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I'm writing this more to answer the questions that I wish I had found here before our trip... ya know. DRINKS: This is why we took this cruise. And it's true. From when we woke up till 2am it was no-holds-barred good ... Read More
I'm writing this more to answer the questions that I wish I had found here before our trip... ya know. DRINKS: This is why we took this cruise. And it's true. From when we woke up till 2am it was no-holds-barred good stuff. Bloody Maries where we'd call Stoli or Absolut or Tito's or Ketel One or Russian Standard. Drinks with Gosling's Ginger Beer - and Gosling's dark rum or Meyer's dark or Bacardi dark. Blended mango daquiris and margaritas and pina coladas. 6 flavors of mojito. Plentiful wine and sparking wine at dinner. Endless beers in those strange metal bottles for the pool deck - bud and miller lite and Corona. (I didn't see any dark beer, but I wasn't looking...) All included. From what we could tell, only the tippy-top shelf and red bull and bottled water were excluded. I heard a rumor that shots were excluded, which we proved wrong, too. We drank our money's worth. And then some. EMBARKATION: We showed up around 12:30 and the line was moving fast. Probably waited only a few minutes. We were on board by 1pm and the bars, pools, and buffet were open. There really aren't enough tables at the buffet for the first/last day when everyone's chowing at the same time, but that changes on other days when some of us sleep in. Muster drill was fast and easy- no need to bring your life jacket with on this one- and the following welcome from the cruise director and his folks was fun. ROOMS: We were in 2 adjoining porthole outside forward rooms. The outside of the windows badly needs cleaning. We loved having the door open, giving us a 2-room 2-bath suite! Not a lot of clothing storage but plenty of room under the bed for suitcases, so we kept stuff there. Not a lot of outlets either - 1 on the desk and one in the bathroom. And the minibar was all water - $$$ and not included in the free drinks- so we avoided that. The steward was friendly but we didn't get any towel animals, which is fine. Bathroom had a hair dryer, shampoo, liquid body wash, hand soap, a bar of soap, a 1oz of body lotion. No conditioner. SHIP: Let's be honest - it's an older design. The pools and pool deck are small for how many people are on board, so it gets crowded. But the cocktail servers aren't sparse, which is nice- they'll even deliver a drink to the hot tub. The decorations in the "Captain Cook" bar are pretty backward and racist IMO. The lobby bar with its flavors of mojito was awesome, as is the omnipresent blender drinks and the amazing staff in the longboard bar. FOOD: Let's just start with, the food in the outdoor buffet is not good. The indoor buffet had a good selection including VEGETARIAN OPTIONS and indian food options with each meal! We ate at Palace and Crossings (2x ea) and loved having dinner there. They were flexible about letting us order multiple appetizers or odd substitutions. There were 2 veg entree options each night, though someone needs to tell them that grilled veggies alone as an entree is no good for people drinking all day. ;) Wine was poured plentifully and staff were friendly and attentive. We also had breakfast at Il Adagio, where they made omlettes and waffles. The line was horrendous for omlettes, so we didn't go back. There was this dude who sat with us at dinner one night and just whined and moaned about how bad the food was, but he was a jerk and looking for something to be upset about, and we actually sent him packing from our table because, heck, nobody wants to be around that kind of negativity when we're on vacation!!! ENTERTAINMENT: Disappointingly, it all seemed to shut down at 2am. Being from the West Coast, that was the equivalent to 11pm for me. Bummer. Either way, we enjoyed the white hot party (which also ended too early!), karaoke, and bingo. The piano bar- something we usually love- was populated by an older crowd that took their Elton John all too seriously. There were no camels or other smelly animals on board. We didn't go to the shows-- just too much else to do! THAT ISLAND THING: Yes, it's true, drinks are free there too, and there's a buffet there, so for free you can sit on a chair (under a shade if you wish), swim, drink, eat, dance, play volleyball for free. So nice! Tenders were NO TICKETS - just show up and get on the next one. I waited only because I barely missed the last one. FREEPORT: They're starting to build a tourist village at the dock, complete with at Fat Tuesday and Senor Frogs and shops. So if you're cheap like us, no need to take the taxi to Lucaya to go to some lame jewelry shops. I hear there's a walkable beach, too. NASSAU: We like Senor Frogs. They make us dance for free shots. Is very good. DISEMBARKATION: So... we didn't leave our rooms till after 9am and nobody seemed to care. We had a full buffet breakfast and several bloody maries and nobody seemed to care. We got off the ship with full bellies and a few drinks in sometime around 10am, and that was cool. Can't image why anyone would rush off. Just carry off your own luggage. Clearing customs was fast and easy. Read Less
Sail Date February 2016
This was a great 4 night getaway that I needed. This was the 5th time I was on the Enchantment and prossibly the last before it relocates to Miami. Getting on was a breeze as I got to the port around 1pm after visiting Exploration ... Read More
This was a great 4 night getaway that I needed. This was the 5th time I was on the Enchantment and prossibly the last before it relocates to Miami. Getting on was a breeze as I got to the port around 1pm after visiting Exploration Tower in Port Canaveral. I was on board and in my room in less than 30 minutes. I went to Chops twice and had great meals both times. The other dinners I went to Windjammer and had pasta one night and Stir Fry the other night. I felt like there was lots of options for everyone in the Windjammer. The Top Tier event was a breakfast on Day 3 and the Welcome back Party was on Day 3 in the evening. In Nassau I just walked around and a beer at the patio bar at the Pirates of Nassau and had a Rum and Coke at the Bacardi Bar. In Coco Cay which Majesty was with us I went onshore just in time for the free throw contest and lunch. I also had a Coco Loco as well. Debarkation: this was the fastest I was off the ship. I did the self carry with my luggage and when I was done with Breakfast and last walk around there was no line to get off the ship. There was of course probably about a 20-30 wait time to get thru customs but never timed it. Read Less
Sail Date February 2016
My husband and I are Diamond level on Crown and Anchor for Royal Caribbean. We booked Anthem of the Seas a year in advance for Feb. 2016. We completed the Check In on line prior to the trip. We showed up at the port and there was a ... Read More
My husband and I are Diamond level on Crown and Anchor for Royal Caribbean. We booked Anthem of the Seas a year in advance for Feb. 2016. We completed the Check In on line prior to the trip. We showed up at the port and there was a slight confusion as to who we speak with to get scanned in and proceed to the Xray machines and Scanners. That was resolved and we were on board the ship within 10 minutes, that was one of the most expedient boardings we have had since 2011! Once aboard the ship we began to enjoy the sites, a new ship! We made reservations for IFly and North Star. We booked our dining before the trip. Our balcony stateroom 8656 was beautiful. We had to adjust to the new closet design, did not like that too much to be honest. The closet set up was awkward, the hangers on 1 side and small drawers on the other side of the bed. We also found the dresser drawer set up, near the balcony door, to be awkward. (minor setbacks but worth mentioning to seasoned RCI crusiers). Muster drill was at Vintages, we scanned in and the entire drill was over the PA and on tv screens - EXCELLENT! We truly enjoyed this method. We chose to stay inside the ship during sail away, was far too cold to be up top and we have been on cruises out of Bayonne before so, no biggie to see Verrazano Narrows bridge. Monday night dinner was amazing. As an aside, we followed a bar tender, from Freedom of the Seas (Oct 2015) to the Anthem - his nick name is Cookie. He is a Mixologist and we made it a point to see him Saturday afternoon and evening. (also throughout the trip he is at Boleros) We met Cookie aboard Freedom in Oct 2015, he worked alongside Alok in the R Bar... needless to say our group of 6 visited R Bar frequently that cruise as these two bar tenders were amazing and entertaining. We knew, from the Captain, that Sunday would be a dreary day, spent traveling to Port Canaveral around a developing storm. Sunday morning we awoke and decided to give the Windjammer a try. We liked the new washing stations although still saw people push by the crew and NOT wash! UGGGG! Crew did their best to corral this idiots to keep the rest of us healthy. WORD TO ALL VEGETARIANS.... I needed ALMOND MILK and they did have it but sparingly. Next cruise I will advise ahead that I require this as a dietary restriction. I do not drink Soy Milk and will go without if that is the only choice. The crew was very accommodating in getting Almond Milk for me, I want that to be CLEAR, it was not offered in the Windjammer as a regular choice however. A nice officer assisted me that morning (Sunday) and it was available to me rest of cruise. As we walked the ship Sunday, we noticed the seas were a bit rough but nothing we had *not* seen before - so we went to offensive mode with our walking as most seasoned cruisers will and do. Sunday at the 11 am hour the Capt came on the PA, he was so nice.. Dear Guests and Dear Crew he always started his address this way... No other Capt has done this and Capt Claus was immediately adored by us for this reason. Capt Claus told us of the storm, his plans to skirt it by going more westerly and that he would provide regular updates if things changed. We went about our day, had a nice lunch and explored the ship. About 1500 we went to the cabin to unload some stuff and go back out to explore more of the ship... I always spend some of my vacation working. As we got ready to leave the bells sounded for an announcement and we were told to remain in our cabins and or go to our cabins until further notice, it was about 330 by the time the announcement came and we had to drop our plans and remain put. I started filming outside our balcony, waves reported 25 feet and winds above 60 knots. I took a few videos and photos, we watched TV. By 430 (aprox) the seas were 30-35 feet and we had more announcements concerning what the crew was doing and how the ship would be directed to best avoid extreme danger. We had already stowed most loose items in the cabin (seasoned cruisers) and hunkered down. We had electricity and the tv to watch the superbowl coming on in a couple of hours. During the next two hours it was pretty rough going, the ship was listing pretty hard but still my husband and I were not thrown about, we had common sense to stay on the bed and if we had to use the bathroom to stay low and go slow. WE WERE SAFE. At about 630 we decided to purchase internet to get a grasp of the weather and communicate with home. It was not fun at for a short period of time, we had been worried.. Our bodies have FIGHT or FLIGHT built in, you cannot ignore it and yes we had to maintain our thoughts, keep calm, it was LOGICAL to remain calm. We were ok, nothing was happening to us. We did facetime with home because we heard the storm was going to SOCK RI and we wanted to make sure our 23 year old was all set for that storm and possible power loss. We reached my travel