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13 Nice to Europe - Eastern Mediterranean Cruise Reviews

It was to be a luxury cruise with family members. Despite completing all pre boarding requirements it took over an hour. We were asked to show our passports four times. Poor organization! Food choices an d preparation outstanding. ... Read More
It was to be a luxury cruise with family members. Despite completing all pre boarding requirements it took over an hour. We were asked to show our passports four times. Poor organization! Food choices an d preparation outstanding. service tried hard but often inexperienced. Excursions few and poor. Nightly entertainment the worse I’ve seen. Disliked open seating. Never the same waiter or preferred table. best night was white night. if you don’t exercise,suntan, read,swim or drink on board nothing to do. Basic drink package with only three lousy beer choices and no liquor. Essentially second package should have been the first. Ports of call boring other than Marseille and Corsica.The ship is old and has many noises. We were moved to a balcony from an inside window due to banging noise of metal against metal. The stops at the ports were lengthy which gave more time to visit shop or eat. Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
Spent three nights in Nice pre-cruise then experienced the smoothest embarkation ever. Out of the taxi, luggage whisked away, straight onto the ship where check in was in the Cabaret Lounge. Got our key cards, grabbed a glass of bubbly ... Read More
Spent three nights in Nice pre-cruise then experienced the smoothest embarkation ever. Out of the taxi, luggage whisked away, straight onto the ship where check in was in the Cabaret Lounge. Got our key cards, grabbed a glass of bubbly and went to sit in the Mosaic Café. Decided to have lunch in the Windows Café and it was lovely. Really liked that you were served in the buffet rather than helped yourself, to ensure there were no illnesses like noro transferred within the first 24 hours - nice touch. Guest services were excellent helping me with wifi connectivity and upgrading to premium drinks package. Nothing was too much trouble - lovely staff! Sat in the The Living Room for a quiet half an hour waiting for our staterooms to become available. Such a lovely relaxed space - wonderful! Stateroom was lovely with everything needed. Nice touch that soft drinks and still water were available to drink free of charge out of the refrigerator. The bathroom is compact but served its purpose and, yes the shower is small but I am 6ft as is my husband and we both coped admirably. Out attendants Dina and Mark were lovely and were there if we needed them. Breakfast served in the room on time every morning and everything we requested was delivered. Service in Discoveries during the first two nights was very slow - painfully slow on the first night, but did improve slightly. The waiters however were lovely and very pleasant. Food in the restaurant was excellent. Great wine selection. We did not try any of the speciality restaurants. Some of the service from the bar staff was hit and miss and we got the impression that they weren't very happy, one in particular was quite surly when we asked for another drink. Maybe it was an off night. We felt that the entertainment wasn't great. The pianist in the Den was actually quite rude to one of the guests when she asked for multiple requests which we found shocking and to be fair, we would have asked him to stop singing he was that bad, so he should have been flattered for any requests! The group in The Living Room was great and the lady singer especially had a fab voice, however the DJ that followed should come with a government health warning as the music he played was chronic and didn't seem to cater for a younger age group (and we're over 50!!). Ports of call were great, it was just a shame that the weather wasn't in our favour. Dis-embarkation was painless, quick and we were off the ship in 5 minutes flat. Superb planning! This would be our second cruise with Azamara, the first on the Quest which was amazing and numerous cruises with Celebrity and other cruise lines, however we felt that the pricing was way off on this particular cruise. We booked 18 months in advance, however about 8 weeks prior to the cruise the same category stateroom was available for half the price. We were, however, upgraded which somewhat made up for this, but still leaves a sour taste in the mouth as this upgrade was requested rather than offered. Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
We boarded our BA flight at 9.30 and took off just after 10.00 am. We arrived in Nice at 2.30-ish and boarded the coach for the transfer to the ship. Once we arrived at the port we found that the usually well-organised embarkation was ... Read More
