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3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2019
I wish I had read the Cruise Citic Reviews for this ship before I booked. I would not have gone ahead. Many of the reviews do not have nice things to say about this ship and they are accurate. Silversea claim that this is a 6 star ship. I ... Read More
I wish I had read the Cruise Citic Reviews for this ship before I booked. I would not have gone ahead. Many of the reviews do not have nice things to say about this ship and they are accurate. Silversea claim that this is a 6 star ship. I have done several Cruises and it is1 -1.5 stars at best. So in summary I paid a six star price for a 1 star ship. Everything on board is the cheapest of the Cheap. Even the bottled water in the cheapest they could buy. No Evian here - cheap water from somewhere in China. Cabins are rusted, no AC working, crew is not allowed to speak any other language then English and they are Latin Americans. The quality of the meals is the worst ever I have, the lowest quality and charged as a 6 Stars. Ship - Tired and Run Down. Staff - poor levels of english and you have to ask for everything 4 times Management - Don't care - we told them of our dissappointment only to be ignored - One manager organised one special meal for us and that was it. Special Requests - At first they tell they can't do special things for you hoping you will stop asking then after a while the reluctantly give in and get it for you - not what was expected on a "6 star" ship. Don't expect any pampering on this ship. They claim to have daily yoga, pilates and fitness classes - they had nobody on board to do them. This is the worst cruise I ever gone and not worth a Penny is TRASH.. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2019
We chose this cruise because of its 23 night itinerary of very varied destinations, covering South America through to Europe, we had previously cruised with MSC on the Opera, based in Cuba, which we really enjoyed. Sadly this cruise ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of its 23 night itinerary of very varied destinations, covering South America through to Europe, we had previously cruised with MSC on the Opera, based in Cuba, which we really enjoyed. Sadly this cruise turned our to be the worst possible nightmare! - We booked the Top Grade Aurea package as this includes "My Choice" dining, where you can dine anytime between 7.30 and 10.45pm, and at a table size of 'your choice' either on a large shared table or an individual table for 2, it's all based on "My Choice" - The Aurera Class also includes the 'Inclusive Drinks Package' and provides a priority boarding procedure. After a smooth embarkation, we found our cabin on deck 15, to be superb, after the usual Safety Drill, we went to a bar for a drink so that we could settle into our new home for the next three weeks... Little did we realise the horrors that were to follow! At the bar we were told, Sorry you cant have a drink on this Cruise Card Code, this is only valid for a drink whilst eating in the restaurant or buffet during meal times, we told him that we had paid for The Aurea Class etc, he merely told us to go to reception and see what they have to say about it... We went down to Reception only to find dozens of people all queuing up with various complaints, we waited very nearly an hour before we reach a receptionist, on explaining what had happened, we got the impression that he thought we were just trying to get something extra for nothing! eventually after making some phone calls he said that he would change the cruise card and code, this worked at the bar and we got our two drinks, and we then felt more relaxed about this unsettling incident! At around 8pm we went to the Aurea Restaurant and asked for a Table for Two, only to be told that they did not have enough Tables for Two, also they were full and had no further room until after 10pm, which would be on a large shared table, we declined this and left, we did not eat anything this first night, as there were no free seats in the buffet either... The next morning we telephoned the Restaurant to make a reservation for a Table for 2, at around 8pm, the Restaurant Supervisor told us that he could not promise to do this as there are not enough small tables, he suggested that we arrive at the restaurant at 7.30pm right at the opening time and he would 'try' to get us a 2, he then said that if he did manage to do this, we would have to agree to keep this particular table and time for the whole duration of the cruise, we agreed to this, and he did get us seated on a table for 4, but for our use only, on the strict understanding that we vacated the table by 9.45, so they could get it set up for the second sitting... We carried on like this for the remaining 22 nights, which is certainly not what MSC promote in their "My Choice" dining options, another annoying thing is that the ships photographers would come around the restaurant 'whilst you are eating' and virtually insist on taking your photograph sometimes even by sitting with you or cuddling you!!! We gave up even trying to get a lunch in the dining room, as they only have 3 Tables for 2, in the entire restaurant! - In most cases we tried to eat ashore as much as we could to relieve some of the stress of dining on-board... With the Aurea Inclusive Drinks Package, we were unable to choose a wine either in the bar or restaurant, we could only request a Red or White wine, we were not looking for the Premium Brands, just basic drinks, could not select type of wine, or get an Irish Coffee or even a Bloody Mary, you were may to feel that you were trying to cheat the system! In addition to the dining saga, we found the theatre shows to be rather poor and repetitious, the Cruise Director seemed to get most enjoyment from his pre-show introductions, which he delighted in giving out at high speed in several different languages, apparently for his own amusement. Relaxing in the various Bars was often spoilt by the fact that sales staff would set up tables along side the seating, to sell Watches and Perfumes etc, it was at times like sitting in a Market Place! We appreciated most of the shore excursions that we did, particularly as they got us off the ship! - We actually tried to fly home to the UK from Brazil after just four days on board, sadly this was the Easter Holiday weekend and most of the flights were either full or very expensive, we reluctantly decided to stick it out until the bitter end! As a result of this very distressing cruise we have now decided to cancel our 2020 cruise, as there is no way we could go through this dreadful experience again, which is a great shame as we have enjoyed many cruises in the past on various shipping lines, including MSC, but NEVER AGAIN with them! In all fairness, we must mention that we found the ship itself to be clean and smart and all the staff were extremely pleasant and helpful... Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
A last minute purchase, at the urging of my wife I took the plunge (so to speak) and bought our 14 day Buenos Aires to Rio De Janeiro cruise. By the time I got to the actual purchase pickings were slim and I had to agree to have my cabin ... Read More
A last minute purchase, at the urging of my wife I took the plunge (so to speak) and bought our 14 day Buenos Aires to Rio De Janeiro cruise. By the time I got to the actual purchase pickings were slim and I had to agree to have my cabin selected by the Costa staff. I bought the tickets, and only a few days later got to sit down and read reviews of the Fascinosa. I actually told my wife "I'm prepared to eat the lost $2k, I made a mistake, sorry". But what with anticipation and Rio's carnival looming, she persuaded me to go anyway. One's memory tends to gloss over things later that were a big deal at the time, like the strong smell of excrement in the passageway outside our cabin at all times, The faulty toilet flush mechanism that failed 4 times during a 14 day cruise. Or the gritty feeling underfoot that forced me to demand our steward vacuum the carpet. I don't want this to become an encyclopedia but there is no way to pass on the experience without going into detail. The theatre hosted some splendid live productions, with truly gifted performers and a delightful repertoire. Marred by a self promoting "cruise director" who instructed the audience to give top marks for him. Taken tongue in cheek, this might be excusable but the relentless barrage of juvenile, racially toned "humor" had the audience too embarassed not to applaud. The restaurants were passable, portions were appropriate and well presente, service good. Shore excursions with Costa should be avoided in my opinion. Overpriced and "one size fits all" we were happy that we only signed up for one (Uruguay). Being new to cruising, perhaps I appear harsh but I am reporting what I saw. Alas time prevents me from continuing while things are fresh in my mind, but happily this cruise will eventually be forgotten. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
