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84 Mediterranean Repositioning Cruise Reviews

Wanted to try Viking ocean cruises because of their high rating. This was a re-positioning cruise, with an interesting and varied itinerary. We booked a pre-cruise trip to Madrid and a post-cruise trip to Oslo. The trips went well but ... Read More
Wanted to try Viking ocean cruises because of their high rating. This was a re-positioning cruise, with an interesting and varied itinerary. We booked a pre-cruise trip to Madrid and a post-cruise trip to Oslo. The trips went well but Viking needs to improve on communicating information to it's customers. I did not receive information on the pre-trip until 2 days before departure. They did not tell me that the airport transfers were covered even though I'd purchased my own air. Otherwise, the execution was great. Embarkation and disembarkation went fine. There's always a representative to assist you. The ship is beautiful and the cabins are spacious. The bathrooms are well-sized and efficient. There are so many dining options it takes a few days to figure it all out. The food was delicious and plentiful. Entertainment and activities were fine. Service was exceptional and the staff was great. We missed a port due to inability to dock safely and that was disappointing. It added another day at sea. The ports were interesting but sadly many of them required a long bus ride to get to the points of interest. With only one day in port, that's frustrating. We did not have time to stroll around on our own (10-20 minutes is not sufficient). We did pretty much no shopping as there was no time. If we had an hour to stroll around it was in the afternoon when everything was closed. Viking needs to improve the shore excursion process A LOT. They need to let people select excursions earlier and create a waiting list so they know which excursions are popular and then have enough time to arrange for additional busses, etc. We were not able to go to the Alhambra, had to book other excursions on our own and then had to get on wait lists onboard and not get excursions until the 11th hour. This is not good customer service and creates extra work for them onboard. The pre-cruise process was quite frustrating and we got different answers to the same question. We had to work so hard before the cruise in getting questions answered, booking our own excursions, etc. that it left a bad impression. Thankfully, the experience onboard was significantly better. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
I have rated this cruise a 5 rating for several reasons. It may not be luxurious or swish but where it lacks on that front it more than makes up for in friendliness and fun. Staff were really helpful and just couldn't do enough for ... Read More
I have rated this cruise a 5 rating for several reasons. It may not be luxurious or swish but where it lacks on that front it more than makes up for in friendliness and fun. Staff were really helpful and just couldn't do enough for you. Plenty of them in bars, restaurants reception and throughout the ship making service impressive. Food variety was sufficient and flavours were delicious. Everything was cooked to a high standard and available 18 hours a day. We had an outside cabin on deck 7. Plenty of space and ample storage. We were three adults sharing a cabin and there was no problems. Cabin stewards looked after us throughout the cruise. Plenty of entertainment and activities throughout. The jubilee lounge is quite small in comparison to other ships but the 10 strong show team put on a brilliant show every night. Everyone worked really hard at making your holiday enjoyable. Throughout our 11 days we never met one person aboard who was negative about this ship. Best value for money I have had in years. Would definitely sail on her again Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
My wife and I were excited to try the newest ship in the fleet. Overall a very solid experience, however there are a few changes that are unwelcome. Pluses: Excellent internet speed. We purchased the full cruise high speed package, and ... Read More
My wife and I were excited to try the newest ship in the fleet. Overall a very solid experience, however there are a few changes that are unwelcome. Pluses: Excellent internet speed. We purchased the full cruise high speed package, and never had an issue with speed or connectivity. We used it for both work emails and daily posts to Facebook with pictures and commentary on our fantastic experiences. We truly enjoyed the shore excursions, more than we had on previous Silversea cruises (we have become "Silversea only" cruisers since 2004, and this was our fifth). While our meals in La Terrazza and La Dame were consistently excellent, we found Atlantide to be just "good". We miss the open seating policy of the Restaurant. Every night required reservations, however the maitre'd in both La Terraza and Atlantide were always able to get us in where we wanted. We would skip Seishin and Indochine next time, and focus only on La Terraza, Hot Rocks, Atlantide and La Dame. The spa was not fully ready for us, as the lockers lacked hangers so our clothes ended up piled on the bottom. A good massage though. While we prefer the other ships and their open seating in The Restaurant, the overall execution of the new ship is excellent. Shows were well done, and seating very comfortable. We enjoyed the art work as well. As a bonus, we met a lovely couple from Shropshire, England with whom we plan to travel again. Silversea passengers are wonderful overall. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
We chose this cruise because we were able to see many different countries in one trip. We were not disappointed.All of the included excursions were excellent. We only paid for one shore excursion (to London) and were a bit disappointed ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we were able to see many different countries in one trip. We were not disappointed.All of the included excursions were excellent. We only paid for one shore excursion (to London) and were a bit disappointed to miss the included excursion for that day. I was impressed with the quality of the service on the ship. The cabins stewards were pleasant, helpful, and efficient. The food was incredible. I could not believe the quality of the food in all of the dinning venues. Afternoon tea was a treat every day. The entertainment was outstanding. Having live music throughout the day enhanced the trip. The entertainers were friendly and available for conversation during the trip. I was particularly impressed by the expert lecturers on board. They were knowledgeable and open to questions. Their insights enhanced our experiences of the places we were seeing. I would recommend a Viking Ocean Cruise to anyone. It was a wonderful experience. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
