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Oceania treated everyone like royalty. First class service. Our room was in need of a little repair and was quite tight but loved the balcony. We found all the staff was amazing special shout out to Harr6 and Ricardo who kept our rooms ... Read More
Oceania treated everyone like royalty. First class service. Our room was in need of a little repair and was quite tight but loved the balcony. We found all the staff was amazing special shout out to Harr6 and Ricardo who kept our rooms nice and clean ! To Amanda and terry who made Bingo...something we never play fun. To Martine up at the ginger restaunt to the fellas in the Brista Bar to kyla (not sure on the name) our waitress at the pool and a very special shout out to Erica and his crew that we absolutely fell in l9ve with their service was above and beyond. The food and entertainment on the ship was very good but a little disappointed in some of the tours especially in a Chili . Would definitely recommend to all friends. Loved the feel of the small ship . Found spa upsold many items once I was in and not really worth it at all. Would not use spa service again Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
The Mighty Amazon River has long been on our bucket list, & the newly refurbished Sirena's 34-day sailing from Miami to Buenos Aires sounded like the way to go!! The first week at sea was uneventful & unexciting, as we ... Read More
The Mighty Amazon River has long been on our bucket list, & the newly refurbished Sirena's 34-day sailing from Miami to Buenos Aires sounded like the way to go!! The first week at sea was uneventful & unexciting, as we bypassed devastated Puerto Rico, & visited St Kitts, Antigua, & Barbados! We enjoyed the day we spent exploring the ruins of Devil's Island, the former penal colony off the coast of French Guyana. Unfortunately, we were totally taken by surprise as it was announced that almost all purchases aboard ship for the next 3.5 weeks (as we sailed thru Brazilian waters) would be subject to an extra 25% tax. (We solved this problem quite simply, by halting all unnecessary shipboard spending!!) Almost everything was included in our ticket price: air, gratuities, 7 shore excursions per person, internet package. There were no art auctions & no pushy shipboard photogs to contend with. We were not nickled and dimed over soft drinks, specialty coffee, & bottled water. Since the Sirena drew only 20 feet of water, We were able to travel 900 miles upriver to Manaus in the heart of the triple canopy Amazon rainforest. While the destination speakers for the Amazon region were well chosen, the Oceania home office staff of millennials let us down when it came to providing suitable movies that might have dovetailed with our journey!! As we entered the River Platte, it would have presented a great opportunity to view "The Battle of the River Platte". It would have also been timely to have watched "Evita" again, as we neared Argentina. Instead we were subjected to current, inane films, such as one depicting Breaking Bad actor Cranston hiding out in his garage for several months!!! We manged to dine in Sirena's Specialty restaurants on numerous occasions - especially in their magnificent Red Ginger Asian Fusion spot. Afternoons the main dining room was converted into Jacques - a specialty French Bistro - with mixed results. The Waves grill by the pool closed way too early @4PM. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
We chose this cruise ship because of itinerary, ship size,and recommendation from our travel agent - we experienced such attention to detail by the well trained staff - great food with so many different food, restaurant and seating choices ... Read More
We chose this cruise ship because of itinerary, ship size,and recommendation from our travel agent - we experienced such attention to detail by the well trained staff - great food with so many different food, restaurant and seating choices - my husband and I were glad that we could sit at tables for two at all of the ship restaurants - (our first cruise on a much bigger Royal Carribbean ship placed us at a table with 4 other couples of their choosing resulting in two of the couples not getting along and making the daily dining times dreadful instead of delightful.)Oceania assigned us a cabin towards the back of the ship which was right below the ship's smoking lounge - our cabin and balcony which we had to pay extra for filled with smoke each time we opened our sliding door -we are not smokers and were not told about the issue ahead of time even though the ship's staff that we asked were well aware- rooms by the smoking lounge should be given to smokers only - we suffered for 3 days with this issue before we submitted a written complaint upon which the executive concierge moved us to a new suite as well as giving us ship credit to use. Lucky for us a guest didn't show up on the sold out cruise or we would have been stuck in that room The excursions were wonderful well organized with experienced entertaining tour guides. The embarkation and disembarkation were easy smooth and quick unlike the Royal Carribbean cruise where we stood in line for hours. The ship entertainment seemed great but needed to offer an earlier show time instead of( the too late for us) 9:30PM due to all of the early excursion times. Our biggest complaint deals with the extremely unfriendly concierge who acted like we were bothering him even if we had a simple question - the same thing happened with a girl at the reservation desk and a girl at the reception desk - these three employees obviously don't like or take pride in their job and do not represent the rest of the extremely friendly anxious to help with absolutely any request staff of the ship. We will definitely go on a cruise with Oceania again Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
This was our third Oceania cruise, and although we rated this “very good”, we did pass along to Oceania several criticisms, which we hope will be considered “constructive”. The good – Sirena is nicely restored, well maintained ... Read More
This was our third Oceania cruise, and although we rated this “very good”, we did pass along to Oceania several criticisms, which we hope will be considered “constructive”. The good – Sirena is nicely restored, well maintained and the staff is very good. There were some instances of poor service, but these are rare. The not good - bathrooms in cabins below penthouse level are too small. Dining - Grand Dining Room was most consistent (selections & preparations) and service was excellent. But the Terrace restaurant was just mediocre; okay for breakfast but other meals were inconsistent. It is too informal; cafeteria style for dinner. Compared to the outstanding dining on Marina last year, Sirena’s is a bit short on preparation and diversity. Primary dissatisfaction - severe overcharges for excursions and alcohol. A reasonable price might actually generate more sales and profit as well as sending customers a better message. Example: Alhambra & Granada private tour (16 people) ran $110 pp; the ship’s tour was $319 pp. This type of overcharge causes cruisers to spend lots of personal time to research and book private tours, and is a great inconvenience. For alcohol, two martinis cost $26+ with an included 18% service charge, and that's at Happy Hour! Overall, we would probably sail Oceania in the future, especially with certain policy and/or pricing changes. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
This was a great experience. Service was great, food was great, ship is beautiful and the ports were wonderful. Some of the most beautiful spots in the world. One word of caution. The full day expeditions were very long, 8 hours, and ... Read More
This was a great experience. Service was great, food was great, ship is beautiful and the ports were wonderful. Some of the most beautiful spots in the world. One word of caution. The full day expeditions were very long, 8 hours, and way too much time on a bus. Three stops and over 3 hours on the bus. No freedom to do anything other than follow the tour and get back on the bus. My experience was that the 2 private tours I took were much more tailored to our personal needs. They are more expensive but if you get another couple the private tours wind up actually costing less than the ship expeditions. Also, the concierge desks were not helpful at all. One desk would give me one piece of information and then another desk upstairs told me something totally different. In addition, our ship had to skip Portofino and dock in Genoa due to weather. I had to change my expedition from a boat tour of the Riviera to a bus tour, again, of a fishing town. I feel the ship should have offered to return my money as the trips were not at all equal. All in all I feel that the expedition desk was not helpful and they were not flexible in helping us with our tours. All of the other service on the ship was exceptional, but I would have expected a higher level of helpfulness from the concierge and destination desk. I would definitely recommend this trip. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
