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Sail Date: October 2016
We booked the Caribbean Islander cruise from New York to enjoy several relaxing days at sea followed by visits to 3 islands before disembarking in Fort Lauderdale. The Regal is an unforgettable ship - the crew, the food, the shows, the ... Read More
We booked the Caribbean Islander cruise from New York to enjoy several relaxing days at sea followed by visits to 3 islands before disembarking in Fort Lauderdale. The Regal is an unforgettable ship - the crew, the food, the shows, the activities, everything about it is top-notch and most enjoyable. Our reason for sailing was to relax and enjoy shipboard life. This we did daily. While the weather did not cooperate enough to enjoy our balcony until we actually got to the Caribbean, our mini suite was a haven. The food options were incredible. We dined few times in the dining room, but also took in the Alfredo's pizzeria, the BBQ, and the fabulous buffet. The Pastry shop is indescribably delicious. We also spent countless hours walking the ship, watching the entertainers and just immersing ourselves in the sheer luxury of the ship and its many treasurer troves - boutiques, art gallery, and the like. An amazing holiday and we did come back renewed. We chose not to take shore excursions in the islands because we have been there so many times. We did take the Fort Lauderdale debark tour of the inland waterways aboard a paddle wheeler. Amazing views of the harbour, the many, many majestic mansions along with an informative dialogue by the crew. Since my return, I have booked to go on another 10 day Caribbean cruise on the Regal December 29th, with my neice, her husband and two great-nieces. I look forward to sharing this amazing ship with them on their first cruise. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2016
We actually chose this cruise because of an opportunity to go away presented itself. The ship was clean, great service, dining options and food were great. The buffet was the best of all the ships we have been on and loved the pastry ... Read More
We actually chose this cruise because of an opportunity to go away presented itself. The ship was clean, great service, dining options and food were great. The buffet was the best of all the ships we have been on and loved the pastry shop. Staff were exceptional and ship well maintained. My wife was on a knee scooter and the average age on the Halloween cruise was the oldest we have been on so nobody used the stairs like we normally would have extending travel time anywhere on the ship but that was no fault of the ship or crew. Our room was very comfortable and well taken care of even considering my wifes limited mobility (unexpected 3rd foot surgery 3 weeks before we left). We look forward to going on the Regal princess in the future. If there were 2 suggestions I would add is 1 to add the diner menu on the interactive tv so it can be viewed in the room daily without traveling to the dining room first (like on some other ships) and 2. make lemonade and ice tea a NON premium item for the dining room. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2016
Stayed in Italy for 3 days prior and 3 days after. Would recommend maybe staying 6 days prior next time. Embarkation when fine. Ship is smaller than the other classes and a bit choppy in rough seas. We had a balcony, wouldn't ... Read More
Stayed in Italy for 3 days prior and 3 days after. Would recommend maybe staying 6 days prior next time. Embarkation when fine. Ship is smaller than the other classes and a bit choppy in rough seas. We had a balcony, wouldn't go back after that. Dinning could be better. Entertainment was so so, Service was fine Ports were great. Something that is bothering me about RCL is the nickle and dime with everything. For instance, people who buy the full drink package can usually be spotted anywhere on ship, many of them feel it's necessary to get their money's worth and end up drunk and falling over, I've seen a few just stand there in the walk ways puking. It's not a pretty sight. I'd much rather them consider a different alternative. And the wine corking fees. Never had those before. Need to see some improvements here. Didn't travel with children. Read Less
9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2016
This was our fourth Azamara cruise. We chose it specifically because it started in New Orleans, a city we had always wanted to visit. We stayed in New Orleans, at the Courtyard by Marriott hotel on Iberville Street, for 5 nights and loved ... Read More