We boarded our BA flight at 9.30 and took off just after 10.00 am. We arrived in Nice at 2.30-ish and boarded the coach for the transfer to the ship. Once we arrived at the port we found that the usually well-organised embarkation was certainly lacking. First we were told to wait in a queue where passengers were collecting their luggage tags for the ship, which we didn't need to do as ours were already attached to our cases. Eventually we were directed to the gangway and queued again whilst staff and pax disembarked, probably some 10 minutes, still in the hot sun. At this point, someone was trying to take my hand luggage out of my hand whilst speaking to another person, thereby not listening to me saying that I would be taking my hand luggage on board myself. Eventually she looked at me when I wouldn't release my trolley and finally connected long enough to hear what I was saying. Eventually we boarded and were due to be given our cabins. We already had our cabin number as we had selected it when we booked, almost 12 months prior. To our horror, we were met with the information that someone was already booked into our cabin. At this point, I had a sense of humour failure moment, but the steward did some running around and eventually found that someone had put the photos of some other passengers into our cabin in error. Despite this horror start to the cruise I have not reduced our five star rating, because it did not reflect necessarily what others' experience had been or is likely to be on other occasions and it was eventually sorted out completely. Eventually we were ushered into the checking in area and given our cruise cards and we made our way to the cabin and offloaded our hand luggage. Although our cases had not arrived we decided to make our way to the Pool Bar where we had a delicious lunch. After returning to the cabin feeling much more relaxed, we unpacked the cases and found they stored very easily under the bed, with plenty of room. Drawer and wardrobe space was very good and we loved the balcony with its lovely big table, ideal for breakfasting in the morning We requested a table for two at each sitting for dinner and found the arrangement of the tables really good, in that you had your own table for two, but the adjoining tables for two were close enough if you wished to converse with your neighbours not not too close if you wished to engage in a private conversation instead. Our favourite evening venue, where we sat most evenings, was in the Living Room, where we had a great view over the bow of the ship and nightly entertainment. This space echoed the same area on the Azamara Journey, in that it came alive just after 10.30 when the DJ opened up the decks and the dance floor filled up. There were dedicated themed nights, eg Abba and Beatles but whichever genre was on, it was always very popular and alive. Our first port of call was Livorno where we went ashore mainly to buy postcards for our granddaughters and to buy coffee to sit and people-watch. It turned out to be quite challenging as there was no evidence of an ATM for ages. We did finally find one, but it appears that the is only one in the town - and it was not very obvious at all. At Civitavecchia we had booked an excursion with Cruising Excurstions, who we had used for our trip to the Baltics on Celebrity Eclipse couple of years previously. As we have been to Rome on a number of occasions, we decided to go to Tuscania and Lake Bolseno in Maarta. Tuscania is older than the Roman times and was absolutely charming. We bought cappuccino in a taverno for one euro, which was delicious. The scenery across the countryside was stunning and we spent a very enjoyable 45 minutes here before we got back onto the minibus for our journey to the Lake. This is the largest volcanic lake in Europe and was so tranquil and peaceful that it was a real pleasure to walk alongside the waters' edge. We returned to the area to rejoin the minibus and waited only minutes after the time agreed before it arrived and set off back to the ship. At 47 euros each, we felt that this was a value for money excursion, although there was not a running commentary whilst we were on the bus, but a short introduction to the areas we visited. Our Azamazing Evening in Sorrento started with a trip ashore on the Tender boats, followed by a short but exhilarating shuttle bus ride to the Agrumeto Gardens where a replica Festival of Piedigrotta was created. There was lots of singing and actors and musicians bringing old Naples to life as they impersonated merchants, magicians, street vendors and horse and carriage rides. There was an acrobatic pizza maker and street food and sparkling wine and beer, all leading to a wonderful experience in the beautiful, warm evening ambience. The transport back to the ship was available after about 3-4 hours, as people were ready to leave and I have to say the evening certainly lived up to our expectations. Our