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This was our first cruise with Oceania on the recommendation of our travel agent after an extremely disappointing Christmas/New Year Cruise with Seabourn earlier in the year. After 8 cruises with Seabourn our loyalty was trashed and we ... Read More
This was our first cruise with Oceania on the recommendation of our travel agent after an extremely disappointing Christmas/New Year Cruise with Seabourn earlier in the year. After 8 cruises with Seabourn our loyalty was trashed and we needed to look elsewhere. We enjoy good food, good service and wine and Oceania exceeded our expectations on all levels. Embarkation and Disembarkation was as smooth as you would expect and we were delighted to board this beautiful ship. Original artwork graced the walls throughout, lots of beautiful spaces are available to relax and generally the décor was very pleasing. We never felt crowded on this ship or had trouble finding a table in a restaurant or by the pool. The cabins are smaller than the Seabourn suites but this did not worry us in the least. We had a balcony and were not short on room. The food and the service were nothing short of excellent. The variety of cuisines available with the four specialty restaurants was wonderful and apart from these the dining room was always good as was the buffet in the Terrace. Oceania definitely provided us with the best dining experiences we have had at sea. We had internet and a beverage package included in our fare which meant we did not have to put our hand in our pocket for anything other than shore excursions if we chose to partake. We are not big on entertainment with regard to shows when we cruise as we are so busy throughout the days exploring new ports that it would be unfair to comment regarding the quality of the entertainment. As far as we were concerned the shore excursions were good when we decided to utilise them. Overall we loved our first cruise with Oceania and have put down a deposit for our next adventure. The more casual atmosphere they provide is a welcome change for us as we are so over formal nights and it was a delight for my husband not to pack the dinner suit. We embarked on this cruise with no expectations and we were thrilled with our experience on all levels. Thank you Oceania! Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
We loved sailing on the Riviera from Athens on the Romance and Relics tour. The ship was spectacular, most especially the service and food. The crew was outstanding a almost every encounter with staff was pleasant. We got to saying ... Read More
We loved sailing on the Riviera from Athens on the Romance and Relics tour. The ship was spectacular, most especially the service and food. The crew was outstanding a almost every encounter with staff was pleasant. We got to saying hello and calling the staff by name after only a few days aboard. The food experience was the highlight of the ship, most notably Polo restaurant which rated a sold 10/10. I rated Toscana 8/10, Jacques 7.5/10 and Red Ginger 6.5/10....all were very good, but we got spoiled after having excellent cuisine. This ship seemed to visit nicer ports than the competing cruise lines. We also noticed the ship was in port for a long period of time when compared to other ships. The only downer was the nightlife that was absolutely dead. I think there were 15 people in Horizons the first night and only slightly more as the cruise progressed. We can't wait to return on another Oceania cruise. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
My 13 yr, old grand daughter wanted to see Iceland. It was her first cruise (my 24th on Princess), so I saw it through her eyes. Princess transfers were hassle-free. Getting on the ship was a breeze. Service throughout the cruise was ... Read More
My 13 yr, old grand daughter wanted to see Iceland. It was her first cruise (my 24th on Princess), so I saw it through her eyes. Princess transfers were hassle-free. Getting on the ship was a breeze. Service throughout the cruise was superb. Our cabin steward and waiters were great. I'm not terribly fond of the layout of the Sea Princess since many spaces do not lend themselves to the activities offered, but we can't do much about that. We did only one tour (Blue Lagoon in Reykjavik). That worked well for a pre-teen. There weren't enough kids her age on board to make the chhildren's program really interesting, so she was happy to do adult crafts, trivia, shows, etc. All in all, we had no complaints....well, maybe one. Five dollars for a scoop of ice cream??? Really? I think that's a little over the top. for any ice cream, anywhere! Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
My partner and I had travelled once before with Oceania on the Regatta and were underwhelmed by our first trip with them. We are seasoned cruisers with this being my 34th cruise and my partner’s 35th. We saw this late Transatlantic to ... Read More
My partner and I had travelled once before with Oceania on the Regatta and were underwhelmed by our first trip with them. We are seasoned cruisers with this being my 34th cruise and my partner’s 35th. We saw this late Transatlantic to Europe two years ago and decided to give Oceania another try. Well, this trip was a 180 degree turn from our first cruise with Oceania. It was a fabulous cruise in generally every aspect with a few minor exceptions. When we arrived at the Port of Miami (12:30 PM), embarkation was smooth and simple. The Oceania Representatives were courteous and generally efficient and we boarded the ship immediately. When we embarked, we were told the cabins were not ready and a general announcement would be made, but we were able to drop off our hand luggage and go directly to lunch. We were directed to have lunch in the Terrace Cafe on Deck 9. Along the way we noticed the ship was beautifully decorated in a traditional manner. The Terrace Cafe was light and bright, and to our delight the staff and chef were waiting with open arms in comparison to our previous cruise. The food service area was nice and had a large variety of foods for a small ship. This was the quality of Oceania's food we had always heard about. The desserts and the homemade ice creams were fabulous. Every day of the trip the food variety was excellent and the service was outstanding. We also loved the Waves Café – my favorite was the surf and turf (lobster tail and filet) sandwich with truffle french fries. We went to our cabin on Deck 7. We had originally booked an inside cabin on Deck 4, but we were offered an upgrade to a concierge balcony for $450PP and we grabbed it. The bathroom was small/average size, but adequate. We met our new Stewardess Marife and her Assistant, Teguh, They was wonderful throughout the entire cruise and took care of all of our requests. We then went to explore the rest of the ship, which was quite nice. Everything was decorated beautifully and had lovely artwork and tasteful furniture. After Muster Drill, we met our fellow Cruise Critic members at the Waves Bar for