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I have just read Grahambythesea blog, and agree very much with his review. I expected a high class standard of service, I gave had better !! We went for the formal dining. On the first night we were pushed into a small back dining area, no ... Read More
I have just read Grahambythesea blog, and agree very much with his review. I expected a high class standard of service, I gave had better !! We went for the formal dining. On the first night we were pushed into a small back dining area, no atmosphere and very draughty. We asked to be moved which was great, but the service was dreadful. On more than one occasion the waiter started to clear plates away before other quests on the table had finished, we had to tell them twice about it. Customer service was appalling. Trying to get a taxi booked from the ship was impossible. We were told to go to the info desk on the port. Anyone who has been to Dubai will know this is the biggest port in the world, it is like looking for a needle in a haystack. Entertainment on board was below par, apart from a couple of acts Not going to Aquaba was the biggest disappointment,I am sure the delay outside the Suez cauld have been avoided. Chipped cups and lack of clean cutlery in theKings Court. Won't be doing this again in a hurry Read Less
Sail Date January 2015
What a wonderful trip we had. The food was fantastic. Try to make your reservations quickly for the La Veranda. We had a chance to eat there twice on the cruise. So nice to have only 320 guests on the ship, so we got to know a lot of the ... Read More
What a wonderful trip we had. The food was fantastic. Try to make your reservations quickly for the La Veranda. We had a chance to eat there twice on the cruise. So nice to have only 320 guests on the ship, so we got to know a lot of the other passengers. The service was so great. The food was special, and with the free drinks, we were able to do some proper wine pairing throughout our meals. Read Less
Sail Date December 2014
We have taken several cruises on Oceania, Celebrity, and on Cunard's Queen Victoria. This was our favorite in many ways. Though it's hard to top Oceania for food, we had excellent meals at all times on the Queen Elizabeth. ... Read More
We have taken several cruises on Oceania, Celebrity, and on Cunard's Queen Victoria. This was our favorite in many ways. Though it's hard to top Oceania for food, we had excellent meals at all times on the Queen Elizabeth. Service was also outstanding, in the restaurants, from our cabin steward, and at the main desk. We never passed anyone who didn't greet us in eleven days. The itinerary could not have been better for us. Though we have lived and worked in Europe and traveled a good deal, there were several stops at places we've never been. The two ship excursions we took, in Barcelona and in Lisbon, were outstanding. In Livorno we rented a car and drove to Vinci which is one of our favorite places in Tuscany. Specific to us, midway through the trip we learned of my husband's brother's death. The staff on board could not have been more helpful. They allowed him to use the ship's phone for a good many calls without any charge, and were extremely kind in all instances. We were very impressed with the gorgeous Christmas decorations on board. The ship is beautiful and spotless, and we will be looking toward Cunard in the future.   Read Less
Sail Date December 2014
What a lovely way to spend Christmas and New Year's Eve. Out first time with Cunard but definitely will not be the last. The ship is magnificent, (bit warn in places) stateroom more than adequate and we found the staff to always be ... Read More
What a lovely way to spend Christmas and New Year's Eve. Out first time with Cunard but definitely will not be the last. The ship is magnificent, (bit warn in places) stateroom more than adequate and we found the staff to always be pleasant and more than helpful. Dining room experience was up and down but fortunately we shared a table with excellent company which took away from the pain of poor service. Did not see any of the artists or night time entertainment as we thoroughly enjoyed the entertainment in the Golden Lion and ballroom. Pub lunches were excellent as were the trivia quizzes. Excursions are overpriced and we did the snorkelling with the turtles in Barbados which we were very disappointed with. I may be bias having spent many years living in the U.K. But this trip is high on my list of very memorable holidays. Read Less
Sail Date December 2014
Cruise Barbados to St Martin This was our second Seabourn cruise(1st being on the Pride in March) and as expected the crew were typically Seabourn and exceptional.Captain Stig was the Master and what a great guy he was.It would be unfair ... Read More
Cruise Barbados to St Martin This was our second Seabourn cruise(1st being on the Pride in March) and as expected the crew were typically Seabourn and exceptional.Captain Stig was the Master and what a great guy he was.It would be unfair to single out anybody for special praise as it would be very unfair on the others. The Spirit was in very good shape for her age and we had no problems at all with everything working perfectly. Only two minor niggles were the food not being up to Seabourn standards i.e. some evenings having cold plates resulting in food cooling rapidly and occasonally food being undercooked. Weather was mixed with heavy rain on leaving Barbados and gradually improving until a beautiful beach day on Prickly Pear. All in all we loved our 2nd Seabourn experience and met some lovely fellow cruisers.   Read Less
Sail Date November 2014
Since sailing on the Crystal Symphony I want to sail only with the Crystal Family! I reckon that is why many people have 300 to 500 sailings with her! First of all, the staff. They are so friendly and helpful. Not a sour face in sight. ... Read More
Since sailing on the Crystal Symphony I want to sail only with the Crystal Family! I reckon that is why many people have 300 to 500 sailings with her! First of all, the staff. They are so friendly and helpful. Not a sour face in sight. Your drink of choice is remembered by them and automatically placed in front of you. The nice thing is that everything is included . Tips, drinks etc. The shows ! In 25 nights of sailing on 2 shows were repeated. Wow! In all three Bars there was live music every night. My favourite Thomas, in The Cove! The music at the sail always at the pool was a great idea! Then the talks! What Informative speakers. The dance hosts were available 3x a day! Our days were Jam packed! The cabins were very neat and tidy. The bathrooms adequate. My gripe: get rid of that tub chair and put s stool in it's place! Please! We stayed mid ships on deck 7. Close to everything. Visits to the spa is a must even if you just want to go for a steam or sauna. The shops were a delight as new stock and clothes were continuously introduced. The table for 8'for solo travelers was a great idea. Read Less
Sail Date November 2014
My husband and I celebrated our 35th anniversary with a Baltic cruise. We decided to go with regent. We were not disappointed in anyway. We can't splurge too often to sail on regent but when we can we will. The service, food, ... Read More
My husband and I celebrated our 35th anniversary with a Baltic cruise. We decided to go with regent. We were not disappointed in anyway. We can't splurge too often to sail on regent but when we can we will. The service, food, excursions were exceptional. If I needed something, i put a notepn the door in the morning and it was in our suite by the afternoon. The walk-in closet and the bathroom were impressive. From start to finish, we were pleased . A few tips are: 1 - if you stay at the scandic hotel - bring a washcloth and a travel clock since this Danish hotel doesn't include them. The breakfast buffet was varied and tasty. 2 - Pre-book your reservations at the specialty restaurants since they are small and really worth eating there. 3 - go from Stockholm to Copenhagen. Copenhagen wasn't as appealing. I would have preferred ts spend time in clean Stockholm. 4 - we paid the extra money for the airline since we had certain wants. After speaking to others, it was well worth the extra cost. Read Less
Sail Date June 2014
