83 Monaco (Monte Carlo) Luxury Cruise Reviews

We chose this cruise for our honeymoon because of the raving reviews about the service and luxury of the ship and Seabourn. We were highly disappointed. Our room was probably the worst on the ship and this may be the main reason for ... Read More
We chose this cruise for our honeymoon because of the raving reviews about the service and luxury of the ship and Seabourn. We were highly disappointed. Our room was probably the worst on the ship and this may be the main reason for our disappointment. 843, next to a service area and below the pool bar service area. Crew started work everyday at 4 am. It was unreal as we woke up to horrific noise of dragging pool chairs and other noise we could not identify, every morning at 4 am. I am not exaggerating. We had to call and beg for the noise to stop and for work to start at a reasonable time. Seabourn did not care and did absolutely nothing to help us get rest or move us to an available cabin (the ship has vacant cabins). No one EVER returned our calls as we were told would happen or do anything to assist or make our stay better. I worked in hotels and resorts for over 15 years and there are many, many things that could have been done to make our stay more enjoyable. Our bathroom smelled like urine and items from the previous guest were still in the room including hair in the bath tub and shower. It was actually quite nasty as we were tracking where the long black hairs were moving around our bathroom each day as our room was supposedly cleaned. Our room attendant was really sub par and didn’t not respond to our requests. She actually asked us to leave 90 minutes before we were to vacate our room on the last day so someone could strip our bed. Come one! I mean we were already awake most of the nights as all of the luggage on the 8th floor was moved via the service elevator next to our room, and don’t forget the regular 4 am shift that was the loudest of the entire trip because Seabourn simply didn’t care as we were leaving in the morning. The coffee shop was wonderful! The Sushi restaurant food and service was wonderful and we ate there for lunch almost everyday. The Restaurant was excellent as well, for food and service. The entertainment wasn’t for anyone in our age range but it was excellent for the majority of the passengers in the 60+ age group. We knew this booking and it was okay because we wanted a relaxing honeymoon and quiet time together. Lots of puzzles, crosswords, and needlepoint workshops to do if you like that sort of thing. Seabourn could have selected better ports to visit as we were disappointed about the industrial working ports we visited on this cruise. More options for Marina days as there was only one and it was cancelled due to wind. I understand that most senior citizens may not be interested in marina day activities but since the rest of the voyage was really planned for them, have some options for active adults. The gym was small and had extremely limited options. We would have liked a peloton bike or two to use in the gym since there were no spin or fly wheel classes (or room for any). We did workout in the gym every day and did a 60 minute run off ship at the ports where we felt were safe places to run. Happy to be home and to get a good and full night sleep. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
We booked a v2 suite (532) in June and not our normal guaranteed as there are a few v1 and v2 suites we really don’t like. Just over a week out British Airways pilots announced their strikes dates one of which was our departure day. ... Read More
We booked a v2 suite (532) in June and not our normal guaranteed as there are a few v1 and v2 suites we really don’t like. Just over a week out British Airways pilots announced their strikes dates one of which was our departure day. Seabourn quickly rebooked us on another flight on the previous day but unfortunately this was from Heathrow and not Gatwick (our local airport) as per our original flight so we had to rejig our airport transfer arrangements. We received no advice of this either from Seabourn or from our agent but we spotted it on our BA app. We checked with our agent and asked what the hotel arrangements would be but that was not resolved until 2 days before departure. Just under a week out we logged into our account with Seabourn and discovered we had been given an upgrade to a v6 on deck 10 again with no advice from the agent or Seabourn. The communication could have been much better on both these issues but I guess they were busy sorting out cancelled flights. On our new departure day the flights and transfers went smoothly and we had a nice hotel in Cannes. We transferred to the ship around lunchtime and were pleasantly surprised to find that our cabin was available. I fixed the Seabourn luggage labels to our suitcases before our transfer but of course the labels were for our previous suite having been posted to us around 6 weeks out. I did try to change them to our new suite number with some tape as they are difficult to write on. One suitcase arrived in our cabin very quickly but not the other. I enquired several times but was told on each occasion that they were still distributing the luggage. I also took a trip down to deck 5 to see if my bag was there but no sign. On our way to our muster station via the crew stairwell there it was!! Our missing suitcase was stuck in a corner… ..abandoned!! So eventually the missing bag arrived… 4 hours after the first one and just in time to change for dinner. The bar in our cabin was stocked with our selected spirits but as on our previous trip on Odyssey last year our chosen beer was nowhere to be seen and after some enquiries nowhere on the ship. I raised this a few times even with the hotel manager when we met him one evening but I got nowhere. So if you want anything just ask doesn’t work if you would like a proper beer!! Not sure why they have a free-form box for beer if they can’t provide it? We tried to order Dover sole for dinner one breakfast time but the chef told the maitre d’ that he needed 24 hours notice. Generally the food we found much better on this ship than on Odyssey though some nights we did struggle with the menu especially on the chefs dinner night. The portion sizes weren’t generous so we never felt as though we had eaten too much after most of the served meals. The buffet portions are of course down to you!! Most of the staff were excellent and many greeted us by name. Our cabin Steward kept the suite reasonably clean but marks on mirrors and glass doors never seemed to get her attention. She never re-organised the balcony furniture and small pieces of food we spilt on the balcony floor were still there several days later. She was also not so good at restocking our fridge with mixers or the cabin with drinking water. Our bathrobes were only occasionally properly wrapped up following use. Plastic disposable bottles of water have now gone from the ship and been replaced with reusable plastic bottles refilled each day. Many people complained about the quality of the water but we didn’t find it a problem. It would be a good idea to bring your own drinks bottle to take ashore as the supplied ones are not so good to drink from on the move. To secure your place on an excursion you need to book on line and pay with your credit card. If you wish to use any onboard credit you may have to pay for excursions you then have to visit guest services and have your payment credited to your shipboard account and refunded at the end of your cruise. Your refund won’t of course necessarily be at the same exchange rate as your original purchase. Our refund appeared on our credit card within a few days. We asked for a complementary wine list on board but as before the actual wines available didn’t match the list. Oyster Bay was the only NZ sauvignon blanc available and many of the wines came from the USA! We did find a nice Bordeaux and an Italian Valpolicello. Having our wine topped up was never a problem which is just as well as the standard wine glasses used for both red and white wines are not big. They were only filled to half way too so you do need a few top ups. We never found the ship was crowded even though it was supposed to be full except in and around the main pool. The outside area of the Collonade was also very popular so get there early. The layout of the Collonade we found was much better than on Odyssey. The bar service in the observation lounge was poor most times we visited so we abandoned it in favour of the grill bar. We called room service at 17.50 one night to order dinner in suite. They took the order and told us 18. 