*First cruise on Oceania, although 3rd cruise in a "R ship", so we knew what to expect when it came to the tiny cabin shower, public spaces, size, etc. Compared to Azamara's ships this recently refurbished ship is marginally ... Read More
*First cruise on Oceania, although 3rd cruise in a "R ship", so we knew what to expect when it came to the tiny cabin shower, public spaces, size, etc. Compared to Azamara's ships this recently refurbished ship is marginally better. *Itinerary was good but some of the port departure times were too early and detracted from the on-shore "tourist" opportunity. *Can't say enough good things about the dining experience. *The staff and their service were wonderful. However the ship's shops were pricier than expected for the usual cruise ship stuff. *We had included business class air that was the major disappointment for the trip. The airline (AA/BA) was fine but the routing were poor; a) not as direct as possible and b) "legal" but very short connection times. This was an issue both going and coming from the ship. For example, coming home; we would have missed our connection in ORD, except that our domestic flight out of ORD was 1 hour late in departing. * The 2 enrichment lecturers and the 2 bridge instructors were great. We dropped in on the beginner bridge game lesson and enjoyed it so much, we attended every one thereafter. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
Always wondered what a world cruise would be like, 105 days... would we get bored? Would we get tired of the food, the cabin, the ship, the people??? No!!! We could have stayed on board and done the trip again. The food was ... Read More
Always wondered what a world cruise would be like, 105 days... would we get bored? Would we get tired of the food, the cabin, the ship, the people??? No!!! We could have stayed on board and done the trip again. The food was incredible from the dining room choices ...lobster, pheasant, juicy steaks,wonderful soups , appetiser and desserts. The Buffett selection was huge and very high quality as were the other eating places. Well catered for Australian and New Zealand tastes Entertainment was a bit of a mixed bag but overall was of a high standard and good variety. Daily lectures were mostly very interesting and the movie selection also good ,watched a few movies under the stars and enjoyed the experience wrapped in blanket and eating hot popcorn. This was one of the best things we have ever done. Although not perfect,( but then what holiday is) we found Sea Princess and the crew to be very enjoyable. The destinations we went to were so many of the places around this incredible planet that we wanted to see and do it in a short time frame too in comfort and be able to relax between ports instead of rushing to airports and time wasting , delays etc. We have already booked two more cruises with a Princess and await with great anticipation to cruise again and meet many more wonderful people Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
The above is what I was told by the Deputy Captain when I finally managed to corner a member of the deck department to ask why some new lashings hadn't had a whipping or a back-splice put onto the cut ends. He looked puzzled at my ... Read More
The above is what I was told by the Deputy Captain when I finally managed to corner a member of the deck department to ask why some new lashings hadn't had a whipping or a back-splice put onto the cut ends. He looked puzzled at my question, initially, so I explained that a seaman would always do this (or even wrap a bit of electrical tape around it) to stop the rope fraying. He then said it wasn't important. 'Good seamanship isn't important?' I asked, incredulously. Then he told me that the lashings had been done by a member of the Security Team and not the deck crew to which I replied that even if that was true(it wasn't as I'd watched the work being done) why had no-one inspected the work in the ten days it had been flapping away on the Promenade Deck. A rhetorical question because, by this time, I was aware that no-one ever checked anything that the deck crew did onboard the Queen Mary 2. After 44 years at sea, the last 24 in command, I wondered how I'd react to being a passenger on someone else's ship and, although I didn't go out of my way to see things that could be improved, it was difficult not to notice safety breaches, slack behaviour etc. etc. As I'm quite used to the defences put up by a poor crew I made a note and photographed as much of this as possible with a view to discussing it with a senior member of staff but, as a lot of other people have already mentioned, you rarely get the opportunity to talk to a member of the nautical team (deck or engineering). (This ran to five pages by the time I left the ship in Southampton.) So I sent it all off to Cunard after we returned home because, make no mistake, this is a wonderful ship and it broke my heart to see the unprofessional way it is being run. Mostly we enjoyed ourselves (Singapore back to Europe is an old run of mine)but there were a number of areas where improvement would be easy to effect and stop an awful lot of the recurring complaints from these pages. I received a reply, timed at 16:38 on the Friday afternoon before a Bank Holiday weekend, which appeared not to be a reply to my letter but someone else's. Typical really of Cunard, poorly trained and motivated staff trusted to reply to complaints but not that bothered. Banging off a reply, as the weekend was coming up, and she wanted to clear her desk. I said we joined in Singapore and the IT system had crashed meaning we stood for 45 minutes before we actually got to the check in desks. Cunard's reply apologised for my poor experience joining in Cape Town! It continued in that vein, answering complaints I hadn't made, and then expressing the hope I'd book with Cunard again. So I replied, to this, pointing out that she hadn't actually answered any of my concerns but someone else's. My reply copied in the Vice President but, of course, no subsequent response has been received. Because they have replied and won't revisit my letter, presumably? I'll also point out to everyone who fills in the FIFO questionnaire, on their return, that if you put in a three star review, or above, there will be no response. The only ones that get an answer are the one and two star reviews, even if there is valuable constructive criticism in the others. I suppose the thinking is that if you rate your cruise as 'good' or above it's not necessary to look at what you've said. Modern management is all about 'continuous improvement' though and there are a lot of useful points that Cunard don't bother to look at ... why not? Another rhetorical question ... I know the answer, as do a lot of the readers. They're Cunard and there are no problems on their ships. But there are: My main concern is the safety culture on the QM2. These cruise ships/liners must be able to be evacuated in 30 minutes but the marine crew (from what I saw) are unprofessional, unmotivated and unsupervised. I documented numerous instances that reflected this but received no acknowledgement so, presumably, Cunard think it's safe for their crew not to wear a safety harness when working aloft, safe for a crew member to clean his scraper by holding it to the turning head of a disc grinder whilst passengers walk past, safe not to clean public areas thoroughly when the ship is in the grip of norovirus etc. etc. And if this is what I saw in the public areas what on earth is going on in the areas outside public scrutiny? Is that why it took so long for them to get on top of the norovirus? What about fire safety? I watched crew members leave gates unsecured so what are they doing in their own accommodation and work areas? It is a lot easier to tie back a fire door than to continually open and close it as you walk to and fro. Everything I saw, with regard to the marine crew, would suggest to me that this is the sort of thing they'd get up to if they weren't supervised. And they're not supervised. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
We chose this trip via Imagine Cruising because the trip to India after the cruise was the added attraction.Boarding at Singapore was abbismal as they said the computers were down ,meaning long waits and even longer queues as 2000 people ... Read More
