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We were celebrating our 50th wedding anniversary and were not worried about any particular ports, just the cruise itself. The ship is two years old, fabulous decor for any cruise ship. well staffed, friendly crew, great food selection ... Read More
We were celebrating our 50th wedding anniversary and were not worried about any particular ports, just the cruise itself. The ship is two years old, fabulous decor for any cruise ship. well staffed, friendly crew, great food selection and quality. the hygiene onboard was excellent apart from some passengers. The Captain was very informative and professional in his duties. The cruise director was fabulous and entertaining in all avenues of events organised on board. Overall the ship and all staff are fabulous. fully recommend this ship and crew. In all honesty it doesn’t matter were you travel too on this fabulous ship, if you like cruising it is totally recommended. On arrival for embarkation to your last minute to disembarkation, we felt pampered, relaxed and welcomed as if it were our own home. the saying, come back new does not suit the feeling. More like, memories for your heart, would be more appropriate. The cabins are kept fresh, clean and comfortable at all times. new towels each day, fresh linen, spotless interior. The ship while only two years old is maintained very well and a wonderful presentation to see. The menu is wide and complete with fresh fabulous meals. Excellent overall Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
My husband and I chose this cruise as the first part of a back-to-back cruise because of its price and itinerary. We enjoy having sea days so the first and last days as sea days were quite relaxing. Because the price was so low, we had ... Read More
My husband and I chose this cruise as the first part of a back-to-back cruise because of its price and itinerary. We enjoy having sea days so the first and last days as sea days were quite relaxing. Because the price was so low, we had a forward-facing suite. It was perfect! Because we were in a suite, we got concierge and butler service. Though we didn't use the concierge or butler for anything special, we enjoyed the embarkation/debarkation process and the contact point should we run into any issues. Sumedh (concierge) and Lucas (his assistant) were very friendly and helpful. We were able to meet in a small location (as opposed to the theatre) when we were on excursions and made it to the bus first. We also skipped much of the hassle in debarkation, where the queue was madness. Another perk was lunch at Cagney's. Normally, we opt for O'Sheehans and have a small lunch of soup or wings. But, I always ordered the half portion of fettuccini. The servers got to know my order and were always so friendly. The entertainment was meh. But, what do you expect for the price we paid? The magician was clumsy, the dancing put us to sleep, and while the acrobats were good, nothing was memorable. The cruise director staff was amazing thought! We participated in the Newlywed, Not So Newlywed Game for the first time (and won)! Jerry (cruise director) and Jonny (asst. cruise director) were amazing! They were entertaining, constantly visible, and greeted us. I would have preferred more trivia and activities. I get that the ship passengers weren't much on joining in, but I wanted to join in more and wanted more activities. On the downside, because the cruise was so cheap, most people that chose to cruise didn't have the drinks package and didn't really leave their cabins. This made the ship feel quite empty and I felt bad for the bored bar staff. On the plus side, this made the ship feel very uncrowded. In fact, the specialty restaurants were never hard to get into and I don't think reservations were required. The only packed restaurant was Jasmine's. We also loved the time in ports and the quality of the ports. There was only one tender (Phuket) and that seemed to run very smoothly. Langkawi was beautiful just for its nature and scenery. We encountered many monkeys who tried to steal from us. We went on the nature boat ride and saw many otters, monkeys, bats, eagles, fish, and even a viper. In Phuket, we did the Phang Na Bay excursion which felt a bit crowded (would have preferred half the excursion size) but was breathtaking. In Penang, we chose the temple and hill excursion, but could have done so much more. We loved Penang. The restaurants were all very nice, including the main dining restaurants. Granted, this was my 9th NCL cruise and the only other cruise line I've taken was Carnival, I don't have a lot to compare to. However, I'm a huge foodie whose lived in France, the US, and the UK now and I do enjoy a good Michelin star dining. I would have to say that the food was quite good. There were some dishes that were overly salted and others we didn't care for. But, you can tell the servers that you didn't like it and order something else. I've found that Le Bistro isn't the best. The veal is one of the best menu options and I recently ordered the lamb, which now is a new favourite. Cagney's never disappoints. Sometimes I feel like we have too much food! Teppanyaki is more about the entertainment than the food and sometimes I need to say rare rather than medium rare to achieve a medium rare cook. But, I love teppanyaki and always make it a stop every time (just for the novelty). We tried La Cucina for the first time on this cruise and wow were amazed in a positive way. If you expect the American version of Italian food, then maybe it's not for you. It truly is more Italian because of the way they cook the pasta. Though, some of the preparations seem geared toward an American palate. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
My husband rides on a scooter so traveling to a close by port is essential. 4.5 hours from our home, always come the night before and stay at the Hotel Hilton BWI. 15 minutes to the port of baltimore. On board as soon as we arrived. ... Read More
My husband rides on a scooter so traveling to a close by port is essential. 4.5 hours from our home, always come the night before and stay at the Hotel Hilton BWI. 15 minutes to the port of baltimore. On board as soon as we arrived. Porters took bags outside prior to parking. Through security and on board with no wait. This makes the start of vacation terrific. The Pride is a smaller ship, Roman theme. Easy to get around, fast elevators. Never waited on a line. Staff were so accommodating and friendly. This was our second time on the pride and we will go back again. Weather in December is finicky. 2 days sunshine in the 80s, 2 days heavy wind and rain. Did not damper our spirits. My husband is a smoker, this was easily available to him on various parts of the ship. Alchemy bar was a nightly stop for a martini before or after dinner. Dr.E the cruise director so entertaining and always, always smiling. We will be back. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
We have had a good experience with Princess before on the Crown Princess so chose Princess again. Also read about "the medallion" experience and thought it sounded really cool so wanted to try this ship and it is a newer ship ... Read More
We have had a good experience with Princess before on the Crown Princess so chose Princess again. Also read about "the medallion" experience and thought it sounded really cool so wanted to try this ship and it is a newer ship as well. The embarkation process was very smooth, we had our medallions mailed to our home so that made the boarding process even quicker. It took no more than 1/2 an hour after we parked our car and we were on the ship! Load the "medallion class" app on your device and you'll be a step ahead when you're on the ship. We both thought this was the nicest ship we have ever been on (this was cruise #12) and kept so very clean. The buffet area was very well thought out in design, very large and easy to maneuver through even when crowded. There was plenty of seating as well. The buffet food was wonderful and so many choices. The main dining rooms had great meals too and we ate there most of the time. The pizza place called "Alfredos" was nice and usually not busy. There was another pizza place out on Lido deck by the pool, a spot for grilled burgers and a soft serve ice cream place. I was pleasantly surprised the swimming pools were heated! Our favorite pool was the Retreat, an adults only area. We chose a balcony cabin on deck 16, Lido deck because we like being in close proximity to (free) coffee in the morning, the pools, and the buffet. No stairs or elevator to hassle with. Some will say you can get coffee on deck 5, well yes you can but you have to pay for it. Another really fun treat was getting the balcony champayne breakfast! It was much better than I expected, all kinds of breakfast goodies. It's $45 for 2 people. Our cabin steward Mario kept our room nicely refreshed, in fact the whole ship was kept super clean, I know I said it was clean before but had to repeat! I also enjoyed the fitness center, countless treadmills, really nice newer ones. There also were eliptical and bikes to work out on, and free weights as well as weight machines. I liked how they had the ping pong tables in a netted area (helps with runaway balls) and up by the sports deck area. There were also many, many lounge chairs by the pool area and other areas away from the pool. It was just the 2 of us adults on this cruise and we appreciated the Retreat pool area, thank you princess for providing that! We are looking forward to our next Princess cruise! Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
