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Sail Date: July 2019
NOT THE ZENITH SHIP. MONARCH Ship was our cruise. All Spanish speaking, some English. Overall a fair cruise. Do not take interior room as walls are thin. Fruit was not ripe, hard and lacked flavor. Coke and other soft drinks plus most ... Read More
NOT THE ZENITH SHIP. MONARCH Ship was our cruise. All Spanish speaking, some English. Overall a fair cruise. Do not take interior room as walls are thin. Fruit was not ripe, hard and lacked flavor. Coke and other soft drinks plus most alcohol free in open main pool/deck area. Poor looking few channels on 17-20" TV. Few activities, guess we are spoiled. Yellowish brown nasty looking hot water for 3 days, took cold shower. It is an adventure. All Spanish speaking cruise, some English. Overall a fair cruise, fun for first timers but experienced cruisers will not be happy unless you are old hippies. Do not take interior room as walls are thin and some people will party all night into the wee hours of the morning... plus staff do not like complaints, so it is best to hold complaints until you can make them online. The Filipino staff were great, but some of the Spanish complained about being underpaid. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2019
We have been on 31 cruises but this was our first time on a Pullmantur ship. We liked the idea that it is a Spanish cruise line since my husband speaks Spanish fluently. The cruise price included gratuities and all beverages so it was a ... Read More
We have been on 31 cruises but this was our first time on a Pullmantur ship. We liked the idea that it is a Spanish cruise line since my husband speaks Spanish fluently. The cruise price included gratuities and all beverages so it was a better value than a hotel. The itinerary included two Greek Islands that we had not been to before. Pullmantur's Horizon is an older ship but the maintenance was good. Our deluxe balcony cabin was very comfortable with more closet space than many newer ship. The room steward was exceptionally good to the point where we tipped him even though the gratuities were inclusive in the cruise price. We found the food to be quite good. The first day we walked into the buffet for lunch and I went to the hand sanitizer machine and put my hands under it, pushed a button, and felt really stupid when a pat of butter fell into my hands from the automatic butter dispenser (clever machine). Other reviewers have commented that there was no butter served but I found it the first day. In the dining room each table had a bottle of virgin olive oil which was perfect for dipping the rolls and delicious breads that were served. My husband is not an adventurous eater, but he always found something on the menu that he liked. The entertainment was good. One night the production staff did a Mama Mia/Abba show that was so good that we skipped dinner and sat thought the second (repeat) show. We went to most of the musical shows and found them to be delightful. Even with my minimal understanding of Spanish, I understood the humor. It was Easter Week and the ship was loaded with young students. The morning music poolside was more upbeat than we preferred with our first cup of coffee, but other than that, it was fun to see the future cruise addicts enjoying themselves. The bar staff at the pool bar we kept very busy, but the students were well behaved and respectful. It was a treat for us to be able to go to any bar and get a soda, beer or cocktail without a charge. I liked the Cava and house red wines. We met interesting people from Europe as well as from South America and the Caribbean. It was a relaxing with no pressure to buy things or to tip. We would definitely cruise with Pullmantur again. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 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
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
Zenith is an old boat, built in 1992 so with that in mind it was never going to be one of the newer luxury liners. The accommodation was adequate without being luxurious. With an older boat such as Zenith there are always creeks and noises ... Read More
Zenith is an old boat, built in 1992 so with that in mind it was never going to be one of the newer luxury liners. The accommodation was adequate without being luxurious. With an older boat such as Zenith there are always creeks and noises as the boat moves which can be disturbing for sleep if you are a light sleeper. On the question of the movement of the boat we both find that there was quite a lot of “swell” movement which would say to us as laypeople the stabilisers were broken or were not up to scratch. Secondly, the cruise line Pullmantur is mostly catering for a Spanish clientele and again with that in mind be careful about booking with them as of course most of the programs on board such as shows and all communications are mainly in Spanish. We had taken out a “Black Waves“ package which is the top package