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95 Royal Caribbean Europe Cruise Reviews

Firstly can't understand all the negative views, this is a great ship and if it returns to Europe again would really be happy to do it again.embarkation was quick and easy, ship is big with plenty to do on it, outdoor pool was far to ... Read More
Firstly can't understand all the negative views, this is a great ship and if it returns to Europe again would really be happy to do it again.embarkation was quick and easy, ship is big with plenty to do on it, outdoor pool was far to small for the size of the ship that would be my main negative, would like to see pool staff do regular checks to make sure people were not breaking rules on reserving deck chairs around the pool and not returning for hours unfortunately I did notice this happening on occasions, service around the ship was excellent, plenty to do on board, only got off once in Palma de Majorca went to the water park which was great, dining was very good favourite places windjammer which was very good and well as the service although does get very busy at breakfast although never had to wait to long for a table. Also enjoyed sorrentos pizza and Jonny rockets, and two seventy for snacks would have been nice if there had have been and ice cream palor like on liberty of the seas my niece (12) was disappointed at this,shopping on board was not very good, we will rock you was great. Loved the sea plex centre differed things scheduled at different times during the day, would have been good to see more pool side entertainment as on other ships although there was movies although was disappointed by movie choices getting of the ship at the end of cruise was great took advantage of late departure programme To summerise this is a fun ship which is aimed at family's and really enjoyed the experience decor around the ship is amazing Read Less
Sail Date August 2015
We chose this cruise so our 18 year old son could join us, and yes there were children on board because it was school holidays!!! The children we saw were well behaved, and having a great time with their families. Royal Caribbeans policy ... Read More
We chose this cruise so our 18 year old son could join us, and yes there were children on board because it was school holidays!!! The children we saw were well behaved, and having a great time with their families. Royal Caribbeans policy of no children in the nightclub after 10 pm works a treat (P&O take note!!) the staff on board went out of their way to be friendly. The entertainment team were energetic in encouraging people to join in. We ate in the main dining room on 'my time' dining most evenings, and it was very well organised (P&O take note!!!) Plenty of food choices and wine was served promptly. Perhaps Royal Caribbean should enforce the sun bed policy a little more sharply, but I only really had a problem on one of the days. We danced the last bit of the night away most evenings in Dizzys with some lovely people. It had a great party atmosphere. Never a problem with any of the lifts ( P&O take note!!) And plenty of stairs to get around. Our stateroom was kept immaculate even with a teenager in the room, so ' thank you' Lewis. We were worried about disembarking the ship as we had a train to catch, but there was absolutely nothing to worry about, we followed the instructions and walked straight off the boat (P&O take note!!) We would recommended this boat and itinery to anyone who enjoys having fun, chatting to new people and an itinery where you don't have to rise until midday!! Keep up the good work Royal Caribbean. Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
We cruised Anthem back in July for our honeymoon on a 14 night European extravaganza. Overall it was a wonderful cruise. I still give an edge to the Oasis class for a variety of reasons (notably the neighborhoods and the open space they ... Read More
We cruised Anthem back in July for our honeymoon on a 14 night European extravaganza. Overall it was a wonderful cruise. I still give an edge to the Oasis class for a variety of reasons (notably the neighborhoods and the open space they bring, live music, and larger entertainment venues), but this is the first ship that is a true rival to that class in my opinion (I know many people like the smaller ships and I get that - this is just my opinion). A lot of the bad things we had heard about the ship did not happen to us (service, food quality). We thought the service was excellent, with only really one night (American Icon) where we had average service. All of the other staff seemed to be going out of their way to make sure they were delivering good service and asking if we had problems. The staff did seem a bit stretched thin at various food venues, however. The food itself was overall a solid 7, with higher rating for the specialty dining (i.e., chef's table, wonderland, Jamie's etc.). There definitely were some "misses" but it wasn't clear if those were one-off issues or not (i.e., a bad preparation vs. a bad dish), and they weren't deal breakers. Drinks were good, but the prices were high, and the specialty cocktails were very hit or miss. I applaud RC trying to implement a specialty cocktail program, but many were just sugar bombs. Excursions were expensive, but largely delivered the value and security we'd hoped for. Knowing the ports better now there were definite DIY opportunities throughout that we'd know better for next stop, but for our honeymoon where we wanted to be on cruise control they made sense. It was a good mix of "A list" and "B list" stops. Entertainment was also very good, although not as much live music as there used to be. We Will Rock You was fantastic, as was the Gift. Spectra's was interesting, worth seeing but not as good as the other big shows. We really liked the ship and are considering cruising again out of Bayonne. You can see more at my massive live blog of the trip at: http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2236078 Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
This was our 8th cruise (6 with RCI, 2 with Celebrity) and 2nd time on the Brilliance. The embarkation at Harwich was easy and quick and our luggage was waiting for us outside our cabins straight after lunch. We had a fair idea what to ... Read More
