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I traveled with my husband on this cruise to celebrate a birthday. We had a porthole cabin which accommodated two, at the most. Upgrades to the Paradise with the 2018 refurbishing now includes an in-drawer hairdryer with an approximate ... Read More
I traveled with my husband on this cruise to celebrate a birthday. We had a porthole cabin which accommodated two, at the most. Upgrades to the Paradise with the 2018 refurbishing now includes an in-drawer hairdryer with an approximate 2' cord, so if you are tall, you might want to consider bringing your own. Also, they have in room "coolers" that don't get cold enough to be called refrigerators. So, that might be a concern for medical/baby formula requirements. The Carnival Paradise was in good shape, freshly painted, recovered public room seating, and we think the food was better than our trip on the same ship in 2016. The one thing we had to laugh about was on our last trip, they had an Atrium glass elevator that wasn't working. Well, it's still not working, but, it has a professionally-made sign on it now stating that it is "Out of Order". I guess that's easier than fixing it. Our cabin on Empress Deck, E2, smelled like there had been years of smokers in there. I wondered if maybe it had been used as a breakroom for the crew at one time as we did notice that there was a current breakroom between our cabin and the Starboard side, and at times they were noisy. I did like the configuration of our cabin, though. As you enter the cabin, you immediately turned left, so all that you could see from the passageway, (hall), with the door open, was a wall. Music was limited to a folk/rock guitarist, a Latin music band, a pop band, and our favorite, (when it was open), the piano bar. We had requested a table for two shortly after we boarded and were able to get that. Our frige quit working and it was promptly replaced with another one that didn't work. We selected from the steakhouse menu in the regular dining room which was an additional $20 per person charge. My husband received the wrong steak, and it was okay. My steak and lobster choice was very good. We were 2 1/2 hours late leaving Cozumel because of unknown mechanical problems. I also left my hand-crocheted shawl somewhere and it was turned in to Guest Services. I think that speaks well of Carnival cruisers. I have to say here that Carnival can't be beat for their personnel taking a sincere interest in making your cruise great. We were approached by our waiter ashore in Cozumel who greeted us by name. I have to say that disembarkation/embarkation was the smoothest I have ever experienced, including when we have had Faster To The Fun. FTTF was up to $79 for this 5-day trip and was sold out when I looked in to it. Parking at the Tampa Port had no waiting line when we arrived. We had to prepay our parking fee for the 5 days which was $75. We figured out total drink bill after the cruise and we were glad that we bought the "Cheers!" drink package as we saved a significant amount compared to the per drink charge. We did not get off the ship this time in Grand Cayman as we have been there many times. We usually snorkel there and Cozumel as well, but hubby is recovering from an injury which prevented us from attempting that activity on this cruise. We are going back on the Paradise again in April and look forward to seeing that beautiful, clear blue water again, up close. Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
liked the itinerary. key west and coco cay. cheap price. short cruise . 4 nights 3 days . HATED THE CABIN 7004. . ship was nice, not crowded. great entertainment. food good. service very good. prefer the larger ships like harmony, allure, ... Read More
liked the itinerary. key west and coco cay. cheap price. short cruise . 4 nights 3 days . HATED THE CABIN 7004. . ship was nice, not crowded. great entertainment. food good. service very good. prefer the larger ships like harmony, allure, symphony.. . windjammer never crowded.. go all the way to rear of winjammmer and an addtional area , same food. lots of tables available. or go upstairs where they have free pizza at sorrentos. also lots of uncrowded seating./ boleros nightclub great music. also schooners. the piano singer is outstanding. don't recall her name but she can really belt out songs. when you get to coco cay go to island early . the later you go the more busy it gets and you may not get a lounge. we stayed at chill island. my wife snorkeled. she brought her own mask and they supplied blow up swim vest free. lots of fish near the rocks on left side of beach . bar b q very good. on island. . going to coco again in dec on the symphony. Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
I predicate any review with a caveat. Not everyone likes the same experiences and I come to most experiences skewed by the fact that I live in the Las Vegas area, where entertainment and food service are highly competitive and demand ... Read More
I predicate any review with a caveat. Not everyone likes the same experiences and I come to most experiences skewed by the fact that I live in the Las Vegas area, where entertainment and food service are highly competitive and demand excellence. I try to weigh this bias in while reviewing and realize not everyone is subject to the variety and expertise in the areas as one who lives in a recognized entertainment capital of the World. So, I will not nitpick in my cons, but mention only those drawbacks I find extraordinary. With that out of the way, let's begin. Let me first say that this was my first NCL experience. My resume sports twenty cruises, but the lion's share is on Royal Caribbean. My wife and I wanted to see if "freestyle" cruising was for us. A one week cruise on NCL's Bliss, sailing out of Los Angeles, a mere one hour plane ride away, seemed like a good beginning to what we hoped would lead to many more cruises with Norwegian. After watching several reviews, we decided on a Spa Mini Suite to take advantage of the thermal spa suite. Having visited each of the ports on our itinerary, we decided to spend the entire week on the ship and sample as many of the restaurants as we could. Before looking at the pros and cons, let me begin with an overall review of the Bliss. This is a beautiful ship with so much going on it is nearly impossible to get it all in with just one week. If an active cruise is your thing, you will be certainly satisfied on the Bliss. Now, to the list. I like to finish with the pros, so let's start with five glaring cons, not in any particular order. Cons: 1. Food...Although I found some outstanding dishes around the ship, I'd classify most dishes as not bad, just lacking flavor. I found myself tasting many dishes and just coming to the conclusion that it didn't offend and was filling. Believe me when I say, the meal packages will not leave you hungry. Most meals included two appetizers, one main, two sides and a dessert. I ate at seven different restaurants plus the buffet, so I covered quite a bit in one week. I did not visit the main dining rooms so I'll hold judgement and assume they were at or above buffet quality. The best experience I had was at Le Bistro, where all of the dishes shined. My worst experience was certainly at the usually highly regarded Cagney's steak restaurant, closely followed by Los Lobos. If you've had Cagney's before, and I haven't, although most I asked said it was not to be missed, you might want to miss this one on the Bliss. There are just some things you come to expect in a finer restaurant, and Cagney's on the Bliss fell far short. Let me just mention a few things. I enjoy my filet with a Gorgonzola crust. I know, it's a little odd, but steak restaurants all know how to do it. I asked for this and was told they could do a blue cheese crust, but not Gorgonzola. The waiter didn't seem to understand what Gorgonzola is. Anyway, when delivered, there was no crust at all. I asked about the blue cheese and he kindly went back to the kitchen and brought out a side of blue cheese crumbles. I spoke to the manager about it and asked him if he knew what I was talking about. He even told me how it was cooked to form the crust. He offered to take it back and fix it, but I was just frustrated at this point and against a window of time so I just ate the steak with some microwaved blue cheese on top. I need to also add I couldn't eat my two sides. Their definition of cream corn is whole corn kernels in a milk broth. The potatoes au gratin came clumped together in one piece. But check this out. My wife's wine glass had a hole in it...not a crack...not a broken off piece, but a hole you could stick your finger through. She didn't see it and wine poured all over her when she tilted back the glass. How does a glass make it to the table with a big gaping hole. Just don't do the cheesecake. It's flavorless. The multi-layered cake is the best choice. I could add a few more tasteless dishes but I think you get it. For a better filet, visit Le Bistro or even the Teppanyaki restaurant. Los Lobos Mexican restaurant was also pretty tasteless. I have to say I am used to great Mexican food, having lived once in Albuquerque, but I also know the minimal requirements to pass for tasty Mexican food. Los Lobos did not meet this minimum. As to the other restaurants I visited, they were all filling with hits and misses. La Cucina had some tasty spicy shrimp appetizer, but how do they get away with being an Italian restaurant without meatballs? I opted for another filet and it was rather dry. As to the buffet, I thought the breakfast buffet was average, but there was one dish I had to repeat a few times, the Bananas Foster French Toast or Waffle. I haven't seen this on other ships and it was, IMO, to die for. If I travel again on the Bliss, I will skip the specialty restaurants and dine mostly between the buffet and the main dining room. The money saved here can go toward one of my pros, the Thermal Suite. 