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21 Europe - Eastern Mediterranean Gourmet Food Cruise Reviews

I am currently catching up on my cruise reviews. My husband and I were aboard Rhapsody of the Seas Aug 2018 for our honeymoon. Since then we have taken 2 more RC cruises, so we were able to compare. I truly loved Rhapsody of the Seas. I ... Read More
I am currently catching up on my cruise reviews. My husband and I were aboard Rhapsody of the Seas Aug 2018 for our honeymoon. Since then we have taken 2 more RC cruises, so we were able to compare. I truly loved Rhapsody of the Seas. I am a pretty picky person when it comes to accommodations and food and I didn't have much if anything to complain about. Food: The food was excellent, actually the best of the three other RC cruises we took. We had a meal package BOGO, so we ate at Giovannys which was excellent, and the Asian restaurant which I suggest skipping and going to Chopped or Giovannys. The Asian restaurant was my one complaint. It was our first night on the cruise, we made reservations at 9pm, we got there at 9:05 and the manager told us we were late and were not able to sit! So warning, do not be late for reservations.... Chefs Table: Food and wine were unbelievable, worth the money! We left from Venice-Katakolon-Santorini-Montenegro-Split-Venice. It was the perfect itinerary. -Venice we stayed at the NH collection that was right on the grand canal for 2 nights prior to the ship. To get to the hotel was $100 private water taxi, to get from the grand canal to the ship was a $95 water taxi, very rough water to the ship, it was a little scary but fun. The hotel was amazing if you are looking for a place to stay in venice I would highly recommend it. -Katakolon I loved, it is where the first olympics took place, a cute village close by olympia, and then a nice winery we stopped at. Santorini- Beautiful, however I franctured my tailbone walking down the stairs back to the ship so please do not take the steps down, wait in the long line for the skyglide it goes fast I heard. The stairs are so slippery and there are donkeys going to the bathroom up and down them. On another note, you must go to Oia, beautiful town and I recommend going to Santos winery! Split-Just get off the ship and walk to the town in split its about a 10 min walk, no need to do a tour. We did one and we wished we did not because we had no time to see the town of split! Montenegro- The most beautiful place I have been. We go back this Summer and I cannot wait. There are a lot of sweat bees, so do not wear perfume! I do not recommend taking tours through the ship, they are not very good. I now use Viators, they have reviews and you can see which one people like. Would I go on Rhapsody again, no, I would like to stick to newer ships, but for a first cruise it was great! Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
My wife and I chose this cruise in particular because it was port intensive with many places we've never been, on a brand new ship with a line about which we had heard great things. It was a full 14 days, and we loved the fact that we ... Read More
My wife and I chose this cruise in particular because it was port intensive with many places we've never been, on a brand new ship with a line about which we had heard great things. It was a full 14 days, and we loved the fact that we would avoid the intense summer heat. Over the weeks leading up to the cruise, we had read a ton of reviews and reactions to the ship, both positive and negative, and frankly we had grown a tad apprehensive. Ultimately, we learned there was absolutely no need to be...the experience as an incredible one, but not without a few hiccups. So here goes! Pre-Cruise Hotel A pre-cruise one night stay in Haifa was included with our cabin. It was a horrendously long day of flying, and we didn't get to Tel Aviv (airport for Haifa) until 11:00pm. A driver was waiting for us, and we set out on the approx. hour long drive to our hotel. All of our pre-cruise excitement basically vanished when we checked in. The hotel was a generic but decent enough looking tower, but the room itself was not up to any even mildly acceptable standard. It felt like a 1960s era Soviet block youth hostile. The room was small, old, horribly outdated, not clean, dank and depressing, with two tiny, hard twin beds instead of the king or queen we had expected. One of the windows would not latch properly, and with a strong wind outside, it felt like a jet engine was blasting inside our room. It's no fun having to change rooms at 1:00 AM, but we had to. What was Regent thinking? Did anyone at the home office bother to check this place out? It started our vacation on a nightmarishly sour note. Embarkation Sadly, this was no better. Getting on the bus provided by Regent to the port was disorganized and stressful. Once we arrived, our bags were lined up by the bus and we were told to get a cart ourselves, load them onto the cart ourselves (not easy for anyone because they're so heavy), and wheel them inside ourselves. This whole process was as unpleasant as the hotel. The Ship Thank heaven, everything turned around once we got on board. The ship itself is stunning. The wood and marble throughout is neither dark nor excessive, it's just monumentally high end and beautiful. The spaces themselves are bright and fun to explore. And that staircase in the atrium is amazing. Throughout, the level of detail, the artwork (sadly, there is no guide to the explain it's pedigree), the elevators, the staircases, the theatre, and the design throughout represent a level we've never encountered on a cruise ship. The Cabin The design felt lush and rich. We had a Concierge level "D" which was so spacious and comfortable. Loved the bed facing the window, the walk-in closet, and the marble bathroom with full shower, dual sinks and tub. The size of the balcony was a pleasant surprise. It's easily three times the size of the one we had on Crystal. The Dining Imaginative, gourmet, fresh, delicious. We felt it was higher quality and higher end than Crystal, which is no small feat. Our favorite was Compass Rose, where we ate most dinners. The space is beautiful, with the blue glass lighting fixture on the ceiling. Contrary to what we had read, it's not overpowering. It's gorgeous. We had a great meal at all the specialty restaurants. They too are jaw droppingly designed. We liked Pacific Rim the best. It's a very unique take on an Asian restaurant with a fresh and unique menu. La Veranda, the ship's buffet, is nice, but we were a little disappointed. It's very well prepared but somewhat standard breakfast fare. Also, since all the pancakes, French toast etc is made to order on the grill, it's just too long a wait when you have an upcoming excursion. We never ate lunch there, and instead went to the Pool Grill, which we loved. La Veranda turns into Sette Mari at night, an Italian restaurant. Our one night dining there was a chaotic disorganized affair. My veal was rubbery and poorly prepared. The Service Amazing and so personable. Everyone seems happy to be there and happy to help, and it truly doesn't seem like an act. And there's never any waiting. The cruise director and his staff were so likeable, classy and first rate. He did a show himself which was fantastic. The Entertainment We loved the three production shows, which were well directed and produced and cast. They're transporting. The booked acts were fine, with the exception of a "comedy magician" who we were excited to see, but who proved to be really bad. The magic was on the level of a children's birthday party, and the jokes just not funny. Find someone better, Regent! The Ports And Excursions A definite highlight. We loved Rhodes the best, with an excursion to a beautiful seaside town and a hike up a mountain to a Greek temple overlooking it. For the most part the excursions were informative and well handled, but they can take a turn south with a bad guide. In Cyprus, our guide seemed knowledgeable, but it felt like she was tired and did not want to be there. Her way of speaking was unintelligible, so the tour was a complete failure. So was the one in Palermo, where our guide was completely unprepared and let us wander around the sights ourselves with only a brief and vague introduction on the bus. Our other eight shore excursions (there were a lot of ports!) were quite good. Our takeaway was that Regent needs to do a better job of vetting the guides. I'm sure that's easier said than done but they need to figure out a way. Also, we were scheduled to visit Gozo Island, but instead stayed on Malta an extra day. It was unclear whether it was because of rough seas or "maintenance" and it was hard to get a straight answer out of anyone as to the real reason. Better communication would have been appreciated. Internet It's the worst we've ever had on a ship. They need to fix it. Stat! Wrap Up Our quibbles aside, we'd sail again with Regent, and plan to. The level of service, attention and luxury was unparalleled. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
