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Sail Date: October 2018
We did a Mediterranean cruise before and loved it. This was fantastic too. Waking up in new country or port. So much to see and do. Did a day trip booked thru to ship and although a bit pricey, it was a fabulous day. Booked other ... Read More
We did a Mediterranean cruise before and loved it. This was fantastic too. Waking up in new country or port. So much to see and do. Did a day trip booked thru to ship and although a bit pricey, it was a fabulous day. Booked other excursions with outside contractor and our ship was late getting in and been allowed to disembark passengers. Missed our tour completely. Sad because Naples was terrible but the tour we should have done was awesome. Disappointed as we won’t go back again. The Greek islands are amazing, beautiful scenery and great weather when we went in October. Ship sailed from Civitaveccia We travelled by train from Rome and stayed at Civitaveccia. Lovely place to stay. We booked into a B&B. Highly recommend staying there before boarding the ship. We had been to Rome before on our first cruise and had a good look at the sites. A must place to visit. The cruise was so great busy all the time. The Jewel is a terrific ship, I would highly recommend this cruise Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2018
Myself and my husband travelled with a group of friends to celebrate a special birthday. There were 16 of us in all which greatly added to the enjoyment of our holiday. We have cruised before on RCI , NCL and Princess so we were able ... Read More
Myself and my husband travelled with a group of friends to celebrate a special birthday. There were 16 of us in all which greatly added to the enjoyment of our holiday. We have cruised before on RCI , NCL and Princess so we were able to compare and contrast many aspects of the ship with those sailed on before. Rhapsody was similar in size to NCL Jade but was definitely older and a bit more jaded than our previous ships. Our cabin was a regular inside and was quite small. We asked out attendant (he was fantastic) to put a mattress topper on the bed as it was quite firm but then again my bed at home is quite soft. The bathroom is small but adequate. We were forward on Deck 2 but near the lifts which brought us straight up to the Windjammer Cafe and the pool deck in 2 minutes. The ship is easy to get around and the staff could not have been nicer. Our waiter, Belando in the MDR was excellent. Our only regret was leaving the Dining Room and going to Chops Grill one of the nights for a treat!. We were over 2 hours waiting for our main and some of our group sent food back for being overdone and/or cold. The Head waiter brought Champagne to our table in the MDR the following evening but it was an expensive lesson learned. Sixteen people at $38 pp is a large sum of money. There was always plenty of room in the Windjammer and we had breakfast and lunch here daily. I love being able to sample bits of everything and the food was always hot and plenty of it available. As a large group we created a lot of our own entertainment but those that went to the shows in the Theatre we not overly impressed. There was a good band who played in the Atrium most evenings and the Reggae band who played poolside and in 'Shall we Dance' were truly excellent. We had arranged our own tours in Kotor (Speed boats), Athens (Luxury 16 seater bus & guide) and Argostoli (luxury 16 seater bus & guide). They were amazing and definitely a highlight of our cruise. Kotor in Montenegro is somewhere most of us will return to. Our speed boats brought us from submarine bases to holy islands and picturesque villages. A trip around the quiet Greek island of Kefalonia has given us all memories that will stay with us forever. Swimming in the turquoise waters of one of the most famously beautiful beaches in the world, Myrtos Beach and eating fresh Calamari in a taverna is Assos village overlooking the lagoon. Heaven. One of our group left a wallet with money on the bus and the company emailed to say they had it and will send it home. No reward required. Every person we met on board or ashore was so kind and helpful (sorry i forgot about the grumpy gondolier in Venice!!). Corfu was a mixed bag. The town is very touristy. You can get a special Cruiseport/town public bus from the port building for €1.70 which is good value. Mykonos is by tender and is worth a look but also very touristy. If you are looking at these reviews deciding if you should go on Rhapsody or not, you should do it. She has been around the world many times but she was very homely and I became very fond of her shiny and glitzy appearance in the public rooms. If you get the Drinks package don't forget that the lovely coffee on Deck 6 is included. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2018
I am not sure where to start this was a most amazing cruise which i have had so far with Royal Caribbean. Honestly i have no ties at all with Royal but just love the experience on board their ships. This cruise was really something special ... Read More
I am not sure where to start this was a most amazing cruise which i have had so far with Royal Caribbean. Honestly i have no ties at all with Royal but just love the experience on board their ships. This cruise was really something special for me and the kind people i shared the cruise with. All went well on boarding Rhapsody we were an hour late due to fog at Gatwick but it was not an issue. Rhapsody is i think now 20 plus years old but still great for her age small but big enough to have a great vacation experience. My cabin was 7147 an inside towards the back of the ship it was good. Douglas looked after my stateroom and was always smiling. Douglas was due to go home on the day we docked back in Venice on the 13th October. It was so nice to share his happiness to counting down his days. He worked so hard everyday to look after everyone and make sure everything was OK The food was just the best that i have experienced so far on a cruise Ivan who looked after us in the evening at table 30 was great. We would sometimes meet up at lunch with him as well in the main dining room. The Windjammer was also really good and a great choice for lunch so many people said how good it was as well. I did have breakfast on a couple of days in the dining room and on the last morning i had the breakfast muffin in Park Cafe it too was good. I never went to the theater but enjoyed the bands on the pool deck and and the centrium. As i said i never went to the shows but speaking to people most people said that they were happy. Bingo was fun i had such a laugh with the people i met up with playing this. Some lucky person when we were playing won $1000. I met a couple who were on their first cruise they were so enjoying it, i was lucky to share their time at the airport and their time on Rhapsody. I really enjoyed Kotor and Agostolli a great experience, as with these two ports of call i just went ashore on my own and stayed in port. Rhapsody as i said is getting on in age but it was clean and well maintained. My personnel time on board and the people that i met up with mostly seemed to enjoy their time on board. To me there was a great atmosphere on Rhapsody and the staff seemed to me to care about us having a great time. As always i would like to thank every crew member for being so kind. Again this is a personnel view of mine, I look forward to joining Rhapsody again soon. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2018
Well where to start! This ship cruise was my very first ship cruise ever! Enjoyed the statement room my grandmother and I had, was a nice size just for the two of us. Dexter our stateroom attendant was very very nice, did an awesome job ... Read More
Well where to start! This ship cruise was my very first ship cruise ever! Enjoyed the statement room my grandmother and I had, was a nice size just for the two of us. Dexter our stateroom attendant was very very nice, did an awesome job keeping us happy. The entertainment on ship from live shows to yoga, movies in a nice huge theater to live musical bands were non stop. The cruise consisted of a 14 day and many stops from France, Italy, Greece and Malta! Which we took advantage of the many excursions there were to offer and see! The dining especially formal dining our waiter Davor was so awesome we kept coming back just to see his lovely smile! He was very attentive to us since we only sat at a two setting table. I got to try escargot for the first time and had any of the recommendations of the menu Davor had to offer. The manager sorry I can’t remember his name but is from India he was so awesome too, he always took the time to come by to just chat with us as well! Kuddos to both! So overall regardless of knowing this was a smaller ship have already recommended this same cruise with your company! I’m definitely am highly satisfied with the cruise I as well met many different people around the world! I am definitely coming back! Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2018
This was our sixth cruise on Cunard, but the first time we tried the Princess Grill category. We had the promotion that offered pre-paid gratuities, $800 on board spending money,and free drinks (under $12). When you deduct the value of ... Read More
