1. Home
  2. Cruise Styles
  3. Expedition Cruises
  4. Expedition Cruises Cruise Reviews
Cruise Ratings
See Reviews For
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2012
I sailed on Yacht La Pinta in April 2012. I had always wanted to go to the Galapagos but the high single supplement made it impossible. By chance, an Australian travel agent had chartered the boat as part of a longer, more in depth trip ... Read More
I sailed on Yacht La Pinta in April 2012. I had always wanted to go to the Galapagos but the high single supplement made it impossible. By chance, an Australian travel agent had chartered the boat as part of a longer, more in depth trip around South America. When this trip hadn’t filled up, they advertised the Galapagos cruise at a discounted rate. I jumped at the opportunity and found myself in the Galapagos, on the trip of a lifetime. Yacht La Pinta is small, holding around 48 passengers and is one of 3 vessels owned by Metropolitan Touring in Ecuador. We had approximately 40 people from Australia and New Zealand. After a couple of little problems were sorted out at the beginning of the cruise, all drinks, WIFI and wetsuits were included. The food was buffet for breakfast and lunch. Dinner was a 3/4 course meal. Tables were generally four or six people so it was a communal affair and very social after a fantastic day of touring. I really enjoyed the buffet lunches out on the back deck. It wasn’t gourmet food, but it was very nice nevertheless. There was also a tea room where you could make tea/coffee/hot chocolate 24/7. I really liked the boat, my cabin was spacious with a floor to ceiling window and a good size bathroom for a small boat. There were no keys but the cabins could be locked from inside. The guides (or naturalists) were very knowledgeable and proud of these amazing islands. There were briefings about what to expect each day and during the 7 days of the cruise, the BBC series “Galapagos End of the World” TV show was screened in the lounge area. When there was a choice of activities (walking, snorkelling, kayaking), passengers were asked to add their name to a signup sheet in the lobby. After each excursion, waiting for us on the back landing, was an icy cold freshly squeezed juice and some finger food. It was always appreciated as it was brutally hot out on land. When you are in the Galapagos, it’s full on. Breakfast early then into the panga (zodiac) for your morning activity – either a walk to see the animals or a snorkel to see the animals. Let’s face it, a trip to the Galapagos is ONLY about the animals and it’s fantastic. Stepping over thousands of marine iguanas, seeing blue-footed boobies doing their dance, huge land iguanas sun-baking, giant turtles slowly shuffling along and of course, swimming with the seals. It is surreal being up close and personal with these animals. This was truly an outstanding trip - the trip of a lifetime. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2012
Since this was our first cruise ever, our experience may be different from some seasoned cruise travelers who may have different expectations of what a cruise is. As travelers we are fairly independent, like making arrangements for ... Read More
Since this was our first cruise ever, our experience may be different from some seasoned cruise travelers who may have different expectations of what a cruise is. As travelers we are fairly independent, like making arrangements for ourselves, and tend not to do bus-tours or group travel. We selected this cruise because we wanted to see the Northern Lights and this cruise provided the benefit of seeing gorgeous scenery in case the Lights didn't happen. We weren't in it for the ship, so a gussied-up ferry suited us well. For those of you who are deciding if a Hurtigruten cruise is for you, let me start by saying what it is NOT: uber-luxurious. There is no casino. The main entertainment was one guy playing an electric piano singing songs of the 50s - 90s in a mix of English and Norwegian each evening in the bar. There are two hot tubs on deck, a sauna and a very small workout room. There's reliable wifi near the internet cafe and they had 4 slow-ish computers for free usage. The Midnatsol holds 'only' 1000 people. I'd say 90% of the people on board (as cruisers, those not just using the boat as local transportation) were retired. It was mainly a mix of people from Germany, Norway, and the UK with a few North Americans. It's not cheap on board or on land in Norway - if you haven't been before, prepare for sticker shock. It's much more expensive than you think possible. A sandwich lunch for two with soft drink or bottled water is easily $50. All that being said, our cruise on the Midnatsol was absolutely wonderful. The