We chose this trip via Imagine Cruising because the trip to India after the cruise was the added attraction.Boarding at Singapore was abbismal as they said the computers were down ,meaning long waits and even longer queues as 2000 people were waiting.On board at last we found orientation around the ship difficult for the first two or three days and would describe the layout as higgle piggile.But having said that she is beautiful ,stylish and upmarket ,all public area are gorgeous and also she is so stable you are completely unaware that you are at sea.This part of the cruise was through Malaysia and the Indian Ocean and was incredibly hot and humid but Adora's was an oasis if coolness.Meals were on late sitting and we had a table of 6 ,they were friendly and sometimes it was difficult to speak to everyone ,food was very good most of the time but occasionally as with everything some were just OK.Drinjs as usual were rediculouly overpriced so wine was not purchased.The pub was a good place to meet and enjoy the old g and t.Shows we also found to be hit and miss but the theatre is amazing and would not be out of place in the Westend.The cinema/lecture auditorium was also first-class.Drinks parties given by the Captain were fun and you got a FREE drink and met fellow cruisers ,most we talked to are looking forward to the Indian Adventure.Disembarkation was also chaotic with people unaware of which coach was correct for them.The heat at Dubai was draining and after waiting ages we just got on any bus going to the airport,missing our private transfer in the chaos and then finding our own way to the correct terminal for our direct flight to Delhi with an Indian airline.Most of the Imagine Cruisers were booked on Emirates and we luckily missed the further chaos at Delhi airport where they took more than two hours to clear evisa entry.We particularly enjoyed the pool and jacuzzi in the late afternoons as the heat in this area of the world is stifling. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
I had always wanted to cruise with Cunard and when this cruise came up it seemed the perfect time to try them. Waiting for check in was not a good start as the computers were not working and everyone had to wait so the area become very ... Read More
I had always wanted to cruise with Cunard and when this cruise came up it seemed the perfect time to try them. Waiting for check in was not a good start as the computers were not working and everyone had to wait so the area become very crowded. Once they came on-line everything moved very swiftly and smoothly and we were soon in our lovely stateroom. The cabin was beautifully decorated and the bathroom a little larger than average. I would like to remind people that the Queen Mary 2 is an Ocean liner and not a cruise ship. This means that particularly on deck things are not as decorative as other ships. Having said this the service everywhere was very good. The food in both the main restaurant and buffer was wonderful and the restaurant staff could not do enough for us. Sometimes the buffet was a bit hectic and you had to wait for things. The entertainment was of a very high standard I partially enjoyed the shows in the beautiful theatre and the planetarium. If I am going to nit-pick the seats in the theatre were rather uncomfortable. Only real complaint was the organisation or rather lack of it when trying to use the shuttle when in port, complete shambles. All things considered I really enjoyed this cruise, but if I am honest it was not the extra special experience which I expected. I would really recommend this ship to anybody keen on ballroom dancing. There was dancing every night to a live band in the Royal Ballroom. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
The whole cruise was great, although weather not perfect but that is no ones fault, our only complaints were the cost of the alcohol on board, wine is extortionate so hardly anyone on our table of 8 purchased wine at dinner, in 22 nights ... Read More
The whole cruise was great, although weather not perfect but that is no ones fault, our only complaints were the cost of the alcohol on board, wine is extortionate so hardly anyone on our table of 8 purchased wine at dinner, in 22 nights we bought 3 bottles of wine, The only other minor complaint was the lack of choice at dinner in the Britannia Restaurant, too many vegetarian options on not enough meat or fish dishes. The Kings Court buffet restaurant offered the best food we have ever experienced on a cruise but we do not like eating dinner in a buffet, or any other meal really but on this ship we did eat there more often because the choice of food was amazing. Our embarkation in Cape Town was chaotic to say the least as the computers were not working but we did not have to wait too long to enter the lounge where we had to wait to board but others had waited more that an hour or so to do so. We definitely think the Queen Mary is the best ship we have ever been on, before we have cruised with P & O and Holland America, the level of service and attention to detail was very good. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
Sydney to Hong Kong 28 days on the ship.First stop Brisbane in a container terminal.shuttle bus into the city, next stop Cairns then PNG then it was good by to sunshine until we reached Hong Kong .We had a lot of See days on this cruise ... Read More
Sydney to Hong Kong 28 days on the ship.First stop Brisbane in a container terminal.shuttle bus into the city, next stop Cairns then PNG then it was good by to sunshine until we reached Hong Kong .We had a lot of See days on this cruise with limited activities due to bad weather.Accommodation and food was good ,free 24 hour room service,or ongoing food in the Lido deck up to 2am each day.This ship has a wonderful theatre with a different show each night that we really enjoyed .The ship has a very good ball room if you like to dance and for any single women wanting to travel they have several dance hosts that will dance every dance.On our cruse they had eight formal nights I found this two many due to the amount of luggage you needed but you have to remember you still have a luggage allowance when you fly home so you need to be creative with your outfits.There are free washing machine and dryers on each floor and washing powder is provided free. Shore days getting of the ship especially if you went by tender could take up to three hours to get of then going through customs in each country also took up a lot of time we were often late getting on our tours so we were often very rushed to get back on time.My favourite place was Japan they made us very welcome I would definitely go back there one day.The culture on the ship was like upstairs downstairs the staff didn't engage in conversation if you asked a question they would answer with no further discussion all the staff did there job well but they didn't look happy.I loved the ship and would love to go on it again in better weather Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
I have sailed on Prinsendam about 200 days overall and love this ship. She has a charming intimacy and her loyal crew make the experience wonderful. Because she is over thirty years old, she is prone to plumbing leaks and uneven heating ... Read More
I have sailed on Prinsendam about 200 days overall and love this ship. She has a charming intimacy and her loyal crew make the experience wonderful. Because she is over thirty years old, she is prone to plumbing leaks and uneven heating and air conditioning. Despite that, her charm and intimacy and small scale attracts loyal followers like me who vastly prefer smaller ships that look like ships and not an amusement park or land resort. The outside cabins (which I prefer because of price point) are very comfortable and have great storage space, with walk in closets. I also like the tub shower combination which is offered in most cabins. The food and service aboard Prinsendam is very good. The fitness facility is a bit small but has an adequate number of elliptical machines with individual TVs with head phone jacks. There is one outdoor salt water pool (not heated) aft and one small outdoor heated fresh water pool mid ship. Although the theater is relatively small, Holland America entertainment Department invests money to bring a fresh flow of different talented entertainers aboard. I much prefer talented performers who connect with the audience instead of seeing some large, glitzy production show with canned music, dancers who lip sync and singers who lack the vocal and stage training and that really connect with their audience. I have recently sailed on the new Viking Ocean ships (900 pax) and they may cause some Prinsendam loyalists to consider a change. Viking ships have free WiFi, and everything is new and works. As long as HAL maintains and makes updates on Prinsendam, I will still sail on her. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
Queen Elizabeth. San Francisco to Auckland February 4th-21st, 2017 Specifications Launched: 2010 Refurbished: Minor refit 2014 GRT: 90,000 Length: 964 ft. Draft: 26 ft. Speed: 24 Knots Passengers: 1990 Berlitz ... Read More
