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75 South Pacific Cruises for the Disabled Cruise Reviews

I did not chose this cruise but went with a relative due to the cruise leaving from Australia. I had never been to the South Pacific before, so it was a new area of travel. Embarkation and disembarkation were relatively easy and well ... Read More
I did not chose this cruise but went with a relative due to the cruise leaving from Australia. I had never been to the South Pacific before, so it was a new area of travel. Embarkation and disembarkation were relatively easy and well organised. This ship is lovely and clean and the cabin stewards are extremely helpful and friendly. Our disabled cabin was large and easily accessible for disabled. The Dining is typical of Princess, 3 star and basic unless you want to pay for the exclusive restaurants, which I heard were not that good anyway. Entertainment and activities are minimal that didn't include activites with a sales pitch, art auction, jewellry events etc. The Spa looked inviting but really expensive. Trivia, comedians, movies and shows are the same as per usual. Food and food service was good until the last 3 days, when the service dropped and the food felt like leftovers and minimal choice. Shore excursions you either purchase through the ship, or just hop off the boat for a wider variety for private tours that support the locals. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
We took this short, 4 day local cruise because my husband has recently become disabled and wheelchair dependent, and we both wanted to see how we would manage by ourselves on a cruising holiday with his disabilities. We were in one of only ... Read More
We took this short, 4 day local cruise because my husband has recently become disabled and wheelchair dependent, and we both wanted to see how we would manage by ourselves on a cruising holiday with his disabilities. We were in one of only 2 wheelchair accessible cabins. Sadly, they were obviously included as an afterthought because they were both located on deck 4, at the very front of the ship (so the ride through rough weather wasn't at all pleasant) but we didnt have any choice. Ideally, these cabins should have been positioned near the elevators to allow easier access for people with disabilities. The cabin had tiny port hole windows - they had paint all over them and were so filthy it was hard to see anything through them. However, the cabin itself was very spacious so as to accommodate our wheelchair and other equipment, although the layout was not at all wheelchair friendly. It was almost impossible for my husband to get into bed because his wheelchair couldn't be positioned along side the bed, necessitating the need for me to push, pull and roll my husband into position from the foot of the bed and he isn't a small man! The corridor leading from the elevators to our cabin was very long and narrow and quite often the cabin stewards and cleaners would block the passage with their cleaning equipment making it all but impossible to manoevre the wheelchair through the obstacle course. The elevators, we found, were extremely tiny and my husbands wheelchair only just squeezed in sideways, with me and maybe one other person being able to get inside at the same time. In regards to restaurants it is essential to make reservations the immediately upon embarkation otherwise it is highly likely you will be eating in "The Pantry" for the entire cruise. This is located on the Lido Deck and replaces the traditional buffet however the food is average food court fare, akin to what you would find in your local shopping centre, and is only open at set times, unlike other cruise line buffets which are pretty much open most of the time. There are 3 other "free" restaurants on board - Angelo's (offers tiny portions of mediocre Italian cuisine - you can upgrade to "nicer" food for a fee), The Waterfront (A La Carte dining; tiny portions; we paid a fee and upgraded our main course to steak - disgusting, fatty and gristly - I cook better steaks than that - so it was very disappointing to pay extra for poor quality steak) and finally, Dragon Lady Asian cuisine. This place was wonderful. We ate here on the 3rd night and were fully prepared for another disappointing dining experience, but we were pleasantly surprised as the food and service was wonderful with good portion sizes. There are also 3 places to eat where guests must pay extra - Salt Grill by Luke Mangan (we didn't dine here but we were told that the food is delicious), The Chefs Table (again we didnt dine here) and on the Lido Deck by the pool the is "The Grill". Here guests can purchase hot dogs, chips, pies, burgers etc. We had a pizza late one night and hot dogs during the day after the pantry had closed for lunch. Both were just okay (nothing to write home about), but on previous cruises with other cruise lines, these items were always included in the cruise fare and not an additional fee, so I felt that this was a bit of a rip off. The actual ship as a whole was just average; the crew and staff, although pleasant and friendly towards the guests, all seemed unhappy and bored. There weren't enough staff around to keep on top of the cleaning and it was all too common in the pool and deck areas to see filthy tables, dirty dishes and food and drink spillages left unattended to, and not a bin in sight. The whirlpool spas were at a pleasant temperature but the spa jets weren't operating and they had disintegrated in places. In all, I would say our short get away was okay, but the ship lacked atmosphere, fun and excitement. The live musicians were pretty terrible, out of tune and off key, and the whole ship seemed tired, worn and lackluster. I understand that this ship has been sold and would be making its final voyage for P&O in a few weeks which would explained why it was like it was... Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
Aranui 5-February 14-26, 2019. Papeete was a bustling hub of activity. The night before our Aranui 5 cruise, we lodged at the Hotel Tiare Tahiti on the Main Street (Boulevard Pomare) facing the harbour: reasonable rates, pristine but ... Read More
Aranui 5-February 14-26, 2019. Papeete was a bustling hub of activity. The night before our Aranui 5 cruise, we lodged at the Hotel Tiare Tahiti on the Main Street (Boulevard Pomare) facing the harbour: reasonable rates, pristine but very clean, staff accommodating. Check-in was 2:00 pm. but the hotel desk lady got us in earlier. The only downside was no bottled water in the room. If you arrive late, try to refill a water bottle on the plane. Highlight, with a room facing the harbour, was an outstanding balcony view of the Aranui 5 docking the night before our trip. Aranui 5 deluxe balcony accommodations were excellent. Picking a cabin on the port side, rear section was the right choice. Most of the harbour docking views were on that side of the ship. One morning, we were treated with a view of a group of sting rays frolicking in the bay and mountain goats climbing the huge cliffs on another occasion. Cabin has the usual amenities such as shampoo, shower gel, bar soap, body lotion, robe, slippers, refrigerator, ice bucket, TV, and Kleenex. Motion of the ship was a surprising treat for me. Unlike large ocean ships who attempt to control movement, this ship offered a cradle like rocking at night as it moved along. I always fell asleep like a baby. Meals are all served except breakfast which is buffet fashion. The staff is out of this world friendly, attentive and helpful. My husband has mobility issues and uses a cane. The muscular, hardy crew were always there to give a helping hand to everyone. Orientation meetings were thorough but sometimes difficult to understand in English. Raimana, Valentina, George and Pearl, who spoke perfect English, were the only guides we really understood. Also, we really appreciated all the help and Tahitian dance classes that were facilitated by Pearl, the entertainment director. The French and German interpreters were very good because they were either French or German nationality. The majority of the passengers were Parisian French (103), next in equal parts were English speaking and German (106) and eleven local Polynesians. I have