50 to 19.00. Nothing arrived by 19.15 so I rang again and was told they were very busy so be a few minutes. Nothing arrived by 19.35 so left to find food elsewhere. The Colonade has some themed nights some of which are reservation only but you only find out when the Herald newspaper arrives the previous evening – so even if you have a few drinks you must concentrate and read it!! This cuts your dining options if you don’t spot it. Other themed nights are just turn up and they also have an always available menu these nights. They do tend to keep the Colonade open beyond the stated lunchtime opening if excursions are late back but the restaurant staff are not always too happy about it. Some bar staff now seem to be using measures for spirits so don’t be surprised to receive a small cognac after dinner. The pool/sky bar seem to be the exception to this. On our last day on board we were advised that the Oyster Bay sauvignon blanc had run out? It is quite strange that the Stoneburn SB ran out at almost exactly the same stage on out last cruise on Odyssey? The alternative SB from Bordeaux was quite poor in comparison. We did spot some Oyster Bay at the pool bar but it could have been their last bottle. Another economy we noticed was when we ordered champagne and caviar in our cabin. Last year on Odyssey they always brought a bottle and would open it for you and pour two fresh glasses. This time they arrived with two glasses covered in cling film which they unwrapped for you. Is this the future of 6 star cruising. As has been said in other reviews the brand of champagne has changed but we certainly preferred the previous brand. In conclusion we enjoyed our cruise with Seabourn and preferred the larger ship. We would be happy to cruise with them again but I think we will try to cruise off season a bit more as it is normally quieter and the prices are lower. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
This was our second Seabourn Cruise. We have been on Azamara twice. Regent twice. Silversea twice. We expected this cruise to be as 'luxurious' as our first Seabourn cruise but although enjoyable we felt the service and ... Read More
This was our second Seabourn Cruise. We have been on Azamara twice. Regent twice. Silversea twice. We expected this cruise to be as 'luxurious' as our first Seabourn cruise but although enjoyable we felt the service and food had declined. As far as 'inclusive' cruise lines goes Seabourn is less 'inclusive' than say Regent which is far superior in suites and food plus you get all excursions and internet thrown in plus sauna, steam room, cold room etc at the Regent Spa. Seabourn has an area called the 'Retreat' which is only accessible if you pay. Everything in their Spa has a cost. Internet is only available if you pay. If your only experience of luxury lines is Seabourn then you would not be disappointed. So to sum up the cruise was enjoyable. The food is not luxury even in the specialist restaurants. It's 4 star. The Encore has a very small main swimming pool although there is a small quiet area with a small pool at the rear of the ship. There doesn't seem to be any supervision in the pool areas so we did experience an American family that just let their kids run riot which spoilt the quiet area small pool. Note:- don't go in August LOL. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
OK pulled up to the port for embarkation and since the ship was in Port of Nice until 10pm that evening there was no line. I mean no one. Walked thru a tent right outside the ship, up and on quickly since we had uploaded our photos on the ... Read More
OK pulled up to the port for embarkation and since the ship was in Port of Nice until 10pm that evening there was no line. I mean no one. Walked thru a tent right outside the ship, up and on quickly since we had uploaded our photos on the Azamara website. Directed into the Cabaret and received our room keys and went to a nice lunch in the buffet. Easiest embarkation ever experienced! We had the Club World Owners suite on the back of the ship Cabin # 7114. Perfect location as we werent below a restaurant. We have been sailing on NCL in The Haven and decided to try this for the ports of call and were concerned about being on such a small ship. That concern was gone immediately. The cabin was spacious, well stocked and clean. Many towels all over for the balcony, beach, whatever you needed. The first night we decided to eat n the main dining room, which we almost never do on larger ships and the food was excellent! Many options and specials every night. For lunch when we were on board we ate at the buffet but this isnt like any buffet you have seen, Crown Roast one day, many options and same for breakfast. Now to give you an idea of the quality of service, my wife has a food issue, she cant have anything cooked with extra salt or salted. We made this known and from the on no matter where we ate someone was there to make her anything she wanted just without salt. They even went so far as to bake her fresh bread for breakfast and dinner without any salt! There was a dinner for guests in the 10 largest suites called the Best of the Best! WOW! It was served in the library with the Captain, First Officer and other staff. White Glove service with wine paring. A real experience. White Night Party beautiful, with a Buffet and BBQ Lobster Tails, pasta, everything. Azamazing Evening was at an old Opera House in Livorno for a small performance that was extremely enjoyable. We experienced two minor issues. One was that the staff was all new so they werent quite up to speed as to how to go the extra mile yet. They were very good but just didnt go the extra step not because they were rude, they just didnt know. For example we had a butler and the first day asked him to bring coffee and tea every morning at 8am. he said we had to fill out the card and hang it on the door every night. One would think this was something he could have taken care of since he brought it to us every day. Not a big deal but just inexperience. The second was on an excursion. We were in Santa Margarita and wanted to go to Portofino for the day. So we hopped on a cheap tour offered by Azamara just for the ride and we had room credit to spend. Well we waited on the dock for a public ferry for close to an hour, Granted it was Easter Sunday but we expected a company like Azamara to have a private shuttle for their tour, maybe we were expecting too much. However upon our return a staff member asked how the tour was and I said I dont want to complain. They insisted I say something so I explained the situation. Apparently they are offering what they call "sightseeing" inexpensive tours since people have commented that their immersive excursions are expensive. So now they are trying less expensive tours. Anyway they made things right. Since this was an "Immersive" sailing we were in port everyday so by the time we returned each day we ate and walked a little and went to bed so we didnt experience any of the shows. Last night they have a chocolate buffet which is amazing! I loved it because the small personal nature you get to know the staff and the higher ups on board as they are always visible. Also, its an upscale cruise but not stuffy! No jackets required and decent casual comfortable clothes. I dont like to have to wear a jacket when Im on vacation unless I have to Would I go again! Absolutely I already booked Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
Last year we took our first cruise on Silversea to Alaska. Since our experience last year was so enjoyable, we booked a Mediterranean cruise for this year. We weren't disappointed. The food, dining room service, cabin service, ... Read More
Last year we took our first cruise on Silversea to Alaska. Since our experience last year was so enjoyable, we booked a Mediterranean cruise for this year. We weren't disappointed. The food, dining room service, cabin service, bartenders were great. We only went to the main dining room and La Terrazza. The previous cruise we tried the outside hot rock experience...which is when the passenger cooks their own steak or seafood. It looked like fun, but we prefer the chefs to cook for us! Most of the wines were good. Ports of call were beautiful. Massages were unbelievable, and I'm picky. Embarkation was flawless. Debarkation was even better...they are very organized with the luggage. We enjoy the smaller ships...no crowds anywhere! Gratuities were inclusive of our fare, which is nice. Alcohol is also included. Room service was excellent, always on time...I enjoyed Eggs Benedict almost every morning. All in all, it was a great time! Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
Before going on this cruise, I read several negative reviews that made me quite nervous. We had originally chosen silversea due to reviews of excellent service and dining. Then we read the reviews criticizing just those aspects. Well, ... Read More
