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This cruise started from Venice and started out badly - the embarkation process was a nightmare. It took us just over 2 and a half hours of standing around with little assistance from MSC personnel. The food was not great either in our ... Read More
This cruise started from Venice and started out badly - the embarkation process was a nightmare. It took us just over 2 and a half hours of standing around with little assistance from MSC personnel. The food was not great either in our view - certainly in the main evening dining. It could have been better prepared, more spices and attention to the taste. I know the kitchens cook for 2000+ people ad it is not easy but that is their job and supposed expertise. I think certain extras were unfair such s paying for tenders at two of the ports. Plus silly things like ice cream - we hade a fantastica package with drinks but had to pay 3 Euros extra to get an ice cream cone One major concern for me was the way the itinerary was described. We were said to have one day at sea - between Split ad Santorini. And so we did. But the visit to Mykonos arrived at 8:00pm at night and left the immediate following morning a 3:00am - thereafter we sailed the whole day and the entire next morning before we got to Dubrovnik. I class this as two whole days at sea and I believe the itinerary description was carefully positioned as to not make this aspect evident. Some passengers had not appreciated this. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
We chose this cruise for the itinerary but were ultimately disappointed with the destinations as the experience was spoiled by ridiculous numbers of tourists, despite it being towards the end of the season. The cabins were fine although ... Read More
We chose this cruise for the itinerary but were ultimately disappointed with the destinations as the experience was spoiled by ridiculous numbers of tourists, despite it being towards the end of the season. The cabins were fine although the curtains were in dire need of replacing. In general the ship looked tired. The ship was generally very clean and our cabin was spotless thanks to our excellent steward. The food quality varied enormously, as did the service, even though we ate in the same dining room each evening. Occasionally, the food was very good but mostly it was mediocre and occasionally inedible. We did complain about the food on a couple of occasions. There were two formal evenings on the cruise and the information supplied by Royal Caribbean clearly stated that lounge suits or dinner jackets were required in the dining rooms, furthermore any passengers not appropriately dressed would not be able to there and would have to eat in the buffet. Unfortunately, on both formal nights there were numerous people inappropriately dressed in jeans, trainers and t-shirts. We did not take any organised shore excursions as the costs were extortionate. The entertainment was poor. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
The embarking process was quick and smooth. The barman at the lagoona bar. Bagus was the best, always friendly and make us laugh. Our waiter at table 704 de oliviera was great. He treated us like royalty. All the ports except Barndisi ... Read More
The embarking process was quick and smooth. The barman at the lagoona bar. Bagus was the best, always friendly and make us laugh. Our waiter at table 704 de oliviera was great. He treated us like royalty. All the ports except Barndisi was great. There is nothing special to see. I would definitly do this cruise again. The musica staff is the best. Our room was located right in front of the ship and it was quite our cabin steward was very friendly and our room was spotless every time we return to the cabin. The food in the restaurants was great. I've tried all the food of which i could not pronounce the name of and believe me it exceeded my expectations every time. The entertainment staff was full of energy and makes us laugh a lot. Overall it was a great ship with a great crew . Well done guys Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
Itinerary appealed to us. Croatian ports and inner passage. We are used to travelling on Princess and Seabourn. We expected something from Azamara that was “in between” but feel we didn’t get it. The food was bland and there was ... Read More
Itinerary appealed to us. Croatian ports and inner passage. We are used to travelling on Princess and Seabourn. We expected something from Azamara that was “in between” but feel we didn’t get it. The food was bland and there was little fish offered as main course on any day. The lunchtime buffet on the final day was outstanding but lunch on other days was not. If you chose to eat light and have a salad there was nothing much to go with the salad unless you had a Caesar salad. We were very impressed with the pre embarkation information and duly loaded our details including photos and set up the Azamara app but when came to check in at Venice the receptionist chose to discard all this and made us start again. Ridiculous. The information on the app was not updated properly so the menus were never accurate. So all in all the app was a shambles. Nonetheless we had an enjoyable cruise but would prefer Princess in future. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
This was my 50th birthday treat. Unfortunately the embarkation was terrible. We were made to wait 2.5 hours in the terminal (felt like cattle shed) before boarding (no organisation just all gathered like being at a concert) Compared to ... Read More
This was my 50th birthday treat. Unfortunately the embarkation was terrible. We were made to wait 2.5 hours in the terminal (felt like cattle shed) before boarding (no organisation just all gathered like being at a concert) Compared to other cruise liners this was disgraceful. Staff on board were not that friendly to start with and I think they had so many complaints they had to make an effort, especially to the ‘English Speaking ‘ guests. The food was okay but not a great selection that you get on other cruise liners but the boat was clean. Plus you had to pay extra for tenders and surcharges that we were not aware of. MSC did listen to our complaints and issued chocolate covered strawberries with an apology but there are only so many strawberries you can eat! I hope they do listen and take on board where they can improve on their service. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
It is true that some areas of the ship are tired and that the Schooners bar is a little too small but other than that it is an excellent ship. The staff are truly wonderful. The entertainment staff are so talented and the whole experience ... Read More