a Sail Away get together. It was nice to have 40 -50 members turn out and many of the group socialized together for the entire trip. The Captain and his Officers were visible and were very personable. You can tell this was a well treated and happy staff and that is what makes it pleasant for the passengers. We went back to our cabin and our luggage had already been delivered, so we unpacked and were set for a cruise across the Atlantic. Over the course of the trip - we dined twice each in Tuscan Steak and Red Ginger. In Tuscan Steak, we had a lovely dinner of filets and lobster tails which was excellent. Red Ginger was outstanding. On our first visit, my partner had the carmelized shrimp, lemon grass soup and the Mediterranean sea bass and I also had the shrimp, rack of lamb and lobster pad thai. We ordered similarly on the next visit, but I did order the pad thai a bit spicier, as it was a bit bland the first visit. Both restaurants were excellent and service was outstanding. Additionally, the sommelier in Tuscan Steak actually remembered the bottle of wine we had ordered on our previous visit, which was a total surprise. The Terrace buffet during the rest of the trip was excellent at breakfast and lunch. The Grand Dining room was beautifully decorated. This is totally open seating and most tables are for two or four. We had dinner with lovely people during the cruise. If we had dinner by 7:30PM, we were able to make the 9:30 show. The staff in the dining room was outstanding. Our Waiter Ronald and Assistant Waiter Putu did an excellent job. We attempted to have them whenever we dined there. Putu and Dario (he worked in Tuscan at night) also worked in the Terrace Café and took wonderful care of us. The dinners in the main dining room were generally very good to excellent and there is an everyday menu as well. Sirena also served dinner up in the Terrace Café if you chose to dine more casually; lobster tails and lamb chops generally appeared every night up there as well. We had one dinner at the Terrace Café which was fine, but we generally prefer to have sit-down dining room service for dinner. One minor issue with food – we returned a couple of days from excursions around 4:15 PM and there was nothing to eat anywhere on the ship between 4-6 PM and were a bit disappointed and hungry!! I spoke to the Food and Beverage Manager and suggested that something should be available, if only at the Waves Café – i.e hamburger, hot dog, etc.. and was told “well you could order from Room Service.” I think Oceania needs to take a second look at this issue. Liquor prices were far too high. Most people did not take the package at $60 per day, per person. That would amount to $1,960 for a two week cruise for two people. We made sure we attended the afternoon happy hour at the Martini Bar and the late night happy hour in Horizons. Michael at the Martini bar was a standout; additionally Wayan did a great job in Horzons. Kalpesh and Alex who worked in both bars were excellent and attentive. Entertainment On this trip, compared to our last on Regatta, the entertainment was wonderful with a larger variety for everyone’s interest. Cruise Director Leslie Jon did a nice job. Comedian George Casey did two shows and was hilarious. Guitarist Nestor Santurio was a delight. There was also a pianist, violinist, magician and ventriloquist who were excellent too. The Sirena cast consisted of three men and three women. They did several production shows throughout the 16 day cruise. The cast and entertainers mingled with the passengers throughout the cruise—an advantage of a small ship. We met Sam and Lillian the first day and chatted with them often. The Sirena band led by multi-talented Alex from Miami was excellent, as was the string quartet. After the show, we met our new found friends at Horizons, which turned into a disco at night. They offered 2 for 1 drinks. Guests could choose music on an I-pad, but it would have been nicer to have a live DJ from the entertainment staff. The Casino has now been taken over by NCL (parent company of Oceania) in contrast to Century Casinos that formerly ran it – they have increased the stakes and had little to no action. Black Jack tables were $15 or $25 per hand and Three Card Poker was $5, but few takers. I think the Casino needs to promote itself and have some incentives – i.e. Match Play coupons, etc.. The slots were also very tight. We only knew of one winner during the two weeks. The pool area was lovely and there was some nice relaxing music. We also saw a shift in the clientele – last trip people were much older and stuffier. This crowd was younger retirees and some families with well behaved teenagers and twenty something family members. It was a wonderful mix of passengers and age groups. On a side note – those hounding photographers and expensive photos have been removed from the ship and it made the trip much more enjoyable. Excursions – We had five Oceania excursions included and we enjoyed them. Bermuda - As we have been here before, we decided to take the local bus to Elbow beach and had a nice day on our own. Madeira, Portugal (Funchal) - We took city tour and it was very pretty and interesting. Malaga, Spain – We arrived a bit late, as we had some rough waters for a day or two -- so a few of the excursions were cancelled (specifically Alhambra/Granada) and people were disappointed, but it was understandable. As we had been to Granada before we chose to do Marbella and Puerto Banus. We toured the town of Marbella which was clean and beautiful. The tour then went to Puerto Banus – which is the Monte Carlo/Palm Beach of the Costa del Sol. There were all the top shops and yachts. It was beautiful. Cartagena, Spain – We did the highlights of Cartegena – which was rich in history and a lovely tour. Barcelona, Spain - We have been here several times before and there is so much to do and see. We did the ship’s tour - Barcelona’s Iconic Landmarks which included lunch. The tour was fine and informative, but you need much more time than a day to really experience all that Barcelona offers. If you have a chance to stay 3-5 days I highly recommend this. Aix-En and Marseille, France – This also was a full day tour of both areas and we had a wonderful guide and had a great tour of both cities. St. Tropez, France - We did this on our own. You must tender in and it was wonderful to walk around the town. It is very expensive for everything here. Miscellaneous Overall, our impression of Oceania, since sailing on Sirena has greatly improved since our first trip on Regatta. As I previously mentioned, the demographic was 40's - 70's with a smattering of younger people. My partner is 75 and I am 56 and we both agreed that the crowd Oceania is enticing Baby Boomers and is definitely the way to go, as it provides a more vibrant life on board and the staff enjoyed this clientele as well. We also liked the evolution of Oceania entertainment and nightlife on the ship since our last voyage. As we stated previously, the service overall was excellent. All crew members are well trained and enjoy their jobs and do not appear to be as overworked as on other cruise lines, There were some wonderful standouts on the ship, as noted above, and they were rewarded accordingly, beyond the daily automatic tips. Final Thoughts Debarkation was smooth and we were off the ship quickly and onto our trip to our hotel in central Rome. As we are avid cruisers, this trip certainly has changed our mind (positively) about considering Oceania in the future. We would go back on this ship in a heartbeat. It was one of our best cruises. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
