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We chose this 7 day cruise to try out Princess again after sailing many years with Holland America Line. HAL has decided to remove their Big Production Shows and replace them with BBC Earth and we have found it not fulfilling enough, ... Read More
We chose this 7 day cruise to try out Princess again after sailing many years with Holland America Line. HAL has decided to remove their Big Production Shows and replace them with BBC Earth and we have found it not fulfilling enough, especially while being on a 36 day cruise not knowing ahead of time about the cancellation of the shows. Having a movie of a musical in the big theatre just doesn't cut it We were blown away with the activities and entertainment on Princess. Princess also has Medallian Class on some of their ships. It is an incredible device that you wear instead of carrying a room card. You download the Medallian app for check in, order drinks or a meal from it and a server will find you. Also as you approach your cabin your door will unlock and lock when you walk away. We are coming back to Princess now. Just loved being on the Royal Princess ship. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
I chose this cruise as a replacement for the MSC Seaside due to negative reviews. It was my 30th anniversary so we wanted to visit the Southern Caribbean out of San Juan. We stayed 3 days prior in Culebra then flew to Ceiba the morning ... Read More
I chose this cruise as a replacement for the MSC Seaside due to negative reviews. It was my 30th anniversary so we wanted to visit the Southern Caribbean out of San Juan. We stayed 3 days prior in Culebra then flew to Ceiba the morning of our cruise and drove to San Juan. This was our first time as Elite status which we achieved via RCCL Diamond Status. So we were very excited about the unlimited drinks from 5-7 and the free laundry. However, the added bonus was the delicious cafe mocha in the Tuscan Grille every morning. Due to the port intensive cruise with only 2 sea days, we chose an inside cabin on deck 11 (1126) which was very smart. Not only were we right above the windjammer, we were near an elevator that no one ever used. It was very easy to get off and on the ship during port days. The cabin was a normal sized inside cabin. What I really liked about the cabin was 1. the door on the shower (no shower curtain!!!), 2. the amount of USB ports to charge our phones, the amount of outlets to charge other things and the fact that they were right next to our bed!! 3. The amount of storage space for our clothes (2 closets to hang items), 4. Shampoo, conditioner and body soap in the shower!!! 5. A light in the bathroom so that you can see when you get up in the middle of the night. And 6. Very comfortable pillows and bedding. We ate at the windjammer the entire time other than 1 night in Sushi on Five (good), 1 night (our anniversary) in the Tuscan Grille (extremely slow), one lunch in Qsine (very good) and 1 dinner in Le Petit Chef (good and clever!). In the windjammer, the bread was excellent, the wok station was great, pizza was good. They had a nice selection of vegan, gluten free, desserts, cheeses, ...etc... And the ice cream was delicious. The seating was comfortable and spaced well. Tables were always cleaned. Unfortunately I did not see my friend the Coffee Man on this cruise. I have been on the Summit 5x and I really missed him this time. The gym was nice and never crowded. Treadmills and ellipticals were always working. There is a separate room for the classes now which is really nice. The pool area is always busy with activity. We didn't go there much. We spent our time on the 4th floor promenade outside if it was a port day. We tried the thalostherapy but its just too hot in there. The bars were very quick with giving us our drinks. The waiters in the Sunset grille got to learn that we liked our coke zero with dinner! And we always tried the elite drink menu drinks which were tasty. We did do one ship excursion to Bequia from St. Vincent which was not good at all. Beautiful place but not as advertised and too many people on the catamarran. Embarkation was about 15 minutes from parking lot to our room. We were allowed to go in and drop off our stuff. It was around 1pm so we were a little surprised since the rooms weren't ready until 2pm but hey, np! I am still on the Summit now but I wanted to type this review while everything is fresh. I am really pleased with the staff and the ship. I highly recommend this ship! Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
The Princess Sea of Cortez Cruise was outstanding! The ports of La Paz and Loreto are not visited often and remind me of what Puerto Vallarta and Cabo were like decades ago. We chose to make this a relaxing cruise and did not take any ... Read More
The Princess Sea of Cortez Cruise was outstanding! The ports of La Paz and Loreto are not visited often and remind me of what Puerto Vallarta and Cabo were like decades ago. We chose to make this a relaxing cruise and did not take any excursions, but we walked around all 4 ports and loved doing that. The Star Princess is an older ship but it is well maintained and a perfect size, not too big or small. The production shows were underwhelming, but the smaller venue entertainers were excellent. Cruise Director Gary Golding is one of the best on the seas, and his staff was fun and omni-present. And there was not a single crew member that we interacted with that wasn’t helpful and friendly! Dining room food was outstanding. Enjoyed the pizzeria, hamburger grill and ice cream bar. The buffet food was acceptable and had a nice variety. Highly recommended! Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
I have never been on a cruise before and I came in with little to no expectations and a positive attitude. At first I was overwhelmed with amount of action going on and the small rooms, food etc. But after the initial first day, which was ... Read More
I have never been on a cruise before and I came in with little to no expectations and a positive attitude. At first I was overwhelmed with amount of action going on and the small rooms, food etc. But after the initial first day, which was stressful because of flying and nothing with the Princess cruise line, everything worked out. Sure, we did not go on one of our port stops due to weather, but safety was the priorty and I understood that. Also, the staff was INCREDIBLE!! Everyone was so personal, kind and nice! Spoiled me rotten from such great service. Entertainment was great and the whole time I was enjoying, having a blast and was always satisfied with everything. And if at any point I had any issues, they were quickly resolved. The game shows and entertainment was too notch, they have things for kids, teens and in betweens. And obviously adults and older adults as well. We watched a movie outside and ate ice cream, I mean what could be better? So all in all, the best vacation of my life. I would totally reccomend. For a lot of people who complain on these forums, these people are natural complainers so I would take it with a grain of salt. I had an awesome time and would 100000 percent reccommend. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
