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44 Spain Cruise Reviews

The itinerary interested me, but expectations were low having read earlier reviews. I was attracted by the all-inclusive drinks set-up. My initial reaction having boarded was encouraging, embarkation was handled well and the cabin was ... Read More
The itinerary interested me, but expectations were low having read earlier reviews. I was attracted by the all-inclusive drinks set-up. My initial reaction having boarded was encouraging, embarkation was handled well and the cabin was clean, if a little scruffy in places. We were able to gaze out of our Deck 9 window between 2 lifeboats, not a problem. Seas were very calm and engine vibration was minimal. A toilet issue and an A/C problem were fixed in minutes. It proved there were very few English-speaking co-passengers, so opportunities to socialize were limited. The Spanish passengers were without the reservation or class-consciousness often experienced on other cruise lines. We almost exclusively ate in the Main Restaurant, the Buffet was great for snacks when needed between meals. In the Main Restaurant Breakfast was served Buffet-style, for Lunch the Main course was waiter-served, Appetizer and Dessert was again, Buffet-style. Buffet items were always of a good standard, with plentiful fresh fruit, cold meats and cheeses and dessert options. There were 2 sittings for Dinner, 7:30 and 9:45, with the evening entertainment sandwiched in between. Our sitting, the first, seemed slightly rushed. Food quality was OK, not gourmet, a little bland for my taste. Plenty of wine was available, again, by no means vintage. We enjoyed the Theatre entertainment, no doubt regular cruisers will have experienced many Abba and Rock compilations in their travels. It was also great to share a cocktail both pre and post dinner listening to the other musical entertainers. We took one excursion, crossing the border from Ceuta into Morocco to visit Tetuan. It reinforced my dislike of organized excursions, herding 40+ people through it's maze-like Medina was no easy feat. The multi-lingual guide and his local helper did a great job. There was an Officer on-board dedicated to assist the English speaking guests, she was a delight. Overall we both had a great time, but are likely to look elsewhere if and when we cruise again. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
Our first time on a cruise and having travelled with Tui previously we thought we were in safe hands. Some very good experiences onboard; the staff were excellent, the Tui excursions were well organised and guides very good. However the ... Read More
Our first time on a cruise and having travelled with Tui previously we thought we were in safe hands. Some very good experiences onboard; the staff were excellent, the Tui excursions were well organised and guides very good. However the entertainment wasn’t for us, very Hi De Hi, they tried hard but lacked any sophistication. The food was plentiful though more canteen than cuisine. The ship was old and we were surprised Tui were associated with such a vessel; though we believe this is its last year - the paint work was awful, no straightlines to be seen! The continuous promotions to sell photos, treatments and items from the onboard shops was tiresome - shame on you Tui. The cycle tours were excellent and highly recommended. The cabin was shabby, though very well cleaned twice a day by the excellent stewards. In summary, if you want games, fun and frolics with like minded passengers this is the ship for you. If you want sophistication, an up to-date ship I’m sure Tui can do better. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
Chose this cruise because many of the places we hadn't visited before and also the ship itself, been on Spirit 4 times before and it never disappointed we liked the layout of the ship the crew and all the staff were top rank always ... Read More
Chose this cruise because many of the places we hadn't visited before and also the ship itself, been on Spirit 4 times before and it never disappointed we liked the layout of the ship the crew and all the staff were top rank always pleasant and helpful which to us was the most important criteria for a good cruise. Now from here we go downhill Marella as it's now called seem to be trying to cheapen it as much as they can because what there giving you is just unacceptable, the so called drinks package was just not worth it I am not a big drinker nor my wife so we just had a few gin and tonics but quite honestly we could not taste anything only the tonic which had too much ice in it also my wife tried the cocktails them were also tasteless. I would say to anyone going on this ship don't bother with any drinks package just pay as you go for drinks, it's sad really because on previous cruises on Spirit it was so much better, I personally think that Marella have missed a trick because they could have made this a memorable cruise and I don't think I'm the only one who's disgruntled with Marellas cheapskating I certainly won't be taking any more cruises with Marella. The dining experience whilst being adequate was not up to previous cruises on Spirit, it felt in our opinion a bit like a canteen rather than a restaurant with very basic menus. But I have to say it doesn't reflect on the dining room staff who did a really good job both the service and the smiles. Our cabin on deck 4 was superb as usual and we were well impressed with the 2 lads that looked after us they kept the cabin spotless a nd tidy at all times. Entertainment was ok but not brilliant,they worked very hard to put on the shows. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
This was my first cruise and had been recommended by friends to travel with TUI as it's more relaxed. The ship operates a cashless system. You are given a card which is linked to your bank account. Be warned, as soon as you get on ... Read More
This was my first cruise and had been recommended by friends to travel with TUI as it's more relaxed. The ship operates a cashless system. You are given a card which is linked to your bank account. Be warned, as soon as you get on the ship you are being harassed in to photographs, massages, the payable restaurants etc. This was very annoying and not appreciated the moment you get on the ship. Service: Excellent. All the staff are very attentive and can't do enough for you. Dining: We mostly ate at the Lido. I liked the food very much, there was always plenty and was always tasty and plenty of choice. We also tried the Meridian, the food was nice but I prefer the casualness of the LIdo. They also have things like burgers, pizza and hot dogs out on the terrace too if you get peckish before dinner. Ports: I was not impressed with the ports. We called at Mahon, Marseille, Barcelona, Valencia and Cartegena. The only good one was Barcelona. We booked a tour for this at £32. On reflection I wish I hadn't booked the tour as Barcelona is very easy to navigate and everything was very rushed. I would also warn against using the shuttle service that was laid on at Marseille and Valencia. The shuttle bus service is BADLY organised. We waited 90 minutes for a shuttle bus in to Marseille and on a hot day this was unbearable especially with a lot of older people in the queue. TUI know how many tickets hey sold and should have arranged more buses! Same with Marseille, not enough buses and massive queues. Most ports have a bus service, Marseille and Valencia do. Cheaper and easier. Entertainment: The nightly shows were good. My favourites were Africa, Moulin Rouge and the west end one. The comedian/magician was awful. He performed two tricks and filled the rest of the show with old fashioned humour aimed at the 70 plus range. The only thing that really ruined the cruise for me was not being able to sleep at night. The ship was really swaying and the vibration was really hard to ignore and stopped me sleeping. Other than that, the cruise was good but i'm not sure that a cruise holiday is really for me. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
