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1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2018
i chose this sailing because of a special promotion which made the price reasonable compared to most other azamera cruises and it had an interesting intinerary.. i had always wanted to sail on azamera due to its excellent reputation for ... Read More
i chose this sailing because of a special promotion which made the price reasonable compared to most other azamera cruises and it had an interesting intinerary.. i had always wanted to sail on azamera due to its excellent reputation for food quality, its small size, the free liquor and free gratuities. it lived up to my expectations, the staff is very friendly, the captain down to the housekeeping, food was excellent, white nights is a terrific event, get there early and grab a table with a very high end buffet. tendering was orderly and had minimal waits. the only 2 reasons it is not rated 5 stars was that we had a botched excursion where the vendor swisstours did not do all elements of the excursion in papagayo, azamera did refund us 50 per cent but we really wanted the complete refund. the second issue was the best entertainment on the ship was the singers and dancers and russ the cruise director who is also an excellent singer. azamera for some reason is letting go of all their singers and dancers as of feb 8th for some type of new format. this cruise had 3 nights of a violinist and a piano player/magician. do i really need 3 nights for classical music and no comedians. the inside cabin we had seemed smaller than other ships the same room size. overall though the cruise was excellent and i would definitely go on this cruise line. Read Less
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Sail Date: January 2018
Looking for a Mekong River cruise, we chose Scenic. We were delighted with the 3 day pre and post stays. Well organized and interesting tours. Recommend ending in Siem Reap to get the temple gala dinner, it is really special. The boat is ... Read More
Looking for a Mekong River cruise, we chose Scenic. We were delighted with the 3 day pre and post stays. Well organized and interesting tours. Recommend ending in Siem Reap to get the temple gala dinner, it is really special. The boat is beautiful and very comfortable with every need met by its gracious and friendly Cambodian crew. Mundane sounding excursions were anything but! We travel a lot and were amazed and delighted everyday! Our tour director Man was from Vietnam and was a great leader and guide. He treated us all as adults and not as herd animals as can happen on group tours. He was very knowledgable and gave us a respect for Vietnam and Cambodias sensitive history. The food was of a very high quality and presented beautifully. Five star floating cuisine and service. Very delighted and have to remark that every single excursion was so interesting and unique. Loved it! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2018
We had a previous experience on SilverSea which was delightful and we wanted to try them again. SS did not disappoint us as the dining, entertainment, staff were all first rate. The shipboard services are excellent from butler to laundry ... Read More
We had a previous experience on SilverSea which was delightful and we wanted to try them again. SS did not disappoint us as the dining, entertainment, staff were all first rate. The shipboard services are excellent from butler to laundry availability. The shore excursions on this trip were somewhat limited by the ports of call (only 2 ports). The ones we were chose were very good except the Andes Highlights - very interesting scenery up to a mountain village for a brief tour and lunch. The guide was excellent with much historical and geological information that made the long drive interesting. The village itself was not very attractive but surrounded by magnificent mountains. A total of 9 hours was a bit long but not sure how it could have been changed. The other excursion was from Paracas and toured the Ballesta Isles which was very interesting. The guide was well versed in the local history and the animals that we saw. The entertainment was varied and for the most part very good. All skilled performers from musical to dance to guitar. We particularly enjoy the diverse group of passengers on SS cruises. The people come from many countries including the UK, Australia, Europe(Germany, France, & Italy), Asia and the USA. Very interesting and personal group of mostly well traveled people. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2018
While on another cruise, my aunt and I saw this ship at a port. It had the same name as my aunt. We did some research and it appeared that this was an extremely luxurious European cruise line, We decided to take a cruise on this ship. ... Read More
