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This was a good size ship. It had a similar design to many other ships by Celebrity. We found the select dining worked well as we could eat when we liked. We only waited in line 5-10 min to be seated, usually sat with another couple. There ... Read More
This was a good size ship. It had a similar design to many other ships by Celebrity. We found the select dining worked well as we could eat when we liked. We only waited in line 5-10 min to be seated, usually sat with another couple. There are different lines depending on your timing. The food was good and the service wonderful. I thought the staff to this ship friendly and exceedingly efficient. The entertainment was just ok.. We missed some rock and roll toe taking music instead got a whole lot of crooning and singing. The shows were just ok with the costumes pretty mediocre. Very upbeat entertainers but lacking in lively tunes and dance with pizazz. The excursions which we took three were good if not a little rushed but sometimes that is expected. If you go to the cenotes take a wet suit although the swim was only 10 minutes. Lunch was great at the cenotes. More than enough with the booze selling. I really appreciate taking care of the gratuities before the cruise. All in all would recommend this cruise. Ports are what they are.. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
We've cruised many times but this was our first on a Celebrity ship. We loved everything about the ship. The service everywhere and the dining were very good. We were part of a group of eight all first timers on Celebrity and all of ... Read More
We've cruised many times but this was our first on a Celebrity ship. We loved everything about the ship. The service everywhere and the dining were very good. We were part of a group of eight all first timers on Celebrity and all of us thoroughly enjoyed cruise. Colon didn't have much to do if you didn't want to view the locks. We had done the full canal transit twice before. We wanted to go to the old section of Panama City but couldn't find anything less than $100 pp so we just went into town to do some shopping We did a Segway tour in the old part of Cartagena What a way to see things there. The overnight in Cozumel was great and we had made dinner reservations at Pancho's Backyard. Great ambiance! Bought some Cuban cigars at a reasonable price and smoked them by the Sky Bar. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
My husband and I selected this cruise for its newness and to see first hand what it would be like to cruise on a ship of this size. Even though the size was impressive and overwhelming, we sometimes found ourselves in the elevators by ... Read More
My husband and I selected this cruise for its newness and to see first hand what it would be like to cruise on a ship of this size. Even though the size was impressive and overwhelming, we sometimes found ourselves in the elevators by ourselves. However, due to the ship’s large passenger capacity (6,000) the registration, boarding and departing at the terminal was unpleasant to say the least. Having a Crown & Anchor status and arriving prior to 1 pm had no advantage. Following others, it took us a little more than an hour doing the ‘Serpentine Dance’ on a cold concrete floor before we were aboard. RCI may not be in charge of Customs personnel, but there weren’t enough Custom officers to handle the number of passengers to process for this size ship. Even if you are a back-to-back cruiser, a senior, or are wheelchair bound, you still won’t have any privileges for a speedy re-boarding. Seems we should have had some priority; after all they already had all of our information and our stateroom assignment. The Crew/Staff by the most part were pleasant and polite, but a few were rude, indifferent, and possible attitude. Our dining on the first week was superb. We ate at 5:30 pm, Deck 5. However, for our second week we were assigned to a different time and location even though we earlier requested the same as the first week. We were placed in ‘My Time Dining’ status and it was an awful experience. Enormous lines causing delays and confusion. The dining officers were rude and uncaring, while our table waiters were thoughtful. For the first 3 nights the dining room was swamped with passengers and crew members. Crew members had facial expressions as if they had never seen this before. It took almost 2 hrs to finish dinner. The food was good and always hot, but too slow in servicing. Later as we exited the dining room we noticed longer lines waiting to enter while others were leaving to eat elsewhere. We prefer inside large staterooms although not as large as one would expect. Our room was on Deck 10 which was very quiet and well maintained by our cabin steward. Show events were very good - especially the Aqua shows (the best)!! Some did get cancelled or rescheduled due to weather. We only ate in the dining room and not at specialty restaurants. No excursions because we’re frequent travelers and have done most of them. You wouldn’t think that a ship of this size could shake and move excessively in high winds and waves, but it will! Many passengers were getting sick during most of the first week of the cruise. Be prepared just in case. We don’t plan on taking another cruise on a ship of this size again. Big is not always better. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
It was 6 days at a good price. Although I have been to these ports, I like the cruising. People were great, the food was good, and the crew were very helpful & friendly. My only issue was the A/C Maintenance staff, one or two from ... Read More
It was 6 days at a good price. Although I have been to these ports, I like the cruising. People were great, the food was good, and the crew were very helpful & friendly. My only issue was the A/C Maintenance staff, one or two from Customer Service. The A/C either worked full force,...( I was trying to get away from the cold) or nothing, no circulation at all. It seems the they did not know how to fix it, or needed parts not available. The crew could not give me a straight answer, Can you fix the thermostat, and can you fix the A/C. No answer was available. Everything was good. [ with the exception of cabin issue ] I think this rates as one of the better cruises to the Caribbean , 1st we went to the Florida Keys ... Key West Fla., then we went to Grand Cayman, last we cruised over to Cozumel Mexico. Always a fun place Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
My five friends have never cruised Celebrity so I suggested for this year's cruise we branch out from Port Canaveral and Royal and experience what I consider a class act cruise line - Celebrity. They didn't disappoint. The girls ... Read More
