46 Tampa Repositioning Cruise Reviews

We chose this cruise because we had always wanted to go through the Panama Canal. We only could take two weeks off from work, so this was the cruise we chose. This was a repositioning cruise for the Miracle, but Carnival also billed it ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we had always wanted to go through the Panama Canal. We only could take two weeks off from work, so this was the cruise we chose. This was a repositioning cruise for the Miracle, but Carnival also billed it as a Panama Canal cruise. PROS: Our stateroom (an obstructed view balcony) was large enough for two people and kept well cleaned and stocked by our excellent steward, Lindon. The obstruction of our view was not bad at all, and consisted of a lifeboat that came about up to our ankles. Our servers in the main dining room, Roxana, IWayan, and Indrawan, were excellent. The cruise had numerous sea days, which was very relaxing. The fun squad kept us busy with lots of trivia and games. Food was delicious, and there was plenty of fresh fruit and veggies. Minimal chair hogs and dinner lines, the cruise was not fully booked. Embarkation was fast and easy, about 10 minutes from curb to lido deck. This crowd was a little on the geriatric side with loads of diamond and platinum members. Everyone made it to the muster drill, and everyone made it on time after being ashore. We did the Chef's table, it was excellent and well worth the money. Singh and Helen at the service desk were very helpful. CONS: Carnival needs to take a look at their cruise passenger demographics before a cruise. This cruise was filled with senior citizens (there were only 11 children on board!) that were on a bucket list cruise. We went through the panama canal during mid-day (which was too hot for these seniors), people were understandably standing out on deck to see the locks, and Carnival could have provided some cooling measures like iced washcloths and cool drinks. I did see some cool drinks being handed out, but none never made it to the forward lido deck where there were about 250 passengers. Also, put some chairs out on the forward lido deck! We were standing for hours in the hot sun. With all the sea days, I would have appreciated some chairs out on the outside promenade deck. It's nice and quiet down there, and a great place for reading, but only if there's a chair there to sit on. Carnival advertised this cruise as a Panama Canal cruise, but we were given minimal information the actual day of the canal transit. They did have some sort of (pilot?) guy that made about 10 short announcements over the course of the 13 hour transit, but that was it. No guest speaker the night before that told us what to expect, or about the history of the canal, or any other speakers. There was one Academy of Fun guy, but he talked about space, astronomy, astronauts, etc. He was great, but it would have been more appropriate to talk about the canal that was on all of our bucket lists. Seriously, Carnival, what would it take to get some history buff speaker? Or a civil engineer? Debarkation was terrible, and I've never ever said that before in any of my reviews. Not sure if the ship arrived late or what, but debarkation started about an hour late. We didn't get off the ship until almost 11, and we were in the middle of the crowd. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
This was our first cruise on Royal Caribbean--having been on Holland America (3-star Mariners), NCL, Celebrity and Carnival. We liked the itinerary and the timing was right for us. We booked 21 nights which was sold as part of a package, ... Read More
This was our first cruise on Royal Caribbean--having been on Holland America (3-star Mariners), NCL, Celebrity and Carnival. We liked the itinerary and the timing was right for us. We booked 21 nights which was sold as part of a package, but turned out to be basically two cruises, back to back: A TransAtlantic out of Tampa, and then a week in the Mediterranean ending up in Venice. Another recent review called it "A Tale of Two Cruises" and I agree with that impression. We were interested to see that RCI treated it like two separate cruises although we've been on other b2b's before on other cruise lines that didn't do that. Anyway, I am aware that The Rhapsody is different from the mega ships in the RCI fleet, but it is similar in size to the other ships we've sailed with, and we basically liked the ship a lot. The public areas are beautiful, especially the "Centrum" and the theater. We really liked the layout of the Windjammer buffet (although it was often very crowded). But, O.K., here are my personal "complaints": Our ocean-view cabin was very small, with barely enough room to wedge our suitcases under the bed. We're used to small showers, having been on river cruises and traveling in an RV--but the shower is really, really small. And I missed having a nice place to relax and look out over the ocean. The best views are in the Windjammer at the front of the ship, but it isn't a place to "hang out". There are good views aft from the "Shall We Dance" lounge, but that space was underused except for the hundreds of "Diamond" level passengers who pretty much took it over. And I was really upset that the "Royal Crown Lounge" (a small but lovely venue overlooking the pool area) was pretty much off limits unless you were "Diamond Plus". In fact, the daily newsletter advertised a special price on Martinies in the Royal Crown Lounge, but we were informed that we were not allowed to sit down and enjoy our drinks there! Many activities were scheduled in the Schooner Bar which is a narrow, noisy hallway, basically. I just think there could be a better use of the various areas overall. We thought the food was very good, almost without exception. We didn't eat in any of the specialty restaurants, but enjoyed the bounty of the Windjammer and the choices in the main dining room. My husband had a New York Strip Steak that was tough, one night. But everything I ordered was delicious. They did a good job of providing a lot of interesting things to do during the TransAtlantic sea days--almost to the point that we had to make some time for ourselves to just sit and read. My only complaint about the activities was that I would have enjoyed a lecture or two about the history of the areas we were going to visit. The "port talks" they did have were mostly about ship excursions and/or shopping. In fact, there was very little advice or help forthcoming for those who just wanted to get off at the ports and explore. We attended all the evening entertainment in the theater and thought it was all outstanding. Unfortunately many of the shows were repeated in the third week, but it was so port intensive that we didn't really care. Everyone comments about how friendly and accommodating the staff and crew are, and I agree. How all those hardworking people stay so cheerful and nice is amazing. And they are so good about getting to know you and making everyone feel special. But (I guess I always have a "but") we did have a little problem with someone's inefficiency. As I said, the two portions of the cruise were treated as two different cruises. And at the end of the TransAtlantic in Barcelona we were required to get off the ship and be issued new "Seapass" cards. When we booked the cruises we had to pre-register for each one separately and give all the usual info about passport numbers, credit card numbers, etc. Well, as we got ready to disembark in Venice we got a call in our room informing us that we needed to come to the desk to settle our account!?? I was politely but firmly informed that security would not allow us off the ship until we paid our bill in cash! What!? The bill for the first two weeks had been taken care of automatically--this was just for the third week. So, we had to stand in line with all the disgruntled passengers complaining about overcharges, etc., until our turn when the guy at customers service poked the computer for about 10 minutes and then remarked casually that this had happened to a couple of other people who did back to backs. Someone just forgot to re-register our credit card. While I'm talking about money, I do need to mention that RCI obviously tries valiantly to offset the original low cost of the cruise with "nickle and diming" everything