visit to Siracuse had to be abandoned, as the dock was having work carried out, but it was replaced by a visit to Catania, Sicily. However, we enjoyed the short wander we had around the place, except for an incident when one of the local beggars, maurauding as a mother and baby, tried to pick my husband's pocket. Fortunately I was directly next to him, but I had to physically push myself between this woman and him to persuade her to back off. Obviously her 'baby' was no more than blankets wrapped up with a shawl conveniently draped to cover the free arm that was supposed to be holding a baby!! Nothing was taken, but as he only had his Boarding Card in his back pocket she would have been disappointed had she been successfully in gaining access anyway - but a lesson certainly about how careful you have to be with your valuables. Our one day at sea was great, I love sea days and it was a usefully relaxing day before our visit to Chania, in Crete. Much bigger than I had thought it would be, this was a vibrant town, full of people enjoying the beautiful weather and cafes and shops. We had already decided to stay on board when we visited Santorini. My hubby had already been ashore on our previous visit but when we realised that there would be in the region of 6800 pax as well as crew in port during the afternoon, we didn't fancy tying to get back down to the tender boats and back to the ship with that amount of competition. So we thoroughly enjoyed having the Quest more or less to ourselves, to chill out and relax. To conclude this review, we ought to mention that we did buy an unlimited internet package, for one, which we could both use as long as one of us was connected at any time. We had a reduction of $70 dollars, courtesy of our loyalty tier, and for us it is worth the money. It was slow, but accessible for most of the time and I did need to visit Guest Relations on the second day when we were unable to access our logon. However the issue was resolved by the IT guys who came to the Desk to assist. Overall the cruise was excellent, the service was impeccable, the food was varied and tasty, the puddings exquisite at times. The entertainment was great and, once again, Azamara lived up to and passed expectations. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
We chose this as our first ocean cruise because it took us to many places we had not seen before including Croatia. 35 days seemed a long time on boarding but it was so good the time flew. We enjoyed every port, every meal, and every ... Read More
We chose this as our first ocean cruise because it took us to many places we had not seen before including Croatia. 35 days seemed a long time on boarding but it was so good the time flew. We enjoyed every port, every meal, and every moment. The ship is small enough that we never had to line up for anything including meals and disembarking. The crew including the captain are great and they ensure that the ship in kept clean and in good order. We had a suite on the 8th level with a balcony which provided us with plenty of space and was kept immaculate by the cabin staff The port's were all amazing and it was hard to pick a favorite. The entertainment was first class and the cruise director Eric was on top of his game. Thank you and if another suitable itinerary comes up we will be sure to return. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
This was actually a charter so different from anything on the Azamara offerings. 30 ports throughout both the Western and Eastern Mediterranean. 1. Ship cannot be faulted in any way. Recently undergoing a refurb, the public rooms were ... Read More
This was actually a charter so different from anything on the Azamara offerings. 30 ports throughout both the Western and Eastern Mediterranean. 1. Ship cannot be faulted in any way. Recently undergoing a refurb, the public rooms were redone in beautiful subtle and rich tones and textures. Lots of different places to "hang out". 2. Food was plentiful and very varied. There are 2 restaurants where there is a surcharge; however, 3 other places to dine. We actually discovered the Pool Grill which featured beautifully grilled steaks, salads, etc. While covered, it offered wonderful views. 3. In retrospect, I wouldn't do such a "full-on" cruise again (only 2 days at sea); however, everything is so close in the Mediterranean that this is not unusual. Azamara features overnight visits to some ports which is a HUGE bonus. 4. The Captain was amazing .... constant updates, changing of course to avoid storms, and a continuing presence talking with passengers around the ship. Kudos to him! 5. Staff on all levels were extremely professional, friendly, and could not do enough. 6. With only a passenger capacity of about 600, this ship maneuvers where others can't go and you are on and off the ship quickly. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