We boarded Golden Princess in Osaka after spending 2 days there which we thoroughly enjoyed. Embarkation was a breeze as we got to the port at 12.00 and were on board and having lunch at Horizon Court at 12.45. This was after we had ... Read More
We boarded Golden Princess in Osaka after spending 2 days there which we thoroughly enjoyed. Embarkation was a breeze as we got to the port at 12.00 and were on board and having lunch at Horizon Court at 12.45. This was after we had dropped our hand luggage in our stateroom. It is easier when you have cruised with Princess before as the ships are very similar so it is easy to find your stateroom. We had traditional dining which was very good and we sat with 4 passengers and we had a good time together. Meals were very good but somehow the level of some of the dishes were not as we had experienced on previous cruises. More sauces and the desserts were more with puddings and strudels. Chocolate journeys were very few and far in between. Our stateroom was fine and the stewards we had were excellent and nothing was too much for them. We always found room on the upper deck to relax. Sometimes we had to move the deck chairs to get out of the sun but never a problem. Some guests are rude when they leave their towels on a lounge and don't come back which then restricts other passengers from using them. Why cant the passengers put their used towels in the used bin provided when they leave the area. I suppose they expect because they paid then they don't have to lift a finger. Small change we found was that the staff did not come around the lounges to see if you wanted anything to drink as they did on our previous cruises. As we boarded the ship in Osaka we expected to have the Waterfall champagne during that leg. On the first formal we just happened to walk to the Vista lounge to find out that there was a private function for some invited guests only which happened to be the ones that boarded the ship in Osaka. We never got an invitation and so we put a complaint at the Service desk which has been ignored. Voice of the Ocean is advertised on all Princess cruises. They had one on the Sydney/Osaka leg but none on the Osaka/Los Angeles on.e. When I questioned the cruise director's staff I was told that they did not have it as there were no registration made by passengers. Hey listen there are auditions where the passengers that are willing to participate can sing and get voted in by fellow passengers for the final. It was just laziness on the part of the cruise director's staff to put it on. So those that left the ship in LA missed out. We were on a cruise last year that had 2 segments and they had 2 Voices of the Ocean. The piano man should be retired as he was hopeless. My wife nicknamed him "Mr Personality" as he had none. He would stare at the window all the time and sometimes it looked like he was lip syncing. He was not interested in the guests he was only there because he got paid for a job. That is why the promenade bar was empty most of the time after 10.00pm as he was gone and there was nobody about. We have on previous cruises where the piano man would keep us entertained until midnight most of the time. I am an entertainer and found it most unacceptable. We enjoyed all the ports we visited and had no issues with the tour we had booked with Princess. I had prebooked tours and excursions privately on the internet and they were all ok. We had the best weather in Alaska,Canada,USA,Hawaii,Tahiti and New Zealand. The sea was good until 2 days before we got to NZ when we rocked a bit. And then also from NZ to Sydney. My wife and I were not the best then. We danced most nights and had a good time meeting with lots of people and having fun. Maybe the band should play some slower songs at the beginning and then bring the tempo up. It was too much rock and disco right from the start which I think put quite a few people off. Would we go with Princess again? Yes we will and we look forward to the next one with anticipation. Indigo the band was excellent and the the Irish shows that the 2 sisters did were very good. I had the opportunity to sing with the pianist on 2 occasions and had a top time. I think that Karaoke was fairly poor on the ship. I like to sing and went to all the karaoke and make people happy but they only had them every 3 or 4 days. One suggestion is to have them at the happy hour so people would be able to have a go and pretend they are Beyoncé,Elvis for an hour. It seems that they were always in a rush to get it done and sometimes just cut them short of time. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
We went on the Explorer last year in May 2016 to Scotland and Norway and was the first time with Silver sea. We have traveled Seabourn and was happy, but friends had mentioned to try Silversea. There were 2 days at sea due to canceling ... Read More
We went on the Explorer last year in May 2016 to Scotland and Norway and was the first time with Silver sea. We have traveled Seabourn and was happy, but friends had mentioned to try Silversea. There were 2 days at sea due to canceling beach party in Timor Indonesia saying the country would not allow cruise ships there any longer. Then we arrived in Dawrin docked a day early, so 3 days lost. They tried to get a couple tours on land at the end. One a city drive and the other a wildlife park/aquarium tour. Food fair, but r redundant. The rooms were worn and outdated. Lots of crickets in our cabin and balcony. They said they probable hitched a ride back in Darwin. Yikes! The cabin attendants were top notch. Most of the waiter staff were good, but seemed frustrated at times. Less luxury and more of a working ship for exploration tours. Price was 30K for Veranda Suite....and not worth that to see a few rock carvings and the hikes were very hot and humid. Be in good shape and hold the bladder for 2-3 hours. Rod river cruise had a bathroom on the boat. It was a fun tour and the zodiacs getting you wet under the waterfalls were the best 2 things out of 11 days. Kind of boring. Should have been more activities. No bathroom provisions on most the tours. No photographer as he had visa issue and there was not a cruise coordinator to help with other trips. Reception was overworked. Piano player was excellent. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
We joined Queen Elizabeth on the 20th April in Cape Town. We had travelled on quite a few cruises on Queen Mary, but wow we were blown away by Queen Elizabeth. From the moment we stepped aboard, our holiday began and it was wonderful ... Read More