Before going on this cruise, I read several negative reviews that made me quite nervous. We had originally chosen silversea due to reviews of excellent service and dining. Then we read the reviews criticizing just those aspects. Well, it turned out our original hope was fully realized. The service was excellent and the food was outstanding. We enjoy leisurely dining which is the style most available in the evenings when the buffet disappears; some may have felt it was too slow. However, after seeing how hard people tried to please us, I think if we had asked to have courses brought more quickly, they would have done so. The menu was varied each evening, and the ship has an "all day dining" menu that can be ordered in any restaurant venue if the daily choices don't appeal. This is also the way to get meals when restaurants are closed; the order will be served in your room or in any public venue (like the pool, panorama lounge, etc.) This allows a lot of flexibility although in a way different from many cruises that have buffets open more throughout the day. We found all the dining venues to be good, but particularly enjoyed lunch at LaTerrassa and the Main Dining Room in the evenings. Finally, we thought the Voices of Silversea, who provided several shows, were the most talented group we have seen on any cruise. The productions may not be as "big" as some larger ships, but the quality was higher. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
My wife and I like small ships rather than the large cruise ships because they are more intimate and feature the ports of call as the selling point versus the large floating hotel concept. We also focus on which ports the cruise will call ... Read More
My wife and I like small ships rather than the large cruise ships because they are more intimate and feature the ports of call as the selling point versus the large floating hotel concept. We also focus on which ports the cruise will call on rather than the time of year or size of boat. This cruise was the second time on Silver Whisper, a Baltic Sea cruise being the first time. On this cruise we liked its origination port of Monte Carlo and conclusion in Lisbon. Portugal is a very interesting country to visit and we will go back. We also thought most of the ports would be very interesting, or provide access to exceptional Spanish cities. As we found out, Malaga and Cadiz allowed us to visit Granada and Seville, both the gems of Andalusia. Most of the tours were very good although on whole we thought Seabourn's tours are better. One tour to Granada was wait listed so we opted to use our travel agent to set up a private tour. Otherwise the ship's tours of Seville and Barcelona were excellent! Once you come back for a second cruise you become a member in their Venetian Society, and they hosted a remarkable excursion one evening in Barcelona that was very good! We normally try to book the larger Silver Suites which are similar in configuration to the Seabourn suites. Our suite, however, was better than the Seabourn suites by being wider and more spacious. We especially like their hot rock feature on the Pool deck, which we enjoy immensely! The October time frame was nice from a temperature perspective, but the captain skipped two ports due to high winds/seas so there is a trade off for booking at end of the season. Crew was very nice and the butler element is a nice touch not present on Seabourn. On previous trip in Baltic Sea we hit all of the restaurants, but this time, due to the presence of a wine tour group, most of the evenings were already booked. As such we were unable to compare with previous dining experience. We generally do not go to the Restaurant on deck 4. All in all a cruise that was very memorable! Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
This was our second time on the Voyager, again in the beautiful Med and although we had visited just about every port on our Monte Carlo to Venice journey many times before, we enjoyed the beauty and weather and culture of these very ... Read More
This was our second time on the Voyager, again in the beautiful Med and although we had visited just about every port on our Monte Carlo to Venice journey many times before, we enjoyed the beauty and weather and culture of these very interesting areas and had a wonderful vacation. We found a great last minute offer and booked about one month prior to departure. Just like last year: the ship was in beautiful condition, our Concierge Suite (1018) was lovely and comfortable (although some extra storage areas would be appreciated), the cabin service was excellent, embarkation and disembarkation were a breeze, shore excursions were well organized (even if I still dislike daily bus tours) with lots of choice, the entertainment was still mediocre at best (like all small luxury ships), and the crew tried very hard and aimed to please. What was better than last year was, firstly, the service. While things seemed disorganized last year onboard, this year all staff members that we dealt with were engaged, happy and worked very hard to accommodate all of the passengers and their needs and wants. Bravo! All requests were handled efficiently and pleasantly, and, this year, there was no problem getting reservations at specialty restaurants - the staff worked with us and did what they could; that is all that one can ask. Secondly, we had such a strange experience with the food: the first couple nights of the cruise (French Restaurant and then Compass Rose) the dinners were terrible - totally unexpected: food delivered cold, under-cooked fish, scallops that tasted metallic, etc. This had nothing to do with our individual tastes, something was very wrong (we were a party of 4 and all of us agreed that there was a problem.) After the excellent deck Bar B Q, while having a drink at one of the bars, we ran into Danielle (the F&B Manager) and Maria (the Restaurant Manager) and very nicely told them our problems and, WOW, did they respond and turn things around. From that point forward, every meal was superb and they made sure that we were satisfied. It was amazing to see how much they cared about the product and were so concerned that 4 passengers (all of whom had been on Regent before) would be satisfied and enjoy the cuisine. It was an impressive and excellent display of service that we very much appreciated. We were on the cruise that had the mishap in Rome - yes, the ship banged into pier and took a bit of cosmetic damage but it was not the end of the world - the captain himself stated a few hours after the event that there was no mechanical damage. I don't think that the entire issue was well handled: there was a lack of information and disclosure by senior crew, we needlessly missed a port of call because we spent a night in Rome for no good reason (all of the other cruise liners were coming and going), and the words: "sorry for the inconvenience" only go so far. Regent could have done far better. It was a shame that we missed one of the highlights of the cruise: Sorrento (or Naples) for Capri, the Amalfi Coast, Pompeii, etc,. No one would have minded if the itinerary was juggled and we missed Corfu, for example. We are loyal Silversea cruisers (looking forward to Australia in January on the Muse) but we also like the Regent. We honestly prefer the Silversea product - our opinion is that its a bit more polished and refined and the included shore excursions on Regent are not a big plus for us. That being said, at the end, most cruise choices are about a balance between product, price and itinerary and we certainly would cruise with Regent in the future. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
We were sold on this cruise when we saw the itinerary -- from France, Spain, Italy, Greece, Montenegro and more...ending in fabulous Venice. What's not to like? We'd been interested in taking a "luxury" cruise line and ... Read More