We booked Seabourn's 7 Day Cruise on board the Odyssey from Venice to Athens and could not be more pleased by the experience. While nothing is perfect, and there were some bumps along the way, this was by far the best cruise ... Read More
We booked Seabourn's 7 Day Cruise on board the Odyssey from Venice to Athens and could not be more pleased by the experience. While nothing is perfect, and there were some bumps along the way, this was by far the best cruise experience I had and plan on taking more Seabourn cruises in the future. We arrived in Venice, Italy one night before embarkation. While we did have about a day to explore the city, in hindsight I would had liked one more day. We stayed at the Splendid Hotel in Venice which was a great location to see a lot of attractions in the heart of Venice. The hotel was great and our room was much bigger than expected. If you do stay here I highly recommend taking a water taxi directly to and from the hotel if you have a lot of luggage. We did have trouble with embarkation. It started when we asked the hotel about the best way to get the port. They recommended a private water taxi for $100 Euro. They also told us we could take the water ferry from the Rialto Bridge for $15 euro per person. We cheaped out and that was a mistake. We asked the hotel which stop to get off and they said Tronchetto. We asked the people on the ferry and they said the same, which would have been correct if the ship was at the main terminal. But since the port was so busy that day, the Odessey was at the San Basillio terminal, which is a much different ferry stop. So after a lot of walking, some panic and a $20 euro taxi ride around the port, we got to the right place. Problem was it was late, a little after 4:00pm, and the Italians inside the terminal said the boarding process was now closed. After some more panic, and a lot of back and forth in English and Italian, they reluctantly let us on board where we started the check in process. It was a very tense hour and at one point we felt like we might actually miss the boat. But in the end we got on and the Seabourn staff were very welcoming. Once we were checked in we immediately went to the mandatory safety meeting with the rest of the passengers in the main restaurant. It was there I realized that we were on a much smaller cruise. All 400+ passengers were there for the safety meeting. Once the meeting was over (about 15 minutes) we were allowed to go to our room. Our room was great. Much bigger than some hotels I have stayed in Europe, New York or San Francisco. About five minutes after we got into our room, our stewardess came and greeted us with gifts. It was a really nice touch and made us felt welcomed. About five minutes after that, the ship’s on board guest services called to ask us about the embarkation. We told them what happened and they apologized. That night we sat in the observation bar and watched the ship leave the beautiful city of Venice. Then we went to the main restaurant for dinner and had amazing steaks. I found the food at all of the restaurants on the ship great. We had dinner at all three during the course of the cruise. The main restaurant had a solid menu. The colonnade had different themes every night. And Restaurant 2 is defiantly worth a visit or two. We had lunch many days at the Patio Grill, which was very good. We hit the colonnade only twice for breakfast, but both times were good with a very large selection of breakfast items. I liked that you could hit the buffet or order items like eggs and pancakes to order. It might sound strange but I prefer to order my scrambled eggs fresh versus getting them from the buffet line. On our first full day on board we took a tour of the galley with the head chef. He was great and showed us where most all of the meals were cooked. He talked at length about the process they go through to insure the quality of the food. He even told us they fly all the meat served on board from the US to make sure the quality of the meat is the highest possible. The head chef also told us they do source seafood from local vendors at some of the ports they visit. What was also impressive is that the ship bakes all the bread and pastries daily on board, only bringing in gluten free products from the outside. What we really took advantage of was the room service. We had breakfast in the room five of the days during the cruise. The night before we would fill out a card and leave it on the door before we went to sleep and the next morning the waiters were there with everything we had ordered. We even tried to stump them a few times with special orders, but they handled it flawlessly. I will say they were prompt. While the card gave 15 minute time frames for delivery, they were they a minute after the initial time. For instance the first day I asked for 7:00am to 7:15am. They were there at 7:01am, I had not even gotten out of bed yet. Every time we ordered that was the result. It was great. We also ordered room service after a late night of drinking and dancing. I ordered a cheeseburger at 1:30am. I swear I had just hung up the phone and a waiter was there with a perfectly cooked cheeseburger. It was impressive. As far as the alcohol and wine served on board, it is all top notch. They have a wide selection of beer and hard alcohol. The wine served at dinner was better than most restaurants. There are some premium wines and alcohol you can purchase, but honestly the regular selection is so good you really don’t have to spend extra money. The pool area is not the biggest, but it is nice. So is the spa. I had a wonderful couples massage with a ritual bath after. The bath is outside in a private area that overlooks the sea. The Spa also has nice steam rooms and saunas to use after your treatment. I did not use the gym, but I did stop by. It is not very big, but it had a nice selection of equipment. They also offer different classes like stretching, yoga and palliates (free of charge) in both the morning and in the late afternoon. The entertainment on board was OK. The shows were entertaining, but not spectacular. The best was probably the magician, who performed twice, each show was different. The club was OK, not too wild or crazy. The casino is small with only roulette, black jack, three card poker and some slot machines. One pro tip, You can take your winnings to Seabourn square (the reception area) and put your winnings (if you have any) towards your bill. I did not know that and cashed out at the casino receiving U.S. dollars. We didn’t really participate in any of the other activities so I cannot comment on them. I will say the passengers on board were mostly adults, and most were of the retirement age. That’s not to say it was filled with retirees, but there were not a lot of families with children which was nice. Given the quality of the service and the time of year we traveled it was not a cruise for families. The cruise went from Venice, Italy to Athens, Greece. Our first stop was Primosten, Croatia. We didn’t book an excursion and spent half the day walking around the small island. After a drink we opted to head back to the boat and spend the afternoon at the pool. It was truly relaxing. Day two took us to Dubrovnik, Croatia. We booked our own tour online and took the shuttle bus from the port to the old city. Once there we went on a Game of Thrones tour which was great. If you’re a fan of the show I highly recommend it. Unfortunately it started to rain very hard so after the tour we returned to the ship and did not get to spend a lot of time in the old city. Day three we went to Corfu. Once again we skipped the cruise excursions. We rented a car right at the cruise terminal from Hertz and drove around the island. It was a lot of fun and we got to see a couple of the villages and beaches around the island. We ended the day walking around the Old Town Corfu. Day four was Nydri. We had an excursion booked, but it was canceled due to weather. I will say out of all the ports, Nydri was our least favorite. While we did get off the boat, I would of rather spent the entire day on the ship. Day five was Olympia. That day we took the Seabourn excursion “Best of Olympia” tour. It was really wonderful and our guide was engaging and informative. We went to the birth place of the Olympics and to two museums to see some of the artifacts found at