Booked a Vista Suite on the Navigation Deck (#7046) and soon discovered after embankment that it sat directly beneath the Lido kitchen area. Needless to say the noise from above our cabin ceiling was unbearable and went well into the night ... Read More
Booked a Vista Suite on the Navigation Deck (#7046) and soon discovered after embankment that it sat directly beneath the Lido kitchen area. Needless to say the noise from above our cabin ceiling was unbearable and went well into the night and then began again at around 3:30 a.m. There was no remedy for the problem and guest services did not follow up after we complained. We were on a 15 day South American cruise and got very little undisturbed sleep throughout the voyage. This was the major problem we encountered on this particular cruise but there were also many minor to medium issues on the ship which is well past it's prime. We have cruised with Holland three times previous to this 4th cruise but it will most likely be our last. There should have been some sort of disclosure regarding this particular cabin and the related noise problems in the initial booking information. We did not eat in the dining room but had all meals in the Lido Cafe. The food was good and the Lido service people friendly and attentive. The new hand washing stations were barely used and the majority of the people entering the Lido walked right by them on their way to dine. We don't do the shows so cannot comment on the entertainment. The shore excursions left something to be desired and we missed two ports due to bad weather. The future cruise consultant had a slight attitude and acted like she could care less about questions we asked her. The customer service desk was also average and the people manning it were not consistent regarding DVD rentals. The shipboard talks regarding ports we would visit were full of bad information and twice one seating was about two separate ports combined which was confusing to say the least. Overall I would say that the cruise was not up to the normal standards that we have seen from Holland in the past. Our next two cruises will be with Viking which has a newer fleet of ships and offers features that Holland is now lacking. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2019
It has taken me a few months to write my review for our cruise. I think this was our 4th or 5th cruise with Princess. The embarkation process was very crowded but the staff at the desk were excellent. The ports of call, except for Rio, ... Read More
It has taken me a few months to write my review for our cruise. I think this was our 4th or 5th cruise with Princess. The embarkation process was very crowded but the staff at the desk were excellent. The ports of call, except for Rio, all seemed about the same. Not much of interest. The food was very disappointing, so much so that we quit going to the dining room and just tried to find the best on the buffet line. The entertainment was disappointing, except for the small groups in bars, etc. Our cabin steward was excellent. The dining staff was excellent. The ship on numerous occasions was either late getting into port or late leaving port. On our last port of call, Buenos Aires, it creating a headache. The ship was late leaving the port before, so we were denied entry to the port by 3 hours. We had booked a day long tour in Buenos Aires - well obviously that didn't happen. We didn't get off the ship until around 3pm. We had many conversations with front desk and the tour desk regarding our tour. No problem with getting the credit, but the tour including our transfer to the airport. We were assured by several people at the front desk and the tour desk that we would still have a transfer. When we were let off the ship we went by bus the a metal building for our luggage. There was no air conditioning and no order to the luggage. You had to try to go from one one of the huge building to the other to find your luggage. We waited in that hot building for almost 2 hours before our luggage arrived. We got in the long line for the airport transfer. After being in line for almost an hour, someone from Princess came over and said we would not have a transfer, there were other people in line that experiences the same issue. We then had to go to another long line (had we known we would have been in that line to begin with) for a taxi. We waited another hour to get a taxi. Thankfully, we had a 9:30pm flight. Even with that late of flight, we barely made it, that was due to a short line for security. The service by Princess was inexcusable. We have sailed around 23 times over the years. I have to say this has soured by taste for cruising. I'm sure we will cruse again, but we will try river cruising next. We will never take a Princess Cruise again. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
my wife and i just got back last week from our 49 day cruise of south america on the Royal Princess which was a nice cruise even though the captain missed a port and got us late to a few others...but the mini suite we got M105 on the Royal ... Read More
my wife and i just got back last week from our 49 day cruise of south america on the Royal Princess which was a nice cruise even though the captain missed a port and got us late to a few others...but the mini suite we got M105 on the Royal Princess was terrible...simply terrible..we were mislead by the website and brochures about a mini suite...i was expecting a mini suite like the diagram which showed a bedroom, a separate tv room with a couch and a balcony..what we got was not like that at all. Room M105 was just a big room with 2 tvs, a couch, and a bed-plus a forward facing balcony which was pretty much unusable when the ship was moving...i expected a room for tv so if my wife was asleep in the bedroom i could watch tv in the other room and not disturb her...imagine my shock when we just got a big room with 2 tv's and a couch in it...all in the same room..no privacy if one of us wanted to watch a tv show..we complained to customer service on the ship 3 times to see if they could get us moved but never heard back from them..when we got home after our 49 day trip--which was a lot of fun except for our room which we paid the big bucks--i contacted princess customer service...they got back to me after a week and told me that i would get no refund or on board credit due to our disappointment in the room..even though the website and brochure shows a mini suite with a separate bedroom and tv room... in small print there is a disclaimer that says the ship may change the way the room appears..i was not happy to find out about this since i believed i was getting a bedroom and separate tv room with a curtain--not one big room which was kinda like a balcony room we have gotten in the past..i was and still am disappointed with Princess Cruise lines for not having a room as pictured in the diagram on their website...plus i paid a lot of money for what was essentially a big balcony room..so warning to all you Princess cruisers...make sure you know what your room will look like since it doesn't look at all like the mini suites pictured on their website...maybe you should consider just getting a balcony room and not a mini suite like M105 which was just one large room and was terrible..simply terrible.. Luckily the rest of the cruise was great. ..great dining experience in the club class section of the ship.. great bar service...they always knew the drinks we liked every night..and we drank a bunch..we were on vacation..lol Nice day activities scheduled every day.. And the night time shows were very varied..we especially liked the comedians.. So I would definitely recommend this cruise...just not the mini suite M105.. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
The ports were new to us and the timing worked so we chose the 30-day Incan Empire Voyage. Embarkation was OK, we heard later this year the ship will be under review as to updates. Cabin fine, but the tiny TV and limited channels was ... Read More
