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4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2019
We chose this cruise because we love the Oasis class ships and had been on Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas the two previous years. While they are all very similar, each has their different nuances. We have been on 12 cruises ( 8 ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we love the Oasis class ships and had been on Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas the two previous years. While they are all very similar, each has their different nuances. We have been on 12 cruises ( 8 with Royal Caribbean ) and this was by far absolutely the quickest embarkation ever. I can't say enough good things about it. I had coffee one morning with a guy that had been on over 70 cruises ( not a travel agent ) and he confirmed what I already knew, Royal Caribbean all the way. They have the embarkation down to a science. Another thing I've always liked about Royal Caribbean is they do the muster drill in one of the dining rooms so there is a place to sit as opposed to other lines that have you stand for 30 minutes or more on one of the outside decks. The ship itself was beautiful and well maintained. If I had to do it all over again, I would definitely sail on this ship. The only thing I noticed and didn't like was that you could hear the noise inside your cabin from the Boardwalk whereas on the Oasis and Allure, you could not. We also noticed that the closets were configured differently ( which we liked ) and had drawers in them which the other ships did not. The shower was noticeably bigger with a completely closing glass surround. ( again, we liked this ) I don't remember the name of the motel we stayed in ( Titusville )( I think it was a Quality Inn ) but it was a dump and the steakhouse that they were so high on ( on the grounds ) had good food but I don't think they've cleaned their bathrooms in a couple of years. Our room steward Delano was great and very attentive. The entire staff was very friendly. The cabin was always very clean although I wished they had vacuumed a little more. Shore excursions were mediocre at best. Next time, I will not book any shore excursions. Perfect Day at Coco Cay was fabulous. We had a 10 o clock balloon ride booked which they had to cancel due to the wind. ( Royal Caribbean has no control over the weather ) Even though it started off cloudy in Port Canaveral, we had pretty good weather 95% of the time. ( again, Royal has no control over mother nature. ) The new Coco Cay is gorgeous. The entertainment on board was superb. As a guy, I don't normally like musicals but I thoroughly enjoyed Grease. Great production. We traveled with another couple and they enjoyed the cruise as much as we did. The service in the MDR was a little slow but there are 13 complimentary places to eat so this really didn't matter. That's another thing I like about the big ships, variety. Even though it was a large ship, I've been on smaller ships that seemed a lot more crowded. The belly flop contest, worlds sexiest man and women's cannonball contest were hilarious. The second Aqua show was a lot better than the first. Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2019
Allure pretty much exceeds all expectations. This ship is so large that you don't really mind those sea days and doesn't usually feel crowded even with so many people on board. Embarkation: 5/5 Embarkation was the quickest ... Read More
Allure pretty much exceeds all expectations. This ship is so large that you don't really mind those sea days and doesn't usually feel crowded even with so many people on board. Embarkation: 5/5 Embarkation was the quickest we've ever experienced. They really have it down to a science. We arrived at 2 and were in the ship within 20 minutes. Cabin: 4/5 Pretty standard cruise cabin. Typical size. Nicely decorated. A few complaints: the outlets on the desk were worn out and our chargers wouldn't stay in without being propped up. The beds were very hard. The sofa bed is terrible. Cabin Bathroom: 4/5 Surprisingly larger than most. The sink/counter was very low for a tall person like me. The shower was a bit larger than normal as well. The light blue/green tile is very pretty. It also had a dim nightlight that was a nice touch as well. Dining: 4/5 The windjammer does a decent job managing the crowds, but it gets strained to capacity during peak times. The wipeout cafe is a nice alternative but has a limited selection. Other venues like the park cafe are underwhelming. The main dining room food and service were great. Service was a bit slow the first two nights, but things started to click after that. Breakfast and lunch in the Dining Room (only deck 3) offers a more relaxed experience and some unique items you won't find in the windjammer. Entertainment: 5/5 Allure really shines on entertainment. The OceanAria show was the best. It's amazing what they can do with such a small diving pool. Mamma Mia was also surprisingly good. I didn't really to expect to like it as much as I did. They have some really talented people on the staff. Ship Public Areas: 4.5/5 The Royal Promenade is one of my favorite features on RC ships, but this is one area where the ship feels its 6000 passengers onboard. It can get really crowded. The casino technically has a nonsmoking side, but it really smells terrible. Everything else seemed really nice and very clean. Outdoor Areas: 4.5/5 Central park and the boardwalk are really nice additions. They make the ship feel so much larger. Central park is a nice relaxing space. The pool deck is really large and there are so many pools and hot tubs scattered around. Chair hogging is a big problem. It can be hard to find places to sit. especially in the shade, on sea days. Although most the seats were "occupied", only about ~40% actually had butts in seats. Ports: 4/5 Our itinerary was changed by RC a month or so before departure due to "propulsion issues". Apparently they changed all of the ship's remaining cruises until it goes into drydock in December. We did not mind the change since we like Puerto Rico better than St. Thomas anyway. St. Kitts: There's really nothing there unless you book an excursion and there isn't much to choose from. We went ashore to shop for a couple hours and then came back to enjoy the uncrowded pools on the ship. Puerto Rico: If you've never been, go to the Castle del Morro. We have been before and elected to go to the beach. There is a public beach called Ocean Park which is a 10-15 minute cab ride ($14 each way). You can find umbrellas and chairs for rent. It was not crowded at all when we were there. The Carnival Magic was also in port that day. Nassau: There were five ships in port that day. If you are wanting to go to Atlantis, it is worth it to book with the cruise line because the bus picks you up at the pier and drops you at the casino entrance. We heard that the line to get into Atlantis if you didn't book with the cruise line was over an hour and half. Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2019
Royal Caribbean’s Harmony of the Seas relocated to Port Canaveral on May 6th and made its first seven day sailing on May 12th. My wife and I, along with several neighbors and friends, booked the cruise shortly after the relocation ... Read More
Royal Caribbean’s Harmony of the Seas relocated to Port Canaveral on May 6th and made its first seven day sailing on May 12th. My wife and I, along with several neighbors and friends, booked the cruise shortly after the relocation announcement. We all live less than one hour from Port Canaveral so the Harmony will be our home port RCCL ship. The Harmony will be sailing from terminal one, a relatively modern port designed for the Oasis class ships. So we had a new ship, a new port, a new terminal and the first seven day cruise. We booked a grand suite so we have the Harmony and a suite experience from its new home port. Nice! Embarkation: Efficient and fast. The process starts with a check of paperwork followed by a security check. Check-in begins before 11:00 am but boarding doesn’t begin until about 11:00 am. A lot of people check in early and wait in a large holding area. There is a separate, adjacent holding area with comfortable chairs and couches for suite, diamond plus, and pinnacle members. It is not real large. Check-in is done using iPads, so having checked in on line and holding a sea pass and passport are necessary. Photos may be taken with their iPads if necessary. Boarding is done orderly with the priority area boarding first followed by each RCCL cruisers’ status, so loyalty does have rewards. We have our own wheelchair so we were met by a “pusher” at the terminal entry who guided us through the process and on to the ship. We did call ahead to ask for assistance and it was provided willingly. Dozens of passengers were in the same situation, some with their own wheelchairs and some just needing one of the RCCL’s chairs to get up the ramp onboard. Ship: The Harmony is an Oasis class ship with more up-to-date features that one would expect with newer ships. The iPad