We’ve just finished up a May 2014 cruise ending in Stockholm on the Silversea Whisper having previously completed three cruises on the Regents Mariner in 2013, 2011, and 2010. A Silversea crew member mentioned that they considered ... Read More
We’ve just finished up a May 2014 cruise ending in Stockholm on the Silversea Whisper having previously completed three cruises on the Regents Mariner in 2013, 2011, and 2010. A Silversea crew member mentioned that they considered Regents their biggest competitor, so I decided to write this review comparing the two cruise lines. My wife and I are well-traveled, experienced in the culinary world, and focused on detail. Some of the distinctions I make below may not matter to you; you should evaluate my comments in light of our backgrounds, our cruising experiences to date, and your personal requirements. First, the ships. We prefer the greater spaciousness of the Mariner. The fact that it holds twice as many passengers makes no difference with the logistics of restaurant seating or anything else on board; it does make a difference given the size differences in docking in ports. My wife thinks the Mariner is “prettier”; I have little idea what she means by that. I like the larger gym in the larger ship. We learned that noise generated in docking procedures is greater in the smaller ship and also depends greatly on cabin location; this is not a problem unless these procedures begin at 4:30 in the morning. As a classical pianist I prefer the Mariner because it has an acoustic piano on board whereas the Whisper has only electronic pianos which I thoroughly dislike. There were a few opportunities for me to entertain some of the passengers with music on the Mariner and they seemed to be very appreciative. The staff. The staffs of both cruise lines are trained to be courteous, helpful, friendly, and they succeed. I did not find any real differences between the two cruise lines other than a casual observation that the Silversea crew seemed to be a bit friendlier and more personable. Service. In two of the restaurants on the Whisper there were a few minor mix ups, occasional excessive time to address refills, and other inconsistencies. For example, in the Whisper I received breakfast cereal in the cabin with no milk, hardly a disaster. Another time I did not receive what I ordered, and we also once received a room service request form that had already been filled out by someone else. In the main restaurant in the Whisper we had two good experiences and one mediocre one where the time to get refills for water as well as wine exceeded a reasonable amount of time. This could not be attributed to the number of people in the restaurant at the time as it was not busy. We did not experience these minor annoyances on the Mariner. We did take the galley tour on the Whisper and that was very informative. Dining. We know a lot more about food than wine; we have eaten in more than a few one, two, and three Michelin star restaurants in Europe as well as the US. Overall the food is comparable save two comments: we think the wine selection as well as table wine is better on Silversea and we think Le Champagne is worthy of one Michelin star. This is not meant to denigrate Signature on the Mariner as that is also excellent and does not require the $40 upgrade charge as does Le Champagne. The room service menu on the Mariner offers quite a few more selections than the Whisper but that may be due to it being a larger ship with twice as many passengers. Silversea’s dining reservation policy states that reservations can be made at three of the four restaurants, including the pool deck, but we were surprised to learn that sometimes they were fully booked. I would have expected this at the upscale restaurants but not the pool deck. We also learned that restaurants on the Whisper may look half empty even though fully booked, the reason being that 20 concurrent seatings at a time are maintained as a maximum in order to allow sufficient time to move food from one part of the ship to another. We don’t remember this limitation being the case on the Mariner. Entertainment. The crew of the Mariner put on quite a show at the end of our last Regent’s cruise. On our Silversea cruise I was somewhat amused to hear one of the female singers open the program singing a baritone aria (Figaro) on opera night. Wireless. Wireless is poor on both ships. I understand the Mariner has been upgraded so maybe that is an unfair outdated comment. There are passengers like myself who need to continuously monitor financial matters while onboard; to have wireless connections dropped with no warning while trying to manage transactions and read important financial news is totally unacceptable. Time to fix problems. When we checked into our cabin on the Whisper I noticed a line of black mold that ran the entire length of the inside casing of the shower door. I notified Reception and within 5 minutes it was determined that it could not be cleaned. Immediately someone appeared to strip the caulking and replace it. High marks for response time, but questionable marks for inspections that should have caught this beforehand. There were also four gashes on the desk that should have been repaired prior to releasing the cabin for passengers. Dress code. We like Regents’ code: business casual after 6PM, jackets not required. We would strongly encourage jackets for men in the Regents upscale restaurants. We find the dress code on Silversea to be confusing and inconsistently enforced. We saw men in the lounges at upscale restaurants without jackets while we were told in one of the lounges that we needed to go back and get them. That was especially irritating since a man at the next table was sitting there without a jacket. The clientele of Silversea and Regents is not likely to show up as slobs, so I maintain there must be a way to accommodate people who like to dress for dinner and those who think business casual with optional jacket is a reasonable policy. I’m guessing that Silversea’s dress code policy accommodates the demographics of their passengers which I suspect has a higher percentage of Europeans whereas Regents has perhaps a higher percentage of Americans. Maruzza Foundation. On the Silversea Whisper a passenger is automatically signed up to donate $1 per day to the Maruzza Foundation. While I look favorably on the work this foundation does, I do not like to be automatically signed up for donations. I was told the Foundation is not set up as a not for profit organization, that is it’s not a 501(C)(3). In the brochure provided onboard there is no information on the efficiency of the organization as measured by the percentage amount spent on overhead compared to the percentage amount that goes directly to the people needing help. For these reasons we declined to contribute. Passengers who choose to donate should check with their tax advisors as to whether their donations are tax deductible. And finally a few summary comments. Both cruise lines work very hard to satisfy their passengers and both maintain high standards. We think Regents does so more consistently. We liked the galley tour on Silversea and encourage Regents to offer onboard tours. We liked the Mariner’s captain and all the officers along with some of the crew members greeting us upon return from one of the Regent’s excursions and encourage Silversea to do the same. In short we recommend both cruise lines but will likely return to Regents provided they maintain reasonable prices. For those of you who have had the patience to read this long review I hope it has been helpful.   Read Less
Sail Date May 2014
My wife and I booked a 10-day cruise with Oceania in February, 2014, along with two senior widows mainly because we had never been to Belize, Honduras or Guatemala, which were on the itinerary. We had cruised with Oceania once previously ... Read More
