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My husband and I absolutely loved this ship. There were lots of entertainment and there was always something to do. If you are not into their activities, then you can spend your time eating at their amazing restaurants. The Pantry has ... Read More
My husband and I absolutely loved this ship. There were lots of entertainment and there was always something to do. If you are not into their activities, then you can spend your time eating at their amazing restaurants. The Pantry has plenty of options but the food in D Angelos and Dragon Lady and Waterfront are superb. 400 Gradi has awesome pizza and meats and cheeses but you need to pay. However, the quality of their food is as best as the top restaurants in the Sydney CBD yet at half the price. D Angelos and Dragon Lady were included in the fare but were just as good too as any 5 star rated restaurant. The staff were all lovely and we throughly enjoyed their classes. All of their staff were helpful and knowledgeable and always looked happy to see you. Drinks are also reasonably priced. We didn't get to swim in the pools though and do the waterslides but they looked enjoyable as there were quite a lot of people. But it is alright as we got to swim a lot during the shore tour. Our cabin was very functional. Although it was a bit small compared to a hotel room it was in no way less in quality. Their airconditioning worked well and they had plenty of space and drawers to put all your stuff in. Their shower area even had more racks than most hotels we have stayed in which was amazing. Our room steward was very caring and was always happy to help and kept our room clean. We enjoyed the cruise so much we booked another. Would highly recommend P&O Explorer. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
This was an amazing cruise. Perfect for a first time cruise or limited time available. This ship has been updated with the new medallion program. Which makes your moving around the ship so much easier. The nicest part was the crew used ... Read More
This was an amazing cruise. Perfect for a first time cruise or limited time available. This ship has been updated with the new medallion program. Which makes your moving around the ship so much easier. The nicest part was the crew used your name and the cabin door unlocked for you when you came up to the door. Our first port of call was Catalina. This is a tendered port. If you have not used a tender it is a small boat that took you to shore. We did not go over until after lunch and at that time it started to rain. The Princess crew offered hot chocolate and towels for that wet guests later in the day. Such an nice return! Dining because we were on the 15th deck right under the Horizon buffet we ate there every morning for breakfast. My advise walk around and see what they have before plating. It made it so much easier to know what we wanted without wasting a lot of food. Again creature of habits we like Concerto Dining Room and the amazing food for dinner we ate there every night. The staff's recommendations were always right on. Also check out the fitness classes that they offer on board. Very informative! Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
MSC has some grand ships and wonderful dining. And this one was amazing. The weather was colder and rainier so we had a lot more time inside the ship. For the most part, it seems consistently reported that the customer service and ability ... Read More
MSC has some grand ships and wonderful dining. And this one was amazing. The weather was colder and rainier so we had a lot more time inside the ship. For the most part, it seems consistently reported that the customer service and ability to resolve issues seems solidly lacking with regard to the staff. Our group had lots of technical issues before the cruise online etc. On the Grandiosa, the ship had only been in service less than 30 days. Maybe it 2nd or 3rd cruise. I witnessed a few shortcomings but the ship, food, and the service outweighed any problems I had encountered. I have sailed twice on MSC cruises and was blown away by the Grandiosa. I could still smell the new paint and carpeting! She was only in service less than a month. I had never sailed on such a new cruise ship and I have been on plenty of megaships and this one so far is my favorite. The public rooms, promenades, and outdoor deck spaces are "easy on the eyes." The colors decor and placement of walls and seating allows for easy flow for crowds. I encountered lots of huge windows in some common areas with lots of natural light and amazing views of the ocean which is why I was there. Elevators were cutting edge. You select floor where you want to go, and the screen assigns you an elevator! The shipboard App had some great features but locked up often. But it pushed notifications of pertinent info to us like security warnings and changes to itinerary. Main dining room was wonderful. Food and service was European fare and portions, perfect for me! Marketplace Buffet was solid. The variety of global food was amazing. I loved an outdoor open air seating verandah outside Marketplace situated on the stern. A very nice shipboard feature. One experience I discovered was with the fitness center. The windows were facing the jumbotron video above the outdoor central pool area. At dawn the jumbotron aired a slow steady sunrise video which was fully viewable from fitness gurus and anyone else getting outdoor laps in on the track or watching the real sunrise! The deck music was spa-like and relaxing. It seemed that the video sunrise was purposely timed with the actual surnrise! Amazing. The stern Horizon Pool and bar was multi-tierd and was very nice place to gather to watch sunsets and sunrises and a favorite to watch our departure from port, etc. It was well designed, spacious and appealing. Horizon Pool was very well thoughtfully done. Another area we enjoyed was outside deck areas on deck 16 and 17. Perfect place to stroll, watch the ship enter or leave port and catch a glimpse of changing scenery. It provides unobstructed long views from the shipboard side and easy to get too and less visited by others. I noticed these promenades were where a lot of photo buffs set up their tri pods there to film the views. Overall, the public spaces were nicely organized and finished. The use of LED lighting throughout the interior and exterior made the ship look more like the luxurious smaller series of cruise ships. It was easy on the eyes and was adjusted with outdoor lighting creating a wonderful ambience on outdoor decks and inside public spaces. Bravo with that concept. It was well received. The perception of passengers moving from one section or event on the ship to another flowed well it seemed. There were fewer choke points for the masses. The entertainment was very good. The food while European fare, was not as well received by many Americans in my group. But for me it was perfect. For US customers specifically, we had a certain allotment of bottled water at dinner seatings for free. And we were pleased to see it and used it. The staff. Hmm. Maybe because the ship was so new, they were more junior on the job perhaps. Many seemed not certain how to resolve seemingly simple requests outside the norm. One example was that all four of our cabins needed vaccumming when we first arrived. It was a buzz kill to see this on a brand new ship. Maybe the vaccums didnt work? There were no nose tissues on the entire ship either. Maybe the ship was never stocked right. Who knows. Little things, Not a big deal. The Grandiosa is amazing and I cannot wait to sail on her again soon. Thanks to Delpeshe for taking such great care of our group with every need in the dining room. And Rajan for anticipating our needs on the Bistro deck 6. Most employees were amazing and we enjoyed their service on a beautiful ship. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
I brought my whole family to this cruise line which was new to me. At the beginning, we were worried about whether we made a wrong decision. But now, my whole family LOVES this new cruise line. If you are a person who only cares about ... Read More
I brought my whole family to this cruise line which was new to me. At the beginning, we were worried about whether we made a wrong decision. But now, my whole family LOVES this new cruise line. If you are a person who only cares about eating food in the buffet, you will be definitely disappointed. This cruise ship only provides okay food in the buffet restaurants, but it offers a COMPLEMENTARY DINNER in a designated restaurant everyday where the great meals are comparable to those in the specialty restaurants of other cruise line companies. Moreover, this ship provides FREE CHILD CARES for a range of ages. The teacher in the baby care center is really a great one. An amazing WATER PARK for children provides unforgettable memory for our family. We all likes the shows in the theater every night. Although there are some bad apples, most of the staffs are very friendly and nice. They worked together to provide excellent service. My only complaint is that the advertisements for excursions are not consistent with our experience. They may cut down some activities without notifying you. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
Good mouth of mouth about your company Good value for the service provided The open cinema is state of the art The public area is not congested The food service is diversified and multicultural The mandatory grand washing ... Read More
Good mouth of mouth about your company Good value for the service provided The open cinema is state of the art The public area is not congested The food service is diversified and multicultural The mandatory grand washing before entering the dining hall is very EFFECTIVE in preventing food poisoning I noticed there us a staff shortage in the watering team. Used cutleries were not cleared soon enough. The entertainment is very pleasing and enjoyable . The exercise equipment on the open area in the bow area is very creative. The Karioke provided us with lots of laughing and fun. The young ones in particular enjoyed the singing so much. There should be Free Wifi for all guestrooms in today's market. The gym is well equipped and staffed. It would be more wonderful if the outdoor pool could be 10 meters bigger! The disabled passengers were well catered for so everyone had a great time. The security clearance prior and post shore leave were efficient. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
This was a family cruise set in motion by my 86 year old dad, who wanted to cross visiting Aruba off of his bucket list. There were 8 of us altogether; my wife and I, my dad, my brother, my cousin and his wife and a second cousin and his ... Read More
