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Sail Date: June 2018
A lovely liner but it took us nearly 7 days to find our way around. Some of the public rooms are badly placed and access is not easily found. The presentations and entertainment were excellent which helped pass the time away when ... Read More
A lovely liner but it took us nearly 7 days to find our way around. Some of the public rooms are badly placed and access is not easily found. The presentations and entertainment were excellent which helped pass the time away when crossing the Atlantic. An observation also was that the public toilets were not clearly marked and hard to find. A great experience to travel on this beautiful liner. There were plenty of board games available for passengers to enjoy and if anyone is interested in learning bridge, there are great classes available. Obviously bridge has a big following as there were intermediate classes. The tables and seating in the Kings Court, where people can dine casually, are mostly hidden from view when entering the buffet area. Instead of just walking in and seeing what tables were available, a person has to walk up and down looking in the “nooks and crannies”. We much preferred the Lido on the Elizabeth and Victoria which provided clear and open views of the dining area. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2018
My Bride and I usually cruise with family or another couple but this time was different, we were celebrating our 20th anniversary and wanted to do "Our own thing". We arrived around 10:00 am and dropped our bags with out a ... Read More
My Bride and I usually cruise with family or another couple but this time was different, we were celebrating our 20th anniversary and wanted to do "Our own thing". We arrived around 10:00 am and dropped our bags with out a hitch. I parked the car in the parking structure right across the street from the ship while the wife waited. After parking the check in went quickly and smoothly and we were on board by 10:40 am. We have sailed a few times in Concierge and a few times in Aqua but usually a normal verandah. this time being just us two we went with a guarantee verandah and were pleasantly surprised with a concierge cabin on deck 9, four cabins from the front of the ship. (9108) Normally I would'nt of booked this cabin but we fell in love with it after a couple of days. The view was great and our daly wave to the captain and crew from the verandah became a fun daily routine. We did our usual select dining and made a standing reservation for a table for two by the window every night at 5:30 pm so we could eat early and catch the early show. By doing this it freed up the rest of the night to just wing it. We found that this also gave us time to watch the sunset every night right afer the show which was very nice. We ate in the MDR 5 of the 7 nights. The two nights we chose not to were more of us being lazy and not wanting to get dressed for dinner. The food was very good every meal as well as the service. The nights we ate in the Oceanview Cafe the food was good and fresh there also. As for the entertainment, we enjoy the guest entertainment more than the production shows so sometimes we will skip those. This time was different. After being invited to a backstage tour and meeting some of the performers we became more interested and really enjoyed them more. As for the music, the house band and solo performers were also very good. The Cruise Director Maarten Bruels was spot on as always! One of the nights they had "The Wedding Games" and my wife and I were slected to play, and we also won, and that was great fun. Now let me preface this with a side note, my 90 year old mother who loved cruising and had sailed around the world passed away after we had been booked on this cruise and before she passed she made my 3 brothers and myself promise her 3 things......Love each other, take care of each other and live life to it's fullest. Well knowing how much Mom loved cruising we contacted Celebrity and made arrangements to bury her at sea. I didn't know much about the process but after a little research it wasn't a problem. Celebrity and Julie Sherrington, the Guest Relations Officer on the Equinox were amazing and walked us through everything, on the first sea day we met with the enviromentel officer and guest relations and were able to perform this for my mother. They brought us some roses to toss into the sea with my moms ashes and later presented us with a lovely certificate with some kind words and the time and coordinates of the burial. Very classy Celebrity. Later that evening we were invited to the senior officers cocktail party and enjoyed watching some of the officers sing and perform with the band in the sky lounge. We had a few drinks, a few hors d'oeuvres and a bunch of laughs with the group. When we returned to our cabin that night we were pleasantly surprised by a invitation to take atour of the bridge followed by lunch with the Captain and a few other officers in Blu. we were very happy to be seated next to Julie Sherrington, the GRM. She is such a good person and so funny too. The lunch was amazing! After the appetizers we were treated to Filet mignon, lamb chops, sea bass, octopus and calamari. All I could say was WOW! Later that night I had an appointment