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We haven’t cruised before and wanted to celebrate our anniversary so we went for a low end weeks cruise as a taster with Marella Dream, with no exaggeration from the airport going to the airport coming home it was fantastic, boarding the ... Read More
We haven’t cruised before and wanted to celebrate our anniversary so we went for a low end weeks cruise as a taster with Marella Dream, with no exaggeration from the airport going to the airport coming home it was fantastic, boarding the ship on the first night we were really impressed with the friendly staff and condition of the ship, every day after just got better and better with super entertainment, friendly staff, top restaurant food, we met lots of new friends and thought the whole ship had a great atmosphere, we would have a great day on shore then always look forward to getting back on board. We especially liked the Orion restaurant, tides bar and waters edge, all very fancy and drinks are lovely, we didn’t need to upgrade to premium from all inclusive. Our cabin was larger and nicer than expected and very comfortable indeed. We assumed we were booking a inferior cruise maybe being a bit snobby but we couldn’t be more wrong it was exceptional value for money and a top experience. How this cruise would compare to p&o or Royal Caribbean I don’t know but cannot wait to find out as there’s no going back from this. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
We saw this cruise for £549 for 7 nights all inclusive and after reading bad reviews, thought why not, we were already going to stay for 2 weeks in Gran Canaria and this was cheaper than an all inclusive hotel, so we went with an open ... Read More
We saw this cruise for £549 for 7 nights all inclusive and after reading bad reviews, thought why not, we were already going to stay for 2 weeks in Gran Canaria and this was cheaper than an all inclusive hotel, so we went with an open mind. I have cruised once before with Cunard and my partner has never cruised before. Embarkation and cabin: Embarkation was pretty straightforward. We showed up about 12:30 and after a little wait in line we went onboard with our wheelie cases. Our cabin was not ready so we went straight to the dining area and had some lunch. Our case turned up about 4pm. The room was basic but comfortable with two single beds pushed together to make an extra kingsize. The cabin was quite spacious with plenty of wardrobe space and drawers. The bathroom had a hairdryer and a glass shelf to put all of your bits on. No complementary bottles of shampoo, etc, just a fitting on the shower wall with shower gel in. There were no tea-making facilities in the room which was annoying as you are not allowed to bring a travel kettle onboard. The room was very clean, had a lovely large window and the air conditioning worked perfectly. Onboard: The ship had two swimming pools, three jacuzzis, an a la carte restaurant (which was open from breakfast time until about 10:30pm, with hot drinks available 24hrs), a main dining hall, a theatre, gym, casino, duty free shop, library and a disco. Some parts of the ship look a bit tired but overall, nothing to put you off choosing Pullmantur. Eating: Personally I could have stayed onboard and ate the whole week away as the food was of high standard. I don't eat meat but my partner does and we both found that every day there was a good selection of fish and meat dishes available, as well as vegetarian options. We chose to eat in the formal dining room every evening but one and ate lunch at the buffet every day but one. We had two gala nights, including Christmas Eve with a large 7 course meal on both of those nights and the waiter tailored mine to not include meat. The same dishes as the fine dining (and more) are served in the buffet restaurant every day for those that prefer it. All of the dishes served are good quality and cooked to perfection. If you are after chips and burgers then this is not the cruise for you. Ports: We had six ports and one day at sea. Tenerife, La Palma, Funchal (christmas day), Agadir and Lanzarote. 23 Dec - North Tenerife: We caught the bus to Las Teresitas costing €1.25 each way and enjoyed the beach 24 Dec - La Palma: We went for a walk in the lovely old town and did some Christmas shopping. We tried to book the dune buggy tour but there were no other takers so it was not running Christmas Day - Funchal, Madeira: We had a lovely stroll around Funchal and then sat on the seafront eating churros 26 Dec: At sea 27 Dec Agadir, Morocco: This port was horrible and smelly so we stayed onboard, went to the gym and lounged around the pool. 28 Dec Lanzarote: We took the Grand Tour at €59 each and visited Jameos Del Agua, the vineyards, Valley of a Thousand Palms and Timanfaya (about 5-6hrs) Formal dining: We chose first sitting and dressed up accordingly to each theme night. Most people did the same, although there were some that didn't but they still dressed smart. On both gala nights my partner wore his tuxedo with different coloured bow ties and I wore long dresses, as did many others. They seemed to keep all the different nationalities together with waiters that spoke their language which was nice. Drinks: We did not bother with upgrading to a drinks package. The drinks offered on the all-inclusive were perfectly fine. My partner said the beer was nice, the same as he was drinking the rest of the holiday. The spirits were nice, not all being brand names, although some were and the sparkling wine was very nice. Language and entertainment: Everything was in both Spanish and English everywhere. There was no language barrier on the ship or on any excursions. This may have been a problem for other languages, such as French etc. but we didn't notice it. The animation team's performances were all multi-national and of a very high standard. Even the bingo was in three or four languages. Disenbarkation: This was seemless. You could stay on the cruise for the whole of the next day at a really small cost with facilities to shower etc. They picked up your case from outside your door after 1am and the ship magazine told you where to be at what time you could disembark. This all took about 15 minutes. Once off, we collected our case from the designated area and left for the rest of our adventure. Would we go with Pullmantur again? You bet we would! We would definitely recommend as it was fantastic value for money Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
We selected this cruise because the itinerary was totally new to us - we had not previously been to any of the stops. We flew from Florida through Philadelphia on British Airways to Heathrow (LHR) and arrived before 7am. About a month ... Read More
We selected this cruise because the itinerary was totally new to us - we had not previously been to any of the stops. We flew from Florida through Philadelphia on British Airways to Heathrow (LHR) and arrived before 7am. About a month before the cruise we booked the 8:30am National Express bus on-line from Terminal 5 to Southampton ($25 each). The bus arrived 10 minutes prior and became full. It was a Saturday and we arrived in Southampton in 75 minutes. There were no cabs at the bus station and somehow our phone was not roaming to contact UBER, but the Holiday Inn was a short walk (if it had been raining we would have absolutely needed a cab or get UBER to work). In the afternoon we enjoyed a little walk around the Old Town and in the evening, there was a terrific mall with a lower level and lots of different restaurants to eat inside or outside. The next morning, the Silhouette was docked almost next to the hotel - so we walked. A princess ship was further away and would have needed a cab. The ship looked great, our balcony room was spotless, the drink package was tons of fun (included specialty coffees as well as cocktails and wine). The entertainment was fine enough - started out poorly and became better over time (or we just drank more - LOL) Food was yummy - on our early days with tours, we had room service for breakfast - otherwise we always made it to the dining room right before the 9am deadline. Sea days, we had lunch in the dining room, we ate in the main dining room at select dining every night. We enjoyed a nice table for 2 with the same waiter almost every night - we met other couples also placed at the same area and so it was also a social time. We have always enjoyed the speakers on Celebrity; these people were fine, but not great. However, it was something to do on the sea days. Ports Vigo - Took