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9 Oceania Europe - Eastern Mediterranean Cruise Reviews

Having cruised once before with Oceania, we were thrilled to cruise with them again. We chose the three day paid pre-cruise on land in Athens including tours, hotels, and food to begin with. The cruise entitled Cradle of History, would ... Read More
Having cruised once before with Oceania, we were thrilled to cruise with them again. We chose the three day paid pre-cruise on land in Athens including tours, hotels, and food to begin with. The cruise entitled Cradle of History, would start on the third day on the renovated Sirena ship in port in Athens. This cruise included ports in Greece, Italy, Israel, and Cairo.. After arriving in the hotel in Athens, we waited hours for our tour of Athens and dinner to begin. The tour guide didn't show up. We and another abandoned couple had to use the couple's SKYPE to contact Oceania to get them to send a tour guide. The people at the 5 star hotel in Athens were not helpful. Luckily the tour guide Oceania found last minute was wonderful. Our beds were uncomfortable and my husband got food poisoning at the second 5 star hotel on the land tour. When we arrived on the ship, we found Patmos, Cairo, and Alexandria were cancelled. We were never told anything before that. A letter said Patmos had bad weather. It was 82 degrees and sunny. Greek cab drivers said there was no trouble in Egypt on the news. Nothing was on the Internet. If there was, why weren't we told about it earlier? The captain never addressed the port changes. Why was Oceania offering people $3,000 and more to go home when they arrived because of overbooking? Maybe the ship wasn't ready. We found toilets that took three glasses of water to flush, unremodeled bathrooms with showers so small that the shower curtain clung to you while you showered, broken drawers, broken air vents, etc. This ship was supposed to be remodeled! The concierge upgrade wasn't worth it. There was no extra concierge room or help. Tour guides were frantically rebooking tours as Oceania changed three ports the day before sailing! We stood in lines trying to find a tour. The entertainment was unexciting and lackluster. The food was good in the buffet and sparse in the dining room. Most of the tours were wonderful with the tour people very friendly. In Limosol, we were told Oceania didn't pay enough for all of us to go inside the castle and Apollo gardens so we had to "hang" over the fences. The staff was very helpful on board the ship. They were trying to make the best of a difficult situation. Many, many, people complained to the concierge and others about the situation, but to no avail. We were promised that Oceania would get back to us about the land tour pre-cruise situation, last minute cancelled ports, and problems on the ship. After frequent letters and cruise surveys filled out, we have heard nothing! Our bucket list tour that we saved and saved for was a huge disappointment. It would be nice if Oceania started caring about their passengers. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
The Good- Food and service in the Grand dining room and specialty restaurants were excellent and particularly in the Polo Grill, Red Ginger and Toscana restaurants. The Mediocre – Entertainment was very mediocre, save for the ... Read More
The Good- Food and service in the Grand dining room and specialty restaurants were excellent and particularly in the Polo Grill, Red Ginger and Toscana restaurants. The Mediocre – Entertainment was very mediocre, save for the show personally put on by Leslie Jon, the guest/entertainment manager which was excellent. The Poor – Service in other areas of the ship has deteriorated markedly since our 2014 cruise on the Riviera, particularly- Cabin service - on boarding, we found hairs in our shower that hadn’t been removed from the previous cruise; we also had to ask a number of times for shampoo and conditioner to be replenished, notwithstanding that empty bottles had been left on the floor of the shower; we also asked for 2 wine glasses to be placed in our cabin every day, and most days found only 1 glass present resulting in us having to continually request another. Pool deck service – sitting around the pool area, we were very seldom offered a drink, resulting in us having to often get up and go to the pool bar ourselves. Generally, other than the service in the dining rooms as previously noted, we felt as if many of the staff were in robot mode and them not really wanting to be on board. Also, we noted a real deterioration of staff friendliness, compared to past Oceania cruises. Certain port stops – with 4 sea days on this particular cruise, why does Oceania plan stops in Israel on a Saturday when the country virtually comes to a stop in most respects because of the Jewish Sabbath and a stop in Trapani when virtually everything is closed on Sundays? The Very Poor – Head office customer service: days before departure, we were informed that the stops in Egypt had been cancelled. I addressed an email to the CEO of Oceania/Norwegian in this connection through the Oceania email web server. To date, more than 5 weeks later, I have never received an acknowledgment nor the courtesy of a reply to this communication. Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
