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Started cruise in Basel, Switzerland. Side trip to Lucerne Switzerland the day before by taking a one hour train ride from city center, easy and further the time. Took a cruise across the lake and then a tram to top of Mt Pilatus, great ... Read More
Started cruise in Basel, Switzerland. Side trip to Lucerne Switzerland the day before by taking a one hour train ride from city center, easy and further the time. Took a cruise across the lake and then a tram to top of Mt Pilatus, great experience. Both citiies fun to explore. The market areas in Basel are very nice. The staff of the Amadante very welcoming and always smiling. They all appear to enjoy people and their jobs. The crew manager Edward fantastic. He planned so much and took care of everyone’s questions or needs. The chef and dining room staff was amazing. Great history lessons about the towns and Germany from friendly tour guides on every excursion. Visited beautiful towns and tasted delicious things on culinary excursions and on our own. Met great people from around the world. We appreciated the smaller intimate number of cruisers on this size ship. It makes it inviting to create friendships. This was our first river cruise and it exceeded expectations. Interested in doing another river cruise on a future vacation. Ken and Cathy Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
For this cruise the Silhouette was chartered by the Australian company that has many times organised similar cruises “down under” and it was the first time, I believe, that they had ventured into British and European waters. This ... Read More
For this cruise the Silhouette was chartered by the Australian company that has many times organised similar cruises “down under” and it was the first time, I believe, that they had ventured into British and European waters. This cruise featured Katherine Jenkins, Alfie Boe and Wynne Evans (of “Go Compare” fame) as well as the Celtic Tenors and many of Australia’s talents, onboard. We saw the cruise advertised over a year ago and decided to treat ourselves, particularly as we were also going on the Baltic cruise on the Silhouette which was to leave Southampton on 26th May. This was a wonderful holiday and a great experience. We booked early as we were sure that it would sell out quickly, as I think it must do in Australia. However this was not the case with this cruise and prices plummeted drastically, before the majority of the cabins could be sold. I understand that the company made a loss, which was rumoured at two and a half million pounds. Whatever the company lost I am sure that lessons have been learnt by it. For us, it was not to book so early next time, and for Bravo I feel that possibly the itinerary had much to do with it, with Cherbourg, Vigo and Bilbao collectively perhaps not the ideal destinations for a week’s cruise at the prices originally quoted, and maybe they overestimated the likely interest in this type of music. In our case, we decided not to grieve over the fact that we could have got the cruise cheaper and we really had a fabulous time.. We arrived at the port on the 19th at just after 10.30 and we were on the ship by 11, sitting in the smaller of the two theatres on the Silhouette, with a glass of sparkling wine, watching the lead-up to the Royal Wedding. We had sailed on the Eclipse before, so we felt quite at home as the Silhouette is almost identical and a beautiful ship. Rooms were ready by 1pm, and our bags arrived soon afterwards. We were very happy to be onboard and looking forward to the week. There was rather a lot of of confusion about dinner seatings but I believe that these were ironed out quite quickly. Guests were given either gold, blue or grey sea pass cards and these indicated at what time they should dine and at which time their performances of the headlining acts would be. All the headlining acts for the theatre did three performances so everyone had an equal chance of seeing them according to their card colour. We had gold cards so we saw Alfie Boe on the first night in the theatre, and guests with other coloured cards could enjoy other acts performing around the ship and see Alfie the next night. We enjoyed seeing Alfie Boe, but I don’t think he was at his best that evening, he did mention onstage that he was feeling seasick. Another concern and one expressed by users of the Roll Call forum was about the Guggenheim Museum excursion, which was included at the time we booked but by the time later bookings were made, it was an extra. We were confident that we had it included but there were no tickets for it waiting for us in the cabin, so we queued up at the Bravo helpdesk to enquire, and happily we were on the list. Ours was in the morning and included a tour by coach around Bilbao escorted by a very interesting, informative and endearingly eccentric guide, and then a look around the museum. Most of the exhibits we found not to our taste, but the building was worth a visit; I managed to get a top-up for my glass of Cava at the reception and then staggered back to the coach having enjoyed the trip overall. We were very impressed by the Australian talent onboard, including Teddy Tahu Rhodes, Henry Choo, Mark Vincent, who was a winner of Australia’s got talent some years ago, and Mirusia, a soprano who used to perform with Andre Rieu, and very accomplished. Mirusia surely should have been given more prominence, but for some reason she was not on the list that was placed in our cabin on the first day detailing the headliners and times and days they would appear in the theatre. Some other cruisers I spoke to even thought she had gone home so clearly the information going around was not adequate. It would have been helpful, for planning purposes, if we had been provided with a schedule of everything that was going on around the ship for the whole week, instead of being informed day by day. Some of the acts were performed in areas with very limited seating and standing room only and it was often not practical to go from one act to the next as one often needed to be early to get a place. Therefore a week’s overview would have helped here in order to try and see everything if that is what you wanted to do. Katherine appeared towards the end of the week, and was brilliant. We were at her first performance following the birth of her baby. She received rapturous applause and ovation and I was quite touched by the humble way she received this, almost in tears as if she genuinely was not expecting it. There were other performers and musicians too numerous to mention here and an onboard choir led by Jonathan Welch, who has formed choirs in Australia for people who have been disadvantaged in their lives. We both attended the first rehearsal, and Norman carried on with it, and enjoyed it although it seemed somehow not very well organised (the accompanist did not turn up on time