agent and her sister who happens to be my sorority sister. They relayed a cell call to RI as we face timed them. YUP was pretty stressful but my family was amazed that I was more concerned for them than myself on ship in a storm! My travel agent and her sister also lifetime cruisers talked to us about Hurricane Mitch and the adventure they had in that storm on a much smaller ship.... this was the greatest coping mechanism for us. To share stories and keep our minds occupied was a good thing. You see people - hysteria will kill you, you should always do your best to be calm so you can do what is necessary IF CALLED UPON. We did not like what the ship was doing HOWEVER Capt Claus and our CD were giving constant updates. We were given access to the mini bar for free as no dinner would be given that night. The Capt also informed us that he was in touch with the Coast Guard and RCI HQ to keep them informed of the situation. GREAT NEWS! Our Captain was following protocol and was keeping us safe! At No Time was a MAY DAY issued, Coast Guard never showed up, we were fine. At around 830 our cabin steward knocked at our door. He gave us water and more snacks, DelRoy asked how we were and the couple next to us at same time. He reassured us all however neither couple was hysterical, all 4 of us asked the same thing - can we get food? LOL LOL DelRoy said the crew would do their best to get items to us... we were ok for the time being with water and snacks. DelRoy assured us this is what they train for and that the Capt was doing his job. (We knew this and had faith but was good to see a level headed crew member - CUDOS TO DELROY TAYLOR LOCKWOOD.... he was calm, organized and very attentive to us! As the night progressed the winds calmed and the Capt kept the ship nose to the storm... by 330 am it was calm. We got up to news all over the internet and Facebook. I immediately set out to SQUELCH al the hysteria being reported. I hate hysteria mongers and greedy jerks just looking to Sue and get rich fast. We had interviews with WJAR Channel 10, Channel 6 ABC Providence and WPIX in NY. I also had contact and submitted video to NBC in NY through a contact. We would have no part of the hysteria being reported. The videos of crashing furniture were stupid, yes it happened but DECORATION has nothing to do with the operation of a merit time vessel. All those videos posted of broken planters and dropped ceiling tiles had nothing to do with the ship being unable to perform during the storm. Yes they were unsightly but all who obeyed the cabin restriction should not have been anywhere near such sites. (personal recklessness is not warranted and those fools who filmed things in unsafe conditions should be penalized) We had breakfast and continued to post on the internet to assure people we were ok. The Capt addressed us in the morning and he admitted this was the worst storm of his career - OK that is not saying he could not handle it.. although hysteria mongers will paint the picture this way JERKS! We had full faith in Capt Claus, the weather charts and predictions given to him were not accurate and considering that he was a HERO for being proactive and keeping over 6000 people and crew safe! Ok broken dishes and furniture, some blown out glass and a radar cover broken... that was the worst of it. (shake my head in derision toward all the mamby pambys who cried out we were dying... liars!) (there are reports from a couple in Warwick RI that we were not permitted to take photos - LIARS... we took tons of photos as did every passenger on that ship NO announcement was made to STOP photographing ugggg anything to get on tv RIGHT Mr and Mrs WARWICK RI!!!) We were told another storm was forming off Florida and that a decision was made to head back to Bayonne. We made the best of the next two days. We were told of our refunds, had free wifi, there was a 2 hour open bar. All these hysteria mongers had no trouble running to the bar to get free booze yet they were TRAUMATIZED???? They made it to the bars just fine to suck down all they could for free... again liars and greedy people. I have to stress that we did not have a great time during the storm but we maintained our calm so that we were not part of the problem if an actual evak occurred. Our Captain was 100% in control. Our Crew was educated, ready, trained and did their jobs flawlessly. I have the utmost respect for them all. As a post note it was determined by the NTSB that the Capt was not at fault and the weather reporting was inaccurate. I will fight anyone suing RCI trying to say this was a nightmare. If the passenger followed instructions, they should have been safe. Common sense even would have kept a person safe. Dont stand up, crawl to your restroom in the cabin, stow all loose items, stay on the bed or sit on the floor. Do not leave the cabin until told to do so, listen to the announcements and follow orders. I also wish to note the ships are designed to handle this weather, do you all seriously think Atlantic crossings are a peachy keen trip? Those seas can get pretty rough and you have to realize no company would build a ship that cant take it and risk people's safety! Come on now be honest! As for the ship after the storm, most things were shut down but Monday morning kids were in the bumper cars having the time of their lives! People enjoyed the solarium and the shows as well. Dinners went on as planned and specialty restaurants were full to capacity. Our cruise was FREE and we were getting half the value in another certificate. Everyone seemed pretty darned happy about that. We spoke to many people and we encountered few who did not feel safe, most wanted to go on and continue the cruise! The crew made sure there were activities and entertainment for us in spite of the bad situation. We did not really suffer. It was disappointing but hey that's life, you roll with it. I give the Anthem Crew an A+++++++ for their valor, their exhibition and execution of flawless security and emergency training, protocols. I cannot begin to say or quantify how much respect we have for Capt Claus Anderson. The man will remain in our hearts as an endeared person. He is truly an amazing person and caring person. He is well trained and he has proved it! The man has earned his stripes so BACK OFF jerks... all you who wish to file law suits SHAME ON YOU! The only people who win are the lawyers... I shake my head at all those greedy jerks. I cant let them blame RCL for their own stupidity and not listening to orders and not being safe. All these people who are crying wolf are the people who let hysteria take over and they are the reason things get out of hand, those hysterical people dont listen, they dont do what they should and it endangers the rest of us. End of report.. we will sail again and again on Royal and we pray that we sail again with Capt Claus! WE LOVE YOU CAPTAIN and YOUR CREW!!!! BRAVO!!! I will mention one more item... we were sitting in the Pub and some woman objected to a chalk sign outside the pub, she made a stink to high heaven that it was masaginstic and demanded it be taken away. She actually was physically threatening with her body stance and her tone, she really tried to start a fight with the crew and some passengers left the bar! She came in LOOKING for a fight, one of those people who think they can Bully the rest of us and get hurt over the smallest things. I dont respect just looking for a fight simply because she has a chip the size of texas on her shoulder. The sign said WE DO NOT SERVE WOMEN IN HERE, YOU HAVE TO BRING YOUR OWN.... now that sign means you cant order a woman at the bar, its a freaking joke! This woman was way out of line.... Hope I never see her again... She needs help! Read Less
Sail Date February 2016
Firstly, I'd like to thank all my fellow cruisers for many traveling so easy. I love reading everyone's take on ships, dining experiences and ports. It is extremely helpful and this is the primary reason why I'm writing ... Read More
Firstly, I'd like to thank all my fellow cruisers for many traveling so easy. I love reading everyone's take on ships, dining experiences and ports. It is extremely helpful and this is the primary reason why I'm writing this review. Yes, we were on the now infamous February 6, 2016, cruise to nowhere. I do not have to fill you in on all the gory details since I am sure you've all seen the news. So, here I go! This was my yearly cruise with my 94 year old mother, her good friend, my 55 year old sister and myself, mid 60's. My mom loves to cruise and we love taking her! We are all foodies, we love tasting foods from different countries and collectively have traveled around the world. So, needless to say, food is important to us. More about this later. The ship in and of itself is magnificent! Smartly laid out with surprises at every corner. Muted colors, beautiful, modern chandeliers, quaint seating areas, some with rocking chairs and a multitude of activities, shows, performers and restaurants. We all really loved the ship! EMBARKATION I'm not sure why RCCL chose to get rid of the counters upon arrival. In my opinion, counters make more sense. You get on a line, you wait your turn, you're in! In this case, you walk into the hall where you may or may not see RCCL agents with an iPad attached to the forearms (painful)? Once you've seen the agent, you are then free to go through security and you're done. Sounds easy, right? Wrong! Agents are scattered throughout the hall and have lines of their own. So, one might get lucky and find an agent quickly or not. My advice would be to go back to the counters, easier, and more efficient. STATEROOMS Our mom had a handicap cabin on Deck 3, around the corner from the Music Hall. Happy to say, we never heard a sound or were bothered by any loud noises from this venue which, by the way, if you like rock, country, soul or Caribbean music, this is the place to be! My sister and I shared a balcony on deck 7 mid-ship, roomy, lots of closet space and Francisco was an excellent attendant. LOUNGES So many places to sit, relax and have an ice cream, coffee, a glass or wine or a cocktail. Whatever your mood was on that day (and believe me there were many moods on this cruise), there was a place for you to sit and relax. We especially loved Vintages for a wonderful selection of fine wines, Sorrentos for that late night slice of pizza, and La Patisserie for an afternoon latte and scone. Michael's Pub is just like being in a pub in Ireland or the UK. Although I never went in, I passed by it daily and there was always someone singing or people just having a good time. Their was also always a Trivia game going on in the Schooner Bar and you could hear laughter and people having a good time. Bionic Bar to me was a waste of space but, I guess it goes along with the theme of “Quantum," and robotics which I have yet to understand. Boleros was by far our favorite. This is where we would go at night for the Salsa show and our mojito right before going to bed. RESTAURANTS Here's where it gets interesting! As you can tell by my CC signature, my family and I are equal opportunity cruisers. We are not loyal to any particular company, hence, we do not get to dine in the specialty restaurants unless we pay for them. That being said, we have sailed with many, many cruise lines for many, many years. We visited CHIC, American Icon, Solarium Bistro and the Windjammer respectively each night for dinner. Now sit tight for this one, drum roll please.......the Winner is THE WINDJAMMER! Fresh ingredients, cooked to order. On our last night we all either had steak, (cooked medium perfectly), fish, (hand picked and cooked in front of us), pasta (with a myriad special sauces and ingredients to select from) and chicken. We paired all of the above with fresh veggies, soup to start, bread and wine! So what happened? Where