My five friends have never cruised Celebrity so I suggested for this year's cruise we branch out from Port Canaveral and Royal and experience what I consider a class act cruise line - Celebrity. They didn't disappoint. The girls loved Celebrity and the Silhouette. The staff were phenomenal - so friendly and helpful at all times. We considered treating ourselves to a specialty restaurant one night, but the food in the dining room was so consistently great that we skipped that and spent the extra money on an additional spa treatment. The Canyon Spa was also very. nice. The food up in the Oceanview buffet was also always good. There was a fabulous selection to choose from and the staff up there were great. The staterooms are roomy and well appointed and the bathroom the best on any line. We were able to open our verandas and have easy access to each of our three staterooms. We booked on deck 6 where the verandas are partially onstructed but your view of the ocean really wasn't blocked and it was no problem. You just can't look directly down. We had the free classic beverage package and that worked out perfectly. We never had a problem with not getting anything we ordered. The specialty acts on the ship were great. Loved every one of them, especially the Tenors of Rock and the Flyboys. The production numbers featured lots of costume changes and lots of dancing but frankly they were a little too modern and all over the place for our taste and didn't make much sense. Didn't care for the music either as most wasn't recognizable. We skipped the last one because of this. The singing acts in the various bar venues were all great. The ship was in very good condition and well maintained. Everyone working there acted like they were glad to be there. I had broken my foot a couple of weeks prior to the cruise so I had to utilize the wheelchair assistance embarking and disembarking the ship. Most helpful. The captain was one of the best I have had in my 45 cruises. He was extremely funny and always visible. The cruise director, Sara, was very sweet and always approachable. I can see why this ship was voted their best in their fleet. Great trip. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
We picked by the date and that we have been past passengers on Princess and we had jut moved into Elite Status. This ship is the largest and newest of the fleet, however the rooms are much smaller than the older ships. Departing from Ft ... Read More
We picked by the date and that we have been past passengers on Princess and we had jut moved into Elite Status. This ship is the largest and newest of the fleet, however the rooms are much smaller than the older ships. Departing from Ft Lauderdale is the handiest for us as it is less than a 4 hour drive from our home outside of Tampa. Itinerary was not important other than we wanted to go to Princess Cays, the private island which is very relaxing and enjoyable for us. We have been to the Cozumel and Grand Cayman many times before. Montego Bay was not a preferred stop but we did get off the ship and walk a short distance. Since we have sailed on Princess many times before we were looking for good food and great service. That was not the case. Princess has increased the gratuity that is charged to each room but has decreased the number of personnel to take care of the passengers. Dining service was very slow, plan on at least 90 minutes for dinner in the dining room. Embarkation and debarkation were very smooth and efficient and we had our room shortly after we boarded (12:30pm) and our luggage was delivered prior to our attending the ship's safety drill. We used the Walk Off option for disembarkation and we were off the ship by 7am. We used Park and Go and the shuttle was waiting for us when we got off the ship and we were on the road by 7:15am and home by 11am. You have to pack light as you have to carry you luggage yourself but it is the mose efficient way to get off the ship. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
As i read some of the reviews, I can't believe I was on the same ship.We have sailed over 25 times and while we have visited better ports, we have never been on a better ship. The service is attentive, the meals are great, and the ... Read More
As i read some of the reviews, I can't believe I was on the same ship.We have sailed over 25 times and while we have visited better ports, we have never been on a better ship. The service is attentive, the meals are great, and the atmosphere fantastic .Imagine sipping a glass of wine in a tree lined park while listening to the soft sounds of a piano/violin duo without a bob or a roll from the sea despite the 20 knots. Picture yourself in an outdoor theater watching gymnastics, diving, syncro- swimming and remember your on a ship. Watch an ice skating show, a full production of Cats, or watch or partake in rock climbing, zip line and flow riding and much more. Enjoy the Caribbean warmth in a wonderful solarium without ever leaving the ship Oh, the balcony room was a little more compact than we expected, and the use of light colored carpets can be questioned, but overall the ship was excellent Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
I have enjoyed mostly every cruise on Holland. One of mine was not so good, but that was do to a typhoon from Russia that hit us after we stopped at Sitka. It was very scary and they chained the doors shut so no one would be foolish enough ... Read More
I have enjoyed mostly every cruise on Holland. One of mine was not so good, but that was do to a typhoon from Russia that hit us after we stopped at Sitka. It was very scary and they chained the doors shut so no one would be foolish enough to go out and see the very high waves washing over the deck. That was the bad,, but no fault with Holland on everything else. The latest one on the new Koningsdam was fantastic. The food was perfect in the dining room and on the buffet. I liked the way the buffet served with separate booths and employees serving everyone and not as much waiting as the old style standing in a line for all of us to serve ourselves. This new way made it very sanitary and prevented a lot of people getting sick as has been in the past. The entertainment was the best I have seen on any cruise I have done, and this is my 37th cruise on many different lines including Holland since the 1980's. From their Lincoln Center with 5 young ladies with violins, Cello and piano..it was packed every night. The BB King stage was wonderful and lots of room to dance in the ship. The large dining room served fantastic meals and all the waiters I had were just plain fantastic also. Boarding and Debarking was so easy and done so well. I enjoyed all my ports and the tenders when needed were clean and comfortable. If you are looking for an upscale experience with a price for everybody.... you can't miss this ship especially. The cabins are designed so well and what a large shower I had in my inside cabin. I like the dark cabin at night and sleep so well. The large TV in the wall was one of the largest I have had on most ships. The sliding dome cover on the main pool allowed at great breeze and the configurations of seating overlooking the pool with lounges like beds and drawing sheets to separated many on them so you have a lot of privacy was perfect. The only bad thing about this cruise was I HAD TO LEAVE! Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
I chose this cruise as part of the Greater Federation of Women's Clubs - Florida had selected the cruise. The cruise was "OK" - this was my fifth cruise on Carnival Cruise Lines and the other ones were superior particularly ... Read More