on board which gives you various advantages such as free Wi-Fi in a special part of the boat!, private sun deck, waiter service at own assigned restaurant table and free drinks from a drinks list throughout the cruise. No personnel could explain to me why the free Wi-Fi was not available in our cabin and throughout the boat which would be normal for that type of service on other ships. So when you want to use the Wi-Fi you had to visit an assigned bar! The downsides of the ship are more than made up by the staff on board who do a valiant job in difficult circumstances. We would single out particularly the “Waves Club” staff Juan and Jose and the restaurant staff Rey and I Mahdi and I would suggest that one tour which is worth doing if you are fit enough for it is one of the on shore electric cycle tours with Miguel and Nico. Overall, my recommendation would be there are other better international operators and offerings for the Canary Islands, Madeira, Agadir route. These would probably offer better value in a newer ship such as TUI Aida. Star rating 2.5 out of 5! Read Less
12 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 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
20 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2018
When I originally booked this cruise I was not expecting too much as it was such a good price. It was a week cruising the Canary Islands and Morocco for under 400 euros per person all inclusive and we literally thought if it got us around ... Read More
When I originally booked this cruise I was not expecting too much as it was such a good price. It was a week cruising the Canary Islands and Morocco for under 400 euros per person all inclusive and we literally thought if it got us around the ports then it was a good deal, but we did not expect a lot from the food and drink at that price. we had sailed on the ship about 9 years previously as Island Star and knew it would be an old ship, but we had very much liked it, we like the smaller ships and we knew it had undergone a recent refurb so decided to give it a go. We were very pleasantly surprised! This was a fabulous cruise from start to finish. With Pullmamtur there was the option to check in on line and when we arrived at the terminal we were checked in and on board within 10 minutes, very efficient! The ship is looking lovely and you would not think she was as old as she is. We had an outside superior cabin for three adults which I had expected we may need to upgrade on board but it was very spacious and loads of storage space - 2 double wardrobes and 24 drawers along with lots of mirrors!!! We asked for extra coathangers and were provided very quickly with an extra 20 so no problems with cabin space at all (although I am happy to sleep on a bunk, some may not like this but the bunk was not actually over the double bed which was huge). The cabin and the public rooms were spotless. The food is probably amongst the best that we have had on a ship and I have sailed with many lines. The buffet restaurant on the lido deck had a fantastic array of fresh salads and vegetables, a wide variety of hot mains, pizzas, paellas, deserts and every lunch there was a special carvery....the first day it was whole roasted salmons baked in salt, they did whole roast hake one day, the biggest beef joint have ever seen, roast turkeys and we were very impressed that they managed to mass produce pork with fabulous crispy crackling, not an easy task! The buffet is open breakfast lunch and dinner, we chose to eat breakfast and lunches there, and dinner in the main dining room. If you go to the lido buffet you need to find your own table whereas if you go to the main dining room the waiters seat you and get the drinks for you, but apart from that it is the same food and same buffet style for lunch and breakfast. It could be a slight scrum for a table if you hit busy time in the lido, eg when all of the trips were returning, but the opening hours were long and once you had your table everything was very nicely laid out and no queues. One thing Pullmantur do which we thought was a great idea is to have little paper discs on the table, green on one side, red on the other. If you dont want your plates cleared and are returning to your table you put the card to red so no helpful waiter clears it whilst you are returning to the buffet to get something else, meaning that one of you does not need to stand guard over your table the whole time....a simple idea but so effective! The main dining room is very spacious and never seemed over crowded. We were on first sitting which was 7.30pm. The second sitting at 9.45pm would have been too late for us, but fortunately about 2/3 of the passengers are Spanish and seemed to like to eat late so there was no issue with getting an early sitting. You have the same table number and dinner companions for the week at dinner, and they ensure they sit the same nationalities together. The evening menus were imaginative and delicious