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It was happening when we wanted to go, and to places that were on our bucket list. And we had previously been on a Viking River cruise . Which was totally outstanding. The ship was brand new, it was its maiden voyage. The ... Read More
It was happening when we wanted to go, and to places that were on our bucket list. And we had previously been on a Viking River cruise . Which was totally outstanding. The ship was brand new, it was its maiden voyage. The restaurants on board were magnificent, there wasn’t a detail that was missed. I don’t think you could ever beat how terrific the crew was, it was like a family. And you were welcomed home after your day ashore. This was a World Cruise, we were gone for 141 days, it was sad to leave the ship. The way the ship was set up, public areas, it was like going into someone’s private living room or library. The different lounges were absolutely amazing. We enjoyed this cruise so much, we booked another, a back to back. Starting in Stockholm and doing the Baltic and ending in Bergen and then going to the top of Europe and back to Greenwich. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
Inaugural world cruise that gave me an opportunity to see the world on a beautiful new ship. The ship is beautiful and has so many spaces for meeting friends or spending some quiet time alone. The crew was always helpful and went out of ... Read More
Inaugural world cruise that gave me an opportunity to see the world on a beautiful new ship. The ship is beautiful and has so many spaces for meeting friends or spending some quiet time alone. The crew was always helpful and went out of their way to make sure we were comfortable and had everything we needed. The guest speakers were excellent and the entertainment was excellent. Lots of local entertainers and a variety throughout the cruise. The captain was very friendly and gave a noontime status report. In every port we were provided with many options to fill our time. The dining options were very good and several local chefs joined the cruise to provide local favorites. Our cabin was comfortable and the staff were constantly checking to make sure we had anything we wanted. Viking went out of their way to make sure we had a memorable vacation. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
This was our third cruise with Viking and we chose this cruise because of our past experience. The ship is so conveniently designed for the comfort of the passengers. Our Cabin was quite comfortable even for a 122 day cruise. The ... Read More
This was our third cruise with Viking and we chose this cruise because of our past experience. The ship is so conveniently designed for the comfort of the passengers. Our Cabin was quite comfortable even for a 122 day cruise. The steward were extremely attentive and took care of our every need. The food was very much to our liking and offered many alternatives for us.there were always excellent alternatives from which to choose. The shore excursions seemed well organized and offered many alternatives from which to choose. There was high quality entertainment every evening. I don’t think we missed more than a handful of the performances. There just seemed to be so many things to do for personal enjoyment. The interaction with so many new friends was awesome and several have kept in touch even four months later. We have booked another, our fourth cruise with Viking and are counting the days. We even booked the same cabin as well. With all of Viking ships constructed and laced out the same it just felt like we were going to our home away from home. Thank you Viking for another wonderful experience Roger and Kaye Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
Four months of traveling alone, both firsts for me (and for the Sun), along with eccentric eating practices, made me rather apprehensive as the embarkation date approached. Instead it was a glorious experience. The variety of the 50+ port ... Read More
Four months of traveling alone, both firsts for me (and for the Sun), along with eccentric eating practices, made me rather apprehensive as the embarkation date approached. Instead it was a glorious experience. The variety of the 50+ port excursions, my raison d'être, many ports one-dayers and/or new to Viking, not to mention the preparatory port talks, were well run, seldom a cattle-car experience. The World Cafe provided me with my best dining experience ever, for its variety and convenience. I'd done a short cruise on the sister Viking Star, and was as delighted as I expected to be with the cabin. The senior staff, especially the cruise director, were extraordinarily warm, energetic, and responsive to constructive feedback. Other high points were the duplicate bridge, trivia contests, and library contents. With respect to entertainment, I've never been charmed by stage shows or cocktail parties, but I was delighted to watch the Eagles' march to the Super Bowl during the first weeks crossing the Pacific. Though I'm quite happy by myself, the fellow travelers I met on excursions and shipboard activities were mostly good companions. Only persistent problem was temperature control in the public spaces -- not unexpected for a first cruise in the tropics which were mostly new to Viking. Value for money? Well, compared to the costs of my other travels, I expected this would be a one-off, but not so! Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