We joined Queen Elizabeth on the 20th April in Cape Town. We had travelled on quite a few cruises on Queen Mary, but wow we were blown away by Queen Elizabeth. From the moment we stepped aboard, our holiday began and it was wonderful the entire journey. From the food in the Lido to the Brittannia, we could not have asked for more. The shows were wonderful, with the exception of one show. Our entire experience was superb and we so look forward to being able to travel on Queen Elizabeth again. The cabin was in a lovely condition. It was really easy to navigate through the ship without getting loss. I certainly recommend a holiday on Queen Elizabeth. The staff on the ship were only too happy to go the extra mile, whether it was in Brittannia or at the buffet in the Lido. The friendliness was absolutely superb. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
Oceania is a good cruise line, and the Marina is a lovely ship. There are only 1250 passengers, so people who are wary of the 5000 -passenger vessels would be wise to consiser this company. It is never crowded, even in the Terrace ... Read More
Oceania is a good cruise line, and the Marina is a lovely ship. There are only 1250 passengers, so people who are wary of the 5000 -passenger vessels would be wise to consiser this company. It is never crowded, even in the Terrace Cafe (buffet). Oceania prides itself on its food, and in my opinion, does not disappoint. Many cruise companies have menus designed by famous chefs. Oceania has Jacques Pepin, and that tells the whole story, Oceania does not charge extra for its 4 specialty restaurants, and there are 4 on Marina. However, do the math, as we may be paying more upfront - so if food is not important, a passenger might be wise to choose a less expensive cruise comoany. That said, I have enjoyed all 4 specialty restaurants: French, Asian,Italian, and a steak house. In the end, however, it waa the itinerary that lured me to book this cruise:31 days that included 4 Caribbean islands, Cape Verde, Dakar, 3 Canary Islands, Madeira and Lisbon, 5 ports in Spain, Marseille, Monte Carlo, Portofino, Livorno , and ending outside Rome. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
We chose this particular cruise as it was a transoceanic! The ports we wanted to visit were included and the number of sea days we enjoy! Everything about the Marina is perfect! Great sized ship, no lines and after the second day the ... Read More
We chose this particular cruise as it was a transoceanic! The ports we wanted to visit were included and the number of sea days we enjoy! Everything about the Marina is perfect! Great sized ship, no lines and after the second day the staff you work with daily know your name and your particular wants and likes. All the crew is there to make your trip a wonderful experience. Cabin was spotless, daily cabin service was timely and gracious. Pool days - no problem finding a lounge. Food was, as usual, excellent and the speciality restaurants Easy to schedule and delicious. Main dining room - excellent selection and great food. Best shakes and malts in the world at Waves! Entertainment was very good throughout the ship! Trivia was tough! Great vacation - 4 more sailings booked The Cruise Critic "Meet and Greet" was a huge success-many of the people we met there became our tour, dinner and activity partners. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
I chose the QM2 because of its reputation and a desire to sail on her. It was the smoothest sailing I have ever experienced. The ship is spacious. The stateroom was very comfortable. QM2 is a true ocean liner and a grand ship. The pre ... Read More
I chose the QM2 because of its reputation and a desire to sail on her. It was the smoothest sailing I have ever experienced. The ship is spacious. The stateroom was very comfortable. QM2 is a true ocean liner and a grand ship. The pre cruise package purchased through Cunard was dreadful because the transfer from Singapore's Changi airport to the Fairmont hotel didn't happen - nobody was at the airport to pick us up. After an international flight we had to walk all over the airport trying to find someone who could answer our question 'where is our transfer?'. We ended up getting a taxi to the Fairmont Hotel where we were persuaded to pay additional money to upgrade our pre-paid room. Nobody from Cunard or the transfer personnel contacted us to apologise for the confusion. We were told somebody would pick our bags up next morning and deliver them to another hotel where we had to walk to and claim our bags before boarding the transfer. Unimpressed with this chaos we decided to pay for a taxi to port ourselves. Cunard have never offered any compensation despite the matter being reported to them. The room at the Fairmont was lovely and we had use of the club lounge for food, drinks and breakfast. This privilege was only because I paid to upgrade as otherwise we had to walk to another hotel for breakfast. Embarkation was a chaotic nightmare as the computers broke and thousands of people waited hours to embark. As far as the experience on the Queen Mary 2 I have to say it was wonderful. We particularly enjoyed the viewing window to the bridge. The dining experiences were wonderful and the food delicious. The captain was a gentleman. After exploration of the QM2 we were not that impressed with the kennels as the outside area seemed insecure in terms of fencing and it looked like some dogs could just jump the railing. We travelled through high risk waters (pirates) without incident and there was a black out each night with curtains drawn. Yet I had to alert the reception that the outside lighting / ship's night lights were still on so I think those pirates would still have seen us! There was a viral outbreak during the cruise which made things unpleasant as it is with all cruises that have these outbreaks. Yes I would love to travel on the Queen Mary 2 again as it was a grand experience. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
My husband and I enjoy repositioning cruises, and we picked this itinerary because the port of calls were unique and more appealing than most bigger ship itineraries. We are frequent cruisers on Princess, but have never cruised on a ... Read More
