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We chose this cruise because it left out of Manhattan so we didn't have the added expense of flying to the port and because we wanted to take a two week vacation (for the first time in our lives) celebrating our anniversary on 12/23, ... Read More
We chose this cruise because it left out of Manhattan so we didn't have the added expense of flying to the port and because we wanted to take a two week vacation (for the first time in our lives) celebrating our anniversary on 12/23, Christmas, and New Years. We were exceptionally pleased from day 1 until the end. First, we decided seven days isn't enough to fully relax, so we were very happy we stayed for 14 days. Second, I was worried my husband would get antsy during the three days at sea getting to Puerto Rico but was really happy that both of us enjoyed the down time by reading, playing games, listening to the great music on board, going to the exceptional shows, and eating great food. We talked to a lot of people who complained about the entertainment and food but we have to disagree - people wanted to be entertained every minute all throughout the day instead of entertaining themselves sometimes. And while the buffet food did get a little redundant, I still didn't have to shop, cook, or clean up so I wasn't complaining! We eat a plant based diet and the cooks really didn't have many choices for that so we just went pescatarian for the cruise and that was fine. We had a dining package through our travel agent and LOVED the Italian restaurant, liked the French restaurant, and thought the steak house was just ok (but we don't eat meat so we knew that would be the case). We have cruised a couple times before and liked this ship the best. We always get the cheapest cabin because we don't see any point in spending money on a place we only intend to sleep in and our cabin was just fine. The service we got was excellent (except for some reason in the Grand Pacific). Like everyone, we don't like to be nickled and dimed and do feel things like bingo and soda should be included in the price. Since we didn't fly, we brought our own wine and liquor and made ourselves drinks when we wanted them for a fraction of what the ship would charge. The ports of call were great although it was hard to remember where we had been and where we were going since there were so many stops. My husband used the fitness center every day and his only complaint was that they didn't have a sauna. There is one in the spa but it's a charge. All in all, we felt like we got a very good bargain for a two week cruise. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
This was a two week Christmas and New Years cruise Singapore to Hong Kong. We were excited to see the Millennium after her last major refurbishment in Feb. I last sailed on Millennium in 2001 and the ship was hardly recognisable. The ... Read More
This was a two week Christmas and New Years cruise Singapore to Hong Kong. We were excited to see the Millennium after her last major refurbishment in Feb. I last sailed on Millennium in 2001 and the ship was hardly recognisable. The changes were gorgeous! We were in an extra large ocean view cabin 9000. Prior to the renovation this cabin had two small sofas, after the redo just one and a chair. There was a lot of floor space (at least 225 sq ft) but I felt the two sofas would have worked better. Other than that, the cabin was fabulous! I had heard that there might be noise from the door to the bridge next to the cabin but we never heard anything. The Ship Starting at the top, the outdoor movie area was lovely and we watched one movie up there during the cruise. There was no bar service there however and I felt there should be. Also, there were many movies shown there during the day when it was much too hot. Qsine which is now only used for Le Petite Chef, is a lovely space but under-utilised. We had one specialty lunch there that was underwhelming and one night at Le Petite Chef. While entertaining, it is a one time thing never needing to be repeated. I think Qsine would be more popular. At our seating at Le Petite Chef there were only 2 tables occupied and that made it somewhat awkward. The Oceanview Cafe was wonderful. Spacious and well organised, it was the nicest I have found on any ship. We literally never had to search for a table. The redo looked wonderful except foe an unfortunate choice of fabric for the backs of many of the chairs. A light blue fabric, it was looking dirty and stained after only 10 months. The seats were vinyl and the whole chair should have been. The food was very good and varied. The outdoor seating and bar was wonderful except as others have noted, not enough shade most of the time. The pool area had plenty of seating and towels laid out on each lounger, a nice touch. However, the cushions on the seating in the smoking area on the port side was worn out and shabby. Being a big guy, i loved that the main pool had stairs to enter the pool which is way better than a ladder. The solarium was lovely but usually very hard to find a lounger. I felt they needed lounge chairs on both sides not just the port side. The Spa cafe was disappointing in its offerings. Pretty much the same selection every day and not terribly interesting. The Sky lounge up front was still large enough even after taking some of the space for the kids area on the port side. You could tell it had not been renovated but it was still lovely. The theatre on decks 4 & 5 was one of my favourites. Large and impressive, there is not a bad seat in the house. The shows however were very hit and miss. We liked the production numbers done by the entertainment staff better than the featured performers. The shops were adequate and varied but small compared to larger ships. The Apple store was disappointing. We were thinking of buying a new iPhone but they didn’t sell them! Cafe Al Bacio was lovely but hard to find tables available. We only had one coffee there in two weeks. The Martini Bar, lovely with good cocktails, was always too noisy with loud conversations. We never had a drink at Cellar Masters or ate at Sushi on 5 and felt these areas could be re-thought. On deck 4 the photo gallery was too large and a waste of space. The Retreat lounge seemed to be empty all the time too, although we obviously couldn’t use it. The casino seems bland after the redo but nice that it is non-smoking. The Rendezvous Lounge is absolutely lovely and we had drinks there several times. We felt that the band that was usually there was too loud for conversation however. We ate in the lower level of the Metropolitan restaurant which looks fabulous after the redo. We had anytime dining but went at the same time every night and had the same servers who were wonderful. We found the food to be exceptional and really make the Specialty restaurants a moot point, being overpriced and not that special. The atrium starts on deck 3 and was lovely with the amazing onyx staircase. We were only able to see and use the staircase after Christmas however since they had decorated the staircase with a Gingerbread village. It was a real miss. Other than that, the Christmas decorations were lovely and understated. The Tuscan grill on deck 3 was a bit out of the way after the addition of cabins during the redo. It’s a beautiful space however. We had one lunch and one dinner there and as noted already, not appreciably better than the main dining room so not worth it in our opinion. The itinerary was ok but we felt we didn’t need so many overnights in ports. Five ports on a 14 night cruise seems like not enough. In fairness, I have done a similar cruise before so the ports weren’t as important to me. The staff was generally wonderful and top notch! We had an Internet package which was great. We also had the Classic drink package which was fine. When the servers saw what package you had they knew what to offer you that was included. We only paid an up charge a couple times This review probably sounds nit-picky but the negatives were mostly very tiny things and we had a fabulous cruise! I wouldn’t hesitate to sail on The Millennium again for a third time! We Loved It. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
Had previous safe trips but this one was horrible. Not only injured but upon return home was advised by ship insurance carrier that we required tons of previous medical information in order to obtain satisfaction for injuries and loss of ... Read More
Had previous safe trips but this one was horrible. Not only injured but upon return home was advised by ship insurance carrier that we required tons of previous medical information in order to obtain satisfaction for injuries and loss of ship use for 10 days after injury. Tender was ordered to stop operations after my injury but should have happened in advance. Lack of security to stop Tender operations in rough sea resulted in personal injury. Poor food service in all restaurants, except room service ; obnoxious child in suite opposite ours was running about unsupervised and sometimes naked and knocking on doors before 6am! Ship medical officer was less than helpful and failed many requests or obtain my medical records. Ship did have highlights but since this was a cruise to latin isles there was little to none of latin music in clubs or entertainment Ship excursions were less than satisfactory; on one the guide was obnoxious and some cruise members were stuffed 6 into a 4x4 car resulting in pain and back injuries. We lost 3 excursions booked in advance; 2 cancelled due to Tender injury and 1 cancelled at last minute by vendor. We recommend NOT using the ship for excursions but booking you own, either on the dock upon arrival or with other companies in advance. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