We were on Deck 3 with an ocean view on the starboard side of the ship. On Deck 3 all the cabins are ocean view on the starboard size. There are no cabins on Deck 3 port side. There is only one stairway and two elevators serving the ... Read More
We were on Deck 3 with an ocean view on the starboard side of the ship. On Deck 3 all the cabins are ocean view on the starboard size. There are no cabins on Deck 3 port side. There is only one stairway and two elevators serving the starboard side. There are emergency exit forward and aft on Deck 3. The Internet connection and speed were okay for a ship. There are two 110 volts and two 220 volts electrical outlets on the desk in the room. There are two end tables with one electrical outlet 220 volts on the wall above the end tables. The entertainment was very goods. The meals in the main dining room, specialty dining and the Wave were very good. We did not stop at Saint John and Bar Harbor because of bad weather. Portland, Maine was added in lieu of Bar Harbor. The seas were a little rough after leaving the St. Lawrence into the Atlantic Ocean. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
It was our 9th sailing, which we have mostly done on the the larger ships--Marina and Riviera. Its been 3 years since we sailed on a small O ship. We were delightfully surprised at how lovely the smaller ship was. Immaculate even though ... Read More
It was our 9th sailing, which we have mostly done on the the larger ships--Marina and Riviera. Its been 3 years since we sailed on a small O ship. We were delightfully surprised at how lovely the smaller ship was. Immaculate even though we were told it was going into dry dock next year. Everything was up to O standards and I didn't miss the fact that there were only 2 vs 4 restaurants. All was great. We are sailing on the Regatta next year for 30 days and looking forward to that trip too. We were concerned that the PH suite was much smaller than the larger ships. It was, but it was still perfect and plenty of storage room. We had issue with mold in the tub. Next day, cut out and totally refreshed and beautiful. Service impeccable. Our butler was probably one of the best we have had and only 3 years on ship. Looking forward to our next three four cruises on O in the next year! Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
I and my wife and 9 other friends took a cruise aboard the Oceania Marina around the Bay of Biscay. The ship’s itinerary started in Amsterdam, then to Dover in England, then Honfleur in France, then down the west coast of France, then ... Read More
I and my wife and 9 other friends took a cruise aboard the Oceania Marina around the Bay of Biscay. The ship’s itinerary started in Amsterdam, then to Dover in England, then Honfleur in France, then down the west coast of France, then the north coast of Spain, ending in Lisbon. This route is not often offered by the cruise lines, but turned out to be quite good and enjoyable. We learnt many new things. For instance, the west coast of France is mostly flat marsh land. We enjoyed the fresh mussels in the smaller ports. In the city of LaRochelle, they had created many canals to controls the marshes, so the city looks like Venice, but the scenery is all green. We took a punted boat ride in these green canals. The Bordeaux region is home to the Bordeaux wine. We visited several major wineries, including the Margaux. We saw the grapes for the cabernet sauvignon are actually quite small. We learnt that the vine tree is quite small and short, and that the older the tree the sweeter the grapes, with some of them 50 years old. We also learnt that the vineyards in the Bordeaux region in France, are never artificially irrigated. They depend purely on natural rainfall. The region is huge and flat with thousands of vineyards. The cost of the average bottle is 80 Euros, one third of the price in the USA. The ship could not dock at Biarritz because of rough seas, which is common in this region, and had to by-pass it. This was unfortunate, because the nearby town of San Sebastian is said to be very beautiful. This route is noted for having several Michelin 3-star restaurants in its path, offering lunch with 14 course tasting menus for 200 Euros per person. We tried 4 of them. We learnt that most of these 3-star restaurants are never located in the city center, but in the countryside, since they usually have a very large foot print. Some of them have their own vegetable farm, or even their own vineyard attached to the restaurant, and they make their own wine and their own herbs. In Paris, we had lunch at the Gay Savoy. In Bordeaux, we had lunch at the Pierre Ganaire. In Bilbao, Spain, we had lunch at the Azurmenti