This was our forth Explorer cruise which pretty much shows how much we love this ship. We have sailed over 350 nights on Regent (on all the ships) and find the Explorer the top of the line. To back up a bit, we flew to Miami from ... Read More
This was our forth Explorer cruise which pretty much shows how much we love this ship. We have sailed over 350 nights on Regent (on all the ships) and find the Explorer the top of the line. To back up a bit, we flew to Miami from Vancouver, B.C. using our own air and took the air credit. We flew American Airlines which is a mediocre airline at best but it did get us there. We also took the hotel credit as we were a group of over 100 people (customers of a travel agent) and had special events in Miami for two days prior to embarkation. This was a transatlantic cruise with only 3 port stops so there were mostly Regent repeat customers on the ship (that preferred having the ship be the destination). We stopped in Bermuda for 2 days which was okay. IMO, Regent is making too many stops at this port and we are getting tired of it. Our second port was Funchal which we love. Madeira is a lovely island with great food and scenery. We took an "included" excursion that took us across the island where we had lunch at a local restaurant. The food was delicious. Most of us tried "black scabbard" fish (only available in Madeira and Japan). It is the ugliest fish that I've ever seen but tasted great. Our last port was Gilbraltar, U.K. where we visited a farm in Spain. This required going across the border which, according to our tour guide, is getting more difficult to cross every day. Thankfully, it was not an issue. The farm is amazing - they have cork trees, cows, and the famous black pigs. The farm is thousands of acres and is completely organic. Most of the feed for the animals comes from the trees. The pigs eat the acorns and is praised as some of the best ham in the world. We visited their new school and petting zoo which was lovely. This was followed by tapas (the amazing ham was included and is the best we have ever tried) and sherry. This is the first time that we have done the same excursion twice. IMO, it was worth it. Destination Services on this cruise did an excellent job (something that I have not said before about this department). We stayed in the Master Suite which was the best suite we have stayed in on the Explorer - not just because it is a Master Suite but because of the layout. We have also stayed in a Grand Suite, Concierge Suite and F1 Suite on the Explorer and have toured other suites. Besides for the Master Suite, we also like the Concierge/F1 Suites (identical except for the balcony) and the Seven Seas Suite. We are not fans of the PH suites. Food on Explorer remains excellent - in most dining venues. Our favorite on this cruise was Chartreuse - especially for lunch. Great food and impeccable service. Our least favorite was Prime 7 due to inconsistent food. Compass Rose is always wonderful as long as you dine early or late. Going to Compass Rose after a special event can be chaos. For instance, after the Captain's Reception, 200-300 people immediately go to Compass Rose. There is no way any restaurant can provide excellent service when everyone arrives at the same time (unless you are at a wedding and the choice of food is very limited and prepared in advance). Service was also excellent. If anyone has a problem with food or service on any Regent ship, the key is to let the Food and Beverage Director or the General Manager know about the issue. They will do everything within their power to make it better. If you do not say anything, there is no way they know that there is something that needs to be fixed. On our last cruise, there was an issue that I reported to Daniela, F&B Director (which was corrected) but on this cruise, there was nothing negative to report. We are not big into entertainment, however, the entertainment on this cruise was the best that we have encountered on the Explorer. Cruise Director John Barron is determined to raise the entertainment level up a notch. So far, he is accomplishing his goal. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
I have cruised several times on the big, now bigger, liners and I always came away feeling left a little short. I saw the Viking Star in Stockholm harbor last summer and thought wow... a ship docking so close to the city. I chose this ... Read More
I have cruised several times on the big, now bigger, liners and I always came away feeling left a little short. I saw the Viking Star in Stockholm harbor last summer and thought wow... a ship docking so close to the city. I chose this cruise because of the itinerary ( a real Trifecta: Rome, Israel and Greece) and the experience a smaller ship. Little did I know what lay ahead. A sense of peace and tranquility from the first step on board. I booked airfare through Viking. An excellent price which included transfers. Absolutely no hassles with plenty of Viking staff available to assist. My only regret was the return trip to the States on British Airways which has to be the worst airline operating today. Embarkation and disembarkation so smooth and I was onboard within minutes. Staterooms are available depending on class booked which was DV1, so my traveling partner and I enjoyed a beautiful meal and a tour of the ship. The Viking Ocean Cruiseships as I am told are essentially all alike in design. Absolutely beautiful. The attention to the plan and detail is outstanding. There are wonderful nooks and crannies on this ship at every turn. Small corners for privacy and larger areas for gatherings and never crowded by my standards...after all there are about 930 passengers on the Sky. The staff seemed to make a special effort to remember our names, but then again, I always called them by name. They are well trained and really seem to care; nothing seems impossible to them. Beautiful Spa with no upcharges except for specific personal services, gorgeous pool area, high tea served at 4:00 p.m. daily, included shore excursions, WiFi and so much more. Dining was the highlight of our day. The main dining room, (The Restaurant) unlike the big liners, was relaxed, elegant with amazing menu selections. I would classify it as "Anytime Dining" with never a wait. We purchased a Premium Beverage upgrade which if you enjoy nice wines and cocktails is a plus. Viking does include wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner, however, at say The Chef's Table (a five course tasting menu with selected wines), a charge of $25.00 is made without the Premium package. If you like smaller meals The Chef's Table is fun and the themed menu changes every three days. We enjoyed Manfredi's (Italian). Beware that portions in The Restaurant and Manfredis are sometimes large. The World Cafe buffet is beautiful. One day we even watched our pasta and sauces being made from scratch. No need to stuff yourself on this ship as quality is the word and quantity never disappoints. One disappointment with the evening dining scene was that few people dressed for dinner. Viking describes appropriate dress as the equivalent of "smart casual". Can't you just change your all day excursion dress outfit? For some passengers, apparently that answer on Viking is "no". I could go on and on but others are critiquing as well. If your are tired of art auctions, constant marketing from the gift shops, endless photographers, casinos, long elevator lines, being nickle-dimed at every turn and multitudes of passengers, try Viking Ocean Cruise. Value is a excellent. Complimentary Wifi alone saved me several hundreds of dollars from my big ship experience last summer. Comparing prices, ok, however, this is a once in a lifetime experience. You deserve the best! Why would you sail with 2700- 5000 other passengers? Bigger is definitely not better! Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
I wished to return home to the UK by sea and trains. The date and itinerary were perfect and half the price of the ferry. Having read some of the reviews I was a little apprehensive but was proved wrong. The cabin, staff and food were ... Read More
I wished to return home to the UK by sea and trains. The date and itinerary were perfect and half the price of the ferry. Having read some of the reviews I was a little apprehensive but was proved wrong. The cabin, staff and food were all excellent. I have used other cruise lines before as a means of getting from A to B rather than a cruise holiday, so my requirements are different from the usual passengers. However, I am very critical if necessary. The atmosphere was very friendly and casual compared with lines like Cunard and P&O for example, which I prefer. I ate in the main restaurant every evening and found the choice and quality excellent, including vegetarian. The wine in the inclusive drinks package was high quality and unlimited. Embarkation and disembarkation were fast and smooth. I will definitely use this ship again if possible and will look out for future itineraries. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
After taking a week's cruise at Christmas we were so pleased that we jumped at the chance to take this repositioning cruise from Las Palmas to our home in Malaga. The ship may be older with no bells and whistles but the itinerary, ... Read More
After taking a week's cruise at Christmas we were so pleased that we jumped at the chance to take this repositioning cruise from Las Palmas to our home in Malaga. The ship may be older with no bells and whistles but the itinerary, charm of the ship and the unsurpassed level of service made these two cruises some of the best we have experienced. The cabin may be a little dated but the ship is about to undergo a 3 week drydock in Cadiz so expect to see major improvements. Pullmantur clearly value this ship and it is kept in top condition. Food was outstanding in both the cafeteria and main dining room ... and did I mention that drinks are included!! Good brands are available on the basic package and if you are a brand snob then you can upgrade to a better package for only $10 per day. The entertainment was outstanding with dancers pulling 5 or 6 stunning production shows out of the hat every week!! We booked our cruises through a US agent and got outstanding bargains on both cruises. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
The ship was absolutely lovely with very good and comprehensive features. The cabin was well fitted out but perhaps slightly smaller than we expected. The bathroom was great but the room did not have enough drawers. The veranda is ... Read More
The ship was absolutely lovely with very good and comprehensive features. The cabin was well fitted out but perhaps slightly smaller than we expected. The bathroom was great but the room did not have enough drawers. The veranda is small. We booked the cruise late and Viking seemed to struggle to get all the paperwork to us which gave minor problems. The daytime entertainment was poor with not enough to do - we had 8 days at sea; the lecturers were good and evening entertainment good with six excellent singers. The Cruise Director was likeable. Food was good though we went mainly to Manfredis the Italian restaurant which we liked a lot. The main restaurant often was slow. The wine with the meals was bottom of the range. The 'free' excursions were very good with one of the four perhaps below standard. Excellent guides. This will suit cruisers who want a bit of luxury and with plenty of cosseting. Excursions are a bit safe. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
My husband and I chose this cruise as we love the Viking River cruises. The ship is beautiful, well appointed and easy to navigate. Well done!!! We enjoyed the game tables that helped pass time at our at sea day. We found that ... Read More
My husband and I chose this cruise as we love the Viking River cruises. The ship is beautiful, well appointed and easy to navigate. Well done!!! We enjoyed the game tables that helped pass time at our at sea day. We found that the ship's restaurant and Chef's Table staff are still learning the art of serving and customer service. Rather being served all at once at a large table, some waited for over 5 minutes for everyone to get their meal while our food got cold waiting for everyone to begin. Some staff offered many excuses rather than taking decisive action. The Restaurant was soooo loud it was like we were having a shouting match to hear. We found Manfredi's staff the best on the ship, very efficient and pleasant. We don't normally like buffet dining but we chose the World Cafe several evenings because it was quiet and the wait staff very friendly, attentive and accommodating. The food prepared on the Aft Terrace was always cold because of the weather. Perhaps, close it if temperatures do not permit a pleasant experience. Breakfast Room Service was always great and timely. We were anxious to feel the same "Valued Customer" feelings as we had onboard your River Cruises.Unfortunately, the sequence for booking excursions was extremely disappointing. If we didn't pay the higher stateroom cost, we got locked out of some of the optional excursions which forced us to find a private Tour Guide. It made us feel less than Valued Customers. We found out the Algiers Casbah excursion only had 60 seats. This is not very equitable for the other 800 passengers. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
