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My boyfriend chose this cruise as my first one for us a short getaway and to see if I actually like it....needless to say, I LOVED IT!!! It was Super Bowl weekend which made it better being that we are football fans. The crew was great, ... Read More
My boyfriend chose this cruise as my first one for us a short getaway and to see if I actually like it....needless to say, I LOVED IT!!! It was Super Bowl weekend which made it better being that we are football fans. The crew was great, loved the food,loved the 70s show on our first night of leaving, enjoyed the sunbathing on the deck as well as the island, did a dinner at Chef's Restaurant and loved the Lido deck. Totally loved CocoCay!! Everything we needed was at our beck and call (food, lounging, entertainment, etc) I sit here today wishing it was last week again....I miss it already! If I had to choose another time to cruise, which I will...I will definitely choose Royal Caribbean. And I would and am advising friends and family to use as well! But I am a simple person, so I would like more simple entrees and appetizers at the main dinners. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
It was a fantastic cruise to Hawaii. Had great weather and calm seas. Grand Princess had been in dry dock before our cruise. We had the new bedding and the ship looked like new. Enjoyed all the shows in the Princess Theater. Best ... Read More
It was a fantastic cruise to Hawaii. Had great weather and calm seas. Grand Princess had been in dry dock before our cruise. We had the new bedding and the ship looked like new. Enjoyed all the shows in the Princess Theater. Best entertainment ever! Aaron and his staff keep everyone entertained. Bought on a local Hula show in Honolulu. Rented a car in Maui and went to eat at Mama's Fish House. Did the boat to the Fern Grotto in Kauai. Volcano in Hilo. Hop on/Hop off Bus in Honolulu. Did the Steak House, Crab Shack and Sabatini's. They were all good. Recommend buying your Photo Package in advance to save money. We also bought the Coffee Card and Soda package. Spent the night at a Hilton close to Fisherman's Wharf. Enjoy seeing the sea lions and the view of Alcatraz. Had a Balcony cabin and enjoyed the balcony on the warm days and nights. trudallasite Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
Windstar cruise line offered an interesting opportunity to see more than Tahiti and Moorea by taking a week long cruise on the Wind Spirit. The itinerary included the additional Society Islands of Bora Bora, Taha'a, Raiatea, and ... Read More
Windstar cruise line offered an interesting opportunity to see more than Tahiti and Moorea by taking a week long cruise on the Wind Spirit. The itinerary included the additional Society Islands of Bora Bora, Taha'a, Raiatea, and Huahine. Each stop afforded us the opportunity to learn more about the Polynesian culture, the local history, and the current economy. The two tours we arranged before the cruise with Francyfranc Tours in Moorea and L'Excursion Bleue in Raiatea, were offered at half the price of similar ship-sponsored tours and were excellent - better than the two ship tours we booked for other ports, which were also good. We were invited to visit the ship's bridge when at sea, although most inter-island travel was at night. It was a rare opportunity to chat with the captain and each of the officers on duty throughout the cruise and we very much enjoyed our brief conversations and the explanation of the instruments used to control the ship. The food was delicious and the table service was generally very friendly and efficient. We enjoyed the two events ashore: the evening luau on Motu Tabu off Bora Bora, which included very entertaining Polynesian dancers, and the picnic lunch on a motu off Taha'a. However, the evening buffet on the open pool deck with a rain storm was not as successful. Of particular note was the Captain of the Hotel Staff and one of his Lieutenants assisting on the serving line during the picnic. This leadership approach results in the friendly, cheerful and efficient service provided by the entire crew directly serving the passengers. Do not miss the crew's talent show which is presented at the end of the voyage. The other onboard entertainment is limited to a husband and wife team singing popular songs. Be cognizant that the weather in the southern hemisphere summer (our winter) is sunny, hot and humid with frequent showers. Being from Houston, we know hot and humid, but we found this weather to be well beyond our summer experiences. If you like water sports (snorkeling, kayaking, etc.) you will love this cruise. Snorkel gear and other water sport equipment is provided without charge. Just a heads up: when snorkeling, be careful of currents carrying you into coral, which can cause significant injuries. You will probably not find any cheap cruises or airfare to Tahiti due to lack of competition. Be sure to allow plenty of time (3 hours minimum) if you're making connections in L.A. and be clear on whether your bags will be checked through. We almost missed our flight to Tahiti due to a misunderstanding in this regard. Also recognize that you must produce a return or continuing airline reservation or you will not be issued a boarding pass to fly to Tahiti. In summary, we very much enjoyed this unique cruise on Windstar and would definitely recommend it. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
We chose this cruise because it began and ended in San Francisco, which is only about an hours drive from our home. It was our first long cruise, and Princess Cruises kept us informed on line through their website of all that we needed. ... Read More
We chose this cruise because it began and ended in San Francisco, which is only about an hours drive from our home. It was our first long cruise, and Princess Cruises kept us informed on line through their website of all that we needed. We were informed in detail of our identification requirements, suggests on packing and made us fully aware of what to expect. It was more than we expected. Food was award winning, and the dining room service was an experience in itself.. Dining rooms, including the ever popular buffet, were orderly and well decorated.. Our Room steward was exceptional. He serviced every detail and always said Hello and Have a nice dinner, or breakfast. On one particular rocky evening, I heard him call out to me by name to hold the railing. Entertainment was varied and current. Lectures were informative. If there is a complaint it is that there weren't enough hours in the day to do all you would like to. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
This was our fourth Caribbean Cruise with P& O over the past six years and our second time on Azura. We were not intending to go this year as we are already booked on Azura in Jan 2018, with a group of friends. I saw a late deal and we ... Read More