Queen Elizabeth. San Francisco to Auckland February 4th-21st, 2017 Specifications Launched: 2010 Refurbished: Minor refit 2014 GRT: 90,000 Length: 964 ft. Draft: 26 ft. Speed: 24 Knots Passengers: 1990 Berlitz Cruising and Cruise ship Guide 2015, rates Queen Elizabeth in top 10 medium large cruise ships Hi. I am a regular cruiser, principally on Princess and Celebrity Lines, but on this occasion re- tried Cunard, following our 2015 cruise on Queen Victoria. This time it was the Queen Elizabeth on a Pacific Ocean journey 17 nights from San Francisco to Auckland, with lots of sea days We are very experienced cruisers, so with this knowledge, my comments are only to add value, and be fair in my critique. Everyone’s values and bias is different, we are lazy cruisers, enjoy a bit of style, relative loners in approach, and don’t enjoy big groups of diners, while many onboard do. We flew Air NZ Auckland to San Francisco, staying at the pleasant Hotel Cova, Ellis Street, with a delightful on the hour free shuttle service to key destinations e.g. Union Square, Fisherman’s Wharf and a boutique breakfast included in the price. This hotel was excellent value, recommended for all, especially families, and those looking for a value hotel, not 5 stars. We are “short dosage cruisers”, primarily go for the ship and enjoy sea days. Yes we enjoy the Ports and have the odd bus tour but on this trip shopped at Hawaii and walked Apia, a delightful Port. Lahaina in the Hawaiian Islands was a tender Port, loved the ride and this time by catching an early return, missed the more bouncy ride some returning passengers experienced later that day on returning to the ship. Our day at Tonga was aborted due to wind shear, the boat got to within 100 meters of the wharf, but conditions not safe, and so this was one port experience we all missed. Credit to Cunard, when we got to Auckland 10 hours early, an overnight stop was provided, so for most passengers a day and a half in our lovely city, one of the great Ports of the world with its wonderful downtown location. Along with Sydney, not too many better berthing locations than Auckland, though San Francisco also right up there. SUMMARY Queen Elizabeth is an elegant ship, with its guest lecturers and entertainment excellent. The formal approach adopted re dress standards after 6pm every evening is not really us, but it appears to have assisted maintaining elegance and standards. The Britannia dining room was elegant with superb service. The entertainment and guest lecturers were really good. Piano or String quartets, along with formal dance lessons were all done with a touch of class, the Queens room a heavenly experience for those who love ballroom dancing. I watched. The ship was nearly full, but queues were never an issue; the ship appeared to have so much space, the library and many lounges all conducive to relaxed elegance, dining facilities and options always available with virtually no wait. One small issue, the air conditioning in the Main dining rooms, Royal Court Theatre was too hot. In a ship demanding of suit and jacket after 6pm, at times it was sweltering. If air conditioning is cool, you can easily put something on to feel warmer, but not the reverse. JOINING THE QUEEN ELIZABETH We took a taxi from our Hotel ($17)to the docks. As this was just another sector of a world cruise that began for many in Southampton, not a huge crowd waiting to get on. 30 minutes and we were in our state room. One enters the ship straight into the Grand Lobby. This is a lovely central area, extending over 3 decks, and reminiscent of a film set of the impressive staircases of the old Ocean Liners. Our room was on Floor 5, Cabin 6191, and this time with a balcony. The Décor for the Queen Elizabeth is not my taste but lots of mahogany, as expected traditional, great ship paintings, a bronze bust of Queen Elizabeth, large photograph of the Queen and for most aboard right up there in ship interior expectation. Queen Elizabeth is simple to find ones way around, she has just three sets of lifts and stairs, labelled A, B and C. The rooms are numbered as if in a traditional hotel, with cabins on Decks 1, 4,5,6,7, and 8. Deck A, with the medical Centre, is below Deck 1, and then the decks continue upwards until the highest cabins on Deck 8 and the public areas on Decks 1, 2, 3, 9, 10 and 11. Main Dining room Floor 2/3, Buffet Level 9, and Gym also. Grill class on the 11th and 12 floors is private to those on that level, but apart from the dining, they join the rest of the ship passengers for most activities Our Cabin 6191 Stateroom #: 6191 was a BD Balcony stateroom near to the stern? It was nice, roomy, and having chilled Champagne sitting there on our arrival was a nice touch. A settee is included; a great addition to the normal 156 sq. feet of a standard interior cabin with twin beds converted to a king size, two bedside drawers, desk and chair plus a small table. There is a nice fridge, a safe and we fund ample wardroom space and place to put our luggage. A Large Flat screen TV. Not that impressed with either the range or current release movies on this ship, Cunard needs to look at its offerings and upgrade TV entertainment package. Offerings were mainly dated and repetitive content. The bathroom was small but functional and the shower pressure excellent. We found the quality of air conditioning also good, but you could not turn it off, only adjust temperature. Normally we find the air conditioning in stateroom is marginal, but not on the Queen Elizabeth. Nelson our Steward was excellent, nothing too much trouble. SHIP MOTION. This was a Pacific Ocean voyage, and the first 5 days was constant movement, twists and lumpy seas. Not impossible, but difficult for those not prepared for motion sickness. The Hawaiian Islands, smooth seas and the seas flattened for our remaining journey. This part of the world including Aussie/NZ is prone to light gales and lumpy seas. My advice is preparation, and don’t take the big ocean voyage if you are very sensitive. RESTAURANTS BRITANNIA RESTAURANT: We were allocated Table 389, a table for 2 on the Floor 2 level, the second only time in over 20 cruises that our pre cruise request was accepted, and we did not have to hassle the Maître a de, re table allocation. We prefer dining alone in the evening, and those tables for 2 are hard to obtain. I understand Cunard adopts the practice of allocating table requests based on booking date, and that seems fair. Many of course like sharing a table with 4/6/10 persons, but we prefer evening dining on our own. The main Dining Room, the Britannia Restaurant, seating 878 guests is one of the most remarkable rooms at sea, spanning two desks at the stern on Decks 2 and 3 at Stairway C. It evokes memories of classic ocean liner restaurants with sweeping staircases and art deco pillars and arches. The restaurant's Art Deco design is captured in its original artwork, wall scenes, and a combination of authentic finishes including polished wood, bronze, mirror and gold leaf. The service was impeccable and the quality of food excellent. I drank 3 bottles of wine on this trip for dinner, good service with excellent wine list. VERANDAH FRENCH RESTAURANT: This alternative Restaurant has a French flair, and looked enticing. Surcharge was $20pp at lunch and $25 pp at night. We did not utilize on this trip, but comments from other passengers were favorable, and it looked exquisite. THE LIDO is an airy self-service buffet restaurant which extends between Staircases B and C across Deck 9. It is open 24 hours, serving breakfast from 0400, followed by lunch from 1130, then afternoon snacks, dinner from 1800 until 2300 and finally evening snacks until breakfast begins. At breakfast there is the usual cereals, fruit including an endless supply of grapes and fresh pineapple, cold meats and cheese and traditional cooked breakfast with omelet’s cooked to order. The Lunch Buffet was solid, and at night the buffet always provided the option of having a fish or meat steak cooked to your liking, along with many other selections. Overall the Lido is very good and we often choose to eat lunch there; the variety is good and being self-service it is quick on the days in port. It was always possible to find a seat. At night the buffet also offered for $17.50 surcharge an alternative theme based buffet. Surcharge too high in my view for the offering,($10 perhaps) and it appeared to be not well utilised THE GOLDEN LION PUB on Deck 2 also does food. It is styled as a typical British pub with classic pub grub: fish and chips, chicken korma, steak and ale pie etc. Also shows live sport. Meals only provided 12pm-2pm. thoroughly enjoyed the fish and chips. CAFÉ CARINTHIA To me very disappointing . Serving at a charge a range of teas and coffees only, with a very limited snack range. This needs to change and follow the Princess Cruise option of having a nice 24 café, with a selection of finger foods, cakes and light meals available . ROYAL COURT THEATRE, THE PRODUCTION SHOWS AND THE PRIVATE THEATRE BOXES ROYAL COURT THEATRE The theatre is where all the lectures, films and many of the demonstrations take place as well as the evening shows. It is very large, with capacity for over 800 people. The gallery and the two rows of private boxes on each side, 16 in all, give the impression of a nice traditional theatre on shore. Most of the private boxes are for two