did RCCL go so wrong? It is my opinion they do not have a handle on Dynamic Dining. (They need to take lessons from NCL and Celebrity where it works like a charm!) I also strongly feel the servers and waitstaff are inexperienced and I have no words for whoever the chef is! Sadly, the food in the restaurants we visited was in one word, terrible. The food was more often than not, room temperature or downright cold, over or undercooked, had no taste whatsoever and to add insult to injury the noise level was similar to a Junior High School cafeteria reducing the “dining” experience to a shouting match. Even the waitstaff was yelling and the sound of dishes clanking was almost intolerable. Perhaps I'm exaggerating a bit, but you get the picture, no bueno! CAFE TWO 70! Spectacular! However, here again ANTHEM missed the mark. Don't get me wrong, CAFE TWO 70 is a magnificent space that has weird shows, robots, moving screens and really beautiful use of cameras on the window panes. It misses the mark because the shows are not really relevant unless you're a techie! I found the shows to be uninspiring and honestly a waste of my precious time. Call me old fashioned but I prefer Broadway productions with beautiful guys and gals singing and dancing. Don't particularly care for rock so I missed We Will Rock You. Heard both positive and negative reviews, one being the show is way to long. THE SOLARIUM 5 Stars for a unique relaxation area. You have to see this one, really beautiful! All in all our trip to nowhere was memorable. Would I sail ANTHEM again, my quick answer is no. There are so many other ships to choose from on RC as well as others. Was this the trip we planned? Of course not but we chose to make lemonade out of lemons and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves sipping wine, dancing at Boleros and reminding ourselves that tomorrow is promised to no one! Happy Cruising fellow Cruisers Read Less
Sail Date February 2016
I went with my husband on this unforgettable cruise and we are in our mid-30s. This was my 4th cruise. We booked our flights to Newark and transfer to port through Royal Caribbean with their Air2Sea program and was I glad we did (will ... Read More
I went with my husband on this unforgettable cruise and we are in our mid-30s. This was my 4th cruise. We booked our flights to Newark and transfer to port through Royal Caribbean with their Air2Sea program and was I glad we did (will talk about this down below). We flew down the morning of Feb 6 to Newark and was met by a Royal Caribbean rep as we were coming down the escalator to the baggage claim area. Picked up our luggage and then told to walk down to Door 5 to wait for the bus. The bus arrived about 20 minutes later, we all got on and the bus drove to other terminals to pick up other passengers. The whole trip from waiting to arriving at the port took about 1.5 hours due to the long lines of cars trying to get to the cruise ship terminal. This was around noon time so if you are driving to the port, please expect to be stuck in line at least 30-45 minutes as all vehicles used the same 2 lanes for drop offs and getting to the parking garage. The driving time from Newark to the port should be less than 30 minutes, just lots of waiting around. Once the bus was parked, our luggage was unloaded by the porters, we then had to identify our luggage and ask the porter to put a new luggage tag on it with the RFID chip so that it can be tracked on the Royal IQ app. Keep the luggage receipt as it will contain the barcode to track it and it was trackable a few hours later. After leaving our luggage, we went into the terminal to check-in. As soon as we stepped in the door, we saw Royal Caribbean staff standing around with tablets to check people in. We waited for about 5-10 minutes, showed our Setsail Pass and passports, then off to board the ship. Our rooms weren't ready yet so we decided to go grab lunch at the Windjammer which was very busy and hard to find a table. If you wait until after 1pm, when the staterooms are ready, we found there were more tables available and less crowded. Cabin seems smaller but it was well laid out and modern with lots of storage (drawers, closets and cabinets above the bed). Shower was nice and big with a curved glass door and 3 shelves above the vanity. Restaurants: We went with Dynamic dining and booked all our restaurants online beforehand. All our dinners were at 8pm or later. Never had to wait to get seated. Overall, service was good, some waiters better than others. Windjammer (Buffet): Food was good but selection is not as vast as on Celebrity cruises. Note: There's an omelette station hidden at the back of the restaurant Chic: 2 menus that rotate throughout the week. Food was good and dinner only took about 1 hour. We had the Beef Carpaccio, Smoked Mozzarella Ravioli, Slow Cooked Cod and Beef Striploin) Jamie's Italian Kitchen: There was a surcharge for this restaurant. Starters (Crispy Squid, Arancini balls and Charcuterie board) and desserts (Lemon Meringue cheesecake and Pavlova) were delicious but the mains (Spaguetti Vongole and Pork Belly) were nothing special. American Icon Grill: 2 menus that rotate as well. Food was great and dinner also was just over an hour. We had the Fried Calamari, Crab Cakes, Clam Chowder, Braised Beef Short Ribs and BBQ Pork Ribs) Silk: This was probably one of our fave. The waiter was the best and the food was great as well. We ordered the Vietnamese tacos (YUMMY), Spring Roll and Hibachi Steak. For snacks, we went to Sorrento for pizza and Cafe Two70 for the Roast Beef sandwich and salads. I preferred the sandwich and salad selections at Two70 but they close at 5pm. We also tried the Seaplex Doghouse but I didn't really like them. Even though we were on the ship for almost 5 days straight, we were never bored. The ship is beautiful and all the venues are awesome. Our favourites were the Music Hall and Two70, where Spectra's Cabaret is performed. There's also the Seaplex (indoor playground) with 2 levels, where you can play basketball, table tennis, Xbox, bumper cars (which they ran for 3 hours) and roller skating a few times during the cruise. Entertainment on this ship is the best I've ever experienced and all the shows were of high caliber. You will see the usual Love & Marriage Show but Name That Tune was our favourite. We didn't use any of the pools/hot tubs as they were emptied but there's the outdoor pool and 2 other areas that are covered: Solarium and Indoor hot tubs, which were very nice. We did make reservations for North Star and iFly but since they didn't run it, we didn't get to experience them. Now, with regards to the storm. Yes, we were stuck in our cabin for almost 12 hours for our safety and it was a scary experience but I think RCI did a good job of taking care of us. We were provided updates on an hourly basis and our stateroom attendant came by to offer us water and snacks. The minibar was open for consumption and all the on demand movies were complimentary. The next morning, we walked around the ship and was surprised at how quickly the ship was cleaned up. The captain then made the announcement that we would be turning back to New Jersey and how we would be compensated. Luckily, since we booked our flights through Royal Caribbean, they re-booked our flights automatically and were notified the next morning of our new flight details. Boy, was I glad I didn't have to call the airlines multiple times to re-book as I'm sure a lot of people were frustrated by this. We stayed on the ship the extra night and disembarked Thursday morning on our own with no issue. Free airport shuttles to Newark were waiting outside the terminal. Overall, the captain and crew did a great job and I found the ship to be beautiful and high tech and would take another cruise on it without hesitation. PS. Our cruise director (Abe) was the best, we loved his sense of humour and wasn't like your traditional cruise director on other ships. He had a late night/early morning show on TV which I always looked forward to watching. Read Less
Sail Date February 2016
We sailed on the Feb 6th sailing on board Anthem. Although our itinerary was interrupted by a storm, I'd like to provide feedback about the ship from my viewpoint. The Embarkation was Okay. The cruise before ours was busy ... Read More
We sailed on the Feb 6th sailing on board Anthem. Although our itinerary was interrupted by a storm, I'd like to provide feedback about the ship from my viewpoint. The Embarkation was Okay. The cruise before ours was busy disembarking and the traffic was a bit of a mess as they had self-park passengers driving in front of the ship to offload the bags prior to parking. I'd say this delayed us about 20 minutes, but once we reached the garage, we quickly paid and had no issues finding a parking spot. Inside, we checked with a representative holding a tablet. She was able to scan our passports and give us a stamp on our pre-printed boarding passes. This was a little different for us, as we're used to receiving our room keys at check in. But having all of our paperwork done ahead of time online, including uploading pics we preferred, saved us some time at the pier. After boarding, we made our way to two70, where we knew it wouldn't be as crowded. they had a great little lunch, but not a lot of selection for those who prefer to tie a feed bag on right away. Try the roast beef sandwiches! they are excellent! while waiting for our room to be ready at 1pm, we lounged around two70. This is my favorite part of the ship and has a totally relaxed vibe to it. We spent a lot of time in this lounge. Cabin - We went to our room at 1pm. It was a nice sized room. We had a guaranteed balcony and it looks like they placed us with a rather large balcony on Deck 11. The balcony was big enough for two chairs with ottomans, and still room to walk around. The bathroom was on the small side and didn't have much in the way of storage. However, there was more than enough closet and storage space throughout the cabin. The TV was in front of our bed and didn't tilt any, so you couldn't really watch it from the couch. I normally wouldn't care so much about a TV, but it was our only source of entertainment for a part of the cruise. --Our stateroom attendant remembered my name the entire cruise and was very helpful throughout the days we were his guests. By comparison, I never even saw my attendant on the Breakaway last November. Sail Away - if it's too cold for you on the outer decks, may I suggest two70? The panoramic views from the rear of the ship was amazing and provided us a view of the city and the Bridge as we sailed away. Breakfast - We ate breakfast in the Solarium Bistro, Windjammer Marketplace, and two70. The Bistro has a small buffet but it covered all the basics and had made to order eggs. Windjammer had a wider variety but you had to deal with the "feed-bag cruisers" more often here. two70 had some fruits and quick-ready burritos and breakfast sandwiches. Overall I'd recommend two70 and the Bistro for breakfast for those wanting to escape the crowds. I also loved the fact that they had free room service in the mornings and brought me a pot of coffee, and fruit and pastries for a quick bite. Lunch - We preferred two70 for most of our lunches as it met our needs. We did visit Windjammer as well, and there was plenty to eat, but the variety didn't seem to change from day to day. We ate at Michael's Pub which had a la cart service. I really liked the chicken wings here. Snacks - There's a pizza place midship in the Esplanade that had basic cheese and pepperoni pizza, and it wasn't bad for fast food. I also snuck in a hot dog while at the seaplex where they also had sausage and chicken dog things. Dinner - Chic - loved this place! Our waiter (Bogdan) was great and paid attention to our needs. I thought the food was very