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This cruise was at a time when my husband and I needed desparately to get away. His father had died after a long illness and then 7 months later my mother passed away with an extended illness. We just needed to escape it all and we did. ... Read More
This cruise was at a time when my husband and I needed desparately to get away. His father had died after a long illness and then 7 months later my mother passed away with an extended illness. We just needed to escape it all and we did. The one major issue with this cruise was the parking. it absolutely sucked. we thought the garage we were parking in was supposed to have people there to help us with our luggage and nobody even helped us figure out how to get to the registration area for the ship. signage was nonexistant and we almost missed the cruise it took us so long to find it. We cruised out of New Orleans and thought once we got thru Marti Gras traffic we were home free not realizing it was going to take us another hour. Even getting off the ship to the parking, the attendant told us we were supposed to take a shuttle but no one once told us there was a shuttle to the garage. take the parking mess out of the trip and it was wonderful. Spend a lot of time in the Irish bar and had a blast with the bartenders there. We didn't go on any excursions because we wanted to just completely relax and we did. There was plenty of deck chairs at the pool in the sun and in the shade. It was great. The debarkation went really well, probably the best we have ever experienced. Service on the ship was great. Food was good but we never think the cruise food is exceptional ....it was good tho. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
We chose the Oasis of the Seas because we wanted to try one of the larger ships in the RCCL lineup to see how we would like it compared to the medium class (like Vision of the Seas). We were not disappointed at all. We had a Crown Loft ... Read More
We chose the Oasis of the Seas because we wanted to try one of the larger ships in the RCCL lineup to see how we would like it compared to the medium class (like Vision of the Seas). We were not disappointed at all. We had a Crown Loft suite and the experience was Outstanding. Great Suite service & Costal Kitchen staff made the experience a 15 on a 1-10 scale. Obviously the room was pretty fab all by itself and it really felt like an "apartment" on the seas and we spent a lot of time on our deck and loved our views and the amenities of this suite class. Having the Costal Kitchen within a 2-3 min walk from our room was outstanding and the food and staff service was Outstanding. If I could get this setup on all my trips I would do this is a second, no-brainer. We also really like the Central Park experience, walking around in the open air, stopping for a bite to eat or glass of wine (we did the Wine Tasting at Vintages...would definitely recommend this one:) or grabbing a great dinner at Chop's. The Boardwalk and Promenade areas offer great options as well for other food and shopping. We got some nice watches at Regalia and even added to Tiffany's bottom line so you have some really good options to choose from. We didn't use many of the services onboard so you might ask why did you go for the big ship?? We did use all of the Suite services and having a private area to grab some sun, get a drink or dinner without fighting the crowds of 6500 of our "friends" onboard was very nice so we did not feel overwhelmed by the size or number of people because of these services. That was very nice and really helped with the experience we wanted for this very special Birthday trip. The ports were good and we liked the private beach in Haiti, with the nice lunch this was perfect. Easy access to the boat so it was great. Jamaica we just did a little shopping which was right there at the dock so it was a easy off, shop, and back on and then taking advantage of all the other services onboard or just hanging out on our deck. perfect. Cozumel is our favorite port with great shopping and you must hit Poncho's Backyard for some lunch and they have some shopping there as well. All in all we have a perfect time and a great vacation. RCCL is a quality product / service and one we plan to take advantage of again and again. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
My husband and I took our first cruise alone without family or friends. Wanted a romantic get away. Because we have always sailed with Royal Caribbean and our last ship was Oasis we decided to try the sister ship Allure. We were really ... Read More
My husband and I took our first cruise alone without family or friends. Wanted a romantic get away. Because we have always sailed with Royal Caribbean and our last ship was Oasis we decided to try the sister ship Allure. We were really disappointed in how the quality has really slipped since we took our last large ship cruise with Oasis in 2010. We have taken many cruises on smaller ships but because the Oasis was so good we chose Allure. There was no welcome drink as you stepped onboard as in previous times. The food in the American Icon was very boring. Our waiters weren't consistent, and it would take up to 60 minutes for a table for two to receive our entre . We were lucky to be able to have a table alone, which we requested as we didn't want to sit with strangers. One of my most anticipated things about the cruise was a relaxing breakfast off of our private deck overlooking the ocean. We set out our request for breakfast between 7:30-8 AM. Got up a little early in case they came at 7:30 and they didn't arrive until 8AM and the food was so cold, the toast was the texture of cardboard. Very disappointed. We did order room service once more on our last night for supper because the ship was moving so much due to strong winds and I wasn't feeling my best so decided to eat in room. It was hot and very delicious and portions were great. The Windjammer was always too busy. We arrived one day early to get in for lunch and again instead of letting you in to find a seat, they make you stand and line up to wait. No rhyme or reason again. We went to breakfast at Johnny Rockets one morning and it was wonderful. Chose a seat out on their patio. Service was so good we decided to try again the next morning. Totally different story. We were first to arrive, and it was a cooler morning so decided to eat inside. We had to wait 10 minutes because they won't let you in until 8AM sharp. They seated 2 other couples ahead of us even though we were there first, ( not a biggie) but when we hadn't even had our order taken after 10 minutes and others were getting food that came in later was annoying. Our server, was a little Asian girl that couldn't speak english so struggled to take our order before asking another server to do it. We had to wait to get an order of toast after the meal came because it was forgotten and we had to flag down another waiter for coffee. It took 3 servers to give us coffee. Another disappointment. My husband and I loved to use the hot tub which was wonderful for my arthritis. The first two days were great. At times it would be crowded and we would have to wait. Day 3 we started to notice the tub didn't look cleaned. By day 4 it was awful, as this was one that overlooked the ocean, it was a favorite for everybody it seemed. I noticed there was mold in the corners of the steps. and there was something floating around my feet, it was a tissue or napkin. We thought it may have just been dropped from someones drink. Day 5 we started noticing brown flakes of something floating around the tub, still giving it the benefit of a doubt we stayed there for a few minutes until my husband noticed them clinging to my shoulders. We got out immediately and didn't use that tub again. We weren't into many of the activities so can't comment on them. We did go to the water show and the comedy show. The comedy show was amazing and the water show was as well. Only complaint was the water show was cancelled after everybody lined up for half an hour because they won't let you take a seat until it is on the dot according to their watch. If you line up early as you must if you want a seat and you have a bad back or disability this waiting is really frustrating. No reason for it at all. So saying all that, after 3 days we finally got to see the water show and it was great. Again, I must really comment on those nasty line ups. There shouldn't be line ups for shows. If you arrive you should be able to be seated. There are people standing there to check your reservations, so why make people wait. Doesn't make sense. They still have the roped off areas for VIPS so it shouldn't make a difference when you are seated. Royal Caribbean STOP making people wait to get into the shows when there is literally no need for it. We went to Nassau and St Thomas and St Maarten. Nassau was a disappointment because we only had 4 hours at port. So couldn't really do much except walk around a bit. The "sales" that they advertise daily on the ship are not sales. everything is an upsell. They make you wait until there is a huge crowd and again on the dot with the watch, they get people psyched up for great deals. They are not great. Before you purchase, price the item on Amazon or other sites or at port. Our room was adequate for size, and we loved having our bed by the patio door. Loved the breeze at night with the door open. Our stateroom attendant Sheldon did an amazing job. Always friendly and willing to help. The embarking and disembarking were a breeze. Very well organized. Would I sail with Royal Caribbean again?,,,, We will try one more time but maybe on the Harmony. If the quality hasn't improved we will try another cruise line. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
