private" tour. Always bargain before accepting the price agreed-upon.The final issue I wish to mention is the question of the cost of the drinks. These are always said to be very pricey on cruises, however, not on the MSC Sinfonia. I found the prices of the drinks very similar to what you would pay in a restaurant in South Africa, or in a hotel. There was always a "cocktail of the day" at a reduced price (about $3.70 or R30). There was a rose wine by the glass for $2.00 (R16) and Drostdyhof light by the glass for the same price. The Two Oceans Sauvignon Blanc was $2.50 per glass. I cannot recall the cost of the beers but I do not believe that they would be excessively expensive. There is plenty of shopping to do if so inclined, and if you take into account that the items are duty free, you can get perfume, for example, at much less than you would pay in South Africa. The one criticism in general is the matter of queuing -- yes, you have to queue at times, especially to go ashore, and to get the Zodiac to go back from shore to the cruise ship. It is difficult to imagine how else transporting such a large group of people is going to be done, except for queuing -- everyone wants to go back to the ship at the same time. The queuing at Portuguese Island was not pleasant as it was in the boiling sun. This is the only serious criticism that I have -- and no suggested solution. All in all, I would not hesitate to recommend this cruise to anyone. We had a fantastic time and really enjoyed ourselves. If anything, the lack of sleep was the only downside to the whole experience. Read Less
Sail Date February 2012
As first time cruisers we longed to get on board the MSC Sinfonia at Durban to sail for 3 nights to Portuguese Island and back. We went as a large group of 15 including my 2 adult sons and a girlfriend. Embarkation is supposed to take 2 ... Read More
As first time cruisers we longed to get on board the MSC Sinfonia at Durban to sail for 3 nights to Portuguese Island and back. We went as a large group of 15 including my 2 adult sons and a girlfriend. Embarkation is supposed to take 2 hours maximum. Our cruise which was 16 - 19 Dec 2011 was a nightmare embarkation process of 7 hours, yes you did read right 7 HOURS from when we stood in the check in luggage queue until we took our first step onto the boat. We NEVER went through any safety drill at all as we only left Durban harbour at 6:30pm instead of the listed time off 2:30pm. We got to Portuguese Island late. The food is sub standard with either long queues at the buffet restaurant or surly waiters serving bad food in the 2 formal restaurants. Fish was either off or inedible. Waiters will bring both muesli AND your hot breakfast at the same time and then get huffy about getting a new hot breakfast for you. On a positive note the cabins are lovely and well appointed but they could provide more than just some shower gel and shampoo, please provide some body lotion and hair conditioner at the very least. Phoning reception on board works well. Excursion to Portuguese Island and Inhaca Island was fun BUT please take note, there is not 1 toilet on Portuguese Island for the more than 1000 passengers from the boat, you must trek over the dunes to a place littered with tissues, wet patches and fecal matter...... unacceptable! This is not worth the money no matter what special deal you get. I will never go on an MSC Cruise again. We have renamed this MSC Queues's. Read Less
Sail Date December 2011
This was our first cruise with Oceania and shortly after we boarded one of the staff commented that it was pretty brave to choose an unknown cruise line on which to pass the next 65 days. We choose our cruises based on the ports of call ... Read More
This was our first cruise with Oceania and shortly after we boarded one of the staff commented that it was pretty brave to choose an unknown cruise line on which to pass the next 65 days. We choose our cruises based on the ports of call first and then the size of ship. Of course one always has a preference to a known cruise company but our agent was certain we would enjoy what Oceania had to offer on board. Oceania did play around with the itinerary just before final payment was due and we had booked a back to back, so when Myanmar was slashed for "whatever" reason I did do a hmmmm but made the final payment and thought oh well, hopefully they don't slash any more ports. First Kenya, Tanzania and then Myanmar, basic reasons we did choose this cruise. They truly didn't "think about" the ports they put in place of those slashed, so corporate office get someone outside that little office to think about what to replace Myanmar with - not Trincomalee Sri Lanka! Anyhow on to the Nautica and I must say from the get-go the staff was excellent. Possibly one of the best bunch of crew we have had the privilege to sail with. Friendly, helpful always going out of their way to make sure our day was just that much better. From the Captain down each person was a pleasure to interact with. I have not come across a General Manager that was more human, helpful and thoughtful than Dominique a gem of a gentleman. If from here I continued to mention names of people that impressed me it would fill the page. The food fantastic! Imagine every day fresh berries (at least 2 varieties) and fresh tropical fruits like mangos and papayas alongside.. never missing a day. The Grand Dining room was just that, a slow, relaxed dining atmosphere. The 2 speciality restaurants and the management fantastic. The alfresco evening dinners in the Terrace were also a delight. Perhaps the best were the baguettes and French pastries, took me back to small bakeries in rural France, fresh out of the oven. The afternoon tea with the Florentines took me back to my younger days in Europe - thanks for the memories! There was a "situation" with the doctor, hired by Oceania, and eventually it could not be overlooked those in charge of the ship, brought it under control in a gentlemanly way as quick as they possibly could. It did mar the Dubai to Cape Town leg and gave for some worrisome times, I did even call Oceania's head office in Miami to lodge a personal complaint, which I never did hear anything from, another sweep under the corporate carpet. Before we sailed I had read 3 important/interesting things about Oceania. First, there are no activities for any child or even teen so don't expect to see many, if any, children on board. Second, Oceania is a port intensive cruise line so don't expect too much from the nightly entertainment, truly some of the entertainment sent by corporate office was questionable. Third expect the best beds in the cruise industry. True, true and true! The little touches of no charge on specialty coffees and non-alcoholic drinks and the free speciality restaurants were a nice touch. My only complaint was the lack of port talks. Yes we did get a verbal reading of what each port was like and what there was to see. But it was a "report" not a port talk. Nobody mentioned about the local dishes to try in different countries, or what to expect if we didn't take one of the very, very over priced tours. There are some people like my husband and myself, due to medical reasons, we cannot commit to the tours and then had to research or talk to others in order to glean something about the ports of call (remembering the speed and cost of the Internet we couldn't even search for ideas of what to do) Fortunately again the multi-country staff came to the rescue and gave us some ideas of what to expect. Other cruise lines I have sailed sell their ship tours but still give the independent traveler a lot of information and encouragement to enjoy the strange new countries they are about to see and experience. Many a passenger on this cruise had no idea of the poverty or the difficulties the countries were up against as that wasn't in the "manual". Perhaps some of the passengers would have appreciated things they saw more with a real port talk. On arrival in a port it was often heard, there is nothing to see here so guess we will go into port for a look-see. Even the names of the ports and important sights were so badly mispronounced it was hard to imagine what was being said. With the international crew on board one could have just asked around for correct pronunciations (that is what we did) to educate the passengers properly. With a little more enthusiasm during the port talks the guests would have been humming with delight for all the countries we were privileged visited. Will I cruise with Oceania again, hmm not sure. That is to say it is only the corporate office that is not getting my vote. Pricing of the cruise itself was very high. Pricing of the tours unreal. Spa prices hit the roof and the doctor prices (company quoted) were astronomical. I am writing this in comparison to the many other cruises we have taken. If I base it on my time spent on Nautica with the excellent staff - yes I'd sail with them again! Read Less
Sail Date December 2011

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