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We chose the cruise because of three good experiences with Pullmanturs. We are British, but both speak Spanish, so there was no language problem - not that there would have been. All the crew are at least bilingual. Zenith herself is ... Read More
We chose the cruise because of three good experiences with Pullmanturs. We are British, but both speak Spanish, so there was no language problem - not that there would have been. All the crew are at least bilingual. Zenith herself is not a youngster, and a tiny bit tatty in places, but always clean. The food on board was the best we have ever had on a cruise, ad indeed on a par with many five star restaurants. The crew went out of their way to meet our need, always smiling and obliging. The cabin - 6101 - was perfectly adequate. Spacious and immaculately clean, and kept that way. The shore excursions were great. Got to see places on the Faroe Islands, Orkney and Shetland that would never have found ourselves. Entertainment was of a very high standard too. A couple of side comments. Most of my working life I was an Environmental Health Officer and Hotel Inspector. The standard of food hygiene and food handling on board were very high. I did ask some very searching questions of senior and junior catering staff. They really knew their business. And here is a chuckle! Our cabin steward accidentally left a checklist that has to be completed regularly - it was about bedbugs, and gave the cabin staff detailed instruction what to look for and where! Trust me - no bedbugs or other nasties anywhere. I would recommend Pullmanturs without reservation. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
The cruise was not a very good experience for us. When travel agent was selling us the ship, we were told us it is comparable to the royal caribbean fleet. We came in this ship expecting similar conditions for the ship and we were ... Read More
The cruise was not a very good experience for us. When travel agent was selling us the ship, we were told us it is comparable to the royal caribbean fleet. We came in this ship expecting similar conditions for the ship and we were shocked by the general condition and the lack of cleanliness. He did not sell this as an inferior quality cruise liner. When we complained at the reception desk we were told to wait to the end of the cruise and express our thoughts in the opinion survey. About the ship - Horizon: Ship itself is old and run down, probably should be retired. With alleged major refurbishment in 2012 only certain areas looked acceptable and that did not include cabins. About our cabin: bathroom smelled like urine 90% of the time, vanity top pealing, cabin AC not working, bathroom light not working, the showers were mildewy, furnishings dated and worn out, towels had seen better days, carpet was filthy and with stains It was very noisy in the rooms, we could hear our loud neighbors, as well as people calling on each other from the hallways. The majority of the passengers were spaniards and they are loud! Most passengers did not use the disinfectant machines People smoke almost everywhere outdoors The staff was friendly and helpful. The value for money was poor compared to what is on offer elsewhere. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
Just back from an enjoyable week on the Zenith. The staff on this ship make the experience very enjoyable. Smallest ship we have been on, but that made it all the more friendly as bumping into the same people regularly. Spent most ... Read More
Just back from an enjoyable week on the Zenith. The staff on this ship make the experience very enjoyable. Smallest ship we have been on, but that made it all the more friendly as bumping into the same people regularly. Spent most evenings in the casino and bar, as this is where we found the most English entertainment, lovely gentleman on guitar and trio group, excellent variety of songs, no night the same. Finished off with a bet in the casino, lottery lady was lovely and treated us all like royalty. Enjoyed our late dinner sitting at 9.45, Benito and Caesar were excellent in their job and again made us feel very special every night. Menu had a section that was the same every day and specials that were changed nightly, cannot fault the quality of food. Plenty of sunbeds around the pool and upper level, some lovely sun traps around the rear of the ship. Cabins had plenty of storage and large shower, a bit tired looking. English channels available on the TV as well as movies available. Overall a great experience. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
Had the pleasure of travelling in the Arabian Gulf on MV Horizon, it was outstanding even though the ship is 30 years old it is still a good ship and the service is exceptional, food very good , service great and the advantage of free ... Read More
Had the pleasure of travelling in the Arabian Gulf on MV Horizon, it was outstanding even though the ship is 30 years old it is still a good ship and the service is exceptional, food very good , service great and the advantage of free drinks was a nice touch. The shows were great, everything is done in Spanish and English, majority of crew are Pilipino so no problem, compared to the opposition MSC who I have travelled with out of Durban several times, always a disaster and terrible food, there is no comparison, Pullmantur really goes the extra mile. I thought the food quality was only because of the ship going out of Durban but after hearing the horrendous stories from passengers from two MSC ships in the Arabian Gulf they all complained about the bad food on their MSC ships and this stunned me. Seeing a certain South African travel agency loves to run Pullmantur down and I have now had first class experience to it not being true. I now throw out a challenge to the CEO of MSC if the comments made by several of your passengers is not being true show me that this is not the case. You want a great cruise try Pullmantur you won’t be sorry we met several UK passengers who were on their 3 trip on Pullmantur so that’s good enough to hear the positives, Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
The staff made it awesome! Special Thanks to Alberto, Marco (Restaurant) & Carlos (bicycle) who Made our holiday GREAT! The All inclusive drinks were more than enough, with Good coffee & Nice cocktails :) Rooms are okay, ... Read More
The staff made it awesome! Special Thanks to Alberto, Marco (Restaurant) & Carlos (bicycle) who Made our holiday GREAT! The All inclusive drinks were more than enough, with Good coffee & Nice cocktails :) Rooms are okay, big enough but a little old fashioned. Food is better than expected, extensive and Good quality at the buffet. The choices at the a la carte restaurant are Good! Even for a vegetarian! But again, the staff Made the experience awesome!! We embarked at Kashab, fujara and muskat. Cute villages, were you have to do an excursion, otherwise you”ll wonder around with not much to do. So! Go cycling!!! Carlos and Joel do great tours, with a lot of fun and sightseeing :)) In Abu Dhabi and Dubai is So much to do! Just take a cab and drive around these imposant cities! In forehand we did not expect much (went cruising before on Costas and H-A-line) but this cruise with pullman, was Really Nice! But again: you’ve Gotta love the staff!! :) Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