staff were friendly and aimed to please. Even when disgruntled used-to-luxe cruisers complained ("the dinner portions are too small" was a gripe we heard from a couple of men) the staff smiled, apologized and brought a second plate of 1,000 calories for them. Breakfast and lunch are buffet and open seating, dinner is plated and served at your assigned table at either 6:30 or 8:30. The head waitress very pleasantly switched our seating time for the other one when we asked. Food at breakfast included eggs, potatoes, sliced meats, cheeses, smoked fish of at least 3 or more types, fruit, 3 juices, coffee, tea, homemade hot chocolate, rolls and several types of homemade breads, cinnamon rolls, and more I'm forgetting. Lunch included homemade soup, fresh green salads, pasta and bean salads, breads, sliced meats and cheeses, smoked fish, two or three hot entrees (some recycled from the night before but it worked), a hot vegetable or two, potatoes, fruit and at least 4 different types of homemade desserts. Our last evening was a seafood buffet banquet with shrimp, prawns, lobster, crayfish, mussels, crab, fish and more cooked several ways. Almost overwhelming and all delicious. Again, breakfast and lunch were buffet style so you could have as much or as little as you wanted. You won't go hungry and you won't be starved for choice. There was a reliance on cream sauces and dairy desserts at dinner, so the lactose-challenged should be aware, but vegetarians were well catered to and I overheard people asking for special requests at the reception desk that sounded like they wouldn't be a problem. Fish was served about every other evening. They had a decent wine menu (if you don't mind taking out a second mortgage on your house to pay for it). You could also buy a wine package for the trip. Our cabin was a mini-suite, and we were glad we spent the extra for it. Big marble bathroom, plenty of closet/storage space, mini-fridge, coffee & tea making facilities + two free all-you-can drink mugs, fruit+wine basket, television in the room, and a tour of the bridge. We were on deck 6, which was the promenade deck, meaning that people could see in the room, so be aware of that. We could control the temp in our cabin and the bathroom had underfloor heating. Bar soap, shampoo, lotion, shower cap, washcloth were all included, not sure they are included for smaller rooms. The shore excursions (we did 4) were all worth the money and very well organized. If you go in winter, don't miss the dog-sledding. It was a real highlight. The ship also provided fun diversions like the Arctic Circle contest and ceremony with King Neptune; fish chowder for the hardy souls up on deck at 11PM one night watching the Northern Lights dancing; a free lecture by an on-board astronomer for all passengers; and a local saxophonist playing up on deck. If you get seasick, bring something for it. The ship does have stabilizers but there are are times when you're out in the open sea and you will definitely feel it. We were lucky enough to see the Lights 5 nights of our 6 night trip. As amazing as they are, the scenery going by was just as spectacular. I wish we'd gone for the full round trip instead of just the north-bound journey, because you get to see all the sights during the day on the south-bound trip that you missed at night going northbound. Guess we'll have to go back! We'd definitely travel with Hurtigruten again. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2012
My wife and I (mid 30s) recently took the 8 day Southern Caribbean Cruise (3/1/12 - 3/9/12) on the Carnival Miracle. Kind of a second honeymoon. Though we travel together often, (as I enjoy her company, which I find best for the ... Read More
My wife and I (mid 30s) recently took the 8 day Southern Caribbean Cruise (3/1/12 - 3/9/12) on the Carnival Miracle. Kind of a second honeymoon. Though we travel together often, (as I enjoy her company, which I find best for the marriage) neither of us have been on a cruise in our lives. Carnival did the big picture things really well for us. Food, in particular, seems to be the area most of concern for review seekers and writers. I found it pleasantly surprising in all terms of variety, availability, and quality. We are not really picky people, though. I have extensive experience in the food service industry, so my expectations are usually tempered. I was quickly impressed. My wife was occasionally disappointed in the temperature of the food itself (she was right), but being primarily buffet (even the Bacchus room is a fancy buffet service), there's very little you can do about that. They weren't using real eggs or butter, the hallmark symbols of some serious food coming your way. But, as far as needing to feed