to make something with the new Hollywood Hot Glass class. After seeing the show that the Corning Museum of Glass did many times I was excited to give it a shot. The instructors were great and the finished product was a nice memory too. As for the ports; Key West; We did the Conch train and the aqurium. The conch train was a nice ride around the highlights but the aquarium was a joke, save your money and just ake the train. Grand Cayman; We did the semi submarine and island tour. This turned out to be a great value! After boarding the bus within minutes we were at the submarine, My wife was affraid she would be clostraphobic but was very happy with the amount of room inside. We cruised around a couple of reefs ans a wreck and saw many types of fish and rays. After the sub we went to the turtle farm and really enjoyed seeing and holdind some green sea turtles. After that we went to Hell, the town of Hell Grand Cayman is nothing more than a couple of run down shops and a place to mail a postcard with a "HELL" postmark. Cozumel; We did another semisubmarine tour. It was pretty much the same as Grand Cayman but with not as many fish. After that we walked around and bought a few things before heading back to the ship. Costa Maya; We did do any excursions and just walked around and did a little shopping. If you see something in Cozumel you like get it there! The same stuff in Costa Maya is way more money! I was able to get a few good deals but it was a lot more work to get it. All in all it was a gret cruise and one we will remember for ever! The Equinox is one of our favorites and I am sure we will be back! This was our 18th cruise and our tenth with Celebrity and it was by far the most memorable! Everyone from the Cabin stewards, bar tenders, wait staff and the entertainment was perfect for us! We can't wait for our next cruise! Cheers! Read Less
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Sail Date: June 2018
Ship beautiful, crew fantastic, courteous, efficient, caring. Would book again... but excursions.... Oporto went on boat / wine making tour. 3 hrs. Guide extremely poor. Got to Port Wine making business for tour and waited 30 mins in ... Read More
Ship beautiful, crew fantastic, courteous, efficient, caring. Would book again... but excursions.... Oporto went on boat / wine making tour. 3 hrs. Guide extremely poor. Got to Port Wine making business for tour and waited 30 mins in dark reception. Weren’t aware we were coming! So didn’t let us in! Boat trip was rushed and guide on mobile all time trying to find another company to do wine tour. Then she rushed group through town to coach and left elderly behind as could walk at her fast speed. Then lost tour members, and another 40 mins lost trying to find them while coach parked on roundabout. No time to see Oporto shops or wander as so disorganised! Then Carriage Tour in La Rochelle- well it was a cart! And heavy rain and everyone got soaked. No plan B by tour company. Spent 40 mins sheltering in local church waiting for coach. Very poor organisation again and yet high cost. Q.V. is wonderful ship but do your own tours by local taxi- will be cheaper and you’ll use your own time wisely. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2018
Chose this 15 day trip with Seabourn because of our interest in travel around Iceland and Norway. Our previous experience has been with Oceania and Regent. Overall, the cruise was excellent, particularly the competence and attitude of ... Read More
Chose this 15 day trip with Seabourn because of our interest in travel around Iceland and Norway. Our previous experience has been with Oceania and Regent. Overall, the cruise was excellent, particularly the competence and attitude of the staff and the attention to detail. Ironically, the worst service we received was in the Thomas Keller specialty restaurant. Variety and quality of entertainment was quite good, especially for a small 480 passenger ship. Food generally was excellent, with only complaint being the lack of variety of food offerings during off hours. The Ventures shore excursions (hiking, kayaking, zodiacs,etc) were exceptional, with amazingly qualified Seabourn employees as guides. Standard shore excursions, however, were hit and miss, and several of the ports of call should have been skipped as either uninteresting or repetitive. My biggest issue with the cruise, however, which obviously is no fault of Seabourn, is the overwhelming advanced age of the vast bulk of the passengers. I am 70 and my wife 64, and we both felt like youngsters. Don't get me wrong, the clear majority of passengers were friendly and engaging, but you can't be in a group of 450+ aging passengers and not come away with a number of stories and impressions about how difficult some seniors can be to deal with. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2018
Wanted the experience but didn’t want to be with lots of people. The ship was beautiful, clean and well maintained. No lines, polite happy faces, everyone willing to assist. The service was great. Never really knew what to use the ... Read More
