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Viking lived up to their reputation. This was the most restful cruise I have ever been on and the crew, although most were fairly new to ocean cruises, were very polite and helpful. The ship was beautiful with their spa like bathroom ... Read More
Viking lived up to their reputation. This was the most restful cruise I have ever been on and the crew, although most were fairly new to ocean cruises, were very polite and helpful. The ship was beautiful with their spa like bathroom (which included heated floors) and the cabin was very clean and modern. The toiletries were name brand and replenished regularly. Selection of movies great, but other TV shows catered to Europeans and not Americans. The food in the World Café was top notch with the food in the dining room being a little less than what I expected (not always hot). Loved having the shore excursions included. The extra touches they provided, like cold bottle water when leaving the ship and cold towels and some times champagne on the return puts them over the top. Shows were professionally done. Only complaint is if you didn't get tickets the second they were available (no charge) you couldn't get into some of the shows (like the Rat Pack) I will definitely be cruising with Viking again. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
Tried something different. Heard good things about Viking Cruises The service at. The steward was efficient, knew us by name on the first day. The dining choices were enjoyable and the special restaurants were like eating in 5 star ... Read More
Tried something different. Heard good things about Viking Cruises The service at. The steward was efficient, knew us by name on the first day. The dining choices were enjoyable and the special restaurants were like eating in 5 star restaurants. The included excursions were average but this could also be because the Caribbean islands are all similar with not much to see culturally. The music trio, as well as the guitarist and the pianist were great. The singers were average. Dancing under the stars was fun. The lecturers were average at best. The room was spectacular for a cruise . Nice size, well filled minibar. Bathroom and shower were amply huge. Television was large but the amount of station were lacking. Nice touch of included wi fi. Just wish it was a bit faster. The most amazing part of the cruise was the spectacular service offered from every one in the crew. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
We had been on Viking River cruises in Europe and were happy with all of them (4). Decided to try a "not large ship" for a change--usually go on cruises of over 2,000 people. This was only 930 passengers, no children. The ... Read More
We had been on Viking River cruises in Europe and were happy with all of them (4). Decided to try a "not large ship" for a change--usually go on cruises of over 2,000 people. This was only 930 passengers, no children. The decor was Scandanavian and relaxing--numerous public areas with comfortable, living room type furniture, book-lined walls, and peaceful live music. No one is taking your picture or selling you anything--all included except for liquor. Excellent food and service. Each port has an included excursion, most of which were very good. A couple of them were so-so and that was mainly because of the individual tour guide--the destination was fine. Did not have any formal events although people "dressed up" a bit for New Year's Eve--was a fun evening but not crazy boisterous. Entertainment was well done--not extravanganzas. Had poolside night movies with individual headsets--current movies and popcorn! Watched from comfortable chaises by the pool. Daily High Tea incuded--lovely service, scones, sandwiches, etc. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
We did a river cruise in 2010 and loved it. We have always planned to take another Viking cruise, however, life came in the way of children's college graduations, trips to India to visit family, and lastly a child's wedding. ... Read More
We did a river cruise in 2010 and loved it. We have always planned to take another Viking cruise, however, life came in the way of children's college graduations, trips to India to visit family, and lastly a child's wedding. We love the level of service offered by Viking and its employees. Both of us are veterans of the hospitality industry, we are hotel school graduates, we have worked for luxury hotel chains across the globe, we have taught hospitality in colleges, and we know god, well trained staff when we see the end result. We have not traveled with our adult children with Viking as yet, but we plan to. The Viking Star was a very pleasant experience right from the ease of booking, the value for money, arrival at the airport and the transfer to the ship could have been a little more quick, however the staff was always smiling and happy to see all of us at the San Juan airport. The embarkation was very smooth and quick. The Cabin was very well appointed, and Comfortable. Our floor steward, Mohammad, was a pleasant surprise of our cruise, always smiling, ever ready and happy to serve. We had meals at all the restaurants and each meal was well planned and presented. A couple of suggestions; why on a cruise are long pants required for males in specialty restaurants? Thank the Lord we flew in from the colder region, I had one pair of long jeans! The bread baskets served in full service restaurants were at room temperatures or cold; to me that is unacceptable. Bread needs to be warm. I have no issues with breads being cold on a buffet type service, but table service? The butter when applied to the bread should melt a bit. The Thermal Suite was an exhilarating experience after long hot days ashore. Thank you to the staff for educating on the correct use of the ice grotto, steam room, cold water bucket dunk, sauna, and the Jacuzzi. The walking/ running trail on board, the games worked well for us and are well designed. We did feel that one day at each port was too short to fully explore and experience the local fare. The Shore Excursions need a little more of TLC for planning and execution. All in all, we love Viking. Keep up the good work, and we will be onboard in the near future, we love the more exotic places like China, Egypt, African Safari type of tourism. And we are waiting for Viking to start the Nile cruise again soon! Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
We went through the shore excursions before the cruise. I would recommend two things, one, book your excursions early, they fill up fast. Two, when you get aboard check for additional excursions that were not offered on-line. We ate ... Read More
