4 Monaco (Monte Carlo) Entertainment Cruise Reviews

We choose this cruise because we only planned ahead by 2 months and this cruise worked for our schedule. Awful from the start. Unorganized staff made it a nuisance to make anything happen. Food has been absolutely terrible. We’ve ... Read More
We choose this cruise because we only planned ahead by 2 months and this cruise worked for our schedule. Awful from the start. Unorganized staff made it a nuisance to make anything happen. Food has been absolutely terrible. We’ve never been on a cruise that had such bad food consistently throughout the trip. For the same price as crystal cruises, seabourn offers much less quality of services and amenities. On the first day, the staff was not informed on the emergency drill. They had me and my sister running back and forth needlessly, because several people gave us different information that was all incorrect. Smoking is a pain on this boat. They let people smoke cigarettes many places, but the only place you can smoke a cigar is this tiny back deck area where they don’t offer any drinks or service. Even though they sell expensive cigars. It feels like a punishment. Finding the spot was huge pain because every staff member told us a different location, which again, had us running around the boat needlessly. My friend was looking for an espresso on our first day. Once again, misinformed staff sent us in circles. We finally find the correct spot, and they say they can’t help us because they closed the esspessso machine 2min ago. They said we could get some on the floor underneath. We go there, ask the staff, and they kindly tell us we can get espresso. Then a different staff member aggressively grabs my friends shirt and pulls him back. He tells him, “You can’t be in here. You need to leave now!” My friends tried to explain the situation and he responds “well send you a double espresso to your room” and they sent coffee. Just incredibly agressive and rude. The other staff says “I didn’t know the captain was in the room.” Like that would justify what happened. Rooms are dirty. Fingernail marks in the wall. Stained carpets. Broken toilets. Shower and bath drains don’t work. Scratchy towels. Broken AC. Lights only turn on in your room if you leave your key in the wall, which has been a huge unnecessary nuisance as well. Food has been terrible. The menus are very limited. This Thomas kheller chef forces half the menu to be standardized. So you can’t customize the food to your liking. I’ve never been on cruise with such bad food. That alone is a deal breaker. The service makes it worse. Even dining in “the main restaurant” they don’t refil your drinks unless you ask. They bring the wrong food or forget orders. They use this tablet system that apparently fails all the time, according to a waitress. Today I ordered room service. Waited over an hour. After talking to 3 people, they discovered it went to the wrong room. Excursions have been fun. But we’ve been doing private excursions separate from seabourn. The one excursion we did use through seabourn was wildly mislabeled. A group of 20 people thinking they’re spending a day at the beach with powerboats, instead spend the majority of the day riding in jeeps, WHICH WAS EXACLY WHAT WE DID THE DAY BEFORE. Incredible. Before the cruise, they let you fill out this online form of what drinks you’d prefer stocked in your room. They didn’t put what I requested and just left Myers in my suite. I’ve been on seabourn sojourn, and that experience was 100x better than this. I’ve been on crystal and reagent, and those were even better. If you believe in getting what you pay for, stay away from the seabourn encore. The lady who cleans our room is awesome and so have been some of the service guys. The bartender is really cool and clearly is working very hard. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
WE choose this cruise because of the itinerary, and because we were traveling with a group of friends from "La Chaine des Rotisseure," which was a great experience on previous cruises. I wish we would stay in some places over ... Read More
WE choose this cruise because of the itinerary, and because we were traveling with a group of friends from "La Chaine des Rotisseure," which was a great experience on previous cruises. I wish we would stay in some places over night, considering how close the ports were from each other. Food was not so great comparing with previous cruises, except for the Grill. I think, there were not many activities on the ship, partitionary due to busy schedule I assume, but any way.. Performers were the worst, except for the piano player Alexandra, the most intelligent person from the whole crew. "The Voices" sound so harsh that it hearts the ears. Guests performers were fine though. The bartender in the Grappa bar was rude and behaved too familiarly with the guests and rude to the crew members, acting superior. She never smiled. Our cabin and cabin service was very good. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
My 4th cruise but first on Crystal Cruise. It will be very hard to cruise on any other line. Pros: Exceptional service. Our PURE room was kept in amazing shape as the attendant must have gone in multiple times throughout the day. So ... Read More