This was a family cruise set in motion by my 86 year old dad, who wanted to cross visiting Aruba off of his bucket list. There were 8 of us altogether; my wife and I, my dad, my brother, my cousin and his wife and a second cousin and his girlfriend. We boarded the Adventure of the Seas at Port Everglades in Ft. Lauderdale. Embarkation was smooth, and we were on board the ship in less than an hour. Once on board, we explored the ship and took our time making our way to the Windjammer for lunch. Having read all the advice about avoiding this venue on embarkation day, we still went along with our group, and was surprised to see that while it was crowded, we were able to find a table without too much trouble. The food was typical buffet fare - good and filling but not fantastic. My wife and I booked an interior cabin on deck 10, port side aft. Having booked interior cabins before, we knew what to expect. The room was compact, but clean and comfortable. Since we find that we spend very little time in our cabin on a cruise, an interior space is perfect for our needs and is certainly more affordable. Our cabin steward, Clifton, kept our cabin spotless and regularly inquired if we needed anything. Although we didn't receive them every evening, we were greeted by three or four "towel animals" during our cruise, which are always fun. Adventure of the Seas has enough dining options to satisfy just about everyone. We decided against specialty restaurants on our cruise, and were very happy with the complimentary options that were available. We ate in the main dining room 5 nights, and enjoyed it very much. The meals were tasty and filling. On our second formal night we had prime rib and lobster tail, and were even offered and accepted seconds on the lobster! Our waiter Agnelo and our assistant waiter Eddie, were great! They were friendly, attentive, and entertaining! Eddie brought each meal to a close by sharing magic tricks with us. We still are wondering how he did them! Breakfast was usually in the Windjammer. We enjoy the variety of breakfast foods available. Everyone could find something they liked. I would say too, that the coffee on this ship was much better than what we experienced last year on the Allure of the Seas. Has RCI changed the coffee company it deals with? If so, we applaud the move! We made good use of the Cafe Promenade too. A great place to people watch, enjoy a cup of coffee, or a late night slice (or two or three!) of pizza! We also enjoyed the entertainment options available on the Adventure. Evening shows were varied, and while we didn't think the Royal Caribbean Singers & Dancers were the best we've seen, the orchestra was great! The hypnotist, the Elton John impersonator and the comedian were probably the best of the evening performances. Let me give some praise to Royal Caribbean for a current program running on most, if not all of their ships. One afternoon on a sea day, they had a special Veteran's Reception for all passengers who are vets. The orchestra played military branch tributes, there was a large cake, and special recognition was given to a couple of WW2 veterans in the group. My dad, an Army vet, attended and we were all very touched at this salute to all who have served our nation. Service on Adventure of the Seas was exemplary! The entire crew, from captain to maintenance worker, seemed to always greet us with smiles and we were asked numerous times thru the cruise if there was anything we needed or wanted to make our experience on board any better. The crew exuded a genuinely friendly vibe, and it was very much appreciated. We visited the "ABC" Islands - Aruba, Bonaire, and Curacao. All three were beautiful, and it was our first time visiting. Palm Beach on Aruba was beautiful, and we enjoyed walking the beach and swimming in the sea. Of the three islands though, Curacao was our personal favorite. The architecture of the town and the friendliness of the locals was great! The standout feature for us tho, was the pontoon bridge that actually swings open like a door when a boat needs to come thru! Very unique! We did no excursions on any of the islands, so I can't speak to that, although my cousins rented an ATV in Aruba to see the island and a golf cart in Curacao. They enjoyed tooling around the islands that way and got to see much of the natural wonders of each. Our group consisted of adults, no kids, though we ranged in age from late 20's to the 50's to 80's! And once again, even with such a wide spread of ages, we were all able to find fun and enjoyable things to do which made it a fantastic cruise for everybody! I would highly recommend Adventure of the Seas and would not hesitate to sail her again; in fact, I hope someday we can! Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
The Majestic Princess is a beautiful, yet majestic cruise ship, which I recommend everyone single person in the world to set foot on. The cabins, staff, restaurants, activities and services were excellent. Our cabin, D535 on Deck 9 was ... Read More
The Majestic Princess is a beautiful, yet majestic cruise ship, which I recommend everyone single person in the world to set foot on. The cabins, staff, restaurants, activities and services were excellent. Our cabin, D535 on Deck 9 was immaculate every time I set foot in it; thus, I give special thanks to the room stewards of Dolphin Deck 9, Kong (China) and Neil (Philippines). As for the dining, I give special thanks to the waiter Musor (Thailand) and junior waiter Narry (Philippines) from the Concerto Dining Room on Plaza Deck 5, who have been so kind and helpful to us for the 8 nights of our cruise. Unlike many other cruises, I feel that the Majestic Princess is one of the only cruises that produce enrichment activities such as trivias, challenges and mini-games. The activities, in my opinion, are extremely organised and fun. Similarly, for fitness, there was a miscellaneous variety of sports available on the Sun Deck (17) Sports Deck ( 18) and the Sky Deck (19) and on Deck 16, were two massive swimming pools. To sum it all up, I would conclude that my 8-night, 9-day journey on the Majestic Princess would be considered as one that is never to be forgotten. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
We chose the western Caribbean because we had never sailed that area before. We really love the Eastern Caribbean so thought it was worth a shot. Our group was rather large (12 of us, ranging in age from 37-67), but that's par for ... Read More
We chose the western Caribbean because we had never sailed that area before. We really love the Eastern Caribbean so thought it was worth a shot. Our group was rather large (12 of us, ranging in age from 37-67), but that's par for the course when our family vacations. We all arrived to Weston FL the day before (some by car and some by plane). We like Weston the day before a cruise sails because it's very relaxing, clean, and the Courtyard is close to some nice shops and restaurants. The Courtyard is an excellent hotel and has much better prices than the hotels close to the Port. Throw in the cost of an Uber from the airport and then to the Port, and it was still much more economical. Add that into the experience and I highly recommend it for the pre-cruise stay. Can't get started without some pre-cruise festivities, so we had a few drinks at the Courtyard bar (nice selection for a hotel bar) and then walked to the Carolina Ale House, about a 10 minute stroll. It was a nice time to chat, catch up some, and get excited about the fast approaching cruise. Carolina Ale House has pretty good food and an great beer selection, all at a very reasonable price. On the way back to the hotel, there are a number of little shops, plus a liquor store that usually does a free tasting each night. This night was a special rum on hand. We purchased a collection of Jefferson Bourbon's and some nice Cuban cigars and strolled back to the hotel. The ladies did what ladies do and us men went out by the pool and had some bourbon and cigars while planning our 7 days on the Sky Princess. A great start to our vacation!! The embarkation the next day was very smooth. The Medallion seems to have streamlined the process. From dropping off the bags to the Porters until we stepped foot on the ship was about 45 minutes, but most of that was going through Security and stopping to register our extra bottles of wine. It's a $15 corkage fee for anything over 1 bottle per passenger, which is a nice deal if you bring some good wines that would cost twice the purchase price on the ship. We usually bring 8 bottles total, so pay $90 corkage fee. They put a sticker on the 6 bottles we have tagged for the Main Dining Room (MDR). First impression of the Sky: WOW!!! It was so beautiful and new...had that new car smell if you know what I mean. I've been on the Regal, so the same class of ship, but the Sky just seemed a little more elegant right from the start. The elevators were quite crowded, which happened a few times during the cruise, but I found that using the elevators in the fore or aft were much easier to secure. Of course, being on Caribe (Deck 10), we walked the steps quite a bit. One must do something to combat the pound a day trying to relocate itself on our bodies, and walking the steps helps. I do find down is much easier than up. LOL! For the record, we spent 10 days on the road total and I gained 6.5 pounds, so I can live with that. The luggage was a little slow to arrive to the rooms, but it gave us ample time to explore the ship, find a few cold buckets of beer hanging out at the pool, and still have no issues making the Muster. It's common knowledge I guess, but you don't bring your life jackets any more. Truth is, most of what you cover deals with safety and throwing stuff in the toilets and trash in general than what we do if we hit an iceberg near Grand Cayman or the candles used during the Bakes Alaska March ignite (yeah, I know, they are lights now...but I'm reminiscing a little). They did stress over and over (which was good with me) to wash your hands...wash your hands...wash your hands. I think my tally was somewhere in the 1000 times range!! We did the late seating in the TD room...it changed from 7:15 until 7:45. That actually worked out better for two reasons: 1) the port times synched up better with the late dining and 2) the shows that were at 6:30 provided plenty of leeway to get to dinner. Most of the shows were about 45-55 minutes long. I'll cover more on the shows as I go from day-to-day. We had 2 tables of 6 seated right beside each other. Our Waiter, Aaron and his sidekick, Pedro, were