Great Panama Canal experience! The Caribbean Princess is an older ship with great upgrades and a fantastic crew! The Cruise Director was unbelievable and was a huge asset to the fun on the cruise. The waitstaff in the dining rooms were ... Read More
Great Panama Canal experience! The Caribbean Princess is an older ship with great upgrades and a fantastic crew! The Cruise Director was unbelievable and was a huge asset to the fun on the cruise. The waitstaff in the dining rooms were great and worked together to make your ding experience a great one! The ships decor was terrific and the flow of the activity decks seemed you were on a much smaller ship. I loved the International Cafe for there fresh Lattes and service. A great friendly smile to start your day. The Guest Services Desk was always full of employees to help with you issues, not like other cruise lines that have a skeleton crew (NCL) to service your needs.Overall, the Princess cruise line is trying and staying way in front of their competition with there Medallian program which is helping non techy's like me to feel GOOD! I hope they continue to be way in front and accommodating! Thanks Princess Cruise Line! Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
We chose this cruise as it fit our time line, and it with NCL; a cruise line we sailed with some time ago (and a few others with other lines in between), and had an equally good time. On a side note, had we based our choice on the negative ... Read More
We chose this cruise as it fit our time line, and it with NCL; a cruise line we sailed with some time ago (and a few others with other lines in between), and had an equally good time. On a side note, had we based our choice on the negative comments posted on this thread, we would have missed out on a great trip. Embarkation day was easy and about as seamless as one could expect. We checked in at 10:35AM, and our group (11) was called to board at 11:30AM. The instructions were given clearly over the pa system. Note: We drove from our home to the port of NO, and parked at the Fulton Street parking garage. We pre-paid for our parking ahead of time and save about 7.50 per day versus the 'Whale Lot' on Convention Center Drive which the Port Authority directs you to for 20.00 per day. The garage also provides a shuttle service to the pier. Great service was provided. One aboard we were informed that the cabins would not be ready until 2::00. Now worries, Garden Buffet, Savor Restaurant, and O'Sheehans were open for lunch. The announcement that the cabins were ready came at 2:05PM. First impressions were terrific. The crew was outgoing and friendly. The ship was extremely clean with hand sanitizer stations available throughout the public, and dining areas. Our cabin was 13118 located on the port side about 7 cabins back from the port bridge wing. All view was unobstructed, and enough room on the balcony for us. Our steward, Jason, was as good as any steward we could have hoped for. We dined at three specialty restaurants, Cagney's, La Cucina, and Moderno. All three were outstanding in their own specialties. In particular the Veal Shank Osso Bucco from La Cucina was as good as I have had in either Boston's North End or Providence's Federal Hill. Our other two dinners were in the Tropicana room which provide music on our first night, and a performance from the cast of Burn The Floor on our second night. The offerings on the menus were varied, prepared well, with something for everybody. The activities were many during the 2 sea days. However, the pool areas do get crowded. There didn't appear to be any issue with chair hogs as plenty of chairs were available. We opted for the Vibe Beach Club. The privacy and services were, in our opinion, worth the extra expense. During the late afternoon and evening the bars and public areas can get quite busy, and finding somewhere to sit may take a little effort. After the dinner hours the availability seats open up a bit more We did not get off on Cozumel or Costa Maya as we have been there before. We did however enjoy a less crowded ship. We saw a performance of both Burn the Floor and Million Dollar Quartet. Make reservation ahead of time!. I can not say enough about the crew. everyone we came in contact with were pleasant, outgoing and professional. Disembarkation was a breeze. It started at 7:15AM. We were with the last group off at 9:30AM. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
We were on Liberty of the Seas January 12-19, 2020. We had only been on one cruise before, last May, on the Harmony. We had originally reserved an inside promenade view room but won the royal up bid to get a balcony. After getting on ... Read More
We were on Liberty of the Seas January 12-19, 2020. We had only been on one cruise before, last May, on the Harmony. We had originally reserved an inside promenade view room but won the royal up bid to get a balcony. After getting on the ship, I was really grateful for the upgrade. We really enjoyed the balcony. We stayed in Room 6628. Our cabin steward was James. This was his last cruise until he finished his 7 month contract to go home to his family. He was counting down excitedly while I was hoping the days would last endlessly! He left us several cute towel animals on the cruise - I think there were three of them. I love towel animals - just a fun perk on the cruise. Our room was always made nicely. Because we sailed on the Harmony which is brand new, we were a little worried when we read reviews that said the Liberty was worn down. We chose Liberty because we live in Texas and this was a cheaper cruise for us to get away and celebrate without having to fly in to somewhere. Despite the reviews, I felt that Liberty was a great ship. If you looked for wear, you could find some areas, but, overall, it had a beautiful grandeur of its own. I thought the ship was beautiful and was not at all disappointed. Of course, it is smaller than Harmony and less glitzy (Harmony is the oooh lala of ships right now), but Liberty is beautiful and provided everything we needed and wanted for a wonderful trip. We did use the Key program for our cruise. When we used the key on the Harmony, it was new (back in May) and there were some issues implementing the program. Not huge, but some issues. On Liberty, they knew exactly what they were doing with the Key. There are all sorts of debates over whether the Key is worth it. If you like the perks, I can definitely say that the Liberty staff was very well informed on the Key and we were able to use