restaurant. I counted 25 chefs in the huge kitchen. In Lisbon, we had dinner at the Belconte. So, what started as a simple cruise turned into a Gastronomic Cruise. In some ways, this was unnecessary because the food on the ship was already quite good. In Porto, at the northern end of Portugal, we learnt of heavy British influence, because of the British interest in Port wine and Sherry. Some of the current owners of the large wineries are still British. We learnt that in the manufacture of Port, after the usual brewing for a few years, the brewing process is artificially stopped, killing all the yeast, and then sugar is added to give the sweet taste. Port comes in 3 types, standard red (claret), tawny (light brown), and white. Some of the barrels are enormous, bigger than a room. Exposure to air is important, with the bigger the barrel, the less the exposure. The exposure is provided through the wood of the barrel. In Lisbon, the taxis are very cheap, and the most notable is the custard cake with flaking pastry dough. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
Chose this for the itinerary that we were interested in and recommendations from others who had traveled on the Riviera. We spent several days prior to the cruise in Barcelona and that was one of the reasons we chose this particular cruise ... Read More
Chose this for the itinerary that we were interested in and recommendations from others who had traveled on the Riviera. We spent several days prior to the cruise in Barcelona and that was one of the reasons we chose this particular cruise as we wanted to visit there. Service was terrific, staff couldn't have been nicer, food excellent, particularly dining at La Reserve. Beauty salon was also well staffed and very helpful. We felt that on a ship of this level that the laundry room should have been free of cost. As we did not buy a drink package the cost per drink was extremely pricey and this too we felt was beyond what it should have been. Tours offered by the ship are very expensive, best to make your own arrangements, use Cruise Critic Roll Call to meet people of mutual interest. Go to afternoon tea, that is a must.. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
This was my first cruise but definitely not my last. My husband and I picked this cruise in particular because it looked like it wouldn't have any small children running around, as it was after Labor Day and the target demographic ... Read More
This was my first cruise but definitely not my last. My husband and I picked this cruise in particular because it looked like it wouldn't have any small children running around, as it was after Labor Day and the target demographic seemed to be for those 40 and up. It worked- we were nearly the youngest couple on board. Everyone we spoke to was an Oceania regular or had come from one of the bigger ship lines and not gone back. One couple was on their 20th Oceania cruise! The Oceania Regatta was everything I pictured a cruise ship to be. All the decor was very classically elegant and reminded me a bit of an English country home. The service was great, the food was delicious, and I never felt crowded. I spent lots of time in the beautiful Horizons bar/tearoom just looking at the amazing views. It was cool out but the saltwater pool was heated- we were nearly always the only ones utilizing it and the hot tubs. We got 4 nights at the specialty restaurants on board, 2 at Polo Grill, 2 at Toscana. I am in sales and so spend a lot of time taking customers to steakhouses, so I'm a bit hard to please, I suppose. I was pretty unimpressed with Polo Grill on both occasions. The service felt very rushed and the food was average. Toscana, on the other hand, was absolutely amazing. The two meals we had there were the best of the whole cruise. The service was impeccable. The main dining room food and service was excellent every time. We had breakfast outside nearly every morning in the Terrace Cafe, overlooking the wake of the ship. Beautiful and relaxing. I will say my biggest complaint about the Regatta was the coffee. It always tasted old and terrible. They have espresso machines with Illy beans but I like good brewed coffee and you just could not get it anywhere on board. We stopped in Ketchikan, Juneau, Sitka, The Hubbard Glacier, Victoria (BC), and Astoria (OR). Ketchikan was very charming, they have a nice little area on a pier with shops overlooking a creek. The salmon were getting near the end of spawning and you could watch them from the pier. We went to Dolly's House and took the $10 tour, which was worth it just to see the well-preserved kitchen and household items from the early 1900s. We also took an Oceania excursion that included a short nature walk and canoe trip. We were very fortunate to have a beautiful clear sunny day, apparently that is a rarity in Ketchikan. I was saddened to see that Ketchikan and Juneau's dockfronts were very cheesy and touristy. Apparently the cruise lines recently purchased all the waterfront property and filled it with jewelry and souvenir shops like you see in the Caribbean. There