We had a 50% refund coming from NCL because of a delay and problems encountered last year, after the Pride of America was refurbished in San Francisco and headed back to Hawaii. We had a suite on that cruise, and picked a balcony for this ... Read More
We had a 50% refund coming from NCL because of a delay and problems encountered last year, after the Pride of America was refurbished in San Francisco and headed back to Hawaii. We had a suite on that cruise, and picked a balcony for this one, which was free except for taxes & port charges, and gratuities for the drink package & 3 specialty dinning. We picked New Orleans because it was an 8 hour drive. One small problem, our anniversary happened to fall during the last weekend of Mardi Gras. We stayed in Biloxi for 2 nights before the cruise, and had no trouble getting to the cruise port Sunday morning. NCL kept calling and texting saying to come early.The roads were crowded coming in from the east, but made it with no problem. Checked out of Biloxi hotel at 8;15am, got to port and checked in at 9:30, but had to wait until 11:30 to board. Some cruisers were not so fortunate, though. I heard some didn't make it because of Mardi Gras. We have been to this area of the Western Caribbean twice before, but had to use our NCL refund, which was expiring after 1 year. After our Hawaiian cruise we were 1 night short of the platinum level. Then the platinum level was raised slightly, but we got into platinum level after this cruise. That will be good on our 10 day NCL cruise this fall out of New York to Quebec City. The Harvest Caye NCL private island was new to us, and probably to most every one else. We rode the trolley over and walked through the few shops they had there. Swam at the beach, but a lot of sea weed floating in. The pool was nice. Stayed a couple hours then headed back to ship to eat and drink. NCL lets you use your cruise card to charge anything at Harvest Caye. Nothing is free - except swimming in the water. Only NCL tours allowed here - no outside "cheaper tours" to choose from. Coasta Maya was also new to us. There were a lot of shops there, but mostly selling the same things. There was free internet at this port. Walked around for a while and got on trolley back to ship. Coxen Hole Honduras has a small area of shops right where the ship docks. This is the only place where we purchased anything, wooden coasters, bowls, and hot plate pads as gifts for our family. We have gotten them for our self on past stops, and really like the wooden items. Pretty colors of wood and very useful. Cozumel, what can I say after 10 visits here. That place has gotten more crowded and more commercial over the years. I think there was 8 cruise ships docked in port with us.We walked around looking and listening to the vendors, then headed back to the ship. Our Cruise Critic Group kind of fizzled out once onboard. There were probably only 12 ? (some coming late), that showed up for the Cruise Critic Party, given by NCL on our first sea day. The NCL Officers outnumbered us, which was embarrassing! NCL went to a lot of trouble setting this up. Only 6 showed up for the slot pull. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
I chose this cruise because of the many places we would stop, and it was the best decision I ever made! The service was exceptional, especially from Santanu, my waiter, and Ronal, my butler! My favorite hangout was on the 9th deck, at the ... Read More
I chose this cruise because of the many places we would stop, and it was the best decision I ever made! The service was exceptional, especially from Santanu, my waiter, and Ronal, my butler! My favorite hangout was on the 9th deck, at the bar, and the staff there is by far the greatest, funnest group of people ever!! They are simply amazing! I didn't ever want to leave! Everything on the boat was awesome, and the food was very good as well! There were also many other activities including a basketball court on the top deck under the stars, a really exciting race car simulating a real race, a nice casino, with a lot of neat games to play, and a cigar bar next to it, if you smoke, that's easily accessible. The theater was beautiful, and spacious, and the audience even got to vote on the winner of a "Voice" show. The next cruise I go on will be with Costa Deliziosa for sure!! Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
I chose this cruise for the itinerary and to try a different cruise line. While the itineraries were decent (Harvest Cay was over crowded and dissappionting), the ship was a teeming mass of humanity with insufficient design and amenities ... Read More
I chose this cruise for the itinerary and to try a different cruise line. While the itineraries were decent (Harvest Cay was over crowded and dissappionting), the ship was a teeming mass of humanity with insufficient design and amenities to effectively handle the number of passengers. EVERYTHING was overcrowded and lacked any degree of relaxation. Insufficient pool space and lounges for sea days and all evening attractions were centralized which led to massive crowds and the need to reserve spots for the entertainment. Unless you were willing or able to pay an upcharge at the specialized restaurants every night, the primary dining facilities were crowded and service was slow and unattentive. You felt like you were part of a mass production process. Menu's were uninspired and food quality and portion sizes left much room for improvement. The buffet was the same every day and of average quality. If you wanted smoke salmon with your bagel, you had to ask for it as it was hidden away. The service was adequate, but cold and impersonal. Since gratuities are automatically added to every charge and your cruise bill, there seemed little incentive for the staff to go above what was minimally required. No one tried to make our cruise experience "memorable". The ship was definitely new and well maintained, but poorly designed to diffuse the mass of passengers. Shore excursions were rather expensive and pretty uninspiring. We had an inside stateroom as we are hardly ever there but it was adequate and kept clean. Sorry NCL, but you didn't convince us to give you another try. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
Loved the itinerary. Loved 4 ports and only 2 seas days. Balcony room was outstanding and Rosevelt our room steward was awesome. We ate in many venues including 3 specialty venues. Los Labos, Cagney's and Le Bistro were all great, ... Read More
Loved the itinerary. Loved 4 ports and only 2 seas days. Balcony room was outstanding and Rosevelt our room steward was awesome. We ate in many venues including 3 specialty venues. Los Labos, Cagney's and Le Bistro were all great, but we also loved our dining in the Venetian. Our waitress, Christina was the very best and the food was very good. The buffett had a great variety and was delicious. We especially enjoyed O'Sheehan's for lunch several times. The entertainment was top notch. The final farewell show was awesome and I've never seen the senior staff do more to say good bye. Loved the shows. The cruise director, Gio, and the hotel director, Tony, were the very best we've ever experienced. Roel, the concierge, treated us like royalty. We do the same thing every stop in Cozumel, Fury Catamaran Snorkel, it's wonderful. We did a dolphin adventure with Anthony's Key in Roatan, what a great time and worth every penny, and YaYa Beach in Costa Maya, also a wonderful visit. We did not do an excursion at Harvest Caye. Embarkation and disembarkation were vert good in spite of Mardis Gras traffic!!! We did have a little excitement early Thursday morning due to an electrical issue in a cabin near us. The staff and crew responded quickly and professionally to take care of things. We cannot say enough about the crew and staff onboard the Norwegian Dawn!!!! Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
This was my 13th cruise with Norwegian and my 5th on the Breakaway. I chose this ship because it was a local trip for me to get to the ship, as I live in NJ. We were at the pier by 9:30am (because we had to depend on a ride into NY who had ... Read More
This was my 13th cruise with Norwegian and my 5th on the Breakaway. I chose this ship because it was a local trip for me to get to the ship, as I live in NJ. We were at the pier by 9:30am (because we had to depend on a ride into NY who had prior commitments later in the day). It took a total of 20 minutes to check our luggage at the curb, go thru security and then check in. I was on the ship by 11:45am, with full access, including our stateroom. Normally, you have to wait to get into your stateroom, but as I said, we went right in. The only issue of taking a cruise in colder weather is that you lose the first day sailing and the last day coming home. Since our room was a spa mini suite, we had access to the spa, which normally cost $199 per person for the week. While we did not eat at the buffet at all until the last day, we had breakfast and the breakfast food was very good. They had several different stations with the same food. We of our dinners in the Specialty restaurants, as we had the Dining plan for nights and as a Platinum member, they added more nights, one of them with a bottle of wine. For the first time, we ate at Ocen Blue, which is an ala carte restaurant. While the food was amazing, the bill was $100 and there were no drinks involved. While I agree that it was pricey, the meal was amazingly good. They changed the menu at Cagney's. I ordered surf and turf and the fillet mignon came with 3 pieces of shrimp on a skewer. I was expecting lobster. So, I asked the server if this is what I ordered and she said it was. I feel that she thought I was complaining because when she came back to our table, she brought another skewer with shrimp and 2 glasses of wine on the house. This meal was really good as well, but I was expecting lobster, not shrimp. If you like French onion soup, order it at Le Bistro, as this item changed also, but I think the change was for the better. Its always a great experience at Tepanyaki for us, but somehow I felt the "show" they put on while they are cooking was one of the best I had seen. We also ate at La Cucina. While it was good, its not my "favorite" on the ship. We took the Behinds the Scenes tour and I have a new found respect for the people who work in the laundry facility. They are extremely hard-working and while the process seems automated, there is still a lot of manual bending and lifting. Overall, I love NCL and am booked on another cruise in July. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