My wife and I booked a 10-day cruise with Oceania in February, 2014, along with two senior widows mainly because we had never been to Belize, Honduras or Guatemala, which were on the itinerary. We had cruised with Oceania once previously and found their onboard service very good. We normally book our own flight a day in advance to avoid any flight problems. However, Oceania included the airfare in our booking, citing in their brochure that they recommended this, and, if there were any problems, Oceania would solve them for us. Well, we had problems, and they let us down. Not only that, they managed to get another $262. out of each of us in order for us to get to the ship. Our flight was booked out of Edmonton at 12:15 AM MST on February 2, connecting in Toronto at 8:05 AM EST to arrive in Miami to board the ship. The flight from Edmonton was late leaving, but still arrived in Toronto 40 minutes before the scheduled departure for Miami. However, we were met at the gate by Air Canada representatives saying we couldn't get on the flight to Miami, despite holding boarding passes issued in Edmonton. (Overbooked?) We protested, and were sent upstairs to an Air Canada desk to try to arrange an alternate flight. They tried to get us to Atlanta, with a connection to West Palm Beach, but that didn't work and we were left with a late afternoon flight arriving in Miami after 7 PM. We made 4 attempts to contact Oceania by phone while in Toronto, hoping to have them help us, but were constantly put on hold and no one ever spoke to us. (The Oceania brochure we were given gave two phone numbers, but their 800 number stated it was only valid in the USA) Our calls cost us $80. On arrival in Miami, Air Canada had no idea where our luggage was, but they gave us a number to call the next morning. Air Canada did book a hotel for us for one night. The next morning, we contacted Oceania. They tried to get us to Key West (first stop on the cruise) but we were told they were not allowed to board passengers there. Our only alternative was to fly to Cancun, Mexico, (3rd day of the cruise) then to take a van ride to the ship which would be in Costa Maya. The catch to this was that while Oceania paid for the flight to Cancun, we would each have to pay an addition $262. to pay for the van. Not daring to go home and risk losing everything, we bowed to their alternative. Oceania never contacted us in Miami where we had to book our hotel for an additional 2 nights. Constant calls to Air Canada failed to locate our luggage. By the time we arrived at the ship, we had missed 3 full days of our 10-day cruise. We were told to talk to the concierge about our problem. His first solution was to offer us FREE LAUNDRY!! (This for people with no luggage) Then he said they would give us 25% off in the gift shop. We finally were given free e-mail connection to contact our travel agent and our families. The luggage never did catch up to us and it arrived back in Edmonton 3 days before we did. We contacted both Air Canada and Oceania about our complaints when we got home. It was our belief that we had a contract with Oceania to get us to the ship, and the problem with Air Canada was Oceania's problem. Visa covered some of our expenses, and trip interruption insurance covered most of the hotel and meal expenses. However, we lost 3 full days of our cruise, had to go without any of our luggage, which upset all of us. Oceania thought they were being big-hearted by offering us $1,000. off our next cruise. Of course that would have meant us giving them another large sum of money to do this. They also suggested we should have carried more trip interruption insurance!!! We have told many cruisers and travel people about this shabby treatment by a supposed upscale cruise line, and I don't think this has improved the image of Oceania. My wife and I have done 33 cruises so far, and had several problems with luggage missing the ship, etc. In every one of those cases the cruise line went out of their way to make us continue to use their services. At the very least, we should have been repaid for the 3 days we missed and for the van ride. Read Less
Sail Date February 2014
We are experienced Silversea cruisers. Silver Cloud fell far short of expectations. Food eaten on board before sailing made us both ill. Heating system was broken for three days. Instead of apologizing, crew blamed cold weather but finally ... Read More
We are experienced Silversea cruisers. Silver Cloud fell far short of expectations. Food eaten on board before sailing made us both ill. Heating system was broken for three days. Instead of apologizing, crew blamed cold weather but finally repairmen were aboard and fixed "non existent" problem. Gift shop was out of most sweaters due to purchase by previous cold cruisers on Buenas Aires - Valparaiso leg. The food on the ship was well below expectation and kitchen ran out of some key supplies before cruise ended. We would be pressed to rate the food even 3 star. Most of the tours were below par as there was little to see. Several guides seemed unprepared; others were excellent. The cruise consultant could not be separated from his computer and his replies were one word or, at most, "it's not my function." There was a fierce electric storm upon arrival in Buenas Aires forcing us to cancel our day and a half trip to Iguazu Falls. After five months of haranguing Silversea, we received an insurance payment for less than half the amount, the premium for which we had paid before sailing, plus an semi-apologetic offer of a discount for a future cruise. Company accepted responsibility for nothing. That Silversea was not at all proactive is the most disappointing evidence that Silversea is not what they used to be. Read Less
Sail Date January 2014
This cruise started at Buenos Aires went down towards the cape and back up the the other side finishing at Valapriasio Chile. First off, be sure you understand the weather for this cruise. It changes drastically. Very little of it is warm ... Read More
This cruise started at Buenos Aires went down towards the cape and back up the the other side finishing at Valapriasio Chile. First off, be sure you understand the weather for this cruise. It changes drastically. Very little of it is warm weather. Remember that you are heading down towards the South Pole. Pack accordingly. At 52 years old while there were a couple families , who were younger, I was a veritable teenager on this ship which was fine, I was traveling with my father. An very important handicapped access note, as this is an older ship, there is no elevator access to the top deck where the walking track and gym are located. You have to use the stairs from the 8th deck. If you have physical limitations, you should be aware of this. The food in the restaurants was ok. I've cruised before so I understood that there is a certain drop off from what you get in a regular restaurant. they are cooking for many. That's just the way it is on any cruise no matter how upscale. Don't expect the same 5 star food that you would expect on dry land. The gym was much better than I thought it would be on a small ship geared towards more retirees. It was modern and I will able to achieve the workouts I wanted to. Franky I ended up working out twice a day as there was so little to do on the ship for entertainment. There is a casino open when out to sea and there are various events, that probably would not appeal to many people my age. The upside is I was forced to relax. They had a fun group of young singers for entertainment. I went to one show in which they performed songs by the group ABBA. I thought they were very good. Final word, this is pretty much a nature focused cruise with small ports and lots of penguins and such. If y you are not into nature and specific South American History this may not be the cruise for you. There is a stop in the Falkland Islands which I really enjoyed as enjoy military history and was fascinated by the Falkland war lecture on the ship and the sites on the Island. It was cold and windy! The best things about this cruise was the personal service. It was outstanding and friendly. Read Less
Sail Date December 2013
Ah yes, the romance of a TA crossing. DW had done 5. I only 2.  Neither never on Cunard, and QM2 the largest ship for both. Impressions? Ship felt crowded, especially Queens Room, Chart Room, and Golden Lion.  Sometimes nowhere to sit, ... Read More