I chose this cruise for the itinerary and the quality excursions advertised. It is the smallest ship I have sailed on. I would not recommend the two night pre cruise stay in Seville. The excursions were good, especially Cordoba but the ... Read More
I chose this cruise for the itinerary and the quality excursions advertised. It is the smallest ship I have sailed on. I would not recommend the two night pre cruise stay in Seville. The excursions were good, especially Cordoba but the Melia Sevilla was substandard, undergoing renovations and had a lack of food outlets. Not everyone wanted to go out after a day sightseeing. I cannot fault the staff on the ship. Excellent service and sailing down the river after leaving Seville was very pleasant. A visit from a flamenco group was a nice surprise as was the sangria provided.The excursion to Jerez from Cadiz was well run and well organised. Good tour of the bodega, generous sherry tasting and lots of tapas. So apart from the noisy cabin issues ( see cabin review ) I was a happy sailor. Good company from fellow passengers, an interesting, well travelled lot. Then came Morocco and Mourad, the tour guide from hell. We got a detailed and boring rave about the different Moroccan ethnicities, all the way to Marrakesh. Lots of repetition. Lunch at the Grand Savoy was OK and then we set out for the Medina where he literally raced through all the lanes, no stopping to point out or explain items on sale. At the Ben Yousefa Medrassa we were treated to a long rant about the 5 pilars of Islam. At this point I complained to our VTA escort and here I need to note that Mourad was incredibly rude to this nice young man, constantly screeching 'Harry count!!' Finally reached the square exhausted. Back at the hotel, some room keys, mine included, took over 45 minutes to arrive. Poor. I skipped the included dinner and show and had room service. By the way this hotel, the Grand Savoy, was not the hotel advised in a last minute pre cruise email. The next day we could not visit the Bahia palace (a film crew were there) so went to the Saadi tombs near the Kasbah. A visit to the Majorelle gardens was a pleasant reprieve, but not worth an hour stop. Lunch was at a lovely riad. Nice surroundings but very average food and only 2 loos for the ladies. You can imagine the queue. I had asked Mourad that morning, before leaving the hotel to slow down. He didn't. When I spoke to the excursions manager I was told that there would be another guide for Rabat and Fes. I hope so but I did not find out as I came down with a really nasty bug despite hand washing and sanitizing. I must say the crew, medical staff and reception were incredibly kind and professional. I have done overland excursions , Petra, the Taj Mahal, Machu Pichu, from cruise ships before. I expected VTA to provide a superior product. It didn't. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
Only write a review when something has been really excellent or really poor. We've done 9 previous cruises all with Thomson in the last 5 years - the Spirit, Majesty, Island Escape, and our very favourite the Dream (4 times) and ... Read More
Only write a review when something has been really excellent or really poor. We've done 9 previous cruises all with Thomson in the last 5 years - the Spirit, Majesty, Island Escape, and our very favourite the Dream (4 times) and always had a great time. We don't ask for much - it doesn't spoil our holiday if I miss out on towel animals or chocolates on the pillow. All we want is a seat to eat decent meals at, clean accommodation and a bit of a drink and a dance at night. On the Discovery 1 this was extremely difficult to achieve. First the positives - the ship itself is stunning and spotlessly clean. The central atrium has the wow factor. The deck 3 outside cabin was the best we've ever had - light and airy décor, the largest window ever and the best air-con and shower ever - very comfortable. Our lovely cabin steward Agnes was happy, polite and professional. In fact as usual all the crew were brilliant as well as the entire entertainment team - they are always the best asset Thomson has - working exceptionally hard to keep 1800 passengers happy. Now the negatives - we always eat in the buffet restaurant but no matter what time we went it's only possible to get a seat by first walking all the way through twice and then perching on the end of a table for 4 (not a problem) or on a bar stool at a shelf. Most days we found seats outside but the weather was a bit chilly some days. In Gibraltar a young couple were standing up next to us eating their cereal outside in the cold and dark (not what you expect after paying £2000 for a week). For some reason (I heard it was staff shortages) the waiter service restaurant closed every day at 9am? The 'Island' serving stations look pretty but just aren't practical. Passengers walk backwards and forwards looking for what they need whilst staff rush backwards and forwards from the kitchens with trays of food to replenish them. It's just VERY HARD WORK. The food is ok apart from the disgusting bacon every morning that they steam so it looks like a pile of white fat - most passengers gave it a wide berth! One evening the carvery was meatloaf served with sweet and sour gravy?? The evening menu was always the lunch menu still up there at 7pm- everyday - just to confuse! The labels over the food were muddled, again some left from lunch...still it kept us on our toes! One day I was half way round the hot 'island' with half a plate of breakfast when a manager closed it with a rope - "this now closed - not fresh food - use other island". I went to the other island with my food going cold to find "this island not yet open - must wait" ?? One evening hubby got his meal and wanted a few French fries - none left on that 'island' so went to the other one - happy days lots of fresh hot chips but no serving tongs. He politely asked for them "this not yet open, no tongs". He explained his food was going cold but they still refused. Completely fed up he borrowed fresh tongs from the gateaux island and used those along with 8 people now behind him also wanting a few chips. After 2 week of buffets I wanted to make a main meal from the afternoon tea so went along expecting it to be like the Thomson Dream - lots of sandwiches, various fresh salads, pasta salad, rice salad, bit of coleslaw, hot sausage rolls etc. Got a big shock - only one 'island' open with teeny tiny finger sandwiches with a thin sliver of cucumber and nothing else and small triangles filled with cheese and tomato, neither of which was actually visible! A manager asked if he could help. Yes I'm just looking for the salads and hot pastries? 'This is our selection Ma'm', whilst pointing to the one island. They had crab rolls but there was none left and as it was 20 minutes to closing time they advised they were none coming. So a headed for the only other open savoury island which was gluten free. Here were 5 trays of sandwiches, including the missing crab rolls, they would throw away in 20 mins time. I picked up the serving tongs. 'Sorry Ma'm are you gluten free?' 'Excuse me?' 