all the benefits we wanted without any issues whatsoever. Whether the key is worth it for your sailing is a personal issue, but, if you want it, you will not have issues on the Liberty. They are very familiar with the program and executed flawlessly. Another great part of Liberty was the menu. Lloyd was our waiter in the main dining room. We also did Chops. I am diabetic and control my diabetes without meds - so a very strict sugar free diet. I am also celiac. As a result, I am a bit of a hassle when eating out. It is a challenge for me because I have to trust those who serve me because there are no labels for me to read. The first night, Lloyd insisted that I get dessert. I was set on going without dessert to not spike my numbers. Every night, I was in the main dining room, Lloyd tried to get a dessert I could eat. He was trying harder than I was. But, by mid week, he had special requests put in to the chef and I had the BEST sugar free, gluten free cheesecake! The food at Chops was great, but they never could duplicate the desserts that Lloyd worked so hard to provide. WJ also had some gluten free and sugar free desserts (although not as wonderful as that cheesecake) and, for my birthday celebration at Chops, they did get hold of some of Lloyd's requested cheesecake from the main dining room. All of the entrees were very good. I was just particularly impressed by the dessert effort because that is typically very challenging with my dietary needs. I share all this because it is very tough to eat out with dietary restrictions. To cruise can be even more challenging. My sugar levels stayed consistent and I did not get "gluten-ed" during the trip. I credit that with the careful efforts of Lloyd, my main dining room waiter, and the staff at Chops who took care of me very well. Also, when Lloyd saw me at WJ for breakfast one morning, he was not even acting as my waiter, and took special effort to make sure I got a gluten free omelet. I definitely felt like they took the dietary issues seriously - which for me, they are - and helped make my cruise over the top by working on the issues. My husband, who has no dietary issues, loved all the entrees and desserts as well! We did not do shows this time but did some ship activities like watching the belly flop competition and participating in the activities fair the last day. Such fun, light hearted activities! We enjoyed those things we participated in. We did also get the photo package on a black friday sale. My dear husband went to 291 photos with me!!! He deserves an award. We never splurge for photos in our everyday life. With THAT many, we were bound to get some good ones and we sure did!!! Because this was a very special cruise (50th birthday), I am very glad to have so many wonderful photos with my sweetheart. A special shout out to Pratik, from India, who always takes extra time to get a good photo, especially if there is no one in line. He is extremely talented and you can tell he really enjoys taking photos. Of course, there are busy nights like formal nights, but, if you can catch him where there isn't a line, he will take some great photos! I found the crew to be outstanding on this ship. Everyone was very friendly. I loved that lady at the WJ who gave out the hand sanitizer. She would dance to the music and say, "Washie Washie." Her adorable personality and fun dancing was a highlight of the day. She exemplified the fun attitude of all the crew on board. Just great people. We have only had the two cruises - one on Harmony and one now on Liberty. We immensely enjoyed both. We used Next Cruise to rebook on Liberty in a few months. Because it is closer to our home, we can cruise for alot cheaper. The experience was everything I hoped it would be and more. I am very grateful we went on Liberty and had such an amazing time!!! Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
Me and my girlfriend sailed on the Getaway Jan 12-17 and had an amazing time. This is our third cruise with NCL and we will definitely continue sailing with them. I’m 33, my girlfriend is 23 and we also sailed with 2 other couples. This ... Read More
Me and my girlfriend sailed on the Getaway Jan 12-17 and had an amazing time. This is our third cruise with NCL and we will definitely continue sailing with them. I’m 33, my girlfriend is 23 and we also sailed with 2 other couples. This ship has so much to do including the rope course, rock climbing, awesome water slides, shows, entertainment, comedy, casino etc..The nightlife was great too with the bliss club, casino, and the glow party in the h20 was amazing, We had a blast! The food was also very good including the wings at O Sheehan’s, ribeye at Cagneys, and we also enjoyed the buffet. Our balcony room was 14858 right at the back by the elevators and our room steward Neil was awesome. He knew our names right when we arrived and he made us feel at home. Thanks again Neil! I also want to give a thanks to Rey the bartender at Margaritaville and Rohan at the pool bar. Both of them took great care of us and we barely ever had to wait for a drink at any bar. The only issue we ran into was on the third day I had lost my room card and i didn’t realize it until a few hours later. I then went to guest services and received a new card. The next day I checked my account and realized someone had found my card and went to the arcade and charged $52 worth of games on my account lol. ( damn kids ) I then returned to guest services and they were very friendly and immediately took off the charges. Overall we had an amazing time, we gave it a 10/10. We cruised on the MSC seaside in December 2018 and we gave that a 8/10 so we definitely enjoyed the getaway more. We will definitely be sailing NCL again and we highly recommend the Getaway and we also loved the Epic too which I wrote a review on 2 years ago. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
Oasis is a big, fun ship, and since it was "Amped" it has a lot of fun things to do. It never felt crowded. I haven't cruised for 3 years an I am pleased to report the "Deck Chair Saving"is mostly gone ! I think ... Read More