I am having a hard time understanding why there are so many negative reviews of The Horizon. We jut returned from the 8-day Southern itinerary, and enjoyed the ship immensely. This was my 19th cruise, on 8 different cruise lines, so I do ... Read More
I am having a hard time understanding why there are so many negative reviews of The Horizon. We jut returned from the 8-day Southern itinerary, and enjoyed the ship immensely. This was my 19th cruise, on 8 different cruise lines, so I do have a pretty good basis of comparison. The service was outstanding, the food was very good, and the entertainment was the best I have experienced on any ship or any line. We did have a Havana Aft Extended balcony, which we really enjoyed, and will probably look to book this type of cabin again in the future. Was the cruise perfect? No, but there was nothing so bad that it affected the overall experience. It was a completely full sailing, with over 1000 kids aboard, so there were some lines in some places, but overall I did not find it to be off-putting. If you are debating on booking the Horizon, do not hesitate. I would gladly sail on her again, Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
Truly enjoyed the inaugural 7- day cruise of the Carnival Panorama. We are avid cruisers (71 cruises and counting) and have not been on Carnival in many years. Our expectations were not the greatest, although we thought it would be great ... Read More
Truly enjoyed the inaugural 7- day cruise of the Carnival Panorama. We are avid cruisers (71 cruises and counting) and have not been on Carnival in many years. Our expectations were not the greatest, although we thought it would be great to try out this new vessel. We were extremely surprised on so many levels, which I will get into later in this review. It’s wonderful that Carnival has placed a brand-new, State of the Art, vessel into Long Beach. For many years, the west coast has not seen any new vessels. It’s very nice that Carnival Corp. has made the decision to invest in this coast. We were very happy when Royal Princess came to this coast and are now very pleased with the Panorama being here. Long Beach is a very nice pre-cruise stay. There are so many wonderful choices of hotels here, due to its convention city status. We enjoy staying at the Hyatt Regency, but there are, again, so many hotels to choose from. Also, the city has many wonderful restaurants, sights and entertainment venues all within blocks of these hotels. The embarkation area for Carnival is 5 minutes by taxi or Uber from most LB hotels. Embarkation takes place in the massive ”Spruce Goose” dome, which Carnival converted (and wonderfully) into a very nice embarkation/debarkation area. Our embarkation took some time, but we chalked this up to the first seven-day cruise that this ship was on. I would be surprised if this happens again. Once onboard, we were quickly able to go to our room (where our room keys were waiting for us). We chose an oceanview cabin towards the bow of the ship on Deck 3. We were very happy with our room, including the bed, storage space and bathroom. Surprised to see a shower curtain on a brand new ship as most have done away with those. It did NOT diminish our accommodations, and we were very pleased. Our steward, Angel, did not see us until early in the evening. We felt he was rushed and maybe the ship was a bit understaffed in this area. We never saw him again on the cruise. A very minor criticism is that our room was only cleaned once per day. When the room was cleaned, it was set up for turn down? We did call housekeeping a few times and received towels when we needed them. The vessel itself is spectacular! Every inch of the ship was clean, beautiful and stunning in its décor. The atrium lobby and bar, with a three-story LED tower was incredible! The fact that everything was decorated for the holiday season also added to the beauty. Foodservice disclaimer: We did not dine in the MDR except for one morning brunch, so I don’t have much to say here. The brunch food was okay and the service was okay (although the three courses we ordered were all served at one time). We ate in all but one of the Specialty Restaurants and we were blown away by the tremendous presentations and food quality in each one. FARENHEIT 555: (extra charge) The steakhouse, with its dry age refrigeration unit and open kitchen as a focal point, was nothing short of spectacular! We have only seen food like this on Crystal and Oceana! I don’t know if Carnival will keep this up, but it is some of the finest food at sea! USDA Prime Steaks were excellent. The presentations AND the tastes of every dish were unbelievably good. We ate in this restaurant three times in our seven days, and tried almost every dish on the menu. Kudos to the chef for such outstanding work, from the different Amuse-Bouche each evening, to the dessert presentation that will blow you away! Great wine list, beautifully served and presented by Alex, the mixologist/sommelier of the room. Vanja, the Steakhouse manager, was both extremely professional with her staff, as well as wonderful with the guests. I can absolutely qualify this outlet (as of now) as the finest Steakhouse on the sea. PIG AND ANCHOR: (extra charge) This Guy Fieri BBQ outlet was very nice. The brewed beers are all made onboard (as the tanks are directly across from the bar), and the BBQ is all smoked onboard as well. We found this outlet, along with great entertainment, a wonderful hangout for many guests. JIJI ASIAN KITCHEN: (extra charge) Spectacular food, both in taste and presentation. Excellent service as well. The Pork Belly and Crispy Dick are two of the items that I will not forget for a very long time. CUCINA DE CAPITANO: (extra charge) Again, wonderful staff (loved the Mambo Italiano dancing by the staff). All of the food was served piping hot and excellent in both quality and preparation. Pastas were very good, but my Tomahawk Pork Chop was the Bomb!! It was perfectly cooked and delicious. BONSAI SUSHI: (extra charge) Beautifully decorated open restaurant that is an ala carte outlet. Everything we dined on here, including sushi rolls, Ramen Soups, appetizers and desserts tasted great and were presented wonderfully. Cannot overstate the quality of the food as it has really decreased on most cruise ships. BONSAI TEPPANYAKI: (extra charge) We did NOT dine here, but wished we had. This is a very small outlet with only 20 seats. IF you want to dine here, I suggest either reserve BEFORE you board or immediately after you board. It will be filled quickly. SEAFOOD SHACK: Another extra charge outlet located next to the aft pool. Food was incredibly fresh and delicious. All items were made to order (including breading all of the shrimp and clams as you wait). Lobster Rolls were excellent and the French fries (dusted with Old Bay Seasoning) were great. PIZZERIA DEL CAPITANO: Excellent (no charge) pizza cooked almost to order! Great crust and a wonderful product considering there was no charge. Lines can get long here, but worth the wait. For $5.00, you can order a pizza thru your onboard app and have it delivered ANYWHERE onboard the vessel! BLUE IGUANA AND GUY’S BURGER JOINT: (no charge) Located at the main pool, these outlets served made to order items. BI served delicious tacos, as well as burritos. Guy’s cooked burgers from scratch, with many toppings and extras. Both were excellent, but lines can be long due to proximity to pool, as well as no charge. THE MARKETPLACE BUFFET: Not great quality of food here as this is a mass feeder. The area is broken up into many stations, and like most ship buffets, can get overwhelmed during peak periods. The