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8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2016
Enjoyed bora bora in an overwater bungalow before embarking on the October 8th sailing of the Paul Gauguin In general, beautiful islands with wonderful people! However weather was hotter than we expected. Hotter than Hawaii and any ... Read More
Enjoyed bora bora in an overwater bungalow before embarking on the October 8th sailing of the Paul Gauguin In general, beautiful islands with wonderful people! However weather was hotter than we expected. Hotter than Hawaii and any Caribbean island we have visited. Phone app reported 85f temps, feeling like 95f. Believe it! Embarkation started at 3pm promptly. No evidence of anything earlier. Very smooth and quick process. There are pearl stores and shopping close to the port IF you have someone to watch your luggage. We arrived at 2:45 and crew took our luggage promptly but not sure how early this starts. Aft cabin 767 was very nice and I would recommend it. At the beginning, it was too hot to use balcony but as cruise progressed, we got to use it in evenings and morning. Too hot during afternoon. This cabin has no bathtub but nice shower, perhaps 2.5 feet by 5 ft. Ship itself was in good shape, no issues. Dining- dinner was wonderful! Dinner food was excellent as was service. Speciality dining in la verandah was great but the speciality dinner in the grill was disappointing. Main dining room dinner was great. We had breakfast delivered to room and it was always on time, hot, and good. For lunch, order off the menu! Buffet food was disappointing. Afternoon teas were very nice. Service-excellent! Staff is great. Wine steward Eduardo is the best! Drinks are refilled promptly. All aspects of service were excellent. Entertainment- well this is the weak point. There are some daytime activities which are fine for those staying on ship. However, evening show in main theatre is weak. Best and really the only good show is the last nite when a professional group from Tahiti comes on board for a Polynesian review. Don't miss this one! The ship band however is very good - the celebration band. You can listen to them in several venues daily. There is also a piano musician in the piano lounge in the evening. Ports-enjoyed them all! With the exception of papette, not very commercial. Recommend you book an excursion on huhaine as its pretty rural. Private Gauguin tahaa motu picnic is wonderful. Skip other tahaa excursions and go to picnic. Did independent jet skis on bora bora and sail/snorkel in Moorea. Disembarkation-very quick and smooth! Walked off ship at 8:20 and ready for our private driver at 8:25. Those on independent air could stay on ship till 10am. Others using Paul Gauguin air could stay on till noon so pretty late compared to other ships. We did private circle island tour before going to our Tahiti hotel. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2016
This was our second UniWorld river cruise, we took the Windmills and Tulips cruise from Amsterdam to Antwerp (which was also fantastic!) just this last spring. This time we travelled up the beautiful Danube River, from Budapest Hungary, ... Read More
This was our second UniWorld river cruise, we took the Windmills and Tulips cruise from Amsterdam to Antwerp (which was also fantastic!) just this last spring. This time we travelled up the beautiful Danube River, from Budapest Hungary, through Vienna, Austria, and finally to Passau, Germany. We can't say enough about the crew and staff on UniWorld cruises. Professional, friendly, knowledgable, accommodating, energetic, and happy! The food is exceptional, the service is 1st class all the way, and many of the shore excursions are exclusive to Uniworld. There are many choices of excursions, suitable for any age or activity level. Don't forget to enjoy the spa and on-board masseuse. Surely a massage counts as exercise, doesn't it? We never expect to make new friends, but we always manage to on these cruises. It's a great mix of folks...none to young or to old to have a great voyage. We will be returning for more cruises! Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2016
We chose Seabourn after reading reviews here, so we want to help others make their choices. This was only our fifth cruise, but first one on the Seabourn. After three weeks on this ship we will only travel with Seabourn in the future. ... Read More
We chose Seabourn after reading reviews here, so we want to help others make their choices. This was only our fifth cruise, but first one on the Seabourn. After three weeks on this ship we will only travel with Seabourn in the future. Staff, food, service, suite, and public spaces were outstanding. Every request we made they answered with a smile and exceeded out expectations. When we dined in-suite, room service brought the food in individual courses and served us as if we were in a top restaurant. All breads, desserts, rolls were made in the galley. In fact, the ship made and served 1,800 bread sticks a day. If you wanted something fixed a certain way, they would do it for you. Even the non-charged wine was surprisingly high quality, which is unusual for "free" wine. Because we were so active during the day, we never made it to the evening entertainments. We did, however, go to events during the day that were excellent. No bingo, but many other things to do. We had all age ranges of guests