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What can I say? This was a wonderful cruise. The service was excellent. The food was excellent. I especially liked the Nick and Nora steakhouse – it was amazing! There was lots to do on the ship , Never boring. I had the best mac & ... Read More
What can I say? This was a wonderful cruise. The service was excellent. The food was excellent. I especially liked the Nick and Nora steakhouse – it was amazing! There was lots to do on the ship , Never boring. I had the best mac & cheese I've ever had during the brunch at Sea. The Dr. Seuss breakfast was a lot of fun and well worth the five dollars. Shows were entertaining as were the comedians. I enjoyed playing my favorite slot in the casino – jackpot party. Lots of places to get away for quiet to just sit and watch the ocean or read. I especially enjoyed seeing an occasional whale or dolphin from the ship. Some new things for me on the cruise was the Clue Game, hunt for little ducks, the oversized Hasbro games and the Dr Suess Breakfast. The Platinum Perks were good but not always well executed- sent to unnecessary long lines, given 10 and 11 tags delaying getting our bags at the end, only one laundry bag in room, could only use my drink coupon at breakfast and lunch in dining room. The Platinum Party and the Cruise CRITIC meet and mingle were both very nicely done. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
Traveled as a Solo with a group. Had solo cabin which was very comfortable. I had more room for my things than if I were sharing a cabin. I loved the changing color lights in the cabin. Shower is a bit tight, it was difficult to bend over. ... Read More
Traveled as a Solo with a group. Had solo cabin which was very comfortable. I had more room for my things than if I were sharing a cabin. I loved the changing color lights in the cabin. Shower is a bit tight, it was difficult to bend over. Not much action in the single lounge. There's a daily 5 pm meeting before a 530 pm group dinner. Food was wonderful , especially in O'Sheehans and the Garden Buffet (free). There were other dining options with an up charge, I tried Food Republic (Asian) and Cagney and both were excellent. There are no middle elevators on the ship, only forward and aft. There were a lot of travelers on motorized scooters too. The entertainment was great, the O What a Night (Frankee Vallee tribute) and Black Harlem in the 20s show (I forget the name) were outstanding. The ship felt crowded at times and took some time to learn you way around. Never went on the lounge chairs on the 16th to 19th floors-wall to wall people. As for the stops, I don't know why they bother with Nassau. A huge crowded aggressive marketplace and no so nice beaches like Junkanoo. Tortolas Cane Garden was nice, but crowded (3 ships were in). There are waves. St. Thomas's Coki Beach had clear water, was crowded too, and much smaller with no waves. Overall a good cruise. Debarkation easy when you take your own luggage. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
I'm sure the cruise business is a tough one, and they need to make a buck where they can, but this ship is in need of a month or two in drydock to deal with some issues. #1 on my list would be air quality. Everyone I talked to was ... Read More
I'm sure the cruise business is a tough one, and they need to make a buck where they can, but this ship is in need of a month or two in drydock to deal with some issues. #1 on my list would be air quality. Everyone I talked to was suffering from "cruise crud", basically lingering congestion in the lungs. I think the problem is mold spores, as my spotless shower turned black with mildew within 2 days (which did not get cleaned during the whole week). If a health and safety inspector is reading this, take some measurement of spore counts, I'm sure it's off the scale.They need to disinfect everything, change out the carpets and install/upgrade all ventilation systems including hepa filters. Bring allergy medicine and cough drops. Walking around, you occasionally hit little pockets of sewage smell too (6th floor mid-ship elevator lobby, for example). That can't be good. Hot tubs were not hot and closed down around midnight. The water-slide was being torn down while we were at sea. The gym equipment needs the pulleys oiled. The deck chairs need a good wash. The food in the buffet and dining room was bland, but the burgers, tacos and pizzas were quite good. The staff put on a good face, but their body language betrayed exhaustion and defeat (or else a lot of energy drinks!). Sad. The nightclub was pathetic, and the vibe was more like your cousin's wedding than a modern dance club (don't let the Carnival website fool you on that one!). But hey, lot's of people like that, so if that's your thing, enjoy. Engine noise permeates all ship life, and I often found it hard to hear the person sitting next to me during dinner in the main dining room. My favorite spot was the Alchemy bar. Those bartenders are true geniuses, and if you don't like what's on the menu, they'll make something up just for you. Best ever! The bed, pillows and blankets in my room were also some of the best I've slept on in any hotel, anywhere the the world. Really appreciated that. And the cabin steward recognized me in the hallways and greeted me by name. That was a nice touch. Thank you for that. But those damn ship announcements! ARGH!!! Shut! Up!! If I hear "What's going on?" one more time I'm going to throttle someone. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
This was my second cruise with NCL and both cruises have been extremely lack luster and not worth the money I spend on them. If it wasn't for the group I went with, I would be completely disappointed. I went on this cruise with a ... Read More
