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First time back on Aurora since the refit. Although we like the modern, larger ships, Aurora seems to draw us in. We had a fantastic time. We were allocated early dining on a table for eight. The first night we were alone so ... Read More
First time back on Aurora since the refit. Although we like the modern, larger ships, Aurora seems to draw us in. We had a fantastic time. We were allocated early dining on a table for eight. The first night we were alone so bagged the best seats near the window. The following night, 4 others joined us and we couldn't have wished for better table companions. We had some great laughs and good evenings together. Food was great in the mdr, good selection and always well cooked. The buffet had good choices but we only had the odd breakfast and lunch there, but was sneaking up for cheese and biscuits and hot chocolate to take back to the cabin. Service was very good in all areas, although I think their efficiency can sometimes be mistaken for trying to rush you. As soon as you finished, the dirty plate was gone and next course was on its way. Entertainment was great in general, although the house band were very poor and one of the entertainment team just didn't seem interested, reading her kindle in the DJ booth and sighing when anyone requested a song. The headliners were fantastic although not usually my thing but did enjoy their shows. Soul kinda wonderful, the Base Tones and Phil Melbourne had us dancing or laughing every night. In summary, despite her creaking and swaying, we still managed to have a fantastic holiday and can't wait to return. Andy Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
I was celebrating a big birthday in April and our wedding anniversary in May so we decided to do something different - we usually do golfing vacations or visit family back in the U.K. So, we chose a 15 day cruise from Port Canaveral ... Read More
I was celebrating a big birthday in April and our wedding anniversary in May so we decided to do something different - we usually do golfing vacations or visit family back in the U.K. So, we chose a 15 day cruise from Port Canaveral finishing in Barcelona. I did extensive research and also found the Roll Call on Cruise Critic invaluable as other passengers had great information to share. There were negative remarks on the internet about the design of the cabins, the wavy walls and especially the bathroom set up so I looked up videos on YouTube - we did not have a problem with the design - both the toilet and the shower are in cubicles of frosted glass and there is a privacy curtain to pull across if needed. There isn't a lot of space between the bottom of the bed and the units making it impossible for 2 people to pass at the same time, but you organize yourself .. Plenty of storage space, I was surprised. We found the food to be excellent and liked the freestyle dining very much - you didn't have to sit at the same table at the same time every evening and they offered the possibility to share tables with others, which we found to be very enriching as we spoke with people from different parts of the world and it was a very pleasant way to spend most mealtimes. Entertainment catered for all tastes, although we understood from others that it was easier to see shows on smaller ships. We saw what we wanted to with the exception of a couple of things that we fully booked. On board is a "replica" of the Cavern Club in Liverpool - they have a Beatles tribute band playing there, so obviously only a very limited number of people can fit into it at a time, so they had the band perform one evening in the main theater which gave many more people the opportunity to watch and listen. There were activities, not that we participated much, although I used the exercise room every day and all treadmills and bikes look out to see, very pleasant. The pool wasn't very big but neither was it ever full, maybe different when the children are off school and on vacation. The service was great in every aspect, the crew extremely polite and pleasing. We were told there are 74 different nationalities on board. The itinerary is what attracted us to the cruise, we had been to some of the ports many years' ago and it was a delight to re-visit and see the changes. We only took one excursion, which was from Cadiz to Seville, the rest we did on our own, using the hop on hop off buses mainly. As far as embarkation and disembarkation were concerned, again, no problems. We stayed for a couple of extra nights in Barcelona, again to re-visit. As we live in Florida we did not explore the departure city. Wi-fi. We chose the most expensive option as we needed to remain in contact with our business and found it worked perfectly, we even streamed a movie one evening without interruption. One important thing to remember as far as we were concerned, the sea was calm for the entire duration of the cruise. This obviously influenced in our enjoyment level, because had it been rough and we'd been sea sick, we would not have enjoyed the culinary delights, especially the specialty restaurants, in the way we did. The whole thing for us, was a very positive experience and we have definitely made some beautiful memories. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
We choose this cruise to celebrate our 40th wedding Anniversary and the special offer price was too attractive to turn down. We were let down by Guest Services in Suffolk regarding this but the staff on board more than made up it. Stephen ... Read More
We choose this cruise to celebrate our 40th wedding Anniversary and the special offer price was too attractive to turn down. We were let down by Guest Services in Suffolk regarding this but the staff on board more than made up it. Stephen and Gustie in the Thistle were great. The food was better than expected with lots of choice. Our Cabin stewardess Patti offered service above expected and James in the Observation Lounge remembered our cabin number after the second visit to the bar. Jeffery in guest services sorted out head offices issues! In my opinion the art works left a lot to be desired. The one in our cabin was awful. It would have been useful to know that all the museums but one were closed In Lisbon on a Monday and Cadiz was closed on Sunday (the days we visited). The drinks package was good for adults but for anyone aged between 12-17 years it was a waste of money unless you were prepared to rot your child's teeth with at least 9 fizzy drinks a day. Yet you had to pay adult prices for the children if you had anyone of this age in your cabin. Very unfair Fred Olsen. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
Had a lovely time onboard the Explorer, the ship itself was very good and well organised. The cabin was of the usual cruise ship size but was cleaned to a very high standard. The food was very good in the many all inclusive/buffet ... Read More