'passengers cannot have these unless they are gluten free' I'm only 8.5 stone I didn't want 5 trays just a couple of the crab rolls but I literally wasn't allowed. They'd had complaints that there wasn't enough gluten free food so instead of making a few more sandwiches they put a waiter/security guard to guard what they did have!! One morning we had no water at all on the entire ship. We were in the cabin so didn't hear the announcement so went to the buffet as usual. Once there no one could have tea, coffee, cold water or orange/apple juice as the machines were all turned off. We could, however, pay £1.50 for a bottle of water or £1.95 for freshly squeezed orange juice. They even went round selling the captive audience ridiculously priced spa treatments whilst they were trying to eat their breakfast! Sadly the negatives continue. Again it's impossible to get a seat in the Atrium or the Live Room after 8.30pm. We usually stood at the counter or perched in the window sills. They have a huge cabaret lounge - The Venue but only use it for bingo at 6.30 and quizzes - every night at 11.20 after the second theatre show finished they were vacuuming it - so 800 people then stood around in the Live Room as there are simply not enough seats. Bazaarly they hold the Dress to Impress night and Final Farewell in the Atrium - the smallest area of all with seating for only 50 - the other 1750 have to stand without a drink - that's if they manage to get through any of the doors which we didn't manage at all the first week. Deck 4 which has the Atrium, Live Room, waiter service restaurant and Theatre has no public toilets whatsoever. You go down one deck for 5 ladies cubicles or up one deck for 2 ladies cubicles. Needless to say queues 30 strong all across the corridor. It's an all inclusive ship but they WILL NOT let you see an all inclusive menu. Their reason is that passengers take them off the ship. Strange how they don't take any of the payable drinks menus off the ship and strange how they have menus on every table on all other Thomson ships - where passengers pay for their drinks unless they have the drinks package? You can't help yourself to an ice cream cornet - they station a waiter there to serve it to you - and you can only have one between 12-2pm - they then throw it all away. Again on the Dream you just help yourself all day long. I don't eat it much but hubby wanted a bit of ice cream with a couple of cakes after his evening meal - not possible! The final straw came in Tarragona where we were literally held hostage on the ship. We docked at 10.30. They told us to go The Venue for a shuttle bus ticket at 10.45. They then told us to come back at 11.30. I asked the delightful lady from Liverpool on Destination Services if they were any taxis. She told me very abruptly there were none and I must get the shuttle bus. Their own map/description of Tarragona advised there are taxis at the quayside. I queried this and she said it was the Majesty's sheet not theirs?!! We counted 24 taxis at the side of the ship so went down to the gangway, but we couldn't get off without a shuttle bus ticket? Why not - it was 15 euros into the city by taxi? So we waited like prisoners of war for a ticket. Eventually we got off at 12pm and lined up outside for coaches for a further 20 minutes. Then we got on the coach, they told us to get off - it was the wrong coach! We eventually got to Tarragona at 1.30pm. We heard when we got back most passengers threw their tickets onto the tables and completely gave up on the idea of ever getting off the ship. By 2pm with still hundreds in the Venue this wonderful Liverpool lady (who needs serious training in customer service) announced there were several taxis available at the side of the ship if anyone wanted to go independently!! One poor man told us later he'd been cruising for 25 years with every company you can think of and had never been spoken to so rudely ever before. He reported the lady from Liverpool to reception. We're not moaners, we still had a good holiday and it won't stop us cruising with Thomson, but TUI need to look at their reviews for this ship and make some serous changes before we ever think of going back on it. From now on we'll stick to the Dream - it's cheaper and much better value for your money. First time cruisers loved it, but everyone else who had something else to compare it to all said they'd stick to the older Thomson ships, P&O or Royal Caribbean. Just hope TUI don't change the Dream!! Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
Our first & sadly our last cruise with Thomsons. We have cruised several times with a range of companies & had received lots of positive feedback about Thomsons "newer" ships so we were looking forward to our break. ... Read More
Our first & sadly our last cruise with Thomsons. We have cruised several times with a range of companies & had received lots of positive feedback about Thomsons "newer" ships so we were looking forward to our break. Unfortunately the ship is tired & many areas e.g Buffet, Live Room cannot accommodate the number of guests. We booked a de-luxe balcony & although the bathroom had been refurbished we still ended up being flooded & the rest of the cabin was under-whelming. Food & entertainment - mediocre. We also booked a 5 hour excursion to Sintra & Cascais with Thomsons at a cost of £72 for two and found ourselves spending 3hrs 30 minutes of it on the coach! The phrase " this tour will be mainly panoramic " ( which was not in the promotional literature) is enough to chill me to the bone! There are pros & cons to all cruise lines but for me NCL do much better all inclusive deal. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
We chose this cruise as it was the newest of the TUI Ships. We are elderly aged 68 and 78 and slightly disabled. We had assistance at the airport, but struggled to get to the coach going to the port. The ship was medium-sized not quite ... Read More
We chose this cruise as it was the newest of the TUI Ships. We are elderly aged 68 and 78 and slightly disabled. We had assistance at the airport, but struggled to get to the coach going to the port. The ship was medium-sized not quite up to P & O standard.We chose a de-luxe balcony cabin on deck 7. Everything was spotless. Bathroom was new-looking but the step up into it was a bit difficult. All the linen and towels were changed regularly, no complaints here. We found the "hidden charges" a bit disappointing. £2 for a bottle of water. Also money for charities added which you can have removed if you can be brave enough to do, without having a guilt trip. You expect to have to pay for the mini bar, but water etc left on your table, we found a bit mean. We needed water to make tea and coffee. We only left the ship at one port as it was too far to walk off the ship to get on the buses. I made the mistake of booking this in school holidays and never used the pool as it was full of children (to be expected). Also children running up and down corridors after midnight. We enjoyed the cruise on the whole but a little more forthought on my part would have made it better. Probably wouldn't go again. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
Had a very good offer on an inside cabin so booked..we are actually going on the transatlantic repositioning cruise next month as well. Room was a reasonable size with good storage space, lots of room for all our clothes. The bathroom ... Read More
Had a very good offer on an inside cabin so booked..we are actually going on the transatlantic repositioning cruise next month as well. Room was a reasonable size with good storage space, lots of room for all our clothes. The bathroom was a reasonable size. The main dining room was excellent, we had chosen 1st sitting, and our waiters were really good. The standard of meals in the Windjammer was typical cruise fare but ok. Now for the reason I only gave the cruise an average rating... Only soap in the cabin, no shampoo or conditioner...although you could buy it. For some reason our cabin steward made the bed with about 2foot at the bottom without a sheet. Our feet were then on the mattress protector and not on a sheet. The solarium was open to the elements, therefore rather chilly, we didn't brave the pool. The film was also on deck,open to the elements..again far too cold. Except for the day we were in Le Havre when it was being shown in the theatre at 1pm. No enrichment lectures at all, very disappointing. Not a great deal to do during the day on sea days. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