Ah yes, the romance of a TA crossing. DW had done 5. I only 2.  Neither never on Cunard, and QM2 the largest ship for both. Impressions? Ship felt crowded, especially Queens Room, Chart Room, and Golden Lion.  Sometimes nowhere to sit, though kind guests often made room. Gale force 9 four of seven days. Loved it. Staff competent and helpful. Ship in good shape. Mostly excellent lectures. Niggles: no complementary single malt permitted, according to our Queens Grill butler. Cheap. Our butler just average--often rushed and mechanical. We asked about caviar canapé, told those were the "deluxe" and had to be asked for especially. We did. They arrived. Again, cheap. Restaurant ok, sometimes fine, our server in particular. Mixed experience ordering off menu: excellent sweetbreads, soso carpaccio, disastrous duck. Well-priced wine list. Professional if rather oily maïtre d', Osman. (Remarkable efforts by all when a guest at a nearby table died.) We enjoyed the crossing, especially the wintry weather and many fellow passengers. The shows of little interest and on-board bands just average. We'd done a couple crossings with Crystal: 10 out of 10. QM2: 7 out of 10. Read Less
Sail Date December 2013
Seabourn really excelled on this trip. This was our first trip with Seabourn and I must say that we were completely sold on their service and excellence. It was evident that a lot of foresight had been invested in these 4 Antarctica ... Read More
Seabourn really excelled on this trip. This was our first trip with Seabourn and I must say that we were completely sold on their service and excellence. It was evident that a lot of foresight had been invested in these 4 Antarctica sailings. From the overhead heaters installed throughout the outdoor spaces to the blankets and beanies, it seemed like everything had been thought of to ensure maintaining Seabourn's trademark luxury. As most people mention, entering your suite for the first time is an experience. We have cruised on many different lines and were very impressed with the quality and décor of the suites. They are tastefully elegant and provide a nice sanctuary, specifically on a cruise of such length. The bathrooms are well appointed with double sinks, a separate tub, etc. The bedding is comfortable and cozy and the overall size of the suite is great. One of our favorite touches was the interactive tv system. While we made it to most lectures, sometimes we felt like relaxing and it was great that the lectures were recorded and available on demand in our rooms. This allowed us to not feel like we were missing something, resulting in a nice mix of education and relaxation. Of course, sailing away with a bottle of Champagne was a great way to start the relaxation :) One of my favorite parts of this trip were the educational opportunities. I must take a moment to give credit to the top of the line Expedition team assembled by Seabourn. This group of 15 were the best of the best and were more than qualified to share their insights to Antarctica. The lectures were fantastic and we loved how approachable they were. All were willing to spend time discussing their favorite topics and in particular, we loved the two professional photographers. We learned so much from them and despite being on a ship with 400 passengers, it felt as though we had private photography coaches. Robin, the Expedition Leader, had so much experience and truly made the trip great. When it came time to disembark guests onto the zodiacs, the team was professional, organized and efficient. It couldn't have been easy with that many guests of differing abilities. The food on board was outstanding. We often found ourselves eating dinner at the Colonade since we preferred the many ethnic themed nights. There were always plenty of options and in 24 days, we never found ourselves tiring of the food. We ate at the Patio Grill a few times despite the cold temperatures and were always comfortable. The main restaurant was delicious and the service excelled. My only complaint/comment here is that it appeared as though the design of the dining room captured noise, in particular if you were in one of the two large center areas. It was very difficult to hear your tablemates and we heard a number of people commenting on this. For the record, we are a couple in our late 20s so I don't think it was our hearing :) Now, for Antarctica. I think it is important to remember that perception and expectation are a huge part of travel, especially when cruising to a place as rugged and remote as Antarctica. We had heard the stories of the Inaugural cruise just prior to ours and had been reading the Seabourn Blog. The Inaugural ran into weather, ice and other issues and were not able to get many of their landings on Antarctica. We had set ourselves with the expectation that if we could get to land just once we would be happy. As luck would have it, this trip would end up being a "brochure" cruise and would exceed every expectation could have dreamed of. We were fortunate enough to cross the Drake Passage in record time, land all 4 out of 5 times in Antarctica (the 5th was a zodiac cruise which turned out to be well worth it), land twice in South Georgia and even add a third "bonus" zodiac cruise due to our timely crossing of the Drake Passage! My point here is that it is all about expectations and Seabourn did a great job of setting us up for the worst and then over delivering on the experience. Each day we felt the anticipation and excitement build about the upcoming day and the Seabourn staff, along with the Expedition staff, did an outstanding job of managing those expectations. Overall, this trip exceeded our every expectation. From the outstanding service to the accommodations, everything was over-delivered. We will definitely be back with Seabourn again and would recommend, in particular the Antarctica product, to anyone looking to experience the world while still maintaining a luxurious vacation. Read Less
Sail Date December 2013
This is our 2nd cruise ever both on the Azamara Journey. The staff, food, boat is superb. What shocked me is how bad the Azamara evening in Crete was. To my understanding, this was the 2nd time Azamara had help this event in Crete. ... Read More
This is our 2nd cruise ever both on the Azamara Journey. The staff, food, boat is superb. What shocked me is how bad the Azamara evening in Crete was. To my understanding, this was the 2nd time Azamara had help this event in Crete. Logistics were poor as the first group of people were tendered in around 5pm and the last group which I was in was at 6:15pm. The food and show did not start till 6:30ish which meant everybody before use had to sit around on hard plastic chairs for 1.5 hours plus with nothing to do. The food was something that you would find in a cheap cafeteria. The wine was sitting on the table when we got there, and appeared to have been cooking under the sun for 1.5 hours, though one could really not call it wine as it smell more like paint thinner. The entertainers were very skilled dances, but I don't know how many times I can see one group of people go around in a circle on stage. Azamara said that if you confirmed that you were going and didn't show, you would be charged $150 each. I would have rather had $75 each and I could have had a much better time and dinner looking over the seaside. Sorry Azamara, you really need to rethink this one. Read Less
Sail Date September 2013
This cruise through the Panama Canal was our third with Regent and second time on the Navigator. The first cruise to the eastern Caribbean on the Voyageur was wonderful. The excursions were excellent (in particular the catamaran at St. ... Read More