I chose this cruise as part of the Greater Federation of Women's Clubs - Florida had selected the cruise. The cruise was "OK" - this was my fifth cruise on Carnival Cruise Lines and the other ones were superior particularly regarding entertainment and meals. Entertainment was sorely lacking on this cruise - no big show in a theater. Fairly good comedy in one of the lounges and some decent musicians and singers in other lounges. I particularly disliked the set-up for Anytime Dining. One had to go to one deck to register each night and then sit and wait for in a designated area for a table. This two step process may have been more efficient for Carnival, but it took away from any perceived advantage of Anytime Dining. If I were to choose another Carnival cruise I would find out first if they are using this new form of Anytime Dining setup and if so, would opt for a set dining time. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
Friends liked the itenary and chose the 21day package as they were interested in the ports, we joined them for the last 10 days. Cabin and cabin staff good. Ship and washrooms clean. Loved it when the captain announced a whale sighting. ... Read More
Friends liked the itenary and chose the 21day package as they were interested in the ports, we joined them for the last 10 days. Cabin and cabin staff good. Ship and washrooms clean. Loved it when the captain announced a whale sighting. Dining room short staffed, so food seldom hot when served - tasty, but only warm. Entertainment in Oceans Bar awful - the musicians were clearly bored and thought if they played really loud you wouldn't hear their off key notes. Didn't ask for requests and didn't seen to know what to play next. When they got more than one or two couples dancing, they either stalled until they sat down or played something to make them sit down. Piano bar also too loud. If I was looking for a loud ship, I would sail with Carnival. Holland America needs to decide who their target clientele is and cater to them. Offering 10, 11 and 21 day cruises limits their market to people with time to cruise. There is a strong market of retired people who enjoy either listening to music or dancing AND being able to chat at a table but they just don't get it or care. I'm sure if the Market (buffet) staff acted as bored and served food as poorly as the HAL Cats did their brand of music they would be shipped home. BB King music was also too loud to enjoy. Because guests are older and hearing not as good as it was, many wear hearing aides, making the blaring music painful and sound is muffled when so loud. A prime example was on the final sea day the Ocean Bar was full of people enjoying each other's company. Their voices filled the area with an inviting humm. At one time someone was playing background music. Then the band returned, many Ocean Bar guests left. Sales staff in the shops are bored and follow you with offers. The Digital Workshop with Windows 10 was well handled and busy. Classical music well attended and performed, guest performers on stage good, production number loud and we left after about 5-10 minutes. To top this not so great trip, we had to be shuttleted to the port parking garage. We were dropped as close as the shuttle driver could get us I guess. We were given two different directions on where to haul our luggage only to find out the elevator didn't work and we had to carry our bags up to our floor. Thanks parking services. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
We received a good promotional price for the cruise about 6 months prior. To we took advantage of it since I wanted to go cruising on the biggest ship on the Princess Cruise line. Ship was ok and laid out well. Yet I still like the smaller ... Read More
We received a good promotional price for the cruise about 6 months prior. To we took advantage of it since I wanted to go cruising on the biggest ship on the Princess Cruise line. Ship was ok and laid out well. Yet I still like the smaller ships like the Emerald and the Caribbean Princess. The ship just seem so big especially when your used to being on smaller ships. Enjoyed a special wine tasting dinner at Sabitini's Restaurant which we met some new friends that where from our state. Many shore excursions available to go to and do but many days we just stayed and enjoyed the various activities on board. This ship is better accommodating with lounge chairs to sunbathe or watch the big movie screen on the 16th deck. Food was good and plentiful as either your choice of buffet or anytime dinning for dinner meal. Was a good cruise yet I liked the smaller ships better. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
A Critique of the Ship Viking Sea : I and my wife were recently on this ship for a cruise from Rome to Barcelona via Tunis and Algiers. The cabin space and the balcony size were adequate, but not enough drawer or shelf space. The ... Read More
A Critique of the Ship Viking Sea : I and my wife were recently on this ship for a cruise from Rome to Barcelona via Tunis and Algiers. The cabin space and the balcony size were adequate, but not enough drawer or shelf space. The desk had a lid which lifts up to access the drawer but became a nuisance because it lessened desktop space. There was no sofa bed. The TV had good quality, and the controls, and software were good. They have an app for the iphone for you to look up daily events, schedules and bookings, which was really a nice feature. They have Fox News, CNBC, MSNBC, but no CNN. However no TV whilst in port at Tunis. The Bathrooms and Showers were good and spacious. But no second set of towels. The Sink is square and shallow, has a flat bottom, so shaving cream does not drain out. The Drinking Water was free and plenty in the cabin, both bottled and in a large container. The Refrigerated Soft Drinks were also free and plenty and renewed daily. The Architecture was all straight lines or rectangles, with hardly any curves or rounds. The Design was all Scandinavian with simple bland pastel colors. Everything is square cornered: on the sink, table light, wall light, handles, faucets, shower head, etc. There was no Casino on board. Games such as bridge or chess had to be played in open spaces. There was no closed private room, and it was Impossible to play Mah-Jong. The maximum Capacity was 900. There were 850 passengers, with no kids. The Service was good with one service personnel for every two passengers which was really appreciated in the dining room. The Wine was free at lunch and dinner, and of good quality, with endless refills, like on their river cruises. Good only for wine lovers. The Food was generally good, similar to Oceania and Crystal, but the choice is less. The World Café is a clean lengthy cafeteria, one on each side of the ship, with the kitchen in the center of the ship between the two sides. They appear identical, but on closer look, the 2 sides serve different items, e.g. Ice creams, seafood, and sushi, only on one side, which you might miss if don’t visit the other side. However, the Sushi is very fresh and good, all the time. Like ice-cream, only on one side The Specialty Restaurants were difficult to book, but there