else. The "specialty restaurants" charge outrageously high prices, I think. And wine, and cocktails--crazy prices! They did have that happy hour martini special ($9) in the Viking Crown Lounge (Where the only place you could drink it was at the bar) and a 2-fer price on Margaritas in the Schooner bar. We had most fantastic weather. It was balmy and smooth sailing all across the Atlantic. The only rough seas were one night in the Mediterranean and we slept right through it. We enjoyed all the ports. We booked ship tours in both Canary Island stops and the one in La Palma was especially good ("North Shore") with an overview of the island including a stop in a beautiful interior rain forest, and a visit to a rum distillery that included a tasting. One of the highlights of the trip was sailing through the Straits of Gilbralter at dawn. Several hundred passengers stood on the upper decks looking at the lights of Africa on one side and the famous Rock of Gilbralter on the other with the beautiful sunrise behind it. We did our own thing in Malaga.We made our way through the historic old town center past the cathedral to the Alcazaba. We purchased tickets and wandered through the gardens and and rooms of that ancient Moorish fortress. It reminded me a lot of a smaller Alhambra. Then we walked up (and up) the hill behind it to see the "castle" behind it. By then it was hot and sunny, and we wore ourselves out climbing that path. When we got to the top we discovered that there was a bus stop there, and the "Hop On Hop Off" could have taken us to the top! Oh well. Beautiful views! In Barcelona we got a taxi to Sagrada Familia where we had bought tour tickets on line to see the inside. Then we taxied back to Los Ramblas where we strolled down with all the crowds, and then detoured off into the Gothic quarter we had a light lunch at at sidewalk cafe. After Barcelona the whole ship had a different feel after the leisurely trip across the ocean. A lot of the "retirees" disembarked, and there were many more young people and family groups. And we had a different port every day. In Cannes we once again "did our own thing". We jumped on the little tourist train loading up right at the pier and got a good look at the seaside boulevard and all the beautiful yachts on the one side and fancy hotels on the other. We've been to Rome before, so we opted to take the only ship tour doing something different out of Civitavecchia: a visit to an olive farm in Tuscany. It was a pleasant bus ride through the countryside with a visit to the sleep mountaintop village of Tuscania before a light snack of bruschetta with various flavored olive oils as well as a glass of wine at the olive farm. Our last ship tour was to the ancient Roman city of Herculaneum which was buried in the same volcanic eruption as nearby Pompeii. Fascinating. In Catania, Sicily we looked out our cabin window to see Mt. Etna all covered with snow! We later learned how unusual it is to have snow on Mt. Etna in May. Gorgeous! Unfortunately we didn't get pictures because clouds rolled in and Mt. Etna disappeared. We took a smaller group tour arranged through our Cruise Critic roll call. It was a beautiful day making our way up to the little resort town of Taormina after a harrowing drive up switch-backs to the mountain medieval village of Castelmola. Amazing views! And we also did a Cruise Critic tour to Krka National Park in Croatia. On the way back to the ship our guide gave us a quick visit to Zadar and their "sea organ". This review is getting too long to gush on and on about the beauty of Krka--all the waterfalls and rivers and emerald pools. Truly a beautiful spot. And I also don't want to do a whole separate review of our time in Venice where we disembarked and spend two wonderful (although rainy) days. All in all it was another great cruise--small criticisms notwithstanding. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
This was our 4th NCL cruise, and 7th overall cruise. It was an enjoyable experience and we saw many Caribbean islands we had never been to before. The ship was clean and had enough public space that passengers could spread out in. ... Read More
This was our 4th NCL cruise, and 7th overall cruise. It was an enjoyable experience and we saw many Caribbean islands we had never been to before. The ship was clean and had enough public space that passengers could spread out in. It's a nice sized ship (2400 passengers) which is manageable - and our preference over the huge ships. It was easy to find your way around, although the only small challenge is that the 6th deck doesn't run straight through. So if you want to access the Summer Palace main dining on the 6th, you have to go up to 7, to go back down to 6. It's a beautiful dining room, and worth finding! Our balcony cabin was perfect for 2 people - lots of storage, a small couch and decent sized balcony for a cruise ship. We unpacked for our 11-day cruise easily finding space for everything, and stowed our luggage under the bed. The only small issue was that the lighting was not great after the sun goes down, so for women getting ready for dinner, it was a bit of a challenge to see in mirrors. A big thank you to Rommel, our awesome Cabin Steward, for doing an excellent job! We found the main dining rooms (Summer Palace and Indigo), and specialty dining were wonderful - we experienced great service and delicious food! Le Bistro and Teppanyaki were our favourite specialty dining venues, and Cagney's and Moderno were really good as well. The Lotus Garden, which is NOT a specialty dining venue, was great - don't miss out! However, we were less than impressed with the quality of food at the buffet, and at O'Sheehan's Pub...yuck. We ended up going to the main dining rooms for breakfast/lunch instead. We spent some time at the casino and experienced the best service from all staff: special mention - Eka, Carlver and Hong Wang were amazing, we really appreciate their hard work. The casino has a good variety of slots machines and tables, it got busy after the shows finished, but was always well-managed. We never had to wait for drink service, and the staff was always friendly and accommodating. Embarkation was quite easy and much faster than anticipated - the lines were very long, but we were on the ship within an hour of arriving at the port in Tampa. Our rooms were ready by 1:30 or 2pm, and luggage was promptly delivered to the cabin that afternoon. Disembarkation in NYC was not quite as smooth, but overall not bad. We only docked at 10am to even begin the disembarkation process, but had to be out of our cabins by 9am. The only food option available at that time was the buffet - so 2400 people waiting in public spaces for hours to depart, and food/coffee on only one deck. We booked shore excursions only after we got on the ship - and managed to get every excursions we wanted except for one - but there was another decent option available and we took that one instead. I would recommend however that you book excursions (and speciality dining reservations) before getting on the ship to be sure you are not disappointed. The excursions were very well-run and organized, we enjoyed all of them. Overall, this was a very good cruise experience. What made it extra enjoyable were the staff who work on the ship - they all work so hard and such long hours, we truly appreciate them! Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
This cruise started out as a 15 day repositioning cruise from the Caribbean to Europe and we added a 12 day Baltic cruise. The Rotterdam handled the trip just fine and the crew was outstanding as you would expect a Holland America Lines ... Read More