Enjoyed the cruise very much can't say the same for my fellow British passengers!We avoided them as much as possible.If moaning was in the Olympics we were cruising with a lot of gold medalists!OK the ship was tired looking and had a ... Read More
Enjoyed the cruise very much can't say the same for my fellow British passengers!We avoided them as much as possible.If moaning was in the Olympics we were cruising with a lot of gold medalists!OK the ship was tired looking and had a few problems with the public toilets but just get on and make the best of your holiday.After all they were only making themselves miserable by moaning.Thank god for the other nationalities on board. Yes it could be noisy but we found leaving the wardrobe doors open at night eased it and you soon got used to the background noise.We had one problem with the toilet in our cabin.It was reported on our way to dinner and it was repaired by the time we returned.Also if the public toilets were in high demand it only took a couple of minutes to return to our cabin.All of the ship was kept very clean.( even with fellow passengers leaving beer cans,plastic glasses and stubbing out cigarettes on the sun deck).The staff were immaculately dressed.On the whole our fellow passengers weren't!Thankfully we prefer to eat late so changed our dinner seating to second sitting.Most of the passengers on this sitting were Spanish and were dressed well and made an effort with their appearance. I walked every day around the decks and I was amazed to see so many people drinking alcohol at 11am.Later on in the day some were very rude to the staff.We spoke Spanish as much as possible! The food was superb.Only once did our food arrive warm not hot and that was before the two sittings were introduced.Lunch was very varied with a good choice. On the whole we enjoyed our holiday.Amazing value. The only thing we can complain about was the flight to Madrid.WAMOS AIR won't be getting our business again.Dreadful airline.Not once did they come round and offer water.I ended up disturbing a fellow passenger to get some. We would like to mention a special Thank You to our two waiters at dinner.JOSE FLORES and IMADE SUKADANA.Always cheerful nothing was to much trouble.Also Piedra? our maid who kept our cabin immaculate. Enjoyed visiting all of the ports. The entertainment was OK.Music in the lounge was very good.All of the service on board the Zenith was excellent and the staff superb,always polite,always smiling. Looking forward to going on our fourth cruise. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
Embarkation was an extremely long drawn out operation, as when we arrived at the port, there was a huge queue while we waited to be signed in. On the Dream, we simply walked on board and were signed in within minutes. The size of the ... Read More
Embarkation was an extremely long drawn out operation, as when we arrived at the port, there was a huge queue while we waited to be signed in. On the Dream, we simply walked on board and were signed in within minutes. The size of the ship meant that there wasn't really sufficient seating for everyone on board inside. We were happy with the size of the cabin which was extremely similar to what we are used to on the Dream. Unfortunately we had separate beds this time as opposed to a double. Every evening except one, we dined in the Meridian Restaurant, but we felt that although the service of food was very efficient, the serving of wine wasn't. On many occasions we had to keep asking. Entertainment was very good and varied. Drinks service we felt was very hit and miss. The two shore excursions we did, Santorini and Petra, were excellent. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
Had a lovely cruise. But found that there was nothing at night. Freedom dining . Went at 7. O clock and was lucky if we finished at nearly 9.pm which meant that the show at 8.30 we missed and had to wait till 10.30 for next one. If we ... Read More
Had a lovely cruise. But found that there was nothing at night. Freedom dining . Went at 7. O clock and was lucky if we finished at nearly 9.pm which meant that the show at 8.30 we missed and had to wait till 10.30 for next one. If we did not go to show not much to do we are not drinkers so just walked about. Only 2 nights were la te. I am an older person but I won't go on another ship with most older people too many wheelchairs. I am sorry for saying that I know that but for the graceful of God I don't use one.i can't jive about but love to watch other people. Had a great rest bed by 9. 30 most nights. Cabin was lovely Steward looked after us. The ports visited were great and weather was kind to us. I suppose there were lots of positives as well as negatives can't please all Thanks to all will be back on another ship. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
Me and my husband have to travel a lot between Brasil and Spain, and we would do it every time by cruise, if there were cruises all year. As it is, we try to get them anytime we can. We would love if you could start a regular line, as ... Read More
Me and my husband have to travel a lot between Brasil and Spain, and we would do it every time by cruise, if there were cruises all year. As it is, we try to get them anytime we can. We would love if you could start a regular line, as it used to have many years ago.... We like MSC more than other lines, unfortunately we had a bad experience with Costa, they charged us a tax that wasn't said we would and we decided never to travel with them again. We loved the space in our cabin, it was one for disabled, since I have problems walking and need a wheelchair. We liked a lot the shows as well, but we just missed more karaoke, cause in other cruises we made there was always karaoke and it's something we really enjoy. Our waiter (Mika) was fantastic, as it was the cabin attendant (Jean Innocent). Overall it was a very nice experience. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
Oceania always provide good services, food and entertainment. The only disappointments were the cancellation of Istanbul and Cairo within the lists of Port of Call. Those cities were the reasons for the initial booking of this cruise. ... Read More
Oceania always provide good services, food and entertainment. The only disappointments were the cancellation of Istanbul and Cairo within the lists of Port of Call. Those cities were the reasons for the initial booking of this cruise. Some travelers mentioned receiving shipboard credit after complaining to Oceania (which would need confirmation). If that was true and correct, Oceania should have done across the board for all passengers. During the passage of the Suez Canal/Red Sea, the ship was attacked by flies. The crew had to do extra duties every night to fumigate the Terrace Cafe and other public areas. Oceania is very concerned of the safety of the passengers especially when sailing through the potentially high-risk areas. The captain advised all blinds or curtains would need to be pulled together after dark to avoid the attractions of the privates and the open decks were closed for public access. Closing the deck after dark caused some inconvenience because some passengers such as myself would normally have their exercise walks after the big dinners. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