We saw this cruise for £549 for 7 nights all inclusive and after reading bad reviews, thought why not, we were already going to stay for 2 weeks in Gran Canaria and this was cheaper than an all inclusive hotel, so we went with an open ... Read More
We saw this cruise for £549 for 7 nights all inclusive and after reading bad reviews, thought why not, we were already going to stay for 2 weeks in Gran Canaria and this was cheaper than an all inclusive hotel, so we went with an open mind. I have cruised once before with Cunard and my partner has never cruised before. Embarkation and cabin: Embarkation was pretty straightforward. We showed up about 12:30 and after a little wait in line we went onboard with our wheelie cases. Our cabin was not ready so we went straight to the dining area and had some lunch. Our case turned up about 4pm. The room was basic but comfortable with two single beds pushed together to make an extra kingsize. The cabin was quite spacious with plenty of wardrobe space and drawers. The bathroom had a hairdryer and a glass shelf to put all of your bits on. No complementary bottles of shampoo, etc, just a fitting on the shower wall with shower gel in. There were no tea-making facilities in the room which was annoying as you are not allowed to bring a travel kettle onboard. The room was very clean, had a lovely large window and the air conditioning worked perfectly. Onboard: The ship had two swimming pools, three jacuzzis, an a la carte restaurant (which was open from breakfast time until about 10:30pm, with hot drinks available 24hrs), a main dining hall, a theatre, gym, casino, duty free shop, library and a disco. Some parts of the ship look a bit tired but overall, nothing to put you off choosing Pullmantur. Eating: Personally I could have stayed onboard and ate the whole week away as the food was of high standard. I don't eat meat but my partner does and we both found that every day there was a good selection of fish and meat dishes available, as well as vegetarian options. We chose to eat in the formal dining room every evening but one and ate lunch at the buffet every day but one. We had two gala nights, including Christmas Eve with a large 7 course meal on both of those nights and the waiter tailored mine to not include meat. The same dishes as the fine dining (and more) are served in the buffet restaurant every day for those that prefer it. All of the dishes served are good quality and cooked to perfection. If you are after chips and burgers then this is not the cruise for you. Ports: We had six ports and one day at sea. Tenerife, La Palma, Funchal (christmas day), Agadir and Lanzarote. 23 Dec - North Tenerife: We caught the bus to Las Teresitas costing €1.25 each way and enjoyed the beach 24 Dec - La Palma: We went for a walk in the lovely old town and did some Christmas shopping. We tried to book the dune buggy tour but there were no other takers so it was not running Christmas Day - Funchal, Madeira: We had a lovely stroll around Funchal and then sat on the seafront eating churros 26 Dec: At sea 27 Dec Agadir, Morocco: This port was horrible and smelly so we stayed onboard, went to the gym and lounged around the pool. 28 Dec Lanzarote: We took the Grand Tour at €59 each and visited Jameos Del Agua, the vineyards, Valley of a Thousand Palms and Timanfaya (about 5-6hrs) Formal dining: We chose first sitting and dressed up accordingly to each theme night. Most people did the same, although there were some that didn't but they still dressed smart. On both gala nights my partner wore his tuxedo with different coloured bow ties and I wore long dresses, as did many others. They seemed to keep all the different nationalities together with waiters that spoke their language which was nice. Drinks: We did not bother with upgrading to a drinks package. The drinks offered on the all-inclusive were perfectly fine. My partner said the beer was nice, the same as he was drinking the rest of the holiday. The spirits were nice, not all being brand names, although some were and the sparkling wine was very nice. Language and entertainment: Everything was in both Spanish and English everywhere. There was no language barrier on the ship or on any excursions. This may have been a problem for other languages, such as French etc. but we didn't notice it. The animation team's performances were all multi-national and of a very high standard. Even the bingo was in three or four languages. Disenbarkation: This was seemless. You could stay on the cruise for the whole of the next day at a really small cost with facilities to shower etc. They picked up your case from outside your door after 1am and the ship magazine told you where to be at what time you could disembark. This all took about 15 minutes. Once off, we collected our case from the designated area and left for the rest of our adventure. Would we go with Pullmantur again? You bet we would! We would definitely recommend as it was fantastic value for money Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
From Sep 17 to 24, 2018, we took a 7-night, all-inclusive Greek Island cruise on Pullmantur Cruise Line's ship Horizon. We chose it for stellar itinerary, smaller ship, and price--and loved it. Pullmantur is based in Madrid; 90% ... Read More
From Sep 17 to 24, 2018, we took a 7-night, all-inclusive Greek Island cruise on Pullmantur Cruise Line's ship Horizon. We chose it for stellar itinerary, smaller ship, and price--and loved it. Pullmantur is based in Madrid; 90% of clients are Spanish. Horizon's an older ship; sun loungers, cabins, furniture could use an upgrade. But for the price we found it fine. We've been on Regent and other ultra-luxe venues and while they're glorious, trips like this cost 3 or 4 times as much--some for a lesser itinerary. [Photo 1: Pullmantur Horizon from dock] [Photo 2: Horizon Pool & Sunset We used the money saved to book a whole second week in Greece on land--in Naxos and Athens--plus two great private excursions from Athens, before and after sailing. Before sailing on Sep 17 we visited the Temple of Poseidon & Cape Sounio Beach, 45 minutes south of Athens, and on Sep 24 we saw the Corinth Canal. We boarded Horizon at 4 pm in Athens' port of Piraeus after a wonderful morning at Cape Sounio Sep 17. Check-in was a breeze. We walked out of our cabin 1058 and steps away found an ocean view aft lounge on Deck 10. Then, right upstairs on Deck 11, delicious snacks and drinks awaited in the ship's buffet and aft Ocean-view Grill. In fact, there were ocean-view rear decks on all four top decks 9 thru 12, with quiet sitting space, sunsets or moon rises--often empty except for us. [Photo 3: Deck 10 Aft Lounge] [Photo 4: Deck 11 Aft Ocean-view Grill] At 8 pm we sailed for Mykonos, Volos, Chania (on Crete), Santorini, Nafplio (aka Nauplion), and back to Piraeus. Kudos to Pullmantur for a great schedule: each port was more stunning