We chose this cruise as a special Christmas and New Year holiday, just for my wife and I coming from the UK, having been told that HAL was a big step up from P&O, which we travelled last time. Nothing could be further from the truth ... Read More
We chose this cruise as a special Christmas and New Year holiday, just for my wife and I coming from the UK, having been told that HAL was a big step up from P&O, which we travelled last time. Nothing could be further from the truth (except the price, I suppose). When I booked, the line couldn't/wouldn't tell me which cabin we'd be in - we didn't find out until we boarded. In the event it was fine, but others had a very different outcome. The general service was magnificent. The cabin was very good and the ship was in an excellent state of repair. The food in the buffet and dining room was simply outstanding, but ironically, the premium restaurants, for which additional payment was required, were ok but not worth doing (cold food; poorly seasoned). The entertainment was woeful; won't even bore you with the details, but more than half the advertised events were simply sales pitches or invitations to do the slots in the casino. Entertainments manager wasn't around much. This was Christmas and New Year, and aside from a pool party on NYE, nothing much changed. One of the propellors had broken so the ship vibrated considerably most of the time, and we were late to pretty much every port. This meant we had to cancel several private excursions - this was a real issue, as this was supposed to be the holiday of a lifetime. I got precious little help from most of what they laughingly refer to as 'Guest Services', although a couple went above and beyond and were massively helpful (I have contacted the line to acknowledge and thank them by name). Tenders were dreadul - we saw people who had waited 2 hours to get off the ship, and the stops were shortened anyway, because of the broken propellor. Also, the crew had been instructed not to talk about this: we heard it from friends who'd had their cruise cancelled. I expect to pay premium prices for beverages, but these were not only highly priced ($5.50 for a bottle of water; $7 for a beer; $50 for a really mediocre bottle of wine) but a mandatory 15% service charge was added (therefore $8.05 for a beer) as well as the gratuity charge at the end of the cruise. Money wasn't the overriding factor, but is there really any justification in charging $25 wifi per device per day? It's 2020, people, and hotels etc have free wifi. The trip rounded off nicely with late arrival (propellor again), problems with baggage collection and a curtailed excursion due to the lateness (the tour company had told the ship, but the ship didn't say anything to the tourists). Overall, we had a nice time because we saw some nice places and met some really nice people. However, I was expecting a great time. This was not that. While some things were great (especially the other cruisers and the destinations), the important bits that we'd paid for were pretty poor. Hopefully this was a one off, as we've planned 2 other HAL cruises over the next 18 months. I shan't be booking them until I have some resolution from my complaints this time round, and as HAL hasn't even replied to my emails or social media tweets, I'm wondering whether to look elsewhere. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
I’ve been on Ovation which I found too big, too busy and a bit like a Westfield shopping centre vibe and with over 4000 passengers, the queues for everything were horrendous. The Voyager was so much more fun! It’s newly refurbed or ... Read More
I’ve been on Ovation which I found too big, too busy and a bit like a Westfield shopping centre vibe and with over 4000 passengers, the queues for everything were horrendous. The Voyager was so much more fun! It’s newly refurbed or ‘amplified’ to have more fun features & we found it had just the variety and atmosphere that we love! The fittings and style were lovely and our fave bars were High Notes on Deck 14 & Sky Lounge Deck 12 followed by Schooner Bar. Music everyday, an atrium deck full of activities and a party feel, loads of cool places to sit & watch the waves. Shuffle board & Flowrider with an Ice rink & ice show - everything was great! My best advice is if you’re planning to stay in a balcony cabin, go for the extra ‘Spacious Balcony Cabin’ - the cabin itself is bigger as is the balcony. It included a 3 seater sofa bed and there was so much space without too much expense. The food on board is great but we weren’t as impressed with the specialty restaurants except for Giovanni Table which was lovely. Service was great, attention to detail was also good and my fave aspect was the adults only Solarium area which is open to the sky so no chlorine fumes like on Ovation. I’d suggest buying the KEY package. It includes your internet plus other bonuses like prioirity boarding, a nice lunch, priority tendering, farewell brekkie & fuss free disembarking among other things. It was great value for adults without kids! We loved everything about it and are already looking to book another trip on this comfortable & stylish ship! Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
We were on the 12/20/19 sailing of the Reflection. The itinerary had stops in San Juan, St. Thomas and Sint Maarten. We got a great deal when booking just 45 days out for a suite and booked 2111 since there was a YouTube review of that ... Read More
We were on the 12/20/19 sailing of the Reflection. The itinerary had stops in San Juan, St. Thomas and Sint Maarten. We got a great deal when booking just 45 days out for a suite and booked 2111 since there was a YouTube review of that stateroom and it fit our needs pretty well since we like privacy on our balcony. Dining: We ate most meals in Luminae with the exception of the first dinner which was in Murano, and Christmas Eve dinner at Le Petit Chef. During the first lunch in Luminae the host offered 30% off of specialty dining, so I highly recommend waiting until you’re on the ship to book speciality dining nights. Murano was absolutely delicious and I highly recommend the experience. The tableside preparation of the lobster feels old school, but in the best way possible. The service like everywhere on the ship was really exceptional, especially from our waiter Oswaldo. Le Petit Chef was fun, but I wouldn’t necessarily do it again. The food was good, but like many others have said, you go for the experience rather than for the food. Luminae was outstanding. We sailed on the Norwegian Bliss in the Haven back in October and the Haven restaurant menu never changed. The food was delicious there also, but it was really nice to have variety for every lunch and dinner. We also ordered off of the main dining menu from Luminae on occasion. Cocktails: My husband purchased the Drinks and More package as an upgrade to the Premium Drinks package after we booked. It came with 2 bottles of wine which were already in our stateroom, a wine tasting on Christmas Day, $50 casino credit pp, and the minibar replenished daily. I think the Drinks and More/Premium Plus package might not have been socialized to everyone because guest services, our butler, and his supervisor didn’t seem to know much about the package. It ended up working out ok, but corporate could have been better about giving folks on the ship info about the package. World Class Bar is an absolute do not miss if you like any sort of craft whiskey cocktails. Miguel and Santos were stellar. If you’re a Sazerac fan, they make a fantastic one. We also signed up for the mixology class which was a lot of fun and really informative. We talked to them later and they mentioned that they could easily have taught a 3 hour class, and I would’ve been 100% there for it. They were a real highlight of the cruise, and were a big part of the reason I left the ship feeling like Celebrity is exactly what I’ve been looking for in a cruise line. Casino: The last night we finally made it to the casino to use our $50 free play. I ended up playing slots because I don’t know how to play any table games and won $25. I know that’s nothing to “real” gamblers, but I’m not much of a gambler. The real highlight here was Barbara who was working one of the Texas Hold ‘em tables. There was no one else at the table, so my husband sat down with his chips and Barbara very patiently and kindly explained how to play and took him through a bunch of hands. He ended up winning about $150 which paid for the Drinks and More package and then some! I wasn’t a gambler, but after that experience watching him play, I’m definitely interested in getting more into it. It was the most fun I’ve had at a casino. Staff and Service: I’ve mentioned a couple of the folks that we interacted with so far, but I can’t have a complete review without mentioning our butler Jo, room steward Sunil, Vishal who’s a waiter in Luminae, and Alina the Luminae host. We’ve been on two other NCL cruises in suites with a butler. Those experiences were good to disappointing. Jo was just spot on and nailed everything. He made sure bottles of San Pelligrino were overflowing in our room and his service was attentive without being obtrusive. His service was exactly what I hope for when I imagine what butler service might be. He really surprised and delighted us several times on the cruise and made us feel welcomed and well taken care of. Wifi: The wifi was fast and