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We chose Viking because we had been to China on Viking River cruise and loved everything about it. This was our first experience with Viking sea cruises. We loved the new ship, the whole ship was beautiful. Public spaces were well thought ... Read More
We chose Viking because we had been to China on Viking River cruise and loved everything about it. This was our first experience with Viking sea cruises. We loved the new ship, the whole ship was beautiful. Public spaces were well thought out and had the right touches. Our cabin was beautiful, spacious, king bed, excellent cabin service and service throughout. The entertainment excellent, tour director very talented, including the show troupe, guitarist, and classical trio. The band was great, especially band leader. Loved the lectures that were themed to the trip. That made a big impact to our trip. Our main reason for doing this trip was the itinerary. We did the pre-cruise tour of Iceland, our favorite stop, plus the Faro Islands. The food was excellent, great variety and overwhelming choices! The tour excursions were great. I would have liked some extra choices in our pre-cruise tour selection and some other tweaking on the tour excursions. All round, this was the best sea cruise that we have ever taken. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
We chose Viking because of the advertised quality of the cruise and Viking exceeded our expectations in virtually every way. Our cabin was new, spacious and very comfortable. The variety of restaurants was outstanding and we were always ... Read More
We chose Viking because of the advertised quality of the cruise and Viking exceeded our expectations in virtually every way. Our cabin was new, spacious and very comfortable. The variety of restaurants was outstanding and we were always pleased with our meals. The only exception were the fried eggs at breakfast which were sometimes overdone. We went on virtually every complimentary excursion and were able to go on several additional excursions. All were well conducted with knowledgeable tour guides. During our at sea days we took in the spa and the exercise room. The enrichment activities (seminars) centered on the Vikings and were one of the highlights of the trip. Another highlight was afternoon tea with snacks and live classical music. Our cabin crew were excellent and were always able to accommodate our needs. We enjoyed our cruise so much that we have already booked two more cruises in the near future. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
We were interested in traveling to Iceland, Greenland and other small islands. We have traveled on Viking and think it is a first class operation. The meals were outstanding. We tried all of the restaurants and enjoyed "The ... Read More
We were interested in traveling to Iceland, Greenland and other small islands. We have traveled on Viking and think it is a first class operation. The meals were outstanding. We tried all of the restaurants and enjoyed "The Restaurant" the best - getting our favorite table was special. The entertainment and cruise director, Aaron far surpassed our expectations. The ports were lovely, educational and very enjoyable. We wish we could have spent more time at some of the stops. The residents made us feel very welcomed as we landed. We thoroughly enjoyed the live stage show in Saguenay. Outstanding! The disembarkation went smoothly considering how many people needed to leave at the same time. Returning to the ship sometimes took longer than we thought it should. Maybe having another security check-in would have speeded up the process. We would definitely consider another cruise on the long ships. However, the river boats are still our favorite cruises. Less people and smoother waters. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
I chose this round trip crossing because I wanted to enjoy the ship and not get on and off everyday. It was just great! There was plenty to do everyday if you wished. I tried to do the least and still kept busy. I took in lectures I had ... Read More
I chose this round trip crossing because I wanted to enjoy the ship and not get on and off everyday. It was just great! There was plenty to do everyday if you wished. I tried to do the least and still kept busy. I took in lectures I had not planned, music programs I had not planned and even bingo. Most of the time I just enjoyed the people and the public rooms. Our 8:30 dinner was a constantly awaited event. Two couples and two singles and strangers to all, we closed the restaurant from the first to the last night. No one made any evening show plans because we had such a good time at our table. I enjoyed the buffet self serve breakfasts in the Kings Court and the pub lunches in the Golden Lion. The wait staff were terriffic and always happy and patient with us. There was a Catholic Mass every day and that was most appreciated. Embarkation was a drag. 1 1/2 hours to zig zag around but disembarkion was breeze. I left the ship at 9:00AM and was out to be picked up at 9:25 luggage in hand. The shore excursions went well with fun and knowledgeable guides. I would do this trip again in a heart beat. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
We had a morning walking around the old town of Southampton as our check in was 2.30pm. and a short taxi ride from the hotel. The QM2 had arrived at 9am. Wow what a sight from the Hotel. Slick booking in, bags disappeared at door and ... Read More
We had a morning walking around the old town of Southampton as our check in was 2.30pm. and a short taxi ride from the hotel. The QM2 had arrived at 9am. Wow what a sight from the Hotel. Slick booking in, bags disappeared at door and a long and well stocked (receptionist line) – zero queue. Only hoot was the discussion about the ESTA rules for expiry (unlike a passport it can be the day after you leave eg current ) we had Dec 2017 on ours and there were conversations about this – but not an issue. Issued with boarding cards. Straight on to ship (we arrived only slightly early, as per the Cunard communications. Cabin 6137 – perfect right in the middle of the ship.great – better than I hoped. Steward Dennis, professional and the room was always well kept and clean. Ship wow Only sea going planetarium, casino, pubs, shops. Only comment the pavilion pool – the tiles are chipped and the changing room (like a public pool from the 1960's) - flooded floor -one cubicle and the entrance door open onto the pool area, so it I was going from the shower to the flooded manky cubicle – I would be on view if someone opened the door – and same for my wife I understand. Crew, food wow. Drinks VERY Expensive. Dress for dinner 3 formal nights – perfect --- we did the 6pm sitting and felt that was just right as we are early up people. Our friends at Table, USE, New Zealand and British were great company. We did breakfast and some lunches in the Kings Court (buffet) and a meal in the pub. All good Shows – really good. Two people playing one piano – amazing. Casino and arranged activities great – QM2 has it all. Took me 5 visits to eventually see the ‘view of the bridge’ well worth it. We did every deck down to 13 – 2. (TIP) The Silly Wrist bands sea sickness Worked. I was ill only on the morning of day two after that even a force 9 gale at night did not bother me. (TIP) Launderette FREE even the wash powder – and well machines broke down on every deck – but FREE .. washer / dryer and ironing board 2/x ( 4 machines on deck 6 6137 side) (Poor) Leaving the ship – not knowing the time until the day before a pain, rang the car transfer (WASTE of Time) - not Cunard's fault. (Poor) Off boarding – the cases were randomly left in a huge deck 6 area - finding all 4 – took ten minutes.