good too. They change the menu out halfway through the cruise, but we didn't get to experience their other menu. Dinner - American Icon Grill - This place was great too. We had good service again, and I recommend the Calamari and Short Rib. Dinner - Chops - this is the only "pay" restaurant we got to experience. I fell in love with the bacon appetizer and the waiter insisted I have a second serving. Everyone's steaks were cooked to perfection and the shareable sides was a nice addition to our meal. Desserts - uh the Mud Pie at Chops wins... But I also recommend the Grilled Banana Sundae at American Icon Grill. Windjammer had a nice assortment of desserts, and two70 had these interesting Pyramid shaped cake things...don't pass them up, although their name is escaping me now. Drinks - We had to try the Bionic Bar of course. The drink was made accurately...the little robot did well.. Not sure why I had to tip a robot 18% though..but I guess that ensures people don't stop going to the other bars to escape tipping? I recommend you try the Bionic Bar at least one. Michael's Pub was great for a cold beer. two70 was of course my favorite place to get a drink. I had a Love & Marriage frozen concoction at the Royal Theater when we were there for the Love & Marriage gameshow. It was a little sweet but I'd probably order one again. My girlfriend is a big Sangria drinker but DID NOT like the Sangria's aboard. She loved the Screwdrivers though, so at least we had a backup plan! Other places worth getting a drink at - Boleros, and Schooner Bar. Featured Entertainment - We saw "We Will Rock You" one and a half times (they stopped it the first time due to rough seas). This was a great show that dragged a little in the middle, but finished with gusto! We also saw Spectra's Cabaret in two70 and although I had no idea what was going on, I rather enjoyed the performers technical skills at dance, balancing, and acrobats. They did not show The Gift on our cruise, but then again our cruise was cut short by two days. I'm guessing that this may have been a mid-week cast replacement and they never got a chance to come on board? Who knows, but I didn't see it so can't rate it. Game Shows - We love the cheesy game shows on cruise ships. But let me say this about the Name that Tune show - it is by far the best game-show we've ever seen at sea, and rivals that of anything you'd see on TV these days. The production was top notch. There was also the obligatory Newlywed style show (Love & Marriage) and these shows are only as funny as the contestants make it. Well in our case we had some hilarious contestants and were in tears laughing so hard. There was also a 60 Second gameshow that had contestants doing tasks within 60 seconds for points. Gotta say this one bored us a little and we didn't stay for the whole thing. Other entertainment - Check out Schooner bar when they have the piano player. and Michael's Pub has live unplugged style music. We also listened to a reggae style house band at the sail away party, but it wasn't anything worth writing more about. Pools - Okay, if you're without your kids, make your way to the Solarium...this was our favorite pool area. There are two double-hottubs that you can sit and enjoy spectacular views ahead. The pools are heated and multi-tiered. and this was just a nice quiet place to relax. We didn't spend time at the other indoor pool, but it looked like families were enjoying themselves here. The outdoor pool has a big screen for showing movies and such, but unfortunately on this cruise we didn't get to experience the outdoor areas. Special activities - Our reservations for Northstar and iFly were for later in the cruise, but these attractions were closed after the storm we went through, so unable to rate these. Likewise, the surfing simulator was closed, but I don't think I had any plans of doing that anyway! The Seaplex seemed to be quite busy between basketball, rollerskating, and bumber cars, but all of these activities were out of scope for our vacation. Spa - Also out of scope but one of my friends on board had a facial and she gave it two thumbs up. Ports and Shore Excursions - We missed our ports and therefore we were refunded for our excursions. I will say the scheduled stops are kind of bland for our tastes, but there's only so many places you can go from NY/NJ. Disembarkation - our process was probably different and thus not a repeatable experience for future passengers. Due to our arrival at 9pm, 1,500+ did express walkoff in the evening. We were having too good of a time on our cruise to bother with that, but we did have to go through Customs...which was conveniently setup in the Seaplex. This took about 15 minutes and it made the next morning a breeze leaving the ship. Due to the split-day process, there was no line to exit the ship. We thanked the Captain and his crew, who were saying bye to us on the gangway, and easily made our way to our car and out of the port. Weather - Yes, we were on the cruise that got caught in the big storm that cut our cruise short. There are enough opinions floating around about the incident, I don't think this review is appropriate for my personal comments. However, I will say this ship can stand up to some pretty rough weather! the Captain and the Crew did an excellent job communicating with us and ensured the rest of our time on board was very enjoyable. Thank you, Captain Claus! Read Less
Sail Date February 2016
Grand Celebration is a great bargain. While the ship is old, it is well maintained. The staff is just tremendous. In fact, I have cruised a number of times (over 30) and have never met a happier, more outgoing crew. Everyone was well ... Read More
Grand Celebration is a great bargain. While the ship is old, it is well maintained. The staff is just tremendous. In fact, I have cruised a number of times (over 30) and have never met a happier, more outgoing crew. Everyone was well trained and good to deal with. In addition, the entertainment is actually first rate. I tend to avoid the cruise line variety shows and went to theirs just to check it out. It stunned me that it was so good. Downsides: Do not go to the upscale restaurant. While the staff is great, the food is quite average. I would not spend the extra money for the dinner. The other restaurants are average cruise ship standard. However, the pool hamburger bar does not provide hot buns for the burgers, which is a personal pet peeve of mine. Upsides: Buy the drink coupons. You can't beat the deal provided by those. It is about a 35% savings from "rack" rate. You can purchase these at any time. We bought ours walking onto the ship and never regretted that decision. The wine lists are extensive and quite good. They have Sands Beer from the Bahamas! Conclusion: This is a great value, particularly if you can get the Groupon rate. It is an amazing deal. Read Less
Sail Date February 2016
This was our third cruise and our first with RCL. We have previously cruised with Disney and Carnival and both time it was in brand new ships. Given the spotty reviews and the age of the ship we were a little nervous about this cruise. ... Read More
This was our third cruise and our first with RCL. We have previously cruised with Disney and Carnival and both time it was in brand new ships. Given the spotty reviews and the age of the ship we were a little nervous about this cruise. Ultimately we had a great time, though. The Good The ship is very well maintained and clean. Service is great. Aside from some of the wear on the common area carpets, we hardly knew it for an older ship. Food in the dining room was great. It's smaller, but there are less people so we were always able to find somewhere to hang out where there weren't crowds. We had a room on deck nine which was close to the action, but never noisy. The only downside for some people might be the small old TV's, but I imagine these will be changed out during the upcoming refurb and we didn't watch ours. We loved Coco Cay. You could basically walk around the whole island and there are lots of out of the way places to explore. The fitness area is nice. The casino was fun. The Not Bad Food in the Windjammer was bleh and often cold. A lot of recycled items appeared over and over again. Also, there was little variety in the music. Basically there are two kinds of entertainment: Salsa/Latin Music and 70's lounge/disco music. We made the best of it, but seriously! The Uncontrollable The weather was windy and cold which basically put the pool deck out of commission for our entire cruise. We had a sunny day in Coco Cay but could not dock in Nassau. The "extra" sea day was actually nice, but we were unable to try out many of the on deck facilities during this cruise. As I mentioned above, we still had a great time. But if I were RCL I would put a little more money in the buffet quality and mix up the entertainment. We also found the similarities between our previous Carnival cruise and this RCL cruise a little weird. The stores carried the exact same items. The dining room menu was almost exactly the same. The buffet was similar (although I think Carnival had them beat on quality). Given that Carnival is generally cheaper I would lean towards them on a future cruise. I had heard from others that RCL was higher quality, but I did not see it. Read Less
Sail Date February 2016
My husband and I had booked a cruise on Norwegian sky for Feb 1-5 and after booking it I went to this site, read some reviews, and was wicked nervous that we had just booked a cruise from hell. From first stepping onto the ship to stepping ... Read More
My husband and I had booked a cruise on Norwegian sky for Feb 1-5 and after booking it I went to this site, read some reviews, and was wicked nervous that we had just booked a cruise from hell. From first stepping onto the ship to stepping off the ship disembarking our experience was absolutely wonderful. All the staff that we ran into were amazing, wonderful, and willing to help us out any way possible. Both cruise director Tyler and Assistant Cruise director Kristine were great! Food/Drinks--My husband is a picky eater and found that there was a lot of food for him to eat at breakfast, lunch, and dinner. We mainly ate at the buffet and food was good, got repetitive after a while but still good. We did eat at Cagneys and the Italian restaurant and prices for both was well below what we had thought they would be. Meals at both restaurants were delicious. If you can, please eat at one of these places. We did have a snag, we made reservations for both and both times they stated our reservation was somewhere else. I know they were wrong because when we made the reservations we had the person write it down for us. There was no problem in getting in as we went between 6-630 and both places were very empty at that time so wasn’t a huge problem, but still a snag we didn’t want to encounter. Drinks were unlimited and yes at times you stood in line for a while just to get your drink because they only had 1 bartender, however, there are waitresses around the pool asking if you want drinks and there are multiple of places to get a drink so it didn’t spoil our vacation. Room—when going on a cruise you have to know the bathroom and room will be very small from what you are used to. We had no problem with the beds, unlike other people who posted and hatted the mattress. When we booked, we booked an aft room with a balcony and if you can afford a balcony do it as we loved the extra space and views from the balcony. We sat out on the balcony every morning checking out the island and every afternoon into the night to sit relax and watched the sunset. Bathroom wasn’t too bad for my husband or I, but yes it was small and shower was about the size maybe a little bit bigger of a phone booth(if anyone remembers using them). Ports of call----1) Freeport, we docked at 