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Everyone was so pleasant, always greeting us with a smile and acknowledgement. We had a lot of fun with the staff on our Baggo game. In all of our eatery places, we enjoyed and I believe the staff did as well, the camaraderie with us. ... Read More
Everyone was so pleasant, always greeting us with a smile and acknowledgement. We had a lot of fun with the staff on our Baggo game. In all of our eatery places, we enjoyed and I believe the staff did as well, the camaraderie with us. Every time we went ashore, the staff had a humorous comment to say, especially with our name being 'Sweet'. We had a tour of the galley and of the bridge. This was so interesting, not having this privilege on any other ship. The staff work so hard and it seems the food establishment work such long hours to feed us, the hungry people. Thanks for all you do. We were three siblings and spouses on this cruise and we would start our day by saying, "we'll meet at the white chairs." These were in the hallway near our cabins, 3040, 3042, 3052. It was also convenient to have the launderette near our rooms. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
The reason my family and I decided upon Princess was the length of the cruise. All other lines failed to offer a 14 day cruise. We researched the ship, it was about 14 years old, it had undergone a maintenance a couple of years ago.. ... Read More
The reason my family and I decided upon Princess was the length of the cruise. All other lines failed to offer a 14 day cruise. We researched the ship, it was about 14 years old, it had undergone a maintenance a couple of years ago.. The ship looked very nice from the outside, The inside looked clean, the state rooms were in good shape. The only two items I found with the ship was the lower railings on the balcony. They were heavily rusted, and the fan system in the elevators did not cycle air very well and when entering a full elevator the air quality was very poor. My family and I had never cruised before, we learned much about the how cruises work, Embarkation and debarkation was an experience we can now understand better. Our flight out was set for around 6pm EST, The ship had us out of our cabins at 8am we ended up waiting for our flight for 7 hours. It would have been nice if we could have remained aboard until later in the day and then transferred to our flight. The dining experience was enjoyable, We tried all of the food options and were satisfied, We switched our scheduled dining from 3 nights at crown grill, and 3 nights at Sabatini's to 5 nights at Crown Grill and 1 night at Sabatini's. We found that the meals were more to our liking at Crown Grill. We had multiple shore excursions and the activities aboard the ship were enjoyable, The shows were good and the times shown were spaced just right so that we could eat and get to one of the shows. Service aboard the ship was always good, with one minor exception at the Salty Dog. my son ran into an unfriendly staff problem. But the staff other than this was always helpful. The shore excursions were enjoyed by all. My wife and I are older and cannot do the things that are sons are capable of,The only area that would have helped would have been to have steps going into the excursions. The helmet dive in Aruba was great. The steps lead into the activity. The Sea Lion in St. Thomas and the Sting Ray in Antigua all had ladders to go into the pool or sea. If they could add a set of steps this would make it easier for older folks to enjoy the activities. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
Heard from friends of Marella Discovery 2, especially the ' all inclusive' feature. My wife and I have done 8 cruises before and we were impressed with the service, the politeness of the whole crew of Marella Discovery 2. ... Read More
Heard from friends of Marella Discovery 2, especially the ' all inclusive' feature. My wife and I have done 8 cruises before and we were impressed with the service, the politeness of the whole crew of Marella Discovery 2. Never seen in any of the ships before the amount of drinks ( free ) available on that ship ... Anywhere on any floor you are greeted with carts of drinks. On the deck, almost every 15-20 minutes, you are approached by servers with always a smile on their face to offer you with drinks. Service is impeccable anywhere on the ship , in any department. Very clean ship. Entertainment was out of this world . Food ... no need for reservation in ' fine dining'. First come first. The only area which , I believe , needs improvement is the buffet . Breakfast is the same every day . If Marella improves in area of food , I won't hesitate to give the ship a 10/10. As it stands I give it a 9. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
Absolutely lovely cruise.... staff from room cleaners through to management were excellent... bar staff fab.. Anthony in the squid and anchor and lllian in the whisky and gin bar were fantastic.. Clifford our brilliant house keeper was ... Read More