for the first practice and did not seem to know what he was doing) and the rehearsals seemed to be a bit rushed because of other things going on. One of our favourite acts were the Stomping Ivories, consisting of two hat wearing piano players and a drummer. They played all different kinds of music, appealed to all ages, and some of the time seemed to be making up the act as they went along, in a very spontaneous style, entertaining and all part of their charm. We also very much enjoyed hearing Jiaxin Lloyd Webber perform on the cello with her accompanist, Pamela Chauhan who used to accompany Julian Lloyd Webber in the past. It is unusual I believe to see a really accomplished female pianist on stage, and we had the treat of hearing Julian performing with them for a short piece even though he does not perform much nowadays due to a neck injury. Unfortunately we missed out on a talk that he gave. I and my husband had a wonderful time on this cruise and have some lovely and enduring memories of it. It had a lovely international clientele which is part of the enjoyment of a Celebrity cruise. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
We booked this charter cruise via Voyage Privee at an amazing price. The lead prices were over the top and it looks like they had to be drastically reduced in order to fill cabins. Cruiseco, the charter company, really need to do their ... Read More
We booked this charter cruise via Voyage Privee at an amazing price. The lead prices were over the top and it looks like they had to be drastically reduced in order to fill cabins. Cruiseco, the charter company, really need to do their homework on pricing if they intend chartering ships out of the UK again. They also need to make sure that all agents have it available, as they seemed to be quite selective as to which agents they chose. We initially booked the cheapest inside cabin but were extremely happy to find that, when our documents were emailed to us, we had been given a balcony cabin! Quite a treat. We found our cabin to be of a good size and very well presented and clean. Our stewart did a great job every day and the towel sculptures made us smile! Embarkiation was relatively smooth, although there were very long queues at Southampton. However, once on board, everything went well. We chose to self disembark and had no problem in that regard. We absolutely loved everything about this cruise. The ships was great, all staff fantastic, food great too. We took the drinks package and felt it was well worth it. The choice of premium drinks on board is huge. There were 3 ports of call: Bilbao, Vigo and Lisbon. We had visited Bilbao before, so didn't venture into town on this occasion. Vigo seemed pretty small and we walked around and did our own thing. Lisbon was by far our favourite port, where we had booked a walking tour (independently). This was a fantastic way to the see the city and we plan on returning in the future to spend a few days here. Although we had freedom dining, we only ever ate in the buffet which served a fantastic choice of well cooked dishes. We were always extremely satisfied with the offering and couldn't find much to complain about. However, we did learn very quickly on the first day not to visit the buffet at 1 p.m. (peak time) as you will struggle for somewhere to sit. I guess this was made worse by the formal dining rooms not serving lunches during this cruise. As expected, the entertainment was wonderful and the atmosphere on board superb. We really hope that more cruises of this nature will be scheduled in the future, as we would jump at the chance to do it again. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
i am just back from Carnival Horizon ship. this is my fourth cruise with Carnival and the ship is amazing. the atmosphere was so happy and cool, the service all over the ship was fantastic, food was great in the buffet as well as in ... Read More
i am just back from Carnival Horizon ship. this is my fourth cruise with Carnival and the ship is amazing. the atmosphere was so happy and cool, the service all over the ship was fantastic, food was great in the buffet as well as in the beautiful dining room. also recommnded to eat at Bonsai, we had a great time there and definitely go to the pig & anchor pub which offers 4 kinds of homemade draft beers. the rooms are large and bright, the casino was big and very active and fun was all over including the shows and the comdian which i highly recommend to go at least one night. the hamburgers are big wow!! the ice cream is unforgettable ... i didn't sail with kids but i saw so many features that they will love! skyride, waterslides, video games, IMAX and many more. well done to Carnival! it's definitely best value for money !!! Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
Hello All, Well I must admit that was one of the quickest embarkations I’ve ever had. Arrived at the Ocean terminal at 12noon and in the arrivals lounge on the ship by 12:15pm sipping on a lovely glass of wine (even better when it’s ... Read More
Hello All, Well I must admit that was one of the quickest embarkations I’ve ever had. Arrived at the Ocean terminal at 12noon and in the arrivals lounge on the ship by 12:15pm sipping on a lovely glass of wine (even better when it’s free haha) and munching on the wonderful buffet. We were staying in cabin L106 (Valetta Suite) right at the front of the ship next to the bridge. We'd only been in the cabin 15 minutes and it was superb, couldn’t fault it (especially for the price we paid - nothing like a good bargain) awesome wrap around balcony, I prefer the aft suites myself but this is certainly much better than I expected as I was told the balcony was rather exposed but the views and size is brilliant. The food, service, entertainment and staff were absolutely outstanding as always. I can honestly say the food in the main dining room in which we dined every night on second sitting 8:30 - ‘Bay tree’ was some of the best I’ve ever tasted. The shows we saw from the headliners theatre company, The Brit Tones, and The Freddie Mercury tribute act were again some of the best I’ve ever seen at sea. We Met some fantastic people throughout the cruise as always, in our section of the restaurant there was 6 tables of two - by the third night of the cruise they had turned into 2 x 6 seated tables - it just goes to show how great friendships are formed on cruises combined with the outstanding service and food provided by the amazing staff on-board. We even had our own little cabin party with our new friends, fantastic. The weather we had (as most of you saw from my previous posts) was unbelievable for the middle/end of November.... an average of 20 degrees throughout!! Very lucky indeed, combine this with the fantastic prices of cruises in Oct/Nov/Dec you really can't fault it. We visited ; Lisbon, Valencia, Alicante, Gibraltar and Cadiz. I must recommend one thing