We went through the shore excursions before the cruise. I would recommend two things, one, book your excursions early, they fill up fast. Two, when you get aboard check for additional excursions that were not offered on-line. We ate most of our meals in the main dining room which has an excellent selection for dishes and good wine. Second most dining was in the 7th floor buffet which also has excellent selections. We at some in the dining areas on the first floor which were outstanding and unlike other cruises, we were not charged an additional fee for eating there. On our next Viking cruise we will make serveral reservations for the 1st floor when we board the ship. They also book up fast. The entertainment was very good and the screen in the main lounge was unbelievable. You have to see it to understand. All the entertainers, both men and women, were very talented and friendly. The service staff was very good and always had a smile. On other cruises we have taken some of the staff clearly did not like their jobs. Every thing from room service to cleaning the room was done very well. The ship, including the windows, was the cleanest we have ever seen. It really is nice to look at beautiful scenery through clean windows. To sum it up, we booked two more Viking cruises while on board. That is how much we liked it. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
My wife's family is from the West Indies and we wanted to see some of the islands on which her ancestors lived. This cruise was over the top wonderful in every respect. The shore excursions gave us a real sense on what things would ... Read More
My wife's family is from the West Indies and we wanted to see some of the islands on which her ancestors lived. This cruise was over the top wonderful in every respect. The shore excursions gave us a real sense on what things would have been like living on some of the islands. Since we have been on Viking cruises before, we expected the food to be wonderful, and it was. Most of the passengers were retired couples which was perfect for us. We made friends with lots of people. We were afraid that the public areas would be crowded and that boarding and leaving the ship would be congested, but everything was perfect. The ship was fully booked, but we never felt crowded. We frequently asked ourselves: where is everyone? Excellent planning by the crew all of whom were amazingly friendly. Here is the final proof of what we thought of the cruise: within a week of getting home we signed up to go again next year--very same cruise, very same cabin. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
We have been on 9 Viking river cruises and wanted to try Viking's ocean cruise. Everything about the cruise was first rate! The staff were very professional and accommodating; the stateroom and the whole ship were immaculate; the ... Read More
We have been on 9 Viking river cruises and wanted to try Viking's ocean cruise. Everything about the cruise was first rate! The staff were very professional and accommodating; the stateroom and the whole ship were immaculate; the small size of the ship and small number of passengers were ideal; the shore excursions were well organized and executed; the entertainment was certainly high quality especially for a small ship; the cuisine was varied and delicious at every meal and in every restaurant; the public spaces were numerous and inviting. We liked the cruise so much that we have already signed up for the Viking Scandinavian ocean cruise in May 2018. We know we will love it too! We rate this cruise right up there with Oceania, another exceptional small ship cruise line that we also love. We have ultimate confidence in the Viking cruise experience, and we have been loyal, highly satisfied Viking customers for the past 8 years. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
We had such a wonderful time on the Viking River cruise we took in October, 2015 that we decided to take the New Year's in the Mediterranean on the Viking Sea. We had a wonderful day in Barcelona and left for France that night. One ... Read More
We had such a wonderful time on the Viking River cruise we took in October, 2015 that we decided to take the New Year's in the Mediterranean on the Viking Sea. We had a wonderful day in Barcelona and left for France that night. One hour into the cruise the ship tripped a transformer - the Captain determined they did not have the parts on board the ship so he turned the ship around the next morning, returned to Barcelona and cancelled the cruise. I believe they lost the power to the port side propulsion system which meant we only had one engine. Viking refunded 100% of the cruise to every passeger, gave everyone 50% off their next cruise and gave you the option of either staying on the ship in Barcelona for the duration of the trip or they would assist you in getting flights home. We elected to stay and could not have been happier. Viking arranged tours every day - both in the city and outside. They had shuttle service into Barcelona from 9:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m. if you wanted to go in on your own. They went out of their way to turn a very unfortunate situation into a positive one. The ship is absolutely beautiful - both the staterooms and the common areas (very open and bright). The food in every restaurant was excellent. We ate at Manfreddi's several times and loved it. The food in the World Cafe for breakfast and lunch (we did not have dinner there) was always inventive, fresh, beautifully presented and you had plenty of choices. We had the Silver Spirits package and the wines that we tasted on the cruise were excellent although you do get wine and beer with lunch and dinner. The crew was absolutely fabulous - extremely helpful, friendly and went out of their way to do whatever they could to make your day. I noticed they changed the itinerary a little bit since this cruise which looks better to me. We are taking a River Cruise next year but I told my husband we should definitely consider the Mediterranean cruise again. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
We took this cruise because it went to many places we had never been to before. In 1992 our family and another family did a bareboat charter in BVI. My wife and I do not like large ships. The 900 passenger capacity of Viking Star is close ... Read More