2. Cabins...I suppose I'm spoiled by junior suites on Royal, but I was under-impressed with the spa mini suite. Gone is the walk-in closet of a stepped-down suite I'm used to. In its place is a closet pinned against one side of the bed. There are no drawers, ambient light nor outlets next to the bed. Royal is lax here too, but the walk-in closet light provides a nice night light over the door. I should mention that the cabin did provide a USB outlet on each side of the bed. IMO, the long couch just isn't needed. I would rather have seen two chairs and a small table. The balcony was one of the smallest I've had in awhile, and that includes standard Royal balconies. I would have expected a larger balcony from a mini-suite. It appears it's all about the included Thermal Spa, but the cost simply doesn't justify the increase in price without extra amenities. As to the noise? It's the worst I've ever had due to these mini-suites being directly under the pool deck. The cabin we had, 15782, was so close to the band on deck 16, my wife could repeat the words from the songs while she tried to take a nap. IMO, stay far away from cabin 15782. As to service, I didn't even see our cabin steward until the fifth day. For some reason, he just couldn't get his timing down on when we were in and out. I have a recommendation here. They have the buttons for privacy and clean room. I would have those tied in with the steward's stations. And while we're on these buttons, let me say I am not a fan of the card in the slot for power idea. I wish that would go away. NCL Bliss has it. Finally, the mini-fridge is too small to fit in a plate from any dining room, so don't bring your food back unless you get a small plate. I tried every which way to get it to fit by moving cans and little bottles around to the point of being charged for a can I never used. 3. The App...I could also add this to the pros because when it worked, it was well worth the $9.95 to stay in contact with all your friends. This eliminates the classic walkie-talkie. It's just that often I found my texts not being received for as much as 30 minutes later. My advice would be to add something I can't believe they forgot...Information on ship-wide opening and closing times. It's in the daily planner, but not on the App. I would think this would be an easy extra page to add. Finally, although it's nice to see your activities you booked each day, any time I had more than one, I could only pull up the first one. Maybe I was doing something wrong and if anyone has some advice, please help. So, I won't say this is a total con, just needs improvement. 4. The Racetrack...This will be a huge pro if you have kids or even adults who are a kid at heart. The ONLY way to participate here is to buy the unlimited pass. There is no way you're riding without a reservation, and even in the off season I cruised in, they were well gone early on. I hate having to plan a ride four days from now at 3pm, and limiting my drinking all day to ride that one time. With the pricey unlimited pass, you could just walk up and get in the queue before you start drinking. 5. Ship Embarkation...I'm not going to hold this entirely on NCL. Perhaps the confusion was the LA port's staff as well. A Few More Minor Cons...The ship had a strange vibration at times. It wasn't the usual sway we all know, but a almost popcorn popping shake that even woke me up one night. I didn't care for the theatre seats in that they were slanted down and the drink cup holder cut into your arms. The staff seemed over-worked and I only remember 2 or 3 bars where the staff was happy and interactive. I study the cleaners as well and they were never aware they should always present a positive attitude. Don't get me wrong, there were some staff that were happy, but they were new in their contract. NCL has an eight month contract with zero days off. That's extreme. If I'm wrong about this, it's because that's what they told me and maybe it weighed into their attitude. Pros: I know the cons seemed a lot, but they were far less than all the pros of this ship. I think the pros and cons I write about here will be biased toward your cruising style. Many of the cons can be avoided just by doing some good research and adjusting my cons by simply doing something like picking a quieter room. It's just that I am highly disappointed in a ship having a mini-suite so loud and so small. I am highly disappointed in such a supposedly high quality steak restaurant failing on simple instructions. That being said, let's look at five pros so outstanding, it might be all you need to cruise on this ship... 1. The Observation Lounge...I've been told this area is so spectacular, quiet and serene, that this makes booking the Haven, if some privacy away from crowds is your Haven reason, unnecessary. IMO, this is correct. I spent many mornings there with a cup of coffee in my hand watching the Sun rise. There's a small continental breakfast there as well, and the muffins are delicious. This ship should be high on your list of options for an Alaskan cruise. I've cruised New Zealand, Norway and Santorini. I would have loved this view on those cruises. 2. The Thermal Spa...Do not miss out on this. There's a warm pool with thermal jets that alleviated any back pain I had. There's also saunas, a steam room, a salt room, and even a snow room. It really changes the entire cruise when you spend an hour or two in this massive area early in the day. PLEASE try it. 3. The Drink Package...Simply put, I loved it. The drinks were great and they serve two at a time if you want with no number limit. Also, if 19 bars isn't enough for you, you might need help. Note, the package is VERY expensive. You must get this included as a free at sea. It needs to be your first and maybe only choice if you drink. 4. Entertainment...Check it out, I saw The Beatles at the Cavern Club and Jersey Boys in the theatre all the same night. I only wish the seats had been better. But don't act yet, look what else you get. The drinks at Prohibition, five of them, were tasty and strong, just like the musical. I didn't see Six, but I heard it was great. Siglo, the rock band, sounded JUST LIKE PINK FLOYD. Those guys were awesome. The piano players were top notch and the Reggae band jammed. Add to this, the first Country Music venue I've seen at sea and it's tough to decide what to do each night. There's also tons of activities going on. NCL knows what they're doing with this. 5. The Waterfront...What a great idea. They hide the life rafts below and give you an almost complete wraparound walking area with scattered bars and dining outside. This should be on every ship. I'm used to a lower deck walking area on Royal, but there's nothing going on like on the Bliss. I loved this area and I think you will too. Some other pros I liked...Karaoke in the Cavern Club was fantastic. The large screen at the Atrium is great for Wii and movies each day. The Local is a restaurant bar open 24 hours a day. I don't believe I've seen this on any Royal ship, Carnival or Celebrity I've cruised. On Royal, you're lucky to find some pizza or muffins at most. On NCL Bliss, you can order the entire menu at the Local. Imagine fish and chips at four in the morning. That's freestyle to the max. I also loved that the sales areas don't take up all the walking room on the floor. Finally, I don't know if it's the port or the ship, but the vibe was young and energetic. The Halloween party was fantastic and lots of people dressed up. Things I didn't get to: Coco's Chocolates, Night Club, Comedy at the Comedy Club, Race Cars, Laser Tag, Slides, Main Pool, Main Dining Rooms, Q Texas Smokehouse, The Haven. Maybe it's because one week just isn't enough, but some of these things got missed because I simply fell in love with the Thermal Suite and spent a lot of time there. So, one final caveat to my review. You could love all the things I missed and have a completely different cruise. I guess what I'm saying is...It really is freestyle, and with so much to do, you will certainly find your groove. I hope I was able to help. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