The ports were new to us and the timing worked so we chose the 30-day Incan Empire Voyage. Embarkation was OK, we heard later this year the ship will be under review as to updates. Cabin fine, but the tiny TV and limited channels was annoying when in quarantine. Staff were friendly and helpful. Entertainment seems to have improved, enjoyed most of the comedians, but music still too loud. Good selection of presenters. Wish the port talks were available on TV in rooms, not just the excursion sales. We didn’t realize that some of the ports were industrial and how long the free shuttles would be. Also the poverty, so I recommend taking a lot of $1 bills. We are so fortunate. The biggest disappointment was the food. On the first night, Feb. 2, there was about an hour+ wait for the dining room (we chose anytime dining) so we went to the Lido. I chose a baked potato, chicken and green beans. The butter just sat in my potato, the chicken was not hot and the lovely green beans were not crisp or hot. Second night was Super Bowl so the boys went to watch the game and the girls went to the dining room. Third night, couldn’t get into the dining room again without a long wait so spoke with the Hotel Manager, I mentioned the disappointing cold dinner on the first night and our friends (4 star mariners) complained they never had to wait long for dinner. We were comped to the Pinacle Dining room, meals good. My husband got sick and went to the medical centre on Feb. 11, staff caring and prescribed Tamilflu for him and recommended I take some too. He returned on Feb. 17, had X-ray and new prescription. This is March 9 at time of writing and my husband is still congested and coughing. I sent a message about the cold dinners and a very nice staff member came to the table that evening to see if my meal was hot - it wasn’t. He returned other nights but seldom heard it was. Had a good Indian lunch one day, nice spices and hot temperature. I don’t know what the temperature of the food is in the kitchen, or when it is picked up by the servers, or brought to the serving stations, served and finally eaten, but it is too long. Manners dictate we wait for everyone at the table to be served before diving into our meals, but with staff cutbacks, there are not enough bodies to clear tables and serve the food while it is still hot. HAL May think it is elegant to have your server present everyone with their dinner, but perhaps they could take a tip from places where more than one server delivers meals while they are hot. Their DiveIn snack bar with make your own fajitas and tacos was also a huge disappointment with cold foil wrapped soft taco shells, barely warm meat fillings, cold cheese. I can’t help but think poorly kept food adds to sickness, and there was a lot of heavy congested coughing and people quarantined to their cabins on this trip. First and last 30-day voyage for us. Air conditioning on ship, especially in the Atrium worked overtime. Captain tried to explain why it was so cold. Took about six excursions. Enjoyed Lima’s water fountains at night. Disembarkation was best ever! I doubt we will travel with HAL again. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2019
As a very experienced cruise, thought we would try MSC. Never again, worst cruise line ever, nothing good to say about it. Service not existant in all areas Food served warm, never hot Cabin staff very rude Staff just walk ... Read More
As a very experienced cruise, thought we would try MSC. Never again, worst cruise line ever, nothing good to say about it. Service not existant in all areas Food served warm, never hot Cabin staff very rude Staff just walk into your cabin without knocking No point in complaining as you just get fobbed off with false promises and actions Muster drills at nearly every port, where all bars are closed for over an hour They feel a woman singing Queen songs is entertaining. Bad enough it was a woman, but she could not even sing. Elvis impressionist walking around was a joke There is not one thing i enjoyed on this cruise. Complained again to MSC when home, but they just give excuses. Took my money, but delivered nothing! They should not be allowed to get away with it Steer well clear of MSC if you want an enjoyable cruise. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
Terrible customer service from concierge desk and customer relations manager. Kids club very unaccomodating and there’s nothing else for young kids to do on board other than swim, which given the cold wasn’t possible a lot of the ... Read More
Terrible customer service from concierge desk and customer relations manager. Kids club very unaccomodating and there’s nothing else for young kids to do on board other than swim, which given the cold wasn’t possible a lot of the days. I wouldn’t recommend this ship for anyone with children. Waiters were amazingly friendly and helpful throughout. Manager from kids club is in the wrong type of employment. Shows were rubbish, you can see no effort has gone in to regursal or the choreography. Bar staff at the top bar near the pool were amazing. This ship really just caters to older / retired travellers without children. No nightlife on board. Shopping had a poor selection, again nothing really for children. Sad that this was my first cruise experience. I will never recommend Celebrity to anyone. Poor value and service for money. Very dissatisfied. I had a second cruise booked before going and upon returning home I cancelled it, lost service for the travel agents too. Read Less
25 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
I chose this holiday cruise for my family since we had not been to South America and not travelled on Celebrity Cruise lines before. we have been on many cruises and lines all over the world but had just never seemed to go on Celebrity so ... Read More
I chose this holiday cruise for my family since we had not been to South America and not travelled on Celebrity Cruise lines before. we have been on many cruises and lines all over the world but had just never seemed to go on Celebrity so we gave it a try. This itinerary looked great on the website and even had one of the highest overall ratings by reviews which I really can't understand why. We have one family member with mobility issues and in a wheelchair, and what they don't inform you of when booking is that guests who cannot walk on their own are virtually stuck on the ship for the entire cruise. Most port were accessed by tender and the port that didn't involve tenders had such convoluted ramps and gangways and busses involved; it was too scary to attempt to disembark. for those of us that did get off the ship we found the ports to be dreadful, dirty and poor locales which were only depressing.We did take a couple tours one to see penguins which was nice but a very long drive from the port. The other to "the end of the world" which was the end of the Pan American Highway, and a drive through a National park. Every activity on the ship was just a sales meeting for something else to buy or "experience for an additional fee". I always hear the food on celebrity was so wonderful but in reality I found it to be below the level of RCL the lower level sister company. In fact Norwegian Cruise line food and dining is far superior to Celebrity or RCL. The ship was generally clean and modern but nothing too extraordinary about Celebrity Eclipse. This cruise should have never been offered to anyone with mobility issues at all in the first place. Celebrity sure "misses the boat" with this S American trip, and I am really not sure I will even be willing to give this line a second chance; it was just that awful. Read Less
12 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
Due to the fact that this ship is new and luxurious, we had high expectations for our vacation. But it ended up as the worst cruise service we ever experienced. Unprepared crew, no knowledge of what's happening at the ship, and ... Read More
Due to the fact that this ship is new and luxurious, we had high expectations for our vacation. But it ended up as the worst cruise service we ever experienced. Unprepared crew, no knowledge of what's happening at the ship, and always with a bad mood (with few exceptions). Attendants of the bar always busy, causing waits of up to 10 min for a simple beer (which was sometimes, warm). Food is the worst, breakfast has always the same options with low quality coffee. Lunch is basically hamburger, hotdog, fries and pizza (2 or 3 flavors). If you want some meat during lunch, there's only one location serving it, with at least 20 people on waiting line. Dinner is even worse, the options are always tasteless and repeated, ingredients are not as good as expected from a cruise service (if you order a steak, don't expect a juicy thick one, you'll receive a very thin tasteless overcooked). Elevators were pure pain, always slow with an automated system to distribute load that does not work. Cabin was good but the bathroom was a bit small. Entertainment shows were good, but the cruise didn't offer trivia/quiz/sports activities The ship has never landed on "Buzios", one of the main ports to be visited, always claiming bad weather (even though there were no clouds in the sky, and a quick google search indicated weather was perfect). TouchScreen totems and smartphone applications were really usefull for managing what to do and how much money you have spent. If it was possible, I would ask for a refund. After this cruise I'll stay away from MSC cruises and stick to Royal Caribbean (the best company so far). Read Less
11 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
My wife and I embarked on the MSC Fantasia on December 8, 2018, on a cruise that departed from Rio de Janeiro, heading for Buenos Aires, returning to Punta Del Este and Ilha Grande. The trip was my wife's birthday present, and what ... Read More
