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SIMPLY THE BEST! Of 250 + past cruises on six different major cruise lines, The Yatch Club was the BEST of LUXURY experiences of ALL past cruises! We have been blessed to be in wonderful suites on other ships and even SEASIDE, but ... Read More
SIMPLY THE BEST! Of 250 + past cruises on six different major cruise lines, The Yatch Club was the BEST of LUXURY experiences of ALL past cruises! We have been blessed to be in wonderful suites on other ships and even SEASIDE, but nothing compares to the EXCELLENCE in SERVICE from every single person on staff in the YATCH CLUB! The ATTITUDE of every MSC emplyee to us and to ALL Yatch Club guests was the BEST of 250+ cruises!!! Beyond belief was one of the Butler's personally escorting me off the ship all the way to the Ferry for my Cozemel Shore Excursion!!! By far the nicest Shore Excursion Experiences ever since cruising since 1983! Our Butler even got my husband a wheel chair to use during our cruise due to his past heart surgery and related ongoing issues that came up upon boarding! All helped wheel him around everywhere at their insistance, including to the SHOWS! In addition, the LOCATION of SEASIDE's Yatch Club Private Lounge and Private Dinning room was PERFECTION at the TOP front of the ship providing 180° PANORAMIC VIEWS at all times! Dinning was such a wonderful experience that we only wanted to be in Yatch Club! We only dined in one Speciality Restaurant the entire cruise. The lovely live evening entertainment in the Yatch Club Lounge was also enjoyed from our table as we dined! I could go on and on, but to put it simply, an MSC YATCH CLUB shall be my number one priority in booking future cruises along side of itenary! Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
We chose this cruise because of the Ship as we have always wanted to sail out of beautiful Sydney Harbour and back in again. The destination wasn't as important as the Ship but we did enjoy New Zealand and the itinerary was excellent ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of the Ship as we have always wanted to sail out of beautiful Sydney Harbour and back in again. The destination wasn't as important as the Ship but we did enjoy New Zealand and the itinerary was excellent - enough port days and enough seas days over the 12 nights. Embarkation was extremely well done - 30 minutes from stepping out of our car with our bags and sitting on Deck 14 sipping a cocktails Disembarking was equally well executed - we left after our nominated time of 8am by 30 minutes and we were off the ship with our bags through Customs in 10 minutes. The best I have ever experienced! We chose the Ultimate Dining Package and it was well worth every cent. We dined frequently for lunch and dinner at all the specialty restaurants except for Amber and Gold. Our favourite was Jamie's Kitchen for dinner and Izume for lunch - however Wonderland was a fabulous experience and Chops Grille always maintained a high standard. We also dined at Chic one evening, Solarium Bistro (deck 14) twice and Fish & Chips one lunch time. I personally loved having all the various options for dining as it made our cruise very special and certainly not repetitive when it came to dining. Our favourite bar was Vintages but we did enjoy Boleros when the Caribbean band was playing and also Two70 of an afternoon. We did get to Pixels Show (brilliant) and were treated to a fabulous concert in Two70 with The Beatles Celebration band one evening. They did an excellent performance of the Beatles songs between 1962-1967 and even went so far as to speak and play like the lovable Liverpool lads! We didn't go to the Casino or the other 2 shows but I believed those who did enjoyed themselves. My only wish was that there were more seats next to windows to look out at the water while spending days at sea. Mainly did this by heading up to the Solarium (adults only) area or Two70 as the bars were mainly internal. I am just one of those cruisers that enjoy sitting looking at the water but it is really not a complaint. The cleanliness of this ship and the friendliness of the staff goes above and beyond one's expectation. Every staff member we met throughout our cruise was extremely helpful, smiling and kind. Our stateroom was spotless and the ship was constantly gleaming inside and out on the decks. I did however on arrival to our Stateroom follow the 12 guides to santizing our room which I downloaded from google and happy to say we got off board without a sniffle or any signs of a potential C Virus. Everyone I saw on-board was extremely diligent in washing their hands or using the santizers that were placed everywhere for everyone's use. We also carried our own small hand sanitizer gel and hand wipes. No masks were required and I don't recall seeing many people using them on board. We enjoyed room service every morning for breakfast and found their service very reliable and efficient. I loved the fact that we could make our own tea in our room but I also brought my Campos AeroPress portable coffee maker with my own Campos coffee. Being a lover of coffee it was definitely worth the $59 purchase online and will take it with me again. Having your own kettle in the Stateroom is a great idea! Wish more cruise liners did this for their guests. This cruise had only 4200 (approx) guests based on the Captains welcome talk to us all on the first night (700 less than its full capacity) and as this is the largest ship we have been on I was curious to see how it would fee living in a small city with this number of travellers. Happy to say we never felt overwhelmed or delayed in getting on or off at ports or into the Ship's restaurants or entertainment areas. We enjoyed "the eye" on day in Auckland and only had to wait 30 minutes which seem to go relatively quickly. We opted for the 4-7pm slot and it was most enjoyable. We didn't experience Seaplex area but anyone young at heart should endeavour to do the dodgems when they are on the Compass daily itinerary. All in all this was a great cruise for us and we enjoyed all that Ovations of Seas had to offer - would definitely recommend this Ship. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
Several times a year, we plan dive cruises - that is, we cruise, and wherever we go, we scuba dive! You can read more about that on my blog at DeepWaterHappy.com - just search for "cruise" and you will find several articles about ... Read More
Several times a year, we plan dive cruises - that is, we cruise, and wherever we go, we scuba dive! You can read more about that on my blog at DeepWaterHappy.com - just search for "cruise" and you will find several articles about turning a cruise ship into a mobile dive site! We knew the ship was one of the largest we had been on recently, but were pleasantly surprised that although large, there were small private areas scattered all over the ship. In the Solarium, there were lounging beds for two. On each deck, there were small areas tucked away here and there for a luxury yacht-like feel. I loved that the Windjammer buffet seating is spread out far more than other ships, and several repeating stations so you don't have to walk all over to see the selections. The Windjammer also wraps around the stern, so there are great views in all directions, and nearly all the seats are "waterfront seating." Our cabin had a wonderful surprise for us - we had booked a balcony, the furthest forward on the starboard side on deck 10. It turned out the end balcones have an additional couple feet of space! There was an area simply perfect for hanging our dive gear out to dry, and storing dive gear without taking up a single square foot of the normal balcony space. We were amazed and thrilled. This trip, we splurged on spa treatments for both of us, the massage combined with facials. It was the best facial of my life, and one of the best massages ever. When we booked them, we had booked mine at 5:00 p.m. and his at 8:00 p.m. We really wanted to enjoy cocktail hour in the Diamond Lounge. We swung by the spa, and before we could even ask, they asked us if we wanted to both have our treatments at 4:00 p.m. Fantastic - now we could start the relaxation earlier, and not interfere with our sundowners time or our dining schedule. In all, we can't wait to get back on the Mariner of the Seas. I already booked a second trip on her - we didn't even have time to explore the entire ship! Head over to my blog to read more about our cruising experiences with RCCL on several different ships. Cheers! Kim Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