This was my second cruise with NCL and both cruises have been extremely lack luster and not worth the money I spend on them. If it wasn't for the group I went with, I would be completely disappointed. I went on this cruise with a large group of 300 people. The entertainment was amazing, the food was great. Our room steward was the best - thanks Alex! Several of our group toured the Virgin Gorda Baths, this excursion was so over crowded and hard to really take in the beauty around you do to people constantly passing back and forth in-front of you. I am average height and my feet hung off the bed also there was a mere 2 inches separating the beds! If that's not bad enough the bathroom set up is horrible! The only privacy you have while showering or using the toilet is frosted glass, not sure who designed the bathroom area but I would not use them again! Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
14 Night South East Asia Immersion Hong Kong to Singapore: Hong Kong Hong Kong At Sea Hanoi (Halong Bay) Hanoi (Halong Bay) Hue/Danang(Chan May) At Sea Ho Chi Minh(Phu My) At Sea Bangkok/Laemchabang ... Read More
14 Night South East Asia Immersion Hong Kong to Singapore: Hong Kong Hong Kong At Sea Hanoi (Halong Bay) Hanoi (Halong Bay) Hue/Danang(Chan May) At Sea Ho Chi Minh(Phu My) At Sea Bangkok/Laemchabang Bangkok/Laemchabang At Sea At Sea Singapore Singapore I’ve cruised 21 times and this was my first cruise with Celebrity. I was a bit concerned after reading all the previous reviews however I was pleasantly surprised. Yes this is one of the oldest Celebrity ships in the fleet however it is very tastefully decorated and well maintained. Embarkation was smooth and I was greeted with a glass of bubbly. I have to say the service from every level of staff on this ship has to be the best I have ever had – amazing. A special call out goes to the staff at the Martini Bar who really are exceptional.(Performers more than waiters). The Martini Bar really was the “happening place” on the ship and a couple of nights I enjoyed the silent disco. Passengers are provided with headphones and select their preferred era of dance music – you then dance away to your own beat – absolutely hilarious fun. The cruise director Steve was also one of the best I’ve come across. He was very visible but not over the top. I don't usually go to the shows however I did get to a few of the guest performers and these were great and I would say better than average for a cruise. I mainly ate in the main dining room and the food was also, on a whole, above average. Had a terrific time with a great group of people from around the globe: 10% Aussies, 20% Americans, 15% Canadian and 15% from the UK. The destinations were incredible, especially Halong Bay and Hoi An. Having overnights in a couple of the destinations also meant you could experience more in these amazing places. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
I choose this cruise for the visit to Naples. I was disappointed with the food. too me the buffet was very blan and the dinners where not anything special. If the cooking was Italian at it´s best then I would query this. The ... Read More
I choose this cruise for the visit to Naples. I was disappointed with the food. too me the buffet was very blan and the dinners where not anything special. If the cooking was Italian at it´s best then I would query this. The organization was lacking on the cruise. The cabin was very reasonable. I thought that the decore of the Ship was very over powering and heavy making you feel very enclosed. The entertainment staff seamed to support firstly the Italians, the French ! I thought that the entertainment was very average. The tours were good. ONE WORD OF WARNING CHECK ALL THE AMOUNTS THAT WILL BE TAKEN FROM YOUR CREDIT CARD! Many mistakes were made with my account and I have not received a detailed invoice. Bcareful when booking tours and make sure that the correct ones are booked and charged I would thing again before I used Costa Cruises. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
I sailed on one of the very first Azamara cruise when the line was spun off of the Celebrity line. I also sailed this itinerary on Holland America. When the itinerary appeared on this Azamara cruise I decided to "rediscover" ... Read More
I sailed on one of the very first Azamara cruise when the line was spun off of the Celebrity line. I also sailed this itinerary on Holland America. When the itinerary appeared on this Azamara cruise I decided to "rediscover" small ship cruising traveling an itinerary I truly enjoyed. The GOOD: The itinerary was excellent. People need not be afraid of traveling to the tourist ports in Mexico. Security was present everywhere without being intrusive. Officers with guns make some people nervous, I found them to be a comfort because even petty crime was unlikely to occur with a officer nearby. Everyone in the ports was friendly and accomodating. There was some "begging' going on but it was primarily in the form of "I am a student. Would you be willing to help me by buying such and such." They were very courteous and with a "n"o they moved on without trouble or acrimony. The Quest was immaculate and kept that way throughout the cruise. The Senior Officers were amazing. They were everywhere speaking with quests, being approachable, watching shows, interacting wherever they could. As an example, upon returning from the 17 hour excursion to the Copper Canyon on Valentine's Day, the Captain was on the pier and greeted everyone upon their return and personally handed every lady a rose! There were two lecturers. One was outstanding and the other was good. The shows were varied and generally excellent. There is a free (including detergent) self service laundromat. In addition there were three laundry specials offered during the cruise which involved a set price for a