1. Home
  2. Cruise Destinations
  3. Eastern Caribbean Cruises
  4. Eastern Caribbean Cruise Reviews
Cruise Ratings
13,644
6,668
4,312
2,217
1,180
Sail Date: April 2010
Our second Carnival (cruise ever) in less than 6 months, and we are already planning our third! This time we sailed from Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, much better than Miami. We arrived at around 1300 and were at the Lido by 1340. ... Read More
Our second Carnival (cruise ever) in less than 6 months, and we are already planning our third! This time we sailed from Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, much better than Miami. We arrived at around 1300 and were at the Lido by 1340. The embarkation process was fantastically fast, even after forgetting to do our FunPass registration! This time we used a cc instead of cash for our sail and sign, extremely stress free! We had an issue with my fiance's past membership status, which was fixed by guest serviced in less than 10 minutes! Our cabin was conveniently located midship next to elevators, we did an oceanview again, no need to pay extra for upper deck rooms if we can sea the ocean through a window! Nothing new, except we had a properly working flat screen tv this time, nice! Our steward Michael was very friendly and polite! Dining was very good in the Freedom, same menu as before, but it was nice to know what to order and what to stay away from. We were seated with a lovely middle aged couple, we had a wonderful time talking to them, their company was lovely. One thing I noticed was a lot of "single" tables, the fiance and I were so glad we were not seated alone, we definitely love to interact with others. One thing I will guarantee next time we cruise is to have dinner mates as we almost cut it close this time. Our waiters Sim"phop" and Lamberto were the best ( next to Manik and Marlon from the Valor), very nice and amazing dancers, lol. Having cruised Carnival before, we were able to explore more things we did not notice before. For example, this cruise we discovered the dining room breakfast, were we were served REAL EGGS, no more lido breakfast buffet for us! We drank less but gambled more, which was payed off by a Bingo winning! We really enjoyed the "past guest reception" with unlimited drinks, very nice. Our cruise director Ryan and assistant director Kevin made the experience memorable with their quirky comedy. the shows were not the best, but I always give big props to the performers for their hard work( especially on a moving ship, and this ship was ROCKING from day one). Great Cruise, can't wait to cruise again. Enjoy your freedom in the Freedom ! Read Less
Sail Date: March 2010
This was our 2nd year on an MSC cruise and we booked again as we loved last year. The Poesia is a beautiful ship that is well maintained and very clean. We had a balcony room. The cabin steward did an excellent job. Several of the ... Read More
This was our 2nd year on an MSC cruise and we booked again as we loved last year. The Poesia is a beautiful ship that is well maintained and very clean. We had a balcony room. The cabin steward did an excellent job. Several of the dining room waiters remembered us from last year. Their service was excellent and we really enjoyed their sense of humour. We ate in the dining room for lunch and breakfast and enjoyed the food. However I was disappointed in dinner as the food was not as good as last year. This didn't really bother me though. We purchased the wine, beer and cocktail package. The bar tender were not stingy with the booze in the cocktails. I especially liked the margaritas and my husband said some of the cognacs were a really good value. We really enjoyed the classical music after dinner. We didn't go to any of the shows but people said they were excellent. I found that the days at sea it was difficult to get a place around the pool and spent my time on our balcony. Embarkation and disembarking was a very smooth process...probably one of the best. I feel MSC is great value for the price and am looking forward to my next trip on them. Their also are perks being a returning guest as part of the MSC club. We enjoyed the casino and came home with more money than we left with. We had been to all of the ports previously and just got off the ship and stayed close by. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2010
This was our 11th cruise, second on Norwegian, first since they have switched to Free Style Dining. We travelled with two other couples who were also experienced cruisers. There were many things about this cruise that were excellent. The ... Read More