We were sold on this cruise when we saw the itinerary -- from France, Spain, Italy, Greece, Montenegro and more...ending in fabulous Venice. What's not to like? We'd been interested in taking a "luxury" cruise line and had friends who had good experience on Regent and we liked its all-inclusive feature. This turned out to be lavish convenience. Flew into Nice, France, taxied to Monte Carlo the day before departure, and enjoyed the Hop-on-Hop-off bus. Embarkation in Monte Carlo was a breeze -- no lines and the ship didn't seem crowded while we awaited our 2pm cabin availability. Our cabin was 747 -- perfectly placed mid-ship for minimal movement and easy walk to all events. The room was noticeably bigger than other company's standard cabins -- two could actually fit into the bathroom at the same time. Tub AND shower. And WALK-IN CLOSET! We did notice that our Celebrity Sky Suite has more drawers/storage but that's apples and oranges. Staff got us extra clothes hangers and did a good job keeping room spotless. Food in the main dining room, Compass Rose, was very good. Their creative menu changed nightly and they had a long list of standard items, which included lobster, filet mignon, Dover sole, and more. French restaurant Chartreuse provided one our favorite dining experiences with excellent service and amazing food. Our reservation for steakhouse Prime Seven was at 9pm (way too late for us) and checked but never got in at an earlier time. Regent allows you to reserve several months in advance but I suspect suites and longtime Regent customers had already accessed the best times. Regent's buffet restaurant, La Veranda, offers white table cloths and ample service staff will bring items to your table when you give them your table number. We thought the food there was just so-so and lacked much daily variety or creativity. The hamburgers at the poolside grill were terrific and they also had a nice buffet for lunch and casual evening dining. We always preceded dinner with cocktails in the Voyager lounge, where we always found a nice seat by the window -- enjoyed snacks, martinis and the piano player. We'd heard that the entertainment was not a strength of Regent's and we were pleasantly surprised. Their cast shows were as good or better than one's we'd seen on much larger ships...Celebrity, Disney and Cunard. The dancers were amazing and the singers had terrific voices AND could dance as well. Excursions were efficient and well-run by the on board staff. Because Regent offers a variety of included excursions, seasoned passengers know they need to book as early as possible because they often sell-out quickly. We booked early and got all the tours we wanted. Unfortunately, we found out on-board our Rome tour was cancelled due to lack of interest and others we were interested in were unavailable. Gratefully, the supervisor created room for us on a previously sold-out tour. Very nice, patient and accommodating staff. Tour guides were spotty....some were terrific while others were unenthusiastic or very hard to understand (particularly at the Vatican). A guest lecturer provided history and information on several of our ports. His presentation style wasn't particularly entertaining. Reminded me of a college professor who could have used better slides and a laser pointer. Could have been improved with actual photos of ports, how to get to the center of town, what's withing walking distance. I've seen others actually drop in iPhone photos they've taken on the previous cruise. Very helpful. FENDER-BENDER ALERT: When departing Rome's port of Civitavecchia, a major gust of wind pushed our ship into the pier, causing a big dent and scrape to Voyager's portside, aft. We were at dinner in Compass Rose and as we got underway a big THUD visibly stunned passengers. I always look at staff in these situations and you could clearly tell this was NOT something they experience often -- looking to each other like "should we go into emergency mode?" After a while, the captain came on the PA and explained what happened and he'd keep us apprised. The next morning at 7am we were still in port in Civitavecchia and there was no word from Captain, no note on the door, no message on the Regent TV channel, etc. I went to Reception and they also had no information on when we'd be leaving or where we were headed. Finally, the Captain came on and told us we'd be having a "sea day" and would skip our stop in Naples, which had already been changed from our anchor-port of Sorrento for weather reasons. We actually were happy to have a relaxing day at sea after an intense excursion in Rome but many passengers were very upset missing either the Amalfi Coast or Pompeii. For the remainder of the cruise, we tendered or disembarked from the starboard side, avoiding the visible appearance of the dent/scrape. We feel lucky this incident was relatively minor because it could have been so much worse. And everyone agreed the ship could have handled the overnight communication better. Even if they didn't have answers, they could have outlined the facts, when decisions would likely be made...and sent approved information for staff to use when answering passenger questions. Overall, we enjoyed Regent. They have an excellent product, superior staff and Voyager is still in ship-shape. The price would be our only hesitation. We can get similar experiences for less in suites on Celebrity or others. But it still wouldn't be the special experience that Regent or other luxury lines provide. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
Food, glorious food. Oceania’s claim to serve the finest cuisine at sea is not exaggerated. We have cruised with 12 other lines and the food on Riviera surpassed them all. Choice, presentation and quality was exceptional in the open ... Read More
Food, glorious food. Oceania’s claim to serve the finest cuisine at sea is not exaggerated. We have cruised with 12 other lines and the food on Riviera surpassed them all. Choice, presentation and quality was exceptional in the open seating Grand Dining Room, Terrace Buffet and four speciality restaurants for which there is no additional charge. Room service is also complimentary. In the buffet, food was served to you by friendly, cheerful staff and one of the many waiters would carry your food to the table if you wished and always poured water and brought tea and coffee. In addition to the dishes on display, which always included a carvery roast, there was also a grill area where lobster, giant prawns, swordfish, salmon, various steaks and chops were always available and cooked to order. Elegant afternoon tea featuring the Ocean String Quartet was served in Horizon’s Lounge, by waiters who offered sandwiches, cakes and scones with clotted cream and a choice of teas. Embarkation at Monte Carlo was very smooth and civilised. After passing through port security we walked straight onto the ship where there was no queue to complete boarding formalities in the theatre. A delicious buffet lunch was served and cabins were available by 2 pm. Our concierge level cabin was spacious and comfortable with plenty of storage. Bathroom was small but luxurious with separate bath and shower and Bulgari toiletries. We had access to the nearby concierge lounge where tea, coffee, orange juice and a selection of biscuits, sandwiches and cakes were always available together with full size daily newspapers and useful information. When we docked in Genoa due to being unable to tender into Portofino, the concierge printed out train and ferry times so that we were able to visit this beautiful little port for only £23. He also printed our boarding passes for the return journey. We had access to the private spa terrace with shaded sunbeds and a large jacuzzi type of pool, but did not use it. We were also were entitled to 3 bags of washed and folded laundry. As it took three days to process, it was of questionable value on a 7 night cruise. Wifi was free but very slow. We had the option to book the speciality restaurants online 6 weeks before sailing. The only times available were 9.00 or 9.30 pm. However shortly after embarkation we were able to change these bookings for 7.30 and 8.00. The main entertainment consisted of one show at 9.30. The Riviera Production cast shows were not to our taste but there was a very good comedian, flautist and piano/cello duo which we enjoyed. There was late musical entertainment in the Riviera lounge which we did not experience. Artwork around the ship was stunning. A dramatic Lalique Grand Staircase with balustrades of crystal medallions provides a striking welcome on embarkation. Large metal or marble sculptures sit on landings, amethyst encrusted lamps adorn a lounge and colourful glass installations abound. The library is a quiet haven where you are trusted to select and return books. In the evenings, dress code is described as country club casual. Most men wear long trousers and shirts but not jackets, although sadly, we did see a few in the buffet wearing flip flops, shorts and tees. All the ladies wore dressy separates or dresses and some wore gowns- so it appears that whatever is comfortable for you is acceptable. We chose the cruise primarily for the itinerary which included Monte Carlo, Antibes, Portofino, Livorno, Ajaccio, Palma and Valencia, all of which we enjoyed, except Palma where it was simply too hot for us and, very unusually, we stayed on board, enjoying the pool, deck games, tea and trivia. Tourist information and maps for the area were provided by hospitality representatives who boarded soon after docking at each port. Free shuttles were provided where needed. We were not aware of any facilities for children