This was our fourth Azamara cruise. We chose it specifically because it started in New Orleans, a city we had always wanted to visit. We stayed in New Orleans, at the Courtyard by Marriott hotel on Iberville Street, for 5 nights and loved the city. Our hotel was extremely well located on the edge of the French Quarter and we were pleased with it. Embarkation was, as usual, quick and easy and we were soon on board drinking our welcome glass of bubbly. Our stateroom on deck 6 was a verandah stateroom. There was plenty of storage space in the cabin, and the bed was very comfy. The large TV opposite the bed was great and there is a reasonable selection of channels to watch. The bathroom was small, with a small shower with a curtain, but it was fine and we liked the new shelves for storage as well as the cupboard under the sink. I always take a couple of sets of cloth pockets to hang on the hooks on the inside of the bathroom door so that I can find a home for everything. We mainly used Discoveries (MDR) for our evening meal. We felt that the food had regained its Wow factor (missing on our last cruise). We loved the fact that although you can see the menu on the TV and outside the dining room each day, there are two main course dishes (Chefs Special and World Destination special) that are a surprise until your waiter tells you about them. The menu always had a great choice, with some dishes, such as Escargots in garlic butter, Prawns with Marie Rose sauce, New York strip steak, Salmon repeated every day alongside all the dishes of the day and the specials. Dining on Azamara is free time dining and most days we were able to be seated when we were ready (usually between 7:30 and 8:00pm). Sometimes we shared with others and sometimes had a table for two. We also bought a good value package for the two speciality restaurants - Prime C and Aqualina. The cover charge is normally $30 for each, but for $70 you can make 3 bookings. Meals there are exceptional, even better than the excellent quality in the MDR. We had breakfast and lunch in Windows - there were always plenty of choices and the food was lovely. You could have Bucks Fizz ( Mimosa) or Bloody Mary for breakfast if you wanted! I particularly enjoyed the ginger based 'Energiser' smoothie every morning. Most of the entertainment was very good. There was a pianist and guitarist who played in various venues and there were shows in the cabaret lounge. All the shows were good except one comedian who failed to get a laugh! We also enjoyed joining a trivia quiz team and taking part in the daily quizzes. We went ashore in all but one of the Caribbean islands the ship visited. We did not use any of the ship's excursions on the islands but did our own thing. In Grand Cayman we just had a walk around the town. In Port Antonio, Jamaica we got a taxi to give us a tour of the area, including the Blue Lagoon - not cheap at $40 a head for a couple of hours. In Curaçao we just had a wander around Wilhemstadt - very pretty little town with plenty of shops and restaurants and an interesting market along the canal. In St Barts we just had a look around - very expensive place, window shopping was the order of the day, as well as walk to Shell Beach which was nice. At St Maarten we took a taxi to Mahoe Beach ($20 a head) right next to the airport runway. Good fun standing right under the flight path as jets come in close over your head. At Nevis we took a taxi ($20 a head) to the Botanic Gardens and the Montpelier Plantation (Princess Di's favourite Hotel). The gardens are beautiful - well worth visiting. As we had a few hours before our plane home from Miami, we took a ship's excursion on the Hop On Hop Off bus. This was excellent - the bus picked us up at the dockside, including our luggage. Our luggage was then stored for us at Bayside Marketplace whilst we took the bus on the Blue, Miami Beach, route which we loved. Then we had an hour or so wandering around Baysie Marketplace which had a good range of shops, cafes and restaurants. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2016
This was our first with Azamara, a repo from New Orleans to Miami. Part of our promotion was a overnite in NO with a dinner cruise on the Natchez Queen which was lovely. We stayed at the Doubletree Inn in the French Quarter -- good ... Read More
This was our first with Azamara, a repo from New Orleans to Miami. Part of our promotion was a overnite in NO with a dinner cruise on the Natchez Queen which was lovely. We stayed at the Doubletree Inn in the French Quarter -- good location, clean room. We had a handicapped accessible room due to DH use of a scooter which was on the 7th floor. First morning there -- a power failure (30 sec.) caused ALL elevators to stop working and we were stuck in our room for 5 hours. Why the designers of this hotel had all elevators on one system was extremely poor planning not to mention dangerous for safety reasons. After complimentary room service --- manager was finally able to get us on one of the service elevators so we could catch our Gray Line tour --- only for the elevator to quit between the second and first floor !! As the manager was with us --- staff on the other side of the door were finally able to get us out --- really funny when we talked about it later but not at that moment. The Big Easy is "OK" -- we really didn't get too see very much -- would have liked to see a plantation or two and more of the country. Bourbon Street is just a dark, dirty,narrow alley IMO. Didn't impress us at all. The Quest is a lovely ship -- the smallest we have cruised on to date. The service is OUTSTANDING. You couldn't ask for a more happy and accommodating crew !! Our Club Continental suite was wonderful -- so much more room than the original V 2 balcony I had booked. Actually was able to look into one and I have never seen such a small, cramped room and balcony. Of course, the CC came with a much higher price tag but we would have been very uncomfortable in the first one not to mention no space for DH's scooter ! Only drawback to Suite 8063 were the loud noises during the night from the deck above (Windows Cafe) from rolling carts and furniture. Islands: Were "ok" --- poor planning on Azamara's Itinerary Dept. to schedule Jamaica and St. Bart on Sundays when everything is closed -- not even a mini mart to grab a snack or two. Would choose the Quest again but i will look for better prices in the future. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2016