This was our fourth Caribbean Cruise with P& O over the past six years and our second time on Azura. We were not intending to go this year as we are already booked on Azura in Jan 2018, with a group of friends. I saw a late deal and we decided to go for it and absolutely no regrets. We have previously sailed on Ventura and Britannia in the Caribbean and both enjoyable. We have always booked a balcony, but on this occasion the deal was for an inside cabin which would be a new experience for us. We flew from Manchester on the Dreamliner and had a very good flight both there and back. The embarkation at Barbados went of very smoothly and we were quickly on the ship. We proceeded to our cabin which was in a good location on B deck, near the forward lifts. We were very pleasantly surprised with our cabin, it was very clean and tidy, yes it was small in comparison to the balcony cabins, but in reality we don't send much time in the cabin, Our cabin steward Dency introduced himself and could not do enough for us, he was friendly, efficient and always had a smile on his face, nothing was too much trouble for him. This high level of service from Dency continued throughout the cruise. We walked around the ship on the first day and in general found it to be in a good condition considering the amount of sailings it undertakes. We had no complaint in this department. We were on Freedom dining, which we had requested which suits our style of holiday and we found the service and food to be of a good standard for the amount of people passing through on a nightly basis, compared to previous cruises on P&O. We tried the speciality restaurants, Sindhu, Epicurean, The Glass House and The Beach House. In all cases the food and service was excellent and in our opinion worth the additional cost apart from the Valentines Night meal in Epicurean, the cover charge was excessive albeit the meal was very nice. it appeared P&O were up to their old tricks of taking advantage of an occasion for additional profit. Usually before dinner we would go to the Planet Bar for a drink and met a very friendly and helpful bartender called Simpson, from the first night to the last he always made us feel welcome and would start serving preparing our drinks as we walked in. I have to say that throughout our cruise all the staff we encountered were smiling, friendly, and helpful even more than other P& O ships we have been on. This really did make the cruise. There is no doubt in our opinion that the Azura is a happy ship and this was reflected in the atmosphere around the ship. In relation to the entertainment, Jimmy James was up to his usual high standard and highly enjoyable, We3 were excellent. Both acts performing in the main theatre. The Freddie Mercury and Elton John tribute acts were good but have seen better performances by other tribute acts on previous cruises. Again in the main the entertainment was good. The activities on sea days are not our scene and we had no problems finding a sun beds at the front of the ship, spending the day relaxing. We booked three excursions, the river tubing in Jamaica which was great fun and well worth the experience. On St Lucia we booked the catamaran trip to the Pitons again another great trip and well worth doing. On our final port of call at Dominica, we booked the Rib Experience Adventure, with a snorkelling experience over Champagne Reef, unfortunately the sea was a running a bit rough near the coast and we had to forgo this experience, but still managed to snorkel further along the island. Again another enjoyable trip well worth experiencing. We have previously been to ports on this cruise, but being the Caribbean we enjoyed them all and explored new locations within the island. Tortola is our favourite, St Maarten is a good island to explore and this time we decided to go to Orient Beach for a change, magnificent, one of the best beaches we have been to, tried the Kon-Tiki bar, hired sun beds and enjoy some food and drink, excellent and highly recommended. Sorry if I have gone on a bit but this really was an excellent and enjoyable cruise, which exceeded our expectation.There was only my wife and I this time as we normally have a group of friends join us but it was nice to enjoy our own company. I appreciated this a personal opinion and other people may have had different experiences but for us this an excellent cruise and full credit to P&O and the staff of Azura for making it so. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
we choose ncl because of the freestyle and upgrade availability, the Haven experience was awesome. We had private everything, no waiting and exceptional service.. the entire trip was just better than any before ( 30 plus). The ship was ... Read More
we choose ncl because of the freestyle and upgrade availability, the Haven experience was awesome. We had private everything, no waiting and exceptional service.. the entire trip was just better than any before ( 30 plus). The ship was very clean, some of the areas were a bit unorganized, like the comedy club. Most of the public areas were very clean and the layout of the ship was good. Some of the shows/games were placed in bad areas, like deal or no deal... it was in the small atrium of the ship and did not have near enough seating. The main shows were not very interesting to us, but not bad. The restaurant's had very good food, but as usual on all the cruises now days that tipping is automatic the service is not what it used to be. The Ports were all pretty easy on and off the ship not much hassle. Overall the best trip so far, unfortunately we have booked another trip for April 15th and Ncl has advised me that they no longer offer upgrades ... I think this is stupid and hopefully they rectify it or I will be shopping for another line to spend my money with. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
We just completed a 19 day cruise from Singapore to Sydney from February 1st to the 19th on the Azamara journey. WE LOVED IT!!!! The cruise had 680+ which was the perfect size to get to know people. The staff was incredibly friendly and ... Read More
We just completed a 19 day cruise from Singapore to Sydney from February 1st to the 19th on the Azamara journey. WE LOVED IT!!!! The cruise had 680+ which was the perfect size to get to know people. The staff was incredibly friendly and quick to serve. My wife and I renewed our vows for our 10th year anniversary and everyone helped as we added to the basic wedding with music and our own vows. Yasmine, the concierge was a miracle worker and Steven, Christina, and Chris from the cast provided music that re-created "The Prayer" which was done at our original wedding. The mixture of sea days and ports was delightfully balanced. This was beautiful, each day brought new things and old. We also loved the fact that there was many, choices in land excursions and there were plenty of things to do on the ship each day. All in all it again was the best cruise we've Dave and Rachel Lyman Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
Background - My wife and I have cruised 12 times throughout the world. We live in Texas. We pick our cruises based upon the destination and ports. We do not like “days at sea” and we use cruises to see new places, in a short amount of ... Read More