This cruise through the Panama Canal was our third with Regent and second time on the Navigator. The first cruise to the eastern Caribbean on the Voyageur was wonderful. The excursions were excellent (in particular the catamaran at St. Barts). The second cruise to the Amazon was amazing. We loved Terry Breen's enrichment lectures, the mixologist, and the exotic shore excursions. This time was very different. I was ill twice with gastrointestinal issues which lasted several days. This was an 18 day cruise and I was ill the second day into the cruise and again 7 days later. The food was mediocre with the exception of Prime 7. Their tres leche was particularly amazing. Compass Rose had a pasta choice at dinner, and since I prefer vegetarian fare I ordered pasta several times. It lacked ingredients (vegetables were very sparse) and in my view having pasta on the menu with sparse ingredients was a way for corporate to save money. The desserts were very small and unimaginative. The wines were ok, but since I was ill twice, I limited my alcohol intake. I ordered fish several times, and the Branzini was excellent in Setti Marti, but the cod was awful at Compass Rose. The wait staff were all very good in general, but several times at dinner the room was very hot and the meal took several hours. The wait staff got way behind on several nights. Our room temperature was problematic. The room was either way too hot or too cold. The excursions were awful. We had a major problem at Puerto Chiapas, Mexico. The tour guides were 16-year olds and obviously very inexperienced. We waited over 45 minutes in 90 degree heat for the tour to start. Several in our party refused to wait and returned to the ship by taxi. Once the tour did start, most of the guides had been on the job for only two or three days and did not know much about the mangroves. The area was filled with garbage and infested with mosquitoes ostensibly from recent rains. On the way back to the ship, the bus was late and we waited again in the heat for another 45-60 minutes. Several people were quite elderly and I was concerned for their health. They asked for and were provided with chairs. Additionally, at every port, we were followed by the Norwegian Jewel. We understood we waited 45-minutes at Puerto Chiapas for our tour to begin because the Norwegian Jewel arrived earlier so their guests were taken on the tour first. Everyone complained to Regent about this tour. I expected reimbursement or additional on-board credits. We received nothing from Regent. We were told by the front desk that corporate was aware of the issue. The all inclusive value proposition is only a good value when the shore excursions are first rate. These excursions were not any different than those offered by other cruise lines and were not worth the up front money that Regent expects passengers to pay. Puerto Chiapas was not the only poor excursion. The Costa Rican train ride was another poor excursion, but somewhat more tolerable due to the excellent guide. In summary, I question the value: Mediocre food Terrible choice of shore excursions and possibly not vetted Room temperature a problem On the positive side: Terry Bishop provided excellent and entertaining enrichment lectures The staff especially at Compass Rose was very good The entertainment was good Read Less
Sail Date April 2013
Overall 9/10 The entire ship is clinically clean. Service is attentive pleasant and sharp. Facilities are first class. A happy and rewarding experience we would recommend highly to anyone. Cabins are tiny, and need getting used to. ... Read More
Overall 9/10 The entire ship is clinically clean. Service is attentive pleasant and sharp. Facilities are first class. A happy and rewarding experience we would recommend highly to anyone. Cabins are tiny, and need getting used to. Its not however 6* plus as Crystal and other probably paid reports state. Commonly high end market regular cruisers quote Seabourns product to set the standard for comparison. Seabourn's small ships are superior in food quality, choice, service and presentation. Also cabins are larger. Food in dining rooms is excellent, adequately varied and very good quality. Nobu is excellent in both food quality & presentation, although late dining is a rushed experience always reminiscent of an early closing restaurant in a major city, where waiters want to rush off home. An ill placed experience on a cruise ship. Prego Italian is sadly well below the general standard of the ship. The menu, presentation and taste can be found in most average mid market city restaurants, and certainly could be bettered by thousands of them. The decor is massively superior to the food offering. Menu is boring, poorly constructed. Ingredient quality is low. Specifically :- steak is tough and tasteless, Pasta is passable. Gnocchi a pitiable excuse. The Rissotto is the worst Ive ever tasted, made from the wrong type of rice, undercooked and tasteless. The Osso Buco was veal lacking in both taste and flavor. Tagliatale was good, as was the simple but notably farmed sea bass. 8 diners ate there twice and sent most food back uneaten. The management don't care, for other pax informed us its unchanged for at least a year. The service however is fantastic. Room service is appallingly slow, being badly managed for Crystal uniquely don't have dedicated staff, instead they use the already occupied room stewards who have to drop their prime cleaning task to obtain it from the galley and serve. Ridiculously unworkable. Entertainment is good, pianists, quartet all except the main show which is severely lacking in polish resembling a high school effort. The waiters although very efficient, rather obviously seem to operate on the previous tip culture, so much so that everyone around were discussing how much to pay them towards the end of the cruise, which sadly created a tense finale. The burning question is " Would we choose Crystal again?" The answer is "Most certainly yes and we look forward to cruising with them again soon". Theres so much excellent food and entertainment, lectures, and assorted lessons available all over the ship, its simply a matter of ignoring the Prego & main show embarrassments. Read Less
Sail Date December 2012
I traveled with a large group of people from the US on the Azamara Journey departing from Chennai India to the ports of: Port Blair; Yangon, Myanmar, Patong, Thailand; & Singapore. Overall, the cruise and service was great. Here are ... Read More
I traveled with a large group of people from the US on the Azamara Journey departing from Chennai India to the ports of: Port Blair; Yangon, Myanmar, Patong, Thailand; & Singapore. Overall, the cruise and service was great. Here are the highlights and the lowlights: Highlights: 1) Ships service was top notch. Staff goes above and beyond to please. Shore excursion staff and Guest Relations deserve a AAA+. Room attendants are extremely attentive. Everywhere you go on the ship, the staff is obviously trained to be very friendly and helpful. 2) Shore Excursions were plentiful and inexpensive if booked in advance. Shore excursions staff was knowledgeable and helpful and aimed to please. 3) Quality of food and boutique wines on board was quite good. You rarely have to ask for a glass of wine, the staff is generally there to pour it for you. Lowlights: 1) Entertainment was probably the worst I have seen on any cruise ship. I've heard you don't get good entertainment on smaller ships, but why is that? I think Azamara can do better here. 2) Local tour guides were hit and miss. Some were excellent, but others were difficult to understand or had trouble with time management. We took tours in every port and I'd say we had about 50% good tour guides. 3) The gym is very small and on the first day had equipment that was out of service. 4) There are only 2 shops on board and they are not worthy of shopping. Read Less
Sail Date December 2012
We travelled as one of 4 couples - of the eight of us, we were the only Silversea/cruising novices. Turns out many of the passengers were returning guests, and/or planned to book again on the Silver Explorer for future expeditions. We ... Read More
We travelled as one of 4 couples - of the eight of us, we were the only Silversea/cruising novices. Turns out many of the passengers were returning guests, and/or planned to book again on the Silver Explorer for future expeditions. We had expected to be the youngest passengers (we are in our 30's) but there were several families with children, and numerous passengers of our own age. Our cabin was on the 3rd deck, so I believe it was relatively stable. Nevertheless I am sensitive to motion and was quite seasick, despite enjoying "Drake Lake". Rather than eat up at the restaurant, my butler was frequently able to arrange for me to have whatever dish I wanted served in my cabin. A much appreciated benefit of the butler service! Indeed, the 8 of us enjoyed almost all the food that was served. Given that we were 12 days at sea without fresh provisions, the range and quality of the food was excellent. I have special dietary requirements and these were catered for without apparent difficulty. For someone who was predominantly confined to the cabin, I found it fairly comfortable. All the ship's staff were very friendly and welcoming, while the expedition staff were outstanding - many had a long association with the Silver Explorer and their enthusiasm for the ship and the destination was infectious. Read Less