(note to Cunard please!) - the ship is run perfect the cases in the harbour, silly badly managed. Come on Captain this could be a lot better. (TIP) Tie a ribbon around each case to find it easier!! Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
We chose this cruise because it included Iceland & Greenland. These two locations were excellent and the excursions there were well done. Beyond that the Silver Sea experience was more than expected! Cruise Director Vickie was ... Read More
We chose this cruise because it included Iceland & Greenland. These two locations were excellent and the excursions there were well done. Beyond that the Silver Sea experience was more than expected! Cruise Director Vickie was always available for questions and ever smiling. A special call out to our Butler Mustafa, he went beyond our expectations with offerings to help and provided nonstop service. Restaurants provided both excellent service and quality of food was outstanding. Wines offered were appropriate at all times. Opportunities to improve: 1) Lighting control for entertainers was inconsistent 2) Karaoke had song words by piano where singers, to read, had to stand in the dark 3) Water pressure in men's spa showers was poor! 4) Internet was both pricey and inconsistent 5) More casual dress nights would have been better The trip was complete luxury and the few opportunities mentioned, not withstanding, we look forward to our next Silver Sea Cruise and have friends we have shared this with who are looking forward to joining us. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
We chose this specific voyage due to the itinerary - with stops in Iceland, Greenland & the northern tip of Newfoundland being the most of interest. This was our third Silver Sea cruise, but at 17 days the longest we'd ever ... Read More
We chose this specific voyage due to the itinerary - with stops in Iceland, Greenland & the northern tip of Newfoundland being the most of interest. This was our third Silver Sea cruise, but at 17 days the longest we'd ever been on a ship. The Whisper is an older ship, but well maintained. Don't be looking for a lot of glitz - it is understated class more than 'in your face' fancy. Embarkation was very easy. Due to the small number of passengers it took us less than 30 minutes from the time we arrived at the port until we were sitting in at the bar on the pool deck with a beer. Our cabin was well maintained. There was an issue with the sliding door on our veranda which became evident the first night we encountered heavy seas, but maintenance fixed the door during our next port stop. At most port stops we found our own way around - the few ship excursions we took were mostly large (30+ bus) groups which we didn't really enjoy. SilverSea should put the estimated number of participants on each tour so we could avoid these in the future. (On a previous voyage the tours we took were on small mini-buses, with maximum 12 participants, which suit us better.) Dining was exceptional in both The Restaurant & La Terrazza, with our meal in Le Champagne being our only real disappointment: Not worth the $40/person surcharge when the food elsewhere was already superb. The service throughout the ship was outstanding. Our suite was kept clean & well stocked by our room attendant and butler. We were somewhat disappointed in the L'ecole des Chef's program which mainly consisted of a couple of shopping trips to public markets in Cork & Belfast and sampling the food purchased once back on the ship. The best part of the voyage was the day spent cruising Prince Christian Sound in Greenland. We were blessed with perfect weather for the day: calm seas, blue skies. Unfortunately the weather gods did no cooperate for our next stop in L'anse Aux Meadows, as the sea was too rough to launch the tenders safely, so that became an extra sea day. We also missed our port call in Gaspe due to regulations governing the speed of vessels in the St. Lawrence, so we had more sea days than originally planned. Not Silver Sea's fault though, so they did the best they could given the circumstances. All in all, it was a 'once in a lifetime' voyage for us. We are glad we went, and enjoyed the experience. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
Fourth time in my life to cross the Atlantic on Cunard and the best. Firstly, the Queen Mary 2 is so large and extremely stable compared to the Queen Elizabeth 2. Despite some heavy North Atlantic swells on the fourth day one had to look ... Read More
Fourth time in my life to cross the Atlantic on Cunard and the best. Firstly, the Queen Mary 2 is so large and extremely stable compared to the Queen Elizabeth 2. Despite some heavy North Atlantic swells on the fourth day one had to look to believe we were on a ship! The new single stateroom on deck three (only six rooms, Iwould prefer over a balcony room any day. What mAkes them especially attractive is that only these six afternoons are placed parallel to the ship so the bed is placed either facing the bow or stern and it means the room has two very large oval Windows each with a window seat. The statehood therefore is and feels spacious and is very bright...one has a great view of the ocean. But another wonderful plus is that there is no need to take an elevator to dinner in the Britannia restaurant or to walk to the theatres, the three bars on this floor or the shops or Purser's Office and only one flight down to the British pub and other entertainments. The short private corridor outside these six cabins ensures both privacy and quietness. Our room steward was outstanding (I had to tell him no need to change the towel in my bathroom just because I used it once! And the bathroom itself..incredible ..much larger and luxurious compared to so many cruise ship double balcony cabins. A shower with an excellent rain shower faucet and double glass doors..big enough for two persons. Because the bed was positioned facing the bow alongside the corridor wall the room had a six foot dressing table with fridge and drawers and the entire space between the two large oval Windows was mirror adding to the spaciousness feeling of the stateroom. Another wonderful feature was that suitcases easily slipped under the bed and there was more cupboard space than could be used. Lastly besides the very comfortable double bed (more than sufficient for one person) the stateroom had a very comfortable easy chair and footstool. Unfortunately as I spend no more time than necessary in my room alone I never did sit and relax in that easy chair!! What a pleasure to simply leave my room exit the corridor in front of model of the ship and life-size painting of Her Majesty and,Prince Philip, walk up six carpeted steps and enter the Queen Mary room for afternoon tea! Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
This review refers to the wheelchair access only on this cruise ship, for service and other reviews please see other reviewers' comments. This review refers to a wheelchair accessible cabin (stateroom). The rooms that are not ... Read More
This review refers to the wheelchair access only on this cruise ship, for service and other reviews please see other reviewers' comments. This review refers to a wheelchair accessible cabin (stateroom). The rooms that are not identified as wheelchair accessible are definitely not going to work for you if you use a wheelchair. The doors are too narrow to accept a standard wheelchair. Do not consider for a moment travelling on the Queen Mary without booking an accessible room if you are unable to stand or walk. Having said that there are 32 accessible staterooms on board of different grades, ranging from interior twin staterooms to a stately (and very expensive) suite. So, you should be able to find something that suits your needs and budget. The staterooms are spread over Deck 10 (3 rooms), 9 (2), 8 (6), 6 (8), 5 (10) and deck 4 (3). There is a detailed layout plan available on the Cunard website which indicates which staterooms are accessible. Accessible rooms must be booked by phone rather than on-line, and no accessible rooms have doors to an adjoining cabin. BOARDING: We boarded at Brooklyn. Access was via a long gangway with a very manageable slope. I imagine the slope for the very last section is dependent on the tide. The last gangway into the ship has a steep descent – some may find it safer to navigate it in reverse. Cunard staff are on hand to assist. ON-BOARD: There are plenty of lifts (elevators) spread in four main areas throughput the ship (referred to as A, B, C and D). There is level access to almost all public areas of the ship and the open decks. All restaurants are accessible, and most restrooms have either an accessible cubicle or a nearby dedicated unisex accessible toilet. The spa area is fully accessible with button operated doors. The indoor pool has a seat device to enable a disabled person to get in. The outdoor pools are not accessible, although the area around them is. The entertainment areas (cinema and theatre) have wheelchair bays. All restaurants are fully accessible with comfortably positioned seating. The biggest problem was the deep pile carpet used in most public areas and the long corridors leading to the staterooms. This was hard work in a manual chair, and I found myself having to stop for rests. The easiest way to traverse long distances for me was to go to deck 7, get outside, wheel to the elevator bank closest to my destination on the hard wooden deck (very easy to roll on) and then go back inside. DISEMBARKING: We disembarked in Southampton via a long gentle gangway, with no problematic slopes. The baggage hall and egress to the outside was all level. We did a non-stop transatlantic trip. If you are doing trips with shore excursions be aware that at some locations Cunard cannot guarantee access to the shore if you are unable to manage some steps, and their staff are not qualified to provide anything other than gentle assistance – they won’t be able to do a lift transfer! Overall I was extremely impressed with the access on-board and found the entire experience very enjoyable. I would have no hesitation in recommending the QM2 to a wheelchair user. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
The voyage is the vacation! We chose this trip because we love sea days in the first place, we've always wanted to try Cunard and found an amazing deal. Originally the plan was to cruise to Southampton and fly home, but getting from ... Read More
The voyage is the vacation! We chose this trip because we love sea days in the first place, we've always wanted to try Cunard and found an amazing deal. Originally the plan was to cruise to Southampton and fly home, but getting from ship to Heathrow is a pain so we just went both ways. First the ship: Queen Mary 2 is the only true ocean liner afloat. She was designed and built to cross the North Atlantic. She is smooth, fast, luxurious and absolutely amazing in her design. The layout can be a bit confusing especially moving on the lower decks from back to front and back again, which you do a lot going to the different venues. Entertainment: Two Theaters. Really. The Royal Court theater for the production and feature entertainment shows and some of the speakers, and Illuminations, which is a very nice venue for speakers, movies oh and yeah, a planetarium. Most amazing. A great big ballroom at the aft of the ship, and a high tech night club. Music in most bars in the evenings. Daytime music recitals, and classical music at afternoon tea. They had some really terrific guest speakers. I could go on about the world war 2 veterans for hours, but just go to tggf.org and read about these wonderful people yourself. Food: Absolutely some of the best. Main Dining room: I've had a few better meals on other ships, but in general the chef's on QM2 do a terrific job. Our only complaint is the layout of the buffet, It's not done well. Very tight quarters, noisy and kind of difficult to navigate. The food is good though. We were assigned an A2 class balcony on deck 13. How cool was that??!! I was told that most balcony cabins are generally the same, the only difference being location. The deck 13 cabins were only installed in June 2016, so very new and very nice. In short, I'm checking my websites every few days in hopes of finding another great deal on the QM2 Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
I have cruised on the Marina twice and was wondering how I would find the R class (smaller ship than the O class) Insignia. Well, I loved it. Why? The size was excellent and the passengers did not overwhelm the ports or tendering ... Read More