to make mention of the weather. It is very hot and humid with the emphasis on the humidity. My husband and I, who are seniors, found the heat hard to survive at times but the Aranui staff were very accommodating as far as leaving a tour early to go back to the air conditioned ship. We were very fortunate on this trip because we did not have any rain. The itinerary, during the course of the trip, was interesting but the true highlight is the feast for your eyes and imagination. Entertainment in the evening is limited but we were so exhausted after a day of touring that a relaxing moment on the balcony with a Hinano beer, revelling in the beautiful scenery, was enough for us. Never watched TV or bought internet time. It was true freedom from our high tech. world. Hinano and Heineken beer had a “bucket” package. If you bought 5 beers, the 6th one was free. (2000 francs or $20.00 U.S.) Their Hinano beer was excellent and we are not real beer drinkers. Gratuities are collected at the end if you wish to give extra for the staff. The staff is so great you will want to tip extra. Red and white wine were French in origin. Red Malbec is good and both medium dry, white wines were quite palatable. Tips for the first time traveller on the Aranui 5: -Bring a refillable water bottle or keep the two free bottles they provide in your refrigerator at the beginning of your trip because they have water stations throughout the ship. We were on deck 8 near the elevators and one was located there. They are located on other alternate decks as well. Also a water truck followed us for some tours and we could refill them. -Bring a light weight backpack or wear a Fanny Pack like me because I detest backpacks that bump into everyone on a tour. Fanny Pack should be able to fit lengthwise, a 16 oz. water bottle. I also have an over the shoulder strap with a water holder device at the end for short jaunts into a village. -I found a hand, fabric fan was handy in my Fanny Pack to fan myself while stopped for tour descriptions. I also put a small cloth for face wiping in my pack as well. -Bring Deet bug spray to defend against nonos and mosquitos. I usually have a problem with the critters but not with the spray on. Had no problems with bugs whatsoever! -Bring strong suntan lotion as the sun is intense. Fair skinned me was all right with Neutrogena 60 SPF-FPS. -Bring aqua shoes if you are squeamish about venturing into unfamiliar waters for a swim. Also the Aranui has their own very unique WW 2 like barges that land on the swimming beach for you to disembark. The front of the barge drops down on shore and you walk onto the beach area. -Pick a balcony cabin if you can. Why a balcony cabin? You get two free laundries with Aranui but it was our experience we were rinsing out sweaty things after each tour and hanging them on the balcony chairs. Dried in a matter of hours. Buy some Dollar Store lounge chair clips to hold them on the chairs because there are strong winds while sailing. -Pack some Dollar Store wire hangers in your outer suitcase pocket for the closet and the clips to attach skirts and pants. Also, I packed my clothes in the fabric, mesh packing cases I purchased from our Dollar Store. Much easier to access and items of clothing are relegated to individual containers. Ready to go home, you just throw them into your suitcase. -Bring a hat with a neck strap as there is a lot of barge tendering from ship to shore. -Bring your own decaffeinated tea. I made a suggestion on the mid-sailing questionnaire to provide it but to be safe, pack your own. They have “instant” decaffeinated coffee only at the stations for breakfast and in the lounge. -Clothing is very casual but some people, like myself, like to wear something a little dressier at dinner time but not formal or not even semi-formal. My husband would wear casual dress pants to compliment my attire which was dressy casual. -As expected, they have a dress-up Polynesian Night so throw in an Hawaiian flowered shirt or pareo into your luggage or buy one before you leave Papeete. Store on board provides these items as well. -Take a picture of your daily itinerary before you set out each day then you will have each place downloaded with your daily pictures as the names of the islands are difficult to remember.n We thoroughly enjoyed the Aranui 5 experience and the people we met but wished we had been 30 years younger in order to participate in the unique, exploratory hikes offered for the individual islands. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
This cruise was a quick getaway to relax and watch some comedy acts aboard the ship. The booking agent or P&O failed to acton the instructions given as to the need for a disabled access room, after 25 phone calls being advised by ... Read More
This cruise was a quick getaway to relax and watch some comedy acts aboard the ship. The booking agent or P&O failed to acton the instructions given as to the need for a disabled access room, after 25 phone calls being advised by the booking agent P&O needed to fix it and then have P&O advise that we needed to speak to the booking agent we gave up we were advised by P&O we were upgraded to a balcony room WELL REALLY FUNNY THAT WE HAD PAID FOR A BALCONY ROOM although it was a bitter disappontment the floor was uneven and for me a hazard that I may have lost my footing and fall over as I use a cane to get around. The room was not disabled friendly as neither the booking agent or P&O would move and fix the issue just kept stating the other one needed fix it. (read here not using either again) The furniture in the cabin was treadbare and the chair covering was ripped and looked like it hadnt been changed since the 80's. The balcony had a massive drainage hole in the floor right where you step onto the balcony from the room and area around this was drain was spongy and felt unsafe to step on, we were assured by the steward it was fine although we did note he wouldnt step onto the balcony. We paid extra for a package of Bubbly and canapes a meal in the Salt Grill and breakfast in bed. The Salt Grill left a lot to be desired we requested glutenfree bread for one of the 4 people at out table when the bread for the others was brought to the table, it had to be requested a further 2 times before it finally arrived just before dessert was served. The meal it self was ok the steak was cooked well and the sides were edible just. We then ordered coffes and a pot of tea with soy milk which also didnt arrive until it had been requested twice more. Not really the experience expected at the price we paid for the meal perhaps Gordon Ramsey could go undercover and then give the servers and chefs some timely feedback. The next morning the breakfast that arrived was not what was ordered and there were missing items but at least it was hot and tasty. I won't bore you with the rest of the issues as it was a waste of money and a real eyeopener to the fact P&O really don't give a rats backside to their customer requests and needs. We were shocked by the attitude and lack of attention to detils forthe whole experience end to end. No one stepped up and took ownership and certainly not one person knew what was going on at the front of station peir, when we were advised we needed to get out of the car and walk to the other end of station peir to the ship with suitcases in hand. Well as it turns out the P&O person at the peir should have directed the driver of our car to take us to the ship like the majority of the other people embarking on the ship. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
We chose this cruise as it was going to New Zealand. One of the things to do on my bucket list. Carnival Spirit is an awesome ship. My high lights of this cruise was the El Fresco dining out on the deck under the skies. The ... Read More