very good at what they do. We like the TD because we enjoy meeting our servers and sort of having extended family on board each evening for dinner. The meals were all very good. On night number one I requested a bowl of Fettuccini Alfredo every evening for the table as part of our appetizers and sure enough, we had one delivered every night. I'll get into the food piece more, but suffice to say, the first dinner was fantastic and they didn't go down from there. We ate in the MDR 5 of the 7 nights. After dinner, we explored a little more of the ship, most of us donated a few bucks at the casino, and then we met on our balconies (5 of the 6 rooms were opened up together) and had a bottle of champagne, had some great conversation and then called it an evening. Day #2...a Day at Sea! Sunday was our sea day heading down to Grand Cayman and the weather was fantastic. The seas were pretty calm and the sun was shining bright. Can't ask for much more than that. Well, except perhaps a few lounge chairs to sit on. Yeah, I know it's a sore subject with many people and I'm sure some folks reading this are guilty of being part of the problem. When you arrive at the pool area and half the seats stay empty for hours but they all have towels attached to them, it's an issue! We didn't let that deter us, however, as we gathered along the seating area near one of the pools and enjoyed the morning. Both pools on Deck 16 mid-ship are very nice. Plus, there are plenty of Jacuzzis around the pool and on Deck 17 overlooking the pool. Plus, there are a lot of sitting areas with comfortable chairs or couches. Bottom line was that we still found a place to gather and have a good time together. MUTS showed the National NFL game that afternoon so the crowd was energetic and a little rowdy. There a plenty of options around the pools for food. The pizza was okay, but not as good as Alfredo's (more later on that), the burgers, fries, brats, and tacos were all very tasty...no issue with any of that. And, of course, who can goof up soft serve ice cream? No one!!! Plus, the buffet was well stocked, the food choices were spread out nicely, and unlike some previous cruises, it seemed like there was seating available for 4 -6 people without too much scouting around. The service for drinks was sometimes spotty, but overall the service was fine. After lunch we did find a bit of a gem and it became one of our go to places...the Wakeview Pool and Bar area. It's Aft on Deck 16, but has seating all around it on Deck 17. There were plenty of chairs on Deck 17 to provide for our entire party of 12 most days. The bar had some of the better bartenders. If you like a good Bloody Mary, I highly recommend checking out the Wakeview Bar. Sunday was the first Formal Night and was also the showing of Rock Opera, one of the best shows I've seen at sea. We arrived to the Princess Theater around 6:00 and had no problem whatsoever getting a row of 10 seats on the right side about halfway up the aisle. Not sure if we just got lucky, but it wasn't the case for one of the other shows later in the week. Rock Opera was fantastic. It lasted about 45 minutes was the best entertainment in the theater the entire cruise. I highly recommend seeing that show!! After the show, it was off to dinner in the Cielo DR. Okay, I'm sure everyone is holding their collective breathes to know how everyone was dressed. Let me first say, how you dress doesn't effect my experience whatsoever, so take all of this with a grain of salt. I would guess that the vast majority of men were either wearing a tuxedo or a dark suit or jacket. I saw a few men in dress shirts with or without tie, but nothing more casual than that. At least 80% had tux, jacket, or tie. Our party were all in tuxedos, but we cheat because my best friend owns a Formal Wear shop. Almost every lady was dressed in a gown or very nice (what I call) "Go to a Wedding Dress". I wish I would have taken pictures of the menus, but I try to stay away form the technology thing when I'm on vacation. I will say, every night provided at least a few very good choices and we never had a bad meal. Just a few additional thoughts: If you would like something special, ask. We had a guy that loves feta cheese. He asked the server about getting some the first night...the server went to his supervisor and don't you know, they sent a plate of feta over to the table every night as an appetizer. We brought wine on board and paid the corkage fee to drink it in the MDR. Well worth the $15 because we had a nice bottle that on board would have been much more expensive for the same quality, even when adding the $15 fee. Day #3...Grand Cayman! This was our first time to the Western Caribbean, so we decided to leave the ship and check out Seven-Mile beach. For those not aware, Grand Cayman in a Tender Port, and since there were 4 ships in port that day, the Tenders were going back and forth to all the ships at a pretty steady pace. Since we didn't have an excursion planned and because we aren't elite, we didn't rush to get to the Tenders...those other groups have priority (as long as your excursion is through Princess). Once we decided to leave the ship, it only took a few minutes to meet in the designated area, receive our pass (I think it was a Walrus), get called to board the tender, and then head to shore. The longest wait was on the Tender waiting to fill her up. Once we got to shore, we looked for a taxi and went to Seven-Mile's public beach. The port area was not very impressive, although there are some nice shops just outside the port area. The cost to the public beach was pretty minimal. Friendly note: the cabbies heading to the public beach have a bit of an agreement it seems with the folks at the public beach that rent chairs and umbrellas. They tried to do a hard sell when we arrived (we had a party of 6) and 2 of the folks in our party got sucked in. The rest of us turned right out of the van and headed for Calico Jack's. It's adjacent to the public beach area and is a pretty nice little bar/restaurant with good food and decent prices for Grand Cayman. Truth is, Grand Cayman is a bit pricey compared to all the other stops we've made in the Eastern or Southern Caribbean, or the rest of this trip. We had a nice time though at Calico Jack's and then we moseyed down the beach to meet up with the other two folks. They had rented 2 chairs and an umbrella for about $20. The beach there was very crowded, but a nice view out over the water. After about another half hour or so we climbed into a cab and headed back to the port for a little shopping. We didn't really find too many deals besides the Tortuga Rum Cakes. They had some good deals on those. I'm sure there are some nice excursions if that's your thing, but otherwise, my next trip to Grand Cayman will likely be a nice day on board around the pools. We made our way back to the ship and went to the Wakeview Pool for a little more time in the sun. After all, if you come back from a Caribbean Cruise without a tan (or burn) people look at you funny. I will say that for those that enjoy a cold adult beverage, the buckets of beer are a pretty good deal. I'm a bit fond of the Ultimate Mai Tai though. The show that evening was Showtime: Magician Michael Barron. We arrived at 6:00 for the 6:30 show and again had little issue finding a group of seats. Granted, we were not in the middle section or 10 rows away, but for the most part, there aren't bad seats in the Theater (an exception to that will be discussed later). The show was pretty entertaining. I'm not sure how these Magicians can do some of the tricks they do...I assume they sold their souls to the devil...but needless to say, he was very good and I highly recommend this show as well. After the show we met up for dinner and decided to throw a wrench into our servers day. All the guys (6 of us) sat at the same table and the ladies sat at the other table. It's one of those fun things we like to do as a group. We've been known to draw names for seating and really switch things up. Since the server isn't trying to figure out the "Bill" it's not an issue and is a fun way to mix up the conversation during the trip. After dinner we decided to hit the Casino and try and throw a few dice. Most nights the Craps table was way too crowded. It's the most popular game (besides slots) in the Casino, but they only have 1 table that accommodates about 10-12 folks. They really should have 2 tables, since it's only open at 8:00 pm, even on sea days. There were a few table games with no one playing or 1 seat filled. For those interested in the "smoke" in the casino, truth is I only noticed it one night. That was when I was playing Blackjack on a table that was close to the smoking section. That was pretty annoying and after about 20 minutes I got up and left. Not sure why they allow that. On the other hand, I know folks have asked about the smoke from Churchill's and/or the Casino and Take Five. I never had an issue of smoke from either one while hanging out in Take Five. Speaking of Take Five, it's a pretty nice spot, but the music most evenings was a little loud. It makes for difficult conversation. We tried to substitute Take Five for Crooners and it just didn't work out the same. We could hang at Crooners and do pre-dinner martinis each night and listen to some nice music...so much so that we head to break ourselves away to get to dinner. Not so much with Take Five. It never had that same kind of feeling or atmosphere. I hate to say, but besides itinerary in the future, whether a ship has Crooners or not will make a difference. Day #4...Costa Maya!! We didn't come along side the dock until about 1130 that morning so it was a great day to start with mimosas on the balconies. 