Wanted the experience but didn’t want to be with lots of people. The ship was beautiful, clean and well maintained. No lines, polite happy faces, everyone willing to assist. The service was great. Never really knew what to use the butler for. It would of been nice to see a list of options. Found out some people had service brought to them in card room or drinks in observation room. I know they would unpack and pack for you but that is for super organized folks, not us. Always felt very safe on ship and didn’t lock anything up in room. Cabin was always clean. Best food was the pool deck grill, the filet on the hot stone, amazing. Breakfast buffet was good each morning. All food and drinks were good. The desserts could use some improvement-cookies tasted store bought. The excursions were booked via the cruise and were really nice. Fly out fly fishing was my favorite. The closeup view of the glacier was very exciting. Captain really took time to let everyone get a great view. Crew was good about pointing out whales and points of interest. The spa was nice and service was good. They kept talking about a footprint analysis of the feet but we couldn’t ever get that completed. Spa personnel was well trained. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2018
We chose this river cruise for a number of reasons: we wanted a shorter time spent in case we weren't happy with the experience; we wanted all-inclusive so we didn't need to deal with different currencies or tipping expectations; and we ... Read More
We chose this river cruise for a number of reasons: we wanted a shorter time spent in case we weren't happy with the experience; we wanted all-inclusive so we didn't need to deal with different currencies or tipping expectations; and we wanted a luxurious experience. We were not disappointed. The experience once we arrived at the ship was top notch. The staff was very friendly and promoted the attitude that they were prepared to go to any length to insure we were feeling well taken care of. The cabin was not large but had more than enough storage space. The balcony area was large enough for 2 people to sit in comfort, while the room darkening curtains provided lots of privacy and allowed for a good sleep at night or an afternoon nap. The meals were generous and well presented, with no lack of snacks whenever one was hungry. The mini-bar was well stocked and replenished every day. The entertainment was interesting as it was a sampling of the areas we were travelling through. When the cruise director, Yvonne, was providing the entertainment herself, she was personable and very informative, as well as being a great natural comic. We appreciated the many choices for excursions. On those we did choose, we found the tour guides very well informed and easy with the group. The excursions themselves were excellent in giving a sense of the places we were travelling through. If there is a complaint, it would be about the 3 night stay in Prague. The room was very satisfactory and the Marriott staff very friendly. The Scenic Representative gave an excellent walking tour and again, we felt we were learning about real life in the Czech Republic. However, for the significant cost of these 3 days, all that was provided was a room, 3 breakfasts and 2 walking tours. We feel at least one evening's entertainment should have been included, and 3 dinners. The "coddling" we received on the ship was not reflected at the hotel stay. That said, we would absolutely travel again with Scenic and are already dreaming of our next trip. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2018
Dalmatian coast on the Ponant ship Le Lyrial. Food and service: fair to poor. Wine: poor. No choice at dinner: 1 red, 1 white, 1 rose. All wines were French for the entire cruise. Whites were undrinkable. Outdoor furniture in common areas: ... Read More
Dalmatian coast on the Ponant ship Le Lyrial. Food and service: fair to poor. Wine: poor. No choice at dinner: 1 red, 1 white, 1 rose. All wines were French for the entire cruise. Whites were undrinkable. Outdoor furniture in common areas: poor and most uncomfortable (no cushions). Westin hotel dinner: poor. Cabins: small. Shows were poor. Singers were very good. We enjoyed the ports however don't sail on Ponant. We chose this cruise for the ports, and booked through Tauck. Departed Venice on May 24, 2018. Cleanliness, laundry and room staff all OK. Dance lessons were good. Only one type of beer available in the restaurant. Waiters were friendly but service was poor. We were a couple and looking to sit with other people for dinners. Maitre d' was unable to help us and in fact did nothing. Champagne was not drinkable - tasted off. Boutique was very expensive. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2018
I should start by saying that this is my first cruise experience. We booked using a travel agent. We had the following requirements: great food, not a lot of kids, and not a "party" boat. This cruise definitely checked all ... Read More