7am, but were cleared to go ashore around 8am. There is this little shopping area with some bars right as you get off the ship, however, for beaches and bigger shopping you need to go downtown which we were told is about a 20minute taxi ride. We just did some little shopping and then went back on the ship to enjoy the pool and ship as most of the guests had gotten off. 2) Nassau, we did the Atlantis shore excursion and that was amazing. We got to the Atlantis around 12, hr guided tour of the main building and the aquarium, and then we were free to do whatever we wanted rest of the day. If you don’t want the guided tour, you don’t have to stay, but it was nice to hear stories and information about the hotel and aquarium. We had lunch overlooking the lagoon, gambled, walked around(place is amazing to take it and look at all the beauty and what it has to offer), then took shuttle back to ship where we walked bay street and checked out another little shopping plaza area before we got back on the ship. 3) their private island Great Stirrup Cay, we took the 915 tendor boat to the island and they made us wait till boat was almost filled which was about 20-30mins and then another 10min boat ride to island which I wasn’t happy with. We got a beach chair, but by 11am most beach chairs were taken and people had just put down towels and sat on those. They have a bbq on island that is free and same food as on ship but was free and good which is all we cared for. We didn’t do any excursions, just laid on beach, went swimming, relaxed, and checked out the small shopping area before we got back on the tendor boat. Entertainment—we went to the casino every night and played some slots, black jack, and roulette. Casino is small and gets crowded later in the night, but we won and had a good time. They offer bingo, deal or no deal, they had a comedian who was funny but average, family feud, battle of the sexes, name that tune, and shows every night but we weren’t able to see them except the comedian. Most of the things are corny, but made us laugh , and kept us entertained. We are husband and wife and in our early 30’s. We have traveled all over the place and stayed in some great hotels and not so great hotels. This was our first cruise together and yes it was only a 4 day cruise and was short(I wish we had at least 1 day at sea), but we knew what type of cruise we were booking when we booked. Please don’t take the negative reviews by heart, keep an open mind and make the cruise what you want out of it. You are on a vacation, just relax, have a couple of drinks, take in the scenery, take in what the ship has to offer, and most important have fun. Overall we had an amazing time and I give this ship and staff an 8 out of 10. Read Less
Sail Date February 2016
This was our first cruise with Royal Caribbean. We cruised before with Holland America, NCL and Celebrity cruise lines in Europe, Alaska, Hawaii and Caribbean. This was a first cruise just to get away from winter. We stayed 2 nights ... Read More
This was our first cruise with Royal Caribbean. We cruised before with Holland America, NCL and Celebrity cruise lines in Europe, Alaska, Hawaii and Caribbean. This was a first cruise just to get away from winter. We stayed 2 nights before the cruise in Miami Beach exploring the historic Art Deco district and enjoying the South Beach. Embarkation was quick and efficient. We arrived at assigned time (12:30 PM) and got on board right away. We brought 2 bottles of wine with us - no questions were asked. The ship is in very good condition and easy to navigate, with ample public spaces, convenient promenade deck, observation decks and amazing centrum. we expected less and were pleasantly surprised by ship condition and amenities considering the Majesty's age! We didn't participate in many activities, but enjoyed the life music in the Boleros. The main theatre shows were so-so, and we couldn't make them all due to early dinning. Service was excellent, thank you to Roche and Oleksandr in main dining room and our cabin attendant Putu! We didn't do any excursions, just enjoyed the beach and historical city walk in Nassau, private island amenities in Coco Cay and Mel Fisher Maritime and Hemingway museums in Key West. US Immigration control in Key West was awful - it took 2 hours before we could exit the ship! What to they really check? How all the people got aboard in Miami? We had an ocean view cabin on deck 8, slightly obstructed by a lifeboat, but still with a view. True, the cabin and bathroom are very small, but we didn't spent much time there at all! We disembarked early (at 7:30 AM), no issues or delays. Overall, it was an excellent winter getaway! Read Less
Sail Date February 2016
The Disney Dream is a beautiful ship with lots to do and see. We went on a four night cruise which was perfect for us after spending a week in Orlando visiting the Disney Parks for 5 of our 7 days there. My wife and I went with our 3 ... Read More
The Disney Dream is a beautiful ship with lots to do and see. We went on a four night cruise which was perfect for us after spending a week in Orlando visiting the Disney Parks for 5 of our 7 days there. My wife and I went with our 3 and a half year old daughter who loves all things princess and a 7 month old. My parents who are in the early 60's joined us as well. Getting on the ship was a breeze. Everyone was very helpful getting our bags out of our van and the lineup moved very quickly for getting our boarding pass. We probably spent 30 minutes from parking the van to getting onto the ship and it would have been sooner if my wife didn't stop to breastfeed our baby. We got to the port around 11am and were on the ship before Noon. I went right away to lineup to get passes for Princess Gathering and Anna and Elsa meet and greet while the rest of the family got food. That lineup took about 30-40 minutes and was a drag but it is a must if your children want to meet the princesses. It is an easy way to get most of the character meetings done in one shot rather than going out of your way to do it each and every day. Since my daughter met them all at the Disney parks she was happy to do this once and didn't care to line up any other times. My wife was really concerned about sea sickness but was never an issue. We felt minor rocking which I would compare to mild turbulence on an airplane. After the first sleep it never bothered me. The pools on Deck 11 for kids are the biggest disappointment of the cruise. There are two very small pools for parents and kids to swim. My daughter loves swimming and she didn't mind how crowded they were but I was constantly getting kicked and pushed by other swimmers while trying to keep my girl out of harm's way. The final straw for me was when a small child dove onto me in the pool. When I got upset at the child he laughed in my face. There is no diving but that doesn't stop children from diving all the time. This probably wouldn't be that big of a problem if parents would supervise their children but many times the parents would just drop there kids by the pool and they would lounge in their chairs. Nemo's reef is a splash pad located near the pools that is a lot safer but still suffers from a lack of parental supervision. Yes, this is a beef I have whether or not I am on a Disney cruise. Unless your child can make safe choices for himself/herself that doesn't affect the other children you should be supervising them. Many times on the little slide in the pool I had to pick up my daughter so the child after her wouldn't slam into her or had to tell them to wait. I had to tell my own daughter to wait at times as well because I didn't want her hurting herself or another child. Overall, a quiet Nemo's reef is a lot of fun. It is usually a lot less busy than the pool. The Oceaneer's club was really fun. My daughter enjoyed it and she can be a clingy 3 year old. She managed to spend 1-2 hours in there before we would get a page to pick her up. There are tonnes of things for the kids to do along with the activities that pop up when characters stop in or the counsellors organize something. The only problem I had with the club is they had so many 'Open Houses' which means you cannot leave your child there during those times. It happened to us several times that we either brought her down and couldn't leave her (she didn't want to go to the Oceaneer's Lab) or we would check Navigator and we would see there was an Open House. Overall, she had a blast and the next time we go she will probably enjoy staying in there for longer. I highly recommend it but check the Navigator to make sure that there isn't an Open House. The only other minor issue I had and is that there are a lot of things that happen really late at night. Pirate Night Fireworks start at 10:30pm. My daughter typically goes to bed around 8pm and she tried her hardest to stay up and could only get to 9:30pm. She was so sad that she missed the Fireworks that when my Dad tried to show her them on his phone she said she didn't want to watch them because it would make her sad. I know I am making a choice as a parent to have my children go to bed earlier but 10:30pm is ridiculous. It was dark by 7pm. We didn't get off at Bahamas and the boat was quieter that day. We have been to Bahamas before and had no desire to do anything there. It was a nice way to enjoy the boat and swim and hang out in Nemo's Reef. Castaway Cay was beautiful. We only hung out on the beach but there were a lot of umbrellas and shade. Food, washrooms, and drinks were close to the beach area. There are so many things to do on the island it would be nice if we would have spent two days there. Since it was only the people from our boat there it really makes for a peaceful visit. I am really looking forward to going there again. Food was good. Last day was a day at sea and the pools were jammed until there was a fouling (poop) in both pools. Then the splash pad became quite busy. It was another great day besides that. The boat is huge and there are always things to do for all age groups all over that you cannot get bored unless you really go out of your way to have fun. I pointed out a bunch of the minor negatives to prepare someone for their cruise. The food was great every night at dinner. Nothing completely blew me away but nothing was bad either. I always enjoyed what I ate and found the dining to be a nice experience. Breakfast and lunches were tasty too. I never felt liked anything I ate was gross or made me feel sick. Make sure you order some 'Mickey Bars' to your room. They are amazing ice cream bars. My wife and I enjoyed them while sitting on our Verandah. The chocolate chip cookies are top notch as well. The onboard detective game is a lot of fun and can kill 40-60 minutes of your day and is a good way to get exercise while having fun walking around the entire ship. Use the stairs for more of a work out. I would say it is for ages 6 and up. I took my 7 month old on the adventure with me and it was a good way to give my wife some time away from the baby. We will definitely book another Disney cruise but we will wait until our youngest is 3 years old so we can bring her to the oceaneer's club and my wife and I can have some alone time knowing that the kids are safe and having fun. I would rate this an 8.5 out of 10. It would have been higher if the pools were bigger and it would most likely be higher the next time we go when we can have both kids in the Oceaneer's club and when they can stay up later for late activities. We will book a 7 Night Cruise next time. Read Less
Sail Date February 2016
This was our 10th cruise and our second cruise on the Enchantment of the Seas, a smaller ship than others we have sailed on. We like the size, as it is easy to get around using the stairs. The musical entertainment was top-notch and much ... Read More