Absolutely lovely cruise.... staff from room cleaners through to management were excellent... bar staff fab.. Anthony in the squid and anchor and lllian in the whisky and gin bar were fantastic.. Clifford our brilliant house keeper was tops never a problem to do anything for u... food choices galore restaurants staff amazing... these guys work long hours but are always polite and give u the time of day... would 100% book with marella explorer again... had a problem with our room nothing major.. but the ship manager got us moved straight away.... fabulous time couple of days a bit wet but hey 15 nights without cooking makes up for that... entertainment good.. broadway show room is like going to London except in London u don’t get complementary drinks... ship was very clean literally inside and out were kept clean daily and more than once a day... couldn’t ask for a better first time cruise The 6 days going across to the Caribbean were long but hey we knew wen we booked... oh and the guys at the Lavizza coffee port loved seeing me at 7am every morning Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
Apologies for the long review. It is hard for me to cut back on detail. We were four girls traveling, three from Los Angeles to Fort Lauderdale and one from Atlanta the day prior. We had two cabins, a mini-suite D619 which had three ... Read More
Apologies for the long review. It is hard for me to cut back on detail. We were four girls traveling, three from Los Angeles to Fort Lauderdale and one from Atlanta the day prior. We had two cabins, a mini-suite D619 which had three and a Caribe Balcony C731 for me. We flew from LA and stayed at the Courtyard by Marriott Cruise and Airport Hotel. This hotel has an airport shuttle included along with breakfast buffet and shuttle to the cruise port included as well. The hotel was under construction so the lobby was moved along with the buffet. The room was good. The hotel is close to both the airport and hotel which made it very convenient for this trip. My friends are late risers while I am early. They did not want to get to the ship early; three of us are Platinum and could have enjoyed the Platinum Lounge. The hotel has four times for the departures: 10am, 11am, Noon and 1pm. We left for the ship on the 1:00 shuttle which left closer to 1:30pm. There is a sign-up sheet. Be sure to sign up as soon as possible since the good times fill up quickly. We arrived at around 1:45pm at the port. Embarkation was a breeze. I had an extension cord in my carry-on which was found and confiscated. It was just a plain $2 power strip, no surge protection what so ever but they placed my name on a form so that I could collect it after the cruise. A photo was taken after the security check and we were on the ship. Since we got to the ship so late, we missed the dining room lunch and the rooms were available. We dropped off our carry-ons and headed downstairs. We had a light snack in the International Café. We enjoyed the Chicken Salad and a very nice Beet Salad. I signed up for the Ultimate Ship Tour at Passenger Services Desk. Soon after the muster drill began. We headed down to our Muster locations. After the drill I headed for sail away to my friends’ mini-suite. We sat on their balcony even though it was very hot and humid. It was great fun to celebrate together. We were celebrating our friend being cancer free along with her birthday. She had breast cancer last fall. One of the girls ordered the cabin birthday decorations. They were expensive but very fun and festive. We had made reservations for the Crown Grill to celebrate her birthday. The Grill was amazing. We had steak and lobster. The service was spot on. I would recommend it to everyone. The food was so great! I had breakfast, lunch and dinner in the dining room for most every meal. I highly recommend it. I am a foodie and the food was really good. I was worried after everything I had read. I love high tea but was only able to do it once. I ate dinner in the buffet once and it was surprisingly good. I did have little snacks here and there mostly fruit and a bit of desert. I ate at Planks with my Meet and Mingle neighbors. Planks was ok. Most likely would not eat there again but always want to experience everything I can so that I can make my own opinions. The International Café is always good. I really like their Muesli for breakfast along with a cup of fresh brewed coffee early in the morning. I then take it to a window seat and watch the ocean from the window nearby. The ship does have some rust in areas. They were always painting and scraping somewhere. They changed the carpets in the hallways. I am used to some sort of color change but both sides were identical with gold/yellow background with white, black and gold swirls. The ship appears to be clean and fairly well maintained. I was worried due to the reviews. Most all of the crew were friendly, some were very friendly. Day 2, Sunday morning was our Meet and Mingle sorted out by Bugsy43 at 10:00am in the Wheelhouse Bar. We were supposed to be in Skywalkers but somehow there was a double booking. We had about 21 people show up. It was too early for my three friends since the time change; it was 7am for us. We all introduced ourselves and talked about where we were from and how many cruises. We had about six people participate in a gift exchange. It was fun. People brought something that was from where they were from or something they thought another cruiser would like. There were two of the Ships Officers that spoke to us as well. One of the officers spoke of the changes they had made to the buffet in