that you must do - we paid £25 for the galley tour! WOW WOW WOW! Unbelievable, the attention to detail, the team work and HARD WORK, that all the staff give every day was shown first hand in this tour. A glass of champagne and a glass of wine, plus a 3 course buffet (all you can eat) of some of the finest food I’ve ever tasted was included. Watching the chefs cooking, the waiters doing the food and taking the orders and how it’s all processed and even down to the cleaning and food wastage was simply outstanding. I have never seen such a clean kitchen in all my life. A must do tour , worth every penny and more! We also participated in wine tasting with Olly Smith which was also fantastic- too much wine of course!! A brilliant chap who really does know a thing or two about wine and makes everyone feel welcome. There has been little changes made to glass house menu, the epicurean and the beach house which is being introduced across all the ships soon. For the first time we are doing a back to back cruise (11 nights followed by 3 nights) only because our cruise on Oceana has been cancelled in December as some of you may have seen my previous post about them offering an extra night for free if we could sail on these specific dates, we were Lucky enough to say yes so in other words we’ve had a 14 night cruise instead of an 11 night one and a free night from turning our cancelled 2 night cruise into a 3 night cruise. Can’t complain about that right?! Turnover Day (passengers in transit as the ships company call it) Well, I literally can’t commend them enough.... that’s all we had to do was pack our valuable personal belongings, leave all the cases and all the clothes (which were on hangers) and in the morning it would all be transferred to our new cabin.... that’s all we had to do was get up, leave the cabin by 8am, lounge around the ship or go off if we wanted to and our new cruise cards were waiting at reception at 8am. Now, how can you fault that hey? I certainly would recommend a back-to-back cruise with P&O for anyone who might be thinking about it, it really couldn't have been any easier.... although if you are lucky enough to be able to stay in the same cabin then it would be even easier.... you wouldn't have to do anything haha. It’s very weird being one of the only few people on this ship currently on turn around day haha. Onto the next cruise and the Christmas markets in Bruges - I think it’s going to be a bit colder than the last two weeks !! Thank you. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
We have just returned from a 6 day cruise on board the Magellan. When we arrived, we found the staff really helpful and friendly and within 20 minutes of checking in, we were on board the ship. We had a Seaview cabin on the 7th deck, which ... Read More
We have just returned from a 6 day cruise on board the Magellan. When we arrived, we found the staff really helpful and friendly and within 20 minutes of checking in, we were on board the ship. We had a Seaview cabin on the 7th deck, which was more than adequate for our needs. The walk in shower was a good size and the bed comfortable. The cabin steward was excellent, keeping our room clean and provided guidance and assistance throughout the cruise. We found all of the restaurants clean and well presented, with a good and ample selection of food. Our evening meal was in the Kensington. Due to health problems, I am often restricted with what I can eat. Maryo was so helpful each day ensuring that my diet was catered for. Something I really appreciated as he didn't make me feel a nuisance. All in all we found the whole experience on board a pleasure and we would definitely recommend the holiday to others. We have already booked for 13 of our friends to join us on board for a Christmas overnight stay. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
Normandy (and Paris) have been on our must see list for some time. This presented the perfect opportunity to check off one more on the bucket list. Some free time in Paris and a day trip to Normandy were exactly what we was needed, ... Read More
Normandy (and Paris) have been on our must see list for some time. This presented the perfect opportunity to check off one more on the bucket list. Some free time in Paris and a day trip to Normandy were exactly what we was needed, although I must say, more time is needed to explore the museums and sites of the Normandy beaches. The overall cruise was wonderful with excellent service and delicious on board meals. Alexie, our primary waiter, was extremely efficient and very entertaining! The Viking Rolf was well appointed and very comfortable. Our French Balcony state room served us well and had everything needed for a comfortable night's rest. This particular river cruise did not showcase a great amount of river cruising, which was fine. We therefore had more time in various ports that provided the opportunity for additional local exploration, as well as some very enlightening shore excursions. Highly recommend! Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
We have travelled with Uniworld on other cruises and had found them very good. The Douro Valley was on our 'must do' list. Both the cruise and the ship exceeded expectations. Although the usual things ( mentioned below) met ... Read More
We have travelled with Uniworld on other cruises and had found them very good. The Douro Valley was on our 'must do' list. Both the cruise and the ship exceeded expectations. Although the usual things ( mentioned below) met expectations it was the attitude of the staff on board and on arranged tours that made the trip very special. The staff were more than just friendly and helpful - they were an integral part of the experience. Their humour alone was worth the trip. Shore excursions were effortless and enjoyable, the scenery along the way was magnificant. Were held a professional conference on board for 80 delegates and although the ship was not designed for conferencing the ships crew did everything necessary to facilitate the smooth running of our conference including the rearranging of furniture and the set up of conference facilities daily, rescheduling tours, meals and events to accommodate conference sessions. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
They met us at the airport, led us to the bus taking us to the port. We had not one minute to worry about anything. The ship was clean, the food was good, and the staff were wonderful. From the Captain, Hotel Director, Cruise Director ... Read More