To begin, I have a love hate relationship with MSC. If you wish to find more details, you can search MSC Comedy of Errors on cruise critic's MSC forum for more information. I'll detail a few of them before I get into the meat ... Read More
To begin, I have a love hate relationship with MSC. If you wish to find more details, you can search MSC Comedy of Errors on cruise critic's MSC forum for more information. I'll detail a few of them before I get into the meat of the review: 1. Booked a 4 night cruise out of Barcelona. We had sailed on Divina out of Rome 2 years prior. MSC changed the itinerary to a much longer cruise out of Brazil, but never informed us in any way about the change. No letter, no e-mail, no text, no phone call. When I finally found out, I called MSC, asked about losing status since the change was their fault and not mine. They told me I wouldn't lose status and then took away all of my Voyager's Club points. 2. Booked this cruise on Seaside. Package showed to be free drinks, but for some reason my sailing only included drinks at dinner. Later, better promotion including drinks anytime appeared. Was told I could change to the new promotion and keep the same nice midship balcony cabin. Moved to the new promo and they moved the cabin to a far less desirable room, very front of the ship, so less desirable location, apparently smaller, with a steel balcony (rather than the usual glass), and obviously it's hard to see through steel. Took months and an Act of God to get the problem fixed. Again, you can search through the rest of post as noted, but MSC's customer service has been hit and miss, with more miss than hit. That aside, we think their newer ships are beautiful and generally represent a good value, if you can get past the nagging customer service issues. Pro Tip: Once you have the cruise you want, try to avoid calling MSC customer service. They'll screw things up as often as not, if not more so. Now, onto the cruise review. MSC Seaside is a beautiful ship with some similarities to Bellissima but distinct differences as well. I'll touch upon some of those in the body of the review. Cabin: 4 stars. Quite comfortable, but not quite as good as Bellissima. Usually quiet, but we were on the 15th deck in Cabin 15113 right under the smaller Biscayne Bay buffet and during the day it was very noisy due to chairs being moved around. Fortunately it was quiet at night. There were some stains on the upholstery, but for the most part the room was in good shape. We found it to be a bit on the small side, like Bellissima, but it was large enough for our purposes. The cabin was mostly kept clean. However there were 2 nights where it was not cleaned and I'm still not sure why that was. Dining: I thought the food was quite good, better than on Bellissima or Divina. We were given lamb chops that were so wonderfully seasoned and cooked just perfectly. The same with respect to prime rib, just a perfect medium rare. I sent compliments to the chef on both occasions. The menus were often stained with oily food stains which was not so great. There was a heavy gasoline smell that permeated the Ipanema restaurant which I found to be quite foul. I asked staff about it. They said the smell came from a "diesel compressor" and it was the 2nd week that they'd had the problem. Not good. We found the Seaside restaurant to be nicer than Ipanema, which my girlfriend thought looked like a Denny's. The restaurants were nicer and restaurant service were better on Bellissima (which we sailed on in May out of Barcelona), but I think the food was better on Seaside. We enjoyed the food in the buffets and found it to be fresh and the variety reasonably good. Be aware than you may have a less crowded experience in the smaller Biscayne Bay buffet on the 16th deck. Less variety, but for breakfast it was similar to the larger buffet, but not as many people to fight your way though. Pro Tip: Things like New York steak, shrimp cocktail, Caesar Salad and salmon were available every night on the right side of the menu. The salmon was excellent as was the small but very fresh shrimp cocktail. The New York steak was pretty good, so if you don't see something you like on the left side, check out the "standard" options on the right side. Embarkation: We've had rapid and smooth embarkation and disembarkation experiences on all 3 of our MSC cruises. I think they do this very well. 5 stars. Entertainment: Entertainment was a mixed bag. Generally, we felt that the shows were disjointed and lacking in theme and quality. It seems like they said, "Hey, we've got a good guy who rolls around in a hoop and a couple of good roller skaters, so let's build shows around them". While I felt the Michael Jackson show was very good and the performer who played Jackson was excellent, many of the other cast members of all shows were just okay. The shows were much, much better on Bellissima. Also, I believe Seaside had recorded music in their shows where Bellissima had a live band. It made a big difference. We saw various other performers live throughout the ship. Not bad, but probably the worst of my 3 MSC cruises. On Divina, some of the performances and performers were amazing. I'm not a big opera guy, but there was an opera singer who was fantastic and a pianist who was incredibly talented. We didn't see much of that on Seaside. We thought they did a nice job on the Halloween party. Not as many passengers dancing as Bellissima, and the music could have been better. That might have played into things. Pro Tip: If you don't have a reservation for the show, you'll have to wait until the last 5 minutes to be seated and there won't be many seats left. So reserve the shows in advance. Fitness and Recreation: While I didn't use the gym, we did check it out and it appeared to be of a very high quality. Onboard Experience: Not sure what they're looking for, but I'd have to say that generally it was very good. We did have an engine failure our of St. Maarten which lasted for nearly 1 hour, but fortunately that didn't alter our schedule. Public Rooms: For the most part, spotlessly clean. They aren't as elegant as Divina or Bellissima, but generally pretty nice, in my view. I think Divina has the best soaring atrium, but they did have a fairly high atrium on Seaside. While Bellissima didn't have a soaring atrium, it does have that great promenade with a high-resolution ceiling, which was missing on Seaside. I think future ships should add the same promenade but also feature the soaring atrium where the lit elevators glide gracefully up and down the various decks. Service: Staff: On Divina, we had a snotty Eastern European staff who seemed like they hated their life, hated their jobs and hated their passengers. Things had improved on Bellissima and the service level was quite high. My girlfriend is from the Philippines and I've suggested that they should hire more Filipinos. They are a hard working people and very naturally friendly, for the most part. They did just that. While frankly, I thought the service was a bit better on Bellissima, the staff was super friendly on Seaside, which made for a more enjoyable experience. In terms of the bars, they couldn't make a decent cocktail on Bellissima. The same drink tasted wildly different from one bar to the next. On Seaside, the drinks were sometimes on the weak side, but at least the quality was consistent. Pro Tip: If you don't like your restaurant assignment, see the Matire 'D and see him early. We had a 5 pm dinner seating which I changed to 9:30 pm. The Maitre 'D on Seaside was a nice guy, but on Bellissima he was a total jerk. A Gripe and Suggestion: We had the easy drink package that provided basic drinks. If you wanted something fancier, you had to pay for the entire cocktail. I suggest that MSC allow credit for the basic drinks towards the fancier ones. So if the general limit for an easy package drink is $6 and one wishes to buy a drink costing $10, charge the customer $4 rather than the full $10 since they do have a drink package already in place. Shore Excursions: We only did one of MSC's