We chose this cruise as it was going to New Zealand. One of the things to do on my bucket list. Carnival Spirit is an awesome ship. My high lights of this cruise was the El Fresco dining out on the deck under the skies. The entertainment was awesome. The entertainment in the dining room at dinner was great. I also enjoyed the art and crafts at soulplay with Adam. I also enjoyed the Green Thunder cocktail and great value for money. Eli was very accommodating and friendly. The stateroom stewards were great. I loved the animal towels. Especially the cat one I really enjoyed. There was nothing that they wouldn't do for you. I also loved Auckland and Bay of Islands. Very picturesque. I also enjoyed the Seranite adult only section. I also loved how they are with people with disabilities I myself have very low vision and they were great with me. Well done Carnival Spirit. See you at the end of December 2019. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
First cruise and I was terrified due to negative reviews on here. Our review...well we are now hooked....an amazing cruise. We ate everywhere...enjoyed it all. The ships crew are constantly cleaning to keep the ship presentable. The ... Read More
First cruise and I was terrified due to negative reviews on here. Our review...well we are now hooked....an amazing cruise. We ate everywhere...enjoyed it all. The ships crew are constantly cleaning to keep the ship presentable. The entertainment is amazing. Attend as much as possible. All incredibly enjoyable especial the Maquee live shows. Entertainment crew hilarious Mathew Dom Pablo Miguel etc. We had the smaller cheaper cabins which were perfect for our budget and needs....hot showers were amazing. Many reviews complained about the interior being old....well I'm no spring chicken either any more but it's how you present yourself and this ship is no different....the decor is gorgeous. We did a few pacific Islands and pre booked our tours through the ship and had a great time being emersed in the culture and saw some amazing scenery. All our kids 3-17 attended kids clubs Turtle cove HQ and HQ+ and loved it experience. We also had EDGE packages. These were prepaid great for 7-25yrs. Our adults would probably pay per session next time as didn't get the value from pre purchasing. Thankyou from the bottom of our hearts for your passion to serve. Sad to see you retiring but hope to travel again with P&O and see some familiar faces. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
Loved everything. Service was great especially our room steward and main dining room. Some bar staff not as friendly but speed of service was okay. Not a big fan of windjammer but loved the dining room and pizza qt cafe promonade. ... Read More
Loved everything. Service was great especially our room steward and main dining room. Some bar staff not as friendly but speed of service was okay. Not a big fan of windjammer but loved the dining room and pizza qt cafe promonade. Plenty of dining options to find something to taste. Entertainment directors could have been more entertaining. Missed a sailaway party and more bands live music on the pool deck. Shows were of a high standard. Overall staff were amazing and it was a holiday of a lifetime. The embarking disembarking was speedy. Some wait for tender boats but not too bad. Islands were all wonderful and snorking was the best we have experienced. Mystery island was the family favourite. Touch touch train on noumea is highly recommended. Isle of pines 2 hour sighseeing train (booked on island) was also recommended. Dont miss the cave it was a highlight. Will be cruising with royal caribbean again! Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
Kids loved every aspect of this holiday as did I. The water slides were obviously a massive hit.. The water park great for my 6 yr old ASD boy.. Pools were pretty cold but no-one seemed to mind that as the spa just beside came to good ... Read More
Kids loved every aspect of this holiday as did I. The water slides were obviously a massive hit.. The water park great for my 6 yr old ASD boy.. Pools were pretty cold but no-one seemed to mind that as the spa just beside came to good use..especially after 10pm. Food FANTASTIC.. elegant dining night was a real treat for us. Icecream & Pizza on offer 24/7 was a dream come true for my 11 yr old daughter. My 15yr old son entertained him self as I rarely saw him...very unusual for him. Friendly staff all over the ship..especially our cabin stewards. INDRA & LINDA were amazing people & made our stay comfy as our cabin was cosy . As we had a quad share.. hardly spent any time in there. Getting on & off the ship was a surprisingly smooth process. Already looking for my next cruise. THANK YOU CARNIVAL SPIRIT Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
Booked two Suite cabins #11117 and #11116 - Cabin was ok but a little dated - clean and reasonable size - bed was comfortable, but pillows cheap and hard. Cabin attendants were really good. When you book a suite with P&O you have no ... Read More
Booked two Suite cabins #11117 and #11116 - Cabin was ok but a little dated - clean and reasonable size - bed was comfortable, but pillows cheap and hard. Cabin attendants were really good. When you book a suite with P&O you have no recognition or any worthwhile benefits at all and certainly don't feel like a VIP. They need to take note of what Royal Caribbean do for guests who book suite's. We were suppose to have priority boarding, but apparently there was a wedding party that they decided had priority above suite guests. It started to rain and only when bitterly complaining (as i had my mother in a wheel chair outside) that they finally allowed us in to register and board. The common areas were over crowded at all times (except when we docked at Airlie Beach) and you could never get seats around the pool. Dining areas were also way overcrowded (what i would refer to as a pig trough) and constantly bumping into people and queuing for meals. It would take nearly 20 minutes or more to get a meal then line up to get a drink at the bar - by then my food was cold. Food on the whole was really average and in some cases disgusting. The main restaurant was really old, boring and nothing more than a Coles cafeteria. If your disabled and in a wheelchair then forget it as it's so not wheelchair friendly. Had so much trouble pushing the wheelchair around and doors that were constantly closed made it impossible. Even corridors that seemed blocked all the time, which meant i had to go all the way back and around the ship. Lifts were a real pain and spent so much time waiting to get to different levels on the ship. Entertainment and activities were just average. I would never step foot on another P&O cruise ship. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
My father and I had always wanted to go to Tahiti, he was turning 80 and I was wondering if we would ever get a chance to travel together since his health had suddenly deteriorated. Regent was the perfect cruise line. We were tired of ... Read More
My father and I had always wanted to go to Tahiti, he was turning 80 and I was wondering if we would ever get a chance to travel together since his health had suddenly deteriorated. Regent was the perfect cruise line. We were tired of the up charging for this and that. Wanted a cruise that we didn’t have to check our receipts for the day or worry about the extras. Everything was taken care of! This was a truly all inclusive trip. Of course there were crazy expensive drinks and cigars were extra ( which should be). Being people who enjoy finer scotches and Bourbons we were still satisfied with the selection on the ship. The staff went above and beyond to make our vacation unforgettable. The Crew even arranged to get us on a tour that had already left! It was the first time my mom was in the ocean with stingrays and sharks. Amazing! We got to know some wonderful passengers and staff which I know our paths will cross again. The entertainment was not like the mega ships, but we didn’t care. The craft sessions far surpassed anything on the mega ships! Unfortunately, I can’t remember names since I am writing so late. Broke my back riding horseback in Nuka Hiva. Do the Le Truck! Don’t go off and make your own plans there. My husband and I went diving and though the cruise line did not offer any assistance, some of the crew were very helpful in assisting us with getting some dives in and communicating with the dive shops for us, as well as making sure we got out on the first tender if needed. Definitely a trip of a lifetime! Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