This was our sixth cruise on Cunard, but the first time we tried the Princess Grill category. We had the promotion that offered pre-paid gratuities, $800 on board spending money,and free drinks (under $12). When you deduct the value of these benefits from the price of a P1 category cabin, it wasn't all that much more than a regular balcony cabin For some reason, this category on this cruise was several thousand dollars less than later cruises on basically the same itinerary. And it was considerably less than the next lower grade - Britannia Club, which makes no sense but that's what it was. Overall I would say this was perhaps the best cruise we have ever been on. The service was fantastic, and so was the food in the Princess Grill. The weather was also great, and the Cunard shore excursions were all good and reasonably priced. This was our first time in the Canaries so we found the islands, and the two stops on the mainland very interesting.The ship was in very good shape overall, despite being scheduled for a major refit in November. Some of the carpeting was tired but otherwise everything was in good repair. There are some shortcomings in the bathroom, detailed below. The temperature control in the room was excellent. Our waiter in the Princess Grill was Ravi, assisted by Vish, and the service was top notch, for three meals a day. I really appreciated being able to come to each meal when I wanted and always having the same table, which was very nicely located (after the Maitre D' kindly changed for us from a less desirable one the first day). We had afternoon tea several times which is served in the Queens Grill for all Grill guests, and it was so much better than the experience in the Queens Room for Britannia Class passengers. The entertainment was pretty good, but it is not one of Cunard's strengths. The Royal Cunard Singers and Dancers put on 5 shows and they were good. Some of the guest entertainers were really good, others just OK. The lecturers were also a mixed bag. Lord Digby Jones was excellent, as was Brian Hoey who spoke on the Royal Family. One of the speakers really insulted non British guests, and I hope he was spoken to about that. Of the 2000+ guests on board, over 1700 were British and that makes for a very calm and pleasant environment. It is one of the main reasons we like to sail on Cunard. So we were very pleased with this cruise. It will be hard to settle for anything less than the Princess Grill category if we sail on Cunard again. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2018
This was our first cruise with Azamara and hopefully not our last. Azamara Pursuit was almost brand new when we sailed, so everything was shiny and new, but the senior officers and crew already seemed like one big family, who were ... Read More
This was our first cruise with Azamara and hopefully not our last. Azamara Pursuit was almost brand new when we sailed, so everything was shiny and new, but the senior officers and crew already seemed like one big family, who were genuinely happy to be aboard. We felt like we were coming home every time we re-boarded the ship. It is the perfect blend of sophisticated luxury and welcoming warmth. We departed from Athens at the same time as 'the Medicane' struck - a Mediterranean hurricane! This was a very rare event and the weather was very unpredictable. Our captain Antonio and his team handled it beautifully, and with a very quick rescheduling of our first port of call we managed to avoid rough seas almost completely. All of the ports on this cruise were excellent, particularly Paros, Rhodes and Dubrovnik. The only downside was that we only had one sea-day and it was the very last day! Embarkation and disembarkation went smoothly almost without exception, including when we had tenders. We did a combination of Azamara shore tours and private tours. All of the Azamara tours were very good to excellent with the exception of Chania, when we were mostly on the bus and probably could have just spent the day in town. Entertainment on the ship is a group of four entertainers, who would provide two evening shows most days, plus a guest entertainer - a very funny comedian - who did two shows during the 11 night cruise. There was a band who performed in The Living Room most nights - they were pretty good but quite loud, which made conversation tricky. This was a good place to relax during the day too. The entertainer in The Den was a decent piano player but should have stuck to that (not so good with the singing!). We tried the specialty dining, Aqualina and Prime C. Aqualina was brilliant, attentive service, great menu and amazing food - worth the extra. Prime C was also enjoyable but the service was not quite as good and not as much variety, though granted it is a steak specialty restaurant so it's only reasonable to expect lots of meat on the menu! Having said that, the main dining room was also exceptional food and great service. We had a verandah stateroom on Deck 8 and were very happy with it overall. It was very quiet and clean, and our room attendant was awesome. Plenty of storage and lots of hangers provided. Best of all, the bed was so comfortable! I think you can tell we enjoyed this cruise immensely. We can't wait to fist-bump the crew on our next Azamara cruise! Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
I was really concerned when I read all the reviews on the Pursuit prior to our trip, especially since this was our first cruise. We just loved the ship & almost everything about our cruise. Our steward Luis & his assistant were ... Read More
I was really concerned when I read all the reviews on the Pursuit prior to our trip, especially since this was our first cruise. We just loved the ship & almost everything about our cruise. Our steward Luis & his assistant were just incredible! Top notch personal service with a warm smile throughout the entire cruise. Almost everything on this ship is beautiful and brand new. Not sure what others were expecting but the ambiance was lovely with a lot of beautiful spaces to hang out and meet others. Day & night our favorite spot was the Living Room. Reading a book on the chaise lounges was heaven! Also such a great spot to hang out and dance after dinner. Overall the crew was wonderful! The pool bartender Michael was wonderful as was one of the security guards with short dark hair as you left & re-boarded the ship! She always had a smile and she made you smile too! The food in the specialty restaurants was great, as was most of the food onboard. Mosaic cafe was a great spot to meet and grab a specialty coffee. When the weather prevented the White Night party being held on the pool deck, the crew was amazingly focused and impressive as they all rallied to move the event inside and make sure a great time was had by all. Our Azamazing night in Croatia was absolutely azamazing & based on all the feedback I heard everyone else loved as much as we did! We also thoroughly enjoyed the excursions we took to shipwreck beach & Crete. We met so many great fellow travelers too, so nice! Overall our cruise just an awesome experience I’d recommend to anyone! Now for a little constructive input. Yes, the showers in the veranda staterooms are super small, but the rest of the cabin was awesome, including the bed! The stop in Igoumenitsa is a complete waste. They should just come clean & say they stop there to restock & service the ship so people know what to expect. We had an upgraded liquor package and for the first few days it was a bit tiresome to keep having to drag out our cruise pass when we ordered drinks, but about day 3 most of the waitstaff began to remember who had premium packages. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
We just got back from our 11 night Greek Isles Intensive Cruise on Azamara Pursuit and we thoroughly enjoyed it. This was our second cruise with Azamara although we have been cruising for over 25 years. We arrived at the cruise terminal ... Read More
We just got back from our 11 night Greek Isles Intensive Cruise on Azamara Pursuit and we thoroughly enjoyed it. This was our second cruise with Azamara although we have been cruising for over 25 years. We arrived at the cruise terminal early but we weren’t able to board until 11.30 however the wait was fine with drinks and snacks available. They also completed our check-in whilst we were waiting. The ship is lovely and almost identical to journey with the big change being in the Spirits Bar area where the casino has gone – it’s a much better use of the space in our opinion. We were in stateroom 7121 on the back of the ship where we had a bigger balcony – it was very nice. Just a point to mention if you are thinking of taking one of the staterooms on the back of the ship - yes there was some soot came down- not much and didn’t cause a problem. Whilst the balcony is very private you can see on to the next balconies when standing at the rail. Our stateroom attendant Irza and her assistant looked after us extremely well – how do they remember everyone’s name! The food for us was excellent we had dinner most nights in Discoveries the choice and quality of food was very good indeed. We did comment on how the waiters appear to be rushed although we had no complaints about service. We went up to the Patio one night which is nice for a change and two nights we went to Prime C. The speciality restaurants are a real treat and not to be missed. There has been much discussion on the forum about the changes that have been made to entertainment. We think that Azamara have got it right on Pursuit. The Signature singers were excellent and we enjoyed all three of their shows – they have plenty of movement in their routines and even a bit of dancing. Toney Markey was cruise director and we so enjoyed listening to him and his wife Christine. Also Amanda Poulson was assistant cruise director and another fantastic performer. The orchestra were brilliant with a very talented (leader) pianist called Sacha – one night he played the piano backed by his orchestra and it was sensational. Sadly when everything had been set up for White Night there was a heavy downpour and the event had to be moved inside – we felt so sorry for all the people who had worked so hard. The Azamazing Evening was just that AMAZING! We had a Cello concert by Ana Rucner in the Old Town Dubrovnik. If a Cello concert conjures up a vision of something sombre, heavy and boring then you couldn’t be further from the truth. It was simply fabulous. Our first port of call should have been Spetses but due to bad weather we anchored off Nafplio a very nice little place. Next stop was Mykonos followed by the lovely Paros and then Rhodes where we docked. We docked in Agios Nikolaos and this was another nice little place followed by Chania which was very busy but great as we were tendered right into the harbour. Zakynthos was another nice port fairly quiet and then Igoumenitsa which was a new port for Azamara. We did not enjoy this port even the Captain passed some negative comments about it. Dubrovnik was our final stop and we were tendered in which was much better than being taken on the shuttle bus as per last time we were there. Overall it was a great cruise we met lots of nice people and there was a fair spread of ages. We only spoke to one couple who had a complaint – they were disappointed with the food!!!!! They said the food was much better on Oceania. We have sailed on Oceania and we feel that there is little difference in the food – we enjoyed Oceania too. Sorry my review is a bit long but hopefully you will book up with Azamara and enjoy it as much as we did! Read Less