I have cruised on the Marina twice and was wondering how I would find the R class (smaller ship than the O class) Insignia. Well, I loved it. Why? The size was excellent and the passengers did not overwhelm the ports or tendering operations. Just a nice scale. True the Veranda suites are smaller and particularly the showers than the Marina but they were not disappointing. I did not miss the other specialty restaurants they have on the O ships. Food was excellent and fully up to Marina/Oceania standards. Which I have found to be the best of all other cruise lines that we have taken, mainly AMA and Holland America. I had read a review prior to the trip that stated that the Insignia was tired and dog eared. I looked very closely at a number of areas of the ship and found her to be in excellent condition. I think the main lounge was a little weak (small) for entertainment but we don't cruise for the entertainment. Piano bar and string quartets are more of our thing and was very good on Insignia. I loved the itinerary because they were unique ports and not tourist traps. I learned things about places I had never read about. Service was outstanding as it has been on our other Oceania cruises. Booked next years cruise while on board. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
The level of interior design in the public area, the lectures, concerts, classes and formal evenings all made for a very special trip. I highly recommend the flower arranging class as you not only learn how to make interesting ... Read More
The level of interior design in the public area, the lectures, concerts, classes and formal evenings all made for a very special trip. I highly recommend the flower arranging class as you not only learn how to make interesting arrangements and a corsage for the formal evening but have very special flowers for your cabin and dining table. The library is not only a great resource (I read about the sinking of the Lusitania as we made the crossing from Southampton to NY) but also a lovely, quiet space in which to read. It often felt as if we were travelling back in time when the restaurant was filled with diners in dinner jackets and long evening dresses, when there was dancing in the ballroom or a piano concert in the theatre, harp music in the bar - one could imagine it was 1920 or 1930. The food was truly excellent in the Britannia restaurant and I particularly liked the small starter so that you weren't stuffed before the main course. there were no shore excursions as we were at sea the entire time. However, I was never bored or at a loss of what to do as there were so many activities. It all added up to the most relaxing and enjoyable time aboard ship that I can imagine and I hope to do it again and again. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
Great ports to visit. The ship itself was 1st class in every way. We chose a penthouse which was spacious and very well designed. THE ENTIRE STAFF WERE EXTREMELY FRIENDLY AND The speciality restaurants were great, although we ... Read More
Great ports to visit. The ship itself was 1st class in every way. We chose a penthouse which was spacious and very well designed. THE ENTIRE STAFF WERE EXTREMELY FRIENDLY AND The speciality restaurants were great, although we felt that the french restaurant was the weakest, while others thought it was the best. WE THOUGHT THAT THE ENTERTAINMENT WAS FOR THE MOST PART SO-SO AND Not enough on board activities during days in port. The internet was a big disappointment, the service was almost non existent for the most part. Another disappointment was the lack of snacks during the afternoon,other than cookies . Even with these negatives the entire trip was fabulous and we would not hesitate to book this ship again. It was a costly trip, but as they say you get what you pay for. IWE WOULD HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS SHIP TO ANY ONE WHO IS THINKING OF CRUISING Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
Having already covered the mainstream Med ports pretty thoroughly, we chose this cruise because they offered places we had not been to. Having settled on the itinerary we then read reviews and were quickly sold on Oceania thanks to the ... Read More
Having already covered the mainstream Med ports pretty thoroughly, we chose this cruise because they offered places we had not been to. Having settled on the itinerary we then read reviews and were quickly sold on Oceania thanks to the positive reports. None of them were wrong. The ship is beautiful and wonderfully maintained, the crew are all totally friendly and more than eager to please, the Concierge level suite was outstanding in both comfort and space, and the cuisine was way above any that we have encountered on previous cruises - both ocean and river types. The policy of being treated as an adult with regard to bringing alcohol on board was a good one. We didn't utilise this as we purchased a Beverage package but would have appreciated it otherwise. Not having been to any of the shows in the theatre I can't pass comment. But we did enjoy the classical quartet and also the singer/pianist in one of the bars. Quizzes were always good fun as the Entertainment Manager had a great sense of humour. The only negative I can post is that the Future Tours Manageress made us feel less than worthy of her precious time and was so rude to us that we walked out without booking as we had intended. I have since been in touch online with a marvellous Oceania agent based in London, take a bow Mr. Charles Deeall, and he has restored our faith to the point where we have booked a December sailing from Cape Town (our home) to Singapore. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
This is my second cruise on the Sienna and I recommend this smaller ship. It is elegant and the friendly staff will treat you like royalty. The cabin is comfortable, clean and roomy. Oceania is known for their luxury dining and they ... Read More
This is my second cruise on the Sienna and I recommend this smaller ship. It is elegant and the friendly staff will treat you like royalty. The cabin is comfortable, clean and roomy. Oceania is known for their luxury dining and they won't disappoint you. Even in the Café, they will grill your lobster tails, lamp chops, or steaks to perfection. We weren't sure if we would be bored on an 8 day crossing but found plenty of things to do. As a smaller ship, it can dock in town so you can just get off and explore. They will also provide a free shuttle bus to the center of town, as needed. I've been on the "popular" huge ships with lots of restaurants and activities but there won't be a “sexy" legs contest on Oceania. It is not a party boat for college students and does not cater to children. No photographers snapping away at every opportunity. No long lines to get on and off the ship. Perfect for my taste. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