We had travelled on Ponant (L'Austral) previously and found that the size of ship, crew numbers, facilities suited the style of cruising which we look for. The destinations are different to other cruise lines with experts on board to ... Read More
We had travelled on Ponant (L'Austral) previously and found that the size of ship, crew numbers, facilities suited the style of cruising which we look for. The destinations are different to other cruise lines with experts on board to give detailed information about the destination and customs of the local people. Disembarkation at the ''ports'' is via zodiacs which makes for a fun experience. Travelling with only 200-230 passengers and 140 crew makes for an intimate cruise experience. Crew are aware of each passengers requirements as the same crew look after you whether it be the bar or restaurants. There are two dining options - a more formal dining room and buffet. There is a wide variety of food at both venues. Two main lounge areas are available serving beverages. Cabins are well appointed, always well looked after by cabin crew for whom nothing is too much trouble. There is a spa area with gym equipment which is open 24/7 - small but has enough equipment to counteract the food and beverages if required. Crew are obviously loyal to Ponant as we met crew on this cruise who we had met previously. We have since travelled on 2 more Ponant cruises and again met crew who we had met before and they remembered us. This is not a cruise for people looking for big bands, large shows but looking more for background music in a more relaxed environment. Shows performed by 5 dancers who also have other duties so are able to mingle with the passengers. There are activities arranged for sea days. All in all a wonderful small ship experience. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
We chose to do this cruise as it went to South Pacific Islands and being a new ship. Was a huge wow factor when seeing it from the dock. Way to many rooms and not enough areas to sit. Full of the elderly not recommended for the younger ... Read More
We chose to do this cruise as it went to South Pacific Islands and being a new ship. Was a huge wow factor when seeing it from the dock. Way to many rooms and not enough areas to sit. Full of the elderly not recommended for the younger crowds as nothing to do. Market place food was always cold. Princess has declined over the years very disappointing. Will be choosing a different cruise line to go on next. Full of walkers, wheel chairs. Even very disappointed with your entertainment staff. Heard so many complaints with so many passengers. Adults only area had children in it over the first three days but finally the staff monitored the area. Hand washing was only monitored in first couple days as well. Overall it’s very disappointing looking forward to a holiday and we honestly couldn’t wait to get home. That’s my opinion on majestic princess Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
Having cruised before we are totally disgusted with many things whilst traveling with Carnival cruise lines. Before our journey began we notified the booking office to inform them of our health issues with food and mobility. We felt ... Read More
Having cruised before we are totally disgusted with many things whilst traveling with Carnival cruise lines. Before our journey began we notified the booking office to inform them of our health issues with food and mobility. We felt assured we would be treated kindly regarding these. However we were talked into purchasing a Faster to the Fun package which would help us erase the delays with lining up and disembarking. This package was purchased with by my sister to whom I was traveling with as we both have similar health issues. When boarding the ship we were pleased to see we went direct to board .Well done. However we were under the understanding that our luggage would be ready in our room upon boarding, it never took place. We were not able to go into our cabin until approx. 4pm and then this was when the luggage was delivered to the passage. Not inside as lead to believe. Our cabin fridge was minus a tray or shelf and we asked the cabin assistant to find us one as the fridge was actually leaking moisture inside and medication needed to be stored .To this day we still never received it. In regards to the mustering station we do understand these are high priority and we respect that. However . found it extremely hard to stand for such a long time as I suffer from a foot problem and I was forced to stand for approx. 30 minutes or more. The briefing was very short and I was left feeling the need to medicate for pain after this. This was pathetic for others like us with disabilities. This needs to change as it does not offer the elderly any consideration at all. The day of boarding we headed to the main restaurant to set up the food allergies we both have and felt happy in knowing our needs would be met. We were not offered or informed of any food options in the Lido deck. We were only offered the menu to book in for the evening dining only at this stage. It was during the day I went to the Lido deck for a snack and when I started to eat a hot chip I realized it was garnished with seasoning, even though I had asked previous to this if it contained garlic, my allergy. I was ill within no time at all and was unable to enjoy my first night of dining at the main dining area. I then went on to spend my night and the following morning vomiting and was so ill I had to dial for The Medical Centre who offered wheelchair assistance to go to the A deck Medical team . I incurred a $637:50 account in which I feel should not have been a fault or miss judgment by myself. The day of discharge from the ship Medical Centre I was left feeling unable to eat in the main restaurant as pre planned and when I phoned to see if the set meal could be delivered to the cabin I was told they couldn’t do that, but she would ring us back to confirm. It was some time later that the meal arrived with no one informing us. It was unfortunate I had to phone room service to order a coffee to be sent to cabin as I was not able to order with my meal. This was added to my account.. It wasn’t until we asked at the service desk for assistance with eating in the lido lounge the service desk paged LORETO the head chef He was shocked to hear of us being unable to eat with limited options being available and he was more than happy to assist us with anything we requested during dining in the lido deck. This was day 3 LORETO cooked for us and we were happy knowing our food could be tailored to our allergies. In regards to the main dining room Waiters and Waitresses were unable to offer us anything different from the menu list, no varieties given only the option to take the garlic or pepper from the food out, often leaving this boring and tasteless. There were times we asked for alternative food to be added e.g. gravy, bacon etc......................................... it never came. It was on the second last night of dining we asked why we had not been offered a Cheese Platter like those dining around us. After asking we were finally offered one .We finally had something more appetizing to enjoy. We would dearly like to ask what we gained in purchasing our Faster to the Fun package as we found the disembarking on a gangway for entry to and from ports too long from gateways etc .We found that there was no priority given and we often found ourselves standing in line just like everyone else. This money spent prior to sailing is misleading and a total rip off. As we stated above this is not the first cruise either of us has taken and never have we experienced the lack of control by staff in regards to rules for children and never seen such lack of respect to those either elderly or disabled as children were allowed to run through the casino. Bars and corridors quite often unattended by parents…… this we found to be huge hazard many times during our cruise We often look forward to the joy of being able to attend the day spas. Never have we left feeling like we were not worthy of being there. The service was great and we do understand the needs for up selling of your products but we take offense to staff telling us we have either to lose weight or to look after ourselves better. We never came on this cruise to be judged by your staff (doing their job the way they are encouraged to do by the rules which you govern your cruise liner). We don’t always have the best of everything but we don’t need to feel awkward either. Yes we felt we had to purchase some of the products but even when we were told they would be delivered the following morning to the cabin this still took 3 days. We do not understand why we had to sign 2 receipts when we don’t agree with the gratuities as this is not even offered as an option. We honestly feel we have no choice but to be honest in saying this was not the cruise trip we thought it was going to be. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