thousands of people every eight hours, I was seriously amazed at the amount of quality and variety they were able to offer day after day. For instance, my favorite dish all week (we ate all over ports and paid additional for a night at the Miracle steakhouse, Nick & Noras) was an appetizer at the Bacchus; Smoked Duck with Pomegranate reduction over Thai Rice Noodles. It blew my mind. Another thing Carnival does well is people. Our steward, Fernandy, knew our names without us even introducing ourselves and called us by them every time he saw us. He was quick to answer questions, even ones not related to his specific job. We absolutely qualified the level of service we got as "borderline creepy". It seems we would go to breakfast and come back to the room to prepare for the pool or an excursion and the bed would be made, the bathroom like it did when we first opened the door. We went to breakfast at all hours, too. Like I said, kind of creepy. Servers at the Bacchus were pleasant and attentive, almost offended when you didnt eat. We had occasional general quasiness from the boat, not nausea or anything. Just some nights, you didnt feel like eating an entire half rack of ribs. I did mention the situation to the waiter when he asked, and he was quick to bring fruit and sherbet to the table, which really helped. During an elegant night at the Bacchus, I was asked to remove my hat by the maitre d', which I planned to do at the table. I had some sunburn issues, and didnt want gross anyone out with my peeling at their dinner. It was a nice hat and matched my sportcoat, button down shirt and slacks I wore, but I took it off because she asked. Moments later she sat a guy with a Larry the Cable Guy t-shirt directly next to me, and I was a little offended. Not that he was allowed in, or anything, just that her standards had dissolved so quickly. Someones pride shouldnt be valued or expendable based on the amount of disappointment you are going to hear about, is my point. Have an Elegant night or don't. Have a bathrobe night, you gave one to everyone. Let us wear that to dinner. There were some issues with accents and asking someone in uniform a question and getting an answer to an unrelated, more common, question would happen occasionally. But mostly they were about food or directions on the boat and not about what will get you arrested or involved hundreds of dollars, so good casting on Carnivals part. Not coincidentally, the sales people spoke GREAT ENGLISH. Try not to be surprised at just how well the jewelry salespeople speak English. Overall, everyone was great. Smiles and hellos, knowledgeable, friendly, understanding, understandable. So noticeable was the pleasantness, it was like seeing Bigfoot ride a Unicorn while eating a bowl of mac n cheese when the late night pizza guy openly sighed at us for asking if he had something other than pepperoni at 3am. Again, though, if you asked an engineer who happened to stop at the urinal next to you what time your boat to Sanoa Island was going to stop to pet giant starfish next Tuesday, I'd give you even money he'd know the answer. The room itself was half awesome and half a problem. My review might not help you since it seemed we got a jack of all trades kind of room. Giant bathroom for a handicapped person, but the bed was like two fancy cots put together. The pillows were probably real nice if you sleep on your back, but I sleep on my side and literally felt kind of choked trying to use it. Usually when four pillows are in a hotel bed, 2 are soft and 2 are firm, but these were all basketball shaped marshmallows. We saw an advertisement on the TV that the towels, and bathrobes were for sale and we were considering it. But then the mattresses and bedding were for sale too and we both burst out laughing. The TV itself also was like someone had the turned the brightness all the way down and there was no way to fix that. Not that we watched much TV, but some people might like to not miss shows or feel at home for a night. But the balcony is where we spent most of our time in our room, because what we got was exactly what we wanted there. I have three situations I'm counting as disappointments. Negative events we came across on more than one occasion. One of their casino games is rigged. That a serious charge, and I'd feel strange accusing them of it if I didnt have proof. After paying $60 over three days into the "Casino Vault" machine trying to win an iPad, I noticed strange coincidences. So I used the ships satellite internet (at outrageous cost) to download the owners manual. They changed the name of the machine (actually Sega's "Key Master" which I found out only by suspecting they'd have one in arcade to scam kids, which they did.) They