check-in system is the first of the new features. The card key system that uses a touch process (touch the cabin door) rather than a slide or insert system for use around the ship. The casino slot machines, for instance, use the touch process so no more concerns about leaving your room key in a slot machine. There are digital and interactive displays in many places around the ship. There are new water slides and even a dry slide, a huge multi-story slide called the “Abyss”. Apparently, the RCCL app is useful on board the ship for getting a variety of information. We left our iPhone in the cabin and got along just fine. It is newer, nicer and more modern than its sister the Oasis and the Allure, as would be expected. Restaurants, Food and Service: All the restaurants we sampled had excellent food and service. Our primary breakfast and dinner restaurant was the Coastal Kitchen on deck 17 that is reserved for suite guests and pinnacle cruising status members. The Assistant Maitre D’, Ace, leads an excellent staff who are seasoned veterans. Ace described the process for becoming a staff member and the results have produced some of the best servers. They all have different personalities but work very well together. Ace rotates the waiters among tables so it is easy to meet most of them in a week. The food was very tasty and nicely presented. Chef Henry led the kitchen staff and was out sampling feedback from guests. I try fish at many meals. The branzino was the best. The lobster, cod and shrimp were also nice. We ate in the Windjammer for a few lunches. The food was very good and a nice variety was presented. Some people miss the pasta bar and desserts, complete with ice cream located toward the back of the ship (aft). We also had lunched in the Sabor and Izumi restaurants. Both are recommended. Casino: The Harmony of the Seas has a large, brightly lit and active casino on deck four. It contains a wide selection of modern slot machines and table games. There is seldom a time when there are no places or machines to play. We had no problems. The casino uses the “tap the card key” process for logging on to each machine when played. The computer awards points for play that can be redeemed for cash and used for awards of small discounts on future cruises, although the restrictions are pretty stiff. Onboard credit can be redeemed at the machines and cash can be charged to the cabin. No more standing in line and having the cashier handle the transactions. There are also machines for cashing in chits, much like on land casinos. Interestingly, the casino is open a lot more than in the past. It was closed only for the port of St. Thomas on this trip. We enjoyed playing every day that the casino was open. Our favorite time is in the mornings while the place is quiet. The downside of the casino is that smoking is allowed in one area. Smokers, many who do not play, just use it as a smoking lounge. A real negative and no one but the smokers’ benefit. Suite Experience: We have enjoyed the experiences and the benefits of ship suites for a while. They may be of interest to some readers. First, the cabins and the benefits do cost more, sometimes a lot more. It might be worth a try once, but be careful as it is easy to get hooked. Hint: Suite cabins sell out very early in the booking process so procrastination can cost you your favorite location. We book at least six months in advance and normally a year. We tried four months recently and the selection was limited. The experience starts at embarkation. The terminal has a special, comfortable lounge for waiting embarkation. Suites are the first to board so you can beat the race to the restaurants. The Coastal Kitchen and the adjacent suite lounge are open so it is an opportunity to relax then have a nice lunch at noon, when the restaurant opens. Snacks and beverages are also available in the lounge area. The cabin is the next benefit to experience. The grand suite is 371 square feet with a 105 square foot balcony. It has a bedroom, TV room, two TVs, large bath with combined tub and shower, an entryway with a bar, lots of storage space, a safe, coffee maker and large balcony. Treats are delivered a couple of times during the cruise. The concierges, Elaine and Checker, are located in the suite lounge area and are helpful in making reservations and arrangements as well as answering questions. The Coastal Kitchen is open for every meal. Breakfast and lunch require no reservations but dinner does. Sometimes there is a waiting list for dinner. The food and service, as mentioned above are superior. Assistant Maitre D’, Ace, and Chef Henry do an excellent job managing the operation. There is also an outdoor suite pool and lounge area. We did not partake in that benefit. Reserved seating is available for suite guests in the ice, aqua and main theaters. A special area is saved until about ten minutes before showtime. The seat locations are nice. Disembarkation is the final benefit. The concierges lead guests off the ship at three times, the first meeting at 7:15 am and leaving at 7:30 am. The suite guests are provided priority at each point in the disembarkation process. This is a very nice benefit. Because we have a wheelchair the concierge also made special arrangements for a “pusher” to get us into the terminal. Conclusion: The Harmony of the Seas and our suite experience on the ship’s first seven-day cruise out of Port Canaveral was all we expected it to be. The entire staff that we encountered were excellent. The venues were all in top shape, many have to be seen to be believed. We highly recommend the suite experience for at least a once in a lifetime experience. We are booked for our next Harmony experience from Port Canaveral. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2019
The crew on this ship is the most helpful, thoughtful and kindest of any cruise line we have ever sailed. We took our 91 year old mother on a cruise for Mother's Day.When we arrived Savannah the cruise director greeted mom and had a ... Read More
The crew on this ship is the most helpful, thoughtful and kindest of any cruise line we have ever sailed. We took our 91 year old mother on a cruise for Mother's Day.When we arrived Savannah the cruise director greeted mom and had a brief conversation with her. The next day mom received chocolate covered strawberries in the room. Wow! For the rest of the trip she felt like a rock star. What a nice gesture. Jess, the server in the casino bar was always quick with a drink and always remembered our names. (makes us feel welcomed). The staff at the Normandie Restaurant was just wonderful. When you travel with an older senior it can be difficult, but everywhere we went on the ship the crew were always so kind and helpful. We have sailed on different cruise lines and have sailed on this ship before. I would have to say that the embarkation process for this cruise is the best we have ever had. The staff at the terminal checks your documents and photographs you on the way into the building. Then you are sent through security. That's it! No standing in line for hours. After security we went directly on to the ship. WOW! We had a balcony stateroom that was plenty big enough for 3 adults. The room steward, Claudius was very attentive and our room was very clean and tidy every day. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2019
This was our first cruise, and couldn't believe what a great ship this was. Started at embarkation from FLL, an absolute breeze and were on ship in about 20 mins. Headed straight for food, and then to the red frog pub for drinks. ... Read More
This was our first cruise, and couldn't believe what a great ship this was. Started at embarkation from FLL, an absolute breeze and were on ship in about 20 mins. Headed straight for food, and then to the red frog pub for drinks. Balcony cabin aft on deck 7 was great (apart from noise of neighbours slamming door, oh and smoking weed on his balcony) Food was always great - big fan of guys burgers where we ate a few times. Food in MDR was always great, though sometimes not overly warm which was more due to the room temperature more than anything else. We also ate in the steakhouse, which was amazing food and the best steak I've ever had. Also booked the italian restaurant for our last night which again was lovely food, and really big portions. We didn't purchase the drinks package, but did make use of happy hour when we could catch it. Spent our sea days up on Serenity deck which was nice - but be warned it can be really hot up there as not a lot of shade about. I booked a pedicure in the spa, but it wasnt a great experience - mainly due to staff being quite rude and not interested in interacting with customers at all! All in all I don't think there is anything else i could fault about our cruise, staff and room steward were all lovely. I would definitely book to go on this ship again Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2019
After choosing the cruise we were abit worried as the size of it and the amount of passengers. Not the case though. Embarkation was effortless and quick. Ship so clean and felt spacious. Never had to queue for bar, toilets etc. ... Read More