This cruise started out as a 15 day repositioning cruise from the Caribbean to Europe and we added a 12 day Baltic cruise. The Rotterdam handled the trip just fine and the crew was outstanding as you would expect a Holland America Lines Crew to be. FYI - Just before we left, it came to our attention that the coin-operated laundry had been removed. :( As we were not at that time 4 Star Mariners [we are now], we used the Laundry-by-the-Bag option [$20]. The clothes came back the next day done well w/shirts & pants on hangers. For 4 & 5 Star Mariners, this service is complimentary. We enjoyed the food service on board. From the Dive-In, to the Lido, to the MDR. No complaints and I'm sure going to miss the fellow who served up such large portions of ice cream! Gals, don't forget the complimentary chocolates in the Explorer"s Café for after that leisurely fine dining meal. We rarely book non-HAL excuirsions w/the exception of Hop On-Hop Off buses. We booked 7 excusions including a 2 day in St. Petersburg, as did most of the folks on board. All were just fine if not a bit tiring for this 71 YO man. The evening entertainment in the Main Theatre was very good most nights [I'm not picky]. Some performances were good enough to watch twice. Be aware that it's a wise person who gets a seat about 20 minutes early. Embarcation was a nightmare as a storm delayed our plane by enough to miss the ship in Tampa [and yes I know that it's best to come a day early - but it's also expensive]. There were several folks on the plane going on the Rotterdam and we even had HAL's FlightEase option. No HAL people met that plane and we were left to our own devices as to how to get to the ship. Disembarcation was a dream! Fast and well planned. Just to clairify, we will be using HAL's FlightEase on each voyage. They just slipped up this time. Could I recomend the MS Rotterdam? Yes. Could I recommend Holland America Line for your next cruise? Yes, but remember it's not a booze cruise ship. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
We went on this Cruise because the ship was just out of dry dock. We decided to try Carnival again ( we went on the Glory Carnival 2014). Our expectations were very low & we were surprised to see how beautiful & clean the ship was. ... Read More
We went on this Cruise because the ship was just out of dry dock. We decided to try Carnival again ( we went on the Glory Carnival 2014). Our expectations were very low & we were surprised to see how beautiful & clean the ship was. The staff everywhere were very helpful, pleasant & always there to help. TIPS: We had the Faster to the Fun- did get you on fast but our luggage wasn’t at the cabin on time. It did also help with disembarkment! We also had the “eat anytime” the lines were very long! ( FTTF) doesn’t work for restaurants on this ship! (Next cruise we’ll do a regular time slot) Do get the drink package & when at dinner ask for your bottle of water for your room or they charge you if you use the bottles in your room. Tell your room steward you want your room done twice a day & ask for a bucket of ice for your water.(we tipped him in the beginning of the cruise) He did a wonderful job! We also always bring singles with us! We tip after our drinks are served & you will see a difference in how you are treated. (This is on all cruise ships) Don’t go on carnival for great food! The food is ok. Nice they put the two new eateries on board. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
We received a letter to arrive at the terminal after 1 PM......checked that morning on the roll call when anyone got on board.....shortly after 11AM-off we went. Easy. Went to the Windjammer for lunch. Rooms were ready by 1:30. Luggage ... Read More
We received a letter to arrive at the terminal after 1 PM......checked that morning on the roll call when anyone got on board.....shortly after 11AM-off we went. Easy. Went to the Windjammer for lunch. Rooms were ready by 1:30. Luggage arrived later in the afternoon. We did MTD. We are Diamond and they offered the Colony as the overflow lounge. We went around 6,after the early eaters left, so we could find a seat. Cocktails and appetizers, then we would go to the show or movie at 7, dinner to follow. We meet some very nice people at cocktails and dinner. Service was very good at both places also. Enjoyed dinner every night but 2 in the dinning room, once in the Windjammer and once at Chops. The first 8 days were sea days and the weather was wonderful. We had a cloudy day in the Azores where we took a private tour arranged with other cruise critic followers. The weather got cool, windy, rainy and the boat rocked! The captain told us we would miss East Dunsmore/Waterford, have an extra sea day and to to Dublin before Cobh/Cork. The winds were hurricane range! Lots of broken dishes that night in the dining room! We rocked and rolled! Then the next day the Captain said we would be skipping Dublin and staying in Cohn/Cork where it was a protected harbor for 2 days to keep everyone safe. Oh well.....it happens-and you go with the flow. Because it was a 15 day transatlantic, there were only 18 kids on board. All the staff were friendly and helpful! The ship was going into dry dock after our cruise, but we enjoyed her. Spent a couple of afternoons in the hot tubs, walked the outside track on 12 a lot, used the work out room, watch a movie in the theater, saw most of the shows, read lots of books and had a very relaxing cruise. Meet a lot of veteran transatlantic cruises and we can see why-would definitely do this again! Had our last breakfast in the MDR because we weren’t scheduled to leave until 8:30. We took the ship’s transfer to the airport where we found the luggage there before checking in. Our flight was after 2PM and it was an easy way to go. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
The transatlantic cruise was on my wife's bucket list. 8 days of open ocean until we hit the Azores. A bit long, but put a couple books back on the shelf after reading them during the crossing. The refrigerator in our superior ocean ... Read More
The transatlantic cruise was on my wife's bucket list. 8 days of open ocean until we hit the Azores. A bit long, but put a couple books back on the shelf after reading them during the crossing. The refrigerator in our superior ocean view with balcony never got fixed the whole cruise even though we let the stateroom attendant know about it. Schooner bar was staffed with two competent bartenders, Oldemar and Meliza. They kept us lubricated under the Deluxe Beverage Package. The revamped menus were okay, nothing special. The food tasted okay, nothing special. Only one Tarantella that I could recall. Although, we did the Chef's Table one night which was superb! The Azores shore excursion in Ponta Gorda was a bust. The whole island was fogged in. The tour guide was kind enough to show the picture on her phone as we made each stop to see Sete Cidades and tell us that was what we would have seen. The orchestra onboard was outstanding, especially the drummer. We left Ponta Gorda and enroute to Ireland, the Captain made the decision not to put into Waterford or Dublin because of a winter storm kicking up waves of 15 meters or more. Darn, that's why we came. To his credit, he put together an informative PowerPoint presentation in the theater to explain his reasoning with weather charts, navigation charts, meteorological forecasts and the like. Everyone in attendance applauded. As a token, he offered to overnight in Cork so we could have two days there. I commend his decision in the interest of safety. We left Cork and in two days we arrived in Amsterdam. We took the shore excursion to the Keukenhof Tulip Gardens with airport drop-off. Beautiful gardens at their peak, only so for a short window in the spring. But we weren't departing, so at the airport, we grabbed a taxi to the hotel where we spent two nights in Amsterdam before heading home. This was the first time in 17 RCCL cruises I've used Air2Sea to make flight arrangements. I'll just say, I am going to do so from now on with the deal we got for the trip home. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