Cruise could not have been better, only glitch was arriving in Granada 4 hours late, so we missed out excursion to Alhambra, which was the site we had most looked forward to visiting. I suggest the itenary be tweeked in future to allow ... Read More
Cruise could not have been better, only glitch was arriving in Granada 4 hours late, so we missed out excursion to Alhambra, which was the site we had most looked forward to visiting. I suggest the itenary be tweeked in future to allow more time in this port, perhaps an overnight. Shore excursions were lacking the audio sets we are accustom to on other ships. It was difficult to hear the guide and keep up with the group. Dining was lovely, I have a food allergy and they had me premark a menu a day ahead and prepared it so I could eat. This is a huge improvement from other cruises we've been on where I am just told what it is "safe" to order. Beginner bridge lessons were great, as were the enrichment lectures. String quartet was lovely. Fitness center was ok, wish there had been more stretch type classes, the schedule conflicted with other options. Of course much of the space was devoted to "lectures" which overhearing while I exercised sounded like snake oil sales. (I am a medical professional). Spa services vastly overpriced so I did not use. The air arrangements were horrible. We paid to upgrade to business class through Oceania. Despite there being many flights from Rome to Nashville with one stop, we were booked with 2 changes and inadequate time to clear customs, resulting in a missed flight. The return trip took 24 hours , we have done in 12. I will book my own flights in the future. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
We had always wanted to do an eastbound transatlantic cruise and arrive without being jet lagged! The ship was unlike any we had previously been on, being slightly differently organised. It was uniformly excellent. We were not in any ... Read More
We had always wanted to do an eastbound transatlantic cruise and arrive without being jet lagged! The ship was unlike any we had previously been on, being slightly differently organised. It was uniformly excellent. We were not in any of the "upper class" categories, yet our meals were excellent in the Brittannia restaurant, and we found it hard to see how it could be improved by much even if paying a lot more. The enrichment facilities were very good, and we managed to play duplicate bridge every day, which is something we like to do. There was plenty of room on deck 7 to walk, something enjoyed by most people it seemed. The casino was small and not as raucous as we have had on other ships, which was very nice. The theatre and activities were very good; the comedian on board (Mike Doyle) was absolutely top class. Boarding and disembarkation were easy, although the departure area in Brooklyn is a bit yucky! We will definitely do this again, it is a great way to spend a week, providing you don't feel the need to get off every other day! Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
Four of our friends had sailed on the Queen Mary 2 in the last few years and these two couples had been encouraging us to do the crossing (New York to Southampton) ourselves. In fact, one couple wanted to do it again so we took them up on ... Read More
Four of our friends had sailed on the Queen Mary 2 in the last few years and these two couples had been encouraging us to do the crossing (New York to Southampton) ourselves. In fact, one couple wanted to do it again so we took them up on the offer to sail with us and are very happy we did. The ship is beautiful. It was refurbished last year so everything about it was new and fresh. We upgraded to the Club Balcony level in order to have a more flexible meal time and eat in the special dining room for club level travelers. We received exceptional service from Nahveet, Brendo, and Radolfo and the Sommelier. They treated us like VIPs and they seemed to be enjoying themselves as much as we were. The food was wonderful and the variety of offerings could not have been better. Our cabin steward (Ronuel) was very accommodating. It almost seemed like he was right outside our door all day. No matter how late we slept in or how irregular our mealtimes were, Ronuel had cleaned and made up our cabin by the time we returned. When we needed something, all we had to do was call Ronuel and either he or another steward was at our door almost immediately. Our compliments to Captain Wells and also to David Shepherd (Hotel Manager) for such a friendly and well-trained staff because the staff’s friendly attitude and proficiency played a very important part in our enjoying our crossing as much as we did. We could not praise the Queen Mary 2 and her crew more. It was a wonderful experience and we will definitely consider sailing on this ship next time we go to England or Europe. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
We recently celebrated our 48th anniversary on a 28 day cruise on Oceania Insignia traveling from Rome, Italy to Montreal, Canada. This cruise was a segment of the 180 day world cruise that originated in January of 2017. We enjoyed ... Read More
We recently celebrated our 48th anniversary on a 28 day cruise on Oceania Insignia traveling from Rome, Italy to Montreal, Canada. This cruise was a segment of the 180 day world cruise that originated in January of 2017. We enjoyed ourselves immensely. We have traveled Oceania Marina from Miami to Barcelona in 2013. This was a 14 day cruise w/time in Barcelona as a post trip. This last cruise of 28 days was amazing, We originated in Rome Italy then traveled to the following: Spain, Portugal, France, Ireland and did the northern crossing to Montreal Canada. The ship carries 680 passengers and about 440 crew. We spent 3 days In Montreal Canada before returning to Roswell GA where we live. We ate in the formal dining room daily. Each day we were presented with a different menu. The luncheon menu included an around the world menu from a different country each day. This dish of the day was served in a circular bowl with the different specialties of the country served in a circular pattern. We attended the high tea daily in the Horizons lounge. The white gloved attendants served tasty little savory and sweet treats. Then we would float right into Happy Hour which served 2 drinks for the price of one. The meals in the buffet on level 10 was also outstanding. Lovely cuts or fresh roasted beef, turkey, pork in carving stations. Specialty paninis service daily. Fresh soups and even pizza The grill was always available too. The pool area also included a buffet station, fresh cooked hamburgers, hot dogs, and a gelato station that made the best milk shakes. Service above and beyond expectation and wonderful entertainment. We can't say enough about Oceania's small ships. It was an extensive itinerary which we couldn't resist. I would like to experience this same itinerary again. My favorite port was Bordeaux. I love walking the streets and shopping in this lovely city. Ireland was wonderful and our tour guide in Cork even sang to us. Her name was Eleanor. We had 3 ports in Ireland, Belfast, Dublin and Cork. What a fun vibrant city Dublin is. Porto Portugal was charming. An Oceania staff member travels w/each excursion so you were always well attended to. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