My husband and I enjoy repositioning cruises, and we picked this itinerary because the port of calls were unique and more appealing than most bigger ship itineraries. We are frequent cruisers on Princess, but have never cruised on a small Princess cruise ship like Pacific Princess. At first, we were concerned that we would be bored with a stretch of 6 days at sea, on a small ship. Our fears were soon overcome, as we enjoyed the many activities, superior entertainment, and fabulous food, made available on this ship. We joined up with the Pacific Princess in Venice, Italy, and with the help of the Princess staff, booked our overseas flight through their EZ Aire Program, and saved hundreds of dollars on airfare. We embarked at 1:00 pm, and were the only passengers in the Terminal ! Needless to say, there were no lines, and no waiting. We walked right on board. Pacific Princess is a classy older ship, who will soon go into Dry Dock for upgrades. Our segment of the cruise was part of a World Cruise, and most of the passengers were cruising for 111 days.It was quite different to be in a small environment where most of the passengers already knew each other. It did create a cozy environment, though. Everything from the personal attention we received, to all the activities we enjoyed, to the port calls themselves, was super!! We especially enjoyed the "Top Notch" variety of entertainment, some of which was Broadway quality. This was a great cruise, and we left with many wonderful memories. Disembarkation took about 10 minutes, from the time we cleared the ship, until we went through Customs. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
Having been on the Ventura we said we would never go with P & O again. However, with a chance of the Golden Triangle thrown in, we decided to give it another go. What a great trip. The Arcadia does lack the wow factor and could do ... Read More
Having been on the Ventura we said we would never go with P & O again. However, with a chance of the Golden Triangle thrown in, we decided to give it another go. What a great trip. The Arcadia does lack the wow factor and could do with some sparkle , renewal of sanitary ware, a lick of paint. The theatre has too many pillars spoiling the view of the stage. On the plus side, the bed was comfortable, the water constantly hot, the cabin clean, tea and coffee. The food was very good, the staff friendly, helpful, smiling and very hard working. Margaret Gilmore, Brian Conley, Shaun Wallace, Maurice Grumbleweed, singers, dancers etc, very good. We only took one trip and did the rest ourselves. The port talks covered self guiding. Went for set dining and had a fabulous table with excellent waiters. They were helpful and coped with us swapping seats and joking with them. Our steward,Bosco, always smiling. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
I've just read a number of the reviews for this ship and can't quite believe that I was on the same ship as the other reviewers. We found the cruise, all 40 nights of it to be generally and overwhelmingly wonderful. The ... Read More
I've just read a number of the reviews for this ship and can't quite believe that I was on the same ship as the other reviewers. We found the cruise, all 40 nights of it to be generally and overwhelmingly wonderful. The itinerary was brilliant. We travelled from Abu Dhabi to Miami, on the final two legs of the 2017 world cruise. There were some outstanding ports of call and barely any that I wouldn't happily go back to. Only two of the tours that we did weren't up to scratch - but that's the local tour guide more than anything. As most of the passengers had been on from the start, we certainly noticed that they were starting to get tired and generally didn't mix as well as other cruises we've been on. But that wasn't a problem, we are happy with our own company and there is always someone to talk to when you want. The cabin was very comfortable: spacious, clean, bright and exactly as you'd want. There is a full size bath and a good shower; a walk-in wardrobe with plenty of space; an exceptionally comfortable king size bed and all the amenities you'd want. The cabin stewards were lovely people. The food was exceptional, though I don't quite go for all the palaver about caviar on Sundays - such a push to get it too! We mostly ate in Compass Rose and really enjoyed it. As vegetarians, the offerings in the specialty Prime 7 weren't suited for us and after trying it, we cancelled future reservations. The desserts there though were amazing and, delightfully, you could pre-order them to be delivered to Compass Rose anyway. Afternoon teas were stunning and I could not fault the offerings in the bar. The entertainment was patchy. Some of the lecturers were excellent (Terry, yay) others were ok and a couple were meh. Likewise the entertainment, though most was excellent but the comedians, very ordinary. Maybe it's that they were playing to an older, richer American audience but I didn't find the political and the dated jokes all that funny. No, we are not all Trump supporters on this ship! And the destinations were all that you could ask for and more. We want to return to a number of them. If I had any complaint at all, it would be that some of the other passengers were pushy - some seriously hated to be in any but the front seats of the bus on excursions and some overrated what they could realistically do on an excursion - Regent clearly identify activity level but a couple of pax were determined to slowly trudge, grumbling all the while, behind the group on a 'strenuous' tour. That said, we recommend it and will happily return. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
This 7 night cruise was our 4th time aboard Mary, and our 5th week in terms of days. We were keen to see the changes made during the refit last year as we had spent 16 nights on her just prior (BNE/HKG) Boarding at HKG was great, we ... Read More
This 7 night cruise was our 4th time aboard Mary, and our 5th week in terms of days. We were keen to see the changes made during the refit last year as we had spent 16 nights on her just prior (BNE/HKG) Boarding at HKG was great, we were in the 4th group called and were on board by 1pm and by 2pm we had squared all our clothes away and were enjoying the complementary sparkling wine on our balcony. Refit Changes - As mentioned by many others, the carpet is a little odd, not the design (I think the starburst design is good) but mainly the faded aspect of one side of the passageways. The Carinthia lounge is much better than the Wintergarden but alas, we liked it before because it was so quiet and now it is very popular, so that is a success for the ship, we still spent a fair bit of time there for lunch. The new deck 13 cabins provided a "deck 14" viewing option which is awesome (see photos), gives a really good aspect without detracting from Mary's overall look.We talked to one lady who was in the new single cabins and she offered us a look, these (as expected) were fantastic, lovely marble bathroom, king single bed and a chaise lounger to look out the large window, the wife and I wish we could book one of these for us as a couple - so roomy! Food possibly was not quite as good as previous voyages, we dined at the Veranda and that was top notch quality, ambiance still poor as there were only a few diners, Cunard need to reduce the price to get more people dining, last year it was USD50 for us both in Todd English, now the V charges USD50 each and I dont think we would go back again unless it was bustling. Smoker's still occupy a small area on the main pool deck 8 as well as deck 7, I think they should be confined to deck 7 as aft as possible. Our cabin being balcony deck 11 was terrific, bed just as relaxing as ever, loved the balcony, hopefully the next refit will see the bathroom improved which is now a little dated, especially seeing the new single stateroom bathrooms. Our only port stop was Laem Chabang and we did not feel like a long bus trip to Bangkok and wanted to maximise our time on the ship.Overall another great trip on Mary, shame it was so short but this was a great value trip for us and looking to book our next trip to continue our round the world trip on her, one sector each year..... Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