We chose this cruise because of the Free amenities, plus the fact that it departed from Tampa, where we live. This local departure saved us the additional airfare to get to the Departure Port. NCL offered Free gratuities + four meals ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of the Free amenities, plus the fact that it departed from Tampa, where we live. This local departure saved us the additional airfare to get to the Departure Port. NCL offered Free gratuities + four meals per person in Specialty Restaurants. (NCL no longer offers the 'Free Gratuities" amenity). The food and entertainment on this cruise were just outstanding, but the Jade is an older ship and we were forced to deal with at least THREE incidences of Maintenance issues. (the bathroom sink had no pressure, the a/c unit was stuck on 'High Cool' setting, and the toilet did not flush sometimes)....All these problems were properly dealt with when we called Guest Relations, but they caused extra and unnecessary stress when we had booked the cruise to escape some of the stress at home. Many public areas of the Jade have been refurbished with new carpet, new furniture, etc. Unfortunately, our cabin was NOT refurbished during this last Dry Dock. The carpet in the cabin was desperately in need of replacement. We had booked an outside cabin w/an obstructive view on Deck Eight, but we had to keep the drapes pulled most of the time because the crew constantly were 'working' just outside the window on the Lifeboats. Also, the small cabin did not have a sofa, nor chair to sit on....The steward finally brought us a folding chair to use during the cruise, and there was a dangerous stool in the room that provided a minimum sitting space. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
Cruise started in Tampa and stopped in Key West, Miami, Ponta Delgada Portugal, Cork Ireland, Falmouth GB and arrived in Southampton England We live in the Tampa area so we did not explore the city before leaving. Embarkation went very ... Read More
Cruise started in Tampa and stopped in Key West, Miami, Ponta Delgada Portugal, Cork Ireland, Falmouth GB and arrived in Southampton England We live in the Tampa area so we did not explore the city before leaving. Embarkation went very fast and was well organized. Disembarkation went smoothly with no wait in Southampton. We enjoyed the Jade. The ship is easy to get around. The updates they made in April were very good. They added O'Sheehans which is just serving basic menu at this time. Our cabin was a balcony and was room number 9600 which was right by the elevators. We really liked it because of the location. The first night we went to Alizar and had bad service and a bad meal but, we went there a few other times and the service and food were good. Always give them a second chance! We ate in the Grand Pacific just once and did not go back because it is the same as Alizar and did not find the service to be any better. We ate at 4 specialty restaurants because of the package deal and all four were good. Le Bistro was french and was excellent with both service and food. La Cucina was Italian and you could actually afford to go to this without the dinning package. Food was good and deserts were excellent. Moderno was good and you do not leave there hungry!! Cagney's was our favorite and we will go there again. We also ate at the Garden Cafe (buffet) which was good. Jasmine Garden was Asian food that was good. We found that the service and food was a little better in the specialty restaurants. The Entertainment was good on the ship. Both the Blazing Boots and Elements were good which are the Production Show's. We had seen Tuey Wilson before but he is good. Duo Aura act we had seen before but they are always good. Reagar was new and we liked them. The comedian was good Phil Palisoul. He had new stuff both shows. We had seen Chip Romero also and liked him. A lot of the acts were from the Epic we had been on last year. The Activities were good on the ship. Every day there was Trivia which we like. They need to put the Trivia in larger rooms. We liked it in Spinnakers. We also like Table Tennis but it is sometimes hard to play in the wind. Wish they could find an inside area or put screens up while playing. Some of the activities overlap each other and we could not go to everything. They might consider changing times around so you can have a chance to get to other activities. Service was good for the majority. Ports were good and at all of them you could get off at two different spots. Shore excursions are expensive and we had the package. They could lower the costs on those. We have taken excursions off the ship and they are just as good. They had the customs check during a sea day which was good but we thought it was too long and it was only an hour. Just a tip. Take pictures of the schedule for the day and that way you will have a record and dates of what took place. Your pictures will be organized. Also, take a picture of the port phone numbers before you get off the ship. In case something happens you will have the numbers with you. We joined Cruise Critic for our first time and really liked it. Already joined for our next cruise. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
We love T/A cruises, lots of sea days, meeting new friends, even playing trivia( we never do this at home!) Jade was good in November when we went to Tampa, but even better in April after her refit. We liked the new O'Sheehans bar on ... Read More
We love T/A cruises, lots of sea days, meeting new friends, even playing trivia( we never do this at home!) Jade was good in November when we went to Tampa, but even better in April after her refit. We liked the new O'Sheehans bar on deck 8 for breakfast...a limited selection but speedy waiter service, an ocean view table...better by far than the scrum at the Garden Cafe buffet or the poor slow service in the Grand Pacific( WHY did it take soooo long to get a pot of tea there!!??) Food was good in the evenings at Grand Pacific & Alizar...never really great, but always lots of choice & good service. Big Norman was a great waiter ...if we could find a table in his station! Le Bistro on my birthday was well worth the extra fee. Our inside cabin was keep spotless by our steward Marlon, who managed to produce a wonderful birthday cake made of towels for me! What a star!!! I wouldn't choose an inside again though, I couldn't wake my husband up in the mornings!!! It was newly refitted though, with a good sized shower, with a sliding door. It was just very tight to get round the bed without banging yourself on the dressing table area. No coffee maker, but we did beg for a kettle rather than use room service for our early morning tea...we got one! Thank you Mursad( director!!) Its bizarre on ncl that there is a $7.99 + grats charge after 10am for early morning tea!! Before then its free. Any food delivery is always charged. I was even told a charge would be made for a jug of iced water...so we got our own! Bottled water is charged in the bars or in the cabins too..even though you can drink yourself stupid on alcohol if you wish(we didn't!!) Irish coffee( a cocktail!!?) is inc on UBP, a latte isnt! Who makes this up?? Bar service was always good, especially considering so many of us had the free UBP as a perk. Drinks around the pool( on the days when we could sit outside) were served quickly too. We even had fruit kebabs & popsicles brought round one day on the sun deck. Shows were good, however, we didnt go to them all as we spent too much time talking to interesting other travellers at dinner! Elements show was excellent! So..all-in-all...a great cruise! Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
My wife and I did a trans-Atlintic cruise two years ago and we really enjoyed it. We have never been to the Azores or Ireland before so we decided to do this cruise. We flew from DFW to Tampa a few days early, rented a car and enjoyed ... Read More