and just the right portion slices. Very impressed with the quality of the meats and fish, when it said red snapper it was, when it said John Dory it was ( we have experienced in the past o sone ships the same white fishes being served every night in different guises!). They did not seem to serve vegetables but you only needed to ask and they would provide. I have to say that the service from the Chefs and the Head Waiter was fantastic, I am on a very restrictive diet and have a lot of allergies. The head waiter Mahreshi took this all in his stride, he would check with me every meal what I would like for the next meal, and whatever I came up with he miraculously produced with a minimum of fuss. He was so attentative, never made me feel like I was being difficult, his customer service was fantastic and I felt very well looked after. There is no afternoon tea on this ship wbich we actually prefer. Sometimes you can feel over faced by food on board ships. We found there was always food available but it wasnt in your face and we ate extremely well. The cruise was all inclusive, once on board you could upgrade your package if you wished but we did not need to. The standard gin was gordons, the wine was very nice, a good variety of cocktails was included. But the thing that really impressed us was that the speciality coffee shop was included on the all inclusive too, lovely coffee menu at no extra charge unlike other lines. In fact we were very impressed by how little extras there were to pay on board. Apart from the gratuities (72 euros per person so reasonable) they did not seem to push you to buy extras all of the time. There was no charge for any of the arts and crafts classes, stretching, dance classes, cooking demonstrations etc. We have found in recent years a lot of lines are now charging for these. And best of all no photographers in your face all of the time! Apart from the embarkation photo we did not see them, they werent snapping you at dinner or every time you got off or on the gangway. You could book a package if you wanted but otherwise the did not encroach...very refreshing! We had read reviews before hand that the Spanish were constantly partying and loud, we actually did not find this a problem at all. In fact better than an all brit cruise because no one reserved sunbeds or left their towels on them at all so you could always get a bed when you needed it. There are lots of nice lounges on board so there was always somewhere to find if you wanted some quiet time. We loved the cosy library and enjoyed the pura vida lounge in the late afternoon. Bar staff were always on hand and no cards to carry as everyone was all inclusive which made a nice change. The gym was small but very well equiped. We didnt use the spa but the saunas were free and plenty of treatments available. The suite guests had a special private lounge which looked lovely, it was the old Captains Club Room from the Island Star Days. There were various theme nights but they werent enforced. However we found it fun to dress up on Arabian Night. Other nights were the Gala Night, Tropical, 70s 80s and White Night. After I booked this I realised it was Easter week and we were a little apprehensiveabout how many kids would be on board. However we hardly saw them. There is an on site kids club and the team kept them out of the way and entertained. The only time we did find them was on sea day, the jacuzzis were hogged by unaccompanied young kids. This is one thing I wouldnt like if I was a jacuzzi lover which I am not really, i woukd then want for for the rule of over 16 years only to be enforced. I have to say that the shows were not our thing, but that is not slating the singing or dancing. They are in Spanish, had they been in English we would probably have been more enthusiastic but we had booked a Spanish Cruise Line so expected that and there were good bands in the public areas so we were quite happy with drinks and cards! Disembarking and embarking in each port was very painless and well organised, never any queueing LAS PALMAS enjoyed strolling round the old town, lovely crafty boutiques and unusual shops, cobbled streets, a nice promenade and very reasonable coffee shops! All within walking distance of the ship. LANZAROTE docked in Areceife at the port furthest from the centre. We had done our research and as we were just there in the afternoon we knew everything in Arecife was shut so we had pre organised car hire from the port for around 50 euros with cicar. We headed to Teguise old town which was very quaint. Then came back through the centre to the coast and Puerto del Carmen which was more touristy but nice for a drink on the harbour side. FUERTEVENTURA Docked in Puerto del Rossario, walked to the bus station, about 20 minutes away, and took the local bus to Correlejo. Fabulous journey, the route took us up to the national park then along the coast line past the famous sand dunes which were stunning. 