It is true that some areas of the ship are tired and that the Schooners bar is a little too small but other than that it is an excellent ship. The staff are truly wonderful. The entertainment staff are so talented and the whole experience for us was very enjoyable. We were slightly disappointed in the service in the Chops Grille as it did not live up to the standard of the non pay dining areas. The food was excellent but felt that the waiter did not care about us as he was slow and did not even ask if we had enjoyed our meal (which we did). It did not spoil it for us though. We really loved being part of this cruise. We met wonderful people and enjoyed hearing about their lives. The shows were very good and the compère of the game shows was great. We look forward to our next RCI cruise. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
This was a must do cruise for us and been 4 years in the waiting! Why because of the itinerary all in one trip. Good parts, itinerary, cruise staff, food, drinks etc Bad parts, old ship, woeful musicians apart from the two ... Read More
This was a must do cruise for us and been 4 years in the waiting! Why because of the itinerary all in one trip. Good parts, itinerary, cruise staff, food, drinks etc Bad parts, old ship, woeful musicians apart from the two bands that stood out performing every day & night. The shows in theatre were woeful at best the two guest entertainers were excellent! The ship should getting ready for another refurbishment but I doubt it, with it being a small ship it’s quite easy to get around lifts told you deck 5 when in fact deck 9 but we soon got used to it. Food onboard was acceptable in both buffet and main restaurant with staff being excellent. With smoking in the casino that only left four bars open at night! Trying to get away from the guitar & violinist was an issue they kept going to the one good bar, without being rude they were probably the worst in our 15 cruises I never seen them acknowledge each other never mind speak obviously talented people but what they played was awful, perhaps it wasn’t what they liked to play. The cabin was clean but dated without the usual bill on your tv. To end of complaints our charges on visa didn’t tally with the paper bill. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
This was our first cruise and we chose this one for seven days as we are great Game of Thrones fans and booked excursions for Split and Dubrovnik. From start to finish everything was fantastic from check in to check out. We had flown in ... Read More
This was our first cruise and we chose this one for seven days as we are great Game of Thrones fans and booked excursions for Split and Dubrovnik. From start to finish everything was fantastic from check in to check out. We had flown in with Thomas Cook and P and O could not have done more to return us smoothly to the UK. Food was amazing especially in The Plaza and we were polite for choice. Our inside cabin was far better than we expected, and a special mention for Roy our room steward who was a gem. The entertainment was brilliant and nothing disappointed...the shows were all packed and standing ovations every night. Our excursions were excellent value for money and the guides were very knowledgable and good fun. What more can I say...great friendly helpful staff that Captain Bourne should be very proud of. Thank you Oceana for the holiday of a life time. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
We have been on the Celebration a couple of times before so we new what to expect. The TUI flight was on time from Gatwick on the Dreamliner plane. The bonded luggage should be adopted at all airports as it is in Dubrovnic, where you check ... Read More
We have been on the Celebration a couple of times before so we new what to expect. The TUI flight was on time from Gatwick on the Dreamliner plane. The bonded luggage should be adopted at all airports as it is in Dubrovnic, where you check your luggage in as usual at the airport, and the next time you see it is outside you cabin door when you arrive on board, The same on return, your luggage is collected from outside your cabin on the last night and you next see it on the belt at the home airport. Last time on the Celebration we checked in on board and it went very smoothly, this time we checked in in a shed at the dockside and it was chaos, queue, queue, and more queues. Our cabin was 203, a de-luxe cabin on deck 6 right at the front of the ship looking foreward and was very quiet. We ate breakfast and lunch in the Lido, and dinner in the main dining room and found the food and service excellent. The waiters now serve the wine as well, and that kept flowing nicely. We were not pestered at all to upgrade to the premium drinks package as the standard package was adequate for us, nor were we pestered to have photos taken we just said 'no thanks' and were left alone. We did dine at the extra payable 'Kora La' restaurant one night and that also was excellent. We only went on one excursion and that was to the Corinth canal trip from Athens, which included a boat trip on the canal which was amazing to think the canal was dug by slaves. We went to all the shows in the show lounge which included an excellent comedian one night, and he returned the next evening for a late night 'adult' session. It's a shame that the Celebration will soon be leaving the fleet, although it has always had its 'wobble' its always been our ( and lots of other people) favourite. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
my daughter and i chose this cruise for the itinerary and the journey (spa cabin). Thanks to a member of cruise critic we booked 2 10 hr. day trips to jerusalem from ashod and took the 3rd day in haifa to rest our guide had an ma in ... Read More
my daughter and i chose this cruise for the itinerary and the journey (spa cabin). Thanks to a member of cruise critic we booked 2 10 hr. day trips to jerusalem from ashod and took the 3rd day in haifa to rest our guide had an ma in archeokogy and provided great info cheaper than a celebrity shore excursion. we booked 2 b2b cruises so we had 6 days in israel pompeii was on my daughter's bucket list so this 1st journey met that need. celebrity provided a skip the line half day excursion w/ a great guide. i have a ma in theology and art history so i am quite critical of guides. his info was accurate. we also repeated a jerusalem tour to the church of the holy seplecur w/ celebrity, the guide was average. luckily we were repeating because that was onmy bucket list. i wish celebrity offered a shopping shore excursion so we could go thru the christian, jewish and muslem stalls -- fascinating. the spa cabin was pure pampering. not only did we have a balcony cabin one deck below the spa, but we also had iced tea daily and snacks at 3 pm. one of my fondest memory is room service breakfast daily (free) -- taking my coffee on the balcony and watching the sunrise pure pleasure. we had dinner every nite in the blu, a cosy