This was our 8th cruise (6 with RCI, 2 with Celebrity) and 2nd time on the Brilliance. The embarkation at Harwich was easy and quick and our luggage was waiting for us outside our cabins straight after lunch. We had a fair idea what to expect service and food wise and we weren't disappointed Except the only negative being with the breakfast in the Windjammer. We were on my time dining and had no problem getting a table with our favourite waiters Dino and Miroslav as long as we went down around 7.15. We ate lunch mostly in the main dining room and the quality and choice was fine. Thankfully we had the inclusive drinks package as the drinks are unbelievably expensive but unfortunately it didn't include premium coffee!! The ports of call were great. Particularly loved Copenhagen and Stockholm. We didn't do any ships tours but used SPB in Copenhagen and St Petersburg (both excellent) and the rest, except Skagen, we used the Hop on Hop off buses ( you get a discount if you keep your tickets and use the same bus on the next stop). The onboard entertainment isn't really to my taste but did like a group called Zoot. In Skagen we hired bikes straight in front of the ship for $10 each and because it is such a small place it is an ideal and easy way to get around. Also I forgot to mention that most of the stops accepted Euros or dollars so we hadn't needed all the different currencies we had taken. All in all we had a great, but very tiring holiday but do think that maybe it's time to try another cruise line. Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
This is our first experience of Royal Caribbean cruising having only participated in a 'cheaper' class of cruising in the past. We are a family of 5 - 2 adults, 1 teen, 5 and 7 year old and I can say that each and every one of ... Read More
This is our first experience of Royal Caribbean cruising having only participated in a 'cheaper' class of cruising in the past. We are a family of 5 - 2 adults, 1 teen, 5 and 7 year old and I can say that each and every one of us had the best holiday on the Anthem. I was dubious about embarking from reading previous comments. We arrived at Southampton Port terminal 15-20mins before our allocated time and got straight through, had our passports and sea passes checked and we were onboard the ship at the start of our arrival time. Hassle free!! We were greeted by friendly welcoming staff to which we received throughout the holiday, never did we see any member of the RC crew without a smile on their faces. Anthem is just amazing! The whole ship is high tech and even though Wifi is extra its worth paying for it to keep in touch with everyone to tell them how good a time you are having whilst at sea. We had good signals anywhere onboard. The Bionic Bar is a must to visit the robots are so interesting to watch and the cocktails are good too :). There are lots of options for dining both free and for a fee. I'd made sure we pre-booked all the themed restaurants prior to departure. We were not disappointed with any. Our favourite was Chops Grille and Prime Table in Chops Grille, although this is not the cheapest, its well worth a visit (not of the kids though). The Grande was great and lovely to still have the opportunity to dress to impress! American Icon is a beautiful restaurant and food was good. Izumi had amazing sushi. Whilst at sea we got to see We Will Rock You the show was fabulous! It was my 5 year olds first experience at a theatrical show and she loved it! All the cast were brilliant it was a shame we never got to see it twice. Our girlies loved the Adventure Ocean, in fact we struggled getting them out of there! If you want to have a bit of adult dining time they can eat pizza etc with the club and as long as you get them before 10.30 its all free! Even after 10.30pm its only $7 per child per hour. The club staff were keeping them all entertained and every day the girls came back telling us lots of info about what they had done they even got some prizes!! We only used the shore excursion service in Villefranche and went to Monaco well worth the money (think it was about £45 each) our guide gave us detailed information about the surrounding areas both going and returning and we got plenty of free time to peruse Monaco and Monte Carlo. We also visited Gibraltar, Malaga, Palma (overnight), Ibiza and Cadiz all the ports had good transportation available even without pre-booking. Sea days were all kept busy with all the different entertainment and shopping experiences available. The sales staff are hilarious and entertaining. I loved just sitting and watching them doing their sales pitches when doing the daily sales! Also the Morning show was very entertaining. We spent plenty of time in the casino whilst at sea and had a great experience there. My husband even got Captain Gus dealing blackjack on his table one night. lots of different choices available and plenty of varieties of slot machines. Disembarkation was a breeze! We arrived at our allocated time, left the ship with friendly fairwell's and our luggage was waiting for us when we got back into the port terminal. I have to say we heard a few people complaining, mostly about the children, particularly the teens. My theory is if you go on holiday in June, July and August then there are bound to be lots of children everywhere its the summer holidays! If you dislike them so much then find another time to go!!! We were all so very sad to leave. Booked again for next year - Independence!! Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
This was cruise number 10, all with Royal. Check in in Harwich was very easy, parking so close to the terminal and the curtesy bus was waiting for us. When we got to the terminal there was no demand for a tip either. If going by train, ... Read More