Gelato station was very nice, but again, gets very crowded. BARS AND LOUNGES: There are so many choices on the vessel that I will not go into most of them. I will mention a few favorites: SERENITY BAR: This area is located on the bow of the ship on deck 15. It has the feel of a Las Vegas day club AND (yay) is for Adults only!! Great drinks, wonderful area for sunning (along with two hot tubs) and a really nice salad bar, served with wonderfully fresh ingredients. ALCHEMY BAR: Located near restaurant row, this bar seemed to be the busiest bar onboard. Always busy, with a great vibe to it. HAVANA BAR: This bar, located aft, should be a very exciting area, but for some reason, it is not! Beautiful surroundings and nice drinks. Opens up on an infinity pool and bar that is only for Havana Suites guests (which I have no problem with). This bar just suffered from lack of guests and a poor Latin band that really needed to play livelier Latino music. This was our biggest disappointment, as we love Latin music and Mojitos!! ENTERTAINMENT: We enjoyed all of the mainstage shows we saw. They were all different and very high energy. The added Christmas show was just perfect for the holidays. The PUNCHLINER COMEDY CLUB, was a highlight. The comedians were all great and hilarious. A warning here as the EXPLICIT shows later in the evening are incredibly raunchy!! Hysterical, but very dirty. Be warned if you take your 18 year or older children here. We really loved it though!! The CRUISE DIRECTOR: Emma, the cruise director of the Panorama, was the most energetic, hilarious, campy and overall wonderful CD we have seen in many years. She must be a spokesperson for RED BULL, as she is on from sun up well past 11 p.m.!! I would book any ship she was on just to envelop myself in her energy levels! KUDOS to her and her staff for making every waking minute as much fun as you can take! The ELEVATORS: You either LOVE them or HATE them. Once you get used to the technologically advanced elevators, I believe you will enjoy them. Be patient when you first board as it takes a bit of getting used to. The Waterpark and Sky ride areas are great for kids. Be aware that on Sea days, the lines can be brutal. IF you really want to ride the Skyride, I suggest PORT days, when the lines are really manageable. Disembarkation was simple, although it seemed many people were confused. It was not as smooth as most, but once we were off the ship, we breezed thru everything and were on the way to the airport. I did notice many handwashing stations and the obligatory Purell stations everywhere, but we did NOT see much emphasis on washing your hands. All of the cruises that we have been on lately REALLY emphasize this, especially during the safety drill. It was not on this ship. Just an FYI, nothing more. We are very excited that this great new vessel is on the West Coast. This is a wonderful alternative to taking your family to Disneyland!! Everything you could possibly want is onboard. The ports of Cabo, Mazatlan and Puerto Vallarta have something for everyone; if not, stay onboard and have the time of your life!! Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
In summary I'd highly recommend Celebrity Solstice. We were fortunate enough to sail in the Sky Class Suite. (To date we have done a balcony stateroom, Concierge Class & Royal Suite so we have good points of reference). ... Read More
In summary I'd highly recommend Celebrity Solstice. We were fortunate enough to sail in the Sky Class Suite. (To date we have done a balcony stateroom, Concierge Class & Royal Suite so we have good points of reference). Having come off Millennium in September 20 (see earlier review) we were questioning Celebrity's commitment to maintaining and enhancing it's reputation (as opposed to living off it).. we can honestly say that the commitment to excellence was very present on Solstice. Embarkation curb to ship was in under 10 minutes…an absolute breeze and the suite experience was very well represented by the inter-cruise personnel too. Dining in Luminae was absolutely magnificent... Sam the Maître d' was very passionate about guest experience and his general ship and fleet knowledge was an added bonus. Our waiter Jules was a super star... we loved being 'welcomed home' by him upon our arrival and he executed accordingly. Ocean View Cafe had good food selection and tables were pretty easy to come by. We did have a disappointing experience in Sushi on 5 one lunch... I'm not sure this is really a specialty restaurant in terms of service and/or food. Be aware that if you go here for lunch on a port day you chances of utilising your premium drinks package becomes frustrating as this restaurant can't access the wine selection... and the time it takes for them to source the drinks leaves you with 30+ minute wait times for drinks. Our waitress was quite disengaged and weakened the experience. The ship is getting on in age and is due for it's 2021 'revolutionize dry dock'...BUT... this majestic vessel is grand, clean and in beautiful condition. The ship is so well maintained that just strolling around it makes one feel graceful. The layout of the Solstice class ships is true to grand and nostalgic cruising... the public spaces really allows guests to connect and interface with the ocean... something getting lost on some of the newer vessels. We must compliment the executive / officer personnel onboard. They were ever present and mingling with guests across all decks, classes and events. The energetic and positive attitude of Captain Nikolaos Frantzis (with his great sense of humour) certainly cascaded through his entire crew... cultures this good are not easy to build and maintain. Our cabin (2150) was really enjoyable, wonderfully complimented by Orlando our Butler, and impeccably serviced by our stateroom attendant. We did note on cruise critic prior to booking, mixed reviews around noise from the floor above in Ocean View Cafe. If you are considering this cabin here's the specifics... - The (occasional) noise comes from tables and chairs being dragged around in Ocean view on Deck 14. - If you go to bed before 9:30pm or sleep in after 7:30am and are a light sleeper this cabin's not for you. - If you go to bed later and rise fairly early you'll not be bothered by the occasional noise, Personally I didn't find any of the noise that bad, and I think some of the reviews around this are over dramatic. In summary this was a close to 10 out of 10 as a cruise can get for us... well done Solstice... we look forward to our next visit! Some food for thought / improvement: - Setting up wrist band stations for kids at the entrance to the ship was a poor idea…it created congestion as families clustered around the tables, and really robbed from what is normally a grand entrance onto a Celebrity vessel... first time we've seen this and think it is a poor idea. - I really think the wine experience onboard has lost its authenticity... selections on the Premium package are questionable and sommeliers are ‘theoretically’ adept, but I’m not sure they are wine lovers. - Michael's club needs some form of kids control... I don't think it is the appropriate place to let kids loose. (We do cruise with kids... mainly on Royal Caribbean, but in some public places better discretion needs to be exercised by some parents). Hope you find this review helpful in finalising your cruise choice! Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
My wife and I sailed on the Elation for the December 14th-19th Amber Cove/Grand Turk cruise. We are from SC, and booked a night at the Radisson Resort at the Port for the evening before the cruise. Had planned to park at the port, but ... Read More
