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34 Royal Caribbean Spain Cruise Reviews

Bad food. Poor quality mass production not quality . Ship well worn and needs major overhaul Chandelier fell on us in Viking lounge first night when leaving Rome Glass all over us. .And the Windows bonded in by Stevie ... Read More
Bad food. Poor quality mass production not quality . Ship well worn and needs major overhaul Chandelier fell on us in Viking lounge first night when leaving Rome Glass all over us. .And the Windows bonded in by Stevie wonder with silicone gun and timber dowels to stop it grinding against metal frame .as they falling out and badly fitted . Tiles missing around tiny pool area. Inside cabin room like a 20 year old caravan Old worn paint .decorative green bed sheets holes badly stictched Sewage odor in hallways and entrance two days Staff nice In general but one or two not suited to serving people in Viking lounge one man ( brown hair .I think Russian) gives wrong orders and likes to confront you .Same situation in main dining room for breakfast. Was made stand to one side for 20 min. And six people walk by you and get a table. As they are more important than you ,, Slow service then And after a while asked to leave as time for it opening was up .as it only opens for two hours . Some staff won't serve you at the bars out on the floor if your not signing or paying when have a full drinks package .think maybe cos can't get extra tips. .all members of the group Got that impression . Food in wymjammer was bland and poor quality. Massproduction. Feed the animals . You would need boxing gloves and a baseball bat to get food no system .I It's like getting your dinner in the middle of a rock concert . Main dining ok some night s. And some nights it was hopeless . all food was over cooked early in the day .And served half cold . Entertainment Was like every other 3star hotel in holiday resorts . Ok but seen it all before . Was like butlins 20 years ago no class no quality , And a major let down. . Some people on the ship try to over hype it and convince you other wise .but when you sit back and look around sober and think about it. Notting is done right .pools food entertainment accommodation .it's false and just a money making machine .I'm going on a CRUISE sounds good to your friend s. But Forget quality and 5star. On this one !!!! Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
Had a very good offer on an inside cabin so booked..we are actually going on the transatlantic repositioning cruise next month as well. Room was a reasonable size with good storage space, lots of room for all our clothes. The bathroom ... Read More
Had a very good offer on an inside cabin so booked..we are actually going on the transatlantic repositioning cruise next month as well. Room was a reasonable size with good storage space, lots of room for all our clothes. The bathroom was a reasonable size. The main dining room was excellent, we had chosen 1st sitting, and our waiters were really good. The standard of meals in the Windjammer was typical cruise fare but ok. Now for the reason I only gave the cruise an average rating... Only soap in the cabin, no shampoo or conditioner...although you could buy it. For some reason our cabin steward made the bed with about 2foot at the bottom without a sheet. Our feet were then on the mattress protector and not on a sheet. The solarium was open to the elements, therefore rather chilly, we didn't brave the pool. The film was also on deck,open to the elements..again far too cold. Except for the day we were in Le Havre when it was being shown in the theatre at 1pm. No enrichment lectures at all, very disappointing. Not a great deal to do during the day on sea days. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
Chose this cruise because we have been on this ship twice before. Western Med ( Spain and Portugal). 19th Sept - 2nd Oct 2016. Standards have slipped and prices have risen. A glass of wine was 10 -12 dollars each. A bottle of water ... Read More
Chose this cruise because we have been on this ship twice before. Western Med ( Spain and Portugal). 19th Sept - 2nd Oct 2016. Standards have slipped and prices have risen. A glass of wine was 10 -12 dollars each. A bottle of water was $5. 18% tax added onto all drinks. The cost of tours from the ship were outrageously expensive. They now charge £5 to £10 for shuttle busses from ship into town. Which they never used to do. We found that we got virtually the same tours on the RED open top busses at a quarter or less of the organised RC ttours. . Our cabin was 7550. No bath, but a very adequate shower. Lovely balcony. Very quiet but towards the front of the ship and a very very long way from the restaurants. Our bathroom had nothing but towels for the first 3 days. No shampoos, tissues, face flannels, shower gel, conditioner or shower gel for first three days. Had to keep begging for anything we wanted. The Windjammer restaurant was a nightmare. Self service. Too many people fighting for too few tables. Dreadful VERY LOUD music playing all the time Complained, but no use. . Unable to hear each other talk so everyone shouting. Only used it at the last possible moment for breakfast. However, the Romeo & Juliet Restaurant was excellent. Went there every evening.. Only went to theatre twice, first time a comedian so offensive, we walked out. Second time the musical, Grease. It was fabulous! The Royal Parade is a High street full of bars and shops. Great to shop and people watch. We booked through SAGA and got a free door to door taxi and free insurance AND it was cheaper than 8 other travel agents we tried. Don't think we would choose this company again as it charges extortionate prices for drinks ( including water) and trips. Royal Caribbean will automatically add a huge amount of money to your account for tips every day unless you tell reception you wish to pay them yourself in person at the end of the cruise. . Bay of Biscay very choppy. You can get sea sick pills from the Medical until ( If you can find it ). They are one of the two things that are free on the ship. Ice cream by the pool was the only other thing. This cruise is excellent for disabled people, there were a large number of wheelchair users on this ship. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
Travelled with husband, daughter and her family plus daughters mum in law, so very varied age group, from 3 years to 85! We Like RCI but feel the Navigator did not provide enough quiet lounge type areas just to sit in. Lots of places ... Read More
Travelled with husband, daughter and her family plus daughters mum in law, so very varied age group, from 3 years to 85! We Like RCI but feel the Navigator did not provide enough quiet lounge type areas just to sit in. Lots of places to sit and drink but these tend to be crowded and noisy. Waiting to be served at bars took some time. Seemed bar staff were very stretched. Dining as always was very good and food varied. Thought cover charge for Chops Grill was a bit much at $35 each tho. Entertainment was first class. Something for everyone. Cabins beautifully kept and speaking for ourselves, spotlessly clean. Our cabin was on deck 8 and although near lifts was very peaceful. Great crew, always on hand to help and always with a smile. Kids club for little ones was super and was well run and supervised. Lots of sporty things to do for teenagers too. Our daughter used spa facilities several times and rated them highly. All in all a good cruise. Shame about weather!! Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