the ship tour the Santiago to Compestello - beautiful weather and town was lovely. Highly recommend this tour! Watch the movie "The Way" before you go. Lisbon - the sail in is beautiful and our balcony was on the port side - so we ate breakfast outside during the arrival. On our own, walked about 25 minutes from the dock to get onto Tram 28. The wait was too long, but we had a good time and got an idea of the city. It let us out at an unknown area and I would suggest finding a cab to get back, or take the next tram back to a main area. There are many city buses to take you everywhere. Beware of pick pockets as a couple we met on the ship were robbed Lanzarote - beautiful seaside location. We took the ship tour that was terrific with camels and the volcano national park. Highly recommend this tour! Gran Canaria - We took the inexpensive ship city tour and it was great - went all over the place, a beach overlook, town of Teror, a caldera high in the mountains. Lots of fun. There was a nice pedestrian shopping area straight past the entrance of the port - past a replica of the Chris Columbus Nina. Tenerife - It was raining and we planned to walk around the town and to the Mercado, but instead, we rode around on the HOHO bus that also included a walking tour. It was not really worth the $25 per person for the HOHO, but with the rain stopping and the little walking tour, it was ok. We left the tour to go to the Mercado and then walked the lovely shopping streets back to the ship. The sail away is fabulous of the mountains. Maderia - very beautiful stop. The ship is not really conveniently docked and there is not free transportation to get out the port. there was some sort of shuttle and there were cabs, but we decided to walk 2 miles to the cable car. It was a nice walk and good weather. The cable car line moved very quickly (16 Euro round trip) and a good long ride. When we arrived at the top, it started to pour - ugh! but then it stopped. We did not do the crazy basket ride down the hill, but walked to the church and there was a pretty garden, if you want to spend time and more $. La Coruna - the ship was running late so we canceled our planned tour and went ourselves to the old town - and there is a fort of 1 Euro. Bilbao - Lovely surprise - clean and beautiful. We took the 10 euro shuttle from the ship to several blocks from the Guggenheim. We were in time for a docent tour and after spent time outside at all the sculptures. When we walked back to the bus, many shops were closing. We could have also found a cab to get to the old town - others said it was nice, but since everything was closing, we wandered around a little and then took the shuttle back to the ship. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
Iberian Delights, lived up to the usual smooth operation one would expect from Marella, embarkation was smooth and efficient, less than 10 mins from dockside to our cabin which was well equipped the bathroom had fluffy towels, hairdryer, ... Read More
Iberian Delights, lived up to the usual smooth operation one would expect from Marella, embarkation was smooth and efficient, less than 10 mins from dockside to our cabin which was well equipped the bathroom had fluffy towels, hairdryer, shampoo and shower gel, the cabin was very clean and roomy, plenty of space for clothes and suitcases, tea, coffee making facilities, replenished daily by our cabin boy Aldrin who was always helpful and friendly. Dining, we ate in the dining room every evening, the menu was varied well presented and on the whole offered enough of a choice that even those who like to complain should have been catered for. Breakfast and lunch were also exceptional afternoon tea was a lovely treat, the words spoilt for choice spring to mind. Overnight sailings meant that there was plenty of time to experience all the on board entertainment on offer. As to shore excursions a really great itinerary from start to finish, and the bonus is only one sea day, the only hiccup was the tender operation for Portimao which due to sea conditions and the fact that everyone seemed to have the same idea as to their timetable for going ashore caused a few people to get a little agitated.(I still think a simple register with time slots bookable the day before would be a simple solution to this problem). We will certainly be sailing with Marella cruises again in the very near future. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
This was our first cruise and we are now hooked!!! Embarkation and disembarkation went smoothly. The cabin 7020 was lovely and spacious and always kept spotless by the cabin steward, Edward. The ship itself was just the right ... Read More
This was our first cruise and we are now hooked!!! Embarkation and disembarkation went smoothly. The cabin 7020 was lovely and spacious and always kept spotless by the cabin steward, Edward. The ship itself was just the right size for us as we felt that if we went on a huge ship it would not be as cosy. The food was fantastic, choice of buffet, waited or a la carte restaurants. Never a time when we went hungry. The entertainment was great too. We spent most of the time in the Waters Edge bar, where Komang treated us like a King and Queen (superb service and nothing was ever too much trouble for him), but the other bars had plenty to offer too and shows in the Broadway show lounge were on each evening (the ones were saw were fab!) Plenty of organised excursions available but we chose to do our own thing and explore each destination on our own. My hubby used the gym a couple of times and found it really good. The staff all over the ship were excellent and always happy to help but as previously said, Edward the Cabin Steward and Komang the waiter, to us, went the extra mile. To sum it up, we didn't want to leave, we are now hooked and we are looking to go again next year! Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
Just back from 14 day back to back cruise on Marcella Dream. We had a fantastic time especially as we had read previous reviews and were worried. No need at all. Yes the ship is older but it is very clean and comfortable. The whole crew ... Read More
Just back from 14 day back to back cruise on Marcella Dream. We had a fantastic time especially as we had read previous reviews and were worried. No need at all. Yes the ship is older but it is very clean and comfortable. The whole crew are very friendly and helpful. The food was varied and the drinks package was really good value for money. I am a vegetarian and the choice food wise was the best I have had. All food is labellled and covers various dietary requirements. The service we received from all the staff was second to none.Our cabin steward could not do enough for us. As we received a daily news sheet it was easy to select entertainment that suited us. Entertainment Director and his team worked hard and we enjoyed various shows,bands and quizzes. Everyone including Officers were very approachable. We went on organised trips and sometimes on our own. Either way information was always available at each port of call. A fabulous holiday and will be cruising again. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
I booked this cruise as a last minute getaway for me and my wife. I have only been cruising once before on the crown princess so after looking at the reviews I was dreading my week away. How wrong could I have been. This was a fantastic ... Read More
I booked this cruise as a last minute getaway for me and my wife. I have only been cruising once before on the crown princess so after looking at the reviews I was dreading my week away. How wrong could I have been. This was a fantastic cruise with fantastic staff. As a avid cook that enjoys cooking I loved the food and the way it was always perfectly cooked. I did hear of someone moaning because the scrambled egg wasn’t cooked. I’m sure Jeeves cooked theirs better at home, but Proper cooks cook scrambled eggs like you get them on the ship. The staff in the restaurants worked like pack mules and still had smiles on their faces. I received customer service that I never got in the two weeks on the crown princess, I really wished that the dream was my first cruise.Also read the reviews about the entertainment. Again very very wrong. Sound nation in the medusa lounge was fantastic. And it was hard to get a seat most nights, so if that’s worse than pub singers as reviews have said, I can only guess the pubs they go to are called trendy wine bars with violinists!!!! The entertainment staff was so attentive and made you feel like family not a number, cruise director Taylor has a great team in Fran,Susie,Katie and then there is Lewis, I think I broke ribs I laughed so much at his quips. Yes she has problems, she is a old ship and shows her age, but for what you paid for the ticket some people want staff walking behind them. I would say give her a try, make your own mind up, not just negative people finding little faults with her. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