Oasis is a big, fun ship, and since it was "Amped" it has a lot of fun things to do. It never felt crowded. I haven't cruised for 3 years an I am pleased to report the "Deck Chair Saving"is mostly gone ! I think both people are following the no saving rule and RC is enforcing it. On all my last RC cruises, it was rare I could find a deck chair anywhere near the pool or upper deck, as they were mostly saved with personal items or towel. I had no trouble finding an open chair, even by the pool in the middle of the day on sea days ! Amazing ! Great ! Food was good as always, even if I expressed mild interest in a second entrée, the waiters brought it to me without asking. Everyone was friendly and it was a lot of fun. The only bummer of the trip was embarking and disembarking at Miami Cruise port Terminal A. Once you made it inside, getting on the ship was fast and easy. No lines. But it was absolute nightmare outside. I was in a one hour line to get dropped off and I arrived early at 10:30am. The taxi line on disembarking was 2 hours. The ride share area was very small and very crowded, utter chaos and you couldn't even move. The line of cars trying to pick up was very very long and very slow. Honking, yelling, it was just a madhouse. Everyone there was totally bummed out and my cruise vibe was totally erased. They need to upgrade and expand the waiting areas for taxis and ride sharing, it was just an awful way to start and finish the cruise. It's clear that RC treats this as an afterthought, when in fact, it really sets the tone for the trip when you have such a mess getting in and out. I never had anything near this bad at Port Canaveral or Port Lauderdale. I will never ever cruise out of Miami again until they get this fixed. I guess the good news is if you can survive getting there, you will have a great time ! Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
We sailed on the Celebrity Edge last week! First time on the Edge, but we’ve sailed on Celebrity Summit and Equinox. We love Celebrity! DH and I are in our mid 50’s and love the Caribbean itineraries. We picked this one because it ... Read More
We sailed on the Celebrity Edge last week! First time on the Edge, but we’ve sailed on Celebrity Summit and Equinox. We love Celebrity! DH and I are in our mid 50’s and love the Caribbean itineraries. We picked this one because it had a stop in Tortola which we have never been to and the Virgin Gorda Baths have been on my husband’s list of things to see for a long time. We booked it during the Veteran’s Day sale so we had all 4 perks plus an extra $200 OBC from the sale and another $150 OBC because we moved a cruise we had booked on board to this cruise so had that extra bit. So $650 OBC total! We have never had a premium drink package or the internet package. Overall, we were happy we cruised on the Edge. We prefer the traditional balcony staterooms, but didn’t mind the IV. I will say, I feel like the IV balcony tends to offer a “sanitized” version of the world. By that I mean you aren’t necessarily enjoying being out there in the breeze, ocean smells, etc. unless you purposely roll down that window. You have to hold down the button while it rolls down, so if you are just standing at the window before you head out for the evening, you aren’t going to roll it down. Whereas in the traditional balcony you might step out for a moment before heading out. We book our cruises based mostly on itinerary and price, so if the Edge or Apex fit that criteria we would sail on her again. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
This is our 10th cruise with Princess and first on the Royal ( though we have sailed on her sister the Regal 2xs) . The ship was wonderful, from the mid ship balcony room to the lux Thermal Suite ( called “Enclave”). The only ... Read More
This is our 10th cruise with Princess and first on the Royal ( though we have sailed on her sister the Regal 2xs) . The ship was wonderful, from the mid ship balcony room to the lux Thermal Suite ( called “Enclave”). The only downside was one of the two production shows had technical difficulties and could not be shown. We didn’t care much for the comedian or vocalists. But HUGE upside -The Diamond Trio! They played every day in the Piazza and at night in Wheelhouse bar. They gave us many opportunities to dance! Very good musicians ! Also Zumba instructor Nat was the best I’ve had in all 10 cruises! Overall we had a great time. Princess does needs to update their MDR menus, as they are showing their age and sameness. Our excursion in Cabo “Santa Maria Sail and Snorkel” was one of the most fun we’ve ever taken. Would definitely do it again. We booked the estuary cruise in Mazatlan against my better judgement. Mazatlan is full of trash and everywhere they took us -the harbor, the estuaries, the coconut plantation- were covered in garbage. Clean up your act Mazatlan! PV excursion to Majahuitas and Yelapa was pretty fun-Yelapa not so great.If you want to buy ANYTHING in Yelapa bring pesos, because they won’t make change in American and will swindle you on the exchange rate. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
Reasons why I loved this cruise: - amazing entertainment! - exceptional service! You cannot beat the Disney service- they always go out of their way to make your cruise magical. - beautiful ship - Castaway Cay is a stunning ... Read More
Reasons why I loved this cruise: - amazing entertainment! - exceptional service! You cannot beat the Disney service- they always go out of their way to make your cruise magical. - beautiful ship - Castaway Cay is a stunning island...gorgeous adults only beach with a great BBQ lunch. - adults only areas on the ship are lovely and there was plenty of adult only entertainment! - Beauty and the Beast was a high quality production! It was better than many professional productions I have seen. - Trivia was offered ever day- super fun! -Bingo was very entertaining! - We loved seeing first run movies on the ship! Star Wars was great! - plenty of chairs in the adults only section of the ship - our dinner service staff was phenomenal- Richard and Miguel were the best servers we have had on a cruise! - Good food! And the theming is each restaurant is adorable! Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
Almost everything about this cruise was better than expected. We arrived 15 minutes prior to our 11:30 appointment to board and were ushered straight though the line and were onboard within 10minutes! We went straight to Guy's ... Read More
Almost everything about this cruise was better than expected. We arrived 15 minutes prior to our 11:30 appointment to board and were ushered straight though the line and were onboard within 10minutes! We went straight to Guy's Burgers and started gaining weight! We were told we couldn't get to our rooms until 1:30 but then at about 1:05 a staff member came up to us by the aft pool and told us the rooms were ready and we proceeded to find our sail and sign cards in the slot next to our door and we were in. Our checked luggage arrived outside the room about 3:30. Muster drill was very orderly and lasted only about 20 minutes and we were off. The entertainment was good but could have been better. The welcome aboard show was nothing special. Flick had great special effects but not all the performers were the best. America Rocks was the best of the 3 shows with additional cast as band members. The comedians in the comedy club were the best and we made it to almost every show. My only suggestion here is to do it in the Venetian theater to seat more of the audience. The Victoria lounge is too small for the comedians which are the best show on board. The