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We chose the bliss out of New York City as a vacation from winter in New England. Excellent activities staff. Daily Zumba type class each morning with different staff members. Nights of dancing at sugar cane mojitos bar to excellent band ... Read More
We chose the bliss out of New York City as a vacation from winter in New England. Excellent activities staff. Daily Zumba type class each morning with different staff members. Nights of dancing at sugar cane mojitos bar to excellent band duo nice crowd of Latin dancing and lessons from the fellow passengers a party atmosphere. Ginger mojitos great. Excellent comedy with 4 different comics. Favorite was Kenny Garcia The New York. Activities staff of JC, Alexander, Tiago Alves, Quena, Liz, Shakera, Johnny, and others providing excellent fun activities daily. MDR was decent. Italian and Cagney was outstanding. 16 ounce rib eye steak excellent. The social club was final dance venue every night. Beatles band was amazing. Play six was excellent and the lovely Brianna dancing nightly with all of us. Jersey Boys was excellent. Ship is beautiful and lovely. Over a thousand Canadians onboard. Ports are excellent. Race track and water slide fun. Bands were great. Reggae music and rock music and country in Q. Non stop fun. Observation lounge great place for the old folks. Only drawback was the many sleeping issues. Socks off and feet up on pillows. Buffet was avoided as it was a crowded mess. All the deck parties are excellent. 50’s 70’s and other night time theme parties were great. Some pool side others at h2o outside back of ship. Even though it was a 14 night trip many young people enjoyed our company and dancing opportunities. Cabin inside was nice but not huge and bathrooms are very nice. Shower was great. Nice place to see the Beatles in cavern club. Deck 6 7 and 8 for nights activities. Excellent hot tubs and pool. Can’t wait to return to the Bliss. Pre cruise park car at Hilton garden inn Ridgefield Park New Jersey for $330.00 USA dollars parking and shuttle and breakfast. Nice indoor pool and hot tub. AMC theatre nearby. Excellent staff and service. Excellent experience. Smiles from many staff onboard and great service. Local bar for chicken wings and salad excellent. If you’re healthy and active this is the ship to enjoy. Enjoy! A very Blissful experience. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
Just back from 14 Caribbean cruise. We have cruised on P and O several times and Princess many times plus Cunard and NCL. About 300 days in all we think on ships from 900 passengers up to Britannia which is the biggest we have been on. ... Read More
Just back from 14 Caribbean cruise. We have cruised on P and O several times and Princess many times plus Cunard and NCL. About 300 days in all we think on ships from 900 passengers up to Britannia which is the biggest we have been on. We were very impressed by the ship. I agree with some things the previous reviewer stated but strongly disagree with others. We found the quality of the food overall to be excellent. As for Sindu we enjoy Indian food and thought it was excellent. Only wish we had eaten there twice instead of once as we ate twice in the Epicurean which was good we also ate twice in The Beach House which was good . However, having already spent a fair amount on the cruise we did not want to keep out shelling extra for meals as the main dining room was good. I strongly disagree with the previous comments about The Horizon Court. It is by far the best breakfast / lunch buffet we have experienced. The choice and quality really was impressive and the real benefit is that we never once had a problem finding a table which is the usual bug bear as these places can resemble a zoo sometimes but not this one. It is one reason why we definitely we cruise Britannia again. I get it that some people prefer to be served at breakfast but like many my wife and I prefer buffet service for breakfast / lunch and waiter service with dinner. The crows nest for pre dinner drinks very good = yes it is a little way from the other main restaurants but where else would you put it if you wanted an uninterrupted view of the sea ahead.? Friends who sailed on her years ago complained of no stairs / lifts in the atrium area. This has now been solved since the refit. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
I thought this a good time as any to write this review, as I’m lying in bed listening to the clanking and pounding coming from above our cabin. Disappointment began departure day. They had the wrong boarding time listed on our e tkts ... Read More
I thought this a good time as any to write this review, as I’m lying in bed listening to the clanking and pounding coming from above our cabin. Disappointment began departure day. They had the wrong boarding time listed on our e tkts and we could have checked in about 4 hrs earlier. Fortunately, we didn’t miss check in completely. This is a new Billion dollar ship. They should have spent a little more and provided a chair or small couch in our cabin. We have a very small stool and a bed. Yet there is enough room for a loveseat. Storage area is severely lacking. By far the least of any of the 25 cruises I have taken. Be aware of the liquor package. We paid $490 USD each, plus 15%, for the EASY package. The only East thing about this package is the extremely limited options the bartenders need to worry about. We are limited to a cap of 6 Euros for a drink. That gives us 1 choice of beer, 4 poor quality choices of wine, about 6 kinds of mixed drinks, soft drinks and bottled water. If I asked for a drink priced higher, I could not pay the difference, I have to pay the complete higher price. They offered to upgrade me to the next premium package for another 10 euro per day. My wife only drinks wine, and they would not allow just 1 of us to upgrade the package. We bought our package in advance but had we waited until on board, we would have paid about $70 USD less per person. They are very pushy with their up sells on the liquor and dining packages. Almost like a time share sale. I also find the price for the Dining experience to be quite high in the Specialty restaurants. If you want to order a steak or lobster tail at the regular dinner seating, it’s not included and costs 20-24 Euro. I’ve always had an option of a Caesar salad at the sit down dinner. Here it’s available only every few days. Our cabin is directly below the room service make up area. We are in 11276. Do not stay in this room. They prepare 24 hrs a day and it’s constantly banging, rolling cart noises and clanking. . I asked to be moved and will find out tomorrow if they will accommodate us. We have 12 more nights to try and get some sleep. The Casino games are very limited. There is NO poker available and the minimum bet on blackjack is 10 Euro. This is the third cruise for me with MSC. We have enjoyed the previous 2 and have another booked from Italy in June. I will be Good Level status after this trip. The ship itself is beautiful with lots to offer everyone. Easy to get around. Entertainment is good. It’s early in our cruise, and I hope we don’t find any more major disappointments. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
After 25+ years of cruising on a fairly regular basis on 4 different lines we finally found a ship we would try really hard to avoid in the future. And although even with the following it’s possible to have a good time, and no doubt many ... Read More
After 25+ years of cruising on a fairly regular basis on 4 different lines we finally found a ship we would try really hard to avoid in the future. And although even with the following it’s possible to have a good time, and no doubt many inexperienced cruisers will think a vacation on this ship was great, there are too many problems for us to go back any time soon. Ever experienced bacon that does not taste right? Too long in the freezer, too long sitting in its own fat, too long since it was cooked, who knows – but you will experience that at breakfast. How about shrimp cocktails – on the menu nightly – or prime rib – on the menu several nights - with no horseradish option on the sauce? Seems they ran out on day two. Beer drinker, but not enough to lay out $80 per day for the drink package – be prepared to pay $9.43 (inclusive of the required 18% “gratuity”) for your bottle of Bud. And don’t look too long for a price list of the liquor at any bar – they don’t have any ex the bar’s “specials”. Drinking on cruises use to involve drinking at reasonable prices. Not on this ship. Experience the fun of waiting too long for a towel at the pool when on a day at sea 4,200 of your new best friends want one also – and there’ only one towel station, and the one person manning it is trying to multi-task regarding various issues raised by those at the front of the line. Or how about showing up for second dinner seating at the scheduled time of 8pm, having a mob scene await you, wait for your table, wait for your water, wait for your waiter, and when the head waiter comes by he explains to you that if you show up at that time and the stage show has just let you, you have to wait? Or this last morning, you look forward to a nice sit-down breakfast with a tablecloth, but