Had a lovely time onboard the Explorer, the ship itself was very good and well organised. The cabin was of the usual cruise ship size but was cleaned to a very high standard. The food was very good in the many all inclusive/buffet style restaurants onboard. We went to two of the additional charge restaurants Surf & turf, and Kori la both were excellent and well worth the extra charges. The entertainment crews were very good and the Broadway shows were excellent. ALL the waiter, waitress, & bar staff were very friendly and always had a smile for us. All the crews work very hard and do deserve a tip although I think most people didn't tip, but in my experience good service deserves a tip whatever cruise company you go with. We didn't go on any Tui excursion as though they were on the expensive side although we went ashore in every port and did our own thing. I did read a few bad reviews about the Explorer prior, but to be honest this is a great ship with an excellent crews. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
We really loved this Cruise Ship, having been on Majesty, Celebration, Discovery 1 and 2. All were very good , but we found there wasn't the atmosphere on the Discoveries with the crew that there was on Majesty and Celebration. On ... Read More
We really loved this Cruise Ship, having been on Majesty, Celebration, Discovery 1 and 2. All were very good , but we found there wasn't the atmosphere on the Discoveries with the crew that there was on Majesty and Celebration. On Explorer it had all come back wtih the singing and music playing from the crew in the dining room. We loved our outside cabin and the bathroom had a proper shower cubical rather than a space with a curtain that has been on all the other ships The entertainment was really good with the crew and their shows and for two nights we had the brilliant finalist from 'Britain's Got Talent' a few years ago Jon Clegg. His comedy and impressions weregreat and went down really well. A chap that was singing in the lounge was really good and was playing many of the folk songs we used to sing when we first stated dating back in the early 70s. It brought back some lovely memeories. The food was really good and great sevice from the staff. On the night when they have a party for regular guests, we were approached by Richard the general manager and asked for our feedback on the new ship. I said we had a wonderful time, but to be really picky the Gluten Free bread and rolls they provide for my diet were pretty hard, like they are on all long haul airlines. We were very impressed that the next day Richard phoned me in the cabin and said he had looked at the bread and agreeing with me spoke to thechef. He said in future they would be getting freshly baked GF bread for the ship. Hober was our cabin man and he was as helpful and friendly as all the other crew. Looking forward to thinking about Explorer two due to be launched later this year. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
This was our first cruise and We Were not sure what to expect. The whole experience from start to finish was memorable. What an amazing ship with the most friendliest staff and crew you could ask for. Food and entertainment was fantastic ... Read More
This was our first cruise and We Were not sure what to expect. The whole experience from start to finish was memorable. What an amazing ship with the most friendliest staff and crew you could ask for. Food and entertainment was fantastic and our rooms although dated were spotless. Henry and Rocky were fantastic cabin stewards with the most loveliest smiles for you every time they saw you . I can’t believe waiter staff knew our names after only a couple of days . Service was fantastic. Absolutely gutted this is the ships last year sailing . Only downfall was that there was only one charging socket for phones etc .And WiFi not so good although it was £49 for 7 days per person . The entertainment team were amazing as was the compare who was very funny. Shops ok but not much to purchase would have liked a little more choice Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
The food and entertainment were excellent. The shows (including (Gareth Gates) were west end standards and the ships band were the best. A good choice of food was always available as was the ice cream, unlike P & O! We've been ... Read More
The food and entertainment were excellent. The shows (including (Gareth Gates) were west end standards and the ships band were the best. A good choice of food was always available as was the ice cream, unlike P & O! We've been on most of the cruise lines before, including a previous Princess, but this has to be one of the best ships. The cabin steward, bar staff, restaurant staff, were so polite and obliging. The ship itself, although built in 2004, had obviously had a recent update. The bed in our cabin was king size and very comfortable. The only negative thing I could find was the choice of beers! All lager types apart from Bass (brewed in USA!!!) and the tasteless John Smiths and Boddingtons. Here's where P & O score points as they have a good choice of British Beers. Princess, take note!!! Definitely go with Princess again though. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
We chose this cruise as it was a very good price and we needed to see some blue sky. I had read mixed reviews about the ship and was aware it was quite old and smaller than I had been on before, but it was truly lovely, the staff were ... Read More
We chose this cruise as it was a very good price and we needed to see some blue sky. I had read mixed reviews about the ship and was aware it was quite old and smaller than I had been on before, but it was truly lovely, the staff were wonderful, entertainment was great and and so was the food...no complaints at all. Sailed from Malaga and were able to have a good explore before we left as we didn't have until 10 pm and Malaga is compact. All ports of call were easy to explore on your own, although I would recommend a tour from Casablanca, we chose Rabat. The disembarkation always ran smoothly and without queues, one of the advantages of a smaller vessel. We travelled as a couple and had a cabin on the lower deck, mid ship, the beds were very comfortable and our cabin steward, Wilbur, was fantastic. We had a porthole window which I was fascinated by, it was a whole new perspective being right by the water, especially when the waves came over the window. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
Having cruised last October on Tui Discovery I had no hesitation in booking this cruise on its new sister ship Tui Discovery 2, and was not disappointed. I travelled with my four children (aged 19, 17, 14 and 8) and all five of us had a ... Read More