were dozens of tacky jewelry shops with sales people out front trying to lure you inside, it was really off-putting. The locals we spoke to were not happy about it. Sitka was much smaller and quaint, we really enjoyed our hike and shopping downtown. They had lots of unique little shops. All of our excursions (mostly hiking/nature walks) were very well run, had great local guides, and were very enjoyable. Another stroke of luck was on glacier day. Visibility was great and we were able to get right next to the Hubbard Glacier. Apparently on previous runs the fog had kept the Regatta from getting to it/near it. We saw lots of calving as we had cocktails on deck. What a great experience. Victoria and Astoria were nice, a bit boring. My husband and I managed to find the only bad restaurant in Victoria's Chinatown. Yelp really let us down there! The Flavel house in Astoria was a nice little tour of a beautifully preserved mansion from the 1800s. The Buoy Brewery was the highlight of our trip to Astoria, it is a waterfront brewery built on a dock with amazing food and drinks, with sea lions that live underneath it. There is a glass section of the floor you can look through to see them all lazing about and barking at each other. Our days at sea were relaxing and fun. We didn't attend any shows (they looked corny) or participate in too many activities, we just relaxed and lurked in our stateroom. Our cruise ended in San Francisco. We skipped the long taxi line and grabbed an Uber (apparently the taxis shun the ports because the fares aren't profitable). All in all, it was a great trip. We booked another cruise on Oceania while we were on board, we really enjoyed the all inclusive smaller ship atmosphere. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
We chose this cruise for the itinerary, even though we have been to some of these ports before, there were many new ports of call. The food and service in the Red Ginger and the Tuscan Steakhouse specialty restaurants has been beyond ... Read More
We chose this cruise for the itinerary, even though we have been to some of these ports before, there were many new ports of call. The food and service in the Red Ginger and the Tuscan Steakhouse specialty restaurants has been beyond expectations. The food and service in the Grand Dinning Room has been good to excellent. The food and service in the Terrace Cafe has been good to average. Many of the excursions have been bad, good and great. It's hard to rate excursions because not all tastes are the same. If you haven't cruised much, some ports of call may seem boring and a waste of time and money but I think it's safe to say don't bother visiting the village of Sagunto in the port of Valencia. The Emerald Grotto excursion in the Amalfi/Positano port is a total ripoff, don't waste your money ! In the port of Split, Croatia, skip Ancient Salona and spend all your time inside the walls off Diocletian Palace.In Ravenna, Italy, skip Comacchio Lagoon fishing village. We arrived in Barcelona two days before embarkation , stayed at the Hotel Colon, which is across from The Cathedral of Barcelona . Great location. Try and get a room with a terrace overlooking the plaza of the cathedral. We visited the Gaudi House and got tickets online before leaving California thru an app called Tiquets, avoid the lines, use the app. This is our fifth cruise on Oceania and this embarkation went very smooth. Our cabin number was 6079. Very good location . Grand Dining Room, Casino, Boutiques, and Showroom were one floor below us. Laundry room one floor above and elevator close but not heard. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
We always wanted to cruise on Oceania but never really wanted to pay the higher price. My husband is always looking for deals so when he came across this cruise and figured out everything that would be included this turned out to be a ... Read More
We always wanted to cruise on Oceania but never really wanted to pay the higher price. My husband is always looking for deals so when he came across this cruise and figured out everything that would be included this turned out to be a wonderful deal. Because this was our 1st Oceania cruise we decided to do everything through them (airline and transfers) once we arrived at the airport an Oceania representative was right there to greet us and took us to breakfast at the airport hotel. There was a wonderful lounge at the hotel we were able to use while we waited for the bus to take us to the pier. Embarkation was smooth and before we knew we were in our cabin. Needless to say Oceania did not disappoint, everything was fabulous. The food from the buffet to the specialty restaurants was the best I've ever had on a cruise ship. The service in the restaurants was top notch, they couldn't have been any more attentive. The cruise staff was so friendly I felt like I had known them forever. I will be sailing Oceania many more times. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
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

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