We wanted to see Iceland and after looking at all the itinerary's of many cruise lines we decided we liked the Crystal Symphony itinerary the best since it sailed out of NYC , stopped in New England ports and then on to Iceland. We ... Read More
We wanted to see Iceland and after looking at all the itinerary's of many cruise lines we decided we liked the Crystal Symphony itinerary the best since it sailed out of NYC , stopped in New England ports and then on to Iceland. We had heard it was a great cruise line but didn't realize how excellent it really was until we sailed on Crystal. We have been on 12 cruises on 3 different lines. We always enjoyed ourselves but never expected to enjoy this one as much as we did. First off, you aren't "nickeled and dimed to death", almost everything is included in your fare. The food was exceptional and of gourmet quality, the crew amazing, and the entertainment very good. ( a famous singer, a pianist, singers who won national TV talent contests, dancers), The afternoon lecturers were interesting and very knowledgeable. They even had a former astronaut give 4 extremely great lectures on space . The cabin was nice and roomier than others we've been in, very comfortable and quiet .The ship was beautiful but a bit worn, but we heard it's being refitted this Sept. The average age was probably about 60 but these people seemed generally to be a very active , friendly group and very loyal to Crystal.. We couldn't have enjoyed ourselves more and hope to do more Crystal cruises in the future. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
After looking and booking several different cruises for my 60th birthday which included a stay in Europe and trip back on QM2, I decided to save a little money and do the roundtrip Belgian escape from NTC (Red Hook Brooklyn). This had the ... Read More
After looking and booking several different cruises for my 60th birthday which included a stay in Europe and trip back on QM2, I decided to save a little money and do the roundtrip Belgian escape from NTC (Red Hook Brooklyn). This had the advantage of allowing my wife, Jill and I to drive in to CT early and visit my Father, sister and cousins prior to the cruise. Saturday before the cruise was nonstop rain, something we would not see again until May 31st when we debarked back in Red hook. We had a car service take us to the pier from my cousin’s house in Queens Village. The driver was very talkative and it was a fun drive. We were dropped off around 10:15 which was earlier than we planned but traffic was good, our experience with New York is if you want to be on time plan for traffic, if you don’t you’re late, if you do plan, you may be real early. For this day early was a problem. This was Queen Mary 2’s first return to the US for a number of months and so the US Coast Guard had to inspect the ship prior to passengers boarding. This wasn’t a huge issue but it was a lot of hurry up and waits. We had Queens Grill suite so we were in a lounge with scones and treats etc., but the plan was it wouldn’t be long. We could see the people at check in just goofing off and talking since they couldn't process anybody on. They had a good time being paid to do nothing, and by nothing, I mean they didn’t start the computers, log on or anything until we were lined up to check in and then they had problems logging on. If they had logged on while waiting, they most likely would have found the problem and corrected it before it wasted the passenger’s time, but not the case. Therefore Cunard gets graded down for this. After boarding we went to our suite to drop off our carryon bags and set off exploring the ship. We went to Queens Grill for lunch and met Osman, the Senior Maitre D on the QM2. He talked to us about our dietary needs (Jill is low salt, I have a severe shellfish allergy and carry an epi-pen) we were given the menu for that night and told at breakfast each day we would get a menu to order. We were also told we could order from Ala Carte, by lunch and they would have it for dinner. We were also advised if we wanted something special not on the menus let them know the day before and they would make it for us. We took advantage of this and were never let down on any meal during our roundtrip crossing. I found the Canyon Spa menu had some good sounding food the first day and ordered it for lunch and dinner. It was great and you wouldn’t tell by the taste it was healthy. After walking down the ship to get an understanding of the layout we returned to the suite and found our luggage waiting. We unpacked and the front closet and walk-in wardrobe were great. We were able to hang her dresses and my suits and shirts etc. with room leftover. We called Roger our butler to let him know of my allergy, since shrimp and crab canapés are not allowed for me. He tried several different snacks over the next week until he found what Jill liked best. Overall he ranks as our best butler to date and as suite cruisers who always have a butler that means something. Our crossing featured the best weather I’ve ever seen on a transatlantic crossing. The weather being sunny with the temperature in the sixties all the way across the North Atlantic is rare. For Caribbean cruises it’s cold, but for a TA it was great. Add to this the ship was designed for this and the voyage was the smoothest I’ve experienced on the surface of the Atlantic Ocean. We arrived at Southampton early on May 22 as we navigated in around the Isle of Wight, I could seen the Norwegian Jade ahead of us. It was interesting in that our last cruise in March was on Jade, and in January we docked across from Jade during our Norwegian Dawn cruise. Sometimes it feels like a small word out there. At Southampton we went to Winchester Cathedral so Jill could see Jane Austin’s tomb. Outside and inside the cathedral I read lists of men lost in “the Great War 1914-1918” On the monuments outside the Cathrdral Dates “1939-1945” had been added to the monuments after the fact, showing how man doesn’t