What a week! Where do i begin? My boyfriend and I were not looking for a cruise, in fact i sent him into down one dreary day in September 2017 to go book a week away for some winter sun for valentines day. What about a cruise the travel ... Read More
What a week! Where do i begin? My boyfriend and I were not looking for a cruise, in fact i sent him into down one dreary day in September 2017 to go book a week away for some winter sun for valentines day. What about a cruise the travel agent in TUI (back then Thomson's) said? What about a cruise? Always wanted one and seems cheaper than a land vacation! We settled on Marella Dream and the Canarian Flavours Itinerary. Everything was easy to book and in fact we booked the No. 1 lounge at Gatwick as we had an early flight (highly recommend as this also allows you priority access through security). The flight was delayed a little as two passengers missed the plan! Other then that the flight was uneventful, i am glad we upgraded to extra legroom seats! Embarkation was easy, the coach transfer from the airport to the ship was smooth and it was easy to find a Marella representative. Quick and efficient embarkation. The only issue I found was i registered my credit card for the room account but if my partner used his card that night and we woke up to a letter through the door telling us to register a card. A quick trip to reception soon sorted that. We decided to upgrade to the premium drinks package and booked some restaurant early on as it was valentines on this cruise and they were almost booked up at this time! Our cases were delivered within the hour so we unpacked and soon set off exploring. The Muster drill was just after 9pm, i was shattered after the travel and quite glad not to have to wear my life jacket for this. We had prebooked our cabin, 6140 and outside plus. Very spacious with out double bed under the picture window, a sofa with a small table, a large dressing table with storage and big mirror with lights around, lots of wardrobe space and a good sized en suit with a shower over the bath. We never saw out cabin attendant but they did a great job (sadly no towel animals :( ). Our first full day we docked in Las Palmas, Gran Canaria. We booked a beach transfer excursion and enjoyed the 26 degree temperature and lazing about on the beach! The next day we docked at San Sebastian, no excursion booked here but the town was lovely to go and wander around. Plenty of placed for a nice coffee and beautiful scenery. Sadly we only had till 2pm to enjoy here but off we went on our way to the lovely Funchal in Maderia. This was the trip I was most looking forward to. We booked the cable car excursion with the botanical gardens. The cable cars are very easy to find and you could easily do this on your own. Just 10 short minutes walk from the ship (2 minutes by bus), easy to navigate and the views were stunning! We went all the way up into the town of Monte where we had an hour to visit the old church and enjoy a coffee in the square. It was like something out of a fairy tale and stunningly beautiful. We purchased our Madeira wine and cake for very reasonable price (15 Euros) for the folks back home. Now here was the fun part! You had a choice, back down the hill on the bus or using the traditional toboggans! We chose the later and what fun it was! Quick drink at the cafe at the bottom and back on the coach en route to the botanical gardens. The tour guide gave us a choice of a guided tour around these or an hour to explore ourselves. We decided to break away from the group and explore on our own. Very pretty and well worth the money. We got back on the bus and went to sample some Madeira wine and look at the local embroidery before heading back to the ship. We got back to the ship about 1:30pm, as we weren't due to depart until 8pm we decided to go explore the town. We paid 5 euros and took a classic Mercedes to the Market were we sampled local tapas and looked around the street. Found a great place for ice cream amongst the streets so make sure you go and explore! The next day was at Sea, i had been suffering with seasickness a little as the waters were quite choppy so i was worried for this day if I am honest. I had been getting tabled from reception (£2 for 4 seasickness tablets) but they didn't help me. Whilst docked in Funchal i visited a local pharmacy and got strong tablets. Thankfully these worked and I enjoyed the day at sea. A little lie in, late breakfast and a walk around the promenade deck. We enjoyed the whirlpools on deck 9 but as it was half term week there was a lot of children and some very misbehaving with no parents in sight! I thought the whirlpools are for over 14's only but this rule wasn't adhered to. Some of the kids were fine, but a lot decided a game of splash was in order and proceeded to climb over me and other passengers whilst splashing profusely...not the ships fault but i did comment about where the parents were. They held a Texas Hold 'em Up Poker tournament in the casino at 3pm, £25 buy in with 70% of the pot as the winnings. I signed up for this and came 5th so enjoyed myself. The casinos are good fun but remember to buy in pounds as the exchange rate is horrendous! 50 euros was about £38 so you are losing before you even play! But hey, that is gambling for you! The next day we docked at Arrecife in Lanzarote. Here we booked the dune buggy excursion and it was great fun! Saw some amazing sights but you don't half get dirty! It didn't help whilst everyone else drove around the pools of muddy water my boyfriend drove through them and soaked us. Great fun and good value for money. I would definitely book an excursion here as there isn't much to do in the port. The same can be said for the last port we visited on this trip, Puerto del Rosario in Fuerteventura. We didn't book and excursion and the town was a bit of a disappointment. A few cheap souvenir shops but not much else. We would recommend booking an excursion or preplanning this port if you do this trip. We were very sad to leave the next day but disembarkation was very smooth and the staff are always happy to help. About the ship, yes she is dated, but she is also 31 years old and has character! I loved her as i do not really fancy cruising on a floating shopping mall. We ate in all the restaurants. I preferred the waiter service in Orion and my partner liked the Lido buffet. We both enjoyed the late night curry at 11:30pm which was lovely after a few cocktails in the evening. We also tried all three premium restaurants, Kora La, Hot Stones and Minstrals. All were lovely but Minstrals was amazing. We were lucky to enjoy this restaurant on valentines night with a wonderful seat next to a big window watching the sunset. All the women were given a single rose by the waiter and the food is out of this world. Marella do a package deal for all three restaurants for £49 per person, a great deal and well worth it. We spent most of our evenings in Waters Edge or at the back on deck 10 above the swimming pool. The entertainment in Waters Edge was good. Didn't see any shows as not really our thing but the services was great and the staff are only too happy to help. The shops are good, sampled the spa but found it too pricey in my honest opinion (and made my seasickness worse!) Our safe malfunctioned half way through the cruise and reception sent someone down within 5 minutes of us reporting. Soon fixed with no issue. Yes you can use the safe without paying, but, you have to sign a form when you pay and without this signature you insurance is invalid. It would have been incredibly embarrassing had we not paid but used the safe and our passport ended up locked inside! We loved this cruise, the ship and the fellow staff and passengers so much we are hooked and one whole week after arriving home, we booked a 2 week cruise on the same ship for March 2019. Fantastic crew and service. We were worried as lots of reports of hygiene issues and the dreaded Norovirus before we embarked, however, there is hand sanitiser everywhere and the only time I felt it unhygienic was fellow passengers not washing their hands after going to the loo! So to conclude, lovely ship, she is an old lady but has real character and charm about her which we adored. Wonderful attentive staff and beautiful ports of call. 100% recommend for those who like the personal feel of a smaller ship. We loved her so much so we are going back and cannot wait. However, if you do not want the whirlpools to be hogged choose to go during term time. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