shore excursions and that was the "Sweet St. Maarten, Maho and Marigot". For the most part, this tour was enjoyable and was a good value. But I could have skipped the visit to the ice cream shop, where you had to buy your own ice cream. I guess it did give one an opportunity for a restroom break. While I did enjoy the tour, our bus broke down in sweltering heat. So we're sitting diagonnally in the middle of the road, largely blocking both lanes of traffic. Oh, and no air conditioner either. And if that wasn't bad enough, everyone was honking their horns at us and police had to be called to direct traffic around our disabled bus. They did eventually get us another bus, but it was an uncomfortable experience and limited my ability to shop in the ports. In fact, I lost a dress I purchased for my girlfriend, in part, because I was rushed due to the bus' mechanical failure issue. Normally I'd give our excursion a 4 rating, but I'll knock off 1 star and a 3 is generous in light of the bus breakdown. Value for Money: I'd probably give it 5 stars. As noted, the newer MSC ships are gorgeous, the service was pretty good, food is getting better. I think that if you can put up with some funky customer service issues and a glitch here and there, MSC represents a very good value. We currently have a cruise booked next year and in 2021. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
Previous experience with gate one was excellent!This was our third trip.We were not dissapointed excellent food amazing service!Great guides with a super itenery all came together for an excellent cruise.Saw many wonderful sights and very ... Read More
Previous experience with gate one was excellent!This was our third trip.We were not dissapointed excellent food amazing service!Great guides with a super itenery all came together for an excellent cruise.Saw many wonderful sights and very diverse shore excursions.Gate one did not dissapoint as always great value.The crew were so helpful and attentive you could not ask for any better treatment than we received.The land hotels were also first rate.Lake cumo was particularly beautiful as was mount Pilatus.Also our time in Amsterdam was very lovely with so much to see and do!Highly recommend this cruise.Of particular note was the food on this vessel the Chef and his team treated us to an amazing array of local cuisine always served up piping hot and in a very timely manner,was very impressed by the servers who remembered us by name and our likes and dislikes!Great job cusps to the whole staff on this cruise. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
It looks like Deon who is the star of the entire trip: is probably the hardest worker. Yes- everyone looks like they work hard but the teamwork is needed. Deon excellent with Motown event. The piano singer with beard as Elton John not ... Read More
It looks like Deon who is the star of the entire trip: is probably the hardest worker. Yes- everyone looks like they work hard but the teamwork is needed. Deon excellent with Motown event. The piano singer with beard as Elton John not good which is a shame because the other dancers/ singers are very good and devoted and better than him. I’m sure there’s a superstar within the team to replace him. He’s good looking and looks at people in the crowd with confidence but he’s creepy. The bus ride to excursion with new guy from sensation to 7 mile beach had no clue. He lost a paper with names and told us three diff times to leave. There were no lockers that we know of. Beach too packed like sardines but it was beautiful and clean. I just expected a better resort than this — coral reef. Looks thrown together and cheap. So we had to leave hour earlier because bus director told us wrong time , become sardine on bus and boat to ship. I loved it there but it was a mess. Hairy chest contest/ mix a drink contest mc Cruise Director Deon was wonderful- The song trivia is the best event at the ship because of him. Maybe he can train trivia leaders and move it to a quieter area as there were so many drunk, obnoxious people, it was hard to hear. Windows were so full of crud. A lot of people called our ship a rust bucket. That’s embarrassing. I wish you would kick out the boisterous drunks in whirlpools. This ship almost needs a security guard to move the obnoxious yelling and twerking women to a room. This is not a kid friendly shop. Bingo was a waste of money. Would try again if more tickets for money and better value but too expensive. Turkey with turkey dressing was amazing. Prime rib excellent and vanilla brûlée. Turkey deli sandwich and burger awesome. Breakfast great. The food on this ship was incredible. Studio VIP had one excellent singer a short girl. She has an amazing voice. Snorkeling in Ochos Rios was amazing and the snorkeling team on the bottomless boat were so proud of their island. He was caring and had great personality. They all laughed a lot. Even though the boat didn’t look like it would make it: I was proud to be on their boat! Water was amazing and coral and fish sighting good. They really bother you too much trying to sell the same goods in Ochos Rios. It almost felt like they were stalking and dangerous. We went back on the boat. If the boat could sell the Jamaican handicrafts on a craft night to help support them: it might help them more. I don’t think we will go back. If they were handcrafted like grand cayman: it would’ve been better. It just feels too distressed in this port. Bathrooms at beach and port were not nice. Hasbro Game Show was terrific Love & marriage was so funny Trivia business slogans was Good Comedian good. He picked on James and it took me a while to get used to him but he is definitely an asset as well due to his high energy and attitude. Our photog was very good. I wish the photos were smaller. He has good photo skills. Keep him and give him his own personal area and stress he does touch ups which is a plus. I love Grand Cayman but prob would not go back to Jamaica. I cannot believe the bathroom attendants kept the port bathrooms so clean. What a waste of time to get on tender in Grand Cayman . I wish we could avoid a tender. The public restrooms on boat were a mess. Carnival needs to spend money fixing up the Sensation as I doubt I’ll go on it again. There was mold throughout bathroom. Plan on three hours of embarkation which is a waste of time. This cruise is not good for families because of the clientele it attracts. It is an obnoxious, loud group and the entertainment brings that out Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
My husband and I did a 7 day cruise aboard the Celestyal Crystal on October 21 - Eclectic Aegean. Neither of us are travel agents. It was their first cruise to include Istanbul and that was the main draw for us. I was a bit apprehensive ... Read More
My husband and I did a 7 day cruise aboard the Celestyal Crystal on October 21 - Eclectic Aegean. Neither of us are travel agents. It was their first cruise to include Istanbul and that was the main draw for us. I was a bit apprehensive after reading all the negative reviews, so boarded with low expectations. We have cruised three times before - Royal Caribbean (Symphony of the Seas to Mexico), Princess - Diamond ( to Alaska) and Norwegian Jewel (Baltic). It is true that the cabins are smaller than average, so we booked a junior suite and it was very comfortable for the both of us. In fact we found the cabin to be very conveniently configured and it was clean, well maintained and looked new. Our cabin steward, Shafique told us that the junior suites had been remodeled just a year ago. The food was good - it could have used a little more variety but we never went hungry. The chef went out of his way to prepare some special Indian meals for us and a few other passengers, which we appreciated very much. The shows were good and there were plenty of onboard activities to keep us all entertained. There were excellent singers, musicians and the on-board lecturer - Caroline was outstanding and we enjoyed her lectures very much. The included shore excursions were also quite good and we could not really complain. There is a very small room for children's activities but I don't really think there was anything worthwhile for the kids to do. We had no children with us and there were very few on board. I don't think this is cruise for you if you want a really good children's program. This is NOT a cruise for you if you are looking for midnight buffets etc. In fact, for passengers wanting ice cream, pizza or anything outside of the what is served during mealtimes (breakfast, lunch, tea and dinner) costs extra. Which was a first for us. But we were not hungry in-between meal times so this did not upset us in the least. This is also not a cruise ship if you want to use the pool. The pool is very small. The gym is also quite small, I used it once but the rest of the time we were docked and out sightseeing. Our itinerary was port intensive. The embarkation process at Pireus was a nightmare but the disembarkation was a breeze! The staff were wonderful and did their very best to accommodate everyone and take care of their passengers. I would not hesitate to sail on the Celestyal Crystal again. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