the site. The tour included a delicious traditional Greek lunch at a lovely restaurant just outside of the new city of Olympia. Then we had about a half hour to walk around and see the new city. Day six was probably the biggest surprise, Monemvasia, Greece. Words cannot express how amazing and beautiful this small town really is. We had originally thought we would spend about two hours in the town and head back to the boat. We ended up spending almost the entire day exploring the town including a challenging climb to the top. It was a breath taking view on a sunny day. We had lunch in the old city which was quite good. My only regret about that day was not taking a bathing suit and towel for a swim in the Aegean Sea. Our last stop was Athens. This is where our time on the ship came to an end. Disembarkation was a breeze. We had a transfer to our hotel arraigned by the Seabourn staff. It was simple and fast. It could not be better. Athens is amazing. We only spent a day there, but could have easily spent three. Seabourn is not cheap, but you really get what you pay for. The nice part of the cruise was pretty much everything was included, our bill at the end was minimal. There was no extra charge for all of the alcohol, room service and coffee bar stops. Overall the service of the staff was top notch and I would highly recommend taking a Seabourn cruise. I plan to make my next cruise on Seabourn. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
Overall, trip was well described as to ports and time tables were perfect at each stop. Weather was not an issue. Distance from ship to transportation was an issue for those with limited mobility. Rome was easy to get to but you better ... Read More
Overall, trip was well described as to ports and time tables were perfect at each stop. Weather was not an issue. Distance from ship to transportation was an issue for those with limited mobility. Rome was easy to get to but you better know the train time tables for leaving. As for weekends, trains don't run as often back to the ship. Felt more time was needed to see Rome and Venice. Those are major stops from all cruise ships so don't think they can extend dock time in those areas. It would be great, if they did. Eating at the late dining was necessary, as our tours ended close to the ship leaving port and rushing back to early dining was not an option. Many went for the "anytime dining" but some evenings we saw a line waiting for a table. So we stayed with the 8:30 pm seating. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
The Esprit was a wonderful a cruise as we could imagine. We have been loyal to Seabourn for several years, but the Esprit was on a par with any Seabourn cruise we've taken. The best thing about the Esprit is that it takes only 62 ... Read More
The Esprit was a wonderful a cruise as we could imagine. We have been loyal to Seabourn for several years, but the Esprit was on a par with any Seabourn cruise we've taken. The best thing about the Esprit is that it takes only 62 passengers. The ship is a beautiful reconstruction of an older ship. Its 285 sq. ft. staterooms have a clean line and comfortable beds. All staterooms have spacious walk-in showers. Above all that the service by a friendly personal crew is first rate. Every mean was superb: a 5-star dining experience of wonderful tastes and experienced dining room service. Most of the excursions are included in the price, as are all gratuities and beverages, alcoholic and non-alcoholic. There is nothing we could complain about. It is the wonderful Seabourn experience with a fraction of the guests, leading to close comradeship among us all. Seemingly no detail was left out, and no service request denied. Pants pressed in an hour? Free and no problem. We would return to the Esprit in a heartbeat when we are next interested in a cruise. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
We choose this trip as we wanted a different trip than that of the itineraries from Southampton. We wanted some September Sunshine. We are fans of Royal Caribbean and so we choose this ship and itinerary. I would suggest if you are ... Read More
We choose this trip as we wanted a different trip than that of the itineraries from Southampton. We wanted some September Sunshine. We are fans of Royal Caribbean and so we choose this ship and itinerary. I would suggest if you are doing this cruise to not book a private transfer from the airport unless you are in a big group. We were just two and spent over an hour waiting in the airport for our transfer to the ship and it wasn't a pleasant experience just standing around with nowhere to sit. We were then packed into a private car with two other people. So not really that private. There are various options available. You can take the local bus to the people mover near the port or the train to the people mover and then get to the port that way. The cruise transfer bus got to the ship quicker than we did. One point to note that if you have never travelled this way before. When you get to your departure airport you need to look for the person with the Royal Caribbean clipboard and check in with them. If you booked your flights through the cruise ship and your not in business you can only check-in at the airport, so if you want to upgrade you want to get to the airport early. We arrive at the port and got dropped off and it was a little disorganised to start with as you had to go in one door and drop off your luggage but you had to do it with the number that was the same as the deck you were on on the ship but this wasn't too clear. You drop off your luggage and then had to come out of the building to then go through another door. Check in was pretty simple and easy and then you go through security and head up the gangway onto the ship. Vision of the Seas is a lovely ship with a centrum area with shops off it and a bar in the middle. We had the Royal family suite which is a lovely two bedroom suite on deck seven. The suite has a small balcony so we had to take the table off it to be able to sit on it comfortably. the main bedroom has a large window and sliding door which lets lots of light into the room, the second room is similar to an inside cabin except it has a large floor to ceiling window which gets light from the other room. The living area is lovely and the two bathrooms had recently been refurbished. The Dining was fantastic onboard, we went to the three speciality restaurants - Izumi, Chops Grill and Giovani's table. We did main dining one evening but as their was no my time dining, the second sitting was a little slow. We had two meals in Giovani's table and celebrated my partners birthday which was fun. That staff are fantastic and you feel like you are in a family owned Italian restaurant. I would recommend the Mozerella with Parma Ham for starters or I have heard the Scallops are great. For main the Lamb or the Fillet Mignon are delicious. the Fillet goes really well with the Borollo reduction sauce it brings out the flavour of the wine and the sauce. For desert I would totally recommend the Tiramisu as its just like a mamma makes it! If you are in a large group then I would recommend listening to the wait staff and having food family style where they will bring lots of different dishes and you can sample them all. Chops is always a great choice if you are looking for a steak. It is one of the best steakhouses at sea. There is a lovely bacon strip on the starter menu which is delicious, the french onion soup is delightful as is the mushroom soup or the shrimp cocktail starter. For main I would recommend thinking about a 6oz steak rather than a 9oz mainly due to whether or not you would like desert. The sides in here are awesome. The Tatter totts are my favourite as is the truffle fries, mashed potato, creamed spinach, creamed corn and now my mouth is salivating thinking about it. For desert I would say choose wisely you will be stuff with your first two dishes, they used to have a lovely coconut ice cream on the menu but that seems to have disappeared. The red velvet cake is lovely. If you feel stuffed don't be afraid to ask for it to go and drop it off back at your room and have it later Always a good option as you have paid for it after all. Izumi is great there is lots of choice and if you are a fan of Sushi then the big sushi plate looks amazing. I like the hot rocks plate as you can cook your own chicken or beef on the rocks and its quite a cool way to spend the evening. Izumi is situated up on Deck 11, near the concierge lounge and has lovely views over the back of the ship. The service was amazing onboard and all the staff members made you feel like you were a part of their family. It was like you were