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We chose this for the itinerary-across the Med to many places we had not been, and to try out this form of travel--luxury cruise.Overall its unlikely we would do this kind of cruise again: Beautiful ship, well appointed. Not quite 700 people on board and rarely felt crowded. But as we came into the last few nights we were feeling too confined, limited choices. We very much like to spend evenings ashore, wandering towns and squares, seaside restaurants, feeling the energy of people out and about.Can't do that on these cruises. We felt very ignored as first time cruisers--all the emphasis was on the many repeaters on board--we understand that--but a briefing and orientation for first timers would have been nice--as would having a designated staff person for answering the stupid questions we had many of the first few days. In one sense heavy marketing to get you to sign up for another cruise--yet no one every came to us--first timers--to ask how we were doing, whether there was anything of concern or needed. No attempt to talk with us before we disembarked. That surprised me. Overall, the food was good, but there were some issues. Cabin was very nice, veranda was nice. We had a Concierge Suite. Excursions were a mixed bag--all depends on the guide and they varied a lot in competency. Mixed feelings about the "Shipboard Credit"--in the last few days lots of people were complaining about having to "force spend" or lose the money. Yet the Boutique stock was pretty limited--for men mostly Ralph Lauren Polo--which one can find anywhere. Wi-Fi was nightmare the first few days. Everyone complaining.

Interesting first time experience--unlikely to do it this way again

Seven Seas Explorer Cruise Review by Reader66

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: November 2016
  • Destination: Mediterranean
  • Cabin Type: Concierge Suite
We chose this for the itinerary-across the Med to many places we had not been, and to try out this form of travel--luxury cruise.Overall its unlikely we would do this kind of cruise again:

Beautiful ship, well appointed. Not quite 700 people on board and rarely felt crowded.

But as we came into the last few nights we were feeling too confined, limited choices. We very much like to spend evenings ashore, wandering towns and squares, seaside restaurants, feeling the energy of people out and about.Can't do that on these cruises.

We felt very ignored as first time cruisers--all the emphasis was on the many repeaters on board--we understand that--but a briefing and orientation for first timers would have been nice--as would having a designated staff person for answering the stupid questions we had many of the first few days.

In one sense heavy marketing to get you to sign up for another cruise--yet no one every came to us--first timers--to ask how we were doing, whether there was anything of concern or needed. No attempt to talk with us before we disembarked. That surprised me.

Overall, the food was good, but there were some issues.

Cabin was very nice, veranda was nice. We had a Concierge Suite.

Excursions were a mixed bag--all depends on the guide and they varied a lot in competency.

Mixed feelings about the "Shipboard Credit"--in the last few days lots of people were complaining about having to "force spend" or lose the money. Yet the Boutique stock was pretty limited--for men mostly Ralph Lauren Polo--which one can find anywhere.

Wi-Fi was nightmare the first few days. Everyone complaining.
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Concierge Suite
Cabin D 854
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