1. Embarkation/Security - Our credit cards and cash stolen during luggage tagging process. The luggage crew, not employees of Oceania created a diversion by attempting to take our luggage and place it on the ship before it had been tagged. ... Read More
1. Embarkation/Security - Our credit cards and cash stolen during luggage tagging process. The luggage crew, not employees of Oceania created a diversion by attempting to take our luggage and place it on the ship before it had been tagged. My husband's billfold was missing afterward and we did not receive our luggage until later that evening because it had been tagged with the wrong room number. The one bright spot was our Concierge liaison who made an otherwise terrible experience as painless as possible. Once notified what had occurred she facilitated and expedited our boarding although she couldn't expedite the delivery of our luggage and of course she told us nothing like that had ever happened before. We have no way to know. No one offered to bring Security into the picture but in hind site we should have insisted. 2. The excursions are extremely overpriced for the quality of the tour received. We were especially disappointed, actually angry about the last excursion titled A Train Journey to Galura. It was the most uncomfortable, unpleasant, amateurish 5-hour waste of time ever. We would have preferred to be onboard enjoying the Riviera's amenities. The Excursion Desk was singularly unhelpful once we returned to ship, referring to the problems as "technical" as if that in some way absolved them from responsibility. We have written Oceania to request a refund for the excursions but doubt they will respond unless it is to offer us something on a subsequent booking. 3. After booking the cruise which we did with 3 other friends we received different answers from different representatives each time we called to ask questions - regarding ticketing for flights, when we should plan on making reservations for specialty restaurants (apparently reservations are granted based on stateroom category so we had few options left by the time we could make reservations and none available for 5 people), and excursions - being told we had to take the same excursion as our travel companion (husband) which in fact wasn't true. 4. The pre and post cruise packages are ridiculously overpriced as well as the transport from the airport to the point of embarkation and from the ship to the airport. We elected to pay the cost of ship to airport just to avoid any glitches in the return trip home. Undoubtedly, Oceania is able to afford the reasonable cruise price only because they nickel and dime you on everything else. All charges are per person, all credits are per stateroom. The Riviera itself is lovely and we were able to upgrade the week before sailing from Ocean View to Concierge level for $250/pp. The crew is attentive, the restaurants do not disappoint and once boarding we were able to obtain the reservations for specialty restaurants for all 5 of us at reasonable times. We talked with some passengers who stayed on the ship for the entire cruise and we considered doing that because with the 2-for-1 fare and free flights it was a very reasonable proposition. We might consider sailing with them again but won't disembark until the end of the cruise next time or if we want to do so will contract with another tour company. Read Less
Sail Date June 2014
This was a dream of mine to do a 5 star cruise in an exotic port, Istanbul we sailed to Ephesus,Santorini,Rome,Livorno,Monte Carlo,Marseille then Barcelona. The staff were friendly and helpful, the food amazing fresh made to order. The ... Read More
This was a dream of mine to do a 5 star cruise in an exotic port, Istanbul we sailed to Ephesus,Santorini,Rome,Livorno,Monte Carlo,Marseille then Barcelona. The staff were friendly and helpful, the food amazing fresh made to order. The ship was well maintained, immaculately clean. The shows were entertaining, however some of the comedians weren't that funny. The casino was dead,no life in it and after 11pm not much to do. The T.V. entertainment in the rooms was good, had the latest release movies and CNN, BBC etc. My only complaint would be doing tours from the ship was EXTREMELY expensive and not very informed of what you were getting for your money. We did a tour from Rome to the Catacombs, which was 1 -1/2 hr drive from The port, drive to a look out over a lake and lunch at an Italian farm house. Well for the 2 of us we spent $ 650 US for the tour we expected something fantastic. NO, NOT we had an rude indifferent Italian tour guide. Lunch was in a run down dump of a place, dried up Lasagne, inedible food severed off plastic plates. When I complained to the ships management they were indifferent, they had there money and it was , so what, to bad. They didn't offer they same consistency of quality on land. So my advice is do the cruise, DONT do the tours of the ship . We spent a total of $1400.00 US on tours and were VERY Unhappy with there attitude. It was such a lovely cruise but to spend all that money and not get value for it left us disappointed. No I will not travel with them again   Read Less
Sail Date May 2014
My husband and I had booked this cruise because it visited some different places. I particularly wanted to visit Volos because it offered a trip to the Meteora Monasteries in central Greece, which are otherwise hard to reach. So we were ... Read More