My wife and I embarked on the MSC Fantasia on December 8, 2018, on a cruise that departed from Rio de Janeiro, heading for Buenos Aires, returning to Punta Del Este and Ilha Grande. The trip was my wife's birthday present, and what should have been of the dreams turned out to be a big disappointment. But I prefer to start with the good points: the cabin cleaning service was excellent, the waiters and, in general, the employees who occupied the most humble functions, mostly of Asian or Brazilian origin were kind and helpful, Chinese cooks and cooks, rude and moody. As for food, raw fruits and vegetables were of good quality. In addition, the trip was limited to delays, exaggerated mercantilism, bad food, animation and mediocre shows. Starting the week before the departure of the cruise. Affordable drink packages, which went on sale on the internet that were no longer cheap, were taken from the site. These same packages, traditionally also sold at the time of shipment, this time were not offered, being offered only on the ship for abusive prices. On delays, these occurred in all shipments and landings, damaging the stays in the scheduled ports, which were no longer long. The departure, scheduled for 5:00 pm, only happened around 8:00 pm, after an 8-hour wait in an uncomfortable terminal with huge queues for baggage check-in, entrance to the terminal, passage through the police and access to the ship. On the way from Rio to Buenos Aires, there was an unforeseen event. One passenger who needed medical attention had to be removed by helicopter, which entailed an additional 2 hours delay. The arrival in Buenos Aires scheduled for 9:00 am on December 13, only happened at 5:00 p.m., and we were only able to leave the ship at 7:00 p.m. A stop originally scheduled for the entire day of arrival plus the night and the half of the following day was reduced to the night of arrival, plus half the next day, harming both passengers who purchased excursions and those who planned independent tours and purchases . In Punta Del Este it was worse, in the landing made by boats that should be ready to transport the passengers, since the small time of stay on land, made us wait more than 2 hours, using a minimum number of boats, shortening the duration of the excursions and making it impossible to land many passengers who had to stay on the ship. Finally, having already compensated for all delays, the commander informs the cancellation of the landing in Ilha Grande, alleging bad weather and anticipating the arrival in Rio scheduled for December 16 at 7am, to December 15 at 9pm, unilaterally crediting the cabin bill, ridiculous $ 100 ($ 50 per person) without a simple apology. At the landing, in another giant row, I, who turned 60 this year, was prevented from entering the preferential line, since, according to the MSC employee, the queue was reserved for people over 65, contrary to Brazilian law . In the luggage shed, we took out our suitcase, without anyone having checked our tag number. In addition, I can summarize: - Second-class meats, served at the buffet and restaurant, except on the last day they served a better menu. - "Grilled" dipped in oil and sausages of very low quality. - Service charge charged on drinks taken at the counter, although this is already included in the ticket price. - Net price of drink charged on the order above that set in the menu (in my case, wine glasses). - Repetitive theater shows, always with the same numbers of juggling and acrobatics, changing only the costumes and songs. To conclude, I decided to make this trip under the influence of my brother who lives in Europe and made several cruises there, including MSC and was surprised by what happened and commented that incidents such as these reported would never be accepted, but with a large financial compensation or with significant All this burden caused by delays, lack of planning and logistics incompatibility was passed on from the company to the customer. The conclusion that I have reached is that these companies organize their trips according to the classification of passengers, and unfortunately for them, we are considered second class citizens and we are also reserved 2nd treatment, either in food, in shows or in treatment dispensed, which causes me great indignation to consider that this treatment was given to us in our yard. I advise anyone who has never done a cruise to not buy routes in Brazil or South America, because it will buy remains from Europe where it is winter and these ships would be idle if they stayed there. They sell their trips for the same price charged there and offer a misleading and low quality product. If you want stewardship, go to an "all inclusive" resort, or travel through Brazil or abroad and truly short the cities and beaches without time limitation, choosing your tours, accommodations, food and with much less probability of unforeseen. But if you still insist on taking a cruise, avoid this company. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
This ship is in need of overall remodeling, there are so many maintenance problems, toilet not working, ceiling drip water,smells in the walkways, toilet backflow,,, And the food quality is poor, I think they use leftovers for buffet ... Read More
This ship is in need of overall remodeling, there are so many maintenance problems, toilet not working, ceiling drip water,smells in the walkways, toilet backflow,,, And the food quality is poor, I think they use leftovers for buffet dishes, the meat dishes are all very dry, the fishes are ok except after on buffet line for too long they are sometimes salty. They put raw fish at room temperature instead of covering them and keep them cooling, is somewhat strange to me. The services also terrible, most of the staff have bad manner. And DON'T choose "ANYTIME DINNING " we never could get a table for 2 before 9:00pm, they force us to share table, which we hate. I told customer service manager this he referred me to restaurant manager, but the restaurant manager told me there is nothing he could do. This kind of customer service is a shame for princess cruise lines. How could they rate themself 4.5 stars is beyond me, I would rate them 1 star Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2018
This was one of the places on my bucket list and I was really surprised at what we found. Here are a group of islands on the equator 600 miles west of Ecuador and we thought we would be on lush tropical islands. The truth is that they ... Read More
This was one of the places on my bucket list and I was really surprised at what we found. Here are a group of islands on the equator 600 miles west of Ecuador and we thought we would be on lush tropical islands. The truth is that they are closer to a desert environment than tropical. The variety of wildlife and cactus and the successful efforts of the Ecuadoran government to preserve the Islands was marvelous to experience. The staff was terrific and the ship had very nice acomodations and the food was pretty good. If you want to interact with animals, this is the trip for you. Photography was the focus of this trip and we had a Pulitzer Prize winning photographer on the trip with us as well as three other photography experts to give us guidance on the best way to capture this unbelievable experience. I would highly recommend this trip. Read Less
12 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
We chose Azamara, primarily because we wanted to go to Peru in the month of November. We had primarily cruised with Oceania before, and since this ship is from the same previous Renaissance line, we had familiarity with the ship. Sadly, ... Read More
We chose Azamara, primarily because we wanted to go to Peru in the month of November. We had primarily cruised with Oceania before, and since this ship is from the same previous Renaissance line, we had familiarity with the ship. Sadly, that’s where the similarity ended. Before I begin with the reasons we won’t consider Azamara again, let me note that our room attendant Dyna was fabulous, Anika, fitness coordinator is loved, and all personnel in the spa were top notch. Our cruise director, Amanda ... wow, what a voice! White Night was a smashing success. Everyone, with whom I talked, was dazzled by this event; the outstanding food, the music and dancing, the ambiance. Now then, here are the REASONS WE WON’T RETURN to Azamara: 1. Food poisoning (contracted on board, not off ship) 2. Bland, overall disappointing food including swordfish about 1/4 inch thick ... too tough to chew, with a disagreeable sauce used for color; completely tasteless Thanksgiving meal; and desserts which were largely inedible on the buffet. (Sidebar, on Oceania Cruises, I never met a dessert I didn’t like. On Azamara, I rarely found a dessert worth taking more than one bite). We skipped several meals, after a few days on the ship, thinking why bother? 