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8 Spain Repositioning Cruise Reviews

This ship was exciting and had so many activities that we could not do them all. The service was excellent in all areas and the dining options were enjoyable . We never felt overwhelmed by too many people , including the embarkation, ... Read More
This ship was exciting and had so many activities that we could not do them all. The service was excellent in all areas and the dining options were enjoyable . We never felt overwhelmed by too many people , including the embarkation, which went smoothly and quickly. The shows wee great and the lounge acts were varied and entertaining, particularly Joe Hollywood in the Schooner Bar. From surfing to rock climbing to bumper cars , is ship is novel and an exceptional experience. Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
I was first on the Epic in February of 2014. We loved the "new" NCL so much we went on the Getaway in October of 2014 and we are booked on the Escape in 2015. Needless to say I am saying goodbye to my old friend Princess ... Read More
I was first on the Epic in February of 2014. We loved the "new" NCL so much we went on the Getaway in October of 2014 and we are booked on the Escape in 2015. Needless to say I am saying goodbye to my old friend Princess Cruises (17 cruises) and moving to NCL. Freestyle is my idea of how cruising should be. If you want to dress up, do it but don't expect others to do so. From everything to the Garden Cafe (buffet) to Cagney's (high end steak house) the food is really good and continues to improve every time we sail on NCL. My favorite is the Bistro. I have tried all the restaurants except the Cirque Dreams and Dinner. The main dining rooms are very good and so is the buffet. You could easily travel on a budget not go to a specialty restaurant and be happy. I love the Epic's controversial cabin design but I guess I am in the minority. I did not have the best cabin attendant this time. Last time Winnie was WONDERFUL! My cabin was not dusted and there were items left by the previous passenger in the drawers. My room was never made up until very late in the day. I had to ask several times for a room service menu. I don't let this stuff detract from my cruises and I got it resolved. There were very few children on board and I don't have any so I don't know about the youth programs. I LOVE the water slides and rode them every day. Alas the Epic is now stationed in the Med so she won't be as easy for this S. Florida boy to jump on at the last minute with a smokin deal. Happy Landings! Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
Left Miami April 19th. This was my second cruise and my second time on the Epic having taken it from Barcelona to Miami Oct 2014. I had booked early in 2014 but changed my reservation in Jan 2015 for a balcony cabin when they were ... Read More
Left Miami April 19th. This was my second cruise and my second time on the Epic having taken it from Barcelona to Miami Oct 2014. I had booked early in 2014 but changed my reservation in Jan 2015 for a balcony cabin when they were having a promotion. I didn't really care about the balcony cabin but it turned out less exp"nsive due to the onboard credit included in the promotion - and the extra space was nice. For me this cruise was an improvement over the previous TA. The cabins were sold out but the ship seemed less crowded and the people better behavd in terms of not putting a towel on a chaise longue and never showing up to use it or in ignoring the slight dress requirements for the Manhatton. They added personnel to run bridge games (in theory ACBL sanctioned) and there were more than 50 participants every day. There were also lectures for Learning bridge in the morning. All of the shows I saw in the Epic theatre were of good quality as well as the Divas in Headliners. I did not care for the Hypnotist show and was totally disappointed by Second City. The Bar/Lounge entertainers were all good. I avoid the buffet if possible as it is not my sstyle and my past experience was that nothing was ever warm. Somehow the wait at Manhatton and Taste was greatly reduced compared to the prvious T/A. The service was always good. They seem to be asking more frequently if you are willing to share a table and I always say yes as I was solo. For every meal but one I was seated with other guests and met some very interesting people and had quite a bit of fun. All the staff, as usual were top notch. My cabin steward got a standing ovation for his paarticipaation in the crew talent show. So all in all a pleasant journey. I will return to the US on the Star from Dover in October and am looking forward to seeing how it is with half the passenger capacity. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
We chose this cruise for the rest we truly needed. Embarkation in Miami was a bit chaotic as you can imagine 3500 people getting on. The TA itself was very calm and the weather was perfect. We had the Ultimate Dining Package, and made ... Read More