visiting a friends home and you were most welcome you weren't a customer you were a guest. It was fantastic. We went to the Crown and Anchor event and Captain Marek grabbed the microphone and sang us One by U2. The following evening in the centrum area, accompanied by his Visionettes (some pinnacle members) they sang Mustang Sally. This ship maybe one of the smallest in the fleet and she may not have a robotic bar or an aqua theatre or dodgem cars or the latest gimmick but she certainly was big on fun and personality. The ports of call were good. The first stop was Kotor in Montenegro it was lovely especially the sail into the channel. Corfu was okay there wasn't much to do if you didn't have an excursion booked. It took twenty minutes to walk into town from the ship. 30 minutes if you wanted to get to the old town. Piraeus for Athens was lovely. We were docked at the back of the port so it was a twenty five minute walk to the train station. The train to athens took less than 20minutes and there was a train at least every 5 minutes the all day ticket cost 4EUROS 50 EACH. Athens itself was a tiny let down. It is so apparent the refugee crisis. The City is steeped in history and the people of Greece are proud of that but they aren't too proud of their city. The graffiti everywhere really let it all down. We had some lovely food near the station and then headed back to the ship. Pireaus itself is a lovely port and a nice place to explore. Next stop was Mykonos, we had to tender here as their was already a ship with a yellow funnel in the port area. this was nice as the tenders took you to the old town. the streets and buildings are all white and the rooftops or doors can only be painted blue, red or green. I would suggest if you are in the port and you have a lot of time their don't get off the ship tis around 10-11 O'Clock as there really isn't that much to do. it was around 4 euros for a coffee. Our final port of call was Argostoli, Kefaloni. Great lovely port and we had fun here. we walked around town then around the bridge in the middle that connects the north and south of the island. We also saw the fire planes swoop down and pick up sea water to put out some fires. That was rather cool. disembarkation was easy and cool and our car was waiting to take us back to the airport, we were off straight into our private transfer and straight back to the airport. I would say the Airport is a bit of organised chaos. If you are travelling with anxious passengers you will find that tempers will be frayed before you get on the plane. We got to the airport and the desk wasn't open, we had checked in online but you still need to drop off the luggage. We had to wait nearly thirty minutes before we could check in the luggage their isn't much in the airport till this point but later that day their was large queues outside the airport for people waiting to get in to check in. After security their are a lot of shops to look at. I would recommend that you go through the passport checkpoint at least 45 minutes before your flight is due to depart. We went down with 30 minutes to spare and it was rather organised chaos and a rather and i mean rather large queue. EU passports have to go through the new retina scanner machines if you have the small passport symbol on the front of the passport, there was only three of these machines and one was working fatherly slowly. the queue for this was to the left but their was not announcements that this is where you had to go. We got in that queue and then it took nearly 15 minutes before we got to the machine got through and straight down to find that they had change the number of the gate but hadn't made that announcement we were then put straight onto a bus so had to wait again another 30 minutes till the bus finally had everyone on and then headed to the plane. Would I go again. Certainly on the trip the sail away from Venice is absolutely stunning especially if you are out on deck as you sail, its a memory that no one could take away from you. Even with the airport being like it was, if you look past this it was a pleasant and fantastic trip. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
We chose this cruise by destinations, which were Venice, Dubrovnik, Ephesus (Kusadasi), Santorini and Olympia (Kathakolon). All those 5 were on our "bucket list" of must visit places, so this schedule fitted perfectly. The time ... Read More
We chose this cruise by destinations, which were Venice, Dubrovnik, Ephesus (Kusadasi), Santorini and Olympia (Kathakolon). All those 5 were on our "bucket list" of must visit places, so this schedule fitted perfectly. The time in the ports was generous and we found it very satisfying. For this cruise we decided to go for a Junior Suite, A) because we traveled with our 2 girls and needed some space and B) because of the huge balcony. The cabin was really spacious, we had a king size, our bigger daughter the extendable couch bed and our little girl received a complimentary baby bassinet. We still had more then enough space in the cabin, thumps up for that. The service on board was just excellent, especially the housekeeping, Mr. Antonio who took really good care of us, and the waiters in the restaurants, they really read all our wishes from our eyes. The ship itself is very elegant and not too big, which we enjoyed, it never felt crowded despite sailing at full capacity. The outside of the vessel could need a "refresh" layer of paint though, with some ugly rust stains all around and paint peeling off. Entertainment was, for us, OK. For the kiddos, there could have been more! Only the adventure planet, an inside play area, pretty restricted options. No outside play area, no water slide etc. But the free soft ice machine made up for that in a way. If you are going with your kids, choose another ship, bottom line, they will have more fun for sure. If you are going as a pair, that's the ship you wanna choose. Service desk on the other hand, quite disappointing I must say. Personnel was not really helpful, well, at least the one person who we dealt with. What happened was that the entertainment decided to have a so called "white night", a party at the pool, in the hours from 21:30 until 24:30, past midnight. It happened that they played very loud music and people danced, which is pretty unfortunate when you decide to opt for a Junior Suite, which lies precisely below the pool deck, to be more specific, precisely under the dance area. Our ceiling in the cabin was shaking and vibrating, just imagine 100's of people dancing right above you, on a thin metal plate as separation, wearing high heel shoes. Well, that woke up the kids and kept the 4 of us awake until around 3 a.m. in the morning, trying to put the kids to sleep again. I placed several calls to the front desk, asking them to help me in a way. Unfortunately, I was told that I just had to accept that as they would not stop the party because of us. No other option was offered. Thank you. That was rather disappointing. The lady I spoke with was pretty rude and seemed not to care at all. The next day was ruined too, over tired kids, migraine due to interrupted sleep. But then again, who needs sleep, right? Especially 2 and 5 year old. Complete loss of customer service delivery I would call this incident. The fact that we paid a big amount of money to have a quiet and spacious cabin didn't work out for us, neither could RCCL live up to our expectations when it comes to customer service. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
My husband and I sailed previously on two Windstar cruises over 20 years ago, first to Costa Rica and then Turkey/Greek Islands. We had such a memorable experience that we wanted to re-enact it again! The last cruise I had been on was a ... Read More