Having cruised last October on Tui Discovery I had no hesitation in booking this cruise on its new sister ship Tui Discovery 2, and was not disappointed. I travelled with my four children (aged 19, 17, 14 and 8) and all five of us had a fantastic time. Embarkation (and disembarkation) were smooth and swift, which always helps on a cruise! And, on boarding, our luggage arrived at our cabins in a very timely fashion. The ship itself was clean throughout and easy to navigate (as I say I had already sailed on the Tui Discovery and this ship's layout was identical). This is a mid-size ship (previously a RC ship), which is perfect for first time cruisers or families as it does not take too long to get your bearings. We had two different types of cabin - myself and my two youngest were in a deluxe balcony and my two eldest were in a standard inside. Both cabins were clean (and constantly kept that way by the super efficient staff) with comfy beds, adequate storage and standard size/facilities as for most cruise ships. I booked specific cabins so that we were close to each other and so that we were mid-ship and not near any noisy/busy areas of this ship so was very happy with my choices. Dining was very good with plenty of options for all. I did not bother with the speciality restaurants (as they cost extra and because there were so many other places to eat). Breakfast can either be taken at Islands buffett (good selection, good food, was a little busy on disembarkation today, but apart from that never a problem finding somewhere to sit) or in the main restaurant (this was more civilised and a more leisurely affair, as the main hot options were waiter service with a small cold buffet selection). Lunch can be taken again at the buffett or a set 4 course at the main 47 restaurant or you can just grab a snack at the snack shack (burgers, hot dogs, mac cheese, sandwiches, salads etc) or there is also food at the indoor pool. In the afternoons you can get ice-cream and from 3pm - 5pm afternoon tea at the buffet was very good (great selection of tasty sandwiches, cakes, cream teas etc). Dinner can either again be in the buffet or in the main restaurant or the Italian above (we had 5 meals in the main restaurant and 2 in the Italian, all of which were really good - although the Italian menu does tend to be the same every night). We only had to wait to be seated on one evening (you are provided with a buzzer and you do not have to wait long). All in all very good food and very good service. Bar service was in general good although there was often a long wait at the pool bars (they could do with more staff) and occassionally waiting time at the other bars in the evenings. The new all inclusive package was ample for us and do not see why you would want to pay any extra - all your standard drinks - shorts, wines, beers and cocktails (and they were good quality labelled brands) and good selection of non-alcholic drinks and mocktails too were included - you just have to present your card. Evening shows were good quality (although one was identical to a show we saw in October which was a shame, also there were no real plays, which I usually like and one night there was a comedian but it was unclear whether this was suitable for young children so we did not attend just in case) we did not go to any of the films this time as they were either not things we wanted to see or things we had seen. All the bands/musicians/singers around the ship were really good and provided good entertainment. Did not use the casino (it is tiny!!). Never had a problem finding a seat in the theatre (we went to the 8.30pm perfomances each night). Day time entertainment was OK (although a little tacky at times). Kids club was good (although I would have preferred more or longer sessions or drop in sessions). Climbing wall was good (you need to book a slot) my middle and youngest boy enjoyed this. We also enjoyed the mini golf and shuttle board and table tennis. My 17 year old used the gym every day which he said was not bad. The main pool is tiny and crowded (full of kids) is more like a glorified children's paddling pool, but that is often the way on a cruise ship. The inside pool was better and had an adults only time period, but who wants to be inside when there is sun shining outside? There was not usually a problem finding a sun bed - apart from the day at sea when we could not find one at all!! So had to all cram onto our balcony!! They are supposed to impose a 45 minute rule (whereby if a sun bed is empty for more than 45 minutes they remove the items on it) but I never saw this being implemented. Likewise you can never get anywhere to sit in the adults only section (had the same problem on Tui Discovery in October). Also finding any beds that are in shade (for my 8 year old) was impossible so had to use our towels to form a tent for him! It was a shame that only about 50 - 60% of the passengers bothered to dress up for the "dress to impress night". I always love this night on cruises and it makes it so special - however when you and your daughter are dressed in a cocktail dress and your boys are in suits and you are seated at dinner next to people in t-shirts it does rather spoil it. I think if there is a formal night or dress up night reminders should be sent to travellers before the holiday (so they can pack accordingly) and maybe if they don't want to dress up for that one night they can be seated in a more casual dining area. Ports of call were all very good: In Barcelona we got a hop on hop off bus tour and managed to see quite a bit. In Palma we did book one trip through the ship (the train in Soller) which was OK but nothing special. At all the other ports (Ibiza, Almeria and Ceuta) I had already researched in advance where we could go and what we could see so we were well prepared to do our own thing (as I always find the maps that you get from the ship are a bit basic). All staff were excellent - polite, efficient, friendly, courteous, helpful ..... perfect!! I did have two small issues - Firstly I ordered a photo (for £14.95) and before I went to collect it I gave £20 cash to reception to add to my account to cover the photo - however later that evening my card was refused at the bar and during dinner when I asked for wine and both times I was told I owed money (the drinks were all inclusive anyway so did not understand the logic behind this) - this was embarrassing (as I did not owe money) and had to use my eldest boy's card instead just to have wine with my dinner. When I went to reception they said my account was in credit and they did not understand why there had been a problem. (To their credit, the next day, as way of apology, I was sent a bottle of wine to my cabin so have to say I was more than happy that they acknowledged and acted on the issue). Secondly on leaving the ship I was told I owed E1.50 for a premium drink (that had somehow been added to my card) It was only a small amount but out of principle I said i did not want to pay for somebody else's drink. I then was kept waiting for almost 10 minutes (when I needed to disembark) for the matter to be resolved. However, these two tiny issues did not spoil what was an excellent holiday over all and I would definitely sail on this ship again. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