We chose this cruise because we love Tenerife and the other canary islands. The Marella Dream was amazing and the staff were all so friendly, especially in the restaurants and the bars. In the restaurant we were so looked after by Joseph, ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we love Tenerife and the other canary islands. The Marella Dream was amazing and the staff were all so friendly, especially in the restaurants and the bars. In the restaurant we were so looked after by Joseph, the head waiter and his partner Yumi. They were both so friendly and took time to have a laugh although they were very busy. The wine waiter Ivana was lovely and made our holiday a pleasure due to being so friendly and getting us a seat every night. I have been on other Tui cruises and the staff were good but on the Marella Dream it was amazing. The bar staff were great and the waiters, especially Elmer were always there to get you a drink. Myself and my husband had the best holiday even although the weather was not great. The staff on the Marella Dream made sure people were having a great holiday and we will definitely be back on a Tui cruise in thinner future. The food was really good and was to the quality of a good 5 star restaurant. The menu was good with lots of choices. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
Decided to book this cruise in May so that we could get some Winter Sun. We had been on virtually the same cruise the year before on the Thomson Spirit and enjoyed it so much that we had no qualms about booking with Thomson (now ... Read More
Decided to book this cruise in May so that we could get some Winter Sun. We had been on virtually the same cruise the year before on the Thomson Spirit and enjoyed it so much that we had no qualms about booking with Thomson (now TUI/Marella) again. Supplemented the cruise with four days at the end in the TUI Sensimar in Los Gigantes, Tenerife. Overall price for the package appeared to be excellent value. As with the previous Thomson cruise, flight, transfers, embarkation and disembarkation were exceptionally smooth. Although this was the largest boat we have been on, its size was eminently manageable and facilities, apart from selfish sunbed reserving with towels, appropriate for the number of passengers. Our inside cabin was spacious, comfortable and, importantly, very quiet. The only exceptionally minor criticism was a slight lack of storage space. Minibar fridge was very useful for keeping our water cool. Although there didn't appear to be ironing facilities on board, steam from the shower removed most of our creases. Food in the waiter-service restaurant was of a good standard, but perhaps not quite as good as on Spirit last year or on the C&M Magellan earlier this year, particularly in its presentation. Food in the buffet was always very good; however, I do find the amounts that some eat in such restaurants somewhat obscene. We didn't use any of the paid for restaurants since the menus didn't really offer anything different/better. On my Birthday we opted for the supplement applicable Rib-eye steak, which was excellent but, in line with an apparent obsession with not sending out under-cooked meat, was really medium-rare rather than the rare we had asked for. As on other cruises, the free coffee was undrinkable: a ploy perhaps to make you buy the premium coffee? We had opted for the free All Inclusive drinks package. House wine, especially the red, was excellent, as was the draught lager. Cocktails available on the AI package were fairly limited and not as good as on last year's Spirit voyage. We didn't see any of the drunken behaviour experienced by those commenting on other Dream cruises, although i have always found it slightly worrying to see people ordering a G&T at 10-30 in the morning. Staff throughout the boat were attentive and courteous, providing an exemplary level of service. However, the open-seating in the restaurant meant that we didn't really develop any relationships with the waiting staff, which was a pity. Entertainment in the Broadway Show Lounge was generally good. The dancing and staging were of a very high standard; however, some of the singing was no better than a very good amateur level and there did appear to be a problem with sound levels. The only other entertainment we sampled was the pianist in Explorer Lounge, who was excellent. We didn't take part in any of the other activities, mainly because it was difficult to find a seat near the main pool. For us Entertainment and Activities are very low priority. The choice of ports was excellent, particularly being able to go to a smaller island such as La Gomera. We went on the La Gomera cycle tour, which we thoroughly enjoyed; however, the route was relatively challenging and we're not sure whether some of the others were expecting such a challenge. We didn't go on any other excursions: in this Internet Age it is very easy to pre-book shore-based activities from home; for instance on Gran Canaria we hired a car for a day at less than the cost of the cheapest transfer to Maspalomas for one person. Overall a superb cruise. we would not hesitate on going on the Dream again and even a third trip to the Canaries would leave us with plenty to do. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
I was looking for a holiday to celebrate my 60th Birthday and I was not disappointed. The Ship is wonderfully maintained by very hardworking crew. The cabin crew kept our cabin 918 clean and well maintained and were on call at any ... Read More
I was looking for a holiday to celebrate my 60th Birthday and I was not disappointed. The Ship is wonderfully maintained by very hardworking crew. The cabin crew kept our cabin 918 clean and well maintained and were on call at any time. It had a bow window and another window lovely and light, settee, coffee table, walk in wardrobe and on suite bath/shower with Elemis shower, shampoo and body lotions. Fresh fruit daily, Bed straightened and linen changed regularly, Evening include the bed turned down and chocolates on the pillows. Tea & Coffee facility in room all supplied with milk and sugar/sweetners. On Deck 9 only drawback was the noise on the first night -party night and early morning when you could hear the tables and chairs/lounges being pulled across the deck. Price to pay for being close to the Pool & Buffet deck. There is 2 seated restaurants, great food and entertainment from the singing waiters, 2 Buffet restaurants on deck 10, full english breakfast, continental,breakfast including ham and cheese, Cereals and fruits, also a Egg station for freshly made omelettes/or egg dishes and another for fresh pancakes and waffles. Full selection for Lunch & Dinner which changed daily included curries, pasta dishes, rice , fries and veg and an extra selection which could be wok cooked dishes or carved meat. You never need to go hungry, something even for my picky husband-plain dishes. Also you have the Bistro extra payment of approx £19.95 very special. you can is the seated restaurants pay extra for T Bone steak(£12.95) lovely. The Entertainment is brilliant with two main shows nightly - fantastic singers and dancers everyone puts in 100%. Africa show needs to be seen and their own group Mussik unlimited are full of life and wonderful voices. You can see them individually playing, guitars, pianos or singing at the many different venues onboard. Deck 9 has the quietest bar which has a piano easily accessible from our cabin. The SANA SPA needs to be visited as it a peaceful oasis with hairdressing and body(massages)- hot stones was fantastic. You can book a jacuzzi for a really indulgent treat. It was a treat after being out and about on the excursions, very relaxing. You can also book a photo shoot from the staff who take the photos as you join the cruise and in restaurants and excursions. Great for those on honeymoons or celebrating something special. The excursions have very informed guides and are fascinating to see the various islands, We enjoyed Madeira Cable car and botanical gardens, Fire mountain and Catamaran trips. Ports had plenty of ways to see the islands from Tuxzi's, taxis and buses- just visit the destination desk near reception. If you are celebrating you can book some special things at the celebrations desk. The Newspaper also has announcements and information on the ports. Timings for all the shows, arrivals in port and departures, times for food and bar opening times Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
