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2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2019
Okay, the good news: yes, it is a cruise. Yes, there is plenty of good food. Yes, the rooms are cool, dark, and comfortable. Yes, the port logistics are pretty solid. Also, the Coastal Kitchen still very much rocks. Now, the nit-picky ... Read More
Okay, the good news: yes, it is a cruise. Yes, there is plenty of good food. Yes, the rooms are cool, dark, and comfortable. Yes, the port logistics are pretty solid. Also, the Coastal Kitchen still very much rocks. Now, the nit-picky things: - The Oasis is really starting to show her age, as most of the surfaces in guest rooms are quite warn. - The 14 floor is LOUD. You hear chairs scraping throughout the night if there is wind. You hear herds of teanagers stomping back and forth. Sleep works if you are a pretty sound sleeper. - The fitness center constantly smelled of cigarette smoke, due to bad ventilation. And now, the ugly: - The staff was much more curt than I am used to. I'm not sure if it's a European thing or not, but there was a constant tone of disdain and annoyance from everyone except from housekeeping and the waitstaff. For example, the concierge was even testy with me. And as someone who went with 2 suites, I would have expected then to actually want my business a bit more. There is of course the endless nickel and dining. But that's now in the category of "to be expected". But then there is some really lame ones -- for example, the shuttle to town in Marseille was 10 Euros per person, with your other option of staying on the boat. The transfer to the airport is very overpriced. It's a bus, and it cost us 80 Euros for the transfer. I paid in advance, because I thought my luggage would magically get to the airport in our cab. But, I carried our luggage, and rode a bus. Total rip off, since there were Taxis galore. Overall, I may do a cruise again with RC, buy not anytime soon. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2019
This was our first Royal Caribbean cruise and we were attracted by both the opportunity to be on one of the largest ships at sea and by the . Before booking and then for almost every day before sailing we researched the ship, looked at ... Read More
This was our first Royal Caribbean cruise and we were attracted by both the opportunity to be on one of the largest ships at sea and by the . Before booking and then for almost every day before sailing we researched the ship, looked at other reviews and spoke with the travel agent about what to expect. We were concerned about a number of reviews that referenced a tired ship and about Royal Caribbean's reported practice of "nickel and diming" guests to extort as much additional money as possible. I absolutely have to address these issues because they are absolutely not our experience. The ship is overwhelmingly big but it is in beautiful order. Yes there is some upgrade necessary. If you are the type of guest who will obsess about handrails that have been bleached by the sun and are in need of sanding and re-varnishing then look elsewhere because your holiday may be ruined! Otherwise, have no fears - it's spotlessly clean, the staff are friendly and attentive and there is much to do. Not once were we approached about upgrades or trips, nor were we pushed for additional tipping or anything else. Embarkation is about a good as you will ever get - we were onboard enjoying our first drink within 15 minutes of reaching the ship and the staff were simply brilliant at their jobs. Reviews have also mentioned that Royal Caribbean have selected the itinerary for our cruise based on ability to make more money for transfers. We are talking about one of the largest ships at seas - it is naturally limited by the availability of ports to handle its size. We started at Barcelona, went to Palma, Marseilles, La Spezia, Civitavecchia and Naples. We paid for a bus transfer at Marseilles and at Palma and the charges were reasonable based on the journey and the fact that the service ran every 20-30 minutes throughout the entire day. No transfers are necessary at La Spezia (other than a short, free bus ride through the port) or Naples (the ship practically docks in the main street! Reviews we have seen have also criticised the Windjammer Restaurant (the main buffet restaurant) for quality of food and limited space. The quality and range of food in our experience was as good as that in the main dining room. We also, always, found somewhere to dine. Speaking with other guests it was clear they had similar thoughts and experiences. Perhaps the quality of the Windjammer explores its popularity? We thoroughly recommend that you try it - steaks, fish, seafood, curries, paella, cold cuts, carved meats, soup, burgers, fruit, stir fry, you name it, it is available and delicious. We tried to vary our venue for breakfast between Windjammer and the Solarium (deck 15) where exactly the same fare is available but with access restricted to over-18's. The Solarium is beautiful and often quiet so again no problems with the lengthy queues some reviewers have reported. Entertainment was great - we attended the Comedy show (an absolute must) and the diving show (very impressive). Less entertaining was the daily regime around the pool areas with a band playing a range (always the same) of reggae tunes. Tuneful this wasn't - the singers were woeful at the harmonies and the drummer was clearly building a shed. Contrast this with one day where we were treated to a genuine talent in the form of a violinist who was brilliant and who established an immediate rapport with the crowd, covering a range of tracks. She also played at night, sometimes solo and sometimes with a brilliant guitarist in Central Park - worth an hour of anyone's trip just to experience how good they both are. I have already mentioned the food - Windjammer excellent, main dining room equally so except for one occasion when my fish dish was clearly overcooked. We also dined in Sabor, one of the pay options - lovely food but enough to feed a small army! Sorrento's is excellent if you want a slice or two of pizza - it's on the Promenade deck (deck 5). Alcohol was a bit hit or miss - beers, wines, liqueurs and some cocktails were very good or excellent, but too many drinks were spoiled by excessive ice and flat mixers and Royal Caribbean really needs to step up to the mark on this - a glass full of ice and flat mixer spoils an otherwise excellent range of spirits. I appreciate that coffee can be a personal choice (and we are not into Starbucks at all), but this was disappointing. The cast majority of places simply offered coffee from a pot and it was dishwater. The exception was the Park Café on deck 5 - proper speciality coffee served with a range of sandwiches (try the turkey or the roast beef) and pastries - excellent. Again a few more places offering the same on a ship this size would be better. We did not take any of the Royal Caribbean excursions - we have previously visited Rome, Capri (Naples) and options for Palma and Marseilles are easily self-sourced. Marseilles is a must visit - the old port is spectacular. La Spezia was a real surprise - great shopping and dining and after a morning spent on these activities we took a private boat ride (23 Euro per person) to Portovenere followed by a boat ride of one hour around three neighbouring islands - fantastic and Portovenere has to be seen to be believed. Palma is excellent and we spent a great half-day wandering round the shops. We also took a hop on hop off bus ride round Naples - two routes for 23 Euro per person and lasting around 3 hours in total - a really great opportunity to see all of the city. Our cabin was an inside cabin on floor 9 - perfectly good, clean and bet and linen excellent. I enjoy running and can thoroughly recommend the Spa and Fitness area - I have seen reviews saying that it is disappointing that there are only portholes for viewing purposes - they are big portholes and if you want a view perhaps you are not putting enough effort into your exercise! All in all this was a fantastic holiday and we would go back tomorrow. We hope others have a similar experience, and if you are scheduled for a stay on this, in our experience you will enjoy every minute - do not believe everything you have read! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: July 2019