My 4th cruise but first on Crystal Cruise. It will be very hard to cruise on any other line. Pros: Exceptional service. Our PURE room was kept in amazing shape as the attendant must have gone in multiple times throughout the day. So pleasant and welcoming she was. Food is plentiful and clearly labeled. Ask for anything and they seem to have it and will bring it to you without question. Selection, taste and freshness of the food is better than Princess, Carnival and Royal Caribbean in my opinion. No up selling unless it is a very high end booze. I know you pay a premium for a Crystal Cruise but it seems worth it not to be nickle and dimed aboard when you are trying to relax. This includes the gratuities throughout the ship. Smaller ships (1000 people approx) You get to know so many people and very little if no wait times for anything. Entertainment is wonderful. I stopped going to most of the shows on the other lines as it was the same so-so talent teams but on Crystal the regular talent was amazing as was the headliners that they brought in at various stops. Cons:Very hard to find something to complain about but if I had to it would be that the service in the main dining room was very inconsistent depending on the crowd size. The first night was only half full so they set the bar high and it went up and down from there. Food in the dining room is wonderful as it is in the specialty restaurants with the Japanese restaurant being the best of the best Only went to one High tea as the "Mozart Tea" really interested me. While the food and tea were great the only thing that was special was the period costumes the staff wore. The pianist and violinist,played everything from New York New York to Fiddler on the Roof however no Mozart. Will be doing another Crystal cruise as soon as I can.. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
So we chose SilverSea after hearing from a colleague about the level of service and the overall quality of his cruise. After doing some more research, we decided to forgo having a large wedding reception in order to spend the $18,000 + to ... Read More
So we chose SilverSea after hearing from a colleague about the level of service and the overall quality of his cruise. After doing some more research, we decided to forgo having a large wedding reception in order to spend the $18,000 + to sail with SilverSea. I am going to write this according to the guide on this site. Then at the end I will add several other experiences we had during our cruise. We chose the Silver Wind and the 14 day Mediterranean cruise from Monaco to South Hampton, England. We went back and forth between this and the Silver Muse (their newest ship) due to the locations and it being a longer trip, also flight was included in the price. The flight out (which we upgraded to first class) was very well done and the travel to the ship was well done. The embarkation process was well managed and we made it to our cabin just fine. Shortly after that we had the mandatory muster and safety briefing. That's where the missteps began. The drill was a joke. We were told that in an emergency they wanted us to muster in a small room so we will be comfortable and still be able to experience luxury. Not what I want in an emergency, I want to be safe. There was a drill several days later where the captain accidentally left the ships mic on and was heard saying, "This is not good, or what's supposed to be happening." as well as, "What's going on?". Not what you want to hear from the captain of the ship. As a former Marine who has served on ships I told my wife that we would be better off doing our own thing than following their instructions. The overall feel of the ship is that it's very tired. The decor is outdated, the rooms have at best 3 star hotel (the $50 a night ones) amenities. The linens were warn and overused. There was wallpaper pealing and you could hear some bolts (or some metal) rattling in the walls. The food, which is one of the highlights SilverSea boasts was very okay. The menu doesn't change nearly the whole trip, which on a 14 day cruise and only 4 options gets old very fast. The changes they do make were so minor they were unnoticeable. We were told several times that they were unwilling to bring us food to certain areas of the ship (even though they will tell you prior that you can order food to you on call). There were no meals we had that had any "WOW" factor at all. I will say that the alcohol flowed, there were no issues there. The entertainment and activities were, again, very okay. Not at all the caliber we would expect from a cruise-line like SilverSea claims to be. We got to meet several of the actors (most were nice, one was very cold and wouldn't even acknowledge that my wife said hello). The bartenders were un-attentive on the pool lounge (which was never busy). Being a small ship there weren't many on ship activities. We mostly hung out in our room if we weren't off shore as there wasn't much to do. The shows started late and were short. The "disco" which we asked for, lasted all of 20 min and played Barry Manilow, not exactly dance music. The service was split. Our butler did everything he could to make us happy, as well as the one bartender we found that knew his job well. Outside of that most of the crew was pleasant, but it felt