After choosing the cruise we were abit worried as the size of it and the amount of passengers. Not the case though. Embarkation was effortless and quick. Ship so clean and felt spacious. Never had to queue for bar, toilets etc. Never felt crowded in any areas on the ship. The staff were very attentive and always had a smile. Ipanema restaurant food was delicious and staff were great. Big shout out to the entertainment staff who every night entertained and danced with the passengers too. Ports were great I would say the only port which was abit of disappointment was San Juan as we arrived at 5 and left at 1 and it gets dark about 7 so you couldnt see very much. Disembarkation was also quick. Our only issue was our flight was at 5pm so we booked an excursion so we had somewhere with our bags, as there is no where you can leave your baggage. That is something I think would benefit alot of passengers. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: May 2019
We chose RCCL for our vacation this year for the port stops and the number of sea days. To avoid any travel delays, we stayed overnight in Newark the day prior. The embarkation process went very smoothly and we boarded Anthem just before ... Read More
We chose RCCL for our vacation this year for the port stops and the number of sea days. To avoid any travel delays, we stayed overnight in Newark the day prior. The embarkation process went very smoothly and we boarded Anthem just before 11. Our first impression of Anthem is that she is a beautiful ship and very clean. Prior to entering any dining rooms, guests are encouraged to "washy-washy"! Crew were often seen cleaning and kept areas neat. For this cruise, we chose a virtual balcony inside stateroom (10517)and were pleasantly surprised. Although a smaller cabin, it was cozy and the virtual balcony gave you the feel you had an actual window or balcony. Dining: We had dinner in Silk 3 nights. The decor is pleasant, the food is average, service was slow , the waiters were pleasant to talk to and knew the menu well. We enjoyed having dinner at Solarium Bistro. This is a little different dining experience where it is quieter, less crowded, and located in the adults only Solarium. Over the 3 nights we ate there, we were able to get right in with no wait. The menu is such that the apps and desserts are buffet style and entrees are served. The food here was very good, esp the NY Sirloin Strip. I'm not a big steak eater, but this was good! Breakfast in the Windjammer was always good and there are tons of selections. Snacks are a plenty all day and night. Entertainment: imo, I have seen better, but was good. Spectre Cabaret in Two70 was noted for the moving screens, which made this show a hit ( for me anyway), The Gift was ok and We will Rock You was good, then again, any music by Queen is good! Service: As previously mentioned, service in the main dining room was slow, however, our stateroom associate, Karla, was fantastic! Karla came to our cabin soon after we got settled to introduce herself and ask if we needed anything and how to contact her if/when needed. We asked for a couple of things and Karla delivered. She kept our cabin neat and tidy, leaving us with towel animals on several nights. Thank you Karla! Ports: The ports are beautiful and there is a lot to see and do, however, we found the cost of excursions was too expensive and did not book any. While in PR, we did find a 2 hr tour by the locals. This was a shuttle tour we found once off the ship, $15pp and made numerous stops and provided us with a lot of historical info and photo opportunities. I look at it as a good sampling of PR. It was worth the money and the bus had a/c too which was great considering it was in the 90's the day we were there. With this, we would like to visit PR again in the future to see more of this beautiful place. My favorite port was Bermuda as it has a good vibe and the beaches are so beautiful and yes, the sand is pink! St. Maarten was nice. We took a shuttle to Maho Beach so we could experience the planes coming and going overhead. The beach isn't much of a beach and was crowded but the water was beautiful. There is a strong current there, so for little ones, this isn't the beach to go to. The experience of the planes so close overhead is great and photo ops are a must. I grew up right near an airport, but not this close! Labadee is a beautiful place, the beach is pretty, and the water beautiful. RC provides a BBQ lunch which was nice and locals provide some entertainment. Shopping for souvenirs was annoying as the locals in the markets are VERY pushy and don't leave you alone. Not a fun, relaxing experience. Anthem is a beautiful ship and activities and entertainment are plentiful. We had a medical emergency on board, requiring us to divert to Nassau . This diversion delayed us getting back to Bayonne by 1 day. The Captain did a fantastic job of handling this and we were able to get the passenger to a medical facility quickly. Last we heard, the passenger was doing well. With this, we had an extra sea day. Due to the delay, many passengers who had booked flights had to make alternate arrangements and it was announced that internet and phone would be available to all. There was a logistics issue once back in Bayonne due to our delayed arrival, so once we arrived, we were to be off the ship by 9 am as another ship was due in. We did self-disembarkation( as did hundreds of others) and were off the ship by 7am. Even with this, all went smoothly. Overall impression: Having cruised with 2 other cruise lines, I anticipated a more up beat vibe. The vibe on Anthem is great; calm and relaxed. Even with the large number of passengers( over 4k), you wouldn't know it as there is plenty of room to spread out the crowds. It took me a few days, but I managed to get the relaxed vibe and especially enjoyed the adults-only Solarium. A note about children: we didn't see many kids on this cruise and those we did see were well-behaved. There were a large number of retirees , couples, groups and some singles. Chair hogs in the Solarium were plentiful with one going so far as to hang their handicapped parking tag on their lounge chair! Late afternoon and evenings were good times to be in the Solarium and pool decks as most were at dinner or shows so the crowds were less. We had reservations on North Star, but due to what we were told were 'technical issues', it wasn't running at all this cruise. We did have reservation on iFly and had a blast! As mentioned, we had a virtual balcony cabin which we enjoyed and would book again, however, we see where many times, had we had a balcony stateroom, we would have spent more time there, away from the crowded pool decks to relax. We very much enjoyed Anthem and look forward to sailing with her again soon! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2019
My Mother and I are lucky enough to do a "mother/daughter cruise" each year. We chose this cruise because: a. we've never been on NCL b. we had never been to Tortola We have been on every cruise line BUT NCL. ... Read More
My Mother and I are lucky enough to do a "mother/daughter cruise" each year. We chose this cruise because: a. we've never been on NCL b. we had never been to Tortola We have been on every cruise line BUT NCL. What people need to know is that in Miami, before you board the ship, yo are given a numbered card. This is your boarding group. We had no idea what was going on! They finally called our number 17, all people had cards which went up into the high 20's and 30's, and we boarded. WHAT A BEAUTIFUL and huge ship! The cabin was nicer than the other cruise lines as the shower had a door and you can actually turn around comfortably in it. The dining was great! The food was fantastic. We did not go to the "fancy" restaurants that you have to pay extra and make reservations for, as the other ones were simply enough! I say that in a good way! The shows were great! Loved the comedians and the "Rock of Ages" production. The only one I didn't care for was "Burn the Floor". A lot of high energy dancing, but no recognizable music.... The service was outstanding! I was watching the in cabin tv and saw the entire crew. The show was explaining the careers of the various officers. GM, Captain, etc. Well, I was at the pool and I saw the GM and told him how I had seen him on tv and thought that he had a remarkable career! He was very kind. Next thing you know, Mom and I are invited to a party in the haven. The Haven is where the ships' most exclusive residents are located. It's quite pricey from what i can gather. The party was top notch and we had a marvelous time. Then, we get to our stateroom and find a bottle of wine and fruit from the GM. This didn't stop! Every day we had either hor de hourves or chocolate strawberries in our room! These folks really do care about their guest and I'm here to tell you! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2019