Chose this cruise because we have been on this ship twice before. Western Med ( Spain and Portugal). 19th Sept - 2nd Oct 2016. Standards have slipped and prices have risen. A glass of wine was 10 -12 dollars each. A bottle of water ... Read More
Chose this cruise because we have been on this ship twice before. Western Med ( Spain and Portugal). 19th Sept - 2nd Oct 2016. Standards have slipped and prices have risen. A glass of wine was 10 -12 dollars each. A bottle of water was $5. 18% tax added onto all drinks. The cost of tours from the ship were outrageously expensive. They now charge £5 to £10 for shuttle busses from ship into town. Which they never used to do. We found that we got virtually the same tours on the RED open top busses at a quarter or less of the organised RC ttours. . Our cabin was 7550. No bath, but a very adequate shower. Lovely balcony. Very quiet but towards the front of the ship and a very very long way from the restaurants. Our bathroom had nothing but towels for the first 3 days. No shampoos, tissues, face flannels, shower gel, conditioner or shower gel for first three days. Had to keep begging for anything we wanted. The Windjammer restaurant was a nightmare. Self service. Too many people fighting for too few tables. Dreadful VERY LOUD music playing all the time Complained, but no use. . Unable to hear each other talk so everyone shouting. Only used it at the last possible moment for breakfast. However, the Romeo & Juliet Restaurant was excellent. Went there every evening.. Only went to theatre twice, first time a comedian so offensive, we walked out. Second time the musical, Grease. It was fabulous! The Royal Parade is a High street full of bars and shops. Great to shop and people watch. We booked through SAGA and got a free door to door taxi and free insurance AND it was cheaper than 8 other travel agents we tried. Don't think we would choose this company again as it charges extortionate prices for drinks ( including water) and trips. Royal Caribbean will automatically add a huge amount of money to your account for tips every day unless you tell reception you wish to pay them yourself in person at the end of the cruise. . Bay of Biscay very choppy. You can get sea sick pills from the Medical until ( If you can find it ). They are one of the two things that are free on the ship. Ice cream by the pool was the only other thing. This cruise is excellent for disabled people, there were a large number of wheelchair users on this ship. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
Booked this cruise to celebrate a milestone birthday and because of the hype of the new Explorer. Reading the other reviews, I must say I found the same things lacking. By the fourth sail of the Explorer I thought many of the kinks would ... Read More
Booked this cruise to celebrate a milestone birthday and because of the hype of the new Explorer. Reading the other reviews, I must say I found the same things lacking. By the fourth sail of the Explorer I thought many of the kinks would be fixed. The service levels were just not as crisp as previous experience with Regent. The entertainment was mediocre at best. The excursions were okay, but again, the tour guides not as good as previous experience with Regent. We found the food very good, however the service in trying to get wine was terrible compared to previously being greeted with the wine selections for the evening. The suite was lovely but on the last day at sea the service disappeared. The trash wasn't emptied. The fruit was removed from the bowl ( really, they couldn't wait 12 hours?) The bed was turned down for the evening by 11AM. room service the morning of departure was rushed and no 5 minute notice that morning. I also found service more attentive when my husband was with me than when I was by myself. Especially at the coffee lounge on 5). It became a comedy of errors one afternoon trying to get a grilled chicken sandwich at the pool grille that finally arrived after a 40 minute wait . the carpet is already showing wear, especially the beige stairs in the main staircase and the pink carpets. One of the large pictures on deck five had a substantial hole during the cruise. Also, the smells in certain hallways, I will also agree with previous reviews, could be nauseating. the dark wood is also showing numerous scuff marks and wear. The baseboards and corners are already gathering dust. I agree with a previous review hats off to Spyder, Giorgio, and I will add Elena and Agus. Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
We chose this cruise because we are Regent fans, wanted to try the new ship, and were interested in the itinerary. We loved the new design of our cabin. The closet was a more workable shape, the bathroom huge, the drawer space beyond ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we are Regent fans, wanted to try the new ship, and were interested in the itinerary. We loved the new design of our cabin. The closet was a more workable shape, the bathroom huge, the drawer space beyond adequate, and the bed facing the sea delightful. The redistribution of restaurant space between the venues was a welcome change as was the variety of venues offering lunch. Our disappointments, however, have made us question future cruising with Regent. In fact, this is the first time we have not reserved a future cruise (or option) while onboard. The staffing level seems greatly reduced. The bars were crowded before dinner yet there were only one or two servers available. As the waits exceeded twenty minutes before anyone appeared, people crowded the bar to place their own orders. This added stress to the already overburdened bartenders. The wait for waiters in Compass Rose, for tables to be cleared in La Veranda, and for a wine steward to appear in either venue, was equally long. Finally, the Internet access was the worst we have experienced anywhere in the world. The sign-in procedure is archaic and needlessly complex. The long lines waiting for the Internet helper were a good illustration of the problem. He was surly and claimed there should be "three of him" on board. Once on line, the connection is dropped frequently necessitating one to go through the entire procedure again. For several days of the ten day cruise there was no internet service or phone service available at all - and we were never far from land. We have often sailed with Regent for more than thirty days at a time, have advanced status with them, and are very worried that these problems are indicative of a lack of emphasis on customer service with the new management team. Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
We chose this cruise to sample cruising. A week on board Britannia to see if we like it. All I can say is that it was good in parts. The bad bits first. The main pool area was a zoo. The buffet restaurant was like a service station ... Read More
We chose this cruise to sample cruising. A week on board Britannia to see if we like it. All I can say is that it was good in parts. The bad bits first. The main pool area was a zoo. The buffet restaurant was like a service station canteen. The Serenity zone was separated from the zoo by a glass partition and in no sense of the word could it be called serene. There were hail sized black oily smuts coming from the funnel that covered the deck, sun loungers, passengers and upper handrails. Oh and the widespread outbreak of a gastro-intestinal bug!!! The not so bad: cabins on A deck near the rear suffer from people running on the deck above (Sunset bar) and scraping furniture around until all hours of the morning. Ship layout means you cannot access all parts from all the lifts (cannot get to restaurants from rear lifts). Good bits: service, food quality in the Peninsula restaurant, entertainment, ride quality, cabin size and quality, drink quality (price ok), decor, crew. Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