5 of our 6 rooms were all mini-suites on the Caribe deck that were next to each other. That allowed for the steward to open the passage way between balconies. Okay, a few issues here: 1) the balconies are definitely pretty small. They all had 2 chairs and a little table, but in order to stretch out at all, you needed to turn the chair sideways (facing the table). You could sit in it facing the water, but you had very little leg room and the balcony rail was at the exact same height as the eye level for a normal 5' 9" guy (me). Truth is, we all stood up out on the balconies much more than we ever sat down. 2) Some of the dividers actually impede movement through the sliding glass door, depending on if the divider folds in towards your balcony or away from your balcony. So, out of the 5 balconies together, 2 had there doorways partially blocked. This, IMHO, was a design flaw. They needed to have every other sliding glass door open from the opposite side. However, in the big picture of things, it didn't deter us any. After a few mimosas on the balconies, we went down to the MDR (Estrella) for breakfast. We like doing the sit down much more than the buffet if we have some extra time. This day did not disappoint. The omelet was great, the coffee was hot, the fruit was fresh, and the bagel was toasted. No complaints. Our excursion for the day was an all-inclusive that I was made aware of by reading Cruise Critic...Maya Chan Beach Resort. I had made reservations many months in advance because I heard they are normally booked quickly. Man, the stories one can tell from this single adventure. It all started when we left the ship. I want to say there were 4 ships on the piers...one of the mega Royal Caribbean ships, a very large MSC, and a Carnival ship. I may have gotten those off a little, but the jest of it is...the place was packed. Maya Chan had sent a map of the "quickest" route through the port area and to their pick-up location. Talk about a maze and wall to wall people. I've never seen quite a fiasco. To complicate it all, have 12 people try to follow each other through a massive wave of bodies. Some how we survived the trek and about 10-15 minutes later we stood at the pick-up point just outside the port gates. The rep from Maya Chan did exactly what we expected...showed us a picture of the beaches and the incredible amount of sargassum grass in the water and on the beach. She then gave us an opportunity to decline going there and getting a refund. Because I heard that the grass could be bad, but the shaded areas, hammocks, food, and beverages was well worth it, we decided to go. Of course, once we left the paved (sort of...mostly bricks) roads we ended up on an old country road of dirt that had pot holes multiplying as we drove. Made for a good laugh and people humming the song from Deliverance! Funny, the van in front of us with the other half of our group was doing the same thing. Great minds...or twisted minds...think alike. It was a little rough getting there, but I must say, it was worth the adventure. We had a nice shaded spot right by their small swimming pool and bathrooms...12 seats, a few little tables, a beach bed of some sort and 2 hammocks. The staff was very attentive and brought whatever you needed...like lots of rum punch, cold beer, or shots of rum. The food was as authentic Mexican as I have aver eaten...absolutely delicious. A few of us even fended off the sargassum and went on the canoes into the water for a while. All in all, it was a very relaxing day and fun was had by all!! We returned in time to do a little shopping. There were not very many folks around by 5:00...nothing like the massive amount of humanity earlier in the day. We had a nice stroll back to the ship, stopped for a cold beer, and a few folks took a swim in the pool at the local club. We arrived on ship in time for showers and a nice pre-dinner drink. On this night, however, we passed on the MDR and did the Mongolian B-B-Q in the World Fresh Marketplace. It was very good!! Plenty of fresh vegetables and meats and extras to throw on the plate and have the chef cook on the grill top. After that we went down to the Casino and finally had a few spots on the Craps table where we took over for a while and had a blast throwing the dice. To top it all off, we all won at least a few bucks!! We topped the night off with a little Karaoke. My daughter-in-law has a great voice as does one of the young men with us...they both did great as did so many other guests. It was a very entertaining evening. Day #5...Roatan. This was a strange day indeed. The day started out pretty normal as we had a mimosa and hung out on the balconies for a few minutes. For the record: order your coffee and a pastry or fresh fruit to the room in the morning and put down 2 orange juice per person. They are just the right size that you can make a nice mimosa in the glass provided in your stateroom. But I digress! Today was our snorkel day because we heard Roatan is some of the best snorkeling in the Western Caribbean. In order to meet our needs, we booked an excursion through Princess on the Jolly Roger. It's a large catamaran that sails you to a semi-secluded spot on the island, provides some gear for an hour long snorkel, then some traditional Caribbean food, and a ride back highlighted by rum punch. We have done a similar excursion last year in Antigua and were hoping it would be very similar. Not the case!!! In all fairness to the Jolly Roger crew, the waters around Roatan were much rougher than Antigua...we didn't land the boat like in Antigua, so the snorkeling was started with a jump into the water about a 1/4 mile off shore. There were plenty of nice fish and star fish and lots of coral, but it was a struggle to maintain in the rough waters. Some people decided to not go in at all or went in and stayed for a few minutes. We braved the entire hour or so in the water and then headed for the boat. Once everyone was back on board, they served a decent (at best) lunch with mostly rice and 1 average size chicken thigh. Then, as we sailed back, the rum punch flowed freely, but with the rough waters, the lack of motivation on the crew's part, and the equal lack of motivation on the passenger's part, the ride back was less than exciting! I guess the real issue would have been resolved if the captain of the catamaran would have given folks an option by letting them know the water was going to be pretty rough where he was going. Overall...C- on the trip...won't be doing the Jolly Roger again. It was Wednesday and the second formal night. With Thursday being Cozumel and a very late departure, and Friday being the last day and at sea, it was the logical choice for the second formal night. We got ourselves dressed up and headed for the Princess Theater just before 6:00. The show was the Production show called 5 Skies. Issue #1: they only showed it once (at 6:30) so the theater was packed very early. We managed to find some seats scattered about, most of which were on the left side facing the stage. Myself and another guy left to grab some drinks for us and the ladies. During our absence, someone approached my wife and tried to take our seats. She explained we just stepped out for a moment, but the gentleman (I use that term very loosely) decided to give her a piece of his mind and let her know that you can't save seats and basically just went off on her. She became so upset/angry/PO'd that she got up and left, along with the other lady who's husband had gone with me. Incredible how inconsiderate some people are. Long story short...when we returned and they were gone, another person in our party explained the situation so we left as well. Issue #2: it really wasn't a big deal because where we were sitting on the far left side, you couldn't even see half the stage and none of the stage depth. Whoever designed that theater never thought about everyone actually seeing the show. I think part of the issue was the set-up, because I can't imagine the view was obstructed for all shows. Issue #3: Princess did a horrible job evaluating the audience for this show. It was all about Virtual Gaming...something that doesn't really match up with the crowd. My son was in the audience (he's 37) and a gamer, so he had an idea of the premise. He said people walked out after a few minutes and more left later because it made no sense to them. Of course, it allowed them to move to the middle of the row and improve their seats. Princess did not hit the target audience very well! The night greatly improved for us though after we left. We found a nice spot at Crown Grill Bar with an ensemble of young ladies on string instruments playing (Capriccio String Quartet), had a few before dinner drinks (they make a great naked Manhattan) and then proceeded to dinner. It was the surf and turf night and was very delicious. We ended the night by donating a few more dollars to the casino and prepared for a 12 hour port day in Cozumel by hitting the rack early. For the record, the beds on the Sky are very comfortable...not a huge fan though of the pillows. Day #6...Cozumel!! Of all the ports we visited, I think Cozumel was my favorite. Not only did they have plenty of shopping and eats, but we spent the day at a very nice "All-Inclusive" called Mr. Sancho's. The port day was very long...from 1000am until 1000pm (back on the ship time was 0930pm). This afforded a more relaxed day where we could go and enjoy the all-inclusive first and then spend some quality time in and around the shops and restaurants in the port. I recommend you avoid the Duty Free Shop on the way into the port. It was a madhouse, because there were so many large ships in at the same time. The gate to the left of the Shop was open (there was a sign that said workers only...no one paid attention to it). It was a quicker walk to where the security folks were checking bags...mainly for food contraband...I saw a few things confiscated, like sandwiches from the ships. LOL! We had a large party (all 12 of us went to Mr. Sancho's), so here's a head's up on the taxi situation. As we exited the port and hit the taxi stand area, there were folks trying to sell us on using a large van for all 12 of us...