We have always been "loyal to Royal"but they are cutting back so much now that we aren't getting off our cruises feeling like we've been well looked after. We booked a B2B with this first cruise to France, Spain, ... Read More
We have always been "loyal to Royal"but they are cutting back so much now that we aren't getting off our cruises feeling like we've been well looked after. We booked a B2B with this first cruise to France, Spain, Portugal to be followed by 7 nights in Norway. We booked an inside cabin which is not something we normally do (but it was meant to be a cheap getaway). Our cabin was as expected, small. It wasn't the cleanest we've had and it certainly had signs of wear. Royal have new beds which are rounded at the end, so I cannot understand why our cabin had an older square bed. There was no room to get around the bed as the edges were tight up again the TV unit or the settee. We had it changes to singles just to get around. The air conditioner was LOUD and there is no way to turn it off. The air was blowing directly onto the beds and we both got sore throats and colds. Food and service in the main dining room has been an issue for us for a while now BUT I can say that Dostan (waiter) and especially Dennis (asst waiter) were exceptional and are the sole reason this review didn't score 1 out of 5. Sadly, our interaction with other staff was very mediocre at best. YET AGAIN bar service is falling well short of acceptable. Long queues to buy a drink as they have reduced staff and nobody being accountable for ensuring bars actually have the drinks. One of the largest bars was out of Budweiser for 2 days (and nearly all were missing Bulmers Original most days). I watched a pallet of it being loaded so I know they had it. It's one thing selling Drink Packages and then cutting staff back to limit what you give out, but it's something completely different when it goes too far and the service guests are led to believe is first class is virtually non-existent. The shows in the Theatre were OK. But why do they keep booking the kid on his BMX (I've seen him 3 times on Royal ships now). Once he has done his routine for 5 minutes there is nothing more to see. Once again, the Ice Show was the highlight of the whole cruise. Sadly, on the following cruise, not even the dining room service was acceptable and after the 3rd night we couldn't be bothered to even comment and just ate in Windjammer each night. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
This was our 5th RC cruise and the first sailing from Southampton (and last). From the car park to being on board was around 20 minutes which was quite impressive. This was the ships second cruise following a refit and compared to ... Read More
This was our 5th RC cruise and the first sailing from Southampton (and last). From the car park to being on board was around 20 minutes which was quite impressive. This was the ships second cruise following a refit and compared to reviews on its first cruise after refurbishment things seemed to have improved. Dining room & windjammer food quality was up to the usual standards (we are not fussy eaters but would complain if things were amiss). The pub on the Royal Prom was a big let down. On other ships this has been one of our regular calling points. The table service was non existent and we had to keep going to the bar to order. None of the staff therefore got to know your name and have little chats with you. The bar is at the front of the pub not at the back like other RC ships giving the impression of it being small. Also there was no folk singer on a stool singing away. Although not big drinkers we had the basic( free on booking) drinks package. Staff were friendly and helpful especially when our bathroom flooded. We had a mini drama on this sailing with a man overboard alert ( this proved to be a false alarm) the ship was stopped and announcements made along with lifeboat deployments. It is about time we had free wifi. especially as many of the bars and shopping malls in ports of call have it! The photo system has changed. You no longer have to spend ages looking through racks of pictures. They are all on monitors for you to select in the photo area. Due to the poor weather sailing from Southampton we had to stay indoors. This is were RC need to improve. Just walking from bar to café to shops is not good enough. A back up plan for poor weather is needed. Entertainment was average to good. The last night show was very poor especially the juggler who needs to brush up on his presenting skills. The cruise director too was a little reserve. Other cruise directors have been a bit more zany. Considering the ship had a refit, a number of obvious things were puzzling like picture frames in the aisles to the staterooms having worn frames were people had rubbed against them over the years and patches on the running track along with a black patch on the large pool side tv were the pixels weren't working. Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
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
Today is day 3 aboard the maiden voyage of the Anthem of the Seas. Royal Caribbean has redeamed itself after the fiasco on the Quantum. Everything aboard is working, the staff is prepared, the shows are great, the gifts are very nice, ... Read More
Today is day 3 aboard the maiden voyage of the Anthem of the Seas. Royal Caribbean has redeamed itself after the fiasco on the Quantum. Everything aboard is working, the staff is prepared, the shows are great, the gifts are very nice, and I'm even enjoying the dynamic dining. I still miss the dining rooms. I upgraded to a junior suite which has lots of room, storage, a coffee/tea pot, and two bathrooms (one with a sink and toilet and the other with a shower, tub, and sink). My only disappointment has been the lack of seating in the diamond lounge. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
We are US citizens, married 59 years, age 80 & 78. We are seasoned cruisers with more than 45 trips on 6 different lines. We are Crown&Anchor Diamond Plus level with RCI. Anthem is impressive in size, barely average when ... Read More