Background - My wife and I have cruised 12 times throughout the world. We live in Texas. We pick our cruises based upon the destination and ports. We do not like “days at sea” and we use cruises to see new places, in a short amount of time. I was looking for a cruise that sailed around New Zealand but I did not want a cruise that crossed the Tasman Sea from Australia. Ponant was the only luxury cruise line that had such an itinerary. The cruise started in Auckland and ended in Milford Sound (and then to Queenstown). Prior to booking this cruise I had never heard of Ponant and the reviews on various sites were not great. Here is my attempt to give more information. Pre and post cruise hotels – We did not buy the Pre or Post cruise hotel options from Ponant. However, we stayed in the same hotels as these packages and arranged our own transportation to/from the ship, at a fraction of the cost. We stayed pre-cruise at the Sofitel Viaduct Harbor in Auckland. This Sofitel is a very nice hotel located right near the harbor area. We were able to take walking tours of the city, the wharf and the museums. Our cab ride to the ship took about 5 minutes. Embarkation – Once we arrived at the ship, within the check-in window of 4 to 5 pm, we were escorted directly to the gangway. We had our photo taken at the entrance to the ship and were handed our cabin card. They did not even ask for a credit card imprint. We were escorted directly to our cabin and our bags arrived almost immediately. This was the easiest embarkation we have ever had. Ship – The L’Austral can hold as many as 250 passengers. On this trip there were approximately 200 passengers and 140 crewmembers. The ship is small but seemed to have very good stabilizers, when we hit rough waters. The ship had a small pool with padded lounge chairs, a fitness center with very nice views, and several viewing decks. In addition, the Captain maintained an “open bridge” policy. If the sign was green on the door to the bridge, you were welcome to come in and watch. The ship is French. The Captain and his direct reports were almost all from France. When the ship would make announcements, the first announcement was in French and the second was in English. About ½ of the passengers were Americans. About ¼ were French. The remaining crewmembers were from all over the world, consistent with every other cruise line. Internet is available throughout the ship at a price per minute. The internet service was very slow and did not work very well, if at all. You would be better off going to cafes on shore and get free internet. Activities and children’s club – The ship had a small library and card room plus a couple of bars fore and aft. We spent most of our daylight hours on shore so we did not participate in any of the activities. The ship had a small children’s area. On our cruise there were zero children on board. Service – Our cabin steward was excellent. Our cabin was very clean and he was very timely. We never came back from a meal or excursion and found him working on the room. Our servers in the dining room were also excellent. They were very friendly and would know us by name. Dining – The ship has two dining areas. The main dining room is on deck #2 and can accommodate all passengers. The dining room on deck #6 always had a buffet set-up for the meals. This dining room could not hold all the passengers so reservations were required. We ate 100% of our dinners in the main dining room. In the main dining room, it was “open” seating. You could sit anywhere you liked. Sometimes we ate with others and sometimes just the 2 of us. Dinner service started at 7:00 each night but often we wouldn’t arrive until 7:30 or 8:00. Not a problem. Breakfast was served buffet-style in both dining rooms although you could also order eggs and omelets, as preferred. The dinners were French cuisine. At each meal you had a choice of 3-4 entrees. You could also order a generic steak, chicken or fish dish also. The only time selection was limited to one entrée was on the Captain Welcome dinner and the Captain’s Gala dinner. For these two dinners, they suggested coats and ties. The entrée was lamb one night and beef filet the 2nd night. There was always a vegetarian option. If you like French food and cuisine, this ship will thrill you. My wife loved the food. Personally, I would have preferred simple meat, potatoes and vegetables. The chocolate desserts were wonderful. Each night 8 lucky guests were able to eat at the Captain’s table. We assumed these “lucky” guests were the high-rollers in the Owners Suites. Much to our surprise, on the 6th night of the cruise, we returned to our 4th level cabin and were invited to eat at the Captain’s Table – What a wonderful man and a very special evening. Cabin – Most of the cabins are balcony cabins. The majority of the cabins are approximately 200 sq. ft., not including the small balcony. As others have mentioned, the toilet is in a small room, by itself. In the next small room is the shower and sink. In the main part of the cabin is the bed and a chair. The balcony has 2 small chairs and a small table. On most ships, we try to book cabins approx. 300 sq. ft. On this ship, that was not an option. You went from the 200’ cabin to the large suites. The cost of the cabins increases slightly as you go higher on the ship but the cabins are the same size whether on 4, 5 or 6. Try to get a cabin in the middle or towards the front for the best ride. On this itinerary, we traveled in a clock-wise direction so you really needed an “odd #” cabin (starboard side). Get “even” (port side) if taking in reverse. Entertainment – I never book a cruise for the entertainment value. This ship had 4 dancers and 2-3 singers. We did not go to any of the main evening performances. The theatre is small but could accommodate all passengers. Ports and excursions – We had $500 of shipboard credit and we used our credit on 2 shore excursions. The cruise line offered 2-3 excursions per port. The excursions were well selected but very pricey. If we did not have the shipboard credit, we probably would have arranged all of our tours ourselves. I have reviewed the ports in more detail in the Port Review section. Here are the highlights: Tauranga – Took a tour to Rotorua arranged via Zealander. We ended-up as the only guests so we got a very personal tour. Saw geysers, Rotorua Lake area, Redwoods, waterfalls, Kiwi farm and Maori show. Napier – Took a Whirlwind Tour arranged with Hawkes Bay Scenic Tours. Once again, we were the only guests so our tour was private. We saw all the sites of Napier and had a wine tasting at Mission winery. Wellington – We rode the Red Cable Car and then did our own walking tour of the city. Picton – This was the first shore excursion booked from the ship. Their vendor was Cougar Tours. We had a boat ride across the harbor and were dropped-off for a guide-led hike along a portion of the Queen Charlotte track. Very nice! Akaroa – We booked the “Swim with Dolphins” from Black Cats. The bay has Hector dolphins. We did see the dolphins but the water was too rough to swim with them. They refunded a portion of our cost. Dunedin – This was the 2nd excursion arranged from the ship. The tour took us, by bus, to the Ortago Peninsula. On this peninsula, we saw nesting Albatrosses, nesting penguins and many very young, baby seals. A great wildlife area! Disembarkation and Queenstown – The cruise ended at Milford Sound. Milford Sound is a beautiful area in the fiords of the South Island. We met the bus at 7:30 which was earlier than we expected from the printed material (which said 9:00). Disembarkation was no problem. The cruise fare included bus service to Queenstown. In Queenstown, we stayed at the St. Moritz hotel. This boutique hotel is located within walking distance to the CBD. Queenstown is a very vibrant area with many adventurous activities. We took the gondola to the top of the mountain and hiked some trails at the top. Summary ---- Overall, we enjoyed this cruise very much. The itinerary was great and I would cruise with Ponant again. In particular, we enjoyed the small size of the ship. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