restaurant w/ gorgeous decor and friemdly service. on the eve of our first trip yo jerusalem, ivory, the hostess upon hearing we would be too tired to come to dinner whipped out the menu for the next nite, took our order and told us tocall her when we returned and she have our meals delivered. i cannot tell u what a blessing that was for 2 exhausted women. our waiter luis from peru provided the best service i have had in 30 yrs of cruising. one nite because i had been disappointed w/ the pasta dish the nite b4 made me my favorite comfort food, mac and cheese. also the filet mignon melted in my mouth as did the veal. the lobster was to die for. luis also made sure my daughter had extra veggies. even the wine servers stopped to talk and we do not drink. our room cleaner was great. we asked for ice water after we had finished the tea. -- jewwey never forgot. the weak area of the cruise was the entertainment the celebrity dancers could dance; unfortunately, the singers could not sing. a group. the barracade boys, could sing. we r cruising the mediteranian -- no lectures. on the second cruise we had lectures on dogs. pathetic. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
Food in the main dinning room was good some nights and bad others, lobster was available one night for an addition $24 and was very small. And salads are not offered as one of the courses. Drink packages are very expensive, you need at ... Read More
Food in the main dinning room was good some nights and bad others, lobster was available one night for an addition $24 and was very small. And salads are not offered as one of the courses. Drink packages are very expensive, you need at least 19 drinks to break even. Buffet for breakfast was limited, no omelets. Nightly shows were only 1/2 hour long and limited to mostly the same acrobatics and singing. No live musicians , and the limitation of translating up to 5 or 6 languages probably has something to do with why their show were so limited (no Magicians, or comics or broadway style productions) Their were live musicians in some of the nightclubs. The ship doc’d late so some people missed their flight, we had arranged priority departure and found that since we did not book our flights through MSC that we had to wait until those folks got off, and we also found out that we couldn’t walk off with our luggage at Venice. The only reason we did not miss our flight was because we hire private vans for our group. If you need to cancel an excursion be prepared for an argument and escalation to the manager. The positive is that the dinning and room staff were good. And their pricing is attractive but we quickly found that you get what you pay for Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
Mediterranean Cruise on Vision of the Seas September 2019 This is my review of our most recent cruise. It was our twenty- ninth cruise, and our first in Europe. We prefaced the Barcelona departure with two pre-cruise days in ... Read More
Mediterranean Cruise on Vision of the Seas September 2019 This is my review of our most recent cruise. It was our twenty- ninth cruise, and our first in Europe. We prefaced the Barcelona departure with two pre-cruise days in London. Approximately half of our cruises have been on Royal Caribbean, however, we have cruised with Norwegian, Disney, Princess, Celebrity, and Carnival as well. This booking was made a year in advance, and all cruise amenities and/or add ons were prepaid prior to boarding. This is significant and worth noting. All European cruises that leave from a European port are subject to a 21% VAT Tax from the European Union. This means everything from drinks to souvenirs, to excursions and any packages such as Internet, Dining, or Beverage that are purchased onboard. So, to save, pre- buy these items prior to boarding. Our flight arrangements and transfers were all booked via the cruise line through their Choice Air connection. The rates were competitive and we were kept informed of all changes that occurred prior to departure. In reference to changes, there was one pre boarding change made to our itinerary. The port of Malta was changed to a stop in Crete instead. Also during the cruise, the port of Mykonos was cancelled due to high winds and a second day in Athens was substituted. Our eight- and one-half hour flight to London was on British Airways and was uneventful. Taking place in the middle of a British Airways pilot strike we were worried about this leg of the trip, but it went smoothly. Service was adequate, seats in Premium Economy were not particularly comfortable, and the food was mediocre. We stayed at the Heathrow Hilton T4 which is connected to Terminal Four by covered walkway. There is also an Underground Tube station at the terminal. The hotel was nice and food and service was very good. Taking the tube into London using our pre-purchased "Visitor Oyster" cards was easy, however, on both occasions that we used the tube to return to Heathrow from downtown London the cars were overcrowded to the point of absurdity. There are no words that adequately describe the amount of mass humanity that can jam into a London subway car. Very unpleasant, but unavoidable. We managed to see a surprising amount of the iconic London landmarks, and even took a Thames River cruise from Westminster to Greenwich during our one- and one-half days in London. The high point of our London visit was the tour of Buckingham Palace. We had been very lucky to obtain these hard to get tickets in the months prior to our departure. It was an amazing visit and the gardens were beautiful. In the course of our London visit we walked just under sixteen miles. Our flight from Heathrow to Barcelona to catch our ship departed at 6:15am and required that we take a taxi from Terminal Four to Terminal Three. It was arranged by the Hotel Concierge and went smoothly at a cost of Eighteen British Pounds. This flight was also on British Airways and went smoothly. The Barcelona Airport proved to be a miserable place, and getting through Customs took almost as long as the flight from London. A prime example of inefficiency this place has inadequate signage, rude people, and absolutely nothing to recommend it to anyone. The transfer from the airport to the cruise terminal was slow and not without minor issues, but was accomplished after a short wait. Due to the number of ships in port the Vision of the Seas had been relegated to an industrial dock far from the cruise terminal. The bus from the Airport took us to the terminal for check in which went quickly, and a second bus then took us to the ship for boarding. Again, not very efficient but it did get the job done. Upon boarding Vision of the Seas which we had sailed on previously we made our way to the Windjammer Buffet for lunch. Finding a seat was easy and the food was good. The food at the Windjammer proved to be very good