We are US citizens, married 59 years, age 80 & 78. We are seasoned cruisers with more than 45 trips on 6 different lines. We are Crown&Anchor Diamond Plus level with RCI. Anthem is impressive in size, barely average when compared to other RCI ships for service, food quality, peace and quiet, and comfort. Technology is the ship's byword. Examples abound like the Itinerary on the in-room tv screen which showed the ship moving at 16 knots and the time as 2230. Technology took a back seat to reality as the ship was DOCKED and it was early morning...about 0630. Example, the overhead lighting in Chic was so dim over our table and almost non-existent at the next table...we actually removed the battery powered candles from their sconce and used them so we could read the supper menu. Example, Spectra Cabaret was SPECTACULAR merging live humans with electronically devised imagery producing mind-boggling entertainment. Example, the recorded music was at screech level and played everywhere making pure peace and quiet impossible to achieve. Dynamic Dining borders on Titanic style disaster. The food on night one in a restaurant was good, the next night, same restaurant, it was barely edible, undercooked, served at temperatures barely above rock solid freezing and not just tasteless but borderline soup kitchen quality. Having restaurant A serve prepare and serve foods from restaurants B, C, D, and E was an adventure like sending an in-training Burger King food server to the Waldorf Astoria with orders to prepare Veal Oscar telling him/her nothing of the required ingredients and totally WITHOUT A RECIPE> At Country Kitchen night 1, the food was exemplary, night 2 it was food from Grande menu and the Lobster was served so undercooked the waiter could not remove it from the shell, the Lobster Bisque had a solid skim atop some tasteless concoction that was ALMOST liquid and quite cool, the filet was about as tender and tasty as shoe leather after being trod upon by several thousand marching Marines. Our cabin, a balcony, was so cold we opened the balcony door to warm up...and the outside temperature was then 52F. Happily we were entitled to terry cloth robes and used then at all hours of the day and night. The bathroom was adequately supplied and always clean as our cabin stewardess was top notch. The bed was comfortable and the duvet kept us warm while sleeping. The tv reception was a marvel of technology...crisp, constant, and a marvel of clarity. After much discussion with our travel friends both newly made and long-time co-travelers, we decided that we MIGHT try Anthem again...in about 2 years after they work out the kinks that made its MAIDEN VOYAGE total MEH. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
Sweet Music from Anthem Whereas Quantums leap was more hysterical than historical, there was Sweet Music when Anthem was introduced to the world. What a difference from Quantum's maiden entrance. Don't get me wrong. Both ... Read More
Sweet Music from Anthem Whereas Quantums leap was more hysterical than historical, there was Sweet Music when Anthem was introduced to the world. What a difference from Quantum's maiden entrance. Don't get me wrong. Both Quantum & Anthem are beautiful ships but whereas there were many many issues & problems with IT & technology on Quantum, RCI had learned from their mistakes (and us guinea pigs) & I couldn't find much to moan about on Anthem. Things seemed to run very smoothly which meant that the crew were not stressed & frustrated as they were on Q and unlike Q, Anthem was a very happy ship. Check in at Southampton was a breeze. It took up to 2 hours with Q but only 10 minutes on A & we were snacking in Windjammer in 20. Disembarkation went just as smoothly. We ate in all the complimentary restaurants & our reservations were not shuffled or lost as on Q. The seas were calm & gentle & most times you couldn't even tell you were sailing on the high seas. OK, the weather could have been warmer but nothing can be done about that. We didn't get up to much in the Ports of Call, (Vigo, Gijon & Bilbao, all Spain & Le Havre, France as my dear wife was still recovering from a right knee replacement, but we shuffled around & enjoyed the age old sport of people watching. Entertainment was first class especially the Queen musical, We Will Rock You, with Kevin Kennedy (Curly Watts from Coronation Street ) brilliant as Pop. Spectra's Cabaret was spectacular to say the least, with the special effects & RoboScreens hardly believable at times. Other headliner acts were Pete Matthews (juggler extraordinaire), Jane Curry (singer), Gary Lovini (violinist), Neil Austin (comedy magician) and Motown Group of 4 talented guys. Paul Burrell former aide to the Queen & later butler & "rock" to Diana, Princess of Wales gave 3 very interesting talks, & two 3d films were shown, Gravity & Frozen. CD Joff Eaton was MC for a hilarious version of Love & Marriage & there were several other game shows & quiz's about which I am unable to comment as we were unable to attend everything due to there being so much to do on this ship. I haven't even mentioned North Star, (first on Q & second on A), Rock Climbing Wall, Ifly, Flowrider, Bumper Cars, Roller Skating & Trapeze training. I haven't mentioned them, mainly because we are too old & decrepid to participate, but you youngsters will love them. I am sure that Quantum has now been brought up to the same standard as Anthem following its disastrous launch in November, & Ovation will get much acclaim when it bursts into the world next year. All future cruisers on Quantum class ships are in for a treat. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
Our 6th cruise with RC so we kind of knew what to expect. Before the cruise we had used the RC website to book restaurants, excursions and a "Wine and Dine" package. Not everything worked first time but we got there after ... Read More
Our 6th cruise with RC so we kind of knew what to expect. Before the cruise we had used the RC website to book restaurants, excursions and a "Wine and Dine" package. Not everything worked first time but we got there after several follow up phone calls. Good points Embarkation - really quick from car park to stateroom. Well done RC ! Balcony stateroom was as good as expected. Spacious and well fitted out. The ship was excellent. We never felt that the ship was crowded even with the weather (cool and windy) restricting the use of the pool deck. We had no trouble finding our way around the ship once you had worked out which was the pointy end. Food was generally very good (but more later) especially Chops Grille and Silk but Grande and Chic also pretty good. We found the Windjammer was good with a good choice of food and rarely too crowded.he Solarium and rear viewing deck were very pleasant areas to spend some time. On the other hand The robotic bar was interesting - when it worked but who wants a drink in a plastic cup? More of a place to spend 5 minutes, shrug and walk off to get a proper drink. American Icon - slow service and cold food one night. One night there was a restricted menu in all the complimentary restaurants. Not much choice and very disappointing. We had a mix up at Jamie's. Having paid before boarding we were told that this was an a la carte menu and we would have to pay for each course again. It was eventually sorted out but not before we cancelled Jamie's ! Having paid pre-cruise for our Wine & Dine package we were told on the first night it was no longer available. We were offered 25% of each bottle of wine but had to explain every night to the waiter in the restaurant or we were charged full price. We had to visit Guest Services twice before our pre-payment was refunded. Wine was a problem everywhere on the ship. The wine menu seemed to bear no relation to what the bar or restaurant had available. Rather than matching the wine with the food you had to first find out which bottles they actually had on board ! We were a bit surprised to find our Maiden Voyage stateroom was dirty with marks on the paintwork and toilet door and the dressing table stool was stained with either make up or fake tan. All quickly cleaned and profuse apologies all round. Sorry if the list sounds daunting but all the problems were quickly dealt with and we DID have an enjoyable cruise once you had learned to laugh off the problems ! It won't stop us booking with RC again but maybe on a smaller ship. Oh, and the booked arrival in Bilbao on a Sunday was a mistake. Bilbao was shut. The schedule of this cruise need to be reconsidered. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