market the game as a skill game, but it's not exactly. You can only win after the payoff lines have been "unlocked", or you miss the skill shot by the default amount set by the casino manager. The way to unlock the payoff line, is to put more credits into the machine than the item is worth (set by the casino manager). I have the owners manual available to any interested parties, please feel free to contact me if you'd like a copy. I stuck to table games until even that felt dirty. At the Serenity deck, people would save cabana seats empty for hours. We went to watch the sunrise at 5:30am and found one woman had gaffled sunrise corner by herself for people that didnt show up until 8. We would have been gone by then to have breakfast and start our day. One woman said she complained to an attendant and the attendant told her that he would go claim one for them, but then she would have felt uncomfortable being neighbors with an asshole for the next couple hours. I can understand that. There should be someone there supervising independently of complaints or a waiting system. They really put the screws to our wallets. Coffee was free, but cappuccinos were $4. Ice cream was free, but milkshakes were $6. Sea queasuiness was free, but Dramamine was $8. One game of Bingo was $30 and they must have paid back around 33% of the winnings with some simple head counting and math. On the last day at sea, they were selling $30 watches for $20 and you'd think they were selling gazelles to lions. People were buying dozens for Christmas presents, like they were savvy. Why not have these deals throughout the cruise and not cause a scene? Because they may not buy a higher priced watch earlier instead, of course. Why do you have to walk through the casino and shops to get to the free entertainment? HAHAHAHAHA It just seemed at every opportunity available, there was a price tag attached. Though, we took those small bummers in stride. Overall, the money was worth the experience and we will cruise again. Might try another company, but I'd still recommend Carnival to family, friends, and you, who read my novel. Thanks for your time. Good Luck on your adventures. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2012
The Pearl (and her staff) was Awesome (Mar 18th to 25th) The ship and crew- We took the seven day cruise out of Miami to Western Caribbean and loved it. The ship was very festive, clean and up to date which made for a perfect week. Our ... Read More
The Pearl (and her staff) was Awesome (Mar 18th to 25th) The ship and crew- We took the seven day cruise out of Miami to Western Caribbean and loved it. The ship was very festive, clean and up to date which made for a perfect week. Our mini suite was very comfortable with a great view and a nice size balcony. The Pearl's crew was awarded best staff of the fleet and we could see why. We were in good hands with Captain Rune Myre, he was just chosen to speak to the U.S. Congress representing the entire cruise industry. Cruise director Julie (really her name) were great and her staff was everywhere with a kind word and friendly face. They made it about you, we will never forget the welcome back party in Cozumel! Our cabin steward Michael always had a friendly word and every request was met with a smile. The food -- NCL has made an effort to upgrade the Freestyle dining. They added a destination themed Chef's special, I really enjoyed the Jamaican flavored pork chop. We ate in the main dining rooms (Summer Palace and Indigo) several nights and just happened to get a window table for two every night. We enjoyed great food and even better service. We tried two specialty restaurants and they may have had a little better food, but sadly our service was actually worse. We had breakfast in Garden Cafe on excursion days and a sit down breakfast in the Summer Palace on sea days, they were both good. The Chocoholic Buffet is always fun on the final evening of the cruise. Lunch was had all over the ship and always plenty good. I greatly enjoyed the Bavarian themed meal in the back of the ship our last sea day. The entertainment - Oh What a Night and comedy juggler Charles Peachock received standing ovations. Comedian Darrell Joyce had the crowd roaring. Second City improv was pretty much the same as last time. The Pearl Production Cast's That's Entertainment and Encore are high energy singing and dancing. The final Farewell Variety Show was very, very good; it was a great celebration and send off. The two days at sea were filled with activities, but we mostly relaxed on the decks. The excursions -- Great Stirrup Cay: NCL changed the way you board the tenders and it's much better. So much has been added to the private island since our last visit, it was fun