bag of laundry done by the crew. The buffet was outstanding! We never had to wait or justle for a table. The food was excellent! It ranged from hot dishes to cold dishes with a surprisingly wide variety. It is doubtful that you would not find something that you would enjoy. These comments were true of breakfast, lunch and dinner. The BAD: The dining room was not so much bad as it was terribly disappointing. When i sailed on the Quest last time, the Captain informed me that they had 150% of the budget for food per person as compared to other cruise lines. That ratio has obviously changed. The menus were static with two Chef features every night. The food was rather ordinary and we never had a Wow! meal. However, in all honesty we found the food better and the atmosphere better in the buffet area so we ate more often in that locale. The other problem in the dining room was that if you were willing to sit with other at a table service would not begin until they filled the table - 5 minutes, 10 minutes and we waited at leaast 20 minutes one night. We did not find that acceptable. The service in the dining room was iffy. The cabins are small. In fact they are the smallest cabins I have ever been in since my first days of sailing with Royal Caribbean. The bathroom was even smaller. There is no way for an average sized person to sit straight on the commode. There is no way for an average size person stand in the shower without having a part of your body clinging to the plastic shower curtain. This was my 40th cruise and the worst sized cabin of the lot. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
Very good cruise, love that Thompson are very organised and have excellent staff, from Airways to Cruise. Everything was as planned. Description of ports and itinerary was clear. Celebration is an oldish ship but has character and I ... Read More
Very good cruise, love that Thompson are very organised and have excellent staff, from Airways to Cruise. Everything was as planned. Description of ports and itinerary was clear. Celebration is an oldish ship but has character and I enjoyed the experience. I felt the itinerary of the cruise was worth it. One thing I would like though is white fluffy towels which, all American Cruise lines have. Thompson please ditch those towels, they should have gone in the bin a long time ago. Once I book a Thompson cruise I know I am in good hands. Lots of options on ship, which I like. Another suggestion I would make, which other cruise lines are now doing, is checking on unoccupied sun loungers where towels have been left on the sun beds. Unbelievably some people put their towels on the sun beds then go on excursions for a couple of hours. A member of Staff goes around and puts a note on any unattended sun beds, with the time on it and advises that if not occupied within 30-40 minutes the towel will be removed. This is only fair. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
Chose this cruise for the itinerary because it included the Panama Canal. The ship is older and needs to be renovated. Our cabin had a tub which should be removed and replaced with a shower which will provide more room to move about. The ... Read More
Chose this cruise for the itinerary because it included the Panama Canal. The ship is older and needs to be renovated. Our cabin had a tub which should be removed and replaced with a shower which will provide more room to move about. The closets in the cabin creaked which made it difficult to sleep. The carpets are well worn, some areas of the ship smell bad, the entertainment, food and dining service leaves a lot to be desired. Even the "specialty" restaurants did not deliver as hoped. The best part of the cruise was the BB King Blues band. Most of the excursions were interesting but expensive. The comedian/ventriloquist joked that the average age of the guests was 108...he wasn't far off. This was the oldest crowd that I've ever cruised with. They provide good facilities, scooters and such for the disabled client. I definitely would not recommend this for a young couple. My advise is to choose an ALL-INCLUSIVE resort or cruise because by the time you pay for EVERYTHING (including water) you will spend as much if not more. Because of this experience I will not choose Holland America again. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
Chose the Oasis because of all the choices the ship offers. Two of my favorite places on the ship were Central Park and the Aquatic Theater. The shows were awesome and I liked the fact you could choose which shows and what time you wanted ... Read More
Chose the Oasis because of all the choices the ship offers. Two of my favorite places on the ship were Central Park and the Aquatic Theater. The shows were awesome and I liked the fact you could choose which shows and what time you wanted to see them. The ship had many places to enjoy lounging around the pool and you never felt crowded. Embarkation and disembarkation was very easy with very little wait times. Porters were available so it was not difficult dealing with luggage. Enjoyed the balcony over the Boardwalk but next time would get a Central Park View room since it has a sitting nook in the room and it gives a little extra room for sitting. We did the Blackbeard Castle excursion and would like to let anyone know if they are interested in this one you WILL have to walk back to the ship. Definitely read the small print on this excursion. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
this trip was just long enough to have a great time, fun, shopping, theater shows, food was great everywhere I went, bingo, trivia, karaoke, slides, rope swings, parties, swimming, hot tubs, the movies, library, buffet, not too hot or ... Read More