I have cruised with RCCL before and convinced my boyfriend to try out cruising after my fantastic experience on Adventure of the seas last may. We were more keen on picking a good itinerary than ship, so we went with this cruise on the ... Read More
I have cruised with RCCL before and convinced my boyfriend to try out cruising after my fantastic experience on Adventure of the seas last may. We were more keen on picking a good itinerary than ship, so we went with this cruise on the Jewel of the Seas. The embarkation in Civitavecchia went smooth and we went from taxi to the pool in under 30 minutes. Jewel of the seas itself is a very nice ship - the amount of bars, restaurants and entertainment is more than sufficient. We managed to always find spots where we felt very private. The ship was not as clean as I’ve experienced other ships - we kept seeing glasses, plates etc. in stairs and hallways from the night before way up after midday almost everyday. We eat at the main restaurant almost every night (expect 2). The restaurant was always very busy and even though you had reservations you could stand in line for up to 30 minutes. The food was great. We had my-time dining and shuffled between sections and waiters every night - which we didn’t mind. The issue though was that every waiter we came in contact with seemed tired, very unengaged and unmotivated - a smile was a rare thing and we couldn’t really find a consistency in the service that was provided. Every night in the dining room was very different from each other - and not in a good way - one night we even sat at our table for 20 minutes without even being greeted. Everything seemed to be in a rush and therefore the waiters probably didn’t have the time to provide the service RCCL normally do - which was a huge shame and ruin our dining experience. The last night of our cruise we had made reservations at chops grill - which was the best decision we have made on this cruise. Our waiter was lovely and the food was great! I would totally recommend to book some of the speciality restaurants onboard. The coral theatre is a Greta venue, the shows we saw were entertaining. About the service onboard I must say I was very disappointed. Most days we went around the ship and felt like an excuse for ourself (especially my boyfriend as it was his first cruise). The people in the lattetudes, most bars and in guest services were very nice and accommodating - while we, on the pool deck, very met with rude pool attendants. All in all most of the crew seemed very tired and unengaged (maybe it was the end of the contract for most of them, I don’t know) The itinerary for this crew was very nice - and we found some hidden gems in the Mediterranean we definitely want to go back to. We went into shore everyday - and really enjoyed this itinerary very much. I spend most of my cruise trying to explain to my boyfriend that what we experienced onboard Jewel of the seas was very different from what I’ve experienced before, and I know that I will have a very hard time convincing him of going on another RCCL cruise with me. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2019
We’ve just come back from a 14 night trip on the Independence which went to the western Mediterranean. It was a fantastic cruise and very little of our experience was anything like negative. However, a quick run down of the different ... Read More
We’ve just come back from a 14 night trip on the Independence which went to the western Mediterranean. It was a fantastic cruise and very little of our experience was anything like negative. However, a quick run down of the different bits we saw and did, follows! -- Windjammer -- We found the Windjammer a huge improvement on Vision of the Seas’s version. The seating is well spaced out and the furniture is nicer, meaning it’s an experience that’s generally nice, rather than a low quality fight for somewhere rubbish to sit to eat some food. We avoided it on Vision as much as we could. The guys with guitars singing for guests to wash their hands on the entrance were slightly amusing but completely unnecessary. Those who don’t wash their hands, won’t do so just because a couple of guys are singing at them. Also if you eat like a normal grown up human, you’ll use cutlery anyway! -- Izumi -- We were looking forward to some beautiful sushi (as we’d had on Vision) but this Izumi focuses far too much on Hibachi. Which essentially is a chef singing songs (expecting passenger participation) and flicking bits egg into guests’ mouths amongst other really “hilarious” things. My wife and I went on a formal night but we were sat around a chef with six others, none of whom were wearing anything smarter than t shirts. Made us feel awkwardly overdressed and we were completely unable to have a nice meal together. Izumi on Independence is very much expecting you to order their Hibachi combo meal. Don’t get me wrong, the chefs are very skilled but the food just tastes normal, like you’d expect for cooked Japanese food. Nothing special but $10 more than the dining package allows. We did order some sushi to have with the cooked food which was excellent but the atmosphere just didn’t fit with a nice meal out with your other half. In summary, don’t bother going to Izumi if you want a classy meal, don’t. It’s a slightly too expensive, too loud and too informal way to spend an evening eating what’s quite regular food. -- Chops Grille -- Fantastic - we ate there three times! Wonderful food and a really nice atmosphere and view. The seafood towers were great! Definitely worth every penny, especially as a package night. -- Main dining room -- The service was great, as is expected. We found that the menu was pretty boring though. Turns out that Royal Caribbean make the menu more British as the majority of the passengers are British. I’m sure it suited many but I don’t go on holiday to eat the same food as I make at home! By the way, they don’t have soup spoons. Eating soup with a dessert spoon takes ages and got boring! A strange lack of equipment for Royal Caribbean! I would say that the MDR is a nice dinner, but not special enough to look forward to. The food is great quality but not interesting - left me wondering whether I ought to have gone somewhere else (even Windjammer!) for dinner rather than spend 90 minutes eating unexciting food. -- Bars -- The bars were as expected, brilliant. Great staff and plentiful drinks. Schooner is a bit of a shame as it’s too much of a thoroughfare and seems to have a quiz on every half an hour. Our experience of Schooner on Vision of the Seas was a good one, but it was far more laid back and more music than quizzes (can’t remember any quizzes there actually). -- The pools -- Fantastic - facilities are brilliant. The rules about reserving beds aren’t worth the plastic they’re printed on though - nobody follows them and the staff don’t confiscate stuff left on them all day. People reserve beds at 7am on a sea day and don’t move all day. This is a huge issue that Royal Caribbean needs to sort out! -- The promenade -- We had loads of great evenings around the Promenade. The events and music make for a lovely evening atmosphere - and a party too some nights. We loved spending time here! -- Dress codes -- If you’re new to Royal Caribbean, the dress code for anything other than a formal night is anything from very informal to formal. On formal nights, if you wear a Tuxedo, you’ll be in a miniority - I reckon only 5% ish of passengers wear Tuxes. Generally most others makes an effort - but even so, don’t expect to be surrounded by those smarter people. Even in speciality restaurants, if you’re in shorts and a t shirt, you won’t be turned away on formal night. But if you are that person, do