My wife and two friends and I sailed on the maiden voyage of Anthem. The ship is amazing. The restaurants we used were the complimentary ones which we booked before sailing. The food was good in all of them. On Royal Nights they all ... Read More
My wife and two friends and I sailed on the maiden voyage of Anthem. The ship is amazing. The restaurants we used were the complimentary ones which we booked before sailing. The food was good in all of them. On Royal Nights they all have the same menu which is two items from each of them plus regular items. The entertainment was excellent especially We Will Rock You. The Two70 lounge is very nice and there is a buffet there for breakfast and lunch. The North Star we did on a port day and enjoyed it. We also had a go on the bumper cars. The ports of call were Spain and France. The weather was as expected for that area at that time of year. Bilbao was closed as it was a Sunday and the traffic to get from port to town was very, very busy. We did a trip to Paris which was a long way two and a half hours each way but we had a good time and saw the tourist attractions. We have sailed with RCI before and the four of us are Diamond members the diamond lounge was very busy. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
First cruise with Royal Carribean, we usually cruise with Celebrity but decided to do the Maiden Cruise because it is a bit special being on a brand new ship. Stayed overnight in Southampton in the Ibis which has a restaurant and 3 more ... Read More
First cruise with Royal Carribean, we usually cruise with Celebrity but decided to do the Maiden Cruise because it is a bit special being on a brand new ship. Stayed overnight in Southampton in the Ibis which has a restaurant and 3 more Restaurants within 100 metres, a TGI Friday, A Frankie & Bennie's and a McDonalds. The reason I mention this is either eat at the Ibis (or whichever of the 4 hotels in the immediate vicinity you are in) do not go anywhere near the Frankie and Bennie's which is awful or the TGI Fridays which is the worst restaurant I have ever had the misfortune to eat in, great staff - inedible rubbish from the kitchen. If you must do fast food, stick to the McDonalds, it's cheaper and an order of magnitude better than the other two which should give you some idea how bad they are. Anyway I digress - boarding the Anthem was a breeze, from taxi pickup to eating lunch in Two70 was about 30 minutes. We did have a fast track package and my other half had done all the documentation online so we were wafted past all the chaos of the boarding scrum straight onto the ship. Stateroom was a Junior Suite (which is about a double size normal outside balcony cabin) was very nicely presented and had loads of room, other than that standard cruise stateroom built in Germany as usual. Finding our way about was actually very confusing, the ship is so big it was difficult to figure out where the pointy end was in relation to where we were and was often a real pain. Even after 8 nights we still had occasional orientation problems, I didn't even see every bit of the ship it was just too big. Staff and Service were excellent when around but in short supply sometimes in the bars and non-existant in the public areas and lounges. Restaurants were staffed and served lavishly as you would expect. Excursions we did on our own, expensive ship's tours on cramped busses are not our thing, anyway if you want a tour the local taxi drivers always do a private tour for a lot less than the ship's people do and in considerably more comfort. But this was about the boat not the industrial ports of Northern Spain. Dining was OK To be more specific Chops Grill and Jamie's were 6* and fantastic, most of the standard Royal Carribean Restaurants were acceptable but not great and the big Windjammer Cafe was 3* and very dissapointing. Not generally to do with the staff and service just the food quality was nowhere near as good as I have been led to expect by previously cruising with Celebrity who are known for their terrific food quality. The exception was over zealous policing of numbers in the Windjammer meaning many empty tables but staff making diners queue to go in and showing them to tables, not what is expected or needed in a all day restaurant. I assume this was merely teething troubles but it was very annoying especially when leaving we knew there were plenty of tables and space but the staff were stopping entry, it all seemed embarrassingly amateurish. After this episode we never went back to the Windjammer and ate mostly in Two70's cafe which was limited but better. Children's Clubs? We do not have children but there seemed to be mpre than adequate provision for them however I cannot comment on the quality of child facilities. I would say this ship is likely to be packed solid with kids out of term time so if you are not keen on other people's kids travel during term time like we do. Entertainment was varied with something for everyone and went from dire to excellent. All this stuff is subjective so it is a bit pointless commenting on all of it but one thing which is probably a love or hate thing is Spectra's Cabaret in Two70. They use a massive semi circular LED (I think) screen with 5 more giant screens on robot arms to do lighting and video, married to massive sound stage systems, hydraulic platforms and aerial kit to put on a show a bit like that thing they did for the opening of the Dome in London's 2000 celebration. This "cabaret" was obviously written by artists for artists and was suitably pretentious and pointless imo. I thought it was too loud, filled with rubbish 80s style synth dance music and totally wrong for the mostly 50 something audience who are not arty types and did not appreciate it. It was beautifully performed, looked great and a certain type of modern dance audience would have loved it, but to me (and several other guests it was pretty much the wrong audience for this stuff). The end of the cruise was as per standard , no problems, efficient chucking us all off before 1100 hrs and loading the next lot. Problems I found (and again I was decidedly not alone in this gripe was the music). Never ending, too loud, musak throughout the ship even in the lifts and cell block corridorr. It was impossible to escape the dreary, irritating drivel of naff modern chart music 24 hrs a day anywhere. I found 2 places on the entire ship where it was not intrusive and annoying, one of those was my stateroom, most places had a caphopony of competing noise from the various venues, it got more and more irritating as the cruise went on. At 8am having breakfast I do not need thumping naff dance music, I need a bit of peace and quiet. Whilst I do not mind some quiet backround, inoffensive elavator musak this ship was way beyond that, and for that reason alone I gave this ship 3* not 4* review. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