during the entire cruise. Service in the Windjammer was very poor during the first couple of days, but did improve as the cruise went on. Our cabin, an inside stateroom on Deck 7 forward was ready by 1pm and we found it to be in good order and more than adequate. Our Cabin Steward, Alexander provided exemplary service during this twelve-day cruise. One caveat, our cabin 7513 was directly over the Theater where live performances take place and from time to time could be a bit noisy. The ship does show some age, but for the most part it seems in good condition with ample seating in and around the Atrium. The cleaning of tables around the seating areas was for the most part non-existent. Very poor job of housekeeping in this area. As far as the running of the ship, it did seem that it was being operated efficiently. It arrives and departs on time, and the Captain keeps passengers well informed. The ship also seems to ride very well, and is for the most part very comfortable. Entertainment in the Atrium was pretty standard with small combos, and piano players making regular appearances. We did not sample the main theater, or the main dining room on this trip. We ate exclusively at the Windjammer and were never disappointed. It seemed that the main dining room was not attracting as many people as in the past, and the Casino also rarely seemed crowded, although we didn't really check it out during prime hours. The shops were the usual basic Royal Caribbean fare, and the Photo Gallery still prints pictures bucking the recent trend of going all digital. Our first stop was Cannes, France. Cannes is a tender port, so you must take a tender boat to and from the ship. We did not have a shore excursion and simply went ashore and walked along the waterfront and among the shops and street side restaurants. It is a very pretty little place, and did not seem too difficult o get around. Of course, we had to buy the usual souvenirs that tourists love so much. We stayed ashore long enough to get a feel for the place and appreciate its beauty. Crowds were not bad, and overall it was a pleasant experience. Our second stop was Livorno, Italy which is the port nearest to Florence and Pisa. We had an excursion to Florence that include the Piazza Santa Croce dominated by the Basilica of Santa Croce which is the burial site of Michelangelo, Machiavelli, and Galileo among others. We also visited the Galleria dell'Accademia to see the renown statue of David by Michelangelo. We also saw the Duomo, and many other historic sites as we walked through Florence. This was a walking tour, and it included lunch. Overall a beautiful place and a worthwhile visit. Be aware, this tour required that we walk over five miles over uneven and often slippery cobblestones and roadways. Also be aware that like all popular locations the crowds will be ever present, and often daunting. A sea of humanity all jostling for position and trying to keep up with and in sight of their tour guides. When multiple ships are in port the crowds number in the multiple thousands. One member of our tour became confused about our time of departure and missed our return bus. Fortunately, she was able to get help from shop owners who got a taxi which she took back to the port on her own. This error cost her two hundred Euros, and she just made it back to the ship in the nick of time. Beware. Our next port was Civitavecchia, Italy which is the port town serving Rome. Our excursion to Rome included visits to the Colosseum, Trevi Fountain and the Vatican. The Colosseum is amazing and awe inspiring, however, it is also crowded beyond belief. Ours was a special small group tour and we got to go inside and up to the second level for good viewing, but there like so many of these places the overwhelming amount of people make enjoying the sites problematic. Walking to the Trevi Fountain was a beautiful walk with many photo opportunities along the way. But again, at the fountain it is almost impossible to get to the site because of the crowds. We had a very good Pizza near the Fountain and then headed to the Vatican. The Vatican is always crowded. We went through the Vatican Museum, The Sistine Chapel, and Saint Peters Basilica. All were beautiful, and all were packed with people. A member of our group got caught attempting to take a photo in the Sistine Chapel and our entire group was removed as a result. We had been warned. But overall the Vatican was well worth the visit and putting up with crowds and their antics. After these stops, we had two sea days to rest. Believe me they were welcomed. The ship being a bit smaller than many did not seem overcrowded and moving around was very easy. Our next stop was the Port of Piraeus, Greece. This is the port that serves Athens. We booked two excursions, one for each of our two days at this port. On our first day we went to the Acropolis and Cape Sounion. The Acropolis is absolutely unbelievable. It is well worth the walk and climb to see. However, be aware that the walk and the climb are both significant. If you have any mobility issues or breathing issues, do not attempt it. The crowds here were among the worst of the trip. Old stairs with no handrails, uneven stone walkways, and slippery marble all must be contended with. It is, however, worth the effort if you can make it. After a provided lunch buffet at Hotel InterContinental Athenaeum which was very good, we made our way down the coast to Cape Sounion and the Temple of Poseidon. Beautiful place, with high winds, slippery walkways and a vertical climb. Our second day in Athens found us on a basic downtown sightseeing excursion that included an extended shopping time in the Plaka Shopping District in old Athens below the Acropolis opposite Hadrian's Arch. The shopping was good and the area is picturesque and lively. The next stop was Santorini, Greece. First, it is as beautiful as the pictures that we have all seen. The one main problem it has is accessibility. You must tender to the dock to catch your excursion and the only way back is down a 600-stair stairway shared with Donkeys or a hopelessly overcrowded cable car system. our excursion took us to the amazing ruins of Akrotiri where you can walk among an active archeological dig and see the civilization that has been recovered. We also toured the island and Oia we had lunch at a small pizzeria overlooking the caldera that forms Santorini's bay. It was just a breathtaking setting and pretty good pizza to boot. The last stop was the capital of Fira. Catching the cable car back down to the dockside was a nightmare. You stand in line in the sun for one to one and one half hours to reach the ticket window. The line moves painfully slow and snakes through a shopping area. As you near the stairs into the cable car house people sneak out of the shops and begin to cut the line. This happens continually and everyone is aware and