My wife and I did a trans-Atlintic cruise two years ago and we really enjoyed it. We have never been to the Azores or Ireland before so we decided to do this cruise. We flew from DFW to Tampa a few days early, rented a car and enjoyed various sights in FL. The embarkation process was rather painless and we were on the ship within the hour. Our cabin on deck 11 was a mini suite with a balcony, very roomy for the two of us. Only complaint about the room was the extra high bath tub walls. My wife could not negotiate the climb into the tub but the cabin attendant did supply us with a small step stool. This was our 15th cruise overall and all of them have been enjoyable with only a few complaints here and there. This cruise was for the most part fun and memorable except for one terrifing moment that I will mention later.. The staff from officers down to the cabin attendant were helpful and attentive. The nightly entertainment, for the most part was enjoyable and there was a lot to do on the ship to keep one occupied. To me the food was not very appetizing, the buffet offerings on deck 12 were mostly the same every day, curry and Asian food. Got tired of that fast. The up charge restaurants, especially Cagny's and Tappanyaki were excellent, was not that impressed with La Cusina. The other restaurants were OK but nothing to brag about. The first port was Key West. Key West is always a fun place to visit. Miami the second port did not seem that interesting so we just spent the day on the ship. We reached the Azores 8 days later. At Ponta Delgado we took a tour of the island using a local taxi driver, beautiful place, photographing the craters and the countryside was a lot of fun. We also toured a very old tea factory. At the port of Cobh/Cork we took a local tour bus to Blarney castle and a few other small towns. The next stop was Falmouth, UK. At all of the previous ports the ship was able to pull right up to the port facilities, The water around Falmouth is too shallow to accept a large cruise ship. Here we had to use the ships lifeboats as tenders to ferry passengers to shore. The tender ride took about 30 minutes and the waters were calm and the ride was smooth. At Falmouth we took an excursion provided by NCL to the quaint village of Polporro, well worth the cost. Now for the horror story. On the tender ride back to the ship the seas were high and very choppy. The tender driver proceeded at high speed toward the ship ignoring the high seas, the ride was very rough with water coming into the boat through the seals in the windows, people were screaming and were rather scared. While we continued at high speed, I noticed another tender to our port side. It seemed to me that the two boats were racing each other back to the ship, ignoring the comfort of the passengers. A few moments later the other boat turned to the starboard and rammed our boat at high speed, the impact was directly at the window where my wife was sitting. The screams from the passengers reached a high pitch. I heard that a few people were hurt but I no not know the extent. I feel that the actions of both boat drivers was very unprofessional and dangerous to the passengers, they should have slowed down. That was a very harrowing experience and at no time did any of the crew or officers apologize to the passengers for putting them through that, there were a lot of elderly people aboard both tenders. I am sure that I could never talk my wife into taking another tender ride again. The remainder of the trip to Southampton was pleasant. Debarkation was easy. We took a tour to Stonehenge and a few other places before going to the airport for the flight home. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
We chose this cruise because we live just south of Tampa and had yet to use this port since moving down here five years ago. We love transatlantic cruises and this was our first time doing it eastbound. The bonus for us was that the Jade ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we live just south of Tampa and had yet to use this port since moving down here five years ago. We love transatlantic cruises and this was our first time doing it eastbound. The bonus for us was that the Jade had just gone through a refurbishment, and we wanted to see what had been done. Pictures of the old ship were not promising, but we were happy to see that NCL had given the ship a modern, neutral look which was easy on the eyes (none of that glitzy, tacky Carnival stuff). We were pleasantly surprised by the quality of the food on board. Typically, we ate at the buffet; we found a wide selection of food at first, but by the end of the first week, the menu seemed to become repetitive. We ate at the elegant Grand Pacific Dining Room a couple of times and we were impressed. In addition, we tried out O'Sheehan's once and enjoyed it also. Entertainment varied in quality - we made it to most of the shows. Our favorite entertainers were the stand-up comedian, the comic juggler, and Horizon (they did two Motown tribute shows). Though I'm not a fan of cruise production shows, I do give NCL credit for presenting fresher shows; "Elements" was a visual treat, but a bit long. NCL could do well to include more contemporary music in it's lounges to appeal to younger cruisers. The Jade offers nightly LGBT gatherings co-hosted by a crew member which is so nice to see. Our host, Johnny (from Colombia) did an outstanding job by engaging us with conversation and games. We liked the itinerary on this ship; we got to visit a couple new ports for us. My favorite of the new ports was Falmouth; we enjoyed our excursion to Land's End and St. Ives. Our most significant complaint about our cruise is when another tender collided into our tender during roughs seas at Falmouth. I was very disappointed that NCL did not show more consideration to the passengers involved by notifying them about what had happened and check to see if everyone was OK. I know that several passengers were injured and filed reports with NCL but have gotten no responses. Perhaps NCL needs to improve it's tender pilot training and safety procedures. Overall, it was a good cruise. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
When searching for a cruise, this one showed up in an email with a price that couldn't be passed up. The cruise experience, along with the visits to places we might not otherwise see, was a big positive. The accommodations, public ... Read More
When searching for a cruise, this one showed up in an email with a price that couldn't be passed up. The cruise experience, along with the visits to places we might not otherwise see, was a big positive. The accommodations, public spaces, entertainment, and excursions were all good. The tour operators contracted by Norwegian were excellent, with knowledgeable and friendly guides who offered insightful commentaries about their homes. We were sad when the two weeks ended, but have already booked another cruise with Norwegian. The bad was a collection of minor incidents and annoyances that didn't ruin the trip but did make some experiences less than they could have been. The big issue was the service in the dining room. We ate dinner in the Grand Pacific dining room most nights (one night in the Alizar dining room was enough; too crowded and too noisy). The menu was OK, with a standard offering that didn't change (a steak, spaghetti, and a couple of other dishes). The changing menu offered some dishes that were interesting but others weren't anything that we couldn't get in one of the nicer restaurants at home. For the most part, all of the dishes were tasty, well-prepared, and a decent serving portion. However, the service was only adequate. Had we had that level of service in a regular restaurant, it would have been difficult to leave even a 10% tip. We were seated and given menus, someone asked us what we wanted to drink (usually water and/or iced tea), drinks were served and our order was taken. Once our food was served, there was little interaction with the waiters. If we were lucky, we had our drinks refilled but that was rare. Then our plates were cleared, we were given dessert menus, served desert, and that was pretty much it. There was no checking to see if the food was OK (one meal was too salty for my wife and when she commented to the waitress about it, there was no offer to make up for it). All in all, there was not much interaction with the wait staff. It was disconcerting to not be allowed to bring bottled water onto the ship, only to find out that it was available for sale at exorbitant prices. Yes, one could get water from the drink dispensers, but there was also a sign (largely ignored) that said, "Please do not fill water bottles here." There were other instances where it felt like Norwegian was working hard to part guests from their money with little value given. The ugly was the tender collision in Falmouth harbor when returning to the Jade from an excursion. Passengers were shuttled to and from the landing from the ship anchored out in the deep water of the harbor. The trip in that morning was fairly smooth but a weather front moved in that afternoon, bringing wind and rain showers. We returned from an excursion (provided by Norwegian) and boarded the tender at the landing in the city. The trip started slow, but due to the waves and wake, water started coming in the badly sealed front windows, soaking the passengers in the front row of seats. Eventually, people attracted the attention of the second crew member, who came down to try to