This was cruise number 10, all with Royal. Check in in Harwich was very easy, parking so close to the terminal and the curtesy bus was waiting for us. When we got to the terminal there was no demand for a tip either. If going by train, the train station is next to the hanger wher you check in, no taxi's needed like Southampton. Although this was the smallest ship, sorry cruise liner, we had been on, it was perfect. First nights dinner we met our table guests, a lovey bunch who always returned, the wait staff were entertaining and remained professional. Food choice was very good, only issue was choosing what not to eat and decline two starters or two main courses. There was a mix up on a birthday cake ordered, but this got rectified with the charged being refunded and a complimentary galley tour thrown in. Concierge and Diamond Lounge were well placed for the scenic views, both people managing these lounges were just briliant, using our names from day one. Taking of using our names, we unfortunately independently lost our sea pass cards. When we went to customer relations, the lady used our names? Out of some 2500 guests, that made us feel special. The suite was maintained to a high standard, bed was comfortable and the large balcony gave us great views. The attendant was jolly and gave us tips on the ports too. We did no ships excursions as they were all more, much more, expensive than doing it privately, example being The RCCL cost for a hop On Hop Off bus $29 at our first port, Copenhagen, yet the Getting the ticket direct from the company outside the ship cost €14. We did a segway tour, 2 hours of fun with head sets to listen to the tour guide. In Tallinn we just walked about, pretty city. In St Petersburg we used ALLA Tours for a 2 day excursion, this was only $300, yet a simliar deal from RCCL would have been £300, we saved over £100 and we got lunch too. The ALLA guide was incredible, her use of English was outstanding and the knowledge of everything she told us was in scripted, all from her head, worth returning as although we saw loads, we could have spent a day in just one Palace. Helsinki, we did not pay the $12 to RCCL, the town was close enough to walk into. Just di walking around. RCCL tried to charge $39 for a Hop On Hop Off bus in Stockholm, privately it was less than half price. Again just walking around and shopping. Last port, Skagen. Easy walk into town, there was a music festival on which added to the amusement. We walked to the north of the town to wade in the sea like everyone else, did shopping before our return. I captained the winning team in The Quest, exciting and with a fantastic group of people. The flyers for the spa treatments were misleading. Pamper yourself for only $149, then in small print it states that 18% is added for my convenience. My convenience? We did not go to any shows, they were at 7pm for our 8:30pm dining, so we could not enjoy the lounges and relax our way through the evening. In all a wonderful holiday, so much to see and do, a well packed in itinerary, shame it is not going from Harwich next year. Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
Myself, my wife and 3 year old daughter had a wonderful 12 days on the Rhapsody around Turkey and the Greek Islands. The itinerary was great in that there was a nice place to go to everyday except for two sea days. Istanbul, Chania, ... Read More
Myself, my wife and 3 year old daughter had a wonderful 12 days on the Rhapsody around Turkey and the Greek Islands. The itinerary was great in that there was a nice place to go to everyday except for two sea days. Istanbul, Chania, Mykonos and Santorini are must-see's and we loved these places. We didn't get off at Athens as we had been there before so we had a rare chance to just relax by the pool whilst it was quiet and everyone was in Athens. There was a fight for sun beds on the sea days however but we have had this same thing on our other cruises, it's just one of those things. We felt the ship was in great condition for an 18 year old ship and didn't feel dated. I don't understand those who moan that the ship looks tired, they are very wrong. The entertainment was excellent and far better than what we had experienced on Celebrity or Holland America. The cruise director was great and there was always something going on at any time of the ship. Our daughter loved the kids club for 3 to 5 year olds. She didn't want to spend all her time with us in the end as she loved the kids club so much. The staff there do a great job all day entertaining all the kids from 6 months to 17! Our cabin was on the 8th deck and we felt the air con was very loud and there was no way to turn it down. Our stateroom attendant also wasn't the best and would leave unwanted rubbish in the room instead of removing it. Other than that we loved our cruise, the food was amazing, the service was great, and would definitely book RCI again. Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
I really cant believe some of the reviews i am reading ? We had a fantastic cruise on a wonderful ship . I think some people either dont research, so go on the wrong ship or, just like to moan and find fault . The embarkation was about ... Read More
I really cant believe some of the reviews i am reading ? We had a fantastic cruise on a wonderful ship . I think some people either dont research, so go on the wrong ship or, just like to moan and find fault . The embarkation was about 10 mins as was debarkation . The ship was just beautiful with plenty of things and places to go . If you wanted quiet you could find it . As,for the previous review saying about the bar staff around the pool??? there were plenty of staff coming around for orders and we very rarely had to wait .Also if you dont want kids running around then dont go on a ship that is obviously geared up for children ?? We didnt have children with us and it didnt bother us . We found the food lovely and also the staff in the restaurants , our favourite was the Chic . The staff outside the restaurants were very efficient and you only had to wait if there you went at peak times , we didnt wait more than 5 mins, some people are so impatient . The windjammer was busy but it always is and again we always managed to get a table , remember there are 5000 people on board . At night the entertainment was fantastic, something for all , with plenty of bars to sit in and lots of fun .Dont forget to book the shows online before and the restaurants if there is a group of you . The cabin was an inside and with the virtual balcony was lovely , clean and spacious . Obviously it wasnt perfect but then nothing is , we had a wonderful holiday and would defienetly go back on this ship . Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
Went on the 11-night Baltic sea cruise with Serenade of the Seas sailing on June 17th. This was our first time cruising with RCL and we were quite impressed with the service. The entertainment exceeds our initial expectation. The dining ... Read More
