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4 Pullmantur Gay & Lesbian Cruise Reviews

We chose this cruiser for the itinerary and the low price which included a basic beverage package, Cabin was dated and the wallpaper worn but the mattress was good, the linens fresh, the plumbing worked and everything was clean. Staff ... Read More
We chose this cruiser for the itinerary and the low price which included a basic beverage package, Cabin was dated and the wallpaper worn but the mattress was good, the linens fresh, the plumbing worked and everything was clean. Staff were friendly throughout. Food good with reasonable choice. Excellent al fresco dining aft of the buffet with great views. Entertainment OK for a small ship. Few other activities. Nifty little library with comfy chairs for a quiet read. Good card and game room. Tiny Casino. Hots tubs aft away from the pool area. Good sun loungers with refreshingly little 'hogging' which is endemic on American ships. Food was surprisingly good with excellent soups and good fish and pork selections. A clean and comfy ship without the modern 'bells and whistlers' all of which I can do without. Efficient disembarkation and boarding at ports. No special shuttles but most ports had public transit. Spanish passengers in the main but all crew spoke English and major announcements were in English too. Relaxing, enjoyable and at a great price. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
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
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
Full disclosure - The sailing was a charter for a club run out of Brussels called La Demence. This is a gay club and so (obviously) it was a gay cruise. My parter and I have been together 12 years and have never been on such a cruise but ... Read More
Full disclosure - The sailing was a charter for a club run out of Brussels called La Demence. This is a gay club and so (obviously) it was a gay cruise. My parter and I have been together 12 years and have never been on such a cruise but thought if we don't try it now we never will. The trip was themed around the club with a host of DJs and an impressive pool deck lighting and sound system - it was a party ship! Boarding in Marseille should have been the first sign that this was not to be the best cruise experience. Firstly signage on what to do and when was very poor. In the event you had to leave your luggage on the ground floor (queue up rather than be greeted and have it taken as has been the case on previous trips), then queue up to check in. We queued around 40 mins and we were near the front! There were only 7 check in desks with no pre-check in facility so EVERYONE was filling in credit card authorisations etc. After this we had another 90 mins to wait until we could board. In this time there were no refreshments - just a stuffy room. Once on board we could go straight to our rooms. We had an inside on deck 6 near the back (near the engines - more later). The room was a good size with TONS of cupboard space and a good shower. It looked dated but then the ship is 22 years old. There was no room service menu and the in room safe was locked. We reported the safe and left for lunch in the buffet on deck 11. Food as a whole was very disappointing. The buffet had a small selection every day (lunch and dinner) 3 salads, 3 hot dishes, 3 veg and a roast. There was also pizza and pasta. There was an outside grill but this closed during evening dinner time. The food generally tasted better then it looked but I never went back for more (unlike all other cruises I have been on when I have been an absolute pig as there are just too many good things to eat!). The main dining room had open seating in the evening. The meal was efficient and FAST. In and out in under an hour (they gave NCL a run for their money). Portions were small but again nothing was ever good enough for me to order more. Every day there were 2 main parties around the pool. 6pm - 9pm was a T-Dance and Midnight - 4:30am was the main party. The lighting and DJs were first class. My fellow passengers came from around 60 countries! Most announcements were in French, Spanish and English - but English was probably the most commonly used. Sorry gay clubbing community but the people on board were my biggest problem. Fairly rude and behaving like children. Dress codes were "liberal" with just a top needed to dine in the main dining room in the evening - but even this was too much effort for some. If I am going to a full service restaurant, with light ambient music and an attempt at a refined atmosphere then I would hope the diners would respect this and at least wear a smart T Shirt and Smart shorts / jeans. People coming in to eat in bathing suits and laughing loudly, ordering the waiting staff around and "wearing" napkins on their heads as hats is not what I expected. During the rest of the day my partner and I hardly spoke to a soul - so different to conventional cruising where we have made some lasting friendships with people from all over the world. Public rooms were nice enough but again very dated. I am not sure where the re-fit money went. No room had any wow factor. However, the layout of the ship was very good and I imagine on a conventional cruise it works very well. As CDF offer an all inclusive cruise experience, alcohol selections were very limited and bottom end brands. We visited 3 ports - Naples, Sicily and Ibiza. Ibiza was an overnight from 2pm to 9am the following day. Any chance to get of the ship was welcomed and I enjoyed all 3 ports. Entertainment apart from the parties was provided by bought in "talent". La Diva was a singer (actually a surprisingly good singer) that had a good rapport with the crowd and did 3 shows over the week. Koka was one of the worst drag acts I have EVER seen. Put me in a dress and I would be more convincing. Add in that he mimed to songs and I have no idea why the other passengers seemed to like him! Nicky Nicole was a further drag act - I have no idea what he did though apart from manage to walk in high heels. Finally there was the ship dances (who seemed capable) and a ventriloquist (v. funny). In addition to the nightly show there was a gay film festival. Not sure why just because I am gay I have to be subjected to worthy but badly acted and directed films, but there you go. Personally I would have been happier watching The Avengers or a good comedy. Finally the cabin. We were in 6169 and in terms of comfort no issues. Bed was good, sheets were clean, shower good. BUT - we did not meet our steward for 2 days, there was no room service menu, the safe was locked (2 days to unlock it despite repeated requests) and the engine noise was deafening! In summary then the ship was average, the food was average, the service was average, the fellow passengers were a huge pain (I would go into some of the things they did but this has gone on too long already) the parties were excellent and the additional entertainment was largely poor. When I tell you that the list price for an inside cabin was €1500 per person (based on 2 sharing) I think you will agree that this was horrifically over priced. Compared to other companies I have cruised with (overall rating): 1) Disney 2) Royal Caribbean 3) Celebrity 4) NCL 5) CDF (with reservations as this was a charter and the normal offer may be better). Read Less
Sail Date July 2012
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