I took 18 elderly(70 up to 98) folk on the 4 day cruise as a real treat from our club. We choose the one that just went to sea as a lot had no passports and most importantly once on board it was safer than going to ports as 4 were on ... Read More
I took 18 elderly(70 up to 98) folk on the 4 day cruise as a real treat from our club. We choose the one that just went to sea as a lot had no passports and most importantly once on board it was safer than going to ports as 4 were on walkers. I found the staff were so helpful and pleasant BUT the ship was terrible. 1.No toilets on reception floor 5 th deck. 2.Shampoo ect in cabin were in big containers and some folk could not handle using them. 3.The food in the Waterfront restaurant was not pleasant mostly pasta last night I purchased a nice steak for dinner out of desparation. The selection (3) of food on the menu I felt was poor. 4.The plantation room food set up was terrible it was risky for the elderly as it is set up like a food stall area and you have to move from one to another to see selection and then stand in line to be served with children running around and folk dropping food fighting for this and that it is the worst I have ever seen. They only had one area to get it from. All other ships I have been on have had 2 smorgesboard areas to get your food from. By the time you got your food it was cold but the time you got back. I saw not trays either to carry your lunch back on and one place for utentsils. 5. There was no fresh fruit ie apples ,bananas .watermelon ect ect at all on board. I got the feeling this is a training ship as it was shabby rust appearing in places the showers ect. Though it was a great experiance for the folk that went I advise elderly to check the ships out before they go on and the Jewel give it a wide berth. P.S. Entertainment was wonderfull until the last night when a comedian it was the most disgusting performance of filth I have had to endure on any cruise I have been on the the ladies did not like it one bit the F & C words plus all the others and many groups of folk got up and left which he ridiculed it was the most discusting show I have ever had to sit through. God knows what the comedy cruise is like and glad we weren't on it. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
We chose this cruise to give some friends a start intro to cruising, they had a balcony deck 8 & o/view deck 2. We were in an interior room deck 7 aft above the Empire dining room, so that was good, just a 5min walk to restaurant. ... Read More
We chose this cruise to give some friends a start intro to cruising, they had a balcony deck 8 & o/view deck 2. We were in an interior room deck 7 aft above the Empire dining room, so that was good, just a 5min walk to restaurant. Embarkation & debarking were smooth, we were with a wheel chair user so that helped us, the staff wheeled her on & off the ship. The balcony rooms were very good, plenty of room, however the balcony is small & the ceiling of the balcony is rusted with some rust holes, the Spirit is off today to Singapore & dry dock for 2 weeks refurbisment, new carpet, clean the hull, reupholster seats in theatre & shops to be refurbished. The food in the restaurant is excellent, the waitress Corinna was very good, always serving with a smile. The quality of the food was a high standard from start to finish of cruise, the standard was maintained, even if it was for only 4 nights. The music in the restaurant for me is annoying, but the majority of people thought the kareoke entertainment in the dining room by staff was great, for me it is way too loud, last time on the Spirit 4y ago it was good fun, not amplified. The bistro is way too small for the number of people on boat, this is not unusual as all the cruise companies are getting as many paying cruisers as they can. One plus thing though, the coffee machine makes a good cappuchino. The food in the bistro is ok, just a small area for 2500 passengers. I gather the boat was full at 2500 & 1000 crew; the adult only & gym areas are very good. I gave a 0 to enrichment but as this was a 4N it is n/a. We manged to get onto Moreton Is, but only just as it was a 50/50 whether to run the tenders as it was windy & choppy. Moreton is ok, it was not good weather for water activities so no snorkelling but some did have a swim in the nearby beach. There were a lot of kids on this boat for this time of the year, but overall not too bad. The entertainment in the theatre was very good, there were two production shows, no live orchestra all programmed & pre recorded. Usual 80s show with excellent use of stage & props, the cast is young & enthusiastic. The volume of music is fine except for the Rock guitar show when some youngish guy solos for about 15 mins as a warm up for the main event at very high levels of volume, someone should tell him the energy comes from stuff other than amplified volume, The music around the ship varies; there is an excellent string trio from Ukraine who played a lot of pop songs from Beatles on, singer / piano player, a Manila 2 piece & a solo guitar / singer. The CD was not as visible as some others CDs. The master & officers had a meet & greet which i did not attend, but as this was a 4n cruise ? The gym is very good, plenty of devices to keep you working, the spa & sauna complement the gym. Overall happy with the Carnival Spirit. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
As a disabled person permanently in a wheelchair it was ultimately a very good 7 day cruise. The staff on the ship and at the wharf were excellent and very helpful, the food was NOT cold and the variety was very good when you worked ... Read More
As a disabled person permanently in a wheelchair it was ultimately a very good 7 day cruise. The staff on the ship and at the wharf were excellent and very helpful, the food was NOT cold and the variety was very good when you worked out how the system operated. The accessibility cabin 8106 was very well designed and operated well with a good size. Fellow passengers all treated me with respect. It must be recognised, however, that a person in a wheelchair is not at their same eye level and sometimes they don't see you and that can cause accidents. When I entered the lifts I always said "mind your toes" However, to properly make it really worthwhile, P & O (Australia) needs to take more account of disabled people and pay attention to such people moving around the ship. There were also others in wheel chairs and on walking frames and crutches and we talked to each other so my review comments are not isolated.. Particularly the urgently must alter the doors to swing at the front of deck 12 instead of a wheelchair person having to wait (endlessly) and then rely on fellow passengers to open and hold them safely for you. Safety and Life Boat drills also need better explanation. Would we go again? - not sure unless there is assurance that P & O fully recognise and cater for disabled people - and there is a growing population of us. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
We have done 10 cruises before this, all small expensive boutique cruises. It was time for a short break and in desperation booked on the Aria for a seven night cruise. All the negative reviews and media did not help our stress levels, ... Read More