Went on the 11-night Baltic sea cruise with Serenade of the Seas sailing on June 17th. This was our first time cruising with RCL and we were quite impressed with the service. The entertainment exceeds our initial expectation. The dining service as well as the food also were great. Our group consisted of 13 people ranging from 1.5 year old infant to 70+ years old. But they were able to arrange a big table fit for us every night. The ports that we visited were: Copenhagen, Rostock, Klaipeda, Visby, Helsinki, St. Petersburg, Tallinn, and Stockholm. The most memorable port is St. Petersburg. It was really a beautiful city. We docked there for 3 nights. We booked our city tour with TJ Travel since we didn't have Russian visa (without visa, you need to go with a guided tour). We were very happy with their service. Their price was way cheaper than the one from the ship and we have our own private minivan for 13 of us. Tatyana and her group really did a good job in arranging all the schedule. We even got a chance to try Russian delicacy at a great places for lunch. They also arranged and booked us a very good seat for an evening ballet show of "Swan Lake" at Alexandrinsky Theater. The next memorable port is Visby. It was a nice small island with a medieval touch. The old town is small so you can rent a bike and have a tour around old-town just within few hours. The least memorable port is Klaipeda. Lithuania just joint the EU recently (in 2015) so I think this port was added to the tourist itinerary very recent. It was really not a tourist town. There wasn't any shop that sell souvenirs. Luckily, there were some flea market at the old town square where local artists displayed their creations. Overall, it was a very memorable trip. Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
Because of fabulous Youtube we watched several videos of other peoples vacations aboard the Allure of the Seas and yet we were still awed by the magnificent ship and everything it had to offer. Our embarkation was super easy! We got right ... Read More
Because of fabulous Youtube we watched several videos of other peoples vacations aboard the Allure of the Seas and yet we were still awed by the magnificent ship and everything it had to offer. Our embarkation was super easy! We got right on the ship, started our drink package use, was greeted by lots of people, did a little dancing on the promenade and then walked around to explore. We had dinner at 150 Central Park and it was incredible. Our waiter Richard was excellent and the place was beautiful. He chatted to us about the food we received and for a special night it was really nice. We would have gone back again if not for…..My only complaint and I think I'm justified on this is that "it is an upscale restaurant". People were allowed to bring little children and even strollers into the place which to me took away from the feel. The babies cried and the toddlers got down to walk or be chased around the place every 15 minutes. I wanted to enjoy the evening without little ones running into our table. I think there should be a policy about that. We even went late. Thought the food places were good. So much selection from the dining room to the buffet places there is no way you couldn't find something you liked. Yes people complained about this and that from previous cruises that we overheard but we loved everything. Our stateroom attendant was terrific as well as everyone we met. Always a smile even the people working the pool decks when it was super hot outside bringing drinks. My drink got knocked over and someone was there right away to replace it and didn't even ask for my drink card. They just asked what it was and got me another no questions. the only time I felt pushed or bombarded was in the spa. My mother and I received massages and before I could even get my clothes on I was urged persistently to purchase $144 worth of skin care products. Also, there is no relaxation room afterward or ability to use the shower, steam room etc which would have made for a nice day. Next time I would skip the spa stuff. The massage was excellent though but I felt tossed out afterward when your still in that dreamy state. Shout out to Richard in the main dining room too for excellent service. Excursions: We did some and all were good except the Grotto tour in Capri. If you don't go at the right time all you see is a little blue water at the entrance and then complete darkness. It was also a little cavern so you are in and out quick. For 35 Euro a person it is something that I will file been there done that. Capril was beautiful! You could spend a while there for sure. Anyone wanting to book this cruise should do it! We did it again for 2016 and can't wait. There is just so much to do that a week is not long enough to enjoy everything the ship has to offer and all the ports. Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
We had a perfect cruise on the Allure Of The Seas. We arrived at 12.30 checked in and was onboard quickly there were no lines. Our Cabin was ready so we dropped off our luggage and had a look around the ship. We signed up for Internet ... Read More
We had a perfect cruise on the Allure Of The Seas. We arrived at 12.30 checked in and was onboard quickly there were no lines. Our Cabin was ready so we dropped off our luggage and had a look around the ship. We signed up for Internet which worked well all of the cruise. Our cabin was a Crown Loft Suite we had so much room for the 3 of us and 2 bathrooms to. The balcony was large with 2 sun beds you could have fitted more. We used the Suite lounge for our morning cappuccino best coffee I have had on a cruise thank goodness. We also ate most meals at The Coastal Kitchen as the food and service were amazing. The free drinks where good to. I also found that the staff on the Allure were always friendly and helpful. It never felt crowded and there was always plenty of available chairs at the pool. I would love to cruise again on The Allure loved it all. Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
This was our first time to do the Baltic itinerary, our fifth cruise on Brilliance, and our 32 RCCL cruise. We are Diamond Plus C&A members and so we know our way around pretty well and know some of the staff from previous cruises. We ... Read More