stem the flow of water by holding a towel against the window. Water continued to flow over the front of the tender and down the sides, making it difficult to see out. With a full load of passengers and high humidity, the inside of the windows fogged up, including the pilot's, further reducing visibility. Once we passed the large crane on a barge on the right (heading into the harbor proper), the pilot increased his speed, which made the trip much rougher. The tender plowed through a number of waves (increasing the water coming in the front windows) and crashed into wave troughs. Despite the poor visibility (it looked like it was also foggy outside but it was hard to tell through the windows) and rough ride, speed was not reduced. The pilot was even having trouble seeing, due to the amount of spray, the ineffective windshield wiper, and fog on the inside of his window (he tried several times to wipe it clear with a towel). Several passengers yelled at the pilot to slow down, that he was going too fast. Suddenly there was a loud bang and a hard jolt to the side. Someone yelled, "He hit the tanker!" (another ship anchored near the Jade). We continued on without reducing speed and I caught a glimpse of another tender out the window in the door. Apparently, due to poor visibility, the pilot did not see the other tender and we sideswiped it. We continued on at the same speed, even as passengers yelled at the pilot to slow down. The collision occurred about 20 minutes into the trip. We finally lost speed as we approached the ship since two tenders were at the landing. Because the water was so rough and choppy, it took several attempts for the pilot to back the tender into the landing and get it tied up at the appropriate spot. There was much chatter among the tender passengers when we got back on the ship, with many people upset about what had just happened. Many headed to the service desk to file a complaint about the actions of the pilot, who put two tenders in danger. While waiting in line, we encountered passengers from tender #6, the one that was hit. One person took it upon herself to approach the service desk for the group to avoid having 20-some people mob the desk. Initially, she was told by the customer service clerk that if something happened off the ship, it wasn't Norwegian's problem. The woman pointed out that the collision occurred between two Jade tenders that were operated by Norwegian employees who were returning passengers from Norwegian-sponsored excursions, so therefore it was indeed Norwegian's problem. Eventually, a security officer arrived, followed by a manager type, and the matter was somewhat sorted out. The group was asked to move to a conference room adjacent to the theater, where it was met by the Staff Captain. Everyone was offered a chance to submit a statement about what they experienced, but nothing has been heard since then about the status of the investigation or any actions Norwegian might take. This was not a great end to an otherwise nice trip. The collision was upsetting and should not have happened had the pilot been operating the tender based on the conditions (going slower in poor visibility conditions). The matter wasn't helped by the initial indifference of the crew and staff. The collision was one glitch in an otherwise fun trip and while it wasn't a pleasant experience, it has not put us off cruising again nor selecting Norwegian for our next cruise. We are already looking at a future cruise with our sons and families. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
To make our trip to Europe. We did meet many People and made some friends. We also enjoyed the Nightly Entertainment, which was very good. I'm sorry to say that the Dinner menu was not what it used to be, like on our trips ... Read More
To make our trip to Europe. We did meet many People and made some friends. We also enjoyed the Nightly Entertainment, which was very good. I'm sorry to say that the Dinner menu was not what it used to be, like on our trips before this one. I have to say that the Bar drinks went up a lot since I was Cruising in Mach 2017, there are now $ 12.00 a drink. Also we took a land tour in Cartagena which was advertised with only a few Stairs but it turned out there where over a hundred stairs involved, which was not the best way to get up to the Conception Castle. Our Cabin was very clean and our cabin Attended was very efficient and helpful. All in all the Cruise was enjoyable and we liked it anyway, and will be cruising with the Royal Cariebbean on our way back to the USA in August. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
We chose this cruise because of the great cost! It was our first transatlantic cruise with 7 other people. The ship had it's 20th birthday while traveling, party was entertaining. The ship is older and smaller than the new ships. It ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of the great cost! It was our first transatlantic cruise with 7 other people. The ship had it's 20th birthday while traveling, party was entertaining. The ship is older and smaller than the new ships. It was kept very clean, I viewed many staff members shining brass during the wee hours of the night. The cabin was a little small for 3 people but kept clean. I would suggest the middle and 7th floor. Steward was great advised at the start what we needed and he was very attentive. Dining in the main dining was very good excellent service. Food was a little bland for our group. Entertainment was great at night but needed more music on the pool deck. Casino fun times, bartenders were friendly and enjoyed my husbands jokes. We had great laughs. The staff were very friendly and service was top notch. They enjoy their jobs even though they work long hours. Ports were new to us we enjoyed shopping, beaching at St. Maarten. Touring Malaga, tour bus in Cartagena, and tour bus in Barcelona. embarkation and disembarkation went very smoothly. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
Cheap way to get to Europe, sea view cabin on deck 3, $625 each + gratuities. Smaller boat, mostly older passengers (50+), very few children (which was just as well, since the RotS doesn't have a lot to offer for younger ... Read More
Cheap way to get to Europe, sea view cabin on deck 3, $625 each + gratuities. Smaller boat, mostly older passengers (50+), very few children (which was just as well, since the RotS doesn't have a lot to offer for younger passengers!). Food was good in all restaurants. The anytime dinning service was exceptionally good once we settled into the same section/time every night. The serving staff really make an effort to get to know likes and dislikes, and are very attentive. Cabin was fine, although the HVAC was malevolent! first night was hot only, after a changed thermostat, it would slowly warm the cabin at night all of its own accord after working fine all day at 69/20.3 deg! RC staff on-board worked very hard to make the trip enjoyable. We didn't encounter one cabin, restaurant or deck worker who wasn't super helpful. However, the shops were very variable in quality of service! (shop ashore in Sint Maarten, a lot cheaper). I enjoyed the trip, but as a mariner and blue water sailor, no surprise: my wife was bored with the ocean crossing time, but otherwise enjoyed the experience. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
It has been a long time since we did a long cruise (this one was 14 nights). Overall the cruise was good but we can see where cost cutting has changed the feel of this company's ships. We has a BD class of cabin with a balcony. The ... Read More
