7 Dover Entertainment Cruise Reviews

Choose the Pacific Princess as we enjoy the small ship atmosphere. Arrived 2 days earlier and stayed at the new Holiday Inn, Terminal 4. Took Princess shuttle to Dover cruise port. Small ship plus is that you really get to know your ... Read More
Choose the Pacific Princess as we enjoy the small ship atmosphere. Arrived 2 days earlier and stayed at the new Holiday Inn, Terminal 4. Took Princess shuttle to Dover cruise port. Small ship plus is that you really get to know your fellow passengers, disadvantage would be that you do not have the movies under the stars. Balcony rooms are larger then the stand balcony. Highlight of the cruise was the 2 days in St. Petersburg. We did an excursion with ALLA TOURS and would highly recommend them to anyone. Did the St Petersburg 2 Day Grand Tour. Had early admission to most points of interest, 2 lunches, ours was a group of 10, and they take care of your tourist visa requirement. Another plus was the Kiel Canal - another plus for being on the small ship. Captain and staff were all very friendly. Disembarkation was very organized and just took the shuttle to the airport and we had early flight. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
Just completed the cruises in search of the Northern Lights. Embarkation was very slick and easy, having been picked up from home and transported to Dover by a very efficient and professional driver. A great added bonus with Saga. Cabin ... Read More
Just completed the cruises in search of the Northern Lights. Embarkation was very slick and easy, having been picked up from home and transported to Dover by a very efficient and professional driver. A great added bonus with Saga. Cabin was large, (inside deck 7) bigger than the normal cruise liners we have sailed on like HAL, RCL etc. Decor not quiet up to a brand new cruise ship but plenty of space for hanging clothes and draws . Shower and toilet efficient and clean if a little smaller than the top cruise liners. Dining and entertainment were superb. Top quality, attentive and pleasant staff and all inclusive in restaurants and drinks. The Sapphire was above the mainstream cruise liners and just below the six star Silverseas, Seabourn, Viking cruises which we have done. Value for money, quality, ambiance and enjoyment made for a memorable cruise. Not the last time we will sail with Saga, who have two new ships coming into service. Do not let Saga’s reputation for catering for the very old put you off, this is not true. Whilst it is for the over 50’s the age profile was no different to those other lines like Silverseas, Seabourn, Viking. It did cater very well for those with mobility issues, but I have seen many more mobility scoooters on Caribbean cruises. Lots of people got up dancing to great dance music in both the main Britannia lounge and the Drawing Room. Sunday lunchtime was just fabulous. Lunchtime jazz in the drawing room followed by transitional sunday lunch in the main dining room. Just idyllic. Entertainment was outstanding. Great lectures by Gary Fildes on the Northern Lights and astronomy in general. Had 700 pax enthralled. The cruise was well worth the money just to listen to him speak. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
Size and destinations. Hope to find more small ship cruises. We had great food, good service. Shows much better than expected. Size of the ship permitted options that big ships can’t go to. We highly recommend THE LOVE BOAT. The ... Read More
Size and destinations. Hope to find more small ship cruises. We had great food, good service. Shows much better than expected. Size of the ship permitted options that big ships can’t go to. We highly recommend THE LOVE BOAT. The staff is awesome. Out stateroom attendant Rico was great, all our waiters including Noel, Tania, Russell, and others were very attentive and kind. The shows were better than Broadway in NY. All the activities like wine tasting, cooking class, margarita recipes, ice shaving, bingo, etc were fun and cool. The tour guides were excellent. However in Belgium, in Brussels, the tour guide was not great; she sped through too many cobblestones to rush us to buy bad chocolate when people couldn’t even walk and complained. The great chocolate was in main square, no need for all the rush 3 blocks away. She did not care. She didn’t recommend the waffles and good thing we didn’t listen to her. Anyway, all the other guides- Sofia in Honfluer, Robert Smit in Amsterdam, Katerina in Hamburg, Anita in Oslo, and more were amazing! They love what they do and it shows. Also, the matradee staff and wine tasting staff were fantastic!! I don’t even drink alcohol but now I will! Finally, the guy who introduced all the shows was so personable, friendly, funny and smart. (sorry can’t remember names) I think you need an Instagram campaign asking people to post on Instagram cool photos while on ship or tours. I think you can attract more young people because I had never heard of Princess, we usually take Royal Caribbean. They market more to a different crowd. I definitely will look into Princess again in the future, and I wish you good luck. Also your itinerary is superb; the ports are so interesting and overall you do a great job. Congrats and I hope we find another 600-700 size ship again next time. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