This was our first time to do the Baltic itinerary, our fifth cruise on Brilliance, and our 32 RCCL cruise. We are Diamond Plus C&A members and so we know our way around pretty well and know some of the staff from previous cruises. We loved all of the ports and had tours planned in Tallinn, Estonia and St Petersburg, Russia. We did our own touring in the other cities. More about all that later in the review. Background We booked this cruise way in advance to cruise with friends and we both booked aft JS staterooms. We scored 1100, the best JS on the ship. The balcony is about the largest balcony for any class stateroom and is a perfect place for sail away parties. It is also mostly out of the wind so it's a perfect place to catch some rays on a sunny but cool day. After checking the airline pricing we decided to cruise over instead of flying. We sailed Quantum transatlantic to Barcelona and spent the 5 days in between cruises in Paris and London. We flew into London very early on Saturday morning and we stayed at the Double Tree Hilton Westminster. It's a great hotel that is reasonably priced, by London standards, and well located to tour by walking around. It is also very convenient to the Hop On Hop Off bus routes. We toured Westminster Abbey on Saturday and Kensington Palace on Sunday and had great weather for touring. We stopped into a pub for snacks by Hyde Park and rode the underground to Pimlico station and walked a few minutes to the hotel. Westminster Abbey is only a 10 minute walk as is Parliament and Big Ben. The Thames is only a couple of blocks east and easy to access. I hired a 16 passenger mini bus to take us to Harwich the morning of the cruise departure. The bus showed up at 10 as scheduled and we loaded up and headed for Harwich. Sailing from Harwich is the one negative because it is 90+ miles away and in London traffic proved to be an adventure. It was a real battle getting out of central London and once we hit the highway the traffic was equally bad. What should have been a two hour trip ended up being four because the driver had to take a 45 minute mandatory break half way through the journey. So he parked us at a rural Shell station/convience store for the better part of an hour. Not so much fun but we were still an hour from Harwich. Once at Harwich we had an easy check in and went for lunch in the Windjammer. Our luggage showed up at the stateroom by about 3:30 and we were unpacked and ready for muster at 4:15. We had a great stateroom attendant who brought us extra hangers and a bucket of ice and we were in business. We have sailed a dozen times on this class of ship and a JS is really a great cabin. It's about the size of a real hotel room and has a bathroom with a tub. It's a 50% bigger cabin than a D balcony and 120 sq ft bigger than an E balcony. We've been in every type of stateroom from an interior to a JS and if the pricing is relatively close or the cruise is a long one this is what I recommend. Dining WE ate everywhere on the ship except Izumi and that was only because on of our party has a fish allergy. We always do MTD because we have people that like earlier than late seating and later than main seating. We did three nights of specialty dining in Chops and Giovanni's. We had excellent food and service both times that we dined in Chops and Giovanni's was equally as good. We had six in our group and half preferred each venue the most. The filets in Chops were most popular and the lamb chops in Giovanni's was the standout. My personal favorite is the Parmesan Veal Chop in Chops.We always do Chops the first night but I made sure to line things up with the Maitre D" for the other nights. I created a standing reservation for 7 PM and we had an excellent table by the rail.No standing in the line to be seated; we just went to the table each night we were in the dining room. We counceled with him as to which nights had our least favorite menus and that is when we scheduled our specialty dining.The staff was very attentive and our headwaiter stopped at the table every day to make sure that everything was good. The maitre d' checked on us daily as well. Cruise Activities Our main activity was playing the various trivia games in the Schooner Bar. We had a diverse group with a lot of specialized knowledge but we always learn more each time we play. The usual pool games were missing due to the cool weather but things like the Quest and Love & Marriage Game show were well attended. Our Cruise Director Clo is one of the best in the fleet and she remembered us from our previous cruises with her. It's amazing how sharing your chocolate and cashews can create a lasting memory. Ports This cruise had great ports and even though we missed our last stop we were very happy with all of our port stops.We had visited Copenhagen and Stockholm on a land vacation many years ago so it was very nice to go back. We did not do ships excursions but in Tallinn and St. Petersburg we used TJ Tours and we had an excellent experience.In Copenhagen and Stockholm we walked around and searched out the Hard Rock Cafe to buy t shirts and souveniers. In Helsinki we had a real bonus because one of our neighbors had hosted an exchange student from Finland. She showed us around when we arrived and directed us to a great local restaurant and a street fair that the ladies really enjoyed.Of all of our stops Helsinki was the least touristy so we were glad to have Roosa showing us around.We stopped at Parliament and the Opera House before walking to the harbor area and lunch. In Tallinn we toured and saw Estonia's presidents residence and the palace that the Russian czars used as one of their summer escapes. The highlight was the old walled city with the old churches and narrow cobblestone streets. We visited an ancient apothecary and a really nice bakery for coffee and pastries. We had some free time at the end so my friend and I geo cached and the ladies shopped. St Petersburg, Russia was amazing to see. Things are ultra controlled and unless you have a Russian Visa you can not go around unsupervised. It was about 30 minutes to go through immigration and your visa ends up being your tour ticket. The tour highlights were the churches, museums, and palaces. We saw Peterhof and the Hermitage museum on one day and Catherine the Greats palace on the second day. The Russian palaces were heavily influenced by the French palace at Versailles. We also saw the cathedral of St Isaac and the Cathedral of the Spilt Blood. We even went down into one of the subway stations and saw how much detail they put into building their metro. The first day we had a pre planned lunch with traditional things like borscht and chicken kiev. The second day we stopped at a bakery and had a tradition lunch that was about the only bargain for the whole trip. We had meat