We choose this cruise because we have had good experience with Norwegian in the past and the cruise was available for the only week we could go. We also like the Freestyle type cruise where we have more flexibility to each when we want. ... Read More
We choose this cruise because we have had good experience with Norwegian in the past and the cruise was available for the only week we could go. We also like the Freestyle type cruise where we have more flexibility to each when we want. We wanted a total R&R trip and we definitely found it. While there are always going to be things that “go wrong” on a trip, it is how they are dealt with that makes the difference. We loved all of the specialty restaurants. We ate at Ocean Blue, LaCucina, and Le Bistro. All were top notch. The food was amazing. I highly recommend them all. We also ate in the Manahattan dining room twice and Savor once. The food in these dining rooms was excellent. One night we weren’t Hungary so we ate in O’Shehans bar and grill. The menu there is not fancy but the food is good and the service is quick. If there is one “major” issue with this cruise it is the service at the bars on the first day and during busy times on the ship. You can wait a long time for a drink. I frustrated others more than me as I didn’t drink much but when I did want a drink, it had to wait a long time. They really need to address that issue. We never had a hard time getting a chair in the sun on sea days. That was nice. Plenty of room. The entertainment was top notch. There is lots to do at night. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2019
Took this cruise with my daughter-in-law for some fun and relaxation. We couldn't get on the this until 4 P.M. due to the fact of the ship repositioning from Miami, but no problem we just did some fun things in Ft. Lauderdale until ... Read More
Took this cruise with my daughter-in-law for some fun and relaxation. We couldn't get on the this until 4 P.M. due to the fact of the ship repositioning from Miami, but no problem we just did some fun things in Ft. Lauderdale until time to board. Right onto the ship, right to the cabin. We upgraded to a balcony two days before sailing and everything was switch but a few items, but our cabin steward, K2, fixed these thing quickly. Room was always kept clean. We only got the evening turndown service which worked fine. I really don't know why so many people complain about the food. I have been on many cruises and the food in the MDR was the best I have ever had. There are plenty of places to eat and we went to evening meal at the MDR everynight. We had a great table lots of fun. Our waiters really knew how to dance. The shows were great. The only thing I can say is the seats in the balcony are very close and if you have bad knees, like me, set on the main floor or ouch. The casino is a little to smoky, but we played anyways. I will admit it did get to me a couple of times and effected by throat, but I lived. The casino workers were all very friendly and I didn't do bad in the casino, brought back what I took, so this was a win. The pools looked crowded on sea days. I can't do the sun any longer, breaks me out, but it looks like everyone was enjoying the pool that went. Cruise director Markq, was great. One the best I have seen. If you go to Amber Cove, be prepared the walk off the pier is long, but there are Pedicabs that will transport you for a tip. We gave $10 each way. Coming back it is the best $10 we spent, because we were tired. Took a shore excursion, Outback Adventures on Amber Cove and would highly recommend it. The ship was very clean, I don't know what the people that says it isn't is looking at. Go have an open mind and have fun. This is the reason to go on a cruise. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2019
I just returned from my very first cruise, a seven-day adventure aboard the Norwegian Breakaway. We sailed from Miami to Tortola, St. Thomas, and Nassau. We had a comfortably sized outside stateroom with a private balcony, just the right ... Read More
I just returned from my very first cruise, a seven-day adventure aboard the Norwegian Breakaway. We sailed from Miami to Tortola, St. Thomas, and Nassau. We had a comfortably sized outside stateroom with a private balcony, just the right spot to sit quietly and enjoy the beautiful, deep-blue sea on our at-sea days. Since I'm an introvert, my greatest fear was that the ship would be wall-to-wall people and noise. But in addition to the balcony, there were plenty of quiet spots to sit and read or soak up the sun. We took excursions on all three islands -- snorkeling on Tortola, enjoying a bus tour of St. Thomas plus time on a private beach, and a harbor tour and private beach on Nassau (I recommend the Blue Island Island trip, but pay extra to get into the the VIP area if you want fewer people in the water and no children. For $56 (for two people), you get a buffet, two free Mimosas, all the cold water you want, a shaded chair, and a personal valet ... it's worth it!) If you are traveling with kids, however, there were lots of inflatable play equipment in the water for them to enjoy. We also enjoyed the various spa treatments -- from the whole body lime/ginger scrub and massage, to the hot stone massage, and a seaweed wrap+massage. I also had three acupuncture treatments for chronic hip pain. The staff members were knowledgeable, super-friendly, and fun to chat with. The spa treatments are expensive, but the spa offers discounts based on the number of sessions you schedule (just watch out for the "upsale" on beauty products ... that can REALLY get expensive if you have no self-control). We ate at three of the speciality restaurnats (La Cucina was our favorite, followed closely by Le Bistro), but the restaurants and buffet included in the basic cruise price were very good, too. My daughter, who has been on several Carnival cruises, remarked that the food was much better on Breakaway, and that the overall decor a lot more elegant. The service we received from ALL the staff (at every level) was outstanding. My only complaint was the they allowed smoking in the casino area, which could be a problem for someone who is allergic to cigarette smoke (I merely find it stinky!). I wish they would ban smoking everywhere (or only allow it in a closed off area on the open deck. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2019
This was our first experience on the cruise. We really enjoyed the food and the entertainment. They had a great daycare and kids areas. Even though it was raining for 3 days, with the amount of activities available on the ship we didn’t ... Read More
This was our first experience on the cruise. We really enjoyed the food and the entertainment. They had a great daycare and kids areas. Even though it was raining for 3 days, with the amount of activities available on the ship we didn’t even notice the bad weather. we were extremely impressed with the service. Our waiter Zaldy was incredible - he would make figures out of napkins for our kids. That was definitely a highlight of their trip - they were looking forward dinner time every day. His assistant Giomire would tell us plenty of entertaining stories. They definitely made our stay extra special. Our cabin was without windows but it felt big enough for a comfortable stay. The facilities were really clean. What we really enjoyed was spending our evenings listening to the live music. Karaoke nights were also fun. Overall it was a great experience and we would definitely recommend. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2019
We loved this ship! We experienced lots of new things. We rode the carousel even though we are older, we rode the rising tide bar twice, watched the bionic bartenders, saw the show Grease, Columbus the musical, the ice show, the aqua ... Read More
We loved this ship! We experienced lots of new things. We rode the carousel even though we are older, we rode the rising tide bar twice, watched the bionic bartenders, saw the show Grease, Columbus the musical, the ice show, the aqua show and all were very entertaining. Our cabin steward Xavier Fernandes was exceptional, he kept our cabin 12698 spotless, made a big deal out of our anniversary, and had a please personality. The food was delectable, our main dining staff, Tianyu, Rhoy, and Blanca were the best! Service throughout the entire ship exceeded our expectations. We did not get off of the ship for the ports because we had such a great experience. The last night parade was fun. We ate at Jamie's Italian and the risotto was just like what we had in Italy. Chops Grille was beyond exquisite! From the bread to the final course, the food was amazing! The service is on the slow side, but we didn't care. Since we enjoyed it so much we booked Allure of the Seas for December 1st. I would highly recommend this ship to all. The Solarium is actually 3 levels which I never saw before, however, they do not have a pool in there. Too many kids on board though. I don't know if they have to provide proof that their kids has shots for measels or not, but they should have to as this is a major health concern. Lots of rude people not sanitizing their hands. This needs to be reinforced more. We used the fitness center 4 times during the week, so we didn't gain any weight, and there were plenty of machines. I never had to wait for a treadmill, or recumbent bike, plenty of towels, a scale, and restrooms. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: April 2019