Do not pay any attention to poor reviews about this ship..... This was our 2nd cruise on Ventura,and there was nothing at all negative about our time onboard.Some people,it seems,just have to moan about something.P and O are a good ... Read More
Do not pay any attention to poor reviews about this ship..... This was our 2nd cruise on Ventura,and there was nothing at all negative about our time onboard.Some people,it seems,just have to moan about something.P and O are a good company,and Ventura a good ship.Book,go,and enjoy.Far from being "tired",or "in need of updating",the cabins,restuarants,bars,shops,and all public areas are very cosy and stylish.The food onboard,be it in the main dining rooms,self service buffet areas,or speciality restaurants is always of a high standard.The staff are all attentive,helpful,and above all,very good at what they do.And what they all do is ensure you have a wonderful holiday whilst onboard.The entertainment is high quality and varied,with something for everyone.I certainly never saw signs of boredom or dissatisfaction as mentioned in some reviews.Embarkation and disembarkation was extremely efficient,as were the procedures and facilities available for going ashore at ports of call.So to sum up,if you take any notice of the negative reviews and decide not to cruise on Ventura,you will deprive yourself the opportunity to enjoy a brilliant ship,and a wonderful holiday.I only returned home from the cruise yesterday,and this is an honest review,with no connection to P and O cruises,except from being a satisfied customer. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
We chose this repositioning cruise because it began in Amsterdam and ports were mainly in Portugal and Spain. The ship is new and new is nice and clean. Beds, showers and TV are good. However, the ship was overcrowded. There is no ... Read More
We chose this repositioning cruise because it began in Amsterdam and ports were mainly in Portugal and Spain. The ship is new and new is nice and clean. Beds, showers and TV are good. However, the ship was overcrowded. There is no library and no laundry for passenger use and no free internet-$12.00 to get a boarding pass! Ship is all about making money and not about passenger services. Main theater is state of the art but some entertainers were not good. On 12 day cruise only 2 production shows and 2 singers. Theater has huge backdrop screens used instead of sets. Oddly the promenade deck is very narrow and lifeboats block the view and there are no deck chairs. Food was usually good. Buffet is served by staff which is much more sanitary. Deli and hamburger place were good. Some nights dining room food was very good. Port talks were minimal and not available on tv. We did not take ship tours because of expense. We used Spain Day Tours and Tours 4 cruisers for about half the cost and they were good. Disembarkation was a mess! We booked a ship transfer to Rome airport and sat on bus for 40 minutes waiting to leave port. Worrisome when you're short n time to make flight. I would not take this ship again. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
Where to start? We just returned from our third Navigator cruise last night. I'll admit that I have a bit of a soft spot for this ship, as this was our first cruise ship we ever booked back in 2009. We were anxious to see her after ... Read More
Where to start? We just returned from our third Navigator cruise last night. I'll admit that I have a bit of a soft spot for this ship, as this was our first cruise ship we ever booked back in 2009. We were anxious to see her after her recent refurbishment and to see how we liked her (or if we still did, considering some of the bad press we'd seen lately). If you don't feel like reading the entire review, I'll save you the time - we still love this ship, and we still love cruising on Regent. The updates to the Navigator make her seem more contemporary and fresher. I felt that the ship was in superb condition and the new color schemes make her look more elegant and functional. There was a lot of grumbling about the missing drawers in the cabins (we were in a D on deck 8) but to tell the truth, I didn't see it as a problem at all. There were two of us in a cabin for 12 nights and we didn't even come close to using the drawers in the closet, and we didn't really miss the old drawers in the desk area. Maybe it would be an issue on a longer cruise, but I don't feel like anything was lost. The new colors are soothing, and the bed was supremely comfortable. The common areas rarely felt crowded (exception: embarkation was a bit crowded) and we never had an issue with lines for dining or any other venues. Navigator is the least foodie-friendly ship in the Regent fleet, with only one specialty restaurant (Prime 7) but again, on a shorter itinerary, this wasn't an issue. We felt that the selection and quality of the food was very good to excellent. Included wines were usually good and often very good. Spirit selection could be better (especially in the brown liquor area) but it was fun to experiment with cocktails outside of my normal "scotch in a glass". I am not a big fan of the shows on board, but I have to admit that the ones I attended on this cruise seemed better than before. My past cruises, I often spent part of the evenings after dinner sitting in the Connoisseur Club with a brandy and a cigar; that's no longer an option on Navigatgor. I did miss it somewhat, but not as much as I thought I would. Maybe that's why I attended more shows, who knows? With very few exceptions, we found the service on board to be superb. The lows: Compass Rose and Pool Deck sometimes took too long to identify and correct empty glasses. To a person, everyone we came across was friendly, helpful, and knowledgable. Our cabin steward was fantastic, friendly, efficient, and unobtrusive. She went out of her way to help my wife and I with any special requests we had, The bar staff and waiters quickly got to know us and know what we liked. The CD, Jamie Logan, and his wife Dana were seemingly everywhere at once, and you could always see them mingling with the guests and sharing a story or giving advice. They both helped make this a special cruise, too. Ports and shore excursions - the first half of this trip was mostly ports we'd visited before and we took different excursions to get a different