This was our 10th cruise and our second cruise on the Enchantment of the Seas, a smaller ship than others we have sailed on. We like the size, as it is easy to get around using the stairs. The musical entertainment was top-notch and much of the music was dance-able, which is the reason we go on cruises. The shows were excellent and we really enjoyed the orchestra and principal singers performing the jazz numbers in the Centrum. Normally, we eat in the dining room every chance we get, but the breakfast service was very disorganized and food delivery quite slow, so after trying the first two mornings we went to the pool deck cafe and buffet for breakfast. Dining room service at other meals was excellent, so hopefully, it was a fluke or maybe they were short-handed or training new people. We didn't book any excursions, but took a taxi to the Atlantis in Nassau and walked around there a bit. The major negative issue we had was getting off the ship. Half the assigned groups were called at once to leave, then just a few minutes later the remaining groups to were called. That resulted in the entire ship emptying into the terminal all at once, completely overwhelming the five customs agents on duty. So instead of sitting comfortably in the assigned lounge on the ship for an hour or so, we ended up standing for an hour and a half in an endless zig-zag line dragging luggage to go through customs and exit the terminal. My advice would be to stay on the ship until they make you leave, if you are not trying to catch a plane. Hopefully, they will hire more customs agents before the larger ships start using this terminal or stagger the crowd leaving the ship better. Public bathrooms did not seem as clean as they used to be and the ship is looking a little tired. Overall, the trip was quite enjoyable and we would happily sail on this ship again, if it were not soon headed to Miami. Read Less
Sail Date February 2016
This was our first cruise, a bargain, short, in an outside cabin on the lowest (Riviera) deck. It was wonderful! The cabin was very nice, large enough, and the beds were very comfortable. Although we were on the ocean, and, as far as I ... Read More
This was our first cruise, a bargain, short, in an outside cabin on the lowest (Riviera) deck. It was wonderful! The cabin was very nice, large enough, and the beds were very comfortable. Although we were on the ocean, and, as far as I know this ship has no stabilizers, there was very little motion (I am prone to sickness, but didn't take any medication). The food, especially, was incredible, both in the dining room (we did Anytime, at a table-for-two, and it worked fine, every time) and in the Lido deck restaurants, particularly the Seaview Grill. The food was high-quality, plentiful, interesting tasty and well-prepared. The staff were invariably friendly, helpful, courteous, smiling, and everything else you could want. No complaints at all; I would say the only problem, to the extent that there is one, is how things are different when you get off and back to mundane reality. By the way, if you are looking for ground tour in Grand Bahama (Feeport), we highly recommend Donald Duncombe, who you can contact through Tours by Locals, and from whom we had a very reasonably priced 5 hour cultural and historic tour, including a lovely Bahamian lunch by the shore. Read Less
Sail Date January 2016
My fiancé and I are in our mid 20's and I decided to buy this cruise for a Christmas present, I saw the deal on groupon and couldn't resist the price, but also had to pay $64 each for gov. taxes and another $12 a day for ... Read More
My fiancé and I are in our mid 20's and I decided to buy this cruise for a Christmas present, I saw the deal on groupon and couldn't resist the price, but also had to pay $64 each for gov. taxes and another $12 a day for additional charge which wasnt shown in the price but still a great price for a cruise. We work Tuesday-Saturdays so the cruise that best suited us was sunday-tuesday. We arrived in West Palm Beach Airport and decided it would be cheaper to uber over to the port rather then get a taxi. The uber from the airport to the cruise port was $19 compaired to $45 the taxi had offered us. We got to the port around 2 pm and went to the check in counter with no waiting line. As we gave them our reservation number the man at the counter had noticed the cruise date I had made on the phone was for the week prior to this date! I instantly panicked and he told me it would be okay and gave me a number to call and to step aside. The women on the phone was extremely nice and told me they have refunded my $128 from the gov. fees and I would just need to repay for them and an additional $100 for the both of us. So total to get us on the ship was an extra $100 which I did not want to do but was needed to get on the ship. When booking this reservation she must have thought I said 21st but was supposed to be the 31st. (Should have read the confirmation more carefully). So after everything was settled, we were lucky to get same room as we had before (oceanview). They give each of you a blue card with your name and room number on it, whoever's credit card you decided to use to connect to these cards will automatically get billed everytime you buy anything on the cruise line(drinks,photos,shows,suveniors). There is no cash allowed to be taken to pay for anything on the cruise. Right as you are about to board the boat they have some drink options to save you money. 10 coupons for $64 for any alcohol drinks ... worth it for people who drink mixed drinks because every liquor drink is around $8 and then they add on 18% grad. We mixed drinks so we went through the coupons within 5 hours. So we decided it would be cheaper for us to buy a bottle of Sky Vodka for $98, yes very expensive but not compared to each $9 drink for the next 2 days. Our oceanview cabin was spacious and clean, the bed was 2 twin beds converted to a king but it was extremely comfortable. They cleaned each morning. We had reservations at Stellar Prime that night I would give the food a 7 out of 10. I personally thought the buffet was just as good with many choices. We went to 50's and 60's night at Voltage which is a dance club but it was pretty slow. The next day we got off the boat, the weather was cloudy with rain here and took a taxi to the market place, we found that the stores were super pricey and ate lunch and had a few drinks at Sparkys . The music and atmosphere was awesome and the people working there were so much fun. The drinks and food were super cheap. The beach across the street was small but the view was nice. We watched some karaoke and the newly wed show to try to keep us entertained. That night we went to the comedy show @ 11:30 pm. Highly recommend it, this guy was really funny ($12 charge for each person) Getting off the boat was extremely easy and going through customs only took about 20 minutes. Overall the staff and boat was excellent, and would recommend it to anyone who wants to get away for a small amount of time. Read Less
Sail Date January 2016
First off I have to say that the specialty dining restaurants are excellent. I consider myself a bit of a foodie and am hard to impress, but I have to say the service, food and atmosphere in the space was special. All of the crew where ... Read More
First off I have to say that the specialty dining restaurants are excellent. I consider myself a bit of a foodie and am hard to impress, but I have to say the service, food and atmosphere in the space was special. All of the crew where very friendly and seemed accommodating, the bar staff was very good and efficient. The all inclusive alcohol is definitely a big perk and should be followed by other cruise lines in the near future. The staterooms are a little dated but very clean and not too small. The Sky is an older ship but is kept very clean, I believe she is scheduled for a major overhaul in 2017 which will be appreciated. The vibe of the ship is young and upbeat which I enjoyed, the cruise director was young and very energetic. He did some cool acts on the pool deck to keep everyone entertained. Overall it was a very fun quick getaway with friends and would definitely sail on Norwegian again, most likely on the newer ships. Read Less
Sail Date January 2016
This review will be as quick as this two day cruise. Embarkation : Arrived at port around 13:00 (1pm) onboard by 13:25 (1:25pm). Hardly anyone but kinda weird system after check in have to go to a different line for photo I.D ... Read More
This review will be as quick as this two day cruise. Embarkation : Arrived at port around 13:00 (1pm) onboard by 13:25 (1:25pm). Hardly anyone but kinda weird system after check in have to go to a different line for photo I.D picture. I could see this being a mess when lots of people. Ship : As soon as you enter the vessel you are greeted with a Champagne or Mimosa glass. That's a nice way to start your vacation. The Constellation is in very good shape,love the layout and decor. Bars : We did the Martini bar and have to say it's a big hit especially on a two night cruise with a DJ that plays amazing music in the atrium. All passengers were talking to each other and having a real good time. The ambiance had a nice Miami vibe. Also went to the Rendezvous at the top of the ship. This is more like a disco at night and the place was also very lively with lots of people and great music. I thought the drinks are the most expensive I have seen on all my cruises so far. So expensive we had to purchase a drink package. Entertainment : The first show was more like a Brodway style and the singers and dancers were good. Not the best but interesting enough for us to enjoy. The second show was a comedian and was pretty much like an old cruise act with same cruise jokes over again. Cabin : We had an inside cabin on deck 9 and thought it was very clean and big enough for us. My only concern would be for people who have light sleep to be careful of your cabin choice as this one we could here the disco from up top. Food : Buffet area for me was my least favorite for breakfast and lunch as I though Celebrity was lacking in variety and choices. Very hard to get any food with this glass panel on top. Once you get the food in the spoon half of it falls in between the other casserole. Just not a great layout and boring food. This might be because the ship is smaller to the ones I have gone lately. MDR for our two nights thats for sure an all different experience. The staff are fantastic very attentive,informative and polite. The food was top notch even on a two day cruise. Gym : Not as big as the newer ship but all is there for you to make a good workout. Art : Like mentioned above this ship is gorgeous and has lots of art work everywhere. It's nice to walk and see something catch your eye. Port : We were schedule to stop on Cococay but got diverted to Nassau for weather. Not my favorite port but it was ok. Overall: This was my second time on celebrity, my first was 14 years ago. I can say that definitely want to come back and try Celebrity again but on a longer cruise. I must admit the atmosphere and vibe on this cruise really made me realize that Celebrity might be my new favorite cruise line. This was like chic without being tacky. Read Less
Sail Date January 2016
We sailed on the Fascination 21 years ago, Jan. 1995, when she was brand new. And after all this time and a few face lifts, she still is a great ship for first time cruisers or someone on a budget. We found the staff to be attentive and ... Read More