than the last. We'd go ashore, say “We want to stay here a week, it's so gorgeous,” then at the next port, we'd say it again. By Day 4 we were in “beauty overwhelm.” On Horizon, with only 1,820 guests, we always found loungers. Maybe not at the pool Deck 11, but there was always both shade or sun on the large wrap-around Deck 12 (if starboard was in the sun, port was in the shade, etc.) With fewer cruisers, it was easy and relaxed to disembark and re-embark. Yes there's only one pool; I prefer that larger space. But yes, it's a European ship, so people smoke almost everywhere outdoors (never indoors). Yet with so much open deck, we always found loungers away from the smoke. Whatever seating you want, just keep walking around Deck 12 and you'll find it. European set dining room times are late: 7:30 and 9 pm. But from 5 to 7 pm, drinks at the pool bar and buffet bar flowed, and we always found food at the aft Ocean-view Grill, Deck 11. Did I mention “all-inclusive”? Our ocean-view cabin with large window (not a port hole), all-inclusive dining, unlimited beer, wine, cava (good dry Spanish champagne), well drinks, coffees and all gratuities, came to $3,000 grand total for two, as a special from Vacations to Go. So we sprang for the highest level of trip insurance, another $396, which also covered airfare. [Photo 5: Our cabin #1058, Deck 10, Superior Oceanview, Midship] No one ever asked for our drink cards or any payment, and no tips. We tipped anyway because the staff were so kind, helpful, and honestly friendly; 98% spoke good English. Most staff were from Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Our cabin steward Dorian Gusman was terrific, and I loved our Mauritian waitress and Brazilian sommelier; I really regret losing my notes with their names Yes, Pullmantur announcements are in Spanish, and incomprehensible English. Yes, entertainment is in Spanish. No, excursions were not included, and no guarantee of English on any excursion–but we heard from English speakers that their guides happily translated for them. Anyway, we usually do our own excursions; more fun. And we just had no time for night life. We needed our sleep to rise early, visit the extensive breakfast buffet with all sorts of egg and cheese dishes—and love those chocolate croissants—and take it to the ocean-view Grill to eat (why stay inside?) Then get on with our day. Horizon had solid Spanish food in the formal restaurant and the identical fare at the buffet: lots of grilled meats and seafood. Plenty of veggie dishes, too. It's not haute cuisine; for that, one pays the luxe lines or specialty restaurants on larger ships. But we didn't care. We'd have a huge breakfast, never felt like lunch (busy running around port or sunning on deck), then enjoyed a large dinner with wine. Note: Horizon only had Greek food on the last night. So we bought "take out" dinners of moussaka in Mykonos and "lamb kleftiko ("stolen lamb”) in Chania, to take back to the ship. Destinations hopefully follow below. Tip: Before any Greek Island cruise, check each port's website and WhatsInPort to see how many ships will be in port, then do the advance homework to plan around any crowds or just stay on the ship at the pool. [Photo 6: Replica of Jason's Argo, Volos] [Photo 7: Fast Line to Oia, Santorini] Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
The pullmantur cruise was very awesome .There was a very good service An amazing experience, We had A lot of fun together ,it was a pleasure being a part of the pullmantur cruise. we enjoyed our selves very much .there were ... Read More
The pullmantur cruise was very awesome .There was a very good service An amazing experience, We had A lot of fun together ,it was a pleasure being a part of the pullmantur cruise. we enjoyed our selves very much .there were fantastic activities .Everyone was very friendly (including :the room service, the receptionist,the waiters in the restaurant , the photographer. ) We also enjoyed our selves in the swimming pool, the jacuzzi. There were very different kind of food which were very tasty if it was breakfast,lunch or dinner .it was beautiful looking at all the different dress codes from every day ,the parties were very fun .also it was very relaxing when you sat on the deck and just watching the beautiful blue sea water. sometimes you could see airplane passing from there .the entertainment group of the ship was very spontaneous so were the passengers too and the organization was top Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
I had read a few recent good reviews and also some pretty bad ones. I booked the cruise to meet and celebrate my brother's 50th birthday. Booked well in advance through Vacations to go. I got great service from them, a superb price ... Read More
I had read a few recent good reviews and also some pretty bad ones. I booked the cruise to meet and celebrate my brother's 50th birthday. Booked well in advance through Vacations to go. I got great service from them, a superb price and no single supplement. I worked in the travel industry for many years and have been on various cruise lines, including Silver Seas, Swan Helenic Crystal etc. So, I had a realistic idea of what to expect for the price paid, which was expect a few faults, maybe a small cabin, mediocre service and entertainment. Well, the ship exceeded all my expectations. Old but Gold. Big, well furnished inside cabin, a largish bathroom, plenty cupboard space, TV with many channels if you needed to watch it. Lots of electric sockets. The formal dining room served excellent food, although you had to ask for more vegetables and for butter with your bread. The soups and salads were tasty, the fish, meat etc also of a good standard and also the puddings. The buffet selection was vast and also had some stand out dishes, the carvery being one of them. Plenty of space even on the days at sea. Excursions were very well run and keenly priced. Embarkation and Disembarkation was quick and efficient in Santa Cruz de Tenerife. The basic drinks package is ample. 3 small minus points. Entertainment in the main theater was awful. Saying that the musicians in the other bars etc were good. The crew are too eager to sell you the upgrade drink package. Agadir is not a good destination, please consider another canary island instead. This was mentioned to me by various people on the cruise of different nationalities. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
This is a port-heavy cruise ideal for those whose primary goal is to get their first taste of the amazing Canary Islands as efficiently as possible and at an affordable price. The crowd was mostly 60+ and Spanish, with a sprinkling of ... Read More