They met us at the airport, led us to the bus taking us to the port. We had not one minute to worry about anything. The ship was clean, the food was good, and the staff were wonderful. From the Captain, Hotel Director, Cruise Director to the kitchen staff--they were wonderful. They met every request with a smile. Our cabin was always and promptly cleaned. We enjoyed all the shore excursions. In fact, most days we did both morning and afternoon tours. The end of the tour, they got us to their staff at the airport, and the staff walked us wherever we needed to go and offered to stay with us through each step. We came home happy and relaxed--like you should be after a vacation. Would we go again? You bet. We are already looking at other Ama cruises and are excited to find many places we'd like to see. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
As travel agent, always interested in personal experience to better sell the product. From almost 40 cruises taken, I consider this cruise the BEST! The itinerary, the activities on the ship, the eating and drinking venues! My only ... Read More
As travel agent, always interested in personal experience to better sell the product. From almost 40 cruises taken, I consider this cruise the BEST! The itinerary, the activities on the ship, the eating and drinking venues! My only regret was not having enough time to try more dining options and more activities! Closed down the Havana Club every night, loved the IMAX, acquired a taste for martinis at the Alchemy Bar!!! Steakhouse dining was the BEST! Buy's hamburgers were amazing! Skyride was awesome! I really liked the idea of having different breakfast options without having to fight the crowds in the Lido Deck. The Havana Club was VERY cool!I was disappointed with the clam chowder, but the main dining room food was good. I was not able to try the conk fritters. I was disappointed with the cake and brownies in the Bake Shop, but I waited for the freshly-baked chocolate cookies every afternoon. I would sail again and not go ashore where I've visited previously so I can enjoy the ship! LOVED IT! Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
Our trip was a work promotion and it couldn't have been better. We'd never been on a such a vacation--ocean or river--before and couldn't be more pleased. The Visionary was terrific, the crew warm and accommodating. The ... Read More
Our trip was a work promotion and it couldn't have been better. We'd never been on a such a vacation--ocean or river--before and couldn't be more pleased. The Visionary was terrific, the crew warm and accommodating. The dinner service left us wanting for nothing, as the offerings each meal were fresh, new and creative. Our cabin was spacious, warm, modern, clean and comfortable with plenty of space. The view outside our glassed doors was magical as we got to watch Austria pass by. The shore trips arranged for us were great, allowing enough time to be with a guide AND to explore on our own. I would gladly recommend such a cruise to anyone looking for the pleasure of water travel as well as the chance to explore on dry land. Even though our vacation was technically "work", our trip down the Danube was a vacation my wife and I will never forget. Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
Hello. Last year I had the pleasure of going on my first ever cruise. This was on P&O Britannia for two weeks sailing around the Mediterranean to and from Southampton. The ports of call were Cadiz, Barcelona, Livorno, Civitavecchia, ... Read More
Hello. Last year I had the pleasure of going on my first ever cruise. This was on P&O Britannia for two weeks sailing around the Mediterranean to and from Southampton. The ports of call were Cadiz, Barcelona, Livorno, Civitavecchia, Cartagena and St. Peter Port in Guernsey. We were originally meant to go to Gibraltar instead of Guernsey but a few months before the cruise this got cancelled and changed to Guernsey by P&O. We were also meant to go to Monte Carlo after Barcelona but due to poor weather conditions we couldn't dock there and it would have been unsafe for the tenders. As compensation we stayed overnight in Barcelona and were allowed to go out in to Barcelona for the evening if we wished (we didn't). Before I give my review I will give a brief background into who I went with and the reason why. I went with my Husband, my Mother-in-Law and Father-in-Law. This cruise was booked by my in-laws for my Husband's 30th Birthday. Both my Husband and myself were 30 last year and my in-laws paid for my Husband for his Birthday and my Husband paid for me for my Birthday. As I previously said this was my first cruise, I didn't really know what to expect. My Husband did a couple of cruises as a child/teenager but nothing else since then, but my in-laws are frequent cruisers and love it. I don't wish to upset people by my next comment, but I wouldn't have particularly chosen to do a cruise if it hadn't have been booked for me. My in-laws went on the Maiden Voyage for Britannia and booked this cruise whilst they were on board. This is not me being ungrateful, quite the opposite, I couldn't be more grateful, but cruising didn't majorly appeal to me. However, I got excited and started planning things for the cruise. For Christmas 2015 I made up a cruise hamper for my in-laws for their Christmas present, which consisted of essentials needed for a cruise such as hand gel, alarm clock, extension cable, note pad, pens, highlighters, travel water bottles, laundry bag, emergency ponchos, and so much more, and draped a Union Jack flag inside it to represent Britannia. I also made up gift bags for the day we left for Southampton (we stayed overnight in a Holiday Inn in Southampton the night before the cruise as my Husband has family who live in Southampton so went to visit them as well), and that consisted of things such as sweets, a bottle of water, tissues, hand gel, a keyring made up about the cruise, and a t-shirt that I had made up for each of us on Vistaprint to wear when embarking on the ship (everyone actually wore them too and we had good comments too, which was good). It was booked 16 months beforehand, and about 2-3 months before the cruise I started to get nervous. I worried more about being ill and getting sickness. I was still excited don't get me wrong but was nervous as well, and I believe the nerves took over somewhat. Anyway, back to the cruise. We arrived in Southampton the day before and checked in to the Holiday Inn on the docks. We took advantage of the cruise and stay package, which included bed, breakfast and parking for the two weeks of the cruise, as well as taxi transfers to and from the cruise terminal. I would recommend this if anyone is thinking of staying overnight the night before their cruise and are driving down to Southampton. It meant as well that we could pack a very small overnight bag purely for the hotel in Southampton and throw all the dirty things in the boot of the car and not take them on board with us. The Holiday Inn was pretty good too, and would stay there again. The room was ok, staff were friendly and the breakfast was buffet but again ok. We checked out of the hotel around 10.30-11.00am on the morning of embarkation. We waited for our taxis to take us to the cruise terminal (I honestly