I have decided to write this review to help first time cruisers like myself decide if cruising is for them. There were a lot of reviews, especially about Aurora that were negative and we had no idea what to expect. So from the ... Read More
I have decided to write this review to help first time cruisers like myself decide if cruising is for them. There were a lot of reviews, especially about Aurora that were negative and we had no idea what to expect. So from the beginning; we chose this cruise for our honeymoon for one reason only. To see the northern lights. It seemed like a great way to experience them. Booking was easy and we got inboard spending. The website post booking took a little navigating especially to book shore excursions. In 2020 for such a big company I would expect better. (At one point I got so frustrated I threw my iPad...) we got some info prior to the boarding but had no idea what to expect on the day and to be honest found it quite overwhelming. Lots of people had clearly done it before and knew exactly what to do but we were quite lost. They took our baggage, we then headed in to a long, took a health quiz due to recent events and then were just kind of herded into the boat. It was quick, but we still had no idea what was going on. We were also directed in the wrong direction twice to our cabin... luckily those are probably the only negatives I have!!! Cabin: f220 was apparently an upgrade, I think because it used to be a four berth room so was potentially bigger? Anyways it was compact but we expected that, surprising amount of storage especially for all the jumpers and spotlessly clean. The bed was two singles pushed together and super comfy. It was turned down each night by our cabin steward. We also had bathrobes, champagne and flowers that I had arranged as it was our honeymoon. Bathroom is tiny, and could do with not being peach plastic but big enough for what you needed. TV had a good selection of films, but ours spent most of its time on the information channel or on the ship radio channel which had a live feed of a camera from the front of the ship. Played decent getting ready music! We were on a lower floor and close to the engine but this had no effect on our sleep. We were also toasty warm even with a window. The boat; Aurora is the oldest and smallest of the fleet, a lot of people who had cruised before compared her negatively to other boats, however we thought she was lovely. She reminded me of an old London hotel or an aging movie star, a little bit cracked around the edges but elegant and classy. We didn't use the pools but a few people did and they looked warm. Plenty of space on the different decks and a walking deck which we took advantage of most days when it was open. There were a couple of shops, the last day sale is probably the best day for deals but we didn't see much for us. The salon was super expensive, not worth it unless you got one of the daily deals. The gym was pretty good, we only went twice (trying to counter the food) had a lot of machines to use. Public areas; we spent most of our time in the glass house and Champions pub. The crows nest was right at the front, had good views but after a very up and down force 12 day we avoided it! Anderson's is a gin bar , loads of gins and good cocktails. masquarades had a disco but we didn't partake in this. the glass house with wines from Olly Smith was where we tended to sit and read on sea days whilst working my way through the wine list. We did get the drink package but prices weren't too bad, a fiver for a small glass on average. The wine was great, the little nibbles (you had to pay extra for) were delicious. Service was... chilled! An extra waiter would of made all the difference especially as there was a coffee bar here so lots of their time was spent making cappuccinos. Oh and limited view of the sea. Champions was a kind of pub, there was always a quiz going on there, a bit of karaoke and we did manage to catch the rugby and football. There was a good selection of different beers and the service was excellent. Entertainment; I'm not going to lie, we didn't catch any of the shows, they weren't really for us. It would of been nice to see the comedian but it was on the same night as our excursion. The playhouse showed some decent films, Judy, Jumanji, Midway. A list of these can be found online. There was Orca watch onboard and they did talks about the wildlife, standing room only but you could watch from your cabin. Other talks included one about pain relief and arthritis... I kid you not. We read mostly happy just to chill out. There were also talks about the places we were stopping and things to do there. There was a daily magazine that told you what was going on and the dress code for the night, plus a news round up and daily suduko. There was also dancing lessons and enough quizzes to keep you entertained if you like a quiz, which we do. Stops; Alta was specifically for the lights, there is nothing much else there. A couple of shops and a church. It was bloody freezing!!! We did a trip at night to see them and were lucky enough to see them, absolutely unbelievable. So beautiful, worth braving -14 and snow. Tromso was gorgeous, still cold and proper snowing! We did the husky ride which was amazing. Again very cold (-9) but worth it to go through the snow covered countryside. We also went into the town, walked over the bridge to the cathedral. Alesund was cute, we walked up a very tall hill, not as cold as it had been. Buy souvenirs here, much cheaper! Stavenger was also gorgeous, shopping here was for fashion if you wanted it. (There's a h and m) All in all good places to see, and you're unlikely to see them any other way. Food; I saved the best for last. We like food, our holidays and trips revolve around good food. The food onboard was unbelievable. The buffet horizon we went to for breakfast and lunch most days. Good choices, fruit, hot choices, omelette made to order. Lunch we tended to try and have lighter options, salad, soup (which was excellent) cheese. Oh the cheese! The grill next door made great burgers to order. We ate dinner in Medina most nights. The black tie nights we had the Marco menu which was excellent and most other nights we had the three courses. All cooked perfectly, great steaks, full of flavour. Puddings were to die for. Afternoon tea was also great, although maybe the cakes could be a bit tastier. We also dined at Sindhu twice. It is totally worth it. The food was delicious. I understand why people put on weight on cruises. Seriously good food! All in all we had a great time. We would recommend it if you just want to chill out. With the average age about 55 be prepared, this is not a party boat! But if you want to chill, eat good food, be waited on hand and foot and experience the majesty of the fjords in comfort then this is for you. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
We've cruised with Princess before and four other cruise lines. We have Princess as our vacation of choice. We actually have done this cruise before on the Grand Princess. And, will be sailing on the Star Princess at least three ... Read More