buffet was always great with lots of choices and great deserts. Guys was awesome, the deli was good and so was the late night pizza. We did not try the Blue Iguana nor the Seafood Shack. Nassau was beautiful and we originally booked the Sea Turtle and Snorkel excursion but it was cancelled due to high winds and waves. We then went to Atlantis instead and did the walking tour. We had a great tour guide and after the informative tour we went off on our own to explore more of the aquariums and even took a free hotel shuttle over to the Dolphin Cay to view the dolphins interacting with hotel guests. My wife went to spa at the end of our day in port as there was a "special" valued at over $300 for only $169, she loved it. On our day at sea we watched the Hasbro gameshow and played bingo. Both were entertaining but we didn't win anything. Meals in the main dining room were very good, I just miss the steak and lobster on elegant night. Komang in the Gold dining room was awesome and always remembered our names and preferences as well as joked with us when appropriate. We had anytime dining but usually showed up right at 6 and were seated in the same place each night by ourselves. The ship did not seem full and the dining room was always somewhat empty. Chocolate Melting cake is always to die for. Strawberry bisque soup is awesome as well. The last morning of the cruise we slept in until the call to exit the cabins, 8:30 and then proceeded with our small bags up to the buffet for breakfast. We stayed there until called for our "zone" for checked luggage around 9:45am and then went down to deck 3 and walked right off. We only had to wait in line about 20 minutes to walk thru customs and out to the shuttle to get to the Alamo office to pick up our car back to the airport. We had a flight the next morning so we weren't in a hurry to get off the ship and never encountered any of the lines mentioned in other reviews. We explored the space coast with our rental car and headed to the airport early the next morning. The ship overall shows its age and had some rust stains on the hull as well as around the pools but other than that still looks great for its age. We never encountered anything broken and never dealt with the sewage smell mentioned in other reviews. For a heavily discounted cruise, we loved it. We paid only $179/pp plus taxes and fees for a 3 night 3.5 day cruise and could not have been happier with what we experienced. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
Went with my spouse and really enjoyed the new ship. This was out third Celebrity cruise, first on the Edge and probably about 7th or 8th trip on any line. Check-in was a breeze but traffic in the port was probably about fifteen minutes ... Read More
Went with my spouse and really enjoyed the new ship. This was out third Celebrity cruise, first on the Edge and probably about 7th or 8th trip on any line. Check-in was a breeze but traffic in the port was probably about fifteen minutes once you turned off the main road. We got stuck behind someone at the guard shack who forgot their license and they had to call over a trooper to verify the details of his identity so that was likely a large part of the delay. The cabin was nice. We had the infinite veranda and loved it, though I could see how if it was hot outside it might not be as comfortable. The hottest it got was about 85 and in the sun, it felt a little like a greenhouse by the window. The pull down shade is tops and eliminates the heat problem, as well of course any view. One problem we had with the room was there was a noisy panel by the window that would creak and pop in the seas. We asked the attendant about it and he was like, "Yeah that's not normal" and someone from engineering came about n hour later but we were already in port and he couldn't locate the noise. A couple days later on the last sea day he came in and was able to drive a screw into the panel between the outside and inside window which stopped the clicking sound so if you have what you think is a noisy cabin don't wait like we did, and ask right away for help addressing it. I gathered we were not the first to get the screw in the window treatment. The nightly entertainment shows were great. The theater is probably the coolest theater I've seen on a ship and the entertainers were top notch singers and dancers. The costuming was at times a little weird to me and the Midsummer night show was just confusing and hard to follow (but mostly about the dancing and performing anyway so still enjoyable). Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
There was a lot of gray hair on this cruise, including my own. The ship was prepared for the cruisers with the selection of music played throughout the ship, both live and canned, were age appropriate . There were two levels of adult only ... Read More
There was a lot of gray hair on this cruise, including my own. The ship was prepared for the cruisers with the selection of music played throughout the ship, both live and canned, were age appropriate . There were two levels of adult only pool areas, one free and for a fee. The best part was the minimum announcements. Due to location, we have cruised mostly with Carnival, but no more. The Carnival CD's (and those on RCCL and NCL) make too many sales pitches under the guise of information. The food on Lido was very good including my favorites Indian and Mexican. The bread/rolls were also excellent, hard on the outside and soft in the middle. Entertainment included only one comedian, wished for more, and a Beatles Mania show. Both were great, Come early to get a seat. The stateroom, beyond the usual, had a 46" LCD TV, not only that, it had live TV shows and recorded TV shows and movies for free! After a hard day of eating and lounging in the sun, it was a pleasure to be a couch potato for a few hours. Service was excellent, keep up the great job Denchai, our cabin steward. Embarkation and disembarkation smooth and at least 40 minutes ahead of schedule. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
The wait for this ship was worth it. You definitely will not feel claustrophobic on the Encore. Getting on the ship in Miami was a breeze. We were welcomed by the crew with sparkling smiles. We headed to the dinning room for lunch, ... Read More