Sail Date December 2012
We have travelled on Seabourn before on the small ships around the Caribbean and each time the service has been marvellous. We were greeted in our cabin by our stewardess Wanda and anything we requested on the trip she always arrived with ... Read More
We have travelled on Seabourn before on the small ships around the Caribbean and each time the service has been marvellous. We were greeted in our cabin by our stewardess Wanda and anything we requested on the trip she always arrived with our requests. The cabin was pleasantly spacious and always clean and tidy and the bathroom always had plenty of "lotions and potions". The Veranda Restaurant was very pleasant for Breakfast and Dinner, the main Restaurant was rather noisy and claustrophobic and the food not so good. There was roast chicken on the Menu in the main restaurant on the last night. They looked like "Sparrows legs" as they had been reconstituted to look like a leg of chicken. Unfortunately the food sometimes gives the impression that it would be more suitable for a "old peoples home". If you like interesting food and outdoor dining go to the Veranda Restaurant, also the service is very good and the wine waiter always have my favorite wine ready. The swimming pool maybe small but it is great for a quick dip, also you had it to yourself most of the time as it was away from the bar. The daily newsletter gives you all the information that is happening each day. Please would it be possible to have more information on the next port of call such as places of interest to go and explore. All you get now is a map of the jewellery stores unfortunately they are all the same in each port, a few years ago you give interesting "write ups" about each port.This not a ship if you wish to "rave it up all night" the age group is 50+, if you want quiet luxury and service this is the one. Read Less
Sail Date December 2012
Ive just returned from a four night cruise on the QM2 and thought I would share my thoughts on the good and the not so good. Background: We booked this cruise for a few reasons but if I'm honest the biggest was that I wanted to get ... Read More
Ive just returned from a four night cruise on the QM2 and thought I would share my thoughts on the good and the not so good. Background: We booked this cruise for a few reasons but if I'm honest the biggest was that I wanted to get on the QM2 this year but due to work and annual leave restrictions my partner and I did not have enough time to complete a transatlantic crossing. Dammed work getting in the way of fun again! Anyway this cruise meant we could get on the QM2 and have a nice break before Christmas, we also enjoyed our short cruise on the QE last year so it all made sense. We booked ourselves in to a Q2 Duplex suite as I've always wanted to stay in a duplex, I couldn't see the point of booking the Q1 as the only difference seemed to be the large balcony which I knew we weren't going to get much use out of in December! As a Christmas treat we also booked my parents in to a Q5 suite. BOARDING: We left home picked up my parents and then drove the one and a half hours to Southampton, we were making good time until we neared the port when we suddenly came to a halt in horrendous traffic! The roadworks around the dock were causing chaos but after crawling along for what seemed like hours we finally made it to the Ocean Terminal. We arrived about 12:00 but unfortunately everyone else seemed to have turned up at the same time so we had to join another long queue of cars waiting to hand their cars over to CPS, this is the fifth time we have used CPS and we have never had to queue before! is this normal? Or was this just a knock on effect of the terrible traffic? (this was clearly not the fault of Cunard, just one of those things!) After finally making it in to the terminal we proceeded to the check in where we joined another queue albeit a shorter one. We checked in and were told we would have a bell boy carry our luggage and escort us on to the ship but there wasn't one available and would have to wait! Im not high maintenance by any means but this is the second voyage on the QM2 where this service has not been available to us! We didn't want to wait and slow down the check in for others so we said we were more than capable of carrying our own carry on luggage, we were then told that someone would meet us on board to escort us to our suite. We made our way through security and on to the ship …. we showed our red card to the waiting staff and asked if there was someone available to escort us to our suite, the look I received from the staff in return actually took me back! It was of complete indifference and she might of well have said 'what would you like me to do about it'. What she actually said was words to the effect of 'yeah but theres no one here', we decided we would find our own way. This is the first time in five cruises that I have actually come across a rude member of staff! I know it sounds as if I'm being a little pathetic but if you pay for a service you expect to get it, when we boarded the QV in June we were met at the gangway by our butler who escorted us to our suite …. that was service! THE SUITE: We made our own way to the suite and on opening the door I could only say WOW. The suite is very large and looks fantastic and is very grand, you enter in to a marbled hall area and to your left is the butlers pantry and to the right is the guest cloakroom. The sitting room contains a large sofa which converts in to a bed, two large arm chairs one of which has a foot rest. A dining table which can extend and seat up to six people, and STAIRS …. this suite has two levels!. Now I have stairs at home and I've never once got excited about seeing them or walking up them but on seeing stairs in my suite I couldn't help but actually run up them …. and yes I have to admit that I used the banister as a slide and slid back down :) The bedroom has a king bed, two bathrooms and a walk in closet. One bathroom has a bath and one has a shower, I believe the old fashion way to refer to this set up is his and hers bathrooms. Overall the suite looks amazing its well appointed and has nice well placed furniture ……. BUT …… there is a major downside and that is the balcony and the fact the whole suite is overlooked from the deck 8 swimming pool area. If you are on the balcony you can be seen by everyone on deck 8 and hear everything that is being said, this includes what was being said by people using the hot tubs. Our butler also warned us that at night when we have the lights on other passengers can see right in to the suite so he advised that we keep our curtains closed. Also the bedroom is directly below the Queens Grill deck space so at 07:30 you were woken by the noise of deck chairs being moved around! As per usual the butler and his assistant were fantastic and helpful. I enjoyed making a video of our suite on the QV so we made another one for the duplex, I have to admit its good fun making the videos. I always check youtube to look at a suite before booking so I do hope people find them helpful. Anyway heres a link to the video tour of our suite: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NJ1Y4Z7oT9g We will not book a duplex again, we will stick to the Q4 or Q5. DINING: We dined in the Queens Grill Restaurant on a table for four with my parents, as usual the food was good and I don't have any complaints. Osman the maitre-d organised foie gras and caviar on request as well as Crepe suzette (my favourite desert), these items used to be on the menu but are now only available on request. From what I observed everyone adhered to the dress code with most men in the grills choosing to wear a tie each evening, I don't like the informal aspect of the new dress code so it was good to see people making an effort. We only had one formal night and it was good to see everyone dressed in their best in dinner jackets and the ladies in their formal dresses, I believe formal