This is a port-heavy cruise ideal for those whose primary goal is to get their first taste of the amazing Canary Islands as efficiently as possible and at an affordable price. The crowd was mostly 60+ and Spanish, with a sprinkling of other Europeans, however, all announcements were made in both Spanish and English and all staff could speak at least some English. Horizon is an older, mid-sized, refurbished ship, but everything was clean, everything worked properly and service was excellent. Food was plentiful and more than adequate in quality. A large selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages was already included in the cruise cost. Entertainment and activities were limited and often in Spanish only, but with so many hours in the ports, we did not really need them. The islands are amazing, but one must get out of the ports to appreciate their beauty. In Lanzarote, a ship-organized tour of the Lunar Landscapes of Timanfaya is a must. Other islands are best explored by taxi which are affordable and plentiful. Those who do not speak any Spanish would benefit from reserving English-speaking drivers ahead of time. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
Decided on going into the sun for one week in February during the winter. We were looking for several land options but the cruise sounded actually better as you can see more destinations. We booked via a tour operator which also included ... Read More
Decided on going into the sun for one week in February during the winter. We were looking for several land options but the cruise sounded actually better as you can see more destinations. We booked via a tour operator which also included airfare and transfers, so in all the package with also the Pullmantur "all inclusive" made this offer a great bargain! Embarkation can be hectic, in spite of pre-registration, you still need to sign forms. Funny as even the health declaration is forwarded via email to you, so all the nitty-gritty details can be done at home. Yes, the ship is 30 years old design, it is still a nice ship to sail on. There is maintenance and carpets have been refreshed amongst other things, but it is not sparkling new ship. Our cabin therefore was renovated but still unchanged in set up from 30 years ago. It is adequate and ok. An other example the gym is very small and not many machines are offered. We found only very friendly staff: smiling, happy people offering all your all inclusive drinks and food happily! There is also Cafe Mocka, a meeting hotspot, offering excellent espressos, caffe latte, cortados or cuppuchinos (luckily for me NO instant muck!). Breakfast and lunch are buffet style and during busy times even the main dining room is open and set with a buffet. For dinner the MDR (2 seatings) offers you a selection of a la cart specials (set ones) and along some daily specials of 2 starters/main/desserts. As the ship is Spanish focused, most food is geared to Spanish taste: paella for lunch along roasts of leg of lamb, etc. Gazpacho is one of the standard soups, excellent tuna steaks as a daily special or little filet steak for dinner during the gala. For us it was a eat as we consider this food as delicious. There are very few small tables (for 2 or 4 persons, most tables excist of 6 or 8 persons), so you will be asked to share the table. We asked the Maitre 'D and he provided a table for 2. Entertainment is also focused on Spanish guests, so there is dance band with live music for salsa and cha-cha style dances, a flamingo music style guitar player but there was also the main band playing with several different singers. Many nights they also sing & perform along a dance group at the theatre. The evening show is at 9pm and in between the seatings for the dinner. Most shows are really good, because all is played 'live'; like ABBA or Beatle night. There was also a Spanish story with music & dancing (nice) and a ballet based on recorded classical music (not so nice). But in all, the ship is alive with passengers amusing themselves and having a real good time at all outlets! There is a casino with gambling machines as I know them from the fairgrounds, where with little money you can gamble. Excursions are sold in advance and on the ship, it was easy to purchase tickets on-boards but remember, you need to be a crowd of at least 10 pax in order to receive a guide who will speak English on that tour. We have done our tours by ourselves: - Santa Cruz Tenerife: take local bus 910 to beach Las Teresitas and hired lounge chairs - Danta Cruz La Palma: as the island deserves a proper visit, we rented a car upon arrival at the terminal and drove to the other coast (60 mts drive), you can drive more around, we just enjoyed the scenic views and stayed there. - Sea day and enjoyed the sunshine, cafe Mocha and there was the gala night - Agadir, Marocco: we pre-arranged ourselves via a local hotel (Riad Villa Blanche) a transfer and enjoyed lunch and spa treatments after a visit to the market. - Arrecife, Lanzarote: rented a car at the pier and drove to the vulcano (45 mts drive). - Puerto del Rosario, Fuerteventura: due to wind and less sunny weather we walked around the town and visited a big shopping mall (best mall of all islands). - Las Palmas, Gran Canaria: we had 12 hours before the evening flight and booked a hotel on the beach (Sercotel Cristina Las Palmas) We would certainly do this package again but we heard that MSHorizon is going to be placed from Dubai same time next year. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
The ship is old but clean, and it wasn’t Pullmantur’s fault that the weather was bad and the seas rough, at least reception gave out free sea sickness pills. The cabin was large, and the beds comfortable and food better than normal ... Read More
The ship is old but clean, and it wasn’t Pullmantur’s fault that the weather was bad and the seas rough, at least reception gave out free sea sickness pills. The cabin was large, and the beds comfortable and food better than normal cruises. Good dancers, and an excellent trip round Lanzarote due to a fab Brazilian guide. But, we were under the main restaurant and each night it sounded like a metal barrel rolling above our heads, and the ships engines were very noisy so most nights you woke up. We had first dining (7.30, second was 9.45). The one show was at 9, twice it was for Spanish speakers only, and 5 times the dinner overran the start of the show, once we waited 45m to be served. Hardly any entertainment in the day, most at night. Not enough tables for lunch. Bar staff at two bars rude. Drinks package as all inclusive didn’t, for example, include a gin and tonic, just a gin. The extra drinks package, at 90euros, didn’t include the ‘gin bar’. Things that you expect, eg transfers, or maps at the stopping ports, not included, neither are tips or port taxes which are hefty. It seemed a cheap cruise but actually it wasn’t. Hardly saw staff for first few days, actually thought the upstairs restaurant was self clearing, but that got better by the end. Staff looked fed up. So did the passengers. Queued up with other Brits to complain, which I have never done on a cruise before. WiFi, pretty expensive, didn’t work for over a day and no refund given. Asked for advice from reception re the ports, was told they don’t give maps or advice, check the internet. Problems with disembarking, confusing advice and was booked flights through same company which left at 7pm, was told it would cost another 25 euros per person to stay on boat, so left, got ordinary bus 7.50 e. per person, to airport. No one from my family, or others we shared dining tables with, would go with Pullmantur again. Have never said that about a cruise line before. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