My husband and I are in our late-ish 40s and we loved our short 7 days on Silhouette celebrating our 20th anniversary. We sailed to Eastern Caribbean from Fort Lauderdale. This was our second cruise and first time on Celebrity. Our first ... Read More
My husband and I are in our late-ish 40s and we loved our short 7 days on Silhouette celebrating our 20th anniversary. We sailed to Eastern Caribbean from Fort Lauderdale. This was our second cruise and first time on Celebrity. Our first cruise was on Royal Caribbean's Independence of the Seas with our older child and friends four years ago. While we really enjoyed that first experience this was even better! We still prefer more private, longer and child-friendly land beach vacations in the Caribbean (3 Grand Cayman and 2 Tortola/BVIs trips over the holidays), but for a quick romantic getaway from winter New England, Celebrity can't be beat! EMBARKATION was a breeze for us as Concierge passengers. We arrived at the port around 11 am, dropped off our luggage and were on the ship within 30 minutes tops after that. When we stepped onto the 2nd deck, there were crew members serving complimentary champagne and others were on hand to purchase the ubiquitous drink packages and specialty dining. We made only one reservation for Murano for that same night at a good discount. Then we walked around for a bit to see the ship and went to the Customer Relations desk to inquire about the INTERNET package. I was not sure back home if we'd get a better rate when aboard and decided to wait, which had turned out to be a mistake. If purchased prior to sailing, it would've been $214 for unlimited Internet for one device for the cruise duration, but we ended up paying $249 on the ship that day. I had to have it to keep in touch with our two daughters and my mother though. After a quick lunch in the buffet, our veranda CABIN was ready by 1 pm. We found it spotlessly clean and larger than the balcony room we had on RCCL. It would still be cramped with two more people, but for a couple it was more than sufficient. The bathroom was noticeably roomier than on RCCL. The mattress was very comfortable as well as the pillows (and usually I have problems with the latter being too large and hard). The location of our stateroom 1052 was great for peace and quiet, and a quick run up the stairs to the Fitness Center and Solarium. Our room attendant Effrim was very attentive and cheerful. He found an extension cord for me (with the help from our Concierge Anastasia, who was always pleasant and helpful when I had any questions) for my bedside table fan at night, since there are no electric outlets by the bed on this class X ships (a notable cabin design flaw, IMO). Our dinner at MURANO on the first night had exceeded our all expectations. We both had one of the best meals in our lives there. The service was impeccable with dishes appearing seamlessly without any undue interruptions. Our server was genuinely cheerful and pleasant, and an expert at her tasks. I think her name was Taliana or Talynna. For starters we had a Mushroom Cappuccino Soup, followed by a complimentary little shrimp dessert, which brought us to our entrees - I ordered their Duck over French Toast, and my husband had savored his Rainbow Trout, both absolutely delicious. This was followed by the complimentary dessert plate of little marmalade sections with a pistachio macaron in the center. For a main desert I ordered a soufflé (which was baked to perfection) and my husband had a crepe with vanilla gelato and special sauce, which was prepared table-side for him by our server. It was quite a show! He said it was the best desert he'd ever had. I don't know how we managed it, but at the very end we tried samples of some high-end cheeses. I think Camembert and one of the goat soft cheeses were my favorite. This was truly a meal to remember. With the service being consistently attentive and excellent, the food at MAIN DINING ROOM was a disappointment during our second and third sailing nights, on the other hand. It was not up to par to the MDR food at RCCL, with food lacking flavor and meats/fish being too chewy or dry. I was contemplating trying to find another table for us at Murano for our fifth dinner, but then luckily we had a great meal on our fourth sailing night, and it got only better from then on. Duck L'Orange, Classic Salmon and Lamb in Phyllo Pastry were all stand out entrees for me. My favorite dessert was their Baked Alaska. We had Select Dining and I've made online dining reservations from home for around 6 pm each night and there was no wait to be seated a single time during our cruise. We even got window seats three times, and other two times we were sitting close to the window next to a retired couple from SC, who were very pleasant to talk to. So it has worked very well for us. We do not drink alcohol and didn't get a drink package, so I can't comment on that. We ordered ROOM SERVICE breakfast our first morning on the ship, which arrived promptly, was yummy and warm, devoured by us while relaxing on our spacious balcony. It felt like I was in heaven! The rest of our breakfasts and lunches on sailing days were at the Ocean View Cafe BUFFETS, which had a slightly better food selection and quality than RCCL's buffet. It was crowded during a couple of peak lunch times, especially on our last sailing day at their Grand Buffet Lunch (with all the desserts quite a sight!), but overall it was an enjoyable experience with plenty of variety, including Asian, Indian, Russian blueberry blintzes, and even a delicious African pineapple chicken stew for lunch one time. There were a lot of vegetarian choices as well. On sailing days and one port day (we've been to San Juan before and chose to stay on the ship for that stop) we enjoyed jogging on the open air track and working out at the FITNESS CENTER (for about 2 hrs total each day), which was very similar to the RCCL, with plenty of weight machines, cardio equipment and good selection of free weights. I wish I had this much time to spend on working out at home! It was a treat to be able to do it with my husband as well. The EVENING SHOWS were great. We enjoyed all their production shows, Tenors of Rock, and both of the comedians. We were always able to get good seats (you can't make reservations for shows on Celebrity and it's not needed), and walked out of only one show on the last night. That ventriloquist performer was not very entertaining. The cruise director Sara was very pleasant and upbeat and did a great job with evening shows. We loved our time at two of the remaining PORTS, with St Thomas stop being a highlight of the whole trip, as I posted an invitation on our Roll Call thread ahead of time to share a boating charter with us from STT to STJ via "St Thomas Boat Rental" (highly recommend them!) out of Saphire Dock on St Thomas. Two couples have responded right away and we all had a wonderful day swimming with turtles at Maho, snorkeling and enjoying the Trunk Bay Beach, and snorkeling and having lunch at Caneel Bay on St John. During dinner we heard that at least one of the ship excursions to St John was cancelled that day due to choppy conditions (they were taken to Water Island or somewhere else around St Thomas instead), but we managed to have a decent day of snorkeling on our own in more sheltered spots around the island... In St Maarten we booked a taxi in the port first thing in the morning, and went over to the French Side to Grand Case Beach, where we spent almost 6 hours lounging and swimming, and eating very good lunch at Rainbow Café. DISEMBARKATION was a cinch, with us getting to a taxi within 20 minutes of leaving the ship around 9 a.m. We had a JetBlue flight back to Boston at noon, but could've made it for an 11 a.m. one easily. OVERALL, it was indeed a more upscale and relaxing experience than on Royal Caribbean, with zero screaming kids by the pool (we saw a dozen kids at the most during the whole week and they were all very well-behaved), more elegant and understated decor, and plenty spots for peace and solitude. The ship didn't feel crowded at all, with the exception of the Muster Drill (unavoidable) and sometimes at lunch at the buffet. We wouldn't even mind coming back with our daughters in a couple of years when the younger one is a bit older, as we saw some pre-teens on the deck one night doing a scavenger hunt of some sort and they told us they loved their kid's club. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
This was my spouse and my second cruise aboard the Viking Sea in four months. We had such a wonderful time on the first cruise, we couldn't resist the promotion to take another. The Viking Sea is like a luxurious boutique hotel on the ... Read More
