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Jacques Pepin cruise- Venice to Rome

Marina Cruise Review by coco&memaw

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Nov 2016
  • Destination: Around the World
  • Cabin Type: Concierge Level

We choose this cruise because chef Jacques Pepin was going to be onboard! Unfortunately, the entire cruise was overshadowed with the onboard illness of some cruisers and staff! We were told little about it except that protocol and precautions were put in place to handle it! Thus for the entire remainder of the cruise we had no laundry, no concierge lounge, no preset tables, no salt and pepper shakers, and informal dining area that was wrapped in Saran Wrap and difficult for us and staff to use! but we did have the constant wiping of tables,railings and chairs etc as we tried to dine, and/ or enjoy the views! They were able to have chef Pepin provide us with a book signing, although it was poorly promoted and we heard about it through word of mouth,and a demo and question and answer time, which we enjoyed! We felt the staff were tense, and under pressure. The captain gave us very little info, although several days after his first announcement he did say it was not a norovirus but precautions were going to continue for the rest of the cruise! We are glad this wasn't our first cruise or one that was for a very special occasion, because we would have been very disappointed! We enjoyed our shore excursions, liked the ship size and ease of getting around, also liked that the age of our fellow passengers had gotten younger since our last Oceania cruise! We do not go to evening entertainment,or the casino.

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Cabin Review

Concierge Level
Cabin A1 9109

Adquate size, small veranda with two chairs and a small table. Bathroom was crowded due to the tub, which is unecessary for most cruises! Drawers and closet were fine for the two of us to stow our things.

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

Volare's White Cliffs

Enjoyed seeing the Castellana caves! Tour guide was easy to understand. Learned about the "trulli"and the area's history.

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Loved the bus tour through Marsaxlokk, Senglea, and Vittoriosa. Then the cruise through Valletta harbor completed a delightful several hours through a charming and beautiful area!

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