the last two weeks for the better. It appears that they must read Cruise Critic comments. I am not a buffet fan but ate there a couple of times. It was quite good (for a buffet). Normally I just get some fruit. I ate in the dining room for most every meal. We had anytime dining which I am not a fan of but when traveling with others, you go with the flow or eat by yourself. We never really had to wait long since we normally ate around 7:30-8pm. The food was really good. If it was not to your taste, you ordered something else. We ordered several of the items when we could not choose just one. The butter dish was given with four butter balls, but we just asked for more when it was out. I love good bread and butter and was not disappointed. Day 2 was a sea day, I had lunch with my new friends from the meet and mingle. I saw my neighbors around the ship more than my travel friends. I met up with travel partners later to lay out in the sun for a bit. There were lots of people enjoying the pools and was quite crowded. Day 3, Monday, we were in Grand Cayman. This is a tender port. I sorted a trip at the pier for a van tour for three hours for $20 USD. My friends did a different tour. I realized during this trip that I could travel alone and be fine. My tour stopped in Hell where I mailed a post card to my son. The post card arrived about ten days later. We next stopped at a rum cake store with a nice ocean area in the back that was so beautiful. We also stopped at the dolphin swim area (not included) for about 20 minutes. Then back to the port. I made friends with a man and his teenage son and walked a bit near the water with fish that were so amazingly beautiful. Grand Cayman is clean and felt very safe to me. The water is beautiful and sparking blues and greens. Day 4, Tuesday, we were in Roatan, Honduras. We docked in Mahogany Bay. A port created by Carnival Corp. There was an interesting rusted sunken ship right outside my balcony door. I would have loved to explore it. I took many photos. We had booked a private tour with Victor Bodden to show us the sites. We had to walk quite a way outside of the port area to meet up with our guide. Since this was a Carnival port, the private tour companies have to pay a lot to get in there… We were shown the sites. We stopped at Mayan Eden Eco Park. One of our friends loves butterflies. They have a great butterfly exhibit, along with monkeys, parrots, and other animals. We got to hold and pose for photos with the animals. The guides are knowledgeable and answer all of your questions. We also went to Victor Bodden’s private park with even more animals along with sloths. We got to hold the sloths. They move almost in slow motion. If you have seen the DMV seen in Zootopia, they got it right. The sloths were so much fun, Highlight of this port. There was a medical emergency with someone needing transport to the airport home. We left about an hour late. We had to wait for the medical staff to return to the ship. Day 5, Wednesday, we were in Belize City, Belize. This is a real tender port. The ships are about five miles from shore and the tender is about 20-30 minutes. We wanted to do the Cave Tubing tour. We found one at the port for $50 USD. It was a van ride of about 45 minutes to get to the tubing location. Once there, you are giving a left vest (which smelled of other people’s sweat), helmet (sweat here as well) with miners’ type light on it and a tube. You then have to carry all of this for about 15-35 minutes walking along a rain forest path, crossing the river three times. I had breakfast with a woman who went on it. Her Fitbit said one mile. They tell you 15 minutes but it was really closer to 30-35 minutes. Mostly level ground but hot and sticky. The tubing was amazing. There are two guides and pull you along. All of the tubes are connected like a train. Parts of the cave are shallow while the center section of the cave is about 55 feet deep and overhead about 20-30 feet. If you plan on doing this, bring a waterproof flash light. It can be difficult to see in parts. Once you are out of the cave system, you move slowly along the river. The guides are either pulling you through when it is shallow or swimming to move you through. This is a must see adventure. We all said that we would do it again. This port has the fake designer bags, purses, wallets, etc. I needed a carry-on bag to get my treasures home so I purchased a rolling fake Michael Kors bag. It worked to get the stuff home. The quality is not great but it worked. Day 6, Thursday, we were in Cozumel, Mexico. The ships dock here. There were two other ships in port with us, both Carnival. I had booked the Dolphin Royal Swim. I walked around the port for about two hours since the early Dolphin tour was at 11:15am. I did not purchase anything until after my tour, I did not want to carry anything around with me since it was so hot and humid. The dolphin tour sorted us into groups of 8 and we took taxis to the park about 10 minutes down the road. My tour included the fancy better food at the restaurant and included drinks and adult beverages. I also purchased the photo package for $100 purchased from the park (not included). You put your stuff in the lockers which has everyone both male and female and has dressing rooms in the back with open air showers. The toilets are separate. The