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1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: February 2018
Overall a clean and well organized ship. Service was good as was the food. Service at the bar next to the Aqua Theater was slow and disorganized, first come could be last served. Elsewhere the bar service was great although a margarita ... Read More
Overall a clean and well organized ship. Service was good as was the food. Service at the bar next to the Aqua Theater was slow and disorganized, first come could be last served. Elsewhere the bar service was great although a margarita tasted different every time a different bartender served one. My only major complaint is the cigarette smoking in the casino. The casino is "50%" smoking and "50%" non smoking. However there are no partitions or dividers between the two halves of the casino. Thus the non-smoking side is really really smokey. Now i am not a gambler so no big deal however the casino has no doors. So the smoke drifts outside into the elevator lobby and into the Grande Restaurant. Making going to dinner a gagging experience. Even inside the restaurant at the tables near the doors you can strongly smell the smoke. In this day and age I am at a loss to explain why Royal Caribbean believes that exposing their guests to strong secondhand smoke is acceptable?? Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2018
We done a fly/cruise with TUI/Marella and came away impressed with their whole operation. Checking-in at London Gatwick was very easy with a short queue, representatives were on-hand from Marella to provide us our check-in details for the ... Read More
We done a fly/cruise with TUI/Marella and came away impressed with their whole operation. Checking-in at London Gatwick was very easy with a short queue, representatives were on-hand from Marella to provide us our check-in details for the ship. Bags were checked in all the way to the ship, so no need to pick them up at Barbados airport. Flights with TUI were good on-board the Dreamliner and is comparible to any good quality long haul carrier with TV's in seats etc. Landing into Barbados TUI had organised for buses for the cruise passengers to pick-us up from in front of the plane, so no need to go through immigration, which was a huge plus. Transfer took us straight to the ship where we checked-in. Check in was fairly quick to get on the ship. Bags arrived an hour or so later once we were on-board and were places outside our cabin door. The Marella Discovery was an impressive ship, my girlfriend and I were both first time cruisers so can't really compare to any other ships but the ship seemed to be kept in good condition, very clean and all new carpets throughout. We had a Balcony Deluxe cabin and found this roomy, balcony was good too and had a small table and 2 chairs, which we used quite a bit in the evenings. The ship had enough to do to keep us entertained when we were at sea, I especially liked the mini golf coarse. Pool area seemed to be bustling during the day but fairly quiet in the late afternoon and evenings, which was good. Gym was well equipped and it was great having a Trainer on-hand who held regular classes. Dining was good, we didn't eat any of the Specialty restaurants mainly due to not being able to secure a reservation however the 47 degrees (main restaurant with waiter service), Galleries 47 (Italian restaurant) and Glass House (Tapas) were good, food was tasty and moist. The Islands buffet had a large range of foods and was also good, we only ate here once at night and had a few breakfasts here, food was always hot when we went there. Bars were plentiful and the all-inclusive had a large range of branded drinks including Corona beer. We never waited longer than a few minutes to be served, which was better than most pubs in London! Staff were incredibly friendly and plentiful. They really did make the experience so much better. They also seemed to like their jobs and also took a personal interest in your day. Entertainment seemed ok, though were only went to the comedy and one other show. Activities organised by the ship were good and they hired local tourist companies which was a nice touch, most of our tours were small in size which was nice too. Most ports were just caught a local taxi to take us to a beach and bring us back to the ship and this was much cheaper and more private. Our week on-board the Discovery was fantastic and I would love to do another cruise in the future with Marella. It was very handy having everything all inclusive, as all the money we spent was on-shore, which was minimal. Marella being quite new the cruising world deserves praise as the whole week ran without any incidents or interruptions. We did have a late change of itinery where we missed out on Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands and went to Tobago and Antigua instead. Antigua ended up being our favourite port, so we were very happy with the change. The atmosphere on-board the ship was very positive and everyone seemed to be impressed with the ship and the cruise, a lot of people had been with Marella before, which was nice to know. Age group seemed to be a bit more mature, my girlfriend and I seemed to be the youngest on-board but this didn't bother us at all, again everyone was very friendly and happy. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2018