We chose this cruise due to the ports served. Originally planned to go with Oceania but I did not like the reviews. Cunard did not gouge us on Visas for example. Oceania charged $150 for Vietnam visas Cunard only $30. We upgraded to ... Read More
We chose this cruise due to the ports served. Originally planned to go with Oceania but I did not like the reviews. Cunard did not gouge us on Visas for example. Oceania charged $150 for Vietnam visas Cunard only $30. We upgraded to Princess and that made a big difference. The Princess Grill was the best run dining room that I have ever seen. If you take a cruise on this ship it is worth the extra money to upgrade. The better dining room with any tie dining and the private lounges and extra room make it well worth it. Service on the ship was excellent. I loved every day and loved the exotic ports. Shore excursions were good but we did a lot of private tours. The only bad thing that I canny is that the precruise service from the Cunard Call Center is awful. Any time I called they gave me misinformation. Great time great food great ports great staff. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
WOW! There is no other way to start this review. We booked the 11 day expedition from Bali to Broome with some concerns having read the limited number of reviews available on Silver Discoverer. We checked in with Silversea and staff ... Read More
WOW! There is no other way to start this review. We booked the 11 day expedition from Bali to Broome with some concerns having read the limited number of reviews available on Silver Discoverer. We checked in with Silversea and staff reassured us that the vessel had recently undergone further work to address the issues raised (in late 2016 and early 2017). Should we have been worried? It’s Silversea? Our simple answer is a resounding “No”! As soon as we embarked on an overcast day in Bali we were greeted by a crew of enthusiastic and professional staff who worked very hard to make sure that this was trip that none of the 94 passengers would forget in a hurry. (The amazing scenery worked hard too and more on that later). The two restaurants were excellent. The main restaurant provided eleven days of high quality and varied menus, some days starting the breakfast service at 5am to enable an early get away by the Zodiacs. The four course dinners were always accompanied by excellent wines many of which were new those of us Australia. The pool grill provided excellent energy food and a great evening hot rock experience. The fresh past prepared by Daniela everyday was excellent. The high quality service continued into the bar either by the pool during the heat of the day or in the lounge into the late evening. The expedition itself was from start to finish superb. Led brilliantly by Brad Siviour and the expedition team of experienced and well qualified experts we explored the Lower Sundas islands, survived the 1.5 hour coach drive to Kivu, came face to face with Komodo dragons, snorkeled at Pink Beach, danced on Savu, sailed through a storm as we approached Australia, sailed the mighty Ord River, flew over the Purnululu National Park home to the Bungle Bungles and Argyle Diamond mine, marveled at the amazing and very full King George falls, saw ancient and recent rock art, sat in the cockpit of a WW2 DC53, explored the Hunter River mangroves, cruised over and into Montgomery Reef and went through half of the horizontal waterfalls. Every day was carefully planned by the Captain Taillard and Brad, taking into account tides, weather and other variables. Each evening we were all briefed about the next day, what we would do and when over cocktails. On our return the next day we all shared tales of our adventures over champagne and cocktails around the pool. Good friendships have been made as a result which made the whole voyage even more enjoyable. Nothing that good happens without serious planning and the input of people who know their destination very, very well. The combined experience of the Captain, senior crew and expedition team made sure that we all saw the best of what the Indonesian archipelago and the remote Kimberley coast had to offer. Coupled with the big wet season, the Kimberley delivered an adventure that few of the 94 passengers will forget for many years. Nothing is ever perfect and if it was there would be no room for improvement. However the few points that we could raise have been passed onto Silversea and we would expect them to respond positively. When asked for constructive feedback mid cruise they worked hard to address the issues be they in the restaurant, rooms or during the expedition trips. For example a point that there was no way to refresh the stainless steel water bottles they provide during one long shore visit (they do not provide water in plastic bottles which is a huge plus). The next shore visit a large water cooler was provided for everybody to keep hydrated, a clear demonstration that Silversea listens and acts. We all disembarked in Broome and felt privileged to have visited both the Indonesian islands and the amazing and remote Kimberley coast. The thankyous and good byes were heartfelt and sincere from both sides. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
We joined the ship in Singapore -one of our favourite cities in the world- and as Silverseas arranged the flights we were met and taked to the hotel and on Tuesday to the ship. We walked straight on and it was lovely to be ... Read More
We joined the ship in Singapore -one of our favourite cities in the world- and as Silverseas arranged the flights we were met and taked to the hotel and on Tuesday to the ship. We walked straight on and it was lovely to be 'home' again. The ports of call were the normal for these sectors but there were a few new ones so we were happy to wander around without the need for a guide The food in the resturant was for the most part excellent and only 2 or 3 nights did it fail. even I make mistakes :( We really enjoyed lunch on sea days in the resturant as it was not hurried and the food was excellent. and you could easily dine in complete privacy. We finished in Monte Carlo and are trying to book a little sector for 2019 but it seems like it will be booked out as it ends in London for a change Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
We hadn't cruised before but the idea of the Asia cruise with a tour of the Golden Triangle really appealed to us. We weren't disappointed with any part of the holiday, we saw so many places we would probably never visit on a ... Read More