This was my spouse and my second cruise aboard the Viking Sea in four months. We had such a wonderful time on the first cruise, we couldn't resist the promotion to take another. The Viking Sea is like a luxurious boutique hotel on the ocean. The ship's common areas are numerous and unmatched by any I've seen. The staterooms are nicely appointed and comfortable, with heated floors in the spacious bathrooms. Customer service aboard the ship is incredible. And one of the advantages of sailing the same ship is you get to sail with many of the same crew and staff, with which you have already developed a relationship. It was somewhat of a comfortable reunion. The itinerary of this particular cruise included stops in Valletta, Malta, Tunis, Tunisia, and Algiers, Algeria....exotic places I never thought I would visit. These ports of calls/excursions were very exciting and culturally enriching. Other stops included Cagliari, Italy, Valencia, Spain, with disembarkation in Barcelona. Although the Viking Sea is considered a small ship, accommodating a little over 900 guests, the number of quality entertainment options and activities are astounding. Absolutely lovely cruise! Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
Was on the Journey’s cruise 14 days from Tampa ending in Baltimore. This is my 8th cruise with Carnival and have been on NCL and RCCL. I have done a 15 day to Hawaii with Carnival so we kind of knew what to expected. Wife and I are late ... Read More
Was on the Journey’s cruise 14 days from Tampa ending in Baltimore. This is my 8th cruise with Carnival and have been on NCL and RCCL. I have done a 15 day to Hawaii with Carnival so we kind of knew what to expected. Wife and I are late 20’s, early 30’s. I think we only had a handful of people in our age group and almost no kids on this cruise. Most passengers 50+ or even 60+. Having some issues on past Carnival Cruises (missing Maui Twice) I do go into these longer ones with less expectation. I am happy to report most of my expectations were met or exceeded. Ship - The ship itself is 15 years old but in most cases it does not appear that old. The interior upkeep from both the common spaces to the cabins was above what I was expecting. Staff are always cleaning and they must be doing a good job upkeep the ship, it at least appeared so. We did have an extended balcony and I could comment the balcony could use a little refurb. The wood flooring was showing its wear. Also paint splatter everywhere…. But for the age, she is in good shape. Crew - Our Cabin steward Jessica was the best we ever had. Kept our cabin clean, towels fresh, etc. Thanks for taking care of us Jessica. Dining Room Staff, our Asst Waiters were excellent, our head waiter, blah, I found him disorganized and slow. If the head waiter let the asst waiters do more, I think we would have had better service. Saying that, the service was not bad, just slow. Overall all, all common area staff were friendly, including bars, lido buffet and elsewhere. Steve the cruise director was everywhere, not being my top pick CD, he did a good job. I should also say the Maitre’d Ken was excellent too, first time in 8 Carnival Cruises the Maitre’d talked to us younger cruises (and he did 3-4 times) Food – The Pride has the American Table menu. This is the first time I had American Table. I am happy to report, the food was good to even excellent. I have noticed an improvement from the last few ships. Breakfast at the Lido Buffet breakfast was better than Seaday Brunch/Dining Room breakfast. Lunch was either Guys Burgers or Taco/Burrito from Blue Iguana. All in all, I think Carnival is improving the food, or the staff on the Pride are at least doing a good job. Entertainment – This is one of the places Carnival has always failed and continues to fail. The playlist production singer/dancers are not good singers or dancers. I find the singing is usually out of key/tune or they are over singing. The dancing is also off sync most of the time. Also playing pre-recorded tracks is just plain awful, bring back the live band. The other issue is the shows are the same ship to ship. Since this was 14 days they bring on some headliners. Usually that’s exciting but I have seen them all before on another ship. Juggler, ventriloquist, sideshow guy, illusionist, I have seen ever single one of these acts within the last 3 years on Carnival and they were the exact same show. One act that Carnival needs to stop bring on the ships is Bobby Borgia illusionist, his act in my opinion is stale and has been the same for years. I love the Comedy on the Spirit class ships, as the do not clear the room. Your able to spend the entire night watching Comedy. That being said, first come, first serve. You have to make sure you are 30-45 mins before the first show, or you wont get a seat all night, you have been warned. Diane Ford is one of the best comics I have ever seen, Carnival needs to keep her coming back. Issues – We only had one issue which was rectified. We booked 14 months in advanced and had Confirmed 6pm (early sitting) dining. When I looked at our Sign and Sail card it was listed as YTD (Your time dining). The issue is with most people being over 60, everyone wanted to eat early. Not sure how I was bumped from confirmed to YTD. We like to eat at 6pm, see the main lounge show and spend the night at the comedy club. I went directly to the Maitre’d station. At first they said, nothing they can do but to be put on the waitlist. The next day in our mailbox, we got a table assigned via a letter from the Maitre’d. Overall this was a good cruise, a little boring for the 20/30 somethings. We like the brand new shinny ships. Would I go on a 14 days Journeys cruise again with partial Panama Canal? NO, I would not. As much as I love the Spirit Class ships, I will stick to larger, newer ships. I already have the Vista booked for December. One added detail, be prepared for a lot of Platinum and Diamond cruisers on these sailings. Over 50% were Platinum and Diamond and I never heard so many people yell out “ but I am priority”. I also found a lot of the guests were getting sick (colds) towards the end of the sailing. Tons of coughing and sneezing. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
As first time cruisers, on the biggest ship, we did not know what to expect. Whether you come in by car, taxi, or shuttle you get in the same line as everyone else. The lines are long,but the entire process of going through customs, and ... Read More
As first time cruisers, on the biggest ship, we did not know what to expect. Whether you come in by car, taxi, or shuttle you get in the same line as everyone else. The lines are long,but the entire process of going through customs, and then going upstairs to get in line again by group to get your ID/pass for the week goes smoothly and takes about an hour. Then you make your way into the ship and go to the elevators to find your room. If you were smart, you either changed that morning or brought clothes with you to change into. We went right up to the Solarium Bistro after checking out our room and found it easy to get lunch with plenty of places to sit. The food was great. Make sure you sign up with a group on cruise critic because they have an embarkation day get-together before leaving port, which is a great way to meet people and ask any questions you may have from people who have sailed before. The muster drill went well and only lasted about an hour. The captain does not speak until all guests are in their muster stations and accounted for. This was the longest part of the drill, probably because our meeting spot was just down the hall from our room. Leaving port was cool. If you had a room on the starboard side of the ship you got to see all the people waving goodbye to the ships leaving Port Canaveral, there were 3 ships that day. Dinner on the first night was in one of the main dining halls, called American Icon. The line of people without reservations was long so book early for my time dining. They ask you every night if you want to be alone or if you would join a group. I would highly suggest joining another couple or a group as it gives you a chance to meet people you may not otherwise have a chance to meet. Dinner conversations were memorable, and it was great to reconnect with the people when you saw them during the cruise. WHAT WE DID NOTICE on the first night and have not seen anyone else talk about was the movement of the ship. I am not saying it was a problem, but be aware that even though this boat is huge you can feel it move if the weather is rough. Made the trip more interesting, and didn't seem enough to get anybody sick. There is so much to do on the ship, don't try and do it all - there is not enough time. Look through the daily planning guide and pick the things that interest you. If you can, pre-book all the big activities like the ice show and the water show, they fill up fast. We found that the service was great, from the cabin cleanliness, to the friendly staff at the dining halls. Every employee we talked to was friendly and helpful. The ports were great for shopping and eating. Be aware that shore excursions can be cancelled because of weather or because not enough people have signed up. So we suggest having a couple of alternate options/ideas just in case. Disembarkation on the last day went as smooth as can be, you get sent off the ship in groups where you get your luggage and get in line to go through customs. We rented a car so all we had to do was find our shuttle to the rental office when we got outside. We booked out trip through Costco travel, they have great prices and often have cash back in the form of a gift card, and sometimes some other free perks. It may take some research but we found it easy to plan our own flights, hotels and rental cars. So if you have the time go for it. We plan to take another cruise in the future and try out some other islands in the Caribbean. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