This is the worse cruise ever, not sure where to start. First the positive lifts are great, no waiting as plenty of them. Now the negatives, staff are rude, miserable and clearly not there to please, food in restaurant was appalling ... Read More
This is the worse cruise ever, not sure where to start. First the positive lifts are great, no waiting as plenty of them. Now the negatives, staff are rude, miserable and clearly not there to please, food in restaurant was appalling and water has to be paid for. Serve yourself buffet has a better choice but a majority of people have chosen that over restaurant clearly as queuing is horrendous and finding a free seat impossible. Tea and coffee is only available at breakfast and sometimes for an hour in afternoon, you can purchase these but expensive and everything has a 15% service charge. Ship docked miles in the depth of ports (to save on port charges) Shuttle service out of port was another charge 12 euros per person per trip and chaotic with no queuing in place and a free for all. Daily service charges are mandatory and cannot be removed even if you are unhappy with the service. I thought I was on my holidays but felt more like imprisonment. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
We chose this cruise because it stopped overnight for the Edinburgh Military Tattoo, and also because it was scheduled to stop at one of the Channel Islands, Jersey. Unfortunately, the ship experienced mechanical problems causing it to ... Read More
We chose this cruise because it stopped overnight for the Edinburgh Military Tattoo, and also because it was scheduled to stop at one of the Channel Islands, Jersey. Unfortunately, the ship experienced mechanical problems causing it to lose power completely at the dock in Dover just as it was scheduled to sail. After about three hours, the crew got the ship functioning on its emergency generator for essential items only, such as toilets and sinks, but it took approximately 2 more hours before power was fully restored. As a result of the problem, we did not sail until past midnight. We could not make the first port (Jersey) at all due to the delay, and the lack of power meant that there was no hot dinner the first night (just sandwiches in the buffet). It was the only time we have ever gone to bed hungry on a cruise. The cruise line reimbursed the passengers $150 each, which was, frankly, inadequate for such a severe problem and schedule deviation that was not due to weather or some other act of God. We were very disappointed to miss seeing Jersey. The ship itself is old and showing its age. Although some things have been upgraded (carpets, some of the furniture, beds) everywhere we went we saw items visibly in need of maintenance, from torn or non-functioning curtains in public areas to broken hinges on the closet doors. This was the third Princess ship on which my spouse and I have sailed, and it was just not up to the standards of the rest of the Princess fleet. That being said, the bedding was very comfortable. Our mini-suite was spacious, the most-spacious non-suite cabin we have ever had on any cruise line. The entertainment was very good, and we especially enjoyed the comedian, the magician and the nightly pianist/singer, Austin Raye, who was the best of his kind that we have ever seen on a cruise. The food was good but not outstanding. We did take advantage of the Ultimate Balcony Dinner experience, which was one of the best meals we had on the ship. Both embarkation and disembarkation in Dover were a breeze, no doubt due to the small ship size. There was virtually no waiting at either end. We took only one of the ship's excursions, in Waterford, to visit Kilkenny Castle and the Waterford factory. The tour was quite good. We did not care for Dublin, which we found to be a hard city for tourists to negotiate, with attractions spread out too far apart for walking, and horrendous traffic everywhere we went. It took nearly an hour to drive in either direction via courtesy shuttle from the ship to the downtown area and back. This made our productive time in Dublin short. In Edinburgh, we followed the advice we got on one of the boards on Cruisecritic, and disembarked overnight to stay at The Witchery Hotel, and to attend the spectacular Military Tattoo. We bought out tickets for the Tattoo on the Internet well in advance (the previous fall), and made our hotel and meal arrangements in Edinburgh on our own, all at a considerable savings over similar tickets offered by the cruise line. If you are planning to attend the Tattoo, we recommend paying extra to sit under cover in the Royal Gallery, as the weather in Edinburgh is very unpredictable, and rain is almost a daily occurrence. Note that for a fee, you can join the Friends of the Tattoo society, and the tickets will be made available to you first, before they go on sale to the general public. The Witchery Hotel is extremely convenient to the Tattoo venue (just 50 yards away and within the security enclosure), and the rooms are each unique, sumptuously decorated and spectacular (although not handicapped accessible, if this is an issue, which it was not for us). A wonderful breakfast was included as part of this memorable stay. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