While on another cruise, my aunt and I saw this ship at a port. It had the same name as my aunt. We did some research and it appeared that this was an extremely luxurious European cruise line, We decided to take a cruise on this ship. We booked a cruise out of Miami for 12 days of Central America. Neither of us had been to any of the countries to be visited. The embarkation process was very smooth, no lines, and it went very quickly. The staff on the cruise need to be trained on how to smile, not scowl, and how to make people feel welcome. Don't expect a warm welcome with flutes of champagne. The food was mediocre at best, both in the buffet and in the dining room. Eating for the first week in the buffet was like taking your life in your hands, people were rude and pushy. I had a plate pushed into by back at least twice. In the dining room, you pay extra for shrimp cocktail, lobster and steak or filet mignon steak dinners. The decor is old, tired and worn out, save for the crystal staircase. The carpet in the hallways is starting to become threadbare. If you're outside, don't count on having drinks delivered to you. Spent 3 days outside on the deck overlooking the pool and never once had anyone ask if I wanted a drink, let alone bringing around pre-made drinks as I've experienced on other cruises. This cruise line sells itself on being luxurious but was far from it. DON'T BOOK!!! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2018
This was my first time on the Azamara. If your 50 to 75 years old (Maybe some 40 plus people??) and love being tempted with copious amounts of food and beverage then you are the target consumer. But you may be disappointed too. I ... Read More
This was my first time on the Azamara. If your 50 to 75 years old (Maybe some 40 plus people??) and love being tempted with copious amounts of food and beverage then you are the target consumer. But you may be disappointed too. I know that some people complain about the limited music tastes available, and, generally, the dubious wine quality and this may well be true, but you can't please them all can you. Particularly on a smaller ship. Given the luxurious things to consume on board (and I am sure you can purchase really good wine if you want to) I find something is missing. Cigars. I don't smoke generally, but, when I spend time on board ships I enjoy a cigar. YOU CAN NOT PURCHASE CIGARS ON BOARD THE AZAMARA SHIPS. I didn't bring any because I was assured you could buy cigars on the "Journey". So for me and, I'm sure, for many others, this precludes the indulgence of an essential item in the luxury department. This is the first ship I have been on where cigars were not available. So what is my assessment of the Azamara Journey? A narrow focus to satisfy well behaved old people. This is what Azamara is about. Younger people, and even many middle aged people, are not catered for very well. But underlying this are more serious problems potentially and those who travel with Azamara should be aware of them before they sign up. I was told by the bar manager that, if those serving behind the bar think that you have drunk too much, even if you have had just one beer, then you can be stopped from having anymore alcohol. This can make quite an impact on your holiday on board where beers are included and you may expect to have more drinks in your day than say four(4) beers but were refused because of a subjective assessment by a staff member. This actually happened to my son on the Azamara "Journey" on our second day at sea. I could see that the barman took a dislike to my son after in incident the day before when my son became inebriated. The upshot was that he was not allowed to drink more then three(3) light beers per day for the remaining days at sea, and only in the company of his parents. My son is thirty four(34). I know there will be those who read this and applaud the zero tolerance decision of the hotel manager on board ship but I know my son had adjusted to the ship and his behaviour and drinking would have been good if he had been given a second chance. There are those who equate mental illness with a potential to be violent and this judgement is discriminatory and wrong. Royal Caribbean should bring these punitive and outmoded views into the 21st century.-But not the Cigar policy, they should acknowledge the value of old fashion rare pleasures. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2018
The ship was very crowded and full of rude people pushing and crowding the elevators which were very slow. The food buffet was like watching roller derby at a bad Golden Corral. The service in the dining room was excellent, but the food ... Read More
The ship was very crowded and full of rude people pushing and crowding the elevators which were very slow. The food buffet was like watching roller derby at a bad Golden Corral. The service in the dining room was excellent, but the food was well below average quality. It looked like warmed over microwave dinners. No live music in the shows at night, all recorded music! Only one band on the ship that played from 10:45 PM till late. Nothing to do during the daytime but listen to recorded music in Aqua Park. Two shows in Italian only opera style. The lack of hand hygiene and hand washing enforcement was evident by many people sick with respiratory infections. The toilets were not working when we docked in Miami the last day of the cruise. I have been on excellent cruises with another brand for many years, the only reason I went on MSC was to meet friends who already booked. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2018
This was our 3rd time on the Windsurf. The cruise had been scheduled to embark and disembark in St. Martin. However, after Hurricane Irma destroyed St. Martin, the cruise was rescheduled to go RT Barbados. The ports changed again after ... Read More