grumbling but no one does anything about it. This can and does lead to unpleasant encounters between those who dutifully stood in line and those interlopers who think nothing of cheating their fellow passengers. Later this was the number one complaint made by passengers on our ship about their visit to Santorini. Our last stop was the Greek island of Crete. There is not a lot to see, but it is a very pretty place with an interesting history. The story of the Battle of Crete during WWII alone is worth noting. We saw the remains of an Ancient Roman wall and an Ottoman fortress. Crete also is home to the only deep-water Mediterranean port used by the U.S. Navy. A pleasant stop, and a pleasant place. Our next two sea days brought us back to Barcelona. Disembarkation was smooth with only a slight problem in finding the correct transfer bus to that terrible Barcelona Airport. It seems that in Spain when Person A directs you somewhere, then Person B at that location will not have the slightest idea as to why you were sent there. Our flight home was with Delta Airlines and went smoothly and without incident. A few items of note. First, money. We did bring small amounts of British Pounds, and European Euros, and we did use them with no problem. However, our credit cards with chips were used without any trouble as well. We were never asked for a Pin#. We simply used the card and then were required to sign, hence the term, "chip and sign." Second, restrooms in Europe are another story. They are not plentiful. They often charge you to use them so always have some Euro coins handy for the attendant, and they are often not clean, or have no toilet seat. Some see this as "old world charm”. I don't. Third, if you are used to having ice in your beverage don't go to Europe. Again, "old world charm." Fourth, crowds. As I have pointed out in many parts of this review crowds in Europe are ever present, unyielding, often rude, and always overwhelming. Fifth, theft. You will be warned about pick-pockets everywhere you go in Europe. Take these warnings seriously. A fellow cruise passenger had her wallet lifted from a zippered compartment in her backpack while waiting in that Santorini cable car line, and she never felt a thing. Take precautions, and consider how you carry your valuables. And finally, sixth, filth. European cities are often dirty and smelly with garbage piled along the street and graffiti covering literally every surface in sight. One gets the impression that if you stand too long in one spot you run the risk of being "tagged" by some young Michelangelo "wanna be". In conclusion I am glad we made this trip and what we saw was absolutely worth the effort, but I don't need to see it again anytime soon. Also be aware that according to my wife's Fit bit we walked 65 miles during this trip. Be prepared. If you are interested, we did VLOG this trip. You may find our videos on YouTube. Simply search for our YouTube site, "Cruise Views and other Stuff." Please subscribe if you like the videos. Thanks. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
I choose this ship for the itinerary, goal was to see the Greek Islands without many sea days. I had read some poor reviews but we have to disagree with them! The ship more than met our expectations. We loved the size of the ship, it never ... Read More
I choose this ship for the itinerary, goal was to see the Greek Islands without many sea days. I had read some poor reviews but we have to disagree with them! The ship more than met our expectations. We loved the size of the ship, it never felt overly crowded. We felt it was in fine shape and noticed staff always working on maintaining it. The crew were friendly and did their best to make our time great. We never had to wait for a table for anytime dining, which was much appreciated after long port days, don't know if we just timed it right though but never saw a long line. I really can't comment on shore excursions offered by the cruise line as we just did our own thing. For us onboard entertainment is not very important either, we mainly use the ship as a way to get from point A to point B but do enjoy the perks. We did go to a couple of production shows and found them to be well done with talented singers and dancers, quality costumes, sets and content. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
Average at best, terrible disembarkation and embarkation processes. Front desk and customer services dont care and on ship and off have done nothing to address my concerns. Cannot gte anyone in customer services to even respond now. Have ... Read More
Average at best, terrible disembarkation and embarkation processes. Front desk and customer services dont care and on ship and off have done nothing to address my concerns. Cannot gte anyone in customer services to even respond now. Have your money, see you later. Ship is clearly old, cramped cabins, shower horrendous. Entertainment and waiter staff only good thing. Told me had to adhere to smart casual dress at dinners, was not enforced as people in shorts. Told to queue and then allow people to just push and shove. Was like boarding an easyjet flight before allocated seating. Just poor and fact nobody cares even worse. I was supposed to have 2 cabins 1 with twin room - that never happened. Had an express massage on deck - guy had no idea. Bathrooms on dismebarkation day were so foul my wife threw up when she walked in. All these complaints have been ignored by MSC customer services. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
The cruise was a joint holiday for 4 couples who have been friends for many years. We all travelled to Venice separately, with all 4 couples doing other European tours before and after our cruise. ur cruise on the MSC Musica left ... Read More
The cruise was a joint holiday for 4 couples who have been friends for many years. We all travelled to Venice separately, with all 4 couples doing other European tours before and after our cruise. ur cruise on the MSC Musica left Venice Saturday 14th Sept. We visited Brindici, Olympia Mykinos, Athens, Albania and Dubrovnik. The MSC shore excusions we did in each of our ports were fantastic for both content and value for money and content. The on-board facilities were excellent with exemplary service from all the MSC staff in the bars, restaurants and bistros, all over the ship.. Special mention to our cabin steward, Irene who looked after us for the week, she was a blessing....Always smiling and asking if we needed anything....A real treasure. Our waiter staff, Jetson, Roy and our dining supervisor, Carlos, in the main dining room also deserve a special mention. Very attentive to our group, always smiling. Great service We loved our daily tours but I think the highlight of our cruise was the nightly entertainment in the main auditorium. From the warm up / comedy teams that started to the show to our main acts that sang and danced and juggles and tumbled across the stage., the nightly shows were excellent. We sampled just about all MSC Musica had to offer including a Private Cocktail function for Minor Nationalities . A fantastic week on-board and one we hope to repeat in the not to distant future Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