Loved the ship. Great night shows. Great night time activities. Crew generally friendly. Food good. MAJOR lack of day time activities. Should you only want to layout around the pool I suppose all would be ok. There were 6 of ... Read More
Loved the ship. Great night shows. Great night time activities. Crew generally friendly. Food good. MAJOR lack of day time activities. Should you only want to layout around the pool I suppose all would be ok. There were 6 of us and also hear others saying the same problem. Lectures-if you want to call infomercials to promote the spa a lecture. Destination lecture also was poor, being again merely to promote shore excursions ( as if we were unable to read). Movies were available for kids but none for adults during the day (a great source of cheap entertainment). Total lack of respect for Veteran's !! Meetings were set up inside a bar with dance classes being held just outside the bar entry. SO vet's couldn't hear and share each others service experiences. Plus no one from Royal C. sponsored anything such as even a glass of water. Princess always has one of their agents to greet the vet's in a proper environment and champagne or beverage and appetizers are offered. Oceania has a agent to greet and a full brunch is enjoyed. Not that anyone needs drink or food but a proper environment would show some respect. 500 WWII vet's pass each day. Show appreciation for service to those still living. I am a 100% war disabled vet. Yes, I do realize generally a ship credit is given to vet's although none on this cruise. 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
As the ship had an outbreak of the novo virus the previous week when it reached Southampton it had to have a deep clean which no one minded but the chaos to board was dreadful. The ship had a refit earlier this year but except for some of ... Read More
As the ship had an outbreak of the novo virus the previous week when it reached Southampton it had to have a deep clean which no one minded but the chaos to board was dreadful. The ship had a refit earlier this year but except for some of the new carpets, a new 'concrete mattress' and a flat screen television the in stateroom nothing much looked different. The furniture in the staterooms were dated and mostly scratched. The daytime activities on sea days were very poor. The evening shows had excellent guest performers . The parade on the royal promenade was poor compared to the other ships we've been on.There was only one ice show over the two weeks as compared to two again on other ships. Johnny Rockets menu was somewhat depleted as apposed to other ships. The food in the main dining room was excellent no complaints there as was Giovannis the Italian restaurant., except some passengers complained that when they ordered a bottle of water it was $8 and they weren't told, then tried to see them a bottle of wine at $50 - $100 dollars. The queues to get shuttle bus tickets were horrendous as you had to queue outside of the ship. The ports of call were lovely except Majorca on a Sunday but with the marathon all the roads were closes so they bused us to the middle of nowhere where everyone promptly came back.   Read Less
Sail Date October 2014
Returned today from the france and spain cruise , the organisation on this cruise was very poor as was the entertainment , i really dont want to attend a session on how to fold a napkin correctly ! there were ques just about everywhere on ... Read More
Returned today from the france and spain cruise , the organisation on this cruise was very poor as was the entertainment , i really dont want to attend a session on how to fold a napkin correctly ! there were ques just about everywhere on the ship couldn't get a seat alot of the time in the cafe's or promenade which was basically 2 shops ! The duty free shop was closed for our whole trip , though i have to say the food was excellent i really dont have any complaints of food or cleanliness as it was brilliant ! and the staff were fantastically hard working and mostly happy and helpful at all times especially in the strauss dining room food was superb and sameer ross and ervak who were our waiters were fantastic all week very professional at all times and couldn't do enough for us infact they made our cruise bearable ! if you like ques and poor entertainment then i recommend lol the ports were boring we stopped at le harve which was our last stop and it was yet another shopping centre like the last 3 stops but this time all shops were closed well most of them due to it being a bank holiday which they failed to tell us before we booked transport ! excursions were overpriced as was everything else :( Read Less
Sail Date October 2014
we had awesome cruise from Southampton to Vigo, Gijon, Bilbao (all at Spain) and Le Havre France in Oct 26-Nov2, 2014. Overall we had a blast, a wonderful vacation with no major hickups. Adventure of the Ocean is a beautiful ship with lots ... Read More
we had awesome cruise from Southampton to Vigo, Gijon, Bilbao (all at Spain) and Le Havre France in Oct 26-Nov2, 2014. Overall we had a blast, a wonderful vacation with no major hickups. Adventure of the Ocean is a beautiful ship with lots of nice people working onboard, itinerary was interesting (although I missed not stepping out of EU zone which made all shopping 20% more expensive due to UK VAT). Food was okay - choises were ample, but it featured mostly food appealing to UK and US customers. To our taste food was a bit too heavy. Different tastes in different parts of world, I agree. And food is subjective! My only complaint was actually about the serving temperature. Food should have been hotter when it arrived to my table. We had the pleasure to meet Captain Tony Calne who invited us for a dinner on Halloween night - and that of course made our cruise! It was a night to remember! He is a nice fellow from Turku Finland, has great sence of humour and is a good person to represent the ship. We saw him numerous times onboard, and he always stopped to chat for a minute or two. Embarkation was a nightmare. It was postponed to start at 1.30pm since two or three previous cruises had noro virus problems, and they were doing thorough sanitation. This meant that the port was crouded at 2 pm when we arrived but luckily for us, Platinum and up guests were escorted out of the herd standing outside the building quickly in and on to the ship. Once inside the building, the check in went quickly. Debarkation on the otherhand was a wet one, since it was pouring and you had to walk on the pier without cover. We got soaked! we did not see any signs of Noro on board. They