this trip was just long enough to have a great time, fun, shopping, theater shows, food was great everywhere I went, bingo, trivia, karaoke, slides, rope swings, parties, swimming, hot tubs, the movies, library, buffet, not too hot or cold most of the time, I mean everything. The entire voyage was almost seamless even boarding and disembarking were easy. I so wish like some others block off the non usable side of the buffet to save us a lot of walking by us seniors along with using a closer gangplank- once again save us some steps and the painful blisters and the bloody shoes on board a very long ship. I live in Florida and this was my 45th trip or so therefore know the ropes- sunscreen, temperatures, foot care, do not over indulge in anything, make sure you have a watch that gives great ships time so you not have to rush. My cabin was aft and high so quick access to coffee and snack was a dream but the water takes a bit of time to get. warm. Look, if you run out of things to do on the Escape- It is your own fault! service overall was a piece of cake, smiles all around. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
I had a wonderful time on this ship, the whole crew was very friendly including Housekeeping. There was no dissatisfaction for me the whole cruise. I love Karaoke and the two people who hosted it were two women named Kelsey & Maggie, ... Read More
I had a wonderful time on this ship, the whole crew was very friendly including Housekeeping. There was no dissatisfaction for me the whole cruise. I love Karaoke and the two people who hosted it were two women named Kelsey & Maggie, very polite hosts like the rest of the crew they will also join you in singing if you asked them. Karaoke is located in the Leonardo Lounge and the cruise has very friendly bartenders. One of my favorites is a woman named Elin, she is very friendly and a great person to talk to, she has a very bubbly personality and she makes good drinks. these 3 ladies that I have named in this review I refer them to any passenger cause they are the best and so is the whole crew! The Food Is great. they will have different nationality foods on Lido deck every once and a while along with your old fashion Hamburgers and hol dogs and fries, I never went to the formal dining cause I forgot my belt for my dress pants at home. Cozumel Mexico was great for shopping, Grand Cayman I didn't go to cause of the Mosquito's. Either way I had an amazing time. The cruise also had Single meet ups for straight & gay couples that are not ran buy any of the crew members but, I don't think anyone was interested in going to any of the meet ups when I was on the cruise I went to 2 straight single meet ups there was nobody lol and quite honeslty I think singles groups are a waste of time in my opinion. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
I did the cruise as a solo. The Solo program with a coordinator and Barteneder in the lounge was excellent. Front row seats for theater events! Group dinners were great. We did change ports, and missed Stirrup caye, We were told it ... Read More
I did the cruise as a solo. The Solo program with a coordinator and Barteneder in the lounge was excellent. Front row seats for theater events! Group dinners were great. We did change ports, and missed Stirrup caye, We were told it was for an electrical issue. but more likely for an unfortunate death involving alchol while at sea. We did not disembark until late only after the authorities came onboard. It was superbowl week, we had three giant screens to watch on. Some were miffed that their regular schedule for shows was dissrupted. Cagneys, Moderno and Le bistro were my favorites. The best breakfast was the Buffet omelet station at the outdoor pool area. He made me an egg sanwich everyday!. Osheehans was another very good breakfast location, you could eat there well before 7 when everything else was still closed. Abi beach break in St Thomas was great 13 people went, we had 250 chairs to ourselves, transport was via a little pirate schooner Cane beach in Tortola was lovely Loved the Blue lagoon with lunch at Nassua. Dissembark in port was a disater, only 4 cutoms agents for 4000. Not the fault of the Epic or NCL. I nearly missed my 1:40 flight. I had a crafty porter who got us to skip the line. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
I chose the Epic because it has Studio cabins on two decks. Excellent for a solo traveler. Someone from the cruise directors staff looks after the solo travelers with restaurant and theatre reservations. The studio Lounge bar is ... Read More
I chose the Epic because it has Studio cabins on two decks. Excellent for a solo traveler. Someone from the cruise directors staff looks after the solo travelers with restaurant and theatre reservations. The studio Lounge bar is staffed from 5;PM TO 7:00 pm each evening. Wonderful staff on the Epic. Lots of activities on board. i was able to sit in on Drums with the Jam Rock band and the Party and Soul band. Great highlights of my cruise. The Norwegian Breakaway and Escape have Studio Cabins too. The food and restaurants are very good. There is never a lack of food to eat. The ship is very clean and movement is barely noticeable. The theatre shows are very good. Burning the Floor is an excellent dance show. Do not miss Priscilla Queen of the Dessert. It is a fabulous production. Very funny. Not for children or people with closed minds. Enjoy the Epic. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
Chose for size of ship, anemities on the ship and explore all these countries without having to pack up for each country place went to. the ship is for adults only as no amenities for kids, which we like. Excursions. For us, though, ... Read More