We chose this cruise for the rest we truly needed. Embarkation in Miami was a bit chaotic as you can imagine 3500 people getting on. The TA itself was very calm and the weather was perfect. We had the Ultimate Dining Package, and made good use of it. We truly enjoyed dining at Cagney's (try the Wagyu Beef Sliders mmm) and Le Bistro (for escargots), Moderno was great and so was Teppanyaki (good show). Shanghai which is now free was the least of our favorite, not up to par. The Garden Café (buffet) was great for breakfast, lots of choice and great view at the front of the ship, lunch was had at the Taste dining room which was relaxed and excellent. Our Cabin Steward Dandee was amazing, always greeting us with a smile and keeping our cabin tiptop clean. Most crew members greeted us with a smile, especially Marybeth at the Garden Café, always with a greeting and disinfectant for our hands... Entertainment was excellent, especially Burn the Floor, the Sephoras (2 girl violinists) amazing not to be missed, loved Legends in Concert and Cirque Dreams. We were kept really busy during the TA, never a dull moment. Our excursions to Madeira organized by a Roll Call member was great, Barcelona always beautifull, we used the Port Shuttle (3E round trip) and visited La Pedrera and walked down Passeig de Gracia all the way to the port area, truly a great day. Palma de Malloraca was also organised by a Roll Call member was our favorite, especially the stop in Valldemossa (breathtaking so is the country side). At the end of our cruise, disembarkation was very smooth, color coded for the time you needed to get off. We decided on a late color coded disembarkation at 8h30 which was great, not too many passengers. A prearranged shuttle took us to the airport in 30 minutes. Great shopping in Barcelona Airport. We truly enjoyed this TA, the cabin was great, the food outstanding, entertainment excellent and meeting new cruising friends memorable. We were truly rested after the cruise and would love to repeat in the near future. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
Thomson Dreamliner is a fantastic plane. Lots of leg room and free food and drink during the flight. But, what started well, ended badly. The Jamaican airport was hot, humid, crowded and queued. No where to sit, no air conditioning, no ... Read More
Thomson Dreamliner is a fantastic plane. Lots of leg room and free food and drink during the flight. But, what started well, ended badly. The Jamaican airport was hot, humid, crowded and queued. No where to sit, no air conditioning, no water and no where to rest in a confined corridor containing hundreds of people. Tempers flared after hours waiting to get to embarkation and some felt faint. A musical group from the island greeted us at the ship but the singer was out of tune and the musicians seemed fed up of playing it took that long for everyone to board. The buffets were always full of food and refreshments and the restaurant was great for an evening meal. However, the food was mostly overcooked, warm at best when eating and not very tasty in all the eateries. I did not like the fact you helped yourself to buffet with tongs. It would have been more hygienic to have been given the food by buffet staff. Despite the fact the ship had antibacterial dispensers throughout, many passengers ignored them. I had a bad tummy in the middle of the first week and was told by a passenger that the ship had had Noro virus aboard the week before resulting in the closure of the Jacuzzis. I was also by other passengers that many people were being treated for a bad cough, an outbreak which had been on board since December with antibiotic drips having to be issued for pneumonia and also that 5 people had died on board during this time. Myself and my husband both went home with a bad cough at the end of the cruise. One woman was badly burnt by a soot gob that had been blown from the ship's funnel. Many passengers had broken their arms whilst on board. Health and safety was an issue as I saw a crew member carrying two stacks of cups on his tray down a spiral staircase. Smoking was allowed on the decks which was very quickly extended to inside the ship and door areas by smokers who ignored the rules. It was hard to get away from cigarette smoke on the deck areas. We found it very difficult to get a sun lounger before 10am and these were hogged by selfish passengers all day despite the fact that they were not using them for hours. The ship had an overcrowded feel during the sea days and the days were quite strained. The behavior of some of the passengers was terrible despite their mature years. Tempers flared and a fight broke out over the use of a lift which carried on in the sun deck. There was a lot of foul language used by some of the down to earth types which did offend other passengers with their rudeness at times. Some of the deck flooring was bubbled and torn. The first port was La Romana. I wish I had stayed aboard the ship. We were transported by shuttle to the nearby town and was immediately bombarded by very persistent venders that were very intimidating. We all immediately got right back on the bus and returned to the ship. This port did not match the description at all. My favourite ports were St Maartin and Antigua. Shops were wonderful and there were many nice places to go. The Virgin Islands