We were cruising with Carnival aboard Carnival Legend from Sydney to Tasmania and back. In general, it was a great experience. As you can read in my TripAdvisor reviews (https://www.tripadvisor.com.au/members/AndreyV277#CITY_TILES) I can ... Read More
We were cruising with Carnival aboard Carnival Legend from Sydney to Tasmania and back. In general, it was a great experience. As you can read in my TripAdvisor reviews (https://www.tripadvisor.com.au/members/AndreyV277#CITY_TILES) I can be very critical but my first ever cruise was a great experience. As always in my reviews (like Tripadvisor) I concentrate on: PROS - The good sized modern room (1208 - room with a large window) with a great bed, nice sofa, and decent bathroom). Our room service lady was making us towel animals every day and it was very nice - Great ship with a lot of amenities like 2 water slides, football ground, mini golf, several pools with the adult zone, several whirlpools including one covered at SPA-fitness, several restaurant, large atrium, good looking casino, well kept general areas, luxury feel and fast elevators - Very nice catering with restaurant quality food at complimentary Truffles restaurant (several dished and desert were absolutely 5-star quality), a lot of fruits - Excellent evening entertainment with wonderful Lee Mason - cruise director (our mates told us he is the best cruise director in a whole Carnival company). Very professional shows, especially last night rock show - absolutely amazing - One of the best experiences in last years - behind the fun tour ($99 - worth every cent) was so special and interesting. It is not just a tour around behind the scenes of the ship, it is a lot of stories of how the ship is working and about staff life... Thanks Clare for an amazing experience. Cruise staff mostly are very friendly. Let me specially mention THE CAPTAIN (such a charismatic person), Truffles Restaurant staff, Customer Service Noemie Couvelier (best 5-star class customer service), Alex (Customer Service)... CONS - Long ques on check-in at Sydney Overseas Cruise Terminal - Bathroom amenities (shampoos, body wash) are not of very quality. Do not read negative feedbacks...maybe on 18 night cruise its different, but our 5 days were magic.... and I liked Hobart very much, looks like northern England P.S. I was surprised by an average age froup of 35...very young cruise Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
We chose this cruise based on the good deal we got, but from the moment of arrival, there was nothing that seemed "discounted" about our cruise (in a good way). We had the best time of our lives. The staff was friendly, ... Read More
We chose this cruise based on the good deal we got, but from the moment of arrival, there was nothing that seemed "discounted" about our cruise (in a good way). We had the best time of our lives. The staff was friendly, personable, funny, charming, helpful, attentive and accommodating. The activities and theme nights were tons of fun. The ports were awesome: We chose to tour Key West on our own and had a beautiful day visiting historical sites and lounging on the beach as well as dining and shopping. In Nassau, we went to Atlantis and had a blast. This was our first cruise, so we probably appreciated the small size of the empress more than some who are seasoned cruisers. It was perfect for us so we were not overwhelmed, but there was never a lack of things to do, even during our full day at sea. The dining experience was amazing. Elegant and delicious food in both the main dining area and buffet, never a shortage of snacks and drinks available to us. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
We spent a day in Bagan and then boarded our cruise. The boat is very new and has highly trained staff in all areas who provide an amazing service. Whether the food, the bar, the courtesy of all the staff, it is second to none. The ... Read More
We spent a day in Bagan and then boarded our cruise. The boat is very new and has highly trained staff in all areas who provide an amazing service. Whether the food, the bar, the courtesy of all the staff, it is second to none. The dining is excellent and french wine was included with all the meals. A highly personal service. The river is interesting and relaxing but not a massive amount to see. The river level was low and the captain did well to navigate through the shallow waters. We stopped at a number of places and the guides were good as were the tuktuk, horse and cart and other modes of transport. The entertainment on board in the evenings was interesting. If you want a posh, up market, luxurious experience, you cannot do better than the Strand Cruise. We would recommend this cruise to all of our friends. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
My husband and I have never been on one of the huge ships so when the opportunity came to try it for relatively cheap, we jumped on it. This particular cruise stopped in Labadee, Haiti; Falmouth, Jamaica; and Cozumel, Mexico. There were ... Read More
My husband and I have never been on one of the huge ships so when the opportunity came to try it for relatively cheap, we jumped on it. This particular cruise stopped in Labadee, Haiti; Falmouth, Jamaica; and Cozumel, Mexico. There were three sea days in this itinerary. Overall, we had an amazing time and are very happy with this cruise. Port Canaveral: As far as ports go, it is easy to access and not too far from Orlando, however, it did not seem very organized. In fact, the day of departure was crazy. We rented a car from Avis at the airport and returned it to their location at Port Canaveral. The rental car companies all over shuttles to the ships. We got there extra early and took the shuttle. We had to wait an hour and a half in the parking lot at the cruise terminal because there was so much traffic and confusion. This is not on the part of the rental car company and due to the lack of organization at the port. I overheard other guests saying this ship was recently moved to Port Canaveral and that they did not have the "kinks" worked out yet. So please give yourself plenty of time to avoid any stress on the day of departure. Likewise on the day you return to port. We waited in very long lines for US Customs but it do go relatively quickly. Room: We chose a B1 category stateroom 8723 that overlooked the Boardwalk. I wanted to say thank you to other reviewers who posted the room lay-outs. We choose a room with the bed by the balcony and not by the closet. There is plenty of storage but I did run out of hangers. You may want to bring some extras if you are the type who likes to hang all your clothing. No complaints about the room, bed, or bathroom. We were very happy with this stateroom. There was a special for booking that category stateroom: free soda package for two, free lunch/dinner at Johnny Rockets for up to four, and a free rock climbing session. The great part of the room is we had a wonderful view of the Aqua Theater and actually watched the show right from our balcony. If you do not stay up late, this may not be the location for you as the sound from the Aqua Theater can be quite loud. General noise from the Board Walk was negligible. Our room steward, Dmytro, was amazing. He will take care of you. Period. I intend to write a letter to Royal Caribbean praising him after I write this review. Entertainment: Overall, the best entertainment I have seen on a cruise. We have only been on 6 but this topped it all. I do recommend