The wait for this ship was worth it. You definitely will not feel claustrophobic on the Encore. Getting on the ship in Miami was a breeze. We were welcomed by the crew with sparkling smiles. We headed to the dinning room for lunch, Taste. Service was good and the food was presented beautifully. We then explored the ship. Went up to the Observation deck which was unbelievable. They have comfy sitting areas with couches, lounge couches and chairs. There is a beautiful bar that makes a darn good drink. They also serve snacks in the daytime and light breakfast in the am. It’s a very quiet place for relaxing with beautiful views of the ocean. There are many venues for entertainment. The Cavern, Q(Country Western) Atrium, Mojito Bar, BrewHouse, and more. Kinky Boots was a show not to be missed, along with Choir of Man. We didn’t eat in the Buffet that often, but when we did it was always clean and servers willing to help in any way. I will say we thought the desserts on the ship were weak(nothing special). We did have breakfast and late snacks at the Local. Great breakfast options, warm pretzels and cheese dip, chili salads hot dog etc. We also ate at LeBistro, Ocean Blue Los Lobos, Q and Cagney. My least favorite was Q and my favorite was LeBistro. The Pool area does get congested and there are plenty of chair hogs. I did see security remove towels from chairs that were not occupied for a while. We looked at Laser at Tag, Virtual Gallery and the Race Cars, but did not do them, but looked like much fun. Go see Bong at the Mojito Bar, he makes the best Raspberry Guava Mojito ever. Three cheers for the Hotel Director Marc. The ship was beautiful then entire staff was amazing. Have been on many NCL cruises and by far I think this is my new favorite next to the Escape. Want to cruise again on the Encore. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
This is the second time we have travelled on Celebrity Solstice, and again, we had a faultless experience. We travelled with another couple, so we experienced both the suite and a balcony cabin. Accommodation: The balcony cabin ... Read More
This is the second time we have travelled on Celebrity Solstice, and again, we had a faultless experience. We travelled with another couple, so we experienced both the suite and a balcony cabin. Accommodation: The balcony cabin was big enough, with enough storage space for everything, the bathroom was compact but storage space was good. Everything in the cabin was pristinely clean and well maintained. The suite was excellent, spacious, well maintained and better than the suites we stayed in on 2 other cruise lines last year. Food: We could not fault any of the food, we ate in the buffet and found there to be an excellent selection of various cuisines. We went there a few times as there was a great variety, and we enjoyed everything we ate. Breakfast can be very busy, also lunch, choose your times and there won't be an issue. Again, compared to the other 2 cruise lines we travelled with last year there was no comparison, the other cruise line buffets we ate at were dreadful and we simply couldn't eat there. Interesting to read other reviews where people complain of the food on the Solstice, not sure if they were even on the same ship. Sushi on five was great, we tried a lot of things on the menu and really enjoyed everything we ate. The ramen noodles were the only thing that we found not to be outstanding, however the broth was delicious. Murano is our favourite, and we went there twice, the food is excellent, the ambience and the wait staff there are also excellent. Petit Chef is a new concept which you really have to experience to understand it. It is a set menu with the whole table being animated, and an interactive dinner experience. We all loved it and were pleased we went. Food was also excellent. Crew: Everyone on board was fantastic, nothing was a problem and everyone we encountered was professional, friendly and efficient. Shore excursions: We did our own thing; however, the tendering was extremely efficient and again we were very impressed. The ship: Beautifully maintained, everything is kept looking good, we were surprised as other reviews differed in this respect. Not sure what people are expecting, but we found it excellent. Our friends had not been on a cruise before and loved everything about the ship, service, food etc. We were discussing on our last night what faults we could find, and there were none. There are loads of places to hang out, we spent a lot of our time on the lawn club. Yes, this is real grass on the top deck, lovely to sit on, watch movies, have a drink and just relax. The shows we went to were great, the comedian, the illusionist and the show on the last night was fantastic. This is a well-oiled machine, and anyone with complaints I would seriously wonder what the issue is. We did meet one guy on the cruise who didn't enjoy it, because another passenger didn't greet him in the lift. Wondering if people bring their own issues with them and take it out on the cruise line. Comparing the experience we had with some of the reviews, doesn't corelate at all. As previous, we travelled with 2 other cruise lines last year, been on 3 Celebrity cruises, and would not cruise again with anyone else, as nothing is comparable. The food, the suites, the service, everything is outstanding with Celebrity and the Solstice is a beautiful ship. So will we go again? Absolutely! Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
This was our second trip to the Mexican Riviera. As before, Princess offers superb service to everyone. Our excursions were great, and I must mention that we visited Salsa and Salsa in Mazatlan for the second time and it was great again! ... Read More
This was our second trip to the Mexican Riviera. As before, Princess offers superb service to everyone. Our excursions were great, and I must mention that we visited Salsa and Salsa in Mazatlan for the second time and it was great again! We don't get excited about the singing and dancing shows, but the Brent and Sarah magic show was good and A. J. Jamal was hilarious both nights. We could have seen his show every night. The piano crooner was not as good as before (A. J. Clarke is phenomenal), but Crooners bar has excellent service. The Cruise Director, Marcus, was a hoot and was readily available for questions, a quick chat, or a friendly wave. Very high energy. Embarkation and disembarkation were both highly organized and quick. Very classy ship, service, and meals. Our waiters were also phenomenal and we missed them as soon as we left. We would definitely go again, and we will always choose Princess. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
My husband and I had a GREAT time on Carnival Vista. We set sail the first week in January, after New Years. I had heard quite a few things about Carnival being dirty or being the ships that get people sick; I'll address these ... Read More