We've learned from past travels. If you're looking for imperfection you'll find it wth the result being a vacation investment /experience being diminished in part to unrealistic expectations. Regardless of who, when, what ... Read More
We've learned from past travels. If you're looking for imperfection you'll find it wth the result being a vacation investment /experience being diminished in part to unrealistic expectations. Regardless of who, when, what or where.. This was the 3rd cruise for wife and I. All on Carnival. Group included brother and sister in law. All of us are in our mid 50's. Port Canaveral embarkation. Flew into Sanford day prior. One way rental with National. Stayed overnight in New Smyrna Beach, one of our favorite destinations just over an hour drive North of the port. Waited about 30 minutes for shuttle from rental car lot to cruise terminal. Embarkation was easy less than an hour. Condition of ship is good, cleaner than those on prior cruises. Service of Crew overall was good. Granted not perfect. But honestly, the only deficiencies I noticed were very minor. Ping pong tables not having a ball to use. The occasional cup(s) or plate(s) left out of place by fellow guests which remained uncollected for extended periods. I attribute both more to undesired guest behavior than failure of service. We've had balcony cabins prior cruises. 1st time for an interior cabin which was available a little before 1:30. No regrets doing the interior. Floor plan is the same with the exception being no refrigerator in the interior. It should be noted the showers are much larger on Sunshine. Having now done both balcony and interior cabins. My opinion is selection should be based upon importance of view and outside access/privacy against budget constraints. With that stated, have since booked an Alaskan cruise with interior obstructed view cabin as a compromise. MDR early dining was excellent in both first and foremost service of wait staff followed by the food. Both, much better than expected. Food may have been better than on other ships. due to the early dining this time versus any time dining selected on others. Entertainment overall was average. Impressed with the fun squad assisting guest in finding seating at the bigger shows. Cruise director "Mikey" is very a personable and talented entertainer. Disembarkation went well, our cabins were on deck 2. Obtained another one way rental from National with about a 10 minute wait for shuttle from cruise terminal to rental lot. Was on the road about 09:30. Overall this cruise was a great experience and a great value. Would like to revisit both Grand Turk and St. Martin for extended stays. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2019
Just returned from Stomptime’s first ever Ragtime/blues/jazz cruise. (Caribbean Miami to Miami). This was a fantastic cruise with quality talent. The musical lead was Brian Holland. Included were Stephanie Trick, Paolo Alderighi, ... Read More
Just returned from Stomptime’s first ever Ragtime/blues/jazz cruise. (Caribbean Miami to Miami). This was a fantastic cruise with quality talent. The musical lead was Brian Holland. Included were Stephanie Trick, Paolo Alderighi, Sonny Leyland, Jeff Barnhart, Fredrick Hodges (all piano), horns by Baker, Caparone, bass by Pikal and Rocha, drums by Danny Coots and others. Annie Sellick provided female vocals. There were two to four hours of music each evening as well as daytime sea day q&a sessions with the performers. At least one cocktail reception for all. Music was performed in sea lounge as private party. Celebrity provided great support and the sound techs were great. A wonderful experience. The music was a mix of ragtime/early jazz, blues and traditional jazz. The folks are planning to do one again, this time in Alaska on the Millenium. (Tentatively June 2020). We would encourage you to check it out if you’re a jazz buff. Read Less
9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2019
We picked this cruise since it was 8 nights, a great price, and went to one of our favorite ports (St. Maarten). It had been 3 years since we last sailed on Royal Caribbean due to them having limited sailings (seasonal only) on the West ... Read More
We picked this cruise since it was 8 nights, a great price, and went to one of our favorite ports (St. Maarten). It had been 3 years since we last sailed on Royal Caribbean due to them having limited sailings (seasonal only) on the West Coast. In that time, we have sailed on Holland America, Princess, and several Carnival West Coast cruises. Overall, Royal Caribbean is still our favorite cruise line. Flying from the West Coast, we arrived the night before the cruise. We picked our hotel based upon free airport, and cruise port, shuttle transfers. The Quality Inn Cruise Port South met both these requirements. The airport shuttle runs until 12:30 AM which matches the flights arriving at Ft. Lauderdale Airport. However, due to a Southwest flight delay passing through Denver, our adult daughter arrived at 12:40 so a taxi ($25) was needed for her. The hotel is located next to McDonalds and Taco Bell. Within walking distance are several other restaurants and a K-Mart. Guests can make last minute purchases (wine?) or grab a bite to eat after a long flight. The hotel itself is old, but is fine for one night. The morning breakfast was better than expected and the shuttle to the cruise port was the most organized we have ever seen in our many Florida cruises. With the free shuttles, it was worth the price. We had a scheduled boarding time of 1:00-1:30 PM. Due to the 11:00 hotel check out time, and shuttle schedule, we arrived at port at 11:30. To our surprise, we were allowed to go straight on the ship. Royal Caribbean allows guest to pre-load their security photo from home which really speeds-up embarkation. By 11:45 we were in the Windjammer eating lunch. The Windjammer, instead of having the usual alcohol based hand sanitizer dispensers, has built-in sinks. The 8 wash basins each have a faucet which not only dispenses warm water, and soap, but also contains a hand blower. It was actually fun to “washy washy” before each meal. The selection of food in the Windjammer was good. However, seating was an issue. The staff cleaned tables as fast as they came available, but you had to watch for people leaving and then make a dash for the table. We always found a table, but it took a little work. The ship is in great shape. The Flow Rider, rock climbing wall, water slides, splash area, ice skating rink, pools, shuffleboard, and Ping-Pong, kept us busy during the 4 at days at sea. The mini-golf course is situated on two decks with one of the holes taking the ball to the lower deck. Unlike other brands we have been on where the mini-golf course was just AstroTurf with a hole in it, the Adventure of the Seas has structures (a boat, lighthouse, giant clam shell, etc) like a real mini-golf course. Also, our last Carnival ship had hollow plastic balls which do not act like real balls. Royal Caribbean still uses real golf balls. For ice skating, you have to sign-up in the morning before the first session for ANY session during that day. We did not know this and arrived at the 2nd session to find it full (35 skaters per session). On the next sea day, we arrived before the first session and got our desired session stickers. The sessions last 30 minutes and skaters are required to wear long pants (make-sure to pack one pair of long pants for this and not only shorts) and socks. At 1:30 the rooms opened. Your room key is located at your room. Our luggage was also at the room waiting for us. The room was good size with a fold down bed (located above the head area of the main bed). The fold down bed remained down then entire cruise, but was out of the way. The shower had a glass door and the balcony had two chairs, which folded down flat, and a table. Unlike other ships which have glass walls separating the balconies, the Adventure of the Seas balconies have one glass wall, and one full metal wall. This limits possible disturbances to only one neighbor instead of two. It resulted in a more private feeling. The AC worked great and kept the room cool. There was an empty refrigerator in the room which came in great for storing cold water. You use a magnet on the door to indicate to the stateroom attendant when you are out of the room. Unlike Carnival, which has gone to one time per day service, Royal Caribbean still does twice daily room maintenance. Our cabin attendance was great and the room was always serviced while we were either away at breakfast or at dinner. Since it was a Caribbean cruise, we bought the non-alcoholic drink package (pre-cruise sale price $23.50 per day which included 18% tips). This allowed you to get ANY drink at the Coffee Café (which served Starbucks and great iced mocha frappes), fresh juice, bottled