that you use the cruise planner to make reservations to the shows before you leave. We were able to secure reservations to the comedy show, Come Fly with Me, Frozen in Time, and Cats before we left. However, I was only able to get one ticket for the comedy show. It "sold out" that fast. With that said, the Cruise Compass on the first day does say to go to Guest Services to make show reservations as soon as you get on board but what they didn't tell you (and we figured out by chance) was that you can make the reservations right on the TV in your state room. I was easily able to make the second reservation for the comedy show minutes after arriving in our room. Familiarize yourself with the TV options. We found this useful extremely helpful. I forgot to print out our calendar to keep track of our reservations but quickly found out each person's calendar and reservations are available on the TV. Great feature! As others have stated, the Aqua Theater show Oasis of Dreams is frequently canceled due to weather. (It is a great show and worth it). The first night it was canceled because it was raining and windy when we left Port Canaveral. It was rescheduled and a message was sent (via your state room "email" on the TV) stating the days/times it was rescheduled. The Come Fly with Me was canceled as well because of technical difficulties. While we were disappointed, the replacement show (an act with Ronn Lucas, renowned ventriloquist) was so damn funny! Frozen in Time was AMAZING and so was Cats. The actors are extremely talented. The actress who played Grizabella has a voice that will literally bring you to tears. She is that good. The Comedy Show was hilarious too. We highly recommend those shows! Of note, if you are unable to make a reservation, the staff open up the venue to standby guests 5 minutes before the show. So, to those with reservations, you need to be there at least 15 minutes early and to those without reservations, standby seating is opened up to those who are there first come, first serve. The other smaller acts were amazing too. Particularly, the Sweet Sounds Duo. If you like classical music (and even if you don't, you probably will enjoy listening to them), they will definitely impress you. They play a lot in Central Park and by accident, we happened to schedule a reservation at Giovanni's when they were performing. If you plan on dining in the specialty restaurants, look to see if they are performing and try to schedule your reservations around that time. Wonderful experience! I can't speak to any other venues like the clubs, bars, etc. We didn't go in those places but did see others having a blast when we went by. Dining: We have never done the Specialty Dining on a cruise but were curious about it so we stopped in to look at the menu the first day of the cruise. They had a special going and I highly recommend that you stop in the first day to check for any specials. The one we purchased was three visits to any of the Specialty Restaurants for $85 a person. GREAT deal when you look at what it costs for one person. We ended up going to Giovanni's once and Chops Grille twice. We were so happy with the food and service. Allow two hours for dinner at these restaurants. They do not rush you and want to make sure you enjoy your time there. On the other nights, we ate in main dining in the Grande Dining room on deck 4. Also another thank you to reviewers here, I emailed RC dining before the cruise and requested a table for 2 again. Each time I have done this, we have received our requested table. If you are more extroverted, you probably would enjoy eating dinner with others but we tend to keep to ourselves. One other advantage is you don't have to wait for 6-8 other people to decide what they want to eat. The food in main dining was very good and the service was great as well. For breakfast we ate at the Wind Jammer and the food was decent. It is your typical buffet style breakfast. Good variety of foods are offered. There are quite a few places you can eat. We frequented these places and also Sorrento's. Love the pizza on demand feature. :) Sports: The ship is equipped with a sports court (best one we have seen), a mini golf course (eh), five ping pong tables (in good shape with brand new paddles), sports pools, two rock walls, two Flow Riders, a zip line (goes over the Board Walk), and other things. The reason I gave the mini gold course an "eh" is because the golf balls were not real (hard foam) and the clubs were for someone who was 4' tall. They did not offer different sized clubs. This is not a big deal but when you are super competitive like we are, it does factor into the equation when one of us beats the other. LOL We did not go in the pools or hot tubs but will say there are plenty of them around. Neighborhoods: There are seven different neighborhoods on this ship. Central Park was by far my favorite. I spent as much time in there as I could. I cannot believe that is on a cruise ship! My advice is to explore and check each one out. Definitely neat and different from any other ship I have been on. I did not reserve spa services so cannot speak to that this time. Shopping was good on the ship. There are some high end stores on the ship (especially for women's handbags) but also decent priced goods too. I bought souvenir t-shirts for $10. Make sure to check your merchandise for any defects. I bought a shirt and didn't notice there was a hole in it until I took off the tags. I had no problems exchanging for another shirt. Shore Excursions: We booked two in Labadee and really enjoyed this stop. We booked the Snorkel Safari (tour code QLB2) and the Jet Skis (tour code ZL03). On the Snorkel Safari, they take you out on a boat to a reef and you have about an hour to explore. The reef was beautiful and was teeming with all different types of coral. There were fish and other marine life but not in abundance like in Coco Cay, Bahamas. (The area is over fished.) Still very beautiful and a great place to snorkel. The guides were great and would point out various marine life and if they were safe to handle (for both us or the marine life), they would gently pick up and show it to us. The snorkel equipment was good quality too. No issues there. We both drive our own Jet Skis after and if you have never done this and you're not afraid of speed, you HAVE to do this. I was beaming like a little kid. I started in the back but was quickly moved up to the front at the first stop. (People who go faster are in the front and slower people are put in the rear to not hold anyone up). So much fun!!!! The only part I didn't like is at one one the stops, locals kayaked over to us and tried to sell us stuff (while we are on Jet Skis). That wasn't part of the tour but something they did to try to help the locals. Speaking of locals, outside of the tourist area this is a very poor area. The merchants in the main shop are not pushy but as soon as you walk outside the main shop to the lines of shops, the locals can be very pushy about getting you to come in their shops and look at their goods. On the plus side, you can barter a great deal on items if you can deal with the pushiness. We did buy from both the main shop and the locals to help support the area. Falmouth Jamaica: We did the Dunns River Falls and Jamaican Bobsled tour tour code FY25). LOVED it! Note to those going on this tour: wear a bathing suit or other swim wear and only carry what you need to the Falls. Leave everything else on the bus