although there are some for four. Imposing. We sat free of charge in the boxes for matinee performances, made one feel grand. Cunard does this area very well. Top class entertainment, and excellent speakers on various topics. For example the speakers among others included Professor George Losey “Future of the Coral Reefs” Paul Stickler “The Paddington Place Murders”, he did an excellent series of crime lectures, and Ambassador Chase Untermeyer “The Muslim Hand, and not forgetting Clare Balding, talking of her Olympic and Royalty and Horse racing experiences. Entertainment wise Marcus Winter with his Sand and light painting show, Zac Winningham (Country) Clare Langham (Flutist), Ben Mills (Joe Cocker style) and the wonder NZ Tenor Ben Makisa all wowed the crowds. These are top class entertainers The Royal Court Theatre Company and Dancers (4 lead singers) and Dancers (8) were excellent. Cunard offers a very good standard in production shows. I went to everyone offered, both early and late a total of 8 shows. Great!!!! THE QUEEN'S ROOM Afternoon tea is served in the Queen's Room, and this is the typical Cunard White Star and white gloved service. Served between 3.30-4.30pm each day, High tea at its best. During the day the room is used for a variety of activities. On our cruise there were fencing classes, lunchtime concerts, dancing classes and Bingo. In the evening there is an orchestra for dancing, and it is lively and busy on the special themed evenings, with Balls and Ballroom Latin Dancing common. THE WINTER GARDEN, YACHT CLUB ETC The Winter Garden is between the Lido restaurant and the Deck 9 pool area and has a roof which can be opened in good weather and has a lot of very comfortable seats and tinted picture windows the whole length on both sides. This is an impressive area, a very interesting feature of the Queen Elizabeth. Up on the 10th is the Yacht Club and Corinthian room. Great spaces to relax and read! Disco at night POOLS/SPA There are two outdoor pools and the other is aft of the Lido restaurant, also on 9 Deck. Ample deck space for sunbathing and sitting, and table tennis, and other recreation facilities on upper deck. CLASSICAL CONCERTS AND RECITALS There are a number of locations round the Queen Elizabeth where you can hear classical music, and string quartette. Grab a book and listen to music is very relaxing. LIBRARY I always read a couple of books on a voyage. The library is a two story copy of a private library from Victorian days, with a spiral internal staircase. INTERNET AND WIFI Internet access is very good on the Queen Elizabeth, not always reliable in the areas of the world we reached on this trip. There are twenty computers available in the Internet Centre and there is also Wi-Fi available over most of the ship. Personally we go on vacation to get away from the routines of home, and avoid e-mail and phone communications unless an emergency but observation would suggest we are a dwindling minority. Package costs for internet use are available and reduce costs. GYM We are Gym users on a regular daily basis. The Queen Elizabeth Gym was reasonably equipped, functional and pleasant to use, but some equipment was starting to look weary. Again the issue of background music sometimes dominated the listening devices one brings to the Gym, when listening to the equipment TV’s or monitors. Why do Gyms have taped music, now that the ability to listen to music on your own device is so readily available? This is an area which most cruise lines have yet to come to terms with. Queen Elizabeth is a refined and quiet ship with solid standards, and yet the Gym music is poorly selected, controlled at the whim of staff, often too loud and not suited to the audience Gym is right at the front of the ship and there is a special magic in watching dolphins playing, the sun rising or a port approach as you are working on the cross trainer or treadmills before breakfast of fresh fruit in the Lido. LAUNDRY From the sublime to the essential. There are five self-service passenger laundry rooms, near cabins 4068, 5070, 6068, 7042 and 8060. Between them there are 14 standard Maytag machines and tumble driers, and each has one iron and ironing board. The laundries are open from 0730 to 2100. Laundries can be noisy, so it is best not to have a cabin opposite. Much to our surprise and pleasure use is free, and detergent powder is provided. ITINERARY • February 4th Board Queen Elizabeth at Pier 36 San Francisco • Hawaii Oahu( Good berth, shopping facilities within 500 meters, and transfer spot to Aloha Mall • Hawaii Lahaina (tender) • Apia (Lovely Port access) • Tonga (Good Port access to town , but we were unable to berth due to wind issues) • February 21 Auckland. A Great Port in the center of City. Lovely location Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
About 2 years back I developed a desire to sail on the QM2. 50% of my friends who had been on the QM2 loved it and 50% hated it. Because of this I chose a short 7 day cruise from Sydney, Australia down to Tasmania and back to Brisbane, ... Read More
About 2 years back I developed a desire to sail on the QM2. 50% of my friends who had been on the QM2 loved it and 50% hated it. Because of this I chose a short 7 day cruise from Sydney, Australia down to Tasmania and back to Brisbane, Australia, in February 2017. If it was not good, then I could endure 7 days. It was, in fact, very enjoyable. So much so, that we have booked two more cruises on the QM2. November around the Caribbean and 43 days in January 2018 from Cape Town to Brisbane. Our embarkation in Sydney was so quick and flawless. We were in our cabin very quickly. Far more efficient than on any of the other 14 cruise ships that we have sailed on. We had a balcony cabin on Deck 11. It was spacious and well laid out. We could not fault anything here. When we set out to explore the ship we were astounded by the size of it. Although it carried 2,600 passengers, because of the size, most lounge/bar areas were not at all crowded. Many lounge areas would only have 10 to 15 people in them. The service from every crew member was outstanding. The dining experience in the Britannia Restaurant was equal to any other cruise ship we have been on and we could not fault the quality of the food. The evening entertainment was quite good although we have experienced better on 2 or 3 other cruise ships. On the down side, there were 3 things that could easily be improved. There was always a long queue at the concierge desk due to only half of the service stations being manned at any one time. On the last two days of our cruise we had almost no hot water in our shower and on the last day we had NO shower water at all. Probably due to being on Deck 11. The first time I ordered two glasses of red wine it cost me US20. About $28 Australian. Money is not a problem, but, being Australians, we have an abhorrence to being ripped off. Which this certainly is. We bought no more drinks. So Cunard missed out by being greedy. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
Lovely ports of call made us choose this itinerary and adult medium ship. Dining was excellent, lectures varied and interesting, the evening entertainment was on the whole very good but the Headliners on ship singers and dancers were ... Read More
Lovely ports of call made us choose this itinerary and adult medium ship. Dining was excellent, lectures varied and interesting, the evening entertainment was on the whole very good but the Headliners on ship singers and dancers were absolutely excellent. All very talented and ranked as good as any west end show. The cabin was the problem A86 mid aft four down from midships on port side. See cabin review and beware! Not worth the money. Excursions were varied and we took advantage of many in countries as Australia, New Zealand, Papa New Guinea, Japan, South Korea and China all well organised on time and educational. The dining area was well laid out although our table 48 was over the top of the propellor shafts and not only noisy but juddered from the vibrations. Most ships seem to think that rear ship for dining front for theatre and entertaining all at low level. Better if higher up, less shaking and stick the night club and gyms down the rear. Conversation had to be raised when ship moving above 17 knots, obviously designers never take a holiday on cruise ships. Still did not spoil a wonderful holiday (except cabin) see below. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
Having sailed with P&O before, and previously flying back to UK, as I live in Malaysia, I found this cruise perfect, only 8 hours from Malaysia to Sydney and at the end of the cruise in Singapore, just 1 hour flight home. As usual, ... Read More