were plenty of vacant tables, which were wasted, so their booking system needs to be improved. The Manfredi’s, - an Italian Restaurant, was quite good, almost as good as on Crystal’s. You could have all the following items for hors d'oeuvres, if you want: mussels, fried calamari, crab cakes, pate de foie gras, and escargot. The Chef’s Table – another specialty restaurant, was a joke. It is designed to promote Scandinavian cooking, and although they offer a different menu every 2 days, the flavor is just too bland. Can you imagine, the high-light on their menu was the Poached Salmon! After we tasted the main course, we walked out, and then ate again at the World Café whose average daily menu was much better. The owners would be well advised to convert this restaurant into French or Asian. The City Tours – were free and very well organized, similar to their River Cruises, usually 3 to 4 hours in the mornings, which was enough. For 800+ passengers, I counted 29 buses lined up at the quay side. The takeoff was staggered, and was quite a sight. In the city tours of Malta, Caglieri, Tunis and Algers - really nothing much to see. The worst experience was in Caglieri – where there was only one bathroom for 4 bus loads of passengers, which took over an hour. The Ship – has only 8 floors. The Pool has a roof that is openable. The Elevators take only 8 persons with comfort, not 14 as noted. All the office areas, computer stations, shops, and bridge and chess areas - are open on the corridor side with no privacy. They are open spaces, not rooms. The Dining Rooms were clean and bright, but no lunch is provided there. There were only 2 Shops, so you could not spend any money. They give no on-board credit, because their basic price was fairly low. They do not offer any Foreign Exchange so you must bring all the cash in Euros you might need. The Shows and Entertainment – were good on average, but not spectacular, with only 6 dancers and 2 singers who perform every other day. Life Jackets – are not stored inside the cabins. Peter Fan. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
Chose this cruise because of the ports of call. Embarkation was the worst thing about the whole trip. People were backed up outside and inside. Did not go smoothly. It was supposed to be a new system with specific times to embark but ... Read More
Chose this cruise because of the ports of call. Embarkation was the worst thing about the whole trip. People were backed up outside and inside. Did not go smoothly. It was supposed to be a new system with specific times to embark but was worse than ever before. We had an inside cabin on the Verandah deck. It was a very good location in the middle of the ship. We usually get an inside cabin since about all you do in the cabin is sleep. Cabin was clean, our steward was very good and always called us by name. After all the comments about the "Pink" ship, I wasn't sure what to expect, but I liked it and thought it was tastefully done. Dining room staff were excellent. Casino smelled like an ashtray all the time so didn't spend as much time in there as wanted to. Although, since we didn't seem to be able to win anything, I guess that was a good thing. Will never understand why the large percentage of nonsmokers still have to put up with the small percentage of smokers' smoke in a casino. This was our 9th cruise with Carnival and we really like Carnival. We have noticed over the years though, that the quality of food has gone downhill. Staff is overworked, so service is not quite as good as it use to be. Carnival has great ports of call. We prefer four stops as compared to three and some of their ships offer this, so it is very nice. First time in Dominican Republic. It was a great stop! Spent a lot of time at their fabulous pool. Didn't even need to take an excursion. We have done many excursions over the years and now just prefer to find our own entertainment on the islands. Debarkation was much better than embarkation. Overall, great trip! Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
This was our last opportunity to experience "Legend Of The Seas" before she was transferred over to The Thompson Group. My wife and I loved sailing on this vessel - three times last year alone - and needless to say we are sorry ... Read More
This was our last opportunity to experience "Legend Of The Seas" before she was transferred over to The Thompson Group. My wife and I loved sailing on this vessel - three times last year alone - and needless to say we are sorry to see her go. Unfortunately she is the only ship in the RCI fleet that can get under the Gateway Bridge in our hometown of Brisbane, and we must now incur plane fares to Sydney to remain "Loyal To Royal". Hopefully it is not to long before a proposed terminal on the Bay side of the bridge is forthcoming, as Queensland has responded well to RCI's venture into our fair state and it has been a profitable exercise for the company. As the ship is not going to be with us for much longer there is not much point in extolling her virtues, of which there are many. Instead I will mention the wonderful crew which have come to know over the last year or so, many of whom remembered us from previous cruises. Not only our cabin steward Lucky who did a great job, but all of the stewards that we met as we walked through the ship who greeted us with a smile and a " Good Morning, have a nice day" or a similar greeting, which always sounded genuine; and busy though they always are they usually found time to have a few words with you. The service and attention we received from the staff in the Guest Services area was beyond our expectations, nothing was too much trouble for them even though at times they were absolutely snowed under. Special mention must go to Ilya Zhang who was just brilliant, a shining star. Our wait staff in the Romeo & Juliet Dining room were thoroughly professional in performing their duties, our thanks in particular to Expedito Cubar and Atish Poorhun, a young man who has a big future in the industry in my opinion. These people, and the rest of the bar staff, entertainers, Cruise Director, activities manager, Chefs cooks and bottle washers etc etc are the main reason we keep coming back to this cruise line and are "LOYAL TO ROYAL." Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
We signed up because 16 of my husbands friends were taking this trip as a 70th birthday celebration. I had not cruised out of Galveston before and was a bit wary , as the prices were so low, I did not have high expectations regarding ... Read More