We have travelled with Thomson many times before, Celebration, Destiny this was our first time on the Majesty and we could not fault it in any way. From start to finish every part of our holiday was handled guickly and efficiently from ... Read More
We have travelled with Thomson many times before, Celebration, Destiny this was our first time on the Majesty and we could not fault it in any way. From start to finish every part of our holiday was handled guickly and efficiently from check in at Manchester right through to our return excellent! Whilst the ship itself is not a modern all singing all dancing one I.e not like the modern ones, although why anyone would want a climbing wall on a ship escapes me. We found the ship to be in a very good condition nothing like some of the reports on various review sights. Our cabin no 6029 was across ship, very large lovely bathroom comfortable beds and everthing you could need. We dined in the seven seas restaraunt, food was great, one thing that concerned me was the open seating but I was suprised how much we enjoyed this meeting different people each meal time. Portions more than adiquate, some people in their reviews have said portions are small, untrue, if you want more the waiters will bring you more or you can then go to self serf and have more. Entertainment was very good and the team puts a lot of effort into making sure you have a good time. Service on bord is first class in all respects, waiters and bar staff are on the go all the time. As we did live in the Canaries for a number of years we tended mostly to stay on board. Only complaint I would have is with fellow passengers who leave towels on loungers, remember it is passengers who do this NOT cruise staff. Finally having travelled with various cruise lines including Celebrity and Royal Carrabean we still prefer Thompson. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
This was my first cruise ,we had a fantastic time the staff were great the food in all restaurants was very good ,we had the drinks package again great value , the ship is a little tired but very clean , the only place i would not go to ... Read More
This was my first cruise ,we had a fantastic time the staff were great the food in all restaurants was very good ,we had the drinks package again great value , the ship is a little tired but very clean , the only place i would not go to again is Casablanca, you get a lot of street traders who won't leave you alone and its not very clean, we did not go on any organised trips , i like to explore on my own, the shows were very good a different theme every night, the comedy was a little dated , the bar staff in the horizons bar were very good we had a good laugh with them all , the thing about this boat its not too large so you get to know the staff and crew ,also you have more of a interaction with the other passengers , i will be booking another Thomson cruise very soon . Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
Celebrity Eclipse What a ship . This was our second time on this ship first time we did concierge class this time we tried aqua class what a pleasant surprise . Our holiday started at the hilton hotel southampton stayed overnight ... Read More
Celebrity Eclipse What a ship . This was our second time on this ship first time we did concierge class this time we tried aqua class what a pleasant surprise . Our holiday started at the hilton hotel southampton stayed overnight and took taxi down to ship early next day .We arrived before our allotted time but we were ushered on with such ease it took about 20 minutes from start to boarding the ship . Cabins were ready by one o, clock .In our cabin we had a bottle of wine canopies and fruit and every day of the cruise we had different types of teas .Our dinning option was a restaurant called Blu ,looking this restaurant up before our cruise it stated it was healthy dining a lot of reviews stated that the food was bland DONT believe it the food was amazing , the service was second to none everyone of the staff looked as though they enjoyed working there . From the manager Faith , the girl on the main desk Suki (who never forgot our names or room number ) ,our waiters Raffy and Michael ,Jasna our wine waiter (amazing lovely girl my fav) and Davidson who was always there at breakfast to give me my coffee with a smile and a laugh. Entertainment on the eclipse is VERY GOOD the entertainments team are superb Sue Denning and her team work tirelessly to give you a great cruise . A Couple of bad points (not down to any of the staff ) the speciality coffee lounge there are polite notices on the tables asking people to have there coffee and vacate there seats for other passengers this didn't happen, people sat there with there books , knitting etc didn't want to move . the other down point was the ocean view cafe it gets very busy i mean really busy sometimes it took us a good 15 minutes to find a seat .Food in the ocean view was very good (fish and chips superb ) Tip if u only want a hot dog or a burger and chips go to the mast grill not so crowded . Tip..... take one of the drinks packages saves you money ... places we visited ..... vigo ( walked for miles ) Madeira beautiful island clean, friendly just a lovely island ..... Tenerife ( didn't do much just walked ) gran canaria ( walked to a beach ) Lisbon (two days ) what a lovely place this is spent two days exploring the backstreets , churches and parks. Tip... watch your valuables do not put wallet or purse in backpacks .... One more thing if you take the Aqua class package you do not have to eat in blu you can eat in the main dining room but why would you !! I had my 59 birthday on our cruise and after our meal in Blu all the waiters, Faith everyone in the restaurant sang happy birthday and i got a cake a real treat and surprise . Celebrity cruises thank you .... Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
This was our fifth cruise with Celebrity in the last three years (our third on Eclipse from Southampton). The itinerary was not one that we would normally have chosen, with a lot of sea days, but we wanted some early autumn sunshine ... Read More
This was our fifth cruise with Celebrity in the last three years (our third on Eclipse from Southampton). The itinerary was not one that we would normally have chosen, with a lot of sea days, but we wanted some early autumn sunshine and, above all, the ease and convenience of a Southampton embarkation. The parking, check in and boarding process were, as usual, outstanding – even better than our last two experiences at Southampton. From parking to onboard and glass of champagne in hand in under 20 minutes. The ship is still in generally excellent condition after more than 6 years in service although there are a few signs of wear and tear in some public areas that should be addressed in the near future. We remain of the opinion that Solstice class ships are beautifully designed and that the modern chromium and glass look is preferable to dark wood and gold fittings – but that’s a matter of personal taste. The balcony staterooms are all of a generous size, with a sofa as standard and an exceptionally large balcony. The bathroom is also of a very high standard with wrap around perspex screens in the shower (no grotty shower curtains). Our stateroom attendants were excellent. We used the Oceanview Café for both breakfast and lunch and thoroughly enjoyed the range and quality of the food offered each day. This cruise seemed to have 100% cabin occupancy, and many of the guests were elderly and of limited mobility, so the self service environment could become a bit of a bun fight on occasions, but we managed to eat both breakfast and lunch on the outdoor rear deck on every day except the outbound crossing of the Bay of Biscay. We were greeted at both breakfast and lunch by the lovely Bernardo, (who dispensed the hand sanitising gel at the entrance), with wit and enthusiasm. It is always these exceptional crew members that we remember and that bring us back to Celebrity. We used the Main Dining Room every evening (we never felt the need to “upgrade” to any of the speciality restaurants). We always choose the anytime dining option as we don’t