My husband and I sailed previously on two Windstar cruises over 20 years ago, first to Costa Rica and then Turkey/Greek Islands. We had such a memorable experience that we wanted to re-enact it again! The last cruise I had been on was a large cruise ship of 2000 passengers; a sea of people in a gigantic floating hotel. I told my husband I vowed never to go on a cruise that felt like I was being “cattle herded" We choose the Star Legend for its intimacy of being on a small ship (less than 200 passengers and almost a 1 to 1 ratio of passenger to crew members) and its yacht like experience. By "YACHT LIKE" I am referring to many advantages of traveling on a small cruise ship. The cabins were spacious with walk in closets & marbled bathroom stocked with comfy bathrobes and slippers. We rarely called housekeeping because our room was always promptly cleaned & well maintained during our breakfast and before getting ready for dinner. Overall the ship had impeccable service. Just as we had experience on previous Windstar cruises the crew makes the Cruise! It's a very personal and luxurious experience when everyone working on the ship remember your name and seemingly anticipate your requests. I was most pleased by the culinary experience i had on the ship. I have a passion of collecting and blogging about cruise ship vintage menus on the internet. One of my favorite excursions was having the Executive chef Jeffery Miller take the passengers on a tour to the local farmer and fish market. We helped him select the fresh ingredients for the entrees being served that day and in addition to teaching us about the Dalmatia & Italian cuisine he included everyone in a tasting of the local cheeses, olives, breads from the region. Each meal felt like a farm and ocean to table experience. And when it comes to special dietary request, they also surpassed in meaning the needs of the passengers with certain food allergies. Being gluten intolerant, I was happy that I could order anything I wanted off the dinner or breakfast menu and it was specially prepared for me. One evening when couldn’t make up my mind between two entree’s whose descriptions were equally mouth watering, my server happily brought me both dishes! Most importantly we choose the Italy & Dalmatian coast destination because for the calmness of the Adriatic Sea & quaintness seaside villages. We were really lucky to have superb sunny and warm day in September that allowed us maximize the tours offered by the ship. Voyage leader have to biggest responsibility of making sure everyone on the ship has a good time on the tours and our charming leader Alina did not disappoint us….She could spot that I was a foodie a mile away and she recommended all the best epicurean and wine tours. My favorite was the The Truffle Experience in the Rovinj port in Croatia. Our tour guide was funny and well informed about the history culture of Croatia. Who knew that the necktie was invented by the Croatians!! After meandering the cobbled streets of the walled in city of Motovun perched high up in the mountains with truffle forest and olive groves, we had an sumptuous truffle lunch complete with Croatian wines! Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
We choose this cruise for the ports in Turkey and Malta. As results of the security situation in Turkey the cruise was rescheduled to other ports such as Corfu and Kotor. We were not happy with this change but understand why the the ... Read More
We choose this cruise for the ports in Turkey and Malta. As results of the security situation in Turkey the cruise was rescheduled to other ports such as Corfu and Kotor. We were not happy with this change but understand why the the change made for our safety. This was our third time on this ship Royal Princess we love this ship, but this ship is starting to show its age. The ship was going to dry dock for couple of weeks just after out voyage, in fact some of the work had already started. We were told that one of the work will be add stairway in the middle. We had inside cabin and we were comfortable, even though during our 14 day cruise we had three different room stewards we were well served. Because of the port scheduling and in general the European cruises is very port intensive we did not fully realize he ships fine entertainment offerings. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
We thoroughly enjoyed our first cruise experience, overall being excellent and we had a fantastic 25th Wedding anniversary. All the staff and crew were great and were always full of smiles and created a wonderful atmosphere and the ship ... Read More
We thoroughly enjoyed our first cruise experience, overall being excellent and we had a fantastic 25th Wedding anniversary. All the staff and crew were great and were always full of smiles and created a wonderful atmosphere and the ship was extremely well maintained and clean (even to my wife's ocd expectations on cleanliness and hygiene). The staff in Blu were exceptional, in particular of those who served us, Rey, Kayna and Victor who were outstanding - it was our 25th wedding anniversary and we were treated like royalty, nothing was ever too much trouble for them, there only wish was to please us. Our stateroom attendant Danisha was extremely attentive and performed well above expectations. As first time cruisers we took a lot of time in preparation, using the internet and the Cruise Critic roll call to gain information on the best type of cruise to suit us based on age range, dining, entertainment and destinations and value for money. In most areas this cruise met those needs, only failing in a few areas: Details of facilities in state room - only one Euro power point. No kettle in room. Very expensive to get clothes ironed after a long journey to ship. Limited channels and information on TV in Room Late night entertainment not based on age/taste of people that were attending - advertised as top 40 but was actually playing loud Latino music. As it was not well attended it would have been better in Quasar rather than the Sky lounge. Overall the dining/bar experience was exceptional but entertainment could be improved upon. It was disappointing that Istanbul was cancelled as point of embarkation but understandable given the safety concerns. The port change from La Spezia to Livorno was a great disappointment as we would have liked to have visited Cinque Terre. For anyone not too interested in port excursions (hard sell by Celebrity- best to book independently as we did) the facilities on port days were restricted - breakfast in Blu finished early rather than later - we would have liked a lie in after a late night. Too many luxury shops and not enough basics - the products offered on sale were poor value for money - what was the point of having an art auction every day? The Spa prices were ridiculously high - my wife booked an appointment, the time was not made clear and was charged $80 for 15 minutes of seriously bad hair styling (damaging her hair - hot hair dryer on dry hair with no products) - we did however receive a full refund after complaining to the manager. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
We have long wanted to cruise the Eastern Med and in particular visit Ephasus, so when we saw a 7 night cruise on Queen Victoria, a favourite ship, embarking in Athens and disembarking in Venice & calling at Santorini, Kusadasi and ... Read More
We have long wanted to cruise the Eastern Med and in particular visit Ephasus, so when we saw a 7 night cruise on Queen Victoria, a favourite ship, embarking in Athens and disembarking in Venice & calling at Santorini, Kusadasi and Katakolon, we jumped at it. We booked a P2 stateroom on deck 4 which has the larger balcony. In the event, unrest in Turkey meant that Kusadasi was substituted by Sarande in Albania - not in my mind an equitable swap but we did not let it spoil our voyage. We flew to Athens a couple of days before the cruise and stayed at the Athens Hilton which was fine. We found Athens to be lacking in civic pride and covered with Grafitti, which is perhaps unsurprising given the political events and problems of the last few years. We had a private transfer down to the ship in Piraeus and enjoyed the fastest embarkation I have ever experienced. We were aboard 5 minutes after arriving at the terminal. Our luggage was in the cabin 15 minutes are that. The P2 cabins on the QV have been well described elsewhere so I will not review them other than to say that there is no light over the bath so one showers in the dark - annoying but otherwise they are very comfortable. We had an great table for 2 by the window in the Princess Grill and our excellent Latvian waitress was called Olesja. She delivered high quality service with a wonderful dry deadpan sense of humour and we liked her very much. She quickly learned our likes and dislikes and we wanted for nothing. The food in the PG was uniformly good and we did not have one meal that missed the mark, except perhaps a CauIiflower pannacota starter that really had no right to be on the menu! I noticed that there was less flambé cooking cooking than on previous cruises, however the traditional a la carte menu was available on all nights except the gala evening. On one evening the maitre d' created a special flambé strawberry dessert for us which was outstanding. Wines were pricey and I felt that our wine steward, whilst charming could have been more knowledgeable. There is an expanded wine list which features wines from many more countries, but we enjoy French white Burgundies and surprisingly the choice was limited. The 15% service charge is a rip off! We are sun worshippers and