We choose this cruise for the Europe destinations. Rome was great to see when we first got there, a little crowded, but were told it's worse in the summer months. The cruise terminal is a long ride, but we had a private transfer which ... Read More
We choose this cruise for the Europe destinations. Rome was great to see when we first got there, a little crowded, but were told it's worse in the summer months. The cruise terminal is a long ride, but we had a private transfer which made it nice. The embarkation seemed like we were in a third world country. Pop up tents and metal guard rails in a parking lot, but it went pretty smooth compared to the looks. We always select a jr suite for the spacious room and this one didn't disappoint. The first night however we found that our stateroom, (1078) was directly below the wind jammer which they start preparing at 3:30am, (every morning like clock work) and the carts running back and forth wake me up. So much for paying more for a suite. The cruise ship is a smaller one, so not as many options for sea days and after shore excursions. It was nice, but you can tell it's older and there was a sewer smell on the 10th floor for the entire cruise. Our cabin was great and outside of the noise that started at 3:30am every morning we had no issues. All the staff were great, (as always) and we never needed for anything. The food was as expected in the wind jammer, just luke warm, but this has been our experiences for all cruises. We ate at Tides dinning room one night and it was great. Chops Grill, was not any good on day 2, Rib eye steak was rubbery, but medium well and lobster was mushy. You can tell this food was pre cooked, then heated up and not what we expected for additional paid dinning. Giovannis was great on day 6 where I had the filet and my Wife had a seafood dish. We did not do much of the entertainment or shows outside of the movies in the cinema and on the pool deck. This cruise had very few kids/families so there weren't a lot of kids running around the pool deck, mostly adults, which was great. All staff were courteous and nice and always looking to help out. Ports and shore excursions. We did all our own shore excursions with our travel agent. Mykonos, Athens and Santorini Greece were all fabulous and as expected with the views and scenes just like the post cards. Our excursion in Athens was canceled upon our arrival, so we did the hop on hop off and spent almost the entire day at the Acropolis which is awesome. Malta was not so good. We paid for the Blue Grotto and Marsaxlokk tour, which come to find out is a fishing village and it's like a flea market that sells fish and souvenirs. They dropped us off for 1.5 hours and said to be back at the bus, then it started to rain. When we got to the Blue Grotto, it was closed, so all we could do was eat and get back on the bus. The stops in Sicilly, Naples and Rome were great and other than my Wife shopping and spending lot's of money, they were as advertised as well. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
Chose cruise as it was after operation and before chemotherapy. And you never know. We had the 5 ultimate dining pkg as an inducement and the 2 for latitudes platinum. We ate well. Liked the old decor of last year before refit. But did ... Read More
Chose cruise as it was after operation and before chemotherapy. And you never know. We had the 5 ultimate dining pkg as an inducement and the 2 for latitudes platinum. We ate well. Liked the old decor of last year before refit. But did like sub chargers in room and lights. Two pride of America cruises under our belts so old hat. Captain of jewel stayed further out from napali coast than pride of America did. But he was a nubie on this cruise in Hawaii. Did not like air package travel to airport at end of cruise when they expected to take us to airport in morning and wait all day for 8:55 pm flight. No option to opt out and get 40 dollars they charged so we found luggage storage at terminal and took bus w/o Waikiki for day. Roberts Hawaii big bus picked us up for about 32 dollars and took us to airport from cruise terminal. We were only couple on full size bus. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
We liked the itinerary and were keen to discover a new ship. Our initial impression of the ship was it was well refurbished although the cabins were small they were well laid out and had plenty of storage. We had a balcony cabin which had ... Read More
We liked the itinerary and were keen to discover a new ship. Our initial impression of the ship was it was well refurbished although the cabins were small they were well laid out and had plenty of storage. We had a balcony cabin which had a kettle and a fridge which both came in handy during our voyage. The cabins were well serviced in line with other cruise ships. There are lots of restaurants on board that you pay extra for. We were happy with the buffett and main dining room and only ate at the blue lagoon restaurant on one night. The price of the drinks and coffees and cakes were very reasonable. The size of the ship was great and we were able to find our way around very quickly. The staff were very attentive and helpful although many needed to practice their English a bit more. We would comfortably go on the ship again if the itinerary was to our liking. It was great to see the other passengers who were well into their 70s and 80s enjoying all the facilities including the water slide spaAnd swimming pool. We didn’t go to the shows however the feedback was very positive. Definitely targeted towards the over 60 cruiser. We would recommend the ship those who had not cruised before all the looking for a relaxing holiday where they could enjoy a few drinks and have a swim in the pool. As this was a re-positioning cruise I am guessing that is why there was very little entertainment on board including music during the day. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
We're Carnival Cruise regulars - gold status - and just returned from a fabulous cruise to Montego Bay, Grand Cayman, and Cozumel on Sunday, after first spending a week in New Orleans. The ship is definitely showing signs of age and ... Read More
We're Carnival Cruise regulars - gold status - and just returned from a fabulous cruise to Montego Bay, Grand Cayman, and Cozumel on Sunday, after first spending a week in New Orleans. The ship is definitely showing signs of age and wear, but who cares when the crew members are amazing, helpful, and downright friendly. From Made, our cabin steward (Deck 8, forward), to the staff at Guest Services, EVERYONE, bar none, was delightful, courteous, and seemed genuinely interested in assisting their passengers. We usually plan our own excursions, but went with Carnivals top-rated ones for each post on this cruise, and I'm so glad we did. The jeep tour in Montego Bay (with crazy man Kasha driving) was informative, scenic, and better than the "Indiana Jones" ride at Disneyland!!! We saw beautiful scenery, stunning hidden waterfalls, and experienced a monsoonal downpour - and Kasha kept the jeep up on all four wheels for the duration! The kayak tour and swimming with stingrays in Grand Cayman was a blast too - stingrays really are just "sea puppies" and thrive on love and attention. And Cozumel, one of my favorite ports, was amazing as usual - started the day with a taxi ride into town for some much-needed shopping (spent two hours in Los Cincos Soles (The Five Suns)) and made it back to the ship just in time for our scheduled Champagne Elite Catamaran tour, which was THE best snorkeling excursion I've ever been on - including those experienced on the Hawaiian islands. You can't have a bad snorkeling experience in Cozumel, but the boat's crew had us feeling like family after four hours - they fed us (way too much) the most delicious and home-made food (don't even get me started on the guacamole!) and plied us with alcohol - as much as you could drink - and other tasty beverages. Just typing this has me yearning for more - time to plan my return trip to New Orleans and another cruise on the Glory ASAP! Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