didn't realise how close it was- if I had walked to the end of the hotel I would have seen the ship!). We went completely mad on luggage! For four people for a two week holiday there was a total of around 9 items of luggage, not to mention our carry on bags! This was our fault really as we took so much with us because we weren't really sure what we should take! A lesson we have learnt for future reference! We got in to the departure lounge by around 12.00pm. We sat waiting for a while then my Mother-in-Law requested assistance for boarding, so we got checked in a little quicker and was on board before 1.00pm. Checking in was relatively quick once we were allowed to go to the checking desk. We went to board the ship and as silly as this is going to sound we stepped on board and I didn't realise straight away that we were actually on board! I thought for a minute that we were in a little section between the gangway and the ship! As it was my first cruise my Husband filmed my reaction to stepping on board and I think this was the point that I didn't click on that we had actually stepped foot on to the ship! First impressions of the ship (once I realised that I was on board) were fantastic! What a beautiful ship! Britannia herself Britannia was a beautiful ship. I loved the Atrium and Starburst, the shops were good (there was a Pandora on board so I was happy!), and we loved The Live Lounge, Headliners Theatre, Brodie's, The Limelight Club and The Crow's Nest, and the entertainment that was in them. We used the quiet area on the top deck at the front of the ship for sunbathing on sea days, except for one day when we were on the Lido Deck by the main pools because it was windy and the top decks were closed off. We used the cinema, which was a nice bonus and found reception to be very helpful. Food: For food we were on Club Dining and allocated first sitting for our evening meal (6.30pm) in The Oriental Restaurant. Our waiters and wine waiter were brilliant and very accommodating. We also used The Oriental Restaurant for breakfast, which again was excellent, used the Horizon Restaurant (buffet), which was also good, room service, which was prompt and fresh, The Peninsular Restaurant a couple of lunchtimes, which again was good and went to The Limelight Club for dinner and a show (this cost £22 per person, but was worth the money). We also tried the grab and go/burger bar a couple of times, and had no problems with this, but I wasn't too impressed with the burger as it had mayonnaise on, which I don't like and didn't know until I took it back to my table, but if I knew I would of asked for one without mayonnaise and I think they would do it for me, so I'm not putting them down for this. You wont go hungry on Britannia! All waiting staff were good and the drinks staff were good around the ship. Cost wise drinks were similar to that in some pubs, maybe slightly more expensive, but not by much. Entertainment: For entertainment we used mainly Headliners Theatre, The Live Lounge (night club) and Brodie's (the pub). We loved the venues and their acts. We also used the on board cinema (I saw part of the latest Dad's Army film (I've seen before but didn't find it that good) with all the family, and my Husband and Father-in-Law went back to see (I think) X-Men Apocalypse, which they enjoyed. Pulse, who were the resident band in The Live Lounge were brilliant, as were the Britannia Show Cast who we saw in Headliners Theatre, but the one we weren't so keen on were The High Tides Duo, who were the resident duo in Brodie's. We saw Sam Bailey (X Factor winner) and Jimmy James (soul singer) in Headliners Theatre, who were both brilliant, and we saw Peter Piper (comedian) in Headliners Theatre and The Live Lounge, who I thought was brilliant and so funny. We also saw comedian and impressionist Mark Walker (Roy Walker from Catchphrase's son), who was also funny. We saw Dean Andrews in The Limelight Club who did singing, but is famous for his acting in The Last Tango in Halifax, Being Eileen, Ashes to Ashes and Life on Mars. He is definitely worth seeing, he is brilliant. He needs to make an album! We took part in the big money bingo at the end of the cruise and also went to some talks between us. Me, my Husband and my Mother-in-law went to An Audience with Captain David Pembridge, who was the captain of Britannia whilst we were on there. He was a great captain and was funny too. He made the best decisions on the ship and made us all feel welcomed as well. Whilst waiting for this talk to start there was a talk by a lady who was on Human Planet, so we caught the end of it, which was interesting, and my Husband went to another of these talks the next day and said it was good. Can't fault the entertainment on board really. Me and my Husband went to Marco Pierre White's book signing and got our photographs taken with him by the on board professional photographers. Marco had signed these as well and they were put up on display in the photo gallery for us to purchase, which we did. We went to the Captain's Gala Party on the first formal night, which was good, the first Sail Away Party, which got us in the spirit of the cruise, and the Great British Sail Away Party, which was when we were leaving Cartagena. The Captain held an additional cocktail party as compensation for not going to Monte Carlo, which we popped along to and thought was good too. My in-laws are in the Petunis Club (think that is right but please forgive the spelling!), so went along to a cocktail party for Petunis Club members, which they enjoyed, and got free Gin and Tonics! The Chef's Parade on the final but one evening was a good atmosphere (not a Baked Alaska Parade, which was stopped a few years ago), and I got to try Baked Alaska for the first time too, and enjoyed it, but didn't eat all the meringue. Spa: Me and my Mother-in-Law went to the spa on our second sea day, which happened to be the day of our first formal night. We both booked and paid for this a few months before the cruise. We both had a fire and ice pedicure with our toenails being painted at the end. My Mother-in-Law had a problem as the lady who was meant to do her treatment was sent off the ship in Southampton due to breaking her fingers and they had no replacement for her. They weren't sure whether they were getting a replacement for her, and we didn't find out if she got replaced. They managed to squeeze her in just before my treatment so we were in the room having our treatments together for part of it. The staff were good and we felt for them as they were being pushed to the limit after being one staff member down. They were friendly enough but were a bit cheeky too, which we didn't really mind as we have a laugh and a joke, but some people may not like this. We really enjoyed the treatment though, and loved the colours of our toenails. The Cookery Club: The biggest highlight for me on the cruise, taking away the ports of