convenient on the Reflection. When I first got on I used fast.com to test the speed and got 2.2Mbps down. The upload speeds weren’t great, but wifi backups of photos could wait until I got home. I never felt frustrated by the speeds, and it was dead simple to sign on and sign off different devices. My husband and I both work remotely, so it’s really nice to know that we can go on a Celebrity cruise and not have to worry about being cut off or burning more vacation days than necessary. With the perks we got one device per person which was plenty. Excursions: BOSS Underwater - When we got to St. Thomas we met the excursion at 12pm. I can’t emphasize how nice it was to not have to be up and off the ship first thing in the morning. There was a short 20 minute boat ride out to the dive site, and after some instruction we were broken into 3 groups. Two groups snorkeled while the divers took one group on the underwater scooters. Everything about this excursion was a blast. I was glad I snorkeled before getting in the scooter since I had the chance to get comfortable in the water first. On the way back to the dock, the captain gave us a harbor tour and we saw a bunch of yachts and got some history. Maho Beach - I love planes and large machinery in general, so my husband surprised me with a trip to Maho beach to see the planes fly directly overhead. At Sunset Bar and Grill you can watch the planes fly in over the water. I really enjoyed watching the planes, but Sunset Bar and the beach itself is a mad house. There are people aggressively selling things on the VERY crowded beach, and the bar is incredibly loud. They play music everywhere and have entertainment on the stage. The food is reasonably priced though, and the service was pretty good. You have to pay to use the restroom, and it’s somehow also chaotic in there also, so I recommend going before you leave the ship for the excursion. If you like planes, it’s a must-see. If you want to chill in Sint Maarten it’s the opposite of where you want to go. Wrap up: The Reflection itself is a gorgeous ship. It doesn’t have all the waterslides and racetracks, and I think its better for it. The finishes are understated and elegant, and the staff reflects that with their service. I would go on the Reflection again and again if there weren’t so many other ships out there to try. Costs: Sky Suite - $4600 including 4 perks (wifi, gratuities, premium drinks, $300 onboard credit) plus a $350 Costco cash card Drinks and more package - $50pp - includes 2 bottles of wine, wine tasting, $50 casino credit per person, minibar setup replenished daily Murano - $50pp Mixology Class - $40pp Extra gratuities: $150 to Butler $50 to Cabin steward $20 each to select bartenders and waiters Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
Golden princess is a tired old ship that urgently needs a refit.This wont happen soon as it is to be sold back to P&O in late 2020. Our mini suite with balcony had a dated interior and was of a lesser standard than other mini suites on ... Read More
Golden princess is a tired old ship that urgently needs a refit.This wont happen soon as it is to be sold back to P&O in late 2020. Our mini suite with balcony had a dated interior and was of a lesser standard than other mini suites on other cruise lines we have been on. We paid $8,000 for it. We spent $8,300 on on-board purchases and that amount was settled in full on disembarkation. How utterly annoying to be hit with a further $5,300 the next day - an obvious error on their part - only to be told one of the staff will get back to us in 72 hours! They debit in a nano-second and refund in days/weeks. It completely screwed our bank balances during the holiday season. Cruise ships as a whole need to really lift their accounting and billing practices which are skewed in their favor. So far the 13 day cruise has cost us $21,600!!! - (we patiently wait a refund of $5,300 - why is this all so difficult in the digital payments age? Do they do this on purpose?) We spent $400 for 1200 minutes of useless, slow, unreliable WI-FI. A talkative captain made lengthy announcements at 12 noon each day that automatically mutes any TV program you are watching. His discourses often went for 20-30 minutes. The incessant sales and marketing barrage starts the second you board - after 13 days of it you really are averse to buying anything at all. This cruise was heavily populated by lots of elderly folk with walkers, canes, wheelchairs. How would they cope in an emergency? The cabin stewards are the real heroes. They are overworked and obscenely underpaid - we gave them generous bonuses. Having said this, do NOT book this ship for the reasons I have provided. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
This was my 3rd cruise with MSC and I hope there is still allot to come...Everything was excellent, cabins, food and entertainment. The staff was friendly and helpfull and we realy enjoyed the shows. Out of my view there is no option for ... Read More
This was my 3rd cruise with MSC and I hope there is still allot to come...Everything was excellent, cabins, food and entertainment. The staff was friendly and helpfull and we realy enjoyed the shows. Out of my view there is no option for improvement. The embarkation was quick and easy. Everthing was quickly available on the boat. My kids enjoyed all the daily activities on the deck and we as a family enjoyed the shows. The food at the buffet was excellent and there was a allot to choose from. We also enjoyed the breakfast and supper in the restaurants. The kids enjoyed the nightclub and we enjoyed the casino and lounges on board. Pomene was a great expierience and the beaches is nice and clean. The food on the Island was to die for. Allot of evert was put into it and it was easy accessable. The disembarkation went to quick and before we opened our eyes we were safe back in Durban. Thank you MSC Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
This was supposed to be my husband and I's honeymoon. Restaurants/ Service was great. Cabin was clean and decent. Activities on boat were incredibly lame. If you're not completely into Drinking, Trivia and food, you're ... Read More
This was supposed to be my husband and I's honeymoon. Restaurants/ Service was great. Cabin was clean and decent. Activities on boat were incredibly lame. If you're not completely into Drinking, Trivia and food, you're kind of out of luck. Shows were great, Prohibition and Jersey Boys were great. Book it as early as possible Spa services were incredibly overpriced, that's saying something coming from someone who lives in NYC. Ports and shore excursions absolutely sucked. Port Canaveral: Arrived Late to Port Canaveral, couldn't go to Disney. Everything else required sunny days, which there were none. Cocoa Beach was essentially a ghost town. Nassau: Great. Aquaventure was a blast! We only needed a half day there and immediately spent the rest of the day walking around Nassau, which was beautiful. This was the highlight of the trip. Great Stirrup Cay: I wouldn't know, I only saw the island from a far. The ship didn't stop at Great Stirrup Cay on Christmas because they couldn't get the tenders to the ship. It was beautiful out, but the seas were choppy. The Cruise director made the decision that morning to leave. The biggest slap in the face was seeing Royal Caribbean docked at their private pier. I saw them docking their ship as our boat pulled away. At around Midday, the crew threw together a half-assed itinerary and we spent an additional day cruising around the island of the Bahamas. "Don't worry, apparently this happens all the time. I've only been to the island once" said multiple passengers who were frequent NCL cruisers. "Don't worry, they'll refund your shore excursions, " said another. Seriously? Had I known this would have happened, I wouldn't have book this cruise. If I wanted cabin fever, staying in one place for 6+ days eating and drinking my face off, I would holed up in a cabin in the woods. Don't waste your time. Royal Caribbean didn't even have to lift a finger to sell me on my next cruise. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
Short summary - My wife and I will cruise princess again, we have already started looking at options for late 2020. Cruising is quite different from the way we normally vacation, and that is okay. Cruising will not replace our long-haul ... Read More