We've cruised with Princess before and four other cruise lines. We have Princess as our vacation of choice. We actually have done this cruise before on the Grand Princess. And, will be sailing on the Star Princess at least three more times before she is reassigned later this year. When living in France and Singapore we went with local cruise lines, but they didn't compare to Princess in terms of Ship accommodations, itinerary, food or staff services. We selected a cabin with an unobstructed view. We have made this cruise before on the Grand Princess, and going this early in spring, across the Pacific Ocean, at 20+ knots or 23 miles per hour, you don't really sit out on your balcony for very long. Once you are in the islands and the warmer climate, a balcony is very worth while. But, we had chosen extensive shore excursions, so we wouldn't be sitting of a balcony anyway. We lived in Hawaii for about a year back in 2008 so we already know much of the history and culture. But, Dr. Anne, the naturalist's talks about culture, history, fish and animals and details about each island were excellent, and we learned even more. Tikki Dave and his wife are wonderful entertainers, trainers [hula and ukulalee] as well as making nut necklesses. Great fun, but mostly they provided hours of entertainment. Other entertainers, the commedians, impersonators, singers and the production shows were supurb. Overall, the Star Princess is feeling her age, will be getting a spruce up this summer, but she is still a wonderful experience with a wonderful crew. Great food in the Princess fashion of excellence and we're already booked 3 more cruises on her because she still shines in the Princess tradition which is as good as it gets on the seas. Hope to see some of you in March-April and again in September aboard the Star Princess, you won't be disappointed. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
This cruise was chosen because our previous cruises to Norway with P&O had not gone as far north. Booking direct with Hurtigruten meant that we were covered by their travel arrangements eg charter flight to Bergen from the UK and ... Read More
This cruise was chosen because our previous cruises to Norway with P&O had not gone as far north. Booking direct with Hurtigruten meant that we were covered by their travel arrangements eg charter flight to Bergen from the UK and transfer to the port. The ship is a working fast ferry that carries goods and post. However, the public areas are furnished to a high quality. The ship stops at many ports including at night mostly for a short time - 15 to 20 minutes. As the ramps for loading are on the port side it might be worth if you book for the lower decks in the hull to book the starboard side. Also, there are a number of times when the ship traverses open sea. In winter, these can be interesting. The posh cabins higher up in the ship and often more to the front being more susceptible to extreme movement. You get a nice certificate for crossing the Arctic Circle. The cabin was good except only 2 x single beds which were fixed to the walls. One became a couch / settee in the day time. The bathroom was very good with an excellent shower and hair dryer. Body wash / shampoo and conditioner are in bottles fixed to the shower and there is a soap dispenser above the sink.. Enough wardrobe space. There is a system that allows the cabin not to be cleaned every day which creates points to a 'green' fund. The food was the pleasant surprise. The quality was excellent especially fish. Breakfast which were self serve included hot dishes including porridge and there was fruit juices, tea / coffee, cold cheeses and meats and fish. There was always a queue around the toaster. Lunch was again buffet style with an amazing selection of hot & cold dishes. The evening meal was a set three course menu showcasing Norwegian food. Four dining times - 1800, 1830, 2000 and 2030 hours. Portions were not as immense as you could have for lunch but that was no bad thing. Throughout all meals cold water was available. If you wanted water / coffee etc out of meal times you needed a package but these can be purchased beforehand NB the water in the cabins is of a very high quality and cold. Intoxicants such as beer, wine and spirits are very expensive as they are throughout Norway. You are not allowed to bring duty free purchases on board for consumption in the public spaces. There was no entertainment as such but there were talks from the Expedition team which were very good. They are experts in wildlife, marine ecology etc. WE only went on one expedition to the Russian border which we greatly enjoyed. One of the best films was on 'Norwegian stereotypes' eg Norway is not the capital of Sweden. Throughout the staff were tremendous. Almost all have real competence in English. Some port stops at places like Trondheim and Tromso are long enough to allow excursions. On the return journey, one of the two engines failed (gear box overheated) a rare occurrence which meant our voyage finished in Trondheim. However, it also meant we had a full day there. Booking through Hurtigruten then showed its benefits. A flight was arranged from Trondheim to Bergen to connect with our return charter flight at Bergen. Ship staff came to Trondheim to smooth our journey. A USB can be purchased showing the highlights of the voyage. To sum up, this 'cruise' was totally unlike any other we'd been on previously. It is a working ship and often stops are short. The scenery was magnificent and the Expedition staff were excellent. The food was of a quality not found on normal ferries and as good as the best dedicated cruise ships. WE'd love to do it again but probably in summer just to see the contrasts with our winter journey. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
WE wanted to take this Cruise as it went into Deep southern Caribbean to Bonaire & Aruba. Beautiful places to visit. The cruise was perfect in every way - ship, food, entertainments, games & rooms.. Very relaxing with lots of ... Read More
WE wanted to take this Cruise as it went into Deep southern Caribbean to Bonaire & Aruba. Beautiful places to visit. The cruise was perfect in every way - ship, food, entertainments, games & rooms.. Very relaxing with lots of Canadians to get away from the Snow..We are 78 & 82 and enjoyed it!! The ship decor & shopping & guest & excursions desks were perfect. Princess gave us all a shopping bonus for a minor problem. The weather was beautiful (75 to 89) each day - great for swim & sun.. The friends on board were very cordial to talk with.. Crown Princess is a smaller cruise ship with 2500 passengers or so Not 7000 as some Mega ships are now. We are planning to cruise again with Princess again as they have a well kept ship with health for all most important! If you have never been on a cruise ship, you are really missing a great relaxing trip! Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
Staff on board were just fabulous. Food was very good. Nightly Shows not so great, but then again there are only about 1200 passengers, so one cannot expect the same as a show where there are 5000 passengers. The Lincoln Center quintet ... Read More
Staff on board were just fabulous. Food was very good. Nightly Shows not so great, but then again there are only about 1200 passengers, so one cannot expect the same as a show where there are 5000 passengers. The Lincoln Center quintet was an absolute treat. All polished professional musicians.And they had different themes -- Classics - movie tunes -- Pops et. I would go again in a heart beat. Holland America shut down 3 days after I disembarked. A Global citizen in passengers come first. The Covid 19 was only getting underway and they immediately ceased operations. Rotterdam has Lani suites on the Promenade deck. They have full length sliding glass doors and it seems that everyone on the ship goes by. The suites have reserved lounge chairs just outside the stateroom. I am not much into excursions but the ports had usual shops close to the docking area. Stateroom staff are absolutely there for the passengers. Friendly, helpful - say hello every day using your name. Dinning room staff were also excellent. Or, it could have been just my table -- but not likely. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
We took this cruise from New Orleans, But we flew in the night before and stayed at the Whitney hotel near Bourbon Street and also a short drive to Julia street cruise ship terminal. The hotel was very expensive because of Mardi Gras at ... Read More