3. Lack of quality wine choices. I rarely drink alcohol, but my fiancé enjoys a good glass of wine. With our “premium” liquor package, he had the choice of only four wines at each meal, which he dubbed “$10 per bottle wines.” Once we realized this, on the very first day of the cruise, he asked to upgrade to “ultimate” package, agreeing to pay the difference. The answer was “no”. Too late. BTW, if there are any sommeliers on ship, they must by in the specialty restaurants, only. Big disappointment from Oceania, where Mark could have a conversation with sommelier, even at the buffet! 4. No clocks in rooms. Requested one at desk, answer was “no.” 5. There is no game/cards room. Where the game room was, on the other Renaissance ships, Azamara Pursuit has turned that room into a suite. Cards/games are among the other activities at 10th floor “Living Room.” This might be okay, but there weren’t enough tables, bridge lessons-lady loud voice interferes with those of us trying to play other board games, and in the evenings, when the live entertainment was in this room, we couldn’t talk, let alone think. Azamara squeezed two extra paying cabins onto their refit of this ship, to the detriment of the rest of us. 6. What was dubbed AzAmazing evening, was totally awful (this is a quote of another shipmate). The female performer was downright rude to her backup band. The round trip bus ride was over two hours. From where we were seated, seeing the stage was a struggle. 7. I’m not a fitness buff. We take the stairs, not the elevators, but when it comes to using the equipment, I don’t. However, the buzz about the ship was that everything in the fitness room was old/needed repair. 8. Frozen yogurt machines (both) were out of service nearly the entire trip. When shipmates tried to get ice cream from the buffet, after 2:30, the answer was “sorry, no, we’re closed.” 9. General lack of communication. We were on the ship several days, before we discovered they actually did have an afternoon tea. 10. Where is the string quartet, or similar entertainment? Read Less
45 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2018
This was the second phase of a back to back. Towards the tail end of the cruise, I contacted a stomach virus from the ship. I believed it was not noro virus as there was no vomiting or other symptoms that accompany this illness. On the ... Read More
This was the second phase of a back to back. Towards the tail end of the cruise, I contacted a stomach virus from the ship. I believed it was not noro virus as there was no vomiting or other symptoms that accompany this illness. On the last night of the March 4th cruise I had blood in my stool, so I decided it would be best to go down to see the ship's medical staff in morning. The doctor examined me, decided not to treat me himself, or bring on board someone who could, and ordered me to disembark. Three years ago, my wife and I took the most memorable cruise we have ever taken, a month long journey around South America. For context, we have taken over one hundred cruises, including over 80 on Celebrity and Royal Caribbean alone. We decided that the experience was so incredible, that we would repeat this same journey again. At the start of our cruise on the Celebrity Infinity on March 4th, we anticipated another wonderful adventure from a cruise line that we greatly respected and felt respected by. Little did we know that this would be at the most horrendous and nightmarish journey that we would ever take. We were abandoned in South America by Celebrity. A 78 and 75 year old husband and wife were dumped with their luggage, feeling ill, feeling the effects of the trauma they had already experienced, and no knowledge of the local language or customs, and surrounded by very few people there that spoke English. The cruise line showed no compassion nor did they take into account our many years of loyalty. How can anyone treat older people this way? Would these same people ever consider doing this to their parents or grandparents? I was specifically told by the doctor that there was not a good hospital in San Antonio and I would be transferred by ambulance to Valparaiso, Chile. It was in the paperwork handed to me. This was also confirmed by an officer on board. It turned out we were actually taken to a clinic in San Antonio, Chile, where the sole doctor there could not treat us. We tried to tell them that we were supposed to go to Valparaiso, but no one there spoke English and so communication was very difficult for us. Celebrity's port agent never came with us and would not answer his phone. Thankfully, the ambulance person used Google translate on his phone and we were able to translate a bit, and conduct basic conversation. We were then transferred to the local hospital, the one the ship's doctor said was no good, and sadly he was correct. This was part of the nightmare. We were kept in the emergency area with dozens of ill people, with no separate room for each patient. The area was not clean by anyone's definition. We worried about what other illnesses we might contract. We also felt bad that these poor people had to endure the same thing we did. It was so underfunded that people had to bring their own toilet paper as there was none and the bathroom I had to use, along with all these other ill people, had no toilet seat. We did not know how blessed we were with such good and sanitary facilities back at home. These were just a few of the many reasons we should have been sent to Valparaiso. I do not know if it was a question of cost or some other factors. What was clear was that they just wanted me off the ship rather than treating me there and by telling me we were going to better facilities in Valparaiso, I would not raise a row even when the doctor said there were no good medical facilities in San Antonio. There was another person in Medical with the same condition. I never saw him again and I believe he was allowed to stay onboard. Thankfully there was a US-trained doctor at the hospital in San Antonio who treated me. She did cultures and blood tests and determined that I had a NON CONTAGIOUS bacteria in my stomach causing the blood. She gave me an intravenous with antibacterial medicine and a prescription for medicine. Before we got out of the hospital, the ship provides a caregiver to those put off because of emergency. The person assigned to us spoke some Spanish and got us to a hotel. He was in communication with the ship and the Celebrity port representative, who was essentially worthless in terms of help or communication. The caregiver had problems getting callbacks and answers from the ship's staff and so we were basically helpless. We had to go back to see hospital doctor next morning where she checked me and said I was getting better. But our rep was still trying to get an answer if I could meet the ship in the next port, Arica, Chile. We had to checkout at 12 at the hotel but he still did not have an answer about re-boarding the ship. We were stranded and helpless with no communication from Celebrity's medical staff. We waited in the hotel lobby until 5PM and I finally told him we could not travel to Arica that night as it was far too late. To get to Arica, we had to go to Santiago and then take a plane to Arica. We stayed at the hotel a second night and late that evening our caretaker had finally gotten information that the ship medical staff required us to get confirmation from the doctor that I could travel. We went back to the hospital the next morning and obtained the clearance that the ship asked for. Then we had to take a cab to Santiago for flight to Arica. There was no travel van companies that we could use and a local bus was the only other alternative. The ship rep was not going to travel with us. As you can understand, we were not up to taking a bus. We lost our rep and we were on our own. Two elderly people who do not speak the language with all our luggage. On our own, we had to get online and book a hotel in Arica for our night's stay there. We got up next morning in Arica and I was feeling physically better, staring to get my appetite back, and so we skipped breakfast as we would be onboard in time to eat, and set out for the ship. Then the next part of the horror and trauma began. The port security would not let us get on until they talked to the management even though we had our new key cards for the March 18th leg of the cruise. They did not have us in their manifest as joining the ship. Actually, we went through the ship manifest listing all the passengers with the port security officer and our names were not there. My wife said they must have given our room away, and that was another indication we should have recognized beforehand that they never had plans to let us back on the ship from the start. They just strung it along and caused more and more agony. Some Infinity representatives came to us on the dock, talked to us, and went back to the ship. I told them I was fine, that my diarrhea had stopped and I no longer had any blood. The medicine was working, but I guess my word was not sufficient enough, nor was the note from my doctor in San Antonio. The Guest Relations Manager, an old friend, came out to tell us we were again being denied for boarding the ship. This, they