My wife and I sailed on the Elation for the December 14th-19th Amber Cove/Grand Turk cruise. We are from SC, and booked a night at the Radisson Resort at the Port for the evening before the cruise. Had planned to park at the port, but instead opted to park at the cruise parking lot at the hotel. The hotel staff was very competent, parking was a breeze, and the shuttle service was excellent. When it came time to embark, there was a situation on board that delayed boarding. We were not told what it was, and it delayed boarding by about an hour and a half. All the embarking passengers were held in the terminal until boarding. Boarding commenced at 1:45 PM. Our suite was ready when we boarded, so we dropped our carry on bag off, and picked up our room keys. Off to the Lido deck for lunch at Guy's Burgers. The burgers do not disappoint, but I feel they could be better. As far as the food was concerned, for the most part it was standard cruise fare. I have always compared most of it to Golden Corral food, and that pretty much describes most of what was served on the Lido Buffet. The dining room food was your usual fare, served competently by the staff, and usually doesn't vary much from ship to ship. I once again did not get to eat at the Blue Iguana Cantina, so I cannot comment other than it looked pretty busy every day, as it is a pretty popular venue. I did try the Bonsai Sushi bar, and I found the sushi rolls to be excellent. As other cruisers have said, the menu is a little limited on the sushi, so there may not be something for everyone. The pizza was just adequate, nothing to write home about, but was pretty popular also. I did not care for the deli order I had. Ordered a reuben, it had a weird taste. It wasn't really a reuben. My wife and I attended the Chef's Table dinner the fourth night, and I somewhat enjoyed it. My wife found very little she liked, but she can be pretty picky. The danish style roll served at the start was by far the best piece of bread I have ever put in my mouth! A lot of what was served was good, but just not to my taste. The sea bass was the best fish I have ever eaten, bar none! The last courses were a lamb roll with lamb pate, and smoked veal. The veal was smoked right at the table, and was an entertaining display. While the last courses were good, both the veal and the lamb had a "wild" taste, like what venison tastes like, and I really cant tolerate that taste. So...points deducted for the wild taste. While there were several things I liked during dinner, there were two things missing from the table......Salt and Pepper! Each item served would have been much better with salt and pepper, and there were several people looking for both items. For the items I liked, I do not feel it was a good value for the money, and I would skip future Chef's Table dinners unless I saw the menu in advance. For the port visits, we disembarked in both Amber Cove and Grand Turk. We took shore excursions each day, booked through the Carnival app. The excursion in Amber Cove was an all inclusive visit to the Lifestyle resort. All inclusive included open bar and buffet lunch at the resort restaurant. This excursion was well worth the money paid for it, and I would not hesitate to book again. The excursion in Grand Turk, however, was not as nice. It was called "Home Sweet Home". It amounted to use of a house and beach for the duration of the allotted time, and included lunch and an open bar with rum punch, a few mixed drinks, and beer. Lunch was the highlight, it was very good. Water toys were available, and a lifeguard was on duty while people were in the water. All in all, I do not feel it was worth the money, and I would not repeat this excursion. The ports themselves were what you would expect from the area. Amber Cove was nice, somewhat clean, and the resort was fantastic. Grand Turk was not nearly as nice in my opinion. Skinny dogs running around, not much infrastructure, slummy looking out in town. The beach area around the cruise port was nice, however. Our cabin was a suite on the 14th deck, G5. Very nice, extended balcony, and was very roomy for a married couple. The bed was incredibly comfortable. Linens were nice, towels kept fresh. Room was very clean, almost spotless! Shiela was our room steward, and she did an outstanding job the entire cruise. I tipped her for a job well done the last day. As for cruise activities, we attended a couple of shows, and they were nice. Your standard cruise shows. My wife and I just sort of vegged out this cruise, and did not attend many activities. We did hang around the Deck 7 atrium bar. Romy and Satria were the two main bartenders, and they both did an excellent job! I tipped them both on the last day as well. As for the ship, I found it to be incredibly clean and well kept. The ship's staff were very nice. The room steward Shiela know our name the first day. We booked a suite this cruise, and I must say I am sold on the suite experience. Priority boarding/disembarkation, free water in the room, robes, large TV, complimentary laundry service..the list goes on and on. Will never sail again except in a suite! As many people have said, the ship did have a "rock' to it. During the cruise all over the Caribbean there were high winds. I honestly found the rocking to be enjoyable. We did, however hit a patch of bad seas the last night, and at about 2:30 AM the last night it woke us up with the violent pitching up and down. Apparent wind at the time was 70 mph, and all the weatherdecks were secured. It only lasted a couple of hours though, and we were able to go back to sleep. Disembarkation was smooth, and was part of the suite experience. We were offered early disembarking, and took it. Had to be in the theater at 7:00 AM. The ship docked at 7:00 AM, we were off by 7:30, and were back to our car by 8:15. Very smooth indeed! Overall I would not hesitate to sail on the Elation in the future! One last thing, and others have brought it up. Carnival is starting to nickel and dime cruisers for every little thing nowadays. Most notably we had to pay 5 bucks for each device to be able to use the Carnival app to text. Seems like I remember this service being free on our last cruise. So, be prepared to pay out of pocket for a few things not originally budgeted for. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
In anticipation of our cruise, I read and reread all the reviews I could find on the Equinox. I appreciated the time cruisers took to give a review and want to "Pass it Forward" with our own cruise review. My husband and I flew ... Read More
In anticipation of our cruise, I read and reread all the reviews I could find on the Equinox. I appreciated the time cruisers took to give a review and want to "Pass it Forward" with our own cruise review. My husband and I flew in one day early to Ft. Lauderdale. We stayed at The Riverside Hotel on Las Olas. Great Hotel. We recommend it. We arrived at the pier probably around 11:30, road up the escalator, got in the line and went through pretty quickly. We had checked in online, submitted photos, had all our documentation in hand and before long, was greeted with a small glass of bubbly. We went directly to our cabin, got our Sea Pass Cards, stored our bags and went to grab a bit in the Ocean View Café (Buffet). We had our first fun beverage (had the Premium Beverage Package), ate lunch and around 1pm went back to our cabin. We had booked Aqua Cabin 1599 (On the Hump), Deck 11. Upon meeting our cabin steward, Sherwin, I requested a lounger for our balcony. So, we had 1 lounger, 2 chairs, 1 footstool and 1 small table. Our luggage had already arrived so we unpacked before exploring the wonderful Equinox. Sherwin did a great job and was always pleasant. The cabin had plenty of storage (use the storage above the bed) and we really enjoyed the spa shower. Our bed was next to the closet. It was fine there except I found the closet a little hard to get to toward the back. But, we worked with it ! No biggie !! We had brought magnetic hooks to use and found them extremely useful ! We hung our lanyards on them, damp swimming suits, paperwork, etc. Highly recommend them. I also brought my own hair dryer and a cruise approved outlet with usb ports. Used every night to charge phones, etc. We really enjoyed that the majority of cruisers were perhaps 40+. Some younger couples and a few children. We tried Celebrity after mainly cruising RCL (approx. 14 other cruises). We Loved Celebrity !!! Plan on going back. We went to Café Al Bacio every day for coffee drinks (cold, hot, "adult") It's a wonderful place to just relax a bit and people watch. We dined in Blu most nights, tried Tuscan Grille and Murano. I favored Tuscan Grille and hubby favored Murano. All one's perspective. We spent a lot of time in the Solarium and a couple tries at the outside pool area. We were lucky enough to find an empty "clam bed' and tucked away lounger. I brought 2 books and really enjoyed relaxing, kinda dozing and spending time with my hubby ! There were the usual shops, games, etc. on board. We really enjoyed 2 of the shows, Topper and Elysium and a comedian Dan. There was always something going on. You could be busy or take it easy. Your choice. We had a massage one day and loved them. I will say we had a bit of an issue getting time on the heated loungers. People were not very respectful. They overstayed the courteous 30 mins and if you were waiting for a lounger and someone walked in, they would walk in front of you to take one. We tried twice and gave up :( We did the Hop On Hop Off Trolley in Key West (lots of fun), Mr. Sanchos in Cozumel, walked around a bit in Costa Maya and due to high winds, our Stingray Excursion was cancelled in Grand Cayman. The wonderful captain anchored on the other side of the island where transportation was provided to Georgetown. We shopped a little and came back to the ship and relaxed. Can't be upset due to Mother Nature. We had the best time, didn't sweat the small things, enjoyed time together and hope to return to the lovely Equinox another time. I'm happy to answer any questions. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