We took this cruise from New Orleans, But we flew in the night before and stayed at the Whitney hotel near Bourbon Street and also a short drive to Julia street cruise ship terminal. The hotel was very expensive because of Mardi Gras at $259 US a night. We took it anyway because it was only for one night, it is essential to sleep in the night before in order not to miss your ship. We had bought the priority access prior to the cruise and I can tell you that it was 100% worth it. When we got to the pier by taxi people everywhere luggage everywhere, we left them with the people who tend to your luggage and then we walked inside. At 10:30 AM there was already a couple of thousand people waiting to go on. Even though our embarking time was set for 12:30 we still showed up at 10:30. It is a bit chaotic but we quickly went to the front of the line and sat down for about an hour. When they start the embarkation, They start with people needing assistance then The guests who are frequent cruisers I seem to remember that they were platinum then the Haven and then people with priority access. If not we would have had to go on by numbers and wait our turn. The guests who are frequent cruisers I seem to remember that they were platinum then the haven and then people with priority access. If not we would have had to go on by numbers and wait our turn. When you have priority access you go in a different line to register you bypass a lot of people then they do not give you a number to embark because you go in at the same time then the Haven. We also wanted to get the vibe beach club passes and in order to get those you have to be on the ship really fast. If we had waited for our turn at 12:30 they would have run out of passes. We then would have missed the second best thing about this cruise which is the vibe beach club. It is a private top deck area with I would say around 100 chairs, these chairs are beautiful comfortable covered you have all the towels you can use you have a private bar they serve fruits in the morning and cookies in the afternoon. They give you also fruit flavoured water if you are like we were where we do not drink soda or alcohol so we did have these drinks made up for us free of charge all inclusive the price was 209 per person US but it varies from Cruise the cruise because I have heard that at one point they were $99 a person. We spent most of our time at the vibe beach because the ship is packed the bars are packed the pools are packed the sauna are packed. At the white you have the two whirlpools and I have not seen more than four people at the time and those whirlpools. In the public area the pools were saturated by people in the adult pool at the H2O there are still kids even though they are not supposed to be in the adult pool but also all the smokers are there and all you smell is smoke if you go to that pool. I actually have to run as soon as we embark the ship to make it to guest services to buy at those passes because this is what they had told us on the phone but they were really being sold at headliner club on deck six. Our bedroom was a midship inside state room and it was fine for two people for three people even if it’s a child would’ve been pretty tiny. The beds are comfortable the shower is big we only went there to sleep so we really didn’t care. As for the rest of the ship , We ran on the jogging deck which is pretty small and we played minute but we played basketball we never got to do the ropes because it was always too windy when it was open. , We ran on the jogging deck which is pretty small and we played mini putt we played basketball we never got to do the ropes because it was always too windy when it was open. The food in our taste was excellent, We mainly ate at the buffet and it was fine a lot of choices a lot of different food we had a chef doing omelets in the morning and the one doing pasta to your liking for lunch and dinner for us it was free and we love that we didn’t need the Al la carte restaurants. We ate at O sheans 4 times so I don’t understand a review of the people that say that they cannot get inside just go on a little earlier. We also ate at the noodle restaurant which was free and very delicious service was slow a little bit but nothing to complain about. I only did One tour and it was in Honduras where we visited with the monkeys, we enjoyed it very much and it was worth the money. At night I did wear a little sundress I saw people fully dressed with a long evening gowns in the high heels I chose to put on flip-flops with bling and my husband wore cleaner slacks with a polo shirt And we were fine. 99% of the staff was fine and we never have any complaints about them. We got off at Cozumel and walked about town had lunch came back. We had to tender in H C and because we have priority access, we got off the ship at anytime we wanted instead of having to book a tender time and wait for your turn.We went to Belize And it Harvest Caye was so cold that we only stayed an hour and we came back on the tender. Costa Maya is like a giant resort when you have to drink or eat to have a lounge chair. I would never eat anything there where they serve meat or wash the salad in their water. Some guests missed the boat in Roatan and we left without them! Also they have dogs that will sniff your luggage and detect if you are bringing any food or drinks after ship so don’t even try it. Also if you bring water off the ship and you try to bring it back they will not except it so you have to toss it. When you go to sure you cannot leave without your sea pass and the proof of ID. Make a photocopy of your passport and keep it on your phone as a picture. That’s all I can think of off the top of my head if you have any questions I will be more than happy to answer them! As for entertainment burn the floor was excellent but a bit long, Cirque steam Was incredible food was good. The best show of all was million Dollar Quartet which was unbelievable. You do have to pay for the show cirque because you get a shot and a meal so get the tables that are in front of the stage there are a bit more expensive but you are so close it’s really good. Make sure you reserve Prior to sailing because if you don’t have a reservation for the shows you will go in to the standby line and you don’t know if and when you were going to go in so it reserved before and you’ll be fine. As for the comedian show at headliners they are good but they often repeat themselves you don’t have to reserve but you have to lineup for 45 minutes to an hour in order to get a seat. Even if you have a reservation for the three other shows make sure you get there 45 Before in order to pick the seats that you want it guarantees you a seat but not to necessarily sit together if you’re late Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
We absolutely loved the layout of the ship. We had a huge spacious balcony cabin on the aft. We are gluten-free and had a wonderful experience. I believe we had the best gluten-free pizza we've ever had! Even though we had My Time ... Read More
We absolutely loved the layout of the ship. We had a huge spacious balcony cabin on the aft. We are gluten-free and had a wonderful experience. I believe we had the best gluten-free pizza we've ever had! Even though we had My Time dining, we were able to have the same waitstaff and table every night. The ice show was magnificent! In fact, we loved all the shows we saw, but we didn't make it to all of them. We really liked the layout of the promenade - the mall-like feel was refreshing! The weather was wonderful and we really enjoyed our excursion in Grand Cayman to see the stingrays and starfish. Honestly, out of the 16 cruises we've been on, I do believe this was our favorite. We usually travel with friends and took this one alone. We met some wonderful folks and really enjoyed our time away. THANK YOU, Royal Caribbean and Liberty of the Seas! Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
Late offering where and when we wanted to go, seemed like a winner, but food options not fitting our schedule. Formal dining each night at 8 pm was fabulous but prevented time to get to a y shows. And the lido banquet closed completely ... Read More
Late offering where and when we wanted to go, seemed like a winner, but food options not fitting our schedule. Formal dining each night at 8 pm was fabulous but prevented time to get to a y shows. And the lido banquet closed completely each morning for way too long, and long lines late morning at other food places made it tough for us to get a bit of breakfast. Ludo buffet always had a sign saying "Service continues on other side" but that was a lie as it all closed at the same time and was closed way too long. They failed to tag our liquor purchases onshore properly and so we were made to wait for a good portion of our last day in our cabin, and if I hadn't showed them my copy of our receipt from the shore store we'd probably still have nothing. Our package never got tagged and our tag was placed on someone else's package (had two tags). Again, should never have happened. Rooms were great and everyone was friendly and helpful except customer service, and we needed them most! Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