We hadn't cruised before but the idea of the Asia cruise with a tour of the Golden Triangle really appealed to us. We weren't disappointed with any part of the holiday, we saw so many places we would probably never visit on a holiday, Vietnam in particular. The Arcadia was a lovely ship, not too big, we had always dreaded being on a huge "block of flats" type ship and this was perfect. The entertainment provided was in general excellent with a couple of shows which didn't appeal to us but as the saying goes "you can't please all the people all the time" :) The the entertainment staff were lovely, friendly and multi talented, one of them even led the Spanish lessons. We opted for Freedom dining as we didn't want to be regimented by what time we were to dine and it was a wise choice as there were days we didn't get back on board till close to the first sitting and the later sitting was too late for us. The food was always outstanding and the service was good without being overbearing. Our cabin, a deluxe balcony, was great and our cabin Steward was so hardworking and helpful, even giving us tips for time ashore and where to eat and shop. Some people (long seasoned cruisers) complained about the ship saying it was due a refit but apart from some cosmetic wear and tear we thought she was in good shape. Overall this was a great trip and as we said rounded off by the week in India, we would definitely book a P&O cruise again! Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
Having travelled with Silversea before, I decided to try an expedition ship - I was a little daunted before I travelled but after talking in depth with my cruise advisor, I was a little more relaxed. I was so surprised at how incredible ... Read More
Having travelled with Silversea before, I decided to try an expedition ship - I was a little daunted before I travelled but after talking in depth with my cruise advisor, I was a little more relaxed. I was so surprised at how incredible the whole experience was. I stayed in Phuket pre-cruise and met with a friend from a previous cruise. The flights were excellent, the service by Silversea to the hotels and ship were excellent and the cruise was magnificent. The staff were amazing - they couldn't do enough to assist us. That includes restaurant, butler and bar staff who all knew our names and were just lovely. They also had great senses of humour and put up with all our idiosyncrasies. The food was generally of a high standard and I had no complaints. Our amazing restaurant waitress, Catherine was a firm favourite so I always ate dinner at one of her tables where we were assisted by Darwin, the Sommelier who was most informative and actually found me a lovely red that I actually liked, which is no mean feat. Caroline was also on hand to assist. My butler, Ivy was superb and couldn't do enough to help me. The expedition team as well as the fitness team were amazing and not only did they inform us, look after us and find amazing destinations but they also advised on future trips and gave us insight to experiences that they had had. James the photographer took a superb DVD that we could purchase at the end of the trip - it was worth every penny I spent. The experiences in Thailand and Indonesia were phenomenal from seeing Oran-utangs in the wild to cultural dancing, the Simelue islands that had never been visited before by a cruise ship, where the people were so friendly and welcoming, to the Nias Islands where we watched the initiation ceremony of young men jumping over high walls with bare feet and landing onto stone - crazy but incredible. The different buildings and villages were also superb - to be honest the experiences were too many to describe, but we also visited Anak Krakatoa - mind blowing as well as a wonderful day on Kura Kura for some relaxation and snorkelling. Riding the zodiacs was fantastic. Basically, I can wax lyrical for ever but if you haven't done it, get out there and do it. My cabin was amazing. Do not listen to negatives as the positives totally outweigh the positives as there are no negatives. Silversea are fantastic. Go cruise. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
Since we were celebrating our Golden Wedding Anniversary, we wanted a special cruise and at the same time sample a Cunard ship. As we didn't see much of San Francisco and Hawaii when we visited six months prior this cruise gave ... Read More
Since we were celebrating our Golden Wedding Anniversary, we wanted a special cruise and at the same time sample a Cunard ship. As we didn't see much of San Francisco and Hawaii when we visited six months prior this cruise gave us the chance to see both for longer. We enjoyed the activates on board, in particular darts and trivia's, the entertainment staff were the best we have ever encountered. The food was very good and in the dining room, not over facing, if you wanted more you could receive more (other cruises tend to put too much on a plate, which means a lot of wastage). Our friendly waiters, Marina and Glen, went out of their way to ensure we enjoyed our meal The taste of the food, in particular Cheddar Cheese, brought back memories of how it should taste. I was able to have kippers every other day, and the waiters didn't think I was asking for 'capers'. After this first cruise with Cunard we were very impressed, and may have now become our favourite Cruise Line, but future cruises would depend on the itinerary. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
We joined the ship in Sydney,heading for Los Angeles,about 28 nights.We have been with Cunard on many cruises,but this was the longest cruise we have taken. Embarkation was quick and efficient.Our luggage was in our room before we ... Read More
We joined the ship in Sydney,heading for Los Angeles,about 28 nights.We have been with Cunard on many cruises,but this was the longest cruise we have taken. Embarkation was quick and efficient.Our luggage was in our room before we arrived.The stateroom was wonderful,room 5097 in the Princess Grill.The food in the restaurant could not be faulted.Every meal was a treat,and the service we received fro our waiters was superb.Always a smile.Entertainment was fantastic,every night a different show.The theatre is wonderful on this ship.Activities proved to be perfect for us.The library was well stocked.Everywhere around the ship staff always had a smile and a word to say,making us feel at home.The excursions at all the ports of call were well planned and we enjoyed them all,especially our trip to Alcatraz,and the visit to a Koala reservation from Melbourne.The overall experience was just wonderful and I would recommend this ship as a first class ship for long cruises.The service we received in the Grills lounge was equal to a 5 * hotel.We will certainly be returning. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