We sailed on the Fascination 21 years ago, Jan. 1995, when she was brand new. And after all this time and a few face lifts, she still is a great ship for first time cruisers or someone on a budget. We found the staff to be attentive and helpful at every turn. From Cabin Steward to Head Waiter to Customer Service. We enjoyed the shows as well as the comedian. The Serenity pool area is a welcomed addition. No Kids! The port at Jacksonville was easy to access. We had prepaid our parking and arrived early (10:30am) so we had no waiting and drove right in. Upon arrival at the parking area we were informed that "prepaid" parking had reserved spots up front. PERFECT. As we parked, the porter was there with a cart for our luggage. Embarkation was simple with only a short wait till everyone was off the ship and we were onboard, enjoying lunch on the Lido deck by noon. Sushi, Italian, Mongolian Wok or Grilled Panini's are available. Dinner in the Main Dining room offered a nice variety. The same menu is available in the Lido for those who prefer to dress more casual or dine on there own schedule. Its not a Mega liner, but still a great ship. Read Less
Sail Date January 2016
This was our first disney cruise. We have a 1 and 3 yo which makes any trip a challenge. We went to Magic Kingdom the day before our cruise and stayed at one of the Disney resorts. I arranged private transport through ACE which was ... Read More
This was our first disney cruise. We have a 1 and 3 yo which makes any trip a challenge. We went to Magic Kingdom the day before our cruise and stayed at one of the Disney resorts. I arranged private transport through ACE which was flawless. We arrived at 11:15 am the day of our cruise and were on the ship around noon. I had completed all of our documents online before we left so it only took about 5 to 10 minutes to get checked in. I tried to finish checking in my 3 yo into the kid zone but the line was long and it was time to board. The ship was beautiful. Rooms are not ready until around 1:30 pm so we went to lunch. While my wife and my parents fed the kids. i went to guest services and signed the adults up for a mixology class and a whiskey tasting class. I then went to the nursery and booked time for my 1 yo each evening. (There was no line) and then went next door to get a band for my 3 yo at the kid zone. ( i was second in line). Both stops took less than 15 minutes. You get bands for each child which are GPS locators and they ask typical questions about allergies, food restrictions and if face paint/tattoos are ok. I cannot speak more highly of the nursery and kids area. My 3 yo would have preferred to stay there all day. He talks more about the kids area than he does about petting a dolphin. The staff at both places were great. They would call your wave phone if there were any issues. They texted us once to let us know that our 3 yo had laid down and took a nap but that he was ok. As expected all shows were of disney quality. The sail away party was great and pirate night was awesome. Even the music that is played throughout the ship changed to pirate music that day. The fireworks were really cool. Dining - Dinner was our only complaint. We have cruised before on other cruise lines before children. The Service was great. The kids menus were good. My kids ate most things on there. My 1 yo was not feeling great and we asked if they had a banana and some yogurt and without hesitation it showed up. The adult food was not bad but just very average. Our last night at animators palate the food was a little better. The animators Palate show is really fun and keeps the kids entertained. Having Crush come talked to you is a big thrill. We did not try Palo and Remy but will next time. The buffets were good. On average we thought the buffets were just as good if not better than dinner. Our previous cruises we looked forward to dinner but not so much with this one. Service - 5 star!!! Everyone treated the kids great. Even the guy cleaning the bathroom would stop and talk to the kids. Can not even come up with a picky complaint about the service. On a side note, a lot of times when you get that many people in one place you find the public to be a little pushy and sometimes rude. I was amazed how courteous everyone was to each other. I was highly impressed. I guess everyone is in the same boat. Traveling with kids is stressful enough so everyone was trying to help each other out. Room - Room was great. We had a deck 7 Deluxe family Verandah. Plenty of room. My parents were next door and they opened up the divider on the verandah so we had one big verandah. The kids safely walked back and forth between rooms. Castaway Cay was great. My wife and I did a couples massage which was peaceful and nice. The kids loved the beach but ultimately early in the afternoon my 3 you wanted to go back to the ships kid zone so we went back and let the 1 yo take a nap while he played. Nassau - we did the shallow water dolphin and water park. Both were great. The water park is huge and fun. The dolphin experience was great. probably had 45 minutes with the trainer and dolphin. Pictures they take are ridiculously priced but they have you trapped because they do not allow other photography. Overall a great cruise. I think it would be more fun to do a longer one and for the kids to be slightly older. We definitely will do another one. Read Less
Sail Date January 2016
We are a family of 3, me my wife and 1 year old son. This was our first cruise with Disney and I don't think it will be our last. Before and after the cruise we stayed at the disney world resort so we used the disney transfers, ... Read More
We are a family of 3, me my wife and 1 year old son. This was our first cruise with Disney and I don't think it will be our last. Before and after the cruise we stayed at the disney world resort so we used the disney transfers, this was very well organized. You also don't have to worry about your luggage they pick it up at your hotel early in the morning and it will show up in your stateroom. We left the hotel at 11am and arrived at 12.20pm by the port. The embarkation was very quick, we walked on the ship at 12.45pm. When you walk on the ship you'll arrive in the ships beautiful atrium where you are greeted by the crew, which are all giving perfect service from beginning to end. Our cabin was ready one hour later. We had a deluxe oceanview stateroom on deck 8 fwd with one porthole, looking out over the ships bow. It was a very nice cabin with enough space for the 3 of us even with the crib for my son. Also the split bathroom was a nice feature. We had a very friendly stateroom stewart who did a perfect job keeping the room nice and clean every day. After checking our cabin we had lunch in the buffet restaurant Cabana's. The food was good en there was plenty to choose from. The only thing with the buffet was that it closed for a few hours after breakfast and then again after lunch. And on the last sea day it didn't open for dinner. The rotational dining seemed nice but we couldn't make use of it much. Because when we booked, the first seating was already fully booked and the second seating was just too late for our son. You can be put on a waiting list for first seating as we did but did't had any luck with this. We did try it one night and ate in the royal court. The food was very good and our waiters did an excellent job. They also noticed my son was tired and tried to help keeping him entertained and brought our food very quick. The ship itself was very beautiful both from the outside and inside. Also we took a look at the youth places during the open hours and it looked very nice with lots of fun thing to do. The nursery for the little ones also looked very nice and the staff was also very friendly, we didn't make any use of it we just looked around there. The pools for the family's were also fun only our son couldn't use them because he's still in diapers, but he liked the splash area for the younger ones very much. I also spent some time at the quiet cove pool, the adults only area. Most of the time there was almost no one there. It was a very nice place to hang out when my wife and son were taking a nap in the cabin. Also the other adults area on deck 13 fwd satellite sun deck was very nice and relaxing with a nice view. During the day there are lots of activities for young en old to enjoy. My son also liked the character meetings very much. The shows in the theater are very nice. Also they show movies in the cinema day and night. There is so much to see and do on this ship that this 4 night sailing was too short to experience it all. On this sailing we stopped at Nassau and Castaway Cay. In Nassau we just walked off the ship for some photo's and then we went back on. When we were on Castaway Cay it was a very windy day, therefore all excursions were cancelled. But we still had a fun day at the beach, this island is very beautiful and with enough to do for everyone wether you're looking for an active day or a quiet relaxed day. In the evening back on the ship it was pirates night with an amazing "disney" style fireworks at sea. On the sea day we spend most of the day by the pool which was very crowded but again at the quiet cove pool almost nobody there. On disembarkation day we were sad that we had to leave after a beautiful cruise with a great staff who all work very hard to give you a good time. We choose to walk off the ship with our luggage and this went very smooth, we walked off the ship and within 10 min we were in the bus back to the resort. This was our first time with disney and we had a wonderful time. I hope we can soon take another cruise with them, maybe a transatlantic so we can fully explore the ship. Read Less
Sail Date January 2016
We got an amazing players club deal out of New Orleans and took off on a 7 day cruise to Key West, Freeport and Nassau. The only real cons of the trip were OBC and the weather (Not a Carnival issue - it's a January issue!). Windy ... Read More
We got an amazing players club deal out of New Orleans and took off on a 7 day cruise to Key West, Freeport and Nassau. The only real cons of the trip were OBC and the weather (Not a Carnival issue - it's a January issue!). Windy and cool on the ship meant little time for any quality sun bathing, but heck, a chilly day on a cruise if better than a good day at work. Best days for sunshine were Nassau and the last day at sea. We found the cruisers in general were a little older. Lines were not too bad after the peak hours and ship was pretty quiet after 10pm. We had a $100 OBC as part of our package deal and on Tuesday we got a notice that appeared to award us another $100 OBC (It came from the Fun Shops). Turns out it is was telling us what we already knew and was not extra. No big deal other than spending an additional $100 on souvenirs we thought were "free"! Pre-Cruise Drove to Biloxi, MS on Saturday and used comps to stay/eat free. About 75 minute drive to NOLA on Sunday No issues with parking Service Embarkation - 1st day of staggered boarding in NOLA. 'nuff said. Had the 1:30 slot. Was in the Room by 2:15pm. Luggage was there by 4:30pm No issues with anyone. Nice crew. Tipped our cabin steward $40 when we met him (IWayan). - Always had extra ice, extra towels and prompt cleaning. We had Anytime dining. Never had the same crew twice, but service was good. Red Frog Rum Bar - Quick and cheerful with a drink. I like the Tervis tumbler. Pre-ordered Rum was there waiting for us in the room. Disembarkation - A breeze (we carried our stuff) In our car by 8:30am. Things we did on the ship: Steakhouse - First night of Cruise (Free/Discount Bottles on 1st Night) Comedy Club - Showed up at the last minute, got good seats. Great shows! Casino - Too smokey and drink service was slow. Had the Drinks on Us card. Pizza Pirate - Pretty darn good for a conveyor pizza Chef's Table - 5 Stars! Great food / service and all the wine one could handle! Fitness Center - Nice Gym and the steam room was great to detox Taste Bar - Nice small plates to snack on Serenity Deck - Nice escape. Cool winds made it chilly Sea Brunch - Fillet and Eggs. Hold the Eggs, 2 extra steaks please! Excursions: Key West - Rented scooters and did a self tour. Freeport - It was raining. We checked out the port and then back to the ship Nassau - Walked to Junkanoo Beach and loved the Tiki Bikini Hut Summary We would do this cruise again - when the weather is a little warmer! Read Less