or in a locker. I can't tell you how many sunglasses, phones, etc fell into the current while we were there. If you take a camera or phone, make sure it is waterproof and has a strap. You are climbing the falls and will get soaked. Also, buy water shoes with some decent tread for this. These are a must. A videographer goes with each tour group and you can purchase the video and the photos they take (all on a CD) for $40 (cash only). If you want this, please bring the money with you. We didn't know this and didn't bring enough money to the falls to get the CD. Also of note, the videographer noticed we did not fill out the slip for the video and approached us separately. He was trying to negotiate on the price and was willing to give it to us for much less so keep that in mind when you are purchasing it. We didn't purchase it because we wanted to make sure the driver and tour guide received a good tip. The tour guide at Dunns River Falls will expect a tip as well. We had Tammy and she was worth it. Other tour groups kept looking over to ours because we were having so much fun. After we did this, we went over to Mystic Mountain for the Bobsled portion. The lifts were broken so the bus drove us to the top via a private access road. You have the option of being joined to another sled or going down individually, whatever suits your comfort level. There are signs that state going too fast endangers you and the person in from too you. Not to worry, they allow ample space in between you and the sleds that go before and after you. I asked the attendant if I could go "wide open" and he said "of course....drive it like you stole it." And so my husband I did just that. We went individually and we both had the sleds wide open the whole time. Fast, a bit jerky and rough but fun as hell! We were smiling ear to ear after that ride! Cozumel, Mexico: We did the Jeep to Punta Sur Eco-Park (tour code CZ4P). This is quite frankly the only thing we were not pleased with the entire trip. The description of this reads exactly as follows "Snorkel at an ecological preserve, visit a Mayan ruin, climb a lighthouse and relax on a beach. Explore a vibrant underwater world teeming with a wide variety of marine life (all gear included). Relax or play on Explora beach; a remote, white-sand beach, one of the best beaches in the country." Now the facts. Most of the Jeeps are manual transmission. This was not an issue for us but for others, it may be. You don't get your own Jeep (unless you are a group of 4). We booked it thinking my husband and I would have our own Jeep. WRONG. They put you four to a Jeep and when we complained because it is clearly not stated in the description, the tour guide replied with "that's how we do it." We we offered our own Jeep if we paid more. We refused. We were put with another couple who thankfully was a pleasure to be with. If you get stuck with some idiots or those who do not want to share driving, you are frankly SOL. Also, the tops were on the Jeeps. What's the point of driving a Jeep if the top remains on? That was also disappointing and unfortunately, the disappointment did not stop there. The snorkel equipment was not the same quality gear that was used on the Snorkel Safari in Labadee, This equipment was terrible and many complained that their masks leaked, snorkels weren't working properly, etc. My favorite thing to do is snorkel and I read reviews on this and many said this was a great spot to snorkel. This had my very confused when we snorkeled right off the beach and all we had to look at was sea grass and the occasional bits of coral and fish. There was hardly any coral or fish and certainly no reef. This leads me to think we were not brought to the reef people discussed in other reviews. (Reviewers stated that location takes some time to swim to and our guide literally kept us right off shore). I will say the beach and lighthouse were wonderful but you are barely given any time to enjoy them. The Mayan Ruin is about the size of the shed and a disappointment if you have been to other ruin sites. The tour operator was Explora Caribe and we frankly were not impressed. I will be writing a letter to RC to complain about this shore excursion. Consider yourself warned if you are considering this tour. Aside from this experience, we had a great time and would recommend this cruise. Hopefully this review is helpful to those considering this cruise. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
My husband and I choose this cruise because of the ports! We had a blast and were treated great by the staff and the locals!! We had a great steward and dining room staff was excellent as well !! we have already booked our next cruise !! ... Read More
My husband and I choose this cruise because of the ports! We had a blast and were treated great by the staff and the locals!! We had a great steward and dining room staff was excellent as well !! we have already booked our next cruise !! The entertainment and staff was amazing! MarQ our cruise director was very good at getting everyone involved in the activities. Only complaint we would have is the timing of the movies shown on the Lido deck. If you go to the MDR for dinner you are very unlikely to make the start of the movie!! The pools were also very clean and located well on the ship. The sea day brunch is a must try !! Overall it was an experience we will never forget! The ship was very clean and well kept! The captain and crew did a great job of making you feel like you were in great hands and will be safe ! Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
Oasis of the Seas was recommended to us by our daughter who went on the Allure of the Seas in Dec. She gave us a detailed lay of the land. There was so much to do that we only had our bathing suits on once in 7 days and since we've ... Read More
Oasis of the Seas was recommended to us by our daughter who went on the Allure of the Seas in Dec. She gave us a detailed lay of the land. There was so much to do that we only had our bathing suits on once in 7 days and since we've been to the Caribbean many times, we did plan on venturing far, although, the excursions looked like crazy fun. The ports were great, clean, secure, and lots of shops. Central Park is upscale with shopping and restaurants with in a tree and shrub cricket chirping setting where we enjoyed classical music Piano and violin several nights. We had an inside cabin...set your alarm so you don't sleep too long. Our Porter was attentive and kept our room very tidy the room size was large enough. Don't eat too much food or you may need to bring the Tums! A variety of delicious foods. The wait staff were always accommodating and we never felt rushed. We didn't partake in the young peoples entertainment but did enjoyed the Diving and Ice shows and movies under the stars. One show was cancelled but replaced with a hilarious ventriloquist! . This Grandma did the zipline and next year I plan to do the rock climbing wall too! We went for the ship amenities and the ship did not disappoint!!! Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
As i read some of the reviews, I can't believe I was on the same ship.We have sailed over 25 times and while we have visited better ports, we have never been on a better ship. The service is attentive, the meals are great, and the ... Read More