feel. For the most part, they were good, although I feel like they're starting to cram too many people in each tour. We had one tour guide in Malta who was definitely substandard, but all of the others were fantastic. We upgraded probably three or four of our tours to the Regent Choice excursions, and these are always nice; slower pace, fewer guests, and always something to remember. The 'Lunch in a Private Villa' in Taromina is a must-do, we did this one a second time this trip since we had family with us we wanted to share this with. It's definitely worth the upcharge! The second half of this trip took us to ports we had not yet visited, and they were all amazing. Although this itinerary was changed from Istanbul to Haifa after we booked, we decided to stick with the cruise, and we're glad we did! Israel was fantastic, a definite must-see if you've never been. We spent three days there and barely scratched the surface of what you can do and see there. I'd definitely go back! As we often do, we booked our air and lodging through Regent Air. Yes, it's a bit more expensive but to us, it's worth it. Knowing that our transfers and lodging are all set up gives us peace of mind in case anything goes south. We had first class transfers, and our hotels were great (Melia Serria in Barcelona, Dan Carmel in Haifa). This particular cruise had more kids on board than we had expected, but they were mostly quiet and well-behaved. Not 100%, mind you, but not bad. We probably had more issues with cranky seniors than whiny toddlers. :-) So in a nutshell, my wife and I ranked this as probably our best cruise yet. The price was reasonable, the service was pretty damn good, the ship was in great shape, and the crew was fantastic. Negatives: My wife didn't get her cranberry juice for breakfast one morning. My water glass sat empty for a good 10-15 minutes on the Pool Deck one afternoon. Destination Services should probably enforce more mobility controls on the tours - i.e. if you can't walk 50 feet in 15 minutes, you probably shouldn't be on a 3-walker rated tour...but they'd probably get sued if they tried to enforce that, so I see why they leave it up to each person. Also, did I mention that the Internet absolutely sucked? Sucked to the point of being unusable? I tried my iPad in my cabin, my iPad in the computer lounge, the computers in the computer lounge, my iPhone everywhere in the ship, and I couldn't ever get a decent connection, and I'd get logged off every 8-12 minutes, right in the middle of a session. Sometimes you couldn't even reach the server to log off. It was bad. Really bad. Hideously bad. Don't expect to work on board if you need to - you're better off taking a tablet ashore and poaching wifi from a cafe or a hotel. Positives: Pretty much everything else. Service was stellar 99.9% of the time. Food was very good to excellent. The oldest ship in the Regent fleet looks fresh and modern again. And the suites are large in every category, which is a huge plus for us. Would we sail Navigator again? Absolutely. This was our third trip on this ship, and she's getting better each time we sail her. Would we sail Regent again? Well, let's just say that we had one more Regent cruise booked when we embarked in Barcelona, and by the time we debarked in Haifa, we had three booked, two on Explorer and one on Voyager. Hope this review helps you with your cruising plans. Enjoy!!! Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
We selected this cruise due to previous positive experience with MSC. While the weather was not great the onboard food, service was wonderful. Staff and crew were super and looked after us well. The entertainment was excellent. We could ... Read More
We selected this cruise due to previous positive experience with MSC. While the weather was not great the onboard food, service was wonderful. Staff and crew were super and looked after us well. The entertainment was excellent. We could not think about even one thing to complain about. One suggestion to passengers. The ships library was devoid of English language books after about a day. So take your own books or go to library immediately upon boarding. A Highly recommended shipping line and vessel. The disembarkation process in Walvis Bay was chaotic - but we put this down to the Namabian authorities having too few officials to handle the number of passengers on duty. Then some passengers were apparently robbed in Walvis Bay. So take care while visiting. We don't like the Dakar stopover thus stayed onboard. We had been to Dakar before and felt unsafe there. All other stopovers were great. The ships medical team had to deal with some health emergencies which were handled well by crew apparently. But expensive thus important to have health insurance. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
I booked this inaugural sailing of the Carnival Vista in December 2015. Used Carnival to book the airfare which ended up being very cost effective. They also allowed me to fly in to Venice Italy two days in advance and also allowed for ... Read More
I booked this inaugural sailing of the Carnival Vista in December 2015. Used Carnival to book the airfare which ended up being very cost effective. They also allowed me to fly in to Venice Italy two days in advance and also allowed for two extra days in Barcelona at the end of the cruise. EMBARKATION: Terrible. Trieste Italy is not set up as a regular stating point for cruises so the embarkation took quite a while. It seemed like the walk was forever. Took almost 1.5 hours from arrival at the port to the time we stepped on board. SHIP: For this being Carnival's newest ship, she was a beautiful ship. Her layout was rather friendly. She is everything you would think she would be as a flagship to the company. The best thing about the Vista is Deck 5 and the Lanai that wraps all the way around the ship. After 5pm when they open up the Havana pool area to everyone it is a great way to get around the ship and have great views. The Atrium is also one of a kind. While there are no more glass elevators there is a new Bar setup with some beautiful views. Serenity Deck for adults is very nice and the added feature of the bar with a salad station was the biggest differences over other Serenity areas on other ships. DINING: Used Your Time Dining which utilized Horizon's Dining Room. If you had a table at the back windows you were treated to great views. They utilized the American Table set-up which was OK. I would like to see tablecloths utilized instead of making it feel just like sitting in the Lido buffet. The staff were still trying to figure out the table numbers as they had difficulty remembering which numbers were where. I have to admit though that the menu really had little flair to it. The Lido buffet was probably better than other cruises I