get turned away at 8am being told the formal dining area that was opened was “filled” so please try the 11th floor buffet? This is despite the fact the ship has two other identical formal dining areas. Oh, and it was buffet only, no ordering for this final breakfast please. But my favorite was, having convinced my wife to stay up for the 10.45 pool party, to be told when we showed up that it would not start till about 11.30. Seems they were playing a movie at the pool and they could not start the dancing till the movie was over. I’m sorry, you have the same schedule every week, how can you mess that up? Combined with the conspicuous absence of senior crew members (except for the Brit who is the beverage manager) – cruise long enough and you can spot them – they have the best uniforms and usually look the part – and the fact that in 4 days we never laid eyes on our cruise director (except on TV), it makes me think maybe they’ve gotten tired of having to personally deal with the customers. Certainly, we listened to a lot of our fellow customers who had things to say to them. Not good. On the positive side, lots of reggae music, very pleasant staff, good trivia contests – most of the time (but make sure that female on the staff shows up on time next time please), Graham?? The Scot was a hoot and a lot of fun, try the tenderloin at dinner when available, and you’ve got snails in garlic butter on the menu nightly. But simply too many people not handled in the right way. So don’t short the stock (yet), just try and find another ship if your plans allow. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
There were no outstanding anything on this cruise, as a matter of fact, we have decided to avoid cruising with RCI in the future. Starting with embarkation when we arrived on assigned time and were standing in line for over an hour; ... Read More
There were no outstanding anything on this cruise, as a matter of fact, we have decided to avoid cruising with RCI in the future. Starting with embarkation when we arrived on assigned time and were standing in line for over an hour; getting to the room which was dirty, had no tv remote, no ice, no glasses, no menus, no toiletries, and was never vacuumed or cleaned properly. It took asking multiple times to get anything from the room attendant and the beds were only made twice in 4 days, she could not accommodate the times when we were out of the room to clean it, it has not been vacuumed in 4 days, we finally got glasses on day 3, and bed was terrible, the mattress was lumpy with a deep in the middle, balcony was dirty. The service was very lacking in every public area, except for drinks, you were asked multiple times if you want to purchase drinks. The food was mediocre, tasteless, limited selection in the MDR; there was no service whatsoever in Windjammer, one time during the four days one person asked if we wanted something to drink, the rest of the time we were completely ignored. All entertainment options were for sale only, free entertainment included DJ on promenade, 70th disco, Caribbean and Latin band, Grease musical, and few stand up comedians, disco floor was jammed packed, there was no standing room there, shops were half empty, lines everywhere, people everywhere, kids were everywhere, no room on pool decks. and at the end the total disaster of the disembarkation that took over an hour and a half standing in line just to get off the ship. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
Well the excitement didnt last long. This was my children's first cruise and I feel that the independence of the seas was a let down. The food was poor quality. Unless I went to the the formal dining and I traded good food for poor ... Read More
Well the excitement didnt last long. This was my children's first cruise and I feel that the independence of the seas was a let down. The food was poor quality. Unless I went to the the formal dining and I traded good food for poor quality of cleanliness. Lipstick on my water glass, napkins that had lipstick on them and my husband's silverware had food still left on it when it was delivered. The staff from the dinning hall saved this unpleasant experience. THANK YOU FRANCISCO AND STEPHAN table 744 for being absolute gentleman to your guests. The constant alcohol cups left all over jacuzzis and night was disgusting. I would recommend checking your charges on your room bill. I was charged 50.00 for towles that I handed to concierge desk and they didnt deduct charges until I brought my itemized receipt back and corrected the staff. Then I put my luggage out @ 11:00pm the previous night of departure so we could have an easier time getting off the boat, only to find that the staff broke the wheel on my luggage bag. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
Carnival Imagination was a great experience for a first time cruise. They have amazing service and the place was always so clean. The buffet had so many options for breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. The pride restaurant was a wonderful ... Read More
Carnival Imagination was a great experience for a first time cruise. They have amazing service and the place was always so clean. The buffet had so many options for breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. The pride restaurant was a wonderful experience especially for valentines. I recommend having all your dinners there. There was plenty of activities to do on the boat but of course many things cost extra money. They have an arcade, miniature golf, water slides, a library with games, and much more.You can not pay anything in cash so everything gets charged to your cabin. The casino however is the only place you can use cash to gamble which is nice. Be sure to check out all of their activities because they give out prizes and raffle great things. If you are without kids the serenity room which is hidden in the back of Xanadu Lounge, a great gem. My only complaint is that i bought a Happy Anniversary cake from the fun shop. In all the pictures it shows a beautiful heart shaped cake with the words spelled out. When i saw my cake it was round and only had to letters HA, I complained to several people and no one showed any interest in helping me out. It was delicious but very disappointing. In all reviews everyone seems to have had the cake i wanted, my cake was very lazy and guest services was rude because i complained. I would go again but i will never order anything from the fun shop again. And at the end of the trip they charge us 40 bucks each for gratuity so keep in mind this is not included in the ticket pricing. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
We sailed with NCL 5 years ago on the larger ships... Epic. We were happy to leave close to home and enjoy a smaller ship with the Sun out of port Canaveral. I just returned today. I’ve read reviews on this site and others for years. ... Read More
We sailed with NCL 5 years ago on the larger ships... Epic. We were happy to leave close to home and enjoy a smaller ship with the Sun out of port Canaveral. I just returned today. I’ve read reviews on this site and others for years. I’ve waited until today to post for the first time. Pros: we enjoyed the food. The traditional dining room was good. The stops and the size of ship were all nice. Cons: the service. We had a few really good experiences with severs and bartenders. However, we had too many poor or bad experiences with bartenders, servers, room stewards and managers. That is why I have decided to post. I previously held NCL in a higher regard in terms of service. (I have sailed with Carnival, Royal Caribbean, Princess and NCL in the past). The automatic gratuity and handing out the drink packages has brought the level of service down to a point where I would hesitate to sail with NCL again. (Not sure RC would be better, but haven’t cruised RC in a few years). To make a long story short. My family would love to go on a cruise where service is a priority next time. Does anyone have a cruise line where service is still exceptional and gratuity means something? We would love to enjoy a trip and show our appreciation $$$ without being arm twisted. We did share this with a “guest relations manager” and although he said he would take care of it... are auto gratuity of $15 pp/pd remained this morning. NCL kept my $150 and lost my business forever. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
The Spirit of Discovery is a very stylish ship, the staff friendly, helpful and in the main always smiling, the food excellent. However though the cabins are nicely decorated as you would expect from a brand new ship. We had a standard ... Read More