We choose this cruise because of the ports and we had never been on Windstar. We assumed it was a sailing ship because of the masts we saw in ports. Shortly after boarding we were told that one of our excursion was canceled due to ... Read More
We choose this cruise because of the ports and we had never been on Windstar. We assumed it was a sailing ship because of the masts we saw in ports. Shortly after boarding we were told that one of our excursion was canceled due to Ramadan in Tangier. Did the cruise line not know, because it was advertised on their website for months, and one of the reasons we booked the cruise. The city of Tangier was like a ghost town. So moving on, my husband and I were enjoying the jacuzzi on a beautiful full moon night when we were told that we had to get out, because it was closed. It wasn't even 9 pm. On another night we were sleeping and at 2 in the morning an upholstered tile from the headboard fell on my husbands head. No damage, but surprising . We assumed the the room steward would have it fixed. But no, we called and someone came and fixed it. The next day our room steward said "I thought it was yours", really I brought a headboard tile with me. The food was good, but not regional. There was a BBQ one night with all the food from the region, but I expected to have at least one option a night from the region on the ships menu. Don't get me started about the news letter. Wrong dates, wrong times, wrong cities. Two hour wrong wakeup times, on and on. We've been cruising since 2002 on many different lines and travel many times every year on land and sea. We have never been more disappointed in a cruise line. The staff was wonderful the ports beautiful, but the attention to detail was miserable. The photo we bought is not printable on our email. So disappointed. We also think it really isn't a sailing ship, just a gimmick, because we never sailed and the sports deck was never available. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
Cabins are great and had a good housekeeper looking after us on deck 7 ,island restaurant was very busy ,some days you had to go round and round to try and obtain a table , party of 4 and none of us was impressed with selection of food ... Read More
Cabins are great and had a good housekeeper looking after us on deck 7 ,island restaurant was very busy ,some days you had to go round and round to try and obtain a table , party of 4 and none of us was impressed with selection of food which was mostly cold . At the Venue lounge on the 5th floor if you are into quizzes this is the place for you , most nights there was at least 4 on, not a bad group was playing but lacked atmosphere . After ordering drinks you can wait up to 15 minutes to receive was very evident that there is not enough staff and most of them lacked a cherry smile . Sorry to be so negative but the dream is far better in every way , so will not be going back with Thomson's as they seem to think that they have the monopoly and can treat people any way at all. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
We have always been "loyal to Royal"but they are cutting back so much now that we aren't getting off our cruises feeling like we've been well looked after. We booked a B2B with this first cruise to France, Spain, ... Read More
We have always been "loyal to Royal"but they are cutting back so much now that we aren't getting off our cruises feeling like we've been well looked after. We booked a B2B with this first cruise to France, Spain, Portugal to be followed by 7 nights in Norway. We booked an inside cabin which is not something we normally do (but it was meant to be a cheap getaway). Our cabin was as expected, small. It wasn't the cleanest we've had and it certainly had signs of wear. Royal have new beds which are rounded at the end, so I cannot understand why our cabin had an older square bed. There was no room to get around the bed as the edges were tight up again the TV unit or the settee. We had it changes to singles just to get around. The air conditioner was LOUD and there is no way to turn it off. The air was blowing directly onto the beds and we both got sore throats and colds. Food and service in the main dining room has been an issue for us for a while now BUT I can say that Dostan (waiter) and especially Dennis (asst waiter) were exceptional and are the sole reason this review didn't score 1 out of 5. Sadly, our interaction with other staff was very mediocre at best. YET AGAIN bar service is falling well short of acceptable. Long queues to buy a drink as they have reduced staff and nobody being accountable for ensuring bars actually have the drinks. One of the largest bars was out of Budweiser for 2 days (and nearly all were missing Bulmers Original most days). I watched a pallet of it being loaded so I know they had it. It's one thing selling Drink Packages and then cutting staff back to limit what you give out, but it's something completely different when it goes too far and the service guests are led to believe is first class is virtually non-existent. The shows in the Theatre were OK. But why do they keep booking the kid on his BMX (I've seen him 3 times on Royal ships now). Once he has done his routine for 5 minutes there is nothing more to see. Once again, the Ice Show was the highlight of the whole cruise. Sadly, on the following cruise, not even the dining room service was acceptable and after the 3rd night we couldn't be bothered to even comment and just ate in Windjammer each night. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
This was a bit of a last minute booking by us in July and things were certainly eventful leading up to the sailing date. Communication has been a major issue throughout, starting with no formal notification of a change in itinerary from 7 ... Read More
This was a bit of a last minute booking by us in July and things were certainly eventful leading up to the sailing date. Communication has been a major issue throughout, starting with no formal notification of a change in itinerary from 7 to 6 nights, an earlier departure time than first indicated and the reimbursement for our lost day. Anyway, we planned to make the most of what we considered was a good deal in respect of the holiday price and stayed in Southampton for 2 nights prior to leaving on 19th October for our 6 night cruise ending in Barcelona. We arrived early on Monday morning at the cruise terminal in Southampton. We had no idea where the Epic was sailing from but luckily our hotel was across the road from the allocated terminal and we could easily walk to it. Check in was messy but we boarded the ship in good time and had immediate access to our state room which was fantastic. We had a balcony room and were very pleased with it, although the layout was unusual, but we had no complaints. The Norwegian Epic is a big ship, which we do prefer, but because there were so many people in what seemed limited space in the bars and Garden Cafe in particular, it was impossible to get a drink from the bars. We liked the new Cavern Club very much but with one barman and two waiters, we were waiting up to 50 minutes for a drink at one point which is ridiculous. The same happened in the buffet cafe, it was "every man for himself" and a stressful experience, ending up in cold food, beverage machines not working so you had to go to another one, and queues just about everywhere. We did enjoy our meal in the Taste restaurant and should have gone there more often. The staff were very pleasant too, although this was not a common factor throughout the ship. We didn't see any shows as we weren't aware you had to book in advance but heard they were very good. The entertainment staff were quiet compared to what we have experienced on other ships and there wasn't much going on to suit our tastes. All in all, it wasn't the best cruise we have been on but we met some lovely fellow guests which kept us positive. Nevertheless, NCL need to up their communication skills to get us to come back. Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