easily learn from his folly. The next day in Zee Bruges we went to Flanders field in Ypres to learn about the real loss of a generation. When we returned to Southampton on May 24 we stayed aboard due to not having booked anything. We used the hot tub and just relaxed. Entertainment on the cruise was lacking compared to some other cruises, but there were some interesting speakers on board. It would be unfair to compare Cunard cruises to NCL, Carnival, or Royal Caribbean as they are very different in atmosphere. Cunard is more formal. For dining we ate in the Queens Grill most days. We did pizza and pasta one night in the chef’s galley portion of the Kings Court Buffet, and it was simply the best pizza I’ve had on a ship. They make it to order at the galley, so it’s not like pizza in the buffet lines, I don’t think people know about it, because when we told some people at trivia they had never been to the chef’s galley. Osman told us he could have gotten us the pizza for our dinner in Queens Grill or if we didn’t want to dress to eat in the Grill our meal would be served by our butler in the room. We think when we’re on QM2 in March of 2019 for a month we will try that. We did eat in the Britannia restaurant with the Chief Engineer for dinner. I had Beef Wellington for my dinner and Escargot as an appetizer. It was good, but after I had it in Queens Grill, I didn’t compare to the Queens Grill menu version. It was sort of like comparing sirloin to Filet Mignon. Having sailed in the Haven and Owners Suites on NCL, I would have to rate the Queens Grill as a more elegant atmosphere not matched by NCL. Our overall verdict was we’ll gladly cruise Cunard again. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
We cruised on the Riviera from 19 April through 29 April for the Sacred Sanctuaries itinerary. We cruised on other lines in the past, but decided to try Oceania for the stop in Israel and the particular stateroom that we selected. We ... Read More
We cruised on the Riviera from 19 April through 29 April for the Sacred Sanctuaries itinerary. We cruised on other lines in the past, but decided to try Oceania for the stop in Israel and the particular stateroom that we selected. We had a bit of a nightmare getting to Athens to get on the cruise, but that has nothing to do with Oceania. However, we made it! We found the embarkation process extremely easy, but that is probably because we were two of only a handful of folks getting on the ship at that point. It probably looked a lot different a bit earlier in the day. We went straight to our stateroom, 11080, an Oceania Suite on the aft. It is an amazing room. There is some noise from the Terrace Café above in the morning or during peak dining hours, but it was nothing that a cheap set of ear plugs couldn’t cure. The suite itself features a media room, a living and dining room combo, a bedroom with king size bed, a walk-in closet, one HUGE bathroom, another half bath (deck 12 Oceania Suites have a full second bath), and then the best part – a massive wrap-around balcony. We spent most of our time on the balcony watching the aft view. The ship was beautifully maintained. I found customer service to be perfect. Always a smile and an offer to make your day a bit easier. Our stateroom attendants and our butler were also wonderful. They took this cruise to another level. Our room was cleaned as soon as we left the suite. Our butler provided a level of professionalism and luxury that made our experience on the Riviera something that we will never forget. The food was great. We only ate in the MDR one night as we were invited to dine with the general manager. The specialty restaurants are like nothing we have tasted at sea. I would highly recommend Oceania for any foodies out there. The ports were everything you would expect and the weather was near perfect for the entire cruise. I would recommend looking into private tours for trips to Israel. We had a much nicer experience on a private tour to Jerusalem, but our Oceania tours were mostly wonderful. You are just at the mercy of your fellow tour goers and their pace. We didn’t use the pool deck as we were spoiled with the suite balcony, but it looked clean, comfy, and not crowded. We also didn’t go to any shows….with the itinerary, we were usually passed out asleep by 9:30pm. I used the running track on deck 15 on most mornings. It is a nice option for a run while you are entering a new port! The fitness center is also a very nice facility. There is a good variety of equipment. It is clean and well stocked with water and other fitness beverages. Having self-service laundry facilities on the ship is another benefit! Disembarkation was also seamless and easy. We were on our transfer to our hotel within 10 minutes of leaving the Riviera lounge. We were just sad that we had to leave :-). Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
The itinerary was perfect for us giving us a chance to see Athens before sailing then 3 days in Israel docked in Haifa. The size of the cabin and Oceania's reputation aided in the decision. When we planned this we were looking for ... Read More
The itinerary was perfect for us giving us a chance to see Athens before sailing then 3 days in Israel docked in Haifa. The size of the cabin and Oceania's reputation aided in the decision. When we planned this we were looking for something going to Israel and the length of time we were going to be there was the most attractive aspect. Cruising to the Greek islands was an added bonus. The Oceania staff was superb both in the cabin and all the other venues. The were happy and courteous We traveled with friends and made new freiends. We found the food good and the specialty restaurants superb. The ship was clean and the shops adequate We were usually too tired after touring and eating late to avail ourselves of any of the entertainment Our shore excursions were done privately and I think were as good as or better than Oceania's and less expensive Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
I chose for the itinerary and no-charge specialty restaurants. I travel solo and like the choice of several restaurants where I can eat alone or join others. The Penthouse on Marina is very roomy, and you can order dinner in from any of ... Read More
