We chose this cruise because it ended in New Orleans, right across the lake from our home town of Slidell. We have never been to Europe and thought it would be a good opportunity to see our roots, and loved the idea of a transatlantic crossing.
We flew on our own to Copenhagen two days early, and thank goodness we did because our flights got delayed due to weather and took many more hours to get there. We really liked Copenhagen, clean, lots of history and bikes everywhere!
Getting onto the ship went very smoothly, getting off the ship in New Orleans was complete chaos. Everyone getting off at the same time despite being organized by color tags on our luggage the day before. Then people getting onto the ship showing up way too soon and adding to the chaos. We took our four large suit cases and walked blocks away to catch our ride home,
We loved the ship! Very large but with 3,774 passengers it did seem crowed in the common areas at times, but we expected that. Lots of outside areas to sit, walk or just hang out to watch the sun set. There are two decks to walk on which were very busy in the mornings. The ship was spotless! I saw cleaning being done at all times and lots of hand sanitizer and crew members ready to spray your hands as you walked into the Garden Cafe.
First two weeks I didn't hear a cough or a sneeze, but then it started and an upper respiratory illness started to spread despite all the effort by the ship to prevent it. I caught it, but my husband didn't. I didn't need to get medical treatment for i, just over the counter meds for two weeks. I don't blame the ship company or crew for that, it just happens when you have that many people held together for a long length of time.
Service for us was excellent, Our favorite place to eat was the Garden Cafe, good food, lots of variety, fresh and no waiting for service. They did run out of tea, orange juice, butter,and coffee creamer, and for some reason didn't get several of those replaced We LOVED the ice cream!!! It was real rich ice cream that you just don't get in the stores any more. We enjoyed eating at Tepanyaki the most! We enjoyed Cagery's, Le Bistro, and Moderno's specialty restaurants also. We thought it took way to long to get service and food in Taste, Savor and Tropicana, so we didn't eat at those more than once each.
Shores excursions had a lot of issues. Not enough time to really see or experience a place, too long on a bus to get there. You got to see a lot of the general area from the bus which to me was a plus, but then no time to see London, Amsterdam, or Miami. Couldn't eat lunch in Miami, but back to the ship an hour early only to wait two hours to get back on the ship. Customs caused that mess, but the company didn't help easy the wait.
We loved the staff!!! They were so nice, seemed to know their jobs well, worked so hard to please, serve or help and keep the ship clean! They worked hard at helping disabled passengers get on and off the ship in all the ports, even helping get their food at the Garden Cafe, all you had to do was let them know you needed help. We can't believe anyone would have complained about the crew!
We didn't experience much of the entertainment, but heard a lot of good comments about it and wished we had signed up to see a show or two.
Overall we enjoyed our cruise and would recommend this cruise. We will do another one to see some new sites one day!
We were very pleased with our cabin! Nicely decorated, roomy, good lighting (one review I read said; you had to remove you card to turn off lights, but there was switches to turn off lights by the bed and by the door right under the where you put your card in), room darkening drapes to block out the ships night lights.
We felt our cabin was very roomy, plenty of areas to store our way too many clothes that we brought. I felt it was home away from home.
Our 4 large suit cases fit under the beds, so they were out of our way.
The balcony was small, but it was enough room for us to stand or sit out while we watched the sun rise on several mornings.
The bathroom was large enough, had good lightning, warm water quickly,
Melanie, our room steward did an awesome job taking care of our needs, answering our questions, and keeping the cabin very clean!! Thanks again Melanie
Very family friendly, clean and safe feeling.
Enjoyed Tivioli gardens, must see if in Copenhagen.View All 64 Tivoli Gardens Reviews
Enjoyed the seeing the windmills, but didn't have time to do anything in Amsterdam.
Got to just walk around on our own for 45 mins. I was disappointed that I didn't have time to do a Canal Boat Cruise or any other organized tour.View All 23 Windmills of Kinderdijk Reviews
They tried to fit way too much in one afternoon after a two hour ride to get there and back. No time to really experience any part of it. 15 mins. at the Palace. Would loved to have stayed longer at the tower of London. We did get to see the crown jewels.View All undefined undefined Reviews
This was the best excursion of our trip!
All day to experience every place we visited!
Visited a nice French town where they had a nice museum and movie to watch, shops to shop at and a nice French restaurant to have a nice French meal and French wine then over to visit the beautiful, well maintained, respectfully done military cemetery where over 9,000 of our citizens died in W.W.ll and then got to walk on the very beaches where they died. How did they do it???
This is a must do, you have to book it asap. It sold out very quickly.View All 75 D-Day Beaches Reviews
We visited Blarney Castle and Gardens.
I had wanted to kiss the Blarney Stone, but didn't want to spend all my time standing in a line, so we walked around the gardens and really enjoyed it. They had a hidden water fall to hike down to! Beautiful trees and flowers to take photos. Beautiful weather that made it a great day to outside, thank goodness!
Bermuda was beautiful, great weather day. Had enough time to see what ever you wanted. We selected an over all tour because we wanted to see if we might want to plan a vacation there someday. We saw a lot, but our tour guide didn't stop at a beach which disappointed me, but there were some disabled people on the tour that maybe he thought couldn't walk on the beach. I really wanted to put my feet in the water for just a few mins. The water there looked incredible clear with fish all the way up to the edge. Wish I would have asked him to stop for 10 mins. We had time. Bermuda seems to still be itself, not too much tourism to spoil it, yet. They are wanting to get more tourist coming. They are building a new airport to make getting there easier or to get bigger plans to land. Not quite sure which.
If you want to spend all your time in or on the water, you will enjoy a visit.
They do have a very nice golf course there also.View All 116 Island Tour Reviews
This is a private cruise ship owned property, so it has been built by them ( added sand, palm trees etc.) so it is not a natural island in the Bahamas to me. You have to ride on a tender to get in which would be fine if you didn't have to wait so long. We got on the island at one and we were not the last to get off the ship. Some didn't get off until two, so there wasn't much time to swim. Just like being on the ship, free food, a drink if you pay for it or have the drink package. If you just want a day or hour at a beach to swim or for snorkeling, book an excursion so you can get off first or if you are a gold card member you will get off first. It is a nice beach, but that is all it is.
This tour was good in several ways; by bus on land and by a nice boat to tour the inside waters where a lot of beautiful homes owned by the rich and famous are.
But after the boat ride we get off in a nice outdoor mall and walk right through a nice restaurant where staff is standing to serve lunch, but our tour guide says we can't stay for lunch. We get back to the ship an hour early and then have to wait two hours to get back onto the ship due to customs wanting all passengers to stay off the ship until everyone has been through customs. No one was expecting that and the cruise company who should have known this would happen wasn't prepared to make the wait easier. You did have a cool place to sit (i sat on the floor as many others did because there wasn't enough seats) and a bathroom, but it got very crowded as the time went by. Nice weather though.View All 168 City Tour Reviews