constantly played the Wash Your Hands song on TV and before shows and sanitation liquid was offered every time you stepped in or out of any restaurant. We did all other port excursions on our own, only in Bilbao we purchased RCI transport to the city and back, but did not participate to any of their excursions otherwise. The best bar on board was definitely Champagne Bar, where drink mixologist Philip was able to creat magical drinks in a way we had never experienced. Ship was full, most of 3700 being British, 300 from US, 100 Irish and the rest around the world. They warned us that due to British school break there would be loads of children onboard, but we faced no hassle with children. I think the ship was in good shape, people were generally helpful and friendly. Our cabin attendant was not WOWing us in any way, but produced standard service and not giving any reasons for any exact complaints, but he did just what is required, nothing extra or special, except for 3 towel animals. My only real complaint about him is that he never managed to clean our room in the morning while we were having our breakfast. During our past cruises cleaning has happened right after we had vacated the room. Maybe he was busy somewhere else at the same time. Our cabin 6680 was the very last side balcony cabin on deck 6 so it had metal balcony railing. Ample of room for the 2 of us. No complaint whatsoever, and we did not mind the walk at all. So in conclusion this was a fun week for us, with the highlight of having been invited to join Captain's Table on Halloween night. This cruise I will remember! Read Less
Sail Date October 2014
First cruise. Really impressed. There was a gastro outbreak on the previous trip which led to delays on boarding due to the captain ordering a deep clean of the ship. While the delay was frustrating I prefer waiting than being ill so as a ... Read More
First cruise. Really impressed. There was a gastro outbreak on the previous trip which led to delays on boarding due to the captain ordering a deep clean of the ship. While the delay was frustrating I prefer waiting than being ill so as a one off I can’t really fault this. The restaurants were great. The main dining room was beautiful, the staff brilliant and the food amazing. The Windjammer restaurant was very nice with great views from all windows and lovely food. I don’t normally like buffets but this was great. Always plenty of choice and I could always get more if I wished due to it being self-service. Only struggled to get a table at breakfast but always managed after a couple of minutes looking. Cleanliness was to a high standard. Our room attendant was a very nice chap who looked after us and left us towel animals to amuse my 8 year old. He deserved his tip. I really am finding it hard to fault this cruise. Even the security staff were friendly and polite. We were treated like royalty from start to finish.   Read Less
Sail Date October 2014
Totally enjoyed myself being a solo traveler. Met lots of really nice people. Ship offered numerous activities each day, including art seminars at auctions through Park West Gallery. Excursions were good, but Gijon was a waste of time and ... Read More
Totally enjoyed myself being a solo traveler. Met lots of really nice people. Ship offered numerous activities each day, including art seminars at auctions through Park West Gallery. Excursions were good, but Gijon was a waste of time and money. I hope they take that new port off of the itinerary, as it was a waste of time. Most of the passengers complained. Entertainment was fantastic!!! Went to most of the shows. The ice skating show as gorgeous! Food in the dining room was very good, and Windjammer was good. All in all, I had a great time. I don't have any wild desire to go back to any of the countries, but then I don't think the cities we went to were really representative of the Spanish Mediterranean.   Read Less
Sail Date September 2014
The staff was great. The performances outstanding (Especially the aqua show). The specialty restaurants offered some of the best meals I can remember. But for the price you pay, they really take advantage of you on the little things. We ... Read More
The staff was great. The performances outstanding (Especially the aqua show). The specialty restaurants offered some of the best meals I can remember. But for the price you pay, they really take advantage of you on the little things. We paid over $1,000 for 'all inclusive' dining. Literally, you could order 3 appetizers and 2 mains if you wanted to. Yet you had to pay for soda? I don't drink soda so I didn't mind. Meanwhile, I just stayed hydrated with the water that was supplied in the room. When I got my bill I owed over $200 in water! I was shocked because there was no sign saying the water wasn't complimentary. What did they expect me to do in the middle of the night, walk down the hall and down a level to the water fountain in my pajamas? If they cared at all about their patrons they could offer the basic necessities for free. I am appalled. Secondly, internet fees were close to $45 a day. I was on vacation so I didn't want to spend much on internet....however, I did just like to check in with the babysitter to make sure everything was ok at home. Internet is not expensive these days and offering it for free or even a reasonable price will not break their bank. The 'free' dinner smelled like a retirement home. There were too many people on the boat. Overall, I felt they didn't accommodate my basic needs. Out of principle, I will not sail with them again. Read Less
Sail Date September 2014
We, a family of 3 are cruising Spain and Portugal on Royal Caribbean’s Adventure of the Seas. As we have done some research online, we are aware that RCL is at least a tier to a tier and a half lower than Celebrity. At best RCL is a 3-½ ... Read More
We, a family of 3 are cruising Spain and Portugal on Royal Caribbean’s Adventure of the Seas. As we have done some research online, we are aware that RCL is at least a tier to a tier and a half lower than Celebrity. At best RCL is a 3-½ stars whereas Celebrity would rate a 5. That’s OK as the dates and the destinations suite us well. We are in a junior suite with a verandah in the aft on deck 6. The suite attendant has done a very good job cleaning our suite , etc., and responds quickly to our requests. Th ams can be said of the restaurant/cafeteria staff. The food is quite acceptable and came close to that by Celebrity, and we are not too picky about that. All was going well and we enjoyed the ports of call except Gibraltar Then on the afternoon of August 25, When we came back from a shore excursion in the afternoon, we went out to the veranda to enjoy the sea breeze and fresh air and a cup of coffee. Then I discovered specks of yellowish dust on the table, on all the deck chairs, as well as on the floor of the veranda and large collections of the same dust outside on the steel deck. As the breeze was blowing into the veranda, all the dust flew into suite as well when the glass door was opened. I called housekeeping who came immediately and mopped the chairs and the table but we already had yellow specks on our clothing