First time on a cruise and we both loved it from start to finish. Ok inside Cabin little small but very Functional,Lovely bathroom. Food , Good and plenty of it . We personally preferred the self service Restaurant on Deck 10 ... Read More
First time on a cruise and we both loved it from start to finish. Ok inside Cabin little small but very Functional,Lovely bathroom. Food , Good and plenty of it . We personally preferred the self service Restaurant on Deck 10 Drinks all nice , Free tea , coffee , Water . Shows at night ok . Disco 52 open until 2am Very good Day time consists of game shows competitions, quizzes etc ,if you decide to stay on board . All Staff very Freindly . All areas of Ship very clean . If you have booked this Ship don't worry it's fabulous. Wish we where still on board. Top tips If you have a little spare cash go for a upgrade on your cabin . Look at the Drink Deals carefully. Take plenty of sun tan lotion. Drink plenty of water day & night . Enjoy you wil love it . Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
We chose this cruise to coincide with my husbands birthday. From day one we had a fantastic time The cabin with balcony was spacious, the bathroom a bit cramped but adequate and everything cleaned to a high standard every day. Cabin ... Read More
We chose this cruise to coincide with my husbands birthday. From day one we had a fantastic time The cabin with balcony was spacious, the bathroom a bit cramped but adequate and everything cleaned to a high standard every day. Cabin staff ..especially Rona were always cheerful even though it was obvious they were under pressure to complete their work. We found waiting for the lifts a bit challenging but decided on day one that it would be easier to climb the stairs, luckily we are fit and able to do so We decided on freedom dining and it suited us well. The restaurant staff were always helpful . The food was good and we were not rushed. Talk around the dinner table ineviitably turned to 'how many cruises have you been on' this was bit tiresome but if people make cruising a full time hobby its to be expected Entertainmement was as good as some West end shows The drinks are reasonably priced with no surcharges. The daily charges for cabin services reasonable. In all a brilliant trip and will use P&O again Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
Food great.....and continuous! Really liked the bike tour option at each destination.....was a great way to look around destination and get to know fellow tourists. Even had stops at bars,markets and beaches where we would lock the bikes ... Read More
Food great.....and continuous! Really liked the bike tour option at each destination.....was a great way to look around destination and get to know fellow tourists. Even had stops at bars,markets and beaches where we would lock the bikes up and enjoy time wandering round or swimming .If I had any negatives it was the cost of the bike excursions at ¢£36 each..Also liked the ship size.....not too big,so you could meet someone on board, and run in to them again on another day. Evening entertainment OK, and daily quizzes at poolside good value.Will be back for more Thomson cruises. Flights and embarkation easy and organised....hassle free. The culture on board was very British.......I found this great, and definitely better than the stuffy European culture I've experienced on other cruise lines.most guests were very friendly and easy to get along with. Entertainment staff,and particularly the cruise director Paul are great.Have done cruises with other lines...but none as good as Paul and his entertainment staff. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
flying out to Mallorca took under 2 hours. The coach trip from the airport took 20 minutes. The Cruise staff were quick and efficient with boarding. The ship itself is beautifully refitted. The balcony cabin was worth the extra money. You ... Read More
flying out to Mallorca took under 2 hours. The coach trip from the airport took 20 minutes. The Cruise staff were quick and efficient with boarding. The ship itself is beautifully refitted. The balcony cabin was worth the extra money. You have a cabin boy allocated for your area on the ship. The food was varied and cooked to perfection. If you have any special dietary needs they will accommodate them easily. Spoiled for choice for eateries from A la cart to burgers. The service is brill, they can't do enough for you. place is kept very clean. Entertainment was varied and excellent. Didn't book any excursions as too expensive went on tour bus to see the cities we visited. I found the planned excursions were very crowded and busy. You can dress casual for some of the eateries and dress up for the more 'posh' restaurants. Would recommend this cruise to anyone that has not been on a ship. This is a smaller cruise liner. Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
Embarkation and Disembarkation Embarkation was good and with a time set for embarkation you know what time to arrive. We arrived early due to us stopping in a hotel the night before and had to sit and wait as did other people who ... Read More
Embarkation and Disembarkation Embarkation was good and with a time set for embarkation you know what time to arrive. We arrived early due to us stopping in a hotel the night before and had to sit and wait as did other people who arrived early but the systems seems to work and we had no complaints. Disembarkation was easy as we were able to leave the ship any time after 8.15am and were on our way home at 9.00am with little hassle. Because of our disability we use a porter to help locate and carry the bags and they help to load the car with the bags, and for a small time we find that very helpful. Dining We had freedom dining because we like to get ready and dine when we want to as first sitting is a bit early and the second sitting is too late for my wife as she has a stomach complaint. We had various sizes of tables from a two to an eight person and we had a mixture of good company to the boring and rude company, but that’s what you have to plan for. The food was at about the same standard as our last cruise in the summer. In the evening it was always hot, well presented and depending on the size of table swiftly served. I cannot say we had a poor meal at any time although we only used two restaurants. We always had breakfast and lunch in the buffet restaurants and because of the wheelchair I was always asked if I needed help. As I want to stay independent this was always declined yet I was asked every time we entered the restaurant. There are plenty of table to sit at, but some are easier to get access to in a wheelchair. Like everyone one has to take your chances and