My husband and I had booked this cruise because it visited some different places. I particularly wanted to visit Volos because it offered a trip to the Meteora Monasteries in central Greece, which are otherwise hard to reach. So we were more than disappointed when told on boarding the ship that this stop was cancelled. Because of the problems with Superstorm Sandy, the ship was staying an extra night in Istanbul to wait for some US passengers having difficulty to catching the ship. As we had already spent 2 nights in Istanbul and it was our 3rd visit, this was of no benefit to us. Then, to add insult to injury, Oceania would not refund the full cost of the tour!!! We had taken out an Unlimited Collection pack which allows as many tours as you want - this was primarily because the tour to Meteora was $259 each. Oceania would only refund $198 each, as they apportioned a lower amount per day!! I am sure this is why Volos was cancelled instead of the other ports - it saved Oceania money - we met lots of other passengers doing the same tour as us! So far from offering compensation for our loss of this port, Oceania made money from us!!!!!! 3 days later we visited Rhodes and again Lindos was somewhere I had always wanted to visit. We had booked a trip to Ancient Lindos including the Acropolis there but, because of a strike, it was closed. So Oceania offered a trip to a village plus snacks (available on the ship for free!) and ouzo (which I wouldn't have as a gift!). We said we would like a refund but were told WE had cancelled the tour so would not receive any compensation!!!!!! Eventually, after lots of argument from us and others, they offered an alternate tour to Rhodes Town - not as good but at least something for our money! But what stress - we don't need it when on holiday. Other comments about cruise: Cabin nice, good bed, good bathroom Staff generally very friendly and helpful Food very average. The menu was exactly the same as Regatta in both the main dining room and the speciality restaurants - exactly the same dishes in the same combinations - I assume this means that they circulate the same menus every two weeks, as it can't have been a coincidence!! Red Ginger was excellent - good interesting dishes - and nice extra touches. Jacques OK but no ambience and lots of tables next to serving areas and very loud because of wood floor. Toscana OK but not as good as on Regatta - the dover sole was covered in a kind of soggy flour mixture! Polo Grill good but not exceptional steaks. Public areas not as good as Regatta - library and coffee areas both were on corridors - nowhere good to sit. Nowhere on ship is there forward visibility so no chance of viewing ports as you arrived- never seen a worse designed ship from this point of view - the staff don't seem to think anyone looks over the side - never any information on when we were going to see nice entries into port eg Crete and Rhodes, you had to find out by accident! Also, we sailed in and out in darkness several times when they could have adjusted the timings slightly to see the views For a supposed luxury line, no luxury eg no damp cloths or cool drinks when you get back on board (all the other ships we saw were doing this, even the lower cost ones). In fact, no little extras at all. On the last night, they removed the bathrobes to clean them. (As we use a robe when we put out our luggage, we weren't sure how we were supposed to do this!!!) When we insisted, they replaced the robe but it shouldn't be an issue - of the 6 cruise lines we have used, none of them do this! Altogether, ship and offerings very average. We could not recommend Oceania to anyone, and their attitude when there are difficulties (like with the tours above) is not our problem - the small print allows to change what we like at your expense! Read Less
Sail Date November 2012
What an exciting concept see Istanbul with all its highlites and chance to see the Eastern Roman Empire and the changes that took place when Constanople became Istanbul...We arrived 3 day early so as to experience the city on our own...We ... Read More
What an exciting concept see Istanbul with all its highlites and chance to see the Eastern Roman Empire and the changes that took place when Constanople became Istanbul...We arrived 3 day early so as to experience the city on our own...We booked our own room and transportation and we very pleased with the hotel and its location with its proxsimity to the highlites of the city... What I am going to disscribe in my following comments was sent on to the President of Oceania Lines in an attempt to get a refund for what was a disaster on board the ship which included all phases of food, service, and advertised features of the ship. To begin with we were delayed one day in port to pickup delayed passangers who were straned on the East coast due to a hurricane...So we missed a port and the ship steamed nowhere. Once on board we meet the butler on our floor and he promptly told us what he wouldnt do, that being the last we saw of him during our cruise. We bought a drink package, non-refundable, as we could see why based on the service we received by the staff once they saw we didnt have to have a service charge on our order, so they in most cases ignored us. And you would have though they drinks were coming out of their pockets. The various resturants were excellent (Red Ginger) to poor the (Terrace