Short summary - My wife and I will cruise princess again, we have already started looking at options for late 2020. Cruising is quite different from the way we normally vacation, and that is okay. Cruising will not replace our long-haul flight jaunts but will add a much-needed supplement to our often exhausting vacations. We had an amazing time at our own pace. The lengthy version, read on at your peril: As mentioned, cruising is very different from our typical holidays. Generally, we visit several countries over a relatively short period of time. Each country we visit generally requires an international flight, sometimes with layovers, and always with the hassles of air travel. Couple that with needing to transport luggage from city to city, and the fact that we average close to 30,000 steps a day while exploring cities, we return fully exhausted. Cruising is the exact opposite, visiting multiple destinations could not be easier. Luggage is stowed once, clothing placed on hangers once, heck; even drawers can be used. One does not need to touch their luggage again until the end of the cruise. A few considerations: Motion sickness - Those who know me well are quite aware of my challenges with motion sickness. I need Dramamine just to be a passenger in a car, and I am not joking. For as long as I can remember, I have always felt ill when driving in a passenger vehicle if I was not driving. As a child in Jamaica, it was torture. Driving up and down Melrose Hill, stuck behind a truck spewing all sorts of diesel fumes, slowing down and accelerating around corners, my god I am getting sick just thinking about it. My dad let me drive at a very early age which helped a lot. Back to the cruise, my solution was Dramamine less-drowsy (same as Bonine), and it worked perfectly. Unfortunately, I started with the scopolamine patch and only placed it behind my ear 30 minutes after boarding. I drove from Tampa to Port Everglades and did not want to risk wearing the patch earlier as it does tend to have an impact on vision. As is typical with my luck, the seas were pretty rough the first two nights, I had to leave my wife at the dinner table twice. I felt terrible. I then gave up on the patch and switched to my trusty Dramamine, it worked like a charm. I took at least one daily thereafter, two if the seas were rough. No problems with motion sickness from that point onwards. If you are worried about motion sickness, Dramamine is a solid option. If it worked for me, I suspect it will work for most. Cabin comfort - The ship we were on, the Carribean Princess, has more balcony cabins than any other room category. We chose a balcony, which was nice to have. While we did not spend a lot of time on the balcony, it was nice to have the option and also to leave the curtains open for a great view and sunlight. I think we will continue with balconies. The bathroom was relatively small, yet reasonable enough for a cruise cabin. Our cabin steward was incredible, a gentleman from Serbia. We could not have asked for a better person to help look after us during our cruise. Excursions - Our cruise line offered a variety of excursion options that were suitable for most passengers. We did everything from cycling in Curacoa to laying on the beach in Aruba. Excursions by the cruise line was a good way for us to venture into the cruise game. I am not fond of walking up to anyone, anywhere and giving them a few bucks to take me to an unfamiliar place. Perhaps a bit paranoid, I know, but with the cruise line, at least I knew a reputable firm was responsible for our wellbeing. This does pose a challenge though. The excursions offered by the cruise line were mostly great, except for the ability to experience true local fare and activities. I had to ask for off-menu items to have Caribbean food, the menu was stacked with chicken fingers, fish sticks, Italian options, etc. None of the excursions we booked took us into the heart of the countries, which I did find to have been problematic. Also, the beaches we were taken to were picturesque but littered with tourists and chairs. I am a beach snob, having had access to amazing beaches as a child, with my dad driving us on most Sundays to the south coast of Jamaica. The Baywatch style beach with hundreds of people laying out is simply not my thing, I prefer a cove with a few people, natural shade from trees, a short area of sand, and clear water. I still find Trunk Bay on St. John USVI to be the best beach I have visited. In terms of water quality, etc. many of the beaches we visited hit the mark, but just too many people. A cruise excursion is going to take you to a beach where several thousand others will likely be going as well. So for active excursions, I will continue to use the cruise line. They are more pricey, but I like the zero hassle they offer. For beaches and local fare, I will seek alternatives. Curacao and Martinique were my favorite ports. I have a "thing" for walkable cities, both were very walkable and quite nice. Trinidad gets a pretty bad rap in terms of safety, we took a raft tour of the bird sanctuary offered by princess, I am happy we went. I would definitely visit Trinidad again, not once did I feel unsafe. Aruba was a small desert island, okay beaches, not quite my favorite. We've done St. Thomas a few teams before, just hung out and had a few drinks with passengers from another ship. Had it been our first time, a trip to Trunk Bay on St. John would have been in order. We didn't do anything at all in Antigua, we were lazy and did not plan. We enjoyed St. Kitts, beautiful and not suffering from over development as Aruba seems to be. Dining - Dining was varied during our trip, initially not quite meeting my expectations for a variety of reasons. After day three, I found that our experience improved quite a bit. I will admit, the first two nights I was quite ill due to motion sickness, with most of the ship movement occurring just around dinner time. It may very well be that my impressions of dining these first few days are tied to my feeling of being ill. In terms of dining venues, we had multiple options to chose from. Initially, we chose the dining room but asked for a table just for the two of us. Again, I was feeling terrible, thus nothing memorable to offer other than the ability for the hostess to accommodate. Over the next three days, we chose the onboard Italian restaurant, steakhouse, and BBQ/seafood restaurant, all of which were quite good. These are “specialty” dining restaurants, thus an additional charge. Worth it in my opinion. We then decided to give the dining room another chance. They were unable to accommodate a table for just the two of us without an extensive wait time, thus we took a shared table. This was the best thing that could have happened to us! We dined with people from all over the world, each with great tales of adventures at sea and their personal lives. We kept the tradition going and decided to share tables in the dining room each night thereafter and had a blast. The people we met at dinner were mostly fantastic, with a miserable one here and there; still, the experience was great. Entertainment - I will start the entertainment portion of our experience with a few statistics. I suspect the average passenger age on the ship was somewhere in the late 50s, with the median being somewhere closer to the upper 60s, infer what you will :). We chose Princess as we desired to be amongst a mature crowd, we certainly got that here. A good portion of the entertainment onboard reflected this, with a lot of trivia, bingo and the like. A reasonable amount of mature “fun” activities. We also had evening music venues, one with an excellent live band playing everything from Caribbean music to rock, a piano bar, and a full-on nightclub. My only critical comment regarding entertainment would be the time most of the adult entertainment wrapped up early, generally by 11 pm. Additional mature venues going into the early morning hours would have been great. Also, one more critique; Princess offers what is called “Movies under the stars”. Via this, they show movies on deck late in the evening, with deckchairs covered with additional padding and towels offered to stay warm if needed. For the vast majority of the nights, the movies under the stars featured football games. I get it, football is big, and the games were likely quite important; but, I would like to have had the chance to watch a movie at night. I was quite disappointed. People - As mentioned in my dining section, we really met quite a few nice people during the trip. At dinner, while watching the band play, on excursions, etc. As this was our first cruise together, it was great to hear perspectives, thoughts, and ideas from others during our journey. I am reluctant to exchange contact information as I don’t often feel it to be authentic; still, I do hope to see many of them sometime again. We did have a lovely couple we met seek us out on the last night of the cruise to share their contact information with us. I will be in touch with them! Interesting tidbits - I met a woman who worked at the hospital where I was born (LIJ). She may have been working the night of my birth! I met another woman who graduated from the University of Tampa and lives in Sarasota. We talked a bit during dinner one night and began discussing dogs. I told her about Rhaegar and Nymeria, and she knew all about Staffordshire Bull Terriers and how they were different from pit-bulls and American Staffordshire Terriers. I didn’t need to give the “speech”! One of her neighbors in Sarasota is a retiree from England, where he used to breed Staffords. I met a young lady who studied at Brown AND also lived/worked in Manchester, the parish in Jamaica where I spent a lot of my childhood. I met a woman from the UK who loves Kuala Lumpur, her favorite city in the world. We discussed all of the great things about my third home and were both craving a bit of nasi lemak after our chat. We coincidentally ended up at the same dining table twice. I met a gentleman who worked on the ship, he was originally from Mandeville, Jamaica. We talked about the time we spent driving go-karts at Merry Makers, a small racing track and arcade located not too far from our homes. Peeves - “Do you have the package”? My god, there was a package for damn-near everything. For the internet, for alcohol, for soda, for coffee, you name it. What a way to cheapen an experience. In the dining room at night, if you wanted anything besides water, it is literally “screw you, pay me”. While I understand the desire to have folks pay for beverages throughout the day, doing so in the dining room seemed cheap to me. Offering a house wine and soft drinks during dinner would have been more than a reasonable from my perspective. I didn’t go anywhere near the pools, far too many people in each of them, all I could see were giant Petri dishes, yuck. They were so full, I suspect they had to remove some of the water to accommodate all the passengers sitting in them. Yes, sitting; there was absolutely no way to swim given all of the people. Best - 14 days with my wife, no distractions, no stress. Just relaxation and what we wanted to do. Next - A lot of what drove our decision to cruise with Princess was the itinerary. I would have no problem cruising with Princess again during the winter holiday period as there is a more diverse group of passengers, specific to age. I am not sure I would cruise them outside of that, as I suspect the ship may get a bit “sleepy”. Celebrity is at the top of our list currently, for the mixture of passengers we are seeking. Thus far, we are considering three options. Another Caribbean cruise, visiting ports we did not see during this trip. We also came across a transatlantic cruise, stopping in a few interesting places with Barcelona being the final destination. Lastly, we found an option for cruising to cities in Australia and New Zealand. We’ll see, as our preference is to find a holiday cruise, and time is a bit short now as I am back in school. I won’t be able to travel much until 2021 but can fit in a cruise next December. Final note - We just booked another holiday cruise with Princess the day after returning! See you in December :). Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