The Spirit of Discovery is a very stylish ship, the staff friendly, helpful and in the main always smiling, the food excellent. However though the cabins are nicely decorated as you would expect from a brand new ship. We had a standard cabin and there is just not enough storage room, especially for shoes. Plenty of wardrobe space for hanging dresses, coats, shirts etc.,and plenty of hangers, but the drawer space was sadly lacking, we were only on a 4 night cruise, might be difficult on anything over 7 days to find room for. The bathroom was just right, walk in shower though not sure the plughole was working probably , as quite often found ourselves standing in an inch of water. The TV was large and a good picture unfortunately the quality of programmes not very varies, you can only watch so many rehashed shows!!! No radio channels. The dining rooms were fine though the Grand Central Dining room got a bit busy, and you can find yourself sitting with people who do not want to be sociable. We preferred The Grill on deck 12 much nicer. Unfortunately we found there was not enough to do during the day unless you played Bridge or enters the quizzes. The evening entertainment was much better, the standard of the entertainers on board are amongst the best we have seen, sadly because of the rough weather dancing in The Britannia Lounge was practically impossible but that made no difference as the musicians were so good it was a pleasure to sit and listen to them. Though embarkation was ok, Disembarkation is at the opposite end of the scale, unless you are one of the privileged few, it can take up to three hours to leave the ship, we would say it is organised chaos, we have never experienced the length of time it took for us to leave on any other cruise ship we have sailed with before. Would we recommend this ship, if you want to relax during the day and do nothing until the evening, if you don’t mind being seated at meal times with other passengers, don’t mind the disembarkation chaos, then this is for you. Would we choose Saga again no Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
Having cruised quite extensively with Cunard, Royal Caribbean, P&O and MSC etc my wife and I were drawn to the idea of a smaller all-inclusive ship and thought we’d try a taster cruise with Saga and grin and bear the jokey remarks ... Read More
Having cruised quite extensively with Cunard, Royal Caribbean, P&O and MSC etc my wife and I were drawn to the idea of a smaller all-inclusive ship and thought we’d try a taster cruise with Saga and grin and bear the jokey remarks from our younger friends. (I am 75 btw) We booked a four night cruise from Southampton to Rouen but due to weather conditions we were diverted to Honfleur (which we found delightful) I’m not going to rehearse the multitude of benefits and facilities that the spirit of discovery offers, we thought it was all brilliant. What was also amazing was that nobody tried to sell me anything during the whole trip, no drinks packages, no Wi-fi, no lengths of gold chain, no art pictures, no handbag sales nights etc !! Oh and if you want an English pub (maybe you haven’t got one at home) or a casino then choose another ship. Naturally all reviews are influenced by your cabin choice we were exceptionally lucky to be upgraded from a deluxe cabin to a midships suite - we took full advantage of its amenities. Now this is the first time I’ve ever written a review about a holiday we’ve taken and the principal reason for doing so this time is to highlight the disappointing disembarkation procedures which are clearly a knock-on effect from virtually everybody opting to take chauffeur driven transport to and from the port. Saga schedule 4 1/2 hours for the max 999 passengers to get off, you are split into 20 groups from say 8 am to 12:30 pm!! The reason for this soon becomes apparent when your group finally emerges from the cruise terminal the chauffeurs are waiting with placards bearing your name. Clearly managing 4-500 chauffeurs is going to present a challenge and this is the cause of slower than normal debarkation. I am unaware of any way of getting priority when leaving the ship other than by dispensing with the chauffeur service and driving yourself in which case you could walk straight off. If anybody knows any different I’d love to hear it. We were assigned group 19 out of 20 so you can understand why I’ve taken to my keyboard. A couple of final observations:- 1. A fair number of change averse saga passengers like whingeing about almost anything but chiefly how they preferred the older ships. I am reminded of an Australian observation that they can always tell when the plane lands in Sydney from London because the whining continues after the engines have been switched off !! 2. if you put nearly 900 old people together for a few days in the winter it’s obvious quite a number going to get ill 3. Lastly the captain and crew reacted swiftly and effectively to changes necessitated by ‘Storm David’ Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
I chose the cruise V014 - Broome & Treasures of the North because of the destinations of the cruise. BIG MISTAKE - we visited Geraldton on the Monday after leaving Fremantle on the Sunday, I prebooked a tour of Geraldton - it was hot ... Read More
I chose the cruise V014 - Broome & Treasures of the North because of the destinations of the cruise. BIG MISTAKE - we visited Geraldton on the Monday after leaving Fremantle on the Sunday, I prebooked a tour of Geraldton - it was hot in excess of 40 degrees at 0900 we were trundled up to the HMAS Sydney memorial whilst nice was very hot, during the chat from one of the gents volentering I heard a thump, looking around an elderly lady collapsed from the heat, hitting her head heavyly on the ground, I stood back for a moment expecting that the tour crew would attend but no, people wanting to move her after she hit her head hard, I then had to take over to offer first aid whilst waiting for the ambulance, this was totally unacceptable as the tour leaders should've known first aid and not let a guest take over. We boarded the ship to sail to Broome to hear from the captain (which was very rare) to advise we wouldn't be going to Broome due to a pending cyclone that we would sail onto Exmouth and then anchor for 2 days and tender to the town, that is out of tourist time. The towns people were amazing to welcome us and one of the best bakeries in the country can be found in the town centre - best pies in the country.. So 2 days spent just filling in time when in actual fact we could've sailed on to Broome and returned before the cyclone as Broome was not affected by the cyclone. We then left Exmouth and sailed south for day upon day at a speed between 5 - 7 knots again just to fill in time after it took 24 hours to get from Geraldton to Exmouth and 3-1/2 days sailing south to cover almost the same distance, we then arrived on Monday to Busselton where the ship arranged at short notice a tour to Margret River so I though anything to get of this ship, paid the money to be tendered to the mainland only to be met by a school bus to take us on tour, we arrived in Margret River at midday to be told to be back on the bus at 1300 to return to the ship. 1 whole hour WOW - we returned to the Busselton Wharf to be greeted by a line of about 500 mtrs of people awaiting to tender back to the ship, people we melting in the heat and the poor local visitor volunteers tried to help, another pax failed on the tender on the way back to the ship. We were then moved just enough of the coast were we could see Australia but not actually visit and then anchored there for another full day, where we could've have stayed at Busselton and visited the region. but NO don't give your guests options to do things. on 1 of the days both pools were empty so no swimming as the seas were apparently rough - NOT... then a return to Fremantle on the Wednesday with SO many very unhappy pax - the captain as mentioned was rarely seen and very rarely heard of, was it because he ruined so many peoples holidays. I manage hotels and resorts and if I treated my guest like this I would be hung. As a fairly new comer to the Australian market CMV promised the world with their cruise and the ship on offer. So disappointing I cant not really put into words, but will try without emotion. The company clearly offers cruises to a much older market which is not promoted on their site, don't get me wrong there are no issues there but they need to be open and honest with their products. The ship whilst older has probably seen better days - the public areas were upgraded by P&O as the Eden - I'm not certain that CMV really did any changes apart from stickers over P&O logos etc. You read many reviews about dirty windows and they are not wrong.. The crew are international with a mix including Ukrainian who much like Germans are not known to be over the top wth their humour - but I can say the crew do their best, service was always forthcoming at bars and outlets. I really believe that CMV need to recruit a dozen or so Australian hosts that can walk around the ship and take the pressure off the crew who do in some instances have issues with the Aussie language as their second or third language. Now back to the cruise. Embarkation seemed ok with no pressure - as always it appears pax do not read their boarding times and all want to board when they arrive at the port. I was Blue labeled therefore boarded around the first to board, we were a domestic cruise so very little to no security which was odd. We were walked to the embarkation point, asked to show our tickets and were given a handwritten card with the cruise card attached, then we moved toward the gangway and boarded the ship where there were tables lined up with staff behind laptops taking your credit card details and directing you to your cabins which were ready when