3 euros and we felt like we had had a proper tour! Lots of shops and a lovely beach front at Correlejo. Would highly recommend this way rather than the organised transfer for 20 euros. AGADIR got a local taxi to take us on a tour for a few hours to see some mosques and give us an hour at the beach and lovely promenade. He would have also included the souk and fabric shops which we didnt want so we had an extra 30 min at the beach. Bartered it down to 25 euros for the three of us. Taxis are waiting outside the ship.they will try and charge as much as they think tgey can get so be prepared to haggle, but there was no issues when in the taxi and we felt quite safe although tge local driving is interesting......! GRAN CANARIA we first walked to the beach which was beautiful but unfortunately too windy a day to appreciate. There is a very long beach promenade to stroll if the weather is good. As it wasnt beach weather we then trecked accross town to a very nice shopping centre, then took a taxi to the old quarter whicb was charming, beautiful architecture and many photo oportunities. Taxis reasonable. We did not do any ship excursions but they did offer a weeks package to be pre booked that seemed very reasonable, we just like to do our own thing. Aft cabins do experience some noise when manouvering into port to dock, we are early risers soit wasnt a problem for us. Each night I requested a flask of hot warer and the bell boys brought it to the cabin within minutes. Disembarkation from the cabins is 8am and cases need to be out by midnight. As we live in Tenerife it was not an issue for us to leave the ship after breakfast but apparently if you stayed after 11am you needed to pay. The one blip we had was on disembarking. We got to the terminal to discover one of our bags was missing. It was a good half an hour before it was eventually located having been put in the wrong area. The security of the cases in the terminal did not seem to be very efficient, no one was checking very thoroughly who collected what. We approached an agent in a panic and she was very dismissive and did not seem to know what to do. We eventually located toourselves after an anxiousperiod. However I am not sure that she was part of Pullmantur, I think they were the port agency that Pullmantur use. I have to say that the service on board was excellent. I woukd not hesitate to cruise with Pullmantur again had they an itinerary that catches my eye and would definately recommend them. Incidently Pullmantur do over 55 years discount.apparently the single supplements are also reasonable. Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 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
19 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2018
This was an attractive cruise both price-wise and because of the itinerary. The boarding process went very smoothly. The cabin was well-appointed. We had a balcony which I would always recommend. Because this is an older ship, it is in ... Read More
This was an attractive cruise both price-wise and because of the itinerary. The boarding process went very smoothly. The cabin was well-appointed. We had a balcony which I would always recommend. Because this is an older ship, it is in need of maintenance occasionally which happened with our toilet (wouldn't flush) on three occasions, the water out of the tap on the last day was rust-coloured and our curtains came off the rails. In each instance a maintenance person was on the problem within five minutes. It was very impressive. The carpets in the cabin hallways were worn and in need of replacement. Everything else was in very good order. The food was excellent with many options at each meal. The dress requirements for the dining-room were not really enforced which was to our liking in a hot climate. What was most impressive though was the crew. We had only 650 guests for a crew of 650. Normally this cruise would have up to 1850 guests. So, the service was impeccable. We like to get to know our crew and what was remarkable was that almost all of the staff had been on that ship 5 - 20 years. It spoke volumes about the cruise line. Most of the entertainment was in Spanish which we did not speak and was geared for a somewhat younger crowd. We did not visit the disco or see a show. The pool music was disco/pop. What surprised me though was that there were no options for Spanish lessons which we would have jumped at. Here was a missed opportunity. The gym had several machines that needed maintenance. Our shore excursions were private so that we could speak to the guides directly. Disembarking was equally smooth and effortless. They seem to have that well-organized. I would definitely book a Pulmantur cruise again. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
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
21 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2017
We chose this cruise as there were no sea days so daily entertainment was not an issue. The Cruise line caters predominantly to the Spanish client but there were many on-board for whom English was the preferred language. All the staff ... Read More