This was our 11th cruise, second on Norwegian, first since they have switched to Free Style Dining. We travelled with two other couples who were also experienced cruisers. There were many things about this cruise that were excellent. The ship itself was beautiful, clean, and beautifully decorated. Our stateroom, although laid out a little funny, seemed larger and more manageable. The bathroom and shower were large and comfortable. The entertainment was of excellent quality. Rather than having cruise ship dancers and singers, they had groups of singers and dancers who were booked for the cruise. The comedian was excellent. The touring group of Second City players were great. But the best show was the comedy juggling team, Sharkbait. They were two crazy so and so's that were just a lot of fun. The cruise staff, including the cruise director Julie and multiple assistant cruise directors were energetic, fun, and very helpful. Their skit at the end of the crew show was the best we have seen. The biggest negative on this cruise was the Freestyle dining. Basically, there are two main dining rooms, that we have paid for, and many specialty restaurants that require a reservation, and a cover charge of $10 to $25 per person in addition to what we have already paid. The food in the main dining rooms was of a mediocre quality, the service was below mediocre, and we had to wait to be seated, every night but one, one evening for 45 minutes. There were also limited choices on the menu. We felt that the whole thing was a scam to incentivize people to go and make a reservation and spend the additional money on one of the other restaurants. Very disturbing, frustrating, and irritating. The food in the buffet was actually great, and of a better quality from that that was served in the main dining rooms. This was enough of a deal breaker that in spite of loving other aspects of the ship, we would not sail with Norwegian again. We were also turned off by the constant selling of lottery tickets, scratch off tickets, etc., especially while we were waiting for shows to start. For us, the dining issues outweighed the many positives on this ship. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2010
We recently completed a 7 night eastern Caribbean cruise on the Eurodam. A few thoughts at the outset... 1) We think we are fair and balanced reviewers. If something has gone well, we are the first to acknowledge it. Conversely, if ... Read More
We recently completed a 7 night eastern Caribbean cruise on the Eurodam. A few thoughts at the outset... 1) We think we are fair and balanced reviewers. If something has gone well, we are the first to acknowledge it. Conversely, if something is bad, in all fairness to others who have posted reviews that we found helpful, we feel it's out duty to be as honest and objective as we can be in our posting. So, going forward, this is our second Holland Cruise. We had previously sailed on the Zuiderdam and were very excited at the thought of a "new" ship. Very quickly after a short walk around the deck, if there were many "upgrades" or improvements, we failed to see them. The ship looked 98% the same as the older Zuiderdam. And while some of the design details in the more public areas are nice, much of the artwork and furniture details in the hallways leading to the cabins and lesser traveled areas looks cheaply created and mounted. My partner is a designer by career and was a little shocked at how bad many of the areas were designed. Much less attractive than the Zuiderdam. Cabins We chose a deluxe veranda (cabin 6141). The cabin felt small and claustrophobic. Whatever the design and configuration, it felt much much smaller and closed in than our last cabin on the Zuiderdam. There is a needless small sofa that takes up way too much valuable space. The TV is awkwardly placed at an angle in the corner...a little difficult to comfortably see from the bed. The linens and bedspread were average quality and design. Nothing great or terribly bad. The lightning is TERRIBLE. There are no good lights by the head of the bed and even the Cruise Director frequently joked about "not being able to figure out how to turn the lights on and off". Let us be clear...you don't' need to spend a fortune to look attractive, just make some smart choices. They did not do that in the design choices for the cabins. They "read" Holiday Inn in Columbus Ohio, not luxury cabin. (nothing personal against Columbus, I'm sure you're a nice city). The veranda was a nice size with two comfortable chairs, perfect for sitting and relaxing with a good book. Our room steward Armand was one of the best staff members on the ship. We can't say enough good things about him. Embarkation Very smooth. No wait. It only took 10 minutes at most from entering the line to going onto the ship. The staff were very very professional and knowledgeable. Everyone along the way was helpful and pleasant. They should be proud of their staff. They do a great job. Food There's good news and bad news. The good news - the speciality restaurants were very very good, especially the Tamarind. I can honestly say that it was one of the best Pan-Asian meals Ive ever had. We lived in NYC for many many years and that restaurant could easily hold it own with some of the best in NYC. Truly a great meal in a beautiful setting. The Pinnacle Grill was a good choice. The food was solid, the service B+ and the desserts very very good. Nice atmosphere. The Holland line should be embarrassed about the Lido. The theme seems to be.....if the food is really really bad, must make alot of it. In the end, all you get is alot of really really bad food. Quantity will never replace quality. There were only a few items we would even attempt. I've had meals in college cafeterias that were better. Room service was pretty awful. They did a great job in taking the order and getting it to the room on time, it just was pretty bad, re-heated food. Only if you're starving would I suggest using room service. Typically, we used it for morning coffee before breakfast. The main dining room was solid and predictable. The waiters were very helpful and available...again, I think Holland can be very