What a way to spend Christmas. My friends and I all arrived in Tenerife to spend the festive time on board Pullmantur Horizon and journeying around lovely hot Canary Islands. All aboard on the 21st December 2017 with our first ... Read More
What a way to spend Christmas. My friends and I all arrived in Tenerife to spend the festive time on board Pullmantur Horizon and journeying around lovely hot Canary Islands. All aboard on the 21st December 2017 with our first experience of this lovely ship though an elderly lady of the seas ! . The Spanish ran ship has a good mix of British, Spanish and other nationalities. All announcements are first made in Spanish then English. The ship needs continual tender loving care especially on the outer deck areas. Our Cabin was spacious, comfortable and above all squeaky clean. Our luggage arrived speedily which gave us chance to change and explore the ship. Although room service is only once a day this was more than adequate for our needs. Our first place to seek out was the buffet and pool bar. Very impressed with the quality and layout of the main buffet, not the greatest of choice but the quality was excellent and there is a selection for vegetarians and non gluten guests. The standard drinks package included in the price was ok but limited on choice. We chose to upgrade for an extra €10 a day and this was really good value for money as we then had a much greater choice of drinks. We decided as group to eat at the second sitting in the lovely main restaurant. For all the menu has a set choice each evening that does not change, there is a daily À la cart. We enjoyed our time in the restaurant and aboard ship especially the entertainment in the theatre and above all the friendly atmosphere created by all the members of crew and officers. This cruise was certainly value for money and I not only recommend it but we will cruise again with them. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
Given the great price of the cruise and the age of the ship, we were ready for anything. But this was a great cruise. The outside of the ship is well weathered, but the inside was great - easy to navigate and plenty of good places to hang ... Read More
Given the great price of the cruise and the age of the ship, we were ready for anything. But this was a great cruise. The outside of the ship is well weathered, but the inside was great - easy to navigate and plenty of good places to hang out. The ship is small, and less than one thousand passengers on our cruise, but it was homely and friendly, and even though the primary language is Spanish it was easy to feel part of the atmosphere. Its not going to compare to the larger US based ships, but we're seriously considering a return cruise to do the alternate itinerary. The highs were the itinerary and the friendliness of bar and entertainment staff. (The included beverages were quite extensive - you have to drink a lot to make the $70 total drinks package worth it. The extra charges on premium beers and wines amounted to $1 or $2 per drink,) We had cabin 1107 - a family balcony. Cabins are only cleaned once a day, but our cabin steward Eduardo was great. Bathrooms are small. Balcony was weathered, but useable. Buffet dining surpasses any ship I've been on (we've done most mainstream cruises). The buffet area is compact but complimented by two covered terraces on the back of the ship. The dining room service was good, the food was often the same as served in the buffet. There is no late night food anywhere on the ship. Morning coffee starts as 7 p.m. Food service closes at 10 a.m. 2nd dining however is at 9.30 p.m. Embarkation was superb, however getting in and out of Dominican Republic is something else. If you stay for more than 24 hours you have to buy a $10 tourist card, plus pay $20 import tax before boarding the ship. Prepaid shuttle from airport to ship is the best way to travel, then take a Santo Domingo excursion on the last day. Ship leaves at 9 p.m. and gets back at 9 a.m. Everyone was off by 11 a.m. Enrichment activities were limited. My partner did the yoga class on four days. No art auction, no hard selling. There was a cooking show in which both cruise director and captain participated in. There were daily craft workshops and spa seminars. The Entertainment team and Animation team were outstanding. Only one show a night in between 1st and 2nd dining, but three of them - the Halloween show, the Abba show and the Rock Never Dies were great. Lots of interaction between crew and passengers. Neither of us speak Spanish but rarely did we feel excluded. Staff remembered us through the week. The coffee lounge was a great hub. Most of the specialty coffees are included, as are cocktails and some wines and liquors. Disco seems underused and didn't start until 11.30 p.m. Theme nights every night - Gala (one formal), tropical, terror, white, black & white and rock. Great itinerary - Martinique, Barbados, Grenada & St. Vincent. We booked the Island tour in Barbados, and Spice & Rum tour in Grenada. Great fun. Wished we'd have done an excursion in St. Vincent. Beware - excursions are in Spanish, however English is the first language for the tour guides - a bizarre scenario. (Martinique is French). Best value for money. Wide age range though not many kids. Singles rates are really good, therefore many single travelers on board. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
This my very first cruise so I don't have a lot to compare it too. I live in Curacao, and get to see A LOT of cruise ships. Compared to those who visit the island, this one was small. But I received the cruise as a gift so I cant ... Read More
This my very first cruise so I don't have a lot to compare it too. I live in Curacao, and get to see A LOT of cruise ships. Compared to those who visit the island, this one was small. But I received the cruise as a gift so I cant complain. The ship is an older smaller ship. There was not a lot of diversity. Two buffets, One main dining room, one bar, one club. We had the ocean vieuw room on deck 10 and it was ok. Our room was nicely cleaned EVERYDAY! We had the all inclusive drink package and regularly took drinks to our room. Didier was awesome in cleaning everything up. The diner was good. Didn't eat anything twice. Our waiter Vedi was amazing. He always knew what pairing to recommend and no request was too outrageous. He and Diana gave us exceptional service everyday. So much that I was looking forward to dinner. The entertainment and activities were very limited. There was always something to do, but there was not many options. And also I had the feeling that it was all focused on a much older crowd. The ports and excursions were ok. I only booked an excursion at Cartagena, the hop on, hop off bus. I think it was ok. I wouldnt go on this cruise again, but I will recommend it to an older or elderly couple. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