dolphins were great. We each got to do two rides. First, where you grab onto two dolphins dorsal or top fin and hold on for your life. They are very powerful, fast and were such fun. The second is where the dolphins push your feet until you are out of the water. You are in the water with them for about 30-45 minutes. The pens are in the ocean not a tank. The waves from the ocean are there and can sometimes move you about a bit. Once you are done, they have taxis sorted for your return at 2pm, 3pm and 4pm. Once I returned to the port, I purchased my treasures and returned to the ship. The Carnival ship next to us was leaving before us. Their captain honked the ship’s horn trying to get his passengers back on board. It was so funny to watch the late ones run for the ship. The captain even honked the horn for us as our passengers we remaking the horn signal with their arms. It was lots of entertainment for us on our balconies. Day 7 was a sea day. I had signed up for the Ultimate Ship Tour which began at 8:15am. This is the second time I have done this tour and loved it even more the second time. We met in the piazza and left with one of the cruise director’s staff and a security officer and then went to the theatre and had a photo on the stage. The production manager, from the USA, spoke about how the stage moves etc. Also, that the performers can only see the first two rows where most people do not sit so it looks like no one is coming to their show. I made my friends sit in the second row, there were not happy but I explained why. We then went to the dressing rooms and one of the performers spoke of process of changing clothes. And how other crew like the electricians etc help them change into their next costume. Next was the medical center. There are two doctors, one for the passengers and other for the crew along with four nurses all trained to handle anything. We then went down to the lowest part of the ship below the waterline to the ship’s laundry. The supervisor showed us the many pieces of machinery used to wash and dry the towels, sheets, and passenger and crew laundry. There is a giant machine that dries, and folds the sheets. Sheets are feed into one side wet and come out the other dry and folded ready for the cabin steward to change your bedding. We then went to the Control Room. There were many computers and monitors with video of the areas of the engine room, and deck areas, etc. One of the Officers talked about the workings of the ship, the fuel consumption, the two different types of fuel used and where. A photo was taken with him and our group. We went to the galley to see how the food is prepared. One of the chefs gave us the tour and answered questions. There were non-alcoholic drinks and goodies for us. We went to the photography shop, and then the print shop where they have two presses to print up the Patters and other printed materials we receive in our cabins. Each area’s representative speaks and answers questions. It appears that they really love having passengers. You get to walk down the center of the ship down I-95 or M1 depending on the ship. There were many crew members who this was their last day. They were lined up for the HR office to get their last pay check etc. We went to the bridge. We met the Captain, had a photo taken with him. He left and one of the Officers showed us around. We spent about 20 minutes up there. We then went to Skywalkers for some Champagne and chocolate covered strawberries. The cruise director staff member answered more questions. Another amazing tour behind the curtain. I brought my iPhone this time. They did allow photos in certain areas; you just needed to ask the person in charge of that area. Toward the end of the day, I received the “gifts” including five group photos taken in certain areas, a Princess waffle robe, princess apron, 8x10 photo frame, note pad with Caribbean Princess with my name (spelled wrong and never sorted) Disembarkation was quick. We had a 10:55am flight back to LA so we were one of the first groups off of the ship handling our own luggage at 7am even though it said 7:30 in the paperwork. We flew off the ship. Customs was a quick look at my passport and I was done. There was a table setup for the confiscated items. I let them keep $2 power strip. We used the same shuttle company that was included with our hotel for $10 per person. We all had quite a bit of luggage so Lyft/Uber would not have work. I pack from zombie apocalypse to meeting the queen and all things in between. Three of us did the same with two large bags plus carr-on while one only had a small carry-on piece of luggage. Not sure how she did it. It was a quick trip to the airport and back home. Cabin C731 Category BD – cabin was great for one person even two but not for more. I like things on the cold side. My cabin was a comfortable 68 degrees when set on the lowest setting. The cabin is 9 feet across by about 20+ feet deep. The balcony is 9ft by 9ft, half covered half open. There are two deck chairs, two foot stools and a regular table on the balcony so you could actually eat food at the table if you wanted. You can see the cabins above and below and they can see you when you are in the uncovered area. But no one can see you in the covered area. The bathroom is small. The shower has a curtain that can stick to