dress creates a nice ambience and feel for the evening. Whilst walking through the ship I even saw one man wearing full white tie including tails, how very Dowton Abbey. We used the kings court for lunch which was fine, its not fine dining by any means but we prefer a casual lunch and the kings court meats our needs and the food is completely acceptable, the pizza was good as were the hot dogs and burgers and there was plenty of salad available. Afternoon tea in the Queens Grill lounge was very busy and the staff seemed a little rushed but it was still a nice daily event to attend. We had a light breakfast served in our suite each day which was always on time, I only eat a light breakfast which included fruit and coffee. THE CRUISE The cruise was four days / nights: Day one : Embarkation in Southampton Day two : Bruges Day Three : Sea Day Day Four : Le Harve We got of the ship in Zeebrugge and used the complementary shuttle bus to get in to the local town where you could get the train to Bruges. My partner and I decided to just have a walk around the town, have a coffee and then return to the ship. Back on the ship I booked my self a facial at the spa and then spent an hour relaxing in the thermal pool, total bliss! On the sea day I was rather surprised by how crowded the ship felt, it was packed especially the grand lobby where passengers were crowded around those horrid market type stalls in a rush to buy a load of old tat! The pub and other bars were all very busy as was the library. What I did find very annoying was that some people in the best seats by the window in the library were actually asleep! the temptation to tip them out of the chair was very strong indeed but I managed to resist. The kings court was heaving at lunch time and people seemed to have trouble finding a table to sit, the same goes for afternoon tea where for the first time I witnessed people waiting for a table in the QG lounge. I have completed three transatlantic crossings on the QM2 and not once have I felt that the ship was overcrowded so I am at a loss to explain why the ship felt so crowded on this occasion. In Le Harve we wondered around the town looking in the shops and food marked for a couple of hours and then returned to the ship once again taking advantage of the free shuttle buses. We didn't book this cruise for the ports of call but to enjoy the ship so we didn't spent much time ashore. Overall I think the normal finesse and elegance of a QM2 voyage was lacking on this cruise, the atmosphere just didn't feel quite right. Im not saying I didn't enjoy the trip because I did and It was all very relaxing but something was just lacking. I don't think we will book another short cruise with Cunard and I think we will stick to the Queen Victoria for cruises and the QM2 for Transatlantic crossings. Disembarking in Southampton was a total breeze, we left our suite at 08:00, made our way to the champagne bar and straight off the ship, I think we got to our car at about 08:15! Anyway thats my quick review, I've once again written more than I intended so I hope you don't find it to dull! Thanks Martin   Read Less
Sail Date December 2012
Due to cruise New York to Los Angeles via Panama Canal last November. Chose Crystal because they said there was open dining option. Tried to book dining times 3 weeks in advance online to find there was no option left but 6-15 or 8-30, ... Read More
Due to cruise New York to Los Angeles via Panama Canal last November. Chose Crystal because they said there was open dining option. Tried to book dining times 3 weeks in advance online to find there was no option left but 6-15 or 8-30, all other slots had gone. This isn't a real dining option for people who want to dine at 7-30. Cruise due to leave New York 2 November, we were due to fly 30 October. Hurricane approaching, due to hit New York Monday 29 October. We and our travel agent tried to contact Crystal all that weekend to discuss alternative embarkation and only got a recorded message that their offices were closed until Monday opening 9 a.m. California time - after the time we would have had to leave London. No flights into new York that week. No communication from Crystal at all, no email, no message to our agents, we were desperate with worry. Emails were unanswered, no reassurance given. This made us sick with worry and uncertainty and forced us to cancel. Very expensive cruise - how could Crystal close their offices in this emergency time over the weekend prior to the Hurricane and just ignore their customers?We would never ever consider Crystal again. they might have won World's Favorite Cruise line, but that can only have been when things didn't go wrong. Their statement that open dining is an option should be qualified by "if you go online and book early enough". Crystal are quick enough to send emails to customers promoting salon treatments etc. Why didn't they send a reassuring email saying that embarkation would be from an alternative port to be notified and not to worry. I gather that the cruise did take off from Charleston several days late - if we had known this, we wouldn't have been so worried. Terribly disappointed with the service from Crystal Read Less
Sail Date November 2012
Recently came from the Celebrity Inaugural, expected more but was just average. Boarding from Amsterdam was busy, strange that they handed passengers numbers, ours being #3 while others in our group 8 and 12. We registered and got in the ... Read More
Recently came from the Celebrity Inaugural, expected more but was just average. Boarding from Amsterdam was busy, strange that they handed passengers numbers, ours being #3 while others in our group 8 and 12. We registered and got in the ship right away. Our friends in the other numbers were made to wait in lounge outside the ship which we found strange. We have been on Oasis and Allure and were able to board right away. Upon entering we were informed the rooms were not ready so we proceeded to the Oceanview Cafe- sleek, clean with good service. Food stations were well placed and spaced. We had a veranda stateroom which was a good size and a large washroom with toiletries. Due to the rainy weather we hardly used the balcony. Elevators were slow. There were no outlets in the washroom nor the side tables. Activities- Casino was great the first night but slots tightened as the days passed. The shows were mediocre from a rock-type one; acrobatic; 2 female singers; magician who did basic tricks one of our members already showed us in the dining room. They had an a capella group, 2 female violinists and a band on level 3 by the elevators. Bingo, game shows, dance classes, karaoke, trivia were so-so. The dancing with the stripes was great entertainment since they were funny with a Canadian winning it. It Excursions - horrible since it rained every day. The local guides gave us more information than we needed and should have considered that discomfort of the weather and should have put us in the buildings earlier if not faster. Tapas tour which consisted of visiting 3 tapas bars left us hungry and angry- the lack of food for the price charged. Paris stores were closed being a Sunday and the stores at Champs with 1 hour was not enough with the rain and all. A total waste of money. Also there was practically no time for shopping. Dining - We had early seating with a great waiter Gede, polished, polite and knew our preferences right away. Meals were good, nothing spectacular though. We tried Murano, great food, menu and service. Qsine, you order from an Ipad took forever for some dishes to arrive. The best was the angus burgers. Presentation was unique, but wished the other dished tasted better. Tuscan Grill had excellent steaks and sides. Champagne given free was already flat, too bad since I love champagne. The ship had a hideaway for reading, resting in the cocoon chairs. Apple store, Michael Kors, etc. Staff were still not informed as to where and what we had to ask several times/several guys. Disembarkation on your own not great since we did not know the gangway till we were assembled on level 4 and then had to go move and exit at level 5. Gratuities were automatically billed, unless you waived them by a certain date and you were given the envelopes. Overall, we expected a lot from an inaugural cruise and this one failed. Nothing special, no fireworks, no souvenirs, nothing. It was expensive and it did not equate to the cost. We were bored in between due to the lack of activities/amenities. Read Less