This was our fourth cruise via Star Clippers and a disappointment. Our accommodations were fine and the overall service was great, especially in the dining room. The Hotel Manager (Arnold Deutchl) was exceptionally helpful and competent. ... Read More
This was our fourth cruise via Star Clippers and a disappointment. Our accommodations were fine and the overall service was great, especially in the dining room. The Hotel Manager (Arnold Deutchl) was exceptionally helpful and competent. Unfortunately the Cruise Director (Monica) was only interested in promoting excursions and next year's cruises. She was unwilling or incapable of providing information about the ports of call along the way. As a result, available shore activities had to be scouted out after docking, limiting enjoyment of the ports. Expensive access to low speed internet service made it difficult to research destinations in advance. (The cost and availability of internet access on board is a disgrace in this connected age). The ship Captain was ill most of the time and remained aloof. The Sports Team did very little except conduct morning yoga exercises and mast climbing events. The crew in general was not as friendly and happy as we have experienced in the past. We will avoid this cruise line in the future since the quality of the service has apparently deteriorated. Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
Having great expectations of the Azamara Quest we thought they fell short of their rating. The good thing about a small ship was the ease of moving around and never having that 'crowded' feeling that can happen on a larger ... Read More
Having great expectations of the Azamara Quest we thought they fell short of their rating. The good thing about a small ship was the ease of moving around and never having that 'crowded' feeling that can happen on a larger ship. The library/drawing room is fabulous as is the Looking Glass lounge. All staff are very pleasant and helpful. The Mosaic cafe provided excellent hot chocolate and snacks between meals. The coffee drinkers in our group appreciated the coffee too.. Although the staff are courteous and attentive our meals in the main dining room were long and there were quite a few mistaken meals delivered. The dining room Maitre D was quick to fix things but the result was long dining times & missing the evening show. We then dined in the Windows cafe which was well set out with linen cloths for dinner. The staterooms decor look tired and worn and not luxurious at all and very small. The ship is due for a refit soon apparently. The extras in Windows of Smoothies & Energy boost drinks at breakfast were delicious. Again staff were most attentive and helpful. Perhaps we just expected too much from an older ship. Dermot it, the fitness instructor was great with is classes which were free and or diet and fitness advice for a small fee. Read Less
Sail Date May 2012
We are 4th time SD cruisers-and were so excited to experience our 2nd time in the Med on a SD cruise. We were very disappointed with all the areas that SD makes the difference. Firstly-the Activities Director-Daniel-was less than attentive ... Read More
We are 4th time SD cruisers-and were so excited to experience our 2nd time in the Med on a SD cruise. We were very disappointed with all the areas that SD makes the difference. Firstly-the Activities Director-Daniel-was less than attentive at follow up and never once did I see him personally on an excursion- (that were all too long and way over priced as compared to the past experiences). He barely asked how it was when we returned-and on occasion would send his "assistant" who was lovely but very young and not trained to be a substitute. When there was not enough interest in some excursions (which was often)-we asked about getting to the destination independently and the Concierge was clueless as to how to help us-again-new and untrained-which is fine but no back up-and the Activities Director-never made alternative suggestions- We found this very frustrating-not knowing the area and what was around-we got tired of seeking him out to ask the same questions...Also-when we did port-the tenders let us off far from the intended destination-this was never communicated to us prior to disembarking-at times the walk was a distance and the weather was inclimate a few times which made our decision making tricky-not knowing the distances ahead of time...communication was lacking in this the entire cruise. Also-we had an excursion that started over 1 hour late which put us back onboard almost post dinner-upon we missed the "Repeaters" Cocktail Reception -which normally would have been nice to attend-but there was not even an "so sorry that the excursion started late and you did not get to take part in it-instead-I got a remark-Oh-no big deal-it was nothing-commented Daniel"-maybe it wasn't to