call/shore days was The Cookery Club. Me and my Husband were booked on to the Masterclass with Marco Pierre White, which was such an amazing experience! Marco was such a nice man, so friendly and polite, and even had a laugh with us. I was sort of dreading this because I am not a big fan of cooking and don't like handling raw meat or fish, but in the end I loved the class (I can't say the same about handling raw meat and fish though!). Everything was all prepared for us and got out at our stations for us. We got to work in pairs, so me and my Husband worked together. We had paper hats and material aprons at our workstations to wear, and as soon as we walked in and gave our names we were instructed to wash our hands first before taking a seat at the table (we were encouraged to wash our hands regularly throughout the class). We had recipe packs with what we were going to do, which Marco signed at the end when having a photograph taken by the professional photographers on board, and could take home with us to try them out at home, which we will do. There were two dishes we did in total, and Marco demonstrated one, we all tasted, then went to make it ourselves and then eat it, then the process was repeated for the second dish. The first dish was Lobster Spaghetti, which was in a tomato sauce. (I did everything until the lobster, which was pre prepared and brought out later, and let my Husband handle it with the lobster!) and the second dish was Parmesan and Saffron Infused Risotto. They both tasted delicious, but I didn't have any lobster. My recommendation with the risotto is that if you are not a massive fan of Parmesan Cheese don't use so much as I found it was too much for me. I love Parmesan Cheese but there was too much of it for me, but that is just personal taste and nothing wrong with the food. We are planning on making these dishes for friends and family (maybe substituting the lobster for king prawns due to the cost of lobster and being able to get it). The on board professional photographers came and took photographs throughout, and we were allowed to take photographs ourselves whenever we liked. The cost of this was £100 per person, but I had mine for free as compensation for P&O cancelling a chocolate class that I had booked and paid for. They called me up a day or so after I booked it to say it was cancelled and as compensation they had refunded my money and gave me the Masterclass with Marco Pierre White for free. I was so glad I did this in the end! On Shore: We did two P&O Shore Excursions each, me and my Husband did Easy Pisa and Panoramic Rome, and my in-laws did a pasta and wine trip in the Tuscan Hills I think, and went to a beach when we were in Civitavecchia. Easy Pisa was good, and involved a coach trip to Pisa, a road train to Miracle Square to see the buildings and The Leaning Tower of Pisa, then the road train again around Pisa to see the buildings before taking us back to the coach to go back to the ship. Very good, and well worth doing, especially if you have not seen The Leaning Tower of Pisa. Panoramic Rome was a coach ride around most of the famous sites (not getting off the coach), but part way through going to the Collouseum and getting off the coach for half an hour to take photographs. This was probably my favourite excursion as we saw so much, but I did enjoy Pisa to see the Leaning Tower. Drinks were expensive in Pisa, but we expected it not to be cheap. This didn't stop us from feeling shocked when a can of coke and a bottle of beer came to 10 Euros! On the rest of the shore days we did our own thing. We did the open top bus around Cadiz and Barcelona, which we enjoyed. We also went in the cathedral and tapas bar in Cadiz, visited a couple of bars and shops in Cartagena as well as popping in a local church, a bar and shops in Guernsey, and also visited the German War Museum in Guernsey too, which was interesting. We have said we would like to have a long weekend in Guernsey as it was beautiful and there were other places we would like to see such as the War Hospital. We would have liked to have spent longer in Cartagena as we had to be back on the ship by 1.30pm so didn't have a lot of time to explore the area, and would definitely like to go back to Rome to see more of places like the Trevi Fountain and The Vatican. Extras: At the end of the cruise, as is normal practice, we were given copies of the menus from the head waiter and second waiter who dealt with us on the cruise, and a copy of the ship's log in our room, which I thought were wonderful touches and the ship's log is fascinating. I loved the professional photographers and the photo gallery. I could have spent a fortune, in fact I did, but could have spent lots more than I did! I think the professional photographs are things that appeal for first time cruisers, and I especially loved it as it was seen as a once in a lifetime cruise for us and for special occasions, or for those on special occasions. I think if we cruised regularly we wouldn't have many photos if any, maybe just some celebrity or formal night ones. We had the Platinum package, which was £124.50 (or there abouts) and included a photo album, 8 event/celebrity/portrait photographs of our choice, 16 ship and location photographs of our choice and a copy of our cruise DVD. We had extra prints too. Its not cheap I know, but we wanted them for the memories, especially formal nights and the Masterclass with Marco Pierre White. If we did another cruise I don't think I'd have so many photographs and maybe not a package. The Britannia shop with the sweets, Britannia branded goodies, toiletries and medicines was not that cheap really, but most places are not cheap. The duty free places were good and I loved the jewellery and hand bag sales! Negatives: The negatives were the dirty knickers situation in my in-laws' room, but this was resolved and all was well afterwards. Mistakes happen, and I always say as much as they are a nuisance its how they rectify and handle it that matters, and they dealt with this promptly and gave them a bottle of wine as compensation, so all was good. However, I think P&O could have a fairer process with certain things. Two things in particular were The Retreat Spa area where you could pay so much for the day or so much for the whole holiday to go in a private area with separate Jacuzzis, comfortable seating, etc. We couldn't book it before going on board so went down to the Oasis Spa to book it after boarding only to be told that it was fully booked for the whole cruise. We said this was unfair as we boarded early and couldn't get in, so those boarding later had no chance. The other issue was one of the Horizon magazines that we were issued had an advertisement for a tour of the ship. This was about a week in to the cruise. My Husband went straight down to reception to enquire and book on to it only to be told again that it was fully booked and costs £77 