We are on a trans Atlantic crossing from Barcelona to Fort Lauderdale on the inaugural cruise of Royal Caribbean's Harmony of the Seas. We chose a balcony room overlooking the Boardwalk - #11723. The room is quite spacious - the ... Read More
We are on a trans Atlantic crossing from Barcelona to Fort Lauderdale on the inaugural cruise of Royal Caribbean's Harmony of the Seas. We chose a balcony room overlooking the Boardwalk - #11723. The room is quite spacious - the king size bed is close to the balcony with two very small nightstands with no drawers. The bedding is very comfortable. There is plenty of storage space - room for empty luggage under the bed. The hanging closet also has shelves and a quite small safe. The other closet is larger but only has a top shelf. A dresser has four deep drawers and a refrigerator. The desk serves as a dressing table with a large lit mirror (not bright enough to apply make-up) - a shelf - comfortable seat with hair dryer that is powerful but you need to keep pressure on the button for it to work - tiring for me. The bathroom is nice size for a ship - a narrow formica counter with a small sink - glass shelving in the corner - full wall mirror with good lighting and an open shelf beneath the sink for storage. The glassed in shower is quite nice - good pressure and water temperature - an adjustable shower head - 2 small hooks for washcloth, shampoo in a pump container and best of all - a small bar to prop you leg for shaving. Towels are replenished twice daily and are of good quality. The pull out sofa is located at the entrance to the room. The large TV does swivel to accommodate this location - but I prefer a room with the sofa near the balcony. Some do have that configuration but the brochure does not differentiate between them. Since our balcony overlooked the boardwalk, we had hoped to watch shows from the Aqua theater from our room but two ten story slides called "The Abyss" blocked our view. We could see the Rock Climbing Wall and Carousel. The room darkening curtains have to be drawn even during the day for any privacy - no shear curtains. Noise went on late into the evening from shows, movies or games going on in the area. Central Park rooms have quieter music but still no privacy. Some of the boardwalk rooms on the older ships have a waterview.....because they do not have the slide. Room amenities include two fluffy robes, small size bathroom amenities replaced when requested. Ice buckets also have to be personally requested. To avoid long walks request rooms closer to the elevators. The entire crossing was devoid of any international TV channels - CNN, BBC etc..Only shipboard channels - movies and cartoons were available. Not sure if this was due to being an inaugural cruise or not... Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2016
The highlight of our October crossing was the selection of terrific jazz performances by Blue Note artists Gregory Porter, Dee Dee Bridgewater, and their bands. Headline concerts in the Royal Theater, more informal concerts in the ... Read More
The highlight of our October crossing was the selection of terrific jazz performances by Blue Note artists Gregory Porter, Dee Dee Bridgewater, and their bands. Headline concerts in the Royal Theater, more informal concerts in the Carinthia Room, and jam sessions in the Chart Room were all fantastic and really made our experience enjoyable. Embarkation: We've had a number of bad experiences in this area on Cunard, so this time we decided to show up late, after 2:30. No line for Grills, so we walked on board, short line for Britannia class. The Captain later announced that there had been a problem with American immigration during the morning that caused a traffic jam for those leaving in Brooklyn that spilled over to long lines and delays for those boarding. But later in the afternoon all was resolved. Note to self: Always show up later in the afternoon. Queens Grill: This was our first time in Queens. We enjoyed the extra space in our stateroom (see review below). The Queens Grill dining room and food quality was underwhelming. The dinner dishes were mostly traditional cruise ship food, done well, but with no special or modern touches. They will try to make a special dinner for you, if you order in advance and they have the ingredients. There is a special menu available for those who order at lunch time, but it is confined to traditional dishes like Dover sole, rack of lamb, and Chateaubriand, nothing modern. They make a big deal of finishing the preparation on a trolley brought to your table. A bit too lah-dee-dah and old fashioned for our tastes. We were a bit shocked that the menu