This was our second cruise with Princess and we chose it because of our wish to see Eastern Carribean Islands. We booked before the 2 hurricanes hit St. Thomas and St. Marten's islands and were prepared to cancel our trip but our travel ... Read More
This was our second cruise with Princess and we chose it because of our wish to see Eastern Carribean Islands. We booked before the 2 hurricanes hit St. Thomas and St. Marten's islands and were prepared to cancel our trip but our travel agent assured us that despite the impact of the storms, the islands were working so hard hoping that tourist would come back soon. We were so glad we decided to go . The whole experience was just wonderful - from the quick embarkement, to the welcome crew, to our room steward being at our door as we approached our cabin. Everyone was so genuinely friendly and accommodating. The ship is just beautiful and so clean. The room was bright, yes the balconies are smaller but just fine for amount of time you will be on them. Our room was well stocked and our steward Armando was there everytime we needed anything. We found the meals were excellent both in selections, flavour, presentation. Our only disappointment was that we had anytime dining and it did not matter when we decided to go down for dinner there was always a long wait with more than 30 minutes most nights., but we were in no hurry we were on vacation. It was upsetting to see how angry the passengers would get when they were not seated immediately - folks there were 3500 people on this boat - there were going to be some wait times - !!!! other than that - the bars, bartenders were wonderful - always with a smile and always just there when you wanted to place a order. The entertainment was top notch- such talent. Broadway calliber to say the least. Loved the day time activities = great participation . I ALSO LOVED LOVED LOVED THAT THERE WAS BANDS PLAYING AND DANCING EVERY NIGHT ON THE PIAZZA FLOOR - THE HIGHLIGHT OF OUR CRUISE - SUCH A TREAT !!! Disembarkment was a breeze - we were off the ship , bag in hand and at the airport within 30 minutes. - There would be no reason for us to choose another cruise line for our next trip - Bravo PRINCESS !!!! Read Less
Sail Date: February 2018
It was a gift. Although it was a gift, the person who paid for it realizes that he did not get good value for his $$ that he gave to us. We found the service staff to be unfriendly- Could use some training in customer service. We ... Read More
It was a gift. Although it was a gift, the person who paid for it realizes that he did not get good value for his $$ that he gave to us. We found the service staff to be unfriendly- Could use some training in customer service. We went on a shore excursion and when we discovered it was unsatisfactory (nothing like the published info on the Princess website); It was not worth any where near what we paid for it, When we mentioned the negative experience to the shore excursions desk on the ship, we were told in no uncertain terms that "there are no Guarantees in life and to basically tell someone who cares". So I would be very careful when reading what is published on the Princess website regarding their shore excursions. The food was barely etable. Selection and quality of the food did not have the same standard as other Cruise lines that I have been on many times. Would not recomend Princess and feel that our $$ were wasted. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2018
This was my first cruise, and I couldn't have asked for a better time! The ship was incredible and full of things to do all the time. The entertainment staff always made sure you had something to do. All the staff were so nice, helpful and ... Read More
This was my first cruise, and I couldn't have asked for a better time! The ship was incredible and full of things to do all the time. The entertainment staff always made sure you had something to do. All the staff were so nice, helpful and accommodating. It made it so fun seeing them everyday and getting to know them. Getting on and off the ship was easy, and the ports were fun to experience. The food on board was delicious. I loved the service and menus in the main dining room and the buffets had everything you could possibly want for breakfast and lunch. The cabins were nice and clean, like the rest of the ship. They were pretty large and had tons of storage for all your things. You could completely unpack and it made it nice to come back to after having long busy days doing activities on and off the ship. I would definitely come back on the Allure of the Seas and I would recommend it for anyone looking to book their first cruise or if your looking for a relaxing week sailing the ocean with endless entertainment and great food. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2018