proud of their staff. A+ for the Tamarind, A- for the Pinnacle Grill, B- for the Main dining room and D- for the Lido and room service (the staff keep them from a solid "F") Entertainment We really really enjoyed the magician. It was as good as the top shows in Las Vegas, less production but amazing feats. We loved it. The Broadway shows were a solid college level production and entertaining. The comedian was ok. Fellow passengers We were truly shocked at the average age. I'm not anti-age but would have liked a few passengers our age (38 and 50). The ship was almost exclusively over 70. Many walkers in the dining room and several oxygen tanks. At one point, it truly felt like the pool in a nursing home. We met some great people but would have liked some people our age. Excursions We signed up for the Power Snorkeling at Turks. I have to respect Holland for their decision to cancel the trip. The weather was "iffy" and rather than have people pay for a sub-optimal experience, the cancelled. Many other cruise lines might have opted for the money. Much too much emphasis on shopping on the ports, little talk of the amazing beaches in St Thomas. Megan's Bay is one of the most beautiful beaches in the world and we only knew about it from fellow passengers. Half Moon Cay Really one of the most beautiful beaches we have ever been on. Just sit back, drink in the electric blue water and enjoy. My absolute favorite part of the trip. The tenders fill up very quickly so go before 8 or after 10. There can be long long lines. Overall We were disappointed with the cruise. The suboptimal cabin, the mediocre food and heavy pushing of shopping were not what we were hoping for. We envisioned a luxury cruise stopping at beautiful ports. The ports were lovely but the ship was much less than we hoped for. It is IMPOSSIBLE to get deck chair by the pool on days at sea. The problems with Holland had very little to do with how the cruise line spent their money and everything to do with how they organized some of the areas for their attention. I was originally a fan of Holland but doubt we would ever cruise with them again. I'm sorry we didn't go with the original thought of Celebrity or Princess. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2010
We sailed back to back, east and west Caribbean Feb 20-March 7th Having sailed the MSC Lirica last year, we were pretty much expecting a similar experience, but on a new, larger ship. We were not disappointed in a whole, there are some ... Read More
We sailed back to back, east and west Caribbean Feb 20-March 7th Having sailed the MSC Lirica last year, we were pretty much expecting a similar experience, but on a new, larger ship. We were not disappointed in a whole, there are some points that were could have been better. The Good The ship is impressive, large, clean, decor is elegant (marble, brass, rich plush, color combos are tasteful) Cabins are adequate, and workable, we are a family of 4 with 2 young kids. Plenty of storage, suitcases fit under bottom beds , lots of hangers and drawers. Food was overall good, being of Italian descent,I knew what to order and was familiar with preparation. Note: most of the food is prepared so that you add or do not add your preference of salt,and pepper. If you order the steaks or any meats it is often over cooked, we caught on and simply adjusted ie: if you want well done, order medium well. Buffet selection was adequate at lunch, grill side was too, large salad counter. Evening pizza on deck 13 was very good. Check open and close times for food. MSC does not have 24 hr food availability, the daily itinerary clearly points out these times (typically only 1-2hr block outs) The lounges were large, comfortable and you wanted to stick around to catch what was on next.Zebra bar in particular is the largest most animated of the lounges (carnival, dancing, animation team activities etc) Shows were good, not great. We preferred the shows on last year's cruise, where there were more Cirque du Soleil type shows, aerialist, dancers etc. The entertainment this year was more singing, group dancing, or theme oriented. The theater is absolutely beautiful, seats comfortable and visually captivating. Main dining room staff are Indonesian, hard working servers, never had an issue. Cabin stewards do a good job too, never needed to request anything for our room, always clean and ready. Ports San Juan is a beautiful city, walk to the fort , the view towards the ocean is worth it. Lots of small boutiques along the way St.Maartens. Walked to the nearby beach (10 minutes) calm water, clean sand, restos nearby, small shops too. Tortola. took an Island tour, the views from atop the mountains are breathtaking. Nassau. (1 st week)Short tour of the Atlantis (impressive) and headed to nearby Cabbage beach (a bit crowded, the Oasis was also at port) . (2nd week)took a 10 min. bus ride to Cable beach, nice beach, calm waves, only 30-40 people on the beach) Key West. Beautiful little town, lots to see, lots of shops, bars, sailboats. Walked the small streets. Cozumel. Poesia did not stop at Playa del Carmen, nor has it stopped yet this season, and it is not because of poor weather, water conditions, we were informed from Italian speaking ship employees we befriended, that the port at Playa is unstable, sandy and docking there is somewhat problematic (they state Playa in all internet ads, but apparently