to explore. We did the Eco-tour and really enjoyed it. Jamaica: We had booked an excursion with NCL, Jamaican Bobsled and Dunn's River Falls. The bobsled was fun and Dunn's River Falls is beautiful (but challenging). I heard so much about going through all the local vendor shops and being harassed, but we just said no thank you and kept moving. Cayman Islands: I had always wanted to visit the famous 7 mile beach and the Tiki Beach break was a perfect way to do that. It is truly beautiful, but not very swimmer friendly. Cozumel: We took a taxi to Chankanaab National Park. I snorkeled and my wife enjoyed the beautiful sandy beach, we definitely would recommend. Disembarkation - We chose to walk off with our luggage at 10:00 and it was easy. Cruise Critic Meet and Greet: NCL really did a nice job of hosting in Cagney's; furnishing complimentary beverages and pastries. We were surprised when cruise director Julie showed up with 11 department heads. And after they leave, who shows up but Kevin Sheehan the president of NCL!! He spent about 10 minutes talking with our small group and then had his picture taken with us. What a nice, down to earth guy who is obviously very passionate about NCL. It was truly a pleasure. Thanks to Mitzgurly for setting it up. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2012
The cruise around the Islands of the Galapagos was great. It far exceeded expectations and we were very happy. It seems that all the cruise lines are under the fist of the Galapagos Islands and have some very stringent rules they must ... Read More
The cruise around the Islands of the Galapagos was great. It far exceeded expectations and we were very happy. It seems that all the cruise lines are under the fist of the Galapagos Islands and have some very stringent rules they must follow. Like, food from approved sources, staff must all be locals, Islands must be visited by select timetables, the Guides must be employed by the Galapagos Islands government. So bearing these contrictions in mind, only a few things can be improved on. The food was adequate and not up to normal cruise ship standards. The guides, although knowledgeable, if you get a not so good one, your stuck. On the Xpedition there were at least 6 guides and I would say that 2 were outstanding, 2 were good and 2 were not so good. The cruise director is a complete waste of time and I would bet that he did not know the names of as little as 2 passengers by the end of the voyage. More interested in surfing the web and checking people off the ship and back on. The tours were great and it is all you expect and more. The staff on board were fantastic, so attentive and helpful, the Maitre D, Fernando was the best I have ever seen. I would recommend this cruise to friends and would advise people to go now. The staterooms were roomy and good. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2012
We chose this cruise for its itinerary--very anxious to cruise the Panama Canal and we also used the cruise as our transportation back to Florida following a 2+week of independent travel throughout Peru and Chile. The cruise was our rest ... Read More
We chose this cruise for its itinerary--very anxious to cruise the Panama Canal and we also used the cruise as our transportation back to Florida following a 2+week of independent travel throughout Peru and Chile. The cruise was our rest and relaxation following grueling travel throughout Peru (Amazon jungle lodge adventure, Lake Titicaca, Nazca Lines, and Machu Picchu/Sacred Valley. Pros: Ship had undergone a complete overhaul and our cabin (veranda/concierge class)was comfortable and nicely furnished. Service was attentive yet unobtrusive everywhere. Public areas were updated. Food in the specialty restaurants was excellent (especially QCuisine--highly recommended). Martini bar was a favorite place to meet before dinner--outstanding service, drinks, and entertainment by the skilled bartenders! I have to commend the wait staff-by the second night one waiter had our drink order correct and waiting before we even sat down! The solarium pool and its surrounding area was an incredible place to spend those welcome days at sea. Our concierge class allowed us a seamless embarkation in Chile. Cons: Someone really needs to monitor and improve the shore excursions!!! We complained about two (Arica, Chile and Lima) and we were given a 25% discount off the already steep price. However, based upon our experiences we cancelled two of the previously booked excursions to avoid further disappointment. As wine lovers, we purchased the premium alcohol package based upon Celebrity's advertising of the available wines onboard. Unfortunately, MANY of the wines advertised (and even on the menu) were not