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96 Mediterranean Repositioning Cruise Reviews

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
We have had a few princess cruises, and must admit that I was disappointed with the ship as far as the different size of the bars and especially the putting green. We had always had such fun on the deck after dinner, and enjoyed it with ... Read More
We have had a few princess cruises, and must admit that I was disappointed with the ship as far as the different size of the bars and especially the putting green. We had always had such fun on the deck after dinner, and enjoyed it with friends. But on this ship it was non exsistant. Far too small. The wheel house bar, by far our favourite one on princess, was half the size . It is such a popular bar for many, which meant that many had to turn away and go to another one. As always the crew were exceptional. Nothing was too much trouble for them. I think she has gone in for a well, not before time, refit. On the whole a thoroughly enjoyable cruise. Although I wont be cruising in August! Read Less
Sail Date August 2015
It's a nice ship....but not my favorite. A few things that bug me..... The Fitness Center has no locker room, no sauna, no steam room. Instead you need to go to the Spa and purchase a "spa package". Unfortunately, the ... Read More
It's a nice ship....but not my favorite. A few things that bug me..... The Fitness Center has no locker room, no sauna, no steam room. Instead you need to go to the Spa and purchase a "spa package". Unfortunately, the "Spa Package" is very limited and is sold out for my TransAtlantic Cruise. Since the weather is cold, we've spent a lot of time inside our cabin reading and watching TV. The TV Channel selection is AWFUL and most of the stations aren't working as we cross the Atlantic. I don't know why they don't have a library of pre-taped TV shows they can just replay? Instead, they have Dreamworks cartoons replaying over and over again and TCM black and white movies....NO CNN, BBC, Bloomberg, Fox? Reservation system is a total cluster. Some restaurants are over-booked, sometimes it's difficult to get the times you want, some places we are unable to book at all....and the biggest annoyance is the Windjammer Buffett is so crowded for breakfast and lunch, it is very difficult to find a CLEAN TABLE.....This is a new, mostly Chinese crew and does not hustle to clean tables like other RCL Ships! Cabins are ok...nothing special...smallest closets of any ship I have ever been on....and the Diamond Lounge is packed ....I heard that there are over 1100 Diamond members on board? My favorite part so far is talking to crew members and telling them anything..there response is "I'm sorry sir".... never, never, never, offering to help or do anything about my concern. Finally, I was in the Windjammer tonight for dinner. The staff was getting ready to close and had already started clearing away food and cleaning. I wanted to see if I could get something so I went up to manager that was standing and talking to another staff member. His response was, "sorry sir, we're closing". I wanted to say, hey a-hole, I know you are closing, but you are just standing there! A better response for "Excellent" customer service could have been, 'Sorry sir, we're closing, but what would you like and let me see if I could help you'? As opposed to my other RCL experiences, it seems like no one is willing to go an extra inch to help you? It might be because a large portion of the crew is leaving the ship before it goes to China, but they seem to forget it's my vacation experience, and I am not a happy camper!!! Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
Just a quick review.. The ship may be small but she has bags of character and so much prettier than the larger ships that really do resemble a block of flats! Facilities may not be of the same standard either but what we did have were ... Read More
Just a quick review.. The ship may be small but she has bags of character and so much prettier than the larger ships that really do resemble a block of flats! Facilities may not be of the same standard either but what we did have were good enough for us. The bars were tastefully decorated and very comfortable to sit in any time of the day or night. The new cafe was very popular with people. This was situated in the same room as Destination services. It has a fresh colour scheme and you could just sink nicely into the seats and read a book whilst gazing at the passing scenery through the windows. The Lavazza coffee was very good. There are only a few shops. I think the prices were a little steep for their goods to be honest. It was great to be able to walk all the way around the ship to get some exercise after eating all that food! The out door Lido pool area was great with plenty entertainment going on through the day and the entertainment team were funny and lovely people. I loved the Sail Away night from Tenerife, It really did get us in the mood for our holiday. The food was mostly good and reasonably varied. Always fresh. I'm not sure how I feel about piling all your stuff on a tray as it felt a bit like a school canteen so think this could be improved. The Meridian restaurant had helpful waiters who had bags of character. Wally was our favourite. You may well hear him sing in the final night. Not a bad voice either! I just felt there could be more choice on the menu. Perhaps they could make the portions for the starters a but bigger. Our