sit at tables that one can get too. Entertainment and activities We saw a lot of shows and except for the fist comedian we were impressed with the standard. The ships troupe was very good and we viewed most of there shows as they were new to us. The troupe we quite young and had some new members, who we got in conversation with, and they were enthusiastic of the stage as they were on the stage. There was a broad range of show to solo singers to a group of soul sings, two different comedians as well as the singer and pianists situated in several areas around the ship. I would say that there was something for all tastes through out the twelve days. Access to the theatre was easy for those in wheelchairs and scooter and could cater for at least seven wheelchairs at the back of the auditorium on each side with the first four rows at the back reserved for disabled passengers. Port and Shore excursions We had been to all the port except Casablanca and we could get about in most of them with little or no difficulty. Were there was a shuttle bus we used it and was very please with the transport provided. Unfortunately we were told about three day before we were due to go into Casablanca that the disability transport was not going to be available, which meant we could not get into the town but would be stuck at the port area. Although this was a disappointment due to the weather conditions and a very large swell we were unable to get into port. In some of the ports there were some accessible tours but due to lack of take up the one we would have done was cancelled. Overall The ship was very comfortable and with easy access to all areas and although she is sixteen years old and due for a refit next winter, we found her to be well maintained, comfortable, and would go on her again should a cruise arise with port we want to go too. Crew on this ship were very friendly, helpful, and always willing to go the extra mile and even the captain made a special effort to speak to me at the “Peninsula Cub” party to enquire if all was well with us and the cruise. Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
This was the fourth trip on the Spirit. Because it is a smaller ship you actually get to meet some wonderful people. My husband has a walking disability and we had no trouble whatsoever getting to the ship. When on board I did not ... Read More
This was the fourth trip on the Spirit. Because it is a smaller ship you actually get to meet some wonderful people. My husband has a walking disability and we had no trouble whatsoever getting to the ship. When on board I did not have to worry if he went himslf to the restuarant as there was always someone who helped him. Everyone of the staff on board are wonderful, always smiling, the service is great also. The cabins are more than adequate for the time spent in them. Food is excellent and the entertainment is just wonderful. You can dress very casual, smart casual or dress to the hilt - its up to you. We did not go on many excusrsions this time as we had been to some of the places before, just had a lazy, quiet day on the ship. We will definately be going with Thomsons again Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
Oriana review x608 Just back from my first cruise aboard the wonderful Oriana. Despite bad weather, this was an excellent cruise, the staff were fantastic, entertainment perfect as was the food. I have no negative points to mention at ... Read More
Oriana review x608 Just back from my first cruise aboard the wonderful Oriana. Despite bad weather, this was an excellent cruise, the staff were fantastic, entertainment perfect as was the food. I have no negative points to mention at all even the rough seas on the bay of Biscay and the torrential rain in la caruna cannot dampen my enthusiasm. We had a 1pm check in time and arrived half an hour later and were fast tracked to the front of the queue. We boarded promptly and went straight to the conservatory for lunch. We had a look round the ship and found our cabin was already ready and our luggage soon arrived. The cabin was quite small with a tiny bathroom but big enough and had a large window. Tip : this cabin had two fold up bunks so do have the single bed configuration or it could be awkward to walk past the folded bunks. We had a 6.30 dining time in the oriental restaurant and a table for 8 which was excellent and our table mates were good company. The waiting staff were very pleasant and efficient and the food was excellent. My only negative comment regarding the Oriental was the very loud vibration coming from below, causing the cutlery and chandeliers to vibrate violently. This was particularly bad the first evening when leaving Southampton. The first port was Guernsey. This was a beautiful place and we came off the ship by tender boats very efficiently. We ate breakfast in the Conservatory buffet every day and found this to be fine and only busy on sea days. The second port was la Rochelle. Very pretty place but very few shops and lots of restaurants. Bilbao, we opted for the San Sebastian on your own trip. This was enjoyable as the place is very pleasant with a lovely beach but I could have done without the 3 hours in total sitting on the coach. La Caruna, it rained all day and there was a shuttle bus but we docked near shops and a harbour so we walked in and found a number of places to look round but the rain sent us back to the ship quite quickly. Entertainment - this was superb with a number of venues all providing different things. The Headliners were a new troup and they did 2 shows which were excellent. We saw a comedian, Jeff Stevenson who was good as was singer Eve Sheratt and a classical guitarist called Nils who was also very good indeed. I loved the staff talent show which was excellent and very entertaining. I used all three swimming pools which were lovely and warm. A fantastic cruise all round. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
We choose the cruise because a couple we knew were going and highly recommended it. We had been threatening to go on a cruise for a long time and decided now was the time. Before we went on the Spirit we read reviews that it was old and ... Read More
We choose the cruise because a couple we knew were going and highly recommended it. We had been threatening to go on a cruise for a long time and decided now was the time. Before we went on the Spirit we read reviews that it was old and a bit tired. We thought it was wonderful. We could not find fault with anything. The cabin we had was perfect. The staff all over the ship were brilliant. The other cruisers were delightful. It was one of the best trips we ever had. We took a tour to Camp New (wrong spelling) and the guide gave us an added tour of Barcelona which was great. We went to the Biozoo at Valencia, it was brilliant but the guide was not the best. This did not take from the trip. The shows on board were brilliant. The food was absolutely gorgeous and most particularly in the dining room. The staff were wonderful. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