at breakfast and lunch matched the menu for Britannia and the food quality was often less than fabulous. Post Re-Imagining: We had crossed immediately after the renovations in June, and now found that things had settled down and actually improved a bit. No more balls on lint on the new carpets. The ship is truly beautiful, and much improved in the decor in the staterooms, the new Carinthia Room, and the re-design of Kings Court. Note that uneven and spongy flooring seems to be returning especially outside the Golden Lion Pub. Kings Court: While the re-design has improved visuals and traffic flow immensely, we still find Kings Court to be the weakest link on the ship. Re-imagining has not brought any improvement in food quality, and in fact, it seems as though the food is exactly the same as when we first sailed on the QM2 7 years ago. Tasteless cheeses, poor selection of fresh fruit, mediocre salad bar, blah pizza slices, and inexplicable pre-prepared hamburgers and hot dogs sitting under heat lamps It's a very mediocre buffet and we try to avoid it as much as possible. We dearly love the QM2 and will return in December, and again in June, 2017. It's not a perfect cruise experience, but remains a lovely way to cross the Atlantic. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2016
Overall my experience was great but from what I had heard about Celebrity, I was disappointed. The food was good but not great. The dessert selection in the dining room was limited and I only had one dessert that was very good. Many of ... Read More
Overall my experience was great but from what I had heard about Celebrity, I was disappointed. The food was good but not great. The dessert selection in the dining room was limited and I only had one dessert that was very good. Many of the desserts in the Ocean Café were cake, fluff, and fruit pie filling that all tasted the same. We dined at the Tuscan Restaurant and while the food was good, it was not great. However the service was wonderful I had a bad experience with guest relations, where I requested a post on the community board which they decided not to post (I understand why) but they did not notify me. The guest speakers were all great. A guest artist, Debbie Conn, provided a wonderful water color class on sea days and would love to cruise with her again. The entertainers were outstanding, with the exception of the magician ( could see how he did several tricks. I thought it was because I was sitting on the side of the stage but someone out front said the same thing. Jane Curry and Sean O'Shea were wonderful and the Celebrity band, singers and dances were better than I have seen on other lines. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2016
The Celebrity Equinox is a wonderful ship with many outstanding features. This Transatlantic cruise had a great itinerary and the ocean crossing portion was enhanced with some excellent entertainment and "Beyond the Podium" ... Read More
The Celebrity Equinox is a wonderful ship with many outstanding features. This Transatlantic cruise had a great itinerary and the ocean crossing portion was enhanced with some excellent entertainment and "Beyond the Podium" speakers. In particular, there were three superb entertainers -- Katie Clark. classical pianist, Jayne Curry, singer and comedienne and Hanna, classical violinist. Speakers David Fantle and Michael Fuller were excellent speakers and we hope to see them on future cruises.. Unfortunately, Celebrity's food offerings on this cruise were well below its usual high standards. The food in the Main Dining Room seemed unusually tasteless and the offerings were not nearly as good as on past cruises. We ate once in the Tuscan Grill and the food quality there was worse than the Main Dining Room and not at all like our previous visits to the Tuscan Grill. Overall, I think Celebrity provides a great product at a reasonable price/ Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2016
Really great transatlantic cruise from Barcelona to Fort Lauderdale. We were in a balcony cabin that seemed to have a little more space which we definetly liked. Very clean and a lot of fun activities throughout the cruise. Alejandro was a ... Read More
Really great transatlantic cruise from Barcelona to Fort Lauderdale. We were in a balcony cabin that seemed to have a little more space which we definetly liked. Very clean and a lot of fun activities throughout the cruise. Alejandro was a fantastic and funny Cruise Director. Entertainment started off a little slow, but it improved and got better as we continued our itinerary. Food was really good and dining room service was excellent. The Captain greeted us when we started the cruise and bid us a farewell at the end of the cruise as well. My wife and I were amazed to see the Captain & staff participate in activities during the sailing. They were all very visible and approachable. The "Beyond The Podium" speakers did an exceptional job. This was a special cruise for us. The only thing that was disappointing for my wife and I, were the ports of Agadir, Morocco and Lanzarote, Canary Islands. Not to exciting for us. Other than that, we really enjoyed ourselves. Read Less

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