had been on. Well set-up. Breakfast was excellent as long as you avoided what was supposedly scrambled eggs. The omelette station was excellent and it was right between the buffet lines. ENTERTAINMENT: There were all new shows featured in the Liquid Lounge as they rolled out a couple of great new well choreographed numbers. These will be rolled out to the entire fleet over the next couple of months. The comedians were all pretty good. It was what you expect of a comedy club. I heard that this is the final month for it being a George Lopez comedy club. Not sure it will actually make any difference. Because there was so much to do all the time while on board, the ship seemed empty at times even though there were well over 3000 passengers. SERVICE: Being that this was the Inaugural cruise of their new flagship, it would only be correct to say the service was topnotch. I only did the main dining room twice but the waitstaff was very helpful. CASINO: Quite a large casino in comparison to other ships. I did not spend a lot of time there since this cruise was port intensive and did not have a lot of time to spend there, or money with all the excursions. PORTS: We sailed from Trieste, Italy. Very nice city and had we known that Trieste was so nice, we would have not spent as much time in Venice which was rather unimpressive due to it being quite dirty with tons of graffiti. First stop was Dubrovnik, Croatia. Did the excursion through Carnival. Rode the Cable Car up above the city and got treated to incredible views. Following the Cable Car we did a walking tour of the walled city. This city has a storied history as it was all but destroyed after attacks from Serbia and Montenegro back in the 90's. It has now been completely restored. Did not get to walk the walls due to health reasons but I could tell it would be a rather impressive activity. Kotor, Montenegro was just a treat. It was added on late after they cancelled our stop in Turkey due to possible threats of terrorist acts. The one hour sail into Kotor through the narrow passages was just spectacular. Did not do any tours but did take the boat to shore and was able to walk around the town. Athens, Greece has really taken in beating in the recent economic troubles. The city was filled with graffiti on just about every wall. The only saving grace was the old ruins. I probably won't visit Greece again in the near future but am glad I got the opportunity to visit The Acropolis, The Olympic Stadium and Sounion. Crete, Greece was also on our list of ports but I had caught a cold and decided to take a break from any excursions. Malta was a nice little country with a lot of history. We visited a World Heritage site Hagar Qim that dated back to a time in the Fourth Millennium BC. It ended up being a very educational tour. Palermo, Sicily ended up being one of those ports that I missed again due to the cold I had caught on board. This was mainly because the next few ports were long excursions. Rome, Italy was beautiful. Took a tour of the downtown areas around the Colosseum and then were taken to the San Sebatiano catacombs. This tour had a lot of walking involved and most of it seemed to be uphill. The bus driver decided that he would take us on a little tour of the Vatican. It was just a drive by but this was not a scheduled event and we were all more than happy to get back to the ship a little late. Florence/Pisa, Italy was my favorite stop only because of the tower and the church there at the Tower. We did a Pisa by Trolley and while the tour itself was nice, it was ruined by the Trolley part. Old trolley, dirty plastic windows, crammed seating, and a driver who should be fired made it a disappointment. Marseille, France was everything I imagined. That was not really much. Not impressed and all this was seemed to be a filler stop to get us to Barcelona. Barcelona, Spain was our disembark point. We got there on race weekend which made it all that much crowded but then Barcelona won the Soccer World Championship and the city became a party place. On Sunday we toured using the Hop On/Hop Off bus service and we had been rerouted twice due to 100s of Thousands of people celebrating in the streets. Best way to see the sites of this city was using that hop on/hop off service. We also were able to get up to Montserrat to view the beautiful church there which houses the Black Virgin. I would love to do this again. Looking forward to 2018 when the new Vista sister ship is supposed to be delivered. You can count me in on that one. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
If you like the following: • poor food & choice (carrots & courgettes with every type of meal including curry) • wooden sticks instead of tea spoons to stir your tea/coffee • a ship that shudders with constant ... Read More
If you like the following: • poor food & choice (carrots & courgettes with every type of meal including curry) • wooden sticks instead of tea spoons to stir your tea/coffee • a ship that shudders with constant vibration on all decks even when not moving • a very hard bed • sometimes only cold water in bathroom • loos that refuse to flush until some considerable time after you press the button • worn, dimly lit cabins • paying an excess for some coffees, drinks and all water even when you have bought a drinks package • very loud music and announcements (they must think everyone is deaf) • paying £23 to use the safe (after being told when booking that it was free) • poor value rushed excursions, Thomson staff disinterested when complaints raised • poor repetitive entertainment, not West End standard as advertised • badly dressed impolite passengers at dinner • a multitude of morbidly obese hirsute uncovered bodies drinking from early morning to late night on sun decks • a small cramped sun deck, tiny pool • leaving port early after noon • your photo taken every day including during excursions • Captains Gala Night with introduction to senior officers who say nothing, and yet another 3 photo ‘opportunities’ which took 45 minutes out of the 1 hour event then cruise on this one star ship. The only good point of this ship is the excellent staff. The best part of the holiday was leaving the ship and coming home. For the money we paid we would have received much better value with another cruise line. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
A week before departing for our cruise a bomb went off targeting tourists in Istanbul, our port of embarkation. Following the incident Viking notified us of a change in itinerary, that we would not be staying overnight in Istanbul but ... Read More