This was our 3rd time on the Windsurf. The cruise had been scheduled to embark and disembark in St. Martin. However, after Hurricane Irma destroyed St. Martin, the cruise was rescheduled to go RT Barbados. The ports changed again after Hurricane Maria. Windstar cruises was very quick to change their itinerary to ports unaffected by the recent storms. As a result, we visited some new ports. Mayreaux, Bequia, Anse Matin, and Monserrat were all new to us. The excursions were well organized. Guides were excellent. We had a great time exploring small ports that are seldom visited by the big ships. We also enjoyed the included "unexpected OBC". The ship was beautiful. As an older ship, the care to details is amazing. Crew was constantly cleaning, polishing, painting, and fixing everything. The cabins are well arranged. Lots of storage space....drawers, shelves, and double closets were ideal. Cabin had good lighting, beautiful linens, and comfortable chairs. Bathroom had lovely L'Occitane toiletries. There are no cabins with verandas. As a small ship, it is easy and quick to get outside. Lots of public spaces indoor and out. Never had to go hunting for a deck chair. The small pool deck aft was a great place to relax. Non alcoholic drinks were included everywhere on the ship. The fridge in the cabin is restocked daily with your choice of beverages. Room service 24/7 was prompt and free. Dining was superb. Breakfast and lunch were served in the Veranda. Seating at linen covered tables indoor and out. You could select from the buffet or order from the menu. Choices were interesting with daily specials. The Yacht Club was open daily until 6pm serving drinks and small sandwiches and pastry. Yacht Club was my go to place for coffee. Diner was served in 4 places. No surcharge anywhere. The main restaurant Aamphora had different menu each night. The food choices were very good. If you wanted something off the menu, ask and usually it happens. No request was denied. The Stella Bistro had a set menu with a French flair. Candles and Dining Under the Stars were outside. Their menus were mostly grilled items. The fillet at Candles was delicious. The buffet salad bar at Dining Under the Stars was outstanding. Once each week, there is a beach party ashore with food and local entertainment. Once a week the regular restaurants are closed because there is a deck BBQ with fabulous food and entertainment. The highlight is grilled lobsters. We took 3 excursions which were excellent. The best was on the disembarkation day. We put our luggage out at 6:30 the day of disembarkation and enjoyed a full breakfast before leaving the ship. The captain and some staff members were at the gangway to help with hand luggage. Hugs all around. While our luggage was taken to the airport, we took a 4+ hour tour around Barbados in an air conditioned van. Great guide. After enjoying an included lunch at a beautiful plantation, we were driven to the airport. We were met by Windstar reps who assisted us with our luggage and checkin. We had a fabulous time and will return. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2018
We love Oceania cruise line! The ship is small & has excellent rooms & decor. We took friends who had never gone on a cruise before and they could not believe the attention given to every detail. The art work, grand staircase with ... Read More
We love Oceania cruise line! The ship is small & has excellent rooms & decor. We took friends who had never gone on a cruise before and they could not believe the attention given to every detail. The art work, grand staircase with it chandler , the table ware etc. Our cabins were top notch. The bed was so comfortable that we were tempted to purchase one! Our stewards keep our linens, towels & room in impeccable shape. It was great to "go home" after a fun day ashore! The dining was gourmet in every restaurant . All four of the specialty restaurants were no extra charge. The food....oh my gosh..I felt like my husband had taken me out on a date to 5 star restaurants ever night! The service was amazing! I really got spoiled! And loved every minute of it! The service from the restaurants, to bars, to having our laundry done was truly exceptional. The staff was delightful ...and it was fun to get to know them! We only saw one show...which was good...but I am not a show person. I am sure many other passengers enjoyed them. Serice Service Service......all amazing I would definitely recommend Oceania & we will be travelling with them again! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2018
This was our first cruise on Riviera, our second on Oceania. Our previous Oceania was the Nautica, and our cabin had been a disappointment. Our apprehensions were dismissed the moment we entered our cabin on Riviera. It was a very good ... Read More