Having sailed with P&O before, and previously flying back to UK, as I live in Malaysia, I found this cruise perfect, only 8 hours from Malaysia to Sydney and at the end of the cruise in Singapore, just 1 hour flight home. As usual, the staff, from Reception to Cabin Stewards, Bar Staff and Restaurant staff were fantastic. The Restaurant, Meridian offered a wide choice of menu and catered for all tastes. The Bars were well stocks with a great choice of beverage, knowledgeable staff and good prices. My Cabin was kept very tidy, I might say due to the good work of my Steward. Entertainment nightly in the Theatre was of a very good standard, and music to suit most tastes could be found in bars around the ship. Day time entertainment/activities were good and varied. Boarding the ship In Sydney, with a large number of British Cruisers on board and then joined by a large number of Austrlaian, the banter would always be good, and taken by almost all in good fun. There were a small number of people who joined in Sydney and left in Brisbane, who felt they could not follow the basic dress codes, trying to use the main restaurant at night dressed in shorts, an incident that I witnessed myself. But for the most part everyone enjoined each other's company. Excursions were in the main good, but Shanghai proved a little disappointing due in the main from the continual rain, and the delays following our sailing by the Chinese Port Authorities. Apart from that, another enjoyable cruise on Arcadia, with 2 more already booked. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
Am a past Princess passenger with 3 decades of wonderful experiences with the line, until recently. I have found a sad downturn in the products service levels over the past 5 years or so, which includes, staffing, catering and general ... Read More
Am a past Princess passenger with 3 decades of wonderful experiences with the line, until recently. I have found a sad downturn in the products service levels over the past 5 years or so, which includes, staffing, catering and general value for money, which I believe has unfortunately taken Princess from a 4 star offering to a 3 star basic cruising experience. The Princess cruise line of old no longer exists but in name only - or so I believed. I decided to take this 18 day segment of the Pacific Princess's world cruise rather than the general round trip cruises offered for a change of scenery. I was pleasantly surprised. Though the ship is small compared to the regular tonnage the line offers, she was a boutique offering with an old world atmosphere. The cruise was only 18 days - being part of the 101 day world cruise offering. Many of the small touches which Princess was known for and are now lost forever on all its larger ships, this ship manages to retain the values of Princess brand prior to Carnival's take over. On board, the catering was expansive and well presented and I found more meal and menu options on this tiny ship than that on the larger ships. The old fashioned menu items, like escargot, variety of soufflés, proper surf and turf with lobster, along with the evening dinner menus showing more options than that on the other ships in the fleet a refreshing change. The ship also able to retain alternative dining options like Sterling Steakhouse and Sabatini's given her smaller size. Whether this improved catering was in line with the World Cruise experience, I cannot confirm, but was good to see it was provided. Sunday brunch in the main restaurant was another nice touch where it is transformed into a hall of culinary delights with food stations, chef carver's, and international flavours dotted around the restaurant in a semi buffet presentation, another great feature and a pleasure to enjoy. In the evening she offers the traditional 2 settings in her main dining room which may not be everyone's choice, but the system worked well with options to make table or sitting changes if required simple and efficient. the buffet also transforms into an evening al arcarte bistro for a 4th alternative dining choice. The cabins, though the ship is originally from a different cruise line, are very comfortable and functional with a beautiful wooden panelled and old world feel which Princess has kept. Even the smallest and economical cabins have a sofa and other small touches only now provided in the larger and more expensive cabins on Princess's larger ships. The best thing - no queues anywhere at any time, and only having a max of 600 passengers also assists with this. No need for a black card to see the front desk, you will be the only one in the queue at anytime. The same goes for the buffet, the pool, the lectures, the shows etc. The cruise was a pleasure, and a delightful change to the mega ships in the fleet. Her size of 30,000 tons may not be everyone's cup of tea, but if you are tired of the inch of gold sales along with the hyper marketing and art auctions of the bigger ships challenging your senses everyday, then this one will be a definite surprise and refreshing experience. She also has a beautiful old world full promenade deck with space and multiple lounges for those who enjoy this feature of a cruise ship which is now sadly becoming something no longer supported in future ship designs. Another feature this ship has is her size allows her to dock nice and close to her ports of call, not like her larger cousins who sometimes need to dock 1 or 2 hrs drive from the centre of town. I would not hesitate in cruising on her again and bypassing the other ships in the fleet. If however your cruise focus is on having pool side pizza bars, waterslides, outdoor movie screens, and queue for everything while fighting to find a vacant deck chair, then this ship may not be for you. She does not cater for children so family cruising would not be for her either, but if you are looking for a quiet old world style of cruise she may be the vessel within Princess's fleet for you. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
Great cruise around the world. Chose this particular cruise because of the itenarary, size of the ship and the fact that I could leave from Ft Lauderdale and disembark in Ft Lauderdale since I live in Florida. First the good things ... Read More
Great cruise around the world. Chose this particular cruise because of the itenarary, size of the ship and the fact that I could leave from Ft Lauderdale and disembark in Ft Lauderdale since I live in Florida. First the good things on this cruise-the friendly helpful staff onboard the ship. Really made the cruise special from room stewards, staff at front desk, excursions area, bartenders, staff in dining rooms, buffet, casino, shops and cruise directors staff, one of the best managed ships that I have been on. The entertainment that I attended was well done and enjoyable. Enrichment lectures were good through out the cruise especially the ones on segment 2 and 3 of the cruise(LA to Sydney and Sydney to Hong Kong). Additionally the destination expert Deb was fantastic. Really knew her destinations and provided good insight into what there was to see and do at each destination. Also Sammi, cruise director from Dubai to Fort Lauderdale brought energy and fun to her area. Especially enjoyed the sessions she held with the captain, the singers/dancers and the hotel management staff where you got to hear from each of them about themselves, their jobs onboard, etc. great insight into the behind the scenes of a cruise ship! Finally the destinations visited were great and the shore excursions that I did at each port were well managed and provided a great experience at a reasonable price. Also embarkation and disembarkation was the best I have experienced on 30 plus cruises. The not so good-ship staterooms are in need of a good cleaning/sprucing up. My stateroom the drapes were badly stained, linens were dingy and stained, cloth on bedboard was peeling and ripped. The room just felt tired and kind of ratty. Bed was hard as a rock, but in fairness the ship is heading to dry dock shortly so I'm sure a lot of these items will be taken care of. Lotus Spa issue-I spent over $5,000 over the course of the cruise in services and products. I have cruised a lot over the last 20 years and have always used the spa services onboard and this is the first time that I had a bad experience with Steiner/Lotus Spa. I have contacted them separately in regards to this issue of over $700 of services charged to my account that were never rendered. Was unable to get any assistance from the spa manager on this issue as she was not the manager at the time when these charges were billed. Comment was made by one of the front desk staff, I guess she must of just overcharged you...The person who billed the charges and the manager at the time had both left the ship by the time the over charges were discovered and the new manager just refused to check into the issue after being asked on two separate occasions to see what was going on. Poorest customer service I have ever experienced onboard a cruise ship. That being said I will never utilize their services or products again onboard any of the ships that they are on. In closing it really was a trip of a lifetime and I would recommend a cruise around the world to anyone who loves to travel! Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