those of us who’ve made an effort a favour and stay in Windjammer please! -- The other passengers -- Generally, the (mainly British) passengers were fine. We did notice however fairly large groups from a certain northern city in England (not naming where, but you might be able to guess…) who unfortunately don’t travel with a lot of class - taking up huge areas of bars/pool areas with towels, getting drunker than is enjoyable for others nearby and being unable to maintain any eating manners or dress codes. These people yawped at each other (at one point, one group had a water/drinks fight in the pool bar…) and had little consideration for others. We found this description of group travellers to be in a surprising majority on the ship, maybe this city finished early for their school holidays. The serious point being that I’m not sure we’d sail from Southampton again because of it. The cruise wasn’t cheap but apparently price doesn’t guarantee any quality in fellow passengers! As advice for other travellers, think about whether this sort of group has a tendency to affect your enjoyment and plan your activities with this in mind. -- the destinations -- As with the other two cruises I’ve been on, I don’t really choose a cruise because of its destinations when it’s around Europe. Simply because European port cities can be a little samey. They were all pleasant (certainly Cagliari and Cadiz) but places like Naples were not good for those who aren’t great on their feet. We heard of injuries! -- overall -- I would happily do this cruise again. Nothing can be perfect and for a 14 night cruise, Royal Caribbean did an absolutely sterling job at it. My small observations are definitely only tiny issues. I will definitely be traveling with them again next time! Read Less
Sail Date: July 2019
Our third time with Royal and first time in Europe, over all is good experience and port intensive cruise only one sea day. Got to build in your own off time to make it enjoyable. We explore all of the ports on our own using Rick Steve ... Read More
Our third time with Royal and first time in Europe, over all is good experience and port intensive cruise only one sea day. Got to build in your own off time to make it enjoyable. We explore all of the ports on our own using Rick Steve guide. Most of the port are pretty easy to explore your own and is much cheaper if you on the budget. The ship is huge and with 5000 plus people doesn’t feel very crowed. Make sure book your shows and reserved your dinning even for my time dinning. We found 2 or 3 place we really like and keep going back every day to relax. My only complaint was the food at main dinning room was bad, they give you large quantities but poorly cook. Some night we feel buffet was better option. All of the staff work very hard try to make you feel comfortable. Entertainment staff are great, but you can only pick few you really want to do and enjoy. You will not have time to do everything. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2019
This is my 2nd time cruising with Royal Caribbean, the first time was 8 years ago. This time it was with my husband and 2 children ages 15 and 11. My sister and her family of 4 and mother and aunt joined us as well. The service is ... Read More
This is my 2nd time cruising with Royal Caribbean, the first time was 8 years ago. This time it was with my husband and 2 children ages 15 and 11. My sister and her family of 4 and mother and aunt joined us as well. The service is excellent, waitors, room attendant, guest services, entertainment staff all provide exceptional service. The food is delicious, no complaints there. However for a family of 4, it is expensive on a 7 day cruise. Every thing is extra like pop, alcoholic drinks, specialty restaurants. There is also an 18% daily gratuity expense for all the staff, which includes the behind the scenes staff. Which I understand is well deserved but if you buy something that is extra like a Starbucks coffee or an alcoholic drink at the bar, you are also charged another 18% gratuity tip and then asked if you want to add an additional tip on top of that. Yes they give you an onboard credit for each room you book, and in our case we booked 2 indoor state rooms because 1indoor stateroom is too cramped for a family of 4. An indoor stateroom is of course the cheapest price and they say it can accommodate a family of 4 but it really can't. However booking 2 indoor state rooms was cheaper than booking a slightly bigger room (with a window or a balcony). However that also means double the gratuity charges. The onshore excursions are also very expensive. Yes they provide convenience of pick up and drop off right at the ship and most likely provide excellent tour guides however for a family of 4, we could not afford the Royal Caribbean onshore excursions as the cost could run us from minimum $400 USD for half day excursions to over $2000 USD full day excursions and if you are at a different port each day, the cost of all the daily excursions add up. This is why we either went out and ventured on our own or hiring a local touring company, which I highly recommend and it will involve months of pre-planning but so worth it and affordable for a family. I have mixed emotions about cruising, the positive is that they provide excellent service and for a Mediterranean cruise, is a good way to see Europe however the negative, the cost for the cruise alone is expensive but it doesn't stop there as there is so much extra you are paying for - pop and alcoholic beverages, specialty restaurants, their onshore excursions, and plus the gratuity and additional gratuity for all the extras. Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2019
We decided to do a month long European vacation which included a 7 day Mediterranean cruise. My wife and I and our 2 children aged 7 and 9 stayed in a grand suite with 2 bedrooms and my mother and partner in an owners suite. Having ... Read More
We decided to do a month long European vacation which included a 7 day Mediterranean cruise. My wife and I and our 2 children aged 7 and 9 stayed in a grand suite with 2 bedrooms and my mother and partner in an owners suite. Having travelled on RCI and other cruise lines many times before, I was excited as this time I was taking my kids with me. Embarkation was fine although they couldn’t find my mothers partners luggage. We had to make a fuss to find it and the staff were extremely unhelpful in this regard. The ship was about to go for a refurb so I wasn’t surprised that the rooms were quite shabby and although clean, didn’t feel it. The good was that the kids had a blast however that is not unexpected on a ship of this size as the entertainment was excellent. The service from the crew was also very good. For the ports, they should drop Marseilles as it’s really a terrible port and city. The main issue with the ports was that probably due to the size of the ship or more likely trying to make more money, you are docked miles away from everything and RCI charges exorbitant amounts for transport. As an example in Marseilles they offer transport for $20 per person but they make no mention and actually go out of their way NOT to tell you that their is a free shuttle service. Yes it’s a 20 minute walk to get it but that’s just because you are docked so far away although other ships of a similar size are docked much closer. This really ruins most ports. The bad was that RCI has become a real rip off where they are charging less for cabins but almost everything is extra and at exorbitant prices. Drinks and food are ridiculous. Averaging $3-4 for a coke and over $10 for a single shot of alcohol. It seems that RCI thinks people are to be extorted. A refreshment package was $30 per day per person for coke, sprite etc all from a soda fountain. And this was waters down. The alcohol package was an astonishing $90 per day per person. Doesn’t seem much but that’s based on their exorbitant pricing. In the real world it’s criminal and a complete rip off. Excursions are the biggest joke. $500 on average for 4 adults