On off the ship the fastest we have ever had .the ship is very large with many thing to to.the casino is very big they have a lot of table games .they could use a upgrade on there slots.food in all dining venues was very good and always ... Read More
On off the ship the fastest we have ever had .the ship is very large with many thing to to.the casino is very big they have a lot of table games .they could use a upgrade on there slots.food in all dining venues was very good and always hot. Had only one problem the breakfast in taste was really bad.pool areas nice .I wish the Beatles tribute band played in the main theater more cause the cavern club is way to small.for smokers out there they have two spots one buy the main pool.the other in spice h 2 o on side smoking with a bar and 20 to 25 table s with umbrellas the other side non smoking with food..we had no problem with water like so many others did..with all that said enjoy the ship cause we had a lot of fun .and remember you are on vacation in the Caribbean so have fun. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
We chose this cruise for the itinerary and ship size (not too big but amenities of a larger ship). The itinerary was excellent, although we missed a port (Bonaire) and were annoyed with “after final payment” changes. Tip: We flew ... Read More
We chose this cruise for the itinerary and ship size (not too big but amenities of a larger ship). The itinerary was excellent, although we missed a port (Bonaire) and were annoyed with “after final payment” changes. Tip: We flew into San Juan a day early and stayed right in the Airport Hotel. Sooooo convenient and only needed 1 taxi ride directly to the port the next day. It was clean and had an excellent complimentary breakfast, and hotel staff/manager was great help. Embarkation and Debarkation were better than any other cruise we’ve been on. No lines at all. Ship: I found the layout fine. The casino was huge but we could avoid it by taking a different floor. The smoke wasn’t ridiculous but it would be better if the casino was more contained since it does open up to the center of the ship. The ship was clean and well maintained. Deck space on sea days is definitely an issue. There is not enough space for 4,000 people. We dealt with this by booking the Thermal Spa for the week. Worth every penny. Great amenities including saunas overlooking the ocean, jetted pool, and a private outdoor lounge area. Tip: booking the Thermal Suite cost less than upgrading to a regular balcony. By booking an interior and the Thermal Suite, we had outdoor space that was quiet and great amenities to stay relaxed plus an uncrowded heated pool. Cabin: we actually really loved the inside cabin set up. I was worried that they would be too small, but there was ample storage. I liked a separate shower and toilet. The shower was the biggest I’ve ever had at sea. Only problem was the lighting is WAY too dark. It was difficult to see to put on makeup. Dining: very pleased with the dining options. Only bad meal was in the main dining room for lunch. All specialty dining was excellent, main dining dinner was good, and breakfast and lunch in the buffet was great. The service was excellent. Smiles from everyone, even when we could tell they were under staffed and working hard. Activities and Entertainment: lots to do. The funnel slide was super fun although it was busy so we only did it on embarkation without a wait. Rock climbing wall was good size and sport court was nice. We even played shuffle board and ping pong. The theatre shows were very good but not for the easily offended. Unfortunately we could not see some of the other shows because the venue space was way too small. There were lots of trivia and game shows we enjoyed. Plus dance classes and a fun escape room that all was free. No need to pay for entertainment to keep busy. Shore Excursions: Aruba took excursion with a local company called ABC Excursions. Excellent company and great price. saw EVERYTHING in one day and included lunch. Curacao ship excursion to the Hato Caves and City Tour. Professional and comfortable. Caves were interesting. We would have liked more time to shop in town but they did the best they could with time constraints. It is a beautiful city to explore walking distance from the port. St. Lucia best excursion with the ship! Took a catamaran cruise “between the Pitons”. Got to snorkel, take pictures, and dance on the boat. Clean bathrooms too! Highlight was that this was a late port so we got to see the sunset on the way back to port. Gorgeous island views. Definitely recommend. St. Kitts taxis are easily organized and accessible so no need to book a beach excursion through the ship for double the cost! We like snorkeling, so we went to Regae Beach Bar on Cockleshell Beach ($14 pp taxi ride + $20 for 2 beach chairs and an umbrella). Felt very authentic Caribbean and had good snorkeling. We saw star fish and a huge sting ray. Left time for shopping. San Juan we booked ship excursion to the Rainforest that included the airport transfer. It was a long drive but absolutely beautiful with great views. Norwegian did a great job with picking excursion companies. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
We had a great time on our cruise. The staff was great, the accomodations were nice. They even brought us a fan because we felt our room was on the warm side. Our room steward and dining staff were great and friendly. The comedy was pretty ... Read More
We had a great time on our cruise. The staff was great, the accomodations were nice. They even brought us a fan because we felt our room was on the warm side. Our room steward and dining staff were great and friendly. The comedy was pretty good and the shows nice. Our Cruise Director, Lee was incredible and full of energy. He really went out of his way to make sure that everyone was having an amazing time. The steakhouse was amazing. The steak was cooked to perfection and all of the sides were delicious. The cheesecake for dessert was so yummy! My only complaint was that that the Spa workers seemed a little bit on the snooty side. It made me a little uncomfortable when I was getting my overpriced pedicure.The pedicure was $75.00 but I had a gift card from my room steward for $50.00 to use in the spa, so I only had to pay $25.00. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
This was our 1st cruise and it didn't disappoint. The ship looked great. Layout a little confusing at first but after day 1 no problems. We had a balcony cabin and we liked sitting out there is the morning drinking our coffee. ... Read More
This was our 1st cruise and it didn't disappoint. The ship looked great. Layout a little confusing at first but after day 1 no problems. We had a balcony cabin and we liked sitting out there is the morning drinking our coffee. We didnt like the garden cafe so we ate in the main dining rooms mostly. We did do the Japanese steak house, must do again, Brazilian steak house, go hungry, and the French restaurant, our waitress was fantastic! We loved all the entertainment, we went to all of it. The comedian was so funny and we got to talk with him after the show. All of our service was outstanding, very friendly and willing to help. Shout out to Angelo and Vladimir you both made the trip. All shore excursions were great. We will be coming back. We got 2 vouchers for our next cruise. Now have to decide where to go! Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
We have traveled with Celebrity often, but this is the first time on Equinox. We’ve been on sister ships. She has been updated with the Retreat amenities and appearance for those in suites. We experienced the usual wonderful service. ... Read More