We cruised recently with two small & naughty kids, (ages 5 and 2) and it was super awesome experience. Crew members were very nice & gentle. Food was super delicious as we tried Blue Iguana Cantina for taco, Lido for dinner ... Read More
We cruised recently with two small & naughty kids, (ages 5 and 2) and it was super awesome experience. Crew members were very nice & gentle. Food was super delicious as we tried Blue Iguana Cantina for taco, Lido for dinner buffet, Atlantic for breakfast and Pacific Restaurant for dinner, Indian veg meal and there we met dinning staffs Rituparna , Christy , Ashish and they were so good & kind. We enjoyed movies with yummy popcorn every evening. Casino and Arcade was also well maintained & nice. We left our kids to Ocean camp Children's club several times which was on Deck 11 & they enjoyed all activities and were very happy with the staffs working there. I will definitely recommend my family and friends for Carnival Cruise lines. And next time whenever will plan for Cruise , we'll surely plan with Carnival Cruise lines for a week or more because 3 nights was not enough for us. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
This was our first riverboat cruise. We had checked out some others cruises casually but couldn't get excited about any. We went to a presentation put on by Expedia Cruise in Courtenay, BC, regarding Scenic and the guy with the funny ... Read More
This was our first riverboat cruise. We had checked out some others cruises casually but couldn't get excited about any. We went to a presentation put on by Expedia Cruise in Courtenay, BC, regarding Scenic and the guy with the funny accent caught our excitement regarding the boat, the service onboard, and what we would see on the tour. We immediately started planning our cruise that we just got back from. I'm an old fart and my body shows it. The only part of the whole experience that was terrible had to do with the airlines and Amsterdam airport. I know you have to put up with the 9.5 hour flight from Vancouver, BC, to Amsterdam but I could hardly walk afterwards and it is actually kilometers between the international arrivals to the local carrier section. KLM nor the airport staff would assist me in getting transport over to the other side because I had not prebooked it. Coming back I prebooked assistance and that part went smoothly. Since I had already been up for approximately 30 hours, when we arrived in Prague, I immediately crashed (fell asleep on the lovely, soft bed) while me wife did the short orientation tour. My wife enjoyed Prague while I recuperated. I did go out once and enjoyed a little of the wonder of the city. I was a little concerned with everyone telling us to be careful of pickpockets! Breakfast buffet at our Marriott Hotel was excellent with lots of variety. Yumm! (I'm a foody addict) We got on the Scenic Amber in Nuremberg and I was impressed from the word go. The welcome seemed real and everyone was courteous and, for me, this is where the pleasureable adventure really began. I'm rambling a bit here so I'll try and condense the actual cruise.. I've been on big ship cruises before but not at the level of complete service as we got here. The things I especially like were: Cabin - the soft head and knee raising bed; the cozy balcony; the small fridge for cod drinks, replenished daily; Dining - exception meals with additional selections that you can order. They do cater to special food needs. For those of you that drink, there was a different red and white wine presented each day. You never had to worry about running out of wine, coffee, water. Room service always available; Onboard activities - were fun and relaxed.Richard (Otto?) was very personable and gave pertinent information on what was going on the next day or for that night. The cruise wouldn't have been as great without him. The evening lounge entertainment was fun to watch with local groups coming on board at each port; Ports and excursions - I commend the people that picked out the ports we visited, not too many and not too few. All the tour guides were not just informative but also very passionate about their city and country, nice to see and hear; Service - I have nothing to negatively say about the service. Everyone treated us with courtesy and as a person. We had our own butler who was ours 24/7 If we wanted. He actually complained to us that we weren't using him enough! I watch how staff interact with each other and all that I could see was friendly support and comradery between all levels of staff. They even all chipped in to take out the garbage! That's about all I have to say for now except that we didn't pay an additional penny for anything else except for gifts. So eat, drink as much as you want; go on the tours, see the concerts... all included! Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
We are Celebrity fans and have been going on the Summit (Millennium Class ship) on a regular basis, maybe as many as three or four times. We booked this cruise, which went to the ABC islands (Aruba, Bonaire, and Curaçau), and also Grand ... Read More
We are Celebrity fans and have been going on the Summit (Millennium Class ship) on a regular basis, maybe as many as three or four times. We booked this cruise, which went to the ABC islands (Aruba, Bonaire, and Curaçau), and also Grand Cayman, on board the on last Summit cruise. We were afraid the larger Solstice Class ship might overwhelm us. This turned out not to be the case. The ship only seemed crowded during embarkation and disembarkation, otherwise, except for the elevators, it seemed not crowded. We were in a Royal Suite, so we were pampered and spoiled, with all of the drinks, as well as specialty restaurants, included. A hidden treasure on this ship is The Porch, a dining experience by the lawn club that is ultimately relaxing. I had some of the best shrimp ever on one of the luncheons there. The wine selection was excellent. The elevators: On the main atrium elevator shaft, each side has four. Except on our side one elevator was broken for the entire cruise, and not available. This created long wait times, and crowded elevators once one arrived. Please, Celebrity, make sure all the elevators are fixed and working for our next cruise with you! Also, on embarkation, though we were guided through security (being suite guests), we later, in the boarding process, felt abandoned and had to wait in too many lines. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
It was so easy to select this cruise, Christmas on the seas, exploring new destinations and being looked after by the crew, why not, was fabulous.Have book another cruise. The children were really looked after, Princess gave each child a ... Read More
It was so easy to select this cruise, Christmas on the seas, exploring new destinations and being looked after by the crew, why not, was fabulous.Have book another cruise. The children were really looked after, Princess gave each child a christmas present, and Santa arrived on time in his red sleigh, and the kids really enjoyed everything. Food was amazing, cannot fault. Our cabin was small but very functional, and the beds and pillows were excellent. My only complaint, would be that there were a large number on board, and as such on sea days, with the weather not playing the game, the public spaces were a bit small, it was hard to find an area where you could read or switch off. The entertainment on board, was excellent, we have done many cruises, and this was one of the best. We really enjoyed the daily, games and trivia, the hosts did a great job. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
Hubby and I wanted to get away, but not have to fly overseas to catch a port. the 10 day cruise out of New Orleans was perfect. We hadn't done NCL in about 10 years, so we were curious to see if it changed much and how it compares to ... Read More