you. Bring some clips to help weigh it down. There are two pumps in the shower attached to the wall with shampoo and body wash. I bring my own. The steward was not the best. I had to ask him to vacuum the cabin and later vacuum the balcony. I had to request the robe after not receiving it and ask for fresh ice several times. There were bits of paper or something on the floor of the cabin and the balcony. I have a bit of OCD and like things clean and tidy. The TVs are a VERY nice 42 inch flat panel with on demand movies, TV shows and even live TV channels for the news. There is a vacant HDMI port if you want to plug in your own device. There is one USA electrical outlet behind the TV to plug in your power strip, etc. There are two USA plugs in the desk area. The beds are very comfortable. These are the new Princess beds people have been talking about. The carpet was in good condition, not stained and no holes or wear patterns. Cabin D619 – Mini-Suite Category MD – I did not stay in this room but can say that the temperature in this cabin was hot. It never really got below 78 degrees. My friends finally got a noisy fan in the cabin after many days of complaining. You could feel the temperature going up as you walked closer to the center of the ship in their hallway. The cabin itself was wonderful. Nice bathtub, couch and two TVs. Not sure how it would have worked with the sound since the TVs were right next to each other. The balcony is about 9 feet by 8 feet uncovered. No shade. It rained and the clothes drying on the chairs were wet instead of dry in the morning. I loved the size of the room but the temperature issues are a deal breaker for me. There were two chairs, two foot stools and a full table on the balcony. Since there were three people staying in the cabin, it made it difficult to access the balcony with the couch open into a bed. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
The food was terrible, the service was terrible. The ship was so unorganized. I have been on just about every cruise line. I would go on a Carnival, Royal, Princess or NCL any day over this. I WOULD NEVER RECOMMEND THIS CRUISE. I know a ... Read More
The food was terrible, the service was terrible. The ship was so unorganized. I have been on just about every cruise line. I would go on a Carnival, Royal, Princess or NCL any day over this. I WOULD NEVER RECOMMEND THIS CRUISE. I know a lot of people who have booked this cruise and i am trying to talk them into cancelling because it is SO BAD. Every time we went to the restaurant it took about 3 hours to get served. I contacted customer service directly about a horrible experience I had with a customer service manager and I have yet to hear back over one week later after this woman called me stupid and told me there was nothing I could do about it because she is a customer service manager. I am warning you DO NOT GO ON THIS CRUISE. Take any other cruise line and you will enjoy way more Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
We started our cruise of 10 days with some concern due to the harsh reviews that have been posted on this site. We quickly came to the conclusion that either HAL had suddenly righted the ship, or that a tremendous number of nit-pickers ... Read More
We started our cruise of 10 days with some concern due to the harsh reviews that have been posted on this site. We quickly came to the conclusion that either HAL had suddenly righted the ship, or that a tremendous number of nit-pickers post reviews. Simply, this was one of the best cruises we have taken. Not perfect, but nothing is and the imperfections were relatively minor. The ship was sold out but never felt overcrowded or burdensome to maneuver. We had great weather the entire cruise, the ship was elegant and beautiful, and the food far exceeded prior HAL experiences. More about this later. We booked a standard verandah cabin (6045) that was nicely decorated and well designed with plenty of storage space. We did not realize until well into the cruise that there are 2 large drawers at the foot of the bed that would have been perfect to stash the dirty clothes. The bathroom was average size but the walk in shower was larger than normal and plenty roomy. In the nothing is perfect category, the toilet is at an odd angle but did not bother us. Also, we were at the back end of the schedule for making up the room so that was not usually done until early afternoon. Live TV was rather limited (CNBC, MSNBC, Fox News, BBC News, and 2 ESPN feeds). Food was excellent in MDR and the specialty restaurants. We bought the ultimate dining package 0f 1 night in each of the 5 specialty restaurants for $119 pp. It saves $27 over individual bookings and each meal was excellent. The Tamarind and Sel de Mer are also beautifully decorated and you have no sense of being on a cruise ship as you dine there. We would not have missed any of them. The first night we tried reserving a table under open dining in the MDR for ourselves and our 2 friends traveling with us but were only offered availability very early or very late. The next night we just went when we wanted and were immediately seated, and this was repeated the other 3 nights we ate there. Portions were generous and service was very good. The Lido food was not at the same level but was adequate for breakfast and