from multiple countries, so English was spoken in a variety of accents, which gave this ship an international feel. Young and old were all treated with respect and concern for our safety. So, what was not 100% perfect about our cruise? Only two things need to be addressed. First, they had an inadequate internet server when everyone was on the ship using the wireless at the same time. We couldn't log on, got kicked off, or watched slow downloading. Of course, at 2:00 AM, my iPad worked beautifully. Second issue was the coffee. After having fabulous coffees in the towns, our coffee on the ship was bitter, including the coffee at the coffee bar in The Square (of course, the coffee here was better than what we had with breakfast, but not the same quality as the cafes on land).With all the outstanding food and beverages, the cruise company should now focus on bringing their coffee up to the same high standards. In six months, we will be sailing on the Quest and know that the basic guest philosophy and demanding level of quality will also be a part of this ship. From our experience, you will never find a better ship or value for your money. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2016
This was a fortieth wedding anniversary and we wanted the best cruise to celebrate our event. The Galapagos Islands did not disappoint and we felt privileged to have access to the islands and the wildlife. Any assessment of the ... Read More
This was a fortieth wedding anniversary and we wanted the best cruise to celebrate our event. The Galapagos Islands did not disappoint and we felt privileged to have access to the islands and the wildlife. Any assessment of the standards offered on this cruise depend on expectations and price paid. We paid £5,500 per person for seven days. And were expecting very high standards of service and cuisine equivalent to 5* hotels, limited maybe by the availability of some supplies. However, we felt short changed by the provision of relatively poor service and food: certainly not 5*. Our cabin was good and very clean. Although the layout was strange: the seating area would have been better overlooking the sea. Our butler was very willing. We were very disappointed in the quality of food provided as we had been recommended Silverseas by relatives who had enjoyed a cruise to Easter Island and praised the food extremely highly. Our food was not up to the standard we had been led to expect. The food was often overcooked which was a great shame and was often quite dull. Breakfasts were overcooked and nondescript. We thought the staff were friendly and helpful but were in great need of further training; they simply did not appreciate the standard of service expected by clients of a cruise of this calibre. I think Silversea should import a Swiss hotel manager and a few wait staff from the Savoy, London to train the current staff. They are simply out of their depth and it is not fair. It's worth mentioning that the safety standards on the activities we saw didn't conform to best practice in the UK, possibly due to Ecuador only staffing, so take care. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2016
Did my first vacation as a Single/Solo traveler and was very impressed with how everyone aboard made me feel as though I was part of their extended family! The Captain was very visible and friendly, far more than any other Captain on ... Read More
Did my first vacation as a Single/Solo traveler and was very impressed with how everyone aboard made me feel as though I was part of their extended family! The Captain was very visible and friendly, far more than any other Captain on other cruise lines. He was always at the gangway when we were going on shore excursions and kept us up to date on what was happening. The respect that he showed for his crew and guests was excellent and this is what made this the best cruise I have taken to date. I'm sure that I put on a few pounds with the excellent food and the staff were very professional but also joked with our group when appropriate. Bar staff knew what I drank and brought it to me once they saw me arrive. The entire ship was well maintained and clean. Every crew member onboard was friendly and did their jobs beautifully. Will be booking another cruise on Azamara very soon! Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2016
Great itinary and perfect weather. Just the tinge of excitement as to whether we would see pirates. We needed a relaxing cruise after a tough few weeks and this proved the best antidote to all the stress. We had been to the ... Read More
Great itinary and perfect weather. Just the tinge of excitement as to whether we would see pirates. We needed a relaxing cruise after a tough few weeks and this proved the best antidote to all the stress. We had been to the Mediterranean ports before so did our own thing but really enjoyed the new ports such as Aqaba, Oman and Dubai. Especially enjoyed going to Petra and the Azamazing evening in Wadi Rum. We found that the dining experience was greatly improved on previous cruises with better menus and choice. There was no need to use the speciality restaurants at all. Service was superb as usual. We had seen much of the entertainment shows before but still enjoyed them and the speciality acts were good. The guest lecturers were very interesting. This is not a cruise line suitable for children and no provision is made for them so we cannot comment on that aspect. What is particularly good about this line is the friendliness of the crew. It is like going home again. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2016