I/we chose this cruise because it was different from any other cruise from Australia and neither of us had been to this part of the world before. If anyone is going on this vessel or her sister ships, Dawn or Sun Princess, my advise is ... Read More
I/we chose this cruise because it was different from any other cruise from Australia and neither of us had been to this part of the world before. If anyone is going on this vessel or her sister ships, Dawn or Sun Princess, my advise is DON'T BOOK ANY CABIN ON "E" DECK. Why, it is directly below the Promanade Deck where everybody walks or runs for exercise. As a result, the thump, thump thump for there shoes/runners comes right through the deck into your cabin. We had people running at 2345 hrs and again at 0445 hrs. It was a nuisance and as a result of a complaint by me and others to the Captain, the forward section of the Promanade Deck was closed off nightly from about 1930 till next morning. Further, be advised that on the Sea Princess, the deck immediately in front of the Horizon Court Buffet, that is the deck immediately above the Bridge, is closed off at sunset and opened again after sunrise. This is unlike the Dawn Princess where that deck is closed only in adverse weather conditions. Can't speak on the Sun Princess as I have not sailed on her. General comment. The ship did the innaugaral voyage that circumnavigated South America, Sydney to Sydney, all 84 days of it. Seas were smooth for 82 days except the trip from bay Of Islands to Sydney where we copped the tailend of Cyclone Debbie with winds of 120 kph or more. The ship certainly needs a good port visit and overhaul. Many repairs being done throughout the voyage. The crew were tremendous and couldn't be faulted. What could be faulted was the selfish passengers, who, after being drummed every day for five weeks by the Captain to wash your hands after using the toilet or sanitise their hands before entering a food station, persistently refused to sanitise and as such, for approx. five weeks, norovirus was on board. All I can say is this, if you don't want to wash your hands after going to the toilet or be prepared to sanitise your hands before going through a food station, THEN DON'T BLOODY WELL GO as you are jeapodising everyone on the ship because of your stupidity. Outside of that, all was well and I/we enjoyed the voyage very much. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
Aurora. Jan 17. 21 nights Our first time on Aurora, we booked not realising that this was the first leg of a world cruise (not that it made a huge amount of difference to us) and celebrating 180 years of the P and O company/cruise line ... Read More
Aurora. Jan 17. 21 nights Our first time on Aurora, we booked not realising that this was the first leg of a world cruise (not that it made a huge amount of difference to us) and celebrating 180 years of the P and O company/cruise line Another very competitively priced cruise Embarkation at Southampton was slightly better than 12 months ago, however we arrived at our given time and still had to wait two hours in the terminal building, boarding just after 4pm. At least this time we managed to find a seat and weren’t sat on the floor. We boarded quickly and found our cabin decided to get a cup of tea then immediately had to attend the safety drill. On the way down the stairs to the cabin to get the life jackets a muster steward told us to go straight to the muster station and wouldn’t allow us to get our life jackets from the cabin. This meant they had to find life jackets for us and this was a little embarrassing as I know what everyone was thinking and it would have taken one minute to have fetched our own The sail away was lovely with fireworks being let off as we left Southampton. A couple of bumpy but fine days crossing Biscay I liked Aurora, there seemed to be a lot of space with plenty of rooms over several decks where people dissipated. The outside space was great and we could always easily find a sun lounger even on sea days. There are three main pools, the front pool at times had some music and occasionally a singer for an hour or so at lunchtime. I thought this could have been improved on with some background music at least. The middle pool was the quiet one with a retractable glass roof (by the buffet restaurant). The rear pool had great views but was very cold and had the kiddies pool and play area incorporated We had afternoon tea several times in the Medina restaurant (deck 6) 4-4.45pm, lovely but always seemed rushed as they wanted to clear the tables for the evening service that starts at 6pm. I would have thought the Alexandria restaurant would have been better as service didn’t start until 6.30pm Overall good ports of call. However a shame the two hot ports in Egypt were replaced with cold ones in the Med but if security was an issue then it’s for the best I guess. We took on security at Suez and they were still with us when we disembarked in Dubai Our cabin F227 was incredibly noisy at night when sailing. Impossible to get a sound night’s sleep even with ear plugs I found myself falling asleep most days whenever I sat down. The cabin had double the storage space that we needed. It had a good shower that had good pressure and kept its temperature (until two days before we disembarked, then it played up and just didn’t get fixed!). The cabin was well laid out with good lighting. Deck 5 was fairly quiet overall (apart from inside our cabin!). The lifts were quick and because we were on the bottom passenger deck usually empty when we called them. We had the best cabin steward ever Lira, she always had a smile and a moment for a chat, and our cabin was kept spotless at all times The port lectures were very good and I like the overall information given, not just trying to flog P & O excursions. Thank you Krystal. In fact the excursion team as a whole were more than helpful ( as were the reception team) The port presentations were available to view on the cabin TV on a loop as were most of the lectures/presentations. I enjoyed several of the speakers and on sunny sea days when I didn’t want to spend time in the theatre during the day this is an ideal way of not missing out We were on freedom dining and used the Medina dining room several times for our evening meals. We never had to wait to be seated and enjoyed some lovely company. I couldn’t fault any of the food or menus, and the service was first class I found the Horizon buffet restaurant not as good as for instance on Oceana, where they have two separate serving areas and one is generally always open. Aurora has one in the center and when it’s closed..... It also closes at 9pm (Oceana 9.30pm). The food was good but I joined several very very long lines for the hot food and you could be in line and waiting for 15mins at times, they cordon off half the Horizon restaurant serving area in the evenings and use it exclusively for the Beach house service. Also they had a new type of milk in a tube and it’s very difficult to open, many people complained but were told it’s the company nothing we can do The Lido grill I found rather lacking as it’s now a “grab and go” and the hot food i.e. burgers hotdogs have been precooked and wrapped, then left in a heated cabinet. They weren’t pleasant with the bread being half toasted and hard no onions available etc. A member of staff is present behind the counter and I did ask a couple of times for fresh food but was referred to the pre cooked cabinet. There is a cold cabinet with sandwiches and they are very good The rear lounge Carmen’s seems a little underused for entertainment, we did see a couple entertainers here and one show from the headliners. Most of the time it’s used for themed discos and old time dancing, Aurora has many rooms and I thought one of them might be better used for the half a dozen people on the dance floor. The cinema was also used for other things i.e. guest speakers and classical concerts, when seeing a movie would have been just the thing to do at times. The entertainment was on the whole good and the Headliners group well above average Overall we had a really fantastic 21 nights aboard Aurora, everything ran like clockwork, fab crew and service. The niggles above are just that (apart from the noisy cabin) You can always pick holes in things if you want. I would defiantly cruise on Aurora again but only with a different cabin Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
We always wanted to see more of the world but work and family made it difficult so when retired Magellan gave us the opportunity. Cabin steward brilliant. Food ok but too spicy for us. Waldorf restaurant good. Entertaining really good ... Read More