We love sailing away with Royal Caribbean! We've sailed with Carnival and Princess before, does not compare!!!! You get what you pay for! The entertainment just blew my mind! The musical was far better than the movie itself! The food ... Read More
We love sailing away with Royal Caribbean! We've sailed with Carnival and Princess before, does not compare!!!! You get what you pay for! The entertainment just blew my mind! The musical was far better than the movie itself! The food was scrumptious and the service was spectacular, as always! I just simply cannot wait to sail away again! The Royal promenade was very nice and lots of choices to eat and shop, plus the Starbucks on board was an added pleasure! Central Park made me feel like I was actually in Central Park, with all the little diners, trees, street lamps and brick pathways. Boardwalk was excellent. The life size carasel was so bizarre being on a cruise ship Again filled with little cafe's and nooks and crannies....the solarium was so big and relaxing and the solarium bistro restaurant was awesome as well. The food was fantastic and the service very professional and friendly. l will only cruise with Royal Caribbean, EVER! Read Less
Sail Date: February 2018
I was invited at the last minute to join a friend. We had an inside cabin on deck 5. I usually sail balconies, so I was a bit weary. Cabin was great, amenities great, Service second to none. Any issues that did arise were dealt with ... Read More
I was invited at the last minute to join a friend. We had an inside cabin on deck 5. I usually sail balconies, so I was a bit weary. Cabin was great, amenities great, Service second to none. Any issues that did arise were dealt with promptly most times. One thing I felt like on my recent cruises with the other lines (Celebrity mostly) was that I was a burden to the staff, the buffet area was always messy, took forever to get things cleaned. Not so on the Disney Wonder. EVERY member of the staff had a smile wherever we met them, no matter what their position. Food was good. Buffet selection had items that many other cruise lines have largely cut back on (fresh smoked salmon, sushi). The future cruise booking desk was the one thing that Disney really needs to work on. Hours were not sufficient, one person couldn't keep up with the line. Drinks were a lot less than on other ships and the fact that you can bring wine in at every port compensated for the fact that they do not offer drink packages in my opinion. Embarkation was sub-par to Disney Standards, apparently due to issues with the terminal in Puerto Rico. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: February 2018
Family and friends of all ages. Ship seemed to offer things for all ages. Over all I was disappointed in the cruise. Our particular cruise was packed with people, too many. This was the first time on a mega ship that will hold 6000 ... Read More
Family and friends of all ages. Ship seemed to offer things for all ages. Over all I was disappointed in the cruise. Our particular cruise was packed with people, too many. This was the first time on a mega ship that will hold 6000 people. I. The reviews I read, and I look constantly, it was noted that the ship did not seem crowded. That did not seem to be the case . Any event or worthy experience seemed to be packed. The norm seemed to tobe wait in line or move on. I will say, the children’s center seemed excellent. Our grandchildren enjoyed that area. Food! I know that cruise lines are cutting the amount of offerings because that is a major expense. But, I don’t like it. What was offered was good tasting and well prepared. You could have as much as you wanted but there was not a good selection unless you wanted to upgrade your meal with fee charged item in the main dining room. There was no longer a selections for alternate entree’s that you could select if you did not find something from that nights menu. I thought the windjammer was good as far as food selections and most service was good. But waiting in line was not good. During busy periods you were expected to wait in line out in the hallway until a table was available. I have ever experienced that before. Fresh OJ was good if you paid to get it or had a package. I think the RC is trying to make different drink packages attractive so people will purchase them. We purchase the only alcohol package available @ $42 per person per day that is available because their mixed and blended drinks were anywhere from 12 to 15 dollars each. On the ship the same package was over $60 per day. Our package went up to $13 . After that , you pay the extra. Very few wines were less than the $13 limit. Sodas, $3.25 per can. Their pictures are expensive!!!!! But they are willing to destroy all of them. If you like people watching, you have a VERY VERY LARGE selection to choose from. Our first cruise was in 1999. It was an EXPERIENCE. Women wore gowns and men wore a tux. Service, service, service. You were treated as some one special. Now, the price of this cruise was about the same. I suppose you get what you pay for. Now, you very seldom see a gown or a tux. Some times you will see the same shorts and tee shirt at dinner that people wore during the while on the island. It has become just a vacation. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: February 2018