We enjoyed the 13-night, Brisbane to Kobe leg of Queen Elizabeth's 2017 world cruise. Embarkation at Brisbane's temporary international cruise terminal at Fisherman Island was smooth and we were quickly in our balcony cabin ... Read More
We enjoyed the 13-night, Brisbane to Kobe leg of Queen Elizabeth's 2017 world cruise. Embarkation at Brisbane's temporary international cruise terminal at Fisherman Island was smooth and we were quickly in our balcony cabin 6030. The cabin was quiet and comfortable although we initially found the air-conditioning to be cold and drafty even at the highest temperature setting, but after being adjusted by one of the ship's technicians it was fine. It's a beautiful, well-maintained ship. I particularly liked the Royal Court theatre, the Queens Room, the Golden Lion pub and the two-level library with its quirky spiral staircase. Almost all of the public areas of the ship are attractive, well laid-out and easy to navigate. I also liked the Pavilion Pool area and was able to swim laps in the pool late in the afternoon most days, at times when the pool was usually uncrowded. We had a table for two during the second (8:30 pm) dinner sitting in the lower level of the Britannia Restaurant. Although the portions were generally small the food was tasty, nicely presented and we had two fantastic waiters. However, we found the second sitting a bit too late and if we go with Cunard again we would try to get reservations for the first (6:00 pm) sitting or to upgrade to the Britannia Club, which has open seating from 6:30 pm. We had breakfast and lunch in the Lido Restaurant where the food was of reasonable quality although the service was, perhaps understandably, somewhat impersonal and definitely less friendly than the Britannia Restaurant. We particularly liked some of the guest performers in the theatre but were not so impressed with the Cunard in-house performances, where we found the singing in the Broadway and West End productions a bit repetitive and shrill. The theatre's resident band was, however, very impressive. The musicians in the ship's various lounges and nightspots were also very good. Being from Queensland we had visited Cairns several times before, so my wife elected to stay on board during the ship's first port of call, Yorkeys Knob. I made a quick return trip to shore, primarily to get some photos of the Queen Elizabeth at anchor, despite the inclement weather. The second port of call was a sunny, but very hot and steamy Alotou (Milne Bay), Papua New Guinea, where we both took the opportunity to have some cold drinks at the Alotou International Hotel located nearby, on the bay. The third port of call was Okinawa, Japan, where we just visited one of the main shopping streets on a fairly damp, overcast day. The final port on this sector was Kobe, Japan, where we dis-embarked and stayed at the Okura Hotel in a room having a great view of the harbour. From there we saw the Queen Elizabeth depart later that day. Overall, a great cruise on a beautiful ship with a friendly crew (and a very personable captain). Hopefully we'll get the opportunity to travel with Cunard again. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
We sailed from San Francisco (February 4, 2017), with final destination in Sydney. It sure beat having to fly from Orlando, to Sydney. There were stops in Oahu, Maui, Western Samoa, Tonga, Auckland, and Bay of Islands. I highly recommend ... Read More
We sailed from San Francisco (February 4, 2017), with final destination in Sydney. It sure beat having to fly from Orlando, to Sydney. There were stops in Oahu, Maui, Western Samoa, Tonga, Auckland, and Bay of Islands. I highly recommend this ship; the best way to some up the ship, would be elegant. Karen (Activities Staff) made the time fly by and extremely fun!! My wife and I are Elite Plus with Celebrity, so we know what fine cruising should be!! When we crossed the Equator, the ship had a big ceremony for all the Pollywogs to trans form into Shellbacks. All the passengers and crew had to lineup to "Kiss the Fish." Some received more attention then others. Ha Ha We sailed on the Azamara Quest, in November, this is the type of ship we expected. The only thing some cruiser might not like, is you have to dress up for dinner, we enjoyed it. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
What a wonderful adventure we have been on! We originally chose this cruise for the itinerary and it didn't disappoint, however we ended up enjoying our sea days so much more than we expected. There is so much to do on board the ... Read More
What a wonderful adventure we have been on! We originally chose this cruise for the itinerary and it didn't disappoint, however we ended up enjoying our sea days so much more than we expected. There is so much to do on board the ship, but the highlight of our particular cruise were the ballroom dance lessons taught by the very talented, kind and funny teachers Jeffrey and Brenda. They were so good that by evening number two we were up and having a go in the Globe Theatre. We met some lovely people and have some very happy memories of our evenings there. The staff were friendly and helpful, there was so much choice when it came to eating and the menu, when the sea was rough the captain slowed the bost/sped it up so we travelled through the worst of it overnight. The deck parties when leaving port were grat fun. We had to leave the boat in San Francisco, but would have happily stayed on. What a fabulous way to see the world! I can't recommend it enough, I know some people have a few niggles with things, but don't let it put you off. Most people are happy and friendly and pleased to be on board and are more than willing to share their top tips for making the most of the holiday. We would love to go back someday and do another leg of the World cruise with P and O. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
It was a smaller ship sailing at the right time. Enjoyed getting to know people well enough to make good friends. The numerous days at sea were most enjoyable as we are old time sailors and found the time, the weather and the quiet ... Read More
It was a smaller ship sailing at the right time. Enjoyed getting to know people well enough to make good friends. The numerous days at sea were most enjoyable as we are old time sailors and found the time, the weather and the quiet appealing. The staff were friendly, all of them and we joined dance classes for the first time making for challenging moments across a rolling dance floor. I joined the chior and had a very talented director who really made joyful noise from a very diverse group of passengers leading up to a full performance on deck as the ship sailed under the Sydney bridge at 5:30 AM! The food was very good and though it was a set seating we got to know people on our adjoining of six who rotated seats so we sat next to everyone many ones and they became good friends. We especially enjoyed breakfast on the open aft deck most mornings and the lounge on a top deacon for afternoon cocktails. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017

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