apart from high chairs. Ages of guests ranged from babes in arms to young adults and fellow silver sailors. We saw two people in wheelchairs for whom access throughout the ship was provided by automatically opening doors. Boutiques stocked the usual designer clothing, jewellery and cosmetics and there were the ubiquitous daily sales of watches etc. There is a spa, fitness centre and casino, none of which we used. In common with all cruise lines, excursions were extremely expensive and we did not book any. For £25 each in Livorno we took a minibus trip to Lucca and Pisa which would have cost £230 each via the ship’s excursion. Alcohol was also expensive - a small glass of wine cost £12. However, guests are allowed to take their own alcohol on board for consumption in their cabins and to take their own wine into the dining room for a £25 corkage fee. Flights are included in the cruise price but unusually, transfers from airport to ship are an expensive extra charge. From Barcelona port to the airport, a 15 minute journey, the cost was £61 each. A taxi for two would have been around £36. Each Oceania cruise includes their Olife Choice Offer which, depending on the length of the cruise includes free internet plus at least 400 dollars shipboard credit, a free house beverage package or 4 free shore excursions. Some itineraries come with the extra benefit of pre-paid gratuities worth between 16 and 23 dollars per night. Room service breakfast was available from 6 am on morning of departure prior to vacating cabin by 8 am. We enjoy good company, good food, friendly personal service and an interesting port intensive itinerary on small to medium sized ships. We prefer to make our own arrangements ashore and are not big drinkers, night owls or spa enthusiasts. Riviera ticked all the boxes we wanted and we heard no complaints from other guests. There were the usual incentives to book a future cruise onboard, including a 100 dollar shipboard credit on the current cruise. Were we tempted? You bet we were! Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
We wanted a luxury experience that was all inclusive. That's exactly what we got. Our experience started with a very smooth and quick registration process. We were shown to an incredible suite that we couldn't imagaine ... Read More
We wanted a luxury experience that was all inclusive. That's exactly what we got. Our experience started with a very smooth and quick registration process. We were shown to an incredible suite that we couldn't imagaine was ours. The butler service was terrific especially the 4:00 PM canape service. What a treat to have such efficient laundry service! Dining was pleasurable with a wide selection to choose from, Imagine someone at poolside going around and cleaning glasses and sunglasses! Shore excursion we took was well organized and interesting. Last port was underwhelming (Sete) but all others perfect. The entertainment was good on 3 nights but a bit slow on the others. I'd like to see a bit more of a selection when it comes to wine with dinner. Disembarkation was incredibly organized and we were on our way to the airport within 25 minutes. Overall a fantastic experience which we would do again as soon as we can. I would highly reccomend Silversea for anyone considering a cruise. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
To visit castl Gandolfo and Carcassonne and to experience Muse. Restaurants. I always thought I would prefer separate individual restaurants as you have on Muse. But, now that I experienced that I was totally wrong. The restaurants were ... Read More
To visit castl Gandolfo and Carcassonne and to experience Muse. Restaurants. I always thought I would prefer separate individual restaurants as you have on Muse. But, now that I experienced that I was totally wrong. The restaurants were great. The food was wonderful. But, we never got to know anyone. It was like dining in a restaurant onshore. The main reception bar area was huge. We always went to the bar on our other cruises (2 world SS cruises, plus others). On Muse we never went once. Too impersonal. The arts restaurant is a great idea. We went there a few times. We prefer dining in our suite on longer cruises. After one exhausting excursion we decided to have dinner in our suite. But, you can only have the 24 hr menu in the suite. I was shocked. We had an owners cabin aboard Oceania once and the butler brought us food from all the restaurants. I could have Italian and my husband oriental. If they can do it, SS can do it. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
I choose my cruise for the service and itinerary. We sailed from Monte Carlo, stopping at Livorno, Sorrento, Taormina, Malta, Croatia and ended in Venice. Embarking was very quick and flawless. Cabin was as expected..... clean, ... Read More
I choose my cruise for the service and itinerary. We sailed from Monte Carlo, stopping at Livorno, Sorrento, Taormina, Malta, Croatia and ended in Venice. Embarking was very quick and flawless. Cabin was as expected..... clean, spacious, with the most comfortable bed and soft bed linens. I was on Deck 5, which made getting to anywhere on the ship easy. My butler was sweet (Demba) and efficient and kind. I never waited more than 5 mins for a response. He and the room attendant (Jennifer) made me feel well cared for the entire trip. My cruise was all inclusive, and the food was beyond delicious. Varied menus was great. Desserts were below the standard in my opinion. They should have sourced locally from all the ports we were stopping into to offer more authentic local delicacies. Clean and tidy is what I saw everywhere on this ship. With that said, it was an older ship, so the wear and tear and dated aspect was present. Pool towels were very poor and beat-up looking. Pool lounges were very, very comfortable. Spa was a crashing disappointment. Steam room was cracking and old. Massage therapist I had was more interested in talking about her self and avoided one of the two areas I had expressed I wanted her to work on during my 50 min session. I don't believe she had much experience in the massage arena. Pedicure was fine, but very over priced for what I received. Blow-out was typical, but the hard sell was annoying on adding all sorts of extra treatments I did not want. I had to keep repeating that I just wanted a basic blow-out. Gym was horrible and small. Under whelmed with the spa. Entertainment was " one note". They pandered to folks over 65. Not much variety. The boutique was also "one note". Very, very expensive, mostly jewelry with diamonds, and stones. Clothes were high-end clothes we could buy at home in USA at anySaks, Niemen Marcus or Nordstroms. Boring..... No variety. No local, unique productsor clothing with a variety of prices!!!! No sundries to choose from either. None. The few tours I did go on were great. Local tour operators were excellent, buses wereclean, air conditioned and in good shape. Silversea canceled two of my tours ( due to lack of interest) night before and did not extend any other offers to join other tours. Now, my biggest piss-off, was the stop in MALTA. My tour was cancelled to the gardens, so I read up on the internet on how to get there on my own, and also plotted out shops I wanted to stop into to see the local speciality, which was gold filigree and lace making, and found a museum I wanted to go to. With that said, I set off the ship onto MALTA to enjoy my day. After walking around for three hours, and asking many locals that mostdid not speak english, I discover ALL OF MALTA CLOSES DOWN ON SUNDAY due tothe fact they are mostly Catholic. So it was a complete waste of time. I was so disappointed, Silversea did not say one thing to anyone and did not make a big announcement that most, if not all businesses, were closed on sunday. WHY ARE YOU STOPPING AT A PORT ON SUNDAY IF MOST THINGS ARE CLOSED. Jipped on that stop.:( On a high note, getting on and off the ship was sooooooo easy and pleasant. So quick,10 minutes or less. I think they are very organized in that area and there were only300 people on the ship made the process efficient. All in all, great service, food, liquor choice. I would do another one in a heartbeat. But you have to "save - up", it's not cheap and check stops for religious closures. Thanks Silversea Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
Before we sailed, we were full of expectation to sail with the Best Ship of the Year. However, we were so disappointed about everything we experienced right from the cruise terminal. When we arrived, no porters to carry out luggage and ... Read More
