7 Nice Romantic Cruise Reviews

I Originally looked at the destination, followed by the ships proposed luxury level followed by the amenities primarily the possibilities for the restaurants. it was my wifes 55th birthday during the cruise and was planning to have ... Read More
I Originally looked at the destination, followed by the ships proposed luxury level followed by the amenities primarily the possibilities for the restaurants. it was my wifes 55th birthday during the cruise and was planning to have somthing special with a special dinner among other things. WRT to the destination and ports my evaluation is 8.5/10 WRT to the luxury level ins suite my evaluation is a 9/10 WRT to overall luxury level of the ship 8/10 WRT to the entertainement, an specially the evening show at the auditorium my evaluation is 10/10 WRT to access to the restaurants my evaluation is a 5/10 as I had been trying to make a reservation ( including a special note to my profile) since the day I confirmed my reseravtion ( clos to 2.5 months before the cruise date) I was not able to do so ( La dame restaurant). other nights I was on a wait list and this is only when I was on the ship. so generally for that portion I would not recommend Silverseas for other amenities 50/50 Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
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
Arranged our own flights to Nice. Spent a night in Nice before joining the tour. Lovely city worth the visit. The Bordeaux cruises were booked for that time of year so chose the Rhone as the option. The cruise was great staff ... Read More
Arranged our own flights to Nice. Spent a night in Nice before joining the tour. Lovely city worth the visit. The Bordeaux cruises were booked for that time of year so chose the Rhone as the option. The cruise was great staff excellent, ship good, food great, wine & bar excellent. But no gym and no pool as advertised? The bus rides from Nice and to Paris were a negative. Standing in a line to get a stale sandwich at a road stop is not my idea of what Scenic are advertising on television. Marriott Opera Paris Hotel is not equipped for group bookings. Up to hours wait to check in then 2 hours for luggage (I retrieved my own luggage from the porters room) some Scenic people were still waiting for luggage 3-4 hours after check in. Next time I will book my own hotel in Paris as Scenic must be delusional if they think this Marriott meets any standards. So all in all Scenic does the cruise so well the rest do it yourself. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
Our "Enchanting Rhône" cruise had many 5 star features. The service and food were terrific! In fact, the food was the best we've ever experienced on a cruise of any kind. The lunch and breakfast buffets had many ... Read More
Our "Enchanting Rhône" cruise had many 5 star features. The service and food were terrific! In fact, the food was the best we've ever experienced on a cruise of any kind. The lunch and breakfast buffets had many delicious choices. The sit-down dinners were gourmet quality. Our Captain, Franck, was friendly, welcoming and very visible. The shore excursions were very good. Yvonne, the Cruise Director was very hard working, available, and helpful, as was the rest of the staff. On-board customer service was top-notch. Everything really was included in the price of our cabin, even two wonderful specialty dinners. The itinerary was great fun. Our Junior Suite was roomy enough, with a nice balcony and very large bathroom. Butler service was part of our package, but it really didn't add much value. However, I will NEVER again travel on Scenic as we were cheated with false advertising. Specifically, Scenic LIED ABOUT HAVING A SMALL POOL & FITNESS ROOM. There is none. (We spoke with a number of other passengers that were under this same mistaken impression.) When our Cruise Director, Yvonne, mentioned there was no fitness center during our orientation briefing on the first night, I told her that this was NOT what we were told and what's SPECIFICALLY DESCRIBED & LISTED ON THE COMPANY WEBSITE. The Deck Plan depicted on the company website lists both a "Vitality Pool" and a fitness center. Yvonne said something like she would have to look into that and that she would be able to find me a fitness facility to use in Avignon and Lyon. If we had known there was no fitness center, we would NOT have booked this ship! Also, the airport transfer from Nice was awful -- disorganized, chaotic, poor communication with passengers spread out in a fairly wide area of the terminal. The bus ride was more than 3 1/2 hours from Nice to Tarascon, with no beverages, even water, provided by the bus company. When you pay more than $10,000 for a cruise, you expect a more reputable company than this. I believe Scenic should reimburse us about 50% of what we paid for enticing us on this cruise with false advertising. I sent a letter to Scenic's CEO, Glenn Mulroney, but haven't heard back from him in over a month. No one responded to our post-cruise questionnaire. Our dealings with the corporate office prior to the cruise were also marked by unresponsiveness and haphazard service. Our cruise travel agent was similarly frustrated in dealing with the company. On board = 5 stars The Scenic Corporation = 1 star Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