other lines are avoiding it too (cannot confirm) Cozumel was not impressive, pushy vendors, taxi drivers, shops) We made a short stop at Paradise beach, and were harassed constantly to buy food, drinks etc. Cayman Island. Unfortunately, the day we arrived, there were very high winds and it is a tender port, excursions were cancelled, as they were unsure of the weather and water conditions in late afternoon. Taking this decision and testing the tenders took almost 1 and a half hours (Not just MSC, but 3 Carnival ships too) We did end up getting of but only for 2 hours) Montego Bay. Early morning rain impeded us from going to the beach, so we opted for an Island tour, and glad we did, very nice overview of the city. The Bad I preface the following 2 sections with the intent not to offend any nationality, it is simply my observations of what I saw. The buffet lines are long, and lineups can be challenging. Many Europeans did not observe the line process, choosing to cut in line wherever they pleased. Service is not a forte. Front desk, unless you are able to communicate in Italian (I had no issues, and was quickly taken care of at each request) but did notice that others were treated less than polite, very curt answers, or we cannot accommodate etc) Cafeteria staff: particularly the Romanian servers, very very cold, and sometimes rude to some. Entertainment crew not as interactive as last year, not as fun unfortunately. Hostesses that directed the back to back process (re embarkation after first week, were not well informed and had us needlessly line up in 3 different lines to get us through customs The UGLY Germans would sit on the deck lounges near the pool, even if you have a towel reserving the place ( and we were sitting next to it!)The response was, Do you want your towel back?) Huh? Overall, we loved the islands, had fantastic weather (30-38 almost every day) My kids had fun at the pools and other venues. We relaxed and had a god time. We took the opportunity to speak to alot of other travellers, who have tried other lines and many did not give MSC highest praise overall, but noted that all the lines will have shortcomings in one area or another, it all depends on what YOU expect from a cruise. We are not fussy, we are easy going and make the best of any situation. We ate well, were entertained, saw some great islands. The small differences, we were told by some who travelled on other lines was price. Many noted that the same trip would have cost them up to $1500 more. MSC offers kids sail free program. If you can go with the flow and are not overly demanding you do get value for your money. Many we spoke to did not make the link and were determined to have a miserable time, because they did not get chocolates on their pillow, food was not available 24hrs and did not have friendly wait staff that interacted them. We will try other lines next. NCL and Princess came up very often in discussion,as relaxed cruising and lots of little extras. Would I cruise MSC again?.. Absolutely. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2010
My partner and I have been on more than a dozen cruises on several different lines including Carnival, Royal Caribbean and Norwegian. I really wanted to try Princess because I had read and heard they offered a superior product. That is ... Read More
My partner and I have been on more than a dozen cruises on several different lines including Carnival, Royal Caribbean and Norwegian. I really wanted to try Princess because I had read and heard they offered a superior product. That is simply not the case. Frankly, Emerald Princess afforded probably the worst service I have encountered on any cruise line. Aside from our room attendant, Elvira and one dining room waitress, Sandra, the service was terrible, sometimes even rude. It seemed like the crew could not care less about the passengers' enjoyment. The ship itself has a terrible layout. Only decks 7 and 15 allow passengers to traverse the entire ship. All the other decks except the stateroom decks have a blockage requiring you to go up or down a deck or two to move from front to back of the ship. You have to have an engineering degree to figure out how to get to the aft pool and hot tub without going through the dining room. And, there are far too few public restrooms for a ship with 3000+ passengers. Probably the biggest problem is the small size of the main show lounge. It seats only about 800 passengers and there were 3300 on our cruise, meaning that less than half can see a show on any given night. You literally have to grab a seat an hour before show time to insure a seat. Ridiculous! The ship also feels crowded. On the plus side, the pools are all fresh water and heated and there were enough deck chairs even on sea days except by the aft pool (supposedly adults only, but not enforced). They also are not "towel police" like RCL. You don't have to account for each and every towel or pay a $20 fine like Royal Caribbean. Another complaint I had is the excessive drink prices. Alcoholic beverages averaged in price from about $5 to $7 each, much more than other cruise lines I have utilized recently and they measure each and every shot exactly! No free pour allowed. I know they are trying to generate extra revenue, but they could at least pour a decent drink. The cabin is unusual in layout, but nicely appointed. The closet is large, but it takes