We have done 10 cruises before this, all small expensive boutique cruises. It was time for a short break and in desperation booked on the Aria for a seven night cruise. All the negative reviews and media did not help our stress levels, but we needed a quick break. We were in for a massive surprise. Our balcony suite was really nice, all the staff friendly and helpful. Entertainment was great. We loved the food. Salt is a must. Dragon Lady and Angelos were also good. My favorite was the Pantry. I used to grab a plate and walked around picking my favorite bit from every stall. Waterfront is average to good. Only one negative, if you like your eggs perfect its going to be hit and miss. The ship is very accessible for the disabled and there were heaps of people in wheelchairs having a great time like all the others. We only had a long queue to get on the ship, but its the same as when we fly international. This is mainly due to people not following their embarkation times and showing up whenever they want to. The one other issue raised in the past is the ship not catering for smokers. This is not true anymore as deck 12 has a great spot high up for the smokers with the Dome Bar just inside to grab a cocktail. We had 100km/h winds and 6 meter swells on the way back from Vanuatu. The ship coped magnificently with only a small amount of rolling and pitching considering the weather. (I am an ex naval officer who has spend a lot of time at sea in different ships and atrocious conditions.) All in all it was the best value holiday we ever had. We will be back. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
Heard there were a lot of fights and many passengers 'kicked off' but we didnt see anything. I have cruised with RCL twice now on Voyager and this time around the food, service and overall experience has greatly improved. Our ... Read More
Heard there were a lot of fights and many passengers 'kicked off' but we didnt see anything. I have cruised with RCL twice now on Voyager and this time around the food, service and overall experience has greatly improved. Our dining room waiters and cabin steward were the highlight of the crew- absolutely awesome. A lot of the shows were not my cup of tea- but hats off to the dancers and singers- awesome voices and moves. Ice skate shows amazing. A lot of activities not my thing but there's heaps to choose from to keep you busy, or just relax- which is what I prefer. Ports of call more than most cruises I have been on, so a good variety of things to do ashore except Mare. Unfortunately due to the weather (and hoard of jelly fish) it wasn't safe to do anything, but mare has definitely upgraded the dock and market, so great to see. Have booked Ovation of the seas for Jan 2019, so excited to see all the extra activities onboard. Crew very attentitive in all areas. Promenade cabin 6305 in a perfect spot too. Got a great price. Booked all tours directly with locals before boarding- all ships are too expensive! Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
Cruise start date matched my mother inlaw’s birthday and Melbourne the departure and return city the other reason for this cruise. Golden Princess is a beautifully designed ship and handled sea conditions extremely well. Our cabin an ... Read More
Cruise start date matched my mother inlaw’s birthday and Melbourne the departure and return city the other reason for this cruise. Golden Princess is a beautifully designed ship and handled sea conditions extremely well. Our cabin an upgrade to family suite on deck 9 below the bridge was impeccable with great views from the balcony. Dining anytime in the Horizon Court is a must with exceptional buffet menus breakfast, lunch and dinner are equal to restaurant quality. Entertainment shipboard or flown in everyday was captivating and never boring, the shows though could go for a little longer. Service from all departments excellent. Ports and shore excursions a must to experience, with one exception, we missed out on going to Luganville due to a medical emergency for an elderly passenger sustaining a head injury necessitating the Captain to make for the nearest port in Australia and that being Sydney. Of course that put a spanner in the works for all passengers on board who had booked excursion at Luganville but these were refunded to all concerned and the safety of that passenger was paramount in any case. The whole family enjoyed this our first cruise and will do others with Princess in a heartbeat, funds permitting. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
My overall rating is average. Some great gimmicks to get you on board (NorthStar, iFly, FlowRider), amazing shows, awesome rooms which are let down by a poorly designed pool deck, lack of pool atmosphere and poor pool bar service. I feel ... Read More
My overall rating is average. Some great gimmicks to get you on board (NorthStar, iFly, FlowRider), amazing shows, awesome rooms which are let down by a poorly designed pool deck, lack of pool atmosphere and poor pool bar service. I feel that once they get you on the ship with all the latest attractions and experiences you are let down by poor service and pool basics they got wrong. So, lets recap why I choose this cruise.....my first cruise was on a Carnival ship sailing from Puerto Rico to my dream islands of Barbados, St Lucia, St Maarten etc. Each port day (which was 5 out of 7) I had planned all day activities while in each port. So, this time I wanted a lot more seas days and to me the choose of cruise wasn't the destination it was all about the ship experience and lots of sea days. I wanted to experience the latest and greatest mega cruise ship and Royal Caribbean is the main cruise line that has these in Australia, hence why I choose Ovation of the Seas. Ovation of the Seas is a big ship with lots of passengers. Most of the time the extra passengers aren't a problem although it can be hard to find a quiet place, speciality restaurants and activities (iFly and NorthStar) do tend to book out early, and, the Windjammer Restaurant can be challenging to find a table free. Cabin: being new, everything is the latest design and is in a condition like I was the first passenger on board! The closet and drawers are big, so easy to pack away your mountains of clothes and I had never had to get my suitcase out while on the cruise. The Virtual Balcony (a LCD TV screen (Sharp brand), on its side, fitting floor to ceiling, with drapes) with a view of the ocean behind the ship is amazing. I never felt claustrophobic or closed in while in the room. I would highly recommend an inside room with Virtual Balcony. The room attendant was super friendly, he always said hello and was keen for a friendly conversation. This service made me feel "like at home' and my room was always clean and tidy. Shows: the shows were amazing, the quality is so high. Be prepared to have your expectations met and exceeded. The shows were the highlight of the trip. I never imagined that the quality would be this high on a ship. Pixels was a good show, although, I think it is a little over rated. Pool deck: the main pool was disappointing. The side of the ship which was the front of the ship had a bar on each level and 1 row of sun lounges, the side which was the back of the ship had a big children's water park/play area and 1-2 rows of sun lounges (the children's water park wasn't well utilised since it wasn't school holidays) and each side of the pool had 3 rows of sun lounges. So, really not many sun lounges around the pool. The video screen was to one side of the ship (not like most ships where the screen is on a side of the pool that is the front or back of the ship). This meant that watching movies was not practical (only 1 side of the pool could see it) and the sound was not loud enough. There was only 2hrs of live music each afternoon and the entertainment from the cruise entertainment team. Very disappointed. Inside pool: there is an enclosed pool with a glass roof, the roof and sides could open fully but even during our trip was fine every day with temps into the 30C it was never opened. Being indoors it was noisy. Verandahs around the pool: there is a big wide enclosed verandah on each side of the pools which is wonderful if you want somewhere shady with sun lounges and other funky lounge furniture to sit/lay on. Great concept but being enclosed makes it feel disconnected because you don't feel the lovely warm sea breezes. In one of these enclosed verandah areas, which was a main thorough fare along the side of the ship, was the