lunch. Despite critics, we always could find a table either indoors or on the pool deck. HAL attendants would offer to find seating if they saw someone having a problem. Yes, the chairs are heavy but the problem is not the weight but that they don’t easily slide on a carpeted floor. Dive-In served tasty chicken sandwich, burger, fries, etc., all cooked upon ordering. Never a line of more than 2 or 3 people. NY Deli had non-NY type bagels, but the lox spread was delicious. The pizza was the best I have had on a cruise. It was crowded at lunch on sea days. Grand Dutch Café always had tables available and served nice pastries and sandwiches, but service was slow. They charge $2 for a small coffee. Entertainment was a cut above other recent cruises we have taken. The BB King Blues band was fabulous. Great musicians playing mostly R & B, blues and classic rock. We took in part of their shows every night and they developed a loyal following of repeat viewers including several tireless dancers. Contrary to some critics, they did not repeat the same sets over and over. We saw 3 shows in the World Stage and they were above average. The Lincoln Center Stage had a quintet of 5 young women who played a mix of classical and more mainstream music. Only one show, on a sea day, was SRO. The Billboard piano bar seemed the most popular and was out least favorite. It was usually very hard to find seats at the early shows. Shopping was somewhat limited for such a large ship: the usual watch/jewelry store, liquor and sundry items, some dress clothing (women’s nostly) and branded HAL merchandise. One design defect was the narrow passageway on deck 3 infront of the shops. They would put out tables with special sale items but that cut into the ability to easily move around. A few brief observations on ports: Half Moon – We shared the day with the Nieuw Amsterdam, but plenty of room on the beautiful beach. The barbeque lunch was not up to previous standards. Grand Turk – Great beach just off the front of the ship. Took an island tour but not much to see. Amber Cove – Great pool complex and surprisingly uncrowded. Did my first zip line ($20 for unlimited trips). No beach. Bonaire – Not much if you don’t snorkel/scuba. Took a glass bottom boat trip that was very interesting and informative. Curacao – Very scenic and interesting town walkable from ship, but hot. Many high end shops. Avoid the tour to the caves which are not very interesting. Aruba – Wanted to do day trip to the beach but warned by HAL not to because it was Carnival Day and access to port would be restricted after 12 noon, and shops were to close. Shops did close at noon, but the Parade didn’t reach the port until 4PM. Wasted day. A few negatives that did not spoil our vacation: Staff needs to be better trained and not give wrong information. For example, in Aruba the Guest Relations gave wrong information about the timing of the Carnival Parade which caused us to unnecessarily cancel our beach plans. The casino staff misinformed me as to the schedule of the Blackjack Tournament. Guest Relations also mistakenly charged me luggage fees for Luggage Direct that I had indicated were waived by the airline as a perk for my affinity credit card. (However a request for a refund was quickly arranged after our return home.) The excursion desk had a female employee who lied about availability of trips in Bonaire, trying to steer us to the most expensive one. She was reported to her manager when we found this out the next day. Food at Half Moon has deteriorated in quality, but the number of tables has increased so there was plenty of availability. Too many activities are scheduled at same time, between 11:00 and 2:30 and then there are dead spots in the mid-afternoon. Internet service was pricy (I took 100 min. for $55) but speed wasn’t too bad. In summary, this was an excellent cruise with a beautiful ship, great weather, and wonderful food. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
We have loved the Viking River Cruises that we took in Russia and the rest or Europe and decided to see if the Ocean Cruises could come close; Viking sure came though in the ocean also. From roomy staterooms to fantastic meals, everything ... Read More
We have loved the Viking River Cruises that we took in Russia and the rest or Europe and decided to see if the Ocean Cruises could come close; Viking sure came though in the ocean also. From roomy staterooms to fantastic meals, everything was just what we expected! All staterooms are for two people - NO extra beds (nope no kids). When we made our reservation, we put in for a DV-6 Guarantee because all of the Staterooms on the Viking Star were Balconies so what could go wrong. The worst cabin was looking great. Finally, a few weeks, well two months prior to sailing, we received our room assignment Stateroom 8000. I knew this had to be a mistake since it was a Penthouse Junior Suite, but it was correct. This suite includes a mini fridge stocked with mini booze and sodas, pus a welcome bottle of champagne. Laundry is free in this suite and there are washers and dryers available free for everyone. Meals were up to our expectations and The Table and Manfreid's were well worth the effort of going there. The Table serves a set menu with wine pairing (well worth getting the upgraded wines) and each course is and