10 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
OK A smart attempt at getting all the names in 1 header This is my review and thoughts on this recent cruise from Barcelona to Athens. These are my experiences and comments and as they say other person’s experiences and opinions ... Read More
OK A smart attempt at getting all the names in 1 header This is my review and thoughts on this recent cruise from Barcelona to Athens. These are my experiences and comments and as they say other person’s experiences and opinions may vary completely!!!! Executive Summary Nicely refurbished ship but with some snagging issues which should have been sorted out on the 3 previous voyages. Lots of new staff who look to be being moulded into the Azamara way by Richard Grusman and Jose Ortez MDR manager as well as Captain Carl. No problems with any staff. Would sail on her as equal to our favourite Journey but would depend on itinerary not ship Experiences Nice flight down from NCL at the ungodly hour of 6 am but easy transfer to T3 for flight to Barcelona so had to forgo bacon sandwiches at T5 exec lounge but adequate refreshments at T3 and good flight to BCN . Usual wait at customs but not as long as our American cousins who had up to one and a half hour wait. This may be the Spanish revenge for the American type welcome at Miami to aliens as we are described. A place I refuse to fly to or from now. Had private transfer booked via Azamara and this is when the hell that is Miami/Guatemala kicks in. Instructions are to report to Catalonia tourist office just outside customs area. No problem except 1: They spoke hardly any English (Not good for a tourist office) and it was impossible to get them to help by ringing taxi number for us which was a UK number? 2: They knew nothing of any arrangements re taxis. Refused to help but pointed us to a taxi official who wanted to charge us for a taxi as he would not accept our voucher. Eventually he pointed out a group of drivers lounging around one of whom had our name for pick up. 35 minutes wasted for want of correct information not being given to taxi driver as to pick up point Decent drive to Casa Fuster hotel through approx 1,000.000 Catalans who were preparing to celebrate their national day that evening. Casa Fuster is a grand old hotel but we got Room 101 which for students of George Orwell or British TV is where your worst nightmares are concentrated. Sold as a balcony room (not a Juliet Balcony) To my mind a balcony room should have 1: A view 2: Chairs to sit on 3: Be clean The view was of a 7 storey block approx 15 feet away covered in some form of wrapping. If you craned to the right you could see the back of housing with attractive items of clothing drying. Possibly great for a specialist in underwear but not what I expect in an alleged 5 star hotel (More later). No chairs on balcony or in room that were capable of being on said balcony and anyway it was filthy. Nice bathroom so had an early night. Up for breakfast at approx 8.30 and decided to see if we could get our taxi any earlier than 11.30 as we would simply be waiting around. Miami strikes again Asked concierge to ring taxi firm but no answer and surprise surprise no emergency number on Azamara paper work. Went for an adequate breakfast and returned to concierge to try again. Success on second attempt and we requested to move time from 11.30 to 10.30 and was met with flat refusal so merely got one when we needed it from the hotel at 10.30. Final indignity was when we went to check our bill to be confronted by a Barcelona room day tax of 5 Euros for an alleged 5 star hotel. As this tax has been in since April 2017 and Azamara advertise prices as “all inclusive “ I was not best pleased at having to pay this. Arrived at port terminal after having to redirect taxi driver as he thought MSC was the same as Azamara!!! Cannot blame Azamara for that!!! This is where it starts to get better!!! Luggage taken and booked in without any trouble. Tea coffee etc. available. As there were overnight flights from USA as well as early flights from UK airports there were approx 150 people waiting. When embarkation called there was a God almighty scramble with people running!!! up escalator as well as a staircase!!! Did they think it was going to run out of food? Suggestion Give out boarding numbers by check in time and board by same i.e 1 to 20 then 20 to 40 etc. Got on board and dropped off hand luggage /advised we had to pick up later from drop-off point although I seem to remember that previously it was delivered to cabin. Booked our Prime C dining with Willy Prime C maitre d. Went to Windows Cafe buffet area and were greeted by one of our favourite people José Ortez who we knew as assistant waiter years ago who is now MDR head waiter. The greeting was so effusive it attracted the attention of a group of American travel agents who were being hosted by East of America/Canada sales director and we became companions at drinking times although they obviously went on all the trips which we avoid (see later) Went down to 7119 to meet butler Elro and his staff. Room is decorated almost identically to the other ships with obvious difference of shower which was efficient but we may be old fashioned and we prefer a good old fashioned soak. Greeted by nice bottle of Perrier Jouet Champagne $50 retail although this may be a “Sorry” for forgetting to book a connecting flight on our last cruise. Room is fine with fancy shower and taps etc. This was allegedly Larry P s room on naming cruise so was surprised to have some minor snags. 1: Vanity room sink did not drain 2: 1 of veranda chairs legs was aprox ¾ inch short so rocking 3: Loungers were pretty dirty and stained. 4: There were at least 14 varnish drips on white superstructure below rails. 5: Lower Owners had completely mismatched rails. 6: Patio doors had never been cleaned or painted properly. 7: Missing patio door stop 8: Drainage channel by doors was rusty and equally that area had never been attended to on refit. I would have expected these to have been spotted on snagging but when pointed out to Agnelo Chief House keeper they were fixed within 12 hours. Outside the room was a fire hose cupboard with a massive (12 inch ) dint which had been there since refit and which only need knocking out as door was metal but not done by the time we left the ship. I intend to split rest of review into sections rather than day by day. Dining Used Windows cafe each am and had outdoor table as weather was great each day. Mark the “egg man” was able to make fresh eggs for us however we wanted i.e. poached fried or however. Rest of food OK except bacon which was of the greasy translucent type where you spent time trying to get the crispiest. After commenting and showing restaurant manager /staff what I meant it was improved for 1 day but then reverted to type again. Lunches were fine with always 2 great soups to choose from. Crazy on hot days but I felt they actually helped to cool you down. Was always able to get our favourite Riesling wine after discreet requests. Also tried the hot dogs from the Patio cafe and they must have changed suppliers as they were tastier and not as fatty as previous cruises. Dined in Prime C most nights and were fabulously looked after by Willy, Angel, Darryl and all the other staff. Food great as always although to my mind crab cakes and fillet steaks were smaller than previous cruises although maybe everything appears smaller nowadays A little disappointed that they did not take the opportunity on their new ship to tickle the menu a bit. I have yet to see the pheasant confit or swordfish ordered and I am sure that the man who sold it to Azamara got the better end of the deal. I have asked on all 3 ships now how many they sell and all you get is a wry smile and no answer. I am sure the crew must be sick of it as it must be going out of date by now even though it is frozen. Wayne/ Willy were able to fill all our requests for off menus choices such as Goats cheese Soufflé and Dover Sole from Aqualina as well as some special halibut dishes. The Best of the Best dinner was new Executive Chef Danni s first and we have to say of our 16 cruises this was the best presented and tastiest we have ever had and Fabio and Iwan had done fabulous meals in the past. It was a delight to look at as well as eat. Afternoon teas Had the afternoon snacks served in our room each pm and tasty as they were would not really miss them. Once again the Azamara ice hockey pucks/scones were still in evidence. How is it that nobody across all Azamara ships can make a scone that is soft inside and does not need a saw to split it? Entertaiment Saw part of the magicians act and he was entertaining. Tony Markey and his wife had a show and although good I preferred his Blues brothers and Danny Boy. Amanda Poulson was great and had a standing ovation as did the new singer whose name I