This was the only cruise that had a excursion to Speyer Tecknic museum which was one of our must do's to the travel agent .It was a combination celebration for us for a birthday and wed anniversary , unfortunately we didn't ... Read More
This was the only cruise that had a excursion to Speyer Tecknic museum which was one of our must do's to the travel agent .It was a combination celebration for us for a birthday and wed anniversary , unfortunately we didn't get to see anything of Basel our departure point as we were bussed from Zurich to the ship. impressed with our welcome aboard , glass of champagne and our room with a balcony . Embarking went smoothly and the meals on board were first class. Our Cabin was awesome , Dining a true 5 star experience . Entertainment was good , but not to the same level as the service and dining standard. Service was impeccable from bar, dining and room service . Port and shore excursions were fabulous, we had one disappointment we missed the first port stop due to our ship missing its lock time , which was pretty disappointing for all on the ship. Our ship age group varied from 50 to 80yr olds which was a good mix , no children on board. We loved the experience as we had done ocean cruises in the past . Loved the fact all was paid for , no extra costs on board unless you wanted a massage, hairdressers , extra washing done or something at the shop. Disembarking went just as smoothly and the Hotels recommended by the cruise to stay in and fantastic as so easy to find and again good 4 to 5 star service. If we get the chance again would certainly do another. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2016
Everything was amazing from the long-stemmed rose that they handed me as we stepped aboard to the last evening when we sailed up & down the Danube to take in the city lights of Budapest.....truly magical. One of the highlights was the ... Read More
Everything was amazing from the long-stemmed rose that they handed me as we stepped aboard to the last evening when we sailed up & down the Danube to take in the city lights of Budapest.....truly magical. One of the highlights was the bike tour from Melk to Durnstein through small villages & vineyards -well organized and so much fun! The add-on in Prague was wonderful, too. We loved the Sound of Music venues in Salsburg and the private piano concert in Budapest, also a musical medley in Vienna at the Liechtenstein Palace was stunning! The service was outstanding, as was the food and our room was comfortable. The tours were well planned and the guides were interesting, our favorites being Eva, in Vienna and Martin in Prague. Both went out of their way to make their respective cities come alive for us. We have already recommended Scenic to our friends! Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2016
We booked the Galapagos cruise to fulfil a long term dream for our fortieth wedding anniversary. Our assessment of the standards offered on this cruise are affected by our expectations and the price we paid, over £5,500 per person for ... Read More
We booked the Galapagos cruise to fulfil a long term dream for our fortieth wedding anniversary. Our assessment of the standards offered on this cruise are affected by our expectations and the price we paid, over £5,500 per person for seven days. We were expecting high standards of service and cuisine equivalent to 5* hotels, limited maybe by the availability of some supplies. However, the success of the cruise depended almost entirely on the unique natural quality of the wildlife, and the amazing access to beautiful locations. But we felt short changed by the provision of relatively poor service and food. We had been recommended Silversea by relatives who had enjoyed a cruise to Easter Island and praised the food extremely highly. The food we had was often overcooked which was a great shame and often quite dull, certainly not five star. Breakfasts were overcooked and nondescript, and the wait staff were well meaning but poorly trained. Shame they are restricted to Ecuadorian only staff. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2016
I far prefer smaller ships to the "floating cities"! There were NO kids on this cruise, and that's a major plus! Ship is laid out well, and easy to get around all decks. Actually ended up eating more dinners in the ... Read More
I far prefer smaller ships to the "floating cities"! There were NO kids on this cruise, and that's a major plus! Ship is laid out well, and easy to get around all decks. Actually ended up eating more dinners in the café/buffet than in the specialty restaurants. Food in the café was great, and a nice selection. Our cabin was a junior penthouse suite on the 8th deck. Only 20 cabins on that deck. The cabin was 405 sq ft, so nice size. Most port in the Caribbean aren't the greatest spots on earth, but unique and enjoyable! Service on board was top notch. They should bump up pricing and bit, and make it "all inclusive" rather than having all the damn "add ons"............ The vast majority of the passengers were "senior citizens" which is our age group. So a lot of common interest and easy to get to know other guests. FUN trip! Read Less

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