I think that I can echo the same things about Pullmantur cruises that have been said here and agree. The furniture in the state rooms is in very bad condition and the collar around the hot tubs was broken. There were no excursions with ... Read More
I think that I can echo the same things about Pullmantur cruises that have been said here and agree. The furniture in the state rooms is in very bad condition and the collar around the hot tubs was broken. There were no excursions with English guides available at any port. We took a Greek Island cruise and I would expect the food and entertainment to be Greece themed but instead was all Spanish. The tipping was just added to your bill and you get no chance to dispute it or adjust it, they just add it to your bill on the last day. There are none of the amenities cruise ships usually have. No luxury at all. You get what you pay for though, transportation to five Greek Islands, meals, entertainment (in Spanish) and that's basically it. If you're looking for a normal cruise ship experience, don't take a Pullmantur cruise. Embarkation was a real problem. The buses that normally run from the subway station in Piraeus to the cruise port didn't stop and you have no way other than walking (over a mile) with suitcases in tow to where the ship was. That's a little hard to do in 100 degree heat. There should have been Pullmantur shuttle buses to take you to the ship. It's a very basic, bare bones, no perks cruise I cannot recommend. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
The Horizon's itinerary was sent to us via email by our cruise organizer. It indicated that the cruise's port of origin was Trieste, Italy and the first port of call would be Venice. We arranged an "open-jaw" flight ... Read More
The Horizon's itinerary was sent to us via email by our cruise organizer. It indicated that the cruise's port of origin was Trieste, Italy and the first port of call would be Venice. We arranged an "open-jaw" flight from Toronto to Venice, returning to Toronto from Athens, and a one-way car rental to Trieste. It didn't register on me when we received the itinerary that there was no exact location given for embarkation in Trieste - I assumed that there would be one and only one cruise ship terminal. Trieste, as it turns out, has many piers or "Molos" spanning a distance on the waterfront of over 3 kilometres. After dropping off our keys at the car rental agency's location on Molo 4 near the northeast end of the waterfront, we first checked Molo 4 for signs of our ship. No luck, so we started dragging our luggage in 30 degrees celsius southwest towards the other Molos, becoming increasingly concerned that there was no sign of our ship anywhere, nor any sign of other people looking as lost as us. We eventually reached the ferry terminal at the southwest end of the waterfront and realized that the Horizon was not in Trieste. This was confirmed by a helpful taxi driver who got in touch with his dispatcher. The taxi driver struggled with English to tell us that the Horizon was in Venice. We were confused, exhausted and becoming desperate, since we were now approaching the boarding deadline. We took the taxi back to the main piazza and sent an email to our cruise organizer, explaining our circumstances. She responded to our email, confirming that due to "mechanical issues" the ship was in fact no longer departing from Trieste, and that Pullmantur was transporting passengers by bus from Trieste to Venice. She recommended that we try to find the Pullmantur representatives. At this point we were exhausted, and couldn't imagine having to race back and forth across the waterfront looking for Pullmantur reps. I walked back over to the Trieste Terminal Passegiere and verified that there was nobody there from Pullmantur. At this point, still working with very little information, we reluctantly decided to take a taxi from Trieste to Venice. The taxi driver got us back to Venice quickly and we were finally able to board the Horizon, but it cost us 265 euros. Altogether, the pointless and exhausting round trip from Venice to Trieste cost us over $600 Canadian, including the cost of our car rental, diesel, tolls and taxi fares. Following our cruise organizer agent's advice, we talked to the Horizon guest services staff about obtaining compensation, and were told to complete a claim form. We did so, and were told 2 days later that "regrettably" they couldn't do anything for us. The desk manager told us that our cruise organizer had been notified of the itinerary change, and suggested that we submit a claim to the cruise organizer. Our agent in turn told us that they had been notified by Pullmantur, but only after they had already found out from other passengers what was happening. We were not the only people affected by this problem. Rob Goldstone (yes, *the* Rob Goldstone) was also left hanging, as were a couple from Melbourne and our dinner table companions from Vancouver. I will follow through with submitting the claim via the cruise organizer, but I'm not optimistic that anything more than finger pointing will result. The cruise was otherwise nice. The ports of call were all top-notch. We didn't opt for any of the ship's excursions, since the passengers on the ship were predominantly Spanish-speaking and we were told that English would only be offered if at least 10 people on the tour required it. So we basically did our own thing in each port, which was good since it was undoubtedly cheaper to do so and allowed us to move at our own pace. Meals on the ship were of reasonable but not outstanding quality. The restaurant and bar staff and cabin attendants were attentive and pleasant. The unlimited drinks that were included in the price were of decent enough quality that we felt no need to upgrade. We saw only one of the evening shows, an Abba tribute on the last night. It was good enough that we regretted not having attended more performances. Be aware that if you don't speak Spanish, you may feel a bit out of place on this ship.. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
This is our third trip on Pullmantur and have we have been very impressed with the quality for the price. For the last two trips we have booked room of Junior Suite or higher to get the advantages not only of more space but the Waves Club ... Read More