i did costa fascinosa and other than less availability of vegetarian food, didnt face any problem whatsoever.bothe embarkation and disembarcarion were smooth. the food was good and well presented except for the fact that they ran out of ... Read More
i did costa fascinosa and other than less availability of vegetarian food, didnt face any problem whatsoever.bothe embarkation and disembarcarion were smooth. the food was good and well presented except for the fact that they ran out of foon sometimes. the cabin was well cleaned and made up everyday. the staff was amazing and catered to all our needs. we were provided with indaian food which was delicious. the hygiene and other things onn the cruise were good. though i felt their swimming pool wasnt big enouygh. the every day show were excellent and perfect. the tours were slightly costly. the bars and the restaurants were well eqipped. the staff was amazingly courteoua and was at our disposal all the time. the restaurant staff didnt make us feel foreign even for one moment and went to all lengths to make us comfortable. we were provided with egg less desserts specially on requestg. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
This was the first cruise i had done with Celebrity. In the past i have always traveled in a Grand suite or better on the RCCL and was looking for that little bit more, you read all the promises they offer and not all are meet. When ... Read More
This was the first cruise i had done with Celebrity. In the past i have always traveled in a Grand suite or better on the RCCL and was looking for that little bit more, you read all the promises they offer and not all are meet. When you approach the book-in counter you are ushered to a separate area, then meet by a senior office or consiegure who escorts you onto the vessel and taken to the Michael,s Club. They then explained what you are entitled too and all other extras you can receive. After that you are then escorted to your room and introduced to your stateroom butler and 2 room attendants. What a pleasant surprise with your separate Dinning room for breakfast, lunch and dinner at a time to suite you. The food was great and as usual plenty off, the Ocean view Cafe had variety, presentation and Taste, the service was just great. The events put on at Michael's Club are just great again you could not ask for more. The Presentation of the ships other facilities were well above what i have had in the past. The Stateroom not as big as previously experienced, but the layout with separate Bedroom made it more user friendly. The Bathroom is not big but again the right size for 1 person at a time. Who spends much time in a room when on-board the ship, but the Balcony was great for a bit of piece and quite. Overall i would recommend spending that little bit more, the difference is just unbelievable. Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
This was our third cruise and second with Celebrity and we truly enjoyed ourselves. We chose this trip because of the itinerary - Barcelona, Palma De Mallorca, Gilbratar, Malaga, Lisbon and Cadiz (Seville) and it was during the ... Read More
This was our third cruise and second with Celebrity and we truly enjoyed ourselves. We chose this trip because of the itinerary - Barcelona, Palma De Mallorca, Gilbratar, Malaga, Lisbon and Cadiz (Seville) and it was during the Thanksgiving holiday in Canada where the weather was perfect for walking and visiting. Our overall impression of the Celebrity experience is positive - this ship had some of the friendliest crew members we've encountered in a long time. Our Silhouette dinning room crew, Milorad and Izlem, were top-notch. They were extremely attentive and fulfilled every request in a timely manner. They set the tone each day with a wide smile and friendly greeting. The decor is sleek and minimalist with white curtains hanging in the shopping area. Modern art photos hung on stairway walls throughout the ship. The atrium was impressive but featured a huge multi-colored vase with a tree that shifted in the "wind." The public restrooms were modern and featured cloth and paper towels. We really enjoyed the foods in the ship despite lack of some Asian foods on board, we appreciated more if we could have more Chinese and Vietnamese foods. We knew that there was a good Vietnamese cook on board. We bough all excursion on board and really appreciated all tours. However we appreciated most were Malaga, Cadiz and Gilbratar tours. One thing that really stands out the Celebrity Equinox ship was the help desk service attentional care. They kindly answered all our concerns. Thank very much Two Nguyen's families in Canada Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
I really can't understand the negative comments about Britannia. We booked our Iberian cruise in order to celebrate our friends Golden Wedding and a birthday and based upon the very mixed reviews, we retained open minds but wondered ... Read More
I really can't understand the negative comments about Britannia. We booked our Iberian cruise in order to celebrate our friends Golden Wedding and a birthday and based upon the very mixed reviews, we retained open minds but wondered whether we had chosen wisely as the less than positive comments kept on coming. We needn't have worried at all - our party of four thoroughly enjoyed every minute of the eleven night cruise and would gladly re-book this fantastic vessel in future. We took advantage of free parking at Southampton and followed the instructions to arrive in time for our allocated boarding slot at 3.00 pm. At first we were a little perturbed at the length of the queue for the parking facility and doubted whether we would indeed be boarding on-time however, we were soon underway and after registering, the car was taken away and our bags were loaded onto the porter's trolley allowing us to enter the terminal at 3.00 pm. Unfortunately we encountered a 90 minute delay due to a technical problem with the gangway but once we had checked in, boarding was pretty slick. We boarded at deck 5 and arrived into the very impressive atrium with it's rather extravagant centre piece lighting feature and immediately we were struck with the splendour of the ship. We were directed to our cabins D219 and D223 and found them without any problem. Our luggage had arrived and first impressions of the cabin were extremely favourable. The hanging open fronted wardrobe space is a great feature and the 30 wooden coat hangers easily met our needs. The bathroom is cosy but the shower cubicle with glass door was larger than we have experienced on NCL, MSC and Cunard. The bed was nice and firm and the pillows were excellent quality. The wall mounted TV was a good size and created quite a feature within the room. My wife loved the use of mirrors - two