We have been on 11 cruises with 6 of them being Royal Caribbean. I had read reviews about the ship being worn. I didn't see it that way. We traveled in September which means there were hardly any young children. This may be why we ... Read More
We have been on 11 cruises with 6 of them being Royal Caribbean. I had read reviews about the ship being worn. I didn't see it that way. We traveled in September which means there were hardly any young children. This may be why we did not have trouble obtaining tables or pool chairs. Our party of 5 had a table for 12 in the dining room all to ourselves. Still for some events you don't want to arrive late to get a good seat. The cabin was the standard cabin. They are all the same. I personally really liked all the food. On previous cruises I felt that the food all had the taste of curry. I was very happy with the assortment at the buffet and the fact that they had Greek food since we were traveling to Greece. I also enjoyed the food in the Dining room. Food is a personal taste so not everyone in our party thought it was as wonderful as I did. The service was good as it always is. I was also happy with the entertainment staff. One thing that impressed me was the variety of professional musicians. Really added class and fun to the ship. We enjoyed the shows and games. For those of you who have kids and haven't sailed with Royal before - if you take your kids to "The Quest" game, they may get an education that you were not prepared to give. As for the ports, one of the nice things about this cruise is that you really don't need to pay a bundle booking excursions. Kotor Montenegro is a walled town right across the street from the port. Take a walk and see everyone's cats, but don't bother with the cat museum. I love cats but this was just a bunch of creepy pictures. Corfu requires a taxi but it is easy to get a taxi at the port and they are only $10 euro's for the ride each way no matter how many people. We had 4 people. It's another walled city but nice to walk around. I also liked that they sold Greek items made in Greece live olive wood cutting boards and soaps made with olive oil. We would have taken a taxi or excursion to the beach. However the water in September is not warm enough for me. I was also told by the staff that the beaches do not compare to the Caribbean and when I looked at the beach from Google Earth it didn't look that nice. The ship excursion was priced reasonable however if it rained you just lost your money. If it was summer I probably would try the beach. Pireus Athens is where you absolutely want a taxi - and whatever you do, do NOT take one of the awful hop-on-hop-off buses. We made that mistake. There is no hopping, only waiting on lines in the hot sun and not seeing hardly anything because the buses do NOT run every 15 minutes as promised. One group paid a taxi driver 20 Euro's each and he took them to all the sites and waited as they visited each. We only got to see 2 and left the second one early so that we could get back to the ship in time. Mind you we had 8 hours in port. But all the time is spent waiting for the buses and then riding the buses. Lot of traffic to in this big city. Mykonos in another nice city to walk around. The streets and buildings are unique. I bought a silver and opal ring for 22 Euro's which I found at the next port for only 14 so I don't know if I just made a hasty purchase or if this port may be pricier. But aside from that everything is in walking distance if you don't mind getting some exercise. There is a nice little museum for 4 Euro's a head in one direction and the windmill houses in another. Argostoli is famous for having sea turtles in near the port. . You will find some people in the port who will tell you to walk to the area where the turtles are protected. Truth is that they want you to rent a paddle boat in that area. Before we got that far we saw quite a few turtles. We didn't see any in the protected area. There is also a nice street which runs parallel to the water but a few blocks in where they have some nice shops. Again l was happy to see items from Greece. They have some nice silver jewelry with while or blue opals. Not sure where those are mined. Hopefully I didn't forget anything. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
This was our first cruise and we wanted to get an overview of cruising at a reasonable cost. We were looking for a cruise out of Venice to visit the Greek Islands. We absolutely loved the cruise we found the ship to be really well ... Read More
This was our first cruise and we wanted to get an overview of cruising at a reasonable cost. We were looking for a cruise out of Venice to visit the Greek Islands. We absolutely loved the cruise we found the ship to be really well organised and embarkation and debarkation were smooth and quick. I cannot understand the negative reviews that I have read on this web site, it is an international clientele with a majority of Italians but that was to be expected. There is as smoking area outside the restaurant on the top deck but this caused no issues. The public areas of the ship were beautifully clean and the service was very good . The theatre entertainment was first class and the energy of the dancers is amazing. We met some lovely people who have become great friends. A couple of negatives, the food was not brilliant, just ok, we never went hungry but you had to be careful with your choices at dinner and the buffet restaurant was a bit hit and miss. The drinks package....... we had the easy package which was limiting with very little choice and weak drinks, next time we would up grade to the higher package. Also I would bother ordering the Prosecco, canapés, fruit, package as this was was disappointing and we could not eat all the fruit. The shore stops were good ,although we did not go on the organised trips we managed to find out way around with little trouble Overall we had a fantastic time and would travel with MSC again. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
Boarding in Athens was quick and efficient. Ship is very clean and easy to get around We departed Athens facing some high winds and the ship rocked quite a bit on our first night. Food was good but service was better with the wait ... Read More