adventure. I dislike Lamb, but the way they served it was delicious. Manfreid's is an Italian themed dining experience, however, they also served the best, rib eye ever! One of the not to be missed events IMHO is the daily TEA. It is open to everyone so do it at least once. Just aft of the Explorer's Lounge on Deck 7 is Mamsen's, a "sandwich shop." If you consider Waffles, soups and wonderfully crafted sandwiches JUST a sandwich shop. We also purchased the Silver Spirits Package, For about $19.00 a day we received upgraded wines and all the drinks we wanted (or could handle). Look, a Bloody Marry, upgraded wine for lunch and dinner and a couple of cocktails at ships prices and we exceeded that every day easily. If you do not get the upgrades lunch and dinner still includes very good beers and wines plus sodas. Coffee and teas are available all the time. There are many opportunities to gather with other people n the ship and many wonderful included excursions. Additionally there are optional excursions at your expense. I very seldom smoke a cigar, but this is my only complaint, the smoking area on deck 8 is inadequate. It is small, crowded and in the sun at all daylight hours, so very uncomfortable. Internet was fairly good throughout the ship for me, others had a hard tiem it seems. I am not sure why some had a hard time. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
My husband and i love viking we love traveling with them. This time we used the free airfare promotion and let me tell you not worth the free! Viking travel department needs to step it up. everyone we talked to was booked out of their ... Read More
My husband and i love viking we love traveling with them. This time we used the free airfare promotion and let me tell you not worth the free! Viking travel department needs to step it up. everyone we talked to was booked out of their local airport and not with that local airports hub airline. I live in salt lake city, delta is the hub airline, we were booked on american airlines. others on our ship experienced the same issue. So we were booked on a red eye flight, so after working all day, leaving work, packing and getting to the airport to catch a 12:15 am flight i was already awake more than 18 hours. We land in north carolina and have a 4 hour layover. then we board and have another flight into san juan. The pick up at the airport process was fine, we got to the ship and checked in easily and got to our room. The cabin was delightful, the first meal on the ship we made reservations for manfridi's italian, glad we did, it was the best meal of the cruise. it was so wonderful we made another reservation for another night. (Thanksgiving Dinner Night, since there was no real Thanksgiving meal on the ship) The liv spa was my favorite location on the ship, i loved the snow grotto and the nordic spa experience, i booked a massage with maria from norway and she was wonderful. It was very relaxing and the massage table is heated, and it moves up and down, it helps you get up off the bed like a hospital bed. It was so nice. the pool in the spa and the hot tub and sauna and steam room got plenty of use. but mostly i liked to go and get the affirmations every day. the star theater was nice but honestly i liked watching movies in bed with my husband at night alone. The laundry service was a huge plus to cruising, because i was able to pack a lot less and bring more souvenirs home. The laundry soap is automatically added to the machine for you, so you do not need to pack your own. The laundry room itself has a tv and a couch so you can sit and watch your clothes and a movie. The west indies explorer included tours were nice, but i was hoping for more walking tours and less bus tours. The only walking tour the entire time was old san juan. It was great, the workout is what i was hoping for. like the river boat cruises you get some walking and learning. but with ocean cruises you get tour guides and a bus and some of the tour guides were really hard to understand. the optional excursions were worth the money most of the time. El yunque rainforest drive, was beautiful. sea trek helmet diving, the water was murky and you could not see a lot of fishes, the advertisement showed a lot of fish.. It was kind of a let down the day we went. harrison's cave was awesome! st. Kitts scenic railway was an awesome tour. mix and match perfume class in st. Martin worth every penny, the butterfly farm, sad do not waste your money, the snorkel tour was also much better than the helmet dive. The snorkle at shipwreck and turtle cove was awesome in st. Thomas. the legendary kon tiki was not as advertised. Now onto getting off the ship... What a nightmare, you are relaxed and had a great cruise, let me start off with this... You had to get your luggage out in the hall at 10:00 the night before, your carryon luggage needed to have all the stuff you needed for the next morning. you get up at 6:00 then go battle for breakfast with everyone else because we all have to be off the boat no later than 9:30 am. the trip to the airport was fine, but they drop you off and leave you there, and if your flight is not taking off till 3:00 in the afternoon you were stuck at the ticket area waiting to check in for your flight for a minimum of 3 hours. Then when you can check in you have to go wait at your gate for another 4 or so hours. and you were lucky if they even had your flight booked. Several people still had their flights as "pending" when they got to the airport and viking customer service was not even open for 4 more hours after they were supposed to check in. So a lot of people had to purchase their own tickets to get home because viking travel department with the viking free air promotion royally screwed up. Talk about leaving a sour taste in someones mouth after a wonderful and relaxing cruise to deal with that. It was not fun. so if you book a viking cruise reconsider the free air! Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