and 2 kids under 10 for a simple bus ride, boat ride and train ride and then back on a bus. We priced the same excursion elsewhere and it was 80% less for exactly what you got. An 8 hour excursion of which you spent 4 hours traveling and 1 hour total with a guide. They were even to cheap to cut an hour off the trip by just staying on the train so we could enjoy more time on the boat. Another crime was the food. Absolutely shocking and we had access to the suite restaurants. In the windjammer food was stale, bad cuts of meat, over cooked pasta and felt like being pushed through the worst buffet known to man. The dining hall was not better. Same food just presented better. Every time food was cold and uninspired. Tiny portions made to look like it was special but wasn’t. Same in the coastal kitchen. Also our billing was incorrect and we spent ages having bills corrected as they overcharged. I would never recommend RCI to anyone and will never travel on the oasis as it’s designed to rip off the customer and take advantage of people by offering what they call “ value “ until you get onboard and you discover you could have gone on a better class of ship and probably paid less or even the same for twice the value. Celebrity, Seabourn and even carnival were far better. Check before you go as this is a joke Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: July 2019
I bought 2 expensive suites for a very special trip for my family. I have cruised over 70 times in my life and can honestly say this is the worst, Boarding the ship they had my wrong room and they lost my partners bag and didn't even ... Read More
I bought 2 expensive suites for a very special trip for my family. I have cruised over 70 times in my life and can honestly say this is the worst, Boarding the ship they had my wrong room and they lost my partners bag and didn't even bother to look for it till I made a terrible Fuss. My suite was clean,. We had our own concierge, but due to the dinners and activities, they were always gone when I needed them, therefore I had to use the Guest Services . I have never in my life been spoken to so rudely, As you know as soon as you take a drink from a bar it is on your bill. However if you need a credit, it took 5 days and many hours to get the rude inefficient Guest services to attend to it. I was overcharged and when I asked for the signed receipts they could only produce 30% of them. they said their system is manual, funny but the charges are computerised. WATCH YOUR BILL. Beatrice is the only decent concierge on the ship. RCI is only interested in the money, they overcharge for everything you even have to buy ice cream and coffee I travel Crystal & Seabourn, all drinks everywhere including champagne are free Michelin chefs great shows and did not cost me more than what this 3rd rate ship did.. RCI prices for drinks are exhorbitant. they are so greedy that they even charge for water.. The staff on the ship are quite rude and only start smiling at you from the second last evening when tips are due. The pools are totally inadequate for the amount of people and dangerous as the floors are very slippery. . The excursions are awful, long bus rides as the ship being so big can only go to commercial ports which are far away from the nice places and by the time you get to the place you have so little time that it is a waste of money. The kids club is very good and the shows too. My grandkids loved the club and the shows. Bless Crystal and all who sale on her!!!!! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2019
Diamond Member creature of habit. It seems that Royal Caribbean management is just going through the motion. The exceptional service that I have received through the years seems to be a thing of the past. I do not know if this is ... Read More
Diamond Member creature of habit. It seems that Royal Caribbean management is just going through the motion. The exceptional service that I have received through the years seems to be a thing of the past. I do not know if this is indicative of the cruise industry as a whole. However, after this cruise, I am switching cruise lines and will find out. The food on the cruise was limited in selection in the dining room. The food in the Wind Jammer was fine. The food in the Diamond Lounge was poor at best. Service in the Diamond Lounge was very good. Most extras that make the cruise special (sail away party, Ice carvings, variety of entertainment, etc ) no longer exist. Coupon books for Diamond members are a thing of the past. The most serious incident that happened on the ship was the Portofino tender service. The waves were extremely rough and the tender was violently being bounced around. People were screaming and throwing up. Water was pouring in the front window of the tender. A passenger (where was the crew member?) closed the window to stop the water filling the life boat. We put our life jackets on in the event of a sinking. Later on the ship, I asked the front desk management why the tenders service was not discontinued due to poor sea conditions. I was told it was the harbor master's decision. The front desk management seemed annoyed by my question. Just leave me alone. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2019
Not a cruise person but choose it bc of 4 kids various ages. The ride was super smooth never a bump. Sunsets amazing and cabins were clean and bed very comfortable. There are no coffee makers which was upsetting but free room service for ... Read More
Not a cruise person but choose it bc of 4 kids various ages. The ride was super smooth never a bump. Sunsets amazing and cabins were clean and bed very comfortable. There are no coffee makers which was upsetting but free room service for breakfast ONLY. All other room service comes with a fee. The food in American Icon was good not great but what i expected on a cruise.. Not a great ship for food allergies as the gluten free options were slim. The ports were very crowded and very hot. Palma was a waste of time as we did off and on bus and it was packed and scorching hot inside and on top of the bus. We were miserable. Provence we did the petit train (you have to take a taxi to the train) to the Cathedral and it was beautiful our lunch was great and we used google translate to read the menu. For pisa we decided to take the cinque terre train to explore the 5 villages. It was so hot and exhausting for our very active and fit family but beautiful. We had a RC excursion to take us to Rome on the train which was easy and comfortable and then we had purchased a better than skip the the vatican tour. It was TOO crowded at the vatican but the tour was worth it. We hired a private car for the amalfi coast. Very expensive and several of us got very car sick. I wish I would have known about this...we never get car sick so we had no idea this would happen but the roads are very windy. The coast is beyond words...we only got to Positano and Sorrento. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: June 2019
We sailed on the Oasis of the Seas on 30th June for a 7 night Med cruise, calling at Palma, Marseilles, La Spezia, Rome, and Naples. Boarding was in Barcelona and the ship is so large that it boards over two terminals. We were allocated ... Read More