We chose this cruise because it was a four night cruise leaving front tampa which is the easiest port for us, because it was a Christmas cruise that still gets us home for the big day! From the very beginning it was one pleasant experience ... Read More
We chose this cruise because it was a four night cruise leaving front tampa which is the easiest port for us, because it was a Christmas cruise that still gets us home for the big day! From the very beginning it was one pleasant experience after the other. We found the entertainment to be great and plentiful. Our room steward was super, always keeping us with a bucket of ice from the first day. The food was great for the most part. Our last cruise was on the Princess line and we think their food was better but we never went hungry! The waiter was great and fast and knowledgeable. The ship was beautiful and very clean. It was a smaller ship which we actually prefer. The boarding process was smooth and efficient and the key program streamlined everything as promised! It was wonderful lying poolside in the warm sunshine listening to Christmas music. The staff truly made us feel like there was no where they’d rather be than partying with us! Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
Carnival cruise #29 (4th for 2019) so you can trust my opinion. First I must recognize some of the nicest staff on the seas and off. The folks during embark and debark were very friendly in FLL and all the ship staff we had contact with ... Read More
Carnival cruise #29 (4th for 2019) so you can trust my opinion. First I must recognize some of the nicest staff on the seas and off. The folks during embark and debark were very friendly in FLL and all the ship staff we had contact with was very friendly. We personally like to recognize one of our waiters (Edy) and room steward (Saiful). The new decor is modern and beautiful. This is not a 5-star rated ship in my opinion because Carnival added cabins to decks 3 and 5. This tightens up the commons areas, especially in lido marketplace and the two show lounges. We were never able to see a show in either lounge because they were full with too many others waiting in line. Not sure who was in the room when the decision was made to remove a whole floor in the main lounge to add cabins on deck 3. That said, we stayed in our cabin alot and in Serenity area since there were about 25-30% of passengers under the age of 12. Not the worse way to spend our anniversary, which was made extra special by Carnival's Ambassador John Heald - Thanks John! Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
Chose this cruise for a relaxing, quiet Christmas getaway. Could not have been more wrong. Boarding was short sharp and shiny. Stateroom was excellent, but that is where it ends. Parents unleashed an array of noisey, unruley ... Read More
Chose this cruise for a relaxing, quiet Christmas getaway. Could not have been more wrong. Boarding was short sharp and shiny. Stateroom was excellent, but that is where it ends. Parents unleashed an array of noisey, unruley brats on the the entire ship. Hygene supervision at the buffets was non existent, People were handling food with their hands, tasting it and returning it to the trays.YUK!!! Trying to get food from them buffet was was almost like taking your life in your hands. You would think these people had never seen food, judging by the way they pushed and shoved to get to the buffet. The food was was mediocre to say the least. If there was no salt and pepper, there was no flavor. People were active on the ship until early hours of the morning, as to be expected on a holiday. The only thing to eat was from a pizza servery that had a queue arond the ship, as did the other food servery points, but the whole ship closed at 830 pm, except for the casino. The staff are to be commended for their service. They all deserve a pay rise for their outstanding servive to the passengers. the only saving grace on the whole trip. If you plane to go ashore anywhere, dont plan on going far from the ship. Docking is at 8am, getting off will be at around 11am and you jave to be back at 415pm for the last tender. 3,800 people CANT be accommodated in that amount of time. Save money and DONT buy on shore tours on the ship. They will charge you twice as much. Get a local tour when yiu eventually get ashore, only half the price. In conclusion, this ship is promoted as a floating resort. If that were true, facilities such as food and entertainment would be available until after midnight. If it was a resort parents would be held more responsible in maintaining their children. This ship is not a floating resort. It is an over priced floating caravan park. If you are looking for a relaxing getaway, stay away from this ship. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
Profit enhancement appears to have won out over service and conveniences. After about 20 cruises: with Princess, still cannot get a table for 2 without getting in line to complain. Did they think I was not serious when I request 2-seating ... Read More
Profit enhancement appears to have won out over service and conveniences. After about 20 cruises: with Princess, still cannot get a table for 2 without getting in line to complain. Did they think I was not serious when I request 2-seating every time for more than a dozen cruises? Yes, I mean it, every time. If they cannot honor their request without a dustup every time, at the beginning of the cruise, they should not bother asking. the 10th deck cannot get cool enough. specially at night, the room would not cool down. pre-purchased gifts are not delivered to the room, you have to go get them. so forget about surprising your wife with a box of candy. we like coffee cards. except now, you do not know how many drinks you have left and you cannot any longer carry the unused drinks to the next cruise. desserts are sequestered from reach, you have to ask for them. so the joy of loading up your plate with treats to sample cannot be, not without the inquisitive scornful eye of staff. I do not mind the kids running around all over. but who gave them noise makers? all in all very relaxing pilgrimage we make to the islands about every year end. these are relatively minor complaints. not eating in the dining room is no big deal, and after all, the food there is not so good anyway. basically a cattle call. sabatinis and crown grill the places to go. the food is nice and fresh in the buffet and it is quiet and less crowded. they say about eating places, follow the locals. on board where does staff eat? i saw the captain at the horizon grill. 14th deck. Smart choice. we missed kauai due to weather. that is fine. it happens. you need patience and tolerance when in uncertain conditions. I do this cruise every year. And will again. By the way, princess bedding is terrific, and the tv's are large and have a good variety of programming. all good there. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
Joined dream on 18 dec looking forward to visiting Bethlehem and Jerusalem for the Christmas period. We were on the ship for two weeks supposedly the whole itinerary since booking in September was changed we were not told about ... Read More