This cruise was a Christmas gift for my wife and I for our 30th anniversary. We were not sure what to expect. We could have not chosen a better cruse line or ship. The Oasis of the Seas will not disappoint. Here are 5 things you should ... Read More
This cruise was a Christmas gift for my wife and I for our 30th anniversary. We were not sure what to expect. We could have not chosen a better cruse line or ship. The Oasis of the Seas will not disappoint. Here are 5 things you should know as a first time cruiser: 1) Packing: You do not need an entire wardrobe. pack rather lightly but take one or two pair of dress clothes and a tie for the men. 2) Shopping: The items on the ship are pricy. Great deals at the ports of call. At Labadee do not go near locals. They would not give me back my change! 3) Use room service. it is free. You will enjoy visiting the many food venues but enjoy a morning or late night on your balcony. 4) Stay disconnected! You can buy internet access but take the opportunity to disconnect from work, friends, email, social media. Make it a real vacation. Relax.... You will be offered a deal on internet access a few days before the end of the cruise. If you must, you can connect then. But at least take the first few days to put down you phone and computer. You will feel the stress melt away. 5) Plan an excursion. We did not because we wanted to experience each town we visited. I must say that I did not feel comfortable outside the port walls in either Jamaica or Cozumel. I wish I had signed up for an excursion. You can swim with dolphins, raft down a river and climb waterfalls. The added bonus is that some of the excursions are a couple of hours drive from the ship which means that you get to see the town as well as the countryside on the way. I would not consider this an honest and objective review if I did not share a couple of potentially negative comments. 1) Plan on $110 parking fee for leaving your car for a week. I know this is typical and similar to an airport but it still stings. 2) Food is usually good but not quiet as good as I expected. I realize they are cooking thousands of meals each day but even though most of the food was very good, I did get a couple of disappointing meals. But good news, just order something else. You can have as many as you wish. 3) My wife had a spa treatment on the last day and the spa gave themselves an unapproved $20 tip..... Maybe that is customary but I felt it was a little tacky. I truly hope this helps you if you are a first timer. Do not hesitate if you are trying to decide. It is a great time. The ship is huge but you will eventually find your way around. If you are worrying abut getting sea sick, for the most part you can barely feel the ship moving. We did have one day of 10-17 foot waves and the ship was a little unstable. My wife got sick for one day but got over it quickly and it did not negatively impact our trip. Our next cruise will be the Eastern Caribbean. I hear the ports are a little nicer. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
My wife have sailed throughout the Caribbean since the early 1990's. Originally on the old Windjammer fleet, later on charter catamarans. We tried the Diamant with Island Windjammer last year out of Grenada and really enjoyed it. ... Read More
My wife have sailed throughout the Caribbean since the early 1990's. Originally on the old Windjammer fleet, later on charter catamarans. We tried the Diamant with Island Windjammer last year out of Grenada and really enjoyed it. Our trip this spring on the Vela was equally great. The ship and the crew are top notch. The crew knows the ship, the islands and demonstrated great customer service. The cabins were clean, neat and well maintained. The food was excellent. The visits to shore were well planned and with very good guides (if you chose to sign up for the tour options). The captain new the best snorkeling spots and was always on top of the weather conditions. The sailing was great including a couple evenings with strong winds allowing the ship to show what she could do under full sail and steady breeze. The ship was large enough to find some space for yourself if needed. The mix of guest background also made the trip enjoyable (which we have found to be the case on every trip we have taken like this). We will definitely be back on an Island Windjammer when time permits. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
The February cruise: You know how excited I was for my first cruise with my husband. I don't know if I ever told you how that cruise went. It might just be about the third worst vacation behind having to go back to port for damage ... Read More
The February cruise: You know how excited I was for my first cruise with my husband. I don't know if I ever told you how that cruise went. It might just be about the third worst vacation behind having to go back to port for damage to the ship from an act of G-d or illness quarantine. It was pretty bad. So, you know, I got a special offer the week before the cruise to upgrade us to a balcony room for $125, I agreed to it and was quite excited. The lady assured me I would receive my luggage at the new room and told me I would receive new luggage tags via email. I was told even if I did not receive the new luggage tags, or did not put them on my luggage, it would still be brought to our room because they would be able to scan my passenger info and it would come to the right room, that the information would pop up when the luggage ticket was scanned. So we went to our room when the state rooms were opened to the passengers. The luggage wasn't there and we knew to give it a few hours for the luggage to get there, so we waited 2 hours or so and asked a porter we saw in the hallway outside our stateroom and we were brushed off. We waited another hour or so, probably 90 minutes and asked again. At this point, it was getting close to dinner time and I needed something nicer than my shorts and T-shirt. I don't think I had packed anything fancy in my carry-on. Maybe something smart-looking, but not a nice evening dress. We got brushed off again, an answer along the lines of "we're too busy to go look for your luggage." My husband was the one who asked about the luggage from the porters. We had been brushed off twice. So my wonderful husband went to get the luggage for us, he went up to where our old room was supposed to be and found it in the hallway up there. It took him less than 15 minutes to leave and return with it. I think I had also mentioned to you that someone else probably got our champagne and strawberries that you were so kind to have offered to us. We asked about it and they were brought to our room a little later. No big deal. It would have been impressive if it had been waiting for us. So, you also arranged a surprise for us in the cabin, I didn't know what the surprise was, but it wasn't there. I didn't know if the room would be decorated or what... but I did ask about room decorating while I was on board... Almost everyone at the customer service desk swore up and down that state-room decorations were not done by Royal Caribbean and they had no answer when I would pull out my phone and show them that I could purchase the decorations online to have my stateroom decorated. Eventually, they did deliver a souvenir bag to our stateroom, that was pretty nice of them- that was quite after the fact, though and after a while at the guest services counter. We often got the wrong passenger day planner in our state room, I suppose for the passengers that had been booked to our stateroom prior to my buying the upgrade. I don't know who was putting the schedule in the door, but they didn't get familiar enough with their passengers traveling with them for a week to put the correct schedule in the door. We just threw it away, no big deal. You know I was so looking forward to being able to go to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. This vendor expo had rented out one of the 2 parks. We didn't know this ahead of time. We went to eat at a restaurant which took an hour to go through and didn't do any rides in the first park and planned to take the train to the other park and then come back to the first park. The one ride I wanted to do and had been on my list for years was in that first park, "Island of Adventure" I think. I really wanted to do the Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey ride. When we tried to take the train back to the Island of Adventure at about 5:00, we were told we would not have enough time to go ride our ride and were politely encouraged not to waste our time going back to the first park as it was scheduled to close soon for a private event. Royal Caribbean had not control over Universal, so I can't fault RCI for it and I don't. I guess it would be nice if you guys did know that kind of stuff and were able to tell us, it'd be nice, but it probably isn't realistic. So it felt like a waste of money to buy a ticket to both parks. So Universal offered to send us passes to the one park, but we would not be able to buy a park hopper pass to go to both parks in the same day, which is the whole point of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter... it spans 2 parks and it's kind of pointless to just have the one park admission. Then we went to the private island, it was amazing, as you know. CocoCay. So they were doing this thing where you had to book these premier tender boat tickets or something and we waited for a few hours to take the tender to the island. It was a pretty ride. The island was pretty cool. Except, the beach wasn't too well groomed and so I was going to the umbrella rental hut, and I caught my toe on some concrete or something and I tore the front of my toe open in a