like to be committed to having dinner at a fixed time, or at a pre-determined table. Some guests seemed to be of the opinion that the anytime option didn’t work very well, but we were entirely satisfied. On our first evening we were seated with Shubert and Jaydash as our waiters and we cannot speak highly enough of their professionalism, warmth and good humour. We asked to be with them again on the next night and we then stayed with them for the entire cruise. On the few occasions when a table in their area was not available, we were given a pager and relaxed in a nearby bar for, typically, 10 minutes, until one had been prepared for us. Our sommeliers, Manuel and Sedat were superb - we have never enjoyed such attentive and generous service before. We were also impressed by what seems to be a new policy of the waiting staff taking wine orders and bringing it to the table when the sommelier is occupied elsewhere. That’s a big improvement as it has sometimes been difficult to attract a sommelier’s attention on previous cruises. The evening meal menus were superb on this cruise. We enjoyed, by way of example, Escargots, Prime Rib, Fillet Steak, Frogs Legs, several different carpaccios, Duck, Lobster, Snapper, Sea Bass, Lamb... We were particularly impressed that even on the last night, we were offered Chateaubriand. There is typically a choice of 9 or 10 starters, mains and sweets and, as it was sometimes difficult to choose, Shubert would often bring us more than one dish to try. We loved the obvious pride that he had in the wonderful food on offer every night. To our amazement we occasionally witnessed (or heard of) guests who were vociferously unimpressed with some of the dishes which reflected, I believe, more on their tastes (or lack of) than any deficiency in the food. The wine list was excellent, with a wide range available within the price constraints of the “classic drinks package”. Despite the bars being very busy, service was generally excellent, with only a few occasions where it was difficult to be served either while seated or at the bar. Given the number of sea days, daytime entertainment was important and we felt that on this cruise, the ever hard working Sue Denning and her team put on an excellent programme. We enjoyed numerous quizzes, plus the egg drop and paper aeroplane competitions. Sue is a gem, and although she probably appeals most to a largely British audience, she is one of Celebrity’s stalwarts. She is ever present and was even there, on the gangplank, on the last day, wishing everyone well. The evening entertainment was varied and excellent. Three production shows, quality singers, a Beatles tribute act, comedians, a magician and a juggler, plus some top notch late night stand up and liar’s clubs. The 2 house bands were great too. A quick summary of the destinations. La Coruna is pleasant to walk around, especially up to the lighthouse Funchal is lovely. We know Madeira quite well, so a walk around the town was fine for us Tenerife was fascinating – we went on an excursion to Mount Teide which was superb. Gran Canaria – we went on the Gran Canaria City Highlights Tour which was also very good Lisbon – The ship docks right in the City, so we walked around the major sights on both days We would have much preferred an extra day in the Canaries, rather than 2 days in Lisbon. In summary, a lovely cruise with the best food and service that we have yet experienced with Celebrity (and that’s saying something). This is, perhaps, not a cruise for the young or early middle aged. Probably due to port of embarkation (no need to fly), the unchallenging itinerary and the time of year, the average age of the passengers was considerably higher than we have experienced before – perhaps mid sixties to early seventies. We also experienced a few isolated incidents of poor behaviour, with appalling rudeness to the ever hard working crew and one case of extreme drunkenness. I think most people who choose Celebrity like a “modern luxury” upmarket ambience and on this cruise, there was just a touch of an all inclusive Benidorm atmosphere on occasion. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
Our second trip on QE and Cunard once again delivered a fantastic voyage. Long may Cunard NOT offer an all inclusive drinks package - even though my husband likes to drink but the lack of such an offer does seem to maintain the high ... Read More
Our second trip on QE and Cunard once again delivered a fantastic voyage. Long may Cunard NOT offer an all inclusive drinks package - even though my husband likes to drink but the lack of such an offer does seem to maintain the high standards on board. We had a standard balcony cabin, the same one as before 6211 which was right at the end of the corridor to the back of the ship. Beautifully quiet as no-one passing by and the 2 cabins at the rear of the ship are Queens Grill Suites. Its a bit of a walk from the lifts, but we preferred it. Cabin was lovely, light and bright and modern in decor, lovely linens and spotlessly clean. No bath, just a shower cubicle but very nice shower-room with nice toiletries too. We loved this ship the first time we sailed on her, and were equally impressed on this occasion, so much so we have booked again for 2018. If you cruise only once in your life and enjoy luxury, great live music (big band), ballroom dancing and a generally relaxing atmosphere, then make Cunard your choice. You will not be disappointed. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
We went Platinum this trip on NCL and no wonder with the incredible assistance they provided to me with my leg in a boot cast. I broke my ankle a few weeks before the trip. So I called my personal Cruise Consultant, who immediately stepped ... Read More
We went Platinum this trip on NCL and no wonder with the incredible assistance they provided to me with my leg in a boot cast. I broke my ankle a few weeks before the trip. So I called my personal Cruise Consultant, who immediately stepped up with a change of aft balcony to a handicapped aft balcony with no additional fee for the change. Then, she got me in touch with Special Needs At Sea for a motorized scooter which was delivered and retrieved from my stateroom. NCL arranged curbside wheelchair on/off assistance. So I was in business. What I especially appreciated were all the handicapped facilities from bathrooms to specially reserved easily accessible seats in the restaurants and showrooms. The buffet staff always assisted me and were very kind. The staff in Moderno were the very best. The stateroom attendant was also kind, leaving me ice each evening and morning to ice my ankle. The stateroom was fabulous with easily accessible bathroom and fold down seat in the shower. I can not imagine better treatment. The entertainment on NCL is always great but on the Epic there is so much to choose and to do. We did the Cirque Dreams and several shows. The pre-scheduling is a great idea with such a large contingent of passengers. I could not do some of the shore excursions but they were limited by the vendor buses which either could or could not transport the scooter. The pier in Tangiers was too long and without a tram, so I did not attempt that port. Instead I went to the Salon and had a wonderful day getting the works for my hair. Natalie was a treasure. I passed the whole afternoon there. We really needed this vacation after a long and difficult year. Thanks to NCL we more than got a great vacay. Read Less
Sail Date March 2016
We're do I start to payed just over 650 each for a large inside cabin crew which was spotless our cabin girl elana was great cabin number 7092 so a good start to holiday ok the magellan is a old lady of the sea which gives you her ... Read More
We're do I start to payed just over 650 each for a large inside cabin crew which was spotless our cabin girl elana was great cabin number 7092 so a good start to holiday ok the magellan is a old lady of the sea which gives you her lots of charm. as for the food it was realy very good the waiters and the chefs and we're first time class. The entertainment industry run by Johnathan and his team work in endless to entertain you plus a classical duo guest guest comedian and and opera singer and speakers and there was always something to do. We met at some lovely to people who and there were a few tears on the last day. On a negative note the passengers are a little on the older generation side which is nothing wrong with that but did a lot of complaining about silly little things instead of of looking for a the good things. Then there is was the young at heart that were having a good time whatever. Anyway thats it thank you to all the crew and to cruise and maritime a realy excellent cruise and I forgot to mention the drinks and package which is really good value for money even if if you're only a average drinker served by the hard working bar and restaurant waiting for staff Read Less