available and inferior/less expensive wines were substituted. This was extremely disappointing as we looked forward to enjoying many of the "unavailable" vintages. We were not alone in our displeasure and talked to several cruisers who felt the same way. We did receive a phone call from a Celebrity rep when we returned home who assured that our concerns were being taken seriously. We have no complaints with the selections of beers and cocktails, but something needs to be done about the wine selections and availability! Entertainment was just ok--a little disappointing its lack of variety. Regular restaurants were ok--it was "hit or miss" (great or mediocre)in the main dining room and most foods was lacking in flavor. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2012
This is as good as it gets. An amazing ship, amazing staff, fantastic itinerary, wonderful guests. Plus look out for our next, (complete contrast), review as we were on the ship for 2 weeks. It's hard to know where to start. A ... Read More
This is as good as it gets. An amazing ship, amazing staff, fantastic itinerary, wonderful guests. Plus look out for our next, (complete contrast), review as we were on the ship for 2 weeks. It's hard to know where to start. A truly stunning week. We arrived in St Maarten from the UK on Friday and boarded on Saturday. Our cabin was lovely. Boarding was fairly seamless. We started to feel our way around. Checked out the restaurants, gym etc. Had a beer by the pool bar looking forward to setting sail that evening. We ate at the fish restaurant the first night. It was good but not as good as the main restaurant which we loved. We thought the main restaurant was really special. Leaving St Maarten was dramatic. We soon learned that every night we set sail they play the tune used in Hunt For Red October, (Hymn to the red army), as the sails unwind. All about the experience. We loved the fact that as this was a smaller sailing ship we could get into the more quaint smaller ports. I've noted the ports of call below. We did a few trips, we explored some gorgeous places, we had lots of sun, enjoyed the beers and wines on board, enjoyed the food on board, and loved the sailing. As the days went by we gradually met more and more people, got to know the staff, (they get to know you), and had a stunning stunning time. 10 out of 10. As good as it gets. A huge huge huge thank you to Captain John and all the staff and guests on board for creating an amazing week. A fantastic bunch of staff with at least 30 that were worth naming plus all the sailors who work tirelessly in the background to make this all happen. So so many special people like Bobby, Kennedy, Raul, Harry, January, Captain John himself, Sam who drives the boat, and so so many more. The efforts of these people, a good crowd onboard, the gorgeous gorgeous boat and the very carefully planned schedule of beautiful places to stop made this exquisite. We were onboard the following week too. Wind Star booking rules allowed a group of 30 business people to book. I'm sorry but small boats are for small parties. It changed the feel of the week dramatically and I'm sorry to say we are unlikely to go back. Wind Star - you've gone for what looked like a good money booking and ignored the fact that you've lost as much money as many of the people on the boat the second week will never come back. Everyone was complaining about these rude rude ignorant people Schedule as follows:- 2012 March 17 Saturday Philipsburg, St. Maarten 2012 March 18 Sunday Soper'S Hole, Tortola, B.V.I. 2012 March 18 Sunday Jost Van Dyke Great Harbour, B.V.I 2012 March 19 Monday Jost Van Dyke Great Harbour, B.V.I 2012 March 19 Monday Virgin Gorda, Prickly Pear Beach, B.V.I. 2012 March 20 Tuesday Virgin Gorda, Prickly Pear Beach, B.V.I. 2012 March 21 Wednesday Basseterre, St. Kitts 2012 March 22 Thursday Les Saintes, F.W.I. 2012 March 23 Friday Gustavia, St. Barthelemy 2012 March 24 Saturday Philipsburg, St. Maarten Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2012
Bagpipe music was playing as I walked to the ship and was settled into my gorgeous single cabin with a big window. We sailed off to the first of 15 ports in the Inner Hebrides. Each day was worth the price of the entire trip. If you like ... Read More