flap, called an evulsion. I had intended to rent an umbrella. But now my primary concern was my toe and not getting sand in it so I wouldn't get an infection. I gave up and started explaining to the umbrella guy in Spanish that I needed a bucket for my toe. It was funny, he and his co-worker were at the stand and they both told me to put sea water on my foot and to keep sand out of it, which I understood, but how do you do that at a beach? So I was asking if there was a bucket or something, because otherwise, I would walk to the water, clean it and then it would get dirty again walking back to my chair. We decided to call it a day and went back on an early tender boat so we wouldn't have to wait in a long line in the sun. I had been using sunblock at Universal Studios and Coco Cay. Next day, it was Nassau. I made the mistake of getting my hopes up by going to the jewelry lectures by Jaqlyn in the "red shoes." I am a smart shopper and should have known that those jewelry stores would be a rip off and would not have the great deals she was bragging about to all of us passengers. I wanted to believe it. Jaqlyn saw me on the side walk going back to the ship and she was kind of being pushy about me opening my wallet to spend money on something I did not think was worth spending my money on. I wanted to find that piece of jewelry that spoke to me that I just had to bring home, but I didn't find it and she was encouraging me to buy something I didn't want for too much money and basically encouraging me to be irresponsible with my money. Like I am just a dollar sign or a profit... While we were in Nassau, I was careful to stay in the shade and air conditioning to try not to get sun burned too bad or to get heat exhaustion. I even wore a large hat. I ended up getting a mild case of sun poisoning, but no worries, the next day was a day at sea and I was able to just stay in bed and order room service. So, every day, I would put the "please make up room" magnet on the door. We would leave, go to breakfast and browse the ship, and then maybe come back and change into our swim suits and the room would not be made up. We would leave again, leave the magnet up, go to the pool for a while, come back, the room would still not be made up. Maybe we would change and go to lunch, same thing. I was careful to at least pull the covers up on the bed and make sure my clothes and other things were stowed so the room wouldn't be a disaster for whomever was cleaning our room. I believe the rooms are supposed to be made up twice a day, right? A light cleaning, and then a turn down service at night. I loved the towel animals and my husband asked about the towel animals and they said that they only do the towel animals every other day. I know they do take a minute or two to make, but I feel like if there was a guest, and seeing that towel animal really made them happy and made their day, why would you refuse something that simple and easy for your guest? Was I expecting too much to expect my room to be made up in a timely fashion (a few hours- not the whole day) and to have towel animals and the normal things, or things I thought were normal? I told my mom about this stuff and she just kept saying, "It's not Disney." I don't think that's a fair answer to RCI or the guest. By the 5th day I was just so disappointed with just about everything falling just short of my expectations, it all added up though, when you have just a little something disappointing like that every day. I tweeted Royal Caribbean and that's when things started getting a little better, by day 5. Then our room was made up and stuff like that. But 5 days to get your act together? I think that's a little too much time on a 7 day cruise. So, the guy at guest services felt bad about a lot of this and offered me a pedicure at the spa. I knew the girl that did my pedicure wouldn't receive her commission/credit for it so I got a gel manicure and tipped her. That's all fine and good. We had the internet package, and I happened to see that I had well over a thousand dollars, like $1,300 on hold on my credit card. Then my husband went to pay down the sea pass a little, they took his credit card and put a $450 hold on his card too. I know pending holds fall off, but it does affect your available balance to use and we might not have been able to get out of the parking garage. We ended up having to use a completely different card than what we had originally planned because our funds were tied up in pending holds. I brought this to the attention of the people at guest services and they didn't know why or how it happened. We even sat in the office of the financial officer lady of the ship and she didn't know what happened, she figured it must have been her junior financier that had made a mistake or something. Any who... let's rewind to one of the last nights we were on the ship, we wanted to go to Wonderland, because it was delicious and we wanted to bring some friends we had met on the ship and enjoy dinner with them. This huge table of crew members sat near us. They were some what distracting, very giggly and loud. I completely believe the crew should be allowed to enjoy what ever amenities on the ship. They are not servants that are supposed to be invisible. They are people and they deserve to enjoy the good food. It was like 45 minutes before we even got the first course, and I had to talk to the hostess about it. Our reservation was at a certain time. My husband and new friends were finishing up a game of trivia and I went to check in at dinner. They seated us late and marked our arrival time even later than we had arrived. So when I brought up that we had all been there about 10 minutes after our time to check in for our reservations, but I had made sure to be on time, they were trying to tell me it had only been about 20 minutes after seating us, but it really hadn't been. It had been longer, it was just marked in the computer wrong. I had checked my watch and phone. Any who. My friend was feeling queasy from not getting food on time. She is one of those tall skinny types that can get hypoglycemic quickly. You never expect to go to a restaurant and sit for 40+ minutes without something to snack on. You go to a restaurant to eat and because you are hungry. So then, after all of this... we get home and I had to reconcile the Sea Pass. It was so messed up that XXXXXXXX even had trouble making heads or tails of it and we both crunched numbers for days. I did the financial work and arithmetic to try to reconcile the Sea Pass. It took her a few days too. About a week later, she and her colleague had come up with a number close to mine. I told her I didn't care about a few dollars here and there and since we were close in numbers, I didn't care, let's just close the matter. She said she had never seen something like this before. I believe her. I don't mind the pending charges, it's just that the pending charges were so arbitrary and excessive, they ended up almost being triple what the room charges were. So the lady at Executive Guest Services at corporate (not XXXXXX) She made a comment that people normally just wait for pending charges to fall off and they normally don't call Executive Guest Experience. At the point I was just dumbstruck. I refuse to believe that those types of pending charges are normal, especially since Laurel had said they were not normal. To feel "poopoo-ed" by some one in that department, especially after her manager had confirmed that it wasn't normal... So they did issue that 10% off based on my original cruise ticket base price toward a future cruise. But they could not find the upgrade and the other lady (not Laurel) was a little stand-offish about that too. Finally, XXXXXX offered us on-board credit to try to offset the price of the upgrade. Also, I know there was a "bring a friend" promotion when I bought the ticket. My mom gave us a $50 gift for our cruise in on-board credit. They could not find a record of the promotional credit and told us when more than one type of credit is involved, it gets complicated and they were unable to offer the promotional credit. They asked for proof of the promotional credit in an email or something. So there is another thing that they had messed up that we were trying to get fixed on day 1 on the ship and they couldn't resolve it. And all though it was an act of G-d, we hit 2 squalls, which hitting 2 is just bad luck. We hit one leaving Cape Liberty and one on the way back. Squalls where people were taking videos off their balcony and posting them to Youtube. The waves were bad enough that the captain took the ship to deeper water off course to try to give us a smoother ride and protect the ship. The ship was almost late back in to port, which you know is a big deal to even cut it close. Cruise ships profit from being timely. Being late costs lots of money and could even delay if the ship can leave from Cape Liberty because of the clearance on the Verrazano-Narrows bridge. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
We chose this cruise because we liked the itinerary so we could visit Malta, Corsica, Sardinia, Tunis, and Algiers which are not normal destinations for cruises. We also wanted to sail with Viking ocean to compare it to our other luxury ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we liked the itinerary so we could visit Malta, Corsica, Sardinia, Tunis, and Algiers which are not normal destinations for cruises. We also wanted to sail with Viking ocean to compare it to our other luxury cruises. It was superb. The common space is separated by glass partitions to provide a sense of privacy but with an open feeling--definitely not a cave. The use of light colors in the decor gave a lofty feeling, the multiple textures including the caribou furs in the upper most lounge made it feel nordic, the 2-story video wall with Grieg's background music was mesmerizing. The food was delicious and beautifully presented with an attentive wine steward and wait staff. There were many tables for two for romance, but close enough together so as to be able to strike up lively conversations with your neighbor. We have travelled on many cruises, on many lines, and many luxury lines, but this was the BEST. Even the rain we experienced during this February voyage was ethereal. I loved having a FREE cruise ship excursion in every port even though we often chose a different one. The cruise and ship and personnel were amazing and Viking has set a new (high) standard for cruising. Bravo! Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