Before we sailed, we were full of expectation to sail with the Best Ship of the Year. However, we were so disappointed about everything we experienced right from the cruise terminal. When we arrived, no porters to carry out luggage and we asked, the staff said we had to carry our big luggage all the way to the ship for check in. We were astonished but no one at the terminal was able to help. After checked in ( inside the ship already ), we asked about our luggage since the room was not ready until 3pm, the staff did not know how to react and simply asked to check with the Reception. We were upset and she finally got up and asked someone ( the Officer I think ) and she came to us and said our luggage would be taken care of. This was a bad start. Then, we headed to the main dining room for lunch and the food was very ordinary, I asked for an orange juice and the juice was not fresh and I was surprised and asked the waiter for a fresh one and said all juices were from the machine. Later I asked another waitress whom said all juices are fresh and brought me a fresh one. How could this happen ? In 7 days sail, we found the services were mediocre and food on the whole ( except a couple of meals ) was just above average, even their flagship restaurant Nobu restaurant. There were however, a couple of meals which were good, like lobster night ! I also think they are under staff, I was standing in a queue for 20 minutes for a burger while my friend was sitting at the table for 25 minutes before being served ( after waiving to the waiters a couple of time for getting their attention ), there were so many people and so few staff at the deck. However, in Tastes, another restaurant, the service was much better though. Most of transportation ( shuttle bus and tender service to/from ports ) were not well managed and sometimes were left alone with the driver to show us the way to the town ! Entertainment not too good also. Last one good thing to add was the disembarkation which was very smooth, it took us 10 minutes to reach to the outside taxi stand ! In summary, we would not choose Crystal again, simply for worth the money ! Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
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
The embarkation and disembarkation went smoothly. I had a few hours to explore the departure city which was very good. The cabin was very clean. Dining experience was excellent in Atlantide, la dame and la terraza. Head sommelier is ... Read More
The embarkation and disembarkation went smoothly. I had a few hours to explore the departure city which was very good. The cabin was very clean. Dining experience was excellent in Atlantide, la dame and la terraza. Head sommelier is knowledgeable. All other restaurants were good. Indochine still had a lot of room to improve. Entertainment and activities were ok. services were excellent from butler to restaurants . Every one were very polite and helpful. Spa is below my expectation. They had a whole page of questions for me to fill in before the massage. Very professional health questions. But not the case while during the massage. For the excursions team, I did not feel that I was in a luxury cruise while talking with them. The attitude they talked with me and handled my problem made me feel uncomfortable and mad. That had ruined my days at the cruise. I came to relax, but not to have the excursion staffs to give me stress. No more detail that I wanted to mention about them. All other staffs were excellent. The ship is beautiful. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
My wife and I along with another couple just completed our 3rd Silversea cruise on the Muse and we all think it was the best so far! Our previous cruises have been on the Spirit which was a beautiful ship as well but the Muse was ... Read More
My wife and I along with another couple just completed our 3rd Silversea cruise on the Muse and we all think it was the best so far! Our previous cruises have been on the Spirit which was a beautiful ship as well but the Muse was definitely a step up. What made our voyage on the Muse so special was the service the crew provided. The crew acted like they were proud of the product and happy to be on the best boat in the med. From the top down the crew made the trip. For example: We showed up at La Terrazza after the mid cruise menu change and noticed one of the dishes with a delicious sauce was gone. Antonio Mendez, the restaurant manager, explained that the prep for the sauce would take some time and to let him know when we would return to La Terrazza. A few nights later when we returned Antonio had the sauce made and served the dish as an added course to our party of 6. Nice touch! The maître d's at La Terrazza, Milo and Mattel knew that we only wanted to sit outside and every night they had a table waiting for us with a breeze and a view. When we wanted to add 2 to our party of 4 outside my wife called La Terrazza and got "no problem you know we will always accommodate you". They looked after us like we were regulars at a neighborhood bistro. There were so many great people on the crew it's hard to mention them all but I have to mention the ones that made our voyage a solid 10. Mark and the staff at the bar on 5 provided great service. Mark would always walk our drinks to dinner for us. Jorge, Alex, and Inna were the servers on 9 and took care of us every night. Emiliano, Delia, and Marilyn in the casino kept us entertained and quenched. We even ran into Emiliano on land in Sicily where he greeted us with a big hello and offered some tips about his native land. Emmon at Atlantide was such a fantastic waiter we ate there a second night and requested him as a server. Yoanne at La Dame made sure we had a perfect experience. Bruno and the guys on the pool deck kept the beverages and food flowing. Daniel in the boutique was very helpful and had a perfect demeanor for the position. As you can see we formed personal relationships with this easy going and helpful crew. They knew why they were there and were happy to serve and even happier to see us enjoying ourselves. Every request we made was met with YES and that's what you want out of a luxury product! The muse is modern, spacious, and offers so many comfortable places to hang out morning, noon, and night. Some of the spots we liked were the arts café on deck 8 that has a barista making great coffee one cup at a time. During the days at sea we opted for the sunbeds on 11. The ship is so spacious there were beds and chairs available all day. At night the place to be was the panorama lounge on 9, until you are ready for the casino of course. The venue is an indoor outdoor club with a DJ inside and plenty of lounge like seating outside for conversation and fresh air. The back deck on 10 with double cabana loungers and a hot tub was the perfect place for an afternoon nap and a sail away. Our cabin, which was the same set up as the Spirit, was huge and had everything we needed including Rommel the best butler at sea. He was always there for us like a personal assistant. He would make or cancel reservations, clean your sunglasses if you left them out, or our favorite perk, bring your breakfast at a precise time and set it up on your balcony. What a wake up call! When we did our after cruise land portion we missed Rommel and our 365 square feet of living space. Most hotel rooms in Europe are considerably smaller at about 250 square feet. Dinning this year on the Muse was outrageous. The service as explained already carried right through every dinning experience. The new venues that have replaced the large open seating restaurant that is on the Spirit is a nice change. The new spaces are modern with sleek bars and not unlike what you would find in any cosmopolitan setting. There was more caviar and lobster (both Maine and Caribbean), on this ship than the previous 2 cruises we have taken. If you were torn between the lobster and the lamb no problem the servers can bring you a custom made surf and turf. If you liked a salad you had at one of the other restaurants, no problem they would have it made for you. The service at dinner was so good we almost couldn't believe it was happening. We felt like the 4 of us had a $750 dinner every night and that's how you want to feel on a luxury cruise at this price point. The ports that are visited by Silversea are unusual and mostly only accessible on a ship this size. In fact most of the ports we visited we were the only ship in port that day. The ports we visited were not over run with tourists. In fact our stop in Santa Maria De Lucca ( the heel of the boot) was the first time a cruise ship had ever stopped there. The mayor even came out for a special ceremony. Unfortunately we missed the ceremony because we took a 15 minute cab ride out to one of the most beautiful beaches we had ever seen. Powdery sand, crystal clear water, local 5 star lunch, and we were literally the only Americans there. We all felt lucky to have been there! Only Silversea can transport you to such amazing places while providing luxury service. Overall we loved our cruise and can't wait to join Silverseas again! Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