My husband and I had a GREAT time on Carnival Vista. We set sail the first week in January, after New Years. I had heard quite a few things about Carnival being dirty or being the ships that get people sick; I'll address these further below. TIP - Our overnight stay at the Harbour House in Galveston was lovely. The location allowed me to watch the Vista come in to port that morning! I'm a very excited cruiser, so I was tracking it all morning and LEAPT out of bed to watch it pass. It passes VERY CLOSE to the hotel and what an epic view! Highly recommend Harbour House! Embarkation was very smooth. LOVELY people working at the Galveston Terminal. We were 20 minutes early for our 1-1:30 boarding time, so we got in that line and didn't wait on anything except for a few minutes to get our carry on bags scanned by security. We were on the ship in no time! You enter into the atrium and yes, it is underwhelming. It's just very closed in and that thing in the middle with the videos playing on it is a little lame. Our rooms were ready right away, so we went to 7459 - a Havana aft wrap balcony. GREAT room. Several large windows, plenty of space, good closet size and your average bathroom. My only complaints are that it is difficult for two people to get into the closet area at one time and there are no outlets near the bed on either side. From the balcony we could see our exclusive access hot tubs and pools. This is WORTH every penny of the upcharge. About my earlier dirty comment, the only dirty thing I saw on the ship were the panels in the guard rails along the Havana hot tubs and pools. I had dreamt of lounging in the pool and looking out into the gulf, but these see through (plexi-glass, glass?) panels were quite filthy and tinted which obstructed the potentially epic view. Service in the Havana is fantastic, the drinks are great, there are Havana towels in your room AND at the pool. Plenty of seating but the best lounge chairs did fill up early. The pool was never quite warm enough, but thats what I get for leaving from Galveston in January. My husband and I took this trip for both of our birthdays which are the same week. On our first full sea day, my birthday, we did EVERYTHING. There is so much to do on this ship that we couldn't believe it was only the first day and that we'd have more to do the rest of the week! Our last cruise was on the Norwegian Bliss and while it was very beautiful and relaxing, compared to the Vista it was boring and absolutely lacking a cruise director presence. Schwartz is the best! Fun, relatable, hilarious and EVERYWHERE. Works so hard and loves what he's doing. Overall, food was quite good. I LOVED Blue Iguana, Guys Burgers and the steakhouse. Just OK was the pizza and main dining room but both better than I'd expected. The buffet on the other hand was awful. We tried to eat there twice and gave up after just a few bites. This brings me to the sickness point. People, wash your hands before you touch tongs and serve-ware that other people coming behind you are going to touch. I watched the majority of passengers just walk right by hand sanitizer and the hand washing station. On Norwegian, this area was monitored by a very friendly person who sang you a song about the importance of washing on a cruise ship, and I'd say 95% would wash. On the Vista, washing is an afterthought as evidenced by the very few actual washing stations vs hand sanitizing stations. My husband and I played quite a few table games and entered tournaments in the casino, both winning invitations to the next round on a future cruise! We had a great time at the tables with Nikita, Richmond and Lucas especially. In the Red Frog Pub, Shakira was excellent. Our room steward, Ron, was a delight and quick. Service overall was pretty good. Shore excursions... eh. We found our own way in Mahogany Bay to a monkey sanctuary. There we got to play with a few monkeys, see other monkeys, birds and butterflies and... HOLD A SLOTH. The sloth was adorable and so huggable. Other than that, MB is a lackluster port. In Belize we went to see the ruins - great experience. Getting to the ruins is a haul (over an hour bus ride, 30 minute boat ride) and the tour guides were slightly annoying in the way they explained what we were seeing, asking rhetorical questions often and slowing down getting to the point. The ruins themselves were spectacular. In Cozumel we had another ruins tour scheduled but after doing it the previous day and not wanting to spend a huge amount of time on a bus again, we switched tours for a catamaran sail and snorkel plus beach party. GREAT EXCURSION. The crew on this catamaran were top notch. Beer and margaritas were free on the boat and at the beach. On the boat, the crew were constantly making sure your cup was full. It was a very party atmosphere with drinks, music and dancing. The snorkeling was very refreshing and the water and fish were beautiful. The beach party was relaxing and fun with many water obstacles to slide down and jump off of, and more drinks. Food was extra, but we did not partake having had lunch at the port earlier. Cozumel was by far the most fun, party vibe port. Debarkation was a bit of a cluster but mainly due to people not understanding or paying attention to the system and announcements. We weren't in a rush so we waited on deck 10 with a pizza and soft serve! I would absolutely cruise Carnival again in the Havana AND with Schwartz! Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
We booked this cruise for our 25th wedding anniversary. We have cruised with Princess before, and again ,we were not disappointed. This ship was absolutely beautiful , the entertainment was great, and the service was second to none. ... Read More
We booked this cruise for our 25th wedding anniversary. We have cruised with Princess before, and again ,we were not disappointed. This ship was absolutely beautiful , the entertainment was great, and the service was second to none. We really enjoyed Eating at the complimentary Alfredo’s Pizzeria ,sit down restaurant, There were many delicious food options to choose from at the Horizon Buffet , and the dining room experience is always our favourite. The piazza provides a perfect area to relax and enjoy some live entertainment while enjoying a sweet treat or drink . Using the ocean medallion was very convenient and we enjoyed this option. Embarkation was much easier and faster using this option. We found that The crew were friendly and very helpful. They were very efficient ,especially considering how new this ship is, We enjoyed everything about this ship ! We would certainly rebook a cruise with this ship. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
Two years ago Windstar announced the plan to stretch the Star ships increasing the guest capacity from 210 guests to 310 guests. We love the small size and hope that the increase in size doesn’t change the friendly atmosphere on the ... Read More