unfortunately forget (Sorry whoever you were). WHITE NIGHT WAS GREAT FUN AS WE WERE WITH THE PREVIOUSLY MENTIONED TRAVEL AGENTS. We had dined in Prime C earlier next to two British couples who were playing competitive crossword puzzles between mouthfuls of food It appears that you had to answer your opponent’s clues before you could do your own. Fascinating We then joined the travel agents The conga was not as long as previous cruises but good fun anyway. The crews prayers were answered as it began to rain slightly at 10.00 so they were able to set about clearing earlier than normal. The assorted travel agents and spouses then came back to our suite for a final night cap. You can get 14 people in for drinks although it was cosy!! Highlight of the trip was the 4 Sopranos in Goldini theatre in Livorno. Busses and then a 200 meter walk to theatre. A 45 minute programme of light opera and finished with some more modern pop items. Back to ship for any light buffet snacks and so to bed. Trips We do not do ships trips as we consider them an absolute rip off. St Tropez Did not get off as we have been there many times. Spent time in Thalassotherapy pool area which was strictly policed i.e. you had to give up your room card to get access pass and the old back route via gym has been blocked off. Maximum 2 other people in there It appears that the “Night under the Stars” has been abandoned as the bed area has been removed and saw no publicity for it anywhere. On previous cruises I understand that most couples had their dinner, a cuddle and then went back to their own room. Monte Carlo Got off and walked to get on the tourist train at Ooceanographic museum. Stopped at Palace for usual tat i.e. fridge magnet and walked back through the gardens and managed to keep my wife away from the shops. Nice afternoon on balcony. Civitavecchia Lazy day on ship Livorno 2 days Walked around Livorno for a couple of hours and then took the canal cruise for an hour for 12 Euros which was lovely. See later comments on pricing Amalfi One of the highlights and we spent time wandering the streets and people watching and there were plenty of people to watch. Taormina Took 25 euro taxi to this hilltop town which was buzzing with tourists even though we were the only cruise ship in town. You can tell that there is plenty of money around here (Mafia?) as nearly every shop was a high fashion brand Prada, Valentino etc. Nafplio Walked around promenade area and then found the tourist train (4 Euros) which took us all round the town including back streets and past a Lidl for any of us who were feeling homesick. Back “Home” and started the job of packing to return home. Athens Disembarked at 8 .00 am to farewells at gangway from Tony and Richard. Another great Azamara touch as this must always be the busiest day of any voyage. Private transfer to airport and were able to access lounge early so has somewhere to sit as Athens is a very busy airport with 160 check in desks and it felt like they were all being used. Security etc far better than Barcelona. Back to NCL via T5 and lounge. Pros The whole experience on board. Staff, Food, Attentiveness, Entertainment and the general vibe as well as good passenger mix.. Cons Miami Miami Miami Miami I well know that they are not deliberately making life difficult but they are RESPONSIBLE for the problems 1: Taxi transfers Barcelona No emergency numbers on paperwork. No properly organised information for pick up point at Barcelona. Athens Advised to be there 15 mins before pick up time so as Nervous Nellie’s we were there at 8.00am for 8.30 pickup. Taxi turned up at 8.40 after having to chase up via phone call. 2: Non inclusive costs for hotel. OK only 5 Euros but the principle is important 3: Excursion costs We should be grateful that they charge so much as it obviously helps to reduce cruise fares but they are simply gouging. 20 years ago it was probably true that cruise lines may have known the ports better than travellers but with internet that is no longer true. I also accept that there is the comfort of a guarantee of not missing the ship but to charge £100 pounds each for a bus trip to Rome or Florence or Nice on a 50 seater bus when the cost of that bus is approx. £1000 is not acceptable Equally the cost of a 5 hour bike ride at £100 The offer of insiders tours on board to see Galley/Bridge and Engine room at $89 when there can be NO EXTRA costs to Azamara as personnel conducting these tours will be salaried is equally ridiculous. The final gouge was the Livorno canal tour. The “comfortably outfitted motorboat “ is as comfortable as a packed tender boat with fibre glass seats with no cushions . It is walkable from ship i.e. no transport costs and Azamara charge $75 for a 12 Euro cruise which we took earlier in the day. To be fair Azamara offer “a luscious Dessert at a special little spot after the cruise” but my goodness it would have to be special at approx $60. 4: Spirits bar. It should be obvious that putting the piano at one end of this area would enable pianist to engage with his audience as currently he is facing the bar and has no ability to interact. Additionally if piano is at one end then if you wish to have conversations with your new friends or do competitive crosswords you can simply sit at far end. Apparently “Miami” have refused to listen to current feedback and will take no action for 6 months. 5: Menus It is time these were “tickled”. I think the Speciality menus are at least 2 years old. Any operation would/should continually look to see what the least popular items i.e pheasant confit/black pudding etc. and look to change them for something new. My choice at breakfast would be kedgeree but I am sure Bonnie, Azamara blogging officer could come up with a poll. I would like to see smaller laid out trays of food at breakfast as there is nothing that looks less attractive than a 12 inch tray of half served scrambled egg or 18 fried eggs looking at you. 6: Dress standards I realise that this is very subjective but I can recognise the difference between “smart casual “and “scruffy”. Ship staff were not empowered to refuse people access to areas based on their clothing as Miami had stated they could only “advise” not refuse. Unless there is some enforcement we will soon have backward facing baseball caps in main dining areas at night. I remember being refused access to a “brunch” a few years ago on Journey because I had a pair of good shorts on. (Not swimming trunks). How times have changed. 7: Guest relations I went to try to speak to Richard (hotel director) twice and was advised “not in his office” but no attempt to page him. 3rd time of asking I asked the female receptionist if he would leave message for convenient time to talk/meet him. No message left so obviously the message from Guest Relations was never passed on as we saw him on leaving ship and he made no apologies for being unable to contact us. It was not a complaint so no reason to avoid us. Final disclaimer. These are my opinions and experiences and other peoples opinion may vary. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
We were pleasantly surprised by the upgrade fairy at check-in moving us from an OV to a Veranda. This was our tenth cruise on an M-class ship and our fourth on Connie. As with most Celebrity crews, the hotel officers were visible and ... Read More
We were pleasantly surprised by the upgrade fairy at check-in moving us from an OV to a Veranda. This was our tenth cruise on an M-class ship and our fourth on Connie. As with most Celebrity crews, the hotel officers were visible and approachable throughout the ship, particularly in the evenings. The ship itself is in very good condition considering it has been at sea for 17 years. We are looking forward to the Edgification of the M-class ships as some of the furnishings are showing their age. With the exception of our room steward who needed reminders occasionally, we found the remainder of the crew excellent, particularly Santosa and his team in the MDR. We felt the food was very good and delivered hot each and every time. The menu selections were broad and tasty. Embarkation in Venice was a breeze. We disembarked at the older terminal (tent structure) in Civitavecchia and found it sufficient. Porters were readily available. We particular enjoy the entertainment on Celebrity and found both the cast shows and single entertainers very good. (This is one of the reasons we prefer X over HAL.) Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
We chose this cruise (10 night Adriatic) because of the itinerary, Venice, Koper, Zadar, Dubrovnik, Kotor, Valletta, Catania and Rome. This was our first cruise with Celebrity, though not new to cruising, having sailed with several ... Read More
We chose this cruise (10 night Adriatic) because of the itinerary, Venice, Koper, Zadar, Dubrovnik, Kotor, Valletta, Catania and Rome. This was our first cruise with Celebrity, though not new to cruising, having sailed with several cruise lines previously. From start to finish our overall impression was understated excellence, professionalism and service. The Constellation is clearly an old ship, does not have the glitz like other ships but for us this was not an issue, quite the contrary. There was plenty of quality seating, even on the 'sea day' Use of the vast Thalassotherapy pool open to all guests without further cost and despite every cabin being taken there was no feeling of being the vessel being cramped. During the cruise the Master was notified that the Constellation could not berth at Catania, so overnight arrangements were made to tender in Siracusa. Free transport was laid on for those wishing to go to Catania. Having heard the comments from those who visited both it seems that consideration should be given to making Siracusa as the destiny, not Catania. A couple of issues, we chose to arrange flights and hotel stay ourselves, this saved £500 on the Celebrity quote. Celebrity charged $15 per overs on for port to town drop off, all the other cruise lines did this without cost, though charged for other things like premier seating. We found the cost of shore excursions exhorbitive and as such made our own arrangements. Tender to shore arrangements were poor, in Kotor the tender took 30 minutes. Despite somewhat lengthy queues waiting for tenders and preferential tendering for 'preferred guests', no seating was provided for disabled guests. As someone that uses walking aids I found the need for lengthy standing very hard. This was the only blot on what would have been a perfect cruise experience and needs addressing. In short, whilst we still book cruises for the itinerary, if we have the opportunity to sail with Celebrity again we would go without hesitation. Read Less