We had a great experience on this ship last year and were very excited to be back but unfortunately something has changed. The ship is as beautiful as ever and very comfortable but the level of service was not as good and the food was ... Read More
We had a great experience on this ship last year and were very excited to be back but unfortunately something has changed. The ship is as beautiful as ever and very comfortable but the level of service was not as good and the food was generally quite poor. We loved Atlantide and because the others were not very good tended to eat there all the time which became quite boring. Indochine and terrazzo were the worst. Breakfast on the deck was chaos with up to 20 minute waits for coffee. There seemed to be far less staff and so expect waits for drinks especially at panarama. There were a lot of young children who were allowed to do whatever at the pool including using the jacuzzi which the rules said was not allowed. We didn’t enjoy the entertainment but this was not a problem for us. Likewise we didn’t do any excursions as we were happy to do our own thing and they are ridiculously expensive. Our butler however was very good. This year they gave us free internet, ours worked but most people complained about it. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
This was our first cruise ever and we wanted to go “first cabin” all the way. We had a superior room on the 9th floor next to the Grand suite (so the front of the ship, up high- Very nice!) I was advised by my AMEX Platunum Travel ... Read More
This was our first cruise ever and we wanted to go “first cabin” all the way. We had a superior room on the 9th floor next to the Grand suite (so the front of the ship, up high- Very nice!) I was advised by my AMEX Platunum Travel expert that Silversea cruises were among the best. I chose a Silversea Cruise as the Muse ship was only a year old and advertised as an “Ultra” Luxury Cruise.” The cruise ship was gorgeous but the food was AWEFUL and the other guests we spoke to thought the same. The first night we ate at the grill and were served prawns that were freezer burnt. It was bad! They brought out an exchange but they were the same. Smushy and disgusting! The cruise check in went smoothly and receptionist, Maria, was outstanding as was our Butler, Catalino. We felt SPOILED! Honestly, the big issue is the preparation of the food and a lack of QUALIFIED CHEFS/COOKS are evident. At Kaiseki (this is tepanyaki style) they half cooked and pre-cooked the Lobster and fish and then over cooked it upon serving it. The WORST FOOD EVER (probably have to overcook in order to kill the bacteria that it accumulated sitting around.) Fortunately, we managed not to starve, being ultra selective of what we chose to eat. The swimming pool was too small and was SO salty and I felt disgusted because so many children swam in the pool and it seemed as though they used the pool as a toilet. You have to rinse off right in plain sight in front of everyone (clear glass shower right next to the pool.) So if you’re a little body conscious you’ll never use it. I only used the pool once and that was a disappointment! I honestly think that luxury cruises should only be for adults. Overall, the cruise experience was good as I had an amazing travel partner and we enjoye the ship and excursions immensely. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
We joined a golfing group of 8 people for this cruise. The embarkation process was quite smooth but as soon as we boarded it was evident that this ship is very tired and badly in need of refurbishment. We had a Silver Suite so that our ... Read More
We joined a golfing group of 8 people for this cruise. The embarkation process was quite smooth but as soon as we boarded it was evident that this ship is very tired and badly in need of refurbishment. We had a Silver Suite so that our accommodation was quite spacious. The butler and room attendant were both excellent, but that is where excellence stopped. The restaurant is staffed mostly by Filipinos who are very obliging but who have been saddled with the idiotic requirement to record on their tablet each passenger's room number as well as the order for the meal. If there is a slight variation, the waiter has to input this information. In the case of our table of 10, it took one hour from the time we sat down until we received our first dish. I went to complain to the maitre d', and found him sitting at a corner table with other crew members enjoying dinner rather than supervising his waiters and other staff. Service improved somewhat after discussion with the maitre d'. The quality and variety of food left much to be desired. Put simply, the food was ordinary. The Terazza self service restaurant did not have a particularly wide selection of foods and the food stations are confined to a very small area. This is clearly a design issue. Entertainment was generally poor, although the cruise director was a very lively lady who was also quite funny, performing her own show. The lectures were quite poor. The ports were all fine and the shuttle buses provided were all OK. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
The ship was the main reason as we have been on the Riviera before & the standards were excellent as usual. The itinerary also gave us a cruise visiting a couple of new ports that we haven’t visited, some good some bad, along with ... Read More
The ship was the main reason as we have been on the Riviera before & the standards were excellent as usual. The itinerary also gave us a cruise visiting a couple of new ports that we haven’t visited, some good some bad, along with ports that are always nice just to wander around. Our Travel Agent organized our flights & transfers in order to save a little on costs & we were able to embark as soon as we arrived in Monte Carlo with no delays at all. Our cabins weren’t ready until 2.00 so we went up to the Terrace Café on Deck 12 where the start of the culinary treat began & didn’t stop until we got off in Rome. The food & the Staff throughout the ship were marvelous, always wanting to assist you & always with a smile and a chat. The cabin, 9055 was excellent however my only minor complaint would be that in the corridor at this location is the secure door which has a metal threshold which means every time room service goes over the threshold you get a noise from the trolley & its contents. Apart from that the room was impeccable. The bed was very comfortable & the bathroom beautiful with all the marble & even a bath which my wife loves. It is s huge bonus having the specialty restaurants included in the cruise costs however with the food being excellent throughout the ship it makes choosing where to eat very difficult. The shows that we saw were very good especially the guest violinist & guest singer. We didn’t see Oli Nez, who we had seen on our last cruise & was very good, due to eating times in the Specialist Restaurants. The Crew finale show is very good; however this hasn’t changed from our last cruise about a year ago. We had two excursions included in our cruise package & these were good however the price of the excursions on board are expensive & we would choose to do our own trips rather than book on the ship. After the last show the ship always does the parade of staff that have been working on the ship during the cruise & this always brings a tear to the eyes & huge applause from the audience in their appreciation of the wonderful staff. The final morning also provided us with a full buffet breakfast to feast on with disembarkation by 9.00 all handled in their usual professional manner. Another unforgettable cruise on The Riviera. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
This cruiseline was recommended by friends and from the very beginning we were struck by the attention to detail on the part of our AMERICAN Airline agent, Brian Mitchell. While on the pricey side, it was good not to have to worry about ... Read More