Dining) service was slow the food marginal and in the case of the Terrace we just picked up our drinks on the way in and on occasion set our own table...The staff was short handed, and in some cases didnt understand 'English. The Spa which we were to have exclusive access to in parts of it, was not helpful and were to the point of ignoring you if you didnt have a schedualed appointment for a treatment. We were suppost to have access to the exclusive reading room for our level of room and our pass card never worked...When we would go to the desk down on the main deck usually there was no one who could help us with the problem so we went throughout the cruise without access. The dress code was never inforced and on one particular occassion one of the passangers wore a tee shirt with F/U on it all over the boat... There was no offer from the company after numerous complaints through Visa and with correspondence to the company..There letters never fully addressed our complaints and no offer of a refund was offered due to a lost sailing day...We have travel with this line 4 times and this is the final one, hence the title of my review...NEVER AGAIN Read Less
Sail Date November 2012
We took the Oceania Regatta July 5-17 Athens to Istanbul Black Sea cruise primarily for the interesting itinerary. It is one of the few cruises visiting 10 Black Sea ports. Oceania is rated as a deluxe cruise line, but we were ... Read More
We took the Oceania Regatta July 5-17 Athens to Istanbul Black Sea cruise primarily for the interesting itinerary. It is one of the few cruises visiting 10 Black Sea ports. Oceania is rated as a deluxe cruise line, but we were disappointed in almost all services the ship provided except the food which was usually very good. As it turned out the most deluxe part of the cruise was the price. We had assumed that because of the historical significance of the area, and the fact that most people on board were experienced travelers, live port talks or lectures related to the area would be a highlight. However, the cruise director apologized for his lack of knowledge regarding the Black Sea ports and not one lecture or port talk was provided. Fortunately, with the help of a fellow passenger we had arranged for private tours in three ports including Sochi, Russia. Oceania tours are outrageously expensive, around $169 for a partial day tour and sometimes $200 or $300 for a day tour. Oceania told passengers that they would be unable to get off the ship in Sochi, Russia unless they had previously arranged for a Russian visa or were on an Oceania tour and none of that was true. Arranging for a tour with a licensed guide is all that is required for a short stay in Russia. Oceania's only interest is selling their own tours. Very little assistance was provided for those wishing to tour on their own. In most ports a single local representative came o board with area maps, and dozens of passengers would line up for individual help. This was a huge waste of passenger's time! The Regatta has a beautiful library with nothing to read. The books remind me of the discarded free book section in my home library. No new books or magazines were available. When I complained the cruise director agreed, and said they hoped to get a new shipment of books soon. Our cabin was extremely small, 144 sq ft with a partially blocked window. The steward service was extremely poor as we often had to ask to get the room made up. Entertainment on the ship was minimal. we understood that because Regatta is a comparatively small ship, entertainment would not be the same as a large ship, however, it could have been much better. Internet connectivity was very slow and outrageously expensive at .95 per minute. Topping it off when we arrived in Istanbul, Turkey, our final destination we discovered that Oceania had charged $49 each for the $20 Turkish visa. When we questioned the price we were told that the additional money was an administrative charge! How cheap is that! Needless to say we will not be cruising with Oceania-no matter how many expensive flyers and catalogs they send. Oceania might consider spending some of that catalog money for passengers benefit. One idea might be buying more washing machines. They have one laundry room with 4 washing machines for 700 passengers and one broke while we were there. Needless to say, on a 12 day cruise in mid summer the laundry room was an extremely popular spot with a lot of tension over who would be next in line for a washing machine. Of course, that would mean giving up another tiny cabin for an additional laundry room. Read Less
Sail Date July 2012
Instead of the standard/usual review, I try to focus on some main issues/points and mainly towards the treads/questions I ran into on the several boards before we sailed our first Oceania cruise. Boarding: Boarding was a breeze. With a ... Read More