We have traveled with Celebrity often, but this is the first time on Equinox. We’ve been on sister ships. She has been updated with the Retreat amenities and appearance for those in suites. We experienced the usual wonderful service. I’m not happy with the new look for the days’ activities paper. It is in, by time, in sections, and it can be easy to miss things that occur at the same time. I’m most impressed with the internet speed and service. Considering that we are at sea, it is outstanding. We sailed back to back and the procedure between Cruises was well explained and worked reasonably well. There was some waiting. The main one was standing in line until a customs agent showed up. He barely glanced at our passports. One big change from the last time on Celebrity (nearly two years ago) is that the check in is easier and your room seapass card is outside your cabin. You are allowed to go there to drop off your things and then go for lunch until all cabins are ready. The ship accommodates the guests without seeming crowded. - except near the bars before dinner. The singers and dancers shows were OK and very loud. We usually check in on them, but tend to leave early. With the exception of one comedian the other entertainers were below average. We were in the Caribbean so the ports are what you make of them. For us nothing was overly impressive, but it’s great to get into the sun and water activities. I am scheduled for knee replacement surgery, so decided to rent a scooter. It was a great decision. There was plenty of room for it in our cabin, a suite. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
We mainly decided to try Celebrity for the first time because of the reviews we had read of this ship (Summit) and because of the itinerary, plus the fact that these were the dates we were looking for. We were not disappointed. The ship ... Read More
We mainly decided to try Celebrity for the first time because of the reviews we had read of this ship (Summit) and because of the itinerary, plus the fact that these were the dates we were looking for. We were not disappointed. The ship is beautiful. Everything looks so new & is sparkling clean. The colors are light & fresh, including the carpeting, etc. A favorite spot was the solarium. That pool is wonderful, especially after a day out touring in the heat & sun! The Oceanview Cafe (buffet) was amazing. Everything you could think of, plus it was all spread out into different stations with plenty of seating & windows, making it feel so open--not like many of the crowded buffets on some ships we have been on in the past. They even had made-to-order pasta during the day & omelets for breakfast. Food and service in the main dining room were exceptional. We sat in the same general area each night, so were able to get to know the waiters, sommelier, etc. The food on this ship was a step up from what we had experienced on our most recent cruises. There were excellent choices each night for dinner. Our cabin steward did a great job as well. Everything was always clean and fresh. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
I will start by saying that we had a wonderful time and will cruise again with Celebrity anytime. But there are always glitches with any vacation. The check-in procedure was the worst ever because the computers went down and the lines ... Read More
I will start by saying that we had a wonderful time and will cruise again with Celebrity anytime. But there are always glitches with any vacation. The check-in procedure was the worst ever because the computers went down and the lines went around the building.I know they did the best the could but they did nothing to help out those who were handicapped and that could not stand for the 45 min. plus we were on line. The food quality, volume and selections were as excellent as usual and personalized service in the specialty restaurants was amazing. We absolutely loved Tuscan Grill and wished we booked that twice. Murano was also delightful. Our waiter (Isai) and Fredrick the assistant waiter were wonderful in the Main Dining Room for the 8:30 sitting. Breakfast in the main dining room- service was slow. Oceanview Cafe was definitely the place for breakfast. We tried room service twice once was great and the other was funny. They gave us someone else's order. Our favorite place was Cafe Al Bacio, every day, twice a day espresso, cappuccino and some lemon tartlets. Who cares cruise calories don’t count! There was your typical production shows. We went and then walked out of Topper, it was just bizarre. The comedian was very funny. Some of the lounge acts were good and others were not our speed. I do wish that they had some jazz in one of the the bars. The silent disco was a lot of fun and when it was held in the sky bar there was enough room to dance. But the bar there can't keep up with all the orders. The second silent disco was for Gatsby night and it was on the 3rd floor lobby area, way to small and you could hear the singing all the way up to deck 12. The third floor lobby area was used for dance lessons and music/dancing every night. It was crowded and too loud most of the time. We never understood why the sky bar was underutilized as was Quasars. The Senior Officers were present on a quite few occasions and perfectly friendly. Guest Relations where the ship sparkled. I had to go down to the desk a few time to inquire about their new drink package that included the min-bar, the took care of everything, It was our anniversary and I wanted a few flowers for a renewal service, I told them 3 roses. I received a beautiful grouping of flowers, plus in our cabin was champagne and a plate of cheese and fruit. Every department sent us cards to help celebrate our special day. The Captain’s Club hostess (Amy) and the CC (Joanna) were both efficient and entertaining and kept us busy with all the parties and activities. I do wish that the two of them would coordinate times better for the activities, it was hard to juggle at times where we were going to be, some we had to miss all together. Photo Gallery-excellent We were celebrating our 20th anniversary we decided to sit for a few black & white photos in the studio. These photos will be very special memories for us, especially since he made us look 20 years younger. LOL! Debarkation went smoothly and ahead of schedule. My only complaint was the constant selling of drinks packages, upgrading of packages or selling of specialty dining packages. It really puts a damper on the cruise. Key West was lovely. We were independent and took the Conk train that is right off the pier. Also the Hemingway House is a short walk from one of the stops. Great History. Costa Maya we booked an independent beach day with transportation and it was ok. The beach is rocky, bring your surf shoes! The walk off the pier will take 25min and you will be accosted by the salesmen. Cozumel we booked an independent resort day at Iberostar Resort Cozumel. Beautiful resort. all inclusive, lunch, drinks, towels. $20 each way by cab. Grand Cayman Took 2 different tours off the Equinox. GCI1 - Dolphin Swim and 7 Mile Beach My husband loved it and would do it again. GCR2 - Coral Beach Club on Famous 7 Mile Beach very nice club just not enough time Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
We chose this cruise for our Anniversary since it left out of Port Canaveral. This is my third Carvnival cruise and have cruised on most other lines. We have been to the Bahamas but not overnight. The Liberty is a very nice ship. It ... Read More
We chose this cruise for our Anniversary since it left out of Port Canaveral. This is my third Carvnival cruise and have cruised on most other lines. We have been to the Bahamas but not overnight. The Liberty is a very nice ship. It was well decorated and did not appear to need updates as other reviews have noted. There was plenty of places to sit and relax. The pool area was laid out very nice with tiers and held lots of chairs. The only time it was overcrowded was during the sea day. We could not find a chair to sit, but found at least 100 empty chairs with blue towels with at least one person guarding entire empty rows. Although there was a sign not to reserve chairs, it was not enforced. They had a large movie screen over the pool with a good list of movies. The cruise is very nice for families with children. They have a Dr Seuss theme and it seemed like lots of activities for the kids. We did notice though the children tended to fill up the spas by the pool. But they have a very nice adults only section with two jacuzzis in the Aft of the ship. The food overall was better than most ships I have been on. We ate at Guys burgers and they had a Mongolian Wok that was open the first day and last day (it is not open all the time so go there when you see it open). The overall best meal went to Diamonds SteakHouse. We had Australian Wagyu and Surf and turf for only $38.00 each. This 5 course meal was better than most prime steakhouses I have been to. The service was excellent. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