boarded, I was surprised to see my bag waiting at the door of my cabin which was a positive. I went searching to buy a lanyard - went to the poorly stocked shop to be told we have sold out a few cruises ago. The laundry was $11.00 for wash and dry but the laundry on desk 5 Out of Order apart from one drier by the second last day on one washer on Deck 6 working so I lined up for the crew to open the door at 0900. Cabin 5054 - The cabin crew as always very helpful and friendly - the cabin has had carpet replaced at some stage over the years but everything else original, which was looking a little tired. But it was clean and bed was comfortable along with pillows, sofa in the room was an added bonus, small older style lcd TV and DVD player attached - has proberly seen better days. Bathroom as expected and usual for ships of this age but with a shower over bath which was better than the small showers on others ship with the sticking shower curtains. Plenty of storage with 6 large drawers and plenty of hanging space with both male and female hangers. The A/C control was digital in this cabin so you would see the temp fluctuate from 21 to 25 degree. The TV had some movie channel which were years old and not good picture quality along with ABC news and GWN7 due to the angle of the TV the remote wouldn't work from the bed hence the sofa came in handy. Being on deck 5 outside the deck 6 promenade was above the bed so you would often hear footsteps or stomping throughout the day and night so be aware of this for deck 5. Dining - 3 main restaurants all tendered to serve the same as the bistro but better presented or with a little variety just to make those dining there feel a little better. There was the Chefs Table and The Grill, I tried to dine at the grill for my birthday at sea but was refused as I was in dress shorts and buttoned shirt - I needed trousers to be allowed in to dine with those wearing T Shirts etc, I asked If I could have the meal as room service and I would wait and take it away on a tray myself but no was the answer event thought I was happy to pay the $49. So dining for me was the Bistro - if I ever see roast pork or any of its similar ways of preparation I will be sick, it was served every night. I was surprised to see lamb on a couple of nights which was a real treat along with baked rib fillet and chicken was another nightly repeat offering. Appears the outlets still carry the names branded from P&O. The food was ok - not 5 star but not the worst on offer. We had a deck BBQ with pig and chicken on spits along with normal BBQ fare which was nice but the day was very hot with flies and I felt for the staff working over the BBQ's. Breakfasts as expected but the toast was odd and often hard as,but you made do, the hot water stations often ran out of water etc. Lunch was a mix again and at 1530 was afternoon tea with scones and various odd textured cakes. The scones were OK along with the jam and some sort of cream but all good with a cup of tea. The burger/pizza bar offered a hamburger, a hotdog and a single pizza choice and baskets of chips. The coffee shop offered coffees, hot choc & higher quality teas at a cost and some cakes different to the interesting textured cakes in the desert buffet - one good thing was that staff serve you from behind glass that avoids people piling plates and wasting it or tasting it and putting it back - this stops diseases also which is great as the number of peoples carless hand sanitation. Bar staff Anton and Dometri were fantastic at the Lido Bar Entertainment - Well trivia with International crews not knowing how to pronounce words was more frustrating. There was an Aussie speaker on board for birds and another for Australian history which were in often full with no chairs to listen so you moved on. Bingo on seadays was at 1630 in the Dome at a cost of $10.00 for one ticket that was odd as they played 3 games on the one card but it filled in some time. The shows, well I will just review the Abba show, to see dancers dressed in almost Cossack costumes with singers one who thought she was an opera singer and the others were extremly very average. It was like a CD with gap between each song. The Cruise Director Freya was really not what a cruise director should be. She was rather bland and really not entertaining and was only seen on occasion. Service - As described but they do need to employ some Australian hosts to avoid the grumpy older Aussies being rude to international staff. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
We sailed on this very ship nearly five years ago, a June eleven-day coastal trip. Stunning scenery, excursions superb and life on board very comfortable and friendly. Had to repeat the experience. We’re currently eight days into our ... Read More
We sailed on this very ship nearly five years ago, a June eleven-day coastal trip. Stunning scenery, excursions superb and life on board very comfortable and friendly. Had to repeat the experience. We’re currently eight days into our winter trip, the standard just as high, the food and comfort admirable. So what if you have to make your own entertainment onboard? Those here have accepted this, readers, photographers, card players and many just happy to sit and enjoy the whole experience. That’s what Hurtigruten voyages are about. The trip has been spectacular, less excursions done (that to the North Cape was awesome) but a greater chance to walk into snow filled towns and explore further. Cold, but totally pleasurable. We cannot fault Hurtigruten. And so relaxing, time passing gently in good company and amongst the friendliest of staff you can imagine. We’ll no doubt wish to do this again, and I’m sure it will happen. Hurtigruten knows it’s market, those who properly explore its website know its virtues and worth. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
My husband found this cruise on Travelocity at a very good price. We have been on 13 cruises but never with MSC. At such a great price, we thought we would give it a try. Boarding the ship in Miami was a breeze. Embarkation was swift ... Read More
My husband found this cruise on Travelocity at a very good price. We have been on 13 cruises but never with MSC. At such a great price, we thought we would give it a try. Boarding the ship in Miami was a breeze. Embarkation was swift and orderly even though the staff wasn't exactly the friendliest. This should have been our first sign of things to come. Once on board, we noted how dated and in need of repair the ship was. My 8 year old son pointed out loose tiles in the shower and that the air in our cabin wasn't working very well... my 8 year old who never notices anything. I don't mean to be petty, but I am going to be petty here... Every other cruise line we have been on, we would get a towel animal and a little chocolate left on our pillow at night. Not on this ship. Our room steward was attentive and kept our cabin clean, but we missed the little "above and beyond" measures that we had come to expect as the normal standard through other cruise lines. The dining hall our first evening was a complete disappointment. It felt as if it was their very first time doing anything! Toward the end of our meal, the head waiter for our area made to over to introduce himself and it was a complete game changer. From that moment on, he made a point to seek us out for each meal. He guided our wait staff in making certain our drinks were kept filled and our food made it to us hot and delicious. The entertainment crew on the MSC Armonia was the absolute best we have ever seen on any cruise we have been on. I am not sure how many hours they put in on their performances but you can tell they work hard to perfect their routines. Each night before they would go on, the ship's cruise director and his team would warm up the crowd with giveaways and hilarious antics. I do not know what these staff members get paid but it is not nearly enough! Everything else just seemed way too crowded to enjoy. Our first port of call was Jamaica. We had to tender to shore. You had to stand in line to get a ticket to take the tender to shore. They passed out tickets through number 25 or 26. My family and I were able to make it to shore on the number 9 tender. I have heard conflicting stories about what number they stopped calling tenders at, but what can be said is that not every passenger was able to get off of the boat that day and experience Jamaica. It was not a good day. I think if they had run out of rum on board, there might have been a mutiny. Grand Cayman was, well, Grand Cayman. overpriced, hot, and busy. Costa Maya was very nice once we left the port and hired a taxi outside of the port gates to take us to Chacchoben for the day. Very nice and relaxing... and about half the price the cruise line wanted for the same tour. The day spent at Ocean Cay is a nice day if you enjoy swimming and the beach. I do not. My husband and children LOVED it. They love sun, sand, and water. Me, not so much. Would I ever sail on this ship again? No. Would I ever sail MSC again? I am not sure. I will be doing much more research and reading reviews before booking my next cruise. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