It was my friend's first time on Saga we had a great time. The door-to-door pick-up was excellent even as we left Norfolk early in the morning to reach Kent. Certainly of all the cruise lines, Saga look after their passengers the ... Read More
It was my friend's first time on Saga we had a great time. The door-to-door pick-up was excellent even as we left Norfolk early in the morning to reach Kent. Certainly of all the cruise lines, Saga look after their passengers the best. They are rightly famous for their food and their was no disappointments here, with sumptuous afternoon teas being a particular highlight. Only a short 6 days cruise but were trated to some high quality entertainment. For example, I believe I am right in thinking a brand new cast joined the same day as us. For a new team, some of whom were experienced but some new, it was thrilling to watch even though they only performed 2 shows. For my wife's friend who loves ABBA it was such a thrill to see their show. Also praise for the 'orchestra' working every night backing all sorts of material in the week. There was something for everyone on board. As well as the great entertainment, there is also a library as well as a spa, more than adequate for the size of the ship. We had 2 sea days whcih were filled with lectures and activities and flew by. And although the weather wasn't great at the start of the cruise you couldnt feel a thing. Overall highly recommended and will cruise again. Thank you Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
On Saturday 30th April my partner and I travelled with Fred Olsen on Balmoral to Norway. My partner and I are in our early 20's, so much younger than most travellers. We found that the design of Balmoral was quite dated and feel that ... Read More
On Saturday 30th April my partner and I travelled with Fred Olsen on Balmoral to Norway. My partner and I are in our early 20's, so much younger than most travellers. We found that the design of Balmoral was quite dated and feel that it could do with a make-over, new carpets, chairs etc. but no problems with the facilities so we couldn't complain. We arrived at Dover at 12pm (the times given were between 12pm and 2pm) and check in was smooth and fast. We did have to wait until 2pm before they started embarkation which was a bit of a pain as we expected to get straight on as I did in my previous cruise with Cruise and Maritime Voyages. Once we were invited to the ship we were directed straight to our room where our luggage was waiting for us outside - very fast service. We asked for a table of 2 in the restaurant as we were hoping for a romantic holiday together as it was our first, and we were given this! We were in the main (Ballindalloch) restaurant which was very spacious and waiters were great. With dinner you are given a choice of wine, beer or water, but no choice for soft drinks. As we had paid for the all inclusive package and expected to have soft drinks available to us with our dinner, as advertised, but when we asked we were informed that we would have to pay for our soft drinks. Aside from this there was a lot of variety of food available and waiters were very fast in taking orders, and serving food. Very nice people. The drinks... As mentioned above we had paid for all inclusive when we booked with Fred Olsen. With the all inclusive you are offered a variety of house wines and spirits, and selected beers and ciders. Cocktails are NOT included in the AI which I feel should have been. The cocktail selection was not great either. Having the AI package you receive a 50% discount on cocktails and branded drinks, which is better than nothing and understandable with branded alcohol. Tea and coffee are only available from the restaurants and if you wish to have them from the bar you are asked to pay which is not acceptable. There were no self service machines either so you couldn't go and help yourself when you want one. The waiters serve you tea and coffee after your meals but there is no selection of tea or coffee, you just get what you are given. The entertainment and Activities provided on board was phenomenal. Fantastic staff and incredible shows every night to end the day on a good note. The Balmoral Show Company, who were new to the cruise were amazing and had incredible voices, Barnaby (the ship comedian) was very funny and Matt Cairnes (another vocalist) was fab too. 4th Dimension, who played in the Lido Lounge every night, were great and always got the crowd up dancing of an evening. The waiter service in the bars was good, fast service and always quick to take orders. We waited a max of 20 minutes but was understandable as the Lounge was very busy during the show. The Excursions provided at the Port of Calls were great. In Bergen we went to the Fløibanen funicular which was a great day out, in Olden we visited the Briksdal Glacier on Nordfjord which was beautiful and in Flam we travelled on the Flam Railway which was a little bit disappointing at this time of year. Overall, we had a fantastic cruise with Fred Olsen and would recommend travelling on Balmoral. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017

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