forced. There were exceptions, some of the crew that came on the (very overpriced) excursions with us and got to know us were kind. But the host/hotel staff was 1 star at best. We had several issues (room flooded, downgraded room, equipment not working in the room, etc.) and never have I ever been treated so poorly by management. More on this in a moment. The ports were all nice, but not well planned or executed. The excursions as mentioned above were way overpriced (we booked several of the same, if not better for much cheaper), and not what were advertised. We did kayaking in Spain and were never told what to bring. The company that ran the excursion did fine, but were shocked when no one brought an SD card for the pictures they took of us with their Go-Pro. We gave them our email with the promise that they would send them to us and have still not gotten them. I paid to go to the Andalusian horse tour with the understanding that we would get a tour., and show. While we did get a show we were not able to take pictures of it, and there was NO tour whatsoever. Overall: We were told, "No we won't do that for you" way more than any other all inclusive I have done. The ports aren't well set up unless you spend half of your day going to the lectures. You would think there would be well researched ideas in their paper they give you the day prior so you can plan. General feel that SilverSea already had our money and was suffering us during their voyage. The most glaring issue was when our room flooded. I don't know if there was a lack of maintenance, or if this was from a fluke accident. Our room as well as our neighbors room flooded. The way that management handled this was similar to how a poorly ran restaurant would handle the situation. We had no notice when we got back to our room that there had been a flood, we just walked in to a wet floor. We summoned our butler who assured us that not only the issue but that we would be taken care of. This is where the glaring lack of care from upper management became painfully apparent. We were told the issue would be resolved quickly so we went up to the pool area and waited with some of the friends we had made on-board. Two junior officers came and told me that they were working on the issue. I told them that with the smell (it was apparently a sewer line that had spilled in the room) that we would like to be moved to a different room. He was very hesitant and said he would have to check on what they could do. He then sent our butler up to us and told us that they had a downgraded room for us to stay in. We were told to grab what we needed and to move our stuff for the next day into this other room. The room was one of the front two rooms on our same deck. The reason we booked the middle of the ship was (at our booking agents recommendation) because the front was a much harsher ride. He was absolutely correct in this explanation as I only was able to get 2 hours of sleep, and my wife who had an ear infection became sick. The only interaction we have yet had from the upper management has been a free evening to La' Champagne, and a letter saying, "Congratulations on the honeymoon, sorry for the inconvenience.", we were also given a bottle of champagne; which being as rocky of a ride the front of the ship was and the fact that my wife was ill, the last thing we wanted to do was drink. We also had champagne everywhere we went, so getting a free bottle of what we already had for free was a hollow gesture. Since I couldn't sleep I decided to go and check our room then I went down to the library and read. Our original room had a very musty smell in it. After telling this to our butler who happened to come by the library he said that we should bring our concerns to upper management and see what they can do. I then told reception (who barely took a note) and expressed my interest in speaking with someone higher up than I had about the issue. The SAME junior officer came down and told me that they were working on it. Not an encouraging experience. The solution they had was to spray a heavy deodorizer on the carpet. It was so strong that we had to leave the room and our balcony door open for the rest of the day and stay in the downgraded room. So we spent nearly 2 full days in a downgraded room. Not the type of treatment I would expect from a cruise line that boasts attention to guests needs and second to none service. We were simply told that whenever we wanted to we could move back into our room. No one told us that it was prepped and ready and that the smell was gone. After I sent an email from the ship to their corporate office we were offered to upgrade to a very front of the ship Royal suite. Ignoring that this was at the front of the ship, it just showed us that they had the room free from the start of this issue and chose to downgrade us anyhow. There were many other missteps that happened. Since we got back I have emailed with both our booking agent as well as their customer service with no response that anything would be done about our experience. At this point I have no faith in this cruise-line and would encourage you to look at anything else. We would not go again. Sorry this is so long, just wanted to be thorough Read Less
Sail Date May 2017

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