water, and mock cocktails at the bars. You also got a micro-chipped plastic cup which allowed you to use the self-service machines throughout the ship for soda. Unlike Carnival, which gives you a receipt (that has a space for an additional tip (above the 18% already paid) making you feel bad if you do not tip again) to sign, Royal Caribbean just swipes your card and you are on your way. No pressure for additional tips. With the hot weather, the package (which does not have to be bought for all guests staying in the same room) was a good deal. Highly recommend the non-alcoholic Mango Daiquiri. The package even works on Labadee. For dinner we had early seating. You order your entire meal (appetizer(s), main course, and dessert) at once. This allowed the waiters to seamlessly deliver your meal without long waits. Each night we would order two appetizers which would be delivered at the same time. Once you finished a course, the next course would magically appear. On the second Formal Night, lobster was on the menu. Although some cruise lines charge extra for lobster, on the 7 night, or longer, Royal Caribbean cruises it is still complimentary and you can order as many as you like. The lobster was the best we have had in our many cruises and shamelessly we each had 3 (while on vacation…..). For the other 7 nights, the menu kept our taste buds entertained and the food was delivered hot. One area where Royal Caribbean fell short was celebrating Special Occasions. During prior cruises, we received a free photo coupon on Carnival during a birthday, a balloon and card on Princess during a special event, and other such items. On this cruise, we were celebrating our 25th anniversary (as noted in the reservation). The DAY AFTER the anniversary, we received a 10% off jewelry coupon. No other recognition (a card would have been nice) from Royal Caribbean. It was kind of a letdown after seeing what other bands did and made us wonder why they even ask when booking. The first port of call was Royal Caribbean’s private beach Labadee. Although there is a zip line, roller coaster, and other fun activities (extra cost) on the beach, we decided to just lie on the beach and enjoy the sun since during prior visits we had done the activities. Chairs are provided for free and there are shade trees. The drink package works at Labadee and we kept hydrated with sodas and non-alcoholic Labaduzies (tropical fruit daiquiris). They also serve a free BBQ lunch. The lunch was great and we made several snack runs to the serving area for additional cookies and desserts. One great thing about the beach, there are no venders. The venders are limited to certain areas near the restrooms (where you will get the usual aggressive selling). So you can just lay back, sip Labaduzies, and enjoy the beach. The second port of call was Porto Rico. We had a van tour excursion booked through Royal Caribbean, but upon receiving our tickets on the ship, we noticed the tour time had changed. The new time interfered with our dinner time. We cancelled the tour (full refund) and instead walked to the two forts. Both are near the ship and are run by the U.S. Park Service. One admission price is good for both forts. The forts were interesting and the walk was easy. The third port of call was St. Maarten. St. Maarten (Dutch side, St. Martin French side). Here we went to Maho Beach. This is the famous beach by Princess Julianna Airport where planes fly over right above your head. Excursions to the beach ran about $40 per person. A taxi is about $30. We took the public transportation (vans which run on a scheduled route every 10 minutes) for $2 per person each way. It was a short walk to the main street where we caught a van with a “Maho Beach” sign in the window (the other route is Marigot). If you see lots on vans with Marigot, and none with Maho Beach, you are on the wrong direction street since the locations are in opposite directions. The trip to Maho Beach took 25 minutes and cost only $6. A majority of the large planes (Airbus 320s and 737s) land between 11:45-2:00 so this is the best time for viewing. Unfortunately, about half way during our visit, it started to rain. We went to the near-by Sun Set Bar and Grill ($9 daiquiris, $4 beers) for a drink and shelter. If you have to use the restroom, use it before ordering. They charge $1 to use the restroom, but give you a $1 drink coupon. After watching the planes, it was another $6 van ride back to Philipsburg (cruise dock) which took about 40 minutes. We happen to be in Philipsburg on Labor Day and were treated to an interesting Labor Day parade. It was like a New Orleans Mardi Gras parade with free t-shirts, and beer, being handed from the floats to the spectators. Once word of warning, the parade participants were very scantly clothed and also seemed to have enjoyed the free beverages. We would probably not take any young children to watch the parade. The last port of call was St. Kitts. Here we took a Royal Caribbean booked van tour of the island for $24 a person. After several days in the sun, and never having been to St. Kitts before, we picked the relaxing Panoramic Drive in the air conditioned van. The tour was nice with the only complaint being it was shorter than the advertised 2 hours. The tour made two stops as it wound around the tiny island. The driver used a PA system and the van was in good shape. For this cruise, we bought the unlimited photo package ($199 pre-sale). It was fun taking numerous photos (354) which will keep the memories alive for many years to come. The photos are downloadable to your phone, or any device, while on board the ship. You can also load the photos from a link emailed to your after the cruise. Instead of agonizing over which photos to buy, and ending-up with a $100 photo bill for a few favorites, this package gave us all photos for every person in your stateroom with you buying only 1 package per room. If somebody from your room is in the photo, you get it. Debarkation went fast. After leaving our stateroom at 8:00, we got breakfast in the Windjammer (stops serving at 8:30). By the time we finished breakfast, numbers 1-24 had been called. Being group 10, we walked right off the ship. Customs took about 15 minutes. Having a 4:50 flight, we reserved a car with Hertz for the day. The Hertz shuttle makes loops between the several ships and their office. Due to port rules, you cannot take a car rental shuttle to an airport rental location. Thus, all the car rental shuttles go to off airport locations. Although we had pre-paid for the rental car, and somehow managed to arrive exactly at the rental time (great guessing), Hertz had no car for us. An employee had to go the airport and bring a car over which took about 30 minutes. The car only had 3/8 a tank of gas and we were told to return it at the same level. When we returned the car later at the airport, we were told we owed for the missing gas. Luckily between a photo of the odometer/gas gauge upon pick-up, a gas receipt for the estimates used gas, and only driving 58 miles, we were able to convince the attendant there was no way we could use 5/8 a tank of gas. The gas charge was removed, but it did cost us about 15 minutes of our time. If you do rent from Hertz, be warned. While waiting for our flight, we drove about 25 minutes (no tolls along the way) to Sawgrass Recreation Park for an air boat ride. Using a coupon online, we were able to pre-buy the tickets for a great price. The ride was about 30 minutes and we saw 3 adult alligators. Sawgrass Mills was picked based upon location, price, type of boat used, and recommendations online. After the ride, we visited their animal area and got to hold a baby alligator. They also have several animals to view. It made for a nice 2 hour visit. It was then off to a late lunch and the airport for our flight home. Overall, the cruise was fantastic. It greatly exceeded our expectations (except for the Special Occasion). Adventure of the Seas is a wonderful ship with an outstanding crew. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2019
We chose the Seaside first based on cost. We've been to E. Caribbean many times, and Hubs is getting over medical problems, so we knew we would primarily stay on the ship. Embakation was a snap because he was using a walker, so ... Read More