A week before departing for our cruise a bomb went off targeting tourists in Istanbul, our port of embarkation. Following the incident Viking notified us of a change in itinerary, that we would not be staying overnight in Istanbul but would instead be sailing that evening to Canakkale (Troy). After we cleared customs at the Istanbul airport, Viking staff were at hand the moment we exited and immediately guided us to our coach. There were only six of us but they did not wait to fill up the coach which usually seats between 30 to 40 passengers and quickly whisked us away. A few months later after we returned from a fantastic trip, we heard on the news that a bomb went off at the Istanbul airport. It goes to show that Viking was extremely vigilant about getting their guests out of harms way by taking the extra precautionary measures to ensuring their safety. Once on board the Viking Sea, the ship, our stateroom, the ambience, the food and shore excursions were exceptional. Viking has set its bar high so why would we expect anything less than what is being advertised. Viking's values and how the staff work with their guests and with each other are some of the elements that distinguish them as a company and form the bedrock where Viking's reputation and business sit upon. Their competitors can attempt to copy and undertake work in a similar fashion, but they may not come close to copying their values and the Viking culture. We have been on their river cruise and experienced their ocean cruise, they excel in both lines. Our next cruise is to the West Indies in December on Viking Star and we are eagerly looking forward to having another phenomenal time. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
This cruise was selected because we've sailed on Viking river boat cruises and wanted to experience their new ocean ships. We enjoyed it so much that we've booked another cruise on the Viking Star in the carribbean this ... Read More
This cruise was selected because we've sailed on Viking river boat cruises and wanted to experience their new ocean ships. We enjoyed it so much that we've booked another cruise on the Viking Star in the carribbean this December. The service in great and the excursions are very well planned out. Due to the size of the ship there isn't much room for the entertainment, but they make up for it with service and attention to you. We have reccomended Viking to anyone that ask about our trips with them. We don't hesitate to say that Viking is one of the best to cruise with. Read Less
Sail Date March 2016
Although we'd previously visited some of these ports/countries in past independent travel, this was our first repositioning/ Transatlantc cruise. The refurbished rooms on the Island Princess were an improvement over what we remembered ... Read More
Although we'd previously visited some of these ports/countries in past independent travel, this was our first repositioning/ Transatlantc cruise. The refurbished rooms on the Island Princess were an improvement over what we remembered from our Panama Canal cruise on the same ship last year. The wall-mounted flat screen TV & slight improvements to the bathroom gave an updated look. Some changes to the ship weren't positive, such as the smaller fitness center & the elimination of both the Universe Lounge, and the bigger pastry counter usually found on Deck 6. We always enjoy the port lectures in the theater, but here, the gentleman who served as port lecturer had a more limited role. Being in port on many consecutive days, the majority of his lectures were just recorded & shown on stateroom TV. And because he disembarked in Barcelona, there was no lecture given at all for our last port, the Azores. At many of the ports, Princess charged a high fee to get into the town via shuttle or boat, such as $29.00 to get into Venice. Any available , cheaper options were neither explained by the port lecturer or described in the Patter. The one free shuttle bus that was offered, in Salerno, was little used because so many of the tours ran late. We really enjoyed our tour that day, visiting Mt. Vesuvius & Pompeii, but were dismayed by some of the inconsiderate passengers. At both locations, people did not rejoin the group at the appointed time. At Pompeii, someone disappeared so the rest of us were left mlliing around while the tour guide looked for the wayward person for over half an hour, with no communication to the rest of the group. For the premium cost of these excursions, it seems that the cruise should build in some compliance by the participants, or at least stress punctuality.The days at sea were enjoyable, although there was a lot of congestion related to the dining rooms. People lined up in the evening before the Bordeaux dining room even opened, but were still given beepers. And at 5:45, some of the "anytime" diners were taken up to the Provence dining room (fixed seating.) It seems this system needs serious revamping. Delays in dining made it difficult to get to the shows in many cases, too. On the positive side, the cruise director & staff seemed very hard-working and energetic . Many people depended on reading to get through the long days at sea, and the Library collection on Deck 8 really is in need of updating. Looking at the book titles was like a throwback to the 1990's. But all in all,we enjoyed the cruise and all of the ports. We were very lucky to have excellent weather, with daytime temperatures in the 60'S and 70's. In spite of this nice weather, many people were coughing and sneezing, and a letter on respiratory illness was issued to all by the Medical Center, which was a bit daunting. We did learn to look for the "non- coughing" area at events! For the most part, we had an enjoyable time and felt that the crew and staff were hard working and available to passeners.Disembarkation was handled smoothly. Read Less
Sail Date November 2015
We had a great time on the Explorer of the Seas. Our balcony cabin was spacious and kept very clean, the staff always had a smile on their face and couldn't do enough to make our stay an enjoyable one. There was a terrific band ... Read More
We had a great time on the Explorer of the Seas. Our balcony cabin was spacious and kept very clean, the staff always had a smile on their face and couldn't do enough to make our stay an enjoyable one. There was a terrific band call Top Notch in the Star Lounge that played great music each night. We enjoyed the both the quality and variety of the food in the main dining room. The only downside we experienced was there wasn't much entertainment and they tried to squeeze everyone into the Schooner Bar for the daily trivia games. It seems they put in more cabins and that took away from the public spaces which would definitely have been a problem if we hadn't had a balcony cabin. We were able to board the ship as well as disembark without any problems. Overall we had a terrific time and was very glad that we chose this cruise. Read Less
Sail Date October 2015

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