We sailed on the Oasis of the Seas on 30th June for a 7 night Med cruise, calling at Palma, Marseilles, La Spezia, Rome, and Naples. Boarding was in Barcelona and the ship is so large that it boards over two terminals. We were allocated terminal C and after dropping off our cases we were on board the ship in less than 30 minutes from arriving at the terminal. Upon boarding, we were greeted with a glass of bubbly, which was a nice touch. As we were in an Aqua Suite, we headed up to the suite lounge, which is a calm oasis away from the hustle and bustle of boarding day. In the suite lounge, we were able to book a couple of shore excursions and signed up for a 3-night specialty dining package. One benefit of being in a suite is the use of the suite lounge which is open all day for snacks, drinks and table service in the Coastal Kitchen Restaurant which is incorporated into the lounge. We ate lunch in the Coastal Kitchen, which was delicious and then headed to our Aqua Suite no 14330. This was a very nice suite with a separate lounge and dining room and a bathroom with a full-sized bathtub. The balcony was split and to be honest I would have preferred one of the lower Aqua Suits with a wrap-around balcony. We did have some issues with a leak in our cabin, but the housekeeping and maintenance teams sorted that out very professionally. During the week the temperatures were very high, mainly around 30 degrees so it was quite tiring to walk anywhere off the ship. We stayed on board during the first two ports and enjoyed the ship. There is so much to see and do onboard, one review would not do it justice. Day 3 we took a tour which involved taking a ferry to a very picturesque island, the ferry took around half an hour to cross the bay but the walk from the ship to the ferry took longer, not an excursion for anyone with any walking difficulties. Next day we did an olive tasting tour, this I would highly recommend. A beautiful scenic drive through Tuscany and a visit to a farmhouse once owned by the brother of Napoleon, which today is an olive farm. At the last port of call, Naples, we walked off and not far from the port found a really nice restaurant and ate authentic Napali Pizza, just 4 Euro each for a large pizza. Whilst onboard there is so much entertainment going on, from Aqua SHows, Ice SHows, West End Style Theatre Shows, comedians and musicians as wella s Karaoke for those who like to entertain themselves. There are seven neighborhoods onboard the Oasis but we really liked Central Park and The Boardwalk. There is a vast choice of where to eat on board. You have of course Coastal Kitchen for Suite guests and the Windjammer buffet-style Restaurant, then for snacks, you have the Boardwalk Hot Dog Stand, Sorrentos Pizzaria, The Park Cafe and for Tapas you have Vintages Wine Bar. For dinner, you can choose the main dining room or plump for a specialty restaurant. You can choose from Izumi Japanese, Sabor Mexican, Choppes Grill Steakhouse, Giovanni's Table Italian or our favorite the 150 Central Park Bistro. All of these come with a supplement, but if you purchase a dining package you can get a good discount on the cover charges. I would have to say that the food on this cruise was about the best we have experienced on a cruise ship and the staff and service from every member of staff without exception was fantastic. We had the opportunity to meet the Captain and The Hotel Director and the ship, crew, food, and facilities are a credit to them. We had an awesome cruise holiday and can't wait to get back to what I think is our new favorite ship Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2019
Always having done beach 5/6 star holidays, my wife and decided on doing something different this, so we chose a cruise. Never done one before, didn’t know what to expect. Royal Caribbean - Vision of the Seas - 12 night cruise of the ... Read More
Always having done beach 5/6 star holidays, my wife and decided on doing something different this, so we chose a cruise. Never done one before, didn’t know what to expect. Royal Caribbean - Vision of the Seas - 12 night cruise of the Mediterranean. Full Board, which we found out is not the same as All Inclusive. We opted for all found, I.e include flights and another stay over in Barcelona at the end of the cruise. Day 1 and we had to get to Barcelona from Scotland, however the flights were via Amsterdam. We Hat should have been a quick 3 hour journey turned into 8 hours. Didn’t matter we were in Barcelona and waited for the coach to take us to the port, and waited, and waited. Eventually they were ready to take us to the ship, at the port passing through different security procedures and oops, no wi fi so everything ground to a halt and not even a glass of water offered. Didn’t matter we could see the ship and it was all exciting and we were eventually taken onboard, where straight away the hard sell started - “take a photograph” “buy an alcoholic drinks package” “buying a dining package” - we just wanted to get to our cabin and after check in we could do so. Please se our review below of the disappointing cabin. The cruise itself was without any issues and enjoyable with the stop off and excursions as expected. The service onboard was very good - especially the room attendant Sarah. After a day or so there was a promotion on the drinks packages and we thought great, we would do that so we went to the promo desk to find out that it was applicable to the alcohol package only. As neither of us drink alcohol it was not applicable, never mind we would take the soft drinks package but low and behold this was not on promo and still $30 a day per person. We didn’t take it. Instead we paid for soft drinks and coffee as we took them on the sea pass. Point to note, the prices displayed are not the prices paid when ‘in port’ as tax is applicable, but this is not explained. The only other down side was the customer service desk, insufficient staff on this desk meant that there was always a queue of at least ten people sorting out their issues. Food - couldn’t fault and a huge variety to suit all taste. There was a buffet style service and a waiter service available. Entertainment - better than hotel staff doing it as these were professional still just average. So all in all would we do it again? Some of the daytime entertainment was a bit tacky - best belly flop? Sexiest man? Please! Probably not - but it did give us a taste of places we would like to visit for a longer period. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2019
Really nice, smooth sailing comfortable ship that was clean, well designed, well attended with excellent room / waiter service, two flow riders, a beautiful 8th floor central garden, rock climbing, zip line, too much entertainment for us ... Read More
Really nice, smooth sailing comfortable ship that was clean, well designed, well attended with excellent room / waiter service, two flow riders, a beautiful 8th floor central garden, rock climbing, zip line, too much entertainment for us to choose from all to outstanding sites with many options for excursions. We flew into Barcelona directly from Newark, cleared customs in Barcelona that was not as smooth as Rome last year but was reasonable (about 45 minutes) got our bags and took a flat rate cab of 39 euros from the airport to the cruise terminal. Got right on board without any hassle e.g. showed our passports, got our room cards and boarded the ship by noon. Went to lunch and got into our room when it was ready by 1 pm. Had a great first day doing zip liner and flow rider, went to first great dinner (always at Grande restaurant for dinner). Second day Mallorca island off the coast of Spain went on the Drach cave tour (really nice) - really tremendous to see. Next day went to Provences of South of France visiting St. Martin and Le Beaux after seeing luminere mine art beaming of Van Gough works. Villages of France trip was wonderful. Wife got lots of nice perfumes, we had some great cheese and wine, loved the villages that had really nice local shopping with a passionate outstanding guide. Next went to Florence on the museum tour - had lunch included on the excursion that was really good pasta (lasagna) / red wine (good table) / salad / tiramisu gelato for desert. Walked through all of Florence, saw a presentation on the quality of their gold (skipped the leather presentation for more gelato for the kids on our own), went to the museum with the highlight being the statue of David by Michelangelo (truly the best sculpture I have ever seen) - the marble just glistened! The rest of the museum we could get to was darn good too. We pretty much walked and were toured through the key central areas of Florence that was outstanding. Next we went into Rome using Royal Caribbean just for the bus in and out of Rome. We went to our favorite places in Rome to visit (favorite