We departed Port Everglades 2/4/18 on the Regal Princess. We parked at Park and Fly which did a fantastic job both to and from the port. We arrived at terminal 2 at about 11:15 AM and went straight onto the ship with no wait. Both the ... Read More
We departed Port Everglades 2/4/18 on the Regal Princess. We parked at Park and Fly which did a fantastic job both to and from the port. We arrived at terminal 2 at about 11:15 AM and went straight onto the ship with no wait. Both the embarkation and disembarkation were very smooth with no issues. Luggage arrived at our cabin before 1:00 PM. Our cabin was D143 on deck 9 forward DE class. The location was a bit to forward and we had a long walk to the cabin each time plus more motion. The balcony is small with room for 2 chairs and a small table. The room was fine with the standard “small” bathroom. Our room attendant Moore did a great job and accommodated the few requests we had. We were surprised to find the refrigerator empty when we arrive; thought they might have “mini bar” items. We carried on 10 small bottles of water, some coke and 3 bottles of wine. The 3rd bottle of wine we paid the corkage fee when boarding. We travelled with another couple and between us had 2 coke packages and 1 specialty coffee card; not sure we got our money back but it was fine. Easy to share cokes or get several at a time. We did not have the medallion fob so can’t comment on that aspect of things. A pleasant surprise was the medallion net which allowed for no cost imessage both to persons on and off the ship plus access to facebook. This cut down our internet needs and allowed us to purchase (2) days of internet to check email etc. Internet was good throughout the ship. During our cruise they were running a 9.99 special for 24 hours of internet. The age group of our shipmates must have been in the 60’s with very few children and young people. This helped with getting pool chairs as many didn’t get in the sun. Still a little hard to get 4 together, but we didn’t “save” chairs at 7:00 AM. Ship was sold out and there were adequate accommodations for the passengers except at dinner and show times. We were signed up for anytime dining which meant anytime after 7:45PM. The system Princess uses for seating in the dining rooms needs to be refined. Also the shows were full at each of the seatings. Everything else wasn’t too crowded. We eat all dinners in the main dining rooms and split breakfast and lunch between main dining and buffet. The quality of the food was fine however the selections didn’t seem that great, maybe 2 or 3 things you would order and 2 or 3 you wouldn’t ever consider. Service in the dining room was just OK with not much follow-up for refills of drinks or rolls. Maybe servers had more tables than normal or something? Breakfast and lunch in the dining room was good, but always slow. We ate twice at Alfrado’s pizza which was nice as were the small plate items at the International café. We were travelling on our anniversary and were given 2 specialty restaurant free cover charges! Enjoyed a very nice dinner at the Crown grill. There were 4 different steaks ordered in our group and everyone was pleased with their meal. If you have an anniversary note it when you do you personalizer, maybe you’ll get lucky. I think we still would have been happy with a 58.00 up charge plus tip, but free was very nice. Our cruise had a stop at Princess Cay plus St Thomas and St Maarten and 3 full sea days. During sea days there was a lack of things to do which by the last day we were getting a little bored. Our weather was nice so we enjoyed going ashore at Princess Cay and did a snorkel trip at St Thomas. The snorkel crew was very good and equipment was fine, there just isn’t all that much coral or bright fish to see. I doubt we do that again. We spent a good bit of time in the casino and while we weren’t winners the slot machines provided enough hits to keep you interested and not take all you money at once. Blackjack tables were automatic shuffle and most 10.00 or 6.00 tables. There was a lively crowd in the casino. We attended most of the shows which were 45 minutes or less. Due to crowds and late dinner we went to the 10:00 PM shows which was OK. Their onboard sing and dance group put on good shows and the comedian and singer they brought on were good as well. The selection of movies was current and were shown in the rooms as well as other venues on the ship. The “game” type shows in the smaller venues were just fair. Overall the Regal is a great ship, well kept and very clean. If you have a specific question you can email me at stevehoylman@yahoo.com Read Less

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