Joined dream on 18 dec looking forward to visiting Bethlehem and Jerusalem for the Christmas period. We were on the ship for two weeks supposedly the whole itinerary since booking in September was changed we were not told about Jerusalem and Bethlehem stop even though the ship had been doing this for the last six weeks until we got on board so that the company did not have to refund us or compensate us for yet another change. Our cabin was absolutely disgusting there was vomit on the floor which had less stains on the carpet the beds were soiled with other peoples bodily fluid the head pillows were further soiled with blood and sweat and absolutely stunk after the first night in the cabin I developed breathing difficulties from the dirty tired air-conditioning. We spoke with guest relations manager and told him we needed to leave the ship due to the breathing difficulties I was experiencing thing on board. We left the cabin that day to return to find everything of our belongings were taken from the cabin the carpet been ripped up a brand-new carpet laid and glued down the fumes from the blue further exasperated my breathing problems but as there are no further cabins on board vacant they are unable to move us the ship further even due to my illness could not get off the ship for six days and even then they wanted me to pay for my own flights home when we had £200 in our on-board spend account. They agreed after speaking to their head office that we should pay for our own flights on our card and they would then refund us are on-board credit in cash we flew back to Cardiff and had to pay for hotel accommodation there before we could do our return journey back to London. The food on board the ship was absolutely diabolical the cheapest nastiest sausages bacon thick with fat or collect together frozen vegetables cheap wines and poor quality food chicken still on the bone , stale sandwiches with curled up edges for afternoon tea sausage rolls served warm with no sausage. Every day the buffet service was an absolute feeding frenzy with very dangerous hot serving trays which are sat into a bath of boiling water when you reach into the serving tray the steam comes out and burns you on your wrist and lower arms. The ship overall condition is poor and tired and dirty the rust inside and out is very apparent and the boat creeks and moans when she’s at sea . The pollution that she puts out is unbelievable and the smell of fumes within the ship is disgraceful. The Christmas decorations on board were absolutely pathetic with a small 3 foot blowup Santer being your main feature outside your restaurant door Christmas trees were about 4 1/2 foot 5 foot tall with old-fashioned tinsel and decorations randomly thrown on the tree the whole affect was cheap and shabby. I can only like in the bars and restaurant to a good old-fashioned working men’s club. The pool area even though it was really not hot enough to sit out but not supervised properly and the only thing they had adults could use with a hot tub there are signs up saying that children were not allowed in the hot tub and supervise yet every single day the hot tub is full of children with no adults in sight now we seem to care or do anything about it the ship was full of children with very little entertainment for them on a daily basis.The pool area even though it was really not hot enough to sit out was not supervised properly and the only thing the advice dogs could use where the hot tub is there are signs up saying that children were not allowed in the hot tub and supervise yet every single day the hot tubs were full of children with no adults in sight now we seem to care or do anything about it the ship was full of children with very little entertainment for them on a daily basis Since returning home I have been confined to bed with a lung infection in both lungs having to take antibiotics and steroids daily and rest this has been contracted through poor air-conditioning and is a ongoing serious issue at this precise moment. The ship did organise a private transfer for us to the airport so we didn’t have to go on the coach with the other passages I do actually think as much as we requested this it was probably in their best interest to do this to stop me spreading any kind of infection to other passengers I might of picked up on board the ship I arrived on the ship on the 18th of December fit and healthy. Staff of the ship are way too good to be subjected to what they have to work with there all cheerful smiley bright personable people and way too good to be on the dream. I’m so sorry that I cannot add photographs to this but writing it on my mobile phone it does not give me the facility to upload the photographs of the disgusting cabin and other little treats around the ship Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
We originally booked this cruise intending to spend the holidays visiting Cuba, but when those plans were disrupted we opted to stay on Insignia to visit the Caribbean. We are glad we did. Ports included St. Barths, Martinique, St. ... Read More
We originally booked this cruise intending to spend the holidays visiting Cuba, but when those plans were disrupted we opted to stay on Insignia to visit the Caribbean. We are glad we did. Ports included St. Barths, Martinique, St. Lucia, St. Kitts and San Juan, Puerto Rico. We booked private tours ashore and enjoyed the ports. It was our first time on Oceania, and on a cruise with so few passengers. We were unsure what to expect, but found the experience very pleasant. Due to the size of the ship, there was a lack of some excitement and entertainment options, but convenience, relaxation and service made up for that in our opinion. This is generally not a ship for kids or those wanting lots of options for shows and daytime fun. But, if you want a more relaxing experience, we found there were always plenty of comfortable lounges at the pool, the spa was very nice and there were many quiet nooks to read, including an impressive library. The casino is very small but we had a fun time there nonetheless. The ship was recently renovated and was very nicely appointed. There were tasteful holiday decorations everywhere. Service was excellent. Boarding was quick and disembarking in ports was easy, given there were just over 600 passengers. We stayed in a Penthouse level 3 cabin. It was spacious and comfortable. There was plenty of storage. The bathroom could have been a bit larger, but the shower was nice and storage was sufficient. The TV was very large with an excellent on demand entertainment system. We enjoyed several recent movies during the trip. Oceania keeps the mini bar stocked with non-alcoholic complimentary beverages and provides plenty of drinking water. Service from our butler and room attendants was excellent. Oceania prides itself on food, and we found that to be accurate. We enjoyed meals in the Main Dining, Italian and Steak House restaurants and were pleasantly surprised by the quality of the buffet - breakfast, lunch or dinner. The pool burger bar was an excellent lunch time option with made to order burgers and other sandwiches, as well as a nice salad bar and ice cream. Overall, we were pleased enough with the Oceania experience to book another cruise for Spring on the slightly larger Riviera. For us, we found the overall value good, given that many things are complimentary rather than upcharges, as on other cruise lines: specialty dining, internet, soft drinks, laundry for Penthouse guests. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
This was a group booking of 42 people the cruised with us immediately following our beach wedding. Price: We paid extra to have the aurea experience, and I did appreciate the priority boarding and massage...but the slightly bigger ... Read More
This was a group booking of 42 people the cruised with us immediately following our beach wedding. Price: We paid extra to have the aurea experience, and I did appreciate the priority boarding and massage...but the slightly bigger room wasn't worth it. Service: Awful, disorganized, major language barrier- granted this is an international cruise line but it made it increasingly hard to communicate all the issues our group was having. We had many adult men sharing rooms and were place on 1 queen bed instead of specifying 2 beds. We had 2 people that paid for drink packages and did not get the upgraded package they ordered or it showed they never got one at all. Despite having the best drink package, we were not allowed to "buy" drinks for anyone...kind of a waste for $300. The other drink package doesn't allow you to get any drink over $6....which is every alcohol on board fyi. The beers were $6.50, so either upgrade to deluxe or pass on it. Our mini bar was not stocked and had two half drank bottles of water in it when we arrived. Gross. We were given my choice dining but we still assigned a table at the 1st dining which we did not want. Half our party was assigned to 1st and half to 2nd. When we attempted to sit with our family and were seated by a manager, a waiter came over and told us to move to an empty table despite explaining his boss moved us there for a reason....the waiter did not care. That night while everyone else had dinner, it took 60 minutes to receive our entrees and 90 minutes to receive coffee...only after complaining to a different manager when 2 waiters saw me with my hand up, looked and turned away. Our lunch the next day took 2.5 hours from start to finish. The food is not as flavorful as royal carribean or norwegian and there was nothing anyone was dying to have again. The buffet is not open as much as other cruiselines and is insanely crowded. If you go, be sure to get breakfast at 7am or it will be a madhouse. The pizza and waffles are best at the buffet. No one was allowed in the water due to a storm coming on their private island which is understandable but not when there is not a wave in sight and the sun is still shining. Our guests kept getting the run around on loading money into their accounts and were not permitted to pay off their balances in full which was odd. Most of the staff either did not understand our guests complaints/questions or just did not seem to care that much. Some were generally nice but others were rude. Our room steward was pleasant and kept the room nice....and the dancers and acrobats were good, no comedian, but I guess that is the norm on a shorter cruise. The boat is pretty but it took a few days to figure out the ship and by then we were leaving. They could use more activities on board. Basically, what you will save by getting a whole cruise for under $300 will cost you in other ways and be prepared to be nickle and dimed. I am a relatively cheap traveler, but my guests were very disappointed by this and all the other charges and bad service...not exactly the service you expect at the start of your honeymoon with such a large group. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