gelato / crepe place on Nationale), Piazza Navona, Trevi Fountain, walked all around experiencing Rome once again (such a beautiful city). Final cruise stop was one hour boat ride to Capri (where we had a traditional spinach ravioli lunch (B-) with wine (D), salad (F) and lemon cake (B) that was at best a over all solid C, then a short ride to Sorrento where we toured through -Sorrento I could go back to, never to Capri that is way over rated (Santorini in Greece is much better / similar island) followed by a short tour of Pompei. I was disappointed at Pompeii because Rome to me has similar albeit not as ancient ruins that are grander throughout the city (Coliseum, Pantheon) that were in part restored. That tour did too much and was a bit hurried because of the busy itinerary for us, but still a joy to experience. We went back to Barcelona after eating our final breakfast (all the food was very good (great at dinners) and there was so much choice with every meal that we expect on a cruise), left our week cruise to pick up a cab, go to a hotel, stay a day in Barcelona (went to Barceloneta beach and went to Sagrada Familiar Church (must see in Barcelona)) then woke up the next day, took a high speed train to Paris, stayed in a really nice quaint hotel for three nights, went to the Louvre, went up the Eiffel tower, had a grand time on our own before flying back to Newark directly from Paris. Just a fantastic vacation with everything being great with our foundation of the vacation being the cruise and most importantly the fantastic excursions in Spain, Italy and France! Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2019
First cruise for husband and I with Royal Caribbean and first Mediterranean cruise. Ship was beautiful and clean. Always saw someone cleaning/wiping/mopping/sweeping etc...Crew was amazing, so friendly and helpful. Never felt crowded and ... Read More
First cruise for husband and I with Royal Caribbean and first Mediterranean cruise. Ship was beautiful and clean. Always saw someone cleaning/wiping/mopping/sweeping etc...Crew was amazing, so friendly and helpful. Never felt crowded and often wondered where all the people were. I had heard the cabins were smaller than what we have had on other ships but didn't notice any difference. We had a balcony room and had enough storage space for all our clothes and suitcases. Service twice a day, wonderful steward. We had lunch at Chops and it was delicious. We tried Johnny Rockets as I'd never had it and it was good. Way too much food and wouldn't pay extra for it again but nice to try once. Ate in the MDR the rest of the time for dinners and food was so good, service impeccable. We also ate breakfast in the MDR each morning. Two choices-buffet or ala carte. We did both but preferred buffet (in MDR). We didn't eat a full meal in Windjammer (casual buffet) but did go up a couple times for a 'sweet', later in the evening. We went to several shows and loved them. Had seen some negative reviews about Cats, but we enjoyed it. Had never seen before. Aqua show wonderful, comedian funny, just can't say enough about the entertainment. This was a very port heavy cruise with only one sea day. We used Rome in Limo for our excursions. Cannot stress enough how happy we were with them. Prompt, courteous, knowledgeable, and great communication. We chose private tours and was well worth the money. Cruise was a great way to get a sampling of several cities and to see where we would like to go back to and spend more time. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2019
We combined this cruise with return visit to Rome making a nice extra break in early summer. Civitavecchia port let us down as there were not enough shuttle buses to Jewel for independent travellers. In the late morning queues were huge ... Read More
We combined this cruise with return visit to Rome making a nice extra break in early summer. Civitavecchia port let us down as there were not enough shuttle buses to Jewel for independent travellers. In the late morning queues were huge and we waited two hours. Once on board we felt welcome. We had paid for The Key and the delay meant we missed a special lunch in Chops but they willingly substituted a dinner that evening. Jewel is not the latest ship with all the bells and whistles but we like the space and the extra nooks and quiet areas to sit and watch the world go by. This was perhaps the most cosmopolitan cruise we have been on with Europeans from Russia to Portugal plus Brits. North Americans and Antipodeans of all age groups. It never felt very busy other than on the Dress to Impress night in the MyTime dining room which was very quiet at 7:30 and rammed at 8:30. As a four night cruise we did not expect a full formal night and there was no Captains Reception but a good number of people made an effort. The live music around the ship was a good standard but with no sea days there was no opportunity for much enrichment. The Coral Theatre shows were as expected or better with a company production "Broadway to West End" and a magician as good entertainment and Tango Buenos Aires and a four man heavy rock combo (Our Lady Valentine) being exceptional. Wait staff were usually very attentive but some did request good reviews which was not appropriate. Drinks are expensive on American ships but cocktails were well made with a daily special at $8 (+ service charge) All ports were pleasing. Ajaccio is a very small port town easy to explore on foot. From Marseille we had planned to go to Aix en Provence on a ship's excursion but that was cancelled. We decided to stay in Marseille Old Town and were glad we did. In fact we would like to go back and spend a few days there. In recednt years a lot of money has been spent improving the tourist areas, Villefranche (For Nice) was tendered and with a choppy sea this was slow. Our ship's tender broke down and we bobbed up and down for half an hour. We cut short our stay as we anticipated delays getting back and had no problems ourselves but others were very late back on board. We would be very happy to go back with Jewel for the right itinerary. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2019
I chose this cruise first for the destinations and then because of all the amenities that the Oasis boasted about. Unfortunately the Oasis left much to be desired, the ship itself was mostly beautiful. Central Park and the Boardwalk were ... Read More
I chose this cruise first for the destinations and then because of all the amenities that the Oasis boasted about. Unfortunately the Oasis left much to be desired, the ship itself was mostly beautiful. Central Park and the Boardwalk were intriguing but I could have done without these if the ships crew were more engaging. Previously I have only sailed on Carnival ships so in my opinion the bar is high. On Carnival ships I LOVE the jamming sail away party, the drink of the day, the towel animals, the main dining rooms offer a special dish that represents the port you visited for that day. The shows change daily and are lively and entertaining. There are performances happening all around the ship but on the Oasis I literally felt like I was in a retirement home. I went to bed early every night because the atmosphere was quiet and droll. And then they nickle and dimed you for EVERYTHING even though the cruise itself was expensive. I definitely would not book with Royal Caribbean again because dining, activities, entertainment and staff did not live up to my previous cruising experiences. The cabin was nice enough which was a great thing since I spent so many bored hours there. The one highlight of the boat was the non-smoking side of the casino, I think all cruise ships should offer this Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2019
It’s a complete waste of time. The traffic is horrific. We sat in traffic for hours. Bus was hot as Hades. Basically paid for a 7 day cruise and spent a day sitting on the side of the cliff stopped for most of the day. Outrageous. We ... Read More