Boarding in Athens was quick and efficient. Ship is very clean and easy to get around We departed Athens facing some high winds and the ship rocked quite a bit on our first night. Food was good but service was better with the wait staff making sure your glass of wine was always filled. No need to purchase the ultimate drink or wine package as the choices for completely beverages are fine. All premium coffees and bottled water is also included in your fair and is plentiful They conduct two signature events on board. One being their white party which is held on deck by the pool and their Azamara Amazing night which was a concert held at a remote location. Both were excellent Cabin had plenty of storage, bed was comfortable and kept clean Disembarked in Venice after a nice breakfast with no rush. All n all a very nice experience Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
My wife and I have been on dozens of cruises on almost all the major lines. This company is part of the Royal Caribbean/Celebrity family of companies. The cost of Azamara is at least double of Celebrity for the same size of room and ... Read More
My wife and I have been on dozens of cruises on almost all the major lines. This company is part of the Royal Caribbean/Celebrity family of companies. The cost of Azamara is at least double of Celebrity for the same size of room and three times the cost of Royal Caribbean. They are using cost to imitate a high end cruise line, sorry Azamara, you’re a long way from being a top tier line. Pros: Cabin attendant service was good, especially after a nice tip to start the cruise. Food service was good and the attitude of the servers was good. The White Night party was fun with good entertainment. While there was not any big shows, the entertainers they did have were very good. Food was OK, but not at the level of Celebrity. Bar service was good and the “free” drinks were OK. Buses for the shore excursions were good. The Captain was very communicative except then the rockets were exploding over our ship in Israel. Cons: Shore Excursions were very poor and not well defined. The ship was sold as Israel Intensive so we booked many excursions. However, after the first excursion we learned that the next day was almost an exact repeat of the one we just completed. The Shore Excursion desk offered (with no luck) to sell our tickets but would not let us change to a different tour. They hid behind the 48 hour cancellation policy. It didn’t matter that their Excursion people on the phone booked the tours and told us they were much different. I would have expected a RCL company to stand behind their own mistakes, but they don’t have that quality of executives. The Shsore Excursions that we took were mediocre at best. Room size is way too small and the furniture is too big for the room, look at this before booking as we had the biggest room not being a suite. Even the comedians made fun of the room size. Conclusion: Either book a Celebrity Cruise or spend more and go to Crystal or one of the high end cruises. This is actually the low end of the RCL company at a ridiculous price. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
We have travelled with many cruise companies mainly British one US & one Italian we chose this cruise mainly because we have never travelled to this part Europe .We were very impressed with the service in the restaurants mainly the 47 ... Read More
We have travelled with many cruise companies mainly British one US & one Italian we chose this cruise mainly because we have never travelled to this part Europe .We were very impressed with the service in the restaurants mainly the 47 the service and food was excellent in every way as we ate there all the time even for breakfast & lunch times as it was impossible to find any where to sit in the upstairs buffet and also other guest seemed reluctant to share or talk to us (it must be a British thing ).I did notice that other guests reserved seating in the bars and theatre of which I found very frustrating as it is not allowed on the P&O ships as they endorse strict rules of which are enforced by security personel. The entertainment was of a very high standard with a very good selection of shows we only missed one .The only complaint that I have was that in the cabin for some reason there was a double bed in the middle and also a two seater settee on the side of which made it a bit cramped .We will always travel with Marella cruises in the future as even embarkation & disembarkation was simple. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
OUR FRIENDS HAD PREVIOUSLY BOOKED THIS SHIP LAST YEAR TO RENEW THEIR WEDDING VOWS - we only booked on the sat before we sailed on the Thursday and it was the Best ever cruise we have had - we have sailed with P & O to the Caribbean and ... Read More
OUR FRIENDS HAD PREVIOUSLY BOOKED THIS SHIP LAST YEAR TO RENEW THEIR WEDDING VOWS - we only booked on the sat before we sailed on the Thursday and it was the Best ever cruise we have had - we have sailed with P & O to the Caribbean and done three cruises on NCL - which we thought were unbeatable ..............BUT MARELLA CELEBRATION BEATS THEM ALL FOR VALUE FOOD AND ENTERTAINMENT - YES IT MAYBE NOT AS GLITZY AND GLAMOROUS AS PREVIOUS SHIPS WE HAVE SAILED ON ...BUT MY GOODNESS IT MADE UP FOR THAT IN SUCH PERSONAL WAYS .....here's to the next Marella cruise The food was excellent in both the Lido buffet and the Meridan Restaurant - I have never experienced such friendly staff - everyone said Hi or Hello and this made us feel even more welcome - the duty free shops were small but excellent value and finally the entertainment team worked so hard - they were fabulous and the guest singer Richard Hadfiel was truly amazing so much so we attended both the shows he performed on .....All in All well done Marella cannot wait to book the next one Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
Lovely ship, food was excellent in all areas. Did not try speciality restaurants.Staff all very friendly. Entertainment different to other ships but enjoyed them. Loved the rooftop garden with film in afternoon. Eden was our favourite bar ... Read More
Lovely ship, food was excellent in all areas. Did not try speciality restaurants.Staff all very friendly. Entertainment different to other ships but enjoyed them. Loved the rooftop garden with film in afternoon. Eden was our favourite bar for pre dinner drinks Oliver the bar attendant was great. Also loved breakfast outside of Oceanview Restaurant. Shops way out of our price range. Lovely cruise despite being diverted and change to ports due to bad weather over Greek Islands but Captain Kate and her team went to great lengths to get us into ports. Santorini was a nightmare 4 large ships and a smaller one in port. Island was packed and no organisation with the queues for cable car and became very dangerous especially getting off no handrails. We witnessed 2 accidents. Definitely not for disabled or people with difficulties walking. Enjoyed the ship and cruise but would go for a balcony cabin in future not infinite for me but other people we spoke to liked it. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