As i read some of the reviews, I can't believe I was on the same ship.We have sailed over 25 times and while we have visited better ports, we have never been on a better ship. The service is attentive, the meals are great, and the atmosphere fantastic .Imagine sipping a glass of wine in a tree lined park while listening to the soft sounds of a piano/violin duo without a bob or a roll from the sea despite the 20 knots. Picture yourself in an outdoor theater watching gymnastics, diving, syncro- swimming and remember your on a ship. Watch an ice skating show, a full production of Cats, or watch or partake in rock climbing, zip line and flow riding and much more. Enjoy the Caribbean warmth in a wonderful solarium without ever leaving the ship Oh, the balcony room was a little more compact than we expected, and the use of light colored carpets can be questioned, but overall the ship was excellent Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
I have enjoyed mostly every cruise on Holland. One of mine was not so good, but that was do to a typhoon from Russia that hit us after we stopped at Sitka. It was very scary and they chained the doors shut so no one would be foolish enough ... Read More
I have enjoyed mostly every cruise on Holland. One of mine was not so good, but that was do to a typhoon from Russia that hit us after we stopped at Sitka. It was very scary and they chained the doors shut so no one would be foolish enough to go out and see the very high waves washing over the deck. That was the bad,, but no fault with Holland on everything else. The latest one on the new Koningsdam was fantastic. The food was perfect in the dining room and on the buffet. I liked the way the buffet served with separate booths and employees serving everyone and not as much waiting as the old style standing in a line for all of us to serve ourselves. This new way made it very sanitary and prevented a lot of people getting sick as has been in the past. The entertainment was the best I have seen on any cruise I have done, and this is my 37th cruise on many different lines including Holland since the 1980's. From their Lincoln Center with 5 young ladies with violins, Cello and piano..it was packed every night. The BB King stage was wonderful and lots of room to dance in the ship. The large dining room served fantastic meals and all the waiters I had were just plain fantastic also. Boarding and Debarking was so easy and done so well. I enjoyed all my ports and the tenders when needed were clean and comfortable. If you are looking for an upscale experience with a price for everybody.... you can't miss this ship especially. The cabins are designed so well and what a large shower I had in my inside cabin. I like the dark cabin at night and sleep so well. The large TV in the wall was one of the largest I have had on most ships. The sliding dome cover on the main pool allowed at great breeze and the configurations of seating overlooking the pool with lounges like beds and drawing sheets to separated many on them so you have a lot of privacy was perfect. The only bad thing about this cruise was I HAD TO LEAVE! Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
My husband and I cruised for the very first time on Royal Caribbean's Allure of the Seas with a group of 38 people, consisting of family and friends. We truly enjoyed everything from our stateroom to the food and specialty restaurants ... Read More
My husband and I cruised for the very first time on Royal Caribbean's Allure of the Seas with a group of 38 people, consisting of family and friends. We truly enjoyed everything from our stateroom to the food and specialty restaurants to shopping onboard and the superb entertainment. Our couples Spa treatment was a nice and relaxing experience as well. Side Note: We did pre-booked each show online prior to sailing and avoided the massive lines. I must say every single performance was excellent! The only flaw in this otherwise BEAUTIFUL vacation was our experience with a shopping purchase made in the Bahamas. I purchased what I saw as a beautiful Bahamas signature backpack hanging on display at one of the outside booths. Unfortunately, I was not given the beautiful display bag but a "new" one wrap nicely in plastic. Once back on board the ship I anxiously unwrapped the plastic wrapping to admire my new bag to find that it was a reject!!! So disappointed but a lesson well learned...Buyers Beware...now I have this signature bag that says ahamas written all over it. Again, a lesson well learned. I will always inspect "nicely" wrapped merchandise before paying and leaving. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
We were recommended by friends to try Celebrity, after a horrific cruise the year before with Norwegian we were not sure about this and would we have the same experience. From the second we got to the port to when we left Celebrity made ... Read More
We were recommended by friends to try Celebrity, after a horrific cruise the year before with Norwegian we were not sure about this and would we have the same experience. From the second we got to the port to when we left Celebrity made you feel at home. Check in was a breeze we got on the ship had to wait for our stateroom but not long luggage was right there. had a special lunch in the dining room and was treated like kings. We had dinner in three of the specialty dining venues all were outstanding my favorite was the Porch. The service there impeccable anything you wanted extra lobster just ask. Our stateroom with balcony beautiful, room service every day on the balcony. The treatment from staff just great. We did two excursions both just wonderful well organized got off ship quick back on easy. Everyone got the drink package I think never had to wait for a drink or wait staff. Everything about this cruise was outstanding our friends said the service on Celebrity was a step above the rest boy were they spot on first class all the way and I will end this the way I started BEST CRUISE EVER! Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
After taking 19 cruises on every cruise line but Holland America, we needed a change. We had stayed away from Holland America because we heard it was for an older crowd. Now that my wife and I are both 65 we thought we would fit in. The ... Read More
After taking 19 cruises on every cruise line but Holland America, we needed a change. We had stayed away from Holland America because we heard it was for an older crowd. Now that my wife and I are both 65 we thought we would fit in. The truth is, although the majority of passengers were in their 60s, many were younger ( some with children) and some older. But as they say, age is just a number. This ship was as lively and fun loving as some of the Royal Caribbean and Carnival ships we have been on. However, what this ship has is a real classic sophisticated touch, without being stuffy. The service and food were the best we have ever experienced. The entertainment in way of music, lectures, and demonstrations was superb. We have never experienced anything as great as BB Kings Blues Club at sea. What a great idea!!! Their World Stage, instead of a traditional theatre, surrounded by 180 degrees of LED screens is an unbelievable experience. My advise to anyone who loves cruising, regardless of your age, is: you have never experienced a truly great cruise until you have sailed on Holland America's Koningsdam! Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
The ship is fine and lovely with many activities, beautiful music, the staff took good care of us, good service, the food was excellent everywhere all around the ship, interesting trips to new never visited places, we relaxed and forgot ... Read More