smoking area. The smoking area was enclosed on one side with windows and covered with a roof, so the smoke drifted along the enclosed verandah or out into the pool area. I really can't believe on a new ship they choose this as the smoking area! Solarium: a lovely over 16yo area. The cascade pools down the front of the ship were lovely to sit in, with a drink in hand. It did tent to get noisy and at times the air felt stuffy, once again all glass roof which was closed with air con. Pool bar service: slow, staff which never smiled or entertaining, they often served the next person rather than the person who had been waiting the longest, rarely (ie. if ever) offered a waiter service in the pool deck area. Very very disappointed. There were no frozen cocktails on the last day as they had run out. My idea of a good cruise day is around the pool, with entertainment, having a few drinks.....this ship did not meet my prior experiences or my expectations. Other outdoor areas were great. Deck 15 (running track level) was awesome for finding a sun lounge. Knowing that nearly 5,000 people fit on the ship I thought finding a sun lounge would be a problem, this was never the case, there was always many to choose from. Entertainment venues: there was no nightclub per say. There was a Music Hall which was the only venue that stayed open after midnight and was called a nightclub.....for me it didn't really work. Schooner Bar was a good atmosphere with piano player. The Original English Pub was one of the best venues, with a stand up guitar/singer every night, probably the best venue of a night entertainment wise but it was very small...such a pity. Food: the main dining restaurants, 4 in total, each have different decor and are on one floor. If you like the grandeur of a big restaurant with tiers that look over the other etc....you will not get this on Ovation of the Seas. All restaurants are on one level and due to not being two levels they lack that grand feeling. The Grande was the only spectacular one, the other ones ranged from being OK to American Icon Grill which was basic and of a night looked drab. There always seems to be someone different serving you during each sitting, this resulted in a feeling where service didn't feel personal. The food was good but I wouldn't say spectacular. The prawn cocktail was minimal and a big fail. There was always people walking around your table, it did not feel quiet or intimate. Windjammer Restaurant: (think Lido on Carnival) was always full of people, hard to find a table, some food wasn't of the highest quality (honey dew melon was too hard, sweet and sour chicken had no taste). This was one area where the space was insufficient for the number of people on board. The speciality restaurants were awesome, we tried Chops Grille (think steakhouse) and Wonderland (imaginative cuisine over 13 courses) were first class and definitely worth the money. Definitely try Wonderland, it blew me away! There are restaurant packages available only on Day 1 of the tour. We choose 4 for USD 100. For the other restaurants we choose experiences: 1) bottomless (champagne) lunch with galley tour which was a great experience with lobster and a nice piece of steak for lunch and lots of champagne, and, 2) sushi making class and you take away 3-4 long sushi rolls. Formal night: I had read reviews that formal night wasn't really formal in Australia and that was my experience. For guys, I saw maybe 2 (at most) tuxedos, a few suits and ties, odd sports jacket, most in chinos/slacks, long sleeve shirt. Ladies tended to be more formal than guys. The staff dress was appalling, they wore the same clothing as any other night. In the restaurant, male restaurant staff did not have their top button done up or a neck tie. I feel if Royal Caribbean are calling it a formal night, they should set the tone for the evening, which they sadly did not. Very disappointing RC. Drinks: I really like cocktails and I think they are a classic cruise experience....colour creative decorative conceptions served in beautiful glassware and martini style glasses.....Ovation of the Seas really lack in this area. Only memorable cocktail I had was an Expresso Martini and that is because I asked for it and it wasn't on the menu! Drinks seemed to be fast to prepared, basic, and boring. Other aspects of the cruise: Fitness centre: great but no sauna or steam room (you had to buy a pass to the spa centre which was costly). iFly (sky diving) great experience, tube was narrow so not like other commercial ones I've been in previously off ships, fully booked and not sufficient booking slots for all guests. NorthStar (glass viewing capsule that rises above the ship) great concept but when you get up there while at sea you realise there is just blue ocean as far as you can see so the only thing to look at is back down at the ship. Great concept, good gimmick in the advertising, but underwhelming once you experience. Flowrider: I didn't try it due to cost, ie $$$, but it was also busy with areas to watch those participating. Shore Excursions in Noumea: we did not book on board as the cost looked grossly inflated. Noumea is expensive but we did find a combo ticket inside the cruise terminal for the Green Train and all day hop-on hop-off bus tour for $50 (USD I think, not AUD). I think the train trip on board the cruise was $88+. We can not recommend the Green Train highly enough, great tour guide, excellent route, we got the bus back to Lemon Beach for an afternoon of food and swimming. If you have gotten this far into my review.....if you have kids, this is a great ship for you. If you like a good pool deck with good pool entertainment, outdoor movies, try another ship. If you like exotic cocktails, try another ship. If you are a multi-generational family and want things for all ages, this ship is for you. Be prepared to have all the latest attractions/activities/ride but be prepared for variable service. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
The crew, security and cleaning staff were all stellar. Melbourne folks are an absolute blast to party with. Carnival Liberty sells more alcohol than any other ship in the fleet largely due to the good folks from Melbourne's love for ... Read More
The crew, security and cleaning staff were all stellar. Melbourne folks are an absolute blast to party with. Carnival Liberty sells more alcohol than any other ship in the fleet largely due to the good folks from Melbourne's love for celebrating life to the fullest! If your looking for a glass-half-full trip then this is the one. It's also largely suitable for families, we could see no evidence of any impropriety.. just great great times. Truffles restaurant was great and they would break the dinner up with their dancing cabaret through the enthused diners. We didn't really try the buffet up on the Lido deck except for cooked breakfasts. The staff were so very courteous and helpful. They made the whole experience very personable one which I really love. The best advice I can give is don't try to participate in all the activities all the time - you will exhaust yourself. Just pace yourself and give yourself a little buffer to go and enjoy the view of Bass Straight from the observation deck. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
A lot of reviews of this ship tend to criticize its age and amenities, but as the Voyager is now 20 years old it stands to reason there's going to be rust in places. I mean its been exposed to salt water for 20 years so what do you ... Read More