We chose this cruise as there were no sea days so daily entertainment was not an issue. The Cruise line caters predominantly to the Spanish client but there were many on-board for whom English was the preferred language. All the staff spoke English. The ship was a no frills ship. We did not partake of any of the daytime activities as we were on shore each day. The evening entertainment was excellent, the absence of too much dialogue meant it was not necessary to understand Spanish. Food was good and plentiful, with a section for dietary needs such as gluten free and the service was excellent. The all inclusive deal was fair and being able to vet good coffee within this deal was a bonus. Water was feely available in all the bars so it wasn't necessary to take out the expensive extra drinks packages that were offered. Our Stateroom was clean if a little tired. Public areas were clean. Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
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
12 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2017
Friends booked the cruise from Santa Cruz, Tenerife and we decided to join them. The travel agent in Puerto Santiago told s that only 6 cabins remained on sale so we booked an outside cabin costing €1240, two days later an English ... Read More
Friends booked the cruise from Santa Cruz, Tenerife and we decided to join them. The travel agent in Puerto Santiago told s that only 6 cabins remained on sale so we booked an outside cabin costing €1240, two days later an English website offered a selection of cabins some £300 cheaper. We complain and given a small rebate and the promise that we had been upgraded. Our cabin 9033, had a lifeboat blocking the entire view, we should have booked an interior cabin at a substantial discount. I have written with photographs to the travel agent and Pullmantur without any response.The food and catering staff were very good but the reception staff ignored my comments. The ship is in reasonable condition for such an old one.The entertainment was as good as we have ever seen aboard ship, excellent variety of shows, good for English even though this is a Spanish company. Read Less
15 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2017
I took a cruise that was to take me to La Romana, St. Maarten, St. Lucia, Antigua, Barbados and Grenada. First disappointment: without any explanations, the stop at La Romana was cancelled. the company decided to give USD 100 per ... Read More
I took a cruise that was to take me to La Romana, St. Maarten, St. Lucia, Antigua, Barbados and Grenada. First disappointment: without any explanations, the stop at La Romana was cancelled. the company decided to give USD 100 per cabin. On one of the islands, the stay was cut for three hours, also no explanation. I purchased an internet package consisting of minutes, but the account was charged based on megas, meaning you very quickly used up the "minutes" you had purchased. a rip-off. Second rip-off: the beverage package. Half of the listed beverages are not available. The cruises organized by the ship are disastrous and expensive. When you complain, you are exposed to a Spanish lady at the tour office who treats you in a disrespectful and rude manner. The food served on the ship is nowhere near the gastronomic experience of other ships (i.e. Royal Caribbean, Norwegian, Celebrity), it's very normal food to calm your hunger. This is a Caribbean cruise, but no seafood (shrimp, smoked salmon, etc.) is ever served. The menu is oriented for the large percentage of Spanish passengers that are on board. The "night with the captain" is another deception. You are to dress elegantly and are then sent to and seated at an auditorium, where you listen to the captain on the stage talk and introduce you to part of his staff. Then you can have your picture taken with him (picture for which you have to pay). And then the event is finished. We were charged USD 108 per person for a so-called "service tax", which we assumed was the tips you are supposed to give. But this is not so. We were told that we were free to give tips, so I have not idea what that money is for. I got no answer when I asked why we were given a 100-dollar-compensation per cabin, and not per person, if the service tax was charged per person. Nobody would give me an answer. Summarizing: a very disappointing experience with this company, which I will not recommend to any of my circle. For the price I paid, I could have gotten twice as much service on another cruise. This is no luxury cruise at all. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2016
Cruise was advertised with a mini suite, only five days before we received cabin number. Not a mini suite, a very poor " de luxe" balcony cabin. Not as advertised and sold. Agent blames Pulmantur and flatly refused to accept ... Read More