Instead of the standard/usual review, I try to focus on some main issues/points and mainly towards the treads/questions I ran into on the several boards before we sailed our first Oceania cruise. Boarding: Boarding was a breeze. With a small ship and few passengers it all went very fast. Until we board the ship. Despite the travel documents that stated we were welcome as from 12:00pm. The rooms/suites were not ready for hours after. Only at 14:30 the concierge class was called and more than 1 hour later at 15:45 the "regular" staterooms. With little to nothing to do on-board, except for a lunch buffet it's not a very pleasant and warm welcome to drag your bags around for 3 hours in 40 degrees Celsius (100 Fahrenheit) Rooms: We opted for a Concierge Class. Despite the fact this is a very beautiful cabin, it does not differ from the standard non-concierge class cabins with the exception of a few amenities. In our opinion the monies asked extra are absolutely not worth the upgrade to a concierge class. Unless you're dying for some Bulgari toiletries. The bathroom is somewhat small due to the fact Oceania opted for both a separate shower and bathtub. I would have preferred a large walk in shower and no bathtub instead. The shower cabin is small and we found it very hot/sticky and humid to stay in for a nice long shower. The balcony is of an OK size with, unfortunately, very uncomfortable chairs. The Beds are the absolute PLUS PLUS. We honestly can say (being in the bedding business for decades) that Oceania really surpasses any other cruise line in the world on this. Although it's surely not the wonderful, great, tranquillity that is advertised and promised, this is by far the best bed on any cruise ship in the world. Please note that you do NOT have a teak veranda despite advertising so. The only thing teak is the handrail. The rest is plastic and metal. Staff: Overall we found the crew on board the most unhappy and non-smiling bunch we have ever encountered on any cruise ship or cruise line. Not that they were unfriendly or so, but they just don't seemed happy to work for Oceania. As if the company was not treating them very nice or pleasant. During the cruise we spoke with several of them and the majority indeed confirms that they're not too happy to work for Oceania. Unfortunately this shows and makes the overall atmosphere a little tamed and unpleasant at times. Food: Calling her selves "the Cruise Line for foodies" surely created some expectations. And unfortunately due to that it was some kind of disappointment. We thought the food was every time a matter of Hit or Miss. Some dishes were wonderful while others were total miss. Although Oceania advertises every dish is prepared to order, this surely is not the case at all. All is prepared in advance and the majority is just waiting under the heater in the kitchen to be served. Due to this some arrive lukewarm of even almost cold, downgrading the taste. Drinks: Free soft drinks is really not conform the reality. Yes, they do offer free soft drinks but only a very extremely limited selection of 5 choices. You can opt for Coke, Diet Coke, Ginger Ale, Tonic and Sprite. That's it. On top there are a few mineral water selections like Pellegrino and Perrier. So, if you want a Cassis, Fanta, Coke Zero, Red Bull, Arizona Ice tea, you name it, it's not there! Your choice is the 5 mentioned. Further, please note that the staffs is trying very very hard to have your glass filled with the chlorine filled iced tap water instead of the complimentary mineral water. So if you do want mineral water instead be sure you "hit" them before your glass is full with ice water already. Some kind of challenge, I promise. Another challenge is to get a drink served at all at the pool. Whether it's busy or quiet, Oceania lacks the quality of catering enough staff. 2 day's it took us over 1 hour to trace someone to get a drink. Best and fastest way is to walk up to the bar and get it yourself. For the others, we found the prices exorbitant and on the very high end moneywise. Specialty Dining: This is really the point were Oceania creates a complete failure and mess. Please note that the specialty restaurants are not that special at all. Yes, they do offer a difference from the Main Dining room food wise, but the quality and "specialty" is not really there. It's the same menu over and over again and all is pre cooked, pre prepared, basic and not memorable at all. Yes, the meat quality in Polo Grill is great, so are a few other things. But we did not find anything really memorable. Please believe me that the best food and the best service can be found in the main dining room. Due to the reservation policy, Oceania tries to make the specialty restaurants even more "special" and it's very very hard to get in. Unless you're willing to extra tip the people responsible for the restaurants generously. So IMHO the Specialty restaurants are not worth the fuss and struggle to get in at all. Stick with your guaranteed reservations and enjoy the difference from the main dining room for the change. Free Shuttles: Another point where Oceania totally creates a complete failure and mess. Despite their advertisement and promises they offer FREE shuttles in most port with a value up to US$ 50, = per person, per day, this is an absolute lie. The shuttles offered are nothing more than the ones offered by the port authorities and this creates a total mess. First the availability is very limited. With little people booking the overpriced shore excursions the demand for shuttles is way higher that what is offered. Creating long lines and waits. Secondly the port authorities use their time schedule without any agreement between them and Oceania. Due to the fact that the ship is in port till late (11 pm) but the shuttles stops at 4:30pm in Sorrento for example, there is really no way to get into town after that unless your willing to climb up the