said, was base on the doctor saying I had some diarrhea. But that letter was two days old! I had stopped but they would not believe or test me. We could go up to Lima, on our own expense again, find a doctor there to confirm my problem was cleared, and maybe, they would let us back on the ship. Another three days alone in a foreign country with no communication tools or knowledge that there was ever going to be an end to this horrendous and tragic journey. My wife has celiac disease so finding food is trouble enough, but not knowing the language magnifies the problem. Another thing the doctor should have known was that the antibiotics for this treatment can cause things like nausea, dizziness, etc. And I was experiencing these, but they never asked. Just get off and find your own way. No support, security, comfort, or assistance, you are on your own, best of luck! You must understand, we were paying for all these expenses - airfare, taxis, hotels, food and drink, etc. - out of our own pockets. What little cash I was carrying was fast depleting. Very few people or businesses would take a credit card. For example, it cost $100 USD for my medicine and $142 for the cab to Santiago from San Antonio. Three more days on our own, tired and frustrated, again in a country where we essentially spoke no Spanish, and uncertain if we were going to continue this same exhaustive pattern to get back to home. No, you cannot get on in Lima, go to Manta, no cannot get on yet, go to Panama. I told the Guest Relations manager that my problems were gone, that they could test me themselves, that they could quarantine me all the way home as we could not continue with this agony and uncertainty. She says the ship refused and that the decision was made in Miami. Is Miami's policy so rigid that they would abandon older people in a strange country with no compassion? Abandon us with the problems we had experienced, would not test me to determine if I was alright. Use other options like quarantining me to insure I was alright. Forget our past loyalty. Forget mercy. I am certain it was the doctor that made the decision. The indications that they never planned for us to get back on the ship started to kick in. We should have paid attention to the warning signs like our representative not getting information, and not traveling with us to ship; our name not being on the manifest; no emails or calls from ship; being ordered to take all of our luggage. By this point, we decided Celebrity did not want us and we had no more willpower or stamina to continue dragging luggage, putting ourselves in possible danger by being alone, and continuing with this frustrating and humiliating process. So we decided it was time to go home. Celebrity's port representative was there to "help" us. You have to understand, at his time we were tired, angry, beaten, not thinking clearly, dejected and feeling the side effects of the medicine. In retrospect, I realized how little he actually helped us. Here is how he "helped." He got us tickets back home at a cost for us of $6000 dollars, which he originally had said was around $4000. His explanation for the difference was “all the other things they add on”. Also, rather than start flying us north, to say Lima, he kept us in his own country and sent us south to Santiago to start our trip. It was longer and probably more expensive. Thankfully, some wonderful people helped us here and there through this tragedy. It appears that in South America they are more considerate to older people than is Celebrity. But we definitely needed help. Two older people essentially on their own in a foreign country without the necessary language skills is a recipe for disaster. We travel by cruise ship for that reason and not alone by land. We relied on Celebrity to keep us protected and safe, and take care of our well being. I contracted my illness on the ship, yet they abandoned us. They would not consider our age and our lack of ability to speak the language. There were other options to consider for letting us back on the ship. The medical staff would not test me, would not believe me, nor would they take assurances from the doctor in the town that they sent me to. I gave the option of quarantining me even though my problem had gone away. At home, after we finally got home, a friend told me how he had experienced the same problems, diarrhea and blood, on another cruise line. For him, they brought a doctor on board to check him and kept him on the ship. We mistakenly felt we were considered family, the many times we have cruised with Celebrity. We always praised them and recommended them to many others as the best line to cruise. What disillusionment we have suffered. We have many friends in the crew that we met on our various Celebrity cruises. I was thrilled to be on this ship as it had many of the officers we knew and considered friends. We felt Celebrity was family. But it was all an illusion. Is Miami's policy to abandon the elderly no matter the consequences? Do they not leave any flexibility due to circumstances? I wonder if they would do the same thing to their own parents or grandparents. This was a nightmare that we still experience at night, and will be this way for a long time. For a business that advertises hospitality and loyalty, I think not. Cruising is extremely important to us. This took away a lot of that enthusiasm. No way would we cruise so far away again in a country where we are not proficient in the language Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2018
Never again! Have sailed many times with Holland America, and also with Cunard and Viking. First time with Princess - and this will be the last time, also. Many Princess cruisers said this was not like previous cruises - much worse - ... Read More
Never again! Have sailed many times with Holland America, and also with Cunard and Viking. First time with Princess - and this will be the last time, also. Many Princess cruisers said this was not like previous cruises - much worse - and think it may be Carnival Corporation's doing. Terribly disorganized ship, inedible (literally inedible!) food served in dining room, staff bickering (especially kitchen staff - shouted arguments), front office staff inefficiency and uselessness, and HORRIBLE Disembarkation experience (Princess' fault - NOT U.S. Customs' fault, as Princess staff tried to blame). ALMOST FOUR (4!!!) HOURS STANDING AWAITING CLEARANCE!!! SOME PEOPLE MISSED FLIGHTS. THIS WAS PRINCESS LINES' FAULT - NOT CUSTOMS' FAULT, AS THE PRINCESS LINE STAFF TRIED TO BLAME. If Customs is slow, then we should have been provide a comfortable place to wait - such as a dining room - instead of being forced to wait, initially, in a space which did not have enough seats for everyone (1.5 hours standing) and then outside on concrete standing in line for another 2 hours!!! Additionally, the announcements which were made by ship's services were not informative at all. Our dining room steward and assistant, Michel and Paul, were two of the very few bright spots of this cruise. The dining room managers/greeters were always pleasant. There were several other stewards and assistants that we encountered during breakfast, lunch, and incidentally during dinner who were quite good, too. However, there were a few we encountered during breakfast and lunch who were brusque or snippy - possibly because they are overworked or because of the disorganization that seemed to pervade the entire ship's crew. Horizon Court - cafeteria-style dining: small, confined area with ostensibly a one-way entrance and exit which fails to work. Not nearly as many options as Holland America, and much more difficult to navigate. Also, for both dining room and buffet, quality of food is rather low (e.g, use of chemical whip instead of whipped cream, canned or frozen orange juice instead of fresh orange juice, most soups using the same apparently corn-starch-thickened base. Some seafood (lobster, e.g.) and fish was apparently thawed and then refrozen - mushy. Worst shipboard internet ever!!! Slowest and therefore most expensive internet ever encountered aboard a cruise ship. Definitely one of the reasons never to sail with Princess Line again. There were two issues that prompted a visit to the front office staff, both of which were raised during four visits. Neither was resolved during the visit, nor was a follow-up call received at any time (as promised). Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2018
-Three meals took two hours -Locked out of cabin because of battery failure, no supervisor around to open cabin, no process to identify when battery failing or rather process exists but is ignored because of cost of replacing door ... Read More