We took this cruise because it went to many places we had never been to before. In 1992 our family and another family did a bareboat charter in BVI. My wife and I do not like large ships. The 900 passenger capacity of Viking Star is close to our maximum. All of our previous ocean cruises were on Oceania or boats we sailed ourselves. The ship is very modern with flat screens everywhere to give you information.and the interior design is Scandinavian. The ship has a proper promenade deck. It is 1/4 mile all the way around. Glass panels with railings have been placed at strategic places to minimize the wnd coming around the corner on to the aft deck. There are 5 places to eat on Viking Star and beer or wine is included wiht lunch and dinner.. These are the main dining room, the buffet, a grill at the main pool, an Italian restaurant, a place to get open face sandwiches or Norwegian style waffles, and a fixed menu restaurant. We ate n the fixed menu restaurant twice. The food was well prepared and well presented. However, because it is a fixed menu, it may or may not be something you really wanted. We had a veranda cabin. It was a bit better than the ones we get on Oceania. The head (bathroom) has a heated floor, a proper shower door, and a night light in the head and hall. In the Caribbean, it would have been nice to turn the floor heater down or off. The heated floor was nice on a November Viking river cruise form Amsterdam to Budapest. Being Viking, one tour was included at each port and people to tell us about the ports andislands. We took a couple of optional tours. We liked the one sailing a detuned America's cup 12 meter sailboat. A snorkel trip to a reef was interesting, but the current made it difficult to get to and stay where you wanted to. Hanauma bay on Oahu is much better. We have signed up for another cruise. This one will be from London to Bergen. The photos are of the Wintergarden and the stairway and screen in the atrium. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
We wanted to travel with a couple we met on a Viking Cruise in China. On the way to our first stop, an electrical problem occurred and we returned to Barcelona and the trip was cancelled. But the captain offered a full refund, 50% off the ... Read More
We wanted to travel with a couple we met on a Viking Cruise in China. On the way to our first stop, an electrical problem occurred and we returned to Barcelona and the trip was cancelled. But the captain offered a full refund, 50% off the next trip, and assistance to rebook flights. We could also stay on the ship and enjoy all its amenities. They arranged excursions every day, provided a shuttle so we could explore on our own, and added lectures and movies to keep us entertained on board. We had the best five star hotel ever for nearly 2 weeks, and all free! Barcelona is a beautiful city with great art museums. A favorite tour was the "Alternative" tour of the city by formerly homeless citizens. Our guide knew everything about the city and gave us a realistic view of life for the homeless. An A plus trip! Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
We chose this cruise because it was for New Year's in the Mediterranean and we wanted something different for New Year's 2017. Traveled without children. (The cruise was from Barcelona Spain, Toulon France, Monte Carlo Monaco, ... Read More
We chose this cruise because it was for New Year's in the Mediterranean and we wanted something different for New Year's 2017. Traveled without children. (The cruise was from Barcelona Spain, Toulon France, Monte Carlo Monaco, Florence/Pisa Italy, Rome Italy, Valletta Malta, Tunis/La Goulette Tunisia, Valeencia Spain and back to Barcelona, Spain.) We arrived in Barcelona, Spain and were greeted by Viking personnel and transported to the ship 'Viking Sea' which was docked in the harbor. We booked a Veranda BUT were upgraded to a Penthouse Veranda, absolutely wonderful. Left the port the second night for Toulon France, when the Turbine went Kaboom. The Captain assured us that the ship was SAFE, and the Engineers are working on the problem. Next morning we woke up and we were in Barcelona,Spain harbor. The announcement came and 2 options were provided (ship was still save). Returned to Barcelona vs, Toulon harbor because of the repair that needed to be done. Option 1 - Return back home as soon as Airline reservation can be obtained and receive money back plus 50%. Option 2 - Stay on the ship for the endurance of the cruise in Barcelona and receive money back plus 50%. We decided to stay for the endurance of the trip. Viking provided daily additional shore excursions, shuttle service to go into town, live entertainment on ship, lectures, and other arrangements. The trip was wonderful!!! Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
Originally, we planned this cruise to complete the circle of the Mediterranean following our earlier cruise from Barcelona to Rome. Sadly, mechanical issues resulted in our cruise going from Barcelona, almost to Toulon, France, and then ... Read More
Originally, we planned this cruise to complete the circle of the Mediterranean following our earlier cruise from Barcelona to Rome. Sadly, mechanical issues resulted in our cruise going from Barcelona, almost to Toulon, France, and then back to Barcelona for 12 days. We were offered the opportunity to remain on board with access to free shore excursions, free shuttles to and from the city, and of course, all the services of the ship. What could have been a huge disappointment turned into one of our best travel experiences. We explored Barcelona and the surrounding area with gusto. The staff and crew were nothing short of amazing, never letting us feel mistreated. There were unexpected financial considerations made as well, so in all, we felt not cheated, but rewarded. Viking Ocean is certainly our first choice for future cruises (we have in fact already booked another), and we anticipate more, positive experiences. We did not partake of the on-board entertainment, with one exception, but anecdotal feedback from other cruisers indicated a great deal of success.The exception was the staff bringing a flamenco experience on board for our viewing pleasure, and they were a total delight! Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
The Royal Clipper is a beautiful sailing ship. What excited us the most was the chance to see the five masted fully rigged ship from one of our excursions. Unfortunately, Captain Mariusz Szalek sailed the tall ship using mostly the ... Read More
The Royal Clipper is a beautiful sailing ship. What excited us the most was the chance to see the five masted fully rigged ship from one of our excursions. Unfortunately, Captain Mariusz Szalek sailed the tall ship using mostly the engine during the entire seven days in the Caribbean. We motored our way from Saint Maarten's to Barbados sometimes navigating in bad weather. Unfortunately, we succumbed to a lot of rain. When we took the tender to an island beach, either it was Antigua or Dominica, the beach was narrow and the water was murky. We were expecting white sands with turquoise beaches. Perhaps our expectation was a bit unrealistic. We don't fault the captain or the cruise director for the 4 days of bad weather. However, the cruise director, Gabor did not offer us opportunities to learn about the islands that we could not visit on those rainy days. We think it would have been very educational if they had films about the islands in the lounge. We could have learned about the culture, economy, history and what influenced The Royal Clipper to choose these islands to visit. Upon many occasions as we motored in the rain, clear skies and sunshine were only a few miles away, If weather reports showed socked-in conditions at