It has been a long time since we did a long cruise (this one was 14 nights). Overall the cruise was good but we can see where cost cutting has changed the feel of this company's ships. We has a BD class of cabin with a balcony. The cabin itself was rather on the smallish side and I am really glad there were only the 2 of us in the cabin as I think it would have been a nightmare with 3 in this small a space. Bed was comfortable but did feel that as the ship had just had a refit (more like some new carpets fitted and some of the restaurants moved or expanded) felt that the beds and bedding should maybe have been replaced. Also found the way our cabin had been updated rather strange with some of the built in furniture in the redwood and other pieces 1/2 redwood and 1/2 black-faced chipboard. Also the switches and outlets were a mix of old and new which did give the room a rather strange look almost a 1/2 hearted effort at a refit. Also found the bedside lights witch I assume to have LED bulbs in them very annoying as the flickered non stop and were ridiculously bright. The cabin steward was excellent but I did notice that the room was not vacuumed for several days at a time also the bedding was not changed that often. As our stateroom was forward I did notice the noise from the Stardust Theatre every night when we had gone to bed. We did find the buffet up to the standards that we would expect from NCL from our last cruises and we were glad to see that this had not changed (only 1 minor gripe was a lack of basic sliced deli meats as some of the guests would have been more that happy with roast turkey or honey roast ham being available rather than the American selections that they did have on offer. We chose not to use the main dining rooms and opted for the 10 night dining package. We did notice that in almost every pay restaurant the menu had been reduced with some of the omission's being rather strange like no baked potato in the steakhouse restaurant and several items removed from every menu (the only reason we know this is that the ship had not bothered to update the phone app with the new menus or even the new locations or new names of the restaurants)/ We also found that some of the staff in the restaurants fantastic and some not so. I also did notice that some of the assistant maitre d's to be rather rude and arrogant towards the waiting staff when they thought that no guest would hear. As I worked in catering for many years I do take exception to this and I will name the restaurant this occurred in "Cagneys" We are not really late night people and we take the opportunity of a 14 night sea crossing as time to sleep late and unwind. We only went to one show and we did note that this was aimed totally at the US guests on-board as was almost every ShowTime. I was rather puzzled to the fact that NCL have removed all the guest coin laundry facilities on their ships (well I was puzzled till I noticed the price of $5.95 to send a t-shirt to the laundry) but they did offer a $19.95 bag of laundry twice during the crossing. As they have removed the coin laundry found it rather strange that they still sell the detergent for it in the on-board store, As we have been to all the ports before we only got off once for a brief walk so cannot comment on the ports or the excursions. Would we do NCL again I feel we would have to have a long hard thing for anything longer that 5 to 7 nights Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
Booked back to back cruises on the Jade out of Tampa. First leg Western Caribbean, second Transatlantic to the UK. Nice ship that was easy to get about. Pool area was excellent and space always available. Cabins were good, staff ... Read More
Booked back to back cruises on the Jade out of Tampa. First leg Western Caribbean, second Transatlantic to the UK. Nice ship that was easy to get about. Pool area was excellent and space always available. Cabins were good, staff throughout the ship friendly and first class. Food perhaps the best we've had on NCL (we dined mainly in speciality restaurants but free options also very good). The buffet after 21 days became tedious and we never visited it in the evening. By-passing breakfast &/or lunch became our routine. Each of the specially restaurants were equally good, maybe not as impressive visually than the newer bigger ships, but certainly better food, especially the meat dishes. The Jasmine Chinese was included for all and in our view better than the Teppanaki which carried fees. The bars were excellent, our favourite servers were in the Atrium but all bars poured drinks to suit (we had the UBP). We got engaged in the trivia on both legs of the trip with was fun and enabled us to make some lovely friends. Best part of the trip for us was those friendships and fun. Entertainment was very hit and miss (probably more miss & miss). The music on the first leg was extremely dull (not to our taste) and it got substantially worse on the transatlantic. There seems to be a belief on some NCL ships that when people over 60yrs turn the radio on in their cars or go to gigs, they exclusively listen to Elvis, Frank Sinatra, etc. I really do wish NCL could realise that most of us only hear those sort of tunes at funeral services these days. The odd insertion of awful Abba tunes hardly landed any more easily on the eardrums. Some of the musicians on the ship were good, the pianist & a guitarist did have pretty extensive songbooks, and the Neil Diamond tribute session was excellent but a mid-afternoon time slot seemed perverse. A young singing couple in the theatre were OK but their song choices dull. The other singing about the ship seemed subdued by virtue of the genre of music we presume the artists had been told to stick to. You could literally walk away from one version of Elvis, Proud Mary or Dancing Queen to another bar and hear the self same song. As for the shows, the illusion show (Sandar I think) was excellent, the other shows struggled to hold our attention. Hypnotism, magic & juggling seemed more like time fillers than headline shows, the dance shows were mainly spoiled by dreadful accompanying music. One named Blazing Boots didn't have any storyline and was a serious of songs which were totally unknown by us, and it seemed a large proportion of the audience. Goodness knows how it was ever considered a suitable show for a diverse international audience. The usually funny comedians weren't great. On cruise 1 the comedian just wasn't funny, and on cruise 2 the guy spoke so fast with it was hard to catch what he was saying. All in all we had a great trip and are looking forward to several more cruises over the next 18mths, several with NCL. We've learned that with NCL the bigger ships offer far more in terms of entertainment variety but the smaller ships are ahead of the game in terms of getting to know folks and food quality. The ports of call were fun distractions: We enjoyed them all with the possible exception of Roatan where we didn't venture far from the ship. Cozumel, Costa Maya, Roatan, Harvest Caye (first time visit of us, and bit like Great Stirrup Cay & absolutely spotless with loads of space). Leg 2 was Key West (fun as ever), Miami (didn't dissembark as we've been loads of times), Azores (lovely island tour), Cobh (Guinness & music in Ireland), and finally Falmouth (near where we live). As for the weather & crossing.... we're convinced we were really lucky. Good weather in the Caribbean with only 1 day of rough seas, and what we considered to be a pretty smooth transatlantic trip although some friends did suffer a bit with motion issues (we were midship they were up front). Cabin was Oceanview for leg 1 then Interior for leg 2. Both were OK. Please be warned: we had a cabin on deck 11 (11085) under the Buffet for the first 6 days of our TA, we couldn't sleep and after complaining we were moved to deck 10 which was better. The problem was the noise from the trolleys as the staff prepared and cleared the buffet. It was worst at 5am when we were woken daily. We had complained on day 2 and been told there was nothing that could be done. My wife spoke to the Hotel Director at the platinum gathering and he wasn't happy with his staff, and few bottles of wine and chocolates then room swap followed. We were far from happy to discover that all Oceanview and balcony cabins had been block booked by US travel agents months before the trip which prevented non-US guests reserving for those categories of cabins even 6 months ahead of time. Those cabins were released in the wider market long after we had booked. We would recommend the Jade, yes but judged by these trips don't expect much by way of musical entertainment unless you fall into the 'one foot in the grave' category..... Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
we did a lot of Transatlantic cruises with RCCL, but this time with the Brilliance was the best we ever had. The whole stuff was very nice, took care of any problems you had. Every evening an other theme in the diamond lounge, with funny ... Read More