Hubby and I wanted to get away, but not have to fly overseas to catch a port. the 10 day cruise out of New Orleans was perfect. We hadn't done NCL in about 10 years, so we were curious to see if it changed much and how it compares to RCI. To us it did have GREAT entertainment, and wonderful restaurant choices.Even the main dining room seated my hubby and I alone for a romantic dinner. The backside was not having an assigned waiter/waitress for us when we do eat in the main dining room, so that personal connection is lost, but that is the only negative I can think of. Always easy to get on and off the ship, but we did signed up for food reservations before the ship even sailed, so we never had an issue there. The spa will push their products, but that is normal for all cruises I believe. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
Everything about this cruise was perfect except for the weather. December is apparently the rainy season, something I didn't realize when I booked. So be warned. It didn't ruin the experience, but more sun and less clouds and ... Read More
Everything about this cruise was perfect except for the weather. December is apparently the rainy season, something I didn't realize when I booked. So be warned. It didn't ruin the experience, but more sun and less clouds and rain would have been nice. The best weather we had was the 3 days we spent at the Tahiti Pearl Beach Resort for 3 days before the cruise. Embarkation was fast and efficient.The ship is a little tired, but I understand it's about to go into dry dock soon for some much needed sprucing up. Still, everything was clean and the wonderful crew more than made up for this. We loved that the ship had around 120 passengers and enjoyed getting to know many of our ship mates. The food was outstanding. Breakfast and lunch are mainly buffet style but there are things you can order off the menu. Enormous variety of food and lots of fresh fruits and vegetables. It is possible to maintain healthy eating and also to totally be a glutton if you so desire. Dinner in Amphora restaurant is excellent. It is open seating and you can choose to be seated with others if you want. We met some really nice people. The service is excellent. Our only disappointment was the 'special' dinner in the Candles restaurant where the food was sub par. I would skip it next time although maybe they were just having an off night. If you are looking for ritzy entertainment and casino type things you won't like this cruise. There is a duo in the lounge at night and they were very good, but it may be too low key for some. There was line dancing on deck one night and a Polynesian show on an Island one night both of which were fun. The itinerary is perfect, you get to see a lot of different islands. If you like shopping, you won't find too much to buy except black pearl things. We did a snorkeling or water based excursion every day. They were all good but expensive. We should have done less. The snorkeling was good but the reefs they take you to have been damaged by too many tourists. I'm sure there are many unspoiled reefs, but don't expect to see them on these tours. I can understand why they would take tourists only to certain spots given that you see people doing stupid things like standing on the coral. Also I really objected to the fact that on some of the tours they fed the rays and then just tossed the excess fish parts in the water which attracts black tipped reef sharks. I read that this is illegal inside the reef but they do it anyway. The guides assured us the sharks are benign, but they are sharks and it seems irresponsible to feed them or attract them. Also some of them were about 5 feet so if they decide to bite you it would be bad news. Our best tour was the jet ski around Bora Bora. It was AMAZING and 2 hours went by in a flash. Worth every penny! I would go on this cruise or a similar one again but in the non-rainy season. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
We chose this cruise on the river Danube as we wanted a relaxing break but especially wanted to see the Christmas Markets in Budapest, Bratislava and Vienna and we weren’t disappointed, (Vienna especially is a must). Everything went ... Read More
We chose this cruise on the river Danube as we wanted a relaxing break but especially wanted to see the Christmas Markets in Budapest, Bratislava and Vienna and we weren’t disappointed, (Vienna especially is a must). Everything went smoothly from the booking to landing back in Bristol airport. The Robert Burns is definitely a 5 star ship and was decorated beautifully throughout for the festive season and kept in pristine condition for the entire trip The food was top class and the crew were amazing! They were friendly, helpful and also very professional. We also loved that there was tea/coffee/hot chocolate/biscuits on tap in the reception area 24/7 We loved this trip so much that we will definitely be booking another one in the very near future. Thank you to Riviera Travel and all the staff who helped to make our pre Christmas break everything we’d hoped for and more xx Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
We have just been on our first cruise with Celebrity so of course we compared We come from Canada so we flew to Fort Lauderdail,. We enjoyed the ease of getting onto the ship, we loved our room, our steward was great "boy they work ... Read More
We have just been on our first cruise with Celebrity so of course we compared We come from Canada so we flew to Fort Lauderdail,. We enjoyed the ease of getting onto the ship, we loved our room, our steward was great "boy they work hard". We had the early dinner in the restaurant, The first problem i had was no plug to work for my cpap machine but the English Rep on the boat sorted that out and our lesson was learned yes I had already learned to take an extension cord. The food was an issue but only because I have an allergy to the protein in Milk not lactose intolerant no sensitivities but a full blown allergy, which means no butter milk cheese yogurt cheese and think about baking and butter and milk are in most things so it makes like hard for me. The restaurant manager sorted this out by me ordering my meal for the evening the day prior. Lesson for me to take a list of foods I like for breakfast and lunch we were placed in another section of the restaurant along with others who needed different things, in one way it was great as I met a lady from Germany who had the same problem as myself we could not speak much about the situation but we hugs in understanding. The ship is spotless in every way. The entertainment in the theater was great, we know most of the time its there own staff who put on the shows but for 45 minutes we were entertained we did have a great singer who was shipped in, we also had a very very bendy lady and her partner they were brilliant, so no complaints about the entertainment. Now the activities were so much dam fun, the restaurant staff entertained us I danced with my waiter "who i will say was very cute" we did the conga around the eating area so much fun. They also have a great dance area for real dancing which was great to watch others do, but they also had a crew of young people for line dancing and games we did win some pickle bats and a tote bag it was so much fun to join in.. IF you don't join in you miss out on having fun Im 68 and i set out to have fun with my hubby and it was great. Our time on shore was great ANYONE WHO GOES TO JAMAICA do go on the bob slay don't use the brakes trust and enjoy your ride its fantastic. Would we ever go on this boat again HELL YES Im just waiting for a cruise I can afford again. I would love to do a transatlantic cruise with them but the flights to get from or to the ship costs to much right now.. AS soon as we can we will be back. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
The 10 nights Symphony cruise from Caldera to San Diego was our 15th cruise and our first cruise on Crystal. We sailed on Oceania and Azamara and the rest were mainstream lines like Celebrity, Princess Cunard etc. Oceania was our best ... Read More