We have mainly sailed CCL and wanted to try a different cruise line. We figured a 4 day would give us a good taste of MSC. We originally booked a balcony on deck 9 then decided to bid on the yacht club experience and it was accepted. ... Read More
We have mainly sailed CCL and wanted to try a different cruise line. We figured a 4 day would give us a good taste of MSC. We originally booked a balcony on deck 9 then decided to bid on the yacht club experience and it was accepted. Although it was a costly upgrade it was the best experience. The private lounge, bars, restaurants and sun decks were definitely worth it. The food was not bad at all. We did not go hungry. I did not like the pizza at all. The gelato and the Specialty Coffee was very good. We decided to try the main dining room on the last evening. We were set in a quiet section and were catered to every need. This is because we were Yacht Club. One day we walked through the Calumet buffet fir lunch. While there was a great variety of food to be had and it was laid out in way that you didn’t have to wait in a long line, I was glad we had our own private area to dine. There were just too many people and children to trip over. We watched one show ‘the show must go on’ a tribute to Queen and it was nice. The theatre was large and really didn’t have any bad views. The ship was large, clean and very friendly staff. We would sail MSC again although, I think we would definitely have to sail yacht club. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
The first and foremost part is what let’s the whole thing down. We were forced to leave our baggage outside the rooms at 2am the night before leaving . I complained and said I wasn’t comfortable and I was told their was no option. ... Read More
The first and foremost part is what let’s the whole thing down. We were forced to leave our baggage outside the rooms at 2am the night before leaving . I complained and said I wasn’t comfortable and I was told their was no option. My case and my wife’s case turned up in the U.K. missing a £3.5k work MacBook Pro , 400 cigarettes and several items of designer clothes. The security seals were broken and the locks completely gone . After speaking with other cruisers since back they had the exact same issue with security seals tampered with and missing items. When I contacted TUI they weren’t in the slight bit interested and fobbed me off to travel insurance despite me asking for help in trying to track it down. No ownership of the problem whatsoever essentially means I have spent my last penny with TUI and will be telling people to avoid also. All in all the ship has been updated in the public areas but needs renovation in staircases and cabins. The atrium lifts were always filthy. Most staff are pleasant and friendly on the bars and restaurants but the entertainment staff less so (apart from Manuel and Tom) Restaurants are generally good however it’s very chaotic at times and service can be a little all over the place. My 30 year old wife was served a dessert saying “happy 60th Tony” on the plate. The buffet is absolutely atrocious and is school canteen standards, You would easily find a better breakfast in Asda. Alcoholic drinks are good but soft drinks again are atrocious with the syrups not mixed properly due to old machines and poor mixing. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
My wife and I had a fabulous experience on the Crown Princess. The itinerary was amazing, visiting Princess Cays, Antigua, Barbados, St. Lucia, St. Thomas and St. Kitts. The service on board, including our stateroom steward, the staff at ... Read More
My wife and I had a fabulous experience on the Crown Princess. The itinerary was amazing, visiting Princess Cays, Antigua, Barbados, St. Lucia, St. Thomas and St. Kitts. The service on board, including our stateroom steward, the staff at the International Cafe and the staff in the Michelangelo Dinning Room was excellent. The food was amazing, although the food in the Salty Dog Gastropub was disappointing. We enjoyed the Crab Shack experience. We thought the International Cafe was a great place to grab breakfast and lunch. The morning pastries were amazing! We appreciated all of the things we got to do on board including the two lectures about sharks, the gingerbread making contest and the comedy shows. We took the Ultimate Ship Tour on the final day, which was a great tour, although a little overpriced. The embarkation process was extremely fast. Although there were 3,000 passengers on board we never felt like it was crowded. I will note that the morning fitness center hours were a little limited. It didn’t open until 7 am and you could not use the treadmills until 8 am. That meant that there was a crowd for the other cardio equipment in the morning. I will also add that the drinks seemed watered down. I had straight bourbon, so it was not an issue for me, but my wife had cocktails, which seemed weak. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
This was our first cruise and our honeymoon at that. I’ll start with the positives because it wasn’t a terrible experience: - food was always good: we did the buffet every night except for the last. We didn’t know you could make ... Read More
This was our first cruise and our honeymoon at that. I’ll start with the positives because it wasn’t a terrible experience: - food was always good: we did the buffet every night except for the last. We didn’t know you could make reservations for the traditional dining restaurants. Wish we would have known sooner because the waitstaff and food were magnificent there. -our room steward was amazing. The room was always impeccable and he even folded the clothes we had on the floor. He was too good to us -loved the hot tubs, wish they had more -liked the medallion app for finding my husband when he wandered off to explore (lol!) and for ordering drinks at my chair on the sun deck -the movie under the stars was cool, but the speakers were crackly or muffled for Ad Astra which was disappointing -one excursion was absolutely amazing, being the five star sail and turtle encounter in Barbados. The beach was lovely, we saw so many turtles, and even got to see a shipwreck. So very cool. The beach break in Antigua was nice, nothing overly notable beyond the beach being pretty. The bad: -all our other excursions were either cancelled or severely lacking. It was considered too wavy to do any paddle boarding at princess cays. I probably will never get off on this island again because it’s honestly just boring. The excursion staff booked us on the wrong tour for St. Kitts and Nevis and we were so disappointed once we realized no catamaran was coming for us and we were going on a Nevis tour instead. Pinneys beach looks like a Canadian East Coast beach so not worth spending the extra money to go to Nevis. Our tour guide was also insane. He couldn’t talk and drive at the same time so he would park himself in the middle of roundabouts to talk or perform original songs he wrote. Not only is this mildly annoying because I’m not a music producer looking to discover a tour guide, it’s dangerous because he’s causing traffic jams for no reason, and some cars would get sick of it and try squeezing past. He also tried convincing us to buy his Nevis TShirts so his “girlfriend” or whatever will go on a date with him if he sells so many. It was such a cringe experience let alone being on the wrong tour. -the most disappointing experience was Coral World at the USVI. The description that Princess has mentions nothing more than seeing coral, fish, etc. When we were taken to a dolphin and then sea lion show I was so incredibly angry. I don’t support dolphins or mammals in captivity for entertainment purposes. Under no circumstances are handstands an “enriching” or “mentally stimulating” exercise. Their excuses for what they were doing was flawed. Canada banned having dolphins in captivity for entertainment purposes and I’m sure there are similar laws in Europe. Princess should ideally get it together and stop supporting such harmful excursions, but at the very least be transparent about what their excursions include. Even the controversial parts. When I brought this up with the excursion staff they didn’t care in the least. So I didn’t bother going to complain to excursion staff again about them booking me on the wrong tour in Nevis. -the ship was obviously dated and only had 2 outlets in the whole room. It made it difficult to charge electronics or do my hair at the same time -activities for 25-35 year olds mostly lacking. While we met some really nice people who were 80+, it would have been nice to have opportunities to meet people our age -when ordering room service on the medallion app, the staff would mark it delivered and not show up EVERY TIME. And I ordered 5+ times to see if it was a one off. I had to call to ask them to deliver my order. But was always sensible enough to wait 20+ minutes after the delivered time stamp to make sure I wasn’t unreasonable. It was beyond annoying. We’ll probably ask for a refund for our future cruise deposit. The experience wasn’t remarkable enough to try again. I suggest offering a military / veteran discount instead of onboard credit. The form of ID requested from Canadian military is strange. I suggest looking into real ID requests because CFOne is a program anyone who works at National Defence can sign up for (even civilians) and its not policed in the sense that when they quit or move on they give their cards up. Canadian military do get military ID too ;) Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