Great ports of call and a refurbished ship attracted us to Azamara Journey. Embarkation in Nice was a breeze. The Journey looked great. We had a balcony stateroom, 6082. The room was quite comfortable and the new furnishings gave it a ... Read More
Great ports of call and a refurbished ship attracted us to Azamara Journey. Embarkation in Nice was a breeze. The Journey looked great. We had a balcony stateroom, 6082. The room was quite comfortable and the new furnishings gave it a touch of elegance. The only noticeable shortcoming is the tiny bathroom and unusually tight shower. At least RCCL gives you expanding doors for the shower. This one still has the old shower curtain motif that is claustrophobic if not impractical. Dining was fine in the main dining room. Service was impeccable. Both specialist restaurants were nicely upscale. I preferred Prime over the Italian restaurant; the Italian one was fine except that it had no traditional Italian offerings that one would expect in the US. Service throughout the ship in the bars, main dining room and up top buffet was extraordinary. They truly make you feel a member of a club. The entertainment offerings were varied and top notch. The ports other than Barcelona were new to us. Seville, Gibraltar, Honfleur, Lisbon and Guernsey were all very interesting and we had tours in each. Our enrichment lecturer added all the historical significance that each of these ports merited. His lectures made the visits more meaningful. Additionally, we had a retired British Air pilot give a series of lectures on the Concord which were very informative and professionally prepared and presented. All in all this was a great cruise in all aspects. Azamara is to be commended! Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
This was our first cruise and was a 50th birthday present from my wife . The ship was fabulous with a friendly and attentive staff . The rooms were port side state rooms and were well appointed and comfortable . A generous Double bed with ... Read More
This was our first cruise and was a 50th birthday present from my wife . The ship was fabulous with a friendly and attentive staff . The rooms were port side state rooms and were well appointed and comfortable . A generous Double bed with TV and fitted wardrobes completed a very smart space . The small but perfectly functional bathroom was clean and well appointed with shower , basin and toilet . Clean towels every day and a make and turn bed down service every day also with fresh fruit daily and chocolates at the end of each day . The entertainment was limited but very well produced with commitment from the entertainment team . The food onboard was exceptional and no matter which of the 4 diners/ restaurants you dined at the food in each was as good as the next . The only down side was we booked a package to include the Monaco Grand Prix , we felt this was miss old as the tickets were for a spot which had no view of the Grand Prix . We feel this is a con and 5000 other people were also conned . This should not be sold as a viewing point . On the other hand the remains part of the cruise was great and the ticket for the GP issue will be dealt with directly. All in all a lovely trip on a very nice friendly ship . Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
I have been looking forward to the Windstar Cruises "Treasures of Southern France" cruise for about half a year. The minute I saw the photo of the lavender fields on the brochure page of this cruise I knew I just had to go. And ... Read More
I have been looking forward to the Windstar Cruises "Treasures of Southern France" cruise for about half a year. The minute I saw the photo of the lavender fields on the brochure page of this cruise I knew I just had to go. And so we booked the cruise departing Nice on July 13. My husband and I arrived to Nice a day early and spent the first night at a hotel which was great. We then took a cab to the point of embarkation. Windstar tends to select smaller, commercial ports so we were lucky that our taxi driver knew where to drop us. The moment I got on board, Gonzalo, the Destination Manager, welcomed us. I told him I was so excited to be seeing those lavender fields that they had in the brochure. I then asked which tour I could take to see those fields and he told me "they are everywhere! Take any tour." He then tried to sell me on the $1,499 private car and driver which I thought was a ridiculous price and so