The 10 nights Symphony cruise from Caldera to San Diego was our 15th cruise and our first cruise on Crystal. We sailed on Oceania and Azamara and the rest were mainstream lines like Celebrity, Princess Cunard etc. Oceania was our best cruise experience so far and I was curious how it will compare to Crystal. Embarkation took literally 15 minutes till we were in our cabin. 30 seconds later our cabin attendant knocked and introduced herself. 5 minutes later our luggage arrived. So far so good. We always book the lowest category cabin since we don’t use it much other than sleep and shower. We were in E2 cabin on deck 8. It is described as fully obstructed view but it is not really fully obstructed. The lifeboat blocks about half of the view, so you can still see the upper part of the view. The cabin is not big but it worked just fine for us. There is a lot of storage, and it’s nice to have a bathtub shower combo. It is also very nice to have a free self laundry. One odd thing about the cabin is that they still have those old thermostats. Not sure why they don’t replace them with the digital ones. Took as a while to set the temperature to a comfortable level. The ship is very elegant, and is in an excellent condition considering its age. You could never tell it is 25 years old. For some reason there is no art on the ship. Not sure why. There are about 5-6 dining venues (including 3 specialty restaurants), a lounge for main evening shows, 4-5 other smaller lounges, a movie theater, a very nice library etc. Service was exceptional across the ship, very efficient and friendly at the same time. Very friendly staff. Our cabin attendant Marina was great. The cabin was always in perfect condition, our favorite drinks and ice always re filled on time. Evening entertainment and daily activities were excellent. We attended six guest lectures, by Joe Wolff and Louis Rene Beres, all of them were fascinating. Definitely a step up compared to Oceania. Food was outstanding and comparable to Oceania. The breakfast buffet very good, the dinner in the dining room is excellent, lunch buffet not very consistent. It is probably heaven for Asian food lovers, but for someone like me who doesn’t like Asian food, the selection was a bit limited some days. We had 3 visits to the Brazilian steakhouse and loved it. There is an option to pre order basically anything you want, as long as they have the ingredients, which is very nice. The Italian specialty restaurant, Prego, was excellent, similar quality to Oceania's Tuscana. Amazing experience, both food and service. Between the mushroom soup, the filet steak and the desert, I still have to decide which dish was the best. They all were so good. Loved the Bistro for quick snacks. Did not visit the Asian venues since I don't like Asian food, but overall feedback from those venues is excellent. Internet was very good. Not the best we have experienced on sea, but among the best. Disembarkation was super quick, took us literally 20 minutes from the moment we left the ship till we arrived to San Diego airport. We paid $12 for the 7 minutes taxi ride (Crystal wanted $42 per person for transfer to the airport - I still have no idea where they are getting those prices and who is willing to pay them). Some things that we didn't like (or liked less): 1. Shore excursions while well organized overall, I was surprised to see buses almost full on most excursions (around 40 people, sometimes more). If this is typical, this is significantly worse than we experienced on Oceania. Even on Celebrity some excursions had only 20-25 people. Also the excursion staff provided incorrect information on couple occasions. We tried to cancel one of the excursions 26 hours in advance and got a negative answer. Yes, it was after the deadline (which is 7pm two days before the cruise), but they could be more flexible. Especially considering the fact that this tour is a trolley to old town San Diego, which you can do for $2.5 each direction with public trolley - Crystal cost was $79!! On Oceania, we had no issues to change or cancel excursions even after the deadline. 2. Pool experience has been good overall, no issues to find chairs. But there are very few chairs in shade, and I was surprised to see that Crystal still allows to smoke in the pool area. 3. Lunch buffet closes at 1:30 and Waterside at 1:00. If you come back from excursion after 1:30, the lunch options are fairly limited (Silk if you like Asian food, Trident Grill with some burgers, hot dogs and salads, and Bistro). Of course there is always an options for room service, which works 24/7 and is free. Still not ideal in my opinion, and they could extend it when there are large groups of guests returning from shore excursions around 1-1:30. 4. For some reason, most computer based classes focus on Apple products (iPhone/iPad/Mac). We are Android users, so most classes were useless to us. Which is unfortunate, and I find it odd considering that 70%+ of smart phone users today use Android. Despite some imperfections, we had a wonderful time, and Crystal is really very special. It exceeded our expectations in most areas, except the shore excursions. The ship combines a small ship experience (excellent service, no lines etc.) with outstanding entertainment and enrichment program. A truly 6 star experience, and definitely a step up compared to Oceania. We loved Crystal and already booked three more cruises on Symphony and Serenity. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
We went on this cruise to check out Crystal's luxury ocean cruise line. We picked this one because it has a paddle tennis court on it which we could use for pickleball. We brought four pickleball padles and by the end of the cruise we ... Read More
We went on this cruise to check out Crystal's luxury ocean cruise line. We picked this one because it has a paddle tennis court on it which we could use for pickleball. We brought four pickleball padles and by the end of the cruise we had about 14 players all rotating in at 9 o'clock a.m. every day. It made the trip. We liked the cruise experience so much that we're planning on doing another one on Serenity that has two paddle tennis courts September 28th in case anyway wants to join us for some pickleball. We have been on Oceania, Regent, Holland America, Royal Caribbean, Carnival, Norwegian so have experienced many different classes of ships and classes of service. We had pretty much given up the ocean cruising because we didn't like the masses of people on board and nickle and diming experience. Then we tried luxury cruising. Compared to the Regent, my only complaint is that there could be some more music on the pool deck. I think we only had music one day and then also there is no sports bar, so if you want to watch a sporting event you have to go to your Room. I also like the fact that you don't need to pay for excursions on crystal...(regent includes excursions in their fares). Also I have to say Crystal does a better job protecting their pickleball courts from the wind. They had wind screens all around the court and about a 12' plexiglass on one side so it's pretty protected from the wind that makes it more playable when your cruising. We really enjoyed the cruise and the ship. They also did fabulous decorating for Christmas. We didn't really care to get off in any the ports since we've been there so many times, just enjoyed the ship. Even went to few of the movies in the Hollywood theater. We had excellent service all around and big shout out to our Butler Victor who went above and beyond, anticipating our every need. We did tip him extra as he was unbelievable. We had absolutely wonderful 6 star service throughout the cruise from dining, housekeeping, to cocktails at the pool, every crew member was great. We did see one variety show and the dancers and singers were very good. Lastly, an interesting note is they still allow guests to come on board so we had 4 friends visit for dinner at our overnight port in San Diego. I have tons of pictures and video of this ship let me know if you need something in particular... like menus. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
We found this cruise on the internet. Wanted something to celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary. Special offer: Ocean view cabin for the price of an inside cabin. When we finally check, two days before we left, we found out that we were ... Read More
We found this cruise on the internet. Wanted something to celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary. Special offer: Ocean view cabin for the price of an inside cabin. When we finally check, two days before we left, we found out that we were bumped up to a balcony. Went to guest services on the Splendor to ask who we should thank...... apparently the computer at Reservations. Over the moon! Every aspect of this cruise was perfect. From embarkation to debarkation. Yes if you are picky you might find fault, but my wife and I would recommend every person in NZ and Ausie (or anywhere) to get on the Splendor and visit New Caledonia. Isle of Pines was our favourite place to visit. The best experience was to travel on a ship for the first time. Most of the staff members were friendly and helpful. Great shows (Aerial) and the 70/80's show. We are just sad it's over. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