11 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
Personal background - Retired traveling with my wife on 24th RCL cruise and 44th cruise overall. We were asked to join our long time friends on their 1st European trip. We are Diamond +. We love cruising! ---- we like seeing the world ... Read More
Personal background - Retired traveling with my wife on 24th RCL cruise and 44th cruise overall. We were asked to join our long time friends on their 1st European trip. We are Diamond +. We love cruising! ---- we like seeing the world without multiple hotels and flights from place to place. Don't read another word if you must eat your meals in a specialty restaurant, cruise in a suite or have your own tour van and driver waiting for you at every port. We love and respect you guys but that isn't who we are. This review is intended for the cruisers that might want to be bold and venture out on their own and save some money in the process. --- Here we go! Arrived in Rome by air one day early (so that our friends could see some of Rome). We took the train into Roma - Termini. The option here is local (8 euros with one train change) or express (14 euros direct with no stops). We took the local - take the express! too much hassle to move bags to the other platform. Stayed in pleasant B&B within two blocks of station. They had our rooms ready at 10am. Took Metro to Colosseum for 1.5 euros. Trevi Fountain on Metro for another 1.5 euros. We purchased Vatican Museum tickets from home on Vatican site cheaper than travel agents and used them on our return to Rome after the cruise. Day 1 Rome cruise Departure - took train to Civittavecchia (Rome's Port) - 5.10 euros. Local bus at port train station was 2 euros to cruise port. Cruise bus picks up at cruise port entrance for FREE ride to ship. Check in - very fast and efficient before noon ON BOARD! Cabin ready before 1PM - 3056 port side ocean view - we like to see the water but don't need a balcony. Windjammer open for lunch but notice cruisers can serve themselves!!!!! Typical Windjammer fair - good selection. Dinner MDR table with our friends. Day 2 Messina/Taromina - Go to Taromina if you have never seen it. Can get train from port to base of mountain and then local bus to Taromina short distance. Walk through town and reverse travel back to Messina but leave early on return to avoid crowd departure. We had already been there so we walked through Messina to Catholic chapel overlooking town but also stopped at noon in front of the mechanical clock tower for 15 minute show. BOUGHT whole Napoli Pizza for 1.50 euros! - fed all four of us! Best Pizza of whole trip!!!!!! Day 3 at sea - spent half of the day in the Solarium. The hot tub jets WERE WORKING!!! Day 4 Athens - Hard/windy rain but three of us walk to train station for 1.20 euro (senior discount over 65 yrs old) ride from port to downtown Athens. Watched Honor Guard at Parliament high step with pom poms on the shoes. Walked to Pantheon (free entry on this date due to national holiday) past Hadrian's Arch. Returned to ship on train for same price. This is when we heard several passengers were still on board with NORVO symptoms. Look it up and then go WASH YOUR HANDS!!!! The crew began cleaning/disinfecting all surfaces being touched. One of our group was now down and confined to their cabin. More reports came in as the numbers rose! Extreme measures are now in place -- rails wiped every half hour - even the railings into the hot tubs. Food is now served by staff in Windjammer!!!!! V-Bags are out all over the ship! First we hear 50 then 100. The Captain admits there is a NORVO outbreak and announces the highest level of CDC response (more than 200 cases) and the war is on!!! Day 5 Mykonos - Great stop with wonderful easy walking streets and alleys. We were tendered into port and had a nice lunch while shopping. On our return to the ship our second friend begins to have symptoms. For those who have never experienced this travelers virus. It hits you fast and hard. Its all hands on deck cleaning. Even the ships officers are behind the Windjammer serving line helping out. Day 6 Rhodes - Walked to the Museum of the Crusaders and have a fantastic experience walking through the hospital where so many men from all over Europe gathered during the crusades to heal or die of their wounds or sickness. It would be a real life history lesson for anyone. We WILL BE BACK!!! Back on board, our friends are recovering and get released from cabin restriction at midnight. Day 7 Santorini - Catch 1st tender off the ship to get early gondola ride up the cliffside to the white washed town with the blue domes. Beautiful views and very picturesque. Another island that we would return to see again. Our friends join us in town in the late morning. My wife and I NEVER got sick and our friends were completely recovered but the other cruisers were still having issues. Day 8 - At Sea - Another day at the Solarium and more Trivia challenges. Day 9 - Naples - The port authority delay everyone from departing from the ship for more than 2 hours. We think it was because of their concern over the Norvo outbreak but we were never told why. The crew is exhausted but the sick cruisers are almost all well again as is our foursome. We had already been to Pompeii which you can do on your own by simply walking or taking the tram over to the train station. The cost is less than 8 euros and a short walk to the ruins where you can hire you own guide at the entrance. You can negotiate the price. Stay at least two/three hours, have lunch and return to the train. We took the same train to the Herculaneum ruins closer to Naples and had another 8 euro pizza for lunch. Retuning to the ship was an even faster express train and a walk down Naples shopping street back to the port. Day 10 - Departure for Rome - Again, very efficient, same bus rides to the train station in Civitavecchia and back into Rome for our Vatican Tour using the 1.5 euro Metro again. Day 11 - We get up early and take the short walk back to Termini for the EXPRESS train direct to the airport. We NEVER took a ship's excursion, got into a taxi, got pick pocketed or got sick eating the local fare or drinking the local brew. Access to restrooms are either public or as simple as a wonderful 1.50 euro pastry purchase at a local café. The Jewel of the Seas did a fantastic job and we would gladly cruise again with this Captain, this crew and this ship. Read Less
17 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
We are a Canadian couple in our early 50's have done both cruising and all inclusive packages. This was our 20th cruise and 2nd with Celebrity. ( some back ground details so you understand this was not our first experience at ... Read More
We are a Canadian couple in our early 50's have done both cruising and all inclusive packages. This was our 20th cruise and 2nd with Celebrity. ( some back ground details so you understand this was not our first experience at travel.) We had chosen Celebrity as this was our second European journey with Celebrity. Love the size of the ships and the itineraries. We also landed a few perks that were nice incentives as well. Embarkation was smooth and quick in Venice. We did stay at an Airbnb for 3 days prior to tour around. Water taxis are easy to negotiate in Venice. Purchase a multi day pass and explore on and off. We water taxied from the airport to our Airbnb. Easy peasy. Just research in advance. We were on the ship in 20 mins of arrival at the port. Smooth, checked in and eating our lunch on board at 12:30 cabins were ready at 1:30 luggage at room by 2:30pm Muster drill at 3:45ish then off to the races for 10 amazing days. The ship is wonderful. My only complaint. Not even a complaint more of an observation was the main piazza. It really did not exist like in most ships there is a vast opening from the 3rd floor all the way up to the 7th. Seats all around so you can ppl watch and listen to entertainment. As this is an older ship the design, it is quint and areas are choppy. Like I said an observation and unique. Not a disappointment. The staff were friendly and polite at all times. They are hard working people miles away from their families for months on end to ensure that we as passengers have a pleasurable experience. I often get to know our waiters, they have wonderful stories. Food was excellent. Bar service never an issue. The Classic booze package was just perfect. House wines wonderful, from Tuscany, Chili, South Africa to name a few. Did not feel the pressure to upsell at all. Spirits were plentiful and mid range. Really unless you are a alcohol expert Classic is perfect. Cabin was well appointed. Balcony was perfect size, room steward was tentative. Our ports. 1. Koper Slovenia: itself is very small, so an hour or so is likely to be enough time to stroll then head out and explore. Ships dock opposite a lift which takes you up to town level. You can also walk its about 6mins. We took the public from Koper to Piran which is a really pretty town a little along the coast and the drive there and back has some scenery too. Regular city buses and inexpensive. Travel every 30 mins to and from Piran is a must. Go to the info centre and we booked a 7 Euro per person walking tour for 90 mins. It was excellent. Such a beautiful spot and have the narrative along the way was exceptional. Eat at a seaside restaurant. Excellent seafood. 