We chose this cruise as a short getaway and to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary. Embarkation and debarkation were as smooth as wine as long as you belong to the top tier Crown and Anchor Society. The ship is perfectly made not ... Read More
We chose this cruise as a short getaway and to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary. Embarkation and debarkation were as smooth as wine as long as you belong to the top tier Crown and Anchor Society. The ship is perfectly made not too big, not too small and very smooth on the waves. We chose a balcony cabin on deck 7 which was located somewhat forward of midship. The ships crew is fabulous, friendly and attentive to your needs. Royal Caribbean has implemented their Royal Service Program and it shows. Every public venue looks ritzy and inviting. The dinning venues were excellent, especially their Windjammer was perfectly designed were no congestion was noticed on any day. Their food selection was fair, however their pizza needs to be replaced with the real thing. Even though they made their doug on board, it still taste like it came from a box. The clientele on board were mainly very matured and well mannered, and the few children were well behaved. The guess entertainment on board were average like any other, but in my opinion they need to expand their production shows. I would definitely sail again on the Brilliance on a longer itinerary. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
We hadn't travelled on Royal in a very long time. We fell in love with Celebrity, and didn't really want to do anything else. However, Tampa is just a short drive from our home, and we wanted a shorter (5 day) itinerary. So, ... Read More
We hadn't travelled on Royal in a very long time. We fell in love with Celebrity, and didn't really want to do anything else. However, Tampa is just a short drive from our home, and we wanted a shorter (5 day) itinerary. So, here we were. Parked just off the port for 9 dollars a day, very worth it, shuttles were plentiful. Arrived at 10:45, were on the ship by 11 a.m. Super smooth embarkation. Cabins weren't ready immediately, which was fine, we did a little exploring of the ship. She isn't a huge ship, which I loved, and though she had lots of fun things for kids to do, we didn't see a whole lot of them. Plenty of nooks and crannies to get away from the rest of the crowd. Lunch in the Windjammer was typical buffet, so we enjoyed it. We decided to get the beverage package, and that was a good thing. Most drinks were in the $10-$12 range, so it paid off for us. I need to say right now, Brilliance's staff is, well, brilliant. Seriously the friendliest group on sea. We felt like we left family on board when we left. We have cruised many times before, but never have enjoyed the crew as much. So the misses: Smoking in the Casino meant it floated up through the Centrum Lobby through the middle of the ship. People smoking on their balconies. Ok, pet peeve of mine, I watched both my parents lose their lives to lung cancer, and do not want smoke wafting over my balcony. Trying to track the folks down didn't happen, but if and when I see it on a ship, I will say something. Key West Shore Excursions - A total mess. The transportation that was supposed to take the excursion guests were sent to the general population, which meant standing around for 45 minutes, and then being stuffed into the Conch Train. It wasn't a comfortable 90 minute trip at all, so it was a disappointment. Dining: Not sure Dining Your Way is working. We were able to make reservations, but service was often very slow. The food was either really good, or not. Bathroom: Some kind of engineering/maintenance problem had ours smelling like a waste plant. Noticed it right away, our steward did his best to mask the odors, but when we were asked at the end of the cruise about it, we mentioned it again. Bravo to Royal, the front desk manager called that night, and actually compensated us a bit, which I was NOT expecting. Did ask them not to put anyone else in that cabin until they have it fixed. Finger's crossed for the next guests. Fitness Center - Plenty of machines, but classes were limited and charged for. Plus: We did a stretch class with Hermes (ouch), and a latin class with Riannon. Both were poolside, free, and awesome). Thank you, Hermes and Riannon! Entertainment: We didn't ever make the shows, I am sure they were fine. Better entertainment could be, and was found, in the Columns Bar. Two nights we were "treated" to an obviously over served guest. who made it very uncomfortable for us, so we didn't stay after the first night. Plusses Riannon, Hermes, Allelle, Joel, Katerina, Igor, Elizabeth and Osbert. Some of the best crew we have ever come across Very close to elevators and stairs Never a super long wait for elevators when we did use them Very smooth cruise Drink service was fast and efficient Kids area was separate from adults Solarium was a perfect place to have a little peace and quiet. Self Assist Disembarkation: AWESOME! Literally were off the ship in 15 minutes, and out to the curb in another 5. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this option. We would do this location again, this cruise ship again, but Key West was only ok, and this was our third time visiting Cozumel. Kind of done with it. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
Always wanted to cruise on Queen Mary 2 and experience the legend, Cunard and the past splendour of a transatlantic ocean liner. It was also my first cruise. Sailing from Sydney to Tasmania - return seemed a good way to enjoy this ... Read More
Always wanted to cruise on Queen Mary 2 and experience the legend, Cunard and the past splendour of a transatlantic ocean liner. It was also my first cruise. Sailing from Sydney to Tasmania - return seemed a good way to enjoy this experience. The QM2 sailed from Sydney to Port Arthur, Hobart and return to Sydney. From the moment you board QM2, you are taken to a past luxury and the best of British sailing history. The ship is truly large, beautiful and an experience to do at least one in your life. Staff were always friendly and always able to help you. Service is a hallmark of the QM2, so is the dining experience and entertainment. Tenders to Port Arthur were well organised and presented with no problems. Major Likes: The Veranda Restaurant - you have to book early to dine at this signature restaurant, but the service and meals were truly wonderful and the price extraordinary value. Food at all the ships dining establishments was good. Entertainment was refined and so was dressing formal. Everything about QM2 is grand. Things to be aware of for maiden passengers: QM2 is not really a shopping mecca. There is a handful of stores and except for the two stores, the others are very upmarket and expensive. Also be aware that when buying on ship (like all ships), they pre-approve funds from your account and it can take 7 to 10 days to clear from your account once the bills have been processed. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
Celebrity Reflection is amazing. Excellent service, entertainment, food, shore excursions and activities. This was our first Celebrity cruise and we were pleased. The only criticism we have is that we were celebrating our 50th ... Read More
Celebrity Reflection is amazing. Excellent service, entertainment, food, shore excursions and activities. This was our first Celebrity cruise and we were pleased. The only criticism we have is that we were celebrating our 50th wedding anniversary. We chose a night to celebrate, marked it on the registration form, etc. Nothing happened that evening. We stopped at guest relations to ask what happened. The attendant looked through our records and acknowledged that there had been an oversight. She guaranteed us that they would help us celebrate that evening at the Opus. (Dinning Room) This did not happen. We were disappointed. Special recognition goes to the singers, dancers and aerialists in the cast. What a talented group! Also, Sue, our cruise director did a fantastic job of keeping us informed. Thanks Sue! Katalina, a Casino dealer, was amazing. My husband did a bit of gambling Katalina was our dealer two times, yet, when she passed us in another area of the ship she remembered our names. That made us feel special. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
We paid for the upgrade to the "waves club" and were not siddapointed.. Our hostess Josianne was an amazing lady - so friendly and accomodating in every way. The staff in the Waes lounge were the same. We were treated like ... Read More