We chose Azamara because rumours said it is a pleasant ship for seniors. Only 600 very friendly and social pax. A wonderful crew spoilt us rotten, food was excellent and allthough we love our grandkids, we do appreciate a cruise with ... Read More
We chose Azamara because rumours said it is a pleasant ship for seniors. Only 600 very friendly and social pax. A wonderful crew spoilt us rotten, food was excellent and allthough we love our grandkids, we do appreciate a cruise with no kids. It is also nice not to have to sign or show your key-card every time you have a drink, a glass of wine or a cappuccino. Entertainment was OK - but the star of the show was the on board lecturer Prof. John Johnson's 5 lectures on 'The great American Songbook'! He lectured, played the piano and sung - Gerswin, Berlin and others. Wonderful! Hope we will meet him again on another cruiseship. Ports were interesting! Port Antonio, La Romana and Nevis gave us a colourful and good reminder goods in this world is not evenly distributed, and Willemstad, Gustavia, Philipsburg and Virgin Gorda gave good retail therapy. Beautiful nature throughout. The only 'cloud' on this cruise was all the soot from the funnel that landed on our aft cabin... Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
We don't like the huge ships. Coming from a small town, 3000 people is more than our cities population. My husband loves to sail. Star Flyer holds 170 passengers. We love the Carribean. Food was excellent. We found some of the ... Read More
We don't like the huge ships. Coming from a small town, 3000 people is more than our cities population. My husband loves to sail. Star Flyer holds 170 passengers. We love the Carribean. Food was excellent. We found some of the passengers a little stuffy. One British guy was upset I was dancing barefoot on deck after dinner. We did meet a nice little group of friends we enjoyed the entire trip. Already booked for Thailand on the Clipper 2018. Hint...girls..long summer dresses work. Shorts and full,bathing suits for afternoon. Plenty of storage and hooks for drying clothes in the cabin. Bring conditioner. Food was European, a cheese platter was offered as a dinner course every night. Wine is 15.00 for a decent bottle. Everyone ordered a bottle of wine for dinner, and it would last a couple nights. No gaudy entertainment, just dancing on the deck and watching the sails flap in the wind. There were days when we had to power by engine...but we always left port with sails raised. Read Less
Sail Date March 2016
This was our first cruise and we wanted warm climate, good atmosphere, friendly travellers and a relaxing environment. After researching various cruise destinations, packages and value for money, Thomson Cruises came out top in all fields. ... Read More
This was our first cruise and we wanted warm climate, good atmosphere, friendly travellers and a relaxing environment. After researching various cruise destinations, packages and value for money, Thomson Cruises came out top in all fields. We then read all the feedback from other traveller's only to discover that many were return voyager's who had done several cruises on various ships and returned to the Dream for it's friendliness, professionalism, helpfulness of staff and great atmosphere. All these factors helped to convince us to do this cruise. It was the best money we ever spent on a holiday and I can't believe we never did a cruise before. Embarkation was quick and efficient. Within 6 minutes we were processed and heading to our cabin. The cabin was clean and fairly spacious, I was half expecting it to be cramped so I was pleasantly surprised. There was an information pack in our cabin with the name of who was allocated to look after our cabin during our cruise, activities for the day and the name of our next port of call. Each day you had a news letter with all the timings for activities, arrival time in port, departure time and port excursions available at your destinations. The Thomson Dream is a decent sized ship and well maintained, the crew and staff are very courteous, helpful and always cheerful. The quality of the food was excellent. The entertainment is of a professional standard and varied.. During the days at sea you are never short of activities that the staff organise, or you can just opt to laze by the pools or on the sun deck's. You can pre-book your excursion's before leaving the UK to join your cruise if you so wish, or choose to book once on board, the choice is entirely yours. Within a week of our return, we had booked our 2016 cruise on the Thomson Dream again. Read Less
Sail Date December 2015

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