We signed up because 16 of my husbands friends were taking this trip as a 70th birthday celebration. I had not cruised out of Galveston before and was a bit wary , as the prices were so low, I did not have high expectations regarding the quality. We chose a Jr. Suite, and that was an excellent decision. It was spacious, had a very comfortable bed, and a large bathroom and closet. The cabin was kept spotless and tidy, and every night we were surprised by the appearance of an adorable towel animal. We only ate three times in Windjammer. We had lunch on embarkation day and a second lunch mid - cruise. We did not care at all for the choices, there were steam tables laden with potatoes , pasta, every kind of starch, and many greasy looking meat entrees. The line at the one small salad bar was always 10 people deep. We had one breakfast , and it was crowded and chaotic. I had expected Jade to feature more Asian style cuisine, but only saw that option on one day. The Cafe on the Promanade had a much tastier lunch, freshly made sandwiches; and many varieties were offered each day. Breakfast in the MDR was very good, with many choices and good service, no crowding . We ate in the MDR for both formal nights, and the food and service were excellent. I loved that most of the guests dressed in formal attire, that was a cruise highlight for me. We ate in all the specialty restaurants, and Giovonni's was so good we ate there twice. We even tried Johnny Rockets for dinner, and had fun laughing, singing and sharing a malt. Only small complaint was at Sabor, whereas all the other specialty restaurants and MDR allowed us to choose two entrees to get a taste of each, Sabor told us we must eat our first choice , then if we finished it and were still hungry they would bring another. Actually this worked out ok, as we filled up on the delicious guacamole and chips . We arranged private tour guides in Cozumel, Cayman, and Jamaica. We felt we got excellent value, and we prefer to put our tourist dollars directly into the hands of the residents. Went to a few of the shows, and the country western band and Saturday Night musical were awesome. There were only a few downsides of this cruise...........and the biggest being that a strong smell of cigarette smoke pervaded deck 4 & 5 at all times. Consequently we did not go for drinks in any of the cocktail bars. We had pre-dinner drinks one night in the lounge on deck 14, although it is a lovely view, there is no table service or live entertainment, and it did not feel very luxurious to have to go to the bar , place order, and carry to table.. The pool area looked exciting for the parents and kids, but after observing many people entering the pool in shorts , t shirts, and SHOES, I did not care to use the pool facilities. For sanitary reasons, I wish the wearing of shoes in the swimming pool was not allowed. Biggest thing missing on this cruise is the lack of entertainment on sea days. There were no guest lecturers, no cooking demonstrations, no art, computer, photography, or enrichment classes......nothing. Fortunately I had downloaded a few good books. However for an inexpensive get away that is only a short drive from home, I give it a very good rating. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
This was our eighth cruise on Norwegian. We chose this one because it was the right length, time of year, and departure port of New York meaning we would not have to fly somewhere. We opted for the Haven penthouse 12706, forward and ... Read More
This was our eighth cruise on Norwegian. We chose this one because it was the right length, time of year, and departure port of New York meaning we would not have to fly somewhere. We opted for the Haven penthouse 12706, forward and starboard as far as one could go. Therein was one of the only drawbacks for the Haven experience. It is a LONG way to the elevators particularly for someone with mobility issues. The Haven was wonderful. The private dining room, lounge, pool [more on that later] and sundeck were well worth the extra cost which is substantial. The butler service and concierge made us feel very special. The rest of the ship is a big disappointment. We have never been on such a big ship before and will not do this again. The Breakaway has no reall public spaces to relax and those public area which have seating are woefully inadequate. The Atrium is a joke. People gather in the hundred and fifty or so seats and park there for the day. We sat for a few minutes early one morning, about 9AM to decide what we were going to do next. The seats all filled up by 9:30 and I thought something was about to happen. I asked one of the servers what was on tap and she told me nothing until 11:30, but if we wanted a seat we should stay put. I couldn't believe it, but it seems most entertainment occurs in the Atrium or in one of the smaller venues and patrons stake out there places. As soon as we stood up, our seats were taken. The library on this ship of 4000 passengers has TWELVE seats, all occupied as soon as the room opens. Forget it as a library, the books are an fugitives from a tag sale unless you think that FOUR copies of the 2010 Writer's Market make great reading. I have more books in my living room than this library. Every public area we saw was too small and featured a bar. The piano player we would have enjoyed relaxing and listening to with a drink was in a small space off the Atrium with about 20 seats, all occupied all the time. The casino is located on deck 7 midship and has been improved by smoking restrictions. One odd stipulation is the no one under 18 is allowed in the casino. Does that mean that anyone under 18 must either go up to 8 or down to 6 to get from the bow to the stern? Deck 8 midships is devoted to the ubiquitous jewelry, duty-free, photo shop. How many diamonds and watches can one person own. I am really tired of the constant hawking of doodads. After awhile it all looks like junk. In addition, every port has the same shops as are on the ship. The theater has the most uncomfortable seats on earth. We went once and were so uncomfortable we wouldn't go to anything there again. The Jazz Club Fat Cats was so loud I had a headache within five minutes. There was no server in evidence in the time we were there. The music was good but too loud to enjoy. We left after about 20 minutes. In short, the public spaces on the ship don't work. The dining experience was good for the most part. Le Bistro never fails; Dover sole was some of the best we've ever had. We had never been to a Cagney's until this cruise. It was some of the best beef I have ever had and the serving was enormous. Our Cagney's evening was spoiled by a party of four very loud, very drunk patrons. La Cucina was enjoyable for the food, the service was mediocre at best. The big surprise was Moderna which we loved! The salad bar was a delight and the roving servers never failed to please. The "regular" food options were as expected. The Garden Cafe buffet is horrendous. Overcooked food at tepid temperatures not unlike a junior high school cafeteria minus the raging hormones. I did enjoy some chicken curry which was surprisingly good over cold rice. We only went once. O'Sheehan's Pub is not a bad option. Good burgers, open 24 hours a day. We tried the English Style Fish & Chips which I think came right out of the Gorton's Fisherman yellow box. Not bad, but not what I expected. We did not eat at Ocean Blue, walked by one evening and were overcome by the fishy smell. Fresh fish does not smell. We decide to bag that. We ate one night at Taste, one of the three big dining room which all served the same menu, go figure. I had the Veal Oscar. A thimble sized serving of crabmeat [honestly it was that small, one taste and it was gone] on a grey piece of what they said was veal. It was awful. Didn't try the other dining rooms but opted for