and we had white trousers on to boot ! The veranda is the only open area on board I am comfortable with as I have asthma and I do not tolerate cigarette smoke which is omnipresent in most open areas on the ship. With packs of that yellow dust outside on the steel aft deck beyond our veranda, it was only minutes later that the veranda chairs and table etc were covered again. The attendant suggested for us to call maintenance to see if they can do something to clean the deck, and he informed us that the maintenance crew had been doing some work up form our suite. We found out the next day that they were sanding the wooden guard rails on the veranda above. That left piles of the yellowish dust on our deck and they did not bother to clean the dust piles from the steel deck and with the wind, the dust got into the veranda. The person answering at maintenance said someone will come shortly to investigate, and an hour went by with no one showing up.I called again and they said someone would come soon, and another held an hour went by and nobody. By the time it was 8 pm (the sun was still up ) I called again and got the same stalling promise. I got fed up and went to Guest Relations on way to dinner and was told we should have contacted them instead, and promised something will be done and soon. After we had dinner we found nothing had been done and Guest Relations did not even bother to leave a voice mail or message about why the problem was. I went to GR again and then they said maintenance could not do anything till we docked the next day. That I understood for safety reason but I was miffed to be given the run around when I called maintenance 3 times, if instead they just told me about the safer issue then that would be end of story . The next morning I went to GR again and asked to speak to the manager, who came to see me about 5 mins later and when I tried to give her an account of what transpired she said she was in the middle of a meeting and could not speak for too long. I then said I could see her later in the day and if necessary to make an appointment. She just said I would leave a voice mail on your voice mailbox after she has done some investigations. When I went back to our suite some crew came to sand the wooden guard rails on our suite’s veranda so I went out and told them to clean up the mess afterwards in no uncertain terms. That was 9 am in the morning. It is now 7:45 pm and no voice mail, no message, zilch from the assistant manger whom I spoke with in the morning. That’s what guest Relations is like on the Adventures of the Seas for you. What a joke! I suppose just 3 customers doesn’t count much. But this customer has done quite a few cruises with Celebrity, Princes and Hurtigruten. I recently recommended a group of friends to go on 2 Celebrity Cruises in the Med and certainly will not recommend RCL to any of my friends. My circle of friends are professionals who are starting to retire and enjoy life and we enjoy cruises and our incomes are in the 6-7 figures per month range. RCL has been just ticked off my recommendations. Dr. P. Chan. Read Less
Sail Date August 2014
I was cruising with my husband and 17 year old daughter. This was our 13th cruise - mostly sailing with RCI, Celebrity, and Princess. We were not doing this trip for the destinations (having done most of them before), but for a rest! ... Read More
I was cruising with my husband and 17 year old daughter. This was our 13th cruise - mostly sailing with RCI, Celebrity, and Princess. We were not doing this trip for the destinations (having done most of them before), but for a rest! Embarkation: it was great just to drive to Southampton, park the car and walk 5 minutes to the cruise terminal. Much more relaxing than negotiating an airport. The embarkation was well organised and fast. No complaints here at all. Cabin: We had a balcony cabin mid ships. A bit small for 3 adults, especially as we paid near to full price for my teenage daughter. However, the room steward kept us tidy. He was good, but liked us out of the room early to get on with his work. My daughter used room service for lunch and afternoon snacks and they were great. Staff: The staff are without doubt the ship's greatest asset. All the staff were fantastic- polite, helpful and nothing too much trouble. More about the dining room staff below. Dining: Food in the MDR was very good. We had anytime dining, which was a challenge some evenings and the queues a pain - even though you booked a table. The MDR hostesses had the worst job on the ship, but kept agitated guests smiling with their wacky sense of humour. We had great wait staff in the MDR - Edi and Jeffrey- they were superb. We ate at Giovanni's Table, which was excellent and worth the extra. We were also pleasantly surprised by the quality of the food in the Windjammer. Entertainment: Not soo good. Not much to do after the headliner show and this was not always good - too many violin players for me! Children: There were a lot of them as it was school holidays. However, the 01.00 curfew was enforced. Sunbeds: Not enough on sea days. Ports of call: We did our own thing as we had visited most of them before. Loved Lisbon (do a tram ride), Cadiz, and Cartegena ( do the museums). Did not like the RCI over-priced shuttle transfer in Lisbon. Summary: Good trip, nice cruise. Adventure of the Seas is an older ship, but really friendly with good service. Will travel RCI again, but do prefer Celebrity. Already have the next cruise planned to do the Panama Canal next March. Read Less
Sail Date August 2014
17th August 2014 - 12 nights from Southampton. My overall experience with RCI was good. I am going to go over various aspects of the experience in detail. Room We stayed in a interior room on deck 8. The room was small, but fine too ... Read More
17th August 2014 - 12 nights from Southampton. My overall experience with RCI was good. I am going to go over various aspects of the experience in detail. Room We stayed in a interior room on deck 8. The room was small, but fine too sleep in. However, I would recommend that if you were to go on a med cruise a balcony is so much nicer as a balcony room was opposite ours and makes it feel much more like holiday. It's difficult waking up in the morning as its disorientating when its pitch black. Saying that, you can leave the bathroom door slightly open so it's not to bad. Our stateroom attendant was lovely - (Nancy-Dell) she cleaned our room twice per day and occasionally left towel shaped animals. Food On the cruise ship, the majority of food is included. The windjammer (buffet style), The main dining room (Can be used all the time, also for formal event) and cafe promenade (snacks throughout day). There are other places too eat at a table charge. Windjammer was great - not sure why everyone moans about choice of variety - what more can they provide? There is always a great selection and on several occasions I wouldn't know what to choose because so much choice. Examples include, Roast (lamb shank, turkey, beef) and Select yourself pasta and have it cooked in front of you. Table service is brilliant, they immediately ask you what you want to drink. Main dining