per person. Apparently it was advertised on the TV screens, which we never saw, and I don't think other passengers did too, and reception said that passengers that cruise regularly know about it and book it as soon as they board the ship. Again, we were disappointed in this. I think for things like this when you can't book until you board the ship should only be opened for booking once all passengers board the ship to give everyone who wants to do them a fair chance to book. Ok, it may be a rush, but at least its first come first served and everyone gets the same chance. Overall: Overall I loved the cruise, and loved dressing up for formal nights too. As a first time cruiser it took a while to get used to the drunken feeling I was getting when walking around the ship (I don't drink and all I had the whole cruise was a sip of Prosecco to try and didn't like it, so can't blame alcohol!). I also found that high heels don't do you many favours in this department either! I don't think I fully got my sea legs! I didn't like the rough sea day as this was facing my biggest fear of the ship and I couldn't help but worry when announcements of rough sea days were made, but this is no fault of P&O or the ship, in fact the ship handles the sea beautifully, it is an act of God and we have no control, but with Kwells and travel bands it can be handled well. One thing that I felt a couple of times, and it kind of contradicts some of the things I said, but I felt sometimes like there was no escape. There's so much to do so you don't go bored, but I could tell we were on a ship and had no way of getting out or off (not that you would want to get out in open sea!) I told my Husband this and he said maybe two weeks was a bit too long for me, but I quite enjoyed having a two week holiday as normally I only have a week. I have done 10 days with my parents when I was younger, and maybe had two weeks once when I was younger but can't be certain, but otherwise this was the longest holiday I had. I was amazed at how many famous people were on board and how much you could do, and it felt glamorous. Would I cruise again? I think I have the bug, but I did say that I needed to recover from my moments of worrying over rough days, and if I didn't cruise it would be purely for how I cope rather than what a cruise has to offer. However, I have agreed to another cruise and last week we booked up with my in-laws again for a week's cruise to the Norwegian Fjords in August 2017, this time on P&O Azura! I'm looking forward to it, but again I'm worried about the sea! I feel happier about being in the Fjords themselves, its the getting to and from the Fjords that worries me. I'm praying for kind seas and kind weather! Thank you to my Husband and in-laws for a wonderful cruise holiday, and thank you to P&O for your excellent service and making our cruise, and also my first cruise so special. Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
This was my first cruise as bit of a treat for my 40th. We had cabin 832 which was in the middle on bottom deck. Some other passengers had issues with not having hot water but I had no problems at all. The walls were thin so we could here ... Read More
This was my first cruise as bit of a treat for my 40th. We had cabin 832 which was in the middle on bottom deck. Some other passengers had issues with not having hot water but I had no problems at all. The walls were thin so we could here the neighbours but the beds were comfy and actually had more room than I was anticipating. As with everything on the ship it was dated but for a 30yr old this spirit is holding up pretty well and was spotless. The food was plentiful and there was a really good variety. Whilst on-board we tried the sit down restaurant and lido buffet and the food was consistently excellent. The staff were amazing. From beginning to end everyone was very friendly. Not all of the shows / entertainment options were to my taste but everything I saw was well executed and the entertainment staff worked their socks off, William in particular was a little gem. The itinerary was changed at the last minute and we were not told until we were actually on the coach just after arrival. This wasn't a problem but due to bad weather later in the trip we missed out on going to Beirut which was the destination I was looking forward to the most and instead we had 2 days in Limassol, which is not a 2 day destination but couldn't be helped. The pools were tiny which I didn't realise and were defiantly to small to swim in and didn't look very enticing, while on board I didn't see a single person using them. On the whole I had a great time and will defiantly be cruising again. Read Less
Sail Date March 2016
We choose Viking because we had already done the Danube and had a wonderful time. We began with an extended stay in Iceland and ended with an extended stay in Barcelona. The service, hotels, etc were exceptional. We had to intercept the ... Read More
We choose Viking because we had already done the Danube and had a wonderful time. We began with an extended stay in Iceland and ended with an extended stay in Barcelona. The service, hotels, etc were exceptional. We had to intercept the boat in Copenhagen as this new boat had a problem as it was coming from St. Petersberg. Viking not only accommodated us with extra nights in Bergen, flew us to Copenhagen and gave us credit on a future trip so we are headed to France for two weeks with extra nights in Paris. The food was exceptional, especially the Chef's Table. If you like seafood this is the cruise to be on. What impressed us the most is that the boat only housed about 910 passengers We did not want to be on any boat bigger than this. At no time did we feel overwhelmed with the number of passengers. Viking has so impressed us that we are also booked a trip to China and Tibet with them and we are looking into other future trips with Viking as well. Choose your shore excursions carefully. Most were very good, a few we could have probably learned more by ourselves but since we had not been to these cities before we definitely got a good introduction to the history and sights. Entertainment and various talks were great. We were disappointed with the "flamenco" dancers; wee saw better dancers in the courtyards on shore. Personally I was glad to see that there was a "Friends of Bill" meeting on board but they could have had one meeting a week instead of one every two weeks especially on a long ocean cruise. For me it was not an issue but for one passenger who was traveling with several friends who drank a lot, she definitely needed someone to talk to. Perhaps there could be some other way for recovering people to identify themselves to each other. Read Less
Sail Date August 2015
My husband & I took our first cruise ever with Viking aboard Idun (Paris to Prague, "Cities of Light" tour). We booked the cruise as well as the flights through Viking. Although our initial "tour" information from ... Read More