the Haven. The Haven dining room was charming, intimate, and well staffed. The hostess knew everyone by name after the first day. The menu never changes. There are a few stellar choices and a few missteps. We were alarmed when our very first meal started with "Lobster Bisque" which had a distinct bad fish odor and taste. One spoonful was enough to warn us off. For the most part the food was pretty good. A double pork chop on the lunch menu was huge, enough for two and perfectly done. The rack of lamb was equally good. One of the special choices one night was Beef Wellington, also excellent. Many other selections were a little above ordinary. Salads were exceptionally good. Desserts noting special. Our butler brought breakfast most mornings which we loved, I fell in love, or at least lust, with the coffee machine. Our next cruise will be on a smaller ship and probably on another line. The size of the ship was a big turn off. Other ships we have sailed on had three banks of elevators, forward, midship, and aft. The Breakaway has only two. Once again I had problems getting on and off the ship due to the angle of the ramps at the gangway and the LACK of any assistance where the railings end and the four or five feet at each end which are steep and lack any means of support. Embarkation was a dream, special line for the Haven passengers with a waiting area with drinks and snacks, right up to the Haven lounge where lunch was ready. Disembarkation was not as smooth. To go any distance carrying even a small bad requires me to use a wheelchair. There was none available when we left the ship, but we were told there was one on the lower level When we got to the lower level, we were told we should have gotten one upstairs. Thankfully, we found a porter who was more helpful than anyone on the ship. The shore excursions from the ship were a waste of money. In St. Maarten the tour guide was more interested in telling us about all the car dealerships we passed than anything of interest. The butterfly farm was interesting and informative which saved the day. On Barbados, the guide was more interested in her phone than giving history or informative tidbits. Total waste of money. We did have a wonderful time, but the ship is too big for us. Never again. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
To see 3 Ports in Tasmania ,then Melbourne and Sydney ,followed up by 4 Days Bay of Island & Auckland . We were pleasantly Surprised with all Aspects of the Ship ,especially staff and Food Services . Some Areas are in less than ... Read More
To see 3 Ports in Tasmania ,then Melbourne and Sydney ,followed up by 4 Days Bay of Island & Auckland . We were pleasantly Surprised with all Aspects of the Ship ,especially staff and Food Services . Some Areas are in less than perfect Condition ,but with a little Refurbishment in those Areas it will be an Asset to P & O . The Cabin Steward we had on this Cruise ( Shekhar Bandodkar ) was up there with the Best we have had on all our Cruises . Dining Room and Horizon Court staff , as usual excellent . Food Quality very good . Tender ports an Embarkation and Disembarkation as smooth as anything we have seen . My Wife did want to stay on the Ship for the rest of her NZ Trip . But our ticket said Jump Ship in Auckland to the Golden Princess to Melbourne . In Hindsight we should have Stayed !!! Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
This was our 3rd Holland American cruise, the second on this ship. We upgraded to a Signature Suite (room 6063), and loved it. We'd had a Neptune Suite once before, and felt this was more than enough room for two. A big plus was ... Read More
This was our 3rd Holland American cruise, the second on this ship. We upgraded to a Signature Suite (room 6063), and loved it. We'd had a Neptune Suite once before, and felt this was more than enough room for two. A big plus was the location on the ship. I hardly got lost, as it was very central. Embarkation was a breeze. We were group "A" to go on, and our room was ready. Our luggage was already in our room. No complaints with any of the ports. Out of 6 ports, we had only not been to 2 of them, so we were fine going off on our own and doing our own thing. We always take the 8 pm dinner and ask for a table of 6. We have never had a problem with our dinner mates, and this time, we had 4 wonderful people to sit with. We were almost the last table to leave the dining room each night, and I haven't laughed that hard in a long time. We truly enjoyed sitting down for a meal each night with these people and it really added to the enjoyment of our trip. While the food on board is very good, I think it may not be quite as good as other times. The hamburgers at the Dive In are EXCELLENT. Portion size isn't a problem. Had two visits to the Spa and thoroughly enjoyed each. I didn't get bombarded with sales pitches, which can be a problem in any spa. Only asked if I wanted to buy one product the one visit, nothing the first visit. We visited the casino a little too much, and had good and bad nights. That's to be expected, but overall, we didn't feel that we lost too much. My only complaint is the smoking in the casino. One person smoking can ruin it for many others. We left early many times over our 10 day cruise because of the smoking. Time for Holland America to say no smoking. The average age was a little older than other HA cruises we've been on, but we're retired so that wasn't a problem. We don't have children, so a cruise without many kids, for us, is a plus. I think I only saw two the whole cruise. One thing that Holland America excels at is their staff. Always a smile and polite word from each and every one of them. We had a fabulous time and next time we cruise, Holland America will certainly be the first cruise line we look at. We've become faithful to their brand. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
We have been on 10 HA cruises, 20 in all, and this one was perfect! We wanted to try the new ship to see the difference. Our suite was quiet and nicely appointed with marble table tops, designer molding and a slate floor in the bath. ... Read More
We have been on 10 HA cruises, 20 in all, and this one was perfect! We wanted to try the new ship to see the difference. Our suite was quiet and nicely appointed with marble table tops, designer molding and a slate floor in the bath. Comments have been made about the great shower and they're all true. The food was delicious with many choices both in the dining room and on the buffet. Our room service was on time and served hot! The lifeboat drill was done inside, so that was a big improvement over standing on the deck until all guests appeared. The shore trips were fun. We've visited the ports before, but the day in Grand Turk was beautiful and the fish were swimming quite near shore. The ship promoted wine and music! We enjoyed the beautiful modern design of the ship. The Lincoln Stage Center concerts were great! The only complaint was a lack of the library. The book exchange had only books in German when I arrived, and I like to read when I'm on vacation. But some people read Kindles nowadays, so next time I'll bring some books. St. Thomas was enjoyable, as you can stroll through shops and pick up souvenirs along the quay. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