I should start by saying that this is my first cruise experience. We booked using a travel agent. We had the following requirements: great food, not a lot of kids, and not a "party" boat. This cruise definitely checked all the boxes for us! Cabin:We upgraded to a concierge Suite on the 10th floor. It was so spacious. We had a king size bed, walk in closet and even a sitting area. We had a bathtub with wonderful Loccitane products as well and even a balcony with enough room to have two chairs and a small table. Dining: The food was fabulous! We ate at all the options that they had! The pool bar had burgers, etc. Prime 7 has steaks and seafood. Compass Rose is open Breakfast lunch and dinner and has a great variety. And Sierra Mar ( My favorite) is italian and Chartreuse is French. I HIGHLY recommend making dinner reservations at Prime 7 and Chartreuse. These did book up on our 7 day cruise and the others are first come first served. ALL THE FOOD AND DRINKS were included. Not just the beer and wine but everything! Service: This was unlike anything I have experienced. Everyone that works for this ship is very nice and so accommodating. Pretty much anything that I asked for, they would make happen. For instance, we had a steward named Gregory that we met on the first day. He asked if there was anything that we needed for our room or mini bar. I asked for wine for the mini bar and he even asked what kind that I preferred and made sure that the mini bar was stocked with my favorite wine the whole trip. This was a nice touch. Ship: Was very clean, and very well appointed. It had a luxurious feel without feeling stuffy. Shore excursions: We did the Bering Sea- Crab Fishermans Tour in Ketchikan. I would HIGHLY recommend this! It was one of my favorite excursions that we did!!! Very informative and it was interesting to see what the day and the life of a crab fisherman would be like. We also got to see A LOT of bald eagles! Mendenhall Glacier and whale Quest in Juneau. Very fun! We got some great pics of the glacier and it was a beautiful day so it was nice to be on the water. We didn't get to see a lot of whales though. Venture to Glacer Point was amazing but I wouldn't not recommend to someone who doesn't like to walk a lot. It is a pretty far walk to the Glacier after the canoe ride but for myself who likes this, it was great! It was really cool to be soo close to the glacier. The Sea otters, Raptors and Bears, in Sitka was a little disappointing. We thought it was a little more like seeing Bears and Eagles in the natural habitat but it was more like visiting a zoo. We did see Sea Otters but couldn't get close enough to get good pictures. I do have to make clear that ALL the excursions were NOT free. There are a lot that are but those ones didn't really appeal to us. We were given a discounted rate but still, that was a little misleading. Overall, this was a great experience! It was an expensive cruise, but we felt that it was worth every penny! We are already looking forward to booking another cruise with Regent! Read Less
Sail Date: May 2018
We booked this cruise with friends. They liked the itinerary because it stopped in Slovenia and his ancestry is from Slovenia. We wanted to try Silversea, they portray themselves as having ULTRA LUXURIOUS ships. They claim 6 star ... Read More
We booked this cruise with friends. They liked the itinerary because it stopped in Slovenia and his ancestry is from Slovenia. We wanted to try Silversea, they portray themselves as having ULTRA LUXURIOUS ships. They claim 6 star ratings! Let's be honest. The Silver Whisper is tired and worn. Hasn't been updated in years. Not luxurious. It has good points: spacious stateroom with double sinks in bathroom. Very good quality meat and poultry for all dining. Staff is friendly. Good water pressure for the shower. But, it is WAY overpriced for what it delivers. Old, tired, worn-out ship. Stodgy rules (men must have jacket in dining room 6 nights out of 8, even when luggage is lost!) Asked for extra towels, never got them. They claim to have a "pillow menu" but I couldn't find a soft non-feather pillow to sleep on. Bed was just fair. Super busy itinerary, a port every single day, although one or two were nothing special. side dishes, breakfast, and the ability to order what you truly want to eat (change side dishes from what is listed) is near impossible....they have no flexibility. There is not anything upscale about the experience we just had. We could have sailed on similar itinerary for thousands less, and been on a newer ship that is not so tired. Never again! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: May 2018
I did a lot of research about various cruise lines and looked at several different itineraries before choosing Silversea and the Silver Muse. I hit a home run! The ship was beautiful and clean, the cabin was spacious, the crew were top ... Read More
I did a lot of research about various cruise lines and looked at several different itineraries before choosing Silversea and the Silver Muse. I hit a home run! The ship was beautiful and clean, the cabin was spacious, the crew were top rate and professional. There were about 600 people on board, but it never felt cramped. With several different dining rooms and multiple sitting areas, there was plenty of room to have privacy, but also plenty of opportunities to mingle with other guests. We enjoyed meeting and talking to people from many different countries. The food was quite good in all restaurants with lots of variety. The service was superb. The ports were all places I'd return except for Sarande, Albania. The Amalfi Coast was fabulous, as were Sicily and the 2 stops in Croatia. I wish we had spent more time in Split and its surrounding islands. Highly recommended! Read Less

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