The Viking embarkation and disembarkation process were fast, efficient, no hassle, no long lines. From the luggage area to and from the airport, Viking representatives were always at hand. Such a smooth and relaxing process! Everywhere ... Read More
The Viking embarkation and disembarkation process were fast, efficient, no hassle, no long lines. From the luggage area to and from the airport, Viking representatives were always at hand. Such a smooth and relaxing process! Everywhere at the ship, cabin, spa, dining areas, evidently portrayed ELEGANCE and LUXURY! Our penthouse veranda cabin was always kept clean and the refrigerator stacked with water, sodas and snacks. Our room stewards were always on their toes! So impressed with their efficiency. The Atrium Bar and Explorer’s Lounge were our favorite hangouts due to their excellent service! We were constantly at the Atrium Bar to order drinks and stay for an hour or two talking to other guests, and to amazing Carlos and his wonderful staff. The classical music was much appreciated. Pablo, the incredible guitarist, was our favorite entertainer. The tea time was a great addition to a relaxing afternoon. Dressy casual was required at all dining venues and at the theater except at the World Cafe. We appreciated the complimentary excursions. The sites were well planned and the guides were so knowledgeable. Viking’s high standards far exceeded our expectations! The best service we ever encountered in a cruise line. We were so pleased with our first Viking cruise that we already booked our next one for August 2020. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
The cruise hit the locations I wanted to visit. Super itinerary, excellent food and service. The alternative gourmet selections, especially the Chefs Table, were excellent. Shipboard internet access was reliable. Great lectures, especially ... Read More
The cruise hit the locations I wanted to visit. Super itinerary, excellent food and service. The alternative gourmet selections, especially the Chefs Table, were excellent. Shipboard internet access was reliable. Great lectures, especially historic perspectives, scientific topics and educational lectures. The crew was reliable and friendly, and most helpful in assisting with excursions, dining reservations, etc. The captain’s frequent updates on the ship’s location, weather, etc. was very welcome. Our Stateroom steward was very attentive and helpful, and he kept our stateroom clean and comfortable, and would often provide useful advice. The physical fitness facilities were first class (and used often). Spa facilities were excellent. Disembarking and security procedures at ports of call were handled professionally and smoothly. The shore excursions, both inclusive and optional, were well designed for maximum effect. I would also like to commend the very effective way Viking handled pre and post cruise accommodations, air travel and administrative issues. I will definitely choose Viking ocean cruises in the future. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
Had heard positive reviews from friends.Boy were they right. EVERYTHING from flights,hotel,embarkation,excursions,dining etc was top notch.Our pre excursion Caribe Hilton and Viking concierge were better than expected. Transportation from ... Read More
Had heard positive reviews from friends.Boy were they right. EVERYTHING from flights,hotel,embarkation,excursions,dining etc was top notch.Our pre excursion Caribe Hilton and Viking concierge were better than expected. Transportation from airport to hotel then to the ship was seamless .Our cabin was kept immaculate by Dewa and asst. Could not be more pleased. San Juan excursions ,sights, and weather were wonderful.Dining venues were all so good we had a hard time picking a favorite.Manfredi's and Mamsens do standout .The entertainers were all very accomplished.We really liked "ABBA" "The Beatles" and the famous songwriters shows in the theater. Pablo on guitar ,the piano player, and string quartet kept us entertained at a very nice tea and other lounges. Public spaces and bars were always clean and service was immediate. All crew members including officers never failed to say hello and make sure everything was ok.We could not be more pleased and are planning our next sailing with Viking now. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
Viking's West Indies Explorer was just the kind of cruise we were looking for. We like to spend more than one day in a particular area, which is hard to do on many cruises. The Lower Antilles brings a series of Caribbean ... Read More
Viking's West Indies Explorer was just the kind of cruise we were looking for. We like to spend more than one day in a particular area, which is hard to do on many cruises. The Lower Antilles brings a series of Caribbean destinations together in close proximity so we never completely left the islands, and we were able to visit a different one every day. Perfect! Viking always offer an included excursion in every port. These always seem to focus on local geography, scenic points, and local culture. These are often not extensive in duration, so Viking arranges some much more immersive tours starting with some reasonably priced excursions into natural areas, historic landmarks sometimes recognized as UNESCO World Heritage site, or local industry or artists. For a bit extra we stepped up to a few more indulgent tours involving some great sailing on a catamaran, or special local cuisine. Every cabin has a veranda, so we always had a quiet place with a fresh breeze to relax for an hour or just for fifteen minutes. The standard cabins aren't terribly large, but we never felt like we were cramped - the bath was arranged so effectively that even the shower had plenty of room. So much better than some of our cruises on other lines. The ship, of course, was beautiful - there's something very simple and clean about Scandinavian design. It's pretty much our definition of elegant. Viking's open buffet dining is about the best of any line we've tried, and the main restaurant always offers the opportunity to meet new people or have a quiet dinner as a couple. Every passenger has the opportunity to book one or more meals in a smaller specialized restaurant. The Italian dishes in Mancuso's are among the best we've had anywhere, and we've found some pretty wonderful places in Rome and New York. Somehow we overlooked booking before our trip but a young lady named Grace, on the restaurant staff, persistently watched for an opening to get us in and called to tell us. The service of the Viking staff is consistently excellent, and you can see that they're always happy to make you feel welcome. This was our third Viking cruise, the first was along the rivers of central Europe, and the second in the western Mediterranean. Not a hint of disappointment with any of them. When I finally retire, we'll certainly take a few more. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
We chose this cruise because we had taken Holland America before and really enjoyed it. This trip was to celebrate my 60th birthday and what a wonderful celebration it was! Everything was perfect! Our stateroom was nicely furnished ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we had taken Holland America before and really enjoyed it. This trip was to celebrate my 60th birthday and what a wonderful celebration it was! Everything was perfect! Our stateroom was nicely furnished with lots of storage. Our cabin stewards were amazing. Always there if you needed them but not intrusive at all. The concierge in the Neptune lounge were both knowledgable and helpful. It was nice for our other shipmates to gather in the lounge before going out or just visiting. We had early seating in the dinning room. The table was near the window and the service was exceptional. The food was terrific and the portions ample without waste. The Pinnacle Dining Room was very nice. We enjoyed dining there several times. There was an uncharge but certainly worth the expense. The wine list was wonderful and the service was very attentive. The pools were clean and the servers were close by to take your drink order. We ate at the Dive and the burgers and dogs were just fine. We did enjoy a number of Holland America approve excursions, they were all very nice with the exception of Amber Cove in the Dominican Republic. We had rented a pool cabana for $275 and it was a total rip off. The music was loud, the food and drinks were expensive and there was no one there! It was awful. Please do not even get off the ship in Amber Cove. Thanks for reading this and I hope you have as good of time as we did, Happy sails!!! Read Less
Sail Date December 2019

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