Review of the annual Holistic Cruise from Feb. 21 - 28th. No, I'm not Holistic, see last paragraph. My 1st MSC Cruise was the 11 night over New Years. We had so much fun (see that review) that we had to go again before the ship left ... Read More
Review of the annual Holistic Cruise from Feb. 21 - 28th. No, I'm not Holistic, see last paragraph. My 1st MSC Cruise was the 11 night over New Years. We had so much fun (see that review) that we had to go again before the ship left the U.S. this March for a year. I have to be honest, I picked the Divina again because I've never in our previous 10 cruises seen any ship have the quality of entertainment in not only the theater, but with the entertainment staff that is all over the ship making me feel like a teenager again not to mention how they are so talented. Have to mention the Soul Solutions Band, never had I experienced a better band on any ship. They truly belong in Vegas. On both our cruises we were lucky enough to have some unbelievable staff available to us and I am going to name them because I know they go way out for Cruise Critic (you should be sure to go to the Meet and Mingle they put on for us) and hope they read this. Met the directors at the Meet & Mingle. They remember your name the rest of the cruise. Anna Werner, Cruise Director from Germany. How she does it I will never know. tireless is all I can say but the entertainment is 2nd to none. If people are saying they didn't like it, they don't know what talent is. Ziggy Lisowski, Hotel Director from Poland. Such attention to detail and asks people what is good and bad. Really makes you feel like MSC cares deeply about their guests. Great guy. Ramona Florea, Bar Director from Romania. Of course I met her because of the cigar lounge but her attention to detail on everything really impressed us. And such a nice sweet person. Visen David Seerputtee, Bartender in the Cigar Lounge & Buffet from Mauritius. This guy is the best person ever that could be in his position. His knowledge of everything is amazing. I can't say enough about him, but him being on the ship was a huge factor in our returning. Young guy and speaks at least five languages fluently. Giacomo Riviello, singer in the Pantheon Theater. How he's not on Broadway? I have no idea and neither do the folks I see posting on these boards. He has also been very nice when seen outside of the theater. The Redhead dancer in the Pantheon. Sorry, don't know her name or where she's from, but my goodness is she great and always with the most wonderful smile. Seen her off ship on both trips and was so nice. Like Giacomo, I seriously can't believe she's not on Broadway, although that could be said for all the talent on the shows. The, for lack of knowing what to call them, the roving entertainment staff is Just amazing at all hours of the day and night. MSC and them do it right. I'd like to point out Michelle Rosales and Natasha Van Heerden. I'm so happy they were still on this cruise as they are part of the package that, to us, that has made MSC the best cruise line we've ever been on. These bar attendants were always so kind and made and their friendliness was always a breath of fresh air. Keisha Richard from Saint Lucia and Crystalie ando Zamora from Philippines. One thing I really think MSC could've done to make this cruise better for most on the ship, was let people know before they booked, that if they weren't vegan or Holistic they weren't going to get the early seating and that there would be some minor inconveniences. I fortunately saw on the Cruise Critic Roll Call that it was a Holistic cruise and found out if there would be the regular food, but I requested early seating and a table for two. I got neither of those and when I went to guest services when we got on we were told, sorry, nothing is going to change. I heard more complaints about that. Why hide it? Most people not in that group did not even know it was a Holistic Cruise. I actually, other than the late seating, which worked out good, didn't find any inconvenience from having that organization cruise with us and MSC did an excellent job of not making us feel divided or missing out on anything other than the dining room early seating. Not a big deal. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
Chose for 3 days in New Orleans for Mardi Gras, and the recommendation from friends to try Celebrity. The Celebrity agent offered us a great deal for Concierge class guarantee and we found out the early boarding, special embarkation ... Read More
Chose for 3 days in New Orleans for Mardi Gras, and the recommendation from friends to try Celebrity. The Celebrity agent offered us a great deal for Concierge class guarantee and we found out the early boarding, special embarkation luncheon in the dining room, and early priorty disembarkation made it so easy to park in the nearby MIDport garage because there were spaces, and no lines as boarding began at 10 am. The passengers we met also were amazed by how clean it was for a 7 year old ship. We loved the top deck walking path from aft to forward going more than 2 miles in 7 laps while walking past grassy areas, and multiple eating/drinking areas. We had gratuity included as a free perk, but those who booked earlier also had wifi and all drinks included for free. BAthroom had most storage and nice glass enclosure for shower instead of sticky shower curtain found on new Princess ships, and bigger sofa and balcony than Sky Princess premium deluxe veranda which we cruised 3 months ago. No sick passengers for 10 days as precautions for clean hands was practiced by all. Food was definitely a higher standard than any other ship at the buffet and regular dining. We were offered escargots every dinner which was a wonderful surprise,and ate them in the regular dining room. Our servers and steward were wonderful. The spa pool room has a glass rooftop and is warm all the time with lots of loungers and views...and availalble to all without an extra fee. We will book with Celebrity again. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
As our cruise date approached, I was a little nervous about going on the Serenade of the Seas by Royal Caribbean. We had been mostly on larger ships and the information I was ready on the blogs made me wonder if we had made a mistake. We ... Read More
As our cruise date approached, I was a little nervous about going on the Serenade of the Seas by Royal Caribbean. We had been mostly on larger ships and the information I was ready on the blogs made me wonder if we had made a mistake. We were pleasantly surprised and as always when we sail on Royal Caribbean totally happy with our decision! Embarkation and disembarkation went as smooth as silk. Very quick and very efficient. Although a smaller ship the Serenade offered everything we were looking for and more. The ship has been well maintained and although she showed her age slightly in some areas was beautiful. The Serenade does not have all the bells and whistles for the kids but for a family looking for a relaxing vacation it should be considered. Our ocean view balcony cabin was very adequate. It offered plenty of storage, the bed was very comfortable and our mid ship location between the elevators made the cabin perfect for us. Our cabin steward Maria did a great job. We find the food on Royal to be outstanding whether we are in the main dining room or the Windjammer. We do not buy the specialty dining due to the quality of food everywhere on the ship. The dining room service was impeccable.Sam, Okkey, and Omar were the best waiters ever! Christopher in