Arrived at ship at about 3 pm and asked to wait in lounge as cabins not available. About 20 other English people who had arrived as a group about 45 minutes before us were also waiting in lounge and like us were there early because of ... Read More
Arrived at ship at about 3 pm and asked to wait in lounge as cabins not available. About 20 other English people who had arrived as a group about 45 minutes before us were also waiting in lounge and like us were there early because of arrangements made by their tour companies. No refreshments offered until asked for/demanded even though we had all been travelling for at least 9 hours. Bad start - how much does a cup of tea cost for the sake of good will? On the plus side the staff were friendly and helpful but I have always had better quality food on other company's ships. No choice either. Also, unlike most other river cruises on this one it was stay on the ship while it sailed up river or pay to go on a coach trip as it never actually stayed anywhere except for the first full day. Fortunately we were paired with a great Australian couple at meal and other times and the scenery was magnificent. Even though I would like to have been more positive as I have been in other reviews I would warn potential travellers about the miniscule toilet/shower rooms designed for Hobbits where it is possible to perform three forms of ablutions simultaneously. I would not travel with this company again Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
We booked our trip through a travel agent who strongly advised cruising on one of Oceania's new ships. Thankfully, they made advanced reservations in the restaurants. Our meal at Ginger ended with us walking out of the dining room ... Read More
We booked our trip through a travel agent who strongly advised cruising on one of Oceania's new ships. Thankfully, they made advanced reservations in the restaurants. Our meal at Ginger ended with us walking out of the dining room when our entree had not been served in a little over 1 1/2 hours. This through the wait staff in a tail spin. They followed us saying that our meal was now being cooked. I advised the hotel manager of the situation. The Ginger manager called and asked us to return and that they would sit us with a "charming" couple. The charming elderly man managed to spill a full glass of red wine in my wife's lap and left the apologies to his wife. New table. Take 3. The food was really very good. So good that I ordered a Hot Saki. Not a high end product mind you but the same that could be ordered in any Japanese restaurant for $6 -8.00. The tab was $29.50. Typically, we do not book excursions in advance. We were glad for that. $120.00 each to follow someone carrying a Oceania flag around for 3 hours. We took a Hop On Hop Off bus. We got to witness this forced march from the comfort of a side walk cafe with a glass or 2 of good reasonably priced wine. The pool area was a nice retreat had it not been the wait staff waking you to ask if you wanted a drink. I did break down to 2 or 3 beers at $7.97 each. Oceania's policy is obvious. Quote a low rate and make up the margin on liquor and tours. I had agreed to a fare that included tips only to find out that it was only for state room and dining staff. The gratuity on liquor of 18% was not included. Thank you but we will go back to Silverseas Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
This was my first Windstar cruise. Based on the prices and their own marketing material - how they position themselves as a luxury experience for the most discerning traveler - and having been on a whole range of other cruise lines, I ... Read More
This was my first Windstar cruise. Based on the prices and their own marketing material - how they position themselves as a luxury experience for the most discerning traveler - and having been on a whole range of other cruise lines, I expected a good-to-great experience. What I got was more like a poor-to-mediocre one. Disappointment abounded - from the food to the ports of call to excursions to the service to the lack of sleep. POSITIVE - Staterooms: The all-suite staterooms are the largest I've ever stayed in - easily 2x the size of others. They've been recently renovated and are generally nice - additional thoughts under 'Negative' below. - Service: Almost every crew member I encountered was friendly and warm and wanted to help. Unfortunately, that niceness didn't equate to excellent service. 'Nice', 'friendly', 'warm' all go a long way in providing good service - but they don't replace the quality of the actual service provided. E.g. The waiter can be the nicest guy I've ever met, but it only goes so far in making up for the fact that I've asked for iced tea 3x and still don't have it. NEGATIVE - Staterooms: The key word about the ship is that it was 'renovated' - other than most of the public spaces (and not all of them were completely renovated), nothing looked new. In the rooms, you'll see stains in the marble in the bathroom, odd chipping/peeling in the veneers on the furniture, notice the age of the drawers and shelves in the closet, and the ancient tvs and dvd players. - Food: The dinner menus almost always looked good, but the food rarely impressed. Breakfast and lunch actually tasted like bad cafeteria food. At dinner one evening, I was served a pasta with pesto sauce, in which the pesto had been so badly prepared (and this is pesto, folks - not a difficult thing to make) that it was burnt and blackened. The dish was gross, but knowing how long I'd have to wait - and how disappointing another dish could be - I just ate it. - Overflowing toilets: One of the public restrooms, just off one of the main public rooms, overflowed into the public space several times during the cruise. And they kept putting a fan on the carpet to dry it. Well, that fan blew the air into the public room - so you could smell the disgusting scent of sewage mixed with deodorizer in the front half of the room. - Boat vibration and rocking: Yes, these are things that are to be expected on any cruise, and that I've experienced myself. I've never, though, had my bed shake - not just vibrate - so intensely, all night before that I couldn't get any rest. We weren't in the least expensive stateroom offered - not that it would be 'ok' even if we were. When you're paying these prices, no one should have a room that shakes so intensely every night. And the rocking - they rarely extend the stabilizers, and I heard many guests complaining and talking about intense sea sickness. It should be noted that the waters were *not* bad or rough at any point during the cruise. One night a woman was asking reception for some sea-sickness medication, and was told that the doctor couldn't be reached. This was after the poor woman had been up all night prior being sick. Pathetic. - Service: There was absolutely *nothing* excellent, luxurious or even 'good' about the service. I lost count of how many repeated requests - at dinner, with reception, with the maitre'd - were forgotten or had to be repeated several times. I was served the wrong meal numerous times, after having waited far too long to receive it in the 1st place. Our 2nd night, the waiter actually explained the severe delays were due to them being understaffed. !?!? How many times do I need to order iced tea or water or what-have-you before I actually get it? Again, this is supposed to be a higher-end experience - I've gotten better service on a Carnival Cruise back in college. The maitre'd offered, unsolicited - *he* offered - to send the menu for the following day to our room 3 times, but it never appeared. And he was surprised every time that it didn't show up. - Activities: There's really nothing of interest scheduled. - Ports of call: Two of the six ports should never have been part of the itinerary. One was a low-income vacation town and the other was an economically depressed town with literally nothing going on. - Excursion Director: This guy was nice, sure. But had absolutely no personality, gave no opinions or expert advice about any of the ports. All we heard were generalities and bland 'this is great, this is great, that's great' - everything was nice and great. Those words lose their meaning and provide no actual insight into the various options. His powerpoint presentations bordered on being sad. He cancelled our tickets on one of the excursions accidentally, with nothing to say but 'I'm sorry - try visiting the museum on your own'. I thought this was supposed to be a luxurious experience. You make a mistake, make it right - period. Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