Chose for size of ship, anemities on the ship and explore all these countries without having to pack up for each country place went to. the ship is for adults only as no amenities for kids, which we like. Excursions. For us, though, in Thailand we only went to Bangkok and missed another excursion because the ship had to leave earlier than planned due to low tide. So, Thailand was a disappointment as it is a huge, crowded city and way too much traffic.Cannot say we really saw the real Thailand. We enjoyed Vietnam. Saigon tour very good. We suggest that you pay extra or take your own tour to Hanoi in Vietnam, as it is over a 3 hour ride into Hanoi. You will be gone for 11 hours, 6 to 7 hours drive in one day. It was a really good experience as we had an excellent time visiting Hanoi. We recommend the kayaking tour in Sinahookville, Cambodia. It is a very poor place, so if you take the tuktuk or bus tour in the 90 degree heat and visit places where the poor kids are begging everywhere, it may not enjoyable. Also, if you have a choice to go on on the OE excursion even though it is more expensive, you will have only 10-16 people on your tour rather than a whole bus load. Much more personalized. Our stateroom was not very large, but it was fine with a balcony. We signed up for the Concierge level as the amenities are worth it. The bathroom is very small, and a couple of "big" men said they could not fit in the shower. We have been on 3 Oceania cruises, so we were not surprised. Dining choices are really good with 3 restaurants, 2 of which you need a reservation. The service was fabulous. Enjoyed the entertainment and activities--Many to select from. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
This was our third time on the Equinox and our 12th time on a Celebrity cruise. Needless to say we like these ships and the company. However, there were a few things on this cruise that I wish had gone a bit better. This was our second ... Read More
This was our third time on the Equinox and our 12th time on a Celebrity cruise. Needless to say we like these ships and the company. However, there were a few things on this cruise that I wish had gone a bit better. This was our second time in Aqua class (the first was on the Constellation which was retrofitted with Aqua class so the dining room was actually the top right level of the normal dining room. This time we actually had the aqua class restaurant Blu. The service was fantastic but the food was just a bit off. The appetizers were just a bit too exotic for my taste so most nights I simply had shrimp cocktail and a Caesar salad. The entrees were also a bit overboard for my taste and the sirloin steak from the anytime menu was only about 1/4" thick and had no taste. Breakfast was also a hit or miss type situation in Blu. I order the pancakes the first day and they were cold and like rubber. Every egg order were served with a "garnish" of fried mushrooms, asparagus and fingerling potatoes. I do not eat asparagus or mushrooms. Although I recently read that the ship had been refurbished in 2016, the cabins were certainly not included in this. Our shower doors were broken, the curtains on the veranda doors were the same ones we had in 2009. Our cabin attendant was the most unfriendly one we have ever had on a cruise! We had no "Do Not Disturb" sign in our room and although we asked him for one several times, we never got one. One the previous Aqua class cruise we received 2 bottles of water each day. On this one we received a flask of "flavored" water/tea that was always warm because the ice had evaporated? The afternoon canapés were a joke since they were never "finger" foods but were not served with anything to eat them with? How are you supposed to eat humus without a cracker or piece of pita or bread? The rest of the ship was in pretty good shape but one thing that really bothered me was they way they handled the sale of Bingo cards. On the first sea day, they had two separate price charts, one showing the price of the cards without a Lotto ticket and the other showing the prices ($10 higher) with these Lotto tickets. There was no description oh how this lotto worked or what the prizes were. On the successive sea days, the price chart WITHOUT the Lotto tickets was gone and they were telling folks that the HAD to buy the Lotto ticket with their package? When I protested, I was sold the Bingo package I wanted without the $10 Lotto ticket. I felt that this was pretty low handed. One of our originally scheduled ports was cancelled before the cruise started and a second day in Cozumel was added. Since we have been to Cozumel so many times in the past, this allowed us to spend an extra day on the ship instead of on an excursion. The entertainment was overall pretty good even though we had seen a number of the specialty acts before - they were as good the second time around. Although some of this review may sound a bit negative, rest assured that this hasn't stopped us from booking 3 more cruises. The next two are our first back-to-back on the Princess Ruby out of Vancouver and sailing the California coastline to Los Angeles. The next is a 14 day out of Sydney, Australia on the Celebrity Solstice cruising a number of ports in Australia and New Zealand. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
We spent a day in Bagan and then boarded our cruise. The boat is very new and has highly trained staff in all areas who provide an amazing service. Whether the food, the bar, the courtesy of all the staff, it is second to none. The ... Read More
We spent a day in Bagan and then boarded our cruise. The boat is very new and has highly trained staff in all areas who provide an amazing service. Whether the food, the bar, the courtesy of all the staff, it is second to none. The dining is excellent and french wine was included with all the meals. A highly personal service. The river is interesting and relaxing but not a massive amount to see. The river level was low and the captain did well to navigate through the shallow waters. We stopped at a number of places and the guides were good as were the tuktuk, horse and cart and other modes of transport. The entertainment on board in the evenings was interesting. If you want a posh, up market, luxurious experience, you cannot do better than the Strand Cruise. We would recommend this cruise to all of our friends. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