It’s a complete waste of time. The traffic is horrific. We sat in traffic for hours. Bus was hot as Hades. Basically paid for a 7 day cruise and spent a day sitting on the side of the cliff stopped for most of the day. Outrageous. We booked the Roman walking tour that ended with entering the Colosseum from the gladiator enterence. It was astounding. Well worth the expensive cost. The ship is wonderful, given the number of people it holds, we were expecting Disney type lines. We could not have been more wrong. The ship is huge and there is so much to do that people are spread everywhere. MAKE RESERVATIONS EARLY, as soon as you book your cruise. The Aqua Show was amazing as was the magic show - Hector is Magic. The food in the free dining is so/so. However, we are from south Louisiana and are use to awesome cooking. Chops grill is highly recommended. Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2019
I chose this cruise because I wanted to experience Europe and to feel safe and grounded while doing that. Maybe I would choose a cruise with less port intense agenda. Getting out every morning and walking for hours on end was too labor ... Read More
I chose this cruise because I wanted to experience Europe and to feel safe and grounded while doing that. Maybe I would choose a cruise with less port intense agenda. Getting out every morning and walking for hours on end was too labor intensive for me, but it was still wonderful! Dining was a highlight of my day. I did dinner every evening in the main dining room. It was fun and I looked forward to seeing our waiters and our table mates each evening. I was quite disappointed to learn that surf and turf night is now a thing of the past! I could order lobster if I paid a $29.99 surcharge. Dinners were good but there was not as much variety as I was accustomed to. Majority of the items were offered daily. There would be 1 or 2 new items added per day, but most of the menu remained the same. I booked an ocean view cabin which I would have loved - except the weather did not cooperate. It was cold every day and wet & cold most evenings, so we couldn’t enjoy it at all! The cabin itself was comfortable, spacious and efficient. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2019
We did the Western Mediterranean cruise out of Barcelona in May 2019 on the Oasis. The cruise itself was OK. We did have a really good time but there are a few things we would def. change. Boarding was easy. Rooms were ready at 1pm. Food ... Read More
We did the Western Mediterranean cruise out of Barcelona in May 2019 on the Oasis. The cruise itself was OK. We did have a really good time but there are a few things we would def. change. Boarding was easy. Rooms were ready at 1pm. Food in windjammer was good. Sorrentos pizza also great for late night. The hot dog stand was meh. The coffee was awful. There is no creamer - only milk on this sailing. We did not do any specialty dining restaurants. Our server was great. We saw all the shows. Some nights there were jammed packed with various shows and other nights we struggled with finding things to do. We loved the ice skating show, come fly with me and the comedian. PALMA DE MALLORCA - We made a huge mistake by not taking the shuttle. The taxi lines were horrendous and we tried to walk to town and then catch a cab which was also a nightmare. We eventually got cabs to the Bellver Castle and the Cathedral but wasn't worth the hassle. do yourself the favor and pay the 10e for the shuttle. MARSEILLES - Took the shuttle to town 20e and then rented the stand up scooters to go all around town. It was a blast. We then took the petite train to the Notre Dame Church. It was fantastic. LA SPEZIA - We used Italytours.eu to go to Pisa/Florence. It was a long drive. Over and hour to pisa and over another over to Florence and then almost 2 hour drive back. It was still worth it. We were in Pisa for an hour and Florence for 2.5 hours. ROME - Another tour with Italytours.eu. 90 minutes to Rome - Saw Colosseum, Pantheon, Spanish steps, Trevi fountain, Piazza Navona, St. Peter's Basilica and the Vatican/Sistine Chapel. It was a long day and we were not crazy about the driver or tour guide but not sure we would have seen as much on our own. NAPLES - Took high speed ferry to Capri. Got a late start and ended up in Capri around 11am. Right when we arrived we brought return ticket. The latest time left for 4:10. Lines for bus were long so we caught a open top taxi to Ana Capri (25e) and then took the chairlift to the peak. We then hiked all the way back down to the port. From there we went to the town of Capri and over to the gardens of augustus. We got back to Naples in time for pizza before heading back to ship. SEA DAY - Though after such a port intense itinerary and rest day was welcomed - we were also ready to go home - would have much rather done the itinerary in reverse starting with sea day then 3 busy ports followed by 2 smaller ports. Overall we had a great time. Flew from Miami spent 3 days in Barcelona in advance. Ready to Plan our next vacay :) Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2019
We wanted to experience a Mediterranean cruise with our daughter and son-in-law. I have long believed in the Royal Caribbean brand and, for the most part, they filled my expectations. The Oasis class of ships are the largest in the world ... Read More
We wanted to experience a Mediterranean cruise with our daughter and son-in-law. I have long believed in the Royal Caribbean brand and, for the most part, they filled my expectations. The Oasis class of ships are the largest in the world so the ship is beautiful and has a lot to offer. I also sailed on its sister ship, Allure, last year. Coincidentally, the same band, Centerpiece Band, performed on both sailings and they are outstanding. Very talented group and a lot of fun to perform with during the Live Band Karaoke activities. In terms of other entertainment, there was not a lot of activities and the theater shows were not as varied as they used to be. RCL's food quality however has declined since I first sailed with them over 15 years ago. It used to be that you could look forward to a high-end entrée in the Main Dining room every night culminating in Lobster Night on one of the Formal Nights. Not anymore...with all the Specialty Dining options that you have to pay extra for, the Main Dining Room food quality has definitely declined. Even at the Specialty restaurants, lobster is an extra fee on top of the extra you paid to dine there in the first place. Our stateroom was great as was our attendant. We have never experienced any issues with that. Our shower had a slow drip which was quickly fixed when we advised our attendant. We booked a Cinque Terre shore excursion through the ship that was cancelled due to rough sea conditions (it was a boat excursion). That happens, but had it not been for our daughter telling us that she received a cancellation notice in her stateroom the night before, we would never have known as they left us no notice. Furthermore, with technology available on the ship, it would be a lot more efficient and effective to do a Push Notification on the App as everyone is always carrying their cell phones with them. The Shore Excursion desk closed at 9pm so they would not help advise us on our alternatives until the next morning. Fortunately, we got some great advise from Guest Services on how to get to Cinque Terre via train. As it turned out, we spent less than 50 Euros to get there for the two of us versus the nearly 400 Euros for the Excursion! Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2019
We chose this cruise based on history with RCL and the itinerary - Spain, France and Italy in one week! It was a great cruise, a little chilly since it was not that hot in late May and no real pool time aboard the ship - lots of hot tub ... Read More