The ship is fine and lovely with many activities, beautiful music, the staff took good care of us, good service, the food was excellent everywhere all around the ship, interesting trips to new never visited places, we relaxed and forgot work, the sun was shining and we had good time, people were in good mood and they were joking, we also ran and walked on the board, when the sun rises. Sometimes we felt that the music was too loud and then it was not enjoyable, for instance in Broadway and we saw people holding their ears and then we hurried up to another places. The atmosphere in Central Park Was peaceful and we enjoyed to listen classic music there and the Cats was very good with good singers and dancers and good humour. The American people were polite and kind and they laughed a lot and were joking and it was fun to get to know them a little better. We didn;t understand everything when the captain spoke, because of the language difficulties and sometimes people spoke too quickly so it was hard to understand. We understand better written texties than spoken ones. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
We chose this cruise as I always wanted to go to the Caribbean and liked the Itinerary and the price seemed good Once we arrived in Barbados the transfer was very pleasing as we were whisked straight from the plane to the ship. We have ... Read More
We chose this cruise as I always wanted to go to the Caribbean and liked the Itinerary and the price seemed good Once we arrived in Barbados the transfer was very pleasing as we were whisked straight from the plane to the ship. We have been on all the Thomson ships and the Discovery is a welcome addition to the Thomson fleet. The food was amazing and very varied with always something new to try. The waiters worked so hard and were always cheerful. We mostly ate in the 47 gallery waiter service restaurant. The shows were very good, especially west side story and the can can, the classical duo were excellent. The best place to drink was Bar 11. the bar staff there made some amazing cocktails, late in the evening it turned into the disco and there was even a live saxophonist, All the staff work so hard to make sure you have a lovely holiday and would definitely go again. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
Food, service, people all great! Casino is a bit tight with payouts.... The staff was excellent, toga party a bit different. Wish we were made more aware of all the onboard activities in advance. Had everything book pre-cruise so we missed ... Read More
Food, service, people all great! Casino is a bit tight with payouts.... The staff was excellent, toga party a bit different. Wish we were made more aware of all the onboard activities in advance. Had everything book pre-cruise so we missed a lot of fun stuff. We were not able to go to GSC due to weather. This was a bit of a disappointment. I know it is not within anyone's control as safety is priority one. We did not go onshore in Canaveral, not much to do. We went on an excursion to Nassau's Atlantis. Thought is was a dump. Very dirty there, not anything like we had expected. We were also very conscious of the time, not wanting to miss the ship leaving. It took a lot of the fun away. We had a great time overall, I am not complaining, just stating some facts. Tappenyaki was the best dinner/show for us. Very entertaining.. wouldn't advise anyone to miss it. The dueling pianos were fantastic. Cagneys stuffed us, O'Sheehans is an untold gem...never enough mentioned about them. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
We have been on 10 HA cruises, 20 in all, and this one was perfect! We wanted to try the new ship to see the difference. Our suite was quiet and nicely appointed with marble table tops, designer molding and a slate floor in the bath. ... Read More
We have been on 10 HA cruises, 20 in all, and this one was perfect! We wanted to try the new ship to see the difference. Our suite was quiet and nicely appointed with marble table tops, designer molding and a slate floor in the bath. Comments have been made about the great shower and they're all true. The food was delicious with many choices both in the dining room and on the buffet. Our room service was on time and served hot! The lifeboat drill was done inside, so that was a big improvement over standing on the deck until all guests appeared. The shore trips were fun. We've visited the ports before, but the day in Grand Turk was beautiful and the fish were swimming quite near shore. The ship promoted wine and music! We enjoyed the beautiful modern design of the ship. The Lincoln Stage Center concerts were great! The only complaint was a lack of the library. The book exchange had only books in German when I arrived, and I like to read when I'm on vacation. But some people read Kindles nowadays, so next time I'll bring some books. St. Thomas was enjoyable, as you can stroll through shops and pick up souvenirs along the quay. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
Our first cruise was a wonderful adventure! The crew could not have been more gracious and accommodating. The many choices of delicious food was such a special treat. We enjoyed the excursions especially to Algeires. The day at sea was ... Read More
Our first cruise was a wonderful adventure! The crew could not have been more gracious and accommodating. The many choices of delicious food was such a special treat. We enjoyed the excursions especially to Algeires. The day at sea was relaxing and a wonderful time to explore the ship. Coming into and out of port was beautiful as were the sunrises and sunsets. We tried to take advantage of the the many luxuries such afternoon tea, lounging on the chaises, al fresco dining, evening entertainment; the list goes on and on. We plan to take many more cruises in the future and are quite such our next will be a Viking River Cruise. But then again, we really want to repeat the awesome trip we enjoyed on the ocean cruise. So many choices and where to begin. We thank Viking for the beautiful ship, the amazing crew and a vacation of a lifetime. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
The itinerary. How often do you get the chance to visit Carthage (Tunisia) or Algiers? The cruise went to the beautiful port of Cagliari, Sardinia and Valetta, Malta. Both were wonderful and offered a glimpse into history and culture not ... Read More
The itinerary. How often do you get the chance to visit Carthage (Tunisia) or Algiers? The cruise went to the beautiful port of Cagliari, Sardinia and Valetta, Malta. Both were wonderful and offered a glimpse into history and culture not found on typical cruises. But Tunisia and Algiers were special. They helped bridge the gap between the east and the west in a way that was inspiring and encouraging. Valencia was a marvel. We walked where Romans bathed, rode camels and made friends that have blossomed into future planned trips. Not to be left out was the wonderful ship Viking Sea. Those accustomed to ordinary ships have a surprise waiting. The spa had a snow room! A quick visit there followed by a dip in the spa or sauna invigorates like nothing else! The beauty of the ship and the food was superb. A wonderful vacation that ended much too soon. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017

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