I signed up for an excursion to Aix en Provence on Tuesday and later the French Impressionists tour that Thursday. When Tuesday morning came around, we were up, dressed, and had breakfast well before 8 a.m. as our departure was at 8:15 for this tour. Gonzalo saw me in the hallway, pulled me aside, and then told me that he checked in with an associate, and the lavender fields are not in bloom now and that I will not see any. He then told me that I could get my money back if I wanted for the tour. Incredibly disappointed, I took the tour anyway as we were already up and ready. It was a really bad tour. The guide had a hard time with English and just "ummed" the entire time. When we got to Aix en Provence, we were dropped off by a flea market and once the guide starting talking about the exterior of some such building, my husband and I just took off on our own. We didn't really like this area at all. It was VERY commercial and touristy and not at all what I had imagined the medieval little towns of Provence to be. Even the waiters in the cafes were surly. The town was so overcrowded, we couldn't wait to get back on the bus. We had heard that the ship was renovated and were surprised when we got on board and our cabin steward took us to our stateroom and proceeded to tell us that they were probably renovating the cabins later this year or early next year. Sure, they had put in some new carpeting (which was already quite dirty) and had new linens, but the room still looked worn. The furniture was the same and our bathroom had rust around the door frame. The cabin steward kept the room very clean and we thought the laundry package was a great deal. But they had this rough, woolen blanket on the bed which I thought was very out of place and not at all luxury. Breakfast on the ship became somewhat of a joke. Every day you had a choice of a different Eggs Benedict. They had a waffle or pancake for good measure and always the same display of meats (many of which were discolored) and fruits. Lunches were also quite horrific. The menu showed hot dogs and hamburgers, perhaps a burrito, they had a greasy Gyro one day. And here we are in the South of France? What about the fresh veggies and fish we saw in the markets each day? We ended up dining ashore for lunch most days. Dinners, while tasty, were the same dinners Windstar serves no matter where in the world you happen to cruise. Here we are in the South of France and there wasn't even a French wine on the wine list! Hungarian Goulash, Turkey and Stuffing? Really? They had one appetizer and one entree that said "local specialty" as a choice each evening and while the food was tasty and the service was excellent, once again, you weren't dining on the specialties you could find ashore. These towns had fabulous markets and when you saw the quality of the foods there, it was disappointing to see what you got on board. Also, Windstar tendered for the first few days into Cannes and Sanary Sur Mer, but then we docked in a horrible area of Marseilles that didn't seem safe (our ship was behind barbed wire with uniformed guards) and other commercial ports so while you were trying to enjoy a relaxing breakfast on deck, all that you heard were jackhammers and construction vehicles. Tendering would have been so much better. The ship also only sailed each evening starting at 10 p.m. and you were usually docked by 7 or 8 a.m. so you hardly got any opportunity to experiencing cruising which is why we were there wasn't it? The rest of the time we were docked at these ugly commercial noisy ports. Windstar always positions itself as a luxury cruise line and that its journeys are 180 degrees from ordinary, but after having completed by third cruise with them and my husband's fourth cruise, they have gone downhill. The type of passenger has gone downhill, and what they try to get away with is incredible. They are not a luxury cruise line anymore. Luxury isn't having hot dogs and hamburgers on the menu. Or no European wines (everything was from the Napa Valley). If you want something really unique and luxurious and you are a foodie, go to a Seabourn or more upscale line. They just don't really care about delivering what they promise. And when you complain, they offer to give you a limited discount on your next cruise! Like why would you cruise with them again?! Most disappointing was that they position this as a cruise to the South of France where you will see the lavender fields they show on the website and in the brochure. Yet the destination manager on board is clueless about the destination (he's from Mexico) and can't even direct you properly to see what they supposedly sell about the destination. This was a very disappointing experience and not at all luxury if you are a true five-star hotel traveler who enjoys luxury and good food and wine. Read Less
Sail Date July 2013

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