filled pastries, salads, soups, and cokes and the bill was about $6 a person.One of our party had purchased a ticket to the ballet and so at the end of the first day she got off the bus and was met by a member of the tour company. She then escorted Kathleen to the ballet. In Stockholm we picked up a HOHO boat right by the ship and rode it to the Gamla Stan. We walked around the old city before setting off in search of the Hard Rock. We ended up taking the subway back to the old city and found a great sidewalk cafe/restaurant for lunch. After lunch some of us hopped back onto the boat and toured the rest of the harbor area and headed back to the ship. In Copenhagen we walked along the waterfront and saw the Little Mermaid statue before jumping onto a HOHO boat and touring around the harbor area. We then walked to the Tivoli Garden area where we stopped and had coffee and pastries. We decided to walk back to the ship once we figured out that it was a straight shot.Our last stop was scheduled to be Skagen in Denmark but the winds were so high that we couldn't dock. There was a lot of disappointment on shore because we were the first ship scheduled to dock there and the town had turned out in force to welcome us. So, we ended the cruise with three days in a row on board. This cruise also had some drama. We had two helicopter medical evacuations during the cruise and one tender evacuation outside Skagen. We actually turned around while at sea and went back to drop off one of the medivac patients husbands. Disembarkation was easy and painless for us. We had scheduled a 7:30 AM shuttle to Heathrow so we made sure that we were off the ship by 7. One couples luggage went astray but it was located within about 10 minutes and we were on our way to the airport just a few minutes behind schedule. I highly recommend the Baltic itinerary to all cruisers. Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
I have never thought that I would be writing a review before but after enjoying this cruise so much I thought I should do so. I met with a good friend on the ship in Southampton. He had previously done the 11 night cruise before and had a ... Read More
I have never thought that I would be writing a review before but after enjoying this cruise so much I thought I should do so. I met with a good friend on the ship in Southampton. He had previously done the 11 night cruise before and had a fantastic time with his friends he met up with new friends on this cruise also. We met a wonderful family from Chester who really made the cruise as well. The staff as always went above and beyond what was expected of them. Even a staff member remembered me from Legend of the Seas last May. Jorge Delgado our Diamond Concierge was amazing any thing that anyone required he attended to even in his own time which was amazing. I really enjoyed the main dining and loved the idea of upgrading a meal for only $10 to have a fillet steak from Chops Grill. I was on the ship last year and I have to admit that the ship was tired. I thought after coming out of dry dock that Royal Caribbean had done a really good job. The public areas and main dining room looked fantastic. I think that all the staff worked so well together and seemed to enjoy what they were doing. In my review I never did any shore excursions but I have rated them on the experience of many people that I spoke to in the lounge. They really enjoyed them I have to say it was nice to hear about them. Everything went so well to get on and off the ship in Southampton in all it was a sad feeling to leave Explorer of the Seas. I now look forward to sailing on The Allure of the seas in September, which I will be D+ after finishing that Cruise. Before I finish I have sailed with many other cruise lines but I have to say Royal Caribbean and their Loyalty programme is the best for me. Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
Just a short review of our recent 8 night cultural cruise on the beautifully renovated Explorer of the Sea with my partner and myself. Our trip started with a delayed flight to Washington DC and thanks to United Airlines we were we ... Read More
Just a short review of our recent 8 night cultural cruise on the beautifully renovated Explorer of the Sea with my partner and myself. Our trip started with a delayed flight to Washington DC and thanks to United Airlines we were we switched to a American Airlines flight and made it to London 1 hour behind schedule. Our downtown stay at the Park Plaza Westminster Hotel was great and we were able to see the heart of London (which was very wet with constant rain). I would highly recommend the use of the underground train, which we used 2 times to get to central London. We did tour the Natural History Museum, which was free, but not overwhelming. We met out transport to the ship right behind our hotel (special thanks to Nicole for organizing this van) and by noon we were both on the ship, after a seamless embarkation process. The ship was in very good condition and our D1 cabin was well renovated. The common areas all looked great and no signs of wear for a ship that is 15 years old. I only saw the new flowrider in use on day one. We met many very nice persons onboard and the crew seemed very willing to please. The Diamond Lounge turned out to be very nice (a bit crowded), but Gorge Delgado in the Diamond Lounge did an outstanding job of doing his best to make everyone happy. We did use our 3 free drink Diamond perks at various bars on the ship and were treated well. We did use the Windjammer for most meals and the food was always good, as I was never hungry. The wait staff was very pleasant and seemed eager to please. The gym was well equipped and the spa staff were very helpful with a very informative acupuncture clinic. Yes the pizza at the Café was not very quality minded, but it was Ok for a snack. The cruise director and staff were active and performed well. As a side note, RCL continues to lag behind in their 1970's disco event- specifically the cruise staff is assigned to perform as YMCA performers and it never works very well--- I cannot understand why they can't pull together a good looking, well outfitted YMCA act- there must be one person on the ship that can pull off a good looking TANNED Indian and the construction worker displayed no more that a pocket knife in his tool belt....but I digress on this. The singers and dancers were good and their performances were