2. Zadar Croatia: Free shuttle from the ship to town. Bus lets you off at the boardwalk first hit the The Sea Organs (http://vinovo.magnify.net/video/ZADAR-Morske-orgulje-Sea-Orga) Then continue on the board walk into old town. Explore I suggest you stay in the old part of the town, sit in a caffees, do some people watching, than change a spot and do the same. The church St. Donat and the treasury chamber are worth the visit inside, other than that Zadar is more an experience of strolling through the streets (like ST. Paul de Vence near Nice or Aix a Provance near Marsellies if you are familiar). 3. Dubrovnik Croatia. Having stayed there 6 yrs ago did not want to visit old town. That is amazing and walk to the bus terminal which is adjacent to the cruise terminal and busses travel to and from old town for cheap. .The ship charges 5 xs the cost for the same thing. We opted to visit sea-side town of Cavtat. Not a long bus ride but what a beautiful town. We just strolled along the waterside that borders the town. Swam in the Adriatic. 5 areas to sun yourself on a pier. rent chairs and relax for a couple of hours. A lot of nice café’s and places to sit as you walk. Hiking / walking paths easily marked worth strolling. What a great day and a must see this town. A ferry ride back to Dubrovnik or the bus. we opted for the bus as it brought us back to the terminal next to the ship. You can take Libertas #10 from the Gruz Harbor directly to Cavtat. Bus cost is 25 Kuna per person, no foreign currency. Take the small boat back to the old town, 4.Kotor Montenegro. Wake up early and watch the sights pulling into the harbor.Bay of Kotor surrounded by steep,mountains lined with historic buildings, churches, towers, docks, and marinas along the shore. It’s onthe list of the 25 most beautiful bays in the world. We tendered and walked the stairs 430 up the side of the mountain. The views amazing. Arrive early and do this. the hike up is aprox 50 mins. Not for the faint of heart. Bring water. The walk down was good but started to get crowed by fellow tourists. Spend the rest of the day in Old town getting lost in the streets and enjoy an Aperol Sprits and seafood. 5. Sea day..need I say more. Sleep in and enjoy the amenities of the ship. Message special at the spa for this day. FYI. Book it the evening before they promo that on the ship. 6 & 7. Malta Valetta. 2 days. purchase the hop on hop off pass for 2 days. 32.00 usa and it is charged to your room by the ship. Excellent cheap way to see the Island. We did the red line one day and the blue line the next. Spent time in the old town. they have 2 for 1 dinks on the main street. 2 aperol spritz for the price of one. Good way to finish an afternoon. We swam in the Mediterranean at the Grotto. 8. Sicily - Sircusa ( did not stop in Catania Italy due to berth availability.) Sircusa was an amazing surprise. Tender to the Island. Walk to the right. find the market what a great experience. The market with the local produce, spices, cheeses and the vibe of the shop keepers. Stoll old town and have a lunch. Walk the marina. Impressive yachts. 9. Naples. Having been before we opted for the Fast ferry to Capri. Beautiful, stunning and totally worth the 40min Ferry ride. Ferry from Naples to Capri departs at 8:35 / 9:10 Purchase at the ferry. Once on Capri immediately purchase ticket for Naples ( fills up fast) Capri harbour a taxi or trolly up to the town for glorious views - especially dizzying vertical views waaaaay down to sea- level from viewpoints on the edge of town. Capri there are a number of little restaurants and shops right by the docks Don't buy the ticket online ahead of time. When you get off the ship just go to the left and you can buy your ticket. Check the schedules though as you may not want a round trip with the ferry company. Some are faster then others. If you aren't going round trip with the same company just buy your ticket in Capri right there when you get there and you are set for your return. Be sure to do the chair lift, the views are amazing!!!!!!. We hiked the Arco Nature walk. totally worth the view. took us 25 mins of meandering through small walk ways with surprising views around each corner. Away from the crowds. It was fabulous. We had a great sea view lunch then back to the ship on the 2:50 Ferry gave us time to relax on the ship. 10. Rome. Having been before. Unfortunately high tailed it to the airport. aprox 50 mins from the port. Pre arrange a driver. Fellow travellers are congested at this port trying to arrange for transportation. If you choose to do Rome for a few days. It is a must. Book and Airbnb. Book tours through Viator. and take in the sights and food you will not be disappointed. This was an amazing journey. My apologies if this seemed long winded. These reviews do help me with journaling my travels. I found these tips to be of help for me while doing my research. I hope this will be of benefit to others. Celebrity will not disappoint. Bon voyage. Ciao Safe travels. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2018
This was our first cruise and celebrity did not disappoint. We travelled Aqua Class which meant we could dine in Blu which we did every night our Hostess Cynthia was amazing as were all the staff and somellier. Our cabin was lovely and ... Read More
This was our first cruise and celebrity did not disappoint. We travelled Aqua Class which meant we could dine in Blu which we did every night our Hostess Cynthia was amazing as were all the staff and somellier. Our cabin was lovely and kept that way by Melvyn we had canapés every day as well. Bar staff were all superb especially Limesh and Vargas they looked after us really wee, I was amazed how they can remember your drinks with so many passengers to serve. The captain and officers were very visible and mingled with passengers every night. When we got off ship for an excursion Captain Leo was always there to wish you a good day, he was exceptional. Entertainment was good but not fantastic maybe we were expecting too much there was a good variety though. Alejandro the cruise director was very good or alej handsome as the captain called him. This certainly won’t be our last cruise with Celebrity you have hooked us. Read Less
13 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
We departed from Dubrovnik on September 23, 2018 setting sail for Venice. Our intended flight schedule was intended to take us from San Antonio, Texas to Dallas to an overnight in Madrid and then on to Dubrovnik on the day of sailing. All ... Read More
We departed from Dubrovnik on September 23, 2018 setting sail for Venice. Our intended flight schedule was intended to take us from San Antonio, Texas to Dallas to an overnight in Madrid and then on to Dubrovnik on the day of sailing. All of our luggage took different routes including stops in London, Vienna, Zurich, Frankfurt, Zagreb and finally to Zadar, Croatia. We were exhausted from trying to reunite with our luggage upon boarding the Esprit. The staff on board insisted on turning the task at hand over to them and to their network of Port Agents. They worked tirelessly to find our luggage and finally on Wednesday evening, after leaving Dubrovnik on Sunday, we were reunited with our luggage. We wore the same clothes for five days with the staff refreshing our clothes every day. The vessel was full and all of our fellow passengers recognized us by our apparent non-changing wardrobe. On the next evening we were in proper attire and were noticed and recognized with abundant cheers from our fellow guests. The Crystal Esprit is a mere 82 meters in length. One must remember that at one time it was an individual's personal yacht. Before it entered the Crystal fleet it was totally gutted and converted to a luxury yacht for about sixty-one discerning guests. I need not say how absolutely wonderful the cruise was and how we were treated by the staff. From Johann the Hotel Director, Grace and Jaypee at the Reception Desk, Lauren, Joel and Milly who served us at the bars and in the dining venues and Gee and Kath who kept our suite in perfect order, everything was over the top. We went on a couple of shore excursions which were excellent. On some ports we chose to walk around on our own where we did a bit of shopping and had a "local" lunch. The shopping was fun and interesting but we spent three days in the wonderful city of Venice which is a shopping mecca at the end of the cruise. Although we have several favorite restaurants in Venice, the dining aboard the Esprit outshined a couple of them. The dining experience ranks with some of the finist restaurants around the world. The presentation was unmatched. Adam, the Executive Chef, was incredibly creative. One day, he went ashore to round up some black and white truffles. We had homemade pasta with truffles as well as truffle omelettes for breakfast. Of course, we were lucky that it was truffle season in Europe. All included wines were great but we supplemented them with optional Caymus Cabernet. Cocktails were all hand crafted with premium liquors. The evening entertainment was lovely with relaxing music offered by Craig at the piano and, at times, with the Captain on his guitar. Water activities included jet-ski rides and two-person excursions on Crystal's own submarine on board (extra charge for that experience) The water was a bit too cold for me. We are well-traveled and my wife and I agree that the Crystal Esprit ranks at the top of our travel experiences. We are sailing on the Crystal Serenity out of LA in December and then it's back with our Esprit family in February in the Caribbean. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