A friend asked my to go with her and 2 other ladies. I'd been on 6 other Carnival cruises prior to this one and have been on other cruise lines after those 6. I was really disappointed. One of the things that really bothered me ... Read More
A friend asked my to go with her and 2 other ladies. I'd been on 6 other Carnival cruises prior to this one and have been on other cruise lines after those 6. I was really disappointed. One of the things that really bothered me was that hand sanitizing was not mandatory for dining areas. On other lines, it is. The enteretainment was compareable to a high school production. There weren't even any set design just a handful of metal props they moved around. The cruise director wasn't very engaging. The crew had just returned from a 15 day Hawaiian cruise and were either too tired or just not interested in providing great service. 2 tenders for over 2000 guests. We were at least one hour late leaving port because of it. Stood in like for over half an hour to get on the tender and there were a sea of people behind us. I don't even want to elaborate on any details because it just makes me too depressed. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
My Getaway Review Cabin: #11539. See below for notes. Entertainment: Phenomenal. I saw Burn the Floor (best show ever!) in the Getaway Theatre, Illusionarium (magic show done in a play-like format with very talented magicians). Also ... Read More
My Getaway Review Cabin: #11539. See below for notes. Entertainment: Phenomenal. I saw Burn the Floor (best show ever!) in the Getaway Theatre, Illusionarium (magic show done in a play-like format with very talented magicians). Also did the auction, Circus Escape Game, Cartoon Trivia, Lip Sync Contest, Scattegories Game, Deal or No Deal, Win Lose or Draw, Bingo, learned Origami and how to Salsa, dance nights, comedy show (comedian Landry is funny)... You name it, it was great. Crew: Very attentive. Although Silas the cruise director was nice, I felt that it was the rest of his team that you saw more often. Kudos to Paquito, Jojo, Ferg and Ayu. These are some very funny (and very attentive folks). They're the ones doing the above games and are with Silas for some of the other games like Not So Newlywed Game. Front desk and casino crew were also very, very attentive and personable. Everyone speaks to you in the halls, too - and it doesn't seem fake. Casino: I posted on YouTube all the slot machines for those that are interested. I wish someone had done that for me. I was able to stay even almost all week and went home with $200 originally budgeted for slots still in my pocket. Saw at least six people win several thousands throughout the week. The only “large size game” they have is Deal or No Deal. The one that can be played as a group, I think. Yes, they have slot tournaments and Texas Hold Em and Black Jack tourneys as well. Meals: I went to: Garden Café*for breakfast. For dinner, I went to: Tropicana Room” (go on the night when the Burn the Floor cast performs for 15 minutes!), Moderno, Teppanaki, La Cucino (Yeah, I had the 3 meal package). All were excellent and very tasty. I also ate at Lotus Garden* and O’Sheenan’s*. (Irish pub style) That’s where you go for burgers and fries. It’s also open when Garden Café is closed. Everything astericked is a free spot, so don’t just eat at the Garden Café, Taste or Savor. And remember, you can bring food back to your room. Drinks: I don’t drink, but non-alcoholic frozen drinks are about $5.50 each and nonalcoholic beer about $7. There’s no drink package for this category, but you don't need one. The coffee bar (forgot the name) inside the Atrium has excellent coffee choices. About $3 a cup. Activities: I did the rock climbing for the first time. Also pretty much everything else the ship had to offer other than the slides, the nice gym, the arcade and the crowded pool. Tried The Ice Bar (about $22. You’ll last about 15 minutes in there! You get two drinks (alcoholic or non, your choice). I thought it was a little expensive, but c’mon, you gotta try it just to say you did it! And the massage I had on the last night was probably the best I’ve ever had in my life- and I’ve had many. Do their “20-20-20” special when you see the deal posted. The two NCL excursions I did was the Dolphin Encounter which was excellent, and the Mexican Cuisine Workshop. Not only do you learn how to make a three course meal (hands on), and enjoy it with others, once you’re done, you still have time to enjoy the beach, pool and their water park. So worth it. I also did The Native Choice which is not under NCL. You get to see the Mayan Ruins and you visit a Mayan home where they prepare a full course all you can eat meal for you). This was $75. Last night shopping on the ship I got some great deals including a NCL jacket for $22 and a evening purse for $10. So be sure to save a few dollars for the last night. Tons of things to choose from. If you are traveling solo, don't worry as you will meet a lot of people if you're willing to say hi. Or you can participate in the daily singles meet n greets where a coordinator (AYU) brings everyone together. Unlike the Escape ship, you do not have to be in a singles studio cabin to participate in these meetings. They're held elsewhere on the ship. There’s so much to talk about on this ship, but I hope this helps. This is my 3rd NCL cruise in three months. Escape and the Pearl were the others. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