him... Lastly-during our week aboard ther was a photo shoot taking place-for a popular Lifestyle Magazine in Oslo-so we were fortunate enough to have an "A" list of so called celerebities aboard. I must say since our cabin was on the same floor-it was a bit disruptive at times especially when the crew stayed up rather late the first night and kept the entire floor up as well- SD is too small of a ship to have a situation like this taking place for an entire week amongst "paying customers". This was a very special celebratory trip for my husband and I-we made the best of it in spite of a "few" unmet expectations by the SD1 crew. I will say the service in the dining room and elsewhere was very good-the food was also very good. I must admit the SD star is a bit tarnished for us after this cruise. Read Less
Sail Date May 2012
My husband and I have sailed many times before on Princess, Carnival, Norwegian, as well as Crystal and Oceana; so while we had some idea of what to expect on a cruise, sailing on a small yacht was a whole new experience for us and we ... Read More
My husband and I have sailed many times before on Princess, Carnival, Norwegian, as well as Crystal and Oceana; so while we had some idea of what to expect on a cruise, sailing on a small yacht was a whole new experience for us and we loved it!! We arrived a few days ahead of disembarkation, giving us time to enjoy Nice, and its environs such as Cannes. We stayed at Best Western Hotel Roosevelt, where we found the staff to be friendly and helpful. The hotel's location was great: close to Rue Massena, old Nice and the train station. From the hotel, we took a taxi to the port where we found the boarding to be very easy. Even though we had five ports and one sea day, we still found this cruise to be relaxing. Breakfast was served in The Veranda on the upper deck, with windows all around or for those who wanted to enjoy the fresh air, there were tables just outside of the restaurant. They offered a good selection of breakfast options, my favourite being the muesli which was not overly sweet as it can be. We often made sure we were on board for lunch, again, served in The Veranda. Lunch options included many different salads which were very imaginative in the combinations of fruits, veggies, nuts and meats. There were also soups and hot entrees. I found the salads were more than enough for me. (My mouth just waters when I think of those fabulous salads!). Dinner in the Restaurant on deck three was just as special as the other meals of the day. Again great imagination was evident with the appetizers and entrees and again all were delicious. Accompanying this wonderful food was the attentive wait staff. One day, I took a tour of the galley which was fascinating, it's amazing that so much scrumptious food can come out of such a small space! Another day, I attended a cooking demonstration, pestos and oil infusions. Tours of the engine room and the bridge were also available; but we did not take advantage of them. As well there was a trip to a local market with the chef offered at one of our ports; but due to inclement weather, it had to be cancelled. My husband and I enjoyed the ports of call especially since we had never visited three of them: two in Corsica and one in Elba. The other two ports, Monaco and Villefranche we had visited before on our own previously. Unfortunately, the day we were in Villefranche it rained the entire day. We stayed on board but some of our fellow passengers ventured out, returning wet to the bone. While the cabins are spacious and comfortable they are a little tired; but no worries, Windstar is planning on remodeling its fleet over the next several months. The bathrooms were nicely laid out with the scent of L'Occitane products permeating the space. My only concern was the lack of novels in the library. I realize that many people have electronic gadgets for accessing books but I still appreciate having a selection of books on board to choose from and read. Disembarkation in Rome was very easy. We pre-arranged for a driver to pick us up to take us and another couple who we had just met on board to the airport. We enjoyed our cruise so much that we took advantage of their future cruise program which is a great deal. Read Less
Sail Date October 2011
We took a 4-day Nice to Rome, stayed on the ship, and returned to Nice on the July 2 7-day cruise. This gave us 11 days of beautiful ports. We loved visiting Elba and Corsica twice and still would like to return to each. We both agree that ... Read More