room was compact but perfectly proportioned. We had two double wardrobes, plenty drawer space and a comfortable, spacious double bed. I slept like a baby. The bathroom was very small but again had everything you needed. One problem, however, was the water didn't empty quickly enough out of the shower tray so you had to stand in water to have a shower. Felt a bit unhygienic. Our steward, Matt, was a great guy who kept our room immaculate through our stay. Just remember to check if your sheets are getting changed. We did have to ask for fresh ones. Our only gripe though tbh. The show lounge was always packed out. People arrived for the second show as soon as the first one had finished to get a seat, obviously reflecting how good that showteam were. The singing and dancing were really good and excellent in parts. We enjoyed all of the shows but our favourites were My Fair Lady and Les Mis. Our hairs stood on end! The Murder Mystery play is worth waiting up for too. It was hilarious! You could then see them perform cabarets after the performances up in the Liberties lounge. The ports of call were Tenerife, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, Gibraltar, Cartagena, Palma, Majorca, Rome, Naples, Messina, Corfu, Kotor and Dubrovnik. All perfect and we have lots of great memories now from them except for Messina which we didn't feel was our cup of tea. Not a great deal to do there for us. The ship excursions we purchased onboard were for Going on the camels and seeing the volcano in Lanzarote. Had a fab guide for this and worth the money. Our 'Rome in one day' guide was excellent and very informative. Unfortunately we couldn't really understand our guide for 'Sorrento and Pompeii'. Her English wasn't quite up to scratch. But we still enjoyed the day. The weather was also perfect for the duration of the holiday. Not a drop of rain and virtually no rockiness on board the ship. The ship was very friendly and homely. I didn't want to come home! It really was a great holiday and despite the odd hiccups here and there I would recommend it to anyone. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
The Epic is showing wear and tear. Rust and paint bubbles. Saw several fabric seat cushions with worn edges and stains. Laminated edges of some doors and counters were loose. Although windows were washed in port, there was a dull haze on ... Read More
The Epic is showing wear and tear. Rust and paint bubbles. Saw several fabric seat cushions with worn edges and stains. Laminated edges of some doors and counters were loose. Although windows were washed in port, there was a dull haze on their surfaces. I believe that most of the passengers on this Atlantic crossing were experienced cruisers. Usually it takes a day or two for passengers to settle down. However on this cruise passengers immediately seemed to know how to behave. On this cruise the majority did not push and shove, did not jump the queues, did not beat on the elevator buttons, did share tables, did know how to walk passageways and stairways without blocking. Unfortunately, all that changed with the first stop in Barcelona. The next segment was Barcelona, Palma, Marseille, Barcelona with no sea days, Thursday to Sunday. As I stood to one side and the elevator doors opened I was shoved aside by a man who then stood in the doorway preventing those on the elevator from leaving. He turned about and yelled and waved to others to push ahead of others waiting. A second man body blocked the first man into the elevator. Apparently someone inside the elevator was pressing the close doors buttons, as the doors quickly closed. On two occasions as the shuttle bus was approaching the shipside parking space, people from the back of the bus left their seats and ran forward. For one person the importance of being first off the bus was to stand on the bottom step and light a cigarette. The good news is that few of the week-end cruisers had discovered the quiet zone deck forward. Also, it appeared that they preferred the buffet on deck 15 over the main dinning rooms. I lost interest in the buffet/café area after seeing a woman wave one hand under the hand-sanitizer dispenser, then immediately turn her hand over to pour out the small amount of liquid that accidently hit her palm. I had a balcony on deck 8, mid-ship. The decks above were setback, leaving my balcony uncovered. During the crossing there were no problems. For the Barcelona to Barcelona segment it was dangerous to be on the balcony. During this segment my balcony often was hit with discarded cigarettes, bread and other food, broken drink cups, used tissues and one wash cloth. Departing each port people forward were feeding the gulls. In addition to the trash and garbage from above, the bird droppings discouraged use of the balcony. What used to be free tours of ship areas, now have a tour fee. Consulting with a physician in Medical has a fee of $149. Medications and treatments are additional expenses. Older passengers with a long history of cruising were complaining about price increases - what used to be $5 became $10 and now it is $20. On the good side: Each morning there were more than one station offering eggs to order. There were pasta stations blending choice of sauces and types of pasta noodles. During the morning crew would circulate among the tables with coffee and hot water pots. The menu for the main dining rooms changed a little everyday - some items were available every day and always there was something new. There was variety in the