We always wanted to see more of the world but work and family made it difficult so when retired Magellan gave us the opportunity. Cabin steward brilliant. Food ok but too spicy for us. Waldorf restaurant good. Entertaining really good shows. Should have been informed US dollars were accepted everywhere instead of us getting out various currencies. Shore excursions were well managed but people disembarking on booked excursions should have taken priority over independent passengers because it became very crowded at certain ports. Overall we had a wonderful experience. The countries we visited were an experience we will never forget. Some ports of call were too short more time needed to take in the sights. On board the staff were attentive and polite throughout. I was taken ill on one tour and received excellent care by the ship courier who came on the trip with us. Medical staff excellent. Could not fault level of care given. Birthday while on board was recognised by cabin staff and gave card &a towel decoration. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
Cruise and Maritime. MV Magellan, round the world maiden cruise, 120 nights. Sailed from Tilbury UK. I joined the Magellan, on the 5th of January 2017. I have previoulsy sailed with Holland America, and Voyages of Discovery. I ... Read More
Cruise and Maritime. MV Magellan, round the world maiden cruise, 120 nights. Sailed from Tilbury UK. I joined the Magellan, on the 5th of January 2017. I have previoulsy sailed with Holland America, and Voyages of Discovery. I Picked this one as it was my 65th year. I made many friends, I particulary enjoyed the Restarant Open seating dining at breakfast and lunchtime. In the evening a seating plan was in use. The Bistro deck also had a Buffet style arrangement. Guest Relation's put on events for single travellers which was good for me, also other social events were staged, e.g. Quiz,Dance, and Bridge sessions to name a few. A range of guest lecturers kept us entertained on a range of subjects appertaing to our cruise itinery. a Full range of excursions as you would expect, reasonably priced in my oppionion. I enjoyed the trip so much iam going on CMV MV Columbus in january. This time around I aim to undertake more ship board life. Standards were genearlly good, if you are a top of the range traveller, this style would not be for you.However it was exceptional value for your pound. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
Cruise was absolutely amazing. It was awhile to embark but then again the hotels ship you out all at the same time so we all pretty much arrived at the same time. There were so many returning cruisers that the "expedited line" ... Read More
Cruise was absolutely amazing. It was awhile to embark but then again the hotels ship you out all at the same time so we all pretty much arrived at the same time. There were so many returning cruisers that the "expedited line" and the regular line were both about 45 minutes to get checked in. We chose this cruise because of the itinerary and it did not disappoint, the Great Wall of China, The Forbidden City, the Xian Warriors, Singapore, Oman, Petra in Jordan, the Acropolis in Athens, Malta, Panama Canal, Suez canal. My bucket list is much shorter now. With visiting all the cities is really showed us the world we live in and our preconceived notions were happily changed. The Amsterdam is really showing here age. There was a lot of water leaks both in the Common Areas and the Staterooms during our Pacific Ocean crossing as there were some rough sailing days. They even had to replace some of the carpet. Rumour was that there was a lot of mold floating around and this caused "ship's cough". I cannot confirm this but most of us had a cough at one time or another. After they changed the air filters in our staterooms, it seemed to get better. The décor in the staterooms is pretty old and faded but clean and spotless. The food on this journey was remarkable, I don't remember ever not having a great pick on the dinner menu. We also had themed meals based on which port we were in. The average age on this cruise was upper 70's to low 80's so the entertainment was geared to this audience. Being quite a bit younger put us at a disadvantage. Lots of classical music, show tunes and easy listening. The ships entertainment was average at best but that is true of all the cruises I have been on. There were lots of lectures on the history of the places we were visiting which was great for understanding the customs and ways at each port. There was also a location specialist who told us what to see and what to shop for and what to do and not do. This was a great help. There were ports where we were at a disadvantage as there were no maps to guide us to what we wanted to see. There were shore excursions off the boat but they were stupid expensive - ie: bus to Atomic Bomb Museum, Peace Park and lunch $119 US. We walked 2 blocks, took a tram, walked a block, visited the Museum and had lunch for $25 US each. As the mobility of a lot of the guests was limited due mostly to the age of the cruisers, the excursions are the only way they can possibly see the ports. The service on this boat was superb from the Lido Cooks and Attendants , the Dining Room Staff, the stateroom staff, front desk, librarian etc. It was great to have a library as this was a 111 day voyage but the ship should go with a digital library as well. There didn't seem to be a lot of new books on the shelves. Of great value was the coin laundry, $2 for a wash and dry was great. There were only 8 washers and 8 dryers on this ship but because most of the customers were return visitors who got free laundry it was enough. Besides the super expensive Shore Excursions , the internet was another fail. It is expensive $55 US for 100 minutes and because it is so slow, your minutes go by really fast. I believe that it should be by usage and not time. Most of my time on the internet was waiting for a page refresh or sending an email. I loved the cruise and would definitely take another world cruise but I think that I would go with another cruise line to have something to compare this to. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
We booked this cruise because of the ports and Jacques Pepin would be on board. We upgraded to a marvelous Owners suite--8th floor. I didn't like we were on the 8th floor at first, but once in suite, it was glorious and contrary to ... Read More
We booked this cruise because of the ports and Jacques Pepin would be on board. We upgraded to a marvelous Owners suite--8th floor. I didn't like we were on the 8th floor at first, but once in suite, it was glorious and contrary to other reports, we got lots of sun on the balcony (we were in an oceania suite on prior cruise and never got sun...so it depends on how the ship is sailing). Food was always good...service in Jacques was rushed, Toscana very slow and Polo right on the mark. We ate in our room several times and Butler always did a great job. Service: Cabin service was always good. Our butler was very good. We were alerted by another CC person that there was a virus on the previous cruise. When we boarded there was no sign of the virus OTHER THAN the endless TV "ads" about washing hands and singing happy birthday twice. There were also announcements about how important it was to have a clean ship. Needless to say, even though, (and I applaud the Staff) we weren't at a high level of sickness, the Captain was always one step ahead of protocol to prevent further spreading. It didn't work! I got sick on day 3--24 hour virus as did at least 6 other people I knew from CC. It took me two bounces to get attention from the infirmary and got a great nurse to come to my room with nausea pills and tylenol for my fever. Here is my BIG issue: When I wanted to speak to the GM and applaud the efforts of the crew in trying to keep one step ahead (as well as point out some of the areas that could be improved), the front desk wanted to know if I had an appt, then would not give me an appt and asked if I could speak to the Cruise director...and eventually got the assistant cruise director. REALLY? Each and every time on previous cruises, when I wanted to speak to the GM, I GOT TO THE GM! I am only a 7th time cruiser and I was in the Owners suite, but that made no never mind. This is the second cruise in 1 year that got a virus. CLEARLY there is a problem with Oceania protocol, even though I do applaud their efforts for going above and beyond. For example, on Riviera last year, they NEVER enclosed the buffet with saran as they did on the Marina to prevent folks from trying to touch things. I STILL THINK OCEANIA DOESN'T GET IT. AND the GUESTS don't get it. When the Cruise Director refused to pas the mike around during a wonderful event with Jacques, the guests booed the concept. REALLY? They wanted to pass germs around? Unfortunately the CD didn't handle it well as he did not tell Jacques in advance how he would handle the Q/A and even Jacques made fun of the arrangement. The CD should have made a direct comment about the safety of the passengers but instead just said this was CDC protocol (like who cares or understands)..... Bottom LINE...I am going to try a different cruise line before I return to Oceania...I am very disappointed. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016

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