We paid for the upgrade to the "waves club" and were not siddapointed.. Our hostess Josianne was an amazing lady - so friendly and accomodating in every way. The staff in the Waes lounge were the same. We were treated like royalty all the way. The food was fantastic - not what we were expecting on an all inclusive cruise - a large variety of different things in the two main restaurants and dinner was al a carte everynight in the restuarant on the 7th deck. our cabin staff who cleaned the cabins everyday were helpful, friendly and very polite. We had cabin number 1024 and only had one problem. Every day at the same time we had a loud vibrating noise that was pretty loud coming from the floor below us. at first we thought it was the AC but it turned out to be something mechanical in the ceiling on the floor below us. We had to call the front desk to get them to sort it out. we had to call every day. that was the only complaint until the end of the cruise. They lost one of out bags in between taking it the night before disembarkation. When we docked at the port we were taken off the boat to go through customs to get our bags. we were there for almost 2 hours looking for our bags. The coach wa delayed to the airport and we almost missed our flight. we got the the airport at the time of boarding and it was busy. we had to be rushed through the line ups to be ablet oget on the flight. up until them we had an amazing cruise. everything was perfect. but the losing of our luggage was someting that completely spoiled our holiday. whenever we think back about this amazing holiday we will always have a bad memory of them losing out bags. All the souveneirs that we bought and the gifts for our families were in the lost bag.. very upsetting. but the cruise itself was fabulous. the excursions were very well co ordinated and all were exactly as described. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
We cruised late February on an Eastern Carribean itinerary on the Magic. Fog delayed docking by several hours but Carnival handled it well, even though we received the delay email when we were almost there. My wife and I both agreed that ... Read More
We cruised late February on an Eastern Carribean itinerary on the Magic. Fog delayed docking by several hours but Carnival handled it well, even though we received the delay email when we were almost there. My wife and I both agreed that this was one of our best cruises ever as far as the Ship and itinerary were concerned. After reading some of the other reviews we were amazed that we were on the same ship! We loved the Magic. It's a big ship but we never felt crowded. The ship was in tip top shape and the crew was friendly and cheerful. Loved our cabin steward, Putu and our waiter Oscar in the main dining room. They are both professionals and proud of the quality of service they provide. Meals were good in the Main Dining room and very good in the Steakhouse and Cucina de Capitan. The entertainment in the main theatre was outstanding! The quality of the dancers and singers and the productions were the best we have ever seen on a cruise. We went to the Comedy shows almost every night. The comedians were, with the exception of Dan Manzini, very funny. This was a new itinerary for us and we enjoyed all ports. We did not book any shore excursions through Carnival. We booked locally for our excursions except for San Juan, where we explored on our own. We loved Grand Turk. We did a snorkel tour with Grand Turk Diving and spent the remainder of the day on the beach at Jack's Shack, a short walk from the pier. The place has a real laid back island vibe. All in all this was an outstanding ship and cruise and we would happily repeat it again. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
We really did have a great time and if it weren't for the fact that we've cruised on Celebrity multiple times before and are aware of some perks that they've taken away recently, I would have rated this a 5-star experience. ... Read More
We really did have a great time and if it weren't for the fact that we've cruised on Celebrity multiple times before and are aware of some perks that they've taken away recently, I would have rated this a 5-star experience. The staff was outstanding, the cleanliness was impressive, the food was great, and really everything went very smoothly. The entertainment was good although I would have liked to see a bit more variety in the shows rather than just the Celebrity cast, the comedian, and the singer. Other ships have had more unique shows that we couldn't stop talking about (like jugglers, ventriloquists, magicians, or talents you've never even heard of). On the down side, all of those in our group who were experienced with Celebrity noticed a list of perks that were missing from previous cruises: *no more free sushi in the buffet - it's now only at "Sushi on five" at a-la-carte pricing *no more food sculptures or food art anywhere onboard throughout the cruise *no more special event nights on the pool deck (like the chocolate fountains and food art) *no more linen tablecloth set-up on the balcony with room service *no more towel animals in the stateroom *significant reduction in higher-end liquor availability Now, none of these lost perks are deal breakers by any means and like I said, we all still really enjoyed the cruise. My guess is that they've made cuts to some things in order to offer so many all-inclusive drink package "specials" where basically all guests are now able to get the basic drink package for free when booking. So, that's a reasonable trade-off. Guests (including myself) are probably simply willing to have fewer of those perks if it means unlimited drinks. If that's the case, I can't really blame them :-) Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
This was our 13th cruise with NCL and our 3rd cruise on Epic. The other 2 cruises on Epic were in the Mediterranean, this was our 1st Epic cruise to the Caribbean. We found this cruise to be a quite different. The venues were all a lot ... Read More
This was our 13th cruise with NCL and our 3rd cruise on Epic. The other 2 cruises on Epic were in the Mediterranean, this was our 1st Epic cruise to the Caribbean. We found this cruise to be a quite different. The venues were all a lot more crowded especially O’Sheehans and the main buffet. Our cabin location on deck 13 was awesome; mid-ship with the extra large angled balcony that allows an amazing view; we spent a lot of time out there! Never been huge fans of the wave cabin layout, especially the horrendous bathroom design, but for two people it’s not that bad - probably crowded for more than two. The bed was comfy but way too short. We prefer the sofa near the balcony model we had on a previous cruise as it seems to give more room to move about. Our room steward, Susanto, took great care of us for the entire week. No complaints; the cabin was kept well stocked and clean - with a smiling face and cheerful manner at all times. Thanks Susanto!! The Shrimp Cocktail and Prime Rib at Cagney’s was delicious. At La Bistro, we tried the Mushroom Soup and the Beef Tenderloin; excellent as usual. At both of these restaurants, the service was top notch. In the main dining, Manhattan Room, we found the food very good as well and the service was great - thanks Pablo and team! We loved O'Sheehans on previous cruises, but on this cruise, it was always crowded and took forever to get our food – they appeared to be understaffed. The menu has been changed, no more prime rib nights and a few other things. However, the bartenders here were very attentive as were those in the casino bar and the buffet bar. The casino host, Cristina, deserves special mention. A very professional yet fun person, she made our week when she sent special birthday treats to our cabin for hubby’s 60th birthday. NCL also did a great job decorating the cabin as a birthday surprise. Took advantage of one of the spa specials for a massage and facial. Jelena was super; I think I may have fallen asleep at one point; it was that relaxing! Really felt good after that hour of pampering. We had another great NCL cruise thanks to some excellent crew members and we still like Epic; but she is getting a little tired in areas and we probably will not sail on her again in the Caribbean as the itinerary is quite limited. Looking forward to our next NCL adventure in May. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
This cruise was my very first cruise of what I hoped would be many. However, my experience on this ship was horrible. It was simply was overcrowded. When we (four of us) ate in the main dining areas we walked around with our trays for ... Read More
This cruise was my very first cruise of what I hoped would be many. However, my experience on this ship was horrible. It was simply was overcrowded. When we (four of us) ate in the main dining areas we walked around with our trays for fifteen minutes looking for a table to sit at...and sometimes we couldn't sit together because of the outrageous amount of passengers. This trend (overcrowding) was a killer when we tried to get lounge chairs by the pool, which was a joke if you didn't claim your spot by seven am. Then if you left you chair for ANY amount of time other passengers would try to seal your spot. The trend also was apparent when we waited for an elevator...most of the cars were jam packed and you had to wait and wait or take the stairs. Then finally when we disembarked at the Port of Miami we needed to get to Fort Lauderdale airport and the lines were literally over half mile long and did't move an inch for over a half hour. When we were to board the bus to the airport we were asked for our voucher from the ship in order to get to the airport. Well, this was the first I've heard of a voucher for the free shuttle. I asked where I could obtain one and was told I had to request one on board the ship prior to disembarking. Well it cost us sixty dollars more for the free shuttle. As I said this was my first cruise and this trip on the Norwegian Escape turned me off to cruise lines probably forever!!!!!! Read Less
Sail Date February 2017

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