-Three meals took two hours -Locked out of cabin because of battery failure, no supervisor around to open cabin, no process to identify when battery failing or rather process exists but is ignored because of cost of replacing door battery. Better to wait until passengers locked out I guess -laundry lost, subsequently found -ship out of many supplies such as wine by the glass, applesauce, watermelon, and a number of other items -not all items on various menus are available -disembarkation took over 4 hours, 2 pm flight from LAX missed. Princess stood us up for over two hours without water,washrooms or food. No senior staff visible. Blamed customs and staff seemed more interested in the “turnover” of the ship than the passengers disembarking. As well created two classes of passengers as confirmed by customs and princess staff. A princess supervisor made the decision to get US citizens off boat first, leaving citizens of all other countries to wait in a longer line. They also decided to move their in transit passengers (these are people staying on the boat) ahead of the people who were late for their flights. Numerous princess staff promised help would be at the airport for flights but if any were there we did not see them nor did airline staff know about them. Princess kept blaming customs but only 8 custom kiosks for close to 3000 people. Clearly insufficient. Princess is responsible for putting boat at that pier. -serving staff not always around at the self serve dining area -bus yours took longer than expected. Again princess blamed others but the tour guides on the buses were aware of the longer time needed (due to start of local holidays and impact on traffic). Why is it if the guides on the buses know this princess does not? -lots of people holding seats for themselves in various areas of the ship and as far as I could tell, other than the princess theatre not being addressed. -pester you to do repairs on the cabin All in all I would say this cruise line is structured to reduce the cost of a passenger by as much as possible. This is not the type of cruise you would have received even 10 years ago, let alone 30. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2018
I thought the cruise ship itself was a disappointment from start to finish. I went on this holiday with my mum and dad who were also appalled with the ship. Boarding the ship we were never told about the previous sickness that they had ... Read More
I thought the cruise ship itself was a disappointment from start to finish. I went on this holiday with my mum and dad who were also appalled with the ship. Boarding the ship we were never told about the previous sickness that they had had on board so as you can imagine it was horrific, floors 6 and 7 stank of sick and the food was horrible - I and my parents hardly ate. If we had been told previously about this sickness and diarrhoea on board then we would have cancelled and rebooked however we were never given that opportunity even thought they’d had it a week before we were due to set sail. Instead they informed us after we had set sail. We even signed the standard declaration that we were fit and healthy when we embarked - pity they didn’t do the same! NCL put our health at risk as both me and my father have to take oral medications. During the cruise whilst sitting outside trying to relax we were met with very loud noises of drills and banging about, not exactly what you expect when on holiday given the money we paid for it. We were not again informed about any maintenance work taking place before booking the trip. These were refurbishments which should have been carried out in dry dock, not when people are trying to enjoy their holiday. We were also appalled with the organisation of the ships dining rooms. Most evenings we had to wait for a table and were given a pager there was normally a wait of between 20 to 30 minutes. Obviously everything had to be sanitised due to the Norovirus on board so this may have added to the wait. In the dining room we were seated amongst buckets of disinfectant and treated to the view of staff walking past in hazard gear like something from Ghostbusters! A lot of the staff were disinterested - there seemed a lack of leadership. The Captain was conspicuous by his absence. We were served different dishes to what we had ordered and we became utterly tired of complaining - they wore us down. On the last two nights they ran out of red wine even though the ship had sailed through some of the world’s greatest wine producing countries. When we got home my parents complained formally to NCL and they immediately offered us £500.00 per person off another one of their cruises. To be honest, I don’t trust the company and would never want to cruise with them again. We have been on many cruises but this was our first with NCL. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2018
NEVER AGAIN ON NCL!!! Wanted to do Panama Canal so decided to do this one. The cruise before had 80 illnesses and no one contacted us to inform us of the issue. We were not able to board ship until late afternoon and once on board could ... Read More
NEVER AGAIN ON NCL!!! Wanted to do Panama Canal so decided to do this one. The cruise before had 80 illnesses and no one contacted us to inform us of the issue. We were not able to board ship until late afternoon and once on board could not get to cabin. Had to wait to be served any food or water the whole time on ship. We could not use the library until the last 3 days of 16 day cruise, could not use hot tubs until last 5 days of cruise. All of the Pool chairs were covered in towels (mostly with no one using them) by 8:30 AM and when complained was told to just move the towels but felt as though the Pool people should have done it. The ports were filthy dirty and stunk something awful - with the exception of Columbia, which was very nice. The shows were mediocre at best. The cabin steward was nice. The ship is too small for 2000 guests and was dated. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2018
Re NORWEGIAN SUN depart San Antonio (Santiago) 17 Feb 2018 heading to Miami. (Departure port was changed from Valparaiso to San Antonio shortly before the cruise) On arrival in our Cabin we were told that: • There was an ... Read More
Re NORWEGIAN SUN depart San Antonio (Santiago) 17 Feb 2018 heading to Miami. (Departure port was changed from Valparaiso to San Antonio shortly before the cruise) On arrival in our Cabin we were told that: • There was an outbreak of Acute Gastro Enteritis (AGE) / Norovirus on board • There was Maintenance planned during the cruise. We had not received any advice by email, text or phone before boarding despite the AGE having occurred 10 days earlier and the maintenance planned for some time. The ship was effectively in ‘lock down’ to try and eliminate further cases of AGE. There was mandatory hand disinfectant at the entry to all restaurants, the theatre, lifts, staircases, etc. There was no self service in any restaurant. The cramped Garden Café was intolerably busy with all the food stations shrouded in plastic and the drink stations closed. The crew served everything required by passengers – creating long queues and crowded areas. In the Main Dining Rooms the paper menus were destroyed after each use and the menu covers disinfected before use by the next passenger! The food was dull and uninteresting - I suspect certain products were avoided to reduce the infection risk. In the Cabins there were no magazines, no ice and no glasses. The cabins were fumigated on at least two occasions during the cruise and smelt terrible. All deck sports were initially cancelled and then slowly introduced under strict supervision and disinfection of gold club handles and shuffleboard pushers between players. The Library and Card room was closed throughout the cruise due the risk of an infected person having touched a book. Apparently Norovirus cells can live for and incredible 14 days. Conversely the Casino (which makes money for NCL) was fully operational throughout the cruise with no hand disinfection at the entrances and no washing down the handles of the slot machines between players. Seemed very contradictory. Smoking was permitted in this Casino and it smelt terrible – the stale smoke wafting throughout deck 7 at times. How does NCL think they will be protected from claims by the Casino Staff that they have developed lung cancer from passive inhaling the smoke? There were no announcements during the cruise about the number of passengers or crew infected. The captain was ‘invisible’ throughout the cruise appearing only on the last day at a Q&A session. At this Q&A it was announced that 81 passengers (out of around 1950) had been infected. There was no mention of the number of crew infected – I suspect it was a much higher figure. There was a severe shortage of crew apparent especially in the waiting and bar staff – 20 minute waits to be served at a bar and over 30 minutes in the MDR on several occasions. The Maintenance was required to prepare the ship before scheduled dry docking in Vancouver in a month or so time. Around a quarter of the upper deck (Deck 12/13) was out of use at a time on a rolling programme. There were no announcements in ‘Freestyle’ regarding these areas. Parts of the Promenade Deck 6 were also closed. It became impossible to walk around the ship without meeting a blockage. There was no co-ordination between this maintenance and the sports activities announced in Freestyle – the latter were often cancelled because the deck was inaccessible. We will remember this experience as the 'washy-washy' cruise - the light hearted phrase used by all the restaurant door crew when trying to overcome a serious outbreak of Norovirus. We were not told what was being squirted on our hands 10 times a day, nor what chemicals were used for fumigating the cabins - there were many passengers who appeared to develop a dry asthmatic cough after the fumigations. The final blow was a disastrously slow disembarkation at Miami. After arriving 3 hours earlier than scheduled, disembarkation started a couple of hours later than scheduled and took 2 hours to get off the ship - unacceptable. Thank goodness we visited some great ports and locations and this made up a little for the poor on-board experience. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2018