long length and one on the dressing table - and the coffee facility and decent sized fridge were a welcome facility. The balcony has two reclining chairs and a small table and although small, there was plenty of room for two. The colours in use throughout Britannia are fairly neutral and they work very well in all areas. We opted for freedom dining and as such had the use of Meridian and Peninsular restaurants for waiter served meals and quite genuinely, all four of us had excellent food and service throughout our cruise. The menu choices and quality of ingredients certainly appealed to our rather discerning tastes and we were all at a loss to understand the level of criticism aimed at the food in many of the previous reviews. The waiting staff are almost all Indian and although the command of English did vary, we didn't find it to be a problem. The Horizon buffet we found to be equally impressive with plenty of seating and a vast choice of food which changed daily. We always found the food to be hot, well presented and regularly restocked and we rarely had to queue or participate in a bun fight like we have experienced on other cruise lines. I would summarise Horizon as being equal to the very best of buffet restaurants in the UK and far better than the vast majority. A good facility is the serve yourself beer and wine station where you simply swipe your cruise card and help yourself. Tea, coffee and juices facilities are plentiful. We experienced Horizon at breakfast, lunch and dinner although our preference was always Meridian or Peninsular. The Indian food buffet night was particularly good with chicken tikka masala a real star of the show. We planned special nights in Sindhu, The Limelight Club and the Epicurian and we were delighted with the value for money from the extra cover charges. Sindhu provided for a fine dining experience in a quality environment; Limelight delivered live entertainment from Dean Andrews (Singer and Actor) and good quality but limited choice of food in a sophisticated club atmosphere and Epicurian is as good as it gets in a Michelin starred type of experience. In our opinion, all of these venues at worth we very penny of the supplementary charges. Around the pools on deck 16 we also tried the burger, chips and salad "takeaway" and the Grab & Go where we enjoyed a variety of sandwiches, rolls and wraps. Our favourite for pre-dinner drinks was the Crows Nest and we eventually got to watch the opening Rugby World Cup match in Brodies pub - unfortunately we missed the first 30 minutes due to "technical difficulties". The Glasshouse (Olly Smith's creation) was a great venue for quality wine sessions and we enjoyed a well informed wine tasting session for £15 each on one of our sea days. Surprisingly, the Costa Coffee lounge was very well attended and considering there is a charge for the products we could rarely find a seat. The girls also booked the Cookery School for a two hour instruction from James Martin and needless to say, they were both very complementary about his culinary skills - I think that's what they were referring to!! We also bumped into Marco Pierre White on board as well as Jenny Eclair and Greg Rutherford who were involved in filming for the new MPW television programme. The casino is small but adequate. Now, the thing that really puzzles me is the people who say that Britannia is too big and too difficult to get around - to them I say, choose a smaller vessel or read the information and work it out for yourself! We didn't have a problem at all and neither did we experience a problem with the lifts - just accept that if you all pile out of the theatre at the same time, there will be bottle necks! If I have one irritation it is with the prepaid wine packages. We opted for the Captain's selection at £200 for 12 bottles which provided good choice at a reasonable discount but with hindsight, the drinks are pretty reasonable at full price and we experienced some confusion trying to order with the vouchers from anywhere except the Main restaurants. We were almost made to feel like we were inconveniencing the waiters every time we tried to order elsewhere. I think that the wine voucher system needs some tweeking. Overall the drinks are priced at about UK high street range a with draft beers and lagers about £3.95 a pint; decent spirits at about £2.95 a shot and a large glass of wine £6.25. It was refreshing to see the P&O don't add a service charge to the drinks bill unlike other lines. Room service is particularly good on Britannia. We used it several times and on one occasion ordered a litre bottle of Grey Goose vodka for a very competitive £30.00. Mixers were £10.00 for a dozen small cans. We saw Jimmy James in the Headliner theatre for our fix of soul and Motown; we also attended the interviews for MPW and James Martin and again, we planned our arrival to ensure that we got a good seat. If you leave it to the last minute, expect to stand. We loved the Headliner theatre and the acoustics. The Live Lounge provided good "adult entertainment" from a brilliant comedian whose name escapes me. Apart from Vigo, we arranged our own shore trips and would advise anyone that there are almost always options to go it alone by rebooking direct with local agents via the Internet or simply looking at the options in each port when you arrive. It works out much cheaper if you are brave enough to take a chance. The highlight of our trip was the magnificent sail away from Gibraltar - what a stirring and patriotic experience thanks to the very enthusiastic Entertainment team. Well done to all Britannia staff - you made this experience one to remember and we will be back. Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
Our cruise was the "Splendors of Southern Spain", embarking from Lisbon, Portugal, ending in Barcelona, Spain. This was our 10th Windstar cruise, most of which have been on the Wind Surf. Highlights of the cruise were the ... Read More