I’ll admit, this was my first cruise so maybe I don’t have anything to compare it to but I came away from this cruise totally thrilled. Sure there were hiccups, it was the inaugural cruise, but the very good far outweighed the bad. ... Read More
I’ll admit, this was my first cruise so maybe I don’t have anything to compare it to but I came away from this cruise totally thrilled. Sure there were hiccups, it was the inaugural cruise, but the very good far outweighed the bad. The Sky Princess is gorgeous, especially the piazza. Our cabin with balcony was more spacious than I expected with tons of storage facilities. Our steward was awesome and made me laugh the way he set out my pajamas each night. Thanks Ivan. I have never had service this amazing before. The food was fantastic. The bars, especially Vines, was also fantastic. I loved their wine flight. Embarkation and disembarkation were a breeze. I had done my homework and was “ocean ready”. I had no problems with the medallion and I liked the bookmarking feature for daily events. I barely looked at the Patter. Entertainment was fantastic, especially the Rock Opera show on our last evening. The costumes and music were broadway quality. We did one ship’s shore excursion to Amalfi and while crazy expensive, it was very well done. I have motion issues and was concerned about that, but I almost forgot I was at sea, I felt very little motion at all. Smooth sailing. I was very sad to leave this lovely ship. I’d go back in a heartbeat! Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
We wanted a short relaxing get away that was round trip from a west coast city. We were r/t Los Angeles. The ports were places we had visited many times before so we did not do tours and got off when we wanted to or just stayed on board. ... Read More
We wanted a short relaxing get away that was round trip from a west coast city. We were r/t Los Angeles. The ports were places we had visited many times before so we did not do tours and got off when we wanted to or just stayed on board. We had done the Ruby in the British Isles and it was a nightmare. Too many things to mention here but my review echoed many others for that cruise. I was reluctant to go again on a Princess but I am glad we did! MUCH better experience! We had the free beverage package which I found didn’t not add to the he basic fare and we really enjoyed that. The wheelhouse bar (Rosalee, Raffy,Dennis, etc) was the best and we basically closed it nightly. The clientele is much older and the ship was full of wheelchairs, walkers, and canes but this ship managed them much better so we were not put off by that. The food is not great, the entertainment not so great, the games were rather silly but we did what we wanted and it worked for us. We normally go Disney, Cunard, Holland America and I like them a great deal more but for a short, inexpensive break, the Royal was just fine! If they were to offer the beverage package again, I would grab it in a second!!! Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
We have taken many cruises on a few different ships. We sail out of New York out of convenience. Many different NCL ships come and go in New York and sometimes the different ships can be very exiting. But the dawn was a bit of a let down. ... Read More
We have taken many cruises on a few different ships. We sail out of New York out of convenience. Many different NCL ships come and go in New York and sometimes the different ships can be very exiting. But the dawn was a bit of a let down. While the cruise itself was awesome ( 14 days & 8 islands ). First and most important was the terrible food in the buffet. Food was most of the time cold. Other ships have theme nights and every night the food is different. On the Dawn it's the same food for every meal, it never changes. After 14 days you get tired of eating the same stuff. Every single person we spoke with on board complained about the buffet. Second the show's on board were very unentertaining. We are big NCL cruisers and swear by them 100% but this is one ship I will never sail on again and would not recommend it to anyone. Ok,enough of that. As for the rest of the trip. Staff on board ' exceptional ', Speciallty restaurants- outstanding. Favorite restaurant on board is Cagneys steakhouse, by far the best filet mignon I've ever had. Moderno - make sure you go here hungry, the meats are cooked to perfection. Tepennyake - very entertaining dining experience. Not much to say about the Mexican restaurant, had reservations here but cancelled because of non appealing menu. Loved all of the Islands, the people are fantastic. Excursions are very informative. Not much to do in Bonaire unless you are scuba diving or snorkeling. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
Choose because we only wanted a short cruise and Key West was the deciding factor. All good. Great service, wonderful food. Easy on and off at all stops. Entertainment in the theater was amazing. Most talent we ever saw on the seas. ... Read More
Choose because we only wanted a short cruise and Key West was the deciding factor. All good. Great service, wonderful food. Easy on and off at all stops. Entertainment in the theater was amazing. Most talent we ever saw on the seas. We did find ourselves searching for something interesting to do several times. The best place to be at night after shows was the Bliss lounge or the Windjammer lounge. Unfortunately way too many people and not enough seats, and seats were on top of each other. We were invited to a private cocktail party with the captain. Would have been a great experience had the captain and most officers actually acted as if they were pleased to see us. Will pass on cocktails with the captain in future cruises. The casino is always happy to see us! Much more so than this captain and the other officers were only following his lead. I can almost hold my breath for 1/2 hr, suy he could force a smile or a hey, hi you doing or something. Very uncomfortable situation for us. Felt awkward. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
We went to witness the Panama Canal again for the second time to see more of it and understand the sacrifices that it took to build the canal. The Island Princess is smaller and was able to travel through the older canal locks, On our ... Read More
We went to witness the Panama Canal again for the second time to see more of it and understand the sacrifices that it took to build the canal. The Island Princess is smaller and was able to travel through the older canal locks, On our previous Princess cruise to the Panama canal our ship was larger and we got to travel through the newer locks. It was exciting both times. The Island Princess ship was very nice but needs a few new updates. It is showing a little wear in a few places on the ship. The ship's entertainment was very good and Benny the cruise director was very entertaining. The selections of food were also very good and there were always new foods to try. If you like a rich Cajun flavor in your dining experiance the Bayou Cafe is the place to try. Service was excellent and there was plenty to eat. The only disappointment was during a walking tour in Cartagena, Columbia. Street vendors were constantly in your face even after you would tell them no thank you, and made me feel uncomfortable Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
We traveled with our family which consisted of 13 adults, 1 child & 1 infant. We took a shuttle Limo from Cheektowaga NY to Toronto. We flew 22 hours from Toronto to Sydney. We had a 1 hour layover in Vancouver at 2:30am, which was ... Read More