the next port-of-call, a leisurely sail under sunny skies would be monumentally favorable to hovering under the rain tarps provided. When this alliterative was put to the captain, the response was that he was strictly prohibited from deviating his course. Is it more important to stay on a rainy track or to make the passengers happy and comfortable? One of the islands that we did visit was called Saint Barts. Unfortunately, it was Sunday and most of the stores were closed. It would have been great if we had some kind of tour guide to direct us to different landmarks on this island to see. To make matters worse, the captain on the ship wasn't very accessible to many of the guests when asked questions. We would think some public relations officer would be at hand here. Towards the end of the cruise, there was a gentleman walking around with a petition to sign complaining about the excursions and the poor communications between the captain and the guests. We found that very troubling. Overall, the food was very good. The dining room waiters and the cabin stewards worked very hard to help make our trip comfortable. They are the backbone of the Royal Clipper. There is always a possibility on any cruise, that inclement weather will put a damper on the journey. We think it's in the ship owner's interests to anticipate the possibility of inclement weather and provide alternatives to make the trip more enjoyable. After all, we are cooped up on a ship with no alternate activities. Most of the passengers like ourselves were bored and the only highlight of our trip was eating. You could go on any big ship for that! We did not feel we got our moneys worth. Lastly, the intercom system was very poor. Some of the speakers were inaudible, because the intercom system is only in the hallways. Having an effective intercom system allows the passengers to hear important information. Perhaps a closed caption line could be added to the TV to facilitate hearing announcement while in the room. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
We have booked out 8th cruise with Viking. They take care of everything from booking our airlines, transfers, hotels & returning us back home. Very convenient Visa services, too. As for the ship, there's plenty to do plenty of ... Read More
We have booked out 8th cruise with Viking. They take care of everything from booking our airlines, transfers, hotels & returning us back home. Very convenient Visa services, too. As for the ship, there's plenty to do plenty of places to eat, exercise or even relax. Rooms are perfect. I love the makeup desk mirror. Viking provides great shower products....not the small hotel sizes but good size products. Plenty of places to charge camera, notebooks, curling irons & so forth. Provided me plenty of hangers. Ship's TV had lots of movies (free) to watch & their Internet worked great. They also have their own Internet room with printer (free) if needed. I even broke my eyeglasses with the screw falling out and someone at their Explorers desk fixed it for me! The last thing I wanted to say is that Viking does not nickel & dime you for little extra stuff. You feel like you're really taken care of while on vacation with Viking. They hire great staff on their ships. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
Sailed from England on the Queen Mary 2 spent 4 great nights in New York, the Norwegian Breakaway was the next leg of the package. Arrived for embarkation at 11:00am on Boxing Day and we boarded after about 30 minutes. The cabin ... Read More
Sailed from England on the Queen Mary 2 spent 4 great nights in New York, the Norwegian Breakaway was the next leg of the package. Arrived for embarkation at 11:00am on Boxing Day and we boarded after about 30 minutes. The cabin wasn't quite ready so we went for a couple of beers in O'Sheehans, we had a drinks free package included but there is a tax charge whilst in USA waters. Back to check out the cabin which was clean and had plenty of storage but the balcony is really narrow with just enough room for 2 chairs and a tiny table. The room steward was great, it was my wife's birthday on the trip and he organised her a card and a small cake. The cabin on deck 8 forward was very noisy with the theatre below booming through the floor and on the deck a game which consisted of smashing large plastic discs together. If we cruised on the NB again it would be a couple of decks higher up. Had late breakfast in O'Sheenans and never had to wait more than 5 minutes for a table. I found the staff here mostly quite good. Had a couple of meals in the evening too, not much choice but if you fancy fish and chips . . . ! We had nice meals the main restaurants. The one restaurant I didn't like was the Self Service, Garden Cafe. I tried to like it but everything I had there was bland and the staff looked unhappy. The ship was very busy and after the formal QM2 (which we love) it was a nice change. We saw the New Year in on the balcony overlooking The Atrium, the atmosphere was really lively with free paper hats and falling balloons at midnight, we had a great time. Joined the spa thermal suite, it wasn't cheap but because children weren't allowed . . . peace and quiet . . . bliss! Port Canaveral, Orlando, Florida: Went to Cocoa Village bought some stuff from the antique (junk) shops and had a few beers listening to a guy across the road playing the sax and caught the last bus back. Great Stirrup Cay, NCL private island, Bahamas: Went over on the tender after the early rush, gosh it was hot!! The keycard is used on the island the same as on the ship so no extra for food and drink. Great if you're a sun worshipper but not much else to do on the island. Nassau, New Providence Island, Bahamas: I liked Nassau, no tenders here just walk along the dockside into town. The exit from the port is very busy with locals selling all sort of things. Just across the road is the Harley Davidson shop, got myself a couple of nice shirts! Another boiling day had to sit in the shade in the Bearded Clam with a few bottles of Sands (local Beer). Back in New York weren't in a hurry to get to our hotel so we were last off with the stragglers disembarking and breezed through customs. All in all we enjoyed our week on the NB, the trip back to Blighty on the QM2 was a much more genteel affair :-) Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
Our main reason for selecting the Windstar Star Legend was the itinerary of generally smaller out of the way ports. We wanted to visit some small islands that we have not had the chance to explore during previous trips and cruises. ... Read More