Cruise was advertised with a mini suite, only five days before we received cabin number. Not a mini suite, a very poor " de luxe" balcony cabin. Not as advertised and sold. Agent blames Pulmantur and flatly refused to accept responsibility even though they advertised and sold product. Very poor quality cabin, no kettle, air con ineffective, no fridge and orders not to put paper down the toilets. No stabilisers so very rocky in light waves, entertainment poor, one night just a man blowing fancy bubbles. All in all the worst trip ever, would not recommend this very old small ship. Plus side, food was ok. At Cittavecchia queue for shuttle bus took over an hour, gave up and stayed on board. Sum up. Ship very old. Cabin basic, Food ok, Entertainment amateur, Dining staff good. Cabin staff good. The worst cruise ever. Tip. Pay extra and take a bigger modern ship. Not worth the price however cheap. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2016
This past September 2016 I took a cruise on the Monarch with Pullmantur. The price was a great value and the cruise was worth every penny since I paid less than $600 for this cruise and it was a 15 day cruise. Was everything excellent? ... Read More
This past September 2016 I took a cruise on the Monarch with Pullmantur. The price was a great value and the cruise was worth every penny since I paid less than $600 for this cruise and it was a 15 day cruise. Was everything excellent? No, but for me the ship was comfortable the food was good and the staff were upbeat and nice to be around. The food at the buffet was very good and the dinner food in the dining room was good but my dining choices were limited, the menu never changed throughout the duration of the cruise (15- days) we had one menu to select from and the items on the menu were limited. My favorite hang-out was Schooner Bar was my favorite hang-out, it was right next to the Casino and the bar made excellent coffee - yum and the bar service was great. Would I take another cruise with Pullmantur? You betcha, yes, I sure would it's a great value. Read Less
20 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2016
My husband and I booked this, as it was Malta to Malta and we had no flying. Having done approximately 10 other cruises before, we can honestly say this was down there at the bottom. The embarkation process was excellent, well organised ... Read More
My husband and I booked this, as it was Malta to Malta and we had no flying. Having done approximately 10 other cruises before, we can honestly say this was down there at the bottom. The embarkation process was excellent, well organised and very quick. Our cabin (1007) which was a balcony, was ready upon embarkation and was a reasonable size with lots of storage,, however there starts the downfall, during the cruise, our toilets stopped flushing for a whole day, and another day we were without water in the cabin for the whole day, we couldn't shower to go out on tour, then when we got back we could not wash or shower before dinner (all we got was one bottle of water to supplement us)!. The carpet was not vacuumed and there were bits all over. The cabin steward left no details of his name, and the this day (disembarkation) we still do not know his/her name (shoddy to say the least). Plus side is the cabin was quiet and we had an excellent nights sleep. I used the spa and booked a pilates session- this was excellent! She stretched my abilities and I had a thorough work out. I was going to go back for a second, but never got around to it- shame. Security aboard the ship thought they were protecting the president of USA. They never cracked a smile or exchanged pleasantries which we saw. Breakfasts were at the hottest, warm and some occasions cold once I asked if they had warm plates to put the warm food on and the staff member actually said what a good idea, it would stop the food getting cold! lunch was virtually the same throughout the week. I am surprised the ship has not gone down with any infections, as no-one and I mean o-one used the hand sanitisers, there was no member of staff to make people use them and they were not even placed very strategically! Entertainment was a joke first night was introduce the staff, and two other nights was screened football in the theatre. So, 3 out of 7 nights the animation team had off! There was no poolside entertainment, sorry I lie, there was bingo round the pool?, ad bingo in the bar later around 20.00. Entertainment between 14.00 and 16.00 was siesta time!!!Evenings were very tame affairs i.e. RCL (who incidentally own CDF) will have animated village people groups and bought in acts during a cruise. Not so on Zenith! The dancers were good entertainment, but the shows lacked Pzazz. The bar staff and the dining room staff were excellent, and made up for the rest of the ships faults and the lack of enthusiasm in the rest of the crew. Sorry! I cannot recommend this cruise unless you are 90 plus! Read Less
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