A lot of reviews of this ship tend to criticize its age and amenities, but as the Voyager is now 20 years old it stands to reason there's going to be rust in places. I mean its been exposed to salt water for 20 years so what do you expect, a pristine exterior. The ship was great, the room large by any standards (we had an owners suite that that is expected). The staff were brilliant. The food in the huge 3 storey dining room was outstanding every night. It was good if not better than a just about any restaurant I've ever been to and it was always served hot and fresh. How they manage this consistently day in and day out for this many people I don't know. The singalongs in the main dining room where everyone joined in were fabulous. If that couldn't bring a smile to your face then nothing could.The buffet in the windjammer was also outstanding and any criticisms of this are patently unwarranted and all the staff there do a magnificent job and the food was always hot and fresh. Certainly by the number of people there and if the size of their self servings is any guide, everyone on the ship enjoyed it even if they broke their scales when weighing themselves when they got back home! Missed out on a couple of ports due to a cyclone passing through Noumea which the captain thought it wise to avoid heading back home through the tail and I'm sure everyone on board thought that was a very good call. Internet is super expensive as were the drinks when factoring in the exchange rate for AU dollar against US dollar. I'll bet quite a people people got bill shock when they got home and didn't factor in the exchange rate. The crew actively tries to sell drink packages for the cruise for the first few days and a lot of people jumped on, but seriously, when one factors in the exchange rate, paying more than AUD$900 for 10 days of drinking is right up there. One would have to drink more than 10 beers everyday just to break even but it seems lots of people did get ahead. And that is the problem, for me anyway. as it appears RCI is targeting the big drinking, big eating guest and there were a lot of them on board. Maybe Bali not looking so tempting anymore? But to be fair the ship is big enough for just about anyone to find a nook to escape the boisterous crowd on the pool decks. Still overall, a positive experience as all staff were fantastic and the food was great the entertainment was excellent as was the trivia quiz and karaoke. The only issue for me is that targeting the bogan crowd is likely to turn away baby boomers of which there are now a serious number. But hey, if the hard drinking and partying crowd is were the profits are then you can't blame RCI for heading that way. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
Chose this cruise for itinerary. That was the only good thing. Embarkation in Lima was disgraceful. We arrived at port in taxi dropped off outside the port to be faced with a very large queue no shelter from the blistering heat, no staff ... Read More
Chose this cruise for itinerary. That was the only good thing. Embarkation in Lima was disgraceful. We arrived at port in taxi dropped off outside the port to be faced with a very large queue no shelter from the blistering heat, no staff present. We were then transferred to the ship by bus to be met with an even longer queue, waiting to embark,we even had to unload our own cases from the bus, no porters, no Oceania representatives,no organisation. From time we arrived at port to getting on board took us 3 hours no kidding. General manager eventually appeared claiming to lay blame on port of Lima for not having terminal building. Tendering service was another major issue .Easter island took us 4.30 hrs to get off ship, never experienced a tender service so slow,if you are not doing an excursion with the company you are treat like a second class citizen. After visiting the island and returned to the tender point we were faced with another long queue to get back on board 2.30 hours we waited to get on board. Once again general manager blamed conditions of sea and the clientele , not many spring chickens and various disabilities. Staff behind buffet counters in terrace cafe were very unenthusiastic ,didn't seem to be able to use initiative. Many times in waves grill we appeared invisible, took so long to have table set. Presentation of the food wasn't like it used to be. After rainfall, promenade decks were deadly, deckhands didn't seem to be programmed to clear the large pools of water they preferred to place a sign up warning you the decks were slippery when wet. Outbreak of gastroenteritis did not help matters either. Many of the facilities were closed, staff were also affected, restaurants appeared like staff canteens , paper table cloths, menus etc. TV and Movie channels were poor throughout the cruise. Speciality restaurants were excellent waiting staff there couldn't do enough for you. To sum up ,having cruised with Oceania a few year ago, the quality of the service has gone a long way down hill,does not warrant the premium price of the cruise. Will be very surprised if I am the only one with negative reviews. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
This cruise was selected because it suited our time frame.However, when I book again I will make sure that it dos'nt clash with school or public holidays.There were too many uncontrolled children running amok with their parents not ... Read More
This cruise was selected because it suited our time frame.However, when I book again I will make sure that it dos'nt clash with school or public holidays.There were too many uncontrolled children running amok with their parents not caring about them. As I am a disabled person and have to get about with a walking cane, I was knocked over one day by an unruly child in full view of it's parents who couldn't care less and did not have the common courtesy to see if I had sustained any injuries. Also I would like to see children banned from various lounges after a certain time in the evenings. I took a formal outfit for formal dinner nights but noticed several passengers were allowed into dinning rooms in jeans, tee shirts and various clothing which was way below formal standard. There should be stricter control over dress regulations.Dinning room supervisors did not seem to care about dress codes. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
Love Royal Caribbean cruises. We travelled with some family this time who were in the cabin beside us and one of them was in a wheelchair. This showed us another side to cruising, as to what it is like for people in wheelchairs around the ... Read More
Love Royal Caribbean cruises. We travelled with some family this time who were in the cabin beside us and one of them was in a wheelchair. This showed us another side to cruising, as to what it is like for people in wheelchairs around the ship and in ports. Embarkation was great and went smoothly and quickly (probably quicker because of our family travelling with us being in a wheelchair). From the time we arrived at the dock it took around 30 minutes and we were on the ship. This was our second time on the Explorer so we were familiar where everything was. After having lunch in the Windjammer, our cabins were ready for us. We had a window cabin which was small but for 2 people it has everything you need. Our cabin steward was great, nothing was too much trouble for him. The dining was a bit of hit and miss in the main dining room. Some nights the food was great, and other nights just ok. Unfortunately, the service was also the same. some nights ok and some better than others. We took the package for the 3 nights for the speciality restaurants. Not sure if we will do that again? Giovanni's was not as good as usual, maybe because the restaurant was very busy. Food was ok and service very slow and lacking. Chops Grill was where we had dinner for NYE and the food was delicious and service much better than Giovanni's. We booked Izumi for our last night on the ship. The food was great (as usual), but one disappointment was that they told us they had run out of a certain desert. This left one person in our party of 4 unable to eat any deserts because of her food allergies, as there are only 3 desert choices, and the 2 available had ingredients she couldn't eat. They were also not very appealing to the rest of us. One hint, don't book specialty restaurants on the last night. But there is plenty of food on the ship, and you can always find what you want elsewhere, (for free) Windjammer has an amazing selection of food and deserts, and there is also the cafe in the promenade with a good selection, so nobody could ever say they were hungry. Entertainment was enjoyable, and the activities director and his staff were amazing, always providing lots of fun with everything they did. In general, the service on RCI is fantastic and we can't wait to cruise again. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017

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