We took a 4-day Nice to Rome, stayed on the ship, and returned to Nice on the July 2 7-day cruise. This gave us 11 days of beautiful ports. We loved visiting Elba and Corsica twice and still would like to return to each. We both agree that Portofino is one of the most beautiful ports we have ever been to. Oh, to return there as well. From Monaco, we took buses to the Ephrussi-Rothschild mansion and gardens in St. Jean Cap Ferrat--absolutely stunning. The ship staff was wonderful, from waiters in all dining areas, to our stewards. We changed rooms after the 4-day short cruise, going from a Continent Suite to a smaller verandah room on deck 6. I find the smaller rooms to be fine as long as I have a verandah. We did not miss the larger space on deck 8. I particularly appreciated the full description of excursions by the staff there which encouraged us to try quite a few. We were not disappointed. The days were busy and in the evening, we usually headed back on shore to have a drink or dinner in the ports, so we didn't explore the evening entertainment. We did attend several lectures by historian Don Schwartz, who was excellent. The only negative was our using Choice Air. They gave us erroneous information and booked very poor seats. Even with the promotion of $1000 off the cruise, we would do our own air next time. Read Less
Sail Date July 2011
We have enjoyed great cruises in the past on both the Azamara Quest and earlier this year to the Caribbean on the Azamara Journey so we were delighted to see a new 4 day cruise advertised which would enable us to enjoy another cruise ... Read More
We have enjoyed great cruises in the past on both the Azamara Quest and earlier this year to the Caribbean on the Azamara Journey so we were delighted to see a new 4 day cruise advertised which would enable us to enjoy another cruise without having to take too much more leave from work. This was originally scheduled as a 7 day cruise which changed to 4 nights when the first 3 days of the week were chartered for a wedding party. We embarked at Nice and were slightly later boarding than usual as there was so much activity with equipment being taken from the ship. We had a continental suite on deck 8 which was very comfortable and conveniently located. We sailed at 5 pm and were at our first port of call (Monte Carlo) at 7.30 pm where we stayed overnight. During the four days we also visited Bastia and Elba before disembarking at Civitavecchia. As before, everything was outstanding. The service, the food, the helpful and willing crew and staff. We ate in all four restaurants, our favourite being the seafood in Aqualina but we also had excellent meals and service in Prime C, Discoveries and Windows. We also love the Mosaic cafe with its excellent coffee and tasty snacks. One of our other favourite spots on the ship is the outside deck on Windows which is great sitting in the sunshine at breakfast time or sitting under the stars with a drink after dinner listening to the guitarist. We found in Europe that this was a very popular spot and sometimes quite hard to get a table, whereas in the Caribbean we were often one of the few tables in the evenings. Bearing in mind it was such a short cruise, Azamara did their best to fit in as much as possible! There was a really excellent Jazz brunch in Discoveries one day complete with live band, ice carvings and great displays of everything you could want to eat for breakfast or lunch! There was also a White Night party on deck one evening with a fantastic barbecue, stir fry, seafood etc together with band and dancing. A couple of evenings there were cocktail parties for Le Club Voyage members, meet the Captain, cheese and wine to learn about future cruises - it was very hard to fit everything in in just 4 days! The cruise didn't really involve much sailing with no sea days but we had sunny skies and calm seas throughout. We met lots of people on board who had never cruised before but saw this 4 day cruise as an ideal way to see whether they liked to cruise and all we spoke to said they loved it and would be looking to cruise Azamara again. In summary, a great cruise and when we filled in our questionnaire on the last day we could think of nothing to say that needed improvement. More short cruises please Azamara to fit in with time off from work! Read Less
Sail Date June 2011
Husband and I along with 2 friends (who actually chose and made the booking) have just returned from 10 nights on Silver Cloud. The cruise was not chosen by us but being aware of the reputation of Silverseas we went ahead with the booking. ... Read More