Our main reason for selecting the Windstar Star Legend was the itinerary of generally smaller out of the way ports. We wanted to visit some small islands that we have not had the chance to explore during previous trips and cruises. Admittedly we were the folks who had previously loved voyages on larger cruise ships and enjoyed looking down from our lofty perch at the dock at the poor souls who were forced to be on that smaller boat. We will probably try to avoid the larger ships with their hoards of people, long lines, and impersonal service in the future. We thoroughly enjoyed our time on the Star Legend and wouldn't hesitate to return. We liked that there was no "sea day" and that in some cases the ship stayed in port until late in the evening giving us plenty of opportunity to enjoy our land time. Embarkation: smooth as butter with no queues or hassles. Within moments we were dropping off our things in the cabins and heading out to explore San Juan. Cabins: We booked 2 rooms (227/225) for our family of four. They were adjoined by a common hallway with a door directly off the main central passage. The suites were roomy with nice beds & bedding, large windows, marble baths with quality towels, and a walk in closet. Our steward Yukti did a great job. Everything on the ship is within close proximity and easy to find. The cabins lack the electrical outlets for charging devices. Tip: bring a multi outlet surge protector or USB hub. Also: the unlimited laundry package is amazing. We travelled light and enjoyed fresh clothes during the entire cruise. This is one of the best perks I have ever seen offered on any cruise. Food in the main dining room was excellent. We enjoyed professional and friendly service during every meal. Hayrettin, the restaurant manager, went out of his way on multiple occasions to do anything he could to make our dining experience as fantastic as possible. We enjoyed an excellent breakfast al fresco everyday on the back of the boat. They had an excellent buffet, omelet station, order off the menu choices. We mostly had dinner in main dining room with no awkward set dining time. One evening we did dine at Candles and another at the on deck BBQ party which was excellent. All soft drinks were included which was very nice as our kids often can rack up a bill with juices and sodas. As foodies we appreciated Chef Nilesh who turned out a variety of dishes that was a cut above what we had experienced on other larger boats. We particularly enjoyed the Indian cuisine options that was appeared on a regular basis. On one evening the Chef produced a special favorite indian dish for our son--this never would have happened on a larger boat. While room service is available around the clock there are periods of time when food is not available in venues throughout the boat. Typical cruise ship buffets where around the clock food is served are not found on the Legend. Entertainment on the boat is limited. This is fine for us but if you are looking for a show, comedian or magician every night do not book this cruise. There are 2 duos that frequently appear at various events throughout the ship. Nothing spectacular. We did enjoy the crew talent show. Evening entertainment may be the weakest point of the cruise. Having an open bridge that you can visit was great. The club and deck above the bridge are nice places to hang out and watch as the boat pulls in or out of port. Ports: We loved all of the ports, but particularly Culebra, Jost Van Dyke, and St. Barts. We weren't able to tender at Montserrat due to high seas. On our previous Carnival cruise this lead to an extra day being trapped on the sea. The captain made arrangements to head over to St. Kitts (which happened to be having carnival that day). We appreciated this quick reaction and had a great day at the beach there. Excursions we loved: 12 Metre Sailing in St. Maarten, and the Cruise to Anegada in Virgin Gorda. 2 of our excursions (ATV on Montserrat and Zodiac on JVD were cancelled). The cancelled excursions were a pain. I wish that Windstar was a bit more helpful with concierge type services arranging other activities when their excursions were abruptly cancelled. Fitness/Spa: The spa is small and we enjoyed massages, facials and hair services. The gym is small and limited. My wife loved the daily pilates/yoga classes. One thing I normally enjoy on a cruise is running on deck in the morning. There really isn't a place to do that on the Legend. Note: Internet service is absolutely horrible. It is expensive and far worse than the horrible connectivity than I have experienced on other cruises. This may have been a function of the location of our rooms. If you need to be connected during the trip don't even think about coming on this cruise. I might consider bringing a Sat phone with data service if I really had to be connected. It might be cheaper and much more reliable. We did have US cell phone service in San Juan, Culebra, and for parts of Jost Van Dyke. Also the does move a bit more than the larger boats. Christmas winds in the caribbean often lead to bumpy cruising during the late months of December and early January. While the boat did move around none in our party became motion sick. It you are hyper prone to motion sickness then stick to one of the behemoths. Overall I recommend this cruise for its itinerary and excellent service. We are hooked on the small boat experience and may look to taking their cruises near Tahiti or Iceland. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
My wife & I were looking for a time to relax in comfort. We chose to cruise over the holidays because our children were not going to be with us. In general the Insignia cruise of the eastern Caribbean met our expectations. The ... Read More
My wife & I were looking for a time to relax in comfort. We chose to cruise over the holidays because our children were not going to be with us. In general the Insignia cruise of the eastern Caribbean met our expectations. The ship is beginning to show its age. The staterooms would be comfortable enough if they were better arranged - sliding doors instead of ones that open into each other, more US-compatible electric outlets, rugs need replacing the sound systems in the lounge/theater and the other venue used for speakers, etc. need updating. Nonetheless, we enjoyed the pool area, the shows, the guest lecturer. The food is wonderful. In the main dining room the menu is extensive, varied, and invariably delicious. The rack of lamb in the Polo Grill was the tenderest we'd ever had, as were the filet mignons. The Toscano was relatively disappointing - food was quite good, but they apparently no longer offer choice of olive oils for dipping and no longer bring a cart of after-dinner liqueurs. The Barista, offering fancy coffees (at no charge), pastries & finger sandwiches all day long, is a welcome addition. The service in all venues was quite good, tho not quite up to the level we remembered from previous Oceania cruises. An accomplished string quartet provided classical music at many hours throughout the evenings. The shows were enjoyable, tho not Broadway caliber. A problem was unusually rough seas, which bothered many people. Christmas Eve include an even better dinner; Christmas Day brought Santa with gifts for the few children on board (mostly children of crew members); New Years Eve was party-time in several venues, with hats & noise-makers and dancing till ? Also, Hanukkah was celebrated every night of the season. We took no port excursions, but just walked around most of the time. we docked at 6 ports in the 12 days - St. Barts was too rough to tender in, so we skipped that. In summary, we had a very good, relaxing time. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