were a little boring as we had not been able to book a tour but on returning to the ship many passengers were disappointed with their trips here. One had gone to see whales and was told by locals that whales are a rare sight in April as they don’t arrive until June when the season for them starts. We did see some flying fish and dolphins on the sea days. Gibraltar is a nice place but there was very little time to visit more than one venue as the ship departs at 2pm and we had to be back on board by 1:30. We were talked out of using the cable car by the port taxi drivers who said that we would not have time to use it. The port inspector confirmed this when asked to back up the statements but on speaking to the tourist visitor centre they said we would have had plenty of time to use it. So I think we were conned into using them at a cost. To sum up, I personally quite enjoyed my time on this cruise but I know that quite a few other passengers were very disappointed and if rumors were correct some did not return at all. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
Once onboard, we went directly to the Windjammer where we were offered a very disappointing lunch. Clearly, this was the worst food we had ever had on any Royal Caribbean cruise that we have ever taken. The selections were odd, to say ... Read More
Once onboard, we went directly to the Windjammer where we were offered a very disappointing lunch. Clearly, this was the worst food we had ever had on any Royal Caribbean cruise that we have ever taken. The selections were odd, to say the least, and poor at that. Service, however, was excellent. As far as the breakfast is concerned, after one try at the Windjammer, we decided to stay in the Dining Room, as this was never disappointing. Lunches were so bad, that I find it difficult to even describe. It didn't matter where you ate: it was a repetition every day in both the main Dining Room and in the Windjammer. A couple of meals were so bad, that I pushed my plate away and didn't even bother reordering. We quickly found that it was better to order Room Service at lunchtime. Those meals were much better than anything else offered. Dinners fluctuated from inedible to incredible. We ate one night at Izumi, but were not terribly impressed. Other passengers didn't seem to be entirely pleased over the other restaurants, so we didn't even bother. In fact, I think that business was so slow there, that that is the reason why they were offering 20% off at Izumi and a "Buy Chops and get Giovanni's Table for free". I do want to take this moment, however, to mention that the Dining Room service was impeccable and the best we ever had. Ernesto and Saturnino were on the ball and everyone was pleased for the entire two weeks. The maître d was visible every night, making sure to stop at our table and make sure everything was running smoothly. Entertainment was fairly poor. After late dining, there was barely anything to do or see, except for the little standard things (games, for example) going on about the ship. The shows were highly mediocre. The Centrum had several things going on, but it is very, very small and the passengers were packed three and four deep around four decks trying to see it. We gave up. Short of sleeping around the Centrum, it simply wasn't worth our time. Shore excursions were iffy. We did the Haunted House tour in Key West and all is can say, save your money and your time. Funchal was fun. We went up the mountain by cable and came down by wicker sled. My only complaint is that there was a tremendous amount of walking and there were times I wasn't sure if my husband was going to make it in one piece. We selected this tour as a "moderate" excursion and did not expect it to be a walking tour, which it clearly was, in large part. In addition, it was uphill, cobblestone climbing. Next was Gibralter. This turned out to be a surprise. We had a great tour guide and the place turned out to be much more interesting than we would have thought. We went up to the Rock by cable and partially walked down and partially rode down by bus, which was all o.k., considering it was downhill. We saw the monkeys, which were extremely amusing and visited the caves. It is fascinating. Don't miss it. Sadly, we couldn't view Morocco from there because the day was so cloudy, but I am sure it is still there and you might get luckier than we did! Malaga was a nightmare. We were supposed to have a moderate city tour, by bus. Hah! What we got was a bus ride up to the top of a big hill. Some passengers got out to take pictures and then returned to the bus, where we were brought back down the big hill. By this time, everyone was bellyaching for a rest room, which the guide kept promising. When we go down the hill, we all left the bus and raced to keep up with the guide. I was just telling my husband that I couldn't keep up with him, when suddenly an argument broke out between a passenger and the tour guide. The man was very angry that his wife, who couldn't keep up with this Speed Demon, had fallen behind and gotten lost. He had finally found her and was at it with the guide, who clearly had a "too bad" attitude about it. People began yelling for a