This was our 5th RC cruise and the first sailing from Southampton (and last). From the car park to being on board was around 20 minutes which was quite impressive. This was the ships second cruise following a refit and compared to ... Read More
This was our 5th RC cruise and the first sailing from Southampton (and last). From the car park to being on board was around 20 minutes which was quite impressive. This was the ships second cruise following a refit and compared to reviews on its first cruise after refurbishment things seemed to have improved. Dining room & windjammer food quality was up to the usual standards (we are not fussy eaters but would complain if things were amiss). The pub on the Royal Prom was a big let down. On other ships this has been one of our regular calling points. The table service was non existent and we had to keep going to the bar to order. None of the staff therefore got to know your name and have little chats with you. The bar is at the front of the pub not at the back like other RC ships giving the impression of it being small. Also there was no folk singer on a stool singing away. Although not big drinkers we had the basic( free on booking) drinks package. Staff were friendly and helpful especially when our bathroom flooded. We had a mini drama on this sailing with a man overboard alert ( this proved to be a false alarm) the ship was stopped and announcements made along with lifeboat deployments. It is about time we had free wifi. especially as many of the bars and shopping malls in ports of call have it! The photo system has changed. You no longer have to spend ages looking through racks of pictures. They are all on monitors for you to select in the photo area. Due to the poor weather sailing from Southampton we had to stay indoors. This is were RC need to improve. Just walking from bar to café to shops is not good enough. A back up plan for poor weather is needed. Entertainment was average to good. The last night show was very poor especially the juggler who needs to brush up on his presenting skills. The cruise director too was a little reserve. Other cruise directors have been a bit more zany. Considering the ship had a refit, a number of obvious things were puzzling like picture frames in the aisles to the staterooms having worn frames were people had rubbed against them over the years and patches on the running track along with a black patch on the large pool side tv were the pixels weren't working. Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
The ship and its staterooms are in a great need of service. Our staterooms TV volume did not work. A cabin light blinked on and off all night the first night. Towels provided first night were threadbare. Vanity drawers in bath were stained ... Read More
The ship and its staterooms are in a great need of service. Our staterooms TV volume did not work. A cabin light blinked on and off all night the first night. Towels provided first night were threadbare. Vanity drawers in bath were stained and marred. Furniture was chipped and not repaired throughout cabin. House keeping took care of all issues within 24 hours. Food and staff were impeccable. Tours were not good. They were not controlled by cruise line and you got what you got. There was no way to change out. Our tour guide did not give us a map of the area, nor did she give us the name of the street where we got off. The restaurant name was not given to us either. The average age of the group was probably 70. And our young tour guide started us off as though we were 20. She walked us (without a stop) for 25 minutes to get to a restaurant that she did not tell us the name of. She walked so fast that we lost her and had to buy lunch on our own. We found them when we went to the Cathedral but had to pay our own way in since the group was already inside. They then took off at a fast clip and told us to wait in a certain square until they returned from the gardens. We waited for 2 1/2 hrs. When they didn't return, We tried to find the place where they left us off. Our bus was not there but two other buses from Celebrity were there. We had to sneak on one. At the next stop, that bus guide told us we had to get off the bus. We said all we wanted to do was get back to the ship. She said it was not their problem and told us to get off. She was sure our bus was coming. We got off and found our buss 1 block away. When we got on our tour guide would not look at us. The ever gracious Cruise line gave us a 30% credit for our excursion so we ended up with a $200.00 bus ride to Seville. We have cruised for30 years. Princess has been our line of choice but we have gone on Carnival, NCL, RCL and Costa. It is a shame when you move up to what you thought was the next level of service only to be disappointed. I will stick to Princes and forgo all the Luxury experience from Celebrity. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
We are US citizens, married 59 years, age 80 & 78. We are seasoned cruisers with more than 45 trips on 6 different lines. We are Crown&Anchor Diamond Plus level with RCI. Anthem is impressive in size, barely average when ... Read More
We are US citizens, married 59 years, age 80 & 78. We are seasoned cruisers with more than 45 trips on 6 different lines. We are Crown&Anchor Diamond Plus level with RCI. Anthem is impressive in size, barely average when compared to other RCI ships for service, food quality, peace and quiet, and comfort. Technology is the ship's byword. Examples abound like the Itinerary on the in-room tv screen which showed the ship moving at 16 knots and the time as 2230. Technology took a back seat to reality as the ship was DOCKED and it was early morning...about 0630. Example, the overhead lighting in Chic was so dim over our table and almost non-existent at the next table...we actually removed the battery powered candles from their sconce and used them so we could read the supper menu. Example, Spectra Cabaret was SPECTACULAR merging live humans with electronically devised imagery producing mind-boggling entertainment. Example, the recorded music was at screech level and played everywhere making pure peace and quiet impossible to achieve. Dynamic Dining borders on Titanic style disaster. The food on night one in a restaurant was good, the next night, same restaurant, it was barely edible, undercooked, served at temperatures barely above rock solid freezing and not just tasteless but borderline soup kitchen quality. Having restaurant A serve prepare and serve foods from restaurants B, C, D, and E was an adventure like sending an in-training Burger King food server to the Waldorf Astoria with orders to prepare Veal Oscar telling him/her nothing of the required ingredients and totally WITHOUT A RECIPE> At Country Kitchen night 1, the food was exemplary, night 2 it was food from Grande menu and the Lobster was served so undercooked the waiter could not remove it from the shell, the Lobster Bisque had a solid skim atop some tasteless concoction that was ALMOST liquid and quite cool, the filet was about as tender and tasty as shoe leather after being trod upon by several thousand marching Marines. Our cabin, a balcony, was so cold we opened the balcony door to warm up...and the outside temperature was then 52F. Happily we were entitled to terry cloth robes and used then at all hours of the day and night. The bathroom was adequately supplied and always clean as our cabin stewardess was top notch. The bed was comfortable and the duvet kept us warm while sleeping. The tv reception was a marvel of technology...crisp, constant, and a marvel of clarity. After much discussion with our travel friends both newly made and long-time co-travelers, we decided that we MIGHT try Anthem again...in about 2 years after they work out the kinks that made its MAIDEN VOYAGE total MEH. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