We chose the Seaside first based on cost. We've been to E. Caribbean many times, and Hubs is getting over medical problems, so we knew we would primarily stay on the ship. Embakation was a snap because he was using a walker, so they offered him a wheelchair, which we gratefully accepted. We also had an accessible inside cabin, which was great. Lots and lots of room and large equipped bathroom. The ship was absolutely beautiful and never felt crowded, even with 5,000 passengers. What we especially liked were the many places to sit and gaze outside and listen to music or people-watch. We had the Fantastica experience which allowed us to choose our dining time, but for medical reasons we chose early dining. We had a very nice table for 2 but in a line of 5 tables, so you actually had 8 to 10 persons to converse with at times. We found the food to be good and adequate, not great, but certainly good enough for us to be pleased. Yes, portions are a little smaller, but you can order more than one from each course. Dessert is ordered when you order your main meal. The buffet on Deck 8 was also good, but not great. As many have already said, lots of repeats every day, but the salads and soups were quite good, as well as very tasty pizza available almost round the clock, We are black card, so we chose Butcher's Cut for our one included special dinner, and it was wonderful! What a treat! The filet mignon was melt in your mouth, and Hubs had the rack of lamb, which he enjoyed, as well. To sum it up, we were very pleased with MSC and will definitely sail with them again. We wish they would put a ship at Port Canavaral so we wouldn't have to drive to Miami. We live just north of Tampa, so it is a 5 hour drive, but next time we will plan it better and stay the night before in a hotel. Disembarkation was just as smooth. We literally walked off the ship and did not have to stand in an endless line. What a wonderful week!! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2019
Second time on this ship. Easy embarkation and disembarkation. Had dinner in the Ipanema dining room.....our waiter was very personable and food was always hot when served . Cabin....very little closet space - would like to have more ... Read More
Second time on this ship. Easy embarkation and disembarkation. Had dinner in the Ipanema dining room.....our waiter was very personable and food was always hot when served . Cabin....very little closet space - would like to have more drawers or shelves. Love the Swarovski embedded stairways!!!! Pool area gets very crowded when at sea...........get there early to get your lounge chair! Bar service was slow at all bars......could have used more bartenders. Had the lowest internet/wifi package and service was spotty at times. Take he Behind the Ship Tour offered later in the week....very interesting and informative. Onboard shops were OK' Would book another MSC cruise in the future.....maybe a Mediterranean - depending on cost/amenities. Onboard photographers were good with varied scenes and poses. Pool on Deck 16 had lots of activities going on during the day for the kids and families,,,and good place to meet others. All said and done I would recommend MSC cruises to other friends/travelers. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2019
Smoothest embarkation and disembarkation yet.This was my 9th cruise and royal has it down to a science. We self assisted off and were in our shuttle before we were supposed to be getting off the ship. Adventure is a nice size ship, not too ... Read More
Smoothest embarkation and disembarkation yet.This was my 9th cruise and royal has it down to a science. We self assisted off and were in our shuttle before we were supposed to be getting off the ship. Adventure is a nice size ship, not too big and not too small. Cabins were very clean and this ship is hardly dated at all. Plenty of closet/storage space and mini fridge. The water slides are a blast. Dinner in the main dinning room is great. And the crew are the best and so very friendly. All seem to really love their jobs. Services was excellent all around. Loved our itinerary with a sea day, 4 ports and end with two more sea days. I highly recommend the Golden Eagle catamaran/snorkel excursion thru RC at St. Martens. Excellent snorkeling/beach and friendly crew. We did a walking tour of Old San Juan that included the fort-private tour for 6 of us through cruise planners. Ricky was great. St. Kitt's excursion was Capitol and Beach thru Island Paradise Tours that I found on Cruise Critic. Also a private tour for 8 of us. Only $37pp-great price and Stanley was a very nice guide that took good care of us. St. Martens, Labadee and St. Kitt's are all beautiful ports and a must see. The water is so blue. Ship is very relaxing or as wild as you want to be. From relaxing poolside to singing karaoke in the Schooner bar or gambling in the casino. We had six adults and all agree we would do this itinerary again! My adult nephew praised the gym. Said it was great for his daily work out. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: April 2019
This was a deal I could not pass up. A once in a lifetime opportunity that gave me a chance to cruise like I have not in all my 40+ cruises. The Owner's Suite has more storage than 15 Oasis of the Seas ocean view balcony cabins ... Read More
This was a deal I could not pass up. A once in a lifetime opportunity that gave me a chance to cruise like I have not in all my 40+ cruises. The Owner's Suite has more storage than 15 Oasis of the Seas ocean view balcony cabins combined. I was on the Oasis of the Seas in an ocean view balcony cabin in March 2019 and was very disappointed with storage. Left much to be desired, especially in the bath room. I had an issue with the balcony. It is not very long and extremely narrow. Could barely hold 2 chairs, 1 round glass topped table and one chaise lounge. The bathroom was amazing with a full shower, toilet, bidet, two sinks and a jacuzzi tub. The lighting in the cabin takes some getting used to. A metal plate with tiny round black buttons; mounted next to the main door and with two smaller plates in the bedroom, are used for all lighting in the cabin. The buttons were each labeled but the printing is tiny and faded. For such a large cabin the "dining table" only had 2 chairs. Plus the table has an annoying knob type thing mounted in the middle of the table. Would be nice if the table top was perfectly flat. The suite lounge was a fabulous experience and I got a chance to meet some very nice people. I chatted with more people on this one cruise than in my last 10 cruises. Food and service was good. Service in the main dining room was fabulous. Specialty dining was okay, the food and service was not any better than in the main dining venue. A person expects better service and better quality food when paying extra. All things considered the Adventure of the Seas was an excellent cruise. My last Voyager class ship cruise was on the Explorer of the Seas in October 2001. I am looking forward to cruises on the Anthem and Oasis of the Seas ships in 2020. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2019
I didn't go on this cruise for the itinerary--I went for the ship. In fact, I only got off the ship once the whole time. It's really an amazing ship to behold, overall, although it's basically impossible to properly ... Read More
I didn't go on this cruise for the itinerary--I went for the ship. In fact, I only got off the ship once the whole time. It's really an amazing ship to behold, overall, although it's basically impossible to properly photograph because of its size. The public spaces are attractive, clean, and interesting. It's very clear that a lot of thought and planning went into everything. Embarkation: Unfortunately, this cruise was the first time in Symphony's history that the computers were down at embarkation, leaving hundreds of people stuck outside. So for us, it went very poorly, but that's not normal. Once we were in, the processing was pretty efficient. My cabin was a bit larger than I normally get for an inside--say, with NCL. It was in great shape, and the attendant did a lovely job with it. The shower head was awkward as heck, though, and there was no "normal" washing line--just little weird hooks. That may be normal for RCCL. I ate at the buffet twice. The breakfast was a pretty poor showing--the sausage was good, but the "omelette" was tasteless leather and the potatoes were...I really don't even know what was going on there. The lunch I had was decent--good lamb, decent curry. I somehow always managed to find a spot to sit, which was nice given the number of people onboard. The MDR was pretty good. So was the Mexican place. The specialties (in my case, Chops, Hooked, Wonderland, and 150 Central Park) weren't always so great, interestingly--a steak without enough "crisp" on the outside, semi-tough lobster...a much greater sense that this came from a huge kitchen than I've had on other lines. 150 Central Park was pretty good, though. The food in Wonderland was interesting...? The waiter was a magician--alas, he was more of a magician than a waiter. The Mad Hatter was fun, though. Either way, I came away feeling like I almost preferred the MDR. On another line, I'm the other way around--I do speciality because the MDR is a disappointment. So life's strange. The service was good, though. I didn't participate in any "activities" exactly, except for the galley tour (which was decent). The shows were all about 8 or 9 out of 10, although 1977 didn't make any sense. The nightclubs were great, as were the DJs. Overall, I felt that the ship was inadequately air-conditioned. This was an even greater problem in the club at night, with a lot of people. But I never truly felt "cool" anywhere. The management of spaces and people was impressive. You could always find a chair on the deck, although later in the day, it might be an undesirable one. I often found one that met my needs, anyway, despite the number of people on board. The pools were good, as were the bars. The Solarium is beautiful. The slides were fun. One of the robots in Bionic Bar wasn't working, and none of the devices there wanted to read my card. Disembarkation at terminal A (Miami) was a CLUSTER***. Seriously. It's like all the work and budget went into designing the ship and the terminal, and there was nothing left over for the roadwork that would be needed to get vehicles in and out. Utter disaster. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2019