used Princess Crown for British Isles cruise in August 2019 and found it very enjoyable. In our December 2019 cruise to the Virgin Islands aboard same ship we found maintenance issues on several days in two different assigned rooms. ... Read More
used Princess Crown for British Isles cruise in August 2019 and found it very enjoyable. In our December 2019 cruise to the Virgin Islands aboard same ship we found maintenance issues on several days in two different assigned rooms. Leaking ceilings on two occasions, our clothing was soiled from leaking directly into our closet; repairs by on board plumbers failed twice. TV needed repair, thermostat refused to function needing repair. In the course of all these issues we began to believe we were certainly not aboard a Princess cruise ship and certainly not the same Crown Princess we had sailed just a few months past in August 2019. Ocean view room requested resulted in room fully obstructed by lifeboat that prevented seeing the island or any of the area beauty; we did see the interior of the lifeboat. The Production Shows and the Anytime Dining in the Michael Angelo Room were outstanding in every respect, and the ship's decorations for the Christmas celebration were memorable! Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
This was a last-minute(ish) decision to go cruising somewhere guaranteed to be warm & intetesting over the Christmas break. Iglu was offering a decent package at a competitive price so we went for it! We'd not been on a ... Read More
This was a last-minute(ish) decision to go cruising somewhere guaranteed to be warm & intetesting over the Christmas break. Iglu was offering a decent package at a competitive price so we went for it! We'd not been on a Princess ship before and were pleasantly surprised by the overall standard of entertainment, the informal yet classy vibe, mix of fellow cruisers (mostly 50+ age group but also with some intergenerational family groups), the general presentation of the ship and service provided by the staff. Our balcony suite was very good, with lots of wardrobe space (which suited my partner!) and a reasonably private balcony area (on deck 12 forward) where we could relax and enjoy the warmth of the tropical climate, whilst sipping a drink and being serenaded by the gentle sounds of the ocean as the Sapphire Princess cut majestically through the benign, blue, ocean waves. The onboard entertainment was excellent, apart from the comedian, who was awful. Matt Baker (the Ents Director) was superb. The dance troupe were a highlight. Food was great and the anytime dining option worked well for us. We also took advantage of the excursion programme to visit various places, including two stops in Vietnam, Bangkok, Kho Samui & KL. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
We chose this cruise to celebrate our anniversary. We've had good experiences with Princess in the past, and we liked the itinerary for this cruise. This was our second Christmas cruise, the other one being a couple of years ago ... Read More
We chose this cruise to celebrate our anniversary. We've had good experiences with Princess in the past, and we liked the itinerary for this cruise. This was our second Christmas cruise, the other one being a couple of years ago on Celebrity Silhouette. Overall, we enjoyed this cruise (we always do), and I will try to give a brief rundown of what we found to be the pros and cons of this particular cruise. Pros: Although the Crown is showing her age, it was still quite well maintained. We had a mini-suite on the Dolphin deck (9), which was quite spacious, and the extended balcony provided space for foot rests. Also had a 3-cushion sofa, as opposed to the old love seats. The cabin steward was great, and the rest of the staff was extremely friendly and eager to please. We had a favorite bartender (William) on our Royal TransAtlantic 2017 cruise, and he was on this cruise as well. Great to catch up with him. The fridge was ice cold, compared to those on previous cruises (all the lines we have been on, including Princess). The Medallion worked great for us. Embarkation seemed well organized, and we boarded in a fairly short time. A HUGE highlight of our cruise was the Chef's Table. It was SPECTACULAR, and well worth the $190/couple uncharge. Now for the cons: My mattress was severely broken down, and I slept not a wink the first night. On the second day, they stuck a piece of plywood under it, but that didn't improve it much. They finally replaced it on the 3rd day. The TV in the sit-in area (where we preferred to watch it) worked sporadically. Our cabin steward rebooted it several times, but it still wasn't right by the end of the cruise. We had a free perk of a Balcony Champagne Breakfast, which looked lovely and plentiful, but was not hot and not especially good. We were grateful for it, but we wouldn't have paid the $45 uncharge had it not been a free perk. We were disappointed that there was no religious service (ANY Christian denomination would have been OK for us). We were told that the Cruise Director was doing something, or we could watch the Pope on TV at 1:00 PM. Maybe I'm being too picky, but we found the Christmas decorations lacking; probably because we were expecting something similar to what we had on the Celebrity Silhouette Xmas cruise (They did it up to the NINES). Disembarkation was a nightmare, because people opted to do as they pleased instead of proceeding as they had been assigned. Since we live near the port, and had left our car in Park 'n Go, we were stupid not to just wait until everyone was off and then just make our way off leisurely and drive home. We signed up for two Princess tours. The one to the Mount Gay Rum plantation, Signal Hill and the orchid garden was very enjoyable. The other one was St. John on Your Own", and it was basically a ferry from the ship over to St. John and back. The bad part was that we were lined up next to the ship in the hot sun for 1/2 hour, and then marched a long distance to an old tub of a boat (the name on the stern was half worn off, and it looked like a death trap to me). They were packing this mob into it. By then, we were the last ones in line (we are 74 & 78 years old), except for two elderly ladies behind us. We opted to drop out, rather than spend 45 minutes each way, packed into that enclosed boat. In fairness to Princess, they did refund our money, assuring me the "Nobody died today" (LOL). By far the biggest gripe we had about this cruise was the decline in the quality of the food since we started cruising with Princess in 2012. As I said earlier, the Chef's Table was magnificent. We also ate twice in the Crown Grill. The first time, my husband found his fillet (ordered medium) to quite dry, while my lobster tail was very good. The second time, his steak was good, but I was unable to cut up my bone-in sirloin. The big strong Maitre's saw my predicament, and cut up my meat for me, for which I was happy to tip him. Must say it was very tasty. However, my point is that we found the quality of the food has declined across the board. The MDR was the worst. The first night, the prime rib was very good, but one night I ordered a Cornish Hen that was not even browned, and was completely inedible. The turkey on Christmas Day was dry and tough. The pizza by the pool was still good, but the outside grill is nowhere near what it used to be. This overall opinion was shared by many passengers we spoke with. I will be the first to admit that I am a food snob. We like to cook, and it doesn't always have to be high-end, but we would rather stay home than eat sub-par food. We now have 47 days on Princess, and have pretty much decided not to progress to Platinum. We're booked on a Celebrity cruise in March, so we'll see how that works out. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
We were excited to take this cruise because we wanted to visit the Amazon. Additionally friends had told us how wonderful Regent Cruise lines is The shore trips were marginal and poorly executed. The guides were extremely ... Read More
We were excited to take this cruise because we wanted to visit the Amazon. Additionally friends had told us how wonderful Regent Cruise lines is The shore trips were marginal and poorly executed. The guides were extremely inexperienced and lacked knowledge The best bird sightings were at the zoo in Manaus. Not what we expected. The food was barely average. It lacked creativity and the ingredients were sub-par. We were told that the Italian food was the chef’s interpretation of Italian recipes. Since the chef was German, the interpretation was far from true Italian cuisine. The seafood was “fishy” tasting and sauces were offered on all meats, mostly to disguise poor flavor. Additionally the included wine selection was extremely poor and mostly 2018 red wines. We have cruised many different cruise lines and can honestly say from what we have been told Regent did not perform up to normal standards The specialty restaurants had inferior quality meat supplies. Very disappointing! The staff made the only redeeming difference in what otherwise was a very dismal Cruise We would not recommend Regent to anyone. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019

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