$10 per person per way...so $240 for the ride back and forth. We opted to take our chances in the normal cab ride line and secured an 8 pack and 4 pack for a total of $120...actually the 8 pack was $36 each way but we threw them $40...and the 4 pack was $20 each way. Sometimes it pays to shop around. The first question the taxi drivers asked was "did we have reservations?" It seems that Mr. Sancho's is very popular and limits the number of patrons every day. Luckily, we had reservations, so no issues. The cost of Mr. Sancho's was $55 a head...included all the food you could eat (very authentic Mexican as one would expect), all the beverages you cared to consume (alcoholic and non-alcoholic), kayaks, snorkel equipment, and much more. We had a few pick-up water volleyball games, which can be a challenge...especially with a cup of beer in one hand!! There were also many additional sports/activities for an additional cost. They had beach horse back riding, paddle boards (like $25 for an hour), and a bouncy water park...for lack of a better name. I highly recommend the place...it was a great day and very relaxing. We split up some after getting back to the port...some to shop, some to head back to the ship...but I went with my two brothers from another mother and hit up The Three Amigos!! They had some very good Tamales at a reasonable price ($10 for three) and some nice cold adult beverages. Then we passed through the Duty Free heading back to the ship and it was pretty dead...made it easy to see the potential goods. Since it was a late port, there was no Traditional Dining available...it was Anytime in all the dining rooms. We opted to try Alfredos later in the evening since those tamales had filled the hole pretty well. Alfredos was pretty solid overall. The group I was with had a few different types of pizza and they were all pretty well made. The minestrone soup was also very tasty, as well as the antipasti (2 different ones). The only complaint I heard was from my son who ate there later and said the ham they used in the calzone was too high a concentration of water, so the calzone was a little too "wet". Overall, the day was very pleasant and a great way to set us up for the final day of our journey. Day #7...Sea Day enroute to Port Everglades! It's always a sad day when you are on the final stretch to Port, but this was a very nice and relaxing cruise, so I didn't really stress too much. The day started out as normal...mimosa's on the balcony and then a nice light breakfast in the dining room. We always like to hit the dining room for breakfast when it's a lazy morning because we know it is always going to be a great experience. The Sky was not a disappointment in that regard. After breakfast we made our way back to the Wakeview Pool area for a nice spicy Bloody Mary and a relaxing morning in the sun. The pool was quite pleasant and the view over the back of the ship is very unique for a swimming pool. It was pretty much a lazy day. We don't really get into the Trivia games or bingo, but we did have a group of us do the Golf Challenge on Deck 18 and then hung out afterwards and played some bocce ball. That was a great time. The recreational area offers all kinds of fun...mini golf, bocce ball, basketball, ping pong, etc... The show that evening was the Crew Talent Show and I must say, I was impressed with some of the talent we witnessed. The highlight of the show was the bartender that sang My Way! Not quite Frankie, but pretty darn impressive!! At dinner they had the usual surf and turf and topped the evening off with the traditional Baked Alaska March. I actually stepped out a little that last night and ordered the 14 oz. Rib eye and Lobster Tail from Crown Grill. It is an upcharge, but I felt like ending the last dinner in fashion and it was well worth the cost. The Dis-embarkment Process was very smooth and easy...took very little time, so I'll leave you with that!!! TIDBITS or Things of Interest I may have left out (answers all those lingering questions I read on CC all the time): * There was always plenty of butter on the table...never had to ask for extra pads/balls * The soft serve ice cream was exceptionally good...I think they may have tweaked their recipe a bit * Never tried the Ernesto Burger (didn't want to wait that long for it), but the other burgers were pretty tasty...and the fries!!! * The Chair Hogs are out and in full force...sent my displeasure to Princess in my formal feedback...not sure they can actually address the subject though...it really comes down to lack of integrity by those abusing the system!! * Definitely prefer the Eastern and Southern Caribbean over the Western...it was nice but not the same. * No evidence of smoke in Take Five from Churchill's like some have reported...it could just be the day and/or time of day I suppose, but we went before dinner a few nights and it was fine * The area around the roulette table did have an issue with smoke because the smoking area in the casino I'm guessing is around those slots adjacent to the Roulette Table...that was a little bothersome * The new process for photos is much, much better...no prints...you go to a computer and it loads all the pics of you from facial recognition...or so it expect...and there was very little "Upsell" for photos going on...that's a plus * In fact, it seemed like I wasn't approached a single time for selling me a massage, a photo, a t-shirt or anything else...I don't remember one time being approached, so perhaps they are moving away form the hard sell tactics...let's hope * There was always something fun going on in the Atrium...from line dancing, to aerobic workouts, to comedy or fantastic musicians...it was nice to have so many differing things to attend if you wished * Not having Crooners was a mistake...single biggest disappointment on the ship...although Take Five was okay. * Food is subjective, but the variety in the MDR and the Buffet were good and I don't remembering trying anything I didn't like Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
This cruise was 3 years in the making for us, and at a not inconsiderable cost, I am thrilled to say it was worth every cent. If there was a 6 star option I would choose it. Firstly, sorry for the lengthy descriptions below. Before we ... Read More
This cruise was 3 years in the making for us, and at a not inconsiderable cost, I am thrilled to say it was worth every cent. If there was a 6 star option I would choose it. Firstly, sorry for the lengthy descriptions below. Before we booked this cruise there was little to no information available, so I’ve gone a bit over the top with the detail in case you’re like me and prefer to know what to expect, to be able to plan appropriately. We did the 12 day Antarctica in Depth from Ushuaia departing on 7 Dec 2019. Return internal flights from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia were included in the Scenic quote, but we wanted to have a few days in Ushuaia before the cruise, so Scenic happily refunded our inbound flight portion, and we booked our own one-way flight with Aerolineas Argentinus. I urge you to do this – we did a half day Tierra Del Fuego National Park tour from Ushuaia with Canal Fun and Nature, and really it’s not to be missed. I was also slightly nervous that AA would cancel the inbound flight on the cruise departure day, so wanted to give us a few days buffer. (And ps, the Scenic flight is VERY early in the morning, 7am or so. Ugh, not for me). Ushuaia is a small and walkable town with an interesting history. The “Blue Bus” 1 hr city tour was fun (in a Fawlty Towers kind of way), with steamed up windows and cramped seats, but we had a bit of a laugh, and enjoyed touring through the suburbs and local beauty spots. Embarkation - walking along the Ushuaia pier to Scenic Eclipse was a little bit emotional – we were amongst those impacted by the building delays, so to finally board the ship 12 months on from the original departure date was quite surreal. Boarding was quick (even for us who forgot to attach our luggage tags to the luggage, duh), and we were in our cabin within 15 minutes of arriving – the luggage arrived just a minute later. Cabin - #627 was a Deluxe Verandah (almost the “middle of the middle” of the ship – booked to minimize sea sickness) on the starboard side, and was plenty big enough for the 2 of us. It had a king size bed (like sleeping on a cloud), a little seating area, heaps of storage, usb charging points next to the bed (yes!), dyson hairdryer (whoa!), unlimited free wifi (sometimes with drop outs, but well … Antarctica !), excellent block out blinds, and an adequate verandah with table and two chairs. Everything was fresh and new. This particular cabin had the bed facing “backwards” ie. When lying in bed you’re looking towards the back of the ship, not forwards to what’s coming up in front. I found this a little disconcerting, but not a major drama. Don’t worry about whether port or starboard is better – there will be 360 degrees of stunning scenery, and the ship often turns to cater for the sub, so either side will afford mind-blowing views. The shower-room was well-lit with a storage mirror above the vanity, drawer space, and open shelving to the side. Others have commented on the lack of towel hanging space with only two hooks, but ours also had a large towel rail next to the vanity; perhaps this has since been incorporated. Large pump-packs of Espa toiletries – shampoo, conditioner, bodywash, handwash and moisturiser were provided. I found the shampoo very drying, but perhaps this was due to the overall very dry air in Antarctica. I found the all-in-one vanity unit slightly annoying because I like to put my makeup bag on the vanity itself, but there was no dry space to do this. Just a slight niggle. There is one MAJOR pain in both Verandah and Deluxe Verandah cabin styles – the large “opening outwards” wardrobe doors. We often crashed into each other if the wardrobe door and bathroom door were open at the same time. This was compounded by the swaying of the ship, which often meant being wacked on the head or back trying to get clothes out of the wardrobe (remember you’ll be accessing the wardrobes several times a day going to and from excursions). Successfully making a coffee with the amenities door and fridge door open, crashing into you while holding boiling hot water, was at times a super-human effort! We would most definitely upgrade to a Grand Deluxe cabin with the walk in wardrobe if cruising again on this ship. Yes we would cruise on this ship again. Sliding doors with strong magnets on Scenic Eclipse 2 please. OK that’s the not so good out of the way. In every other aspect, this cruise was SPECTACULAR ! Common areas – luxurious, comfortable, immaculate, spacious. The Discovery Lounge was the go to place at the end of each day to swap photos and have a nightly cocktail (or 4) with other cruisers. The Theatre was very comfortable – a handful of seats though faced a structural column, so get there 10 minutes before the lectures to nab a good seat. Fellow Passengers - There were 199 Passengers on-board – 50% Aussies, 20% each US/UK, with the remainder being a small mix of Canadians, Germans and Asians. There were a handful of very well behaved teenagers on this cruise; it's not a cruise for young children, and there were none on-board. Butler, Cabin Steward and Restaurant Staff – always a smile and nothing too much trouble. When I tried on my Scenic supplied jacket on day one I found it a little snug … a quick call to Steve our Butler, and within one minute (yes one minute !), he was at the door with a larger size. Was he sitting in the coat storage cupboard ? I have no idea, but his response time to any issue was really quite incredible. Restaurant bookings were organised without a hitch, and Richard kept our cabin immaculately clean and complimentary items always stocked. Again, always with a friendly greeting when we met in the hallway. Expedition Team and Excursions – this is where we learnt that a Zodiac Driver is not just a Zodiac Driver! While being transported onshore, more often than not Chris the Marine Biologist, or Sarah the Geomorphologist, or Pepe the Ornithologist would be sharing their