I wanted to take my mom on her first cruise and picked this one because it was short and close to home. Newer ship with Medallion Class. Great app (when it works...it was a little spotty) but still useful. Your cabin door automatically ... Read More
I wanted to take my mom on her first cruise and picked this one because it was short and close to home. Newer ship with Medallion Class. Great app (when it works...it was a little spotty) but still useful. Your cabin door automatically open when you approach, you can order food/drinks anywhere, locate your friends on the ship, pay for purchases in the shops etc. Cabin was roomy and clean. Beds were comfy...although a little soft for my taste. Balcony was beautiful. Bathroom is very small but not a deal breaker. Our A530 cabin had the BEST view of Los Arcos when we docked in Cabo. Also saw grey whales on the way into port. Pick that side of the ship when choosing a stateroom. The Cabo marina area is mostly bars, restaurants and touristy shopping which we avoided. The excursion we picked was Tamarindo Farms Organic Farm to Table experience. We made pico de gallo and guacamole and had a wonderful lunch. This was the highlight of the tour. After lunch were supposed to tour a "glass blowing factory" but ended up at an art gallery in San Jose Del Cabo. All in all a good day. On the second day in port we decided to stay on ship ( since you have to be back on board by noon). Got a spot at the adult pool and enjoyed a sunny afternoon and more whale watching as we left port. When the ship is moving it gets windy out there! Enjoyed the movies at sea, bingo, excellent entertainment (Encore show and Cheaza -the Whitney Houston tribute singer), anytime dining had wonderful choices every night. Make a reservation in am if you don't want to wait for a table. I would recommend this cruise for someone who wants to see what cruising is all about. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
Went down for a long weekend visiting family and decided to extend our visit by booking a 4 night cruise on Carnival. Had a blast! Although we have cruised many times before, this is our third cruise on Carnival. From the time we arrived ... Read More
Went down for a long weekend visiting family and decided to extend our visit by booking a 4 night cruise on Carnival. Had a blast! Although we have cruised many times before, this is our third cruise on Carnival. From the time we arrived at the port, until the time we were sitting at a table nears Guys' was probably less than twenty minutes. Painless embarkation. Absolutely loved MarQ the CD. He was always a ball of energy! We enjoyed all of the food venues...especially Guy's Burgers. Pizza Pirate was ok but as a New Yorker, any pizza outside of the NY/NJ area leaves something to be desired. Wait staff in the dining rooms were attentive. We enjoyed the little shows every night. What I didn't like was that the maitre'd kept reminding us about filling out the survey that we would get at home and hoped his staff would receive 10's. We enjoyed the sea day brunch. We had an inside cabin on deck 1 which seemed roomier than the ones we have had on NCL. Excellent service from the stewards who always called us by name. We did not take any excursions and mostly hung out at the adult pool in the back of the ship. I was very impressed with the lifeguards who actually told parents that it was an adults only area and that their children weren't allowed in the pool or hot tubs. On other ships that has not been enforced. The shows were good. We especially liked the music trivia with MarQ in the lobby. Lots of fun! Disembarkation was not as efficient as embarkation but still not terrible. Went to the comedy club and wasn't impressed with the PG comedian. I understand that the over 18 show was better. I believe that I had seen the first comedian previously and didn't enjoy his show at that time either so I guess it is personal taste. Overall, we had a great time and I would cruise on the Liberty again! Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
Although I’m listing cons, we did have a fantastic time and I doubt any of this will be a reason not to cruise on this ship. This was our 47th cruise and we’ve loved them all. These short trips that the cruise lines are offering ... Read More
Although I’m listing cons, we did have a fantastic time and I doubt any of this will be a reason not to cruise on this ship. This was our 47th cruise and we’ve loved them all. These short trips that the cruise lines are offering these days are a great way to binge on food and fun, but not for too long! CONS “My Time Dining” The “My” isn’t referring to the passenger. “My” refers to R.C. We were told (and so were other guests we encountered) we could have 5:45 pm for “My Time” and that’s it. Even 6:15 pm wasn’t an option, not on the first day, or on any future day on the cruise. RC needs to expand the restaurant to other venues, or something, to allow “My time” to literally mean what it indicates. Hygiene The ship needs to refill the soap and the hand sterilizers. Around 50 percent of them were empty and most of the soap dispensers only gave out a tiny amount of soap that was barely visible. The entire pool area wasn’t just wet with puddles from wet feet, the floor drains were clogged so passengers had to wade through huge pools of water. Public toilets did clog up a couple of times. Activities There were plenty of water activities, however the water was icy cold so I wasn’t able to participate. The games I wanted were located in the teen area, so I couldn’t participate there either. Staff Not all workers are RC employees. Spa staff and even the DJs are not employees. The DJ on the private island was actually a guest. You could tell immediately since he was unnecessarily rude. Also, at Hush Night (when guests wear head sets and dance to the music of their choice) there were only 2 choices since they had only 2 DJs. Guess there’s a shortage of DJs and you take what you get. Annoyances The announcements telling passengers of the day’s activities (which you can read about in the daily program) are loud, frequent, and annoying, even more so since they do it all over again in a foreign language. English is bad enough. Passengers need to line up at a one-person booth to scan out towels. If you go for lunch or participate in an activity you need to check them back in (in case they disappear) then stand in line again to get another. The cafeteria is closed between 3:30 and 5 pm so if you want a beverage there’s only the alcoholic drinks at the bars available. The “zoom” speed internet wasn’t nearly “zoomy” enough for me. The ilounge is not manned. Front desk called them and I waited around for an hour for an ITT person, then gave up. The app that R.C. has didn't work for me, then again, I'm not very tech savvy. PROS Loved the singing guitarist and his dancing assistant at the cafeteria entrance encouraging guests to wash their hands, and there were plenty of sinks to do so. Not all soap dispensers provided soap though. This cruise was short so we were OK with an inside cabin. We had 9329 which is right in the foyer area next to the elevator which sounds awful for noise. Not so, I highly recommend it or the same cabin on another floor. However, the wall to the cabin next door was thin and had 2 kids who woke up early. Actually they didn’t bother me so much, they’re kids after all. It was the father’s loud voice talking to them that woke me up each morning. Guess I could have done the same at 1:30 am but I had more consideration for the kids. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
Just back from our short cruise on the Liberty. I am a Platinum with Carnival, have been cruising with them for years. The last past two years we did cruise with Royal Caribbean, on the Oasis and then the Harmony because we wanted to ... Read More
Just back from our short cruise on the Liberty. I am a Platinum with Carnival, have been cruising with them for years. The last past two years we did cruise with Royal Caribbean, on the Oasis and then the Harmony because we wanted to cruise on the BIG ships. Anyway...we are booked on the Mardi Gras on 01/02.21 already. Now why I am writing this. We were not pleased at all with this last cruise. The only thing clean was our cabin. People that also traveled with us were not as lucky as we were with their cabin. The food was really bad, service was terrible. We have never had any of this before. In the dining room it took forever for our food to come and when it did it was not hot at all. The portions have been reduced to nothing at all. I mean my vegetable was broccoli, I had "one" little piece not as big as my thumb on my plate! As I said the food was not good at all. What a change from before when I use to brag about Carnival to others and got them to go on their ships. No more lobster nights either ! ! ! The buffet on the lido deck was no better, food was not hot and was NOT good. The BBQ was burnt and tasteless. The bake beans ...YUCK! Now we have had Guy's BBQ on other cruises and it was the best. Not this cruise. Each time we got Pizza it was brunt too (black Crust), hardly any cheese and toppings. The wonderful shows that Carnival use to put on are no more. The games and the Fun all gone. I have talked to a few relatives and friend's since getting back and they agree with me. Carnival has changed and not for the better. Since we are booked on the Mardi Gras next year we will give Carnival one more chance. Hopefully they will wake up. This is no way to keep them coming back like we have been doing for years and we take at lest one cruise a year. If the Mardi Gras disappoints us like this last cruise we will forever go with other cruise lines and tell others about how Carnival has forgotten about the FUN, and Value that they were know for. Clean up your ships, bring back the FUN to your cruises and PLEASE go back to your out of this world Food that you use to have. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