bathroom. He told everyone to "meet him at this spot in 45 minutes. In the meantime, find a bar and use the bathroom". We were left in an upscale shopping district in Malaga with nothing to do. Everyone drifted off. In 45 minutes, we went back to the spot and the guide sauntered over and announced that anyone who wanted could go to the Cathedral now, otherwise come back to this spot in an hour. What Cathedral? Who cared??!? We couldn't walk anymore. We found a café and sat with a cold drink until it was time to meet again. When we did, we were bussed back to the bus. Money down the drain. I was going to take the issue up with Guest Services, but honestly, we were too tired to even bother. Everyone on the bus was angry. I think that in the future we just might start using other resources instead of going with the cruise line for excursions. It seems that the longer we travel, the worse these excursions are becoming. My husband's birthday card arrived days before his actual birthday. No balloons on the door, no singing of Happy Birthday in the Dining Room, nor did I notice anyone else getting special treatment. I guess that that is another ship that has sailed! We did go to the Future Cruise desk only to find that in order to get any stateroom credit, you had to book right on the spot for a cruise within a 12 month period. We were informed that once we booked, there was no way to switch for a better deal that might be offered at a later time. However, we could use the shipboard credit on this cruise if we liked. I asked the agent what the benefit was and he said "none", at which point we got up and thanked him for his time and left, unbooked and fed up. I noticed that the Future Cruise office almost always seemed empty during the entire cruise, which I have never seen before. I do believe that Royal Caribbean has shot themselves in the foot this time. Would I travel with them again? Only if the price and itinerary were superior to anything else. It just may be time to shop around with the other cruise lines. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
We have done about 15 cruises from Florida to Bahamas and Caribbean/Mexico. We wanted to try something different and since we are now retired we had the time to do this. Overall we were very happy with the experience and Celebrity. Their ... Read More
We have done about 15 cruises from Florida to Bahamas and Caribbean/Mexico. We wanted to try something different and since we are now retired we had the time to do this. Overall we were very happy with the experience and Celebrity. Their call center was very helpful with our reservations and got us a good airfare for our return to Florida. We found the ship, Equinox, to be very well cared for and clean. Since this was a 15 day transatlantic crossing there would be plenty of time to spend on the ship. There was a lot of comfortable seating throughout the ship. When we cruise we only eat dinner in the specialty restaurants and the food and staff at Murano were wonderful. We also enjoyed Silk Harvest. We ate lunch twice in the dining room and the service was poor. Trying to get a drink refill was nearly impossible. Anything that was requested seemed to take a long time and multiple request. Food was ok. We ate at the buffet for lunch three times and found the selections and food quality and preparation unsatisfactory and not as good as we have had on Royal Caribbean or Disney. Bistro Cafe was a good alternative for lunch and breakfast, delicious crepes. We seldom saw the ship's officers but the crew were helpful in all facets of the ship. I would say that many of the staff had strong accents and their English was difficult for us to understand. They did not have a "big" production in the theatre and we would have liked that. We brought our tablets and had lots to read many comfortable places to sit. Good food and service in the specialty restaurants, nice bed and bedding for a restful evening. Read Less
Sail Date April 2013
The Ryndam carried us on our first trans Atlantic cruise. We had smooth sailing, wonderful service and food. We enjoyed all of the ports, especially Barcelona. But, the one thing I'd really rave about is their five new shows. They are ... Read More
The Ryndam carried us on our first trans Atlantic cruise. We had smooth sailing, wonderful service and food. We enjoyed all of the ports, especially Barcelona. But, the one thing I'd really rave about is their five new shows. They are Broadway-quality shows with exquisite costumes, professionally choreographed dancing, fabulous music, varied and gorgeous sets. One of the shows even showcased an aerial performance. Three of the shows won national awards in their category. So, if you're sailing on the Ryndam and also the Nordam, be sure to attend these phenomenal new shows--they aren't the usual fair of quaint singing and dancing! As of right now, these shows are being scaled to be reproduced on several of HAL's smaller ships too. So, be watching for fantastic new shows on HAL! (How do I know? Our son is the set designer. We went on this long cruise so we'd be sure to see all 5 of the shows!) Read Less
Sail Date April 2013

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