Husband and I along with 2 friends (who actually chose and made the booking) have just returned from 10 nights on Silver Cloud. The cruise was not chosen by us but being aware of the reputation of Silverseas we went ahead with the booking. After reading poor reviews from several sources we were expecting to be slightly disappointed. However, to summarise briefly, the cabin (suite in cruise ship terms) was larger than the similar one we had on QM2, very clean and, I believe, had certainly been refurbished i.e. sofa, 2 armchairs, tv etc. all very new. Housekeeping was excellent, butler service very welcome. Dining room manager was extremely helpful in finding us a table that suited 2 of our party who have quite severe hearing problems. We all found the food of good quality and always received additional vegetables etc. when asked for. Probably the highlight of the dining room was the "open kitchen" evening when a buffet was available from the actual kitchen. This was most welcome and was obviously enjoyed by many. We have never cruised on a small ship before but, apart from the size of the swimming pool, had no issues at all. The library was good, very few announcements compared to larger ships, excellent life boat drill (compared to QM2). Would we return to Silver Cloud? Probably not because we would like to try Silver Spirit. In today's financially competitive world very good value. Read Less
Sail Date September 2010
We boarded the brand new mega yacht Le Boreal in May for her Monaco Grand Prix cruise, with high expectations for an ultra luxury cruise experience. I will initially explain that I have now cruised with quite a few of the luxury lines ... Read More
We boarded the brand new mega yacht Le Boreal in May for her Monaco Grand Prix cruise, with high expectations for an ultra luxury cruise experience. I will initially explain that I have now cruised with quite a few of the luxury lines including Seabourn, Silversea and Regent. I have therefore come to expect a distinct level of service provided by these superior lines. Upon booking for Le Boreal it was explained to me that Compagnie du Ponant were putting this yacht in service to try to compete with the high end lines, the prices for the cruise were also very high over £4000 each for a week's cruise with only wine and tea coffee with meals included, for a small suite. We quickly embarked the ship and were promptly recieved and shown our suite, there was no welcome drink or pleasantries, just straight to our suite. The suite one down from the owners suite was compact, dread to think of the size of the other rooms! The balcony was solid and the room was quite dark because of this. This was not explained to us at the time of booking so visibility from the balcony was quite a problem, which we thought was very poor for a room of this magnitude. We complained to the hotel manager, but he showed little interest, and was more keen on taking every phone call he had whilst talking to us, extremely rude to say the least! We had a TV that did not work for 4 days of a 8 day cruise, but champagne was sent to the room as an apology. The public areas of the ship were very modern and sophisticated and the vessel with the right management could proove a successful enterprise. The restaurant was lovely, but we were told that we could not reserve tables and every time we went to a table it had a reserved sticker on it??? It seemed WE could not, but others could, and this pattern unfortunately continued for the whole of the cruise. I am used to hearing YES on a cruise, with our party on this cruise it became NO all of the time! The restaurant opened at not a set time, and the same wines were served EVERY DAY AND NIGHT for a week, to make you buy additional wines of course!! A cheap ploy for such an expensive cruise. The food ranged form the sublime to the plain awful and there seemed no in between. At lunch there was just a buffet available no grill menu, we saw a man special order a burger,so I called over the maitre'd to ask if I could pre order for the next day 2 burgers for our friends, the reply ......... The chef won't be very happy....my reply with a face of thunder,and I wont be very happy if you dont sort it out!! Unfortunately, this behaviour was typical of the whole experience one rule for one and one for the others. It really depended on which nationality you were as to the level of service you recieved, and I was shocked this kind of thing was happening. The rooms were small and although imaculate, they were brand new, they were furnished well and featured L'occitane amenities, these however were never replenished, which was just terrible, service like this you wouldnt receive in a cheap hotel. There was little to do and next to no entertainment in the day,apart from a singer or two, not even a game of bridge, trivia, cooking demonsration or wine tasting, nothing and with 3 days at sea it became pretty boring. I will summarise by saying that if the company do not adjust their business model I think it will quickly run out of staem, if clientele are paying premium money they expect good service,food,QUALITY wine, and ambience. LeBoreal is seriously lacking al of the above,which is a real shame as the vessel is stunning. Some fellow cruisers enjoyed themselves, but when I asked them if they had cruised before, I kinda knew the answer would be NO. If they had, they would have been seriously unhappy with this shower!!! Read Less
Sail Date May 2010

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