free entertainment. Song & dance, comedy, magic and a hypnotist. Even though it was an adult crowd there was a comedy presentation without socially unacceptable words and no sexual innuendos. I have no complaints about the "wave" design of the cabins. But, I prefer the layout with the bed next to the balcony door. We use the couch as a drop zone upon return and a staging/preparation area before leaving the cabin. It is a lot easier than having the bed between the door and the couch. Also, any splashing from the sink hits the floor and not the edge of the bed. Some details of needed information and unique situations have to be done face-to-face or by telephone. Use as much of the computer world tools as possible for everything else. Embarking goes better if you prepared on-line at home (bag tags, boarding documents, travel vouchers). You still stand in line in the terminal but if paperwork was done before arrival, you keep moving toward the ship. The Epic has interactive TV for things such as show reservations and room service pizza. Room service breakfast still used the "card on the door handle" method. In my opinion Wi-Fi is too expensive because it is too slow. There are apps for your mobile unit that allow some interactions about services on the ship - and text with other passengers (ask about which actions have fees). The tours were typical. Too many cruise ships in port depositing too many people onto 50 passenger busses going to the same places. One guide with a weak voice lecturing 48 tourist strung out single file. Fortunately tours are including free time and some guides are agreeable to be abandoned as long as everyone is back on the bus when it is time to leave (or agree to check-in periodically along the guides intended walking route). With on-line tools it is easy to do research; to price shop locals against ship rates; to be selective about where to go and what to experience. The bad news is that as an independent you still have to work around the cruise ship crowds - get to your destination before the tour busses arrive and then you have to hurry to stay ahead of them. Specific to this spring crossing of the Atlantic Ocean: Weather predictions can be unreliable. I had just-in-case clothing. Most mornings after sunrise was low to mid 60sF. Mid-days were mid 60sF to mid 70sF. Most days there was a breeze - lots of people in shorts, T-shirts and bathing suits on the sun decks. People sitting in the shade reading or sleeping usually had a light jacket; some were covered in a blanket. One day the seas were about 11 feet, but the Epic was stable with little roll - nothing falling off tables or shelves. All the other days the seas were 1 to 5 feet and the Epic, to me, had not apparent roll. Average speed during the daytime I estimate to be about 20 knots. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
Thoroughly enjoyed this maiden cruise. Viking is making the transition well from River to Ocean cruises. There will always be "glitches" along the way but the crew and staff handled these very well. The included tours were ... Read More
Thoroughly enjoyed this maiden cruise. Viking is making the transition well from River to Ocean cruises. There will always be "glitches" along the way but the crew and staff handled these very well. The included tours were very informative and fun. The only negative is more consideration must be given to folks with walking problems. Having to walk down many, many stairs at one destination resulted in some not being able to leave the ship. Down might have been good, but getting back up there would have been a great problem!! Food was very good in all restaurants, no complaints. Our cabin attendant was one of the best I have ever met - excellent. Viking Star has a great future. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
I Suppose you get what you pay for. Our experience of cruising is limited and entirely related to late booking saver fares involving allocated interior cabins. Presumably, any responses to complaints (and any sympathy) is likely to be ... Read More
I Suppose you get what you pay for. Our experience of cruising is limited and entirely related to late booking saver fares involving allocated interior cabins. Presumably, any responses to complaints (and any sympathy) is likely to be viewed on that basis. However, our previous two cruises were with Cunard (QM2 and QV) on these arrangements and we would rate both of these as excellent. These cruises are, therefore, our benchmark and we approached our first P&O cruise expecting something similar (we paid slightly more, on a per day basis, than on the Cunard cruises). Firstly, there were some positives. The Oceana is a comfortable, clean and generally attractive ship, comparable, in many ways, to the Cunard QV. The embarkation procedures were highly efficient and the allocated cabin was exactly what we expected. The Cabin steward was a smiling, friendly and efficient young man on his first cruise. The itinerary was attractive and the weather was fine. The staff was generally polite and friendly and the entertainment was generally very good (Vernon Lewis was outstanding). A major problem became apparent on the first night. The allocated cabin was on Deck 6 below the Yacht & Compass pub which featured live music until 12.15am. This was apparent in the loud transmission of bass sounds (you know what I mean – you can’t hear the music – just a continuous thumping sound). This drowned out the television and made any attempt at sleep impossible – we are early risers and prefer to be in bed and asleep by before 11pm. We naturally complained but with little result – apparently no other cabins were available although we were offered an upgrade, for around £400, but with no guarantee of peace and quiet. Anyway, the P&O representative assured us that it would not occur every night (it did!). Thus we were obliged to keep out of the cabin until after midnight, going to the late shows and amusing ourselves in the ship until then. The other major disappointment was the food. We were allocated to Freedom dining which generally worked well apart from a chaotic evening when other passengers boarded at Genoa – we abandoned the long queues that evening and ate (I hesitate to say dined !) in the Plaza buffet. The food in the Ligurian restaurant was pretty standard fare for the first few nights then appeared to deteriorate rapidly until some of the food toward the end of the 17 day cruise can only fairly be described as awful. Examples were two chicken dishes consisting mainly of chicken wings and skin, lobster consisting of shell with virtually nothing in it and a desert (Bananas Foster) which seemed like tasteless black substance with a few flakes of pastry and a little syrup. The omnipresent curry dishes were virtually all the same flavour (the naan bread was like rubber) and the Wednesday breakfast special, kedgeree, turned out be a curry with a few egg slices in it. Fine dining? I don’t think so! The service in the restaurant also deteriorated with menus being snatched away and obvious signs of impatience when making selections from usually quite unattractive menus. The Plaza buffet was best avoided most of the time, particular to avoid that small, but growing, number of cruise passengers who have never been introduced to any concept of good manners and respect for other people. This group, of course, ignored all dress codes and, presumably because of political correctness, these were not enforced. In contrast, the great majority of the many children embarking in Genoa were well dressed and extremely well behaved and a credit to their parents. We were informed by a fellow passenger that a lot of the problems could be attributed to a transfer of experienced staff to the new Britannia. Certainly many of the dining room staff seemed awkward and poorly trained and the attitude of the reception staff could be much improved. Well, as we say, you probably get what you pay for and cruising is generally quite attractively priced. We largely enjoyed it because it is always our intention to do so - concentrate on the good points and try to live with the bad. Every cloud has a silver lining – weight gain (for two) after the last Cunard cruise was 11lbs whereas we lost 2lbs during this one. We never say never but a further cruise on P&O in highly unlikely unless there is no realistic alternative. Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
This was our second trans Atlantic crossing with MCS and we did two back to back cruises with the second one taking us from Venice-Istanbul-Venice. I was overall fairly pleased with MSC; however, their food left a bit to be desired. The ... Read More
This was our second trans Atlantic crossing with MCS and we did two back to back cruises with the second one taking us from Venice-Istanbul-Venice. I was overall fairly pleased with MSC; however, their food left a bit to be desired. The buffet was pretty much the same throughout the cruise. The juice from the juice machine was so disgusting, like dishwater and I was totally turned off. The water in the Sahara Buffet was lukewarm and often the ice machine was empty. Coffee was pretty awful stuff too. Dinner servings were quite small; however, there was no problem to double up on servings. Pop and Fernandez were fantastic servers. One thing MSC really needs to address is the not serving of water or coffee at dinner.....at least not on this cruise out of South America. We bought water tickets as we drink a lot of water. By not serving coffee they want you to head out and buy coffee at the bar.......this company is trying to break into the North American market and we like our coffee and water at dinner. Now perhaps they do serve coffee and water on their North American and Caribbean cruises.........I am not certain about this. All in all a favourable cruise and I would travel again with MSC. I found certain ports to have a very short stay and it made it tough to complete excursions on time. Brindisi is a waste of time but I guess they had to fill in a slot. Katakolon(Olympia) was far too short and we had to be back on the ship by 11:30. Those that did the tour of Olympia had to practically run through it. Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
Just got back yesterday from my 26 day med/transatlantic cruise. Overall it was great cruise except for a few rough nights coming across the Atlantic. Was disappointed with the activities onboard during days at sea. Can see why some name ... Read More