enjoyed very fine weather on this trip. We spent a great deal of time on the grills sun decks and the service here was outstanding. The chaises were thickly upholstered and supremely comfortable. Stewards delivered coffee, drinks, chilled fruit skewers, ice cream and full afternoon tea directly to our beds - one felt truly pampered! The entertainment was better than on previous Cunard cruises, we watched 2 resident company shows, a dance orientated show which was so so and an excellent song and dance show which was complemented by a 9 piece live orchestra - live music lifts the whole production. Lord Howard delivered a lecture on 'The aftermath of Brexit and the Rise of Theresa May' which I found very disappointing as he was very partisan and like everyone else has no idea how things might pan out. I also attended a riveting lecture on the Air France Concorde crash which was delivered by a retired BA Concorde pilot. We called at Santorini which was beautiful. We went ashore and wandered around in Fira returning to the ship in the late morning. The next day we were in Katakolon and we took a tour to Olympia which was excellent. Sarande in Albania was our next port - I had visited previously on business and had no wish to repeat the experience, so we stayed aboard. After that we had a sea day and then an overnight in Venice. We were staying on in Venice for 3 days after the cruise so once again we stayed aboard and enjoyed the facilities of the ship. We had an outstanding cruise, Queen Victoria is a happy ship and this transmits through the crew who, without exception were cheerful and efficient, one felt truly pampered. We can't wait to go again!!! Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
We had taken the Grand European river cruise with Viking and thought the quality of the vessel, the staff, the excursions, and food were such that we thought Viking would be the best for our ocean cruise. Although the cost initially ... Read More
We had taken the Grand European river cruise with Viking and thought the quality of the vessel, the staff, the excursions, and food were such that we thought Viking would be the best for our ocean cruise. Although the cost initially appeared higher than other cruises lines, we compared what we got for the money with Viking versus other lines and stayed with Viking. I would suggest Viking make a bigger point of these, e.g. free excursions, free soft drink and snack refills in the room, no charge room service, no charges for upper scale restaurants, no casino, sushi bar (fantastic), home made ice cream, etc. The second most key issue for us with this particular Viking cruise was the inclusion of the stops in Turkey. Although I under stand and would have made the same decision as Viking to drop Turkey from the itinerary I would suggest that it be put back on the itinerary at the earliest appropriate point. Many of our fellow travels also had these same thoughts. Every thing on the Viking Sea was wonderful. The live music through-out the ship greatly contributed to a more relaxing time. The Beatles retro was WONDERFUL. I would suggest more comedy acts as entertainment. Other lines I had been on had the entire crew compete to do a talent show. We really enjoyed these and suggest Viking consider this. Due to flights and time on the bus we did not arrive at the Viking Sea until about 1630hrs--a real let down. Otherwise the embark and debarkations were very smooth and effortless. A massive thank you to the disembarkation and transfer staff that provided my wife help after she injured her knee (old recurring injury which Viking was not at any fault for). The excursions were by and large excellent. The only stop that was rather under-whelming was Corfu. If I had the money to travel more I would do this one again and stay on board to relax more and/or go out on my own. We really liked the ship for NOT having many of the activities for younger adults and children found on other vessels. As the cruise went on we found some service staff in the World Cafe would at times pass our table by and ask others if they would like a refill of a drink when we had been sitting a while and had nothing. We joked that we must smell bad. The spa (which costs extra on some lines) was a special retreat for us and made the trip that much more wonderful. We think the passengers in too large part may have been unaware of this wonderful facility. We talked with several that did not use the spa since it was thought they would be charged for its use. The library or libraries throughout the ship was another highlight for us and we made constant use of the exceedingly excellent book selection. Bottom line- a great ship, staff, activities, and excursions. We have and will continue to recommend Viking. Thank you to those that supported us for a wonderful cruise. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
We loved the Aramara experience! We've cruised with Disney, Royal Caribbean and Carnival in the past, but this was very different. The food was great and that includes the Greek buffet that was served on our sea day. So good! We ... Read More
We loved the Aramara experience! We've cruised with Disney, Royal Caribbean and Carnival in the past, but this was very different. The food was great and that includes the Greek buffet that was served on our sea day. So good! We also enjoyed the white nights event and the staff was so accommodating. At the dinner, we couldn't find an open table, so the staff went into the nearby library and carried out an oak table for us to sit at. Totally unexpected, but much appreciated. We enjoyed the azamazing evening at Ephesus as well as the guest tenor from Florence performing on the ship while docked in Venice. Listening to a beautiful voice, under the stars in a beautiful city is something I will never forget! The captain was also very visible and everyone (including the staff) seemed to enjoy his humor and presence. We are in our early 50s and we were some of the younger cruisers, but enjoyed ourselves immensely. I would definitely cruise with Azamara again! Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
We have sailed in the Med numerous times and wanted to experience the Adriatic. While we planned on traveling during the summer months few ships offered great locations literally every day of the voyage. This was our first time on Silver ... Read More
We have sailed in the Med numerous times and wanted to experience the Adriatic. While we planned on traveling during the summer months few ships offered great locations literally every day of the voyage. This was our first time on Silver Sea and we were very pleased. Embarkation and disembarkation were uneventful/very smooth. Silver Spirit: The ship is luxurious and small- although there were 550 passengers and nearly same amount of staff, it always felt empty except on the pool deck. BONUS: in addition to cleaning service, the ship has irons, washer/dryer and soap on each floor at no cost. While some of the passengers were extremely rude about using them (in particular a rude Brit who took the soap scoop from one floor to another leaving them without a scoop, rather than just asking the ever-present butlers for one) it was a welcome addition since we traveled prior to the cruise and had a chance to clean some personal items. Enrichment and activities: SS includes some on-shore activities activities and they are adequate if you have never been to the ports. Clive and his staff were really accomodating- especially watching them handle "difficult" passenger who decided to just "join" tours even though they didnt have the courtesy to sign up as the rest of us did. We purchased some excursions- some better than others. Hvar, Dubrovnik, Venice, Split, Zadar, Treiste, Ravenna were lovely. Tried a day tour "Flavours of Montenegro (Kotor)", spent 5 hours in a car and 1 hour each at two RUSTIC family wineries/homes. WONDERFUL people but I cannot imagine that there aren't locations closer than two hours from the port. For $300 it was definitely not worth it. Additionally, we visited Albania- not ready for prime time. Not surprising due to the cost of this cruise, the average age is approx 65 (although there are MANY couples in their 30's, 40'sand 50's and quite a few infants and teenagers) there is NO music on the pool deck or anywhere on the ship. It was SO boring. There has to be a way to have some sort of "beachy" music. I resorted to my ipad. The people likely to complain can't hear it anyway so whats the big deal? FOOD: Every meal was delicious. Waitstaff were all wonderful. Eat at Sheishin for lunch: no charge and the meal is nice. Restaurant serves wonderful meals EVERYTIME. LaTerrazza is good but once is enough-their pesto