We have sailed with Celebrity on numerous occasions over all classes of ships and wished to try The Edge. We are in our late 50s/60s and we were joined by my husband’s daughter and her husband in their 40s. Embarking the ship at ... Read More
We have sailed with Celebrity on numerous occasions over all classes of ships and wished to try The Edge. We are in our late 50s/60s and we were joined by my husband’s daughter and her husband in their 40s. Embarking the ship at Civitavecchia was very easy. Bags in, up the escalators, through security and staff with iPads to check you in standing in the main hall. Our daughter was able to change her credit card at the desk and we were off. As for the cabin, we were not in all honesty sure we were going to like the IV arrangement. We like a balcony. However, on this cruise, we loved it! We had extra space in the room, the privacy was good with no chance of faces around the screen. We slept with the blind part way down and with the bed near the balcony woke to lovely views. We could bring down the window as much as required to have fresh air and sun on our bed if facing the right way. Our stateroom attendant Joanna was excellent and very friendly. Dining. We loved the different restaurants on select dining. We booked them in advance and had no wait whatsoever. If we wanted to cancel, we did this on the App which we had pre loaded. The food and service was superb. Oceanview. Absolutely lovely. The food excellent and friendly staff. Martini bar. The staff great, especially Jonis. We are however lovers of the old set up with the ice bar. It was difficult to get a seat - anywhere. It was really the Passport bar, martini bar and crush in one. It is dramatic and the setting lovely, but our preference is the Solstice class. The pool was fabulous and very spacious. There is not much shade for those who want it however. The cabanas did not appeal to us at all. The carpet was lovely as tender aid, but I could not see the point of it as it was cold when at sea. Aesthetically it looked unpleasing! Subjective however. The cruise and ports were fabulous. Bad weather tested the Captain and her staff. They went above and beyond to deliver the cruise and the ports. Very well done - you all did great! Eden is a lovely space for a pre dinner drink. We did not eat there however. We did watch the show one night - it is ‘different’! We found this cruise to have a great many younger passengers. As a family everything worked well for us on our chosen entertainment. We do like a bit of a party scene and this is all worked well. We would happily return for another cruise. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
I have been on over 25 cruises and i thought other cruise lines were great well forget about them. This was my first Celebrity Cruise and it was fabulous! Lets start with embarkation which was a breeze from the front door of the port to ... Read More
I have been on over 25 cruises and i thought other cruise lines were great well forget about them. This was my first Celebrity Cruise and it was fabulous! Lets start with embarkation which was a breeze from the front door of the port to inside the ship in 10 minutes. They avoid getting in long lines for your sea pass card instead you go right to your room and they are on the door. We were greeted by Erik our stateroom attendant and he was fabulous from beginning to end. Our room was so clean and he explained everything to us. We were in concierge level so we had a sit down lunch but decided to go explore and then eat at the oceanview buffet. I cannot get over all the different stations and food that was available and delicious. After lunch went back to our room and our luggage was there unbelievable not even on the ship two hours! The muester was so funny with a video that had us in stitches and introducing the new female captain Kate. What can I say such a wonderful story about her and she is a class act. She was visable all over the ship and even had a picture with her. Due to some weather issues we changed some of the ports and I loved them even better than the ones we were suppose to go to. Celebrity did so much for their passengers went out of their way to make us all happy. The food was delicious. We ate at all the individual restaurants all beautiful and great service as well as the steak house sushi on five and eden. We loved the steakhouse the best sushi on 5 was average but great service and Eden is another story. Very strange place food was good but did not like the options of food to order. Our excursions were all booked on Celebrity and they are so organized and it was great. Now for the entertainment some of the shows we left early but for the most part the others were really good. Silent disco is a must! as well as other CLub activities. Loved having our martini each night in the martini bar before dinner great music and people watching. I am a complainer but sorry there was nothing to complain about on this cruise. In fact getting off took 10 minutes from the time they called our number to standing outside the door with our luggage! Best vacation ever! Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
I want to start this out by saying the ship is gorgeous and the staff is incredible. I appreciate everything Celebrity tried to do with this ship. To me, the ship lost some of it's charm though. The reason my wife and I chose this ... Read More
I want to start this out by saying the ship is gorgeous and the staff is incredible. I appreciate everything Celebrity tried to do with this ship. To me, the ship lost some of it's charm though. The reason my wife and I chose this cruise was partly due to it's itinerary, but mostly because we were on the Celebrity Soltice and were smitten hearing about this new amazing ship. The solstice, although an older ship, had some features that we really liked. We had access to the front and back of the ship for better views, everything was accessible, and the balcony outside the room was nice. The "infinite veranda" was kind of weird on the Edge, the window that goes up and down makes and awful screeching sound, and we didn't really use it. Also, everything was spread out on the Edge, and only the very exclusive top-end customers got access to the front of the ship. Also, everything that wasn't included (The spa, spin classes, drinks above the classic drink package) were almost double the price of the Solstice ship. The reason I gave it 4 stars was due to the incredible staff and the fact we were sailing around Europe. The intinerary was awesome, and the captain did a great job due to having to cancel 2 ports (bad weather) and finding us 2 different ports so we didn't have to just spend it out at sea. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019

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