A different part of the world, a different culture and parts of the unknown brought us to Azamara's cruise from Singapore to the ports in Indonesia. Our journey was not only a first for us, but also a first for Azamara's ... Read More
A different part of the world, a different culture and parts of the unknown brought us to Azamara's cruise from Singapore to the ports in Indonesia. Our journey was not only a first for us, but also a first for Azamara's Journey. My wife and I had sailed on the Journey just before it headed to the dockyard for it's reimagination makeover. As many people have written, we were pleased with the new look in several of the 'main' areas; the Living Room was quite nice, relaxed atmosphere with the addition of the 'Mosaic benefits' at the bar as well as the Discoveries dinning area was brighter and a little more contemporary. The Cabaret Lounge appeared be the much the same, but given the small area and low ceilings, it is probably difficult to incorporate anything major. The staterooms are still 'small', compared to the other cruise line, but manageable. The only changes to the casino were its dealers. But we love a small ship and Azamara always lives up to our expectations: The staff (everyone from servers and attendants to the officers) are personable, friendly and always want to please. We can never say we've never had a bad meal, or the cut of meat was not what was expected. However, the selection, including the nightly specials and the often 'themed cuisine' buffets are excellent in variety and freshness making the eating experience very pleasing. The Aqualina specialty restaurant was our favorite of the two since the filet mignon was as good as Prime C and my wife enjoyed her lobster. The entertainment is set in a small venue, but it doesn't impede the great shows and nightclub style entertainers. "Eric" does a fantastic job....so talented and so creative. The ship, staff, dining, entertainment, service deserves a 5 star rating, however, our disappointment lies with the itinerary, the ports of call and one particular disastrous shore excursion. Sailing around Krakatoa Volcano was nice, but not a memorable experience. Being three miles away made it quite removed. Our first stop 'Semarang' offered little to experience, except an all day drive to Borobudur Temple. We elected to do something different with an excursion offering interactive cooking lesson with a 'local chef' and selecting the spices and herbs from their local market. Hopefully this excursion has been removed since I believe everyone received full reimbursements. Lombok offered little other than securing a cab for a few hour tour of the area. We hooked up with another couple, shared the expense which wasn't too much to start with. Saw the local women weaving, rice fields and the small local shops along the roadside. The Komodo Islands were a highlight. We joined a group through CruiseCritic and not only climbed the hills of Komodo Park (saw the dragons), but continued onto 'The Pink Beach' in a local skiff (swam, snorkeled and lunched). This combination was not offered by the ship, but rather a private tour. After a wonderful day, our next port was Benoa (Bali). It was not like Julia Roberts "Eat Pray Love", but the excursion of choice (our choice) was Ubud's Ridges, Villages and Valleys. It was an interesting drive to Ubud (excellent guides) with many stories about their lives and traditions. Ubud was scenic and lush, the path lead us to a village with artists and shops showing and selling their hand made work. We had a very nice lunch at Kafe ARMA to end the afternoon. The final Indonesia port was Celukan Bawang. Again, we corralled a cab (shared with another couple) and toured the area. Not much to offer, but it took up our time. Two sea days later, we were back to Singapore for the overnight. My wife and I stayed on for 2 additional nights at the Pan Pacific Hotel (Raffles Blvd.) Whether you stay pre-cruise or post cruise, Singapore is a place not to miss. Would we do it again? Journey is our favorite 5-Stars), but Indonesia was a disappointment (2 - Stars). Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
It was our 4th cruise on MSC Divina in a row. My experience is still outstanding. Embarkation was a little bit slow, but the ship was full. The food is excellent, but a little bit difficult for American passengers, because on an ... Read More
It was our 4th cruise on MSC Divina in a row. My experience is still outstanding. Embarkation was a little bit slow, but the ship was full. The food is excellent, but a little bit difficult for American passengers, because on an Italian ship, the word "food" means a little bit more than hamburger, hot dog and steak. Excellent choice of European and Italian choices. Our dedicated restaurant was the Villa Rosa. At the first diner, the service was extremely slow, so we got a glass of wine as a little compensation for the long waiting time. After the first diner, everything was fine. If someone didn't like the ordered food, they always offered to serve something else to see everyone happy. The only negative experience I had is the show in the theatre. First of all, everything is the same in every year. After 4 years, I expected to see something new than before. They have only 2 vegas-style shows in a 7 days cruise (The Mask and The Treasure Island), and 2 music shows (Michael Jackson and The Queen). They have 3 nights, where nothing interesting happens in the theatre (Staff introduction "show", etc). Of course, it depends on personal expectations, but I would like to see a bit more show on board - and not exactly the same in every year. Prices on board are average (but the duty free is really cheap). They always have some promotions or sale prices, when the price is really bargain. Casino also had happy hours in the mornings, when they give free $3 casino credit for everyone. I recommend for everyone to read the daily program "newspaper", delivered to every stateroom during dining time. The promotions, special prices are in the paper. We didn't go for a shore excursions sold by the ship. We arranged by our own for less price (and less crowd). If you disembark by tender boat, that could be really slow, but if you have a prepaid excursions, they give you a priority ticket. Divina has 2 formal night, but some of the cruisers don't want to dress up. That's OK for me if someone doesn't want to wear a tuxedo or an evening dress, but at least give the respect the others. I saw a russian guy came to the gale evening in a flip flop and in a swimming brief ONLY - and nobody told him to go and dress up... The photoshop is pretty expensive. $10-$25 per picture and usually they take 4-5 pictures per family per shoot. They have a prepaid photo offer, which is $95 and you have 100 photos in any size for this price. We got all of the 100 pictures for $95 - the value (as per the ship's price list) was around $900-$1000, so I seriously recommend for everyone to prepay this - it worths the money! Disembark in Miami was fast and easy. We had an early flight so they simply changed our disembark time without a question. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