I chose for the itinerary and no-charge specialty restaurants. I travel solo and like the choice of several restaurants where I can eat alone or join others. The Penthouse on Marina is very roomy, and you can order dinner in from any of the specialty restaurant menus. I like that buffet food is served to passenger's plate rather than self-serve which minimizes cross-contamination. On my cruise there were two main lecturers, one who concentrated on WWII and the other, more general on port stops and his travel experiences. entertainment is not lavish: singers and dancers and soloists (singers or musicians),who were quite good, and the occasional comedian. I have two complaints about Oceania: their shore excursions are greatly overpriced, and they are not totally inclusive: alcoholic drinks are extra +18%, and gratuities are extra. There are packages for drinks and excursions and usually a shipboard credit to help pay for extras. I didn't use the pool, but there seemed to be no problem getting a deck chair. Because of my itinerary Transatlantic and the time of year, there were no children on board. I don't think Oceania caters to children. I plan two future Oceania cruises which is the true test of satisfaction. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
We love days at sea and we love the smaller ship experience. It had been almost 10 years since we were last on Azamara Quest and we leapt at the opportunity to do another transatlantic on the ship. Azamara didn't disappoint. The ... Read More
We love days at sea and we love the smaller ship experience. It had been almost 10 years since we were last on Azamara Quest and we leapt at the opportunity to do another transatlantic on the ship. Azamara didn't disappoint. The Quest is still beautiful and in good condition - clean and well-maintained. The staff to a person were all outstanding - cheerful, competent and eager to assist. The itinerary was a delight for us: a week at sea, a couple of ports (Ponta Delgado, Azores, Huelva, Spain, Gibraltar, UK, Tangier, Morocco), another day at sea and then an overnight in Barcelona. We were so fortunate with the weather the whole time: most days were partly sunny with temperatures in the mid-60s during the day dropping the low 50s at night. The seas were mostly calm with only small swells. We did have a couple of days when the outside deck on the 5th level was closed due to wind and/or spray. The only really rainy day was in Ponta Delgado, Azores. Other than that the weather couldn't have been better. Embarkation in Miami was well-managed and smooth - in just a few minutes we were onboard, greeted with a glass of champagne and soon thereafter, enjoying a delightful buffet lunch. Our cabins were ready around 1:30pm. Breakfast on our veranda is one of our major pleasures and Azamara does not charge for 24 hour room service! A phone call announced the imminent arrival of our tray - replete with a table cloth for the veranda table! Fresh squeezed orange juice and eggs benedict! It is one of the luxuries of cruising that is vital to us. From our verandah we spied flying fish, dolphins and whales on this cruise. Azamara does not charge for basic wines (and certain mixed drinks and liqueurs) at meals or bars, or coffees at their Mosaic Café. We enjoyed the wine selections and soon found our favorites. No, these aren't the higher end wines, but were well-chosen to please most palates. Mid-afternoon cappuccinos and cookies at the Mosaic were a real treat. Entertainment on a smaller ship is somewhat limited, but this cruise provided interesting options. A guitarist and a pianist were the entertainers in the lounges. A small complaint here: we found the times they were playing frequently conflicted with dinner or the theater. We would have preferred it if they had played more frequently and at different hours - like mid-afternoon. In the theater, the ship's singers and dancers were excellent, providing several good shows. The evening entertainment also featured a magician (we're still trying to figure out how he did several illusions), a comedian, and a Celtic singer/musician; once we stopped at our first port we added an hypnotist. We enjoyed them all immensely! The enrichment lecturers could be heard in person or in replay on the TV. Although we are not TV watchers onboard ship, there were many movies available, as well as news channels. Other activities were plentiful: art lessons, bridge, mahjong, movies in the theater, bingo, trivia. We cruised over Easter and there was even an Easter egg hunt! There was a Chaplain onboard who provided Palm Sunday and Easter interdenominational services for both the passengers and (later in the evening) the crew. Most days we made use of the Fitness Center which was fairly well equipped with exercise machines, weights, mats, etc. We did not participate in the various fitness related "classes" available, but did see the trainer at work with another passenger. We did not use the spa. Food on the Quest was wonderful! We found the menus to be varied and interesting; the food was well prepared and beautifully presented. We had no desire to frequent the specialty restaurants - the main dining room was more than satisfactory. We found a team of waiter and his assistant whom we enjoyed and they soon learned our likes and took great care of us. Our previous Azamara cruise had not yet instituted "white night" - a poolside barbecue and buffet, so this was new to us. This cruise's "white night" was while we were docked in Gibraltar and it was really special. The weather was perfect - sunny, light breeze, mid-70s. With the Rock of Gibraltar as backdrop, the band played, the singers sang and the chefs barbecued lobster tails and lamb chops. There were buffet stations stir-frying shrimp or chicken and vegetables or preparing tempura. One of the officers was making his "famous" crepes Suzette for dessert. The staff paraded in, each group holding their home country's flag to the applause of the passengers. And as the passengers danced to the ship's band, the ship silently cast off and sailed into the night. Magical! The one area this cruise disappointed us on was the information it provided us prior to docking at each port. We actually had to use a "port explorer" from our 2008 Azamara cruise for our first port - Ponta Delgado, Azores, as nothing adequate was provided before we docked. We enjoyed all the ports, exploring most of them on our own. We did, however, book a ship's excursion in Tangier, Morocco, a port we had never before been to and were just a bit nervous about wandering around on our own. The guide was excellent, the itinerary was good, and the price was acceptable for what we got. From the person painting the railings all the way up to the captain, every staff person with whom we interacted was cheerful, helpful, competent and personable. The Captain and his officers were often around the ship, chatting with passengers. And yes, disembarkation, though sad, was smooth. A nice breakfast buffet was provided and, at our designated time, we walked off the ship to find our luggage. At the gangway, the Captain and his officers were there to bid us farewell - a really nice touch. We hope to be back aboard Azamara soon! Read Less
Sail Date April 2017

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