My husband & I took our first cruise ever with Viking aboard Idun (Paris to Prague, "Cities of Light" tour). We booked the cruise as well as the flights through Viking. Although our initial "tour" information from Viking did not have our flight upgrade information, a quick call to Viking remedied that. We were a bit annoyed that our final information packet did not arrive 3 weeks before our trip was to begin as the website states, but after several calls, it did finally come 1 week before we left. A Viking rep was waiting for us at the airport when we arrived in Paris and once she got all the passengers she had on her list, a very comfortable bus ride took us to our hotel in Paris - literally 100 yards away from the Eiffel Tower!! That was great!! The hotel was a nice, standard American-style hotel and Viking was there to help or answer any questions. We were given enough time to look quickly around Paris and the guided tour was very nice. The day after we arrived in Paris was V-E Day (Victory in Europe). All of France was celebrating as it was a national holiday -- but everything was still open (at least for tourists). The bus tour of Paris was very interesting and the bus itself was very comfortable. To get us to the ship, we took a bus to Cochem, Germany (where we were to board our ship) which was very comfortable and the stop on the way in Luxembourg at the American Cemetery was extremely moving and impressive although our guide (and I use that term VERY loosely) was horrible and barely spoke English. Viking needs to contract with a different person! We had to board our boat at Cochem, Germany instead of Trier since due to unusual rains for the last several weeks, the river was too high for our boat to make it under a bridge and get to Trier. But Viking "bussed" us to Trier and back and we again boarded the ship and continued the "usual" itinerary. The crew was VERY apologetic for the change in plans from the beginning but they accommodated us very well! City tours were conducted by very knowledgeable university students or residents of the community. They were all excellent! Cruising on the rivers was so relaxing and seeing up- close-and-personal the beautiful countryside is just wonderful!!! Our Cruise Director, Stephanie, was terrific! Had a great time with her! ALL the staff did a GREAT job in keeping the rooms clean, serving our every need, and just plain making us feel at home yet VERY special! The evenings "entertainment" was a bit lacking but still fun and comfortable. It might be nice to organize like a card tournament or tables of board games. We would like to have had a bit more time to shop in the cities (but I'm sure that was NOT a priority for husbands!!). Paris and Prague hotels were terrific but not very "european". We were very sad to exit the ship at the end of the actual cruising. It had been just a spectacular trip. The bus trip to Prague was a much longer trip than originally thought but at least there was a stop at a convenience store half way to Prague. Prague of course is a wonderful city and so beautiful and historic!! We feel that Viking did everything RIGHT in all aspects. The ship was wonderfully comfortable, the crew just incredible! For the most part, we docked at the cities and specific port locations that were on the itinerary. We went through 41 locks among the 3 rivers we navigated!! We would DEFINITELY do another Viking cruise! Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
Embarkation couldn't have been any easier..our first time on a cruise I was a nerves reck but once on board and unpacked cases I was fine the ship is very stable nothing like I thought it would be..this was a special 80th birthday ... Read More
Embarkation couldn't have been any easier..our first time on a cruise I was a nerves reck but once on board and unpacked cases I was fine the ship is very stable nothing like I thought it would be..this was a special 80th birthday ELVIS CRUISE..!!! And what great fun..there were two acts on board plus the ships singers dancers band and comedian.quiz nights film shows and talks by the two Elvis E T A'S dance lessons bingo ..there was a coffee and a cocktail of the day every day..we were lead to believed drinks were very pricey on board..NO they are not..a beer was about £3-80p and a cocktail £5 or £6 it did very a little but you could pay more in your local pub at home..cabins are not huge but they are OK.you have tea and coffee in there all the time and a hair dryer..beds are very comfy..the ship is kept spotlessly clean all staff a so sweet and very attentive..the food is fabulous very very tasty each night the them of the menu was changed..again the entertainment was fantastic..we had a couple of tours one to Randers Graceland..not a copy of Memphis Graceland ..the out side is the inside is a shop cafe' and museum and there is a huge room upstairs which is used for talks and concerts..the food in the cafe is great..and the owner Henrik is such an amazing man so down to earth a real people person..our only let down was because of the nature of the cruise the entertainment lounges just weren't really big enough..and left people having to stand through the shows..at different times through the cruise photos were taken at £5 each we felt this was not a bad price..you can also buy frames if you wish to..there is duty free shops on board but you can not buy ciggys or alcohol ..and so I went from being scared stiff of getting on board to NOT wanting to get off..!!!! Thank you so much Fred Olsen and you amazing staff on the Braemar....hope if our pennies allow to be back on board in the future.. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
The first embarkation was easy and very smooth. We had been on this ship when it was brand new and we were pleasantly surprised on the updates that were made. The cabin was twice about 20 square meters on the 8 floor with large balcony and ... Read More
The first embarkation was easy and very smooth. We had been on this ship when it was brand new and we were pleasantly surprised on the updates that were made. The cabin was twice about 20 square meters on the 8 floor with large balcony and ship was new about 5-6 month. The most important was the value for 12 days the price - 1400 euros for 2 adults and one child. Dining, entertainment, activities, and service was impeccable. We have day by day shore excursions there. We have nothing but good to say about MSC company and our shore excursions. Most of the time in every port of call we are booked private tours from local companies. Everything we booked in advance was easy, and our guides was knowledgeable about the places, was amazing and full of adventure.It took some time longer than we anticipated to go through the tendering process to exit the ship. Read Less
Sail Date January 2014

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