room has a set menu, there were permanent dishes available such as steak and a pasta dish, but about 6/7 additional different ones added each night. I did see that some people ordered things that weren't even on the menu so they cater very well for you. However, service can be a bit slow. Despite being on a set time for dinner when booking, we were able to book a table whatever time we wanted. The formal evening was extremely busy and despite booking a table, you have too wait for next one to become available. We brought a soda package which was for soft drinks only at a cost of €90. I would recommend if you want one, buy it before getting on the ship as you will save a bit of money. In the windjammer, they provide free water, squash and lemonade free of charge. If you have a wine package you can only use this in windjammer and main dining room, none of the bar/lounges. Cleanliness The ship can not be faulted on cleanliness. Our room was cleaned to a spotless standard, cutlery and cups also spotless. Toilets, dining room and pool areas also kept clean. They go around picking up empty plates around pool deck area all day long. However, because of the high hygiene standard, soap is seen everywhere around the ship- including entrances to dining room. I believe it to be personal choice to use this soap as personally, I find it sticky and horribly scented. The waiter on entering the dining room asks you to use it, and on other occasions force a bottle onto your hands. I personally thought that was very rude. There are lots of families on this cruise, however the pool does not allow for any children with nappies/swim pants to enter the pool (A bit strange I thought?) There is a children's adventure pool at the back of the ship with a slide, not sure on the rules for that one. Along with children, groups of teenagers didn't cause us any bother except for during night time - running down corridors, huddling outside rooms and chatting/laughing early hours of the morning. There is a notice that says young guests are to be with parents/room after 1.. (I'm not a snob, but when you're trying to sleep its annoying.) There are two pools along with jacuzzis. The pool area is nice, the pools are not overly big and can become very busy. It's difficult to get a sun bed near the pool and despite rules about putting towels on beds - people do! There is also an adults only (16+) solarium area with a pool and two jacuzzi's. This area is nice but for the amount of adults on board there are not enough sun beds and only about 20 are in the open air. Casino Casino was ok, lots of tables with roulette/black jack etc. Majority of the machines were slots, although a few coin machines (with great money prizes) The casino operates with american money and minimum withdrawal is 20 dollars. Unfortunately, the casino has a smokers section (american ship) and it taints the entire casino with a smoke smell. Entertainment During our time on board there were 3 main evening production shows all of which consisted of dancing and singing, no story line as much (Lyric theatre). There were also other shows including a comedian and magician. The majority of shows we thought we suited for the older viewers and didn't cater for families. There were also 2 main game shows; quest and love & marriage (we didn't get to watch these so can't comment). Around the ship there are a few bars/lounges you can sit in. Imperial lounge would always do karaoke/bingo/game and was quite nice in there - tip: get in early to get a seat. There were several bands that play around different areas of the ship. The blue water band was great and highly recommend playing a mixture of genre music. There is a screen outside which you can watch movies on and this is great when you're in a hot country - not so much leaving southampton! There is a cinema that shows current films but it is very small so get in early. Also in the lyric theatre they showed amazing spiderman 2 and that was brilliant. Ports We visited ports in Spain and Portugal (Gibraltar, Cartagena, Barcelona, Palma, Cadiz, Lisbon, Vigo) Majority of ports were good. RCI provided a little brochure about the port history and recommend shops with a map. We did not find these useful at all and I would highly recommend doing your research and making plans before you go. Gibraltar - Can walk into town centre in about 15 miniutes just follow the crowd. Would highly recommend a 'mini bus' trip which is advertised in the main shopping centre (Not through the ship) which consists of €22 for a trip to caves, tunnels, monkeys and beautiful views of gibraltar) Cartagena - Free shuttle bus provided by ship, when dropped off main shopping square around the corner. Quite a few shops and a pretty harbour side. Barcelona - We booked a shore excursion to FC Barcelona through RCI and it was good value for money (about 67 dollars each ) It also passed well known monuments such as La Sagrada Familia. Trip takes 4 hours and leaves at 9 so we had plenty of time when we came back to walk up Las Ramblas (although it was pelting with rain so we didn't get to explore as much as we'd of liked!) Palma - No free shuttle provided although bus very cheap. Bus stop right outside cruise terminal but not much information where to get off, again follow the crowd. Town centre wasn't great but after a wander we found a beach and street market. Cadiz - Beautiful place and really enjoyed everything about it. Quick walk to main shopping area. Just outside cruise port small tourist stand with maps and a lady giving them explained where to go and how to get there for free, very helpful. Plenty of shops, food market, beach about 20 min walk. Lisbon - RCI charged 15 dollars per person for a shuttle to take you to town centre and second stop to the Belem tower. You can stop off at town centre, then catch shuttle again and stop off at tower. Town centre has nothing to shout home about - rubbish variety of shops and shocking for capital of Portugal. Also full of drug dealers and homeless people begging on street.. would recommend staying on ship and enjoying a quiet pool area too yourself!! Vigo - Don't get off the ship, this place is like a ghost town. Nothing exciting to do or see. Small mall right by cruise port with a few shops and restaurants. Overall, Cruise experience ok. Sailing from southampton i would not recommend unless you're looking for a holiday of relaxation. You technically are only getting 7 day sunshine holiday as 4 days are spent getting there and back, those of which you can't enjoy facilities such as pool as it's too cold. Sailing from southampton does have benefits of it being easy as luggage is taken from you as soon as you reach cruise terminal and you don't have too lug it around. I would definitely recommend fly cruise to fully enjoy facilities and your holiday. Sailing from southampton also runs the risk of crossing the "unlucky for some" bay of bisque and for us it was 'slight/moderate' but I found this to be extremely unsettling and had awful motion sickness. When sitting down, one miniute you can see the sea, next miniute it disappears! Read Less
Sail Date August 2014
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