This is our third trip on Pullmantur and have we have been very impressed with the quality for the price. For the last two trips we have booked room of Junior Suite or higher to get the advantages not only of more space but the Waves Club amenities. Embarkation in Cartagena can be super chaotic with Pullmantur but with the advanced boarding with the Waves Class rooms this is avoided and you get on with minimal hassle. To avoid some of this check in online, print it out, and sign it. Then after you arrive go the line where your passports are checked. Colombian nationals will have to pay a exit tax, your passport is stamped but this is not immigration. Then get in line for immigration. The Zenith is a relatively small ship with around 1400 passengers and the junior suites are spread throughout the ship. There are very few balconies on this ship. Our room was a junior suite without a balcony and was a very nice size, bigger than an NCL mini suite, with full bath. There was a large flat screen TV but we never turned it on. Our only complaint is the room needed to be cleaned better, but once it was pointed out it was done quickly. The Waves Club was a small but nice interior area on the 8th floor, I understand it was the old "cigar lounge" when it was a celebrity ship. The room is dark without any exterior windows, but has a library feel with a nice ,marble fireplace and a big screen TV above it. My recommendation here are, if it is going to be a Wave's Club only area, you need to put in a card key entry. There were always people coming that were thinking it was the library, computer room, or games room. Also when you order a drink at the bar many times the person attending the bar has to go to another area of the ship to get the drink, leaving the area unattended. Just food for thought if Pullmantur reads this. The nightly shows were excellent for the size of ship. They are mostly in Spanish and there is very little English spoken on the ship other than the announcements, but if you need help the staff is multilingual. The buffet is recently remodeled and the food was very good. I can not fault anything there. In the back of the buffet there is an outdoor grill area for hamburgers and hotdogs as well as plenty of outside seating on that deck and the one below. That is one thing bout the Zenith, there is a lot of outdoor space. The main dining room was incredible. It was one of the nicer dining rooms I have been in on a ship. There was a piano player almost overnight, the service was very good, and the food was excellent. Remember the dinners are late. Early seating at 7:15 late seating 9:30 PM. The gym is very small, 3 working elliptical, four normal sized treadmills, two leg machines, and a four-sided multipurpose weight machine. There were also a incline bench and flat bench with dumbbells. It was just a very tight space and usually full. The spa, hit and miss. Spa manager a little aggressive with the sales pitch. The prices good. Massage, one good one not so good. The area is not super tranquil, there is a deck area outside the spa and three doors that go in an out of the area. Wish they could find a different area for the spa to be placed. We paid the $10 dollar/day charge for the upgrade in drinks. The canned Diet Coke alone was worth it, but Absolute didn't hurt either. We did all the tours on our own and have taken to getting resort passes for the bigger islands when we are in the Caribbean. So, I can't say anything about the Pullmanturs tour program. Overall, a great value for the money. Have patience in the boarding process, Have your expectations in check as it is an older ship but has been maintained well. This is primarily a Spanish speaking cruise, but there is always staff to help that can speak English if you need help. This is a family cruise, usually three generations and extended family. If you looking for a quiet cruise it may not be for you. Enjoy. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
I choose this cruise to know greek islands and an oportunity to calm holidays with my wife. But unfortunately the cruise was a disappointment with accumulation of people in the pool, without conditions, not filled with cold water. For ... Read More
I choose this cruise to know greek islands and an oportunity to calm holidays with my wife. But unfortunately the cruise was a disappointment with accumulation of people in the pool, without conditions, not filled with cold water. For breakfast and lunch at times of us possessed no place to sit down and disfrutarmos the pleasure of living together as a family. Despite a few/some excellent employees got the bad impression of everything else and strengthening the lack of direct response to a passenger/customer who won't be back and will do everything to prevent other customers from using these trips. I effected an exhibition concerning occurred in 2017.06.10 in Mykonos that Pullmantur not took care to inform passengers and had 4 hours in the queue while waiting for transport to the boat more than 50 people, children, elderly and sick people. Besides the information that gave the old port of Mykonos to the new port where the boat was moored was incorrect and caused expenses and loss of time without being reimbursed. Best regards Azinhais Rosa Mr Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
This boat had mixed emotions from me....I thought I would have enjoyed it, but unfortunately I'm monolingual, and they're more concerned with their Spanish and French Guest. The TV stations were all in Spanish, well barring CNN ... Read More
This boat had mixed emotions from me....I thought I would have enjoyed it, but unfortunately I'm monolingual, and they're more concerned with their Spanish and French Guest. The TV stations were all in Spanish, well barring CNN and one movie station, which showed the same thing over and over. The food was okay, it had it's moments... The staff were friendly, even though one crew member openly told me he hated his job. The kids club was in spanish and my son, had serious challenges....but still went along, because there was nothing else to do. My cabin, So my cabin was huge, a lovely ocean view, huge bathroom....BUTTTTT let me tell you, clearly disinfectant and bleach is a no no, because the bathroom was horrible...we were told not to flush toilet paper, but place it in the bin. so image what happened when you had to number two..... Im not sure how sanitary that is, for us or the housekeepers. The towels were dingy, there were no facetowels, the sheets were not that clean either. A whole floor on the boat couldn't flush their toilets, and the pee and feces was floating in the public toilets...I was not.......impressed and if I had not cruised before, I wouldn't attempt to do it again. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
I chose the cruise because I wanted to cruise the Caribbean visiting places like Santo Domingo which I do not usually go to. The cruise was good, the food was good too. The staff were helpful and friendly. I was very disappointed that ... Read More
I chose the cruise because I wanted to cruise the Caribbean visiting places like Santo Domingo which I do not usually go to. The cruise was good, the food was good too. The staff were helpful and friendly. I was very disappointed that the Teen Club was never available for my daughter whenever she went there was some excuse or the other - "we have only boys today", "or we are dealing with the new children today.". Service was good in the photo shop and the Spa. However, dinner time service was the best and I must commend Waiter Mr. Julian Martinez and Assistant Waiter Mr. Santiago Assume who gave excellent service. I enjoyed the nightly shows with the singers and dancers. However the stand up show was disappointing to me as it was in Spanish and I am English speaking. My recommendation would be to pay more attention to the non -Spanish speaking passengers during the entertainment segments so that all passengers can have a better experience. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