We traveled with our family which consisted of 13 adults, 1 child & 1 infant. We took a shuttle Limo from Cheektowaga NY to Toronto. We flew 22 hours from Toronto to Sydney. We had a 1 hour layover in Vancouver at 2:30am, which was awful. When we got to Sydney we only had that day to explore, so we checked in at The Holiday Inn at The Rocks and then spent the day walking around. Though we were jet lagged, we were going on adrenal from the excitement of being there. We saw the Opera House, walked across the Harbor bridge and ate and shopped at The Rocks. We even found a Starbucks! The next day we had a shuttle to the cruise pier, at 11:00 am, which was across the street, but we had to much luggage to walk there. We had priority boarding and curbside luggage. Which really wasn’t curbside. We had to drag our suitcases 100 feet to drop it all off. We went to the front of the line to check in. The building didn’t seem to have AC, because we, as well as the staff, were all sweating in there. Once on board we were given a glass of champagne and had our family picture taken. We were then escorted to Luminae, a restaurant for all Suite quests. By 1:00 our cabins were ready. We received flowers, sparkling wine and chocolate covered strawberries. We received our suitcases by 5:00, which was wonderful. The food in Luminae was very good and the service was superb. We also ate at Tuscan Grill and Sushi on 5, which were 2 specialty restaurants. The food was very good there as well. We mostly ate at the Buffet for breakfast. It had a lot of varieties and once you found what you liked, you could enjoy it every morning. A lot of our group ordered room service, which came within half hour. That was a treat in itself. Our Royal Suite was a good size. A few times we had 12 people visiting us comfortably. Though the furniture needed an upgrade and the TV only had 10 channels. None of which I liked. There were free movies and pay per view. I saw most of them already. I am known as a movie bug. The internet was awful. You could never stay connected. It took long to open apps and search the web. I would get text messages hours later, when I would remember to reconnect to WiFi. The Ship was very nice considering it’s scheduled to be remodeled in 2021. There were some shops, but mostly high end designers, that you wouldn’t normally buy from. The souvenirs were limited and they didn’t have a store that sold any staples, should you need any. A major disappointing thing was all the Senior Citizens that were the majority of people. Our group ranged from 14 years to 56 years old. So a lot of the entertainment was geared towards 65 plus years old. There wasn’t much going on past 10:00pm. The elevators took a long time to come when we had to use it. Most times it was full with wheelchairs, walkers or both. The Buffet was always crowded. A few mornings we couldn’t find a table. There should be as many tables & chairs, as there are guests on board! The shows were mediocre, 3 out of the 12 nights were very good! Going to and from Ports went smoothly, whether we walked off or had to take a tender. Though our stroller had to be carried up or down stairs to enter & exit the ports. Not sure how the wheelchairs and walkers handled it? The Excursions were ok. A few were misleading. We informed the Excursion desk of our disappointment and they didn’t seem to care that much about our opinion. We booked a private tour 4 months in advance. The night before it was scheduled, we received a note and voice mail, that it was canceled due to mechanical issues. (Whatever that meant?!) So we had to try to arrange something else with a tour company on shore. That was a pain, but it worked out. We probably won’t travel on Celebrity again. Their prices were almost double what I’ve paid on other CruiseLines. They weren’t any better than those, so I’m not sure how they justify that. Some crew members that we would like to recognize, as those who went above & beyond for us, were Sam and Ty in Luminea, as well as our Butler Lorenzo. We spent some time in Michael’s Club, which was a lounge for Suite guests, where you could get a drink and some cookies and just relax. The Conceirge in there, Davina, was very helpful as well. All and all we had a great time with our family experiencing Australia and a cruise was a great way to do it!! Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
Sailing to Bermuda for our 40th wedding anniversary. We were unexpectedly treated to a special cake at the Chef's Table dinner one night. Meals were very good, and the specialty restaurants were fantastic! The main dining room was ... Read More
Sailing to Bermuda for our 40th wedding anniversary. We were unexpectedly treated to a special cake at the Chef's Table dinner one night. Meals were very good, and the specialty restaurants were fantastic! The main dining room was good, with a buffet offered at breakfast, as well as the order off the menu. The main buffet offered a wide variety, from salad to pizza to Indian and Chinese food. There were always a lot of entertainment going on. Music in the Centrum, which could be heard up several levels varied from Regae to accoustic guitar. There is a piano in one of the lounges, and that was good too. The movie selection was bad, mostly old movies, and the one that was new was only shown once, and conflicted with something else we had scheduled. If you're into wine tasting, there were several opportunities. I wish the lounges and pub would serve finger food so we had something to eat while having drinks. We loved the ship, and would definitely sail again. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
From the time we step onboard, everything was all in order. There was little chaos on elevators and passages due to people are lost or don’t know what to do or where to go. But the crew was very helpful in all ways possible to help out. ... Read More
From the time we step onboard, everything was all in order. There was little chaos on elevators and passages due to people are lost or don’t know what to do or where to go. But the crew was very helpful in all ways possible to help out. The foods are amazingly well organized. The crew made sure that all guests are enjoying each meal. The restaurants are very well maintained and crews assigned are ready to serve all guests. The mustering drill is very chaotic. It took so much time to muster all guests. There should be a better way to fix this issue. If there is a real situation, there might not be enough time to save someone’s life. It took about 40 minutes to fill the theatre where our group has to muster. It takes about 10 minutes before hypothermia set in to someone. Every crew were very responsive and courteous. They know what they are doing. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
I wanted to visit the Greek Ilse and sail by Norwegian. The crew / staff were very good and helpful. Food and services very good. The onshore excursion were organized very well. We did onshore excursion at every port. The tour guides that ... Read More
I wanted to visit the Greek Ilse and sail by Norwegian. The crew / staff were very good and helpful. Food and services very good. The onshore excursion were organized very well. We did onshore excursion at every port. The tour guides that were selected by Norwegian cruise were excellent. They explained everything in detail within the time frame. We took a lot of photos and videos at every port. The embarkation and disembarkation was very smooth. We were happy with our stateroom and it was done twice in a day. There was lots of entertainment and by far we enjoyed all. The dining restaurant's were good, we enjoyed more at the Moderno restaurant. The food here was excellent. The breakfast bar had variety dishes to choose from. There was lots of fun and entertainment at the pool deck. Over all my cruise was excellent and I am looking forward to have the similar excitement in near future. Norwegian cruise viva. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
We were celebrating our 25th anniversary and Hawaii has been on our bucket list. The ship was a perfect way to see all of the islands. Our trip was a breeze from the moment we got left off at the pier. We sailed through check in and ... Read More
We were celebrating our 25th anniversary and Hawaii has been on our bucket list. The ship was a perfect way to see all of the islands. Our trip was a breeze from the moment we got left off at the pier. We sailed through check in and were led to a separate area for a snack. The cat was out of the bag and I couldn’t hide the surprise from hubby. I had booked us in a penthouse suite with a butler After a short wait we were brought on board by Lauren. We then had lunch at Cagney’s, which is the breakfast and lunch spot for suite guests. Our deck was called while we were eating an amazing lunch. When we got to our rooms, our bags were outside our suite. Jeffery was our butler who brought us breakfast in our suite, helped us with tenders and priority disembarking. We spent most days ashore doing excursions, with only 2 lazy pool days. We enjoyed the specialty dining with Cagney's and Moderno being the favourites. Our other evening was Teppanyaki. Good ambiance but we found the food was prepared with too much butter and salt. We ate at Cadillac diner, Aloha cafe and Key West grill. We did excursions with NCL and Roberts Hawaii. Even though the scenery is breathtaking, the driver does make the tour worthwhile. We had great drivers and others that weren’t on their game. Our preferred tours were with Roberts. If you can take part in the Cruisenext program it is worthwhile to plan the next one, as the on-board credits pay for 1/2 of the deposit you put down. With the other on board credits accumulated, our next cruise deposits cost us nothing. Overall this was an amazing cruise. Despite bad reviews, we did not have any negative experiences. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