we did a lot of Transatlantic cruises with RCCL, but this time with the Brilliance was the best we ever had. The whole stuff was very nice, took care of any problems you had. Every evening an other theme in the diamond lounge, with funny people so you get in the mood for a nice evening. We booked onboard the next transatlantic with the Brilliance, because of the good exsperience. We have been sorry to go away in Bracelona, but we come back next year and hope to get the same experiance like before. A good idea has been to give diamond plus member the oportunety to go in a special breakfast restaurant, where you good everything you asked for. They Hoteldirektor must be very good, allways new ideas, and even the sea days have been full of activities, so sometimes we wished we had more time. Everything was well. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
My friend and I wanted to do a repositioning cruise and this was an excellent deal. The Brilliance of the Seas was easy to get around but VERY noisy! There wasn't a quiet area (other than our cabin) where you could escape ear-pounding ... Read More
My friend and I wanted to do a repositioning cruise and this was an excellent deal. The Brilliance of the Seas was easy to get around but VERY noisy! There wasn't a quiet area (other than our cabin) where you could escape ear-pounding music. I found it most annoying and was certainly glad my cabin wasn't near the Centrum and even though they closed the fire doors each night, I'm sure those cabins heard the noise every time someone had to go through them. I was unimpressed with the food in the main dining room. It was just average and the lobster was the worst, overcooked and rubbery I had ever experienced. I was kind of surprised that by day 10, the assistant waiter still asked me what kind of roll I wanted (I had the same type EVERY day). The shows each evening were very well done and lots of variety. I would enjoy taking another repositioning cruise, but would try a different ship. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
This was a last minute decision that provided a super bargain. The ship was great and we had great service on this repositioning cruise. The entertainment was fabulous. There were plenty of opportunities to get involved. Good shore ... Read More
This was a last minute decision that provided a super bargain. The ship was great and we had great service on this repositioning cruise. The entertainment was fabulous. There were plenty of opportunities to get involved. Good shore excursion options. The ship stopped at good ports of call. The only negative for this trip was the quality of the food. We travel because of the need for relaxation and for the total travel experience. Overall, Royal Caribbean (RC) provides for those needs. However, we have noticed a considerable deterioration in the quality of the food on the voyages with this last cruise being the poorest quality we have experienced on RC. The quality of service remains exemplary in all areas. The institutional style food in the dining room left a lot to be desired. There was little flavor in many of the dishes. Room service food was the poorest I have experienced anywhere in my International travels. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
I wanted to sail on this class of ship to compare it to others. While it was fine, I do prefer the Voyager class and Freedom class more. Considering the age of the ship I was impressed with how well it was maintained. The cruise staff was ... Read More
I wanted to sail on this class of ship to compare it to others. While it was fine, I do prefer the Voyager class and Freedom class more. Considering the age of the ship I was impressed with how well it was maintained. The cruise staff was always friendly and helpful. My biggest disappointment was the dining room assignments at dinner time. There were many 10 person tables with two, four or five persons assigned to the table. Many 6 or 8 person tables were full. Why couldn't the cruise line spread the people more evenly around the dining room. I had spoken to others and they felt awkward sitting by themselves at tables with so many empty chairs. Seating in the Centrum is very limited due to its smaller size. Often times it was difficult to find a seat at Cafe Lattetudes because of it's location so many people used those seats to watch the activities going on in the Centrum. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
The price, the service, the destination was amazing. The room was so noisy. The room mate was very serviable, funny, and available. He gived to us a fresh bucket of ice two time a day. We got some problem with the embarkation to Puerto ... Read More
The price, the service, the destination was amazing. The room was so noisy. The room mate was very serviable, funny, and available. He gived to us a fresh bucket of ice two time a day. We got some problem with the embarkation to Puerto Rico, we was two ships in the same times and the time for going in it was very long and crasy. The food in the dinning room was excellent, but seafood was missing, they served only on time lobster. At each night they gived to us the french menu and we saw the crew do all is possible to help each of us. We was a group of 6 adults and every boy was vers happy. The night show was very great, various, excitting, duration (45 minutes ). The wine package was not available. All the time we got a lot of chair available around the pool or the updeck. Royal Carribean gived at each people a beautiful beach towel with the draw of Brilliance of the seas. Thank you. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
Since the cruise was transatlantic it was a great way to go to a few ports and also travel over to Europe. The shows were excellent and there was a good variety. The Production shows had the best singers and dancers we've seen on a ... Read More
Since the cruise was transatlantic it was a great way to go to a few ports and also travel over to Europe. The shows were excellent and there was a good variety. The Production shows had the best singers and dancers we've seen on a ship. Whoever was handling the sound system was excellent because the music wasn't drowning out the singers. The service in the dining room was excellent and very friendly. If you're food was not to your satisfaction they were more then happy to bring something else. We have cruised many times with Royal Caribbean and like this smaller ship that they have. The centrum area is spectalur and offers a variety of entertainment each day. The balcony cabin was very comfortable and offered a great view of the ocean and ports as we arrived. You never walked done the hall where there was a crew member present that he or she didn't Greyson you with a smile and a friendly greeting. If you go on Royal be sure to visit their next cruise section to book another cruise. You'll get an onboard credit to use on the cruise you're currently on or you can apply to the cruise you are booking. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
Relax time, on the sea, without Connections to Internet or cellphones - no calls from work. As Privat-Pilot i organized by myself the chartering Cessnas 172 in Tampa(FL) and Puerto Rico for flying by myself. Waiter's and Crew ... Read More
Relax time, on the sea, without Connections to Internet or cellphones - no calls from work. As Privat-Pilot i organized by myself the chartering Cessnas 172 in Tampa(FL) and Puerto Rico for flying by myself. Waiter's and Crew Staff are very friendly and try to celebrate a good Service. Not good: Some times ALL pools and Hot-Tubes wased closed completly. Bad weather, renovation - but why all in same time? Shore excursions by RCC are not my style. I organized my trips all by myself, from home, before we start, including flights and hotels. Hope, RCC will have in future more individuals Solutions fro bring bycicle or Harley with. Also we NEED in future is the Hop ON - Hopp OFF Option: May be still in town - not return to the ship, take a flight and come back to the ship in the next port. This Options is a MUST HAVE for passengers with Special interests. Next Cruise with RCC ist booked for Oct.2017: From Singapore to Perth. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017

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