I recently came back from the Royal Princess five day cruise to Cabo. I have to say I will never cruise with Princess again. The room NEVER stopped shaking - five days 24hours - because I beleive it was next to an engine room or something. ... Read More
I recently came back from the Royal Princess five day cruise to Cabo. I have to say I will never cruise with Princess again. The room NEVER stopped shaking - five days 24hours - because I beleive it was next to an engine room or something. My folks were one floor directly above me yet had very minor rocking. Everything was sub par and/or downright unacceptable for what we paid. My room was filthy, nothing worked consistently (TV stopped working - Bad Gateway), fridge never got cold, the Medallion App NEVER worked (constantly crashed or lose my info.), wifi was terribly slow, bed sheets dirty, etc. Very difficult to get anyone on the phone (room service, cleaning or registration desk), it would ring then go to VM!? Many of the service employees had extremely poor or indifferent attitudes/service, example: I orded the 5 for 4 beer package and it took forever for them to bring it to my room and when they did arrive, it was five warm beers laying on a tray, no bottle opener, ice or even a glass and the lady acted as though she was angry that she had to bring it to my room - stupid me still gave her a tip. There were several warning signs the cruise was going to bad. Firstly brother in law lost his sunglasses during embarking because the poorly trained "security" threw around his bags on the xray machince and were very rude about it when he asked for help to find his glasses, which he beleived may have been stuck inside the machine. They just wanted him to leave the area and basically ignored him. Sad thing is we we celebrating my parents 50th wedding anniversary but it was impossible to communicate with them because the app doesn't work, phones don't work and you can't use your cell phone. And to top it all off, the Stewards/help barely speak English. Nice guy but impossible to understand him and most of the staff that interacts with guests. All the American employees are in management and don't directly deal with travelers directly - you hear them on the PA but rarely see them. The drink situation is an absolute joke. Every morning I would have to march up to the 16th Deck and wait in line (because there are only two drink stations in the entire buffet area for 3,000+ curisers) to get water that tasted like it came out of a hose or cup of terrible tasting coffee. They make it extremely difficult because they would rather you pay for everything, even water. And all the food was average at best, pretty much what you would find at a $10 Vegas buffet. Hence I ate alot of salads and fruit. Also I'd be very careful in the casino and anytime staff is counting money, they are poorly trained, don't know the games like you'd find from dealers in Vegas and frequently screw up the deal, count or don't know the rules - I witnessed several instances where cruisers litterally were screaming at the dealers for costing them money. Also the machines are set up so its a real pain to cash out, so you end up playing until you lose. It was ugly, so I didn't gamble much. The highlight of the trip was of course getting OFF the SHIP in CABO, which we really enjoyed. Next time we pay half the cost to fly down and stay at an all inclusive resort for a week, which are much, much nicer than the dirty ship. List goes on, but I am done and glad it's over. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
We chose this cruise because of the Galveston departure port as we live in TX. We have two small boys (5 and 8) and this was our "trial" cruise for them to see if they liked cruising. We wanted to keep it simple and not fly ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of the Galveston departure port as we live in TX. We have two small boys (5 and 8) and this was our "trial" cruise for them to see if they liked cruising. We wanted to keep it simple and not fly anywhere. This was our first time on a larger ship. Hubby and I have only ever been on NCL mid-size ships (Jewel, Pearl, Gem) so I had high expectations given what I had heard about the activities available on this particular ship (water slides and splash park). Boarding was easy and we had no issues except for the mediocre welcome. Crew seemed stressed out. No "Welcome aboard!". I found this odd. The atmosphere seemed a bit chaotic and it was very crowded. I felt a bit let down remembering the huge welcomes we had received in prior cruises. Our first disappointment was with our cabins. When I booked this cruise I asked for adjoining rooms because our boys are little. I was booking late (November) so I knew our options would be limited. I was told there were only two options available overlooking the Royal Promenade. I was concerned this would be noisy but the RC agent assured me she would put us in the rooms that were located above a store. The other option was right above the Hoof and Claw pub which would not have been ideal. Well, I guess the agent made a mistake because our cabins were directly above said pub. While our boys were able to get to sleep fine, my husband and I were forced to stay awake every night until at least 12:30 am due to Carlo, the entertainer there for 6 nights in the Hoof and Claw pub. He does 3 to 4 sets each night. When I went to GS the first morning, they told me there was nothing they could do as all cabins were booked. All I got was a mediocre "sorry". We were extremely disappointed to say the least. I was so tired by Wednesday night that I cried from exhaustion. People got very rowdy in this pub every single night. We could hear every single word of every song. I was so sick and tired of hearing American Pie two or three times each night. Even with ear plugs, we could still hear everything. If you want to get to sleep anytime before 12:30 am do not get cabins 6575, 6577, or 6579. In fact, I'd stay away from any room overlooking the Promenade. Second disappointment was the lack of attention to detail concerning our boys' birthdays. Both were celebrating birthdays on different days. Only one was acknowledged with door decorations. The other received a $200 voucher for use at the spa. Really? For a five year old? I had already informed RC twice about their birthdays and ages. I happened to mention to our steward that it was our 8 year old's birthday on his day and I think had I not mentioned anything, the door would not have been decorated at all. This was also very disappointing. Our steward, Reynaldo, was amazing. Very attentive to our needs and always smiling. No problems there. Dining was fine. We only did Windjammer buffet, pizza at Sorrento's, sushi (which is just a cart outside the cupcake shop), and Cafe Promenade. All were great and my boys wolfed down the sushi. I must say Sorrento's staff was sub-par. They seemed understaffed and generally unhappy working there. The tables were dirty and asking for a fork (I had salad) seemed like a huge inconvenience. There was also a funky bad cheese smell. Good pizza though. Cafe Promenade is a great place to grab a snack and coffee. They also have a good selection of teas. Staff was super friendly and nice there. Loved it. The Windjammer buffet could get very crowded. I was surprised at how small it was given the size of this ship. We enjoyed the choices they offered. Service in the morning for water and coffee was a bit slow. Some mornings I had to ask someone to come clean our table and get our beverages. We didn't frequent any of the bars except for getting a glass of wine every evening for our room from Vantages. Great service there, very pleasant. The pools and splash area were a bit disappointing. The water was so cold in the kids splash area that my boys didn't spend any time there. This was supposed to be the highlight for them. Instead they hung around the only pool that was warm enough next to one of the hot tubs. I guess this was the only pool that shared pipes with the adjacent tubs. Too bad because that pool got very crowded while the other was usually empty. Because of the icy waters, none of us were brave enough to try out the bigger water slides. On sea days it was difficult getting lounge chairs but not impossible. We did have a good time despite the above setbacks. We got lots of beach time with excursions in Grand Cayman and Jamaica. Jamaica was better and less crowded as we were the only ship in port. We did not do an excursion in Cozumel. Disembarkation was no problem in Galveston despite having heard otherwise from other cruisers. Overall, the big ship experience was good for our boys. They absolutely loved it. My husband and I prefer the smaller ship experience and likely will book a smaller ship again for our next cruise, probably with NCL. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