We had such a relaxing, wonderful cruise. Everyone was so great from check in to departure. The food, and staff in Blu, and at specialty dining(Murano and Tuscan Grille) were amazing. We loved our bartenders! Thank you Jede Astawa, Jose ... Read More
We had such a relaxing, wonderful cruise. Everyone was so great from check in to departure. The food, and staff in Blu, and at specialty dining(Murano and Tuscan Grille) were amazing. We loved our bartenders! Thank you Jede Astawa, Jose and Pedro. Hope to see you next time! We loved the gym, Persian gardens and sauna. The solarium is beautiful as well. We spent quite a few days at the pool. The sunset bar was great too. The staff at celebrity did everything to make the cruise so special. We celebrated our 34th anniversary. There was champagne waiting in our room. Every afternoon there was a delicious surprise waiting for us from cheeses and fruit to shrimp or different meats. The guest entertainers were wonderful. Ashlie Amber was sensational. The comics were very funny. We love to dance and there were so many opportunities to do just that.(especially “silent disco”) the pool party was fun and the dancers from the show did a little something to entertain. The band was wonderful! Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2019
So, I did an 8 day trip to St. Thomas, St. Maarten and San Juan. I was very hesitant on this because it was 1. My first cruise 2. I was going solo and 3. All the negative reviews. I did it anyway. One thing I learned, people will ... Read More
So, I did an 8 day trip to St. Thomas, St. Maarten and San Juan. I was very hesitant on this because it was 1. My first cruise 2. I was going solo and 3. All the negative reviews. I did it anyway. One thing I learned, people will gripe if you hung them with a new rope. Was there a smell? Yes, it was hardly noticable. Did the ship list and rock? Yes, the best part about the whole trip was the rocking me to sleep. I will be going on this ship again, it's small enough to be able to walk without getting worn out but big enough to hide from the world. Don't get stuck in the negative. It is a vacation, things will happen....as is life. Take the trip. Enjoy the uniqueness of the ship. Repeat. The food was outstanding save for being lightly seasoned (bring garlic salt). Tacos were spot on, Guys burger excellent. Entertainment options got sparse during the 2 day haul back to port, but who cares, hang out on the deck and enjoy the sun. All of my excursions were cancelled due to weather, or no interest. No big deal, made my own excursions. Get the drink package. Fruity drinks are $10 plus, coffee $3 plus. I would suggest to get an interior room, I didn't spend much time in mine. Embarkation was speedy enough, debarkation was like hearding cats. Ship was clean, always. They were constantly cleaning, painting, shampooing and vacuuming carpets. I have only one complaint.....wanted to stay a few more days. Read Less
11 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2019
What an awesome cruise on board the Celebrity Edge! We really loved this ship, the food, the staff etc. If you're not sure-book it now, it's worth every penny and even more! You'll be wowed every day on this ship with ... Read More
What an awesome cruise on board the Celebrity Edge! We really loved this ship, the food, the staff etc. If you're not sure-book it now, it's worth every penny and even more! You'll be wowed every day on this ship with something new. The Edge has vaulted to the top of our list just behind the MCS Seaside. Love my infinite balcony with bed near balcony! As a usual some Tips from us: You don't need to be have an internet package to connect to the ships wifi system to send messages to other people that you are cruising with (using the Celebrity app). You can also set up Smart phone to be used as your key. You can also control the lights, temperature, blinds and TV from your cell phone! They do reserve a good amount of seats for suite guests, but they release any unused seats about 10 min before the show and we are always seat in front row :-) Around 8:30 every night, the bar tenders will do a flair show along with the light show. I chose "Anytime" dining, to make it easier to try each of the restaurants. In my cruise planner, I was able to click the "Add to Cart" button under the complimentary restaurant that I wanted. There is a different button for each restaurant. I booked 2 specialty and each of the 4 complimentary restaurants that way. Magic Carpet (open for drinks almost constantly although the app does not reflect that). Elevator signage listing the restaurants and clubs for each floor was very helpful. If it is green around the elevator, it is going up - red, it is going down. If you want the cabin at a certain temperature when you return, you may want to turn off the go green (under settings) as it will turn the thermostat up 2 degrees when you leave. Go To Eden!!! It was crazy amazing intriguing... Pizza is in the back of the cafeteria. Don't miss it, it's good! Eden Cafe for free lunch. They open at noon and they had excellent yummy hot and cold sandwiches and salads Try Le Grand Bistro For at least one lunch, enjoy the daily specials, it's one of the best values onboard ($20) Le Petit Chef offers an animated story of four miniature chefs having a cooking competition preparing your meal and it is projected on your table top. It was very entertaining and fun. The Edge is definitely spectacular! Read Less
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Sail Date: April 2019
So we did b2b, this was cruise number 11 on X. We are in late 30- and like celebrity. We like good food, shows and service. We prefer that it is activity’s but not to much and that there is not to many children. When we go on ... Read More
So we did b2b, this was cruise number 11 on X. We are in late 30- and like celebrity. We like good food, shows and service. We prefer that it is activity’s but not to much and that there is not to many children. When we go on holiday, we like it to be a calm and relaxed atmosphere. We go early to bed, so late night party is not our thing. We have tried different cruise lines but the preferred is X. So we stayed in a deluxe ocean view balcony, 6115. Nice stateroom but horrible location since you have lots of noise from the theatre during rehearsal and shows. If you read the review from the first week 14.april, you understand. But anyway back to the positive! So the process of b2b went smooth as silk. New cards was by the door in the morning and we went of by ourselves in the morning and when we returned in the afternoon, we just walked right onboard again. No problems, no worries. So this week we changed captain and we new the ship we’ll. Since we did only do MDR in week one, we had pre booked a 4-night dining package. So we did: Fine Cut Excellent meal, great service from the somalier. Perfect steak and great garnish. Le petit chef So fun! It was lots of fun and tasted very well. The pasta was so good. If you bring children, this is definitely something fun to do for dinner. Not sure I would do it on every cruise. Eden Lots of food, almost to much. Something tasted better then others on the menu. Fun to have the edenist walking and interactive in the dining area. Raw on 5 Great if you like seafood and raw fish. We had a great meal, really something we like. We have eaten on sushi on 5 on other ships and this is always a winner for us. Same thing on the Edge. It was really nice to meet and see several of the crew from other ships we have been on before. Great staff, we can really not comment enough of how good work they do. Entertainment this week was presented by 2 productions show and guest entertainment. Marcus Terrell was again great (he did a different show on week one). He is a multi talent, he was definitely the best show of the week. The production shows was nice, really like the screen and scene set up on Edge. Ports of call was good, we have been in all before. But we can always find something new to do. Officers and captain was very visible around the ship. Cc host Elisabeth did a good job on both weeks. She was always smiling and welcoming us when we arrived on things she was arranging. So what did we feel when we walked of the ship after 14days??? WHY did we not book the transatlantic cruise????? We really regret that we didn’t book it. Because if you take away the noise issue in our stateroom. We had great time, but the noise was and is a huge problem for us. Read Less

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