First cruise with Royal Carribean, we usually cruise with Celebrity but decided to do the Maiden Cruise because it is a bit special being on a brand new ship. Stayed overnight in Southampton in the Ibis which has a restaurant and 3 more ... Read More
First cruise with Royal Carribean, we usually cruise with Celebrity but decided to do the Maiden Cruise because it is a bit special being on a brand new ship. Stayed overnight in Southampton in the Ibis which has a restaurant and 3 more Restaurants within 100 metres, a TGI Friday, A Frankie & Bennie's and a McDonalds. The reason I mention this is either eat at the Ibis (or whichever of the 4 hotels in the immediate vicinity you are in) do not go anywhere near the Frankie and Bennie's which is awful or the TGI Fridays which is the worst restaurant I have ever had the misfortune to eat in, great staff - inedible rubbish from the kitchen. If you must do fast food, stick to the McDonalds, it's cheaper and an order of magnitude better than the other two which should give you some idea how bad they are. Anyway I digress - boarding the Anthem was a breeze, from taxi pickup to eating lunch in Two70 was about 30 minutes. We did have a fast track package and my other half had done all the documentation online so we were wafted past all the chaos of the boarding scrum straight onto the ship. Stateroom was a Junior Suite (which is about a double size normal outside balcony cabin) was very nicely presented and had loads of room, other than that standard cruise stateroom built in Germany as usual. Finding our way about was actually very confusing, the ship is so big it was difficult to figure out where the pointy end was in relation to where we were and was often a real pain. Even after 8 nights we still had occasional orientation problems, I didn't even see every bit of the ship it was just too big. Staff and Service were excellent when around but in short supply sometimes in the bars and non-existant in the public areas and lounges. Restaurants were staffed and served lavishly as you would expect. Excursions we did on our own, expensive ship's tours on cramped busses are not our thing, anyway if you want a tour the local taxi drivers always do a private tour for a lot less than the ship's people do and in considerably more comfort. But this was about the boat not the industrial ports of Northern Spain. Dining was OK To be more specific Chops Grill and Jamie's were 6* and fantastic, most of the standard Royal Carribean Restaurants were acceptable but not great and the big Windjammer Cafe was 3* and very dissapointing. Not generally to do with the staff and service just the food quality was nowhere near as good as I have been led to expect by previously cruising with Celebrity who are known for their terrific food quality. The exception was over zealous policing of numbers in the Windjammer meaning many empty tables but staff making diners queue to go in and showing them to tables, not what is expected or needed in a all day restaurant. I assume this was merely teething troubles but it was very annoying especially when leaving we knew there were plenty of tables and space but the staff were stopping entry, it all seemed embarrassingly amateurish. After this episode we never went back to the Windjammer and ate mostly in Two70's cafe which was limited but better. Children's Clubs? We do not have children but there seemed to be mpre than adequate provision for them however I cannot comment on the quality of child facilities. I would say this ship is likely to be packed solid with kids out of term time so if you are not keen on other people's kids travel during term time like we do. Entertainment was varied with something for everyone and went from dire to excellent. All this stuff is subjective so it is a bit pointless commenting on all of it but one thing which is probably a love or hate thing is Spectra's Cabaret in Two70. They use a massive semi circular LED (I think) screen with 5 more giant screens on robot arms to do lighting and video, married to massive sound stage systems, hydraulic platforms and aerial kit to put on a show a bit like that thing they did for the opening of the Dome in London's 2000 celebration. This "cabaret" was obviously written by artists for artists and was suitably pretentious and pointless imo. I thought it was too loud, filled with rubbish 80s style synth dance music and totally wrong for the mostly 50 something audience who are not arty types and did not appreciate it. It was beautifully performed, looked great and a certain type of modern dance audience would have loved it, but to me (and several other guests it was pretty much the wrong audience for this stuff). The end of the cruise was as per standard , no problems, efficient chucking us all off before 1100 hrs and loading the next lot. Problems I found (and again I was decidedly not alone in this gripe was the music). Never ending, too loud, musak throughout the ship even in the lifts and cell block corridorr. It was impossible to escape the dreary, irritating drivel of naff modern chart music 24 hrs a day anywhere. I found 2 places on the entire ship where it was not intrusive and annoying, one of those was my stateroom, most places had a caphopony of competing noise from the various venues, it got more and more irritating as the cruise went on. At 8am having breakfast I do not need thumping naff dance music, I need a bit of peace and quiet. Whilst I do not mind some quiet backround, inoffensive elavator musak this ship was way beyond that, and for that reason alone I gave this ship 3* not 4* review. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
Loved the ship. Great night shows. Great night time activities. Crew generally friendly. Food good. MAJOR lack of day time activities. Should you only want to layout around the pool I suppose all would be ok. There were 6 of ... Read More
Loved the ship. Great night shows. Great night time activities. Crew generally friendly. Food good. MAJOR lack of day time activities. Should you only want to layout around the pool I suppose all would be ok. There were 6 of us and also hear others saying the same problem. Lectures-if you want to call infomercials to promote the spa a lecture. Destination lecture also was poor, being again merely to promote shore excursions ( as if we were unable to read). Movies were available for kids but none for adults during the day (a great source of cheap entertainment). Total lack of respect for Veteran's !! Meetings were set up inside a bar with dance classes being held just outside the bar entry. SO vet's couldn't hear and share each others service experiences. Plus no one from Royal C. sponsored anything such as even a glass of water. Princess always has one of their agents to greet the vet's in a proper environment and champagne or beverage and appetizers are offered. Oceania has a agent to greet and a full brunch is enjoyed. Not that anyone needs drink or food but a proper environment would show some respect. 500 WWII vet's pass each day. Show appreciation for service to those still living. I am a 100% war disabled vet. Yes, I do realize generally a ship credit is given to vet's although none on this cruise. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015

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