Legend of the Seas Review. In this review I’ll focus on the ship facilities and service. I also didn’t use the pool, spas, gym or set foot in the Day Spa. Not my scene (others can comment). By way of background, this is my 9th ... Read More
Legend of the Seas Review. In this review I’ll focus on the ship facilities and service. I also didn’t use the pool, spas, gym or set foot in the Day Spa. Not my scene (others can comment). By way of background, this is my 9th cruise and 4th with RCI. I’ve previously cruised from Australia on Voyager and Explorer of the Seas (both sister ships) and Rhapsody of the Seas. Although Legend is a Vision Class Ship (same as Rhapsody) she was the first of the class and her design is a little different to Rhapsody (for example, Windjammer is at the front of Legend whereas it is at the rear on Rhapsody; the MDR on Legend has huge panoramic windows that let in a lot of natural light; and the smokestack and Viking Crown Lounge on Legend is positioned more amidships, which reduces the pool area but does leave room for a 9 hole putt putt golf course at the stern). Like for like I preferred the layout on Legend compared to Rhapsody. Knowing that Legend has been sold to Thompson/TUI (and they make no secret of this) and that this was the second last of her South Pacific cruises I set my expectations low, expecting service levels and maintenance to be slipping. I was totally wrong. The service on board was fantastic, and being a smaller ship, staff do recognise and acknowledge you (hence I was “Mister David” to the bartenders in the Schooner Bar and the Viking Crown Lounge). Sometimes the service at the Pool Bar was a little slow (not their fault; I suspect a lot of people who use this bar are on a drinks package as the bar staff seem to be very busy making non-stop cocktails). Hint, if service is slow at the Pool Bar, go to the bar in the Solarium (same level) which is often quicker. The foredeck plan on the Vision Class ships is open, so you get to see the staff working hard on port days anchoring or mooring. I was there a few times and they constantly play “It’s the Final Countdown…” to the crew decks and are always urging the staff to keeping serving “the Royal Way”. RCI is certainly doing its best to keep staff morale at the highest level, and this reflects well. That said, there are a few indicators that the ship is on its way out. The mechanism for the aerial shows in the Centrum seems out of service and we never had any of the aerial shows on this cruise. I assume that’s it, which is a pity. A few of the deck chairs look a bit worse for wear, and many of the clocks on board have either stopped working or are set on the wrong time (the clock in the Schooner Bar is locked on to 5pm, which could be a good thing). However the crew were constantly working on maintenance (rust repair, pressure cleaning etc). The MDR is great. Try and get there for breakfast as you will get table service and get to meet new fellow cruisers. The same for lunch (except on port days when your only lunch options are the Windjammer Café or the Park Café). Windjammer is Windjammer. You either like it or put up with it. Buffet service, and it can get very busy at peak times (breakfast and lunch), however good if you have young children to feed or you are pushed for time. I tried the two speciality restaurants (Chops and Izumi). I love Japanese food so I went four times to Izumi (they offered me a 20% discount on port days). I tried Chops once and the food is high quality (although I struggled to get through all the courses). You pay extra for Chops ($35 USD per person) and a small cover charge and a la carte pricing for Izumi. My favourite place on all the RCI ships is the Viking Crown Lounge (deck 11 on Legend). It’s a great spot to escape the busy public areas on the ship for some quiet time (reading or playing games). You get a great view of the pool deck from up there and you are in air conditioning. And as a bonus you can indulge in a drink when the bar is open. However, on Legend the Viking Crown Lounge was my (personal) biggest disappointment. During the 2013 refurb they added Izumi and Chops to the area normally allocated to the Viking Crown Lounge, reducing it to around one third of its former size, and with views on the starboard side only (Izumi has the pick of the forward views). To add further to my woes, the best part of the Viking Crown Lounge was closed off each evening on my cruise from 5pm to 8.30pm for the overflow from the Diamond, Diamond Plus and Pinnacle Lounge. There seemed to be a disproportionate number of Diamond and higher cruisers on this cruise, and I assume this trend will continue until she is transferred to Thompson/TUI (quite a few on board are continuing through to Barcelona). I like the Schooner Bar on Legend. It seems larger and better laid out than on the past three RCI ships I’ve been on, however it does get used a lot for Trivia Comps, Scrapbooking seminars etc. The R Bar can also get very busy when there are performances on in the Centrum. I did notice an increasing trend by RCI to “sell stuff” on board. In this cruise, they introduced an Art Auction program. Now I don’t mind the RCI selling culture. I understand that if they can supplement revenue by selling value add on board, then that can help contain fare rises and make the base cruise affordable to more, but the problem with the Art Auction is that it takes up valuable real estate on a small ship. During the day an area within the Centrum (which is already crowded) is taken up by art displays, and when the regular auctions are on, the Anchors Aweigh Lounge, which would be ideal for the trivia comps and others that clog up the Schooner Bar, is taken over by art works. All in all I enjoyed myself. This review probably isn’t going to help many as I believe all the remaining cruises are (or are close to be) sold out. At the Senior Officers briefing on the second last day a few questions were asked about the ship’s transition to Thompson/TUI. It seems that it will be configured for the UK market, and the casino will be gutted and replaced by enhanced public areas. I’d love to go back and experience her as Discovery 2 to see the changes. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