We chose this cruise because of the convenience of leaving from Tampa (30 minutes from home) and the variety of ports on just a 7 day cruise. To make it even better, we were joined by 2 friends who were EXCITED about their first cruise. ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of the convenience of leaving from Tampa (30 minutes from home) and the variety of ports on just a 7 day cruise. To make it even better, we were joined by 2 friends who were EXCITED about their first cruise. Embarcation was less than 30 minutes and a breeze. It was pretty cool and windy up on the Lido deck but going under the Sunshine Skyway Bridge right at sunset was spectacular. We did have a couple dinners in the Normandie room but most were up at the buffet or the other restaurants on the Lido Deck. It was pretty average fare but no complaints at all from any of us. Guy Fieri's burgers and fries are fabulous but the pizzas are pretty greasy. We were attracted to this cruise because of its stops in Cozumel, Belize, Roatan and Grand Cayman. Each excursion was very unique and just plain wonderful. In Cozumel, we went on a catamaran, snorkeling and beach excursion. Despite fairly windy conditions, we had a great time on the boat. The snorkeling was a little subpar but our time on the beach was warm and relaxing. Great crew! Belize was an eye opener. There is abject poverty there but the people are alive and love their country. We took an excursion to Mayan ruins about 1 1/2 hours from Belize City. What a wonderful trip back to ancient times and the Howler Monkeys made their displeasure with our visit well known...from a distance. Climbing to the top of the pyramid is allowed and kinda scary. Happily, we did not encounter any Fer de Lance (3-step snakes) who do reside in the rain forest but are reportedly nocturnal. Roatan is a lovely island 40 miles from crime-ridden Honduras. The people were great and we chose an ATV/beach excursion. Although challenging, the ATV part was a disappointment. After a training session, we were taken to 2 circuits where we went round and round, up and down. It was fairly steep but sadly, there was no opportunity for freestyling, as we had in previous ATV experiences. We sure did get filthy, however. The staff was very attentive and focused obn safety which was greatly appreciated. The private beach was great. Cayman was a tropical paradise. We took the catamaran trip out to Stingray City. The captain and crew were fabulous and our time with the stingrays was terrific. It was perfect. It is amazing how many shades of blue and green there are in the Caribbean. One more day at sea and we were back in Tampa. It was as quick getting off the ship as it was getting on. Getting through Customs takes a bit longer than it used to but that is to be expected in today's world. GREAT TRIP ON THE PRIDE!! Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
We arrived two days early in Rome which gave us time to explore that city. On departure day, we took a train from Rome to the port. There was confusion as to where to meet the shuttle bus. It would have been helpful to have Viking ... Read More
We arrived two days early in Rome which gave us time to explore that city. On departure day, we took a train from Rome to the port. There was confusion as to where to meet the shuttle bus. It would have been helpful to have Viking representative or Viking signs at the train station. Once on board, the experience was wonderful. There were only 900 passengers so no waiting on a lounge chair, dinner table, or breakfast buffet. The night entertainment was perfect for us starting at 9:15 and over just after 10 p.m. The staff everywhere on the ship was helpful and attentive. Viking hosted a mix and mingle just for Cruise Critic members which was a great opportunity to meet face to face to those you had only read Cruise Critic comments. Again the staff did a very nice job of hosting and serving Champagne, non-alcoholic drinks, and hors d'oeuvres in the Explorers Lounge. We found the food to be very good in all restaurants. We did breakfast on our veranda three mornings and it was on time and hot. The Cruise days were very relaxing and Viking offered sessions such as cooking demos by the Executive Chef, Salsa dancing dance lessons, and a fragrance workshop. We did not attend any of the Enrichment Lectures nor unable to attend the afternoon tea which was said to be very good. We did not do any of the "free" shore excursions because they all seemed to be panoramic and we wanted more. Our favorites were Tunisia and Algeria. Being able to explore and touch all of the ancient ruins were amazing. The people were incredibly friendly. We did a Viator tour in Malta since we had been to this island before. With Viator, we were able to customize exactly what the 4 of us wanted to see. All of the Viking tour escorts were knowledgeable and friendly. We especially liked our tour escort in Algeria and the visit to the ruins. He was a retired archaeologists so his knowledge was immense. We were able to pass by one of the sites that he had a major part in uncovering. We had a 8:00 a.m. departure in Barcelona and were able to take our luggage off by ourselves immediately after docking so that we could make our early flight. The ship docked at 4:30 a.m. and we walked off into our waiting ride at 4:45 a.m. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
I wanted to experience the new ocean going vessels; my friend had traveled on the brand new ocean vessel last year and raved about it. I was extremely impressed with the emphasis on cultures and learning. I enjoyed the classical music. ... Read More
I wanted to experience the new ocean going vessels; my friend had traveled on the brand new ocean vessel last year and raved about it. I was extremely impressed with the emphasis on cultures and learning. I enjoyed the classical music. The nightly entertainment was very enjoyable; the actors/singers/dancers were highly talented. The food was well prepared and presented. The made to order fettuccini was soooo delicious! The excursions were informative and the local guides were professional, courteous, and knowledgeable. Interacting with the local residents was fun and a great learning experience. I am always impressed at the well managed exit and re-entry procedures that Viking employs to insure the safety of the passengers and staff. I was actually wishing for more sea days to enjoy the beautiful Viking Sea. My sincerest thanks to the Captain and his entire staff for an unforgettable journey. Viking did it again! Congratulations on your new ships. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
Our first cruise was a wonderful adventure! The crew could not have been more gracious and accommodating. The many choices of delicious food was such a special treat. We enjoyed the excursions especially to Algeires. The day at sea was ... Read More