Our cruise was the "Splendors of Southern Spain", embarking from Lisbon, Portugal, ending in Barcelona, Spain. This was our 10th Windstar cruise, most of which have been on the Wind Surf. Highlights of the cruise were the private excursion to see the beautiful Spanish "dancing" stallions, the excursions to The Alhambra and to the Tio Pepe winery, and the fabulous island paradise of Palma de Mallorca. Our cruise began with a 2-night stay at the 5-star Tiara Park Hotel in Lisbon, conveniently located near a small park where the "Hop On, Hop Off" tour buses are located. There were 70 other Windstar cruisers at the hotel, and we met several nice folks before ever boarding the Wind Surf. The hotel itself featured a clean, modern design, with spacious rooms and excellent wi-fi service. We took our meals in the hotel dining room, where the food and service was first rate. Two buses picked up all the Windstar guests and got us to the WInd Surf early in the afternoon. Check in on the ship was seamless, and after a short lunch, we found our bags already delivered to our cabin #224, near the aft of the ship. It wasn't long before we had touched base with several of our favorite crew members, including Nova (waiter) and Angeline (bartender). A few other crew members heard that I was on board, and tracked me down in the Compass Rose just to say hello. It's this kind of warm personal service that sets Windstar 180 degrees from normal, indeed. The ship's captain was Vladimir Delgado from Panama, the youngest captain in Windstar's fleet. We have previously sailed with several excellent captains, such as John Clark and Peter Harris, both now retired. Captain Delgado raised the bar to a new level, with his enthusiasm and gregarious personality. My wife and I had the pleasure of dining with him one evening, along with a few other guests, and greatly enjoyed his company. Unfortunately, our favorite entertainers, Craig and Nikola from the "Rain" duo, were not on board, and apparently we missed them by just a week or so. Their replacements were Erik and Caycie, who were also quite good. There was also a new band on board called "SeaScape" that were a big improvement over "High Society" and others. Even the amateur show put on by the crew was much improved! I have often been critical of the on board entertainment in the past, so this was an encouraging trend. Another aspect of the shipboard entertainment is the music played in the Compass Rose lounge, which can often be wildly uneven. Accordingly, I brought on board an iPod loaded with close to 1000 smooth jazz & vocal offerings, and donated it to the ship's Hotel Manager Nick Bulger. Unlike several earlier cruises, Nick was very supportive of my efforts, and we collaborated on the music for the remainder of the cruise. Many passengers complimented both of us on the music, but perhaps the most appreciative were the bar staff, who saw it as a welcome change. Nick later invited us to join him for dinner, and sent a very nice bottle of wine to my cabin, as well. The Wind Surf was in great shape, as were the cabins and public areas. A big surprise was the internet service, which was greatly improved. If there was any downside at all, it was that some of the shore excursions were rather pricey. As always, it was sad to leave the ship in Barcelona, but we will be back at earliest opportunity. Can't wait! Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
Me, my wife and 16 year old daughter have just returned from our first ever cruise.....and we're hooked. We sailed through the Bay of Biscay down to Cadiz and back up, calling in at Portugal on the way back. All the staff on board the ... Read More
Me, my wife and 16 year old daughter have just returned from our first ever cruise.....and we're hooked. We sailed through the Bay of Biscay down to Cadiz and back up, calling in at Portugal on the way back. All the staff on board the Azura were exceptionally friendly and helpful. Particularly the restaurant staff. Food was plentiful in whichever restaurant we chose and very tasty. The specialist Indian restaurant on board was also very good indeed.....as was afternoon tea in the Peninsular. Don't miss it! The entertainment provided was varied and perfectly adequate (Tom O'Connor topped the bill on two nights in the main theatre) while, during the at-sea days there were plenty of Sun lounges available around any of the busy and less busy pools. We were also regular visitors to the Spa and Gym area. Again, very impressive. We'll certainly be booking again. Read Less
Sail Date August 2015
Viking showed its ability to change plans when things go wrong. There were problems with the new ship in Estonia. They couldn't get the ship all the way to Norway in time. So we stayed in Bergen an extra two days (hotel, food, ... Read More
Viking showed its ability to change plans when things go wrong. There were problems with the new ship in Estonia. They couldn't get the ship all the way to Norway in time. So we stayed in Bergen an extra two days (hotel, food, excursions, and flight to Copenhagen) with Viking picking up the tab. It did mean no London, but we added Copenhagen. We had been to both cities before, but had spent less time in Copenhagen. We went through the Kiel Canal and still had less time in Paris with no trip up the Seine. After that we were back on schedule with stops in Lisbon, Cadiz, Gibralter, Cartagena, and Barcelona. Side trips were included at each port. More extensive were available for a price. Food and service were excellent. We were a group of eight. We were given private dining space several times. The entertainment was excellent. There were 3 male, 3 female singers, 2 singer/dancers and a band as the ship's group. They were all talented, but especially the 4 men. They performed as The Rat Pack one night in a large bar and were the Beatles the next. This group helped to supervise small group activities on the ship. We played our version of miniature golf. Two of the guys joined us twice. They were such delightful young men to get to know. The ship also brought on board a number of other performers. With the changes we were all given a sizeable refund. We will go on The Path of the Vikings in September. (Bergen to Montreal. Read Less
Sail Date August 2015
Excellent organisation from valet parking, to luggage loading and embarkation. We were with toddler and grandparents and it all worked out well. Room steward welcomed us and was very pleasant throughout the trip. He attended the cabin ... Read More
Excellent organisation from valet parking, to luggage loading and embarkation. We were with toddler and grandparents and it all worked out well. Room steward welcomed us and was very pleasant throughout the trip. He attended the cabin three times a day and was always on hand to give advice. The cabin itself was with balcony, well appointed, very comfortable bed and compact as you would expect. We chose freedom dining but actually never used it as the buffet suited us better with the needs of our toddler takign over. The food and service was excellent and the waiters and chefs made a fuss over baby. Ports of call were enjoyable (Guernesey, Coruna, Bilbao, La Rocelle). We didn't opt for excursions so mosied around independently. The tender to Guernsey was well organised, we were able to walk off ship into town in Coruna and buses were laid on in Bilbao and La Rochelle. The kids clubs were excellent and again well organised withe excellent staff and facilities. Our child not being two yet meant that we had to stay with her, but over two's can register for the clubs with supervision while parents can go off and leave them. Overall, we enjoyed our experience. The ship was very comfortable, staff were friendly and helpful, organisation was excellent and facilities very good. We would recommend and travel on Brittania again. Read Less
Sail Date August 2015

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