This cruiseline was recommended by friends and from the very beginning we were struck by the attention to detail on the part of our AMERICAN Airline agent, Brian Mitchell. While on the pricey side, it was good not to have to worry about extra charges for drinks, tours and tips. The ship is beautifully decorated and has original art throughout. Dining was enjoyable and permitted lingering over deserts and cappuccino. We enjoyed the Prime 7 specialty restaurant the most where service was impeccable and our servings were exquisite. Breakfast and lunches were most often taken in La Veranda where there were multiple buffet choices. If we wanted somethhing we did not see, the staff went out of their way to accommodate. By the end of our week cruise, some staff recognized us and remembered our seating and drink preferences - especially in the Observation Lounge. Entertainment was fun and targeted to Boomers, who seemed to comprise most of the passengers. Tours were scheduled daily and usually involved time on a boat or bus, with informed guides describing history, culture and architecture of where we were. We decided to cancel several tours and go it on our own by hopping on a bus or tender that dropped us off at what would be our pick up point as well. That allowed us to find our own pace and to spend a bit more time on board relaxing. Next time we would not sign up for daily tours. Yes, we would go again. This was a special experience. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
From the cabins to the restaurants this ship and the overall experience lived up to our expectations, going to be difficult to cruise with anyone else. The service was terrific just attentive enough without being too much. We booked the ... Read More
From the cabins to the restaurants this ship and the overall experience lived up to our expectations, going to be difficult to cruise with anyone else. The service was terrific just attentive enough without being too much. We booked the entry level veranda cabin which size wise was similar to a balcony cabin on HAL or Celebrity but the fit and finish of the room ( especially the comfort of the bed) was far beyond other ships we have sailed with. No problem getting reservations in specialty restaurants and all lived up to the reviews, at least one of these restaurants also open at lunch each day which was very nice too Lots of entertainment on board and especially loved the lounges We pre- booked the included shore excursions online but also had no trouble making a change once on board Cant go wrong if you book with Regent we will go with them again if we can find the right trip Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
Seabourn consistently delivers a luxury experience. The thing that sets Seabourn apart among so many cruise line options is that you never feeling like one in a crowd. Every staff member aboard treats you as though you are the most ... Read More
Seabourn consistently delivers a luxury experience. The thing that sets Seabourn apart among so many cruise line options is that you never feeling like one in a crowd. Every staff member aboard treats you as though you are the most important person on the ship and they deliver on nearly anything you might request either formally or in some cases a casual mention of something you enjoy will be noted and delivered as a surprise. The staff are the secret to Seabourn's success. We have been on numerous Cruises on a wide variety of lines. Seabourn is our go to, first choice because "Luxury once enjoyed becomes a necessity". Our favorite suites are Spa Suites. We're not Spa afficianados but the suites themselves are the best aboard. They are positioned above the Spa on the highest level of the ship on the stern. Your extra large balcony has a wrap around view of the wake of the ship and it's magnificent. There are no crowds, the ships total number of passengers result in the feeling of space throughout the ship. the only time we feel crowded is during the lifeboat drill, which unlike most cruise lines, is held in the dining room so everyone can sit while being instructed on safety procedures. they had a new chef aboard and his food was excellent. We were in France for a week prior to boarding and I've never had a bad meal in France (someday I'll get some bad food there, but it would be a national crime in france to ruin a meal). So after a week of culinary excellence and incredible meals... we were still impressed ...immediately at our first meal aboard the quest - lunch while awaiting our suite to be ready for occupancy. It was delicious, served buffet style in the Colonnade restaurant but everything was flavorful, savory and cooked perfectly. When you depart this ship, you feel like you're leaving family and the lap of luxury. It's not a good feeling to leave after your vacation is over. they had one last surprise for everyone as they disembarked. we are accustomed to arriving off of the ship into a luggage retrieval area where all of your bags are scattered around within some sort of color coded area. Seabourn has made baggage retrieval so simple by putting a sign with your name on the bags that are awaiting you when you disembark. It's a small detail but one that left us feeling pampered for a few minutes more as we left the ship (see the photos attached) Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
We chose this cruise as we wanted to sample the most luxurious ship and like Regent and it went to some unusual attractive ports of call but started in Monaco and ended in Barcelona allowing for stays either end in places we love. We ... Read More
We chose this cruise as we wanted to sample the most luxurious ship and like Regent and it went to some unusual attractive ports of call but started in Monaco and ended in Barcelona allowing for stays either end in places we love. We stayed two nights in Nice prior and one night in Barcelona post cruise. Arrangements for boarding went smoothly at 12.30 and cases were in our room with us by 3pm. We took a concierge cabin as it has more room and it was a special occasion. The ship is spectacular with lots of chandeliers, luxurious carpets, artwork mostly modern though we never noticed the Picasso or Chagall supposed to be there. The cabin was great and had all you might ever want, massive bed, a large walk in wardrobe with safe, and a bathroom with separate bath (with shower head) and shower cubicle. Free LOccitane soap, shower gel shampoo and cream. The TV had a good number of English language channels and you got one free WiFi access for the cabin. The WiFi was awful initially, always slow, crashing or logging you out and a pain when two people wanted to use it at the same time. After advising about this the ship used a different satellite and the crashing stopped and speed improved. There are plenty of places to dine and all offer a good range of choices, though we found breakfast could be improved by offering blueberries raspberries and more sausages (only one or two offered) and more choice of bacon, streaky bacon isn’t a great offer. On the positive side you can have champagne and caviar instead. The dining areas include several outside, with the pool area offering faster food and buffet lunch in La Veranda with champagne and other drinks. In the evening We enjoyed Pacific Rim Asian food one evening and mostly Compass Rose. We prefer the layout on other ships as here there are many partitions closing of four or five tables. In the past we could talk to adjacent tables but not here. The shows we attended were not to our taste with a concert pianist two nights and songs and dance for the others. There is a good range of activities with golf, putting, tennis, shuffle board and bowls on the top deck and a walking track above the outdoor pool. We didn’t see the infinity pool. Service was courteous and friendly, though the captain and officers had a lower profile than on our other Regent Cruises, and a few officers were not so friendly, but the vast majority of staff were. There are only two shops aboard and the obligatory casino. The luxurious theatre has a few seats behind pillars? We visited Livorno, Ajaccio, Cagliari, Mahon, Cartagena, Valencia and found an excellent choice of free excursions on offer, the weather was good and warm with some sun and good sail outs from several. We visited Pisa from Livorno and Cutadella from Mahon doing a tour of Ajaccio and visited Ancient Nora from Cagliari. We did our own thing taking the transfer bus in the other two. A couple of guides were hard to understand, but others were highly knowledgable. The venues were all good though it was a holiday on Mahon so much was closed. The captain had a habit of leaving earlier than scheduled once all were aboard so we missed the Monaco sail out. Our cabin was at the rear and we had a couple of rough nights. Friends below us on deck 7 had to move cabins due to a loud banging noise keeping them awake We would go again, if the price was right, but we preferred our cruise on Voyager. There is nowhere to buy things like razor blades, medicines, bandages, that may be needed, so we had to get them ashore. I do wonder about the lifeboat situation with only four each side, if the ship were to list only one side might launch and with 1300 passengers and crew it could be a big squeeze Read Less
Sail Date October 2017

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