knowledge of the local environment or fauna. Simply incredible knowledge and experience has been brought together on this cruise. There were daily enrichment lectures in the theatre (or simulcast on the cabin tv) by the Team. Danny the Expedition Leader was inspirational and seemed to be everywhere at once, keeping an eye on proceedings and making sure Passengers and Crew were safe. Danny honestly deserves an 11/10 (and perhaps cloning?). Kayaking was our favourite excursion – silently gliding amongst icebergs while penguins are porpoising next to (and under) you while the snow drifts gently down … OMG this was the epitome of the million pinch me moments of this cruise. Sub and Helicopter – Having a lower category cabin may have affected our ability to get onto “the list” for these activities. My husband desperately wanted to go on the sub - each day he dutifully checked the list at reception. It wasn’t until the last day that he was offered a ride. We put our names down for the helicopter but never made it on. I didn’t really care either way, but this was our only negative activity feedback to Scenic - the lack of communication around these extra activities and having to keep checking if you were one of ‘the chosen ones’. It got a bit tedious. I expect those booking the higher cabin categories were given preference, though we found out later that other people in the same cabin category were offered 2 helicopter rides, so go figure. A few weeks before we cruised, Scenic emailed an ‘expression of interest’ for these activities - my husband put down the sub, but we didn’t put down the helicopter, and we didn’t attend the helicopter briefing session on the ship - maybe that affected our chances, even though we filled out the helicopter form on the ship twice. So express interest, attend briefing sessions, and fill out the form on the ship - this should give you a better chance. My husband’s sub was around 30 minutes all up and cost USD$295 pp (worth every cent he said). The Helicopter was around USD$795 pp for 20 minutes, Yikes. Others we spoke to raved about it, so probably worth it in the grand scheme of things. Dining – Wow ! Beautifully presented and always fresh – incredible given there are no provisioning stops during the cruise. The Lumiere degustation is something not to be missed – ask your Butler to book it when you arrive. The menu changes every four days, so going back a second or third time is recommended. The Teppanyaki also needs to be booked in advance if you’re interested. You can simply turn up at any of the other restaurants. Our favourites were Kokos Asian Fusion and Azure Café (healthy options always available). Tips (Antarctica Specific) - • If arriving from Australia, stay at least 5 days in Buenos Aires (beautiful city) to settle into the new time zone and to get over the long flights (I suffered jet-lag for the first 4 days). Also 2 days in Ushuaia before the cruise. • The Scenic chartered flights have a 23kg baggage limit. Be careful of Aerolineas Argentinus which has 15kgs. We paid an extra $15 to have 2 x 15kg bags instead. And no, they won’t let you put it all in one 23kg bag, very inflexible. If you receive the opportunity to upgrade to Business Class … DO IT ! We received an email a couple of days before the flight, paid $50USD pp, and were blown away by the spacious comfortable leather seat, plus a 23kg bag limit, score. It was the best $50 I’ve ever spent - Economy was certainly cramped on the way back to Buenos Aires. • During the cruise you’ll cop a bit of spray in the zodiacs, and if the wind is up it’s bitterly cold, so you most definitely need waterproof pants and gloves (both glove liners with smartphone touchpads, plus waterproof ski type gloves). Scenic will supply the double layered waterproof jacket and knee-high rubber boots to keep you snug and stable on the snow. A neck gaiter/warm scarf and beanie/furry hat are also mandatory. The Scenic website now has a comprehensive “Polar Packing List” – check it out. • You can get away with just two sets of thermals – the ship has 3 large (i.e can do two loads of washing at once) commercial self- service washers and dryers, so it is very easy to throw washing in at the end of the day. We washed 3 times during the 12 days and never had an issue with availability in the laundry. • An good SLR camera with a 300mm zoom and sports mode will get you incredible wildlife photos. See penguin shot taken from our cabin verandah. • You don’t need super-dressy clothes, most Passengers were quite casual. My husband brought a nice dress jacket that he never used, and it took up considerable space (and weight!) in his bag. At night it was more smart casual, I wore black trousers and a nice top. The ship stays warm (perhaps a tad too warm at times), so we wore t-shirts and chinos/slacks/jeans during the day. • Pack Kwells or other sea-sickness tablets - the Drake Passage can be rocky (duh). Waves were only 3-4 meters during our 36 hour journeys to/from the Peninsula, but probably 20% of the Passengers were unwell and stayed in their cabins. I took a Kwell as soon as we rounded Cape Horn (about midnight day one) and had no issues from then on. Same for the return trip. It’s smooth sailing for the 9 days in Antarctica. • Take a few moments to sit down with the penguins. There’s a 5 meter exclusion zone for the penguins – but they don’t have to abide by it ! Have your camera ready because the Adelies are very curious and will come right up to you for a good look. The penguins were nesting on their eggs during our visit, which started hatching around 20 December. Would I cruise again on Scenic Eclipse ? Unreservedly YES. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
We chose this cruise because of the new ship ( Encore). We were on the 12 deck balcony cabin in the aft part of the ship. It was a little tight. Had a coffee maker in the cabin it made one cup at a time, that was a pleasant surprise. The ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of the new ship ( Encore). We were on the 12 deck balcony cabin in the aft part of the ship. It was a little tight. Had a coffee maker in the cabin it made one cup at a time, that was a pleasant surprise. The pools were very small for the amount of people, be prepared to just dip in and not swim . Dinning was very disorganized. On the first night we sat for 2 hours and ate rolls berfor we complained then the food came. 10 of us sat at 5:30 finally finished at 8:30. Food was good. After that the staff was apologetic and went out of there way to accommodate us at the main dinning room for the rest of the cruise. Specialty dinning, we ate at Cagney, Ocean Blue, and La Bestro, all al la cart , all very good. Entertainment was very good, activities were good but a little pricey. 15 dollars per person for the go kart track, the game room on top by the go kart track was I thought pricey also, 50 dollars per person all day or 8 dollars per game, nice experience and fun on both activities. Service was great all around but, it seemed like they lacked help. We had teenagers with us and they had a good time. Now about the booking, we traveled with my kids and grand kids 10 of us in all. We booked a year in advance all rooms together. We were on the aft part of the ship, for some reason the main office or someone took it upon themselves to put my son and wife and 2 grand children and move them to the 10th deck forward without saying anything except at check in , that was totally wrong. Nothing could be made up for that, kind of like, take it or leave it. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
We had an extended family vacation with ages 4 - 70. Everyone had a great time! Lots to do for everyone. Third & fourth passengers were free so it was affordable for us to bring our kids. The ship was great because it was high energy ... Read More
We had an extended family vacation with ages 4 - 70. Everyone had a great time! Lots to do for everyone. Third & fourth passengers were free so it was affordable for us to bring our kids. The ship was great because it was high energy spaces as well as low key quiet areas. The observation deck is great place to grab a snack. The Local was a great place for lunch & we loved the board games on deck 6. We booked our excursions thru our travel agency. Whale watching in Puerto Vallarta thru EcoTours was superb. We saw 8 whales! Comedy shows were really good & we enjoyed the country band and Silent Shout band. All staff were attentive & seemed to enjoy their jobs. The behind the scenes tour offered on the last sea day was very interesting and gave a real look at how the ship works. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
My husband and I went on our first cruise with our children aged 7 and 5 and with my parents. We chose this cruise based on my parents recommendation as they are platinum Princess cruise members so they have enjoyed many Princess cruises ... Read More
My husband and I went on our first cruise with our children aged 7 and 5 and with my parents. We chose this cruise based on my parents recommendation as they are platinum Princess cruise members so they have enjoyed many Princess cruises across the world. We chose the Eastern Caribbean cruise as we wanted to escape the winter cold. The check in and embarkation process was very easy and efficient. We stayed in a mini suite located mid ship on deck 14 (Riveria). The mini suite cabin is perfect for a family of 4 but I’d stay in one as a couple too as you get more space. My husband and I had a very comfortable double bed and the kids slept on bunk beds that were folded away during the day by the cabin steward and turned into a sofa. We had two TVs in our suite, a long table/desk and the bathroom had a shower/bath which was very suitable for us and our kids as they enjoyed the bath. There was plenty of food, beverage and dining options both casual and formal. We chose the anytime dining package as we preferred the flexibility to eat when and where we wanted. The Camp Discovery (kids club) was open everyday in the Morning till midday then reopened at 2pm to 5pm. At night the kids club was open from 7pm to 10pm but we also used the late night babysitting service till 11pm which is only $5 per child and you can extend the time till 1am if you need to. The kids club was excellent and had a fun daily program. The staff were kind, caring and professional. The kids club was well maintained, organised and clean. Our kids had so much fun which gave us time to enjoy plenty of the ships activities or just time to relax. The kids club will even look after your children during port days which is great if you want to explore or participate in more adventurous activities such as