Passengers were not allowed to use the Constellation Lounge on sea days and some port days in the daylight hours. It was reserved by Park West to sell paintings. There were no other locations on the boat to sit in front and view the ... Read More
Passengers were not allowed to use the Constellation Lounge on sea days and some port days in the daylight hours. It was reserved by Park West to sell paintings. There were no other locations on the boat to sit in front and view the cruise, unless I went to sit on the Rooftop Terrace in the full sun and get a sunburn. The Captains Club Celebration was held in the dark on the Rooftop Terrace because Park West reserved the Constellation Lounge. The handicapped elevator had not been maintained for over 2 years. The elevator broke down when the staff tried to help my wife get down off the Rooftop Terrace. She was forced to use the stairs and injure her leg. This cause us to limit our tours and I was not able to attend the Rio Carnival Tour which was the main reason that I selected this cruise. When the handicapped elevator broke your staff sent for electricians to fix it. My wife asked for me to go to the show and save her a seat. After I was in the theater for 30 minutes I went to the 3rd Floor Customer Relations Desk to see if they could page my wife or call their staff on the Rooftop Terrace. They refused and asked me to fill out a Missing Person Report before they would get Security to look for her. Then they insisted for me to wait in my room with a Security Guard outside my door. After another 15 minutes I left my room and started searching the ship with the Security Guard running after me. We finally found her in the theater where she asked me to meet her. Her leg was giving her a lot of pain and we had to get a wheelchair for the trip. They refused to have the Ship's doctor look at her leg unless we paid for his services. They wanted to sell her pain medication. We have our own medications for most emergencies. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2018
1st This is too small an area to list the problems we encounterd on the ship. The biggest being the noise levels due to ship refitting being done while we were cruising. DB levels were off the charts very annoying in lounge areas (when ... Read More
1st This is too small an area to list the problems we encounterd on the ship. The biggest being the noise levels due to ship refitting being done while we were cruising. DB levels were off the charts very annoying in lounge areas (when raining and no other place to hang out) and pool side. Tea was store bought tea Lipton (sorry Lipton Fans) - why not then also use store bought coffee. Extremely poor service from wait staff - yet they get 20% for being bad at what they do. French restaurant had rolls that were so dry (all the way through) that they shattered into dust as you tried to open them. Watched another person do the same thing with their roll. Ashes were often coming down over our food and drinks while sitting aft. Have pictures of them in my drinks and on the floor. Yes, I did post them on Social media so others could see. Only places to take unobstructed pictures were often blocked off - due to Ship Refurbishment. One of the worst cruise experiences I have been on. Was very disappointed, expected a much higher class of service and products. Read Less
9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2018
bad mistake old ship poor condition poor service uncaring front desk staff poor food quality, choice, preparation,presentation and variety service inadequate help embarking and disembarking poor itinerary poor selection of ports poor ... Read More
bad mistake old ship poor condition poor service uncaring front desk staff poor food quality, choice, preparation,presentation and variety service inadequate help embarking and disembarking poor itinerary poor selection of ports poor judgement of sunday arrivals when everything in the port is closed docked beside HOLLAND america in several ports whose officers were on the dock to meet returning guests, princess had none, HOLLAND america had attendants to meet returning guests as they returned to the ship walking up to them with cold towels and fruit drinks in glasses on trays, princess had cold water in paper cups and towels that you had to look for. Other than production shows which were great poor entertainment poor timing of Captains parties which usually occurred during our super hour poor cruise directors, lack of knowledge, poor approach not at all helpful unapproachable operating officers over priced shore excursions and unhelpful shore excursion staff unhelpful Captains Circle representative. A good ship to stay off Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2018
This ship supposedly came out of dry dock in 2017. They certainly did not work on the superstructure. Many lights missing, with wires hanging out of poles with the ends taped. Never saw the string lights lit. Drain at aft starboard ... Read More
This ship supposedly came out of dry dock in 2017. They certainly did not work on the superstructure. Many lights missing, with wires hanging out of poles with the ends taped. Never saw the string lights lit. Drain at aft starboard doorway on deck 14 was rotten and a hazard. From the front of the ship to aft staterooms on deck 14 required walking outside, without cover, or cutting through the salon. WiFi was all but useless, most passengers (crew included) flooded the ports to use available WiFi. The first week, crew removed rust along the stairwell from deck 15 to 14 and bondoed the gaps. They finally painted the area on the last day of the cruise (day 60)! The swimming pool developed a leak into the 10th floor staterooms and had to closed for approximately 2 weeks. The dining room repeated the menu on a weekly basis. So for eight weeks we saw the same menus eight times. The buffet became very popular as the cruise continued, but no additional staff were added. It was quicker to get your own tea, coffee, or water, than to wait for a waiter. However, the buffet did offer a greater variety then the dining room. The outdoor grill offered good hot dogs, hamburgers, brats and chicken. The pizza was mediocre at best (I have never seen yellow mozzarella cheese before this cruise). A smoking room was available just off the atrium in the center of the ship. The room had seating for ten, and was usually crowded with 15 or 20 passengers as there was no outside areas under cover for smokers. When someone entered. wafts of grey and blue smoke would enter the atrium and the nearby bars. The outdoor area was forward on deck 15 with no rain cover or wind protection. The entertainment was what was expected. However, the theater was not large enough to accommodate all of the passengers. Many passengers would arrive up to an hour before a show to ensure their seats. Many passengers gave up and simply skipped the shows. There was a piano bar with an excellent pianist. However, seating was limited to around 50 passengers, many left standing in the halls. I have to give credit to the bar staff. The waiters and waitresses were attentive, knew the bar menus, and bar service was quick. But at $10 for a cocktail I would expect such service. Most of the docking took place in container ports. This meant taking a shuttle bus to and from the ship as you are not permitted to walk thru the containers. It also meant listening to heavy equipment while in port. The excursions were pricey, and I'm not sure anyone looked at how strenuous the activity levels were, walkers and wheelchairs on rocky paths. The fitness center was small and there were long wait times for equipment. By the end of the cruise I was on my 10th key card to enter my stateroom. Tedious to get to your stateroom after a long day and find you have to return to guest services to replace your card. I can't speak for the rest of the Princess cruise line, but I think I'll look elsewhere for my next cruise. Read Less

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