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Having sailed RCI Previously in Independence's inaugural season, and having sailed Celebrity to the Baltic last year we wanted to try a cruise to the Med from Southampton.This will be our last cruise during the summer holidays, and with the current RCI format, a new vessel is required or the current two majorly updated and more space given to adult only areas. And the ship needs the correct level of policing, my son at 13 is 6ft 3 tall and he was intimidated by the possies of children wondering around the ship. We booked direct with the line, rather than through an agent. Taking our kids with us, Son 13 and Daughter 29 we were going to book two cabins but the Rep stated that we wouldn't need one. We had specific requirements for our cabin, including twin beds for them and a privacy curtain which we were assured would be provided. Arriving on board at 11:30 smoothly, we found that we had to find somewhere to sit with our hand luggage until 15:00 when the cabins would be ready, all space quickly filled up and it was impossible to get into, let alone eat in the Windjammer. On arriving in our cabin we were horrified to realise that none of our requirements had been met, the drawers in the vanity unit were all broken, the door hanging off of the wardrobe and many other issues. We joined the lengthy queue at guest services, we stated that we had booked the cabin and cruise based on the specific requirements that had been promised and that none of our expectations had been met! I wished to talk to a senior member of the guest services team, to be informed that the person would not be on duty until 7. We were so disappointed that my wife and I discussed leaving the ship at this point, but were convinced not to as a solution would be found. We me the Desk Services Manager, who was very apologetic, very professional, but we were then informed that because the ship was full there was nothing that could be done about the cabin requirements and that the privacy curtains were removed from the vessel two years previously. however the ship would rig up a curtain and repairs the broken items in the cabin. This meant that we gave up our double bed, converted to singles and had to sleep on a sofa bed for the entire cruise, having spent the best part of £8500 I find this appalling, but I must add not the ships fault. To add to the disappointment of this cruise was the failure of the vessel to police it properly, kids in the bars unaccompanied, groups of youths playing on the gym equipment, children as you as 8 wondering around the ship gone midnight, plates and cups etc left in corridors, stairs and lifts, passengers attending dinner in shorts clearly against the dress code and more covered in previous reviews. However, we found the crew very good and professional, the food in the main dining room excellent, (better then Celebrity) good quality wine, Windjamer food of a good standard, entertainment was good. The itinerary was also very good. All in all it was not worth the money spent, RCI have lost the edge they started with in Southampton that really shook up UK cruising, we have some good memories from this cruise but far to many poor experiences to want to repeat it. If you want Benidorm of the Seas then this is for you, if not, go out of holiday time pay the school fine it'll save you a fortune. To add to the disappointment of this cruise was the failure of the vessel to police it properly, kids in the bars unaccompanied, groups of youths playing on the gym equipment, children as you as 8 wondering around the ship gone midnight, plates and cups etc left in corridors, stairs and lifts, passengers attending dinner in shorts clearly against the dress code and more covered in previous reviews.

Benidorm of the Seas

Navigator of the Seas Cruise Review by Dave1145

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Having sailed RCI Previously in Independence's inaugural season, and having sailed Celebrity to the Baltic last year we wanted to try a cruise to the Med from Southampton.This will be our last cruise during the summer holidays, and with the current RCI format, a new vessel is required or the current two majorly updated and more space given to adult only areas. And the ship needs the correct level of policing, my son at 13 is 6ft 3 tall and he was intimidated by the possies of children wondering around the ship.

We booked direct with the line, rather than through an agent. Taking our kids with us, Son 13 and Daughter 29 we were going to book two cabins but the Rep stated that we wouldn't need one. We had specific requirements for our cabin, including twin beds for them and a privacy curtain which we were assured would be provided.

Arriving on board at 11:30 smoothly, we found that we had to find somewhere to sit with our hand luggage until 15:00 when the cabins would be ready, all space quickly filled up and it was impossible to get into, let alone eat in the Windjammer.

On arriving in our cabin we were horrified to realise that none of our requirements had been met, the drawers in the vanity unit were all broken, the door hanging off of the wardrobe and many other issues.

We joined the lengthy queue at guest services, we stated that we had booked the cabin and cruise based on the specific requirements that had been promised and that none of our expectations had been met!

I wished to talk to a senior member of the guest services team, to be informed that the person would not be on duty until 7. We were so disappointed that my wife and I discussed leaving the ship at this point, but were convinced not to as a solution would be found.

We me the Desk Services Manager, who was very apologetic, very professional, but we were then informed that because the ship was full there was nothing that could be done about the cabin requirements and that the privacy curtains were removed from the vessel two years previously. however the ship would rig up a curtain and repairs the broken items in the cabin.

This meant that we gave up our double bed, converted to singles and had to sleep on a sofa bed for the entire cruise, having spent the best part of £8500 I find this appalling, but I must add not the ships fault.

To add to the disappointment of this cruise was the failure of the vessel to police it properly, kids in the bars unaccompanied, groups of youths playing on the gym equipment, children as you as 8 wondering around the ship gone midnight, plates and cups etc left in corridors, stairs and lifts, passengers attending dinner in shorts clearly against the dress code and more covered in previous reviews.

However, we found the crew very good and professional, the food in the main dining room excellent, (better then Celebrity) good quality wine, Windjamer food of a good standard, entertainment was good. The itinerary was also very good.

All in all it was not worth the money spent, RCI have lost the edge they started with in Southampton that really shook up UK cruising, we have some good memories from this cruise but far to many poor experiences to want to repeat it. If you want Benidorm of the Seas then this is for you, if not, go out of holiday time pay the school fine it'll save you a fortune.

To add to the disappointment of this cruise was the failure of the vessel to police it properly, kids in the bars unaccompanied, groups of youths playing on the gym equipment, children as you as 8 wondering around the ship gone midnight, plates and cups etc left in corridors, stairs and lifts, passengers attending dinner in shorts clearly against the dress code and more covered in previous reviews.
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