Can't go wrong with Norwegian. Everything from embarkation to disembarkation was excellent. Encore not our favorite ship. No sports court or mini golf because of go cart race track. We did the go carts and they were tons of fun ... Read More
Can't go wrong with Norwegian. Everything from embarkation to disembarkation was excellent. Encore not our favorite ship. No sports court or mini golf because of go cart race track. We did the go carts and they were tons of fun but do like the configuration of other ships better. Also no bowling alley on this ship. So far Escape is our favorite ship. Jim Badger was on this ship and he is one of the best entertainers you will ever see. He was in the District, we saw him on the Escape a few years back. If you like to laugh and laugh lots he is a must see. Food and drinks excellent as always. Choir of Man was one of the main shows and one of the best we have ever seen. Kingy Boots was the other show and it was okay. Top Shelf country band was in the Q and they were awesome (and we are not huge country music fans). Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
We had previously sailed on the Oasis in 2012. We were asked to change staterooms the Wednesday prior to the sailing as our junior suite had a pull out couch and the one they ask us to take did not. I agreed even though we had selected ... Read More
We had previously sailed on the Oasis in 2012. We were asked to change staterooms the Wednesday prior to the sailing as our junior suite had a pull out couch and the one they ask us to take did not. I agreed even though we had selected the original stateroom, based on the location next to our friends. RC did give us a $400 onboard credit. Miami terminal was simple and efficient. I have found all Florida ports to be great. We got to our state room and unfortunately all of the keys and paper work was for the people we swapped rooms with. Once this was sorted out, and we were in our suite, the room attendant showed that this stateroom did have a pull out couch. All of the last minute changes were unnecessary! I was able to pass this on the RC costumer service and they sent someone in person to verify that Stateroom 11230 did indeed have a pull out. Evidently ther updated data at amplification was incorrect. The amplification done in November was quite remarkable. However, the staterooms do not appear to have been refreshed. Additionally as big as this ship is they should have added the ability to connect to friends through the RC Wi-Fi app free of charge. The couch and chair in our stateroom could have used a refresh. The new mattresses are way more comfortable then the previous ones. The water slides are awesome. I found the food in the main dining room to be subpar from previous cruises. As usually the windjammer was packed. While the jammmer had many choices. Other than salads, it lack vegetables, such as green beans, corn, peas etc. On a positive note the Solarium cafe’ is a hidden gem. For dinner you order your entrees while the appetizers and dessert are buffet style. The theme is Mediterranean. It was much quieter then the Jammer or main dining room. The solarium cafe also served a very similar breakfast to the jammer with better atmosphere. There are also numerous cafe and snack facilities that are included in the basic price of the cruise. We did eat at the Chops it was OK, but is getting a little steep at $50.00 pp. Our friends ate at the new port side BBQ that is $12.99 for one meat and two sides. They raved that is was delicious. The young adults in our group said the included Loco Fresh Mexican buffet was awesome. Be aware of the hours of these places as the Loco Fresh closed at 5:45 pm. Some minor complaints. There are freestyle coke machines in four places on the ship. They are located in the royal promenade, windjammer , solarium and near Loco Fresh. Many times one or more flavor was not available. A staff member indicated they are serviced everyday but can be glitchy. He rebooted the one in the solarium that indicated almost everything was unavailable. After reboot all were available. I occasionally enjoy a good cigar. As big as this ship is the smoking areas are rather small. I wish there was a cigar room like the Freedom has. The staff was all friendly and I went out of there way to make sure you enjoy your cruise. Excursions were standard. We did the adventure tours river tubing in Falmouth. The bus trip was an experience as it always is in Jamaica. Labadee is always fun. Beware the artisans in the artisan village are pretty pushy. The shooting areanear the beach has all the same stuff and less sales pressure. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
We chose this cruise because we live in central Florida and prefer to drive to the port. Tampa is about 1.5 hour drive for us. We are early 60's and this time our daughter and granddaughter joined us for our 7 day Western itinerary. ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we live in central Florida and prefer to drive to the port. Tampa is about 1.5 hour drive for us. We are early 60's and this time our daughter and granddaughter joined us for our 7 day Western itinerary. We arrived in Tampa around 11:30 and parked the car in one of many parking lots along the main road across from the pier. Pricing varies at these lots so do some research and check out Groupon to see if any are offering specials. We find the parking in Tampa to be cheaper than Port Canaveral. Our 1 week spot cost around $65.00 including the tip back and forth to the pier to the driver. We were dropped off at the entrance to the terminal checked our bags with the porter and rode up the escalator to start our check in process. What a pleasant surprise that literally their was zero wait we were through all the check points including the first photo opportunity and on the ship in about 15 minutes. The ramps and halls leading to the ship are not as long as other ports which is nice for those with luggage. We entered the legend right into the elevator bank and their were staff directing you to deck 9 for lunch. Our first meal was of course a Guys burger and fry's we did check out the offerings at the buffet and it appeared to have a good variety that would appeal to most. For those that have never tried a Guys burger its comparable to Five Guys or BurgerFi although I would say the Fries are better at Guys not to mention a large toppings bar that has enough topping choices to make your burger huge. This burger is on point and will not disappoint if you are a burger lover. Ship Layout: The ship is a mid size ship which we love as its less walking for us and easier to get around. The ship decor is renaissance and the coloring is muted. Each elevator bank has black with gold designs which was pretty but made the ship feel dark. The elevators have paintings that show male/females in little bits of clothing covering the areas that need to be covered however I would be prepared to explain to the little ones as at first my 10 year old granddaughters first reaction was to cover her eyes. The same holds true for the statues placed around the ship. The main lobby is small and surprising the shopping area was quite large for this size ship. Most shopping was on deck 2. The lido deck was divided into sections with sliding doors and had 2 pools and 2 giant hot tubs. The ship itself was in great shape considering its age and someone was always cleaning. Cabins: We had 2 inside rooms on deck 1 the rooms were of normal size with plenty of closet and storage space for 2 people. Our rooms were kept spotless by our room steward and he always remembered our names when we would cross paths throughout the week. I at first was concerned about being on Deck 1 but it was actually less rocky than it was mid ship/mid deck which is usually the sweet spot. No noise from deck 2 could be heard even though deck 2 is public areas. Food: This is our perspective on food and none of us are very adventurous so keep that in mind. Overall we found the Lido buffet to be excellent with good variety and was always hot the buffet set up kept lines and bottle jams to a minimum. Pizza was being made to order and was always piping hot and most mornings the omelette station had only a line of 1 or 2. tables were kept clean and plates removed as needed. We ate in the steak house 2 x and both times had delicious meals. Hubby tried the Wagwu beef and he did not care for it but that was his taste. We had anytime dining and found that it appeared that the wait staff had been reduced as their was times where we waiting a long time for something to appear and then everything would come at once. The dining room staff were working probably at their peak speeds but I think they were covering more tables with less teams. We had very pleasant servers but they also were working very hard. The main meals were so-so often served warm not hot. Dining room deserts had its ups and downs some lacked flavor even though they looked good in appearance. Ice cream is always a safe bet! Sea Day brunch was offered on both Sea