Sail Date March 2016
Our first cruise. My wife has always wanted to go on a cruise, I prefer to keep my feet on terra firm's, boots on and walking especially in Madeira. This holiday offered both, a cruise for my wife and a visit to my favourite place. ... Read More
Our first cruise. My wife has always wanted to go on a cruise, I prefer to keep my feet on terra firm's, boots on and walking especially in Madeira. This holiday offered both, a cruise for my wife and a visit to my favourite place. The cruise was also booked as our silver wedding present to ourselves. From the out set the holiday was a dream, seamless transfers, easy embarking, shown to a good sized, clean cabin. A walk around the ship revealed a host of bars and restaurants, we never got bored with the food and ate in a different place every night, sure it was crowded at times but if you adjust your schedule a little you could always find a seat. We enjoyed all of our stops despite the weather, but the stand out feature of this ship is the crew. I can't fault a single one, I'm a miserable old so and so, but you couldn't help smile with them, their work ethic is superb and they truly don't stop until you do. Special shouts to our stewards Nerico and Made and Helen Kurver (a gracious host at the Captains Table). The crew made our anniversary a special event that my wife and I will never forget. I thank you and recommend the ship to all in the highest possible terms. Read Less
Sail Date March 2016
FLIGHT Good flight, on time. No TV to watch or food supplied but onboard food and drink available to purchase. EMBARKATION Hassle free. Stepped off the bus and joined a very short queue to register our bank cards, check in and be ... Read More
FLIGHT Good flight, on time. No TV to watch or food supplied but onboard food and drink available to purchase. EMBARKATION Hassle free. Stepped off the bus and joined a very short queue to register our bank cards, check in and be issued with our cruise passes. We were onboard within 15 mins. ENTERTAINMENT The entertainment team worked their socks off. Shows were very good, and also activities around the ship. FOOD Breakfast buffet service on deck 10 we found the food to be warm at best, however the buffet service for breakfast in the Seven seas restaurant on deck 5 seemed to be much hotter. Lunch and evening meals we enjoyed the waiter service in the restaurant. Always found something to eat and enjoy from the menu. Waiters were friendly and appeared happy to be doing their job. THE BARS We were surprised by just how much choice there was to choose from on the drinks package. Initially thought it would have been all foreign choices but Smirnoff, Bicardi etc all on offer. Wine was very drinkable too :-) THE SHIP While the ship may be old and look tired in places the crew kept it in an immaculately clean condition and were always seen cleaning something or other. OVERALL This was our 3rd cruise with Thomsons . Having been on many past cruises and spending a fair amount of £££ on the bigger ships/ companies I have come to the conclusion that Thomsons have got it right. Yes there was no Tv/ Free food supplied on the flight. No free bus from the ports into town. And on a plus NO GRATUITIES to pay. I would rather have these choice to make than it be compulsory with added on extras to total cost of the holiday. Its easy for people to criticize and compare with the bigger companies but they seem to forget the cost is nowhere near comparable. From now on I think I will be sticking to Thomsons for future cruises. Certainly great value for money. Well done Thomsons :-) Read Less
Sail Date January 2016
Just back from our Christmas and New Year cruise and yet again we absolutely loved it. As per usual,you can't please all of the people all of the time and I accept some people favour other cruise lines but I can honestly say some ... Read More
Just back from our Christmas and New Year cruise and yet again we absolutely loved it. As per usual,you can't please all of the people all of the time and I accept some people favour other cruise lines but I can honestly say some people moan for the sake of moaning. I could fault barely anything and in response to the previous critic, we do NOT cruise with P & O simply because of the name, if that was the case,we would cruise with Cunard. A very few minor details could be improved on, the furniture on the Atrium deck on the slightly higher level does need replaced, can't say my holiday was ruined because of that!! Secondly some of the cleaners are a bit haphazard but only two places did I notice this on the entire ship, one was in Le Club and it was the shelf below the window and the second was the cleaner cleaning the tables on deck 6 with a very wet cloth and not drying them after but again,not a huge issue that ruined our holiday. We pay a lot to do these Christmas cruises as we choose to book a mini suite, I'm not boasting, just letting other people know that if the ship was THAT bad, we would not choose to cruise with P & O again. The food was splendid, the cabin fantastic and the staff were all amazing. I do agree re the poor entertainment, we don't bother with Footlights or Starlights but choose to sit and listen to the entertainers in the bars, one singer and guitarist was very good but his repetoire never seemed to change and most of his songs were slow. What P & O need is some good foot stomping music, like Irish or Scottish folk, just for a change, the female singers were abysmal and we actually had to leave a bar because of the poor vocals and off key singing but again, we don't go cruising for the entertainment but we heard a lot of people raving about some of the shows, so again, it all comes down to taste. The food was fantastic, I'm vegetarian and every night without fail, the head waiter came to take my order for the next night (I needed to pre order from a separate menu) My husband who ate from the normal menu said all his meals were fab, yet some people continually moaned, I really have no idea about what. One couple we spoke to (who were loving their cruise) said they were at a table where one couple had a note pad and she was telling her husband to note down that the peas were too hard, oh dear, I nearly choked on my wine when told that, how hilarious. Christmas day, we had a slight hiccup as our table was double booked, due to some people ignoring the times they were allocated, anyway, we did mention it to reception and immediately the manager, Lawrence came to see us, he couldn't apologise enough and gave us a bottle of wine and made sure we got our table for two every night without having to wait (we were freedom diners) 5 star service. We also needed to get a plumber to our loo as it was filling up with water too much, same day, problem fixed. So, don't be put off by the minority of complainers, we're as fussy as they come and if this was a truly awful ship, we would not be using her again but as it is, we already have her booked for this coming Christmas and New year, can't wait to see the spectacular fireworks in Madeira again. Well done P & O Read Less
Sail Date December 2015
We really didn't know what to expect as this as our first cruise but have no complaints really as we thought it was wonderful and service very good at all times. The decor was fine and we are shocked by some peoples comments about The ... Read More
We really didn't know what to expect as this as our first cruise but have no complaints really as we thought it was wonderful and service very good at all times. The decor was fine and we are shocked by some peoples comments about The Arcada as it hasn't been our experience at all. The choice of food was excellent wherever on the ship we chose to eat and our cabin was kept beautifully clean. We joined in many activities and found everybody friendly but it has to be said some people are not happy unless they are complaining about something especially their experiences on other ships which made me wonder why they chose to come on this one!!! The evening entertainment was really good most nights especially The Headliners ( Oh Billy you were fantastic) and comedian Mickey zany. Waiters in Meridian were fantastic and service first class and we were treated like royalty in the Meridian by Jessel and Rinson and our wine waiter Veineeth and the waiters all sang to us on our birthdays and anniversary which a lovely touch. The captain had a lovely voice and we looked forward to his announcements each day which were informative and friendly and he sent me a card on my birthday too! Photographers were always about if you wanted your photo taken but we did feel the prices were too expensive and had they been cheaper I'm sure both myself and others would buy more. All in all this was a lovely cruise and we and my brother and sister in law enjoyed it immensely. Read Less