Sail Date October 2012
Check-in at terminal Cunards own terminal at Southampton made this a smoother experience than some of the ones I have had with Silversea. Staff friendliness was on par. First impression of the ship when entering Cunard ... Read More
Check-in at terminal Cunards own terminal at Southampton made this a smoother experience than some of the ones I have had with Silversea. Staff friendliness was on par. First impression of the ship when entering Cunard certainly wins on the wow factor when you enter the ship, although the area around the lifts was very very crowded, and little direction provided. Suite On Silversea we have only stayed in a balcony suite, on Queen Victoria we splashed out for a penthouse. Size and layout of the Penthouse was probably in line with a Medallion suite. Preferred the penthouse on Queen Victoria. Dining We were in the Queens grill, who's food was on par with Silversea, but not as much choice. I was expecting a different menu to that served in the Brittania Room, however it was always the same, and tended to be luck warm. There was an extra a la carte menu that on longer cruise would have been available, but not on this one. Lido grill on Queen Victoria - only visited this once and would not go back - people were jostling and pushing in as if they had never seen food before. Afternoon tea - I was looking forward to this on Queen Victoria as its one of Cunards signature activities, however due to the short cruise this was only offered on one day, and the queues were unbelievable. After 1/2hr of queuing I gave up. Lots of people were complaining. Silversea wins hands down on this. The Theatre The theatre on Queen Victoria wins by a head. The changed design on Silver Spirit from the Whisper or the Shadow leaves a lot to be desired - seats are uncomfortable and the drink tray too small to hold a wine glass. Entertainment This was a short cruise so only saw a comedian and a show on Queen Victoria, however the show dancers and singers far surpassed the Silver Spirit entertainment team. Spa Bought a 2 day pass to the thermal spa on Queen Victoria, but there were so many people using the facilities that despite visiting several times a day was unable to spend time on the thermal beds, or the beds by the hydro pool, which in my opinion was too small for the 2 water jets. Silver Spirits thermal area has never been busy when I have used it, so wins hands down. Dismebarkation Cunards idea of having Princess and Queens Grill customers go to the lounge to await departure sounded good, however the room was not big enough, and getting from the suite to the room, as I have already said, was a nightmare. When trying to get off the ship, the lifts were still as bad, and once we got downstairs had to then go up a floor to join the end of the queue. In comparison disembarkation from Silversea is a breeze. Overall thoughts Queen Victoria is a lovely looking ship, light and airy, staff were friendly and approachable. Our penthouse suite was amazing, and if the weather had been better I would have spent lots of time on the balcony. I did not like the lido, disappointed about afternoon tea, and the lifts were a complete nightmare - embarkation morning we queued for 1/2hr to get from our room to the 11th floor, where we had been instructed to wait. Why doesn't the ship have a dedicated lift for Princess and Queens Grill customers. I appreciate that the Silversea fleet have lot smaller vessels, but they win hands down for their lift service. Would I go on another Cunard cruise? Possibly, but if I did then I would have have to stay in a Princess or Queens Grill suite as no way would I want to have to use the Lido restaurant. After adding up what we spent on drink, suite cost etc, Silversea, if looking at a balcony suite, still comes out the better option cost wise. Read Less
Sail Date October 2012
We are an active middle aged couple, accustomed to traveling and relatively new to cruising. We find it an effective, comfortable & safe way to get from point A to point B. We have sailed exclusively on the R ships and wanted a change, ... Read More
We are an active middle aged couple, accustomed to traveling and relatively new to cruising. We find it an effective, comfortable & safe way to get from point A to point B. We have sailed exclusively on the R ships and wanted a change, so we booked this trip on the Marina. We were apprehensive about the size and style of the Marina possibly affecting the intimacy and quality of service that we enjoyed on the smaller ships. Marina did not disappoint us, on the contrary, we found the ship to be airy and stylish, beautifully appointed with interesting artwork and comfy, textured furnishing throughout. There were many places to lounge and relax and we never once felt the increase in passengers. We enjoyed having more specialty dining and we were able to get a nice table for 2 without exception. The lengthy discussions on CC regarding.....the small showers, uncomfortable chairs, strangely shaped library etc. etc.....really folks?? really??....It is a beautiful ship and we would not hesitate to book another cruise on the Marina. *RollCall:We had a very active RollCall, which is a great source of help and information. We shared most of our tours with persons on the R.Call. This is very cost effective and the people we toured with were fantastic. We had a Meet&Greet the 1st night, where we got acquainted with persons we spoke with for close to a year.. *Pre & Post Cruise: we booked our own hotels and transfers, much less expensive. Shared the London-Dover transfer with people from our R.Call. Used a private service from Heathrow to Westminster-35pounds. *Service: the Reception staff was excellent. Destination service set up a table each day with maps and useful port info. I would recommend doing your own research on the ports, most O passengers arrange their own tours, therefore the destination service is not elaborate. *Ports: Most ports (far from town center) had a shuttle bus service dropping us off at a tourist info center. There were 2 tender ports (StMalo&Concarneau) At these ports we had to queue up in the Marina Lounge to get early tender tickets, the system was very orderly. *Stateroom: Comfortable beds and nice linens. Ample storage in bathroom, clothes line in tub area convenient. The tub was a great luxury after a long day touring. The shower was NOT a problem. A magnifying mirror was lacking. The closets were a good size. If storage is a problem for you, you brought too much stuff! *Dining: This topic has been endlessly covered. We were glad to have fantastic menu choices & excellent service...we witnessed some of the worst passenger behavior at meal times ex: passenger berating the server at the omelet station for not preparing her eggs to her satisfaction, at Red Ginger someone turned away each course saying it was uneatable, a passenger insisting the Ginger ale was not real Ginger ale and to bring them the container it was poured from, passengers complaining that the sommelier left them waiting too long and so on....these were not random events (ruined our dining experience) therefore including them in our review. *Passengers: Over 60, active, well traveled, upper mid-class. Most were very interesting, well mannered people who are serious about travel. They come well prepared, having researched the itinerary and are eager to visit each port. More than half the passengers were Repeat Customers and some never missed the opportunity to recite the number of cruises they've taken, giving themselves a patronizing air of importance. This type of passenger pushes the 'Your World Your Way' cruising to the limit, they are pretentious, pompous cruisers who lament about every little thing. 'The Ship' is their destination and they want to be waited on. We found them to be to be only negative part of our trip. *Conclusion: Oceania delivers an excellent product, Marina is a beautiful ship and we hope to have the good fortune to sail with Oceania again. Read Less
Sail Date September 2012

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