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This particular cruise was the transportation/living accommodations from an alumni organization trip booked by my husband (whom I love dearly but didn't do much research on what the trip entailed). Instead of a small group, the ship was under charter by Gohagan as the agent for alumni organization consortium travel. This meant 240 in the "small group." The ship itself is clean, neat and decorated in the hotel lobby fashion with leather, chrome, and glass. The service from the bar and cabin staff was outstanding, the dining staff much less so. According to the alcohol drinkers in the group, the included wines, beers, and liquors were fine. The food was beautifully presented, both in the buffet and the main dining room. Flavorless, but the presentation was amazing. However, if you are a vegetarian - forget it. There is literally nothing worth eating. On a ship this expensive, I really expected a better choice that cream covered pasta at dinner. There are only so many times you can make do with a tasteless omelette. The tofu option was worse - three slabs of tofu barely warmed up and sprinkled with paprika. Eating cheese and hard boiled eggs is not my preferred way of getting protein. The meat eaters praised some of the meat dishes and many of the fish entrees. Two of the three treadmills were broken with zero knowledge of repair date. There is neither an elliptical or stair stepper.

French, shiny, not for the vegetarian

Le Boreal Cruise Review by Proseknitic

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This particular cruise was the transportation/living accommodations from an alumni organization trip booked by my husband (whom I love dearly but didn't do much research on what the trip entailed).

Instead of a small group, the ship was under charter by Gohagan as the agent for alumni organization consortium travel. This meant 240 in the "small group."

The ship itself is clean, neat and decorated in the hotel lobby fashion with leather, chrome, and glass.

The service from the bar and cabin staff was outstanding, the dining staff much less so. According to the alcohol drinkers in the group, the included wines, beers, and liquors were fine. The food was beautifully presented, both in the buffet and the main dining room. Flavorless, but the presentation was amazing. However, if you are a vegetarian - forget it. There is literally nothing worth eating. On a ship this expensive, I really expected a better choice that cream covered pasta at dinner. There are only so many times you can make do with a tasteless omelette. The tofu option was worse - three slabs of tofu barely warmed up and sprinkled with paprika. Eating cheese and hard boiled eggs is not my preferred way of getting protein. The meat eaters praised some of the meat dishes and many of the fish entrees.

Two of the three treadmills were broken with zero knowledge of repair date. There is neither an elliptical or stair stepper.
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Cabin Review

Superior Stateroom
Cabin SS 303
The cabins are clean, well appointed and maintained. The toilet area is separate from the sink/shower which is not my preference since it makes hand-washing + going back and wiping door knobs a bit of a pain (if you have ever been on a ship with Noro, you will understand my concern). We were in Cabin 303. You could hear the anchor each and every time.... There were four deep but narrow storage drawers, adequate closet including shelves inside the closet. Our 19" cases easily fit under the bed.

Maybe some like the glass wall with sliding door for the shower/sink room.
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