We chose this cruise based on history with RCL and the itinerary - Spain, France and Italy in one week! It was a great cruise, a little chilly since it was not that hot in late May and no real pool time aboard the ship - lots of hot tub time at night after daily port stops and lots of walking! Oasis is a great ship, our first time aboard but we had been on other Oasis ships before - only disappointment was the Cats Broadway show - just not a good show for the cruise audience - loved other productions on RCL before, especially Mama Mia! Love all the activities and the food was very good. We used MyTime dining and with different port departure times each day it made it easy set our group dining time at a different time each night. Mini golf, zip line, daily trivia and flow rider were very popular activities for the five kids with us. The Harry Potter trivia game was fantastic, held by assistant Cruise Director Prince who wore his Harry Potter cloak and held the contest in the Blaze nightclub. Our favorite onboard shows were the Aqua theater show and the Fly Away show by the entertainment team- both great shows that everyone enjoyed. One complaint was that for those of us who had cruised RCCL before was that we all used the RC onboard app and had planned to rely on that heavily for onboard messaging - only to find out that while RCL has this on Allure of the Seas and other ships, it was not available on Oasis. That is a great feature to use the ship WiFi without buying the internet package to stay connected- hope RCL gets that on all ships soon! Final night we had a mix up with booking tickets for the behind the scenes tour of the ship, and the RCL staff stepped in and fixed the issue when the tour was overbooked and offered us dinner at the Italian Restaurant on the house - our best meal of the trip by far! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: May 2019
Our cruise was excellent. The Oasis of the Seas is in excellent conditions and the ship is wonderful. The route in the Mediterranean is great and the port of calls are excellent. But Royal Caribbean has some issues that are not too good. ... Read More
Our cruise was excellent. The Oasis of the Seas is in excellent conditions and the ship is wonderful. The route in the Mediterranean is great and the port of calls are excellent. But Royal Caribbean has some issues that are not too good. The food and service in the main dining rooms are not the best to say the least. If you do not go to the specialty restaurants paying extra you will not find good food and service. The specialty restaurants are excellent but at an extra cost. It seems that the only good food is the one you have to pay extra. And as always the coordination and handling of the tours is very annoying and not easy for passengers. Staff is very professional and helpful. The ship is big with a lot of people but is not a hassle. The ship has a lot of interesting attractions. Embarkation and departure of the ship was very swift and easy. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: May 2019
Package was a very good deal.. This was our first cruise and it would definitely entice us to go again. So much to do and see. The music being played in central park was so nice when we were relaxing on our balcony. Every night we had a ... Read More
Package was a very good deal.. This was our first cruise and it would definitely entice us to go again. So much to do and see. The music being played in central park was so nice when we were relaxing on our balcony. Every night we had a different towel arrangement on our bed. Pranav and Tarin were our waiters for dinner a couple of nights and they couldn't do enough for us. They made our evening so enjoyable and fun. We requested them on our last night so we knew we would leave on a high. I would recommend you ask for them to have a bit of craic. The singer in The Globe and The Atlas was so nice he made us feel at home. The staff were great and definitely suited to there roles. The whole ship was an amazing experience and the entertainment was non stop. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2019
If you need to be entertained 24/7 skip this boat. It has the basics which for me was fine. We had a busy itinerary and were only on the boat during sea days. Loved: staff, itinerary, food, specialty restaurants and chefs table, ... Read More
If you need to be entertained 24/7 skip this boat. It has the basics which for me was fine. We had a busy itinerary and were only on the boat during sea days. Loved: staff, itinerary, food, specialty restaurants and chefs table, entertainment, clean Didn’t Love: bed was terrible and I did not sleep well, crappy internet that was expensive, drink package overpriced, smoking almost everywhere on the ship which made it unpleasant to be outside by the pool or by the casino. The tender process into ports of call took too long. The ship is old with old decor but it’s very clean and the staff were the best. Checking in on day one was super easy and we received our luggage quickly. Checking out on last day also went smoothly. I would not cruise on this ship again due to the beds. I need to be able to sleep and I did not get any decent sleep on this cruise. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2019
This was the second part of TA crossing on Celebrity Infinity and changing ships and visiting Mediterranean ports to celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary--a year early! 1 Stop in France; 4 stops in Italy; 1 in Croatia; 1 in ... Read More
This was the second part of TA crossing on Celebrity Infinity and changing ships and visiting Mediterranean ports to celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary--a year early! 1 Stop in France; 4 stops in Italy; 1 in Croatia; 1 in Montenegro. Although it was a port heavy cruise with lots of walking, the ship still provided plenty to do with entertainment and special events, including a crew Talent show(very talented), Guest cruisers Talent show (in which my wife and I both performed), 30 cruisers persenting Michael Jackson's Thriller dance led my cruise director Steve Davis (6 hours of rehearsal) and the International Parade of Nations showing the countries represented by the crew with fun"acts" by certain nations. The beautiful Centrum was the central place for games and events...great for some, but creating a sound decibel for the live bands at a level I felt uncomfortable. Bring ear plugs! However the sound engineer in the theater did a great job of mixing music and vocals. Speaking of the theater, although many nights because of the itineray we had later back on ship times, we were still entertained by 9 varied acts including the unusal attraction of three tenors singing opera and the amazing Emperors of Soul recreating to a T the sound, vocal harmonies, movement and soul the 1960's Motown/Memphis sound. Magic, ventriloqist, amazing aerial duo and 2 productions shows . Plus if you are on a ship were Alexandria of the Production staff does her Judy Garland tribute, go see it. She has talent and it is wonderful to hear old classic songs. The activity team of Talita, Diego, Jacob, AJ and Meagan provided us with with plenty of trivia, games and contests. Talita especially went out of her way to collect song tracks for the songs in the talent show. Felt very sorry for Bill Baily the "piano bar" entertainer-they use the Schooner Bar, do not have a dedicated "piano bar", thus the emphasis is on BAR with lots of loud conversations. How he could concentrate was beyond me. We had numerous tenders and you went and got boat numbers and simply continued doing what you were doing and waited to be called...nice and easy. Also an almost 360 promenade deck made for easy stolls without too much wind. Because we were so busy and want to do EVERTHING we never ate in the main dining room, but only at the buffet and couldn't have been happier. Food quality was tasty and every night had diffenert specialties. There were two Dress up nights, but alas no lobster. Even with al those port days and time spent ashore, we still met so many fun people playing the trivias and contests, whom, although we will never cross paths again, this moment of brief intersection will always be remembered. Read Less
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