Typically, we cruise whatever line is cheapest. For our honeymoon, we decided to go up-market for our cruise, as well as take a break from the Caribbean. Celebrity Eclipse was unequivocally the best ship we have been on. it seemed our ... Read More
Typically, we cruise whatever line is cheapest. For our honeymoon, we decided to go up-market for our cruise, as well as take a break from the Caribbean. Celebrity Eclipse was unequivocally the best ship we have been on. it seemed our honeymoon status followed us everywhere. From a card, chocolate covered strawberries and champagne from the Captain, to an invitation for sail away on the helipad, to the acknowledgement by wait staff in specialty restaurants, we have never seen a cruise line so well organized and in tune with their guests. Dining was sublime. I would argue the buffet on Eclipse was comparable to the MDR on Carnival. We, for the first time ever, dined at every specialty restaurant, including the Chef's Table. Bar scene was also perfect- upgrading from the Classic to Premium package was well worth the up charge. While our cabin was mostly typical of what you would expect on any other line, it was the small touches that made Celebrity excel; I.e., umbrellas, tote bags, chocolates on the pillow. Our cabin steward, Apollo, would stop working if he heard us coming down the hall, escorting us to our room and opening the door for us.No matter how many times we seemed to unmake the bed for mid-day naps, our room was never not made up. A far cry from what we're used to on Carnival, where service is only once daily. Celebrity's entertainment was by far the best we've seen on any ship. It was a wonderful change of pace to have live music throughout the ship, from the string duo playing during embarkation, to a live combo band accompanying the production shows. It was also wonderful to not have to contend with the typical poolside racket of belly flop contests, hair chest competitions, silly dance offs, etc. Ports and shore excursions were fantastic, and the reason we came on this trip. Captain Leo ensured that bad weather would not ruin our call in Santorini, re-arranging the order of ports to ensure we could visit the island. The ShoreEx staff was extremely organized- no milling around the gangway or on the pier to find our group. Hands down the best cruise. We're ruined and can only cruise Celebrity now. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
We took a celebrity cruise in 2017 and were very disappointed in the ship but we tried them one more time. This time we took the eclipse. It was a totally different experience. I have been on several solstice class ships before and loved ... Read More
We took a celebrity cruise in 2017 and were very disappointed in the ship but we tried them one more time. This time we took the eclipse. It was a totally different experience. I have been on several solstice class ships before and loved them. This one was no different. The ship was beautiful, the staff was was wonderful and super captain Leo saved the day when a storm almost caused us to miss santorini. He even worked with the Greek navy to make room for our ship to dock on a different day and switched our date for Rhodes so we could go to all the ports originally scheduled. Most captains would have just added a sea day instead of going through all that effort. The only disappointment was that the fish in the dining room always seemed to be overlooked. My husband, who likes “well done”seafood said it was always dry. And the chicken in the buffet also seemed dry too. My meals were always wonderful. I have another cruise scheduled on the eclipse and I know it will be fabulous. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
Accommodations we’re excellent! Thanks to Loy, Jovito, and Susana for all the attention provided to make sure our cruise experience was amazing. Restaurants were all great and accommodated my gluten free requests, thankful to all the ... Read More
Accommodations we’re excellent! Thanks to Loy, Jovito, and Susana for all the attention provided to make sure our cruise experience was amazing. Restaurants were all great and accommodated my gluten free requests, thankful to all the staff that paid careful attention to detail in preparing our meals. I enjoyed the mandara SPA massage as well, nicely allocated thermal suites and pools to provide an scape during our sea day. Active cruise with multiple stops to keep us engaged in exploring different areas of Kotor, Olympia, Athens, and Croatia. A cut above staff makes sure you are set up to enjoy your cruise. There was some Gail wind storm following us through the Adriatic but that did not disrupted the fun. I also enjoyed the Gatsby’s bar and the French restaurant the most! Well done NCL. We are certainly coming back for more European routes and are even thinking of a transatlantic cruise next year! Read Less
Sail Date: September 2018
We decided to review our cruise as we truly appreciate others doing so. Thank you all. We chose this cruise for its itinerary not realizing this S class ship would be so wonderful. Booked a VIP tour with our travel agent Alberto at ... Read More
We decided to review our cruise as we truly appreciate others doing so. Thank you all. We chose this cruise for its itinerary not realizing this S class ship would be so wonderful. Booked a VIP tour with our travel agent Alberto at Online Vacation Center that included pre night hotel in Rome, air and transfers. Made it so easy and loved having few days in Rome again. Our journey on the Reflection was made so memorable by the crew. Everyone and we mean everyone was super friendly and helpful making this one of our favorite journeys. The ship itself although large is incredibly well laid out and easy to navigate. As we were in a Concierge Cabin embarkation was just minutes. Our cabin was lovely and its balcony was a bit larger than the others. Lots of storage and the closet was great. Our steward Dominic kept everything super clean. The bathroom was the biggest surprise as it was the largest we've had. We got a good workout walking to the elevators which we didn't mind at all. One tip is to bring strong magnetic hooks as the walls are magnetic. We use to hang hats etc and super handy. Just make sure they are strong magnets. We chose anytime dining and after meeting Alexio waited until a table for 2 was available in his area. Didn't know until afterwards that we could have set up a certain time for each night of the cruise. The food was great and we saw no need to eat in any of the specialty restaurants. We made a special effort to go to the shows and most were terrific. A male vocal group from Germany was onboard and other guests were invited to their afternoon show on sea day. What a gift. They were amazing. The ports were all fabulous and by the end of the journey we were exhausted. We didn't use the ship's excursions as we prefer small tours in the ports. Safe and happy travels fellow members! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
I took my husband and three adult children to Croatia on the Azamara Quest. The ship was lovely, (smaller than most - 600 passengers). The service was phenomenal, the food was outstanding, the cabins were very comfortable and well ... Read More
I took my husband and three adult children to Croatia on the Azamara Quest. The ship was lovely, (smaller than most - 600 passengers). The service was phenomenal, the food was outstanding, the cabins were very comfortable and well maintained. Although my family had a wonderful time, I would not highly recommend this cruise for twenty-somethings, unless you are with other families with similar aged kids. My kids kept themselves busy at the casino, and while there is music and some entertainment which is enough for us 50+ year olds, it’s not the kind of entertainment a 28 year old wants. I would however, recommend this cruise line and cruise ship for anyone 50+. The food in the main dining room was superb. We are a family of cooks and foodies and really found most meals to be very good to outstanding. Daniel in the dining room seemed to always be there when needed. The stateroom attendant, Giri, was perfect. He was there when we needed him and Took great care of us. The wait staff was plentiful and always smiling. I will return. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
My first cruise on Celebrity was a wonderful, luxurious experience. The ship was beautiful and clean. The crew was friendly and helpful. Food was delicious and plentiful. There were many activities available on the ship. I booked ... Read More
My first cruise on Celebrity was a wonderful, luxurious experience. The ship was beautiful and clean. The crew was friendly and helpful. Food was delicious and plentiful. There were many activities available on the ship. I booked the Rome port transportation with Celebrity. I arrived 1 day early and stayed at the Rome airport Hilton. I had planned to walk back to the airport arrival area to catch their bus to the port but I was pleased to find out the Celebrity had a bus that left from the Rome airport Hilton. When the cruise was complete, I received luggage tags the night before arriving in Rome. The number corresponded to a time to meet and catch the return bus to the Rome airport. I especially enjoyed breakfast in the Oceanview Cafe. The staff was very cheerful and frequently greeted people. There was always a wide variety of food to choose from. Nightly entertainment was excellent. I attended shows in the Reflection Theater each night and there was a great variety of top performances. Every evening we received a handout containing the next day's activities, helpful information and tips; so we could easily plan our activities. In the morning Rich and Nacho had a helpful review of the day's activities on a television channel. There was also a channel devoted to excursions. I booked my excursions with Celebrity except for Mykonos which I explored on my own. All of the locations were beautiful but Santorini and Mykonos were my favorites. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: September 2018