zip lining, snorkeling or jet skiing at the beach etc. The food was delicious and the customer service was outstanding. My Mum and I enjoyed the Afternoon high tea in Concertos on several days which was fantastic, highly recommend it! We also dined one night at a speciality restaurant (The Crown Grill) on one of our formal nights, the food and service was outstanding. We enjoyed Horizons buffet for breakfast and often at dinner time, plenty of variety and quality food to choose from, you certainly won’t go hungry! I do like a coffee so was happy to enjoy a latte or two at the International Cafe which is open 24/7. We liked the photography services on board as staff were able to capture several family and more formal couple photos which we ended up purchasing, wonderful memories to take home with us! There was plenty of activities to choose from and the activity and entertainment services was communicated well via a daily ‘Princess Patter’ newsletter delivered to your room or you could access cruise information via the Princess app. The disembarkation process was organised and ran smoothly including getting quick access to our luggage and taxi transfers to the airport. Feedback I’d suggest is that all mini suite cabins for families have a proper bolted child lock on the balcony sliding door just for added safety and protection. We watched our children at all times but the balcony has a small table and two chairs that a child could easily climb onto. The handle on the balcony door was hard to slide open but my 7 year ago had no trouble opening it. We just reinforced to our children that they do not go outside on the balcony without an adult and at night we pushed the coffee table in front of the balcony door, just for our own peace of mind. The only other feedback would be pack a sweater or jacket even if your traveling to a warmer location as I often found the dining and entertainment areas (theater, piazza, casino etc) to be quite cold, the air conditioner is set quite cool around the ship. It was a fun, relaxing and enjoyable 7 day cruise. The quality and standard on the Princess Regal was of a high level. We’d definitely go on another Princess cruise in the future as it was a wonderful first cruise experience for our family! Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
There were a total of 18 people in our group ranging in age from 4-55 plus. There were various activities for everyone to enjoy. The ship was beautiful and well maintained. I especially loved the promenade. The food in the windjammer was ... Read More
There were a total of 18 people in our group ranging in age from 4-55 plus. There were various activities for everyone to enjoy. The ship was beautiful and well maintained. I especially loved the promenade. The food in the windjammer was average and did not seem to change much, dining room was really good and the pizza at Sorrentos was the best I’ve had at sea! Adventure camp was wonderful- my son couldn’t wait to go there in the evenings. Day activities were numerous with pools, water park, rock climbing, mini golf, ect we couldn’t even get to them all in a week. We also loved the parade and carnival that were held on the promenade. The entire staff was friendly and accommodating. We loved the towel animals in our room after supper. In the air show and ice skating show were exceptional. We will definitely be sailing with Royal Caribbean again!! Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
We took our family with five children between the ages of 1 and 9 with us on this Cruise in two fantastica balcony rooms. Everyone was very nice and accommodating. The food was delicious from the main dining room and Buffet - Not one bad ... Read More
We took our family with five children between the ages of 1 and 9 with us on this Cruise in two fantastica balcony rooms. Everyone was very nice and accommodating. The food was delicious from the main dining room and Buffet - Not one bad dish. Our head waiter and helper very efficient and friendly. The splash pad and water slides were very well done. The whole area was great for little kids. The shows were very well done and all the kids sat through them quietly because they were entertained the whole time. Seats were very comfortable. The Dome area and inner Mall are beautiful with many areas to sit and enjoy the beauty. Did not feel too crowded even though the ship was totally full. The balcony room was big enough for all seven of us to hang out in and the balcony was a decent size as well. The bathroom was big enough. There is plenty of storage all of our clothes and items in the room and bathroom. The room was always clean and our room steward was great. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
My family has traveled with Holland America many times in the past and was a little concerned about how the unique style and sophistication of the line would translate in a 2,000 + passenger configuration. The truth is that it translated ... Read More
My family has traveled with Holland America many times in the past and was a little concerned about how the unique style and sophistication of the line would translate in a 2,000 + passenger configuration. The truth is that it translated well. You never felt crowded and you were never confronted with endless lines. The size provided for more options of things to do, more options of places to eat and places to just relax and find quite. We loved some of the new features like the Grand Dutch Cafe, the music walk (Lincoln Center Stage, Billboard, BB King All Stars and the Rolling Stone lounge), Microsoft Studio as well as the tried and true standards. All of these venues dblended perfectly. The music venues were a hit and even our grandsons enjoyed the music and entertainment. But the real hit for these two kids was the Club HAL program. They could not wait to get back to the Kids Klub as they called it. The facilities are incedible with seperate areas for different age/interest groups and the staff was a real hit, caring and responsible. Just proves that you don't need a floating amusment park to satisfy your youngest travelers. The itinerary was perfect. We started with a call at Holland America's private island, Half Moon Cay. Which we made even better by arranging for a cabana to give our group a focal point. Jamaica, Grand Cayman and Cozumel were all casual and beach centric. While the free dining areas were excellent, the specialty restaurants were stand outs. From the Pinnacle Grill to Rudy's to the Tamarind and Canalettos they all addressed a specific cuisine and provided a incredible experience. My only wish is that they open the Sushi restaurant for lunch during the days at sea. All in all we had a very diverse group on board. My wife and I were celebrating our 50th Wedding Anniversary, our kids, young lovers and our two grandsons all found the experience to be exceptional. They are already talking about a return engagement. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
This ship is an old Star Cruises ship ,but has just had a big make over. It has The Palace and normal classes.But do not let this put you off.We sailed normal class and it was good as any other ship We as seasoned cruisers enjoyed ... Read More
This ship is an old Star Cruises ship ,but has just had a big make over. It has The Palace and normal classes.But do not let this put you off.We sailed normal class and it was good as any other ship We as seasoned cruisers enjoyed the ship and crew ,things done a little different than the normal western type of ship ship. We would rate the ship just below Princess over all, how ever the production shows are outstanding, the best we have seen at sea any where in the world .5 Star shows each night,do not miss any of them. They do many things very well , including letting you collect tender tickets the day before you need them so no rush on the day. Mixed crew even though the ship is mainly in the Chinese market , all try their best to please .Things can be lost in translation at times ,but they get things sorted in a happy way. There were many happy seasoned and first time cruisers on board and we look forward to our next cruise on Explorer Dream Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
It was a present for my wife's 65th birthday and was going to the Virgin Islands, she had never been there. We wanted to experience the out Island beach time and the opportunities for the other beautiful beaches offered. We also ... Read More
It was a present for my wife's 65th birthday and was going to the Virgin Islands, she had never been there. We wanted to experience the out Island beach time and the opportunities for the other beautiful beaches offered. We also thought the cruise down time would be restful: I had a deeptissue massage --- wonderful experience, but a little pricey. The service staff was international and seemed to try to engage with passengers where possible. The food lacked taste in the formal dining room, but was EXCELLENT in the "anytime dinig area". We didn't want to have to go to Miami so the Ft. Lauderdale option was acceptable, prefer Cape Canaveral, still feels like you're in the U.S.A. when you depart and return. People cruising for the most part were nice and polite with few exceptions, some passengers were very rude and attempted to exert their importance on other passengers. Seating in the main theatre was extremely tight, most cruisers were elderly and little consideration was given to their mobility needs. Seats were narrower than on aircraft (hard to believe, but true) making it difficult to sit, stand or let others pass. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
Ship - Royal Princess, built in 2012. While not necessarily new, it was one of Princess' flagship vessels, and one of the most luxurious, if not the most. Cabin - we stayed at the Dolphin Deck, midship, balcony. We booked well ... Read More
Ship - Royal Princess, built in 2012. While not necessarily new, it was one of Princess' flagship vessels, and one of the most luxurious, if not the most. Cabin - we stayed at the Dolphin Deck, midship, balcony. We booked well advance (1.5 years ahead) to block this very desirable cabin. We weren't wrong. We did not experience any disturbance. Cabin was reasonably sized and centrally located. It was well appointed with a huge closet with hangers, in-room safe, big screen TV, sofa, hair blower, mini-fridge, toiletries, shower, sofabed, etc. Dining - recommend booking "scheduled dining hours (either 5 or 7 pm)". They will wait for you for 30 minutes before they give up your table. If you dont have a booked schedule, "anytime dining" is good on flexibility, but you may have to wait. You can order as many mains as you want. If you are still hungry, go to the Buffet restaurant for more food! Entertainment and Activities - so much to do! Check Princess' website for more details. Service - blown away by the level of service, which was consistently superior at all times. Tip: travel light. Do your laundry onboard for a minimal charge. No cash or credit card is required as all out if pocket expenses are billed to your "medallion" which is unique for each guest. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