This is my 3rd cruise with Oceania. Two small ships, Insignia and Regatta and the beautiful bigger ship the Marina. We were not disappointed with the Insignia. Oceania has a certain standard and they didn't fail with the Insignia. ... Read More
This is my 3rd cruise with Oceania. Two small ships, Insignia and Regatta and the beautiful bigger ship the Marina. We were not disappointed with the Insignia. Oceania has a certain standard and they didn't fail with the Insignia. The food is phenomenal as was expected. We did get the feeling that perhaps the Insignia is where new recruits join the team as far as servers go. There were some slip ups that we never encountered on the Marina for example. Being a smaller ship there are only 2 restaurants but both offer delicious menus. The Grand Dining Room always a treat. The staff worked very hard to remember our name and something about us to make it personal. I was disappointed with the boutique. They offer only designer names most of which can be found at any port we stopped at. I wanted to buy a tee-shirt or two and they don't sell that at all. All in all it was worth going with Oceania once again. Hard to beat. It's not a cruise line for people who want to party hardy, go down big slides at the pool etc. It's a cruise line for total relaxation. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
The chance to take a last minute Christmas and New Year cruise with our adult children round trip to Indonesia from Singapore was too tempting to refuse. What better way than a Christmas Cruise to let our kids know what we've grown to ... Read More
The chance to take a last minute Christmas and New Year cruise with our adult children round trip to Indonesia from Singapore was too tempting to refuse. What better way than a Christmas Cruise to let our kids know what we've grown to love and appreciate about Azamara and keeps us returning. Embarkation was a quick process and we seemed to be on board in no time. Initially there had been some inconsistent information circulating prior to the cruise about the location of the departing terminal. Fortunately I'd had a heads up on this through Cruise Critic and had got my information sorted before we left home. Some guests were not so lucky having been advised of the incorrect departure point but in the end no one missed the ship. It was also a little disappointing that the Cruise Critic Meet and Mingle was scheduled right on the departure time of 6 pm from Singapore. Again fortunate that someone had experienced this previously and alternate informal arrangements were made for a meet and mingle the following sea day as most people elected to see the sail away from Singapore. Our initial concerns for our kids about having a younger cohort on board to socialise were allayed when we discovered there were 33 guests in the 18-30 age group travelling either on their own or with their extended families. In my opinion with such a variety of ages (along with some younger family of senior officers) did largely contribute to the festive feel of the ship, particularly when Christmas/New Years is often a family time. We witnessed many new friendships form and even ourselves were re acquainted with guests, officers, staff and crew we'd met on previous cruises. This is what we find wonderful with the small ship experience. I saw many occasions where couples or singles on their own were included in larger groups which we think is fairly 'typical' of type and demeanour of Azamara guests. There is of course ample opportunity to be, eat or relax alone if that's what you choose. The holiday seasons decorations, festivities, activities and food made for a memorable trip. Having been on both the Quest and Journey since the refits the ambiance of The Living Room and how much it is now used is pleasing, it has such a great feel about it that it just feels 'right'. Kudos to the bar servers there as they are wonderful and it's always a great start to the evening to see their friendly happy faces. The Tapas is interesting, tasty and varies daily. A welcome addition could maybe be that one of the vocalists sings quietly (in the background and on alternate nights) thus providing some variety to the early evening entertainment rather than just the piano and guitar player, as done on the Quest. We were very glad to see the departure of Park West. The Christmas Pantomime, written by Eric and narrated by Captain Magus was a hoot! We've seen all the production shows before, for the first timers they are entertaining. It would be nice for them to be updated at some stage but understand the cost and manpower involved in changing the line-up. Guest entertainers and guest speakers were good to great depending on your likes and preferences. The food was consistently great, the Windows evening Buffets featuring a variety of cuisine (though I'm not a big lover of buffets) is interesting and tasty. Discoveries continues to provide great evening meals and there many memorable meals were eaten there amongst our family and new friends. It is pleasing that there is a nightly Chef's recommendation from the Windows that reflects the cuisine being served there. Brunches held in discoveries continue with the high standards as does Prime C and Aqualina. The few small requests (food, recipe’s, ships tours, caffeine free diet coke) that we had were dealt with in a friendly, helpful and professional manner. This is another trademark of Azamara that we've grown to appreciate, love and are thankful for. I won't go into the size of the cabins, we don't have a problem with them or the bathrooms. It is what it is, but I appreciate that the bathroom size is a challenge for some larger people. Ports of call: Hey it's Asia, third world country and all. Glad we went and saw but there's not a lot that would draw us back to that area. Krakatoa was nice, however we were a bit far away from it to get a real appreciation of just the impact that is left from its legacy. Semarang and Bali were extremely busy, especially on the roads. Komodo and especially Pink Beach were great, with the snorkelling being the standout activity/experience of the trip. We were surprised at the cost of the shore excursions being Indonesia but fortunately because there was four of us most places we did our own thing by taxi and car knowing all our tourist dollars were benefiting the locals. Finally we are in still in awe of how well Azamara deliver their service in a happy, friendly and professional manner. Congratulations to all involved, you rightly have a product you are to be proud on. God knows how some of the staff find it easy to tolerate those few guests who stand in line and forget their manners. Well done. Disembarkation was slow through Singapore immigration but that is no way a Azamara issue. In reflection of the time it took to be processed we are conformable in the knowledge that Singapore remains one of the safest places in the world to visit. We have another three Azamara cruises booked for this year (2017) and countdown eagerly to each one and the time we return to a 'welcome home'. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