up cabin space so there is no seating area in the balcony cabins. The bathroom was adequate, but had those awful shower curtains, not the door that is much more common now. I did notice substantial wear in some of the carpet in the hallways and stairwells, something uncommon for a newer ship. And I did not observe maintenance being preformed during our cruise. Even the windows were not washed during the entire cruise and the salt spray significantly clouded the views. The food, in my opinion, was better than industry average. Significantly better than Royal Caribbean, which is my favorite line; however, the buffet was disappointing. It had a smaller selection than even Carnival and a very congested layout at peak times. We dined at Sabatini's and I would have to say that it was probably the best meal I have every had on any ship. Well worth the $20 surcharge. Crown Grill on the other hand was unexceptional, but still quite good. They charge $25 extra per person. All said and done, I would definitely choose Royal Caribbean over Princess and even Carnival was somewhat superior in service. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2010
This was our first cruise with Celebrity and all I can say is Wow. From the moment we arrived on board, we felt special. There was a glass of champagne or something softer if you so desired. Our stateroom was fantastic, we had a family ... Read More
This was our first cruise with Celebrity and all I can say is Wow. From the moment we arrived on board, we felt special. There was a glass of champagne or something softer if you so desired. Our stateroom was fantastic, we had a family room just for the two of us and it was so spacious. The stateroom staff were so welcoming and anything you needed they brought to you. The dining experience was fantastic, the main restaurant, San Marco was a delight. Our head waiter was a bit shy and not very forthocming but his assistant was brilliant. We were very impressed with the food as there was always something to interest you, if there wasn't you just had to ask. The Assistant Maitre D made our cruise he organised for us to see around the Galley, that was just the two of us, we felt so special. The staff seem like one big family and all seem so happy. We ate in the Ocean Liner restaurant 3 times, the food was exemplary as was the service. We were made so welcome. The crepe suzettes are out of this world, the best we have ever eaten. I would definitely encourage people to go to this special restaurant, the cover charge was well worth it. The ship is starting to look a bit tired in areas but it is going in for a refit in April when they are putting a steak house in and upgrading all the staterooms. I'm sure that it will be fantastic once it is finished. Our one disappointment was the Cruise Director, he didn't seem to do very much and the shows were too early if you were on 2nd sitting dining, which we were. We will definitely sail with Celebrity again as the experience was so good. In the past we have said twice with Princess being Golden and Sea. Also we went on Ventura last year, which we didn't like at all. The people on board Celebrity were much nicer. The Constellation was Millennium Class, goodness knows what Solstice is like! Read Less
Sail Date: December 2009
We set sail from Ft Lauderdale on Dec 27th. This was our first cruise. We have been to numerous 5 star resorts and none compare to the experience on the Emerald Princess. We had a great time. Food was wonderful!!! We had anytime dining and ... Read More
We set sail from Ft Lauderdale on Dec 27th. This was our first cruise. We have been to numerous 5 star resorts and none compare to the experience on the Emerald Princess. We had a great time. Food was wonderful!!! We had anytime dining and didn't run into problems in the dining room, but we normally arrived between 5:30-6. (the lines looked like they got a bit crazy when we were leaving) There was never a shortage of food, buffet was always well stocked!! Burgers and fries, pizza and ice cream around the pool were amazing!!!!! The shows in the theater were FIRST CLASS!!! 3 wonderful productions!!! New Years Eve was celebrated in style in many locations so no one location was overly crowded. We purchased the Pop card, allowing us unlimited pop. The cost of alcoholic drinks was steep, but service was great and many drink varieties available!!! Movies under the stars were enjoyable with many different types of movies shown throughout the week. Our room steward was fabulous, keeping the room clean and turning down the bed each night. They were in when you were out and out when you were in the room!! The Emerald Princess has everything you would want from a Sushi bar, to a bakery (a must try in the lower lobby!!!) the Skywalkers night club was a great time with fab music and lights. The gym was comparable to most health clubs in any city!!!! (great view out the front of the ship and spin classes were offered) Tropical Island night was another fun party, most passengers wore tropical island gear and entertainment took place around the pool! Never a dull moment, from ice sculptures down around the pool, ballroom dancers in the lobby to bingo and trivia in the lounges. We look forward to our next Princess Cruise!!!! Read Less

Find a Cruise

Easily compare prices from multiple sites with one click
Compare and book excursions for your next cruise