Days. One critique which is small is that anchovy is blended into the caesar dressing so at times it has a "fishy" taste to it. Entertainment: Frankie is the cruise director on the Legend and he brought it on. He is full of energy and has a voice that is clear and consise. His announcements were not intrusive and he leads an entertainment team that has energy and really looked like they were having fun doing their job. The activities were the usual ship offerings of trivia, crafts, talks, shop specials, and music offerings. The main shows were Motor City, Studia VIP and Epic Rock. This group of Playlist singers and dancers were one of the best we have seen, they were in tune and all participated in solo's the lead male/females were both excellent. Clue and Hasbro Game show as well as Lip Sync Battle and Love & Marriage, Bingo and the Quest rounded out the main offerings. Music from most of the main bars were offered depending on your taste as well as electric violins in the lobby each night ( my favorite). Deck party's were the Mega Deck Party, 80s Rock & Glow as well as the traditional Sail Away. Punchliner Comedy Club was always packed for both PG and 18+ shows. The comedians were on point and had a good mix of topics that were relevant. Most were able too switch it up based on the crowd. The comedy club is located down on the 1st deck its a fairly large venue and some of the seats do not give you clear view of the comedian so I would plan on arriving a minimum of 30 minutes to ensure you get yourself a good seat. Ports of Call: our first stop was Grand Caymen, this is a tender port that went extremely smooth. We did 7 mile beach on our own by walking a few blocks up from the port and taking a city bus to Calico Jacks. This is a public beach however if you want a chair and umbrella the price was $20.00. They also had jet ski and snorkel equipment rentals right on the beach. The beach was clean and had soft sand with smooth entry to the water . Bus ride was $2.50 each way PP. Second stop was Isla Roatan, we port at Mahogany Bay which is a Carnival Corp built pier what we love here is their is a beach right here at the pier that is free!. The beach offers everything you can get at a private island beach to rent. We opted to get 2 loungers and a clam shell for shade closer to the water at a cost of $26.00 for the day. Free chairs are available but a bit farther from the water and no shade. You can either walk to this beach or you can take a Magical Flying Chair ride over which is picturesque and calming. Bar and Food service was available from the beach at costs. A great beach day and plenty of stores to shop in before returning to the ship. Belize: This is a tender port that also went extremely smooth however it is a longer ride back and forth ( about 15-20 minutes). We walked around the port and had some beverages at 1 of the pier restaurants. The port has some cute picture spots so be sure to check out the entire pier. Cozumel: We love this port and always try something new. This time we decided to try out an all day resort for a day pass at the El Cid. This resort is walkable from the port! They offer 2 choices an all inclusive with drinks and buffet for $65.00 or for $23.00 not including food and beverage but they give you back a credit of $13.00 PP to use towards drink and food. This resort was super clean and had a nice size swimming pool and 2 sandy areas the sand area to the far left had a "beach" entry to the water although it was a rocky entry and had a shallow pool with some hammocks in the water that were interesting. Those that snorkeled here said they did see many fish. We had a great time at El Cid and would recommend it especially for the price. Casino: We both love the casino and although it was a bit small it was never over crowded and you could find something to play. They held 2 events during the week one was a Fireball raffle and then a hot seat promo as well as a slot and blackjack tournament. The staff was friendly and the bar staff was easy to get drinks from. For those that don't smoke you may find it to be smoky and unfortunately you had to walk through to get around the ship their was no way to avoid unless you went down or up and over Overall we had a great time on the Legend and would definitely not hesitate to choose her again. PS: For those that want to know the Diamond/Platinum gift were luggage tags and the party invitation did say plus guest. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
Ship beautiful, from boarding to departure we were “attacked” throughout ship with SOLICITATIONS; in-your-face, employees occurring always. That turn-off needs to STOP! Cabin clean. Dining food terrible, buffet mediocre, ... Read More
Ship beautiful, from boarding to departure we were “attacked” throughout ship with SOLICITATIONS; in-your-face, employees occurring always. That turn-off needs to STOP! Cabin clean. Dining food terrible, buffet mediocre, entertainment good, staff service polite, staff were definitely overworked because too many demanding passengers aboard ship. We had to deal with rude, pushy passengers. Credit to staff for dealing with such unacceptable behavior. While at sea, pools were overrun by disgusting, rude people fighting for lounge chairs. Staff ignored problem passengers. Bathroom clean-up near congested pool areas could not keep up. Staff should not have to deal with unruly situations as a security officer should be available. Visiting ports/tenders organized, no excursions. Embarkation/disembarkation smooth. We will not cruise this ship again as there are much too many passengers on this ship to maintain quality, caring service. A smaller ship is the answer to happy, quality cruising again. BIGGER IS NOT BETTER!! Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
We thought it would be great to become part of history so we choose this World Record attempt at marriage vow renewal cruise. This was our third cruise. The first on the Royal and we were officially married on the Caribbean. Our ... Read More
We thought it would be great to become part of history so we choose this World Record attempt at marriage vow renewal cruise. This was our third cruise. The first on the Royal and we were officially married on the Caribbean. Our experience on these two cruises far exceeded our expectations. Sadly I was extremely disappointed with the Regal. We had dinner at the Crown Grill and I had to send my steak back 3 times. I requested it be cooked medium And by the time I got it back the rest of my meal was cold and my steak was no longer juicy because of all the times I had to cut it to make sure it was cooked. We went on the Ultimate ship tour and that was great. I was amazed at the magnitude of laundry operation. This tour was well worth the cost! The captain was also personable, kind and genuinely loved his job. He explained bridge operations in a way that we could easily understand. Effy had a charm bracelet promo that was poorly thought out. You had to attend an “event” to receive a charm. If you missed an event because of vow renewal, waiting to get picture with Gavin McLeod and Jill Whelan, shore excursion or dinner we were told the last day of cruise we could get the charms that we missed. This was not correct. Grudgingly Effy gave you only 2 charms that you missed. Phoebe, our shopping concierge was gone. No where to be found. We went on several excursions where we were we only allowed 15 minutes shopping. I wish this time frame was at least 30 minutes. Last but not least...it is sad that my final impression occurs on disembarkation. The staff cannot wait for you to leave. No more being nice or helpful. No come back and see us. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
We had never been on a cruise and it came up on email and the travel agent highly recommended it even though I subsequently discovered she had never been on the ship. Amenities and cabin were good. Staff good but difficult to ... Read More
We had never been on a cruise and it came up on email and the travel agent highly recommended it even though I subsequently discovered she had never been on the ship. Amenities and cabin were good. Staff good but difficult to communicate with . Mostly Filipinos and Indonesians . Got hassled as soon as I boarded to purchase vouchers for alcohol- “today only very cheap price - bought the 5 bottles of wine package and 2 of the $70,00 individual drink packages. Drink packages are okay but the wine is almost undrinkable. Had to have a few spirits each day before attempting to tackle the horrible wine. On the last day we asked to settle the bill and we were each charged AUD140.00 for gratuity. I said but I have paid already 18% gratuity tax on everything I purchased and was told it was for cleaning the room.i refused to pay it and they immediately removed the $280.00 from the invoice . It was a try one and how many of the few thousand on board didn’t query it. The other complaint was the lack of entertainment. Their is virtually nothing to do except read and drink or play bingo if u are into that. Their was a handful of bored children on the cruise but most of the movies were children’s movies - mostly cartoons. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020

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