My Sister-in-law and Brother-in-law booked this cruise for a party of 14 us, and as it was the first cruise myself and my wife had been on we had a fantastic time. Ship sounds nothing like some of the reviews and for its age was in ... Read More
My Sister-in-law and Brother-in-law booked this cruise for a party of 14 us, and as it was the first cruise myself and my wife had been on we had a fantastic time. Ship sounds nothing like some of the reviews and for its age was in good shape. We had an outside cabin and it was lovely and kept clean and tidy everyday by the cabin staff. Dining was excellent with a good choice of eating a la carte or waited service in the Splendid restaurant which we chose every evening. The food was excellent and the service was impeccable. The evening shows were very good with Abba and Beatles tributes on a couple of evenings. There are plenty of bars, Casino, Discotheque and a well equipped Gym and Spa. Overall the service by the crew was excellent. As this was my sister and Brother-in-laws 15th cruise we did not bother with any of the port and shore excursions as we made our own way around and found it most enjoyable. But had my wife and myself been on our own we would of most probably gone on an excursion. My wife and myself would definitely go on another cruise. Thank you Pullmantur for a truly great first time cruise experience. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
Let me start by saying that we have been on around 30 cruises from 5 star Celebrity and RC to Costa (Avoid at all costs they are a horrible company !) Going on the reviews i was not expecting much from the Horizon but wow it exceeded our ... Read More
Let me start by saying that we have been on around 30 cruises from 5 star Celebrity and RC to Costa (Avoid at all costs they are a horrible company !) Going on the reviews i was not expecting much from the Horizon but wow it exceeded our expectations in every way. We arrived at the ship around 3pm and literally walked straight on !!!! The whole process took 5 minutes (Not the 2 hrs we spent waiting in a huge queue whilst embarking RC and Costa ships !) Food was excellent in both restaurants, The AI drinks package was limitless and served anywhere throughout the ship, Non of the usual one drink per person ridiculousness that other cruise lines charging £50 a day insist on. The whole ship is really relaxed ! Rooms are larger than average and clean the ship is 20 plus yrs old but in good condition, The gym has new up to date equipment, The jacuzzi 's are both clean and warm as are the pools. service is excellent and staff are very friendly and look happy in their jobs. If you are looking for a cheap fun relaxed cruise with great food and an excellent FREE drinks package you wont be disappointed. Pound for pound amongst the best cruise ive ever been on. Thankyou Pullmantur for showing how a cruise ship should be run. We will definately be back. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
The stops along the cruise is variable in origins, since dutch/french island, to old English Colony. All stops had choices of nice beaches and historical sites, as well as shopping places. The piano bar and singers during cruise were very ... Read More
The stops along the cruise is variable in origins, since dutch/french island, to old English Colony. All stops had choices of nice beaches and historical sites, as well as shopping places. The piano bar and singers during cruise were very warm and friendly. The coffee place Moka with its Cappucino was a must every single dinner, as the Rendezvous bar for dancing. The cabin was clean every single day, with privacy. The baggage take in and off board was smart too. The dining options were very fancy for a large restaurant. The fine option to eat at Flamboyant was paired to carefully chosen waiters, speaking at least two languages. While the take it all restaurant at 11th floor had a wider range of open time, just in case one misses the downstairs restaurant. The drinks are free, and the choice is wide to every taste. Barmen were very fast serving so many people at the pool. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
I choose this cruise as we life and work in Tenerife, and it was meant to be a relaxing break after a hectic Christmas. I've been on other cruises, there's always a sail away party, on the Horizon we were made to attend a safety ... Read More
I choose this cruise as we life and work in Tenerife, and it was meant to be a relaxing break after a hectic Christmas. I've been on other cruises, there's always a sail away party, on the Horizon we were made to attend a safety drill, not a problem, but after 10pm at night? the ship basically slipped away at 11.30ish soon after, nothing, first impressions, poor. The second night, 'Beatles Tribute' in the Theatre which turned out to be the resident band, as was every other Tribute or show, overall entertainment was non existent during the day unless you wanted a talk on acupuncture, and the evenings weren't any better, no atmosphere at all anywhere, even the piped music was drab. Food, I am a vegetarian, every breakfast consisted of cold cuts, cheese, muesli and fruit, nothing hot at all, and wheras a couple of days of this is OK it soon wore thin eating cold toast and jam every day and the concept of a cup of tea with milk just drew blank looks. The breakfast buffet closed at 10.30 or 11am. The 'Grill and Pizzeria' opened at 12, the Vegetarian option was frozen pizza, chips, possibly a cheese roll if there were any left. Lunch Buffet, 1pm until 4, meat and fish every day with salad, Vegetarian option, potatoes, pasta, every day. Basically is you don't like meat or fish you cannot eat anything until 7.15 at night from 4pm, they decided to not open the evening Buffet this week, so you were required to be in the main restaurant around 7.15pm if you wanted to eat. My wife ordered steak, and that's what she got, no side dishes, the menu for me was the same every night apart from the Chef's recommendation which was mostly a rice dish in a sauce, the portions were minute, of the 7 nights we only went three times and choose to live on the minibar contents or eat off the ship. In summary, the ship needs a lot of refurbishment, it's on it's last legs, two mornings all the toilets on the ship stopped working, and every night the Junior Suite I had stank of raw sewage untill we learned to block the sink holes. There's so much wrong with this cruise I could go on all day, it's not even a good ferry standard, the ONLY upside the staff are very freindly and helpful, and if it wasn't for them we would have got off half way through. On leaving the ship when security swiped my card an alarm rang and I was refused exit in front of everyone, because I owed 4 euros on the minibar (which I had paid at reception and had the receipt) I was made to tramp back up to be told the receptionist had forgotten to take it off the system. On booking I was told the ship catered for an International clientele, this is not the case. I'll never use Pullmantur again. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
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