This was our first cruise on Riviera, our second on Oceania. Our previous Oceania was the Nautica, and our cabin had been a disappointment. Our apprehensions were dismissed the moment we entered our cabin on Riviera. It was a very good size, and most importantly, the bathroom was much much better than the airplane-size bathroom on Nautica. No 'Psycho' shower but a full bathtub and separate shower. Yay! The ship is beautiful, I spent some time going through the ship to view all the beautiful artwork. Most amazing is how quiet the ship is; our cabin was on deck 8 midship and we never heard a sound ; we had to look out to check if we had docked or sailed away. The only reason I didn't give full marks is the entertainment and sound system in the cabins. I had the same complaint on Nautica and I was given the same lame excuse that Oceania buys its entertainment system from a provider and this is what they provide (!). The TV is old non-hd technology. The sound is terrible and the picture is so blurred you can't read the credits at the end of a film. There is no docking station for your phone, or bluetooth that would allow you to listen to your music. Unlike in most hotels nowadays, you can't access your account information. There was a Grand Slam tennis tournament going on, but no station to view it. There are only 3 news channels: MSNBC and FOX, and, thankfully, BBC World, a welcome relief from 24-hour US-centered news. It is time Oceania followed the competition into the 21st century, all the rest of the cruise is such a wonderful experience. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2018
We decided to try Oceania for the raved about food. Being in the food industry & foodies we thought we'd try them out. Two days before the cruise, I got a e-mail asking if we'd upgrade from an interior cabin to a balcony cabin for ... Read More
We decided to try Oceania for the raved about food. Being in the food industry & foodies we thought we'd try them out. Two days before the cruise, I got a e-mail asking if we'd upgrade from an interior cabin to a balcony cabin for $200pp. Of course I said yes. Getting on board was quick & easy as there's only about 1200 pax, as compared to 3000+ pax on larger ships. We still waited until 2:30 to get to our cabin. Seems they like to have your luggage outside your room waiting for you when you arrive. Upon entering, Richard was overly delighted it was a veranda cabin. I kept the upgrade a secret knowing he'd love the room. The room is close to 300 sq. ft.(incl. balcony) I was surprised to see a tub as well as a separate enclosed shower. The enclosed shower is quite small, but we like the duel shower heads. One a "rain" head the other a hand held shower head. The tub has a shower as well, but it's tough to use the shower as it's only partially enclosed, so water can easily get on the floor. The room had abundant storage. Some of the storage is in drawers inside cabinets. For those, like me who have a CPAP machine there's an outlet next to the bed, so extension cords aren't necessary. Food is the main attraction on Oceania. No disappointment here! The Grand Dining room(G/D)is an elegant venue with lots of Swarovski crystal. Meals here are very nice. Food quality is like the way Celebrity was about 5 years ago, before the cutbacks. As the price of an Oceania cruise is about $1500pp more than Celebrity/Princess the attention to detail & the food is much better. You have several specialty rest. on board all but one are included in the cost. These are: Polo Grill(steaks/seafood etc.)Toscana(Italian food, but really highend)Red Ginger(Asian, obviously)Jacques(Jacque Pepin's on board rest. highend French Cuisine)La Reserve is the extra cost venue. Dinners range from $60pp-195pp for the "Connoisseur's" dinner. Tea service is offered daily in the Horizon's Lounge. The Tea service with Tea cakes/Scones/Tea sandwiches was excellent, accompanied by an excellent string quartet. Entertainment takes a backstage to the food. It was what we expected a few good singers/dancers. A very talented small band. The Sax player was outstanding. There's also a String Quartet, which was excellent. We had a talented Ventriloquist, who was really quite funny. The Cruise director, Peter was top notch. Loved his wild outfits that highlighted the end of each show. He'd tell a joke or 2 some were really quite funny, some really bad(on purpose). There are really good education seminars & cooking demonstrations to be had. The only downside were some of the excursions. Some of these were really quite pricey compared to similar excursions on Cunard/Celebrity/Princess. One excursion on Grand Cayman was new to the cruiseline, so we were Guinea Pigs, so to speak. It was not as good as the brochure claimed. We got 25% refunded back to us. If you have an excursion that is not good(be honest here!)upon returning, bring it to the attention of the excursion desk. Do BE polite about it! In most cases they will offer a partial refund. If many pax complain about it, the refund might be the full amount(not too often) Our ports of call were Grand Cayman/Cozumel/Costa Maya/Roatas/Santo Tomas/Key West. The weather slowly clouded up as we headed from Costa Maya to Central America. Cloudy/showery weather was the rule from here until we got to Key West. We had a nice lunch at Louis' Backyard( a popular rest.)Key West, unfortunately is really been getting more trashy over the last 20 years. No longer a stop I really care to do. Of all the ports of call, I'd say Santo Tomas is the least developed & ready for cruiseship tourism. There's a few nice beaches & small resorts a few miles from the ship, but otherwise I'd shop at the local port shopping mall & then just get back on the ship. Roatan, Honduras has nice beaches but the weather precluded the enjoyment. There is a great golf/beach resort called Pristine Bay. Oceania should really offer excursions there. You can also go yourself as well. Overall a great ship/cruiseline Would definitely go on Oceania again. Read Less

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