Sail Date November 2015
We have just returned from a 10 night cruise on Queen Elizabeth. We sailed in a P2 suite (4096). Great position on the ship with larger balcony so would recommend the cabin and that next to it (4094). There is a crew access point to deck 4 ... Read More
We have just returned from a 10 night cruise on Queen Elizabeth. We sailed in a P2 suite (4096). Great position on the ship with larger balcony so would recommend the cabin and that next to it (4094). There is a crew access point to deck 4 opposite 4098 so would avoid that one. Link below shows a video of 4096 and then also the Grills Terrace. https://youtu.be/mxxc4_iaTGA There has been recent comment re the new PG menus that were recently launched on QE. These are not yet on QM2 or QV. Firstly can I say that we had a fantastic PG experience the service and food hit the mark for us - we travelled as a party of 6 with a fantastic window table. It reminded us of the things that we came to expect on our first few cruises some 16 yrs ago on the small P&O ships Oriana / Aurora. Naturally all that time ago we were paying some £2,000+ per person for a balcony prior to the industry wide discounting and service / quality cuts that are a natural consequence. I managed to scan many of the menus for evening dinner. These can be viewed via the link below. There is also a copy of one of the two A la Carte menus. These rotate each week. Food is always subjective so they will work for some people and not for others. For us and our party they did. Breakfast and lunch menus are as they have been for many years so no real changes there - still excellant. https://app.box.com/s/ey73o2zzyft8wpj58znz2cqja5uf25vl The biggest difference in the new menu is the significant deteriation in the A la Carte offering. That said on each evening (except formal nights where there are stronger menus) there is a Cunard Signature Classic offered. These are in essence the favourites from the old A la Carte and include Dover Sole, Beef Wellington, Lemon Sole, Gressingham Duck, Rack of Lamb etc. There is no A la Carte desert menu and the cheese trolley remains. For me two real omissions were no Lobster Bisque or Escargots on the PG menu. Perhaps they are on a 14 day cycle? It was strange that Escargots were on the Britannia menu. That said the Maitre D' managed to organise both for us - so off-menu is possible but defiantly not encouraged in PG. Whilst off-menu ordering is not encouraged the mixing of courses - mains as smaller portion starters, multiple starters, lunch menu items to be served in the evening (with advance notice) and additional choices of vegetables were all easily arranged. The latter was needed as virtually every night asparagus featured. Personal views of our party was also that beef featured too much on the menu (very good quality) at the expense of chicken and pork. Several dishes are prepared tableside. Others are just finished off by the Head Waiter or Maitre D' essentially to get the correct dish finish - well done, medium well etc. At other times the flambe trolleys are used to warm plates and sauces. Breakfast and lunch are as we remember form QE2 and QM2 over the last 10 yrs as is afternoon tea. We took this several times in the Grills Lounge and also on deck. We had not experienced this before on deck so that was a treat and surprise - with the waiters bringing the afternoon tea trolley around both Grills Terrace decks. Also worth of note is that coffee and tea are available at no cost in the Grills Lounge - nice coffee it is too! Complimentary orange juice and iced water is available on deck 12 also. For UK travellers there are no tea / coffee making facilities in the PG suite - however room service is free and punctual. Plugs in the suite were one UK 3 pin and 2 USA 2 pin is I remember correctly. Hope that helps with the current changes. We certainly found a significant differance to Britannia (better) where we completed a QM2 transatlantic in July this year. Read Less
Sail Date November 2015
After reading several mixed reviews about the Anthem of the Seas, we didn't know what to expect. However, everything about this new ship is spot on. Boarding was very quick (about 10 minutes). Our balcony stateroom was on deck 12 had ... Read More
After reading several mixed reviews about the Anthem of the Seas, we didn't know what to expect. However, everything about this new ship is spot on. Boarding was very quick (about 10 minutes). Our balcony stateroom was on deck 12 had plenty of room for the two of us and the balcony was also quite large, too. The entertainment was first class throughout the cruise with the highlight being the 'We will rock you' show which was delivered to a West End standard. The two 70 area at the back of the ship delivers stunning views of the sea during the day and then at night transforms into an amazing technology entertainment area. We went on the ships 'North Star' which delivers panoramic views of both the ship and the sea. We opted for the dynamic dining having pre-booked restaurants and times and everything worked liked clockwork. The food in all of our four chosen restaurants was of exceptional quality with a large choice daily menu. The service of every member of staff on board was excellent at all times and nothing was ever too much trouble. Would we travel on this ship and with Royal Caribbean again? Yes, without a doubt! We had fantastic weather throughout our cruise with very calm sea conditions. Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
Let me start by saying that everybody is different and to what they want out of a holiday Embarkation was really quick our time to go on board was 1.30th arrived at the port at 1.20 was actually on the beautiful Britannia at 1.33rd not ... Read More
Let me start by saying that everybody is different and to what they want out of a holiday Embarkation was really quick our time to go on board was 1.30th arrived at the port at 1.20 was actually on the beautiful Britannia at 1.33rd not bad eh Cabin was very roomy we had an inside midship (B514) plenty of hanging space and wardrobe was big enough. Bathroom very clean and new looking loved having a glass shower door, air con you old turn it up and down we always had ours on cool bit nosiey at night but soon got used to it Food was out of this world so much choice in the horizon (buffet) we had no problems getting seated and there were 5 of us. We had freedom dining out choice of restaurant was The Meridian had the same table and waiters they were really good nothing was to much trouble. Brodies was a favourite of ours went there most evenings for quizzes or just to sit and listen to the live band, The live lounge very crowded did manage to get seated there to didn't have to wait to long for a drink either, Headiners Theatre you do need to get there bout half hour before the show but all the shows and performers were brilliant the lighting in headliners amazing Pool areas were kept very clean at all times plenty of loungers and waiters to serve you . Entertainment team were brilliant always something somewhere to do,one we were so torn as to where to go we ducked into healing rs, live lounge and bodies to watch bits of all lol, the team works very hard to keep holiday makers very happy. We were wowed at the size of the ship, The Atrium was truly amazing was just nice to sit there and watch the world go by We went to The Limelight Club to see Jaki Graham and we weren't disappointed she was brilliant very friendly lady she done a meet and greet after had a photo taking, if you get chance definitely book to see her Disembarktion very organised off within 20 mins in taxi home in 15 mins as we live in Southampton Overall we had the most amazing time but you do hear people moaning bout everything I wouldn't pay all that money to moan and at what! Well done to P and O and all the staff who made our time on board a dream Read Less
Sail Date September 2015

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