Two years ago Windstar announced the plan to stretch the Star ships increasing the guest capacity from 210 guests to 310 guests. We love the small size and hope that the increase in size doesn’t change the friendly atmosphere on the ship. We looked forward to another small ship experience before the scheduled stretch. Ship is still beautiful. The gorgeous woodwork, marble bathrooms, and spacious suites are exquisite. There are some signs of wear. Most annoying was the missing sun umbrellas on decks 7 and 8. On previous cruises, there were lots of umbrellas to provide shade. This cruise had only one. We were told that the umbrellas blew away or broke. They are to be replaced. Certainly hope that there will be more shade areas on the stretched ship. Service was superb. Food was delicious. We chose to sit at same table each night for dinner. Our waiter, Melkih, remembered us from previous cruises on the Breeze. He was excellent. We enjoyed the BBQs, beach parties, music by the duos, excursions, etc. we enjoyed the yacht club. Still wish that the yacht club would serve coffee/tea after dinner. The ports were mostly small islands where the big ships don’t go. There wasn’t any big shows. The crew show was fun. Cruise was relaxing. We had a great time. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
We chose this cruise because we had not visited most of these ports yet and Princess is our primary cruise line. We also wanted to experience Sky Princess, since it's the newest ship we have ever cruised. We enjoyed it greatly. ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we had not visited most of these ports yet and Princess is our primary cruise line. We also wanted to experience Sky Princess, since it's the newest ship we have ever cruised. We enjoyed it greatly. It's a beautiful ship. We had hired Victor Rosales of Mahahaul EcoTours for a day of birding in Costa Maya. We went to several different areas and saw some colorful species that were new to us. Victor also included a delicious lunch at a little beach-side cafe in Mahahual. He is well-trained, educated and experienced and speaks fluent English as well as his native Spanish. He also does other types of tours as well, specializing in small groups. I would be happy to use Victor again anytime. While in Cozumel, we took the Princess excursion to Tulum. Our tour guide, Marco Polo, was great and quite informative. While in Roatan, we contacted Jensen Wesley and he drove us to the Carambola Gardens as well as Sandy Bay where I was able to do some great snorkeling. We enjoyed being off the beaten track there so it was not crowded with people. Jensen was very helpful and we were lucky to connect with him. Sky Princess is a bit larger ship than we usually book but it did not feel crowded most of the time. However, anytime dining did have long waits if one went to dinner after about 6:00pm, which we usually do. Food in all venues was excellent. We did not use the specialty restaurants. Our balcony stateroom was super and even though quite forward, ship motion was very minimal. Captain Tuvo of Sky Princess is a real treat too. The fitness room is well equipped. The casino is good and has a computerized Texas Holdem table that made for some good poker games. The Medallion system worked well on board although we did not download the app for use on our phones. The ship's internet was the fastest we have ever used on a cruise. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
We chose this cruise because we had been on a Viking River Cruise the previous year and really enjoyed it. Viking had the best ratings. Almost everything about the trip was wonderful. The ship was beautiful, staff was super friendly and ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we had been on a Viking River Cruise the previous year and really enjoyed it. Viking had the best ratings. Almost everything about the trip was wonderful. The ship was beautiful, staff was super friendly and helpful. The stateroom was exceptionally comfortable and well designed so that there was plenty of closet and drawer space. The ship was also very clean and well maintained. The food at all the restaurants was also excellent. With the Chef's Table being the best. Even the buffet restaurant was the best we tasted anywhere, compared to other ships on which we have sailed. What was lacking was good entertainment. The cruise director, Brensley, did one excellent show. She had a beautiful voice. There were four other singers who did shows, and they were very amateurish. The resident historian was very knowledgeable, informative and interesting. The tours were interesting also, but we would have liked a little more time on our own in each port. All in all, it was a very enjoyable trip. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
We travelled to Raja Ampat on Aqua Blu during January 2020 and it was the most magical holiday. My husband and I travelled on Aqua Aria a few years ago and thoroughly enjoyed our holiday and we were very excited when we read about the ... Read More
We travelled to Raja Ampat on Aqua Blu during January 2020 and it was the most magical holiday. My husband and I travelled on Aqua Aria a few years ago and thoroughly enjoyed our holiday and we were very excited when we read about the launch of Aqua Blu travelling through Raja Ampat as it has been on our bucket list of travels. My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of our holiday on Aqua Blu. The yacht was beautiful, the cabins were spacious and tastefully decorated, the daily meals that were prepared were delicious (the chef was very accommodating), the daily excursions were fun and the staff were friendly and hospitable. The daily snorkelling was spectacular and snorkelling with Manta's is a highlight. Our journey was a truly beautiful and memorable holiday of a lifetime. We look forward to doing a few more holidays with Aqua Expeditions and visiting Komdo Islands. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
Carnival Miracle did a great job and this was one of our favorite cruises. We've been on Royal Caribbean several times,and 5 on Carnival.The negative reviews made me weary,YET,they were proven to be sooo wrong. Embarkation ... Read More
Carnival Miracle did a great job and this was one of our favorite cruises. We've been on Royal Caribbean several times,and 5 on Carnival.The negative reviews made me weary,YET,they were proven to be sooo wrong. Embarkation was smooth. Service in all areas was great. Balcony Cabin was very clean,very comfortable beds,good towels. Food was awesome!! Main Dining Room did a fabulous job! Public areas were very clean and well maintained.Very cool decor thru out ship. Casino was fun and very large. Spa-The best massage ever had.(didnt go into port,so pampered myself all day) Good choices for music areas for which you can choose from. New Years Eve was sooo fun and festive-champagne was served,hats,etc,Live Music ! We will go back on the Carnival Miracle.(She'll be in dry-dock in Feb) Kudos to Carnival! Note-We love to cruise and fell blessed to be able to enjoy cruising. Ignore the negative reviews-so not fair,especially since we had over 15 to compare to. Hubby isnt easy to please,and was extremely content with all aspects of this cruise,and insisted I write our review. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019

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