the Windjammer went out of his way to be sure we always had anything we needed. The entertainment was excellent. The singers and dancers where extremely talented and did a great job. The headliners, the entertainers in the lounges, and the orchestra were all very entertaining and professional. We were not disappointed with any of it. The cruise director Chris, and the activity director Scott, were always visible and kept everyone involved. The casino was like all others. if there was a negative to the cruise it was that the casino sometimes smelled smoky. Not good for people allergic to smoke. Early in the day it was better so that is when we visited the venue. The service we received in all areas was the BEST we have ever had overall on a Royal ship. The staff was on a mission to make our vacation perfect. Since this sailing was at the beginning of the Corona virus they did everything they possibly could have done to protect all of us from the virus. They cleaned non-stop. We were totally impressed with their efforts and at no time felt anything but safe on this wonderful ship!!! The ports were all beautiful and interesting. Shore excursions were excellent as always. We are loyal to Royal and have another cruise planned for December of 2020 with our grandchildren and their parents on the Anthem. We also booked another cruise with Royal for next February on the Enchantment of the Seas. We have never had a bad experience on Royal and recommend their Serenade of the Seas to all. We look forward to sailing on her again in the future. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
We chose this cruise as we had never been to the Caribbean before and it was for my good lady's 50th Birthday, We have done a Med cruise with Celebrity but I have to say I much prefered P&O as a company and the Azura was a much ... Read More
We chose this cruise as we had never been to the Caribbean before and it was for my good lady's 50th Birthday, We have done a Med cruise with Celebrity but I have to say I much prefered P&O as a company and the Azura was a much nicer ship than the Celebrity Constelation we sailed on previously, we thought the cruise was good value for money and much cheaper than Celebrity would have been, There were some area's of the ship that were a little bit tired but as it is soon to go in for a refurb when we next sail on the Azura in 2022 I am sure it will feel like a new ship, we had no complaints at all with any part of the cruise, the buffet restaurants were really good and the main restaurants for your evening meals were wonderful, the food there was really good with plenty of choice, All the staff members from waiters, bar staff, cleaners, reception,and entertainmet were excellent,and please ignore the usual bad reviews,there will always be some people who you cannot please and it always amazes me how people find things to moan about, the pool area's were really clean. Shore excursions were really good we did some by going with local guide's and we had no issues with this, we did book some on the ship which is more expensive to do but you do get the satisfaction that you will always be back to the ship on time and have no worries about being left behind,that comes down to the individual and how confident you feel in booking something through a third party,I must also add the Captain Neil Turnbull was superb, we saw him on deck and around the ship on a regular basis and he was very approachable, he was also very funny and came out with some hilarious comments when he came over the tannoy with information and updates for the passengers made everyone feel very relaxed which is what a holiday is all about, Looking forward to 2022 and hopefully regaining some normality when this global coronavirus has hopefully passed, so to recap don't hesitate to book a P&O Cruise Its great. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
This was our first Princess cruise, so we truly didn't know what to expect other than what we had read and what Princess is known for. Embarkation was a breeze even if we were required to fill out a medical questionnaire stating our ... Read More
This was our first Princess cruise, so we truly didn't know what to expect other than what we had read and what Princess is known for. Embarkation was a breeze even if we were required to fill out a medical questionnaire stating our exposure, or lack of exposure, to Covid-19. No temperature check or screening of any kind. Once onboard, we found evidence of what all the previous reviews had mentioned. This is an older ship and shows it with rust in many areas, disabled elevators, etc. Even with these shortcomings we were still quite excited to begin our 25th wedding anniversary cruise. The first noticeable observation was that this cruise was populated with older adults. The largest age group represented was the 70+ group. Many walkers, canes and electric scooters. Since this itinerary was 15 days and right in the middle of the school year, we didn't expect to see many young people, but we weren't truly prepared for this demographic. All that said, we had a great time. Our dining room staff was top notch, the Broadway-type shows were very good and the magician/comedian(Christopher James) was hysterical! There were several activities during the many sea days and the food was quite good. We paid the up-charge for the Crown Grill steakhouse and felt it was money well spent. Sadly, everything changed on the 12th day. We were informed that a passenger on the previous cruise has contracted the Coronavirus and, regardless of usual cleaning practices, we were now considered exposed to the virus. We were allowed to dine for our lunch meal after which we would be confined to our rooms. Masks were issued and social distancing was encouraged for lunch, but instead most folks treated it as if this would be the last meal they would receive. Taking as much food as they could carry to their rooms. While confined to our rooms, Princess did an amazing job of keeping us fed, amused and informed. The captain would make frequent announcements and we had meals and activities delivered to our rooms. Our stewards would place a tray/container at our door, knock and then stand a safe distance away. We had booked a balcony, so access to fresh air and sunshine was immediate. The folks in inside staterooms were allowed to walk the upper decks, in small groups, on a controlled schedule . Princess also gave everyone free wi-fi and added new content to the "on demand" TV viewing options. Our last port, Ensenada, was eliminated so we could head directly back to San Francisco. We floated in limbo for a couple days until Oakland graciously accepted us. We didn't realize how good we had it until we were placed in the hands of US authorities. Princess did everything right with the information and supplies/services they were provided. The generosity of Princess was exemplary. I have nothing but good things to say about how our crew, and the Princess team, dealt with our constantly evolving situation. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
This was our first Cruise with Fred Olsen. Most impressed. Despite being a small ship, the ship and the cruse organisation were quite superb. The staff were perhaps the friendliest we have encountered on other cruises, They were very ... Read More
This was our first Cruise with Fred Olsen. Most impressed. Despite being a small ship, the ship and the cruse organisation were quite superb. The staff were perhaps the friendliest we have encountered on other cruises, They were very attentive and were always ready to assist those need ing help Though the main entertainment was not as good as the bigger ships, the secondary entertainment was very good, and there was more than enough to do on sea days. Absolutely brilliantt cruise. We used the cruise because of the fabulous Cadiz Carnival, which is easily accessible. We didn't need to do shore excursions as we have visited the ports. We enjoyed the dining experience as you had a choice of waiter service or self service, iin one dining room. On bigger ships you don't have that option. This was a much nicer experience. We would definitely cruise with Fred Olsen again Read Less
Sail Date February 2020

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