hill in the heat. Marseille, a long drive into town (25 min) and only 2 busses makes waits for 45 minutes for an available shuttle "normal" At a certain point we were really done with these miserable arrangements and the long waits, so we decided to address our concerns to the Hotel Manager. After 5 staff members really tried hard to get him away from us (strange, as the management should be easily available) we persisted and there he was. We requested for monies to cover our travel expenses into town. This as we found that we were entitled to the US$ 50,= value service as promised. And guess what, he advised us that he was fighting for this for over 7 years already with Miami head office and having major and many complaints towards the shuttle services from many guests. But because of this statement there was not really a way back for him, so he agreed on reimbursing the travel expenses made. And these we reimbursed to our on-board account thereafter. So I strongly advise anyone to complaint about the shuttle service and request for your monies back. This might perhaps change this odd, unorganised and unacceptable "shuttle policy" by Oceania. All in all we feel that Oceania grew way too fast over the past 1,5 year, doubling in size passenger and crew wise, but she did miss the opportunity to manage this growth very well. All the raves, whistles and bells that she gained over the years since her birth seemed to have gone to their heads in Miami. The most certainly feel that they create a wonderful and special product, but the reality differs from that. Please note, we have cruised over 70 times. From RCCL to Silversea, and all in between. Some cruises were magnificent while others were ok. On a scale from 1 to 10, being 10 the best, we feel that Oceania barely disserves a 1. Not because they offer a terrible product, but just because they really miss the point when it comes to customer service., friendliness, management, exclusivity, luxury and above all offer value for money. With so many wonderful cruise lines out there and competition running high, we honestly doubt all the raves concerning Oceania are still there in 1,5 or 2 years from now. Unless they will put the finger where the pain is, it might be very well true Oceania will descend from a luxury line to a standard 5 star line competing with Princess or Costa cruises instead. Read Less
Sail Date July 2012
Sister-in-law and I took this cruise mainly for the itinerary - we view cruises as a good way to get a quick look-see of an area. If we like what we see, we return. We are in our 50s and VERY independent. We didn't think we'd ... Read More
Sister-in-law and I took this cruise mainly for the itinerary - we view cruises as a good way to get a quick look-see of an area. If we like what we see, we return. We are in our 50s and VERY independent. We didn't think we'd like a big ship and we were right. We went to Athens a couple days early on our own and had a great visit and a better stay at the lovely Hera Hotel. Post cruise we had a few days in Rome at the lovely Hotel Ponte Sixto. We arranged all transfers via email based on recommendations found on this and other websites. Embarkation was easy enough - we were concierge level but that brought few,if any, perks. The cabin and its balcony were very clean and very small! Two women bumping around is not a pretty sight at times. As soon as we got organized we went straight to the library to get tour books for Greece and Italy - imagine our surprise when there were ZERO available. All they had were for Asian ports, the ship having just repositioned from there. Then we went to see Concierge who told us there weren't any. Now, call me compulsive but a good concierge would have gotten on the phone and called the head office and had DHL provision the ship. Didn't happen. We don't like group travel so shore excursions on buses really don't work for us. Imagine our surprise when we discovered the destinations staff was really only interested in getting tours booked. They had no information on the ports and no one came aboard to give talks - local people came aboard after we were at anchor/port. And, speaking of anchoring, that meant tenders and the shore excursion folks were given priority over disembarking. This lasted about 3 days before I made an appointment with the hotel manager and discussed our displeasure over having our shore days significantly shortened because we couldn't get off the ship. Things got better after that. Finding a willing taxi driver to take us from ship to where we wanted to go was never a problem. The food was pretty but boring. There was a marked degree of inflexibility with the meals. Since I do not like buffets I was happy to eat breakfast in the main dining room. We ate a great many of our meals ashore, however. Entertainment was pretty lame, I am afraid. We didn't go to the casino and the shops were overpriced for stuff we didn't want/need anyway. The ship itself was clean and most of the staff (esp. cabin) was great. The overall decor, we thought, was a bit over the top (flocked wallpaper and brocade). The internet cafe was very pricey. Best thing about the ship - NO SMOKING! We like Windstar, Cruise West, etc. We won't do a big, factory ship again because we are too Type A to enjoy so much organization/inflexibility. Read Less
Sail Date May 2006
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