high energy and the band playing at the back of the stage was a nice touch. RCL is doing OK in entertainment, but keep expectations on the low side, as compared to the entertainment of many years ago. We tried room service one night and because of a room mix-up, the food took 1 1/2 hours to arrive, but the steak sandwiches were excellent! Apologies were made for the room service delay and we were given a special number to call for future room service. The late night disco music was very good (which was a disappointment on past cruises with DJ's that don't care what they play) --- the DJ did take requests and played music to the various ethnic groups, which danced late into the night. All in all, this was a very relaxing cruise, with a good staff and the great people we met on the cruise. Next year for us, will be a warm weather cruise to the southern Caribbean, as 2 cold annual trips to Norway has me thinking about a little warmth. Our dismemberment off the ship was the BEST ever, with NO customs to go thru leaving the ship. Special thanks to Susan (NY) for organizing the van transport to Heathrow Airport. The flight home was flawless, only to find a big scratch on the new car bumper, at the airport parking lot. Now I find myself going to work and dreaming of my next April/2016 cruise... Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
This trip was our 40th cruise and we have up until now kept away from the Mega ships but Quantem has totally changed our minds. From the moment you step aboard the ship has an amazing wow factor but also has some quiet corners to relax ... Read More
This trip was our 40th cruise and we have up until now kept away from the Mega ships but Quantem has totally changed our minds. From the moment you step aboard the ship has an amazing wow factor but also has some quiet corners to relax in. The only problems we encountered were with fellow passengers, jumping lines etc not adhering to dress codes. People who were not used to the western culture and very pushy and generally all those people who go on holiday to moan, if thats all they want to do please stay at home ! The Dynamic dining worked very well and was easy to change if you wanted to. The was excellent and RCL have certanly worked to improve the quality and is now way above P & O in my opinion. Like all ships on occaisions the food could have been hotter. All staff without exception were very friendly and helpfull and the Captain was very high profile. From seaplex to 3D films it has everything and more and there is not enough time to do it all justice. Favorite spot was 270 favorite Bar Boleros. Best excursion was to Petra what a fantastic place apart from the carriages and horses. Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
Right, where do I start......? I’m 45 and cruised with 3 of my friends of the same ago for a 19 day boy’s cruise on Explorer from the 4th May. Let’s get a few things clear after doing over 30 cruises and have sailed with 5 ... Read More
Right, where do I start......? I’m 45 and cruised with 3 of my friends of the same ago for a 19 day boy’s cruise on Explorer from the 4th May. Let’s get a few things clear after doing over 30 cruises and have sailed with 5 other cruise companies. I can’t see how anyone can say this ship is bad or the staff don’t care in any way unless you are look down your noses at everyone and think your better than everyone else. Some people have nothing better to do and moan about rubbish. I have one thing to say to people like that…..Keep winging and wining while everyone else enjoys there cruise. If you cruise from Spain most of the food will be for the Spanish and Italians because 75% of the ship will not be British. If you sail from the UK most of the food will be suited for us. So if you want posh food go to Cunard and don’t put down Royal Caribbean. The ship has been refitted and all the state rooms are nice clean and tidy and the public areas are clean and tidy all the time. There have also update some of the interior cabins with virtual balconies and have added more ocean view cabins that I viewed at the front on deck 12 that are beautiful. All the staff work very hard and are very friendly and go out of their way to please you. The bar tenders looked us all day and night and our drinks never ran dry, so make sure you tip these guys as they get paid pennies and work very hard to please us. The dining room staff and food where some of the best I have had on a Royal ship and have sailed on the Explorer 7 times over the last 5 years and this ship and staff are very good. After sailing on her for 19 days last month I only went to one show that was very funny so can’t comment on all the show but did hear that most of the shows where of a high standard. They have added a few new restaurant’s like Izumi (sushi/ Japanese ) and Giovanni’s (Italian) and my best Chops Grill where the service is better than any top restaurant in London for only a small cover charge where they always gave us 20 to 40% off. For the Kids There are kids clubs running all day up to about 11pm for younger children and loads to do for the over 12’s like ice skating, rock climbing wall, football/basketball court and crazy golf and the one all the kids use all day is the new Flow Rider on the back on the ship which I used most days to  The other thing I’d like to say to other people who always moan about the sea pass card not opening there cabins doors is. The reason for this is having in your sea pass card in your bag or packet with a mobile phone (cell phone) which wipes the magnetic tape on the card so keep them away from each other and it will be ok. So to recap, the ship is in very good condition and all the staff are great and I didn’t have one complaint apart from not wanting to get off. The food we very good in the all the restaurant’s and main dining room and the Windjammer was geared up for us brits and there was something for everyone for breakfast and lunch and dinner if you wanted to eat in there. The 1 thing I did not like about the ships refit is that they have removed the night club from deck 3 and 4 where it was opposite in Scooner bar and moved to the deck 14 in the dizzy bar. The Dizzy is not that good as a night club at all and it get quite hot in there. So I hope I haven’t upset too many people so stop moaning and enjoy your cruise. Bon voyage cruisers Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