Central Park on the Allure (and Oasis) is a nice place to relax and 'chill' while listening to the bird calls and taking in the beautiful 'grounds' of live plants and trees. The Rising Tides Bar didn't always keep ... Read More
Central Park on the Allure (and Oasis) is a nice place to relax and 'chill' while listening to the bird calls and taking in the beautiful 'grounds' of live plants and trees. The Rising Tides Bar didn't always keep its posted schedule. I went a couple of times to 'get on' and ride up to the park but, it had already left the docking port in 'the mall.' (So, why is the schedule listed in LED on one of the support poles if they pay no attention to it?) Goofy. Otherwise, the Allure of the Seas is an amazing ship however, I don't care for the sliding doors on the closet. Not easy to access. Princess ships have the best design with their cabin closets facing the bathroom without any doors, making a sort of 'dressing room' in that space. On Allure, the closet is also next to the bed, making getting to it hard at times. 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
I had never been to Australia/New Zealand. This cruise was only New Zealand and most ports were just like big American cities. Didn't see any cool animals. Shopping wasn't very good. I even went to a dollar store where ... Read More
I had never been to Australia/New Zealand. This cruise was only New Zealand and most ports were just like big American cities. Didn't see any cool animals. Shopping wasn't very good. I even went to a dollar store where nothing was a dollar. The women's T-shirts I bought in XL were all too small. Food on the ship was ok - food in the ports was much better. They even ran out of lobster before the last formal night when they always have lobster on the menu. Most of the passengers were Australian and all of the entertainers were Australian including the cruise director. One comedian talked so fast, I didn't understand a word he said. The shows were shown on 2 nights both performances to accommodate so many people. So once you saw that show, there was no alternate entertainment which seemed strange on such a large ship. A lot of the things to do on the ship were geared toward children and young adults - not a whole lot for seniors. I would like to go back to Australia next time on a smaller ship. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
My husband and I chose this cruise because we wanted to experience a large ship cruise. Our only disappointments were the lack of anything decent to watch on TV before going to bed, no ice routinely in our cabin. Our balcony cabin was ... Read More
My husband and I chose this cruise because we wanted to experience a large ship cruise. Our only disappointments were the lack of anything decent to watch on TV before going to bed, no ice routinely in our cabin. Our balcony cabin was sleek and modern. The ship itself is really nice with so many modern features. The Wi-Fi was the best we ever had on a ship, even though it was slow at times. The shows were amazing! The ship didn't really feel crowded, I was surprised. While I think there were not as many things on the dinner menu, it was adequate. Other dining spots were very nice. Best buffet at sea so far. I was not really impressed with Sabor but it was good too. The Solarium Bistro was very nice, especially the appetizers. The lunch in American Icon was outstanding with choices of your choice in on a salad bar, buffet, or order from the menu or a combination of all the choices. That buffet was beyond outstanding - 5 stars! We enjoyed the excursions we went on in Jamaica and Haiti, we did not go on an excursion in Cozumel. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
because this cruise departed auckland and returned to auckland first to melbourne down to the south island of new zealand travelling via milford sound , dusky sounds port chalmers ( dunedin), akoroa ,wellington, gisbourne ,tauranga , ... Read More
because this cruise departed auckland and returned to auckland first to melbourne down to the south island of new zealand travelling via milford sound , dusky sounds port chalmers ( dunedin), akoroa ,wellington, gisbourne ,tauranga , auckland travelled alone on this voyage on the golden princess cabin chosen was inside due to economics but next time would choose balcony small but well appointed and comfortable quality bedding clean and tidy cabinets showing some signs of wear ( drawer knobs loose ) Dining : a truly remarkable experience -- wide variety of styles and and top notch food , attentive staff , nice ambiance , Entertainment : broadway production quality well staged - fantasic audio system crystal clear although could do with turned down a notch Activities : endless and varied no one could be bored changing daily Service : your wish is our command type deal nothing too much trouble 24hrs a day attentive obliging friendly staff Shore excursions : well organised , syncronised, knowledgable staff very hot day in akoroa tenders used to take to shore on return at jetty while waiting for tender chilled facecloths and chilled water served ( nice touch ) overall a gratifying experience - top chefs very attentive staff international cuisine and a very clean tidy ship with accent on hygene Read Less
Sail Date January 2017

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