Cruising Croatia has always been a big wish on my part. This cruise plan was to go to new place every day, which meant no sea days! We started out from Venice. Can recommend to do that once in your lifetime..still not as beautiful as ... Read More
Cruising Croatia has always been a big wish on my part. This cruise plan was to go to new place every day, which meant no sea days! We started out from Venice. Can recommend to do that once in your lifetime..still not as beautiful as leaving Stockholm, but very moving in some way. Unfortunately, due to heavy winds, our itenerary was changed. I have deep respect for the captain for making a decision that make some cruisers very upset or sad. Communication from bridge was very fulfilling. Even though our cabin had the smallest bathroom of all the cabins we have had on other cruises....always balcony .....we managed! We found the food in the restaurant very delicious, but were disappointed by the choises of all included wine. Only 2 different white and reds and 1 rose to choose between Each Day. Actually the rose was the same all week....the white and red were the same again after four nights.....We had read that Azamara usually serve wine from the regions they visit, but in this case that was not correct, as we were offered Wine from Chile, South Africa and France. On other all inclusive cruises, we have been on Regent and Silversea, they had a better selection. Having said that, we still loved our cruise and do hope to come back. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
This was our first cruise not with Holland America but we were soon appreciative of the comfort and luxury offered by MSC. The accommodation was excellent and the food exceeded our expectations. The itinerary both on board and the ... Read More
This was our first cruise not with Holland America but we were soon appreciative of the comfort and luxury offered by MSC. The accommodation was excellent and the food exceeded our expectations. The itinerary both on board and the excursions suited us well as we are both nearly 70 being able to relax and enjoy the leisurly days as we wanted was important. The public spaces were a little noisy but there were quiet places and all the staff were helpful and made us welcome. Embarkation in Venice could have been easier as the ship is a little way from the water taxi stop but a quick drink in one of the many comfortable lounges soon revived us. Dinning was pleasant and of a high standard, the staff really made us welcome and spoke good English making it easy for us to chat end enjoy the time spent with them. We have no hesitation in recommending the cruise on MSC Lirica and are looking forward to a repeat cruise. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
Best Vacation I traveled the Mediterranean aboard the MSC Lyrica for 8 days in September with a few girlfriends and had an absolute blast. I was amazed at how hard the crew worked during our stay. They were very attentive & ... Read More
Best Vacation I traveled the Mediterranean aboard the MSC Lyrica for 8 days in September with a few girlfriends and had an absolute blast. I was amazed at how hard the crew worked during our stay. They were very attentive & accommodating. We paid for the unlimited drink package in advance and when we arrived, our cabin cards did not reflect such. We went to the reception desk and were taken care of with cards updated immediately. The food was mediocre in my opinion but that is not abnormal for cruise lines. There were options of salads, hamburgers, hotdogs, French fries & pizza every day & night so when nothing was appealing on the buffet there was always these options to fall back on. The breakfast was my favorite meal of the day, eggs made in every variety for different preferences. The dinner restaurant was enjoyable. Our servers, Antonio & Igor were very nice and provided excellent service. Trust me we were a group of picky eaters and they handled us with such grace. There was a hard time finding sun beds on the deck for relaxation, early bird gets the worm with the chairs & that’s normal. Walter waited on us regularly on the deck. This guy was always there hustling to provide superior service; quick, attentive and friendly. The drink menu had a large variety, Definitely something for all tastes. I enjoyed different mixed cocktails by day & wine or whiskey on ice by night. I did find many of the passengers were rude & lacked manners. Simple things we do in America like not cut in line and wait for an elevator to empty before entering was definitely lacking in abundance during my stay. Excursions were good, locations were amazing. There were a couple excursion guides that were a bit brash but balanced with the others that were friendly while informative. Absolutely beautiful sceneries. Would like to have had more free time on land when planned excursions. The entertainment was perfect. The nightly shows in the theater were different each night and had good choreography. My personal favorite place at night was the Lord Nelson bar. Nightly music by Nenad was so nice to settle down for the evening. He offered a variety of music choices and even tossed some comedy into his gigs. The service was superior in this bar than the others, all the drink waiters and waitresses were hospitable. The bartenders in this bar were also above average, Yash always had a smile on his face and eager to serve. If there’s such thing as regulars in a weeks time, this was the location. I not only adored the staff & entertainment in this bar but made friends from all over the world with fellow passengers. The music, service and company each night will forever hold a warm place in my memory of my time on the Lyrica. The ship was clean; bathrooms, sitting areas, bars, dining spaces, floors & cabins. I noted employees cleaning at all hours. Our cabin was cleaned twice a day and the entire ship was maintained well in accordance with the amount of people on the ship. Overall this was an exceptional experience and I will be booking with MSC again in the near future, along with strong recommendations to my family, friends & colleagues. Read Less
10 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
I wasn't expecting much from this cruise - having been once before with P&O on Ventura and finding the food to be absolutely dire for the price we paid - but the itinerary and local flights from Cardiff to Corfu suited us so ... Read More
I wasn't expecting much from this cruise - having been once before with P&O on Ventura and finding the food to be absolutely dire for the price we paid - but the itinerary and local flights from Cardiff to Corfu suited us so decided to go for my 40th birthday with my mother. And what a completely different experience it was! Firstly, I am not a fan of all-inclusive and haven't done such a holiday in over 14 years. But I am now well and truly converted, at least as far as Marella is concerned. The food was absolutely delicious, wherever we ate. It was good quality and there were definitely no short-cuts being taken anywhere. In fact, a carved fillet steak we got in the Main Dining Room (so no supplement) was the best fillet steak I have EVER tasted, anywhere....! I am not sure how that is even possible but there you go, it just goes to show the quality of the food Marella are delivering on their cruises. The drinks included had to be experienced to be believed - the only thing not included was bottled water...! Main brand drinks all the way and even better the wonderful staff were there taking your orders from your table or your sun lounger and promptly delivering them straight to you! Now, the staff.... Just wow....! I have stayed in quite a few 5* hotels that could only dream of providing the service that the staff provided on the Discovery. It was seriously that good. Bearing in mind how many staff members there are on the ship - and I could honestly not fault one single person. They worked tirelessly to give us a fabulous holiday. I am not sure how Tui/Marella are doing this at the prices they charge but it just goes to show they are definitely doing something right as every single member of staff was absolutely top notch and so happy to be there doing their jobs. Special mention for our Cabin Steward Charlie, who was an absolute angel and also to Josh Harris the actor host, who was absolutely beautiful, both inside and out! Such a lovely person who always took the time to talk to us, what an absolute gentleman. Thanks Josh! Martyn the Cruise Director was also lovely and always took the time to ask how we were enjoying ourselves. There are only one or two things I think Marella could improve upon, which isn't a lot bearing in mind how picky I am when it comes to holidays. Firstly the entertainment wasn't that great - we nicknamed the Live Room the 'Dead Room' as the resident pianist Jessica wasn't to our taste at all and neither were the band 4Tunes - we found the song choices from both were just really depressing! The saving grace was two shows from the absolutely amazing comedian Jay McGee - he was the funniest comedian I've seen for a long time and it was impossible to watch him without crying tears of laughter - my cheeks hurt from laughing so hard! Love you Jay! There was also an odd odour of sewerage in some parts of the ship which wasn't very pleasant and still not sure where it came from. Also, the taps in the cabin bathroom are horrific and need to be changed asap. They were of the 'spinkler' type and just splashed water everywhere apart from on our hands and faces! After only being back from the cruise only 1 day I am already looking to book again for next year with Marella and I cannot wait. A MASSIVE well done to all of you and thank you so much for changing my mind about the whole cruise experience! Read Less

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