Bagpipe music was playing as I walked to the ship and was settled into my gorgeous single cabin with a big window. We sailed off to the first of 15 ports in the Inner Hebrides. Each day was worth the price of the entire trip. If you like adventure by day and a luxurious 5 star experience in the evening this is the ship for you. We zoomed off on the tenders each to a windswept and gorgeous island each day. Some had gardens, some had castles, some had geologic marvels like kilt rock. Fellow passengers had stories of their days' outings and many of us are friends now with email addresses exchanged. For foodies: you will have several courses at lunch and dinner and your bar tab is included throughout. The purser will attend to your every tiniest wish; if you like your soup extra hot it will be DONE every day just the way you prefer. Bring elegant clothes for evening wear and warm walking/hiking gear for day. Or bring good books and relax all day. This is a cruise you will go back and do again Scotland is so gorgeous it would make a stone weep. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2012
Cabin - we like the plexiglass balconies on deck 4 aft of the lifeboats. Big balconies, close to MDR steps, no noises from below or from the elevators. The beds and pillows on HAL are my favorite. Plenty of storage space for the too, too ... Read More
Cabin - we like the plexiglass balconies on deck 4 aft of the lifeboats. Big balconies, close to MDR steps, no noises from below or from the elevators. The beds and pillows on HAL are my favorite. Plenty of storage space for the too, too many clothes we both brought. Meals - We ate most breakfasts in our room and always had coffee there. It was always, always delivered within the first few minutes of our time frame. We ate in the MDR every nite but one - went to the Caneletto then. The Lido was for lunch. Every meal was great. We had Anytime Dining and really enjoyed meeting new people. The first formal night there was a long line with many of us given pagers. It was annoying but only about a half hour wait. It never happened again. We made a reservation only one night. Entertainment - was the best I have seen on any cruise. The Zuiderdam singers and dancers were really talented and the shows were very well done. The costumes were striking and there were a lot of costume changes. The comedian was really funny and the steel drum band was quite good. Journey South played two nights and we liked them. We missed the magician and his dog "Indy" but I hear they were very good too. Mario in the Northern Lights lounge was a highlight. We enjoyed his music trivia and line dancing. Stryker in the piano bar was both a good singer and pianist. We only play video poker in the casino so I have no comments other than it's smokey. Cruise director, Dave, was the best CD we have ever had. His personality and professionalism are apparent from the first time he speaks. He really was terrific. The ports and excursions were all good. Highlights for us were the Panama Canal Experience and the Aerial Tram in the Rainforest. Snorkeling in Bonaire was excellent. Overall this was a great cruise. Any criticism about the Zuiderdam is unfounded as far as we could determine. She is a wonderful ship with a wonderful crew. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2012
Our family was fortunate enough to sail on the Century from Fremantle to Sydney along the top end of Australia. Wow,what a fantastic ship and beautiful, hot ports of call. From the moment we boarded in Fremantle untill we disembarked ... Read More
Our family was fortunate enough to sail on the Century from Fremantle to Sydney along the top end of Australia. Wow,what a fantastic ship and beautiful, hot ports of call. From the moment we boarded in Fremantle untill we disembarked in Sydney we where treated like royalty. Without exception the staff where the friendliest and the most entertaining we have ever had on a ship. Smiling faces adorned the Century. Our cabin was fantastic with a huge timber decked balcony and a small bathtub with jets. Our state room attendants where excellent never intruding and always finding the perfect time to makeup or turndown our cabin. Our butler was a treat serving us coffee or hot chocolate on our balcony each morning. We where truly spoiled. The food was brilliant. We ate dinner most nights in the Grand Dining Room where our waiters where again fantastic. One night we ate at the Murano..Very very good service and food but not that much better to justify the added cost of $40. The buffet was brilliant with choices for all tastes. The burgers and hot dogs at the pool where simply delicious. The entertainers put-on fantastic shows for us and mingled with us guests while aboard which was nice. The Century orchestra was amazing and added gusto to all the shows. The musicians around the ship where all fantastic added great charisma to there respective venues. Ian,our cruise director was fantastic as well as all his staff. To be honest between the six of us we couldn't think of anything to fault this cruise on so I have to say that we have now had THE PERFECT CRUISE Read Less

Find a Cruise

Email me when prices drop