Sail Date January 2016
We are a couple in our 50s and this was our 19th cruise, 7th with RCCL, and 2nd time on this ship. We booked this as a quick getaway to feed our cruising addiction between longer booked cruises. We live close to the port and so just ... Read More
We are a couple in our 50s and this was our 19th cruise, 7th with RCCL, and 2nd time on this ship. We booked this as a quick getaway to feed our cruising addiction between longer booked cruises. We live close to the port and so just drove in the day of the embarkation. We parked in the terminal parking lot knowing it was more expensive than off site parking, but needed to do so because I had to get to work Monday morning. I still shake my head at the $60 fee for 4 calendar days when it is truly less than 72 hours. The new terminal is nice but it is very big and requires a lot of walking to check in and get to the ship. My wife recently had foot surgery and was out of her boot for the first time, so getting through the check-in process took a while because of the amount of walking required. I can see that the terminal is designed to accommodate the bigger Oasis when it arrives later this year. Our cabin was junior suite #8140 on deck 8. Having been in a junior suite on Freedom class ships, this room was smaller than that but bigger than a standard balcony. The location was,unfortunately, under the solarium/Park Cafe area. So chair scrapes and some big heavy rolling carts could be heard early in the morning and late at night. To make the noise situation worse, the weather was very rough and the balcony door squeaked the whole time. And for the last challenge to getting any sleep, the bed mattress was rock hard. Sleep came from exhaustion (and wine) more than comfort. I would definitely not choose this location again. Our room steward, Daniel, was excellent and part of the comment in the title on service saving this cruise. Food was a mixed bag, from outstanding in the MDR to meh in the buffet. Breakfast in the MDR was pretty good as well. We ate lunch in the buffet once and it was a madhouse. Getting a table meant watching for someone to leave and then standing by the table until it was cleaned (which was pretty quick to the staff's credit). Dinner in the MDR was the highlight of the cruise and why I gave the cruise 4 stars. Our waiter, Sandra, and assistant waiter, Edgar, were spot on perfect. In addition to being extremely efficient, they were both personable and engaging and really made each meal a pleasant experience. Food all three nights was excellent. We did eat at the Park Cafe on embarkation day. The change to pork instead of roast beef for the sandwiches was not a welcome change. We never got off the ship at Nassau. In addition to my wife just starting to walk again, it was very, very windy plus we have been to Nassau a dozen times. Also because of the wind we cancelled Coco Cay. This made the ship seem very crowded for the first time as people who had intended to go on shore to Coco Cay seemed to flood every activity on the ship. Overall entertainment was pretty good of what we saw. The opening night comedian, Carl Banks, was absolutely hilarious during the "clean, family" bits and just the opposite during the adult themed event. Stick to the clean stuff, Carl. You're very good at it. Love the cruise director Marc (Bing Bong) Walker. He had just returned from vacation. He does some activities that just aren't done on other ships. They are silly but funny and entertaining. Other entertainment was a ventriloquist, Paul Michael Ziegfeld, whose act we had seen before but was funny nonetheless. Disembarkation was relatively quick and easy, although because it is a short cruise, a large amount of people took the walk off option. In conclusion, this cruise was made good by the excellent service in the MDR and room steward. Cabin was uncomfortable and in a poor location. Ports were meh or cancelled. Read Less
Sail Date January 2016
We were a 3-generation group of 6. This was the 17th cruise (4th Disney) for my husband and me and the 2nd cruise (both on Disney) for the rest of our group. We had a wonderful time -- due in combination to whom we were with and the cruise ... Read More
We were a 3-generation group of 6. This was the 17th cruise (4th Disney) for my husband and me and the 2nd cruise (both on Disney) for the rest of our group. We had a wonderful time -- due in combination to whom we were with and the cruise and all it offered. If you have read even 4 of these reviews, I am sure you get the idea. That said I will be brief and list by PROS and CONS -- both IMO. PRO: convenience of Port Canaveral, cabins are great (love you can get connecting cabins), ship is beautiful, service is top notch, great kids activities (meet & greets -- especially Princesses were frequent and well done), very up to date technology in kids areas, stage shows very well done, private island (Castaway Cay) very nice. CONS: food -- while good to very good -- was not hot when served (minor but is was the rule rather than exception), entertainment could be more diverse, need more seating in atrium, is pricey (you can debate if the higher price is worth it. My standard answer is yes and no). Bottom-line: we had a great time and I do love the way Disney does things. The attention to detail they show at the resorts carries over to their ships. Will we go again? Most definitely. But I also think a try at RCCL and Princess (probably my favorite line) with the kids is in the future as well. Read Less
Sail Date January 2016
My husband and I consider ourselves seasoned cruisers and received this cruise as a Christmas gift. We had never heard of this cruise ship and was somewhat uncertain as to what to expect. We were pleasantly surprised! The larger cruise ... Read More
My husband and I consider ourselves seasoned cruisers and received this cruise as a Christmas gift. We had never heard of this cruise ship and was somewhat uncertain as to what to expect. We were pleasantly surprised! The larger cruise lines could take a page out of their book when it comes to embarkation and disembarkation - they did a fabulous job. The food could use some improvement was wasn't as bad as I have read in some of the reviews. The waiters in the main dining room were not as accommodating when it came to requesting changes in the menus - so we opted for dinner meals elsewhere on the ship. The entertainment was fun as the cruise director was a hoot! I didn't care for the comedian and I'm about sick of BINGO (that all cruise lines have) but overall I think he did a great job. the weather in the Bahamas was windy, rainy and dreary - so we stayed on the ship. This was fine with me as we have visited Freeport several times in the past. All in all this is a great deal for the price and a even greater adventure for first time cruisers. I would like to see them pay a little more attention to the Encore Lounge area as there was an odor in that area. I am not certain if it was poor air circulation or if the carpeting needed refreshing. To the cruise director - please continue to seek out new entertainment - and let that be that be the main reason people want to cruise with this cruise ship. I think you're doing a great job but folks are tired of BINGO...By the way the band in the Encore lounge was awesome and enjoyable! My family and I are thinking of taking this cruise for New Years Eve. We met the senior couple who are longtime cruisers on this particular cruise and they talked us into joining them and their family for New Years Eve. I can't remember their names but I will not forget their warmth, kindness, and wonderful memories they shared about their cruises with this cruise ship. Where there is definitely room for improvement - overall - GOOD JOB! Read Less
Sail Date January 2016
The good news, I took my daughter and my two granddaughters on their first cruise. Through no fault of the cruise line, this just wasn't a great first experience cruising. The weather was worse than predicted, very rainy and cold. ... Read More
The good news, I took my daughter and my two granddaughters on their first cruise. Through no fault of the cruise line, this just wasn't a great first experience cruising. The weather was worse than predicted, very rainy and cold. Our port visit in Freeport was rained out after the first hour or so, and the second port visit scheduled at Little San Salvador (formerly Half Moon Cay) was completely cancelled. Guess what? That makes for not much to do...the pools were freezing, the hot tubs over crowded and there was not much in the way of alternate entertainment especially for a 10 and 13 year old. The Kids Club for the younger set was pretty lame for a ten year old, catering to much younger children, and the teen club not well supervised enough for a just 13 yr old and seemed to be mostly video games that cost per play. This particular cruise was a Def Leppard charter, which was very cool but filled with less than typical cruisers and far less children than I have ever seen on a cruise. Made for some really interesting table conversations and fun people watching. There were some wonderful Arts and Crafts activities scheduled, but, when we inquired we were told participants had to be 18? Seriously? Even with a parent participating. This seems nonsensical especially due to the cancelled port visits and not much else going on. Other than that, the cruise, my first in a standard room on Divina, was way better than many reviews I have read. I thought the buffet was very good, the dining room food also really good, and the service we received met all expectations. Our room was maintained nicely each day, our dinner service was attentive and excellent. We also tried one lunch and one breakfast in the dining room and found those staff also very helpful and the service really good. The bars and their service were a little different, mostly self service or order your own and they will deliver to the table, but it seemed okay from my perspective. The retail stores on board on not great bargains, nor great rip-offs. If you forgot your lighter you could buy one for $1.50 and there were reasonable priced souvenirs. The shop staff not hovering or overbearing, but able to find stuff and answer a question if asked. A few more smiles might have been nice. Definitely would sail this line again but probably never in January again. Read Less
Sail Date January 2016
I was worried after reading reviews if I would enjoy this cruise. I was surprised how nice the ship is. The staff were all nice, the food was good. The buffet garden cafe had something for everyone, the specialty dining was excellent. ... Read More
I was worried after reading reviews if I would enjoy this cruise. I was surprised how nice the ship is. The staff were all nice, the food was good. The buffet garden cafe had something for everyone, the specialty dining was excellent. The beds are very comfortable and the pillows were great. We had a balcony and our room was smaller but met all our needs. I would recommend to book excursions if you want to explore the Bahamas, my husband and I did not, we stayed on board for Freeport as the weather wasn't the best. We did venture off at Nassau and we were really surprised how run down the port was and because we did not feel safe we turned around and went back on the ship. The private island was awesome. Spoke to lots of cruisers and heard lots of good things about the cruise and how they were enjoying themselves. I would recommend this cruise. Read Less
Sail Date January 2016

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