pasta and bolognese are the best I have ever eaten. The Grill was great- ensure you try the shrimps which were fabulous. LeChampagne- while its an $80 upcharge, is perhaps one of the finest meals we have every experienced anywhere. Deon and Anastasia were certain to please. The only drawback is that there is no food served between 3:30-6pm unless you order room service. Recognize the ship is small but unless you enjoy high tea, you have to eat in your room in the afternoon if you get snacky. One evening event, "Death By Chocolate" was incredible. Make sure you ask what day it takes place. Had a wonderful head waiter, Taiphun, not told us about it, we would have surely missed it. Unfortunately, they used to have a "BBQ under the Stars" but apparently USDA (AKA US bureaucrats) shut it down. What a shame. PS: TOP SHELF liquor and nice wines included. If you don't like the wine they recommend ask for alternatives, which they will provide at no cost- Emily, the sommolier, was sweet and found us what we preferred every time. Finally, the only other areas for improvement would be more on-board events. Even a simple cooking class in the afternoon would be welcome. We went to the "Asian medical improvement" and the presenter was a no-show- too bad the ship didn't even mention it a we were sitting in the area with the sign. While the entertainment staff tried their best, it was boring. Can't believe that every night its the same plan: piano duo on pool deck, followed by the show, followed by lounge entertainment (Lou was great!), followed by the entertainment staff in the lounge...wow. We actually crashed early a few nights because we were desperate for some entertainment and the movie channel was the best we could do.... One final shout-out to the staff- they put Disney (AKA Happiest place on Earth) to shame. Too many to name but every one was wonderful. In summary, would we do it again? Absolutely! Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
We just came back from our cruise on the Crystal Esprit and enjoyed it very much. It’s a very new and interesting concept and they are still working out exactly what it is, I think. We thought it was terrific and would like to do it ... Read More
We just came back from our cruise on the Crystal Esprit and enjoyed it very much. It’s a very new and interesting concept and they are still working out exactly what it is, I think. We thought it was terrific and would like to do it again, but we’re also curious how it is going to evolve. Every person on board said they’d do it again but at the same time, everyone had certain “tweaks” they would like to see. I think it’s an interesting territory they are trying to inhabit, in between a “cruise” and the experience of being on a private yacht. Now it’s more the former but I think they will go more in the yacht direction over time. There are max 62 guests on board and we found it to be a more international crowd than usual for Crystal – roughly equal numbers of Americans and Australians, followed by Brits, with Canadians, Mexicans, Spanish and Italian guests also represented. Everyone spoke excellent English. Mostly couples, of ages varying from about 40 to about 80, though all with good mobility (no elevators on this ship). Some interesting groups, for example there were two young girls (10 and 13 respectively) each traveling with their grandparents (not traveling together, though I think they were happy to meet each other on board!); also 2 large multigenerational family groups (adults) celebrating special occasions. The itinerary was TERRIFIC – from the time we left Venice until we pulled into Dubrovnik we didn’t see another cruise ship, and it was great to be going into these tiny harbours and charming towns with all the sailboats. The weather was perfect, the sea was warm, and Croatia is just gorgeous. They have all kinds of watersport facilities on board that were underutilized because the Croatian government is still being very sticky about giving them permits to run the jet skis, submarine, etc. It’s clear this is something they’re working on, it the experience will be better when that is an option every day rather than just once or twice during the sailing. I understand that this part of the experience was much more dominant and "amazing" in the Seychelles, where they are much less restricted. All the shore excursions are “free” (ie included) and they were excellent, but again they were kind of conventional ships tours and that is also something they are working on. Most of them were full day tours with lunch included and most of the guests on board said they would prefer half-day tours that would allow them to relax on the ship, explore on their own or enjoy the watersports for the rest of the day. I suspect that will definitely be a tweak they will make in time. We went zip lining and white water rafting (all included). All the guides were excellent, the experiences were well-chosen and fabulous, and there was attention to our comfort (for example, the most popular excursion saw 30 of the 62 guests all going to Krka national park. Crystal COULD have put us all on one bus, but instead they sent us in 3 comfy mini-buses, each with our own guide. Classy call). Food was 100% up to Crystal standards and thus FABULOUS. The executive chef on board touches every plate. He runs a very tidy kitchen too! All the drinks are included, and we were impressed by the quality and selection of the “free” wines on the list too. All the stressors of cruising like embarkation, disembarkation and “rules” are basically gone. You walk on, they give you some champagne, someone shows you your room. At the end, they arrange “free” transport to the airport or your onward hotel and you leave at your convenience. None of this “red group in the show lounge by 7:15 to await embarkation instructions”. We didn’t even need to pack until the morning we left. "Entertainment" consisted of one piano player/singer; he seemed good but really no one much was looking to be entertained until we had bad weather on the last day. Most guests enjoyed gathering on deck for a drink and great conversation with other travelers. There were no real "enrichment" activities, and although I didn't really miss it, I do think having local lecturers come on board to tell us more about the history of Croatia would have been a bonus. There was also a great watersports team who as mentioned was underutilized; getting those watersports permits sorted out is clearly a priority for the captain. All in all, we enjoyed this very much (even more than our Crystal "big ship" experiences, and that is saying a LOT). I am very excited to see where else they may take this ship. The downside for me right now is that it seems to be going back to Croatia again next summer (good for you if you haven't done this fantastic itinerary yet; not so great for me as we are not big on repeating ports we've already visited). Hopefully they will seek out other smaller yachting areas to explore in the future. Oh - and contrary to a prior Seychelles review - we had virtually NO motion on board. Twice the captain warned us it might be a bit rocky; the first time it was very mild and the second we felt nothing. So, at least in these relatively sheltered waters, the Esprit is very stable and comfortable (even in a big thunderstorm which we did experience!). Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
We always wanted to visit a lot of the islands, countries we went to so the eastern cruise was ideal, but most stops were to short and land excursions were to rushed and very expensive we thought. The ship entertainment, food, and crew ... Read More
We always wanted to visit a lot of the islands, countries we went to so the eastern cruise was ideal, but most stops were to short and land excursions were to rushed and very expensive we thought. The ship entertainment, food, and crew was as to be expected fantastic. But if I could change a few things that would be to get celebrity to stop charging for so many things on top of the already expensive cruise, things like wifi (free in all holiday hotels we go to) fitness classes yoga etc + various other things they feel the need to charge extra for, what's next paying for sun beds ? (They also need to clamp down on sun bed reservation ) we even had one couple had 2beds in the sun and as we found out at lunch time 2 in the shade next to us that they had left empty all morning, they got a piece of mind for that but they didnt care a bit, so after they went dinner I removed all their towels from all 4 beds so when they come back some one else had their beds LOL. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