Just got back yesterday from my 26 day med/transatlantic cruise. Overall it was great cruise except for a few rough nights coming across the Atlantic. Was disappointed with the activities onboard during days at sea. Can see why some name this ship the BoringDam. The food was just average. Did eat several times at the Pinnacle grill and it was well worth the extra money that it costs. Highly recommend it to future passengers. The ship was in excellent condition, the staff was friendly. The entertainment was below par and did improve once we departed for the transatlantic crossing. Embarkation and transfers from the Marriott Ledra, in Athens went well. The entire embarkation process went quickly and baggage was delivered to the room I think in record time. The itinerary and ports were interesting though I limited my excursion travels due to the costs involved. Even with the 10% discount that HAL offered the excursion prices were on the high side. Ephesus the first port of call was beautiful and was able to book my own tour off the ship at a much cheaper rate with another couple. In town Kusadasi, the atmosphere was lets rip off the tourists with all the counterfeit merchandise and overpriced carpets. Definitely need to know your prices before you go on rugs and leather products. The next stop was Haifa, Israel. A wonderful place to go, just wish HAL would overnight there as there is so much to see and so little time. Shore excursion prices were pricey. If you can plan well ahead, book your own tours. Going to the ports of Limassol Cyprus was a little disappointing as a port of call. Took the bus into town and walk around a bit. Good place to buy linens and buy a cold beer to drink. Nothing really stands out. On to Katakolon, Greece. What can I say, the ancient grounds of Olympia was a great tour. The town of Katakolon is a small quaint town with a little bit of shopping. Highly recommend going to the Greek Art Gallery there if you want a nice piece of art work. Virginia the owner is from the states and will make you a honest deal on a nice piece of art. Not a rip-off like Christos across the street, where I bought something and I am still waiting to see if it gets delivered. If you want cheap internet, go to the back street as there is a great place for internet at a cheap price as well as a nice little café. And the Gelato Yum! Messina, Italy was disappointing. Should have taken a tour to Toramina, but the tour price was too high. In Naples for the day took the hop-on hop-of bus. Great way to see Naples and feel safe in doing it. Recommend taking the both routes that are offered. If you want to do shopping take the red line and get off at stop 3. If you want excellent pizza, take the red line to stop 9 and try Lombardi, or onto stop 10 and go to Toraminos. Excellent Pizza. Once you eat pizza in Naples and you will not be able to stand the crap they serve here in the states. Also, don't forget to get the Gelato. The next stop I wish to mention in my review is the port for Rome. Have a hard time saying it as well as spelling it. Civitavecchia??? In lieu of going to Rome, I decided to explore this little city. I was surprise by it. If you decided to see the port, make sure you take in the open air market and explore some of the back streets. For internet service at very cheap price go to a little hole in the wall place called SeaMen. From the place where the port bus drops you off, you will see McDonalds then go to the right about 2 blocks and cut in towards town on the narrow street. SeaMens is on the right and is a grocery store up front but a has in internet service in the back along with a little café off to the side. Show them your ship card and then get on their computers. It was just a little over 1 euro for about 45 minutes. Beats the ships rates. Besides the internet, the wine and beer prices there are cheap. The crossing of the Atlantic was a long journey especially with the seas being choppy for many days and the port of calls Allicante, Malaga, and Cadiz were just ok to me. Recommend doing the hop-on- Hop-off buses. Nothing really stood out. Nothing like going like going to Barcelona or Lisbon. If I had to do it all over again, I would skip the transatlantic portion, especially in the fall. Read Less
Sail Date October 2013
The Seabourn Quest, a small ship with a maximum of 450 passengers, having several dining venues. One can eat on deck, weather permitting, go to Restaurant 2 with a reservation, or the Colonade which serves all three meals or lastly, the ... Read More
The Seabourn Quest, a small ship with a maximum of 450 passengers, having several dining venues. One can eat on deck, weather permitting, go to Restaurant 2 with a reservation, or the Colonade which serves all three meals or lastly, the main dining room which one should avoid, not for the quality of the food, but for the helter skelter service where one can expect to dine for 3 or more hours. Wine is included with lunch and dinner; however the proper glass that it is poured in is not. Unless one orders a premium wine by the glass or a bottle one does not get the proper glass that goes with that particular wine. Why, simply Company Policy, not to risk breaking a more expensive glass unless the passenger is paying extra for that glass of wine. There is no Butler service in the more expensive suites as one will find on the competition's ships., only one cabin steward to tend to your desires. Well thought out, large walk in closet, large bath with separate shower and whirlpool tub. Three sinks with a separate sink in a closeted toilet. Gratuities are included which may be the reason for the poor performance noted in the main dining room as tables are not assigned and one will be seated at different tables every night when there is a mad rush at 7:30PM to be seated. The staff on the whole is under 30 years of age and lacks the professional dedication of those professional waiters one finds on the competition. Read Less
Sail Date September 2013

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