I'll start by saying we travel a lot, but aren't "cruise people". We've only been on one other cruise. Most of our travel is self-booked, no groups, tours, etc. That said, we were looking to do something out of the ... Read More
I'll start by saying we travel a lot, but aren't "cruise people". We've only been on one other cruise. Most of our travel is self-booked, no groups, tours, etc. That said, we were looking to do something out of the ordinary and special for our 35th anniversary cruise, and had our sights set on exploring a few greek islands. After looking at options including cruises, flights, and water taxis, we decided on the 3-night Celestyal Olympia cruise. We figured that if it didn't agree with us, 3 nights would be OK. We liked the smattering taste-test of the islands, and we liked that two excursions were included. Embarkation was a breeze for us, but read the cabin details for possible explanation. Yes, the ship is old, but it's been refurbished quite nicely. It was perhaps a little nicer than expected. I think we had 1,000 passengers, so quite a bit under capacity. That may have helped with things for our cruise. Staff was exemplary! Every single staff member we interacted with was just so nice and helpful. There were no exceptions to this: from the Master (captain), who told us how to find our room (we didn't know who he was at the time), to the people who gave out towels as we came back aboard, 100% of them were just great. The food was better than expected. We like greek food, but were certainly not limited to that. The Texas BBQ night was superbly executed and very popular. Entertainment was OK, but we didn't really pursue that at all. We really enjoyed both of the included excursions in Turkey and Crete! A lot. Really added value for us. We did not book any other excursions. Yes, some of the island stays are very brief, but we knew that going in. They were long enough to learn where we might want to return some day. Getting off the boat for island visits seemed very organized to us, and went smoothly. Again, some of this was due to our cabin selection. We learned that people who booked excursions got off first (!), then cabins by rank/number, then people who were staying at the location (not getting back on the boat). We didn't even look at any other excursions, so I don't know what the options or cost were, but worth considering if you want to get off the boat first. Lastly, I should mention I was fighting a nasty kidney stone the entire cruise, and it really compromised my ability to enjoy food, drink, and a couple of the excursions. This is no reflection on Celestyal at all; on the contrary, the staff were very understanding and supportive of my situation. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
Have been on two cruises before this one (Royal Caribbean, Princess) and this BY FAR has been the best food I've experienced - no complaints whatsoever. The food came out perfect everytime and was always delicious! Cagney's ... Read More
Have been on two cruises before this one (Royal Caribbean, Princess) and this BY FAR has been the best food I've experienced - no complaints whatsoever. The food came out perfect everytime and was always delicious! Cagney's was also amazing as was the Blue Lagoon, which was surprising for a cruise 24 hour diner section. Only issue I had with the ship was the lack of an indoor pool/spa and the towel station location/times. The towel station closed at 7 while the pools/spas remained open til 10, which I thought quite odd. Also made hopping into the spa on Deck 10 aft annoying as we had to make our way to Deck 12 mid ship just to grab some towels. Cabin was also very spacious! Was surprised at how the bathroom was organised - easily the biggest shower I've experienced on a ship and absolutely loved that there was a sliding door instead of an annoying shower curtain - made showering at the end of the day a breeze. Had no issues getting theatre seats at the second show and loved that we didn't have to stress about this. Staff were always helpful and polite - will miss a few of them! Overall - an old but charming ship that needs a few upgrades but definitely still worth sailing on. Can't wait to see what the Spirit will look like after next year's refurbishment. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
Chose this cruise as we love all the dancing aboard Cunard lines. This was our second, the first being 17 days on Queen Elizabeth. Had not been to the Canary Islands so it was a good fit. We had an ocean view as compared to a balcony ... Read More
Chose this cruise as we love all the dancing aboard Cunard lines. This was our second, the first being 17 days on Queen Elizabeth. Had not been to the Canary Islands so it was a good fit. We had an ocean view as compared to a balcony last time and all was well. Room steward was great as always and room was clean and comfortable. Could not see the difference in cost being worth it on this 12 day trip. I think the main dining was OK but not great. Service was good but a little unorganized compared to last time. Never asked for second slice of bread and hardly filled an empty water glass. My wife is gluten intolerant and they prepare everything on the menu for her which other lines only have restricted menus. Did miss the shrimp cocktails as they were not ever there and the lobster tail was breaded? Only attended a few shows as most were with the ships compliment and not acts brought on. The few acts were good but I would rate as below average as a whole concidering they used their own talent most nights, Ballroom dancing was good but I would have enjoyed more than one afternoon tea dance.. Upstairs club was great as was the party band(very varied in their different types of music) Also had a 60's review band that played in auditorium and in the Queens ballroom the last night. Ports were interesting and all were walk off into the local city. We did not do any excurions as the ports offered nothing we hadnot already done. We just enjoyed walking around and sampling the local areas, and were usually back on board by 1-2pm. Overall an enjoyable trip though I prefered Queen Elizabeth Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
After being on the Regal and the Royal, this was a much smaller ship. It is also a much older ship and is in relatively good shape. We had a mini suite on Caribe and it was a great location and everything in the mini suite was fine. ... Read More
After being on the Regal and the Royal, this was a much smaller ship. It is also a much older ship and is in relatively good shape. We had a mini suite on Caribe and it was a great location and everything in the mini suite was fine. I did miss the International cafe but we did adjust to just having the coffee bar. Breakfast buffet was fine, but the lunch buffet has no imagination. I love a salad at lunch, but the same boring items were offered every day. No glaucamole, no diced eggs, no chicken, but lots,of pork done any way you can imagine. If you eat pork, you are fine for a meat selection but for those of us who like a little chicken on a salad, we were out of luck. They need someone to redo the entire salad bar and make it interesting, not the same dull and not many items to choose from. How about a taco bar once in a while. Dinner in the Provence dining room was very good. Lots of items to choose from and it was always different. My only complaint was the coldness in this dining room. People complained every night and nothing was ever done about the temperature. Take a coat with you as most,of us wore one at dinner. Sad, when you can’t enjoy a meal without your coat on. This really needs to be addressed. The indoor pool was a nice option on the rainy day we had at sea. You have your usual chair hogs at the main pool, but the deck attendant was very good checking chairs and removing items if left for an hour. Limon was a horrible place to walk around. Trash and graffiti everywhere. We will stay on the ship next,time. Amber Cove was fine and we enjoyed our day there. Falmouth, Jamaica has an enclosed area that was wonderful to walk around in. In Cartagena, Columbia the vendors totally ruined the day. They were in your face and way too aggressive. That is another port we will avoid and we were on a tour, which made it worse. The Panama Canal was amazing and so glad we stayed on ship to go through the locks. Such history and it was fun to see all the ships,going the other way. All in all a good,cruise but do,wish they would go to some other,ports that are more pleasant to visit. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019

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