This was our 11th cruise and 7th on Royal Carribean. We were not disappointed! Ship was beautiful, staff friendly and service great. I loved the different chairs, sofas and other seating and the colors and patterns were beautiful. ... Read More
This was our 11th cruise and 7th on Royal Carribean. We were not disappointed! Ship was beautiful, staff friendly and service great. I loved the different chairs, sofas and other seating and the colors and patterns were beautiful. Embarkation was a breeze, and we were on the ship in 15 minutes. As cabins weren't open yet we headed to Windjammer. Loved the changes, including the panini bar and flavored waters to drink. They've added hand washing stations which is a great idea. Once onboard we paid for Internet and opened the Royal IQ app. It worked well, and the Internet was super fast! Tracking our luggage was great, and having all our reservations and excursions listed was very helpful. You could also check your onboard account as often as you liked. Cabin was terrific. Larger than on other ships and laid out very well. "We Will Rock You" was fantastic! Wish I could say the same for Spectra's Cabaret. We thought it was slow and incoherent. Two70 is an amazing location though. Just the show was lame. Excursions were good. Went to Bruges in Belgium and Honfleur and Deauville in France. Ship staff were everywhere and all were friendly and helpful. We made reservations for dinner for all three nights ahead of the cruise. We ate the first night in American Icon which was very good. Had the Rack of Lamb which was plentiful and delicious. Second night was in Jamie's Italian. We paid the flat fee and they honored it even though they are now a la carte. I thought food was good but nothing special. If I had to pay the a la carte fees I would have been more disappointed. Final night was in Chops for another excellent meal. Filet Mignon which was absolutely delicious. Wait staff in all restaurants were terrific. We went to the Schooner Bar each night and enjoyed the piano player/singer. Glad our Platinum status got us some free wine and discounts as cocktails were $14. Leaving the ship was not as smooth as embarkation, but it wasn't the ship's fault. There was a fire alarm in the terminal which stopped everyone leaving for over an hour. We stayed in the Two70 lounge so it wasn't horrible. Once we got off the ship our luggage was waiting for us and off we went. Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
well this was our first ever cruise for me and my girlfriend who are both 22. we booked it up in september with an all inclusive drinks package. upon boarding we instantly upgraded our drinks to the premium packag which was around $13 a ... Read More
well this was our first ever cruise for me and my girlfriend who are both 22. we booked it up in september with an all inclusive drinks package. upon boarding we instantly upgraded our drinks to the premium packag which was around $13 a day extra but was well worth it. we entered our room to find our seapass cards and wow bands on our bed so we quickly put them on and began exploring ! the room was very spacious and loads of room for clothing with enough draws for all my clothes. Everything on the ship is just WOW from the bionic bar to the beef sandwiches at 270, this venue is a must and a great place to relax. we tried all the actiavites at the seaplex including roller skating, dodgems and basketball all of which were great fun and would do again. the royal IQ app made the cruise alot easier aloowing us to book things on the app instead of going to guest services. The flowrider is awesome but is very hard, the iFLy is a must. its included in your cruise and you must give it a go, the instructor helps you along the way and this was a hgihlight of my cruise. overall i cant fault the food on the ship which was amazing. from the complimentary resturants to the windjammer there was so much variety and could always find something different to eat. 3 days was not enough to fit it all in. we crammed so much in but couldnt do everything or relax enough. furthermore we couldnt drink or eat enough. overall this ship has many quirky areas and great pieces of art to gaze at, all i can say is that i am booking again and look forward to exploring her more. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
We were very excited to find out we were going on the maiden voyage of anthem of the seas. theres plenty of things for children theres a kids club a climbing wall, dodgems and a trapeze also rollerskating, adults can also have a go at ... Read More
We were very excited to find out we were going on the maiden voyage of anthem of the seas. theres plenty of things for children theres a kids club a climbing wall, dodgems and a trapeze also rollerskating, adults can also have a go at theses activites. the north star is a mazing i really enjoyed looking over the boat and the sea. the dining was great there was the grand which was a posh and windjammers which is a big buffett which serves breakfast dinner and tea. the ports were okay i supppose but a bit boring.the shows were amazing though. i know this is a bit weird but the public toilets flush when you are on them.q all i can say is i thourely enjoyed it Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
This ship is amazing. Yes there were a few little hiccups which can be expected while the crew and new ideas embed, but nothing would have spoiled our experience on this ship. The entertainment was excellent, we didn't have time to ... Read More
This ship is amazing. Yes there were a few little hiccups which can be expected while the crew and new ideas embed, but nothing would have spoiled our experience on this ship. The entertainment was excellent, we didn't have time to watch it all there was just too much. Chops Grill was great as always and Wonderland was a great experience. The balcony cabin was lovely, however I would avoid deck 13 under the Wndjammer (very noisy but not unbearable). My neighbour is on her in September but I said I wasn't going to tell him anything because he needed to experience it for himself. Especially Two70. Embarkation at Southampton was quick and easy, the disembarkation not as quick. wifi for 2 devices cost $160 and was fast and well worth it. Although I do think the wifi should be free!!! Would go back in this ship in a heartbeat. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
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