to see the panama canal! On the ship we want to mention Freddy and Sammy from the palm dining room, Christina the house keeper on the Dolphin deck, Moses from the food service department.. they all did a wonderful job! we enjoyed the ... Read More
to see the panama canal! On the ship we want to mention Freddy and Sammy from the palm dining room, Christina the house keeper on the Dolphin deck, Moses from the food service department.. they all did a wonderful job! we enjoyed the excursions and all the ports. Moses helped me every night with my dietary needs. when i ate in the crown grill moses had food sent down from the Palm dining room. we enjoyed the buffet, Steamers, and planks. we enjoyed the exercise room, the ice cream vender, and the the Salty Dog. we had a lot of fun at the pastry place. we ate some pizza at the Slice place.we enjoyed the theatre and the magic show. we toured the stage. we especially enjoyed the kitchen tour. we liked to walk around decks 7,8,9 10,15,and 15. we enjoyed the tea parties and the front desk service also. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
To see Australia. Ship and staff were wonderful. Food in all restaurants was exceptional. Loved all the cities we visited. Wish the cruise had been longer. The weather was hot in some areas but was always comfortable aboard the ship. ... Read More
To see Australia. Ship and staff were wonderful. Food in all restaurants was exceptional. Loved all the cities we visited. Wish the cruise had been longer. The weather was hot in some areas but was always comfortable aboard the ship. Met many wonderful people and made many friends. Lots of entertainment and activities to keep us busy while out to sea. Very informative information was given before each excursion. Cabins were always clean and well stocked. The ship was handled very well by the crew. We often did not even feel us leave or arrive in ports. Loved that the cruise was all adults. We are already looking for another cruise. Would like to do another ocean cruise but would also like to do a river cruise in Europe. We stayed in Sydney for two days after leaving the ship and feel Sydney is a beautiful city. Would love to visit there again sometime. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
The cruise was an amazing experience, everything about it was unreal. Pros: Getting onto and off the ship was a quick and easy process. The ship and your rooms were always clean The staff are ridiculously helpful and friendly ... Read More
The cruise was an amazing experience, everything about it was unreal. Pros: Getting onto and off the ship was a quick and easy process. The ship and your rooms were always clean The staff are ridiculously helpful and friendly The food is amazing and you can have as much as you want (many different types.) The Ship always had activities on to keep you entertained and the hosts were great The restaurants had amazing 3-course meals and you could get as many as you like. The ship had theme nights which kept the passengers entertained. The view was unreal The gym was great The beds in the cabins were very comfortable etc Cons: apart from very minor issues such as wifi not working the ship had no cons. The Cruise was an amazing experience and although I have been back home for a while now, I can not stop thinking about it, and I need and will be returning very soon. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
This was our first Viking Ocean Cruise, it will NOT be our last. We have done many ocean cruises over the years, about 26 or so. The Viking group know how to give service and do it with a smile. During the entire cruise there was NOT ... Read More
This was our first Viking Ocean Cruise, it will NOT be our last. We have done many ocean cruises over the years, about 26 or so. The Viking group know how to give service and do it with a smile. During the entire cruise there was NOT one time when we ever came across a staff member that did not have a smile on their face. The food was great, the service was incredible, the ship it self was fabulous. I have to say from the time we arrived at the airport until the time we left to come home, there was ZERO complaints from any of us, there were four of us. The rooms are very well appointed, the bathrooms were amazing. The showers were top notch. You know the old saying, you get what you pay for, well, we did..... Viking is a little more money, however, if you sit down and look at it apples to apples, it really is a great value. Beer and wine with lunch and dinner in included, they did not scrimp on what they gave you. We received one FREE excursion in each port, they were well organized and gave you a great experience of each port. I totally recommend everyone try Viking. It was amazing. We enjoyed the fact there were no children on this cruise, not that we don't love them, just need adult time, which we had on this cruise. There were so many different things to do during our time on board, we never had an opportunity to be board. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
This was the first cruise my husband and myself have been on. We have done quite a few land tours, but hadn't done a cruise yet. We were pleasantly surprised to find out how relaxing it was and really enjoyed the experience. We ... Read More
This was the first cruise my husband and myself have been on. We have done quite a few land tours, but hadn't done a cruise yet. We were pleasantly surprised to find out how relaxing it was and really enjoyed the experience. We especially liked the ease of embarkation & disembarkation. One of the pluses of a cruise, is not having to repack your suitcase every couple of days when you move on to the next location, like you do on a land tour. All the ship personnel were so pleasant and helpful. They went out of their way to make everything special. The ship was kept spotlessly clean the entire time we were onboard also. And there were so many different entertainment choices to pick from. The dining was excellent, having different places you could choose from too. Wonderful food at all of the restaurants. We were so pleased with the Viking Cruise, we have already booked another cruise. Well done Viking Cruises!! Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
We have just been on our first cruise with Celebrity so of course we compared We come from Canada so we flew to Fort Lauderdail,. We enjoyed the ease of getting onto the ship, we loved our room, our steward was great "boy they work ... Read More
We have just been on our first cruise with Celebrity so of course we compared We come from Canada so we flew to Fort Lauderdail,. We enjoyed the ease of getting onto the ship, we loved our room, our steward was great "boy they work hard". We had the early dinner in the restaurant, The first problem i had was no plug to work for my cpap machine but the English Rep on the boat sorted that out and our lesson was learned yes I had already learned to take an extension cord. The food was an issue but only because I have an allergy to the protein in Milk not lactose intolerant no sensitivities but a full blown allergy, which means no butter milk cheese yogurt cheese and think about baking and butter and milk are in most things so it makes like hard for me. The restaurant manager sorted this out by me ordering my meal for the evening the day prior. Lesson for me to take a list of foods I like for breakfast and lunch we were placed in another section of the restaurant along with others who needed different things, in one way it was great as I met a lady from Germany who had the same problem as myself we could not speak much about the situation but we hugs in understanding. The ship is spotless in every way. The entertainment in the theater was great, we know most of the time its there own staff who put on the shows but for 45 minutes we were entertained we did have a great singer who was shipped in, we also had a very very bendy lady and her partner they were brilliant, so no complaints about the entertainment. Now the activities were so much dam fun, the restaurant staff entertained us I danced with my waiter "who i will say was very cute" we did the conga around the eating area so much fun. They also have a great dance area for real dancing which was great to watch others do, but they also had a crew of young people for line dancing and games we did win some pickle bats and a tote bag it was so much fun to join in.. IF you don't join in you miss out on having fun Im 68 and i set out to have fun with my hubby and it was great. Our time on shore was great ANYONE WHO GOES TO JAMAICA do go on the bob slay don't use the brakes trust and enjoy your ride its fantastic. Would we ever go on this boat again HELL YES Im just waiting for a cruise I can afford again. I would love to do a transatlantic cruise with them but the flights to get from or to the ship costs to much right now.. AS soon as we can we will be back. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
This was a quick pre-Christmas weekend get away with our family of 10. We live in Miami, and have visited Nassau before. We stayed aboard while in Nassau and really enjoyed the pools and slides. The Navigator had more than ample lounge ... Read More
This was a quick pre-Christmas weekend get away with our family of 10. We live in Miami, and have visited Nassau before. We stayed aboard while in Nassau and really enjoyed the pools and slides. The Navigator had more than ample lounge seating. The 2nd day was at their private island - Coco Cay. What am amazing place this was. There were 2 RCCL ships there - so easily 7,000 people. The amount of space, and multiple venues - made it seem less crowded. We did get off the ship as early as we could. The lagoon pool was incredible. The food on board was great. The main dining room offered a nice variety each night and the service and attention was fabulous. We did purchase the drink package - and found it was worth every penny. The bar staff were super friendly and quickly got to know our group. Sometimes we would just “lift a finger” and a new drink would appear. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019

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