Our first cruise was a wonderful adventure! The crew could not have been more gracious and accommodating. The many choices of delicious food was such a special treat. We enjoyed the excursions especially to Algeires. The day at sea was relaxing and a wonderful time to explore the ship. Coming into and out of port was beautiful as were the sunrises and sunsets. We tried to take advantage of the the many luxuries such afternoon tea, lounging on the chaises, al fresco dining, evening entertainment; the list goes on and on. We plan to take many more cruises in the future and are quite such our next will be a Viking River Cruise. But then again, we really want to repeat the awesome trip we enjoyed on the ocean cruise. So many choices and where to begin. We thank Viking for the beautiful ship, the amazing crew and a vacation of a lifetime. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
We chose this cruise for the itinerary-Secrets of the Southern Med-the only one with no ports we had been to before. The fact that there were bargain fares made it even better. We had the lowest level of cabin-it was still comfortable ... Read More
We chose this cruise for the itinerary-Secrets of the Southern Med-the only one with no ports we had been to before. The fact that there were bargain fares made it even better. We had the lowest level of cabin-it was still comfortable and enough room for us for 7 days. The bathrooms are bigger than on many ships and we liked the heated floor traveling as we were in the "Quiet Season". The best thing about the cabins is that all have balconies. We were luckier than some other of the January cruises and had good enough weather to actually go out on the balcony now and then. I like traveling in the "Quiet Season" (good marketing Viking!) for the smaller crowds but never count on good weather. Service was excellent on the ship, especially the workers on our corridor. Food was very good in all venues except for our Scandinavian Chef's Table menu which we did not like and which left me hungry. There were other Scandinavian dishes in other venues that were much better. I wish they would do a different concept in the Chef's Table space. We enjoyed all the ports but especially Tunis and Algiers as something different. We hired a taxi in Tunis-the price was fair (and posted) and security monitored our day until we returned to the ship. All the local guides in all the ports were pretty good. I am not sure Viking can continue the included tours as done on the rivers because of the distance from the towns in most of these ports-other than Algiers which requires a visa not worth getting for 8 hours or so-private tours would have been just as satisfactory. One enrichment lecturer was an art historian who gave two of the most interesting lectures I have heard on a cruise. I also took a cooking class (not the shop and cook one) that was very well done. We all prepped and the chef did a demo of the cooking. It was a great sea day activity. We are not that big on shows but there shows were as good as any other ship. The introduction of crew members from all over the ship on the last night is a very nice thing. I would not take the same cruise again but recommend it to people looking for some less traveled ports. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
We booked this cruise for two reason: 1) Because it was departing from Port Canaveral, a short drive from home and 2) Because it is one of the largest cruise ships in the world and we just wanted to go to sea with her. It was a great ... Read More
We booked this cruise for two reason: 1) Because it was departing from Port Canaveral, a short drive from home and 2) Because it is one of the largest cruise ships in the world and we just wanted to go to sea with her. It was a great choice and a fun ship. For the first time, we booked an inside cabin. this one had a balcony over looking Central Park and in the evening every night of the cruise we had an incredible violinist and her pianist husband who filled the entire area with three hours of awesome music, so beautiful that it was difficult to leave it to go to dinner. We found that we never missed our outside cabin and balcony. I'm not a big fan of cruise ship food but in general, the food was a notch above normal in all of the regular facilities. However, the specialty restaurants which charged extra were just average. I ordered a filet at their highly touted "Chops" restaurant and half of the steak was excellent while the other half was inedible. I also found drink prices to be outrageous, with a simple highball (bourbon and coke) cost $10.00 including gratuity. And cruise ship companies wonder why people try to smuggle their own alcohol on board. Entertainment on Oasis of the Seas was the best I have encountered on any cruise ship with a full Broadway Production of "Cats." There were also lounge shows that included some of the "Cats" cast members singing tunes from many Broadway shows as well as an ice show that was as good as any I've seen including "Holiday on Ice" and "Icecapades"(sp). Royal Caribbean ships are famous for their outdoor activities and the highlights on Oasis were miniature golf, two rock climbing walls, a zipline and two Flowrider surf simulators. All seemed equally popular but there was never a long wait for any of them. At 78 years old, I tried the zipline and found it to be "a piece of cake." I did have one encounter wit a surly ship's officer to appeared to be German. I was looking for the cabin steward to get an additional glass and opened the door to the pantry area where he often was. As I looked around the door to see if anyone was there I felt someone grab me and jerk me back into the corridor. He informed me that I was not allowed in that room though there was nothing on the door that said the area was restricted. I pointed this out to him and said I was looking for the cabin steward because I need to get another glass. He said, he's not here and do not go into that room. Then he just walked off with no offer to assist me nor any attempt to accommodate me. I probably should have reported him to the captain but he was not wearing a name badge. On this cruise, the Oasis made stops at Labadee, Haiti, Falmouth, Jamaica and Cozmel, Mexico, all ports we had seen the past. As usual, I forgot my cap and was ableto get one at a native shop in Labadee for $10.00 discounted from $25.00. By far, the best prices were in Cozmel where I was able to get two quality tee shirts for $5.00 each and I could have bought an identical cap for $5.00. This was our second Royal Caribbean cruise and I continue to be amazed at the efficiency with which the cruise line is able to embark passengers. It took more than three hours to board Holland America's Oosterdam sailing out of Tampa last November while Royal Caribbean had us on board in 45 minutes. All of the other cruise lines need to benchmark Royal Caribbean's boarding procedures. Because of our inside cabin overlooking a park with real trees, grass and plants, and because of the incredible stability of the ship it seemed that we were not cruising at all but visiting a large city in a high rise hotel. We had heavy seas on our return trip and yet I felt Oasis lurch just one time during the entire trip. I suspect that it would be impossible to get sea sick on Oasis. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017

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