After a spectacular Windstar experience through the Panama Canal several years ago, we could not wait to do it again with our two younger sons - and this time - adding our oldest son and his wife. We planned a Christmas week cruise out of ... Read More
After a spectacular Windstar experience through the Panama Canal several years ago, we could not wait to do it again with our two younger sons - and this time - adding our oldest son and his wife. We planned a Christmas week cruise out of Barbados and talked it up for months. Our first indication that things would be different was the first night's sail away. This is Windstar's brand, their signature sail away. It's what makes the cruise so memorable and filled us with joy the last time. This time we got our drinks, met on deck, and grinned like crazy waiting to see the reaction of the oldest, his wife and new friends we had already made on the cruise. As the music hit the crescendo, the large sail didn't move. And that was it, our magical sail away hit that sour note every single night. Comments that first night and subsequent nights: "That's it?" After speaking to the crew, we found out it had been broken for at least two weeks. It remained broken through our entire cruise. We noted small things that added up as well. The back flag was frayed, there was rust around the pool, the pool and hot tub were often empty and closed for repairs, the back stairwell smelled like cat pee (very strongly), there was only one tender making excursions a long process, they chipped rust every day off the hull, the carpet was ripped in two places in our cabin, the AC was very warm (could never get it cool enough), and there was a loud, high pitched noise anytime the engine was running (the reply was yes we know and can't find it) - just to name a few things. Service saved the cruise for us, it was as good as the first time. For the price we paid for a small luxury cruise for 6 adults, we were very, very disappointed and will not cruise Windstar again. And we were so looking forward to experiencing their brand again - i just didn't come close to expectations. Other comments that week from returning guests: - They seem to be getting awfully close to cheapening their brand. - This feels like a small Carnival ship this time - This entertainment is so cheesy. Wasn't it much classier last time? - That's it again? (the sail every night) Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
We were looking for something different for the Christmas break, and sailing round exotic locations like Bali and having the opportunity to see Komodo Dragons in their natural habitat seemed an opportunity too good to miss! After ... Read More
We were looking for something different for the Christmas break, and sailing round exotic locations like Bali and having the opportunity to see Komodo Dragons in their natural habitat seemed an opportunity too good to miss! After sailing with Celebrity, we were really looking forward to experiencing what sister company Azamara had to offer, and were not disappointed! The smaller ship and friendlier onboard experience were great, and the ship was a definite step up from Celebrity. We were initially worried that the smaller ship would mean that there was a distinctive lack of facilities, but this was not the case. The onboard entertainment was not the same as we have seen before, because the Cabaret Lounge does not compare to the theatres on larger ships, but the entertainers onboard were terrific and worked so hard. The only disappointment with the our onboard experience were the speciality restaurants. Whilst not as expensive as other lines, they were also less "special", with lacklustre service being the main issue. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
The term 180' from normal is very fitting. We have been on 10 cruise with larger cruise ships and this one was very different. Everyone is so relaxed and friendly and there is no need to get all dressed up. The crew where amazing ... Read More
The term 180' from normal is very fitting. We have been on 10 cruise with larger cruise ships and this one was very different. Everyone is so relaxed and friendly and there is no need to get all dressed up. The crew where amazing and worked so hard to make our 2 meal on coral islands so special. The highlight was the dinner at Bora Bora where we watched the sunset as we sipped our cocktails and ate a fest before being taken back to the ship in the dark and have a great view of the ship all light up with her sails up. The accomodation was a little cramped but well appointed. My only grip would be that on the lower levels the engine noise was quite evident. Though we did get use to it and the benefit of being low was the close proximity of the ocean to oir port hole. This was definatley a bucket list cruise and one we will remember for a long time. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
we wanted to try a different cruise line not happy in being herded on the big ships . found insignia small but loading was super fast unloading was fast the only problem was every one was on the upper deck the ship in my view should have ... Read More
we wanted to try a different cruise line not happy in being herded on the big ships . found insignia small but loading was super fast unloading was fast the only problem was every one was on the upper deck the ship in my view should have opened other venues to accommodate that many people. once the rooms opened it was fine we found the food was excellent service was superb . cabins we stayed in a penthouse suite service by the butler was outstanding . we tried the in room dining that was a real treat . all the staff from the waiters to the deck hands were all eager to please . the 2 bad spots we had on the cruise was rough weather and they decided to drain and paint the pool & 1 of the tours the bus boke down & we were driving at night with no lights but the ship waited . we really enjoyed the whole cruise but it was to short. looking forward to the Rivera and all the different restaurants Read Less
Sail Date December 2016

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