We booked this cruise because of the itinerary and wanted to cruise back with celebrity... we enjoyed the overall experience and loved the size of the millennium class. The Ship: in the beginning we though the navigation around the ship ... Read More
We booked this cruise because of the itinerary and wanted to cruise back with celebrity... we enjoyed the overall experience and loved the size of the millennium class. The Ship: in the beginning we though the navigation around the ship was kind of complicated but that was one of the things we liked... in a full sailing it never felt crowded and all those hidden corners around the ship for a little bit more of privacy and peace. In general, the size is good and we did´t find anything we didn´t like. Cabin: we went for and oceanview cabin given the super port intensive itinerary and it was perfect for us. We got the 3001, all the way in the front of the deck 3. very good for burning all the food :-), no noise issues that we could complain about. our room attendant Reynaldo make a great job, he was like invisible but the room was always fixed and cleaned properly. Dining: Main dining room, outstanding service with our select dining and the team we got, Cecilia (our sommelier) was amazing as Rajib and Ahmed (the waiters). Food was generally very good. The Buffet was great a lot of selection but we felt it lacked more diversity in the options. Tuscan Grill, the service and food were top but i would´t repeat it. Ocean Liner was A M A Z I N G... service and food incredible, totally worth the extra if you go for the wine pairing option. Entertainment: In general good, we just watched three of the four main shows and they were good. the entertainers around the ship had different levels of quality but everything was quite enjoyable. Martin the cruise director makes a good job as well the team Service: One of the best in a ship ever (after 15 cruises). good for the staff and they really show appreciation, good service, respect, and smiles. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
We have sail many different cruise lines; however, it was our first cruise on Celebrity. We really enjoyed our vacation. Embarkation procedure was just perfect. I liked that ship captain made his announcements only once per day, informing ... Read More
We have sail many different cruise lines; however, it was our first cruise on Celebrity. We really enjoyed our vacation. Embarkation procedure was just perfect. I liked that ship captain made his announcements only once per day, informing about sailing location, ports, weather. Some lines have these annoying announcements all day without stop. The crew also provided excellent service without annoying you. We were just tired on other lines when crew members are asking you every second - How are you doing? How was your day? and so on and so on. Ship was nice and clean. Food was good. Programs at nite was perfect. Ports of call were perfectly chosen. The people really went many extra steps to make our vacation worries free. Staterooms were cleaned, spacious, well designed. A few things that would improve Celebrity cruises: first of all tours can be more interesting and better organized. I do not remember ladies name (she was talking about ports of call and tours on ships interactive TV), but she was not helpful at all and sometimes even rude. Only because her attitude we made a decision to go on private tours. Another small thing - deck music. Passengers were mostly middle age and I believe would enjoy not so loud music. If we were approaching ports, maybe it would be nice to hear local music. Music was the same - bouncing all the time - more suitable for young people. Young singers Sugar and Honey had no idea about music notes. It was irritating to hear mistakes all day along. However, we really liked the cruise and will go with Celebrity again for our next vacation. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
The locations of the ports we went to was the main reason we selected the trip. The second reason we picked the ship was all the Viking river cruises we had been on and KNEW that the Viking ship would equally be good ( the cruise was so ... Read More
The locations of the ports we went to was the main reason we selected the trip. The second reason we picked the ship was all the Viking river cruises we had been on and KNEW that the Viking ship would equally be good ( the cruise was so much more than we could even dream).I tell people that the inside of the ship was like a peaceful spa---one day while on the cruise a group of ladies and I joked that we could just stay on the ship and sail in circles--the ship was so relaxing. The walkways with the cozy tables and chairs just invited a quite little sit. One big factor we love about ALL viking ships is the inclusive nature of tours--special restaurants--WIFi--drinks at dinner ---all free. Speaking of the specialty restaurants--on the ship-- all were excellent but we loved the Asian one the best--we ate there twice. I loved afternoon teas which was a real tea not the ones on other ships. We loved our room--let me say that again--we loved our room. I could go on and on but I will finish with the fact that my husband loves the best---the number of people on board--with less than 1000 . This ship has totally spoiled us forever (we have already booked a trip for 2017). I tell people non-stop that your ship is the most peaceful--beautiful--value for your--and go to such interesting places. Read Less
Sail Date November 2015
We had never cruised before and whilst I love to dress up and enjoy formal events there was never any pressure to do so, although a shirt and tie at dinner was a welcome sight. One concern we had was that cruises would be just too " ... Read More
We had never cruised before and whilst I love to dress up and enjoy formal events there was never any pressure to do so, although a shirt and tie at dinner was a welcome sight. One concern we had was that cruises would be just too " nobby" with a boat full of overbearing, pretentious and generally rude people. How wrong we were. Please don't get me wrong. The Spirit cannot be compared to one of the giant liners from the land of the dollar, except in positive terms. There are no brash size xxxl families, speaking in drawl, demanding this and that and demeaning the staff. The Spirit is a family and the passengers and crew work together to create such an atmosphere that gives you a warm feeling of security. My wife and I were diagnosed as unlikely to make another holiday together but we have done and have reversed medical oplnlons, so where else to go to find the friends you don't yet know but will enjoy when you do. This time we have booked early and received the complimentary drinks package, a huge saving and stress free addition to the overall cost. I admit that a last minute deal, minus drinks, is a good saving but not as good. Remember that dehydration can be a killer! The Compas Rose serves great food in an environment that caters for everyone and I hope to try Scirroccos this time. I could witter on all night but don't let me spoil any dreams. This Ship and everything it stands for is set up for the enjoyment and relaxation of sensible members of our "Sceptered Isle" Tony and Sue. Read Less
Sail Date August 2014
We were already in Europe on an extended vacation to see friends when we saw this cruise pop up at a discount price for last minute--two weeks away. I had cruised about 15 cruises, however, never on Holland America. I was afraid the crowd ... Read More
We were already in Europe on an extended vacation to see friends when we saw this cruise pop up at a discount price for last minute--two weeks away. I had cruised about 15 cruises, however, never on Holland America. I was afraid the crowd may be too old for us as we are in our 50's...however, the price and the stops convinced us to go. It was FANTASTIC!! Everything I have heard about Holland was false...they are a 5 star plus line. The cruisers were all ages, from all over the world..a big surprise to us. The food and service was the best in many years...and the Ports to die for...Santorini, Greece is fabulous, Dubrovnik..all of the Greek Islands were interesting and two days in Turkey was absolutely wonderful..we arranged tours with local tour operators and had 4-6 people in our tour groups for two days...met lots of great people and this is definately the best cruise we have ever taken..thanks HAL! We will be back...and to top it off...we won a cruise playing BINGO :-) The MEd cruises are so different as they become your 5 star hotel while we were at port all day and many times exhausted by night..beats a tour with a company any day! Read Less
Sail Date August 2013

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